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Pay for the music Seniors no longer to receive free Spring Concert tickets ERIN RAFTERY ’15 News Editor



or the first time since 2008, seniors at Saint Joseph’s University must purchase tickets in order to attend the Spring Concert. This year, on April 23, the concert will feature Krewella, as well as Radical Something and Logic. Seniors will have to pay a set five dollar rate. The rest of the student body pays on a three-tier system; the first 500 students pay $12, and the second tier pays $15 through April 20. Lastly, the week of the show, starting Monday the 21st at midnight, students will have to pay $20 for their tickets. The Spring Concert Committee, which is funded by the Student Activity Fee, budgets around $80,000 for the talent each year, according to Stacey Sottung, assistant director for campus programs and adviser for the Spring Concert Committee. Sottung explained that they budgeted around the same amount of money for Krewella this year as they have for previous shows, but because of a change in budgeting practices at the university concerning student organizations, the committee felt the need to monitor how many tickets are sold and how much revenue is generated by the concert. Therefore, this year, the committee is requiring not only underclassmen, but also seniors, to purchase tickets to see Krewella. The budgeting change occurred midway through the fall 2013 semester. Student organizations lost large amounts of rollover money. Two of the biggest student organizations affected were the Spring Concert Committee, which lost $27,000, and the Student Union Board (SUB), which lost $56,000.

EVAN MCKERNON ’16 Hawk Staff

our hundred thousand dollars. That is what it cost to run Summer Scholars in 2013. With the recent financial crisis Saint Joseph’s University is facing, Summer Scholars is now one of the many programs that had to make sacrifices. Cuts in funding for the program would have resulted in fewer research positions, decreased incentives for professors to mentor, and less money to pay the students. However, Summer Scholars, once thought to be in danger, is now back on track. According to Michael McCann, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Summer Scholars, the universi-

ty provides Summer Scholars with a total of $164,000. $64,000 of that is given for positions in math and science. The rest of the program’s money comes from grants obtained by faculty or specific educational departments. Taking into account all of the professors and students who participate in Summer Scholars, the total cost to run the program in 2013 was $450,000. This means that each student received a stipend of $3,200, and each mentor received a small “thank you” grant of $550 – at this hefty price, the bill adds up quickly. Continued SUMMER SCHOLARS, pg. 3 Photos by Shannon Adams, ’16, photo editor

Continued SPRING CONCERT, pg. 3

CAPS in great demand on campus Increase in students using counseling services LEIGH ANNE TIFFANY ’15 Hawk Staff There has been a significant increase in students at Saint Joseph’s University with reported suicidal intentions, anxiety, and overall panic according to a self-study conducted by the university, which was done in preparation for the university’s re-accreditation review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The findings of the self-study reveal that “student clients…as a group, are showing increasing distress upon intake [into on-campus counseling services].” According to Greg Nicholls, Ph.D., director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) here at St. Joe’s, in the last

year there has been a 10 percent increase in use of the services CAPS provides. “By the end of the semester we will likely have seen approximately 550 students,” Nicholls said. According to Nicholls, this increase is consistent with the nationwide pressures of being a college student. “Leaving home for college presents social and academic challenges that are overwhelming,” Nicholls said. “More and more students are finding that they are unable to cope successfully.” According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students, accounting for 20 percent of deaths annually in 15 to 24-year-olds.

“It is a complex, multifaceted problem on all campuses that requires a collaborative approach,” said Beverly Cutler, Ph.D., associate director of CAPS. With the assistance of “gatekeeper” staff, including faculty, coaches, student life personnel, and others who are trained in detecting the warning signs of suicide, the CAPS psychologists are able to treat the potential risk factors of college student suicide, such as depression, sadness, and anxiety. Students seek the help of CAPS for a variety of reasons. For Andrew Russell, ’15, it was a referral by his Resident Assistant (RA) that brought him to CAPS. “Everything just started happening all at once,” Russell said. “My therapist at

CAPS was someone to talk to. We had no history, she didn’t know my background or who I was before we started meeting…it was a fresh start.” The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that out of all college students in the United States, 80 percent feel stress on a daily basis. For Russell, his stress stems from what comes after graduation. “I have to figure out what I’m doing about the future, where I’m going to go after St. Joe’s…it’s a lot of pressure.” Low self-confidence and pressure are what brought Erin Konigsdorffer, ’15, back to CAPS after she stopped going in her sophomore year. Continued CAPS, pg. 3

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Department of Public Safety Reports (Mar. 28-Apr. 3) March 28 Public Safety was notified in regards to a possible abduction near the area of 54th & Overbrook Avenue. Philadelphia Police were notified. Preliminary investigation revealed the abduction to be unfounded. It appeared to be two females, non Saint Joseph’s University students arguing. Public Safety was notified in regards to a student acting disorderly in LaFarge Residence Center. Public Safety Officers responded. Residence Life was notified. Public Safety was notified of a fire alarm inside of Pennbrook Apartments. Public Safety Officers responded. Preliminary investigation revealed a faulty smoke detector. Facilities Management was notified.

March 29 Public Safety was notified in regards to person(s) unknown damaging a wall inside of Moore Hall. Facilities Management was notified. Public Safety was notified by the Lower Merion Police in regards to the arrest of two St. Joe’s students for Public Intoxication. Residence Life was notified. Public Safety was notified by the Lower Merion Police in regards to the arrest of two St. Joe’s students for Public Intoxication. Residence Life was notified.

March 30 Public Safety was notified of a fight between two students in Rashford Hall. Public Safety officers responded. Residence Life was notified. Public Safety was notified of a fire alarm inside of a unit

in the Morris Quad Townhouses. Public Safety Officers responded. Preliminary investigation revealed food left on the stove. Facilities Management was notified.

March 31

Public Safety was notified by a St. Joe’s student in regards to person(s) unknown removing his headphones that he left unattended on a table inside the Perch. Incident is under investigation. Public Safety was notified in regards to person(s) unknown writing graffiti in a first floor elevator inside of Ashwood Apartments. Facilities Management was notified. Public Safety was notified of a fire alarm inside Sullivan Hall. Public Safety Officers responded. Preliminary investigation revealed students cooking popcorn on the stove. Facilities Management was notified.

April 1 Public Safety was notified by a St. Joe’s student in regards to person(s) unknown removing his book bag from the Campion Student Center. Incident is under investigation.

April 2

Public Safety was notified of person(s) unknown throwing water balloons out of a window from Sourin Residence Center. Residence Life was notified. Public Safety was notified in regards to person(s) unknown damaging a fire exit sign inside of the LaFarge Residence Center. Facilities Management was notified. Public Safety was notified of a fire alarm inside of Pennbrook and Lancaster Court Weymouth Apartments.

Public Safety Officers responded. Preliminary investigation revealed students cooking on the stove. Property Management was notified. Public Safety was notified of a fire alarm inside Villiger Hall and Post Hall. Public Safety Officers responded. Preliminary investigation revealed work personnel activated the alarm. Facilities Management was notified.

April 3 Public Safety was notified by a St. Joe’s student in regards to person(s) unknown removing her coat, which she left unattended in a locker in the O’Pake Sports Complex. Incident is under investigation.



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Enrollment projections, reduced budget cause concerns for CAPS resources Continued CAPS, from pg. 1 “School is pretty stressful,” Konigsdorffer says. “I have high expectations for myself that extend to my personal relationships, too.” Konigsdorffer also explained that she likes the flexibility, in terms of scheduling appointments, CAPS provides as well as the unbiased perspective of the counselors. “Individual sessions turn into a way for me to reflect on myself,” Konigsdorffer revealed. “It can be very healthy to discuss your worries or troubles with someone who has their [CAPS] training…they’ll tell you the things you really need to hear.” The recent budget cuts and increased admittance rate for fall 2014 may be another source of anxiety for students. “It is the opposite of what they should be doing,” said Russell. “If you have more incoming students entering this environment of anxiety while also cutting the CAPS budget, something will have to give…some people will stop going if they feel it is not an essential part of their lives.” The biggest challenge for CAPS, however, is getting people in the door. “We know that approximately half of the students who are experiencing significant distress do not seek counseling,” Nicholls states. Russell said many of his friends do not know what CAPS is. “When I say CAPS to people, most don’t have a clue what I’m talking about or what going there truly means,” he said. “The people who go to CAPS or used to go are the ones that know what it is.” Konigsdorffer suggested a digital way to make people feel more comfortable reaching out to CAPS. “I think it might be easier for some students to make appointments if they could do it online instead of over the phone,” she said. “I remember being very nervous about that [making the first appointment].” “There is a saying that often ‘the most troubled…are the most reluctant,’” Nicholls said. “Even if that is just partially true, it means that extra efforts need to be made by friends, parents, faculty, and staff to persuade students who are suffering to seek help.” CAPS will continue to focus upon bringing in students and supporting them through the program amid low student turnout and increased budget cuts.

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Funding analyzed for Summer Scholars Continued SUMMER SCHOLARS, from pg. 1 The 2013 Summer Scholars program had 113 students participate; this year, a total of 92 students initially accepted offers to participate. This drop in the number of students in the program was one of the many repercussions of the financial crisis, which reduced the funding of Summer Scholars by $50,000. Recently, however, the Board of Trustees approved an additional $100,000 for the program which means that the 2014 Summer Scholars program can potentially have 108 people participate – but this does not include every student who was initially put on the waitlist. This is because some faculty who planned to mentor students are no longer able to do so, and therefore there will be applicants who are not able to participate. Joseph Collins, ’16, a biology major who applied for Summer Scholars and earned a spot for the second time, is working with Edwin Li, Ph.D., professor of biology. Collins’ project focuses on determining structural differences between a protein and its mutant. He is wholly supportive of the program, explaining, “You gain the team work aspect, you make friends with the faculty; again, just a lot of good practical use for the future.” However, Adam Acevedo, ’16, another biology major who applied for Summer Scholars, was informed that due to budget cuts, the amount of student allotted spots in the study of biology was reduced from five to two. “I felt like it prevented me from doing something that I’m passionate about. I felt like it prevented me from going further in my education because now I

have no plans for summer,” said Acevedo. This is the general feeling of some of the students who have been denied acceptance to the program for the same reason. Some students, however, do have the opportunity to volunteer their time over the summer to work with a professor, despite the fact that they will receive no reward. Eric Mongeau, ’15, a physics major, has completed one previous Summer Scholarship. This summer, however, he was offered a volunteer position. “Especially in the science community – I can only speak for the physics majors – laboratory experience is incredibly vital when applying to graduate schools or applying for a job. The summer scholars is incredibly important…especially because these opportunities give us an edge, because if we can get our name on a paper or just claim that we have one, or two, or three summers of research, that’s a big bump for jobs or advanced schooling,” said Mongeau. Many professors at St. Joe’s speak highly of Summer Scholars and desire that the program continue to give students research opportunities. Thomas Buckley, Ph.D., professor of German, said, “Quite honestly, I was impressed with the work the students were can be a big boost on their résumés that they spent a summer working on a project with a professor.” Despite initial concern that fewer students would be able to participate in Summer Scholars this summer, additional aid has been given to the program to sustain more students.

Seniors to pay $5 to attend Krewella Continued SPRING CONCERT, from pg. 1 “In a nutshell, the way that the university does accounting changed in the middle of last semester, and so when that change happened, the concert was under the impression that it had a lot more money than it actually had. So when that restructure happened, we lost access to a pretty good amount of money,” said Sottung. Regardless, Sottung remains confident that the revenue from the tickets will be enough to cover the cost of the concert. A few seniors, however, are not happy with the five dollar fee to attend the Spring Concert, which has been free for seniors for the last six years. “This whole year has had financial mishaps by the school, and I think that this one, for me at least, was the cherry on the cake in terms of kind of leaving with a poor taste in my mouth that they can’t really handle finances,” said Elaine James, ’14. Despite the frustration of some seniors, others understand the new change. “It’s a bummer that seniors no longer can attend the Spring Concert for free like previous classes have done...but I think five dollars is not bad at all for admission to a concert so I think I’m okay with it and everyone else probably will be too,” said Kevin Campbell, ’14. Sottung also does not think that the five dollar cost for seniors is going to lower their turnout rate. “Seniors are buying tons of tickets, so I don’t think that is going to be a deterrent. There’s Starbucks [items] that costs more than five dollars,” said Sottung. Chelsea Letts, ’14, co-chair for the Spring Concert

Committee, said, “I mean, five dollars isn’t really all that much for a concert...some people will probably not come, but I feel sad for them because they are going to miss out, so I hope they will come anyway.” However, James shared why she thinks the charge might be a deterrent. “Tuition costs are obscene here, it doesn’t matter if you have a scholarship, you are still paying a ton of money and little things like this adds up, I’m a poor college student as it is, and five dollars here, five dollars there – it adds up,” she said. Both Sottung and Letts went on to explain that the college concert market has become increasingly expensive, and for this reason, the new practice of charging seniors is necessary and will continue. Both Sottung and Letts also expressed an understanding of the feelings of seniors, but explained that after much debate, this cost measure was agreed upon as the way to deal with the committee’s financial situation. “Seniors are irritated, but change brings usually some irritation. The concert committee is doing our best to keep costs as inexpensive as possible because we know it’s a perk for seniors and we didn’t want to have to face a budget crunch either,” said Sottung. Both Sottung and Letts hope seniors still come out to see Krewella perform at the concert on April 23. “As a senior, I understand how frustrating that is. I wouldn’t be happy either,” said Letts. “But I’m hoping the rest of the seniors can understand and still come out. It’s going to be a great show.”

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Editorial Don’t let spring fever get the best of you 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 Joseph Cerrone ’14 FEATURES EDITOR Connie Lunanova ’16 Karen Funaro ’16 A&E EDITOR Caoimhe Nagle ’15 FASHION EDITOR Gillian Murphy ’14 FOOD EDITOR Amanda Murphy ’14 HEALTH EDITOR Gianna Melendez ’16 SPORTS EDITOR C.J. DeMille ’16 ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR Nate Vancil ’16 LAYOUT EDITOR Andrew Nguyen ’17 PHOTO EDITOR Shannon Adams ’16

While the warmer weather may allow us to indulge our youthful reveries of invincibility, we should also focus on our own wellbeing We’ve seen snow, freezing rain, frigid temperatures, and much more this winter on Hawk Hill. But after withstanding months of Mother Nature’s worst, spring has finally sprung. Despite the occasional April shower, the sun’s warm rays have arrived at Saint Joseph’s University just in time for the end of the semester. In addition to encouraging students to spend time outdoors and creating an incessant temptation to procrastinate, this time of year should also remind us to focus on something else: our wellbeing. Although the life of a college student can be hectic, we should be constantly mindful of how we treat ourselves. Our youthful reveries of invincibility may be appealing, but it is vital to keep in mind that misfortune can happen to anyone, and we should always be aware and alert. One of the most common ways in which college students often find themselves in danger is through irresponsible

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drinking. While everyone in the 21-club should be able to have a drink or two, it is important to always keep your drinking in moderation and avoid excessive consumption of alcohol. Drug use can also pose a risk to students, especially when it is the result of peer pressure. Remember that you never have to use illegal substances in order to go to a music festival or rave this spring, and it is always better to be safe than sorry. Alcohol and drugs are not the only threats to student health and wellbeing that may become more apparent this spring. Always be careful and conscious of your surroundings when walking along City Avenue or going for a run in a local neighborhood. When possible, take a friend any time you venture off campus and never go anywhere you feel uncomfortable. Whether you are on a jog or on your way home from a party, keep an eye on your friends and make sure your safety is a top priority. Nevertheless, be sure to have fun in the beautiful weather this spring. Spend afternoons doing homework outside of the Post Learning Commons or playing Frisbee on Sweeney Field. Take some time that would normally be spent watching television indoors to exercise outside or simply sit in the Barbelin quad and enjoy the spring on Hawk Hill. In the few moments that you are not overcome with spring fever, keep in mind that we have a month of classes left and there is still work to be done. Don’t neglect your studies or ruin your grades just for an afternoon in the sun. Fight procrastination as much as possible and tough out the last few papers and presentations you have left. Take time to enjoy the warmer weather that the end of the semester brings. At the same time, make sure that your own safety and wellbeing are priorities that you keep in mind. While you embrace the new season and all of the exciting opportunities it brings, don’t let spring fever get the best of you.

The art of conversation Learning to communicate in the age of technology KATHERINE GRYGO ’16 Hawk Staff

Summer Scholar funding increased Earlier this semester, many students were disappointed to learn that due to the university’s current financial sitation the budget for the Summer Scholars program had been cut. This change in funding meant that fewer students would be able to participate in the program this year as compared to previous years. Yet, after reconsidering the situation, funds will be restored to the program, allowing many who were placed on the waiting list to receive financial support for their scholarly research this summer.


Accepted Students Day a sign of what’s to come? If you where around campus this weekend, you surely saw the mob of admitted students who stormed Hawk Hill on Accepted Students Day. It was great to see the excitement of the students (and Hawk Hosts) who arrived on campus for the first time. But the long lines in the Campion Dining Hall and crowded pathways left many Hawks wondering whether this is a sign of what is to come when the university attempts to enroll approximately 1,500 freshmen next year. At this point, we’ll just have to wait and see.

One of my favorite things to do is sit down and listen to people speak. I love the way people articulate the inner workings of their minds. I love seeing how their eyes light up when they talk about something they’re passionate about, or watching the hand gestures that accompany a crazy tale from last Friday night. Listening and being listened to is one of life’s simple pleasures. But today there are so many things in our world that distract us from truly listening, the chief offender being technology. These days our phones are glued to our hands, and the minute they vibrate, we pounce on them to check and see who is texting, emailing, Facebooking, Tweeting, and Instagramming. We invest significant portions of our time and energy into glaring phone and computer screens, instead of putting our efforts into face-to-face contact. This turn to technology as our main source of communication negatively impacts our ability to sit down and talk with somebody in person. With this shift to technology as a major means of communication, we slowly lose our ability to be present in our conversations. We are distracted by the buzzing, beeping, and notifications that come from our phone. Imagine this: you are sitting, having dinner with your friends in Campion. On the table you have the gourmet meal Campion is serving up this evening, silverware, napkins, drinks, and of course – your phone. Even though you are surrounded by acquaintances and friends, and have a realm of possible conversation topics at your disposal, you and your friends are constantly checking your phones throughout the entirety of the meal. There are even moments during dinner where

nobody is talking, but instead everyone is focusing on their individual phone screen. This is a scene I have witnessed, and unfortunately have also been a part of, far too often. We need to stop hiding behind screens and keyboards and talk to one another face-to-face. We used to have girl’s nights where we would sit around with our best friends to talk about the week’s drama, but now we do our weekly gossip sessions through a group text. Before, we had to walk up to the cute girl in our history class and introduce ourselves, but now we send her a Facebook friend request. We used to have to call mom and tell her about our week, but now we can type up our day’s adventures in an email and send it off to her. Yes, technology makes communicating faster and super convenient. It’s nice to be able to send quick messages to our family and friends, but we cannot let it become our sole means of communication. The art of conversing and listening is an essential part of our lives. It is the way in which we learn how to gauge emotions from others, learn about social norms, and form interpersonal relationships. Our ability to have face-to-face conversations will gradually erode if we continue to hold the majority of our interactions over cell phones and the Internet. It’s time for us to put the phones down. Go out to dinner with your friends and make a “no phones” game by stacking all of your phones in the center. Whoever touches his or her phone first has to buy dessert. Instead of texting your best friend from back home, give her a call and talk to her over the phone. After your first technology-free dinner or phone call conversation, you will see how refreshing and liberating it is to not being hiding behind that bright, yet limiting screen.

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Registration frustration

Great expectations

Fixing the flaws in the system

NATE VANCIL ’16 Assistant Sports Editor

“Hard work pays off.” This inspirational quote is one that my parents instilled in me at a young age to motivate me to do my best work. I was taught that if I tried my hardest and put my best foot forward, I would be rewarded in life. If I put more time into a sport, I would improve my skill level. If I picked up a new instrument and continued practicing, I would get better and grow as a musician. And if I put more time into my schoolwork and studied harder, I would get into a better college and ultimately have a better career. This set of beliefs has held true for me my entire life. I firmly believe that hard work and determination are driving factors that should be present in every person’s life. But this principle seems to be completely absent from the class registration process at Saint Joseph’s University. Despite the academic standing of students, many continuously receive poor registration times for classes and housing, and there is nothing we can do about it. For me, the registration processes for both housing and classes seem completely ambiguous and vague. It seems as though I repeatedly receive selection times at the end of the term with no explanation as to how these times are assigned. Time after time, I miss out on St. Joe’s beloved teachers, most interesting classes, and most importantly, preferable class times so I am not forced to wake up for an 8 a.m. class every morning. On other campuses across the nation, the registration processes work in a completely different, yet well-defined manner. Each class year has a different selection day, just as we do on Hawk Hill, but instead of assigning each student a completely random time, they base the student’s picking times on their GPA. This seems like a logical and fair way to assign picking times for students. If you work harder and put more time and effort into your classes, you should be rewarded with a good selection time and be able to craft the schedule that you want because you earned it. Basing selection times on students’ GPA will also motivate students to work harder in order to get into the classes they want or learn from the teachers they admire. I understand that if a student has a bad semester or two it could hurt their GPA and possibly hinder them for the rest of their registration periods throughout their collegiate career. Everybody has a disappointing semester, and that is completely understandable. This is why my proposal is to base the registration time for students off of solely the preceding semester’s GPA. This will motivate students to work hard to increase their GPA so they can choose the classes they want, but also won’t discourage students who were plagued with one semester of bad grades their freshman year because their cumulative GPA might not be as high as they would like. The idea of basing students’ registration time for classes off of their previous semester’s GPA is something that I strongly believe will create a more fair and balanced system to distribute picking times. This will additionally motivate students to work harder to boost their GPAs, and will subsequently increase the work ethic throughout the entire campus. If students have something to work for rather than just attaining a higher academic average, like better class times or better housing options, then more people will believe in the inspirational quote that I put so much weight in when I was growing up – “Hard work pays off.”

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Keeping an eye on reality in your relationship A key aspect of any relationship is being on the same page as your significant other ... It can be extremely stressful if you both want different things, but even worse if there is no communication about these issues.” GREG FERRONI ’16 Hawk Staff

A key aspect of any relationship is being on the same page as your significant other. This can include wanting similar things out of the relationship – both in the short and long term – how much time you spend together, and the level of commitment you each want. It can be extremely stressful if you both want different things, but even worse if there is no communication about these issues. The most important part of starting to address any issue in a relationship is open communication. If there is no open, honest, and stress-less communication, you need to end the relationship. After a rapport of open communication has been established, it is then time to address the issues at hand. If your partner wants to move faster than you are comfortable with, do not compromise your integrity. I know it is cliché, but if your partner truly cares about you, then the relationship will move at a pace both of you are comfortable with, both physically and emotionally. Discuss the topic. State your case and just communicate about it! It is unfair to yourself and your significant other to refuse to speak about an issue that affects both of you so greatly. Though this topic may be scary to broach because many people may consider it grounds to end a relationship, it is for this same reason that being open about it is so imperative. If your partner is moving slower than you wish, you may also have grounds to end the relationship. It is better to end it on good terms than to ruin someone’s life by moving too fast. There are plenty of people who want to move as fast as you want to – it just isn’t this person. Another conflict that may bring up controversy in a relationship is the level of commitment you are both seeking. Again, communication and action are both key. I am not an advocate for ending things without a reason and without first having communication about it. That, in my eyes, is just immature. So first, as mentioned before, talk about the issues. State the level of commitment you are looking for, whether you want to be in a relationship, friends with benefits, or remain single. Then, if the person wants more or less commitment than you do, assess your individual needs and consider attempting to reach a compromise. If you are OK with the level of commitment they want, then why not? But if you are not OK with it, you know what to do. No one deserves to be with someone who does not reciprocate his or her feelings. If you stay in a situation like this for too long, you may not have an official title, but emotional attachment will certainly grow. Then, when the person who does not feel as committed as you do decides to end the “relationship,” it will be as emotionally difficult as a breakup. I would advise to avoid this whole conundrum and look for someone who values you enough to date you. One final issue that may cause a rift in your relationship is if your significant other is more possessive or intrusive than you feel comfortable with. There are various possible explanations for this behavior. It may be in their nature: your partner might be insecure about him or herself. Or, he or she may not see a problem with their level of intrusion. They may even be fine with you reciprocating it, too. If that’s the case, it can be tough to find a middle ground, but communication is the only way to attempt to reconcile this issue. Additionally, your partner may be possessive or intrusive if they do not trust you. This, again, may be in their nature or because you have given them a reason not to trust you. If it is their nature to be distrustful, then maybe it is best to end things on the best note possible. If your partner’s possessiveness feels dangerous or abusive, it is time to find a way out. If you have given your partner a reason not to trust you, and you want to work to gain their trust back, it is essential to start off with an apology. You must also vow not to allow whatever it was that happened to occur again. This may be difficult, but it must be done to build trust. You must also accept that your partner may still be intruding after the apology. This is natural; allow them to see that you have ended the action. This will greatly help to rebuild trust and will give your partner reasons to not be as intrusive. Over time, you may be able to earn the trust of your partner once again. Having problems is completely natural in a mature relationship; what many should realize is that working through these problems by utilizing communication is just as normal and important. Whatever the issue may be, a healthy relationship is wholly dependent upon honest, open communication. So don’t let things build up to an intolerable level; just talk about it.

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Meet the Final Four

Who will win it all? Vote #TopProfSJU

Connie Lunanuova ’16 Features Editor

Karen funaro ’16 Features Editor

Connie Lunanuova ’16 Features Editor

Brian Forster, Ph.D., has served as the lab coordinator for the GEP natural science laboratory sections for the past two years at Saint Joseph’s University. The appreciation Forster has earned from his students is reciprocal. It is this evidence of effort and dedication in regards to education that contributed to Forster’s decision to teach at St. Joe’s. “I believed when I accepted the position – and still do today – that St. Joe’s is a place where I can continue to learn,” said Forster. When asked why he felt he should advance within the Top Prof tournament, Forster replied, “The jokes I tell during class… okay, maybe not. Let me first say, I am honored that I was considered. I hope that I move forward and earn the title because of the way I approach this profession. When I teach, I try to make concepts understandable and relatable to everyday life and show that I am excited about them, too! I try to think back to when I was a student sitting in science class. What did I want my teacher to tell me?” It is for this reason, as well as his jokes, that he is a great candidate for the Top Prof at St. Joe’s.

Susan Liebell, Ph.D., has been a professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University for the past 10 years. She teaches a multitude of courses, such as a freshman seminar on student liberties, a class on law and social change, as well as facilitates the Philadelphia Area Internship Program. When asked what her favorite part about being a professor was, she was quick to talk about her students, all while donning a huge smile. “The students are my favorite part. They’re really engaging, and especially the freshmen are a lot of fun to do things with, such as a moot court. I enjoy that the most - those kind of experiential learning things.” Her ability to assist her students in furthering their interests and developing career paths is what Liebell enjoys most about teaching here at St. Joe’s. “In the internship program, I have just been so excited to help people with their resumes. And then they get internships, and then they get jobs, and then they give [other] Hawks the jobs that they leave, and that’s been really exciting,” said Liebell. It is clear that Liebell loves the sense of community that derives from St. Joe’s and is proud to be a teacher here, helping Hawks fulfill their dreams.

“Nothing matches Hawk Hill!” These words, said by Richard George, Ph.D., professor of food marketing, underscore George’s long-term dedication as a teacher at Saint Joseph’s University. George, who earned his undergraduate degree at St. Joe’s in 1967 and served as student body president, then went on to receive his MBA at Harvard University, returned to St. Joe’s after being asked to teach as an adjunct. He has since stayed at Hawk Hill for 40 years, or, as he put it, “When did we discover electricity? That’s how long I’ve been here.” George has taught a number of classes within the food marketing department of the Haub School of Business, including food marketing strategy, foodservice marketing, and a course on transition, which he described as, “a course I started a number of years ago for seniors transitioning into the work world. We’ve had a financial planner come in, as well as a life coach. I think the students have found it to be very helpful.” His work as an undergrad, coupled with his years teaching as a professor, has allowed George to develop a 53 year relationship with the university. “My role [as a teacher] is simple: help these young men and women become very successful. And they pay me to do it!”


Denise sciasci ’15 Hawk Staff

William McDevitt, J.D., business law professor at Saint Joseph’s University, is honored honored to have been teaching at St. Joe’s since 1987, when he started as an adjunct professor. Due to his long-standing stay at St. Joe’s, McDevitt has become an asset to the St. Joe’s community. Because of the years he has spent teaching at Hawk Hill, McDevitt has had the opportunity to interact with several students and has enjoyed helping them get closer to acheiving their career goals. Now, McDevitt teaches six classes at St. Joe’s: three undergraduate and three graduate classes. His favorite class to teach is his Introduction to Law honors course, because it is the most interactive. This class involves real life mock trials, special judge appearances, and more. McDevitt is on the run most of his days here at St. Joe’s, as he is on the board of Academic Honesty in addition to teaching classes. Despite McDevitt’s laid-back demeanor, he does have a competitive side when it comes to the Top Prof competition. He says, “I’ll leave it to the students to decide who advances. But, as a graduate of Notre Dame, I must admit, I have quite a competitive attitude.”





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The Hawk had the pleasure of speaking with one of Saint Joseph’s University’s most involved and enthusiastic Hawks. A third year orientation leader, Hawk Host, president of the City Belles a capella group, APEX leader, and member of the executive board of the SJU Theater Company, Ange Rocco is a name heard far and wide on campus. She shared with us her love of skorts, Barbelin Instagrams, and Mr. Kyle Davidson, ’16, saying, “I adore Kyle. Kyle Davidson is perfect. I love him.” Connie Lunanuovo ’16 Features Editor School uniforms– “I would say underrated for convenience reasons. Here’s the thing, I wore a uniform from kindergarten through 12th grade. Yeah, they were a pain, and yeah, I would’ve liked to have selected my own clothes, but the thing is, I’m realizing more and more as I become closer to being a real person, a real adult – who has to, you know, pick my own clothes and look presentable every day – that it was really nice to throw on a polo every day, throw on my skirt, throw on some tights, and get on with my day knowing that I looked presentable and didn’t need to worry.” Beauty pageants– “See, I gotta admit, I’m a fan of Toddlers and Tiaras – funny show. I would say because of recent events, one of my best friends and former roommates, Rachel Reese, just competed in the Miss Philly pageant…I think she got third or fourth in that, and she actually won, I think, Miss Southeastern Pennsylvania, but just seeing her Facebook pictures and seeing her being able to do something that she loves has been pretty cool. So I would say underrated, because I’ve made a couple of friends here who are really passionate about it and it’s been really cool to watch them get back into that.” Camping– “Hmm, unfortunately I would have to say overrated. I would like to think that I am a very low maintenance person, but it’s kind of like pitching a tent and just being in the middle of the woods with just a tent kind of scares me.” Fake eyelashes– “Overrated. And this is, like, a purely selfish reason just because I don’t know how to apply them. I’ve been involved in theater my entire life, and I’ve been surrounded by people who flawlessly applied them, and if I knew how to use them, I totally would. Overrated, because I am totally inept at using them. It would take me an hour. There’s nothing that a good mascara can’t do for your lashes.” Flying kites– “I’m really bad at flying kites. I would say overrated because without fail, my kite would always fall. Maybe I just need better kite flying techniques.” Skorts– “Ooh! One discrepancy: can the shorts be seen in the back, or are they totally hidden? [Totally hidden] Oh my gosh, underrated. Underrated. For most of my high school career, I wore shorts underneath my skirt. Super convenient. The shorts shouldn’t be seen, and they can be super comfy. I’m always running around from place to place, and on days when I want to look nice or I just want to wear a skirt, it would be really convenient to just have shorts underneath that no one could see. So, yeah, underrated – as long as the shorts are hidden.” Barbelin Instagrams– “Oh my gosh, underrated. Why not? I always chuckle whenever I see them, but our school’s so beautiful, and the cheesy Barbelin Instagrams are something that after I graduate next year, I’m going to look back and be like, ‘You lucky people that are Instagramming Barbelin right now; you get to see it every day.’” Ice cream trucks– “Overrated. They never stopped by my house when I was little, until we moved and I was like 10 or 12. You know what I mean, like then I wasn’t chasing the ice cream truck. But we embraced it, we got like ice cream every day in the summer, but when I was like at prime ice cream truck age, there was none on my street. It was really sad.” Beanies– “Ooh! Okay, I am on the desperate search to become a hat person, but overrated, I feel like I’m trying too hard every time I try to rock one. [On guys wearing beanies] It depends if he is a hat person. Some people can pull it off. I feel like a lot of people have to wear hats to cover up a bad hair day, but I feel like I have to plan my hair in order to wear a hat. And mine fall off. I’ve lost many a beanie in my day.” Hula hoops– “Underrated. I haven’t hula-hooped in the longest time, I actually thought about bringing one to my dorm freshman year. I danced forever, like my whole life, and we don’t really have a dance program here besides the dance team, which I’m not involved in. So I was like, ‘Okay, how can I exercise?’ and an idea that popped into my head was to bring a hula hoop. It never happened, but it was a thought, so underrated.” Kyle Davidson– “Oh my Lord, well, so, so underrated. It is a travesty that we were not friends before the Appalachian Experience. I was blessed and honored to have him in my group.”

This/That: Rollerblading/Ice skating– “Ice skating. I’ve actually never been ice skating at Penn’s Landing, I’m hoping to do that next year, but I love Philly in the winter and that’s just been on my St. Joe’s bucket list, so hopefully I’ll be able to do that next year.” Iced tea/Lemonade– “That is a really hard one. I would have to say iced tea. Actually over the summer, I worked for the owner of Arizona Iced Tea and he makes lemonade, too, but iced tea has kind of been a staple for the past few summers for me.” Senior year of high school/Senior year of college– “Ah, senior year of college. I don’t know, even though you have so much to look forward to for both years, like senior year of high school you have college to look forward to, so I’m kind of jealous of my high school self in that sense. Senior year of college I am in no rush to get to, but I am excited to experience a senior year where I just know who I am that much more and I’ve had three more years of life under my belt. It’s going to be fun.” Icing/Cake– “I would say the icing. It’s sweet.” Chocolate milk/Strawberry milk– “Chocolate milk for sure, for sure. I’m obsessed with the fact that we have it in Campion. I don’t get it nearly as often as I should, but it’s there if I want it.” Left Twix/Right Twix– “Ooh! Left Twix, I gotta represent for the lefties. I’m not a lefty, but my little sister is, and she’s my best friend, so I’m all about making the world a little more lefty-friendly – so left Twix.”

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April 9, 2014

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14th USS Election Platforms STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT Claire Tedesco

My name is Claire Tedesco and I am a rising senior here at Saint Joseph’s University. It is my distinct honor to be running for Student Body President. As controversy towards the enrollment plan arose, my running partner, Anthony Parascondola and I have met with President Father Gillespie to discuss these issues and listen to plans about moving forward. Now that we have called for more transparency and more communication between Administration, Faculty and Students, we want to make sure these changes are followed through. I could not be prouder to be a hawk and represent the student voice.


My fellow students, I hold it in the highest of regards that I’m able to come before you today in The Hawk as I seek election for student body vice president. As a current senate member, I have greatly contributed to the advancement of this fine and prestigious institution and have been fully committed to furthering its track of excellence. Recently though, the meaning of this “commitment to excellence” has been skewed and the masses’ pleas have fallen on deaf ears. You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. Get the change you deserve. Vote A.J. Cerra.

Anthony Parascondola

As a candidate for the position of Student Body Vice President, I am confident in myself and my running mate, Claire Tedesco, to lead the students’ voice for the upcoming school year. Throughout our experience on the USS, we have cohesively worked as a team to expand transparency around campus. From small requests such as the NY Times to large-scale issues concerning an increase in admissions, Claire and I have both worked with the administration to ensure the students’ voice is represented. With your vote, we will work diligently and efficiently to create the best experience on Hawk Hill.

TREASURER Nick Chingas

Hello SJU! I’m Nick Chingas - a rising Junior and a Finance-Economics double major. I have served on Senate for the past two years as both an Administrative and Executive Board member. With my experience and leadership in Senate, as well as my background in Finance, I believe that I would be the perfect fit to be your next Student Body Treasurer! My goals as Treasurer are to ensure that the SBAC’s funds are managed wisely, and that the upcoming review of the Student Activities Fee is fruitful and will not yield an increase in the amount charged to students.

Joseph Wutkowski

My name is Joseph Wutkowski and I am running to be your Student Body Treasurer and Chairman of the Student Budget Allocation Committee (SBAC). My experience includes serving one full year already on the SBAC, which is the organization on campus that provides funding to all the clubs that you and I belong to. My plans are simple. First, maximize funding for all clubs on campus. Second, I want to change the way Greek Life on campus is funded by implementing their own school budget. Make your vote count, Vote Joseph Wutkowski for Treasurer.

CLASS OF 2015 SENATORS Ryan Bucciarelli

My name is Ryan Bucciarelli and I am a rising senior at SJU. If re-elected as a Senator, I would like to continue to represent the student body proactively. With my past experience as high school class president as well as serving on the University Student Senate for the past three years, I will continue to listen to concerns and suggestions of the student body, attempting to implement these ideas to improve the SJU campus as a whole. I also hope to continue to keep students updated, and strengthen the ties between Senate and the students.

Nicholas Paolizzi

In my time at SJU, I have taken great pride in working for the improvement of our University. As your current Student Body President, I have worked diligently to ensure that the students voice is heard by administration and the Board of Trustees. I have overseen the completion of many initiatives such as, the Translōc Shuttle Tracking System and Library Charger Rental Program, to name a few. Next year I would like to continue to strengthen the community among student organizations and Greek community. It would be my pleasure to serve you as a Senator for the Class of 2015.

Dennis Corpora Jr.

Hi, My name is Dennis Corpora and I am campaigning to serve on the University Student Senate as a Senator for the Class of 2015. This past year, I was an active member of the USS as a Senator, Chairman of the Facilities Committee and Student Budget Advisory Committee member. The most rewarding experience I have had as a Senator is the success of the Library Charger Initiative I spearheaded allowing students to sign out various electronic device chargers at the library’s front desk. I look forward to implementing additional successful initiatives before I graduate.

Jonathan Jenkins

My name is Jonathan Jenkins and I am currently a rising Senior Finance and Economics double major. If elected to Student Senate, I will listen to the interests of my fellow students and voice their concerns. With my leadership experience in the Finance Society, I can help the entire student body with whatever dilemmas may arise in the coming year. Listening to the student body and getting their opinions and ideas across is the most important thing that a Student Senator can do, and will be my main goal throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

Brian Lafferty

Fellow Hawks! My name is Brian Lafferty and as a rising senior I am running for Senator for the class of 2105. I have been on the USS for the past two years and served as your Student Body Vice President this year. Spirit and passion are two of my favorite things about SJU and I want to continue moving SJU forward, serving the best interests of every student by embodying these values!

Jasmin Martin

Study Body, my name is Jasmin Martin. I am a junior Chemical Biology major with Health Care Ethics and Behavioral Neuroscience minors. Although my academics seem overwhelming, I want to be present and a representative for you. I was a Senator for the 13th USS last year and want to continue making improvements on campus. Being Senator, I will focus my attention to the food options in Campion and make accommodations for those who have food allergies. Also, I want to target the housing conditions/limited space, and make registration easier. Vote for Jasmin Martin and change will happen. Thank you.

Michael Mazzeo

Hello everyone I am Michael Mazzeo. I am currently a junior Biology major and have been reselected as the Head Resident Assistant of Villiger Hall next year. I have been on the University Student Senate since the beginning of my Freshmen year. Right now, I hold the position of Secretary of Student Affairs for the USS and I have been working closely with the office of facilities, dining, and public safety. If re-elected, I will continue to act as an active voice for the student body and spark new initiatives that will be beneficial for the entire student body.

Marco Orellana

I believe our school is currently in a place that requires transparency between the Senate and student body. I also believe the student body desires more involvement within major decisions and overall activity of the Senate. If I were a senator for the 2015 class I would provide transparency by keeping school organizations up to date with Senate activity. I also believe the class of 2015, as well as the student body would benefit from more long-term goals within Senate. This Senate will continue to create yearlong action plans for large problems within the University while providing transparency for the students.

CLASS OF 2016 SENATORS Elizabeth Bloom

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Bloom. I am a chemical biology major and a math minor. Saint Joseph’s University is my home away from Charlotte, NC. I want to be on the 2014 university senate to help bridge the gap between administration and the student body. As a senator for the class of 2016, I would work to circulate housing information for both on and off campus options, initiate events between potential employers and prospective students, and I hope to work with students and administration about the increase in class of 2018.

Benjamin Chapman

Hello All! My name is Benjamin Chapman and I am a sophomore. I have a major is Communications and a double minor in Psychology and Entertainment Marketing. During my time on the 13th University Student Senate I worked as the Public Relations Chair and managed all the

social media platforms for the USS and updated our bulletin board. If re-elected, I would love the opportunity to serve as the Secretary of Communications and continue to increase Senate’s presence on campus. On another note, I would like to bring more water bottle filling stations on campus. Thank you for your consideration!

Nick Gianfrancesco

Hello fellow Hawks, my name is Nick Gianfrancesco from Colts Neck, New Jersey. I am a rising junior marketing major and finance minor. As a Senator for the class of 2016, I would like to enhance the communication and connection of administration with students. Additionally, I would like to continue our efforts on creating a more ecofriendly campus. My passion, dedication and motivation will achieve successful results. Vote Nick Gianfrancesco, the best hawk of the hill.

Kathy McGee

My name is Kathy McGee and I am running to be a senator for the Class of 2016. I have served on USS for two years - one as senator and one as Secretary of Academic Affairs. It has been an awesome way to be active in the inner workings of our institution. I am a member of the Orientation Team, an RA in Lafarge, a member of Hawkapella, and involved in community service activities such as APEX, Community Day, and Collegiate Challenge. Please elect me to continue to represent the Class of 2016 – The Hawk Will Never Die!

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14th USS Election Platforms CLASS OF 2016 SENATORS


Gina Spinelli

Gage Huber


Hello, my name is Gina Spinelli. I am a rising junior from West Chester, Pennsylvania. I have enjoyed the privilege of serving the class of 2016 on Senate for the past two years. As the public safety chair, I have worked on improving the shuttle system and Public Safety vans. I also work with Drirector Gallagher to make the campus a safer place. I want to continue to bring your concerns to the forefront, making SJU better for us all. I’ll be your voice, vote Gina!

Mike Rocchi

My name is Mike Rocchi, and I am a second year student here at Saint Joseph’s University. As a current Senator I can promise you the representation you need. If you have any concerns, I’ll listen. If you have any suggestions, we’ll work to get it done together. If you need to have your voice heard, I will be your guy. The 13th USS has brought amazing things to the University, and I can promise you we’re just getting started.

Annalisa Szymanski

Hello, I’m Annalisa Szymanski. It’s with tremendous love for SJU that I run for class Senator. Having held Campus Ministry and Green Fund Liaison positions in the USS this past year, I will continue to work hard to promote representation from more organizations on campus. As SJU expands in size, communications among the student body will need to be further increased, so I promise to continue to keep you informed through means like SJUin2. Keep me as your advocate so that together we can continue to spread Hawk pride and bring our campus to even greater heights! Vote Annalisa Szymanski.


My name is Peter Born and I would like to be your next representative in the SJU Student Senate! If elected, I will focus on fixing problems that everyday people like you and I face. Life at SJU is practically paradise, but with me at the helm, you can bet that I will make it that much better. Simple things, such as the creation of a app, later breakfast hours in Campion, and a two strike policy for losing you’re swipe/key are all things I plan to fight for if you empower me to become an SJU student senator.

Imani Briscoe

Imani (n.) faith; belief | Nia (n.) purpose My name is Imani Nia Briscoe and I believe that all things are possible through faith, hard work and dedication. I have the faith that I am the right candidate for student senate because my purpose is to be of service to the SJU community. I will bring a strong work ethic to the student senate and ensure that our class has a voice. Let me be of service to you and the SJU community by nominating me as SJU Class of 2017 Senator.

Kyle Chalmers

Hello Class of 2017, my name is Kyle Chalmers and I am running for reelection to Student Senate. As your current Senator, I’ve constantly been involved representing you and your interests. This year my focus is on three issues: the Honors Program, Jesuit Integrity, and Speaking Up for 2017. I’ll critically reevaluate our Honors Program; to maintain the academic integrity of SJU. As a student-athlete, I’ll analyze the potential for our athletic programs to become fair-trade driven. I’ll represent your interests and vote accordingly regarding the enrollment and finance issues of our university. Thank you and vote Chalmers!

Kyle Fischer

My name is Kyle Fischer, and I am majoring in Business Intelligence. I plan to pursue a career in IT. As a freshman, I am involved in Chapel Choir, Hand-in-Hand, and attended the Ignite Retreat. I want to further my involvement by running for Student Senate. I am very dedicated to SJU and would like to enhance my commitment by being a devoted advocate for the students. I will go directly to authorities on your behalf. You can count on me to be a full-time representative for your needs and concerns. I believe that together we can make a difference.


Hello SJU, my name is Gage Huber and I would like to continue to represent the class of 2017. First and foremost, I want to provide a leading voice for the students as the University goes through these times of change. I hope to reevaluate Jesuit Appreciation Day and restructure it to better incorporate multiple organizations on campus. I would also like to work with both Senate and other organizations to assist in the construction of the Grotto behind the chapel that is under Father Lally’s direction. Please allow me to continue to serve the class of 2017.

Patrick Kennedy

Hello, SJU Class of 2017! I am ready to take on the wonderful role of your class senator once again! As a senator, I know what it is to be a leader of an excellent collegiate institution. I helped passed the phone charger station initiative throughout campus, as well as the resolution against the raised acceptance rate. I have on-hand experience with using people’s opinions to help create change. With your vote, I will make sure that improvement is in your midst!

Liz Knezetic

Hawks, my name is Liz Knezetic and I would like to continue to serve the Class of 2017 and this great university! I seek to truly represent the needs of the student body. The current Senate must be better represented and better valued as a powerful voice within this community and in turn, used to make effective changes. I desire stronger representation, better communication, and positive changes. SJU Administration must recognize USS as an essential part of change as we move forward together. My platform is simple: Be a better representation of students that will make the SJU community proud.

Anna McCarthy

I’m Anna McCarthy and I’m running for reelection for Class of 2017 Senator. I have been working on numerous initiatives this past year in hopes of adding to your everyday life on Hawk Hill. Next semester, I hope to continue past initiatives such as making more chargers available in the library and implementing more reusable water bottle stations. I have hopes that SJUinTwo will continue to inform students about all the weekly activities going on throughout campus. This coming school year I hope to create transparent communication so that students are aware of all the decisions that are being made that may affect their experience at SJU.

Connor Norton

Looking back upon a year riddled with confusion and strife due to a social disconnect between University administrators and the student body, my top priority as a Student Senate elect would be to better the communication between us, the students, and the decision makers of Saint Joseph’s. Luckily, I am highly organized, approachable, and open to new ideas. In high school, I held leadership positions in the National Honor Society and Student Council, so I am experienced in working with school staff. Some of my pastimes include running, doodling in class, and eating Cinnabon cereal at Campion.

Luigi Nunez

I am Luigi Nuñez, an upcoming sophomore for the school year 2014-2015, Math and Computer Science double major. After undergrad, I aspire to spend a year doing service and two more after working abroad. This past school year, I was blessed to participate in the Winter Immersion Program and APEX, hold a Senator Position, work as Co-

Chair of Battle of the Bands for Hawk-A-Palooza, and accept the positions of Hawk Host and iSJU intern. My goal as Senator is to improve the connection between students, faculty and administration and implement more initiatives to increase safety around campus.

Timmy Parks

I wish to bring my talents to the Saint Joseph’s University Student Senate for the 2014-2015 school year, because I have a desire to make this university the absolute best that it could be. I believe I am a good candidate because I am very passionate, hard-working, and enthusiastic. I am involved in a variety of activities and believe that I am a very personable individual with good networking skills who would be able to reach and represent the interests of my fellow SJU students.

Jacqueline Pignataro

My name is Jacqueline Pignataro and I am a rising sophomore Food Marketing major with Leadership, Ethics & Organizational Sustainability as my secondary major. Knowing that more students desire to come here is great! We welcome these new hawklings with open arms. However, we must evaluate our situation. I know a handful of students experienced difficulties in housing selection. Is this just the start? It is essential to accommodate the incoming freshmen but also our current students. My platform for action is to ensure our utilities and facilities on campus are fully available to all students part of our community.

Erica Perrone

Hello, my name is Erica Perrone, and as a member of the SJU Student Senate, my significant effort will be to motivate others in bringing the best to campus for the student body. Saint Joseph’s University is a campus full of opportunities and I will enjoy offering my contributions to you and to this vibrant community. I have the pleasure of currently working with the USS as Executive Assistant; and I am eager to help further the plans and initiatives set in motion for all of you. As a USS member, I will continue to promote my “Hawk Pride” and to work towards the common good for everyone. Thank you for your support. THWND!

Natalie Roche

Hi Hawks! My name is Natalie Roche and I am asking you to reelect me to serve as a senator for the class of 2017. I work closely with my fellow senators on issues such as raising the admission rate, as well as positive resolutions that led to buses attending the men’s basketball game in Buffalo. I also spoke with some of our peers on what they would like to see in the current Starbucks when it moves into Cosi. When I am reelected, I plan on working with public safety to provide a van for those athletes with early morning practices that live far away from campus. I also will look into Campion Hours as well as Health Center improvements. THWND!

Francesca Simms

My name is Francesca Simms and I am running for Student Senate for the 2014 school year. I am a hardworking and friendly person who genuinely cares about the well being of the student body along with our institution, and I would be honored to formally represent you. This past year I have gotten to know a lot of you and feel as though I am capable in helping facilitate the action of your ideas and concerns with ease. If elected, I look forward to advocating change in Campion along with awareness for the resources we have on campus already.

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HAWK HILL HOROSCOPES Aries (March 21 to April 19) Things are not the way they used to be, Aries, and it’s time that you start to accept this rather than dwell on the past. Although you are not too fond of change, it’s possible to adjust as long as you put in some effort. Besides, you never know what good might come from this new change. Try your hardest to take it all in and enjoy it!

remember that. When you meet someone new, don’t judge the person by his or her appearance or write them off immediately. Give them a chance; you’d be surprised how wrong you were about them.

Taurus (April 20 to May 20) Although the month of April brings a lot of rain, that doesn’t mean it has to rain on your life, Taurus. Whenever you are feeling down, remember all the good things that you have going for you, as well as all the people who love you. If you take each day by storm and go into it with the utmost optimism, you can’t go wrong.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) It’s time that you begin to trust those around you more. Although you have never been the type to confide in others, things that have been happening in your life are becoming overwhelming. If you continue to keep your feelings to yourself, they will build up inside and until they ultimately explode. This can easily be prevented as long as you reach out to someone and share your thoughts. You would be surprised how trustworthy people can be and how a good venting session can make you feel infinitely better.

Gemini (May 21 to June 21) With Uranus crossing your path, it’s time to get motivated. If you set a goal to go to the gym every day, it’s important – especially now with the way the cosmos are aligned – that you start to work towards your goals before it becomes too late. If you don’t work hard right now, you won’t ever be fully be satisfied. So get out there and start pushing! You can do it.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) A bright financial opportunity is in your future, Sagittarius, as long as you don’t blow it. Start paying close attention to everything you do when it comes to work. One wrong move could take this opportunity away. Although it’s critical that you are attentive and remain focused, don’t get stressed out. Stay calm at all times, and as long as you work hard, opportunity will come to you.

Cancer (June 22 to July 22) “They never said that it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it.” This quote is very relevant to your life right now, Cancer. Perhaps school has been especially difficult or your job is causing you grief. Remember never to give up, especially when things get hardest. As long as you give it your all, the results you see will make you happy that you tried so hard.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) This is your week, Capricorn, to go out and stand up for what you believe in. There has been something going on that you don’t like, but you have been too afraid to speak your mind. It’s time to swallow that fear and let your voice be heard. The only way to put an end to this is by speaking up. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and fight for what you feel is right!

Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22) Listen to your heart, Leo. Venus is approaching, and as you know, that means love is in your path. Perhaps you are interested in someone that your friends don’t find attractive, and their judgment is effecting your decision. Remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it’s not always about looks. If you can tune out what your friends think and focus on what your heart is telling you, you will be moving in the right direction.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Are you tired of the same routine over and over again? The answer is probably ‘Yes.’ It’s time to put a little spice into your life and become a go-getter for what you want. Be ambitious and set high goals. If you like that girl, count to three and ask her out. If you want that bikini body, get on a treadmill and begin to work towards it. If you want that promotion, prove to your boss that you deserve it. It’s your time, Aquarius, and as long as you put forth the effort, things will go your way!

Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) It’s important, Virgo, that you do not let one bad situation affect everything you do. Perhaps a bad relationship is turning you off completely from the dating world or one bad grade on a test is causing you to hate school. Just because something didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to doesn’t mean it will be like this forever. Remember, when something bad happens, just keep going and don’t let it get to you. The past is in the past; it’s time to move forward. Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Things are not always as they seem, Libra. Although it is in your nature to judge people rather quickly, you should try your hardest to rid yourself of this habit. You don’t know what people are going through until you get to know them, and it’s important that you

Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20) You have been rather stressed out, Pisces. Maybe you had a lot of homework to do and tests to study for, or maybe the people you work for haven’t been the nicest. Luckily for you, Pisces, this is all about to turn around. You have been giving everything your all and it is time to be rewarded. Look out for good things to come your way; you deserve it.

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Spring/summer 2014:

Men’s accessories report

Color and print are king JAMES SANDERS ’14 Special to the Hawk With the worst of the cold weather finally behind us, the world of fashion is welcoming the spring and summer seasons with all new accessories. Men have more options than ever before. Let your practical style guide you when shopping, but don’t be afraid to experiment with colors and prints. Watches: Not every watch has to drip with diamonds and platinum settings to stand out. Sometimes, the practical watch can be the most stylish. This season, opt for a basic and sporty banded watch. The multi-functional sports watch is going to be king this season with its improved convenience and construction. When going out with friends or playing sports, the best watches will be the ones that can transition from day to night looks. TIP: To score the perfect watch, look to stores with both dressy and casual menswear. They’ll have the best selection of watches because they carry both types of clothing. Shoes: The boat shoe is always the go-to choice of footwear for the spring and summer seasons. This year will be no different. But instead of basic colors, experiment with prints and vibrant colors. The biggest concern when considering brighter colors is finding clothing to pair with the shoes; however, this doesn’t have to be a problem. To make bright colors work for you, try to go with basic, more muted attire when sporting colorful accessories. It’s hard to pull off printed accessories with printed clothing, but it isn’t impossible. If that’s too advanced, go with understated clothing and let the shoes finish the look. TIP: Urban Outfitters is a trusted favorite because they create edgy fashion that is more accessible than most. Nordstroms also has an impressive line of boat shoes, as well as J. Crew. Check out for high and low- end options.

Ties: “Mad Men” has had a consistent influence on menswear since its premiere. In terms of accessories, Donald Draper and Roger Sterling are two of the best in execution. If ties are your thing, the skinny 1960s cut is the best option. This spring and summer, color should be a priority. Color and print will be great for the slim tie and can add personality to a boring internship look. Because the tie is skinny, a loud print won’t be as overpowering as it would on a regular sized tie – a compromise that will give you edginess without much risk. TIP: Check Banana Republic to adopt this trend. The brand has a collection designed and curated by the costume designers of “Mad Men.” Also, check department stores, as they are generally on-trend each season and are sure to be stocked with skinny ties. Shades: This season, channel your inner “American Hustle” with oversized aviators and retro haircuts. Individuality is going to get you noticed. Retro is in, and sunglasses are always a good way to bring some vintage inspiration to your wardrobe. TIP: Check out thrift stores and consignment shops. Good glasses can be purchased anywhere as long as they fit your needs. Don’t rule any store out!

James R. Sanders is a celebrity stylist and fashion journalist. His editorial work has appeared in, The Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine, and his celebrity styling clients include members of the cast from ABC’s “Scandal,” and Natalie Hall from the CW’s new show, “Scar-Crossed.” He is also a graduate Writing Studies student at Saint Joseph’s University. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @JamesRSanders and

Rain, rain, go away

Trusty rain gear to weather the springtime showers MARY MARGARET EWENS ’17 Hawk Staff

“April showers bring May flowers.” While most people dread the thought of drizzle and rain interfering with their springtime plans, the thought of wearing an adorable raincoat, trusty rain boots, and carrying a cute umbrella to pull it all together can turn the bothersome rain an opportunity for springtime fashion. Choosing the ideal raincoat and rain boot depends on three important factors. First is making sure to get adequate “bang for your buck” – in other words, does the price seem reasonable in relation to the number of times you will actually wear the boots? Are you willing to spend more for boots that you will wear for years to come? Second, the most important factor, in my opinion, is durability; does the product have the ability to last during a torrential downpour and years of wear, all while keeping you dry and comfortable? Lastly, the cuteness factor is always important. Having a durable pair of boots that are fashionable as well is enough to cheer anyone up on a rainy day! One of my favorite brands of rain boots originates from England; there, when it isn’t raining, it’s pouring. Hunter boots are made of 100 percent rubber and can be ordered in tall sizes, which hit right below the knee, or, if you’re looking for a shorter version that still does the job, you can opt for the medium Hunter boots, which hit a few inches below your calf. A third option is the mini version, which are ankle boots. These boots are excellent for keeping out the rain, and are comfortable enough to walk in all day without getting the blisters that often result from other rain boots. L.L. Bean is another trusty brand for rain boots. Their boots fulfill every single need for a rain boot, with an emphasis on the durable, long-lasting quality and reasonable prices. I personally have a pair of these, and absolutely love them. Not only are they rain boots, but they also perform extremely well in cold conditions in general, which make them a great buy. The steps to picking out the perfect rain slicker are the same as finding your ideal rain boot, but with more emphasis on the ability to stay dry. My personal favorite is the North Face raincoat, which is built to withstand everything from a torrential downpour to a light drizzle. A key aspect of this jacket is the fact that it has a built-in

hood, and is light enough for you to fold up easily and store in the bottom of your bag. Like Hunter boots, they come in an assortment of colors, which makes pairing them a fun and colorful task. My daily color pallet usually involves a lot of muted colors – blacks, browns, crèmes – you get the idea. But, for some odd reason, when the rain and clouds come out, I get the urge to wear bright colors and stand out amongst the crowd of black North Faces. I usually pair my yellow slicker with my L.L. Bean boots and a pair of Nike elite socks folded over the top. I’ll either wear a pair of leggings or a pair of jeans with a light sweater, since the weather is getting warmer. If you’re someone who isn’t all about color, you can pull off a black North Face raincoat with leggings and a pair of black Hunter boots; try to add a pop of color with a fun, red umbrella to break the monotony of an all-black outfit. If your style tends more towards the girly side of things, pair a white rain coat with a pair of pink or red rain boots. If you’re feeling like you want over-all color, try pairing a lavender raincoat with a pair of light blue rain boots and add a muted-colored umbrella. The last piece of the puzzle is choosing the umbrella to accessorize your wet-weather ensemble. Picking the perfect umbrella is like picking the perfect necklace. It has to be complementary to the outfit, yet not take away from the fabulousness of the outfit itself. In my opinion, J. Crew, Anthropologie, and Free People have the cutest printed umbrellas that come in a wide range of colors and patterns. If you’re willing to splurge, try Marc Jacobs or Burberry for a whimsical print or a classic, chic approach to an umbrella. The key to looking cute and staying dry at the same time relies on being able to pair the best rain coat with the most durable pair of boots. Whether you’re a natural born color-lover who loves to pair pinks with reds, or if you’re a person who tends more towards the muted, solid colors like blacks and whites, you can find a look that expresses your personality and keeps you dry from those springtime elements. The next time you’re dreading walking to class in the rain, remember that an impeccable rain jacket, boots, and umbrella will make your day go from gloomy to blooming, just like those springtime flowers!

Life, Lilly, and the pursuit of happiness Remembering the life of a colorful icon GILLIAN MURPHY ’14 Fashion Editor April 7th marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of a truly inspirational, strong-willed woman. Lillian Bostwick Phipps Pulitzer Rousseau, famously known for her self-titled fashion empire, Lilly Pulitzer, was 81 years old when she passed away last year in her Palm Beach, Florida residence. In well-to-do social circles of the upper class, where horseraces and country clubbing are favorite pastimes, it’s impossible to avoid the vibrant, unmistakable prints of anything Lilly. Lilly Pulitzer prints have become easily recognizable over the past six decades, and are part of a verified uniform for the prototypical prep. And it all started with a story as charming as the illustrations that mani-

fest in her clothing – according to, “it all started with a juice stand.” At 21 years of age, Pulitzer eloped with her beau Peter, and opened a juice stand in front of his citrus groves. When the bright and colorful fruits stained her cotton dresses with their sweet nectar, inspiration struck. And thus, the classic Lilly Pulitzer shift dress was born. The shift dress, a versatile and comfortable day dress, was a necessary staple for any woman’s wardrobe; Pulitzer’s creative spin on this classic style, that was originally “made from kitchen curtain material,” went viral after being spotted on the former First Lady and Pulitzer’s old schoolmate, Jacqueline Kennedy.

An endorsement from the impeccably dressed Jackie O, who was praised as a fashion icon at the time, was all Pulitzer needed to watch her success as a designer skyrocket. In 1959, Pulitzer launched her iconic brand, and sold more than just cute clothes – she was selling the ideal American lifestyle. With clever marketing tactics that promoted a beachy, laidback lifestyle and advocated a classic, preppy, colorful wardrobe, Pulitzer took the world by storm, one high society social function at a time. Just three years after the company’s launch, Pulitzer’s colorful pieces were spotted on celebrities and socialites, which further perpetuated the brand’s

chic image. Pulitzer’s legacy continues today, as the brand remains a status symbol and continues to enjoy great success. Lilly Pulitzer’s design team paves preppy style, and every print and pattern is original and designed in the Lilly Pulitzer print studio. Pulitzer was known for being a spitfire, rule-breaking rebel, who followed her heart and ignored scrutiny and negativity. If nothing else, she was a level-headed woman who knew how to prioritize her life; according to Pulitzer, “being happy never goes out of style.”

12 | Health

April 9, 2014

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Not so friendly neighborhood germ New strain of meningitis sweeping college campuses GIANNA MELENDEZ ’16 Health Editor


fter the death of a Drexel University student in early March from meningitis, many are growing concerned about this life threatening disease that is spreading across college campuses. A new, rare strain of meningitis called meningitis B has hit two of St. Joe’s neighboring colleges: Princeton University and now Drexel. The strain from Drexel is an isolated incident, as no other cases have been reported. However, the meningitis B strain did match the Princeton University outbreak. The Drexel student was in contact with Princeton students a week prior to her death, which indicated that the disease was still present on the Ivy League school’s campus. No other cases have been reported since December, suggesting that students are carrying the bacteria but are not being infected by it. This strain of meningitis is not covered under the prescribed meningitis vaccine. Princeton was approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA to receive a mass vaccination of a special vaccine used in Europe and Canada called Bexsero. This is not the first time Bexsero has been introduced in the United States. Surprisingly, another college outbreak of meningitis occurred at the University of California Santa Barbra late last year. The campus was not approved to use the international vaccine until the end of February. Likewise, Drexel has not been approved for this vaccine because only one incident has been reported, rather than a campus-wide outbreak. However, many are confused as to why the government is not allowing Drexel community members to receive the vaccination. If the infection is slowly sweeping college campuses, shouldn’t all prevention methods be utilized before it becomes an epidemic? The CDC believes that “members of the Drexel community are not considered to be at increased risks” regarding

the spread of this strain. However, students who were in close contact with the student infected by meningitis B currently have been given an antibiotic as a precaution. The FDA is working on getting the vaccination approved for the United States. Meningitis is a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord called meninges. According to the CDC, meningitis is not highly contagious, but is spread through person-to-person contact such as kissing and contact with respiratory fluids. It is not spread in the way that a viral infection such as the flu or common cold is typically shared. College students are at an increased risk of getting any strain of meningitis due to the community style living offered by most college campuses. NBC News reports that about one out of 10 people who are infected with meningitis die, and 20 percent become permanently paralyzed. Therefore, students have to be aware of the warning signs of meningitis in order to receive the proper health care. High fever, a stiff neck, headache, or a rash are key indicators of needing immediate medical attention. Additional symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and confusion. Symptoms develop within three to seven days of exposure to the bacteria. Death can occur very quickly and unexpectedly. The most effective way to prevent contracting meningitis is to be vaccinated. It is also important to keep in mind basic health tips such as washing hands and not sharing foods or drinks. Maintaining a healthy life style is the best way to improve your immune system and lower your risk of getting any illness. Photos courtesy Creative Commons

Shed layers and pounds

Healthy ways to get in shape


From cleanses to crash diets and everything in between, weight loss is a topic that ranges from one extreme to the next for quick and easy results. However, “quick” and “easy” are factors that do not keep the pounds off and can cause frustration. As much as no one wants to accept it, the truth about weight loss is very simple: be healthy. Drinking only lemon juice for four days, eating crushed cyan pepper, and consuming diet pills may seem as if they will provide weight loss results, but on the off chance that they do lead to a few pounds shed, it is only temporary and it is definitely not healthy. Losing weight is a personal journey; it takes dedication and the willingness to make changes in your everyday life in order to lose the weight and keep it off. The best step you can take to start a weight loss journey is to create a plan. This plan should include cutting certain foods out of your diet, such as the famous Hawk Wrap, or to exercise at least three times a week. No matter what your plan is, it is vital that you have one. Plans reinforce the idea of meeting a goal, and you are much more likely to stick to a plan if you map one


out at the start of your weight loss journey. Remember that your plan has to be constructed for you as an individual, and with the intention of benefitting you, not your boyfriend, girlfriend, peers, or parents. Building a plan according to your abilities and skills will help you achieve the healthiest version of yourself, which is the goal of weight loss. By putting yourself first, you will have more motivation and satisfaction throughout your weight loss journey. After setting your goals, you need to remind yourself that this journey is not a sprint. You are not going to see results after a day of eating vegetables and exercising. Being realistic and keeping a positive attitude will allow you to stay motivated to reach your personal goals. With that in mind, do not step on the scale every morning. You will only become more frustrated with yourself should you realize you are not losing five pounds each week like you had expected. Your weight loss journey should be about getting yourself healthy. If you can achieve that, the pounds will take care of themselves. Preplanning all of your meals is also essential to a healthy lifestyle. You do not have to necessarily precook all of your meals, but you should have an idea as to what you are going to eat each day. This


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allows for you to make sure you are covering all of the food groups in the best way possible. The majority of your plate should consist of vegetables; the average serving intake per day is three to five cups. The second largest intake is two to five servings of fruits. A good way to make sure you are getting the suggested amount is to make fruits and vegetables the snacks you eat throughout the day. Another important food group is protein. Make sure to eat some source of protein at every meal to give you long lasting energy and muscle growth. A healthy snacking option that is a combination of fruit and protein is apples with peanut butter. This option provides you with the fruit and protein necessary in order to help you stay focused. Journaling what you eat each day is another method used to make sure you maintain eating healthily. Jotting down your meals in a journal can keep you on track with your eating and can also help you identify any bad eating habits you may have. Another tip to try is to never eat standing up. As odd as that may seem, if you can eat something while walking around, it is probably a mindless action and not beneficial to your diet; sit down and eat slowly, enjoy the meal you have made.

Many of the empty calories that we consume come from drinks. Sodas, certain juices, iced teas, and lattes are loaded with calories, fats, and chemicals that give our bodies no nutritional value. Contrary to popular belief, diet soda actually makes you gain weight. A recent study done at Purdue University says that the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas make you crave more sugars because sweeteners trick the regulation of sugars in your body. When it comes to choosing a beverage, water is your best friend. Always have water on you, no matter where you are. Drinking a glass of water before a meal can improve digestion and make you feel fuller without giving you any extra calories. Don’t overcomplicate weight loss; the process involves a lot of simple health knowledge. Avoid junk foods and sugars, and always pick the natural and healthy options when possible. Dedicate time to working out. One of the most difficult parts of losing weight is the mental aspect of it. Stay positive, motivated, and realistic. Above all, do not give in to the weight loss fads out there. They may seem enticing, but they are dangerous and not effective. Make it your goal to live a healthy life, and by doing so you will lose weight more easily than any promise made by a diet pill.

Did you know?... The best time you should run if you suffer from allergies is right after it rains! The rain washes out pollen and allows you to enjoy your run without stopping to sneeze.

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Revisiting baseball’s best rivalry ALEXANDER HOUPERT ’14 Hawk Staff

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he first ballgame I ever attended at Fenway Park was a Yankee game, on a sharp summer night back in 2006. I was 14 and in awe of the rivalry. I immediately felt it: a taut fever between each pitch. Each crack of the bat was a vindictive whack, and I tasted the salt of roasted peanuts. I smelled it issuing from the aged and beer-stained jerseys of the Massholes around of us, a set-in smell that tinged the air; transient, but timeless. It was just my mom and I in the old, blue wooden grandstands, section 17. Granted, I was a bit old for my first Fenway trip, but I had been to plenty of ballgames before. See, the thing about my family is that my dad is a die-hard Yankee fan, born and bred with five brothers by the marina off the rocky coast of Long Island Sound. When we were kids, he used to take my brother and me to the Old Yankee Stadium to see the Bombers of the late ’90s. Tickets were cheap, but the team was good, and we’d take the train to the Bronx. Once we rode it to Queens out towards Shea. I’ve only got a couple memories of those Yankee games from my childhood still bouncing around upstairs —I think one game against the Royals and another against the Cardinals? — but they’re fond memories for sure. Those teams of the new Dynasty (WS champs in ’96, ’98’00, WS runner-ups in ’01, ’03) were like the old Yankee squads, a core group of highly talented team players that produced championship after championship, á la Murderer’s Row. Although my old man was sorely mistaken as to which side of the rivalry I would ultimately end up on, he knew the importance of the rivalry to us kids growing up in Connecticut. You really can’t grow up in Connecticut without being exposed to it, because

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it’s woven right into the fabric of the culture. You’d match your little league number to your favorite major league slugger. Some folks buy the groceries with Red Sox MasterCards, while others tote Yankee labeled golf club covers. In our divided house (my brother and dad root for the Yanks, my mom and I for the Sox), we’d watch YES when the Yankees were at bat, and NESN when the Sox came up to the plate. A compromise. Growing up in southern New England, you’re pitched at birth into the middle of the century long feud. It got nasty and mean quite often, especially when we’d argue as to who’s the better team while waiting at the school bus stop. That was when I started to memorize baseball stats so that I could try and talk better smack at the bus stop, but the retort was ever and always “1918!” ’Round here, you’ve got to pick a side early, and you’ve got to stick with ’em till you’re dead. Since ’04, however, the tenacity of the rivalry has been heavily subdued, so much so that I’d say that while Red Sox-Yankees might still be the best rivalry in baseball, it is no longer the best rivalry in sports (Seahawks-Niners occupies top rivalry in my book as of right now). Most of the rivalry’s decreased fervor I’ll attribute to the ever-changing cast of each ball club’s roster, and to the new coaches as well, but it’s ultimately the players who determine hostility; it’s their anger and their frustration to which we, the fans, react. There’s none of that deep seeded hatred which was the calling card of past seasons. There really hasn’t been an Aaron Boone or a Bucky Dent type of moment in the past 10 years to re-spark the contempt. There hasn’t been a player-coach confrontation since game 3 of the ’03 ALCS, when Pedro Martinez sidestepped Don Zimmer like a matador to grab him by the ears and

throw him to the ground as if he were a sack of flour. Johnny Damon getting traded to the Yanks certainly stung, but the precedent for becoming a Benedict was set with the Rocket a generation before. Jacoby Ellsbury became the most recent member of the Sox to jump ship and join the Evil Empire when he was signed that hilarious contract with the Yankees for a laughable 7 years and $153 million. Speaking of money – then there’s Alex. A-Rod fueled so much of the malcontent in the mid to late ’00s. Remember the time he slapped the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove like a little schoolgirl, or the time he got a facefull of Jason Varitek’s glove? Ahh— good times, good times. With his suspension this season, us Sox fans will unfortunately be without our favorite boo-able Yankee. Like I mentioned earlier, since ’04, things really have taken a turn. When they vanquished the Curse of the Great Bambino, Boston asserted itself as an equal to the Yankees, and in turn abandoned much of that under-dog, usagainst-the-world mentality. There was not going to be another 86-year wait for the next World Series title; things had changed. Those Sox were hip, edgy, and fast with Theo Epstein as manager, and under his tutelage, another championship would arrive in ’07, bringing the WS ring count to two to one Boston in the 21st century. The Empire would strike back; the Yanks would go on to win the championship in ’o9. For a couple of years after that, it seemed that the Red Sox had retired into mediocrity and misery (thank you September collapse/ fried chicken and beer/ Bobby Valentine/ injury upon injury). But in 2013, change would arrive with a different sort of blast; the bombs that ripped the finish line of the Boston Mar-

athon initially left a deep wound in the consciousness of the city, but the people, the fans, rallied around their team, similar to how the New York Yankees’ championship run in 2001 was dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Boston’s strong run to the title unified the city when it was hurting the most. In times like that, there is no room for fighting. In times like that, the game of baseball becomes a Band-Aid, a way to heal and move past the pain. What I’m trying to get at is that the Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry seems to be missing something these days. I killed a good hour on YouTube re-watching old fights and beaned batters, and honestly, I feel none of that anger and hate in the rivalry going into the 2014 season. I’m not propagating the continuation of baseball brawls, but I sure could use another Sox/ Yankees bench-clearer. For no other reason than nostalgia! The rivalry has become courteous and polite, when it used to be mean and nasty. There seems to be no more pizzazz left in those pinstripes. I’m more interested in the rivalry at the start of the 2015 season, when the paragon of pinstripes, the great Derek Jeter (eighth all-time in hits), will be retired. Jeter is easily the Yankee I respect the most, and 2014 will be his last season. Jeter’s last regular season game? September 28th, a Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Game time: 1:35 p.m. It’ll be weird without the captain; the esteem of the Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry after his retirement will be irrevocably damaged, and who knows if it’ll ever regain the prestige it’s lost in the last few years. Well, we’ll have to see what this season holds. The first Yankee game is this Thursday, April 10, at 7:10 p.m.

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WE WANT THE HAWK A replacement for the Men’s Basketball team mascot for the 2014-15 basketball season is needed! All full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible.

Procedure for all interested candidates: 1. Email a letter to Mr. Don DiJulia indicating “Why” you are interested, “What” you think the position represents And “How” you would distinguish yourself from other candidates. 2. PLEASE include a resume and a letter of reference from a faculty or staff member at the University.

All can be submitted online to: Mr. Don DiJulia Director of Athletics Email: Application deadline: April 21, 2014

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Hawk of the week

in review

Baseball went 2-2 with wins over Villanova and Virginia Commonwealth University. The Hawks used a six-run eighth inning to storm past Villanova and claim back-to-back victories over the Wildcats. The Hawks went 1-2 in a road stretch against VCU. Senior forward Halil Kanacevic competed in the Reese’s All-Star Game at AT&T Stadium, playing 19 minutes with 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Senior forward Ronald Roberts, Jr. took part in the 2014 Denny’s Slam Dunk Contest on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Redshirt junior attack Ryan McGee tallied his 100th career point in the men’s lacrosse team’s 10-5 win over Mount Saint Mary’s. McGee had four goals on nine shots in the win and leads the Hawks in goals, assists, and points. Women’s lacrosse dropped their Atlantic 10 opener to Richmond 10-4 and then traveled to UMass where they fell by a score of 18-2. Sophomore midfielder Kelly Phelan chipped in with a goal in each game. Softball went 0-3 with two losses by only one run each. The Hawks fell to Monmouth 4-3 and dropped a double header to Rhode Island, losing 2-1 in the first game and 6-3 in the second. Men’s tennis had back-to-back 6-1 wins over Fordham and Sacred Heart. Against Fordham, the Hawks dropped the doubles matches but swept all six singles points. Then, against Sacred Heart, the Hawks jumped out to a quick lead and earned the doubles point, then took 5

of 6 singles matches to cliam the win. Women’s tennis posted consecutive road wins over Rhode Island and Fordham this weekend. At Rhode Island, the Hawks swept the doubles matches to secure the first point of the day, then Kelly Mulquin, Claire Minnoe, and Arianne Polatnick picked up wins at third, fourth, and sixth singles. Against Fordham, the teams of Kristina Eisenbrand & Sarah Contrata and Lauren Roy & Devi Jadeja won their doubles matches. Aurora Davis, Devi Jadeja, Kelly Mulquin, and Arianne Polatnick closed out the day with singles wins. Men’s track & field tied for sixth at the Colonial Relays with sophomore Alec Peabody picking up a second place finish in the 200 meter dash, while the 4 x 1,500 relay team of senior Tom O’Kane, sophomore Quinn Davis, junior Aaron Leskow, and freshman Dan Savage took second. Women’s track & field placed 19th at the Colonial Relays with the 4x1500 taking second place and the sprint medly relay taking home third place. Women’s rowing brought home third at the Petite Final at the San Diego Crew Classic. Correction: The “Week in Review” on April 2, 2014 misstated “Peter Ryan” hit his first collegiate home run against Saint Bonaventure. ”Ryan Pater” hit his first collegiate home run.

This week in sports

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Redshirt junior attack Ryan McGee picked up the 100th point of his career while scoring four goals in the men’s lacrosse 10-5 win over Mount Saint Mary’s. McGee also scored in the Hawks’ win over the Bryant Bulldogs. McGee leads the Hawks in goals, assists, and points this season after redshirting last season.

“Dive in with Hand-in-Hand!”

April 9- April 16

April 9 Men’s tennis v. La Salle at 2 p.m. at SJU Tennis Complex Women’s tennis v. La Salle at 2 p.m. at SJU Tennis Complex Softball v. Rider at 3:00 p.m. at SJU Softball Field April 10 Women’s tennis v. Villanova at 3:00 p.m. at SJU Tennis Complex April 11 Women’s rowing at 1:00 p.m. at George Washington Men’s tennis v. Villanova at 3:00 p.m. at SJU Tennis Complex Women’s lacrosse v. Saint Bonaventure at 4:00 p.m. at Sweeney Field Softball v. Saint Louis at 4:00 p.m. at Saint Louis Baseball at Fordham at 7:00 p.m. April 12 Women’s track & field at Rider University Men’s Rowing at Mercer County Park (West Windsor Twp., N.J.) Men’s track & field Rider Invitational Men’s track & field at Bucknell University Golf at Princeton Women’s rowing at George Washington Men’s lacrosse at Delaware at 1:00 p.m. Softball at Saint Louis at 1:00 p.m. Baseball at Fordhamat 4:00 p.m. April 13 Golf at Princeton Invitational Men’s rowing at Mercer Mercer County Park (West Windsor Twp., N.J.) Men’s tennis v. Chestnut Hill College at 10:00 a.m. at SJU Tennis Complex Women’s tennis v. Chestnut Hill College at 10:00 a.m. at SJU Tennis Complex Baseball at Fordham at 12:00 p.m. Softball at Dayton at 12:00 p.m. Men’s tennis v. Saint Peter’s at 1:00 p.m. at SJU Tennis Complex Women’s tennis v. Saint Peter’s at 1:00 p.m. at SJU Tennis Complex Women’s lacrosse v. Duquesne at 1:00 p.m. at Sweeney Field Softball at Dayton at 2:00 p.m. April 15 Women’s tennis v. Lehigh at 3:00 p.m. at SJU Tennis Complex Softball v. Lafayette at 3:00 p.m. at SJU Softball Field Baseball v. Villanova at 3:15 p.m. at Plymouth Township, Pa.

On April 12, 2014, Saint Joseph’s University’s Hagan Arena will be transformed into an underwater paradise. Hand-in-Hand, an organization on campus that raises awareness and acceptance for individuals with disabilities, will be hosting their 38th annual carnival that Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Individuals from the community are invited to spend the day together at this Under-the-Sea themed event. The mission is to unite those with and without special needs in the community. SJU students as well as local high school students volunteer to be “friends” for the day, and are each paired up with a guest who has special needs. They and their buddy walk around the decorated underwater world that has taken over Hagan Arena, playing carnival games, taking photos, shooting hoops, dancing, and enjoying a meal together. Year after year, the same individuals are drawn back to this event, as it fosters irreplaceable relationships and a great sense of community. If you would like to get involved with Hand-in-Hand please email or visit our website,

16 Sports

April 9, 2014

The Hawk

The replacements

Fantasy Baseball pickups for players on the Disabled List

April 2, 2014



Photo by Juliane McCue ’17

Sweeney Field improvements shine light on athletes NATE VANCIL ’16 Assistant Sports Editor

Saint Joseph’s University dedicated Sweeney Field in a ceremony held on April 5, 2014. Both Hawk basketball teams made the NCAA Tournament this year after successful seasons, but as the basketball season comes to an end, Hawk Hill is now focusing its attention on spring sports such as lacrosse and soccer. After a recent revitalization of the field, made possible by generous donation from Sean S. Sweeney, ’94, MBA, it seems as though St. Joe’s may have room for a newfound appreciation for springtime sports. The additions to Sweeney Field include 2,300 supplementary seats, two large bronze Hawk statues, a full-ser-

vice press box, and an enhanced sound system. The field was officially dedicated on April 5, just before the men’s lacrosse team upset the Bryant Bulldogs. With these new additions to the field and surrounding area, there are hopes that the men’s and women’s lacrosse and soccer teams will be motivated and encouraged by the school’s support for their programs. Women’s lacrosse player Emily Bowers said that she believes St. Joe’s is doing a great job at improving Sweeney Field. “We’re always hearing about the basketball team, and it’s great that they’re paying attention to us and soccer, and it shows that we aren’t just a basketball school,” said Bowers. “It is a great feeling that they aren’t just overlooking our sports and you can tell that they do care

about us. The improvements to players’ athletic environment and the increased seating capacity of the field will allow for a larger crowd and more of a home-field advantage on Hawk Hill. “The improvements they are making, like the bleachers giving people more places to sit and the Hawks look great pointing towards the field…you can tell that they are trying to make improvements for the athletes,” said Bowers. Spring is upon us, and the soccer and lacrosse seasons are blooming with a new start on a beautiful new field. The two bronze Hawk statues, pointing impressively on either side of Sweeney Field, send a message to all St. Joe’s sports fans across campus: Hawk Hill is ready for the spring sports season.

High flying Hawks

Men’s lacrosse earns first top 20 win

C.J. DEMILLE ’16 Sports Editor In the biggest win in program history, Saint Joseph’s University men’s lacrosse team took down No. 11 Bryant to improve to 4-0 in their first season in the Northeast Conference. “It was a great program win,” said Hawk’s Head Coach Taylor Wray. “By program win, I mean it was something that was meaningful to everyone who is associated with the program, from guys who played here 10 years ago, [to]…the guys who have been here in the previous couple years since our staff has been here, who laid the foundation for us to build upon.” The Hawks have put together a strong showing this season and have cemented their first winning record since ’00 with an 8-3 start to this season. St. Joe’s has shown marked improvement over the last few seasons. After the team went 0-12 in 2011, Wray arrived on Hawk Hill and guided team to an 11-20 record over his first two seasons as head coach. The Hawks opened the season 1-2 after losing to High Point and No. 19 Penn. They went on to open NEC play with a win over Wagner, which ignited the Hawks’ current 7-1 stretch The St. Joe’s team wants to maintain their high level of play and also establish themselves as a contender in men’s lacrosse; however, they do not want to become too focused on their record.

“We try not to read too much into our record,” said Wray. “We’re all pleased to be 8-3, I think we’re fortunate to be 8-3, but that’s no our biggest concern. Our biggest concern that we continue to get better, we continue to improve. If you start looking at your record too much you can look past some of the things you aren’t doing well and the things you want to improve.” The Hawks want to create a winning tradition at St. Joe’s and they think they’ve found their solution in work ethic. “There isn’t a magic formula,” said Wray. “The formula is pretty similar wherever you go. You put the work in, you’re never satisfied with how you’re currently doing things, you’re always striving to get better – if you do that day in and day out, then you tend to see success.” The success of this St. Joe’s team is a testament not only to their hard work, but also their balance. “Our team is at it’s best when we’re all working together,” said Wray. “This group of players really epitomizes what it means to be a team, from the starters to the guys on the sidelines. The only thing that matters to this group is our team winning. Whoever has to make the play to get us ahead on that day, everyone is excited for that person; more so just excited that we’re getting it done as a team.”

NATE VANCIL ’16 Assistant Sports Editor

njuries are a recurring and unpreventable part of the game of baseball. Regardless of how many games a player has played in his career, he can be plagued with nagging injuries that hinder the rest of the week, season, or even the rest of his career. Injuries are unpredictable, and as a Fantasy Baseball owner, you always want to be ready for any roadblock that could hinder your chances of becoming the champion of your league. Here are some replacements for players that are currently on the Disabled List (DL); these players have won starting jobs while the first-string players are out with injuries. Dee Gordon for Jose Reyes – Jose Reyes is a phenomenal Major League player, but as he ages and plays the tiring position of shortstop, he is always threatened by potential injuries. He only played in 93 games last year for the Blue Jays, and he is currently on the 15-day DL after reinjuring his hamstring. This opens the door for the explosive Dee Gordon, a young shortstop with great speed and ability to get on base. Gordon hasn’t yet had a chance to play an entire season, and subsequently hasn’t been able to show off his full potential. In 185 career games, Gordon has 67 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .305. Gordon is only owned in 29 percent of fantasy leagues, but with Reyes struggling with nagging injuries, Dee Gordon may finally have a chance to shine at the shortstop position. Jose Lobaton for Wilson Ramos – Wilson Ramos had a huge 2013 season as the Nationals’ starting catcher, and was projected as a top-10 fantasy catcher coming into the 2014 season. But Ramos suffered a broken hand and underwent surgery, which means he will be out for four to six weeks. Jose Lobaton, who was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays during the offseason, will replace Ramos as the starting catcher. Lobaton showed promise last year during 100 games as the Rays’ catcher, hitting seven home runs and batting in 32 runners with a .320 on-base percentage. Lobaton is by no means a power-hitting catcher, but he does a good job of getting on base and rarely strikes out. He will not have a star-studded season, but because he is available in 99 percent of fantasy leagues and is a starting catcher for the next few weeks, Jose Lobaton is a solid fantasy starter. Injuries are an unpredictable part of the game of baseball. You could be Cal Ripken, Jr. and play almost 17 straight seasons without missing a game, or, like Kerry Wood, have a promising career that was marred by the injuries he suffered in his rookie year. Whether they were your first pick or your last, you can never count on any of your players to stay healthy for the entire year. Always be ready to jump on a second-string player that has been waiting for their chance to shine when a starter is plagued by an unpredictable injury.

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