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October 11, 2011

Ireland Pilgrimage exposes students to ‘the troubles’ By Lauren Gorney Reporter

It looked like the entire city was on fire. The midnight sky, usually pitch black, glowed a brilliant shade of orange until the early hours of dawn. Piles of smoldering embers littered the streets and the smell of damp fire lingered until midday. Taxis continued their daily commute and people headed back to work. In Belfast, there was little indication of the previous night’s events- a concept that has become eerily acceptable in Northern Ireland. A time of political hostility and social unrest does not plague the minds of many young Americans. The thought of being gawked at for personal religious beliefs, taunted by discriminatory jeers, and the ultimate manifestation of religious persecution- being pelted with rocks and garbage for walking on the wrong side of the street. What sounds like the scene of a warzone or something straight out of a motion picture was the brutal reality for the group of Misericordia students and chaperones just weeks ago. While on a Mercy pilgrimage to Ireland this past August, students and faculty members spent time touring in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Students Jessica Harper, Ryan Hassick, Candice Levanavage, Chelsea Mixon, Sarah Munley, Elizabeth Murdock, Grace Riker, and Andrew Roccograndi, and faculty members Amy Lahart, director of the Student Success Center, and Dan Kimbrough, assistant professor of Communications, spent four days in the city most popularly known as “The Home of the Titanic.” However, in recent years, Belfast

has been plagued by ongoing religious conflict and political turmoil, a time period that local Liam Stone refers to as

of life over the past 40 years. “These are not just names; these are people,” Stone said as he explained a memorial

26 counties seceded from British Rule, becoming a selfgoverning body now known as Ireland. The 6 counties of


Above, junior Ryan Hassick signs “One Tribe,” a popular Campus Ministries quote, on the peace wall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. “The Troubles.” Stone, an advocate for positive communication between Catholic Nationalists and Protestant Loyalists in Belfast, met with the Misericordia group in Ireland and gave them a walking tour that focused on numerous massacre sights and peace murals. Buildings that had been obliterated during the days of heightened civil disobedience have been transformed into peace gardens and places of quiet. Hundreds of colorful murals cover the sides of buildings across the city, serving as a reminder of the loss

site to the students. Stone was an active Catholic Nationalist at the peak of the brutality. He was shot during a protest in his late teens, and attributes his involvement in protests at a young age to a culture that he was raised in. Although the most active years of sectarian violence span from 1969 to current day, Stone said this political and religious unrest has been going on since the English usurped Ireland centuries ago. After the Irish War of Independence ended in 1922, the island was split into two separate Dominions. The southern

Northern Ireland remained a part of the United Kingdom. According to Stone, this is when the people of Northern Ireland no longer identified themselves as citizens, but as either Nationalists or Loyalists. The Nationalists, an Irish military group known today as The Irish Republican Army, fought against the British forces in the War of Independence. Stone said the Nationalists commonly identify with the Irish culture and Catholicism; whereas the Loyalists associate themselves with the Royal Crown and Protestant beliefs.

The day the students toured the city marked the 40th anniversary of what was arguably the bloodiest execution of civilians in Northern Ireland’s history- The Ballymurphy massacre. According to the BBC, “The Ballymurphy killings took place during the Army’s Operation Demetrius, the arrest of those who would be interned on suspicion of involvement in paramilitary activity. The troops claimed they opened fire, after being shot at by republicans. The victims included a Catholic priest, Father Hugh Mullan and a mother-of-eight, Joan Connolly.” Members of the group were truly moved by their experience with Stone. “We got to walk in the steps of a veteran of the struggle and experience the fighting vicariously through his stories,” said student Andrew Roccograndi, “It was very moving.” As the group toured the sites with Stone, people began to congregate and helicopters were buzzing overhead. People were building bonfires and children were running wild through the streets. This is when the students got their first taste of what Stone calls “The Marching Season.” Stone explained to the students that although the violence had diminished in recent years, it was not over. During the summer months in Northern Ireland Protestants and Catholics have demonstra-

tions and protests on days that mark important events in their military histories. As Stone walked the students over to a structure known as a peace wall, the group had to duck for cover when people began throwing sticks and rocks at them. “It was a real eye opening experience,” said senior Candace Levanavage. “It showed me just how real the conflicts are. It was hard to comprehend that being Catholic or Protestant meant I would have to walk on the other side of the street.” During the tour the group got to experience a part of the city that was reminiscent of post-war Berlin. A wall, nearly 40 feet high and miles long stood between the Catholic and Protestant territories of the city. Atop the wall sat another twenty feet of fencing, garnished by barbed wire. Cutting through backyards and alleyways, the wall protects citizens on each side from acts of hostility from the opposing side. The only way to cross over is to go through check points, which are no longer manned- another sign that the violence has lessened in recent years. On the weekends, large steel gates are put in place at the checkpoints to deter interaction between the two communities. Junior Ryan Hassick was startled by the current state of the city, “I was not surprised by its current existence but I was

“It was hard to comprehend that being Catholic or Protestant meant I would have to walk on the other side of the street.”

College voters Checkout time for Hotel Sterling not wanted?

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Highlander Staff Reports

By Katlin Bunton Editor-in-Chief

State governments are considering legislation that would restrict voting rights for many different groups of Americans, including college students. Proposed and passed bills in 34 states would require individuals to present photo identification in order to register to vote. According to the New York Times, students are among the most likely groups of Americans to not have a valid driver’s license, which is the most common form of government-issued ID. Pennsylvania’s state law is pending, but according to the New York Times, the laws would affect 3.2 million voters in states where the change is scheduled to take effect before the 2012 elections. Lauren Gorney, President of the Class of 2012 and Constituent Services Consultant for Pa. State Senator John Yudichak, feels that in a climate of apathetic attitudes and low voter turnout, people need to be encouraged to visit the polls instead of deterred. “They’re not legally taking the right to vote away but they’re doing everything but to lessen voter turnout,” said Gorney. There are five main changes

that the new laws make, and the degree of restriction varies by state because voter legislation is state-controlled. The trend of passing this new legislation, however, is occurring all over the U.S. Republican lawmakers are citing voter fraud as the reason for tightened security around voter registration and Election Day poll booths. Increased requirements for presenting photo ID, limitations on time frames for submitting absentee ballots and eliminating Election Day and same-day voter registration are all changes introduced to eliminate fraudulent voting, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School. According to the New York Times, about 120 people have been charged with voter fraud and 86 convicted since 2010. In the United States there are over 150 million registered voters. “If there’s not really a significant form of voter fraud, you know, is there some ulterior motive behind all this?” asked senior Audra Wehner. Wehner organized a voter drive on campus last semester to increase awareness and Continued on page 4

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The city of Wilkes-Barre is making plans to demolish the Hotel Sterling due to recent flood damage. A renovation project is all but hopeless because CityVest, a nonprofit organization and owner of the local landmark, is out of money. The issue is leaving citizens of Wilkes-Barre and other local communities in need of answers. As of February 2011, CityVest had asked for permission to demolish the Hotel Sterling in downtown Wilkes-Barre. CityVest took over the location in 2002 with the intention to remodel and, subsequently, re-open the hotel. Its plan was to utilize a $6 million budget to tear down sections of the building and renovate the main part. They managed to tear down the parts of the hotel they intended to. Phase 2 of the plan fell by the wayside, however, because a suitable developer could not found. Now, after even more damage to the structure, Wilkes-Barre issued the building to be condemned. On September 22, the city ordered CityVest to begin tearing down the building within 30 days. The Hotel Sterling, in its current form, is dilapidated and riddled with moisture damage. Windows are broken

and the rear of the building is covered in graffiti, a far cry from what it once was. Now with fear of it soon collapsing, the city has closed the lane closest to the hotel on Mar-

Current exterior state of The ket Street. So along with the sloppy drawings and broken windows there are also large concrete barriers surrounding the hotel on both Market and

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River Streets. Jane Cantrill is saddened by the landmark’s downfall. “I remember the beautiful crystal chandeliers in the lobby and the ballrooms,” said

“It’s really a shame that the city has let the Sterling get to this point,” she said. Cantrill shares the same sentiments as many others from the area. Mary Alice Stapleton, a former citizen of Wilkes-Barre, held her wedding reception in one of the hotel’s ballrooms and can’t believe that others will never have the chance she did to make it such a personal memory in their own lives. “It’s a shame the only ones who get to enjoy the Sterling today are the pigeons that fly in the broken windows,” she said. “The hotel is a landmark that is just sitting there, decaying.” Cantrill can remember the early 1900s when Wilkes-Barre was growing fast. “It seemed people were moving to this area constantly because of the booming economy,” she said. “I can’t credit the Sterling for all of the growth but it was definitely a symbol of the time.” The Hotel Sterling was once the cornerstone of downtown Wilkes-Barre’s economy. The bottom floor KRISTA BALGAROO/THE HIGHLANDER was filled with upscale shopSterling in Wilkes-Barre. ping stores including Balut 85-year-old Cantrill, longtime Furs, which was considered tax collector for Bernheimer the premier furrier in the Tax Associates. The FortyWyoming Valley. Along with Fort resident can clearly the shops, there were services recall the hotel in its heyday. including classy restaurants Continued on page 5

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Horton weighs in on the collapse of the Boston Red Sox in the race for the wild card - page 4


October 11, 2011


Football addition to homecoming festivities Although homecoming weekend has a number of different activities for students and parents, students are looking forward to extra fun with football.

By Gia Mazur Reporter The term “homecoming weekend” implies many things to people on a college campus. It marks the beginning of the autumn season. It is when alumni are welcomed back to celebrate traditions. It is a time when students show their collegiate pride. It is also a time for football. This year’s homecoming marks the last year MU will ever celebrate without the football tradition. Dale Lehman, junior and vice president of the class of 2013, thinks the game will fill a void in the festivities. “I think a lot of parents will come in just because they’ll have something to do,” said Lehman. “I know we already have activities that people do over homecoming weekend, but if there’s an actual game I think it will draw more people.” MU’s homecoming weekend may lack in participation, but it does not lack events. Student Activities and the Student Government Association get the ball rolling with homecoming planning, and students can sign up to be on committees to prepare for events and advertise the weekend’s activities. Planning includes organizing a dance to start off the weekend, a

talent show, a parade, outdoor theme-related activities, food vendors, accessories vendors, dance lessons, a casino night, and a brunch for parents, students and alumni. Turnout can be low for a number of reasons. Darcy Brodmerkel, director of Student Activities and SGA advisor, said campus clubs and organizations are given the opportunity to be involved in homecoming, but some choose not to. Brodmerkel said she realizes athletes make up a large portion of campus, and they may choose to skip activities the night before a game or practice. Some feel the source of the lack of involvement is apathy. Junior Caroline Azzarelli feels students will only participate if they know they will get something out of the event. “You see signs and posters for stuff all over campus, but it seems like the only time people actually go to events is for extra credit purposes or if their friends are going. And, I’m guilty of it, too,” said Azzarelli, “But, during homecoming, the talent show is always packed because everyone knows that it’s a blast and almost all of campus will be there.”

Brodmerkel agrees the way to make any event bigger is for students to get the word out by mouth. “Once a group gets involved doing it, then it’s the greatest thing in the world,” said Brodmerkel. “If each member of the group can say, ‘I’m bringing five people,’ and those other five start talking to five of their friends, you’ve got a big group going on.” Campus is already buzzing about next year’s homecoming weekend and the first homecoming football game. Azzarelli feels that it will be a part of university history, and students will participate. “It brings you back to your high school days when you waited all week for the football game,” said Azzarelli. “I’m going to be a senior next year and to say I was at Misericordia’s first homecoming football game is so memorable and I’ll want to be a part of it.” Cougar football is already practicing for MU’s first football season in fall, 2012. Senior Shaun O’brien, who is practicing at running back, will be a fifth year next year and thinks the addition of a football game is just right. “We, as a team, are all

MARY BOVE/THE HIGHLANDER Above, freshmen DeAnna Darling, Johanna Miller and Kara Slack show off their dance moves during the Final Frontier homecoming dance on September 29.

excited to become part of the homecoming tradition and hopefully add that missing element of football that so many other schools are already familiar with,” said O’brien. “It’s going to be a lot of fun next year.” Lehman and the rest of the 2012 class officers have started planning for next’s year’s homecoming game,

keeping these ideas in mind. The officers are already talking about doing more fundraising, setting up concession stands at the games, designing and selling commemorative T-shirts, and approaching people and businesses to sponsor the football team. MU’s community is looking forward to the mixture of new and old traditions of home-

coming weekend. O’brien feels this combination is what it is all about. “Football is one of the oldest collegiate sports, so it has been carrying on the tradition of homecoming for some time now,” said O’brien. “Plus, football is such a fun sport for players and fans alike and homecoming is about having fun. They’re perfect together.”

‘The earth has music for those who listen’ For former English teacher, literature and gardening work hand-in-hand as education continues through tending a Shakespearen garden. By Amanda Mericle Reporter Barbara Soyka of Exeter says, it’s not possible. “It’s kind of like raising gle,” she claimed. remembers strolling through “Many people want to grow children. If you don’t put Certain flowers are also Stratford, England and taking their own veggies because of the time in you will have a easier to grow that others. in the wonderful sights and the organic awareness. But, terrible garden and a terrible Like eggplant, roses don’t smells of English gardens in again they want to grow it child,” she said, laughing. respond well to the climate the town where Shakespeare without any sweat. It doesn’t Tomatoes, she said, require found in NEPA. However, once resided. As a lover of many flowers both Shakespeare and garthrive in the dening, Soyka threw herself conditions into the opportunities that Pennsylvania came with studying in and gives them. visiting England. “Day lil“I did the whole touries grow by ist thing, several times in themselves Stratford. My favorite part on the side was being in the place where of the road. it all happened, enjoying the Pennsylvania history of it and of course, it is very rich in does have beautiful gardens native flowso it’s hard not to be imers,” Soyka pressed,” she said. said. She has two degrees in Soyka English and one in Anglo stressed that Irish studies. Soyka is also no matter currently the Master Garhow much dener at Penn State. Her work is put knowledge spans farther into a garKRISTA BALGAROO/THE HIGHLANDER den, climate than any gardening or EngAbove, sophomore Sarah Starzec reviews work and studies in the Shakespeare Garden and temperalish textbook. “I feel the world is one great located near Mercy Hall and Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. tures are classroom rich with beauty important work,” she said. some care but also reward you and out of our control when it and culture just waiting to be Soyka understands firstthrough producing tons of the discovered,” she said. comes to gardening success. hand that digging, planting round classic found on salads Soyka educates those lookHowever, gardening wanand watering are not the only and sandwiches. Another ing for gardening tips and nabe’s can control the time of things needed to maintain a vegetable staple, eggplant, is lessons by teaching seminars year they plant. successful garden. A famnot as easy to grow. at Penn State. She says that “Generally, after September, ily history rich with love for “Eggplant is difficult bemost people wonder how to you shouldn’t plant because planting has taught her time, cause it gets a lot of bugs and grow a garden that doesn’t the plants are shutting themhard work, and dedication mildew. It doesn’t like our require much work. Soyka selves down,” she explained. are needed to grow any plant, climate. If it doesn’t like our usually laughs when answerThere are exceptions to the climate, it is always a struging that question because, she flower, or vegetable. rule however. Soyka ex-

plained that perennials-plants that come back year after year- respond better when planted in the fall because temperatures are not as hot as spring and early summer. When taking care of her own gardening which includes flowers, trees and shrubs Soyka prepares for the outside climate by wearing appropriate clothing. In fact, she wears the worst clothes she owns! More important than her long sleeve shirts or cotton gloves are her glasses. “So I don’t mistake a snake for a stick,” she explained. “I’ve had snakes but I’ve always identified them. In fact, Shakespeare has a quote from MacBeth. He says to Lady Macbeth, look like the flower but be the serpent under it, so I imagine he came across a few serpents in his day. It is just a part of gardening.” Soyka’s love for Shakespeare turned into a career for the Exeter woman. She has taught English at Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre her whole life. Both Shakespeare and gardening relate to one another. In the many works of literature Shakespeare created over 170 plants and other forms of vegetation are mentioned, either symbolically or metaphorically. “So much in Shakespeare

depends on nature. If you really don’t know what a daffodil is, as a common example, you’re not going to understand the point of the poem. He talks about daffodils that bloom before the swallow’s flies,” she said. Soyka saw the many gardens that dot the landscape of England and goes back in Shakespeare’s time to explain the prevalence of flowers and gardening. She says people in that time period were closer to nature not necessarily because they wanted to be, but because they had to be. “They needed a garden for produce and medicinal herbs, for food, for canning and preserving for the winter. They were very close to the whole process from the seed to the kitchen. They knew about the whole structure.” Soyka’s love for both gardening and Shakespeare have transformed to her professionally life as well, as of late. She is part of a committee that oversees and cares for Shakespearean garden located on the Misericordia University campus, which she visits quite often. “I come to relax, too. It’s always relaxing. Working in a garden is a very rewarding and soothing. That’s my favorite part.”




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NEW Wellness Group: Health, happiness, & well-being. The CAPS Center is creating a wellness group, but we need you to get it started! Possible weekly topics include the following: • positive thinking • stress relief • gratitude • time management • relaxation • healthy relationships • physical health • forgiveness • emotional health • coping with moods • here & now The group will run for 8 weeks, and the day/time will be determined based on member schedules. Sign up ASAP because spots are limited! Contact Megan at to sign up or for more information.

Free Online Screenings: Did you miss the CAPS Center screening event? Don’t worry; you can still check your moods! Just go to the CAPS Center’s page at and click on On-line Screenings. This screening is ANONYMOUS & FREE, and it will help determine whether a professional consultation might be helpful to you.

Alert: Fashionistas around campus have been spotted wearing corduroys, oversized scarves, structured blazers, and some of the hautest coutured colors straight out of Runway Magazine. Whether you choose deep teal, nougat, quarry, phlox, or honeysuckle, you’re following in the footsteps of runway mavens worldwide without even knowing. These colors may sound like gibberish to most, but they have become fall’s forecasted favorables way before the season even began. The latest trend among fashion’s finest is no longer searching a season in advance for what’s hot and what’s so not, but following the trends as they come and go. Take a glimpse inside fashion’s recent dilemma: The eyes of professionals are only reviewing catwalks while young Fashionistas trend spot on their own. I’ll admit knowing what’s coming out ahead of time is exciting yet a total tease, but I prefer to spot the trends on my own as the season springs up. Let’s leave the work for Vogue, providing us with how to pair this seasons Emilio Pucci skirt with a Madewell blouse. While my opinion is merely just a personal choice, I’ve searched the streets to get the dish on what other Fashionistas think. Cat Walk or Trend Spot? “It’s easier for me to find what I like in magazines and try to copy that. I don’t really have time to follow what comes on the runway for a season when it’s released,” said senior Andrea Orton.

With street style sites like CollegeFashionista, Style Defined, and The Sartorialist, it’s hard to pay attention to the runways. This season’s style is filled with structured-style coats, platforms, multi-toned cardigans, and pretty print textiles. Campus Fashionistas are unknowingly putting together pieces that match collections of Diane Von Furstenburg, Balenciaga, Cynthia Rowley, Jason Wu…and the list goes on and on. As our fall style grows, so do our trend-spotting skills. “I love putting my style together on my own. It’s much more unique than just viewing the runway and trying to create the exact same outfit. It’s kind of unrealistic,” said senior Maggie Young. While most aren’t turning to the view books, some still remain true to the roots of style. “I usually check what’s in style in advance. I’m really big into checking out the Rag and Bone collection in advance. I like seeing high fashion environment that runway shows provide,” said Shana Weinstock. Not able to get into the glitz and glam events (like most) but don’t know how to watch? You can view all of the hottest runway shows at www.Runway It’s like being in Milan but really you’re in your dorm in Dallas, Pa. The runways have taken a hit with viewers, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ever stop. While street style is currently taking over, it’s only a matter of time before the runways take back their title of high fashions finest.

Did you know? •About 27% of young adults ages 18 – 24 experience a mental health condition. •Anxiety and depression are the two common disorders. •Nearly 50% of students report feeling so depressed that they had trouble functioning. •Anxiety disorders affect more than 40 million American adults each year. •Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students.

Have you experienced?

What’s the bottom line? Anxiety and depression can affect anyone! If left untreated, it may negatively impact school, work, friends, family, relationships, etc…

So what can I do? Test Your Moods! The Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Center is offering FREE, Confidential, Anonymous mental health screenings for all students! Come by yourself, or bring a friend. When: Wednesday, October 19th Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM Where: CAPS Center (McGowan basement) How: No appointment necessary—just stop by!

Want more info? Contact Megan at 570-674-8024, mtucker@misericordia. edu, or stop by the CAPS Center!

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The free mental health screening event in the CAPS Center has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 19th. See you there!

•Excessive sadness, irritation, worry, fear, or loneliness? •Changes in sleep, appetite, weight, interest? •Trouble concentrating, decreased motivation, difficulty making decisions? •Muscle tension or soreness, lack of energy, racing thoughts?

Recipe for Disaster: Column

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BOOK DRIVE The English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta is sponsoring a book drive to benefit local libraries or schools affected by the recent flooding.

Drop off locations:

Banks Student Life Center Student Success Center Mercy Hall Anderson Sports and Health Center Passan Hall Hafey-McCormick Science Building

October 17 - November 18 Help Sigma Tau Delta support local flood victims

By HILARY HOOVER Culinary Columnist

To MU and Beyond! Homecoming took Recipe for Disaster to stellar heights with recipes created with Tang, the drink made famous by NASA’s Gemini space missions, which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2009. Due to the lack of disastrous results lately, I’ve been searching the Internet for the oddest Tang concoctions and have definitely found two that blow my mind like a supernova. Apparently, it’s a southern commonplace to have powered tea and Tang mixed together and kept in a jar in the kitchen. This can be served hot or cold as the taste is reminiscent of Russian Tea. Another southern dish involves glazing carrots in butter, brown sugar, and Tang. Will these recipes take off into orbit or have I found a recipe for disaster? After a quick trip to the grocery store, I gathered my ingredients and began to ponder. What ingredients are in Tang anyway? I had heard that there might be gelatin in the mix, and it gave me hope that I might not have to consume any myself. I like to know that my food comes from actual fruits and veggies rather than a bunch of unpronounceable chemicals. After searching for hidden animal products, I sadly deemed it vegan. However, “calcium phosphate (prevents caking)” and “guar and xanthan gums (provides body)” immediately sounded sketchy to me. Being an avid tea drinker, I was interested to see if the Tang tea would taste like Assam. As I cracked open the plastic containers, I was assaulted with a cloud of ominous space dust. Adding equal teaspoons of both tea and Tang, I mixed the glass vigorously and a white foam rose to the top. A quick sniff brought the smell of citrus--not unpleasant but I’d rather have it as an air freshener than in the drink. My first sip confirmed my suspicions. It tasted like what I would imagine self tanner would taste like--

orange and entirely fake. One of my residents, senior Danielle Dilorenzo, said that it reminded her of the taste of a cough drop, but not unpleasant. After washing the Tang down with some actual black tea, I began on the carrots. Being vegan, I’ve gotten to be a pro at steaming veggies in the microwave when you’re low on time and energy. Add one serving of baby carrots (9 or 10) with ¼ cup of water and cook in the microwave for 4 minutes. Drain the carrots and stir in your buttery spread, brown sugar, and… Tang. During the holidays, my grandmother makes carrots with a dash of brown sugar and Earth Balance for me with homemade pierogies made by cute little church ladies. When I put the first forkful in my mouth, my gag reflex caused me to immediately spit out the carrot. You wanted disaster? Here it is, my friends. However, giving the benefit of the doubt, I decided to get another opinion. Dilorenzo and another of my residents, second year Devaughn Patterson, were brave enough for the challenge. What happened next was completely unexpected. Both said that they were not bad and rated them a 6.5 out of 10. I retreated back to the kitchen to clean up, thoroughly mind-blown. It had to be my veggie steaming expertise. One thing that I can thank my mother for is never exposing me to Tang. In my opinion, it’s a fake substitute for real, freshly squeezed orange juice. If you have a craving for citrus, please just go get yourself a bottle of Simply Orange. Your body will thank you. This space-themed homecoming brought family and alumni together for laughter, smiles, and a Tangs-giving dinner. However, keep the carrots and tea and send over some Tofurkey and cranberry sauce.

The recipes:

Tang Tea 1 teaspoon Tang 1 teaspoon powdered tea mix Glass of water

Tang Glazed Carrots 1 serving of baby carrots 1 tablespoon of buttery spread 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon Tang

Below, Hoover’s attempt at combining Tang and tea.


Residential cleanup trucks on Members of Campus Ministry aid flood victims and their families in Myo Beach, Meshoppen, Pennsylvania.

and shoveled the seemingly endless piles of branches and debris, occasionally stopping to salvage what they could of the residents’ personal belongings. Day, a pre-doctorate Physical Therapy major in her fourth year, couldn’t believe some of the items they found among the rubble. “I picked up a vanity, license plates, a kids’ life vest. I even found someone’s VHS copy of ‘The Goonies’ over there under a tree.” Residents’ belongings were strewn up and down the street; a child’s red, electric, personal-sized car and a couple’s park bench for two were caught in the few trees left standing from the storm. A seemingly undamaged foundation overlooked the flowing muddy waters. Its top-half--the actual house-was ripped off and thrown 30 yards across the street. Despite all this devastation, the residents of the community remained, trying to figure out the fastest way to rebuild and bring their lives back to normal. Day can empathize with the residents in not wanting to pick up and move in search of a fresh start. “I understand why they wouldn’t want to leave, this is home for them,” she said. “It’s still so pretty here.” Day is referring to the surrounding forest of trees that frames the flowing river, with leaves already beginning to change from green to shades of red, orange and gold. Residents of the small Wyoming County community helped the MU volunteers however they could, offering guidance as to what was and was not worth keeping, even providing the group with an extensive lunch of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, and an array of salads, drinks and desserts. The community’s appreciation, hospitality and welcoming demeanor as they sat together and ate lunch in fellowship amazed the students. Day was proud of the group of student volunteers who surrendered their Saturday and helped a community in need. They embraced MU’s highly held charisms of mercy and service, and were surprised by the reciprocal giving of the community members’ hospitality. “These people have hope,” said Day. “It’s incredible.” The surrounding community is still very much in need of flood assistance. For more information on how you can help, please contact Campus Ministry at (570)674-6495 or stop by their office in the Banks Student Life Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

By JOSH HORTON Sports Columnist

Above, senior Caitlin Day finds a lone toy airplane among debris left over from the storm at Myo Beach in Meshoppen.

Senior Amanda Peslak focuses on cleaning up the debris left behind so residents could look for personal items.


Above, sophomore Adrian Whitmoyer sifts through remnants of river flooding in attempts to save some residents’ belongings.

College voters not wanted, cont’d Continued from page 1

promote voting among the student population. Suffrage, a fancy word for the right to vote, has steadily increased over the last century in the U.S. Since the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, an act forbidding the use of discriminatory practices to prevent minorities from voting, all citizens have had the legal ability to participate in the government under which they reside. The changing legislation could create voting problems for as many as five million American citizens, according to The Brennan Center for Justice. “If it gets to the point where it’s going to take too much time and be a big hassle for everyone, you know everyone has busy lives. Nobody’s gonna take the extra time to wait so many days and go see

this person and it’s just way too much,” said Wehner. There are other proposed changes in addition to photo ID rules that state legislators introduced or passed in the last year. Some states passed laws requiring proof of citizenship in order to register to vote, while other states have introduced bills eliminating Election Day and same-day voter registration. Without the convenience of these practices, voters would have to plan to complete their registration in advance of the day they would go to the polls. At least nine states have initiated a proposal to reduce early voting periods (an incentive to avoid long polling lines) and four states tried to reduce the absentee ballot voting period. For students attend-



By Julia Truax Content Manager It’s a warm and sunny summer day at Myo Beach in Meshoppen, Pennsylvania. The community members have gathered at one of the homes, prepared for a typical afternoon of barbecue and fellowship. Smells of smoky barbecue waft through the air and children laugh as they play with one of the neighbor’s pets, a yellow lab named Leila. Teenagers raft down the river, singing along to the music blasting from the boom box on the riverbank. Each person appreciates of the richness of life and the natural beauties that their neighborhood offered. While some use Myo Beach as a summer vacation home, others choose to live there full-time. Having built their riverfront houses on 20-foottall cement sonotubes, Myo Beach residents felt they had prepared for any type of natural disaster, so when the recent floodwaters and winds of Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene wreaked extreme havoc in this community, residents were beside themselves. Rick Stark vacationed at Myo Beach with his wife, Holly, and kids for years before they decided to find roots and build their house there in 2000. “This was our dream,” he said. “Whatever you’re seeing [the construction and carpentry inside his home], I had my fingers in it.” Stark and his wife both work two jobs to pay for their beautiful river-front home. They still owe thousands of dollars on the mortgage, but can’t imagine life any other way and have no plans of starting over anywhere else. “It’s really nice when it’s all cleaned up,” said Stark. “But it’s been two weeks since the flooding and we can only do so much. I don’t know what we’d do without volunteers.” Stark’s son, Randy, remembers those long afternoons of swimming and barbecuing with his neighborhood friends. When his parents’ and neighbors’ houses and yards were completely devastated by the storms, he knew they would never be able to clean up the damage by themselves. “I didn’t even know where to begin,” he said. “These houses were completely underwater, some were completely gone.” An adjunct professor in the Business department at MU, Stark reached out to the school’s Campus Ministry team hoping they would be able to send some assistance to his parents and their friends. He never expected the overwhelming response of nearly 40 student volunteers to give their time on one overcast Saturday in September. Arriving around 10 a.m., the first shift of student volunteers organized by Caitlin Day quickly got to work on the mountains of branches and personal belongings that had washed up underneath the Starks’ home. Students raked

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ing school out of state or away from home, the absentee ballot is their chance to participate in elections. “They’re using propaganda at this point to scare people,” said Gorney. Pa. State Senator Yudichak and Pa. State Representative Karen Boback were not available for questions at press time. Pennsylvania’s proposed legislation is not the most extreme, but the trend throughout the country is moving towards restricting voter’s rights. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, “The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 – 63 percent of the 370 needed to win the presidency.”

There is an old saying in sports relating to coaches and general managers. It sounds something like, “I have taken the team as far as I can and it is time to part ways.” These may have been the words echoed in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse after they solidified their monumental collapse when Jonathan Paplebon failed to close out the regular season finale against Baltimore on September 28. The Red Sox playoff hopes were crushed when Evan Longoria hit a walk off home run off of New York Yankee reliever Scott Proctor in the bottom of the twelfth inning in Tampa Bay. With the Red Sox loss and the Tampa Bay victory, the Red Sox were officially eliminated from the playoffs. Many feel it should not have even come down to the final day of the season, considering the Red Sox held a comfortable lead in the wild card race going into the month of September. Comfortable suddenly turned to slim as the Red Sox let the Rays right back into the running. “After watching what unfolded that night I felt as if I were going to vomit,” lifetime Red Sox enthusiast and Kings College student, Neil Keener said. “But, the more I think about it, the more I realize they did it to themselves. It had nothing to do with how well the Rays played, or who the Yankees pitched against Baltimore. The fact is, they should have clinched a wild card birth mid-September and instead they played as if they couldn’t wait to get on the golf course.” Keener brings up an interesting point by saying it didn’t matter who the Yankees pitched against Baltimore. New York Yankee manager Joe Girardi knew his team had clinched the division, so to the Yankees the game had no value. But in reality the game was one of the most important regular season games in the history of Major League Baseball - for the Rays and the Red Sox. Girardi decided to give the ball to Dellin Betances, a tall right-hander from the Bronx. Prior to the game, the Yankees had many critics asking questions such as, “Why let a guy who was in the minors all year start in a game packed with potential drama?” Well, Red Sox fans can’t blame Be-

tances, because all he did was toss two innings of shutout baseball. “Dellin Betances is one of the top ten prospects in all of baseball,” Times Tribune Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees beat writer Donnie Collins said. “I thought he was pretty good when he was down here (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) and he pitched great against the Orioles.” In fact, the only Yankees to have allowed runs in the ball game were Luis Ayala, Boone Logan, Cory Wade, and Scott Proctor. Out of those four names, three are on the postseason roster. These three have also spent the majority of the year with the Yankees. The only one to have been omitted from the roster was Scott Proctor. In addition to Betances, George Kontos, Aaron Laffey, Phil Hughes, Raul Valdes, A.J. Burnett and Andrew Brackman also did not allow a run in the ball game. Of these names, all except Phil Hughes spent an abundance of time with the Yankees farm clubs. “They may not have put their best team out there, but Red Sox fans can’t say they didn’t make the playoffs because of (Dellin) Betances, or any of the other guys who weren’t with the team very long,” Collins said as he gazed at the box score from the September 28 game. “In fact, the guys who allowed the must runs in the game were Boone (Logan) and (Luis) Ayala and they are on the post-season roster.” Every single ESPN baseball analyst picked the Red Sox to win the American League East Division. Every single one of them was wrong. Now the Red Sox have five months to think about just exactly what went wrong. As of now, they will have to do so without former manager Terry Francona and possibly without General Manager Theo Epstein. Both Francona and Epstein were a huge part of breaking the curse of the Great Bambino when they won the World Series in 2004. It will be interesting to see what the Red Sox will do this offseason. “All I know is they better do something,” Keener said. “I’m not sure if getting rid of the two biggest parts of the team (Manager and General Manager) is the answer. I guess we will see.”

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New minor music to ears Creativity is the name of the game for the new curriculums students can pursue beginning next semester.

By Catie Becker Reporter MU officials added a fine arts minor to the university’s list of academic programs for the spring 2012 semester. This opportunity for students accompanies a new arts facility in which they can focus on their concentration of choice. Students can focus on dance, photography, music, or studio art. Each specialization involves a combination of theory instruction as well as practical application. “We’re building on things we already have,” said Dr. Joseph Curran, interim chair for the Fine Arts department. This refers to the many dance classes already offered in Anderson and painting courses as well as the fine arts classes that are a part of the present core curriculum. The changes will primarily affect facilities and faculty. The brand new MU Fine Art Studio is located on Lake Street next door to health sciences facility, Passan Hall. The building has two designated areas: one for drawing and painting and the other for sculpture and ceramics. The building opened its doors on September 18 for an open house during the Dallas Harvest Festival and more than 100 people stopped in to make crafts and look around. The community involvement will be important for the program because many noncredit classes are available for community members. These classes, as well as classes for credit, will be offered at a beginner level. Though experience is not required, according to professor Babetta Wenner, it does help. Wenner is now a full-time professor at MU, though she has already taught here for more than four years. She teaches drawing, watercolors, and theory or lecture classes.

Her hope as a teacher is to make her classroom fun and interactive so everyone has a good experience. Wenner is very excited about the new building as she recalls her past experiences with a laugh. “I remember working out of Mercy when I was teaching a watercolors class and the students and I had to carry our supplies in and out every week.” The new studio will help facilitate teaching as well as practice for students and will include open studio hours. To keep the studio open for students, an artist-in-residence has been hired. Skip Sensbach is a local artist who is skilled in ceramics and has received numerous awards for his work. He will teach classes in various subjects for students and the community. There will also be additional members, primarily local artists, hired to help with studio art classes and other concentrations as needed. Both Curran and Wenner note that this minor would not have been possible without the passion and determination of the students. One student who already has plans to minor with a specialization in music is sophomore Dinamichele Boyer. Boyer is a Speech-Language Pathology major who likes that she can now focus on something she enjoys while receiving credit for it. “I want to learn more [about the arts] so I can incorporate it into my field of study,” said Boyer. “There is a direct correlation between treating many speech problems and the breathing and vocal techniques utilized for singing.” Wenner also notes that many occupational therapy students have approached her about utilizing the studio

art concentration to explore different types of art therapy. Another major that will benefit from this, according to Curran and Wenner, is communications. Communications students, and anyone involved with marketing or public relations, will receive a strong advantage in the work force thanks to the photography specialization. Curran said all professors involved have high expectations for this program and strongly believe students will exceed them. “We have talented students on campus and this is a way to enrich their experience here.” The experience Curran refers to is something both professors believe needs to be well rounded and cultivated. It is essential to creating a developed student and, at a time when art programs are being cut, they are glad to see those values preserved. “I believe there is a fundamental human drive to appreciate the beautiful. People want the opportunity to be exposed to it,” said Curran. Art satisfies a basic need, and he encourages students to “seek it out, name it and value it.” The program will become a vital part of MU, said Wenner. She believes it will make the university stand out against others schools in the surrounding area. Wilkes University is the closest school to offer an arts program, but it only includes a minor in studio art or art history. Misericordia is now the first local university to offer a diverse fine arts minor with multiple specializations. It will give the university an edge when it comes to school selection because it will allow students to pursue something that interests them, like a sport,

without making it a career. It will also provide a link to the community through the classes offered and the events that will showcase the work of the students, said Wenner. Boyer is also hopeful that the minor will succeed and draw the attention of artistically minded students. She enjoys the opportunity because it gives her a chance to express herself but also pursue a degree in a profitable field. She anticipates the positive results of the newly formulated minor. “I love making people happy, helping others, and bringing people together. The arts tend to be a wonderful tool for that sort of thing.”

Fine Arts Minor Quick Facts Concentrations: Dance Photography Music Studio Art

Beginning Spring Semester 2012 Studio on Lake Street set to open in Spring 2012

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Checkout for Sterling, cont’d Continued from page 1

and a barbershop. “[The Sterling] was very positive for the city, economically,” said Cantrill. “Not only did they pay high taxes because of their location, they employed an army of people in their shops and the hotel itself. I, personally, collected their earning income tax as well as their occupational privilege tax and I’ll tell you what, they put a lot of money back into the city.” Today, instead of raking in cash for the city, the once-beautiful hotel is sitting dormant and actually costing the city money. During the early to mid1900s, when the hotel was most successful, the most esteemed guests of the city stayed at the Sterling because of its class and convenience to downtown Wilkes-Barre. High-ups like Senator Dan Flood would frequently use the building for important community events. “You knew you were something if you got invited to one of Senator Flood’s events,” Stapleton said. In the latter half of the 1900s, the Sterling went through a number of different owners and was used for many different purposes. During the 1960s, the building was owned by King’s College and used as dormitories. Later it was turned into the “Sterling Inn Tower” and was to be converted into condominiums, but the plan fell through due to a failed health inspection. By its centennial in 1997, the hotel was resting vacant and continues to be unused today. The Hotel Sterling, though, has not yet been forgotten. Citizens have organized several campaigns and attempts to renovate and restore the building over the years. CityVest has made several attempts to attract a developer that could save the building. A number of potential developers have studied the

building only to conclude that the moisture damage is a very delicate one that could cost up to $350,000. That money would be tacked onto the costs of renovating the property, which would be a multi-million dollar project. Estimates have ranged from between $20 million and $35 million, which is a large sum in a struggling economy. To further drive down the value of a renovation, WilkesBarre’s once vibrant Public Square has seen a significant downturn due to the development of malls and other shopping areas around the Wyoming Valley. The Sterling is only a block from Public Square, which was part of its draw when it was still in service. The hotel’s location is much less convenient to shopping and services as it stands today. Although the plans sound less than viable, CityVest went ahead and collected funding: $8 million worth of public funding for a project that is not being executed. Citizens claim the money could have been used for more important projects such as improvements to local fire stations. The public is asking, “Where did our tax money go?” This has been a hotbutton topic in Pennsylvania for years. As all signs point to the historic hotel being demolished, the citizens are preparing to say their final goodbye. “It will be sad to see it go,” said Stapleton. “I understand why they want to tear it down and I know that it makes economic sense, but I have so many good memories from that building. I’ll never forget seeing out names on the marquee the day of our reception or the beautiful marble in the ballroom.”


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Ireland pilgrimage, cont’d Continued from page 1

taken aback by the severity of it. In the US we only hear about what the news media wants us to know about. I did not know that the conflict was still ongoing.” On the Protestant side of the wall, the Loyalists have designed a peace mural. It is covered with art and quotes, and has been signed by advocates of peace including former President Bill Clinton, the Dali Lama, and Bono. The group had an opportunity to leave their indelible mark of Mercy when Roccograndi, with the help of Hassick, wrote a popular Misericordia Campus Ministries’ quote on the wall that read “One Tribe.” “I felt steadfast,” Hassick said of the moment they signed the wall. “After hearing about all the massacres committed by both sides of the conflict whether it was the IRA or British soldiers, I came to realize that it would have been, and still can be, all in vain if humanity falls back into the same forms of conflict. So when I signed that wall, in my mind, I was committing myself to avoiding violence at all costs.” Students had the opportunity to stand on both sides of the wall. On the Nationalist side, it was like any other large European city. Compact cars whizzed up and down the street, children played ball, and people casually strolled the parks. The Loyalist side, which is dominated by British

culture, was like a ghost town. The houses were dilapidated and some buildings still bore the marks of graffiti and petrol bomb attacks. The only sign of life was the blatant display of support for the crown, Union Jacks hanging from nearly every home on the street. Peace efforts have recently begun to outnumber violent demonstrations in Belfast. The British government has lessened military presence at checkpoints and watch towers, which ultimately eased tension on both sides of the conflict. The Misericordia students plan to bring what they have experienced back to campus, and share their message of peace. “I hope the people in Belfast can one day look out their windows through the fifty some dividing walls that remain in their neighborhoods and see the inhabitants to the north and south of those walls not as Catholics or Protestants, Not as British or Northern Irish, but as their fellow men and women. As a person who is going through the same economic poverty, a person who has the same feelings and internal struggles as them,” said Hassick. “ I hope that both sides can let go of their pride and work on destroying the resentment they hold in their hearts towards each other.”

Above right, Clonard Martyrs Memorial Garden on Bombay Street in Belfast West, Northern Ireland.

Right, Veteran Ballymurphy Republican Liam Stone speaking to the group on a walking tour in a predominately Catholic neighborhood.

More information on the conflict can be found at, where the group documented their entire trip to Ireland including pictures, videos, and individual experiences.

Below, a Republican protest on the 40th anniversary of the Ballymurphy Massacre.


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