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Volume V , Issue V

Page 6 Must-Read....... How To Get Lost in Rome

February 2011

MUN Society Welcomes International Students Amanda Knox Friends To Speak To Journalism Class By Judy Bachrach Advisor 

Last year Amanda was very sad, she absolutely thought she would be found not guilty of murder,” says Madison Paxton, who is one of Amanda Knox’s closest friends. Knox is a 23-year-old American, convicted at the end of 2009 of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, whose halfnaked body, stabbed and raped, was discovered in the house the two women shared. The court in Perugia, where Knox had been a study-abroad student, sentenced her despite her protests of innocence to 26 years in prison. It also convicted Knox’s Italian boyfriend of the murder, as well as Rudy Guede, an immigrant from the Ivory Coast. Guede was the only one of the three defendants whose DNA and fingerprints were found in the bedroom where Kercher was killed – and ironically he received a 16-year sentence. Knox continued on Page 2

Index.......... Page 2..........Campus News Page 3..........Campus News Cont. Page 4..........Local Events in Rome Page 5..........Consider These Page 6..........Living in Rome Page 7..........Sports Page 8..........Travel Page 9..........Cuisine Page 10..........Fuller Prize Op-eds Page 11..........Fuller Prize Cont. Page 12..........Classifieds Page 13..........Fruit For Thought Page 14..........Editorial Corners

  On the first weekend of February, John Cabot University’s Model U.N. Society hosted JCUMUN, a Model United Nations conference for high school students from all over Europe. Students from public and private schools in Poland, Switzerland, and Italy came to JCU for a weekend of fruitful debate on the topic of integrating young refugees into their host societies.   JCU’ss Model U.N. Society aims to give students a deeper understanding of international affairs byfamiliarizing them with the structure and politics of U.N. deliberations. Every participant in the Model U.N. assumes the identity of a diplomat from a country that is not his own. Model U.N. represents a significant bridge from the classroom to the real world.   The conference began on Thursday night with powerful presentations from JCU professors in the Aula Magna. Former Italian Ambassador to Ireland Alberto Schepisi spoke about the urgency and difficulty of reforming the United Nations. Professor Silvia Scarpa gave students valuable insights into the international law protecting refugees, as well as its limitations. Professor Isabella Clough-Marinaro emphasized the serious human rights violations taking place in Rome against the Roma population.

Photo provided by Corey Rutkowski   “The hardest part of the conference was probably learning the parliamentary procedure,” said Joshua Cambria, a JCU sophomore. “It took me a long time to learn the proper phrasing and decorum that one must maintain while simulating a session of the United Nations, but I couldn’t have been more impressed with the quality of the debate from the students.”   The conference hosted 50 students representing 50 countries from every region of the world and was chaired by the MUN board members Allie Genovese, Andy Tomassini, Davide Ianniello and Michaela Pavoncello, with help from Hannah Wolkwitz.   MUN Vice President Andy Tomassini said “Chairing a conference is such a different experience from debating in one. You have to know all of the rules, as well as the format in which working papers and draft resolutions are written.”   The resolution that was passed by the delegations outlined a refugee study and asserted the need for education as a means to integrate refugees into their host societies. A common concern from the delegates was a need to address the language barrier, which remains a significant hindrance today in integrating those who have fled their home countries. Contributed by MUN Society

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Art History Department JCU “Academic Trip” to Istanbul March 18-23, 2011 Located on the western side of the Bosphorus, Istanbul has always been one of the most important cities of the Mediterranean. Capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul is an incredibly vibrant metropolis with a rich historical and cultural heritage. It was selected as one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2010. Prof. Eric C. De Sena, Dept. of Art History and Studio Art, is organizing an Academic Trip during the first part of Spring Break for up to 20-25 students. The itinerary consists of visits to monuments such as Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, museums of ancient through contemporary art as well as the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest shopping centers in the world. The rough cost is €400 per person. For more information, please contact Prof. De Sena at

English Department HEART & STONES

for Coleman Hough

I have a friend who collects heart-shaped stones. She plucks them out of nowhere, catching glints and glimmers of this gift, the earth presenting chthonic valentines to her alone. Of marble, crystal, sandstone, fossil, quartz— her vast collection spans a glacier’s age. It’s said collectors are trying to assuage a hole within, some awful primal loss. If that’s the case, I want to tell her that we all have empty spaces, awful scars. Even the earth accretes itself in layers; that force creates both precious stones and granite. And if her heart-shaped stones reflect the one inside, I want to tell her every heart is petrified. from Spin by Moira Egan (Entasis Press, Washington DC 2010)

This day in Ancient Roman History – courtesy of the Dept. of Art History and Studio Art

Lupercalia – February 15   February 15 marks the date of a famous celebration in ancient Rome, the Lupercalia. The origin of the annual festival in honor of Lupercus, the god of fertility, reportedly derives from the prehistoric period, but became associated with the Lupercal - the den of the She-wolf where the infants Romulus and Remus were discovered by a shepherd, Faustulus.   The original ceremony involved the sacrifice of goats and young dogs by priests of the cult. Two aristocratic youths were chosen to participate. The blood of the sacrificed animals was smeared on the heads of the youths; their foreheads were then cleansed with

Business Department The Business Department Welcomes Dr. Eugenio La Mesa Co-founder and Chairman Cure Thalassemia– A Social Business for the Cure of Thalassemia Co-founder and Advisory Board member “Eugenio La Mesa is a serial entrepreneur from Rome who is keen on starting a social business to treat poor thalassemia patients in India.” The Business Club will open the event with an open house for all Business Administration students and professors. March 2 2011 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm Tiber Campus-Tiber Cafe Lecture Topic: CAUSE-DRIVEN BUSINESS A case study on investing in sustainable (non-loss) social enterprises that pursue social interest instead of profit.

wool saturated in milk. The skins of the goats were removed and fashioned into a flimsy garment that covered the youths’ waist, while other pieces of the goat skin were cut into strips. After participating in a banquet involving copious amounts of wine, the youths would run through the streets of Rome with outstretched arms, striking people with the strips of goat skin. Since this act was to promote fertility, young women would stride into the paths of the youths to be touched by the skins.   Later in Roman history, the original intent of the ceremony had been forgotten and male youths would run naked through the streets of Rome, striking passers-by (especially young women) with their hands and making pranks. There is a famous episode involving the middle aged Marc Anthony in the Senate House…   Imagine Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and April Fool’s Day combined.

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  Knox has been languishing in Capanne prison for over three years, and her case is now on appeal.   Paxton and another Knox friend will discuss Knox, her trial, and the nature of the evidence against her to Professor Bachrach’s Investigative Journalism class (and anyone who chooses to drop in) at the Tiber campus on Thursday, March 10th at 10:30 AM. Paxton knows most of what Knox is thinking and feeling these days since the court allows her to visit her friend six times a month.   As a result of her conviction, there are now any number of things inside prison that Knox cannot bear. “She dislikes TV, she will never turn on the news because she can’t stand seeing herself and she is always surprised by what a big deal she is on the news,” says Paxton. “She grew sick when she saw the trailer from a Lifetime movie on the murder: it showed the actress who plays Amanda holding down Meredith’s bloody body.” Her friend, Paxton adds, is currently making up two lists: “One, just in case she’s found not guilty on appeal, is a list of things she wants to do: Amanda is thinking of working for something like the Innocence Project, on behalf of people who are wrongly convicted.   “The other list what she intends to do if she loses the appeal.” And that’s a possibility, as Knox well knows. She no longer possesses the optimism she once had.


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It’s More Than Hugging Trees.


  Now is the time for our generation to seize the moment and pave the way for a better tomorrow. What most people don’t know is that by tackling environmental issues, we can progress towards solving world hunger, poverty, disease, and so much more.   Since John Cabot students are from all different nationalities and backgrounds, our mission needs an international approach. We want people to know how this issue will affect their country as well as other nations. The Environmental Club has several events and activities planned for this semester: among them, a tour and cleanup of the Tiber River, a fascinating documentary, and the launch of our school’s first-ever community garden! So come join us and learn more about the place we call home, and how we can all protect it. There’s more to saving the environment than simply hugging trees.   The Environmental Club meets every Thursday at 1:15 PM in G.K.G.4. For more information contact us at

Student Government Corner

Dear JCU Degree-Seeking and Visiting Students, Welcome this Spring 2011 semester. As your Student Government representatives, we are committed to facilitating communication between the student body and the administration. We want to be an effective voice representing the student body’s concerns and issues. Through your participation and feedback, we can improve and better the school community.   As a small university, we hope that you all will participate in clubs, activities and events. It is a great way to meet new faces and be part of JCU student life. We will also be holding bi-monthly student forums. The forums are meant to raise issues and concerns regarding student life and academics. We will send out mass emails notifying students and faculty Spring 2011 Student Government Representatives when each forum will be held. Alex Piscina (President)   Should anyone have any concerns Giulio Bartolomucci (Vice President) regarding Student Government, please do Lily Malota (Secretary) not hesitate to speak with us or contact us Christianne Alvarez (Treasurer) via email: Jenna De Muro (Social Chair) Alessandro Lanuto (Head of Academic Affairs Committee) Rami Harb (Head of Fundraising) Have a great semester!


UFWH JCU’s Upcoming Club!

Nicole Shearer (Senate), Matt Eckess (Senate), Handel Durham (Senate), Ariel Brodeur (Senate), Emily Gauthier (Senate), Angelo Cauchi (Senate), Gioia Forte (Senate), Ryan Prosper (Senate), Zach Easton (Senate), Greg Bumb (Senate), and Joseph Zucarelli (Senate).

- Student Government

local events in rome

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A rt E x h i b i t s • Capitoline Museums   One  of  the  most  important  Roman  museums,  housing  important  works  of  Ancient  Rome,  and   great  works  by  Bernini  and  Caravaggio.  Open  Tues-­Sun  9am-­7pm.  Corso  Vittorio,  116.  Tel   0639967800.  €3,  1.50  reduced.   • Galleria  Borghese     One  of  the  most  famous  and  oldest  museums  in  the  city,  built  in  1613  to  hold  Cardinal  Scipione   Borghese’s  collection  of  art,  including  works  by  Bernini,  Correggio,  Titian,  Canova,  Raphael,   and  Caravaggio.  By  reservation  only.  Open  Tues-­Sun  8:30am-­7:  30pm.  Piazza  Scipione   Borghese,  5.  Tel.  0632810.  €8.50,  5.25  reduced.   • Gnam  –National  Gallery  of  Modern  Art      -­The  largest  Italian  collection  of  art  from  the  19th  and  20th  centuries,  with  works  by  Boccioni,   De  Chirico,  Modigliani,  Van  Gogh,  Klimt,  Klee,  Kandinsky,  and  Mirò.  Open  Tues-­Sun  8:30am-­7:   30pm.  Viale  delle  Belle  Arti,  131.  Tel  06322981.  €9,  €7reduced.   • Galleria  Doria  Pamphilj   A  rich  collectio  f  works  by  major  ialian  artists  from  the  1500s  and  1600s:  Titian,  Raphael,   Correggio,  Caravaggio,  Guercino,  Reni,  Bernini,  Velazquez.  Open  every  day  10am-­5pm.  Check  for  occasional  concerts  in  the  gallery.  Via  del  Corso,  305.  Tel   066797323.  €9,  6  reduced.    


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• Surya Mahal   Located  at  the  top  of  Piazza  Trilussa,  Surya  Mahal  is  a  gastronomic  experience  not  to  be   missed.  Please  you  palate  with  Indian  delicacies.    Located  Piazza  Trilussa,  50.  Tel  065894554.   Open  Tues-­Sun  12:30pm-­2:30pm  and  7:30pm-­11:30pm.   • Hard  Rock  Café   The  famous  American  restaurant  with  great  burgers,  an  upbeat  atmosphere,  and  walls  full  of   rock’n’roll  memorabilia.  Open  Sun-­Thur  12pm-­12am,  and  Fri-­Sat  12pm-­  1am.  Via  Veneto,  62a.   Tel  064203051   • La  Cucaracha   Located  next  to  the  Vatican,  La  Cucaracha  offers  super-­authentic  Mexican  cuisine.  The  brightly   colored  interior  is  welcoming  and  fun.  Enjoy  typical  Mexican  dishes  like  enchiladas  and   chimichangas,  burritos,  guacomole,  tacos,  chili  con  carne  and  more.  The  family-­run   management  is  from  Acapulco,  Mexico.  Open  daily  from  6pm.  Via  Mocenigo,  10a.  Tel   0639746373.  

F estivals • Confetti, Masks,  and  Parades   Experience  Carnivale  in  Rome!  The  city  organized  horse  shows,  concerts,  theatre  performances,   fun  activities  for  children  and  adults,  masked  parades  and  contest,  and  much  more.  Wherever   ou  are,  find  the  event  nearest  to  you  on  the  official  carnivale  website,   This  year  the  carnival  starts  on  26  February  and  ends  on  Mardi  Gras,  8  March.  

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Sara Owens Staff Writer

IN ROME Rivendita Libri Cioccolata e Vino Vicolo dei Cinque 11/a Rome, Italy 00153   Books, Chocolate, and Wine top my list of favorite things and that is exactly what this gem in Trastevere offers. Not only that, you can take a shot of Bailey’s or some other tasty liqueur and eat the shot glass while you’re at it! That’s right, this amazing place offers a 3 Euro delight—the chocolate shot… the shot glass is made of chocolate and topped with whip cream which makes for a sweet start to any night!

Gina Michael Staff Writer

Big Mamas 

Via San Francesco a Ripa 18 , 00153 ROMA , Tel.065812551 - Fax 065806497 - Opens at 9pm   Shows start at 10.30pm (warning! may be a cover charge on concert nights)   Closes at 1.30 am   So now that you’ve spent some time in Rome, you’ve probably made your rounds through the Drunken Ship, G Bar, Scholars and Sloppy Sam’s. Well, how about something a little more Italian? Go to Big Mama’s. Don’t let the name fool you, once you walk into this jazz lounge you’ll swear you’ve died and gone to Italian heaven. With good music and cheap drinks (ballpark of 5 Euro), it will be an experience

Gina Michael

When getting lost in Rome, all the cobblestone alleys seem to mirror the next. As I walk with confidence toward Gianicolo Hill one week into residing in the “Eternal City” I am sure of directions and set off on my way. The gradual vertical of the hill extends into a gorgeous park, and the orange trees and fresh air that hangs over me is mesmerizing. Although this hill is not one of Rome’s famous seven hills, it still remains one of my most favorite spots. A panoramic view is visible of the Tiber River snaking it’s way through Trestevere, and I’m reminded of how beautiful this city really is.

Music with Mario

We are gathered in the Piazza Navona on the afternoon of February 1st. Our photography teacher is giving us instructions for our two-hour class. We are all, he tells us, to create a story with our camera. We are supposed to focus on the doings of people in the piazza square.   This is how I met Mario. To begin, Mario is no one special. He is a drunk. An older man with tan leather skin and cheap white sunglasses that he wears on top of a plaid blue and white hat. I walk past him and he smiles, and I unfortunately judge him right away. With his ripped faded bag beside him, I know he is homeless.   All this I gather while he strums rhythmic music on his guitar. His rough callused fingers play the chords. I glance at the young boy beside him and realize Mario is giving lessons, that this must be how he makes a living. I snap a couple of pictures, and the old man looks at me curiously and stops teaching; I stop snapping.   He gestures toward me with his guitar. “Do you play?” he asks. I reply: “A little.”   This was all it took. He handed me his guitar, and pushed his student out of his

seat. “Hotel California?” I ask.   Five minutes later we have an audience. His fingers move deftly over the fret board as I play rhythm, and his Eagles solo echoes in the piazza. We end the song. There may be liquor on his breath, but I feel privileged to be able to play with such a musician.   The day ends, and I convince my roommate Phoebe to go back with me that night to Piazza Navona to get gelato and watch the artists paint. Secretly though, I am hoping Mario will still be there. And he is. I spied his guitar first, and he beckons me to sit and play again. I play and sing to hundreds in a piazza half way across the world from my home. Hooked up to an old amp, his beat-up classical guitar play the best of Hootie and the Blowfish, Eagles, and Celine Dion . One lady from Africa requests a “spiritual” and I belt out Amazing Grace. It resonates across the cobblestone square.   I left about 45 minutes later, and five euros richer. He smiles, and his eyes are kind as he tells me in English, “Music first, woman second, and life the last.”   I am glad to be a part of Mario’s world for a little while. Sara Owens

Running in Rome So I’ve been running around Rome for about five months now and in that time I have sprained my ankle on the cobblestones in Trastevere, practically got run over by a car on a street where you would not think a car could possibly fit through. I’ve endured countless amounts of cigarette smoke. And once I was even pulled over by the Carabinieri, who thought I was running away from something and needed help because I couldn’t possibly be running for leisure that early in the morning. But on Saturday, I had the perfect run. Three

words, Villa Doria Pamphili, a must for anyone that calls themselves a runner. Not only is it Rome’s largest park, but it is maybe a fifteen minute tram ride from John Cabot, and if you are really feeling like a workout, Pamphili starts just behind Giancolo Hill. Pamphili is packed with runners, bikers, soccer players, and picnickers. The park was built for runners, with stretching stations and workout posts. And it’s beautiful. It has a fountain that gives the Trevi a run for its money and a palace garden that will force an interruption on your run, because it will take your breath away. Oh, and did I mention it is closed off to all automobiles?

Micayla Burrows



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Lady Gladiator Update

Joe Cannon Staff Writer

  The pitch gleamed against the intimidating dark of Roma Tre’s sports complex. But a timid second half left the third-place Roma Tre team with a smooth and crafty 7-1 defeat, courtesy of JCU. JCU struck first with a goal from Annamarie Strehlow in the early minutes.  The teams went back and forth as Laurel Ganem responded to a goal from the other team with a score of her own, leaving the score at 2-1 at the half.   The end of the game seemed inevitable early in the second half as Stefania Scaletti scored four back-to-back goals in the span of eight minutes.  You could practically smell the desperation when Roma Tre began seeking fouls; taking dives as though its players had seen one-too-many Christiano Ronaldo games.  All hope was lost when Jenna Spizzirri delivered the final deflating goal.   Coach Danilo Cinti commented on the game saying it was a great win. But, he

The Lady Gladiators take to the field with a victorious win.

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added,the first half was simply, “All right”.

Astrology For March Aries

An influential person can take a shine to you, and take you under their wing. However, with the Sun and Mars merging with Neptune, do try to be realistic about targets.




A chance meeting this week can turn out well. This may see you meet a really expert person in the field of pensions or property, or forge a new alliance.

Your love life can be dreamy, magical, fun and flirty. But you do need to know that you can trust a partner, and if there are any doubts, proceed cautiously. Money makes the world go round, and the New Moon at the start of the month is perfect for new beginnings.





This is the best time to apply for new jobs, go for an interview, begin your new career or contract, or any other activity associated with your profession.

Co-operation and a spirit of give and take can make for a really positive month for relationships of all kinds. Your ability to approach things in an imaginative way can help to push open the doors of possibility.

Aquarius Your mind is nimble,

and you can converse or communicate with fantastic wit. Your originality leaps, yet not everyone can understand some of your quicksilver schemes, so do remain utterly down to earth.



Seize your opportunity to travel far. The New Moon early in February will be a great omen for any journey you are about to embark upon.

With your very own personal monthly forecast you will be able to take advantage of important opportunities. Avoid over-confidence when caution is required. Face up to situations you have been trying to ignore.


Your word power is given a huge boost, and you can do well in an interview or presentation - as long as you don’t exaggerate.


Scratch beneath the surface and you will see the value in things. This can also be true of your own situation, for something linked to your past, can prove to be surprisingly fortunate.


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Spotlight Location: Budapest, Hungary

Budapest By Night The Matthew/Joe Cannon you if given the chance. It’s got the views, soothing is the Gellért Spa and Bath.  By Joe Cannon the sites, the activities, and the food; With a main pool and a number of large Staff Writer  everything a city should have to blow you baths that pump chamomile-laden water away. If there was ever a the spa offers a few hours of wonderful place for which I was relaxation.. completely unprepared,   The food in Budapest is a combination If you have traveled in Europe, and it would have to of exotic flavors.  With influences from haven’t used Ryanair, you probably beBudapest.  I came on Turkish, French, Middle-Eastern, Greek, are paying too much. this trip blind.  I knew and traditional Hungarian cuisine, it it was in Hungary and holds it provides sheer pleasure to the They have flights starting from eight euro all that’s about it. hungry traveler. I especially loved the over the European continent, including Mo   My first hot bowls of goulash, a hearty stew rocco. However, if you forget to abide by their impression of the city usually made with beef and vegetables. strict policies, you will be paying extra. Some wasn’t ideal.  From the airport to the Hummus and falafel bars also flourish things to remember when flying Ryanair: hostel, as I looked out the window, I throughout the area. saw buildings that gave off a bleak, even   Nightlife boasts an interesting twist on haunting, vibe; as if we were being lured the conventional pub.  Known as “Scrub · You are only allowed one carry-on item (including purse, camera, etc.) into a trap set up by the locals.  Pubs,” these laid-back and low key bars are housed in buildings built during · Carry on must be no more than 10kg. But gradually, I realized that the city the Communist era.  With a dark and (20 lbs.) has a rich history.  Declared a UNESCO intimidating facade on the outside, scrub World Heritage Site in 1987, the Buda pubs like Szimpla Kert feature an interior · Checked bags are an additional 20-50 Castle quarter boasts breathtaking views with a stylish array of trendy furniture, euro depending on weight. of the Chain Bridge, the Hungarian sleek decor, and a DJ or live band.  For Parliament, and the Danube River.  If a bar with a faster pace, Champs Sports · Taxes and Fees have not been added you wait until dusk when the lights of Pub offers flat screen TVs on the walls into the advertised price of the flight. the city begins to illuminate a dimming showing all types of sports games, a DJ sky, you’ll catch a view well worth playing to a dance floor at the back of · Check in online from 15 days to four the entire trip.  Head to the Dohány the long pub, and cheap pints to help hours before the flight leaves. Street Synagogue for a look at the you get a good buzz going.  Typical bar second largest Jewish Temple in the food favorites like nachos and pizza are · Print off your boarding pass before world and one of the most beautiful served for those looking for late-night arriving at the airport while checking in online buildings you’ll probably ever see.  munchies.  (otherwise you pay an extra 40 euro).   Hero’s Square is a homage to the   One of the more popular nightclubs in thousandth anniversary of the arrival the city is called Corvintető.  Situated at of the Hungarians in the Carpathian the top of a department store, the club is · Don’t expect polite or pleasant personnel Basin.For those looking to relax, the a city-wide favorite featuring a bar with to help you with anything - Contributed by Sara Owens city has a number of natural spring baths drinks on the cheap, good music, and a that offer people the chance to ease all view to compliment the atmosphere. tension and aching muscles. Especially 8   Budapest is a city that will surprise


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Le Fate Discount

Ten euro is all you need when you walk into Le Fate restaurant. The student menu includes three courses as well as a pitcher of wine for the table. The meal begins with homemade bruschetta. This is usually followed by a hot pasta - and for dessert there's tiramisu or freshly baked cake. Le Fate's menu changes slightly every day, but it is always tasty. And how often do you get to know who prepares your food? The chef at Le Fate is Andrea Consoli, JCU'S very nown Italian cooking teacher. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere, lovely meals, wine, and familiar faces when you visit Le Fate at Viale di Trastevere 130 just 15 minutes from Tiber campus. ( It’s a four person minimum)

Photo provided by Katie Lovan

Cooking with Professor Luti When I was a homesick student some 35 years ago in Rome, it was the simple homey very American dishes I missed the most. These were the dishes my dad made mostly; easy to put together, usually eaten warm with butter.  Muffins are small and warm and comforting.  And don’t blame me if you go back home and aren’t happy with the Starbucks variety any more once you’ve tasted your own!


1.    Heat oven to 200 Centigrade (400 F) or number 5 on some stoves.  Make sure it’s completely heated before you put the muffins to cook 2.      Grease the muffin or cake pan generously with butter 3.      Gather the ingredients: 1 cup (a scant 250 ml) plain yoghurt, milk plus a tsp vinegar or buttermilk if you can find it) 1/4 cup butter (50 gms) melted or very soft room temperature 1 large egg 1-1/4 (200 gm) cup cornmeal 1 cup (170 gm) white flour 1/2 cup (100 gm) sugar 2 tsp baking powder (lievito in polvere - see note below) 1/2 tsp baking soda (bicarbonato di sodiobeeCARboNAHto dee SO-dee-oh) 1 tsp salt 4.      Mix the egg and yoghurt with a fork lightly. 5.      In a large bowl mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, powder, soda and salt to combine and break up lumps.  Add liquid all at once and then the butter on top of it.  Stir it up from the bottom, so the whole mass of dry ingredients gets wet.  As soon as there are no dry spots, distribute the batter in the muffin pans or pour in the cake pan and even off. 6.      Bake about 20 - 25 min, until it feels springy under your finger if you touch it on top.  Cool muffins in pan for about 5 min and then remove and cool on a rack or on a towel.


Start with steps 1 and 2 of corn muffins 3. Ingredients 2 cups flour (280 gms) 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup sugar (150 gms) 1-1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 egg 3/4 to 1 cup (175 to 250 ml) yoghurt, sour milk or buttermilk 1/4 cup (50 gm) SOFT butter (room temp, NOT melted) 1-2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries (fresh are very expensive)- don’t defrost, or they’ll color the dough grey A grating of nutmeg (they sell it whole in jars with a little grater) - optional but it brings out the flavor of the blueberries 4. Mix flour, salt, powder, soda and nutmeg 5. Add butter and mix well. 6. Mix together yoghurt, eggs and sugar, and add all at once to flour/butter mixture - mix from bottom up with a few sweeps, add still-frozen blueberries and just barely mix enough to distribute (not to make them color the dough) 7. Spoon into muffin cups and sprinkle with a little extra sugar. 8. Bake at 200 C for about 20 minutes.


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Fuller Prize Candidates Federica Nuzzolese The Rome I know and the Rome few JCU students see

Devin Lagasse   Every year, thousands of study abroad students flood Rome, seeking history, craving adventure, or longing for romance on the back of a careening moped. Often they forget about the hours of homework and studying that are the price of grabbing five months of an Italian dream.   The tourists who descend on Rome for just two weeks – who don’t have to struggle with heavy textbooks and stress, may just have the right idea. After all, fourteen days is all you need to see several thousand years of history (at least, according to my syllabus). Even I, the slowest museum visitor to have ever roamed the Vatican’s halls, could probably manage to see all the main attractions in two weeks. So why stay 5 months? Why risk your life crossing streets and braving motorists who don’t follow any conceivable traffic laws? Why muddle through a language so difficult it would have repelled the barbarians? Why plough through the difficulties of ordering at restaurants and getting around town I’m sure, if asked, students who decide to study abroad, thousands of miles away from home could offer a number of different reasons for venturing out to places unknown. Then we get here.

Get Lost! “It’s a good experience” just seems inadequate when faced with a city where everything takes three times as much effort. But I’m starting to get it. What makes Rome great is not the Colosseum, the gilded dome of Saint Peter’s. Those are what make Rome famous. What make’s Rome great are its secrets, the things no tourist ever sees in two weeks because it’s not marked down on hotel maps. Five months, or a year for the brave, is a lot of time to get lost and discover the quieter aspect of “Romanitas” the part that is not often seen by outsiders.     Hopping on the wrong bus and stumbling across a park with kids running around in costumes, as they toss on a Sunday afternoon; drinking hot chocolate that comes in 12 different flavors in a side-street café that comes in 12 flavors; haggling in broken Italian over the price of focaccia bread at a street market and being rewarded with a cookie by the amused baker: those are the new reasons that justify this mad and daring leap into a new world.   So get lost! Find Rome’s secrets. Make some of your own.

When Thursday night arrives, John Cabot students prepare for clubbing. Girls stand in the front of a mirror, putting on their fourth layer of a shiny lip gloss. Guys are not so obsessed. They gather at someone’s apartment for “pre-gaming”- ie. drinking before going out so that they are already tipsy once they decide to head toward the G bar or Campo Dei Fiori. We are without imagination. Every night resembles the previous one: drinking at someone’s place, getting tipsy, another drink at G Bar, a few more on the Campo -- and the evening is perfect. In any case, no one will remember what he did the night before. However, the morning after, his friends will recap his performance of the previous evening. Embarrassing, they will say. The next night, the same old story. Students puking in the wee hours, hard by the statue of Giordano Bruno. Students are gifted with a precious thing. Youth. They have every right to spend that youth as they please. But I often wonder why they don’t try a different way of passing time. Rome has beautiful parks, after all. It has the Villa Borghese and the Tiber and Saint Peter’s tower. It has bars with “apperitivos” and real Italians. Trastevere is famous for bars that play live music. Those are cozy, pleasant spaces: they encourage talk, dancing and romance. If you are an especially serious dancing fan, there are plenty of great Spanish clubs in Testaccio. It is a beautiful feeling to wake up the morning after a night out, without a headache and memories that can only be resurrected with the help of a friend. A night does not have to end with nausea and black fog. I am not, as it happens, a graying old lady who spends her time knitting. I am not a party-popper.” I just happen to prefer a different Rome and I encourage study abroad students to try the Rome I love. You will be astonished how much fun you can have with a different kind of evening. A sober night.   Rome is a chameleon. It changes its colors depending on the temperature inside its night revelers. Students who never try, who are so deep into themselves that they can’t enjoy what’s going on around them cannot see the genuine color of Eternal City.


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Sotra Natasa On Post Service   I held a postcard in my hands and headed toward post office to send it to Montenegro. I was excited that I was able to send my parents a piece of Rome that I live and breath every day. I speed up and prolonged my steps.   Line inside a post office. I took a ticket and calmly wait my turn. I had just to glue a stamp on it and pass it to the other side of a glass where a post officer operated. I glanced through the mass that waited their number to appear on a small screan above our heads. There was a lady with a flower in her heat and small dog that look perfectly brushed and had all the manners that dog suppose to have (he was sitting perfectly calm, with his four legs stretched and eyes fixed on a other’s lady cat that was enclosed in a box. Lot of other people stand nervously waiting their turn. A woman who worked at on of the desks closed her own and fixed her broken nail with nail brush. She put a sign “Chiuso” (Closed) and expected all of the potential customers to pretend she is not behind a transparent glass.

  One of men explained her how unpropriate was her action, when so many customers wait. She shrugged her shoulders.( It seems that in Italy customer is always wrong. ) At first glance well breed dog started showing his animalistic side. He jumped and try to catch a cat’s tale that sticks out from a box. An old man started sneezing and coughing in his tissue. He asked me to throw away his used tissue. A post officer behind a glass window lifted his head and wait for my action. I hesitate for a second and then brought small basket to enable an old man to throw his tissue, he , himself.   I was strucked how people who worked in post in Italy were unpleasant, almost rude and looking forward their brake. They almost yelled at people who did not know where tosign, where to put stamp. They were devilish to those who did not have any coin money but 20 or 50 euros in paper.   I believe that salaries which post workerks get every month does not reflect their longings, but that is not the reason to bite a customer when he/she appears in the front of a desk. They have to act and work

as professionals. They are representatives of a country system and contribute to its image in the eyes of foreigners. After all there is so many people outside who are willing to work even if the income is not the one they have dreamed of.   Soon, a post where I happen to enter become a circus. Cat scratched the metal bars, dog started barking, the old man cleaned his throe and free his respiration canals, two Italians raise their voice,and consequently hands, that help them bring the issue more vividly and passionately (this action is particular to Italians). Women start knocking with her golden ring on a desk window. Two post officers closed the desk and demand everybody to step out from a room.   I did what they ask, holding a postcard and a ticket with a number that I got in the post office. I will send a postcard in Montenegro “alla italiana”. It would be long way for my postcard to be delivered even thou it only has to swim the Adriatic sea. Viva L’Italia!!

Aleksandra Rakonjac Kitchen Duty   Today I am eating pizza. Tomorrow I will choose pasta. The day after tomorrow I will order pizza. Oh , forgot. I have already eaten that.   I never did understand why my mother used to tell me to watch her – carefully while she was preparing meals. Now, in Rome, together with my friends, I scorn the menu at the cafeteria. Pizza. Pasta. Pizza yet again. I finally understand what my mother was trying to tell me.   I n Rome, I finally came to understand what a kitchen really means to a woman. It is not an exciting place for a woman, but it contributes to her independence.   Learning how to cook made me feel more independent and self-confident. Several times I’ve called my mother on Skype for basic recipes for stews, pies and fish courses.   The very first time I burned my sleeve. Somehow I managed to extinguish the flames in the sink. During my next effort, there was no smell of roasted t-shirt and I felt like Caesar, without the laurel crown, watching my successful efforts at making lunch. It was a stew made of carrots and pumpkin, sprinkled with parsley. I also I

prepared corn polenta with melted cheese. I liked the fact that it was the work of my own hands. I choose not to accept a pizza and pasta diet. I almost felt as though I could make a ratatouille , but I realized that it was too big a goal for me, at least for now. I stick to the recipes my mother entrusted to me over the Skype. My home-cooked meals are not always delicious, but they have their good points. They require effort, yes, but not necessarily a lot of time. Over the months, I have learned one or two things about what not to do: Don’t cook chicken in a sauce made of red wine and cranberries – too hard. Make salads and vegetablebased soups that are done in 15 minutes flat. And every once in a while, go for popcorn with melted butter.   Any dish I make enables me to see myself as a more independent and selfreliant person than I used to be. Rome has taught me, along with my mother via Skype, how to cook. And I now have a good working relationship with my kitchen. I have grown.

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Following In the Steps of Eat, Pray, Love Review By Sarah Introna Staff Writer

In her book “Eat, Pray, Love,” author Elizabeth Gilbert said “Sometimes I wonder what I’m doing here, I admit it.” Standing at the top of Castello Sant’ Angelo, my two roommates and I were contemplating a similar feeling -- two of us had ventured out, despite the financial uncertainty looming over our heads; the third’s only memory of Rome was a high school trip with her then-boyfriend, since discarded. So, what would Gilbert, a 34- yearold divorcee battling depression, have in common with twenty-year-old girls visiting Rome for four months? Perhaps everything. The book follows the author on her spiritual journey -- searching or hiding, as she states in her novel -- to Italy, India, and Indonesia. In the end, she learns how to balance both pleasure and spirituality.

In a Rome apartment of four Americans and one Russian, Gilbert’s New York Times bestseller is the book of choice for any number of young women leaving home, family, and love. Sarah Lucy, 20, says: “The book was recommended to me by a friend who had it highlighted and bookmarked pages where her favorite quotes were. I felt like Gilbert coming to Italy after an ugly divorce was similar to how I was feeling with my ex-boyfriend. I felt like there was a connection between us.”

share, the knowledge that we can drink under the age of 21 and gelato almost every day is our reward for breaking loose. Gilbert somehow acquired money, fame, good-looking amazing men and yet, she wasn’t happy. We, on the other hand, are very much so. My roommate Sarah said, “Why do our lives rock?” Gilbert might appreciate my reply: “Because we made them this way.”

In the book, Gilbert recounts her transformation from a woman dependent on men to a confident self-sustaining world-traveler . “I wanted to explore one aspect of myself set against the backdrop of each country, in a place that has traditionally done that one thing very well,” she writes. “I wanted to explore the art of pleasure in Italy, the art of devotion in India and, in Indonesia, the art of balancing the two.” Exploring pleasure for a college student with massive debts is in a way simpler. An entire pizza pie that we don’t have to

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Editorial Board’s Hangout Spot Stay Healthy With Christianne Our Little Nest To All Those Who are indulging in Italy’s Delights...

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Gelato every now and then is a must, but try and swtich up that regular gelato cone with a basket of strawberries. Not only does it save you emtpy calories, its full of antioxidents

Shelved. The books aligned in chronological order according to bar code numbers. The numerous pairs of eyes shifting back and forth while trying to find their bounded little friend. Once in the hands of the beloved reader, their journey begins.

Pasta- it’s actually good for you! Eating pasta for lunch is actually better than eating something small. The pasta will fill you up and give you energy for the day. These carbs will easily be burn up if eaten before 3 pm.

In light of our little nest at John Cabot, I think it’s safe to say that our library has witnessed the struggles and strides of an everyday Caboteer. Its’ small corners and cozy rooms reflects its’ intimate and quaint appeal.

Light Dinner- This is the best time to eat protein. When the body sleeps, it still burns calories. If you eat a high in protein dinner, your body will burn fat, not muscle while it sleeps. Never go to bed hungry!

Now, I’ve been told it’s not like a “real university’s library,” whatever that means. It doesn’t have a Starbucks and or three computer labs, but who cares. It’s enough. It provides us with the necessities. Libraries are not meant to be about convience, but more about study and work.

Tip for the MonthKeep your metabolism going! Snack every 2 hours on.. Apples Strawberries Light Tramezzino Veggies

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We all shuffle in and out trying to place our thoughts onto paper, reading for classes, and studying for midterms. Between breaks, we stop by a café and grab a coffee. If it’s a rough day, a beer will do. Our libary is our little nest here in Rome.

Matty’s Movies and Music   White Collar, a USA Network show: I buy it every Wednesday Morning from iTunes.  Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros   When the Sun Goes Down by Kenny Chesney


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