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Vol. 89 No. 9 • Benedictine College


Batter up Baseball wins first two home games in 2011 See Page 12

Showtime The Circuit staff’s picks for the Oscars See Page 7

Copyright IT, Student Life combat illegal downloading

Student Health

The Glass Menagerie Spirit Squad

Are health services sufficient

Department of theater and

Cheer and dance win awards at the

for the growing student body?

dance try new technology

Heart of America competition

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News Briefs Foreign Week


Benedictine College is celebrating Foreign Language Week from March 7 – March 11, 2011. Alpha Mu Gamma and the Spanish Club would like to extend an invitation to everyone to attend any and all the programs offered during the week.  These will be posted soon. A Pot Luck Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. on March 7.  The location is yet to be announced.  Bring a dish and share and partake of all the different foods and camaraderie.

Scholarship Ball The college’s premier fundraising event, attended by alumni, friends, and corporate sponsors of the college allows more than 99 percent of students to receive financial assistance.

Spring career and graduate school fair The fair will take place March 2, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the lower level of the student union. A list of attending employers can be found at

Grad Finale Graduating seniors: Pick up caps and gowns, order rings and commencement announcements, and more. Student Union Atrium, 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

SGA elections Voting ends today. All current students are allowed to vote.

Soup Night and Ask the Professor Soup Night is an opportunity for faculty to host students at their homes for dinner. Signup sheets are available in the Student Life Office. Ask the Professor is an opportunity for students to invite a professor to lunch in the cafeteria. Invitations and the Guest Meal Ticket for the professor can be filled out in the Student Life Office.

Finding healthy hours of operation Jacob Snyder Advertising Manager

Germs are here to stay. Make no doubt about it. The health center, west of McDonald Hall provides its services to sick Benedictine College students to help battle those pesky germs. And while these services are important, the question is whether the facility is currently adequate for the growing BC community and whether it will be in the future. Janet Adrian, director of the health center, added that another important question to ask is whether the health center will eventually need to be open fulltime. Due to the growth and the fact that the facility is run by only two employees-- Adrian and physician’s assistant Michelle Pruessner, sometimes students are turned away, leaving them feeling frustrated. “My sophomore year I was turned away when I had strep throat because the clinic had seen their maximum number of students for the day,” junior Kelsey Mueller said. “I had to drive to Kansas City so I could see a doctor to the get the medicine I needed.” Senior David Burkemper has had a positive experience. “I can only recall one experience at the health center, and it was a positive one,” Burkemper said. “I received a

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Director of the health center, Janet Adrian (above) has the goal of helping sick students. Some of Benedictine’s growing student population have been turned away due to limited hours and a sudden influx in sickness among students on campus as of late. prescription for my pink eye at the time and filled it. “I have, however, seen people be turned away due to the time and the center’s fear of not being able to get everyone through before it closed for the day.” The current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every day except Wednesday, when it is open from 1-5 p.m.

The hours are set this way because the physician’s assistant also works at Atchison Hospital. She has to schedule work at BC and the hospital, plus have time to eat lunch in between the two. With these set hours, the health center can see 16 people per day for about 15 minutes apiece. Any additional students are put on a waiting list with phone numbers.

Student assaulted on Second Street Abby Wilson Staff Writer

A Benedictine College student was assaulted on Monday Feb. 21 at approximately 10:30 a.m. According to Police Chief Mike Wilson, the victim was jogging near the 1100 block of Second Street when a man approached her on foot. The man attempted to speak to her and then grabbed her around the waist. The victim was able

A blanket implementation across campus technology now prevents access to sites like BitTorrent, Gnutella and Limewire. “There is a potential for fines and jail time if students continue to download illegally,” said Randy Rowland, director of IT. “We’ve received at least six letters from Paramount Studios, NBC and the Recording Industry Association of America about illegally downloaded material and the consequences for it.”

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to push the man away and run onto campus for safety. “Who knows what his intention was,” Wilson said. “She did the perfect thing and was able to derail him quickly which was good.” The attacker is described as white male, approximately 5’7” tall and 150 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie and what the victim described as “skateboarding shoes.”

Continued illegal downloading may result in fines for students Patrick Schnieders Staff Writer

The health center either calls those students or tells them to come back the next day. “Even though I feel bad turning kids away, you are not going to get into your doctor’s [office] usually the same day,” Adrian said. She went on to say that the situation is as frustrating for

No legal action has been taken against BC or its students, but if illegal downloading continues, then the perpetrators are eligible to receive $10,000 per download in fines. “An off-site administrator sends us e-mails containing the names of sites that other networks have flagged,” Rowland said. “We get the names of those sites and then they get presented to Student Life.” Rowland said there has been little protest from the student body. “I think what they’re doing See “Copyright” on page 3

Courtesy of Abbey Deleasega

Junior Liz Schmitz and her sisters, 8 and 12, perform an original number to Justin Bieber’s “One Time” at the Lil’ Sibs talent show before the male beauty pageant began.

Lil’ Sibs talent shows a lil’ too much The annual Lil’ Sibs Weekend talent show started like any other year. Then men in drag came on stage. Freshman Ni c ol e Papageorgiou was in the audience with her younger sisters, ages 16 and 12. She said the show began with a video and an introduction of the judges. Then a group of freshman men came on stage wearing compression shorts under short dresses. According to Papageorgiou, the men’s dresses rose as

they danced, revealing their compression shorts. “It was kind of horrific,” Papageorgiou said. “It was not like anything I’ve ever seen before on the Benedictine College campus.” According to junior Liz Schmitz, there were four sibling acts. However, the show ended with the men returning for a male beauty pageant, once again dressed in drag. The MC “announced it was See “Sibs” on page 4

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is great,” said freshman Josh Joles. “It’s protecting the campus and the students from lawsuits, and it’s more protecting us than anything.” Rowland also said the bandwidth of the BC network was “going to a small number of students because the torrenting would absorb huge amounts

of bandwidth; students on the other side of campus trying to access Blackboard would be unable to. Now we’re preventing students from using up those large amounts.” According to Rowland, no further changes or additions are planned yet.

Students unite for Latin choir Patrick Schnieders Staff Writer

A new choir is being introduced for the Wednesday night Mass. The St. Gregory the Great choir has integrated more traditional and Latin music instead of the usual contemporary music present in weeknight services. Freshman Colton Martin and several other students brought the idea forward after finding a common Latin Mass background. “We thought it would be cool if we had something like that here,” Martin said. Father Brendan Rolling supported the idea, Martin said. According to Martin, student reaction has been positive. “We’ve received a lot of positive and supportive feedback from the other students,” Martin said. “There’s a lot of interest from people who don’t come

from a Latin Mass background.” Martin said he “hopes the choir sticks around for good.” “It’s more a trial run right now, but we’ve gotten so much support and cooperation, I don’t see us leaving anytime soon,” he continued. The change in music worship style is not simply to create a change of pace for the student body; it is also meant to prepare students for life after college. Rolling and the choir researched what Mass settings nearby seminaries are use. This led them to the newly implemented Mass setting, which they believe will prepare students to work with future priests in the parishes they will join after graduation. “One of our goals at BC is to create a foundation in faith and ministry so students can be leaders back home,” Rolling said.

Bursting the Bubble

Test your knowledge of the outside world

1. Following Egypt, which country’s citizens recently began revolting against their dictator of 40 years? a. Turkmenistan b. North Korea c. Cuba d. Libya 2. Thousands of Wisconsinites are protesting their newlyappointed governor’s bill. What is the subject of the controversy? a. Education cuts b. Labor unions c. Car emissions d. Health care 3. What natural disaster recently struck New Zealand? a. Tsunami b. Floods c. Earthquake d. Mud slides 4. Facebook has a new application which now allows users to do what?

a. See the relationship status of their crush b. Follow the activity and location of their children c. Play classic Mario games d. Manage stock 5. Which stock recently rose to its highest value in nearly a decade? a. Dow Jones b. NASDAQ c. Apple d. Microsoft 6. Which candidate for mayor of Chicago won with 55 percent of the votes? a. Gery Chico b. Moseley Braun c. Miguel del Valle d. Rahm Emanuel 7. Which country produces the most oil (in barrels per day)? a. Saudi Arabia b. Russia c. United States d. Canada


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YMCA, BC discuss partnership Mitchel Finnegan Staff Writer

Benedictine College and the local YMCA are hoping to work together to bridge the gap between the BC campus and the Atchison community. The two organizations are discussing the possibility of building a new YMCA complex on the Benedictine campus. President Stephen Minnis has had several conversations with the CEO of the Atchison Family YMCA about this possible partnership. The idea is still in very early stages, and nothing has been decided yet, according to Minnis. He said there will probably be one more meeting this month. According to Minnis, the total cost could be around $10 million, but students shouldn’t worry about any additional fees being added on to their tuition. “Our plan would be for students to be automatic members,” said Minnis. He also emphasized that it is far too early for anyone to even worry about the cost and membership status. Minnis said he thinks this could be a great addition to the campus, giving students access to year round training facilities with a wide range of equipment. “It is our job to constantly find ways to enhance the educational experience for our students,” Minnis said. The Executive Director of the Atchison YMCA Lorin Affield thinks this collaboration would be a great benefit to both BC and Atchison. He believes that the missions of both organizations

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The Atchison YMCA and Benedictine are discussing building a YMCA complex together on the BC campus. go hand in hand and this would be a great opportunity to expand on that. Affield said the complex would be a “healthy living center” run by the YMCA but would incorporate many Benedictine aspects, such as allowing physical education majors to have hands-on

training and experience. According to Affield, the designs are still in very conceptual phases, but if incorporated, the facilities would provide services for both the BC and Atchison communities, including an indoor pool, group exercises, an elevated track, See “YMCA” on page 4

[the physician’s assistant] and I to the students,” Adrian said. “If you’re sick, this is what you need to do.” Another positive aspect is the contact the health center is making with Janet Wilcox, director of the student success center. Adrian contacts Wilcox informing her the student has been to the facility and will either be late to class because of an appointment or will not be in class because of a sickness. Wilcox will then inform the professor that the student, again, will be late or absent. Adrian said this is good for the student because it is frustrating when a professor does not believe you are sick or have been to the health center. When asked about the future of the health center and whether or not the growing BC community

will result in the health center being open full-time, Adrian said it is a year-by-year thing. “Our census will predict that,” she said. “And then again, last year we were blown out of the water with the H1N1 outbreak.” Adrian said the number of students visiting the facility grows each day because students who are turned away the day before come back, adding to the new group coming in. As for the question of whether the school’s health center is adequate, Adrian responded that some days it is and some days it is not. And that is typical of any doctor’s office. “It depends on how Mr. and Mrs. Germ are feeling that day to the BC campus,” she said.

“Health”: Continued from page 2 her as it is for the students, because while she wants to help, the health center is only open part-time. Adrian said part of the reason for turning students away is that most students wait until noon to walk in the door. “Kids have learned to come at 8:30 a.m., but unfortunately it does make a long wait,” Adrian said. Despite this hiccup, Adrian feels proud of the health center and the services available to the students. For example, students may now receive an antibiotic injection for free at the health center. The same injection would cost between $100-200 at a hospital. The health center also provides a type of education. “I think there’s a lot of education that goes on between


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Quiz Answers

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1. Libya. Protestors are calling for the resignation of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. 2. Labor unions. Governor Scott Walker claims that failure pass his bill could lead to layoffs down the road. 3. Earthquake. A 6.3Magnitude earthquake recently struck Christchurch, NZ, leading to dozens of casualties. 4. Follow your crush. The app will inform you when the person you like is no longer single. 5. NASDAQ. Many other tech stocks are also gaining value. 6. Rahm Emanuel. He needed 50% of the votes to win outright. 6. Russia. Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading exporter of oil, at 9.5 million barrels per day. According to a Wikileaks cable, Saudi Arabia may also have overexaggerated their estimates of crude oil reserves. All info taken from www.

Courtesy of Humam Al-Mukhtar

Another beard season concluded, offering all styles of facial hair across the Benedictine campus.

A hairy situation Hannah Dumpert Special to The Circuit

It’s the time of year every mother and girlfriend despises: beard season. The Abbot Wolf Beard Season, as it is formally known, is a hairy BC tradition that started just ten years ago. Beard season begins each year on Nov. 1 and runs through Valentine’s Day. Any student can participate, and the rules are simple. Judging takes place in the cafeteria during lunch on Valentine’s Day or close to it. Joseph Wurtz, the dean of students, has been involved with beard season from the beginning. “It’s a great Benedictine tradition that we hope to keep around for a long time,” Wurtz

said. Several BC men, faculty, and one BC girl, stood in front of their fellow classmates to be judged. Contestants could enter in up to nine different categories: burliest, longest, best-groomed, best mustache, most likely to be homeless, best chops, best design, faculty and least growth, which was won by junior Mary Smilie. The award for burliest beard is the most coveted. Senior mass communication and theology major Jake Miller took home the honor this year. “I was blessed with great genes from my mother’s side,” Miller said. “My beard was very red and really full except on the chin.” “Sibs”: Continued from page 2 time for the talent portion and the guys started dancing,” Schmitz said. “We all felt really uncomfortable.” Papageorgiou said she looked at her friends to see if they were seeing the same show. Backstage, Schmitz said that her eight-year-old sister stared at a wall instead of looking at the dancers. Papageorgiou said that Director of Student Activities Luke Cairney went backstage after the boys began to dance. Shortly afterwards, the freshman class president, Helen Guerro, came onstage. “She said that they had been censored… and that the boys needed to clean up the act,” Papageorgiou said. Shortly after this, Schmitz said that SGA Executive President Joe Humphrey came onstage and announced the talent show was over. “It was a relief. I wish it would have happened sooner,”

Schmitz said. Humphrey declined to comment on the beauty pageant, but said that the weekend was a success. “Lil’ Sibs weekend should be looked at in the context of the entire weekend, and in that context, it was very successful,” Humphrey said. “2011 was probably one of the more successful weekends we’ve had.” He cited good weather and home sporting events as possible reasons for the high attendance rate. After the talent show, both Papageorgiou and Schmitz brought their sisters to watch Scholastica Hall’s alcohol free event. Schmitz said that she thinks her sisters enjoyed their Lil’ Sibs weekend, despite the surprises in the talent show. “They had a blast,” Schmitz said. “They talked about coming to school here.”

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If the complex is built, it will mimic the architecture already on campus. “We want to truly meet the needs of the community we are in,” Affield said. BC and the YMCA already have a strong relationship. About 50 to 60 percent of the staff in the Atchison community

are BC students, according to Affield. The YMCA also provides internships for students. Affield hopes that having a building on the BC campus will do more than let BC students and Atchison residents work out together, but also help make both communities a better place. “The relationship is already there,” Affield said. “We want to build on it and we are very excited for the opportunity.”


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From Ethiopia to Atchison Abby Wilson Photo Editor

It is your seventh birthday. You have been waiting for this day since you turned six. But what if you have been seven this whole time? This was the case for Benedictine College student Yared Tekle. Tekle immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia in 1994. Like Americans, Ethiopians use the Julian calendar, but some confusion resulted when it came time to put Tekle’s birthday on his immigration paperwork, which includes his social security card, visa and passport. “The new year in Ethiopia begins in August or September here, so the first month of the year is different, and they are seven years behind us,” Tekle said. “The U.S. government sees that I was born in 1987 on my paperwork, but I was really born in 1988.” Tekle was born in Debre Markos, Ethiopia. At age six, he and his mother immigrated to New York to join his father. Before that point, Tekle had not met his father, Wondimagegnehu Tekle, who fled to Kenya to avoid fighting for the Derg, a rebel army aiming to overthrow the government. Between 1975 and 1987, the Derg executed and imprisoned tens of thousands of


its opponents without trial. Because he fled Ethiopia, Wondimageg nehu was considered a war criminal and could not return to his home or his family. Prior to the escalation of the war between the political parties, Wondimagegnehu was a lieutenant in the army. “As a lieutenant, I would not usually have to fight in the war, but because it escalated so much, rank did not mean

Yared Tekle anything anymore,” he said. Wondimagegnehu immigrated to New York in 1991 with other men who fled Ethiopia for military reasons. He eventually found work cooking at a nursing home. While Wondimagegnehu Tekle was in the United States, Yared Tekle and his mother Kassech remained in Ethiopia.

Papa’s Gems by Myles Mellor and Sally York

Across 1. Young salmon 6. Kisser 10. Droops 14. Lowest point 15. ___ believer 16. Small gull 17. 1952 novel, with The 20. Split 21. Rowboat adjunct 22. Not too brainy 25. ___Rebellion of 1857-59 26. Twisted

30. Hoodlum 32. Fuse 35. Sniff out 41. Author of 17 and 63 Across 43. Meager 44. Broad view 45. Square 47. Che or gen followers 48. Item with a ladder 53. Pastoral poems (var.) 56. Wheels for mom 58. Lest 63. 1929 novel

“My mom always talks about how blessed my brother and sister are to grow up in America,” Tekle said. “I don’t remember because I was so young, but there were times where we had no food and no diapers. I had one pair of shoes and one suit, which I wore when I came to America.” The family relocated to Kansas City in 1996. In the time that has passed since his father left Ethiopia, a new regime has taken over and Tekle and his family have been able to visit the country. “It’s not like what you see on TV,” Tekle said. “There are good parts and bad parts just like any African country. The slums are very sad though; there are a lot of homeless people.” Tekle said sometimes multiple street blocks will be lined with homeless children. Tekle hopes that he can one day do something good for his country. “I know how lucky I am, and my parents have always provided me with the best they could. They are great parents, and I am very blessed to be where I am today,” Tekle said. Tekle was a member of the Benedictine track and field team and graduated in 2010. He is now in the master’s program at Benedictine and will graduate in May.

66. Cost of living? 67. Ashtabula’s lake 68. Exhaust 69. Deuce topper 70. Turned blue, maybe 71. Interesting Down 1. Prig 2. French Sudan, today 3. Betting data 4. Beer garnish 5. ___ housing 6. “Harper Valley ___” 7. Ashes holder 8. Logic game 9. “La Scala di ___” (Rossini opera) 10. Inscribed stone 11. Greek moralist 12. Artist, with El 13. Sinuous 18. ___ degree 19. “48___” 23. Yen 24. Sang like a canary 26. Scores high 27. Do the trick 28. Doctor Who villainess, with The 29. Big bang matter 31. Beam 33. Sixth sense 34. Peeper problem 36. “Walking on Thin Ice” singer 37. Shrek, e.g. 38. Holiday opener 39. Weak 40. Young falcon 42. Lots 46. Napa Valley area

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Caroline DeGaetano takes a break from homework with her cat, Quentin.

Pets give friendship to students Rebecca Maples Staff Writer

Benedictine College students are known for “building community,” whether in residential life, during extracurricular activities, or on a sidewalk between classes. Some students are trying to extend that feeling of community to their off-campus residences as well – but not with their fellow humans. A growing number of off-campus students find companionship not just with fellow students, but with their pets. Caroline DeGaetano, a junior in her first year off campus, adopted her cat Quentin (named after Quentin Tarantino) in June 2010. “I kind of wanted a cat because this was the first time I’ve had my own place not on campus,” she said. Quentin, now nine months old, has become an important part of DeGaetano’s daily routine. “I give him treats every morning when I first wake up, and say ‘hi’ to him when I first get home,” she explained. “It’s kind of just little things through the day.” Having a pet during college can be an enjoyable experience. However, are collegiate petowners willing to dedicate the added time and responsibility to their furry friends? 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 54. 55. 57. 59.

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“It’s not something I don’t like doing. I love taking care of him. I don’t really think of it as a bad thing,” DeGaetano said. “He’s not hard to take care of, and I don’t have a problem juggling everything.” She considers her pet-owning experience a stress-reliever rather than a stressor. “When I get really stressed out about homework, about all the stuff I’ve got to do, I can always just take a break and play with him,” she said. “It’s actually kind of calming to have him.” DeGaetano also pointed out some ways to work with the extra responsibilities associated with owning pets, such as buying food and cat litter in bulk to ease the monetary load and primarily keeping the cat inside to avoid unnecessary veterinarian bills. Many off-campus students adopt pets during college, and cats and dogs seem to be a welcome alternative to the limited on-campus option of fish. Students like DeGaetano are enjoying the companionship of their domestic animals and would encourage other offcampus students to do the same. “I definitely think it’s worth it,” DeGaetano said. “There are so many [animals] that need to be adopted right now. It’s definitely something I think college students should look into.” 60. 61. 62. 64. 65.

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Pictured from left to right: Peter Gifford as Tom, Maria Heffron as Amanda, and Jill McFee as Laura in the BC theatre department production of “The Glass Menagerie.”

“The Glass Menagerie” breaks new theatrical ground Ann Heschmeyer Staff Writer

The Benedictine College department of theatre and dance’s production of “The Glass Menagerie,” by Tennessee Williams marks a departure from recent offerings. “Be prepared for something different,” director Jonathan Wehmeyer said. “It’s going to be different from anything you’ve seen at Benedictine and possibly anywhere else. Keep an open mind. Be prepared to be absorbed in the life of the Wingfield family.”

The play is set in St. Louis during the Great Depression. The mother of the family, Amanda (played by Maria Heffron) wants “happiness and success” for her children Tom and Laura (played by Peter Gifford and Jill McFee). “Unfortunately, nothing is working out right,” Wehmeyer said. Laura is crippled by shyness and Tom is determined to leave. The fourth character, Jim, is played by John Simons, who stepped into the role in early February after the previous actor left due to illness. In addition to playing Laura,

Jill McFee designed costumes for the show. She began costume research early, reading Sears catalogs to get a sense of style in the Midwest in the late ‘30s. “After that I looked at the characters themselves to decide what elements from the period would speak to the character, not only what their personality is like, but their age, what they feel is important,” McFee said. In this show the technical elements, like costume, work with the actors to advance the story. Elements of the set, like the door frames and working Victrola, are specific to the ‘30s, yet the walls are fabric, the floor is black, and the set is open to the point of revealing the theatre wall behind the “fire escape.” Text, images and some video clips created for the show are projected onto one of the walls. Unfortunately, the projector is on the entire time, and the inactive “black” screen over the Wingfields living room can be distracting. The lighting design is more stylized than recent productions. Special light effects suggest neon signs, the passage of time, and underline mood. The designer, Suzanne Hammons, said she wanted “to subconsciously call to mind a dusky, ethereal feel to set the mood of the play.” Herbal cigarettes are used in the production, but measures are taken to reduce the effects of the smoke. One of the measures is leaving a window backstage open, so consider wearing a sweater to see the show. The show runs until Saturday. The house opens at 7:00 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the box office in the basement of St. Benedict Hall, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and a half hour before the show. Tickets are $5. “There’s so much going on on-stage,” said Maria Heffron. “There’s no way you can be bored at this show.”

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Paolucci’s offers both an upstairs bar and a downstairs restaurant to those looking for a night out.

Paolucci’s Restaurant continues to be an Atchison classic Melissa Keating Managing Editor

Need a night out but don’t want to deal with crowds? Paolucci’s Lounge couples a varied drink menu with a lowkey atmosphere. Unlike Willie’s, Paolucci’s has a full drink menu readily available for its customers. The drinks include Bud Light draws, a variety of bottled beers, wine and an assortment of mixed drinks. Gentlemen, I highly recommend bringing a lady with you to order the most delicious (and girly) drink in the house: the Rockin’ Robin. Steve the bartender guards the recipe closely, so all I can say about it is that it is tropical, yummy and well worth the $5.75. Paolucci’s offers drink

specials almost every night of the week: $5 pitchers on Saturday and Monday, $2 domestic beers on Tuesday, $2 well drinks on Wednesday, and variable specials on Thursday and Friday. The lounge does not have an exciting atmosphere like Willie’s or Mueller’s, but that does not mean it isn’t fun. For example, the entire bar spontaneously began to sing “Kokomo” in unison this past Saturday. Manager Ed Begley also invites students to join the lounge’s pool and dart leagues. “We used to always have Benedictine students. Now we don’t have any,” Begley said. Paolucci’s Lounge is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Food from the regular restaurant menu is available until 9 p.m.

Students with food allergies find alternative nutrition options Samantha McIntosh News Editor

Milk, eggs, fish, nuts, gluten and wheat. This is a list of foods that two students on Benedictine’s campus are not allowed to enjoy.  Junior Gabe Chambers has been allergic to milk, eggs, fish and nuts since he was born.  “It would have been a lot harder if they [the allergies] would have developed later in life,” said Chambers.  Adapting to college life away from home has often proven to be a challenge for both parents and students. 

According to Chambers, he and his mom were a little nervous about the venture away from home. “When I first got here, my mom was really worried about it,” said Chambers. “We talked to Ned Price and he was really accommodating. He told me that if there was anything that I needed that wasn’t in the cafeteria, that I should go and talk to them about it.” Ned Price affirmed that the cafeteria would accommodate any health need that a student brings to food service workers’ attention. “If any of the students that have food allergies need

assistance finding food that they can eat, then every single person on the staff is specially trained to help accommodate them with that need,” said Price. Junior Annie Nickels is allergic to gluten and wheat. Nickels has to abstain from indulging in regular bread, pastries, cakes and pasta.  While Chambers has dealt with his food allergies since birth, Nickels was diagnosed with Celiac disease her freshman year of high school, after her sister had developed and continually experienced affiliated symptoms of the disease. 

According to, celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, is a genetic disorder that affects at least 1 in 133 Americans. Sister Mary Rae Schrick in the Student Health Center on campus said that the center strives to do everything in the student’s best interest when needed. Even after being at BC for three years, neither Chambers nor Nickels have ever had to visit the Student Health Center for food-allergy related symptoms. Nickels advised transfer students and incoming freshmen who have food allergies and are struggling with adapting

to college life to communicate with food service workers. “Definitely talk to Ned [Price],” Nickels said. “The staff in the cafeteria can always accommodate you.” Nickels also mentioned some good shopping venues. “I know Wal-Mart carries gluten-free foods that you can try,” she said. “I go to St. Joe all the time to the Hy-Vee, and they have an entire section dedicated to organic, dairy-free, wheatfree, gluten-free products.” For more information on food allergies, visit the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network website at www.

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The 83rd Academy Awards

This Sunday marks the next broadcast of the biggest night in the film industry. The Circuit staff presents you with their picks for everything from individual categories such as cinematography and soundtrack all the way up to best picture. Be sure to tune in to the Oscars for the results!

Best Animated Feature: Best Supporting Actor: Toy Story 3 Christian Bale “Toy Story 3” deserves the Oscar, hands down. It received extremely high ratings and brought in a significantly higher amount of money at the box office than the other nominees. It was able to reach multiple audiences, starting with those who have sentimental ties to the first two movies of the series and expanding to include a new generation of animated film-viewers. Additionally, “Toy Story 3” surpassed the regular limitations of a “three-quel,” developing a plot full of fun and suspense and maintaining strong themes of growing up and rites of passage. DisneyPixar succeeded once again in creating an animated film that is enjoyable and applicable for viewers of all ages. - Rebecca Maples, Staff Writer

Best Original Score: Inception

The soundtrack in “Inception” really helped move the story along. It captures the emotion and suspense of the film. It never overpowers any of the scenes on the movie, but helps create the feel of the movie. - Mitchel Finnegan, Staff Writer

Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld The frontrunner for Best Actress in Supporting Role appears to be Melissa Leo for her performance in “The Fighter,” as she allowed herself to completely disappear within her role of Alice Ward. However, Leo’s chances of winning may have been sabotaged after Leo released her own campaign ads, which seem to be turning many voters away. Instead, underdog Hailee Steinfeld could win for playing 14-year-old Mattie Ross in “True Grit.” Although this was Steinfeld’s first major movie role, she held her own next to renowned actors such as Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges. - Kelsey Perry, Staff Writer

Geoffrey Rush plays Lionel Logue, a speech therapist aiding King George VI (Colin Firth) in overcoming a stutter in “The King’s Speech.” This is definitely a change of pace from some of his more recent work, including the Pirates of the Caribbean series. In “The Fighter,” Christian Bale plays the brother to professional boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), Dicky Eklund, who lost his own career as a fighter in a struggle with a crack addiction. He helps his younger brother along with his career while struggling to keep his own life together. As an older brother myself, Bale’s character appeals to me (aside from the life of crime and drug addictions). Ultimately, I will have to go with Christian Bale. His acting is sincere, and I like smaller stories about a family more than one man addressing a multitude. - Patrick Schnieders, Staff Writer

Best Foreign Film: In a Better World What will win: “In a Better World” This film shows the struggle of family in idyllic Denmark, juxtaposed with the father’s work in an African refugee camp. It deals with death, revenge, and family life, all of which are great themes for an Oscar winner. Also, 15 out of the past 20 Best Foreign Film winners have been European, which gives it an edge over three of its competitors. What should win: “Incendies” This film includes all the prerequisites for a foreign film: familial struggles, the Middle East, and a foreign language that isn’t too foreign (in this case, French). Added bonus: it’s Canadian, which means we can all say we’ve seen a foreign film without having to decipher a lot of pesky European symbolism. - Melissa Keating, Managing Editor

Best Cinematography: Black Swan

Many would like to see cinematographer Richard Deakin’s work finally recognized with an Oscar for “True Grit,” but Deakin faces stiff competition from popular “Black Swan” and “Inception.” I look for flashy “Black Swan” to win, but the special atmosphere created by imitating period film won my vote for “The King’s Speech.” - Ann Heschmeyer, Staff Writer

Best Documentary: Gasland

The issue of energy and gas resources for America is one of the most crucial and least understood facing our country today. “Gasland” sheds light on the larger forces pursuing America’s gas resources and the impact their actions have on the rest of the world, and deserves to win. However, environmental and feel-good stories are continued favorites of the Academy, and “Wasteland”, another nominated documentary, brings both to the table. “Wasteland” features stories of people and artists living and working around the world’s biggest landfill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is the frontrunner film in this category. - Suzanne Hammons, Features Editor

Best Original Screenplay: The King’s Speech

“The King’s Speech” may win Best Original Screenplay for its presentation of the life of King George VI of England. All of the nominees in this category except “Inception” seem to be trying to get as true-to-life as possible. Some even lack a basic plot because they are trying to capture the feeling of real life. While it is a creative portrayal, it leads to a much more disjointed movie. Because it is both more impassioned than the other nominees and actually tells a story, “The King’s Speech” should win. - Trish Clinesmith, Online Editor

Best Leading Actor: James Franco

It would have been easy to pick Colin Firth because he is the favorite. I was stuck between two young actors: Host and nominee for “127 Hours” James Franco and “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg. Eisenberg was so slick-tongued and dominated every dialogue and monologue. Franco takes the cake for me, though. The raw passion he showed when stuck was inspiring. At no time did I think, “This is Franco playing a role.” He submerged himself in this part. - Ryan Hurtado, Sports Editor

Best Leading Actress: Natalie Portman Following her victory at the Screen Actor’s Guild awards, Natalie Portman will have a lot of momentum to win the award. Her performance evokes an emotional response throughout the movie; when she’s nervous, the viewer is nervous. You can feel her anger and her fear throughout the film. I also think that the controversial aspects of her role give her a leg up on the competition. - Abby Wilson, Photo Editor

Best Picture Rebecca Maples: Westerns aren’t always a popular pick at the Oscars, “True Grit” dodged the genre’s stereotype, maintaining a suspenseful and entertaining story line while painting a realistic picture of the time period it portrays. Jeff Bridges plays his signature “washed-up drunkard” role brilliantly, and Matt Damon surprises some with an atypical role as a Texas ranger to add to his vast repertoire. Hailee Steinfeld also holds her own impressively well among such big-name actors.

Melissa Keating: I am positive that either “The Social Network” or “The King’s Speech” will win best picture, unless the critics feel the need to assert their independence from all the other award shows. Personally, I think “The King’s Speech” will win because it does what Oscar movies do best: takes a relatively minor historical event and presents it as an anthem for an entire generation. In contrast, future generations will continue to look to “The Social Network” to understand globalization and how it affected life in the early 2000s. Kelsey Perry: My prediction is that “The King’s Speech” will win this year’s award for best picture. The film seems to have it all: superb acting, emotional impact, a moving psychological struggle, vintage costumes, and inspiring dialogue. Mitchel Finnegan: I believe that “Inception” is the best movie of 2010 for too many reasons to list here. Christopher Nolan wrote and directed the film, but was snubbed for best director. This movie not only has an incredibly original plot and story, but is also very entertaining and thought provoking. It is able to tie in so many different elements and have them work so well together that I believe there is something in it for everyone to enjoy. What probably will win: “The Social Network” or “Black Swan”. These are both very in-depth, character driven movies that provoked a lot of controversy, and the academy is a sucker for those kinds of things. Ryan Hurtado: My favorite movie of the year was “The Social Network”. The story had me willing to do whatever it takes to find my get rich scheme. The young actors were amazing; the story was woven together so intricately and shows the amazing writing of Aaron Sorkin. It is a must see. Sorry, “Toy Story” fans.


8 Friday, February 25, 2011

Say ‘I do’ to prayer for vocations

A column by Abby Wilson

years, a bathroom light burning for 30 years or a color TV turned on for 28 years, according to The same website also emphasizes staying on top of car maintenance. This includes regular oil changes, air-filter changes, spark plug replacements, and making sure your tires are the right pressure. If all of these components are kept working and up-to-date, you can increase your mpg by up to 25 percent. Filling up your car can weigh heavily on your wallet, but you can save a little bit of money, depending on when you fill up. During the warmest part of the day, the evaporation rates are highest. Nationalgeographic. com says that filling up your gas tank during the cooler morning and evening hours reduces fuel lost to evaporation. Of course, you can always ride your bike or carpool. Also, if there are any rouge llamas around they can be a fun mode of transportation.

Abby Wilson is a junior from Palmer Lake, Colo., and is majoring in mass communication and minoring in Spanish. She can be reached at wils1228@ravens.

The Lovable Lin “How far are you willing to go?” Earlier this month my husband, Bill, and I quietly celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. I’m not going to pretend that it has always been easy. Sticking to a commitment can be harder than “throwing in the towel.” The “Great Blizzard” of 2011 proved to offer another form of commitment. This is in regards to your job. Operations worked in the subzero weather around the clock to ensure that roads and walkways were cleared for the committed traveler. Sodexo employees also risked life and limb to arrive as scheduled. Numerous employees walk to work, and one such individual fell and required medical attention. Another packed a bag and stayed with a co-worker. All

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of this happened because Ned Price wanted to ensure students who braved the elements a full menu served on regular dinner ware: commitment to service and pleasing our customers. Would you be willing to donate half a year’s salary to a cause that you believed in strongly? We have one such individual on this campus, and he challenged others not to match his incredible generosity but to give one day’s wage to something they felt passionate about. The list can go on and on, and there are many more stories to tell. I simply am asking you: How far are you willing to go for a relationship, a job, a dream, your country, or your church? I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by amazing individuals who inspire me to want to become a better person. You are my heroes.

“For an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life … we pray to the Lord.” How many times have we made this petition during Mass? Likely, we mumble along, “Lord, hear our prayer,” often without much consideration into what we are asking of God. Even less frequently, though, do we consider what we are not praying for. The prayer for religious vocations is worthy and has permeated our prayers for the life of the Church. It is a necessary prayer, as priests are an essential part of our ability to celebrate the Mass and participate in the sacraments. Religious vocations, too, provide a valuable example of holiness. We would be remiss not to include in our petitions those called to such central positions in the Church. There is a lot of good to be achieved by praying for religious vocations. However, we should not perceive our wellintentioned efforts at fostering these vocations as the fullness of a prayer for vocations. It is this outlook that neglects an essential demographic of the Church: marriages and families. The married people and families of the laity comprise the majority of the Church,

making them a significant part of what the ministry of priests and religious is directed toward. A truly comprehensive prayer for vocations includes these members of the Body of Christ, as God calls them to their marital and familial vocation as strongly and intentionally as He calls priests and religious to theirs. The Catechism of the Catholic Church upholds the

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divine institution of marital love: “God who created man out of love also calls him to love – the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being … since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man.” According to Vatican II’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,

“The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family love.” Respect for the role of marriages and families is integral to the mission of the Church. The family should be a child’s first exposure to knowledge of Jesus Christ. Ideally, the family’s proper and prayerful presentation of this Gospel message can be an affecting factor in one’s respect for all vocations. This is not a condemnation of anything; it is a call for more. I am not calling for a change in our current prayer for vocations; rather, I am proposing that we celebrate the fullness of it. I would not recommend the removal of a prayer for religious vocations any more than I would suggest celebrating Mass without the Eucharist. A sincere prayer for those called to live as a priest or religious person is vital to the mission of the Church – so also is a prayer for the health of marriages and families. Rebecca Maples is a sophomore from Jefferson City, Mo., and is majoring in theology, youth ministry, and mass communication. She can be reached at mapl1347@

The Circuit Editorial

A time to reap, a time to watch Netflix College students have a reputation for being lazy. This is absolutely ridiculous. We are asked to crowd school, work, chores, clubs, and prayer into a measly 24-hour day. Professors tend to get a bit tetchy when we fall asleep in class, so sleep also has to be a priority. Living in a dorm (or with housemates) makes solitary life impossible. And, whether we have time or not, everyone always tells us that networking in college is almost as important

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Tree Hugger in Training

I would not be caught dead driving a Prius because they’re ugly, but the fact that they are better for the environment does appeal to a lot of people. Hybrid cars basically combine electric energy and gasoline energy, which in turn makes your car run cleaner, quieter and more efficiently than a conventional car. However, there are many cheaper and easier ways to “drive green” than to buy a hybrid. One of the best ways to do this is to slow down, which, honestly, most of us should do anyway. The more you accelerate and brake, the more fuel you burn and the less efficient your car is. According to, for every ten miles per hour over 60 that you drive on the highway, you lose about 4 miles per gallon of efficiency. Basically, if you get 30 mpg on the highway and are driving 70 mph, you will only get 26 mpg. That can add up pretty fast when you have a long way to go. The size of car you drive also can change how much you affect the environment. Switching from an average car to a 13-mpg SUV would use as much energy as leaving your refrigerator door open for six

as the skills we learn. That means that social life should be a priority, too. Maybe we should start earning our lazy reputation. Yes, we still need to study and pray and maybe even eat the occasional meal with our friends, but we also need time to mellow. This can mean taking a walk around town, watching “Bones” on Netflix, or even reading a book outside of class. (Fun fact: you can read books without having to write a paper

afterward.) If our Lord could take an entire day to rest, surely we can be allowed a few hours. And, maybe if we take a little time for ourselves, we will be able to concentrate better on all of the business of being a student.

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Opinion Ask a Catechist

Purgatory: feel the burn Q: What is Purgatory? Can you get out?  How?  Where is it in scripture?   A: According to the Catechism, “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (CCC 1030).   We are told that “nothing unclean can enter heaven,” (Rev. 21:27) and, while we die forgiven, most of us are still attached to sin in some way up to the moment of our death. Some sort of change must happen to us between that first moment in which we enter eternity (death) and when we fully enter heaven glorified. The belief in a state of purification after death has been a tenet of the Christian faith from the very beginning.   We can even find reference to purgatory in the Old Testament, in the righteous action of Judas Maccabeus who offered sacrifice

for some of his fallen men found to have died with symbols of idols upon them (cf. 2 Macc. 12:43-45). St. Paul speaks of a cleansing fire which burns off impurities in each of us on “that Day,” the Day of Judgement. These impurities detract from the foundation of Christ in our lives (cf. 1 Cor. 3: 10-15).  This passage speaks of being “saved” but also “suffering loss.”  There is no suffering in heaven, there is no salvation in hell, so here there must be understood some reference to a third place, or state of cleansing.   This we call Purgatory (a place of purging).  We can even find Paul praying for what is presumably his deceased friend, Onesiphorus, that he might find mercy on “that Day” (2 Tim 1:16-18).  These texts lend key support to the notion that prayers for the dead can help them.   We can find non-Canonical writings referencing purgatory as early as the second century, too.

Purgatory is not hell. It is, in a sense, an antechamber to heaven, a place to prepare for the “wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev. 19:7, 9; cf. Mattn 22:1213).   Purgatory is also not for everyone. We know that at the very least Mary did not go to purgatory (she would have had no need).  It is generally believed that those who pay the ultimate price - martyrdom - do not need to undergo purgatory either.   The duration of purgatory is unclear, as we simply cannot clearly fathom how time works beyond this life.   For those who do undergo Purgatory, it seems to involve some kind of suffering, but it is endured with hope of the final outcome: heaven. Justin West (‘03) lives in Virginia with his wife, Beth (‘04) and their three children.  He is writing his MA Thesis at CUA presently.  Questions can be sent to

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CAREER & GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR Wednesday, March 2 10:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. Student Union Atrium Dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes. Attending Companies & Graduate Schools: •Aquinas Institute of Theology •Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica •Cerner Corporation •Cleveland Chiropractic College •Enterprise Rent-A-Car •Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City •Johnson County Sheriff’s Office •Kansas State University Institute of Financial Planning •KeyBank •Marine Officer Programs •Northwestern Mutual financial Network •PlattForm Advertising •St. Gregory Retreat Center •Starlight Theatre – Kansas City •TEKsystems •The Institute of World Politics: A Graduate School of National Security and International Affairs •Tradebot Systems •University of Dallas •KU School of Engineering


•KU School of Law •Washburn School of Law Tips for a successful job search: Are you in the middle of your job search? Here are some tips that will help you through the process: Remember that you may have to interview with many companies before you are actually extended an offer for a position. The job search takes a lot of time and hard work. Be persistent. 1. Don’t expect to be granted an interview for every resume submitted to a company. 2. Research company information before contacting them about employment. Your knowledge of the company will go a long way in helping you get “the edge.” 3. Have a clear idea of your skills and abilities. If you are unsure, ask a friend, supervisor, mentor and/or a career counselor. 4. Have a clear idea of what type of position you want, then target your resume to that type of position. 5. Use all available avenues for finding open positions. Ways to find open positions include: a. BC Careers b. Company websites


c. Newspapers d. Internet job search websites e. Career Development bulletin board f. Networking with family and friends g. Leads from faculty, staff and administration at BC 6. Try to meet as many people as possible through volunteer work or join a professional organization. 7. Keep a file with copies of all of your cover letters and targeted resumes, as well as notes about each company and what they offer as far as benefits and career advancement. 8. Make sure your message on your answering machine is professional. You don’t want an employer to call and wonder if he/she has the correct number. They may just hang up. Your e-mail address should also be professional. 9. Prepare for interviews by getting a list of interview questions from the Career Development Office, and practice with a friend, or practice by yourself using a mirror. 10. Send a thank-you note after the interview. Tell the employer thanks for their time, and reiterate the fact that you are interested in the position.

Friday, February 25, 2011 9 The Executive Rambling

How will you be remembered? In case you haven’t noticed tempting sometimes to take an the numerous signs, fliers, opportunity to “stick-it-to-theand other campaign material man.” In all honesty, this seems covering campus, the Student to be a bit counterproductive Government Association since we all have a vested Executive Board elections are in interest in seeing Benedictine full swing. In fact, by the time College succeed. While there may be nothing this is in print, they will be just about finished, and all of the outwardly wrong with going campaigning and speculation through college doing “your own thing,” it is certainly a will be over. The Student Government missed opportunity. As students Association has the potential and future alumni, it is in our best interest to see to be, and is in many Benedictine be the cases, a very effective best it possibly can organization on be. We should not campus. Whether or be content taking not students choose to a back seat on our recognize this does not college experience. change the fact that Rather, we should SGA does affect their Joe Humphrey be taking every time at BC. However, opportunity (whether I do not write this to discuss the merits of the Student it’s through SGA, some other Government Association, but organization, or individually) to rather to highlight the merits of leave Benedictine better than it was when we enrolled. investing time in Benedictine. The SGA Executive Board Joe Humphrey is the elections are a perfect example of Executive President of students who are actively trying the Student Government to invest time in BC. It can be tempting to go through college Association and is majoring hanging out with friends, going in political science. He can be to class, and basically just doing reached at sga@benedictine. “your own thing.” It can even be edu.

What’s Your Problem? With Dr. Adam Buhman-Wiggs and Kerry Marvin, BC Counseling Center

My problem? Huh? Wanna see a magic trick? Q: I was recently diagnosed with ADD. I know a lot of people have this and it shouldn’t be a big deal, but I’m kind of nervous. Can you explain what this means? KM: Sure. ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder, although it actually is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Inattentive... hey, look at the airplane... let’s go ride bikes... I’m hungry... what’s that noise? ABW: Bikes! Oooh! Oooh! KM: OK. Bad joke. However, ADHD-inattentive is quite treatable. For those whom medication works, it can make a big difference.Suddenly they’re able to concentrate for much longer periods of time. I remember a student who when she started the medication found herself in the Library studying for four hours straight for the first time in her life. ABW: We’re still not sure exactly what’s going on with ADHD, but one of the most recent ways of understanding it is as a “boredom disorder” of the brain. KAM: Reminds me of some meetings I’ve attended. ABW: Amen, brother. Now, the “boredom disorder” thing doesn’t mean nothing is interesting to you as a person, it means that at a neurological level, your brain may be constantly under-stimulated – almost like your brain never

fully wakes up. The fidgeting, distractibility, and so forth are basically your brain trying to generate enough stimulation to feel “normal”. That’s how the meds help – they stimulate your brain enough that it actually calms down, and you as a person are then able to focus, concentrate, sit still, and remember what you study and learn in class. KM: It can be a life-long disorder (at first clinicians thought ADHD was just for children—wrongo). And oftentimes, when folks finally figure out what’s going on, they even begin to think of ways to compensate for it (i.e., bring back their focus more rapidly or adjust their environment to help them focus). ABW: Yeah, in fact, the new diagnostic manual of mental disorders due out in a couple years will include specific criteria for diagnosing ADHD in adults never diagnosed as children – so that they can get the care they need as well. So, long and short, ADHD is not a Mark of Cain – try some meds and learn some behaviors that help you adjust, and you’ll be fine! Still there…? Hello? KM: What? Are we talking about bikes again? Send your questions to abuhman-wiggs@ or kmarvin@


12 Friday, February 25, 2011

The revamped Ravens show promise in the young 11’ season Ryan Hurtado Sports Editor

The Ravens are already showing signs of growth early in the 2011 season, the Ravens are coming off two double headers against Hastings College. The beginning of the weekend was fruitful. While the Ravens slipped up on Sunday, they leave the weekend with momentum. Baseball was 1-1 coming into the weekend showdown with Hastings. They now sit at 3-3 with incredible defensive showings on Saturday. The Ravens were led by junior pitcher Brian Poland in game one Saturday. Poland pitched a complete-game shutout allowing only four hits. Poland said that the goal is just to grab the win. “We’re just coming into every game looking for a win,” Poland said. “It was a really good team effort. We made some really great defensive moves.” Poland is returning from a medical redshirt and is already 2-0 this season. “I’m coming off an injury last fall,” Poland said. “I’m feeling better and hope to

keep doing better.” The Ravens took game one, 2-0. The offense was highlighted by freshman Ben Loughman’s triple and sophomore Sean O’Grady’s home run. In game two the Ravens won 3-1 with the help of junior pitcher Michael Rowland’s five inning, one run effort. Offensively for the Ravens sophomore Gordon Welliver, sophomore Sean O’Grady, and junior Matt Macias all had RBIs. Sunday turned out not to be Benedictine’s day. The Ravens lost 11-6 in game one and 7-5 in game two. In game one sophomore catcher Alex Hiedeman had the hot bat with two hits, one run and five RBIs. Macias also contributed with another RBI. Benedictine looked to be in control after a four-run first inning. The pitching ended up being the Achilles-heel on Sunday. The Ravens played four pitchers in game one and all gave up runs. They gave up a combined 18 hits. Junior Adam Pink was credited with the loss. Benedictine fell behind early in game two Sunday and never recovered. Sophomore John Huber gave up seven

runs in his five innings. He was relieved by sophomore Derek Surdez, who allowed one hit. Benedictine looked to make a surge with a four run fifth inning. A scoring streak started by senior Nick McClafferty brought the Ravens back 5-7. In the fifth inning McClafferty, Macias, Loughman and Josh Piper all scored runs. Coach Doc Beeman said that pitching will be the key. “If our pitching holds up, we’re going to do well,” Beeman said. “We pride ourselves on pitching and defense.” As for offense, Beeman knows things will heat up. “As the temperature warms up, the bats will come out, and we’ll start getting more production,” Beeman said. Benedictine is already showing promise, getting a third of the wins they did in 2010. Baseball’s next game will be against St. Ambrose at Benedictine on Feb. 26. They will play them again on Feb. 27. Photos courtesy of Robyn Rodgers Baseball will start HAAC Junior RHP Michael Rowland lets one fly against Hastings play on March 8 at Benedictine College. Rowland had a strong showing in five innings against Central Methodist allowing one run in game two of Saturdays double-header. University.

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10 Friday, February 25, 2011

Lady Ravens stay in the positive after their three game slide Ryan Hurtado Sports Editor

All is not fair in love and basketball as last Saturday demonstrated. The Lady Ravens came up short in an overtime thriller 77-74 to Central Methodist University. The Lady Ravens battled back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to put the game into overtime. Kelsey Wolfe led the surge with an eight point fury in the second half to bring Benedictine back. Wolfe said it was all about getting the team started. “I just wanted to bring the intensity and up the tempo,” Wolfe said. “You can tell when our intensity goes down we all go down, but once we get hot it’s contagious; we just need to play a full 40 minutes with intensity.” Wolfe added 15 points in the game. Senior Kaela Stratman led Benedictine with 22 points. Stratman pushed Benedictine into overtime with a last-second 3-pointer to tie the game. All but one of Stratman’s points came from behind the arc. Stratman still has an optimistic outlook about the rest of the season.

“We just need to hold together for these last two games,” Stratman said. “We have been playing as a team and we don’t want this to get our confidence down. We just need to stick together as a team in a time like this.” The Ravens are currently on a three-game skid. The loss to CMU looked optimistic at half; BC was up by two. The Lady Ravens came out flat in the second half. Strong guard play let CMU take over the game. Once overtime started the Lady Ravens were stuck in neutral, offensively. They were out scored 4-7 in the five minute overtime. Coach Folsom knows that the team needs to remain strong in the last stretch. “We have to really get it together,” Folsom said. Folsm said that being in a three game losing streak, the Lady Ravens focus needs to be finding ways to score and defensive intensity. The loss had added sting since it was senior night for Benedictine. BC honored seniors Kaela Stratman, Jillian Flores and Heather Wansing after the game. Coach Folsom liked the way his seniors played. “Kaela hit some gigantic

Photo courtesy of Robyn Rodgers

Junior guard Kelsey Wolfe takes a drive to the basket for two points against Central Methodist. Wolfe was the Lady Ravens’ second leading scorer behind Kalea Stratman’s 15. shots as always, Heather had great post moves, and Jillian always brings great energy,” Folsom said. Benedictine College is tied for fourth in the HAAC with William Jewell College. Fourth place gives Benedictine

the opportunity to host a first round game in the HAAC tournament. Benedictine went to third place Avila University on Feb. 24. The scores were unavailable at press time. Benedictine now has only

one game left before the HAAC tournament on March 3. The Lady Ravens will face the Missouri Valley Lady Vikings on Feb. 26. With so little time left in the season, Benedictine will need to bring intensity in every minute.

Indoor track keeps their stride in HAAC championships Ravens’ final effort was highlighted by a strong team effort and personal records Kelsey Perry Staff Writer

The Benedictine track and field team finished its 2011 indoor season with many solid performances at the HAAC Championships last weekend. The championships were held at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. For the women’s team, Katie O’Grady finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles and broke her own school record with a time of 8.99. Angela Kendrick took third in the women’s high jump with a jump of 5-3 3/4 feet. The jump propelled Kendrick to the NAIA nationals on Mar. 3-5. Junior Laura G’Sell was able to take third in the women’s 200-meter dash. She placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.58. Hannah Francescan finished just behind in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.52, taking fifth place. Christine Buechler finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:33.10. Karina Estee placed fifth in the 1000-meter run with a time of 3:23.85.

The women’s 4x800-meter relay team finished with a strong time of 10:27.55 giving them third place. The 4x400-meter women’s relay team also did well, finishing fourth with a time of 4:14.60. On the men’s team, Michael Brubaker finished third in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:53.81. Louis Pick finished strong in the men’s high jump, taking fourth place. Nick Loughman finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.28, and Shaun Clynke took seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.55. “I am pretty happy with how we did last weekend,” G’Sell said. The team was not able to practice on the track for the majority of the season because it was covered with snow and ice, G’Sell explained. “I am excited for the outdoor season because we will be able to get even stronger since we have the track to train on now,” G’Sell said. The strong showing during the indoor season with few resources has the team eager for their outdoor season. The BC track and field team will have a few weeks off to continue their training before the 2011 outdoor season begins. Benedictine’s first meet will be in Baldwin City, Kan. on March 26 at Baker University.

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Junior Lewis Pick elevates in the high jump for Benedictine at the HAAC indoor championships in Lamoni, Iowa at Graceland University.


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Mens hoops are still in the driver’s seat after recent blunders Ryan Hurtado Sports Editor

The Ravens have seen clearer skies. Men’s hoops are coming off a surprise loss to Central Methodist University, 66-42. The loss now has Benedictine in a three-game streak. Seconds into the game, CMU started an eight point run with a quick 3-pointer. Benedictine was able to close the gap to two, and that was the closest they’d ever be. BC closed the lead to 11 points at half after being down by as much as 21. The momentum did not stick with the Ravens. Benedictine struggled offensively, mainly due to turnovers. Central Methodist came into the game fifth in the nation in steals, and it was on display Saturday. BC had 24 turnovers compared to CMU’s 15. Benedictine’s struggles also came near the rim. They shot 38 percent from the field. Coach Todd Eisner said he was displeased with the performance. “We have to check ourselves in the mirror and see how

competitive we want to be,” Eisner said. “We didn’t come to play, and we paid very dearly for it. Central Methodist played very well, and we allowed them to play very well.” Offensively the scoring continued from Chris McFaul. McFaul led the Ravens with 15. The only other Raven in double figures was Tony Anderson with ten. The Ravens defense has also faltered in the three game slide. Their scoring defense per game has slid to 63.63 points a game. That still ranks the Ravens seventh in the nation. There was extra salt in the wound for Raven seniors Darius Bolling, Kristian Williams, and Chris Bonham. Saturday’s senior night game served as their last regularseason home game. Coach Eisner told the seniors how he felt before the game. “We talked before the game, and change is difficult,” Eisner said. “I respect and appreciate that the seniors were willing to be a part of change. I feel like those guys bought in and gave everything they had.” The losing streak hasn’t

affected BC’s shot at a home HAAC tournament game. Benedictine currently sits fourth in the HAAC, two games ahead of Avila University and Baker University. If BC wins one of their next two they will host the fifth seed in the HAAC tournament. Benedictine will face either Baker or Avila in the first round regardless. Coach Eisner knows the road ahead will be rough though. “We have two tough road games left,” Eisner said. “If we drop two [games] and Avila wins two we will be right back there [at Avila] in the tournament.” Benedictine’s first meeting with Avila was a thrilling 57-53 comeback win. Chris McFaul hit six second-half 3-pointers to bring BC back from a double-digit deficit. Benedictine took on Avila University on Feb. 24. The scores were not available at press time. BC will finish their regular season at Missouri Valley College on Feb. 26. The HAAC tournament starts March 3 at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.

Photo courtesy of Robyn Rodgers

Junior forward Tony Anderson has a clear take to the basket in the Ravens’, 66-42 loss to Central Methodist University. The Ravens’ loss still has them in fourth place in the HAAC. Mens hoops only has one game left against Missouri Valley.

Raven dance steps to first; Congratulations Raven Seniors Cheer Squad flips to second Mens Basketball Womens Basketball

Feb. 19 was Senior Day for men’s and women’s basketball and the spirit squad

Suzanne Hammons Features Editor

The Benedictine College dance team and cheerleading squad can officially think of themselves as award-winners. At the Heart of America Athletic Conference Spirit Competition on Feb. 12, the dance team took home first place in the category of Small Dance Team Routine. “In our category there were eight schools represented,” said team co-captain Victoria Gerkin. “We usually do really well and always place.” Gerkin stated that despite going up against bigger teams, Benedictine managed to hold its own. “Our main competition is Lindenwood,” said Gerkin. “They have better funding, but our coach is the only one who makes up our choreography herself and teaches us.” Gerkin described the team’s routine as consisting of “30 seconds of jazz, 30 seconds of pop, and 30 seconds of hiphop.” The Benedictine cheerleading squad also competed in the conference and took home

second place out of four teams. “We’ve competed in it for a long time,” said junior member Gabrielle Ramsey. “This was the first time we got second place. They mostly judged us by our jumps and our stunt sequences, which include pyramids.” Unlike the dance team, the cheer squad brought in a choreographer at the end of last summer. According to Ramsey, the choreographer worked with the squad all throughout the school year, giving them the finalized routine before Christmas break so that they would have time to practice. Ramsey also cited Lindenwood as the cheer team’s biggest competitor. “Lindenwood is known to get first, so it was great to come in right behind them,” Ramsey said. “We’ve never had that before, so we’re exited because we worked hard for it.” The spirit squad was recognized with awards for their hard work in the HAAC Spirit Competition. The seniors were also recognized this past Saturday for their years of dedication between the women’s and men’s basketball games.

Kristian Williams (Melbourne, Australia) Darius Bolling (Allen, Texas) Chris Bonham (Pheonix, Arizona)

Kaela Stratman (Omaha, Nebraska) Heather Wansing (Liberty, Missouri) Jillian Flores (Council Bluffs, Iowa)

Spirit Squad Hannah Dumpert (Paola, Kansas) Marissa Spain (Bancroft, Iowa) Cheri Menk (Platte City, Missouri) Caylon Lanfermann (Atchison, Kansas) Carolyn Crosson (Topeka, Kansas) Kristy Krietner (Topeka, Kansas)

The Circuit, Feb. 25, 2011  

The student newspaper of Benedictine College, Atchison, Kan.

The Circuit, Feb. 25, 2011  

The student newspaper of Benedictine College, Atchison, Kan.