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Volume 86, Issue 17
February 26, 2013
with sodexo moving out, students wonder what is next on the menu
ON THE INSIDE cover story - P3 meal plan change sparks reaction from abroad - P9 tItus Andronicus : Bloody awesome - P13 Women’s Lacrosse bests Penn State - P19
The World at a Glance
February 26, 2013
- Quote of the Moment - Explosion in India kills
When you are given an FBI BlackBerry, it’s for official use. It’s not to text the woman in another office who you found attractive, or to send a picture of yourself in a state of undress,”
said FBI assistant director Candice Will to CNN on the recent internal sexting claims.
The water did have a funny taste,” said Sabrina Baugh, guest at Los Angeles’ Cecil Hotel, where the body of a missing woman was found at the bottom of a rooftop water tank.
In the busy downtown area of Hyderabad, India multiple explosions went off on Thursday. The explosions killed 10 people and injured 50. The explosions occurred 10 minutes apart, each outside of a movie theater and bus station; but the cause of the explosions has yet to be determined. Many people are speculating that the explosions were bomb attacks, especially since India has been on high alert since the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru two weeks ago. A majority of Indians disagree with this decision and feel that he was not given a fair trial.
Deadly car bomb in Syria A car bomb exploded near headquarters of President Bashar al-Assad’s party in Damascus on Thursday. Due to the blast, at least 53 people were killed and 200 wounded. Syrian media believes that the incident may have been due to a “terrorist” attack. The blast caused a large cloud of smoke to rise over the city, as well car alarms to sound nearby. The violence came in light of the Arab League and Russia’s offering to broker talks between the rebels and the government.
Chinese gov’t imposes carbon emissions tax
China has come to a point at which it burns almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. The rest of the world has angrily blamed China for the state of the atmosphere and its lack to cooperate with limiting emitted greenhouse gases; but this week China decided to impose a tax to help lower the emissions apparent. The government is looking into taxing energy—intensive products such as aircrafts and batteries. The government will also be raising taxes on coal.
Shooting in Las Vegas Thursday morning, a shooting between two vehicles occurred, causing a multivehicle accident near Las Vegas Boulevard. Three people were reported dead following the incident, and police say that passengers were exchanging shots around 4:30 a.m. The driver of the Maserati involved, as well as the taxi driver and passenger involved, were all killed.
Egypt to hold elections Beginning April 27, Egypt will hold parliamentary elections due to a presidential decree. These elections come at a time in Egypt when unrest and insecurity are crippling the economy. President Mohamed Morsi is hoping that the election will mark an end to a the political transition that has been sending the economy into deep crisis.
Annual chef’s fare, Feb. 26 Our Annual Chef’s Fare theme this year is music! Join Loyola and three other schools (Stevenson, Shanendoah, and Franklin & Marshall) on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in McGuire Hall to taste tapas-style cuisines representing musical genres such as classical, rock, and country! The event will take place from 5:30–7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per ticket, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity.
joy. Martha will be making us a delicious herbal tea and have other samples for us to smell and taste.
- compiled by Lizzie Carr
Sources: The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Al Jazeera, China Digital Times, Reuters, CNN
Campus Police Blotter Selected excerpts from reports
Sunday, Feb. 17 At 11:21 a.m., campus police was dispatched to the 4500 block of Charles Street, in front of Lange Court, in reference to a damaged vehicle. A Loyola street pole had fallen on top Undergraduate Research and Scholof a vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer observed the pole laying on top of a 2005 gray Honda arship Colloquium April 5; applicaAccord. A check with base revealed that the vehicle is not registered with SAS parking. tion deadline Feb. 28 Damages to the car included a smashed windshield, scratches/scrapes to the rear passenger The 14th annual USRS Colloquium door and a damaged door handle. BCPD was notified, and public works was contacted to Celebrating Loyola’s Comremove the pole. mitment to Undergraduate At approximately 12:10 p.m., the owner of the car arrived. He stated that he is not a Research and Scholarship Loyola student, but was here visiting a friend, who was on the scene as well. The officer will be held on April 5, suggested that the vehicle be driven to 5104 York Road so he could place plastic wrap on 2013. Loyola will host the campus“Spring into Wellness: How to make wide forum highlighting undergraduate the windshield before the owner drove home. The pole was temporarily laying in the grass beside the Lange Court gate until it was a healthy transition from winter to student research and scholarship. The removed. Several cones were placed around the base area on the sidewalk to prevent any spring” goal of the colloquium is to encourage Join us at the Women’s Center (4504A scholastic endeavors that focus on either injuries. Seton Court) on Wednesday, Feb. 27, the generation of new knowledge or creat noon as 5 Element Acupuncturist ative integration of existing scholarship. Monday, Feb. 18 At approximately 12:18 a.m., an Environmental Services worker advised campus poMartha Rogers presents an informative Application requirements: All currently lice that in the men’s restroom on the first floor of the DeChiaro Center, near the old Taco and light hearted talk on how to support enrolled undergraduate students of the yourself as we transition from winter to University are eligible to make submis- Bell, the stall door to the handicapped space had been pulled off the hinges and was laying on the floor. Upon inspection, the officer observed that the door was across the room, spring. Using the wisdom of 5 Element sions to the Colloquium. The applicain front of the urinals. The hinges on the wall partition and the door were torn so badly Acupuncture, Martha will teach us about tion form requires identification of a which foods to eat, teas to drink and lifeLoyola University faculty member who that the metal will need to be replaced. No idea when the damage was done. style habits to put into place during this will agree to serve as a mentor in the Wednesday, Feb. 20 season for the sake of greater vitality and application process. At approximately 9:59 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Campion in reference to a report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to the rear desk assistant of Campion, who reported that a while male with blond hair and a backpack walked through the west, rear door after a student swiped their card. The DA did not know where the male went after he entered the building. A review of the cameras revealed the individual going up the north stairwell in Campion, but it is unknown where he went from there. The Correction, pg. 13: FAC songs: #4 is “All These Things That I’ve Done” cameras also revealed the male conversing with other students.
CORRECTIONS by The Killers (not “Help Me Out”)
- compiled by Katie Krzaczek The Greyhound
2February 26, 2013
Change in food provider stirs up controversy among students, employees By Katie Krzaczek News Editor Students opened their e-mail to a surprise this past Thursday. “The university has decided to move to a new dining and catering vendor who can provide additional options, a strong focus on quality and a better value to students and other members of the campus community,” read the message Dr. Sheila Horton, vice president of student development and dean of students, sent to the student body. This coming fall, Parkhurst will replace Sodexo as the food service provider at the university. Parkhurst’s mission is based on providing healthy, local foods, with everything being prepared fresh, never frozen. This was a major influence in the administration’s decision to switch, as well as the students’ want for more affordable food options. Jennifer Wood, director of campus services, explained that the feedback the administration received from student and parent surveys, as well as focus groups, were also big influences in making the switch. “What we heard was that food on campus was too expensive and of poor quality or not healthy,” Wood said. While the decision to make the change
came from student, parent and focus group feedback, some students and most employees took the news with some amount of shock. Sharon Smith, who currently works for Sodexo under Dining Services, said that she’s not really looking forward to the switch because it came as such a surprise. “We didn’t find out until after [the students] got that e-mail,” Smith said. Smith worked for Parkhurst before and loved working there, but her main concern is about her job security in general. “I’m concerned about whether the union will still be here when the new company comes in. Is the seniority, the union going to change? Currently, the workers are unionized and will have the option to reapply for their jobs under the new company. Wood explained how, since there are going to be positions available, they’re going to need people to fill them; however there is no guarantee that those presently employed through Sodexo will be rehired come the fall. One thing that will not change for employees, though, is what they will earn. “Loyola requires their vendors to pay a living w a g e , ” said Wood. “That’s not something all companies do.” Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Randall Gentzler said, “As part of its sustainability initiatives and its commitment
The thing I don’t like about [the new system] is the fact that you are required to put a certain amount of money on your card, as opposed to what we have now. - David Brooks, class of 2015
to social justice, the university expects its dining services vendor to provide the living wage for its employees. Living wage is the wage that can meet the basic needs to maintain a safe and decent standard of living.” Earning a living wage in Maryland m e a n s $12.49 per hour or $9.39 per hour “depending upon the jurisdiction where the services are performed,” according to the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. “It’s a more realistic wage to actually be living off of,” Wood said. While the pockets of the employees will not be impacted by the move to Parkhurst, students and their parents may have to reevaluate some spending done at the school’s cafeterias. The new system will institute a meal plan system—something the students are not acclimated to, and something they would like to know more about. “I’d like to know how the meal plans actually work,” said first-year McKenna Paulson. The new system offers four meal plan options for incoming students, with six different options available for upperclassmen. If a student opts out of the meal plans, he or she may choose to put a pre-determined minimum amount of “declining balance dollars” on his or her Evergreen card for the semester. “The thing I don’t like about [the new system] is the fact that you are required to put a certain amount of money on your card, as opposed to what we have n o w, ” s a i d sophomore David Brooks. “It won’t sway me to eat [on campus] more or less often. I try to cook in my room as much as I can to save money.” The buy-in requirement is the most pressing c o n c e r n among most students. If a junior living on-campus chooses not to purchase a meal plan, he or she is obligated to put a minimum of $648 in their declining d o l l a r s account. This minimum
varies among classes, with sophomores having a requirement of $1,222 and seniors living on-campus required to put $473 or more on their cards. “We determined how much we would require for the declining balance for the class years by looking at the average spent,” s a i d Wo o d . She explained that the numbers were not arbitrary, and that the administration looked at how much students were spending and came up with the numbers based on what they saw. Gentzler explained that the move is what is best for the majority of the campus community, which is why the decision to institute meal plans was made. “I am confident students who might be unsure about this change will feel differently once they experience the new dining program next year,” he said. While the prices may seem overwhelming, Wood reassures that, compared to plans at similar institutions, Loyola’s new system is keeping costs low (see chart below). At Bucknell University, Parkhurst’s inaugural institution, first-year students have the option of one of only two meal plans, both offering unlimited swipes per semester. These plans, however, cost upwards of $2,200 and provide fewer declining dollars than what Loyola will offer. For Bucknell’s off-campus students and upperclassmen, the option is between a $1,300 and a $700 declining dollar plan or blocked plans, which each provide for a set number of meals per semester. These plans range from $855 to $2,015 per semester, and each allow for an additional $125 in declining dollars. “The current dining program as designed is not a sustainable program for the university and for Loyola students,” said Gentzler. “The price/value complaints about the current program were one of the many issues that we are hoping to solve with the new dining plan. Even with this new requirement, the program is much less expensive than dining plans at other universities” When broken down, students will be spending $6 to $8 per meal on any of the new meal plans. Gina Carlino, a first-year, is looking forward to the new system. “I think it’s good. There has to be some kind of meal plan, and I think it’s good that there are options.” It will be impossible to see just how students will react to this new meal plan system until it is fully instituted in the fall. The administration is still working to determine specifically what kinds of food will be available under the new program, but Wood assures that there will be more variety than there is now. “We have to respond to what the students want now,” she said. “I think students will be happier with the choices on campus, and they will be able to eat on campus more than they ever did before.”
What we heard was that food on campus was too expensive and of poor quality or not healthy. - Jennifer Wood, director of campus services
February 26, 2013
The Wire opens the conversation about the community surrounding Loyola
By Lisa Potter Staff Writer
Last Wednesday, Health Leads, Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) and the Global Studies Club held the first of a two-part lecture series based on the HBO teledrama The Wire, and Patrick A. McGuire’s book, Tapping into The Wire: The Real Urban Crisis. Students filled the Fourth Floor Programming Room to the point where CCSJ and Health Leads staff needed to find more chairs to accommodate them while members of the Global Studies Club and Health Leads introduced the topic. The Wire is an HBO series focused on different aspects of urban life, based and filmed in Baltimore. Each season presents a different aspect of the Baltimore community, ranging from the drug scene and the school system, to the bureaucracies of politics and police. McGuire’s book uses scenes from the show to present real-life issues already existing in Baltimore concerning poverty, violence and substance abuse, particularly addressing issues of health. “The social determinants cause health problems,” said Health Leads’ Program Coordinator and junior Mollie Kettle. “Health Leads was founded on the premise that, without basic needs, it is difficult to maintain basic health.” Members of Loyola’s Health Leads began the lecture with an activity where each student had two small pieces of paper of five different colors, each of which stood for a specific category. On the blue pieces of paper, students were told to write two material possessions that were most important to them during their childhood; on the pink, two of the most important people in their lives; on the yellow, two of the most memorable places they had been; on the green, two basic human rights they would never give up and on the purple, two of the most memorable moments of their lives. Then, students were told to take away one piece of paper at a time while imagining what their lives would be like
without those items; this was done in order to of Baltimore and its poor by creating a video, CCSJ’s Social Justice speaker series give the students a better perspective of how stereotypical Baltimore as the setting and at Loyola and the Baltimore City Health their resources affect their lives. portraying a stereotype as the main character Department’s Operation Safe Kids and “I felt a little guilty [during the activity],” of the scene: a young, parentless, African Operation Safe Streets to monitor juveniles said one woman. “Especially when it came American male who is the caretaker to and prevent violence and homicides. down to two things.” multiple African American children, none CCSJ is Loyola’s outreach organization After the activity, the event’s organizers of whom he can actually support, who also that works to provide community service played a scene from The Wire, and members knows the streets and the henchmen of the opportunities for students, and Health Leads of Health Leads read a passage from Tapping Baltimore drug lords. is a non-profit organization, connected with into The Wire about poverty and health issues “I thought [the lecture] was really CCSJ, where Loyola students may serve among the poor. Students were then asked interesting, considering it’s happening in in the Labor and Delivery section of the to have a small group discussion about the our area. I’m an education major and so I go University of Maryland Medical Center. It scene and the reading with the table they to an elementary school…all the kids wear aspires to “break the link” between poor were sitting at. uniforms and it’s hard to tell which ones are health and poverty through family resource Students highlighted the disconnect they poor, but it’s important to know there are kids clinics that help the needy through providing felt between life at Loyola and the surrounding that come from [that kind of] environment,” food, employment and health insurance, community, calling Loyola a “bubble” that said Slavin. among other resources. removed them from the realities of poverty, The event served more as a conversation The Global Studies Club is a student even though it is visible only a few blocks starter than an actual lecture, ending by organization at Loyola for global studies from campus. The students also cited several naming a few of Baltimore’s initiatives to help majors that also focuses on social ill and of Loyola’s organizations, like CCSJ and the those living in poverty such as Wide-Angle social justice. It meets every Tuesday at 9 York Road Initiative, which they claimed as Youth Media, a program where students may p.m. in Sellinger 104. the best option for the Loyola community share what is going on in their lives through to become aware and help the less fortunate living around the Loyola campus. They also said service organizations allowed them to help out in a controlled environment, as opposed to venturing on their own into Baltimore City to serve the needy. “Being at Loyola puts things in perspective,” said first-year Jehan Slavin. “We live [in the same city] and by living here, we have the ability to make a difference…I think that when we think of going into the city, we think of going into the Inner Harbor, which there’s more to the city than just that. I think we can help by getting into the city more… We really are in our own bubble.” The students also addressed the issue of stereotypes, saying that the family in the scene from The Wire did not have a mother as traditional Jake Rauscher/The Greyhound families do, thereby breaking the norm. However, it was also Students discussed the importance of being aware of the surrounding community by tying in said that it solidified stereotypes themes from the television show The Wire, which is based in Baltimore.
Apple on the verge of losing its edge as competitors close in on the market By Miriam McKinney Contributing Writer How did you react to the unveiling of the iPhone 5? If your response ranged anywhere from “eh” to “…it looks the same,” then you may already be aware of Apple’s current, looming dilemma. After Apple’s latest product release—the iPhone 5—many are beginning to wonder if the brand will continue its reign of popularity. The iPhone 5, nearly identical to the 4 or 4S, was released Sept. 21, 2012. The phone’s only noticeable “new and improved” qualities were its fairly slimmer body and slightly larger screen. Additionally, according to Techspot.com, Apple plans on releasing three more iPhones in 2013. These new phones include a new version of the 5, as well as an iPhone 6 and another entry-level phone. Will the success of the Apple brand stand, or will the death of Steve Jobs truly manifest itself in the company’s releasing of barely-new products? Will Apple’s cool factor “cool off”? According to CNN.com, most of the problem is that everyone who wants to
own a smartphone, laptop or desktop computer already does. And so, Apple either needs to begin marking down or making cheaper products. “[They’re] too expensive,
may need to delve into truly new, fascinating technological elements that no other market has yet discovered. That being said, Apple has had a track record of hits, beginning with reinvigorating and globally recognized iMac in 1998, which brought the desktop computer into the age of portability. Then in 2001 came the iPod, the iTunes Store in 2003, the iPhone in 2007, the iPad in 2010 and so on. Titilayo Unebu, a first-year student, said that with Apple, “you get what you pay for.” Unebu continued, “The quality of Apple products is worth the expense.” Apple made a name for itself in both its creativity and its sturdy popularity; its products have dominated the technological world for the past decade. For a period of time, Blackberry became Apple’s biggest
The quality of Apple products is worth the expense.
- Titilayo Unebu, class of 2016
overpriced, but good quality,” said Ashia Cook, a first-year student. We see this playing out today as many students across Loyola’s campus still tote around their iPhone 4s or 4Ss, simply because they work just as well as the 5. Many students are not willing to get such an expensive product that is essentially identical to their current, in-good-condition phone. Apple
competitor, with its stylish phones. As reported by CNN, rival company Microsoft dominated during the ’90s—the era of PCs—when computers first began to gain popularity. But, Microsoft does not look as though it will be able to keep up with today’s increasingly mobile world. Yet, Microsoft will never lag as much as Palm, which regularly falls into last place in annual profits. Apple still remains the highest supplier of high mobility products, software and related services and, for the foreseeable future, this is the way it will remain. Apple still harbors the best-selling smartphone in the world. The expectation of Apple is that it will constantly impress and amaze, but if the company falls short of these expectations, consumers begin to doubt it. However, CEO Tim Cook and designer Jony Ive, the only two close colleagues of Steve Jobs that remain at Apple, are still working hard at the design boards. Once these two big names leave the company, then it may be the time to panic.
4February 26, 2013
New student club NORML addresses pressing issue of marijuana legalization By Lindsey Rennie Staff Writer There is a new club on campus and it’s one that you might not expect, even with all the political attention this topic has been receiving nowadays. Loyola’s new chapter of NORML—the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws—may just be getting started, but the organizers already have big plans for the club’s future. “Our initial goals are educating the student body on current drug policy and how they can enact reform,” said sophomore Pat McCabe, the club’s president. “We lobby the school to lessen the penalties for cannabis use and possession. We will connect with other local chapters, such as Towson University’s, to have a greater impact. We also aim to bring in speakers and grow our support base.” Loyola’s chapter will be just one of thousands throughout the country, all housed in the national organization, with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. NORML’s official website states that the organization’s mission is “to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.” Justin Hill, who founded Loyola’s chapter
along with McCabe, expands the definition of Maryland House of Delegates that would the organization’s purpose. “We are in favor legalize marijuana in Maryland. The bill of full cannabis legalization—medicinal, would legalize marijuana usage in the state recreational and agricultural. However, we for those over the age of 21, creating a system do not condone drug use, but rather, legal to tax and regulate it, much like alcohol. reform,” said Hill. Dr. Drew Leder, a professor in the I think that one goal of [NORML] philosophy department a t L o y o l a , i s t h e is to be a voice for the sane reconsideration faculty moderator for of our criminalization of marijuana. the club. Providing - Dr. Drew Leder reasoning for the need to reform marijuana legalization, he said, “There are people Five other states, including Pennsylvania, serving very long prison sentences for Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island marijuana possession. There’s a way in and Vermont, have recently taken similar which our criminal justice system is harsh legislative actions. and, to some degree, outmoded in the way it “Prohibition does not curb demand for treats this substance…lumping it in with the drugs; therefore, it does not decrease use,” said broader ‘war on drugs’ and therefore having Hill. “It simply adds to our overburdened jails very harsh criminalized treatment.” and court systems. Prohibition also fosters In November’s election, Colorado and black markets and increases violence… Washington state both passed ballot initiatives Legalization will allow citizens to pursue to legalize marijuana for recreational use. At alternative medical treatments as they see the same time, though, these new laws are fit.” in direct conflict with the federal law of “I think that one goal of [NORML] is the United States, which holds the selling, to be a voice for the sane reconsideration possession or usage of marijuana to be a of our criminalization of marijuana,” crime. says Leder. “I think also that the group is Last week, a bill was introduced in the interested in having Loyola University itself
reexamine and reconsider its own policies, how marijuana is treated, vis a vis the way alcohol is treated.” Nationally, racial inequities in marijuanarelated arrests are evident. According to a Shenandoah University study, “Blacks account for 12 percent of the population, 14 percent of annual marijuana users and 31 percent of marijuana possession arrests.” The study concludes that this is a national problem that does not vary by region or by the commonness of marijuana in certain areas. “I think these really are important issues and it’s a good club to have present on campus,” said Leder. McCabe and Hill agree. “It does not make sense to me to wait for someone else to accomplish a task that I want to see achieved,” McCabe said. Thus, the creation of Loyola’s own NORML chapter. The group meets on Mondays at 8 p.m. in Newman West 110, and all are welcome to attend. According to McCabe and Hill, the meetings focus on discussion of reform methods and efforts, contacting legislators and educating other students on university, state and federal policy in regards to marijuana. For more information on Loyola’s NORML chapter, you can visit the group’s Facebook page. You can also visit www.Norml.org for further information about the national organization.
Government’s persistent use of drones calls into question the ethics of war By Lauren Heery Contributing Writer Over the past few weeks, drones have been a recurring focus of the media’s attention. Although the issues surrounding drones have not been central in media coverage, the side discussions and questions around them have evolved into an important concern. A drone, broadly defined, is an unmanned flying device which can have a variety of functions and can come in any number of shapes and sizes. Time Magazine highlighted some of the domestic uses of drone technology in its cover story earlier this month. From small flying cameras used to highlight a realtor’s properties for sale, to miniature helicopter-like vehicles used in tracking and search-and-rescue operations by law enforcement officials, drones are becoming widespread technological tools. However, these seemingly innocuous and productive applications of unmanned aerial technology are not the main causes of worry. The real apprehension about drones lies in their military applications. In the past few years, drones have been increasingly used in military strikes in the Middle East. The use of armed drones has opened many debates about the ethics of war, government transparency and the militarization of new technology. The number of civilian casualties caused by the use of drones has been a particular area of concern. “The U.S. government has been very reluctant to disclose to the public the number of militants and civilians killed by drones we have operated. It is also unclear what steps they have taken to mitigate civilian casualties,” said Loyola political science professor Moira Lynch. “Of the estimated 2,800 people killed through U.S. drone
attacks, many are believed to have been armed drones.” U.S. and international policy of privacy in public. “In public we are not non-combatant civilians,” she added. Civilian is just beginning to reactively adapt to the supposed to have an expectation of ‘privacy,’ casualties as a result of targeted strikes also uses and implications of drones as they so surveillance by drones is ostensibly not an invasion of privacy,” Holc notes. create problems for the U.S.’s accountability emerge. Beyond the battlefield, domestic uses of Although much of the recent drones in these attacks. Lynch noted that the U.S. drones have the potential for controversy conversation has focused on their roles in has been inconsistent in its investigation of and new discourse on privacy. Unarmed warfare and intelligence-gathering abroad, its own drone strikes. drone technology is gaining popularity with domestic use will most likely spark dialogue In addition to the immediate human rights considerations of drone use in war are longer law enforcement as a means of surveillance, in the future. Holc hopes for some of this term matters about how the character of war tracking and search-and-rescue. Despite the discussion from Loyola students. “I’d could change. “There are civilian casualties probable benefits, much remains unclear encourage students to have a vigorous debate with any form of warfare or militarized in terms of the full legal implications of about the degree of surveillance that a free action. What makes drones unique is that government-operated drones being used for and open democracy should tolerate—by government and by non-governmental actors, there is no corresponding chance of U.S. such tasks. Paralleling some of the discussions such as corporations,” said Holc. As the casualties,” explained Loyola political regarding online privacy, much of the debate, discussion continues to percolate, the issues science professor Janine Holc. argues Holc, involves one’s expectation raised by drone use persist. “The possibility of your own people dying in war is one of the main restraining factors keeping the frequency and intensity of warfare down in our modern age. When one side simply does not risk losing any lives and the other side does, the nature of war itself changes,” she said. For now, lower military casualties for the U.S. are being viewed as the most important positive result of weaponized drone use. Broader debates about the changing dynamics of war have not fully caught up to evolving technology. Similarly, policy and procedures for specific uses are still in development. “The Obama administration is currently reviewing the existing rules and practices for targeted killings by unmanned drones,” noted Lynch. “One of the major implications of the government’s use of drones thus far is the legal Photo courtesy of MCT Campus precedent it is setting for other The Draganflyer X6 is an example of one of the types of drones countries currently developing the U.S. military uses. A drone of this size costs over $40,000 to produce. The Greyhound
February 26, 2013
Social justice speaker emphasizes solidarity among diverse communities By Megan Byrne Staff Writer Solidarity between America’s Immigrants was the third part of the Social Justice Speaks series, which is focused on Catholic Social Teaching. Sister Ilaria, a United Nations Representative for the Comboni Missionary Sisters, led the discussion on solidarity. Rachel Christian, a Loyola sophomore and intern for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, organized the event. Sr. Ilaria’s favorite definition of solidarity is from Pope John Paul II’s document on social concern of the Church, entitled “On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World,” in which he says, “…it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.” Sr. Ilaria pointed out that solidarity means a determination to a commitment to the common good. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has three elements in its definition of common good concerning solidarity. First, respect for the person and self; second, social well-being like accessible food, clothing and things for life with dignity and third, peace. Sr. Ilaria spends time in South America, specifically Peru and Colombia, where she is able to be in solidarity with those who are experiencing homelessness and hunger. She worked in Lima, the capital of Peru, where between eight to 10 million people live and
80 percent live in slums. She said, “many immigrants struggle with when they move people look for jobs everyday and don’t know to the U.S. She said there is a disconnect, a if they are going to sleep inside.” general estrangement or a frustration foreignBefore she went to South America, Sr. Ilaria lived in Europe, and she wanted to We need to be in touch with extend her reach. She serves at a soup kitchen, which, our own neighborhood. YRSA helps in South America, go under break the Loyola bubble. The activities the title of “comedores they do are simple, powerful and also populares.” In South America, these “comedores populares” fun. are different from American - Rachel Christian, class of soup kitchens because they are viewed as a communal 2015 meal, and not just a meal for the poor. Christian put this idea into simple terms: “Everyone shares born individuals feel when they are learning what they have for the good of the whole the language. On her own experience learning community.” English, she said, “I was so intimidated Sr. Ilaria emphasized the importance because English people talk so fast.” Sr. keeping with the Catholic Social Teaching Ilaria encouraged people in the audience to when thinking about solidarity and how to meet someone who doesn’t speak English act it out in one’s own life. She said one and become friends with them. example of living in solidarity is by working For students who would like to become with migrant workers. Sr. Ilaria explained that active in living in solidarity with others, there 45 percent of immigrants who are foreign- are opportunities at the Esperanza Center, born are citizens, 25 percent are documented where you can help with the ESL classes workers who are refugees and 30 percent or the naturalization clinic, which helps are undocumented immigrants. She said people fill out legal forms for citizenship, or that many of the people who fall into these at the Immigration Outreach Center, where categories are fluent in English because they you can help tutor and the Refugee Youth go to school in the U.S. Project. Service opportunities run through Because she learned English at the age CCSJ—like Project Mexico and Encounter of 53, Sr. Ilaria has a good grasp on what El Salvador—and service opportunities that
New programs to provide supportive first-year experience
By Noelia Morales Staff Writer
Beginning in fall 2013, the Alpha, Collegium and FE 100 First-Year Programs will no longer be offered to incoming students. Instead, two new programs, Messina and Loyola 101, will take their place. The Evergreen program will be implementing a new Messina program, according to Faculty Co-Director of Messina Douglas Harris, Student Development Co-Director Michael Puma and Associate Director for Student Engagement Sara Scalzo. The Evergreen program will have about 30 staff members serving as Messina Evergreens who will participate in the same training sessions as the Evergreens, with the addition of an extra training weekend in May. Messina Evergreens will be working with a faculty and administrator group to plan out an enrichment hour each week for the students that participate in the Messina program. “Throughout the entire program, the Messina and Student Engagement professional staffs are working closely together to make this a smooth transition for all,” Puma said. According to Puma, the Office of Student Engagement and the Office of Student Life are partnering with Messina to recruit, select and train student leaders who will support students throughout their first year at Loyola.
Every student enrolled in Messina will have an Evergreen whom he or she meets during orientation and who continues to meet with him or her throughout the entire academic year through Messina enrichment hours and activities. Furthermore, each student will have a Messina Resident Assistant who collaborates with Messina Evergreens to plan residential-
The Messina program has given us a chance to reevaluate the overall role of an Evergreen and has enhanced our program.
- Michael Puma, co-director of student development
ly-based activities that highlight Messina themes and support student success. Messina Resident Assistants will live in Flannery O’Connor Hall with the first-year students and will promote community building and engagement throughout the year. In an effort to help commuting students also get involved, they will be welcomed to enroll in Messina and participate in cocurricular activities that take place in Flannery Hall. In fall 2013, one-third of the incoming class will be able to enroll in the Messina program. When the decision to implement Messina was made last March, the co-directors wanted the current level of first-year program
student participation—about 65 percent—to be maintained for the incoming students next semester. To help accomplish this, a program called Loyola 101 will be offered to first-year students. Loyola 101 will be a one-credit, fall only course, similar to FE 100 in that it will be co-taught by a faculty advisor, a student development administrator and a student leader. Dr. Harris feels that the new programs will help students adjust to the many aspects of college life, the “personal, social and academic” aspects. He also hopes that it will “help students see the value of the core curriculum.” The name “Messina” comes from the name of the city in Italy where the Jesuits first engaged in higher education. Dr. Harris believes that the name stands as a reminder, as we push into the 21st century, that we never lose sight of original Jesuit education and of the education of the whole person. He hopes that the division between being in class and out of class will be united. Puma said, “I look forward to how the program will continue to evolve with the implementation of Messina. The Messina program has given us a chance to reevaluate the overall role of an Evergreen and has enhanced our program. Additionally, we see this as a great opportunity to increase collaboration and communication between RAs and Evergreens, as well as between faculty, administrators and student leaders. We are all committed to providing a supportive firstyear experience for all Loyola students.”
are faith-based and run through Campus Ministry—like Rosto de Cristo and the Jamaican Experience—can also provide an experience with solidarity. Locally, students can get involved with the York Road Student Association. According to Christian, “We need to be more in touch with our own neighborhood. YRSA helps break the Loyola bubble. The activities they do are simple, powerful, and also fun.” For those who are interested, contact Katherine Clair at email@example.com. Christian also expressed concern that students should be in closer solidarity with one another. “Events like Lessons and Carols and Relay for Life bring Loyola together as one community, but there needs to be more everyday occasions of campus-wide solidarity. There is a movement to get picnic tables on the quad.” Generally, Loyola needs an enhanced common space so that students can be unified. Sr. Ilaria had a message to the audience that immigrants can bring benefit to the U.S. Christian was particularly struck by this idea because, she said, “so often immigrants are viewed as burdens or obstacles to growth, but we can learn a lot from each other.” To Christian, that is what solidarity is all about. “Give and take. When new cultures and ideas come into our country, we will grow. Diversity should be celebrated, not shunned,” said Christian.
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Letter: International perspective on new Loyola meal plan
Note from the Editor I realize the danger in opining on a given topic before all the facts are in, but with the volume of conversation about dining this week it seems reasonable for students to voice both their excitement and concerns. Sure, students are excited by the possibility of more fresh, locally grown food; as a college student, I’ll personally take any chance to improve the overall quality of my lifestyle. However, many of the students who are distressed by this change are vexed on behalf of the Sodexo employees, who will have to reapply for their positions if they wish to continue working under Parkhurst. We have an incredible staff of employees at Loyola who I think deserve greater appreciation and recognition. The fact that the Sodexo employees didn’t find out about the switch until after the students were e-mailed is absurd, because as much as this change will affect us, it’s not as if all of our jobs were jeopardized without warning.
students is one very different from the people living here. For us, peanut butter is the new gold currency in a house of 10 Americans just looking for something to remind us of home. We’re becoming well-versed in the bridge language between English and Spanish—that of the awkward hand gesture. Seeing uniformed guards with shotguns stationed at storefronts makes us feel a little safer than it did on January 16, when our flight landed in El Salvador’s International Airport. And to us, our Jesuit university’s campus here in the El Salvador’s capital is the most beautiful and exotic oasis in our urban lives. For Salvadoran students, like some of the scholarship recipients we live with, United States citizens are confusing. They definitely don’t understand the peanut butter infatuation, they laugh at our charade-like performances and see something different in those armed guards sitting in front of well-to-do stores. Maybe the guns are a reminder that their
If there is still time to deliberate the contract with Parkhurst, Loyola should make all possible efforts to ensure that seniority and union security is maintained for dining employees, just as the university necessitates a “living wage” to be paid. If considering seniority and preserving the union is not possible from a business standpoint, then Parkhurst should at least weigh “new” applicants’ previous employment during the hiring process. As a resident and rising senior, I admit that my stake in the new dining discussion is minimal (if you consider $946 minimal, of course); however, I consider myself a part of this Loyola community along with everyone else who lives, studies and works here, and I don’t want to see the people in our community negatively impacted by a business move. That’s not what Loyola should be about. Jenn Ruckel Editor in Chief
country is still reeling from a civil war or perhaps that gang violence contributed to the highest murder rate of any country in the world in 2011. And while we stare at the palm trees and listen to strange birds warble on University of Central America’s campus, maybe they are reminded of the Jesuit priests who were massacred at this very site in 1989. Massacred for their desire to teach, to serve God and to promote solidarity. But more than the difference between languages, violence and universities, it’s the peanut butter— it’s the food—that offers the biggest divide between the culture we’ve come from and the one we’re living in. For class, we accompany and work in solidarity with different communities in the area all day on Mondays and Wednesdays. In places like our praxis site in Zacamil, they killed a chicken for our lunch on the first day with the family as a sign of true hospitality and generosity while we sat over top dirt floors and under corrugated tin roofs. In other areas like Las Nubes on the side of the volcano here in San Salvador, people do not have access to drinking water.
If that doesn’t compute to you reading at home, it didn’t for us either for the first couple weeks. In this impoverished community, residents are forced to carry huge jugs of water on steep ascents to their homes for hours a day. These are only some of the factors that shaped our reaction to the e-mail we received last week outlining Loyola’s plans for the shift to a more traditional meal plan system. For the four of us from Loyola currently living here, this change generated lots of reactions, not the least of which was confusion. Living in a country in which food insecurity is an almost universal reality raises awareness of our own privilege, both here and in the United States. A diet of tortillas, beans, rice and small portions of meat (on special occasions) would not be advisable under any United States nutritional standards, yet here it is the goal for most families. Thursday’s e-mail provided very little information about the change, so for the moment we were confused, but open to hearing more about the reasoning
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Tweets of the Pope’s decision to resign is admirable, best choice for church Week The birds are chirping. “ain’t no party like an east side party because an east side party is in the vicinity of a recent shooting” -@__barnaby “There is a special place in hell reserved for the people who don’t clean the lint screen after they dry their clothes” -@ColleenZirkle “Loyola’s housing process, breaking up friendships since 1852” -@gracie_konopka “In 5th grade I gave up opening doors for lent so that’s pretty much when my parents gave up hope for me” -@bR3NSKiiZZl3 “‘But what about Vocellis!’... Was the concern of no one...ever.” -@jp_welsh “Shout out to the kid in front of me in philosophy who’s silently watching a YouTube video called ‘how to cornrow your own hair’” -@megshields2
A great deal of speculation has followed the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI regarding his motivations for the change. The pope officially announced that he could no longer govern due to a lack of strength. Our culture is so accustomed to popes staying in office
KATIEREINHARD until their deaths that the heroic nature of his action is being overlooked. There comes a time when one needs to step down if one can no longer fulfill the duties demanded of him. The pope was frail, his health was failing and while there was no one instance that necessarily caused him to quit, it was necessary. The pope said that in order for him to govern such a large faith, “...both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which, in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,” according to Philip Pullella of Reuters. This is shocking, primarily because of how infrequently it is done; but I think his actions show people that there is no shame in doing what is necessary. “Any leader who respects the organization they serve should have the common sense to know when it’s time to say goodbye,” observes CNN contributor Roland Martin. At this point, I’m sure we have all heard that the last pope to resign was in 1415 during the Great Schism in the Catholic Church; Gregory XII was forced to resign, along with two other claimants to the papacy, in an attempt to resolve the confusion. Pope
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Pope Benedict XVI at a welcoming ceremony in Washington D.C. in 2008 Benedict XVI, however, resigned in “full freedom because he is ‘no longer capable of fulfilling the Petrine ministry with the adequate strength that is needed,’” according to The Wall Street Journal. Yes, the pope has suffered with some health issues in the past. Reportedly he has had a pacemaker for years that he just had replaced, news that was just made known to the public. He endured a brain hemorrhage in 1991 and also fell in 2009, breaking his wrist. Let’s also not forget that he is 85, and while none of these instances in the past were necessarily life threatening, as pope you have an active role to play. There are meetings, appearances, speeches and “there’s an expectation you’re going to be doing trans-Atlantic flights, and his doctors have warned him against it the whole time,” according to CNN. Skeptics have much to say about his
Japanese zombie culture impacts American anime Lately, zombies seem to dominate our popular culture. The specimens presented in television shows like HBO’s The Walking Dead are nothing but brain eating, rotting monsters (I am not criticizing the show,
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actions, however. While the move was smart, some see it as an abandonment of the Catholic Church. Alessandra Mussolini, a parliamentarian and the granddaughter of Italy’s wartime dictator, said, “This is disconcerting; he is leaving his flock. The pope is not any man. He is the vicar of Christ. He should stay on to the end, go ahead and bear his cross to the end. This is a huge sign of world destabilization that will weaken the Church.” While this is a valid concern, would anyone really want him carrying on the duties of pope at only 50 percent when someone else could do it at 100 percent? Others say that he was just abandoning his duties and could have carried on. “The basic take is he is stable and could have gone on at a lower level for some time,” said John Allen, CNN’s senior Vatican analyst. There continued to page 12
just describing the zombies in it). However, over in Japan, anime and manga are taking zombies to a whole new level that just might leave the American zombies far behind. To anime fans this might come as a surprise, because the zombie anime and manga genre is still dominated by High School of the Dead (a post-apocalyptic manga/anime where a band of high school kids face off against flesh eating zombies). Of course I am giving a very simplified description of the anime for the sake of brevity, but the zombies there are pretty much the same monsters as the ones in The Walking Dead. However, one needs only to look further and they will see that anime and manga are producing a new type of zombie. This is most evident in anime like Sankarea and Is this a Zombie? In the former, a high school girl, Rea, drinks a potion that turns her into zombie when she is killed after falling off a cliff. After she is resurrected as a zombie, the girl goes to live with the boy, Furuya, who prepared the potion (his family is obviously ignorant of Rea’s condition). The anime follows the story of Rea and Furuya as they slowly become a couple and
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Main character Rea from Japan’s Sankarea face challenges that come their way. This is a radical break from the usual zombie and human relationship, which usually involves them trying to kill one another. Not only that, Rea still acts and thinks like a normal human being even though she is a zombie. She does not even crave human flesh; instead her diet consists of hydrangea leaves. Sankarea is so radical because in it we see a zombie that is loving and kind, while at the same time trying to cope with her condition. This kind of reimagining of a zombie is unsettling, but at the same time threatens to make the American conception of the zombie antiquated. Sankarea shows that the understanding of a zombie is evolving from
a cannibalistic monster to something that nearly approaches a human being. Rea is a much more advanced zombie then the ones American cinema and television tend to turn out. So despite the fact that Sankarea might not be a major hit, the concept of a zombie it presents will become more prevalent in the future. Is this a Zombie? is an anime/manga comedy that is radical in its implications because it presents a zombie as a superhero. Ayumu, the zombie in question, was just an average high school guy until a serial killer killed him and a necromancer turned him into a zombie. On top of all that, he became a magical garment girl and now has to fight monsters that threaten his city. Here we have a zombie that thinks and behaves like a human being with the added benefit of magical powers. Even if you find this comedy dumb, it still presents a radical conception of a zombie. Just think about it—when was the last time you heard of a zombie superhero? Is this a Zombie? shows that zombies do not have to be a force of destruction and death— as is usually presented in America—but can be a force for good, no matter how silly the good may look in the anime. Although most people have never heard of the anime I mentioned, the zombies depicted in them are very different them American zombies. In fact, compared to the zombies like Rea and Ayumu our zombies seem to be on a lower level. This does not mean that zombies like Rea will completely push out our old notion of a zombie, but they might render it out of date.
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Danica Patrick should be praised for skill, not gender While I’m no die-hard NASCAR fan, early last week I tuned in and decided to brush up on some facts and the rulebook for the racing sport. This new intrigue comes by way of Danica Patrick, who made history on Sunday, February 17, after winning the pole position for the Daytona 500 in her latest race. The
BEAIRSHELLETITY pole position, as coined by various motocross sports, is the most prized position earned by the fastest qualified driver or motorist, giving them the front position of the starting grid line-up. Due to Patrick’s qualifying time of 45.817 seconds last weekend, she led the pack with the most prime position. As the first woman to win the pole in NASCAR’s elite division, Patrick has had the spotlight generated not solely on her talent, but also her gender. As the first female to break the gender barrier, it’s comprehensible why the media will and has already generated their headlines around this fact. However, it is not quite clear why her ability has been overshadowed by her sex. It is a fact that Danica Patrick is the fastest driver, and not just the fastest female driver, but the most superior amongst all her colleagues. This pole sitter doesn’t join the likes of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Karl Thomas Busch because of a common factor determined by gender, but rather by her aptitude, which has placed each of these drivers as frontrunners. Regardless of Patrick’s performance at last weekend’s Daytona, in this field she should be regarded as a top driver, not a top “female” driver. By utilizing “female” in front of “driver,” it assumes that the 30-year-old is
best amongst female drivers, not all drivers. If that were the case, Patrick is better than no more than a dozen American drivers in this elite league. However, the facts are that Patrick ranks at the top of nearly 60 male drivers, and as the only female driver in the Sprint Cup, she’s just the best, not the best female. By making this claim, some may say that Patrick would be denying the history she is making and the history of those before her. So, does this mean that she should ignore her femininity or sexuality for the sake of her
explained Patrick. She continued, “I feel that one of the coolest things is to be able to think that parents and their kids are having that conversation at home about it—I’ve heard stories about a kid, a little boy or a girl saying ‘ but mommy or daddy that’s a girl out there racing.’ And then they can have that conversation to say that you can do anything you want to do and gender doesn’t matter. Your passion is what matters.” Some critics of Patrick and this argument will argue that gender has mattered in Danica
To Spring Break being in less than a week. While it means I’m upsettingly close to having to find a summer job, I can’t wait to engage in zero physical activity while bingewatching Netflix and eating all my parents’ food.
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Danica Patrick drives during the Budweiser Duel number one in Daytona on Feb. 21. profession? No, but it does mean that she should be respected and revered for her skills as a professional racecar driver and as one of the best, regardless of gender. Patrick herself has taken strides to reaffirm that she stands as a top athlete, not an athlete with the addendum “female.” In several interviews, Patrick noted that she understood “the scope of what that means” to set history as the first woman to win the pole position. However, while interviewing with CNN’s Don Lemon, she also noted that, “You know, I love that—to go beyond racing in general. I mean just to kind of break gender barriers,”
Patrick’s career, as her light weight may give her an advantage. To that I say that there’s always an excuse why a woman’s physique, mentality or emotion creates a potential advantage that then furthers her career and skills more so than her male counterparts. What the NASCAR driver has noted should be what’s important: passion is what matters. Passion matched with her abilities has made her one of the best, and this should not be forgotten in light of the history being made. While her position as the first female pole sitter is noteworthy and spectacular, her ability as a driver is even more superb.
To the Oscars. I’m going to swallow my bitterness about Leo’s Django snub because my love for him is overcome only by my desire to seize any excuse to avoid homework. To my life-altering discovery this week that Coolio has a cookbook. Yes. Coolio. It’s $10.88 on Amazon. You’re welcome.
Letter: Article unfairly criticizes RAs on campus When I saw the article on lowering the drinking age in this week’s issue of The Greyhound, I was looking forward to a compelling argument about legalizing alcohol for 18-year-olds. After reading the article, I felt it was more of an angry rant about how unfair it is that college students can’t drink, and how resident assistants (RAs) are evil individuals who want to get their peers in trouble for their own benefit. I am not an RA, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for them and the entire Student Life office. While documentation is a part of the RA position, I doubt that anyone applies to be an RA with the mindset of, “Yes! This is great, I get to rat out my peers to the administration.” I know from talking
with many RAs that documentation is the worst part of the job, though they recognize its role in ensuring the safety and well being of the community. Additionally, insinuating that RAs have power they did “nothing to acquire” is both untrue and offensive. The process of becoming an RA is complex and those individuals who are selected to serve the Loyola community go through extensive training on everything from community building to emergency response. If you actually did the math, the amount an RA makes per hour is far less than they would make at another on campus job; being an RA is a 24/7 job. RAs act as student leaders, community builders, mentors and problem solvers; they go above and beyond their job
description to make life at Loyola better for the students they serve in the residence halls. I realize that last week’s article was the opinion of one first-year student who may not have had the time to appreciate all the incredible things that RAs do for their fellow Loyola students, and I hope the writer will take advantage of the programs, outings and even the friendship of the incredible RAs. Maybe we should start appreciating the RAs for all of the positive work they do instead of criticizing them for doing their job. They keep residents safe and make life at Loyola better. Nora Kearney, class of 2013
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To the shooting near campus on Friday. We want to watch The Wire, not star in it. To a mandatory meal plan. Sodexo and I have had our rough patches and my debit card usually flees in terror every time I near the salad bar, but I’d hate to see any of our awesome employees go/the look on my mother’s face when she finds out there is going to be something like a $495 minimum for resident students. To the two cheapest rounds of Fireﬂy tickets being sold out. The most glorious line-up I have ever seen is undoubtedly worth $258 dollars, but I’d like to eat at least one meal a week for the rest of the semester, so it may not be in the cards.
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Consider the Salvadorans cont. Pope resignation continued continued from page 9 for and details of the change. The e-mail we all received on Friday elaborated on the underlying irrationalities behind this change. If, as seniors, we choose to not buy into this meal plan, we must pay $473 per semester on a “declining balance.” In total, we will pay almost $1000 per year for not wanting to eat on campus. A sophomore looking for other options will be paying $2,444 to do the same. Perhaps there are legitimate economic reasons for this change. None of us are board members or have attended meetings leading to this decision. Running an institution as large as Loyola means that tough changes certainly do have to be made, and it is possible this was done in the best interests of all students. We did receive promising news from Dr. Horton: “It’s important to note that the minimum plan price for all students is significantly less than our peer institutions.” However, the accompanying bar graph really tells us nothing—for example, whether the other schools’ plans are mandatory, offer more meals per week or offer plans that allow meals to roll over year-by-year. As is the case with any Jesuit institution, Loyola is founded upon certain values. In our experiences in El Salvador, we have seen many of those in action—a care for the materially and spiritually poor that is truly astounding and the recognition that a global education involves learning from and living in solidarity with people who, on a global scale, have no voice. It is hard to see how this change reflects Jesuit values of care for our own Loyola community more so than it reflects business needs. In our current Salvadoran reality, $473 is a huge number. The minimum wage here provides around $200 per month for a full day’s work, and much of the population lives on the margins, powerless and seemingly hopeless. This makes it easy to forget that $473 is a big number in a United States reality, as well. This plan assumes that every student at our school has a minimum of $956 in their budget for on-campus food every year, and perhaps many do. Some may not, though. For some students, this burden will make studying at Loyola that much harder and for some students, this change will be met with great acclaim. Therein lies the problem. We have no choice, and that is what shocks us most. Jennifer Wood’s response when asked about affordability seems to miss this point: “… the reoccurring concern was the lack of affordability and quality. This change is necessary to address these concerns.” Forcing
every student living on campus to pay a minimum of $956 per year if they opt out of the meal plan, or a minimum of $2,100 per year, really makes it very little more affordable. Loyola has provided all of us with tremendous opportunities and we all have a great deal of privilege in attending such an institution. After all, it is Loyola that has given us the opportunity to find such stark realities as those we see daily in El Salvador. Still, it is hard to understand how this decision does anything other than take advantage of our need for this privilege. To be “successful” in a United States definition almost universally requires a college degree—something Loyola has, and something we all need. The power balance between university and student is by no means equal, but taking advantage of this power is something that in our time here we have not seen at this level. Down here, there is a Salvadoran sentiment that we’ve heard several times in class or seen in our readings. It’s the idea that sometimes, it’s a privilege to be taken advantage of. Usually, this refers to how migrant workers seasonally harvest coffee on big plantations in the latter months of the year. Although coffee has been the most lucrative and popular cash-crop in El Salvador since the 1880s (42 percent of gross national product comes from coffee), campesino workers in the time leading up to the war were often paid about $12 every 15 days. While these humble Salvadorans knew very well that they were being taken advantage of, in some bittersweet way they considered it a privilege to be abused by the system. Because in order to be extorted, you have to be part of the system first. So maybe in this change to the meal plan, one where we have to pay to not eat, maybe we’re fortunate enough to be taken advantage of too; fortunate enough to live in a country and attend a Jesuit university where we are part of the system. I just sympathize with future Loyola abroad students who study here in coming semesters. I picture the look the Salvadoran students will have on their faces when, in broken Spanish, their Loyola peers explain how we pay for food (or not-food) when we’re at our home university. I don’t know what advice to give to students who will have to say that at our Jesuit university, we are required to pay to not eat. I guess the only thing I can say to that group of students—when a different culture, reality and face is staring into their own—is Buena Suerte. Kevin Breen and Matthew DiFerdinando, class of 2014
continued from page 10 were technically no recent events that put the pope at risk, but as Allen observed, he “decided rather that he would pull the plug now instead of waiting for disaster.” Some attribute the resignation to past controversies in the Catholic Church. Yes, the Catholic Church has had its issues with sexual abuse and Pope Benedict XVI supposedly failed to take action after being allegedly made known about a priest who had abused boys when he was a cardinal in 1995, according to The Huffington Post. But despite the allegations, the propositions on his reasons for resigning and the constant presence of opposing opinions, the pope’s
decision to step down was admirable. No one knows you better than you, and I think Pope Benedict XVI taking this action is a huge commentary on human tendency as a whole. When overcommitted, we need to take a step back; when we try to do too much we will never succeed, and there are going to be times when we have to step away from something for the betterment of ourselves. He could have continued serving as pope, but he would be doing the Catholic religion a disservice because he would not be giving as much as someone else could. His recognition and self-preservation is exemplary, and calling it anything else would be folly.
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All female production of Titus Andronicus impresses and revolts By Kelsey Carper Contributing Writer
The McManus stage was filled with blood and gore this past weekend during the Evergreen Players’ production of Titus Andronicus. The play, which was William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, is not his most popular. When it is not being overlooked in favor of more famous works like Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet, it is considered one of his most criticized works, often cited as barbarous, cruel and, as T.S. Eliot argued, “one of the stupidest and most uninspired plays ever written, a play in which it is incredible that Shakespeare had any hand at all.” At first glance, Titus seems to be the Shakespearean version of a modern day slasher film, filled with violence, human sacrifice, murder, dismemberment, rape and cannibalism. The theme of revenge that encompasses the entire play, however, makes its violence quite relevant to our time. The play begins at the end of a 10-year war between Rome and the Goths. Titus Andronicus, the triumphant Roman general, returns from battle shortly after the death of the Roman emperor. He brings as prisoner the Queen of the Goths, Tamora, as well as her three sons and Aaron the Moor. To avenge the deaths of his sons in battle, Titus sacrifices Tamora’s eldest son, igniting in her a desire to seek revenge on Titus. The new Emperor Saturninus marries Tamora, thus putting her plan into motion. The following day, Tamora’s lover Aaron convinces her sons to have their way with Titus’ daughter Lavinia. They kill her husband, the emperor’s brother Bassianus, and they violently rape her, cutting off her hands and tongue afterward to keep her from
revealing them as her sons and bakes the perpetrators. them into a pie that Ti t u s ’ b r o t h e r he serves to her at Marcus finds the party. Violence Lavinia hiding in ensues and a number the woods, and of deaths occur in he returns her to quick succession. her grief-stricken Titus’ son Lucius father. Meanwhile, remains as one of Aaron forges a letter the few survivors, to the emperor, and the play ends b l a m i n g Ti t u s ’ as it began: with sons for Bassianus’ the election of the death. Saturninus new Emperor after a sentences them to violent struggle. death, and Aaron The Evergreen informs Titus that Players’ production the only way to of Titus Andronicus save them is to was revolting and cut off his own horrifying, and I hand. Titus does mean that in the so, and Saturninus best way possible. later returns the Director James hand, along with Bunzli staged his the heads of Titus’ production quite sons. Lucius, Titus’ uniquely, choosing last surviving son, Nicki Doster/The Greyhound to use an all-female is banished from The all-female cast of the Evergreen Players cast to portray the Rome, and with production of Titus Andronicus gave a moving and violence and horror each new tragedy memorable performance. of the show. “The Titus falls into cast of women in our great despair. It soon appears that he has Titus is in part a response to the serial killer gone insane due to his grief. stereotype of young women as victims,” Tamora, sensing Titus’ madness, visits him he said in his Director’s Notes. “It is also with her sons. They pretend to be the spirits of an opportunity for these actresses to have Revenge, Murder and Rape, and she promises a go at some of the most delicious roles in to bring justice upon Titus’ enemies if he Shakespeare.” convinces his banished son, Lucius, not to The performances within the show were attack Rome. She also suggests that he hold passionate and layered, demonstrating the a dinner party for the emperor and Tamora. power of Shakespeare’s words. Though Titus agrees and, after she leaves, he kills at times some of the performances felt
mechanical, overall the ensemble cast did well with the challenging Shakespearean verse. Sophomore Laura Biesiadecki portrayed the tragic Titus Andronicus beautifully, delivering her fervent speeches with skill. Senior Jacquelyn D’Avella also performed admirably, bringing the cruel Tamora to life. Sophomores Nicole Ruszczynski and Claire McCrea played the parts of Tamora’s sons Chiron and Demetrius wickedly, and sophomore Elaine Cilley did well with the ardent speeches of Marcus Andronicus. Senior Sarah Haley, however, stole the show for me. Her hilarious entrances and flawlessly rendered dialogue as Aaron the Moor were exceptional, and her scenes were audience favorites throughout the play. The lighting in the show, designed by the very talented Matthew Miller, supported the horror and violence of the play beautifully. With each death came a wonderfully rendered lighting effect that both startled and captivated the audience. One particular moment that left me stunned and made my stomach turn was when Lavinia opened her mouth, blood dripping from it, to reveal her missing tongue. The light darkened instantly, and a spotlight cast shadows on her face to paint a truly horrifying picture. Another moment that I appreciated was the red glow emanating from the columns on the stage at the end of the show, signifying the death and violence that just occurred. I found myself thoroughly impressed by the lighting design; it was one of the best parts of the production. The Evergreen Players’ portrayal of Titus Andronicus left little to the imagination in terms of its violence and atrocities. The performance was visceral, direct and it did a wonderful job of capturing the human desire for revenge.
Loyola meets Baltimore: Aligning with a new type of creative By Carly Heideger Staff Writer
A Loyola marketing class has taken a new spin on serving the community this semester. Professor Stacy Correll’s marketing strategies class usually takes on a simulation project each semester that takes a company and creates marketing strategies and plans for them. This semester Professor Correll decided to do something a bit different—she decided to allow the class to work with a real company, a non-profit Baltimore “locally grown” that has been working with upcoming Baltimore artists for more than 10 years, called Creative Alliance. TJ Scalfaro, a senior in Correll’s class, explains that although the class isn’t considered a service-learning course (where students are required to do community service hours through specific sites throughout the semester), it is still a course based upon serving. Creative Alliance celebrates Baltimore music, art, dance and culture by offering lessons, workshops and classes for families and groups of all ages. They also help rising artists advance their careers; artists can even live there for an extended period of time. Their website talks about how they “build communities by bringing together artists
and audiences from diverse backgrounds to experience spectacular arts programs and engage in the creative process. We provide support to area artists, promote Baltimore as a center for creative production, act as a positive force in our community and advocate for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.” Creative Alliance’s stage is located at the old Patterson Theater, filled with culture and arts, the perfect place for Creative Alliance to help continue increasing awareness about the Baltimore art scene and infiltrating local Baltimoreans into it. The non-profit not only has a very strong and growing range of art workshops and budding careers, but a resilient, foundational community outreach portion of their persona. So what does a Loyola marketing class have to do aligning themselves with Creative Alliance? Due to Creative Alliance’s lack of stronger available funds, the students in the marketing strategies class are serving as “free marketing interns.” The first half of the semester has been spent on researching Creative Alliance’s demographics, the area and their target audience in Baltimore and the surrounding communities. The second half of the semester will be spent working in a specific area, mainly creating and
helping Creative Alliance maintain new marketing strategies. “Right now, we’re doing a situational analysis of where the company stands amongst other entertainment outlets [their competitors], what types of opportunities they have in the community they are in, and what demographics they can reach out to in order to increase ticket sales, attendance and simply get their name out there more,” said Scalfaro about the class’ progress. As for the latter half of the semester and developing strategies, Scalfaro said that the class will help the marketing efforts by dividing into three different event groups: family style events, folk life festivals and workshops for children and adult artists. Although not considered a servicelearning course, it’s still teaching the students something. “It’s cool, it’s not like a real service-learning course but we’re still learning through serving them,” said Scalfaro with a smile. He also recognizes the great experience and résumé building he is gaining from it. Creative Alliance has daily, weekly and monthly shows and exhibits featuring all different types of visual, performing and digital media arts, including a show this weekend by Loyola’s very own Queen Earth. Stop by and check it out. If you’re interested
in serving Creative Alliance, check out their website and read about all the different ways to volunteer, take classes or intern. Help our “locally grown” businesses grow.
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February 26, 2013
Local Recher Theatre is closing, reopening in October as a nightclub By Samantha Van Doran Staff Writer Many of us have been there once or twice. All of us have passed it on the way to the Towson Town Center in search of new clothes. The Recher Theatre on York Road—a few doors down from Urban Outfitters, just before Barnes and Noble and across the street from Plaza Art Materials (for you studio art majors out there)—is closing down at the end of March. The well known local theater will reopen in October of this year as a nightclub instead of a live music venue. The theater, purchased by the Recher family in 1959, originally operated as a single-theater movie house until it closed down in the early 1990s. According to the theater’s website, it was transformed into a billiards room called Rec-Room Billiards—those of you from the area may remember it. Soon, though, the theater’s layout and amazing acoustics gave the Recher brothers the idea of converting it into a concert venue. And soon after that, the brothers officially changed the venue’s name to the Recher Theatre. Since 1999, as the theater’s “Wall of Fame” website page proves, the Recher Theatre has seen performances by a wide range of both local and world-famous bands. For example, the incredibly long list of bands includes performers such as Peaches, Yellowcard and Electric Light Orchestra (one of my absolute, all-time favorite bands). Marshall Tucker Band, who put on a great show in New York City that I saw recently, played there as well.
Even Zach Galifinakas’ name is on the list. The Recher brothers—Brian, Steve and Scott—suddenly decided to make the concert venue into a nightclub in an attempt to follow the trend of the times. Brian Recher told City Paper that he believes the music scene in the area is mostly about DJs nowadays. “The live music scene is still good,” he told them, “but it’s down.” Their move to change the venue (once again) was purely a business decision, as they have loved every minute of running the concert theater. Back in December, the Rechers transformed a portion of their theater into a lounge as a trial period. The lounge—called the Torrent Lounge—instantly gained popularity and helped the family finalize their decision. This fall, the Recher Theatre will begin to play electronic dance music instead of live rock. I have never been to the theater myself—although I have driven past it many times, and I wish I could have seen ELO when they played there—and I’m not sure how many of you have either. But I love concerts, and there is something about live rock music that can’t be beat; it’s sad to find out that I won’t really ever be able to see a band there. I’m not particularly interested in dubstep or house music, so I probably won’t go after this March. It must have been difficult for the Recher family to compete with larger and better known concert venues like Rams Head Live, and if the theater’s transformation is more profitable for the owners, then that’s a valid reason to make the change. The new theater
(which will be called the Torrent Lounge starting in the fall, like the theater’s current VIP section) will likely attract a young crowd with its dress code and upscale feel. The Baltimore Sun reported that some in the community are worried about “hundreds of kids flowing outside” of the nightclub each night. The theater has always had a wonderful reputation in Towson, though, and hopefully this can continue. If you’re upset by the sudden news that the
off the frenzy of the crowd. In fact, their songs are some of the quickest around—most clock in between one or two minutes, and the combined length of their two albums is only 31 minutes. The short song lengths leave listeners craving more, but the energy of their shows make up for the deficit in duration. The crowd moshed and fought through songs like “Orange Julius” and “Comfortable Clothes,” and shouted back all the lyrics during the epic set closer “Constant Headache.” With the small yet dedicated following that they’ve developed, Joyce Manor is a band to look out for in the near future. Shortly after Joyce Manor left the stage, Desaparecidos came out to snippets of political speeches, famous politician lies and the A-Team theme song, which set the pace for the rest of the set. Oberst immediately and cynically attacked all spectrums of the government, including Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Barack Obama and the indentured servantesque relationship between many indebted Americans and the banking system (sorry, Sellinger scholars). I was completely taken aback by Oberst’s metamorphosis—the once meek, cardigan-wearing songwriter donned a Skrillex-like mane, a long wool jacket and jeans with an American flag bandana tied around his knee, calling out politicians and institutions left and right. Musically, the band sounded as potent and ferocious as ever—songs like “Man and Wife, the Former” and “Man and Wife, the Latter” bucked as viciously as though the band had never stopped. After several politically heavy songs, Oberst took a moment to address the crowd and offer his hope for the future, one where we could get back on the right track
if we all start treating each other like human beings. With an elated and uplifted crowd, the band played the optimistic “Mañana” as Oberst shrieked and bellowed the lyrics as though his life depended on it. Much to my surprise, the crowd seemed to know every lyric; these weren’t Bright Eyes fans, they were Conor Oberst fans supportive of his myriad of musical directions. Perhaps the greatest moment of the night was the cover of the politically like-minded band the Clash’s song “Spanish Bombs.” Channeling Joe Strummer, the faithful and energetic song acted as a perfect cap on the night.
Recher Theatre is closing down (only in order to be born again, though), I urge you to get there while you still can. The Recher Theatre is still hosting concerts until they close, which will be happening in a little over a month from now. The next concert is on Thursday and features several bands. Tickets are only $12 and people of all ages are welcome. This way, you can say someday that you went to the Recher Theatre way back when.
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The marquee of Towson’s Recher Theatre, which will soon become a nightclub.
Bright Eyes frontman rocks D.C.’s 9:30 club with Desparecidos By Anthony Landi Staff Writer
Conor Oberst is one of the biggest names in indie music. The Omaha, Nebraska native has been carving out romantic, acoustic guitar songs under the Bright Eyes moniker since 1998, and has received numerous comparisons to other legends, such as Bob Dylan (whether justly or not, one could argue either way). He’s gotten so famous that his last tour as Bright Eyes found him at venues as big as Radio City Music hall, a symbol of his songwriting prestige and musical brilliance. So what was he doing playing at the small, sweaty 9:30 Club in D.C. on February 16? Flashback to 2001: Just as Bright Eyes was gaining national attention, Oberst was in another band called Desaparecidos. As opposed to the folky, acoustic leanings of his main project, Desaparecidos was a particularly talented hardcore punk band determined to attack political and economic injustice. Read Music/Speak Spanish was the band’s only album, yet it showcased Oberst in prime form as a visceral, daunting force to be reckoned with. However, obscured by the immense popularity of Bright Eyes and an urge for larger crowds, Desaparecidos was shelved, only to be dusted off last year as the band reunited for festival dates and a small North American tour. The opening band at the 9:30 Club show was Joyce Manor, a young pop-punk band from California. Mustering their teen angst and talented songwriting, Joyce Manor plays blazingly quick and catchy melodic gems, ripping though song after song and feeding
What did I leave the show with, you might ask? Well, my ears were certainly ringing, I was sore from constantly being pushed around by the crowd and was drenched with sweat—the surefire signs of a great show. Not only was the concert incredible, I received a more well rounded understanding of Conor Oberst, breaking my static image of him as a buttoned up indie performer. It wasn’t until I was halfway home that I realized something: The band didn’t just reunite for money or for old times sake—they regrouped in light of America’s political turmoil and to make an effort to set things straight.
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Frontman, Conor Oberst, of the folk band Bright Eyes graces the stage as the frontman for his other band called Desparecidos at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
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February 26, 2013
Top 10 ways to procrastinate while writing a paper By Valentina Guzzo Arts & Society Editor
I am currently sitting at my laptop loading yet another episode of crappy reality TV and forcing myself to write this “Top 10” list because I have the foresight to know that if it doesn’t get written now, it never will. As with most undergraduates, I pride myself on my ability to get to anywhere on campus in less than 10 minutes, I mentally conjure up outfit ideas so I can sleep in that extra five minutes before class and I have perfected the art of eating my breakfast on the run. However, I cannot deny that, at heart, I am a procrastinator. Instead of covering up my tendencies to postpone what I should have done yesterday for tomorrow, I am owning it and so should you—here’s how. Watching reality TV: They say that all TV kills brain cells; if so, reality TV is the mental equivalent of sniffing glue. It will put you in a hallucinogenic state of expletive beeps, spray tans and toddlers in their tiaras. Before you know it, it’s 2 a.m. and you have yet to start that 10 page theology paper that’s due tomorrow.
Napping: The thought of having to lie still on a mat for 20 minutes with your eyes shut used to be every kindergartner’s nightmare. But as a college student, there’s nothing more appealing than taking 15 minute—or three hour—siestas. Literary analysis or nap—the choice is a given.
FAC-ing it up: You know you really don’t want to start doing research for your philosophy essay on Augustine when you suddenly can’t stop thinking about Spring Break and signing up for that elusive 6 p.m. spin class. Laundry: Everyone needs clean clothes, right? Sure, there are those random tables and chairs in every laundry room on campus that would make a perfect impromptu study spot, but everyone knows they’re just there for show. Going out: It’s as if the clock keeps jumping forward in increments of 10 minutes and the happy hour at Luckie’s only lasts until 11 p.m. You force yourself to look at what you’ve written thus far and you’ve made some progress—a heading and page numbers. Those count, right? Getting food: After spending four hours at the library, trying to write your book proposal—or people watching through the glass windows—there’s nothing like taking a “break” and getting food. Whether it’s walking to the Smart Market and indulging in a 1,000-calorie smoothie or hitting up Chipotle for a burrito, you tell yourself you’re being productive because you need some brain food.
Facebook: It’s practically a fact that this is where productivity goes to die. If so, it would make complete sense, considering the sheer amount of time wasting that can be accomplished in what feels like only 30 seconds but ends up being three hours. Bask in the politically incorrect memes, wish all 13 people you haven’t spoken to since high school a “happy birthday” and change your profile at least four times while telling yourself it’s a necessity, because image is everything. YouTube: You mean you haven’t seen the little kitten that raises its paws when it gets tickled? What about the new Dom Mazzetti? Or what about the kid who gets hit over the head with a—sound familiar? With videos of cute toddlers singing adorable things like, “Don’t give up, you’ll get it right,” and people having no concept of dignity whatsoever (think Scarlet takes a tumble) constantly being uploaded, there is always something new and hilarious to be watched. It’s a full-time job and leaves little to no time for that reading response you should be writing. Make a Harlem Shake video: We’ve all seen too many to count. Whether it’s the UGA men’s swim team or firefighters, everyone seems to more than willing to spare the 30 seconds it takes to break it down with their upper-chest moves. But the actual process of keeping everyone
from bursting out laughing when the chosen one has to flail his or her limbs first and coordinating who wears what mask is probably an all day event. Does sending your professor a link to it count as a valid excuse?
Doing anything else: This is pretty self-explanatory and all encompassing. It can vary from shaking your leg to talking about how much work you have to do and how stressed you are, but not actually doing anything about it. It can manifest itself in deciding that you’re suddenly Julia Child and you feel like cooking your roommates a three-course dinner or aimlessly scrolling through Walmart epic fails—emphasis on the “epic-ness” and the “failure”—which could be you in two years if you don’t start that paper.
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Cooking with Iggy: Hot chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting By Justine Borzumato Contributing Writer Servings: 16 cupcakes Time: 90 minutes One of my favorite cold weather drinks is hot chocolate. When creating this recipe I thought of my favorite things about hot chocolate: deep chocolate flavor and fluffy marshmallows on top. The cupcakes have a huge chocolate flavor and a touch of cinnamon that makes them taste just like hot chocolate. My favorite part is the fluffy marshmallow frosting on top. The creamy texture mimics that of the marshmallows in hot chocolate. This recipe is perfect with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda ¾ teaspoon baking powder ¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 eggs ¾ cup water ¾ cup milk 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
your cupcake pans with paper liners. You will have enough batter to make 16 cupcakes. I always like to spray the cupcake pans with cooking spray before placing the liners in; this prevents them from getting stuck in the pan. In a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make sure everything is evenly distributed. The mixture should look light brown. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs in one by one. The best way to crack eggs is actually not on the side of the bowl—tap it on your counter a few times and crack into a small dish. Then you can check for shell and transfer to your dry ingredients. Then add the milk, oil and vanilla. Mix with the electric mixer until everything is completely smooth. Fill each cupcake liner two-thirds full; filling them anymore will cause them to overflow and any less and they will not have a nice round top. Bake the cupcakes for 2022 minutes or until they spring back when touched. You can also insert a toothpick or a
Ingredients Marshmallow Frosting:
1 cup mini marshmallows 2 tablespoons butter 2 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 ½ teaspoons water
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A delicious assortment of hot chocolate cupcakes with gooey marshmallow icing. knife into a cupcake to check if it comes out with only a few dry crumbs on it. For the frosting, place the marshmallows and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Put it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until the butter and marshmallows are slightly melted. Stir until they come together. Now, using an electric mixer, beat the mixture until light and fluffy. While beating, slowly add in the powdered sugar; keep the mixer on low, because powdered sugar can easily get very messy. Then mix in the vanilla and water. Beat until the frosting comes together and is spreadable. It will be sticky and a different texture than regular frosting. Once the cupcakes are finished baking,
remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes in the pan. Then remove from the cupcake pans and allow them to cool completely (this usually takes 30 minutes). Make sure you remove them after 10 minutes or you risk them getting stuck in the pan. They also cool faster outside of the warm pan than inside. Once cooled, frost each cupcake with 2 tablespoons of frosting. It may be slightly difficult to spread, but if you work your butter knife over the top a few times it will spread nicely over the cupcake. It also helps to have a big cup of hot water to dip your knife into between spreads. This makes the frosting slightly less sticky. Serve and enjoy!
PAGE 16F Arts & Society The need to know about the upcoming film Spring Breakers February 26, 2013
By Bridget Bunton Staff Writer
In the midst of the Oscars madness it’s difficult to even imagine focusing on the new films coming out this season. However, with Spring Break now only days away, the film of almost the same name seems quite intriguing. It wasn’t until I glimpsed at an article about Selena Gomez (one of the stars in the film) in my monthly Nylon magazine that I delved into trusty IMDb—Internet movie database, that is—for more info on the flick. After watching the trailer you will quickly come to realize that it’s not your typical teeny bopper film about soaking up some rays and checking out cute guys, although it is set in the standard Spring Break location: Florida. However, the film is much darker with a premise of four college girls (played by Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine) who rob a restaurant to fund their Florida getaway trip and find themselves caught up in a slew of gritty situations, all due to James Franco’s character, Alien.
Franco’s no stranger to playing the bad boy/outcast role (see Freaks and Geeks), but people may be surprised by the drastic change in genre for the Disney star, Selena Gomez. The 20-year-old has won the hearts of young girls and parents alike for her G-rated acting and clean music. While it’s wonderful that Gomez has created such a massive fan base, the majority of which features the younger generation, the actress/singer/megastar is finally ready to step off her Disney-crafted pedestal and start exploring more mature material that’s appropriate for her transition into adulthood. It also allows her to cultivate a fan base with her peers, as well. In her recent interview with Nylon the young adult opened up about her involvement in the flick and stated, “I know it isn’t for the younger generation I have following me, but I’m also about to be 21. I felt like it was my little side project that I was super excited about that would be under the radar.” Gomez may be super excited about it, but the soon-to-be released film is certainly no longer under the radar. It has recently
generated a great amount of hype with press events and promotions throughout the world, but it even created a buzz during production, as well. Press and fans flocked to the shooting location of St. Petersburg, Florida for a glimpse at this controversial project for the Disney starlet. Darker material isn’t particularly new for Benson, who also stars in Pretty Little Liars. Hudgens, most famously known for her role in High School Musical, has begun her own transition away from the Disney spotlight by starring in more mature films throughout the past couple of years. The R-rated comedy/crime/drama is certainly not for younger audiences, as it encompasses all possible sides to the Spring Break tradition, glamorous and grimy. Spring Breakers is filled with neon, bikinis, beaches, booze, Skrillex and so much more. The indie flick is apparently raunchy, according to Gomez, and violent by the looks of it. Watch the trailer and decide whether or not to check it out. I’m intrigued by the hype and interested to see if it will be a success or a disaster. I honestly think it could go either
way. The film is in theaters March 22. Who’s down for a round two of Spring Break? I know I am.
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H oroscopes By Linda Black/MCT Aries (March 21-April 19)—With the moon opposite your sign, it’s important not to let little things annoy you too much. Your romantic partner isn’t perfect, but you aren’t either. Taurus (April 20-May 20)—You might need to find a clearer way to communicate your needs. The moon is showing you that the message isn’t getting through. Gemini (May 21-June 21)—This is a good week to socialize. You could be invited to some parties, networking events, or concerts. The moon is telling you that you’ll enjoy hanging out with a rich variety of different types of people. Cancer (June 22-July 22)—You’ll want to reconnect with friends and family members you haven’t seen for a while. The sun is inspiring you to touch base with people who understand and appreciate the real you. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)—Venus is telling you not to pressure yourself so much to create the ideal romantic situation. If you’re single, you’ll still need to date a few more people. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)—Mercury isn’t doing you any favors this week since it’s still opposite your sign. Usually, you’re a great communicator, but Mercury is making it harder for you to express yourself . Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)—You’ll be in a good mood
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February 26, 2013
Loyola falls to Maryland in title game rematch By Pat Terwedo Sports Editor The Hounds may have gotten the best of Maryland last May, but the Terps refused to let that happen again. After jumping out to a 5-1 lead, Niko Amato and the Terrapins held off the defending Champions 12-10 in Baltimore. John Haus led the Maryland offense with four goals and an assist, and Amato recorded 13 saves in the victory. Loyola opened up the scoring when Mike Sawyer was left alone on the outside; Sawyer fired a shot low passed the outstretched legs of Amato, much to the delight of the home crowd. Maryland didn’t waver however; John Haus recorded his first score less than two minutes later. The Terps scored four more before the end of the first quarter. The second quarter opened up with a flurry of scoring, the first three goals being scored in a 15 second span, the fourth fastest in history. Kevin Ryan scooped up a rebound and scored a behind-the-back shot to kick off the scoring. Five seconds later Charlie Raffa won the face-off and took it straight to the cage to answer. Blake Burkhart won the ensuing face-off and dished it to Scott Ratliff, who quickly took it down for the score. The next seven minutes went scoreless as each team traded shots and turnovers. With 3:21 remaining, John Haus scored his second goal of the game going into halftime. Loyola opened up the scoring in the second half once again when Pat Laconi scored 27 seconds into the third period. Maryland, however, would have nothing of it; the Terps responded with three straight goals to give them a 10-4 lead. After a brief Loyola timeout, the Greyhounds’ head coach Charlie Toomey elected to pull starting goalie Jack Runkel and replace him with freshman
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The Terrapins got off to a fast start scoring five unanswered goals in the first quarter in a rematch of the 2012 National Championship game. Jimmy Joe Granito. The move seemed to spark something in the Hounds, if only for a few minutes. Chris Layne fed the ball to Nikko Pontrello, who scored from the left side. Matt Sawyer followed shortly after with his first career score to cut Maryland’s lead to four. However, John Haus silenced Loyola’s crowd once again with his third of the game. “You have to give them a lot of credit because that’s what good teams do,” Loyola senior Scott Ratliff
said. “Every time we had some momentum, they snuffed it out.” Loyola added two more goals before the end of the game, but it wasn’t enough. Despite outshooting the Terrapins 41-36, the Hounds could not find the back of the net. “I looked at my locker room and said I’m going to put this squarely on me,” said Toomey, “I think I left my short sticks out to dry a little on those alleys and I think we should have popped into a zone a little earlier.” Loyola clearly
struggled without the presence of short stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins, who played a key role in last season’s title run. There is currently no announced timetable for his return to the field; according to Toomey, he still has a few things to work out with the university before he can make his return. Maryland looks to start their season 4-0 with a matchup against Duke this week, while Loyola will try to bounce back Tuesday night against UMBC.
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February 26, 2013
Greyhounds knock off Penn State for first victory
By Pat Terwedo Sports Editor The women’s lacrosse team bounced back from a tough loss to the Virginia Cavaliers to take down number 10 Penn State. Loyola trailed the Nittany Lions by one going into halftime, but won the draw control battle in the second half on their way to the win, 13-11. Taryn Vanthoff recorded her second straight hat trick with three goals to go along with two assists. Kara Burke also contributed three goals; Marlee Paton had two goals and two assists. Loyola jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the game but Penn State responded with four unanswered to take control. “The biggest change in the second half was the draw controls; we didn’t have the ball on offense for maybe their first three goals of the second half, and it’s hard to score when the balls always down at the other end,” said Penn State head coach Missy Doherty. Annie Thomas scored her first goal of the season with 12:21 remaining to cut the deficit to one; however, Penn State was able to respond in under a minute. Burke’s first goal of the game came with 9:55 left in the first half, followed quickly by Hannah Schmitt’s second to tie the game. Molly Fernandez put Penn State back on top just over a minute later. Paton tied the game one last time before the half but Penn State’s
Ally Heavens scored with 19 seconds left to give the Nittany Lions the advantage. Loyola opened up the second half with four straight scores, including back-to-back from Vanthoff, to take a 10-7 lead. The Hounds would not trail again for the remainder of the contest. Penn State was able to come within one point, 12-11, after three straight scores, but Kara Burke scored the games final goal with 2:52 remaining. “The one thing I know we talk about going into a season is the possibility of going 0-2, and we talked about it; with the schedule we have we could go 0-5. We want to win games but this team has a long way to go,” said Loyola head coach Jen Adams about the prospect of dropping their first two games of the season. Molly Wolf made eight saves in the victory for Loyola, while Penn State’s Emi Smith made seven. Penn State will continue their road trip on Wednesday at Duquesne. Loyola also returns to action on Wednesday at home against rival Johns Hopkins.
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Taryn Vanthoff recorded her second straight hat trick with three goals and two assists in Loyola’s 13-11 victory over Penn State.
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Men’s basketball earns back-to-back 20-win seasons By Pat Terwedo Sports Editor For the first time in Division I history, the Loyola Greyhounds have won 20 games in back to back seasons after defeating Tennessee State Saturday night. The Hounds used a 13-0 run late in the second half to come back from an 11-point deficit. Loyola was finally able to hold off the Tigers 69-67. Tennessee State (16-14) was 10-0 this season on their home court, and 20-1 over the past two seasons. Their only home loss coming to 15th ranked Murray State. Erik Etherly led the Greyhounds with 26 points, followed by Dylon Cormier with 20. The Greyhounds trailed much of the game, their only lead of the first half game in the early minutes when Cormier hit a layup to put the Hounds ahead 3-2. Tennessee State jumped ahead after that, going on a 13-2 run and building a big double-digit lead. The Hounds fought their way back to within four of the Tigers, but Tennessee State used another run to go ahead by 14, 39-25. Franz Rassman tipped in a quick basket at the buzzer to make it a 49-38 game at halftime. The Greyhounds shot an impressive 59 percent from the field in first half, but 3-8 from the free throw line. Tennessee State hit all ten of their foul shots. In the second half Tennessee State jumped back up by 13 before a 7-0 run by Loyola cut the deficit to six. The Tigers, however, responded with a 7-0 run of their own.
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The Greyhounds knocked off Tennessee State in Nashville for their 20th win of the season, their first back to back 20 win seasons in the programs Division I history. With 8:16 left in the game, Tennessee State’s Jordan Cyphers hit two free throws to give the Tigers an 11 point lead, but that would be their last score for nearly five minutes as the Hounds would go on a 13-0
run to take the lead. Tennessee State was able to tie the game at 67 with just fewer than three minutes to play, but both teams were unable to score until Dylon Cormier hit two free throws with
11 seconds left to seal the win. Loyola held Tennessee State to just 18 points in the second half. The Greyhounds return to MAAC action against Iona on Friday.
february 26, 2013
Women’s basketball falls to Iona, Marist By Amanda Ghysel Assistant Sports Editor
The Greyhounds fell just short in their matchup against the Iona Gaels (15-11, 10-5 MAAC) Friday night, losing 67-61 in New Rochelle. The game was close throughout the first half, with senior Katie Sheahin stealing the ball and finding sophomore Steph Smith in the paint, who would tie the score at 10. Smith would earn another two points moments later, cutting the Gaels’ lead to 15-14. After four scoreless minutes, Damika Martinez would sink a free throw for Iona. Senior Alyssa Sutherland and junior Nneka Offodile would counter for the Greyhounds, once again knotting the score, this time at 16. Just before the half expired, junior Nicole Krusen sank a basket from the baseline, cutting Iona’s lead to 22-21 at the break. Iona scored the first 12 points of the second half, leaving the Greyhounds in the dust and earning their first double-digit lead. The Hounds answered later in the half with an 8-0 run of their own, bringing the score to 38-29. The Gaels were up by as much as 10 in the waning minutes of the game, but a fast break by Sheahin would cut the deficit to eight. Each team would go to the line twice in
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Women’s basketball fell to the MAAC’s top two teams this weekend. the next five minutes before Sutherland hit a three from the field, leaving the Greyhounds down by only two. However, Iona would take two trips to the charity stripe, ultimately earning them the six-point victory. The Marist Red Foxes came to town on Sunday afternoon to take on the Greyhounds
at Reitz Arena. The basketball game was part of several activities lined up for the annual Women in Sports Day celebration. The Red Foxes (20-6, 16-0 MAAC) have been seated comfortably in first place in the MAAC for the entirety of the season, and handed the Hounds a 79-55 defeat on Sunday.
Marist took a commanding lead early, holding a 19-7 advantage with just over four minutes played. At the first buzzer, the Red Foxes led 37-24. The Hounds would come out strong at the onset of the second half, narrowing the deficit to nine. But the Greyhounds’ run was countered easily by the Red Foxes, who quickly pushed their lead from nine to 20. “Any time there’s a run, they have an answer,” said Greyhounds’ head coach Joe Logan, who thought the Hounds put in a solid effort against the Red Foxes but came up short defensively. Marist would hold on to defeat the Hounds by 24, a typical margin of victory for the Red Foxes in conference. However, the Hounds were the first team to score more than 50 points on the Red Foxes in the month of February, breaking the seven-game streak. Though Marist is undefeated in the MAAC, coach Logan is disappointed in the loss. “We never go into a conference game just to compete, just to see how we are.” The Hounds are now entering the final stretch of the regular season, with matchups against St. Peter’s at home on Friday and on the road at Fairfield on Sunday. “It’s a good stretch to go into the tournament with,” said Logan, whose team moves to 5-11 in the MAAC, and will use these finals games as a push to ensure a spot in the MAAC playoffs.
Record holders to be honored at Senior Day
Student-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 27, 2012, Sutherland was also a recipient of the Diane Geppi-Aikens award in 2012, which honors athletes who are leaders both in and off the court. Katie Sheahin, who hails from Brookville, Md., holds the program record in three different categories: for steals with 336, blowing the previous record of 250 out of the water; for minutes, with 3,846 to date and for minutes average, with 34.3. Sheahin is also one of four 1,000-plus point-scorers in the Greyhounds’ history, notching 1,460 so far. She is second for field goals made 514 and for three-point field goals made, with 139. Sheahin was given 2012 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year accolades and was named to the All-MAAC Preseason first team for her final season. At the culmination of both the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons, Sheahin was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, the only women’s basketball player to receive the award in two consecutive seasons. In Sheahin’s junior season, she was the only Greyhound to start all 30 games, and led the MAAC in steals and steals per game with 102 and 3.4, respectively. Walker, Sutherland and Sheahin will be in the spotlight Friday night as they don their home jerseys for the last time.
By Amanda Ghysel Assistant Sports Editor
On Friday, March 1, several of Loyola’s senior women’s basketball players will play their final game on the hardwood at Reitz Arena. As is tradition, the graduating seniors will be honored with a ceremony at the game, in which they are escorted by friends and family and given recognition for what they have achieved during their time as Greyhounds. This year, Loyola women’s basketball says goodbye to three players: Candice Walker, Katie Sheahin and Alyssa Sutherland. Walker, a graduate student who calls Baltimore home, has recorded 511 points and 170 defensive rebounds in her tenure at Loyola, scoring 245 of those points in her freshman season in 2007-2008. Both Sheahin and Sutherland have captured records in the green and grey. Sutherland, a native of Syracuse, N.Y. and a graduate of West Genesee High School, holds the record for games started with 96, and is fifth in program history for games played with 119. In her four years at Loyola, up to this point, Sutherland has recorded 686 points, 210 assists, 189 steals and 360 defensive rebounds. In the 2011-2012 campaign, Sutherland recorded 74, the second-most in a season by any Greyhound. In addition to being named MAAC
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The accomplishments of Alyssa Sutherland (left) and Katie Sheahin (right) will be honored at Senior Day as the Hounds take on St. Peter’s for the final home game. THE GREYHOUND
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