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Slow wireless speed on campus BY RYAN PAINTER CONTRIBUTOR

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Increased frustration with the speed of wireless Internet access across campus has students and staff alike questioning why the slowdown is occurring. For approximately two months, many resident students have been experiencing a slowdown in wireless speeds and general network congestion. With increasing enrollment and resident students at RMU, the wireless network is now being utilized more than ever before. New wireless technology, such as iPads, netbooks, e-readers, etc., is also becoming explosively popular among students. Randy Johnson, senior director of technical services at RMU, attributed the network issues to the quality of the hardware in many students’

purchased computers as well as an increased number of individuals who are now using the wireless network. “Sometimes students find themselves a great buy on a laptop which may not have the highest quality wireless card,” Johnson said. ResNet implements a number of access points in the residence halls, but if a student possess hardware with a lowquality wireless card, it can reduce the signal strength that they can utilize. Since wireless Internet was not implemented when the residence halls were built, their design is also a factor in some of the signal issues that may occur. The only residence hall that was designed and built with wireless Internet was Peter Salem Hall.

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Currently, 144 RMU students reside at the Holiday Inn. wants. I anticipate keeping the majority of [employees],” stated Dell’Omo. The president also assured that this purchase would not interrupt any current building projects that are planned for this year and the next. Concerns about transportation to and from the hotel were taken into consideration prior to the purchase. RMU’s board members and staff plan to purchase more shuttles and create a rolling shuttle route and have also been working with Moon Township to create more sidewalk space on University Boulevard. “Particularly with Walmart coming


in, more and more people will begin walking. So, I don’t want people walking on the street,” said Dell’Omo. As far as parking goes, a definitive decision has yet to be made, but students will most likely be required to purchase a parking pass in order to park at the former Holiday Inn. So what does this housing expansion mean for current resident students on campus? “Next year, . . . our regular housing is able to go back to its regular status as opposed to what is called enhanced housing, which is a nice way of saying packing ‘em in,” said Dell’Omo.

SET office begins outreach efforts BY ANDREA ZANAGLIO NEWS EDITOR

In May 2013, the class of 2013 will be the first RMU students to graduate with the Student Engagement Transcript (SET) as a requirement, prompting efforts to make students more aware of these requirements. Starting with the freshmen class of 2009, including online PHOTO BY KELLY JOY only students, RMU students RMU’s new Engaged Learning Advisor, Terri Byrnes, welcomes are required to fulfill two of questions from students about the SET graduation requirements. the first seven categories listed on their SET. Those cat- ment to the first six. after signing in through the egories include arts, culture This past fall semester, ac- Sentry Secured Services. Inand creativity, transcultural/ cording to Dean of Engaged formation is also regularly global experiences, under- Learning, Shari Payne, the posted on the office’s Facegraduate research, service, minimum SET requirements book page, Rmu Set. leadership and professional were also expanded to underFor now, students must subexperience. graduate transfer students. mit a SET Activity Approval The seventh category is dedStudents can find detailed form, which can be printed icated to special recognition, information and even view special projects and partici- their current SET online at PLEASE SEE SET, pation, serving as a supple- PAGE 4


In an email to students, faculty and staff, Robert Morris University President Gregory Dell’Omo announced on Monday that the university had purchased the Holiday Inn, which sits on 17 acres and will provide rooms for 500 students. Purchased for $10.15 million at a sheriff’s sale, the Moon Township Holiday Inn has served as housing for RMU students for the past two years. Although originally against the idea of purchasing the hotel to solve the housing crisis, Dell’Omo told his staff a few months ago to start looking into it. “We began to look at the economics of it; what it will be like from a residence life stand point,” he said. With the average bed on campus costing about $70,000, the university board jumped at this opportunity rather than building a whole new residence hall, which would cost an estimated $35 million. “It was a no brainer from the cost side,” stated Dell’Omo. However, Dell’Omo explained the conversion from a hotel to a fully functioning university building “will take some time” with the help of a management company that the university has hired to help with the transition.

Dell’Omo plans to run the establishment as a hotel and slowly diminish the amount of rooms they reserve for the general public over the next five years. “Once we have this facility filled with students we are going to convert their public restaurant into a university food operation,” he added. RMU plans to keep the bar functioning for staff, students and public events. Other gains from this purchase include a pool, which is too small for competitions and will eventually be eliminated, 12,000 square feet of conference space and a fitness center, which will be expanded. With the new 17 acres of mostly flat land, the president sees great potential. “We could actually begin to add more recreational areas for students . . . the more green space you have the better it is,” he said. This purchase not only affects RMU, but also the Moon Township community. For instance, how will this impact the unemployment rate? What will happen to the current hotel staff? “Our purpose is to maintain as much staff as possible. We’ll put people through an interview process and make sure they meet the standards of what our management company

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Romo’s Roundup Compiled by Jeff Crooks

Thurs, Nov. 10 “Servent of Two Masters” - 8 p.m. - Massey Hall Fri, Nov. 11 Zapped Laser Tag - 5 to 11 p.m - John Jay Gym “Servent of Two Masters” - 8 p.m. - Massey Hall Sat, Nov. 12 “Servent of Two Masters” - 8 p.m. - Massey Hall Sun. Nov. 13 “Servent of Two Masters” - 2 p.m. - Massey Hall Tues, Nov. 15 10 Steps to a Federal Job - 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Sewall 3rd Floor, International Suite Open Mic Night - 9 to 11 p.m. - Nicholson Center Food Court Wed, Nov. 16 Etiquette Dinner - 4:30 to 6 p.m. - Sewall Center

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Police Blotter: October 30 through November 7 10/30 - Property Damage The university locksmith reported damage to a door in Concord Hall. The residents of the room were questioned and advised that one of them ran into it causing the damage. 11/01 - Accident - This department was advised of a motor vehicle accident in the Upper Massey parking lot. Minor damage was done to both vehicles, and both parties exchanged their information. A report was written for insurance purposes. 11/01 - Suspicious Incident This department received a call about someone being on the roof of the Jefferson Center. Officers responded and no one was on the roof upon their arrival. 11/02 - Department Information - A professor called and requested an officer stand by their class for a possible un-

ruly student. Officers stood by and assisted without incident. 11/04 - Maintenance Requested - Parkhurst called and advised that one of the lights in Romo’s Café sparked. Officers responded with maintenance and it was determined that a valance burned out and needed to be replaced. The power was turned off to the lights until they are repaired. 11/04 - Medical Emergency - Valley Ambulance notified this department that they were sending an ambulance for a female who fell and possibly broke her ankle outside of the Student Center. The student was transported to North Hills Passavant Hospital for further treatment. 11/05 - Smell of MarijuanaThis department was advised of a smell of marijuana coming from behind Monroe Hall. Officers checked the building inside and out with negative results.

11/05 - Assist Another Agency - North Fayette PD called requesting information on a student’s vehicle that was hit in the parking lot for Wal-Mart. The student’s information was given to the requesting officer. 11/06 - Welfare Check - A concerned mother called and requested we check on her son who she has not heard from in a couple of days. The son was located and advised to contact his mother. 11/07 - Underage Drinking This department was advised of a possible intoxicated male in Gallatin Hall. Officers made contact with the male who was issued a citation for underage drinking and taken to Coraopolis PD for lodging. Read the full police blotter online at

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Sat, Nov. 12 Handmade Arcade for the Holidays Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: FREE

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Obama reaches out to young voters New student loan policy BY JEFF CROOKS ASST. NEWS EDITOR


The reelection campaign of President Barack Obama has launched Greater Together, a new initiative geared at energizing young voters the same way his campaign did in 2008. Obama’s National Campaign Manager, Jim Messina, and Youth Vote Director, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, announced the initiative on Oct. 31 during a conference call with student reporters. “Young people were key to our victory in 2008 and crushed the idea that young voters are apathetic,” Messina said during the call. Messina also pointed out that there are 8 million voters, ages 18 to 21, who will be able to vote in a presidential election for the first time next year. The campaign hopes to reach out to these new voters through student led events on campuses. With these events starting now, Messina said he’s seeing earlier involvement from students this year than he did in 2008. One of the biggest parts of Greater Together is a new website geared at young voters, young-americans. On the website, young voters can contact the campaign with questions, read blog

In a packed gymnasium on Wednesday, Oct. 25, President Barack Obama broadcast to the nation his executive order that fundamentally changed the student loan repayment process for struggling students and future generations. In front of 4,000 students, staff, faculty and community members at the Auraria Campus near downtown Colorado, President Obama announced, “Pay as You Earn.” “Because of this change, about 1.6 million Americans can see their monthly payments go down by hundreds of dollars a month,” the president stated. He also unveiled “Know Before You Owe," which is a fact sheet that will simplify what the student owes and when. “So you have all the information you need to make your own decisions on how to pay for college,” said Obama. The order expedited the 2014 effective date established when the bill passed to Jan. 2012, an action the current administration took because of the current state of the economy. “Our economy could use it right now and you could use it right now,” stated Obama. So what has changed?

Young people are key for President Barack Obama’s reelection in 2012. postings, sign up to volunteer, gether will include the presiand learn how to organize an dent going out and speaking on college campuses, which event at their university. There is also a video of the are said to be some of Obama’s president speaking directly to favorite events. “You will see the president young people, explaining why it’s important to get involved. across the country campaign“Our new website is designed ing on campuses,” Messina to talk with and not to young said. “Greater Together recogpeople,” said Butterfield- nizes the control of your genJones. “Our goal is to reach eration and the influence they young voters where they are: will have on Nov. 6, 2012.” Overall, Butterfield-Jones online.” The campaign also plans said those working with to reach out to young voters Greater Together have one online through sites they fre- common goal: “We’re workquently use, including Face- ing to keep President Obama book and Twitter. Various on- in office, protect the progress line student summits, where we’ve made so far, and keep students can ask questions to pushing forward.” With the election just unofficials within the campaign, will also be held. The first of der a year away, the Obama these summits was held on campaign clearly recognizes the need for youth support in Nov. 2. Another part of Greater To- 2012.

The first thing that has changed is the percentage of income a student is required to pay, or IBR (Income Based Rate). What was once 15 percent of a student’s income is now 10 percent. The second thing that has changed is when a loan is forgiven. A student before this new policy had to wait 25 years for loan forgiveness. Now, loan forgiveness begins after 20 years, but before every student jumps for joy, there are only a limited number of students who are eligible for the program. The program is only applicable to Federal Student loans. Parent or private loans are excluded. The other requirement is the student has to have taken out that federal loan after 2008 and originating a new loan in 2012 or later. For the students who are fortunate enough to fit this strict criterion, they will enjoy more manageable monthly payments between jobs or during unemployment. Publisher of and, Mark Kantrowitz, offers alternative repayment strategies even if you don’t qualify for the new program. PLEASE SEE HELPFUL, PAGE 4

Media management hosts Executive Decision: 2011 BY ELLEN LICHIUS ASST. OPINION EDITOR On Thursday, Oct. 27, Robert Morris University’s Media Management class hosted “Executive Decision: 2011.” This debate, which was held in the Academic Media Center, gave RMU students a first-hand look at Allegheny County Executive candidates D. Raja (Republican) and Rich Fitzgerald (Democrat). The Media Management class chose to organize, produce and broadcast this event from start to finish and was graded on its production for their midterm project. D. Raja (R), who originally came to Pittsburgh over 20 years ago to attend college, founded a technology company that employs hundreds of people in Allegheny County and surrounding areas. Currently a commissioner in Mount Lebanon, he also served as the President of Commission in 2010. Raja believes his role as a CEO in his company will help him lead Allegheny County as Chief Executive, as the attributes

needed for each possession are very similar. In his opening statement, he stressed the importance of the Chief Executive understanding business, being able to effectively manage the operations of the county, and how his prior experiences will assist him in the administration of Allegheny County. Rich Fitzgerald (D), a lifelong Pittsburgher, is currently serving his fourth term as the Allegheny County Council’s president. Founder of Aquenef, a local company devoted to promoting water and energy efficiency, he has also been a member of the Allegheny Democratic Committee and the PA State Democratic Committee. Fitzgerald also played a key role in the reform of Allegheny County’s local government by abolishing the three-commissioner system and replacing it with a County Council and Chief Executive. In his opening statement, he stressed the importance of job creation, maintaining taxes, and creating a working environment conducive to those

entering the workforce for the first time. Justin Downs served as host and moderator for the night, adeptly asking the candidates questions on topics that have been hotly debated among Allegheny County citizens. These key issues included the Port Authority, Marcellus Shale, budget reform and job creation. For the first portion of the program, audience members heard taped opening statements from both candidates and got a chance to hear Raja’s responses to questions dealing with transportation, job creation and tax reform. After attending a political dinner earlier in the evening, Fitzgerald joined the debate halfway through, and the debate heated up. Debating Marcellus Shale, public transit, the drink tax and the property tax, the candidates found little ground on which to agree. However, each agreed that the other has taken negative stances in regards to the other’s personal lives and that Allegheny County must be-


RMU student Justin Downs (right) moderated the debate between Rich Fitzgerald (left) and D. Raja (middle). come a place that can foster the growth of families and create jobs for young people. Set up as a debate that provided each candidate with one minute and thirty seconds per issue and allowed thirty seconds for rebuttal when necessary, the debate served as a forum to create both interest and awareness in issues sur-

rounding Allegheny County and the current election. Students were also given the opportunity to meet and interact with both candidates after the debate had concluded. If you missed the opportunity to witness this dynamic debate, you can watch the recorded broadcast at www.

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Getting SET for graduation CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 out from their website, to Engaged Learning Advisor, Terri Byrnes, at to have activities included on their SET. Payne said the IT department is currently working on an electronic process for the approval forms to be submitted in order to speed up the process. In the past, SETs have been updated yearly, but Brynes said she hopes to be able to update them at the end of each semester when the new electronic submission is implemented sometime next spring. Despite all of this information online, Class of 2014 Vice President, Jeff Siwik, finds many students, including himself, unaware of what exactly is involved with the SET requirements. “From my perspective, a lot of sophomores aren’t really fully aware of how the SET works and what the SET can do for them,” he said. In an effort to make students more aware, Siwik, with the help of the Student Life Office, is in the process of organizing an information session on the SET that will include speakers from each required category to speak about opportunities available to complete the requirements. Siwik plans to have the session take place sometime before the end of this semester, so students can start getting involved and work on their SET in the spring. “I think [students are unaware of the SET requirements] because it’s really only described in the first week, and in the first week, there’s so much else going on . . . that the SET is really just another thing to learn,” explained Siwik. Byrnes, who began working as the engaged learning advisor in June 2011, agrees that more needs to be done to make students aware throughout their time at RMU. She recently sent out letters to students of the 2013 class about the requirements they are currently missing on their SETs, and she is planning several information sessions that

include a step-by-step process for completing the SET and a question and answer section. “We’re doing the outreach a full two years ahead so that we know that students are going to have enough time to complete these requirements by the time they graduate,” explained Payne. “We’re confident with our outreach efforts.” While having a second transcript may seem redundant to some students, both Payne and Brynes believe it gives students an edge over others because it shows more than what one can fit on a resume. Brynes also feels that the SET encourages students to try new activities that they wouldn’t consider otherwise. “Besides having the actual Student Engagement Transcript that documents these extracurricular experiences, the student benefits from the experiences themselves. It might push the student out of his/her comfort zone to participate in some activity that he/she would not normally do,” added Byrnes. In 2007, the SET Advisory Board, which includes 20 people from each student service office and each school on campus, was formed to create a co-curricular transcript that President Gregory Dell’Omo wanted RMU students to have to supplement their academic transcript, explained Payne. After the pilot program in 2008, it was made mandatory of all students. Being one of very few schools with a SET, RMU has garnered national attention. Payne stated that after doing an interview with Inside Higher Ed and the Recruitment and Retention newsletter in 2009, she was contacted by universities and colleges across the country. While Payne offers her advice to other universities and colleges that contact her about the SET, she hopes to eventually expand the interest with a webinar or on campus conference. “We have some plans going forward to really put our stamp on it,” she stated.

ResNet working to solve issues CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Unfortunately for Lexington and Concord, some locations in those buildings have low wireless signals, but ResNet is working to solve these issues. Nevertheless, ResNet has implemented a number of wireless access points in the halls to minimize any problems like these. Additionally, wired connections always provide a more reliable speed than wireless connections. “We do not have any specific out of control residence hall areas where network use is extremely high. Washington Hall does have a very high occupancy of students, but the amount of data used fluctuates everywhere,” said Brandon Hamilton, network administrator. The Holiday Inn, where 144 RMU resident students reside, features a different net-

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work system that is not maintained by ResNet. ResNet does, however, try to assist with some of the network issues that some students face there. “The Internet at the Holiday Inn is slow quite often,” said Stephanie Sims, who resides there. According to the Robert Morris University Information Technology Facebook page, ResNet is currently seeking student input on their Internet access speed results. RMU Network Engineer Dennis Jochmann said that the main issue is that not enough students are reporting their network issues to the right department. “Students haven’t been reporting problems to ResNet. We’ve heard of many issues from the dean’s forum and the president’s house, but not enough people have come to the IT Department,” Joch-

mann said. Students are strongly advised to contact ResNet if they experience any network issues that are not immediately resolved. Any phone call made to the ResNet office automatically creates a problem ticket with the student’s phone number, assuring students that their problem will be dealt with. “Tickets are reviewed by nearly everyone in the department. The Information Technology Vice President actually looks at all of them as well,” said Johnson. ResNet hours are Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Walk-in appointments are always welcome at their office on the first floor of Lexington Hall. Students can also reach the office at 412-397-2299.

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Is the Holiday Inn really that bad? BY KEVIN ZAVITZ STAFF WRITER

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 “Graduates who are looking to get into the public service industry will reap some advantages when it comes to paying off their loans. Public service loan forgiveness applies to jobs such as public school teachers, police, fire, EMT, public defenders, prosecutors, government workers, members of the military and anybody who works for a 501(c)(3) organization,” Kantrowitz told NPR. As helpful as this all is for some people, reports it’s just not enough, claiming that the root of the problem is the rising cost of college tuition.

RMU senior John Emrick does not believe the move was about students at all. “I think Obama’s new student loan plan is a political charade in hopes to garnish support from young people with student debt,” he said. RMU communication student Logan Williams also reacted with hesitation. “When I heard that he expedited the process, I instantly thought he was using it as a political move,” stated Williams. “I think many people are going to think the underlying reasoning is that he is trying to get more votes. In reality, though, it will actually help a lot of people in the long run.”

Mixed reactions for Wale BY ETHAN WOY STAFF WRITER Over 1,000 strong braved the rough autumn evening conditions on Oct. 27 while waiting outside the Sewall Center to see Wale’s Ambition concert. After finally being ushered into the arena, the audience then waited once again for the main attraction. Some Pittsburgh-area rappers opened up the show to a mixed reaction. Then Black Cobain took the stage and raised the anticipation level with a solid performance. Finally, around 11:30 p.m., Wale appeared from the west end of the stage and the patient crowd went into a frenzy. From that time until the lights came back on, Wale performed songs from his new album, Ambition, his debut album, Attention Deficit, along with songs from Self Made Vol. 1, The Mixtape About Nothing and More About Nothing. He also took some time to tell some brief stories from his time at Robert Morris. There have been mixed reactions to the concert.

Many folks were upset that Wale and his crew were late, but if there’s one thing to expect before a performance, it’s to believe that someone isn’t going to be on time. So even though it didn’t start for two hours past its projected start of 9:30 p.m., it wasn’t something to get too upset about. It also seemed like two-thirds of the crowd were excited and hyped with every song Wale performed, while the other third seemed to be there just because it was the only thing going on at RMU. Wale has stepped up his promotion game for Ambition thanks to the alignment with Maybach Music Group. With his 2009 debut Attention Deficit, Interscope undershipped the album, and he only sold 28,000 his first week. Ambition, however, is projected to sell over 180 thousand in first week sales, which is a huge accomplishment and rarity in the hip-hop game today. That being said, at this point, Attention Deficit has a higher rating of 77/100 than Ambition’s 73/100 score on Metacritic. Ambition is available in stores now.

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Around 150 students were welcomed to the familiar aroma of a hotel at the beginning of this semester. The Holiday Inn on University blvd. would once again serve as a dormitory for students living “oncampus.” Even though the Holiday Inn is a mile away from the Robert Morris University campus, it isn’t entirely a burden. In many ways, it actually is a unique place for students to live. After a year of living in Hamilton Hall, it’s a relief to get away from all the inconveniences of that freshman dorm. For example, getting to the restroom or shower is a journey down a long, cold hallway filled with random debris. Even before starting off, it was a necessary ritual to make sure you had everything you needed. If you were lucky, or happened to shower

at weird hours of the day, a stall with warm water was available. This was a constant struggle among 26 residents on a floor. At the Holiday Inn, that problem doesn’t exist. Only two individuals share a bathroom consisting of a toilet, shower, sink and hairdryer. In addition, their restroom is cleaned weekly by the hardworking housekeepers. The floors in the freshman dorm hallways and rooms are covered with tiles which are frigid in the winter months. Additionally, they can be annoying when they allow obnoxious voices to echo in the night. Just a mile up the road, residents can walk barefoot anywhere on soft, vacuumed carpets which drown out the casual corridor conversation and keep the rooms cozy and warm. Those who had a rough day can relax in the hotel’s hot tub or heated swimming pool. That’s impossible anywhere

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on campus. If residents wish to stay in shape without the hassle of going all the way to Jefferson Center, they can just walk down to the main floor where a decent-sized fitness center awaits. When night falls, many students at the Holiday Inn are welcomed with a double-sized bed rather than the small, generic mattresses found in the dorms on campus. Furthermore, there aren’t just bricks separating you from the guy blasting his music next door. Thick, concrete walls offer a peaceful living and studying environment. Life at the Holiday Inn offers students a chance to escape the mundane and academic feel of the campus. It gives them a chance to easily walk to and see what the boulevard has to offer. For instance, they have the opportunity to still feel the thrill of high school football across the street at Moon Stadium. Many restaurants are close by, several of which offer student discounts

for RMU students. Also, with numerous restaurants near, students looking for work who don’t own a car can effortlessly reach their job by foot. If students don’t wish to go out in the rain or snow for a meal they have options available to them within the building. The hotel is home to the Bridges Restaurant, which offers a pasta buffet three days a week, and the Iron City Grille, an establishment serving burgers, pizza, and other foods. This is more ideal than bracing the elements to get dinner at the food court.

After five days of anticipation, the wait was over. Out of the car stepped Selke Trophy finalist Jordan Staal. My mom’s reaction was priceless. “Oh it’s Jordan Staal!” she screamed with excitement. The towering forward, who is only 23 and certainly young enough to be my brother, immediately became part of the family. Not that I would expect anything less, but he was extremely down to earth, and very kind and gracious. He signed upwards of 20 items for us, including jerseys, pucks, posters, hats, and even a stick that my stepdad had just pur-

chased on the way home. It just happened to be made by Bauer, the brand that Staal uses. The six of us, along with the writer, cameraman, photographer, and public relations employee chatted about hockey of course, and also how grateful we were for this opportunity. The surprise as to who was going to step out of the vehicle was the standout moment for many of us. Upon leaving, we thanked everyone once again, especially Jordan, for taking the time to stop by and bring our tickets. I’m not sure that he had any idea how much it meant to us.


You need to get to the airport for a certain reason? The Holiday Inn offers a free shuttle upon request. You wish you knew more about the surrounding area? The associates at the front desk are willing to help out. Yes, there are, of course, some drawbacks of living at the Holiday Inn, such as having to take the shuttle to go to class, eat at the cafeteria, or hang out with friends, but if residents can look past that, they will realize that it really isn’t as horrible as it is made out to be.

Staal drops by BY BROOKS BRATTEN STAFF WRITER There are approximately 15,000 people that can call themselves Pittsburgh Penguins season ticket holders. I am one of those lucky individuals. Of those 15,000 plus, I recently had an experience that most will never get. Sept. 12, 2011 is a day that neither I, nor my family, will ever forget. Five days earlier, on the seventh, I received a phone call from my stepdad, who seemed quite excited. Upon picking up the other line, I was told that we had been selected by the team to have our tickets delivered personally to our house by a Penguin player. My first reaction was disbelief. I was having a hard time coming to terms that we had actually been selected to participate in this fantastic promotion. The team began having players deliver season tickets five years ago, and for those past few seasons, I had always watched the online videos documenting the visits with envy. Not this season. After five long days of waiting, the hour had finally arrived to head home. The ride back to Mt. Lebanon with my

roommate and best friend, Jake Niehl, was one filled with excitement and anticipation. Just the thought of having a member of the team that we worship standing in my living room was almost unfathomable. We arrived back home in the early afternoon, a couple of hours before our special guest was to arrive. Those hours were torturous; just sitting and waiting with an anticipation that I hadn’t felt in a long while. Finally, at around 3:30, the phone rang. The public relations employee on the other line informed us that they would be arriving within 10 minutes. I, along with my mom, stepdad, Jake, and another one of my good friends, Peter Hric, were all in for a big surprise. The next 20 minutes were to become etched in my mind for eternity. The black Cadillac sedan pulled into the driveway, along with two other cars for a writer and photographer that were following. Out of the Cadillac stepped a cameraman, who went to the other side of the car to capture the player exiting the vehicle. The next moment was probably my favorite of the entire afternoon.


It’s one thing when you meet a player after a game at the rink; you are in their environment, and the interaction isn’t too personal. Having a player in your house for upwards of 20 minutes is a completely different experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins are repeatedly ranked among the top teams in fan relations, not just in the NHL, but in all of sports. Our surreal experience with Jordan Staal is just another reason why they continually receive this accolade. This segment is titled a day in the life. This was undoubtedly one of the best of mine.

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Horoscopes It’s time we learn that no means no BY HEIDI HICKLE STAFF WRITER

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Aries (Mar. 21 – Apr. 19) – Walking around in the middle of the night is not something you are used too, but, this week, you will have to expect the unexpected around every corner. Lucky numbers include 20, 16, 3. Taurus (Apr. 20 - May 20) – Your memory is slacking. You may feel like you have to retrace your steps over and over. Stick to your path because change is coming to you. Lucky numbers include 82, 72, 64. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) – A shopping spree is coming your way. Although you do not get everything you want, the best things are yet to come. Money cannot buy everything. Lucky numbers include 29, 69, 42. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) – Your life is going to spin out of control in a positive direction. At the end of each day, think about all your accomplishments. Lucky number include 55, 49, 21. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) – An adventure is ahead. Let yourself go, and take advantage of all the things it offers. Don’t think about the things you could be doing. Lucky numbers include 7, 15, 33. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) – Getting knocked down is something you may feel a lot when the challenges come to you. Remember to breathe. Lucky numbers include 22, 15, 9. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 23) – Going out is something you need to do. Leaving your comfort zone does not happen easily. Push through and learn to take on the challenges. Lucky numbers include 3, 56, 19. Scorpio (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21) – College is meant to be a new experience. Take advantage of everything it has to offer before it’s too late. Live it up. Lucky numbers include 85, 44, 1. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) – Happy attitudes are the main things you bring to the table. Don’t let anyone damper your mood as you cheer up the rest of the crowd. Lucky numbers include 2, 77, 46. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) – Swinging is in your path this week. Your moods will swing, and your attitudes about different subjects will swing. Go with it, what’s meant to be will. Lucky numbers include 9, 25, 36. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) – Trouble seems to find you this week. Although you tend to drag yourself into it, watch where you step and what you say. Lucky numbers include 3, 61, 93. Pisces (Feb. 19 – Mar. 20) – You lose your passion for the things you thought you once loved. Get your thinking cap on, and think about the things you still care about. Lucky numbers include 6, 82, 00.


Rape. It is a strong topic to write my first opinion piece on, but with the recent events at Slippery Rock University, I feel compelled to get my voice heard about the terrifying and horrific ordeal of getting assaulted. Two suspects, were charged with raping another student on an off-campus location earlier this month, and I am dumb-founded to even think that someone would do such a thing to another human being. Do these people have remorse or knowledge that what they did was wrong? I’ve seen it multiple times where guys think that they can get away with doing whatever they want because they feel as if they are entitled to have what they want when they want it. Well I’ve got news for these attackers: You don’t have the right to force another individual to do something they don’t want to! Yet, a rape occurs every 10 minutes and sadly only 10 percent of them are reported to the authorities. What happens to the other 90 percent of victims? How do they cope with what happened to them if they never report it? Sometimes reporting the crime may not seem like the best option, and victims may feel as if they are being attacked all over again because of having to go through the ordeal of preliminary hearings, court dates and rescheduled court dates, media coverage, harassment by those who don’t believe her and so on. The victim is

looked at through a microscope, and is picked apart for every bit and piece of information. The information can be used to make a case against by saying: “She asked for it, or she led them on.” It’s disgusting that these defense attorneys do everything in their power to make the victim look like the bad guy. Does that seem fair? Does that make any sense what so ever? Does this girl need to be put through the agony and pain of having her whole life broadcasted for everyone to see? In rape cases there is one bottom line and that is when someone says no, whether they are intoxicated or not or said yes at first but then changed their mind, it still means no. It goes back to simply learning what the meanings of certain words are. Maybe these attackers need an English lesson because clearly they have no idea what the word “no” means. The truly sad part about this is what happens to the victim. Their whole life is completely turned upside down and can never go back to the way it was before. Most suffer from depression, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders; the list goes on and on. I truly believe, however, that these victims have the power to stand up for what’s right and the power to stand up and take back their control if they choose to do so. It’s not an easy path to take, but it’s the only one that can lead them out of the dark and back to a semblance of normal life. What these victims need is the support and the courage to no longer be a victim, but to become a survivor.

Stand up for what you believe in:

you could fall for any anti-corporate movement

BY ELLEN LICHIUS ASST. OPINION EDITOR As the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement continues to heats up, one can only wonder when the madness will stop. Just last week, police fired tear gas and various projectiles into the crowd at Occupy Oakland in order to stifle riots that closed the city’s port. The OWS protests, which began on Sept. 17 in the Wall Street financial district of New York City, have now spread to over 700 cities and communities. The OWS protests began as protests against social and economic injustices and inequalities, including corporate greed and corporate influence over the federal government. The slogan of protestors is “We are the 99 percent.” The remaining one percent refers to the wealthy in the U.S. economy, typically those making over $200,000 per year. The country-wide protests take stances against corporations who abuse their funds and the money granted to them by the government. As someone who is disgusted with the thought of a CEO using my tax money to fund extended vacations, private jets, and large social soirees, initially I believed the movement may be something that is in sync with my political and economic ideologies. However, upon further investigations into the fundamental beliefs of OWS and its similar demonstrations, I was quite shocked to

see how extremely anti-corporate these protesters truly are. The mission statement of the WS has been adopted by many of its offshoots. It acknowledges that they have been brought together to fight for common interest. These interests include rights, corruption, democracy, and the fact that our government is now being run by corporate leaders that cannot look out for the interest of the common man. Upon further reading, the statement goes on to make claims that corporations have taken their property through illegal foreclosure processes, have sold privacy, “have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press”, “have participated in torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas,” and “continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.” The mission statement is accompanied by a statement of nonviolence that defines its philosophy of “Tactical Violence.” Tactical Violence is defined as: “not to initiate physical violence with members of the police or public; if attacked by either, to respond in ways that seek to minimize harm to persons; and to abstain from provocative destruction of property.” However, by merely looking at headlines of articles from major cities and communities alike, it is easy to see that these protestors are not afraid to use violence when they do not get their way.

While OWS and similar movements may look tempting to join, at the end of the day, they are against free enterprise and the free market economy on which our country was founded. While many CEOs have taken their rights and benefits to an extreme, will fighting back with extreme protests and ideologies really help to combat corruption? That one percent has also done a lot of good for the economy. They have reinvested in the market and have aided smaller companies in surviving the recession. Also, they are in charge of corporations that create jobs. Many “OWSers” would like to see money invested into energy efficient companies and agriculture; the fact of the matter is, we cannot regress to the times in which our country was sustained by agriculture alone. Fighting extreme actions of greedy businessmen with extreme actions by those uneducated in economics or those who are angry will not bring the changes needed to rejuvenate our economy. Our country was founded on an economy that has allowed people rise to the top and to become highly successful by promoting free enterprise. By taking out these top leaders and corporations, we would be limiting their rights. Isn’t restriction of rights something that “OWSers” are fighting? The Occupy Pittsburgh movement is gaining momentum. Will you be joining? I know I won’t be.

Trevor Lewis, senior captain/forward

“I remember when I was that little skating with some older kids. It’s definitely something you remember, so it’s always a good time. Whether we win or lose, for the kids, it’s still fun, so it’s important for us to get out there and have fun with them.”

Jeff Jones, freshman forward

“It’s good to give back because they’re always here cheering us on, so I think it’s a good thing that we’re out here sharing and communicating with them too.”

Skate With the Colonials Nick Chiavetta, senior forward

“Well, I personally enjoy when the dads come up and they bring their

kid, and they ask you to help them out and skate with them and show them around a little bit. I appreciate that because I remember when I was little and anyone older took the time to skate with me and show me a little bit, I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.”

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Chelsey Frey

Colin South, sophomore forward.

“It’s great. There’s no better feeling really. We realize that we’re not going to the NHL, so this is the chance we get, or the closest we’ll get, to having fans that really look up to us and to be able to interact with them the way we do is pretty special.”

Twice a year, the RMU men’s hockey team gets the unique opportunity to skate with the fans that come out and support them at their games at the RMU Island Sports Center. After an unfortunate 2-0 loss to American International (AIC) on Nov. 5, the Colonials took to the ice with some of their biggest fans. The outcome of the game was not what the fans and Colonials wanted, but that did not stop everyone from having a fun time. “It’s a good feeling, especially the crowd that they packed in here,” said senior captain Trevor Lewis. “They always come support us so it gives us a chance to go back and show them some support and hang out with them and get to know them and some of the kids so it’s fun.” “Whether we win or lose, for the kids it’s still fun, so it’s important for us to get out there and have fun with them,” he added. Senior forward Nick Chiavetta also sees this as a unique way to interact with fans. “We enjoy skating with them,” said Chiavetta. “It’s fun just getting the opportunity to not have that glass between us anymore and we get to experience hockey, which we both love, and that’s why we come to the game.” For freshman forward Jeff Jones, this was his first Skate with the Colonials and he had a great time interacting with the fans. “Meeting new people is always fun, so that’s probably my favorite part,” said Jones. Skate with the Colonials is also a great way for the team to unwind. “The hockey season is pretty stressful, so skating with them helps take the edge off a little bit,” explained sophomore forward Colin South. When asked if Skate with the Colonials should be a tradition that continues, Chiavetta enthusiastically replied, “Absolutely! It’s awesome. We love it, and they enjoy it. So, why not?”

By Brooke Smith Sports Editor

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What rapping means to James Jermany Meanings behind people’s tattoos BY SHALIDA-ANN DOBBINS ASST. FEATURES EDITOR

After the arrival in the university of rapper Wale on Oct. 27th for his concert, one can’t help but wonder whether Robert Morris University (RMU) stores other future rappers on campus. James Jermany, a senior majoring in Software Engineering, is a student who enjoys the art of rapping very much. “Rapping is a way for me to express my feelings and emotions,” said Jermany. However, while Jermany enjoys to rap, he only sees it as an activity. “I don’t consider myself to be a rapper,” said Jermany. “I just do it as a hobby.” With no intention on turning this hobby into a career, Jermany does not reject the possibility of joining the rap industry in the future. “… I don’t plan on making a career out of it, [but] if it happens it happens,” he said. Rapping for Jermany started in middle school with friends. “You see, like old sitcoms, people in the corner rapping having a good time?” asked Jermany. “It was like that.” Jermany did a small performance for Paul Spradley, RMU’s former director of Multicultural Student Services, last spring. “People seemed to love it,” he explained. However, he never judged himself on his rap skill. In the meantime, Jermany does have his input on the rappers in the industry. Like every industries, the rap industry has been opening up to

new artists. Two new artists that Jermany perceives as leaders in the future of rap are Drake, a popular rapper signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Records, and J. Cole, an evolving rapper signed with Jay-z’s Roc Nation. “Rap is different from what it used to be,” said Jermany on the way the new generation of rappers is bringing a new style. “I don’t know where it’s going to go, but it’s going somewhere different.” Tyler, The Creator who has made headlines for his unpopular songs PHOTO BY NOAH PURDY toward gay and RMU Student James Jermany women rights activists, and has gained fame for his concert this past October, and his surprising win at the 2011 he strongly encouraged the uniMTV Video Music Awards, is the versity to host more concerts, with most controversial rapper of this different genres of music, on campus. year to Jermany. “Everyone goes crazy for this “I like all music,” Jermany said. Jermany believes passion is what guy,” explained Jermany. “I’m not a huge fan, but I respect what he’s will push people far into a comdoing. I think he’s creepy, but cool petitive industry, including the at the same time because he’s dif- rap industry. Dedication and hard work are the keys for people to ferent”. “He’s done a lot and has come reach their goals. “Just be passionate,” Jermany very far,” said Jermany regarding advised the aspiring rappers. “If his favorite rapper, Jay-z. Like many students, Jermany you get your heart into it, it will was excited to welcome Wale for take you wherever you want to go.”

BY ANTHONY NIEMIEC STAFF WRITER People express themselves in many ways, sometimes through their choice of clothing, their peers, or their genre of music. Meanwhile, some people also express themselves in a much more permanent way by tattooing themselves. As an art form, tattoos have become engrained in popular culture and have seen an influx since the 1990s and early 2000s. According to a 2006 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 36 percent of people ages 18 to 25, and 40 percent of people ages 26 to 40 have at least one tattoo. In fact, the word,”tattoos,” has been among the most searched terms since 2002. Whether it being profound or not, people always have a reason for getting tattoed. Rather than getting inked for status, certain people turn a part of their body into a canvas to convey a message or meaning that only they can explain. 19-year-old Carrie Hook got her tattoo to support her mother who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The tattoo, the teal ovarian cancer ribbon, was a natural choice to show her support. “I wanted to get the tattoo and it was something I was going to regardless of what other people thought,” Hook said. Ironically, her mother opposed the idea, and saw no appeal behind the art. While her mother wanted to move forward, Hook saw the tattoo as her way of coping with her feelings. “She didn’t like it at all,” Hook said. “I think she didn’t like the tattoo mainly because it was permanent and she thought that her illness wasn’t.” Hook has always had a strong relationship PLEASE SEE GETTING TO KNOW, PAGE 11

Rooney Scholar


Robert Morris University (RMU) just welcomed another visiting scholar for the Fall semester. Dr. Catherine Ramsey-Portolano joined RMU and Luca Guardabascio, this Fall’s Rooney scholar, to help celebrate the 150 years of Italy’s Unification. She is the department chair and an associate professor of Italian studies at the American University of Rome, an affiliation to RMU for the study abroad program. Ramsey-Portolano stayed in RMU from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4, and gave lectures to RMU faculty and staff members, along with students. “Many professors welcomed me into their classes,” said Ramsey-Portolano, who spoke to students in several class-

rooms. Among these classes, was the Honors Research Method one, in which she used her thesis on an Italian female writer to lecture the students on research. “I’ve talked about Italian Literature and culture,” she explained regarding the main topic of her lectures. “I hope that has increased students’ awareness of Italy.” She added that students who attended her presentations were interested in her experience in Italy, which she shared with them. Ramsey-Portolano, a native of the United States, went to Italy as a study abroad student when she was 20 years old, and was entering her last year in college. “I loved it so much, I decided to stay longer,” said RamseyPortolano. It was actually Ramsey-Portolano’s second time in Italy.

Overhead view of RMU affiliate American University of Rome She visited it for a summer program, in which she stayed in Urbino, a small in the Central part of the country. This six-weeks sojourn led to her decision to return to Italy and

reside there for a year. After getting her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Ramsey-Portolano enrolled in a university in Italy, Libera Universita Maria

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SS. Assunta, to continue her studies and receive her degree in Italian Literature. PLEASE SEE UNIFICATION, PAGE 12

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Advice for students living with diabetes BY SHALIDA-ANN DOBBINS ASST. FEATURES EDITOR On Oct. 13, 2009 President Barack Obama announced that the month of November is officially the National Diabetes Month. According to the American Diabetes Association, 28.5 million children and adults are diabetic, and seven million of them are undiagnosed. The fact is that people are targeted at any age. There are two different types of diabetes. There is the Type One diabetes and the Type Two diabetes. Diabetes is caused by difficulty encountered by the pancreas to produce insulin to break down sugar and carbohydrate. With the blood sugar on the rise, most Type One diabetics have to take an injection of insulin. Meanwhile, the Type Two diabetics take an oral medication with or without insulin, or they have to control the diabetes with diet, exercise, and weight management. Rosmarie Bruich, Robert Morris University’s (RMU) registered nurse and the director of student health services, provides a blood glucose meter in her office to examine diabetic students, and students with signs of high or low blood sugar levels. While the accepted level is between 60 and

110, it depends on the individual. “I appreciate when students wear a medical alert,” Bruich stated on knowing when students are diabetic. “It’s for safety reasons. I don’t like to label people.” When students join the university, they are asked to fill out a form to indicate their medical history and problems. Bruich uses the information to meet with the students to make sure the campus provides a good environment for them, and the cafeteria provides quality selection of food for them. Diabetics have to follow a little-tono sugar diet, as well as eating few carbohydrates, lots of whole-grains, a variety of vegetables and certain fruits that will not raise a sugar level. Bruich insists that diabetic students should inform their roommates and Resident Assistants of their condition in case of an emergency. If an emergency does occur, the roommates should call Public Safety. Stress and lack of exercising can raise sugar levels. For this reason, Bruich advise that student should not procrastinate. “All of us have a lot of things on our plates, and you should only worry about the things you are able to change” Bruich said about college

students and the stresses they face. This includes the first year students who stress for being homesick. Bruich suggest, all College students should drink a lot of water, especially in the winter when their skin dries out, and they should try to get more rest. The average person should drink six to eight glasses of water in an eight ounce glass daily. In addition, all individuals with diabetes should go for a flu shot every year. Bruich will be putting up a poster outside of her office to promote the awareness of Diabetes this month. “People with Diabetes really don’t want to be singled out, everyone wants to be treated like everyone else,” stated Bruich. Bruich is against categorizing people based on their medical history. “I would love to have someone come from a facility to answer questions about Diabetes,” Bruich said regarding how to inform people about the disease. Even though there are many health complications that can result from Diabetes, having a healthy lifestyle, and going to regular doctor’s appointments can bring the chances of having complications down. Diabetes is manageable, and can be lived with, without slowing down someone’s life.

While showing support and memorializing are means of expression, some people like to tell a narrative with their tattoos that reflect their personalities and aspects of their life. Musician, Danny Chavarrie has several tattoos placed on his upper body that are visually striking, and carry a great significance. “Each tattoo has a different meaning to me,” said Chavarrie. “My Deftones one symbolizes my favorite band. My scorpion is my zodiac sign. My dragon symbolizes the strength I have and keeps my morale up. My evil jester means that I was once a fool, but now my purpose is to better myself. My Latin saying on my stomach, ‘odi et amo’ means that I have

both loved and have hated many people and things in my life.” Tattoos become immortalized on a person with how they view themselves and how others perceive them. They become physical traits in their own way. They become similar to a person’s hair, eye color or skin tone. They are very much present, and they help mold or identify someone’s life. There’s no sign that this form of art will disappear any time soon. According to a U.S. News and World Report article, there are over 20,000 tattoo parlors operating in the United States with it becoming more prominent as years go on. Tattoos are not just inked on people, but inked on society.

Getting to know people through tattoos CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 with her mother. It became even stronger since she was diagnosed. Hook had a positive outlook, and knew she could always talk to her mother about her thoughts. Despite her mother’s feelings about body art, Hook is looking to get another tattoo in the future to serve a similar purpose. “I would definitely want the tattoos to correlate in some way,” Hook said. “I would get a tattoo of the music lyrics that have helped me deal with everything I went through. Our bond is now stronger than ever.” Other people have also gotten tattoos to remember their lost ones. Jeff Hayes lost his father when he was just 16 years old to cancer. As soon as he turned 18, he got a tattoo that read, “In Loving Memory” with a cross and “DAD” written beneath it. Hayes was left to take care of his mother and sister after his father’s death. “He was more of an inspiration than anything else,” said Hayes. “I didn’t beat myself up over it because I knew I was now the man of the house and that’s what my dad would have wanted, for me to take control and carry on.” While life has become more difficult for Hayes, particularly with providing for his family, he only has to look at his right bicep and realize that there’s still a life worth living. “I showed the tattoo off to everyone I knew,” Hayes said. “I was proud. I still am proud, and that’s because I know my dad will always be with me.”

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Zombies at RMU!

Unification of Italy celebration

PHOTOS BY Christine Holtz’s Introduction to Photography students

In the spirit of Halloween, Christine Holtz’s Introduction to Photography class participated in a zombie photoshoot on RMU’s campus. The process began with putting on make-up to turn students into zombies, then proceeded outdoors where students posed for zombie photos. Please visit to view the full gallery from this photoshoot.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 Ramsey-Portolano has been living in Italy for 20 years now. “I worked in several universities in Rome as an adjunct professor,” said Ramsey-Portolano. Ramsey-Portolano also worked in two universities in the United States. While getting her doctorate from the University of Chicago, she taught at both the aforementioned university and Loyola University Chicago. Ramsey-Portolano became a full-time professor when she joined the American University of Rome.

Ramsey-Portolano is married with two sons, named Thomas and James, aged seven and five respectively. “I speak English to them, so they are growing up knowing Italian and English,” said Ramsey-Portolano. “It’s important for them to be aware of their heritage.” “It’s been a very warm welcome,” stated Ramsey-Portolano, who is visiting RMU for the first time. Before leaving for Italy on Nov. 4, she held an informational meeting about The American University in Rome hoping to get more students, and teach some of them.

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Upcoming Women’s basketball ready to tip off 2011-2012 season Colonials home games BY JONATHAN FISHER STAFF WRITER

Friday November 11th 7:05 Men’s basketball Saturday November 12th 12:00 Football 3:00 Volleyball 7:00 Women’s basketball Sunday November 13th 1:00 Volleyball Tuesday November 15th 7:00 Women’s basketball

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Coming off a successful season, the Robert Morris women’s basketball team’s 2011 debut is right around the corner. With sophomore Artemis Spanou and senior Mary Durojaye leading the team, success can only be expected. The past two seasons have been consistent and address the norm of Colonial basketball. In 2009-2010, they went 17-1 in the conference, ending in a regular season title and a Northeast Conference (NEC) semifinals departure. Last season Spanou and company ended the season with a 12-6 conference record, and ended the season with a similar result of the season before; a semifinal loss to Long Island in the NEC tournament. Alongside Spanou and Durojaye, was Yohanna Morton who lit up the scoreboard for 14.1 points per game. Upon graduation, she passed the proverbial torch to Spanou who was second in scoring with 13.1 points per game. The Colonials record in nonconference play hindered their potential post-season tourna-

Men’s hockey and lacrosse participate in Movember BY BROOKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR





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ment chances last season, as they went 4-8 with losses coming against Florida, North Carolina and Kent State. From hindrances to advantages, Robert Morris knows the meaning of “home court advantage”. With an 8-4 record at home last season, seven of those Photo by RMU ATHLETICS wins came in conThe RMU women’s basketball team has been picked to finish second in the ference play with Northeast Conference pre-season coaches poll. only two losses. en’s basketball program, but team and match what we Head coach, Sal Buscaglia, noted, “Being on the focal point is the students. achieved in the past. Jasmine It was announced in a media Tate has a concussion and a the road is really tough, because we are the farthest conference call yesterday that return is still up in the air, team from all the other teams. the Colonials were picked to and Anna Kavasila should be When you have to go to a finish second in the confer- back in the December.” game on a Friday night, have ence, and that Spanou made Two consecutive strong seaa game on Saturday and they first-team all-conference pre- sons in the NEC led to success have class on Monday, it’s dif- season. and one national tournament The Colonials open the sea- appearance, Buscaglia noted. ficult.” “We really welcome more son with three straight home “We have six new players, so people to our games. Home- games at the Sewall Center I’m confident that we can get court advantage is nice and against Coppin State, Kent to where we want to go. It will what we need is more people State and Central Michigan. count on chemistry and stayIn a nutshell, Buscaglia has ing healthy. If we can have on board from the community and the students,” said Busca- optimistic views on the team’s those both in effect, I’m very success this season, even with confident.” glia. Administration has always a few injuries. Come support the Colonials “I think we can be a good on Saturday November 12th. been supportive of the wom-

During the month of November if anyone was to walk around Robert Morris University’s campus, they would see quite a few students growing mustaches. They are not trying to start a new trend; they are simply participating in a fundraiser for a cause they all support - Movember. For these students, November becomes Movember, and they grow mustaches to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer research. This year in conjunction with the RMU men’s lacrosse team, almost half of the RMU NCAA men’s hockey team is participating in raising money for this cause. The lacrosse team is making t-shirts that will be sold for $10 and the men’s hockey team is raising money on their “MoSpace” pages. Each player got involved for different reasons, with some joining in for fun and some to help raise money for what they feel is a very important cause. “I thought it was a hockey thing at first just all of the guys growing mus-

taches but it turns out it’s for a great cause,” explained Blandina. “It raises awareness for prostate cancer and testicular cancer and it’s just kind of a thing for guys. Women have all of October for breast cancer month, so guys can grow their mustaches out in November.” “We went on the site and did a little bit of research and it’s for a great cause,” said Hervato. “It’s not just about growing a mustache to look cool, so we put a team together and we’re raising some money now on the Movember site and we feel like that’s something we can do while we’re at school.” At first junior Andrew Blazek was on the fence about growing a mustache, but his teammates were able to change his mind. “It wasn’t really my choice. I kind of got peer pressured into it, but I’m glad I did, and it’s to creep people out for a good cause,” said Blazek. While the guys note that they do look a bit ridiculous, they do not mind the look because it’s for a good cause. “We have fun with it and we kind of get to make fun of each other for the

way we look,” explained senior captain, Trevor Lewis. “It just kind of lightens the mood in the locker room and it’s something that we really enjoy doing.” Blandina hopes that by raising money for the cause there will be more awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. “Not a lot of people know about it and I read a stat on the Movember website that 30,000 males in the United States die each year from prostate cancer or testicular cancer. Not many people know that and it’s just a good thing to do,” he explained. “Participating in Movember is also a unique team building experience. We sort of compared it to breast cancer awareness for the ladies, it’s the same thing and it’s not as big as people want it to be,” said Hervato. “We just want to raise awareness for prostate cancer and it’s very common in men so we wanted to put that on the map with Movember and also it’s good team bonding too to grow some mustaches and do something fun for the month.” The Colonials hope that as many

people as possible will help them raise money for a cause that they are passionate about. “If you want to feel good about yourself, just donate and it can be as little as a dollar. We’ve had people from school donate 20 dollars so it’s really cool that they did that,” said Blazek. Lewis also added, “It’s just a great cause and any type of money we can get from it, you know whether it’s my page or anybody else’s page, it’s all going to the same foundation and for the same purpose so really giving a little bit of money can make a pretty big difference.” The team has 12 members currently participating in Movember and together they have received $540 in donations thus far. If you would like to donate and help the Bobby Mo Bros raise awareness and money for the cause you can either search Bobby Mo Bros or just donate straight to the Movember official site: PLEASE SEE MOVEMBER PHOTO, PAGE 16

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Colonials fall to Blue Devils 31-24, drop fourth straight BY JUSTIN CRIADO STAFF WRITER At the beginning of the season the Robert Morris-Central Connecticut State University game was thought to be the deciding contest for the Northeast Conference championship, but as the season played out both teams entered Saturday’s game with only two wins apiece. RMU brought a three-game losing streak to Connecticut as the Blue Devils were wallowing in a six-game skid. Something had to give, and unfortunately for the Colonials, CCSU left the field with a 31-24 victory. As if things weren’t going any worse for RMU, quarterback Jeff Sinclair left the game in the second quarter with an injury and didn’t return. On the possession after tying the game at seven with an eight play 80-yard drive that he finished with a 7-yard touchdown run, Sinclair again marched the Colonials down the field for another score, this time a 33-yard Greg Langer field goal, to take the lead at 10-7.

“I felt we made a lot of big plays. They just made a couple more,” offensive tackle A.J. Dalton explained. During the drive Sinclair was sacked by Charles Williams and suffered a lower-body injury, which placed freshman Matt Layman behind center for the rest of the day. After CCSU took a 14-10 lead on a Gunnar Jespersen 5-yard touchdown pass to Dave Sabilia, Layman constructed a four-play 56-yard scoring drive that took only 39 seconds and was capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jamie Cobb to give RMU a 1714 halftime lead. “When Jeff went down we weren’t worried. We knew we all needed to step-up,’’ defensive end Steve Mitchell said. Layman and the Colonial offense sputtered somewhat, though, in the second half though as Jespersen’s 15-yard touchdown strike to Raul DeBenedittis in the third quarter gave the Blue Devils the lead for good. The fourth quarter was much of the same as Brian Fowler added a 13-yard touchdown run and Juan Duque padded


The RMU football team is currently 2-7 on the season with a 2-4 record in NEC play. the CCSU lead with a 31-yard field goal. Layman did lead another quick scoring drive late in the fourth when he took RMU 67-yards in three plays and found tight end Paul Evans from 27-yards out to cut the lead to seven with 2:07 remaining, but it was too little too late as the ensuing onside kick attempt was recovered by CCSU.

Disheartening. This was the word used by junior goalkeeper, Toba Bolaji, of the men’s soccer team to describe their season. A season that saw them go 0 for 10 in the Northeast Conference, a season that saw their last win recorded on September 22, a season that ended on Sunday afternoon with a loss in the 100th minute of play against St. Francis (PA), and a season that will hurt for a long time. “As a team, we had goals we wanted to accomplish,” said Bolaji. “Unfortunately, we didn’t accomplish them. The worst part is knowing that you have the ability to compete but fail to transcend that skill onto the scoreboard.” The contest against the Red Flash remained scoreless at the end of regulation, with St. Francis outshooting Robert Morris 17-9 through the first 90 minutes. It looked as though the two teams would be headed to a second overtime session, however the Red Flash’s Kingsley McLeod had other ideas. In the 100th minute, McLeod received a cross in the box, and chipped the shot into the back of the cage. The loss capped off the 12th on the campaign for the Colonials. St. Francis added five more shots in overtime to bring their total on the day to 22. Although they outshot Robert Morris by a 2 to 1 margin, Bolaji

says those numbers were not necessarily indicative of how the game was played. “I thought the game was pretty even,” said Bolaji, who finished with 7 saves on the afternoon. “We had some great opportunities at the goal but obviously couldn’t finish. Unfortunately we let up a bit of our intensity in OT and that’s what led to the goal.” The most obvious reason for the Colonials’ lack of success was the inability to put the ball in the net. They finished with just 3 goals in their 10 Northeast Conference matchups. “That has been the story of our second half,” said Bolaji. “We can’t score.” No matter which angle you take, this is a season that will go down in history, for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps even more frustrating? The Colonials played evenly with a majority of their opponents, even vastly outplaying a handful. The soccer Gods were simply not on their side. “I’ve seen success in my sport, but I’ve also had downtimes like what we have gone through,” said Bolaji. “It’s a hard situation to swallow because our record truly does not reflect the skill we have.” For the remaining members of the squad, a shot at redemption to showcase that skill cannot come soon enough. One can assume that it could only get better. Unfortunately the team will lose some key players to graduation, but their hope is that they will perfom better next year.

“I thought Matt was really calm and just stepped in and made plays. Everybody played with emotion, the ball just didn’t roll our way at the end of the game,” Dalton added. With the loss the Colonials are now 2-7 on the season and 2-4 in conference play as CCSU snaps their six-game losing streak and improve to 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the NEC.

RMU returns home next week, Nov. 12, to host the Wagner Seahawks at noon for their last home game of the 2011 season at Joe Walton Stadium. The Colonials last regular season game will be Saturday, November 19 at Duquesne University with kick-off scheduled for noon.

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Women’s hockey in midst of nine game road trip BY ALYSSA BENSON ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

Men’ssoccer finishes winless in NEC BY BROOKS BRATTEN STAFF WRITER

November 10, 2011

On October 21, 2011 the Robert Morris University women’s hockey team set off to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to begin the first series of their nine game road trip. Road trips can be particularly stressful to a team, which is why head coach, Paul Colontino, believes preparation is key when on the road. “Road games are interesting,” he says. “Sometimes you get a little more quiet time because you are in hotels, and there aren’t as many distractions. You’re able to get some meals, do some homework, settle in, and get a good night sleep. With those parts it’s more or less being prepared to be on the road.” Most would think that freshmen would have trouble adjusting to being on the road so often, however Courtney Vinet thinks it has been relatively easy. “There hasn’t been any trouble adjusting to it because our pre-game rituals are usually very well planned out,” she said. “We have a pre-skate the morning of our Friday games and have a team walk

through on our Saturday afternoon games as well as very good meals. They make it feel as though we are right at home.” Sometimes an important factor to being successful on the road is keeping your pre-game routines the same. “Being a goalie, I try to do all the same pre-game rituals at home and on the road,” explained junior Kristen Di Ciocco. “This keeps everything consistent.” The Colonials began their road trip with a sweep of the Engineers, and Brianna Delaney’s record breaking point was the highlight of the trip. With the nine game road trip being so early in the season, Colontino believes the team will have the ability to become closer. “I think what’s great about it being early in the season, is that it’s a great opportunity to get closer, learn a little bit more about each other both on the ice and from a social standpoint,” explained Colontino. “We should bring the team a little bit closer together over the next nine games.” Gaining team camaraderie is never a bad thing, so the fact that the Colonials have four-

PHOTO BY MATT POLASKI The women’s hockey team will return home to face Syracuse on December 9, 2011 weekend away trips as well as a weeknight game against Colgate will be a huge help. Despite road trips having the potential of bringing together a team, they can also be physically stressful on the athletes. “I think long road trips can take a toll on the team,” Di Ciocco said. “With road trips we’re often missing classes and sleeping on busses or planes which can definitely take its toll.” Thus far on the road trip

the Colonials have gone 3-01, which is a successful four game stint. They are currently coming off of a bye weekend, which will hopefully regenerate the team and get them ready for the second half of away matches. “Having this weekend off is definitely beneficial so that everyone can get rested up,” said Di Ciocco. “We don’t need people falling behind in their classes or getting sick from being run down.” Assuring that team mem-

bers don’t fall behind in their classes is important, because of the fact that their most important job is being a student. “You realize that they are student athletes, which means they’re a student first, and an athlete second,” Colontino said. The Colonials will face off against Lindenwood, Colgate, Yale, and a team to be named later. They will return to the Island Sports Center on December 9 and 10 as they take on Syracuse.

Robert Morris knocks-off Wheeling Jesuit in preseason play BY NICK BUZZELLI STAFF WRITER The Robert Morris men’s basketball team began the 2011-2012 campaign against Wheeling Jesuit University in an exhibition match and the Cardinals near-ly scored the preseason upset against a Division I opponent. Although the Colonials won by seven points, head coach Andrew Toole was disappointed in his team’s performance against the Cardinals. “Wheeling Jesuit is a good team. They averaged 85 points per game last year and for us it’s a hard match-up but our young kids played like freshmen,” Toole explained. “Some of the things we talk about in practice everyday they didn’t do.” Russell Johnson and Coron Williams led the Colonials with 23 and 22 points respectively. Johnson hit 6-8 from the field including 11-15 at the foul line while Williams shot 60% from beyond the arc. Williams believes that he

needs to step up this season and be a leader for the younger players on the squad. “My role has increased this year and I have taken that to heart. I need to step it up,” the 6’2” sophomore guard said. “My confidence has grown and I’ve gotten more comfortable shooting this year.” The Colonials got on the board early but the Cardinals, a NCAA Division II program, matched RMU shot for shot. Despite WJU’s late rally in the first half, RMU built a nine-point lead going into the locker room as Johnson knocked down a short jump shot at the buzzer. Robert Morris would eventually take a 14-point lead early in the second frame, but the Cardinals staged a comeback late in the contest. After Recardo Gaddy hit a three pointer that knotted the score at 64 with 2:40 left, Johnson took the game into his own hands. The 6’6” forward scored eight of his 23 tallies in the final two minutes, including six straight free throws to seal

the victory for Robert Morris. Junior guard Velton Jones wasn’t too concerned when the Cardinals evened the score late in the game. “We weren’t worried when they tied it. We still knew we were going to win the game,“ stated the native of Philadelphia. “Once we started to get in our groove and started doing the right things we knew we could win.” According to Toole, the Colonials would not have been able to triumph in its exhibition match without the outstanding performances of Johnson and Williams. “Russell was terrific. He was in a good frame of mind and was really active around the rim,” said the second year head coach. “Without him and Coron Williams and their offensive output, we don’t win the game.” Four of the program’s five freshmen saw playing time in the preseason contest with the exception of David Appolon, who was out with a dislocated shoulder. Brandon Her-


The Colonials topped Wheeling-Jesuit for a good start. man contributed two baskets while Lucky Jones added two baskets, a block, an assist and three steals. “We’ve always played nine or ten guys. We have six returners plus Mike McFadden when he’s eligible so now two or three of the freshmen early in the season will have to play. They have to now figure out what it takes to be successful in Division I,” Toole

added. “They’ve improved in the fifteen practices we’ve had so hopefully now they can improve quickly in the game setting as well.” The Colonials begin the regular season against Rider University at the Sewell Center on November 11 before traveling to Jersey City to battle Saint Peter’s.

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November 10, 2011

PHOTO BY CHELSEY FREY Scott Jacklin, Andrew Blazek, Brandon Blandina, Tyler Hinds, Cody Cartier, Zach Hervato, Ron Cramer, Brendan Jamison, and Trevor Lewis are all participating in Movember this year. Hervato is the team captain of the ‘Bobby Mo Bros.’

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