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Everything Ducky at Mallard Estate By Mary Bove, Multimedia Editor

111 Lake Street, a newly opened Because it was formerly used as a taking the shuttle to their classes during a nice fall day, according to Weidemoyer said she already off-campus housing complex single family home, it needed to or even walking the half mile Nudo. feels comfortable in the house. located across the street from Pasbe remodeled to be able to house to campus. Junior occupational “Hopefully in the spring we are “I like the people living here. san Hall, has a new name: Mallard multiple students. therapy major Maria Weidemoyer going to look into buying outdoor It’s a small living environment so Estate. “Some of the rooms upstairs said she loves the convenience of type of furniture that students we’re hoping to get closer as more The nickname Mallard Estate needed less work in them than her new digs. can use out there,” said Nudo. of a family type house.” comes courtesy of its new resisome of the others because they “We have our own kitchen and “Maybe like a picnic type area Weidemoyer said anyone considdents, said Assistant Director of were already bedrooms,” Nudo our own common room, and there where students can go out and ering a move to the new housing Residence Life A.J. Nudo. said. “So there were certain upis a big yard,” Weidemoyer said. enjoy the day.” option should not be frightened “It is from ducks in the away by its distance from pond. They didn’t want to main campus. keep calling it 111,” Nudo “It would be a great idea said. “They wanted to come if you are a health science up with a cute name, which major and you are going is nice.” to be at Passan Hall a Nudo said this gives stulot,” Weidemoyer said. dents a type of identity to “It’s really nice. I never relate to. Resident Director expected it to be this nice, Julia Leighow said it is imbut it’s beautiful, probably portant for residents to form the best place to live on of communal family. campus so far.” “Living in the 111 Lake Nudo stresses that camStreet house provides pus extends beyond the students the opportunity to arches, something a lot of create a more close-knit compeople do not understand. munity system while receivMost students, Nudo said, ing all the benefits of living feel campus begins after on campus,” said Leighow. crossing under the arches, Living in such a small when that is only the behouse means more opportuginning of the university nities for residents to make property. friends, and find a quiet “I think there are a lot study space, said Nudo. of perceptions out there “It’s not like living in about the lower campus, McHale where you have that it’s off-campus. It’s MARY BOVE/THE HIGHLANDER 200 plus people around not off-campus. We’re exJuniors Maria Weidemoyer and Brittany Lohr study in their room in 111 Lake Street. This year is the first year that you. You’re one of 18 in the tending our campus at this students can live in the newly renovated house. The house is located off of main campus on Lake Street. The house house,” he said. point,” said Nudo. The newly renovated house was originally built in 1866 and is one of the oldest houses in Dallas. He encourages everyone to was one of the earliest homes in grades that had to be made, but it “My room, personally, has tons of The resident parking lot is keep an open mind about housing Dallas, built in 1866. Nudo said wasn’t a matter of us demolishing space, lots of windows, as well as located in the rear of the buildin the future. He wants students, the gentleman who owned the everything to start over.” heated floors.” ing, as well as across the street by especially health science majors, home before the university purThe location is ideal for students Weidemoyer feels the outside of Passan Hall. to consider Lake Street living. chased it was a lawyer. who want access to neighborhood the building is just as beautiful as All students who reside on Lake “It’s the best of both worlds. You 111 Lake Street had to be conveniences such as CVS and the inside. In addition to the park- Street are eligible for parking at get that off-campus feel while becompletely renovated before stuPizza Bella, according to Leighow. like grounds, there is a stone patio the house, regardless of their year ing on campus,” Nudo said. dents could move in lastAugust. Students can also save gas by area, which is perfect for relaxing at the University.

Animals Hope to Find Furever Homes By Ellen Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

A young couple bought a German Shepherd puppy from a local pet store for more than $1,000. They named him and invited him to become a part of their family. What they didn’t realize was how much work goes into taking care of a puppy, and they soon realized this new addition to their family was too much to handle. They ended up taking the shepherd to Blue Chip Farms Animal Rescue in Dallas. Blue Chip Farms workers said the pup often bared his teeth to volunteers and other animals because he was frightened. They said he was acting out in an effort to defend himself. So volunteers dedicated time to working with him: They exposed him to other dogs and people. Like any other animal at the shelter, the pup was neutered by a veterinarian and received the vaccinations he needed. Had this dog ended up in another shelter, he may have been euthanized – at only nine months old. Blue Chip farms is a no-kill animal shelter where workers and volunteers strive to save as many dogs and cats from euthanasia as possible. Marge Bart, owner and founder, has been saving animals for over a decade. “I don’t believe there are any bad dogs. Animals don’t start out bad just like people don’t start out bad. So what happens is that people don’t socialize them or they don’t train them so the dogs become scared, frightened and they show fear with their teeth,” Bart said. While there are over 60 no-kill shelters in Pennsylvania, Bart says more are needed, especially in the

Northeastern Pennsylvania area. Bart said unadopted animals rescue, not a pet store, which she “We need for the SPCA to be become residents of the shelter. says is often a point of confusion. no-kill, but it takes money, funds No animal at Blue Chip Farms is “We have a lot of people who and people are too quick to give euthanized unless it is best for the come in and they want a young up their animals. I mean, one little animal’s health or it is necessary dog. But people call here and say, problem and they are bringing to relieve suffering. ‘I want a golden retriever puppy.’ them back It’s like, come to a shelter on. This instead of isn’t a mail saying, ‘You order. This is know, I’m a rescue. We going to work have so many with him.’” nice dogs but Bart urges people have pet owners to work with to become them,” Bart educated said. about no-kill In 2012 shelters. about 400 While both dogs and Blue Chip and about 200 cats the SPCA are at the rescue nonprofit, were adopted Blue Chip is a by loving ownno-kill shelter ers. Bart said and the SPCA dogs are easier is an opento match with door shelter, owners than accepting any cats are beanimal that is cause people dropped off. who love cats “When already have we take in two or three, a stray dog, and people MARY BOVE/THE HIGHLANDER we don’t get Relaxing outside Boomer a Brittany Spaniel lays in the grass. Over 200 who don’t any money aren’t intercats and close to 50 dogs reside at Blue Chip Farms. for it,” Bart ested. said. “But if the SPCA takes in Occasionally, Bart said, animals Blue Chip charges $150 per dog a stray dog, the county gives are adopted and later returned. adoption and $40 per cat, but the them so much money. If they get She said that roughly 10 percent fee does not cover the cost of the overcrowded they have to kill dogs of all adoptions fail. animals’ care. Blue Chip spends because they have to take in more. “I mean, you wouldn’t bring more than $250 per animal So they kill the ones that aren’t your kids back if they spilled milk. for spaying or neutering, vacadoptable. We recommend trainers, and we cinations, microchips, and initial We now have 13 of what I call even offer to pay for the training, grooming. ‘permanent residents.’ They are but people say they just can’t deal Blue Chip spends $8,000 each old dogs that have health issues. with it.” month on veterinary bills alone. It Those dogs would not survive at Bart said she wants people to also pays for liter, food, grooming the SPCA.” understand that the shelter is a and laundry. While Bart and the

other volunteers don’t want to think about money, she said they have to survive. “I wouldn’t change it at all. If I had to do it all over again I would do it. You want to help more animals.” The shelter has 10 dedicated volunteers and 15 more that come on a fairly regular basis. Bart said that number must double to cover the amount of help required. “It’s a lot of work. We need an enormous amount of volunteers. It stresses the volunteers out because it is an endless battle.” The shelter’s growing regional notoriety has been a blessing and a curse to the shelter, said Bart. “We’ve become better known and that’s good and bad because we are getting more volunteers, we are getting more donations but also we get a high amount of traffic of people coming, and a lot of times they just want to walk through like it’s a petting zoo. So that takes our time away from working with all the animals. If the phone’s not ringing off the hook there are people dropping animals off. It’s frustrating because you want to help them all.” Maryann Cleary, has volunteered at the rescue for four years, and credits Bart as to one of the reasons she works so hard. “Marge is amazing. She’s the reason why I keep coming back.” Cleary is a regular dog walker and gives tours to the new volunteers. She started volunteering after her son Michael was killed in Iraq. “It’s my therapy, and I stick with it because Marge is just incredible and such an inspiration.” Workers say an average day on


By Callen Clark, Reporter

Students who took out loans for their education - the vast majority at MU - will pay lower interest rates - at least for a while. According to The United States Department of Education, President Barack Obama put his seal of approval on a new bill, which caps the interest rate at 3.25 percent. Jane Dessoye, Executive Director of Enrollment Management, said she’s thrilled Congress came to a decision to pass the bill because congressional bickering threatened to allow the rates to double. “By law, on July first the interest rates doubled. They [Congress] didn’t act or come to an agreement or consensus until mid July, but that agreement was retroactive to July first, which basically reversed the doubling of the interest rates,” said Dessoye. She said every part of the loan bill was deeply debated in Congress. The House of Representatives, currently with a Republican majority, wanted a bill that would tie interest rates to the national treasury, and that those rates wouldn’t be fixed and that they could be capped. The Senate, which has a Democratic majority, wanted the bill to keep a cap off rates that wouldn’t be tied to the treasury and would also be fixed. “Ultimately when the dust settled the final agreement was that the interest rate would be tied to the treasury, which is what the House wanted. The interest rate would be capped at 8.25 percent, which is also what the House wanted, and the Senate got its wish that the interest rate would be fixed for the life of a loan,” Dessoye said. She said three types of loans were impacted by the new agreement. The first type of loan is subsidized, which means students don’t have to worry about paying off the loan until after they’ve left school. The second type is unsubsidized, which required students to pay interest on their loans while attending school or agree to pay the interest amount that builds during their college careers. The third type of loans is for graduate students. “On the subsidized, what was a 3.4 percent rate stayed a 3.4, excellent for students. The unsubsidized was even better for students. Their old rate was 6.8. That’s now 3.4, so that’s excellent news. The graduate rate was 6.8. That is now 5.42 percent” said Dessoye. Dessoye did a little research to find out how this change affects students at Misericordia. According to her findings, 67 percent of full-time undergraduate students and 40 percent of part-time students have subsidized loans. She said 77 percent of full-time students and 45 percent of pert time students have unsubsidized loans. Eighty five percent of fulltime and 28 percent of part-time graduate students benefited from the 1.4 percent decrease in interest rates. Dessoye said the main reason all of the interest rates dropped was the fact that rates are now tied to the treasury, which left her

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the farm is non-stop toil. At 6:30 a.m. Bart and volunteers get the small dogs out for a quick walk. After each dog has had a chance to go outside, workers begin feeding more than 200 cats, about 50 dogs and three rabbits. A few hours later it’s back to taking all the dogs outside and for a walk. In addition, there is cleaning and stocking that needs to be done, and workers maintain social media. “Social media helps a great deal. When we have animals that are found we take pictures of them and put them out there so right away we can hopefully find their owners,” Bart said. Bart encourages prospective pet owners to prepare by becoming educated about responsible animal ownership. She says it is very important to get pets spayed or neutered right away and understand how to keep them healthy – the right food they should eat and how often they should be walked or exercised. Bart and other volunteers attend schools and organizations to help spread the word about pet ownership. Eventually the rescue hopes to expand by using part of the 20 acres of land it owns across the street for a kennel to house older dogs and permanent residents. Bart also plans to grow the number of volunteers and the rescue’s parking area, which becomes crowded on weekends when the shelter sees its most volunteers and visitors. To volunteer or donate to the shelter call 570-333-5265.

By Alison Counterman, Reporter

Top, Rico, a young chihuahua, hides under a blanket in his kennel outside the shelter. Middle, one of the 200 cats at the shelter peeks over his bed in the cat house. Blue Chip charges $40 per cat adoption. Each animal is neutered, microchipped and given its appropriate shots. Bottom, Jenn Robinson, a regular volunteer at the rescue, picks up blankets and towels from the cat house before a thunderstorm reaches the shelter.

Botzman Quick to Fill Needed Positions MARY BOVE/THE HIGHLANDER

By Arthur Dowell, Web Editor

President Botzman envisioned a future for the university and wasted no time to appoint Sr. Jean Messaros to serve as Vice President of Mission Integration. The announcement was made to the campus via email following Labor Day weekend. The position had been open since Sr. Bernadette Duross’s departure just before the 2012-2013 academic year. The job consists of complementing the president for Catholic and mercy identities in terms of culture, policies and practices. “My goal is to be able to walk around more and talk to the students,” said Messaros. “I want to hear what they hope and dream for the school.” All 16 mercy schools for higher education have the same position. This gives MU the opportunity to discuss important topics with the other school communities.. With Messaros accepting the new position, Kit Foley will serve



Sr. Jean Messaros

as both Dean of Students and Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. Foley will have the responsibility of making sure many of the campus departments such as Residence Life, Student Success Center and athletics are running smoothly. “I’m still in the midst of finding out what all my responsibilities are,” said Foley. “I’m excited for

Kit Foley

the new opportunity to look at the campus in a much bigger perspective.” The goal for both Botzman and Messaros is to spread the message of what the school is about. They want the culture and mission to remain firmly in place 50 years from now. The position of Vice President of Student Affairs will most likely be Kit’s for the academic year. No

search is underway. Officials say their best hope to find a candidate is during the spring semester when people are looking to leave their current positions and look for something new. “I’m honored to be in the positions I am in,” said Foley. “I will make sure to continue to provide great service and programs for the students.” Foley said many members of the campus community have volunteered to help as she takes on both positions. Both Messaros and Foley said they will work to learn new ways to respond to the needs of the campus community and strengthen the university’s mission. “When talking to students, I know I am going to get the best advice and stories,” said Messaros. “We love what the students are capable of doing and I hope to see a lot of it with the new position.”

Students without access to a car now have the opportunity to rent one through Enterprise’s CarShare. A Chevy Cruz is available to students for an hourly, daily or overnight rate. As of now, there is a fee of $10 per hour, or $55 per day. Students can also rent the car overnight from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. for $30. Fuel is included in every rate. The first 200 miles are free and any additional miles after are $0.20 per mile. A daily $2 Pennsylvania Public Transportation Tax is added to each reservation. Students interested in participating in CarShare must complete a registration form at Enterprise. Students 18 to 20 years old must have a parent fill out the form, but students 21 years and over can register on their own. Kit Foley, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, believes CarShare will be a wonderful service to students, “particularly for our first year students who do not have cars.” “We were finding out that often students needed to get off campus to appointments or wanted to go off campus when our Student Activities van wasn’t running,” Foley said. The car will be located for pickup and drop off at the North Gate Lot near MacDowell Hall. “Students deal directly with the company,” said Foley. “We house the car here but [students] do everything directly through Enterprise.” Foley said there have been Enterprise representatives on campus to inform students of the new program. “During check-in for first year students, representatives provided information to parents and students,” said Foley. She said there are plans to have representatives back on campus to speak to students about the CarShare program and provide more information. The car works on a system like the school’s ID cards, Foley said. “Once in the program, students will get a swipe card,” said Foley. “They will then go online and register for the times they want the car for. If available, they can register for that time.” The swipe card is the most important part because it stores all information and also unlocks the car. Once the car is unlocked, the car key can be obtained from the glove compartment. “If there is a problem, it’s whoever swiped the card last,” said Foley. “They have documentation of whoever was using it.” The card stores the user’s information and knows how long the car was rented.

“If [the car] is late, the person has to pay additional money,” said Foley. There has been a desire to get a CarShare on campus for several years. “Lehigh University has a very active CarShare program. I have been in contact with them to talk about how their program worked,” said Foley “It worked very well.” “I think it’s a good option. Hopefully students will utilize it and be responsible with it,” said Foley. “It will be a good service for the students.” The university has a one-year agreement for CarShare, and the program’s success will determine whether CarShare will continue. “Hopefully it will take off and students will use it, and it will be seen as something that is helpful to students,” said Foley. “That’s what it was really designed for, to provide an opportunity for students to be able to have a car available to them.” There is a possibility that the CarShare will also be available to faculty and staff in the future, but for now the focus is on the students. Junior physical therapy major Danielle Hesler said she would have signed up for the CarShare service during her first year on campus. “I would have definitely utilized a service like this if it were available to me freshmen year,” she said. “There were plenty of times my freshman year when I needed to go to the store to pick something up but I didn’t have a car.” Hesler said CarShare is a good option for students who are just looking to get away and off campus to do something fun with friends. “There were other times when I was bored and was looking for something to do,” said Hesler. “Having the option of renting a car to go to the mall or movies would have been nice.” “I think that freshmen should take advantage of [CarShare],” said Hesler. “I know when I was a freshmen I preferred borrowing my friend’s car rather than be driven around.” Some students wonder if the program’s fees will stretch students’ pocketbooks. She encouraged students to try the program. “I think that the idea is a good one,” said Hesler. “However, as a college student, I don’t know if the prices would work out unless I had a job while I was up here at school.” “I think the rates all depend on the student,” said Hesler. “I think that the special overnight rate is a very good price and even the $55 per day isn’t a bad price either.”


The CareShare car from Enterprise is parked in its designated spot behind MacDowell Hall in the North Gate lot on campus. Contact Kit Foley for more information about the program.



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Professor Nixens Notions of Papa

By Alexandria Smith, Web Master Members of the English Department explore the life and work of Ernest Hemingway with a religious lens in Assistant Professor Matthew Nickel’s new book. The recently published book, “Hemingway’s Dark Night: Catholic Influences and Intertextualities in the Work of Ernest Hemingway,” is regarded as a “treasure trove of meaning” that will “enrich every reader’s understanding of Hemingway, the man and his work.” The book serves as the most recent scholarly indication that Hemingway was not an atheist, a largely unfounded connection that has been perpetuated for years, according to Nickel. “A lot of the biographies that came out early on about Hemingway say that Hemingway was antireligious– a very nihilistic existentialist. A lot of people look at the depressing endings in Hemingway’s stories, like in ‘A Farewell to Arms,’ where Catherine Barkley dies while she’s having a baby, and it seems to be a very hopeless ending. And [people] use those endings to say that Hemingway believed in no hope, believed in nothing, and didn’t have religion,” said Nickel. Nickel countered a lot of these commonly held views of the author’s life through his study of letters, unpublished manuscripts and close analyses of his works. However, he acknowledges why Hemingway avoided the label of a religious writer. Openly religious authors alienate readers that don’t want to read re-

ligious ideas. According to Nickel, they also establish themselves in a limiting genre. “I can understand why you would want to do that because I think, as a writer, we want to reach as many people that we can and write about life as it is, not through a filter that should be looked at in a particular light or interpreted based on what somebody thinks a religion is supposed to mean,” said Nickel. That does not mean that this aspect of Hemingway’s life was not important in understanding his work. Fellow English Professor Amanda Caleb finds Nickel’s study to be an important aspect in understanding the role of an author’s personal life in the creation of written works. “While some authors’ personal lives may not be as relevant to their works, you can’t know that unless you explore their personal lives in relation to their works. In other words, it’s self-defeating if you say, ‘It doesn’t matter what the author was doing. I don’t want to think about author, I just want to think about the text.’ You can’t really know that that’s irrelevant until you’ve explored it,” she said. Dr. Russ Pottle, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,said litature should be approached from multiple perspectives. “I think that this book is important in that it does ap-

Insomniac’s Revenge By Matthew Gromala, Reporter

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts will hold its annual Insomniac’s Revenge from Sept. 27-29. The event is run by the council’s Venturing Officers Association, which oversees Venturing, the coed, high adventure division of the Boy Scouts of America intended for 14-21 year olds. Venturing is celebrating 15 years as a national program. “The Venturing program of the Boy Scouts of America is all about youth planning for and doing things that us youth want to do. The epitome of this principle in Northeastern Pennsylvania is the Insomniacs Revenge, a highadventure, fun-filled weekend planned and executed by youth for youth,” said Donnie Stephens, council VOA president. The theme for this year’s Insomniac’s Revenge is “Out of the Darkness and Through the Night.” The event begins Friday night with open sessions, and participants are encouraged to attend as many events as they wish. Registration is required for Saturday’s festivities, which include a shooting safety course, which is mandatory for anyone intending to shoot, as well as tinsmithing, Japanese knife-making, judo instruction and other activities. Later Saturday, participants will use the skills they acquired during the event’s activities in the “Venture Race.” the event concludes with a dinner theater production and James Bond movies. Venturing adult advisor and senior Cara Sepcoski thinks scouting has helped him be a successful college student. “Looking back on my time in Venturing, I feel that the BSA has given me an edge in my college career. The challenges and opportunities in Venturing formulated an invaluable skill set in being a leader,” said Sepcoski. “I can now proudly say that I have been a team leader for groups of up to 600 people. I always thought I was just having fun with my friends coordinating a camp out, but in reality I was learning time management, lead-

ership skills and confidence. The BSA truly makes you prepared for life,’” said Sepcoski. Scouting gives students the tools to succeed not just in college but throughout life, especially for those who persevere and earn the highest awards. Whether it be the rank of Eagle Scout, the Gold Award for Girl Scouts, the Quartermaster Award for Sea Scouts, or currently, the Silver Award for Venturing (though this will change for Venturing in the spring of 2014), the awards give extra recognition to the highest successes of these dedicated program participants. Sociology professor Cheryl Cavalari, who has grandsons in Scouting, said scouts in her classes are high achievers. .”When I have Eagle Scouts, or Girl Scouts who have earned their Gold Award, in my class, I expect them to work hard. College requires hard work. Scouting instills that in them,” she said. “I believe there’s a parallel between Eagle Scouts especially, and dedicated college students, and Scouting is leadership training. It really is training tomorrow’s leaders,” Cavalari said. First-year student and Venturer Rachael Stark made sure not to schedule classes at the same time as her meetings, and in her free time she reads up on the handbook so she knows what she needs to do to compete for her gold award. “I feel like Venturing has allowed me to open up to people easier and taught me to be myself, which definitely helps to make friends in college, and joining Venturing even put me on the career path that I have chosen,” Stark said. Venturers can take part in activities that Boy Scouts cannot, such as pistol shooting, as Venturers are mostly older. Venturing Crews are youth-run, which means the Venturers decide what they do, and adult leaders facilitate the activities. Students interesting in joining should visit for more information.

proach Hemingway’s life and work through a particular perspective, or lens, or however you put it, and that would be the lens of Catholic theology, but it employs a number of other lenses to refract the light. There’s the lens of history– it’s very historically oriented. It’s very extensively detailed, a lot of archival research, a lot of primary source research– and it also looks at a lot of the works through the lens of traditional literary studies or, ‘How do you make meaning from a text? What kind of influences come into the text to make certain ideas rise to the surface?’” said Pottle. Caleb believes that the in-depth exploration of Hemingway’s spiritual life allows for a much deeper, more realistic understanding of literature as a whole. “Often enough you see in literary studies that people don’t necessarily want to talk about religion and specifically the author’s religion in the text. And there are a few notable exceptions but often you see this attempt to divorce these kinds of things more traditionally. I think in the last 20, 30 maybe even 40 years you’re starting to see this more holistic view of authors,” said Caleb. Caleb connects the public’s lack of interest in an author’s religious

life as being too personal or even “unsexy.” “Religion seems almost too personal, I think, that it almost seems inappropriate to go down that path. And to some extent, I think for some people, religion doesn’t seem so-called “sexy” enough. We want to talk about drug use. We want to talk about politics. We want to talk about scandal, sexual orientation and these types of things, and religion, in a weird way, has almost become taboo in that regard because it seems almost too personal.” Pottle believes the world of literary criticism is not comfortable with religiously oriented people. “I think that the popular conception of Hemingway as sort of an ‘uber modernist,’ a man whose battlefield experience in World War I shorned him of any beliefs in anything absolute or anything divine or anything salvific can, and has, tilted most of the criticism away from a serious examination of Hemingway’s religious tendencies or impulses or orientations. And we tend to think of “religiously” inclined authors as sort of fanatics, as people who absolutely accept a particular dogma or religious orientation, to sort of ‘thump their bible’ about that,” said Pottle. “Hemingway’s Dark Night: Catholic Influences and Intertextualities in the Work of Ernest Hemingway” is available for checkout at the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.

LOCALS CONTRIBUTE TO ‘YEAR OF THE VOLUNTEER’ By Casey Saylor, Reporter Dallas area residents were drawn to the center of town to celebrate the Dallas Harvest Festival on Sept. 15. The central street closes once a year to allow vendors, local organizations, live performances, seasonal baked goods, and the best of the fall harvest to fill the streets and take the stage to celebrate the coming of autumn. This marked the 11th year for the festival, which was titled the “Year of the Volunteer.” “[We] want to recognize the Back Mountain organizations and the people who run them, giving generously of their time and talents to make our region a better place

Comerford has volunteered for three years. “I heard about the festival my freshman year,” she said. “And I just really wanted to get involved.” This was her second year volunteering in the kid’s corner, which Comerford describes as a fitting experience because she plans to work with children as a cognitive behavioral therapist in the future. Dallas Harvest Festival Committee member Darcy Brodmerkel is proud of students for volunteering, and said the Festival has never had a problem getting enough student help. Brodmerkel estimates an average of 120 students volunteer their

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Test Your Mood: Have you been feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? It is normal for college students to occasionally feel sad, anxious but if these feelings persist, it could be a sign of a mood disorder. The first step in determining if you have symptoms associated with depression is to take a free, anonymous screening. Misericordia University CAPS Center is offering screenings for students Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the CAPS Center (McGowan Hall Lower Level.) A screening will help you to better understand your mental health and whether it might be in your best interest to seek help. Interpersonal Therapy Group: This is for students who want to have better relationships of any kind. To figure out how to stop doing the things that are unhelpful and do more of what is helpful in building strong and meaningful relationships. and to feel better about themselves. Peaceful Mind Group: If you are someone who seems to worry about many things (or everything) or if you tend to feel a great deal of stress and anxiety, this group may be for you. Through a blend of discussion and experience of various relaxation and stress management strategies, students will learn how to quiet their minds and shut off the worry. The Women’s Body Acceptance Group: This group will engage in structured exercises to enhance participants own body acceptance and to dispel leading myths about body image. NOTE: This is not a group for those struggling with eating disorders. Those students who struggle with this issue are welcome to contact Dr. Cindy for individual sessions. All groups will start in October and take six to eight members. If you are interested or for more information about the CAPS Center of the student groups please contact Dr. Cindy March or Courtney Burgess-Michak. The CAPS Center is located in the basement of Alumnae Hall.

STUDENT ON THE STREET Apple announced the new iPhone 5s and 5c on Sept. 10. We asked students in Banks Student Life Center what they thought about the new and improved Apple products. If you have a question you would like us to ask, email the newspaper editorial staff at

“In all honesty I didn’t know the iPhone 5s was coming out until just now,” said GLNS major Nick Remsky.

“I don’t know much about the new iPhones, but I like the colors,” said business major DeAnna Darling.

“I am interested in getting a new phone, but I don’t know if I want this new iPhone or the Samsung,” said secondary education major Auraleah Grega.

“Until they actually innovate with the phone it’s not worth upgrading if you have an old one,” said English major John Whitsel.

“I think its ridiculous. I think it’s a huge marketing ploy,” said philosophy major Matt Boffa.

“It’s stupid. What reason could a person have for wanting one other than it being the newest thing?” said nursing major Mikayla Gillette.


Top, Brace’s Orchard sold a variety of fruit products to festival goers. Bottom, a volunteer paints childrens faces at the kids corner. to live, work and play” said an announcement on event’s website, The 2013 festival showcased five local charities: Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, Back Mountain Trail, Michael J. Cleary Scholarship Fund, Dallas High School Mini-Thon, and Back Mountain Memorial Library. Several students donated their time on Sunday to the construction, management and deconstruction of the festival’s attractions. Campus Ministry gave students the opportunity to work at several stations, including balloons, kid’s corner, food pantry collection and stage crew. According to Community Outreach Coordinator Kristen Samuels, 12 student volunteers signed up for service on Sunday, not including the men’s lacrosse team who gave their time to set up the festival and the men’s baseball team who tore down. Junior psychology major Leila

time each year, including the athletic teams. “It’s important for MU to help and support this community,” says Brodmerkel. “I appreciate that they come down.” The weekend of the festival also doubled as Family Weekend at MU. Brodmerkel said this is the first year where Family Weekend is scheduled separate from Homecoming, and that it was planned to coincide with the Festival. “It’s a great community day,” she said. “I’m lucky to work at a place like MU where we are thankful to be a part of Dallas activities. Dallas is the home of MU- it’s only right that we help out.” Multiple personnel from Penn State Wilkes-Barre also offered their time. Students interested in volunteerism are encouraged to talk to Samuels. Email her at ksamuels@



XC Team On Pace For Victory By Jimmy Fisher, Reporter

Both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams are making high place finishes at their meets only a couple of weeks into the season. On opening day at the Misericordia Invitational, the men’s team finished second out of six teams while the women’s finished third of seven teams. In the Lebanon Valley Classic, the women finished third out of 12 teams and the men finished second out of 10. Eight year head coach Chris Wadas said the first meet’s results were a bit of a surprise. “The first meet we were at our home meet, but we had a very good team come up in Dickinson. They are a top 15 team in the nation right now, but probably better from what I saw,” said Wadas. “We didn’t have our best meet. We were without one of our better guys. After that meet I wasn’t really sure. I knew we were working hard at that point, so I really didn’t expect much out of them, so with that said I was fairly happy.” “It was a hot night, it was 85 degrees, we have a difficult course at ours, and a 5k is a difficult distance to run on a hard course because of the nature of the event and how quick it has to be.” Wadas said he prepares athletes with a training program over the summer to get them into running shape for the season. The program helps runners increase how far and fast they can run over the course of their summer as they take workout little by little. Wadas said recent balmy weather has also helped his team because the season’s start is traditionally marked by the late August and early September heat. “It’s a struggle,” said Wadas. “We’ve got some good weather this year a little bit. Most of our races haven’t been too bad. I mean, the first one was hot. As far as training though, you get through the heat.” Wadas said he approached his workout regime differently this season to better prepare his students to run at a college level and not feel the effects when the season begins to dwindle and fatigue begins to set in.

“That helps them get accustomed to the college running. We kind of work them into their workout. We’re not putting them right into the hard work and beating them with races and running them down. We’re trying to work them into the system, trying to work them into their season, build their strength and work and let them kind of race a little bit into shape while we’re working on their strength. Their speed is not going to be quite there, but the way we do things, they’re going to be strong in the end and fast in the end, and we’ll try and eliminate some of the burnout both mentally and physically.” Wadas said he alters workouts each season to help acclimate to some of the students’ strengths. Sophomore Mikael Hause is coming off a very good first year in which he finished as a scoring runner in every meet. He also recorded the fastest time by a first year in school history at the Gettysburg Invitational.

Heading into his second year, Hause said that he didn’t do much differently to prepare. “I just stuck with that coach told me to do,” he said. Hause is optimistic and hopeful that the team will do good things once the postseason comes around. “Hopefully this year we’ll place higher in the MACs and maybe even higher at Regionals,” said Hause. “I think we got fifth last year, so our goal is to beat that for MACs.” On a team dominated by mostly first years on the women’s squad, senior captain Bridget Comiskey says this group is exciting and already doing better than last year’s. “We have a lot of new freshman that show a lot of promise, so that’s good,” said Comiskey. “I know a lot of us were a minute faster this year than we were last year in our last race, so that’s kind of exciting.” As co-captain along with fellow seniors Sara Sabatino and Julia

Blaskiewicz, Comiskey loves having the responsibility and said the leaders do their best to “make it fun for [the freshmen].” Comiskey said the off-season workout and Wadas’s training was helpful. “Usually coming in for preseason it’s hard to walk because we’d be doing hard things,” Comiskey said. “I think he understands that most of us aren’t ready for that when we first come in, so it’s nice to be able to complete a workout and feel like you did a good job, and I think that motivates us to do better.” Now in her final season, Comiskey said she doesn’t want to leave a legacy in terms of records or awards, but rather a good impression on the younger talent already on the team. “Just finishing it is a big accomplishment for me,” said Comiskey. “But I guess I would like to leave knowing I inspired the freshman.”

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By Rob Evans, Reporter

A new rule in college football automatically ejects players who target and contact defenseless players above the shoulders. This rule follows a recommendation made in February by the NCAA Football Rules Committee. The same guidelines apply when a player is ejected for fighting. If the foul occurs in the first half, the player will be ejected for the remainder of the game. If the infraction occurs in the second half, the player ejected for the remainder of the game and the first half of the next game. The rule is designed to increase

“I can’t speak for them, but I think if I was in their position, you have to see what you see. But this targeting rule that comes with a potential ejection, I’m sure they’re at least cautious in terms of not trying to make a mistake.” With no instant replay option, making the right call becomes even more crucial. Ross recognizes the pressure the referees can face. “I’ve seen it on the days we’ve had live officials. In a scrimmage there was a question about the targeting and they waved it off, so I think that’s the smart thing to do. Honestly, they’re handling


Members of the football team huddle at the end of the first home game on Mangelsdorf Field on Sept. 7.

Clockwise from top, first year Brenden Walker looks to pass a Lebanon Valley runner in a meet during Parent’s Weekend. First year Shadrack Kiprop inches toward the finish line to beat out the competition. Junior Rachel Harding focuses on her endurance during the cross country team’s only home meet of the season.

the safety of the sport, which has been the target of lawsuits by former players who claimed they suffered brain injuries after they retired from the game. Suicides have also been linked to brain injuries as a result of football. Last August, the NFL avoided years of litigation by reaching a $765 million settlement with former NFL players with head or brain injuries. College football has already felt the effect of the new rule. Through the first week of the college football season, 10 ejections were called in 75 Division I games. Head football coach Mark Ross has made it a point to emphasize the rules to his team. “It’s something we addressed very early, probably within the second or third day of training camp, maybe even before we got into camp,” Ross said. “The NCAA put videos out showing examples of what would be considered targeting and what wouldn’t be, and we showed them to the players.” Ross also stressed that playing smart is the key to avoiding the penalty. “The thing is, at our level, you’ve just got to be smart about where you hit a guy. The one thing we talked to our kids about is that you don’t need to leave your feet. If you leave your feet, you’re probably going to get that call because you’re trying to propel yourself.” Although 10 ejections were called during the first week of Division I play, three were overturned by instant replay. The luxury of instant replay is something that is not present at the DII or DIII in which MU plays. “I think the difficult thing is once you get below the FBS [Football Bowl Subdivision] level they’ve got video instant replay. So if they make a mistake, it’s fixable right then and there, and they don’t have to throw a guy out,” Ross said. At the DIII level, if a team makes a mistake there is nothing to do to get a player back in the game, Ross said. The referees are well aware that there’s no recourse once they make the decision to toss a player.

it well, and I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes, because any coach that loses a kid is going to be upset,” said Ross. Sophomore free safety Brandon Salazar hasn’t been in a situation in which he’s had to hold back on a hit, but there have been scenarios during practice in which he did. “There have been a couple of situations in practice where there’s a guy coming across the middle where I’ve held up, but you don’t hit them because it’s your own teammates,” Salazar said. The ejection and suspension change has forced Salazar to change the way he approaches the game, and he takes consequences into account if he is hitting a defenseless player. “If it happens in practice, coach immediately throws you out,” Salazar said. “And it’s the same as a game. So you definitely think about it because it’s a big thing now and [the NCAA is] trying to protect a lot of players.” Some rules in college football haven’t stood the test of time because of controversy, including the “halo” rule, which was removed from the rule book in 2003. The rule stated the kicking team was penalized if a player came within two yards of a returner before he caught the ball. The rule led to many borderline penalties and gave the returner a cushion as he tried to get away from the initial tackle. The rule was re-instituted this off-season with a one yard cushion. Ross believes the new rule is here to stay. “My gut feeling is it will stick because most of these changes are coming from the top-down, in other words, the NFL down, and the NFL wants to clean this stuff up. I think it needs to go down more. I think it should go down to the high school level, but I think it will stay because it’s a point of emphasis in the pros,” Ross said. “Player safety is important, but they can’t afford the litigation either, it’s going to cost them too much money so you got to do something to stop it.”

“It’s great fun and a great way to mingle with alumni and friends,” she said. “Our students have been very respectful of the rules.” Exclusive to the 2013 season is a series of tent parties celebrating Dr. Thomas Botzman’s first year as president. At each home game, a different crowd will be invited to the white tent outside the Science Building to help Botzman become more acquainted with students, parents and alumni. The 2013 football season marks the second year for the football team and the campus tailgating experience. Many students consider it a privilege and have been active participants from the start. For some people, football games and tailgating offer an opportunity to see distant friends and relatives during a time when schoolwork makes it difficult to travel and visit. “I went to the first game ever,”

cally for Homecoming Weekend, one aimed at tailgaters. Students could win a hosted tailgate party if they form the largest group of classmates and register for the tailgating event. The largest group will win a free space and food to serve their group. Each classmate must register individually and mention the “organizer” for their class before Sept. 25 to receive credit. The other Homecoming contest titled “Pin to Win!” challenges students to create a Pinterest board with favorite tailgating recipes, attire or games and then tag @ Misericordialum to be entered into a drawing for a prize basket of goodies. Alumni will vote for the most creative boards. Check out the Alumni Association’s “13 Reasons to Attend Homecoming Weekend” Pinterest board for inspiration.

Junior Erin Yanoshak tosses a bean bag, hoping to score a point for her team during the first tailgate of the season on Sept. 7.


American Tailgating Tradition Thrives for Cougars By Casey Salor, Reporter

Students, parents and faculty are not only spending Saturdays supporting the new football program, but they are also participating in a growing American tradition: tailgating. Campus tailgating is hosted by the Alumni Association, which has rules in place to keep the practice safe and fun for everyone. Tailgating parties accompany home football games and are located in the Science Building parking lot. Tailgating is allowed to begin as early as 10 a.m. and continue until the start of the football game at 1 p.m. Alcohol may be consumed by those of legal drinking age, but drinking alcoholic beverages is not permitted after the start of the football game. Students, parents, alumni, and faculty alike are invited to participate in tailgating, but participation requires advance registration. Parking spots are “sold” to

tailgaters for the duration of the football game. Students pay $5 per space per game, with a rate of $10 per space per game for nonstudents. Spaces are limited on a first-come, first-served basis. The funds raised benefit the Alumni Association to support safety officers and football game expenses. Originally, administrators were uncertain of the community’s ability to obey the University’s parameters for controlled partying. They decided to give it a try, and soon tailgating developed into what Denise Miscavage, Director of Alumni, calls “a surprising success.” Miscavage gives the campus community credit for making it successful. Not only do the new football and tailgating programs work to connect students and alumni, but they attract younger alumni as well.

said senior psychology and physical therapy major Emily Hullings. “It was MU at Gettysburg, and now my sister [who attends Gettysburg] is here for this season’s first game. She surprised me.” Students say relaxing, seeing friends and having a good time together are their favorite features of the tailgating experience. “The entire MU campus comes together to relax and be together,” said Hullings. With the largest sports weekend on campus less than a month away, registration for tailgating is well underway. The Alumni Association expects every one of the 200 tailgating spots in the lot to be filled for Homecoming Weekend Oct. 4-6. “When we get to Homecoming, this lot will be filled. Homecoming will be big,” Miscavage said. The Alumni Association is offering two contests designed specifi-



Football Helps to Fight to End Duchenne By Courtney Garloff, Print Editor

For one weekend in September over 500 schools and their football teams will join together to fight a common and fatal enemy: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. High schools, colleges and universities across the country will unite to support Coach to Cure Muscular Dystrophy Sept. 27 and 28. Duchenne is a specific form of muscular dystrophy, a muscle wasting disease, that affects young boys. “Muscular Dystrophy is the big umbrella title, the big disease, like cancer is, while Duchenne is the specific type,” said Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Parent Advocate Perlita Hains. On Saturday, Sept. 28 when the football team faces Wilkes University at 1 p.m. on Mangelsdorf Field, spectators will have the opportunity before, during and after the game to donate to Duchenne research and to find a cure for the disease. This year marks the sixth for the Coach to Cure games across the country. All games will happen on the same day, either Friday night for high schools or Saturday for colleges and universities. Penn State University, Lycoming College, Albright College, and Auburn University are just some of the other schools participating in this year’s event. All students, staff and family who wish to donate can text “cure” to the number 9099, and a $5 donation charge will be added to their next phone bill. Donors don’t have to attend the game that day - just text message or go online to donate. “It’s a great and easy way to donate. Almost everyone has a cellphone and the entire $5 donation

goes towards Duchenne research,” said Hains. The Coach to Cure games were started by a woman whose son was diagnosed with Duchenne and wanted to raise money through

“On that day you will see coaches from all over the country on TV. They will all be wearing the same Coach to Cure patch to show their support,” said Hains. Over the past five years the

charity devoted exclusively to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. To become a Coach to Cure game, all a school has to do is sign up. This is Misericordia’s first year.

The official logo for the Coach to Cure MD organization. The game is scheduled for Sept. 28 at home on Mangelsdorf Field at 1 p.m. the game her son loved, football. With help from her football coach brother, they started hosting a game to raise money and awareness for Duchenne. Last year over 10,000 college coaches and a record-setting 580 institutions from across the nation joined the fight against Duchenne, according to

Coach to Cure games have raised over $1 million for Duchenne research. Coach to Cure is a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association, a professional organization for over 10,000 college football coaches and staff, and the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a parent run organization, the largest national

“This is the cause that college coaches have chosen to take under their wing,” said Hains. Cheerleaders are also getting involved by carrying cans and asking around for donations from spectators. “It always feels good to help out people and help raise money for charity,” said sophomore physical therapy major and cheerleader

Kelly Keener. “I know people who are affected by MD, so knowing how this will help a lot of people really makes it worth it,” said Keener. Hains’s seven-year-old son Levi has been battling Duchenne since he was two. “He is the sweetest little guy and melts the hearts of everyone he meets,” said Hains. “Over time Levi’s muscles will waste away, and your heart is a muscle and it will affect his heart.” According to The Mayo Clinic, Muscular Dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage and breakage, and wear over time. These damaged muscles become progressively weaker. There are 40 different types of Muscular Dystrophy, and Duchenne is the most severe form. The disease affects one in every 3,500 boys. Over 20,000 boys nationwide are currently living with the disease, according to Most boys affected by Duchenne have to be in a wheelchair between ages eight and 12. Duchenne has a 100% fatality rate and is typically diagnosed in boys ages three to seven. Even simple things like playing outside, walking and eating become increasingly more difficult as the disease worsens. “When Levi runs around his little muscles are deteriorating at an alarming rate,” said Hains. Because Duchenne is a muscle destroying disease, those who have it can appear to be normal little boys, but inside they are not. “He may look normal on the outside but his muscles are not. They are far from normal,” said Hains.

Viewfinder: Cougars vs. Red Devils in Freedom Opener

Clockwise, dribbling down the field, sophomore Chelsea Lahr maintains possession for the Cougars. The game against Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham was played on Mangelsdorf Field Sept. 16. Running towards the ball, sophomore Allie Elmes looks to make a play down the field. The team is 1-6 for the 2013-2014 season, after a win against Keystone College. Last season the team finished with a 4-15 record. Keeping the ball away from an opponent, junior Danika Watto looks to pass the ball up the field. The Red Devils defeated the Cougars 3-2 during this match. The field hockey team’s next game will be against Haverford College on Sept. 25 at home on Mangelsdorf Field at 4:00 p.m.


Join RHA! The Residence Hall Association is looking for new active members. Apply today by visiting the Residence Life tab on EMU. This organization is the voice of students living on campus. Contact a member with any problems or concerns and they will be able to help resolve them! For more information contact Lori Busch at

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Continued from page 1 postulating as to why the Senate would want to keep the change from happening. “I think the primary reason was financial in nature. How would they pay for the program if the interest rate was lower than they thought reasonable or acceptable? That, actually, is a part of the agreement. They debated ’how do we pay for this if we allow the rate to stay where it is?’ and they agreed that the cost of keeping the rate low would be offset by closing some tax loopholes for energy companies,” said Dessoye. While that’s good news, it comes with a caveat: Because student loan interest rates are tied to the treasury, certain events could make the rates go up even higher than they were before. If the US economy were to take a hit because of something like war, students could be worse off. Sophomore Jacob Honoosic has mixed feelings on what this could mean for students. “With the loan rates getting locked in at any one time it can either be a blessing or a curse for someone. If you happen to be lucky enough to get locked in during a lower year, then no matter how much it goes up you’re locked in at three, four percent. If you take out a loan where the rate is at the cap, then you’re stuck paying that insane interest rate for the rest of that loan’s life,” said Honoosic. He said even though he is starting his sophomore year, he’s worried about what the future may hold in regards to the cost for borrowing for school. He is concerned about his ability to pay back his loans after he graduates, based on the economic climate at that time. While he is in a good position right now that could change at any time. “I know that I’m going to have to have a job set up after I leave here, because six months after I graduate people are going to be knocking on my door asking where the loan money is. And yeah, I got lucky with a low rate this year, but what about next year and after that? Am I going to be able to cover that cost?” Honoosic said. He said there are strategies he will use to increase the likelihood that he will be employed shortly after graduation, but the thought of not being able to pay his bills when the time comes is a still nagging fear. “If the cards don’t come out, and I don’t get one [job] maybe even a year after graduating I’m going to have people calling for loans that I’m not going to be able to pay. I would have no real assets that I could liquidate, and I don’t even know how I would go bankrupt if I have nothing to go bankrupt on,” Honoosic said. Borrowers are prevented by law from discharging student loan debt through bankruptcy.


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