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Friday, October 24, 2008

Volume 86, Issue 10

Catholic Vote ‘Essential’ in Election of Next President


Pollster Notes Broad Based Move to Obama By HELEN MARIE BERG Tower Staff Catholics will be a deciding factor in the upcoming Presidential election. Despite recent statements of U.S. bishops against the Democratic Party, current polls show that the Catholic vote matches the general electorate in its recent tilt towards Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). “Deciding who to vote for is one of the most important decisions we make,” said University politics professor Stephen Schneck during Campus Ministry’s CUA on Tap Thursday night, “It is a moral decision.” A separate event held Wednesday, “A Colloquium


Stephen Schneck, director of the Life Cycle Institute, was the speaker at last night’s CUA on Tap event, sponsored by Campus Ministry. He also hosted a panel on the Catholic vote on Wednesday.

Students for Life Hosts Chastity Book Author Who Endorsed Sen. McCain By RYAN J. REILLY

on the Catholic Vote,” hosted a panel of five political experts who said exit polls will reveal the true influence of Catholics’ voting decisions and agreed the white Catholic vote will have an impact on the election, most likely in favor of Obama. The Pew Research surveys, presented by panelist and Pew Research fellow Gregory Smith, revealed Obama has, in recent months, led Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) with white Catholic voters by eight points. “The recent movement towards Obama has really a broad base,” said Smith who noted even when the Catholic vote, which makes up one fourth of the electorate, was divided into subgroups, such as those who are more devout and those

over the age of 50, the trend remained consistent. Both Smith and White explained only white Catholics are counted in tracking Catholic voting patterns because other races, such as Hispanics, who make up a large part of the Catholic base, bring additional factors and ideas to the voting booth, and usually support the Democratic Party. The colloquium was held in Keane Auditorium, located in McGivney Hall, and was hosted by the Life Cycle Institute. It was covered by C-SPAN and other national news sources. The panel consisted of University politics professor John White, Pew Research fellow

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Watchdog Group Says Univ. Trustee Violated Tax Laws Requests IRS Investigate Statements About Obama

Tower Staff Dawn Eden, a conservative blogger who wrote a book on chastity entitled “The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On,” told students society has adopted the “contraception mentality,” which thinks of a child as a mistake, in a speech to Students for Life on Wednesday night. She also endorsed Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), indicating he was the best choice for the pro-life movement. “I am a single issue voter, I am voting for John McCain,” said Eden, citing a statement issued by the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Essentially it says you have to look at the party’s platform, what they stand for and it is the responsibility of the Republicans to not only live up to their platform of being against abortion and for the value of human life, it is their responsibility to then walk that talk by reaching out to pregnant women who need help and by reaching out to other people who are in need.” Eden said Catholics could not vote for Democrats because their platform says flat out Roe v. Wade must be upheld, and pointed out Obama said his first act as president would be to sign the freedom of choice act, which would eliminate all limits on abortion, including parental notification and the partial birth abortion ban. Eden is studying at the Dominican House of Studies, located adjacent to the the University.



Dawn Eden, a conservative blogger, spoke an event sponsored by Student for Life this week.

University Trustee and Archbishop of Paterson, New Jersey, Arthur Serratelli, has been accused by a watchdog group for violating tax laws for his negative statements against Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama (DIll.). The group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued a request to the International Revenue Services to investigate Serratelli for his illegal partisanship in his harsh criticism of Obama, according to a USA Today story featured on the Drudge Report last night. Federal law prohibits all non-profit groups from endorsing or opposing candidates. Serratelli, in a column on the Archdiocese of Paterson website, not using Obama’s name, compared Obama to King Herod. Serratelli also wrote Obama

has pledged to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, a movement the Church is strongly against. “Pro-abortion advocates close their eyes to the fact that abortion even hurts women as it undermines the very fabric of our society,” wrote Serratelli in his weekly column. “The more the right to life is denied, the more we lose our freedoms.” We live in a democracy, choose the leaders who make our laws and choose to respect life, or we sanction the loss of our basic freedoms Sarratelli said. “I will never tell Catholics to support a particular candidate. As a private citizen, I will go into the voting booth considering the moral teachings of the Church and the prayerful conclusions of my conscience,” corrected Sarratelli in website response to the media attention his letter was receiving. “This is what I invite all Catholics to do, as well as all those who want to work for the common good.”


Bishop Arthur Serratelli is a trustee for the University. A church watchdog group is calling for the IRS to investigate him for reportedly attacking Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate for President, on the issue of abortion.

CUA Archives Holds Comic Book With 1st Known Depiction of Black President

Univ. Rector Formed Commission Which Issued Comic By JUSTINE GARBARINO Tower Staff

The once fanciful and imaginative idea of an African American one day being elected president of the United States could come true in a 11 days. Interestingly, the depiction of the first black president to be nominated by a major political party actually has its roots at the University. In 1938, Pope Pius XI wrote he was concerned about the breakdown of liberty, political morality and belief in the dignity of the individual in Europe. He saw the United States as a place for political freedom and for Christian principles of justice to flourish. The pontiff wrote to U.S. bishops to ask for an initiative to be started at the University to enrich Catholic education. The commission, which became known as the Commission on American Citizenship, was started by the University’s rector, Bishop

Joseph Corrigan and lasted from 1939 to 1970. Comic books were so popular at the time, the commission created “Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact,” which was published in 1964. Set 12 years in the future in the 1976 election, the comic book told the story of the presidential campaign of Timothy Pettigrew of New York. Over the 10 issues the Pettigrew comic strip is in, Pettigrew places second in a New Hampshire primary, survives an assignation attempt and wins the nomination from his party.

Pettigrew, a Catholic, is shown only in silhouette throughout the comic strip, however. It is not until the end of the comic that readers find he is actually black. Readers were encouraged to draw conclusions based on his character, not his race. Pettigrew was the creation of Berry Reece, a Yazoo City, Miss., native and Notre Dame graduate and New York-based cartoonist Joe Sinnott. “I was trying to conceive of a person, a hero, a protagonist, who could unite the allegedly United States of America,” said Reece in a National Catholic Reporter article. In an era of segregation and state-sanctioned racism, continued Reece in the article, he determined that such a candidate would have to be black. CUA’s American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives hold 500 copies of the biweekly comic book, including all 10 issues that relate to Pettigrew.

Images Courtesy ACUA. Editor‘s Note: Special thanks to the University Archives for their help with this story. Stay tuned to the next Tower, on Nov. 7, for an in-depth look into the Archives.

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FOSTERING A COMMUNITY OF RAMBLINGS Pro-life advocate and author Dawn Eden, who spoke at the University on Wednesday, cleverly named her book The Thrill of the Chaste. If we were to write a book advocating our lifestyles, we’d probably title it the The Thrill of (Getting) Faced, The Thrill of the Haste (of Writing an Eight-Page Paper in Thirty Minutes), or The Thrill of the Waste (of Time and Energy spent memorizing Nineteen

Different Passwords for Blackboard, Cardinal Station, and Webmail). It probably seems like Notes and Asides is obsessed with Dining Services, but their office is right down the hall from the Tower’s, so we can’t help but be hip to their comings and goings. We are please to announce that Chocolate Day is October 28th. All hail mighty chocolate!

So the fall season has officially begun! Candy corn has made its debut in the C-Store!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! About that whole going green thing? How is it that on Campus Substainability Day the entire student body was/still is eating off of styrofoam? Halloween is next week. Do you have your costume

ready? If you don’t have any ideas yet, how about imitating your favorite CUA alumni. Why not be Antonella Barbara with a wet, white tee shirt and a CUA architecture notebook.? Students will be surprised this Halloween when they hear a knock at their door. Instead of saying Trick or Treat, RAs will ask students to open their refrigerators.

Student Spotlight: A Conversation with David Sparks Emily Ruane: You’re from Indiana, right? David Sparks: I did my undergraduate at Indiana University, in Bloomington. I started out wanting to be a director, actually – I always did home movies when I was in high school. I did do a film certificate there and learned film theory. Which is pretty interesting, still, to me. I kind of had the renaissance man experience in college, like anybody. I decided to major in cognitive science, and my focus in that was linguistics – so that’s how my interest in language came about. After I graduated, I decided I was kind of sick of Western culture, and I was just wanted to get out, so I took a job in Korea teaching English for a year. Then I came back. I wanted to be fluent in another language – I was fascinated, still, by language. ER: Do you speak any Korean? DS: A little bit. It’s faded because it’s been five years-ish. I can still understand the basics: “how are you” – and I can read Korean. It’s a very easy alphabet to learn – it takes like, 20 minutes. It’s amazingly simple. ER:Are there less than 26 characters? DS: Yeah – they have a circle as a symbol for the vowel, and then they have slashes for different vowel sounds, and [those] combine with a set of consonants. So when you’re reading, you’re actually reading syllables. You kind of read it left to right to down. But it’s very easy to learn – I think the literacy rate in Korea is like, 99% or something. ER: Awesome! We should try that. DS: So then I moved to Spain, and learned Spanish, and came back after a year and I was like, “Well, now that I speak Spanish, what should I do?” So I went to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and did a Master’s in teaching Spanish. After that I decided I didn’t want to get into just teaching, I wanted to focus more on literature and really get into that, so I ended up here. And here I am! ER: And you’ve been here for

two years? Time flies. DS: I’m like the mutt that sits by the fireplace now. It’s weird though – you get very comfortable here. I can’t go five minutes without seeing ten of my students on campus – which is cool, I like that about this place. It’s sort of freaky also. ER: Do you find that the [University’s] emphasis on philosophy affects your department? DS: I hear my students constantly moaning about their philosophy classes. I mean, I’m teaching them Spanish, but I can’t resist taking five minutes and being like, look at why this is important. The other day they were complaining, and we had a few minutes before class, and I started explaining

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– in Spanish – like, “You know the Ship of Theseus? Does this matter?” And they’re like, “No!” And I’m like, “Well, think about it. Your body is not made up of any of the molecules that it had when you were born – so, where are you? Are you the same person or not?” If you’re not the same person, then there’s no meaning in life at all and you might as well go … join a cult. Drink a lot of Kool-Aid. ER: Jump over a bridge or something. DS: It’s a weird campus, because there is that rigor – there are a lot of students who are really into like, exploring things – and there are people here that – ER: That seem to be sleepwalking through their education. Or by

the time they get hip to it, it’s way too late. I think that may just be a symptom of the way people go to college in America. DS: That’s true. It definitely was in my case – I spent a lot of time doing other stuff. One of my best stories in college was – I had a test, and it was a linguistics class. I think it was at 11. I didn’t care. I got there 50 minutes late. I was the first one finished with the exam and got an A. I was like, “Are you even going to let me take this?” I just didn’t care – it was just like, I’m here to listen to music and write songs. Depending on your high school experience, college can be a time when you’re really allowed to explore, or when you’re supposed to be disciplining yourself to do what you know you already want to do. For me, it was definitely the former. In retrospect, I would have taken time off to get a better idea. ER: What are you working on currently? DS: I’m doing Spanish literature right now. I’m at the point where I’ve decided exactly what area I want to focus on. Having a background in science, I approach literature in a very analytic way. There are people that recoil at that. I’m not a traditionalist. I think it’s important to have a culturally informed perspective on literature. I want to take my time, and really acquaint myself with the specific corpus that I’m interested in before I adopt a theoretical approach. Right now I’m taking a class on the generation of ’98. They’re one of my favorite groups of writers in Spain and I would focus on that. It’s interesting because in Spain the political history really intrigued me. You’re talking about a country that for a long time was occupied by Arabs – but I think 700 years is beyond the period of occupation. Then you have the Catholic European history in there – its very hodgepodge. It’s an interesting place for that reason. The literature reflects that, and I really like that. ER: Do you ever read the Tower? DS: In a blue moon, honestly.

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Stupes in the City: The TV Round-up For some inexplicable reason, my domestic partner and I have been watching a lot of Felicity recently. After borrowing Season One from a friend (who informed us that the show was “about time travel”), we eagerly loaded the first disc, our excitement at seeing the early work of Lost guru J. J. Abrams barely contained. Well, we’re now on the fourth episode and I feel safe in saying that this show is trippin’! Never before have I seen such a dreamlike, fallacious, and downright misleading portrayal of the college experience. Allow me to assuage any doubts that you may have about my collegeexperience credentials: I have been an undergraduate for seven (7) years at three different institutions – one large public school, an art school, and now CUA. I have not had all college experience, but I have had my fair share, and I’ve yet to encounter one like Felicity’s. Let’s pause for a moment: why am I singling out innocent, wide-eyed little Felicity for an offense that is committed so often by television shows as to be the norm? Well – this a college newspaper; Felicity is all about college. For those of you who don’t know what the show is about (blessed are the few): it’s high-school graduation day, and the introspective, overachieving, deer-like Felicity asks the young man she’s been in love with for all of high school to sign her yearbook. After reading the weirdly probing message he writes, she decides to forgo her acceptance to Stanford University and enroll at the “University of New York” so she can be closer to her crush. The show follows Felicity as she makes bonehead move after bonehead move, backlit gently by the sunlight streaming in the bay window of her dorm room. Wait. I know that sick dorms exist on campus (I just heard about the second-floor quad in Caldwell – whoa!) but in my experience, dorms are cinderblocked boxes with tiny windows that probably don’t even open. Also crushingly unrealistic is the show’s portrayal of relationships: I have never in my life encountered members of male species so very willing to discuss feelings as the men of Felicity. Need I even bring up the perpetually yellow light that occurs in almost every shot and the romantic play of chiaroscuro shadows that highlight the actors’ faces? It’s always either sunrise or sunset in this New York. Absent is the harsh, industrial fluorescent lighting of almost every building on this campus, the pale, stark sunlight whitewashing the increasingly colder days here in DC. The other weird show I have been watching is Stylista, which premiered Wednesday night on the CW. I don’t know how I feel about Elle’s integration into the Tyra Banks/Ken Mok paradigm. Fashion magazines and reality TV were different pleasures before – now they’ve merged and suddenly there’s a two-hour black hole in my Wednesday night. (Sometimes its three-hour if I watch Friends and Sex and the City! There’s a really amazing article in the New York Times magazine about how Banks is really sweet, traditional, and earnest, and figured out how to middle-manage modeling and successfully control an industry which is never manned by women, so I can’t help but be deeply curious about the television that she makes. On Stylista, 11 contestants compete for a position as a junior editor at Elle, a prominent women’s fashion magazine. My favorite (and predicted winner) is Johanna. She’s going to annihilate everyone for a couple of reasons: a.) she has crazy hair; b.) she is 28; c.) prior to the show, she worked as a military analyst in DC, which means that she is a probably a crazed gogetter with balls of steel. Both Felicity and Stylista depict the lives of young people who have traveled to an American epicenter to “follow their dreams,” whatever that means - and what starkly different depictions of this experience they offer. Where Felicity is forgiving, Stylista puts young women (and men) on the chopping block, and their errors cost them their time in the spotlight. I know – it’s like, how can I even compare these two shows? Well, I just did, so…

Overheard Observant Young Woman: “Well... we have the 5th Column. It’s kind of just like meaningless ramblings.” *** From Snarksville, USA: “There’s the Olympics, and then there are the Special Olympics. There are the police, and then there are the special police. We have the latter at the university.” Send Overheards to


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Friday, October 24, 2008

Residence Life Searching Twice as Many Rooms


Judicial Affairs Thwarts Look in Cases By MICHAEL OLIVA Tower Staff With a surge in the number of dorm room searches and growing trend of students who violate seemingly minor policies being suspended, students are taking a closer look at how the campus judicial system works and the Department of Judicial Affairs, Department of Public Safety and Residence Life have all been in placed in a spotlight of scrutiny recently. Every year, University President Rev. David M. O’Connellstands before first-year students and their parents repeating his famous quip, “If you’re going to be stupid, don’t be stupid here.”

The student community is paying attention to the growing number of disciplinary actions brought against their friends and acquaintances, most notably with this semester’s suspension of sophomore Justin DiFranco for a offcampus traffic violation. Online forum posts have sprouted up with titles such as “Free Justin” and others calling administrators “The Gestapo,” a brutal policy agency in Nazi Germany. Inquiries into the University’s actions by students have caused many administrators to express concern about how The Tower accesses and reports its news. Bill Jonas, director of University Center, Student Programs and Events,



has spoken lengthily with Ryan J. Reilly, editor in chief of The Tower, as well as The Tower’s advisor, William McQuillen, about recent stories discussing the student penalizations. He was forwarding along some concerns of other administrators. Thomasine Johnson, chief of the Department of Public Safety, requested to know how The Tower responds so quickly to DPS actions on-campus. She was told The Tower legally utilizes a police radio scanner to monitor campus safety. Craig Parker, the University’s general counsel, an administrator who has been interviewed by The Tower in the past,

Tower Staff The University has searched twice as many dorm rooms then they had at this point in prior years, with about half resulting in the discovery of drugs, said Jonathan Sawyer, associate vice president for Student Life and Dean of Students. Sawyer did not have the exact number of rooms that have been searched, but said it has doubled from this point last year. The student handbook says while student rooms are considered private, representatives may enter after knocking in a number of circumstances, including to “investigate alleged violations of federal, District of Columbia or University policies, rules or regulations.” “We would search a room when there was a substantial allegation,” said Sawyer. “I want to stress that it is not a random search. If we searched a room then there was something that led us to believe that

See JUSTICE, page 4

See PRIVACY, page 6

SAGA Drafting Bill of Rights for Students in Response to Administration’s Actions By SARAH FAVO Tower Staff


Ryan Winn, sophomore, is the chair of SAGA’s Student Life Committee, which is in charge of student rights.

The Student Association General Assembly is drafting a student bill of rights to respond to what many members described as an unfair and unclear campus judicial system at their meeting Tuesday night. Members said there is confusion between the students and the administration regarding the rights of students in judicial situations. ”You go into [the University Hearing Board] and you don‘t know what is happening. You don‘t know what you are being charged with until after you have been charged with it,” said Alexander Pinnix, a member of SAGA. “You have no counsel. You don‘t know what you‘re rights are, you don‘t know if you even have rights.” SAGA member Joe Manning, a junior, related a story where a neighbor came to him and told him that he had been written up for a noise violation, but had not been able to see the incident report.

Ryan Winn, a sophomore and chairman of the Student Life Committee, said several students have protested the recent actions of the University and other reports of high student-interest in recent judicial cases. “We should hold the administration accountable for what they are doing,” said Manning. “I pay the University to keep me safe and educated. I don’t pay them to wander into my room or my friend’s room off-campus.” SAGA Speaker Afifeh Alaween said communications have been started between SAGA and administration and that they have made some progress. Meetings with the dean of students and Residence Life are scheduled. SAGA voted to move actions related to students’ rights and how they will be protected in the future to the student life committee. They also discussed internal workings of the undergraduate government, such as attracting more students to meetings, office hours and a constantly updated calendar to promote campus events.


Afifeh Alaween, senior, is speaker of SAGA. The student government is drafting a student’s bill of rights in response to the controversial tactics used by Admins.

Three Cars Parked Paperwork Confusion Delays New Student-Run Political by DuFour Center Magazine, Editor Hopes to Release it Before Election are Broken Into By JOHN P. SCHMIDT Tower Staff

Three vehicles were broken into between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the DuFour Center parking lot on Monday. An unknown suspect broke into the vehicles after smashing the windows of the cars, according to a Department of Public Safety report. Property was stolen from two vehicles, including cell phones and credit cards. “DPS advises students, staff and faculty to ensure that their vehicles are locked when they leave them,” said Cheryl Pendergast, associate director of DPS, in an e-mail. “They should never leave any items such as loose change, purses, briefcases, GPS devices, clothes, equipment, iPods, MP3s players, radios in plain sight. These items should be placed in the trunk of a vehicle or taken with the owner,” Pendergast added. DPS does regular patrols of the parking lot at the DuFour Center, Pendergast said. Pendergast declined to commit on whether the DuFour Center parking lot has security cameras.


Late-filed papers are the latest reason behind the postponed release of The Quorum, a new student-run political magazine. The organization’s officers are working with University administrators to have the publication distributed before the next American president is elected in 11 days. The Quorum initially attempted to publish its first issue several weeks ago; however it has been delayed by a series of production setbacks. The magazine was finally at the printer and being produced as of last Thursday night. The organization even had two tables in the Pryzybyla Center reserved throughout that following Friday, October 17, to serve as the main distribution point. Since then, last-minute papers filed by The Quorum’s officers have prevented their printer from releasing the copies. “It’s a little more our fault and we were not on top of things as we should have been,” said Frankie Bustamante, a junior who is co-editor of the publication. He also briefly served as editor in chief

of The Tower last spring. “We will be inserting a brief explanation of the delay in each magazine stating that the postponement was due to unforeseen administrative obstacles.” When it did not come out as planned, many students expressed concern that the University might have been censoring politically sensitive material. The Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events, as well as Bustamante, have made it clear administrators are not censoring the magazine, and in fact, are helping the organization fix the results of their errors. The University does not censor material produced by students, including the contents of The Quorum, the Cardinal Yearbook, CRUX literary magazine and The Tower, contrary to some students’ beliefs. University administrators have even publicly expressed their support of free speech by protecting The Tower’s right to operate independently of faculty advisement and strict financial oversight. The Quorum was printed last week as planned, however, the commercial


Alex Smith and Frankie Bustamante are the founders and co-editors of the Quorum, a new student-run political magazine. printer contracted to produce the publication, a local FedEx Kinko’s store, will not release the magazines until The Quorum is able to pay the full $1711.33 cost. The project is funded entirely by the Student Fee Allocation Board, a committee that funds undergraduate organizations using student activity

fees. However, Bustamante and Sydney Pomykata, a sophomore who is treasurer of the organization, did not file the appropriate paperwork necessary for making a payment with SFAB until three days before they

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Administrators Contact Tower Over Reporting of Student Penalty Surge JUSTICE, from page 3 has referred all matters to Victor Nakas, the University’s spokesman. The University Hearing Board, overseen by David Best, assistant director of Judicial Affairs and Ethical Development, has not sent notifications of a judicial hearing to Reilly, who sits on the University Hearing

Board in addition to his capacity at The Tower, since he co-wrote the controversial Oct. 10 article about DiFranco. Before the incident, he had received seven emails in the preceding nine days, and received an average of one e-mail every three days in September. Even though room searches have just about doubled according to Jonathan Sawyer, dean of

students, Best told Reilly he was not getting emails anymore because of a “slowdown.” Reilly learned of several hearings over the past two weeks that he had not been invited to. In addition, several University Hearing Board members have been notified either inperson or in letters from Best, telling them not to discuss UHB business with The Tower.

Quorum Magazine Hoping to Publish Next Week After Series of Delays QUORUM, from page 1 needed the check, according to Bustamante. University policies require student organization purchases that exceed $1000 to go through a series of steps. Once filed as an expense approved by the student organization and its adviser, expenditure forms must be processed with SFAB. Once they approve the expense, Steve Kreider, the student program coordinator for UCSPE, must also approve it as a legitimate expense. After the authorization process, the expense needs to be entered into the University’s online financial system as a requisition order, made into a purchase order by the Purchasing Office and then processed and printed as a check by the Accounts Payable Office. Once a check is printed, it needs to be marked by a supervisor in order for it to be picked-up by

a student representative of the organization. The University’s financial system, accessed by The Tower late Thursday night, indicated that the payment request has been dispatched by the Purchasing Department and now must be processed by Accounts Payable. By analyzing records of its own finances, The Tower has determined that the entire process takes approximately two weeks for expenditures over $1000. Expenses under $1000, that are not obligated to be paid under a contract, do not have to go through the Purchasing Office, which is typically the step that takes the longest. With the paperwork being submitted by The Quorum just three days before they needed the check, the delay is not the fault of the University or its employees. This was the first time Bustamante and Pomykata had to request such a payment, and they were unfamiliar with the

University’s policies. UCSPE requires student organization officers to receive training at the start of each semester, but since The Quorum was founded after this semester commenced, it could not be determined if they attended such sessions, usually led by Kreider and Betsy Homan, director of SFAB. Bustamante met with Bill Jonas, director of UCSPE, on Wednesday, to discuss the matter. According to Bustamante, Jonas was very helpful and is working with him to improve how The Quorum processes paperwork in the future. In the meantime, he hopes The Quorum can be distributed sometime next week and that is can reach the campus community before the election. “We have learned from this situation and don’t expect these issues to arise in the future,” said Bustamante. “It comes with the territory. You’re going to have these first time obstacles. We just were not as prepared for it as we should have been.”

Former Ambassador Clarke Advocates Resolution for Israel By LIZ GRDEN Tower Staff Warren Clarke, former U.S. ambassador to Gabon and career U.S. foreign service officer, spoke to University students Tuesday night about the pressing need for Israel and Palestine to reconcile. “Oil and Israel have been two important issues for the United States for a long time,“ said Clarke. “Unless there is a two-state solution, where Israel and Palestine exist side-by-side, there will no longer be a Jewish majority state.“ Clarke has represented the U.S. on the United Nations Security Council for Middle Eastern and African issues. In January of 2008, he was appointed executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), a nonpartisan organization that advocates for just and stable relationships in the Middle East. “We work hard to bring about reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians,“ said Clarke. “We are not pro-Israel, not pro-Palestine, but propeace.“ The event was co-sponsored by the College Democrats and the International Affairs Association (IAA) and was well-attended by members of both organizations. “I was really happy with the whole speech,“ said College Democrats chairman Joe St. George. “He was really excited to be there and brought his own charts and graphs.“ “I thought he was very well-informed,“ said Michael DeTerra, a sophomore politics major and IAA member. “He‘s definitely knows a lot about the issue in the Middle East, and it’s great that he took the time to talk to students and explain the problem and possible solutions.“ Clarke has worked on Middle East oil price negotiations, worked in the embassy for Libya, speaks Eastern Arabic and led a study group on the Middle East at the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has worked in the Department of State in the Middle East, Europe, Canada and in

the United Nations under both Democratic and Republican presidents. The conflict between Palestine and Israel has fueled other conflicts in the Middle East, according to Clarke. “Whenever the Middle East wants to beat the United States over the head with something, they cite our support for Israel,” he said. Despite this, Clarke views U.S. leadership in a resolution as vital to its success. CMEP has a letter it hopes to have signed by leaders within all major Christian organizations, like the U.S. Catholic Bishops, to show the support for peace in this conflict. Once the letter has been signed by the “grass tops,” as Clarke calls the leaders, then it will be opened to the “grass roots” and the public will be asked to sign it, before it is given to the next President. Clarke explained that although the ultimate goal would be for Palestine and Israel to become two separate nations, the difficulty lies in the fact that both sides are split politically, and many in Israel do not support a two-state solution. The two peoples are co-mingled across borders, said Clarke, which adds to the problem and leads to more turmoil. “Our goal is an agreed political resolution between the two,” said Clarke. After his presentation, Clarke answered questions from students about a range of topics including the global AIDs epidemic and the genocide in Darfur. “Darfur is a recurring tragedy...the Holocaust is not a one-time event,” he said. “Under [President George W.] Bush, the United States has given three times as much aid to Africa as any other president. If you don’t do anything, it just gets worse.” Clarke also explained to students the process to become a foreign service official. “Like the Church, it is a lifetime career,” he said. “There is a hierarchy. Work hard, work hard, work hard.” Clarke added. “The best education to get is a liberal arts education. They are looking for someone with a well-rounded mind, who can form relationships between concepts and defend a point a view.”


John Kenneth White, professor of politics, and Sandra Hanson, professor of sociology were two participants in a conference on the Catholic vote which took place on Wednesday.

McCain and Obama Tied Among Devout Catholics Who Attend Mass CATHOLICS, from page 1 Gregory Smith, former University professor and current professor of public policy at George Mason University Mark Rozell, author and speechwriter Michael Sean Winters and University sociology professor William D’Antonio. Obama and McCain are currently tied in polls concerning Catholics who attend church once a week or more often. Obama leads McCain by 13 points in polls of those who attend church less than once a week. Similar trends, reflecting a preference for Obama over McCain, exist in all subgroups of Catholics, including age and income, according to these polls. “Regardless of the candidate that is ultimately favored by either of these groups of Catholics, any movement of Catholic preferences we’ve seen over the last month seems to have been in Obama’s direction,” concluded Smith. This revelation comes at a time when 14 bishops, including several University trustees, have spoken out against the Democratic Party and issued instructions to deny Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden, a Catholic, Holy Communion. The Democratic Party “risks transforming itself definitively to the party of death” because of its stance on abortion, said University trustee and Archbishop of St. Louis, Raymond C. Burke, to Catholic News Service on September 27. Many Catholics seem to mirror the general electorate in how they rank issues most important to them, despite these strong instructions. “The issues that are important to Catholics are the same ones that are important to the electorate overall,” said Smith. “Despite all of the talk about Catholics voting and abortion, it looks like this will be a relatively unimportant issue this election.” Catholics rank the economy as the most important political issue followed by education, energy, healthcare, terrorism and

the war in Iraq, in the same way the electorate as a whole ranks the issues, according to the Pew Research surveys. Abortion was ranked 11 in the list of 12 items, and gay marriage was ranked last, matching almost exactly the preferences of the general electorate. Smith showed from his Pew Research that despite media attention to Catholic attitudes on this issue, only one in three Catholics ranks abortion as very important, and fewer than one in five ranks gay marriages as most important in this year’s election. White suggests one reason for this contradiction between the opinions of Church leadership and the actual electorate is the recent trend of low church attendance. “Recent church attendance is relatively stable but again is characterized by too many empty pews,” said White. “This gives the church less political clout.” Winters thinks Catholics that are anti-abortion rights may lean towards the Democratic Party in this election. “I still think that there’s a part of the Catholic vote with a certain view on abortion that will never change and they will continue as members of the Republican Party as the pro-life party,” said Winters. Winters continued saying, however, Obama’s plans to fix the economy have the potential to decrease the overall abortion rate. “Most people have abortions because they cannot afford the child and it is heartless to say to a woman who is carrying the child that you don’t have health insurance, but that is not our concern,” said Winters. Winters suggested Obama may have “the ability to build a Catholic coalition if he is able to first fix the economy and then decrease the abortion rate.” D’Antonio, on the other hand, believes the Catholic vote is still strictly split, almost exactly down party lines. “If you are a Catholic totally and opposed to abortion, believe in a strong military and think

lots of government spending is a waste, you’re a Republican,” said D’Antonio. “If you are moderately pro-choice, you think military spending should be cut, and believe in the Matthew 25 verse of feeding the hungry and clothing the naked, you are a Democrat.” Douglas W. Kmiec, former dean of the Columbus School of Law, falls into D’Antonio’s second generalization of Catholic voters. His recent book “Can a Catholic Support Him? Asking the Big Question about Barack Obama” reveals his support for the Democratic candidate. Whatever direction the Catholic vote swings, Rozell made it clear Catholics are still an important and unique group within the electorate, whose support should be sought after. “There is still a distinctive identity that sets them apart from conservative Protestants,” said Rozell who believes politicians should look at the two religious groups separately when trying to garner their support. At CUA on Tap, Stephen Schneck spoke about how Catholics should vote based on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops letter “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” during Campus Ministry’s CUA on Tap. Schneck referred to the bishops’ letter and called for the voter to make a decision based on careful moral discernment. He also emphasized the importance of transcending ideology and partisanship in choosing where to cast one’s ballot, but to also never support anything the church has declared intrinsically evil. He added neither candidate in the upcoming election fits the Church’s standard of avoiding the endorsement of any intrinsic evil, which includes many issues from abortion to racism, but with emphasis on those issues regarding life. “There’s nothing like Catholic Social Teaching that makes both Democrats and Republicans cranky,” concluded Schneck.

For additional photos and a link to C-SPAN video of the conference on the Catholic vote, visit CUATOWER. COM and click on Web Extra. Find out how the University trustees and the Bishops stand in a graph on page six.


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Friday, October 24, 2008


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Vote for Someone this November 4th This is the last edition of The Tower before the historic 2008 Election, and we would like to take this opportunity to encourage all of our readers to vote if they care about the future of this nation. If you don’t, then we ask you not to vote. Voting is not merely a tool used to support a party or candidate. It is a means for change. A way to enact policies, switch leadership styles and have input in the way your country is run. That is a fundamental aspect of the country. Nothing is accomplished aside from anger, frustration and a bureaucracy that exists merely to stay employed when politics becomes a partisan battle because right and left, nothing While every Tower staff member has an opinion, bor-

rowing the phrase “that is above our pay grade,” we are not going to endorse anyone. For most students this will be the first time you are able to vote in a Presidential election. You have a chance to have an impact on the next four years, so why not take advantage of it? One vote may not make a difference, but at least you can fulfill the duty of being an American citizen and add your voice to the masses. When casting your ballot, whether it is in a voting booth in your home state or by filling out an absentee ballot in your dorm room, look at all the issues that are important to you and ones that may have an impact on your friends and family, as well as the nation and world. Remember every election

results in a man or woman being sent to serve you, whether it is the president or mayor of your town. Both candidates disagree on many vital problems that our country needs to face and solve in the coming years. Vote for whose solutions you believe will best conquer those problems. Vote for who has the experience, moral character and values that you believe are necessary. Even if a candidate is not an expert in any one field, make sure you can trust him to appoint advisors and experts who will guide him in the right direction. Even though we are college students, our votes are just as equal to the vote of our parents and grandparents. We owe it to our countrymen, who gave their lives in defense of our livelihoods

and to spread democracy around the world, to vote. Even better, vote and stay active. There is no reason our political interests have to stop after the election. The future of the nation does not stop on Election Day. It starts. There are so many ways to be active in changing the future of this nation, whether it is writing to a newspaper about your views, attending a protest on Capitol Hill, or interning for your congressman. An editorial encouraging you to vote might have been expected in the last issue of The Tower before a major election. But, although it may have been expected, it still does not deter from the serious matter of voting. Millions of people across the globe want the freedom to vote. We are lucky enough to have it, so why not exercise it.


Stephanie Calhoun Junior


10. Yeah, its been said, we know. But don’t vote. That will prove how brilliant you are. 9. Please complain about absolutely anything related to the government, after you choose not to vote. 8. On that note, please continue to allow anyone who has authority over you to do whatever they want without waking up out of that comfortable upper middle class stupor and actually doing something about it. I suggest you start with the administration. Just kidding, why would you challenge the people who you pay thousands of dollars to every year? Just close your eyes, and hope for the best. 7. For Halloween, claim that the Mean Girls ‘slut rule’ makes it okay for you to wear that costume. In fact, use phrases like ‘the slut rule’ in casual conversation. Classy. 6. This one’s great. Assume that if

you can talk louder than the person next to you, that you are right, their political beliefs really do not matter, and then you will convince them of the errors of their ways. 5. Participate in the Great Schlep. Google it; it’s number one. And entirely worth it...Trust us. 4. While we are, you know, busy not publishing, you could start your own paper and write your own press releases, and finally get a story that portrays your group in a light you appreciate. 3. Really have fun with your Halloween costume. Go as something that’s familiar to your fellow students. For example, you could walk around, looking sort of asleep, and only wake up with the promise of donuts and trumped up charges. Be sure to wear a badge of inferiority that comes from being a rent-a-cop. 2. Since everyone is from just outside of Philly, you could watch the World Series. I mean, assuming they still have world series when the Yankees or the Red Sox aren’t involved. 1. The number one thing to do for the next two weeks? Whatever you want. It’s college for goodness sake’s, and you get enough of people telling you what to do already. Happy Halloween!

Starbucks Skimps on Students: Cup Half Empty? THINGS TO CONSIDER

Jessica Carter Junior


Have you ever gone to Chipotle and ordered a burrito, only to receive half of one? Of course not! Have you ever gone to a spa to get a pedicure only to have every other toe painted? Not unless you’re an odd duck who requested such a service. Have you ever gone to Starbucks only to receive half a cup of iced coffee or so much foam in your latte that you wondered if there was actually any coffee lurking beneath the

foam? Unfortunately, if you’re a coffee drinker, you probably answered yes to that one. It would be easy to blame Starbucks’ employees for skimping, but experience suggests company policy is really at fault. After receiving several iced coffees filled with more ice than most Eskimos have seen in a lifetime, I finally remembered to ask for “little ice” in my Tall Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte. The exchange went something like this: Starbucks employee (SE): “What can I get you to drink this morning?” Me: “Umm…could I please have a Tall Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte with little ice.” SE: “No. I’d have to charge you extra.”

Me: <puzzled expression> SE: “We’re told we have to fill at least half of the cups with ice.” Me: <totally confused> “Umm.. okay…don’t worry about it then.” With its outrageous and ever rising prices, I am not sure how Starbucks has gotten away with this seemingly deceitful business practice for so long. Maybe it’s because Starbucks is the Big Kahuna when it comes to coffee, and idiots like me continue to spend money there. I don’t know if this is a new thing or something Starbucks has always done. What I do know is that since everyone is talking change these days, I’d like to see Starbucks implement some and start completely filling up our cups.

Letter to the Editor Alright, it’s time to take off the training wheels. Life isn’t all about popsicles and teddy bears. It is time to do the responsible thing and take care of business, as it may be redundant to say, actually in a “timely manner.” Oh yeah, it is also nice when you’re consistent in what you say… This administration is just a little nauseating. Let me quantify, what I mean by “a little” is about ten more buckets full of vomitous bile than one might produce at your most memorable college party. Look, some kids learn the easy way and some the hard way. The kids who learn the easy way will listen to parental authority with no problem so (right on!) that is wonderful. Then there are those kids who only learn the hard way and may want to party it up to the extreme (like I did.) These kids will not listen. In fact, if you try to coerce them into not doing so, then the alcohol that they at first pursued will look all the sweeter and perhaps taste sweeter too. Even if you manage to coerce them all the way through their life at CUA, what happens after

college? I think you know – only then will it be one “helluva” time. This is precisely why many prominent academic authorities have brought to the forefront the idea of lowering the legal age of drinking to eighteen to give kids more of a gradual introduction to adulthood instead of throwing them in later on. However, a past issue of the Tower has Father O’Connell disagreeing with these academics by appealing to the importance of the law and how it must be followed. Yet, Father O’Connell has DPS break the law in order to impose CUA’s will on students like Justin DiFranco. Does this sound a little inconsistent? Oh, it is. Let’s see, how can I count the ways that I despise CUA’s administration? Well, one thing is for sure we definitely can’t count on them — neither can they ac-count for student’s financial aid and scholarship money within a reasonable timeframe. As for me, it was like I was running a relay race. Student accounts would send me to financial aid and then financial aid would send me back

to student accounts etc., etc., for about a month. In this way, financial aid and student accounts would pass off the baton (my problem) because I guess it isn’t there job to actually spend time to take the reins and solve real problems but merely pass them off to others. Now as for Father O’Connell’s refusal of DiFranco’s request for clemency, O’Connell is absolutely right – who are we to be forgiven… especially when we commit hideous abominations such as minor traffic violations that fall outside of DPS’s jurisdiction? This is a singular injustice that DiFranco has been dealt by CUA in taking his money (a lot of it at that), limiting his chances in entering other institutions, and thereby, compromising his future. So as for Father O’Connell and his administration, forget you, and as for Victor Nakas, the puppet of the puppeteer, forget you too. DiFranco, I am going to drink one for ya – bottom’s up. Taylor Hall M. A. Student in Moral Theology and Ethics

An Ode to Tim Russert “Florida, Florida, Florida.” Tim Russert’s insightful analysis during the historic 2000 election cemented his status as the preeminent American political journalist and carved his place (along with a place for his famous white board) in American history. His absence from this election is immeasurable, exceeded only by the absence of his presence from the lives of those who were closest to him. Meet the Press was the finest forum in television journalism. Tim Russert stood as the truest representative of the fourth estate, a media that provided the final check in our system of checks and balances. Hillary Clinton was correct when she said that Russert made our democracy stronger. On Meet the Press politicians would finally have to directly answer questions. Russert did not permit canned answers or ideological generalities parading as policy solutions. If a politician tried to dodge his questions, the follow-up would be worse. Whether Republican or Democrat, liberal, conservative or neither, substance was demanded. It was for this reason that politicians feared going toe to toe with Russert more than anyone else. In a political climate dominated by style, his approach fulfilled the duty of the press to demand substance. Facts were not optional on Meet the Press either. Russert’s research was remarkably thorough, which was a primary reason he was one of the toughest and the best

interviewers in the business. He actually listened to what his guests were saying. This should not be novel in journalism, but unfortunately it often is. Russert listened, not because he wanted to play gotcha journalism, but because he wanted real answers to real questions. Politicians respected Tim Russet because they knew he was tough, but fair. Russert probed politicians for meaningful answers and kept pushing when they refused to give in. However, the politicians knew that this was because Russert respected public service. He demanded more because he believed in politics. He was not a cynic looking for ratings or accolades. He was a citizen looking for good government and a more just society. Buffalo’s favorite son not only exhibited the highest journalistic standards, his approach stood in stark contrast to the partisan hackery and arrogant pomposity of many self-professed journalists and the cold, mildly elitist, dullness of others. Russert was both down to earth and professional, insightful and fair, truthful and interesting. His analysis benefited from the absence of the egocentrism that is rampant in the national media. Russert always knew that journalism was not about the journalist, but about the story, the facts, the truth. When he talked about and analyzed working class and religious people, he was drawing from his experiences with them, not from articles

or books about them. Even as the preeminent television journalist, he remained a man of the people. He fit Kipling’s idea of a real man, a man who could talk with crowds and keep his virtue and walk with kings without losing the common touch. His hope and joy uplifted those around him, and his love enriched all of their lives. Even those that never met him were touched by his goodness and deeply moved when he passed away. Russert stands as a model for pursuing excellence in all that one does and doing it joyfully. While Tim Russert died too young, he is one of too few people who truly live full lives. For the fullness of life cannot be measured in years, but in the faith, hope, love, integrity, passion, dedication, joy, and effort that give human lives meaning and worth and shine light on the dignity and potential of the human person. On election night in 2000 and 2004, my primary station was NBC for one solitary reason, Tim Russert. I may still watch NBC for Russert’s friend and former colleague Brian Williams who is an excellent journalist. However, Tim Russert is truly irreplaceable. For those that had the pleasure of watching him, there will be a huge void on election night. For those who are tuning in for their first election, they will be deprived of the best television journalist in the business. Either way, Tim Russert will be missed.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Residence Life Utilizing Searches of Residential Dormitory Rooms Twice as Much PRIVACY, from page 4 there was something that would violate our policies and the law.” Sawyer said the tips that lead to room searches may come from students, parents orstaff who may overhear conversations. In theory, the tips that result in room searches could be anonymous, but Sawyer said he would want to talk to the person to question the information. “We err on the side of caution and struggle more with that,” said Sawyer. “There have been occasions when [we] get anonymous things, but we would want to substantiate that.” At the same time, if the threat is serious enough, especially if it relates to weapons, then that would require immediate action.

Violations for alcohol and drug use have been on the minds of University administration since the beginning

of the academic year. Rev. David M. O’Connell, president of the University, sent an email to all undergraduate students in September, saying he was “slightly alarmed” by the number of alcohol incidents that had already occurred on-campus this year. Violations have been so rampant in Magner Hall that the area coordinator called a meeting for the entire building to address the issue. Two students, who are

residents of Magner Hall, heard a knock on their door on Monday, September 29. At the time, both residents said they were working on their homework. Before they could open the door, two area coordinators accompanied by three Department of Public Safety officers began to key into their room. Joyce Milling, the area coordinator for Centennial Village, told sophomores J.D. Moseley and Adam Sadowski Residence Life received a tip indicating they had marijuana in the room. She would not tell the roommates the source of the information because

such information is confidential. She declined to discuss the specifics of any judicial case, Millings said in an e-mail. Moseley said the area coordinators and the DPS officers were in the room for 90 minutes. The area coordinators conducted the search while the DPS officers took down their information. When they did not find any drugs, they “grilled” the residents about where the drugs were, according to Moseley. “She said ‘This would be a lot easier if you told us where the drugs were’,” said Moseley. Amy Petrovich, North Neighboorhood II area coordinator, who was also at the room search, told the students she could see why somebody would think the roommates had drugs in their rooms because of two posters in their room – one of Bob Marley and one that says “Keep of the Grass,” according to Moseley. Petrovich did not return e-mails requesting comment.

The search did turn up a bottle of champagne and three cans of beer. Moseley said that he felt it was unfair that the area coordinators would count the beers against them. “It felt like they were just trying to pin those three beers on us as much as they could,” said Moseley. Both sophomores are under 21. “We have never had drugs in the room and we have not been associated with that aspect at all during out time here at Catholic,” said Mosley. “I honestly felt violated.” The sophomores feel the University will hold the suspicion of drug use against them in the future. At the end of the search, Milling asked Moseley and Sadowski to pass on information about drugs if they knew anything. Moseley and Sadowski said they have no problems with helping out the administration.

The Catholic Vote Opinions of Trustees on Candidates Total of Bishops Who responded Negatively to Joe Biden 1. Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton 2. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, CO 3. Bishop James Conley of Denver, CO 4. Bishop Robeert Morlino of Madison 5. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. 6. Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, OK 7. Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, PA 8. Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, CT 9. Bishop Fran Malooly of Wilmington, DL 10. Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, ND 11. Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin, TX 12. Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, IA 13. Bishop Paul Coakley of Salina, KS 14. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, MA 15. Archbishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, NJ Statements of University Trustees: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver: “To suggest as some Catholics do, that Senator Obama is this year’s ‘real’ pro-choice candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse.” As for Pro-Obama Catholics he believes, “They seek to contextualize, demote and then

counterbalance the evil of abortion with other important but less important foundational social issues.” Criticized both Biden and Pelosi for stance on abortion. Suggested that Biden should not be allowed communion. Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport and Cardinal Archbishop Justin F. Rigali of Philadelphia Said Biden contradicted the Church during his Sept 7 “Meet the Press” interview by saying human life is a personal and private matter of religious faith that he would not impose on others. The bishops said Biden was right to say human life begins at conception. But the church “does not teach this as matter of faith; it acknowledges it as a matter of objective fact,” they said. Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura Archbishop Burke said the Democratic Party once was “the party that helped our immigrant parents and grandparents better integrate and prosper in American society. But it is not the same anymore.” Has since called the Democratic Party the “Party of Death”. In 2004, when Burke was then Bishop of the La

Crosse Diocese, he imposed sacramental disciplines of regulations concerning the unworthy reception Communion. Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley of Boston Also agrees that Biden was wrong with his definition of abortion being a private matter. Archbishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, N.J. Has compared the Democratic nominee to King Herod and criticized Obama’s pro-life stance. Supreme Knight of Columbus Carl A. Anderson Also believes Biden should not receive communion. “Statements that suggest that our church has anything less than a consistent teaching on abortion are not merely incorrect; they may lead to Catholic women facing crisis pregnancies to misunderstand the moral gravity of an abortion decision.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops encourages Catholics to judge the moral and ethical dimensions of public policy when considering the issues in the upcoming election. According to the Bishops and discussed during CUA on Tap, the following goals should be addressed by the candidates: 1. The basic obligation to protect unborn children

through a restriction and eventual eradication of abortion from society. 2. Avoiding violence like assisted suicide and euthanasia as a means to address primary concerns of illness and disability, as well as capital punishment to combat crime and war to end international struggles. 3. Define marriage as belonging to one man and one woman, and provide support the institution morally, socially and economically. 4. Reform immigration to secure U.S. borders, treat workers fairly and offer an earned path to citizenship. 5. Help families overcome poverty, access sufficient education for children, and get work at fair wages; end widespread hunger and destitution world-wide. 6. Provide healthcare for those without it, while respecting human dignity and religious differences in the system. 7. Oppose policies that promote prejudice and discrimination. 8. Comply with moral limits on using military power. Look to end the war in Iraq with a “responsible transition.” 9. Work with others in the world to work towards peace, human rights, religious freedom, economic justice and care for creation. - Helen Marie Berg, Tower Staff


S.A.G.A. Announces Offices Hours Please Visit Pryz 107

- Questions, Comments, or Concerns? Please check out SAGA online at or visit us in person in Pryz 107. Office hours start this week.



- Please fill out the library survey currently

RJ Peterson- Judicial & Ethical Affairs- 10-12pm Sean Caulfield- Housing Services- 12-2pm Alex Pinnix- Registrar- 12-1pm Thomas Cunningham - CAS- 1-2pm Joseph Manning- Financial Services 1-2pm Dominic Bonaduce- Academic Senate- 2-4pm Ryan Winn- Dean of Students 3-5pm Erin Kilroy- Career Services-3-5pm Charlie O’Neil- Dining Services 6-8pm

Sean Caulfield- Housing Services- 12-1pm Thomas Cunningham- CAS- 1-2pm Chris Pierno- CPIT/DPS- 3-5pm Chris Ladner- Library Services- 5-7pm Kristen Catrambone- Program Board- 3-5pm

being offered online. We will base improvements for this year off of the results of this inquiry. Starting next week the SAGA will have a table in the Pryz where students can take the survey.

- The entire Student Association would like to wish the CUA community goodluck as they near the end of midterm exams.

- SAGA Liaison Erin Kilroy would like to congratualte Career Services on their extremely successful career fair. Thank you very much to all students who participated. The employers present were very impressed with the student response.

TUESDAY John Eby- Center for Global Education- 3-5pm Jenna Goszewski- Judicial & Ethical Affairs- 3-5pm Adam Davis- Program Board- 5-7pm Andrew Platt- UCSPE- 6-8pm Colin Schmitt- Post Office/Dean of Students- 6-8pm Courtney Martin- DPS- 7-9pm

THURSDAY Anne Roth- DSS- 3-5pm Dan Slick- Academic Senate- 4-6pm Mike Provine- CAS- 6-8pm

FRIDAY Alex Pinnix- Registrar- 12-1pm Dan Essig- CGE- 3-5pm Felicia Charles- 5-7pm


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Friday, October 24, 2008


Yet another friendly message from THE STUDENT FEE ALLOCATION BOARD... 1) Be Safe on Halloween! 2) Enjoy Yourself Responsibly :) 3) Keep those Student Organization Funding Requests Coming! Student Org Spotlight on...

Habitat for Humanity “Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that He intends.” Catholic University’s Habitat for Humanity’s mission statement beautifully explains why we do what we do. As a campus chapter, we work in correlation with the DC affiliate to build, fundraise, advocate and educate the local community on the need for affordable housing in the United States and all over the world. In doing our part for the campus community, we provide a variety of opportunities for students to contribute to Habitat’s mission. One of the most popular and highly demanded opportunities is Saturday build days. We normally offer 10 spots on each of two build days per month to our general members. After driving out to the build site in Arundel, Maryland, volunteers are given tasks to complete during the day that range from painting to tearing down walls. Members are also invited to monthly meetings to discuss upcoming events and to learn more about Habitat and its cause. Just this month, the Deputy Director from Arundel Habitat for Humanity came to share exciting news about a new build site in Annapolis that Catholic University will begin sending volunteers to in April. The Habitat Fall Retreat passed just a few weeks ago. With four incredible leaders, 28 students enjoyed the weekend in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. After a long day Saturday of installing siding and electrical wires on a Habitat house in the community, the volunteers enjoyed an exciting night of pizza and bowling! The highly anticipated Spring Break trips have just been announced! This year Habitat will be taking 15 volunteers to Olympia, Washington (just outside of Seattle), 15 volunteers to Belgrade, Montana; and 20 volunteers to Delray Beach, Florida. To find out more information, please come to our Info Session on Monday October 27th at 7pm in Hannan Hall Room 106. We are always looking for new members! If you’re interested, please email Angela Milone at to join our mailing list. This will keep you posted on upcoming build days, fundraisers, Spring Break announcements, and general meetings.

Make Sure You Keep An Eye Out for These New Student Organizations! CAC


“Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is a ministry within the athletic department focused on fellowship between athletes and on living out the Gospel. Through activities and discussions, this group works toward creating a comfortable, approachable atmosphere for spiritual growth so that all athletes feel welcome.”

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SFAB’s How To Sessions How to Fundraise with Gabey, Patrick and Becca Thursday, October 23 5:30 – 6:15 PM SORC Monday, October 27 5:30 – 6:15 PM SORC

How to Fill out a Funding Request Form with Trevor and Melanie Monday, October 27 2:00 – 3:00 PM SORC Monday, November 3 3:00 – 4:00 PM SORC

How to Program with Chris, Dilo and Jackie TBD

Did You Know the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) is Located in Pryz 103?

From the How-To Girl P-Card Purchases Hate having to front the money to purchase things for your organization? Tired of waiting for a reimbursement? Have CUA deduct the cost straight from your account, by utilizing the Purchasing Card (the “P-card”)! If you are making a phone order/online purchase, type up an explanation of the order and all details about the order. If you were able to place the order ahead of time, include any order numbers, or contact information to reference the existing order. Attach the explanation to your Universal Expenditure Form (UEF) and select “Purchasing Card” as the type of expenditure; turn this in to your SFAB liaison at the SORC. The Program Coordinator will then take care of the purchasing, and email you with confirmation. Have to pay in person? Not a problem, you can check out the P-card, too! Fill out a UEF and turn it into your SFAB liaison with an estimated breakdown of what you’re buying along with estimated total cost. Again, make sure you select “Purchasing Card” as the type of expenditure. You will be contacted by the Program Coordinator with further instructions on when and how to pick up the Purchasing Card and when and how to submit your receipts. ~Melanie Singh

8 Friday, October 24, 2008

The Tower

Priests, Presidents & Parties Priests Catholic University Has Proud Political History

Party Heads Faced-off at CUA

In 2004, Chairs of DNC, RNC Were Both Univ. Alum By JUDITH GUCCIONE Tower Staff


The chairmen of the Democratic and Republican parties returned to their alma mater for a debate during the 2004 Presidential Campaign.

Against the odds, it happened once, and it is not likely to happen again - the heads of the two biggest parties in the country were both Catholic University Alumni. Terry McAuliffe, B.A. 1979, and Ed Gillespie, B.A. 1983, faced off in a political debate in 2004 in the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center, as they were both chairmen of the Democratic and Republican parties (respectively) at the time of the debate. Over 800 students, faculty and alumni gathered to watch the well known alumni battle it out in the Pryzbyla Center Great Room. The former politics majors discussed the fundamental issues at stake during the 2004 presidential election between current President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). The debate was also televised by C-SPAN. The debate began with informal banter about

the closing of The Ratt (former Rathskellar, popular student bar formerly located in Cardinal Hall), as well as which debater graduated with the highest honors. Gillespie, an Irish American from outside Philly, discovered the University in high school when a teacher noticed his accomplishments in their school paper and suggested he attended a wellknown university in DC. During his time at CUA, he served as sports editor for The Tower and played for the rugby team as well as intramural basketball. McAuliffe had been involved with the Democratic party from a young age, since his father was the treasurer for the Onondaga County Democratic Party. He was a resident advisor and vice president of the Judicial Branch of the student government while he attended the University. The debate concluded with both debaters asking students to vote in what would be one of the most important campaigns in American history.

Obama, McCain Exchange Lighthearted Jabs at Dinner Honoring Former CUA Trustee By JOHN P. SCHMIDT Tower Staff

Last week on October 18, both Sen. Barrack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. John McCain (R- AZ) spoke at the 2008 Alfred E. Smith dinner. The dinner, which was organized by the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, raised $3.9 million dollars for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. Smith who was a four term Governor of New York (1919-1920 and 1923-1928), was the first Catholic to be a nominee of a major political party. He was the Democratic Presidential Nominee in 1928 a race which he lost to Herbert Hoover. In 1933, Smith was named to the University Board of Trustees as a Catholic laity. In 1938 he joined the university’s chief executive Msgr. Joseph M. Corrigan, Archbishop John Mitty of San Francisco, Bishop Peter Ireton of Richmond and Bishop John Gannon of Erie in a nation wide address opposing Nazi Germany and giving support to the Jews.

Obama and McCain who each sat next to Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop of New York and member of the Board of Trustees, roasted one another in comedic fashion. Early on his speech Obama joked about the setting of the speech. “But I have to say tonight’s venue isn’t really what I’m used to. I was originally told we’d be able to move this outdoors to Yankee Stadium, and -- can somebody tell me what happened to the Greek Columns that I requested?” In one joke McCain noted the absence of President Bill Clinton. “I’m delighted to see you here tonight, Hillary. Where’s Bill, by the way? Can’t he take one night off from his tireless quest to make the man who defeated his wife the next president? A man who’s a relentless advocate for the Obama campaign and he has this subtle approach to making the case. When a reporter asked him if Senator Obama was qualified to be president, Bill Clinton pointed out, sure, he’s over 35 years of age and a U.S. citizen.”


The Gibbons Medal, the highest award of the Catholic University Alumni Association, was awarded to Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) in 1956, before he was elected the first Catholic elected president.

CUA Awarded Kennedy for Service to Church, Nation By JUDITH GUCCIONE Tower Staff

Former President John F. Kennedy was presented with the Ninth Annual James Cardinal Gibbons Medal at the University in 1956 for “his great deeds as a Catholic patriot, as a civic leader, as an incomparable humanitarian and as an unflinching champion of principles we hold sacred,” as alumni president James Kenny stated at the presentation of the award. Kennedy received the award during his time as Senator of Massachussetts. During his acceptance, he stated that splitting parties between liberals and

conservatives would “lessen political tolerance, make more difficult bipartisan cooperation on basic national policies and reduce drastically the checks and balances on extreme action which our present two-party system provides.” He later explained that “it is through discussion that democracy corrects its errors.” The James Cardinal Gibbons Medal is the highest award given by the Alumni Association. It is given to an individual who may or may not be an alumnus of the university for outstanding service to the church, the United States and the University. Kennedy is among other distinguished recipients, such as Nancy Reagan and J. Edgar Hoover.

CUA Alum Longest Standing Dem. Chair By MARGARET BOEHM Tower Staff


Rector James H. Ryan welcomes President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt to campus on 14 July 1933. FDR received an honorary degree as part of the day’s commencement exercises.

F.D.R. Picked Up Train at Catholic U. to Avoid Union Station Congrestion By JUSTINE GARBARINO Tower Staff

The Tower reported in February 1942 that former United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made a quick stop at the University before departing by train to an undisclosed location. The University had a railroad station at the time. Previously, he had recieved an honorary degree from CUA in 1933. “Mr. Roosevelt stepped from his car to the station platform, to a fast westbound train, in a few seconds,” said the article. “The obvious reason for this action was to avoid congestion at Union Station.”

Students welcomed Roosevelt’s short appearance. “We say welcome any time, Mr. President,” the article read. “Catholic University wants to serve the country in any and every capacity, and if this lowly station serves the purpose, use it.” In March, a member of Roosevelt’s staff at the White House, known as Mr. Hassett in a message found in archives, phoned to ask the name of the Editor of The Tower, who, at the time, was Arthur Mullen of Omaha, Nebraska. In their conversation, Hassett told Mullen that, in regards to the article printed about Roosevelt, “such things are not to printed about the president.”

John Bailey, B.A. 1926 served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1961 to 1968, the longest term of any chairman in history. Bailey has also been credited as one of the key persons to get John F. Kennedy into the White House. Before becoming chairman of the DNC, Bailey was the chairman of the Connecticut Democratic Party where he circulated a seminal report that was later dubbed the “Bailey Memorandum.” The report

argued that regarding religion, a Catholic on the presidential ticket would bring more votes he would lose. “As a Catholic, my father was, of course, very proud to have helped elect the first Catholic president,” said Barbara Kennelly, Bailey’s daughter in the Summer 2004 edition of CUA Magazine. While a student at CUA, Bailey played on the university’s baseball and football teams. “I considered myself first an athlete and after that there was no time for politics,” Bailey once recalled.


John Bailey and his daughter speak with President John F. Kennedy during his commencement address at Trinity

The Tower Friday - October 24, 2008

Lady Cards Ranked First in Landmark Conference By PATRICK STAPLETON Tower Staff

A change in seasons has translated to a change in the performance of the women’s soccer team. While the Cards ended September with a string of losses, October has been full of much needed wins for the team. They currently hold an overall record of 8-5-2. With a recent conference win over Goucher, Catholic is currently the top team in the Landmark Conference. The Cards ended September with two heartbreaking losses. However, as the calendar

turned to October, the Cards were playing their best. In 8 October games, they have outscored their opponents 22-7 and produced a record of 6-1-1. They stand alone in first place (3-0-1) in the Landmark Conference standings, two games ahead of second-place Scranton. Catholic’s game against Trinity College on Monday proved to be their best all-around game of the season. Freshmen forward Caroline Burke kicked off the lead for the Cards, scoring a goal in the first minute of the game. Catholic earned another point on the board when a Trinity player inadvertently scored their second

Men’s Soccer Must Win One of Next Two Games to Make it to Playoffs By BRETT KLINE Tower Staff

In arguably the most important week of the season for the men’s soccer team (10-3), the Cardinals neither secured a playoff spot, nor put themselves out of contention. A devastating 3-0 loss on Saturday to Drew, followed by a dominant 5-1 victory over Goucher on Tuesday, has put the Cardinals in control of their own fate. With only two league games remaining on their schedule, the Cardinals must get a win against either Moravian or Susquehanna to secure a spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament. “We are looking at our final two conference games like they are the start of the playoffs,” said junior Matt Brady. The team came out very flat against Drew and was lucky

to be down by only one goal at halftime. Adding two more goals in the second half, the Rangers took advantage of the Card’s sloppy play to ensure their spot at the top of the conference standings. After reflecting on the game, sophomore Kevin Duffy said, “Drew is a high quality team and we needed to bring the intensity to them and we just didn’t do that.” The Cardinals came out hungry against Goucher to find the back of the net. Brian Pappas started the onslaught in the first 10 minutes with a powerful shot from 25 yards that went over the goalkeeper’s head and dipped under the crossbar. Although the Gophers tied the game at one goal a piece, the Cardinals quickly responded with a goal from Brian Maher, who was assisted by wingman Adrian Davis. Three quality second half goals from Matt Brady, Kevin


Duffy and Michael Dimarco sent CUA cruising to a 5-1 victory. In a season that has been filled with one-goal games, the Cardinals were ecstatic to be on the winning side of a blow out. As Brian Pappas said, “It felt good today for us to go out and win by more than one goal, something that we haven’t done a lot of this season.” After losing back-to-back games for the first time of the season, the Cardinals convincing win against Goucher has reassured them that they are a quality team. Although the team has now acquired double-digit wins, the season will not be a success unless they can get one more to earn a spot in the conference tournament. “We are in a good position to get into the tournament and we are excited about that chance,” said junior defensive player Tim McAneny.

goal. In the second half, junior defender Chelsea King scored off of a corner kick from junior midfielder Diana Spadaro to give the Cards a 3-0 lead. The final two goals were scored by freshmen forward Sara Slicklen and senior forward, Suzie Peters. Both goals were assisted by Spadaro. While the final score of 5-0 speaks to the power of their offense, Catholic’s defense had a strong game as well. Trinity was held without a shot for the entire game, while Catholic had 25 goal attempts. The Cards then headed to

their home field to face Goucher on Wednesday. Sophomore forward Kelly Donnelly kicked the Cards in the right direction with the first goal 12 minutes in. Shortly before the 40 minute mark, senior midfielder Elyse Bellardini scored, giving the Cards a 2-0 lead. Five minutes before the end of the first half, Goucher managed to kick one past the Cards. Shortly into the second half, freshman midfielder Caitlin Brett scored to give the Cards a 3-1 advantage. Moments later, Bellardini scored her second goal of the game, distancing themselves yet another point from

their opponents. To top off the game, King scored another goal, resulting in a 5-1 win for Catholic. The Cards are scheduled next to play Moravian (2-1-1). With a win, Moravian would be tied with the Cards for the first place spot in the Landmark Conference standings. “[Moravian] is a rival of ours, so it will be a tough game,” said Bellardini. “Coach Sousa said that it was going to be a war!” If they defeat Moravian, the Cards will ensure their first place standing in the conference. The women’s soccer squad will face off against Moravian this Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Field Hockey Ends Six Game Winning Streak vs. Rowan By SOPHIA PEABODY Tower Staff

The field hockey team they saw an end to their six game winning streak, as they sought to defended their undefeated conference status this week. Catholic took the field against Drew this past Saturday at the DuFour Center. Midway into the first half, sophomore Kendall Petschauer scored a goal off of a sideline goal that slid in just before the side post of the net. The goal was assisted by junior Carley Walko. Moments later, freshman Tracey Scanlon knocked in another goal in off a

scramble in front of the goal. At the halftime mark, the Cards had the upper hand, with a 2-0 lead. In the second half of the game, the Cardinal defense showed their strength when they only allowed nine shots throughout the game and had two defensive saves from senior captain Ro Dixon. While Drew managed to score one goal, their efforts simply were not enough to outplay the Cardinals. The game ended with a final score of 2-1. The field hockey team faced off again on their home field against Rowan on Wednesday. Sophomore Meredith Chandler scored

the first goal of the game in the first half. At halftime, the Cardinals remained in the lead, holding Rowan scoreless. In the second half, Dixon made another goal for Catholic, giving them a 2-0 lead. Yet, their opponents quickly responded with three goals of their own, taking control of the game. Unable to regain the lead, Catholic fell to Rowan with a final score of 3-2. Their loss to Rowan marked the end of the Cardinal’s six game winning streak. The field hockey team is scheduled to play a conference game against Moravian at Catholic this Saturday at 1p.m.

Cross Country Captures Big Win at Albright Invitational By LAUREN WILLIAMS Tower Staff

The men's and women's cross country teams completed the last leg of the regular season on a strong note, finishing in first place at the Albright Invitational last Saturday. Senior Jenna Hackett led the women's side, finishing third, with a time of 24:29:80. Madeline Cronan came in second for the Cards, clocking in at 24:50:00., followed by freshman

Katie Sacker, who finished the at 25:13:06 in fourth place. “Our top five [runners] were in the top ten finishers,” said Hackett. “There were several times throughout the race where three of us would be running side-by-side.” Hackett attributed the team’s win to their their constant support for each other throughout the race. “I believe The women’s team garnered only 29 points, earning them the top spot overall, well

ahead of second place finisher Delaware Valley College who had 45 points. The men’s side was led by senior Paul Santuoso who set an Albright Invitational record with his 8K time of 27:34.4. Santuoso finished in first place overall at the meet. Just strides behind him was junior Andrew Smith, finishing in second place with a time of 27:50:5. Third across the line for Catholic was sophomore Kris Reynolds, who clocked in at 29:06:3 for a tenth place finish.

Catholic Vote in the Election Matters On Wednesday night, Dawn Eden, a conservative blogger, spoke to the Students for Life organization. During her speech, Eden discussed the topic of abortion and endorsed John McCain. “I am a single issue voter, I am voting for John McCain,” said Eden, citing a statement issued by the ProLife Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Chastity Advocate Speaks On-Campus




towerexpress tower express The Life Cycle Institute hosted a Colloquium on the Catholic Vote on Wednesday in McGivney Hall. A panel of five political experts discussed the importance of the Catholic vote and its possible impact on the November election to a full audience at Keane Auditorium. On Thursday, Stephen Schneck was featured at CUA on Tap to also discuss the Catholic Vote.

SAGA Upset Over Judicial Actions


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Students listen to a presentation on “The Catholic Vote” this past Wednesday. It aired on C-SPAN from CUA.

Catholic University News Packaged For Your Busy Schedule

DPS Conducts Raids in Magner Rooms On Tuesday SAGA met to discuss student rights and the protection of those rights. SAGA discussed the recent opposition that many students have expressed regarding the involvement of the administration in the private lives of students. The members also discussed the recently updated calendar to promote campus events.


On September 29th, two sophomores had their dorm room in Magner searched under the suspicion that they were in possession of a large quantity of marijuana. After the room was searched for 90 minutes, three cans of beer and a bottle of champagne were found. Weapons were found in a first floor room during another room search.

BEAKON University Politics Over the Years

With the University’s location in the heart of the political world, politicians and political happenings were destined to become a part of the University’s history. John Bailey, B.A. 1926, served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1961 to 1968, the longest term of any chairman in history. Former President John F. Kennedy was presented with the Ninth Annual James Cardinal Gibbons Medal at the University in 1956. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s staff asked The Tower staff in 1942 not to write about the president. Beakon shows how the University has be a part of politics since its founding.

SPORTS Field Hockey Ends Six Game Streak

The field hockey team they saw an end to their six game winning streak, as they sought to defended their undefeated conference status this week. The Cardinals beat Drew, but lost to Rowan in two intense and heated games.

Soccer Looks to Clinch Playoff Spot

The men’s soccer team suffered a lost to Drew, and entered a game agaisnt Goucher knowing the playoffs are right around the corner. Tough play and focus led the men’s soccer team to a win and gave them a hope for playoff season.

LATE BREAKING NEWS MPD Captures Armed Carjackers Near CUA Police used helicopter to search near the University and on-campus in an effort to locate two armed carjackers late last night. By 2 a.m., the fugitives were apprehended and the campus declared safe by the Department of Public Safety. More information and pictures will be available at over the weekend.

Friday, October 24

•Friday Nights w/ The House Corn Maze, 5:30 p.m., Meet at The House •Fall Festival, 6:30-9:30 p.m., North Neighborhoods 1 and 2 •Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall •BJ Novak Ticket Sales, 11-3 pm, Pryzbyla Center

Saturday, October 25

•Field Hockey vs. Moravian, 1 p.m., DuFour Center •Fright Fest at Six Flags, 3-11 p.m., sponsored by Program Board •Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall

Sunday, October 26

•DC Best Buddies Halloween Bowling, 1-3 p.m., GW Hippodrome •Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, 2 p.m., Ward Recital Hall

Monday, October 27

•“Town Hall Discussion on the Financial Meltdown,” 4-5:30 p.m., Law School •Little Sisters of the Poor Fall Ball, 7-9 p.m., Campus Ministry

Tuesday, October 28

•Senior Class Halloween Party, 9:30 p.m., Union Pub

Wednesday, October 29

•Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., Starbucks •Academic Success Workshop, 3 p.m., Pryzbyla Center 351

Thursday, October 30

•Disability Resource Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., •Pryzbyla Center, 3rd Floor Atrium •Self Defense Class, 8 p.m., Pryzbyla Center 322

Friday, October 31

•Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall •Dining Services Halloween Party, 11- 3 p.m., Student Restaurant

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The Tower, the student newspaper of the Catholic University of America.

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