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Volume 86, Issue 4
Candidate Ban Made Official By JOHN P. SCHMIDT Tower Staff The University formally updated its policy on political speakers Wednesday to spell out a ban on candidates during the election season. University officials have previously stated the policy but never put it in writing. Catholic University also has a policy preventing politicians who have public positions contrary to that of the Church from speaking on campus.
Speakers who do not adhere to Catholic doctrine can still be invited if the University president grants permission. The update to the policy was based on an e-mail from Rev. David M. O’Connell, University president, to general counsel. The subject of speakers on campus has caused a great deal of controversy. Sen. John Kerry (DMA), had been approved to speak on environmental issues last year, but canceled citing scheduling conflicts after complaints from anti-abortion activists.
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Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, speaks at the dedication of McGivney Hall on Monday. The building will house the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.
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Colin Schmitt, center, garnered the most votes out of all the freshmen candidates in the election yesterday.
Frosh Elect Reps By MICHAEL OLIVA Tower Staff Freshmen elected their student association leaders yesterday. Winners were elected last night, ending a week of active campaigning. Colin Schmitt, a politics major, garnered 204 votes, the most of any race, taking one of the seven delegate positions on the Student Association General Assembly. “I now look forward to working with the six other freshmen elected, as well as the entire SAGA,” said Schmitt in an early-morning message to his supporters. In addition to filling positions on SAGA, freshmen chose Christopher Prudente to represent them on the Student Fee Allocation Board. Tower writer Katrina Avila was also elected to be the committee chairman for the class of 2012 on the Program Board.
The newly elected freshmen will join the rest of SAGA, SFAB and Program Board next weekend on a leadership retreat to Camp Letts in Maryland. “They’re the future,” said Afifeh Alaween, the speaker of the SAGA.” We want to make sure that they’re ready for it.” The senior representatives on SAGA have also chosen a new student to fill a vacancy that was created over the summer, when Delegate Chad Longell took a leave of absence from the University to enlist full-time with the Army. The selected candidate has been notified, and will be announced next week. The sophomore and junior members of SAGA are currently seeking to fill three other vacancies, and will announce their decisions next week as well. Freshmen Adam Davis, Dan Essig, Anne Roth, Felicia Charles, John Eby and Thomas Cunningham also won positions on SAGA.
McGivney Hall Knighted As Home of Pontifical Institute By LIZ GRDEN Tower Staff McGivney Hall, located adjacent to Mullen Library, was dedicated and blessed in a formal ceremony Monday afternoon. The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family will be housed inside McGivney. Formerly known as Keane Hall, McGivney Hall was renamed in honor of Rev. Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus. After 12 years of neglect, the University was able to renovate the building with a $8 million donation from the Knights of Columbus. “Today is a dream come true,“ said Rev. David M. O‘Connell, University president. “From the very beginning, the University [has grown] and prospered through its association with the Knights of Columbus.“ O‘Connell, Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington and Chancellor of the University, Bishop William Lori, chairman of the University‘s Board of Trustees and representatives from the Knights participated in the event. The program included blessing the building, cutting ceremonial ribbon and speaking to those who gathered to take part in the event. “Special gratitude is due to all those of the Catholic University of America whose
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Carl A. Anderson, left, Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, center, and Rev. David M. O’Connell cut the ribbon at dedication of McGivney Hall on Monday. vision both formed and enabled this project to move forward,” said Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight. “Today we take great pride in the dedication of this beautiful building on this historic campus.”
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University to Enter Voluntary Most CUA Agreement with Library Bar Employees New Owners Plan to Revamp 12th Street Watering Hole By RYAN J. REILLY Tower Staff The Library Saloon, a 12th Street bar with a student-heavy consumer base, plans to enter into a voluntary agreement with the University which will likely stipulate that no University students may work the door and that only students over 21 can be employed there, the new owner said this week. Miles Gray and his business partner Jerome Bailey bought the bar at 3514 12th Street from previous owners Brian Westlye and Gaynor Jabonski. Gray, who took over on September 1, is currently making improvements and adding a deck to the back of the bar. He plans to close the bar in December, when students are on winter break, and re-open in January, after remodeling the building in an old English library theme. While the bar is currently open for business, Gray is planning a grand unveiling to coincide with homecoming weekend. Gray, a former surgeon, also plans to offer
food service during sports games and expand business hours in January. The owners have also begun working with the University to prevent underage drinking. Bailey met with Associate Dean of Students Kathryn Jennings a few weeks ago and agreed to enter into a voluntary agreement that will be filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Jennings said she could not provide any details on the agreement yesterday. “We want to play by the rules and go by the book,” said Gray. He wants the Library to be a “’Cheers’like environment, where everybody knows your name.” “The building itself, whatever names it has gone by – be it Kitty O’Shea’s, Johnny K’s or Cardinal Club - has always been a bar and the neighborhood has always looked at is as a bar,” said Gray, who runs promotion company TeamBBC.com and has thrown parties at clubs in the District and in Philadelphia. Gray said the agreement with the University will “make sure that everybody stays safe.”
In 1999, when the bar was named Kitty O’Shea’s, the University reached an agreement that required its owners to employ doormen who were over 21 and not University students. The bar was required to take out advertisements in The Tower clarifying the admissions policies and advising students that false identification is a violation of District law. They could not sponsor activities that coincided with University events, any ladies nights or any events before 11 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. The owners also agreed to meet with the University twice a year. In 2003, funds collected from alcohol education sanctions totaling $1547 were used purchase an identification scanner for use in the bar, which was rarely put to use. Gray said he has tried to stay ahead of the concerns from the Brookland community by attending a few neighborhood meetings and instituting an open door policy.
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University employees have donated overwhelming amounts to Democratic candidates in the upcoming presidential election. Out of a total of 26 donations to national campaigns, 20 were to Democratic candidates. Four employees donated to John McCain’s campaign. “That’s a stark contrast to what students here think,” said Stephanie Rahm, a junior politics major. “Most people here are suburban conservative Republicans.” Some saw the number as insignificant compared to the total number of employees. “It’s really too small a number of employees here to conclude anything,” said Jessica Sticklor-Lipson, a graduate architecture student. The University employs 1,596 full and part-time staff and faculty members. Donation laws require that contributors who donate more than $200 dollars per election cycle list their employers on submitted forms. Employees at other local universities, who have donated to campaigns, reflect the tendencies of their universities. Over 90 percent of donations at Georgetown University went towards Democratic candidates, while American University and George Washington University saw more than 85 percent of employees open their wallets for Democrats.
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5th Column with the Emily Ruane
Page Two Serving Up Laughs Since Some Point Prior to Now! Thanks Regan Hall for pulling a fire drill during America’s Next Top Model just as they were about to eliminate… well I don’t know who they eliminated! Thanks guys. Seriously. After freshman convocation, I pretty much won’t be going to the Shakespeare section of the library anytime soon. Have you guys heard about Tumblr.com? It’s a blogging platform that we just discovered tailored especially for virtual “scrapbooking” – photos, video, links and quotes. Sounds a lot like Facebook, right? Wrong! It has an array of customizable templates and neat little functions. What I’m trying to
say is: take your girls-making-outand-doing-Tequila-shots party pics out my face. (Although Katy Perry does have a Tumblr account…) Speaking of partying, the original party – opera – has a new venue this weekend. You heard me: opera. The something center will be broadcasting a live performance of La Traviata at – wait for it - Nationals Park! Here’s the super student-friendly bonus: admission is free. Free as a bird. Free as you’ll feel after an evening of downing Miller High Lifes and – um, what? Anyway, you should check it out. TLC better got its volume back soon… Otherwise I won’t know “What Not to Wear!”
So what’s with all the cat fights at the Cardinal’s Nest? This isn’t high school. Have some class ladies. Apparently DPS doesn’t know about cell phones yet. Their excuse for not contacting the University administration is that they were busy on the scene of the bomb threat last Thursday. Administrators didn’t know until nearly two hours after the incident started. Psst, Mayor Fenty: we are loving DC’s new bike-sharing program! The cycles remind us a little bit of the cruisers you can rent down the shore, making us miss summer even more than we already do – if that’s even possible. We want to know when you’ll be bringing a rental station to Brookland.
Guitar Hoaxo By BEN NEWELL Tower Staff
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A flowing white button-down. Jimmy Hendrix’s National Anthem. A line-six amp. A certified Guitar Hero axe. None of those were used in a concert rather, a prank. Stew McCudden, a Flather resident and guitar enthusiast stood his roommate up on the bed and pointed his amp out his fifth floor window, facing runners
in the Keane Fitness Center and walkers from Centennial Village. When they looked to his corner window to discover the source of the elegant riffs wafting across campus, an entranced Matt Cavanaugh appeared at the window rocking his black plastic made-inChina $35 dollar at Best Buy instrument. Confusion followed, and some made pilgrimages up to the corner of what residents call “the box that rocks.” The tradition continues.
Overheard Discerning Media Consumer: Would you like a Tower? They’re so much better this year! Last year they were horrendous! Precocious child: My heroes growing up were Miss Piggy and Winston Churchill. Freshman After Convocation: I feel like we’re at Hogwarts after that ceremony and with this harp playing.
Here at the Tower, we couldn’t help but notice that there’s a new name on campus – no, it’s not Mr. Belding. (We noticed him, too, but check beacon for that.) Monday saw the re-dedication of the former Keane Hall – you know, the building that had plastic windows for all of last year – as McGivney Hall, named for Knights of Colombus founder Rev. Michael J. McGivney. The Knights donated $8 milly to the renovation of the building, which evidently gave them the privilege of renaming the building. We had to ask: is Catholic University riding the coattails of major league sports franchises in offering up naming rights to the highest bidder? A little about the building’s jilted namesake: John Joseph Keanes was born in 1839 and immigrated to the United States from Ireland when he was seven years old. Before he was appointed as the first rector (that’s right folks, first rector)of Catholic University, he founded churches and schools for African-Americans. He did a lot to build up Catholic University, but his Democratic and liberal ways earned him enemies in Rome. He sounds like a rad guy. What would Jesus do? Probably some of the same stuff that Keane did helped others, led churches, and frightened people with his liberal policies. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, I just thought that once you had a building named after you it stayed named after you.The guy who donated all that money to build Opus Hall might want to double check the fine print and see if that name lasts more than 50 years. What’s next? The Pryzbyla Pepsi Center? Mullen Library Saloon? We know it must be hard to say no to people who throw money in your direction. Hell, we have trouble saying no when someone offers us like, 20 bucks. (We would explain this, but it would involve going on a pretty long tangent about a video camera, a chicken costume, some marbles, a tree ... need we elaborate?) Um, where was I? Oh yes. Money-induced amnesia. Obviously, the Knights of Columbus are rad as all get-out for putting all that paper towards fancying up that building. Have you seen the new student lounge? There’s a coffee machine, a Brita filter (filled with water!) and we’ve even seen a cute baby every so often. (Did the baby come with the renovation? Ok, maybe not.) Um, wut? R.I.P., Keane Hall.
Student Spotlight: Monica Mulholland By LIEREN STUIVENVOLT Tower Staff
This week’s student spotlight has been an undergraduate, a teacher and is now a student again. Monica Mulholland, a Spanish instructor who is in her first semester of teaching at the University, is also in her first semester as a graduate student pursuing a doctorate in Literature in Spanish, with a focus on Latin American Contemporary Literature. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mulholland moved to the U.S. in August of 2002, as a means of pursuing her desire to teach her native language, as well as to further her education in Spanish literature. Moving to a new country was nothing new for Mulholland, as traveling to further her education is something she enjoys. “I’ve always liked
to travel,” Mulholland said. “I’ve visited England, Australia, Canada…I always have tried to combine travel and vacation with a little course here or there.” Most of her English classes were taken during her time in England. Her original degree from Profesorado Superior Joaquin V. Gonzalez, a prestigious teacher’s training college in Buenos Aires, was for teaching English as a foreign language. “Learning English was very, very hard,” she said. “After graduating high school, you have to take an entrance exam to study the language in college, and I had to study for two years for the test alone.” Although she is teaching her native language, Spanish, to two sections of freshmen this semester, she taught English in Buenos Aires for over 20 years. “I’ve taught all levels, from
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kindergarten to college,” she said. Her degree in Spanish is from George Mason University. Although the language she has taught has changed, her love of teaching never has. She had wanted to be a teacher as long as she could remember and says her younger brother could definitely confirm it because she always wanted to teach him after she got home from school. While living in Buenos Aires, Mulholland also taught tourists Spanish and about Argentina. “Our culture is so diverse and rich, I really liked it,” said Mulholland. Mulholland was drawn to the University because the school maintains “an outstanding literature program, one of the few in the area, and the atmosphere here is very cooperative.” She says she feels “at home here,” and enjoys the “exchange with
the students, getting to know them and what way they will best learn” her native language. Mulholland hopes to stay at the University to continue her teaching career after she’s obtained her degree. When she isn’t teaching, she is at one of her three courses or making her hour and a half commute to the University or back home. “I don’t have any free time at all, and I couldn’t be doing this all without the help of my husband,” Mulholland says. “He’s extremely supportive; sometimes he has to make dinner for both of us.” As a veteran traveler, Mulholland advises any undergraduate student to take advantage of the study abroad programs here at the University. “If you really want to learn about the culture of a place and its language, it is the experience of a lifetime to visit another country.”
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Students take part in a prayer vigil in front of the Pryzbyla Center to mark the seven year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Campus Remembers 9/11 with Evening Prayer Vigil By JOHN P. SCHMIDT Tower Staff The University community gathered to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a memorial service on the Pryzbyla Center Lawn. About 500 students were in attendance for the service. Following student remarks, three candles were lit; a red candle for the first responders who rushed into the face of chaos and gave the ultimate sacrifice in order to save others, a white candle for the innocent people who were doing nothing more than their every day business and a blue candle for the blue skies that were blackened by the act of terrorism. The lighting of candles was followed
by a prayer and crowd members lighting individual candles, while “Amazing Grace” was played on the bagpipes. The service concluded with the singing of “America the Beautiful.” “It’s a day we try not to remember, but it’s a day we will never forget,” said Joe St. George, chairman of the College Democrats. The event was organized by Campus Ministry, Residence Life, the College Democrats and College Republicans. This was the first year the CDs and CRs were involved with helping to put on the memorial service. “I found it very moving. I was not expecting people to be brought to tears seven years after the attack. It just shows how emotional September 11 is to so many people,” St. George said.
The organizer of the service was junior Matthew Patella, who started a memorial service his freshman year. “My freshman year I could not attend the Mass at the Basilica for September 11, so I decided to do something small on Southside,” Patella said. His freshmen year, members of the House assigned to his building helped Patella start a small memorial service, he said Residence Life contacted him last year when they were planning a ceremony. “To me it is not only to honor the people who have been killed, but also to help those who have lost friends and family members,” Patella said. The CDs and CRs allowed students to dedicate American flags in memory of the victims in the Pryzbyla Center this past week.
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The prayer vigil included candles and flags in remembrance of victims.
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Library to Undergo Renovation in Dec. LIBRARY, from page 1 “A lot of people have lived in Brookland for a long time and some people love the college students, some people don’t like it when it gets rowdy,” said Gray. “Of course there are going to be situations where everybody is not going to be happy, but we want to find a balance where everyone in the community can enjoy this establishment.” He recognizes that the bar
will attract University clientele and is “definitely looking to cater to the students, or at least the ones who are of legal drinking age,” but still wants to be open to the public. Gray is originally from North Carolina. He went to Howard University as an undergraduate student and studied lower extremity surgery in medical school at Temple University. Bailey runs a real estate holding firm in the District area.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008 DAMAGE TO PROPERTY Marist Road Correspondent reports unknown person(s) put cheese and eggs on the hood and roof of vehicle. Thursday, September 3, 2008- September 4, 2008 DAMAGE PROPERTY Marist Road Correspondent reports unknown person forced cheese into the vents, on the hood and front grill of vehicle. Thursday, September 4, 2008 SICK PERSON TO THE HOSPITAL Magner House Respondent reported correspondent was sick. EMS was notified and responded. Correspondent was transported to the hospital Friday, September 5, 2008 SICK PERSON TO THE HOSPITAL John McCormack Road Respondent reported correspondent was sick. EMS was notified and responded. Correspondent was transported to the hospital Sunday, September 7, 2008 BARRED Flather Lot Respondent stopped a vehicle observed operating at a high rate of speed. Suspect was cited and barred from the property. MPD was on the scene.
Hundreds of members of the CUA community gathered outside McMahon Hall to pay respects to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
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Sunday, September 7, 2008 â€“Monday, September 8, 2008 DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY Caldwell Hall Correspondent reports unknown person(s) slashed her tires. Monday, September 8, 2008 THEFT FROM AUTO Harewood Road Correspondent reports unknown person(s) removed property from his vehicle. Property: iPod Monday, September 8, 2008 INJURED PERSON TO THE HOSPITAL Conaty Hall Correspondent reports she injured herself. EMS was notified and responded. Correspondent was transported to the hospital. Tuesday, September 9, 2008 SICK PERSON Conaty Hall Respondent reports correspondent was sick. EMS was notified and responded. Correspondent declined further medical assistance. This incident will be referred to Judicial Affairs by Student Life.
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Magner Frosh Wakes From Overdose Coma Resident Snorted Adderall, Xanax Last Wednesday
By BEN NEWELL Tower Staff A Magner Hall freshman suffered a drug overdose on September 3 and was taken by EMS to an unknown hospital the following day. Residents who reported the overdose to their Resident Assistant said the victim spent September 3 in his room, inhaling powdered forms of the prescription drugs Adderall and Xanax. By the following night, he was sweating profusely and hallucinating. “We stood outside his room for 20 minutes and heard him snorting and knocking things over,” said sophomore economics major Kevin Nosti. Nosti and his roommate, exploratory sophomore Billy Borst, spent Wednesday checking up on the student intermittently. “He was cogent most of that day, but by Thursday he got really bad,” said Borst. When Borst and Nosti came into the
student’s room he told them his parents were in the bathroom and that they had just exchanged a high-five. “That was when I was really worried,” said Nosti. Borst stayed with the student while Nosti notified Bobby Kilner, the Resident Assistant for Magner Hall. The student was comatose for most of the weekend. Freshman Chris Ryan, a close friend of the student, reported that he was conscious and recovering. Kilner said that “something was not right at that end of the hall,” but, lacking concrete evidence, was unable to act until the overdose was reported to him. Once he was aware, he notified the Residence Housing Office, which in turn notified Public Safety. Within five minutes, DPS responded and notified EMS, which took the student to a local hospital. Associate Dean of Students, Kathryn Jennings, declined to comment for this article on the disciplinary status or condition of the student.
CUA Named As Top Wired Univ. By SARAH FAVO Tower Staff Princeton College Review has named the University to the list of the “Top 20 Wired Colleges” as one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation. William Lantry, director of Academic Technology Services at the Center for Planning and Information Technology, says the University was named ‘Wired’ because of the way it uses pre-existing technology in new ways and how it shares technology. “Everything is a collaborative process,” said Lantry. Dustin White, a member of CPIT’s Academic Technology Services, said its open door policy contributed to the recognition. “We try very hard to listen to the customer’s needs,” said White.
Listening to students allows CPIT to see and fill needs, such as filling the need for free anti-virus software and an upgraded Cardinal Station. Raylene Thompson, manager of Learning Environment and Project Development at CPIT, provides crucial feedback by using the pages on a regular basis. Using technology already available, the University became the first to stream opera live and to provide professors the ability to teach classes when they could not come to class themselves. Future projects of CPIT include the return of the missing computers to Leahy with the addition of more, an island the University owns in Second Life, improving Blackboard and Sakai and additional Bandwith and Wi-Fi connection, said CPIT representatives.
Michael Steele, former Lt. Governor of Maryland, spoke at the first College Republicans event of the year.
Steele: College Republicans University Marks World Need to Help Engage Voters Suicide Prevention Day By LIEREN STUIVENVOLT ALLEN Tower Staff Karen M. Marshall, development director for the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), encouraged students to take suicides attempts seriously and ensure people that need help are given it as soon as possible, as the University marked the fifth annual World Suicide Prevention Day Wednesday. Marshall spoke to a gathering of University students, primarily psychology students, about signs that may indicate suicide and how to get help. Marshall shared her personal experience with suicide, in which he father shot and killed himself when she was 17 years old. “No one ever came up and talked to me, no one ever said suicide to me. No one said anything.” What changed Marshall, and what kept her from thinking that she was not going to get through the ordeal, was when she was finally able to
talk to someone about her father’s suicide. Making sure that people know there are places to get help is what drives her today. “With some knowledge and a little courage, anyone can help to save a life from suicide,” said Marshall, who is a major advocate of suicide prevention. Her presentation was the second time Marshall spoke at the University. Senior psychology major Tara Kraft has been working with Marshall for almost two years through AAS. “There isn’t enough help out there,” she said, “for the people contemplating suicide or for those who are left behind.” Kraft credits her interest in suicide prevention to Dr. David Jobes, a University psychology professor. The Million Voices Campaign, currently going on at the University, holds the goal of raising $1 million to increase the facilities for suicide prevention and support groups. “You will never, ever know how much that dollar means,” Kraft said.
By JUSTINE GARBARINO Tower Staff Michael Steele, the former Lt. Governor of Maryland, encouraged College Republicans to support their party’s candidates, John McCain and Sarah Palin, at their first meeting of the year Tuesday night. “I need you to work. I need your voice. John McCain and Sarah Palin need your voice,” said Steele. Steele, current chairman of the GOPAC, a Republican action committee, and a Roman Catholic, spoke to 75 College Republicans in Hannan Auditorium about their role in this year’s presidential election. “You are very valuable to this party and a sin of this party is that not enough people tell you that,” said Steele. “We have a core of young people that are typically untapped, untested, largely ignored or taken for granted. My push has always been when you come up against that do not back down. Insert
yourself, be a part of this process,” Steele continued. Steele, 49, was elected Maryland’s Lt. Governor in 2002. He ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 2006, before losing to Democrat Ben Cardin. He was the first African American to hold a state wide office in Maryland. At the time of his governorship, he was the highest ranking elected African American in the U.S. Steele advocated activism within all levels of the party and encouraged young members to get voters to the polls. “Everything he said was right. It’s important for us to be as active as we can,” said Danielle Beck, chairman of the College Republicans. “With such an important election coming up a lot of people, especially our age, forget how important it is and that we can actually make a difference.” Steele also endorsed Palin as McCain’s vice presidential running mate, calling McCain’s selection “the biggest head fake in this political cycle.” “I love Sarah Palin. When they
picked Sarah, it changed the political dynamics of this race. That’s the underlying issue or fact of the 2008 campaign,” said Steele. “Before everyone was saying it was the Democrats’ year. All of the sudden Sarah shows up and the political dynamic changes.” U.S. News Report reported in April of 2008 that Steele was a potential vice presidential candidate for McCain. “It was good hearing someone say hey it’s OK to be Republican, it’s OK to be conservative. We want to hear your opinion and you’re important to us,” said Beck. “He’s not your typical Republican. He breaks the barriers, he breaks the stereotypes, so it was nice to hear him tell us that we can do the same thing, because he comes from a place of experience,” she added. Steele previously spoke at the University’s Columbus School of Law for the 37th annual Pope John XXIII Lecture in August of 2005.
Building Renamed for Founder of Knights of Columbus MCGIVNEY, from page 1
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University President Rev. David M. O’Connell blesses the statue outside McGivney Hall.
With the help of the Knights, the University was able to replace the 50 year old building‘s insulation, electrical and mechanical systems. The newly renovated building includes four classrooms, the Pontifical John Paul II Institute and Keane auditorium, which retained its name to honor the University‘s first rector, Archbishop John Joseph Keane. The Pontifical John Paul II Institute, a graduate school of theology that is affiliated with the University and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, was previously located across Michigan Avenue. It offers pontifical degrees with a specialization in marriage and family studies. “Our University community is so joyful and so proud to share this beautiful space with the Institute, its faculty, staff, students and with the Knights of Columbus,” said Victor Nakas, vice president for Public Affairs, who spoke at the ceremony. A statue of McGivney was also erected outside the building in remembrance of the Knights’ efforts to support the Church, marriage, family and vocations. Lori, based in Bridgeport, Conn., delivered the closing remarks for the ceremony. He asked those attending to continue to pray for the canonization of McGivney.
Built in 1957, named for Most. Rev. John J. Keane, First Rector of Catholic University. Originally Physics Research Center.
“McGivney Hall is just one more reminder of the example, the prayers and the goodness of this saintly American priest Michael J. McGivney; someone who exerts an influence on this campus, with an abundance of priestly vocations,“ he said. The Knights have a strong presence at the University, with more than 50 students and active members on-campus. Senior Rob Coons was present at the ceremony in full uniform including their trademark hat or chapeau. “We have great leadership in our officers and specifically in our Chaplain, Father Frank Donio,“ said Coons. “We are devoted to our country, church and school, and are especially devoted to the rights of the unborn. We would also like to thank CUA for honoring our Order by naming the hall after our founder, the venerable Father McGivney.“
6 Friday, September 12, 2008
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Rx Drug Abuse Hits Campus Hard Hundreds of students at our University are legally prescribed medications that improve their lives and enable them to function normally everyday. Those same drugs, when put into the hands of those who don’t medically need them to operate, are commonly being abused at an increasing and alarming rate. Blending alcohol into the mix of color-coded capsules makes for an even more dangerous cocktail of pharmaceuticals that leads to addiction and fatalities. With the prescription drug overdose that occurred in Magner Hall last week, all students should take a closer look at their friends, roommates and even that lonely guy sitting by himself in the back of the classroom. There is no stereotypical abuser of prescription drugs. It can be the girl who takes Adderall to give her energy boosts before finals. It can be that guy who goes missing during parties to crush and snort Vicodin. It can even be your roommate who secretly pops a Xanax with a drink while watching a movie. Nearly 20 percent of college students have abused prescription pain medications such as OxyContin and Percocet, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. About one in 10 of those surveyed have abused stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall. Unlike marijuana, cocaine and other traditional narcotics, students do not need to venture to shady neighborhoods or to dangerous drug dealers to find what they are looking for. People our age have such easy access to pharmaceuticals that it is actually reducing use of the aforementioned street
drugs nationally. One does not have to steal from their grandmother’s medicine cabinet anymore, nor do they have to chug a bottle of cherry cough medicine. Doctors and psychiatrists prescribe narcotics to students and their health insurance picks up the tab. For a drug addict, it is much easier to fake a psychological condition and get pills for virtually nothing, rather than forking over thousands of dollars for unreliable products from the street. Aside from the accessibility and largerthan-ever prescription drug craze among college students, the huge alcohol usage rate, standing at more than 80 percent at our University alone, makes the situation that much worse. Alcohol and drugs, prescribed or not, make for an extremely dangerous situation. Emotional, academic and social stresses should not be treated with pills and booze. There are other resources available to students who need help. Family, friends, the Counseling Center, Resident Ministers and more are all eager to help but are often under-utilized. Drug-use may start with trying it out at a party for a boost, but it all-too-often becomes a tool that is used to help manage one’s life and daily routines. Addictions need to be treated, and addicts can’t do it alone. If you have a friend in need, be there for him or her. Despite what they say or how they act, they’re struggling horribly on the inside. It’ll be hard, but you don’t want to wake up one morning to find out its too late.
Jessica Carter Junior Politics
GRAPHIC BY ALEX LORMAN / TOWER STAFF
The rise in Rx drug abuse has become more visible with last’s week overdose by a Magner Hall resident.
Taylor Hall Graduate Student Moral Theology
GRAPHIC BY KATRINA AVILA / TOWER STAFF
Letters to the Editor At about 9:45 A.M. this Friday morning, I witnessed a mouse scampering across the student restaurant. This is a huge health concern to my fellow classmates and me. That was just 1 mouse in the dining area. How many could there be behind the scenes in the kitchen and food preparation area? I really hope someone does something about this soon. Quite frankly it’s disgusting. Matthew Vargas Hello, My name is Louise Savarese, I am a Senior Politics major here at Catholic. I am writing to you because of the new appearance of Leahy Hall’s computer lab. While I was here this summer I noticed there was construction going on and when I came back for the new semester, I realized that an entire section of computers were removed
Please excuse me if there is are new labs being offered to students that I am not aware of, but if not I think this is a serious problem. During midterm and finals weeksthere are lines out the door for people waiting to get on a computer, what will this semester be like especially with the class of 2012 being so large? I know that there are some computer labs in dorm halls (like Millennium South) but they are not efficient enough for the number of students needing/wanting to use a University computer,
In other news, a mouse ran across my face while I was sleeping last week. That is pretty normal, I guess. When you pay $8,482 to $9,162 to reside in the Mills annually, don’t you think Housing should ensure that varmints remain outside your living quarters? I mean it’s only the third week of school and my apartment looks like it could be featured in a Res Life ad, so it’s not like my suitemates and I are in the wrong. Anyway, kudos to Maintenance for responding quickly to our request for mouse traps. They installed several “glue traps” throughout our entire apartment. However… the traps don’t seem to work. A few days after the installation, my roommate and I still found mouse droppings in our room. W.T.F. We looked closer and realized there
were droppings right next to the trap. Clearly, THAT mouse ain’t stupid; it’s not about to scurry right into our little glue trap only to whimper unmercifully until we suffocate it (or set it free). So what to do? Well, my suitemates and I got together and brainstormed re: the mouse situation. We decided against going out and buying peanut butter traps because we do NOT want cockroaches to infest our humble abode like the girls have next door. Someone then put the following question on the table, “Do you think Housing will call Pest Control for us?” A knowing silence ensued so we decided to embrace the old adage, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” Unfortunately, I had to eat my words much sooner than I expected as much to my surprise, I met the mouse in the kitchen last weekend. But, that is O.K. because Freddie and I exchanged greetings. That’s right, I named him. How could I not? You see, Freddie has been with us since Day One. He’s now a part of our college family.
2008 Election Morality
PALIN: EXCUSE ME OBAMA, I CAN’T HELP IT THAT I’M HOT!
and the space turned into what I am guessing more office space. I understand the University is growing and more offices may be needed but this really bothered me when I saw what was done. From my memory, there were 12-16 computers there and they are no longer. My friends and I have all agreed numerous times during our years here that there needs to be more computer labs available to students on campus that are open 24/7- and now we are 16 computers short?
To whom it may concern,
Things to Consider
not to mention there are no printers there. However, there are a large number of students who do not live on campus and therefore would want to go to a different lab on campus. I know there is a lab in the Mullen Library and we can borrow laptops, but the Library is not open 24/7. Please understand, I love CUA and have had a very good college experience, but for the tuition that is paid by students I think it is ridiculous that students have wait to use a computer on campus, not to mention the small amount of available printers (which only print in black and white). I believe this is an issue many students would agree on and would like to know what/if the University has any plans to help find a solution. Thank you, Louise M. Savarese Politics, Class of 2009 American Government Concentration English Literature Minor Office AssistantNorth Neighborhood I
As I follow election coverage daily, I was surprised and deeply distraught to see on Gallup’s website that McCain is ahead of Obama by a few points! The issues really have not changed. Was it the addition of Governor Palin to the ticket that influenced Americans to change their stances, and if so, why?? The vice president only votes to break ties in the Senate which rarely happens. In any case, McCain would have the final say as President including how many additional powers she is to be given. It all hinges primarily on McCain.
Maybe Americans think that McCain, in his old age, will die and that Palin would be a good president. But, if this is the underlying reason for Americans to vote for McCain, then it is clearly the wrong reason. The presidency should not simply be gambled away when people’s health and livelihoods are at stake. But, then again, this whole election seems to be treated by many with this trivialized mentality. Throughout this election, politicians continue to fabricate, mislead, and wiggle their way free from such head on confrontations and use the strategy of simple denial of the facts at hand as if this whole process in electing a president is a game; they want their candidate to win regardless of the content of his or her position. Voters shouldn’t disrespect the gravity of the situation this
country is in such that they pick a candidate for nonsensical reasons (i.e. picking McCain because of Palin.) You’d think that the failing economy, threatened environment, and mismanaged healthcare system, to name a few, would be enough to fully realize what’s at stake. Life is simply too short not to do the right thing by making the common- sense and conscience-driven decision; the decision that will impact the next four years (I will be twenty-nine!) and ripple on for perhaps the rest of our lives. In my opinion, Americans need to answer the following question in this election: are you mostly happy with the way this country has been run by President Bush? I think this is an important question to answer when McCain has unequivocally voted with the president 90 percent of the time.
Trailers: The Good, Bad & Ugly GUEST COMMENTARY
Liz Kuebler Junior Anthropology Today, CUA Housing presented another stroke of brilliance, this time, in the form of a memo to the residents of my beloved Curley Court (a.k.a. “the Trailers”).’Tis a quaint neighborhood, you really ought to come pay us a visit (we just got new mulch, which really softens the look of the place!).
Oh, but today’s memo wasn’t just any old memo, perhaps one about failing water heaters, or broken dryers, or pest control issues like I’m accustomed to reading. Oh, no, no… No! Today, we received a bulleted briefing titled the “Winter Weather Responsibilities for Curley Court Residents.” Seriously, Housing? Are you really for serious?? Its 90 degrees outside!!! Thanks for the reminder, but the District won’t see snow for at least another 13 weeks. I appreciate the instructions on how to handle snow and ice
removal… as if half of the student body isn’t from Massachusetts, New York, or “outside Philly.” I’m insulted that Housing cannot trust us to handle a few flurries. If in case you, Dearest Reader, are from the South and are worried about your first imminent snowstorm, I’m sure that you have a roommate (or three) from New England who will take care of you. The only thing lacking from the memo – and this would have made it really great – is a strong reminder to pick up a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread on our way home…
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M e e t y o ur SFA B TBLS! The Stud ent Fe e Allo c ation Bo ard B e tsy H o m a n, Dire c t or
Mov i es on t he Ma l l Sunday Sep t . 21 8 p.m.
Betsy Homan, SFAB Director Year: Senior Major: Math and Latin
A. Danilo Giaquinto Class: Junior Major: Philosophy, Pre-Law
Mealine Singh Year: Junior Major: Nursing
Michael A. Ticzon Year: Sophmore Major: Architecture
Ge t Sma r t & I nd i ana Jones
Ev e nts this W e e k Friday, September 12th House Party! 7-11PM @ The House. Sunday. September 14th BASSO Brunch. 11:30AM-2PM @ Pryzbyla Arbor Monday, September 15th Program Board Meeting. 7-8PM @ Pryzbyla 351 ACCESS Meeting. 7-9PM @ Hannan 106 Anime Club Meeting. 8-11PM @ McMahon 201 Patrick Cavanaugh Year: Senior Major: Classics
Jenni Nguyen Year: Senior Major: Marketing
Gabriele Davis Year: Senior Major: Finance
Get Smart: Skip your homework next Sunday night for Movies on the Mall! Program Board is offering a multitude of new activities this school year, the most popular of which is happening next weekend! On Sunday, September 21 at 8 pm, Program Board will be hosting the semi-annual Movies on the Mall on the Basilica Lawn.
Made possible by your student activity fee, Program Board was able to purchase a projector portable movie screen that is over 200 square feet. The screen saw its inaugural use for a showing of Ironman during Freshman Orientation. The purchase will save Program Board thousands of dollars in just a few years. The Two summer blockbusters will be featured: Get screen and projector will be available for other student Smart (starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway) and organizations and university departments to borrow. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (starring Harrison Ford). Get the entire movie theater Hope to see you there! experience: Program Board will be selling concessions such as pizza and soda. -Betsy Homan
Student Org Spotlight on the
Green Club The “Green Movement” seems to be everywhere now- sometimes daunting, and for some, perhaps annoying, but its presence is undeniable. “Going Green” can be heard more often than the latest Rhianna song, and green is most definitely the new black. With such a trend spreading throughout our country, CUA’s Green Club attempts to take this movement and share it with the CUA community in hopes of learning, teaching, and simply enjoying the presence of our natural world. With the start of our second year, Green Club has high hopes. As last year was much of an organizational year, and a trial run, we are excited to be able to do more with our funding, a higher interest throughout campus, and an increase in members. The main mission of Green Club is to heighten awareness for environmental causes and to promote sustainability and conservation on campus and in the DC area. We hope to raise general environmental knowledge, adopt environmental campaigns and projects, and put CUA on the map for environmental advocacy. By getting student involvement on campus, we hope to create a web for those who are genuinely interested in the environment, to share ideas, and get involved in the DC community. As a non-partisan group, we like to stress that we encourage all to joinregardless of how much “green” knowledge one already has. Generally we have informal meetings
about twice a month, but meet more often for days trips and events throughout the DC area. Our casual meetings are more geared from common interests of our global community and its natural world, and how we can enjoy it, as well as sustain it. This year has already kicked off with big plans. Together we are working with CUA’s Department and Energy and Utilities Management for “Dorm Wars” which will start Sunday the 21st. Dorm Wars will be a competition among all of CUA’s housing facilities to see how can decrease their water usage the most in a matter of two months. Currently, Catholic’s water usage is off the charts, and we hope that doing such a project will help lower it. Next semester, something similar will be planned, but measuring electricity instead. Other group activities include planting trees throughout the DC area, hiking day-trips, a potential Anacostia River clean-up, as well as involvement in DCYEA, an environmental coalition among the DC schools. The ultimate goal of CUA’s Green Club is not only a heightened awareness of the perks of “going green,” but also enjoying the simple pleasures of the great outdoors. We invite all to join our group! (but don’t forget to recycle this newspaper.) -Kristen McCarron
Tuesday, September 16th Ballroom Practice. 7-11PM @ Caldwell Auditorium Wednesday, September 17th Anime Club Meeting. 8-11PM @ McMahon 201
L a t e r this M o nth Sunday, September 21st Movies on the Mall. 8Pm @ The Basilica Lawn Wednesday, September 24th Open Mic Night. 8PM @ Starbucks *Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month*
UCSPE, ACCESS, FOCUS, and Latin Alliance
On September 4th, Cardinal Hall Patio was filled with laughter, mingling, and good food – all thanks to the collaborative efforts of UCSPE, ACCESS (African Council Committed to Enlightening Students and Society), FOCUS (Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students), and Latin Alliance. The Multicultural BBQ was organized in hopes of celebrating and highlighting the various cultural organizations on campus. Highlights from the night included brief introductions from each organization on their mission, along with upcoming events; various Staff and Faculty members from UCSPE, Dean of Students, Career Services, Center for Academic Success, Center for Global Education, Department of Public Safety and the Counseling Center came to explain what they have to offer to students.
The Multicultural BBQ definitely set the stage for the diverse community on campus to be more active and present at CUA on a daily basis. Keep your eyes out for upcoming events! -Melanie Singh
About the Student Fee Allocation Board
The Student Fee Allocation Board (SFAB) is excited to begin working with student organizations this year! As a branch under the newly created Student Association, we are entrusted with responsibility to distribute the student activity fee fairly and appropriately.
The purpose of the student activity fee is to enhance student life by encouraging student clubs and organizations to offer a diverse range of quality on-campus programming. To this end, SFAB supports hundreds of opportunities for involvement among the students and the wider University community.
The allocation process this year differs from the past. Students must request funding from SFAB on an activity-by-activity basis. The activity-by-activity funding allows flexibility to sponsor new events and encourage innovative ideas and proposals.
Our primary goal is to help student orgs be successful in enlivening the CUA community. Besides allocating the student activity fee, we are here to assist student orgs on a day-today basis in the management of their finances. If you ever have questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us!
If you want to know more, check out Student Organization Resource Center website at leadership.cua.edu/sorc. You can find the SFAB by-laws, the SFAB Funding Request Guide, and other important information.
THE STUDENT ASSOCIATION GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWSLETTER EDITION 2 STUDENT REPRESENTATION AT THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA Since the creation of the new Student Association at the end of last semester, the elected members have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new freshman representatives. Yesterday, September 11th, 2008, our newest members were chosen out of a pool of 17 candidates.
approval. As always candidatesâ€™ posters get more and more creative every year. As they were put up around campus the candidates went door to door asking for votes and making new friends. Thankfully we received no complaints about anyone violating posting guidelines or anyone conducting unfair campaigning, so kudos to that!
Starting on September 3rd, at an information session in the Pryz, it was explained to the interested students exactly what the new Student Association was. The positions that the freshmen could run for were: Delegate to the General Assembly, SFAB Class Treasurer, and Program Board Committee Chair. The Elections committee, consisting of: Joe Manning, Beth Kramer, Courtney Martin, Mikey Ticzon, and Chris Pierno, had representatives from each aspect of the Student Association on it and oversaw the running of the entire elections process. About twenty students attended the information session and picked up the respective applications leaving with enthusiastic smiles and high hopes.
Finally the big day arrived on September 11th, freshmen from all over campus came to the Pryz or logged onto vote.cua.edu from the comfort of their dorm rooms, a feature started for the elections last semester, and voted for their candidates. From 9am to 9pm the polls were open both online and in the Pryz where election committee members manned the signature Pryz election table. At the end of the day, the election was a complete success. The winners were announced in the Pryz atrium at midnight to much celebration and cheering.
The traditional process of campaigning began the next day. Interested students had until September 5th to submit their applications and officially be considered a candidate for the Class of 2012 Elections. They then had until the 8th to submit their campaign posters for
On behalf of the entire Elections Committee, I offer a hearty congratulations to all the elected! I know that we all look forward to working with you to better this University that we call home. Best Regards, Chris Pierno Delegate for the Class of 2011
ARE YOU READY?...TO GET CRAZY?!?...
Come and join the Cardinal Crazies this Saturday at the DuFour Center to watch the Cardinals take on Franklin and Marshall!
The Cardinal Crazies are looking for students to bring their game face and make some noise. Face painting and sign making will start at 11:30 am outside Gibbons Hall. The pre-game festivities will then move to the football ďŹ eld around 12:30 and continue with free food and giveaways. There will be a shuttle from southside to bring students to the Duf, and admission to the game is free with your Cardinal Card. This is our big chance to show the team how much the students care, so come early, get your free Cardinal Crazies t-shirt, and GET READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!
9 Friday, September 12, 2008
tv on campus Mr. Belding Rocks The Pryz By JUDITH GUCCIONE Tower Staff
“Hey hey hey heywhat is going on here?!”
Students Come Together to Watch New Episodes Gossip Girl, The Hills and Beverly Hills 90210 Attract Viewing Parties By JUSTINE GARBARINO Tower Staff
I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation in the Pryz earlier this week. “Are you going out tonight?” “Probably not. Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, then The Hills are on. Everyone’s going to watch them instead.” Now that the weekly television lineups are starting to take shape, more and more students are getting together to watch their favorite shows. “My friends and I get together every week to watch our favorite shows,” said Katie McNulty, a sophomore politics major. Viewing parties are being held weekly by friends to catch on the latest gossip on “Gossip Girl” or to see who gets voted off the island on “Survivor.” Watching shows together helps create bonds among people that don’t usually have anything in common. It’s also a way to nurture existing friendships. “It’s a great way to spend time together since many of my friends live in different dorms,” said McNulty.
Resident Assistants throughout campus are currently planning viewing parties to help students take a study break and watch their favorite shows with other member of their floors. RA’s in Flather are planning a viewing party for The Office. The College Democrats and the College Republicans also have made viewing parties part of their fall schedule of activities in lieu of this years’ presidential election. Each organization had a viewing party for their respective conventions this year, with most members in attendance. The parties were held in the Food Court of the Pryzbyla Center, in which the speeches were projected onto a large screen. Many of the dorms this year received updates to their lounges, including new big screen televisions, which will encourage students to watch shows together. The lounge areas are designed to bring students out of their rooms and interact with one another. The atmosphere of being with friends, curled up in a blanket and snacking on chips and salsa, will make this TV season exciting.
As the actor that brought the generational icon Mr. Belding of “Saved By the Bell” to life, Dennis Haskins, walked onto the stage this past Tuesday evening, he was at a comfortable ease and even said “What’s up?” to students in the aisles. He was our principal. “I’m sorry if I’m being preach-y,” said Haskins. “Actually, I’m not sorry.” It may be simply because I’ve only seen Haskins be, for lack of a better term, the most ballin-ist principal ever. Even wearing a black button up, not a light tan suit, he was able to make students feel like they were kicking back in his office at Bayside High. “He related to us well,” said Jaquie Orwick, Sophomore psychology major. “He made it a lot of fun to be there.” It was fairly obvious that that the students came to the event so they could have a moment of glory among friends when they would potentially say, “I met Mr. Belding!,” and Haskins embraced this. He also welcomes a chance to tell students at the University and colleges across the country about his experiences that brought him fame world wide. “Your whole life is a series of connect-thedots,” said Haskins. As Haley Jackson, the entertainment chair of the Program Board interviewed Haskins, he began to tell us the long road that led him to the role of Mr. Belding. What I found was that each chapter in the story needed to be told. Every thing from being the entertainment chair with his university’s programming board was imperative, his appearance as “the Badass” on “The Dukes of Hazard,” hearing about “Good Morning Miss Bliss,” and then auditioning for the part, even though producers were initially looking for a 50-plus yearold black male. As the inevitable question regarding his debatable photograph released by TMZ came up during a question-answer period, Haskins answered it with confidence. He boldly claims that he was dancing with waitresses at Body English night club at an event he was paid to attend, named “Honor Roll with Mr. Belding.” Upon discovering that this photograph was placed in The Tower, he did not react with anger, but insight. “There’s no reason to fight back,” Haskin’s said. “It’s already passed in their minds. It’s a no-win situation.” As many times as we hear about celebrity controversy, it doesn’t hit home until you watch a celebrity react to it. The media feels the need to present the public with the ‘oh, my’ and ‘how could he?’ moments, which often present those we look up to in negative light. Consider that haskin’s has not touched a drink in two years and he is not married.
Alumnus Slattery Nominated for Emmy By EMILY RUANE Tower Staff
CUA Drama alumn John Slattery has been bouncing around Hollwood for years, appearing in a variety of roles in both film and television. His stints on shows like “K Street,” “Sex and the City,” and “Desperate Housewives” and supporting turns in films like Mona Lisa Smile, Flags of Our Fathers, and the recent Charlie Wilson’s War has put him on radar of vague recognition - until now. His July 17th nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Roger Sterling on AMC’S wildly successful “Mad Men” is likely to ratchet his celebrity up a notch or two. “Mad Men,” with its deft manipulation of dramatic tension and microscopic attention to visual detail, has amassed a rabid coterie of loyal viewers through its depiction of Sterling Cooper, a fictional New York advertising agency grappling with the cultural climate of the 1960s. Slattery’s poignant, nuanced performance as agency partner Roger Sterling has earned him accolades; in a few short weeks, we’ll find out if that means an Emmy win for the former CUA student. After graduating from Catholic, Slattery traveled to Europe. He returned and settled in New York, where he briefly waited tables and clerked at a law firm. After landing a role in a Levi’s commercial and a role on a short-lived Fox series in 1988, he began to pursue acting full-time. In a July 17th interview with the Boston Globe, Slattery expressed gratitude at the success of “Mad Men.” “I feel like I’m involved in something that I’m really behind and it turns out that I’m not the only one who likes it, so that’s gratifying. It makes you feel like you’re not crazy.”
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NOW Aging never looked so good.
What Students Watch and the Facts to Prove It By JUDITH GUCCIONE Tower Staff
So yea, we got all these great TV channels and it can be agreed that while students over-involve themselves in student organizations, at the end of the day we just want to sit back and escape the real world via television. In order to truly understand what people watch here at the University, I took it upon myself to hand out surveys to approximately 40 random people across campus. Even with the small sample size, I figured out that students watch a lot more than we think they do. Despite this, watching TV is certainly a community event. My survey included a few brief questions, including “Do you watch any specific TV shows each week?,” “Do you watch it with anyone else?,” “What channel do you watch the most?”, “Have you been following the Presidential Election on TV?”
It is important to note that 70% of students questioned claim that they follow a specific show each and 75% watch this show with other people. What the students watch, however, varies widely. The most commonly watched channels are MTV, Comedy Central and ESPN. Despite t his, the most commonly watched show was “Gossip Girl.” Interestingly enough, 41% of students are not following the Presidential Election on TV. This is not to say that all of these students simply aren’t following the election; many students wrote that they were following the election on the internet. The majority of the students that did claim to be following the election on TV follow the CNN network, and not Fox News. Even so, 71% of students questioned watch an hour or less of TV. With this in mind, we can conclude that students join together each week to watch their favorite shows. This is the time during the week when it it possible to relax with friends before the weekend.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Homecoming to Change Traditions By HELEN MARIE BERG Tower Staff
HoCo has revised and refreshed the usual homecoming activities for Homecoming 2008: “Paint the Town Red . . . and Black”. With new events, contests, and tons of red and black fun, the week of October 6-11 is promising to be a week to remember. The student king and queen will no longer be nominated by organization; now any student on campus can be nominated by filling out an application. The winner will be chosen by a student body vote and will beannounced at the Saturday’s Homecoming Game. The homecoming committee will chose the court. “To be perfectly honest, attendance was dropping for some of the events
in years past, so” we “are trying to rejuvenate Homecoming and upgrade it to something that will be best for all of CUA’s Campus,” said HoCo copresident Stephanie Calhoun, a junior politics major. However, not only will students reign this year. For the first time, two faculty members will also be crowned. Any two faculty members can be nominated and, if they accept, will be chosen and announced at the football game. The student and faculty couple will keep the title for the entire academic year. The class that collects the most coins during the week for the Tanzania mission trip and the students and faculty with the most spirited decorations in their dorms and departments will also be announced at the football game. On “Red and Black” Friday, there will be a pep rally dinner, sponsored
by HoCo and Aramark in the student restaurant. There will be prizes for students who are the most decked out in CUA colors and sports attire. The dinner will be followed by the Homecoming Dance sponsored by Campus Ministry in Caldwell Hall. The proceeds from the dance and from the class penny wars will be go towards the ministry mission trip to Tanzania this summer. Other events throughout the week will include an a cappella performance from Redline, featuring Take Note, and the Barber Shop Quartet. There will also be a campus-wide scavenger hunt on Tuesday with prizes for the winning teams. “We are really excited about the new things HoCo is doing this year, and we can’t wait for the whole student body to be involved in what promises to be a great week,” said Calhoun.
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Zach Augustine, Jessica Raven and Co-chairs Samantha Wilhelmi and Stephanie Calhoun celebrate homecoming last year. This year’s homecoming include several positive changes.
‘Dance Team’ Has New Name, Success Ensues By STEPHANIE CALHOUN Tower Staff
After a record-breaking audition turnout this year, Catholic University’s Dance Team is ready to start an all new year with an all new name. Captain Crissy Rentas, Junior Biomedical Engineering major, credits the name change from ‘Urban Dance Team’ to simply
‘Dance Team’as a contributing factor to the high level of auditions. “This year, when we advertised for tryouts, we changed the name to Catholic Univerisity Dance Team and the result was that about 30 girls showed up to try out. Last year, only about 15 girls showed up for fall tryouts,” says Rentas.”Overall, I feel the name change was a positive step in identifying who we are as a team and what we stand for. “
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The Dance Team Poses for a picture durin g rehearsal. The Dance Team changed their name this year,which impacted try-out turnout.
And what it is it that the former Urban Dance Team stands for? “When these people heard the word “urban”, they assumed we were a step team or a break dancing team. A father of one of the girls on the team even joked with us referring to us as, ‘The Suburban Dance Team” said Rentas. She explained, however, that “Our team is made of girls from several different dance backgrounds, some without any dance background at all.” One thing that isn’t changing is what the dance team does. The team of 19 performs hip-hop style routines at many of the home football and basketball games, as well as special events on campus such as Luaupalooza and the FOCUS culture show. Their first performance this year will be during halftime of the September 20th football game at the Duf against McDaniel. Rentas anticipates that this year’s team will be a successful one. “We find that it’s a way to relax,” says Rentas. “You get to be surrounded by girls who love to do what you do.”
So Totally Addicted to Juice Student have been flocking to juicycampus.com. Watch out... you may already be the topic of dicussion. By JUDITH GUCCIONE AND MARGARET BOEHM Tower Staff
Oh no she didn’t! Or he? It was the slow trainwreck I could not stop watching. Everything I needed to know (or sadly already knew) about University gossip was placed magically in front of my eyes. Juicy Campus is my new guilty pleasure. Jerry Springer has nothing on this. Juicy Campus.com is a blogging website that allows students of universities across the country to put all of the gossip out there on the computer screen for all to see. Students anonymously post questions or comments and other students have the ability to respond to these posts. There is no censorship. Anyone from any university can read the various posts; there is no need to create a log-in or enter an email address. Its fair game and if you think that students have good sportsmanship, you are sadly mistaken. Nothing is left to the imagination. Anyone can find out who got with whom at the Nest Thursday night. A student, who may not even go here, can place a post about the “mysterious noises” on Flather 4, or what really went down this past weekend in Magner
House. “It’s just trashy,” says Emily Robinson, Senior social work major. “It just brings people down.” While I enjoy the fact that I now have easy access to a list of the hottest guys on campus and the coolest dorms, Juicy Campus is now just another outlet for people to invade everyone’s personal lives. Everyone enjoys a little gossip here and there, but let’s be serious; if you went online and saw 15 posts regarding your behavior last Saturday night, you would not be happy. It gets juicier by the minute; literally. New topics are added constantly and rumors are spread like a fire in the woods. Although the gossip is salacious and addicting, as students we have found a way to avoid face to face confrontation. I guess you thought only celebrities had to worry about their behavior. Controversy is controversy, no matter who commits it. Maybe if you are embarrassed about people seeing your activities, you shouldn’t commit them in the first place. “It’s all in good fun because everything is ridiculous,” says Teresa Taylor, Junior architecture major. “…but who knows what could happen.”
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Friday September 12, 2008
Card’s Offense Overcomes Shenandoah Win at Home Caps off Week of Road Victories Against Well Ranked Teams By BRETT KLINE Tower Staff
Lineman Brings Home Football’s First Season Win By MICHAEL FLYNN Tower Staff
The Cardinals kicked off the season in dramatic fashion against Shenandoah University with some unlikely heroes that stepped up when it mattered most. A fake field goal in its first overtime possession gave the Cards (1-0) an edge over Shenandoah (0-1) last Saturday. The offense wasted no time in the first half showing its dominance to the opposing team along with a strong defensive presence. Senior quarterback Keith Ricca connected with fellow classmate Andrew Buis for CUA’s first points on the night from an 18 yard pass. Fellow senior Ryan McManus also scored for the Cardinals on another pass from Ricca, and with a field goal by junior Brendan Deluca, the team found themselves ahead 17-3 by the 11:06 mark of the second quarter. However, their opponents refused to give away the game and controlled the clock in the 3rd quarter for over twelve minutes. Shenandoah exploded back to tie the game at 17-17 with 36 seconds remaining in the third. Late in the game, Shenandoah attempted a 54-yarder which fell short, forcing the teams into overtime. The Cards won the OT coin toss, but Shenandoah scored a 36-yard field goal in the first OT possession, giving them their first lead of the night. The Cardinals got the ball, and were quickly faced with converting a 4th and 12 on the Shenandoah 27 to have any chance at a victory. CUA faked the field goal attempt, and the sophomore third string quarterback Dan Jones hit one of the biggest targets he could have had in senior Defensive lineman Sean Green. Green made his way into the endzone untouched for the game-winning score. Green has yet to comment on his heroic catch. Keith Ricca led Catholic’s offense with 203 yards passing on 18 completions in 37 attempts, two touchdowns and three interceptions and senior Greg Brown had five receptions for 75 yards. The Cardinals will return to the field for their homeopener tomorrow afternoon against Franklin and Marshall at 1 p.m. So please come out and support your Cards as they look to continue what looks to be a very promising season.
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Matt Hofrichter drives downfield for the Card’s home victory Thursday night. His efforts helped with a late recovery.
Women’s Soccer Falls Twice Unexpectedly By PATRICK STAPLETON Tower Staff
The Women’s soccer team came into last weekend’s games riding the high of a win and a tie. This past weekend at the Manhattanville Tournament, however, they ran into a brick wall in the form of Trinity and Manhattanville. Their first game against Trinity began just as Tropical Storm Hanna was hitting New York, foreshadowing an ominous end. In the first half, Catholic out-shot Trinity 6-4. However, Trinity tightened up their defense and held the powerful Cardinal offense without a shot in the last half. Trinity then broke the scoreless tie, and went on to pull away with another
goal shortly thereafter. Trinity’s final goal came minutes before the end of the game, shutting out Catholic with a 3-0 finish. Putting this first loss of the season behind them, the Cards were ready to face Manhattanville on Sunday. While Catholic out-shot Manhattanville, their opponents were able to out-score them, ending in a 4-0 shutout. Bailey Flood of Manhattanville led the team with two goals, while Catholic goalie Amanda Cowan had five saves. The Cards find themselves in a rough spot early in the season with two consecutive shutouts. “We’ll definitely be able to bounce back from this,” said forward Suzie Peters. “We learned a great deal from our two losses this weekend and although it
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was frustrating, some positive can come.” Five days away from their home opener, the Cards are looking forward to having home field advantage. “Playing at home is definitely an advantage because we are more comfortable and [used] to our game field, which we often practice on,” said Peters. Until then, the women’s team is using all the time they have to prepare for future challenges. “We’re also going to be pushing ourselves harder at practice so that the outcome [of this weekend] won’t happen again,” says Peters. The Cards will face off against Marymount this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at home.
The men’s soccer team weathered Tropical Storm Hannah this weekend, continuing their solid start to the season at the Richard Stockton tournament and ending the week with a home victory over Shenandoah. Fresh off a first place finish last weekend, the Cardinals faced off against Richard Stockton and Ramapo College over the weekend. Richard Stockton struck first and provided the Cards with a very physical game. After trailing 1-0 the majority of the game, freshman midfielder Michael DiMarco scored the equalizer off a cross from sophomore Adrian Davis. Yet it would be Richard Stockton’s game-winning goal in the remaining 6 minutes that would lead to the men’s first loss of the season, with a final score of 2-1. Despite the defeat, the Cardinals were encouraged with their level of play. “They are a good team”, admits sophomore Kevin Duffy. “We played them evenly, controlled the second half, but they came out with the result. But that is why we play preseason tournaments against legit teams.” The Cardinals were back on the field Saturday morning against Ramapo. According to Coach Travis Beauchamp, the team “came out on Saturday, and it felt like the guys had something to prove”. The arrival of Tropical Storm Hannah provided a muddy stage for the second half of Saturday’s match. Dirt and rough play did not faze the Cardinals. “The weather didn’t really affect the game until the end,” says Captain Tim McAneny. “But we were able to lock down and get the win.” Junior Matt Brady provided the offensive firepower for CUA. In the first half Brady received a ball near midfield, dribbled past the Ramapo defense, and beat the keeper. He added his second goal of the game off a penalty kick three minutes into the second half. The strong play of the defense and goalkeeper Quinn Daly earned the Cardinals their first shutout of the season, with a final score of 2-0. The men also faced off against Shenandoah on Thursday. The game got off to a slow start, remaining scoreless for much of the first half. While Shenandoah was first to score, Catholic See SOCCER, page 13
Men get Sixth of Eleven By LAUREN WILLIAMS Tower Staff
The men’s and women’s cross country team set out on their first run of the season this Saturday at the Washington & Lee Invitational. The women’s team placed 2nd out of 10 teams, and the men finished 6th out of 11 teams. Highlights of the meet included senior Paul Santuoso leading the men’s team with a 10th place finish in the 8k open, running a time of 30:21.00. Finishing behind him was junior Andrew Smith in 19th with a time of 30:56.00. Smith was first team all-conference last season. Sophomore Kris Reynolds came in third for the men’s team, finishing 26 with a time of 31:29.00. New talent was seen from freshman runners Brian Norte and George Brewer, who finished in the top 5 of Catholic’s team in their first race of the season. After racking up 127 points, Catholic landed a 6 place finish. The women’s front runner in the 6k open was freshman Katherine Sacker, finishing in 6th place with a time of 25:14.00. She was followed closely by senior Jenna Hackett in 8th, clocking in at 25:32.00. Freshman Christine McGowan
finished in 12th with a time of 26:03.00. The women’s performance was enough to earn them 64 points, and a 2nd place finish. “We did not know exactly what to expect for the first meet of the season,” says junior Bridgette Smith. “so we are pleased with how we did on Saturday.” Among the teams they finished ahead of at the invitational, Smith cites beating Roanoke as a significant accomplishment for Catholic. “We were very happy to beat Roanoke this weekend, who has always been a strong team in our region.” The Lady Cards beat Roanoke by a slim 6 points. While women’s team is currently suffering a few injuries, it does not shake the morale of the group this early in the season. “We are all very motivated for this season and have set high goals for ourselves,” says Smith. “We are really coming together as a team this year, which we believe will enhance our performance.” Washington and Lee reaped the benefit of having home field advantage, finishing first on both the men’s and women’s sides. Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams are away at the NYU Invitational this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
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Kimberly Ray drops for a low serve during Wednseday’s practice. The volleyball team is focusing on serve returns following a disappointing 3-7 start. Consisting mostly of freshmen, the team is still finding its roots in the Landmark Conference.
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quickly answered with a goal by Matt Brady. Getting into the second half, Catholic had several goal attempts, most of which were overshot. Yet junior Brian Pappas kicked one in the net, giving Catholic the lead for the remainder of the game. While it wasn’t Catholic’s strongest game, their performance was enough to defeat Shenandoah 2-1. Their strong start to the season
2. Susquehanna 2. Drew 3. Goucher
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Losses Force Defense Revamp
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has the team playing with a lot energy and confidence. Summing up the weeks action, Matt Brady said, “We played two quality teams this weekend and had two good performances. Those good performances showed us that we can play with anyone.” The Cards are also proving to be road worthy, with a 3-1-0 record traveling.
-Lauren Williams contributed to this report.
5. Scranton 6. Scranton 6. Juniata 7. Susqueehanna
5. RandolphMacon 6. Washington & Lee
Field Hockey Falls After a Promising Opener By SOPHIA PEABODY Tower Staff
Despite the high energy beginning of the season for the women’s field hockey team, the Cardinals tarnished their perfect record, letting Gettysburg slip by them on Tuesday with a loss of 3-0. From the start of the game, Gettysburg dominated the field. Before the women could respond, their opponents made their presence known by out-shooting the Cardinals 13-3, scoring all three of their goals in the first period of the game. Once Catholic got warmed up, however, they didn’t allow Gettysburg to
get too comfortable. They stepped up their defensive end and only allowed three shot attempts by the other team in the second half. The game remained scoreless, landing Gettysburg a 3-0 win over Catholic. “Gettysburg is a very solid regional team for us to play,” said senior Kelly Burke. “We knew that it was going to be an intense game, and they happened to have our number that day.” Although the chance for the idealized “perfect season” may be gone, the opportunity to have the best record in the Landmark Conference is still in the hands of the Women’s Squad. “As a team I don’t think we lost any con-
fidence [after Tuesday’s game],” says Burke. “But it definitely made us more aware of the things we need to accomplish to win down the road.” Despite the setback, the team is still working to keep the dream of being first in the Landmark Conference alive, one game at a time. “Every game is a challenge and a test for us,” said Burke. “We have been watching film, practicing hard and making the necessary adjustments on the field for the next big games to come.” Field Hockey prepares to tackle their next game against Randolph-Macon on September 13th at 11 a.m.
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Melissa Brashear fends off 60 mile-per-hour balls flung by four teammates for fun on a Wednesday afternoon.
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PAGE O NE NEWS McGivney Hall Dedicated Monday McGivney Hall was dedicated and blessed in a formal ceremony on Monday. Formerly known as Keane Hall, McGivney Hall was renamed in honor of Rev. Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus.
Freshmen Elect Reprenstatives
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Library, University Create Agreement The University will enter into a voluntary agreement with owners of The Library Saloon. The agreement will likely say that no University students may work the door and only students over 21 can be employed there.
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Freshmen elected their student association leaders to SAGA. Winners were announced late Thursday night. Colin Schmitt, garnered 204 votes, the most of any race.
NEWS Campus Community CR’s Host Steele Commerates 9/11 Former Lt. Governor of About 500 students gathered on the Pryzbyla Center Lawn to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks. The memorial was organized by Campus Ministry, Residence Life, the College Democrats, the College Republicans, and junior Matt Patella.
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University employees have donated money to national campaigns. Out of total of 26 donations, 20 were to Democratic candidates and four were to John McCain’s campaign.
Friday September 12: House Party – 7pm-11pm @ the House Saturday September 13: Volleyball – Catholic vs. Hood (CUA Tournament) – 10am @ DuFour Football – Catholic vs. Franklin & Marshall – 1pm DuFour Volleyball – Catholic vs. Messiah (CUA Tournament) – 2pm at DuFour Sunday September 14: BASSO Brunch – 11:30am-2pm @ Pryz Arbor Tower Meeting – 7pm @ Pryz 127
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Danielle Beck, chairman of the College Republicans, read the name of every victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks yesterday afternoon with members of her organization’s executive board. Later in the evening, several student organizations came together to host a candle-lit prayer vigil.
Monday September 15: Program Board Meeting – 7pm @ Pryz 351 ACCESS Meeting – 7pm @ Hannan 106 Anime Club Meeting – 8pm @ McMahon 201 Room Blessings – 8pm-10pm @ Residence Halls Tuesday September 16: Peace Corps Information Session – 12pm @ Pryz 327 Ballroom Dancing – 7pm @ Caldwell Auditorium Room Blessings – 8pm-10pm @ Residence Halls
Maryland Michael Steele spoke to the College Republicans at their first meeting on Tuesday. He encouraged students to engage voters and endorsed John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin.
Wednesday September 17: Constitution Day-Register to Vote – 11am-7pm @ the Pryz W. Soccer – Catholic vs. Marymount (Va.) – 4:30pm @ DuFour Constitution Day Lecture – 7pm @ Aquinas 102 Volleyball – Catholic vs. Frostburg State – 7pm @ DuFour Anime Club Meeting – 8pm @ McMahon 201
EDITORIAL Overdose Brings Attention to Rx Drug Abuse Emotional, academic and social stresses should not be treated with pills and booze. There are other resources available to students who need help. Addictions need to be treated, and addicts can’t do it alone. If you have a friend in need, be there for him or her. Despite what they say or how they act, they’re struggling horribly on the inside. It’ll be hard, but you don’t want to wake up one morning to find out its too late.
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Thursday September 18: Room Blessings – 8pm-10pm @ Residence Halls C O URTESY REV. R O BERT SC HLA GETER
Students played football in the rain during Tropical Storm Hanna last Saturday. Several inches of rain fell and gathered by the Curley Court trailers. “Life on a college campus, you gotta love it,” said Father Bob when he posted the above photograph on his blog.