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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Volume 31, Issue 3
Feel a need to volunteer? The Saint’s Hillary Najor checks out Aquinas’ unique service opportunities.
Information, please! AQ president addresses student concerns at town hall-style meeting
World Religions lectures | 3 Aquinas welcomes religious leaders to share their views in a new lecture series for 20112012.
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Take a listen: Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez (third from left, seated on-stage) sat down with a student panel for discussion on Spetember 15 at AQ Sound’s State of the Saint interview. The event was broadcast live from the Cook Carriage House, and featured a question-and-answer session for students with President Olivarez. By Molly Pelak The Saint Reporter
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Aquinas College President Juan Olivarez stepped into the spotlight and addressed student concerns at the State of the Saint interview Sept. 15 at the Moose. The interview, broadcast on Aquinas’ radio station, featured a student interview panel and student questions. Throughout the night, many topics were discussed such as tradition, faith, and leadership, but there was one topic that most people would not have guessed to have been discussed that evening: the 60’s. This topic came up in conversation while discussing some
of the personal questions that Olivarez was asked. Olivarez described this time period as, “a revolutionary time which was pushing the boundaries known as a hippie movement where everyone was breaking the mold.” In response to all of these personal descriptions, sophomore Emily McAfee, a business administration and German major said, “It was cool that he opened up about his personal life.” With the arrival of a new president, many students were anxious and a bit skeptical as to what Olivarez would bring to the table. Olivarez, however, seemed to relieve these uneasy emotions by stating, “If I don’t listen to students, I just don’t know how we can do our jobs.
I want to listen to students and hope to create a safe space for students to create dialogue.” Overall, many students and faculty enjoyed the face to face interaction of being able to watch this “State of the Saint” event in the Moose. Josh Weiland, freshman and business major, said, “It was great to hear about his experiences when he was an Aquinas student and how he will use his insight to become a better President.” As a whole, the “State of the Saint” event was a great success. The debate provided plenty of information regarding both Olivarez’s vision, as well as the kind of leader he hopes to be for students as the new AQ President.
Unleashed dogs trigger assault in Wilcox Park
By Matt Kuczynski Editor in Chief A man found himself jabbed with a scissors after confronting a dog owner whose dogs were roaming Wilcox Park unleashed Sunday, Sept.18. The victim was walking through the park with his family at around 5:00 p.m. when the dogs began nipping at him and his children. An argument broke out when the victim approached the dog owner. The dog owner then pulled out a pair of scissors and stabbed the victim. He then ﬂed the park area with his two dogs in a white Ford econoline van. The victim recieved only superﬁcial wounds. According to reports from Aquinas’ Campus Safety Department, the perpetrator was a white male, about 5’10”, weighing approximately 165 lbs with a medium build and shoulder-length dark blonde hair. Locals said that the man was a somewhat regular visitor at the park. In view of the incident, Aquinas College Campus Safety Director Kevin Kwiatkowski thinks students should take standard precautions for walking around town. “We’re trying to promote escorts more, and obviously stepping up patrols,” he said. “Be aware of your surroundings, call if you see anything suspicious.” The incident brings mixed responses from Aquinas students. For senior Christine Seller, it undermines Aquinas’ secluded feel. “As an AQ student, it’s a bit frightening. I want to think that i would be safe in a park that happens to be right next to campus,” she said. For senior Justin Gura, however, the incident is not surprising. “I think it was pretty much an unwritten rule about Wilcox to watch yourself when you walk through or by there at night,” he said, “so I guess it didn’t change my perception of Wilcox.” Kwiatkowski thinks that the Grand Rapids police have an idea who the dog owner is. “They did have a license plate number, so my guess is they did catch the individual, or know who he is,” he said. The police department was unavailable for comment.
AQ chemistry students go national Aquinas Students join American Chemistry Society honors department
grassroots campaign for fair Farm Bill
members of Stabenow’s staﬀ to discuss the issue. “Senator Stabenow has yet to stand On September 21, a group of concerned up for the proposed Fair Farm Rules. The citizens, including several Aquinas statement from her oﬃce is that she supports students, gathered at the West Michigan what was passed in the 2008 Farm Bill, but that she will not take a stand on speciﬁc Environmental rules that are not yet Action Council ﬁnalized. (WMEAC) as part of “ T h e a grass roots effort Finalization of the Fair to ﬁx America’s food Farm Rules, however, system. The event was mandated in was organized by the 2008 Farm Bill. the non-proﬁt group, So, we would like Food and Water her to stand up for Watch, as part of the their finalization, as national Fair Farm mandated by the last Bill Campaign. Farm Bill, to ensure The activists they are enacted,” feel the problem is said Wiedenbeck. that the current 2008 Sophomore Farm Bill, which A b b y Samotis, governs how the Coor dinat or f or agricultural industry Community Action does business Volunteers of Aquinas amongst itself and (CAVA), attended the with consumers, meeting at WMEAC favors large factory and helped organize farms at the expense MIRIAM PRANSCHKE / THE SAINT a call-in to Senator of small and midsized farms. The bill is up for reauthorization Stabenow on campus. “The current problem with the Farm in 2012. Bill is that the funds from 2008 were never “We are losing our farming backbone because bigger companies set unfair prices put into action,” said Samotis. “Aquinas for livestock and crops, cheating small and students should care about this because medium farmers out of money they need to West Michigan has a lot of great organic, cover their costs. The companies get away sustainable food to offer. We are one of with it because farmers often don’t have the top places for the ‘green movement,’ anywhere else to sell their products,” said and with so many people on board, we Jane Wiedenbeck of Food and Water Watch, have great potential to make a signiﬁcant an interest group that works to ensure clean change.” With reauthorization of the Bill still water and safe food for the U.S. a year away, Food and Water Watch is The Fair Farm Bill Campaign focuses on a set of provisions in the current bill planning many more events in Michigan that call for more government regulation and Grand Rapids to make sure that of the agriculture sector. Michigan is a Stabenow gets their message. “I sat next to a local organic farmer, key state in the Fair Farms Bill Campaign because Senator Debbie Stabenow is who was very involved with the campaign, the Chairwoman of the Committee on and could speak for the small farms being run out by farming industries. With the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Wiedenbeck attended a meeting success of this campaign, we will beneﬁt the between Food and Water Watch and community on many levels,” said Samotis.
By Scott Kaplan The Saint Reporter
COURTESY ELIZABETH JENSEN
Rewarding awards: Aquinas’ Chemistry Society oﬃcers pose in front of Albertus Magnus hall, where the majority of science-related classes take place. From left to right, Secretary Lauren Cichon, Treasurer Sara Bouwkamp, Senate Rep Anastasia McRoberts, President Kayla Lewis, and Vice President Morgan Thelen. ceremony, a weekend-long convention be involved with the topic. By Jarrett Ardell “One goal of the society is to be open of panels, speakers, demonstrations and The Saint Reporter promotion of chemistry for students and to all students around Aquinas, and show Every year the American that you don’t have to be in a chemistry professionals alike. Chemistry Society (ACS) recognizes This would be the first time that class to enjoy the subject,” stated Dr. the accomplishments of more than 300 Aquinas students have attended the Elizabeth Jensen, Associate Professor & chemistry chapters in the country with ceremony, and is a feat that the chapter Chair of Chemistry here at Aquinas. three levels of awards for chosen chapters “Other colleges in Michigan have hopes to make an annual event. from the previous school year. The ACS decides award winners a longer tradition of attending, and For the fourth year in a row, the through the annual report that every Aquinas is just starting to become a Aquinas College Chemistry Society chapter submits in the spring of their part of that,” said Dr. Jensen, who was is being honored with the ACS academic year that includes a list of able to attend the ceremony last year Commendable Award. accomplishments, activities, and overall and would like that experience to be It is the seventh year in a row that involvement. For the 2010-2011 school available to society members as well. To the Aquinas academic organization has year, Aquinas partook in community do this, the society will be trying to gain won an ACS award. service, fundraising, presentations at funds throughout the year and prepare What makes this year’s victory so local schools and holding celebrations to a presentation of their own to share at unique is that the Chemistry Society promote chemistry, both in the classroom the ceremony. wants to send one or more of its members “It’s an excellent opportunity for and in professional settings. As they will to the ACS Chapter Award Ceremony this year, the Society also lead a Week more than just the award,” continued in San Diego this March. All winning of Chemistry directly after fall break, Jensen. “It’s a chance to help students chapters are invited to attend the allowing students of all departments to gain experience for a future in chemistry.”
news Aquinas: Bike repair services to be available on campus On Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29, Ada Bike Shop from Fulton Street will be providing free bike repair services. They will be stationed outside of the Cook Carriage House from 4-7p.m. Their services were organized by the Sustainability Committee who will be taking anyone interested on biking tour of ArtPrize on Friday, September 30, leaving at 3 p.m. from the Moose.
The occupation on Wall Street
matt kuczynski | editor-in-chief People shouting slogans, marching up and down the streets, signs thrust in the air. Police making human walls to control crowds, sometimes using brute force. City parks jam-packed with people for weeks, waiting for their cause to be addressed by the powers that be. It might sound a bit like what happened across the Middle East this past spring, when citizens revolted against several governments. This is no Tunisian revolt, however. This is happening on Wall Street. About two weeks ago, 1,500 protesters gathered in a small municipal park a short distance from the New York Stock Exchange building under the moniker # O C C U P Y WA L L S T R E E T a f t e r organizing online. Several hundred are left as of Monday. Their specific demands are varied, but the overarching theme is discontent with Wall Street financial firms and the U.S’s current economic standing. Although local media outlets have been somewhat slow to pick up on the details of the story, New York Police have been working to cordon off marches and slow down crowds. Several incidents of police aggression, including unjustified macing by senior police officials, have been reported. The videos online speak for themselves. So– why care? Are these people even getting anything done? The protests, based on those that occurred during the Arab Spring movement, look strangely disjointed in New York. On live feeds from the demonstration grounds, it often looks like there are more police than demonstrators. The crowds are markedly smaller than those that gathered in the 60’s and 70’s, and the response from city officials hasn’t involved tear gas and riot shields yet. Many argue that this is just a bunch of disgruntled neo-hippies, looking for a new Vietnam to take down. Maybe many of them are. But this argument misses an important point: enough people feel strongly about Wall Street problems to travel to New York and camp out in a city park for weeks. Too often, we fool ourselves into thinking that “liking” something on Facebook is the same as signing a p e t i t i o n . We l i k e t o p r e t e n d that buying a pair of TOMS shoes instantly makes us a caring, globally considerate human being, in addition to making us look chic. We gun out mass emails to convince people to join our causes, often without asking anyone to physically do anything, except hammer out a few keystrokes on a laptop. I t ’s r a r e t h a t w e e v e r g e t frustrated enough with situations to actually go complain, and when we do, it’s usually to a restaurant manager or a customer service representative. The Occupy Wall Street protests a r e f a r f r o m p e r f e c t , t h e r e ’s n o denying it. But these people are actually doing something for a cause, and taking full advantage of our democracy by going out in public and putting a physical presence behind their mouse clicks. Activisim is jumping off the web and back into the streets. New York is seeing warm bodies on concrete and hearing the shouts of the disgruntled public, day in and day out. And unlike our computers, TVs, and cell phones, there’s no turning them off.
THE SAINT | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 2011
Grand Rapids: Charismatic and controversial pastor leaving
Rob Bell, founder and pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church located in Grandville, has announced that he and his family will be moving to Los Angeles where he will not be leading a church, but will continue to write. Mars Hill was established in 2006 and now attracts over 10,000 members every Sunday.
Nation: Berkeley receives criticism for Diversity Bake Sale
World: Greek Prime Minister seeks help from Germany
This past week the Republican student group at UC Berkeley advertised an on-campus bake sale to raise awareness about the economic discrepencies based on both race and gender. Prices for goods were different for various ethnicities. All females received a $0.25 discount. Opponents called the sale “racist,” but organizers claim the prices reﬂect college pricing policies.
Earlier this week, George Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece, sought help from German business leaders in hopes of receiving funds to help mend the country’s debt crisis. Greek policymakers are currently deciding whether or not to release the most recent list of bailout funds the government needs to pay.
A Week of Service
Friday Night Fitness CAVA organizes a week long series of volunteer new and opportunities for Aquinas students improved
By Hillary Najor The Saint Reporter Into the Streets, the ﬁrst big event put on by the Community Action Volunteers of Aquinas (CAVA), began this week and will continue on until Sunday, October 2. C AVA , a n o n - c a m p u s c l u b whose goal is to excite students about volunteering hopes this annual event will build connections between students and community organizations that will last throughout the year, and potentially years to come. Into the Streets involves students providing service at ten different organizations throughout the week with student service leaders (CAVA members) leading each event. Sophomore Abby Samotis, this year ’s CAVA Coordinator, has been working relentlessly behind the scenes making contacts with community organizers and directors. “We really want to get people into the streets and spark their interests for the rest of the year,” said Samotis. Throughout the week, Aquinas students have the opportunity to volunteer at local schools, assist the needs of Kids Food Basket, and help at Degage Ministries downtown to name only a few activities. Earlier this week, students volunteered at Congress Elementary, picked apples at Robinett e’s for Kids Food Basket, and assisted in cleaning the grounds of Marywood for the Dominican sisters. In addition, on Tuesday, September 27, students volunteered to call Senator Debbie Stabenow in regards to the need to support small sustainable farms throughout Michigan to support the Fair Farm Bill Campaign. On Wednesday, September 28, C AVA a n d S t u d e n t S e r v i c e s a r e collaborating to gather students to build with Habitat for Humanity from 3-5p.m. At 4:30p.m the Social Action Committee (SAC) is hosting a peace vigil outside the Cook Carriage House.
By Sam Swartout The Saint Reporter
COURTESY CASEY COHEN
Time to hit the streets: Last summer, junior Casey Cohen and sophomore Jessica McCormick volunteered to spruce up Rays of Hope, an organization that provides supplies to Haiti. This week Aquinas students can volunteer at this non-proﬁt on Friday from 10a.m-12p.m. through Into the Streets. Thursday, September 29, students Basket, a local non-proﬁt that provides are helping out at Degage Ministries thousands of low income Grand with any of their needs. A group of Rapids students a free lunch on a students will also be attending the Kids daily basis. Food Basket Concert, and assisting Lastly, on Sunday October 2, after with whatever is needed of them. Mass at Bukowski Chapel at 8p.m, a Then on Friday September 30, slideshow will be put on displaying students are going to Rays of Hope all the events that happened this week. warehouse to organize their medical For more information and updates inventory that will be sent to Haiti. on Into the Streets service opportunities On Saturday, October 1, students check the Moose website. are packing lunches for Kids Food
World Religions lecture series: the role of prayer
Religous leaders from Aquinas and Grand Rapids community to lecture on role of prayer in a variety faiths By Laura Farrell The Saint Reporter This year, Aquinas College has become a part of President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. This partnership was brought into action on Wednesday, September 22, in a full Wege Ballroom to hear the ﬁrst installment of the World Religions Lecture series, sponsored by the Aquinas Campus Ministry Department and the Monsignor Charles W. Popell fund. The series will consist of speakers throughout the year representing diﬀerent religious denominations and sharing how that particular religion embraces the role of prayer. Rabbi Albert Lewis and Dr. Shirley Lewis served as the series’ opening presenter and lectured on the role of prayer in the religion of Judaism. Rabbi Lewis, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanuel, focused on the diﬀerent
facets of daily prayer of the Jewish community. He explained the diﬀerent prayers, like the Shamaa, that are said at diﬀerent times throughout each and everyday. He then went to describe that, “[The] purpose of prayer is not to inﬂuence God, but to transform ourselves with the help of God,” emphasizing and demonstrating how prayer is interwoven in daily life. The insight of importance and meanings of Jewish prayer were given to the audience in hopes of providing a new understanding of the Jewish religion. Dr. Shirley Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Aquinas, focused on the role of women in Judaism and her own personal take on prayer. She described how the role of women has developed through time in Judaism and how it has adapted to the modern world. “God is very personal,” Dr. Lewis stated as she delved into her own personal experiences with her religion.
The lecture then closed with a traditional Jewish prayer lead by Rabbi and Dr. Lewis. In response to the lecture series as a whole, Campus Ministry Director Mary Clark-Kaiser said, “Becoming educated aims at laying a foundation of respect.” For Kaister, the aim of the series “is all about building bridges”. “Islam: The Role of Prayer” will continue the World Religions lecture series on Tuesday, October 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the Wege Ballroom. Ali Erhan, Executive Board Member of the Islamic Institute on East Paris and Member of the Islamic Center and Imam Muaz Redzic, Imam, Bosnian Cultural Center and Director Business and Corporate Relations at Aquinas will be presenting. It is free and open to the Aquinas community and to the public. A light lunch will begin at 11:45a.m.
For the past several years, Friday Night Fitness has been available to students twice a year to support health and wellness initiatives and kicking off this semester, a major change in this event has taken place. N o w, n o t o n l y w i l l t h e r e a n off-campus Friday Night Fitness in March, but there will also be a monthly Friday Night Fitness held in the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center open to all registered Aquinas College students once a month. Why the changes? According to Veronica Beitner, Aquinas Health and Fitness Specialist and Friday Night Fitness coordinator, “In prior years, due to cost, this event was only able to be offered twice an academic year. It has proven to be a popular event that we hope to expand for our students. “In these economic times, it becomes even more important to offer affordable, if not free in this c a s e , s o c i a l a l t e r n a t i ve s f o r o u r students. Building relationships in a healthy environment is proven to assisting lowering stress levels as well as increasing a positive outlook. For these reasons, this program is well supported financially by the Administration, the Student Affairs Division and Student Senate.” The first taste of the new Friday Night Fitness was available to the freshmen as part of their orientation, Over 250 freshmen attended. The first official Friday Night Fitness during the academic year was held earlier this month and had just over 100 students attend. There have been concerns from the student body in the changes to Friday Night Fitness and the lack of equipment that Sturrus has to offer versus the equipment at the YMCA facility in downtown Grand Rapids, w h e r e t h e e ve n t wa s o r i g i n a l l y always held, and will be held for the larger event in March. Having Friday Night Fitness on campus means there is no hot tub, no pool and no inflatables. “I really liked having Friday Night Fitness off-campus. I enjoyed the pool and other activities offered. But I did think a good addition to the on-campus event was the euchre tourney,” said Aquinas senior Andrew Kish. A n o t h e r a s p e c t t o t h i s ye a r ’s changes to Friday Night Fitness is that it is easily accessible to all students. In the past, shuttle busses have transported students to and from the YMCA for Friday Night Fitness. Among the activities that are being offered this year are weight lifting, playing basketball or volleyball, as well as the new Zumba and Cardio sessions, which have been at the top of the attendance list. Friday Night Fitness will also continue to be a night of free healthy food, beverages and prizes available to all that attend. The next Friday Night Fitness will be on October 28 from 10a.m.-1p.m. There will be a costume dodgeball game, as well as a Euchre tournament.
Reflection Dinner honors Ralph Hauenstein, Sr. Aquinas Weber, and Peter Wege By Yasmeen Ahmed The Saint Reporter This year’s annual Reﬂection Dinner, held September 19, at the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center, honored three people who have devoted themselves to Aquinas College as well as portraying the Dominican charisms in their daily lives. The dinner also brought alumni together to celebrate the growth of Aquinas and to celebrate Ralph Hauenstein, Sister Aquinas Weber, and
Peter Wege during a brief, yet heartfelt tribute during dinner. All three honorees have worked together on projects for Aquinas. Hauenstein has been a generous contributor to Aquinas, with his most significant contribution being to the college’s library, named after his wife, Grace. Hauenstein has a son and a grandson who both attended Aquinas. “I’m honored, I have a great fund for Aquinas College, it has been a great part of mine and my family’s life, and I have been very fortunate to watch it
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grow over the years,” said Hauenstein. When Sr. Aquinas was asked how it felt to be recognized, she modestly stated, “It’s a humbling experience, I’m pleased, and the 125th anniversary makes it even more special”. Sister Aquinas started out as a student here, graduating with a major in English and History and went on to become a representative for Aquinas in Eastown. She later became the director of The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and is now working in the Phone (616) 632-2975
Aquinas advancement oﬃce where she has signiﬁcantly contributed to Aquinas’ more ambitious fundraising projects. Wege has witnessed the many changes at the college, and was present when the current property Aquinas stands on was purchased. He has been a substantial funder to Aquinas and continues to show his community leadership today. He also expressed his humbling appreciativeness toward the tribute he was given. “I was very happy to be a part of everything, Aquinas has been a visionary for me,” he said.
THE SAINT | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
Homecoming 2011 Seniors Adam Liberacki and Fiona Campbell named King and Queen By Chuck Hyde The Saint Reporter A sea of people filled Aquinas last Saturday during Homecoming. Students, faculty, family, and alumni ﬂooded onto the campus to join in the festivities. The numerous clubs and organizations made sure that there was plenty to do. With food booths, live music, games and even face-painting, there was something new everywhere one looked. Students were serving many types of food, trying to raise money and awareness for their organizations. Other big events occurred throughout the week, including a show by hypnotist Tom Deluca, the Salsa Magic dance, and the 125 Hours of AQ Spirit Competition. Tom Deluca put on quite a show, returning for the third year in a row. Salsa Magic was a new twist on the classic Homecoming dance. Throughout the week, school spirit was abundant. The competition was lively, featuring ﬁve teams competing in various events. With a mud tug, relay race, banner painting, and photo hunt, there was something for everyone. Senior Whitney Fitzgerald helped plan the whole week. She liked the way it turned out, but hopes for more cooperation between clubs next year. She thought it was “a way to increase student involvement and Aquinas spirit.” From the other side of the event, senior Eddie Seymour competed for the Spirit Trophy team Temple Emmanuel. He felt like it was a great chance to compete while building teamwork and friendship at the same time. Seymour felt that the week gave everyone “the opportunity to understand what being a team is” and just have a good time. The whole day was a great opportunity for alumni and students to mingle and have fun. Local band Domestic Problems kept many entertained, and allowed for a change in pace with a setlist ranging from funk to folk. The sporting events were also very entertaining. Many AQ family members showed up to support the teams. During the men’s soccer game came
World News By Sarah Branz The Saint Reporter Libya: Muammar el-Qaddafi is still reported to be taking shelter in his coastal, loyalist hometown, S i r t e . T h i s c a u s e d N AT O , i n a statement issued from their Brussels headquarters, to announce a second three-month extension for their bombing campaign on Wednesday, September 21, just under a week before their last extension was meant to end. Libya’s transitional leader, Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, attended Tuesday’s UN General Assembly, reporting that a new government panel will be chosen likely within ten days. The government is expected to help restore peace to all of Libya, as the seven month long unrest seems to be winding down. Also at the assembly, President Obama announced anticipation for the reopening of the American embassy in Tripoli, which occurred Thursday, September 22. Greece: Some people see debt as a reason for severe economical drawbacks, but others in Greece see it as reason for rebellion. After receiving $170 billion last year from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union for debt bailout, Greece is still rapidly heading toward bankruptcy. The government is scrambling to ease the overall pain, having raised the age of retirement and taxes, and lowering the public payrolls by 10
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New royalty in town: Senior Rob Abid and alum Katie Rogsla passed on the throne to seniors Fiona Campbel and Adam Liberacki who are this year’s Homecoming King and Queen. Other candidates included seniors Bailey Aggatas, Maddie Loening, Ken Foley, and Nolan Smith. the moment many were waiting for: the crowning of Homecoming King and Queen alongside the winners of the 125 Hours spirit competition. Seniors Adam Liberacki and Fiona Campbell were crowned this year, and Team Temple Emmanuel took home the spirit trophy.
On their crowning, Fiona and Adam simply wanted to “thank everyone that helped [them].” “All in all, Homecoming was a smashing success,” said Director of Alumni Brigid Avery. It seems that most would agree with her.
percent. A n a r c h i s t g r o u p s h a ve b e e n popping up at a faster rate, voicing their anger by bombing banks and courthouses, which, according to economic analysts, will only continue to harm the economic situation. Japan: Typhoon Roke touched down on Japan’s main island, Honshu, o n We d n e s d a y, S e p t e m b e r 2 1 , triggering flooding and landslides. The typhoon produced winds up to 78 mph, which was a deep concern for workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plan t, the site of which was still suffering from March’s earthquake and tsunami. Extra precautions were taken to certify that the typhoon would not cause leakage of radioactive material from the plant. Typhoon Roke ended up narrowly missing the plant, causing no additional damage. Though flights were cancelled and commuter trains and subways were temporarily halted, only a mere 20,000 homes in Tokyo lost electricity out of nearly 13 million residents, said Tokyo Electric Power. Japan was still recovering from Typhoon Talas, which had hit western Japan on Sept. 2, leaving over 100 people dead or missing. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Roke was a smaller typhoon than Talas, though its wind power was stronger.
Frost to affect local farmers
Hall of Fame Gala honors Aquinas athletes, contributers, and community leaders By Alyssa Frese The Saint Reporter The 2011 Annual Hall of Fame Gala that took place on Thursday, September 22 in the Sturrus Fitness Center was indeed a night to remember. Over 250 people gathered to recognize and honor ten members of the Aquinas College community and enjoy a night of cocktails and a ﬁrst class meal. The ﬁrst honoree was last year’s Art Prize winner and Aquinas Art Professor, Chris LaPorte. LaPorte was honored by President Juan Olivarez with the President’s Award. LaPorte is only the second person in Aquinas history to receive this award. President Olivarez said, “Aquinas is extremely proud of Chris and his accomplishments. It reﬂects very well on the school.” The next four individuals were alumni recognized for their athletic careers at Aquinas and were honored with induction into the Aquinas Athletic Hall of Fame. Tammy Harig (’86) and Vonda VanTil (’90) were both recognized for their participation on the volleyball team during their time at Aquinas. Harig was Aquinas’s ﬁrst volleyball player to earn All-American honors, while VanTil earned All-American honors twice during her last two seasons at Aquinas. “I am very proud to represent Aquinas. I am extremely honored. The
best four years of my life were spent at Aquinas. You can do anything with a good coach and support,” said VanTil. The other two athletes recognized were James (Jim) Payne (’75) and the late Raymond J. McCahill (’74). Payne is the only tennis player in school history to complete an entire season undefeated. He accomplished this in 1975–the season of his senior year. McCahill was not only recognized for his basketball career but also awarded with the Basketball Lifetime Achievement Award. McCahill’s oldest son, Ryan, received the award in honor of his father who died after a battle with cancer. “Aquinas turned my father into a man of strength,” said Ryan McCahill. The late Sister M. Bertrand LaLonde, Anthony J. Brink (’43), and Dr. Michael R. Williams were all inducted into the Aquinas College Hal of Fame for their teaching careers and commitment to the college. Sister Bertrand was known for her work as a French teacher and being a member of the American Society of Friends of France. Brink taught Latin and Greek, but is most known for being one of the first Golden Saints. He received the Alleluia Award for 34 years. He was also inducted into the Saginaw Catholic Schools Hall of Fame for his work. Dr. Williams was recognized not only for his teaching but for his many
leadership positions such chairing on boards of both Eastown Community Association and the citywide Council of Neighborhood Associations. Dr. Williams was the Aquinas Dean of Education from 2004 until his retirement in 2006. He currently is the director of the Community Leadership program here at Aquinas, which he helped establish along with Grand Rapids Mayor George Hartwell. The ﬁnal two recipients were Alumni Association Honorees. These awardees were Dr. Monique Stauffer (’78) and Patrick Miles Sr. (’95). Among her accomplishments, Dr. Stauﬀer is one of the four American conductors chosen to study with renowned conductor Jean Ashworth Bartle in Toronto. She also founded the Girls Choral Academy ten years ago which boosts young girls’ self esteem by providing strong female role models Patrick Miles was nominated for this award by the Aquinas College Black Alumni Society. Miles earned his Master of Management degree from Aquinas at the age of 60 in 1996 and taught operation management classes as an adjunct professor for the Master of Management Program for several years at Aquinas. “To receive this award is very humbling. I had many outstanding and remarkable professors. I had a wonderful experience,” said Miles.
Smitty’s breaking ground to be better than ever By Scott Kaplan The Saint Reporter What happened to Smitty’s? It is a question being raised by many students at Aquinas College and the surrounding community. Students that live near campus and are over twenty-one are probably familiar with Smitty’s Specialty Beverage Store on Lake Drive. The local liquor store, which is named after its founder and owner, Joel Smitter, has been a ﬁxture in Eastown since 1982. According to Smitty’s employee Delmas Doyle, the store will be closed at least until the last week in October for remodeling.
The renovations have potentially ca used some problems for members of the Aquinas community who rely on Smitty’s both for its convenient location and its wide selection. Doyle,however, is conﬁdent the improevments will win over both new and old customers. “We are renovating in an attempt to become a better store. We are expanding our ﬂoor space by ninety percent and adding tons of new products,” said Doyle. Smitty’s has done well over the years, catering both to higher-end clientele from East Grand Rapids and the younger population of Eastown. It is a place where a customer can purchase anything from an obscure
six-pack of micro-brew to bottom shelf liquor. But housing such a large selection of alcohol takes up a lot of space. When complete, Smitty’s may feel less like a convenience store and more like an upscale neighborhood market. It will feature fresh produce, meats, and specialty cheeses. It is also adding over a hundred craft beers to their selection. “We are also going to get some nice new wood floors and an awesome granite counter. It’s going to be very similar to Martha’s Vineyard, only we will keep our prices low,” said Doyle, referencing a competing specialty food and wine shop.
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Grab it while you can: With an early fall frost predicted, local Michigan farmers may be hit with low producing crop seasons, speciﬁcally for grain crops, including corn. By Courtney Williams The Saint Reporter The upcoming fall weather forecast predicts unseasonably chilly weather across the board. It will be mostly fair, with a little rain for September, and cloudy with a few rainy or stormy days in October, topped with unsettled and unseasonably cold days in November. An early frost is also a part of the bad weather omen. This forecast spells bad news for the farmers who rely on weather appropriate to the seasons to harvest their crops. “Lower temperatures in the fall in West Michigan might cause commercial grain crops like corn to not dry as well in ﬁelds as it would with warmer
temperatures,” says Dr. Matthew Tueth, Director of the Sustainable Business Program and the Chairman of the Sustainable Business Department. Many potentially cloudy days in succession could lessen the number of corn in the expected harvest, which means less money for farmers. “Farmers who participate in the Fulton Street Market might ﬁnd they have a bit lower yields for some of their late season crops,” Dr. Tueth explained. The Fulton Street Farmer’s Market runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and will continue until the last Saturday before Christmas. The Artisian Market on Sundays is now closed for the season.
GFS Flavor Safari brings new culinary possibilities to GR By Sam Swartout The Saint Reporter From beverages to entrees, appetizers to desserts, the Gordon Food Service Flavor Safari food, tabletop and supplies show will be an event not to be missed by business owners. Th e G FS f ood show h as been a l o n g s t a n d i n g a n n u a l e ve n t i n Grand Rapids. Patty Flanagan, store manager of the Jenison locations, has been with GFS for over 10 years and has participated in the food show every year. “This is a huge event that attracts thousands of people. To get through the entire show takes a full day, maybe more,” said Flanagan. At the food show business owners are welcome to sample products, as well as receive information about new products. Consumers walk away with new ideas, products, samples and information. “The main purpose of this event is to introduce businesses Phone (616) 632-2975
to new foods and menu ideas,” said Flanagan. Featured during the food show are cooking classes, different types of food, and booths displaying how to cook and store food. “For example, a booth may have a whole honey ham, ways to cook the ham, how to slice the ham, and then ways to store the ham,” said Flanagan. There are thousands of different products and foods being displayed and sampled at the show. Everything from fish to spices can be found. The Gordon Food Service Flavor Safari Food Show will take place in Grand Rapids at the DeVos Place Convention Center. The show will be open October 4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and October 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This food show is not open to the general public, but store owners and management are welcome.
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SIFE, for serving up 1,000 burritos;
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Those sticking it to the man by occupying Wall Street; Shel Silverstein, for keeping our childhood alive with new poetry even now; All those involved in making this year’s Homecoming festivities a raging success.
Drivers who wait until the last minute to pull over for construction; Take-out places that don’t deliver after midnight; The protesters in front of the Sturrus: we get the point after a year; Netflix, for suddenly deciding to go by two names and all-around bad marketing; The NBA lockout, for copying the NFL; Everyone who forgot about our favorite guilty pleasure from last year, likealittle.com/aquinas.
from our view
At Aquinas, we’ve been told that all of us are a family. Not a student body, or a group of individuals, but a family. Often, we overlook how important this dynamic is. We see the same smiling faces in class, recognize people on the path to our dorms. We can sit down to eat with almost anyone and not feel estranged. We’re invited with open arms practically anywhere on our campus, and beyond. We take all of this as a given, that this is the norm. We don’t realize how unified we are. There are times, however, when the links between us become far more apparent. When a familiar face in class disappears, we notice. When a voice dissolves into silence, we miss it. When a tragedy strikes a few of us, it strikes us all. You may have known these students that died recently. They were our friends, our coworkers, our classmates, our roommates. The emptiness they leave behind is deafening. Take a moment today to remember these members of our Aquinas family:
Zach Zellmer, class of 2014 Max Loughrin, class 2014 They live on in our memories and prayers.
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POINT: Flashy uniforms are the way to go By Nick Signore Managing Editor With each coming season, more and more college football teams are receiving new uniform makeovers. Although some miss their mark, most of these uniforms succeed in a multitude of ways. First and foremost, innovative uniforms get players excited. College athletes feed off emotion more so than the professionals and an amped up team can overcome a gap in the overall skill level between the teams. Earlier this season, the Ohio Bobcats found out they’d get sleek new black uniforms for their matchup against rival Marshall. The players were ecstatic, dancing in the locker room, high fiving each other and hugging their new uniforms like kids on Christmas. The Bobcats then proceeded to crush Marshall 44-7. Secondly, new uniforms create buzz and generate water cooler dialogue. For instance, Maryland’s uniforms this year were the most controversial thus far, as most fans reactions were just like jerseys themselves – split down the middle. Maryland’s new get ups featured the state’s flag on each side
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of the helmet and shoulder pads. Although the jerseys met mixed reviews, they succeeded in getting people talking about a school that otherwise gets minimal national attention. New uniforms are also a great recruiting tool for football programs. High school recruits watching the big games in prime time see the excitement and envision themselves on the field, wearing the flashy new jerseys. Recruits see teams like Oregon wearing futuristic looking, and always different, uniform combinations every game and want to be a part of that. Although tradition runs deep in many corners of the college football landscape and change is frowned upon by many alumni, these jersey modifications are a welcome addition and should continue.
COUNTERPOINT: Uniforms should stick with tradition By Dan Meloy Sports Editor College football is full of pageantry and tradition. When players are only part of a program for three or four years, schools need to rely on the tradition and longevity of their programs to create something for fans to bring up nostalgic memories. Because when it comes to college sports, it is
less about the players on the field and more about the uniforms they wear and the schools they represent. This is why all of the truly great programs stick to their guns when it comes to their uniforms. For these schools, it is less about the colors they are wearing, and more about the traditions that they are representing. Face it, ten years from now, not many will look back on the uniforms Oregon were wearing this year, or whatever in the world Maryland was donning a couple of weeks back. But I guarantee you people will still remember the great Alabama teams that rolled out in the crimson and the white, and the Penn State teams under legendary Head Coach Joe Paterno that came running onto the field in their classic white helmets with the single blue stripe. These programs know that the uniforms teams wear one night do not matter nearly as much as the history of the programs and the pride and prestige that comes with that history. While some may criticize wearing the “same ‘ole thing,” that “same ‘ole thing” was good enough for the great players of the past that won their schools championships and built upon the traditions of those programs. When it comes to college football uniforms, keep it traditional, keep it classy.
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New threads: Maryland’s asymetrical uniforms sparked heated controversey on their release.
Even as a native of Portland, Oregon (what many consider to be bike haven USA), I admit I am no cycling expert. My childhood consisted of the cheap $50 mountain bikes that were by no means top quality, but when it came to after school adventures and summer explorations , they got the job done. And while I’m sure my dad at some point gave me a bike IQ, repair, and safety course, the only concepts that really stuck were hand turning signals, WD-40, and “don’t forget your helmet!” Nonetheless, come high school, I biked almost everyday of the summer, half the time nowhere in par-
ticular and luckily without too many bike break down emergencies (minus a few flat tires and somewhat questionable breaks). It was not until I came to college, however, did I truly realize my state as an amateur cyclist. I went on Craig’s List to find a bike to buy, and couldn’t understand why these old Fugi bikes from the 70’s were over $100. What were they thinking? I found myself checking almost everyday, reading descriptions just to boost my bike vocabulary. I eagerly awaited for a chance to use Puegot or Bianchi in a sentence. I still need help changing a tube, and quite honestly WD-40 and the ADA Bike Repair guys on Fulton St. are my best friends. But I feel the ex-
perience of relying on a bike to get around during these prime 4 years has forced me to learn a few things on my own. And most importantly, is motivation to keep a pedalin’ (pardon the cliche) in the years to come. As the days are beginning to get colder (I broke out the gloves on a morning ride this week), I am realizing, specifcally, how much I am going to miss it when the snow falls (those of you fellow bike dependents/fanatics can empathize when I say it feels like a sense of freedom being lost). So to my trusty Schwinn: thank you for your services, I promise to find you and your petite, not made for Michigan winter road tires a warm home come winter.
men and women explore outer space. But NASA’s last shuttle launch was way back in July. It will be years now before NASA can send its astronauts up into space again. How can a space program floundering due to lack of funds and guidance reinstate itself as a beacon of hope for every child that looks up at the stars in the sky and wishes they could someday explore outer space? Now those of us that wish to someday take a flight into space must turn to private companies that are racing against each other to build their own commercial rockets to send the rich up into space. But in the time it takes for the private space industry to find its footing and for NASA to right itself, I don’t want to lose sight of the amazing possibilities of space exploration. I want to be able to watch astronauts leave footprints in the red earth of Mars or crack the ice on Ju-
piter’s frozen moon Europa, a small rock that could potentially have all kinds of life swimming just beneath the surface. NASA has, for now, lost its rights to the dreams of anyone who has ever cracked open a science fiction book and thought of the possibilities lurking in the universe. We had progressed so far in so little time, going from the first airplane flight in 1903 to the first man on the moon in 1969, and now we are slowly coming to a standstill regarding exploratory progress. We can’t, however, let our inspiration die. I hope I will always feel curious as to what could possibly exist inside and outside of our solar system, and I hope I will always harbor a wish to possibly someday live on a colony on Mars. And I hope, out of all the millions of people in the world, that some will still hold on to that dream too.
Shattered space dreams
By Stephanie Giluk A&E Editor Space. The final frontier. Though I didn’t grow up in the golden era of the U.S. space program that encompassed of the first moon landing, the beginning of Star Trek, and the launch of probes set to explore Mars, I still share that same fascination with and love for the idea of space travel. Growing up, my favorite books were by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury. I’m sure I’m not the only kid left over from previous generations who had dreams of living on a colony on the moon someday or having a high-octane spy adventure on Mars. And who was responsible for instilling these kinds of dreams in an entire generation? NASA, of course. The U.S. space program was launching astronauts, real Americans, into space in their shuttles, letting these
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arts & entertainment Television: Shamble on over to AMC
Movies: The lion doesn’t sleep tonight at the box office
Books: If only a terminator would take care of this
AMC made a questionable move this week announcing that their zombie-riffic show The Walking Dead will be followed after every episode by Talking Dead, where fans can discuss just-aired episodes. It did not seem to occur to AMC to direct more effort and money toward the actual show.
The Lion King is enjoying a profitable run at the box oﬃce considering it is a 17-year-old movie and was supposed to be released for only two weeks. The 3-D version has now grossed $61.7 million, and Disney is in talks to extend the movie’s stay in theaters a few more weeks. Hakuna Matata.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is writing a memoir that is slated to release October of next year. The book is titled Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story and reportedly deals with Schwarzenegger’s divorce with Maria Shriver, among other equally unwelcome facts about the Governator’s life.
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I’m a pretty big fan of movies. As a fan, I feel I’m fairly aware of Hollywood’s shortcomings and strengths. For example, I know that, especially recently, Hollywood has a tough time coming up with original ideas. Because of this, there is usually a fair amount of movies remade over the years. Sometimes the remake is better than the original movie (John Carpenter’s The Thing) and sometimes it is worse (The Day the Earth Stood Still-was Keanu Reeves the robot or the alien in the remake? I couldn’t tell) and sometimes the remake and the original stand on equal footing (True Grit). Most of the time, I try not to complain too much about these kinds of things. I’m usually pretty open-minded about how remakes could turn out. I have faith in what magic Hollywood can sometimes work, so I keep my mouth shut and just try and watch whichever version I prefer. There are even a few I look forward to (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, anyone?). But sometimes Hollywood goes too far with its obsession with remakes, and to keep quiet would be a crime. A whole slew of remakes are just waiting to be unleashed on the general public later this year and throughout next year. I’m discussing but a few in order of importance. Total Recall, a fun and slightly ridiculous sci-ﬁ movie starring a stillbuﬀ Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone pre-Basic Instinct, is being remade with Colin Farrell as the lead. I am only mildly upset by this one, because while I love Arnold’s cheesy lines and the secret agent plot, the remake has promise. It reportedly follows the original story by Philip K. Dick more closely, and it has Farrell going for it. Next on my hit list is Beetlejuice. There’s simply no way anyone can top Michael Keaton’s disgusting, hilarious, and sleazy performance as the titular demon, and who doesn’t get a kick out of a goth Winona Rider? Yes, the effects are campy, but the scene where the main characters are forced to sing Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O” is priceless. Reportedly, Russell Brand is to star in the remake, and that’s just a travesty. I’ve mentioned The Thing. It’s a remake prequel to Carpenter’s own remake. Seeing how the original’s special eﬀects still freak me out after 20+ years (The spider-face? It’s under your bed. Right now), the remake doesn’t have much to go oﬀ of in terms of shock value. Carpenter’s version was plenty disturbing, and from what I’ve seen of the remake’s trailers, it doesn’t have anything new to oﬀer. If anything, it makes me want to watch Carpetner’s The Thing yet again. Though nothing is set in stone yet in terms of actors, the rights for Buﬀy the Vampire Slayer have been sold. But not to Joss Whedon; to Warner Bros. and several producers who aren’t aﬃliated with the Buﬀy franchise. Fellow Whedonites know this is pretty much a capital oﬀense, and it doesn’t matter that the writer of the movies, Whit Anderson, claims he is a huge Buﬀy fan. I’m a huge Buﬀy fan, but I’m not going to write a Buﬀy movie. There are some things you don’t touch. Speaking of untouchables, Ridley Scott has decided to follow up his own science ﬁction masterpiece, Blade Runner, with a prequel or sequel. A little piece of my soul is forever lost. Even though this isn’t technically a remake, it’s still tragically unnecessary. Blade Runner, for those that have had the misfortune of never seeing it, has a lot going for it, even after more than 20 years to potentially age the movie. The ﬁlm doesn’t rely on cheesy special eﬀects; rather, it uses the setting, a grimly futuristic Las Angeles, to set the ﬁlm’s noir tone. Rutger Hauer is more than amazing as Roy Batty, a Replicant trying to survive in a world that hates his kind. In other words, this is a movie that has stood the test of time and needs to be left alone. Forever. Sequels and prequels and whatever-quels will only cheapen the original’s seminal legacy. And so I conclude my rant. Now, excuse me while I go ﬁnd a wall to bang my head against.
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Hathaway, best known for enjoyable but lightweight films such as The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted, is curently under nerd scrutiny as she steps into Catwoman’s leather boots in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises.
Buckle up for Drive
By Joe Foldenauer The Saint Reporter If seeing Los Angeles over the back of Ryan Gosling’s head sounds appealing, Drive might be a good choice. This bloody, poetic, exciting movie is captivating, if a bit longer than necessary. Gosling, in top form, plays a stuntman/mechanic who moonlights as a wheelman. Gosling’s character, referred to only as Driver, brings to mind the Clint Eastwood character who says little and has no name. The movie begins like any typical heist movie, as Driver waits in his getaway car for two men committing a robbery. The men dive into Driver’s car right under his ﬁve minute waiting limit, and he escapes from the police with some clever and uncommon driving maneuvers. After such a thrilling opening, the story drags for a period of time. It’s just Driver, cruising through the city, tuning up some old cars, and staring oﬀ into the unknown as his pretty next door neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan, somewhat miscast) tries to connect with him. Finally, after Driver becomes more involved in Irene’s life and her ex-con husband, he is asked to help out in a heist that goes very wrong. The most exciting part of this movie occurs as a tribute to the 1968
Pedal to the metal: Gosling plays it full throttle in the action thriller Drive. police thriller Bullitt. As Driver escapes from the heist with a terriﬁed woman (Christina Hendricks) in the backseat, a tense car chase ensues and Driver lives up to his namesake. The movie then goes on as many revenge sub-plot stories would, except here, Driver is seeking revenge for Irene without her full knowledge, and his ultimate goal is to keep her safe. After several incredibly shot and
disturbing ﬁght scenes, Driver comes face to face with thugs Bernie Rose and Nino, played respectively by Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman with varying levels of menace. Overall, the movie was long and a bit predictable. It was a heist movie with a poetic dark side to it. While Brooks plays a convincing mobster, Perlman’s character just doesn’t exude the same quiet violence Brooks manag-
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es to portray. Perlman’s performance aside, the acting was top-notch, from Gosling’s mysterious and sometimes awkward Driver, his emotions written all over his face, to Bryan Cranston’s humble, caring Shannon, a mentor to Driver who also truly cared for him. Drive is easy to get caught up in, but is more an interesting piece than a fullout action movie.
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Put your hands up: Avenged Sevenfold doesn’t hold back at Van Andel’s UPROAR Fest. By George Van Den Driessche The Saint Reporter Rockstar Energy Drink’s UPROAR Festival turned Van Andel Arena into the most hardcore spot in town last week, as Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, and Bullet for my Valentine blew crowds away with their intricate breakdowns and complex guitar riffs. Van Andel Arena and downtown Grand Rapids were hyped up on September 20 as the highly anticipated UPROAR Festival paid a visit to Grand Rapids. The bands that came with the festival were no small names either; Escape the Fate, Bullet for My Valentine, Seether, Three Days Grace, and Avenged Sevenfold entertained and amazed. UPROAR is associated with the non-profit organization Child Find of America and Road 2 Recovery. Child Find of America is dedicated to the prevention and resolution of child abductions. Road 2 Recovery provides AMA licensed Motocross and Supercross riders who have sustained career ending injuries with financial assistance. A portion of the concert proceeds went to these organizations. The first band to storm the stage was Escape the Fate. The double bass drum could be heard from the Will Call office, causing heightened antic-
ipation in late arrivals just entering the arena. Upon entering, fans could hear Ronnie Radke (lead vocalist for Fate) parting the mosh pit to form a “Wall of Death.” This taste of brutal crowd interaction would set the tone for the following bands. As Fate left the stage (to cries of an encore) Bullet for My Valentine came out to claim the stage. The band performed a well mixed set of new and old songs, opening with “Your Betrayal” to get the mosh pit going. “Waking the Demon” and “Tears Don’t Fall” were two other crowd favorites. The next band that stood out by being somewhat different while still managing to entice the crowd was Seether. Seether relied more on their power ballad sound to woo the crowd as opposed to the usage of hardcore breakdowns. When the band performed “Broken,” all of Van Andel was aglow as Zippo lighters gently swayed as fans sang with the band. As Seether played its last song, the stadium grew hushed. There were only two bands left. Three Days Grace took the stage. The band tried not performing “Riot” (a crowd favorite) and the fans erupted in echoing BOOs. Finally, Adam Gontier (lead vocalist for Three Days Grace) dropped a few choice four let-
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ter words and proceeded to perform “Riot” against Van Andel’s discretion. Three Day’s Grace concluded their act with Gontier leaving the stage to enter the crowd and make people stand up, since this was a rock concert, after all. Finally, the moment had come: every band before this one had been only a stepping stone to the grand finale. The arena was dark, the stage was veiled and it was so quiet in the arena the audience could have heard a pin drop. Then, WHOOSH! Fire spurted into the air as “Nightmare” began to play. Avenged Sevenfold had taken the stage. Sevenfold performed at a level of musicianship that bewildered the crowd; the breakdowns were flawlessly on beat. The melodic riffs punctuated the feeling of the songs. Sevenfold was no longer a rock band– they became a rock symphony. “A Little Piece of Heaven” was a crowd favorite along with the ending piece, where Sevenfold performed a moshonly tune filled with both drum and guitar breakdowns. But who was the best band of the night? Well, the crowd seemed to think everyone rocked pretty hard.
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Listen up: Will fans be disappointed? By Nick Signore Managing Editor It has been eight long years since Blink-182 last released a studio album. Much has happened during the hiatus, including side projects by all three members and a plane crash in 2008 that nearly took the life of drummer Travis Barker. Through all the adversity, however, Blink-182 managed to re-unite, get back in the studio and record their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods. The ﬁrst single, “Up All Night,” was met with mediocre reviews and left many fans skeptical of the band’s new direction. Would nearly a decade of maturity and experience beneﬁt the group, or had the band lost its edge? Neighborhoods opens with “Ghost on the Dance Floor”, an uninspired, poppy track that sounds like it should be on an Angels & Airwaves (guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge’s side project) album and not Blink-182’s. The second track, “Natives,” sounds more like vintage Blink-182 and restores fans’ hope. It is a fast paced track with a catchy opening guitar riﬀ and a perfect blend of vocals from DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus that will remind fans of 2001’s Take oﬀ your Pants and Jacket. Much of Neighborhoods suﬀers from over--production and strays from the simplicity that made Blink-182 so successful. This is not to say that the album does not have its highlights, such as “Heart’s All Gone” preceded by the modest yet eloquent “Heart’s All Gone (Interlude).” Despite a handful of decent tracks, Neighborhoods does not seem to have a single track that will beg for continuous plays and stick with fans years down the road like so many songs have in the past. It appears that Blink-182 has transformed into a quasi-Angels & Airwaves, something that many fans may not be too enthused about. Neighborhoods is a mediocre album that will leave the hardcore fans that have waited nearly a decade for a new Blink-182 album feeling cheated, wishing the band would have taken their own advice in 2005 and stayed together for the kids.
Alice Cooper’s nightmare continues
By Brendan Hoffman The Saint Reporter Alice Cooper fans have reason to rejoice, as Cooper just released his ﬁrst new album since 2008’s Along Came a Spider. The album, entitled Welcome 2 My Nightmare, renews faith in many doubting his ability to release new, relevant music. A sequel to Cooper’s widely successful and highly inﬂuential solo debut Welcome to My Nightmare, the album reminds listeners that the evil musical genius known as Alice Cooper has not declined in the ﬁeld of organized cacophony. The album opens with the gently haunting “I Am Made of You.” The song is piano-heavy and the utilization of auto-tune on Cooper’s voice may leave older fans scratching their heads. From then on, however, things really start resembling the Alice Cooper of old. “Caﬀeine” is the kind of song that could dispel any bad feelings left by the ﬁrst track. It is a lovably weird track that exudes paranoia and explodes with a schizophrenically sung chorus. Notable are the familiar personnel in the instrumental section. Guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith provide their services for Welcome 2 My Nightmare. These are familiar faces from the original lineup of Alice Cooper’s band. Cooper’s older sound is most apparent in “I’ll Bite Your Face Oﬀ.” The guitar is boastful, the groove is irreverent, and Cooper’s snarl is thick. Listeners will be able to bask in the kind of sexy, bloody music Cooper has based his career on. “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever” is a track that sounds like a lost B-side from the original Welcome to My Nightmare. The grotesque scene described and the underlying angst is the same sound that Alice Cooper fans have always put their faith in. Most remarkable of all the tracks is “What Baby Wants” which features guest vocals from pop music synthesizer Ke$ha. Diehard fans may be outraged by her appearance, but it is hard not enjoy the strange blend of voices. Cooper’s growl and Ke$ha’s sing-talk style really compliment in a kind of conversational way. It is easy to see the inﬂuence Ke$ha has on the track, but it shows the evolution of Cooper as an artist making music as a ﬁgure of pop culture distortion. With Welcome 2 My Nightmare, Cooper exhibits both an evolved and familiar sound. It is a thoroughly enjoyable album that will leave old fans feeling a faith renewed in their favorite rock anti-hero and have new fans captured by the sonic enigma that is Alice Cooper.
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Something is missing: Taylor Lautner fails to entertain in Abduction. By Katherine Mata The Saint Reporter If the world’s worst writer, director and camera crew came together to produce a movie, Abduction would be their best eﬀort. Taylor Lautner’s character, Nathan, discovers his true identity while searching through a missing persons website. Soon after realizing most of his life was a lie, Nathan is forced to leave the home and life he knew and stop the men chasing him down in search of a list, which is in the possession of his birth father. If unearthed, the list
could destroy some of the Central Intelligence Agency’s oﬃcers. Sound like a stretch? Trailers for Abduction made the ﬁlm seem comparable to the Bourne series, if for a younger audience. What Abduction failed to create, unlike the Bourne series, was a convincing plot. Lautner, famous for his role in the Twilight saga, did his best to show fans that he can adapt to a new character and environment. His best, however, has failed to hold anyone’s attention. Lautner has a hard time giving a believable performance. Instead, his motions, body language and communication are forced and unbearable to watch. Au-
diences, not including teenagers who blindly follow Lautner’s every move, cringed at every word spoken. Most of the blame can also be put on the writer, Shawn Christensen. Lautner, along with his co-star, Lily Collins, did the all they could to deliver cheesy one-liners. If the script was not bad enough, the action made the audience laugh. The ﬁghts were one of the most highly anticipated parts of the movie, but Lautner should have taken a few lessons from the world’s best fake ﬁghters: WWE wrestlers. With punches and kicks landing nearly a foot away from the opponent, it was enough to make anyone laugh out loud. One of the few highlights of the movie was the use of special eﬀects. Explosions, bullet wounds, and, yes, some hand to hand combat were gloriﬁed enough to convince audiences to sit through the entire ﬁlm. As unrealistic as this ﬁlm proves to be, the special eﬀects used seemed promising enough. Director John Singleton and writer Christensen have their work cut out for them in the future. Abduction left audiences groaning and complaining as the credits rolled. If Singleton or Christensen ever hope to release a hit, they ought to gain some experience in the movie industry. Unless one wishes to throw away some time and money, Abduction should not be ﬁrst pick for any movie fan.
Now is the time to visit ArtPrize By Talia Clark The Saint Reporter ArtPrize may be one of the most popular art events in Michigan. It brings artists from all walks of life with diﬀerent tastes, messages, and talents together to Grand Rapids. This event has opened many eyes to numerous versions of art. It allows artists to share their voices and, like Koster, share their messages. Aquinas has much to be proud of in the way of ArtPrize, from art professor Chris LaPorte winning the ﬁrstplace piece in 2010 to the professors and students participating this year. Having spent some time talking with viewers and artists, it is obvious that ArtPrize does more than bring great art to Grand Rapids; it builds a sense of community as well. “Such talent!” was a statement that echoed through the halls of Cathedral Square during its unveiling Friday evening. This was the location at which LaPorte displayed his “Funeral” piece. When asked about the story behind the “light and heavy” piece, LaPorte explained that this picture was of a funeral his grandmother attended when she was a child. While explaining the process of creating his drawing, LaPorte said that experiences with funer-
were welcomed into the cozy restaurant with warm, excited smiles by the staﬀ. Only open for less than a week, The Grove was already thriving with people. “We mostly have had friends and family eating here, as well as customers from our sister restaurants [The Green Well, Bistro Bella Vita],” our waitress, Tao, commented. She added that “there have been hiccups here and there, but those are small matters.” We certainly did not see any hiccups on our visit that Saturday night. There were appetizers, ﬁrst courses (ranging from eight to twelve dollars), and main courses (ranging from twenty to thirty dollars). The course variety was outstanding, including vegetarian, ﬁsh (cod, trout), and meat options (lamb, steak, chicken). The restaurant’s motto, “Creative Consciousness Cui-
Tigers, elephants, and strong men ...oh my!
By Sarah Parlette The Saint Reporter What child has not imagined running away with the circus to ride elephants or tame tigers? With an overthe-top bonanza of colors, sounds and entertaining cast of players, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily’s glitzy circus allowed Grand Rapids audiences to run away with the cirucs when the VanAndel Arena played host on September 15-18 to acts of aerial artistry and daring animal performances. “The Greatest Show on Earth,” could entertain anyone of any age but pays special attention to its younger, more excitable guests. Comparing the show now to when he ﬁrst saw it as a child, junior Colin Farley said, “It’s still good, but it’s better the ﬁrst time.” Despite the dancing and songs followed by displays of awe-inspiring human athleticism, the show just might have lacked that certain oomph that would make it a hit with college students. Gigantic bands of whirling lights, animated clowns and a bedazzled ringmaster began the show with a bang. Through various performances by stilt walkers, strongmen and dancing Fu dogs, the tiger taming was a crowd
favorite. Surrounded by a cylindrical cage, tamer Daniel Raﬀo convinced moody tigers to follow pieces of bait onto various platforms, jump over each other, and even stand on their hind legs to swipe at him with their dangerous paws. The real stars, however, were the Barnum and Bailey elephants that strolled around the arena to amaze audiences by rolling over in a synchronized pattern and forming something akin to a conga line. The ﬁnal favorite was the teeterboard battle between two troupes of ﬂashy and fabulous pirates. Launching each other using a giant teeter-totter, the performers would send one man after another ﬂying into the air just to land upon the shoulders of another who was then in turn standing on yet another man. In a ﬁnal act of aerial prowess and impeccable timing, a piratey pair balanced on stilts and was thrown in the air, landing on springy, blue mattresses, to the joy of the ever enthusiastic crowd. With so much to see, the amount of simultaneous performances was a bit overwhelming, but in the end, created an enjoyable environment for all.
By Karen Havens The Saint Reporter Art Prize. Halloween. Midterms. Add the annual AQ Jazz Jam to that list, while you’re at it. On October 5 at 9:30 p.m., jazz connoisseurs and music fans of all kinds can join the Aquinas jazz band for a night of ﬁne rhythms and smooth beats. This year’s jazz jam will feature songs such as “Little Sunﬂower” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” Under the direction of Dr. Paul Brewer, Director of Instrumental Music, the jazz band has provided an element of class and culture into the already rich educational environment oﬀered at Aquinas. The Jazz Ensemble, while drawing new interest to the world of jazz music, also exists for the enjoyment of its members. When asked if there is any goal the band wants to meet this year, sophomore Ray Kalinowski, who plays trombone for the jazz ensemble, merely replied, “No, we don’t necessarily have goals. We just want to perform to the best of our ability and hope people enjoy the music.” With rehearsals twice a week and hours of practice individually, the group is sure to have something for even the most casual jazz fan.
Out on the Eastown streets By Christine Seller The Saint Reporter
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A solemn occasion: Chris LaPorte displays “Funeral” at Cathedral Square. als often seem to put us far from death sculptures but also by the memory of her four brothers singing at the wedand far from our feelings about death. “I wonder what my grandmother ding of their daughter. “The sculpture thought as she stood there so young. I and poem has become emblematic of collaboration itself—a core human accannot not think about it,” he said. Another great name known tivity wherein weakness can be miniamong the Aquinas community is that mized and strengths maximized,” she of Art Department Chairman Ron Ped- said. Unique art pieces, talented people erson. While discussing his piece this year entitled “Quartet,” he explained of all ages, and a city that has caught that the sculptural process in a way the artistic fever makes ArtPrize an decided on its own to become a group event that will leave many inspired and of four ﬁgures rather than one, which thinking about art in new ways. The was his original idea. The poem that 200+ venues to visit and experience will accompanies the sculpture was written be open to visit until October 9. For a by Pederson’s wife, Miriam, who is As- new perspective on art, life, or Grand sociate Professor of English at Aquinas. Rapids, head downtown. For more inThe poem was inspired not only by the formation, visit http://artprize.org.
Farmer’s market goes “gourmet” at The Grove By Rachael Steil The Saint Reporter Looking for a fancy restaurant for your next big date? Have a special family occasion that calls for a celebration at a local eatery? Look no further than The Grove, located at 919 Cherry Street in Eastown, Grand Rapids. Students may cringe at ﬁrst glance due to cost, but the entire food experience met the expectations of the high prices. Dim lighting with straight-back booths gave the restaurant an artistic and elegant feel. Brown and deep yellow hues colored the walls and curtains for a warm, earthy atmosphere. Dropceiling squares were just one of many angular decorations that enveloped the main restaurant seating area. Upon arriving, my parents and I
sine” could not have described the entrees better; they were made with fresh ingredients from the local farmer’s market. “Color” and “fresh” were the ﬁrst words that popped into my mind as I marveled at the beautifully-arranged food. We ordered and shared the allnatural strip steak, the house-made spaghetti, and Parisian gnocchi. Delectable in a variety of ways, the dishes appealed to both our eyes and tongues. The vegetables were cooked to perfection, slightly crunchy and peppery. “Steak is steak,” was my dad‘s response to the meat dish. “The seasonings were great, but it was more fun picking at the unique vegetable dishes.” Our satisfaction was heightened when we ordered dessert (voted the best part of the evening). We chose a
warm, peppery cinnamon-roll drizzled with caramel. The second dessert we split was a chocolate “cake” that had the texture of a divine, airy-denseness. The consistency of it reminded me of chocolate-ﬂavored cotton candy. We left the restaurant not only refreshed, but with the highest approval for the timely service, the fun experience observing the unique and interesting menu, and the hope to come again soon--that is, when our wallets are full. The presentation and tastes suited the high prices of The Grove. And although it does not seem to be a suitable restaurant for the struggling college student, an occasional ﬁne-dining experience or a craving for fancy dessert would deﬁnitely need to be satisﬁed at The Grove.
A different sort of traffic jam
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Rain dance: Jam for a good cause. By Yasmeen Ahmed The Saint Reporter On Sunday, September 25, the organization Traﬃc Jam put together an event at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids with numerous bands to raise money to stop human traﬃcking. The money will help women who have been forced to be slaves get their lives back and spread awareness of child traﬃcking. A percentage of the money will also be going to a safe house being built in Thailand, called The Sargent House, named after one of the bands, Sargent Avenue, featured at the event. The house will help women who have been victims of traﬃcking recuperate. A & E Editor Stephanie Giluk E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
There were four diﬀerent performances. Each of them talked brieﬂy about the cause. Various booths were set up, selling food and shirts as well as merchandise for the bands. Sargent Avenue, Uncommon Road, Scarlet White, and Andy Ferris were the bands and speakers featured at Traﬃc Jam. Uncommon Road, Sargent Avenue and Scarlet White played mostly upbeat rock music. Some of the bands sounded more noisy than melodic, but each had memorable sound and talented artists. The atmosphere was relaxed and tranquil. The crowd consisted of about 200-300 people, some sitting and socializing and some right by the stage dancing and enjoying the bands. The bands themselves were tremendously inspired by the cause they were there for and that inspiration infected the crowd. They were all incredibly involved in contributing to their cause. Aquinas freshman Andrea Mooradian said, “I got a good vibe from the event, there were people of all ages enjoying it. It was for a really good cause.” For more information, or to donate money, visit traﬃcjam.org.
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Wandering the streets last Saturday on September 17, one might have smelled cooking food and patchouli in the air as people thronged the streets, bouncing from one booth to another while music thrummed in the background. The weather was perfect for the 38th Annual Eastown Streetfair, which took place along Wealthy Street. The Streetfair has become a Grand Rapids institution and a celebration of the transition from summer to fall. Wealthy Street was closed to traﬃc from Atlas Street to Lake Drive. Dozens of leading artists, potters, sculptors, jewelry makers, hand bag and clothing designers and other craftspersons took over the street with colorful booths, selling their wares to the thousands who traditionally ﬂock to the event. The events started at 9:00 a.m. and concluded at 8:30 p.m. “I think [the fair] brings all different types of people together in one centralized area. It seems like Eastown is a pretty accepting environment, and the diversity really shows at the street fair,” said senior Rachel Brown. The celebration of arts, crafts, food, music and the Eastown neighborhood had sixteen Michigan bands performing on two oﬃcial stages. The band lineup this year included: Wisaal and Leilah, Rhythm Section Swing Band, Potato Babies, Bearinger Boys, Poppys and Pennies, Belly Dancers, Their Teeth Will Be of Lions, Rhythm Billies, Afro Zuma, Daredevil Circus, Mustard Plug, Ribbons of Song, The Waxies, Red Light Empire, Valentiger, Johnny and the Archtops, The Law, The Bang Ups and Cabildo. Almost 90 booths featuring artists from all over Michigan lined the streets. Also, some of the local restaurants like Yesterdog, Bombay Cuisine, Chez Olga and Brandywine were in attendance to provide a variety of food choices for the public’s enjoyment. In addition, the many retail outlets of Eastown - including Gallery 154, Spirit Dreams, Eastown Antiques and The New Yorker- were open for business with a range of Streetfair specials. “I’m in Eastown a lot, so I would see the advertisements all over. It would be great if it were advertised on campus, then those who don’t get oﬀ campus much will know when the street fair is taking place. I had no idea Eastown even had a street fair until my junior year at Aquinas,” said Brown. Special features this year included the ﬁrst ever Eastown Dog Down (a unique hot dog eating contest where contestants had an opportunity to compete), exciting street performances, and performance acts between featured bands on the RastafaRye Main Stage. According to grnow.com, “Streetfair, which is organized by the Eastown Special Events Committee, is supported by the Eastown Community Association, the Eastown Business Association, the City of Grand Rapids, and the entire Eastown community. It is one of the major events on the Grand Rapids City events calendar.”
NASCAR: Tony Stewart wins first two Chase races
Bullfighting: Law ends the sport in the Catalonia region of Spain
Big XII: Texas A&M moving to the SEC, Texas and Oklahoma staying
Tony Stewart is off to a hot start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase, winning the first two races of the Chase at Chicagoland S p e e d wa y a n d N e w H a m p s h i r e M o t o r Speedway. Stewart leads the championship standings by seven points over Kevin Harvick with eight races remaining in the season.
Last Sunday, Barcelona saw the last bullﬁght in the region for the foreseeable future. In July 2010 ,the Catalonian parliament passed a law that banned bullﬁghting eﬀective Jan. 1, 2012. Sunday saw the last scheduled bullﬁght of the year. Animal rights groups behind the petition that was brought to the parliament celebrated the occasion.
In a hectic month ﬁlled with conference realignment and schools threatening to sue one another, it appears that the dust has ﬁnally settled in the Big XII...for now. Last Saturday the Pac-12 stated they had no desire to add Texas and Oklahoma to the conference. Meanwhile, Texas A & M was accepted to the SEC this Tuesday.
The ultimate insult: being the opponent at homecoming dan meloy | sports editor In sports, there are certain unwritten dos and dont’s that most every team seems to follow throughout the course of a season: Always take a knee for an injured player, try not to score more when you are up by 35 points, and do not try to intentionally hit the opposing team’s star-player when the game is well out of hand. But when schedules are released at the beginning of the season, there always seems to be one sports tradition that comes up: at Homecoming, schedule the weakest opponent possible. Now, before I begin explaining myself, I will note the one exception last Saturday when the women’s soccer team played #20 Indian Wesleyan. They stomped all over them, I might add. But for the most part schools use homecoming to schedule cupcake opponents to guarantee a win. This is done for obvious purposes. Schools want to guarantee a win for the returning alumni. The teams are probably distracted with all of the homecoming attractions so giving them an easy opponent will help them win even if they are focused on something else. And if teams are required to play a certain bad school, this adds to the fact that homecoming is a good way to get people out to games they otherwise might not attend. I am not condemning this practice, I am just merely pointing out that being another school’s homecoming opponent might be the biggest insult in the sporting world. Thinking back to my high schools days at Jackson Lumen Christi High School, our homecoming opponent was always Jackson Northwest, and for one week Northwest was the biggest punchline at our school. Lumen holds a 23-0 record alltime against Northwest, and the mere thought of Northwest scoring a touchdown against us was laughable. No one considered them winning. Still, the school did their best to get us excited for the game and rally up the school spirit—and it did work, as we would go to games just for the enjoyment of who won homecoming king and queen and whether or not Lumen won by more or less than 35 points. Most the time it was the former. This practice is prevalent at other schools around the country, including our very own Aquinas where students enjoyed a 3-0 win in men’s soccer over lowly Concordia and the men’s lacrosse team crushed UM-Dearborn, who is bad at just about at every sport. Not to take anything away from the teams that do well in their homecoming games and give us the joys of watching our teams crush the opposition, but some credit should go to the athletic departments for doing their part to help with the victory. This goes to show that homecoming games are not really about athletics, but are more or less for the alumni and the students. The quality of the opposition and closeness of the game are not important for the fans; rather, we just want to see Aquinas win by a lot and go back to other celebrations. For one day on the sporting calander the festivities surrounding the game overshadow the game itself, and that is ﬁne with most teams as long as they get a positive result regardless of whomever the opponet may be. Consider this to be the sports tradition that puts college sports in perspective. The one that reminds us that sports are supposed to be fun, and a way to emphasize school pride. So, well done to schools everywhere who won on the night of their homecoming. And congrats to all of the Aquinas teams that made us look good in-front of the alumni. And for schools that were scheduled to take part in another school’s homecoming celebration—I would take oﬀense at that.
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WHAT TO WATCH
The volleyball team travels to Cornerstone for a non-conference game tonight at 7 p.m. Tomorrow night the Saints host Marygrove College at 7 p.m. then play Lake Superior State University at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center.
Men’s soccer: homecoming kings By Cecilia Kellogg The Saint Reporter Thanks in part to a ﬁve game winning streak and a win in front of boisterous homecoming crowd, things are looking bright for the Aquinas College men’s soccer team. Last Saturday was Aquinas’ Homecoming match against Concordia University. In front of a loud and heckling Saints’ Squad, Aquinas pulled away with a 3-0 win improve to 8-2 on the year. The homecoming game is always a big feature on the Saints’ schedule, as the team draws from the emotion of a large crowd that gets into the game. “I am very excited for today’s game because it is homecoming and a lot of people are here to watch,” said men’s soccer Head Coach Joe Veal. “Alumni are here and a lot of people are here that support the soccer program. It would be nice to show our supporters a win, so that is what I am hoping for.” Aquinas scored the ﬁrst goal of the game right before halftime with a strike from sophomore defender Tyler Fischer. The crowd erupted as the Saints took a lead into the locker rooms while all the homecoming festivities were taking place at halftime. Rain began to fall as the second half began, but that did not deter the Saints or their supporters. Junior midﬁelder Billy Creameans scored in the 56th minute to make it 2-0, and four minutes later Creamans provided the assist for junior forward Casey Higgason to score to put the game away for the Saints and gave a the homecoming crowd a reason to celebrate. Senior
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Eye on the prize: Junior midﬁelder Logan Wagner focuses on the ball as he prepares for a volley in last Saturday’s match. The Saints were victorious at Homecoming, defeating Concordia 3-0. goalkeeper Jesse Guevara-Lehker was on form for the Saints, recording ﬁve saves to preserve the shutout. In the week leading up the Homecoming game, the Saints were riding a four game winning heading into their match against Lawrence Tech. Aquinas was hot out of the gates scoring in the ﬁfth minute with a goal from Fischer. Then Fischer added another in the 58th minute that was sandwiched between two goals from Creameans in the 23rd and 67th minutes. Higganson added another goal in the 79th minute to cap oﬀ the blowout win for the Saints.
The Saints’ next game against Cardinal Stritch University on September 18 brought the ﬁve game winning streak to a halt. Despite outshooting Cardinal Stritch 12-4, the Saints conceded a goal in the 59th minute to fall 1-0. “The winning streak was good until the loss early this week, but it was to a great team”, said junior defensive midﬁelder Heath Sommers. The next game on September 21 at St. Joseph of Calumet College turned out to be a 4-1 win for the Aquinas Saints. Fischer scored in the 30th min-
Aquinas men’s lacrosse kicks off with a win, women set to take the field on Saturday they had a chance to try and steal the
By Jarrett Ardell The Saint Reporter In preparation for the lacrosse season this spring, the Aquinas College men’s lacrosse team held an exhibition game during the 2011 Homecoming events on Saturday, September 24. In spite of the ﬁeld slippery from rain, Saints recorded a shutout victory of 16-0 over the University of MichiganDearborn. Throughout the game, the team’s greatest strengths were speed and aggressive forwards pushing the ball into the opponents’ territory creating scoring possibilities. Once Aquinas acquired possession of the ball, the Saints sprinted into the UM-Dearborn zone, usually running past the defense before
ball. Aquinas’ speed created distance between the Saints’ oﬀense on the UMDearborn defense, thus giving them more time to set up a shot on goal without pressure from added defenders. One drawback that the team suffered from was lack of communication from teammates on the ﬁeld, relying on heavy running and shots to secure entry into the goal box. “[We need to] work on communication between the defense and the offense,” said men’s lacrosse Head Coach Luke Griemsman. “Let the forward players know that they have support from the defense and vice versa.” All in all the Aquinas men’s lacrosse team displayed speed and ag-
Tigers win AL Central Detroit pursues first World Series title since 1984 By Brendan Hoffman The Saint Reporter The Detroit Tigers look to make a statement in the 2011 Major League Baseball postseason as the American League Central division champions. It is the ﬁrst division championship for the Tigers since 1984 when they won the AL East. The Tigers clinched the title on September 16 with a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. Detroit’s path to the division crown was paved by a remarkable 12-game winning streak, sweeping the other AL Central teams in four three-game series. Players such as starting pitcher Justin Verlander and ﬁrst baseman Miguel Cabrera are leading a statistically stacked Tigers squad. Verlander has pitched a lights out season that featured him throwing the seventh no-hit game in Tigers history. Boasting a 2.29 ERA, Verlander is leading the league with 244 strike-outs, and 24 wins on the year. Last week Verlander attained his third AL Player of the Week honor for recording 12 strikeouts and in 15 innings. Also having a highlight year at the mound is closing pitcher Jose Valverde. Valverde leads the entire MLB with 46 saves. The Tigers have really relied on Valverde to ensure wins by closing games in such a conﬁdent fashion. On the oﬀensive side, Miguel Ca-
brera has been outstanding at the plate. Batting a .331 batting average, hitting 26 home runs, and leading the team with 97 RBIs Cabrera has been one of the biggest threats at the plate for the Tigers. One of the biggest additions to the Tigers lineup this year has been catcher Victor Martinez. He has hit a whopping 94 RBIs and is right behind Cabrera by hitting a .325 batting average. The Tigers have also looked to consistent batters like centerﬁelder Austin Jackson and shortstop Jhonny Perralta for production at the plate. Jackson leads the team with 20 stolen bases and Perralta hits a solid .300 batting average. They will both need to be productive for the Tigers to succeed in the postseason. Elsewhere in the American League the AL East champions New York Yankees look to be favorites in the league and the Tigers’ biggest obstacle to getting to the World Series. In the AL West the Texas Rangers have won the divison. The ﬁnal playoﬀ spot in the AL will go to whoever wins the wild card. As of Setp. 26 the Boston Red Sox hold a one game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays with the Los Angeles Angles Angels. The postseason begins this Friday with the American League Division Series. Check mlb.com for a full playoﬀ schedule.
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gression that dominated the playing ﬁeld. As a preview to the spring season, the team is looking to continue their tradition of a strong scoring set ups and keeping the ball away from their own end. “Our emphasis this season will be on a dual relationship between both halves of the ﬁeld”, said Griemsman. “So that both the oﬀense and defense can lean on each other to strengthen their own position.” The women’s lacrosse team easily defeated Lakeshore College earlier last Saturday and will face Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and Western Michigan University this Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Women’s golf third in WHAC By Laura Rico The Saint Reporter The Aquinas College men’s golf team continues to individually improve their game in order to prepare for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship which will get them to nationals in the spring. “We are working on developing our game player by play,” said senior Alex Smith. “Each of us plays a diﬀerent game so we all have diﬀering way to go about [playing].” First up, the Saints played at the Colonial Golfers Club in a jamboree hosted by the University of Northwestern Ohio on Sept. 19 and placed seventh out of nine teams with a score of 322. The team had to struggle with cold, rainy weather and was overall at a disadvantage when they played on a course they had never practiced on before. Next the Saints stepped up their game when they competed at a jamboree hosted by Indiana Tech on Sept. 22. Aquinas tied for ﬁfth with the Warriors with a score of 321. Top ﬁnishers for Aquinas included senior Andrew Kish, sophomore Patrick O’Brien, and senior Alex Smith all of who scored 79. Following the meet in Indiana the Saints are now seventh in the WHAC. “We do have the talent that is for sure,” said Smith. “I think a little more practice would help tremendously towards our consistency on the golf course.” The men’s golf team will play in the fourth WHAC Jamboree hosted by Concordia University on September 29. Phone (616) 632-2975
ute for the Saints and Higgason struck two minute later to give the Saints the lead at the half. After Aquinas conceded a goal, Fischer scored his second on the game in the 77th minute and Creameans capped oﬀ the night with a goal in the 82nd minute. The Saints will travel to Rochester College this Saturday and will return home to face Marygrove College on Wednesday October 5. Then the Saints will close their season by playing Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference schedule on the road to defending their league title.
Lions start 3-0, tied for first in the NFC North By Sam Swartout The Saint Reporter For the ﬁrst time since 1980, the Detroit Lions have started their season by winning the ﬁrst three games of the year. In week two of the 2011 season the Lions faced oﬀ against the Kansas City Chiefs. Matthew Staﬀord led Detroit to another victory completing 23 of his 39 pass attempts for a total of 294 yards. Staﬀord threw four touchdowns and only one interception in a 48-3 rout of the Chiefs. Nate Burleson had an above average game, leading Detroit in receiving with seven receptions and 93 yards. Leading Detroit in rushing yards was Jahvid Best with 16 carries for 57 yards. Along with an outstanding oﬀensive game, Detroit’s defense was solid, holding the Chiefs’ Matt Cassel to 133 passing yards and breaking up nearly half of his pass attempts. In week three, the Lions traveled to Minnesota to face oﬀ against the Vikings. In overtime Detroit pulled away with a 26-23 win. With an astounding 378 passing yards, Matthew Staﬀord was nothing less than outstanding. Staﬀord completed two touchdown passes and 32 of his 46 pass attempts, throwing no interceptions. It was Detroit’s tight end, Brandon Pettigrew, and wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, that led the Lions’ receiving game. Pettigrew recorded 11 receptions for 112 yards and Johnson had seven receptions for 108 yards were clearly the stars of this game. Not to be shown up by the oﬀense, Detroit’s defense also played a great game, sacking Minnesota’s Donovan McNabb four times. This Sunday Detroit will travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys. Elsewhere in the NFC North the Green Bay Packers are also oﬀ to a 3-0 start. In week two the Packers defeated the Carolina Panthers 30-23. In week three the Packers added another win to their season by defeating the arch-rival Chicago Bears 27-17. This Sunday the Packers will host the Denver Broncos in their attempt to remain undefeated. Meanwhile the Chicago Bears have lost their last two games. After being defeated in week two by the New Orleans Saints 30-13, the Bears lost at home to the Packers. This Sunday the Bears will host the Carolina Panthers. The Minnesota Viking are last in the division with a 0-3 record.
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Saints on a hot streak
Pack running and Women’s cross counteam unity key for try looking to make men’s cross country history
Women’s soccer ties school record for longest winning streak By Morgan Dantzer The Saint Reporter The women’s soccer team has been on a ﬁve game winning streak since the Saints beat Goshen College, winning all of their games by shutout. Freshman forward Melissa Hogan scored the only goal during the contest in Goshen on September 14. Freshman midﬁelder Maggie Keiﬀer was credited with the assist oﬀ a corner kick. Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Duley had ﬁve saves. The Saints had a home game on September 17 where they defeated Marygrove College 4-0. Aquinas freshman forward Elizabeth Vaughan scored an unassisted goal for the Saints. Hogan and freshman forward Chelsea Dennis both scored oﬀ assists by senior forward Jamie Tomaszewski. Also scoring for Aquinas was senior midﬁelder Matthea Brandenbrug oﬀ of a penalty kick. Duley made four saves for the shutout. On Sunday, September 18, the Saints picked up their third consecutive win when they beat Cardinal Stretch University. Freshman forward Lindsey Ulberg, with an assist from Keiﬀer, scored the only goal for the game. Freshman goalkeeper Jackie Gipe recorded one save in her ﬁrst game for Aquinas. Freshman on the team are really stepping up and playing some big roles this season. “I really enjoyed playing in my ﬁrst collegiate game,” said Gipe. “I was super nervous at ﬁrst, but our team played well which made it easier to settle down. It was a great experience and I’m very thankful that I got a chance to play.” The Saints traveled to Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN to shutout the
Pilots 5-0. Tomaszewski recorded a hat-trick during the game. Dennis and junior defender Courtney Havens also scored for the Saints. Duley recorded nine saves for the clean sheet. Aquinas hosted #20-ranked Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday, September 24, as part of Homecoming. The Saints ran away with a 6-0 win expanding their winning streak to ﬁve games. Tomaszewski and Hogan were a powerhouse duo in the match. Tomaszewski had four goals and Hogan scored the other two. Duley made three saves for the Saints before a ruckus Homecoming crowd. HILLARY NAJOR / THE SAINT Aquinas has Getting stuck in: Freshman midﬁelder Kelly Petzold lunges recorded shutouts for the ball during the Homecoming game. tacking immediately instead of waitin all ﬁve contests during their current winning streak. ing.” Aquinas plays at Rochester ColThe team’s ﬁve game winning streak ties the school record for the longest lege on October 1 and then is scheduled to compete in six WHAC games to end winning streak that was set in 2007. The Saints have yet to play a Wol- the season. The Saints’ next home game is on verine-Hoosier Athletic Conference game but are 7-3 overall, and the team Saturday, October 15, against Siena Heights University. has been constantly improving. “All season we have been working on defense,” said Tomaszewski. “This past week we’ve been focusing on at-
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The Aquinas College men’s cross country team started oﬀ the season taking 10th out of 36 teams at the National Catholic Invitational on Friday, September 9, and 12th out of 18 teams at the Knight Invitational on Saturday, September 17. Seniors Dustin Heiler, Mike Gravelyn, Devin Lea, Nick Thelen, and junior Jim Janisse ﬁnished in the National Catholic Invitational with a total score of 267. “The National Catholic Invitational was a good start,” Lea said, “We really focused on our top guys running together.” In the Knight Invitational, junior James Lanciaux, freshmen Blake Bitner, Stephen Glinski, Geoﬀ Albough, and junior Killian Smith ﬁnished with an overall score of 289. “This year, the team is closer than it has ever been.” said senior Eddie Seymour. The team is strongly emphasizing pack running. They are hoping this strategy will win them the WolverineHoosier Athletic Conference on their way to nationals. “We are trying to shorten the distance between each runner,” said Heiler. “The guys that normally take the lead hang back a little and the guys that start oﬀ a little slower run a little faster.” There are four meets left before the WHAC but, “Lots of guys have gotten stronger this year,” said Lea. With a strategy in place and a lot more running left in the season, the team is oﬀ to a good start. “This is going to be a very exciting season,” said Seymour. “I wish more people could be involved in something so special. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Ranked 12th in the nation, the Aquinas College women’s cross country team is a forced to be reckoned with. At their ﬁrst meet of the season on September 16 in South Bend, IN, Aquinas placed 15th out of 33 teams. This was no small feat according to Head Coach Mike Wojciakowski, “We did better than expected for that being our ﬁrst meet. We did not know where the team would be at, but we are deﬁnitely in a good place.” The following day the women’s cross country team had another challenge on their hands. Their second meet of the season was the Knight Invitational on September 17 in Grand Rapids. The team placed 14th out of 16 teams. To keep the ladies fresh, Coach Wojciakowski had half of the women race in South Bend and the other half race in Grand Rapids. Over the weekend competitions, a lot of runners set personal records and raced at an unexpected level. “We ran really well and for the ﬁrst meet, it was quite an accomplishment,” said senior Emily Sandula. “I think we are going to surprise a lot of teams at nationals and rank higher than any other women’s cross country team from Aquinas before.” As always, the team’s goals for this year are to win the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and to qualify for nationals. “Training hard and having really good practices will get us a long way,” said Wojciakowski. Leading the team in times so far are: senior Rachel Luehm, sophomore Carly Plank and freshman Catie Rietsema. Up next for the Saints is the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic meet in Louisville, KY, on October 1.
Michigan climbs in the national Saints fall to Cornerstone, prepare to take on the rest of the WHAC rankings, Notre Dame defeats ﬁrst night. This loss will make us better, versity 3-1 with sophomore right side By Dan Meloy stronger. This is the youngest team in hitter Jackie Overton and freshman outSports Editor Michigan State to claim the the conference and when they will get side hitter Allison Griﬃths each recordThe Aquinas College women’s volmore sets under their belts then we will ing eight blocks. leyball team is 12-6 on the year and 1-1 Megaphone Trophy Next, the Saints made it a season come out on top.” in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Con-
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Michigan State (3-1) The Spartans trounced the Chippewas of Central Michigan last Saturday, 45-7. Sophomore halfback Le’Veon Bell ran for 81 yards and 3 touchdowns. The defense also played exceptionally well, holding Central Michigan to just 112 yards of total oﬀense and intercepting 4 passes. In week three, Michigan State headed to South Bend to take on Notre Dame. Despite shutting down the Fighting Irish oﬀense and outgaining Notre Dame in yards 358-275, Michigan State failed to capitalize on opportunities, as they fell 31-13. Senior B.J. Cunningham led all Michigan State receivers, hauling in 12 receptions for 158 yards. The Spartans now embark on a brutal four game stretch, starting this Saturday when they travel to Ohio State. Then the Spartans will host both #19 Michigan and #7 Wisconsin before traveling to #8 Nebraska. #19 Michigan (4-0) Last Saturday, Michigan hosted upstart San Diego State, a team who some thought would give the Wolverines ﬁts. The Wolverines, however, made sure the game was never in question. Michigan jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 28-7 victory over the visiting Aztecs. Junior Denard Robin-
son did his usual thing, rushing for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. Robinson’s passing, though, was dismal throwing for 93 yards and two interceptions. The Wolverines dominated Eastern Michigan in the previous week, 31-3. Robinson ﬁnished with 198 yards rushing and 3 total touchdowns. This Saturday, Michigan hosts the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Notre Dame (2-2) This past weekend, Notre Dame pulled out a 15-12 win at Pittsburgh. The Irish gained 398 yards on oﬀense but only mustered 15 points. Despite not doing anything particularly well in their week three matchup against Michigan State, Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish emerged victorious, 3113, claiming the Megaphone Trophey. Inconsistency has plagued The Fighting Irish so far this season. The Irish look to iron things out this Saturday as they travel south to take on instate rival, Purdue. Grand Valley State (1-3) Grand Valley lost their third game in a row last Saturday, falling to Findlay 26-20. Despite outgaining Findlay in yards 357-309, including 231 yards on the ground, the Lakers struggled to generate much oﬀense. On September 17, Grand Valley fell to Indianapolis 34-33,. This weekend, the Lakers host Tifﬁn.
Men’s golf looks to improve as season progresses By Laura Rico The Saint Reporter The Aquinas College men’s golf team continues to individually improve their game in order to prepare for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship which will get them to nationals in the spring. “We are working on developing our game player by play,” said senior Alex Smith. “Each of us plays a diﬀerent game so we all have diﬀering way to go about [playing].” First up, the Saints played at the Colonial Golfers Club in a jamboree hosted by the University of Northwestern Ohio on September 19 and placed seventh out of nine teams with a score of 322. The team had to struggle with cold, rainy weather and was overall at a disadvantage when they played on a course they had never practiced on before. Next, the Saints stepped up their game when they competed at a jamboree hosted by Indiana Tech on September 22. Aquinas tied for ﬁfth with the Warriors with a score of 321.
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Smooth and Steady: Junior John DeAngelis lines up his putt. Top ﬁnishers for Aquinas included senior Andrew Kish, sophomore Patrick O’Brien, and senior Alex Smith, all of whom scored 79. Following the meet in Indiana the Saints are now seventh in the WHAC. “We do have the talent that is for sure,” said Smith. “I think a little more practice would help tremendously towards our consistency on the golf course.” The men’s golf team will play in the fourth WHAC Jamboree hosted by Concordia University on September 29. The league championship will be determined in the spring at the WHAC Championships.
ference coming into a grudge-match against conference rival Cornerstone University. The Saints will be looking for some revenge after a tough 3-2 loss on Homecoming to the Golden Eagles. After taking an early lead, the Saints dropped the ﬁrst set 25-22, but rallied with a strong second set 25-18. After losing the third set the Saints rallied again in the fourth set to force a climatic ﬁfth set. After Aquinas pulled out to a 9-4 lead Cornerstone rallied and just edged out Aquinas 15-12 to win the match, and hand Aquinas their ﬁrst loss at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. “If anything this loss motivates us,” said Head Coach David Rawles. “No team wins the conference on the
The Saints opened up conference play two weeks ago by beating the University of Michigan-Dearborn 3-1. Senior middle blocker Chelsea Phillips led the Saints with 21 kills on the night and senior libero Sarah LeClair recorded 26 digs. “The biggest thing we need to focus on going into those big conference games is just going out there and playing how we know we can,” said sophomore setter Nicci Thomas. “We are such a young team but that is working to our advantage because our young girls are getting so much experience.” Following their win over UMDearborn Aquinas defeated Olivet University in straight sets at the Sturrus. After defeating Olivet the Saints traveled to Olivet for a pair of games. First Aquinas defeated St. Francis Uni-
sweep of Olivet by defeating the Comets once again in straight sets. Senior outside hitter Jessica Curtis’ play was crucial to the Saints win, as she helped out on the defensive end recording 10 digs for the Saints. “We have a very discipline defense,” said Phillips. “Without how hard they work, we would never be able to be so successful oﬀensively. We ﬁnally found a team rhythm.” The victory over Olivet extended Aquinas’ winning streak to six matches before their match against Cornerstone. Tonight’s match against Cornerstone will not count in the league standings since the Saints will only play each team in the league once. Aquinas will host Marygrove College tomorrow at 7 p.m. and host Lake Superior State University at 4 p.m.
Achieving goals on and off the field By Alyssa Frese The Saint Reporter “I decided to try soccer because my older brother played and I really looked up to him, plus my dad was the coach of the East Grand Rapids [recreational] team,” said senior goalkeeper Jesse Guevara-Lehker. Soccer has been a part of senior Jesse’s life for many years. He started playing at the mere age of six. After playing soccer competitively, Jesse decided that he wanted to make it a part of his college career. “I played club soccer with Ruben [Ornelas-Luna ‘11 teammate to Jesse for three years at Aquinas]. Matt Roberts was my coach for club and he really encouraged me to play for Aquinas.” Said Jesse. Jesse was torn because he had planned on attending Loyola University in Chicago, but after visiting Aquinas, Jesse decided to take Matt’s advice and attend Aquinas. Jesse has been a huge part of the team since his freshman year. He has been the starting goalie for the Saints since his sophomore year. “In his ﬁrst year Jesse gave us a dependable backup keeper. It was the ﬁrst time the team had depth and the goalkeeper position,” said men’s soccer Head Coach Joe Veal. “The last three years he has been the starting keeper and has been very solid as starter. Over time he has developed into a leader on the team.” This year Jesse is especially being recognized. He has the honor of being named a team captain. The Saints have also won the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
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Senior goalkeeper Jesse GuevaraLehker ranks second all-time in wins at Aquinas. title the past three years; a feat which would not have been possible without a solid goalkeeper. “Our success over the last three years, three WHAC Championships, has been made possible in large part to our defense,” said coach Veal. “Jesse has been a key to that. The defense plays with more conﬁdence knowing they have a dependable keeper to back them up.” Being a goalkeeper, Jesse gets to see a side of the game that most people never see. “The best part about being a goalkeeper is knowing that all the pressure is on me. It is fun to deal with that pres-
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sure and try to be as perfect as possible.” Also, “it is awesome not having to run,” Jesse joked. A huge part of Jesse’s soccer career has been the support he has received from his parents both on and oﬀ the ﬁeld. “My brother and my dad have always loved the sport,” said Jesse. “They got me involved and I have not stopped since. My parents have been so supportive. They have come to every single one of my games. I play for them and I play for my teammates.” Jesse’s teammates and family are his main motivation on the ﬁeld, oﬀ the ﬁeld however Jesse has other means of motivation. “I am focused on getting into the real world with a degree. I really want to travel. I hopefully will get to go to Spain this summer and teach English there. I am majoring in International Business and minoring in Spanish so it would put both of those to practice.” Jesse has enjoyed his time here at Aquinas and will deﬁnitely miss soccer the most at Aquinas. “Playing soccer here at Aquinas has been the best experience ever. I will miss the team the most. There are a lot of great guys here,” said Jesse. It is now Jesse’s ﬁnal season and he has big plans for the team this fall season. He wants to make history and go to the extreme his last season. “I want to win the conference and then win the conference title,” said Jesse. “It would be the most amazing thing ever if we made it to nationals and won the National Tournament. That would be the best way to ﬁnish oﬀ my career here.”