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November 22, 2011

University Thrives Despite Economic Crisis

By Alexandria Smith Reporter

As the cost of tuition climbs, colleges and universities continue to see high admission rates and active student life. Nearly three years after the 2008 crash of the world’s economy, the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression continues to impact higher education through budget cuts. Since 2009, the average cost of tuition at a

public four-year institution within Pennsylvania has grown 7% from $11,331 to $12,079. Colleges and universities across the nation have been eliminating costly majors, extracurricular activities, and even whole departments. Students rely more on loans and grants to further their education. MU administrators



Set in a contemporary sceme, MU Players take the stage with William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Turn to page 6 for a recap and more photos.

and faculty are grateful for what funding the university still receives. “First of all, Misericordia is committed to not cutting programs, academic or extracurricular, unless there is a lack of student interest,” says Glenn Bozinski, Director of Admissions. “Misericordia is very lucky. We are a very healthy institution, and as

long as enrollment and funding are healthy, there is less risk that programs will be cut.” This is a stark contrast to other colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Within the last four months, Pennsylvania State University, home of the Nittany Lions, has experienced a cut of at least 20%--over $220 million in

state funding. Unlike Penn State, MU is a private institution that relies on tuition. Tuition for a student living on campus rests at $36,750, which reflects an increase of approximately $1,350 from last year. Increases in tuition could be expected to discourage undergraduate students from applying to other universities, but for MU

this isn’t so. “Since the economic crash in 2008, the number of applications we receive have been pretty consistent,” says Bozinski. “At least 400 freshman are accepted a year and the department is projecting a larger freshman class in 2012 because of the football team and several new majors, including physician’s assis-

community will really miss Matinas’ presence on campus. Dr. Stevan Davies, professor of religious studies, simply exclaimed, “A lovely man. He’s an old sweetie.” Paulette Wolanski, administrative specialist for Student Activities, says she will miss him, “He’s a great guy, he’s like an icon here at Misericordia. I wish him and Carol [his wife] a great retirement.” Despite his love for the MU community, Matinas feels it’s time to slow down. “I raised the bar for myself too high 20 years ago. The only way I can slow down is to stop,” he said. “I want to get out before I start tripping in centerfield like Willie Mays did. No one remembers him for being a Hall of Famer, they remember him for tripping.” Matinas wants to spend time with his family, but he

doesn’t plan to idly sit for too long. “I’m taking Christmas off, and maybe January and February, then maybe I’ll do something part-time , no more multitasking.” With just over a month left until his retirement Matinas is getting a bit sentimental. “If there’s an opening, maybe I’ll come back here in a different capacity. Maybe I’ll even drive the shuttle. The next job I get won’t be with a uniform.” MU started its own security department in 1989 and hired Matinas the following year. He had previous experience by working as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Bartikowsky jewelers. For 10 years, Matinas brought diamonds to New York for his employer. His campus job, however, was one that brought much joy to his life. “It was a good feeling to be here through the 90s with all the growth of the school,” he said. “It felt like Michael McDowell had Donald Trump behind him. You don’t just see students grow; you see the college grow.”

‘Ticket’ Tom bids adieu

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By Shawn Kellmer Reporter

Campus Safety Officer “Ticket” Tom Matinas will retire at the end of the fall semester after 21 years of service to the MU campus and community. For those of the student body unaware of who he is, he’s the older white haired gentleman that often gives people traffic tickets, the man seen yelling at students who decide to ignore the posted speed limits on campus. “If you find a student who doesn’t know who I am, they’re a transfer student or a freshman,” says Matinas. He became known as “Ticket Tom” simply because he does his job. “I never thought I’d end up writing tickets.” R.J. Barna, Campus Safety Officer and a junior, encourages students to ignore the “evil reputation” and give credit to a man who’s worked hard to deserve it. “After 20 years he’s earned it [retirement],” he says. “I could say for certain, none of us like writing tickets. It was his assigned project and he did it well.” In fact, several Campus Safety officers write tickets, but two things separate him from the others. The sheer volume of tickets that the students receive and the fact that his tickets are marked with his safety officer number that happens to coincide with the pop culture icon James Bond.

Officials: ‘responsibility’ is safety, not cover-up

Senior Morgan Sorber refers to Matinas as “007,” his signature on the tickets. “He’s awesome, kind of like our mascot in a white SUV with the Misericordia logo,” she says. Matinas appreciates the respect he receives from students like Sorber. “I don’t want everyone to like me; I just want everyone to respect me, and I’ve gotten that over the years.” Many students make conscious efforts to let “Ticket Tom” know how much they respect him. Callie Whitesell, senior, takes extra precaution when she parks on campus. “When I bring my mom’s car that doesn’t have a parking sticker I leave a note on the cars dash that says ‘Dear Ticket Tom, Please do not give me a ticket, this is my mom’s car. Love, Callie.’” Many members of the MU

By Josh Horton Reporter

MU Athletic Director Dave Martin says the root of the Penn State child sex scandal is contemporary society—and that impacts all parts of life, including college campuses. None are immune from tragedy. “It is a microcosm of society and you hope that you never have to deal with situations like that, but when you do you hope you make the right decisions and the right moves.” Penn State University Board of Trustees and University president Graham Spanier relieved Joe Paterno of his position as head coach of the Penn State University football program on November 9. Paterno was in his 61st year as a football staffer and his 46th as the program’s head coach. The board’s made the decision following the indictment of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Charges against the former assistant,

who at one time was expected to be Paterno’s replacement, include a 40-count indictment surrounding the alleged sexual abuse of young boys who were taking part in the former coach’s charity for underprivileged children. MU religion professor Dr. Joseph Curran supports Paterno’s ouster. “I think he had a moral obligation and he knew that a child was being hurt. Even though he has satisfied Penn State’s requirement to report the incident to his superiors, it had to be clear to him that they hadn’t done anything about it, because the guy continued to work and he hadn’t been arrested yet,” Dr. Curran said. “His failure to report that either to his superior superiors or the police or whomever he felt he had to in order to stop that abuse, I think he was morally wrong.” Thousands of Penn State University students dis-

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agreed. More than 250 students voiced their support for Paterno outside the small ranch house he calls home, which sits just minutes from Beaver Stadium, on the night of his firing. These students represent a very small percentage of the entire Penn State undergraduate enrollment. “I went to check it out and see if it had any purpose and it did not. If it had any kind of organization I may have thought about it,” said John Colwell, Penn State University sophomore. “I didn’t like that the kids themselves were calling it a riot when we didn’t know what they were rioting about. I thought that we were all there to support JoePa and I thought that was OK. The whole riot thing was a bit over the top.” New York Post reporter Tim Bontemps feels the passionate protests that flooded the campus were caused by the Continued on page 4


MU’s Bryan Kulbacki, #6, heads the ball over Eastern University’s Brandon Reichart, #16, during the Middle Atlantic Conference championship game in Saint Davids, Pennsylania on Saturday, November 5, 2011. MU won 1-0.

Men’s Soccer Captures Freedom Conference Championship Photos from the Cougars’ 1-0 victory over Easton University Page 4

Let’s Talk Fashion

Drago chats with Project Runway winner and Back Mountain local, Jay McCarroll - Page 3

A Look Back at Legends Dellos talks with Niebauer, a stand out in soccer and basketball - Page 4

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Association president says there is a critical need for class officers. By Gia Mazur Reporter The Student Government Association need help: All but one SGA officer will graduate by the end of the school year. A.J. Heintz, President of SGA and MU senior, stressed that students who are elected to office this spring are trained for their new positions. Officers face a big responsibility, and he said the work is perfect for anyone who has fresh ideas for change on campus. “It’s not like they’ll have somebody who’s already been there. It’s a free-for-all race.” Current officers say they look forward to guiding newly elected officers to help achieve a smooth transition. “Whoever gets voted in, we will work our hardest to make sure that they’re prepared,” said Heintz. “If anyone is interested in

running now, they can stop in and we can talk about things.” Elections are held during the spring semester and any student who is at least a second semester freshman and full time student with a GPA above 2.5 is eligible. Current officers of any class or club must choose either that office or an SGA office to avoid a conflict of interest - they can’t hold both. Prospective candidates for president and vice president must run as a team. Winners then pick their “cabinet,” which consists of secretary, treasurer, judicial coordinator, academic coordinator, residence hall coordinator, and commuter coordinator. To be residence hall coordinator or commuter coordinator one must be a resident or com-

muter, respectively. Current SGA judicial coordinator Ryan Felsman wants students to realize that the organization is there to serve. “Any problems, like residence hall problems, judicial problems, academic problems, complaints, anything. You can just come to us,” said Felsman. “I don’t think a lot of students know that, though.” SGA officers hope to promote and spark an interest among students to run for office. Officers address numerous issues on campus from food service, like new meal options, to curriculum changes, such as the addition of new classes students. SGA also recently began changes to smoking restrictions, which would require smokers to maintain a distance perimeter

from campus entrances. “We are the voice of the students,” said Heintz. “Any big changes [the administration] needs students involved in, we usually send either one of us, or we’ll have a student sent in and they’ll report back to us.” Officers encourage prospective candidates or anyone wanting to get involved to stop by the SGA office to discuss job descriptions and anything else they would like to know about being an SGA officer. Current officers hours are posted on the SGA office door. Interested students may also email SGA directly at

November 22, 2011

‘To Be or Not to Be’ Not the Question New movie depicting William Shakespeare as a fraud generates buzz on campus. By April Dulsky Web Editor Dr. Rebecca Steinberger was an undergraduate in the work-study office filing the mail and tossing letters deemed irrelevant. She remembered opening a specific letter that did not have a familiar university or press letterhead, but contained a family crest instead. It was very short and written by an offspring of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. The letter, directed to the president of the university, asked for consideration in teaching the plays of Shakespeare as the plays of Edward de Vere, the real author. “That was all it said. If a student handed in a paper with a paragraph as short as this was, they would be deducted points because it wasn’t a complete paragraph,” said Dr. Steinberger, department chair and professor. She crumpled up the letter and tossed it into the trash. “Anonymous” is a 130-minute film with the tagline: “Was Shakespeare a fraud?” The movie, directed by Roland Emmerich, claims Edward de Vere was the true author of the many famous works. He used the pen name “Shakespeare” to avoid personal ridicule. Steinberger was outraged when she discovered the Edward de Vere conspiracy theory was turned into a movie, but also when individuals asked her to see this film in theaters. She explained that she has no plans to view the movie or contribute to the theory. “I’m going to boycott the film by not going. Other English professors, Shakespeare scholars across the globe, have called out in protest,” Steinberger said. According to BBC News, the revolt has made its way to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. The

Yuletide retail, spirit jumps holiday gun

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust covered signs leading into the town and the Shakespeare memorial in protest of the “Anonymous” film and the controversial question of his authorship. The movie has not only stirred controversy, but it has also raised questions current Shakespeare professors and secondary education majors might face when teaching Shakespeare in the future. “I believe that there might be questions raised about this, but as long as teachers prepared to answer these types of questions, it will be fine,” said Laura Kingston, senior. Many believe the medium of film helps educators effectively portray Shakespeare’s plays because they are meant to be performed and not just read. Another concern is that teachers who use films in the classroom might incorporate “Anonymous” into their curriculum. “Are they going to have access to ‘Anonymous,’ and are they going to be taught that Shakespeare didn’t write the plays and Edward de Vere did? It’s a little bit troubling and upsetting,” said Steinberger. Some believe the movie will not harm Shakespeare’s reputation or his plays. They explain that educators and lovers of the Bard will stand up to defend his legacy. “I think people may have to start defending him more often, and maybe more people will question authorship, but I think in the long run Shakespeare’s legacy will remain intact,” said Andrew Corbett, senior. The speculation presented by the film is not the first Shakespearean conspiracy theory. Others argue that Christopher Marlow is the true author, and others speculations that Shakespeare did Continued on page 5

With decorations and holiday tunes streaming through the shopping malls in early November, students weigh in on their current holiday spirit. By Ellen Hoffman Print Editor Students are complaining about Christmas—not the holiday itself, but its timing: Each year the season seems to hit stores earlier.

Rushing the Season

Sophomore Marisa Ferenchick got a job at JCPenney for the holiday rush. When she walked into the mall for her first day of training in early November, she immediately noticed the brightly colored decorations that covered every department. “The mall is already filled with Christmas stuff,” she said. “It’s everywhere.” But JCPenney is not the only store to set up early. Target, Macy’s and Kohl’s are also decked out for the holiday season, and with holiday decorations comes seasonal music. New or old, shoppers can hear it blasting through the mall— and television ads. Sophomore Tamara Bradley wanted to spend quality time

at the Wyoming Valley Mall with her mother one weekend in early November. They walked into Hollister without the yuletide season in mind when they were bombarded with holiday tunes. “I wasn’t expecting to hear Christmas music that early,” she said. “It really put me in the holiday spirit though and I’m usually not a big fan of Christmas before Thanksgiving.” But after that spurt of cheery feelings the holiday spirit immediately wore off after she realized how far away Christmas still was. “It was like a tease.”

Black Friday Madness

Shoppers seek deep discounts, door busters and giveaways on Black Friday, a time when the music is merry—and money saving is on the mind. While some students get most of their shopping done on this hectic

day, others try to spread it out and look for deals throughout December. Ferenchick is one who likes to finish on Black Friday, but she sometimes finds it difficult to find items for certain family members or friends. “It’s hard,” she said. “Even though the sales are good they aren’t on things that college students would buy. It’s usually aimed at the bigger items like TVs and iPods.” First year Bryan Hickey does the opposite. He cuts it close and waits until Christmas Eve to begin. Tradition drives his strategy: He goes out in search for the perfect gifts with his dad and sister. “I feel like Black Friday shopping is something you have to experience at least once.” This season marks earlier store opening times, earlier than the usual five or six a.m. Target, Macy’s and Kohl’s are opening at 12 a.m., squeezing

in every last bit of shopping for bargain hunters. These stores are just a few of the retailers that are already advertising holiday deals and discounts. One business that keeps the holiday season out of its store fronts until after Thanksgiving is Nordstrom. The retailer has no plans to cave. Its stores are strictly garland and light free until Thanksgiving has passed. First year Anthony Sergio thinks Thanksgiving is just a beginning stage to the Christmas madness that begins with Black Friday. “Thanksgiving is there so you can eat early and sleep so then you can go out and shop.”

Gift-Giving Strategies

Students have enough to worry about with finals, packing and saying goodbye to friends without the stress of holiday shopping added into the mix. Some students have

simple ways of keeping calm in the holiday rush. Putting money and ideas together with friends or family to buy someone a group gift is what helps sophomore Kirsten Fisher save cash. When it comes to buying for her parents, she usually collaborates with her siblings for something they can splurge on as a group. “When we all go in together on a gift it seems to save me the most money and when it’s from all of us I think it means a little something more than just little things from each of us,” she said. “And it definitely makes it easier to shop.” Both Fisher and Ferenchick think setting limits on how much to spend is important. They put aside certain amounts of money to keep them on budget and prevent the added stress of coming up short. Sergio plans for each specific

gift. “It seems easier to me so then when I go out I know what I’m looking for, I have something in mind.” Some students use other strategies, which include online shopping. Sophomore Shauna Quirk gets most of her holiday shopping done from the comfort of her own home. “Things seem to be cheaper than they are in the stores.” Another bonus to buying online during the holiday season is that most stores offer free shipping. “I think that it’s easier than going out and not finding the right size or color in something and having to turn around and come home anyway to buy it online. It just seems easier,” she said. Students suggest buying online before taking trip to the busy stores during the holiday season to save cash and frustration.



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CAPS CORNER “People will forget what you said; People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelo At the CAPS Center, support is available and no concern is too big or too small. Counselors are available to support you in a non-judgmental way using a holistic perspective - attending to mind, body and spirit. Our hope is that through counseling services you are able to create more balance, peace and serenity in your life. We invite all students to utilize CAPS Center services including individual therapy, group therapy, consultation services, referral services, psycho-educational programs and/or crisis intervention. Services are free and available to all full-time matriculated students. For more information about the CAPS Center and resources visit us on the e-MU tab “Campus Life.” DRUMMING FOR RELAXATION This experience will be offered two times in the coming days: November 15 and December 6 at 4 pm Purpose: To use sound, rhythm, and community presence to allow for the mind, body, and spirit to be grounded and connected enough to relax. NO DRUMMING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!! To Attend: Please contact Dr. Cindy at 674-6366 or e-mail her at Only 6 students can attend per session. Bubble POP As you head into the last part of the semester get rid of your negative thoughts. Pop them and clear the way for more positive thoughts. November 21 & 22 (11-1 pm) Banks Lobby Presented by HOPE and sponsored by the CAPS Center Pet Therapy Day The SPCA will bring some of their favorite furry friends to greet MU students. Monday, December 5 11-1:30 pm in Banks Lobby Sponsored by the CAPS Center The CAPS Center is running a personal growth group. The group will be open for 6-8 people, membership will be on a first come, first served basis, and the time of the group will be determined based on the members’ schedules. This group will focus on the needs of the members in relation to increasing health, happiness, and well-being. If you have any further questions, please e-mail Megan ASAP at




As I walked into Barnes and Noble with my stomach tied into knots, I sat nervously at a table awaiting a local fashion maven-turned-designer to enter the overcrowded store. Ever since I was 12, I’ve had a passion for fashion and when I found out Season 1 Project Runway winner, Jay McCarroll, grew up in the same Wyoming Valley as I did, I knew working in the fashion industry could become a possibility. I never thought I would get a response for an interview when I emailed him weeks go, let alone get to meet him in person and chat over brownies in a local Starbucks. Then as he walked in, I realized I was sitting down for one of the most important interviews I’ve ever done. Unfortunately, the guy who set up his guitar playing Jack Johnson in front of the store was totally sabotaging this important time, so we went to the back of the store for a quieter scene. He’s conquered everything from winning Project Runway to creating collections for New York Fashion Week, to his newest venture--a book deal. It’s time for you to meet the fashion designer of the hour, Jay McCarroll. “Hello this is Jay McCarroll with brownies on my finger.” McCarroll grew up in Lake Lehman, a town not too far away from good old Dallas, PA and he knows the locale’s close-to-nonexistent fashion scene. He realized his love for fashion when he was a child playing with fabric, so his decision to go to fashion school was apparent.

Debbie Harry from Blondie. Since McCarroll’s Project Runway days, he’s got a few projects under his belt. He’s designing a line of fabrics for Free Spirit, making clothing and accessories for his online store and retail for stores around the country, teaching at Philadelphia University and working on his first book. His plans for the future also include doing more TV when he’s approached with the right ideas. McCarroll advises everyone to stay away from a few fashion no-no’s: Ugg boots paired with leggings and shorts that say PINK on the butt are only a couple. That’s why McCarroll’s site is filled with accessories to change up your wardrobe. The accessories and clothing on his online site are colorful and fun just like his personal style. His infinity scarves, one of the latest trends to recently hit the season, are fabulous. I recommend checking them out in the seven different colors and sizes. He recommends mixing and matching them for a vibrant effect. Go to Jay McCarroll’s website: www.jaymccarrollonline. com, to shop his latest accessories and t-shirts. I’m in love with those infinity scarves; they are the perfect way for college kids to stay cozy in class. The more McCarroll and I chatted, the more I realized how different and amazing his fashion career is. I asked him the most important personal question I had: How does one from such a small town enter

He’s done it all over a 15year span before his debut on Project Runway. From studying abroad at the London College of Fashion in England to graduating from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, he began making his own pieces and selling them at the Camden Market in London and local shops in Amsterdam when Patricia Field, costume designer for Sex and the City, noticed his work and brought it back to her famous store in New York City. Then, he decided to own his own vintage store in Shavertown before auditioning for Project Runway, where he became the first winner. “It [Project Runway] was fun and stressful. I never really thought I could work that hard and fast.” McCarroll said that seeing yourself on television is one of the weirdest parts about being on a show. “You never really get to see what the back of you looks like.” After winning the show’s competition, he was able to meet people who others could only dream of, including Molly Ringwald, who appeared in every good 80’s movie that exists, and

the competitive world of fashion? “You need to align yourself with retail environments that can help. I wouldn’t say you should necessarily go to New York, because you’ll be a really, really, really small fish in a big pond. It’s better to learn things locally and gain experience by doing research and learning fashion history,” he said. “In fashion, you need to figure out where we’ve been to understand where you’re going.” I took this advice to heart as I decided that a future in fashion is possible, depending upon how much work you put into it. With that last question, my dream interview concluded as we discussed everything from brownies to taking naps. McCarroll is such an inspiration for Fashionistas looking for their break in the fierce fashion scene. While we concluded and discussed the upcoming fashion show I was planning at MU and my future in fashion there was one thing he said to me that I will always remember, wherever my future takes me. “Stay nice, because people in our industry are catty.”

Penn State University scandal effects students nationwide. By Lauren Gorney Reporter dents across the country were buzzing about the “Blue Out.” People on campus donned blue for a variety of reasons. Some students believed it was for Child Abuse Awareness, others did so to support Penn State, and few even thought it was because students wanted Paterno fired. Senior Caitlin Day, who wore a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans, said she wanted to stand behind the football players. “It’s showing you still support the team. They were innocent, so why not support them?” she said. Junior Drew Abatangelo donned blue because he wanted to shift the focus to abused children. “I wore blue to support child abuse awareness so incidents like the Sandusky situation don’t happen again,” said Abatangelo. The Penn State letter clearly explained the tradition of PSU students “whiting out” the stadium during home games, but it was a creative group of students who wanted to “blue out” the stadium on Nov. 12, at the PSU vs. Nebraska game to show support for the football team and raise awareness about child abuse. Because this was the last day of classes before the big game, PSU asked universities nationwide to wear blue all day to support both causes, despite the shadow over Main Campus.

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Responding to PSU tragedy MU was shrouded in a somber shade of blue on Nov. 11 as students teamed up with Pennsylvania State University and colleges nationwide in an effort to draw attention to child abuse. Vice President of Student Affairs Sister Jean Messaros said MU organized this event within 24 hours, and believes it was a success. University officials received news from a bulletin sent by the director of counseling at Penn State’s main campus, in which he expressed that students there were concerned about negative media portrayals. After the news of Joe Paterno’s abrupt dismissal, many Penn State students took to the streets to riot. A news van belonging to local news station WNEP was attacked and the windshield blown out as the broadcasters hid for cover inside. But not all of the Nittany Lions felt that violence was the best way to cope with the sex abuse scandal. “A creative group of students from Penn State thought it would be a good idea to show support of the team and call attention and support to victims of child abuse,” said Messaros. Messaros contacted staff, students, and the Marketing department to get the message out around campus. After a brief posting on e-MU, word about the event quickly spread to Facebook and Twitter. Stu-

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By HILARY HOOVER Culinary Columnist

A Saturday in the City has odor coming from the bowl. me craving for a sophisticated My immediate worry once I treat, something sophisticated tested the consistency was that says “Sex in the City” that it was too thin from the and delicious baked goods. smoothie, so I added in some After oogling over Babycake’s more flour. When I mixed, it vegan cupcakes, I’m thirsting did become thicker, but realfor something sweet. What ization dawned that I had just my musings equate to is a de-activated the egg replacer. mocktail-flavored cupcake and Which, I guess was good in a icing. However, to one-up the way because I was afraid that “already been done” factor, I’ll the cake would rise too much be shaping the cupcakes like and overflow like Mt. Vesuvicosmo glasses. Herein lies the us from the form. I poured in crux. There is no pan that is my batter and was surprised in the shape of a glass that to see that the form held the is free-standing and three weight of the batter expanddimensional, so I’ll have to ing (or lack thereof) on all fashion my sides. That’s own. Will when I rememThe Recipe: these “cupbered that I tails” stay hadn’t greased together once Cake: the form. What the mould would hapcomes apart ½ cup of flour pen if it would and hold deoverflow? I set licious, fluffy 4 ounces of pineapple the form in a icing, or will small white smoothie it crumble bowl to catch under the drippings to Powdered egg replacer for preserve my weight and shape of baking sheet. itself? Here’s 2 eggs No turning this week’s back now, so ¼ cup powdered sugar Recipe for I popped it in Disaster! the oven and Having set the timer Icing: worked as for half an a banquet 2 tablespoons of coconut hour. waitress for I made up four years my coconut icoil at over 200 ing which was weddings, quite delicious, ¼ cup powdered sugar it’s safe to though rather say that I’ve Cook Time: possibly more of a glaze cleaned and than an icing polished my forever but still sweet. fair share of When the anbar glasses. noying timer When thinking of shapes for went off, I was unhappy to the cupcake part of the recipe, see that the entire cake was I mused over the thought of still molten. So, I put it in for attempting a martini glass. another 30 minutes. Buzzer. However, that would require Slightly more together. internal supports and creativBuzzer. Coagulated. Buzzer. ity, and I’m not sure the stem The top crust had hardened. would even be able to hold the Thinking the best for the weight. So, lop off the stem of “cuptail,” I let it sit to cool and a martini glass, add a fat botpeeled down a layer of foil. tom, and voilà! A cosmo glass. The entire lower half of the Très chic. cup cake was still uncooked. A girly glass deserves a girly So, I sealed it back up and drink recipe. This mocktail waited another 10 minutes. consists of pineapple juice, No dice. The batter stuck banana, and coconut extract. to the sides and looked like I’ll be making the cake a pineone, large scoop of goop. Not apple banana version, and the recipe I was looking for. whipping up a coconut crème Instead of looking like a glammousse to fill the cup. The key orous dessert, it looked like a element with the filling is that hangover the morning after. it needs to be light and airy I’m going to stick to making because of the uncertainty of my cupcakes in easily disposhow much weight the cake able liners, which are much can hold. more proportionately sized I preheated the oven to and timelessly elegant when 350 degrees and began to decorated. fashion my mould. A footed As far as taste, I have made juice glass that I found in the better. I blame the gluey texdepths of the White House ture on the presence of fruit. cupboards made for an excelIf I were to make this again lent form and I covered it in and perfect it, I would try two layers of tin foil. I took it cutting out much of the fruit, off the glass form and set it on nix the egg replacer, and add the table and promptly forgot in some lemon lime soda for to grease and flour it. While leavening. mixing up cake batter with a Better yet, I’ll just have the handy rubber spatula my nose no-fuss mocktail instead of a was pleased with the fragrant finicky dessert. Cheers!


Above, the outcome of Hoover’s “cuptail.”

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Yoga experts suggest the practice for college students who are often stressed, overwhelmed, homesick – the list goes on. By Katlin Bunton Editor-in-Chief Priya Idgunji almost didn’t make it through the renovations of the home she and her husband completely gutted last year. It was the middle of winter and they had no heat, the toilet was leaking, the kitchen couldn’t be cooked in, the sink sprayed water and she could see her basement through the holes in her living room floor. “I felt like I didn’t have a home. So yoga became it,” said Idgunji. “That’s why I keep coming back.” Idgunji, a yoga teacher at Balance Yoga and Wellness in Forty Fort, was introduced to yoga as a child by her mother, but didn’t find the practice on her own until she was a college freshman at Penn State University. Her mother, who practiced with premier yoga instructor BKS Iyengar, taught her some yoga poses as a kid. So when she went to college she chose yoga for her physical education core requirement. Idgunji’s interest was reignited. “I remember always being stressed out about homework

assignments and for the first time feeling very overwhelmed with responsibility. Because up until then—up until college—I’d never been responsible for so much. So the yoga really helped me stay calm and collected,” said Idgunji. Now an instructor, she reflects on a difference in her academic performance in college during the years she practiced yoga compared to those when she did not. In addition to getting better grades, Idgunji feels she handled everything with a little bit more ease. MU senior Shana Weinstock first learned about yoga during her senior year of high school. As a dancer she found the practice to be complimentary to her usual rigorous routine. Many athletes find yoga useful for the stretching and strengthening that supplements running and muscle building. Weinstock said that during her sophomore year of college she would do her own yoga practice following videos

at home after school three days a week. “It really helped. It was great. I was relaxed. I felt great the next day,” she said. Weinstock also pointed out the benefits yoga has for bones and joints – a deeper healing that is found particularly in yin yoga, which aids the deeper tissues and bone and moves synovial fluid. Jennifer Ciarimboli, yoga teacher and owner of Balance Yoga, says she wishes she had a yoga practice in college. “Probably the most stressful part of my whole adult life was my first year of college. Because I went five

hours away from home and I didn’t have any of my friends or family around. It was the first time I was on my own, and I didn’t handle it well,” she said. Ciarimboli believes college is an appropriate time to explore yoga as an option and that it would help with the overwhelmed and stressed experience many first year college students have. “For a student it could be such an opportunity to explore some peace and tranquility in their day that they’re not going to find if they’re in a dormitory or rushing Continued on page 5

Men’s Soccer: MAC Champions

Above, members of the team celebrate their Freedom Conference title win after the game.


Left, MU’s Greg Korhonen, #25, slides to kick the ball in front of Eastern University’s Braden Gross, #3, during the MAC championship game in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania on November 5, 2011.

November 22, 2011


The temperatures will only get colder and the days shorter, but winter provides some excitement for a sport one doesn’t normally think about until spring: baseball. In December, each Major League Baseball team will meet to discuss the upcoming season. Past Decembers have produced some blockbuster trades and significant freeagent signings. This December could make a bang as well with one of the best players in professional baseball hitting the free agent market. Albert Pujols has been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball for a long time and there are many teams who can use his bat. Surprisingly, the big market teams like the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees will not be pursuing the biggest name in Major League Baseball. Instead, the team rumored to be in the mix for Mr. Pujols is the Miami Marlins. The Marlins would be a great place for the slugger to start fresh. The reasons I say this are they have a new name, new stadium, new uniforms and a new manager. Ozzie Guillen has left the Chicago White Sox after a successful tenure as their manager, even winning the 2005 World Series. Like LeBron James, Guillen will be bringing his talents to South Beach in hopes of putting the fish back in the water and providing some oxygen to a depleted franchise. Pujols and his agent met with the Marlins earlier in the month and the slugger was reportedly very impressed with the new stadium. However, a new first basemen isn’t all the Marlins will need to start swimming with the current rather than against it. They will also need a new

shortstop. Jose Reyes is a very entertaining option for the Marlins. If they are able to sign Reyes, it will provide them with a vacuum cleaner for any ground ball in the shortstop range. In addition to his stellar defense, Reyes is also a threat to steal a base at any given time. In order to steal a base, he must first get on base. This is something he has never had a problem with. Reyes has racked up numerous hitting accolades, including the National League batting title as a member of the Mets in 2011. In addition to Reyes and Pujols, they have also gone after big name pitcher Mark Buehrle. This is significant because Buehrle has a connection with Guillen. Buehrle spent many years with the Chicago White Sox. He would be a huge addition to the Marlins staff and would provide top of the rotation skill and be a veteran in the clubhouse. There is one potential problem the Marlins will encounter with their aggressive approach towards free agency: payroll. This will be a problem because there is almost no possible way they can sign all three of their targets to their desired deals. Pujols will likely demand more money than any other player in baseball and Reyes won’t be much cheaper. The best option for the Marlins would be too pick two of the three. I think they should go with Buehrle and Reyes. I know the big market teams are said to be out of the Pujols hunt, but don’t be surprised if the Chicago Cubs, or even the St. Louis Cardinals sneak in and snag Pujols. Make sure to check back in the next addition. I will be dissecting the each of the BCS Bowl games, as well as some of the other bigger bowls.

talents to MU. Niebauer’s playmaking abilities, size, and speed at the striker position created a tough matchup for any opposing team, but her knowledge of the game and her experience playing multiple positions throughout her life – even goalie - were her most important tools for success. “I think that playing so many different positions gave me the advantage to understand all aspects of the field,” she says. Over a career that spanned from 1996-2000, she ranked third in most goals (41) and seventh in most assists (16) in the history of Lady Cougars soccer. Her 98 total points is also the third all-time best. She received three All-Conference selections, as well as both the team MVP award and Wendy’s Female Athlete of the Year Award as a senior. “It was a lot of work, a lot of time, and a lot of fun,” Niebauer says. On the basketball court, Niebauer was quick for her size, proving to be a relentless defender, providing pressure all over the court. She also wasn’t afraid to battle down low in the paint, muscling her way to an honorable mention for an All-Conference selection. Niebauer was inducted into the Misericordia Athletics Hall of Fame alongside four others in the class of 2010. “It was a great honor for me because I got to see some of my teammates receive this honor in years previous,” Niebauer

says. “I was also very excited that my father, who is also an adjunct faculty at MU, can present this award to me.” Playing two sports as well as majoring in Psychology, Niebauer was forced to prioritize her time and juggle a tight schedule. The experience was crucial in preparation for later on in life. “It was probably the best thing I did. It really taught me how to manage my time,” Niebauer says. “If you only had a few moments of free time between practice and games, you really had to fit in whatever work you could. Time management is key in my job and as a mother of two.” Niebauer works as the Assistant Director at Little Meadows Learning Center managed by Hildebrandt Learning Centers, and she resides with her family in Dallas, PA. Being a mother has helped her appreciate her parents’ role in her success as an athlete. “Now, as a mother, it really means a lot how much my parents sacrificed for me, taking me to games, tournaments, practices,” Niebauer says. “They really sacrificed their time, money and support so I could excel in what I liked to do.” It has been 11 years since the last buzzer of Niebauer’s athletic career, and as the clock ticks on the careers of so many athletes here at MU, she offers some words of advice. “Take time to enjoy every minute,” she says.

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‘Responsibility’ to safety, not cover-up, cont’d. Continued from page 1 students school pride. “People have a deep affection for their alma mater and where they went to school and some because they grew up there,” Bontemps said in a phone interview following the student protests. “It really hits home if something happens that hurts your school. It feels like it is part of you and your identity.” He also believes the fact that this happened at Penn State, a huge institution, makes the situation much worse. “If this were happening at a run of the mill school with a run of the mill coach, the coach would be gone already. It wouldn’t be an issue. They would immediately clean house,” Bontemps said. “But, because it is Penn State and because of what Penn State represents. Because of Penn State’s history of being open and honest about things and running a clean program and doing things by the book, it takes this whole thing that is already terrible and takes it to a whole new level.”

The new level Bontemps speaks of has provided all sorts of snarls in the Happy Valley area. Donnie Collins has reported on the team since 2007, after graduating from the university in 1999 with a degree in political science. He feels this is the most important story he will ever cover, and he isn’t happy about it. “I don’t want to tell my grandkids the biggest story I ever covered was the sex scandal at Penn State that took Joe Paterno down,” Collins said. “I have covered a lot of terrible things, but this tops it all by a lot.” MU Dean of Students, Kit Foley, was also disheartened by the sex scandal. “I think first and foremost, as I started to read the grand jury indictment and I saw the scope of what happened my first sadness is towards the young men that this affected. It’s just awful. Then, I was saddened to see that this was the way JoePa went out. He was revered for so, so long. I think we have to be careful that we

don’t just focus on JoePa.” Like Martin, Foley feels MU isn’t immune from tragedy and believes everyone is responsible for safety. “We all have a responsibility to make sure that our campus is a safe place,” Foley said. “It’s not just my responsibility or any other administrator on this campus. It’s every person that belongs here to this community to keep everyone safe.” Foley also said that she is confident if a situation arose at MU, it would be handled properly—note covered up. “The way that the situation was handled, it is just a shame and I think that certainly my integrity would not allow me to cover anything up. I think that we try to do things with our students, to remind them that if they see things that they need to report it from little to things to more serious things,” said Foley. “I think that often as professionals, we have those types of conversations all the time and it is our responsibility to move things forward.”

By Dominick Dellos Reporter As the MU women’s soccer team embarks on its post-season journey into the NCAA Division III tournament, players look to expand on a tradition of success that has featured numerous stars who laced up cleats before them. Jeanette Manorek Niebauer is one such star, a multi-sport athlete who not only shined on the soccer pitch, but on the basketball hardwood as well. Niebauer originally received a scholarship from Wheeling Jesuit College in West Virginia to play Division II soccer. She turned it down, though, because it was too far from home. “Coming from a big family, three brothers and a sister, I knew I would only see my family at Christmas and Easter,” she says. “My family was a big support on the sidelines and realized they wouldn’t be able to see many of my games.” Niebauer had her Athletic Director contact local schools, and she decided to take her

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around on campus,” she said. “Just getting away from that whole atmosphere and coming to a place that’s peaceful and quiet. And understanding how to find that in their own breath and carry it with them at all times.” Ciarimboli sites the practice as one that allows people to find tools within themselves to deal properly with managing stress and staying calm throughout the academic and social storm that can be a college experience. She describes it as an “aha! Moment,” when yogis realize they have a peaceful space inside themselves from which they can pull strength, energy and calmness. Joe Longo, a Kundalini yoga teacher at Balance, explains that though Kundalini is a little bit different from the hatha vinyasa, the more common physical practice that Ciarimboli and Idgunji teach, it has many benefits. The practice focuses on breath work and raising energy through the seven chakras, found along

the spine. “With it you get this calmness, but you also get this sense of fearlessness.” Longo says he focuses many of his classes around creativity and prosperity. Through meditation and kundalini practice Longo and his students focus on manifesting the life they want to live. Longo was hooked on Kundalini shortly after trying the yoga practice. “It gave me that euphoria. It gave me a lot of energy to go out and really do things,” he said. “I stopped worrying about what the outside world thought or was saying and just did what I wanted to do.” “I think it’s really common for students, especially young students, in a college campus setting to really disconnect from their true self for a lot of reasons. I remember feeling like I didn’t know who I was anymore in those years,” said Ciarimboli. “I so wish that the practice would have come to me then.” Idgunji says she would recommend yoga to college

students. Because there are so many different types to accommodate either physical or non-physical stress relief that college students seek, she feels it’s universally beneficial. “Physically because I felt better, and it released a lot of stress, I was less conscious about all the things I had to do and the way I looked. You know in college you gain that ‘freshman fifteen.’ I didn’t really gain my ‘freshman fifteen,’” said Idgunji. “It definitely kept and still keeps me very fit.” Idgunji points out the prolonged amounts of time that students spend sitting and studying, and the need for physical activity and release that accompanies that. “It’s something you don’t have to necessarily come to a class for. Once you learn some foundational stuff you can do it anywhere,” said Idgunji. All that meditative yoga requires space-wise is a place on the floor to sit. “The point of yoga is to remove yourself from what

‘To Be or Not to Be’, cont’d. Continued from page 2

not attend university. “People capitalize on Shakespeare; he is a business. He is huge and people want to say ‘I have blood ties to Shakespeare’ and they can’t. So they use flimsy arguments,” said Steinberger. “Would I spend my life’s research on an author who didn’t write the plays or I didn’t feel wrote the plays of Shakespeare? No.” Several secondary education majors feel strongly about the inclusion of Shakespeare in the English curriculum. They learned about the Bard’s plays in high school and throughout college and believe the tradition must live on. “I believe that drama should be part of every student’s education, and Shakespeare’s plays are an excellent way to teach drama,” said Corbett. “His work manages to capture the interest of generation

after generation and stay relevant and interesting, so why wouldn’t you teach Shakespeare?” Steinberger says Shakespeare will remain relevant in many real-life situations. “Heavy is the head who wears the crown,” she quoted from Henry IV Part two by William Shakespeare. “If you’re in power, you have a certain code of ethics that you should follow,” she interpreted. Steinberger’s passion for Shakespeare began at a young age and inspired her to continue her education. Her honors English teacher, Edwin Bough, told her class about the first time he went to Stratford-upon-Avon. He ventured into the kitchen of Shakespeare’s birthplace, which was the original floor from Shakespeare’s time. He got down on his hands and

knees to touch the floor. “In 1992, for the first time, I went to England and I went to Stratford-upon-Avon. I did the same thing. His interest sparked it and I just wanted to hear more,” said Steinberger. Steinberger’s office is adorned in Shakespeare memorabilia and mementos from across the pond. The accessibility of Shakespeare’s plays, Steinberger stresses, is one of the most important aspects of his works. “Shakespeare writes about what it’s like to be human. We love his characters,” said Steinberger. “Hamlet is a messed up guy. Why do we love Hamlet so much? Because he’s human and he’s flawed. He shows us the imperfections that we can then recognize.”

Scene On Campus you’re doing so you can achieve enlightenment,” said Idgunji. “But on a more realistic level it helps relieve stress, makes you feel better physically. It strengthens. It’s really good for people with any sort of emotional or mental things like depression. People with any sort of nervous system disorders, spinal problems. The list just goes on and on, the benefits of yoga.” Balance Yoga and Wellness holds a variety of yoga classes seven days a week. There are special student membership rates, and through the end of the year all classes are $5 with a valid student ID. Idgunji describes yoga as a practice that can take people throughout their entire life. “When nothing else is there for you, it [yoga] is,” she said. “You just have to make the effort to do it and keep up with it. And I think that’s the hardest part. The commitment.” She and Ciarimboli say there is literally a type of yoga for everybody – the right one just has to be found.


From left, seniors Chelsea Mixon, Jess Harper, Sarah Munley and Sister Bernadette Duross Irish step dance as part of “Catherine McAuley’s Comfortable Cup of Tea” on Friday, November 11, 2011 in Banks Student Life Center. Submit on campus photos to!

University, economic crisis, cont’d. Continued from page 1

tant and government, law and national security.” Student Affairs has suffered very little. Responsible for everything from activities to resident and commuter life, the office continues to provide students with new experiences every semester. “We, too, have been very lucky that the institution continues to provide us with money,” says Kit Foley, Dean of Students. “We haven’t had any cuts in the kinds of activities and experiences we are able to offer, but students, faculty, and other departments will often collaborate and use multiple budgets to fund large, extensive activities. Creativity is necessary.” Depending on the size of the activity, such as a Broadway show or ski trip, interested students often pay a minimal fee and the remaining cost is covered by the university. The recent mission trip to Ireland,

however, was paid for by a series of grants. “Ultimately, Student Affairs tries to respond to students ideas and work with them to make those ideas happen,” says Foley. “We certainly do the best we can with the money available to provide experiences for personal growth both in and out of the classroom.” Some students, however, have been affected by the rise in tuition within the last year. “Misericordia’s tuition is so much higher than Luzerne County Community College that I actually had to take out student loans,” says Heather Marsicano, a transfer student. “Financial aid just couldn’t cover it all. I mean, coming from a lower class family, I’ve always had it rough, but the cost is definitely kicking my butt.” To counter the rising costs, President Barack Obama has recently announced the

arrival of new programs that will lower monthly loan payments for the college graduates of 2012. These programs will also allow those who have a mix of direct federal loans and loans under the old Federal Family Education Loan Program combine them at a slightly lower interest rate. In addition, President Obama seeks to establish a series of executive orders that will limit the amount of student loan payments to 10% of a graduate’s income and allow loans unsettled after 20 years to be forgiven. As of October 2011, these plans will not be enacted into Federal Law until 2012, or 2014 at the latest. With no threat of budget cuts, the MU community is expected to grow in these difficult times, proving that, in some cases, desperate times don’t always call for desperate measures.



November 22, 2011

400-year-old play tempts students to stage By Morgan Harding Web Master

The Misericordia Players performed William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” from November 17-19, 2011. “The Tempest” gave the club the best opportunities for casting: the play emphasized female roles for a femaleheavy student body. Shakespeare’s play also celebrated a milestone, it’s 400th anniversary. “It was a happy accident that is really cool,” said Samuel Corey, crew member and theater work study student. There were some unhappy accidents along the way also, but the cast and crew quickly overcame them. “It’s been a long road with the set that we had to build and all of the other technical challenges we have had along with the actors challenges of learning what the lines actually meant and then memorize them,” Corey said. Several cast members suffered through illness leading up to opening night. The play was adapted with a modern day vibe, striking a chord with fans of the ABC show “Lost.” It follows an exiled duke, his daughter and a whole court of residents and royal followers. Junior R.J. Barna and senior Marissa Miller, who took the stage as the exiled Duke of Milan, Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, led the cast of 18. King Alonzo, played by junior Matthew Cebrosky, discovers the two and a comedy of Shakespearian proportions follows. “We’re really, really confident in our product and hope that everyone enjoys it,” said Corey.

Above left, first year student Jeff Kelly embraces his role as Caliban. Above right, seniors Mary Scarpa and Samuel Corey show a light hearted performance.

Above, sophomore Hilary Hoover acts as Adriana, one of her two parts in this play. She also played the role of Iris. Above, first year student Melvin Jay Busi and Nick Kestler share an emotional scene together on the stage in Lemmond Theatre.

Above, junior R.J. Barna and sophomore Dinamichele Boyer use the stage props to enhance their performances in “The Tempest.” Left, junior R.J. Barna and senior Marissa Miller act together as the leads of the cast of 18 MU Players.

Photo story by Mary Bove/The Highlander

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