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Noyce Scholarships Awarded to Three Students Set on Becoming Teachers Deirdre Koenen Chief News Editor The Holy Cross mission to mold men and women for others finds a special fulfillment in those students with aspirations to become teachers when they bid adieu to the college on the hill, diploma in hand. Three of our fellow students at Holy Cross have this commendable goal on their horizons, and have each been honored with the award of a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship to aid them in their efforts to become teachers in the academic disciplines of mathematics and science. Scholarship recipients Zachary Kenny ’13, William Geddes ’14, and Matthew McCormick ‘14 have been involved in the Noyce Tutoring Program since their freshman years, and as juniors were granted the opportunity to apply for the scholarships offered through the program. Made possible by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program works to encourage promising stu-
dents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. Through the Noyce Tutoring Program, Kenny, Geddes and McCormick have spent many of their college days in the public schools of Worcester, tutoring younger students in the subjects in which they specialize. Students in the Noyce Program are invited to apply for the scholarship when they are rising juniors, and again when entering their seniors years. A second year recipient of the Noyce Scholarship, Zachary Kenny recalled a desire to teach when he was in high school, “I knew there was something about teaching that I wanted to be a part of around 10th grade.” He initially thought he would teach history, but changed his mind upon arriving at Holy Cross. “I want to be a teacher because I have always been naturally drawn to helping others,” said Kenny of his chosen profession. “I’ve
Courtesy of John Buckingham The three recipients of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships: Matthew McCormick ‘14, Zachary Kenny ‘13, and William Geddes ‘14. had other people there to help me when I needed it the most, and now it’s my turn to give back.” Kenny explained that for each year a student receives
this scholarship, he or she must commit to two years of teaching in a high-need school district after college, so he has now agreed to four years after graduation.
Recipients are also required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA while studying in college. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship awards $22,000 to each recipient, definitely a welcome award for any college student, especially one heading for a career with rewards unqualified for the ranking of income and monetary figures. “I was thrilled to have received the scholarship, said Geddes. He expressed enthusiasm and gratitude for the immense financial help that it is, but also reflected that “it is about so much more than the money. It was a great feeling to be able to say with certainty, ‘I am going to be a teacher after I graduate from Holy Cross,’ because I have known that that is what I want to do after graduation for quite some time.” Geddes also thought about becoming a teacher in his high school days, and said that he chose Holy Cross partly because this school granted him the op-
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SGA Plans New Hydration Stations Eric Butts News Co-Editor SGA has announced an initiative to install a proliferation of hydration stations across campus. More user-friendly and sanitary than a simple sink or water fountain, hydration stations, which can currently be found in Loyola gym and Carlin basement, combine a water fountain and water bottle filling unit. The initiative aims to provide students with superior hydration options than those currently available. The water provided by the stations will be chilled and purified; hopefully serving as a more enticing option for students than water from bottles or sinks. While Worcester’s water supply has been unstable in recent weeks, SGA and physical stress that this initiative is in no way a re-
sponse to the recent water main break which led to nearly 200,000 people either living without water or under 48 hour-long order to boil all drinking water. Rather, SGA and physical plant have been working side by side on the project since September. The initiative’s goals overlap with those of EcoAction’s Uncap HC initiative, which looks to ban plastic water bottles on campus, but the two groups are not working together in planning the expansion of campus hydration stations. The hydration station project is being headed by an SGA subcommittee and John Cannon, Associate Director of the Holy Cross Physical Plant. The subcommittee is currently in the process of determining potential locales for the new stations. Options currently under consideration
include, the first floor of Hogan near Cool Beans, Dinand library, the field house, the Hart center, all residence hall common rooms, the science cafe, and the Smith bridge near ad-
it out still, but we are hop-
ing that by the end of the semester we will know what is feasible and what is not. SGA and physical plant are completely behind this.” SGA cites positive student reviews of current campus hydration stations and wasteful tendencies in using disposable plastic bottles by Holy Cross students as the driving forces behind the initiative to expand hydration station usage. Despite the fact that Worcester water is highly regulated and purified, many students prefer bottled water or Brita purified Courtesy of Emily Sullivan water to simple tap water. A typical hydration station Physical plant is seeking to replace water fountains missions. across campus in the hope Emily Sullivan ’14, SGA that students will begin cutDirector of Environmental ting back on their bottled Concerns, said of the po- water usage, ultimately savtential hydration station ing money and helping the locations, “We are figuring environment.
Numerous students have cited confusion and disappointment with current water sources on campus. One junior said, “When I was in freshman orientation, the College gave us reusable water bottles and said there would be hydration stations all over campus so we should not bring any plastic water bottles to school with us. When I got to campus I couldn’t find these stations anywhere. Three years later, I’m glad we’re finally seeing that promise come to fruition.” While SGA is excited about the prospect of new hydration stations, their installation is still in the planning stages. Students should not be expecting increased numbers of the units on campus until at least Fall 2013.
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Holy Cross Community Talks about Bullying Jeremy Garneau Staff Writer This past Tuesday, November 26, 2012, the Office of Multicultural Education and the Student Government Association sponsored the “Bullying Prevention and Intervention” discussion for the Holy Cross community with the non-profit organization Ivy Child International. The purpose of the discussion was to provide information and strategies towards bullying prevention and intervention. Holy Cross students Kody Onyiuke (’13) and Danielle Dimond (’13), interns for Ivy Child International, hosted the discussion in the Jenks Suite of the Hogan Campus Center. The event was conducted by Rose Pavlov, a cross-cultural child specialist and founder of Ivy Child International. The discussion also featured real testimonies of bullying from two Worcester high school students, as well as video clips from recording artist Breje, an International Youth Ambassador for Ivy Child International. Ivy Child International, which started in Worcester, works with international children’s concerns like trafficking, natural disasters, and refugee resettlement. They are partnered with other organizations such as UNICEF and World Vi-
From NOYCE, page 1 portunity to major in physics while studying education, urban education in particular. He wants to teach physics, and also hopes to teach mathematics at some point further down the road. “I want to be a teacher because I want to spend the rest of my life after college working towards social justice and community building,” said Geddes. “I want my life’s work to touch the people around me because this gives me a feeling of purpose, and it also makes me happy. I see no better way of doing this than by educating youth, because I strongly agree with the Mandela quote “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” For me it is not about ‘saving the under-served children,’ it is about giving them the tools to save themselves.” Geddes expressed that he felt
sion. Part of their mission is to inform young children, teenagers, caregivers, and educators about bullying prevention and leadership by hosting workshops at schools throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. Rose Pavlov explained how “bullying has become a multifaceted epidemic.” Throughout her psychological research and observations, she noted how bullying “knows no age, gender, or race, which makes bullying a collective problem.” When asked why she began the “Bullying Prevention” workshops, Pavlov explained that “Ivy Child International has developed this one of a kind curriculum in response to the stirring international conversation around rising incidents of physical violence, verbal abuse, and cyber taunts among youth across the globe.” Two high school students from the Spirit of Knowledge Charter School in Worcester, MA, provided real testimonies towards the benefits of the workshops. The two students explained that their first year at Spirit of Knowledge Charter School “was pretty much bullying central.” The “Bullying Prevention and Intervention” workshops, however, helped the students discover commonalities amongst themselves and ways toboth elation and relief at the knowledge that he will have the huge support along the way to becoming a teacher. This scholarship has given him a secure plan for after college, and he admits that it has also made him more fully appreciate the time he has left at Holy Cross. Matt McCormick started tutoring as a freshman in high school, and developed a strong liking for the teacher-like role he played. He chose to be a tutor because he enjoyed helping his classmates and explaining concepts to them. He said of his experience tutoring in high school, “Not only was it satisfying to know I helped them do well in school, it was also extremely rewarding to know that I was a positive role model for these kids and inspired them to work hard in school.” Citing his reasons for pursuing a teaching career, McCormick identified his mother as a inspirational
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Courtesy of Jeremy Garneau Rose Pavlov, a cross-cultural child specialist and the founder of Ivy Child International, conducted the event. ward creating a better disciplinary system in response to bullying. Through rigorous efforts, Ivy Child International has been tracking the effects of bullying in many schools like Spirit of Knowledge
Charter School. They advise students to start youth customized campaigns in order to track bullying. These action caucuses have seen a 33% decrease in physical bullying at these schools, as well as
figure in his life. He explained that as the Department Head of Guidance at Dedham High School, and recent recipient of a Doctorate in
suit of a career in education, which he views as a very good fit for him. “My family has been very supportive of my aspirations to become a teacher,” he said, “and I think that teaching is something that I will enjoy for many years. Being a teacher allows me to do something I love and presents me with endless opportunities to positively influence the lives of others.” This scholarship recipient understands his chosen career path as one that equips children with academic knowledge as well as life lessons. He reflected on the power of teaching, “If you have positive relationships with your students and show them that you really do take an interest in their lives you will be able to inspire them to be good learners and will be able to truly make a difference in their lives.” McCormick plans to continue tutoring throughout college and hopes to become a high school math teacher upon graduation. He
“If you have positive relationships with your students and show them that you really do take an interest in their lives you will be able to inspire them to be good learners and will be able to truly make a difference in their lives.” -Matthew McCormick ‘14 Education, she has been a motivation and inspiration in his own pur-
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a 35% decrease in teachers reporting fighting as a major problem. Near the end of the discussion, the group displayed videos by recording artist Breje, who went on a national “anti-bullying” tour with Karen Klein, a 68 year old bullied bus monitor, and other celebrities this fall. He works with Ivy Child International to further spread awareness and prevention of bullying for children. In May of 2011, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the most strict anti-bullying legislation in the United States, putting Massachusetts teachers and faculty at the forefront of bullying prevention and intervention. Organizations such as Ivy Child International are striving to uphold this anti-bullying policy by helping schools create healthy child-centered environments. On November 29th, at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA, Ivy Child International will be part of Stand Up 2012, a one-day program to help students advocate and stand up against all types of bullying. Last year’s Stand Up was the largest antibullying gathering ever conducted in the U.S. Ivy Child International partnered with Stand Up to Bullying 2012 in order to combat bullying not only in the United States but also on an international level.
gratefully acknowledged that the Noyce program offered him the opportunity to do something he loved that could also prepare him for a career further down the road. The Noyce Program seeks to increase the number of teachers with strong STEM content knowledge for elementary and secondary education in high-need school districts. By encouraging college students and giving them financial support to pursue these careers, the program has been successfully leading more teachers into the classrooms of many schools in need for about ten years now.
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Spiritual Excercises Give Students Chance to Find their Faith Elizabeth O’Brien Staff Writer College can be the greatest four years of your life, but also the most overwhelming. While students are stressing out about finals, their grades, extracurricular activities, and being away from home, there must be some way for them to selfreflect and relax their mind. Holy Cross understands that sometimes students need to find an escape, which is why retreats are a popular event on campus. Retreats are a deeply-rooted Jesuit tradition. They allow people to rediscover their faith and appreciate the world through service and prayer. The whole Holy Cross community has been able to experience the benefits of retreats. Retreat programs have been expanding over the years. Four years ago there were less than 400 students going on retreats, and today that number has grown past 600. The popularity of retreats and the need for spiritual exercises has become so popular that Holy Cross has decided to build a contemplative center. This center will be used to organize re-
treats and expand programs to more students, faculty, and alumni. The project would not have been possible without the generous donations of Ann Marie and Bill Teuber '73 ($3 million) and an anonymous donor ($5 million). Another $4 million to fund construction costs is still needed, but the planning of the project has been approved by the Board of Trustees. Many Holy Cross alumni feel that the retreats they went on allowed them to learn more about themselves and find God as a constant force in their lives. Andrew DeVivo , a 2012 Holy Cross graduate, went on the Manresa and the Spiritual Exercises retreats. “The retreat gave me five days to talk just to God and to develop that important relationship in my life,” said DeVivo. “I began to talk to God on the way to class and when I was alone in my dorm room.” Holy Cross offers about 15 retreats per year. Two examples are the Take Five retreats, which are usually on a Friday from 5-10pm, and the Five Day Spiritual Exercises. Marybeth Kearns-Barrett ’84, Director of the Office of the Col-
lege Chaplains at the College of the Holy Cross, emphasizes the calm atmosphere of retreats. “All the retreats are based in Ignatian Spirituality which places a priority on "finding God in all things" - which invites the person on retreat to reflect on all aspects of their daily lives, in order to discover where God is present,” said Kearns-Barrett. “All of our retreats also provide time for silence to give students a chance to slow down, listen and pay attention to what is going on in their lives as well as providing a chance to pray in community with others.” Spiritual exercises are also bonding experiences. Students can find hope in listening to others. “Whether I was a retreatant or a leader, sharing personal stories allowed me to connect back to others and allowed a community to form through either shared experience or empathy for an experience I had never had in my life,” said DeVivo. “I took comfort on retreats from learning about how others saw God or how others battled difficult situations in their lives.” Many students become inspired
by what they gain from spiritual exercises to help the greater Worcester community. Spiritual exercises can help a student in almost every aspect of his or her life. “Holy Cross academics are phenomenal, but after learning so much in a very stressful environment, I needed to take a structured break that allowed me to examine what kind of person I was becoming based on all the experiences and lessons that Holy Cross had given me,” said DeVivo. “Holy Cross allowed me to see the world through immersion experiences, SPUD and study abroad.” Retreats have not only helped students, but faculty as well. Retreats can help a person discover his or her passion. “I would never be doing the work I do now- work I love and that I think brings out the best in me had I not gone on the Spiritual Exercises as an undergraduate,” said Kearns-Barrett. “This retreat helped me to discover my passions, how to have a relationship with God, and ultimately taught me how important my faith is to helping me be the person God created me to
be.” If a student or faculty member feels he or she would benefit from spiritual exercises, it is never too late to start. They may not be for everyone, but being exposed to spiritual exercises early can make for a more enjoyable Holy Cross experience. “Many people say that spiritual exercises are something you have to do before you graduate Holy Cross,” said DeVivo. “I say if you are ready, try and do them before you reach junior year. The Chaplain’s office is more than happy to help students who are unsure about their faith and the role of spiritual exercises. “I would encourage [students] to make an appointment to meet with any one of the chaplains,” said Kearns-Barrett. “We are here to accompany students as they try to figure out who God is for them and what kind of relationship they want to have with their God and the larger community.”
SGA Asks New RSOs to Deck The Hoval Jess Bailot News Co-Editor After Thanksgiving break, the final stretch is in sight for all of us dying to go home for winter break. Not being home for all of the holiday season may make some more homesick, but many holiday events are taking place on campus in order to cheer the students up as they cram for finals. One of these events happens to be a tree decorating contest put on by the Student Government Association. On Tuesday, December 4th, the second annual RSO Tree Decorating Competition will take place. From 5 pm to 6 pm, groups will decorate Christmas Trees on the
Hoval. From 6 pm to 8 pm judging will take place. The winning tree will be announced at Ten-Spot that evening. The winning tree will also be placed somewhere special for the rest of the holiday season at Holy Cross. This year, co-directors Makayla Humphrey ’15 and Ross Davies ’14 of Programming of the Executive Cabinet for the Student Government Association had more time to prepare for this event than the codirectors last year. Instead of one week to quickly throw everything together, Humphrey and Davies have been planning this event since after October Break. “We are really trying to expand upon last year’s first go of this
event,” stated Humphrey. “It’s a
“Hopefully lots of people will come by. We would like to spread some holiday cheer to all on campus, especially to the students who pass by the Hoval on their way to Dinand.” -Ross Davies ‘14 great opportunity for new RSO
groups to win money and promote their groups for the rest of the campus,” she observed. The group that decorates their tree the best will win $300 towards their RSO. Funding for RSOs is quite hard to obtain, so this would be a fun way to earn money for newly developed organizations. Last year six groups participated, this year hopefully there will be ten groups competing for the cash prize. There are not many rules for the Christmas tree. The trees are fake and about five to six feet tall from Wal-Mart. Each group is supposed to bring their own decorations and creativity. The trees are generally theme-oriented, but it must be appropriate. Signs up were
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this past Monday night. “Hopefully lots of people will come by. We would like to spread some holiday cheer to all on campus, especially to the students who pass by the Hoval on their way to Dinand.” commented Davies. The Student Government Association will provide coffee, hot chocolate and cookies for all who attend. The template from last year regarding this event gave Humphrey and Davies very good feedback in order for them to prepare for this year. Good luck to all the contestants and hopefully the turnout will be good!
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Psycho Beach Party Brings a New Kind of Party to Campus Victoria Fritz News Co-Editor Beginning this Thursday evening at 8 pm, the Alternate College Theater’s student-run production of Psycho Beach Party, a play written by Charles Busch and directed by Holy Cross’ own Javonee Cotton ‘13, will run through the weekend, showing in the evenings and the afternoons. ACT is an RSO here on campus that puts on a play in the fall and a musical in the spring, both of which show on the Fenwick stage. Before each show is determined, members of ACT discuss which shows they would like to put on for each semester, and ultimately Psycho Beach Party was chosen for the fall semester.
According to the show’s director, Javonee Cotton, the play is a coming of age tale in which the main character, a 15 year old girl named Chicklet Forrest, navigates her hometown Malibu in the 60’s. Chicklet, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach but is hindered by her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among these personas are a black check out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve and the threatening Ann Bowman, who desires nothing less than world domination. “For me, Psycho Beach represents a world that we all wish we could live in,” says Cotton. “It’s a chance to escape and reject the social norms that
socity has created for us.” Expect the unexpected from this play: the production will include technology, music, dance etc Cotton says, “I can honestly say that ‘Psycho’ was the hardest show I’ve directed.There’s so much going on in the show... It’s a good tmie and I hope everyone enjoys it!” The cast list includes Erik Schneider ‘16 as Chicklet, in addition to Maureen O’Meara ‘15, Brian ott ‘16, Adia Vellacio ‘14, Tess Staley ‘15, Andrew Fanikos ‘14, Ryan O’Keefe ‘15, Julia McCarthy ‘15, Patrick Simas ‘14, Jules Ferrigno ‘13, and Catherine Morrison ‘14. The show runs until its final time, Sunday at 2pm. Try to make it out and support them, you won’t regret it!
Courtesy of Javonee Cotton ‘14 Psycho Beach Party, ACT’s newest film, came out on Thursday.
Professor McBride Reflects on the Era of Co-Education at Holy Cross Emily Vyse Co-Editor-in-Chief As Holy Cross celebrates the 40th anniversary of co-education, the College turns to some of the first female leaders of the community to share their experience with the integration of women. History Professor Theresa McBride reflected on her first year at the College, one year after the first female students came to campus. When McBride joined the Holy Cross community in 1973, one year after the inclusion of female students, there were five women in the College administration. All the top administrators were male, many Jesuits. McBride was one of only 2 female professors in the History department of seventeen historians. At the time, women made up less than ten percent of the faculty of 175 professors. McBride remembered that the small group of female faculty members used to have
dinners together. The number of women faculty did not increase until the 1980’s. “Anyone could host it because we were so few!” she recalled. After Holy Cross started hiring more women, the College moved to accepting female students in 1972. Women slowly became part of the Holy Cross community, but not without challenges. The first woman to teach classes at Holy Cross was a professor of psychology and wife of another faculty member. When her husband was paid, she did not receive a paycheck. She was then informed that she had been paid on her husband’s paycheck. Female faculty were not allowed to eat in the faculty dining hall because it was located in the Jesuit residence. McBride reflected on her first encounter at Holy Cross when she was hired in spring of 1973. She was taken to lunch in the Jesuit dining hall, which was located in Loyola Hall, by two administrators of
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the College. She remembers being overwhelmed by a roomful of solely men, mostly Jesuits. “It was quite an introduction to the Holy Cross environment,” she said.
her short, dark hair, was confused for a blonde, blue-eyed professor in her department. McBride shared that the first women experienced a considerable level of harassment that would not be tolerated today. She said, however, that many men were open to the changes and thought it was good for the College to include women. She described it as an “era of experimentation.” As the community welcomed more women, the College began to embrace more progressive thinking in its academics with more courses about women’s issues. McBride, with her female colleague, taught the second course with “women” in the title and she independently taught the first course with “sex” in the title. Photo Courtesy of Theresa McBride McBride fondly remembers her first course evaluations from her There were so few women on the students. faculty and staff that McBride was While the College did not adminmistaken for her one female col- ister them at the time, the staff of league in the History department. the Crusader published short reMcBride was baffled that she, with views of professors in the paper.
McBride described them as “satirical, quasi-serious evaluation.” One of her students wrote of Professor McBride, “Like a vintage wine, she would improve with time.” As she teaches French and Italian history and started at the college at the age of twenty-five, McBride thought it was quite clever. As she has watched Holy Cross change over the years, McBride reflects on how discussion of women and tolerance of difference lifestyles has increased. The Holy Cross community has become more open to acceptance and dialogue about issues of gender, and integrated them into their academic mission. The College will be holding a number of events throughout the school year in celebration of the 40th anniversary to recognize this milestone in Holy Cross history.
Favorite place to study on campus?
“My favorite study spot on campus is the upper level of dinand because I can do work and people watch at the same time!” –Jaclyn Vignati 2014
“In Hogan near cool beans so I can people watch and study with friends!” –Helen Tucceri 2015
“Those little study rooms down each hallway in the science building because you get your own chalkboard and can play Christmas music while you're working!” –Allie Hunter 2014
Responses compiled by Victoria Aramini ‘14, Publicity Editor
“Smith couches. Comfy. Good view of Memorial Plaza and pretty quiet!” –Patrick Maloney 2016
“The greenhouse on the roof of the O'Neil - it's quiet and the plants keep me company!” –Jeremy Stewart 2014
“Dinand Main Reading Room - the names around the top inspire me to reach for intellectual greatness.” –Justin Grabowski 2015
opinions sarah Free Staff Writer Philosophy and Facebook have both provided a means for my education. When I speak of education, I am referring to the broader notion of “learning,” neither limited to desk and chalkboard, nor to social cues and responses. I’m referring to a combination of sorts. My education since I began a higher education has consisted of learning my place in the world, or rather what it could be, through the knowledge of those come and passed, scholarly, socially, and sometimes even both. The education that each Facebook and philosophy have provided me thus far has been clearly distinct—philosophy has taught me how to think, and Facebook has taught me what to think about. To its critics, a problem with philosophy is that there is no right answer. Unlike other subjects, philosophy does not have a definable content, one that can be explicated in a single book or defined through a set of rigid principles that have proved tried and true via the scientific method. There is hy-
pothesizing, but there is no measuring. Philosophers draw theories, but those theories are not quantifiable. Many view the subject’s ambiguity as its limitation, but those on the “other side” view it from quite the opposite mindset; the fluidity of philosophy is precisely what makes it the challenging, eyeopening, and necessary discipline that it is. Rather than limit itself to a set repertoire of content to be analyzed, philosophy analyzes what every other subject takes for granted. It pulls the rug out from under assumptions and asks how it is that we know. It questions what we mean when we say certain things, and whether we could ever really say what we mean. It searches for the answers to the problems in life—answers to things that many do not even view as problems, or view as trivial problems at best. Philosophy analyzes meaning— both on a broad scale (think “life”) and a small scale (think “the meaning of words”). Facebook on the other hand, does not show me how to go about my thoughts, when to question “givens,” or why to question them. Rather, Facebook shows me what
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Free Thinking : What Facebook taught Me that Philosophy never Did is important and relevant to me. It shows me this because it shows me what is important and relevant to the things that are tailored to me— my friends, family, political party, bands, food, and stores I’ve “liked.” These things are important because they cater to me. They are important because I am important. They are important because they are supposed to be important. Right? One of the most important and applicable lessons of philosophy is that it tells me that I am allowed to look at the world from the standpoint of “what if.” It says that not only am I allowed to question the assumptions of life, but that I am obligated to question these assumptions and to search for a way to know myself, my place, and my meaning better. Approaching the world philosophically has allowed me to question everything, assume nothing, and never take no—or yes—for a final answer. My Facebook education has taught me the complete opposite of what it intended to. Sure, it has showed me what I “should” think about, but it also showed me what I should think about. By feeding
me everything that I am supposed to care about, it allowed me to see that there is far more to care about—Facebook showed me how limited my world could be if I allowed it to be. It showed me that the indecisive and unexamined life is there, it is easy, and it is effortless. Facebook proved to be very much a metaphor for life. If I want my life to be decided for me, it can be just that. Social media taught me that in life, if I do not make the active attempt to make a change, I will live on life’s terms. By showing me what to think about, it inadvertently showed me that my thought content should extend far beyond the computer screen displaying the supposed contents of my life. By feeding me content, it has made me realize how insufficient that content really is. I learned that if I am not aware that there is more than what I agree with, more than what I like, and more than who is the most salient in my newsfeed, then I will be condemned to the limited life. What I see—and choose not to see—my friends, my potential friends, my careers, and my hobbies, will be determined for
me if I sit back and let it all happen. Facebook showed me that while there is nothing wrong with making decisions based on my current life trends, doing so in a passive manner creates tunnel vision. By letting someone or something determine what and whom it is I should believe in, should like, should interact with, and should apply for, the pieces of my life eventually would fall into place without my say. They will create a puzzle whose solution is unbeknownst to me, and whose creation was the product of my passivity and failure to see the world from an alternative standpoint—the very virtues that my philosophy education has required me to adhere to. Where social media provided content, philosophy provided means and a means out. Facebook showed me that I could live the predetermined life. Philosophy showed me that I didn’t have to.
Passion at the Cross Cecilia Wolfe Staff Writer In the age of technological advances, perpetual media exposure, rapid-fire news updates, snapchat, angry birds, and robot unicorn attack, our vulnerable human minds are in a constant state of overload. We multitask everything. We don’t just eat lunch; we eat lunch while studying for our Spanish exam. We don’t just have coffee at Cool Beans with a friend; we have coffee, catch up and text two or three other people at the same time. We don’t just major anymore; we major with a minor, a concentration, and an independent study. We’re also the captain of a sports team, chair of a charity, and avid SPUD participant. Oh, and yes, we still have time to go to the gym. We’re all addicts, unable to say no to any title, position, or application we stumble upon. We’re competitive little buggers too. When someone mentions how stressed they are, how much they have due, our first reaction is never to commend or comfort them. Right away we rattle off our stressors, playing the my-life-isharder-than-your-life game we got so good at in middle school. The complainer, by the way, is often fishing for a reaction, trying
to impress, puff out their chests and brag just a little. Let’s be honest, I’ve done it. You’ve done it. You’ve also probably felt the irrational panic that somehow you are not doing enough compared to the nutty overachievers you’re surrounded by. We panic about our life paths, our futures, and our abilities. We find ourselves spiraling downwards and start planning how we’ll decorate the cardboard box we’ll be living in after college. Then we go back to our dorms and Google search internships that will look good on our resumes, where we can spend the summer exercising our alphabetizing skills in a filing room. These bad habits start early, thanks to the age-old words passed on from teacher to parent to child: this will look great on your high school-college-scholarship-honorsjob-med school-astronaut-you-getthe-idea application. Our culture tells us social, academic, and professional successes are observed by “laying it out on the table and measuring.” Ahem, quantity of commitments, that is (get your bright minds out of the gutter). How many “friends” like our profile picture, how many extracurricular activities we are involved in, how many things we are
in charge of. We’ve become a world where quantity trumps quality. This is true even in the academically rig-
“When our priorities are the superficial parts of an experience, how it looks to the outside world and how it will help us compete, we stop caring about the substance of the experience.” orous environment of Holy Cross. Students here share a highly energetic, competitive spirit. We don’t like limits. Four classes? We’ll audit a fifth. Restricted library hours? We have Dinand open 24/5 now. Bed times? We laugh in the face of bed times. But at what cost do we realize this accomplishment?
We’ll get the job we interview for. Our relatives will coo at Christmas when we regale them with our achievements. But are we really the better for it? Are our minds? Is our school? The question of motivation is an important one. If the reason we do what we do is just for the sake of doing another thing, we’re in a little bit of trouble. Trouble with a capital T, that rhymes with P and stands for Passion. Or our lack of it. When our priorities are the superficial parts of an experience, how it looks to the outside world and how it will help us compete, we stop caring about the substance of the experience. We hinder development of true passions because we’re too preoccupied to delve deeply into anything. We skim the surface, doing what’s required to get by. While we all proudly exalt the finesse with which we can bullsh*t papers, we do a disservice to our minds. We also do a disservice to our school, and thus to our peers. I’ll use the example of SPUD and campus clubs. The success of these groups is contingent on quality of student leadership, which I’d argue hinges on passion. Some SPUD groups do a remarkable job of integrating Holy
Cross students into the community, providing rewarding experiences. But there are also plenty of uncommitted student leaders, and we’ve all experienced the hallmarks of the organizations they run: unproductive or infrequent meetings, events that fall through or have poor turnouts, final products riddled with errors and mistakes, facepalms… My intent is not to demonize anyone on campus; none of us (few of us) are bad people. Our priorities are just overloaded, cluttered, and discombobulated. Doing less might help us get more out of our experience here. I know it goes against our nature, but to concentrate our efforts on fewer obligations, to take time to immerse ourselves and cultivate passions, to care less about competing and fattening our on-paper personas, may be more rewarding. We might actually find time to enjoy our obligations (?!). We’re Crusaders, after all. We bleed purple. We have passion. Let’s nurture it.
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now that the elections are over… real Change Begins Fortilus Kibbs Staff Writer “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy “When everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking.” - John Wooden “Them suit no fit me, to win election them trick we Den them don't do nuttin at all” - Damian Marley Well let me first begin by admitting that I am not a Political Science major and that I rarely watch the news. I will never understand the various strategies played by politicians to gain votes, and I am skeptical that politicians are truly invested in the plight of the people. I have a feeling that big businesses and lobbyists run this country – but what do I know, I’m no Poli-Sci major. But I will tell you that being a Republican makes you evil. And being a Democrat is evil… Sorry, that was harsh; let me rephrase that. To be a true Republican or Democrat makes you evil. To be a true Republican or Democrat means that you do not think for yourself, you think for your party. It sickens me when I hear people say, “As a Republican/Democrat, I believe” – NO! Ask yourself, what you
believe as an individual. If we subscribe to the ideals of any party, how would we every make our own decisions. A part of me is disgusted by campaigns. To see a mass of people swayed by the performance of a politician is frightening. To think that people hang on an individuals every word, an individual that represents the ideals of a party, makes me afraid of what would occur if this politician were ill intentioned. Now, let me be very clear. I am not trying to completely undermine our form of government. I am
“...it seems that people are so focused on the power of politics that they are unaware of the power in their own hands.” grateful for a democracy and to live in a country that gives me the freedom to critique it; in Haiti I would be killed for writing this. Moreover, as a sociologist (brushes off shoulders, and flips long locks of hair), I am aware of the policies formed by this social structure, which at times privileges the few and oppresses the masses. However, it seems that people are so focused on the power of politics that they are un-
aware of the power in their own hands. I truly believe that there would not have been much of a difference if either candidate won. And just to drive in the point even further, parties do not listen to one another. Mitt Romney had great ideas and so did Barack Obama. People remain on opposite spectrums, so the only way it seems for politicians to win is to refute the ideas of their opponent, even if those ideas are great. One of my favorite quotes comes from my roommate and future Vice President Andrew Dorman ’13. He said, “Always think, speak, and act from a place of compassion”. When I become President, I’ll put the power in your hands. What can you do? What are the small changes you can make in order to better our country? What don’t you like? Do you feel like you’re being treated fairly? And most importantly, why do you look to me for guidance? Look towards your neighbor, community, and within. But it will be another four years until I get elected. And I probably wouldn’t receive any votes because I would want to run an honest campaign, I would really listen to, rather than argue with, my opponents, and I wouldn’t tell people what they want to hear. But then again what do I know. I’m no Poli-Sci major. Show me where your heart is.
Answers Abroad Kathleen romania Chief Opinions Editor When I set out on my year abroad in Spain, I carried two large suitcases, an oversized carryon, and a long list of possibilities that I intended to bring to life. I thought I knew what I wanted, or at least, I strived to understand it. I felt vibrant, confident, and sure that I could tackle the unknown. I believed that my ticket overseas could buy me away from familiarity and traverse cultural boundaries.In fact, I was as prepared as they tell you to be. Have goals. Pack only what you need. Make a few copies. Stay open. Don’t be the “ugly American”, and everything will be okay. Just you wait and see: things always fall into place. That is what I thought of Spain. It was the missing puzzle piece that once experienced, would seal everything into place. Somehow, going to Spain would magically resolve all of my insecurities, my problems, and my doubts. My plane ride home would consist of check marks, and gold stars because I made it; I finally found it. I would arrive back on campus
smarter, more self-assured, and ready for the future. It was so obvious to me at that time that traveling abroad to Spain would fix me. Well, I was wrong. I saw Spain as a solution, and that was my biggest problem. As I assimilated further into Spanish culture, it simultaneously seeped into me. I could not help from molding some of my ideas to fit foreign assertions, and allowing outside perceptions to permeate my identity. Suddenly, I was seeing myself through a different set of eyes, and this was challenging. My fresh experiences and new relationships began to cast a magnifying lens over my life, and examined facets that had been previously accepted or avoided. I began to see myself from outside myself, and seeing ourselves as others see us can feel like both a blessing and a curse. When we remain fixed in the comfort of a specific place, we tread lightly. We glaze over concepts that outsiders confront because we, as locals, understand them in the same way. It’s a sort of mutual justification that only getting out can unravel, whether we get out of our town, region, country, or
continent. So what I believed would answer all of my questions, actually created more. Before Spain, I was unsure of
“ i began to see myself from outside myself, and seeing ourselves as others see us can feel like both a blessing and a curse.” what I wanted to do, but I held a firm grasp on who I wanted to be. Post Spain, this definition has changed. I do not know exactly who I want to be. Coming to terms with this uncertainty has been difficult, especially on a campus where it seems like “we have it all figured out.” However, this is what growing accomplishes. It propels us to change and accept the malleability of our identities. We cannot control the outcomes of certain situations, or expect things to turn out the way we want them
to. The most important lesson I learned from my transition back from abroad is that we certainly do not have it all figured out. However, realizing this causes us to be better people. We confront our faults and stay open to change. We let things happen to us instead of forcing them a certain way. We adapt as our plans shift and cling to the faith within ourselves to fulfill them. Spain was not a resolution, but rather a vehicle that brought me to a different puzzle, and for this I am forever grateful. As Martin Buber once said: “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” So, when it comes to the future, I will bring the same childish zeal that I possessed on the brink of my yearlong journey. But I will not expect solutions. I will not look for answers. In time, if we accept being unaware, and we stay hopeful, we will create our own.
Letter to the Editor thomas Ward Political Science Department
In Deirdre Koenen’s otherwise excellent article in the November 9 Crusader about the “Town Hall Meetings” held earlier this month to address the College’s financial situation, there is an error regarding the costs associated with faculty. Ms. Koenen reported that Vice President Lochhead explained that “[t]he College spends most of the money, about 58%, on the salary and budgets for faculty.” Either Vice President Lochhead misspoke, or Ms Koenen misinterpreted his remarks. The 58% figure in fact represents the costs of salary and benefits for all Holy Cross employees, not just faculty. In fact, for each of the last fifteen years faculty salary has accounted for between 14% and 15.5% of the College’s operating budget; when benefits are added in, total faculty compensation comes to about 20% of the operating budget. While this does not include the costs of temporary (visiting and adjunct) faculty, even when these costs are included faculty compensation accounts for far less than half of that 58%.
reaching out: Men and Women for others elizabeth Fullerton Staff Writer Describe your most rewarding college experience. As I continue to search various possible internship sites for summer 2013 and prepare responses for possible interview questions, this statement that some employers discuss with potential interns resonated with me. I am thankful for many wonderful experiences at this liberal arts school. Friends, professors, courses, clubs, and much more have made my experience at Holy Cross exciting and enriching. However, as I began to reflect, one of my most rewarding experiences consisted of my efforts outside of Holy Cross. Reaching out to the Worcester Community through SPUD has been one of the most fulfilling experiences for me, and has allowed me to grow as a person on many levels. I joined SPUD for the first time this year. For the past two years I had heard numerous friends relate the positive experiences of volunteering and giving back to the
community. Throughout the semester I have been participating in weekly visits to a nursing home in Worcester. Many of the residents there do not receive many visitors, so having students like those from Holy Cross visit them means a lot to them. I visit a man who is in his early sixties. He is blind and has diabetes, and due to his size he is only mobile in a wheelchair. I have thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him, and it puts a new perspective on my own life. I am so thankful for my family and friends, and it saddens me to see that he is estranged from his brother, one of his only surviving family members. It feels great knowing that I can put a smile on his face and be there to talk with him. The resident I visit loves to talk, so while he does most of the talking, I do most of the listening, which is fine with me. I know it must be comforting for him to have someone there to listen to him. The one hour a week might not seem like a lot, but it does for those who have few visitors. We talk about many
things, and I mostly admire his strong sense of faith. When asked by one of the nurses at the nursing home what he would do with a million dollars, I was expecting him to use the phrases “buy this” or “travel there.” Instead of these, he answered saying that he would donate the money to the Vatican. I was in awe of his act of generosity, and how a man who does not have the best living situation would still donate all the money away rather than spend it on material possessions. As many of you know, as members of the Holy Cross community we are called to be “men and women for others.” How have you answered the call? There are many opportunities, and if you have not done so, I urge you to help out, either through volunteer opportunities on campus or in the Worcester community and beyond. Your experiences will be rewarding, and life changing. Inside of you is the power to make an impact on someone else’s life.
thanksgiving: think Giving, think Forgiving Yvon Gachette Opinions Co-Editor Last year, I wrote an article about Thanksgiving that was more on the negative, cynical side. The Latin proverb goes “verba volant, scripta manent” (according to Wikipedia, “spoken words fly away, written words remain”). This proverb seeks to illustrate the idea that spoken words can easily be forgotten (or “forgotten”), easily and instantly retracted, or simply lost; whereas written word can last an eternity (i.e. scriptures from different religious traditions), and bear the power of being conclusive in nature. I am conflicted; I find this idea both alluring and debatable. I believe that an honest writer and thinker ought to have the courage to rethink, and rewrite as they see fit, completely disagreeing with their previous points if they must, and not be intimidated by the fact that “scripta manent”. Well then, before I delve further into digression: a year later, Thanksgiving, what do I think as of today? About a year ago, I went really historical (saying hysterical would not be a far cry either), and analyzed Thanksgiving largely from that perspective. I strongly encouraged others to think about what they were truly celebrating. If you know the whole European and Native American narrative, then I am hoping you see that at which I was hinting. I was asking myself why we celebrate something which historical denouement remains a
painful memory in the mind of many. Granted that this is a view held even more vehemently by many Native Americans and others; that is, some find that the very existence of this Holiday (much like Columbus Day) falls under what we call “adding insult to injury”. Today, however, I concede that while I may never wish to be the one to inhumanly say “get over it”, I do aspire for others and me to be able to free ourselves from the past, and forgive. That would mean remaining fully and completely aware of what has been done, yet being able to practice one of the highest virtues – forgiveness, while also moving forward. We cannot automatically be held accountable as oppressors or victims today distinctly by virtue of our birth into a particular social category that has been implemented in the past, which we had no control over. I personally am not a fan of that “category” word; that is precisely how we start to discriminate and exterminate (digressing again). What we do possess that our predecessors do not is this life (yeah, they died), so while we may not have control over what has been passed on to us, we can always decide what to make of it all. Here is our ultimatum: we can forgive, keep on giving, or forever revel in hate or self-pity. Choose wisely. Ultimately, I try to live in accordance with this mindset, and it is in my deepest desires that many would, too. Thanksgiving, to me, is
now what it just is today; a celebration of all the great aspects of our human lives, which coincidentally begin with “F” for the most part: family, friends, food, fun, and …philosophy? (Oh come on, we all know “ph” is a festive “f ”, and that’s not at all a biased shout out to my major). You see, part of forgiving is rethinking the Holiday itself into something positive, and I repeat: that is not at all to say anyone should “get over” anything, or completely dismissing a past which bears obvious present consequences. I would not want my Native American friend to live a life of resentment and self-pity just as I, as a supposedly descendant of African slaves, do not make slavery and its consequences the focus of my life. All of us as human beings ought to work on giving one of the most precious gifts that truly reflects something of the divine nature – our forgiveness. I mean, it is something you do on a small scale all the time: how do you think you are able to put the little misunderstandings aside and reunite with your family when the dinner table is ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas? You have, to a certain level, recognized that they are family and have forgiven them even for one hour. Now, all we have to do is extend that to others – to the world. In sum, we ought to liberate ourselves from the past; we ought to be thankful that we live, and then live today for a much better tomorrow.
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COMMON CENTS: The Value of Your Meals tyler scionti Staff Writer Well it is that time of the year again. No, I’m not talking about the Christmas season; I’m talking about the fact that I have already run out of dining dollars. Yes, I have resorted to paying in cash at Cool Beans and the lobby shop, which is annoying for the cashiers and me (mostly for them though). That got me thinking, though: is there a meal plan that gives you, the consumer, the greater benefit? And is the idea that Cross Roads and the Science Café should accept meal swipes helpful or harmful to our meal plans? Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the issue at hand. First off, we need to place a value on a Kimball meal swipe, and a meal bought with dining dollars. A meal swipe at Kimball is valued at $11.00. For the purpose of this example let’s assume that the average meal bought with dining dollars is $6.00. Now it is time to examine each meal plan and decide which one maximizes the amount of meals that you can eat. Holy Cross offers 3 meal plans that combine dining dollars with meal swipes. 1) 560 dining dollars and 145 meal swipes. 2) 390 dining dollars and 170 meal swipes. 3) 320 dining dollars and 180 meal swipes. There are a couple other meal options, but for this article we will only look at those that combine meal swipes and dining dollars. Now we can find out which one gives you the most meals. Here at Holy Cross you can use a meal swipe at Upper Kimball and Lower Kimball for select items. Here’s the thing though: a meal swipe is valued at $11, so why are you using it to buy a $6 meal? You end up losing $5 for
every meal that you buy with a meal swipe, thus creating a deadweight loss to you. While the many campaigns to get meal swipes in Cross Roads and the Science Café are popular during the elections for school office, they actually hurt you in terms of maximizing your meal plan. For example let’s say that over the course of the semester, you use 50 meal swipes to buy 50 meals at Lower Kimball. Well, if you do the math, you end up losing $250—that is a lot of money that you never get to use, and will not get back. So what’s the best way to maximize your meal plan on campus? Use dining dollars for meal options that you can pay for in dining dollars is the way to go; otherwise you drastically overpay and cost yourself a great deal of money by the end of the semester. That said, which meal plan gives you the most meals? Well, according to my calculations I think that the plan with 560 dining dollars and 145 meal swipes is the best meal plan available. If you do the math the plan gives you 238 meals, which is the most among all meal plans (the others are all very close, but this one offers the most). Things change, though, when you take into account how much money you spend at Cool Beans or the Lobby Shop, but either way this meal plan gives you the most possible meals out of any other offered at the College. There you go. Now when the time comes to change your meal plan you’ll have a better idea of how to get the most out of what the school offers. Got an issue in economics you are passionate about, or want to know more? Send me an email and I will do my best to address it in my next column.
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in Defense of John McCain David Perretta Contributor If any of you are unaware, the Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, went on five Sunday morning talk shows on September 16 and, more or less, told the American people that the incident in Benghazi looked to be the spontaneous result of a YouTube video. This talking point was handed to her from DNI, after having the phrases “Al Qaeda” and “Terrorist Attack” removed from the document. We now know the truth; this was a premeditated, organized assault on our consulate that received zero military assistance even though it lasted eight hours (meaning fighter jets could have reached it in time to save four American lives) and was watched in real-time via cameras on drones. President Obama has floated the
name “Susan Rice” as one possible candidate for the position of Secretary of State. In response, Republican Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) have expressed concern that she is not the right person for the job. After all, regardless of whether or not she was responsible for the talking points, she was the one who went on those five television shows peddling the fiction provided to her. She does bear some responsibility, as she was the person – not President Obama, not Secretary Clinton, not Vice President Biden, and not even Senator Reid – who spoke the words to the American people. She has proven that she is perfectly capable of following orders regardless of how misguided they are; a perfectly reasonable charac-
teristic to call into question for the possible future Secretary of State. And for this, Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte were called racist and sexist? In an article entitled “I’m worried about the GOP” in the Washington Post (published on November 26), columnist Jonathan Capehart calls foul on the trio. He says that “The blatant disrespect of a black woman by McCain and other Republicans won’t soon be forgotten by African Americans, no matter how soft McCain’s rhetoric gets.” This type of rhetoric is a problem. Racism is prejudice against somebody of a different race. Sexism is the same thing, only against somebody of a different gender. The three Senators were not saying that they felt Susan Rice was unqualified because she was an African American woman, but be-
cause she got on national television five times in one day and endorsed talking points regarding the Benghazi attack that were obviously a lie. They were perfectly right to criticize her, to question her credentials and character. The last thing the President needs in his cabinet is a “Yes Woman” who will do whatever he asks without thinking. Yet somehow – because of her ethnicity and gender – any critique is racist or sexist? Obviously, those two “-isms” are very real and alive today. The problem is that whenever the cards are played out of convenience rather than legitimacy, they lose value when they actually need to be brought up. What happened to Lilly Ledbetter was sexism. What happened to Trayvon Martin was racism. What is happening to Susan Rice is neither of the two; and to call it both
is an insult to victims of racism and sexism. Furthermore, let us remember history: Condoleezza Rice, an African American woman was George W. Bush’s Secretary of State. Thus, the argument can be made that (generally speaking) the Republicans dislike Democrats, not that they dislike African American women. And, woah, hey, I guess that’s a shocking revelation. All I’m saying is that the rhetoric has to be toned down. If the Senator’s had attacked Susan Rice because of what she is, then there would be a problem – but they didn’t, they attacked her for what she had done. You can call them arrogant, sleazy, individuals playing a political game; but you cannot call them racists or sexists.
THAT’S MY SEAT: PERSONAL PROPERTY IN THE CLASSROOM ryan o’Keefe Opinions Co-Editor I am consistently disappointed and mildly bitter when I walk into one of my classes this semester. It could be the early time or that I tend to show up just as the class is starting, but I always choose to sit in the back of the classroom, mainly for the sake of disagreeing with the notion that only serious students sit in the front rows and slackers sit in the back. But since classes began, I haven’t been able to consistently secure a specific spot next to one of my friends. I thought that by sitting there every opportunity I got, by the end of the first week, it would be made clear to the other students that it is my spot. You see, I will never sit in the front row. I understand why some say that only the most motivated, driven students will get as close to
the professor and blackboard as they can, but I don’t agree that it is a necessity to do well. In fact, I see it as a social disadvantage. I much rather prefer to sit in the back of the room, especially in larger lectures where there is stadium seating. Sitting in the front undoubtedly has its benefits. You can get a great view, the professor will recognize you, and you will pay attention because you can’t really get away with dozing. But you only lose those aspects of class by sitting elsewhere if you have poor eyesight, don’t plan on going to office hours and actually smiling and being a nice person, or don’t trust yourself to not go on Twitter or surf Facebook in class. If you actually can’t control yourself, that’s fine, do what you need to do. As long as you are on top of your stuff outside of class, and didn’t buy an obstructedview seat, sitting in the back is in-
valuable. You can learn a lot about a class by paying attention to the details of how the class operates. If you sit in the front, you can focus on the board and the professor, but you can’t get a feel for the students. By sitting in the back, you can see how other students take notes. Based on this, you can determine who you might want to study with or pick out the ones who will do well. When you participate from the back, people need to turn around to face you – a change in their orientation means they’ve already committed to hearing your opinion, and thus they will pay attention to it. These social strategies are simply lost if you sit in the front row. Anyway, now that I’ve justified my reasons for wanting a specific seat, let’s explore further. I figured initially that the class only kept switching seats because it was mainly comprised of freshman and
that people were trying to find where they focus the best. But by now, no matter your class year, it should be obvious that the trend is to pick a seat and roll with it. But I wonder now if my anger for the constant change and competition for my spot is really worth it. After all, it seems that there is an art to reserving your seat. Still, I don’t see how someone can justify constantly switching their seat around, especially when it throws so many off their guard, like a chain reaction. Then again, I don’t understand why The Joker creates anarchy in Gotham. Some men just want to watch the world burn. Anyone who purposefully takes someone else’s seat is a coward, especially because they shield themselves behind the barrier of social norms – they know that by taking your seat that they put you in an awkward situation. If you take justice into your own hands and call
them out, you run the risk of looking like a jerk in front of everyone else. “Dude, what’s the big deal it’s just a seat and it’s just today.” Thus, correcting these constant injustices must receive full support from the bystanders. Otherwise good, compliant students begin their class disgruntled. The moral of the story is to just stop being a rebel. For once, make a choice and live by it. Go to class bright and early for the first few days to ensure that you can sit where you want to. No fists, no confrontations; just an unspoken understanding that property must be respected. We aren’t given much - we get a chair, and if we are lucky, it has a nice cushion. Take that from us, and things get ugly.
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Senior Ball ‘12 “The sandwiches were a great idea. We were all super busy gettig ready and didn’t have much time to eat, so it was the perfect snack!” Samantha Adams
“It was a generous and thoughtful girft from the college” - Lucas Netchert
“They were so good! There was a shandwich in every one of my pictures” - Marty Connors
“They were so good after the ball”Michele Grenier
Senior Ball Snacks: Sandwiches Provided by College Advisory Board on Alcohol Fran Taylor Crusader Contributer Did you wonder who supplied all of those fancy sandwich platters before the Senior Ball? Well, you may or may not know that there is a Presidential committee on campus called CABA: the College Advisory Board on Alcohol. Staff, faculty and students sit on this committee where policies and procedures related to alcohol on campus get discussed. This can range from issues with the pub to the college tailgating policy and other aspects of the campus wide alcohol policy. The most recent meeting took place a
couple of weeks before the Senior Ball and the committee became aware that students getting ready for the ball might find themselves without food between noon and the time the buses were loaded (where food is provided) and then again up until 8:00 PM when food would be served at the DCU Center. The idea of providing food to students for mid afternoon when students would be getting ready was brought up and gained wide spread support at the CABA meeting. Ideas kept flowing and before you knew it, Dining Services was suggesting that fancy, nice sandwiches be made, the Office of Alumni Affairs was offering to foot the bill for off campus
students, the senior class officers representing the senior class, the Office of Wellness Programming and the InterHouse Counsel offered to cover the costs for the on-campus sandwich platters. The Students for Responsible Choices (SRC's) staffed the tables for off campus platter pick-up and for distribution at both Williams and Figge Hall. By all accounts students seemed to enjoy and appreciate this new initiative. Check out off campus students picking up their platters outside of Hogan on Friday afternoon! Courtesy of Fran Taylor
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THE EGGPLANT The Crusader’s Satirical Page Dining Staff and Students Both Agree, New Fruit Salad Bar a Resounding Success Bobby Keilig Eggplant Extraordinaire KIMBALL-- A long-term study conducted by Holy Cross Dining Services has revealed that student and staff patrons alike agree upon the fact that the new fruit salad bar installation in Kimball Dining Hall is a "whopping success." The finding comes from statisticians and culinary pundits of the think tank "Vitamins: Vital Minds," a group hired by the school to track usage of Kimball's latest and most anticipated multimillion dollar investment. The results of the study were highly anticipated by Dining Services, as they confirmed the hypothesis of preliminary research conducted via Google search and Wikipedia, which indicated that stations of fruit aggregation in dining halls were integral in the avenues leading to culinary achievement. In the form of a twenty-nine page report released this past Friday, the findings concluded that an increase in the use of salad bowls and spoons might be directly proportional to fruit salad bar use. Ultimately, however, it was the lack of complaints by students that the study drew on when finalizing its arguments that the collection of delectable and nutritious comestibles was a success. In celebration of the study's results, Dining Services provided fresh strawberries for a day in lieu of the canned ones, whose presence has become a regular sight in Holy Cross's most popular dining hall. Incidentally, the Peruvian strawberries were of no match for a pack of sophomore boys who swooped in on them "like vultures on a dead antelope carcass," eyewitness’s report. To cover all of the details revolving around the study, The Eggplant conducted an interview with Joanna Burrie, head of the fruit salad bar staff. "Where to begin? There are so many details to cover!" Burrie said of the juicy Vitamin C and A, but also B, K, and E-rich victual. "Well, our assortment of both freshly chopped and recently un-canned fruits was initially implemented so that all students could cover their
respective bases on the food pyramid. But what I think really makes our bonanza of fruits the envy of all Worcester is the variety of color we employ in selecting and arranging our fruits-Oh no, we're not biased against our fruits here. We've got every color under the rainbow," Burrie continued, as a nearby freshman girl cautiously picked through the rectangular bins chock-full of the orange, red, yellow, green, and purple fruits.
“In Celebration of the study’s results, Dining Services provided fresh strawberries in lieu of the canned ones.” "We've also provided two varieties of yogurt to accompany and liven up the presence of your honeydew melon and pineapple squares." Burrie began, but she was interrupted by junior, Tyler Blossom, as he zeroed in on the motley array of fruiting bodies spawned from chlorophyll-bearing organisms. "It's fruit on fruit on fruit for days!" Blossom remarked of the delicious heap of seed-containing macrophyte growth. "Yolo," he allegedly said, as he scooped a hearty dollop of yoghurt into his wooden salad bowl while four cups of orange juice hung precariously from the fingers on his right hand. The Eggplant questioned Burrie whether or not there was any additional information she might appreciate appearing in the newspaper. "Ah, yes, lest I forgot the sign I've been planning to make: to the sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been desperately looking for the oranges, apples, and bananas-don't fret! We've moved them to the northern end of the fruit salad bar, though you'll be happy to see they remain in their respective basket-woven receptacles," she announced with a beaming smile. "Oh, and for all of you biology kids out there, I'd like to add that, technically speaking, a strawberry is not a fruit, nor is a raspberry a berry, although a banana is..." But no one was listening.
West Coast Freshman Woefully Unprepared for the Weather Zach Lanning Extplant Extemist Oh the weather outside is frightful, and one freshman from California is really getting the “cold shoulder”. (Sorry, that will be the last one). Wes Sweetswell hails from Escondido, a small town just north of Tijuana, and he is in for a very rude awakening. “I don’t know, I mean, yea I heard it was colder in Massachusetts, obviously, but it can’t be that bad. I brought these Ugg boots for guys and this hemp sweater, dude, I feel like I’m set. People do the guy Ugg boot thing here, right? I mean, Tom Brady.” But Sweetswell would soon learn just how not “set” he really was. This freshman, whose only previous experience with cold is walking through a breeze, generated by a passing smart car, had come to battle the elements with a poorly knit sweater and glorified slippers and his friends were not happy. “I’m honestly not sure what he was thinking, “narrated New Hampshire native Noah Notax. “ I give him a week before he gets so cold walking to class that he has to stop in Kimball and make a jacket out of dinner rolls.” The overall number of students who hail from areas that have a warmer climate than good old Worcester MA and have no idea that they actually have to put in an effort to be
warm sometimes is actually quite staggering. It appears that almost 110 percent of the Warm Klimate Kids (which would be their name if they were a 90’s rap group) come to Holy Cross without any of the necessary articles of clothing to fight off the bitter chill and they often pay the price. Vendors around the school raise the prices on things like gloves and hats ten-fold in order to cash in on the ill-prepared idiots, and therefore many of the WKK find themselves long boarding right into the heart of a New England winter without even a decent pair of jeans. Fortunately for them, there is one good citizen who realizes their plight and has vowed to spend the rest of his life helping them get warm. Former Maine member Manny “Moose” Montana mentioned to the Eggplant some of the ways that he likes to support these kids: “I’ll stand here on the corner and hand out hot chocolate to anyone I suspect is having trouble adjusting to the climate. If they’re wearing an RCA shirt or they have long hair, some I’ll even find laying on the ground in the fetal position with their teeth chattering, I’ll give them a beverage and direct them to one of my shelters were they can learn proper cold weather dressing techniques, which I clearly explain in three five-hour videos. I don’t think people are aware of how many
bread coats I have to switch with real ones in order to keep these kids safe. I just don’t understand why they don’t LEARN! I’ve tried EVERYTHING I CAN! GAAAAAAAH!” There are those who don’t think that these kids deserve any of the help that they’re getting from people like “Moose”. For example, vexed Vermont vixen Veronica von Vuusenvagen is quite angry that they receive any special treatment: “I get cold too, but do I get free hot chocolate? Absolutely not! It’s a broken system. I mean, it’s their fault to begin with. I wouldn’t roll up to East L.A. wearing a jacket made of space-heaters because that would be ridiculous. I would be immensely uncomfortable. So I don’t understand why these people insist on coming here seemingly unaware that “cold” doesn’t mean 61 and sunny.” Freshman year is the worst for members of the Warm Klimate Kids as they learn the hard way that they have to layer up before they take on the big chill. Montana takes in a good number, including Sweetswell, but there are those few who slip through his grasp. He reminds you all that if you see someone suffering in a light v-neck sweater, especially now during the Holiday season, remember to slap them in the face and tell them to get with the program.
Junior Girl Sends Herself a Parcel in Hopes of Encouragement Ted Cullinane Eggplant Enthusiast
tus of an upper classmen. For example, she had made it through her
HOGAN- With only two weeks of classes left in the semester, or otherwise known as a time littered with stress surrounding the completion of final papers, tests, and presentations, one Holy Cross junior found a way to help alleviate some of her anxiety by sending herself a parcel. Emily Knightly, a Chemistry and Spanish double major, had experienced her fair share of finals now that she had finally earned the sta-
“But everyone at Holy Cross knows that they aren’t packages, they’re parcels.” take home Montserrat final freshman year with the help of a gift her mother had sent to Holy Cross that featured Christmas window decorations for her dorm room. Despite the looming and daunting spring
concert last year that featured Girl Talk, Emily had successfully made it through the final weeks of classes during the 2012 spring semester with the help of a brand new bathing suit that her mom had sent her. However, this year her mom acknowledged that her daughter would not be receiving her bi-annual parcel of encouragement. “Over Thanksgiving break my mom told me that I was too old to keep receiving ‘packages of encouragement’ as she called them. But everyone at Holy Cross knows that they aren’t packages, they’re
parcels,” Knightly told the Eggplant staff. “When she told me this, I was shocked and nearly sent a Snapchat to my ex-boyfriend. I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t going to get a parcel that would help motivate me through the last few weeks of the semester.” Because of that, Emily realized that she needed to take matters into her own hands. As a result, she sent a parcel to herself. “I bought myself slippers from J.Crew, and sent them to myself at school. I had been eyeing them all fall and I decided to finally pull the
trigger. They should be getting here in 3-5 business days, and when they come I’m going to pretend like I am surprised. Because, honestly, what’s better than getting an impromptu parcel?” Emily’s exuberance and determination can be both admired and questioned due to both her superstitious belief that a parcel is the cure all end all to her problems, and similarly that sending herself a parcel is the cure all end all to her problems.
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Alumni Spotlight: Joshua Pahigian ‘96 Brittany Geoffroy Chief Features Editor Q: What was your major at HC? A: I was an English major from the start: English was always my strength. Q: While at HC what were your interests on campus? A: I played intramural sports like softball and basketball. I also worked for The Crusader covering the Sports section and writing reviews for the Features section. One highlight during my time on The Crusader staff was when I got to cover a Lemonhead concert at Assumption College, which was a popular local band at the time. Q: What was your favorite time of year at HC? A: Each fall when everyone was coming back to school was always my favorite time of year. It seems like every spring I was so ready to be done with school and not have all those papers to write, but after two weeks at home I already missed my friends and the sense of community at HC. The fall was always a hopeful time of year to reengage academically and socially. Q: Were there any specific classes you took, or Professors you had while at Holy Cross that you consider to have been particularly influential? A: As an English major, I remember really getting a lot out of a few professors’ classes. Helen Whall. She was an influential professor for me. I had her as a freshman for the First Year Program. My class was the first class to have that. The class with Helen Whall was an English class. I later also took a Shakespeare class and an expository writing class with her. I also took a lot of Political Science classes even though I
wasn’t a Political Science major. I took a couple of classes with David Schaefer. I didn’t always agree with all of his political views, but I thought he was a really good professor and I always enjoyed his classes. Q: Can you briefly outline your career path following your graduation from Holy Cross? A: I graduated in the spring of ‘96. Initially, going to graduate school hadn’t really occurred to me. I had other friends who were very focused on graduate school, but I was ready to be independent and get out in the working world. I took a job at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving. It was nice to have some money in my pocket and some independence, but after some time on the job I realized I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life. After a few months I realized I wanted to keep writing but there weren’t many opportunities at the time. I realized creative writing was a bit of a leap of faith, but I realized it was what I loved to do. I took that leap of faith that if I gained some more education I could do it as a career so I went to Emerson College the fall of ’98 and I spent three years there as a full time MFA student. The experience I had working at WPI, enabled me to get a part time job in the Emerson Fundraising office and that paid some of my graduate school fees. I got my MFA in Creative Writing. My specialty was fiction. I actually didn’t take any non-fiction classes while at Emerson, only fiction and screen-writing. I graduated from Emerson in 2001. My first seven books were all non-fiction. This goes to show that you can’t always see into the future to see where your career is going. My advice to students is to keep your options as
wide as possible because you never really know where your path is leading. Q: What is your favorite genre to write in and why? A: Fiction. However, my first baseball book that I co-wrote with Kevin O’Connell (one of my classmates at Emerson) was non-fiction. We came up with this idea when new ballparks were being created. I loved fiction from the start, but I had this opportunity to use my writing and make some money and I had a publisher willing to pay me to go around the country and go to
ballgames. The book was really well received and got all kinds of great media attention. As a result publishers and my literary agent kept pushing me to do more baseball books. Even though I loved writing fiction, I had a way to pay all of the bills. However, with each book I felt like I was getting a little further away from what I loved to write. My passion has always been fiction, which is a bit more creative. Q: What inspired you to finally make the switch from writing baseball books to writing fiction? A: It was really the setting of my latest novel Strangers on the Beach. My
wife Heather and I both went to graduate school in Boston. We were living together in Somerville, MA, but we would often travel to Southern Maine. We really fell in love with that coastal part of Southern Maine. When we both finished our graduate degrees we bought a house in Buxton, Maine right near Old Orchard beach. The area became a place I became more and more familiar with and fell more and more in love with. With my other books I would always run into a crisis of confidence in my ability to carry out the plot. I would usually abandon my attempts at novel writing around page 100 or so. With writing Strangers on the Beach, each day I sat down at the keyboard to write it and it was such a pleasure. I felt that I was metaphorically going to a place that I had such a deep connection to. I knew the story so well that I felt I could create a story that was authentic. I didn’t give up on Strangers on the Beach and I kept plowing through even when I ran into obstacles. Knowing the area so well really gave me the confidence and enthusiasm to continue writing. Q: How would you describe your latest novel Strangers on the Beach? A: It is a hybrid in terms of what type of book it is. My publisher has pitched it as a Mystery. It is also a small town sort of book in the way it characterizes the place and the people there. It also has a love story in it. I would say it is a Mystery, a page-turner, a Romance, and also has that small town aspect to it. I was really going for something that was easily readable as well as engaging. Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced while writing this book? A: Well the story is told from the
Legging Loyalists: A New Kind of Party Katie E. DeGennaro Fashion Guru Dearest Followers, I hope you all had a blessed thanksgiving full of football, pumpkin pie, and cashmere sweaters! With the Worcester weather quickly dropping, and the Northface puffer parkas unpacked, I am pleased to announce the widespread reduction of winter hats worn in campus buildings. Seeing my advice manifest in our student body brings warmth to my heart and joy to the world. Today’s topic is one that has been ignored for some time. A topic that I myself have struggled to overcome. The topic: Leggings. Men, you may be safe from criticism this week, but surely you will appreciate my ladies legging concerns. Originally worn as pants in the 80’s alongside scrunchies and bangs, leggings reentered the fashion arena in 2007 introduced as a stocking alternative. Now, in the year 2012, leggings have become a
fashion staple. However, like all wardrobe staples and trends, there is always a right and wrong way to wear something. And leggings have become the ultimate misused article of clothing.
“Number two, printed leggings don’t work.” The legging is extremely versatile and encompasses many facets of apparel. From casual wear, to an evening out, a day at the gym, or a day in bed, the legging is ever transforming. Each facet of legging apparel breeds a new legging. Lulu Lemon has crafted the most comfortable lounge legging. Nike has constructed the perfect dry fit cropped legging. Joe’s Jeans has refined and redefined the jegging. And Helmut Lang makes leather leggings that are fifty shades of hot! Whichever legging may be
your preference, style them accordingly and you’ve got yourself a flexible friendly look. Legging label praises aside, there are a few important rules to remember about legging use. Number one, no matter how long you think your sweatshirt is or how casual of a Sunday you think you’re having, you must never ever, ever, wear hipster briefs under your leggings. Visible panty line, VPL, is a horrifying truth and an immediate fitation. Please refrain from showing the community the outline of your undergarments for there are something’s we truly do not want to see. Number two, printed leggings don’t work. Unlike printed pants or jeans with seam support and pocket definitions, printed leggings provide your bottom with no structure. And sadly, as the patterns stretch over the rump region, they expand and distort making onlookers confused and uncomfortable. Never forget ladies, hips don’t lie. And lastly, number three, limit yourself to a two-day-a-week
legging maximum. Like sweatpants for our male counterparts, leggings are a girl’s best friend. They conceal post-thanksgiving food babies and slide perfectly under boots. But we mustn’t be legging loyalists. There are plenty of other bottoms out there waiting for you to give them a chance. So next time your aching in front of your closet for something to wear, give a skirt a shot. Fashion smells fear. This winter, take risks, and be the girl to step outside the cotton nylon sphere. Because for some of you, in less than a year, you will have a career in an office where leggings will never appear! Tis the season to spread some cheer, Warmly, Katie E. DeGennaro
angle of a number of different characters. Trying to write with some authenticity from the perspective of a 15 year old boy, a 22 year-old women, as well as from the perspective of a guy caught in the throws in a perpetual mid life crisis was definitely a challenge. It was a challenge I didn’t’ necessarily tackle alone. The first reader is always my wife, and the second is Colleen Mohyde from the Doe Coover Agency. A lot of their feedback had to do with character development and they gave me really helpful advice and things to work on. I think it is really important for young writers to accept and embrace the idea that you need to have thick skin as a writer and you need to be open to other people’s ideas and insights. I know my own writing benefits a lot from the people who read for me. Q: Do you have any advice for students on how to break through a writer’s block? A: Don’t sit there in front of the computer trying to figure out how to get started. Just start writing. If I feel that way I pull out paper and write in longhand. Take the pressure off and just start writing. Whatever you are going to say about the textjust start writing. That interaction between the pen in hand and the paper is a little different sort of brain process then sitting at the keyboard. After 15 minutes to half an hour you may be surprised at the words on the paper or the ideas you have formulated. It has always worked for me and has worked for some of the students I teach. Q: Where can people get a copy of your latest novel? A: You should be able to get it at any bookstore. All the E-readers like Amazon and Kindle also have it.
Ask Alannah Alannah Heffernan Features Co-Editor Romance Referee Dear Alannah, I have been contemplating contacting my ex-girlfriend who is studying abroad. We broke up almost a year ago, and I think its finally time to apologize. Our breakup was dramatic to say the least. There was yelling, tears, and of course name calling. We broke up Spring Weekend, and I haven’t talk to her since. My friends have told me not to contact her again, but I can’t help but feel horrible whenever I think about her. Should I Facebook message her or wait until her return senior year? Sincerly, Apologetic in Alumni Dear Apologetic in Alumni, If you think apologizing to her would make you feel better then go for it. Remember to be mature and be prepared if you do not get a response back. Just say you are sorry and leave anything else you might want to say until next year. Ask anytime, -A Need advice? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Crusader of the Week: Chris Robert ‘ 13 Brittany Geoffroy Chief Features Editor
Hometown: Worcester, Mass Major: Economics-Accounting, Pre-Med Favorite song: “This Kiss” by Faith Hill Motto for life: I’m not for everyone Roommates: Rob Columbro and Natasha Campus activities: SPUD, SHCAB, SGA Favorite spot on campus: Rehm Favorite class taken at HC: Balinese Music Favorite Kimball meal: JBC from Wendys Best dorm to live in: Mulledy Best part about SPUD: The Interns One word you would use to describe yourself: Athletic Three words your friends would use to describe you: Hard-Working, Determined, Serious Favorite pastime: Worcester
Pet peeve: When clothes hang out of the laundry hamper Favorite tv shows: Homeland, Modern Family Best movie: “What Makes A Man” Favorite place travelled to: Worcester Childhood aspiration: Coca-Cola Driver Favorite holiday: Christmas Worst Summer Job: Trash Removal Do you have an HC bucket list, if so what’s number one? Live off Campus Favorite word: Rural Favorite Worcester restaurant: Peppercorns Do you prefer… …Kimball brunch or Kimball desert? Kimball Brunch …The Crusader or Fools on the Hill? The Crusader …Science Café or Cross Roads? CrossRoads Where could you be found… …on a Tuesday at 11 am? Bookstore …On a Friday at 9 pm? Alone in my room …On a Sunday at 6 pm? 2 Boyden Best piece of advice you have ever received: Hakuna Matata Fondest Holy Cross Memory: Meeting Katie McKenna What would you rather be doing right now? Hanging out with Katie McKenna
Red the Rink Katharine Shapleigh HCDM Fundraising Chair This Saturday, December 1st the Holy Cross Men’s Ice Hockey team will face Robert Morris at 3:00 pm. At the same time, 34.2 million people worldwide will face another day with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), including 3.4 million children. As with every Holy Cross athletic event we attend, the fans in the stands show their support as talent and determination shape the team’s destiny on the ice. Tomorrow, fans will also show support for the oftenstigmatized victims of the world’s largest pandemic, with hopes of influencing their destiny as well. On fans’ way to the bleachers, students involved in Holy Cross Dance Marathon will provide information on the disease and ways to help, 50/50 raffle tickets, opportunities to “Chuck the Puck” at halftime, and food for those who wear red face paint. Ever since Elizabeth Glaser lost her own child to
Pediatric Aids, her organization has lived the mission of preventing the transmission of HIV to children during birth with low-cost treatment for pregnant mothers and infants. The first ever Holy Cross Dance Marathon last year raised over $26,000 towards her cause, and provided hundreds of Holy Cross students with a meaningful and memorable “all-nighter they didn’t regret.” With a record of 7 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, the Crusaders stand a good chance to emerge victorious on the ice. With each dollar raised towards the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, the number of children given the chance to live a life free of HIV will increase as well. Please join your peers as they cheer for both tomorrow at the Men’s Ice Hockey game, and go to http://support.pedaids.org /site/TR?fr_id=1252&pg= entry to sign up for Holy Cross Dance Marathon!
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Charlotte Errity Features Co-Editor A month ago, I might have told you that I was not excited for the newest and last film in The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part II; I would have said that I hated the last book, that I would see the film, and that I did not really care. However, this thought completely changed about two days before the film’s release date, when the fact that Twilight was ending finally sank in. A book series that I feel most, if not all, teenage girls read, and maybe secretly enjoyed, was finally culminating with one final movie. While the books have been complete since 2008, the movies have kept the fandom alive. Has the Twilight Saga been reviewed and made fun of countless times? Of course. Was all this criticism and abuse merited? Maybe, but decide that for yourself. I feel like the majority of those teenagers who fell in love with Ed-
ward Cullen (and Jacob Black), are now in their early twenties, fighting that painfully embarrassing memory from their teenaged years. . . Perhaps these former fangirls are among the College of the Holy Cross’ best and brightest. And I’m here to tell you that it’s okay: it’s okay to love Twilight again for a little bit. It’s okay to celebrate the final movie and look back on the sparkly vampires and cheesy lines, and enjoy it. Girls, don’t hide behind your false maturity; give into the fact that you are one or the other, Team Edward or Team Jacob. And if you haven’t seen the last installment in the abused, yet wildly successful Twilight Saga, you’re missing out. Albeit, only go see this film if you have, at one point, liked any aspect of the Twilight franchise. I really enjoyed Breaking Dawn Part II, much more than Part I or any other Twilight film, for that matter. Former and current fangirls, be excited once again at the fact that
Bella Swan becomes a vampire, finally, in this installment. This film follows Bella’s transformation into a vampire and the problems she and her new family face afterwards. Of course, nothing is perfect, and I think we have all come to accept that from the previous films in The Twilight Saga. Yet, somehow, they are excused in this installment, due to the emotional conclusion. Something that made this film different from the rest, however, was director Bill Condon’s twist ending. I won’t give it away in this review, but it was a surprise to any viewer; it definitely enhanced my viewing experience. I recommend that if you’ve read Stephenie Meyer’s popular Twilight novels, don’t miss out on seeing this final movie. This film made me sad that the Twilight franchise has come to a close; it made me realize why I liked the characters, the story, everything, in the first place.
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My TOP TEN..... FAvORITE CLASSES AT HOLy CROSS PART ONE Lindsey O’Donnell Co-Editor-in-Chief Although it’s hard for many to believe, it is almost the end of the Fall semester. While Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors brim with anticipation for the long break, many Seniors, such as myself, find themselves in shock that their final year of college ever is halfway over. With the context of this reminiscient mindset, I sat down and looked at my education over the past three and a half years. I have taken twenty-five classes at Holy Cross, and while some were boring and, quite honestly, unmemorable, others stuck out in that they helped me grow, both academically and mentally. Here is part one of my top ten classes. 10. Montserrat: Ancient and Medieval Quests and The Quest in the Modern World with Sarah Stanbury. The Montserrat classes offered by Holy Cross have always been a subject of debate amongst my peers. Some have complained that the selection process for their Montserrat was a disastor and they ended up with a class and professor that they could not stand for an entire year. I, on the other hand, was fortunate to enjoy my Montserrat seminar. With a small class of approximately 12 students, we read Medieval stories such as Gowain and the Green Knight. However, without the second half of the course, The Quest in the Modern World, I would not have fully
enjoyed this class. In this part of the course, we linked themes we had learned about in Medieval literature to our own lives, writing personal narratives and non-fictional accounts. I found the combination of the two an effective way to comprehend ways of thinking in the Medieval period in the context of the modern world. 9. Topics in Mathematics with Steve Levandosky. As an English major, I’m unfortunately not exaggerating when I say that the idea of taking a required math class frightened me. However, I really have to give the teacher credit for what made this class so great. Professor Levandosky was always willing to help during office hours and to stop the entire class when one student who just didn’t get it (me) needed a re-explanation of sorts. Although I learned (or struggled to learn) what every college student should know in terms of analysis, the best thing about this class was the confidence it gave me to learn things that are not necessarily within my area of expertise. 8. Post Modern British Novel with Lisa Fluet. While a large portion of the English major requires students to take classes focusing on literature from older time periods, this class was a refreshing break as it focused on novels closer to our actual time period. I think that having classes that ask students to read more modern literature is extremely important, especially because part of my
initial interest in English stemmed not from the love of classics but from reading popular books in my spare time and actually finding enjoyment in them. Professor Fluet is, in my opinion, extremely talented in her knowledge of literature and meticulously organized in how she presented the material (a professor’s organizational skills, I’ve learned at Holy Cross, is important to the students in the classroom). 7. Introduction to Creative Writing: Narrative Fiction with Brad Davis. This class stimulated my interest in different forms of writing. Students at Holy Cross get so caught up in writing in the essay-format that they forget to tend to their more personal, less formal writing styles that are just as important. The main reason I knew I truly enjoyed this class was because, even though it was two and a half hours long, it felt like just an hour. 6. Narrative in Art and Film with virginia Raguin. The concept of film has always intrigued me, and so this class was really interesting to me. We watched different classic films, from Blade Runner to The Piano, and analyzed them not based on plot, but instead on the imagery presented in each film. The best part about this class was, obviously, the extent of knowledge and entertainment I gained from watching the movies. Part Two Will Be Continued in the 12/7 Issue
Sports Chris Kalpin and Jacob Kripp Sports Co-Editors Over the Thanksgiving break the Crusaders had two games as they continue their out-of-conference schedule in preparation for Patriot League play. On Thanksgiving Eve the team traveled to St. John’s to take on their first Big East foe of the year. The Crusaders came out strong with hitting 46.4% of their shots from the field in the first half, which was good enough to head to the locker room tied with the Red Storm. However, the team’s luck wen’t downhill in the second half as they shot just 30% of the field and Dave Dudzinski saw limited minutes due to foul trouble from some questionable calls. Even with these setbacks Holy Cross kept it within 6 points up until the final 6 minutes when St. John’s pulled away on a mini 6-0 run and eventually won 65-53. In just 21 minutes Dudzinski was extremely efficient with 12 points and 5 rebounds while shooting 6-8 from the field. Justin Burrell also stepped up for the team as he poured in 12 points along with 5 assists. On a positive note, Eric Obeysekere returned from a foot injury for his first game of the year though he eased his way back into action with just 11 minutes. After [insert cheesy Thanksgiving meal joke] the team returned to the Hart Center to take on the University of New Hampshire. While the Wildcats may not be the most talented they are a scrappy team that always sticks around versus the Crusaders. Plus, you can never take a team whose state motto is “live free or die” lightly. However, the Crusaders were without center Phil Beans who is awaiting a fully diagnosis on a possible meniscus injury. Nevertheless, they came out strong taking a 33-23 lead into the half as
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Eric Obeysekere filled in for Beans nicely with strong defense on Wildcats bigman Chris Matagrano, who was limited to just 6 points. As history would indicate, the Crusaders were never able to pull away from UNH as the Wildcats actually took a one point lead with 10:44 left. Holy Cross remained calm and responded with a 7-0 run to secure a lead that remained intact for the rest of the way as the Crusaders went 12-12 from the free throw line in the final five minutes to win 6050. The Crusaders now sport a 4-2 record on the season with 8 out-ofconference games remaining. So far we’ve neglected to mention the success of Holy Cross’ main rivals this season; it’s Patriot League foes. So far, Bucknell has been the most impressive team this year. They have returned the best big man in the Patriot League in Mike Muscala, and Muscala has lived up to his billing and is leading the Bison in all Points, Rebounds and Assists. He is averaging 16 points per game, 11.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. When Holy Cross plays Bucknell in league play, the matchup between Muscala and Dave Dudzinksi should prove to be the most intriguing frontcourt battle of the Patriot League season. Even more impressive than Muscala’s individual play, however, has been Bucknell’s team play against some formidable opponents. The Bison are currently ranked an absurd 29th (!) in the RPI rankings. Granted this is early in the season, and this ranking won’t last as the Bison’s schedule gets increasingly easier, but nonetheless the Bison have put up impressive wins against Big Ten School Purdue, and perennial mid-major powerhouse George Mason. Bucknell’s only loss comes against another Big Ten opponent and, it was a close
Malcom Miller ‘15 one; the Bison lost 60-57 to the Penn State Nittany Lions. This year’s version of Lehigh was perhaps the most hyped up team in the history the Patriot League. Still basking in the glow of their NCAA tournament victory of over the storied Duke Blue Devils, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks received a number of votes in the AP Top 25 Preseason Rankings. Shooting Guard/Superman CJ McCollum was also named to the First Team All-American Preseason Team. So far this season the Mountain Hawks may not be living up to these absurdly lofty expectations but they are still on pace to com-
pete with Bucknell as one of the top two teams for the Patriot League title. They have played a difficult schedule, suffering twentyplus point losses to both Baylor and Pittsburgh, but they have won the rest of their games in decisive fashion and currently stand at four wins and two losses. CJ McCollum has also proven himself to be the best player in the Patriot League by a mile. CJ cannot sneak up on anyone this year, but is somehow still putting up stupid numbers. He’s averaging 25.7 points per game, 4.7 rebounds and 3 assists. More importantly he has drastically improved his shot selection and is
currently shooting a ridiculous 50.9% from the field and an outrageous 54.8% from three point range. The Crusaders are going to have to find some sort of defensive answer to solve the enigma of CJ McCollum if they want to have any shot at the Patriot League Title. The rest of the Patriot League has yet to prove it is as talented as the two top dogs, Bucknell and Lehigh and so they merit slightly less discussion. No team has any statement wins in the Patriot League, and many of the teams have either played weak schedules or gotten absolutely blown out by their tougher opponents. (See Colgate’s 87-51 loss to Syracuse, Navy’s 82-63 loss to UAB, American’s embarrassing offensive effort in a 72-36 loss to Minnesota, and Lafayette’s smothering at the hands of Kentucky 101-49.) Only time will be able to tell how the rest of the league shapes up. As of right now, however, it’s a pretty safe bet to place Bucknell and Lehigh in a league of their own as the rest of the team’s fight over the remaining six places in the Patriot League. As for Holy Cross? They are currently tied with Lehigh for the second best nonleague record in the Patriot League, and played a tough St. John’s opponent very well. The jury is still out on the Crusaders, but for right now we feel comfortable placing them a distant third behind Bucknell and Lehigh. Time will tell how this team continues to develop and we will see if they are able to challenge Bucknell and Lehigh come league play.
The Sports Guys’ Week 13 NFL Picks
Giants (-2.5) at Redskins
Colts at Lions (-4.5)
Cardinals at Jets (-4.5)
Bengals (-1.5) at Chargers
Saints at Falcons (-3.5)
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Pieces Coming Together for Red Sox This Offseason Tyler Scionti Staff Writer Your grandmother wasn’t the only person cooking this past week; Ben Cherrington was pretty busy too. It seems that the Fenway front office has gotten into the spirit of “Black Friday” as Cherrington signed Jonny Gomes and is now pursuing Mike Napoli. The signing and the chase for Napoli will have a few big implications for the Sox’ upcoming 2013 season. Now it’s time to start the rumor mill and get the buzz going. Cherrington signed Jonny Gomes to a two year $10 million deal. Gomes is a utility outfielder and hits lefties well—sounds suspiciously like Cody Ross. The signing of Gomes is pretty unimportant except for the fact that it is a clue to how the Sox hope to rebuild their roster. Gomes fills a gap that Cody Ross leaves, and while Ross is slightly better as a hitter Gomes doesn’t leave much for want and comes at a cheaper price. Added to that the fact that Gomes at the age of 32 provides a veteran presence and a positive clubhouse atmosphere, the Sox may have added a key piece in providing some new team chemistry. Gomes’ signing comes with a sour note though. Many remember him (or if you don’t here is a brief reminder) for his cowardly acts in 2008. Coco Crisp charged the mound against James Shields, and while he was held down by the catcher, Gomes pounded away. If you can put that aside (and I imagine the A’s did considering he and Coco played together) then I think Gomes could be a good addition to the
Sox’ roster and a sign that Ross may be on his way out the door. I’d bet that the outfield consists of Gomes, Ellsbury, Kalish, and Nava next year. Next is Mike Napoli. Napoli met with the Sox front office recently to sit down to go over the details of what he wants in a deal. Napoli is looking for a 4-year deal, and considering his age and lack of defensive skill anything over 2 years is unlikely. Despite all that, he is a tempting choice for first base. Let’s just assume for the sake of argument (and the fact that I really want him on the team) that the Sox get him for a 2-3 year deal. If the Sox sign Napoli that gives them 4 catchers on the roster: Napoli will play first base full time (which happens to be the only other position Salty can play), so if Napoli joins the Sox then we have an interesting path ahead. Cherrington could very well deal Salty away for a starting pitcher, for maybe a bullpen arm and some prospects. Whatever happens, the Sox are in a pretty good position right now. All they need to do is pull the trigger and make an offer to Napoli. There you have it, the latest MLB trade rumors surrounding the Red Sox. I would say that a best-case scenario is one where the Sox snag Napoli for two years, and trade Salty to the Cubs for Matt Garza. That way you have an infield of Middlebrooks, Iglesias, Pedroia, Napoli, and Lavarnway/Ross and a starting rotation of Lester, Buchholz, Garza, Lackey, and Doubront. From now on we will just have to wait and see what happens.
Men’s Hockey Sweeps Weekend Series Over RIT, Improves to 7-2-1 Andrew Fanikos Sports Co-Editor Prior to break, the Holy Cross men’s ice hockey team squared off against conference rival RIT at the Hart Center. Looking to wrap up the first third of the season with a bang, before the campus departed to hunker down on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the fixings, the team hoped to turn the RIT Tigers into turkeys in order to supplant the perennial , hockey powerhouse in the Atlantic Hockey Standings. In Saturday’s matinee performance, the Crusaders and Tigers exchanged goals during the first period, resulting in a 2-2 deadlock by the period’s close. Junior forward Adam Schmidt netted the first two goals for the Saders, en route to a hat-trick, in a three point performance. Taking a cue from
Schmidt’s play, the rest of the Holy Cross offense came alive in the second and third periods, scoring four unanswered goals to seal the win. Senior Erik Vos, freshman Castan Sommer, sophomore Mike McNamara, and junior Mark Williamson also netted goals for the Crusaders. The defensive effort led by sophomore net-minder Matt Ginn was solid as well, recording 28 saves on 31 shots for the Crusaders. The 73 victory, improved the Crusaders’ record to 7-2 on the year overall and 6-2 in conference play. On Sunday, both teams returned to the ice in their final regular season match-up. Bruised and abused in the first game, the Tigers of Rochester bounced back to force a tie with the Crusaders, only after conceding a late, third period goal. Continuing their domination on the offensive end of the ice, the Crusaders netted the first two goals
of Sunday’s contest, jumping out to an early, 2-0 lead after the first period of play. Seniors Kyle
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Senior captain Erik Vos.
Fletcher and Rob Linsmayer scored
the first two goals of the game, only minutes apart. However, after being pushed around in the first period of play on Sunday, and the previous two on Saturday, RIT buckled down, and buckled the offensive will of the Crusaders, controlling both the puck and pace of play for more than two period, scoring three straight goals. Holy Cross would not give up or go away, as junior Shayne Stockton netted the equalizer with less than two minutes to play in the third period. After another spirited five minutes of play in the extra period, the game remained undecided by either side, resulting in the Crusaders first tie of the season. Playing all 65 minutes between the pipes, Matt Ginn continued to channel his inner Greg Goldberg of Mighty Duck fame, recording 25 saves on 28 shots. Improving to 7-2-1, and 6-2-1 in
the Atlantic Hockey Conference, good enough for second place in the conference behind the upstart Purple Eagles of Niagara University, the Crusaders find themselves in a strong position to continue their dominance in the conference. Before heading off to winter break, the team has five more games, including four home matchups against conference rival Robert Morris and the newly minted Penn State hockey team. Before you head off for Winter Break, make sure you lend your support to the men’s ice hockey team, in a season which is proving to be one of their most exciting in recent history.
November 30, 2012
Week 12 NFL Re-cap: Giants Dominate Green Bay, Patriots Embarrass the Jets Charles Lanza Staff Writer
After the Jets and Patriots met back in Week 7, many were expecting another close game. The Week 7 game went into overtime, with Stephen Gostkowski breaking the tie for the Pats. The first quarter of this Thanksgiving night matchup ended in a tie. Then New England rattled off 35 straight points in the 2nd quarter. Things never looked good for New York all night. After Mark Sanchez fumbled after running into his lineman’s butt, New England’s Steve Gregory brought it back 32 yards for a score. Then on the ensuing kickoff, Julian Edelman of the Patriots returned a Joe McKnight fumble 22 yards for a score. After watching the first half, the second half was nothing special. It looks like the year is done for the Jets. As for the Patriots, their offense and defense have never looked so good. Even without Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady was able to throw for 3 scores. Look for New England to be one of the Super Bowl favorites come playoff time. However, in a very top heavy AFC this year, it may be an interesting post season. Coming off a close loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins faced a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Fortunately for the Dolphins, the game took place in Miami. With neither team scoring the in first quarter, Reggie Bush broke the tie for the Dolphins, scoring a touchdown on a 21 yard run. Russell Wilson then responded for the Seahawks with a touchdown pass to Anthony McCoy just before halftime. Seattle then broke the 7-7 tie with a Michael Robinson touchdown grab from Russell Wilson. Miami tied the game up halfway through the fourth quarter when Daniel Thomas took the ball in for a touchdown on a 3 yard run. On the ensuing kickoff, Leon Washington took the kick 98 yards for a touchdown. On the final possession of the game, after the Dolphins tied the game up with five minutes to play, Dan Carpenter split the tie with his game-winning 43yard field goal. The final was 24-21 in favor of the Dolphins. This game was back and forth the entire way, mainly due to the matchup of two great defenses. Seattle had a difficult time running the football against Miami’s tough run defense. Leon Washington gave Seattle a spark with his kickoff return touchdown, something he has made himself known for. It’s nice for the Dolphins to get a quality win like this after having been on the losing end of so many close ones. It seems unlikely that anyone other than the Patriots will take the AFC East this year, but the Dolphins have established themselves as an able, young
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Aaron Rodgers is having another MVP caliber season (105.6 quarterback rating, 2,838 passing yards, 28 touchdowns), yet the Giants seem to have Green Bay’s number, after beating them by a 28-point margin, their first game since last season’s NFC Divisional matchup when the G-Men beat the heavily favored defending champs 37-20.
squad that will be a challenge for teams in the next few seasons. The Bills took on the Colts Sunday in what was not an entirely exciting game. After T.Y. Hilton of the Colts brought back a punt return for a touchdown early on in the first quarter, neither team crossed the plane until Hilton took an 8-yard pass from Andrew Luck to the house, late in the third quarter. It was a game of field goals as the final score was 20-13 in favor of the Colts. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a dreadful day, throwing for 180 yards on 17 passes for an average of 5.5 yards per attempt. Both teams had very little offense to display, totaling just over 300 yards of total offense apiece. It’s a lost season for the Bills. Having gotten off to a slow start without stud running back, Fred Jackson, the Bills could not get a good offense going. Their defense has been deplorable all season. Not being able to put up enough points to overcome difficulties on defense has been Buffalo’s downfall all season. Hopefully next year they’ll be able to turn it around with a decent draft pick and some fresh defensive talent. In Week 13, the Buffalo Bills will take on a feisty Jacksonville team. Look for them to lose that game. The Arizona Cardinals come to New York in a pretty meaningless game for both teams. I’d go with the team with the most healthy players; the Cardinals. New Eng-
land and Miami face off in what will be one of the best games of the week. The Miami defense has been as stellar as has the Pats offense. Look for the Pats to win this game and lock up the AFC East. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Robert Griffin III enjoyed a feast fit for his homecoming. The Baylor University standout threw for 311 yards and 4 TDs as the Redskins took down the Cowboys, 38-31. Though the score may seem close, it does not tell the entire game. After Dan Bailey gave Dallas a three-point lead early in the first quarter, the Redskins scored 28 unanswered to close out the first half. Griffin III looked good all game. Having missed only 8 passes out of the 28 he threw, RG3 displayed great poise in the pocket Thanksgiving Day. Tony Romo had a great day statistically speaking. He threw for 441 yards and 3 scores. He also threw 2 interceptions. The running game is none existent for the Cowboys since DeMarco Murray went down. Coming off their bye week against the Ravens in week 6, the Cowboys have been unable to keep a solid rushing attack going. Because of this and the fact that the Cowboys were behind all game, Tony Romo put up 62 passing attempts. The entire Dallas offense only had 11 rushes and three of those were scrambles by Romo. Part of Dallas’ erratic offense comes down to injuries. The only
consistent player has been Dez Bryant. He has 373 yards and 4 scores over the past 3 games. If the Cowboys hope to start winning some games, his production needs to continue. The Redskins and Cowboys are now tied at 5-6 and stand in 2nd place in the NFC East. These teams will face off again in Week 17, possibly to decide who goes to the playoffs. On a brisk Sunday night in the Meadowlands, the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants squared off in what has become a miniature rivalry between two of the NFC’s top teams. Starting in the 2007 NFC Championship Game, these two teams have met in what have been competitive match-ups. This meeting, however, was not as competitive as usual. The Giants got off to an early lead as power back Andre Brown took the ball in on a goal line dive. Rodgers responded for Green Bay by connecting with receiver Jordy Nelson for a 61 yard TD. The Giants then scored a touchdown and kicked a field goal in the final two minutes of the first quarter. By halftime, the score was 31-10, Giants. After the half, the Giants scored again on a Hakeem Nicks touchdown grab, late in the third quarter. That would be the final score of the game for both teams. New York won it 38-10 as the Giants defense rattled Rodgers all night, not allowing him to get into a rhythm. The Giants defensive
front sacked Rodgers five times and picked him off once. Eli Manning was spot on for the Giants, passing for 249 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. The running game served as a change of pace for the offense as Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown have begun to share time in the backfield efficiently. Coming off their bye last week, many were concerned if the Giants would be able to withstand the challenge of the red hot Green Bay Packers. New York proved they were able, ending Green Bay’s fivegame win streak, knocking the Packers off the top spot in the NFC North. This may not be the last time these two teams meet this year. As for New York, their schedule to end the season is tough, as they must go through Atlanta, New Orleans, and Baltimore. Next week, they take on the Washington Redskins, a team fresh off a strong defeat of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. With both Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy out for the Philadelphia Eagles, not much was expected for the Eagles as they took on the 2-8 Carolina Panthers. In substitution for Michael Vick, Nick Foles put in an undesirable effort. He threw for 119 yards on 16 attempts. The good thing was the lack of turnovers for the quarterback, something Eagles fans have become accustomed to with the turnover prone Vick. As for the Panthers, Cam Newton showed up in the national spotlight on Monday Night, throwing for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 52 yards rushing and two rushing scores. Newton didn’t turn the ball over and showed the nation much of what he was able to last year. Besides Newton’s offensive performance, there were no other standouts on the Carolina side of the field. In place of the injured McCoy, Bryce Brown gave the Eagles something to cheer for. Scoring both of the Eagles only touchdowns, Brown ran for 178 yards in relief. The season is pretty much over for the Eagles now. It will be an interesting off-season with a lot of moves for management and the players. This week, Philly and Dallas square off on Sunday night. This should an easy win for the Cowboys unless the Eagles can somehow bring together enough faithful players to pull out the win. New York and Washington will be featured on Monday Night Football. This should be a close game. Expect the Redskins to take this one at home and make the hunt for the NFC East’s bid even more interesting.
November 30, 2012
Purple Pennings With Matt Au Cy Dickey: Baseball’s Only Remaining Knuckleballer Wins Cy Young in Dominant Fashion If, say, five years ago I told you that R.A. Dickey would win the Cy Young Award in 2012, you would have responded in one of two ways: either you would have asked “Who the heck is R.A. Dickey?” or you would have laughed in my face. Believe it or not, I have actually known who he is for a while now. I remember playing MLB: The Show on PlayStation 2; while going through all the teams’ rosters and I came across his name. I remember thinking to myself, “It’s a shame to waste such an awesome name on such a mediocre player”—he had a 5.72 earned run average at this point in his sporadic Major League career. When he signed with the Mets, I certainly did not foresee any of his success. I thought the bestcase scenario for this signing would be adding a quirky, serviceable middle reliever, very similar to Turk Wendell. Worst case scenario being that he never leaves the Minor Leagues. Former Mike and the Mad Dog co-host, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo had a fun time mocking former Mets general manager Omar Minaya when the deal went down in 2010, as many New Yorkers can recall. Well, it’s safe to say that he has blown everyone out of the water. The fact that R.A. is even pitching is a miracle in and of itself. If you don’t know the story by now, he was born without an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow. Consequently, the Rangers reduced his signing bonus from $810,000 to $75,000 and buried him in the Minors. Labeled as damaged goods, Dickey only began to see significant Major League playing time until 2003, when he was 28, and pitched to the tune of a meager 5.09 E.R.A. in 116.2 innings. In his memoir, Wherever I Wind Up, he details his journey through the Minors; he even played briefly in a Venezuelan winter league as a thirty-something career minor leaguer with a newly discovered knuckleball. The book is a must-read for everyone, not just sports fans. He also details the multiple times that he was sexually abused and the depression and suicidal thoughts he felt later in life as a result of the trauma. In the Minor Leagues, he also had a near-death experience in which he almost drowned. He reflects on this experience, citing it as a turning point in
his career and life. If all of this isn’t remarkable enough, he started throwing his knuckleball in 2006 at age 32 at the urging of Orel Hershiser, originally calling his wicked knuckler “The Thing.” Dickey’s 2012 season is one for the ages. But, as Mets fans know, it is not entirely out of the blue. R.A. has been the Mets’ best, most con-
punchouts. The point I’m trying to make is that R.A. Dickey had already been a vital contributor to the Mets’ rotation, and his importance has increased as Johan Santana has become increasingly more injuryprone. No one, however, was prepared for the degree of success that Dickey had this past season. He was
botched a dribbler down the third base line in the bottom of the ninth; instead of being ruled an error, the play was called a hit, leading to the Mets later challenging the ruling, a protest which was thwarted by Bud Selig. Dickey’s run was nothing short of legendary. In an age of cynicism, especially among Mets fans, Dickey’s honest
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R.A. Dickey, at age 38, became a household name in 2012. After two very solid seasons with the Mets, he was on another level in 2012 earned the National League Cy Young Award. He is the only knuckleballer to be honored with this award.
sistent pitcher since 2010 when he joined the organization. In his first season with the Metropolitans, he maintained a stellar 2.84 earned run average. He only went 11-9, but what can you expect on a team that only went 79-83. In the following season, his E.R.A. dropped to a still very respectable 3.28, along with his win-loss record, which was 8-13. However, what has been most impressive about Dickey, since mastering the knuckleball, is his ability to throw strikes. In his 174.1 innings in 2010, he walked just 42 batters, while striking out 104. In his 2011 campaign, he allowed 54 bases on balls, compared to 134
second in the Majors to Justin Verlander and first in the National League in innings pitched (233.2), third in the Majors in strikeouts, behind Verlander and Max Scherzer, and first in the National League with 230. His final stat line was a win-loss record of 20-6, earned run average of 2.73, 230 srikeouts, and a 1.05 WHIP. He also matched his 2011 total of 54 walks, despite throwing an additional 25 innings. Not shown in these stats is the superhuman run that he had in the month of June in which he pitched consecutive one-hitters, including a would-be no-hitter, or even perfect game, had David Wright not
and pensive demeanor is a welcome deviation from the norm. When he answers questions in postgame interview you can see him mull over every question. When he speaks, you know that you are getting the truth—you know exactly what is on his mind. Dickey is a character, and not in a court jester-like way; he is larger than life, transcending the game of baseball. He is a man of eclectic tastes; one minute he is quoting C.S. Lewis and the next he is dressing up like Darth Vader with his son. The man who named his bats “Orcrist the Goblin Cleaver” from The Hobbit and “Hrunting” from Be-
owulf is the same man who was inspired to climb Mount Kilimanjaro after reading Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” He first read it as a seventh grader dealing with a broken home, resulting from a broken home and an alcoholic mother. By climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro he, along with former teammate Kevin Slowey, raised $100,000 for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that fights against human trafficking in India. After his successful memoir, Dickey signed a deal to write a children’s book in the coming year, along with releasing a documentary, appropriately titled Knuckleball, named after the pitch which has given him a new career and a new life. After all of this, it still remains to be seen if the Mets are able to resign him. R.A. Dickey has been on a magical run and he has taken his fans along the way with him. My hope is that it’s only a matter of time before Dickey’s magic rubs off on his teammates. Many say that if the Mets do sign Dickey to a shortterm contract it won’t be worth it because the team will not be relevant in his tenure. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if they sign him to a longer, say, five year deal, many believe that his skills will greatly deteriorate, arguing that, while knuckleballers have longer careers, he is an unconventional knuckleballer in the sense that his knuckleball is much faster, even as fast as some conventional pitchers’ changeups. Although it may be the smart baseball move for the Mets to trade Dickey now (going on the assumption that his value will never be higher), it would be absolutely heartbreaking to see them willingly give up the classiest man that the game of baseball has to offer. I find it hard to believe that after working so hard on his craft, the knuckleball, that he only has a few more years of dominant pitching left in the tank. R.A. Dickey will continue to baffle hitters for years to come, wherever he winds up.