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FALSE REPORT Loyola catches and corrects error given to

Biology professor accepts Dux Academicus

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By HASANI GRAYSON Senior Staff Writer Loyola has caught and corrected an error it made when reporting the average dollar amount borrowed by a four-year student at its university to the U.S. News and World Report. The average student at Loyola graduates with $22,713.56 in students loans, according to Cathy Simoneaux, interim director of the office of financial aid and scholarships. In its original report, Loyola reported a drastically lowered dollar amount borrowed by the average four-year student. The mistake ran in the Oct. 2012 issue of U.S. News and World Report and was caught by Loyola the next month. “We then immediately reported it to U.S. News. They modified our information on their website and we have not heard back from them since that time,” Lydia Voigt, senior vice provost of academic

affairs said. Voigt added that they resolved their issue with U.S. News and World Report before reports of Tulane’s false data surfaced. Cathy Simoneaux said the confusion was caused by a switch made in the 2010-2011 academic year to a new mainframe in the financial aid office. “The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid migrated all operations from a legacy mainframe system to PowerFAIDS during the 20102011 academic year,” she said. “The original average aggregate loan calculations reported did not correctly reflect loans processed on the legacy system.” Simoneaux said that another challenge to calculating the average amount borrowed is not including the loans taken out by students while attending other institutions. “This means adjusting the aggregate loan amounts borrowed

for all transfer students to pull out loans borrowed at their prior schools,” Simoneaux said. Simoneaux also said that the average amount borrowed does not apply for students who take more than four years to get their undergraduate degree. Despite having the reported number increase considerably after the error was corrected, Loyola students still don’t borrow as much as students at other universities, according to the Project on Student Loan Debt, cited in Simoneaux’s email. Twothirds of college graduates in 2011 borrowed an average of $ 26,000 over four years, according to the Project on Student Loan Debt. Kenna Ellis contributed to this report and can be reached at Hasani Grayson can be reached at

On Dec. 27, the Times-Picayune reported that Tulane University had sent false data to the U.S. News and World Report. Tulane misreported admission test scores and the number of applications received to its business school for a period of at least two years. The U.S. News and World Report is still investigating the matter to see if the false numbers will have any impact on the business school that is currently ranked 43rd in the country. Tulane has said they are unsure how the erroneous data got reported, but the data presumably improved the school’s rankings with the U.S. News and World Report. Tulane has turned to the help of an independent firm to aid in the search to find the source of the incorrect data. Dean of Tulane’s Freeman Business School, Ira Solomon, said in a statement, “We deeply regret that this occurred,” and added that “the checks and balances will provide assurance that this will not happen again.”

Mentoring program created for first-generation students By HANNAH IANNAZZO Staff Writer Students, faculty and staff have come together to mentor about 45 first-generation, firstyear students through a program called First in the Pack. First in the Pack was started by Elizabeth Rainey, director of retention and student success, and Roberta Kaskel, director of the Career Development Center, to help first-generation, first-year college students transition from high school to college. Rainey and Kaskel also asked Amy Boyle, associate director of Residential Life; Christina Neilson, area director of Buddig Hall; and Jill Boatright, assistant director of the Career Development Center, to help in the development of the program. According to Rainey, the idea for the program came from Laura Murphy, assistant professor of English. Murphy approached Rainey with the request for a program specializing in helping first-generation college students. Murphy said this program has been the brainchild of an idea


Alicia Bourque, director of the University Counseling Center and Health Services, meets with her peer mentee and other faculty, staff and peer mentors at the monthly dialogue that was held for First in the Pack on Jan. 17. The monthly dialogue was the first of four for First in the Pack.

By HASANI GRAYSON Senior Staff Writer In an announcement that caught her by surprise, professor of biological sciences, Patricia Dorn was awarded the Dux Academicus Award on Jan. 11. The award winner is decided upon by a committee of faculty, students, and alumni, and is announced every January at the President’s Convocation. “It recognizes one faculty member a year as a leader of the community and for excellence in research, Patricia Dorn teaching and Professor of service,” Dorn biological said. “I'm very sciences appreciative to be recognized by my colleagues.” Dorn said even though she knew she had been nominated for the award, she didn't expect the honor since there were other professors who she thought would have been worthy. One of the things she said impressed the voters was her overall approach to teaching. “I tried to do a lot of engaged learning,” she said. “Lots of studies have shown that students who are actively engaged in the learning process learn more.” One of the unique ways in which she engaged her students was through her student-assisted research in the field of biology. “I do a lot of work in Central America and I take students with me and we go to Guatemala,” she said. “We work on trying to stop the transmission of this really devastating disease called Chagas disease.” Dorn explained that insects called kissing bugs spread the disease to people who live in villages across Guatemala, but also noted that they have been found in New Orleans and other parts of the southern United States. With all the research she has done, Dorn said she is even more proud of what her students have done after leaving her classroom. One of her students helped saved the life of one of the main designers behind the Monroe Hall renovations. “He was suffering from a lung infection and one of my

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NEWSBRIEFS Professional newsroom operates out of Loyola Loyola students will now have the opportunity to work for and with professional journalists. The Lens, a nonprofit online news organization, is New Orleans’ first nonprofit nonpartisan public interest newsroom. Their focus is in-depth investigative reporting on government, environment, schools, land use and criminal justice. The professional newsroom is located in the fourth floor of the Communications/Music Complex. Students have the opportunity to intern with The Lens to get professional experience.

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Nursing graduate program ranks nationally U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list has named Loyola’s online graduate nursing program among the top 10 programs in the nation for the second consecutive year. The ranking methods used in 2013 were based on more detailed data than 2012, the first year of the rankings. Loyola’s nursing program was ranked third in the area of student engagement specifically and sixth among more than 100 schools overall. “The recognition of the School of Nursing at Loyola University New Orleans in the U.S. News & World Report 2013 rankings results from the leadership of administration, faculty and staff in building a quality, substantive program to accelerate the formation of its students, graduates and alumni,” said Ann H. Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., professor and director of the Loyola School of Nursing.

University struggles to find purpose for Veritas Hall The university will be sending out a campus-wide email asking the community for suggestions about how Veritas Hall on the Broadway campus could be used. Loyola purchased Veritas Hall, a building that belonged to Dominican Nuns, for $3.4 million in November. In a previous Maroon article, Wildes said the purchase of the building would contribute to the university’s master plan, which does includes enhancing and growing spaces for students.

Nursing professor participates in cancer study Nursing Professor Laurie Anne Ferguson is participating in a fiveyear cancer study funded by a $1.3 million grant from the American Cancer Society. Ferguson, a teacher in the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at Loyola, is part of a team that surveys how people understand health services and relates that information to patients getting screened for colorectal cancer. The project will take place at Varnado Family Practice in Greensburg, La., as well as other rural clinics in the region.



Andrea Rubin, assistant director of student conduct, works with criminal justice sophomore Kayla Mitchell in the office of Co-Curricular Programs. Rubin has spent one semester at Loyola in the newly created position of the assistant director of student conduct.

Student conduct officer celebrates first semester By LUCY DIECKHAUS Staff Writer A Loyola alumnus with a legal background returned in the 2013 spring semester with a goal to enforce the Loyola student handbook and to oversee the area of university conduct. Andrea Rubin was hired as the assistant director of student conduct last semester at Loyola to assist with a variety of issues and duties. Robert Reed, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, was in charge of this search. Reed said he felt the need to create and fill this position for two reasons. “I was the only judicial Andrea Rubin officer on assistant campus at the director time. I was of student responsible conduct for hearings and trainings,” Reed said. In addition, Reed said due to the Title IX, or sexual assault, cases and the Dear Colleague letter sent in early 2012, a person with legal experience, like Rubin, was necessary to deal with the changes in the ways in which sexual assault cases on campus are handled. “She brings to us a legal background that is paramount in dealing with federal investigations,” Reed said. According to Rubin, “student conduct is any student behavior

that is non-academic.” Many issues fall under this umbrella, including visitation issues, underage drinking and illegal drugs. Cissy Petty, vice president for student affairs and associate provost, said a search was conducted for the position and Robert Reed, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, was in charge of this search. “Andrea rose to the top of the final candidates and was ultimately selected. She brings

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a wealth of information having gone to Loyola Law School, and has a keen interest in student codes of conduct and training,” Petty said in an email. In addition to working with students, Rubin has worked with many departments and people across campus.

J.A. Cunningham, resident assistant in Biever Hall, said, “Andrea is here to help students reflect on their decisions and assist them in bettering their college careers.” Cunningham said he only clarifies previously filed issues when meeting with Rubin because he is not a part of the conduct process. “We are not included in the conduct process so that we can report incidents without guilt or bias,” he said. Kayla Mitchell, criminal justice sophomore, said Rubin has made an impact within the Co-Curricular Programs office. “[Rubin] relieved a lot of pressure on staff and schedulewise was more organized,” she said. “She is friendly, but she knows how to keep a professional tone,” Mitchell said. According to Rubin, privacy is one of her strengths. “It is guaranteed it won’t leave the office, unless it needs to be said to a supervisor,” she said. In future semesters, Rubin looks forward to countering correction and discipline with “restorative justice.” “Restorative justice is working right now to restore the community to the place it was before the harm was done,” she said. Lucy Dieckhaus can be reached at

former students is a critical care pulmonologist in Chicago and treated him and saved his life,” she said. “So we should all be happy that we train these students very well.” With all the success her students have had working with her, and all the former students who have continued to work in the field of research, Dorn said she couldn't have done it without the help of the university. “The university has been very supportive of my research with undergraduates,” she said. “My department has also supported my research so it’s been an incredibly supportive environment. I've needed many things from the university to make the research possible.” Hasani Grayson can be reached at

Provost focuses on retention rate By HANNAH IANNAZZO Staff Writer Mark Manganaro, provost and vice president for academic affairs, plans to help retention efforts by creating workgroups from the Retention and Student Success Summit. The Retention and Student Success Summit is made of up of 21 members ranging from deans to student affairs representatives, as well as one student representative, Khaled Badr, biological science senior and SGA president. Manganaro said the summit met at the end of the fall semester and according to him, there was a great exchange of ideas. “There is a cross section of people who play a vital role in retention, and my idea is to create a standing committee on retention and workgroups who can focus on specific issues and who can come up with some conclusions about what we should change or keep the same,” Manganaro said. Manganaro said the timeline for creating the workgroups is a fast one, he hopes to have the

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CITYBRIEFS Public transportation will be effected in the upcoming weeks Due to the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, there will be many changes in the streetcar and bus routes during the upcoming weeks. RTA officials have announced that from Jan. 25 to Feb. 12, the St. Charles Avenue street car service will only continue to run between Napoleon Avenue on St. Charles Avenue to Fern Street during parades. To view all changes, including ones concerning bus routes, visit

Scam artists hit Krewe Du Vieux During Krewe Du Vieux some parade-goers, desperate for parking spots, were scammed out of their money, according to WWL-TV. A group of men posed as owners of a private lot, ushered in cars and charged for the right to park. The car owners came back after the parade to find their cars had been towed. NOPD is currently investigating the case.

City Council opposes the building of more venues on Frenchmen street According to The TimesPicayune, the New Orleans City Council denied the proposed building plan for a new music venue on Frenchmen Street this past Tuesday. This is the second time that the applicant Penny Young has been denied. The original concept for the venue included a larger plan with more stages and bars. However, the revised plan was denied, due to the fact that in 2004 it was decided that no more than “20 percent of the buildings between Esplanade Avenue and Royal Street” are allowed to offer live entertainment. The applicant has been given two more weeks to revise her plan but will still face strong opposition.

Actor chosen as Bacchus Actor G.W. Bailey has been chosen as Bacchus XLIV according to WWL-TV. Bailey has starred in the “The Closer,” “Major Crimes,” and also in “M*A*S*H.” In addition to being an actor, Bailey is also one of the founders of a non-profit organization for young cancer patients, The Sunshine Kids Foundation. There is a possibility that some of the Sunshine Kids will ride with him in the parade. Bacchus is set to roll on Feb. 10.


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Green light brightens up NOLA Green Light focuses on providing energy efficient light bulbs By Jessica DeBold Staff Writer Green Light New Orleans has put into place the March on Climate Change, a program that is focused on installing energyefficient light bulbs. Green Light is an organization dedicated to increasing the use of sustainable, cheaper and cleaner energy in New Orleans. The March on Climate Change will require over 800 volunteers with hopes to install 8,000 free energy-efficient light bulbs between Jan. 1 and March 31. The first 500 local volunteers that commit to at least two days of service with the March on Climate Change will receive a gift card. By installing energy efficient light bulbs with the help of many volunteers, “Green Light New Orleans makes an impact on residents’ pocketbooks, addresses big issues like climate change and shines a light on New Orleans as a beacon for change,” Rachel Dorfman, Green Light’s Education Program coordinator, said. The Loyola Community Action Program volunteered with Green Light’s sustainability project Spark 2012 as part of a service week for first-year students. “Environmental action is not only a crucial and relevant issue to LUCAP, but also to the world as a whole,” Magin Maier, LUCAP’s public relations chairwoman, said. LUCAP is not currently involved with the March on Climate Change but, “I think we would definitely be open to looking into the opportunity further,” Maier said. The program “supports our diverse local economy, keeps tax dollars in our community and builds stronger more resilient neighborhoods, ” Dorfman said. Dorfman believes that, as a coastal city, New Orleans is on the frontline in the fight against climate change. Green Light New Orleans’

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Seth Scott, jazz studies freshman, screws in an energy efficient light bulb. LUCAP volunteered with Green Light New Orleans during their Spark week held in the Fall 2012 semester. mission is to “reduce the carbon footprint of New Orleans by installing energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs for residents of Orleans Parish, free of charge,” LUCAP adviser Joe Deegan said. Because young people are seen as a driving source for change, college students are a valuable asset to organizations such as Green Light New Orleans, Dorfman said. “College campuses have historically been hotbeds for important social change, and college students have an incredible amount of power to change the course of history,” Dorfman said. Jessica DeBold can be reached at

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Kambui Jackson, music performance freshman, carries a box of energy efficient light bulbs during Spark week. LUCAP plans to work with Green Light New Orleans in the future.

Lawmakers asked to give up tuition-setting power By MELINDA DESLATTE AP National Writer Colleges and universities will again ask lawmakers to relinquish their tuition-setting authority, as budget cuts have repeatedly stripped financial resources from the schools, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell said Tuesday. Purcell told the joint House and Senate education committee that he will ask the legislature to let the higher education management boards set their own tuition, so the schools can move closer to the rates charged by their peers in the South. Lawmakers gave a reception to the proposal, which they will consider in the session that begins in April.

“I’m not going to be able to continue to support tuition increases. I just can’t,” said Rep. Jerome “Dee” Richard, an independent from Thibodaux, La. who said Louisiana has too many four-year universities. Committee members raised questions about whether students can afford continued cost increases, whether schools are efficiently spending their money and whether higher tuition rates only lead to further cuts in state financing for the schools that offset the benefit. The change would require support from two-thirds of lawmakers. Previous attempts by college leaders to take charge of the rates have failed. Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers have cut annual state general funding on higher

education by $625 million since 2008, Purcell said. He said tuition has increased $331 million during that time. Meanwhile, Purcell said schools have increased class sizes, cut faculty and reduced student services and programs, so students are paying more while getting fewer offerings on campus. Lawmakers gave the schools limited ability to raise tuition in recent years, but with caps that haven’t kept up with the cuts or other universities in the region. Louisiana’s public colleges have been allowed to boost tuition by up to 10 percent per year, if they meet certain performance standards under a 2010 law called the GRAD Act. Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, La., said he voted for the law because he thought students

would receive an improved product. Instead, he said Jindal and lawmakers have then cut state funding further, so the higher tuition for students is used as an offset for state spending on campuses, in essence shifting costs to students and their families. “Given that pattern, how do we help you if we increase tuition again?” Edwards asked Purcell. Purcell said colleges and universities could better cope with the financial situation if they could feel confident they’ll get a consistent amount of money from the state, so tuition increases can be used to improve student services and programs. Louisiana is in the bottom two or three of Southern states in both state funding for public higher education and tuition rates, Purcell said.

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New Orleans’ newest bar and music venue brings big city chic to the Big Easy, with a little local lagniappe flavor too. The Publiq House, Freret Street’s most recent opening, is a new pub that is as ambitious in style as it is in size. Converted from a historic supermarket, the building is expansive. The structure houses a wide beer selection beside a stage. Details like the bathrooms’ antique shutter woodwork and the vintage World War II jeep that serves as the DJ table further help set the tone. “Have you had dinner? Let me treat you,” Demetri Melekos The Publiq House’s greeter and doorman said as he served up a complimentary bag of freshlycooked popcorn. It was Melekos’ idea to sell low-end liquor in a high-end way. Describing the 40 ounce malt liquor bottles, which are sold in iced buckets and require a 35 cent popping fee, Demetri said. “We want to serve them like champagne. Do it to the point of absurdity,” he said. In addition to the 40 ounces, they have multiple daiquiri machines, an extensive bottled beer selection, and 22 beers on tap, ranging from local brews to Japanese imports, along with the expected range of mixed cocktail drinks. For those seeking a new venue to watch sports games, there are nine big screens and an HD projector; when it isn’t football season you can expect to see them playing a mix of vintage cartoons or other unexpected clips on mute as background visuals. Rhett Briggs, Publiq House’s owner and operator, has high expectations for his new business. “We hope to progressively build a unique audio-visual experience. We even plan on playing 1920s early silent film comedies,” Briggs said. “We don’t want this to be the kind of place where you come in for a beer and see the latest ‘C.S.I.’ playing. We want it to always be unique.” When asked to describe the type of music they hope to attract, Briggs was adamant. “Quality acts,” Briggs said. “We’re trying to really stick to our guns and have it be 50 percent music venue, 50 percent bar.” While food is not offered yet, free popcorn is doled out of an antique machine that provides small batches for those wanting to snack. The staff hopes to eventually sell five flavored popcorn varieties in the coming months. Also, The Publiq House has agreements with several food trucks that will sell food while parked out front, so while the snacks aren’t in-house, everything else certainly is. Excitement amongst students for the venue is growing. “I think it’s nice that there is a large venue Uptown that is hosting Loyola and Tulane bands,” mass communication sophomore and member of the band Children Kristen Wallace said. “There will be national acts but the local focus right now is cool with me.” Even non-musicians are feeling the zeitgeist. “I like the fact that it’s a springboard for the rest of the night. People head there before F&M’s and other places,” mass communication sophomore Ana Gabriela Gomez said. “It’s perfect for us.” Micah Hebert can be reached at


Parade-goers surround a Krewe du Vieux float which criticizes the newspaper’s recent decision to publish thrice weekly as opposed to daily. The float refers to the newspaper as “The Times Prickayune” while calling it “Black and White and Dead All Over.”

Krewe du Vieux pokes fun at current events By LAUREN IRWIN Contributing Writer For some, coming home from a Mardi Gras parade with a lifetime supply of tampons and condoms might be a shock. Not to Alex Ward, mass communication junior, who has watched Krewe du Vieux and all its tongue-in-cheek themes for the past three years. “Krewe du Vieux is the only parade I see during Mardi Gras,” Ward said. Now when Ward sees a float that seems “to be making the Superdome into some kind of sexual organ,” she laughs. Others agree. “The first time I went, I thought it was disgusting — in only the best way,” Noah Walker, political science junior, said.Krewe du Vieux, the only famously x-rated foot parade in the French Quarter, has been kicking off carnival since 1987. This year the krewe rolled early on Jan. 19 — one Saturday before tradition due to New Orleans hosting Super Bowl XLVII. The theme reflected just that: “Krewe du Vieux Comes Early.” Krewe du Vieux is a night parade

compiled of 17 sub-krewes and 19 brass bands parading from Marigny through the French Quarter. The parade poked fun at recent social and political events, from the changes at the Times-Picayune to the Super Bowl invading New Orleans’ carnival. This year’s sub-krewe themes ranged from “Times Prickayune Fails to Deliver,” “Black and White and Dead all Over” to “Superhole XLVAG.” The real message of the parade may slip past some who get stuck on the bawdy delivery. Float imagery of Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, being consumed by a giant genital is intended to have deeper meaning than what’s presented at face value. “Our krewe themes and floats use sexual imagery and humor as a vehicle for political satire and expression, but by no means are they the sole focus of our message,” sociology professor and member of the Krewe du Vieux sub-krewe, Krewe of Underwear, Anthony Ladd said. The krewe maintains that Krewe du Vieux represents, “the original Parisian tradition of the peasants and the common people walking


The Kazoozie Floozies march in the Krewe du Vieux parade. The Kazoozie Floozies have marched in the parade since its first year 1987. through the streets, thumbing years, joining in 1989 by invitation their nose at the rich and powerful, shouting out bawdy social and political commentary,” Ladd said. “You might want to leave the kids at home. It’s an x-rated parade in some respects, but it’s not distasteful,” Ladd said. “We try hard to walk the line between cultural literacy and (what some might see as) pornography carefully.” Ladd has been a member of the Krewe of Underwear for over 20

of other Loyola professors. “I’ve just loved it,” Ladd said. “It makes me feel extremely connected to one of the most important cultural events and iconic symbols of New Orleans.” The Krewe of Underwear joined the parade with the theme of the “NFL Penetrates Carnival.” “The major theme that our subkrewe (“The Krewe of Underwear”)

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Teachers After Hours Professor wins presitigious Educator of the Year award By MELANIE POTTER Assistant Life and Times Editor Public relations professor Dr. Cathy Rogers was recently named State Educator of the Year by the Public Relations Association of Louisiana. The association presented Rogers with this honor at a Jan. 8 ceremony for her outstanding work as a public relations educator and for her championed success with Loyola’s Bateman team. Rogers, who received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana College, her masters

from LSU and her Ph.D. from Juelich is a current student Ohio University’s Script in Rogers’s Media and School of Journalism, Gender class. She has currently resides in taken two classes with Uptown New Orleans her and benefits from with her family. Rogers’s compassion. As a family woman, “Professor Rogers takes Rogers said that her main a vested interest in the focus is being a mother to individual student. In two teenage daughters. my experience, she has One of her daughters learned the name of every is currently a freshman Cathy Rogers student by the second day at Loyola University Mass of class,” Juelich said. Chicago. Juelich said that Communication “Having a collegeProfessor Professor Rogers also aged daughter has changed facilitates class discussions in my perspective as a teacher. a way that allows for open and I’ve always had really high honest dialogue among her expectations of my students. students. Parenting a college-aged daughter “I love my job. I enjoy working has given me a more realistic view with students and interacting of what an undergraduate is all with them,” Rogers said. “I like about,” Rogers said. how things are always different Public relations senior Bridget because every student is

different.” Along with dedication to her students, Rogers is also the advisor to Loyola’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Public relations sophomore Margaret Strahan has been a member of PRSSA for two years. “I think that Professor Rogers is a great resource for PRSSA. She has also led the Bateman team to great success,” Strahan said. Whether she’s lecturing in class, or advising the successful Bateman club, this “Educator of the Year” enjoys all aspects of her life here at Loyola. Melanie Potter can be reached at





“Wealth” confronts Swain finds the world of lost things modern economy issues The By LAUREN HINOJOSA Staff Writer The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer; that is the basis of the upcoming play “Wealth.” “Wealth” is a Greek comedy written by Aristophanes and directed by Artemis Preeshl. The play is set after the Peloponnessian Wars in Athens and provides comic relief to the Athenians concerned about the dire state of the economy. Theater communications junior Alexandra Kennon, who plays Carry, the main character Inida’s sassy and clever confidant, said that even with only three short weeks to prepare, the cast feels ready and is having fun. Kennon said she is excited to be working with Preeshl as her director for the second time. “She’s willing to go places that other directors would shy away from. She’s willing to push her audience and trusts them to be open minded and smart enough to follow us on this crazy ride,” Kennon said. Kennon said the cast wishes to confront the issue of the current state of our economy. “Uneven distribution of money and all of the issues surrounding it has been a factor in our society since currency existed. Especially with the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the recent fiscal cliff policy, it’s a question that is kind of hard to avoid,” Kennon

said. Preeshl collaborated with Karen Rosenbecker, professor of languages and cultures, to translate and modernize the play. Rosenbecker wanted to give it cultural relevance. Rosenbecker and Preeshl kept to Aristophanes’ tradition but modernized the show by reversing the genders. Traditional Greek plays have male actors, whereas this version is comprised of a female assembly. Kennon said she loved that Rosenbecker kept the traditions of Aristophanes alive through pop culture jokes and references to current events that represent Aristophanes’ style and intent. “Though the dialogue is so wildly different and more modern than the classic script, the plot and theme from 388 BCE are still so relevant and adaptable to our society,” Kennon said. “The Cliffnotes version is that it is funny and leaves the audience with lots of ideas and lots of questions.” The play debuts on Jan. 30 and will run until Feb. 2 in the Lower Depths Theater. For tickets visit Lauren Hinojosa can be reached at

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A serial fiction by Topher Daniel published weekly in Life and Times This is a story about lost things and the place where they end up. This place has neither a proper name nor one precise location, and so it cannot be drawn up on any map, and it cannot be sent letters. Now of course there are ways of getting there (or else we might not believe that it existed at all), but the tricky thing to doing it is discovering the doorway, which always seems to be shifting itself about, changing its face and hiding just out of sight. Probably it does this because it gets rather bored waiting to be found (you might look to see if it is there in the corner of your pocket right now,

for anything else. We might take a moment to grieve for them, and make efforts not to end up that way ourselves. The doorway, in whichever form it takes, always lets off a strange glow, even if there are no bulbs nearby to shine on it. This light could be in the flashing face of a clock or the still eyes of a porcelain doll, and once you were nearer to it, you could hear a distant ringing at the back of your ears, which is actually made up of a million little voices whispering all the lost secrets of the world. You mightn’t know it at first, but that is what it is. So it was by knowledge of these rules that when Claude Swain saw a light dance upon a glimmering button on Mrs. Gordon’s coat, and when he heard the thing giggling as she passed by, he knew the matter in an instant. He leaped out and made a grab at the button, and this is where our story begins. Topher Daniel can be reached at

PARADE: Professor walks in Krewe du Vieux Continued from page 1 explored this year is the intrusion of the NFL and Superbowl into the middle of the Carnival season, literally dividing it into two phases,” Ladd said. “Carnival has had many people wanting to commercialize it for many years, so that’s not a new debate in New Orleans,” Ladd said. “But many of us feel like the

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waiting to have a go with you). The doorway once appeared in the form of a quaint little cottage that hovered sixty feet above the ground, much to the confusion of the townspeople below (perhaps the oddest thing was that the cottage’s chimney stack was always smoking, although no one had been able to get up to it and they didn’t know who could have lit the fireplace). It has sometimes laid itself out into a frame of sorts, disguised as a landscape or a portrait, and you might dash into it then, but really that would be rather foolish, because even if you managed to fold yourself up into a painting you could not easily get out of it again. It has happened once or twice that someone stumbled into the world of lost things completely by accident, when only a moment before they believed themselves to be going someplace else. This is because ordinary people do not recognize the doorway when they see it, and they are so often preoccupied with carrying sums and divisions in their heads that they haven’t much room

Superbowl disrupting carnival this year represents another move in that direction that sells out our culture.” Krewe du Vieux “always surprises me, but I’m never shocked,” Colleen Mayfield, New Orleans native and music industry studies junior, said. “It’s what Mardi Gras is all about; just making political statements, talking about social issues and making fun of everything,” Mayfield said.

Krewe du Vieux is “very individualized - especially when you compare it to the second rate, amusement park on wheels that the other Mardi Gras floats seem to be,” Ward said. “It’s the first parade; it makes you feel like the season’s unfolding,” Walker said. Lauren Irwin can be reached at


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SPORtS BRIEFS Women’s basketball to take on Belhaven The Wolf Pack will take on Belhaven University’s Blazers this Saturday, Jan. 26, in The Den. The women’s team will begin their game at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. The Blazers defeated both the men’s and women’s teams in 2012’s SSAC Semifinals last February.

Sean Payton returns To Saints Saints fans were happy to have Sean Payton back in control of the New Orleans Saints. Following his one-year suspension for his role in a bounty scandal, Payton was reinstated Tuesday, Jan. 22 and returned to work a day later. Payton said that the challenges of rebuilding after a losing season will be painful and that his return won’t guarantee an immediate turnaround. Payton said his first order of business after being reinstated is rebuilding the Saints from falling short this season, mainly the team’s defense.

Loyola rugby defeats LSU Loyola’s rugby team defeated LSU 21-7 this past Saturday, Jan. 19. The team is starting off the season 6-0. According to coach Sam Brock, the rugby team is heading into a conference match this weekend. The conference match takes place at Springhill College in Mobile, Ala. this Saturday Jan. 26 and the team is hoping for another victory.


Sophomore Jeneicia Neely, 21, goes up against a player from William Carey University in the game in The Den on Jan. 10. The Wolf Pack won the game with a score of 64-61.

Basketball captures win against WCU By Sarah Szigeti Staff Writer

Janeicia Neely, mass communication sophomore Pack member came in with 21 seconds left, passing the ball to Rebekah Greer, a sophomore psychology major, giving Loyola the points they needed to score a win against William Carey University Thursday night in The Den. Loyola first took the lead thanks to Neely and Shayne Charles with a 7-0 run. Before the second half was over Loyola’s lead increased to 11, but William Carey’s offense stepped up and minimized the lead to only two.

Loyola player recalls childhood with NBA player Austin Rivers By Karl Gommel Staff Writer

Hornets make name change official The New Orleans Hornets proposed a name change for the team last year. Owner Tom Benson announced that the NBA will be changing its nickname and its official colors. The change from New Orleans Hornets to New Orleans Pelicans is to be made official and will be used during the 2013-2014 season. There have been mixed reactions from Hornets fans regarding the switch.

Super Bowl contenders to come to New Orleans In preparation for Super Bowl week, the champions of the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers, will arrive at Louis Armstrong International Airport on Sunday Jan. 27. The following day, the Baltimore Ravens will fly into the city. Both the 49ers and the Ravens will participate in Media Day at the Mercedes Benz Superdome to have interviews with the media. Fans are welcome to listen from the stands.

With about six minutes on the clock, William Carey got their first lead with a quick 4-0 run and held that for most of the quarter. Charles, a rookie on the team, hit three of her 17 game total points to take back the lead with only two minutes left in the game. A scramble at the 37 seconds mark left Loyola trailing for a total of 16 seconds before Greer’s winning three pointer. The two teams were battling for third place in a five-way tie in the Western Division of the Southern States Athletic Conference, and after this game Loyola (4-3) leads William Carey

At the Battle of Freret Street, business junior Robert Lovaglio had a fan who may know a thing or two about basketball: NBA shooting guard Austin Rivers. Rivers is in his rookie year with the New Orleans Hornets. He said that he has been close with Lovaglio since they were children. “I grew up with him. I’ve known Rob since I was like 6 years old. He’s been one of my best friends since,” Rivers said. Lovaglio is from Winter Park, Fla.. Rivers moved there after his father, Doc Rivers, became the head coach of the Orlando Magic. Lovaglio said that their mothers became good friends while Lovaglio and Rivers played basketball together. “We first just started out as family friends, we played on each other’s team forever. When my parents went out of town for the weekend, they would send me to the Rivers’ house,” Lovaglio said. The duo went on to play high school basketball together at Winter Park High School. They won the state championship in 2010, Lovaglio’s senior year. According to reports from the final, Rivers led the team with 23 points while Lovaglio added 17

points and 10 rebounds. Though they live in the same city, Lovaglio said Rivers is very busy with his NBA schedule. However, Lovaglio said that he and Rivers keep in touch and Rivers gives him tickets when he can. Rivers said that when his schedule permits, he comes out to support Lovaglio and the Wolf Pack. “I try to make as many games as I can of his,” Rivers said. The two continue to be big fans of each other’s game. When asked if he could lock down Rivers better than most due to knowing his play so well, Lovaglio responded with a laugh and “absolutely not.” “He could tell me what he’s about to do and there’s no guarding it. He’s that good. He’s the real deal,” Lovaglio said. After the game against Tulane, Rivers described his friend as the best player on the court. He feels that Lovaglio can bring the Pack to great heights this season. “Robert’s talented and can finish at the rim, and if he leads them the right way they have a chance to do big things,” Rivers said. Karl Gommel can be reached at

(3-4) in their division. “Our division is tough. All five teams are all right around each other in a pack,” head coach Kellie Kennedy said. “But we can definitely finish in the top three.” It was obvious that the women had been battling, but the look of relief for a conference win was also visible. The women had last played Tulane, and left suffering a 41-81 loss. This time, however, not only were they able to play hard and do what they love, but they took home a Southern States Athletic Conference win, which will continue to advance them in the journey to the SSAC Tournament

in March. Kennedy realizes the road they have traveled isn’t over, and they still have a lot of work ahead of them. “We’ve had to grow up a little this season. Our only goal now is to play the best basketball we can. That’s what is going to get us to the tournament,” Kennedy said. Sarah Szigeti can be reached at

1,000 Points for Lovaglio


Business junior Robet Lovaglio braces to shoot a free throw during the Jan. 10 game versus William Carey University. Lovaglio became Loyola’s 25th player in history to exceed 1,000 points in his basketball career. The Wolf Pack defeated Dillard 73-58 in Wednesday night’s game on Dillard’s home court. Lovaglio shot a layup with two minutes left in the first half, earning his thousandth point. He went on to score a total of 22 points throug the remainder of the game. McCall Tomney, Steve Davis and Kyle Simmons also contributed to the team’s victory, chalking up 22, five and nine points respectively.


PAGE 8 Across 1 Exemplar of cruelty 7 Approach furtively, with “to” 14 Split and united? 15 2001 Disney film subtitled “The Lost Empire” 17 Pioneer transports 18 Animal’s paw warmer? 19 Boston-to-Providence dir. 20 Strauss’s “__ Rosenkavalier” 21 Neighbor of Ger. 22 Subject of a China/India/ Pakistan territorial dispute 26 Tokyo airport 29 Animal’s hiking gear? 30 Animal’s laundry? 31 Put in a zoo, say 32 Tippy transport 33 Suffix like “like” 34 Sets the pace 36 Marcel Marceau character 39 Indian spice 41 Assistant professor’s goal 44 Animal’s golf club? 47 Animal’s undergarment? 48 Like some bagels 49 Undoes, as laws 50 Heart lines: Abbr. 51 Brief life story? 52 HEW successor 54 Animal’s apartment? 58 Melodic 61 Wet ink concern 62 Night noises 63 One on the lam 64 Hot spots Down 1 Stitches 2 The Palins, e.g. 3 Animal’s timepiece? 4 Wall St. debut 5 Obama, before he was pres. 6 NFL stats 7 More secure 8 “Do __ else!” 9 CCLXXX x II 10 Trail 11 Lab blowup: Abbr. 12 Paradise 13 Turns on one foot




16 Psalm instruction 20 Cartoonist Browne 23 Health resort 24 Crone 25 Neil __, Defense secretary under Eisenhower 26 Continuous 27 Past 28 “The American Scholar” essayist’s monogram 29 Portuguese king 30 Swindled 32 Low islet 35 Coastal flier 36 Animal’s instrument? 37 It surrounds the Isle of Man 38 Vigor 39 Gp. in a 1955 labor merger 40 Coffee holder 42 Ram’s mate 43 Ultra-secretive org. 44 Burns bread and butter?

45 Tips may be part of it 46 Lively Baroque dances 47 Corp. head honcho 49 Fingerprint feature 51 Ruination 53 Cong. meeting 55 Anatomical bag 56 Victorian, for one 57 Die dot 58 Donkey 59 Biological messenger 60 Debtor’s marker

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Religion FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013

JOHN SEBASTIAn Religious Reflection



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From noise to silence In just a few days’ time, I’ll be getting married. So this past weekend I did what any hotblooded man staring down the final hours of bachelorhood would: I spent 48 hours in a convent on the North Shore not speaking. Under the best of circumstances, wedding planning, with all its many demands, can make us lose sight of what’s important. From inside the whirlwind of cake tastings, vow writing and zebra-racing bachelorette parties, it’s nearly impossible to hear yourself think — never mind be attentive to the voice of God speaking in your heart, which is why I decided to participate in the Ignatian silent retreat for faculty and staff. Adjusting to the silence was a challenge; the absolute stillness around me was discomfiting, leaving me no quarter in which to take shelter from the jumble of preoccupations running amok in my head. I struggled to settle in, to figure out how to listen peacefully. At first, slowing down made me palpably aware of just how tired I was. Between the wedding, the holidays and the start of a new semester, it turns out that I’ve been running on adrenaline and sheer force of will for some time. At dinner the first night, I couldn’t help noticing that I was eating faster than many people, frantically chewing in the expectation of needing to get somewhere else soon, but there was no place to go. Gradually, I began applying the brakes. I listened as the retreat directors guided me through a series of reflections on my sense of being loved and gifted and called. I read. I spent long spells in a rocking chair watching birds pecking away joyfully at the many feeders suspended around the patio, first wondering why it was that God created so many species of bird and then realizing that it might be because they’re just so fun to watch when we take the time to stop and notice. (Genesis tells us that God rested after the sixth day; it doesn’t mention Him going back to work, and I think it may be because He’s been birdwatching ever since.) It’s difficult to overestimate how important stopping and noticing are. I can’t say that I experienced any great epiphany while I was on retreat, nor that I was at peace the entire weekend. I wasn’t. I was agitated at times and anxious about the many things that would need to be done when I returned home. But being uncomfortable with silence helped me acknowledge how acclimated I had become to noise. Loyola is a busy place, but busyness is a choice, and it behooves us all — faculty, students and staff — to make time to embrace the silence. John Sebastian is an Associate Professor of English and can be reached at


President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attended the National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22. The National Prayer Service is a tradition in which U.S. presidents, on the first day of their terms, attend a prayer service.

Loyola members experience Ignatian workout By LAURA RODRIGUEZ Editorial Assistant In the coming weeks, Loyola faculty, staff and alumni will be participating in a silent retreat and spiritual exercises created by St. Ignatius himself. The spiritual exercises are a guided eight week retreat that begins Jan. 21 and will conclude on March 27. The retreat is open to all faculty and staff at Loyola, but members of the community surrounding the university are welcome. Assistant director of the Jesuit Center Dr. Ricardo Marquez and Associate Professor Fr. Stephen Rowntree are in charge of the retreat. The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola were first performed after Ignatius’ convalescence ended and he moved to Manresa. The exercises

are now being resurrected at Loyola, after a hiatus of many years, for the second year in a row to carry on this tradition. Participants are given a spiritual director who will guide them through the daily prayers and exercises given to them at the start of the retreat. The spiritual directors also serve as an outlet that participants can use to share their emotions from a stressful week. Participants meet on campus with their spiritual directors once a week to discuss prayers and new insights that they have gained about themselves and their relationships with God. The participants will also read the gospels, focusing especially on the life and death of Jesus Christ and ending with his resurrection. According to Marquez, the end desire of the retreat is to bring

people closer to God. “The final goal is how we can have an intimate relationship with God, with the transcendent,” Marquez said. Rowntree’s opinion reflects a desire for individuals to strengthen their faith and change their lives for the better. “It’s highly individualized. It’s basically the Christian gospel and the Christian story helping people to really hear it if they haven’t heard it before and see how it applies to their own life. About the good things in their life and maybe some of the things that need changing,” Rowntree said. The retreat is based on the desire to strengthen the individual’s spirit. The time that is taken by this retreat is meant to help gain tranquility and bring balance to the soul. Participants are also guided toward their own

self-discovery as members of the church and the Loyola community. Ultimately, the retreat is meant to reinforce the bonds that participants share as members of the Loyola community, followers of God and finally as fellow human beings. Marquez said that he can see the true beauty of this retreat. “We have different ways to call God. Nobody can control what God is. We have different images of God, different experiences of God,” Marquez said. “It is like a rainbow, at the end it is all white, but it is composed of different colors and that is beautiful and that is the beauty of this retreat.” Laura Rodriguez can be reached at

Students participate in self-reflecting retreat By MARY GRACI Editorial Assistant Beginning this weekend, all undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to experience a spiritually reflective journey. The Emmaus Retreat, which is held from Jan. 25 to 27, is an occasion for students to escape their hectic campus lives and reflect on their theologies. The Emmaus Retreat, as well as other retreats hosted by the Office of Mission and Ministry throughout the semester, all aim at offering students chances to explore their spirituality and open themselves to God. Loyola New Orleans’ graduate

assistant and resident chaplain, Joseph Albin, described the Emmaus Retreat as one of great importance to both the students and the university. “At a Jesuit university, it is important to create opportunities and contexts where students may draw closer to God,” Albin said. Surrounded with the natural silence of Fontainebleau State Park outside of Mandeville, La., the students attending the Emmaus Retreat will be able to immerse themselves in prayer and the tranquility of God. “Saturday is largely spent in silence, which I love because it gives me a chance for introspection that I don’t normally get,” Bridget Kratz, economics senior and

I genuinely think the Emmaus Retreat is the best retreat Loyola offers Bridget Kratz economics senior

retreat participant, said in an email. Kratz highly recommended the retreat to any student willing to participate.

“This will be my second time on the retreat, and I genuinely think the Emmaus Retreat is the best retreat Loyola offers,” Kratz said. The students will also be challenged to consistently grow and develop in their religious assurance into spirituallycommitted men and women. Although this retreat centers on the Catholic and Jesuit values, Loyola welcomes every student wanting to participate. “Emmaus is entirely staff run and everyone working it goes out of their way to make sure the retreaters are relaxed,” Kratz said. Mary Graci can be reached at



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More change needed outside of allocations As president of the Loyola Economics Club I recently attended the President’s meeting to discuss SGA allocations. I was pleasantly surprised to hear from Logan McCabe, SGA’s vice president of finance, about how the allocation process has been reformed and improved. The goal is to use SGA funds more effectively and enable clubs to produce better and more numerous events on campus, a goal I personally agree with and endorse. Nevertheless, allocations are but one process in the system through which on-campus events are held. While I applaud SGA’s goal, not all parts of the system are aligned behind it. The process in this system that I find most lacking is on-campus advertising of events. As the leader of an organization that promotes itself on campus, I have found the guidelines are unclear, and that the enforcement is sporadic and inconsistently adhered to. To further bureaucratize the process, now organizations wishing to advertise in the dorms have to depend on the Res Life staff to first approve and then distribute their posters, which will have a lag time of up to one week. In order for SGA’s vision of bountiful, awesome, on-campus events to be realized, all processes in the system need to be aligned behind this goal. The current system is not. Having a bureaucratic, non-value adding system only detracts from the ability of student organizations to enhance campus life. I argue that this system needs to be streamlined, clarified and minimized, so that those trying to promote events on campus can do so easily. The Econ Club Executive Board and I are willing to work with any and all necessary parties to achieve this task. Sincerely, Matthew Portnoy President, Economics club Economics senior

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Tourist image warps character of New Orleans AT ISSUE: New Orleans tourism is important but should focus on some of the city’s many values rather than Bourbon Street alone. New Orleans is a fascinating and intriguing city with a culture and atmosphere quite distinct from that of the United States at large. It also plays host to one of the world’s most expansive Mardi Gras celebrations, so it’s no wonder that it has become such a tourist hotspot. And this year an even larger host of tourists will join the armies that usually invade it in order to watch the 2013 Super Bowl. We at The Maroon do not protest this tourism — for one, New Orleans is an experience well worth having, and for another, the city thrives on tourism — but we do protest the way it is executed. This tourism has a nasty tendency to pigeonhole New Orleans in particular ways. New Orleans is many things, but it is not a permanent Mardi Gras. It is not Bourbon Street. There has been some backlash against the various measures taken in preparation for the Super Bowl — both with the NFL’s attempt to take exclusive control of Who Dat and local restaurants trying to prevent the NFL commissioner from eating on their premises. These are reactions against attempts to warp elements of New Orleans’ culture to fit outside needs — to cash in on a phrase the city has used to support its Saints, the same Saints whom the NFL

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have punished repeatedly and, it sometimes seems, unnecessarily. But New Orleans culture is constantly warped by outside expectations. The very existence of Bourbon Street — where beads are thrown from balconies year-round and every store always sells Mardi Gras gear — attests to that fact. It is fine to cater to tourists — it’s a way to make a living — but some of this catering has begun to affect the general view of New Orleans. It is not a city of eternal vacation, where people party on a whim and fail to work. There is more to New Orleans than partying. The city is filled to the brim with music and theater and spotted with museums of art, history and culture. There are beautiful parks and myriad shops. Yes, the people of New Orleans party hard, but they also work hard. New Orleans is not merely an amusement park — it is a living, breathing city, with all the complexity and depth that implies. To pretend otherwise is to do both the tourists and the city a great injustice and to miss out on the opportunity to explore a community unlike any other in the United States. A little bit of Bourbon Street is not a bad thing — a little bit of gaudiness, a miniature party so that brief visitors can have something to relax to even if that something is not authentic New Orleans. But when Bourbon Street becomes the cardinal image on which tourism in New Orleans is based, something has gone wrong. Let people think of Mardi Gras when they come here, but also of food, of drink, of music, of theater, of a cultural melange distinct from the United States and the world. So enjoy Bourbon Street and a faux Mardi Gras that never ends. But do not mistake this for the true spirit of New Orleans, and make sure to experience the real spice of the city if you get the chance.

HOWLS & GROWLS HOWL to lifting the combat ban on women GROWL to the Lone Star shooter HOWL to Sean Payton’s reinstatement GROWL to tourist infestations HOWL to Beyonce’s arrival GROWL to the flu HOWL to the streetcar running past Louisiana GROWL to gun violence HOWL to the Falcons’ loss

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Causes of violence are complex KYLEE MCINTYRE All the Things!

Delaying is not a virtue It has come to my attention that procrastination has become one of those forgivable, attractivetypes of problems, like chocolate or caffeine addictions. When someone mentions having a problem with chronic procrastination, I’ve observed the most common responses to be “Oh my gosh, me too!” or “Yeah, but I bet you get your best work done that way.” Katie Couric once said that procrastination helped her the most in her career because it helped her to work under pressure. I actually keep her words taped to my desk for those nights when I really, really should have started a project sometime that wasn’t, you know, the night before it was due. I think there’s a difference, though, between procrastinating on your class project and procrastinating on a friend. I never thought I’d say this, but class projects can be forgiving. You may be one of those mystical half-unicorn types who is above sleep and can throw together an informative and attractive PowerPoint presentation an hour and a half before class. As long as you have the file ready to go at 9:30 am, there’s no punishment. Professors and bosses (thankfully) don’t grade the amount of work you actually put into a project — just the amount of work it seems that you put in (I know so many of you are way better at that than you should be). Problems with people don’t have due dates, though. Time, to a certain extent, may not hurt your GPA, but waiting to address a problem with a person tends to hurt your relationship. Take me, for example. I had a big problem with one of my friends that was really weighing down on me, but I was afraid of talking to him because I didn’t think anything good would come of our conversation. So I started to avoid him, but avoidance is hard to do at Loyola. I hit rock bottom when I was walking, saw him, and ducked into some bushes to avoid him. Was he really that scary? We were friends, after all. I got out of the bushes (leaves in my hair and all) and informed him that I had to talk to him later. I’m not going to pretend that the conversation was wonderful, but when I was able to cut ten minutes off my travel time to class, I felt so much more at ease. Sometimes, people aren’t mystical half-unicorns. They’re just people who can reason and communicate — like you. So don’t procrastinate on people. And don’t procrastinate on projects either (but really — Katie Couric said it was OK, so do with that what you’d like). Kylee McInytre can be reached at

Stewart Sinclair In My Opinion I will never shake the feeling of a stranger’s pistol hovering just centimeters from my temple. As I lay there in the bushes in the early hours of a cold New Orleans morning, trying to stare into the face of the man looming over me, my only option was to submit. He walked away with my wallet and phone. I walked home. People told me to go out and buy a gun. Who wouldn’t consider arming themselves after such a situation? For a while it seemed the only alternative was to stay on guard and get inside before sunset. If I wanted to feel safe, I needed to stuff a Beretta in my back pocket. I’d be a responsible gun owner. My mother inherited hers from her father, Rudy Pino. He learned to shoot them when he lived in New Mexico with the rest of my guntoting relatives. When I was young, Mom showed me how to clean and hold her guns and told me to always treat one as if it were loaded. My momma raised me right, just like her father raised her. Rudy Pino loved his family. He saw himself as a protector. To him, this meant carrying a gun at nearly all times. In May of 1991 he came home late one night and was getting ready for bed. He didn’t wear his gun in the house. Just after midnight he saw smoke coming from across the street and heard a scream from the house beside it. He ran toward the origin of the scream and found a man stabbing an elderly woman. He managed to save the woman,


Lance Gentry of Chouteau, Okla., holds two of three signs he brought to the rally, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Oklahoma City. Gun regulations are only part of the complicated problems that lead to violence. but the man stabbed him multiple times before running to the front yard, where he stabbed the woman’s husband to death. My grandfather bled to death on site. Meanwhile, the last victim burned to death in the house that the killer had set on fire. The police found the killer hiding in a shed. He charged at an officer with a kitchen knife. The officers shot him to death in my grandfather’s front yard. The killer had fought in Vietnam on the American side. After the war he lived in a Thai refugee camp before immigrating to the United States. The war shattered him. He descended into delirium, paranoia and occasional hospitalization. By the time he moved to a Southeast Asian community in Porterville, Calif., he was heavily medicated, and those meds were running out. He told his family before the killing spree that there were shadowy people who wanted to kill him, and that soon he would die. My mother told me that his family had tried

to get him into a hospital the night before the murders. The hospital had denied him. It isn’t surprising. At the time, Tulare County had the least mental health funding in California. Perhaps if Rudy had been carrying his gun, he might not have been killed. At the same time, his killer was a trained fighter, and if that man had an assault rifle instead of a knife, his name might be as infamous as Adam Lanza, and Porterville might have been another Newtown. There is a possibility that if I had a gun when I was robbed, I would still have my wallet. But when I play that scene out in my mind, the mugger walks away with two guns, and I lie on the floor with a bullet in my brain. This can leave a person feeling scared and helpless. This ceaseless stream of inconceivable violence has sent many scrambling for guns and ammo, while others are locking their doors and shouting for reform. Yes, we need gun regulations, assault rifle

bans and mandatory background checks. It should be at least as hard to purchase a gun as it is to become a licensed driver. But we cannot talk about guns or gun violence without talking about the conditions that make a person feel like the only solution is carnal bloodshed. We need to address the lack of education and the chronic poverty that my mugger grew up in. We need to deal with the lack of adequate mental health services that could have stopped my grandfather’s killer. Focusing on these issues, while likely not solving the problem, will certainly help us understand why these tragedies occur and will help to prevent them in the future. Stewart Sinclair is an English writing junior and can be reached as In My Opinion is a regular column open to all Loyola students. Those interested in contributing can contact

Death and graduation are certain LEXI Wangler Reflections Up until age 17, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up — none of this teacher-lawyer-doctor crap, oh no. I wanted to be a rock star. I wanted to be a crazy, tattooed, rolling-in-money worshiped-inexcess rock star. I knew what expensive car I wanted, I knew what I wanted my fans to write on their signs at my sold-out shows, I knew where I wanted my six vacation homes. And then the dream I’d nursed from the days of watching Vh1’s “Behind the Music” with my dad since childhood was gone. The post-sophomore-year haze when parents and counselors

start trying to impress upon us how important it is to get good grades and get high test scores so we could get into school and get a good job and live successfully — if they weren’t already doing it before — ruined life as we knew it. It became startlingly clearer to me that I did not have a dream, or at least not an acquirable one. Now that I’d been forced to confront reality — something that I still struggle with in my daily life — I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up. Could I do a lot of things? Yes. Did I want to do a lot of things? The answer, honestly, is still no. I know what I don’t want — to be stuck in a job I hate, leading the same boring life I came to college to escape. But as I have discovered at so many points in my life, I don’t know what I really want. Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives. Obviously, these people are to be congratulated and admired as they waltz down the roads of

their lives in certainty. The rest of us, however, are left to wonder not only what it is we want to be when we grow up, but at which point we can call ourselves all grown up. Over the past three years, the closer we inch to graduation, the less I know what I want to be when I grow up. I have plans, plans like we all have — get a job, grad school, get some experience until the “next step.” The closer we all get to graduation, the more anxious we become and the less sure of everything we’ve learned — the more certain we become that we haven’t learned anything at all. Can’t we stay another year or two? Are you sure we’re ready, Loyola? But that’s what college is. It’s a time bomb. You have four years, eight semesters. It seems like forever — a dramatic and exhilarating dancing, singing, drinking forever, but it’s not. I hate telling you that, I can’t stand hearing those clichés —

“oh, it goes by so fast,” “best years of my life,” so on and so forth. And it’s not true — I know I’m years away from that freshman girl flinching at the prison-like qualities of her room in Buddig. I know I’m years away from who I was a year ago. Most of all, I certainly hope the best years of my life are yet to come. Do I know what’s coming? Do I know what I want to be when I grow up? No, not yet. I’m working on it. I’ll get there. It may move slowly, but I’ll get there, and so will graduation day. People ask us, are we ready for graduation? Are we excited? We hope so. We certainly hope so. We’ll get there. Lexi Wangler is an English writing senior and can be reached at Reflections is a regular column open to all Loyola students. Those interested in contributing can contact





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to “celebrate and support” first generation students. “Liz Rainey and I have been talking since we first met about what a privilege it is to work at a school where more than 30 percent of the students are the first in their family to attend college,” Murphy said in an email. Being the first in her family to go to college, Murphy said she understands the struggles a first generation student may encounter regarding college life. “My parents weren’t able to go to college, and my father did not even finish high school. I struggled to navigate the complicated terrain of LSU’s giant campus and bureaucracy when I was there. I wanted to support other students who might be facing the same difficulties here at Loyola,” Murphy said. Over the summer, Sal Liberto, vice president for enrollment management, and Cissy Petty, vice president for student affairs, asked Rainey and Kaskel to come up with an initiative for student success. “We decided to begin with the first-generation college students because there was already this movement,” Rainey said. “I’ve always been keen on getting some mentoring programs; it’s so natural for our Jesuit mission. It’s a natural fit and a good use of

resources.” program shows first generation Rainey said that there has been students that they have students, a phenomenal response to the faculty and staff at Loyola they can program from students, faculty rely on as resources. and staff. “I hope that students won’t feel “The range [of faculty and staff ] as if they have to hide the fact who volunteered that they are first is really cool, and in their families that was really to go to college. special. To us, it I hope that we We’re hoping to reaffirmed that will help support there was a need through their create a new and them for this,” Rainey time at Loyola said. stronger sense of and that they Kaskel said will all graduate. community the program is And I hope the to help students program helps Elizabeth Rainey Loyola pursue its adjust to college and make sure director of student mission to educate Loyola is the graduate the success and and right college many talented and retention determined young for them. To do this, there people we recruit are monthly who might not dialogues, the otherwise have this first of which was held Jan. 17. The opportunity,” Murphy said. monthly talks will focus on issues English writing sophomore including discussing finances with and First in the Pack peer mentor family and reconnecting with Gabrielle Gatto said she thinks family after being away. the program is important because Rainey said, “We’re hoping to finding your niche can be hard, create a new and stronger sense especially as a first generation of community in a way that can be student. replicated and that is contagious. “I didn’t really have anyone to We want to get students excited to tell me the little things, like it’s be a part of Loyola.” okay to drop a class or you can rent Murphy and associate English textbooks instead of buying them. Professor John Sebastian both I want to be the person I needed spoke at the kick-off on Jan. 17 last year for someone else,” Gatto about their experiences as first- said. generation college students. Hannah Iannazzo can be reached at Murphy said she hopes this

Continued from page 3 groups established soon after the next summit meeting, which will be held Feb. 1. “I hope by the end of the semester, the workgroup will have plans to put into effect for the new academic year,” he said. Badr believes that the summit is proof the university is working hard to address student concerns and making student life better. “I truly believe that the RSS will be effective in addressing student concerns because the approach is right; the Summit’s goal is to focus on student success and improving the quality of student life and learning. Once that has been established, retention will take care of itself,” Badr said in an email. According to Manganaro, the university has an idea through statistics and surveys of what is meeting student expectations and what isn’t. “We do student satisfaction inventories to see whether students are happy or unhappy with things ranging from the food to the residential halls. We’re dividing those concerns into about seven workgroups who can come up with some conclusions about what we

should do differently and what should keep doing the way we’re doing it,” Manganaro said. “We need to focus on not only the issues but the successes as well.” Right now, according to Manganaro, the university retention rate is 75 percent, and he believes the university should focus on the three-fourths of students who do come back. Some students, like music industry junior Colleen Mayfield, don’t necessarily agree that the university is working hard enough to keep students. “I don’t see any effort being made by the university, it doesn’t seem like they are attempting to keep students happy,” Mayfield said. “Especially the first year when it is so hard to find your niche in the university.” Manganaro plans to send out an email to the Loyola community asking for volunteers and nominations of people who should be or want to be a part of these workgroups. Hannah Iannazzo can be reached at

Vol. 91 Issue 13  
Vol. 91 Issue 13  

Loyola Maroon From Jan. 25, 2013