John Cabot’s vessel: informing, exploring, excelling.
Volume IV , Issue I
February 23, 2010
Student Population Hits High By DaniEllE ROVEt Staff Writer For students abroad, the role that John Cabot University plays during orientation is vital. Even Italian stu-
dents coming to JCU experience culture shock: they are in a new (largely American) environment, surrounded by people of many nationalities who speak a variety of languages. “Our role is to make this transition as smooth as
Students arrive at Fiumicino Airport in droves. photo from Student Services
possible,” said Pilar Murguia, Student Services Coordinator at JCU. Orientation took place in January, thanks to 33 student ambassadors who helped with check-in, greeting students and families at the Welcome Desk, health forms, student IDs, and residence permits. Student ambassadors also accompanied students on the shuttle and dropped them off at their new apartments. “I was an incoming student last semester and was impressed by the orientation process, so it inspired me to help out with orientation this semester,” said Andrew Nelson, one of the student ambassadors this semester. Another frequently cited reason for participating in orientation is networking early in the semester. Student ambassador Chiara De Luca decided to help out because, she said, See STUDENT BODY on page 2
JCU Premiers New Site In This Issue...
By AnDREW NElSOn Staff Writer
This semester John Cabot University unveiled its new, improved and very colorful website. Berenice Cocciolillo, the Coordinator of Publications and Institutional Communication, was the mastermind behind the beautifully crafted site. “We have been told that JCU is the best kept secret in Rome and we don’t want to be a secret anymore,” she said, explaining one reason for changing the website. The new website was designed to help market JCU, along with making it more user-friendly, to help prospective students, current students, parents and faculty find the information they need. JCU had in fact added new features to the old website even before the makeover: among them, student profiles and a virtual tour. But after
a while, these additions were sort of like adding random, cluttered rooms onto an old house. They certainly weren’t long-term solutions. “The website needed a new blueprint, a new site map,” said Cocciolillo. Last year, the university hired a web expert from Noel-Levitz, a higher education consulting company. They did some-web based surveys to find out what students expect from a website. They also learned that JCU’s old website was not living up to its marketing potential. Feedback from faculty and staff was also taken into consideration. The updated design includes new colors and layout. The website is also color-coded so that visitors know what part of the website they are on. The revamped design includes a “wildcard” space on the homepage that can be
See WEBSITE on page 2
Flip to page 4 to read about Michelle’s reﬂection on her trip to Ghana.
Check out The Matthew’s typical Italian recipe for Gnocco Lerico on page 7.
Visiting journalism professor Judy Bachrach shares her story on page 8
Editor-in-Chief: Nate Jayne
Managing Editor: Mary Rideout
Head Publishing Editor: Michelle Monteclaro
Contributing Writers and Copy Editors:
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JCU Launches New Website This Spring WEBSITE from page 1
changed frequently. This space currently features a photo of Ponte Sisto and and text promoting a first-class study abroad experience in summer 2010. The site also now features many photos taken by JCU students. Other vital features of the website include a new navigational scheme, which features frontpage quick links. These are known as “breadcrumb” navigations because they allow site visitors to jump back to pages that were previously viewed or are related. Each page has a menu bar at the top with links to JCU’s directory, the My JCU login and JCU email. Every club at the school has its
own page. There are also maps, and hotel finders. A final important change to the new website is a web-friendly format that helps optimize search engine results. The new website would not have been possible without the assistance of student assistants Marynna Saatjian and Nate Jayne. l
JCU Welcomes Its Largest Student Body STUDENT BODY from page 1
“This way I get to meet all of the new students before classes even start.” In January, seven simultaneous orientations were held; four for visiting students and the rest for degreeseeking students, their families, and for ENLUs students. The orientation also included sports sign-up, front office support for lost luggage, neighborhood tours, housing workshops,
as well as health and safety sessions. According to Student Services Coordinator Pilar Murguia, “Orientation is a challenge because it is the first impression of what the students will expect. It is very important that we make them feel at home.” Students had the opportunity to learn what JCU has to offer as well as get a taste of living in Rome. Events such as meet-and-greats and walking tours helped achieve this goal. l
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Super Bowl Party Raises Money For Haitian Relief By Diana C. NEaRHOS Staff Writer Pat McAfee of the Indianapolis Colts launched the opening kickoff of the 2010 Super Bowl deep into New Orleans territory and the crowd staring intently at the TV erupted in cheers. One might expect to find this sight anywhere in the States, but in the middle of Rome? This was in fact the scene at T-Bone Station. Ninety John Cabot University students filled the back rooms of the popular restaurant February 7th to watch one of the most popular sporting events in America. The school’s student government organized a pregame Super Bowl party as a fundraiser to help the relief efforts in Haiti after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake on January 12th. The idea of hosting a gathering of students originated long before the earthquake. Last semester, Robbie Moyers, JCU Student Government Vice President, came up with the idea of hosting some sort of Super Bowl party as a way to bring together students who may not typically attend school events. Football, especially the Super Bowl, receives a lot of attention in the States, but very little in Italy. American students attending John Cabot needed a place to congregate and watch. After disaster struck Haiti, the event took on another form. “We figured there was a lot that can be done [with Haiti relief efforts],” said Moyers. “That gave us the idea to get more involved and put the money towards something.” The event was a success; all 90 tickets were sold – and many more were left out in the cold, because there sim-
Alexandra Martinez and other football fans get ready to watch the Super Bowl. Photo by Edoardo Peri.
ply wasn’t enough space to accommodate them. The gathering raised about 400 Euros, which will be donated to either Universities Fight¬ing World Hunger or Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti Foundation. “People responded well to ticket prices and seemed behind the cause. We had a packed house, every seat was filled,” said Moyers. Many students would have attended a Super Bowl event without the added incentive of supporting Haitian relief. Americans love their football and look to maintain traditions like the Super Bowl parties. However, the possibility of supporting such an important cause drew even more students -- and sparked a few donations from those who were not as interested in the game. “I would have been here either way,” said John Cabot visiting stu-
dent Noah Ingram. “But I am happy to know that [the money is going to Haiti].” The oﬃcial John Cabot event consisted of a pre-game party where students feasted on shared plates of nachos and chicken wings (at three to five Euro per ticket, the event was a steal). Once the game began and the JCU event ended, the fans remained and cheered for their favorite team. This was the first of many events raising funds for Haiti relief. Hot dog sales in the Lemon Tree Courtyard and Valentine’s Day candygrams also gave students the opportunity to help out. A basketball tournament is in the works for later in the semester. Though halfway across the world, John Cabot is doing its part to contribute to Haiti relief while providing some typical American delights. l
Multicultural Club Hosts
Serving Feijoada, a typical Brazilian dish along with drinks and desserts Reserve your spot in the Student Services ofﬁce by February 23 for 10 Euro.
Thursday, February 25 Secchia Terrace from 1:15-2:30 pm 3
Class Learns About Mafia By ROla ABSi HalaBi Staff Writer
Photo by Michelle Monteclaro
MICHELLE MONTECLARO The humidity that greeted me when I arrived in Accra, the capital of Ghana, reminded me of Florida. I couldn’t help smiling because suddenly home didn’t feel so far away. At the terminal exit, we were greeted by Patrick, the manager of the Kokrobitey Institute. He drove us from Accra to Kokrobitey where we were to begin our adventure. The Institute has been partnered with the American University of Rome for seven years. Every year, professor James Waltson takes a group of students to Kokrobiety, Ghana were he teaches a special topics course on West Africa and Ghana. The course focuses on Ghanaian history, politics, economy and society. I initially signed up for the course because I wanted to gain a broader understanding of Ghana. In previous classes, I had learned that Ghana was the first country in Africa to obtain political in¬dependence, which sparked my interest. I also saw it as an opportunity to meet new people and start the new year with a new journey, a journey of my own. After only a week, I had developed a strong appreciation for Ghanaian people. They radiate a light that can be seen from miles away. Many of them have nothing but their family and minimal means. Yet, they were for the most part happy. My other inspiration was my roommate, Diana. She is a Ghanaian student at Ashesi University in Accra. She is remarkable. Her spontaneity is contagious. If we weren’t dancing to African beats, I was learning from her. She taught me the word “umbutu”, a word that means “I am human because you are human”. It is a word that reminds me that I am human . I will make mistakes like everyone else. My time in Ghana was life-changing. The course provided me with a thorough understanding of why Ghana is the way it is today. Professor Waltson’s passion and knowledge is infectious. As for my peers from the American University of Rome and Ashesi University, we quickly became a little family. We all hold something in common. It’s moment in our lives that no one will truly understand except us.
Italian language professor Claudio Biasiotti took his students to Palermo, Sicily to learn more about Italian culture in Sicily –and about the Mafia and those who fight its pernicious influence. Before going on this trip, Professor Biasiotti screened I Cento Passi (One Hundred Steps) for the class, a film about Giuseppe “Peppino” Impastato, a young political activist whose opposition to the Mafia in the late ‘70’s ultimately cost him his life. Peppino lived in Palermo, only a hundred steps away from a local Mafia boss. The class also did some research on Libera, an organization devoted to combating organized crime. To the surprise of the students, Professor Biasiotti arranged a meeting with one of Libera’s young members, Girolamo di Giovanni. When asked why he felt meeting a Libera member was so important, Professor Biasiotti explained that he wants to shed light on what the Mafia is really like, which happens to be at odds with the glamorized image Hollywood portrays all too often. Libera’s headquarters look like a small grocery store. The meeting took place on the lower level in an area surrounded by books and posters. Di Giovanni began his meeting with the students by discussing the history of the battle against the Mafia in Sicily. He described how in 1992 the Mafia murdered two heroic anti-Mafia magistrates, Giovannni Falcone and Paolo Borselli. Palermo’s airport is now known as Falcone-Borsellino Airport. Di Giovanni also explained that Libera was a really international network of more than a thousand groups and schools that use education and awareness as its weapons. Libera also backed Italy’s Law 109/96, which promotes the distribution of state-confiscated illegal property to poor communities. The wine I Cento Passi happens to be one of Libera’s products. Di Giovanni revealed that, like Peppino, he too had lived very close to a Mafia boss who had recently been captured. However, he told students that he did not feel that his life was in danger. Libera is too loose an aﬃliation of members to invite retribution: no one member gets a lot of public attention. At the end of the meeting, students had the opportunity to buy the I Cento Passi wine. l
Men’s Soccer Ready To Play By Jillian Guinta Staff Writer Only three weeks into the new semester, John Cabot University’s men’s soccer team is well into its season. The team has played two games so far, resulting in a win against Tor Vergata and a loss against Roma Tre. Overall, the Gladiators have a record of two victories and seven losses. However, spirits are high and everyone is working towards improvement this season. The team nearly doubled in size this semester with the addition of nine players. Now with 22 players, Head Coach Marco Sicilia believes the team has a much better chance of winning more games. Team size is a huge factor, since soccer is played with eleven players on each side. Last semester, many games were played without the ability to substitute players. Sicilia believes that the team has what it takes to be great, some of this confidence coming from the Gladiators’ crushing upset of the American Univerity of Rome last semester. Although having a new coach was challenging back in September, the players now believe that camaraderie has greatly improved and everyone is playing much better. “The new players are all good, bringing hope to the team,” said team captain Ezra Bozotti. “Also, everyone is taking things more seriously now. We are more united, and we all collaborate to help Coach Marco and the team,” he added. With the Gladiators making as much progress as quickly as they have, their primary goal has become to make it to the playoffs. The men’s soccer team competes from September to May against 11 other teams in the League of Roman Universities. The Gladiators still have several games coming up this semester. All home games are held on Wednesday nights at the JCU field, located at Via Vitellia 50. The University provides transportation for both home and away games. l
Soccer Games Men John Cabot University vs. Link Campus Malta Wednesday Febraury 24 Campo Barchelet 9:00PM John Cabot University vs. Tor Vergata Monday, March 1 Campo Bachelet 9:00PM Foro Italico vs. John Cabot University Wednesday March 10 Campo Acqua Acetosa 9:00PM John Cabot University vs. AUR Wednesday March 17 Campo Bachelet 9:00PM John Cabot University vs. Tor Vergata Wednesday March 24 Campo Bachelet 9:00PM
Women John Cabot University vs LUMSA
Wednesday, March 10 Campo Bachlet 9:30PM
N U l e d o M Rome - simulated general assembly - march 1-4 - open to all students - informational meeting thursday at 1:15 (t.g.4) - email firstname.lastname@example.org to register 5
Chivalry, Chauvinism and the Feminist WILL GRUY On Wednesday John Cabot University screened the Italian film Il Corpo delle Donne. The film explores Italian TV’s chauvinistic portrayal of women. It also, as it happened, had a profound effect on me, an American from the Deep South. I arrived late to the screening in the Aula Magna and snuck into the back corner where I stood against the wall. Just after me a girl came in – there was standing room only, and those without seats could barely see the screen. The chairs around her were occupied by nine males made up of four Americans, three Arabs and two Italians. She stood in the only spot she could, slightly blocking the view of those around her so that they had to lean in their seats to get a clear view. No one offered a chair. Where I grew up, failing to open the door for my mother was a sure way to get backhanded by my father. But it started me wondering: Are these guys right to leave chivalry in the past? Is chivalry, offering a young woman a chair, just another form of sexism? Or is there a difference between male chauvinism and chivalry? The way I look at it, a strong man will usually be attracted to a strong woman, and vice versa. So while Il Corpo delle Donne skewers the programming on Italian TV, the more fundamental question one should be asking is: why are there so many
weak men subjugating so many weak women on TV? As the influential French feminist Simon de Beauvoir eloquently puts it, “No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or scornful, than the man who is anxious about his virility.” What does this say about the men on TV? Personally, I think chivalry is the opposite of arrogance and aggression. And yet -- although chivalry is founded on principles of respect and honor, it does create a gender gap: a gap that many would like to see closed.
“Even the staunchest feminist will appreciate an act of chivalry,” said one male professor whom I asked if there was a difference between chauvinism and chivalry. But who is he to speak for women? So if chivalry can be distinguished from chauvinism, does that mean they are entirely different, or is the former merely a gross exaggeration of the later? And is there still a place for chivalry in modern society? Can chivalry kill chauvinism? Or is it merely a more palatable form of the same thing?
Students Work with Local Artists By POPPy COttEREll Staff Writer On March 11th, 2010 “Danse Macabre” will open at the Nomas Foundation in Rome. The exhibit is a collaboration between Italian artists and John Cabot University students. The JCU students involved include Angels Miralda-Tena, Lucrezia Cembran Gaetani, Olga Serhijchuk, Alex Anderson, Ellen Von Weigand, Valeria D’Ambrosio and Poppy Cotterell.
The exhibit features the artists Carola Bonfili, Stanislao di Guigno, Emiliano Maggi, Caterina Nelli, Nicolo Pecoraro, Roberto de Paolis and Gabriele De Santis. These are seven of Rome’s most cutting-edge, dynamic artists. The themes of death, dreams, the afterlife, and the transient nature of humanity are present in all of their works. “Danse Macabre” confronts the question of an afterlife and the eternal problem of what happens to the soul after the physical body expires. This
theme has haunted human philosophy, art, poetry and theology since the Middle Ages when The “Danse Macabre” was a familiar theme – and for good reason. Europe was ridden with plagues and famine, the nearcertainty of an early death. These issues gain particular relevance whenever there is a crisis, and the threat of extinction looms. People often turn to religion or meditate on death, when the struggles of life seem futile. In other words, now is a perfect time to view this exhibit l
Asian Markets Offer Quick Eats By COREy RutKOWSKi Staff Writer University life can be very fastpaced. In trying to balance endless hours of studying and homework, it can be hard to find time to eat even a small meal. In the United States, many college students resort to eating ramen because it is a quick and cheap way to fill a stomach on a budget; a
package of ramen only costs around $0.25 and takes just a few minutes to prepare. However, finding ramen when you are no longer in the US can be a diﬃcult task. Here in Rome, on Via Cavour, there are a large number of Asian markets representing almost every country in Eastern and Southeastern Asia—Korea, China, Thailand, and Vietnam to name a few. Ramen-style
Students ﬁnd alternative options at Asian markets. Photo by Corey Rutkowski
Cook Something New: Gnocco Lercio Recipe By EDOaRDO PERi Staff Writer The following is a very typical sweet of Canepina, a small town in the Tuscia, just above Rome. Do not let the literal translation, “ﬁlthy dumpling,” scare you, this treat will soon be your favorite.The recipe itself was passed from family to family, and even I managed to know it only a few years ago. The cake has a very particular taste, and the cinnamon gives it a boost in ﬂavor. When talking about this sweet, there are just two options: either you love it, or you like it. INGREDIENTS 1 kilo of walnut 1/2 kilo of pasta (linguine) Sugar Salt Cinnamon at will
RECIPE 1. Open the walnuts and crush them. Mince the remaining and add as much sugar as the walnuts (1 kilo, in this case), then the cinnamon (a couple table spoons is the normal, but feel free to alter at will, in order to adjust to tastes), until it’s well mixed. 2. Prepare the pasta by cooking it as usual, putting enough salt in the water. When it’s ready, drain it and put it into a pot with 2/3 of the previously prepared mixture. 3. Mix it all, and then give it the shape of a cake. Cover it with the remaining of the first mixture. Put it to rest, and let it cool down (even into the fridge if you are in a hurry!) 4. Serve this dish cold. Refridgerate leftovers, but do not keep longer than a couple days. Though you will be lucky if it even lasts that long.
noodles from that part of the world can be purchased at a fairly affordable price. One package of ramen costs around one to two Euros, and each is a full meal. This is much cheaper than eating at many of the restaurants around campus, where the bill can often run several Euros. One such market, Korean Market!, offers many enjoyable options. This store is located on the left-hand side of Via Cavour, if you’re walking down from Termini. Korean Market! has an assortment of noodles, vegetables, rice and other ingredients that you can use to make simple meals. The selection is vast and relatively inexpensive. There are a variety of ramen noodles offered, such as spicy, non-spicy, soup, and more. In the frozen food area, there are dumplings and other meat dishes that take about 10-15 minutes to make. If you visit these Asian stores, be sure to bring cash with you as many of them do not accept credit cards. And arrive hungry, because no matter which store you go into, you’re sure to find food that will promptly become a favorite. l
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Bachrach Brings Wealth of Experience to Campus By Jillian Guinta Staff Writer Judy Bachrach, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine, is teaching Investigative Journalism this semester at John Cabot University: her course is placing special emphasis on the arrest, trial and murder convictions of the American student Amanda Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in Perugia, which Bachrach firmly feels was a miscarriage of justice. Bachrach will also be, for the next few months, the advisor for the school newspaper, The Matthew. Bachrach’s career in journalism began as a TV critic at the Baltimore Sun. After that, she wrote for The Washington Post’s Style section for five years until leaving to become a five-day-a-week political columnist at The Washington Star. In 1995 Bachrach joined Vanity Fair magazine where she has interviewed everyone from the controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to the actress Goldie Hawn, the documentary-maker Michael Moore -- and the widow of Maurizio Gucci, who, as things turned out, was responsible for hiring a hit man to murder her husband. She also wrote the double biography, “Tina and Harry Come to America: Tina Brown, Harry Evans, and the Price of Power,” which discusses the influence that fame, money, and glitz has had on American journalism. A passion for being nosy and a knack for writing and learning languages came in handy. “As it turned out, good writing, a lively curiosity, and an ability to learn foreign languages are all helpful if you’re going to become a journalist,” says Bachrach. “You don’t have to be a linguist, but if you can pick up on certain foreign phrases, customs and attitudes it does help.” Bachrach points out that interviewing Italians is especially easy and rewarding: they are a nation of talkers, which is just one reason she loves them. Berlusconi, for instance, never refused to answer any of her questions, and however absurd some of his responses (including those concerning
tax evasion), seemed totally oblivious to the political ruckus his answers would inevitably produce. Bachrach completed her undergraduate study at Chatham College and the University of Brussels – but it was not until she studied at Colombia University’s Graduate School of Journalism that she met the professors that would have the greatest influence on her career. She is thrilled to give JCU students some of the knowledge they passed on to her. Particularly influential were Leonard Robinson who taught magazine journalism and the famous Fred Friendly, who taught television journalism. Friendly worked with the great television journalist Edward R. Morrow, and together the two men managed to do what at the time was unthinkable: a devastating investigative report on Senator Joseph McCarthy, an especially vicious politician who ruined the lives of hundreds of Americans in the 1950’s, accusing them, often incorrectly, of being Communists. In college, Judy worked as a model at a local department store. The tall blonde claims she was a terrible model and, even worse, because of the size of her feet (very large) a nightmare for the shoe department. Two years ago, Bachrach decided to create a site called www.thecheckoutline.org where the terminally ill and their family members can ask for advice. Astounded by the growing popularity of the site, Bachrach says she started it because for years she was a hospice volunteer, but forbidden to give advice to families whose loved ones were dying (that’s just the way it is in hospices these days: policy forbids doling out advice, even when patients or their relatives ask for it). Days after she started up her website, the hospice fired Bachrach as a volunteer – the only time she’s ever been fired. Bachrach is proudest of two accomplishments: her sons, Noah and Sam, now 23 and 21. And the resurrection of her career after a four-year hiatus in Rome, where she gave birth to Sam. There’s nothing quite like being out of the job market for a few years to make a career woman worry about her fu-
Bachrach joins the JCU staff this spring. ture. Fortunately, within a year of returning to Washington DC, Bachrach was offered a position at Vanity Fair. Bachrach points out that Vanity Fair is a very special place. Once assignments are handed out, writers are given a lot of freedom, and the concerns and grievances of advertisers, even big advertisers, are not taken into account or allowed to influence a story. This is rare in journalism, especially during these days of tight budgets. Vanity Fair has also given the writer something she treasures every bit as much: As she puts it, “Every once in a while I get the opportunity to go to Italy on somebody else’s dime!” Bachrach’s love for Italy, its people and culture, has brought her back here time and again. Last year she acquired German citizenship which allowed her to work and stay in Rome for extended periods. Now— because both her children are grown and her husband is very understanding – she’s discovered that as a visiting professor at JCU, she has the perfect platform from which to share some of her experiences and abilities with a younger audience. Bachrach adds that if she could give one piece of advice to JCU students, she would say, “that life is full of surprises, some of them lovely. And that work – hard work – and simply showing up on time can compensate for any number of personl deficiencies.” l