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September 9, 2011

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Volume 84, Issue 3

Ten years later, we remember Hanna Kristin Jrad Editor in Chief

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A rendering of the new addition to the Hall of Sciences

Weisbuch’s new wing to unite arts, sciences Beth Garceau Executive Editor On August 10, Drew University officially announced plans to begin construction on a new wing for the Hall of Sciences. The project is headed by a committee composed of members of the faculty—specifically Professor of Physics and the Robert

Fisher Oxnam Professor of Science and Society, Emeritus Robert Fenstermacher, who Provost and Academic Vice President Pamela Gunter-Smith referred to as the “building shepherd”—working in conjunction with undergraduate students with concentrations in the sciences, including social sciences. By all accounts, this wing is long overdue, as the original Hall

of Sciences was constructed in the 1960s—something that is problematic because, as Gunter-Smith said, “We don’t teach science that way anymore.” In fact, members of the science faculty began preliminary planning for a new wing and evolving fresh programs many years ago, though a more definitive plan See Two, Page 3

en years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, two hijacked planes were driven into the two towers of the World Trade Center, killing thousands,and leaving many others with an overwhelming sense of shock. The Drew University community was also affected by the terrorist attacks. Chief Communications Officer Dave Muha said the events of Sept. 11 lead to “a loss of innocence, in a way.” He explained that in the United States, people always felt safe and protected. The terrorist attacks led to a need for a heightened sense of security. Former Deputy Chief of Staff to Drew’s Former President Thomas Kean, Erin Hennessey (C’95), shared her experiences during the morning of Sept. 11. According to Hennessey, Kean was not at Drew when the planes first hit. Later, he realized that he had lost several friends in the terrorist attacks, including a longtime tennis partner. Kean was later chosen to be Chair of the Sept. 11 Commission. Hennessey said that it was “an enormous

Judiciary Council to be amended Cerita Asante Contributing Writer On August 29, the Student Government met to propose an amendment that would remove the Judiciary Council and its responsibilities from the Constitution. The Judiciary Council currently is responsible for hearing all appellate matters in cases where student organizations are denied money by the Student Govern-

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ment, due to procedural error. With the removal of the Judiciary Council from the Constitution, the Attorney General would become responsible for its roles. “The Attorney General’s duty in the Student Government has always been to interpret the Constitution and By-Laws and to inform members and students of those rules. With the Attorney General position already in place, See Cabinet, Page 3

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Student Government Chief of Staff Janelle Hoffman (’13), President Franklin Barbosa (’12), Vice President Virginia Vazzana (’12) and Attorney General Andrew Bishop (’14) discuss the amendment to remove the Judicary Council from the Constitution at the Aug. 29 Student Government meeting

Feature Stories

Opinions Drew hits rock bottom in food rating.

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Sports Lady’s Soccer season opens with high expectations.

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10 YEARS Justin Camejo

honor” to be able to support him through his time there. She explained that much of her morning was spent watching the events unfold on the news. According to Hennessey, the administration sent runners through all of the buildings to gather students into the Simon Forum to watch the news together. “We talked a little bit. We prayed a little bit. We sang a little bit,” Hennessey said. “Folks basically spent the afternoon in the Forum.” She said that immediately afterwards, there was an enormous effort among Drew students to try and help in some way. Hennessey explained that so many Drew students attempted to donate blood that the Red Cross had to turn a few away. “The doing something was easier than trying to process [what had happened],” she said. Hennessey explained that security at Drew increased after Sept. 11. “We became a bit more See Students, Page 3

Life & Arts Korn Gallery opens with Lebanese art.


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Public Safety

September 2 A staff member reported his vehicle has been damaged in a “hit and run” accident while parked behind the Forum. Cpl. Traynor responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. The victim was able to locate the vehicle that caused the damage and Cpl. Traynor was able to identify the owner. Both parties exchanged information and the victim declined to contact the police. While on patrol, Ofc. Warbrick observed an individual who appeared visibly intoxicated. After questioning the individual, it was determined that he could remain under the watch of a friend for the remainder of the night. Both parties were escorted back to the residence where they were instructed to remain for the rest of the night. A report was sent to the Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs Frank Merckx. Ofc. Goldate initiated a motor vehicle stop after observing the suspicious vehicle driving on campus. It was found that the non-Drew driver did not have a driver’s license. A family member was called to come and pick up the individual from HQ.

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Where will the Pub go, TOE? Kimberly Ammiano Staff Writer s s u m m e r 2 0 11 a p proached, many students left Drew weary as they were told the Pub may be closed until Fall 2012. Thanks to the efforts of the Drew administration, the Student Government and several others, the Pub will be up and running, quite possibly even by the third or fourth week of classes. However, it will be quite different than the Pub most are familiar with. According to Student Government President, Franklin Barbosa (’12), the Pub will be placed temporarily in Drew’s The Other End (TOE) café in the basement of Sitterly House. “I’m not sure why this is,” Barbosa said. He explained, “Myself, and Student Government Vice President Virginia Vazzana had a discussion with the Pub Board about where to house the Pub during the Ehinger Center’s (the former UC’s) renovation. We strongly suggested Java City.” “We also felt it would cause the least disruption,” Barbosa said. Upon expressing the possibility of placing the pub in Java City, “many students liked the idea.” According to Barbosa, for whatever reason, a decision was made by the upper administration to place the Pub in TOE. “I’ve tried reaching out to members of the upper administration, but I haven’t received a clear answer.”

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Students have always gone to TOE for alcohol-free entertainment, but the Pub will relocate to TOE on Thursdays nights “Although Virginia and I are happy that the Pub will remain on campus, I’ve heard that the administration did not consult the TOE student management. So, I’d never want this decision at the expense of respect towards the TOE student management.” Barbosa explained that both himself and Vazzana suggested placing the Pub temporarily in the Commons in addition to their first choice of Java City.

Many students seem to be in agreement with Barbosa and Vazzana. Steven Debonis (’12) feels that, “the Pub will lose its homey feel now that it is so far away from the heart of campus.” Additionally, Brian Kelly (’12) commented that, “the Pub was in a prime location. I understand that due to the construction, it must be placed somewhere else, but now we are required to travel so much further to be able to enjoy the comfort,

and fun of the Pub.” Additionally, Pete Tuchol (’12) complained, “I don’t even know where, or what TOE is. In my opinion, this is a total inconvenience as I am a senior on campus who was looking forward to finally experiencing the Pub as it stood—a Drew tradition. Although Barbosa explained that he will meet with the TOE officials later this week to discuss the logistics, he stated that himself and the Student Government are working towards maintaining the integrity of TOE to the best of their ability. “We are still in the preliminary stages of finding people to work the Pub and so forth. Right now, the plan is to operate the Pub on Thursday nights. TOE will operate the rest of the week and it will be an alcohol-free space on those days.” According to preliminary plans, the Pub could possibly run from 9 or 10 p.m., through 1 a.m. on Thursdays, Barbosa explained. “I just feel this is pretty inconvenient for the seniors. We’ve waited all this time to experience a Drew tradition, and due to the changes being made to the Pub, I feel our class will really be missing out, Melissa Caparruva (’12) explained. “It doesn’t even affect me right now, but its definitely hard for those people who had enjoyed it in the past, and now have to experience the change,” said Neil Cashes (’13). Alyssa Iapicco (’13) agrees. “I See Students, Page 4

September 3 Officers responded to a report of an intoxicated individual in the rear of McClintock. Once on scene, Lt. LaManna questioned the individual, who was not a Drew student and did not have a host. The individual was transported to HQ where a trespass warning was issued. A call was made to have the individual picked up by a family member.

The Forum Series

The Student Government will be holding senatorial elections on Thursday via Moodle. Voting hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students will also vote on a Constitutional amendment to move the powers of the Judiciary Council to the Attorney General.

A student was observed stumbling in the Tolley Brown Circle while Ofc. Warbrick was on patrol in the area. After making contact, it was determined that the student was intoxicated, but coherent. The student was permitted to return to her residence after being cited for underage consumption of alcohol A report was sent to Merckx.

Campus Arrest September 4 Patrolman Sean Plumstead arrested 20 year old Mathias Gomez of Maplewood N.J. He charged him with Defiant Trespassing on the campus of Drew University. Ptl. Plumstead was contacted by Drew Public Safety whohad stopped Gomez on campus. He was taken to headquarters for processing. After processing he was released pending a mandatory court appearance.

Elections

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Thomas H. Kean

Former NJ Governor Thomas H. Kean will be the first guest speaker in the Forum Series on Tuesday. Kean was the former president of Drew University and also served as the chairman of the 9/11 commission, appointed by George W. Bush.


NEWS

September 9, 2011

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Two buildings to be joined by wing

Courtesy of Dave Muha

A rendering of the new addition to the Hall of Sciences From Weisbuch, Page 1 based on evolving ideas on how to teach the sciences. Gunter-Smith has only begun to emerge over the explained that the vision is about “science for the public good—taklast four or five years. Gunter-Smith said that the proj- ing the best of the liberal arts to ect has finally picked up due to craft a new program.” She also President Robert Weisbuch’s com- elaborated on Weisbuch’s interest mittment to the plan. According in the wing, saying that he thinks to Chief Communications Officer “science is important for underDavid Muha, Weisbuch has prom- standing many of the problems ised, “Before I leave here, there facing humanity.” With this in mind, the new wing will be an addition to the Hall of will be situated in the space curSciences.” The wing will be constructed rently between Hall of Sciences

Judiciary Council set to go to polls

ences. According to Gunter-Smith, these purchases have been made possible by a number of grants in the sciences. These updates come as a welcome change to students of the sciences. Biochemistry major Esraa Mahbog (’14) said, “It is a good idea, because the expansion would better our learning environment, and I hope that there are more advanced laboratories.” Unfortunately, while ground will be broken on the project in the summer of 2013, it’s unlikely that

any student currently at Drew will personally benefit from the new wing, as construction is expected to take anywhere from a year and a half to two years. When the construction is complete, classes will be transferred to the new wing during renovation of the current Hall of Sciences. “Personally, I’m very excited,” Gunter-Smith said. “It’s wonderful to see colleagues come together, develop a vision and see it come out in a physical space.”

Students, faculty share memories of 9/11 events From Ten, Page 1

From Judiciary, Page 1 we believe that forming a Judiciary Council would be redundant and unnecessary,” Student Government President Franklin Barbosa (’12) said about the shift of powers. The Attorney General under the Barbosa-Vazzana administration—Andrew Bishop (’14)—has positive outlooks on the change. Bishop’s work as a freshman class senator under the MelendezBarbosa administration earned him the position of Attorney General after Barbosa was voted into office in April. “Having a Judiciary Council would essentially duplicate this role, potentially lead to a diffusion of responsibility amongst its members, and complicate the appeals process for clubs. In having one point-person for all appeals, it simplifies the process and also leads to a higher degree of accountability,” Bishop said. Student Government Chief of Staff Janelle Hoffman (’13) also is optimistic about the proposed changes to the Constitution. “This change is no more than a simple transfer of power. The Student Government feels that removing the Judiciary Council will help the system be clearer and more cohesive,” Hoffman said. After reviewing the By-Laws

and Brothers College, forming a physical bridge to represent the symbolic one the administration hopes to build between the sciences and the rest of the liberal arts. In addition, the wing will provide collaborative spaces where students and faculty from widely varying disciplines can meet to participate in interdisciplinary discussion, research and teaching. With the new wing will come updated equipment and a basic overhaul of the existing Hall of Sci-

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Student Government Attorney General Andrew Bishop (’14) this summer, the Cabinet of the Student Government noticed that the role of the Judiciary Council violated language in the Constitution that states, “breaking procedure cannot happen and will not be tolerated.” The intended role of the Judiciary Council was to review cases where a procedural error occurred. Stressing a reliable and efficient government, “I believe students will approve of this change,” Barbosa said. After the Senate approved the proposed amendment 17 to 2 at the August 29 meeting, the amendment will now appear on the senatorial election ballot this Thursday.

conscious of the risks,” she said. According to Hennessey, the text alert system at Drew may have been influenced by the Sept. 11 attacks. Chair and Professor of Religion Karen Pechilis, who was at Drew the morning of the attacks, shared her memories of the event. She said that during that morning, she was “just really busy with course prep.” She explained that she doesn’t watch television and that she was unaware of the terrorist attacks at 10:30 a.m. when she arrived on campus. She realized that something was wrong when she entered Brothers College and heard televisions blaring and saw a student crying. “I was obviously just horrified,” she said. She explained that the time spent in Simon Forum was beneficial because it enabled students and faculty to gather “and to just feel sorry.” She said, “It’s also good for people to connect when you don’t know why something has happened. We could all... be horrified together.” Pechilis recounted a memory of the events following Sept. 11 that affected her. She explained that a week after Sept. 11, she looked at a glass top desk in her office. It was covered with a significant amount of dust. “I thought... how could there be so much dust?” she said. “It was

dust from New York City that had been blown out here.” Another member of the Drew community, Associate Professor of Psychology Patrick Dolan, had just started at Drew when the events of Sept. 11 hit. He described the events of that day as “very surreal.” He explained that one of his colleagues came to his office door and told him about the attacks. “We just watched the news,” he said. “I remember the face on my colleagues as we watched that happen.” He said that he sent three of his friends in New York e-mails asking if they were okay. “Two got back to me,” he said. “It turned out, the one who didn’t had died.” Many current Drew students have strong memories of the events of Sept. 11. “I was in fourth grade and I was sitting in English class,” Allison Nadler (‘14) said. “My teacher started to cry because her husband was in the towers. I don’t know how she found out.” Nadler said that her teacher was not supposed to tell students about the Sept. 11 events Jake O’Donnell (‘12) was in sixth grade during that morning. “My teacher at the time was from New York. That day I didn’t really understand how severe and tragic it was... We were watching the news.” Jean-Felipe De Assis (T’14)

was in Brazil during the events of Sept. 11, but he felt the lasting results much later. He said that on Sept. 11, his stepfather was in the United States, and he could remember his mother trying to contact him. “I couldn’t understand anything, but I could feel the sense of loss.” Years later, in 2006, De Assis was working in New York. He explained that one day as he was taking the PATH train into the city, he realized that he was looking at the former site of the World Trade Center. As soon as he understood what he was looking at, “I started crying,” he said. “It was shocking for me.” Judea Hill (‘13), who was in New York City at the time of the attacks, was in class when they occured. Although her school would not explain what was happening, she said that she felt a sense of panic. According to Hill, people kept being called to the main office via the loudspeaker. Finally, at 10 a.m., she and the other students were called into the main gym and dismissed from school. When she returned home, she watched the news with her mother. She said, “My mother was like, ‘I thought I was watching a movie... this is real.’” Hill said that in the weeks following Sept. 11, “We were very united... It was something that impacted everyone.”


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September 9, 2011

Community garden goes green for food Gina Gioldassis News Editor

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t’s the season for gardening and here at Drew University, students are planting, watering and weeding to not only enjoy fresh vegetables, but to also take part in the growing movement towards sustainability. Thanks to the efforts of many students as well as the generosity of Jim Burcell of the Peace works initiative, Students for Sustainable Food, is sowing the seeds of food consciousness to allow for the appreciation for local, organic and fair trade foods to germinate and spread amongst the student body. The garden began after the group decided they wanted to begin a hands-on project which would embody their belief of going back to fundamental growing practices to promote healthier lifestyles. Apart from the board members of Students for Sustainable Food, many other students contributed to the garden, such as Heather Tynan (’13), Ruby Hankey (’13), Christina Ocampo (’13), Brianne Flynn (’13 ), Katie Galpin (’12) and Melissa Hoffman (’13). Cait Kennedy (’13) connected with Jim Burcell to make this idea blossom into reality. After having a few meetings with him in the spring, Kennedy was able to rally interest in her peers and plan a summer schedule for taking care of the garden. She is very appreciative of not only the time and dedication of the gardeners, but also to Burcell. “He has been a huge mentor in sharing his knowledge with us along the way of planting through each season. The garden would not have been possible without his insight and contributions,” she said. “He showed us how to compost and use leaf mulch to keep it wet and moist. He showed us how to make better use of space by having thinly packed rows rather than just a straight line.” The garden proved to be prosperous. The students’ summer crop consisted of basil, tomatoes, lavender, eggplants, peppers, snap peas, brussell sprouts, kale, lettuce, and celery. They also had a strawberry patch. Everything but the peppers survived. Hannah Wolfe (’12) feels that a garden is important for students to feel better connected to their food choices. “To me, a community garden is symbolic of its participants’ desire for a closer relationship with their food. The global food system creates such a distance between source and consumer, which the dining services industry, such as Aramark and Sodexho, only exaggerates, that a visible student movement for more transparency in their own food choices should encourage similar

Photos by Eva Alvarez

Cait Kennedy (’13), Mathieu Boudreau (’13) and Hannah Wolfe (’12)—who are part of an organization on campus called Students for Sustainable Food—gather in a community garden on campus decisions by their dining hall,” she said. Sarah Wald, assistant professor of English and Environmental Studies & Sustainability agrees with Wolf in that having a garden on campus creates a direct connection between food production and consumption. “I expect it to deepen our appreciation for the labor that goes into the food we eat and our commitment to examining the social and environmental consequences of the processes through which most of our food is produced,” she said. “I am particularly excited about plans to use the garden’s harvest at events where members of the Drew community can cook and eat together.” Wald said that the garden offers a way students can simultaneously build community and increase campus sustainability. She is the faculty advisor for Students for Sustainable Food, a committeebased group which was founded based on the ideal that campuses everywhere are joining in the grassroots movement towards making sustainable foods accessible to every college campus in America.

“To me, a community garden is symbolic of its participants’ desire for a closer relationship with their food.”

Students react to relocated Pub From Where, Page 2 think that for students who have already experienced the Pub, or are already 21, it really stinks,” she said. As many seem to be a bit upset about the relocation of the Pub to TOE, Barbosa clarified that the Pub will only be located in TOE

joy of growing your own food. Drew can only gain from having a student-run garden. Drew gains pride in having such a unique opportunity, also the pride of having the students that are willing to take the extra step towards a better tomorrow.” Boudreau came to Drew knowing all the time, money and hard work that was necessary to make it one as “green” as it is. “Drew Prides itself on being a truly innovative campus,” he said. He knows that having sustainable food is just another way Drew can once again exceed expectations and is confident about the garden’s future success. Like Boudreau, Kennedy is very optimistic about the garden. “ I hope that the garden will facilitate a community of students and staff beyond the classroom,” she stated. “The garden is an exciting way for students to control their connection to food and to reconnect with fundamental values of sustainability. It feels good to be able to connect with the earth and other students and discover something about yourself along the way.”

until the new UC (the Ehigner Center) opens next fall. Once the EC is complete, the Pub will be housed permanently inside. “I’m really sad the UC is currently closed, it definitely will hinder the Pub experience, but I’m looking forward to it’s new location in TOE, and then in the EC,” said Hannah Madsen (’12).

-Hannah Wolfe (’12)

By joining Students for Sustainable Food, Wolfe feels that she is able to contribute to the food movement. “Students for Sustainable Food plans to bring more local, humane, fair, organic and ecologically sound food products into Drew’s dining halls as well as increase awareness and understanding of food-related issues in the Drew Community,” she stated. Like Wolfe, Evelyn Meisenbacher (’14) is one of these students who believes that it is possible for college campus to provide such foods. Meisenbacher feels that having a campus garden is a step in the right direction toward sustainability. “We are so invested in this garden because it’s a demonstration of the fact

that we, as students, even with our busy lives, are still willing to take on this responsibility with our own food,” she said. “Sustainability is all about patience and long-term results. That’s what the garden represents. It’s a small-scale example of our vision globally, even with just the dining hall,” she added. Mathieu Boudreau (’13) is also on the board with Wolfe and Meisenbacher. As an experienced gardener, he understands that a garden is a perfect starting point for the Drew Community to become more conscious about their food choices. “It can be used as a learning tool to show people what organic food can look like as well as the

Study Abroad Fair The Office of International & Off-Campus Programs is holding a study abroad fair in the Commons on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students not able to attend should visit the International & Off-Campus office in Hall of Sciences room 9, or call (973) 408-3438 for more information.


OPINIONS

Drew faces another year of changes

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rewids are barely a month into the new year and yet the Student Government

The Acorn Staff

Lead Editorial is already proposing amendments to their freshly penned and updated Constitution. They have voted to leave students with the decision on whether to dissolve the Judiciary Council. The Judiciary Council is known to students as the place where they can call out the Student Government on their possible mistakes—rather, students could appeal government decisions. But doing away with it will give the power of a council to one person, Attorney General Andrew Bishop (’14). This decision could be a sign of an attentive Student Government anticipating mistakes and smoothing over the inevitable speed bumps in an entirely new Constitution, or it could be something more unfortunate. It is possible that this proposed early

Mallisa Graphics by Melissa Hoffman

amendment is a sign that the new Constitution is not working out as efficiently as planned. It’s still too early to tell, but hopefully this is not a warning of negativity to come. Meanwhile, Drew University is once again under construction. The

clubs, organizations and administra- Weisbuch Wing? The alliteration tive offices. According to Chief Com- might be too sweet to give up. The munications Officer Dave Muha, idea of building the Weisbuch Wing all construction is on track, and the as a “collaborative space” between building should be fully framed by the arts and sciences is a unique January. The upcoming renovations idea. Hopefully the space will be a

Ehigner Center is much anticipated,

to the Hall of Sciences herald a new birthplace for more communication day for the out-of-date building. between the two fields.

offering air-conditioned space for

The question is, will it be called the

With all this new construction comes a variety of questions. Will these new spaces be worth the wait? How will the Ehinger Center impact students’ social lives? Another question is whether these new projects will follow in McLendon’s environmentally friendly footsteps. Will they be built with another Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in mind? Whether the Student Government decision and the new construction are the beginnings of progress or the stirrings of decline, time will soon tell.

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Editor in Chief Hanna Kristin Jrad Managing Editor Geoffrey Edelstein Executive Editor Beth Garceau Online Editor Justin Camejo Editorial Advisor Bruce Reynolds

News Editors Gina Gioldiassis Ryan Wilson

Chief Photographers EvaJo Alvarez Sarah Schanz-Bortman

Assistant News Editor Patrick Byrne

Assitant Photographer Chris Bontempo

Opinions Editor Corey Swika-Post

Graphics Editor Melissa Hoffman

Life & Arts Editor Olivia Manzi

Advertising Manager Roxanne Williamson

Assistant Life & Arts Editor Cecilia Jacobuzio

Technology Manager Collyn Messier

Features Editor Kimberly Amiano Sports Editor Ben Johnson


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Student bemoans food, Princeton Review agrees

September 9, 2011

Two Cents

How is the construction on campus affecting you?

Afnan Khairullah Contributing Writer

“Nothing in particular, I wasn’t really thinking about it.”

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s a Drewid, I feel that I have so much to be proud of. For the most part the classes are small and the professors are easy to get along with. However, things take a turn for the worst when it comes to the food Drew University serves. Being rated as the campus to serve the 15th worst food in the country by the Princeton Review, there is a reason I’ve stopped eating anything cooked and sticking to wraps, waffles and salads. The chicken looks less like chicken and last night I kept on wondering if the macaroni and cheese had bacon in it—I eventually learned that it was burnt and dry. I’m not even sure how I feel about the extra personnel that are serving the students. It seems that the lines are longer and moving slower and that their help is needed in the kitchen. I know that the professors love what they do and from my experience do a really good job at it, but are the cooks just as passionate? With all the culinary schools in the country and cooking competitions on television it is a surprise that there isn’t someone more qualified looking over the food that we eat three times a day, seven days a week. The food at the snack bar is not as bad, probably because each and every sandwich is catered to the student’s choosing and not made in bulk like the food in the Commons is. Basically, the food needs to be made with more care and students need to watch their portions. So much food is thrown out every single day and the cooks have to make up for it and in a timely manner because there are other hungry students. Now the food at the commons isn’t just inedible and awful. They do a good job sometimes; hoorah for tofu and baby corn

— Shanna Salvador (’14)

“I think the lack of an ATM on campus is a serious problem. Aside from that the construction doesn’t really bother me.” — James Farless (’13)

Sarah Schanz=Bortman

“Honestly, I’m apathetic. If it gets done, it gets done and I hope it gets done for our class and I’m really excited to get it back.” — Sree Madappalli (’13) File Photo

Above, the difference between meat and tofu is hard to tell, while neon yellow carrots are served, below and broccoli! And adding the cookbooks for those that are set on making their own food is a fabulous idea. Nevertheless, making someone smile because they tasted your wonderful food is an incredible feeling, it means that you are doing somethaing right. But everyone’s taste buds tickle in a different way and it is impossible to cook everything

the right way for a large amount of students. The least we can do is be grateful that this isn’t Hampton University in Virginia that ranked number one on the Princeton Review’s worst food list. Afnan Khairullah is a Junior English Major with a Dance Minor.

Melissa Hoffman

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“It’s obnoxious and doesn’t look like they’re getting anything done. I’ve done construction work in the past and it seems like they’re not going to be done on time.” — James Halkyard (’14)

Interviews and Photos by Corey Swika-Post and Kerry Tatem


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September 9, 2011

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Strapped for cash, Drew clubs penny pinching Geoffrey Edelstein Managing Editor

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s Drew University continues to make cut-backs and Governor Chris Christie continues to cut education funding, student clubs and organizations continue to take the hit. It’s bad when students lose their financial aid, but for those of us who miraculously keep our aid we feel the cuts in other places. Money tends to be the remedy to most campus problems. It can buy us better food, it can get our Ehigner Center built, it can make our events more interesting. However, if student clubs and organizations don’t have access to funding, they lose their abilities to improve student life. As a former member of the thankfully dead Extra Curricular Activities Board (ECAB), I saw first-hand how not to hand out money to student organizations. The whole ad-hoc system seemed to be a product of not giving clubs big enough budgets to begin with. Half of the clubs who came in for funds were asking for pizza money for events they had been planning all year. The format of ECAB required representatives of each club to enter a confusing bueracratic process and then essentially beg for money. During my stint, I often fought with other board members. Clubs at Drew seldom ruin events. They may have low attendance, but they rarely waste their funds on simply entertaining themselves. The problem was not ECAB though—student clubs and organizations will almost always be under-funded because of the

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current economy and because of Christie’s policies. It would seem that the funding for these clubs is being distributed as well as it possibly can. However, that doesn’t mean it will stop people from needing it. Other clubs who do not need—or do not want—the support of Student Activities are not at risk when it comes to funding. That Medeival Thing (TMT)—the sort of prodigal son of campus groups—funds itself independently. By using the materials it has been accumulating since its inception 35 years ago, TMT does not have much overhead. Its fall fundraiser, “Revels,” is a dinner theatre performance that is paid

for by funding left over from the previous year. The funds from “Revels” pay for the well-loved event “MedFest.” It is a cycle of sustainability that few other campus groups maintain. This may be because TMT focuses on having two big events and offers a lot of free activities—like stage combat and role-playing activities—that don’t cost them anything. This is essentially ideal for a club. I talked to TMT’s treasurer, Pedro Soto (’13), about why he did not want TMT to use university funding. “We don’t want a budget with student activities because the club is pretty much self-sufficient,” Soto said. This sort of club financing should be

supported by the administration, because it doesn’t cost them anything. Another club, New Social Engine (NSE), uses off-campus funding from a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant provided by “Prevention is the Key.” The Drew University Dramatic Society uses funding from the Department of Theatre and Dance as well as their own fundraisers. This year these clubs may not face a budget issue because of these secure lines of funding. Those clubs that do face issues are in for a tough year. They are at once unable to afford to put together larger, more complex events. Then they have lim-

ited places to have them during the Ehigner Center construction. The Office of Student Activities and The Student Government face both of these issues this year. If there is no funding, clubs cannot organize events. If events don’t happen, the students will have less to do. Club organizers will then have to work harder to attain the funding they need. Next year will not solve a funding problem. The Office of Student Activities and the Student Government need to observe the TMT model and encourage it among other clubs. Geoffrey Edelstein is a Junior English Major with a Jewish Studies and Writing Minor.

Acorn Poll Can you successfully open your Drew Mailbox? “My life is so hard...I think it’s ridiculous that the mailroom attendant cannot come out and show us how to open it. How am I supposed to learn how to open it if there is no one to show me how? Am I just supposed to wait there in the hopes that a random passerby can open their mailbox and have time to show me?”

52.8% “I have no idea how to open my mailbox... actually it’s so impossible that I still have most of my clothes in boxes behind the mail desk because I can’t access the yellow slips.”

“I got my roommate to do it for me.”

“The people that work there seem kind of incompetent”

YES NO

47.2% “It’s frustrating. It takes time out of my day because you can’t see if you have mail or not anymore”

“It took me a while to learn. They are pretty complicated—I miss the old locks.”


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Rangers rock Curry but lose Jack Beers Staff Writer

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ast season ended in heartbreak for the Men’s soccer team. After a 12-2-3 regular season in which the Rangers thoroughly dominated the Landmark Conference, the expectation was that they would win the conference tournament. To the surprise of many, the Rangers fell to the Merchant Marine Academy 2-1. This season—just like last year—the expectation is that the Rangers will have to endure a transition year. Once again, Coach Lenny Armuth and his team will have to persevere through the loss of key players to graduation. Undoubtedly, the team will miss last season’s Landmark Conference Player of the Year Matt Greenberg, as well as the talented and determined Adrian Kawuba, who is now playing professional soccer. With that being said, Ranger fans have reason to feel optimistic about this season. Defensively, the Rangers will be one of the toughest in the conference. RJ Voorman (’14) played a pivotal part of last year’s defense and had a tremendous season for a freshman. He played so well in fact that head coach Lenny Armuth called “him his most consistent player.” Curtis Fornarotto (’12) is returning for a fifth year to anchor the middle of that defense. His experience and leadership will be key for the relatively young Rangers. The big question will be the team’s offensive production. Last year Matt Gragnano (’14) was a dangerous offensive weapon and was second on the team with 21 points (10 goals 1 assist). However, Gragnano’s success primarily occurred at the beginning of the season. In the final 13 games, he only scored twice. While this ought not to take away from a fantastic season, the Rangers need Gragnano to be more consistent this year. The players to watch are Kevin Walpole (’13) and Phil Mabika (’13). In a season where he only started 13 games, Walpole was an extremely productive player in the

midfield for the Rangers. He is dangerous inside the box, providing the Rangers with a serious threat on every corner and aerial ball. In those 13 games that he started, Walpole scored 8 goals. While they are different players, Walpole has the potential to produce at the level of Greenberg. As for Mabika, last season was a year plagued by injuries which did not allow him to fulfill his potential. Mabika is a player with a world of talent who provides the Rangers with a dangerous threat every time he touches the ball. Look out for returning player Kevin Veliz (’14) whose ball skills wowed Ranger fans last season. With a season of college soccer under his belt, Veliz could put up big numbers this season. Finally, the Rangers have one edge that no other team has in the Landmark Conference and that is head coach Lenny Armuth. Armuth has been the coach of the Rangers since 1994. With his tenacious coaching style and superior recruiting skills, Armuth has consistently put a national contender on the field. Rest assured Rangers fans, coach Armuth will have his team primed and ready to make another run at the Landmark Conference championship.

Sarah Schanz-Bortman

Matthew Gragnano (‘14), top, leads a powerful offensive against the Curry College while Kevin Walpole (’ 13), bottom, steals the ball from Curry

High hopes for men’s field hockey Jack Beers Staff Writer The 2010 campaign for the Drew Field Hockey team was, without a question, a success. In fact, it was the most successful season since the 1986 Field Hockey team made it to the final four of the NCAA tournament. The team went 15-7 with trips to both the Landmark Conference playoffs and the ECAC Championship game. “The team came into last year really fit and determined. I think we had a lot to prove last season which made us very determined to be successful,” explained Head Coach Felicia Capabianca in a

phone interview. The fifth year coach believes that while last season was a good one, this season has the potential to be the best team she has coached yet. “Don’t get me wrong, last year was a great season and I am really proud of that what we accomplished. But I do believe that this season, our team has the talent and experience to do something special. In fact, I expect a big year from this team.” One question mark that must arise following last season is how the team is going to replace the offensive production of graduate Kati Eggert (’11). Eggert was the Offensive Player of the Year in the Landmark Conference last

season, posting an incredible 45 point season. While Eggert had a solid career, last season she played unbelievably well and had a lot to do with the Rangers success. Coach Cappabianca, however, is not worried. “Katie had a great year last year and no one can take that away from her, but I honestly believe that—just like Kati did last year—someone on our team is going to step up and fill that void.” Coach Cappabianca has plenty of evidence to back up this belief. She had, arguably, her best recruiting offseason in her short tenure bringing in 5 new Freshman. This is in addition to a strong core of returning players. Look for Rang-

ers Meghan Howlett (’12), Hannah Rau (’12), Sara Charles (’13), Jess Johnson (’14), and Brooke Gagliano (’14) to have big time seasons this fall. “This season we have 18 players who have the ability to start and only 11 positions available at one time. This will give us more depth and, I believe, push us beyond the semi-finals of the Landmark Conference playoffs,” said Cappabianca. Depth will certainly help the Rangers who faltered a little toward the end of last season. They lost four of their last 6 games before the ECAC tournament. Three of those losses came in crucial games against confer-

ence opponents. With the added depth, the Rangers will certainly be better equipped to handle the end of the season intensity that comes with conference play. If there ever was a season to come out and watch Rangers field hockey, this is the one. Competitive field hockey is extremely exciting and with the Rangers on a mission to win the conference championship, this team is a must watch. More specifically, with playoff positioning on the line, the games against Juniata (10/22) and Catholic (10/29) are must attend events at Ranger Stadium. As always, the place for all upto-date information on Drew Field Hockey is drewrangers.com.


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New life for cross-country team Jack Beers Staff Writer

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ast season, the Drew University Cross Country team made positive strides towards resurrecting a program that has not been very competitive since the late 90’s. Much of the credit has to be with head coach Bob Koppenol. The former Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Compliance Analyst at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch has brought the organization needed to rebuild the cross country teams. Koppenol, who used to run track and cross country at The College of New Jersey, is still active by competing in triathlons. New Jersey consistently ranks him in the Master Class for both road running and triathlons. This allows Koppenol to easily garner respect from his players, at the same time making it easy for them to relate to him. Through the leadership provided by Koppenol, last season’s men’s Cross Country team finished in the top five in four of their 8 meets. This included the highest finish in the Landmark Conference tournament since the inception of the conference in 2007. Koppenol did not do it alone, the team was lead by star runner Steve Monteleone (’12). Last season, Monteleone turned himself into one of the best runners in Drew history. He is the first player ever to be named first team All Landmark Conference and was twice selected as the Landmark Conference’s Runner of the Week. To top it all off, Monteleone was able to etch his name into the Drew history

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Drew Men’s Cross Country team competing at an event last fall books by running the 6th best time in school history at the ECAC Championships. He ran the 8 miles in 26 minutes and 46 seconds. He was a mere 29 seconds away from the best time ever which was set by Hall of Famer Gordon Kenny in 1992. This upcoming season, Monteleone will be joined by a number of experienced players in Eric Gray (’12), Zach Mower (’13), and Max Rich (’13). It has been almost a decade since the Rangers have been able to produce a roster with this much experience and talent. “This group works well together, pushes and motivates each other and has been instrumental in making the team more competitive and elevating the team’s status,” Explained Coach Koppenol. “This group has a lot of potential so I’m very excited

“This group has a lot of potential so I’m very excited to see what they can accomplish this season.” Coach Koppenol— to see what they can accomplish this season.” Unfortunately for the Women’s side, they will not have the luxury of returning as many players as the men. Only Kristina Farmer (’14), who was the Rangers number two runner as a Freshman, will be returning. Coach Koppenol was impressed by her efforts last season: “Kristina also has a lot of potential and enthusiasm and I’m sure will continue to improve this season.” Joining Kristina will be juniors

Jennifer Van Wingerden (’13) and Emily Pitts (’13), sophomores Alexandra Budd (’14) and Melissa Eppinger (’14) and freshmen Paige DeSisto (’15). Overall, Coach Koppenol was very pleased by the effort and results last fall. Via email he wrote, “I’m very proud of the hard work and dedication exhibited by our men and women that resulted in everyone setting multiple personal records and running their best at the end-ofseason championship meets. All

of our runners lowered their times considerably from the beginning to the end of the season.” For both teams, Koppenol designed the 2011 season as a challenge. He believes that the best way to prepare his team for Landmark Conference Championships, ECAC, and maybe even the NCAA Regional’s is to race against a challenging schedule. “This season’s schedule is among the most challenging schedules that Drew Cross Country has ever had,” wrote Koppenol. “We are competing at some very high-profile meets against some of the top Division I, II and III schools.” The Drew faithful ought to keep their eyes on the Ranger squad this season because it could be the best in recent memory. As always, for all of the immediate information regarding the teams progress go to drewrangers.com.

Women’s soccer a season of high expectations Ben Johnson Sports Editor As preseason accolades go, the Drew Women’s soccer team received high praise when they tied for the top spot in the landmark conference preseason poll, along with defending champions Scranton. The defending ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Champion Rangers will maintain the core of talent that brought them success last season. The Rangers will have five All-Conference selections and nine starters from a year ago. The Rangers offense led the Landmark Conference in goals, points, and assists last season. First Team All-Conference forward Emily Weida (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster

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Sara Storer (’13) contending for header last season

Country Day) finished the 2010 season with eight goals, which placed her third among Landmark performers. Her counterpart on the front line, Christine Meconi (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood), also returns after being voted the team’s Most Valuable Player last year. Meconi finished the year with seven goals and seven assists. The two forwards will spearhead what should be a very exciting team to watch. In the midfield, two more AllConference selections, Emily Tine (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) and Courtney Carnevale (West Windsor, N.J./West Winsor-Plainsboro) return to play for Head Coach Christa Racine. Tine, a senior, has started every single game over the past three years and combined for five goals with Carnevale in 2010. However, the Rangers will have to fill the void left by 2010 graduate, Allison McCord, who earned All-Region honors in 2010. The defense will be anchored by Second Team All-Conference performer Sara Storer (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek). The outstanding sophomore class of Liz Loidice (Forest Hill, Md./John Carroll), Katie O’Keefe (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) and Caroline Kuras (Allamuchy, N.J./Pope John XXIII) accounted for 14 goals and 12 assists in 2010 and will all return to the Rangers as starting players.

Women’s Soccer Schedule 09/02/11 09/03/11 09/10/11 09/11/11 09/15/11 09/17/11 09/20/11 09/24/11 09/28/11 10/01/11 10/03/11 10/09/11 10/12/11 10/15/11 10/17/11 10/19/11 10/22/11 10/26/11 10/29/11

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September 9, 2011

Awde photos kick off Korn season

Students and faculty alike peruse the “Quiet Crossings” exhibit now open in the Korn Gallery, located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Dana Lenoir Contributing Writer

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his Friday, marks the Korn Gallery’s first opening for the new school year. This exciting exhibit features the first solo show in the United States of talented photographer George Awde. The “Quiet Crossings” collection, curated by Rebecca Soderholm, consists of mostly large format traditional photographs focused on the bonds between men in Beirut and Northeastern Syria. “My family is from Lebanon and so my mother had very particular ideas on what a man was supposed to be like and sometimes I didn’t quite fit into those ideas. So I moved to Lebanon in 2004 at a very formative time in my life and was figuring out who I was.” Awde continued, “When I was there I became very interested in photographing these men who are away from home or in-between two homes while thinking about my own narrative,” says Awde.

“I’m looking a lot at conceptions of masculinity that might not necessarily fit into the national narrative. I’m interested in the different bonds and interactions between men.” Awde explores the diversity of masculine bonding with his photographs, catching spontaneous moments with intense emotion. His use of early morning and late evening light create a sense of wonder. His sensitive application of light creates thought-provoking stories drenched with a sense of longing. There is one photo that is especially significant to the artist-—the only one in medium format. “I’m mostly attached to this one. It’s the graveyard of this boy who was buried. He passed away a few weeks after I took his photograph,” says Awde pointing to another piece depicting the mirrored reflection of three young men seated intimately on a sofa. The rusted mirror perspective lends the sensation that you are quietly and distantly allowed a small role in their little party­—a guest amongst close friends who

does not want to intrude but is clearly invited to stay. Awde’s pieces are composed but never directed, giving them a real life authenticity. The artist’s willingness to place himself in seedy situations for extended periods of time, mixed with his undeniable gift is the recipe for emotionally stimulating artwork. “I’m looking at youth a lot. And I’m really thinking about this generation of boys becoming men at the same time their countries are going through transformations,” says Awde. “These boys from Syria, living in Lebanon, are figuring out who they are as men at the same time their countries are going through these transitions and figuring out what they are as a nation”. George Awde’s social and political awareness add another depth to his photographs as he explores the paralleled changes between these men and their countries. The “Quiet Crossings” exhibit will be open from Sept. 7th until Oct. 14th .

Eva Alvarez

George Awde focuses on the concepts of masculinity and youth in his current exhibit here at Drew

Procrastination the most viable major Less than two weeks into school and, I, Tory Mulligan, have already let procrastination get the best of me.

Victoria Mulligan

“In the past two weeks I have slept with all of the greats, ranging from Homer to Beowulf.” — Victoria Mulligan (’13)

The Dish With the combination of living in a suite, Hurricane Irene, Labor Day, a class-less Tuesday, and working a full time job this summer, it seems that my brain has fully wandered off to vacation land and isn’t coming back any time soon. Though my parents will probably withdraw their deposit for my tuition after the publishing of this article, I cannot help but address the problem of the semester, or as some would suggest, the problem of our generation: procrastination. The procrastination took me by surprise, I’ll admit. While work-

ing at my minimum wage job this summer as a sandwich maker, I would dream about going back to school. Yes, I actually wanted to come back to school. Reading four books a week? That sounds like a vacation compared to the eternal smell of vinegar and onions that somehow always clung to my hair no matter how many showers I took. I wanted to get as far away as possible from the job that made me fulfill the stereotypes of being a woman. I felt hopeful as I arrived on campus. I already had homework for

my Capitalism Critique and Western Lit. classes, classes that college TV shows had told me were necessary to be the “serious intellectual.” As I started unpacking my car, though, I realized the dream of being the long-haired Felicity would never be, as the dresser holding all my bras and underwear broke open right as the entire boys lacrosse team was walking by. Go team! I began to read the “Communist Manifesto” on the Monday we had been granted off. While I was supposed to be reading about the bourgeoisie and the

proletariat, though, I ended up taking a nap with Karl. My first assignment and I had already failed myself as the “serious intellectual.” The procrastination did not end there, and, as you can imagine, what started as a cute cuddle session became a routine, but not just with Karl. No, in the past two weeks I have slept with all of the greats, ranging from Homer to Beowulf. In order to stop falling asleep and stimulate my mind I began to rely on the wonders of the worldwide web. I changed my major from English to YouTube

with a concentration in comedic robbery videos. I was not able to admit that I had a problem, though, until I began my obsession with Kris Kardashian’s 30th birthday music video. This is a video so extremely dated that it belongs to a time when Michael Jackson was black and OJ Simpson was considered a “good pal to have.” I knew I was in way too deep if I was diving back to the 80’s in order to delay homework. It is said that the first step of recovery is admitting you have a problem. Between www.facebook.com, www.whenparentstext.com, TV and living with my best friends, I have more than one. While I can identify all the contributing factors of my procrastination, I have no idea how to solve it. It seems that is the truest problem of procrastination: once you have mastered the art there is no real way to stop.


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April 8, 2011

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The Other End officially opens its doors

Kerry Tatem

Thursday 7:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. Friday 8:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. Saturday 8:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. Sunday 7:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.

Kerry Tatem

The Other End (TOE) opened its doors last night for milkshakes and nachos galore. Opening celebrations will continue throughout the weekend.

Events this week

Spotlight: Back to Classes Jam

Today

Drew University’s a cappella groups are back in action tonight. 36 Madison Avenue (MadAve) hosts All of the Above (AOTA) and On A Different Note (OADN) in the first concert of the 2011 school year.

Rock n’ Bowl 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. Free bowling is available for Drew students at Plaza Lanes, 300 Main Street in Madison

Spotlight: Auditions

Recycled Percussion 8:00 p.m. McLendon Lounge

Also tomorrow are the open call auditions for three different shows being put on by the Drew Theatre Arts Department and the Drew University Dramatic Society. The auditions start at 4:00 p.m. in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, with callbacks the following day.

A “junk rock” band that appeared on America’s Got Talent comes to Drew

Adventures With Nickel and Bean

Wednesday

’dentity Crisis

Tomorrow

Bingo 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tolley/Brown Lounge

Directed by Brynne Oster-Bainnson (’13)

Directed by Emilyn Bona (’13)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Directed by Nick Martin (’12)

Drew University’s Programming Board kicks off their first of many scheduled bingo halls Advertisment

Thursday Space Night 10:30 p.m. McLendon Lounge

This Space-less Space Night features comedians and musicians Dave & Ethan

“54Main Bar&Grill invites Drew, for cheap!” 54Main’s “Drew College NITE” Thursday, September 15th Appetizers, pizza, free glassware, t-shirts and other merchandise

all for free!

Every Thursday from 9pm to 1am, discounted drinks: $2 draft beers, $2 shots, $3 house wines, $4 sangrias and $4 house cocktails.


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September 9, 2011

DrewAcorn.com

Volume 84, Issue 3

Photos by Sarah Schanz-Bortman

Students in the co-ed a cappella group “All of the Above” practice some new songs in the McLendon Lounge with their newly-joined group members

All of the Above The co-ed a cappella group gets a makeover

Carlos Gomez Contributing Writer

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he sounds of the forest just got a bit richer. Drew University’s a cappella group known as All of the Above (AOTA) begins the semester fresh with new recruits. They are a spirited young band of singers that auditioned on Aug. 31 and are now making names for themselves as a part of the AOTA a cappella chorus. The six returning members have taken the time to hear the new recruits’ prowess via callbacks, where students are called in to sing in unison with the returning members to see if they qualify. The returning members certainly had their hands full with the amount of students competing for a place in the group. “Over 40 people auditioned. There was a lot of talent and it made our decisions very difficult to make. But I couldn’t be more thrilled. We are a family.” Aubrey Fewell (’12) said. There are various factors that the members had to think about as the potential newcomers sang along. “We look closely at certain mechanics such as vocal blending when singing and if there is any movement. The singers have to pick up on the changes we make” Musical Director Nick Martin (’12) said. For most of the new recruits, singing is a liberating and enriching experience. They hear from about the organization by friends and word of mouth, crossing their fingers and prepping their voices for a shot at making the group. “I love singing. It is a huge passion of mine. When I was auditioning in the callback, I was hoping that Aubrey could understand that passion too in my voice. Now, I am a part of a fun and

sarcastic family that I can open up to and so can everyone else” Michal Rudiak (’13) said. Students who have applied mustered their confidence together from not just having previous experience in singing and/or music, but from the environment that AOTA provides to its potential singers. “I have been singing for 10 years. I have heard of AOTA from a friend, but I still had uncertainty in auditioning. But the moment I got to see who AOTA is for myself, I felt the need to join them myself. I asked myself how I was going to let Drew University know I can sing, and this was the way I was going to do it,” Paige Erdmann (’15) said. For others, they choose to sing for an escape from the norm, to be a part of a once popular form that has become transparent in today’s music culture. “I’ve been singing since I was 5 years old. I decided to try to sing for AOTA because the a cappella form is raw, vintage and much more meaningful than what is playing on the radio nowadays,” Justin Cruz (’14) said. When the students tried out, they were asked to pick out a popular song to sing, one that was preferably not from Broadway. The organization sings through a variety of a cappella hits: ranging from heartfelt love songs to recognizable tunes from days of yore. “For practice, we all got prepared by singing ‘Fidelity’ by Regina Specktor, just a basic love song,” Rachel Losson (’15) said. AOTA wants its members to stay dedicated to their passion for singing in unison, so they practice at least 3 times a week. The time may be inconvenient for some, but time doesn’t wait for talent. “Practice does tend to cut in on my schedule, but it is worth it. AOTA is really fun with its diverse members and sense of humor” Phillip Reilly (’15) said.


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