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Public Safety addresses rising transports Nina Godlewski Staff Writer The number of medical transports due to alcohol abuse on campus continues to increase, another student was transported on September 26th. This year, more students than ever have been drinking so much that they need medical attention. It’s an issue of student safety on campus, which raises the ques-
tion of whether something needs to be done to change the drinking habits that have developed on campus since this year began. Public Safety and the Residence Life staff work together to monitor and provide a safe environment for students to live and have fun in. When asked if any new rules may be implemented or if Public Safety will become stricter, director of public safety Robert Lucid said, “We are going to convene
the alcohol and drug task force to address concerns to determine if there are University policies that need to be adjusted.” Also, he said in the more immediate future Public Safety and Residence Life staff will “look at individual social events to determine if we need to adjust our policies on when, where and how much university supervision is required.” Lucid also mentioned that Residence Life and Health
Services have been doing “an excellent job reviewing our reports and addressing issues with individuals.” These two departments on campus are key players in helping students address their behaviors that need attention to prevent further incidents or any more transports. g law violations have also been on the rise with six violations in one week. Four drug incidents occurred between Friday Septeber
28th and Saturday September 29th with non-Drew individuals who were attempting to enter or were already on Drew’s campus. Madison police were contacted arrested the individuals. Also, two drug incidents occurred with Drew students found in possession of drugs on campus. These are the first drug law violations on campus this year since one other violation which occurred on August 27th.
Enigmatic Provost Gunter-Smith is finally decoded for students Jack Duran Opinions Editor Many students on campus say they have no idea who or what the provost is, and what’s more that a provost even exists on campus. “I don’t know what that is. I honestly have no idea,” Kia Bourdot (’15) said. Mark Burn (’16) agrees with her, saying, “I have no idea” as well. First and foremost, a provost is the highest senior academic officer at a university. He or she oversees academic departments and works directly with them, having administrative oversight over the faculty of the school. With the responsibility to report to the university president, the provost is, most importantly, the second ranking officer in a university administration. Here at Drew, her name is Pamela Gunter-Smith. She has been the provost ever since she
joined the Drew community in 2006, after leaving Spelman College in Georgia as a professor of physiology. From 1981-1992, she worked as a research scientist at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Md. “I ran a research program for the government,” she said. “Every summer I brought students to do research, much like the Drew Summer Science Institute.” In 1992, she then decided to work at Spelman, saying, “I went into academia because I thought it was a higher calling.” However, she decided to accept the opportunity at Drew. “I have a lot of contacts, so my name is often mentioned. I often get calls like this,” she said. “I thought Drew was a wonderful place. It needed no fixing and had a lot of potential.” For a small campus, Gunter-Smith thought it was un-
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Drew Democrats host a viewing of the presidential debate in Tolley/Brown
Students engage in American politics
See Introducing, page 3
Plays hit the Stage The Enhinger Center hosts students for the first of two presidential debates
Renovations being made soon, Hall of Sciences project underway Lina Estrada News Editor Photo by Jennifer Costa Photography
Read our review of “Two Face” and “Waiting for Lefty” on page 7
Featured Stories New graphic column in this week’s issue “Critique of Some Reasoning”
Beginning in the spring, science majors and faculty will have more laboratories in which to work. According to Chief Communications Officer David Muha, Drew
now has the money to build the new labs. As the Drew website reported in 2011, in an article that there is going to be a 40,000 square foot expansion. Muha indicated yesterday that the total cost will be in the neighborhood of $15 million. “Half of the money is in hand, and the rest is going to be
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fundraised through campus projects and other means,” Muha said. The article goes on to state the importance of new facilities for learning purposes. As of now, the Hall of Sciences expansion will include “both interdisciplinary See Hall, Page 2
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Hall of sciences to get reboot From Renovations, page 1
teaching and research laboratories, and collaborative spaces that maximize faculty and student interaction.” The new wing is set to include an atrium replacing the connection between the Hall of Sciences and Brother’s College. The goal of the project is to combine academic learning with hands-on experience, something that is crucial to students going out in the real world. “The building is bursting at the seams. Space is needed to fulfill grants and promises of research space for students, and more importantly new faculty,” Muha said. “So far, we have $7 million dollars already raised for the project.
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An image of what the new wing of The Hall of Sciences will look like once finished
That’s about 50 percent of what we need,” he said. “The need for space is as great as ever. The project is a top fundraising priority.” Interestingly enough,
the funding for the project may come quicker than most professors and administrators expect. According to Muha, “New Jersey has a bond referendum on the No-
vember ballot. If passed, it would provide money to New Jersey’s public and private colleges and universities for capital projects...Drew would share in the $52 million
reserved for private colleges and universities,” he said. “I’m not sure exactly how much that would amount to but it would definitely go to the Hall of Sciences project.”
Like what you see? Want to join us? Well come on down to our open house on Tuesday from 12-6. All positions open.
Lester W. Berenbroick Lester W. Berenbroick was a Drew faculty member from 1952 to 1991 and was professor emeritus of sacred music. While at Drew, he served as director of both the theological and undergraduate choirs, and he was an organist for both Christian and Jewish congregations in New Jersey and New York. After retiring, Berenbroick and his partner, Dr. Warren Crater T’59, became university benefactors and enriched the Drew community in many ways. Berenbroick and Crater endowed a scholarship in 2003, and donated the pipe organ that is still in use today in the Craig Chapel. A family member has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Drew University Theological School, which can be reached at 1-800-979-DREW.
We may not have “Gangnam Style” but we do have AP style Public Safety Blotter
Officers responded to a call reporting an odor of marijuana in Hoyt. Once on scene, they determined the source of the odor and cited a student and guest for the violation. A report was sent to the Dean.
Officers were dispatched to a Tolley bathroom for a report of an unconscious individual. The officers found the unresponsive student and dispatched an ambulance immediately. The student was transported to the hospital for care. The dean’s office was advised, and a report was generated.
Officers dispatched Madison Police to their HQ after a non-Drew individual was found in possession of CDS. MPD arrived and arrested the individual.
Public Safety officers made contact with several nonDrew individuals when they attempted to enter campus without a host. They were found to be in possession of marijuana – Madison Police were called and the individuals were arrested.
Patrol Officer Goldate conducted a motor vehicle stop and discovered the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of CDS. Madison Police responded and arrested the non-Drew individuals.
While doing property checks after an event, Patrol Officer Celoaliaj made contact with a non-Drew individual and found him to be in possession of marijuana. Madison Police were dispatched to Public Safety HQ and the individual was arrested and removed from campus.
Lieutenant LaManna and Officer Goldate responded to Hoyt on a report of an odor of marijuana. The officers made contact with several students and cited them for the violation. The report was sent to the Dean.
A large group of disorderly students were dispersed after officers responded to the Suites for a noise complaint. Several students were cited for disorderly conduct and vandalism when it was found that they had created a dangerous condition in the residence hall. A report was written and sent to the Dean.
While assisting a motorist in the Glenwild Lot, Corporal Traynor encountered an intoxicated student which resulted in the student being cited for underage drinking and intoxication. A report was generated and forwarded to the Dean.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Safety.
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Introducing Drew’s middleman: Provost Gunter-Smith From Enigmatic, Page 1 -usual for it to have three schools. “But I was particularly drawn to Drew because of the three schools” she said. As the chief academic officer, Gunter-Smith has a broad range of responsibilities. She has helped developed the Strategic Plan, which has been crucial in developing a vision for the science department. But as the second in command, she is allowed to make decisions when the president of the University is not in. At events, she said, ”I give everyone a ‘Hello, welcome to Drew, we’re happy to have you.’” Although she goes to almost every event on campus, including sports games, joking that she is “known as the number one fan of Drew athletics,” she acknowledges that she is not as widely known as other adminis-
trators. “I’m not the dean of the college, which is a very visible position” she explained. “I’m not the president of the University, which is a very visible position. I’m like the middle man.” Despite being the “middleman,” she works very hard to collaborate and bring together all academic departments to give students a high-quality academic experience. With Vivian A. Bull as the new interim president at Drew, she also helps advance their agenda. “My loyalty is to the University, but I work at the pleasure of the president,” Gunter-Smith said. “[Bull]’s a fabulous woman. She has been part of this community for a long time, and so there’s no learning curve for her.” As Drew faces budget cuts, she assures that students will not be negatively impacted. “The academic experience of our student is primary, and we do not want to harm their experience,”
she said. She acknowledges that students’ interests have changed and evolved over the years, and that the University has to assess how they can provide students the experience they want. “It’s good for universities to look at themselves,” she said. “As a community or a family, we have to make decisions. There are always choices that have to be made. These are tough economic times.” Gunter-Smith admits that Drew cannot continue to follow the old, higher education model of increasing tuition at fast rates and expecting it to be affordable for students. As provost, Gunter-Smith admittedly stays in her office working much of the time, but she is dedicated to bringing the community closer and enhancing the academic experience of students. “I am a person of integrity,” she said. “I am very committed to Drew.”
Provost Pamela Gunter-Smith
Understanding religion: Drew professors seek answers from abroad Portia Dezen Contributing Writer Every year, each department on campus engages in research in some form or another. One of the busiest departments on campus is the Religious Studies Department. An interview with the Religious Studies Department
Chair, Professor Pechilis and Religious Studies Professor Jonathan Golden, revealed the current projects of the department members. “The department consists of several faculty members who have related but, at the same time, very different fields of research,” Pechilis says. “Faculty members include Darrell Cole, Jonathan Golden, Louis
Professor and Associate Director for the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict Jonathan Golden
Hamilton, Allan Nadler, and Christopher Taylor and myself.” “Professor Cole specializes in religious engagement with politics, business, and medicine,” Pechilis clarified. “He is currently working on a book about the ethics of spying and espionage as well as an essay about narrative ethics.” “Narrative ethics,” as she explained, “are concerned with the use of novels as moral formation. Of particular study is former head of British Intelligence in WWI James Buchan’s thriller novels because, as a Calvinist Christian, his theological views heavily influenced the content of his novels.” Golden also spoke about his projects. “I focus on religious conflict and terrorism, world archaeology, and Jewish Diaspora communities,” he said. “Tentatively titled ‘Tear Down Their Altars’, my primary area of research has been on religious terrorism and its relationship to tombs, specifically in Israel.” “Such sites include the Tomb of Joseph, the Tomb of The Patriarchs, Rachel’s Tomb and Elijah’s Tomb. Tied into this violence are historical disputes over land in which two religious groups attempt to lay claim on religious space,” he said. “Despite the recent violence, I aim to enlighten his audience on how religious groups have historically shared said religious sites successfully, and that there is a way of establishing a precedent for peace.” Nadler teaches Judaism and does research in Europe and Israel. His focus of research is on the history of heretics, such as Baruch Spinoza, Rav Kook, Mordecai Kaplan and Natan Slifkin (the “Zoo Rabbi”). Spinoza was a Jewish-Dutch philosopher who is seen today as the forefather of secular Judaism. Rav Kook founded the Ash-
Chair and Professor of Religious Studies Karen Pechilis kenazi Zionist movement before Israel became a state. Mordecai Kaplan was the co-founder of Reconstructionist Judaism and Natan Slifkin is an orthodox rabbi, best known for his work in zoology and science. “Louis Hamilton is a specialist in Christianity and Medieval Europe,” Pechilis said. “He is currently working on expanding the Medieval Mediterranean database, an article on the use of digital media in teaching Dante, and a monograph tentatively entitled Exegesis, Reform, and Crusade: Bruno of Segni and the Desire for Jerusalem.” Pechilis continued, saying “according to Professor Hamilton, it will include the first commentaries on art and architecture since the Carolingian Period in Europe in the Middle Ages (800-888 AD), and is deeply influential on the preaching of
the First Crusade.” “As Chair of the Religious Studies Department, as well as Professor of Asian and Comparative Religion, I teach and do research on Asian religions, particularly in India,” Pechilis said. “I am working on an article which analyzes the classical female saint Karaikkal Ammaiyar’s poetry and how it has influenced the development of famous Hindu art,” she said. “In particular, the ritual image of Nataraja, the Lord of Dance, as well as a few projects that aim to illuminate female religious authority around the world using methodology and ethnography,” she said. In sum, the Religious Studies department goes past simply looking at various religions and aims to understand how religion and culture shape one another.
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Alumni reflect on the past
Pat Byrne Managing Editor Last weekend Drew held its annual Alumni and Family Weekend, which gives Drew the opportunity to host their past alumni. Drew, which is often referred to as “The University in the forest,” was originally established in 1867 as the Drew Theological Seminary. The University then expanded in 1928 to include the undergraduate College of Liberal Arts. Over the years, Drew has been able to brag about its diverse student body, adding to Drew’s large amount of student run organizations. When asked, some of the alumni said it was a milestone of their memories here at Drew. Marion Sachdeva (C’66), when asked what her fondest memory here at Drew was, answered that it was her time “spent in the choir.” She elaborated, saying how in the ’60s it was “more like a madrigal choir.” A traditional madrigal choir differs from Drew’s current madrigal choir in that it is a group that sings exclusively for church service. Dave Samuelson (C’62), who was involved in many clubs during his time on campus, was fond of his “years in the a capella choir.” He also noted that his “senior year [he]...was editor of the yearbook.” Samuelson also recalled when Drew
used to have an intramural touch football team for each grade and they would play each other. He proudly stated, “Our intramural football team went undefeated.” Former Student Government (SG) President Franklin Barbosa (C’12) was most fond of his time in SG. “It gave me a lot of the skills I need now in law school,” he said. Other alumni were so shocked at the change from the old University Center (UC) to the brand new Ehinger Center (EC) that it was all they could talk about. Lou (Loyd) Hyman and his wife Karen Hyman (C’77) had nothing but good words about the new EC. Lou Hyman was so shocked that the first words out of his mouth were, “It’s all changed so much since then!” He went on to say how he liked the “Pub moving from the dark corner of the UC.” Other alumni, such as John Langford (C’63), remarked how he recalled students on campus procuring an “amphibious vehicle [that] some students decided to use to take a tour of South America.” Langford also remembered the civil rights struggle that was going on in the backdrop of the ’60s at the time he was going to Drew. He remembered, “There was something involving trying to change the discrimination in the barbershops down in the downtown area.” He went on to say how “that was the era of the civil rights struggle, [and how] that was the small involvement of Drew” at the time.
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available for students Kristin Corso Contributing writer
e have an observatory?” exclaimed Liz Caroscio (’15) when she was asked her opinion of Drew’s observatory here on campus. As more students were asked about what they thought of the observatory, it became increasingly obvious that Caroscio was not alone in her ignorance of the subject. “I know we have one, but I have no clue what people do there,” said May Manalo (’15). Many upperclassmen exclaimed similar cries of surprise when the observatory was mentioned, while others who knew of its existence did not know a single thing about it. This is something that should change because the observatory is, according to Dr. Fenstermacher, a “huge asset to the Drew community.” Dr. Fenstermacher is a professor of physics and one of the founding members of the observatory. The observatory was built shortly after the arrival of Fenstermacher, who started the astronomy program here at Drew in 1968. It was Fenstermacher who wrote the grant proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Drew’s first telescope. Originally there was no dome, but after a year Drew granted the members of the astronomy department the money to build it. Fenstermacher and other faculty members built the dome around the original telescope themselves. In 1993, Fenstermacher asked for another grant from NSF and Drew received a professional
8 p.m.; 2 p.m. matinee Saturday Two One Acts Thomas H. Kean Theater
3-6 p.m. Drew Environmental Action League Fern Rescue James McCourt
Fern Plot outside the Commons
Professor of Physics, Emeritus Bob Fenstermacher examines Drew’s observatory research grade telescope. This telescope is computer controlled, 16 inches and worth around $100,000. There are also several small telescopes mounted around the dome for more amateur star viewing. For years, astronomy students and faculty have been viewing rare and awe-inspiring cosmic events with the help of the equipment in the observatory. Just last year, members of the department were able to witness Venus cross the face of the sun, something that will not happen again for 125 years. Although the observatory is mostly used for research by faculty and graduate students, undergraduate astronomy classes have access to it two nights a week for class assignments. When more intriguing things like solar eclipses are happening up in space, the members of the department will often invite the Drew community to come and view the spectacle with them. Anyone
involved with Drew can come up to the observatory Friday nights from 7 to 10 p.m., an opportunity that many here at Drew are not aware of. Student guides are stationed at the observatory to answer questions viewers have about stars, galaxies or satellites they might see. Students who have been up to the observatory, like Kasey Dolan (’16), typically enjoy their experience. “I got to see the observatory during an open house,” said Dolan. “I thought it was really cool that we had all that equipment here, and I had a lot of fun.” Although, according to Professor Fenstermacher, “viewing conditions here in Madison are not ideal due to light and smog from the nearby city and so serious deep sky research is not possible.” “But,” he reassures, “we can still do some pretty cool star gazing.” So come up to the observatory in the Hall of Sciences one weekend soon for an opportunity that is literally out of this world.
8 p.m. Student Government Cupcakes Tolley/Brown Lounge
6:30 p.m. Plays in Process ARTS 138/Directing Lab
Reading Days No Classes
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October 5, 2012
Getting beneath Drew’s skin
Kimberly Ammiano Features Editor
magine feeling so passionate about something that you want it to remain on your body forever. Maybe some of you reading this have. Tattoo, defined by dictionary.com, is the “the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc, by making punctures in it and inserting pigments.” For many people, the ink they choose to mark their body with defines something extremely significant, while for others, it was a drunken mistake. After catching up with several Drewids, it appears for the most part the permanent ink on their skin represents a vital message. Ben Schafer (’15) met his future best friend Meghan Wolfe (’13) when he was a prospective student staying overnight. Wolfe, whose wrist is adorned with the phrase, “Carpe Diem,” explains that she and Schafer bonded instantly over his love for her tattoo. “He said he loved mine and wanted to get something similar. Then, the following fall when he came to Drew, he got his done, and we’ve been best friends ever since,” she said. “For me, tattoos are symbolic because it reminds me everyday what happened to me in the past, and that I know I would rather live than have the alternate,” Schafer said. “On my overnight, I met Meghan and she had the tattoo I had wanted and thought about for a couple years before meeting,” he continued. “Once I saw it on her I knew that it was exactly what I wanted,” he said. Schafer’s wrists, now stamped with “Carpe Diem” and “Carpe Noctern,” remind the duo daily of their “strong friendship,” according to Wolfe. Similar to Wolfe and Schafer’s tattoos, Caitlin Cromley’s (’13) dreamcatcher on her back represents a closeness to those important to her. “There are five beads in the middle, [one] for each member of my family” she said. “My mom has a matching one on her back.”
“I have always thought of dreamcatchers as having a beautiful, protective power,” Cromley explains. “My family are my greatest protectors and supporters. It’s my tribute to them,” she said. In addition to the dreamcatcher, Cromley also has two stars on her hip. “They are the two stars from Peter Pan, my favorite story as a child,” she said. “It is a subtle reminder to not always get caught up in the heavy responsibilities of being an adult.” Similar to Cromley, Ian Smith’s (’13) flag tattoo also tributes his family, specifically his father. “I got my tattoo after I graduated high school,” he said. “I designed it as a tribute to my ethnic heritage and my father, who passed away when I was four.” “The tattoo represents the flags of my three major ethnicities, Scottish, Irish, and Italian, connected in a triangle. The base of the triangle is the Scottish flag, which depicts St. Andrew’s cross, Smith explained. “My older brother shared the middle name Andrew with my father. Also, Scottish is the ethnicity that branches between both sides of my family,” he said. Ashley Eslinger (‘13) proudly wears “you more” on her wrist everyday. “My mom and I got matching ones on our wrists because when she used to drop me at school we’d always yell ‘I love you more’ back and forth,” Eslinger said. “My mom is my absolute best friend so it’s a nice reminder when we aren’t together that she is always with me at heart.” Mike Scarzafava (’14), who has a purple rose on his ribs, said “The story behind the tattoo is simple. It is a dedication to my grandmother. When she was alive she grew roses at our house. She also painted and her favorite color to use was purple,” he said. “So to always have her with me I decided a purple rose was the perfect fit.” Scarzafava also has the Latin
Ben Schafer (’15) displays his tattoed wrists
saying “Amat Victoria Curam,” tattooed on his forearm. The phrase translates into “Victory Loves Preparation.” According to Scarzafava, he “tries to live his life by this phrase daily, in both academia and sports.” “With school, always being prepared for classes is the key to being victorious. If one is prepared it will most likely lead to good grades. With baseball, it’s the same concept,” he said. “Being prepared will lead to being victorious. Practicing your craft and practicing it perfectly will lead to success,” Scarzafava concluded Scarzafava ’s teammate, Mark Alessio (’14), has a scripture from the Book of Mark on his back, Mark 9:23. It reads, “Everything is possible for him who believes,” which represents Alessio’s drive to play like a champion in every baseball game. “It’s something I would write on my wrist when I would tape them up for high school baseball. It’s just always been something that means a lot to me,” he said. As a
Catholic high school grad, Alessio finds the Bible to be a very comforting influence. “When I read that one, I loved it so much that I got it tattooed on the right side of my back,” he said. Like Alessio, Victoria Porpora (’13) found strength in a religious symbol. As a high school senior, Porpora saw going away to college as an impossible concept, due to intense struggles with anxiety. “After applying to a few schools and getting into Drew, I decided that I needed to do some serious work with my ultimate goal being to become a Drew student,” she explained. “After being at Drew a few months and doing great, I decided to get a tattoo. Not only as a marker of my success but as a maker of it,” Porpora said. “Now after some serious research, I decided to get a Hamasa. The Hamasa has meaning in a variety of religions and cultures. In general, it is good luck and protection from the evil eye,” she said. Although not in a religious way, Richele Grenier’s (’13) tattoo is
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also incredibly symbolic. Made permanent on her 18th birthday, Grenier got a music note just behind her ear. “After wanting a tattoo for a very long time, I decided on a music note as it is a representation of my love for music, as both a performer and a spectator,” she said. “I have been performing in choral groups for as long as I can remember and literally went to two or more concerts a month in high school. A tattoo is just my way of expressing that love for something that is a huge part of my life,” she continued. While the majority of the Drewids I spoke to put a lot of thought into their tattoos, Robert Cortright (’14) got caught up in what he calls a high school “hippie phase.” “Got it at 16 in high school,” he said. “Back then I was a freespirited California kid. A few friends had rasta tattoos and I got it because they had it.” Cortright’s tattoo, which depicts a rasta flag that says “Love always,” is ink he wishes he “could rip off his body today.”
Lock and Load
University Programming Board brings free laser tag to Tolley/Brown Circle Today, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Tolley/Brown Circle, the University Programming Board (UPB) will be hosting a free laser tag event. UPB helps to bring students across campus fun events, giving them the option of a fun, alcoholfree evening. Vice President of Special Events Judea Hill (’13), who helped to co-
Pat Byrne Managing Editor ordinate the event, got a company to come in to set up an “inflatable obstacle course for students to hide behind.” The event will not have food like other UPB events on campus,
but it will be a larger course than what those students who have experienced laser tag at “Funplex” are used to. “Going to ‘Funplex’ is cool, but it’s small,” Hill admitted. When asked why students should attend UPB’s event today, Hill thought nothing else but to exclaim, “It’s laser tag and it’s free!”
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LASER TAG INCLUDING A DJ
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Grab a friend, and come on out for an night of Laser Tag fun! *All equipment is provided!*
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Students deliver stimulating performances Amanda Tesarek Student Life & Arts Editor
f you enjoy being disturbed, inspired, and above all intellectually stimulated for a night, I would highly recommend attending the plays “Two Face” by Lee Ann Hoover (’13) and “Waiting for Lefty” by Clifford Odet. The two plays—one about a series of meetings between a student and his guidance counselor, and the other about a taxi union during the Great Depression—definitely give the audience plenty to think about. Before “Two Face” even started, I could tell director Katelynn Devorak (’13) had put careful thought into the set design. With the help of set designer Valerie Bannan (’13) and props designer Molly Porter (’15), the stage was transformed into a very organized office. In fact, the meticulous organization of the props at the beginning of the play provided even more contrast as the situation onstage deteriorated. Adding to the theme of deterioration were Tim Ward (’14) as Dr. Hawkes and Jordan Sokol (’15) as David. The two seemed to go too rapidly from having no connection to confiding dark personal secrets to one another. This could be because of a disconnect between the two actors in the first and second scene. But both teamed up to shine brilliantly in the final scene, switching at times, trading off acting as the aggressor and victim. Ward especially was perfect in making the audience empathize with someone society would usually dismiss as evil. Sokol, on the other hand, emoted through his
The cast of “Waiting for Lefty” chant to raise support for their strike choice of physicality, making the character his own through nervous tics—such as tapping his feet. Emilyn Bona (’13) should also be applauded for designing basic costumes that allowed for obvious scene changes without taking any time to change. Hoover’s script, though written with tremendous depth, seemed to have a lack of development in the first two scenes. Though her wry and clever humor made people laugh, myself among them, I couldn’t help feeling that if she would have pushed the development between Dr. Hawkes and David just a bit further initially,
David, left, played by Jordan Sokol (’15), angrily confronts guidance counselor Dr. Hawkes, played by Tim Ward (’14) in the one act, “Two Face”
the play would have been more cohesive on the whole. Also, for being a Harvard-educated man, Dr. Hawkes at times seemed a bit dense. Overall, however, Hoover’s ability to provoke emotional reactions within a widely-varied audience was quite impressive. Devorak was able to pull together a very impressive performance. The attention to detail was very impressive, down to the lily plant that, though in the background, towered in a position of power above everything else in the room. In order to fully appreciate the cleverness of both the directing and the script, you really just have to go see the show. “Waiting for Lefty” was also well-directed. It’s hard to say whether director Amy Crossman (’13) was the reason behind the wonderful ensemble work done between actors, or whether they were simply fantastic on their own. Either way, the cast was spectacular. Out of the actors with speaking roles, there was not a single weak performance, only stand-outs. The Performance of the Night award would have to go to Sophie Blum (’13), who captivated with a display of passion that Blum should sell to today’s political world. All the actors should be commended though, especially through their embodiment of clipped New York accents, characteristic of the era in which the play was set. The women were also very good when it came time for them to play male roles, taking care to walk with masculine posture and sit in masculine positions. Costume designer Christina Lockerby (’13) helped lend credibility to the actors through her spot-on period piece costumes. Crossman made an interesting directing choice concerning
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Florence, left, played by Kayla Bowers (’13), embraces Sid, played by Kyle Biemiller (’15) scene changes. While the actors were moving props, they would, in character, mutter to each other about the scene just presented. At first, I thought this was distracting. Eventually, though, I grew to appreciate it as a way to make the play more unified. Crossman also placed actors among the audience,which I’m typically not a huge fan of. However, in this case it served to engage the audience more in what was going on. The only criticism I have of the play overall has to do with the blocking. Dealing with an audience on three-sides is not easy, because that means one side of the
audience is almost always seeing backsides. This effect could have been reduced if a bit more movement was added to some scenes. Both “Two Face” and “Waiting for Lefty” are definitely worth seeing. When it boils down to it, the choices made by the directors serve only to add or detract from two important themes: dealing with trauma and standing up for worker’s rights. Each director did an extremely credible job with these difficult yet relevant scripts. Both one acts are running Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Thomas Kean Theater. Tickets are $8.
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Wary professors eye new cutbacks
he faculty will examine the recent changes to the new organizational review today and possibly vote to its accept or reject. The review’s goal was to cut University expenses and generate new revenue. Drew, as we all know,is not rolling in dough, despite its costs. It’s no secret that many Drew students are having difficulty paying their tuition. Many more did not come back to Drew this fall because of financial aid problems. Clubs are also suffering. The Acorn, for the first time in a long time, does not have enough money to print through the end
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Lead Editorial Since finances are tough at Drew, clubs have gotten smaller budgets and don’t have the funds to plan events or grow into bigger parts of the Drew community. On the other hand, the Office of Student Activities has two big screen TV’s.
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The review recommends cuts to the size of the faculty, their funds, the number of classes and academics in general. This was anticipated by both the faculty and the administration. Is this the place to cut funding for a school? Shouldn’t the faculty be given the resources they need to educate the s? We’d like to know:, where are the cuts to the administration? Will there be cuts to their benefits, expense accounts or staff, or will the cuts go to students and faculty only?
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New posting policy not satisfying Addison Del Mastro Assistant Opinions Editor Drew’s new posting policy has received a lot of negative publicity. The policy, listed in Daniel’s Dictionary, restricts the posting of flyers to bulletin boards with the exception of approved public spaces. Like most people who know the policy, I strongly disagreed with it at first. But it’s the club leaders who this impacts the most, so I spoke to some of them to gauge their opinion. It turns out, they almost universally dislike it. Allison Nachimson (’13), vice president of New Social Engine, feared its effect on attendance. “I think it has had an impact on program attendance. We noticed that our numbers have significantly gone down since the start of this year. When we asked some students about our latest event and why they were not there, they replied, ‘because we didn’t know about it’…if we can’t mass advertise like we usually do, the future of our programming is not looking so good.” Nachimson later met with Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Sara Waldron about the policy. “I think I understand it more now,” she said. “But I still think it will lower attendance.” Circle K President Victoria Dayton (’13) said, “I dislike it a lot, as do all of my other club officers. I am sure that our program attendance is going to be much lower when we have our first event in October.” She also criticized the promotion of advertising via social media. “Student Activities tells us to utilize Facebook and Twitter, which Circle K has done.
However, there is a problem with this proposed system. We are not friends with everyone on campus. Posting in dorms and academic buildings is great because everyone sees them, versus the few Drew people that we are friends with on these social networks.” Genesis Hernandez (’15), Ariel Co-Chair, called the new policy, “really limiting and controlling.” She said that “in order to hang something up, you have to approve it with so many people depending on where you want it to go. At the same time though, I feel it will allow clubs to get
creative with trying to attract people to these events.” Drew Economics & Business Society President Sabrina Fruci (’13) added another point. “Personally, I always liked seeing event flyers on the doors of Brothers College, the Commons and other locations on campus because it showed a lively campus and school community,” she said. “There were too many changes implemented in a short amount of time. They either need to be more flexible on the requirements for clubs to follow, or create more flexibility with the
new advertising policy.” The opinion is pretty clear, but I spoke with Waldron to hear the University’s side of the story. She explained that “the biggest thing is, it’s just messy. You really want to showcase the campus.” But the hardest reason to argue with is the $20,000 in damages caused by tape, tacks and other inappropriate posting. “Although it seems enormous, think about every building on campus and what it costs to have a painter come in, and spackle a wall and paint over it.” There are also new ways to
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advertise. Waldron said, “Posters used to be how everyone got out the word. There are a lot of things available to us now”—such as Twitter and Facebook. She added that soon the TVs in the EC will display upcoming events. Sandwich boards might also be set up outside building entrances to display posters on. Now, all of this is understandable enough. But there was one thing that seemed unfair and inconsistent with the policy itself. It states that we can only use masking tape and only post in approved areas, to protect and keep clean the walls and windows. But go into any residence hall, and you’ll see the walls and hallways plastered with all kinds of flyers and decorations, many held up by copious amounts of wall-wrecking packing tape. This is because ResLife has an exception to the policy. Waldron explained that “the only exception ResLife has is for walls when posting information for residents (duty calendars, policies, anti vandalism awareness and RA programs). ResLife follows all other posting policies.” That answer isn’t exactly satisfying, since their exception is for exactly the part of the policy that irks most students. I don’t think they should be prevented from using the walls—I wonder why they can and we cannot. There’s no answer to this, really. The best we can do is see how it turns out. I sincerely hope we’ll all end up loving this new policy. Right now, I’m not sure that will happen. Addison Del Mastro is a sophomore political science major
October 5, 2012
New club sports need funding too Jaron Bermudez Contributing Writer
any students come to Drew because they receive athletic scholarships. It is sad to say Drew only puts money into sports teams which excel, and gives those specific sports a budget to manage, while other students who want to establish a new sport on campus have to contribute their own money in order to start it up. Drew should be reasonable and provide starting costs for new club sports. Drew should engage and listen to students’ ideas concerning adding new sports to the ones already in place. This gives students a wider variety of sports to participate in on campus, instead of the few ones that are so common. Drew has a very small selection of sports and should look into improving it. For example, bowling is a common sport that most students enjoy, mostly because it is fun and you are able to compete with other schools and universities in the state. Students would have to insert a certain amount of money in order to begin the club sport or team they want to start. This is wrong. Even though most students have in the past, students shouldn’t have to pay to start a club here. Drew should
be willing to open small budget accounts for the creation of new sport teams or clubs so they can have the opportunity to travel and compete against other teams in different states and universities, which would build their reputation as a sport on campus. Sports are a very good asset to the community. They keep students’ stress levels at a minimum, and students are able to perform a good amount of physical activity per day. But did you ever notice the lack of students suffering from obesity due to the fact that there are fewer sports teams on campus? Some students are afraid to play rugby, basketball, or soccer because they’ve witnessed other students get permanently injured and be unable to play for the rest of the season. This is why Drew should really consider taking the opportunity to accept students’ ideas for adding new sports to the selection they already have, and also add a budget for them to begin with. Trust me, if this change were to be made, students would be much happier and would engage in more physical activity, not only to benefit their health, but to keep themselves busy.+
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Injuries not detering winning ways Chris Sullivan Contributing Writer
ith back-to-back 3-0 victories this past week, the Men’s Soccer team record stands at 7-2-2, and though this is not a terrible record by any stretch of the imagination, it is not what the team has been accustomed to for the past two years. The season began with a rocky start when the Rangers failed to win Fall Fest for the first time in three years. This was exacerbated by an embarrassing loss to the No. 7 ranked school in the nation. The Rangers were quickly able to string together a run of victories, but were unable to maintain their form once conference play started, losing to Susquehanna 3-0. They were quick to respond, however, as they earned two back-to-back 3-0 victories against conference competition Moravian, and long standing opposition Ramapo. On paper, the record is not much different from the previous year’s 9-2-0 record. The key difference is both losses were tight 1-0 defeats as compared to the 3-0 defeats exhibited this year. The Rangers’ victories are also inflated by weak opposition that were defeated in a far less convincing manner than in previous years. Former player Eric Cosentino (’13) said, “The York goalie didn’t even have gloves our freshman year. That tells you how [weak] their program is.” While the Rangers record still stands at 7-2-2, their conference record is at 1-1. It is essential to maintain a pristine record in order to qualify for a
Ricardo Castro (’14) gets around a Ramapo defender in Drew’s 3-0 win on Wednesday high seed in the landmark conference tournament. At the beginning of the season captain Kevin Walpole (’13) outlined the team’s objectives for the season. He stated, “The goal is simple: It’s to win the Landmark conference. If we win the Landmark, we go from there. It’s a long season, and we need to focus on the present.” Rangers fans will wonder what accounts for the comparatively lackluster performances. On the individual level of analysis, the team has a distinctly-different look to the preceding year. Upon evaluating the individual components of the team,
it is apparent where the weaknesses lie. One cannot deny the loss of influential players like Curtis Fornarotto (’11), Kevin Veliz (’14) and injured Phillip Mabika (’13) have been difficult to replace, but they have been replaced nonetheless. The defense saw Rich Boland (’13) return as keeper who, though at times has lacked composure, has also been able to make crucial saves. The defensive line has all been set as co-captain R.J. Voorman (’14) returns as left back and Mike “Ziti” Pezzuti (’15) consolidated his starting role as center half—he’s also one of the most consistent defenders in
the back four. Unfortunately, Voorman’s form has not been as consistent as in previous years, which has cost the Rangers at times. New to the starting lineup are Daniel Giraldo (’16) and Rob Hart (’15), who have been consistent starters at right back and center half, respectively. Both have played well but lack experience, evident in Hart’s tendency to over commit himself in tackles and Giraldo’s limitations going forward. While defensive errors are easily cleaned up against weaker oppositions, they are punished mercilessly against strong opponents. Addition-
ally, the midfield has also been one of the trouble spots. Ideally, the starting midfield three would be Walpole, John Nogwiewich (’15) and Ricardo Castro (’14). Walpole is again plagued by recurring injuries, thereby limiting the minutes he receives. But unlike previous years, he has been caught out exceedingly far forward, leaving the back line vulnerable to counter attacks. Castro has consistently been one of the best players on the field for the Rangers and has adapted well to the central role he occupied last year. Up front, the forward play has been hurt by Mabika’s injury, but the team has been able to cope with it. Tom Tolve (’15) has adapted to a wide role well in Castro’s absence from the wing. Mike Jacques’ (’13) incredible run of form has made the Rangers that much more dangerous. Jacques’ goal to minute ration stands as one of the highest on the team and has filled the role of striker exceptionally well. Daniel Ratyniak (’15) has been able to remain a consistent influence on the game, but has yet to have a stand-out performance to solidify consistent play. Overall, it’s a team largely in transition. If this were a progress report, it would read quite simply: Defense needs to be tightened, midfield needs more discipline, forwards need to work as hard as they are working currently and the team needs to stay healthy. The conference season has only just started, and if the Rangers can remain consistently healthy, then there is a chance that this group can do something special.
Field Hockey looks to continue momentum gliano scored two goals while Melissa Boyd (’15) assisted twice. Danielle Waleko (’14) scored the winning goal in the 74th minute. The Lady Rangers returned home to play visiting Ramapo College on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Drew dominated the contest 4-0. All four goals were scored in the second half of play. Waleko played another impressive game with two goals and an assist. “In the past two games Sarah Cannavale and Danielle Waleko have been awesome leaders, and Danielle’s goals have been game changers that gave us more inspiration,” Alexandra De Sousa (’15) said. The Lady Rangers look to continue their unbeaten streak in conference alive as they face Goucher College at home at 1 p.m.
Alex Majd Assistant Sports Editor The Field Hockey team has been one of Drew’s most impressive teams this fall, posting an 8-2 record. Always a well-performing team, the Lady Rangers have been incredibly successful both offensively and defensively. Thus far, the team has scored 28 goals while only allowing 12. With the high quality of play on both sides of the ball, the Rangers look to remain a lethal team as they tackle the remaining games of the season. Top performers for the Rangers have been Sarah Charles (’13), Brooke Gagliano (’14), Sarah Cannavale (’13), Bea Cannavale (’16), and CC Carlini (’13). Charles leads the team with 22 points while Gagliano has registered 20. Bea Cannavale leads the conference in assists with 10. Her older sister Sarah has been a force to be reckon with on the defensive side of the field. Carlini has been a brick wall in the goal, posting an 86 save percentage and allowing just 1.21 goals a game. “Our senior captains have been great leaders for this season, and each are an integral part of our team success,” praised Head Coach Felicia Cappablanca, “It all starts with the leadership of
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Melissa Boyd (’15) fires a shot in Drew’s 4-0 win over Ramapo College on Wednesday Sarah Charles, Sarah Cannavale, and Sami Calabrese.” Two impressive wins this season have been a 3-1 win over Union and a 7-1 win over conference rival Susquehanna. Defeating Susquehanna, and in
such a dominating fashion, was a much needed victory coming off of two straight one goal losses. “We talk a lot about ‘one day at a time, one game at a time’,” Cappablanca commented. “The team has been really good at
staying focused and staying in the moment.” With this mentality, the team will only improve on an already impressive season. This past Saturday, Drew defeated conference opponent Moravian 3-2 in overtime. Ga-
Wed, Oct. 10, 2012 Field Hockey vs. Kings College 4:30 p.m. Sat, Oct. 13, 2012 Field Hockey vs. University of Scranton 1 p.m.
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Soccer mixing youth and experience Andrew Goldberg Sports Editor
outh and experience— those are the words that describe the Women’s Soccer team as they hit the midpoint of its season. So far, the Lady Rangers have seen an even split of playing time between veterans and newcomers, as they have jumped out to a 4-5-1 record. That may not look too impressive, but the team has been playing better than the record indicates. The team is a couple minutes away from being 6-4 and 1-1 in the conference after late game mistakes cost them victories against Susquehanna and a loss to Manhattanville. Part of this improvement from last year is due to the obvious fact that not one significant player has missed more than one game this season. Another reason for their success is the stellar play from the freshmen class. Coach Christa Racine has been pleasantly surprised with the number of young players who have contributed so far. “It is a nice surprise how much they have been able to contribute,” she said. “When I first recruited this year’s class I was looking for many of them to contribute, and in order for our program to continue to move forward, we needed a class filled with quality and quantity.” Leading the freshman class is midfielder Emma Campbell (’16). Campbell has not only replaced the four year starter Emily Tine (’12), but also stepped into the role as the team’s leading scorer. Through 10 games, Campbell has scored a team-high eight goals and dished out two assists for a team leading 18 points. To put this into perspective, Campbell has one fewer goal and five fewer assists than Landmark Conference Player of the Year Christine Meconi (’12)
did for all of last year. However, Campbell is not the only player who has impacted the women’s squad this year, as Alexa Kogan (’16) and Shannon Slowey (’16) have both appeared in every single game this season—Kogan especially, solidifying the outside defensive position from day one. Slowey has started three games and has one assist to show for it. Allison Rastelli (’16) and Mel Santos (’16) have also seen significant playing time throughout the season. Rastelli has started five games and seen action in all 10, even registering a goal to help Drew win 2-0 over Rutgers Camden earlier in the year. After recovering from a foot injury, Santos has started the last four games for the Rangers and appeared in two others. Racine highlights the challenges that come with mixing younger players with the veterans, saying it’s about “the inconsistencies in how they play, because of their inexperience.” Captain Liz Loidice (’14) added, “We can come out against Stevens and hold them to close a game, and then we will have trouble against a team like Moravian.” Meanwhile, the Rangers have seen additional improvement from their returners, the most notable being midfielder Caroline Kuras (’14) who has almost surpassed her point total from last season. Last year, Kuras had three goals and five assists, while this year she has recorded all but one fewer assist. Joining Kuras on the offensive side of the ball are Katie O’Keefe (’14) and Courtney Carnevale (’13). O’Keefe, a second team all conference selection last year, recorded seven goals and seven assists. This year, she hasn’t had as many assists but is on pace to match her goal total for last season, having already recorded four goals. Carnevale, meanwhile, has matched her assist total from last
Michelle Malone (’13) tries to fight off a Moravian defender in Drew’s 2-0 conference loss season of two and added a goal. Defensively, the Rangers are led by Bridget McRory (’14) and Kiana Lundy (’14), who have both started in every single game for the Rangers. Lundy, a second team all conference selection, continues to hold down the defensive backfield. McRory continues to transition seamlessly from the back four to the middle of the field. Finally, the Rangers have gotten a big surprise from Emily McCue (’14), who is starting in the middle of the defense in her first year playing collegiate soccer. Captain Michelle Malone (’13) has been
impressed, saying, “Emily has done a great job for at a tough position on the field, especially since she is playing at the college level for the first time.” Lastly, the main reason for the Rangers improvement this season has been the return of goalkeeper Kim Jaikissoon (’13). Jaikissoon has started all 10 games and recorded a career high in saves, with 15 in a 1-0 loss to nationally ranked Stevens Institute of Technology. Looking into the future, the Rangers still have four games left in conference, starting with this
Saturday’s game down in Maryland against Goucher College. With the win, the Rangers can instantly put themselves back into the playoff picture. Carnevale ensures that the team has all its focus on the postseason, saying, “Our expectation is to be in the playoffs. That won’t ever change until we are mathematically eliminated.” The team should only continue to get better as the younger players continue to mature on the field. Look for the Rangers to be the team no one wants to face come playoff time.
Athletes of the Month: Midseason Edition This week The Acorn nominated players who have impressed in the first half of their respective seasons in our article called “Game Balls.” This week we nominate a pair of female athletes and honorable mentions for those who impressed but just missed the cut. This week’s game balls go to Field Hockey midfielder Sarah Charles
Game Balls Andrew Goldberg
(’13) and Women’s Soccer midfielder Emma Campbell (’16). Sarah Charles (’13), Midfielder, Field Hockey- Charles has been an offensive force this season. After taking a step back last year, Charles has responded by scoring a team high 12 goals. Charles leads the conference in goals (12) and total points scored (24). She also has helped captain the team to a 8-2 start, which has
been one of the best seasons in recent memory. Additionally, she has recorded a hat trick twice, and scored in seven of the team’s 10 games. Emma Campbell (’16), Midfielder, Women’s Soccer- Campbell has been impressive so far this season. She has instantly taken on the role as the main goal scorer for the Lady Rangers this season. She has scored in six of the 10 games played this season and has two multi-goal games. Campbell leads the team with eight goals and two assists for a total of 18 points for the season. The freshman midfielder is also second in the conference, in points scored and goals scored as well. Honorable Mentions: Jen Van Wingerden (’13), Cross Country- The second-year runner has built off her surprising junior campaign and absolutely
soared in her senior year. Van Wingerden has two of the top four runs not only on the team but in the Landmark Conference. She currently holds the conference high for 4,000 meter run and 6,000 meter run, with times of 14:45.60 and 22:43. Van Wingerden is also a three-time all conference runner of the week. Ricardo Castro (’14), Midfielder, Men’s Soccer- After sitting out the first couple of games due to an injury, Castro has rounded himself back into form, providing a spark for the Rangers at the end of the month. He has three goals and three assists to give him nine points on the season. Castro has recorded all of his points in Drew’s last four games, which has seen Drew record a 3-1 record in that span.
Jen Van Wingerden (’13)
Emma Campbell (’16)
Sarah Charles (’13)
Ricardo Castro (’14)