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Students ‘Move On Up’ To The White House

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It may not have an Oval Office but MU students call this White House home. Check page five for story and more photos.

POTA comes to NEPA Locally hosted conference provides opportunities for OT majors in the area. By Katie O’Hearn Reporter MU faculty and students are gearing up for the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) Conference scheduled October 22 and 23 at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. MU and five other Pennsylvania occupational therapy (OT) schools will staff booths promoting postgraduate opportunities. MU students will provide information about university-specific programs to anyone interested in continuing their careers. The conference is an opportunity for OT professionals to stay connected with each other and enhance their careers by learning about the latest research and methods. Co-chairing this year’s conference are MU professor Dr. Lalit Shah and Dr. Carol Cote from the University of Scranton. In prior years the POTA conference was held in major Pennsylvania cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and King of Prussia. Shah, POTA District III delegate and executive officer, facilitated the shift to a local community setting. He felt it was important to vary the

conference’s annual location because Pennsylvania is a large state with six different districts within POTA. Shah’s vision was motivated by his desire to promote POTA and increase awareness of the local chapters, and this inspired Shah to bring the issue to the attention of the Central Conference Committee. The committee consulted with POTA’s president and decided to have Scranton host this year’s conference. The weekend-long event includes 40 poster presentations, 65 podium presentations, and a keynote speech by Dr. Janice Burke, the OT department chair at Thomas Jefferson University. Burke will discuss developments within the OT profession in the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre area as well as constructing interactive encounters. The theme of this year’s POTA conference is “Stay connected and recharge your career in the Electric City.” The theme was inspired by Scranton’s local identity as the Electric City. MU earned Platinum sponsor status by donating $3,000 to the conference. All occupational therapy (Continued on page 2)

GLBTQ finds ‘ALLY’ on campus ALLY program promotes environment of education, acceptance for all at MU. By Gia Mazur Reporter The number of students taking part in the ALLY program to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning population is the largest ever, and faculty and staff involvement continues to grow. September 22 marked the first ALLY meeting of the school year and both students and faculty attended. Members help raise awareness on campus about GLBTQ issues and educate students about the importance of equality.

Kit Foley, Dean of Students, was encouraged by the attendance. “The number of students this year that have come out to address issues that ALLY focuses on has been incredible,” said Foley. Increased involvement means there will be more ideas from members about activities and events, which the group plans to educate students who may not be familiar with the GLBTQ population. ALLY also aims to raise aware-

ness and prevent injustices against the GLBTQ population. The group may plan debates and movie nights that could involve other human rights groups on campus such as the Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE) and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), as well as groups from different schools. The University of Scranton has an ALLY program and there are several regional ALLY committees in Northeastern

Pennsylvania according to Jackie Polito, MU senior and president of ALLY. This would not be the first time that MU’s ALLY program joined forces with another GLBTQ program. MU hosted a “Gay in NEPA” panel with Keystone College’s Gay Straight Alliance in April for ALLY week. The panel included a gay couple who own a business in the Back Mountain, an openly gay male, an openly gay lesbian, and a transgendered

ALLY Facts to Know GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered) persons are a part of every social class, religion, race, age and lifestyle. A person’s sexual orientation cannot be caught or taught. A person’s sexual orientation is not a choice. Homosexuality is not a mental or emotional disorder. At least 10% of the general population are gay and lesbian. As many as 40% of the population have had gay, lesbian, or bisexual experiences. (Continued on page 2)

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Counseling and Psychological Services help students resolve issues interfering with educational and professional goals. By Jake Rakestraw Reporter Many college students call their day-planner their best friend. They schedule time for classes, time for work, time for extracurricular activities, time for their families, time for significant others, time for fun. The balancing act during the formidable period between students’ teenage years and early adulthood may take its toll. Personal issues may leave students searching for a release from the chaotic smorgasbord. That’s where the Counseling and Psychological Services [CAPS] Center comes in. Center staffers are dedicated to assisting students work through their issues and find solace and security. CAPS’ exists to assist students as they address personal and developmental issues that may hinder their ability to achieve

their educational or career goals. Students seeking guidance or simply someone to listen can find professionally licensed counselors and psychologists who lend their ears and advice in complete confidentiality, free of charge. The center offers individual and group counseling, referral and consultation services, crisis intervention and workshops. CAPS sponsors various on-campus groups, including Peer Advocates, Sexual Assault Peer Educators [SAPE], Substance Abuse Peer Educators, Healthy Options Peer Educators [HOPE], and Active Minds. The Center is hosting a recycling drive during the month of October. CAPS is collecting shampoo, beverage, milk, detergent and pharmaceutical caps. Students can deposit their

caps in one of the decorated boxes placed in the residence halls, Banks Student Life Center lobby and Blacktop Lounge. CAPS hosted a “Come Celebrate our Name” Open House on Monday, October 11th from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Center for students. The fun included free giveaways, music, various activities. Junior Jonathan Weiss won the grand prize raffling of an Ipad touch. Interested students can visit the Center located on the lower level of McGowan Hall. It is open 8:30-4:30, Monday through Friday. After hours counseling is available in the event of an emergency. For more information on CAPS, log onto EMU and check out the channel under the Campus Services tab.

Grief Support Group Eating Concerns Group Relationship Issues Group

GLBT Support Group Learn to Relax Group lower level McGowan Hall

SGA fights for student rights Members of SGA learn how to become leaders while better the MU campus for others

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By Jake Heller Reporter Parking Problems, check. Resident’s woes, check. Food feuds, check. The eight members of MU’s Student Government Association can check those off of their list as they balance tackling problems on campus, representing the student body on various college committees, acting as the governing body of the campus clubs and facilitating the parking appeal process. SGA holds an open meet-

ing at least once a month on Sunday evenings in the McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino where students have the chance to voice their comments and concerns. Kit Foley, the Dean of Students, feels SGA is a significant part of campus. “The students need a voice, and need to bring forward any concerns they might have,” said Foley. SGA has a ‘to-do’ list that is nearly four pages long,

President AJ Heintz

Treasurer Meghan Franz

Commuter Coordinator Meghan Kane

Academic Coordinator Anthony Cavello

Vice-president Matt Earnie

Secretary Gabriela Vitorino

Judicial Coordinator Greg Vossler

Residential Coordinator Stephen Burnett

but the cabinet members slowly checking things off. “Our biggest accomplishment has to be our ability to stay focused and get stuff done. There’s a lot of things that people want us to do,” said Judicial Coordinator, senior Greg Vossler. Vossler works to help

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Above, first year Rebecca Hindman orders food in The Cougar’s Den line. The Cougar’s Den extended their hours to feature a ‘late-night’ menu.

students with the parking appeal process. Students who wish to fight a parking ticket must file an appeal in order to be considered for an appeal granted by the board and associate director of Campus Safety, Robert Zavada. SGA board members have

two office hours per week. Students who are interested in starting a club, have a concern or wish to speak with a member of SGA can visit their office located in the Banks Student Life Center or email sgovern@ misericordia.edu.

POTA, Cont’d. Continued from page 1 professionals, presenters, and students in Pennsylvania are welcome at the conference. Scranton’s Mayor, Chris Doherty, will give a speech at the opening ceremony. More than 400 occupational therapy professionals and students across the state have registered, and Shah said the event is an opportunity. “I am proud of the committee work we have been doing and hope to generate enough enthusiasm among local occupational therapists so some of them will come forward and take leadership roles in local POTA District III,” he said. MU’s OT fieldwork coordinator Dawn Evans is the POTA chair of the People Power committee and the Secretary for District III POTA for the past eight years. She has been a member of POTA and AOTA since college. “As the fieldwork coordinator, I hope a lot of Misericordia University students can come and participate so they can get exposed to students and professionals within the occupational therapy profession and start making connections,” she said. According to Evans, MU’s entire OT faculty is involved in the event including five faculty members on the main conference committee. Twelve students are People Power volunteers who will help run the conference under Evans’ supervision assisting the conference attendees, presenters and technical staff. Shah and Evans are working closely with the University of Scranton’s OT department. Evans is arranging volunteer opportunities with student input. Students received

notification about the conference and the opportunity for involvement over the summer via e-MU. Students applied by September and local representatives were chosen in a random selection. Students will be representing MU, The University of Scranton, Pittsburgh University, Elizabethtown College, and Catham University. Evans is looking forward to having all of the institutions and OT students working as one team for two days. She said it is exciting that this year’s conference will be in Scranton, and she feels it is an opportunity to showcase MU and highlight the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre area. Sara Ravier, a member of the occupational therapy weekend program, hopes to get a good perspective on current opportunities and research in OT. She feels that as a weekend student unable to participate in oncampus clubs, attending the conference is a great way for her to network. The Local Conference Committee is supervised this year by Shah and chaired by MU’s Dr. Joseph Cipriani along with Stephanie Maciolek from Allied Services and Erin Kramer, an MU OT student and teaching assistant. The Registration Committee is supervised and chaired by MU OT staff Gwen Bartolacci and Jennifer Rugletic Washko. The People Power Committee chairs are MU OT fieldwork coordinator, Dawn Evans and recent graduate Amy Kozik. They will supervise all student volunteers from institutions across Pennsylvania.


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Boredom

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By MICHELE DRAGO Fashion Columnist

The one fashion necessity I can’t go a day without is hands-down my prized Ray Ban shades. They are definitely the newest and oldest fashion accessory to make a comeback in the last year. The Bans are where it’s at. I know I can’t go without the pair I purchased for a little over $60 at TJ Maxx---talk about a deal! Oh, my first pair, it feels like yesterday I was ecstatic to find the popping pair on the cluttered Maxxinista sunglass rack. I have been addicted to this classy work of glass and plastic ever since. Now I’ve shopped the streets of Wilkes-Barre to see how much a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers cost and the price won’t really break a college kid’s slashed savings. The Wayfarers are around $110, but compared to Christian Dior’s $400 duds, Bans

steal the spotlight. I think the big fuss over the futuristic fashion frames is that not only can you wear them with just about anything you pull out of the closet, but the well-made glass is fit for a fight. Anyone who doesn’t know what Ray Bans are needs to catch-up on Marie Claire because they are all over the pages of the fall must-have list. Okay, I have a deep confession to make. If it weren’t for Perez Hilton’s snapshots of celebs sporting their pair of Bans, I would have never known what they were, either.

But I’m not the only one on campus who is popping about the peepers. English professor James McCabe loves his shades and knows his fashion. Whether he’s working at MU in the English department, creating savvy entertainment with Fantasy Camp Productions or starring in the Style Savvy section of the Times-Leader, he’s got his Ray Bans in tow. McCabe pairs them with anything from a suit to jeans and a t-shirt from his vintage western shirt collection. He says he never leaves home without his Wayfarers. I dug deep and got the dish on why McCabe thinks these frames are so legendary. “Certainly, I think it’s got a lot to do with the quality and style, but I also think the fact that so many celebrities, especially classic celebs, have been photographed in them. Iconic photos of John F. Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, etc certainly lead to a lot of new fans,” he said. I couldn’t agree more with the wise words of this Ray Bans enthusiast. Who would have ever guessed that these stylish shades were established in 1937--- I know I definitely wouldn’t. These glasses are the ultimate necessity for any fashionista seeking a perfect touch to any outfit. I know one style savvy MU employee who would love to talk the designer dirt on his fashion sense. Find

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By Amanda Mericle Entertainment Columnist

Instead of seeing night clubs and five-star restaurants line every street corner as bright, neon lights flicker in the sunset, we lucky folks of ‘The Valley’ see sprawling fields amidst rows of neighborhoods shadowing a different era. We ‘Valley-ites” cannot roll out of our beds and walk to the beach or hail a cab to Chase Stadium to sit behind the dugout of the New York Yankees. Instead of strolling down to Little Italy for a late night panini, we go to the Cougar’s Den for a Turkey Americana. Snooki and her fellow Jersey Shore comrades beat-up the beat to the latest tracks in Seaside Heights’ hottest dance club, Karma while, we strut our stuff on the dance floor of the Woodland’s Club Evolution until “t-shirt time” is over. Nevertheless, we’ve accepted the fact we don’t call New York City or the 90201 zip code our home. The valley at first glance may seem a bit boring. Believe me, I have heard “there’s nothing to do” so many times before and I admit I’m also guilty of complaining that I wish I called the Concrete Jungle home. I know that sounds really depressing, but wait! In about 10 seconds, we will reveal a huge secret . In fact, it is probably a good idea to sit down and read this because it is pretty shocking. Ready? Here it is -- the valley has tons of sights to see and things to do. Dallas alone is filled with some promising places full of lively fun hidden among the cemeteries. My fellow columnist and I will offer our discoveries of

what’s-in and -what’s-out in The Valley. I’m a reality television fanatic and have been dreaming of having fun on 5th Avenue like Whitney Port way before I ever watched “The City” in my Swoyersville living room. So I’ll give you the insider low-down, way better than Jonathan Cheban and his Command PR crew on E!’s “The Spin Crowd.” My co-writer is a burger loving, adrenaline junky from the south. He definitely has the pulse on where the best barbeque joints and extreme hang-outs are around town. From Scranton to Kingston to Dallas, we know the hookups and hidden gems of the 5-7-0. After reading our column the dullness of your life will be replaced with bright, shiny colors. Say goodbye to rainy days spent lying in bed and wave ‘au revoir’ to your old pal, Boredom. In the upcoming columns we will tell you about the restaurants with most delicious dishes that offer you the most for your money and provide you with exciting things to do you that you may never have thought of before. Zip-up your jackets and get ready for next time. We’ll take a little road trip down the Dallas Highway and show you where you can get Mac-n-Cheese that will send your Kraft boxes flying right into the garbage, a restaurant that celebrates with a disco ball and an up-beat version of the ‘Happy Birthday’ song and a place to let your inner

ALLY, Cont’d. Continued from page 1 young woman. Attendee feedback revealed it was an informative and interesting event. Members hope to reconnect with other schools because uniting to reach a common goal is what Polito feels is most important in educating others. “We reach out as a group and we gain so many supporters,” said Polito. “If we can educate them, they’re the ones that will teach everyone else.” Awareness is the first step to becoming supportive, understanding, and open-minded, traits that Polito feels make an ALLY. While meetings are an important part of the ALLY program, education and a willingness to help are all that is required of members. “Pick up one of our brochures. There are definitions in there of what a ‘homosexual’ is. A tiny bit of understanding goes a long way,” said Polito. Awareness of GLBTQ issues is prevalent during October because it is GLBTQ month. October 11 was National Coming out day, and to raise awareness

ALLY members “came out” for equality for the GLBTQ population. The group also sold purple ribbons in memory of the young boys who recently committed suicide over bullying for their sexual orientation. The ribbons are to be worn on October 20 to show support for the GLBTQ community and to stop acts of hate and violence. The ALLY program strives to continue to maintain a campus where hate crimes do not occur. MU’s mission makes it the perfect place for support, Foley said. “Clearly, the charisms of the Sisters of Mercy help us to create the community that we have here where we respect the individual,” said Foley. “The ALLY program helps to educate the campus on the issues that members of our GLBTQ community face.” Polito hopes to continue awareness efforts. She feels that the more young people who are involved, the more they may encourage their friends to join the fight for equality.

was easy to relate to her character’s moments of pain and joy her character. “Everyone has been hurt, disappointed, devastated, ecstatic and head-overheels in love at some point in their lives. We both have big hearts and are determined, but we also share some of the same flaws such as being stubborn and too honest at times which doesn’t always work out so well,” said Papciak. Both performers started

their careers at young ages. Woolnough began acting in a production of “A Christmas Carol” as Tiny Tim in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. Papciak got her start with her role as Cinderella’s stepsister in a school variety show. They say they were bitten by the acting bug. Woolnough was involved in community theaters and starred in local commercials throughout his adolescence. He pursued an acting

competitive child run free.

out who---next time.

Buy, Sell, or RENT? MU student and staff member star in local musical production. By Catie Becker Reporter MU’s Scott Woolnough and junior Elizabeth Papciak will take the stage as two of the main characters in ”RENT” this month at the Music Box Dinner Theatre Playhouse in Swoyersville. The cast, under the direction of T. Doyle Leverett, will present the late Jonathan Larson musical that features a group of young people learning to thrive during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the New

York City’s bohemian East Village. Woolnough, who plays Roger, said the most prominent theme is spiritual awakening and the realization that time is limited and people must live in the moment, even if it is scary. Woolnough, a military and Broadway veteran, is a Learning Specialist in the Student Success Center [SSC] and works specifically with students struggling with learning dis-

abilities. He will be taking on a darker, more mysterious image by portraying Roger, a rock musician and recovering drug addict who recently discovered he is HIV positive. Woolnough describes Roger as a recluse who has lost faith in himself, life and love. “Everybody has a point in their lives when they feel that all hope is lost,” he said. Woolnough said he has trouble embodying the

character despite his understanding. He researched the early 90’s rock scene and the various influences Roger may have encountered. “He got a certain attitude and look that would personify Roger and once I had that template, I added the sorrow and despair, which would have weighed heavily on him.” Papciak plays Joanne Jefferson, a stubborn, strong-willed lesbian New York lawyer. She said it

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Field hockey forms bond on and off the field Coach makes history The team forms tight-knit relationships that help boast wins and morale.

Coach Stahovic sets a new career record with 100 field hockey wins.

By Ellen Hoffman Reporter Dedication, chemistry and consistency are three words that define MU’s field hockey team. One key player is gone from last season but the Cougars came prepared and ready to win when the season kicked off in September. The players attribute their success to their chemistry both on and off the field. “I’ve played with most of the girls on the team for the past two to three years. I feel like that has given us the opportunity to learn how to play together,” said senior Katie Kilmer. The Lady Cougars posted a big win against Mountclair. Last season, Mountclair took control of the game and came out on top. This year the Cougars showed their opponent they were prepared. “It was a very intense, close game. But we came together again as a team and played like we know how,” said Junior Haley Ellis The field hockey team seems to be coming together at all the right moments.. Head coach Robyn Fedor-

Stahovic said field hockey is a team sport and supporting teammates is key to the success of any season. “Without your teammates feeding you the ball and supporting you up the field, it’s not going to happen. In order to be successful you have to do all the little things. Then the big things will come,” said Stahovic. Big things came for the field hockey team with their 5-0 win against Manhattanville’s Valiants. The victory marked Stahovic’s 100 career win. “Having this game at home was great because we could have all of our fans there along with our coach’s family,” junior Kelsey DeBruyne said. Players can come together off the field as well. Last spring, DeBruyne’s mother passed away and her teammates and coaching staff showed their allegiance. The team has enacted a new motto for this season: Play Fierce. “It’s the one saying I always remember my mom telling me before field hockey games,” said DeBruyne. The team also

Remaining Field Hockey Schedule 2010 October 20 Home at 4 p.m. vs. Delaware Valley October 23 Away at 1 p.m. vs. Eastern October 26 Home at 4 p.m. vs. Wilkes October 28 Away at 4 p.m. vs. Marywood wears purple shirts for warm-ups in honor of the late Carol DeBruyne. Stahovic and the coaching staff have aspirations for the incoming class of players. “All of our freshmen have something to contribute. They all haven’t come out of their shells yet, but as the season progresses they are getting more comfortable with the system and program,” said Stahovic. Freshman Rebekah Bisset said she feels she is already a part of the MU

field hockey family. “I’m enjoying getting to know all of the upperclassmen. They are extremely helpful with any difficulties we have, whether or not the problems are related to hockey,” said Bisset. The Cougars expect to end to their season on a strong note. Senior Amanda Blank hopes to make it far after the regular season ends. “There would be nothing more pleasing than to win in our conference as a senior,” said Blank.

Check out the entire MU Cougar sports schedule online at athletics.misericordia.edu

By Josh Horton Reporter Field hockey coach Robyn Fedor Stahovic said if someone told her when she began coaching that she would win 100 games, she wouldn’t have believed it. In her ninth season as head coach and eleventh as a member of the coaching staff, she has the most wins of any field hockey coach in the history of the program. Coach Stahovic said she is thrilled to have achieved such a milestone but knows she couldn’t have done it without her players. “It is a great honor to have won over 100 games, but this isn’t just me. It is every player who has ever played for me and every coach I have ever coached with. I couldn’t have done it without them,” she said. Stahovic spent many years around the sport and modeled her unique coaching style from others. “I have had many different coaches over the years. Take all of the little pieces that you have learned along the way and put it together and hopefully it all comes together and works out well,” she said. Her players say the honor is well-deserved. Former goalie and MU alumni Liz Kovalchick attributed Stahovic to her success since graduation. “She fostered a family among the players along with rules

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around politeness, treating competitors with respect and conducting yourself in an appropriate manner. Playing field hockey under Coach Stahovic is not just a game. She built growth and fostered success in her players to help them grow into something more,” said Kovalchick. Stahovic pursued a degree in physical therapy at MU but found that her true passion is coaching. “I love physical therapy, but the impact you can make on someone’s life over four years is much greater than the impact you can make on someone through two weeks of therapy. I love being able to watch them grow and develop and mature. Now I am going to their weddings,” she said. Stahovic keeps busy throughout the year serving as the head coach of the women’s field hockey and lacrosse and is a mother to two toddlers. “I am thankful every day that this is what I get to come and do. Sometimes you’re a psychologist, sometimes a coach, mom, sister. There is a lot that goes on other than just coaching. That’s the best part about it. I love being a part of their lives and helping them be successful in real life,” she said.


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The White House is a symbol of the presidency, the United States government and the American people, and 200 years of history embodies the famous 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address. Students may dream of one day calling the 132 room, six level mansion – home. Those pining for an elite housing option can settle for MU’s own White House located outside the arches of main campus. 12 upperclassmen and one Resident Assistant live in the off-campus housing option. Interested students can opt for a home, rather than a dorm, during the annual Room Lottery. The White House is equipped with bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room, porch and a safe and provides students with all of the basic university services provided to students living in on-campus dormitories. The future of the White House appears prosperous. Assistant Director of Resident Life AJ Nudo said the White House has operated for several years as a student house and is expected to continue in that manner. Students can’t live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue just yet but they can live in the quaint White House thereby joining MU’s “Lake Street Elite.”

Photos by: Mark DeStefano Above, a hardwood staircase leads students up to the second floor.

Above from left; Seniors Justin Muthler, Marc Ingoglia and Dave Herman relax and socialize inside the white house. Below left, bathrooms feature clean white sinks and large mirrors. Below right, a big screen television is the focal point of a gathering room.


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Students got more than they expected on a weekend NYC trip. By Auraleah Grega Reporter MU honor students explored New York City for a weekend more dangerous than expected. Most participants canoed, toured the sights and shopped while two others floated down a river. Students began their weekend with a walking tour of the 23 mile long Bronx River. They endured the tour as the cold rain and whipping wind stung their cheeks as they explored the only true river in New York City. They unloaded their canoes at the river’s reservoir. They filed like animals on Noah’s Ark as they entered

the canoes, two by two and paddled upstream against the current. Mid-journey, history professor and chair of the honors program, Dr. Tom Hajkowski and student Jacob Hebda tipped their canoes and spilled into the river. Hajkowski joked about the experience. “The shower, after swimming for my life, was my favorite part,” he said. The students and professors were soaked and exhausted after their trek. They checked into the hotel and headed to the greek restaurant, Ithaka, for authentic greek cuisine. Students tasted dishes of

Skordalia (cold potato with garlic and almond), Keftedakia (seasoned meatballs) and Loukoumades (donuts drizzled with honey and walnuts). Students spent their last day in the city with a tour of the Museum of Modern Art and viewed pieces by Picasso, Monet and Cezanne. Hajkowski said that the trip was a success despite his experience in the water. “The trip went great! It was certainly unique considering the canoe trip and also combined education and different urban experiences,” he said.

Colleges Against Cancer Pink Week 2010 October 25-29 Pink Week T-shirt sale Monday October 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Lobby of the Banks Student Life Center

Add pink streaks to hair and receive pink manicures for a donation to the American Cancer Society Tuesday October 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lobby of the Banks Student Life Center

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Members of the Honor’s trip canoe through garbage in the Bronx River, NY.

RENT, Cont’d. Continued from page 3 career in New York and appeared in a national tour of an off-Broadway production of “Hamlet.” He said he realized that he needed to establish a stable career and it was then that he turned to his other passion, teaching. His portrayal of Roger will mark his first

performance since he left New York and his first in the area. Papciak is a veteran to the Music Box’s stage. She played Jan in “Grease” in July of 2008 and Joanie in “The Full Monty” in 2008. She put off her acting career due to school but

said she knew she had to audition for “RENT.” “RENT” begins Friday October 15 and runs every weekend in October. For performance information and ticket prices go to www. musicbox.org.

YOUR LAST SHOT

Wear pink, Pink Human Ribbon Wednesday October 27, 12 noon Lawn of McHale Hall

Pink exercises - free Zumba, kick boxing and yoga exercise classes for those sporting pink gear. Thursday October28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Front lawn of the Banks Student Life Center

Halloween party Thursday October 28, 9 p.m. Banks Student Life Center’s Metz Dining Hall

Raffle for a Cure, pink cupcakes and pink lemonade sales Friday October 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Lobby of the Banks Student Life Center

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From top Rachel Vern and Danielle Grekkus ride solo on the Fireball ride at the 156th Annual Bloomsburg fair on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 in Bloomsburg, Pa. Attendants of the fair enjoyed live entertainment, thrilling rides and delicatable ethnic food.


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