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October 14, 2011

Volume 84, Issue 8

Archives thief William Scott gets fine, probation and community service

Benjamin Day Staff Writer illiam Scott was sentenced last Friday in Camden, New Jersey, for stealing and attempting to sell historical letters and an artifact from the Methodist Archives, located on Drew’s campus, in March 2010. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service. Andrew Cohn (’12) recalled the event that took place last year, “I almost couldn’t believe


a Drew student would actually think of this idea and thought he could get away with it. I don’t know what was going through his head. How he let himself go through with that plan just astounds me.” Yet Scott followed through with his plan, making off with 31 letters and a small wooden box from the Archives and trying to sell them to various buyers across the world, only being discovered by the FBI, who arrived last year to escort him from the lacrosse See Archives, page 2

Courtesy of John Muccigrosso

Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Dean of the Classics Department John Muccigrosso and Kate Fisher (’15) work at an archaeological site in Umbria on a DIS

Digging up the past in modern Umbria margarita varnavskaya

Fall comes to the Forest Autumn foliage falls on Drew’s campus

Afnan Khairullah Staff Writer For the next couple of years the Classics Department at Drew will be offering a summer trip to Massa Martana, Italy. The trip is open to all students, and most who go say they are gratified with their unique summer experience. The annual trip started a few years ago as a part of Associate Dean of the College of Lib-

eral Arts John Muccigrosso’s research. “We live in a small town and usually the locals are really glad that we’re there. They come by the sight, and check it out because for them this is their history, this is their town and we are excavating the settlement and going back almost fifteen hundred years ago,” Muccigrosso said. Muccigrosso is an archaeologist and was offered the site for research after talks with the

Umbrian Archaeological Superintendency about starting a new dig in the area. Before the middle ages Massa was a highly traveled trade route by the Roman republic. Over time it became less populated until there was basically no settlement. It was always rumored that there was a town under the earth and the digging crew uncovered See Drew, page 4

Fewer Drewids are choosing study abroad Beth Garceau Executive Editor “As the world becomes increasingly integrated, it’s increasingly important for Americans to become more worldly. I can’t think of many professions where it doesn’t help to have a global perspective,” Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee on International and Off-Campus

Programs (FACIOP) Christopher Taylor said. Study abroad is one of Drew University’s strongest pulls for students. According to Taylor, “almost 73 percent of Drew students study abroad while they are students at Drew.” And Director of International and Off-Campus Programs Stacy Fischer cites a national study of high school

students that claims they look for good study abroad programs in colleges. At Drew, Fischer said, “study abroad is seen as an important part of the liberal arts. It frees your mind and helps you explore new ways of thinking.” Elizabeth Reams (’12), who participated in the Venice summer language program, the London semester and the South Af-

rica Drew International Seminar (DIS) in January 2010, said that she “loves traveling, and it will never be as easy to do as it is now that I’m in school.” In spite of this, participation in the DIS program has decreased nearly by half in the last five years. According to Taylor, this is part of a larger problem. “Overall study abroad numbers are trend-

ing down,” he said. Fischer, on the other hand, said that participation in the approved-list study abroad programs is “fairly consistent” this year, at approximately 30 students. Furthermore, she said, the London program, containing 32 students this year, is “the largest it’s been in a number of years.” See Students, page 3

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October 14, 2011

Archives thief receives sentencing

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Drew student William Scott was sentenced last week in court for stealing important documents from the Methodist Archives, pictured above From Methodist, page 1 team’s bus. Lucy Weathers (’13) was surprised that “no one else caught him. I don’t blame the school, but it was shocking that a student could make off with such valuable stuff.” Scott was able to gain access to these historical objects because he worked in the Methodist Archives, cataloging and processing items. Chief Communications Officer Dave Muha explained that much has been done to prevent this type of incident from happening again. “After the theft last March, President Weisbuch asked Andrew Scrimgeour, dean of libraries, to head a review of security of the archives, which he did with the participation of the Methodist Church,” Muha said. “They’ve taken the Wesley letters and other valuable documents and they’ve pulled them from

the archives and placed them in a secure vault within the library complex so the access is severely restricted to those documents,” Muhasaid. Secondly, they’ve also made some changes in regard to student workers and how they work in the facility and also in the reading room where people would be working with these documents. The sense was that we’ve closed the gaps in security that allowed this to happen in the first place.” Cameras have also been installed and what students may bring with them into the archive area has changed as well. However, Muha stresses the importance of student workers in the archives. “Students have been involved in helping the archives for 20 years and this is the first incident that’s happened in the collection area. The archives really can’t exist without the help of students,” Muha said. Student satisfaction to the sen-

Correction In last week’s issue the article “Recent DIS trip opens doors” was accompanied by photos that did not properly represent the events of the DIS. On last week’s front page, On a Different Note was listed as having performed at Family Weekend. This was not the case. The coverage also appeared on page 9, not on page 8. In the article “Recent DIS trip opens doors” the name Carolina Caicedo (`15) was incorectly written in a sentence. The line should have read “One of the tasks the students had was to expand on the knowledge they read on the reocurring conflict...”

tencing itself has left something to be desired. “I think he got off really, really lucky. I think his sentence could have been a lot more harsh,” Cohn said. “I think he should have gone to prison when I really think about what he was doing.” As it was a federal matter, Drew University had no say in sentencing and its fairness. “It was United States of American vs. William Scott. We were not involved in the actual sentencing, that was between the US attorney and the judge to determine,” Muha said. “Our focus was on getting the materials back… Mr. Scott gave restitution to the university and apologized for the incident so at that point we just felt like “we’ve spent enough time on this and it’s time to move on and just let the justice system just take its course,” he added. An important aspect to Drew University and the Methodist

Church’s handling of the incident was to ensure balancing security changes with other interests. Muha explained that “the university library exists to allow access to these kinds of documents and it’s important that scholars have access to them because there’s just the difference of holding in your hand a letter that written by John Wesley and reading the text of it on an image online… they were trying to balance the need to protect the documents so that no one can steal them but also to not go so far overboard in the name of security that you’re not denying access to people who have a legitimate reason to work with them.” Thanks to the help from the FBI, all documents were recovered except for one—the second page of a letter from Charles Wesley. In addition the apology made by Scott, he payed $7,500 in restitution to the school.

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Public Safety October 6 Officers responded to Hoyt when a complaint was received about a large, noisy party. Once at the location, they found students dispersing and the officers spoke to the resident where the party had been held. The resident was cited for liquor law violations. This information was forwarded to Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Frank Merckx’s Office. A reported act of vandalism was investigated and a student was identified as the individual who kicked and shattered a glass door at Foster. A report and estimated cost of repairs was sent to Merckx’s Office.

October 7 Officers investigated an odor of marijuana in McLendon and cited a number of individuals with drug law violations. One of the persons, a non-Drew individual, was issued a trespass notice and was escorted off campus. The report regarding the incident was forwarded to Merckx.

October 10 A suspicious vehicle was stopped, and as a result, several individuals were issued trespass notices and escorted off campus.


October 14, 2011

US jobs market in the Forest Jonathan Katz Staff Writer


he United States jobs market remains dismantled after the September jobs report showed meager growth. Students at Drew are not too concerned. Payrolls increased by 103,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This was far fewer than the 200,000 – 250,000 jobs the economy needs to add in order to expand, according to Bill Gross – manager of PIMCO – the world’s largest bond fund. Owen Zukovich (’13) feels that “the current job market is improving, but is still not great.” Karina Russ (’14) shared a similar view when she said, “the current jobs market seems to be pretty bad.” Both Zukovich and Russ are optimistic that the job market will recover sometime soon. Chris Argese (’12) has a brighter outlook on the job market. He is not worried because some of his friends have found successful careers. “Even though difficult times may lie ahead, we must hold our heads high and keep moving forward with keen sense of determination. I believe adhering to our goals during this difficult time will strengthen character for future endeavors,” he said. As Director of The Center for Career Development, Kim Crabbe has seen some improvement in the market over the past few years. She explained that even after receiving their diplomas, students are always welcome to have access to their resources. The Center for Career Development is available for assistance in finding a job. “We have seen slight increases in hiring from last year to this year. Our doors are open for alumni from the day you graduate to the day you no longer need career services. We’ve seen alumni for any sort of career issues,” she said. Although the jobs market seems to be gaining some momentum over the past couple months, it will take a lot more time in order to attain full employment. Argese felt nostalgic for the days when jobs were more plentiful. “What happened to the glory days? The days where you could graduate with a B.A., find an awesome job immediately, make a handsome salary, and then find a nice broad to marry! This economy is killing the American dream,” he said.




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Number of Drew International Seminar Participants Justin Camejo

Students lament cost of study abroad “I got accepted into the Egypt DIS my freshman year, but couldn’t go because of the money.” —Walkiria Gonzalez (’13)

From Fewer, page 1 So why is the DIS program seeing its lowest numbers since its creation in 1993? “From everyone I’ve asked, it’s money,” Student Representative to FACIOP Andrew Bishop (’14) said. Students who experienced obstacles in their attempts to study abroad were fairly unanimous in voicing this opinion. “I got accepted into the Egypt DIS my freshman year, but couldn’t go because of the money,” Walkiria Gonzalez (’13) said. Mike Tsyvilyov (’14) agreed, saying that he is interested in studying abroad, but in the end, it will come down to money. Still, he added, “I’ve heard you can get some [financial] aid.” These concerns seemed misguided to Fischer, who says the DIS programs were originally “designed to be affordable alternatives to semesters abroad.” According to Fischer, the $3,470 cost of a DIS “includes air fare, lodging, food, cultural activi-


ties and four class credits. That probably costs less than four credits at Drew normally does.” Furthermore, scholarships of up to $1,200 are available based on need. Still, other faculty members recognize that this price may be too high in today’s economy. “I suspect that DIS has been most heavily impacted because DISes [sic] are conducted either in January or May/June, so they involve students earning credits outside the normal academic year, and that means students pay the extra tuition fee,” Taylor said. Still, he admits that this is an assumption. “Others wonder if we’re attracting a different kind of student to Drew who is less interested in global education. Perhaps our programs aren’t going places or focusing on topics that students are not interested in…we just don’t know,” Taylor said. It’s for this reason that FACIOP will send out a campus-wide survey on Saturday. The survey,

which will ask students a series of questions on Drew’s off-campus and study abroad programs, requires input from students who have participated in these programs, as well as those who were unable or uninterested. “We’re looking for 50 percent student participation,” Bishop said. According to Taylor, students should be interested in the survey not just because of the potential raffle prize—a $50 iTunes gift card—but also because they have the chance to make a difference in Drew’s off-campus programs. “We don’t want to start tinkering with the programs without asking what students want,” Fischer said. “The university is entering a very tight financial period in the years ahead and the resources are increasingly scarce…The data we collect will be critical in how the university makes decisions on the allocation of scarce resources in the area of international study,” Taylor said. “We want to know what the barriers are,” Fischer added.


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October 14, 2011

Drew prepares itself for the flu season Iman Piracha Staff Writer


t’s that time of year again— the closing of the summer season and the beginning of a flu-full winter. As the weather changes, the health of students, faculty and all Drew employees is at risk. The question is, are they aware of it, and more importantly, are they taking the necessary precautions? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza can occur at any time, but most influenza occurs from October through May. “In recent seasons, most infections have occurred in January and February. Getting vaccinated in December, or even later, will still be beneficial. Adults and older children need one dose of influenza vaccine each year,” the CDC stated. Some students at Drew have taken the initiative of getting the flu vaccine shot, such as Elizabeth Pignatelli (’14) even though she has never really experienced the flu. Others claim that they have not yet found time for it. George Thornton (’15) has admitted, “the flu does not concern me much and I haven’t gotten the flu shot because I have had no time. However, I’m staying healthy by avoiding people who cough and sneeze.” This is a popular misconcep

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Danna Hymanson (‘14), suffers from the flu tion—simply avoiding infected people—will not protect one from getting the flu. The CDC also reports that studies have shown that human influenza viruses generally can survive on surfaces, such as door knobs and books, between two and eight hours. Another student, Kristen Lammond (’14) is not very concerned about the flu either. “I don’t get flu shots because I’ve never had

one and never had the flu either,” Lammond said. Director of Drew University Health Services Joyce Maglione has reported that “the first and most important step to prevent from getting the flu virus is to get an annual vaccine.” Maglione added, “While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three strains that research suggests will be the most common.

For this year’s vaccine the three viruses are Influenza A H3N2, Influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus.” One step toward protecting yourself is keeping hand sanitizer at all times. Jen Costa (’14) intends on getting the flu vaccine and in the meantime, she makes sure she washes her hands constantly. Pignatelli has already gotten the flu shot but still makes sure

that she has her Purell with her. The symptoms to look out for are a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever. Drew University provides vaccines against the flu. The Health Department has also made it easier for everyone by placing satellite vaccine clinics in the Commons around meal times. However, students can arrange to get the vaccine by stopping at Health Services. Maglione also reported that the cost of the vaccine is $22. However, it is not covered by student health insurance. A few basic pointers would be to cover your nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw the tissue in the trash after using it, wash your hands (alcoholbased hand rub is recommended), avoid contact with sick people and if sick avoid infecting others. CDC recommends to “stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (except to get medical care or other necessities).” Maglione added, “We strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated. It can be a very miserable experience to have the flu and try to recuperate while in a community living situation.”

Drew students get a taste of ancient Umbria From Umbria, page 1 tombs, pottery and some remains of the earlier civilization. Housing for the students is given by the government and students from Drew, Kent State and Trinity College, along with students from other colleges live together in the apartments. For the students it is like being in school: a four credit course with a Monday through Friday schedule but instead of going to the suites on the weekends, they get to travel to Rome or stay in town and admire the medieval walls that are still standing around their work area. One student, Kate Fisher (’15), got a head start on her college experience by making the decision to miss her last week of high school and her graduation ceremony so that she may attend the trip. “I basically picked this school because of their archeology minor and their classical studies and anthropology major. I picked Drew and then realized on my first tour here that there is a program that encompasses all three of what I really want to do at college and so I was really excited to go and do that,” said Fisher. Fisher first learned about the trip to Massa Martana from a flier she saw during a tour of Drew. She applied to Drew as an early decision because she knew exactly where she wanted to go and what she wanted to do. After receiving her acceptance letter she concentrated on the trip and what she could do to get in. Students who go are not required to have prior experience or know the Italian language though they are encouraged to.

Courtesy of John Muccigrosso

Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts John Muccigrosso accompanies students to Umbria on an archeological dig

“I picked Drew and then realized on my first tour here that there is a program that encompasses all three of what I really want to do at college and so I was really excited to go and do that.” —Kate Fisher (’15)

OPINIONS DIS costs strand excited Drewids


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dropping. Whether this is due to financial issues or a lack of interest, it’s pretty disappointing at a school known for its study abroad programs. The Drew International Seminar (DIS) is arguably one of the most valuable study abroad programs available to college students. Students have the ability to participate in a specialized month-long study abroad program without the cost or the stress of a full semester program. Because of this, the DIS program has previously been popular.

is touted in every Drew Magazine. So it’s both surprising and concerning that student participation in the DIS program has dropped almost by half in the last five years. The DIS programs are significantly less pricey than semester-long study abroad programs at Drew. In fact, the availability of study abroad has been a big draw for Drewids of past years. So why wouldn’t Drew students take advantage of a resource that’s entirely open to them and relatively accessible? We suspect that part of the fault here falls on the administration. Perhaps better advertising for these programs would result in more attendees. While the information is available online, not many students are going to search for DIS information when they not aware of its existence. However, more of the problem seems to lie in the cost of the program. Despite the fact that the

The DIS is one of the most advertised programs at Drew, and the fact that Drewids go abroad

cost of a DIS includes air fare, loading and more, cost is the only thing keeping you from particialmost $3,500 is a lot of money. And because pating—speak up.

ccording to Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee on International and Off-Campus Programs (FACIOP) Christopher Taylor, study abroad numbers are The Acorn Staff

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many students who don’t qualify for a need-based scholarship still can’t afford these prices, they tend to fall through the cracks. Unfortunately, the university does absorb a great deal of the program’s cost—and there isn’t any money for programs that aren’t appropriately attended, so if students don’t start studying abroad more frequently, the DIS program will definitely shrink, and may even disappear. As a small school that offers multiple programs that relate to important issues like volunteer work, language building and fostering understanding of other cultures, these study abroad opportunities are vital. The availability of study abroad is one of the main reasons that Drew is such an attractive option for college. As students, we need to stand up for the programs we care about to make sure they don’t get cut. So, Drewids—especially if

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October 14, 2011

Post office problems persist for students Corey Swika-Post Opinions Editor


his campus is no stranger to construction or office moving. It has long been a tradition on this campus that students are going to have difficulty in finding someone or someplace for the first time. When something on campus moves, the students are usually notified and after a week or two, everything seems normal again. This holds especially true for all of the redirection caused by the demolition and rebuilding of the old University Center. When construction of the new University Center, the Ehinger Center, began, it seemed very easy to locate everything. It was like someone took everything important and just cut and pasted them into the Commons. It seems to me that if the student body could adapt so readily to the change in location, perhaps the mailroom could too. This may seem old hat, having been covered recently, but I don’t quite buy the fodder that we have been told. Do I respect what were given as answers? Yes. Do I believe that the recent problems have been caused solely by the students? No. I keep hearing stories, seeing people struggling with getting their mail, struggling with opening their boxes and struggling to be helped by the people who are there to help us with our postal issues. How many stories have there been about people who can’t open their boxes unless they stand there and try multiple times? I myself usually have to put in the correct combination three or four times to get my box open. I do the same thing each time, and the box decides to not open for me. Is it really

my fault, or could there be something wrong with the locking mechanism? That isn’t the only issue. Historically the mailroom hasn’t been as fast as one might hope, but generally speaking, they gave us everything we had coming to us in a respectable amount of time. Even if we were having troubles, even if we couldn’t get in touch with the locksmith, even if it was five minutes before nine in the morning, someone would be compassionate enough to sacrifice three seconds out their routine to serve the community. Now, however, it seems as though even if you are in desperate need of something in your mailbox, or if something is marked as being urgent or on rush delivery no one wants to do that little bit of extra in order to help someone who is in need. It seems to me that while there are certain things that we cannot control, and perhaps some policies we may not agree with, there are many other issues to still be dealt with. Why is it that a mailroom attendant will neither give you your mail nor help you open the mailbox to get it for yourself? Why are all of the rules set in stone and not allowing for flexibility? Why is it that whenever anything goes wrong, it is the students’ fault and has no bearing on the people in charge of the post? It is not my place to say that these rules and the way they are implemented need to be changed, but there comes a point when it stops being a case of following the rules and it becomes a matter of respect and compassion for other people. Corey Swika-Post is a Junior Spanish major with a linguistics minor.

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October 14, 2011


Financial aid criticized by student

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Addison Del Mastro Staff Writer


ell, some things never change. This year, tuition at Drew is going up again, increasing what is already one of the most expensive tuition rates in the state. One thing is changing, however, and that’s the ability of the university to meet students’ ever-increasing financial needs. As a freshman, I have only received one financial aid package for my first year and I had no problem with the amount. Not only was the amount adequate, but it was actually more than what many similar schools offered me. Though Drew’s tuition was among the highest I encountered

when applying to college, the aid I received was too. But there apparently a good chance that this will change. From what I’ve heard, aid is not going to actually decrease, but it will not increase along with the tuition hikes as it generally has in the past. For many students, even a small decrease in aid may make it very difficult to return to Drew. One student told me he personally knows about 10 other students who almost couldn’t return because their financial aid was not adequate. He also believed that there are many more students in this situation. And, tragically, there are almost certainly a minority of students who actually do not return because of these difficulties. Even for students who are

able to return, an increase in attendance costs is an annoyance and an unforeseen cost. Janelle Hoffman (’13) said, “I know that in my personal situation, Drew failed to meet my ‘need’ this year”—“need” being the expected contribution from the FAFSA form. Luckily, she was able to come back, but she added “I honestly don’t know what people in other situations whose ‘need’ is not met by Drew/ feds are supposed to do. It’s not like they have extra money laying around that they can scrape together to fill the gap.” For the university not to meet students’ demonstrated need is an unfortunate disservice to those who have already invested tremendous money and effort into an education here. Acceptance to the university

is not just a piece of paper—it is a contract. If the university provides acceptance and adequate financial aid once, it is nothing other than wrong for them to renege on the offer a year later. At best, this will cause an unforeseen change in students’ or families’ financial plans. It may create a debate in a student’s mind as to whether it is worth returning to Drew. And at worst, it will actually force students who sought out an education at Drew to switch colleges. Why this should happen at all at a school with a very healthy endowment is not clear to me. Now to be fair, families should carefully evaluate whether they can really afford Drew. With this unfortunate new development, they should also consider whether they will be able to af-

ford yearly increases in the cost of attendance. To remedy this problem, Drew could simply spend more of its endowment on financial aid and save more money in other less pressing expenditures. They could also offer more scholarship opportunities that could make up for need-based aid— which would require asking for donations for specifically this purpose. And, let’s not forget that as students we can seek online scholarship opportunities which are more numerous than ever. But just because we can adapt to the university’s change in aid policy, doesn’t mean it is okay. Addison Del Mastro is a freshman Political Science major

Reader’s Forum

Hydration station an unnecessary expenditure I applaud Drew University’s effort to “go green”. Any effort, even a misguided effort is a good thing, as trying and failing is better than not trying at all. The “Hydration Stations” that are featured are....well ...they just seem silly and over the top in my opinion. May I ask what is wrong with the water fountains

already available in almost all buildings on campus? What is wrong with the sinks provided within bathrooms and dorm kitchens? What is wrong with the “Water” selection at the soda fountain within the Commons? My point is that there are already plenty of areas on campus

that offer free water that can be used to refill a bottle. Maybe my standards are low, but water from these sources taste fine and have never gotten me ill. If you want to do away with disposable bottled water simply do not offer it as merchandise and fill the vending machines with more Diet Mountain

Dew and Coke Zero instead of Aquafina and Dasani. Or you can ask your parents what they did for water when they were in college. Bottled water existed 20 to 30 years ago... but was not nearly as popular as it is at present. Right, well, whatever I say doesn’t really matter, just re-

member water bottles that are to be reused must be repeatedly and thoroughly cleaned often. If ignored harmful bacteria will grow inside. This bacteria can and will sicken you eventually if not dealt with. Zach Standig(’15)



October 14, 2011

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Campus eats need later curfew Geoffrey Edelstein Managing Editor


tudying until 3 a.m. is a typical habit for any student with exams, essays or labs. The wee hours of the morning afford students peace and quiet and a calm atmosphere, but unless students stock up on Hot Pockets and Easy Mac, they are unable to find food. Students can’t even get a cup of coffee on campus after the Convenience Store closes. It may be hard to ask that food service staff be awake for 24 hours. Right now, the Snack Bar, C-Store, and Commons’ hours may cover most of student’s needs, but students do need to


have meal time at later hours of the night. For instance, theater students may want to eat a real meal when they get out of a late rehearsal. English students may want to have tea and scones while they write ten page papers. Chemistry majors may want to have pancakes with their labs. Typically, food makes all the difference when pulling an allnighter. Sure, students can go to the diner early in the morning, but why should they need to travel off campus? While the streets of Madison aren’t unsafe, it isn’t exactly a good idea to walk the streets alone at night. Students should at least have the option of eating late on campus. Even if it seems like an

unpopular idea and a waste of money, it might actually draw revenue for food services. If the easiest way to get a quick but filling meal is to walk to the C-Store or the Snack Bar, then students would go out and get the meal. Since Domino’s—the most well-known late hours food delivery—closes at only 1 a.m. during the week, an on-campus food store would have an advantage. However, someone would have to work at this hour. This is undesirable, but could greatly improve students’ ability to do work, because they will know that they can go get food if they need it. The way that food services can go about this does not have to be very different from how they


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structure it now. Simply having the C-Store open all night would be a great help. But there is an interesting option that Drew University might want to invest in. It is possible to have an automat on campus. An automat is an antiquated kind of cafeteria that was popular in the 1920s, where patrons would buy their food from vending machines. The food was either made fresh and then deposited in the machines or the machines dispensed food that was not perishable. Now, the difference between this and a regular vending machine is that an automat would have several kinds of vending machines in one place. These machines would dispense more than

the usual chips and Cola—they would also dispense things like ice cream, prepared meals, soups and, most importantly, coffee. However, the machines would require there to be another quarter machine on campus besides the one in the library. The two biggest vacuums for quarters on this campus are laundry machines and vending machines, so this new automat would need to have a quarter machine. As for a location, this automat could be put in the Commons concourse, which is open 24/7. Anything would be an improvement to not having food available at all after a certain hour. Geoffrey Edelstein is a junior and a Jewish studies major

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LIFE & ARTS Since the beginning, Julie Liss (’12) has been at the

forefront of New Social Engine (NSE), the club famous for running events like trips to Funplex, the bowling alley and most of all, Humans vs. Zombies. Liss ran it almost independently, as the person who took care of the website— which told players who was still playing and who wasn’t— and as general moderator for the game. This year, Liss is the Head Moderator for the game and is NSE’s treasurer. Sign ups for the game begin today at lunch in the bottom of the Commons. They were supposed to begin on Wednesday, but because of a late shipment of the all important orange bandannas, they were pushed back until today and will continue through Sunday at dinner. Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) officially begins midnight on Sunday.

An interview with the leader of the zombies and humans alike Q: Why two sessions?

Q: Any problems fixed from last year?

A: Last year we heard from a number of people that the


timing wasn’t best in spring. A few lacrosse boys mentioned they would have more time when for the game when it wasn’t during their season. We decided to have one during the fall semester to accommodate these people. We thought there would be a decent amount of interest.

Q: Any rule changes? A: I don’t think so. We clarified the rule that no players could be on bikes. We’re not going to be strict about people going to class on a bike but we don’t want people getting tagged on a bike because people can get hurt. But if someone is on a bike so that they won’t get tagged, that’s not allowed. You can still only have one sword though, solid foam. We’re not allowing people to use the new Nerf gun that shoots disks. No battle axes or nun-chucks either. Just for safety reasons.

Q: How do you handle complaints and cheaters? A: Typically, when it’s a report that someone else has seen someone cheating, we just look into it. We see if we know the person and if we get a second report we contact that person. We had to take everything with a grain of salt. Some people get overeager with the game, so we want to make sure it’s not because they don’t like someone. We always require that they say what they were doing while they were cheating. Usually we do allow the person to have a discussion with one of the moderators. It has never been the case that someone was re-instated to the game. But we’ve only banned something like four people from the game and it was because they were actually cheating.

We’re hoping that the website doesn’t have any more glitches like it did last year. They have completely redone it. There was a time delay from when a kill was reported last year, but they’ve remodeled it. The other thing we’ve changed is that all complaints are to be emailed to the NSE e-mail address—— instead of my personal e-mail so that other people on NSE can answer the complaints.

Q: What is your favorite part of HvZ? A: Watching everyone run around campus and get really into it.

Q: Any good stories from last year? A: One of the most intense moments last year was when a bunch of zombies showed up for an event last year where no humans showed up. They still wanted to do something, so they found out that two people in 36 Madison Ave (Drew’s allmale a cappella group) were in rehearsal and still registered humans so those zombies waited an hour and a half for them to get out. I had to moderate it, and the two guys, Mike Yodice (’11) and Eric Ando (’12), snuck out the back and somehow survived. There was something like 50 or 60 zombies there.

Q: What’s the prize? Is there one? A:

We haven’t decided on a prize yet, but we’re still giving out certificates. We might offer all the winners an extra antidote for next semester’s game. We’ve always allowed people to use the antidotes from the previous game. Someone had something like five from the first year and now has three. So he’s going to be the person to beat this year.



October 14, 2011

Events this week

Spotlight: Tri-Beta Plant Sale


Tri-Beta, Drew University’s Biological Honors Society, is hosting their annual plant sale from Monday through Thursday.

The Food Dude 8:00 p.m. The Commons Kevin Roberts, also known as ‘the food dude,’ hosts a presentation on fun and healthy college eating

Capture the Flag 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Tolley/Brown Circle

The plant table will be located in the courtyard of Brothers College from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with the rain location in the BC rotunda. Stop by to find some greens to spruce up your dorm room, or even pick out some little pumpkins to get into the Halloween spirit.

New Social Engine presents a campus-wide game of capture the flag

Tomorrow First-Year Student Dance 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. The Westin Hotel

Spotlight: Two One-Act Plays The Drew University Dramatic Society presents two separate one-act plays:

All first years are invited to enjoy a night of dancing and desserts in Morristown. The buses leave the Simon Forum parking lot at 8:15 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your waivers!

Adventures with Nickel and Bean, written by Lindsay Walton (CLA ’11) and directed by Brynne Oster-Bainnson (’13) and ’Dentity Crisis, written by Christopher Durang and directed by Emilyn Bona (’13).



The Commons Olympics 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Commons Concourse Find out if you have what it takes to be the Commons champion. Four different games means multiple opportunities to win prizes!

Mix It Up Late! 10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Asbury Lounge There will be Zumba and a create-your-own-trail-mix station at this event that aims to re-energize you before Monday rolls back around.

Thursday ESS Speaker Melvin J. Visser 4:30 p.m. Hall of Sciences 4 The author of Cold, Clear and Deadly: Unraveling a Toxic Legacy comes to Drew to discuss “The Dirty Dozen Pollutants: Forgotten, But Not Gone.”

Wednesday @ 8:00 p.m. Thursday @ 8:00 p.m. Friday @ 8:00 p.m. Saturday @ 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The shows are taking place in the Directing Lab of the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts. Tickets are $8 for every showing except Thursday, which is a discounted $5.

CALLING ALL SURVIVORS With the advent of Humans vs. Zombies taking over the Drew University campus upon us, the Acorn is issuing a call to arms: send us your best HvZ action photos. Pictures of zombie attackers, human survivors, or just some epic action shots of the living and the undead are all welcome. Just send your best shots to with the names of all those included in the picture, and we will pick the most interesting to run next week in our recap of the outbreak.


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Drew defeats nationally ranked club Andrew Bell Sports Writer


noted theologian once hypothesized that “invincibility lies in the defense and the possibility of victory in the attack”. As this quote has stood the test of time, so have the statements that it asserts. For the Men’s Soccer team, both statements could describe their play on Wednesday night as the Rangers defeated the nationally ranked, 21st in the NCAA rankings, Muhlenberg Mules. For the Rangers, the win was their fifth consecutive victory as well as the first victory over a team from the Centennial Conference since the 2006 season. Coincidently, that victory came against Muhlenberg as well, a 2-1 victory in Allentown, Pa. The Rangers came out firing early in the first half with two goals in the first 12 minutes. The first goal was orchestrated by sophomore Kevin Veliz (’14), when he elevated a ball into the box that junior Sam Nepveux (’13) headed into the left corner of the net. The free-kick by Veliz was contested by both Nepveux and Muhlenberg goalie, Ari Nutovits. Fortunately for the Rangers, Nepveux beat Nutovits to the floating ball and put the Rangers ahead in the 6th minute. With the momentum in their favor, the Rangers converted five minutes later from a wonderful cross that Ricardo Castro (’14) put right into the box for Matt Gragnano (’14) to head into the top-right corner of the net.

Justin Camejo

Kevin Veliz controls the ball during the victory over Goucher, Veliz scored Drew’s first goal of the contest The genesis of the goal began when RJ Voorman (’15) aired the ball toward the left sideline, where Castro “1-timed” the ball right to Gragnano for the second goal of

the game (11:40). The assist was Castro’s fourth of the season, putting him second on the team in assists right behind Voorman. On this night, unlike their game against

Goucher College on Sunday, the Rangers converted on nearly every opportunity they were given. Efficiency was the key to defeating a talented team like Muhlenberg.

Meconi leads Rangers Goucher and New Paltz Ben Johnson Sports Editor The Rangers entered last Sunday’s Conference game in need of a victory. Going into the game, the Rangers were expecting a tough contest based on their history against Goucher. However, it was the last years MVP, Christine Meconi (’12), who stepped up and delivered a performance to remember. Meconi scored three goals and assisted on two others to aid the Rangers in an 8-0 rout of Goucher last Sunday . Meconi's total of eight points was one point shy of the school record set by Danielle Baraty in 1992. The senior forward wasted little time getting the Rangers on the scoreboard scoring her first goal just 1:56 into the contest off a pass from Emily Weida (’12). Sophomore Caroline Kuras (’14) fed Meconi in the ninth minute to put the Rangers up 2-0. Kuras finished the day with three assists and in doing so she placed her name in the Drew record books for the most assists in a game. Ever since moving from forward to center midfield, Kuras has really come into her own. Her pace and ability to jumpstart the Rangers offensive attack has been tremendous. Drew began to pour it on after sophomore Katie O'Keefe (’14) punched in her fifth goal of the season in the 18th minute. The Rangers went on to score three more goals in the next 17 minutes to take a 6-0 lead into the half. Abby Dingle (’12), Liz Loidice (’14) and Cindy Hartmann (’14) each recorded their first goals of

Eva Alvarez

Liz Loiodice (’12) (left) winning possession of the ball during the Ranger victory over Goucher. Christine Meconi (’12) (right) advancing the ball during the victory over Goucher in which she scored three goals and recored two assists Rangers won their fourth-straight to injury. Senior Jeramie Barletta They were able to move people out the fall. The doubled as a major con- game and improve to 6-7 on the (’13) came on to make three saves of their normal positions and still fidence boost to the Rangers, as year. in a little over 56 minutes of play. maintain continuity on the field. The 23rd minute provided the well as a message to the rest of the The Rangers will return to Meconi's goal was her 23rd Conference that the Ranger squad only offense of the contest as Me- goal of her career moving her into Landmark Conference play on everyone expected at the start of coni launched a long ball from the eighth all-time in Ranger history Saturday when they welcome the season has come to form. The right side of the field that tipped behind teammate Emily Weida first place Scranton in the second Rangers are clicking on all cylin- over Hawk goalkeeper Stephanie who has 24. part of double header at 3:30 p.m. ders now, and it will take a strong Vega outstretched hands. The Despite key injuries to cen- The game will be a rematch of the team to slow down their relentless Rangers held a 16-10 advantage terback Bridget McRory and Landmark Conference Championin shots while not attempting one midfielder Michele Malone, the ship game in which the Royals offensive unit. A Christine Meconi first half corner the whole game. Rangers were able to beat a good edged the Rangers 2-1 in Scranton. goal was enough in a 1-0 victory Agata Dera (’14) made her fifth team in the Hawks. The win was If you cannot catch the game in over SUNY-New Paltz (9-5-1) this start of the game and was credited a testament to how talented the person be sure to tune in to Ranger afternoon at Ranger Stadium. The with the win before leaving due Rangers are as individual players. Roar for play by play.

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Drew players contest Castleton State players for the possession of the ball during the contest on Tuesday

Volume 84, Issue 8

Photos By Eva Alvarez

Field hockey wins two games and loses to cross-town rival Ben Johnson Sports Editor


Melissa Boyd (’15) wearing the Ranger’s pink jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness month leads the Ranger attack last Tuesday in their victory over Castleton State College

airleigh Dickinson scored the final two goals last Thursday to defeat the Rangers 2-1 in the Battle of Madison Avenue. The loss is only the fourth in the last 15 games against the Devils. The Rangers dropped to 7-5 on the year. The Rangers took the lead early on in the game on the seventh goal of the year by Angela Terracciano (’12). She is now tied with Meghan Howlett (’12), who assisted on the lone Ranger goal, as the top scorer on the Ranger team. The Devils caught a break in the final seconds of the first half when they drew a penalty corner as time expired. The untimed play produced two shots for the Devils, one that was stopped by Sarah Cannavale (’12) for a defensive save and the second found the back of the cage off the stick of Devils Forward Lauren Guenther. Feeding off the momentum created by the game-tying goal at the end of the half, the Devils wasted little time to get the second goal of the night. A little over three minutes into final period of play, Lanie Andrews found senior Megan Springmeyer (’12) for the eventual game-winner. Despite out-shooting the Devils 6-4 in the final frame and holding a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners, the Rangers were not be able to get past the Devil defense. The Rangers are 23-13-4 all-time against their cross-street rivals in a series that dates back to 1967. Earlier this week however, the Rangers improved to 8-5 on the year and 3-0 in the Landmark Conference with a 4-1 victory over Goucher College. Howlett scored her second career hat trick in what was the Ranger’s fourth consecutive win over the Goucher Gophers. The Rangers got on the scoreboard early, as Erin Maguire (’15) connected with Howlett for the first goal of the afternoon. The Gophers came right back down the field and drew a corner in which Lindsay Jones deflected a pass from Katie Gallagher to tie the game at one all.

The Rangers had many scoring opportunities throughout the contest, recording 22 shots in the second half of action and 40 shots total. After playing the first half to a 1-1 draw, the Rangers went on to score three unanswered goals in the second half for their fourth road win of the year. Howlett was credited with the game-winner 1:58 into the second half when she knocked in a rebound after the Rangers were awarded one of their 15 corners. Maguire got in on the scoring action three minutes later with an unassisted goal of her own. The MaguireHowlett duo connected for the last time on Howlett's third goal of the day in the 62nd minute. Lauren Fasano (’12) and Christiana Carlini (’14) split time in front of the cage and faced only one shot on goal. The Rangers improved to 9-5 on the year with a 3-0 victory over Castleton St. (6-7) this afternoon. Forward Angela Terracciano (’15) scored twice, upping her season total to nine goals on the year. The Rangers found the back of the cage three times in the first half which was all they needed to secure their second win in three days. Terracciano opened up the scoring in the 11th minute when she was in the perfect spot to deflect a Mary Esposito (’12) pass in to the back of the cage. The freshman struck again a little over 14 minutes later when she was able to beat Castleton goaltender Bridget Dusha to put the Rangers up two goals. Drew got their final goal of the evening on Sarah Charles’ (’13) second goal of the season. The Spartans stepped up their offensive attack in the final 30 minutes after not recording a shot on goal in the first half of play. Castleton fired 15 of their 16 shots in the second half, keeping Ranger goaltender Lauren Fasano busy in the cage. The senior made nine saves after relieving Christiana Carlini, who was credited with her sixth win of the year. Junior Sarah Cannavale helped preserve the shutout on the Ranger defense with her defensive save.

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