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“Don't change on me. Don't extort me unless you intend to do it forever.” --Tupac Shakur


“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” --Oprah Winfrey

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“A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.” --Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.” --Whitney Houston

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“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.” --W.E.B. Du Bois

“Our objective is complete freedom, justice and equality by any means necessary.” --Malcom X

-- Barack Obama "Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect and I don't live to be. But, before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean." --Bob Marley

“I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.” -- Muhammad Ali

“The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.” “Yes, we can.” -- Bill Cosby

“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminshes fear.” -- Rosa Parks

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” -- Booker T. Washington

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Romo’s Roundup

Police Blotter: Feb. 2 through Feb. 6


Fri, Feb. 17 Mr. RMU Contest - 8 p.m. - Nicholson Center Food Court Fri, Feb. 17 through Sun, Feb. 19 Little Siblings Weekend Tues, Feb. 21 Internship Seminar - 4:40 - 6:10 p.m. - Sewall Center, 3rd Floor Wed, Feb. 22 Ash Wednesday Mass - 4:30 p.m. - Rogal Chapel Thurs, Feb. 23 Minority Networking Reception - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sewall Center, 3rd Floor, Dining Room Tues, Feb. 28 Focus on Your Future - 3:30 to 5:30 p.m Sewall Center, 3rd Floor, Dining Rooms A & B Mon, March 5 through Fri, March 9 Spring Break - No Classes Wed, March 14 Spring Career Fair - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sewall Center, 3rd Floor

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Robert Morris University Patrick Henry Room 118 6001 University Blvd Moon Township, PA 15108 ISSN #1934-8878 February 16, 2012 Volume 7, Issue 9-Monthly The Sentry is a student-written, studentmanaged newspaper serving Robert Morris University and Moon Township. It is published monthly except during semester breaks, holidays and prior to final exams. Editorial Policy: Editorials are based on the opinions of the editors of The Sentry and do not necessarily reflect the views of the students, faculty, or administration.

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Student Media Advisor Carrie Moniot Corrections/clarifications: Readers should report any story or photo errors to The Sentry. All legitimate errors will be corrected in print the following edition. Letters Policy: The Sentry welcomes letters to the editor but does not guarantee publication. We reserve the right to edit or reject any material submitted. Anonymous submissions will not be published.

2/2 – While on patrol, officers came across a student who was acting out of sorts. After speaking further with the student, officers determined that it was necessary for him to be evaluated at a hospital. The student agreed and was taken to Sewickley Hospital for further treatment.

2/2 – Harassment – A student reported receiving harassing messages via text and Facebook. All pertinent information was received from the student and this incident is under investigation at this time. 2/2 - Medical Emergency – Residence Life reported a female passed out in Adams Hall. Upon officers’ arrival, the female was unresponsive but breathing. Valley Ambulance was contacted and transported the female to Sewickley Hospital for further treatment. 2/4 – Theft – This department was advised of a theft from an office at the Island Sports Center. A report was taken and this incident is under investigation at this time. 2/4 – Fire Alarm – Guardian advised of a fire alarm activated in Lexington Hall. Officers arrived and determined the alarm was set off by students cooking. No sign of smoke or fire, and the alarm panel was reset. 2/5 – Underage Drinking – Residence Life reported underage students drinking at the

Holiday Inn. Officers responded and cited four students for underage drinking, and two other students of the age of twenty-one through Judicial Affairs for judgment. 2/6 – Departmental Information - This department was advised of someone urinating in the hallway of Hancock Hall. The cameras will be reviewed and the identified suspect will be dealt with accordingly. This incident is under investigation at this time. 2/6 – Fire Alarm – Guardian advised of a fire alarm activated in Concord Hall. Upon officers’ arrival, it was determined the cause for the alarm was burnt food. Officers reset the alarm panel. 2/6 – Harassment – This department was advised of harassment between two students via Twitter. Both students were advised to stop all communications with each other or face harassment charges. Both parties advised to stop all contact. 2/6 – Welfare Check – A professor reported a male doubled over in pain in Hale Center. Officers located the male and transported him to Sewickley Hospital for treatment. For more updated police blotters, head to


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Throughout the month of February, individuals nationwide will be celebrating the history of the AfricanAmerican community. Robert Morris University has also joined this effort and created a month full of events with the purpose to “educate and bring awareness to the issues that the African-American community have faced in the past and are still currently facing,” said the Director of Multicultural Student Services, Antonio M. Quarterman. RMU is hosting a large range of Black History Month events here on campus. Events vary from soul food entrees, which are offered every Wednesday at lunchtime in the food court, a free luncheon, a “March on Nicholson” and plenty more. On Feb. 8, dishes such as shrimp, hush puppies, baked chicken, sweet corn and beans and rice could be enjoyed. A luncheon free to students, faculty and staff will take place on Feb. 15 to celebrate Black History. A speaker will be presenting the story of Pittsburgh’s involvement in the Underground Railroad, according to Quarterman. About


Students were able to buy cupcakes throughout campus to celebrate Black History Month. 50-75 people are expected to attend. Along with this event, the “March on Nicholson,” which is designed to imitate the famous March on Washington, is expected to have the biggest turnout, according to Quarterman. Student organizations like the Black Student Union and the Black Male Excellence Network will work alongside with departments such as Residence Life, The Career Center, Multicultural Student Services, Student Life, and Community Service and Civic Engagement, to create these Black History Month events.

Quarterman said similar events have happened in past years at RMU: “Some of the events have happened from year to year. Some are similar, but we also have a lot of different events this year in particular.” Other events that celebrate the month include a hip-hop music party in the food court on Feb. 24. Residence Life will be hosting this celebration of hip-hop music and artists will be performing from 9 to 11 p.m. Quarterman added that it is especially important for college students to have an opportunity to celebrate these

events. “Part of the educational experience in college is getting familiar with yourself first, but also learning about other cultures and other people,” he said. He also went on to explain that it is very rare for an individual to enter the world and never have to interact with those from a different race. “Part of what we want to do here is equip our students with the tools to not only have a basic knowledge about basic cultures, but also to be able to explore different cultures of their own.”

HATMA works to boost its number of members this spring semester BY ANDREA ZANAGLIO ASST. NEWS EDITOR Currently, 10 to 15 students attend the Hospitality and Tourism Management Association’s monthly meetings, a statistic that RMU’S HATMA chapter president, senior Pamela Isoldi, hopes to change this semester. Double majoring in business and hospitality, Isoldi and HATMA’s faculty advisor Dr. Ersem Karadag, who is an RMU associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, understand that many factors contribute to the lack of student participation. The time of the meetings, which is 11:45 a.m. is one key reason for poor attendance. “Meetings have always been at odd times of the day; students can’t get to them,” stated Isoldi. “If we do it later at night, it’s very hard to find a place for us to get into because there are so many organizations on this campus.” Another issue Isoldi mentioned is the overwhelming amount of clubs and organizations that students

can join. While she thinks it is a “great thing” to have so many available, she believes it could have a negative impact on the funds those clubs and organizations receive from the SGA in the future. Lastly, Karadag cited the leadership within the organization itself as a reason for the decrease. “Depending on the leadership, sometimes we have more and sometimes we have less members participating in meetings,” he said. “Two years ago we had a very good president. She was active, she had many activities and motivated students to participate in meetings to do something for the organization.” Through Student Life email blasts, flyers and word of mouth, the club has already seen its numbers climb from a mere five members to its current 10 to 15 members. The group has neither a Facebook page nor Twitter account to connect and recruit members. “I really don’t think social media can be very effective. With clubs, it needs to be a little bit more personal than a Facebook page,” explained Isoldi. Karadag agrees that being present at the meetings and communicating in-person is what makes this

organization effective. “. . . [I]n order to participate in this kind of meeting, it will enhance your leadership ability and skills in hospitality and even management positions,” stated Karadag. Since being brought to campus in 1996, HATMA has offered students insight into the business and hospitality fields through its monthly meetings as well as planned trips to national conventions. Just two years ago, Karadag explained that the group attended the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show, held in New York City each November. This convention gave students a first-hand look at some hotels in Manhattan. As for future plans of the group, Isoldi hopes to organize some sort of community service project. She is looking into possibly volunteering at a local nursing home or soup kitchen. HATMA’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 11:45 a.m. in the private area of the Nicholson Center Food Court. Please contact Isoldi at if interested in joining HATMA.


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In response to the recent allegations surrounding Penn State, Robert Morris University has established a Risk, Culture, Policy and Review Taskforce, according to Maureen Keefer, the assistant dean of students. The taskforce was created shortly after news of Penn State had become public; the committee had its first meeting last December. The committee intends to review RMU as a whole as well as individually review all of the different organizations. An evaluation of situations dealing with minors and power relationships will also take place. The committee is concerned with these power relationships because they can lead to inappropriate situations, according to Keefer. The committee will also acknowledge

the question of whether students and staff are aware of RMU’s policies and how to react in a serious, threatening situation. The taskforce is placing an emphasis on every area of the university and any possible risks are being identified. Another concern the taskforce is approaching is RMU’s multiple camps for students involving athletics and students that are also involved with community service work with younger people both on and off campus. This creates a need for review. Administrators, faculty, staff and two students make up this committee. Junior Alan Buehler is a contributor to the committee and is also president of the Student Government Association. Kristine Silaraja, an international graduate student and the women’s basketball director of operations also participates with the taskforce. Keefer stated the goal of the task-


The sisters of Delta Zeta sorority are hosting their second annual Colonial Auction this semester. The event, which allows faculty and students to auction off a service to raise money for charity, will be held in Massey Hall on April 4, 2012 at 9 p.m. During the event, the sisters will auction off a service that has been donated by a student or faculty member. Services from prior Colonial Auctions include three free Sheetz runs, guitar lessons, a coupon to clean a dorm room and even lunch at the Duquesne Club for four with RMU President Gregory Dell’Omo. The 2011 Colonial Auction raised over $1,200 with all of the proceeds benefitting the charity Variety Children’s Charity Pittsburgh. Variety is a non-profit organization that aids children in the Pittsburgh area with physical and mental disabilities. “We’re trying to raise money to provide wheelchairs and learning devices to special needs children in the local Pittsburgh area through Variety Children’s Charity,” said Jessica Gierczynski, a sister of Delta Zeta. All students and faculty are encouraged to contribute to Variety Children’s Charity and the Colonial

Auction by auctioning off their own unique talent or service. If interested in contributing to the Colonial Auction and giving back to the RMU community, contact Jessica Duffy at, Natalie Debarto at or any sister of Delta Zeta. There is no fee to donate a talent or attend the event. “It’s good for students and organizations on campus to help contribute to the Colonial Auction because it’s a local philanthropy, which supports the children of Pittsburgh,” said Duffy. “It’s a good way for organizations to give back to RMU and get their names out to other students on campus.”

force is “to ensure that we have examined and are aware of risk areas and that we are moving forward. We need to be comfortable that we have the appropriate policies, procedures and resources in place, so that if we had to deal with the situation, we would be comfortable in examining the risk areas and look at changes if we wanted to do anything to ensure safety.” Also, there will be upcoming opportunities for students to become involved with this new taskforce. The committee is currently discussing how to receive feedback from students. One idea is to hold focus groups with students and asking questions for discussion. Another approach is to use some form of a survey to receive a response. The opportunity to participate will be available sometime this semester. The committee is still deciding what the best strategy is and what the right

questions to ask are to obtain information. “I hope when the committee has opportunities for students to share their perspectives and feedback they take advantage of that opportunity,” said Keefer. The process of creating this taskforce has also benefitted RMU by allowing them to connect with other colleges and universities. The committee took advantage of a webinar, a web-based seminar, and some other available resources for different professional organizations. It is important to take note that the taskforce does not imply that RMU has done anything wrong. The taskforce is simply an opportunity to look at the university and its programs. Throughout this semester and the summer months, the committee will work to complete the task and obtain results.

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I am from Brazil. Yes, Brazil is a country in South America. No, we do not speak Spanish, we speak Portuguese. No, we are not all extremely beautiful, we do not have monkeys as pets (believe me, I have been asked that question), and it is definitely not a carnival all year long. What most people don’t understand about moving to a different country is that speaking the language is only one of the difficulties to be faced. I cannot speak for all the international students, or for all the foreign people living in America, but what I can say for myself is that adjusting is pretty hard. There are so many differences between cultures that even after five months here, I am still not used to my new life. Food is an interesting topic when it comes to cultural differences. Has anyone ever realized how many different sauces for salads there are

in America? Or, how many types of cheese, soda, or should I say pop, and crepe options we have here? It is a lot to experience and try out, and I have had a really good time doing it. During my first week, I tried a wrap, curly fries, and a smoothie for the first time, and I loved them all. During my second week here, I tried chocolate chip cookies, and that was a big, big mistake because I got addicted to them. I am still trying to understand why we don’t have cookies in Brazil, but the point is that we don’t have them, and they are absolutely delicious. Relationships are a little bit more complicated then food habits. For example, when I met my roommate, I gave her a hug. Her thoughts at that moment were probably something like “Great, I got stuck with the weird girl,� and can anyone blame her for thinking something like that? But, everything worked out. Later on she understood that I did not know that Americans don’t hug when they meet for the first time, and I started learn-


ing to adjust. I cannot speak much about relationships because I am actually still trying to figure them out. Whenever I smile at someone, I am flirting, and if I don’t smile, I am being rude. Who gets it? On top of learning the language, adjusting to the culture, making new friends and trying to keep my grades up, there is the inevitable homesick

feeling. It does not matter how much I love my new life, the feelings of missing my family, my bed, my friends, my culture or my mother’s homemade food will most certainly hit me again, and again. And, remember, I have never been to a nude beach, I have never seen a zombie and I don’t really know anything about voodoo. And, yet, I am Brazilian!

PITTSBURGH History: Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays BY MIKE FUNYAK STAFF WRITER Without a doubt, baseball historians will tell you that the city of Pittsburgh has a rich history with the Pirates. What you might not know is that Pittsburgh had two other baseball teams along with the Pirates at one point in time. Historians will tell you that aside from the Pirates, the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays also have a rich history. The Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays were part of baseball’s Negro League and not Major League Baseball. The teams played at Forbes Field, the same ballpark the Pirates called home. Griffith Stadium in Washington DC was also a ballpark the Grays called home. The Pittsburgh Crawfords played at Gus Greenlee Field in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to. The owner of the Crawfords, Gus Greenlee, generated enough revenue during the teams early years that enabled him to build his own ballpark. These two Negro League teams were two of the most successful teams in

Negro League history. They didn’t just have some of the best players in the league but also in baseball history. Many of the players from the Homestead Grays have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Those players include Cool Papa Bell, Ray Brown, Oscar Charleston, Martin, Dihigo, Bill Foster, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson, Buck Leonard, Cum Posey, Willie Wells, Smokey Joe Williams, and Jud Wilson. Pittsburgh native Josh Gibson is notorious throughout baseball and was one of the greatest baseball players and power hitters of all time. There are many stories of him hitting home runs out of ballparks. During his baseball career, Gibson hit close to 800 home runs, unofficially, more than Babe Ruth. The Homestead Grays had a total of nine consecutive championships and three Negro League World Series titles. The other famous Negro League team in Pittsburgh was the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Some of the finest lineups in baseball history played for the Crawfords. Those players who played for the Crawfords were usu-

ally selected for the league’s annual In 2006, the Pittsburgh Pirates unAll-Star Game. The Crawfords were veiled to the public an area inside known for their All-Star players and their current ballpark, PNC Park, for being one of the best-financed a tribute to Negro League baseball. teams in the Negro Leagues. The exhibit is dedicated to pay honor, Owner Gus Greenlee was a gambler, preserve the history of the league and but a smart businessman. The ball- also pay homage to the Homestead park he built for his team was one of Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords and the only Negro League owned parks their legendary players. in the country. The exhibit also features life size Like the Grays, Josh Gibson, Cool statues of former Negro League Papa Bell, and Judy Johnson also greats. played for the Crawfords. One player The teams and players are part of that played for the Crawfords but not Pittsburgh and American history that for the Grays was legendary pitcher will be talked about for years to come. Satchel Paige. Paige was the greatest For more information, visit negrolepitcher in the Negro Leagues, and lat- and er broke into Major League Baseball in 1948. Satchel Paige, like many others from the Negro League -­â€?  -­â€?      Contact: teams, was induct#'&&&    -­â€?     ed into the National Brady Baseball Hall of -­â€?        Fame. Madden   -­â€?     In 1971, Paige  was the first Ne*'(-­â€?-),-­â€?()+*  

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For some people, being 21-yearsold means carefree celebrations. For Irakli Kakabadze, 21 meant the age of taking action in a country being torn apart by systematic oppression. He joined Georgia’s National Liberation Committee. Through Allegro! Kakabadze was the first author to address an infectious social disease, drug addiction, prevailing for so many living under Soviet rule in the late 1980s. After years of activism and four arrests, Kakabadze was exiled from Georgia and taken in by Cornell University where he has since shared his real-world experience with a new generation of socially conscious students. Robert Morris University welcomes him for the spring as this semester’s Rooney Scholar. “The first time a small scale massacre happened was in Georgia – before Tiananmen Square,” Kakabadze stated. “April 9th, 1989, that’s when the Russian army came in and crushed peaceful demonstrators. 20 people were killed and I myself was battered.” Kakabadze has lived through an extremely turbulent time period in world history, and has been an active participant in shaping how the events unfolded. He is a pacifist, meaning he advocates non-violence above all other forms of protest. It is easy to understand why he takes such a position. It was when violence from the Soviet states became


Every musician has a unique story of how he or she started singing or playing an instrument. For Robert Morris University senior, Frank Vieira, it all started when he took a guitar making class his senior year of high school year. “That was the major factor in me picking up the guitar and being really driven to do it,” recalled Vieira. Shortly after beginning to learn how to play the guitar, he started singing. “I figured there’s no point in just playing the guitar if you can’t sing,” he said. “At first, it sounded awful, but everyone said it sounded great. It just kind of happened.” From then on, he’s been singing country music. “It’s always been country music,” he explained. “I haven’t always liked country music. Since I started playing and singing, that’s all it’s been.” His first show came a few years later when he performed at the Africa House in Endicott, New York. “It was to a grand total of six people,” Vieira recalled. “It was still a great experience and I was grateful for the opportunity to play there.” Since then, Vieira has moved on to much bigger crowds. He has played at Binghamton Senators games in front of 3,000 to 4,000 fans.

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Irakli Kakabadze addresses RMU faculty during his Open House. widespread that the Soviet power began to fall into disarray. “Violence kills all kinds of liberation movements and violence kills empires,” Kakabadze said. Kakabadze’s cultural output is as hard-hitting as it is diverse, with work ranging from poetry and short stories to novels and even spoken word. Presently, he is hard at work on a polyphonic – many voiced -- novel to be released exclusively through the Internet. “Art is for transformation of the life,” Kakabadze explained. “The best way to manifest this is in the polyphonic discourse. Our point is to have all kinds of voices coming together and creating a new reality. We are living in a world of six billion people and the majority of

those people are never heard.” Indeed, flipping through the draft allows one to see multiple languages and contributions from a truly diverse canvas. “It’s not just one narrative that we are pursuing,” explained Kakabadze. Prior to arriving in America, Kakabadze had already experienced a taste of American culture, being raised on jazz music legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. While this image of America still holds very strongly to him, upon arriving he began to realize that the spirit of this music had simply




Tales of an unsung hero from the south BY LEAH MOOSE NEWS EDITOR

Parents from all sections of the world are united over their natural need to document their child’s life. One cannot remember the numbers of forced first day of school photographs. While most parents collect invaluable moments of their children’s lives, one child’s life was documented through memories of fighting for the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Robert Fowler, a professor at Robert Morris University, experienced just that. Fowler’s father lived in Birmingham, AL, a town that was teeming with civil rights sentiments. The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was a place

for concealed meetings during the movement. On September 15, 1963, a bomb was planted under the church’s steps and killed several young girls inside. According to Fowler, his father heard the bomb’s impact and was sent spiraling into the Civil Rights Movement because of that. During this time, Fowler had many leaders to look up to. He remembered seeing Martin Luther King Jr. speak several times in churches or in people’s homes. “He was another leader of the Civil Rights Movement,” Fowler stated. “There were plenty of strong black men at that time…there were so many unsung PLEASE SEE STORIES FROM THE SOUTH, PAGE 11


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heroes.” However, one of Fowler’s biggest role models of the time period was his father. His father was actually a freedom rider who assisted with creating awareness of the voting registration process. Education was also a large ideal of Fowler’s father. “He always thought that education was one of the ways out,” Fowler recalled. “That’s why he sort of pushed me to keep going and that’s why he fought for the integration of schools.” In third grade, Fowler was the first African-American to be integrated into an allwhite school in his small town, outside of Charleston, SC. “I remember getting threats,” Fowler explained. “Of course at that time I didn’t think too much about it.”

Fowler praised his father for that. “My dad was fearless,” he said. “I remember getting a threat, although he didn’t tell me until years later that was telling us ‘Don’t go to that school.’ That just made him more determined to go on with it.” Luckily, the first day he entered the school went smoothly. Fowler remembered cameras, newsmen, and a security guard circling around the event, but he was oblivious to the danger of that moment. His father took on that potential danger and protected him through the process. Despite Fowler’s youthful outlook of the event, he made quite an impact in the steps towards integration in public schools. “The next year, I think, they started filtering people in,” he explained. “It was just one or two students or a time. They were testing the waters. There was a fear. I had my Dad but many people didn’t want to

take the chance of doing it because of being hurt, killed or lynched. So the pattern was when one got through, it was okay, and others started coming.” Nowadays, Fowler sees fighting for equality and integration of schools as a strong impact for his teaching. He stressed the need and importance of education just as his father once did. “That’s why I talk a lot about education in my classes,” he explained. “I know someone died for me to have one.” This value of education is evident in Fowler’s life, classes, experience of working with at-risk kids, and one life-changing memory. “When I graduated, when I walked across that stage, it was like nothing had ever happened,” he said. “It was like nothing [bad] had happened.”

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Correction The “Americanization: Embracing the American character” article that appeared in the Features section of the January issue was incorrectly attributed to Laura Deely instead of Yulia Vasilyeva. RMU Sentry Media apologizes for the mistake.

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Frank Vieria talks success CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 “I play on the main concourse there so that’s definitely been my biggest crowd, and it’s always an exciting time,� he stated. While he has played in front of thousands of people, his favorite performance was when he performed at The Rex Theatre on January 15. “The most fun, attentive crowd was at the Rex Theatre,� said Vieira. “It was for a battle of the bands and that was definitely the best crowd I’ve played in front of.� He also made note of the fact that if it was not for his friends, he would not be where he is now. “Without them, I probably wouldn’t be able to do it because as much as I love music, there’s nothing better than having everybody there and being supportive and truly feeling like everyone is there and having a good time is probably the best thing about playing live,� he said. “It’s just a really gratifying feeling to know that people are supporting what you are doing.� Vieira has also been successful here at RMU, where he started Open Mic Nights. “It took a few months to really get anything together, he ended up stopping me in the hallway and we finally decided to put an Open Mic Night on together,� said Locke. “We just did one small advertisement for it and held it in the food court. We got maybe thirty people to

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 continued into a new time period. “It was an incredible sense of solidarity and camaraderie,� he spoke on his experience of seeing Bob Dylan and Jerry Garcia in concert. “That’s when I understood America is home to another culture, a counterculture.� Kakabadze’s influence on Georgian culture is very significant, as Allegro! opened doors for both writers and filmmakers alike to speak on a once taboo subject in Georgia, narcotic drug abuse amongst the populous. “Lots of my friends and relatives were taking drugs and some of them were taking hard drugs,� he said. “This was a horrible tragedy.� However, Kakabadze believes that


art is a transformative experience that can lead to liberation. Indeed, Allegro! jolted Georgian society to at last confront the evils that had ultimately resulted from Soviet oppression. Since then, his poetic and narrative works have continued to evoke alternative nodes of thought. One glance at a YouTube comments page for any of his spoken word performances can attest to this inspiration. “Do not limit yourself. Do not impose. Do not repress yourself. We cannot repress ourselves,� Kakabadze said. “In some ways, good writing is getting freedom from the established patterns. I think every human being is capable of overcoming these limitations.�

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show up and at the next one we did more advertisements and like sixty people show up.� Through Open Mic Night, many people at RMU have been able to see what Locke has known about Vieira all along. “He’s just a good person. He genuinely cares about people,� said Locke. “He’s also really humble about his gift and how talented he is.� Junior Jasmine Tate also agrees with Locke. “Frank was really supportive of my music and very encouraging,� she said. “He’s really humble with his gifts [playing the guitar and singing.]� She added that he makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome at Open Mic Nights. “He makes Open Mic Night feel like a safe place to come and share the songs that I was working on,� Tate said. With his college career coming to an end, Vieira is now looking forward to his plans once he graduates. “My musical plans are to, keep recording, keep booking shows, keep having fun, because as long as I’m having fun playing music it’s something that I can do for the rest of my life,� he said. “I’d love to have the opportunity to play music more often as a job, but I’m just having fun with it and seeing where it takes me, because there’s no better therapy than music and that’s just something that I don’t think I’m ever going to get rid of and it’s just a good feeling.�

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Thursday, February 16 7:00: men’s basketball Saturday, February 18 4:00: women’s basketball 7:00: men’s basketball 7:05: women’s hockey Monday, February 20 7:00: women’s basketball Friday February 24 7:05: men’s hockey Saturday, February 25 7:05: men’s hockey Friday, March 2 TBA: women’s hockey CHA Tournament Saturday, March 3 noon: men’s lacrosse TBA: women’s hockey CHA Tournament Saturday, March 10 1:00: women’s lacrosse

When you look at rosters of different teams in various sports you are sure to come across two people with the same last name on occasion. Sometimes, it happens to be coincidental that the two players have the same last name, and sometimes it is because they are siblings. In college athletics it is not rare to find sets of siblings on the same teams. Growing up playing with a brother or sister naturally makes them want to continue that for as long as they can. This is what happened with Brianna and Cobina Delaney of the Robert Morris University women’s ice hockey team. “We’ve been playing together on and off since we started hockey probably around age five,� said Cobina. “But our more recent years, in juniors, for three of the four years before college we were playing together.� Brianna, a senior, is a year older than Cobina, which means she made the choice to come to RMU first. Cobina, a junior, decided photo by Alissa dorman to follow in her sister’s footsteps and come to RMU after ruling out other schools that she Cobina and Brianna Delaney have found successs at RMU playing on the same line. had previously visited. “I wasn’t even looking at Robert Morris, The two sisters have played on the same line for a majority of and I had never even heard of it until she came here,� Cobina their collegiate careers together, and while they play different recalled. “I had my schools narrowed down to a few, but one of roles their chemistry is noticeable. the big reasons I came here was to join Brie. I love the school, “They both have strong personalities, and I think they both but being able to play with Brie was a big thing for me.� work well with each other. They’ve obviously played together Brianna was ultimately happy with Cobina’s decision, al- in the past and just being able to read each other and work though she admits to being a bit nervous initially. off of each other helps keep them successful,� said head coach “At first I was iffy on it because I wasn’t sure if we would get Paul Colontino. “I mean they’ve got good opportunity. along at school, even though we had lived at home together for PLEASE SEE DELANEY years,� recalled Brianna. “I was happy when she came in and PAGE 14 I’m still happy that she came.�

Student athletes of the month By Cassie Stein STAFF WRITER

Women’s Athlete of the Month Freshman hockey player, Rebecca Vint of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, is the women’s Athlete of the Month. Over the last ten games, the Colonials have gone 6-4 and have clinched one of the top two seeds for the College Hockey America (CHA) playoffs come March. As for Vint, she has complied a long list of escalades for the Colonials. She has had five goals and six assists with a +2 rating. On Friday night in a 6-1 victory over Niagara University, Vint notched

her fifth career game-winning goal and broke the school record for overall goals in a season. With this three-point night, it was her sixth multi game of the season. And with those two-goals, she became the first Colonial to post a 20-goal season. Vint has also won two straight CHA Rookie of the Week awards.

Men’s Player of the Month Redshirted junior basketball player, Velton Jones of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who is averaging 18.1 points and 4.8 assists over the last ten games, is the men’s

Athlete of the Month. The Colonials have gone 7-3, their last ten games, had a decisive victory over the NEC reigning champs, Long Island University, where Jones had 23-points, seven assists, and six rebounds. He hit the 20-point plateau for the third straight game and the fourth time in his last five games. The team swept ‘Rivalry Week’ for the third straight series against St. Francis (Pa.). The 6’0� guard finished the Saturday night game 9-12 from the foul line tying him for the RMU single-season record for free throws with 151.


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2012 men’s lacrosse season preview By JUSTIN CRIADO ASST. COPY EDITOR The Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse team will enter the 2012 season with a new head coach for the first time in program history. Former associate head coach, Andrew McCinn, was tabbed the new leading man by Director of Athletics, Craig Coleman, M.D., last September. McCinn is no stranger to the Colonials as he spent the last six seasons serving as an offensive assistant under former coach Bear Davis, and was the man behind a Colonial offense that led the nation in scoring in 2010 and 2011. Last year with senior Trevor Moore anchoring the offense, RMU averaged 13.8 goals per game. Much like Davis, McCinn has a very team-oriented, effort-based philosophy. “Rather than having results-based rules or having our record get better. We’re more so emphasizing every single day to find ways to push above and beyond what we’ve done previously to improve the program on a day-to-day basis,” McCinn stated in a preseason interview. The Colonials 2012 schedule features three ranked teams in No.5

Denver (Feb. 26), No. 19 Colgate (Mar. 3) and No. 12/14 Bucknell (Mar. 20). Last season, the Colonials upset then No. 17/18 Bucknell, 7-5, in a thrilling night game at Mt. Lebanon High School, which is McCinn’s alma mater. McCinn expressed in his preseason interview that non-conference scheduling is one way for the Colonials to gain national recognition by scheduling prominent nonconference opponents. RMU lost top-scorers Moore, Corbyn Tao-Brambleby and Dane Smith to graduation last year, but bring back two top midfielders in All-American Kiel Matisz and AllNEC Kyle Buchanan. “We run a democratic system with the way that we approach things offensively,” McCinn explained. “We really have a system based upon equality where everyone gets touches and everyone gets opportunities.” The Colonials will rely on returners such as red-shirt sophomore Taylor Graves and junior Tyler Digby to contribute. Manning the pipes will be redshirt junior Charles Ruppert, who earned a 9-6 record in his first full year of starting.

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“I think he’s done a good job making it an easy transition because he knows the team so well and has been a part of the program for so long,” said Digby. RMU was picked to finish third in the most recent NEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll behind defending champion Mt. St. Mary’s and perennial contender Bryant. The Colonials dropped a close one in Emmitsburg, MD last year, 1211, while taking care of Bryant, 1615, in Rhode Island. In an epic double-overtime game, the Colonials’ season ended with a 12-11 loss in the semifinal of the NEC Tournament to Quinnipiac. “Expectations as a team are to treat every day the same and let all the hard work of practice be the determinant of how well we do,” Digby expressed. “But we feel we can play with any team in the nation.” The 2012 NEC slate starts Mar. 31 at Wagner, the first of five straight conference games to end the season. Before then, RMU opens the year at Bellarmine Saturday Feb. 11 before returning home Mar. 3 to take on No. 19 Colgate. photo by Bill paterson “We’re just trying to make sure we bring everything we possibly can to The men’s lacrosse team is ready for the 2012 the table,” McCinn concludes. season to start under new head coach, Andrew McCinn.

BY NICK BUZZELLI ASST. SPORTS EDITOR The roster of the Robert Morris men’s basketball team consists of only five players who were on the 2009 NCAA tournament team that lost to Villanova, but because of sensational play from the team’s three sophomores, Coron Williams, Mike McFadden, and Anthony Myers, the Colonials are vying once again for a spot in the Northeast Conference title contest. Williams, a redshirt sophomore, played in three games during the 2009-2010 campaign, but because of a season-ending injury early in the year, received an extra season of eligibility. Andy Toole, RMU’s head coach, believes Williams is one of the most diligent and dynamic players on the roster. “One thing about Coron is that he’s one of the hardest working guys we have. He’s improved so much over the course of his three years here that it’s incredible,” Toole said about the 6 foot 2 guard. “A lot of his success and a lot of the confidence that he shows is a product of the hard work that he puts in. He’s consistent in his effort every day in practice and he’s great to have as part of the team.” Mike McFadden, a transfer from Iona who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the first semester of the 2011-2012 campaign, has added much needed size at the center position for RMU since his first game on December 17. “He [McFadden] is physical, aggressive and big. Anytime that you have those, it’s going to help your team,” declared the second year skip-

per. “He’s helped us even in the thirteen games that he’s played in just because we’ve been able to have more options down there.” Anthony Myers is averaging over eight points per game coming off the bench this season, and coach Toole considers the Colonials a better team with him in the lineup. “Ant [Myers] is a guy who is really vital to our team’s success. We look at him as really a sixth starter, we don’t look at him as a bench guy,” Toole said. “We are a better team when he’s aggressive offensively, either making a shot or making a play.” In order to take the next step and lead the RMU offensive in the future, Myers believes that there are still aspects of his game that need to be improved. “I just feel like I have to have better decision making, I think sometimes I make bad decisions so I’ll have to try to work on that.” Williams, McFadden, and Myers have all helped Robert Morris to victories this season in various ways. McFadden pulled down six rebounds and netted 13 tallies in his season-debut against Louisiana-Lafayette, while Williams knocked down a fade away trey as time expired to seal a 59-56 win at Youngstown State on December 22. One month later, Myers scored a career high 16 points en route to Robert Morris’s 15 point come-from-behind win at Monmouth. According to coach Toole, the entire team, not just the sophomores, will have to continue to give constant effort if the Colonials hope to claim its eighth NEC championship.

Women’s lacrosse looking to build off of previous success By BROOKS BRATTEN STAFF WRITER Coming off of the most successful season in program history, the women’s lacrosse team is excited to get going once again. Their number two ranking in the NEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll is the highest ever here at RMU, and the goals abound with a fresh campaign on the horizon. “Going into this year we have even higher expectations for our girls,” said assistant coach Kari Morrison. “We had a great 7-2 record going into the postseason last year, but we want to actually get to the championship game this year and make a run.” The squad got things started with a bang two weeks ago, as they hosted the season opener against Howard that saw RMU double up on the Bison by an 18-9 final. Leading the way in that contest was sophomore

Talia Waskowicz with six goals, and freshman Emma Baukhages with five scores. “Emma and Talia did a great job,” said Morrison. “They definitely found the back of the net and they started to really execute what we’ve been working on in our attacking end. Our transitions looked good and that’s where a lot of their opportunities came from.” It’s just one game, but with the top two scorers being underclassmen, Morrison acknowledged that this is a young team, and the team is excited to see what commences on the field. “What’s great about a young team is on any given day, someone new can step up,” said Morrison. “Every day they have an opportunity to do something great and we’re looking forward to seeing how that plays out.” There are some familiar names on the roster as well, including senior

midfielder Colleen O’Donnell, who led the nation last season in caused turnovers. “We’re going to expect her to still continue that path throughout this year,” said Morrison of the Oregon native O’Donnell. “She’s a heck of an athlete, and we really rely on her to make changes during the game.” Including the match against Howard, the Colonials will face eight nonconference opponents before getting into NEC play once late March rolls around. RMU feels that the added games outside of the conference will give them that competitive advantage when taking on familiar foes mid-season. Looking to build upon last season’s successes, the coaching staff has seen a change in the atmosphere around the locker room, and on the field. Morrison believes that the new attitude

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will be crucial throughout season. “It’s the change in culture that we experienced last year,” said Morrison. “It’s the refuse to lose mentality that they bring everyday to practice. Every day that we’re working on something, they know that they’re working towards something greater and I think that’s been really exciting this year.” Of course there is still plenty to work on, as there is with every squad in the middle of February, but the future looks bright for RMU women’s lacrosse. “There’s a different energy with our team this year,” said Morrison. “We’re just looking to keep moving forward, continue learning from mistakes and coming out even harder the next day.” If the early indications mean anything, there’s a good chance that the rest of the NEC will be taking notice come springtime.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 I don’t know if there’s more to it to than that. They are slightly different players so the combination of having two different types of players makes it so they compliment each other.” In the three years they have played together, the two have each contributed, despite their different roles. Brianna has tallied 33 goals and 53 assists while Cobina has had 16 goals and 31 assists. “Cobi is more of a grinder, and I tend to make more plays,” described Brianna. Although the two have chemistry together, there is always a third person to every line. Insert junior Kelsey Thomas and you have a dominant line that combines three different styles of play. “I know Kels has worked very well on that line, and they’ve played together throughout the year,” said Colontino. “She’s got some great finish, and sees the ice well. Cobi works real hard to get pucks and does a lot of the fore-checking, and Brie reads extremely well, and has a great vision for the ice. Between the three of them they’ve got all the basics covered.” With Brianna being set to finish up her collegiate career this year, the two sisters will no longer be playing together, which will be different for Cobina. “It’s going to be different because I’ve been so accustomed to playing with her,” said Cobina. “I think she’s a different player and it’s going to be weird playing with someone different. Every player has their own style so it’s going to be different playing with someone who doesn’t have the same style as Brie.”


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Coron Williams is one of three men’s basketball sophomores to make an impact on this years team.

Every year a pre-determined host holds the College Hockey America (CHA) post-season tournament at their rink. This year, the Robert Morris women’s hockey team will be hosting the tournament down at the RMU Island Sports Center. This years CHA tournament will take place on March 2 and 3, with the times to be announced. The Colonials are guaranteed one game on Friday, and if they win, they will play in the championship on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased through the RMU athletics website at or by phone at 412-397-4949. Students and seniors will be able to get in for $4 while general admission will be $7. Head coach Paul Colontino hopes that the home ice advantage will be beneficial to the team, and give them an edge over their competition. The team would appreciate anyone who is free that weekend to come down to the Island as they attempt to capture their first CHA title. “I know that the teams been working hard and they’re extremely appreciative of the fans that do come down,” said Colontino. “We would love to have anyone come down here and we welcome their support. So if you do get a break in your day we’d love to see you down here.”


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“We have a great group of forwards and defensemen that help out, and our goalies have really picked it up and played awesome when we’re short -handed. We know what we’re trying to do and how to get it done.” -Senior Captain Trevor Lewis on the success of the penalty kill.

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Penalty kill shines while power play struggles By BROOKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR No team will ever be perfect. They will all have their ups and downs and that is especially true for the Robert Morris University NCAA men’s hockey team. While their power play has had their fair share of struggles, the penalty kill has been consistent for them all season. The Colonials currently have the top ranked penalty kill in the nation, going 120-129 on the penalty kill with a 93% success rate. They attribute their success to multiple things. “There’s not one person trying to get rid of the puck on their own, we use each other to get the puck out,” said senior defenseman, Josh Jones. “Plus I think everyone that’s on the PK has been on it three and four years so we have the system down and we know what it takes.” Senior captain, Trevor Lewis added,

“I think we don’t really think about it too much. We get a penalty and everybody is ready to go and we have the have the mentality that we will kill it with no problems.” With a top ranked penalty kill and a power play that has only converted on 15 of 137 opportunities, the Colonials are searching for answers. “We couldn’t really tell you right now, we’ve been trying to figure that out all year. One thing that we know is that from being on the power play, we know we need to move the puck as quick as we can, we have the skill to produce on the power play,” said junior forward, Zach Hervato. “It’s just when we try to do too many things or hold the puck too long we just have to stick with the plan, so it’s more or less just getting it in our minds that once we move the puck quick and get teams running our power play will come through.” With the power play struggling, the

Colonials are fortunate that they have a very successful penalty kill. “It’s nice to have the PK going we’re both not struggling there,” said Jones. “The power play is coming around, but it’s nice to have the PK going.” “That helps. It’s good for us because it kind of gets evened out since our power play has been so poor this year,” said Lewis. “It’s something we’ve been working on a lot and hopefully we can get it going before and during playoffs and it’s something we can capitalize on when we get the chance.” Fortunately the Colonials have at least two more weeks until their first playoff game to get things turning in the right direction for the power play. “Special teams are going to be huge come playoff time, the games are going to be tight 2-1, 1-0 games,” said Jones. “There aren’t going to be big 6-4, 7-5 games so it’s going to be huge.” “You want to carry a lot of momentum into the playoffs, you don’t want

to go in there cold, but at the same time you cant let stuff like that get in our heads because if we do have struggles with either of our special teams we cant let that effect the way we play in the playoffs,” added Hervato. “Obviously we want to go into the playoffs with everything clicking as opposed to last year where we teaterd downwards towards the end of the year and this year we want to move forward and have everyone clicking going into the playoffs instead of what we did last year.” Hervato also noted that the team does not want a repeat of last season’s first round playoff loss to Mercyhurst. “After losing in the first round and spiraling downwards at the wrong time I think it’s important to get our special teams going,” said Hervato. “At the same time, I think we think about it too much we just get too rattled, and we can’t be doing that.”

“We just have to stick with the plan and we know our coaches have constantly told us to move the puck quick and once we do that, we’re successful. ” -Junior forward, Zach Hervato on the power play PHOTO by Matt Polaski

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