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Vol. 58, Issue 2
The student voice of Holy Family University since 1954
Smoking restriction only applies to residence halls By Jennifer Gregory, Editor-in-Chief
By Hannah M. Sabo, Staff Writer The Tri-Lite would like to apologize for the con fusion our article, “Holy Family 25-feet closer to banning smoking on campus?” may have caused. Due to a miscommunication, it was understood by the writer of the article that the 25-feet rule applied to all buildings on campus. The TriLite would like to inform its readers that this restriction only applies to residence halls. Holy Family University has four areas of residence: Stevenson Lane Residence, St. Joe’s Hall, Gardens Residence, and the various Duplex apartments along Frankford Avenue. Again, we apologize for the miscommunication. b
Teeing-off for scholarships By Jenna Spadaccino, Assistant Editor
Duplex apartments damaged after Hurricane Irene
oly Family University’s 23rd Annual Golf Classic was held on October 3rd, at Spring Mill Country Club. The event is a fundraiser benefitting student financial aid. Many golfers were there to help support Holy Family University Financial Aid, along with University faculty members and staff. All of the proceeds from the event benefit student financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants to Holy Family University students. Not including this year’s outing, the University has raised more than $900,000 for the golf outing according to Lorraine Borisuk, Development Representative of the Institutional Advancement Division who attended the golf classic. To help support the school, for the second year in a row was Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent, of the Philadelphia Flyers. Photo by Jenna Spadaccino Bernie Parents shows off his Parent went to every hole, conversing with Stanley Cup Ring. the golfers. There was also a hole-in-one contest along with raffles prizes, a silent auction, and a signed Bernie Parent golf putter. Each year the amount of funds for the golf outing has increased, Borisuk said. In its first year, the golf outing raised $25,000 and has been increasingly successful since then with last year’s golf outing raising more than $53,000 for student financial Photo by Jenna Spadaccino Bernie Parent (middle) with other golfers. aid.
uring the weekend of August 27 - 28, Hurricane Irene bought on a slew of damages to citizens of the Northeast region. There was flooding, numerous power outages, and college dorm move-in cancellations. New and returning students moving into Holy Family residences were postponed until Monday and Tuesday. In addition, all weekend activities were cancelled for the safety of the students and faculty. After the torrential wind and rain, Holy Family students were allowed to settle into their respective residences. Unfortunately, for some residents, this move was a transition into an environment that offered less than suitable living conditions. The Duplex Apartments traditionally consist of upper-classmen students that are seeking extra independence by living in a residence off-campus. The amenities include a living room, dining room, kitchen, and two bedrooms for housing three to four students. While this seems like the most comfortable residence offered, student opinions indicate otherwise. A resident of the duplexes noticed how much damage the apartments incurred after the hurricane and had qualms with the way maintenance has been provided in light of the current problems. “Since I have moved in there have been a series of maintenance issues that have taken place,” the resident said. “Once the hurricane hit things had gotten worse. My door was destroyed with water damage and my carpet in the foyer was completely saturated.” That’s not all. Over the course of a few weeks, a pungent odor lingered in the apartment, mushrooms and weeds began to grow within the foyer area and an uncontrollable pest issue developed throughout the house. “Slowly and surely things have started to get done, but they are not finished,” the resident said. “My door is supposed to be replaced and it still hasn’t been. The only thing that has been done is that they removed my wet carpet and sprayed my basement with pesticides for the bugs.” Director of Residence Life Brett Buckridge, explained that Residence Life and maintenance works closely with maintenance to improve the buildings and correct any issues. “Maintenance works diligently to keep up with all of the student requests,” Buckridge said. “Any issue a student feels is outstanding I advise them to contact an Area Coordinator or myself. We will try to work with the students and might be able to give them more information then they are aware of.” Buckridge attributes many of the problems continued page 2
Duplex damage (cont’d) in the Duplexes to string of summer storms that brought a lot of rain and weather damage to both the Duplexes and certain areas of the University. Buckridge also reminds students that, “Any student work request is put into a queue and prioritized. I think some students do not realize along with student work requests maintenance is required to balance emergency repairs, proactive maintenance updates, as well as long-term projects that have already been planned for the entire campus. If any resident does have a maintenance issue we ask they email email@example.com. If they have an emergency they can contact security and an on-call staff member can respond.”
Bates Motel trip a success By Sandra Sykes, Staff Writer
oly Family University students had the opportunity to be scared out of their minds October 28. The Student Activities team offered students a trip to the well-known haunted attraction, Bates Motel. The Bates Motel has three main attractions: The Haunted Hayride, Bates Motel, and the Haunted Corn Maze. Randy Bates, the owner of this attraction, has been running the haunted hayride since 1991. The motel followed in 1996 and the corn maze in 2000. The hayride is now a fearful twenty-five minute ride through the forest of Arasapha farm. Over 75 actors and 25 scenes and sets make this ride a frightful bone-chilling experience. The Bates Motel is the actual haunted house. Inside is meant to give the illusion of being in a different world. While going through the house, one might see ghosts, moving floor boards; hear screams and howls and many more haunting surprises. The final part is the Haunted Corn maze in which daring victims travel on a haunted trail and may encounter some unwanted company. Karissa Steer, a senior at Holy Family, has been going on this trip since her freshman year., “I like the hayride ride,” she said. “But I thought the cornfield was the scariest because you didn’t know what was going to happen or what might jump out at you next. I like the idea of facing your fears and walking through, or in my case, my friends pushing me through!”
Halloween dance gets huge turnout By Hannah M. Sabo, Staff Writer Students came dressed in their costumes, and enjoyed an evening filled with refreshments, dancing and music provided by Holy Family’s own DJ Papo at the annual Student Government Association Halloween Dance October 21st. Prizes were given for the Best Individual, Best Couple, and Most Creative Costumes. The winners were Quail Man for Best Individual Costume, Fred and Wilma Flintstone for Best Couple and the Minion-
The Tri-Lite inspired costume from the movie Despicable Me for Most Creative. The dance was a successful event according to SGA member Jonathan Dick, “Without counting SGA, we had over 120 people come out for this dance. I can firmly say the SGA is so happy and thankful to everyone that came out. I feel that those who came showed us that students ARE interested in life on campus more so now than previous years. It’s incredible and makes me overjoyed to be a part of the hopeful transition in campus life,” said Dick. SGA Treasurer Sara Szymendera agreed with Dick, “The SGA-sponsored Halloween dance has grown in popularity among the students year after year. It would not be successful if it were not for the support we receive from the student body and their willingness to dance the night away with their friends,” she said. “I hope we can get an even larger crowd for the Spring Formal this year,” Szymendera
Betwixt and Between: paintings by Theresa Pfarr Announcing the Holy Family Art Exhibit & Panel Discussion: Betwixt and Between, paintings by Theresa Pfarr and Despair: A Limit to Hope a panel discussion led by Dr. Arthur Grugan & Fr. Mark Hunt Exhibition dates: November 2 - 29, 2011 Gallery Event: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Panel Discussion 4-5 pm Artist Reception & Gallery Talk 5-7pm Refreshments Served THERESA PFARR is a painter who works in Northeast Philadelphia and was trained at the University of Cincinnati and Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibit is mostly comprised of recent drawings, collage, and paintings completed since her return to Philadelphia after spending time living and working in New Mexico and California. The work is, as Pfarr states, “…inspired by the meanderings of the female image in our culture, as it addresses me, and as it is used for religious, commercial, propagandistic, and art purposes. I address related implications both personally, socially, politically and psychologically. I carry an incongruous collection of images in my mind, as they stuff my mailbox, invade and clutter my space. I respond, answer, and attempt to deflect their aggression through painting.” See http://theresapfarr.blogspot.com/ for images. ARTHUR A. GRUGAN, PhD Professor of Philosophy Education: BA, LaSalle University; MA, PhD, Duquesne University; JD Widener University School of Law Areas of expertise: 20th Century German and French philosophy; 19th Century German philosophy; Plato; Philosophy of Law; Phenomenology; Philosophy of Art; Philosophy and Literature; Ethics.
Areas of interest: 20th Century German and philosophy; aesthetics; James Joyce. Recent Publications/Presentations: Published Chapter:- “Hölderlin’s Der Tod des Empedokles: Erste Fassung” in Ambiguity in the Western Mind, New York: Peter Lang, 2005. “Wassily Kandinsky: Creative Breakthrough to Absolute Art,” presented at Holy Family Creativity Conference, Spring 2008. Favorite Quote: “Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves.” -Ranier Maria Rilke REV. MARK J. HUNT, STD Associate Professor in Religious Studies Education: BA, MA, St. Charles Seminary; STL, STD, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome) Areas of expertise: Scripture, Systematic, Mystical and Patristic Theology, Teilhardian studies Areas of interest: Relationship of Science and Theology, Jung and Christian Spirituality Recent Publications/Presentations: “Preaching the Gospel according to Saint Mark for Deacons” Favorite Quote: “My yoke is easy and my burden light (Jesus in Matthew 11:30)” and “The day will come after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, that we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. (Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)” Please join the Art Department at this Gallery Event. Visit the Holy Family Art Gallery Web Site: http://www.holyfamily.edu/ go to quick links: Art Gallery and on the BlackBoard page go to quick links Art Gallery Holy Family University Gallery is on the Lower Level of the Education and Technology Center, 9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114. Contact: Pamela Flynn pflynn@ holyfamily.edu
Holy Family observes Alcohol Awareness Week By Hannah M. Sabo, Staff Writer
hroughout the week of October 10, Holy Family observed Alcohol Awareness Week by providing students with information and activities regarding excessive drinking and intoxication. While the main events occurring during the week were meant to forewarn against the dangers of drinking, Holy Family students were also able to get this information in a safe, neutral environment. Pamphlets displaying resources about issues related to alcohol and drugs were provided in the cafeteria to interested students. Wednesday, students were provided with the opportunity to have “mock tails” as an alcohol alternative. The week kicked off with a program lead by hypnotist Keith Karkut entitled “ Alcohol Intoxication”. After beginning the program with a series of questions related to alcohol use and abuse, Karkut proceeded to hypnotize willing participants that he invited on stage. The participating students were then subjected
Features to various techniques of “mind control.” They were influenced to believe that bottled water alone was intoxicating them. The performance, although humorous, was meant to serve as a reminder to students to drink responsibly, and to help friends who have been drinking excessively. Nicole Keller describes her experience as a hypnosis volunteer, “I really can’t explain it. I can’t remember what I did. I’ve had people come up to me whom I’ve never met before knowing my name, and when I ask them if we’ve met before, their response is, ‘No, I saw you getting hypnotized and dancing with your brother.’ I have people who watched the hypnotism basically telling me what happened. The only thing I remember is I felt like I had just woken up once it was all done.” Alcohol Awareness Week is only as successful as the students make it by using the information provided to make safe decisions. For any student, gaining independence in college has an impact on the choices he or she makes. Hopefully, by promoting alcohol awareness, Holy Family has inspired its students to make choices that will lead them to be responsible adults and individuals.
Midterm madness By Amy Chu-Fong, Staff Writer
very fall semester, there is one dreaded week that most people do not want to face. MIDTERMS!!! Yell, scream, or cry, there was no running away from it. How did people handle the horrible week? In order to defeat their frightening enemies, (exams) students had to use their greatest weapon: their brains. “For preparing my two mid-terms,” said Katheresa Robinson, a nursing student, “I reviewed my notes that I take in class. Also, I read the questions and answer them from my study guides. Sometimes, I need outside sources for clarification. Not only do my notes and study guides help me, but also, flashcards assist me too.” Robinson stated that location is a key factor to focus studying in her midterms. “Quiet places help me keep focused and avoid distractions,” she said. “Use specific for time for specific classes, and remember to take breaks. I take breaks to get some food.” Time management is essential. If you plan your schedule, you are likely to follow through your schedule. Break times are beneficial. There is such a thing as “over-studying.” If you over-study your materials you may second-guess yourself on tests. Since there is limited time in a day, prioritize your time with each subject. Figure out which subject needs more time. And last, but not least: SLEEP.
Photo by Amy Chu-Fong Students engaged in an intense study session
Midterm madness By Amy Chu-Fong, Staff Writer
his year, Music Ministry had their firstever Fall Classic concert. “There is a main difference between Fall Classic and Tigerstock,” student leader Stephanie Morgan said. “Fall Classic is a time of fun and entertainment to relieve stress. We’re doing songs everyone knows. We will get people to interact with Music Ministry. For a preview, the Music Ministry guys will sing a girl’s song. Also, there will be a duet with Katie Blumenstock and Andrew McErlean, Jr., singing a song from Rascal Flatts.” New Music Ministry members feature Andrew McErlean, Jr., Alyda Dick, Mark Decker, Michael Decker, Devonee Fatcher, Tim O’Driscoll, Christian McDermott, and Caroline George. “The new members are mostly musicians. We got a drummer, guitarist, bassist, and violinist. The vocal members are stepping up to play guitar too,” Morgan said. Music Ministry is open to anyone who wants to sing or play an instrument. The club is moderated by Bill Monaghan, a Philadelphia singer and songwriter that has been in the music industry for ten years. “We [Music Ministry] have a good chemistry as a whole,” said Monaghan. “We’re an unstoppable force. We act serious in the beginning, and afterwards, we let our personalities fly around. We make things fun. There’s no competing; we showcase our talents. We are a big family.” “I think that over the past two years, we have gained a lot of credibility and have been able to [I guess] break out of our shells and expand in both numbers and ability to where we now, look, sing, play, and act like a really group,” said Katie Blumenstock, a Music Ministry member. “It’s great. I am really impressed with what we have accomplished,” she said.
A message from the Center for Academic Enhancement
re you surviving the end-of-semester craze? Come visit the Center for Academic Enhancement (CAE) for your academic needs. The Center has professional and peer tutors, from various fields of study, who are always looking to help students excel in their classes. Peer Tutor, Jennifer Mariani, has this to say about the center: “I have been at the CAE as a peer tutor in psychology for four years. I have never before experienced another Center quite like this. Every one of the professional and peer tutors genuinely cares about the success of the students they work with. The CAE has such a welcoming atmosphere that you instantly feel a part of our family. From the friendly smiles of the student support to the quality assistance of our tutors, students leave the Center feeling confident that they have a place to come back to when they need it. As a senior this year,
I am sad to leave the Center for Academic Enhancement behind. It has been like a second home for me, and I have learned so much from my fellow tutors and tutees, alike. Stop in and see us anytime! The Center’s hours are posted on the library doors and on our web site; we are located on the second floor of the library - look for the blue doors!”
Book review: “Matterhorn” By Michael McDonnell, Staff Writer
recently read a great book on the Vietnam War called, “Matterhorn” by Karl Marlantes, who was actually a Vietnam veteran. The book is fictional but Marlantes uses some actual experiences to back up the storyline. This is not your typical war story, in that it focuses on a brotherhood of soldiers that struggle with government orders and even sometimes themselves. When these soldiers fight together in the jungle, they share in the same struggles such as bug problems, bouts of depression, limited rations and ammo. They often are disappointed especially when helicopters were unable to fly in with relief and supplies. This helicopter issue led the soldiers to distrust their commanding generals as well as the government and they started to wonder why they were fighting here. Even though they fought bravely, it was during their down time that most controversial issues during the era came full circle. One such issue during this era was racism and Marlantes gave a vivid representation of this in the military. The black soldiers usually separated themselves from the white soldiers and tensions rose to such a degree, that it often became violent. Despite all these struggles, however, they attempted and succeeded in recapturing the hill, Matterhorn, that they previously were told to abandon. One thing I really found interesting in this book is how much the government intervened and manipulated statistics of the war. Marlantes showed a great example of how the government used propaganda by pointing out the inconsistencies of the kill counts of the Vietcong. He recounts a story when he was in the thick jungle along with fellow soldiers and they hear at least two enemies and shots rang out. They know they killed 1 enemy but weren’t too sure about the second one. They relay this information to a commander who bumps up these kills by two or three , as instructed by the government, and as the info goes up the ranks they keep adding more and more kills. By the time it got to the highest ranking general it was recorded as 10 kills. So, once this info reaches the public, it wrongfully displays that we were significantly destroying the enemy and winning the war, exactly what the government was trying to show. As Marlantes inferred, many times they were often outnumbered and they lost a lot of men.
Mission Matters: Searching for family
Stress management 101
By Gerald Wutkowski, Staff Writer
By Lance Tan
With all our challenges that we face every day, we find it hard to look back and see those who have helped us get to where we are today. Since we were born we had a specific group of people teach us what was right and wrong and the skills that made us the person we are today. Our family has challenged us to do our best to reach the top; always being there to helps us when we fall back down. However, while many of us live far away or have become distant with our own families on and off campus, we challenge ourselves to become the backbone for those who need us. Looking back on personal experiences, I have seen the love and need of a family at home and throughout the community. About five years ago, my family at home experienced a challenge unlike any others in the past. My older sister, my best friend who has been there with me since I was born, was diagnosed with kidney failure and in one night she was out of house and in the hospital. With no information given, I was forced into becoming the backbone for my brother and my family. With my parents always at the hospital with my sister, I at 14 years old was challenged to take care of my younger brother Photo from MacXClipartOf.com and my entire family. At the moment, I was doing what my parents told me to do, but today I see that I was the keeper of “normal” at home in between the madness that we were facing. When my sister finally came home, we began the process of waiting for a donor, a process where we were put at the bottom of a long list with very little of hope for a match. As the word spread throughout our community, people that our family barely knew as a name began to send their prayers and help. With the help of the community, our family began the long wait of the unknown. With no information in months from my parents and the doctors, I began to believe that we were waiting for the end. As the months added up along with the doctors bills with numbers you only see in the lottery, the challenge of family became more than real for the 14 year old who just wanted to fit in high school.
With the sense of hope long gone, I began to ask God why he had challenged our family with this great test. A test with more answers than I expected. With my mind filled with questions and very few answers, I came home to my mother saying, “we found a match for your sister!” I became speechless. The woman who came to help us was my uncles sister, a women we only saw on holidays, had become the lifesaver in our time of need. The night before my sister’s kidney transplant, I attended mass with my mother and brother for final prayers for a successful surgery. With an expectation of just the few of us and the donor, (“my aunt”), we walked into a church filled with the entire community. I could not believe that all these people came to help us, people we never knew. Till this day many of those same people continue to ask about our family. Many of these strangers took their time to make sure we were okay, a priceless gift that is not easily repaid. God puts many people in our lives that we easily push away ourselves without any reason. As we continue our journeys everyday into the unknown, we need to look at those that have made an impact. These people have given advice, sat with us when we were alone, and have been there when we needed them the most. Take a minute to think and search for those in your life that have made an impact, you may just find out that you have done the same for them. The qualities of a family stretch out farther then the walls of a home and those around you during the holidays. Take the time to share these qualities with others; you never know how much of an impact you make with a simple action. At the end of this experience, family is not just the ones you share Sunday dinner with; they are the people you share your lives with. Remember We Are ONE. If you have any response to Mission Matters: Searching For Family, you can submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Academic Enhancement (CAE) welcomes you, Holy Family Students! Please stop by the center for help with your classes. We are located on the second floor of the library. follow the signs and walk through the blue doors. Our tutors look forward to working with you!
any would think that college is a chapter of good times, higher knowledge, friendships, and a new sense of direction. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg. What’s beneath it is that college is also a chapter of challenges and struggles of the great demands and expectations that are put on the importance of education. College students experience a great deal of stress, especially when they are trying to balance a full time job, raise children, and/ or have a social life. The demands of doing many different things with very little time can become overwhelming. We have projects, tests, papers, homework, midterms, finals, co-ops, sports, and work. Stress can easily build without a good strategy of tackling these assignments. There’s also the pressure to do well, which it comes from within, that’s the inner drive, your inner motivation, pushing you succeed. Especially that everyone is competitive against to each other wanting to be the best and have good grades. The Methods of Healing website conducted a survey and found out that “71% of college students say their grades have a direct effect on their level of stress.” Pressure to do well can also be external. That’s your family, your friends, your professors, your coach—everybody who wants to see you succeed. Wanting to live up to their high expectations that they place on you, can be pretty stressful. Then there’s adapting to a new environment. Now this may affect some of us more than others, depending if you live here in Philadelphia or not, but going away to college means leaving everything behind that’s familiar to you. Especially that some students have never been away from home which can be a difficult adjustment. Then, once you’re here at Holy Family there’s social acceptance, peer pressure—these are issues we may face since we’re in a new environment. Also, wanting to fit in can be a challenge and often is. There are simple steps on how to manage your stress. A college student from Rochester Institute of Technology named Bailey Smith created an acronym to help us remember these five simple tips for managing our stress. The acronym is R-E-L-A-X: The first letter, letter R, stands for Recognize. We have to recognize the source of our stress before we can address it. Once you realize why you’re stressed, why not keep a journal or handbook? Write down everything that you feel and/or need to do because it will allow you to pin point any trends in your stress. The second letter, letter E, stand for Exercise. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine takes your mind off of problems you may have, and not to mention, it’s good for your body. It can be physical or mental exercise. So create a routine. Set aside time for exercise, for studying, for homework, and then schedule in downtime for yourself. In the end you’ll feel less overwhelmed and healthier. The third letter, L, L stands for Let it go. continued page 5
Features Stress (cont’d) Think about the stressful situation. Recognize it and ask yourself. Will it matter in five years? Will it matter in ten years? If it will matter, take a deep breath, organize your thoughts, and address the stressful situation piece by piece and step by step. If it won’t matter in five years or ten years then let it go. Stressing over small things is tiring and unnecessary. The fourth letter, letter A stands for Attitude. When you talk about school do you say things like, “Ugh this doesn’t make any sense, I’m never gonna learn this material.” Or “This class is so boring!” If you do that may sound pessimistic and doubtful. What you can do is try to self-reflect and adjust your attitude. According to a 2011 Stress Management article written by Ruth Chu-Lien Chao, “being optimistic and having a positive outlook has a direct connection with how we feel, even with how well we perform.” Now the last letter is X. You’re probably wondering what word she came up with to start with this, but it stands for eXtra sleep. All students need sleep for energy and recovery. Are you not getting enough? Maybe it’s because you’ve hanging out with your friends until two, three, or four in the morning. Why not cut down that time? You can still hang out with them, just not as long. Maybe you’re not getting enough sleep because you procrastinate causing you to pull an all-nighter, cramming for an exam, up till 5am. Why not make a better schedule? And then stick to that schedule. Don’t procrastinate. When you map out your time and you stick to a routine that works, you’ll realize that you have enough time to get everything done, even sleep. In the end we’ll be less frustrated when we get the sleep we needed. Above all, I hope you take away useful tips to deal with your stress so that college is more enjoyable. Even if you can’t remember what each letter stand for, just do what the word says, and RELAX.
Faith, love, and a cure By Jenna Spadaccino, Assistant Editor
t is no surprise for anyone in America, and for the rest of the world in that matter, that the month of October-besides its scary, haunted, Halloween attributes- becomes a display of pink every year in stores and in advertisements. The month of October, deemed Breast Cancer Awareness Month, helps to raise awareness for this terrible disease and gains support in its efforts to find a cure for the thousands of those affected. Having a family member affected by this disease, I’ve made a commitment for the past ten years to do whatever I can, whether big or small, to help to find a cure for Breast Cancer. Holy Family University’s Women’s Volleyball teamed contributed their efforts in finding a cure by selling their “Dig for a Cure” t-shirts, producing a net gain of 500 dollars with sales of 104 shirts this year. All of this money will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. People who bought the
shirts were encouraged to wear them to the Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Tiger’s “Dig for a Cure” match on October 6th. Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris. The movie Many people came out to support the girls, is composed of five short films that show the along with showing their support for Breast impacts of breast cancer on people’s lives, Cancer. affecting Volleyball relationships, Captain and the Jill Keeve way women said Breast perceive Cancer had themselves. been the It was such popular a powerful choice movie, that by the I suggest volleyball everyone see. team. “As It really shows cancer how far we touches have come in the lives of finding a cure so many for the disease. people in Another event the world, Photo by Jenna Spadaccino Women’s volleyball team wearing their “Dig for a that personally Cure” shirts at the October 6 match against Philadelphia University. the team happened and I in my life in wanted to help make a different by doing what October was when my mother was honored we love and advertising “Dig for a Cure”. Since as a breast cancer survivor at a Breast Cancer I’ve been at the school we’ve always had an Zumbathon. For those familiar with the fitness awareness night, but this year we wanted to sell program Zumba, a Zumbathon helps raise shirts due to popular demand by the University money for different causes, Breast Cancer being community”. Keeve also comments that many one of them. My mother was honored with a of the team members’ families have been survivor sash and I can’t tell you how proud I touched by Breast Cancer, creating an even am of her; being ten years cancer free. more want to have a “Dig for a Cure” match. If So for anyone who isn’t directly impacted by you didn’t get your shirt this year, you will just Breast Cancer, there are people around you have to wait until next October! who are. Every little bit you can contributeth Monday October 10 , a powerful lifetime even if it’s making a donation at your favorite movie came out that I watched called “Five”. I clothing store when they ask, or saving the had seen a commercial about it in September, pink Yoplait yogurt lids and sending them in. showing the directors of the movie: Jennifer Anything counts.
Convos with Crews Blinded by Technology By Rickie Crews, Staff Writer During a recent visit to the grocery store I had the opportunity to experience my first self-express checkout. Normally I would have patiently waited for a checkout line to open rather than dare attempting to manage one of the “talking computers” at self-express checkout. However, all checkout line lights were off with not a single cashier in sight. With my only options left between pestering customer service and the self-express checkout, I decided the time had come for me to face the man-made computer. Minutes later as I walked to my car, I thought to myself the transaction was not as strenuous as I anticipated. In fact the transaction was not only brief, but very manageable and efficient. It actually made me wonder why the majority of itemized purchases at the grocery store were not completed by self checkout. Then to the dismay of millions unemployed, I realized those same types of innovative advances in technology were partially responsible for the decline of employment opportunities. The progression of the computer has allowed technology to reach levels that have in reality exceeded the output of human labor. Across the U.S., computerized operating machines often known as “robots” have replaced the
need of human labor all throughout factories, warehouses, and even white collar offices. The logic beyond replacing human labor with computerized competency can be quite simple. In the outset incorporating these multi-million dollar machines may be very costly, but the expenses exerted to pay a team of employees to perform will be infinite. Many believe these innovations in technology encourage competition amongst education and the job market. Awareness on the issue may support the significance of receiving a higher education with the goal of obtaining quality job placement. What is your take on human labor being replaced by the brilliant efficiency of man-made computers? Isurf92: “This is what the world has come down to; money, laziness, and more money. Companies, businesses, and industries are always going to do what is in their best interest. If a company can design a plan that will in the long one involve less labor (if any labor at all) and produce more money the solution is a no brainer every time” Djrico303: “This is a very thought-provoking article. It really puts in perspective the thin line between managerial efficiency and the socioeconomic responsibility of our country to provide jobs to citizens.” Mm1234: “Very true! In fact, I would rather deal with the “man-made computer” rather
Technology (cont’d) than dealing with the average ex convict employee who lacks basic mathematical skills who can only be trusted as far as they can be seen!” DrewCarnegie : “Well, it is great that we are making these technology enhancements but the causality of these enhancements is the loss of jobs for the American people. We lack jobs here in the USA, there are many jobs here that machinery will do one day, and when that day comes more people will become unemployed. We have problems creating jobs, and the more we advance in technology, the more the average American will suffer.” TayTay89: “Being a self checkout employee, I know these “talking computers” like the back of my hand, and there are many flaws that many do not know about. People trying to steal and the machines are constantly having problems. Having a computer dependent society may be further into the future then we might believe.” JW0691: “I believe that companies have just become greedy and that they will do anything to “shave off ” any extra money that doesn’t need to be spent, in their minds, on extra employees. This article shows why so many people are out of work. The technology is brilliant; but is leaving many people without jobs.” Chica23: “With time comes change, while change is usually a good thing, it has its setbacks. It is the same with the advancement of technology. Changes in technology lead to many advancements, especially in fields like medicine. Technology is great, but the fact that it is taking the place of peoples jobs, is a major problem in current society. With the recession going on around us, it is apparent that a job worked by a person, is better than a job worked by technology.”
Movie review: Dreamhouse By Hannah M. Sabo, Staff Writer
sychological thrillers are the rage of the movies and a hit with audiences. The suspense of the storyline, the twists and turns, and the knowledge of what not to expect in the next scene are part of the intrigue. This essentially describes one of the most recent films that was released on September 22nd: Dreamhouse. At first glance, Dreamhouse may seem like an unnecessary repeat of previous psycho-horror films, however it displayed unique elements that made it an exceptional find for fans of this genre. Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) is the typical man: He has a typical family, a typical job he’s resigned from and he’s recently moved into the house of his dreams. As the family works on remodeling their new home, remnants of the house’s fateful past come back as creepy events begin to occur. Eventually, the family learns of the gruesome murders that occurred
prior to their move into the neighborhood; which their neighbor, Ann Paterson (Naomi Watts) is reluctant to discuss. Will’s life begins to spiral out of control as he tries to comprehend the events of the past, and the incidents that transpired during the lives of the house’s former residents. The resulting drama that occurs is typical of most psychological horror movies. Although the storyline was confusing at times, viewers will be pleased with the sequencing of events as they unravel. I would suggest this movie particularly for audiences who are interested in psychology, specifically psychological disorders. Horror movie fans will also be pleased with the scary elements, and the creepy suspense. This movie is a combination of suspense, and intrigue, with an interesting storyline. Viewers will be pleased by the clarity of the ending, and the psychological drama.
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Second annual Open Mic Night a success By Sandra Sykes, Staff Writer
ctober 15th was an evening filled with extraordinary musical talent at Holy Family University. Open-Mic Night has been a part of Life on Campus for two years and has proved to be very successful. Altogether, there were ten performers and, many families and friends came to show their support. The talents performed that night included singing, guitars, flute, and a ukulele. Two performers shared their original songs with the crowd. Tara Kennedy, a performer from last year, played her own song, Get Done and another one of her originals for an encore. David Young and Randy Goodie played two of their own songs, Back Into My Life and Beautiful Smile. Other performers included Greg Elgart, Bill Kane, and Devon Peszuk with All the Small Things by Blink182, Alyda Dick with a version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Jack Monari with Take It or Leave It by Sublime, Shakeerah Rodgers with Forget You by Cee Lo Green and Sandra Sykes with Skyscraper by Demi Lavato. Each act had their own unique style of singing, playing an instrument or both. During the breaks between each act, a raffle was given to win school supplies and Holy Family University apparel.
A game that’s all the RAGE By Jennifer Migliarese, Staff Writer
housands of mutants are crowding around your encampment. You are still confused from your journey into this futuristic world. You have a full arsenal at your disposal. Where do you go from here? In Rage, the enemies you face are almost as numerous as the guns you have in your pocket. You play the only human survivor of a ship that was sent from the past into the future. In this future, you see that the world has become a wasteland of bandits, mutants, and questionable heroes. The enemy A.I. is as Photo from www.gallery.techarena.in intelligent as you are and will relentlessly attack you without slowing down. The world is expansive in Rage. The scenery is apocalyptic and dangerous. Around every corner is a mutant or a bandit waiting to unload bullets on you. The buildings are rundown and full of blast holes. The houses are made of whatever was lying around in the wasteland. Overall, the enemies and setting are some of the most exciting factors of the game. However, there is one very noticeable trait of Rage: there is no storyline. The storyline
is basically non-existent and some of the characters are not the most interesting people I have ever seen in a video game. I was very disappointed with this since other elements of the game seemed to stick out more than the plot. The arsenal of guns seemed rather limited as opposed to games like Borderlands or Fallout. Many times the grenade launchers would miss the big bosses and I spent almost half an hour trying to kill them. The target lock function was faulty and occasionally would not even lock onto the enemy. It was frustrating at times. For storyline and weapons I would rate the game a 3 out 5 at best. I felt the weapons could have been more accurate and the storyline could have been much stronger. For the expansive background and aggressive A.I. I would rate the game a 5 out of 5. This game is not simple, even on easy mode. I would not recommend this game for anyone who has never played a first-person shooter game. If you are looking for a game where you can just have fun and shoot things then by all means this game is fantastic.
Supersitions and curses in sports: Fact or fiction? By Stephanie Morgan
ith the massive groups of fans in the world of sports, I guess you can call sports a religion. There is worship, condemnation, praise, teaching, and lots and lots of “saints.” There’s another form of worship in the world of sports, and that form of worship is through superstition. It’s common, and it can sometimes get out of hand. If it becomes a trend and later an obsession, these little teensy weensy superstitions can turn into these big fat worry warts we call curses. Sports Illustrated, Madden NFL Games, the Billy Goat, the Bambino, William Penn, the list goes on. Many of these “curses” have been broken, but many of them are as alive as ever. Teams and even individual players can tell you how these curses have affected them even though they might not even believe in them. Many teams over the past few years have broken curses such as the Boston Red Sox and their “curse of the Bambino.” Not everybody has had this joy in breaking a curse, as several teams are still immersed in one. For example, the Chicago Cubs have been “cursed” for over 100 years. Sports curses don’t just exist in the major sports leagues either. According to some research I have done, there are curses that exist in racing and curling as well. But let’s cut to the chase here... are we taking these superstitions and curses a little too seriously? Are we becoming an obsessivecompulsive society? It seems like we’re taking the expression “lucky” to a whole new level. I guess it’s been etched in our heads as something “cool” or “necessary.” Heck, I even did this one when I played softball before I went into high school: In the film A League of Their Own it was mentioned that if you don’t cross your fingers while moving through a cemetery you’ll never get another hit. I did it for about a year. Then I stopped. Then I noticed that it was a sham. It’s weird how little things like that can make people go nuts. Parents have taken their children/teenagers to see psychiatrists because little obsessions like this have gone way too far. It’s as if once the word “curse” is brought up, it emits a surging stigma through everyone within the same room and shocks everyone’s innards until they’re completely spooked and paranoid about the so-called “curse.” So here’s the question: are these obsessions worth it? Are curses and superstitions real, alive, and well? If I had to give a goofy, know-nothing response, I would say “blame it on the concussions.” However, in all seriousness, you might have to take a philosophical point of view on this. It’s almost as if you’re comparing it to whether you believe in Heaven and Hell or not at all. Curses and superstitions give you that mental assurance (or lack thereof) that something will go right or wrong depending on the situation that is before you. On the other hand, it could also be just a wacky case of coincidence that certain players, teams,
sports and fans have been plagued with in their journey of appreciating and participating in sports. Every good once in a while, you get the determined men and women who work to “reverse the curse” or prove that a particular superstition is just a farce. Some have succeeded, some have failed. In comparison of spiritual truths, it’s like the battle between good and evil on this planet--there will always be this mental force from our free will that will give us mental blocks consisting of “outer forces” (which I guess you can refer to as sin and temptation) and keep us from breaking the bad habits that we have. In conclusion, it’s all up in the head. There’s no reality to superstitions and curses at all. Now it’s your turn to ask yourself this question: What do you think? Are they real? Check out The Sports Nut Blogs on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sportsnutblogs
CHAMPIONS: Women’s soccer claims 2011 CACC championship
he Holy Family University women’s soccer team stunned top-seeded Philadelphia University, 1-0, to claim the 2011 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship Saturday afternoon at Victory Field on the campus of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. Holy Family, seeded sixth in this year’s championship, improves to 13-7-0 overall and has won six straight contests, including nine of its last ten. With the victory over Philadelphia, Holy Family received the CACC automatic qualifying bid into next week’s NCAA Division II East Regional. Philadelphia concludes the year with a 16-3-2 mark. Senior Dawn Curry (Pennsville, N.J/Pennsville) scored what would be the game-winning goal in the 66th minute of action after heading the ball into the back of the net off a corner kick attempt by senior Lindsey Fisher. Curry received the ball right in front of the net to knock in her 14th goal of the season, which marks a new career-high. Curry was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player for her performance throughout the championship. Also receiving tournament honors and named to the AllTournament team were Fisher, juniors Melissa Benson (Rockledge, Pa./Little Flower) and Megan Tole (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan). Holy Family led 1-0 with less than 25 minutes remaining in regulation and held Philadelphia to only four shots in that span to hold on to the one goal victory. Senior Gina Mansi (Washington Twp., N.J./ Washington Twp. ) made three saves in net as she recorded her third shutout of the season for the Tigers. This marks Holy Family’s fourth CACC Championship title under head coach Mike Biddle as the Tigers have won the conference championship in 2005, 2007, 2009 and now in 2011. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2009. - Greg Pellegrino, Sports Information Director
Ba earns Daktronics AllEast Region
enior forward Seydou Ba (Philadelphia, Pa. (Mauritania)/John Bartram) was named to the Daktronics, Inc. men’s soccer All-East Region team as he earned second team honors. The Daktronics All-East Region team is voted by the sports information directors from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), the East Coast Conference and the Northeast-10 Conference. After missing all of last season due to injury, Ba continued where he left off when he first joined Holy Family for the 2009 season. Ba finished the season as the conference’s second leading scorer as he tallied 34 points this season. He also finished second in goals with 13 and tied for fourth in the CACC with eight assists. Ba has come up huge in clutch situations for Holy Family this season. On the year, he had six game-winning goals including two coming in double-overtime. Ba also recorded at least one point in 13 contests this season, including his last four games. The two-time All-CACC selection finished his career ranked tenth all-time in program history with 26 career goals. In 35 career games, Ba tallied 63 points as well as 11 assists. Ba was also named to the All-CACC first team for the first time in his career prior to the start of the CACC Championship. He received second team honors in 2009. Holy Family finished 11-6-1 overall this season and were 7-3-1 in conference play to earn the number five seed in the CACC Championship. The Tigers advanced to the CACC semifinals for the first time since 2008. Holy Family was also ranked in the NSCAA Division II East Region rankings for four consecutive weeks this year. The Tigers were ranked as high as sixth in the region at one point during the season. - Greg Pellegrino, Sports Information Director
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