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Quartet of seniors lead Hawks

Frank Flores ’15 Assistant Sports Editor As the 2013-14 season comes to a start, there is a different feel to the Saint Joseph’s University’s men’s basketball team. Gone are the large expectations that weighed heavily on the team last season and contributed to the team’s frustration towards their inability to fulfill the lofty prospects set for them in the preseason. This year, the team gives off

“I’m probably the closest with Daryus or Halil,” Galloway said. “We’re always hanging out doing something.” This chemistry off the court will hopefully translate to success on the court and allow for better team play overall. Another word that was used a lot by the players was “urgency,” especially from the four seniors. The current group of seniors has made it to two NIT tournaments during the past two seasons. However, this year they have their eyes set on a much loftier goal: making it to the NCAA tournament. “Everyone’s working harder than they have the past three years; it shows in practice, where everyone is trying to go hard and trying to get better,” Quarles said. “It’s my last year and I want to do anything possible to make it to that tournament.” This sense of urgency and desire shown by the entire team has really helped to set the tone heading into the season, especially as the team prepares to pick up the pace and to play a new style of basketball that they have not played before. “Team chemistry has been there— we changed the style of play,” Galloway said. “We’ve been working on that every Photo courtesy of Mark Jordan/MNJ Sports single day, getting into more up-tempo, and it’s been going good so far.” vibes of being calm, mature, and ready to take on the new Galloway is not only a senior but season and everything that will come with it. also the team captain, so if he is willing to readjust and to A major reason for this shift in attitude is the leader- try a different style of play after three years, the rest of the ship of four seniors who will be leading the way this year team will follow his lead. Senior leadership will be essential both on and off the court. Langston Galloway, ’14, Halil for the team this year, and the four seniors will have to do Kanacevic, ’13, Daryus Quarles, ’14, and Ronald Roberts their best to keep the team focused all season if they hope Jr., ’14, have all been playing together since they arrived to reach their ultimate goal of finally making it the NCAA on Hawk Hill in the fall of 2010 (Kanacevic transferred in tournament: a goal they have been shooting for ever since from Hofstra University at this time) and plan on enjoying they all came together in the fall of 2010. what will be their last season playing together.

Griffin strives to continue winning tradition Frank Flores ’15 Assistant Sports Editor Cindy Griffin, ’91, is heading into her 13th season as the head coach of the Saint Joseph’s University’s women’s basketball team and carries on the prestige that comes with the words “Hawk basketball.” She graduated from St. Joe’s in 1991 after a stellar playing career where she and her team went to the NCAA tournament three times. In fact, she is only the eighth coach in NCAA Division I history to lead her alma mater to the NCAA tournament as both a player and a coach. “I think there’s a sense of pride that I have,” Griffin said. “Some of my staff members are also former players. It’s a sense of pride that we have in the program and we had a great experience here. I want to make sure that the kids that we coach have a great experience and continue the legacy of winning here at St. Joe’s.” She has led her teams to the postseason a total of eight times, with the most recent coming last season when the team won the Atlantic 10 for the third time in program

history. Under the leadership of Griffin, the team has also had five 20-win seasons in her 12 seasons patrolling the sideline. She has a 248-180 record overall as a head coach, having coached at Loyola University Maryland before returning to St. Joe’s in 2001. She has compiled a record of 223-156 in her 12 seasons on the sideline here on Hawk Hill. Griffin’s care and nurturing qualities extend over her players, making her an extremely likeable figure of authority. Players immediately feel the impact of her coaching style when they step onto Hawk Hill. “Transferring in from Maryland and coming into Cindy, it’s definitely a family atmosphere,” said Natasha Cloud, ’15. “She’s like a second mother to all of us. She takes us all under her wing like we’re all her daughters. She’s a great coach and an even better person, so it’s been a great experience so far.” The team has been picked to finish second in the A-10 this year, after finishing first last year in the conference with an overall record of 23-9. “I think [the projection] shows a level of respect, but with that respect comes expectations,” said Griffin. “We aren’t going to be able to sneak up on anyone like we did last year.” Expectations are once

again high for the women’s basketball team. However, Griffin and her staff are up to the challenge of getting the team back into the NCAA tournament. “I really have enjoyed playing for Coach,” said Erin Shields, ’14. “I think she does a nice job of caring for her players and teaching her players. She runs a good practice and prepares us for games … As you grow older, I think you realize how much she actually cares about all of our players, and I think of all things, that is the most important thing. Even after we graduate, we’ll be able to come back here and realize that she still cares.” Griffin has continued a long tradition of

success with the prestigious St. Joe’s basketball program and appears to be ready to build off of the success of last year’s team. Photos courtesy of SJU Athletics

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Kanacevic keys Garrett Miley ’15 Sports Editor


s he enters his third season wearing crimson and gray, there are some noticeable differences about red-shirt senior Halil Kanacevic, ’13. He’s now sporting a new number, 45, in honor of his late uncle and appears to be in pristine condition heading into the season with a more svelte frame. “You get a certain number, you get infatuated with it,” Kanacevic said. “I’ve seen kids get into fights over a jersey number. My thing was, let me be unselfish about that and actually give meaning to that and I don’t have to think about something like that. I know what that number means, I know what it represents, I chose it for a personal reason ... I felt like I needed to do it.” The 2012-13 season was difficult for Kanacevic. He was a revolving door in the Hawks’ lineup for a variety of reasons and never truly developed a rhythm or played to the potential that his talent promotes. After all that he’s been through—transferring from Hofstra, his suspension following the Holy War, and the heartache of losing a family member—Kanacevic has changed in ways that aren’t visible on the hardwood. “I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself and other people,” Kanacevic said. “I was sheltered when I came here, you know what I mean? I never really was outside of New York for more than a month and now I’m in a different city. Not so far away, but it’s different, and it’s sort of a different lifestyle. I’ve learned to adjust to different people and meet a new group of kids from the team and the kids that go to this school. I’ve grown up more outside of basketball than on the court.” What hasn’t changed for Kanacevic is his role on the team as a jack-of-all-trades. During his first two years on Hawk Hill, Kanacevic led the Saint Joseph’s University’s men’s basketball team in assists per game, while also averaging over eights points per game and grabbing seven-plus rebounds per contest as well. Out of all of the returning players on the St. Joe’s roster, Kanacevic has the highest percentage of possessions used—a possession that ends in a shot, assist, or turnover by that player—at 23.7, according to KenPom, an advanced analysis of college basketball. “I just know that in this day and age where everybody wants to label somebody, he puts a mark in every column,” the Hawks’ head coach, Phil Martelli, said last month. “We have to reduce the turnover column, we have to increase the shooting percentage … but he’s a really, really bright player and he’ll stay out of foul trouble because of his intellect.” An imperative pillar in the St. Joe’s attack, Kanacevic could see an increase in touches without the presence of former players Carl Jones and C.J. Aiken. Playing alongside the crafty 6-foot-8 forward in the post has been a positive experience for forward Ronald Roberts Jr., ’14, who had some history with Kanacevic before becoming teammates on Hawk Hill. “I really like playing with Halil and I actually knew him before he came here from a couple AAU [Amateur Athletic Union] tournaments together,” Roberts said. “So I’m really familiar with his game. He can post up, he can pass—he’s versatile. For a big guy, he’s athletic and can run the floor, so I really like playing with him.” One of the Hawks’ biggest strengths this season will be the offensive firepower they can generate in the post with both Kanacevic and Roberts. Martelli and the rest of the St. Joe’s coaching staff are looking to find the best place in the offense to position Kanacevic in order to let other players, like Roberts, benefit and flourish from Kanacevic’s playmaking abilities. “I think he’s the most intriguing player to gameplan for, for us,” Martelli said. “We have to get him touches in the low post… [we] have to improve Ron’s trailing skills and high-low passing, you have to get

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Halil touches of the ball in the low post, you have to keep him out of foul trouble, so that to me is more the game-planning for.” Like all of the veterans on this Hawks roster, Kanacevic has yet to taste the sweetness of March Madness and knows that this is his last chance to get invited to the dance. However, he knows that there are other goals that need to be met first. “Our first goal is that we want to win the A-10, too,” Kanacevic said. “We got picked first last year and it didn’t turn out that way at the end. The NCAA tournament, that’s something you don’t have to say because we obviously want to make it.” Langston Galloway, ’14, whose only goal entering this season is making the NCAA tournament, likes Kanacevic’s winning mentality and has enjoyed the time the two have spent together over the past three years. “It’s been really good,” Galloway said. “Off the court, he’s a real good guy. On the court, he’s energetic and he just wants to win—those are just his main goals.” Energy is something that is easy to find in Kanacevic’s game. Though his rebounding numbers suffered a decline in the 201213 season, Kanacevic still is an exceptional offensive rebounder. He posted an offensive rebound percentage (OR%) of 9.0 in 2012-13, following up an impressive 11.8 OR% from the 2011-12 season, which had him in the top 150 in the country in that category. Kanacevic also averaged 1.7 blocks per game over the past two seasons, second only on the Hawks to Aiken. However, his energy and emotions on the basketball court need to have their checks. In last year’s Holy War against Villanova University, Kanacevic made an obscene gesture to the blue and white crowd in The Pavillion and was subsequently suspended by the university for his actions. While the incident is now well in the past, Martelli knows that teams may target this aspect of Kanacevic’s game. “I mean, honestly, I would think that some game plans would be to get him excited, to get him off his emotional balance, and you can be successful,” Martelli said. A true gym rat, Kanacevic is always working on developing new facets of his game. Last season, the forward increased his free throw percentage from just 54.9 percent in 2012 to an impressive 76.1 percent in 2013. His work in the gym hasn’t gone unnoticed by his coach and teammates, but it is understood that the point forward still has room to grow on the offensive side of the ball. “We have to reduce the turnover column, we have to increase the shooting percentage, but that’s on me, not on him, because he spends inordinate amounts of time in the gym,” Martelli said. “We have to get his two-point percentage up, we have to get him more attempts at twos, and he’s got to shoot a higher percentage.”

Kanacevic may be the most important player in the Hawks’ starting five this season because of his ability to contribute across the board. His skillset creates game-planning nightmares for opposing teams, but consistency and efficiency remain key factors in his success. If he’s able to reduce his turnovers and increase his two-point field goals, Kanacevic could go from being a versatile forward to a star-caliber player for St. Joe’s this season.

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Men’s XC finishes second at A-10’s Garrett Miley ’15 Entering among the favorites in a competitive field, the Saint Joseph’s University men’s crosscountry team took home second place at the Atlantic 10 Championships on Nov. 2 in Mechanicsville, Va. “The team did the only thing we felt we could do, and that was to go after La Salle, who was ranked well above us,” said head coach Mike Glavin. “We felt that if we ran as expected, we could cleanly get second. So the only question was whether to do that, or to risk it and go after the heavily-favored LaSalle team. We chose the risk and gave back some ground once they got clear of us, but the Hawks were still able to keep the second-place position, despite yielding some ground to George Mason over the last two miles.” Just as they had done all season, Logan Mohn, ’15, and Aaron Leskow, ’14, led the Hawks and finished fifth and third, respectively. Leskow nearly broke his personal record in the 8K in his final cross-country race as a Hawk, falling just 1.39 seconds shy. John Mascioli, ’17, also took home some hardware this weekend, walking away as the “Most Outstanding Rookie Performer” from the A-10 Championships. “Mascioli showed some real chutzpah in racing with the top guys for quite a while, and while he did give up some real estate late in the race, [he] was able to finish as the top rookie in 27th,” said Glavin.

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Sudden change to organization funds SUB, Spring Concert Committee hit hard by new policy Cat Coyle ’16


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student organization budgeting system change has caused multiple Saint Joseph’s University student clubs and activities to lose large amounts of accumulated rollover money. The Student Union Board (SUB) and the Spring Concert Committee are among those who have been hit the hardest by this change, with SUB losing $56,000 from their rollover account and the Spring Concert committee losing $27,000, according to Cary Anderson, Ph.D., vice president of Student Life. “I think it came out of nowhere,” said SUB treasurer, Chelsea Letts, ’14. “If we had known that this [was going to] happen in September, it would have been a lot nicer … We had already planned on using that money. Now, for next semester, we are kind of running around, trying to figure out how to use the money that we have left. If we had known earlier, we could have scaled back last semester.” In the past, St. Joe’s has allowed student organizations to deposit money accumulated over past years into a rollover account, which was determined a safe place to store it. Two weeks ago, the Office of Financial Affairs contacted student organization advisers

to inform them that the rollover accounts were being eliminated and all saved funds would be pulled into a capital account used to benefit students. The yearly fiscal budget was not altered for these organizations, but the rollover account elimination means that the money student organizations may have saved over the course of multiple years for larger projects or yearly fall activities will no longer be available to them. This change was implemented because, according to Anderson, the rollover account was simply growing too large for the university to keep available. “All [of a] sudden, if the student activities budget [becomes] overspent, we’ve got a problem,” said Anderson. “We can’t overspend our allotted budget.” Student Body President Nicholas Paolizzi, ’14, said that although he does recognize the logistics behind the decision, he understands the frustrations of organizations affected. Continued funds, Pg. 2

A declining demographic

Fewer 18-year-olds lead to new admissions planning Bailey McIntyre ’16 Special to The Hawk

Demographics of the United States population have shown a steady decline in the population of 18-year-olds in the United States over recent years. According to, a site devoted to analyzing and discussing rapidly

changing conditions regarding economic development and metropolitan demographics, in the U.S. in 2010, there were 4,400,000 18-year-olds. In 2013, there are 4,250,000 18-yearolds. This downward trend means that college admissions offices will have to work harder to find qualified students while meeting a recommended num-

ber of freshmen. Schools may face budgeting difficulties because of this trend, and the Saint Joseph’s University community may not be immune to this. Over the past few years, the university has over-budgeted, meaning that there have been fewer students enrolled than expected, providing St. Joe’s with less revenue. This is not to say that the university’s budget is in

deficit; there is simply a smaller surplus than expected, according to University President C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., ’72. A decrease in the amount of enrolled students due to a decrease in population demographics may lead to more troubles for the university, fiscally. Continued DECLINING, Pg. 3


Summer Scholars expansion benefits research students Katherine Grygo ’16 Hawk Staff An expanding research program run by the university allows students of varying disciplines to live and work on campus throughout the summer. Summer Scholars is a program that provides students in both the College of Arts and Sciences and Haub School of Business to ability to engage in faculty-mentored research, creative writing, fine and performing arts, and other scholarly projects over the summer. In order to be accepted into the program, Saint Joseph’s University students must submit proposals for their projects. Departments will then review the proposals and rank the importance of the applications. Those with the top ranks are admitted into the program. Originally, the program began in 1994 and was funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute to the Department of Biology. In 2005, St. Joe’s decided to offer the program to non-science students as well. “The university decided that this was so valuable that they wanted to put additional money into the program and make it available for students in any area of every department, ” said Michael McCann, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Science, professor of biology and chemical biology, and director of the Summer Scholars program. Since the university-wide opening of the program, Summer Scholars continues to grow rapidly each year by being able to fund more students’ projects. In the Summer Scholars 2012 program, 100 students were funded, but over 50 of those students were in the science-related disciplines. McCann explained that every department receives equal treatment, “Each department is asked to rank their applications, so we’ll go through and fund everyone’s top project and then go through the list until the money runs out,” he said. Science-related programs are able to fund more students due to outside grants and external gifts. McCann explained that some of the donors who give money to the program put restrictions on the types of projects or say that the money can only go to students in an exclusive discipline. “That’s why the numbers [of disciplines] aren’t even, because in a lot of

cases, like biology, one outside donor funds eight students,said McCann. However, McCann assures that many students have worked on projects with other topics, such as creative writing, ceramics, and theater. “This summer we had two students working within the English department and one student working within the communication [studies] department,” said McCann. The goal of the program is to allow students to work largely independently with the help of a faculty-mentor. The nature of the work of each student is independent, which allows students to experience the process of scholarly work on their own. Kelsey Schranze, ’15, who participated in the program this past summer, enjoyed the independence that the program gave her. “I liked how I got the chance to work on the manuscript [of my project]; and was able to see the work that I put in over the course of the summer.” “The goal is to have the student immersed in the environment of that particular discipline, and in some cases that requires very extensive routine interaction with the mentor, and in other cases it requires more periodic interactions,” said McCann. “That is why we never try to impose any top-down, onesize-fits-all model where we tell students and mentors that they have to meet every day, because a lot of different kinds of work don’t work that way. We kind of leave it to the student and the mentor to see how that relationship will proceed.” Many students who have participated in the program would say that Summer Scholars becomes what a student makes of it. Scott Pyzik, ’15, who participated in the summer of 2012, reflected, “I think Summer Scholars very much is an experience with which the amount of work and effort a student puts in will shape the experience they have.” McCann said that passion for one’s work is vital to a successful summer in the program. “… If a student treats [the program] very much as a nine-to-five job and [thinks], ‘I’m just going to do what I’m told and I’m not going to take initiative,’ they’re going to get very little out of it,” said McCann. “But when students bring that interested passion and really engage with the faculty mentors, the sky’s the limit.”


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Recycling review Student campaign faces challenges Catharine Gaylord ’16 Hawk Staff At the start of fall 2013 semester, it was hard not to notice that something was different about the classrooms this year. All the trash cans had been taken out of the rooms and resituated in the hallways. In their place were brand new recycling bins. This move was made to encourage the Saint Joseph’s University community to recycle. This student-led program was tested last year in Bellarmine Hall through the same process of replacing trash cans with recycling bins. The amount of recycling was then collected along with the amount of trash contaminating the recycling bins, and both were measured and used to determine the success of the program. “Compliance [with the program] was found to be very good,” said Michael McCann, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and founding chair of the Sustainability Committee. Since the success of the smaller recycling program last year, the program has been expanded to include all university classrooms through a joint effort between Housekeeping and the Office of Auxiliary Services. This massive expansion of the recycling program required the purchase of 80 new recycling bins, all of which were funded by a grant from the St. Joe’s Green Fund. According to Nicole Katze, ’11, the Green Fund is an organization “whose mission it is to raise money to initiate and maintain student-led projects that have a positive impact on the natural environment.” The money that the Green Fund uses to initiate these programs comes out of what they receive from the Student Activities Fee each semester, totaling $42,500 according to their website. With the semester now half over, Housekeeping and Auxiliary Services decided to determine the program’s success thus far. It was measured by the amount of contamination, or trash, found in the recycling bins. Again, McCann deemed the program to be “very successful.” “Estimates of contamination have been that only about five percent of the bags pulled have non-recyclable material in them,” said McCann. Even with only five percent contamination, McCann stated, “The recycling bins have been filling far more frequently than the trash cans in the halls.” According to

him, this is a clear sign of the success of the program. “I think it’s amazing that there was only five percent trash in the recycling bins,” said Liam McCann, ’16. “Especially since almost none of the students knew where the trash cans went or that this was a test.” The success of the program so far means that it will definitely continue through the end of this semester. Over winter break, final numbers will be calculated, and a decision will be made to determine the continuation of the program through the spring semester. Despite its success, there are still obstacles to be overcome for the program. Even if just contaminated with only five percent trash in a bin, the whole bag must be thrown away. The Sustainability Committee explains this on their website: “…if you throw non-recyclable material in a recycling bin, someone has to separate it by hand, or the whole bag is deemed contaminated and becomes trash.” According to McCann, St. Joe’s cannot separate the contaiminated bags of recycling. “These bags usually end up going in the regular trash since separating the material by hand can be very difficult and even dangerous, given that there may be broken glass, etc, ” said McCann. Therefore, until compliance with the program is close to perfect, St. Joe’s will not be able to recycle the objects found in the bins. A possible solution to this problem was suggested by the members of the Sustainability Committee. The committee suggested that the Green Fund members make informational signs about what can and cannot be recycled to help students decide what to place in the recycling bins. The signs would also direct students to where the trash cans can be found. “I like the idea that they’re putting recycling bins in the classrooms, but I think that they should’ve put signs up sooner so they didn’t have to throw away all the recycling,” said Alexa Runowski, ’14. The Green Fund, the Sustainability Committee, Housekeeping and Auxiliary Services, and others involved hope that the end-of-semester review will show signs of improvement with the program, and that this program will enable St. Joe’s to be a more environmentally friendly university.

Rollover account elimination frustrates students Continued from FUNDS, Pg. 1 “Some organizations that were losing a considerable amount of money are questioning the way it is done,” said Paolizzi. “If you raise all of the money in the spring, why should you lose it all in the fall? But the overarching idea does make sense.” This change poses a specific financial challenge for organizations like the Spring Concert Committee. Since a majority of their money is made in the spring when concert tickets are bought, but is not spent until the winter when they pay the next spring’s act, this organization relies on this account to fund the next year’s event. The operating budget of the Spring Concert is $102,648 for fiscal year 2013 (FY13), so a $27,000 loss within the rollover account will not stop the concert from going on—but it may cause some problems for the committee. “It will be tighter this year,” said Anderson. “This year, it’ll depend on the act or the entertainer.” Letts explained that most of the money that the uni-

versity student event planning board, SUB, lost had been accumulated from ticket sales for trips over the years. “Our savings account was [funded] mainly [from] when we held trips … The money from the New York ‘Wicked’ trip goes into our account,” said Letts. “We pretty much lost all of our ticket sale money.” According to Anderson, in future years, this budgeting change should not be an issue. For organizations that regularly rely on this account, St. Joe’s will build the budget and allocate money that would have been earned at the end of the year. This way, the organization will pay the university back once the money is made later in the semester or year. In this new system, there is no money left sitting in an account after each year, but the organizations will have sufficient funds to proceed with their business. To make the new system work, organizations must now make sure that they spend all of their allotted money each fiscal year and not allow money to rollover between years. “The year we collect the money, we need to spend it, unless it’s a designated donation specific for [an organiza-

tion] to use over the years,” said Anderson. “In the case of The Hawk, if there’s ad revenue, there needs to be spent in the year that it’s collected … so it’s a wash, and you don’t do anything to overspend your budget.” Letts explained that the changes students would see from SUB are very situational. Due to the loss of money, prizes from bingo nights may be smaller or trip tickets may cost more money next semester; right now, however, the SUB is still unsure. “It’s exciting and it’s a little scary,” said Letts. “It’ll be daunting and hard. But it’ll be a good opportunity for the organization to grow.” The University Student Senate (USS) is encouraging students in affected organizations to attend the next Senate meeting to get informed as well as voice complaints and comments. “We would like to reach out all organizations affected by this and see if they need any USS support,” said Paolizzi. “We encourage them to come to a meeting and voice their opinions.”


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Decrease in college-aged students leads to new admissions initiatives Continued DECLINING, from Pg. 1 “Why do we have another budget shortfall, and who is to blame? … Is there too much debt and pressure on enrollment because of [the Maguire Campus]?” said Gillespie at the “Landscape of Higher Education” Town Hall meeting held on Oct. 24. Current students may feel the effects of tighter budgets. Maureen Mathis, assistant provost for Enrollment Management, said, “…It then becomes the responsibility of our current students to help us recruit.” Mathis said it is crucial for current students to help prospective students feel welcome at St. Joe’s in order for enrollment to remain healthy. Some students agree with Mathis’ statement, saying that current students should be partially responsible for recruitment. “I think students should help recruit new students because they’re here right now,” said Annamarie Gatti, ’16. “They know what’s going on.” Other students, however, think that the university should be held responsible for recruiting new students. “St. Joe’s students have a lot of other concerns,” said John Pietruszka, ’16. “They’re going to school here. It’s a lot of hard work and we don’t have time to go out and recruit.” The Office of Admissions, which has not yet been affected by the trend of fewer 18-year-olds, has been working hard to combat this becoming an issue in the future. “We’ve been resilient despite the downturn in the economy and despite the smaller number of students that are projected to graduate from high school, just based on demographics,” says John Haller, the associate provost for Enrollment Management.

Haller and Mathis described the campus visiting process, the Office of Admissions’ relationship with high school guidance counselors, and the “Live Greater, That’s the Magis” campaign as extremely important tools to St. Joe’s recruitment. Some faculty members believe that the outlook is not grim. Ken Weidner, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, said that while the decline in population is concerning, the population issue can be solved by building university reputation and delivering the education the marketing promises. According to Weidner, in 2010, there were 6,974 undergraduate applicants; in 2011, there were 7,401 undergraduate applicants; in 2012, there were 7,386 undergraduate applicants; and in 2013, there were 7,831 undergraduate applicants. According to New Geography, demographics are expected to bounce back within a few years. While universities that are already having trouble drawing applicants may experience a few tight years budget-wise, it is not something that will necessarily be that extreme, indicated Weidner. In addition, St. Joe’s has recently been drawing a larger amount of applicants. According to Haller, the class of 2017 is the second-largest class in St. Joe’s history, despite the current trend of the decreasing 18-year-old population. Although the population demographics remain on the minds of students, faculty, and administration, some believe that if this upward trend in enrollment continues, the university can at least partially avoid the effects of the decline in the 18-year-old population.

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Department of Public Safety Reports (Oct. 17-25) October 17

Public Safety was notified of a suspicious person near the area of the St. Mary’s parking lot. The person was described as an elderly male carrying a brief case, computer bag and a small box. Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the person.

October 18

Public Safety confiscated alcohol from four students entering Rashford Hall.

An area resident contacted Public Safety regarding St. Joe’s students damaging property on the 5700 block of Woodcrest Avenue.

October 19

Public Safety confiscated alcohol from a student entering Lancaster Courts-Hastings Apartments.

Philadelphia Police cited two students for public intoxication near the area of the LaFarge Residence Center.

Public Safety received an anonymous tip regarding drug sales inside of Villiger Hall. Subsequently, a room search was conducted at which time two mason jars of marijuana was located. Philadelphia Police arrested a St. Joe’s student in regards to this incident.

Public Safety confiscated alcohol from five students inside of Pennbrook Apartments.

Public Safety confiscated alcohol from a student entering Weymouth Apartments.

Facilities Management notified Public Safety of broken furniture on the porch of Sullivan Hall.

Public Safety confiscated alcohol from a non-student entering the LaFarge Residence Center.

Public Safety was notified of the theft of a laptop computer inside of the LaFarge Residence Center.

Public Safety confiscated alcohol from a non-student entering the Ashwood Apartments.

Public Safety was notified of an assault of a student. The student, who was transported to Lankenau Hospital, refused to cooperate with Lower Merion Police and Public Safety.

Public Safety was notified of a non-student having his unattended bag removed from Sweeney Field. The bag contained his iPod and car keys.

Metropolitan Facilities Management notified Public Safety of a gas odor inside of Hastings Apartments. The odor was detected and fixed.

October 21

Public Safety received an anonymous tip regarding a female smoking marijuana underneath the McShain bridge. Public Safety

Officers responded and identified two St. October 25 Joe’s students. No drugs were found. Lower Merion Police cited two students for smoking marijuana near the area of the Lower Merion Train Station. October 23 Public Safety responded to a car fire alarm in the parking lot behind the Hawks Land- Public Safety confiscated alcohol from two ing garage. The Philadelphia Fire Depart- students entering the LaFarge Residence ment responded and extinguished the fire. Center. Public Safety received information from an area resident that students were littering the sidewalk with trash on the 5600 block of Overbrook Avenue.

Public Safety was notified of a non-student attempting to swipe in with another stu- Public Safety was notified of unknown dent’s ID at Lannon Hall. The ID was con- people removing a student’s textbook inside of an office in Mandeville Hall. fiscated. Public Safety was notified of a suspicious female panhandling on the 5800 block of Overbrook Avenue. Public Safety and Philadelphia Police responded to the area, located the female, and advised her to refrain from panhandling in the area.

October 24

Public Safety received information of a drug complaint coming from a room inside of Moore Hall. A search of the room by Public Safety and Residence Life revealed no signs of drugs or drug paraphernalia.

A newly-implemented lab course that runs alongside the introductory Communications Theory and Practice course is now going through major curriculum changes due to student complaints. Saint Joseph’s University communication studies department professors explained that as the communications lab class is brand new this year, there have been a few problems. Students say that they have been disappointed with the lab and have felt they have not been getting the most out of their experience. “Since there wasn’t a structure to the course, I think people got annoyed,” explained Jessica Bradley, ’15, who is currently enrolled in the class and lab. “I didn’t mind it … when I had a question it was useful, but I wish it was more of an optional thing.” The communication studies department took note of these student complaints, and recently refigured the lab course. Starting on Oct. 28, the department will be offering specific lab sessions that focus on certain digital skills such as Photoshop, video editing, and podcasting. In the new, updated course, students only attend the sessions in which they are most interested. “I think it’s better because now, if it’s relevant to me, I can go,” said Bradley. In the past two years, the department has sprung up, with the introduction of the major, hiring of new faculty, and general expansion. With the growing number of students taking on a communication studies major or minor, associate professor and new department chair David Parry, Ph.D., felt that adding the lab was essential in teaching students digital communication skills that would not be able to be covered in regular class time. “We wanted a way to get students detailed, focused, skill-based help in learning some of the digital tools without having to dedicate all the class time to those tools,” said Parry. The department also wanted to make the ‘prac-

October 25

Public Safety confiscated alcohol from a student entering Lannon Hall. Public Safety responded to an alarm in Cosi Restaurant. Investigation revealed that the building is intact. Public Safety was notified of loud music coming from a room inside of Merion Gardens. Public Safety and Residence Life responded. The music was turned down.

Public Safety was notified of a possible Facilities Management notified Public Safe- guest pass violation at the Sourin Resity of unknown people removing the emer- dence Center. Public Safety and Residence gency cover light and battery from the base- Life responded. ment of the Ashwood Apartments.

Students discontent with communications lab Katryna Perera ’16 Special to The Hawk

Public Safety was notified of unknown people forcing open a student’s room inside of the LaFarge Residence Center and removing currency belonging to the student.

tice’ portion of Theory and Practice become a reality. Parry explained that current communication studies students maintain their own blogs, where they make posts every week. The lab provides students with the assistance needed to maintain, update, and develop this digital presence. “We thought if we are going to require students to do this, we needed a set support structure in place for them to learn this stuff,” said Parry. The new lab class also engages students in a new style of learning and instruction. Aimée Knight, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies, explained that the new lab employs collaborative and experiential learning—something essential to communications. This type of learning includes students learning together through trial and error and not from a textbook or lecture. “There is a culture,” Knight explained, “and part of this culture … has a kind of DIY [do-it-yourself] ethic.” Knight said that the whole department “believes in this sort of learning by doing ethos,” and that this was one of the primary foundations on which the idea for the lab class was built. The lab course, however, does not provide students with academic credit. The department cites that the reasoning behind this was a necessity to integrate the lab into the 200 level course as much as possible, and simply provide a space and time for students to continue developing what they had learned in class. “We didn’t necessarily want to have a separate lab grade because we wanted people to feel more free,” said Knight. Knight noted that the course is still a work in progress and that the student feedback is helping the department develop the best possible plan for students. Parry explained that the department is constantly developing courses and class structure in order to best meet the needs of students. “Broadly,” he said, “we are growing.”

News Briefs Kensington stabbing

An unidentified suspect stabbed two women in the 1900 block of East Albert Street Kensington, Philadelphia on Nov. 1. One 30-year-old woman was stabbed six times and is in critical condition. The second 38-year-old woman was stabbed four times and remains in stable condition. Both women were taken to Episcopal Hospital and then transferred to Temple University Hospital. No arrests have been made. (NBC10)

LAX shooting

Paul Ciancia, the man who opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport last week, was shot four times by airport police and remains in critical condition as of Nov. 4. He has been charged with murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. Ciancia killed one Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer and wounded three other people, including two more TSA workers. Any court appearance Ciancia makes will depend on when his doctors say he is stable enough. (AP)

FDA approves new leukemia drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug, Gazyva, to help treat patients with leukemia, a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow, on Nov 1. This drug comes from Roche, a research-based health care company. The FDA has cleared Gazyva to help patients who have not yet been treated for the disease fight chronic lymphocytic leukemia in combination with chemotherapy. (BBC)

French journalists killed in Mali

Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, two journalists for French radio station RFI, were kidnapped in the northern town of Kidal in Mali and found dead nearby shortly after. The journalists were last seen interviewing a local political leader. The kidnapping happened only a few days after the release of four French hostages from Niger. (BBC)

Nazi-looted art found in Munich

$1.35 billon worth of art, including works by Picasso, Matisse, and Chagal, were found in a storage closet of an 80-yearold man from Munich. At least 300 paintings found in the closet are believed to be among about 16,000 works that were declared by the Nazis as “degenerate art.” The collection is currently being held in a safe warehouse in Munich. (USA Today)


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Just the fracks

Hydraulic fracturing sparks dialogue on campus Evan McKernon ’16


Special to The Hawk

ydraulic fracturing is a controversial practice for extracting natural gas that has swept across the United States in recent years. The Saint Joseph’s University community has reacted in an assortment of ways to this process due to the potential risks it poses to the environment. Fracking is the act of extracting natural gas by injecting a liquid mixture into subterranean shale formations. The removal of this liquid, comprised of sand, chemicals, and water, is often the cause of dispute due to its environmental effects. Scott McRobert, Ph.D., professor of biology and environmental studies at St. Joe’s, warned of possible the ecological and health risks of fracking. “There’s a cocktail that is used that is injected into the ground, and the cocktail itself is filled with some very dangerous chemicals—chemicals that can pollute water, chemicals that can cause birth defects, that can cause cancer,” said McRobert. Over half of the chemicals used in the process are irretrievable while the other half is brought up with the water. The half in the ground may seep into local aquifers and contaminate tap water. The presence of these chemicals can cause the water to ignite when used in the home. “The practice [of fracking] uses millions of gallons of initially clean water to execute, and the water at the end of the process is not clean; it’s not fit for consumption,” said Jean Smolen, Ph.D., professor of environmental and sustainability studies and environmental science. Many leftover substances are left in open-air pits at the fracking site, which can be susceptible to the effects of nature. If it rains heavily, the pit can overflow and chemicals can then escape from the confined area, contaminating groundwater. Fracking is a common practice in many areas of the nation, but the closest sites of fracking to St. Joe’s can be found within the Marcellus Shale region, which extends from upstate New York to West Virginia, passing through large areas of western Pennsylvania. The global presence of the fracking industry is large and is seen on almost every continent. Despite this, there is growing public and legal resistance to this practice. There are many countries across the globe that currently limit fracking activities or that have already banned the practice. Within the U.S., the entire state of Vermont and a plethora of towns across the nation have also banned the practice. Fracking has garnered rising importance in contemporary society due to the debate that surrounds the security of natural freshwater sources. The ecological cost of fracking is countered by the prospect of American energy-independence as well as the ability to use the valuable resource of gas. This natural gas fuels a great amount of modern machinery including homes, cars, factory equipment, and other tools. Mary Malloy, ’14, said that she likes to think about the economical benefits that can be provided when using fracking to acquire natural gas. “It’s a good thing for our economy … because it creates home jobs,” said Malloy. “Those freak accidents are because they were not following protocol.” The attitude about the fracking industry among some students and faculty within the St. Joe’s community generally leans toward support of the environment and disproval of the practice. St. Joe’s students who attended a seminar on fracking, “Under the Surface,” led by author and journalist Tom Wilbur on Oct. 16, reacted to discussion on the issue in multiple ways. At the seminar people affected by the fracking industry were asked their opinions. Conor DePalma, ’16, noted the importance of looking at other sustainable energy options. “There’s only so much of the fossil fuels,” said DePalma. “If they really want to be economical about it, they have to look into alternative sources.” Beth Ford, ’99, associate director of campus ministry at St. Joe’s, said she would like to see more talk of economic and environmental issues in politics. “[Concerning fracking,] first preference should go to the environmental impact,” said Ford. “It’s a finite source of energy. It’s very shortsighted to put all of our resources in this.”

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Fracking is a chemical process used to extract natural gas from shale rocks beneath the surface of the earth. During this process, water and chemicals are forcefully injected through a drill to break up the shale and release natural gas.



fracking fluid

Water is mixed with sand and around 600 chemicals to create the fracking fluid to be drilled into the earth.


Waste fluids that are collected sit in open air pits and evaporate into the atmosphere.

This possibly contaminated groundwater is then used for drinking water in nearby towns.

Toxic chemicals and methane gas leach out from the well and begin to contaminate nearby groundwater.

After drilling a pipeline a mile or so beneath the ground, the fracking fluid is pressure injected through the pipe to reach the shale.

At the end of the well, the fluid’s high pressure causes the shale rock to crack. These cracks allow a pathway for the natural gas to be released from the shale and enter the well.

Designed by Weiyi (Dawn) Cai ’15

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Fracking Environmental risks of fracking outweigh the benefits

St. Joe’s students reflect on the way we treat the environment Caring for the environment is a moral responsibility

Molly Johnson ’15

Joseph Cerrone ’14

In recent years, hydraulic fracturing (otherwise known as fracking) has become a significant topic in Pennsylvania. This gas drilling process dominates discussion because of the discovery of a large natural gas deposit called the Marcellus Shale, which lies beneath 75 percent of Pennsylvania. The debate over whether fracking should be legal or more highly regulated has become so polarized that it is now difficult to hear a level-headed explanation. It is important to get to know both sides of the argument before you can come up with a solution. The first step is admitting we have a problem. I say “we” because if you consider yourself an American, you are undeniably connected to this issue. We all use energy—it’s as simple as that. At the same time, we all need clean water and air. The most compelling issue within the fracking debate is that all of its benefits and consequences fall directly upon our own country. Thanks to fracking, we are finally being forced to face the shocking truths about extractive industries. These are truths most of us prefer to disconnect from their relation to the excessive amounts of energy we consume on a daily basis. So what’s the truth? To start with, there are many reasons why developing this resource could be considered to be a good thing for the United States. The industrial development of rural communities in northern Pennsylvania brings income to families who can lease their land to gas companies. Furthermore, the industry creates jobs within the U.S. and produces a fuel source independent from other countries. Also, the more obvious positive result is that fracking is used to obtain natural gas (methane), a non-renewable resource which burns (key word: burns) cleaner than the current resources we rely on like coal and oil. It seems, though, that often these benefits veil the dangerous reality of fracking that takes place on our land. Natural gas is not as clean as it’s made out to be. According to the study “Improved Attribution of Climate Forcing to Emissions” by Shindell et al, methane is 105 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Therefore, natural gas traps 105 times more heat than carbon dioxide when released into the atmosphere. Furthermore, the fracking process can also result in the accidental leaking of methane into water sources, which is a serious danger for local communities. At the same time, water consumption and pollution are large concerns when looking at this drilling process. The Bousson Advisory Group from Allegheny College estimates that three to seven million gallons of water are required to drill one gas well. Not only does this purposefully take clean water and pollute it, but then gas companies have to figure out what to do with the polluted water. Furthermore, the economic aspect of fracking isn’t ideal either. Gas companies do stimulate local economies and family incomes, but not in a sustainable way. When the gas runs out, the companies will leave–this is a tried and true fact of extraction. These are only a few of the major concerns relating to fracking. It is crucial to understand why hydraulic fracturing is such a complex issue. To pick a side without giving weight to the opposing argument would be ignorant. Due to these facts, the negatives of the fracking industry far outweigh its promised benefits. To open up already vulnerable areas to industrial harm simply cannot be justified. Ultimately, it seems that the U.S. has an even broader issue to face: we must find the balance between supplying our energy addiction without compromising our nation’s health in the process. As history has proved time and again, this is a task that is much easier said than done.

Despite a multitude of warnings—everything from destructive superstorms to the pleas of scientists—humans are still skeptical about the negative impact our actions have on the environment. Although many people adopt superficial signs of environmentalism, these efforts are quickly discarded when they interfere with our daily lives and our ability to maximize profits. Even though we depend on the environment for almost every aspect of our lives, we continually accept environmental degradation in exchange for enhancements of our personal wellbeing. This must stop. While many people may not realize it, caring for the environment is a moral responsibility. We did not create the earth, but we are responsible for being good stewards of it. This means that we must make a conscious effort to understand the influence of our actions on the environment and work to ensure that we do not permanently damage our surroundings. Furthermore, there must be a level of reciprocity in the way we interact with the environment; although we use its natural resources, we must be sure to do so in a sustainable way. Environmental exploitation is not only destructive to biodiversity and wildlife, but also greatly harms marginalized and impoverished communities. This is particularly true in developing regions of Latin America and Africa, where indigenous communities and their ways of life are often threatened by the intrusion of Western companies in search of raw materials. Our duty to protect the environment also affects future generations, who will have to live in the world we leave for them. Therefore, adopting an ecological mindset will not only benefit the earth, but also our fellow humans. This message of environmental responsibility should not be considered radical or extreme; in fact, it is deeply rooted in our Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Although controversial issues such as same-sex marriage often garner a majority of attention, Catholic social teaching also demands that we care for the environment. The teachings of Popes Francis and Benedict XVI have made this message clear, yet one of the most poignant expressions of this tenant comes from Pope John Paul II, who said: “Faced with the widespread destruction of the environment, people everywhere are coming to understand that we cannot continue to use the goods of the earth as we have in the past … [A] new ecological awareness is beginning to emerge … The ecological crisis is a moral issue.” Hopefully the importance of caring for the environment is obvious to students on Hawk Hill. Our awareness of the environmental crisis may leave us stunned and feeling powerless, but this should not be the case. While we will not be able to completely reverse the dangerous trend of environmental degradation, we can make a small difference by being good stewards of the earth in our daily lives. There are countless recycling containers spread across campus, which students should be conscious to utilize. Additionally, students must actually follow the rules of recycling, making sure that they do not deposit food or non-recyclable materials into these receptacles. When possible, try to use public transportation or carpooling when traveling to an internship or venturing into the city. This simple action will not only save you money, but also reduce your carbon footprint. The most important way students of Saint Joseph’s University can promote sustainability is by bringing these values with them in their personal and professional lives. Very soon we will be in positions of power in politics, business, and society; then it will be our turn to ensure that the health of the environment is not neglected in pursuit of selfish interests. The world has waited too long to confront this environmental challenge. If we do not act soon, it is quite possible that irreparable damage will be done. Although it may be tempting to neglect the way we treat the world around us, we must always remember that caring for the environment is a moral responsibility.

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Illustration designed by Joseph Cerrone ’14



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University budget decision undermines student organizations Editor in Chief Marissa Marzano ’14 MANAGING EDITOR Amanda Murphy ’14 COPY CHIEF Abby Riviello ’14 Business Director Hannah Lynn ’14 Asst Business Director Nick Gianfrancesco ’16 Faculty Adviser Dan Reimold News editor Cat Coyle ’16 ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR Karen Funaro ’16 OPINIONS EDITOR Joseph Cerrone ’14 FEATURES EDITOR Shelby Miller ’14 SPORTS EDITOR Garrett Miley ’15 ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR Frank Flores ’15 LAYOUT EDITOR Weiyi (Dawn) Cai ’15 PHOTO EDITOR Shannon Adams ’16 ONLINE EDITOR Robbie Cusella ’14 SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Jillian Gardner ’16

The administration must consult students before making drastic changes on Hawk Hill As tuition-paying students, we expect the Saint Joseph’s University administration to focus on our needs. Unfortunately, it often appears that student concerns are neglected in the name of meeting the bottom line. Recently, in an effort to improve the long-term sustainability of student activities, the Office of Student Life has unjustly seized the rollover budget accounts of campus organizations. Furthermore, its new budgeting system prevents organizations from keeping their budget surpluses accrued after each fiscal year. This is an unacceptable action that unfairly targets campus organizations and harms the entire student body. A primary area of concern is the way this decision was reached. The administration did not communicate their concerns to student leaders and advisers of affected organizations, but instead reached a decision without consulting those who would be impacted by this change. Student organizations should have been included in the process of developing a solution to the budgeting issue. Furthermore, the time frame of the change is ridiculous; organizations were given little time to protest before Student Life seized our assets. Many organizations had already budgeted their rollover funds when this decision was surprisingly announced in the middle of the semester. There is no reasonable explanation for why this decision was sprung on us at the last minute or why we were not given the opportunity to develop a mutually acceptable budget solution. This move also threatens the ability of student

organizations to save money for long-term improvements. Planning for future events, investing in member training, and purchasing equipment all require extensive preparation. Although such saving will still be possible by seeking approval from Student Life, this process will certainly be filled with red tape and frustration. By pocketing our rollover funds and decreasing our ability to save for the future, Student Life is damaging the flexibility and fiscal power of student organizations. While members of campus organizations have already realized the detrimental consequences of this change, this issue will affect all students on Hawk Hill. With organizations such as the Student Union Board and the Spring Concert Committee shouldering enormous reductions in their rollover funds, they will inevitably be forced to curtail their planned events. There will be fewer events for students to take advantage of while campus organizations struggle to clean up a mess we did not create. The Office of Student Life is unfairly forcing student activities to bear the consequences of their budget concerns. We understand that changes must be made to the Student Life budgeting process to make it more sustainable and less susceptible to extreme fluctuations in account balances. Nevertheless, the discussion should have included the valuable firsthand perspectives of students and advisers. There must be a high level of trust and cooperation between students and the administration; however, actions such as this make it difficult to develop a constructive relationship. As the members of a student organization affected by this change, we demand that the administration heed our concerns regarding the elimination of current rollover funds and collaborate with us to improve our budgeting system. While it may seem efficient to make decisions unilaterally, this method of management will have negative consequences for the entire St. Joe’s community in the long run. —The Hawk Staff

Hot and Not on Hawk Hill

HOT New web portal announced After much development, last week the Saint Joseph’s University Office of Information Techonology announced the new university web portal, The Nest. This updated platform will replace the current MySJU system and is expected to be debuted in the spring 2014 semester. According to the official announcement, over 1,400 members of the St. Joe’s community participated in the contest to determine the name of the new web portal. With student and faculty complaints about the current system continually increasing, there is much hope that this new platform will usher in a new era of more user-friendly technology for the members of the St. Joe’s community.


Halloween hysteria With Halloween falling on a Thursday this year, there was enormous pressure to celebrate not only on Oct. 31, but also throughout the following weekend. This resulted in the stress of figuring out multiple different costumes to avoid repetition each night. While many students developed unique costume ideas, there was an overabundance of minions roaming the streets this past weekend.

Turned off by technology Finding time to unplug yourself Aly Bartolomei ’15


Hawk Staff

few Tuesdays ago, I leapt up from bed at 4:30 a.m. in a completely crazed panic. An intruder was not breaking into my room, nor was I sweating uncontrollably from a fever. Instead, my hand shot out from under my covers and I snatched up my phone that sat on my nightstand. I began to frantically scan over my Gmail account on my smartphone. I was robotically searching for a message from my boss that expressed her disappointment in me for missing a meeting from the previous day. This frightening case of anxiety had completely overwhelmed me at such an early hour of the morning. When I was finally able to regain a clear consciousness, I came to realize that it was actually a nightmare. Technology is becoming an increasingly present crutch in a college student’s day-to-day life. We rely upon our smartphones as a companion in uncomfortable social scenarios, like eating Sunday brunch in Campion alone. In the first few minutes of our morning class, we avoid making awkward small talk with our classmates by popping open our laptops to inject ourselves with a dose of social media newsfeeds. We even throw in headphones while we run across campus to the library, just to escape being alone with our own buzzing minds. So what happens once we remove all of this technology from our lives? Well, as with all addictions, at first when you remove your vice, you experience a withdrawal. Trust me, I lost my phone last week. I surely felt this panicked loss of control within the first few hours of not being connected. But after one day, I began to question this feeling.

Why was it that I felt as though I was lost? Over the past week without a phone, I decided to conduct a personal social experiment. I decided to not order a replacement phone until I felt relaxed with the fact that I was phoneless. I ended up learning more about myself that I had originally imagined. Without scheduling a set meeting with friends, I was more open to randomly hanging out and holding real conversations to actually catch up on each other’s lives. Whenever I ran into people I knew around campus, I felt truly excited to see them. When I asked others how they were doing, I no longer waited for

When was the last time you were able to sit on a Barbelin bench, just enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors without sharing the moment with your followers on Instagram? them to reveal what I had known about their lives from Twitter stalking. Trying to say hello to people I passed on my travels even led to me strike up random conversations with St. Joe’s neighbors who walk their dogs around Latches Lane. After all, what’s a better stress reliever than playing with a fluffy Golden Retriever on your way to class? I even felt more productive with my homework, as I invested

some quality time in my work while I was in the library. I felt especially empowered from the lack of technology in my life once I successfully navigated myself both into and out of the city without a GPS application. Oftentimes, our generation forgets the satisfaction that comes from being technologically independent. When was the last time you were able to sit on a Barbelin bench, just enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors without sharing the moment with your followers on Instagram? When was the last time you were able to celebrate a birthday, without waiting for midnight so that your Facebook community can make it feel official? What was the last book you were able to read for pleasure, rather than the last series you devoured on Netflix? Now, by no means am I saying that these technological advances have not bettered our society. Nor am I saying that I do not enjoy the same indulgences. After removing myself from technology for a while, I have found much gratitude for these ingenious inventions. However, I am a bit disturbed with the idea that it is more socially acceptable to depend on devices rather than your own abilities and skills. If I have come to any conclusion from this past week, it is that I have regained a sense of trust in my own ability. I cannot honestly recall the last time I was as proud of myself as the night I successfully navigated myself back onto campus from Center City Philadelphia without help from anyone or anything else. All I am saying is that there is something to gain from turning yourself off from technology. Do not overuse the technological advances of our time. Instead, unplug yourself every once in a while, as it can surely bring a newfound clarity and peace to your life.

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Unfiltered: {womanifesto} We asked, Hawks responded

It’s not a period, it’s an exclamation point!

Do you recycle? Are you aware of what you are and are not able to recycle?

Dismantling period negativity Carina Ensminger ’14


Hawk Staff

hy is it called a period when it’s obviously more of an exclamation? It’s not “Hello world. Here I am.” It’s more like “HELLO WORLD! HERE I AM!” Perhaps it’s called a period because as soon as you mention menstruation, it’s the end of discussion. It’s sad but true: menstruation has gotten a pretty awful rep, more so than most other bodily processes. Across cultures and throughout time, periods have been considered dirty, unclean, unnatural, and impure, as shown below: “And if a woman has a discharge, and her discharge in her flesh is blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening. And everything that she lies upon in her impurity shall be unclean: everything also that she sits upon shall be unclean.” – Leviticus 15:19-20. Not exactly putting menstruation in a positive light there. Tampon commercials do this too, albeit more subtly: “You don’t have to worry about leaks with product x.” “Tampon Z has a clickable applicator for discreet portability.” “Your life doesn’t have to stop when you’re on your period.” Though not as obviously negative as the quote before, this discourse isn’t exactly positive either; it insinuates that menstruation is a problem to be mitigated or an inconvenience to be overcome. It implies that we should not talk about it and that we should never let anyone know we are menstruating. Need more examples of period stigmas? “Are you PMSing?” or “Are you on your period?” are questions that get thrown around whenever someone acts emotionally. Cramps, migraines, fatigue, etc. associated with menstruation are often not considered legitimate reasons to feel unwell. “Feminine hygiene.” My hatred for this term knows no bounds. Number one: As if vaginas are inherently dirty. What makes penises so damn clean? Number two: As if only women menstruate. (Reminder: Sex is not gender.) This period-hating rhetoric has encouraged us to internalize shame for our periods. We bemoan and curse them, think of them only as an inconveniences or problems to be quelled. We have completely divorced ourselves from a natural, and dare I say integral, part of human life. But when you really think about it, having your period is fucking rad! Seriously! Menstruation connects us to the world around us. Our cycles follow that of the moon and reflect

the ebb and flow of the world’s thousand natural processes. Life and death. Morning and night. Tides pushing and pulling. Our periods connect us to nature in a tangible, mystical way. Menstruation gives you a direct connection to others around you. Having or having had a period is a uniting factor for those who possess a uterus. It’s an immediate instantaneous network. Menstruation means you have the truly incredible ability to create life. Just stop to appreciate that for a second. You are a creator in this universe. If that’s not the most powerful ability in this world, then I don’t know what is. To create a society of truly empowered periodloving people, we need to start a movement of period positivity. Period positivity doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to look forward to your period or love every single minute of it. It simply means that we all must embrace menstruation as a natural bodily process. It is not disgusting. It is not impure. It is not unnatural. It can be frustrating, but it also can be beautiful and empowering. So how do we start a movement of period positivity? Take care of yourself when you’re on your period. Take a break from homework! Eat chocolate! Nap! Whatever! Throw a menarche party! Bake cupcakes, watch movies, share funny period stories. The idea is to celebrate and empower yourselves by fostering a positive connection to your period and to other period-loving people. Start tracking your cycle. Knowing your body’s rhythms can help you to better welcome your period. PinkPad and MCalc are great apps for this. Don’t be afraid of what’s going on down there. It’s not as disgusting as the world would have us think. And getting a sense of what is a normal flow for you can help you to spot anomalies in the future. Find a way to interact with your period that works for you. Newsflash: pads and tampons are NOT the only products out there. In my opinion, they are some of the worst. In addition to being horrible for the environment, insanely overpriced, and not exactly wonderful for your body (bleached cotton, seriously???) they simply perpetuate disconnect from your body: you pull out the tampon and off the pad and just throw them away. If you’re looking for something that is just as convenient as tampons, but also environmentally friendly and able to save you upwards of $100/ year, try DivaCup. Instead of bulky pads, try a towel for sleeping. If you don’t menstruate, this concerns you too. You are part of this world, and as such you can play a part in creating a period positive society. Empower your menstruating friends and don’t be afraid to learn more about it!

This period-hating rhetoric has encouraged us to internalize shame for our periods...We have completely divorced ourselves from a natural, and dare I say integral, part of human life.

Imani Briscoe, ’17

Alix Philogene, ’16

“Yes I do recycle and I feel as though I am aware of what I am able to recycle.”

“I am aware. I recycle most of the time when I remember, so I do.”

Kristen Boyle, ’16

Caroline Byrne, ’17

“Yeah I recycle. I recycle all my plastic bottles and paper. I have a bin in my house that we all recycle in. I know what I need to recycle, like paper and plastic, cardboard and glass.”

Kayla Carroll, ’16 “I do recycle. I am not positive about everything; I know that you’re not supposed to do the caps on the water bottles so I try to take off the cap and throw that away.”

“Yes I am aware of what to recycle, but it is difficult to do so sometimes. Sometimes it’s a time constraint, sometimes you mix up what to recycle; it’s confusing sometimes.”

Mike Brunner, ’16

“Yes, my whole apartment recycles. My roommate got us all into recycling, so he kind of makes us recycle everything we do.”

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Relationship radar Eight signs you are in an unhealthy relationship Casey McBride ’16 Hawk Staff

Are you constantly fighting with your partner? Do you feel more self-conscious than usual in your relationship? Do you feel the need to check your significant other’s Facebook messages? If you answered yes to any of these questions or relate to any of the eight signs below, you are probably in an unhealthy relationship and should take time to think over your partnership as a whole.


Controlling behavior

If your significant other is telling you what you can or cannot do, “suggesting” that something isn’t a good idea for selfish reasons, or getting upset when you don’t see eye to eye, there are bigger issues at stake. You are your own person and you have the ability to make independent decisions, so don’t let anyone stop you from doing so.

Distancing yourself from your friends

Constantly choosing your significant other over your friends can damage the friendships you have, possibly to a point of no return. Your friends are always going to be there for you, but if something happens to your relationship and you’ve been neglecting your friends, they may not consider themselves your friends anymore.


Trust and communication are the two key elements to a successful relationship. If your relationship is based on jealousy and constant worrying, there is definitely something wrong. If you feel the need to check your significant other’s Facebook or texts to confirm or deny your suspicions, stop what you’re doing and get out of there. A relationship is nothing without trust.

Being in a relationship purely because you want a boyfriend or girlfriend is not a good reason to be with someone. Staying in a bad relationship or staying with the wrong person is only going to hurt you both in the end. If you’re staying with someone but don’t see it going far, you’re also being selfish by holding the other person back from finding a partner who might be perfect for them.


Constant arguing Whether it is your physical appearance, the way you act, or any other criticism the other person may have, it’s never okay to feel any less about yourself due to comments from someone who is supposed to be supporting you. Your significant other should be there to encourage you, not bring you down.

Judgment and criticism If every problem is the start of a full-blown argument, you’re not going to be happy in the long run. If you can’t stay level-headed and talk out the problems you have, your relationship is going to remain a scream fest when any little thing that comes up, no matter how big or small. It is only going to hurt both of you in the end.



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This goes hand in hand with a lack of trust, but if you are the one feeling the need to withhold information, you should take a look at what you’re doing. If the other person knew, would they be upset? There are many reasons for withholding information, but if you’re doing it because you think the other person will be angry, it can only end badly.

You’re not happy You should never stay in a relationship that you’re not happy in. If any of these characteristics of an unhealthy relationship are bringing you down, empower yourself and make a change. It may be hard, but you have to be selfish when it comes to your own happiness. Don’t let anyone make you feel any less than you are.


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Honors program frustrates students Marissa Marzano ’14



o most students, the best part about being a member of the Saint Joseph’s University honors program is priority registration. However, the worst part about the St. Joe’s honors program can be choosing which classes to register for. Time and time again, when I tell people I’m part of the honors program, I get the same question: “Why?” The reputation of the honors program’s poor class offerings and difficult scheduling has spread throughout the student body. I joined the honors program in the second semester of my freshman year, and since then I’ve seen very little change in the courses offered. Like any other St. Joe’s program, the honors classes cycle through a limited number of course offerings. However, many of the same classes are offered each semester, giving little variety to students throughout their four years in the program. Many of the honors classes offered are GEP requirements,

which one would take during freshman year. Many of these classes are also taken concurrently—Texts and Contexts paired with Moral Foundations paired with Forging the Modern World. Since honors students are recommended to take only one honors class per semester, many students wind up taking the non-honors

The reputation of the honors program’s poor class offerings and difficult scheduling has spread throughout the student body. sections of these courses. I think it would be beneficial for the honors program to do away with some of these 100-level classes and instead attempt to offer more upper-level classes that can be taken at any time during our four years on Hawk Hill. The honors program also does not lend itself well to many majors, particularly those in the

Haub School of Business. Though the program does offer one or two business courses each semester in an effort to keep it relevant to students in both schools, far more classes are centered on students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Many of these courses are history, classics, or English classes. Though they can be worked into a curriculum for business students as electives, this can become tricky for students who double-major (which many business students do). Finally, honors classes should incentivize students to take them. Though there’s something to be said for the numerous amounts of theology and philosophy courses that are offered through the honors program, many students would love to see an increase in different, interesting classes— such as psychology, sociology, or food marketing. If the honors program could increase its course offerings, it would see an influx of students who are excited to be a part of the program and engaged in the classes they are taking, rather than just blindly fulfilling requirements.

Tunisia: The first and last hope of the Arab Spring Kevin Black ’15 Hawk Staff

Last week, the North African country of Tunisia experienced mass protests and demonstrations in an effort to expel the Ennahda Party from power. Immediately after the fall of Tunisia’s dictatorship in 2011, this Islamist party was granted official status and won a plurality of seats in the country’s new constituent assembly. Nevertheless, Tunisian citizens have quickly grown weary of this party’s grasp on power. Tunisia today closely resembles Egypt during the summer of 2013. While both countries experienced peaceful demonstrations to expel the governments, violence quickly ensued. Tunisia’s rising Islamic extremism, as well as complications in its attempt to write a new constitution, present Tunisia, the first and final hope of the Arab Spring, with a real dilemma. The Ennahda Party in Tunisia has lost much control over the country, as evidenced by the spike in crime, which has been attributed to extremist groups. Islamic fundamentalism had never been a problem in Tunisia until recently. Now, security forces and police fight weekly in clashes, showing the deterioration of Tunisian society. As the situation continues to crumble, the once vibrant hope surrounding the Arab Spring will fade, giving way to resentment for the failures of democracy within the region. If Tunisia is unable to develop a new constitution, implement the rule of law, and improve its ailing economy, it will join the ranks of the other failed reformers and fall once again to authoritarianism and chaos. The demands of the people have been straightforward since the beginning of the revolution in 2011. The simple rights of freedom, jobs, and dig-

nity drove the revolutions not only in Tunisia, but also Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, as well as the civil uprisings in Syria and Bahrain. The desire for constitutionalism and the rule of law has resonated on a deep level amongst Tunisia’s youth protestors. High school and college students have been key activists in promoting the democratic transition, along with their teachers and faculty. Lately, ordinary Tunisians feel as though their rallying cry has been abandoned again. With the status quo once again taking hold, the people are returning to where it all began: the streets. As the Islamist coalition Ennahda continues to debate with the secular opposition, the people have become agitated. It has been nearly three years since the beginning of the Arab Spring, yet Tunisia is stuck in gridlock due to disagreement between the two sides. The country that started it all is about to regress the way Egypt did. If Tunisians flood the streets once again to protests against their government, a repeat of the vicious clashes in Tahrir Square in Cairo could manifest itself in the streets of Tunis. The developments of the Arab Spring were originally viewed with much optimism. Today, that optimism has given way to turmoil as these countries fail to transition to democracy. However, if Tunisia is able to transition successfully, hope may return to the Middle East and North Africa and incite a new series of revolutions in the region. Image from


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Taking the court and more

From sidelines to stages, St. Joe’s cheerleading seeks to prove sport status

Erin Cooper ’17 Hawk Staff Marissa Marzano ’14 Editor-in-Chief

We’re taking our place on the court, making a name for ourselves as more than just the girls on the sideline,” said Kelly Patterson, ’15. “We’re representing more—we’re representing the school.” This season, the Saint Joseph’s University cheerleading team is out to prove that they’re more than just high ponytails and pom-poms. As Patterson explained, a day in the life of a St. Joe’s cheerleader starts early and exists far beyond the team you see on the sidelines during basketball games. St. Joe’s cheerleaders spend 15 hours a week practicing throughout the school year; but when the basketball season begins, the team logs about 18 to 20 hours per week. The 28 women and two men on the team agree that they love what they get to do, even if they do not have all of the same perks as the other athletes here on Hawk Hill. “It’s really a lot of work,” said Samantha Byron, ’17. “But it’s also a lot of fun.” Alexandria Hutta, ’17, added, “There’s never a dull moment.” It’s not all fun and games, though. A typical day for a St. Joe’s cheerleader starts around 6:15 a.m. They practice just about everyday of the week and are constantly working on routines and skills. “Basically, we are cheerleading six days a week,” said Patterson. “And this is not including games.” And while it may not be apparent, the cheerleaders consistently face serious risks during both practices and games by performing a variety of dangerous stunts. Despite this, St. Joe’s cheerleading is not actually recognized as an official university team. “We’re considered a club sport,” Patterson explained. “[But] we do dedicate

the same amount of time and energy [as any other sport].” Just like any other athletic team, there is a significant amount of responsibility placed upon the cheerleading team in terms of staying in shape and getting routines down, while simultaneously balancing their schoolwork and social lives. However, without official team status, St. Joe’s cheerleaders do not get the official academic study time built into their days like other university teams. “To get that team recognition, we have to show that we are putting in these hours and dedicating the same amount of hard work,” stated Patterson. “We’re putting in the time so that we do eventually [get to] call ourselves a sport and [get] those opportunities.” The inclusion of two males cheerleaders this season, including David Palmen, ’17, is an essential part of attaining NCAA team status. “I love being on the cheer team because it is so much fun, and I also get to hang around a bunch of girls all day,” Palmen said. The cheerleading team also gets the unique experience of building a bond with the other sports teams. “You start to build this bond because … [you are] on the road with them,” Patterson explained. “Even if you don’t talk to them personally, you build this connection and you’re their number one fan on the sideline every single game.” The team also maintains a strong competitive presence within the collegiate cheerleading community. This year they have been increasing the amount they practice their stunt routines. “Stunt is a way that cheerleading is moving into a collegiate sport,” said Patterson. “There’s four quarters, there’s a referee, [we] learn routines, different jumps, stunts, tumbles.” These routines are a lot more than what the student body typically sees on the sidelines. In addition to preparing game routines, the team works hard to prepare a competition routine. After working over winter and Easter breaks, going to games and tournaments with St. Joe’s basketball, the cheerleading team gets their

own time to shine at nationals in Daytona, Fla. “[Nationals is] a crazy thing because you work all year for two and half minutes,” said Patterson. “That’s one of the greatest parts about cheerleading—in no other sport do you get one chance to go out there and prove [how hard] you’ve worked the entire year.” Overall, Patterson said that being on the cheerleading team has changed and shaped her and her teammates’ experiences at St. Joe’s. “I think I have a stronger spirit with the school,” Patterson said. “I kind of understand, ‘The Hawk Will Never Die’ [because] I live it at the games … I portray that spirit on the court and campus all the time.”

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Place of the Week: Old City Coffee Amanda Leithead ’17 Hawk Staff


f you’re looking for a cozy café that offers fresh coffee for a reasonable price, look no further than Old City Coffee. Nestled in between shops along a cobblestone street in Old City Philadelphia stands the European-style café that boasts freshly brewed Arabica high grown coffee. Outside the quaint shop, a mug-shaped sign bearing the café’s logo hangs above the outdoor seating area where patrons casually chat over their drinks. Once inside the café, visitors are greeted by friendly baristas and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Old City Coffee, founded in 1984, offers a variety of different coffees and teas, from regular brews to seasonal flavors. Their proclaimed specialty is urn-brewed full flavor coffee, which is a refreshing change from the typical computer-controlled brews that other coffee companies make. Other warm and cold drink favorites are also available, including hot chocolate, apple cider, Italian soda, and smoothies. The menu additionally includes meals such as burritos, salads, and soups, as well as typical café bites such as bagels, muffins, cookies, and cakes. The company also sells its products online and caters. Their specially made gift baskets make the perfect present for coffee and tea lovers. Coffee beans, tea, brewers, and other accessories can also be purchased on the company’s website. Their weekly specials offer freshly imported flavors that are perfect for any season.

Old City Coffee has also been featured and awarded in Philadelphia magazine for the “Best Coffee Beans” in Philadelphia. Throughout its almost 30 years of operation, Old City Coffee has maintained its original mission, which, according to the company’s website, is “…to supply the public with the freshest, highest-grade coffees, combined with excellent service and competitive pricing.” In addition to selling coffee and other refreshments, Old City Coffee regularly hosts special events at its Church Street location. This month, the café is hosting a jazz series in honor of the building’s origins. Prior to becoming Old City Coffee, the building was the SS Stewart banjo factory where various famous musicians performed. On Oct. 27, Umer Piracha and the Dystonic Jazz Company gave the first performance of the series. On Nov. 10, Carolyn Thorn and the Appetizers will perform, as well as Flounder Warehouse. On Nov.17, Wurli, a multi-instrumental musician, will play. The concerts will begin at 3 p.m. on both dates. Old City Coffee is located at 221 Church Street in Old City Philadelphia, with an additional location at Reading Terminal Market. The Church Street location is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Build me up, butternut Kristen Pilkington ’14 Hawk Staff

It is that time of the year when no matter what you do, avoiding winter illnesses seems impossible. In order to lower your risk of contracting that dreadful bug, whether it’s a common cold or the flu, you need to boost and maintain your immune system. Aside from vitamins and hand sanitizing, certain types of foods are your best line of defense. One such food is butternut squash. A relative of pumpkins, melons, and cucumbers, butternut squash is a yellow-beige, hourglass-shaped fruit that contains a variety of beneficial nutrients. In a one-cup serving, butternut squash contains significant amounts of daily-recommended fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Five reasons to eat butternut squash 1. It contains considerable amounts of vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system. 2. It is low in fat and high in dietary fiber, promoting a healthy heart and digestive system. 3. It has an ample amount of vitamin B6, which is vital to proper nervous and immune system functioning. 4. It provides substantial amounts of potassium to enhance bone health. 5. Rich in various antioxidants, it can increase anti-inflammatory reactions to reduce risks of arthritis and asthma. Add butternut squash to your diet with this classic butternut squash soup adapted from the

Whole Foods recipe. It takes very little time to make and is savory and delicious. Serve the soup with a fresh thyme garnish on the top for a professional magazine look. Even better, it tastes just as good reheated as it does freshly made. Ingredients - 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 2 carrots, diced - 2 celery stalks, diced - 1 onion, diced - 1 butternut squash, cubed (fresh or frozen) - 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped - 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth - ½ teaspoon fine sea salt - 1 teaspoon ground black pepper Directions 1. Heat oil in a large soup pot. 2. Chop the vegetables and squash into cubes. 3. Add carrots, celery, and onions to the soup pot and cook until the vegetables start to soften (about five minutes). 4. Stir in the butternut squash, thyme, broth, salt, and pepper. 5. Bring contents of soup pot to a boil. 6. Reduce the heat and simmer until the squash is tender (test with a fork). This will take about 30 minutes. According to Whole Foods, the nutritional facts per serving are 140 calories (50 calories from fat), 6g total fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), and 6g of protein.

# Jeff Matty.Jr @jmattyjr When you oversleep night class #sju

Meg Scanlon @forgetmegnot My hawk wrap Instagram got more likes than your selfie #thatsthemagis Katryna Perera @KatrynaJill You know it’s registration time when someone is holding a GEP paper and crying #ThatsTheMagis Sean Donovan @the_bama_slamma Registered for 1 class because everything is either filled or invite only #magis Alli DelGrippo @allidelgrippo

forever confused by people who wear Villanova clothes on campus #HolyWar #THWND

Tricia @Luda_Trish Cracking up at the group of people who just busted into song and dance to shaggy’s “it wasn’t me” in sju’s cafeteria #thatsthemagis Morgan @floatinbuoy I literally find a way to say magis at least once a day #thatsthemagis Yiannis Michailides @YiannisGreek Things at St Joes are never awkward.. They are only hawkward #sju #THWND

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Etsy by Veasey Student customizes shoes with hand-drawn designs Amanda Murphy ’14 Managing Editor


o you own a pair of blank canvas shoes? If so, send them to Deanna Veasey, ’16, through Etsy by Veasey, and she’ll hand-draw a custom pattern on them that is tailored just for you. “I had a pair of yellow Toms and I was in love with them, but they got really dirty to the point where it was just like really bugging me,” Veasey said. “I saw on Pinterest, of course, a cool picture of these drawn-on Toms and I was like, I’m going to draw on my Toms!” Since June 2013, Veasey has been selling custom-designed canvas shoes on Etsy, an online marketplace where people can connect to buy and sell goods across the world. “I was wearing them around and people were like, ‘Oh my god, where did you get those?’” added Veasey. “And I was like, ‘I made them!’ And they were like, ‘Oh, you should sell those,’ and I was like, ‘Nah, nobody wants these,’ but then … so many people kept telling me to, so I made the Etsy page and that was it.” Most of her design inspirations come from her own imagination, but some result from other designs that she admires. As a fan of paisley, Veasey loves to incorporate this design, as well as dream catcher and Aztec themes, into her shoes—and they are certainly a favorite among her customers. One pair, inspired by St. Joe’s, features the “SJU” logo, an outline of Barbelin Hall, the image of the Hawk, and the university-famed acronym, “THWND.” “I think my favorite part is just the fact that people want [custom shoes],” remarked Veasey. “Whenever I show people they’re like, ‘Oh my God, that’s so cool,’ and it’s something [I never used to think] of as cool, just because if I could do it, anybody could do it.” But while anyone could do it, the tedious nature of the craft doesn’t mean that anyone would do it. Working out of her dining room in Ashwood Hall, it can take Veasey a large chunk of the day to design just one pair of shoes before they are ready to be shipped. For an interdisciplinary health services (IHS) major, this is a lot of time. “If it’s one of the paisley ones, [the design is] all over the shoe [and] it can take me up to six hours,” said Veasey. “It is a lot of time, but I love doing it—I’ll just sit with a cup of tea and watch a bunch of ‘Boy Meets World’ episodes or something … I’m never miserable when I’m doing it.” Veasey first started creating her designs with Sharpies, but when they bled on a pair of her own shoes, she decided to use only fabric markers. “I like to make my patterns really precise and detailed,” she said. “And it’s hard to do that with a lot of fab-

ric markers, because a lot of them are so thick … The really fine Sharpies are perfect for what I want to do, but because I don’t want it to bleed and I’m nervous about that, I feel like I’m on an eternal hunt to find thin fabric markers.” While she has never taken an art class, aside from one drawing class over the summer, Veasey has always had a passion for drawing. She wants to take a painting class and experiment with pastels and other mediums in order to hone her creative talent. “Ever since I was little, I was always the drawer in the class,” said Veasey. “I wasn’t as involved with my drawing in high school, but right now I am on a decorations committee for Hand in Hand and I draw a lot of stuff that they put up.” Through Etsy, Veasey has not only had an outlet for her artistic ability, but she has also been able to reach customers on a national level. She said, “I think it’s so cool that somebody wants something that almost only I can make for them. It’s really cool to know that right now there’s somebody in Oregon wearing my shoes around.” Since June, Veasey has sold 14 official Etsy orders, as well as about four or five orders outside of Etsy to students who have approached her on campus. “I love it when people ask me to do new things—like this boy was ordering a pair for his girlfriend and [said], ‘She likes sugar skulls and anchors, so can you put in sugar skulls and an anchor and her name?’” said Veasey. “It just made it really personal and I thought it was really cool that I was able to help him make a really nice gift for his girlfriend.” But Veasey isn’t creating and selling custom-designed shoes for her own benefit. “I’m going on a bunch of service trips this year,” she said. “I’m going to Honduras in January and Appalachia [next semester] … I don’t know what’s going to happen after that, but obviously it’s a lot of money, so … all the profits are going to go to these trips.” Though she’s on a tight college budget, earning a profit isn’t Veasey’s only motivation. She added, “People always tell me I don’t charge enough and that I should charge more, but I like doing it more than I like getting money.” Visit Etsy By Veasey online at shop/EtsyByVeasey

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Unscramble each of the clue words. Take the letters that appear in boxes and unscramble them for the final message at the bottom.


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Can you morph one word into another by just changing one letter at a time?



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Center For Developing Everyday Champions Commissioning Ceremony Prayer Service for Student Athletes Wednesday November 6th at 6:30 pm in the Chapel

All are welcomed!! @SJUchampions


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Women face high expectations for 2013-14 season Garrett Miley ’15 Sports Editor After securing the Atlantic 10 Conference championship on the hardwood of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. last March, the Saint Joseph’s University women’s basketball team secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament field of 64. A talented roster led by a group of seniors took Hawk Hill and the rest of the A-10 by storm. After achieving such success, the women now feel a different energy heading into the 2013-14 season than in years past. After being picked to finish second in the A-10, this team has expectations. However, head coach Cindy Griffin, ’91, thinks that the preseason expectations bring about something positive for her team. “I look at it as respect,” Griffin said. “I don’t think they’ve picked us in the top two in the last ten years, so I think that it’s a level of respect…After being defending champions, people know who we are and know what we have in the gym. I think that second ranking is out of respect. You know as well as I know that the preseason stuff really doesn’t mean a whole lot. We’re going to ride it and appreciate it when we get it.” Heading into the beginning of the season with the honor of being selected No. 2 in the conference on the heels of last year’s success has created a different aura about the team as they prepare to open their season against Mount Saint Mary’s at home on Nov. 8. “I would say there’s always going to be a different atmosphere because every year you lose players,” said Natasha Cloud, ’15. “We’re losing players like [Ashley Prim] and [Chatilla van Grinsven] ... We have a lot of youth on the team this year. So, going into this year it’s fundamentally teaching the younger kids and trying to get the younger kids


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up to speed with what we’re doing. That’s how we’re going at it, one step at a time.” For senior guard and incumbent leading scorer Erin Shields, ’14, the preseason expectations and respect garnered from the other coaches in the A-10 don’t mean anything when game day finally approaches. “I think that we try and forget about that [ranking],” Shields said. “Preseason rankings don’t mean anything. That’s what you’re supposed to do. That’s why you play the games to figure out who is who. I think we try and forget about that. I think we’d rather be [number] one but that doesn’t matter to us. It’s just motivation to beat all those teams and we take it one game at a time.” The veteran leadership that this team returns is a huge asset in dealing with what is expected of the talented group. Despite losing their leading scorer from last year, Chatilla van Grinsven, ’13, the Hawks are still poised to field a talented rotation and compete with the best team in the conference. “We lost four seniors from last year’s championship team,” Griffin said. “Anytime you turn over that many seniors, that had a big impact on a team. It’s a challenge for us, but we certainly have a nucleus of kids, eight of which are coming back. I think that’s a positive thing heading into the year and certainly getting the freshmen acclimated to practice.” The influx of young players who will be expected to contribute, most notably forward Sarah Fairbanks, ’16, are capable of replacing the losses of last season. But the veteran presence of players like Shields, Cloud, and Ashley Robinson, ’14, will go a long way in making sure this team has another successful season and continues the winning tradition that Griffin brings to Hawk Hill.

Shields brings senior leadership Anthony Panvini ’16 Special to The Hawk Despite losing four seniors, including their leading scorer from a season ago, the Hawks lost a significant chunk of the nucleus that captured the Atlantic 10 title. Despite the losses, the returning roster has steady leadership and a wealth of experience headed by guard Erin Shields, ’14. Head coach Cindy Griffin has no problem placing the ball in the hands of Shields. “She brings a lot of experience and leadership to the team,” said Griffin. “She is a kid that’s been around basketball her whole life, with her mother being a former player here, a coach here, and now our senior athletic director.” Shields is a team co-captain, the all-time leader in free throw percentage (.880), and the returning leader in scoring with an average of 11.4 points per game. She led the team in scoring seven times with her sharpshooting ability. Her 73 three point buckets are tied for eighth most in a single season. Case in point: Shields can score the basketball. She also led the team last season in minutes played, averaging 32.6 minutes per game. Out of 32 games last season, Shields played in every one and started in 31 of them. This just goes to show how important she is in the rotation of the lineup. During the 2012-13 season, Shields was named the most improved player in both the A-10 and Big 5. This season, she was named to the A-10 preseason All-Conference Second Team. Experience is a key

aspect that has helped Shields develop her game since she was a freshman. “Experience has everything to do with playing,” said Shields. “Three years of playing and learning from upperclassmen has really helped me.” Shields went from learning from others to being the one that is looked up on the court. Guard Natasha Cloud, ’15, thoroughly enjoys playing next to Shields. “It is such a great thing to be playing with each other especially since we were always rivals in high school,” said Cloud. “I think we mesh very well in our game. I al-

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ways know where Erin is going to be and I always know what Erin is going to do.” Cloud leads the team in assists (142) and steals (57). If they want to duplicate the same results as last year, the entire team will have to be on the same wavelength. “There is definitely a huge target on our back because we won the A-10 last year,” said forward Ashley Robinson, ’15. “We are a strong team and we know our capabilities and what we can do on the court. Team chemistry is definitely going to be a key for us this year.”

Conference shakeup challenges Hawks Rich McIntosh ’15 Hawk Staff College basketball has undergone a wealth of conference realignments over the past year and the effects may yet be felt this upcoming season. The departures of Temple, Xavier, Butler, and Charlotte, as well as the additions of George Mason and Davidson, have the landscape of the Atlantic 10 conference looking quite a bit different than last season. Saint Joseph’s University’s women’s basketball coach Cindy Griffin, ’91, expressed uncertainty at the possible ramifications of the ever-changing landscape of the A-10 and suggested it might take a few seasons before it all plays itself out. “I think it’s yet to be determined,” Griffin said of the possible consequences of the realignment. “We’re sad to see Temple leave, and I think that was a healthy rivalry in the league [that] helped our RPI [ratings percentage index] and that sort of thing, but it’s still a strong league.” Griffin also emphasized that the league still maintained a wealth of postseason experience even with the loss

of stronger teams like Temple, Butler, and Xavier. “We have teams that have been to the postseason,” she said. “We had seven last year and eight the year before, so I think it’s still strong. We’ll have to wait a year or two to see what kind of other impact it would have.” Erin Shields, ’14, expressed similar fondness for the rivalry the Hawks had with the Temple Owls. “Having Temple not be a part of [the conference] is just different,” Shields said. “It’s weird. They were our big A-10 rival. Even having Charlotte leave and a few other teams leave like Xavier, along with some new additions, it just brings a different dynamic.” On the men’s side of things, head coach Phil Martelli seemed to suggest that the possible consequences of the conference shake-up were a bit overstated. “Last year in this league, every night felt like an NCAA [tournament] game,” Martelli said. “Every single night. And I don’t care who you were playing or where you were playing, whether you were a road team or a home team. It didn’t matter—every night was exhausting.” Martelli went on to suggest that the A-10 still maintained much of its strength even with the loss of some key teams.

“I think when you put it on paper, you have a legitimate top 15 team in VCU, across town you have this wonderful story happening with La Salle with a really good pro prospect in [Tyreek] Duren, and I think UMass has been undersold,” Martelli explained. “It’s just a different set of challenges.” “We’re still going to have to figure out George Mason, and their players,” Martelli continued. “When you look at the top of this league, you see national teams. You look at the all-league team and it has, I believe, 14 seniors. You’re playing in an advanced league, still.” As far as future shake-ups are concerned, Martelli expressed a sense of certainty that there would be more coming in the future. “I’ve never worried about what’s going to happen because I’ve always felt the A-10 had been very proactive, and everything had been very dependent on football for a long time,” he said. “And then a league came along that TV created. So, what’s going to happen now? I don’t think we’re going to be standing here next talking about the same A-10 that we have now. It’s going to change again. It has to change again.”



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PLAYERS The 2013-14 season of Hawk basketball features many familiar faces, as well as some talented freshmen.

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Senior forward Halil Kanacevic is vital to the St. Joe’s offense. One of the best passing forwards in the nation, Kanacevic led the Hawks in assists last season with 3.6 per game.

Freshman forward Deandre Bembry will contribute immediately for coach Phil Martelli and is in the discussion to start the season opener at Vermont.

As the men’s returning leading scorer from a year ago (13.7 ppg), Langston Galloway has an unlimited shooting range stretches the floor for the Hawks and opens up Phil Martelli’s offense. Now a senior and the team’s captain, Galloway is imperative to the Hawks just as he has been for the duration of his career on Hawk Hill.

Though she’s been slowed by injuries for much of her career, Ashley Robinson has the potential to be a major contributor for the Hawks. When she’s on the floor, she’s a wellrounded performer who can score, rebound, and block shots at effective rates.

Kelsey Berger was one of Cindy Griffin’s top options off the bench last season, appearing in 30 games for the Hawks. She’s among the Hawks best threats from the perimeter and could team up with Shields to create a formidable three-point attack in 2013-14.

After transferring from Maryland, Natasha Cloud’s transition to Hawk Hill was smooth. She finished third on the team in scoring (9.1 ppg) and gets to the free throw line more than any other returning player. Now a senior, Ilze Gotfrida remains a key piece in Cindy Griffin’s cog. A consistent scorer, Gotfrida shoots a high percentage from the field at .525 and is one of the more efficient players on the Hawks’ roster.

Point guard Chris Wilson will get a chance to push the pace this season in Phil Martelli’s new up-tempo offense. Known for his appearances on Sportcenter’s top-10 plays, Ronald Roberts Jr. is one of the most athletic forwards in the nation. Photos courtesy of SJU Athletics

BASKETBALL The Hawk Newspaper



DENVER 2:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)


TBA 12/1 TBA @Orlando, Fla.



ESPN2/3/U, CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

TEMPLE 12/4 8:00 P.M. @Philadelphia, Pa.



7:00 P.M. @Amherst, Mass. SportsNet NY, The Comcast Network CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

MASSACHUSETTS* 6:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena CBSSN CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

SAINT LOUIS* 2/5 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

GEORGE MASON* 1/11 8:00 P.M. @Fairfax, Va.

MEN’S ESPNews CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

VERMONT 11/9 7:00 P.M. @Burlington, Vt.

VILLANOVA 12/7 6:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

DREXEL 12/18 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)


LOYOLA MARYLAND 12/21 3:00 P.M. @Baltimore, Md.

SportsNet NY, The Comcast Network CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

BOSTON UNIVERSITY 12/29 5:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

LSU 11/28 8:30 P.M. @Orlando, Fla.

CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

ESPN2 CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

BINGHAMTON 12/31 2:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

MEMPHIS or SIENA 11/29 TBA @Orlando, Fla. ESPN2 or ESPNU CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)


DUQUESNE* 1/15 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

CBSSN CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

PENN 1/18 7:00 P.M. @Palestra

LA SALLE* 2/15 11:00 A.M. @Philadelphia, Pa.

CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

ESPNU CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

RHODE ISLAND* 2/19 7:00 P.M. @Kingston, R.I.

RHODE ISLAND* 1/22 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

Comcast SportsNet, Cox CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

The Comcast Network, Cox RI CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

RICHMOND* 1/25 4:00 P.M. @Richmond, Va.

FORDHAM* 2/22 2:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

NBCSN CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

DAYTON* 1/29 7:00 P.M. @Dayton, Ohio

DAYTON* 2/25 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

The Comcast Network, WHIO CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)


VCU* 2/8 8:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

The Comcast Network CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

SportsNet NY, The Comcast Network CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

CBSSN CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

CBSSN CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

MARIST 11/13 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena



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CBSSN CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)




QUINNIPIAC 12/1 2:00 P.M. @Hamden, Conn.


TEMPLE 11/10 LSU/STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 12/4 5:30 P.M. @Philadelphia, Pa. TBA @TBA



VILLANOVA 12/7 2:00 P.M. @Villanova, Pa.



HOFSTRA 12/10 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

VCU* 1/12 5:00 P.M. @Richmond, Va.

11/20 DREXEL

SYRACUSE 12/21 1:00 P.M. @Syracuse, N.Y.

PENN* 1/17 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

DUQUESNE* 2/18 9:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena



LA SALLE* 1/19 5:00 P.M. @Philadelphia, Pa.

DAYTON* 2/23 1:00 P.M. @Dayton, Ohio

11/8 MOUNT ST. MARY’S 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

7:00 P.M. @Richmond, Va.

GEORGE WASHINGTON* 1:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena



2:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

ST. BONAVENTURE* 3/1 3:00 P.M. @Olean, N.Y. NBCSN CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

GEORGE WASHINGTON* 3/5 9:00 P.M. @Washington, D.C. NBCSN CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

LA SALLE* 3/9 4:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena CBSSN CBS Sports Radio 610 (WIP-AM)

MARCH FORDHAM* 3/2 2:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

ST. BONAVENTURE* 7:00 P.M. @Olean, N.Y.



2/12 LA SALLE*

WOMEN’S 7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

2:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

PRINCETON 11/26 5:30 P.M. @Princeton, N.J.

6:00 P.M. @Fort Myers, Fla.

11:30 A.M. @Hagan Arena



1/22 GEORGE WASHINGTON* 11:00 A.M. @Washington, D.C.

DAYTON* 1/26 6:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena NBCSN


7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

7:00 P.M. @Hagan Arena

GEORGE MASON* 2/15 1:00 P.M. @Fairfax, Va.


MASSACHUSETTS 2/27 7:00 P.M. @Amherst, Mass. ESPNU

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