Shhhhh. . . Do you want to know a secret?
How will the Manning offense stack up against the “Legion of Doom”?
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Back on track I
Features, pg. 6
ERIN RAFTERY ’15 News Editor
t is confirmed that the $8.7 million budget shortfall Saint Joseph’s University faced has now been fully recovered. However, variances could arise depending on financial expenses up until the end of the fiscal year on May 21. The recovered $8.1 million has been made up through a 4.2 percent decrease in the operating budgets in divisions across the board, delayed and deferred hiring, and minimal administrative staff reductions. “It was everybody pulling together and lots of nickels and dimes adding up to dollars,” said Joseph Lunardi, vice president for marketing and communications. “There wasn’t a single big, $5 million item, it was pretty much across-the-board cuts of about 4.2 percent per division.” “One of the good things about what has happened is that Father Gillespie and the provost and our dean, they have not gone into it thinking, ‘we have to cut, cut, cut,’” said Rajneesh Sharma, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of finance. “We have all concentrated upon making sure that we don’t shortchange our responsibilities to the student,” said Sharma. “We have done some cuts and there are certain things that we were planning on doing that we may not be able to do but those issues are manageable right now.” Some faculty members express concern over the cuts. Dennis McNally, S,J. chair of fine arts, explained that when students pay fees for art supplies, 15 percent of that goes to the department chair for further use in case there is a shortage of supplies. However, that 15 percent is no longer accessible because of the 4.2 percent across the board operating budget cuts.
Despite the shortfall being completely closed, some faculty members feel as though the administration has not been effective in communicating information regarding the budget shortfall. “There will be some statements that we’re in bad shape financially,” said Ann Green, Ph.D., professor of English. “Though we get a sort of spin on that particular thing so I’m always in a position where, [I think] ‘is this a real crisis or is this a manufactured crisis?’ and I think that uncertainty is really bad for morale because the train is always shifting.” Robert Moore, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and faculty senate president agreed. “My main concern is the uncertainty,” he said. “I can’t speak for everybody, but to me it’s uncertainty not just among the faculty but among staff and others.” Conversely, some faculty members feel that the information comes at a good pace, but the information itself is not correct. “I think that as Father Gillespie is getting information it is trickling down to us on a timely basis,” said Sharma. “Now the issue is not whether it’s trickling down, the issue is the information generation is wrong. So I don’t think it’s a matter of whether it’s coming to us quickly I think it’s a matter of information that is in itself flawed and week by week we see something different so that’s where my troubles have been.” The latest information sent out to the university by University President C. Kevin Gillespie,’72, S.J., was an update on the budget in an email on January 24. It was announced through this email that there had been a series of administrative reductions. Continued BUDGET, pg. 3
Repeated robberies raise concern for off campus students KATHERINE GRYGO ’16 Hawk Staff Throughout this academic year, the Office of Public Safety and Security was notified of six different incidents of off campus burglaries. The victims of these burglaries were Saint Joseph’s University students living in off campus apartments and houses. On January 13, four of the six incidents were made known to Public Safety and Security. According to John Gallagher, director of Public Safety and Security, four robberies were reported in which the burglar forced entry to the home. However, these break-ins occurred over a period of a few months; the incidents reportedly took place on October 20, November 26, December 19, and December
20. Two of the robberies occurred on Woodbine Avenue, one on Woodcrest Avenue, and the most recent occured on North 54th Street. “These four incidents were reported directly to the Philadelphia police, but they were never reported to the security headquarters, and again we look at the Part 1 [a document from Philadelphia Police logging Part 1 offenses such as rape, murder, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, and auto theft] sheets and we find out these jobs that were reported to the Philadelphia Police and then we create our own incident report here at the office of public safety and security. So over the holiday break with the two that were reported to us and then these four that we gleaned from those sheets we have a total of six,” said Gallagher.
Public Safety Investigator, Mark Lemon, says that of the two that were directly reported to Public Safety, “One occurred in the 2400 block of North 54th Street sometime during December 27th , sometime during that day, and another one occurred on the 28th of December in the 2400 block of North 57th Street.”
Continued ROBBERIES, pg. 3
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Department of Public Safety Reports (Jan. 15 - Jan. 21) Jan. 15
Public Safety was notified of two suspicious persons posing as home inspectors in the 2400 block of N. 51st Street. Public Safety Officers and Philadelphia Police responded but were unable to locate the individuals.
A St. Joe’s student notified Public Safety that he was a victim of a robbery that occurred in the area of Girard and Lancaster Avenue. The suspect displayed a handgun and forced the student to give over $50.00. The student was not injured. Philadelphia Police were notified.
The Philadelphia Police regarding the arrest of a St. Joe’s student in the 5300 block of Wynnefield Avenue notified Public Safety.
Jan. 16 Public Safety was notified regarding a bag of marijuana located in the stairwell of the Pennbrook Apartments. Philadelphia Police responded and confiscated the marijuana.
Jan. 17 Public Safety was notified by a Saint Joseph’s University student that he was a victim of an assault in the Manayunk area. The student was transported by Philadelphia Paramedics to Lankenau Hospital for cuts and abrasions to the facial area. There is no suspect information at this time. Public Safety was notified by an area resident of disorderly students being loud in the 5400 block of Woodbine Avenue. Public Safety Officers and Philadelphia Police responded to the area. Public Safety was notified by Lower Merion Police of two St. Joe’s students being arrested for vandalism. Public Safety confiscated a flask of alcohol from a St. Joe’s student inside the lobby of the Merion Gardens Apartment. Public Safety was notified of a theft of a vehicle in the Mandeville parking lot. Public Safety Officers as well as Philadelphia Police responded. Incident is under investigation.
Public Safety was notified of an odor of marijuana coming from the fourth floor of the Pennbrook Apartments. A search of the floor by Public Safety and Residence Life revealed no signs of drugs, but drug paraphernalia was located. Public Safety was notified of an odor of marijuana coming from a room on the 4th floor of the Pennbrook Apartments. A search of the room by Public Safety and Residence Life revealed no signs of drugs but drug paraphernalia was located.
Public Safety was notified of an odor of marijuana coming from a room on the third floor of the McShain Residence Center. A search of the room by Public Safety and Residence Life revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Lower Merion Police were notified and responded. One St. Joe’s student was cited for the incident.
Jan. 19 Public Safety was notified of an intoxicated person inside of the LaFarge Residence Center. Public Safety Officers responded. The individual was not a student and subsequently was turned over to his parents.
Public Safety was notified of an elevator inside of Pennbrook Apartments not being operable. No students were on the elevator. Pennbrook Management was notified of the incident.
ALCOHOL RELATED INCIDENTS
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Concerns persist despite closed budget gap
Robberies Continued ROBBERIES, from pg. 1 Jonathan McLaughlin, ’15, was a victim of burglary when his residence on 54th and Overbrook was broken into. “My roommate drove down from Boston…and she gets there and she sees the front door was broken into. She called the cops then Public Safety. Public Safety came and took the report… and then the cops came and dusted around,” said McLaughlin. Only two small televisions were taken from the residence. Gallagher believes that locals, rather than those from outside the area, are responsible for breaking into these homes. Gallagher states, “The offenders are somebody who lives nearby, watching that property and realizes that it’s vacant and knows that the students are gone for a certain period of time and that’s when the burglary will occur.”
Continued BUDGET, from pg. 1 Some faculty felt that they should have been informed about the layoffs, and in an all-employee email response to Gillespie’s email, McNally said, “There are a few questions and a recommendation I have in response to the specifics of your email. 1. Who is being let go? Why isn’t there an opportunity to say how sorry we are?” “Every position is a person,” said Gillespie. “And it is painful when I walk around campus and I talk to a Facilities guy and I say ‘how are you doing’ and he says ‘Father, we lost a good man.’ That hurts him, but it hurts me, and certainly it hurts that individual.” Further, in his email Gillespie, said a short-term goal is to increase the size of the fall 2014 semester freshman class to 1,500 students. This year the freshman class enrollment was 1275. “Ideally a school our size should be at least over $300 million in endowment, we’re not there,” said Gillespie. “As a result, we’re more dependent on tuition, and as a result to keep tuition low, we have to accept more students and we have to cut some programs… but obviously I understand people are concerned. I’m concerned, the Board [of Trustees] is concerned.” Peter Norberg, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the English department, expressed concern that unless the university undertakes significant restructuring in both academic and non-academic areas, St. Joe’s will be facing similar problems next year. In regards to restructuring, Lunardi explained that restructuring did occur in both the administrative and academic levels. “It’s about balance and needing to sustain a top-notch administrative and physical plant support structure as well as academic resources and the choice that has been made here is to try to make strategic cuts in both areas,” responded Lunardi. Despite initial fiscal concerns, the budget shortfall has been completely recovered, but some university community members remain concerned about the financial future of the university.
. . . . . . News Briefs Columbia mall shooting
On Jan. 25, a shooting at the Mall in Columbia left three people dead. A 19-year-old College Park resident, Darion Marcus Aguilar, has been identified as the shooter. Aguilar shot Tyler Johnson, 25, and Brianna Benlolo, 21, two employees of Zumiez, before he allegedly turned the gun on himself. Five other people were injured in the rush to escape from the mall. (The Washington Post)
Quebec retirement home fire
Following a Jan. 23 retirement home fire in Canadian city L’Isle Verte, ten people have been confirmed dead. Although 20 residents escaped the fire, at press time, 22 residents were still missing. Due to a combination of fire hose water and cold temperatures, rescue efforts have been impaired by thick ice. One theory for the source of the fire is a lit cigarette. (BBC)
UPRISING anniversary Three years after the uprising that sparked three years of unrest in Egypt, thousands of protesters rushed Cairo on Jan. 25. The riots left 29 dead and 170 injured while activists rallied to support the downfall of Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president. (The Washington Post)
McCain c e n s u r e d
In a Jan. 25 meeting in Tempe, The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain for an allegedly liberal voting record. The vote to censur, or to voice official disapproval had to be passed by at least 20 percent of the state. Party spokesman Tim Sifert said that no further action is expected. (The Washington Post)
Precautions taken for Olympics
The United States is taking extreme measures to ensure American safety at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, including moving two warships into the Black Sea. Helicopters can easily be launched from these ships to the Olympics if disaster strikes. C-17 transport aircrafts will be on standby in Germany and could easily arrive in Russia within two hours. Additionally, FBI agents are being sent to Sochi to work with Russian agents. (The Washington Post)
Solutions for pollution
In some Chinese cities, air quality has become so polluted that officials are looking at alternative options to clean the mess up. Shanghai cops have been given mini-filters to put in their noses, while officials in other places have resorted to sucking up air pollution in gigantic vacuum cleaners. The government has been examining popular ideas and prototypes for air-cleaning everyday objects, like bicycles, and artificial rain cleanses. (The Washington Post)
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New year, new dean
January 29, 2014
Loyola psychologist announced as head of CAS SARAH PANETTA ’16 Special to the Hawk
The start of 2014 heralds the announcement of a new dean to the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University: Amanda McCombs Thomas, Ph.D., with experience at Loyola University Maryland, is no stranger to Jesuit education or identity. Thomas will be replacing current interim dean Jeanne Brady. Thomas Brennan, S.J., Ph.D., associate professor of English, was on the search committee for a new dean along with other faculty and administrators. “I really liked working with all of my colleagues on the search committee,” said Brennan. He also commented that he has “great respect for these hardworking people.” The position as dean presents a plethora of challenges, but Brennan is confident that Thomas will continue Brady’s work successfully due to her strong prior experience. At Loyola, Thomas has acted as the associate chair and chair of the psychology department, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and most recently, associate vice president for graduate studies. Peter Norberg, Ph.D., the chair of the English Department, has confidence in Thomas’ ability to handle difficult circumstances, specifically the university’s most recent budget crisis. Norberg stated that his primary concern is the extent to which Thomas will “support the hiring of full-time replacement faculty,” given the rapid increase of the incoming class sizes at the university. The main question seems to be if the student to faculty ratio can be maintained. Thomas is aware of the changes and challenges at St. Joe’s, and is looking forward to familiarizing herself with the area, working with experts and attaining specific numbers upon entering her position. Aside from this data, Thomas feels that the most important goal is to make sure “students have an excellent academic experience.” Thomas expressed excitement about coming to St. Joe’s. “The first thing I will do is take a page from Saint Ignatius and try to familiarize myself quickly with the context of Saint Joseph’s University,” said Thomas. In addition, Thomas plans to “meet with a lot of people and listen to their ideas and the things that they love about St. Joe’s, so that [she] can try to build upon that in [her] first year.” Thomas stressed the importance of enhancing the opportunities for internships and service work for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. She also plans to make sure that CAS is offering courses that students are interested in to keep up with the, “changing economy and changing interests of the students.” As a clinical psychologist, Thomas has taken interest in a specific St. Joe’s endeavor. “I am extremely interested in learning more about [the] Kinney Center for autism,” she said. “I am a psychologist and I know that this [Kinney Center] is an area of extreme need across the country. [I am] very interested in learning more about that and to see what opportunities of growth there may be. “I am really excited to come to St. Joe’s,” she continued. “It has a legacy of Jesuit education and academic excellence that I really can’t wait to join. Mission, legacy, academic excellence; those three things are just really why I’m excited to come.” Despite her excitement, Thomas expressed some nervous feelings about entering such a tight-knit community. She said that she is hopeful that “folks will be open to new ideas, open to hearing me and telling me their stories.” The CAS will welcome Thomas on July 1 when she assumes her new position.
Photo courtesy of Loyola University Maryland
Super Starbucks up for vote KATRYNA PERERA ’16 Assistant News Editor
A common topic on students’ minds is the fate of the Cosi restaurant on 54th Street. Though its replacement has been debated for some time, the most recent option being discussed was Chic-fil-a. However, after much negative feedback on the possibility of introducing Chic-fil-a to campus, Dining Services, in accordance with the University, decided against the restaurant. Instead, they have chosen to replace Cosi with an expanded and updated version of Starbucks Coffee House. When asked why Starbucks was chosen as the appropriate replacement, both the director of dining services Tom Rizzo and director of auxiliary services Joseph Brown attributed the decision to student desire. “[Students wanted] a place you could sit and relax, and bring your mom and dad,” said Brown. According to numerous surveys conducted by Dining Services, students sought a more social and comfortable space where one could purchase food and drink as well as lounge, converse, and complete homework.
Photo by Alyssa Duffner ’17
Starbucks not only fulfills these requirements, but is also highly popular with students. “[We’re] constantly asking students ‘what would you like to see?,’ and [Starbucks] was a brand they were comfortable with,” said Brown. Additionally, as the current Starbucks location on the corner of 54th is very small, there is a need for expansion; Cosi’s venue would allow for that. When asked about her thoughts on the possibility of Starbucks replacing Cosi, Gabriella DiGiovanni, ’17, said, “I think that’s an inefficient use of space. Starbucks doesn’t need to be that big.” Multiple replacement options besides Chic-fil-a were brought to the attention of the Dining Committee and cabinet, including many well-known chains such as Elevation Burger, Panda Express, and Einstein Bagels. “I would have liked to see something more equal to Cosi, like a Panera Bread,” said DiGiovanni. The idea to replace Cosi was brought up in September when it was discovered, according to numerous student surveys, that students and faculty of the university were no longer satisfied with the services provided by the salad and sandwich shop. Due to this dissatisfaction, the bistro has been suffering from declining sales. Brown and Rizzo explained that students were getting tired of the restaurant, and it was a similar decision to that of replacing previous Campion Food Court vendor Frescura with Subway. The new Starbucks will include food items from La Blouganse Bakery, which was recently bought by the Starbucks Coffee House chain in order to revamp and expand their dining experience for their customers. “It’s a Super Starbucks,” said Brown, “[and] the key is the expanded menu.” One might ask, however, what will replace the existing Starbucks on 54th Street. Brown and Rizzo say the current Starbucks on the corner will be converted to a P.O.D. Market similar to those located in Merion and Bellarmine Hall. There were restrictions for replacement options for the space on the corner. No venues in which cooking or baking are involved could be chosen, as it would disrupt the residents in the apartments above. However, students do not seem to be happy at the decision. “We don’t need another [P.O.D.],” said Kirsten Saraceni, ’17. Students will continue to be able to use their Declining Balance, and additionally, students will now be able to use Starbucks gift cards and coupons, which has previously been an issue at the current Starbucks location. These problems have been attributed to technological matters, which would be fully resolved in the new coffee shop. Although nothing is set in stone, “We are moving forward,” said Rizzo, who also confirmed that Cosi will be open and in full operation until the end of the school year.
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OVER The Hawk
Overrated/Underrated is a new segment with the intention of getting the opinions of popular campus figures on topics that are in the spotlight nationally and at Saint Joseph’s University. The “This or That” segment that follows has each guest pick his or her preference between two choices. We are kicking off this segment by sharing the personal preferences of Saint Joseph’s forward for the men’s basketball team, DeAndre Bembry. Karen Funaro ’16 and Connie Lunanuova ’16 Co-Features Editors Miley Cyrus – “A little overrated. I mean, she’s been out for so long, she’s a little attractive I would say, but she’s starting to get a little old.” New Year’s Resolutions – “Overrated. There’s no reason; if you’re not already doing it, then what’s the point of doing it for the New Year? I hear it all the time, but I never actually made a New Year’s Resolution; I just always make goals and stuff like that.” Hawk Wrap – “I don’t really eat them, but my roommate eats them all of the time, so I wouldn’t say they’re overrated. He really likes them, so I guess they’re pretty good.” Larry’s – “Underrated. I’m not used to it, but it’s always open so you can always rely on that.” Dunkin’ Donuts – “Underrated. It’s definitely better than Starbucks and definitely cheaper too. I like the red velvet coffee, it’s pretty good.” Beats by Dre – “Overrated. I can’t wear them because of my afro, first off.” Afros – “Underrated, because nobody wears them. [When asked if his is worn in emulation of anybody] It’s a little bit of Julius Erving.” Jordans – “Overrated, even though I’ve got a pair. Because everybody thinks that you need to wear them nowadays.” The Olympics – “Underrated. I would like to play in the Olympics. I think because there are so many different sports, it can be underrated, but it’s one of the biggest ways that sports come together.” Super Bowl Commercials – “Underrated. I don’t have a particular favorite, but I always find them so funny when they come around.” Valentine’s Day – “Overrated. Everybody thinks they have to have a Valentine just for one day. I think I’ve only had one before, and you have to go buy them something to prove that you love them for that one day. Girls are sometimes sad when they don’t have one, but there’s no point.” St. Joe’s Basketball – “Underrated, of course. We’re trying to prove that this season, since the past few years they couldn’t get into the tournament, so we’re going to try to this year.” Freshman year of College – “Overrated for me, I guess. I guess people aren’t used to being on their own, so when they come to college, they’re on their own, but I was going out when I was in high school, so I’m used to it. [When asked if ever homesick] No, not at all. I actually like being here.” Rollercoasters – “Underrated. I love them. Even though I can be scared sometimes, I still love them.”
This or That: M&Ms/Skittles – “Skittles. I like M&Ms too, but I like Skittles more. I would [eat a Hershey’s Bar] but Twix are my favorite.” Cheesesteaks/Cheeseburgers – “Cheeseburgers. I’m not a big fan of cheesesteaks; of course, I got them [cheesesteaks] at Larry’s. I ate a bunch of them, but I still go to Larry’s and get cheeseburgers sometimes.” Jordan/LeBron – “Jordan. I just feel like he’s still the best player ever. I’m not really that big of a fan of LeBron that much. I’d take Kobe over LeBron, too, but not before Jordan. You can’t.” Mustard/Ketchup – “Ketchup. I stopped eating mustard at a young age; I just didn’t like the sweet taste.” Batman/Superman – “Superman, of course. You have to choose Superman. You have to. Just the fact that he’s Superman, it’s like choosing Jordan. I like Batman movies, but I did see the Superman movie. It was a good movie.” DC/Marvel – “DC, because I paid attention to DC more when I was growing up.” XMen/Justice League – “Justice League. I watched Justice League more when I was little. The Green Lantern was my favorite superhero.”
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January 29, 2014
DiCaprio will probably never name his son Oscar
ith award season now in full swing, Hollywood has become consumed by buzz surrounding the nominees. From best picture to makeup and costuming, to the actors themselves, there have been nonstop debates over who will take home the coveted honors at this year’s ceremonies. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Of all the actors in Tinseltown, Leonardo DiCaprio always seems to shoulder the brunt of award misfortune. Though nominated on multiple occasions, DiCaprio has been snubbed on practically all of them – especially when it comes to the Oscars. This year, DiCaprio is nominated yet again, this time for his work in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed film The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio has been in the business for over twenty years, and has been nominated at various award shows for his efforts a whopping 31 times; yet he’s only ever taken home three of those awards. Despite this fact, he has continued to be a prominent A-list actor, performing in many critically acclaimed films. Still, for some reason, he just can’t nab any coveted recognition. He was first nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the 1994 Academy Awards for his work in the 1993 film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? DiCaprio was just 19 years old at the time. His next Oscar loss came in 2005, when he was nominated for Best Actor in the 2004 film The Aviator. He was nominated in the same category in 2007 for the 2006 film Blood Diamond. However, the award went to Forest Whitaker that year, leaving DiCaprio, once again, without an Oscar. DiCaprio has also received recognition at the Golden Globes; he has been nominated ten times over the last twenty years. However, he has only won twice – once
Bearing through overplayed music
in 2005 for The Aviator and then again this year for The Wolf of Wall Street. He also received a Critic’s Choice Award this year for The Wolf of Wall Street. So why hasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar yet? Some say that his lack of prestigious recognition is due to the sheer “blockbuster-ness” of his filmography. DiCaprio continues to take roles in massively successful, critically acclaimed films, but he seems to simply contribute to their greatness rather than stand out himself. Others contest it’s because of the fierce competition. His fellow nominees always seem to have an edge over him during the award season, leaving DiCaprio Oscar-less. The quality of DiCaprio’s performances is rarely called into question. It is generally agreed by critics and fans alike that he is more than capable of giving a stellar performance in any role that he is given. He has, however, gone unnoticed by the Academy for arguably some of his best works: Frank Wheeler in Revolutionary Road, Teddy Daniels in Shutter Island, and J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar, to name a few. Various sites and articles still continue to debate these brushoffs today. So why is it so important that DiCaprio receive an Oscar (or any award, for that matter)? Plenty of A-list actors, including Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, and even Robert Redford, all have yet to win an Academy Award. There doesn’t seem to be any hoopla about these particular actors, so why the obsession with DiCaprio? Much of the focus on DiCaprio’s Oscar-less plight can be contributed to the Internet’s obsession with his constant snubs. A myriad of DiCaprio fans are not afraid to voice how they feel about the actor’s misfortune, particularly on websites like Tumblr and Buzzfeed. They’ve created various memes and gifs regarding DiCaprio being Oscar-less, and there are even certain blogs completely dedicated to him being sans-awards. Though many seem to treat it as a running joke, others are sensitive to the situation and argue that it is indeed DiCaprio’s turn to finally shine. Despite the ongoing debates, we will just have to wait and see what will become of DiCaprio. The 86th annual Academy Awards are set to air on Sunday, March 2 on ABC, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally receive the award he and his fans have been waiting for? Or
App of the Week: Whisper Have you ever wanted to tell a secret or get advice on something but were too embarrassed? What if there was a way for you to share your secret without anyone knowing it was you? As the commercials always say, “There’s an app for that.” This week’s hot app of the week is called Whisper. Whisper is a free social networking app available for both iPhone and Android. Whisper received its name by allowing users to post their secrets anonymously. However, unlike Facebook, where you post statuses, share posts, and comment on pictures publicly, Whisper relies on photos, text, and anonymity. Upon opening the Whisper app, users are presented with six photos with text. On the top scroll bar there are four tabs labeled “Featured,” “Latest,” “Popular,” and “Nearby.” If they choose to click on a picture, they can like the photo, reply to the person who posted it, direct message them, and view the tags. Direct messaging is the fastest and most straightforward way to connect with other users on the app. Although each user is given a free conversation when they install the Whisper app, the offer runs out. If users wish to
MAGGIE MCHALE ’17 Special to the Hawk
continue direct messaging, they must respond to the prompt for an in-app purchase. They can choose to buy one conversation for $0.99, or can subscribe for variable monthly fees. When a photo is clicked on, a minimal amount of information is shown about the user who posted it. It shows the username of the poster, the time it was posted, and the location (if that function is enabled in settings). On the bottom center of the page, there is a button for users to push if they wish to post their own secret. They are then asked to input text (the secret, or “whisper,” that they want to share). After they input the text, Whisper automatically begins searching for the best-related image to use as the background of the words that were entered. After the app finds a suitable image, it takes the user to the next screen, which includes a couple of options. The first one is in the top left hand corner where the user can choose to add a location. The other options—which are located on the bottom of the screen, include “search,” “camera,” “font,” and “tags.” “Search” includes all other pictures provided by the app that
ANTHONY PANVINI ’16 Hawk Staff relate to the text that was typed. “Camera” allows the user to take a photo to be used as the picture behind the text. There is also an option to choose an existing photo, which allows a photo to be selected from the photo album. “Font” allows the style of the text to be changed. “Tags” are simply other words used in the search engine that relate to what the text says. When users are satisfied with their work, they can post the “whisper” for others to see. After they click “post,” a final screen appears on which they must type in a nickname and create a four-digit PIN. A username and PIN only have to be created the first time a user posts. The purpose of this is to ensure privacy—the overall goal of the app. Other users will then be able to see what was posted and have the option to reply to the photo you posted, or send you a direct message. So, if you have a secret that you’ve always wanted to share but were too afraid to, download Whisper – it’s a fun, anonymous way to share the secrets that beg to be told, and connect with those who have similar ideas.
AMANDA LEITHEAD ’17 Hawk Staff Let’s face it: we’ve all experienced a case of the “overplayed song blues.” It starts out innocently enough with an accidental yet glorious encounter with a catchy song on the radio, but before you know it, you’re trapped inside a pitchy nightmare. Just when you think you’ve finally escaped it and have the courage to turn the radio back on, you suddenly find yourself yielding to the force of yet another catchy song. It’s a never-ending cycle with which we’re all too familiar. The honest truth about most of these overplayed songs is that when it comes down to it, the songs themselves are not actually good. They fall far from the title of musical masterpieces, consisting of bland lyrics and simple chords. Most of these hits won’t ever make it to the VH1 Classics station in twenty years, but will instead become the song on our iPods that invariably gets skipped with a wince. However, these songs quickly become a constant in our everyday lives. They can be heard on the radio, in the grocery store, and on commercials. When the catchy song contagion first hits, hearing the song everywhere makes you feel wonderful. It’s as if there is a soundtrack to your life. Sadly, after listening to the song 3,482 more times, the obsession soon fades—and there is no escape. It seems as though the song follows you everywhere you go, and even plays on a constant loop in your head. You’ll know that it’s reached a dangerous level when songs like “Timber” have become your goodnight lullaby. Luke Serencits, ’14, is all too familiar with this cycle. “Overplayed songs for me usually start with finding a new song online by one of my favorite artists,” explained Serencits. “Then I hear it once or twice on the radio one week and enjoy listening to it. Then it starts playing on every station for what seems like two hundred times a day. It even starts to be used in commercials and begins to be overplayed to the point where I have to delete it off my iPod and turn off the radio every time I hear it.” Once that overplayed song becomes the song you can’t stand, you might begin to think that lurking behind all the monotony is a cabal of sinister music villains. Your guess is close. Clever singers and song-writers know exactly what reels a listener in. If easy-to-follow words and a nice beat are thrown together, a killer combo is born. If overplayed songs so quickly turn into a nightmare, why do radio station hosts continue to play them? The best way to answer this one is to subtly alter the famous line in Field of Dreams: “If you play it, they will come.” Radio stations want as many listeners as possible. What better way to gather the masses than by playing the songs that grab their attention?
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City Line Delicatessen 1964 473-‐6952
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City Bar & Grill 2012 267-‐634-‐6190
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The Haverford Avenue Shops
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January 29, 2014
Features | 7
The Hawk ERIN COOPER ’17 Hawk Staff
“New year, new me,” right? Eating healthy, exercising, joining more clubs, being a better student, and quitting bad habits are just some of the most common resolutions that people make at the start of a new year. Although these resolutions tend to be the first ones to come to mind every January, they are usually never carried out. For example, you can almost guarantee that the gym will be packed on Jan. 2; however, the crowd begins to thin out as time goes on, leaving only the regulars. Each year people claim, “This year will be different.” They swear to themselves that they will keep their resolutions, but rarely succeed. There has to be a way to maintain seemingly simple – yet somehow incredibly difficult – resolutions for longer than just a few weeks in January. Here are just a few tricks to stay on track with your resolutions for this bright new year ahead of us at Saint Joe’s: 1. Ask yourself why you want to achieve your resolutions. Identifying the true reason for your resolution, whether it be exercising more in order to get healthy, or quitting a bad habit to feel better about yourself, is great motivation to reach your goals. 2. Plan ahead! If you are going to the gym or want to eat healthy, start by making a schedule. If you plan what you want to do each day, it will be easier to maintain your resolution and accomplish what you want. Want to be
Resolve to keep your resolutions
more active? Join a group exercise class that you actually enjoy. SJU has everything from Zumba to Quidditch, so there is no excuse not to have fun while getting fit. If you can’t find something you like, start a new club! Remember, “the more the merrier” is the right mentality when it comes to group activities, so find other people who share the same goals as you. 3. Write everything down! All you need is a notebook and a pen to remind yourself what you want to do and where you are headed. Having a visual representation of your progress is helpful as well. Keep track of what you did at the gym or how many vegetables you had today. If you did three reps on Monday, go for four reps on Tuesday! Seeing your progress will encourage you to stay focused and motivated. 4. Believe in yourself! As cliché as it sounds, this is a must if you want to see results. If you don’t have confidence, why should anybody else believe in you either? Have faith and keep going. It’s tough, but make sure you stay positive and proud of who you are and where you want to go. 5. Wait to tell everyone your goals. If you tell everyone before you start, it can create a false idea of success that you have not yet achieved. Once you really start going to the gym or haven’t smoked in over a week, brag away.
Telling your friends and family about your progress will make you want to continue and give everyone something to be proud of. 6. Reward yourself, but cautiously. If you want to drink less, don’t reward yourself with a glass of wine when the week is over; the same goes for smoking. If you’re trying to improve your diet, you should probably stay away from the candy aisle, too. Instead, go see a movie with a friend, or buy a good book or magazine. Stay productive rather than lazy. 7. Turn it into a habit instead of a chore. When you wake up, brush your teeth and hit the gym, then shower and continue with your day. It is really important to set aside time in the day to do what you aimed for. Eventually, it will go from feeling like an obligation to a natural part of your schedule. Finally, try to treat the year like a marathon. If you use all of your energy within the first few minutes of the race, you will come in last. Similarly, if you spend all of January on crazy workouts and unrealistic diets, you’re probably going to give up. Make smaller changes first, like drinking more water and taking the stairs rather than the elevator. Do not expect to see the changes you want within the first two weeks of the year. Remember, slow and steady wins the race!
Demystifing the dragon From St. Joe’s to China
1: Cary Anderson, Ph.D., vice president of student life, with students during a high school visit in Hunan 2: St. Joe’s visiting alumni reception 3: A St. Joe’s sponsored concert in Beijing 4: University President C. Kevin Gillespie, ’72, S.J., conferring a title on Ms. He Yi, Artistic Ambassador
Photos courtesy of Julie Juan Yu
WEIYI (DAWN) CAI ’15 Hawk Staff
ore than 7,000 miles away from the United States, across the Pacific Ocean, lies a country with over 1.3 billion people and 56 different ethnic groups, a country that hosts some of the world’s highest mountains, biggest disserts and largest prairies but at the same time has the most skyscrapers in the world. It is the country that I call home: China. “What is the biggest difference you find between China and America?” “What is China like?” Many times I find myself failing to come up with good answers for those questions. For me, it is impossible to put into words what my home country is really like. There are so many layers to the current situation of China: China is struggling between preservation and renovation; it is seeking the balance between its growing global responsibilities and domestic issues. However, one thing is for sure, China has opened its doors in recent decades, both letting its people out to learn about the world and letting the world in to appreciate its true color. If I myself represent the first trend, then the trip that University President C. Kevin Gillespie, ’72, S.J., along with Cary Anderson, Ph.D., vice president of student life, Director of China Programs
Office, Ms. Mary Ann Cloney and Director of Summer Academy Chinese and Language Professor Juan Julie Yu, took during the past winter break represents the latter. “Dr. Anderson, Ms. Cloney, Professor Yu and I went to China to explore ways to open up greater avenues of understanding. Like the broad avenues we saw in Beijing, we believe that our trip broadened avenues of understanding between China and the United States in general and in particular SJU and Chinese educational institutions.” In an email response Fr. Gillespie explains the purpose of this trip. The Saint Joseph’s delegation visited four cities, seven universities, and fifteen high schools, and held two alumni receptions while they were in China. In Beijing, St. Joe’s sponsored a concert featuring a number of accomplished young Chinese musicians performing both classical Chinese and Western music. Multiple media outlets in China, including the Xinhua News Agency, the most prestigious national news agency in China, covered the alumni reception and the concert. In the report, Xinhua News praised St. Joe’s as an institution that pushes students to go above and beyond to achieve their potential, or in short, “to live greater.” As Yu, who directed this Beijing event, said, “The concert was a gourmet’s feast for the eyes and the ears, with a standing-room only audience
of over 200. It was a fascinating journey through both Eastern and Western music, with the music serving as a cultural medium to connect the two cultures. Through shared aesthetic experience it facilitated a cultural exchange and also provided a platform for the meeting and networking of St. Joe’s graduates and prospective students in China. The well-attended event provided an opportunity for more people in China to learn about St. Joe’s.” International outreach is the most direct way for St. Joe’s to attract more interest from international students, and thus to enhance the diversity of the student body. Saint Joseph’s is already hosting approximately 200 graduate students from China and based on statistics from the Office of Admissions, it is evident that the number of undergraduate students from China is growing as well in recent years. The school hopes to attract more attention from Chinese students and parents by the trip. Dr. Anderson pinpointed the purpose of the trip: “Our trip was to raise awareness of St. Joe’s. I describe St. Joe’s as a hidden treasure. Once people discover us and what we have to offer, they are impressed and what to learn more.” In addition, Anderson revealed St. Joe’s plans for a summer academy for Chinese high school students: “On a practical level we were also recruiting for
a summer academy for high school student to come to St. Joe’s for a 3-week college immersion program to learn firsthand about U.S. higher education in general and St. Joe’s in particular.” However, recruiting more perspective students from China was not the sole purpose of the trip. Gillespie added that “there are so many reasons why it is important for St. Joe’s to develop relations with Chinese educational institutions. Besides enhancing greater intercultural understanding between American and Chinese cultures, we believe it is important to cultivating programs in and with China.” Going abroad is becoming a trend for current college students, and China is definitely one of the most popular destinations, as it should be. College is the one of the best times to see and learn about the world, so why not take advantage of the opportunities that the school provides to go and see a different culture? As Anderson remarked, “Anyone who wants to be a world citizen needs to know China.” So don’t let the 7,000 miles stand between you and your next adventure. Because explaining China in general is like trying to explain authentic Chinese food, it is something you just need to go and taste.
8 | Health
January 29, 2014
Make it a night to
remember MARIA SANTASIERI ’16 Special to the Hawk
e’ve all been lectured on the dangers of alcohol more times than we care to admit, but maybe it’s time we actually start listening. It’s probably no surprise that college binge drinking
is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 400,000 deaths occur each year in the United States due to binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as consuming an amount of alcohol within two hours that causes a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to reach .08 grams/deciliter. In other words, for women binge drinking can occur after having about four drinks, and for men, about five drinks. It is reported that four out of every five college students drink alcohol, and about half
of college students who drink consume alcohol through binge drinking. Binge drinking is the most serious problem on college campuses around the country. The Harvard School of Public Health reported that students who binge drink are 21 times more likely to: miss class, fall behind in school work, damage property, become hurt or injured, engage in unplanned sexual activity, get in trouble with campus police, and drive a car after drinking. Because binge drinking can result in blacking out, there is the possibility for unprotected sex, rape, or injury to occur. Weight gain is also a common result of excessive drinking. It is unrealistic for colleges to ask their students to stop consuming alcohol altogether. However, there are countless efforts that can be made on individual levels to stay safe while consuming alcohol. If you’re planning a night of drinking, remember to drink water throughout the day. It is also important never
Taking a step back GIANNA MELENDEZ ’16 Health Editor
most of your day and don’t have to stay up until 3:00 AM. This idea goes hand in hand with being organized. Keep a planner for due dates, meetings, and events. That way you know how much time you have to work and can plan accordingly. Procrastination is not your friend. Another way to deal with stress is to take a step back from work entirely. Working under stress can impair your thinking process and create more frustration. Take a break and exercise for 30 minutes – it relieves tension in the body. Yoga is a great way to de-stress because it instantly relaxes the mind with breathing techniques. Another simple physical activity you can do is going for a walk outside. Being outside clears your mind and instantly relaxes your elevated nervous system. It also promotes a healthy heart, increases vitamin D levels, gives you energy, and burns calories. Walking is also a great way to socialize with your friends while doing something beneficial for your health. Stress is usually caused by striving to be perfect. Things don’t always go according to plan no matter how much detail you put into it. It’s okay to accept the fact that you cannot control everything. Multitasking can also induce stress, because attempting to complete too many tasks at once increases the pressure you put on yourself. Prioritize your work; spend more time on the term paper that’s 20 percent of your grade than the one-page essay that is only 10 percent of your grade. Remember: stress is inevitable, but it’s how you deal with it that makes a difference. Use healthy ways to cope with stress, and you will be a happier, healthier person.
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Don’t let stress get to you It’s that time of year again; heavy course load, clubs, jobs, and for the lucky few, a social life. All these responsibilities can only mean one thing… stress. With the semester gearing back up, it is important to understand how to manage stress in healthy ways. Stress not only manifests itself as an emotion, but can also have physical symptoms, which vary from individual to individual. Students may experience body aches, tiredness, and negative emotions as a result of stress. It is important to understand how your body deals with stress in order for you to be able to control it. The first step to identifying stress is to understand how you personally cope with it. In college, many students choose to cope with stress in unhealthy ways. This includes excessive drinking, smoking, drugs, overeating, lashing out at others, procrastinating, and over-sleeping. All of these negative methods for coping with stress have additional health risks that can induce even more stress. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important in order to reduce stress before it hits. Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, reduce caffeine, and avoid drugs and alcohol – these will all aid in reducing stress. It is hard to do all of these things in college; therefore, students must focus on how to manage the inevitable stress of college that they face daily. A key factor in managing stress is managing your time. Because students have a lot on their plate, they have to be able to divide their time in ways that work for them. Schedule time to get lunch with a friend, or go to the library to finish up your paper in between classes; that way you make the
to consume alcohol on an empty stomach, so be sure to eat a full meal before drinking alcohol. Remember, it takes one full hour for the effects of alcohol to fully hit you, so take it slow. Drinking water in between alcoholic drinks is a great way to pace the amount of alcohol you consume in a night, and will also keep you more hydrated throughout the night and the next morning. If possible, avoid mixing alcohol with diet sodas; the artificial sweeteners in diet soda dangerously speed the absorption of alcohol. Keeping count of how many drinks consumed through out the night is another way to avoid binge drinking, but still allows you to have a good time with your friends. Also, many students may not realize it, but those red solo cups are not just good for beer pong and flip cup– they actually allow you to measure how much you are drinking. Not everyone knows what the lines on Red Solo Cups represent. The third line from the top is for a 12 ounce beer. The next line is for five ounces of wine, which is followed by the line for one ounce of liquor. Never accept drinks that you did not pour and never leave your drink unattended. Everyone wants to have a fun night and go out with his or her friends, but it is important to do so responsibly. A night in the hospital is not fun for anyone. Make memories that you can remember, not nights that end in serious consequences.
Being healthy in the New Year
KATIE JORDAN ’15 Special to the Hawk
When it comes to the New Year, there is no better time to start being healthy and active. But for most of us here on Hawk Hill, staying healthy during the year can be a challenge. We get overwhelmed with all of the homework we have, the hours we dedicate to all of our clubs, studying for tests, and trying to balance our time to maintain relationships with our friends and family. With so much on our plates, how can we maintain a healthy lifestyle? The sad truth is that most of the time, we don’t. Often we settle for the convenient fast food options instead of something that is better for us, and we find ourselves curled up on the couch after a hard day of classwork and homework rather than hitting the gym. It doesn’t have to be this way, though – it only takes a few small adjustments to keep a healthier, more active life here at school. For example, swap out the ever-famous Hawk Wrap every once in a while for a homemade salad. When you eat foods that have a high fat content on a regular basis, you risk suffering from health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and bone conditions. You’d be surprised how far some lettuce, cucumber, a little cheese, and some protein go! Vary your diet to make sure you take advantage of all the food groups. The brighter and more colorful your plate is, the more nutritious your meal will be. It may be more work, but staying home to cook dinner instead of eating out can greatly improve your health. There are fewer chem-
icals used in your homemade meals, which makes staying in a much safer bet. Making meals ahead of time is a great way to be a little healthier when in a time crunch, and freezing meals will avoid cooking every night. Breakfast is also a crucial part of a healthy diet. Cereals that are not full of sugars are a great source of fiber, grain, and energy, which keep you going throughout the day. It’s not a myth, breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it is what energizes you first thing in the morning! Don’t forget to exercise, either. Eating right will only take you so far – exercising will bring you the rest of the way. Nothing worth having is ever easy, especially when it comes to your health and maintaining it. If you are reading a book for one of your classes, get up and do some jumping jacks between chapters. Take a walk through campus, or run on the track when you have some free time. Once you start making exercise a routine rather than a chore, you will enjoy it more. Start to utilize O’Pake Recreation Center and shoot some hoops with your friends, or run on the elliptical for twenty minutes. Even though it might seem impossible at first, there is always a way to fit in some type of exercise each day. Although at times it seems as though our schedules won’t allow us to be healthy here at St. Joe’s, remember that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Plan out each day to the best of your ability, incorporating both healthy eating and exercise. If you do both, I promise that you will not only see results, but you will be a happier, healthier person in general.
January 29, 2014
Fashion | 9
Gillian Murphy ’14 Fashion Editor
With several snowstorms and bone-chilling temperatures, this winter has been particularly brutal – and it’s far from over. With these trends, you can keep warm this winter and stay chic without breaking the bank . This coat is a classic, yet coveted winter staple. Jam-packed with plenty of insulating down feathers, it is both lightweight and protective against winter winds. The North Face offers this coat for $249, while UNIQLO competes with a sale price of $59.90. Over-the-boot socks have become increasingly popular this winter season. Spotted on celebrities nationwide, this is a cheap and easy trend to adopt. Cream socks are the perfect complement to any colored boot, and effortlessly match almost any outfit. Hunter’s socks are priced at $40, while Urban Outfitters offers a similar pair for $14, or better yet, two pairs for $22. This nostalgic pom-pom hat evokes childhood memories of sledding and snowball fights on snow days, while keeping you warm as you walk to class. The North Face and The J. Crew Factory offer this winter accessory with a mature twist; the former is $25, while the latter is priced at $14.99. Adding an infinity scarf is a practical yet fashionable way to accessorize any outfit on a chilly day. The benefit of infinity scarves over other scarves is their ability to remain twisted around your neck, exactly how you style them. Lululemon offers a classic black infinity scarf for $88, while Michael Kors has a similar scarf on sale for $46.80, via Nordstrom. Lace-up boots have been a popular item for the past few years, and continue to remain trendy. This camel-colored boot is the perfect fall/winter shoe. Steve Madden’s version of this boot sells for $149.95, while a similar pair can be found on urbanOG.com for $21.90. Cold weather should never hinder a great night-out look. A black jumpsuit, paired with stacked gold bracelets and black patent pumps is a winter wonder; it keeps you warm while flattering your figure. AQ/AQ designed this jumpsuit for $200, and Necessary Clothing offers one for $44.99. When the comfort of pajama bottoms collides with socially acceptable style, it creates “jogger pants.” Jogger pants are the comfiest of the winter trends, and are sure to make a statement. Try these pants out in red for a bold winter look. Stella McCartney’s version of these pants sell for $695, but you can get the look for $18.99 from Necessary Clothing.
Shopping made easy Top online fashion sites GILLIAN MURPHY ’14 Fashion Editor Online shopping has experienced powerful and exponential growth over the past few years. The development of e-commerce businesses such as PayPal, a company that provides a safer, more convenient way to process monetary transactions online, have allowed consumers to grow more familiar with and trusting of online shopping. E-commerce fashion sites have been popping up by the dozens, and many of these sites offer unique finds and incomparable deals. As a devout advocate of online shopping, I’ve discovered plenty of gems throughout the years, but constantly find myself clambering back to the following five of my all-time favorite sites: 1. TOBI (www.tobi.com): Tobi is the college girl’s paradise; it features new arrivals every day of the week, and perpetually offers a 30 percent discount on anything new to the site. On top of that, Tobi offers 50 percent discounts on holidays (and occasionally for no reason at all). This site boasts free worldwide shipping on all orders, with no required minimum purchase. Basically, it’s a risk-free, discounted virtual store, filled with the hottest and latest trends. There is a downside, however: due to its increasing popularity and predominant social media presence, the new dress you are eyeing for formal is bound to pop up all over the party, so don’t expect to find original items. PROS: Constant new arrivals, 20-50 percent discounts, free shipping, trendy CONS: Unoriginal pieces 2. NECESSARY CLOTHING (www.necessaryclothing. com): Necessary Clothing is very similar to Tobi as far as product offerings, but is usually less expensive. On several occasions, I have spotted the same item on both Tobi and Necessary Clothing, and the latter almost always has the lower price. Another fun facet of Necessary Clothing’s site is that it heavily integrates social media. When customers purchase a product from the site, they can tweet or Instagram a picture of their outfit, and Necessary Clothing will feature the picture on the website. The site follows trends closely and offers low priced versions of many unique trends. In my experience, the quality hasn’t always been top notch, but it is perfect for those who want to adopt a trend on a budget, without the hassle of committing to an expensive wardrobe staple. Necessary Clothing offers free shipping on orders over $125. PROS: Quick to offer trends, inexpensive, social media-friendly CONS: Product quality, free shipping only on orders over $125 3. SHOPBOP (www.shopbop.com): Although this high-end fashion site is beyond the budget of the average college student, it is the perfect one-stop shop for that designer staple piece that’s been topping your wish list.
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10 | Opinions
Russia’s anti-gay laws require U.S. response
U.S. involvement in Russian anti-gay laws cause more harm than good TATIANO PULIDO ’16
JOSEPH CERRONE ’14 Digital Media Manager Olympics. Due to the loose wording of the statute, the Russian police have the right to arrest foreign nationals who appear to violate the ban on “gay propaganda.” The limits of this category are not clearly defined, but could include anything from samesex couples holding hands to individuals wearing rainbow colors for LGBTQ pride. The prospect of Americans, or any other visitors, being arrested in Russia for their public support of LGBTQ rights is unacceptable and demands an international response. Furthermore, the discriminatory practices set in place by this law are an affront to basic human rights. Unlike other debates, this issue digs deeper and touches upon the basic right of LGBTQ people to live their lives free from discrimination. This law is clearly a violation of an individual’s right to freedom of speech and expression—which is a cornerstone of human dignity that too many countries continue to ignore. While Russia moves ahead with enforcing this unjust law, the world has a unique opportunity to demonstrate its opposition. The absence of leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as the presence of openly gay athletes and visitors, may set the stage for the Sochi Olympics to be a strong reminder that the world will continue to move forward, even as Russia attempts to go backwards. For better or worse, the United States is often seen as the standard bearer of democratic rights and values across the world. Even while we still struggle with issues of equality and justice at home, we should make every attempt to demand that human rights and the dignity of all people be respected across the globe.
ational pride, competition, and a fair amount of gallantry have come to define the modern Olympic Games. All eyes are on Russia as the city of Sochi prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics next month; however, much of the attention has not been good. In addition to the security of the event, the government of Vladimir Putin has been under fire for its recent passage of a law that bans “homosexual propaganda.” Backed by conservative factions in the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church, this law bans exposing minors to information about homosexuality— particularly, anything that would appear to normalize or promote acceptance of LGBTQ persons or relationships. Although early calls for the United States and other nations to boycott the Sochi Olympics have failed, the U.S. should do all in its power to publicly and diplomatically condemn this law. There are many who will argue that the U.S. should stay out of an issue of Russia’s internal affairs. While at first glance this non-interventionist position may seem attractive, the stance against U.S. involvement is wrong. Far from a simple issue of Russian domestic politics, this measure is a serious threat to Americans who attend the games, and to our understanding of international human rights. While the possibilities for action are extremely limited, the United States and our allies should make it clear that we oppose Russia’s discriminatory practices and urge the country’s leaders to respect the rights of the LGBTQ community. The U.S. should continue to publicly oppose this law is the danger it presents to American athletes and tourists at the
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or the first time in almost 15 years, no President, Vice President, First Lady, or even a former President will go to the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. This will unavoidably be seen as (and perhaps is meant to be) a snub to Russia. However, the absence of a U.S. delegation in Sochi could backfire by demonstrating U.S. hypocrisy, harm world relations as a whole, and damage the spirit of the Olympic Games. Russia has a unique strategic position in the world as the dubious guarantor of agreements, such as the agreement involving the removal of chemical weapons from Syria. It’s diplomatically foolish for the U.S. to underestimate the potential strength and impact that Russia could soon have on the world. This is especially pertinent because the last time the U.S. and Russia had a lapse in diplomatic communication, the result was proxy wars that affected the greater part of the world. As a world leader, it is not only our own future that we must take into account, but that of the world as well, and U.S. involvement in Russia’s laws could be damaging to that future. By not sending the highest official to the Games, the U.S. is showing that we are not taking Russia seriously as an emerging power. This is obviously not how Putin wants the world to perceive Russia. If Putin succeeds in his upward-moving political goals, this Olympic snub could come back to haunt the U.S. Putin could lash out, or give up the appearance of goodwill and quickly become at odds with the U.S. in a startling echo of the ideologically based Cold War. The U.S., in the spirit of equality
and diversity that represents this nation, is sending publicly gay athletes whose merits warrant their attendance at the Games. Although this could inspire mutual acceptance among LGBT Russians, it could endanger them if they are not careful or are seen to have too much camaraderie with Western activists. These athletes combine two things that are threatening to the contemporary idea of Russian dominance: the West, and identities besides Russian (in this case, LGBT). However problematic Russia’s internal ideologies are perceived to be, they are just that; internal. The U.S. is overstepping, and should have come together with other countries to make a statement about Russia’s anti-gay policies instead of acting unilaterally. In addition, this statement should not have been made at the Olympics. Our role in the future of the modern world is one of a powerful and valuable contributor, not one of a lonely dissenting voice. Acting unilaterally has gone horribly wrong in the past (in the case of Vietnam), and we should be more collaborative with our allies at this point in our history, especially for something as globally significant as the Olympics. Finally, the fact that the U.S. is engaging in this conversation only gives Russia the attention it needs for Putin to spread harmful propaganda, such as his implication earlier this week that LGBT people are a danger to children. The Olympics are simply not the place for this kind of diplomatic action. It is a time for setting aside ideological differences and coming together to appreciate the work of athletes, not politics.
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I freaking shout the body electric: Beauty and body positivity CARINA ENSMINGER ’14 Hawk Staff Ah the New Year. A time to celebrate the old year and welcome in the new. A time to congratulate yourself for making it through another twelve months of insanity. A time to make resolutions and forget them by May (Broad Street run, anybody?). It’s also the time of year when I cannot watch television without harboring vaguely homicidal fantasies towards it. Why do I sometimes want to murder my television, you ask? Once New Year’s hits, television becomes overrun with commercials about losing weight. Half off your first month at this gym! Free first month of pre-portioned meals with this plan! Get fit! Lose those holiday pounds! It drives me a wee bit insane. Though the emphasis on weight loss is especially apparent every New Year’s, in reality, the pressure to “look great” is omnipresent. Ultra-slim actresses and models strut down runways, pose in catalogs, star in television shows, and sell everything from laundry detergent to used cars. Magazines like Cosmo, Self, and Seventeen claim they have the best new workout to tone your “problem areas.” Diet pills and miracle fads constantly find the “secret” to shedding those pesky extra pounds. The message in all of this: sorry ladies, your bodies just aren’t good enough. The rates at which women feel anxious enough about their weight to attempt to control it through di-
eting reflect this omnipresent pressure. According to the National Association of Amorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders, 42 percent of first to third grade girls want to lose weight. 91 percent of college-aged women have attempted to control their weight through dieting. What’s even more unsettling is that the overwhelming majority of the women who diet do not need to do so; in a recent survey of 185 female college students, 83 percent who were dieting were of a normal weight. Though this is certainly troubling, is it at all
“We should be angry that almost every single model on television is a size two...” surprising when we realize that the body type our culture lauds as beautiful is naturally possessed by only five percent of the American population? It’s not just body shape that women are encouraged to alter in order to be considered beautiful. Women are also told to shave their body hair, wear makeup, put on push-up bras, use anti-aging creams, style their hair, and wear certain clothes. The pressure is relentless. It’s not that men aren’t told to alter their bodies to be attractive
– they are. And the ideal standards for men are just as bogus as the ones for women. But the reason I am focusing so much on women’s standards is because this body policing is part of a larger, oppressive system of objectification. But that’s another article for another day, kiddies. So what do we do with all of this? We need to realize that these standards are arbitrary. That we do not need to meet them in order to be beautiful. That we are free to invent our own definition of beauty. I want to make something clear. I am not here to redefine beauty as the opposition to normative standards. I am not saying that “real women” or “women that are really beautiful” don’t shave their legs or never wear makeup. What I am saying is that we should question the existence of the homogenized ideal itself. We should be angry that almost every single model on television is a size two, not because they aren’t beautiful women, but because this is a seriously skewed and limited representation of what beauty can be. What I am saying is this, my loves: we need to be body-positive. We need to love our bodies and be empowered in them. To be empowered in your body just means that you feel beautiful in whatever way resonates with you. So if you don’t want to shave your legs, then don’t! If you want to wear makeup, then go for it! If you feel fabulous as a size two or a size twenty-two, rock on with your bad self! You have the power to decide what makes you feel beautiful. So find it and define it, my dears.
Hot and Not on Hawk Hill
HOT Snow fun Although the weather has been absolutey freezing recently, it has produced one benefit: the snow. Nearly every Hawk has been sledding on Sweeney field and made snowmen in the Barbelin courtyard. Cold or no, having fun in the snow with your friends is definitely one of the best parts of winter, and the mass amounts of snow that we’ve seen this year has given us plenty of opportunities to make great memories.
NOT The first full week of school Between the semester starting on a Thursday, holidays, and snow days, we haven’t had a full week of school in the two weeks that we’ve been here. While the relaxation has been nice, professors are starting to worry that they won’t be able to cover all their content in this shortened amount of time and, in response, have begun to assign bigger piles of homework to compensate.
The Hard Truth
Body Image: What’s wrong with our perception LILY GERSHEM ’16 Special to the Hawk As much as I would like to think that I am a proponent for healthy body image, I would be lying if I said that my insecurities do not get the best of me from time to time. We all have personal struggles with the way we view ourselves. The persistence of our critical culture, led by the media, creates the idea that nobody is safe from scrutiny and hatred. Take Lena Dunham for example. The creator/ writer/director of Girls, a wildly successful HBO series, is currently making headlines due to her choice of dress at the Golden Globes rather than for the level of creativity, wit, and talent she displays even as a young twenty-something. This backwards method of evaluating beauty is impacting the way our generation appreciates their bodies. To kick-start an uncomfortable conversation concerning the weight of such pressing issues, I would like to offer some personal insight into the life of an overweight person. Yes, I admit it. I am overweight. Oh, and did I mention that my parents are obese? Even my dogs are chunky. There have been times when I loathed the way I look. When I shuddered at the
thought of my future. When I’ve been embarrassed by the idea of looking like my parents. The shame was crushing, enough to reduce me to tears. Sometimes it was even enough to make me consider myself worthless, or to contemplate self-harm. This unhealthy mentality was encouraged throughout the beginning of my high school years; I received harassing phone calls and text messages labeling me as a “lard ass” for a straight month. The person responsible for sharing these words with me eventually became the President of Student Council and Homecoming King of my high school. This same person also asked me on a date when I lost some weight towards the end of my high school career. I gladly rejected that invitation, saving myself from being with a person who thrives off of superficiality. As a college freshman, you are put into a variety of odd situations. You are given an enthusiastic welcome as you cross the threshold of your dormitory, only to be sent off to shower in a communal bathroom and change in front of your roommate. You eat all of your meals in an establishment where a healthy diet isn’t always an option. Then, head over to the gym where you are shoved into crowds of meatheads, classmates, friends, and professors who can see the sweat drip from your too skinny/
chubby/bumpy/boney/flabby [insert body part here]. The point is, you will encounter situations where you are inclined to be self-conscious throughout your entire life. You will eventually come to realize that it’s just that which is the true epidemic: the mentality of thinking that you are not good enough. Each person on this campus has faced struggles with insecurity, even if it doesn’t seem that way. Believe me, I had an incredibly challenging time focusing on that idea when I considered my own imperfections. But that was before I witnessed some of the most extreme self-hate I have ever seen from some of the most physically fit and outwardly attractive people on campus–the Greeks. During my freshman year, I had a close friend who was invited into a sorority on campus. Even though she was never told to lose weight or tan her skin, I could feel the pressure that she faced to look like every other girl in the organization. It became too much for me to watch her bash herself every day in the mirror. I felt sickened as she typed everything she ate during the day into an application on her phone. She coached herself to save up calories for the drinks she was going to consume around the guys she was trying to impress at the weekend mixers. She spent hundreds of
dollars she didn’t have to claim a new identity with an “improved” wardrobe. This type of behavior seemed to be considered normal for all of her sisters; I guess you could say it runs in the family. Witnessing someone you care for pick themselves apart just to please others is a truly heartbreaking experience. After seeing self-destruction like that, you come to realize that everyone is in need of the same positivity and love. This includes you. Those messy “imperfections” make up your body. Just remember that your body is only your outer shell. Release yourself from the burden of weighing yourself down with hatred. So, sure, I may be a part of that ever-growing image of an unhealthy America. Yet I am confident in saying that I stand today as a healthy college student. Sure, I probably will never fully match your made-up, media-driven, Greek definition of healthy. I will never use a tanning bed to display the hardness of my abs. Nor will I feel completely comfortable with the way my legs jiggle as I run. I refuse to starve myself of the joys of living my life free from calorie counting. But for some reason, I feel as though all that weight that I carried from self-hatred has been lifted off of me for just being honest.
12 | Opinions
January 29, 2014
A bigger Starbucks? Students had higher hopes for Cosi’s replacement
Editor in Chief Garrett Miley ’15 MANAGING EDITOR Cat Coyle ’16 COPY CHIEF Molly Grab ’17 Business Director Teddy Ryan ’16 Faculty Adviser Dan Reimold News editor Erin Raftery ‘15 ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR Katryna Perera ’16 OPINIONS EDITOR Catharine Gaylord ’16 ASSISTANT OPINIONS EDITOR Aly Bartolomei ’15 FEATURES EDITOR Karen Funaro ’16 FEATURES EDITOR Connie Lunanova ’16 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Caoimhe Nagle ’15 SPORTS EDITOR C.J. DeMille ’16 ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR Nate Vancil ’16 FASHION EDITOR Gillian Murphy ’14 FOOD EDITOR Katie Smith ’15 HEALTH EDITOR Gianna Melendez ’16 LAYOUT EDITOR Andrew Nguyen ’17 PHOTO EDITOR Shannon Adams ’16
A larger Starbucks and a new P.O.D. don’t meet student needs for more food options on campus The Saint Joseph’s University administration has done an excellent job managing all of the new changes that we’ve seen on campus this past semester. From the addition of a Subway, to the Campion food court, to the re-design of the St. Joe’s web page, nearly every change has been a positive one. However, the prospect of transforming the student dining option that is now Cosi into a large Starbucks does not seem to resonate with the majority of the student body. The administration claims that this decision is popular with students, citing a recent poll that they conducted as their source. Normally when a large amount of student opinions are needed, the university sends out an online survey via email. However, this was not so in the case of the Starbucks decision, which could be why the administration’s opinion varies so drastically from the student body’s. The main objection to the introduction of a larger Starbucks in place of Cosi is that it limits the already sparse food op-
tions around campus. Cosi is one of only five non-Campion food options that are directly on or around campus–the others being Landmark, Wendy’s, Larry’s, and Subway. Even worse, Cosi is one of only two restaurants in the immediate area that offers healthy menu options such as salads and sandwiches made with whole grain bread. Removing Cosi and neglecting to replace it with another restaurant that serves healthy meals severely limits the food options for a large portion of the student body. Additionally, although it is understood that there are limitations on what can replace the current Starbucks, the addition of another P.O.D. store does not benefit students or the university as a whole. The university already boasts a number of P.O.D. stores throughout campus, one of which is located less than a block away in Mandeville Hall. If another P.O.D. was to be added in the current Starbucks location, then there would be four convenience stores within a one block radius. This includes a 7-11 and a street vendor that both offer cheaper alternatives to the often overpriced merchandise sold at the P.O.D. stores. Not only would students fail to take advantage of this new P.O.D., members of the surrounding community that frequent both Starbucks and Cosi wouldn’t either. Talk of a larger Starbucks and the addition of a new P.O.D. has stirred up feelings of disappointment with the current campus food situation among many students. Aside from the lack of options on campus, there is also a gap in university-run restaurants in the area of 63rd Street, where many upperclassmen and off-campus students live. Students who live in that area must either spend their own money or walk to campus
to find food. If the university houses the majority of upperclassmen around 63rd Street, it is only logical that they would also have at least a small university-run restaurant there to serve students. Students seem to be in agreement that a larger Starbucks is not the best option for the Cosi location. Optimally, another restaurant with healthy menu options would open in place of Cosi. However, should the university choose to continue with their plan to move Starbucks to a larger location, there could be ways of increasing student acceptance of the decision. Currently, the hours of operation of both Starbucks and Cosi don’t suit most students; Starbucks closes at four or five at night on weeknights, which is much too early according to most students. If the Starbucks were to operate according to the normal hours of Starbucks restaurants, then it would be an improvement to the current situation and a seemingly fair compromise between students and the administration. Cosi’s space needs to be filled either by a new restaurant or a Starbucks with better hours; simply adding a larger Starbucks and a P.O.D. won’t resonate well with students. -The Hawk Staff
Let’s talk about rush... BAILEY MCINTYRE ’16 Special to the Hawk Before you read this, I want to offer a disclaimer: this is not an exposé showcasing all of the problems with Greek life. This is an account of my personal experience with Saint Joseph’s University Greek life. The purpose is simply to demonstrate that Greek life is not the only pathway to a stable social life or other forms of success. You can achieve everything Greek life has to offer without having to shell out hundreds of dollars a semester. I never considered joining a sorority before I went through recruitment at St. Joe’s. I never thought Greek life was something I wanted to be a part of, but I also never ruled it out. I just never considered it. Nonetheless, I decided to try something new. I had a lot of fun during recruitment. I thought I was a strong candidate with good qualities, and I really enjoyed meeting the girls of the sororities. I had my heart set on receiving a bid.
When I did not receive that bid, I was heartbroken. I really thought that I had connected with the sisters. I had a hard time coping with the rejection, especially because I wasn’t told why I wasn’t good enough. That is, until I realized I was good enough, and I didn’t need a group of girls to accept me into their sacred covenant. I realized I am a strong, independent, intelligent, hard working, outgoing woman that doesn’t need to be in a sorority. I already accomplished everything they promised without their help! Sisterhood? I have a 16-year-old sister that tells me I’m fabulous for free. I also have Greek and non-Greek friends, and a social life! I don’t sit in the dark watching Cruel Intentions on Friday nights because I’m not invited to the Lambda mixer or whatever (okay, I do this sometimes, but only because Cruel Intentions is a classic). I have excellent grades as well, earning a spot on the Dean’s List every semester that I’ve been at St. Joe’s. I also lead a weekly service site, which is akin to the service that Greek life takes part in. Since being denied
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entry into a sorority, I have secured not one, but two internships in a six-month period. Looking back, there is nothing Greek life could have offered me that I didn’t already have. I don’t think being in a sorority would have helped me develop any new skills or characteristics. Greek life is not the magic key to all success in the universe. You don’t need Greek letters on a t-shirt to have a successful, happy life. That being said, this is my advice to anyone considering formal recruitment in February: think about what you want to get
out of Greek life. You should go through recruitment because you want to branch out and meet new people. Conversely, you shouldn’t decide against Greek life because of any stereotype you’ve heard. Certainly, don’t decide against recruitment because you think I’m telling you to avoid it, or because anyone else tells you not to. You might really enjoy your time and meet wonderful women. If you hate it, you can always drop out from recruitment or turn down a bid. Just remember, if you don’t receive a bid, that does not define your worth.
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What happened over break C.J. DE MILLE ’16 Sports Editor
1/10/14 Women’s track & field took second at Princeton and third at the Saturday Night Shootout with Courtney Foster (400), Georgia Mason (60 Hurdles), and Gabby Becattini (Long Jump) placing first at Princeton.
1/14/14 NCAA.com named the Hawk mascot as the best college basketball tradition.
1/15/14 Junior guard Natasha Cloud was named to the 2014 Nancy Leiberman Award Watch List. The Basketball Hall of Fame presents the Nancy Leiberman Award annually to the nation’s top women’s collegiate point guard. 1/16/14 The St. Joe’s women’s basketball team added freshman forward Amanda Fioravanti, a transfer from the University of Virginia. In eight games at Virginia, she averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. She will sit out a full academic year due to NCAA regulations.
1/20/14 Natasha Cloud was named Big 5 Player of the week after averaging 13 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 7.5 assists in two Big 5 wins over Penn and La Salle, helping the Hawks to win their 16th Big 5 title and 11th outright. 1/24/14 Men’s track & field tied for first at Ursinus, with Brady Deckert
and Ryan Vance taking first and second in the 800 Meters.
1/25/14 Men’s tennis fell to Navy in their spring opener with a score of
Women’s basketball went 7-3 with wins over Florida Gulf Coast, Richmond, Rhode Island, George Washington, Dayton, and rivals Penn and La Salle to win the Big 5 Title.
1/15/14 Former Hawk men’s basketball player, Pat Carroll, was named to the 2014 Class of the Big 5 Hall of Fame.
1/18/14 Men’s track & field won the Saturday Night Shootout with
Griff Roberts (400), Matt McGarvey (800), Aaron Leskow (Mile), and the 4 x 400 Relay team of Chris Banks, Griff Roberts, Peter Larmann, and Torey Doath taking first place finishes.
1/20/14 Langston Galloway was named Big 5 Player of the week after shooting 12-17 from 3-point range. He averaged 23 points, four rebounds, and two assists in wins over Duquesne and Penn.
1/24/14 Women’s track & field placed fourth at Ursinus after Emily Chaundy, Kathryn Cols, and Sarah Regnault took second, third, and fourth in the Mile.
1/25/14 Women’s tennis lost to Navy 4-3 with Aurora Davis and Kelly Mulquin picking up wins at first and fourth singles, respectively. The Hawks swept the doubles with the teams of Alex Zachem and Aurora Davis, Kristina Eisenbrand and Lauren Roy, Devi Jadeja and Kelly Mulquin, and Claire Minnoe and Arianne Polatnick all taking wins.
The men’s basketball team went 9-2 over break with wins over Drexel, Loyola Maryland, Boston University, Binghamton, Denver, George Mason, Duquesne, Penn, and Rhode Island.
Eagles offensive needs TIM STOECKLE ’14 Hawk Staff The Philadelphia Eagles were predicted to struggle with Chip Kelly’s offense in his first season as head coach. However, the Eagles won 10 games as well as the NFC East, and, for the first time in a long time, that was enough to temporarily satisfy their rabid fan base. The future looks bright for the Eagles, but they still need some help if they want to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history. Here are some changes they need to make on the offensive side of the ball: Backup Quarterback If Michael Vick leaves Philadelphia to start with another team, the Eagles need to find a second-string quarterback who isn’t Matt Barkley. The first place they can look is the free agent market, where a quarterback such as Tarvaris Jackson or Seneca Wallace could come in and run Chip Kelly’s offense. However, the Eagles could
also look to draft a quarterback who has some mobility. If he falls to Philadelphia in the second round, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd could be a solid pick. Two other names that the Eagles may look at later in the draft are Wyoming’s Brett Smith and Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas. Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are both free agents, and the Eagles will likely attempt to re-sign both. If they do not, the Eagles should draft a wide receiver. Something the Eagles have lacked over the years is a tall, red-zone threat. They may be able to find just that in the draft with Rutgers receiver Brandon Coleman, who could fall to them in the second round, but picking a player like Missouri’s L’Damian Washington in the fourth or fifth round would ultimately be a better pick. Offensive Tackle All-Pro Jason Peters will need to be replaced soon. It probably isn’t worth signing an offensive tackle just to sit on the bench, but if a player like Michigan’s Taylor Lewan falls to the Eagles in the draft, he could be worth tak-
ing. Lewan is 6’7” and could be a dominant tackle in the league for years. Kicker The kicking game is a major problem for the Eagles, who wasted a fourth round pick on Alex Henery in 2011. Henery is unreliable, doesn’t have a strong leg, and needs to be released. The Eagles have options in free agency at kicker, such as Phil Dawson, Nick Folk, Graham Gano, and Steven Hauschka. If the Eagles can get 28 year-old Hauschka, who was successful on 33 of 35 field goal attempts for the Seahawks, Philadelphia could be in good shape at the kicker position for years.
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Through the Houp
January 29, 2014
Second semester seniors, Phil must stay, and preserving Langston’s legacy ALEXANDER HOUPERT ’14 Hawk Staff The start to the second semester always kicks-off familiarly. The knick-knacks on your desk haven’t moved in a month and your blankets have lain flat and cold on their own in that empty shell of a dorm room. I returned to Philadelphia early for New Year’s Eve festivities, and spent the first half of January enrolled in intersession. Let me tell you, Hawk Hill was as still as a church rapt in prayer, its baited breath held contemplatively before the new semester’s flurry of learning. Prior to evening class, I would watch the ethereal sunsets rebound off the cold snow while the crawling cars and buses exhaled vast plumes of smoke. Quiet walks late at night after classes were a time for me to think about the near future. For five of our more athletically gifted seniors, the start to the second semester marks what Hawks fans have long dreaded: the inevitable end to the impressive collegiate careers of seniors Galloway, Quarels , Roberts, Jr., Kanacevic, Kindler, and Kelly. Come May, all five will mount the stage with the rest of the graduating class of 2014; our “real lives” will begin the moment when all the graduate caps have been tossed into the sky. While it is true that “The Hawk Will Never Die,” “The Hawk (Mascot) Will Surely Graduate”. Recently named the best college basketball tradition by NCAA.com, the Hawk, i.e. senior Ian Klinger, will go down as the greatest Hawk mascot of all time. Soon enough though, the Hawk will mount the stage – hopefully in full costume – and receive his diploma. I got to know Klinger for the first time this year; we were in the same intersession class. He had to miss a couple of classes when the team went on the road at #19 UMass, a classic “c o u l d have-wonit-but-lostit-late” type of St. Joe’s loss. I streamed the game during a lecture on transistor radios, and there was the Hawk, my friend, flapping away as he always had been, and as he always will be. For us seniors, the time to think and reflect upon our experiences at St. Joe’s has arrived. The harsh reality is that we graduate in less than six months. While we have been hearing promises of the mysterious year “2014” for most of our lives now, trying to figure out exactly what this year has in store for us is often frustrating, not to mention daunting. This year, a quarter of the St. Joe’s student body graduates from college and will enter the “real world.” But before all the Pomp and Circumstance, there’s still some noise to be made in Hagan Arena, and some questions left to ponder in terms of the later half of the season. Here are five questions to kick off the second semester: 1. How far can this team go? Right now, 13-6, 3-2 A-10 is good for middle of the pack, but if the Hawks don’t take advantage of the upcoming string of games against the Atlantic 10’s crème de la crème, any postseason dreams this team has might be shot down. Both a late push for the NCAA tournament and a deep A-10 Tournament run are certainly possible, but only if the Hawks save their best basketball for the remainder of conference play. With 11 games left on the slate, the Hawks will have to win at least seven to have a shot at the Big Dance. 2. Is this a flock of Hot Hawks? Absolutely. Since the Holy Massacre against nOVA, St. Joe’s has won 9 of 11 games, with their only two losses coming at UMass and
Richmond. During this streak, the Hawks have been shooting the lights out, with Kanacevic and Galloway rounding into top form. Freshman fro-ed phenom, DeAndre Bembry, has evolved into a multi-talented player who should be utilized more often. While stud Ronald Roberts, Jr. has been periodically sidelined with nagging injuries, his Twitter game has been scintillating recently. If you don’t already, follow @RonaldRoberts5, you should. Trust me. 3. Should this be Phil Martelli’s last season on Hawk Hill? Absolutely not – but some asinine alumni think it should be. A group of “Students, Alumni, Family, & Friends of Saint Joseph’s University” have formed the website www.philmustgo.com, referencing years of “a mediocre product” as the reason Phil should get the boot. I wrote last year about how Martelli’s record over the past 4 years has hovered around .500, and I suppose that his tenure could be considered “mediocre.” But the folks who formed the website don’t recognize that players ultimately determine a coach’s wins and a program’s success, and that this team is loaded with talent. Martelli is one of the hardest working coaches in the country, and those who are calling for his job are no more than entitled, spoiled little twerps with a C-rate website who witnessed one perfect season and unrealistically expected another. Merely expecting greatness because it happened once before is evidence of how pampered and misguided some Hawk fans can be. See “Dear Phil,” a note on the website which explains the group’s position. Those associated with the website should be embarrassed for expressing their dissatisfaction and discontent with a letter a hissy-fit-throwing toddler could have scribbled in crayon. 4. The rough stretch: how many can we win? The rough stretch: Feb. 1 vs #13 UMass, Feb. 5 vs #19 Saint Louis, Feb. 8 vs VCU. All three games are at home, which means we, the student section, will be the deciding factor. The Hawks are 7-2 at home this season, and they’ll need all the home-court help they can get against three of the most skilled and disciplined teams in the conference. This is the Hawks’ toughest stretch of games, but I believe we can win all three, so long as the student section and the defense shows up. Buy your tickets now, people, because you won’t want to miss the best home games all year. 5. Should any of the seniors have their number retired? Absolutely. Langston Galloway’s #10 should be retired at the end of the season. On Saturday at the loss at Richmond, the senior from Baton Rouge became St. Joe’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals, and as a 4-year starter, Galloway has earned numerous accolades and awards. Not only the face of St. Joe’s basketball since the moment he stepped on campus, Galloway has been a leader on the court and an upstanding citizen of our campus. Galloway deserves to have his number retired in the rafters. Leading this team to the NCAA tournament would certainly cement his legacy, and of all the Hawks on the current roster, Galloway is most deserving of the honor. Do the right thing SJU, and retire Galloway’s #10 so there’ll be another jersey (no offense, Jameer) to buy in the bookstore. What a sweet graduation gift that would be.
...those who are calling for his job are no more than entitled, spoiled little twerps with a C-rate website...
Photo by Shannon Adams ’16
A-10 Men’s Basketball Standings
A-10 Overall Saint Louis 5-0 18-2 George Washington 4-1 16-3 VCU 4-1 16-4 Richmond 4-1 14-6 UMass 3-1 16-2 Saint Joseph’s 3-2 13-6 La Salle 3-2 11-8 St. Bonaventure 2-4 12-8 Rhode Island 2-4 11-10 Duquesne 2-4 9-9 Dayton 1-4 13-7 Fordham 1-4 8-10 George Mason 0-6 7-13
A-10 Women’s Basketball Standings
A-10 Overall Duquesne Dayton Fordham Saint Josep h’s St. Bonaventure La Salle VCU George Washington Richmond Saint Louis Rhode Island George Mason UMass
6-1 5-1 5-2 5-2 5-2 5-2 5-3 4-3 3-4 1-5 1-6 0-7 0-7
14-6 12-5 16-4 16-4 16-6 10-9 17-4 13-7 9-11 6-13 6-14 6-14 3-18
Standings as of time of press on Jan. 27
Top of the pecking order Hawk women’s basketball wins Big 5 C.J. DE MILLLE ’16 Sports Editor The Saint Joseph’s Hawks (13-4) beat the La Salle Explorers (9-9) to claim their 16th Big 5 title, 11th outright, at the Tom Gola Arena on the La Salle University campus. Senior guard Natasha Cloud led the Hawks with 14 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, and a blocked shot in the 64-52 win. St. Joe’s opened scoring on a jumper by senior forward Ashley Robinson and never looked back. The Explorers kept the score close until the Hawks went on a 9-0 run with 7:53 left in the first and closed out the first half with a 31-20 lead. In the second half, La Salle cut St. Joe’s lead to four with 7:40 left on a jumper by junior guard Alicia Cropper. Senior Erin Shields answered with her only 3-pointer of the game. Sophomore forward Sarah Fairbanks then added four points on two short jumpers, to bring the lead to 11 with 3:22 left in play. Joining Cloud in double figure scoring were Fairbanks, with a team high 16 points, along with Shields, and senior forward Ilze Gotfrida, with 10 points a piece. The Hawks swept the Big 5 competition with double-digit victories over La Salle, Temple, and Penn, as well as a three-point victory over Villanova. Former Philadelphia Catholic League standouts, Cloud and Shields led St. Joe’s in Big 5 play with 15.25 and 13 points per game, respectively. Cloud also led the Hawks in rebounding (7.75), assists (9), and steals (1.75) per game in Big 5 play. After the game, Cloud said, “[Winning the Big 5] is what we kept reiterating, every time-out, every time they came back. This was our game to lose and we’re 4-0 now. It’s a great feeling.” Saint Joseph’s (64) Gotfrida 5-0-10, Robinson 1-0-2, Shields 2-5-10, Cloud 4-5-14, Andrews 1-1-3, De Jonge 0-0-0, Gomez 1-0-2, Pongonis 1-0-2, Berger 1-1-5, Fairbanks 6-4-16. Totals: 23-51 15-20 64 La Salle (52) Beslow 1-0-2, Owens 4-0-8, Burdgess 5-210, Lee 1-0-2, Cropper 6-2-17, Alston 2-3-7, Dickens 0-0-0, Bullock 1-0-2, Koci 0-0-0, Mintzer 1-0-2 Totals 21-65 7-13 52 3 Point Goals: Saint Joseph’s 3-15 (Gotrida 0-2 Shields 1-7, Cloud 1-1, Andrews 0-1, Gomez 0-2, Berger 1-2), La Salle 3-15 (Owens 0-5, Cropper 3-8, Alston 0-2, ). Fouled Out: None. Technical Fouls: Saint Joseph’s: Robinson. La Salle: Burdgess
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Super Bowl XLVIII preview
A tale of two cities
BRENDAN JACKSON ’16 Special to the Hawk
n Feb. 2, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will enter MetLife Stadium and go head-to-head in Super Bowl XLVIII. Both the Seahawks and the Broncos won 13 games in their regular seasons, both teams earned the number one seed in their conference, and both teams find themselves just one game away from hoistingn the Lombardi Trophy. Throughout the season, the Seahawks have relied on the motto “defense wins championships.” On Sunday, they will put that to the ultimate test. When it comes to defensive rankings in the regular season, Seattle finished first in almost every statistical category: first in points against per game (14.4), first in yards against per game (273.6), and first in turnovers forced (39). No other team came close to these numbers—most gave up at least 300 yards per game, and the Seahawks forced eight more turnovers than the second ranked team. While Seattle’s defensive dominance was certainly a team effort, a large part of their success should be credited to the secondary. Known as the “Legion of Boom,” the Seahawks secondary is filled with big time playmakers who are not only up for a challenge, but actually welcome one. The leader of the legion is third-year cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman, who has been criticized for excessive trash talking, has done nothing but back up his words with outstanding play on the field. On multiple occasions, he has dubbed himself the best defensive player in the NFL, and he might be right. He leads the NFL with eight interceptions and consistently shuts down the opposition’s top receiver. Sherman is not the only important member of the Seahawks secondary, however. Other members of the Le-
gion include cornerback Byron Maxwell and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. These three, along with Sherman, account for more than half of the team’s forced turnovers this season. The “Legion of Boom” consists of three players named to the All-Pro team and three players selected to play in the Pro Bowl. On the other side of the line of scrimmage sits fourtime MVP quarterback Peyton Manning and Denver’s potent passing attack. The Broncos have exemplified the idea that the best defense is a good offense. To call this season a record breaking one for Manning would be an understatement. He set the record for most touchdown passes (55) and most passing yards (5,477) in a single season. The Broncos also set a team record for most points scored in a season with 606. However, Manning has said that these types of records ultimately mean very little because the season is all about winning the Super Bowl. This will be Manning’s third Super Bowl appearance in his lengthy 16 year career. While he managed to win one in 2006 with the Colts, Manning has struggled in the past during the post-season vis-à-vis his regular season performance. Still, Manning will not have to do it alone on Sunday as he brings a very deep and talented wide receiver unit onto the big stage. Five players have at least 60 catches, while wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, and tight end Julius Thomas have a collective 47 touchdowns. This group has used both speed and size to dominate every opponent they have faced so far. The big question is whether or not the offense will be enough to defeat the “Legion of Boom.” It’s clear that the most intriguing matchup of the game will be Manning and his wide receivers against the Seahawks secondary. There are also plenty of one-on-one matchups worth watching, such as Richard Sherman vs.
Demaryius Thomas. However, the Broncos offense against the Seahawks defense is only half of the game. There are certainly other storylines that must be taken into account. How will second-year quarterback Russell Wilson handle the pressure under the brightest of lights? Can running back Marshawn Lynch continue to put the Seahawks’ offense on his back? Will Denver’s defense continue to make big plays in the playoffs and be able to force timely turnovers? How will the weather in what could be one of the coldest Super Bowls in decades affect the outcome of the game? The answers to these questions could be the key to crowning this year’s champions. Whether you’re rooting for one of these teams, an avid football fanatic, or just in it for the commercials, the message in this game is clear. Two different cities, two different teams—one game, one champion.
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A relieved Galloway sets new 3-point record NATE VANCIL ’16 Assistant Sports Editor
Senior guard Langston Galloway became the Hawks’ all-time leader in 3-point shots during the game against Richmond on Jan. 25. Galloway was 3-9 from 3-point range against the Spiders, and sank the record-breaking shot with 3:48 left in the disappointing 77-62 loss at Robins Center in Richmond, Virginia. “It was very exciting, and it was nice to get it out of the way and move past it so I can focus on the upcoming games. I knew it was coming up, and people kept telling me about it so it was on my mind. It was an honor to break Pat Carroll’s record,” said Galloway. Galloway had 293 career three-pointers entering the contest; just two shy of breaking the record set by previous Hawks’ all-time leader and Saint Joseph’s University Basketball Hall of Famer Pat Carroll. Carroll set the record during his time at Saint Joseph’s from 2001-2005, and was named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year for his outstanding performance in his final year as a Hawk. After breaking the record, Galloway is up to 296 career three-pointers and 1,721 career points, which puts him at 10th on the all-time St. Joe’s scoring list. Following the Richmond game on Saturday, Galloway and the Hawks will travel to Dayton and then have a three game home stretch where they will play difficult conference rivals in UMass, Saint Louis, and VCU. But with the way Langston Galloway has been playing lately, the Hawks are confident. Galloway has been shooting the ball remarkably well this season after a bit of a down year last year. After a great sophomore season shooting 46.6 percent from 3-point range, his shooting percentage dropped to 39.4 percent from behind the arc as a junior. But this didn’t stop Galloway from coming back with a vengeance for his senior season. Galloway has been on fire so far this year, leading the Atlantic 10 in 3-point shooting with 47.2 percent from long-range, and second in 3-pointers made with 3.2 per game entering this weekend’s contest against Richmond. “I’ve just kept working hard; I knew that they were going to fall. Just building my confidence over the last couple months and preparing for the season. Being confident is the most important thing,” Galloway said. In addition to shooting phenomenally from 3-point range this season, Galloway is also collecting impressive statistics in other categories, which could combine to be considered his best season as a Hawk. Galloway is on pace for a career-high in points per game with 17.5 points, and is shooting 82 percent from the free throw line, which ranks him in the top five statistically in both categories in the Atlantic 10. Galloway is also averaging almost five rebounds per game and turning the ball over less than once per game. By combining his statistically efficient offense game with the hustle and determination of rebounding and taking care of the ball, Galloway is on pace to close out his career at St. Joe’s on an impressive note and lead his team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
Photo by Shannon Adams ’16
January 29, 2014
The Saint Joseph’s University Dance Team won the Universal Dance Association’s College Dance Team National Championships at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports, taking the title of the National Grand Champions in Division I Hip Hop. The Hawks also placed fifth in Division I Pom. “I was very excited and nervous at the same time, but I felt that our team was very prepared for what we were doing and ready to go claim our title,” said Vikira Pigford, ’16. The dance team performed their winning routine at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Rhode Island on Jan. 22. “[Performing at Michael J. Hagan Arena] felt great,” said Pigford. “The student body welcomed us. You could tell they were really proud of us. It felt great to come back as a winning team and to represent our school.” Photos courtesy Olivia Cvelicx’16