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February 15, 2013
Volume 85, Issue 15 Volume 84, Issue 5
WANTED on the ‘path’
Drew’s DOYO where Theatre majors study and perform
New theatre agenda annoys Drew students
Amanda Tesarak Arts Editor On a typical day, walking across the Drew campus, one would most likely run into other students, some faculty and, of course, plenty of squirrels. Notably absent from a normal day of campus life, how-
ever, are the deans and president of the university. In a survey consisting of showing students images from the Drew website, students were asked to identify President of the Interim Term Vivian Bull, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Jon Levin, Associate Dean of the College of
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Liberal Arts John Muccigrosso and Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Sharon Sundue. Out of the 91 students surveyed, 66 reported they could not name any of the aforementioned people. Twelve could name Bull, fourteen could See Admins , Page 6
Drew Dining Policy Alcohol Question resurfaces: problems Stalemate remains result in task force Kimberly Ammiano Features Editor
Over the past week, #occupycommons has become a trending topic in more places than just Twitter. While this protest has taken on various forms, students appear to have been so consumed by the take-out policy, that they forgot to mention their continuous anger towards the food options - or perceived lack thereof - that are accessible to them.According to the General Manager of Drew Dining Mark Vallero, the campus menu is set based on preference. “We make sure that what customers preferred last year, we continue. What is trendy, we introduce, and we try to include the feedback we get along the way as well.” Additionally, the Food Court menu is decided based on “items that are proven to be the most pop-
ular amongst college students,” Vallero explained. “Aramark has a great deal of experience in serving college students: Pizza, deli, salad and grill are the typical concepts that students want available to them. The actual menu items we offer at each menu station are based on our brand standards for each concept.” While Vallero explained that overall the menus are developed according to Aramark’s knowledge of student preference, Samantha Calabrese (’13) begs to differ. “What happened to the real Spicy Chicken Wrap?” she asked. Joshua Winarick (’13) agrees. “The Spicy Chicken Wrap was the one thing I actually looked forward to ordering at the Snack Bar. Now, it causes so much confusion to ask for the wrap and not the panini.”
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Lina Estrada News Editor With transports being reported every week, disturbances in residence halls and other more severe incidents occurring on campus, it’s obvious that Drew has alcohol issues that need attending. The creation of an alcohol task force, which is supposed to begin operations next month under the control of Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Sara Waldron, is going to attempt to keep drinking “under control,” and reduce the risks associated with alcohol for underage drinkers. The Student Government was the first to come up with the idea for an alcohol task force last semester. The project was only sketched out and never really acted upon. “The alcohol task force is
A mere three years ago, Drew’s theatre department was ranked as the top in the country by the Princeton Review. The year after that-–in 2011-–the department was ranked second best. This time around, the Princeton Review has ranked the program seventh best in the country after being surpassed by schools like Yale and Sarah Lawrence. A look into
the curriculum of a theatre major may hold the answer to this sudden drop in ratings. According to theatre majors, there have been some recent changes made to the curriculum. Theatre major Ruby Hankey (’13) noticed that the changes being made have been more practical opposed to artistic, meaning mainly changes in the general requirements. See Princeton, Page 2
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literally a group of people that was suggested by students to look at alcohol issues on campus,” Waldron said. “There was a plan to get together individuals to begin to do the work on campus, but there were conflicts with student schedules.” The project was put on hold,but knowing that alcohol is a big issue on campus, Waldron wants to get the project going.
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“The new program would not be called ‘alcohol’ task force, but instead would be called the ‘Campus Culture Task Force,’” she said. “The significance behind the name is to address concerns about alcohol culture on campus.” If the program is organized the way Waldron plans, then students and administrators will both be involved in an extensive agenda that will address all alcohol related See Dean, page 3
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Princeton reviews skewed on theatre changes From New, Page 1 When she first came to Drew as a freshman, there was no Capstone. Now, theatre majors must take two semesters of capstone–one during the spring of junior year and another their final semester senior year where they put together a final project. After the Capstone was added to the curriculum, it started to count as one of the department’s ‘sets.’ Drew puts on four sets of shows a semester, with the next set consisting of two one-act plays that are being student-directed. This is a positive and important change because it “brings together all aspects of theatre and gives students a chance to appreciate each others’ art,” said Sarah Petry (’14), who, like Hankey, has been involved in the department since her freshman year. Hankey said that the Capstone project is “of utmost importance because the seniors finish off their education with a cumulative project encompassing all the things they’d been learning.” In the past, students have had the chance to direct during the fourth set, an opportunity that has been exchanged for the Capstone project. Some students have been upset by this in the past because the Capstone being counted as a set means that there is one fewer position for students concentrating on directing. Chair of the Theatre & Dance
department Rosemary McLaughlin acknowledges that students have made complaints about this, but she points out that students who have chosen to direct for their Capstone project in recent years have created original pieces, earned the opportunity to take their work to New York or to take part in theatre festivals. “Original work is something we as a department do best. We encourage student initiative,” McLaughlin said proudly. A frustration of many majors was described by Molly Porter (’15) concerning the small-cast shows that Drew has been choosing in conjunction with repetitive casting. Porter suggested that “it might simply be that the department has gotten so big that it’s harder to get cast now.” The problem is that there are theatre majors who are halfway through their college career who haven’t had adequate stage time and are therefore unprepared after graduation. “There’s only so much that doing scenes in class can do... clearly there are steps that need to be taken to accommodate the larger department so that more people can have stage time,” quoted Porter. Additionally, Sarah Petry’s wish is to have more variety in the shows produced. While she was thrilled when Drew did A Raisin in the Sun last semester, she would very much like if students “could have more flexibility in choice of shows.
Public Safety Blotter February 4 At 12:46 a.m. a student with sanctions prohibiting access to the residence halls was found in Haselton in violation of the order and removed from campus.
February 8 At 2:10 a.m. officers were dispatched to Holloway for a medical call. Upon their arrival, they found an intoxicated student who was vomiting. After an evaluation, he was allowed to remain with friends. Approximately one hour later, the student was transported to the hospital after his condition deteriorated. A report was sent to the Dean.
February 9 At 10:16 p.m. a former student restricted from campus was observed in the Ehinger Center (E.C.) Officers made contact with the individual and escorted him off campus.
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February 9 At 10:46 p.m. HQ received a report of an odor of marijuana in Hoyt and responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, they were able to identify the source of the odor and made contact with the resident. After a brief investigation, a number of illegal items were confiscated and the information was recorded for the Dean’s office.
February 9 At 11:51 p.m. officers responded to assist staff members in the E.C. for a student who was disorderly. After an encounter with the student, she was removed from the building.
February 10 At 12:30 a.m. a student was transported to the hospital from Brown after an evaluation showed him to be disoriented and highly intoxicated. A report was forwarded to the Dean.
February 10 At 1:33 a.m. officers responded to a report of a large party involving underage drinking at McLendon. Once on scene, the officers interviewed the resident and issued several citations. A report was written for the Dean’s Office.
The hall that leads to the DOYO where the Theater Department holds its productions Sometimes it can be very hard for a student director to get their play of choice approved.” Other changes in the department include small logistical changes, like the fact that students are now required to log a certain number of shop hours. In previous years, students were allowed to count any mix of theatrical contributions towards their practical credits, whether these hours be from stage-managing, acting, design or directing. However, students are now required to earn at least one of their credits from shop hours. Similarly, the department used to require three semesters of Theatre History. However, complaints of curriculum changes haven’t pervaded the entire system. Due to the repetitive interference of students wishing to take part in the London Semester, Theatre History 3 - which was the most writing and time-intensive according to Hankey - is no longer a requirement for the major. This is a positive change because, as McLaughlin pointed out, the students who still choose to take Theatre History 3 are those who really want to be there, as opposed to those who are forced to attend the class. In addition, it provides a better schedule for students who wish to apply to the London semester, which a number of theater majors opt for. In response to the rankings, McLaughlin also gave her opinion on the school’s latest number. “I think that it’s a nice thing to have that number one spot… but we always take [the rankings] with a grain of salt,” she said. “The Princeton Review” does annual surveys for those who care to fill them out, but neither of the interviewed students had been asked specifically about their theatre experience. In short, the survey participants may not have given the entire story, skewing the result. “Coy” is the word that McLaughlin chose to describe the ranks, claiming that the results are often based on how popular theatre is at each individual school. “No member of the ‘Princeton Review’ comes to see any of Drew’s productions, they don’t sit in on classes or talk to
students,” she said. Despite a small drop in rank, Drew remains one of the best schools for theatre nationally, and the reputation has grown steadily since the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts (DoYo) opened ten years ago. McLaughlin reported that on a positive note, more kids are doing internships, and the department has a strong alumni connection through both social media and word of mouth. In addition, professors occasionally bring in outside evaluators to see how classes are run and enjoy the shows to make sure the school is up to par. “I don’t worry about rank as much as standards,” McLaughlin said. While no one can know for sure if the “Princeton Review” took these curriculum changes into account when they ranked Drew, students have definitely responded to the change in requirements over the years. Hankey, who looks back on her years with the theatre department as
both very positive and stimulating, approves the idea of instituting a mandatory portfolio that students will add to throughout their college years and beyond. This is a brand new requirement for newly-declared majors, which she believes is a good thing to have anyway if one plans to advance in the theatre industry. To sum it up, McLaughlin mentioned: “We rely more on the comments of people who have actually seen our productions and our classroom work. Whether it’s our peers or returning alumni or award-winning, professional actors, directors and designers (such as Anne Kauffman, Lisa Kron, Gh’ail Rhodes) who come to work with us, and tell us how impressed they are with our students and the work that we do. Many have encouraged us to invite them back or to use them as references to invite other professionals to create theatre with us.” Drew plans on keeping the bar high by remaining motivated and innovative each season.
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Professor Webb deems Drew University green Liz Pemberton Staff Writer Drew recently received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for the category of Healthy Ecosystems. According to Dr. Sara Webb, professor of biology and director of environmental studies, “It was awarded by the state of New Jersey, specifically the Department of Environmental Protection. Many organizations were nominated for this and several other categories.” As Webb explained, the Health Ecosystems award is not a general award for environmental programs. “But,” she said, “[it] is specifically for our work to restore the Drew Forest Preserve and to transform the rest of the campus toward natural ecosystems that support birds, butterflies and other components of biodiversity.” Webb is actively involved with the plan to restore the Drew Forest Preserve. She began forest restoration in 2008 in two areas of the Drew Forest—the Zuck Arboretum and the Hepburn Woods—with three objectives in mind: “To protect the deer from using a ten-foot deer fence, the removal of damaging invasive
Mclendon Hall is silver leaf certified for being an environmentally friendly on campus vines and trees that choke out baby trees and native wildflowers and planting more than 2,000 native trees and shrubs.” “Hundreds of Drew students have participated in this project through research, planting trees and pulling out invasive plants. Many of our baby trees came from a work program at Bayside State Prison,” she added. The funding for these projects came from grants. “Environmentalist Chris Hepburn, a former Drew neighbor, was very generous
and I formed partnerships with New Jersey Audubon and with the US Fish and Wildlife Service who continue to provide expertise and hands-on support on the ground.” Although the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence Drew received was distinctly geared towards ecological restoration, Webb believes Drew is additionally environmentally friendly in several other ways. She affirmed that Drew has “a strong major in environmental sustainability, many environmen-
tal courses, a geothermally heated dorm [McLendon Hall], the certifiably green renovation of the E.C., zipcars, single-stream recycling, composting of dining hall wastes.” “There are other things like: energy efficient lighting projects, earth-oriented theological school projects and programs, a student garden....the list goes on and on,” Webb said. “And Drew has very active student groups: Students for Sustainable Food, DEAL, TERRA and Earth House. We have a lot to be proud of.”
As a professor of both biology and environmental sustainability and as the director of the Drew Forest Preserve, Webb is feels proud about the recognition Drew has received. “It’s a big honor for everyone who helped, from faculty families who planted trees to students who pulled up invaders, to the Board of Trustees, which committed the land for preservation to volunteers from Madison,” she said. “It is thrilling to see the forest recovering its natural structure and diversity. Already, lost wildflowers are returning and wildlife, such as woodland mice and flying squirrels, is recovering. I hope the award will bring more people out to the Drew Forest.” Drew University students are also very happy to hear about the award. Addison Del Mastro (’15), an environmental studies minor, with a strong personal interest in environmental issues, said, “the news was awesome because at Drew we always talk about how we are environmentally conscious, it’s one of our major things here. But to get outside recognition, especially from the state itself, makes it clear that we’re doing a lot more than just patting ourselves on the back for ‘being green.’”
Dean Waldron proposes counter to alcohol abuse Fron Alcohol, Page 1 schedules.” The project was put on hold but knowing that alcohol is a big issue on campus, Waldron wants to get the project going. “The new program would not be called ‘alcohol’ task force, but instead would be called the ‘Campus Culture Task Force,’” she said. “The significance behind the name is to address concerns about alcohol culture on campus.” If the program is organized the way Waldron plans, then students and administrators will both be involved in an extensive agenda that will address all alcohol related issues. “The task force would take a critical approach in four areas: existing policies, assessment, education awareness and prevention,” Waldron said. She also added, “In order to ensure that these areas are covered, the task force would include members from Reslife, Student Conduct, Public Safety, Health/Counseling Services, New Social Engine and the Student Government.” Alcohol policies would be reviewed by Waldron as well as members from the Student Government and Education Awareness would be conducted by Residence Assistants, DV8 and NSE, Waldron explained. “We would also be working with Audra Tonero [coordinator of Substance Awareness and Educational Programs],” she said. “who is the alcohol abuse counselor on campus, to make sure alcohol and drug education is available to students.”
The other two parts of the program would be explored through surveys. “For the assessment, the first thing we’d like to find out is what the alcohol usage on campus is like, what it’s like in comparison to other campuses, what are the attitudes towards it,” Waldron said. “We’d also like to look at what the risk factors are to look at prevention solutions. Risk factors such as fights, vandalism, transports and sexual assault all have to be looked at in the assessment stage.” The last step, prevention, would also use surveys. This method has already been put into practice when freshman came to Drew this past fall semester. “There was an online program that was tried last semester, and it was sent out to freshmen before they came to Drew in the fall,” Waldron said. “The program was not mandatory, and we began to use that as a sanction for alcohol violations. It was an educational kind of survey that revolved around alcohol and drugs and what effects it has on students.” More surveys like be used in the future to get information, as well as for educational purposes. According to Waldron, “There are a lot of surveys that the school takes regarding alcohol and drugs. There’s the American College Health survey that collects information and statistics about student’s drinking on campus, and there’s a survey that NSE has done in the past that will be brought back in the fall.” These surveys are crucial for assessment because there has to
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Dean Waldron discusses the alcohol culture on Drew’s campus and the alcohol force be an estimate of how much drinking is present on campus. “We have an active drinking culture on campus. At events like art gallery receptions and guest speaker talks, alcohol is often served. I’ve been to meetings with Trustees and alcohol was present,” Waldron said. “We also have The Pub on campus, which provides alcohol to those 21 and over.” “With alcohol present at social events, this makes it more likely for risky behaviors to happen. About 98 percent of the sexual assaults that occur on campus happen because someone was intoxicated or drugged,” Waldron said. “Also, we don’t want roommates or people around students who drink to feel the effects of alcohol. If a student drinks, their roommate comes in and then the student pukes over the floor, it becomes the roommates’ issue. We don’t want that.” Two members of the parties that
will be participating in the task force—Public Safety and NSE— commented on what their groups do to reduce the use of alcohol on campus. NSE Vice President Allison Nachimson (’13) spoke about how the club tries to promote a drug-free environment. “NSE is a group on our campus that works to reduce the harms of alcohol and drug use by providing fun social alternatives, advocacy and awareness campaigns,” Nachimson said. Through events like the Rock and Bowl and Humans vs. Zombies, students are encouraged to have fun without being under the influence. Director of Public Safety Robert Lucid commented on how alcohol affects students. “We’ve had about 24 medical transports this year,” Lucid said. “The numbers are fairly consistent throughout the year and only go up and down depending on the seasons and the time of the week.”
According to Lucid, the best solution towards reducing alcohol on campus is assessment. “There has to be an increased awareness of the dangers of alcohol—mainly intoxication—when a person is so drunk they have to be transported,” he said. “I think most people can agree that drinking like that is incredibly dangerous and unhealthy. Students should take a look at their behaviors, because they can be life-threatening.” To bring this back full circle, Waldron elaborated on what her goals were and what she wishes to accomplish with the task force. “I just want students to be safe. The reduction of alcohol use on campus is supposed to make students feel as safe as possible,” she said. “For those who choose to take drugs or alcohol, as well as those surrounding them, we want to make the atmosphere less extreme.”
February 15, 2013
Aramark discusses All dining policies with student body From Drew, Page 1
While the changes that took place to the snack bar over the summer break caused a lot of negative buzz about campus, students seem even more angered by the changes that took place while away for winter break. “I was finally getting adjusted to the old menu,” said Victoria Hinojosa (’13), “and now everything is different again. And it’s always difficult to ask for a substitution. My Snack Bar experience is always a bit frustrating.” Vallero holds a different opinion. “Although we have set menus at each menu station, we are always open to customizing sandwiches and grill items.” He explains the seasonal change, saying, “The menu changed from fall to spring because [they] are testing out a new deli brand. Additionally, [they] learned that some sandwiches were not as popular as others, so [they] switched them out for newer sandwiches.” While Vallero stated that, “[they] feel the menu options are sufficient for the amount of space and equipment that the dining services own,” it would appear students feel much differently. “There definitely are not enough options available to us at the Snack Bar or the Commons,” Devon Stefanow (’13) said. “For my writing
for social media class, I’m thinking about creating a blog that guides students on how to make Commons creations. Something needs to be done in order to improve our access to foods that actually appeal to us.” Hillel President Julia Friedman (’13), expressed a desire for a kosher menu. Friedman, who recently had to fight her way out of the meal plan because of conflicts with her religion, explains that her current situation is inconvenient because, as she said, “I can’t eat at the Commons and I also don’t have access to a kitchen on campus. I’m often running late to class or scrounging for whatever food I have left over in the room. It’s added stress that could be avoided.” Just as Friedman pointed out that there are not enough kosher options, many students who require gluten-free diets and other dietary provisions admit to finding it near impossible to eat on campus. “More people are fighting their way out of the meal plan this year than I ever remember,” Friedman said. “Many of my friends with diet restrictions feel trapped by the options that the Commons and Snack Bar offer. It’s honestly just not fair. They do not attempt to cater to our needs whatsoever.”
Conflict remains between Aramark and students’ needs Portia Dezen Nina Godlewski Staff Writers After the campus protest of the Commons’ food policy, it would appear that the same disparity between student complaints and Aramark replies is as strong as ever. It seems as if absolutely nothing has changed. In case the reader hasn’t been on campus for the entirety of last week, there was cause for student concern when Timothy Watkins (’15) took food out of the Commons. As he explains his ordeal, he “had brought two mediumsized containers” with him to the Commons. “I brought one over to the salad bar to get some tuna fish and the other to get some macaroni,” he described. “At this point one of the Commons employees saw what I was doing and told me I wasn’t allowed to take food out with me. She asked me for my I.D. and called Public Safety. I was surprised to see multiple officers arrive, and they told me I could either eat the food immediately or throw it out – that I would be charged with theft if I tried to leave with it. It almost goes without saying that the food ended up going to waste.” “I feel it’s an inane policy that
students aren’t allowed to carry out food,” Watkins continued. He firmly believes, as many students may agree, that Aramark’s policies are more stringent than sensible. “I wasn’t trying to take an exorbitant amount with me – just two average-sized Tupperware containers,” he explained. “They weren’t even completely filled. I think that if you’re paying for a meal plan you should be able to take a moderate amount of food with you back to your room, seeing as there are no formal take-out options.” Other students bring additional complaints. Laura Broadwell (’13) said, “the plates, cups and silverware are consistently dirty. Ew.” Lauren Grapstein (’14) said, “I haven’t eaten in the Commons or Snack Bar since freshman year, and even then I only went a handful of times. This semester I’m only on campus three days a week because I have an internship, but I’ve had to pay for a meal plan since freshman year.” She addressed the option to defer from the plan, but that would require a medical condition - one she does not have. “I can’t even believe the dining options have made me feel that not having a medical condition is unfortunate.” General Manager of Drew Dining Daniel Walker and Director of Dining Services Mark Vallero both
disagree with Watkins, Broadwell and Grapstein. They agreed that the meal plan in the Commons is “designed to be an ‘all-youcare-to-eat’ dine-in plan and not a ‘carry out’ plan.” In defense of dish and silverware cleanliness, Vallero added that “we [Aramark] continuously replace and replenish dishes as needed in the Commons throughout the course of a meal period. Our silverware washing system is constantly monitored and the equipment is routinely maintained by a contracted professional service.”On the topic of alternative diet options, Vallero stated that the Commons features a “dedicated vegetarian station [in the Commons] which includes hot entrees, sides and soup. There are vegan options available in both the Commons and the Food Court. Most items are vegan at the vegetarian station in the Commons – each menu item has a list of ingredients. There is also a stir fry station where customers can pick their ingredients. In the Food Court, there are pre-packaged items that are marked as vegan.” “I strongly recommend that if students have concerns or suggestions that they communicate through the Drew Dining Services e-mail or through the Student Government. We encourage feedback and decisions to make changes
to the dining program are based on some of the suggestions we receive.” Vallaro said. Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Sara Waldaron, who is a neutral party in the matter, stated that “there is not a policy about carrying out food in Daniel’s Dictionary.” She explains that the food service familiar to students has a separate contract with Aramark and the University, and that it’s based on the meal plan already in place in the Commons,”being an all-you-care-to-eat option.” Aware of the students’ concerns, Waldron also had this to add, “we know students are hungry at different hours of the day. A student may take a piece of fruit or a bagel in the morning or a sandwich in the afternoon. These types of items taken occasionally are okay and we expect it, but that’s not the issue. The issue is when students come and take an entire loaf of bread, fill containers with cereal, fill plastic containers for a whole other meal for consumption or for a guest.” For Aramark and administrators the issue is complicated. There are a few matters beyond the price of the food, one being quality control. Waldron provided one such example, “if a student is going from the dining hall to their dorm room or sports practice, there’s no control
on the food,” said Waldron. “A student may say they got sick from Commons when in reality it was from the food sitting in their bag.” But concerns arose over more than just the quality of food. One student, Samantha Gianna (’13) expressed her concern over the points system. “I do not like the fact that if we don’t use all of our meals one week, we don’t get any money back, but if we need extra meals another week we have to pay extra.” There is a Drew Dining Committee that has been in effect for many years and meets regularly. Members of the committee include students, faculty and staff who all raise valid issues about Dining Services. Drew Dining has an e-mail address where students can voice concerns, and some will be brought directly to the dining committee. Over the last couple years, the Student Government has been involved in working with Aramark to address relevant problems, and many first year students are not aware of the strides that have already been made.” The Drew Dining Committee is having its next meeting on Monday, Feb. 18 in Crawford Hall, located inside the Ehinger Center at 7 p.m. All are encouraged to attend and contribute their opinion.
Stay cool, stay warm
Portia Dezen Staff Writer
ast week, fashionistas from all over the country bundled up to brave New York Fashion Week, proving that just because there’s a foot of snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t still look fabulous. Winter fashion is a ton of fun because layering knows no limit. From thigh high boots and thick socks to scarves and furry hats, staying warm never looked so good. Stay toasty and stylish head-to-toe in these winter essentials. If you want to avoid a head cold, slip on the “BDG Cable Knit Beret” in one of five colors from Urban Outfitters ($24.00). This slouchy knit is casual, yet chic— perfect to keep snow off your hair during your walk to class. Next, protect your neck with an infinity scarf. For something that goes with everything, there’s the “Black Knit Infinity Basic Scarf,” online at windsorstore.com ($12.90). For a flirty and floral look, try the “Watercolor Floral Infinity Scarf” by Charlotte Russe ($9.99). For those who want to go slightly more bold, the “Collection XIIX Infinity Scarf” at Nordstrom ($28.00) in one of four fun colors is crosswoven with neon threads for a cute, wintry pop of color. Oxblood, a deep burgundy color, has been a huge trend this fall and winter. The “Heavy Weight Ponte Leggings” at Topshop ($36.00) are a great way to subtly incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. The thick material not only looks great, but will prevent shivers outside as well. Another trend this winter has been leather. The “Leggings With Faux Leather Side Patches” from Zara ($49.90) are both flattering and edgy and the faux leather won’t weigh on your conscience. A fact that is shocking but true: Uggs are not snowboots! To properly shield your feet from the elements, slide into a pair of “Women’s Joan of Arctic Boot” in one of seven colors by Sorel ($111.90). These boots are comfortable, functional and cute. Feeling tough? Doc Martens
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Events this week Monday 7 p.m. Town Hall Meeting on Dining Crawford Hall
Tuesday 4 p.m. London Semester Info Reception Mead Hall - Wendell Room
An example of one of the options to stay warm in style. are a great every-weather boot. Check out all styles and colors at dmusastore.com. If the last time you actually played in the snow was in elementary school, try a pair of riding boots like the “BDG Tall Leather Back-Zip Boot” by Urban Outfitters ($99.00). Nothing brightens a cold winter day quite like a cuddly sweater. The “Ombre Sweater” from Forever 21 is a great knitwear piece that won’t break the bank ($18.90). If your style is preppy, check out the “Tippi Sweater” by J.Crew (prices range from $39.99 - $79.50). This classic cut will look good with everything, from pants with flats to skirts with wedges. For a fun print, look no further than the “Katie Aztec Jumper,” online at boohoo. com ($30.00). Let’s not forget our fingers! To prevent frostbite during a snowball fight. If you believe in ‘glove at first sight’, look no further than the “Cashmere Unisex Glove” by Marc Jacobs ($36.00). The two different shades of blue make these gloves perfect for female and male alike. For a twist on the classic black glove, try the “Flock
Dot Leather Glove,” online at us.accessorize.com ($43.00). For those of you who want to text without having your fingers freeze off, the “Portolano Minierva iPod Gloves” from Saks Fifth Avenue ($22.00) are a practical and stylish buy. Top your whole look off with a chic coat like the “Hidden Boucle Wool-Blend Belted Coat” by Calvin Klein, sold at Macy’s ($99.00). The heavy wool blend will keep away the cold, while the tie at the waist will accentuate your feminine silhouette. Combining rugged and feminine perfectly is the “Brown Check Wool Coat,” online at us.dorothyperkins.com ($57.00). The flowy front juxtaposed against the dark plaid fabric is part ’90’s grunge and part flirty romance. Finally, the “Mixed Fabric Duffle Coat,” online at us.asos.com ($74.55) is a super cute if not slightly-oversized coat. With its high neckline and faux fur lined hood, you will be protected against gusting winds all while looking great. Remember, this winter, stay warm and stay chic!
Noon Comedy in Jewish History and Culture: From Purim to Paul Rudd Crawford Hall 4 p.m. Library Talk on Collecting Pilling Room 7 p.m. Barer Fellow Lecture Series: Jessica Jackley with Amadou Daffe LC 28 7 p.m. Seniors Wine & Cheese Networking Event Mead Hall 8 p.m. da Camera Concert Piffaro, The Renaissance Band Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Corrections The student pictured on the Commons photo layout on page 5 was incorrectly listed as Francesca Rieglar in Feb. 8th’s issue. The student is actually Francesca Morabito (’15). We apologize for any inconvenience.
February 15, 2013
Admins unknown to students Do you know your administrators quiz Match the name of the administrator to their title, and match the administrator and title to their photo.
1. Dean of the College 2. Associate Dean of the College 3. Dean of Curriculum and Faculty 4. President for the Interim Term
A. Vivian Bull B. Sharon Sundue C. John Muccigrosso D. Jonathan Levin
Answers: (clockwise from upper right) 2C, 3B, 1D, 4A See wanted , page 1 name Levin, two could name Muccigrosso and six could name Sundue. Some students do recognize the deans faces as those they have seen around campus. “I see the Deans and President sometimes, but I feel like they should be present at more campus events,” Neena Robertson (’14) said. “Not just the academic events
they have to attend, but it would be nice if they stopped by the EC sometimes or went to different club events.” Out of the 66 students who couldn’t name any of the people in the images, many also reported that the people didn’t look at all familiar. Some students, when told the names and titles of the deans and the president, said they wanted them to be more active on campus.
A day devoted to ‘l’amour’
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Students gather in the McLendon Lounge to celebrate Valentine’s Day as part of the Drew University French Club’s celebration of the day. French music played while students enjoyed French-style desserts and some traditional Valentine’s candy. Students also created friendship bracelets and participated in a raffle.
“I’m a student athlete and very involved on campus, and I have never knowingly interacted with any of these people,” CC Carlini (’14) said. “I do feel like I should see them around more on campus.” The deans and the president do have contact information posted on the Drew website. Additionally, Bull holds office hours each semester where she meets with students for a maximum of 10 minutes to discuss issues on campus.
Levin also requested that Dean’s List students contact him to discuss career and educational goals. However, some students feel the president and the deans should venture more outside of their offices. “It would be nice to see the deans at events so that students could get to know them in a more interactive way,” Sana Siddiqui (’16) said. Constantinos Bacas (’16) agreed
with that sentiment, adding that, while meeting with deans in their offices can be beneficial, seeing them out at campus events would help build more of a relationship. “I think that they should attend campus events while also holding office hours,” Bacas said. “Office hours provide a private setting for students to voice their concerns, while attending campus events keeps them better connected with the campus community.”
Seniors say goodbye (Right) Seniors from left to right, Jennifer Feliz, Christina Ocampo, Ian Edward Smith, Victor Perez, Kashon Noel and Julian Callis party at the event 99 Nights. The event was moved from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9 due to severe weather. (Left) Student Government Vice President Zack Mowers and Student Government President Janelle Hoffman pose for a photo at 99 Nights. The theme for the event, which was sponsored by Student Government, was ‘Eat, Drink, Party,’ and took place in the Ehinger Center. Seniors were able to socialize with their friends while celebrating a total of 98 more nights until their graduation.
DrewAcorn.com February 15, 2013
Friendship built through music Olivia Rutler Staff Writer
etting to know a person can sometimes be like following a recipe: Ingredients include two people, some questions, some answers, stealthy observations and a dash of awkward silences, but for Shakur Tolliver (’16) and Sam Barry (’16), all it took was a couple of guitars with vocals on top. “Music was our icebreaker,” Barry said. Tolliver and Barry were randomly assigned as roommates in the summer of 2012, and many people who know the two musicians were surprised to hear they hadn’t known each other before coming to Drew. With a “friendship built from music,” as Barry explained it, the two swiftly related to each other on something that’s always been a part of their lives. From Morristown, NJ, Tolliver grew up with a supportive mother who encouraged him to pursue his love of music. He began to learn piano and guitar in seventh grade, where his music teacher was someone he greatly looked up to. Tolliver went through periods of dropping guitar playing and picking it up again, and in those intervals he took time to join the school band, learning the trumpet and euphonium. When Tolliver got back into guitar, he focused on acoustic. Playing acoustic guitar and starting a band opened up a new chapter for Tolliver, and he began to write his own music in his junior year of high school. Though his first performance at an open mike during high school didn’t go well, Tolliver continued practicing and writing his music, giving him “better confidence” for his future performances. In Wilmington, MD, two musically-talented parents raised
Roommates Shakur Tolliver (‘16) and Sam Barry (‘16) jam on guitars in their room. Barry. His mother played clas- these young musicians have foundation for friendship, as sical piano and his father was come together to, according to Tolliver and Barry discovered an accomplished guitarist who Tolliver, “make some noise” on from their first jam session. As graduated from Berklee College Drew’s campus. Billy Joel once famously said, “I of Music. Hearing his parents’ The two work as a collabora- think music in itself is healing. music, Barry was motivated to tive team, coming up with new start piano lessons at the age of sets to play at open mikes and five, focusing on classical jazz creating an environment for piano. He picked up the guitar in improvement and new exposeventh grade and began writing sure. “It’s like having an older his own songs, inspired by John brother, he pushes me to be betMayer and Bruce Springsteen. ter,” Tolliver said. And while Throughout high school, Bar- performing onstage without the ry played at community theaters, company of his band is different Rotary Clubs and was part of a for Barry, he’s enjoying “trying band known as The Pleasure. new stuff out.” Though Tolliver Touring the east coast with his and Barry aren’t set in their speband, Barry acquired experi- cific career goals, they couldn’t ence in front of varying sizes imagine life without music. of crowds. Barry said that “it’s The world wouldn’t be what never easy to walk out in front of it is without the impact of mua crowd whether it’s 20 people sic. Not only does it create or 20,000.” an outlet for creativity, it’s a From different backgrounds, form of communication and a
It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
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Full impact learning impacts no one
s Drew trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear? For months, Drew’s homepage was the only page to receive the new updated design on the entire website while the rest of the website was a façade. For years the administration has been seeking to revamp Drew’s identity and reputation nationally and globally and trying to lure more and better students. What we received instead was a new admissions viewbook and a (partially) redesigned website.The cosmetic efforts the University administration has been taking to supposedly improve Drew are a canard. In an article he wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2010 entitled “Getting used to being disliked”, former president Robert Weisbuch said, “Drew 2020, I can tell you right now, is going to be a ‘four-letter word’ like Yale and Duke, but on our own terms.” Yeah, right. If you believe that one, I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you. It’s in the desert. vThe urgency and visibly burning desire that the administration has to create a prestigious name for Drew, seeking to be in a league with elite schools like Duke and Yale, is creating a mythbasedonabunchofmade-upwords like “full-impact learning” prominently displayed on the homepage. Never mind that the vast majority of students do not even know what “full-impact learning” means, assuming that it actually means anything.We wonder whether the faculty knows its meaning too.
These changes are fictionalizing Drew. What the world sees is a compilation of marketing ideas from a consulting agency to which the majority of students at Drew have no connection or understanding. If a parent of a prospective student were to ask a random Drew student what “full-impact learning” means, we assure you the student would tell them they’re at the wrong location.
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Drew has a myriad of internal issues ranging from the financial aid office to the business office, from the dining situation to confusion over general education requirements. It’s fine if the University wants to advertise and court prospective students, but it is not acceptable for the administration to place advertising above the needs of real students.
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February 15, 2013
Treehouse Ladder inefficeiency at its worst Jack Duran Opinions Editor
ver since I first started my classes here at Drew, I’ve found it incredibly difficult to try to keep track of what courses I were required for me, which ones are recommended and so on. Trying to figure out how many credits I needed to complete, what general education courses I needed to take etc. was incredibly challenging—I’m sure most Drew student would agree with me on this. Too often are there situations in which some students cannot graduate on time because they were not completely aware of what requirements they need to actually graduate. With this legitimate fear in mind—especially with the incredible number of major, minor and general education requirements I need to complete—I scoured all over the Drew website searching for course requirements. I even created an excel spreadsheet for myself detailing all the classes I took and all the ones I would need to take. So when word got out that Drew would streamline this problem that has plagued students by introducing Treehouse Ladder, you could imagine my excitement. I strolled through the Ladder system to check it out, and was so incredibly happy that something like this was created that would actually make students lives easier and make the process much more effective. I understood that there would be kinks in the system, as it was new and stu-
dent information was still to be converted and transferred onto it. Now that the Spring semester has begun, and these kinks still exist in Ladder, an increasing number of students including myself are frustrated that this system which is supposed to bring efficiency is actually not efficient at all. Many of these frustrations come from the rightful concern that the requirements and courses we have taken and worked very hard to complete are not accounted for in the Ladder system. For instance, Ladder refuses to take into account that I have a concentration I’m working towards and so it has me down as a basic political science major—where did all those courses I took for my concentration go? I myself have now taken numerous course requirements for my Middle Eastern Studies minor. When I take a look at Ladder, none of those requirements are accounted for, and I’m being told that I need to re-take those courses, which I have already sat through so that I can be able to complete my undergraduate degree. Anyone else who’s frustrated with this can attest that it’s complete and utter nonsense, because I know I completed those courses and there’s absolutely no way that I would retake them all over again. That’s heinous, especially if I have to do it because of the newly-adopted system—which is proving to be more inefficient than anything else—that inaccurately accounts for the credits I have earned and courses I have taken. Many Drew students are experiencing the same issue, and
there is increasingly widespread annoyance, anger and worry surrounding the inaccuracies of Ladder that even the Registrar’s office may not acknowledge: that we have taken the courses we actually did. What’s more
is that they aren’t addressing its hindering of our ability to rightfully complete our degree and graduate on time. It’s a serious concern that I, among many others, have that if I argue I completed a course that
Treehouse Ladder says I didn’t, I would be told something to the effect of “it’s all in my head” as if I’m delusional. Students work extremely hard to try to stay on top of what courses they need, and Ladder’s inaccuracies shows why it is an ineffectively implemented solution to this widespread issue... at least for the current moment. For someone like me who commutes to campus, sometimes through treacherous weather conditions—most recently Hurricane Sandy—in order to simply attend my classes, the uncertainty as to whether particular courses are accounted for can truly be infuriating. Treehouse Ladder was a nice surprise for me this semester. I needed something like this, because Lord knows with all the different requirements I have in order to graduate here at Drew, I could barely keep track. I truly hope that the current inefficiency and inaccuracies of Ladder are only temporary issues and will quickly subside—hopefully there is still information that still needs to be transferred onto it. I truly hope these issues will quickly be fixed, otherwise it is literally of no service to students at all. As for myself, until Treehouse Ladder finds its way and gets its act together, I’ll stick to my trusty Excel spreadsheet. Lastly, I strongly encourage other students also frustrated with Ladder to follow suit if they wish to accurately keep on track and graduate on time. Jack Duran is a sophomore political science major
Who in the world runs Drew University? Addison Del Mastro Assistant Opinions Editor Who runs Drew University? In one sense, the school president, Vivian Bull, does. But just as a company CEO doesn’t make every big decision, neither does a university president. I’ve attempted to answer this question; as an everyday student without resorting to special appointments, meetings, or documents. Here is what happened. The first people I thought of were the various Deans. I don’t recall all their names, so I typed “deans” into Drew’s website search. Here we are! I immediately found a link called “Deans of the CLA.” I thought I had found a list of all the deans and perhaps even a description of their jobs. But no such luck. Instead, it was a page on Drew’s history, with a list of all the academic deans in the CLA’s history. The only useful thing on this page was Jonathan Levin’s name, the current dean. So I looked him up next. His name came back with only a directory result, so I had to do a little more searching to come up with “CLA Dean’s Office.” On that page I found an FAQ
about travel grants and proposing new courses, and even faculty meeting minutes. However, the faculty are not part of the administration, and I could’nt find very much about Dean Levin’s job. The next thing that came to mind was the Board of Trustees. I know that they make some important decisions, but I don’t know what they are. After reading the brief blurb on “the participation of outstanding men and women on its Board of Trustees,” I found three links. One was “view the board roster.” Thinking I might find some description of who the trustees are, I clicked it. Nope, no descriptions – just a list of names. But then I saw “Board of Trustees Biography Files.” That must have bios of the Board members! But this only led to a list of archives stored somewhere in the library, and not all of the current trustees – or maybe none of them – showed up on the list. But there were still a couple more links on the original Board of Trustees page. One led to an RSVP form for Board meetings. That probably means that students are allowed to attend these meetings, though it doesn’t actually say that anywhere. There
were a bunch of meetings listed on the page; which I’d never heard of before. Although it’s possible that if I were to attend some of them, I might learn more about how the university is managed. The last link was the most interesting: “Log in to view the
Trustee Intranet site.” A place where we can actually view what the trustees are doing? Nope. Without so much as an explanation what the link actually leads to, the page simply read “Not Permitted” when I clicked on it. At this point, I couldn’t think of anywhere else to look on the
website, and this little exercise was starting to feel like a research paper. Oh, hell. Maybe I’ll just make an appointment with Dave Muha. Addison Del Mastro is a sophomore political science major
February 15, 2013
Spice up your life with cracks Amanda Tesarek Student Life & Arts Editor
f spending Friday and Saturday nights alone in a dorm room eating a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from the C-Store sounds a bit too familiar, I have some good news: There are things to do at Drew during the weekend that don’t involve underage drinking and illicit drugs. No, clubs haven’t moved their events to weekends so that students studying during the week can attend. That would be way too obvious. Staying occupied on the weekends requires a little bit more creativity. To simplify the process of actually having to come up with ideas, I have compiled a list of my favorite weekend pastimes—all legal and all relatively entertaining. One of my favorite hobbies on a Friday or Saturday night is drunk people watching. Don’t worry—it’s 100 percent legal. Simply pick out a book to “read,” choose a central location (I use Tolley-Brown lounge) and wait for classmates to come stumbling in making absolute fools of themselves. Just a warning: These drunk people may attempt to hug you, smell your hair or proceed to tell you exactly how they feel about you. If this doesn’t bother you, then drunk people watching is an activity I would definitely recommend for its possible entertainment value. Another possibility is finding the group of people who stay up all night playing video games or
card games that are 11 hundred times more complex than Go Fish. I guarantee there is at least one such group in every complex.Bring this group food and proceed to ask them how to play whatever it is they are playing. Having them explain it should take at least two weekends, starting to play it will take probably another two;improving to the point where you can actually pose a remote challenge to the other players will take at least five, and voila! You’re halfway through the semester. Productive procrastination is always a decent choice, especially for the daytime. Simply make key observations about the state of your room (i.e. it’s messy, the laundry hasn’t been done, I should rearrange my clothes) and proceed to fix it. Unproductive procrastination is a more popular choice, and can take on many different forms. It can include “just checking” social media, playing video games or coloring in a coloring book. If it’s late at night, you’re with a group of friends and you are to the point where everything seems hilarious, watch YouTube videos. I recommend “The Most Popular Girls in School,” the remix of “Sweet Brown’s Cold Pop Escape” or as many versions of the “Harlem Shake” as you can find. Finally, if you’ve exhausted all these options to the point where they hold no appeal, you can practice my most recent hobby. Find a crack in the wall, name it, decide its likes/dislikes,
Kim Smith educational background, family and career. Of course, the best option for Drew weekends is to just
Squirrel Droppings Ashley Petix
leave campus. However, for out-of-state students this can be a difficult task. I would then recommend choosing one of these
options. After all, what else are you going to do? Tonight’s crack’s name is Leonard. He has three children.
February 15, 2013
Basketball loses seventh straight
Eric Tripp Sports Writer
he playoffs were not a long shot for the Rangers entering the last week of the season. All the Rangers had to do was win their final three games and have another team lose one of their final three. Well after this weekend, the playoff picture is set with the Rangers on the outside looking in. “Even though we’re out of the playoffs, we want to reach double digit wins,” said Captain Evan Elberg (’13). “Lucas, Pat and I can be the first class in 11 years to have 10 plus wins in consecutive seasons.” The team had been on a six game losing streak, and with another two losses frustration began to set in. “The most frustrating thing about it is that most of the games have been close that were winnable for us, we just didn’t play solid for an entire 40 minutes,” says Elberg. After a winning record coming off of winter break, the Rangers have dropped eight of their last 10, bringing their overall record to 9-15 and 3-10 in the conference. This past weekend was Senior Day in Baldwin Gymnasium.
Elberg, Pat Dorsey (’13), Lucas Levenson (’13) and the rest of the Rangers were poised and confident for a conference rematch with Goucher College. The Rangers were in control for the entire first half, ending on an 8-to-2 run and taking a 13 point lead into the half. Goucher scored the first basket of the second half, cutting the lead to 11, and then the teams traded baskets until Goucher went on a 6-0 run that cut the lead to five with just over 10 minutes to play. With just over two minutes left in the game, Goucher took its first lead since 10-8 early in the first half. The Gophers didn’t look back and won by a final score 61-57. “Our execution down the stretch leads to breakdowns both offensively and defensively, and we can’t close out the games if that happens,” said Elberg. Jason Huelbig (’16) led the Rangers with 13 points, and Mike Klinger (’16) was right behind, registering 11. The two were the only Rangers in double figures. After splitting the season series with Goucher, the Rangers headed out to Long Island for a rematch with the United States Merchant Marine Academy. This was the second time the Rangers were playing the Mer-
Left to right Seniors Pat Dorsey (’13) , Evan Elberg (’13), and Lucas Levenson (’13) chant Marine Academy this season. After a lose at Baldwin Gym, the Rangers were looking for some revenge and to ruin the Mariners’ last home game of the season. The first half played to the Rangers’ advantage, with the two teams trading baskets and neither obtaining a lead more than seven points. With a little over three minutes left in the half, the Rangers trailed
34-27 but outscored the Mariners 5-2, cutting the lead to four at the half. In the first three minutes of the second half, Merchant Marine went on a 10-0 run that gave them a 46-32 lead and momentum they refused to lose. “We got outrebounded and played flat in the second half,” said Elberg. USMMA won the game by a final tally of 82-62. Luke Glass (’14) led the
Rangers in scoring with 22 points and again Klinger was second in scoring with 15, making the two the only players in double digits. The Rangers play their final game of the season on Saturday Feb. 16 in PA against Juniata, looking for their tenth win on the season and to end the skid and garner some momentum for next season.
Record-holding lacrosse captain remembered Taryn Murphy Sports Writer It was with great sadness that on Wednesday, Feb. 2, the Drew men’s lacrosse program learned of the passing of Brian Loos, a former captain and 1995 Drew graduate. Loos, who is from Mountain Lakes, N.J., graduated from Drew in the spring of 1995 with a degree in psychology. In addition, he was a key, four-year member of the men’s lacrosse team, and played under current Head Coach Thomas Leanos. “Brian was a real team player. He had a strong passion for the game and an excellent lacrosse IQ. He was smart both on and off the field,” said Leanos. “He was a very bright, witty and sarcastic guy who took both lacrosse and school very seriously.” He was named captain his senior year and earned First-Team All Conference honors for the first time in his career. These accomplishments were the first of many in his Drew career. “Being a leader wasn’t easy for him, he grew into the role. He was a low-key guy, but one thing he was confident about was his knowledge of lacrosse,” said Leanos. During his sophomore year, the Rangers won their second ECAC Championship over top-seeded Kean University with a score of 16-13. Loos was a member of the 1994 lacrosse team, which seized the program’s first and
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Captain Brian Loos (’95) only Middle Atlantic Conference Championship. “His confidence and skills improved each season, and he was very much the anchor to our impact midfield line,” said Leanos. Loos currently ranks ninth all-time in career assists (77) and ground balls (282). His most outstanding accomplishment occurred on April 26, 1995, when he set the school record for assists in a game (8) and points in a game (13) against rival school FDU. “Brian was always very integrated in the men’s lacrosse program and helped create its rich tradition and history. He most certainly left his mark on the program. It hit our alumni pretty hard to hear of his death,” said Leanos His passion for the game and loyalty to the program will always be remembered and cherished.
Both swim teams successful in Landmark and championship See swimming, page 12 spirits were high all around. “This meet is the most important of the year and it is great to see how our work has paid off,” said Mariel Schwinger (’14). Schwinger, who is no stranger to the podium, finished in second place with a personal record in the one mile and was also part of the 200 meter freestyle relay team who did extremely well. The relay team qualified not only for the finals of Conference Championships, but also for the ECAC tournament being held at Harvard. This team consisted of Schwinger, Jess Harrington (’14), Jackie King (’14) and Alexa Morrissey (’14), all of whom will be returning next season. When asked about the prospects
of next season, Harrington said, “It is definitely exciting to see how far we can take this relay team. For now we need to focus on ECACs.” Morrissey and King were especially impressive during this performance, as they have only been swimming for about six weeks. Their abroad programs to London shortened their seasons and subsequently their time to train for this big event. It was a very impressive performance all around from the lady Rangers. The men’s team also did well in the Landmark Conference Championship meet. Their top swimmers all performed as expected. Conor Burnett (’16) shelled out a top performance on the season’s biggest stage. The men’s meet was also considered very fast and highly competitive. “The teams
in our conference have become very good and can now compete on a national level. One swimmer from Merchant Marine is actually considered to be the number two swimmer nationwide, in his event,” explained Tom DiGuglielmo (’14). The Rangers held their own, however, and were able to execute well enough to make a name for themselves. DiGuglielmo made the finals in three out of the three events he entered and Clayton Curran (’15) also proved his worth as he qualified for two out of the three events he entered. Compared to the pace of the other teams, Drew’s top guns can certainly keep up. The team as a whole was rewarded for their work all season and can expect even brighter things for the future.
DrewAcorn.com February 15, 2013
New lockers arrive Alex Majd Assistant Sports Editor
hinking back on my recruiting trip to Drew University, there was one thing I seem to remember my future coach not showing me. I am not talking about Ranger Stadium with its rather unique AstroTurf/cement-like field, but the locker rooms. Once setting foot on campus for the first time as a student athlete I saw why I was not shown the lockers. Picture this: your middle school gym class lockers - you know the ones - that were so dented that you couldn’t even close them properly. Now slightly elongate them, and now you have your Drew locker. As a lacrosse player, this is somewhat problematic, as I have an obnoxious amount of equipment to put away. Drew athletes would see brighter days, however, with help from Athletic Director Jason Fein and the Rangers coaching staff. The 16 year old AstroTurf has been replaced with a high-end field turf that both improves the overall appeal of Ranger Stadium and makes for safer athletic competition. Next on the list were the locker rooms. The Drew University Athletic Department has recently renovated this vital part of the University’s athletic facilities, giving the
Rangers brand new top-of-the-line wooden lockers. Now, each Ranger athlete has a spacious wooden locker with two cubbies, one open and one with a lock, along with a bottom compartment to be used as more storage space for athletic equipment. “Long overdue” were the words used by Fein to best describe the recent overhaul. Fein attributes the quick and orderly progress to the entire Athletic Department, along with the much-needed support of the Blue and Green Club, fundraisers and parents. “It helps the overall mentality of our athletic program,” added Fein. The lockers will add a big attraction to future recruits, in turn bringing more revenue to the University. It was indeed a race to the finish, as not all the teams were going to enjoy the new lockers. The second set of lockers were finished a week into the spring semester, and were by no means a guarantee during the fall semester. However, through diligent efforts by the Athletic Department, the coaching staff, athletes’ parents and alumni, enough money was raised during the fall semester and winter break. The new locker rooms have been a welcomed addition in the eyes of Drew athletes. “I like them, anything is better than what we used to have,”
said men’s basketball player Pat Dorsey (’13). “It was like a locker room out of Average Joe’s Gym.” “The new lockers definitely added to the environment, the locker room became a place to bond, chat and joke with your teammates,” said men’s soccer player Kevin Walpole (’13). “The locker room is now more spacious, we can fit our sticks in our lockers and we have more room to hang out together before games,” said field hockey player Alexandria De Sousa (’13). Athletic trainer Jennifer Rockett thinks that this is exactly what the athletic program needs. “It puts us on par with our competition,” said Rockett. “It shows that we are invested in our athletics.” So what’s next for the Drew University Athletic Program? The list is still long, according to Fein. Some improvements that athletes may see in the future include: new bleachers, new away locker rooms, improvements to the baseball and softball fields, a new weight room and an updated Hall of Fame room. All these improvements cost a great deal of money and will take time, but Fein is adamant on striving to continuously improve the overall athletic experience for Drew’s student athletes.
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Personal bests set at championship meet Ian Elfers Contributing Writer Mission accomplished! The men’s and women’s swimming teams both performed well at the recent Landmark Conference
Championships. Heading into the year’s biggest meet, which was hosted by Marywood University from Feb. 8 to 10, expectations were high. Personal records, school records, and lifetime records were all on the table.
The conference finals are known to be a very “fast” meet. The tension is high and every race counts. The qualifying races are in the morning and only the top 16 qualify to race in the evening’s final event. The pressure is on
from start to finish. However, pressure is nothing new to our swim squads. The girls fared well in their qualifiers during the morning and See swimming, page 12
Basketball beats Goucher on senior day; drops to USMMA Kirby Clark Contributing Writer In recent women’s basketball action, the Rangers recorded a third straight loss on the road to Scranton last Wednesday with a score of 72-64, but rebounded when they beat Goucher 67-49 on Senior Day. Against Scranton, Jennifer Mateo (’13) led the Rangers, posting a new career high in points (28), field goals (10) and three-pointers made (7). This accomplishment moves her into the top ten all time list of three pointers made with 72 career three-pointers. Despite a Scranton lead early in the first half, the rangers were able to cut the deficit to five (33-28) at the half. The Rangers maintained this momentum through the early part of the second half taking a 38-37 lead, however, it was short lived with an 11-1 Scranton run in response. Subsequently, the Rangers trailed by seven or more points for the duration of the game. Erin Howard (’16) led the
team in blocks (2). Breana Wilson (’15) was the only Ranger besides Mateo to contribute a double-digit amount of points with 11. “We played tough and did a lot of things really well,” Head Coach Brittany Gaetano said. “I think we did well offensively being patient and taking the right shots. We saw the loss as a way to build going into the Goucher game.” When asked where the team would head next, Gaetano said that the focus following the loss was “to continue to build on what we did well and be better all around.” The Rangers responded to the road loss to Scranton, topping Goucher on Senior Day. Prior to the game, the team and fans honored the hard work, commitment and impact of four seniors, Mateo, Becky Smith, Jeramie Barletta and Whitney Mackay. “All four seniors have been a huge source of leadership on our team this year,” Courtney Stephens (’16) said. “They are always pushing us to work our hardest during practice in order to reach all of
the goals we set for ourselves.” The Rangers led the entire game, following an opening play led by Goucher which fell apart quickly. At the half, the Rangers led 44-25. They were led in scoring and free-throw shooting by Stephens (12 points). Howard was the only other Ranger to contribute double-digit points with 10 points and five blocks, now ranking ninth all-time in blocks. “We had the mindset of getting on the court and taking it to them,” Mackay said in response to the win on her senior day. “There was no way on Senior Night that we would let them come in our gym and beat us.” In their home season finale, the Rangers fell to the visiting Mariners of the Merchant Marine Academy 66-58. Despite a promising rally late in the second half, when the team came within six points of the Mariners with only 51 seconds left in the game, their efforts fell short. Mackay, who contributed a team-high of 16 points, including 14 points in the final 20 minutes, led the Rangers
Jeramie Barletta (’13) in scoring. The Rangers conclude their season on the road at Juniata College on Saturday, February 16.
Andrew Goldberg Sports Editor
Both fencing teams traveled this weekend to Johns Hopkins to compete in different tournaments. The men competed in the MACFA A vs. MACFA B tournament, while the women competed in the EWFC Dual Meet Championship. The women’s fencing team finished seventh at the EWFC Dual Meet Championship at Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. The sabre squad posted a 3-3 record on the afternoon to provide the lone bright spot for the Rangers. The closest matches of the day were against Yeshiva and Hunter. The Rangers fell to Yeshiva 14-12 and Hunter 13-11. Unfortunately, the Rangers lost the remaining four bouts against Haverford, Stevens, Johns Hopkins and the City College of New York by scores of 23-4, 22-5, 25-2 and 19-8, respectively. Sarah Silvestri (’16) had the best performance for Drew as she won 13 of 15 bouts at sabre. Silvestri now has a team-high 44 wins on the season, boasting a 44-35 record, and she is the only fencer on the squad with a record above .500. Meanwhile, Emilia Domanowski (’13) was 8-7 on the day in helping the sabre team go 3-3. Melissa Mascarenhas (’13) and Jeana Wunderlich (’13) both totaled six wins in the afternoon in the foil. While the women didn’t fare well, the men went to Johns Hopkins for the MACFA A vs. MACFA B meet against William and Mary, the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, Haverford and Johns Hopkins. The Rangers defeated William and Mary 18-9 as well as Virginia and Maryland by a score of 16-11. However, for the second time this season Drew dropped to Haverford and Johns Hopkins. The foil team went a perfect 5-0 including a 6-3 victory over Haverford and a 5-4 victory over Johns Hopkins. Lukas Siclare (‘16) highlighted the foil team’s successes as he posted an 11-4 record . James Weiss (’14) also had a strong afternoon as he went 8-1 on the afternoon. Adam Campos (‘16) shined the brightest with as he went a perfect 6-0 to push his record past .500 for the season at 17-16. Ashish Shah (’13) led the sabre squad, going 12-3 on the afternoon, while Mark Lessner (’15) was just as impressive, going 11-4. The men will compete in their first home meet of the season on Sunday Feb. 17 when they host Lafayette, Rutgers and Cornell in Baldwin Gym. The women will travel to nearby Stevens on Sunday for the EWFC Individual Championships.