Page 1

Boredom Busters travel to the Pizza Capitol of the World. No, it’s not in Italy but in NEPA’s Old Forge, page 3

DECEMBER 7, 2010 highlander

Student survives LET THE WORKOUT BEGIN Four Loko Caffeinated alcoholic beverage’s health and safety issues addressed. By Jake Heller Reporter Four Loko, a malt beverage with ingredients like guarana, taurine, caffeine and almost three times the amount of alcohol value in beer is strong enough to knock someone out after drinking only a can of it. For one MU student it did just that. The student explained the situation in a personal letter written to Darcy Brodmerkel, MU’s Certified Addictions Counselor. In the letter the student stated she was tempted to try the fizzy, fruity drink. “I took one sip and remembered it tasted terrible,” the student recalled in the letter. “Less than five seconds later I blacked out.” The student claimed she drank a Four Loko because many of her friends felt stressed and decided to spend a night playing board games and having a few drinks. But they weren’t accustomed to Four Loko. “The can contains 12% alcohol per volume, the same amount as a glass of wine, and it almost killed me,” she said. Although Four Loko is strong enough to knock an individual unconscious, a person’s drinking method can

be blamed too. “Normally, people end up drinking prior to Four Loko. That’s how people end up in the hospital,” said Brodmerkel. The MU student was drinking vodka and Gatorade prior to consuming her first and last Four Loko. Looking back, the student said she is thankful to be alive and hopes to help fellow students dealing with the same stress and temptations. “I can be an example to a lot of other college students in my same situation,” she recalled. “I hope that someone that is trying to cope with all the same stress as me will think twice so they are not thrown into the same situation I was.” While some people have luckily lived to tell their tale of drinking the concoction, for others it has proven to be one deadly drink. “Yesterday, I saw on ‘Good Morning America’ where a family wanted to sue Four Loko after their son drank Four Loko and accidentally shot himself,” recalled Brodmerkel. “Since they did not know exactly what happened, the police asked all of his peers and they kept mention-


Above from left, junior Brittani Brown, junior A.J. Heintz and President MacDowell perform the ribbon cutting for the new athletic facility in the Anderson Sports and Health Center on November 17, 2010. Continued on page 4.

Terrorism topic of education (Continued on page 4)

MU students shared their newfound expertise on a scary yet misunderstood subject: terrorism. By Sean Williams Reporter Students in Dr. Rebecca Steinberger’s Terrorism and Migration class hosted an educational event on Saturday November 18 to help students learn about and understand terrorism. The first event took place early in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery where students read aloud excerpts from the plays Pillowman, Talking to Terrorists and V for Vendetta. A handful of students played specific roles, and each switched during breaks between plays. During the V for Vendetta reading, students even got audience members to accompany them in reading specific passages from the story. A brief luncheon was held

in the McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino library for all who came to the event. A media room was on display for the day where laptops and a television displayed a continuous video loop and newspaper clippings from actual terrorist attacks. The next event featured Professor Peggy Rapp. She began her story with a personal reflection of the 9/11 tragedy. Rapp’s brother survived the second attack on the World Trade Center. He was working as an elevator manager and witnessed the attack firsthand. He physically survived the collapse of the tower but emerged with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Rapp fielded questions when she was done speaking. One person in the crowed asked a powerful question: “Has America done enough for the 9/11 survivors and family?” “We as a society have done as much as we could, since America is a very short term society. Everyone needs to look at the event and take responsibility for it,” Rapp explained. After Rapp spoke, Steinberger read a few poems that a friend wrote during the London terrorist attacks of July 2007. The class then showed the film V for Vendetta, which showed a revolutionary who was seen in the eyes government as a terrorist due to his

actions during the course of the movie to change a futuristic England. The final event of the day allowed students to present results of a survey they distributed to several classes about students’ knowledge of terrorism. They questioned biases and misconceptions that people once held about topics of terrorism. Some questions engaged the audience by asking things such as, “Is everyone that’s a radical, also a terrorist?” This discussion moved from issues of terrorism to that of women’s rights and even religion. PHOTO BY RICH BALDOVIN/ THE HIGHLANDER

Above, MU’s Dr. Rebecca Steinberger hosts the educational event on Saturday November 18, 2010.

Dreaming of Breaking Ben under your tree? Find out how at

Inside Let’s Talk Fashion:

COUGAR SPORTS: Holiday traditions include pigskin and turkey PAGE 3 Drago finds dapper duds for when you’re low on dough


DECEMBER 7, 2010

CONTACT US 570-674-6737 highland@

STAFF Amanda Jamieson Editor-in-Chief jamiesa2@ Katlin Bunton Print Editor buntonk@ Eleni Konstas Web Editor konstase@ April Dulsky Webmaster dulskya@ Julia Truax Content Manager truaxj@ Mark DeStefano Photographer destefam@ Melissa Sgroi Advisor msgroi@

The Highlander is a free, biweekly publication produced in conjunction with MU Communications Department. Any full-time student is encouraged to join the staff. We are a member of the American Scholastic Press Association, Associated Collegiate Press and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

INTEGRITY The Highlander works to produce up-to-date, clear, accurate reporting. If any information is inaccurate or not covered thoroughly, corrections and information will appear in this area. Opinions and views expressed in The Highlander in no way reflect those of Misericordia University or the Sisters of Mercy. The Highlander Staff welcomes students, faculty and reader response. The Highlander reserves the right to edit submissions for grammatical errors and length. All submissions must be signed. Letters to the Editor and/or materials for publication may be submitted by any reader. Items can be sent via e-mail.


Registration changes for better


MU students experienced new procedures for improved Spring 2011 registration. By Morgan Harding Reporter Changes to spring registration are the result of students who cannot be available during early morning registration times, according to Registrar Joe Redington. Seniority remained the same with seniors receiving first pick of classes on Monday of registration week. Those classified as juniors signed on to the portal early Wednesday morning instead of the usual Tuesday. This change serves a significant number of junior health sciences students whose schedules conflict with the early morning registration time and their Tuesday clinical labs. Sophomore registration was subsequently pushed back to Thursday. First year students experienced online spring registration for the first time the following Monday. Procedure in prior semesters was to have them schedule on Friday. Redington said many classes they would be interested in taking would already be closed, giving them little to no time to adjust their spring plans. With this new process they were able to view a list

of open classes and make changes to their schedules over the weekend. They were then better prepared to register on Monday morning. Redington expressed more plans to continue to improve the process. He hopes to reprioritize how students register based on the number of credits earned and not by class level. This would allow students who have fallen behind by a few credits to still sign up for classes with the rest of their classmates. Redington also commented that he has proposed several changes to the 2011-2012 academic calendar, and they must be approved by the faculty senate. First year Jackie Paluszek was unaware of the registration changes. “I didn’t even know about this,” said the honors program student. Though this change does not affect her, she does feel students should have been notified earlier and more publicly. “The student body should have been more aware,” she said.


Above, student Danielle Gross works in the Registrar’s Office at Misericordia University.

Picky eaters get advice for easy solutions MU’s Occupational Therapy department brings outside expertise to address picky eating problems and solutions. By Katie O’Hearn Reporter Kelly Rogan, a sophomore psychology major at MU, is a fussy eater. At home Rogan eats healthy snacks such as fruit to make sure she gets the nutrition she needs, but there are many foods she just can’t swallow. So when she heard there would be a picky eating seminar on campus, she knew it was something she should attend. MU’s Occupational Therapy department recently hosted internationally recognized picky eating expert Betsy Hicks to come speak to students about picky eating. Hicks presented ten easy solutions for picky eaters to attempt. 1. Get Prepared. Don’t rush into it. Prepare kitchen, pantry tools, organize, get rid

of foods the picky eater should not be eating. For example, gluten-free diets for digestive wellness. 2. Make a Plan. How to go about get prepared and organizing meals around the needs of the picky eater. 3. Meal Plan Democratically. Let the child have a say in dinner choice. Even let the child go grocery shopping with you to help pick out meals they will eat. 4. Eliminate Grazing. Picky eaters often find themselves constantly snacking. This constant snacking prevents hunger when they actually sit down to eat a meal. Make sure they are hungry and eat three meals a day by limiting snacks. 5. Texture Desensitization.

Introduce a variety of textures and start small. 6. Play with your food! Let the picky eater explore their food. Allow them to play with the food to determine how it feels and smells before they eat it. 7. First This, Then That. Partner new food with a food they love. For example, if they child loves chicken nuggets tell them they can eat them if they first try broccoli. They do not have to eat the entire food they do not like, this is just a great way to introduce new foods to them that may look or smell unappealing. 8. Just Three Bites. Have the child take three bites of a new food without obligation of eating the whole thing. 9. Triangle Meals. One

serving protein, one serving vegetables, and one serving starch will keep the child healthy. 10. Family Time. Positive dinner conversation allows family to express love and encouragement to the child. Dinner is not the time to discuss upsetting news, such as watching the news or discussing politics. The goal is that the child associates food with a pleasant situation. Not all of these steps were for everyone. While Rogan recalls her parents successfully using “First This, Then That” with her when she was a child, she doesn’t think the “Just Three Bites” method would work. “Personally, if someone tried to get me to take three bites

of peanut butter I wouldn’t be able to just because I cannot stand the taste of it,” she said. Rogan finds pairing foods more effective because people can determine if they like a food, but thinks making a child eat three bites of something they do not like would be counterproductive. Sheila Becker, a resident nurse (RN) at the NeuroSensory Center of Eastern PA in Kingston and wife of OT department adjunct professor Dr. Jeffrey Becker, recommended having Hicks present at MU. Hicks is an expert on picky eating who travels internationally, conducts her own research, and presents worldwide about her book Picky Eating Solutions.



Above, members of the MU community attend the Hunger Banquet held November 15, 2010 from 5 to 6 pm in the Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms in the Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The banquet educated attendees about the uneven distribution of food throughout the world by randomly distributing low, middle and high income meals to individuals to experience first-hand the differences and situations of others.

DECEMBER 7, 2010

m o d e Bor

s r e t s u B




By AMANDA MERICLE Entertainment Columnist After reading this your taste buds will never be the same. First let me give you the bad news: Papa John’s, Domino’s and Pizza Hut do not make or sell “real” pizza. No matter how fresh their ingredients are, no matter how yummy the new crust is and no matter how cheap their PHOTO BY AMANDA MERICLE/ THE HIGHLANDER prices are they will never Despite how amazingly fully satisfy your taste buds. scrumptious all of the classics However, delicious pizza my grandma makes taste and covered in fresh tomato sauce how great pizza is in places and gooey, hot cheese is only a like New York, I can’t help few towns away in Old Forge, but agree with my uncle. Jake or as it is more informally and I headed to Arcaro & known, the Pizza Capital of Genell’s for lunch last week. the World. (The restaurant starts serving In Old Forge a piece of pizza lunch at 11 a.m. each day, is replaced with a cut or tray except for Sundays when it is of pizza. Never order a cheese closed.) We loved how intipizza, order either a red mate the restaurant was. Dim (tomato sauce and cheese) or lighting surrounded us and white (cheese and seasonings). classic, old music softly played My uncle Jack Hoover, a selfin the background, reminding made pizza aficionado, has us of Frank Sinatra or Dean been chomping on Old Forge Martin. My stomach started to classics since the 1970s. He growl as I read over the menu says there are no pizza pies in items. Everything sounded so Old Forge. “You just don’t do delicious. Cheese Tortellini that. If you want a pizza pie, with Broccoli and Garlic. Main go to Price Chopper and get Street Panini stuffed to the a pizza from the frozen food edges with eggplant, peppers, section.” spinach and mozzarella. I Regardless of the strict local was so tempted to stray from lingo, restaurants are welcomindulging in the famous pizza. ing to their out-of-town cusUltimately, we decided to tomers. The locals are known stick to what makes Old Forge by name and the newcomers so famous and ordered a cut are treated like friends. “In of red and two cuts of double Old Forge, customers are like crust white, which has crust family,” said Uncle Jack. on the bottom and the top. Old Forge is coined the Fifteen minutes later our “pizza capital of the world” for waitress promptly brought us different reasons. The number our pizza which was delicious. of pizza restaurants that sit The homemade dough was on the streets of Old Forge are crispy. The cuts were perfectly as plentiful as the toppings on seasoned and covered in fresh Jake’s favorite pizzas. Some tomato sauce and thick, deliof our favorites include Ancious cheese. After we finished thony’s, Revello’s and Arcaro we ordered some dolce (des& Genell’s. Another reason is sert) and tried their homecommon sense to many local made cannoli. Jake’s first time lovers of pizza: Old Forge style tasting this Italian classic did is simply the best. “I’m a pizza not disappoint. connoisseur,” Uncle Jack Despite the 22 mile trek said with pride. “I’ve traveled from the front archway of so much, been all over the Misericordia, our meal at Arcountry. I’ve been to every caro & Genell’s was worth it. ‘Little Italy’ and pizza place After reminiscing about lunch in Chicago and Brooklyn. My last week, I know exactly mom’s family is from Italy and what I want Santa to stuff I know what real Italian food in my stocking: gift cards to tastes like. Nothing compares every restaurant in the “pizza to what I find on Main Street capital of the world.” in Old Forge.”

Like every college kid I don’t have the dough to drop on designer names, so after buying too much Domino’s Cheesy Bread I wonder what I could purchase with the $2 I have left to keep my style in tap. I finally have the answer on where to shop when your pockets are close to empty--the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army—or the Sal Val, sounds fancier saying it this way---is loaded with thrifty fashions that can be flaunted on the walkway to Sociology class. It’s all about the search of the racks because if you don’t search, you’re definitely missing out on someone else’s treasures. You’ll never guess how much I spent on three items I couldn’t live without. A grey cotton pea coat with lace rimmed pockets: $7. An oversized magenta cardigan with antique gold buttons: $1.50. A hot pink Urban Outfitters skirt with the price tags still on it: $4. Getting an entire outfit for the tax price of a Juicy Couture messenger bag: priceless. Half-price Wednesday was good on my budget of $15. Better yet, my entire purchase was only $13.97. Seriously, where else can you get an Urban Outfitters skirt with tags still attached for that price? Nowhere. While shopping through the shelves and sales sections of the store I ran into a student who was searching for deals and maybe a few Polos from Ralph Lauren’s collections. “I literally buy all of my polos from the Wilkes-

Barre Sal Val. I get them for $2 a piece compared to $34 in the store. To me, that’s a steal,” said Uriah Thomas. I followed Thomas to the checkout where he spent $10---five polos later. He told me about one of his past experiences at the Sal Val where he bought an almost brand new pair of Jordan’s for $7. “It’s definitely a place you have to search around, but once you do find things you don’t expect, it makes shopping here worthwhile.” A year ago I ventured into the same store to find a khaki colored antique Chanel long sleeved shirt for only $5. But what’s better than that is the antique Fendi bag I bought for $2. I guess the saying’s true: Someone’s trash is definitely another person’s treasure. I went on half-price Wednesday for my deals, but every day there is a different store deal that can be used on your purchases. The Wilkes-Barre Salvation Army is open every day during the week from 10 am to 8 pm. So just remember, when you’re looking for the hottest finds on a drab budget, consider the Sal Val another place to buy newly abandoned necessities. Well this is my last fashion column for the semester, but I have so much in store for spring that you won’t want to miss out on. Want to know what’s coming up? Well you’ll just have to wait---until next time.

Mary Kintz Bevevino Library Fall s Hour Mon. – Thu.: 8 a.m.– 11 p.m. Fri.: 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m.– 7 p.m. Sun.: 11 a.m.– 11 p.m.

Chickpea sauce is art, too Folk art exhibit lures artists and foodies. By Sean Williams Reporter An arts reception was held for the new Hindu folk art exhibit in the MacDonald Gallery. The reception included a buffet of authentic Indian cuisine. The event was suggested by Dr. Stevan Davies of Religious Studies. Davies hopes it can continue as a regular event, every two years or so. He thinks that this will not only be a support for the community, which showed up in force, but also as a positive means for supporting the campus. “When you have at least 150 students taking some kind of

class on Hinduism, the exhibit is really up for the students,” Said Davies. The student population was well represented too. Many came because extra credit was offered in a specific class they are a part of, but others attended for the art—including the authentic Indian cuisine. Senior Patrick Noonan promoted the cuisine saying it was “something he didn’t expect, but was quite good.” This seemed to be the general consensus of students and community who came, as the buffet area was packed

with people throughout the reception. The spread was wide and diverse, with items such as potato pancakes with a chickpea sauce to a donut with a juicy sweet center. The exhibit showcased folk art, which means that it was created by everyday people. All of the art was made in India and shipped overseas to the United States. The work of numerous artists was on display, and much of it represents gods performing some form of an act, varying from extremely engaging to everyday chores.

Davies planned everything aspect of the event, including the music that played softly in the background. Davies was pleased with the turnout. The first wave of attendants were primarily students and faculty, but later on in the night people from the greater community visited the new exhibit. The night helped to provide an education about a specific era of art. More information about the exhibit can be found at the website www.dollsofindia. com.


Grateful thanks reward for all Local families receive aid during the holiday season. By April Dulsky Webmaster Heather Miller woke up extra early on a crisp November morning to get started with her long day of cooking ahead. She began to prepare the turkey by taking out the innards and basting the bird until it was ready for the 350degree oven. The can opener hummed as she unfastened several cans of vegetables and placed each one in a separate bowl to be heated. She took a second glance at a can of jellied cranberries, smiled and shook her head. “I knew right away my daughter wouldn’t eat these,” said Miller but opened the can for herself anyway. She peeled, cooked and mashed the potatoes into a white lumpy mass until they were fluffy as clouds. She cooked the stuffing on the stove and relished the smell as she stirred it together. Her daughter Marin walked back and forth to the oven, continuously clicking on the oven light to examine the cooking turkey. After waiting several hours, Miller pulled out the 10 pound bird that was now golden brown. She set the turkey, vegetables, potatoes, stuffing and cranberries on the kitchen table and called her older daughter Emma for dinner. This was a special treat, indeed. Miller came into hard times in 2007 due to the economy going under. “I lost my job, my old house, almost everything but not everything,” said Miller. She knew that she did not want to sacrifice the holidays, but she could not afford much so she turned to the Feed a Family program for help. “They didn’t ask about my background or why I needed help, they just did,” said Miller. Organizations in the local community help people just like Miller receive meals that every family deserves. MU continued to lend a hand this holiday season to charitable organizations aiding local families. “We have some students, some groups, faculty, and staff here on campus who are willing to sponsor these families and give them a complete Thanksgiving meal. They shop for everything and then they deliver it to their homes on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving,” said Kristen Samuels, MU Community Outreach Coordinator. Campus Ministry coordinated Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving and MU participants helped 98 families this year, ranging from one to eight members in each family. All those assisted live in the area and could not afford even the simplest things - including a Thanksgiving dinner. “A lot of these families don’t qualify or don’t access some of the food services that are available so we are reaching out to those families who are in significant need for the holiday season,”

said Samuels. Local agencies take notice of people who appear to require assistance and attempt to help them in as many ways as possible. “We have some local agencies that we work with including the Back Mountain Food Pantry and the local Head Start and we contact those agencies and we ask for some of the families that they notice are in pretty significant need for Thanksgiving during this season that are hungry,” said Samuels. The sponsors delivered the food to the families on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and the experience was humbling for both parties. “It’s difficult because they are thankful at the same time it is an embarrassing kind of moment for them and it’s humbling to see people uncomfortable because they are embarrassed and don’t want their children to see,” said Samuels. “Sometimes children internalize things and they feel that the reason they are not getting toys or food is because of something they did wrong. It’s an interesting experience.” The demand for donations and community assistance is on the rise and MU continued to help by increasing the amount of families that received support. “In 2008 we sponsored 32 families. In 2009 we sponsored 72 and now in 2010 we sponsored 98. We are noticing more of a need than in the past,” said Samuels. Many people and organizations on campus came through this year to make Thanksgiving dinner a reality for those who thought it was impossible. Cougar Cast sponsored three, six-person families and has sponsored others in the past years as well. “We had a table in Banks, went door to door and also collected donations, some as small as pocket change,” said Eleni Konstas, senior and executive producer of Cougar Cast. Dan Kimbrough, Assistant Professor of Communications and advisor of Cougar Cast, wanted to contribute to Adopt a Family for Thanksgiving to help as many families as possible and to show members that they can make a difference. “I like setting the bar high so I figured it would be good for Cougar Cast. We have a pretty large group of students that work with the program so I thought it was a pretty good goal plus whenever you make it a competition people tend to work harder to do things,” said Kimbrough,. Cougar Cast members raised funds by peddling doughnuts—a big seller. “Originally Krispy Kremes was just going to be a way for the group to raise money to buy t-shirts and a few other things and then this program came along,” said Kimbrough. Members also spent weeks (Continued on page 4)

Art Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DECEMBER 7, 2010



Let the workout begin, cont’d


Continued from page 1 By Highlander Staff Reports MU unveiled its new stateof-the-art fitness center in the Anderson Sports and Health Center to the campus community during a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 17. The $750,000 project more than doubles the size of the previous fitness center and creates 4,800 square feet of new space to house treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise bicycles and a life stepper. The updated fitness center also has a comprehensive range of high tech weight machines and an extensive free weight area with new benches, bars, plates and dumbbells. The renovation also includes the addition of a new conference room for the athletics department. “The expanded fitness center is a natural by-product of the careful and well-thought out growth in recent years at MU that has resulted in record enrollment,’’ said president Michael A. MacDowell.

“We continue to invest wisely in our campus community to better serve our students of today and tomorrow. This beautiful fitness center is also an investment in the health and well-being of our students, staff and faculty.’’ David Martin, director of athletics, conducted the ceremonial ribbon cutting with President MacDowell and Sister Jean Messaros, RSM, vice president of student affairs, who also offered brief remarks. University chaplain, Rev. Don Williams blessed the building and the center opened officially for use. “I am extremely excited about the opening of our new fitness center. It’s going to enhance the quality of life for every person on our campus,” said Martin. “A new state-of the-art fitness center is long overdue and I am very, very pleased with the final outcome.” The opening of the new

fitness center coincides with the enrollment of more than 2,800 students for the fall semester — a record for the 86-year-old institution. As the regional leader in educating health care professionals, MU is not only committed to excellence in academics but the new fitness center also demonstrates MU’s commitment to health and wellness of students and the greater community. The new fitness center is part of a long list of improvements made on campus in recent years. MU has invested more than $28 million in the campus community through building and campus construction and amenity projects, like the new Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall, Banks Student Life Center, College of Health Sciences, Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Student Residence Hall, Alumnae Hall and Gildea Hall.

Gym Hours Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Right, sophomore Erin Bomboy and Junior Denise Nerozzi sell chances for a raffle during the Cougar Cheer Challenge. Cheerleaders from across the area traveled to MU on Sunday November 14 to compete in the annual Cheer and Dance Challenge.

Student survives cont’d Continued from page 1

ing how he talked about Four Loko.” Brodmerkel described the drink as “potent,” and said many states are taking action to remove it from distributors’ shelves. Over the last several months, four states have already banned the sale of Four Loko: Washington, New Jersey, Utah and New York. According to Brodmerkel, Pennsylvania may soon join the list. “The [Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board] has already sent a proposal out to the

state,” said Brodmerkel. Due to the recent changes in administration, a final decision on the drink will not be made until January 2011. Citizens and politicians have written letters to distributors of Four Loko. “[The states] want them to do it on their own,” Brodmerkel continued. “They want them to take it off the shelves before it gets worse.” In response to the public’s complaints, the makers of Four Loko agreed to remove caffeine, taurine and guarana

from the ingredients. Before the tweak, Four Loko had a strong effect on anyone who drank it because the alcohol is a depressant and the caffeine is a stimulant. Brodmerkel feels it’s inevitable that the ban will be a clean sweep across the United States. “It’s just a matter of time. Every state has their own regulations. People are already trying to stockpile it,” said Brodmerkel.

By JOSH HORTON Sports Columnist


MU hosts annual Cougar Cheer Challenge



Youth, high school and allstar squads were invited to perform for an array of prizes. First, second and third place trophies were awarded in the team division. Medals were given to individual competitors and a grand champion received a trophy.

There are few things that are certain on the best Thursday in the month of November: the big bird in my grandmother’s oven, a parade on TV, a Detroit Lions loss and (my personal favorite) a Turkey Bowl. Although the great Thanksgiving feast has come and gone and the leftovers are quickly disappearing from the fridge, the NFL still has a few months left of its season. My family has many traditions to commemorate the infamous first harvest. I usually roll out of my big comfy bed, fumble to find my glasses and then proceed to begin the process of layering up for our annual Turkey Bowl. No I’m not talking about the bowls of mashed potatoes, chicken, corn and gravy from KFC. I’m talking about the annual football tournament held prior to the turkey chowdown. My father and I eat, sleep and breathe sports. It is a good thing there is so many choices of delectable edibles on Turkey day. The two-hour game consists of friends and family. We play for about two hours (but some people realize that they aren’t quite in the shape they were in high school and have to take a few plays off). I could always tell when my dad is feeling winded because he drops his famous line, “Let me be quarterback for a few plays. I’m beat.” Football is a tiring sport, yes,

even when played with flags. Then of course there are those friends who act like they are playing in the Super Bowl and will play every down as if they don’t have to go to work the next day. I really admire these guys. I can only hope to be that competitive at the age of 40. In all my years of playing, there was never a set time or score that would indicate the end of the game. Usually someone breaks loose for a long touchdown and everyone realizes how tired they are and the game is over. Players then shake hands, say “good game” and then walk off the field in search of the oxygen they seemed to have lost during the game. After the game is over, my dad and I head over to my grandma’s for the greatest Thanksgiving dinner eversave your breath and don’t try to tell me your grandma’s is better. When we get there we usually find the non-sports fans of the family watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We don’t really cook anything special for dinner, just the typical turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and all the fixings. Then comes my favorite part of the day --- doing everything you can to not fall into the Thanksgiving Day sleep while you watch football the rest of the day. Eating + football = Thanksgiving = perfection.


Grateful thanks cont’d Continued from page 3 going door to door and sitting in the Banks Student Life Center Lobby asking for donations to aid the families. “Every person who donated, whether by buying a box of donuts, giving 10 dollars or 70 cents, helped to feed our three families. We really couldn’t have done it without each and every person giving a little. It really proves what you can do when you work together as a

community,” said Konstas. Many still need help. “Many of the families that we are talking to have expressed need beyond Thanksgiving and so what I am suggesting for a lot of the people who are sponsoring these families is to also include gift cards to some of the local grocery stores because after the leftovers are gone they are still going to be in need,” said Samuels.

Miller and her daughters have been through many obstacles but through the help of others, are now back on their feet. “I don’t need assistance from Feed a Family anymore because I can support my daughters and myself better because I have a new job, but I’m still forever thankful for what they’ve done. I’m thankful,” said Miller.

SEARCH 12 stop by Campus Ministry to find out more!

PREFERABLY ALIVE contact darcy brodmerkel with any information Regarding his whereabouts no questions asked 570-674-6466

DECEMBER 7, 2010


“A Curious Savage” visits MU


The Misericordia Players Theater produced “A Curious Savage” on Thursday, Nov. 18, Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. Left, Jeff Kelly, Kaila Augustine, John Lipka, Gene Touseull, Samuel Corey and David Baker argue over who rightfully deserves the late Mr. Savage’s money. Bottom right, Mary Scarpa and David Baker engage in a conflict on stage. Scarpa played the role of Mrs. Paddy while Baker played the role of Ethel Savage’s stepson, Titus. Throughout the play Savage’s stepchildren fight over their stepmother’s inherited millions. Below, Jeff Kelly, playing the role of Dr. Emmet, visits the Savages’ household to discuss committing Mrs. Savage to a sanitarium. Photos by Mark DeStefano and Rich Baldovin

Below from left, John Lipka, Gene Touseull, Bernadette Siudock, Jeff Kelly, Shana Weinstock, Samuel Corey, Aimee DiLucido, David Baker, Kaila Augustine, Mary Scarpa and Katie O’Hearn take the stage for a bow during the final curtain call.

DECEMBER 7, 2010


Dr. Patrick Hamilton would like to extend a warm thank you to his colleagues for their assistance with his article that appeared in The Highlander’s November 16, 2010 Edition. Thank you to

n a r r u C h p e s o J . Dr


in t s u A n a l l Dr. A

MU Shuttle Schedule Junior Matthew Braithwaite snapped this aerial view of campus from an airplane.

SUBMIT YOUR OWN PHOTOS The Highlander will publish original, undoctored photos submitted by students, faculty and staff in this section of the newspaper every two weeks. We reserve the right to reject any photo. If photos appear to have been manipulated, they will not be published. All photos must be accompanied by signed model clearances and captions.

Tues 6-10 Fri 6-12 am Sat 2-12 am Sun 1-7

-Walmart -Wyoming Valley Mall -Movies 14 -Downtown Willkes-Barre -Frances Slocum


$ 99

9pm-close 1/2 price Sonic Burgers

10% off with MU student ID

755 Kidder Street Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18702


December 7, 2010  

This is the December 7, 2010 issue of The Highlander. The Highlander is a free bi-weekly publication, produced in conjuction with the MU Com...