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Fall semester welcomes new student organizations BY ERICA SABLOFSKI STAFF WRITER
New student clubs and organizations are always being created on campus. This semester, Robert Morris University welcomed three new organizations: the Talent Management Association, the Nuclear Medicine Club and the Roaming Catholic. The Talent Management Association was started by junior Matt Heiland to provide support and advice to students whose future careers involve the sports and entertainment industries. The group specifically focuses on the fields of talent management, music management and sport agents. “Anyone who is interested in talent management, music management and sports are welcome to join the Talent Management Association,” declared Heiland, who serves as the president of the organization. The other officers include sophomore Justin Dillon, vice president, junior Andrew Heiland, secretary, and freshman Chris Cappella, treasurer. On Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the
Nuclear Medicine club meets Nov. 1. Executive Dining Hall in the Sewall Center, the association is bringing in Ralph Cindrich, a sports agent for James Ferrice, and Jeff Saturday, who has been named one of the most powerful people in the NFL twice, for a presentation focused on the fields of sports and law. Over 100 people are expected to attend this free event. The first meeting for the association will take place on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. The location is yet to be determined. For the latest updates, follow Talent Management Association on Twitter @RMU_TMA
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and also like them on Facebook. Another new club this semester is the Nuclear Medicine Club, which was started by senior James Phelegie and sophomore Brittany Swinson. The group’s mission is to provide a place where underclassmen can come and learn what the major is about and ask for help. This club is open to anyone who is interested in nuclear medicine and will help any student who wishes to transfer his or her major. Currently, the group has 15 members. Phelegie is the president of
Roaming Catholic club is open to all. the group, while Swinson is the vice president. The group’s advisor is Bill Wentling. The club’s first meeting will be on Nov. 1 at 3:45 p.m. in the Benjamin Rush Center Hot Lab. The meeting will provide an introduction to the club for its members and newcomers. Roaming Catholic is a denomination of the Campus Ministry Association. Directed by Gary Silfkey, the organization invites students to grow in their faith. Roaming Catholic is not a typical club in that it does not have a specific meeting date,
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but instead, features a variety of weekly activities, such as mass every Sunday at 8 p.m., Pizza and Possibilites at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Rosary sessions at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and evening prayer on Thursdays in Rogal Chapel. Membership is not limited to Catholics only. Anyone who is interested in the club is allowed to join. “The Catholic Campus Ministry is alive and growing. It’s wonderful to have the campus come to mass and see the students become excited to grow in their faith at RMU,” Silfkey proclaimed.
Successful dropouts Dean Michalenko invites students into his daily life A few weeks ago the workforce lost one of its brightest stars, Steve Jobs - Genius, Visionary, CEO of Apple, Co-founder of Pixar, Respected manager, Beloved husband and father, College dropout? Looking closer at society, a recurring trend is that the successful members of society have dropped out of college. This elite group includes Microsoft executive Bill Gates, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Hollywood director James Cameron, and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg. Other millionaire college dropouts include Steve Wozniak, Peter Jennings, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, Tiger Woods, and other celebrities and academic figures across the world. The above stated are successful figures in their respective industries. The fact that many highly successful people that society reveres do not hold college degrees leads to one question: is college worth the cost? On average, a student spends $100,000 on undergraduate college related expenses in a
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What RmU thinking?
BY CHAUNCEY ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
While students may assume a college administration is made of unapproachable people, they will find that the Robert Morris University (RMU) administration is an exception. John Michalenko, the Dean of Students and Vice President of Student life, is one of the most approachable and exceptional people at RMU. Michalenko has been part of the RMU community for almost 15 years. He hopes to continue his time at the school for as long as he can. Michalenko joined RMU after nine years at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). “[I] heard great things about RMU,” Michalenko
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stated while he was at CMU. He was previously the director of the Career Center at RMU, and was promoted to his current position just a few years after. Being part of the university for this long means that Michalenko has seen its changes throughout the years, including its change from a college to a university. “Student life and [Resident] Life Population used to be one third of campus, and now it’s at least half,” said Michalenko regarding how RMU has “propelled forward” in the last few years. “Every day is different,” said Michalenko about his
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Thurs, Oct. 27 RMU Top Model Search - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Nicholson Center Food Court Executive Decision Debate - 8 p.m. - Academic Media Center Wale: The Ambition Tour - 9 p.m. - Sewall Center Arena Fri, Oct. 28 RMU Top Model Search - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Nicholson Center Food Court Sat, Oct. 29 Halloween Dance - 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. - John Jay Gym Mon, Oct. 31 Soup and Scripture - 12:34 p.m - Rogal Chapel Men’s Group - 8 p.m - Rogal Chapel Tues, Nov. 1 Newman Club - 8 p.m - Rogal Chapel Open Mic Night - 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. - Nicholson Center Food Court Wed, Nov. 2 WestPACS Job Fair - 10 a.m to 3 p.m - Monroeville Convention Center Fri, Nov. 4 Every Freakin’ Friday Movie Night - 8 p.m. - Romo’s Café
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Police Blotter: October 18 through October 23 10/18 - Department Information - Crescent Twp. Police advised that they received a report from the RMU Crew team for a missing 14-foot aluminum boat and outboard motor. Shortly after this report was made, the Baden Police department called and advised they had recovered the missing boat. 10/18 - Access Device Fraud - A resident student reported his debit card information was obtained off the Internet and a purchase was made without his knowledge. A report was written for bank purposes. This incident is still under investigation at this time. 10/19 - Student Conduct Residence life reported finding weapons in a room at the Holiday Inn while investigation a maintenance complaint. The weapons were taken into possession by this department, and the student who owns them is being sent through the university’s Judi-
cial Affairs department for violation of the weapons policy. 10/19 - Disorderly Conduct While writing tickets in the Student Center lot, an officer observed a female placing suspected marijuana in a glass colored pipe. The female handed over the pipe and suspected marijuana to the officer when they knocked on the window of the vehicle. The female student was cited for disorderly conduct for possession of marijuana. 10/22 - Suspicious Incident Residence Life reported that a female student was grabbed by the arm by an unknown male outside of Hamilton and Hancock Halls. Officers spoke with the victim who was unable to give any type of description of the male who grabbed her. The victim did have a red mark and some scratches on her arm from this incident. The cameras in the area will be reviewed in an attempt to locate the suspect involved and deal with him accordingly.
10/23 - Driving Under the Influence - An officer viewed a vehicle driving behind Adams Hall. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer could detect an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver was given a field sobriety test and failed. A PBT (portable breath test) was issued which tested positive. The driver was taken to Sewickley hospital for a blood draw and charges will be filed for driving under the influence by this department. 10/23 - Suspicious Person ISC Operations reported a suspicious male by the Clearview locker room hallway. Public Safety Officer Abbey checked the area with negative results. PSO Abbey was able to find this individual on the next night and advise him that he is not permitted at ISC property. Read the full police blooter online at www.rmusentrymedia.com
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RMU and PAAR team up to promote sexual assault awareness BY ANDREA ZANAGLIO NEWS EDITOR
Throughout this week, Randon Willard, a personal/crisis counselor at RMU’s Center for Student Success and coordinator of educational programs on campus for alcohol, drugs and sexual assault, in partnership with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) conducted a Top Model search to find RMU students to participate in a poster campaign to actively promote sexual assault awareness on campus. Five years ago, PAAR began its “Got Consent?” campaign, which they adopted from a national campaign, according to PAAR Education and Training Specialist Laura Summers. “The basic concept for it is that students will interview to become the models for the campaign,” explained Willard. “The models will become ambassadors for sexual assault education on campus.” Students were able to apply to be a model in the Nicholson Food Court beginning Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tomor-
row, Oct. 28, is the final day to sign up. Any undergraduate is eligible to participate. Of all the applicants, RMU students will vote on who they believe should become the representatives for this effort. At other universities, such as Point Park University and La Roche College, anywhere from three to 10 students were chosen as models for the campaign, Summers stated. In addition to the photo shoot for the posters, which has been shot by students of the participating universities, Summers said students selected as models will be required to attend a training session to learn more about sexual assault in order to make others aware of the issue. “My hope is that they will also help with other efforts, other events we will do on campus,” Summers stated. “So, it’s sort of a student leadership opportunity as well as a way to personal enhancement and further knowledge that is very relevant to the college experience right now.” Both Summers and Willard agree that involving students
in the campaign rather than unknowns is much more beneficial to students. “What I love about it, personally, is it not only engages students, but it also trains some students to be kind of activists around this issue. So, my hope is that if we don’t do this exact campaign that we continue with a model where students are leading the effort around sexual assault awareness,” said Willard. “I would like to see less of it coming from [the advisors] and more of it coming from students in general.” Summers added that students are more inclined to notice the posters if they know someone on them. “I have heard really great feedback from students at each university that it’s very cool to see someone that they know in a poster and it really drives that effort,” she said. According to Willard, RMU’s sexual awareness campaign will take place sometime in the spring most likely during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Summers believes sexual
BY SEAN WHITFIELD ONLINE EDITOR Thurs, Oct. 27 2011 Pittsburgh Bone Bash Location: Pittsburgh Opera, 2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Time: 9 - 11:30 p.m. Cost: FREE Fri, Oct. 28 Phantom of the Opera Silent Movie & Burial Ground Tour Location: Trinity Cathedral, 328 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $5 for students
Sat, Oct. 29 Pittsburgh Ghost Tours Location: Outside the main entrance of the Grand Concourse in Station Square, Pittsburgh, Pa Time: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Cost: $16
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Unlike RMU’s Red Flag campaign posters pictured above, this year RMU students will be featured on the posters to promote sexual assault awareness. assault on campuses is something students should be aware of in order to protect themselves. “It’s immensely important for students to be aware of sexual assault because it is affecting the lives of millions everyday and is a huge issue on college campuses,” Summers declared. “So, we can arm our students with knowledge, and we can arm them with how to deal with situations, how to talk about their relationships
and give them the skills that they need to stay safe.” PAAR’s website states that its “mission is to respond to survivors of sexual violence with crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy; advocate for systems to respond to and prevent sexual violence and educate to prevent sexual violence.” Anyone in need of help may contact the organization’s confidential hotline 24 hours a day at 1-866-363-7273.
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in the theatre. Colleges like Point Park University and Carnegie Mellon are among the few that even have alumni on Broadway. However, sometimes there are those hidden gems that are not necessarily a degree specifically for musical theatre, but still have plenty of experience, training and exposure to theatre on a professional level. Someone in the performing arts must be a well-rounded individual, which doesn’t always involve a degree. Sometimes it is not as important to simply have a degree in performance, but instead, to be exposed to it and make connections. Dr. Brent Alexander, who teaches private voice lessons at RMU, is one of Pittsburgh’s highly regarded talents. ���You don’t always need a degree in theatre to be successful,” said Alexander. “College programs are great options but super expensive. If you haven’t already, start studying voice and dance privately.... If you look at most of your favorite screen actors, you may be surprised how many of them can sing, tap dance and do ballet as well.” Most recently, Alexander served as the musical director of “Spring Awakening” at RMU and has since been hired as the musical director
Is college worth the investment? Defining ‘show business’
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Richard Arum, professor of sociology and education at NYU and author of “Academically Adrift,” writes in his book, “In recent cohorts of students, Barbara Schneider and David Stevenson have described the prevalence of ‘drifting dreamers’ with ‘high ambitions but no clear life plans for reaching them’ these students have ‘limited knowledge about their chosen occupations, about educational requirements, or about future demand for these occupations.’ They enter college we believe, largely academically adrift.” Andrew Dickson sits down at his Robert Morris University provided desk and pushes aside the clutter of notes and empty water bottles, trying to focus on another assignment. With a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt and scruffy blond beard, Dickson looks like a typical college student. He grinds away assignments working toward a vaguely defined career he might not even want to be a part of. Distractions come in many forms. Dickson changes gears and focuses on another novel he’s been working on. He loves writing fiction, basing characters off people in his life putting them in different worlds. He’s been writing for as long as he can remember,
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but this is the first time he’s tried to make an outline before writing. Until now, he has written stream of consciousness, making the story up as he goes along. Some books are as long as 80 pages before they lose focus and sputter out with no direction, the main plot lost in a jumble of character development. His writing is similar in many ways to his college education except he hasn’t made a detailed outline of that yet. He still has no more than the title of what his career is supposed to be. “I have a knack for public relations, I understand the public and I’m good with writing and it just fits, but I’m just not sure where I want to go with it. I know I’ll eventually pick something but right now it feels like that day is never
going to come. I feel like I’m never going to pick anything,” he said. Dickson doesn’t believe that he will find a specific job for his skills in college. He has been sharpening his skills for years now, but he doesn’t know what he is actually preparing himself for. When he graduated high school, he wasn’t even initially going to college. “My mom basically forced me to sign up for college. I worked for the state for a year. My original game plan was I need to make some money and get some stability,” said Dickson. His mother also convinced him to go to Robert Morris University for school. His cousin went to RMU and if it was good enough for her, then PLEASE SEE PATH, PAGE 4
“You’re a special kind of people known as show people. You live in a world of your own. The audience paid plenty to sit there and clap, hearing you sing, watching you tap.” These lyrics from legendary composers John Kander and Fred Ebb may have said it best when trying to describe what it means to be in “show business.” What does it take to make it in this business? Many have their opinions, but they all have the same goal: to be in the spotlight. Any professional who is already in the business will tell you that loving what you do is an absolute must. Not only is it a necessity for a career in performing arts, but in any career. For some, beginning to grasp the skills of acting, singing and dancing at a young age is important. In the Pittsburgh area, there are several programs, such as the Pittsburgh CLO Academy and the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory, which is part of Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, that begin to teach these skills from pre-school all the way through high school. For those that discover the joys of performing later in life, there are several colleges in the area that have degrees specifically designed to prepare students for a career
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Generation Y determined to succeed Taking the typical path BY ABBEY LAPE CONTRIBUTER Senior accounting major Sarah Ellsworth describes herself as ambitious, confident, independent and goal oriented. When she graduates this spring, she will not only receive her bachelor’s degree but also her master’s in business administration. The catch is that she’s done it in four years while still being active on campus. Those in their 20s are slowly taking over the positions retiring baby boomers have occupied. The next generation transitioning into the workforce has been dubbed “Generation Y.” This generational gap of employment has challenged the nation on several levels. The Pew Research Center released a study in Feb. 2010 titled “Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next.” The study, summarized by Robert Samuelson in Newsweek, found that 37 percent of 18 to 29 year olds are unemployed or out of the labor force. Only 41 percent have full time jobs, 10 percent have recently lost their jobs and 13 percent of 22 to 29 year olds have moved back in with their parents after living on their own. Ellsworth is quite the opposite. This past summer she interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the “Big Four” accountancy firms. Because of her hard work and ambition, she was offered a job out of the internship. Ellsworth will fall into the minority of the 41 percen who have full time jobs. Kishma DeCastro-Sallis, director of the career center, said she often sees students with an “I can do it myself” attitude. “Approximately 505 students attended the career expo on a campus of almost 5,000. Many of the students today think they can find out things on their own,” said DeCastro-Sallis. One of the most defining characteristics of Generation Y is their individualistic drive. In his essay, “Coming of Age in Cyberspace,” Maha Atal writes that “age and education traditional group identities - mean very little today. Instead, a Gen Y college student holds views as an individual.” Ron Alsop, author of “The Trophy Kids’ Go To Work,” says that “employers realize the millennials are the future work force, but they are concerned about this generations desire to shape their jobs to fit their lives rather than adapt their lives to the workforce.” Many students preparing for graduation are
choosing a location then searching for a job. Recreation and social life are equally important to them in the job search. The biggest problems young Gen Y professionals face is meshing their traits and qualities with their colleagues from different generations. “Clearly, companies that want to compete for top talent must bend a bit and adapt to the millennial generation,” noted Alsop. A study by the University of Wisconsin indicated that most of the generational workplace conflicts derive from differing values. In the workplace, Ellsworth fears that older generations find Gen Y lazy because of their stigma as being the “digital generation.” At the same time, she isn’t afraid of being a boss over people older than her. “I have been in charge of people twice my age before, so I don’t think it would be that different,” said Ellsworth Carolyn Martin, master trainer for Rainmaker Thinking, was able to sum up Generation Y. “Generation Y is experiencing that there’s not a free ride here. Yeah, you want to keep your expectations and dreams high and it may take longer and you may not get the ideal job in the industry of your choice. But you may be able to find something that will hone your skills,” Martin said. DeCastro-Sallis advised graduating seniors taking on the job hunt to be sure they have experience. She also mentioned soft skills, like how to articulate and having manners, are just important as a resume and portfolio. Ellsworth agreed, adding that communication skills, being able to be a leader, and being organized, are key to securing a job. She also offered a piece of advice to underclassmen and incoming freshman. “Plan ahead for the future. Look into things before you start,” said Ellsworth. Generation Y has been called the digital generation. They have been labeled as the generation that has seen the most changes across the world. They were born into a time when America was fighting two wars. They are just a few years older than the ever-changing Internet. They are more adaptable, more individualized and more able to multi-task. Generation Y carries a skill set that is envied and feared by other generations. As they enter the workforce, hungry for success and eager to move up, they are coming more prepared and more ready to take on the world than any other generation.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 he would probably find that he liked RMU too. Neither choice was his own about what he was going to do; it was determined for him. Even the choice of becoming a public relations major was from external pressure. College students are encouraged early on to have a concentration well before they really know anything about the profession they are working towards. “I don’t really like sports. I really want to go into music but there are no jobs there because the industry is dying,” he explained. Dickson is far from being a lazy student. He attends all of his classes, for the most part, and in his spare time improves his writing with creative short stories, spoken word poetry and novels. He has the ambition to make his mark in the music industry through marketing. “When it comes to music, I have a lot of ideas on how to restructure the industry.
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Band living up to expectations
for “Ruthless!” which will open in January at the CLO Cabaret. When it comes to hidden gems in the college department, RMU is no exception. Students are lucky to have a connection with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, which is one of the very successful and active theatre companies in the area, through its founding director and RMU professor Dr. Ken Gargaro. Students involved in PMT productions are introduced to the way professional companies work when dealing with union rules, pre-production and fast pace rehearsal process. “It’s like college football compared to professional football,
The band does alter their play list according to what goes on in the games, and they correspond with the athletic department and work around any special events they plan. “We add to the enthusiasm and excitement at the games. We have a preconceived schedule that we follow, but sometimes things happen and I make sure that what we play is appropriate. If the game is going normally, we play what we had planned, but we always have to be prepared to kick in something special,” said Charles. The auxiliary coach, Diana Sektnan, says that she feels they bring spirit to the games.
These musical groups take part in events outside of sports, too. “We collected school supplies at the very beginning of the school year for underprivileged children. So, in addition to bringing spirit to the games and civic and university events, we do things for our community because I feel like the band kids are pretty blessed,” said Charles. One of the civic events the band and dance team took part in was the Pittsburgh Labor Day parade where they won first place in the senior band division. Charles views the win as an accomplishment.
BY AMANDA BURGESS STAFF WRITER The Robert Morris University band and dance team are seen at every home football and basketball game, helping stir up spirit in the fans and athletes. The director of the marching band, pep band and jazz band, Elisabeth Charles had expectations of excellence going into this school year. She feels that excellence has been seen through the performances these groups have done this year. “Due to the increased size of the band, auxiliary and dance team, there is an increased spirit,” Charles said.
She says they are full of energy this year and are staying enthusiastic and positive. “We only had three to five last year and now we have 11 [members],” Sektnan said. “We are looking to build our numbers to about 15 and keep the energy level up.” Charles said that she is especially looking forward to the basketball season and seeing what the RMU team can do and is hoping to go into posttournament play. In addition to the upcoming basketball season, the jazz band currently plays upbeat, well-known music at hockey games as well as has their own concerts.
That’s where I am with a lot of things I have a lot of ideas and I know if they were given the right backing they would work.” Coupled with a crippled economy and a lack of education about job opportunities students are afraid of what they might find, or not find, when they graduate. “Everywhere I look is a dead end. It’s just hitting me that in two years I might be stuck in this job that I might not completely like, it’s just scary,” Dickson explained. The only on the job training traditional universities offer are internships. “I’ve been trying to get internships actively for a year now. They wouldn’t really give them to me because I was a sophomore.” If universities wait until the final two years of a degree to offer a glimpse at what real careers are like, students aren’t able to change their major if they don’t like what they see and still graduate on time.
it’s so much faster,” explained Gargaro. Fortunately for RMU students, they have many valuable resources available to them if they choose to move forward. For many, being a professional means being on Broadway, but Alexander will tell you differently. “There’s never a good time to go to New York and ‘make it.’ If you want to do it at any point, go and try it if you have the means. But you can always make it without even going to New York.” Perhaps a career on the local stages is more attainable, and with the connections that are available here in Pittsburgh, it may be easier than you think to be known as “show people.”
“We do not have a school of music at Robert Morris, so all the young people in the band are doing it because they love music, they are not studying music and I think that’s fantastic that we took first place.” As the RMU band director of four years, Charles feels the “band gets better.” “Every year the band gets a little bigger. We are attracting better musicians, better marchers,” she added. For next year, Charles wants bigger, better everything and said that the rookies from this year and last year come in with an attitude about what band is supposed to be.
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E-Readers: A modern problem for print publications BY LEAH MOOSE ASST. ONLINE EDITOR When a highly debated controversy is defined, very rarely are books and classic literature connected in most people’s mind. However, due to the changes brought on by advancing technology, a specific topic is quickly becoming a hot issue: the choice of using an e-Reader or sticking to the classic print version. From Kindles to Kobos and Androids to iPads, the demand for a digital reading experience is certainly spreading. According to a study completed by The Harris Poll, when 2,183 adults were surveyed online between July 11 and 18, 2011, one in six Americans uses an e-Reader and for those without an e-Reader, one in six plan on buying one in the next six months. The amount of e-Reader users has also increased by 7 percent in only one year. So what do these numbers prove? They prove a fact that most likely we are already accustoming to as a society. Technology is making a massive impact on even the seemingly basic function of reading. Perhaps one of the most overused arguments for e-Readers
is the amount of paper these devices save. However commonplace, this statement is largely accurate. It also allows for a less expensive distribution of knowledge. This benefit can directly target college students and in turn, how we choose to learn. College textbooks are now offered as eBooks, and this creates not only a more affordable way of acquiring vital information but also a high level of mobility. Hundreds of books for the weight of one are revolutionary when giant college textbooks are being used. Many critics of the e-Reader feel as though with the new increase of digital literature, an almost plummeting collapse of books comes. On the contrary, the popularity of e-Readers has actually produced a positive trend in reading. The results of The Harris Poll show that while 16 percent of Americans read 11-20 books per year, 32 percent of e-Reader users read 11-20 books a year. Not to mention, e-Reader consumers buy more books than print readers. According to the same survey, 32 percent of Americans have not bought any books in a single year whereas only 6 percent of e-Reader users said the same.
This should be an encouraging piece of news considering the plunging literacy rate of recent years. Yet there are many opponents criticizing e-Readers and their effects. Topping the list of complaints is the overly cliché claim of the lack of connection felt to an e-Reader. Printed works just have that comfortable feel to them, and the charm of the pages simply is too strong to make the switch. Personally, I find this to be a very weak argument considering both mediums of literature are forms of material. Whichever one is chosen to have had a “real connection” with still proves the existence of unhealthy materialism. Why is there so much tension between e-books and printed books? The same type of literature is being read. The medium is simply being updated. Sadly, it is as though a type of segregation is occurring: E-Reader users vs. traditional print readers and even “more modern” techies vs. old school patrons of literature. The strain is overwhelming. I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat it and be happy. E-books and printed books
E-readers are rising in popularity should be able to be enjoyed together harmoniously and appreciated for both of their strengths. As a proud Kindle owner, I strive to demonstrate that statement. I still absolutely love reading hard copies of books; I even have multiple paperback novels sitting on my bookshelf right next to my Kindle. It is extremely possible to enjoy both. I feel as though this argument can be emphasized with an analogy. Performances in
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live theaters are great; the atmosphere is one-of-a-kind and it truly is an experience everyone should have. At the same time, movies, while they are not live, are also an irreplaceable experience. We are able to enjoy both. Reading a book should be looked at the same way. Whether the piece of art is enjoyed in a physical copy or is displayed on the screen of an e-Reader, individuals should delight in each.
A Day in a Life: My final sensational weekend Corrections BY JASMINE TATE CONTRIBUTOR Fridays are unlike any other day of my week for they’re the end of the week, and because of that I love them. With every day of the week bombarded with basketball practices and classes, as a student-athlete, you quickly realize that weekends are your only saving grace. The weekends are the time for rest and relaxation at least until the season begins. This weekend is actually my last free weekend before the season begins for women’s basketball. Needless to say, I will relish it. This Friday, I will wake up long before the sun for another morning practice. Practice starts at 7:45 a.m. I would usually arrive at the gym at least by 7:15 a.m. for an early start. Because of an injury, I’m not allowed to practice. At this point I just cheer my teammates on through practice. As soon as practice is over, I grab some breakfast, take some time to rest and spend time with God praying for my friends, family and asking
Him what He’s up to for the day. He usually places a few people on my heart that He wants me to love or gives me a list of things that I should do for the day. Around 12:45 p.m. I would usually attend my only class on Fridays, Management Theory and Practice. Yet, as any college student would love, this Friday that class is cancelled so the day is free! With no class to attend, after practice this Friday, I meet up with a few other friends from Pittsburgh and begin a road trip to Powell, Ohio for the weekend. We will all head there with our musical instruments for a concert at 7 p.m. Upon the 3 ½ hour drive, Applebee’s will be glad to see a big, hungry group of people ready to eat a late lunch. When I’m not playing basketball, my band and I play concerts in different cities. Music is definitely one of my biggest passions in life, so it’s really important for me to find time to do just that. With that being said, this concert will be my first one so close to homeColumbus, Ohio. After dinner, the concert will
The photo from the Homecoming Dance that appeared on the front page of the Oct.13 issue of The Sentry was taken by Leah Moose not Bill Paterson. The “Successful filmmaker becomes this fall’s Rooney Scholar” article that appeared on page 10 of the Oct. 13 issue of The Sentry was written by Sybile Cherenfant not Heidi Hickle.
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Jasmine Tate performing at Open Mic Night begin, and I am very excited because I will actually know nearly everyone in the audience. This is where I grew up, and some of my closest friends and family will be there. With the hope of nailing the show, we will probably go out to another restaurant afterwards and take it over for the night to celebrate. By that time, I will be ready to wind down for the night. After a long day, I’ll head to my
friends’ house to prepare for bed. This will just be the beginning of my weekend- my last weekend to savor. The weekend will be completely refreshing, as I spend it doing the things I love the most and being with the people I love the most. After the weekend, I will continue with the normal scheduling of being a student-athlete.
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Aries (Mar. 21 – Apr. 19) – While feeling good is something you’re used to, feeling this great makes you feel invincible. Try out a new sport, go to a new event, or read a new book. Nothing can get you off this high. Lucky numbers include 16, 26, 25. Taurus (Apr. 20 - May 20) –You think you’re struggling, but you have no idea what others are going through. Sit back, relax, and really look at your life. You’ll realize you have everything you’ve dreamed of. Lucky numbers include 12, 17, 28. Gemini (May 21 - June 21) – Changing paths, once again. You make one small decision and the world seems to revolve around it. Be aware of your surroundings before this next change sweeps you away. Lucky numbers include 14, 18, 27. Cancer (June 22 - July 22) – The stress of life is not getting in your way, not for now. Focus on the one big task you have on your plate right now, and let the thinking begin. Lucky numbers include 6, 15, 13. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) – Pressure or not, you know what you want and how to get it. Don’t stop. Go for the goal you have been dreaming of for years. Lucky numbers include 2, 9, 19. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) – Staying in touch with long lost friends is second nature to you, but maybe not them. Some people are simply more pushed for time than you. Volunteer to help them out. Lucky numbers include 11, 20, 49. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 23) –Although the most important thing to you right now is as easy as watching dancing with the stars, things will pick up. Be sure not to get in over your head. Lucky numbers include 4, 31, 14. Scorpio (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21) – Seeing people you haven’t in a while can be stressful. Relax. They are just as excited to see you as you are to see them. They may even have a surprise waiting if you play your cards right. Lucky numbers include 22, 5, 53. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) – The tension is leaving your body. Every day you feel another issue get lifted off your back, and you are relieved. Keep up the hard work. It will all be over soon. Lucky numbers include 3, 33, 44. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) – Change is good. You need to accept that. Everyone makes mistakes, not just you. Live life to the fullest, and don’t just ponder over a lost cause. Lucky numbers include 7, 21, 18. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) – Someone new has come into your life. You want this person to stay. Do not get too attached because they have played a big role in many other people’s lives on their way into yours. Lucky numbers include 5, 50, 54. Pisces (Feb. 19 – Mar. 20) – Things may get out of control in not just the real world, but financially. You have been blessed in many ways. Use it to your advantage. Lucky numbers include 8, 7, 30.
Technology is moving at an uncontrollable speed
BY SABINE CHERENFANT OPINION EDITOR In 2010, Apple decided to launch a unique technological device that not only redefine our daily life but also redefine technology. This slim, flat and rectangular object, weighting less than an average textbook, is a multipurpose tablet that can serve needs from checking your email to teaching your class. In addition, according to “The Christian Post,” Ipads are now being used in selective restaurants for menu purposes. Instead of having a waiter take your menu and give you your check, you will be able to utilize Ipads to order your food and other entities. The Ipad menus offer exclusive details of what the restaurant offers, including the temperature of the food. The order, of course, goes directly to the kitchen without the customers needing to interact with a waiter. Essentially, the duty of waiters is being minimized, which reduces the need for many of them in those restaurants utilizing the tablet. That is great news for the restaurants looking to maximize their profit and bad news for blue collar workers seeking job. Technology has always been one of the biggest enemies of a common worker. Not only is a worker competing with other workers, he or she always has to keep an eye on what new high-tech machine or device is being implanted in the market. The possibilities of how the Ipads can be used are inconceivable. How it will change the workforce is a question that no one is capable of presently answering. The Ipads are redefining life the way industrial machines have in the early 1900’s and the internet has in the late 1900’s. There were other multipurpose devices long before the Ipads, including the Iphones and the blackberries.
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Yet, the Ipads seemed to have intensified the trend. This means that those specialized high tech devices, such as the kindle, will, unfortunately, vanish the way others have. We do not often ask ourselves what will happen to computers. As other devices are furnishing the same resources as computers, one can’t help but wonder if the future of computers is not laying on the line as well. Yet, the computer might become one of those indefinite must-have objects (who knows?). Unfortunately, we can’t delineate the future. Technology keeps us pivoting from one angle to the next in a matter of a small period of time. What was considered applicable yesterday is simply unsuitable today. I look at the Ipad and wonder what effect its usefulness will have on the world. How will it redefine the world? Will it only change technology in the United States? Is it even as compelling abroad as it is in the United States? One of the most significant perspectives of the Ipad is how it is verging this ideal world led by technology that has so many times being depicted in movies and books. This longed cherish dream of having the world at your fingertip has become a reality, but at what cost? The answer is simple and cynical in itself. It does not matter the cost. The world had always been an ever-changing place. Now that the pace is twice what it was centuries ago, we feel as if we cannot keep up. Technological devices, such as the Ipads, are simply symbols of how fast the world is going. All we can do is try to keep up with technology as much we can. We ought to prepare and familiarize ourselves with any new technological device that pops up in the market. Chances are they will become the necessary tools for our job and our life. To sum it up, the world is changing fast, and as a result, we cannot fight the inevitable.
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lifetime. These expenses include tuitions, room and board, textbooks, travel expenses, etc. This number does not account for hours of studying, aggravation and stress due to course work, and wages lost from other working experiences. This number also does not include the cost of graduate school programs, which oftentimes are the degrees you need to make the “big bucks.” On the flip side, by not attending college or by dropping out to focus on a career, one is able to focus energy on the things that matter closely to him or her. One is also able to work, saving up money to pursue career aspirations. College dropouts may also be empowered to rise above their “dropout” status and prove themselves as contributing members of society. From a young age, students around the world are taught that a college degree is essential in obtaining a steady, profitable job. However, at his time of death, Jobs’s estimated net worth was over $7 billion. Most with a college degree do not achieve this amount of financial success during life. This leads to the question: should we all drop
Steve Jobs founded Apple only after he dropped out of college. out to pursue highly successful ca- lion dollar question is, “Is college reers? worth it?” Should we all dropout Many college dropouts are leaders and pursue highly successful cain society. However, when asked reers in disciplines that stress skill if it is worth dropping out of col- over education? Could we become lege in order to pursue a successful the next Jobs? If you are after career in IT, Hollywood, architec- money and job security, the anture, or other sectors, realistically, swer is obviously no. Biologically, the answer is no. While it may look some are born with inherent ingeappealing to drop out to focus en- nious and drive. Not all of us can ergy on other efforts, college drop become Jobs. However, if you are outs have lost billions of dollars of chasing passion and have the rewages made nationally. The aver- sources and charisma that many of age starting salary for a college the mentioned college dropouts (or dropout is around $35,000, while non-degree seekers) possess, the the average starting salary for a opportunity cost of dropping out college graduate is around 60,000. may one day pay off. By avoiding There are other unintended conse- student loans and chasing after quences that result from dropping dreams, the sky is the limit. out, which include loss of network“Remembering that you are going opportunities, living expenses, ing to die is the best way I know to and oftentimes the stigma of being avoid the trap of thinking you have a “college dropout.” In today’s soci- something to lose,” as said once ety, it pays off for one to have at by Jobs. “You are already naked. least a Bachelor’s Degree. There is no reason not to follow At the end of the day, the mil- your heart.”
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Smart shopping book by former RMU student Making a difference BY MARIA MAUTI STAFF WRITER
Recent Robert Morris University (RMU) graduate, Evan Wright, has taken his experience as a marketing student and decided to publish. His first book, “Cost Combat: Guerilla tactics for the retail jungle”, aims to teach the readers his “tactics” and “anti-tactics” for smarter shopping. “Nobody is going to care about your financial life more than you do,” said Wright. “This book is a charge for the reader to start thinking about how they can be more in control of their spending." The first chapter in his 22-chapter book is not about the actual buying process. It is about decisions, such as whether to buy an item in the first place or not. “It’s not a battle between you and the seller,” he said when describing the retail “jungle”. “It’s a battle between you and poor buying decisions.” Wright lays out how people should determine whether to buy something or not, how to pay less if they buy it, and what they should do with it when they no longer need it. The book helps people look at a purchase not simply as “meeting a need” in the moment, but the return they can gain from it by selling it at the right time. Changing the perspective of buying from simply buying to thinking about investing. “It’s not about saving by not spending, it’s about saving by spending smarter,” stated Wright. “Seeing the adults [in my life] live paycheck to paycheck I asked myself, ‘how can I help make their money go further?’” he revealed.
“So that even people who are struggling don’t have to live beyond their means.” “This book is for people who don’t have a lot of money,” he clarified. “To people who do, these are tools that [will] help you not only save but use your money better so you have the ability to buy more.” Wright elaborated that the difference between this book and other financial guide books is his method of payment. “Small businesses often discount your purchase if you use cash because it saves them money PHOTO BY MATT POLASKI on transaction fees,” he explained. “I’ll teach you how to double and ence of suggestion,” he said. “You triple dip your discounts just by don’t see commercials for things how you pay.” you need. They show you things He explained that if a consumer that you should want. And people purchases a sale item with a dis- sometimes mix that up.” counted gift card he or she bought According to Wright, it’s about with a credit card that offers five consumer control, not just about percent cash back, he or she has the suggested retail price or even triple dipped on his or her saving the seller themselves. and cash return. With such modern trends, such While at RMU, Wright learned as Groupon and Living Social, about the perspective of compa- Wright believes these seemingly nies and marketers in the buying charitable sites are misleading to and selling process. He discovered consumers. how and why retailers market dis“You have to adhere to their counted items. This helped him rules,” he said. “...You only get to determine how a buyer can work decide whether to purchase what with a company and use different discounts to his or her advantage. PLEASE SEE SMART, “To me, marketing is the sciPAGE 12
through sign language BY NATALIE DEBARTO STAFF WRITER
“My first language was sign language,” said Roberta Labedda, a sign language interpreter for RMU students. During her thriving years of childhood, English words were replaced with sign language. “When I was younger, I would point my finger to objects, and my parents would respond with a sign,” Labedda stated. Labedda grew up in a household with two deaf parents and a deaf sister. Her older sister and she were the only hearing children. “My grandparents could hear, and I watched a lot of Sesame Street,” said Labedda. Her grandparents would help her turn the signs she learned into English words. “I used to try and teach my sister to speak in the backseat of the car,” Labedda said smiling. “I would show her how to move her mouth to say words. She wasn’t able to actually say them. I guess I was just trying to make her hear.” Labedda has been an interpreter all her life. She had to speak for her family everywhere she was. “Sometimes it was confusing, because I was a child and I didn’t understand these adult words so I couldn’t always translate them,” she said. “I didn’t actually want to be an interpreter. I went to school to be a medical lab assistant. I loved my job, but the place eventually closed and I chose to interpret instead.” At the time, Labedda’s sign language was evaluated and she was certified in interpretation and transliteration. Nowadays, it is necessary to have a degree. “It wasn’t easy,” Labedda said. “I was expected to [know] the lingo.” Like English, different people and areas have different lingos. “I get to know the people I interpret for.” Labedda said. “I like to have a conversation PLEASE SEE BEHIND THE SIGNS, PAGE 11
Tara Van Schie pursues her dream away from home BY CARRIE HOOK STAFF WRITER Robert Morris University (RMU) hosts students from 47 different nations ranging from different regions, such as Asia and Europe. Tara Van Schie, who hails from the Netherlands, is just one of the many students who have adapted to a new culture here in the United States. “Two years ago, I was talking... [to]... my dad about going to the United States, but it was more for my athleticism,” said van Schie, an athlete who partakes in five different track and field events. “I got an email saying my athleticism was so good that I could get a scholarship or something to study in the U.S.” Van Schie added that being part of RMU’s track team has been her favorite thing about being in the United States. “In the Netherlands, I am fifth of my country,” she revealed. “But the first four go to the Olympics.”
She also stated that participating in events while studying will bring new opportunities once she returns home. She admitted that she did not know what to expect prior to making the journey to RMU. “You just think of things in your mind like what it would be like,” she said. “But when you are here, you actually see it. It’s always different.” One conflict Van Schie has faced
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since arriving is the time difference and the effect it had on her communication with home. The time difference between the Netherlands and the U.S. is seven hours. This makes is difficult for her to talk to her loved ones. “There are… [times] when I need to talk to my friends and I can’t,” she explained. She also stated that her cellphone is out of service because the country
has a hold on the money her parents have transferred to her. However, Van Schie has been using Skype as her main form of communication. Family and friends play a big role in her life. “My mom can’t come on Skype because she cries every time she comes on,” she said. “so I don’t talk to her that much.” She added that another difficult aspect is talking to her nieces and nephews. “They are crying too because they can’t touch me, so that’s really hard,” she explained. Although she misses her family, she likes studying at RMU. Her friends here also understand her appreciation for her family. Michele Kozubal, a sophomore member of the Cross Country and Track and Field team, is Van Schie’s roommate. “Family comes first over almost evPLEASE SEE ADAPTING, PAGE 12
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The mottos of RMU guide an ex-graduate to success BY MIKE LAFAYETTE STAFF WRITER
Robert Morris uses several motivational mottos, such as “Means Business”, “Seasoned for Success” and “Changing Lives”. Lisa Klugh, a Robert Morris University (RMU) graduate and middle school teacher, is a representative of these mottos and lives with them every day. Unlike most students, Klugh had a plan for what she wanted to do after graduating from high school. She wanted to teach business, but she wasn’t sure where. After doing some research, she found that RMU not only “Means Business”, they also mean business in their education. “There were a few schools that offered business education degrees, but none of them had the reputation of Robert Morris,” Klugh said. Another RMU motto is, “Seasoned for Success “. She finished her undergraduate work in three and a half years and completed her student teaching immediately after. In an incredibly tough job market, she attained a position teaching business in the Shaler School District her first year out of college. She explained that RMU’s “reputation as a business school definitely helped.” “As potential future teachers, we often hear how hard it is to get a job in our field,” said Stephanie Seretti, a
post graduate Instructional Leadership student. “Getting a teaching job is tough…Getting a teaching job right out of school is a miracle.” Klugh continued to enhance her education by taking masters classes at RMU while working full time at Shaler. She transitioned into her new role as student, road warrior, and full time teacher. Klugh’s daily commute went from Murrysville- an eastern suburb of Pittsburgh- to Shaler- a northern suburb of Pittsburgh- to RMU and back home again. The commute was 79 miles round trip. She would start teaching at 7:25 a.m. and end her day after her RMU class at roughly 10 o’ clock p.m. She graduated with a master’s degree in a year taking classes whenever she could, even during the summer. However, she did not complain. She rated her experience at RMU a “10 out of 10”. Klugh attributes her academic success to guidance from RMU professor and Coordinator of Business, Computer & IT Certification, Donna Cellante. “Dr. Cellante was great,” Klugh said. “She was always willing to help.” Cellante said RMU business education students have an edge over candidates from other schools. “We put the students through extensive training,” she explained. “They attend a methods class where they meet every day for three and half weeks
from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. right before they student teach. The lessons that they create in the Methods class can be taken right from RMU and performed in a school setting.” Klugh has been a teacher at Shaler Area Middle School since 2005. Currently, her primary focus is teaching Keyboarding and Career Development. However, she often finds that she teaches more. Klugh credits her RMU education to help her influence the lives of hundreds of students on a weekly basis. Part of Cellante’s method class is also dedicated to “Changing Lives” of the students that the future teachers will educate. While content is the driving force behind a teacher, there are other aspects of students that educators need to develop as well. “Part of my job is to help future teachers realize the impact they will have on their students,” Cellante said. “I teach them that you don’t know the background of your students. You don’t know what happened to them before they got to school today. You have to have a little patience, be supportive and take the time to show them the right way to do things.” Klugh utilizes these skills every day. She had a student in one of her business classes named Jeremy. Jeremy was in a class filled with children with behavioral issues and he could have been considered an “at risk” student himself.
“He started down that path.” Klugh said. “He had gotten into serious trouble two or three times.” Klugh used her training at Robert Morris to step in. “Each student is an individual,” said Klugh. “I think I was able [to] adapt my teaching to make the material a little more relevant to him.” “Instead of lumping a student like Jeremy in with all of the other students and expecting him to perform, I was able [to] change my teaching style to help him,” she said. “He ended up doing really well in the class.” Jeremy came back to visit Klugh on a recent return trip to Shaler. He had joined the Army and was looking to thank her for her guidance. “He came to visit because I showed that I cared,” she said. Klugh’s RMU education helped her to “Change Lives” beyond helping students pass keyboarding and career development classes. It helped her create a better life for someone at risk of failing. Lisa Klugh is a living, breathing example of Robert Morris’s mottos in action. Klugh’s professional preparation at RMU has paved the way for her success. Klugh has helped students create their personal success. She has used her RMU business education and training to change lives and help future generations create a better life for themselves.
Know Dean Michalenko Behind the signs, making a difference at RMU CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 daily routine at RMU. He has meetings with the staff of Student Life for strategic planning, and he researches on the demographics of students. “About 50 percent of my day is spent on meetings,” he explained. He stated that these meetings sometime involve meeting with a supporter of RMU and the university’s president, Dr. Gregory Dell’Omo. The rest of his day is spent working on projects, working with students, and going to events. “I... make sure that I’m available for students,” he explained. “I worry about the well being of 1,700 students living on campus and the other 1,700 living off campus.” Students are actually fond of him on campus. “My friends and I call Dean Michalenko the “Good Dean” because he’s amazing at his job,” said Elizabeth Benigni, a junior at RMU. “He’s helpful and [is] always there to listen and spends time with us [at] all the events we have on campus.” “You can be anything here or can be nothing,” said Michalenko on the student body on campus. “It’s up to you.” Although Michalenko said that he feels most of his days are spent in RMU, he spends a lot of time with his family. “I spend time with my children,” he said. He explained that his children are very active in sports and other things in their school. He supports them in these activities. “I help with laundry, ironing, [and] making lunches,” he added. Michalenko’s door is always opened. He explained that his days are filled with “Welcomed interruptions”. He makes the effort to get to know as many students by name as he can and sees college as an opportunity to build the experience that the students want.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 with them and get a feel for the way they sign and then match it.” There are two different types of sign language- the American Sign Language (ASL) and the Pidgin Sign English. “ASL is its own language.” said Labedda, “It has its own subject [and] verb order. Pidgin sign English is a combination of ASL and spelled out English words.” Labedda works through Steel City Interpreters, which offers interpreters for both American Sign Language and Spoken Languages. “Before there was a disability act, it was a fight to get an interpreter,” said Labedda. Interpreters weren’t required. Therefore, it wasn’t east to get one. “My uncle was deaf and he actually went through college without an interpreter,” Labedda explained. There are many accommodations for hearing impaired students at RMU. “We use interpreters, student note takers, light scribe pens and notebooks, and the Ubiduo,” said Tracey Gorell, assistant director in the Center for Student Success. The light scribe pen and notebook is a combination that makes reviewing notes much easier. The student note taker can use these to record the notes that can then be transferred to a computer through the camera near the tip of the pen. The pen also records the lecture and correlates the lecture to the
page the notes were taken on. The Ubiduo is a portable set of keyboards and screens that acts as an instant messenger. “There are still road blocks,” said Labedda. “It’s a struggle to get an interpreter for funerals and personal events. I normally just do it for them.” She does not charge for this service. “I understand it’s a struggle and
they’re left with no choice,” she explained. “I’ve realized not to take anything for granted.” stated Labedda. She also talked about the student she works with. “I respect that he’s striving in a college setting, and he doesn’t let anything get in his way.” she said. “Everyone struggles, but anyone can overcome it.”
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Adapting for the best in the future CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 erything,” Kozubal said. “Some people here don’t always take it to the extreme, but in the Netherlands they almost do everything with their families.” Kozubal added that her roommate does not always understand what others are saying. “Our slang here is different than their slang,” she said. “So if someone uses a term she might ask, ‘can you use a different meaning for that? I don’t know what that means?’” Van Schie confessed that she did not know English before coming to the United States.
“I think English is the most important language,” she said. “You can speak it all over the world; everybody can speak a little English, so you can make yourself understandable.” According to Summer Institute for Linguistics (SIL) Ethnologue Survey from 1999, roughly 470 million people speak English as a first or second language, making it understandable as to why she would believe learning the language would bring new opportunities for her. Van Schie said that she only plans on going back to the Netherlands around Christmas, and
keeping residency in the United States until her scholarship is up in four years. “I’m here now,” she said. “Why would I go back earlier? I can see all the country… [and] do all the fun things.” She added that it would be cheaper for her to stay because she would have to pay traveling fees. Though Van Schie had to leave her family and friends in the Netherlands, she understands it was necessary for her to achieve her dreams. “Track and field is what I live for,” Van Schie explained. “I live to train for it. It got me here.”
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item they tell you that day, but what I have [in my book], you’re making your own deals. You decide what you want to get and how much you’re going to pay for it.” Wright insisted that he is neither a financial planner nor an advisor, and can’t teach someone how to recover from bad spending habits. He can help people break those habits to change the outlook of their future spending. Wright’s book is available on the Amazon, the Barnes & Nobles and the Create Space’s websites. It comes in paperback and digital form for the Kindle, Nook and eReader softwares. There is already a sequal in the works. He is planning to write a spin-off version for college students and children. He is also planning to develop his first iPhone app that has interactive “guerilla tactics and anti-tactics” designed to further put control in the hands of the buyer.
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Students enjoy refreshments during the small break between all of the presentations.
Rooney Scholar Luca Guardabascio of Italy depicted the link between “The Twilight Zone” series and his movie, Dismorfobia, which he showed.
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BY ALYSSA BENSON ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Going into Friday night’s game against Renesselaer (RPI), senior forward, and assistant captain, Brianna Delaney had compiled 97 points throughout her career thus far as a Colonial and remained tied with Sara O’Malley for the all-time points record in Robert Morris women’s hockey history. Just six minutes into the game Delaney earned a secondary assist on Rebecca Vint’s seventh goal of the season. The assist brought her to 98 points in her career and sole possession at the top of the record board. “It’s a great accomplishment, and it is even more exciting that I accomplished it while we are having such a great start to the season.” While it was a great moment for Delaney, her teammates were proud of her as well. “Me, Brianna, and Stack are the only seniors, and as such a small class we are very close, so naturally I’m excited for her,” explained senior captain, Paige Pietrangelo. “She works hard on and off the ice
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Brianna Delaney broke the RMU women’s scoring record with an assist in Friday’s game against Renesselaer. and maintains her composure.” Even though Delaney did not want to make breaking the record her focus, since there was still an entire game to play, she does admit that being on the road took some of the weight off of her shoulders. “I think there was a little less pressure only because there wasn’t anyone asking
about it or talking about it to me, I just tried not to worry too much about it,” she said. After a 5-1 win Friday night, the Colonials faced RPI again the following night. Delaney tallied the first goal of the game less than three minutes in on the power play. Delaney struck again just five minutes into the second period, this time with an even strength goal, to reach 100
total points in her career. “I think a key part to this is she still has a majority of her senior season to continue adding points to the ‘new’ record,” Pietrangelo said. “In March [when she’s finished her NCAA career] she will have left something behind at RMU.”
BY JONATHAN FISHER STAFF WRITER
“I stress walking away, [it would have] been the right move. This incident will not be tolerated,” Buscaglia reiterated. He wants to to make it known that, “These are two fine young ladies who made a mistake.” Buscaglia wanted to stress the fact that these are two fine young women. Colonial basketball has never been connected with problems on and off the court. Both players are now suffering the repercussions. “The consequences will be severe. Both women are taking responsibility for their actions,” said Buscaglia. Athletic Director Craig Coleman had this to say about the matter; “Aggressive behavior has no place on a college campus, and when such behavior is exhibited by our student-athletes, we take this extremely seriously. Unfortunately in
this situation it appears that one or more of our studentathletes lost control, and this will be dealt with seriously. Our student-athletes need to understand that they are role models for young, aspiring athletes, and their misbehavior is a matter of public interest; as a result, they must maintain their behavior at the highest standards.” The Colonials first game is against Coppin State at home at 7:00 P.M. This situation hopefully will pass and Buscaglia will lead Robert Morris to another successful season. Buscaglia said, “I am very disappointed; quite honestly embarrassed. They are very much disciplined and I cannot defend them.” “When someone makes a comment, you walk away. Provoked or unprovoked, that’s no excuse. First time offense or not, that is no excuse. They should have walked away.”
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Two men’s basketball freshmen cited for underage drinking Basketball players involved in altercation BY BROOKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR Homecoming dances are about having fun with friends in various fashions. For two members of the Robert Morris University men’s basketball team, October 7, 2011 turned into a nightmare. Two freshmen were cited for underage drinking, and were then taken to Sewickley Valley hospital where they then spent time in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). According to men’s basketball head coach, Andrew Toole, the players had practice earlier in the day; they did not have anything to eat throughout the day, and began drinking before the dance on an empty stomach. “Obviously we’re not glad this happened, we’re disappointed that this happened,” stated Toole. “The first thing you worry about is the health concerns that go with it, and the second thing you worry
about is how they can learn from it and how it cannot happen again.” Robert Morris University Athletic Director, Dr. Craig Coleman, also issued a statement regarding the incident: “Our Athletic Department takes the issues of underage alcohol use and alcohol abuse at any age very seriously. Because of the medical consequences of their actions, as well as the disciplinary measures that are being taken, we hope that these young men have learned a valuable lesson. Our athletes also need to understand that because of the high profile that society gives to athletes, not only are their athletic accomplishments made very public, but so are their transgressions. Several students on campus have been cited for underage drinking in the past, and some even have been PLEASE SEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 14
Altercations are never a good thing to experience, especially when the easiest answer is to just walk away. That wasn’t the case for two members of the Robert Morris women’s basketball team after posthomecoming celebrations. Two players, who will remain unnamed, were involved in an altercation. One player was combative with police, while the other was charged with disorderly conduct. This occurred after the two players were involved in a fight after returning early Sunday morning from an off-campus party. According to sources, this was one of many fights that broke out when students were dropped off at the gazebo from the party. Head coach Sal Buscaglia said, “It was extremely inappropriate that these two young ladies got involved. It is inexcusable honestly.”
October 28, 2011
Colonials look to rebound to NCAA tournament BY NICK BUZZELLI STAFF WRITER
After suffering a disappointing loss to Long Island University in the Northeast Conference championship game last year, the Robert Morris men’s basketball team is coming into this season with the hope of rebounding back into the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the eighth time in school history. “It would have been special to be the first team in NEC history to go to the NCAA tournament three years in a row,” stated RMU head coach Andy Toole. “Unfortunately we were unable to get the job done but it’s motivating us now as we prepare for the upcoming season.” Despite losing Gary Wallace to graduation and having junior guard Karon Abraham declared ineligible for violations of team and school regulations, RMU returns four of its top five scorers from last season’s squad and added six players to the current roster. David Appolon, Keith Arm-
strong, Lucious “Lucky” Jones, Brandon Herman, Darren Washington and transfer student Mike McFadden round out Robert Morris’s roster and will join juniors Russell Johnson, Velton Jones, Lijah Thompson and lone senior Lawrence Bridges on the court during the 2011-2012 campaign. Darren Washington believes that it will take time for the freshmen players to become fully accustomed to the pace of college basketball. “It’s been a challenge for me personally because the speed of the game is much faster,” stated Washington. “A lot of the other players are stronger so it’s something we need to work on.” Although the Colonials’ roster is a mix of freshmen and upperclassmen this year, many players have had experience playing at the division one level. Seven of Robert Morris’s thirteen players appeared in games for the Colonials last season and three were on the 2009-2010 squad that captured the conference
title and nearly upset Villanova in the first round of the NCAA tournament. According to Toole, McFadden, who won’t be eligible to play until December 17 because of NCAA transfer rules, should have an immediate impact on the Colonials whenever he gains eligibility. “Mike [McFadden] has done a really good job in the preseason and practices and is going to play a lot of minutes when he returns. He started 17 games as freshmen last season at Iona so he understands what playing at a high level of intensity is all about.” The Colonials begin the 2011-2012 season against Rider and Saint Peter’s before participating in the Philly Hoop Group Classic with La Salle, James Madison and Penn. The November 19 match against the Quakers will be Toole’s first game coaching against his former school. “It will be great to see people I haven’t seen in a while but my job is to prepare our team and our players to have the
hospitalized, but only high profile athletes have these mistakes written about in the newspaper. This means that our athletes have a responsibility to behave beyond reproach.” As far as punishment goes, the two players involved have already been suspended from practice for a total of ten days. “They had to do a lot of extra conditioning, workouts, wake up early in the morning, they were punished in that way during their time,” explained Coach Toole. “They have certain things that they are going to have to comply with obviously through the university in terms of sanctions and the judicial board, and they are also facing the underage drinking citation and what comes of that so all of those things combined are what their punishment has been.” Coach Toole wants this incident to serve as a learning experience for his team, and make them aware that they need to be aware of their social responsibilities. “You have to understand what you’re dealing with and what you’re doing, and if you’re underage you probably shouldn’t be drinking alcohol. And regardless of what situation you’re in there needs to be some sort of social responsibility,” acknowledges Toole. “You have to think about your actions. You have to think about the consequences of your actions, and then unfortunately if you make bad decisions, you have to own up to it and try to make it better.” He also wants this situation to serve as a good learning experience for RMU stu-
dents, and make it known that things can escalate more quickly than one might imagine they would. “You have to make sure you’re being responsible about how you drink, when you drink, you have to make sure you are taking care of yourself around the clock not just in terms of alcohol but also getting up and eating, and getting the right amount of rest and doing all of the things you have to do to take care of your body,” said Toole. “You have this huge amount of freedom that you never had and sometimes it can be hard to maintain a discipline and time management to make proper decisions.” While the situation that these two players found themselves in was definitely not a good one, Coach Toole realizes that it could have been a lot worse. “It’s a scary situation because you know things can get out of control much quicker than anyone probably realizes,” admitted Toole. “That’s kind of what happened to these two guys and it’s scary, it’s really scary.” One final thing that Coach Toole wants his players to realize is that being a Division I athlete here at RMU is not a right, but a privilege. “It can be taken away from you very, very quickly if you don’t act in accordance to the standards of this program and the university and the athletic department and all of the people that care and put a lot of effort into Robert Morris University and Robert Morris University basketball and athletics,” explained Toole. “That’s a lesson that they have to learn and unfortunately they learned it the hard way.”
Bryant scores late to defeat the Colonials 34-27 Women’s soccer sitting pretty BY JUSTIN CRIADO STAFF WRITER
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Lijah Thompson is recovering from an injury. most successful college ca- Despite the fact that Robert reers they can. If I can worry Morris has made seven NCAA about our team, I won’t worry tournament appearances, no about coaching against my team in program history has alma mater.” advanced past the first round Although the Colonials play and Toole would like to be a tough non-conference sched- the first skipper to guide the ule this year, against schools university to an NCAA vicsuch as Pitt, Duquesne, Ohio tory. “Being able to win a first and Memphis, Washington round game would be incredconsiders these matches a ne- ible. I would love to do it for cessity in order to prepare for our guys because it is someNEC play. “It doesn’t matter thing that they would never whether we win or lose the forget,” Toole exclaimed. “I’ve non-conference games, if we been a part of it as a player just compete it will help us and as an assistant and to down the stretch of the sea- be able to lead a team to the son,” said the 6-9 center. “It NCAA tournament as a head helps the freshmen adjust coach is something I can’t to the game in the long run.” even imagine.”
Freshmen cited for underage drinking Students get to “Meet the Colonials” CONINUED FROM PAGE 13
October 28, 2011
BY CHRISTOPHER SPEER CONTRIBUTOR
On Thursday, October 20, 2011 the Robert Morris men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Meet the Colonials. After both the men’s and women’s teams were introduced the women’s team had their intrasquad scrimmage, which was then followed by the men’s intrasquad scrimmage. There’s little doubt that if all goes according to plan, the women’s team will be very competitive once again. “Last year turnovers were costly for us, but I think if we cut them down, we will win a lot more games this year and I think we will certainly be very competitive and I think we will be a lot more competitive in the Northeast Conference,” stated Buscaglia. “If we are prepared for every game and every opponent, we can be competitive and reach our goal, which is to go to the NCAA Tournament,” said Artemis Spanou. On Thursday, the freshmen got a little taste of a college game. Freshman forward Darren Washington was active and it was noticeable. Whereas Keith Armstrong who has a big body and is very active around the rim, had trouble finishing. Brandon Herman shot the ball well Thursday. And finally David Appolon drew some of the tougher defensive assignments in the scrimmage. Overall, the freshman performed
very well for their first college scrimmage. “Last year we had to rely on our freshman to win us games, hopefully this year our freshman can be freshman where they can learn the game and still be able to help us,” said head coach Andrew Toole. Another person that did not play in the scrimmage on Thursday night was Lijah Thompson. He is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. Once the scrimmage was complete, the main event was about to take place, the slam dunk contest. Senior forward, Lawerence Bridges was named the winner this year. He got the votes courtesy of dunking over a photographer. “This year I can help my team a lot more because I am in better shape and being the lone senior I need to provide more leadership and be a lot more mature on and off the court,” stated Bridges. After the dunk contest junior. Treadwell Lewis walked out on the court and grabbed a ball and that is when the crowd along with his team started chanting his name. Treadwell threw down a windmill dunk and brought down the house with it. Once he threw the dunk down, the place erupted, with the players storming the court and chest bumping him. As fans were leaving they were talking about the dunk over the photographer and Treadwell’s dunk at the end of the night.
BY LAUREN THOMAS CONTRIBUTOR
game, and it seemed after their goal the referees were on their side. Our girls would be fouled numerous times, and if we touched Bryant, immediately would be called a foul. It was almost impossible for us to get a break. In the second half, we also got an unnecessary penalty kick called on us. We all had confidence in our senior goalie Jess Olin, but the shot went right over her, putting Bryant up 2-0. With about seven minutes left in the game, Senior Brianna Bell found Sophmore Johanna Kadam for a diving header goal. That gave us some confidence, but there wasn’t much time left to generate another goal. We ended the game with a 2-1 loss. Wagner, and Long Island University are the next two teams that stand in the way of us making another new history changer--playoffs. Each of these games are completely beatable teams and we hope to secure our spot shortly. Even though these teams may be beatable, taking them lightly is not an option. Our goal of having a winning season has been met, but we aren’t stopping there. Making NEC’s is what we want. It is a program first, that, we are optimistic won’t be our last.
Bryant came in to Joe Walton Stadium and handed the Colonials their fifth loss of the season when Jordan Brown ran one in from 10 yards out with 32 seconds left, giving the Bulldogs the 34-27 victory. Before Brown’s game-winning score, Jordan Harris blocked an Anthony LaMancusa punt for the Bulldogs, which was eventually recovered at the 25-yard line, to set up the decisive three-play drive. “Not trying wasn’t the issue. We played very hard, but playing hard doesn’t make up for mental mistakes,” defensive end Steve Mitchell said. The Colonials came out firing in the first after Bryant scored on the game’s opening drive when Brown ran 49 yards for his first touchdown of the day, but Tom Alberti pushed the extra point. After a Greg Langer 22-yard field goal, quarterback Jeff Sinclair led the offense on an eight-play 80-yard scoring drive to open up the second quarter, finding tight end Shadrae King from 12 yards out. After trading touchdowns, Greg Langer’s 36-yard
The football team’s chances of winning this year’s NEC title are questionable after their loss to Bryant. field goal gave RMU a 20-13 But just like before, Bryant responded the very next drive lead heading into halftime. The third wasn’t as electri- then stalled Sinclair and comfying as the second as the Co- pany before blocking LaManlonial defense tightened lead cusa’s punt. “All we can do is look forby ends Mitchell and Nolan Nearhoof, but Bryant found a ward to Sacred Heart and get way to tie things up with an better this week. Just look eight-play 72-yard drive that ahead,” Nearhoof stated. The loss drops RMU to 2-5 on ended with quarterback Mike Croce finding Matt Tracey the season and 2-2 in conference play. The Colonials are from seven yards out. “We played well. We made all but mathematically elimiadjustments at halftime and nated from winning the conwere beating them upfront,” ference crown, but will look to finish out the remainder of Mitchell added. Jamie Cobb gave the Colo- their NEC schedule strong. nials the late 27-20 lead with Next week Sacred Heart will a 14-yard touchdown catch come to Moon Township for a from Sinclair with 6:14 left. noon kickoff.
BY BROOKS BRATTEN STAFF WRITER Future editions of the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary will likely include a photo of this year’s men’s soccer team next to the definition of frustration. Okay, maybe just a short description in- stead. The Colonials dropped a 1-0 decision to the Bryant Bulldogs this past Friday, pushing their record in the Northeast Conference to 0-7. It is not for lack of trying, however, as the club has dominated virtually every facet of multiple games this season, except for the one that matters most, the scoreboard. “It’s truly unbelievable,” said head coach Bill Denniston lightheartedly, while struggling to find the words to describe the situation. “This is the best team we’ve had since we won (the conference championship) in ‘05, and I thought we had a legitimate chance to win it this year, and we’re 0 and 7. It’s hilarious.” The Bulldogs got on the board just 2:18 into the match
with a quick strike from Nico- to hold us off.” “At this point we’re just trytive attitude, or trying to at las Parisi from inside the box. The Colonials are guaranteed ing to play for pride,” said least. It’s tough.” That marker ended up being to miss the Northeast Confer- junior goalkeeper Toba Bolaji, “I don’t know how much betthe game’s only goal, with ence Tournament at this junc- who had four saves against ter we can play,” said Denthe Colonials controlling play ture, but with three games Bryant. “We can’t make the niston. “I mean, what do we from that point on. remaining on the schedule, conference tournament now change? The ball has just got “There was a little lack of the team knows there is noth- but we’re trying to upset to go in the net.” composure in the first couple ing to do but keep moving for- teams.” Turnley tried to stay positive minutes,” said senior mid- ward. “We’re just keeping a posi- after the game, but the frusfielder Justin Turnley. tration on the afternoon “We weren’t really paying and the season as whole attention and that cost us was clearly evident. a goal. Pushing forward “Just the results and the as much as we could, I way things have gone are thought we had the majorreally getting us down,” ity of the play, but if you said the Beaver native. “I don’t put the ball in the guess we’re going to have net, you can’t win.” to push forward and try Robert Morris finished to keep our heads up.” with 22 shots, outshooting the Bulldogs by a 2 to Notes: 1 margin. Bryant was able The Colonials finish off to withstand the pressure their home schedule this by deflecting shots or comweekend as they entering up with timely saves. tain Monmouth on Fri“You’ve definitely got to day and take on Mt. St. give credit to those guys,” Mary’s on Sunday aftersaid Turnley. “They denoon which will also be fended well, deflecting senior day. Both matches shots, their keeper coming commence at the North Photo by RMU ATHLETICS Athletic Complex on Robup with some big saves; give credit to them. They Senior Justin Turnley is hoping the men’s soccer team can end the ert Morris University’s got the goal and were able season on a high note. campus.
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Robert Morris University’s women’s soccer program has been around for 10 years, and has never seen either a winning season, or made it to the Northeast Conference playoffs. This 2011 season is undoubtedly different. Since starting off the season beating tough teams such as Syracuse (1-0), and Eastern Washington (3-1), most can say we’ve had a good run thus far. I say ‘we’ because I am a senior on our Women’s Soccer team, but I don’t want to stop at ‘thus far.’ Teammate and senior forward Rachel Sebbens says, “Beating Syracuse and Eastern Washington gave us the confidence that we needed to beat better teams. It set the pace early for our season.” This season, we have had an unbelievable burst of strength, focus, and pride, which has landed us a winning season. This past Sunday was our senior day game and celebration. Our game was a tough one, but anyone in attendance would say that it wasn’t our team that lost us the game, it was the referees. Bryant scored first, within the first 20 minutes of the
Men’s soccer falls to Bryant, remain winless in NEC
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Delaney breaks scoring record against RPI CONINUED FROM PAGE 13 The Colonials went on to win the contest by a score of 4-2, and despite breaking the record, Delaney attempted to push it to the back of her mind until after the weekend was over. “To be honest I didn’t think too much about it at the time,” explains Delaney. “It was more an after thought after we swept RPI.” Delaney finished the weekend with two goals, one assist and a plus-1 rating throughout the two game series. While she experienced a flurry of emotions after breaking the record, she is also glad it is over with, and she is able to move forward with her senior season. “I think that it is a relief to an extent, because I’m glad I broke the record, but now I don’t have to think about it anymore,” she explained. “I
tried not to think about it too much before and just focused on the game anyway. But there is definitely a little weight off my shoulders.” While everyone involved with the women’s hockey program is happy for Brianna Delaney, there is one person whose excitement is just a little bit more than everyone else, her sister, and teammate, Cobina Delaney. “It’s a pretty exciting time for my sister, as well as the team. Brianna wasn’t even aware that she was coming close to breaking the record until others brought it to her attention,” explains Cobina Delaney. “Personally, when she broke the record I couldn’t have been happier for her because I never thought she would be breaking school records. This is something great that Brie has achieved and it’s even more special because I was able to
be with her when she accomplished this.” NOTES: This past weekend the women’s hockey team swept RPI by a score of 5-1 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday. Rebecca Vint had a two goal game on Friday, with both goals coming on the powerplay. Paige Pietrangelo, Kelsey Thomas, and Thea Imbrogno all added goals in the win as well. The following night Brianna Delaney tallied two goals, while assistant captain, Dayna Newsom added one of her own. Vint tallied her third goal of the weekend on an empty netter. Vint’s play over the weekend earned her College Player of the Week honors just a week after being named CHA Rookie of the Week.
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Brianna Delaney still has over half of her senior season to extend her points record.
Men’s hockey names 2011-2012 assistant captains BY BROOKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR Just before the Robert Morris University men’s hockey team set off for their game against Air Force, head coach Derek Schooley announced over twitter that the team had chosen seniors Brandon Blandina and James Lyle to be the assistant captains for the 20112012 season. “Team choose Asst Captains today...players did a good job in choosing Srs Brandon Blandina and James Lyle,” read the tweet from Coach
Schooley. Blandina and Lyle will now join senior forward, Trevor Lewis who was named captain at the end of March, as leaders of the team. According to Blandina, some of his new roles include, “acting as a leader on and off the ice, working with both the players and the coaches to make decisions for the team, as well as communicating between coaches and refs on ice.” Lewis believes that both Blandina and Lyle posses great qualities that will make
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James Lyle is honored that he was selected by his teammates to be an assistant captain.
them effective assistant captains. “Brandon is a good leader by working hard and showing leadership through his play, he is also not afraid to speak up and be vocal which isn’t easy to do. James leads our defense and has a lot of respect from our guys,” explained Lewis. “He is able to show leadership through his play as well and will be vocal in the right situations. They are both great assistant captains.” For Blandina, he is honored that his teammates selected him to this role, but he realizes it will be a large responsibility. “I was honored, a sense of joy came over me with but at the same time I knew it is a big responsibility,” recalled Blandina. “It really means a lot to me and it is great to know that the guys see me as a leader.” Lyle is also honored that he was selected to be an assistant captain. “I’m obviously really proud,” said Lyle. “Anytime your teammates select you to this type of position, it’s something that makes you step up and value the position very highly because of getting the respect from your teammates.” Schooley also thinks the team did a very good job picking Blandina and Lyle as assistant captains for many different reasons.
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Brandon Blandina is honored to be an assistant captain, but he realizes this will be a large responsibility. “Both Brandon and James Lyle are very good people and that’s what you look for when you name captains,” remarked Schooley. “I think they know the right way of playing and they know the way we want to play, they’ll both do a great job in helping Trevor Lewis lead this team.” Coach Schooley also wanted to note that there are a lot of other great leaders on the team. “That’s not to say that we don’t have a lot of other very good leaders and all of our seniors lead in different ways,” said Schooley. “We had a lot
of people get votes but I think the team ultimately chose two very good people and players.” After splitting a two game series with Quinnipiac, the Colonials now find themselves 2-3 overall. Up next for the Colonials is a two game series at Michigan State on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 before they return home on November 4 and 5 to face American International. After the game on November 5, men’s hockey fans will have their first opportunity of the season to skate with members of the team.