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Students Snub Big Sushi Switch

By John Young, Reporter

University President Dr. Thomas Botzman appeared on WVIA-TV’s program “Meet the College Presidents” on Feb. 27. “This has been six months in the making,” said Botzman of the interview. “WVIA always does an interview of all the new presidents. There are so many [new presidents] in the last three years. Almost all of us are new.” The program is broadcast live from WVIA’s Sordoni Theater on Thursdays and features an hour long, in-depth interview with the heads of colleges and universities in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania. WVIA came up with the concept for the show as a way to serve the community’s workforce and even prospective employers. “In the summer of 2012 we floated the idea around and we thought it would be a great idea to focus a show on all of our wonderful colleges and universities in the area in hopes that employers and people here would see how well these kids are being trained in different fields and keep them in the area,” said WVIA’s Senior Producer Kathryn Davies. “The phrase ‘Brain Drain’ came up a few times. In other words, we’re educating all these fine young people and then losing them because they have to go out of the area to find work.” The program took off from there, first airing Nov. 8, 2012. It has featured college and university presidents from around the local area including Misericordia’s last president, Dr. Michael MacDowell, in April 2013, said Davies. Botzman said this was not his first time in the media. “I used to do things in Latin America, Mexico specifically, and sometimes they would shove a microphone in my face just to have me say something profound because I was new and different and interesting,” said Botzman.

“That’s a little different, being in the streets, other than being in a studio.” During the show, Botzman answered questions ranging from his background and knowledge of the area to the history of Misericordia and the direction it is heading. Seven audience members, some of them students, asked questions throughout the hour, and Botzman also addressed one viewer’s telephoned question. A question he particularly enjoyed came from a student. “I really like the question of diversity the one student asked,” said Botzman. “If you think about that in so many different dimensions, there are all kinds of things we could be different about, and a campus is a safe place to talk about those things. That makes it fun.” He added that diversity is the spirit of the university. “‘All are welcome,’ is really a part of what the sisters have been saying for a long time. This is a university that is founded on ‘We need to invite others in.’” What students can take away from the episode, Botzman said, is that “the students recognize that a large part of their education is the life that they’ll lead after they graduate, the things that they do with and for others. The way we teach, in virtually all of higher education, is looking through different lenses at the same types of problems. It doesn’t all have to be a neatly laid out plan to be something that is very, very wonderful.” Botzman said he believes the most important question was about the university’s direction with him at the helm. “For me to say, ‘Here’s my vision,’ is in some ways not as joyous as a very confused ‘our’ vision. By the time we get to seeing what our vision is, it could be a whole lot more spectacular,” Botzman said.

Sophomore Courtney Garloff snacks on a California roll from Asaki in Banks Student Life Center on March 14.


By Rob Evans, Reporter The sushi schedule switch is causing a stink. The Cougar’s Den is offering the popular delicacy on Tuesdays and Fridays instead of the Monday/ Wednesday schedule during the latter half of last semester. Students have mixed feelings. First-year physical therapy major Bob Ide is in favor of the new sushi schedule. “I’m pretty happy because this way I can get sushi on a Friday and just unwind for the weekend,” Ide said. “It’s nice to put sushi inside me after a long week.” Other students, such as junior communication major Alex Smith, are not as willing to adapt. “I was so bummed,” Smith said. “I don’t buy sushi that much, but when I do it’s always a nice treat. So when the days got switched I was really disappointed. Every once in a while I buy sushi just to

start my week, and now that it’s at the end of the week, I already got through the hardest part of my work week. Sushi Friday is not as exciting as Sushi Wednesday.” Sophomore communications major Courtney Garloff said the new schedule leaves her a lonely sushi snacker. “Wednesday is the biggest day for me to get sushi because I have layout for the newspaper, and it was a great, quick way to get something good to eat that I don’t get at home because no one will eat it with me,” Garloff said. To Garloff, the decision to switch up the schedule was perplexing and a bit fishy. “I was surprised and didn’t really understand why it was moved. In my mind it wasn’t broken, so why fix it? I would have liked to have been given a reason. I know I personally read the note that was

posted so I had enough time to realize the change, but I think they could have done it better to make it more public,” Garloff said. The answers Garloff seeks lie in the mind of Resident Dining Manager Heidi Franssen who said she isn’t a sneaky sushi switcher; the new schedule was necessary because of the need for the sushi to arrive earlier on campus. After reviewing different possibilities with the sushi provider, Asaki, to get the sushi delivered on time, the Tuesday and Friday schedule seemed best. “We tried for a couple of weeks to get the sushi place to come earlier, and they were just not able to do that so we finally discussed the different schedule with them,” Franssen said. “They rescheduled their workers, and we just expressed the need that we need it first thing in the morning so the students

can have it. So we posted it on the portal, we posted it at all three locations and we started doing that about the week before we started with the new schedule.” Despite some stinky sushi sentiments, Franssen said she is mostly hearing positive remarks from students and faculty. “We’ve sold more because it’s getting out earlier so we see that as a positive, but we’ve even asked the people at Lake Street and Intermetzo and they have said they got a couple of people happy that the sushi was there earlier, and they were able to grab it before they went off to their clinical or student teaching or whichever.” With sushi off the table for Smith, she will have to find an alternative to her “Sushi Wednesdays.” “I’m not really sure what I’ll get

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Students will no longer have to beg roommates and friends for spare quarters to wash and dry their clothes. Facilities will eliminate the change machines from the existing washing machines in all of the dorms during summer break. University president Dr. Thomas Botzman made unlimited laundry service one of his initiatives before the school year even began, according to Eric Nelson, Vice President of Finance and Administration. The previous college Botzman worked for offered unlimited laundry service, so he wanted to make wash day more convenient for students. Nelson said the machines are all fairly modern, some more than others, similar to machines in the newest building on campus, MacDowell Hall. “MacDowell Hall got all brand new equipment so they are the newest,” he said. “But, we renewed the contract about three years ago so most of the other machines are only three years old, but there still might be a machine out there that’s a little older than that.” The company that provides the laundry service on campus tracks the machines regularly, and Nelson said once machines reach a certain age, the company switches them out and replaces them. The Maytag Neptune machines are energy-efficient and low on water usage, great for unlimited laundry, he said. Nelson had to break the existing

contract and reis done,” he said. write it to include AJ Nudo, Asnew service so the sistant Director change would be of Residence in place for the Life, said it next school year. would be nice The company if the machines that provides could somehow laundry sershow a record of vice required a who uses them guarantee that it – whether the would make the information is same amount of tracked with a profit without the student ID or a change machines. different way. Nelson and other He said that university officials in the past, a decided the best machine would option was to abbreak and no sorb the fees into one would know the budget. what happened “Now, overall, because no one the cost will have knew how to find to be covered in the person who the budget someMARY BOVE/THE HIGHLANDER last used it. So, how,” Nelson said. Junior Mary Bove uses the washing machine in Gildea Hall to wash her towels on March 13. facilities members “The reason for or residence life that, the company staff would find will be much less of a hassle.” the machine is done.” makes money on it because they’re a washer filled with water and Not only will students no longer “I will definitely use the app the provider of the service so it’s not know how long it was there. have to feed the machines, they because it’s a great reminder and how they make their money. Now He said a system like an ID swipe will know when their loads are finwill prevent lines from forming for the university is paying for it so would “more accurately report ished thanks to a smart monitoreach machine,” Langan said. we had to guarantee them the problems.” ing system. Nelson is unsure how the tracksame amount of profit that they Nudo also said a nice feature “They’ll be doing network drops ing will work, but he believes it will normally made.” would be to have students know in all of the laundry rooms,” Nelson somehow incorporate student IDs. Sophomore physical therapy which machines are in use, similar said. “Then the machines will com“I don’t know exactly the technol- to what he experienced with his major Kelsey Langan is looking municate with the person using the ogy on the machines themselves. I forward to not having to lug a bag laundry services in college. laundry and it will tell you what haven’t seen one yet. I don’t know full of quarters back to campus “It would send you a text when the status of the laundry is, and it if you’ll have to swipe your ID. I next school year. your laundry is done and again, it’s can either send you the status via don’t know how it work,s but it will a nice service to have,” he said. “So “Running out of quarters and a computer or a smart phone app, be somehow tied into an app so having to bum some off of your you’re not lugging your stuff down and then it will also text you when that you know when your machine friends and roommates isn’t fun. It to the laundry room and then

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you’re like, ‘Oh my god, everything is in use. I have to take everything back upstairs.’ You’ll be able to know and see what is available.” Some students who live on campus this semester, and will not return semester, are jealous of the new system. Sophomore speech language pathology student Abriel McCann said she thinks the new laundry system will benefit everyone on wash day. “I can’t even count the amount of times that I forgot about my laundry and then when I remembered to get it, somebody had already taken it out and put it on the counter,” she said. “I definitely would’ve benefited from that.” McCann has lived on campus the past two years but is moving off for her junior year. She said she can’t count the number of times she had problems with change in the laundry machines. “I know so many people who have gotten coins jammed in the machines, which makes them not usable for anybody else trying to use that machine,” she said. “In a building where there are only a few machines on the floor, it got very frustrating.” While Langan doesn’t know if the unlimited service and technology will make her do laundry more frequently, she is excited that it will be less of an inconvenience. “I don’t think this will tempt me to do laundry more often. It will just make it less of a pain.”

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LinkedIn: Connect for Future Employment By Brittany Hayes, Reporter

LinkedIn is quickly becoming a resource for incoming freshmen and departing seniors. Incoming students can use LinkedIn as a way to connect with alumni and to gain background knowledge on different fields they are considering. Carolyn Yencharis Corcoran, Assistant Director of the Insalaco Center for Career Development, believes LinkedIns will give students an idea of what to expect not only from their course load but also what the workforce in a given field is like. “One way for them to figure that out is on LinkedIn they can do a search on Misericordia University for anybody who would have, say, finance under their education. They would find an alum who worked in the finance industry either now or in the past. That student can send that person an invite to be part of their professional network and then that person would be available to them. They can send that professional an email asking them how they got into the field and do they like (the field),” said Corcoran. Corcoran said the searches may help students narrow down their interests and major choices. Students will then also have connections to those professionals once they obtain their degrees. For outgoing seniors ready to enter the workforce, LinkedIn can be useful a tool because many employers are moving away from common job posting sites. “It costs employers a lot of money to post their jobs on places like Monster, but it’s a lot less expensive or even free on LinkedIn. The employers that we have talked to said you are crazy if you are not on LinkedIn because that’s where they are putting their jobs,” said Corcoran. Senior Alissa Burke thinks LinkedIn can be a wonderful tool

for job searching. “Depending on the job, I think LinkedIn could be a good resource. It allows people to explore personalities while also seeing their qualifications,” said Burke. LinkedIn is also a useful research tool. For seniors looking for jobs or other undergraduates looking for internships, LinkedIn can provide information about what companies are working on and use that to their advantage. “Say you’re a senior and you have a job interview, a job interview with Kraft, and you can follow them on LinkedIn and see what the dialogue is that week. Once you’re aware of that dialogue before your interview then you can bring that up to them at the end of that interview,” said Corcoran. Corcoran said other social networking sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are also good tools for learning out about the culture of a company. “I would absolutely recommend if you are interested in a company to follow them on Twitter. What are they tweeting? You get a good idea about what their culture is about and what they are concerned about by following them on Twitter,” said Corcoran. Corcoran also urges students to look at mini-advertisements prospective employers might be posting on LinkedIn, YouTube or any other social media sites as this may also be a way to find out what is important to the company. Other undergraduates can optimize LinkedIn as a way to network with alumni and find possible internships because alums like to help students at their alma mater. Students can also network with professionals with whom they have no other connection. “LinkedIn is beneficial because of the groups. There are professional groups out there that you can join. Let’s say you’re a sport

management major, there’s a group out there called ‘careers in sports’ and you can join that group and see what info you can gather from that,” said Corcoran. Corcoran said students using LinkedIn as a professional social media site must be aware that they are building their personal brand. This brand defines who a student is as a professional. “If somebody were to ask you the question, ‘Tell me about yourself,’ the three, four sentences that you would answer that with is your personal brand. I want to emphasize that this is your professional personal brand, not your personalpersonal brand. It is how you present yourself to the professional world,” said Corcoran. Corcoran said students who haven’t yet thought through their brand should consider it before trying to obtain an internship or a job after graduation. “Somebody will ask you that in an interview. For students, this might not be necessarily defined for you right now, but you need to think about this,” said Corcoran. Corcoran said the importance of networking cannot be overstated, and social media is a readily available tool to use to get started. “Eighty percent of jobs are obtained through networking. Networking is the lifeline of a professional. You need your professional network, not just to seek jobs but you never know what you’re going to need them for. You always want to be connected with them,” said Corcoran. Corcoran said she optimizes her professional network frequently and that it has helped her to connect with the speaker whom MU will have on campus to talk about LinkedIn. “If I am seeking advice or information on something, I can go out there and ask them. In fact, to get this speaker I asked

my professional network. I said, ‘Hey, I’m looking for someone who can really talk about LinkedIn. Do you know anyone who would be willing to come to my campus and speak?’” said Corcoran. Likewise, Corcoran has helped professionals in her network. “I’ve had my professional network contact me and ask me to do things. I’ve served as a judge for a debate conference. They might ask me, ‘Are you available to talk to students about a career path?’ When I’m looking for advice on things, anything, if I’m having an issue on a professional level I try to connect with my network and see if there’s anybody out there who can help me,” said Corcoran. Corcoran stresses that students must be aware that future employers will be looking at their posts. “This is part of the personal branding thing. You are young adults. Like it or not, we are in an age where nothing is sacred if it is online. So if you have all of these things on your Facebook page, then they are going to be visible to someone doing a Google search on you, and employers do Google searches on you. They absolutely do,” said Corcoran. Burke believes employers are putting too much weight into what prospective employees are doing on social media. “There have to be boundaries with everything. When you are at work you shut off any personal drama until you leave and you also don’t bring your work home. The way people are outside their jobs is their business, no one else’s,” said Burke. Burke also said that she hasn’t really given much thought to what future employers might think by looking at her social media profile,s but she doesn’t believe that she posts anything too outlandish. “To be honest I never thought

happened in the first place. “We’re glad to see more sushi go because people are able to access it earlier and that part we like,” Franssen said, “because we were getting negative feedback on how late it was coming. The delivery people were coming for a week or two there at 11:30 a.m.”

Asaki provides Misericordia students with different sushi options, like this package of California rolls, with soy sauce, wasabi and candied ginger. The sushi varies in price and is sold in the Cougar’s Den on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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to replace it now,” Smith said. “It was always like a nice little treat, like getting a nice cup of coffee or something. I could replace it with I coffee I guess, but there’s nothing else I really want. The Den doesn’t offer anything else (that appeals) to me.” One possibility for students to get their sushi on their desired days is to simply go to Asaki, which is conveniently located down the street from campus. But Smith doesn’t have a vehicle on campus. “I would drive and get it, but I don’t have a car,” Smith said. “And I don’t have that much money and I know that the sushi in the Den is a little bit expensive for what people consider it to be. But I could easily use my points on sushi, and I could walk five minutes across campus to get it, which cuts a whole lot of hullabaloo and travel time out of my day. It’s not only time effective, it’s cost-effective too.” Still, it appears that the Tuesday/ Friday schedule is set in stone for the rest of semester, Franssen said. However, she said the dining staff puts the interest of the students first. “As far as I know, we’re going to keep this until the end of the semester. If it is the students’ desire that they’d rather have it on other days, we can try to work on something different, either a different vendor or work on it with Asaki, but either way we’ll make it happen if it’s better for the students,” Franssen. She said students’ voices were a big part of the reason the switch



Top, Jill Pante, assistant director of career services at University of Delaware, spoke to students in Insalaco Hall about the benefits of LinkedIn. Bottom, a student takes notes during the workshop on LinkedIn. about that. I try not to post anything too extreme, but I don’t really think about future employers,” said Burke. Corcoran thinks that students should be conscious of what they post because while posts may not seem offensive to them, they might be to employers. “You have to make the decision to have an adult, professional

image out there. You need to look at yourself from the perspective of future employers. If you are online or social media, there is no such thing as a private self so make sure the way you’re presenting yourself is something your potential 65 year old boss would be okay with,” said Corcoran.

McGowan Hall. “The drive has a catchy play on the words ‘jeans’ and ‘genes.’ Basically we are asking students, faculty and staff to bring in jeans that might not fit the way that they like best or make them feel uncomfortable,” said H.O.P.E. coordinator Amanda Sutton. Members will deliver all donations to the Ruth’s Place homeless shelter for women in Wilkes Barre. “The campus Healthy Options Peer Educators want to promote a positive body image and help others feel good about their shape and size while trying to be as healthy as possible. It is for this reason they are bringing this campaign to MU,” said Director of Counseling & Psychological Services Center Dr. Cindy March. The drive started nationally in 2006, and March brought the idea to campus. “The idea is that when we hang on to jeans that we used to fit into but no longer do, we then feel bad about ourselves, put ourselves down for not being a particular size, and we might even start taking drastic measures to fit into the old jeans. In reality, our body naturally changes over time, and so keeping a pair of jeans that we might have worn in our senior year of high school when we are now a junior or senior in college makes no sense,” said March. Members hope that this drive will help others in need while helping to remind students to love their bodies. They also hope

to prevent students from feeling the need to use fad diets, extreme starvation, extreme exercise and purging. “The idea is that the label on our pants should never ever define how we feel about ourselves. We need to love our genes,” said Sutton. H.O.P.E. also focuses on more than maintaining a positive image. “We are a group that stands for healthy mind, body and spirit, so we focus on important issues such as handling stress, spreading positivity, eating disorder awareness, and other topics as well throughout the school year,” said Sutton. H.O.P.E. had also previously held events such as “Operation Beautiful” in which students placed post-it notes around campus and posted quotes on the floor in Banks before finals week. “We do this to spread positivity to everyone on campus. We also help the CAPs Center with its mood and eating disorder screenings,” said Sutton. The coordinators feel that the closeness of the group helps them to get a lot accomplished and to better inform the campus community. “Our group is small and we meet often, so we all have a close relationship with one another,” said Sutton. For more information on the Blue Jeans for True Genes drive contact the CAPS center in the bottom of McGowan Hall.

Go Green with Blue Jeans

With warm weather approaching, many students just take their jeans and throw them in storage for the spring and summer, but H.O.P.E. is giving them a reason to do otherwise. Members of H.O.P.E., or Healthy Options Peer Educators, are collecting denim as a way to help both men and women feel comfortable about their genes - those of the physiological variety. Members want to promote positive body image no matter a person’s shape and size by bringing the “Blue Jeans for True Genes” denim campaign to campus. “Our main goal is to promote a positive mind, body and spirit in everyone. We work to show that true beauty comes from within,” said H.O.P.E. coordinator Carly Zaklukiewicz. The H.O.P.E. group collected unwanted pairs of jeans in the Banks Student Center lobby March 10. “The goal of the drive is to take jeans or other pants that don’t fit anymore and get rid of them because they’re not bettering you. Just because a pair of jeans doesn’t fit anymore, does not mean that you are any less beautiful. One’s beauty and worth is not determined by the size on the tag. The goal of the drive is to take good jeans and donate them to women in need,” said Zaklukiewicz. Students can still drop off donations at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center center office on the lower level of




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CAREER VS. Painter Makes Tabernacle Fit for a King Smith, Web Master SCHOOL ByA Alexandria beautiful custom tabernacle “Working in the hard oak was Randazza feels that the most

By Brittany Hayes, Reporter

Soon-to-be-graduates are deciding whether to seek jobs upon graduation or apply to graduate school, and they’re finding that for certain majors, graduate study is a must. Dr. Glen Tellis, Speech Pathology chair, said that the job market for Speech Pathology majors who do not continue onto graduate school is grim. “You can do nothing with an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology. There is nothing you can do. You can become an aid, but if you don’t get into a Master’s program then you cannot practice as a speech pathologist,” said Tellis. Tellis said job availability of aid positions is limited to certain parts of the country and the pay is little more than minimum wage. “Texas has aids and they do have paid aid positions but maybe it is 10 bucks an hour, 12 bucks an hour, whatever the minimum wage is for that area,” said Tellis. Getting into a graduate program is not very easy for an aspiring speech pathologist, however. Tellis said a school such as Penn State will have around 400 applicants per year for their graduate program but only 20 positions to offer to students. This makes the field highly competitive. “On average, to get into a Master’s program, you need a minimum of 3.8 or 3.9 GPA. There are times I’ve had a student with a 3.8 GPA and they cannot get into a Master’s program,” said Tellis. MU is one of a handful of universities in the country that has a five-year program for speech pathology that enables students to obtain their Master’s degree. Students must keep a 3.5 GPA to stay in the major. Because of the five-year program, MU can only take in one or two students from different universities for the graduate program each year. Tellis said some applicants with GPAs as high as 3.9 have been wait listed due the high demand. Even after obtaining a graduate degree, student must complete a fellowship, which is similar to a residency. They must also apply for a state license. “It’s a paid fellowship. At that time you are really on your own, at the hospitals, schools, wherever you choose to work. At the end of the 9 months you apply to speech language hearing association for your certificate of clinical competence to practice and you apply to the state you work in for your license to work,” said Tellis. Job opportunities are abundant and Tellis said that the job market is going to continue to grow in the future. As a result, professionals demand to be treated fairly. “I had this girl call me and she was in an organization, and she was working there for four years and they underpaid me, overworked me, didn’t appreciate me, and weren’t flexible with my work schedule so I gave them twoweeks-notice and said goodbye. She got a $15,000 raise somewhere else. It’s rare to have a field where you can do that,” said Tellis. Philosophy majors also need to think about completing grad school applications. Dr. Mark Painter of the philosophy department warns students that without a Master’s degree, jobs are limited. “When somebody wants to major in philosophy they are usually interested in going to graduate school because there’s no real job for a philosopher with a BA. It’s not like we’re looking for a philosopher. There’s a publication that the American Philosophical association has called jobs for philosophers but it’s almost exclusively academic for people with higher degrees,” said Painter. Students who obtain philosophy undergraduate degrees often go into fields such as science, business, or law. When this happens, those students are likely to make more money than their peers, according to Painter. “The thing about the undergraduate degree by itself is that there has been some studies, but they show that people who have philosophy degrees and no other degrees going into business or whatever – mid career - end up having higher salaries than other people who have just an undergraduate degree, say in history or something of that sort,” said Painter.

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adorns the chapel, but its creator difficult. Oak is one of the hardest rewarding part of the project was isn’t an Italian master: The artist woods, so to cut it, and to sand it, seeing the looks of surprise on is maintenance painter David and to drill it, and to burn it, was everyone’s faces when he finally Randazza. extremely hard. So that was one of revealed his work. According to Chris Somers, the hardest issues was making it “I think it’s a great thing [to Director of Campus Ministry, taball out of oak,” said Randazza. have a custom tabernacle] because ernacles are generally very expenHe said burning of the Mercy looking at other tabernacles in sive, regardless of the materials Crosses onto the front of the line, there are hundreds and used – gold, silver or wood – so it tabernacle, entirely by hand, was a hundreds of them, and trying seemed natuto think, do you ral for her to want silver, do you request a cuswant gold, do you tom wooden want wood? Then, tabernacle the more decorafrom Rantions you have, the dazza, who more decorations is a longtime there are, the more woodworker. expensive they are, “Someone or the more ornate had menthey are,” Somers tioned to me said. that he does Some might say woodworkit was miraculous ing, so I asked that Campus Minhim at the istry had Randazza beginning of and his talents the year if he right on campus could make often literally next us one. So, he door. said he would “ So for him do it and we DAVID RANDAZZA FOR THE HIGHLANDER to basically say got him the David Randazza’s finished tabernacle in the campus chapel. ‘I could make dimensions whatever you and showed him pictures of what painstaking process. want,’ that’s great, and to have we wanted. So he’s very talented,” “That was very challenging and something handmade like that, she said. meticulous because, if I messed it by one of our employees, well that According to the Catholic faith, up, I’d have to make a whole new means a lot than just buying or a tabernacle is a locked box where door because you can’t erase it, so purchasing one off of a website, the Eucharist is stored. The new it was very hard. It took me over you know?” said Somers. wooden piece is made of hand an hour, hour and a half just to Randazza said his work will be stained oak boards with a lock, draw them on there perfectly and on campus long after staff, stubase and Mercy Crosses burned then wood burn them,” he said. dents and faculty are gone. onto each door. The project. which The positive response he’s re“I put all of my heart and soul took Randazza over 30 hours to ceived from staff and students has into that baby and it will last 150 complete, may be special, but made his effort worth it. years. They will never need anworks like this are not new to him. “I have received nothing but other, you know? That’s the thing In addition to decades worth of compliments since I put in there,” about making something custom painting experience, Randazza has said Randazza “Fifty people have - that, and it’s the only one like worked with wood for most of his complimented me already on how it. It’s the only one in the world,” life. However, that does not mean nice it looks in there [in the chahe said. that the tabernacle did not pose pel]. I mean, that’s all of that hard any challenges. work and it’ll last 150 years,”

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CAPS CORNER Blue Jeans for True Genes Since 2006, a National H.O.P.E. organization has collected denim as a way to help people (men and women both) feel comfortable about their jeans/genes - that is, both their denim and their body type. The campus H.O.P.E group wants to promote a positive body image and help you feel good about your shape and size. It is for this reason they are bringing this campaign to Misericordia University. How can you help? Donate any jeans that no longer fit or feel comfortable anymore. Don’t let the size on the band dictate how you feel about yourself! SO.....Bring your jeans to the Banks Carol Llewellyn, the office manager of the CAPS Center anytime during the day. Collected jeans will be donated to a local homeless shelter. Thank you from the H.O.P.E. group! Women’s Relationship Violence Group This group is for any student who has ever been, or is currently in a relationship, in which they experience abuse - verbal, physical, etc. and who want to figure out their emotions in a supportive environment with others who have experienced similar relationships. Please contact Dr. Cindy at (570) 674-6366 or if you are interested or if you have any questions.


We asked students in Banks Student Life Center to describe their cell phone wallpaper. If you have a question you would like us to ask, email the newspaper editorial staff at Highland@misericordia. edu.

“Purple Orchids because they’re FABULOUS!,” said first year communications major Felicia Glover.

“The cross on top of Mercy Hall’s roof,” said sophomore physicians assistant major Palmer Steiner.

“An inspirational quote that says ‘Dreams don’t work unless you do,” said sophomore biology P.T. major Julie Bogaert.

“Gareth Bale because he’s my favorite soccer player,” said sophomore accounting major Corey Honaback.

“It says, ‘Keep calm and carry on? No thanks, I’d rather raise Hell and change the world!,” said junior psychology/physical therapy major Jess Anderson.

“American flag because I love America,” said sophomore biology major Hunter Pates.


The Mary Kintz Bevivino Library underwent changes during spring break. Top, the library staff added personalized study rooms on the second floor for a more secluded study area. Bottom, the library also staff had the computer lab enclosed on the second floor, similar to how the first floor lab looks.

SPRING BREAK AT GRANDMA’S By Nicole Battista, Reporter

Editor’s Note: Nicole Battista spent her spring break on a Campus Ministry service trip to Philadelphia, and she provided The Highlander with her reflection. I spent my spring break in Philadelphia. I did not go to the zoo or to Chinatown and I did not eat a cheesesteak. I spent a rewarding four days at the Cranaleith Spiritual Center learning how to cook and garden and reflect on life. I do not like knives because I am clumsy and I do not want to accidentally slice my finger off. In fact, one of the Sisters joked about losing fingers as she handed me a thick glove for using the mandolin

slicer to cut up carrots. I avoided the knives in the kitchen until the last day, when I peeled and cut up apples, removing the cores. Sometimes fear has to get put aside to get the job done. Along with fear, sometimes comfort has to get put aside, like when my shoes got soaked as I walked through the snow, clearing the walkway with a broom because there were only three shovels. Or, when my sweatshirt had dirt caked on it as well as cookie dough. I like getting my hands dirty, and one of our projects was to soak dirt and place seeds into it. These

will be planted when the weather is warmer. We also rescued some aloe plants by separating and replanting them in smaller pots. We were then allowed to take a plant home. I was assured that they do not require a lot of care, only sunlight and to water them about once a month. Another project that some of the group members did was cutting disks from thick branches. These disks were then decorated as signs for the garden. I watched my group members use hand saws to create about fifteen disks. It took a lot of arm power and some time,

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Cougars Fall Short of NCAA Bid

By Josh Horton, Reporter

The men’s basketball team nearly made its second trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but a late run from top-seeded DeSales University left the Cougars with a second place finish in the Freedom Conference for the 2014 season. The Cougars finished the season with an overall record of 16-11, including an impressive 10-2 record in the Anderson Sports and Health Center. The season started with yet another Laurel Line Championship following impressive wins over Marywood University and Baptist Bible College. However, the Cougars went 3-8 over their next 11 games and headed into the heart of the Freedom Conference schedule with an overall record of 5-8. The team heated up just in time for students to return from Christmas break, going on a six-game winning streak, which included wins over Eastern University, FDU-Florham, DeSales, Delaware Valley College, Lebanon Valley College and King’s College. The Cougars then controlled their own destiny into the Freedom Conference Championship Tournament by securing the second seed. The Cougars defeated Manhattanville in the tournament opener, but eventually lost a 73-64 overtime heartbreaker to topseeded DeSales. The Bulldogs have reached the title game in each of their last playoff appearances and have won two Freedom Conference Championships. The good news for the Cougars is they return all but one of their players next season. The bad news is the one player not returning is Matt Greene. The guard amassed the 1,000-point mark and finished his final season averaging 12.1 points per-game, while making 84 three-pointers. He was named second-team All-Freedom and had a team-high 88 assists and shot a team-best 87.5% from the free throw line. “It’s always tough to lose a veteran,” head basketball coach Trevor Woodruff said. “Matty was great for us on the floor, but what he brought to this team in terms of culture will live on long after he leaves. He brought a tremendous focus and work ethic every single day.” The Cougars return every other player who received significant time this season. Perhaps the most improved player is Joe Busacca. Woodruff noted the junior guard was key to the success the Cougars enjoyed this year. Busacca finished the year averag-

ing 13.1 points per-game and played a team high 954 minutes, starting all 27 games. “Joe is very, very good at the process and he loves it,” Woodruff said. “He knows what do in the off-season to get better and he still has some room to improve over the off-season.” Woodruff is hoping to see Busacca improve as a defender and said if he does that, the sky is the limit for him. “If Joe played an entire 40 minutes like he played the last 10 minutes of the Freedom Conference Championship game, he would be the best defender in our league,” Woodruff said. “He has definitely matured over the years, and we are looking for him to be more consistent. If he does that, we’re talking first-team All Conference or Player of the Year.” The Cougars also return Steve Ware, and Woodruff feels he has to be the favorite for Freedom Conference Player of the Year next season. Ware finished the season averaging a team-high 14.3 points per-game, 31 blocks and 197 rebounds. “Steve’s decision making really improved this season, and he also improved from the foul line, which is huge for him,” Woodruff said. “I definitely think he is going in the right direction and he may be only 6’4, but he plays like he’s 6’7, and he has to be the favorite for Player of the Year out of the guys returning next season.” The Cougars also return Griffin Sponaugle next season, and Woodruff feels once he decided to put him in the starting lineup, he changed the whole season. Sponaugle averaged 30 minutes per game and did a little bit of everything for the Cougars. “We felt like we needed some more offense on the floor and Griffin gave us that opportunity as a guy who can knock down shots. He was a big part of our turnaround” Woodruff said. “Once we switched to zone, that really helped him as a defender and he was very solid for us this season.” Cael Evans also gave the Cougars a spark off the bench, averaging 8.8 points per-game and 4.7 rebounds per-game. Erik Kerns gave the Cougars a boost, and despite starting the season playing limited minutes, he turned out to be a very good player in the post. “Honestly, we were looking at Eric to give us eight to ten minutes a game before the season, and he had a huge year for us,” Woodruff said. “We expect him to get better and better over the offseason.”

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By Matt Green, Reporter


Top, junior Cael Evans looks for an open teammate during the game against King’s College Feb 18. Bottom, head coach Trevor Woodruff talks to his players during a time out against King’s. James Hawk will play his first minutes for the Cougars next season after missing out this year with a leg injury. Hawk originally played for the Naval Academy, but he transferred following his freshman season. Woodruff will look to some of this year’s freshman to compete for minutes next season. “We had an incredibly talented group of freshman this season and I expect improvement even more over the off-season,” Woodruff said. “I think this off-season will be the biggest leap of improvement we will see from them.” One uncertainty heading into 2014-2015 is the point guard position. With Greene graduating,

Woodruff will likely either turn to Busacca or an incoming freshman. “We run the majority of our offense through Joe, and it doesn’t matter whether he plays the point or not, we will still run it through him,” Woodruff said. “Whether Joe runs the point or not will depend on how the rest of our recruiting goes.” As for Ware, he’s expecting a championship. “I think with the guys we have coming back and what we were able to do this year, our goal is going to be simple,” Ware said. “We want to win the conference.”

Viewfinder: Women’s Lacrosse Drops to Hartwick

Editors Note: Matt Green is a senior sport management major and a personal trainer at Leverage Fitness in Forty-Fort, Pa. This is part one of a four-part health and fitness series special for The Highlander. Everybody wants to be healthy. Okay, maybe not everybody, but most of us genuinely care about having the highest quality of life possible. The question to ask here is “What is healthy?” To one person, healthy is being able to go throughout the day without medication or pills to help alleviate pain. To another, healthy can mean running a 5k. The point here is that healthy can truly have unlimited and infinite definitions. To work towards being “healthy,” we must first define what the word means to us as individuals. Once we realize our personal definition, we can begin to live and pursue the healthier lifestyle. This means exercise and proper nutrition – notice, proper nutrition and not diet. I am a personal trainer who has been living the health and fitness lifestyle for almost four years now. I tell people I do not diet – I have a nutritional plan. The difference between diet and nutritional plan is that for me, dieting involves restricting and limiting yourself to a strict and unforgiving eating regimen. A nutritional plan is exactly that, a plan. It’s structured in a way that is worked around personal goals. Whether a goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, etc. An eating plan and exercises should be structured in a way that targets specific goals. Now, keep in mind, weight loss comes from a nutritional plan and muscle gain comes from exercise. The idea of overall health is a combination of both exercise and nutrition. People are intimidated and even scared to ask questions when it comes to what to eat. They think that it’s a crazy science that they cannot wrap their head around. Students will have to learn the basics, but that is the foundation of healthy eating. Once we learn the foundation of what healthy eating is, then we can begin to apply that foundation to expand knowledge based upon on first-hand experience. Certain foods affect our bodies differently than they would affect others. Every body is different/ Every body – two words – is different. We are so easily inspired by, and gullible about, media and fitness “experts” when it comes to health, diet, exercises and fitness in general. “If it worked for me, it can work for you” is the generic cookie-cutter phrase that’s overused. What we don’t realize is that our bodies react differently to exercises and foods compared to someone else’s. This is where we set ourselves up for failure. In our heads, we

already feel confident about this new health-kick, which is good, but we don’t understand that although the exercise or nutritional plan may have good intentions, it might need some tweaking to make it work for us. So what happens? We give it a shot and get little or no results, then we give up entirely and lose motivation. For right now, let’s just focus on goals and how we should build an all-around healthy lifestyle with both exercise and proper diet. Learn to use time more wisely and more efficiently when in the gym. I hate to generalize, but most men believe that they need to spend at least an hour in the gym to get results. Sorry fellas, but that’s just not true. I can have a workout that lasts 10 minutes - and it is both effective and efficient. The intensity of the workout is much more important than the time spent in the gym. By intensity, I mean how hard your body is pushing itself. When we talk about proper nutrition, many people get discouraged and confused. Vegetables, fruits, protein and complex carbohydrates are the foundation of a proper eating plan. The average person should be consuming .5 to 1 gram of protein for every pound in their body. For example, a 150-pound male should be eating at least 75 grams of protein and at most 150 grams. Some people, myself included, can process and retain protein more easily than others. I am 160 pounds, but I consume close to 200 grams of protein daily. In all honesty, ditch the idea of protein powders and supplements. Unless you have the money, which you don’t because you’re a college student, learn to get your quality protein from actual food. Granted, protein powders are convenient and easy, but quality food should always be the favored option. We need to try to gauge how our bodies react to certain foods or exercises. If we feel that we’re not benefiting from a certain exercise, chances are we’re not. Our form may be slightly off, or that exercise may not be very valuable – not every exercise is created equal. Same thing goes with nutrition. If we feel we get more energy from a specific type of carb rather than another - for example, I prefer rolled oats over whole wheat toast - only eat the carb that benefits us more. Once we learn to listen to our bodies, we will be virtually unstoppable. It takes time, practice and patience, but when we master it, we are one step closer to becoming the person we always wanted to be – both inside and out.

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Clockwise from top, junior midfielder Melina Juliano begins the game by facing off against the Hartwick Hawks. Hartwick defeated the Cougars 12-11 at Mangelsdorf Field. Junior attacker Emily Hegner waits for a teammate to shoot the ball during the first half of the game. Senior midfielder Jenny Perucca looks back for a pass from a teammate while running towards the goal. First year goalkeeper Katie McLoughlin prepares to block a shot against the Hawks. The Cougars’ next home game is March 18.

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Sunshine State Highlights Probst’s 100th Victory By Arthur Dowell, Web Editor

Coach Jen Probst left the sunshine state with a bright addition to her resume - her 100th career win. Probst knew she neared the career milestone when she started the season. “The girls last year were pushing for more wins last season because they knew they were close to 100 wins.” Last year’s seniors were the first freshman class Probst had. Probst’s victory came in dramatic fashion. Trailing Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 3-0, shortstop Whitney Ellenburg hit a game tying three run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Cougars would go on to win 5-3. “The girls always do that to me,” said Probst. “They find ways to keep me on the edge of my seat and shock me with the ways they come through in the end.” Senior pitcher Jess Armillay is the only senior on this year’s squad and a member of Probst’s first recruited class. She felt how close they were to the milestone and the team wanted it before they left Florida. “We know how much coach Probst and the rest of our coaching staff work and the time and effort she puts into team, along with how badly she wants us to succeed not only on the field but


Probst, along with the softball team, pose for a photo after her 100th win against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Clermont, Fl. of off the field. We wanted to be the team to get that 100th win for her and wanted it for her.” Armillay speaks fondly of the coach and everything she does for the team so in return, the team gives Probst the things she wants

most - “hard work, intensity and a positive attitude at all times.” Probst did not imagine being a head softball coach for a college team back in her playing days. A graduate from Bloomsburg University in biology and chemis-

try, Probst thought she would be working in the medical research field at Hershey Medical Center where she had been for quite some time. Probst, of course, played softball in her days at Bloomsburg, help-

ing lead her team to three NCAA tournament appearances. She never lost her love of the game. She had signed up to be a pitching coach for a little extra money, and then she saw an advertisement for a pitching coach position

at York College. Instead of pursuing graduate school for something in the science field, she pursued a degree in sports management with a concentration in coaching. “It was something I knew I wanted to do with the rest of my life,” said Probst. “I enjoyed helping younger people understand the game. While she worked on getting her Master’s, she stayed as an assistant coach at York, and then landed her first head coaching job at MU. Probst takes no credit for her team’s success. “The win is for them. I don’t play the game.” Instead, she likes to enjoy watching her players develop their potential not only as athletes, but as students. She knows how to help them balance time on the field and in the classroom. Probst looks forward to seeing the playing field again after the winter snow clears so she can work this year’s group of women toward even more wins - not for her, for the girls. “The team chemistry is great. They have no fear in them, and everybody works well. They make it easy for me to enjoy coaching and watching them win the games.”

CAREER VS. SCHOOL, CONTINUED Continued from page 3 Painter believes this is because philosophy majors are self-motivated problem-solvers as a result of their undergraduate course work. He said one way students can stand out among graduate school applicants is to be published before even leaving college. “There are a lot of undergraduate journals where someone can get published before going to graduate school. That way you can go in there and you can show them ‘this is what I did.’ This is an indication of commitment to the field.” Another tip is to attend as many philosophy conferences as possible and network with other people in the field. “We’re trying to get our majors connections with other schools so they can get letters of recommendation from people other than just our professors because we’re pretty small here. It becomes incestuous in a way. You’re coming out of a small department, of course they are going to write you good evaluations. So if you can get evaluations from someone from another institution because you met this person at a conference then that looks better on your resume,” said Painter. Those who wish to make philosophy a life’s work need to go all the way - to the Ph.D. In sports management, a graduate degree is not required to obtain work, but Dr. David Gargone, Director of Sport Management, said students should move directly to a graduate program if they wish to obtain their Master’s. “Students are already in school mode. It’s always a challenge to come back to school when you’ve already started your life.” Gargone also encourages students to go immediately for their MBA because later in life, they

might not have the time to go back to school. “One thing also that I see when I talk to professionals who are very successful in their careers, who don’t have Master’s degrees, is that they cannot come back and teach. They want to come back into the classroom, but they can’t because they didn’t get their MBA or graduate degree. A lot of them can’t go back to school because their career is too demanding or they have families,” said Gargone. He said students should, however be forewarned about the more rigorous graduate school curriculum. “Make sure you are ready for the change in academic intensity and also to understand an MBA or graduate degree doesn’t guarantee you anything professionally. A lot of students have the misconception that if they stay in school an extra year then they are better than everyone. That really is not the case,” said Gargone. The Master’s degree will not lead to an increase in pay, either, until many years down the road. “The Master’s degree in most business situations are going to pay off for people further in their career, so I highly encourage students to participate in our 5 year MBA program with the understanding that the MBA isn’t going to make a difference when they are 22-23 but when they have 5, 10, 15 years worth of experience,” said Gargone. Most entry-level jobs in the field are low-level positions, he said. “Most students, if they want to work on the professional side of sports, are going to start at an entry-level position usually ticket sales or some sort of sales,” said Gargone.



Viewfinder: Habitat for Humanity in Florida

Clockwise from top, the Habitat for Humanity spring break group poses for a picture at the end of the trip to Florida. Seniors Shauna Quirk and TJ Ferber put roofing on the house they worked on over spring break at the beginning of March. Junior Kaleigh Reynolds uses a roller to paint the inside of the Habitat for Humanity house. One of the spring break service groups listen to a worker from a local organization – she emphasized how much the Habitat group’s project means to the community. Junior Megan Lemoncelli and senior Liz Graeber move a ladder in front of the house to work on the front porch. DAN KIMBROUGH FOR THE HIGHLANDER

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GRANDMA’S, CONTINUED Continued from page 3 but the project was completed. A lot of the work that we did was not earth shattering. We did not build a house or work with underprivileged children. We chopped up cucumbers, wrapped silverware, washed dishes, and made a mess in the kitchen. There were a few times when some of us did not have a task to do. I was reminded that sometimes service is just about being there, not necessarily running around doing a million tasks. Sister said that although some of the tasks seemed mundane and simple, they were very helpful. The desserts that were baked would be used to feed the group coming in after us. The silverware that was wrapped would be used to quickly put out meals for others. The sticks that we picked up in the yard will make the yard look cleaner when the snow melts. The seeds that we planted will be used in the garden in the spring. It is the little things that make the most impact. Ash Wednesday occurred while we were on the trip. We had a reflection and passed around the bowl of ashes, taking turns putting them on one another. I felt a true sense of togetherness and community once we were finished. The other group of volunteers working in Philadelphia joined us for dinner. Our group prepared the food and we all ate together. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I learned from them that every experience is individualized and different, but still meaningful. The group provided a service to Cranaleith which indirectly provided a service to those who come to Cranaleith. Cranaleith offers spiritual retreats and conferences and opens the garden to the community, which includes poor people and those with disabilities. “Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Cranaleith offers a contemplative space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves and society. We are committed to making Cranaleith accessible to all, especially to persons who are poor and those who work in solidarity with them,” the mission statement reads. Cranaleith offers “truly quiet time in a warm atmosphere with simple hospitality” according to the brochure. I was instantly reminded of Grandma’s house when I arrived at Cranaleith. Grandma’s house is always warm. When I go to Grandma’s, I relax. I sink into the leather couch and listen to the grandfather clock chime at every hour. The stairs creak and there are afghan blankets everywhere. My grand-

parents lived in the same houses my parents grew up in, so there’s the comfort of history in the beds and floorboards. Cranaleith felt just like that. The room that I stayed in was something out of a fairytale. It was a single room with three lamps and an overhead light. There was a recliner with an afghan on top of it at the end of the bed, facing a nook. The nook had three windows: two angled at the bottom. Underneath the right window was a wooden desk and chair. It was a view for dreamers and writers and thinkers. The room was great for relaxing, and I was able to read by the window and fall asleep by 10 p.m. Service trips, I think, should be relaxing and comforting. The house has seven private rooms and three double rooms. There are two bathrooms on both the second and third floors. The house had a bomb shelter in the basement, and more doors than I could count. The doors are long and tall as well as shorter and wider. There are keyholes in the door handles. The house was built in 1891 by Rachel Foster Avery, according to the brochure. She purchased the property, which was previously land for the Lenni Lenape tribes. Avery built the house to be used as a family home and a gathering place for suffragettes, members of the women’s organization movements. Susan B. Anthony had stayed in that house. The Trainer family then bought the property in 1906 and named it Cranaleith, meaning “a sanctuary of trees.” In 1996 it became the Cranaleith Spiritual Center, a “not-for-profit ministry in partnership with the Sisters of Mercy.” It is very fitting that one of the spring break trips was to Cranaleith. Our charisms of Mercy are service, justice, mercy, and hospitality. The house contained those who fought for justice for women, and the workers there now show mercy to the community and welcome everyone with open arms. They provide a service by using hospitality. Spring break service trips went to the New Dawn Earth Center with the Sisters of Mercy, Cranaleith Spiritual Renewal Center with the Sisters of Mercy, City Mission of Schenectady, New York, Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte County, Florida, and Community at Visitation in Philadelphia. Service trips are offered during fall and spring breaks. There are also trips during winter and summer breaks internationally.

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