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Volume VII, Issue II



November 2011

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Students call for longer hours, more space at the JCU Library By Paul Celentani Contributing Writer Kyle Thompson, a study abroad student from Marquette University, was in the John Cabot University library studying for his midterm when he was interrupted by the public address system that announced that the library would be closing in 20 minutes. Thompson, 20, looked at his watch and noticed that it was only 9:40 p.m. “At my home school, the library never closes,” he said. “It is pretty difficult for me to get to the library because of my class schedule so having it close before midnight is really an inconvenience.” JCU’s Frohring Library, located in the basement of the Guarini Campus, is open

seven days a week. The hours are 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Friday and 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. during the weekend. The hours are extended a bit for finals, meaning that during the last two weeks of the

semester the library is open from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. every day, including the weekend. Livia Piotto, one of JCU’s head librarians, said there have been no official requests from students to stay open this year. “The students seem satisfied,” she said. Piotto added that if the library were open all day, every day, more JCU staff would be needed. There are currently four full-time professionals who work in the library, as well as nine student workers. She explained that not only would additional library staff be needed to handle the day-to-day activities, but security staff at the entrance to the building. “It would affect a lot of people if we were to Continued on Page 2

JCU Replaces Water Dispensers with fountains The Great Escape

By Alessandro Minissi Contributing Writer

John Cabot University replaced its bottled water dispensers with fountains this semester. The six water dispensers that were located throughout the university’s two campuses have now been replaced by four water fountains. The water is still free and accessible to all. “We were re-filling them and not rebottling them. It was not the proper way and that’s why we changed them,” said Kathleen Quinn, JCU’s administrative of-


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ficer and assistant to the chairman of the By Sean Pyles board. Staff Writer Quinn pointed out that the four water fountains work better. They contain a fil15 October 2011. I arrived at Piazza ter in their structure and are directly con- della Republica and the crowd was excitnected to the university plumbing, there- ed. There were more than 50,000 people fore providing fresh filtered water every ready to march. They played live music time. “This is filtered,” said Quinn about and waved flags – it all seemed peaceful the new water, “and it’s less work for us.” and downStudents, however, would like to see right fun. more fountains on campus. There are But when only two fountains in the Guarini Campus the walk be- one at the entrance of the Lemon Court- gan around yard and one on the administration floor. 2:30 p.m. “Before buying too many water foun- the feeling tains we wanted to test them,” said Franc- shifted sudesca Monteporzio, finance office assistant denly. As I at JCU. She explained that a water foun- walked down tain costs 1,100€ + IVA and the filter has Via Cavour, to be changed every 10,000 litres of wa- black smoke ter. was billow  She said there are plans to add more ing from an unknown Fight & Chaos: First video of source. I Photo by Sean Pyles ‘Occupy Rome’ rally turning could see and violent hear the demonstrators harassing a member of the Black Block, they were yelling watch?v=0aMD4QIvGUE Continued on Page 2

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stay open 24 hours,” said Piotto. Selina Strawley, 18, a degree-seeking student from Great Valley High School in Pennsylvania, who lives in the Gianicolo Residence, said she studies at home because of the library hours. “If the library did have longer hours I would make more use of the reference books and materials,” she said. Meanwhile Lorenzo Torchia, 22, a commuting, degree seeker at JCU studying international affairs, said longer hours at the library would not be useful “because there are no trains late at night for me to go back home.” Space at the library is another issue that students would like to see remediated in some way. For example, Thompson said that when he does go to the library he finds it difficult to find a place where he

can study because there are only 60-70 seats available in the entire library. “We have space issues, we want to expand,” said Piotto, who has been working in the JCU library for six years. She said that during finals the problem becomes more serious and most, if not, all empty classrooms are used by the students as study space. Torchia said when the space issues surface he goes straight to one of the computer labs at Guarini Campus. The library, however, does maximize its space by providing students with a collection of about 30,000 books. Frohring offers 10 work stations in the computer lab and can rent out up to eight laptops to students who do not have their own computer. The library is equipped with one printer in the computer lab, as well as

JCU Italy Reads 2011 Takes Off

By Anna Prosvetova Staff writer/Layout Editor Italy Reads 2011 was kicked off by a passionate discussion of this semester’s novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Professor Cathy Fussell, former director of the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, led the discussion in the Aula Magna Regina about the author’s life and her work. The event saw the participation of 10 teachers and about 80 students from different Italian high schools participating in this program. Fussell provided insight into the geographical location and socio-economic context of Columbus, Georgia in the 1930s. She shared a number of old photographs and postcards that gave the audi-


ence an idea about life in Columbus during the Great Depression. She also shared an the audio recording of McCullers’ voice reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and a short rare film interview of McCullers that gave everyone an opportunity to see and hear the author talking about her writing in her delightful Columbus accent. The meeting concluded with a discussion on the current day life in Columbus. The teachers and students from Italian high schools had a great opportunity to meet with JCU student volunteers to discuss the book and the project in general. It was also an opportunity for the local teachers present to discuss the difficulties of teaching the book to teenagers.

2011 Italy Reads Keynote Address with Prof. Cathy Fussell

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two photocopiers, one for student use and the other for staff use. Frohring is also airconditioned that provides students with a comfortable working environment during the warmer months. Piotto also mentioned that the current library staff “wants separation because of space issues” but the fact that library is not in it’s own building does not allow for it. “The idea of expanding is simply an idea right now and nothing more.” Piotto said there is the possibility of moving the data base collection online for student access. “This would make the reference the materials available 24/7, which would solve one issue for students,” she said.

The Great Escape continued from Page 1 at him for starting violence, saying this was a peaceful event and asking him to leave. Two civilian cars were engulfed in flames. I kept expecting a dramatic explosion like those in the movies, but the cars burned. The smoke burned my throat, but thankfully there was no explosion, By this point, though, a sense of panic had begun to permeate the crowd. The journey to Piazza San Giovanni was tense – more burning cars, unknown explosions, smashed storefronts. It seemed like a war had broken out between the police and the Black Block. I stood on the steps of the church trying to stay clear of the tear gas and smoke bombs. It lasted for more than one hour and it wasn’t clear who was winning; both seemed to be taking a lot of damage. The police trucks eventually began to gain ground and drive closer to the church. That’s when my escape began. I climbed a row of portable toilets, looking for a way out, but there was not one that didn’t risk a 30- meter fall. Then, the Basilica doors opened and I was safe. I entered thanked the priests for their generosity. Amen.


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Stand Corner

Both pieces were written by Stand club members

Abdullahi from Somalia

Belal Han from Afghanistan

Support Student

“Somalia is no good,” Abdullahi said. With his broken English, he described to “Fleeing from a small village in the the continuous fighting and violence. AfKunar province of Eastern Afghaniter his father had died, he lived with his stan, Belal Han was convinced at 16 mother and sisters, moving constantly in -years-old that he had to join the Talihopes of avoiding the fighting. He was ban in their Jihad against the West. especially at risk as a young man of beEducated in an ultra-conservative maing recruited by one of the several militant drassa, Belal explained how the well forces. When his sister was killed, money was pooled together to get him out of So- known Quran passage that advocates malia. He said that it is usually men who for “an eye for an eye” was twisted by leave, and if everything works out, the the Taliban when they persuaded him women will follow after. Since the border to join them. Although Belal didn’t feel to Kenya was very difficult to get through, comfortable talking about what he did Abdullahi joined the flow of people into during his time with the Taliban, or Sudan. Once in Sudan he took the terrible about the structure of the group, he did journey through the desert to reach Libya say that after a few months he realized along with many others. When asked if the that he didn’t want to be a part of it anyothers were all from Somalia, and Abdul- more. When asked how he managed to lahi shook his head vigorously, saying, leave and he said he fled quietly, in the “Oh no. People were coming from Soma- middle of the night, hiding at the home lia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, and Sudan. of a friend.” We all had problems, we all wanted to leave.” STAND members volunteer every Friday at the Joel Nafuma political refugee center in Rome and are working on creating a compilation of stories to publish by the end of the semester. Those interested in joining or helping can contact

The Tear Gas Experience

By Rebecca Laird Staff Writer

As part of the worldwide movement to voice their concerns about the global financial crisis many citizens, including those in Rome, participated in the worldwide demonstrations last month. Walking towards San Giovanni, I could see the tear gas engulfing the entire piazza. Each time the police would spray tear gas, chaos was unleashed again and again.

Photo by Kyle Claycomb

A crowd of people came running towards me. Ignorant and fascinated, I waded through them catching glimpses of the effects the gas had on each person. Some had bandanas covering their noses and mouths allowing them to hold their ground, but others ran past me crying and coughing. It began to feel like a battle and before I could decide whether I wanted to participate actively I started to feel the effects first hand. I could hardly blink and my eyes were tearing up a storm, until a man dressed in all black with a helmet and ski goggles doused my face with lemon water. I felt a great sense of relief from the burning that was happening in my eyes, on my skin and in my lungs. Yet on my dazed walk home, I could not help but find it terribly ironic how tear gas was the instrument the po-


lice used to calm the protests. As I ran through the gas, feeling pain and a lack of oxygen, every eye I met had a determined and worthwhile stare. In addition, as human, social creatures, our usual inclination is to help someone we see suffering and give them a hand. Like the man in black, who saw me struggling and offered me aid, many others experienced the same care. If anything I would say the tear gas was a fundamental element that helped me and the others hold our ground and not give up our stance.


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Arists near us By Charlotte Brooks Staff Writer

IN ROME Realismi Socialisti, Grande Pittura Sovietica 1920-1970 and Aleksandr Rodcenko By Anna Prosvetova Staff writer/Layout Editor Palazzo Delle Nazionale 194



There is a Soviet “invasion” in the heart of Rome. Two extensive exhibitions were opened in October at Palazzo Delle Esposizioni showing the Soviet reality through paintings and photography. “Social Realism. Soviet Painting 19201970” is one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Soviet art of this period out of Russia. It represents the origin and development of Social Realism – one of the most important and influential movements not only in Soviet Union, but also in 20th century art in general. The display is divided in several periods in accordance with main events in the life of the Soviet Union: from the October Revolution of 1917 through the Great Patriotic War to the time of Khrushcev’s Liberalization. The structure of this exposition gives you an opportunity to retrace the progress of new forms, colors and visual ways in representation of Soviet life and, especially, of Soviet man as a “new man,” strong and ambitious, ready to build a completely new, perfect world. Kazimir Malevich, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Alexander Deyneka and Arkadyi Plastov should be mentioned as some of the great artists included in this exhibition. There are also several photographs by famous Soviet photographers on display, which serve as a great addition to paintings and complete the portrait of the time. Together with the exhibition of Soviet paintings there are also nearly 300 works

P i a z z a Navona is one of my favorite places in Rome, so I spend a lot of time there and have become friends with some of the artists. One friend, Giovanni Bosica, creates incredible portraits for those willing to spare twenty minutes of their time. Born in the Teramo province, he came to Rome 25-years ago and has been working in Piazza Navona ever since. Bosica studied art in high school, and then illustration at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome. His favorite part about his job? “I like being with different cultures. In Piazza Navona, I by Alexander Rodchenko being shown, ranging from original photographs to photomontages and period prints. Rodchenko is a bright representative of Russian Avant-Garde of 20th century, who made a great and invaluable impact not only on Russian photography and design, but also influenced his colleagues in Europe and America. The space of the display is divided into several parts in accordance with the area of Rodchenko’s work. Together with this there are a lot of Rodchenko’s quotes from his diaries and other writings that provide precious insight for visitors into his way of thinking and seeing the development of art, such as: “A revolution must be performed on the people to teach them to see things from every angle in any kind of light” (LEF Notebook, 1927). This exhibition was compiled from Rodchenko’s family archive and collection of Moscow Museum of Photography. That is why it gives wonderful opportunity to see wide range of his works, including most famous photographs, such as “Portrait of Mother”, “Girl with Leika”, portraits of Vladimir Mayakovskyi, Soviet poet, and others. Both exhibitions will be on display till January 8, 2012, get there before its too late and see how life and people were in Russia in the a period of great change and evolution.

don’t feel like I am an Italy anymore.” It isn’t always fun being an artist there. The weather and the competition with other artists can make it challenging. “Many people don’t know what good art and bad art is, so another artist might trick them by giving a discount, and I lose the customer.” Despite the competition between the artists they are obviously a close little community, talking and joking with each other or watching someone’s stand another takes a break. Bosica is cheerful and optimistic, finding inspiration for his art from culture, experience and emotion. You will only find his portraits in Piazza Navona, but he is also a skilled painter with interest in realism, impressionism, abstract, modern art, photography, and art history. A few of his favorite artists are Michaelangelo, DaVinci, Bernini, Van Gogh, Monet, and Rembrandt. Giovanni has a passion for art and loves life in general. “Life is precious and short. I don’t feel like what I do is work. I’ve only been an artist… I believe in art. It has taught me that life is good from every perspective.”

L’Insalata Ricca By Ksenia Kurileva Staff Wrtier

Via Garibaldi 8, Roma, 00153 On a Saturday night, during another weekend in Trastevere, we were looking for something new and different food wise. Passing JCU’s Guarini campus and walking up along Via Garibaldi, we stumbled upon a restaurant called L’Insalata Ricca. To my surprise, there was a large variety of Italian food, and the menu was extensive making it incredibly difficult to choose a meal. The atmosphere is different than in most restaurants in the neighborhood, but that is what made it cozy and warm. Here, there is definitely something for everyone, whether you are a meat-lover or a vegetarian, the food is delicious and most importantly the prices are reasonable. Recommended for those of you who like salads – it is the restaurant’s specialty. L’Insalata Ricca has a chain of restaurants all across Rome, in areas such as Tuscolana and Testaccio. Know any cool places to hang out? Write a review for the “Get Lost in Rome” section of The Matthew! We will publish your reccomendations!



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Astrology For November Aries



Legal matters, paperwork and processing are favored on Monday, so if you’ve been putting off such things, procrastinate no more. And make a concerted effort to understand your emotions rather than just blindly reacting. Be ready to clear up a little miscommunication on Monday. Then your emotional reactions are strong, but then again, so is your intuition. You’re just extra-sensitive, which can be a very good thing. The stars smile on you on Monday, so get up, get going and make the most of your sweet self. Work, money and material stuff may be uppermost in your mind, but don’t lose track of your usual lovely balance.

Capricorn Investigate

a hard-to-believe story today, and you will find that the facts don’t quite line up correctly. Handle this discovery as gingerly as possible -- be careful not to pounce too quickly on the storytellers.



Source: (astrology) (pictures) Monday looks busy, but carve out some time for yourself -- a walk, a cup of tea, a little reading. From Tuesday through most of Thursday, try to incorporate flexibility; if you do you’ll be ready for anything.

Gemini Though


Friendships and more romantic connections are favored on Monday and all week through, so be sure to get in touch. On Sunday, quiet down and you’ll hear something interesting.



One good turn deserves another, so do a helpful friend a favor today. This friend might need company while waiting for a repairman, or might just need someone to run a few small errands.

Aquarius A new friend comes from an unexpected place, so keep your eyes and heart open. You may be sensitive about your innermost feelings, but sharing them with the right person gives you a sense of connection.

it seems like an unlikely day for love, Monday’s got romance written all over it. You’re whip-smart, too -really the whole package. Expect extremes around Friday and Saturday -- good times, bad times ... you’ll get your share.


Do some comparison shopping on Monday, whether it’s your work or personal budget that’s at stake. From Tuesday through most of Thursday, remember that people can tell when your attention’s wandering. Your ability to deal with difficult personalities might just come in handy today. Even if the people around you are driving you a bit crazy, you’ll be able to channel their off-the-wall antics into some creative inspiration.

Pisces One-on-one

relationships or meetings could be tricky. Look for reasonable compromises and better ways. Recognize when others are being unreasonable and set some limits.


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Facebook status: “I can’t believe how much I have to read for my [insert class].” - by student on facebook

To all my colleagues, this week I hope for you all to learn something new from your students. - professor

To our beautiful curly redhead in the front office, I smile every time I see you. - Forbici Give your shout-outs to The Matthew staff at,

Time to look for a turkey!

Editorial Board Advisor Rosamaria Mancini Editor-In-Chief Michelle Monteclaro Managing Editor Christianne Alvarez Head Copy Editor Matthew Carlebach Layout Editor Anna Prosvetova

Dear Kitty Cat, in speaking with fireman and lady cop, we came to the conclusion that you might have been chilly this past Halloween. Bundle up. - love, Spice Girl

Daje studenti, Look outside your windows and try to catch Rome during the daytime. It’s our city. - Augustus Dean McLean (Yogi), Let’s catch up soon and have a drink. - M&M

About Us The Matthew is the student-written and student-managed, nonprofit newspaper of John Cabot University. The Matthew is published while classes are in session during fall and spring semesters. No part thereof may be reproduced in any form, in whole or in part, without the consent of the managing editor. Op-eds and Letters to the Editor may be submitted for publication by e-mail to Newspaper officers do not have office hours, but can be reached at any time by writing to the address above. Contact Information: JCU Student Newspaper Club c/o Student Services John Cabot University Via Della Lungara 233 Rome Italy 00165 Corrections for October 2011 Issue (Volume VII, Issue II) Martine Rietman’s name was misspelled under our current staff writers on Page 7. Princess Diana of Wales was misspelled in the “Mario Testino” article on Page 5.


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ShoppinG / Love Advice By Liridona Malota Staff Writer

If you enjoy digging for vintage finds, but haven’t found enough options consider a few vintage stores in the Trastevere area and outside:

Trastevere: 1. Frankenstein, Via Santa Dorotea next to T-Bone Steakhouse 2. Twice Shop, Via di San Francisco a Ripa 105/a 3. Primitivi, Piaza San Cosimato (always has 40% off during August and January) 4. Via del Politeama has a shop without a name next door to La Renella

Monti (near Colosseo): 1. Pifebo Vintage Shop, Via Serpenti (Highly Recommended for bargains and great finds)* Navona: 2. Pulp, Via del Boschetto 140 Roam the streets of Via del Governo Vecchio 3. God Save the Look, Via Panisperna (clothes range from 60s, 70s, 80s, and even 227A good selection of designers)

Lorenzo’s Loving Corner Dear Lorenzo, I met this really awesome guy last semester. We really bonded and had fun together. Everything was going great and although I didn’t see him all summer, we still stayed in touch. However, this semester, I noticed that he changed a lot. His skin is much paler, his teeth a little mossy, he walks quite weirdly now, and he keeps talking about brains. I have this feeling he became a zombie. How can I be sure he is one, and what should I do? I really like him. - ConcernedGirl0224 Dear ConcernedGirl0224, Remember, nothing lasts forever. People change, especially guys. I believe that you girls should learn that things are not always as your saccharine minds suggest you. However, in most of the cases guys are simply just the way they are from the beginning; it is you girls getting them wrong and expecting them to behave the way you would like them to. Moreover, in situations like yours I always say: when you have doubts, there is no doubt. People know whether a person is what they are looking for or not; if you have any doubts it probably means that your interest is not that strong as your brain would like it to be. If you are in desperate need for a man now then keep on forcing yourself in liking him. If not, just move on with your life and you will find the right guy for you. There are hundreds and hundreds of guys out there: dress up, go out, and have fun! - Lorenzo


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JCU Fashion Trend Spotter

Corey: Denim and Chambray Shirts

Christianne: Bows under

Ellie: Classic Prepster under

Jersey Show - So Not Italian By Alexa Burrows Contributing Writer “Get crazy, get wild, let’s party, get loud,” are the first words you hear from the theme song of the hit MTV reality show, The Jersey Shore.   The Jersey Shore, which first hit television screens in 2009, is about the life of eight so-called Italians who spend their summer on the beaches of New Jersey. The show revolves around drinking, partying, hookups and drama and claims to depict the life of ItalianAmericans.   Italian and American students find the show, and the cast, to be nothing but a fabrication of what Italians are really like.   “We don’t have fake tans, we don’t fist pump and we don’t drink like they do,” said Alessandro Tomianto, an Italian John Cabot University student. “I hate the fact that since the show American’s think thats how Italians act.”   In the first episode of this season, which was filmed in Florence, one of the main characters, Ronnie, incorrectly identified a church, and the genius behind the Sistine Chapel – Michelangelo Buonarroti. He said: “Vatican, that’s the one that Leonardo DaVinci painted with his hand.” “I find it a little insulting that they would come here and not know anything about Italy,” says JCU student Christian Desiano. “I’m surprised that Florence even agreed to let MTV film there.”   Before the cast could start filming in Florence, news reports said that Mayor Matteo Renzi required the show’s producers to follow certain rules,

including not filming the cast members drinking in public, in bars or in clubs. In addition, the reality show was to be filmed in a manner that featured Italy’s, and especially Florence’s, rich cultural and culinary traditions.   American students also find the show to be a bit out there. Guillermo Espinosa, a study abroad student in Florence, met the cast at a dance club over the summer. “They completely took over the club, although they were a lot of fun, they were obnoxious, loud, and crazy, nothing short of what you see on TV,” Espinosa said.  Brittany Lanteri, a Sicilian-Italian American studying at JCU, who often times refers to herself as “Snooki,” the name of one of the show’s cast members, or an “Italian meatball,” agrees that the show does not accurately describe Italians. “I love the Jersey shore! I think it’s fun, entertaining, and easy to watch. But is it realistic? No. How the cast acts on the show is not how real Italians act. I have been in Italy for a month now, and I have not seen one guido with his hair spiked, or a girl wearing revealing clothing with orange skin,” she said.   Most of the cast are not Italian. Nicole (Snooki) Palozzi one of the most popular cast members is Chilean and was adopted by an Italian family. Jenni (J-Wow) Farley is from Irish decent, and Ronnie is half Puerto Rican, half Italian.   “The cast of the show are New JerseyItalians, which is a brand all their own. If people want to see what real Italians are like they should come Italy,” said Jessica Phinney, a student at JCU.


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