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SHU Loves Fresh Check Day


His reaction to the Pope’s recent comments about moral issues


“The Spirit of SHU” is finally unveiled


Movie night at the Edgerton Plaza Video Wall


Students discuss the food choices on campus


50th Anniversary Beeer


A cappella season 3 winners of The Sing-Off


Pioneers open NEC play with a sweep

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BY GABRIELLE SCOZZARI Staff Reporter Fresh Check Day may just sound like any regular week of events that Sacred Heart University hosts on campus. But, for Ernie Porco, chairman of the Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation, the Fresh Check Day events are something he holds dear to his heart. Having lost his son, Jordan Porco, to suicide recently, Porco hosts Fresh Check Day on different college campuses to get the word out about mental illness. Fresh Check Day kicked off last Wednesday in the University Commons with a professional public speaker on mental health, Jordan Burnham. Burnham spoke from experience regarding mental health. He attempted suicide, survived and now serves as a motivational speaker to tell audiences about the experience. “One-out-of-four college students will suffer from a mental health disorder every year, but they wont seek treatment,” said Burnham. Burnham stressed how important it is to reach out to someone during a difficult



time and shared his journey through mental illness and how he has now overcome it. “We can’t choose the bad things that happen to us,” said Burnham. “However, we can choose how we cope with them.” Many students from Sacred Heart attended the different activities and were pleasantly surprised by the different events. “I had to attend this speaker for my political science class and I felt surprised to connect with the speaker and actually find myself interested in what he had to say,” said sophomore Kaitlyn Nastro. “I learned a lot about mental illness and was definitely moved by his story. I now feel more comfortable discussing mental health and now realize that depression can strike any normal person.” Fresh Check Day concluded with an afternoon event on the 63’s patio. There were activities set up all around the patio and lawn, in which people could get involved in and learn about mental illness. “Fresh Check Day was filled with everything I needed, from dogs and sunshine to massages and burgers,” said senior Arianna Narayan. “The event was not only


much needed for me personally, but it was set up so nicely and it grabbed my attention.” There were various stations set up by different clubs on campus and outside organizations. “This day is filled with interactive activities to help demonstrate how it is OK to talk and express emotions while informing students where their resources are on campus,” said Porco. The Wellness Center and the s.w.e.e.t. peer educators on campus teamed up with the Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation to raise awareness and help as many people as they could on campus get familiar and feel comfortable discussing mental health. They had many different raffles and prizes that drew people in and got them excited to learn more about prevention and mental health issues. “The lesser known facts were great for all about suicide prevention, depression, etc.” said Naryan. “The event helped me take an hour break from studying to enjoy everything that it had to offer.”



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What this Pope is offering is a human Christ and not a judge. -Father Jerry Ryle

Father Jerry Reacts to Pope’s Recent Comments BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception. The pope’s remarkably blunt message six months into his papacy was sure to reverberate in the U.S. and around the globe as bishops who have focused much of their preaching on such hot-button issues are asked to act more as pastors of wounded souls. In a recent interview with The Spectrum, Sacred Heart University Chaplain, Father Jerry Ryle, explained how he felt about Pope Francis’ comments. “It is such an exciting time for me, I had all but given up hope for the hemorrhaging of the young people from the church,” said Father Ryle. “The last 35 years have been very, very hard.” Father Ryle also expressed appreciation for the fact that the Pope is asking the world to love and to help those in need, rather than be solely hung up on their moral issues. In interviews published last Thursday in Jesuit journals in 16 countries, Francis said he had been “reprimanded” for not pressing church opposition to abortion in his papacy. But he said “it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.” “We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel,” the pope said in the 12,000-word article, based on interviews conducted by a fellow Jesuit, the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, edi-

tor of La Civilta Cattolica, a Rome journal for the religious order. “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules,” Francis said. “The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all.” The comments contained no change in church teaching, and the pope said reform should not happen quickly. Still, it was the pope’s clearest declaration yet of a break in tone and style from his immediate predecessors. John Paul II and Benedict XVI were both intellectuals for whom doctrine was paramount, an orientation that guided the selection of a generation of bishops and cardinals who now face making a dramatic turnabout in how they preach. The admonition will especially resonate in the United States, where some bishops have already publicly voiced dismay that Francis hasn’t hammered home church teaching on abortion, contraception and homosexuality — areas of the culture wars where U.S. bishops often put themselves on the front lines. U.S. bishops were behind Benedict’s crackdown on American nuns, who were accused of letting doctrine take a backseat to their social justice work caring for the poor — precisely the priority that Francis is endorsing. “The Pope’s lifestyle will help the church move forward,” said Father Ryle, about how Pope Francis’ statement might directly affect the church with issues like attendance from people who have previously left due to stances taken by previous papacies. “He is a man of tremendous inner freedom. In order to make a difference at the smaller levels [people returning to local churches] it must trickle down from the very top.” Two months ago, Francis caused a sensation during a news conference when he was asked about gay priests.

“Who am I to judge?” about the sexual orientation of priests, as long as they are searching for God and have good will, he responded. Francis noted in the latest interview that he had merely repeated Catholic doctrine during that news conference — though he again neglected to repeat church teaching that says while homosexuals should be treated with dignity and respect, homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.” But he continued: “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’” “We must always consider the person. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.” The interview also showed a very human Francis. He seemingly had no qualms about acknowledging that his tenure as superior of Argentina’s Jesuit order in the 1970s — starting at the “crazy” age of 36 — was difficult because of his “authoritarian” temperament. “I have never been a right-winger. It was my authoritarian way of making decisions that created problems,” he said. The key, he said, is for the church to not exclude. “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people. We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity,” said Pope Francis. Father Ryle, who has been discussing the words of Pope Francis in recent Sunday mass’ at Sacred Heart’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit, said, “What this Pope is offering is a human Christ and not a judge.”

‘The Spirit of SHU’ Unveiled BY GEORGIA PALLADINO Staff Reporter Over a year ago, Nathan Lewis, an assistant professor in Sacred Heart University’s Graphic Design and Visual Arts Department, was asked to take on a project that would speak to the university and community. On Thursday, this masterpiece was revealed to all in the Edgerton Center. “The Spirit of SHU,” is an 18 feet by 6 feet canvas painting, portraying pictures of students, faculty and images that represent the university. There are a total of 77 figures in the painting. “It’s absolutely marvelous,” said Sacred Heart University President Dr. John Petillo. “This truly, I believe, captures everything in this painting.” Lewis was inspired by Raphael’s “School of Athens,” which is a fresco painting that hangs in the Vatican. Raphael’s painting is about Greek philosophy and Greek thought, in which he uses his contemporaries and colleagues to represent different disciplines of thought. “When you are looking at the painting, I have different groups and different representatives from the different colleges,” said Lewis. The main focus of the painting was to figure out what was important to the university. Lewis opened it up to the community of Sacred Heart to figure out what they cared about, what was important in their experience here and what things student and faculty were involved in. He also went to the people that he knew had a prominent role at the university and people who impacted his life at Sacred Heart. At the unveiling, students and faculty were amazed at what Lewis created. Many of the students that attended were aware that they were going to be in the mural and wanted to see how Lewis portrayed them. “It was really cool seeing how my little act is now in Sacred Heart forever,” said junior Abby Wooster. “I absolutely love it, I think it is so creative and it shows every aspect of the university.” In the fall of last year there was an opening for Sacred Heart students to intern with Lewis and help him prepare and create this mural. The three students who immediately jumped on this opportunity were senior Jackie Boswick, senior Sara Race and junior Edward Garrity. “We put in multiple days of 5-6 hours of manual labor,” said Boswick. “We had to put the wood panels together. Then, we had to shave it down, nail it together, stretch the canvas and prepare it for Lewis to paint.” All three student-interns agreed that being a part of mural was one of their greatest experiences at Sacred Heart. Lewis, as thanks to all the work his interns did, placed them in the mural. “I feel honored to be a part of it,” said Garrity. “It’s pretty much a new monument



to the school. It’s almost as cool as putting in a new building on campus because it just encompasses everything.” The mural has a lot of minor detail in it that allows for the painting to flow evenly from side-to-side. It is now located, for all to see, in the new Edgerton Center. When the new Communication and Business building is opened, the mural will be moved there. “I really feel honored to be able to do it,” said Lewis. “It gave me a way to honor the university and the people that I value.”

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When given the decision as to whether my friends and I wanted to live on-campus or off-campus for the last two years of college, we jumped on the opportunity of living “on our own.” In the freshman dorms and sophomore suites we did live independently without being under our parent’s roof or watchful eye, but in a house we would be literally “on our own.” This meant bills would need to be paid monthly, cleaning would have to be done and the frantic hunt for living room furniture would be our top priority. But not once did my friends and I let this affect our decision. I mean, what other time are you going to get to live with your best friends and share endless memories in a house of your own? Not to mention, you

get to decorate your room however you like and you finally don’t have to share your space with a roommate (or two, in my case freshman year). I’m not ignoring the fact that there are times where I wish that my bathroom could clean itself or that I didn’t have to be conscious that the heat is running and racking up our bill, but I wouldn’t change my decision if I had the chance. Even though it’s only been just over a month since I’ve been living in my house, I have learned to be so much more independent and responsible. From cleaning to cooking, I’ve learned to truly live on my own. There are always going to be those days where you wish you could just lock yourself in your dorm

room and get away from it all for a little while, but nothing beats that feeling of comfort knowing that you have a place to call home with your friends that you have been close with since freshman year. I know that junior and senior year for me will be filled with endless memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. And honestly, I wish I could live in my home in Connecticut with my friends forever. But just like anything else, its time will come to an end and I’ll have to part with my home and seeing my friends everyday. In my eyes, living offcampus is not only the best decision I’ve ever made, but is the one decision that has taught me most about myself.

The Internet is Making Us Stupid ALANA MILLER NEWSEDITOR

For my online Media Literacy class taught by Professor Robert Williams, we have been examining and analyzing how the use of the Internet can be affecting us. We read an article and listened to a speech by author Nicholas G. Carr. The theme for Carr’s article and speech is the question: Is the Internet making us stupid? I think it is hard to agree or disagree on Nicholas Carr’s statement about how the Internet is making us stupid, because it comes across as such a harsh statement. I do agree with the idea that there are multiple things on the Internet that are huge distractions for many people. I think these distractions influence the way we think because it affects our ability to focus. For instance, if someone is writing a paper and they get an instant message or notification on Facebook, one will look away from their paper and open up the message, while completely breaking their train of thought. I think that, with the Internet,

the answers to pretty much everything is right at our fingertips, but we still need to comprehend how to use the Internet and computer, because that is a skill within itself. The Internet is and always will be very convenient. Carr stated, “The Internet, an immeasurably powerful computing system, is subsuming most of our other intellectual technologies. It’s becoming our map and our clock, our printing press and our typewriter, our calculator and our telephone, and our radio and TV.” We can use the Internet for anything, but I think that this only adds to our intellect. I know the Internet and social networking can be very distracting, but I think there are many positive things that come out from the Internet. Breaking news events travel around the Internet so quickly. This happens because immediate witnesses at the event use their smart phones and either tweet a picture or use Facebook and post a status. When one person sees that, it travels around so

quickly. For example, the Boston bombings were widely broadcasted on Twitter and Facebook before news reporters were even able to publish the news. In addition, during the manhunt, pictures that were posted from the Marathon before the bombing were used as evidence in finding the suspects. All in all, I still believe that is hard for me to agree that the Internet is making us “stupid.” Yes, I do think that the Internet is very distracting. For instance, it takes me so long to write a paper or even write this editorial because of Facebook and Twitter. I do believe that while using the Internet, people scan articles and accomplish things much faster. However, I do not think that this makes the person stupid. I think our brains adapt to reading articles when using the Internet and adapt differently when reading books. I do not believe our brains completely change and turn stupid, but they do learn to adapt.




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Watching Stars Under the Stars BY GABRIELLE SCOZZARI Staff Reporter

Sacred Heart has recently unveiled its latest technological investment, the Edgerton Plaza Video Wall. If you haven’t seen this giant video screen, it is located right out front the main entrance into campus. Sacred Heart is referring to the new site as the “Edgerton Plaza.” The University plans to utilize the video wall in many different ways, one being a series of movie nights where students can watch movies outdoors on the big screen. “I think this is a really cool concept. I haven’t heard much about these movie nights, but I would definitely be interested in attending,” said senior Chelsea Ilg. “It kind of reminds me of what a drive-in movie would be like without the cars.” The Outdoor Movie Night series kicked off on Sept. 19 with “The Sound Of Music” and continued with “Monsters University” on Sept. 27. If you missed out on the first two movies that were shown, there are still two more outdoor movies that you can attend. “The Godfather” is showing tomorrow at 8 p.m. and “Rain Man” the week after. “I think it would be really cool if the school sent out an e-mail allowing the students to vote for a movie they would be interested in seeing,” said senior Julianne Murphy. “I personally don’t have much interest in seeing the last two films, so having students input may help get more people interested in attending.” The Edgerton Plaza, located in the front of campus, is the newest addition to Sacred Heart. And, the video wall is hard to miss. “At first, I didn’t really see the point in having this gigantic screen right in the front of campus. All I ever have seen displayed on it is a map of campus,” said sophomore Frank Scozzari. “I think that the school can utilize this piece of technology in having events that are happening on campus posted on the screen, as well as advertisements for the merchants that we can use our SHU cards at, or advertisements for things going on in the Edgerton center.” It is only the beginning for the Edgerton Plaza Video Wall, and the movie series has the campus buzzing with different ideas of things that can be done on the enormous screen. Now that there are tables and chairs set up next to the screen, people can sit outside and do their homework or enjoy lunch with friends.



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“I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this,” stated the great philosopher Harry from Dumb and Dumber. “That John Denver is full of [it]” responded his travel mate Lloyd. I’m sure there exists more profound quotes about travel somewhere, but Harry teaches us an important lesson in such simple terms; travel broadens our horizons, teaches us about foreign lands and delivers us unmatched experiences. This time last year, I was putting on my best British accent walking around the streets of London. Throughout my four month study abroad adventure, I stepped foot in Rome, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Prague, Rome, Florence and Capri. I had no fixed travel plans. Quite often, I found myself lost in cities that don’t even speak English. Honestly, I was lucky to make it back to my hostel most nights. It was physically and mentally exhausting, exhilarating, expensive, inspiring and incredible. I was introduced to people, sights, experiences and foods that I would never have experienced without venturing out of my comfort zone. It sounds like I’m preaching straight from a Brad Paisley song. If you’re not already on Travelocity, than I must not have been convincing enough. I still remember walking onto the flight, past the first class riders all sprawled out in their thrones while I was seated in row 199 yelling for my cold turkey sandwich. It’s stressful knowing that you won’t step on American soil for months, but wanderlust drove me to do it. The more I fulfill my wanderlust, the more I desire to travel. As we get older, we gain more responsibilities and obligations, but we carry within ourselves experiences and a sense of self: a sense of self that can vividly be found through wandering. The best advice that I had received prior to studying abroad was to wander these cities without travel plans or a fear of getting lost. It didn’t take me long to realize that not all that wander are lost.


I’ve always been the restless type. I love this changing world I place myself into -- it’s dynamic and breathtaking. I fall in love with every place I hear about. I read books and want to jump into them and live in that world. I want to talk to every stranger I see and hear about their lives; switch places with them for a day and see from a different perspective. I watch a film and want to dissolve into that world. You know the feeling -- that daze you are left with after throwing yourself into a film at the theater and then walking out the door back into the real world. It’s nostalgic. You always want to go back. Just for a moment more. The ecstasy of the unknown thrills me. As a senior in college, I’m ready for the mysterious, gaping world that is set in front of me. I’m hungry. My feet are restless. I want to experience life. Traveling is very romanticized by our generation. Everyone has the “study abroad bug.” We are raised off the impression that there is a sensational life out there and it’s our job to discover it. We live in the richest nation in the country. America is a beautiful place that I often sell short. Do we travel to impress others? To fill a Facebook album with pictures of ourselves in front of various monuments, with the caption: “If you aren’t living like me right now you’re doing it wrong?” Living is for yourself. Traveling and experiencing is for yourself. If you are doing it to impress others, then you are doing it wrong. I always have this feeling that I will “sell myself short” or “have regrets” if I don’t travel and check off every task on my to do list. This relentlessness has come to define us. Do I want to travel because I am just fitting the mold of the adventurous woman in her twenties? To be honest, I don’t really think so. I am young and ambitious so I simply must leave, go. Get out. Live. Do the quintessential American move and go West, possibly to Denver. Live a life on the road, or in the wilderness with nothing. Navigating the unknown on a physical and metaphorical level is a beautiful and necessary part of life, in my opinion. With that said, I will consider the merits of staying, of home, before I do decide to fly away.

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October 2, 2013

The RA Angle BY MARGO LESHER Staff Reporter

It is 3 a.m. on a Wednesday evening. You have been up studying all night for that approaching anatomy test tomorrow. All you can think about is crashing on that cool pillow. You are about to climb into bed when you hear a knock at your door. It is one of your freshman residents - they are locked out of their room. For some, this scenario is a weekly occurrence. Welcome to the life of a Resident Success Assistant. “There are many sleepless nights and talking to students, letting them know they can be honest and open with you,” said junior Resident Success Assistant Emily Albers. Resident Success Assistants (RSA’s) have a very important role within the residential halls and our community as a whole. They help run the floors and buildings and help students transition to make sure their college years are successful. “I chose to become a part of Residential Life after seeing how helpful the [RSA’s] were my freshman year. I noticed everyone in the community was friendly, and I got to meet people I would have never met,” said Albers. Resident Success Assistants are there to talk to students, to ensure safety and security and to act as parental figures in this home away from home. “I have been doing this for a while now and I enjoy getting to know the students, helping them learn different areas around campus and discovering who they are going to be,” said Megan Marina, Resident Hall Director of Thomas Merton Hall. Sometimes the role can become taxing for the Resident Success Assistants. “A lot of times, I love what I do. But, I do it everyday. It’s not a con or dislike, it’s a lifestyle,”

said Marina. Being part of Residential Life is not an easy task - it’s a full time job. There is an RSA on duty in the RSA office every Sunday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m., Thursday through Saturday from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., and remains on call until 8 a.m. the next morning. They never stop working. “It becomes stressful at times living in the residence halls because I’m never able to escape from my work place. As much as I can be open with the resident’s, sometimes I just want to be in my room, in a sanctuary rather than a cubical,” said junior RSA Joe Berry. “Even so, there are a few benefits that come out of being an RSA; the freshman meal plan, walking distance from the main building and the stipend that comes along with it.” Aside from those benefits, students who choose to become a RSA want to help others get more involved and to help them succeed in their career. RSA’s are there to answer questions and to find the appropriate solution to that specific question. “The more free time you have, the less work you get done,” said Berry. This, in itself, shows how dedicated the RSA’s are to helping other students succeed. “I became a residential assistant because I wanted to get more students drawn in on campus, as well as have more leadership in our community,” said Brittany Griebel, a senior in the Park Ridge Apartments. Along with assisting students in getting more involved, RSA’s have to force policies for safety purposes. They are trained to be peacekeepers and to help solve any problems students are having among themselves. “The sole purpose is being a mentor, serving as a role model to residents on how to get involved and balance living in a dorm and being a student,” said Albers.



The Healthy Option


Eating healthy is important to many Sacred Heart students on campus. However, being able to eat appropriate portions from all five food groups can be a daily challenge for some. Sacred Heart University offers many on-campus locations to purchase food and drinks. Students often dine at 63’s, the main cafeteria on campus or Linda’s, the food court option in the Linda McMahon Commons building. Other eating options on campus include Outtakes, a “grab-and-go” quick market located in the main academic building, and Mondo Subs, located in building one of Christian Witness Commons. However, with these options, Sacred Heart students find it difficult to find diversity within food groups. 63’s is the only “all you care to eat” location on campus, staying open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While having a set menu for breakfast and lunch, dinner changes every night. The main dining hall on campus offers a wide variety of food groups; including fruits, vegetables, protein, carbs and fats. Some nutritional foods that are popular in the dining hall are salad, cereal, fruit, sandwiches and the vegetarian station. However, some students find them themselves tempted by the food with less nutrition. “63’s is a buffet, so it’s hard to stop eating cookies,” said junior Brianna Schussler. Some students on campus prefer to eat at Linda’s because they offer a variety of options such as lunch sandwiches, grilled chicken, salad, fruit and sushi. “If I’m looking for healthy food, I stop at Linda’s,” said sophomore Taylor Langon, who often purchases a salad or a wrap. Other students acknowledge the foods that are high in nutritional value, but face daily struggles when choosing what to eat. “Some food at school is healthy, but it is difficult to eat the same healthy foods every day,” said Junior Demi Lopez. “Linda’s has the most healthy foods,

healthy salads, wraps and fruit.” Linda’s also offers several foods that are low in nutritional value, including select chinese food options, burgers, breakfast sandwiches, pizza, pasta, quesadillas, chips, drinks, cookies and candy. Students who live off-campus also find it difficult to make healthy eating choices. “Sometimes, when I don’t have time to stop home between classes, I’ll stop at Linda’s for food,” said junior Marykate Coakley. “Although it is convenient because I can take my food to go, I know that getting a burger isn’t always the best decision.” Linda’s is the late night food option for students on campus, staying open as late as 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Another location on-campus students buy food from is Outtakes. Nutritional foods offered include fruit, tea, apples, peanut butter, trail mix, yogurt, prepackaged lunch sandwiches and sushi. While Outtakes is typically packed between classes, students agree that the options offered need to be changed. “I get sick of Outtakes’ food, they don’t have enough healthy options,” said senior Jacqueline Zlevor. “They have too much candy and I get tempted. A mini salad bar would be a great addition to Outtakes.” Mondo Subs, Sacred Heart’s sandwich shop, is another place students can get lunch or dinner, offering a wide variety of deli meats, breads and options of sides. Students living in Christian Witness Commons find Mondos to be an easy location to grab a meal. “Having Mondos located a few floors below me makes getting dinner easy,” said sophomore Julia Ashworth. “I wish they sold healthier foods. Eating a sandwich every night becomes unhealthy.” As the semester continues, students are constantly weighing their options when it comes to food and what will give them the most nutritional value. With a variety of food groups offered in all eating locations on campus, it all comes down to a students decision as to whether they want to indulge in low nutritional foods or take the nutritional route.

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Bringing both the male and females together creates diversity and an abundance of ideas. - David Fraga

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Gionna Tarantola Shares Her Stories


Every college student deals with dilemmas, from having no money but still ending up at Panera, to partying on weekends and running on no sleep, hitting the bars more than the books, while also attempting to make time for homework and all extracurricular activities. Everyone has catastrophes, that’s why student blogger Gionna Tarantola is the go to woman for advice. Her blog is called “College Girl Catastrophes.” It is a humorous and truthful blog that’s made to make each girl feel better about her awkward experiences, and bring it to the surface. Some posts include advice on how to save and make money, awkward hallway run-ins with boys that were met the night before, going out and making it the most memorable time ever, and even how to dress when going to a rave party. “I want my viewers to be able to laugh with me at my ridiculous experiences and learn from my funny mishaps,” said junior Tarantola. Tarantola also gives tips to college girls like how to be a good host when a friend is visiting your school. Her sudden inspiration to blog originated when


Tarantola wanted to help her sister with her fashion blog. She helped her sister take pictures of fashion and the newest trends, and then posted them each day. “I really started liking the idea of starting my own blog. I chose to call it college girl catastrophes because I wanted somewhere to give tips from my own experiences,” said Tarantola. Life experiences and going wild is what this blog is all about, it gives a sense of humor and craziness within each and every post. With an understanding of how wild each column is, there is one post that seemed to be Tarantola’s favorite. It was her post about her trip to New York City on St. Patrick’s Day. Featured on her blog from this day are pictures of her and some of her friends on a train all dressed in green with

crazy makeup. Fun and new experiences are what this girl is all about. “I had such a good time at the parade and it’s something every SHU student should do,” said Tarantola. Tarantola doesn’t spend every moment partying, going wild or going out with friends. She says that most of her favorite times are with her family and people that she is close with at home. “I’m blessed with a hilarious family and some of my favorite moments are with them,” said Tarantola. “I miss home when I think about all my aunts, cousins and uncles dancing to oldies and laughing.” Every college girl has her own catastrophes, but Tarantola tries to get the main point across, that everyone has to laugh about the things they do. “I hope that all of my peers can learn from my catastrophes and have fun with it too,” said Tarantola.

New Co-ed Business Fraternity on Campus BY NADIA JOURABCHI

Staff Reporter Last spring 2013, Sacred Heart welcomed the first professional co-ed business fraternity onto campus. Starting at New York University in 1904, Alpha Kappa Psi is a fraternity that has been established for over one hundred years. The business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, is currently in the process of recruitment and are accepting new members from all majors at Sacred Heart. “The values of this fraternity put an emphasis on service, sportsmanship, professionalism, and can help students gain internships,” said David Fraga, Vice President of Alpha Kappa Psi. Historical alumni of the fraternity include President Ronald Regan and President Richard Nixon. Other alumni include the CEO of K-mart, the founder of the Mariott, the president of Coca-cola and the founder of Hallmark cards. The co-ed business fraternity has a different message than most. “Empowering young adults and granting them with opportunity is the goal of this fraternity,“said Margaret McCabe, President of Alpha Kappa Psi. There has been over 240,000 member’s world – wide in the fraternity with more than 240 active college chapters, as well as, 24 alumni chapters in the United States. There are also existing chapters in Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. AKPsi, not only helps with gaining contacts and interviews in the job field, but allows students to obtain life experiences while making life long friends. “Bringing both the male and females together creates diversity and an abundance of ideas” said Fraga. Currently, the fraternity is in the colonization process, meaning that they must prove that they are worthy of

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being a chapter. A certain amount of members need to be achieved before they become a chapter at Sacred Heart. “Alpha Kappa Psi will take over 40 new members, said Fraga. “We will follow the strict no hazing policy of the university.” New members will gain professional and social experience throughout the year. They will form relationships with the other fraternities and sororities on campus. “We will have social events such as mixers and formals,” said McCabe. Being a part of AKPsi is a unique twist of social networking for a future career path and for a fun college experience. “This is a fraternity, where you have fun, and grow in your knowledge of business and communications,” said Fraga. McCabe is looking forward to the initial establishment of AKPsi becoming not only a chapter, but develop-

ing the founding fathers of AKPsi at Sacred Heart. “AKPsi is excited to have their new members be founding brothers and sisters,” said McCabe. Students who are currently colonists are excited to be the first members of the fraternity. “Being a founding member is an honor and you set the way and values of your fraternity for the generations to come,” said sophomore Victoria Vessella. Not only will AKPsi hold campus events, but brothers will have the opportunity to attend national events during the year, such as the Principled Business Leadership Institute or the Academy, both offering highly interactive leadership training. The fraternity will be holding several information sessions in the future to inform Sacred Heart students on what they are all about during the semester. The next information session will be held today at 2 pm in UC 114.

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50th Anniversary Beer Being Served at Red’s BY SEAN ELLIOTT

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When the rich history of brewing and proud Catholic tradition collide, the end result is the celebration of Sacred Heart’s 50th anniversary in a beer crafted by Two Roads Brewing Company. The brewery is locally owned and operated in Stratford, CT. The connection created between Two Roads Brewing and Sacred Heart University is evident in every aspect of this beer. Phil Markowski, the head brewmaster, in collaboration with Professor Geffrey Stopper and Professor Kirk Bartholomew developed Via Cordis or “Road to the Heart” in Latin. “They [Stopper and Bartholomew] were doing some work here on yeast management, helping us manage and explore new yeast strains,” Clem Pellani said, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Two Roads Brewing Company. “We all worked together so well that when they brought up the possibility of collaborating on a new beer, we were immediately interested.” The science of brewing has also contributed to the strengthening bond between the university and the brewery. “This project builds on an ongoing collaboration between Two Roads and Sacred Heart’s Biology Department. The two are pursuing common interests in applied microbiology,” said Professor Stopper. It is an abbey single also referred to in the name as Abbey Blonde, a light beer with a lemon and fruity flavor. “It has a good taste. I really like the concept of it more than anything,” said senior Greg Benson. This name is meant to represent the institution’s partnership with the brewing company and alludes to the academic and Catholic monastic traditions of historically working in the Latin language. Moreover, for every purchase of Via Cordis, a donation is being raised for student scholarships to help students on their own road to an education from Sacred Heart. The label and tap handle designs allude to the mosaic tile artwork within the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. In addition to the two professors working with Two Roads, two Sacred Heart biology major interns, Nick

Soubry and James Proulx, have also worked with the Two Roads brewing team and worked with the yeast strains. James Proulx was just hired full time by Two Roads. A third intern was recently accepted for the fall, Andrea Barone. Students appreciate the fact that Two Roads Brewing is a local company and they want to be involved in the Sacred Heart community. “I definitely think people appreciate the brand much more on a more personal level,” said senior Juan Camacho. Continuing with the prominent connections between Catholicism and brewing, Via Cordis’ ingredients include the yeast that is sourced from an active monastery brewery in Belgium. The oldest operating brewery in the world in Weihenstephaner, Germany was a former Catholic monastery until it was secularized by Napoleon. The second oldest is still an operating monastery brewery in Weltenburg, Germany. The history of the connection between Catholics and brewing is impressive. Charlemagne was the first to ever record the use of hops in brewing in 822AD. In addition to the beer being sold at Red’s it is also being distributed throughout Connecticut. “Rather than just doing what any other university could do, I wanted to really integrate that history and tradition between Catholicism and brewing,” said Stopper.



Pizzeria Molto

being prepared, a large projection of the Food Network BY NATASHA KLINOFF plays, working up the customers’ appetites as they wait for Asst. Features Editor their meals. Walking in the door, taking in the smells of the piz zeria, I was immediately greeted and given a comfortable On campus dining only has so much to offer. With booth alongside the bar. a busy schedule and a love for food, I often find myself The atmosphere is well-suited for any occasion. The dinning out. In search for something new and delicious for bar, the booths and the outside seating are all beautifully lunch I found myself on Post Road in Fairfield. set, and ready to fit family, friends, or coworkers. The lively Pizzeria Molto has convenient parking The staff is friendly, energetic and seemed eager to and both indoor and outdoor seating. Although the indoor make the costumer feel at home. The moment a customer is space does not seem very large, the fun and warm atmoseated, they are presented with a menu, containing a large sphere makes up for it. variety of dishes. The menu has different “departments,” inApproaching the pizzeria, the outdoor dinning area cluding Italian tapas, pizza, panini, pasta, and many others. is visible, revealing set tables and black wicker benches. The pizza prices ranged from $9.50 to $18.50 and Inside is filled with beautiful red booths and tables that are the prices for pastas and other entrees range from $15.50 to set parallel to the bar. $22 at dinner and $9.50 to 14.50 at lunch. The bar stretches the width of the restaurant, I quickly came across the Penne Alla Vodka, offered making the small space into a fashionable area, filled with with shrimp or chicken, covered with a delicious pink character. cream sauce. Near the kitchen, where you can see loafs of bread As I waited in anticipation, my waiter brought bread and olive oil to the table. The olive oil contained minced garlic and traces of other spices that complimented the bread. Having to wait 25 minutes for the arrival of my meal, I had hoped for a more generous serving of bread and olive oil. The vibrant vibe of a pizza palace came together with class and sophistication as my waitress emerged from the kitchen with my lunch and ice water. My lunch was equally as impressive. Containing small leafs of basil for an extra kick, the creamy vodka sauce is topped over pasta that is cooked just right. The lunch portion costs $13.50, and contains more then enough to satisfy midday hunger. I recommend the Pizzeria Molto with enthusiasm. Pizzeria Molto is open Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. The dinner menu starts at 3:30 p.m. and the bar is open Sunday through Thursday until 1 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays until 2 a.m. THE SPECTRUM/MEGAN PULONE

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Sacred Heart University has many volunteer opportunities available for students to partake in. A new volunteer program that is new this year is the Adopt A Grandparent program. “Last year [students] came to Northridge and they asked for help and from there we decided to make it into a regular weekly thing,” said junior Stephanie Nickerson. Every Friday from 3p.m. to 5p.m. six students go to the Northbridge Health Care Center in Bridgeport Conn. During their time there the volunteers participate in different activities and spend individual time with the elderly residents. The students in the program were eager to get started with their first day at Northridge. On Friday Sept. 27 they had an orientation. The students learned the ins and outs of the elderly home and what to do in case of an emergency. Stephanie Nickerson and Jillian Gray are the student coordinators of the program. They organize the activities for the students and create a schedule for their time at the health center. The day is broken into two parts. The first hour is spent doing activities and the second hour dinner is served for the patients to enjoy. The Adopt A Grandparent program helps keep the elderly residents active. There are 145 residents at Northridge ranging from short term to long term stays. About half of the residents have either Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. The residents have music playing while engaging in different games and activities with each other. If you were to walk up and down the halls you would hear Katy Perry playing from their radio and the clinking of some friendly competition in a game of dominos. Esther Thomas, the graduate assistant for Volunteer Programs and Service Learning used to volunteer at Northridge when she was young. “I would like to see the program grow and become a permanent thing,” said Thomas. Northridge is located across from Saint Vincent’s Hospital, a convenient distance from campus. It is a quick trip for students to help those in need. Everyone who is involved has a passion for helping others and seemed to be enjoying themselves. Sophomore Cory Rivera usually works with kids as a mentor but decided to try Adopt A Grandparent for a different atmosphere. “I have always loved to work with the elderly and like to connect with them. Being in a nursing home is not and ideal place for them and being here would make their day a little better,” said Rivera.

Last year [students] came to Northridge and they asked for help and from there we decided to make it into a regular weekly thing. -Stephanie Nickerson.

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Arts & Entertainment

A Personal Performance for Sacred Heart Pentatonix has proven the only instruments they need are their mouths. On Sept. 25, an A cappella group joined 334 Sacred Heart University students in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts for a 2-hour long concert. Originating as a three-person group on YouTube, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying expanded their group to five people, adding Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan. They first debuted their A cappella talents on the third season of the NBC hit television show, The Sing-Off. “I’ve followed them since they were contestants on The Sing-Off, so I was very excited to hear they were coming to SHU,” said junior Adrianna Quintiliani. At 9:20, Pentatonix took the stage. All five members of the band stood on elevated platforms, while a floor-length “PTX” tapestry hung from the ceiling as a backdrop. Pentatonix performed a medley of old and new songs, from “Video Killed the Radio Star,” by The Buggles, to Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.” Between musical numbers, band members introduced one another, letting the audience get to know Pentatonix on a more personal level. Maldonado, Grassi, and Hoying grew up in community theatre and choir together in Arlington, TX. The trio decided they would needed to add a bass and a beat boxer in order to hit full potential as a group. During their search for a beat boxer they discovered Olusola, a Yale graduate whose talents were just what they were looking for. During their preformance Pentatonix took a break so

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Olusola could display his ability of beat box and play the cello simultaneously. “He was amazing—his talent really brought the entire show up an unexpected level,” said junior Lindsay Seppala. Kaplan, the bass of the group, was also given a chance to show is ability of singing two notes at a time. Opening for Pentatonix was The Blended Hearts, Sacred Heart University’s very own A cappella group. This newly formed group is composed of about 20 female students.

New iPhone: Stronger, Better, Faster, Stronger


BY VALENTINE DESANTIS Staff Reporter Apple is always coming out with a new product. Whether it is a weightless laptop or a cellphone that talks. Recently, Apple released its latest items the iPhone 5S and 5C. It seems like the iPhone 5 just came out, so what is so special about these new releases? “I think it’s just the ability to say that you bought the new iPhone. Honestly, I don’t think there is much of a difference from the iPhone 5 except for the new colors,” said sophomore Nicole Banu. Along with the new iPhones, a new software, iOS 7 came out. Updated by iPhone users, the new design gives users a new, more organized design. “I love the way the new download looks. It is much sleeker and makes it so much easier for me to multitask,” said senior Chelsea Stumpo. Aside from the new software, the polished colors of the 5S and the colorful choices of the 5C are some of the major differences the two iPhones have to offer. The new iPhone 5S has two updated components that provide consumers with a faster and more energy efficient phone.

According to Apple, the “Central Processing Unit (CPU) is up to 40 times faster than the original iPhone,” while the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is “up to 56 times faster than the original iPhone.” With the improved CPU, and GPU models now are faster than previous models. “The iPhone 5S is quicker then the old models plus it doesn’t freeze on me. That was something my iPhone 4S did which was very annoying,” said sophomore Amanda Alfano. The improvements do not stop there, the 5S has more features. According to Sam Costello , a technology writer for PC World, the motion-co processor includes the “ability to know whether the user is sitting or standing.” Costello adds that a new fingerprint scanner is installed in the 5S. “This scanner lets you tie security of your iPhone to your unique personal fingerprint,”said Costello. Picture quality is very important to smartphone buyers therefore the new iPhones have updated their camera value by advancing some features. “I have always loved how iPhone pictures came out, especially with the new 5S. Sometimes, the pictures come out better on the iPhone then on an actual camera,” said sophomore Alexa Frederick. According to Costello, the iPhone 5S contains a “burst mode that captures up to 10 photos per second,” as well as a dual-flash effect. Although the camera on the 5C is revised, it does not have the features that the 5S has to offer. Since the 5S does have more features then the 5C, the prices do differ. The 5C is on the shelves for a much lower price going for $99 for the 16GB model when purchased with a two-year contract. The 16GB 5S is sold for $199. “I think the iPhone 5S is definitely worth the extra money. If you are going to upgrade, do it right” said sophomore Corey Griffith.

This was the girl’s first performance as a group, singing the, “Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream,” mash up from the recent movie “Pitch Perfect.” “We were nervous because it was the first time we were performing and it was the first time the group presented ourselves to the rest of the school,” said freshman Elise Bean a member of The Blended Hearts. In addition to being the opening act, The Blended Hearts had the opportunity to meet and talk Pentatonix. “They were so nice and down to earth. We all loved them,” said Bean. They perfected their talent as an A cappella group, and as engaging performers. During the show Pentatonix separated the audience into three sections and asked each section to practice a singing part. They put all the parts together, and the audience sang a song with the group. “It was unique. I’ve never been to a concert where they did an interactive portion so I thought it was fun and was a memorable experience,” said sophomore Lauren Pelland. Each concert, Pentatonix brings an audience member on stage and to serenade them. This concert, senior Carly Hansen was pulled on stage while all five-band members sang Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” to her. Besides being serenaded, this night was special to Hansen in another way—it was her birthday. “I almost started crying when Scott pulled me on stage,” said Hansen. “It made my birthday so unbelievably special.” To finish the show, Pentatonix performed an encore act of Fun’s “We Are Young,” and thanked the audience for getting them to where they are today.

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Arts & Entertainment Television is in the Air

BY TARA DURKIN Staff Reporter Fall television has never looked so great. With the start of this new fall season there are many promising new pilots and present finales coming up. One new show that recently premiered Sept. 17th on FOX was the new comedy series “Brooklyn Nine Nine”. The premise of the show according to IMDB is about “A diverse group of detectives at the very edge of New York City.” This new show takes a comedic twist on what it is like to be a cop in New York City. Starring comedian Andy Samberg, the show received fantastic reviews from its audience and critics. “I am a huge fan of Andy Samberg, so I was really excited for the premiere,” said senior Kristen DiNapoli. “It was laugh out loud funny, and I can’t wait for the next episode.”

Andy Samberg in new series “Brooklyn Nine Nine”.

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For those who missed the pilot episode for “Brooklyn Nine Nine”, there is no need to worry; the show will be airing on FOX Tuesdays at 8:30 P.M. Sophomore Alyssa DeLuca said, “I didn’t get to watch the premier but I have heard great things about it and I plan on watching it, it looks like an awesome new show that will be extremely funny.” Along with the new pilot airing on FOX, ABC has brought back it’s every popular show, “Grey’s Anatomy. Airing last Thursday night, the hit show packed a punch with it’s season 10 premiere episode. Clocking in at 2 hours long, the premiere was a great start to the season, but some fans thought it dragged on a bit too much. “Being a long time fan I know the show can pack in a lot of drama and suspense, but I thought that the premiere was a little too long and dragged on at some points throughout the episode,” said senior Cassie Briffett. The ABC hit show, “Grey’s Anatomy” had it’s 10th season premier on Sept. 26. The show premiered to great reviews from critics and fans of the show. Though some fans thought it was a little too long for their liking, others thought the episode was filled with drama and romance, in true “Grey’s Anatomy” fashion. “I am a huge “Grey’s Anatomy” fan and I love what they did for the 2 hours of the premier, they picked right up from where they left off last season and didn’t disappoint with the drama,” said sophomore Shannon Dennelly. “I can not wait to see what they do with the rest of the season.” The 2 hour long season premier of the show left viewers wanting more. The episode offered love, arguing and saving lives. “It wouldn’t be ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ without make me cry!” said senior Cassie Pavlowich. The series will air on ABC, Thursdays at 9 P.M. Though lots of pilots and premieres have broken through the fall television scene, some great shows are coming to an end. AMC’s most raved about series, “Breaking Bad”, premiered its series finale on Sunday.

Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn in series finale episode of “Breaking Bad”.

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Many students rave about this action packed drama, and cannot believe it is finally coming to an end. “’Breaking Bad’ is actually the greatest show on television, they have never had a bad episode. The actress’ and actors are incredible and the plot is amazing. I am so sad it is going to be ending but I think they did the right thing by ending at this season,” said sophomore Kristen Dunbar. The highly anticipated episode of “Breaking Bad” will end this much raved about series after 5 seasons. Never disappointing the fans, the finale left senior Mare McGoorty at peace through the series ending credits. “It honestly did exactly what a series finale should do,” said McGoorty. “Every issue that has ever happened in the series has been resolved. All the loose ends are tied up.” Contributed to by Kat Lindsay Asst. A&E Editor.

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October 2, 2013


Ya Herd? We’re 5-0!

Pioneers Record First Shutout in 11 Years


KATIE SHEPARD AND SAM BUTLER BY Sports Editor and Asst. Sports Editor The Sacred Heart football team put on a defensive clinic on Saturday night. A defensive juggernaut that had 7 sacks, 4 interceptions and 2 fumble returns, The Pioneers defeated the Bucknell Bison 16-0. With this win, the Pioneers continue their undefeated season, moving to 5-0 . The last time the Pioneers were 5-0 was back in 2008, when the team actually got off to a 6-0 start. This game also marked the first Pioneer shutout since October of 2002, when the team blanked Robert Morris University. “I thought they all stepped up and played well,” said head coach Mark Nofri. “It was good to see us have that toughness and ability to grind out a win against a very tough, physical football team.” Senior defensive end Ray Hodgson forced 2.5 sacks during this game, giving him a total of 5.5 sacks for the season, the most in the Northeast Conference. Senior defensive back J.D Roussel tied the school

record for 3 interceptions in one game, the first Pioneer to so in the Division I era and the first since 1994. For his efforts, Roussel was named NEC Defensive Player of the Week. Sophomore wide receiver Moses Webb caught the only air touchdown of the game to stake the first set of points down for the Pioneers. “It’s a great feeling to know that the hard work has paid off,” said Webb. “But we still have a lot of work to do and more to accomplish.” The touchdown came at the hands of sophomore quarterback RJ Noel. Although Noel had only one touchdown pass during the game, he accumulated 161 passing yards and ran the show by constantly putting the Pioneers in position to score. Junior running back Keshaudas Spence collected 126 yards rushing on 27 carries, which also included his big 25-yard run for a touchdown with just over 2 minutes left in the game. “I feel that Saturday was a dog fight,” said Spence. “We knew that it was going to come down to who could move the ball more and who could stop each other from


moving the ball more.” The Pioneers indeed moved the ball, accumulating 315 yards of total offense while only having 3 penalties for 11 yards, a key focal point for the team from previous weeks. Non-conference play is over, for the Pioneers take on their first conference matchup of the season against Wagner College this Saturday. “I think they ‘re anxious to play their conference games,” said Nofri. “They have won 5 straight and should know by now that they can play with anyone in the conference.” As the team prepares for this weekends game, the players are working on flaws and setting the finishing touches to extend their perfect season. “Were going to continue to work hard in practice and execute the game plan that the coaches have set forth for us,” Spence said. “We’re just going to take it one game at a time.” The Pioneers will play in front of their home crowd during Sacred Heart University’s family weekend this Saturday at the Campus Field. Game time is at 1:00 p.m.



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Pioneers Sweep to Open NEC Play

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“The major key to my success was my teammates. Being able to feel confident and comfortable was all because of them.”

-Dianis Mercado, Womens Volleyball








SACRED HEART (3-7) @ WAGNER (7-2-1) Friday, 7 p.m. SACRED HEART (3-7) @ BRYANT (4-6) Sunday, 1 p.m.


SACRED HEART (3-6) VS. RHODE ISLAND (4-11-3) Saturday, 7 p.m.



BY LAUREN GRASS Staff Reporter

The Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team began conference play at the Pitt Center this past weekend. The Pioneers went 2-0, giving them an 8-6 record overall and an undefeated Northeast Conference record. On Saturday night, Sacred Heart took on Saint Francis University in the first game of the weekend. The Pioneers dominated in 3 sets. “Last week in practice, the team worked very hard to establish an atmosphere of intense competition,” said head coach Rob Machan. “All of our players were competing to push each other, and that was reflected in how the team performed.” Freshman Sarah Krufka led the way with 16 kills on the night and senior Dianis Mercado recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. “The major key to my success was my teammates,” Mercado said. “Being able to feel confident and comfortable was all because of them.” The Pioneers dominated from the first set against the Red Flash, using key blocks from sophomore Allison Riggs and kills from Krufka. The second set required Sacred Heart to play a little catch up after trailing the set early on by 4 points. The Pioneers went on a 7-1 run started with a service ace from freshman Ana Gonzalez. The Red Flash came within 2 points of the

Pioneers, but Sacred Heart held on for a 2-0 lead with a 25-20 victory. Saint Francis U lead the start of the third set, 3-0, before Mercado regained the momentum for the Pioneers with a 5-point service run. Sacred Heart kept a strong defense, and Krufka got another point at 11-6 to keep her team in the lead. After Sacred Heart pushed the score to 14-11, Saint Francis U called for a timeout. Although Sacred Heart had control of the lead, Saint Francis U didn’t go away quietly. After more back and forth play, the Red Flash came within 1 point before errors of their own and a kill by Riggs notched the victory for Sacred Heart. “I really liked how we kept the pressure on,” Machan said. “If you don’t have fun watching that, you’re not going to have fun watching sports.” Sunday afternoon, Sacred Heart played Robert Morris in another confernc matchup. Again, the Pioneers dominated in 3 sets. “These two wins are a by-product of our hard work and game plan,” said junior Alissa Young. The Pioneers were led by Mercado’s 14 kills and 18 digs, but contribututions were across the board on Sunday. “This is by far the deepest team I’ve had at Sacred Heart,” Machan said. “Some of the best competition we see all year is in the practice gym. It is such an advantage to be able to compete against players in practice who are as strong, or

even stronger, than the competition we see in matches.” Serving proved to be critical throughout the match; as Young, Mercado, Gonzalez and freshman Kiki Robinson all recorded aces. Young led the way with 5 aces of her own. “Serving is one of those things that we focus on as a team,” Young said. “It not only knocks the other team off balance, but it helps us carry out an attacking mentality to other aspects of the game.” The Pioneers had to come from behind in the first set after Robert Morris took an early 9-6 lead. But, once they regained the lead, the Pioneers never looked back, winning the first set 25-17. The second set was more back and forth until the Pioneers were able to make a run of 4-staight points, led by a Mercado kill. Sacred Heart grew the lead and won the set off kills from Krufka and Mercado, respectively. The two teams were tied early on in the third set, 6-6. After Robert Morris scored two more times, Mercado went on a 5-kill streak, giving Sacred Heart the lead, 11-8. The Pioneers stayed in the lead for the rest of the set, only allowing Robert Morris to get within one point. With the score 23-22, Mercado had a kill once again, leaving it for Young to serve an ace for the match, 25-22. Sacred Heart hits the road next weekend with conference games at Bryant on Saturday and Central Connecticut on Sunday.


SACRED HEART (5-0) VS. WAGNER (1-4) Saturday, 1 p.m.

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“These two wins are a by-product of our hard work and game plan.” - Alissa Young, Volleyball


Strong Finishes at SFU Invitational ished in twentieth running a time of 20:58. Placing five runners in the top twenty helped the Pioneers to score 45 points, which gave them the first place finish at the Invitational. “Now that we know the course, I hope we can all go into the conference meet with a more strategic stand-


BY AARON BURRELL Staff Reporter The Sacred Heart University men’s and women’s cross country teams competed this weekend at the Saint Francis University Invitational in Loretto, Pa. The women’s cross country team placed four runners in the top 10 and five runners in the top 20 to win the Invitational. “I think the team did very well on a challenging course that most of us have never seen before” said junior Emma Bolduc. Senior Brianna Castrogivanni finished in second place with a time of 18:54. Castrogivianni placed the highest for the women’s cross country team at the meet. Sophomore Shannon Hickey was the second highest finisher for the Pioneers, coming in fifth place running by a time of 19:44. Junior Elizabeth Hutchins ran a time of 20:02, which placed her in eighth, and Bolduc finished in tenth place with a time of 20:09. Freshman Meghan Hutch fin-

point and improve our personal times and placement,” said Bolduc. “Hopefully that will lead us to win the conference championship.” The course that was ran this weekend at the St. Francis Invitational will be the same course used for the Northeast Conference Championship on Nov. 2.

The men’s cross country also competed in the Saint Francis U Invitational this weekend. The Pioneers finished in eighth place overall. Sophomore Sean Ferguson finished the highest of all Pioneer runners with a sixth place finish and a time of 27:27. Ferguson was followed by graduate student Christopher Connelly, who finished in tenth place with a time of 27:40. “I’m happy with how I did personally. It was a very competitive race with some very capable runners, and to finish so high in the field was a great feeling” said Ferguson. Senior Kevin Schumann, junior Colby Jennings, and freshman Cameron Swift rounded out the Pioneers top five runners, placing 48th, 53rd, and 54th respectively. “Overall, I think the team performed very well. We had a couple runners who placed very highly, and now we just need to work on building some more depth in preparation for our conference championship meet in a month” said Ferguson. Both teams will be back in action on Oct. 12 when they will compete in the New England Championships.




KRUFKA BURRELL HOMETOWN Rancho Santa Margarita, California YEAR Freshman MAJOR Exercise Science SPORT Volleyball, Right Side Hitter GOALS AFTER COLLEGE Attend grad school and be come an occupational therapiss STATS/AWARDS NEC Rookie of the Week. Leads team with 3.38 kills per set.


HOMETOWN Tampa, Florida YEAR Senior MAJOR Communications SPORT Men’s Soccer, Forward GOALS AFTER COLLEGE Pursue a career in broadcast journalism STATS/AWARDS 3 goals and 2 assists in 2013


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