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Volume 85, Issue 3

Thursday, September 29, 2011

University Police raises crosswalk safety awareness By Chris Dolan Staff Writer Your mom always told you to look both ways before crossing the street, and now The University is making sure you listened to your mother. Chief Don Bergmann and The University Police Department are working to educate students, faculty and staff about the importance of using the pedestrian walk button at the Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street intersection. Concern about the safety of pedestrians crossing this intersection was renewed after an incident Sept. 1 involving a graduate student. According to a University Police report, the student attempted to cross Jefferson Avenue while Linden Street had the green light. A driver making a right turn onto Jefferson Avenue did not see the student crossing, and the vehicle struck the student. The student had minor injuries and declined treatment when paramedics arrived on the scene. “I think that pedestrian never anticipated that car would be making a right,” Bergmann said. “Part of it is just habit — people need to get from one class to the next, and they feel safe when crossing in mass.” According to Bergmann, the Jefferson and Linden junction is the third-busiest intersection in the city of Scranton. The high volume of traffic that passes


SOPHOMORE AMANDA Stahl presses the walk signal button on the corner of Jefferson and Linden Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. This intersection is constantly filled with traffic and University students and faculty trying to get to class.

through this intersection daily is largely due to the Interstate 81 off-ramp one block south. Bergmann and The University Police are raising awareness about the danger of the intersection and the need for pedestrians to obey the traffic control devices. The police department hopes to make a change in pedestrian habits before someone is seriously injured or killed while crossing

Jefferson Avenue. “We’ve been very fortunate that there haven’t been any major incidents with that intersection,” Bergmann said. “I think the biggest thing that I hope to accomplish is to help educate students, staff and faculty to understand that they have to press the button and they have to wait for traffic to stop before they can cross,” he said.

“I think that people don’t know to push the button, and once traffic stops on Jefferson, they think it’s safe to cross,” Bergmann said. According to the chief, many members of The University community are expressing concern about this intersection. “This isn’t just a concern of mine — there’s a number of people in The University Community that have brought

[crosswalk safety] to my attention,” Bergmann said. Political science professor Jean Harris, Ph.D., has been petitioning The University for the past seven years to improve safety at the intersection. “I’ve been complaining about it for a long time,” Harris said. “I’m concerned because someone’s going to get hurt or killed,” Harris said. “Drivers are getting frustrated because pedestrians are walking when they’re not supposed to.” Harris said she has seen drivers sit through multiple light sequences because the intersection is blocked with pedestrians. “Drivers are frustrated because they can’t go when they’re supposed to go, and pedestrians don’t seem to be paying attention,” Harris said. “Someday, someone’s going to haul off and end up hitting somebody,” Harris said. “The potential for someone to get nailed is high because pedestrians are not paying attention to the traffic lights.” Although Harris has been encouraging University Police to improve safety at the intersection for years, she is frustrated that still nothing has changed. “I find it disturbing that public safety hasn’t figured out a way to change student behavior on this,” Harris said.

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Unfinished fitness center may resolve current gym complaints

fitness center is not in the best condition. The equipment for

The University’s new gym was ordered last February or March, another reason the equipment was never repaired. The new gym, which will be located on Mulberry Street, across from DeNaples, was set to open this past August, but the project was delayed, Winslow said. “We are hoping that the gym will be open by the Friday that students return to campus after fall break,” Winslow said. Opening the new center later is a problem that Winslow and associate director of recreational sports, Jane Johnson, do not want to face. “If the projected date for opening doesn’t happen, we will do whatever we can,” Winslow and Johnson said. As for all of the equipment that is to be emptied out of the Murray Royals room in less than a month, eight of the machines will be moved into the new gym facility. The rest will be retained by the exercise science department for use in labs. The new gym facility, much to the dismay of many faculty members, will not have permanent locker storage.

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By Christina Scully News Editor The Murray Royals Fitness Center continues to have problems, but the new fitness center may outshine them. Student complaints about the fitness center include long waits, broken equipment and no space. “The current gym is not that nice compared to other schools,” MaryClare Condon, a student at The University said. “There is no equipment, people have to wait for machines and it is always crowded.” The Murray Royals room will close Oct. 14 as a cardio and fitness center, and will be converted into a room for recreational sports, dance and fitness classes and wellness programs for faculty and staff, Janice Winslow, director of recreational sports said. “People complain about unrepaired equipment,” Winslow said, “but we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on old equipment, because we spent $380,000 on new equipment for the new gym.” Winslow said the state of some of the equipment in the


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DAMAGED EQUIPMENT in the gym is just one problem students have complaints about this fall semester.

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“It was a space issue, and we did not want to waste space,” Winslow said. “Plus 90 percent of use of the gym is by students on campus.” The percentage of students using the gym may rise, because University alumni will not be granted membership to the new facility. Winslow said alumni’s membership to the Byron Center will still be valid, but they will no longer have access to cardio fitness equipment. They will, however, be granted access in the summer when students are off campus. “The new gym is for the students,” Winslow said. “The alumni are very reasonable. This is not a health club – it is a fitness center for the college. That is our priority, and that is what we will do.” Winslow said this was the thought of Dr. Vincent Carilli, vice president for student affairs and Rev. Pilarz’s, which they intend to follow. Students are looking forward to the new facilities in the hopes that all of the problems encountered in the Murray Royals room will disappear.

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Student athlete Alycia McCarthy said the crew teams are hopeful that the new gym will provide more space for the men’s and women’s teams to practice. “Right now it is too hot to practice above the pool, so we have to cram into the hallway across from the gym,” McCarthy said. “And that is usually a problem because if there is a class going on in the classroom that is there, we cannot practice.” The new facility is 14,000 square feet in size, and will house 32 new pieces of cardio equipment. The gym will also have extended hours, compared to the hours that the Murray Royals room keeps now. Monday through Thursday, the gym will be open from 6 a.m. until midnight, Fridays 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until midnight. “We will monitor the usage patterns for busy times,” Winslow said. “But hopefully it is better than it is here.” For any further questions or concerns, students can contact Janice Winslow at, or Jane Johnson at



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Campus Calendar Thursday - Sept. 29

Monday - Oct. 3

+KANIA Fall Recruiting Expo McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. +Farmers Market Founder’s Green at St. Thomas Circle 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. +IT Forum: Capture the Clouds Brennan Hall, Rose Room (509) 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. +KANIA Recruiting Expo Dinner Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton 4:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. +Health Professionals Oranization Meeting Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. +USPB Coffeehouse: Hana Pestle DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday - Sept. 30 +”Wait Until Dark” by Frederick Knott, presented by The University Players McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts 8 p.m. +Family Weekend All day event through Sunday

Saturday - Oct. 1 +New York Trumpet Ensemble Free Concert Houlihan-McLean Center Starts at 7:30 p.m. +”Wait Until Dark” McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts 8 p.m. +USPB Outdoor Movie: “Kung Fu Panda 2” Gannon, Lavis, McCormick Patio 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Sunday - Oct. 2 +Dance Team Carwash O’Hara Parking Lot 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. +“Wait Until Dark” McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts 2 p.m. +Family Weekend All day event

+ 10 in 10 nutrition for Students and Faculty Ballroom A in the DeNaples Center 12 p.m. +Weight Watchers for students, faculty and staff DeNaples Center, Room 406 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Sept. 22 - Sept. 28 Provided by The University Police Office

Tuesday - Oct. 4 +SBDC: Food for Profit Workshop Brennan Hall, PNC Bank Board Room (500) 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. + The Office of Multicultural Affairs “Real Talk” Topic - “Can you tell if I’m illegal?” Denaples Center, Room 405 11:20 a.m. - 1 p.m. +Health Professionals Oranization Meeting Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Notable Briefs: Date: Sept. 23 Location: Condron Hall INcident: Around 2:15 a.m. there was a water leak report in a dorm bathroom of Condron Hall. Officers discovered a student passed out in the shower of the above bathroom which caused the leak into the location of the report. The officers referred the matter to the Office of Student Conduct. Date: Sept. 24 Location: 400 Block of Monroe Avenue INcident: A University student was stopped in the parking lot of Rock Hall for striking a car with a football. No damage was done to the vehicle, but the student was found to be intoxicated. Officers released the individual to the protective custody of another student.

Wednesday - Oct. 5 +Weight-in-Wednesdays DeNaples Center, CHEW, Room 205K 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. +American Red Cross Blood Drive Long Center, Lobby 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. +M and I - Jason Glaser, La Isla Foundation DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater (401) 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Report Statistics: Intoxication: 11 counts Harassment: 2 counts Drug related: 1 count Damage To Univ. Property: 1 count Criminal Mischief: 1 count

Thursday -Oct. 6 +Farmers Market Founder’s Green at St. Thomas Circle 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. +Health Professionals Oranization Meeting Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Facebook changes layout, University responds University remembers Jack the Dog By Christina Scully News Editor

By Nicolena Basso Staff Writer

Facebook’s layout is changing again, but many are wondering if it is a change for the better. “Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,” according to Facebook’s mission statement, With more than 800 million active users, Facebook aims to keep people connected with friends through wall posts, pictures, videos and links. Although it has evolved over time, Facebook has recently been making more changes to its layout, in order to make information more accessible. New additions to the website include “bigger, faster photos,” “improved friend lists” and “interesting news any time you want.” The most recent development, coming soon for all users, is “Timeline,” a feature that tracks the evolution of a user’s profile. University student Tahfe Chin is enthusiastic about the changing design of the website. “I think that it is great that they can make these changes so quickly to make adjustments for more people on Facebook,” Chin said. “I think that the changes are great. It makes it easier to connect with others.” According to Facebook, Timeline will keep track of everything. There are options to track users’ births, school careers, and major events in their lives, as well as the option to track information from when users started their Facebook accounts. University student Will Dempsey has already started using Timeline, a feature he said he downloaded ahead of time so that he could get used to it more quickly. “It is the same thing as the old Facebook, it is just that it is literally a timeline,” Dempsey said. “It is a

Jack the Dog, as many students and faculty referred to him as, died earlier this month at the age of 11 – 77 in dog years. Jack belonged to former University president Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, who served at The University from 2003 to 2011. Jack made the move with Rev. Pilarz from Georgetown University to The University in 2003. In August 2003, he found a home on the first floor of Lavis Hall, met the girls he would be sharing a home with and began to enjoy the love he received from them. University student Alana Bencivengo lived in Gannon Hall her first year, which is connected to Lavis and McCormick Halls, known collectively as GLM. “Every time he was outside and I was walking to class I couldn’t resist petting him,” Bencivengo said. Bencivengo remembers Jack following her around early on in her college career. “I remember during preseason my first year he followed me into the elevator up to my room on the

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FACEBOOK CHANGES its layout by implementing a new feature called “Timeline.” The Timeline feature will be added to all users’ profiles during the first week of October.

line that goes down the middle of your profile and has little dots. The dots expand to wall posts, statuses, picture updates, etc.” Dempsey said the timeline technically starts when the user is born, but Facebook only gives the option to add pictures for this. The timeline starts the day that users made their Facebook profiles. “As of now I think it is really cool,” Dempsey said. “I mean it is a lot to learn, but I am big on organization, so I think it’s good.” University student Katherine Davies is not so enthusiastic about the changes. “I think it is interesting but kind of unnecessary,” Davies said. “I like the way Facebook was before all of the changes.” With the amount of information that will be shared about users, Davies does not seem to be too worried. “I [normally] only share things that I do not mind people knowing,” Davies said. “I don’t like sharing relationship [information] or really personal information, so anything that is general knowledge and stuff that I do with my friends, I don’t

mind sharing with people.” Privacy issues also do not seem to be a big concern for Rob Abda, a University student. “I believe that anyone who has a Facebook has already waved their right to privacy,” Abda said. “Why would someone put anything online that they would never want someone else to see?” Although there has been a lot of buzz about the new layout, it does not seem to be so drastic of a change to University student Mike Mulraney. “I think it is going to be what the customers make it,” Mulraney said. “If you don’t want to share all this information don’t put it online. If you want to be that open about your personal affairs, Facebook has responded to that desire.” According to Facebook, the new timeline layout is set to go live during the first week of October. Users who wish to preview the timeline layout can do so by downloading the Developer App on Facebook and then following the directions.

third floor and he hung out for a little until I got too nervous that Fr. Pilarz would be upset he was missing.” Jack never made a peep and was content just walking around campus. Francesca Marzullo, a University student, lived on the same floor as Jack her first year. “I know he was a very close companion of Rev. Pilarz,” Marzullo said. “I frequently saw Rev. Pilarz walking him.” The beloved canine made a habit of following the girls that lived in GLM around. He also loved to accompany the cleaning ladies on their rounds and sniffed around the dorm rooms daily. “He just followed the maintenance people around, and when they came to get our garbage he would come in my room and sniff under my bed and around my dorm,” Marzullo said. Marzullo said he was a very sweet, very nice dog, and she rarely heard him bark. He loved being surrounded by warm smiles and people could not resist petting him. Jack will be missed by his family and friends at The University, and he will be remembered as the “campus dog” for years to come.

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JACK THE Bulldog sits in the president’s office on campus. Jack died earlier this month at the age of 11.

People Profile: Howard Fisher, communication instructor By Ruth David News Correspondent ”I’ve wanted to do a lot of things. I’ve done most of them,” Howard Fisher, communication instructor, said. Professor Fisher has had countless jobs and lived in five different states. This is a man of many hobbies and interests. Fisher lived in North Dakota for the first 25 years of his life and, though he appreciates it now, he hated it when he was a teenager. “You always hate where you’re from in high school,” Fisher said. At 41, Fisher has moved all over the country during his life, from Texas to Scranton. He credits his frequent moving to jobs. For the past three years, however, Fisher remained in Nicholson with his wife of 17 years and two-year old daughter. He doesn’t mind staying at one place for a long period of time, especially since he has a job teaching a few of his favorite things: broadcast, news writing and radio production. Fisher has taught at The University since fall 2009, concentrating on broadcast, radio and TV production. Fisher never planned to be a teacher. “I wanted to be a DJ,” Fisher said, who also admits that being a radio disc jockey was one of his favorite jobs. “It’s one of the biggest highs if you’re as vain as I am,” Fisher said.


PROFESSOR HOWARD Fisher guards his Star Wars and Star Trek collection with his ray gun, ready to take down any attackers Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

Throughout the 90s, Fisher worked in TV and radio production. He also wrote for magazines

as well as being a freelance journalist. He didn’t just stick to the communication field. He has also

worked at Health Smart, a healthcare company, as well as at Best Buy. Fisher’s concentration lies in radio, however. He had three jobs at two different radio stations. He said being a DJ is his passion, and one of the reasons why he loves teaching at The University so much. Fisher is working with WUSR, The University’s radio station, solidifying its reputation as an alternative station. In the summer of 2010, Fisher helped make a five-year plan for the station that gives an organized program for the DJ’s. Originally teaching as a graduate instructor at both Texas Tech University and Ohio University, Fisher called his time at Texas Tech University as grueling. He credits Robert Wernsman, a professor there, as being his mentor. “He taught me how to be a teacher,” Fisher said. Howard Fisher is not just a professor, however. He wrote nine novels and numerous short stories. He won South West Texas regional awards and, though he has never been published, he still continues to write. “It’s my own world, my own creation,” Fisher said. Part of his job at The University is research, something he said he loves to do. He is beginning research on the credibility of sources used on National Public Radio. Fisher has also finished his dissertation for his Ph.D., which he will defend in a month. The dis-

sertation is on sexism in video game magazines. Fisher is known throughout the communication department as cheerful, upbeat and well-liked by students. “He never has a negative outlook and is very approachable,” Una David, a former student, said. David took Fisher’s radio production class during the fall of 2009. “I didn’t have to rely on a textbook 24/7. He was very handson,” David said. Besides his vast work experience, Fisher enjoys being a father the most. When asked about what he loves the most about being a dad, his face lit up and he replied with “everything.” He describes his daughter as being strong-willed, opinionated and awesome. He goes on to admit he and his wife, Susuzanne, never thought she would be as much fun as she is at this age. Many people have one accomplishment in their life that they would consider their greatest, but Fisher does not. His goals and successes are constantly changing from year to year. When he earns his Ph.D. in October that will be his greatest accomplishment. That is until he writes his 10th book, and then that will be his greatest accomplishment. As he said, Howard Fisher wanted to do many things in his life, and he has. His future so far looks cemented as a professor and writer, father and radio enthusiast.





Parking problems addressed on campus by cory burrell Staff Writer Two weeks ago, the Inauguration raised the issue of available parking at The University. Some students and faculty believe that there have been problems with parking on campus. However, The University’s Parking Services Office said they have always made sure that spaces are available for all students and

faculty with parking permits. While parking can be tight at times, “We [have] never run out of spaces. There are always spaces for people with permits,” Cathy Sanderson, the Administrative Assistant for Parking Services, who has been with the Department of Public Safety for several years, said. During the Inauguration, all non-reserved spots in the Parking Pavilion were closed. Students and faculty were encouraged to either carpool or park


at Nay Aug Park and take a shuttle provide by The University. Sanderson said parking for the Inauguration however, was an exception, as are most large events held at The University. “The Inauguration was a special case,” Sanderson said. “There aren’t too many events as big as that…Most major conferences have the guests park at Nay Aug, not students or faculty.” Sanderson said The University has been considering creat-

PEDESTRIANS AND motorists battle for the right of way at the Jefferson and Linden intersection Monday, Sept. 26, 2011.

“I’ve yelled at students prior to them possibly getting hit — there have been some close calls,” Harris said. Harris suggested that The University Police officers be stationed at the Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street intersection at the beginning of each semester to remind pedestrians to push the walk button. However, Harris has noticed that, while officers are occasionally stationed at the crosswalk, they stand there, in her word, “quietly.” Bergmann confirmed that he has “stationed officers down there to help remind people how to cross the intersection.” “But it’s hard for one person to stand on one corner and control the intersection with a large number of people crossing.” “But by our presence, I think the level of compliance will increase,” Bergmann said. Bergmann said if safety at the Jefferson Avenue intersection does not improve, University Police may resort to ticketing pedestrians who illegally cross the street. However, the chief emphasized that the officers would ticket pedestrians only if all other methods to improve safety at the intersection fail. “I don’t think it needs to come to that,” Bergmann said. “It’s not like giving parking ticket — do we really want to cite our own faculty, staff and students to appear before the city magistrates because they didn’t cross the street right?”

Bergmann said it is still unknown if ticketing will occur in the future, but The University Police could consider the option if “compliance issues” continue to exist. Bergmann and The University issued an official statement on proper crossing procedure at the Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street intersection: “It is imperative that students, faculty and staff legally cross Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street by pressing the “Push to Walk” button at the intersection and waiting for the walk signal. Using the button creates a pedestrian-only phase — when ALL vehicles are stopped — following Linden Street traffic.” “I think overall safety is a shared responsibility,” Bergmann said. The chief said he feels that people need to be more aware that their safety is at risk if they cross when the “exclusive pedestrian crossing sequence” is not in effect. According to Bergmann, the city of Scranton is embarking on a $5.7 million project to upgrade and synchronize all traffic lights within the city. The chief hopes PennDOT will “make this particular intersection a priority.” “We’ve had a number of meetings with PennDOT and we’re working with them on some of the different options,” Bergmann said. “What those options ultimately will be, I don’t know yet. But The University is taking a very practical approach toward it.”

them. “Time is the biggest issue. They need to familiarize themselves with the lots and realize they can’t come five minutes before class and expect a spot in the pavilion,” Sanderson said. “It’s always tough at the start, until everyone gets acclimated with their schedule. Before you get totally frustrated, know all the lots. If you need help, come see me in my office or someone else here at the parking services office.”

University holds annual family weekend by rosemary shaver Editor-in-Chief

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ing more parking lots, although plans for these lots are not definite. “The corner of Quincy and Mulberry is being considered for another parking lot,” Sanderson said. “It is being considered, but nothing has been confirmed. They are also looking at a few areas for additional parking. Nothing has been confirmed, but it is possible.” Still, Sanderson said there are always enough parking spots if people are prepared to find

The University will host a projected 600 families Friday through Sunday during its annual Family Weekend. 2,100 people are currently registered to attend. “Family Weekend is an opportunity for all students, especially first year students, to show their parents and family members what they love about Scranton,” Corey Henfling, Assistant Director of Parent Relations & Class Affinity, said. “We encourage students to take the lead, to introduce their families to their campus and their new community.” Last year 500 families were on campus to participate in a wide range of events, including performances, informational sessions and community activities. A welcome reception will kick off Family Weekend Friday. Scranton’s Mayor, Christopher Doherty, and University faculty will be in attendance to introduce families to the City. Tickets are $7. “Family Weekend is a great event because our entire community,” Henfling said. Faculty, staff and community leaders come out to welcome families to The University and the city of Scranton. In addition to events scheduled specifically for the weekend,

families can partake in campus life. Coinciding with family weekend are The University Players “Wait Until Dark,” USPB’s outdoor movie and several sporting events including the Rugby team’s Student’s Against Cancer game. With all the events going on around campus, parents, siblings and relatives will be able to immerse themselves in University life. Family Weekend will end with a family farwell brunch designed by Fresh Food Services.

Family Weekend events: Friday – Sept. 30 •Welcome Reception: 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. •Late Night Family Bingo: 9:15 p.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday – Oct. 1 •New Building Tour: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

•Scranton Classes Session: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. •Scranton Classes Session: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. •Family Weekend Luncheon or Fresh Food Lunch, DeNaples Center: 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. •Scranton’s Got Spirit: 1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. •New Building Tour: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. •Family Weekend Mass: 4:30 p.m. •Dinner on Your Own: 5:30 p.m. Sunday – Oct. 2 •Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask a Jesuit: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

•Science Is Fun: •Fall Harvest and Stu9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. dent Activities Fair, Dionne Green: •New Building Tour: 10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. 10:30 a.m. – 11:0 a.m. •Pages and Places Book F e s t i v a l , C o u r t h o u s e •Farewell Family Brunch, DeNaples Center: Square: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

SIFE thinks pink in October by christina scully News Editor The University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will hold a “Think Pink” rally Oct. 4 on the Dionne Green. SIFE hopes to raise money and awareness for breast cancer awareness. They

also hope to help make women aware of early detection processes. SIFE will be presenting a $1000 check to Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation, a partner of Scranton SIFE for the past seven years. For more information on SIFE, visit

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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization attended the SIFE Walgreens Training Conference at Philadelphia Biblical University on Sept. 24. Standing (left to right): Caitlin Doheny ‘12; Jill Asher ‘12; Rebecca LaMarca ‘12; Ann Zapalac, ‘14; Frantz Lucien ’12; Mike Iorio, Dale Carnegie, Partner; Danielle Dembia ‘12; Jessica Ozoniak‘14; Jessica Klotz ‘14; Jessica Talarick ‘12 Kneeling (left to right): Ariel Ruggiero ‘12; Maria Kristina Melgarejo ‘12.





Freshman Senate Elections to take place Oct. 4 Candidates for freshmen senator were asked to provide a personal statement for this joint effort by The Aquinas and Student Government. Elections will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For full candidate profiles, visit

Ballot #1 Jason Weinpel

Ballot #2 Michael McCabe

Ballot #3 Donna Opeikun

Ballot #4 Jenna Taylor

Jason is motivated, adaptable and receptive to the needs of his classmates. He has held numerous leadership positions over the past few years, including marketing captain of his high school’s robotics team. If elected senator, he will be devoted to accomplishing the task at hand and improving Scranton.

Michael chose Scranton because of its fun, safe community. He believes he can bring these qualities to life as a freshman senator. As a student council representative for two years in high school, he has experience in student government. He hopes to act as a voice for all first year students.

Donna is from Pittstown, N.J. As a student at Delaware Valley Regional High School, she participated in sports and clubs, including varsity field hockey and basketball. If elected, she plans to put in an effort into increasing the number of on and off-campus social events offered to the student body.

Jenna feels that it is of the upmost importance to bring together the Class of 2015 together as a whole. If elected, Jenna is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the student body. To address this, she would like to run late night programs which students will help create and plan.

Ballot #8 Monica Hlinka

Ballot #9 Colin Brucia

Ballot #6 Ballot #7 Ballot #5 Hayden Strickland Stephen Gadomski Blaire Wilkie

Hayden Strickland is an undeclared secondary education/biology major from Scranton. He is a graduate of Scranton High School, where he served as Senior Class President during his senior year. If elected, Hayden plans to give every freshman voice a chance to be heard.

If elected, Stephen Gadomski promises to be a reliable freshman senator and to provide a good, representative voice for the whole class at all meetings. He is a very personable guy and loves meeting new people. By running for office, he hopes to make The University an even better place.

Blaire is from Lansdale. She graduated from North Penn High School. She held the class vice president office in her freshman and senior year and was president as a sophomore. Her goal is to get students involved, not only in school activities, but philanthropic community services.

Monica is from a small town in central New Jersey. If elected, she wants to make changes to safety at The University so that the environment at Scranton is one where students can feel safe waling back from the library late at night. She feels that she would make a good candidate because she cares.

Colin is a political science major from Long Island. In high school he was in student government and would like to continue working for his peers. If elected, he promises to represent his class to the best of his ability. He would campaign for more activities over the weekends and a varsiety football team.

Ballot #10 Anna Coutts

Ballot #11 Mark Fanelli

Ballot #12 Maureen Taylor

Ballot #13 David Polanco

Ballot #14 Kevin Pendergast

Anna has experience in the workforce after running her family business for the past two years. She is trustworthy and dedicated to both school and extracurricular activities. One day, she hopes to run for the U.S. Senate and believes that becoming a freshman senator will be beneficial.

If elected, Mark promises to lead his class and to relay messages to his classmatets. He hopes to be their voice in Student Government. Together with the Class of 2015, he hopes accomplish many things. As a student leader, he hopes to better the future of The University.

Maureen is from Long Island. She is studying exercise science and hopes to receive her doctorate in physical therapy. She is the daughter of Katie and James Taylor. She is currently manger to the Scranton field hockey team and a member of the physical therapy and exercise science clubs.

David is an English major of Dominican background born in Long Island. On campus, he is involved in the Debate Society, Pre-law Society, Scranton Emerging Leaders, intramural flag football, and the Urban Beats Crew. If elected, he will work to ensure clubs have appropriate resources.

Kevin is an economics major from Mount Olive, N.J. He was involved with student government for three years in high school. He also held a leadership position in his marketing club and Future Business Leaders of America. Kevin hopes to to usher in a sense of school pride and community.

Ballot #15 Aris Rotella

Ballot #16 Garrett Thomas

Ballot #17 Julianna Sacco

Ballot #18 Jayde Hooven

Ballot #19 Christina Dennett

If elected, Aris will help the Class of 2015 do something that it can be remembered for by futrue classes. He looks forward to meeting students during his campaign and promises that, if elected, he will be his classmates’ direct connection to anything and everything they want.

Garrent is running because he wants to be involved on campus and organize great events for first year students. If elected, he pledges not only to push for great new events but to attend them. In high school Garrett played baseball for four years. He was also in clubs, including Young Men’s Leadership.

Julianna is a health administration major from Kinderhook, N.Y. At Ichabod Crane High School she was a student council member and was elected class vice president junior and senior years. If elected, she plans to bring fresh ideas, lend a helping hand or just listen to ideas.

Jane Hooven has been an active member of student governments for eight years, including three years as president. If elected, she promises that she will provide the class with a voice for fun and determination. Jayde is a very accessible person to whom concerns and wishes can be easily voiced.

Christina was on her high school’s council. She is on Scranton’s field hockey team. She is trying to become more involved on campus. She is very excited at the prospect becoming a freshman senator. If elected, she hopes to help make her peer’s time at Scranton that much sweeter.

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Learning second language critical to kids Commentary By Tim Mccormick Staff Writer The summer ended far earlier than I expected, and I found myself packing my bags once again. This time, however, I wasn’t heading to Scranton’s campus, but to Mexico, where I am spending this semester at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla. I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to take advantage of the study abroad experience, as I consider this one of the most amazing learning experiences I’ve yet had in my life. What drives me to say this is not only the spike in Spanish language skills I’ve acquired, but especially the removal of the blinders that previously limited my world view. One of the first exposures to culture shock I experienced was the difference in the academic system. I arrived about five days before orientation and school’s start to get the lay of the land and a brief language refresher after an entire summer of barely speaking a word of Spanish. When I got to Puebla, the first person I met was the mother of the family with which I’d be living. She has almost 30 years under her belt working with PennState, helping plan tours for and hosting its students. Therefore, she knows what she’s doing when it comes to hosting, but she also knows what I’m doing there: searching for Spanish fluency. For

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this reason, she refuses to speak to me in English, even though she knows it well enough to converse. Almost her entire family is comfortable enough with English that, at the beginning of my stay, they were able to translate whenever I didn’t understand. During one of those first days, I met the oldest son of the family, who graduated years ago from college with a de-

gree in international relations and still speaks six languages. So, up to this point, I’m thinking that he’s a mere genius and that the family knows English from their interaction with PennState students. I was wrong. I headed to school for orientation and was absolutely shocked at the number of students who spoke to me in English because

Saudi women gain right to vote Commentary By Elena habersky Columnist This past weekend King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia issued a bold statement: in the year 2015 women are to be given the right to vote and run in municipal elections in the Kingdom. While many hailed this as a huge step in recognizing the rights of women in one of the more conservative Islamic countries in the region, there is obviously still much work to be accomplished. With the Arab Spring that started last year in Tunisia and catapulted the rest of the region towards change, reaching its peak with the Jan. 25 revolution in Egypt, leaders in the MENA (Middle East/ North Africa) region are being held more and more accountable for their actions. People are demanding more rights and those in charge are now more inclined to give them what they want. One group at the forefront of these movements is women. For example, in Egypt women seem more empowered than they were just a year ago, though they recognize the many struggles that still lie ahead of them. Just at American University of Cairo alone, I’ve met many young women who are in charge of different clubs on campus, who tweet their opinions to some 12,000 followers all over the world and who study political science, one day hoping to hold a high ranking political position in the government, perhaps even president of Egypt. Last year, many would have scoffed at the idea of a woman becoming president of Egypt. Though women received voting rights in 1957 with the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the amount of elected positions held by women

has always been extremely low, especially outside of the big cities. Under the presidency of Hosni Mubarak, a quota system was put in place to guarantee that women would hold spots in the representative parliaments. However, some saw this as a blow to the dignity of women because these positions set aside were added to the total number of seats so that women would not take the seats of men and rather would only run against each other. For the upcoming Egyptian elections scheduled for Nov. 28 there is a woman candidate for president: Buthanya Kamel. The outspoken talk show host has made quite a name for herself here in Egypt among women, men and religious conservatives. She’s candid and advocates for more political transparency, open dialogue between Muslims and Christians and help for the marginalized and the poor, stepping on many toes along the way. While she may not have a chance of winning the presidency come election time, the image and hope she represents for women all over Egypt is extremely empowering. Women still have a long way to go in politics. Last year following the revolution, not one woman was placed on the interim prime minister’s cabinet, dubbed “the council of wise men.” Now, many women are ready to take a journey into politics. At the head of this pack is Kamel, and she truly believes women have the right to hold authoritative power. She recalls a conversation she once had with an old man. “He told me: You know what would make Egypt better, a woman president, because women worry about the future,” she said. With a woman like Kamel leading the way for change, Egypt’s future is sure to be brighter.

they wanted to practice. While there are classes for exchange students, I chose to take classes with the Mexican students to challenge myself and learn faster. In my linguistics class, On the second and third days, we were given to read, about 15 pages each, in English. In my literary theory class, we refer to works from a canon that includes the greatest works

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from Spain and Latin America, a truly expansive collection, but also those written in English, French, Greek and Roman. The intercultural, international, interlingual references are incredibly abundant. Some of the other exchange students, mostly from Germanspeaking countries, do not speak Spanish very well. Therefore, at group events, Spanish and English are used. Clearly, this is because English is currently the language of international communication. My point is that these students, both exchange and native, are able to converse in their mother tongue, English and, usually at least on some level, a third language. Estimate the percentage of your friends who are able to speak another language (never mind two). It’s not too high is it? What’s at the root of this problem? The fact is that students in non-English-speaking countries begin learning their first foreign language (almost always English) as young as elementary school, during what linguists call the “critical period,” a short span when children are most able to learn language. Many of these students attend “bilingual schools,” where the teachers alternate between the native tongue and English. By incorporating English into lesson plans of other

It’s official, folks: Mark Zuckerberg is attempting to conquer the world. During his keynote speech at the F8 convention last Thursday, he informed his “friends” that the recent changes made to Facebook’s web format are just the tip of the iceberg. But, Freud references aside, this guy has an ego. According to our digital pal, Zuckerberg, Facebook is going to become much more than a website that every student in the library’s second floor computer lab visits instead of doing homework. In fact, Zuckerberg plans to introduce Timeline, a feature that will allow Facebook users to document every event in their lives, starting with their birth and continuing to the present. By encouraging his minions to post personal photos, videos and notes to a chronological timeline chart, Mark E. Mark, if you will, isn’t just trying to monopolize the social network game. Indeed, he’s attempting to re-define time. He’s like an evil Kurt Vonnegut, sans literary prowess and social skills. As a result of these recent developments, I propose that we (a group of twenty-somethingaged Davids) stand up to this Goliath. I mean, I understand that no one ever agreed to go to the prom with him in high school, but come on. He’s more diabolical than Rita, the moondwelling super-villain from Power Rangers. And what’s even more terrifying is that he’s pretending to be Zordon. Any true

Power Rangers fan knows that teamwork is the only means of defeating Rita. Therefore, we must form a metaphorical Megazord. Let’s delete our Facebook accounts. I suppose deleting one’s Facebook is easier said than done. For some strange reason, when one tries to delete his/her account an automatic prompter asks, “Are you really sure you want to do this?” a million times. If “no” means “no,” then “yes” means “yes” (by the transitive property, of course). If we all succeed in deleting our Facebooks, we’ll be saving our own lives while simultaneously letting Zuckerberg die a bit inside. How can he create a Master Race of people who only have first and middle names if he loses all of his followers? Let’s face it: no one wants to be 85 years old, sitting in a nursing home and staring at a screen that reads, “Ethel Jenkins likes her new Depends Adult Diapers.” Well, you now understand the terms of my modest proposal (I wasn’t trying to make a cannibalism joke; it just happened). The responsibility lies upon you, the nation’s future doctors, lawyers, businesspeople and dishwashers at the Olive Garden. Since this is somewhat of a conspiracy, I suppose that makes me Cassius, although I’d rather be Cinna (not the murderer, but the cool poet). And, look on the bright side: deleting your Facebook won’t be that bad. At least the interviewer at Goldman Sachs won’t know that you did a Heineken mini-keg stand sophomore year. Your secret is safe with me.





Oliver’s Twist: My advice to all freshmen COmmentary BY Oliver Strickland Columnist It was a hot summer day at Freshmen Orientation and I (as an Orientation Assistant) had just met the group of new faces to this campus that I would be orientating for two days. We began with a cheesy icebreaker – my usual approach. Naturally, everyone was a bit shy and nervous then, but I noticed one freshman that was much shier than everyone else in the group. His name was Baboon (that’s not his actual name, but let’s just roll with it for privacy purposes). And, because Baboon was so shy, I made it my personal goal to crack Baboon out of the shell that was keeping him from being his true self at orientation.

So the day went on, the group took a few placement tests and, played more cheesy icebreakers, but Baboon stayed relatively quiet throughout the day, despite my attempts to make him feel comfortable enough to participate. It was almost time for the nighttime orientation activities and I decided to tell Baboon that he should come to the dance in the Byron center. I told him that even if he didn’t want to dance there would still be opportunities to play sports, and that it was a great place to meet people and have fun. He said he might stop by, but I was under the impression that he had no intention of coming. A few hours later and the dance is in full swing. Life is grand. Everyone is having a

great time at the dance; but there is no sign of Baboon anywhere. Later in the night, I noticed Baboon off to the side of the gym, standing by himself. I waved Baboon over to join in. Reluctantly, he came over and began to dance in a very shy manner with everyone. This was unbelievable progress. A few minutes later, I was on cloud nine. Everyone at the dance had formed a huge circle around Baboon who was performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” move-for-move. It was incredible. Everyone was going crazy and chanting his name. The shell had been broken. My goal had been accomplished. And Michael Jackson had been reincarnated in Baboon.

But the story doesn’t end there. Baboon is a living example for all (especially freshmen) that being 100 percent yourself with no barriers of shyness is the best thing that you can possibly do in college. Not only did Baboon have more fun when he was himself, he made so many friends doing it. Baboon wasn’t trying to be a bro, and he wasn’t trying to impress any hoochies. Baboon was being 100 percent Baboon because he has the confidence in who he truly is to be and act authentically. Freshmen, my advice to you is this: Don’t be shy. Have confidence in yourself. Live an authentic life. And be a “Baboon.”

‘U’views How safe do you feel crossing the street?

“I’m only concerned when I’m Jaywalking.”

Kristen Liederbach Ridgefield, C.T.. Class of 2014

“language” continued from page six subjects, it doesn’t interfere. In fact, studies show that knowledge of a second language not only facilitates the learning of a third language, but also augments thought processes, from mathematical to musical. The third language of these students comes into play in middle or high school, as the second does in most U.S. school systems. Many people argue for a national law that declares English as the official language of the United States. Certainly, we can all understand where this argument comes

from. But, the truth is, when it comes to languages, ours is the country that is behind the rest of the world. And why shouldn’t it be, right? English is the language of international communication for a reason; the United States has a major impact on world politics, science and academics, culture and most other areas. This philosophy, however, is a slippery slope. If we continue to exude the elitist attitude that gives us the right, or the impression of a right, to ignore the fact that our world is an international one, the rest of

the world’s opinion of us will only continue in a downward spiral. What’s worse is that our lack of international communion and crosscultural knowledge will cause an implosion. Remember that it is only recently that English became as important worldwide as it is today. For example, from the 17th to 20th century, French was the European language of political affairs and diplomacy. Eventually, another language will take English’s place. The question is, will our nation be able to keep up with the rest of the world when this switch

takes place if we are one of few monolingual nations worldwide? Unfortunately, I don’t address this to you as students. I’m afraid the educational system has already failed you as far as language learning is concerned. I’m calling on the few of you who will be educators in a school setting and the majority of you who will be educators in a home setting. Know that there is a problem with the current system. Acknowledge it. Demand a change for the future generations of America, or at least for your own children.

“I’ve been hit by a car before, on the corner of North Webster and Taylor. I had the right of way. Scranton’s drivers need to slow down.”

Lizzie Brady New Fairfield, C.T. Class of 2014

Crosswalks needed CommentarY By Ciro SaVerino Contributor

“I live in the new dorms, and it’s a hassle sometimes getting across the street. You don’t know if they’re going to stop or not. The streets are safe for the most part, but it’s sort of risky down there.”

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STUDENTS FIND Scranton’s crosswalks to be dangerous.

Attention all pedestrians: Have you been by the Linden and Jefferson, or the Mulberry and Monroe, pedestrian cross walks lately? They are quite busy as usual, and ever dangerous to members of The University community, who often fail to push the safety cross walk button before walking into the street. In between classes, pedestrian cross walks can be death traps for students eager to be on time for class, or those paying more attention to a text message than to the car that is trying to run them over. The University community does not want to see anyone get hurt, so please consider the following: •Use the cross walk. Set a good example to freshman. •Be alert, especially when corner cutting and jay walking. •Be reasonable, is a potential trip to the hospital worth it just to make that 10 a.m. class? •Be a herald of safety. Encourage your friends to continue their text message after they have crossed safe and sound.. Be men and women for others, and use the cross walk safety button.

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Brian Fischer Williamsport Class of 2013

“I think the school has not intervened enough. The crosswalk signs are a very shallow attempt. Crossing the street by Hyland is about as safe as downtown Fallujah. They need a timer down there.”

Joey Daniel Scranton Class of 2012

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No need to say goodbye to summer style By JESSICA TALARICK Arts & Life Correspondent Just because Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks doesn’t mean your summer wardrobe needs to be packed away into storage. In fact, with proper layering, most summer clothes can be worn well into the fall. For women, the key to extending the life of your summer wardrobe is a versatile cardigan. Thick cardigans can keep you warm while wearing light sundresses and tops. The chunkier the better, since a cardigan can take the place of a jacket if it is thick enough. Stick with neutrals like navy, grey and brown to give floral dresses and tops a feeling of autumn. Blazers also make good toppers to a light dress or shirt. Putting a tweed blazer over a basic t-shirt and jeans creates a classic look a la Chanel. Blazers can pull a casual dress into a sophisticated look. To keep your legs warm while wearing a dress or skirt on chilly fall days cover them with tights. Take a cue from Kate Middleton and try nude tights; once thought of as a dowdy cover up, nude tights are making a comeback as a way to extend the summer time glow. Replace sandals with ballet flats and riding boots. Even better, embrace the menswear trend and pair a dress with a pair of penny loafers. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a pair of loose shorts over tights. But, be warned: this look can go from a fashion do to a don’t quickly. Shorts that would break your high

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Download of theWeek “My Racing Thoughts” By l Jack’s Mannequin

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FRANCESCA COLACE poses in her post-summer outfit outside the DeNaples Center Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.


JENNIFER FRACAS flaunts a cute shirt with a cardigan outside the DeNaples Center Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

school’s fingertip rule should never be layered over tights. Think long, baggy and a light material to create a cute look. As for men, you don’t have to give up shorts just yet. Pair shorts with an oxford shirt, which are a little bit thicker than a typical button-up. Don’t shy away from sweaters. A comfy sweater and shorts is a classic casual look for men. Cardi-

gans are a good alternative to hoodies and create a more cleaned up appearance. Stick with v-neck cardigans, which will expose more of your t-shirt and elongate your body. Extending the life of your summer wardrobe is all about layering. Blazers, cardigans and this season’s trend-setting cape can keep you in your favorite summer clothes well into November.

Jack’s Mannequin is the solo project of former Something Corporate front man Andrew McMahon. What started out as merely a side-project quickly became a serious commitment, and the band has released two full-length CD’s as well as two EP’s since its formation in 2004. The band’s sound is mainly piano-based rock and many of its songs are prone to McMahon’s bursts of unrestrained piano-pounding. “My Racing Thoughts” is a poetic pop track about love, the first single from the group’s upcoming album “People and Things,” which is set to be released Oct. 4.

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Television’s biggest guilty pleasure: you know you love ‘Gossip Girl’ reputation precedes her and causes trouble with her jealous supervisor. However, Serena’s dedication to her job lands her more responsibility and the approval of her boss. Fake cousin Charlie makes a brief appearance in Los Angeles when Serena runs into her in a restaurant. Back on the Upper East Side, Blair is forced to deal with her monster-in-law on her

By MARLO MURPHY Arts & Life Correspondent Welcome back to a season filled with drama, deceit and life on the Upper East Side. Season five of “Gossip Girl” premiered on the CW during its usual time slot Monday, Sept. 26 at 8:00 p.m. Season five picked up with the evertwisted romance between Blair and Chuck, Blair’s soon-to-be prince charming Louis, Serena’s transition from city girl to working girl, Nate’s struggle to reinvent himself and Dan’s attempt to keep his novel under wraps. Viewer’s eagerly awaited the return of “Gossip Girl” after season four closed with many unanswered questions. In the premiere, Dorota admits that the pregnancy test belonged to her, yet the ending of the episode suggests that it may be Blair who is expecting. Chuck attempts to move on from Blair


ED WESTWICK, who plays Chuck in the TV series, attends the premiere of “Control” at Chelsea West Cinema in New York City Sept. 25, 2007.

and enjoy his summer with only one word in mind: yes.

Campus Comment:

“Hershey park.” Ebla Moussa Sophomore, Florham Park, N.J.

own because Louis is unable to stand up to his own mother. Dan desperately works to keep his novel from being published and the viewer’s get hints that he may be in love with Blair. Lilly remains under house arrest, yet still manages to look glamorous. Previews for next week’s episode promise that the next one will be as twisted and thrilling as ever.

Serena stumbles upon a job in the movie industry, but her

What USPB event are you most excited about?

“‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ because I enjoyed Kung Fu Panda.” Scott Cardoni Grad, Forty Fort

“Hana Pestle.” Taylor Nora Freshman, Norwalk, C.T.

“‘Transformers 3.’” Garrett Barziloski Freshman, Tunkhannock

“Royal Ball.” Nina Alesi Sophomore, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

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Adele: a whirlwind of success A cappella By shannon gioello Staff Writer Eighteen-year-old Adele Adkins never dreamed that anything would come of her recording a three-song demo for a class project during her time at The BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology. In a flurry of events after a friend posted the demos on Myspace, where it became extremely popular, Adele eventually landed herself a contract with British music label XL Recordings, which led her to record her first album, “19.” That same year she became the first recipient of the BRIT Awards Critics' Choice and was predicted as the number-one breakthrough act of 2008 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, “Sound of 2008.” Born to a single teenage mother in London, England in 1988, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins discovered her love for singing at the age of four and cites the Spice Girls and singer Gabrielle as her early inspirations. She graduated from The BRIT School in 2006, originally looking to go into A&R work to launch other people’s careers. After being signed to XL records, she released her first album, “19,” and it entered the British charts at number one. She then released her second single, "Chasing Pavements," and the song reached number two on the UK Chart, staying there for four weeks. In March 2008, she signed a deal with Columbia Records and XL Recordings in preparation for her first trip to America. She embarked on a short North American tour in the same month, but she was not successful in breaking America until her appearance on Saturday


ADELE PERFORMS on stage during the 2011 Echo Music Awards ceremony, which were held in Berlin, Germany, March 24, 2011.

Night Live that October. The show received its best ratings in fourteen years with seventeen million viewers. Her album climbed the charts, its sales increased and, by July 2009, the album had sold 2.2

million copies worldwide. This was only the beginning of Adele’s rise in global popularity. The album has since been certified four times platinum in the UK. Adele released her second

studio album, “21,” Jan. in the UK and Feb. in the U.S. The album’s sound is described as classic and contemporary, mixed with some country, and it reached number one in eighteen countries, including the U.S. The first single – her most popular song to date – “Rolling in the Deep” hit number one in eight countries. In England, the track “Someone Like You” also went straight to number one, while “21” simultaneously held a number one position. According to the Official Charts Company, Adele is the first living artist to achieve the feat of two top five hits in both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart at the same time since the Beatles. Regardless of her growing fame, Adele continues to stay true to herself and her music. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she deflected comments about her appearance, primarily her weight, stating, “I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” The overwhelming success of Adele is an inspiration to many aspiring musicians, as well as people of various other interests. In addition to singing, she is also able to play instruments such as the guitar, piano and bass. Her own inspirations are a diverse list of musicians, including Jill Scott, Etta James, Jeff Buckley and The Cure. Having no qualms about writing about her personal experiences and laying herself bare, her lyrics about lost love and memories are relatable to all who hear them. Adele will be playing a small number of shows this coming October and all information on upcoming dates is available on her official site,

BY MICHAEL FORSETTE Arts & Life Correspondent

The fall semester is under way and the Men and Women for Octaves are ready for another exciting year. The co-ed acappella singing group will be making its debut during the “Scranton’s Got Spirit” event Saturday and the girl’s group, Royal Harmony, will debut at “Scranton’s Got Talent” Oct. 7. The students that are involved stretch across all majors ranging from the sciences to business and everything in between. Even one male English professor is in The Octaves. “They participate in the group because they have a passion for singing outside of their studies,” Natalie Picciano said. “They want to create music in a vocally unique style, an attribute of most a cappella groups on campuses nationwide.” As far as where else the groups can be expected to perform or what they will be singing, that information is being kept a secret. Danielle Frascella, secretary for the groups, assured everyone they’ll enjoy what’s in store. “We have a multitude of exciting events planned. The songs are wonderful, but you’ll have to go to our events find out what they are,” Frascella said. Ranslow echoed her comments saying the groups are will be filling the campus and city with amazing talent. The new president, Sarah Neitz, and the new administration are at work helping the directors prepare for the performances. The groups make their debuts at Family Weekend this Saturday and at “Scranton’s Got Talent.” Be on the lookout for what they have in store.

Last chance to see ‘Wait Until Dark’ BY NICOLE LOPEZ-ISA Arts & Life Editor Susy Hendrix, a woman blinded by an automobile accident, struggles daily to get through the day when all she knows is darkness. When three con men in cahoots knock on her door in their desperate search for a doll while she is alone and vulnerable, will Susy be able to use the darkness and her other four senses to stay alive? The play is written by Frederick Knott and directed by Michael O'Steen. This weekend will be its final weekend, showing 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Royal Theatre at the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. The last showing will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. It will be free to participating ushers and freshman. Otherwise, it is $8 for general admission and $5 for faculty, students, senior citizens and children 12 and under. Make sure to reserve your tickets for this weekend as seating is limited due to family weekend (Friday

“‘Transformers 3.’” Matthew Stokesburg Freshman, Haworth, N.J.

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MIGUEL LOZANO, Dana Majeski and Kylie Lotz pose together for a picture after opening night of “Wait Until Dark,” Friday, Sept. 23, 2011.

only pew seats upstairs in the theatre will be available). To reserve tickets go to http://uofsplayers. For

more information, visit the box office outside the Royal Theatre or e-mail the producer, Rich Larson, at

“MYQ Kaplan and Royal Nights.” Sean Davitt Freshman, Manahawkin, N.J.

“‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’”

Ryan Caviston Freshman, Scranton

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“Royal Ball.” Christlore Mondelus Senior, Long Branch, N.J.

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PRISM builds foundations for students’ future careers By Nicole Piotrowski Business Correspondent Being a part of different clubs and organizations in KSOM can open up many different opportunities and teach you many new skills as well. Throughout my time at The University I have joined many different clubs, such as the Business club and the International Business club. Before interviewing Daniel Parisi, Vice-Chairman of PRISM, I did not know much about PRISM, the Portfolio of Responsible Investments under Student Management. PRISM is a unique organization at The University because it manages a quarter million of the school’s endowment fund. PRISM allows students to gain experience in investing and learning new and innovative investment approaches. While Dr. Riaz Hussain is the moderator, “students make all of the decisions for the portfolio,” according to Parisi. PRISM currently has 50 members and any student can join the club. Another great feature of the club is that alumni of The University get involved by helping the club and giving its members industry updates. PRISM was inaugurated in 1999 with the help of Kania SOM and Hussain. “We originally had $100,000 under management and then received an additional $100,000 in 2001. We were seeing sustained long term growth each year un-

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MEMBERS OF PRISM work with The University’s $200,000 endowment Wednesday, Sept. 21. They meet in the Kania SOM’s Irwin E. Alperin Financial Center, which simulates a live trading floor with an electronic ticker and news data feeds. The center is also used for advanced classes, such as Currency Trading and Analysis.

til the financial crisis hit in 2007,” Parisi said. PRISM got through the financial crisis and still continues to make investments, despite the current economic downturn. I would consider PRISM an important organization to join because of the many benefits that it offers. Business students can learn different aspects of trading an investment and apply that to real trading. Trading on your

own can be very risky, but PRISM does everything from “updating students on what is going on in markets across the world to explaining how to successfully analyze a company on a fundamental as well as technical level,” said Parisi. By providing this kind of instruction and training, PRISM offers crucial tools that all KSOM students should take advantage of. PRISM also incorporates math and public speaking skills in its

‘Operation Twist’ dances with interest rates By Mark Wormuth Staff Writer With the economy still struggling after two rounds of quantitative easing, the Federal Reserve has turned to another unconventional policy in hopes of spurring the economy. It is called a twist due to its similarity to a policy dating to the 1960s called “Operation Twist.” It has drawn much criticism from the financial community; many think that the new stimulus will not be very effective, and some are even questioning if the Fed is out of options. One outspoken portfolio manager, Lawrence Creatura, publically stated that he believes the Fed is “running out of bullets” because it opted for such a strange antiquated policy. There was dissent amongst the voting constituency, as three of the ten Fed officials voted against the Fed’s Chairman Ben Bernake’s plan, stating that they did not want to make any changes to the economy at the moment. Days before the plan was announced, in a highly unusual move, Republican congressional leaders sent a letter to Bernake, urging the Fed not to make any changes for fear that it could be, as one reporter described, “more harm than good.” The twist refers to the Fed reor-

ganizing its personal portfolio like it did in “Operation Twist” in 1961. The Fed hopes that the restructuring of its $2.65 trillion securities portfolio will reduce long-term interest rates. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Fed will sell $400 billion in Treasury securities that mature within three years, and will reinvest the proceeds into securities that mature in six to 30 years, tilting the balance of its holding towards long-term securities. The hope is that it will raise the yield curve, which is a curve comparing the interest rates between identical bonds with different maturity dates. The greater the slope of the yield curve, the bigger the difference between short-term and long-term rates. Lately, there has been a big gap between these rates which is bad for the economy. Traditionally, when the curve is flatter, meaning the difference between short-term and long-term rates is low, it is seen as a sign of economic transition, according to So, the twist in theory is supposed to lift the curve in the short-term, and lower it in the longterm to help the economy out of this slump and reach a transitional phase. Another component of this plan is for the Fed to start buying mort-

gage debt with the proceeds from mortgage bonds that are maturing. Maturing means that the bonds are close to being paid back; the Fed is the one being repaid. By buying more debt the Fed hopes to push mortgage rates down. Although the yields, or interest rates, on Treasury notes have fallen, mortgage rates have not. This is bad because traditionally they both behaved similarly. Because of the high interest rate, many homeowners are unable to refinance their homes. This is the opposite of what officials decided to do last year, showing that the central bank is concerned about the state of the economy. Last year the Fed decided to decrease the amount of mortgage bonds in its portfolio when the economy seemed to be improving. The idea behind buying more is to make the supply of the mortgage bonds lower for private investors in hopes that it will push down the yield curve. In theory, this should trickle down to borrowers in the form of lower mortgage rates. The Fed tried several different approaches over the last few months to help the stagnant economy. The use of this antiquated policy has started to make the public wonder, if in fact, the Fed is “out of bullets.”

organization. No matter what organization you may join, trading and investing will always be uncertain. There is no way to safely and efficiently safeguard capital, but PRISM maintains a strong portfolio by choosing “stocks that we feel will outperform their given industry while not adding unnecessary risk to our portfolio. Our current portfolio beta (which measures the riskiness of a stock)

is a little under 0.7,” said Parisi. By working as a team and making mutual decisions, PRISM continually makes successful investment choices and takes fewer risks than the market. Anything under a risk rating of 1 is considered less risky. Currently, PRISM has strictly invested in equity. It holds 22 different stocks in a wide range of industries that includes China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (SNP), International Business Machines (IBM) and SPDR Gold Trust (GLD). “At the moment, we only hold equities and use exchange traded funds (ETFs) to get exposure in commodity and currency markets, I really want to navigate the group into the fixed income frontier as well as options trading. With the installation of the new Bloomberg Terminal at the end of the month, we will now have the professional research tools to enter those markets,” Parisi said. From its very beginning, PRISM has taught business students to carefully navigate the intimidating world of finance and economics. PRISM has held the brightest students in KSOM and continually creates Wall Street success stories “This year’s PRISM leaders have job offers at financial firms like UBS, Bank of America, Royal Bank of Canada, Citi Group, and PNC upon graduation,” Parisi said. PRISM did not directly hand these jobs to students, but gave them the vital foundations to begin their careers.

Kania SOM gets Bloomberg Terminal

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THE NEW Bloomberg Terminal was presented to Kania SOM faculty and students Tuesday, Sept. 27. Jason Reitsma sales, representative from Bloomberg Financial, explains why the software would be beneficial to students at The University.




Etiquette dinner prepares students for Kania SOM Expo dinner By Alexa Schreiber Business Correspondent Last week, a group of University students sat down to the dinner table with more on their minds than just eating. In fact, they quickly discovered that they weren’t eating at all; they were fine dining. Members of The University’s Business Club had the unique opportunity to attend an etiquette dinner Thursday evening. About 80 Kania SOM students were present for the event, held in Brennan Hall, which should help prepare students for this week’s Recruiting Expo and dinner. Upon arrival, guests mingled with peers over hors d’oeuvres and anxiously awaited their lesson on social dining etiquette. Brian Fischer, the Business Club’s president, then invited students into the main dining room to begin the evening. Once guests had been seated, Fischer introduced guest speaker, Brian Crawford. Crawford is a veteran in the world of Food Service and Catering who serves as the Food Service Director for the Aramark Corporation at East Stroudsburg University. “Eating is what you do on a Monday night in front of your television set,” Crawford said. “Dining is what you do in a social setting.”

This distinction never occured to many at the dinner. Crawford eloquently explained that people eat to survive, but people dine to market themselves. In a setting like this week’s Kania SOM Expo and Dinner, the ability to sell themselves to recruiters will be vitally important for students seeking positions with top companies. As the evening progressed, students enjoyed a buffet dinner while Crawford lingered between tables. Common dining mistakes, such as reaching for the salt shaker and laying dirty silverware back on the perfectly white tablecloth, were quickly corrected and replaced by more proper practices. Individual questions, like how to excuse oneself from the table, were also answered throughout the meal. In addition, Crawford addressed how to behave during a cocktail hour, emphasizing that students should pay attention to giving firm handshakes and to choosing foods that pose the smallest threat to their professional appearance. “When I’m in a setting like tonight’s, where all of the students involved will find themselves in similar situations such as the Kania SOM Expo Dinner next week, I can tailor my presentation to the specific things that those students will encoun-

ter,” Crawford explained. Crawford, who began teaching this dinner as a favor to The University and its students ten years ago, returns each year simply because he loves doing it. Although he does not teach etiquette as a job within the Aramark Corp., Crawford does teach at other universities in

the region. A college environment is his preferred setting because he finds it rewarding to share the successes of students. He enjoys hearing stories from alumni who used the skills he taught them in order to secure job positions. The attendees of last week’s dinner will put their manners

to the test this week, when they dine with recruiters at the Kania School Business Recruiting Expo Dinner Thursday evening. The dinner will be held at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton and will feature representatives from over 20 of today’s top companies.


ETIQUETTE DINNER attendees in the back row, from left to right, include University student Meghan Flemming of Doylestown, guest speaker Brian Crawford and Kania SOM Assistant Dean Paul Perhach. Crawford explains the intricacies of formal dining to the audience, Thursday, Sept 22.

China’s cheap products come at high cost to U.S. Score big by looking good by Joseph Bruzzesi Staff Writer Each week it seems like prices are going up. We’ve seen price increases everywhere, from the gas pump to the grocery store. What used to be the dollar menu at fast food restaurants is now the value menu; instead of buying a Wendy’s hamburger for a dollar, it’s going to cost a $1.60. This may not seem like a lot, but add those few extra pennies to everything you buy and you’re spending a lot more than usual. With prices inflating, shouldn’t we be happy that we can import cheap goods from China? At first, this may seem like a great solution, but it may be quite the opposite. The industrialization of China changed the global economy. As it industrialized, China became markedly more urban. Years ago, the majority of employed Chinese men and women worked in agriculture, and few worked in industry. Today it is the opposite. This has allowed China to produce goods at a lower cost than other nations. With cheaper goods, China can export to countries all over the world; hence, people see “Made in China” on many goods. Are cheaper products better for the United States? Unbeknownst to many Americans, products made in China may be hurting us more than they are helping us. If it’s hurting us, where is it hurting? First, it’s harming our employment. We already know that China can produce goods at a lower cost than the United States. This puts U.S. companies in a bad position. If they produce their goods in the U. S., they will be forced out of business by Chinese companies. The only way for American companies to compete is to run their business and manufacturers out-

side the U.S. Even home-grown businesses are trying to leave the country. American airline manufacturer Boeing has considered moves to both China and Canada. Hopefully, calmer heads will prevail and Boeing will continue to employ American workers. The effects of China’s low prices are beyond employment, however. Unemployment means less Americans are work-

people living in these nations, the amount of oil being used each day is unbelievable. Next time you’re at the pump and you’re wondering why prices are so high, it’s probably because your cell phone is made in China. After reading all that it’d seem there’s no hope for us. Do not worry though; there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s not forget that America has

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A DECK of cards from The Aquinas office reads “Made in China.” Labels like this serve as frequent reminders of China’s globalizing influence.

ing, which means less money is flowing into the American economy and more is flowing out. This pattern could be devastating to our economy. Industrialization also plays a role in America’s. This is a common misconception. As China and India have industrialized, the demand on oil has risen to an all time high. Pair industrialization with the two billion

historically gone through periods of expansion and recession. In the midst of the era of technological development, our strong track record of invention and innovation is a sign of hope for the U.S. economy. Still, to lessen the effect of imports on our economy, try to buy American. Cheap goods may be misleading; the next time you see “Made in China,” beware.

By Marianne Patterson Career Services Intern As college students, we are advised to study hard, get involved, strive for acceptance into honor societies and participate in community service. All of these experiences contribute to the well-rounded individual that The University aims to cultivate in all of us. It is, after all, part of the Jesuit ideal of “cura personalis,” or “care of the whole person.” As our resumes will indicate, we will be the ones best prepared to “go out and set the world on fire.” My purpose in writing this article is to ensure that we look good while doing it. Sure, this may sound superficial, but it is practical advice to heed in today’s competitive work climate. The “Scranton uniform” of yoga pants, Ugg boots and a North Face jacket will only get us so far when it comes to surviving the professional world. While we may have been taught from an early age to “never to judge a book by its cover,” the truth is that employers take personal appearance very seriously when considering job applicants. Now, I appreciate a lush cashmere cardigan and beautiful leather boots as much as the next girl, but, when interviewing for that competitive entrylevel position at a Fortune 500 company, save the trends for the weekends. It’s time for our initiation into the adult world; yes, it’s time to purchase a business suit. Invest in something classic. Most experts advise navy blue, black or grey. A button-down shirt in a neutral color is always a good choice. For ladies, either a dress suit or pantsuit is acceptable. If you choose a

dress-suit, be sure that the skirt comes to the knees and the pantyhose is complimentary to your skin tone. Gentlemen, at the risk of sounding nit-picky, I advise dark, solid color socks that cover the calf in order to avoid showing the leg. Ties should also be conservative. While they do not have to be brand-new, shoes should be in good condition. This means no scuffs and stains. Ladies, heels should be about one and a half to two inches in height, and always closed-toed. Keep the shoes on the darker side; brown, navy blue or black are three standbys that many of us already own. If carrying a handbag, keep it on the small or medium side. Men or women can carry a briefcase, folder or portfolio. Hair should be of a naturally-occurring color and neatly styled. Sparingly apply perfume or cologne. I realize that you like your fragrance, but the last thing you want to do is choke your interviewer with your over-powering scent. Ladies, any make-up should be subtle. Now is not the time to experiment with fake eyelashes or glittery foundation. If choosing to wear nail polish, be sure that it is a neutral color. Avoid large and glitzy jewelry, and make sure that any tattoos are covered and body piercings are removed. Try on your outfit at least a week in advance. This should give you time to get any hemming or mending done. Then, lay your outfit out the night before the interview, just so that you do not forget anything or run into the proverbial “I was going to wear it, but it’s in the wash” situation. Lastly, good luck. If all else fails, at least you know you look good.

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University students pumped up for Pandora commentary by david rennekamp Staff Writer As of Wednesday, Pandora flaunts a new and unabashedly bold layout with a less conspicuous technical tune up behind it. CNN tech addressed Pandora founder Tom Conrad’s revelation of a few Pandora music-streaming updates. Some of the updates covered, which still come as a surprise to many Pandora users, include “simplified station creation, enhanced Pandora listener profiles, a larger and revamped lyric base and artist biographies which are more easily accessible with the new Pandora layout, and removing the 40 hour listening limit per month and changing it to a whopping 320 hours a month.” The University community’s reactions to the new Pandora vary. From regular Pandora users who are happy with the new updates, to a large number of individuals who first ask, “Is that Pandora the music thing?” which is often followed by “Oh, I didn’t know they

changed that!” Dan Rivera, a junior from Clifton, N.J., said that he likes Pandora’s “smoother look.” “It doesn’t look like those small blocks with all that white behind it anymore,” he said. “I like the ability to shuffle between all the stations and that the music navigation bar isn’t in your way anymore.” Aleshanee Bauer, a junior from Pittston, was working with Rivera and had shown him Pandora initially. “The new layout makes more sense. I like that everything is on the bottom now instead of the old way where you would click on… say author bio and it’d take you to another place,” she said. “One day I left it running during class and it was still playing when I came back, I remember before [the update] when you would leave it running for an hour and there’d be an ‘Are you still listening?’ box that popped up and stopped the music from playing, however I’m not sure if this is part of the new update,” Bauer said. When told about Pandora’s extension of the 40 hour listening

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PANDORA INTERNET radio underwent numerous aesthetic changes Wednesday, prompting comments by various University students.

limit to 320 hours a month, Bauer and Rivera both thought it was awesome. Other people in the tech center chimed in with a similar response and disbelief that if users do reach the 320 hours listening cap, which is an obscene amount for a month, they would be notified of their abuse by Pandora. When Laura Sayegh, a freshman from Allentown, was told about the new abuse policy Pandora has for reaching 320 hours, she understood yet disapproved. “If you advertise it’s free, it

should be free for any amount of time. I understand why, since 320 hours is a lot of time and I don’t even reach 40 [hours, the old listening cap], but I still don’t think that is completely appropriate,” she said. However, she still agrees with others that the new Pandora “attracts you more, and is better organized” and she likes “the side bar where you can see what other people like as well.” When Kristie Ho, a freshman from WilkesBarre, was asked about the new Pandora, she also shared the same

enthusiasm for the new layout. “It’s much easier to use, and more convenient,” she said. “I like it as it is; if they change it up it’ll get more complicated.” Hopefully Pandora’s new update will remain well organized, colorful, easily navigable and user-friendly with future updates only enhancing these convenient and pertinent characteristics. If you haven’t seen the new refurbished Pandora, try to grab some of that Royal Wi-Fi, crank up the volume and check out the new Pandora with your favorite artist.

Science scholars: Megan Chan, class of 2013 by catherine erbicella Sci/Tech Editor For those suffering from cystic fibrosis, any additional complications can be uncomfortable, and sometimes prove fatal in certain circumstances. Any attempt to identify potential bacterial infections can prevent patients from experiencing more health problems. A junior here at The University is working toward the detection of such bacteria in order to improve the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Megan Chan is biology major with a nutrition concentration. In addition to her research endeavors, she also has a work study position in the physics and engineering department and participates in the Health Professions Organization (HPO), Biology Club and Physics Club. She volunteers at the annual KANE competition for high school students and also for the Emergency Department of Community Medical Center. The Aquinas asked her about her project, titled “A Real-Time Polymerase Chain Assay for Burkholderia Cenocepacia.” Q. What is your research about? A. My research in a nutshell: I am finding and optimizing primer pairs for B. cenocepacia. Basically I am finding and testing different specifications to most efficiently identify this bacterium. Ideally, a physician will be able to take the information I gather and apply it to a device that they can then introduce samples from the infected lungs of people with cystic fibrosis. The machine will then sensitively and specifically identify this particular strain of bacteria; it is the most clinically relevant strain that causes such infections.

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MEGAN CHAN, under the watch of her mentor Michael Sulzinski, Ph.D., is using a micropipette on different strains of bacteria to test later Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

Q. Why is this subject or area important to you? A. The focus of my research has a very worthy cause. Lung infections and complications from these infections are the leading cause of early deaths of people with cystic fibrosis. I really appreciate the chance to possibly make a difference in those people’s lives.

Q. Why did you choose this particular faculty member with whom to work? A. I had taken Dr. Sulzinski for microbiology, and I really liked his approach to research. His guidance and teachings were immensely helpful while, simultaneously, he gave me many chances to make my own decisions on multiple aspects of the project.

Q. What do you want people to learn from your research? A. I hope to inspire others to continue research like mine in order to contribute more to the effort of faster more reliable diagnoses of Burkholderia cenocepacia infections.

Q. What makes him an inspirational faculty member here on campus? A. Dr. Sulzinski is one of the most kind, approachable and welcoming professors I have had at The University. He is always there for his students whenever they may need him. He chooses class material that is applicable to the real world to engage his students. Dr. Sulzinski has taught beyond the regular course load required of a full-time professor, and he teaches each of those courses very well. Furthermore, he has published multiple manuscripts and continues to perform research projects.

Q. What future developments can come from your research? A. I hope to publish a manuscript with my mentor on my findings. I also anticipate that my results may assist in the sensitive and specific detection of this bacterial infection within the lungs of patients suffering from cystic fibrosis.

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Students reflect on World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid By W. Ryan Schuster Staff Writer This past summer, a combined group of fourteen people, representing The University and St. Joseph’s University, made a three-week pilgrimage to Spain to participate in the “Thirteenth World Youth Day,” a week-long international gathering of Catholic youth held every three years and presided over by the pope. As representatives of Jesuit institutions, the group also participated in Magis, an event run by the Society of Jesus, which comprised the first two-weeks of the pilgrimage. Two University staff members served as group chaperones: Maria Vital, co-director of the Leahy Clinic, and Danielle Frascella, a graduate counseling student and employee of the Community Outreach Office. The University contingent comprised juniors Danny Satterfield, Elena Habersky, Kelsey Hassig and Ryan Schuster, and sophomores Steph Boccuzzi, Maureen Bullis, Andrew Gentilucci and Jess Wiler. St. Joseph’s juniors Caroline Davis and Catherine Kology, and sophomores Beth Villanyi and Emily Deller, rounded out the group. Although she did not attend the trip, Cathy Seymour of University Ministries was instrumental in the planning stage of the trip which took many months. Upon arriving in Bilbao, Spain, the group traveled to the Sanctuary of Loyola in the Basque Country, the birthplace of St. Ignatius Loyola, for a weekend-long retreat to kick off the Magis event. Joined by 3,000 other Jesuit students from all parts of the world, they participated in

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THE UNIVERSITY group stands outside the Basilica of St. Ignatius in Loyola, Spain. Front, from left: Ryan Schuster, Steph Boccuzzi, Kesley Hassig, Elena Habersky, Jess Wiler and Maria Vital. Back: Danielle Frascella, Andrew Gentilucci, Maureen Bullis and Danny Satterfield.

concerts, cultural events, seminars and liturgies in the Basque foothills, surmounted by the Basilica of St. Ignatius. The students enjoyed a private tour of St. Ignatius’ family home and had the opportunity to pray in the Conversion Chapel, the former bedroom of St. Ignatius, where he experienced his conversion to faith while convalescing from a battle wound. Another high point of the weekend was Sunday Mass celebrated by Father Adolfo Nicolás, the Father General of the Society of Jesus. The hymns and prayers of this Mass focused on one of the main themes of Magis: the Jesuit ideal of finding God in all things and people, even in the

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most unlikely situations. This idea was the guiding force of the next week of the experience. The 3,000 attendees were split into groups of about 25 people and dispersed throughout Spain, Portugal and southern France to participate in Magis Experiences, week-long experiments in finding God through culture, pilgrimage and social service. At this point, The University/ St. Joe’s group split in half, with each half participating in a different experience. Bullis, Frascella, Gentilucci, Habersky, Hassig, Kology and Schuster traveled to Valladolid, a city northwest of Madrid, for an experience involving finding God through

the arts. Boccuzzi, Davis, Deller, Satterfield, Villanyi, Vital and Wiler participated in a week of social service, working with AIDS patients in Aranjuez, which is to the southwest of Madrid. The group in Valladolid shared their experience with groups from Spain and Poland, and the group in Aranjuez worked alongside pilgrims from Spain and France. This week-long period of deep cultural interaction and sharing was one of the most memorable and educational parts of the trip. After the experiences, the Magis participants reconvened in Madrid Aug. 15 to prepare for the beginning of World Youth Day. The Jesuits provided a local high school as lodgings

for the pilgrims. Spiritual activities began each day with a catechesis session with an English-speaking bishop, followed by sundry talks throughout the day at various locations throughout the city. The group attended several talks at the Love and Life Center, a headquarters for English-speaking pilgrims run by the Knights of Columbus. World Youth Day officially began on Aug. 16 with Mass said by the archbishop of Madrid in the Plaza de Cibeles. During the week, The University group enjoyed a flamenco dance presentation and special exhibits in the Prado and the Reina Sofía, two famous art museums in Madrid. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI arrived Aug. 18 and the following day presided over a traditional Spanish-style celebration of the Way of the Cross, a World Youth Day tradition, from the Plaza de Cibeles. On Saturday, Aug. 20, two million pilgrims gathered in the Spanish air force base at Cuatro Vientos to await a prayer vigil with the Holy Father that evening and his concluding Mass the following day. Although the vigil was plagued by severe heat by day and severe rain at night, the event turned out to be one of the most memorable of the trip, with people as far as the eye could see joining the pope in the celebration of Mass. The trip had a profound spiritual impact upon the participants, particularly by providing an opportunity to see firsthand the truly catholic, or universal, nature of the Church. “The trip strengthened my faith by allowing me to see people from so many cultures practice Catholicism the same way. It showed how unified we really are,” Kelsey Hassig said.

New retreat spices up sophomore year By Lauren Prinzing Faith Correspondent What was missing from The University Ministries retreat program last year? The general consensus was a retreat that was designed specifically by sophomores for sophomores. Sophomores often fall through the cracks; they no longer recieve the attention that they were as freshmen, but are not quite as independent as upperclassmen either. However, sophomore year is an important year for the continuing growth and development of students into the people that they will one day become. Sophomore year is the time when students are required to declare a major, when they are encouraged to start thinking about career options and whenthey start volunteering and getting invovled with agencies and offices on and off campus. “Researchers focus on beginning and ending transitions by exploring the needs, behaviors, and expectations of both firstyear students and seniors… The same research focus has not been given to the sophomore and junior years,” said Barbara Tobolowsky, author of “Sophomores in Transition: The Forgotten Year.” With these facts in mind, Uni-

versity Ministries placed a great importance on developing a retreat for sophomores in order to help them continue to grow and flourish as students in their faith and as people in general. A group of five sophomores attended the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, along with Amy Hoegen, a University Minister. The purpose of the institute was to help campus ministry groups from across the country come up with, fully plan and present a project that they wanted to bring to life on their campus this year. Nicole Kiefer, Caroline Dress, Will Dempsey, Nikki D’Amato and Lauren Prinzing attended from The University and worked with Amy Hoegen in order to develop the new sophomore retreat called “Spicing Up Sophomore Year: Is God on the Menu?” The retreat is foodthemed and attempts to balance the fun of the freshman “Connections” retreat with a more spiritually-intense retreats like “Search,” which is reserved for upperclassmen. The students view sophomore year as a time to take stock of all the changing and growing they had done as freshmen and to determine where they are heading for the rest of their career at The University. In addition, the retreat encourages the students to evaluate the rest of their lives, and to take responsibility for

their maturing relationship with God. “I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out,” Will Dempsey, one of the retreat leaders, said. “ The whole experience has been amazing and I am excited for it all to unfold at the retreat house at Chapman Lake.” The retreat will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and conclude at 8 p.m. Oct. 9. Students will stay at the Chapman Lake Retreat House and will be led by the five students who attended the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute, as well as Christie Garrecht and Jake Skees. If a person would like to sign-up for the retreat, he or she needs to sign-up at University Ministries, second floor Denaples center by Friday, Sept. 30. The retreat only costs $10 for food, which will be a large part of the retreat. Acorrding to the flyer there will be “the perfect combination of friends, food, fun, and faith... an authentic relationship with God you can sink your teeth into” and “a generous helping of the body of Christ [a.k.a. Eucharist].” The hope is that by attending, sophomores will learn a little more about themselves, about their relationship with God and how growth and change are positive and exciting aspects of life. There is also sure to be lots of fun and lots of food.


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Women’s soccer team records shutouts by cory burrell Staff Writer Strong defense helped lead the Royals women’s soccer team to a pair of shutout victories last week at Fitzpatrick Field. Scranton defeated Marywood University1-0 Sept. 21 and Goucher College 2-0 Saturday. The Royals are now 5-12 on the season and 1-0 in Landmark Conference play. Scranton entered its first ever game against Marywood coming off two consecutive overtime ties to Kean University and Delaware Valley College. The Royals struck first in the 14th minute when senior midfielder Christina Cognetti tapped in a pass from sophomore forward Samantha Russo to give Scranton a 1-0 lead. Marywood’s defense would improve after the first goal, preventing the Royals from scoring again the rest of the game. Pacers’ goalkeeper Emily Osborne’s record six saves to help slow Scranton’s offense.

The Royals’ defense was more than able to preserve the one-goal lead. An experienced backline led by junior center back and Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Amanda Kresge, limited Marywood to only four shots en route to the shutout. “The back four and two center midfield positions have been training hard defensively,” Kresge said. “We work on our shape and formation almost every practice and continuously work on better decision-making for specific situations. This, in addition to our good communication, has been crucial in maintaining game shutouts.” Sophomore goalie Kelsy McAnelly saved the only shot allowed on goal for the Royals. Scranton’s match against Goucher was its first Landmark Conference game of the season. Junior midfielder Sarah Gibbons quickly sparked the Royals’ offense in the first three minutes of play by chipping in a cross pass from Cognetti over the head Goucher’s goalkeeper to net the first goal of the match. Scranton’s

offensive attack continued and the Royals would outshoot the Gophers 6-0 in the first half. “The key is in our ability to possess the ball and just keep it from the other team,” Gibbons said. “This has given us so many opportunities to score and get shots off. Our outside mid players have done a great job of getting crosses off to give us these opportunities as well. It shows that it truly is a team effort.” Gibbons scored again in the 74th minute off a shot from 25 yards out to push the Royals’ lead to 2-0. It was Gibbons’ fourth goal of the season and ties her with Russo for the team lead. Scranton’s defense matched the intensity of its offense, keeping the ball on Goucher’s side of the field throughout most of the game. Scranton held a 17-1 edge in shots for the game and McAnelly was only required to make one save to preserve the shutout. It was Scranton’s fifth straight win over Goucher and third shutout of the season. The Royals’ next four games are

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SCRANTON JUNIOR Amanda Kresge led the Royals’ defense in their shutout victories over Marywood University Sept. 21 and Goucher College Sept. 24. Kresge also earned Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

at home, starting with Farmingdale State at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“FIELD HOCKEY” CONTINUED FROM PAGE SIXTEEN The Royals then opened up their first conference game of the year against Goucher Sunday. Scranton had not won its opening conference game since 2007, and a win would start conference play on a good note. Once again, it was the Royals who struck first. Senior cocaptain Alicia Tamboia scored at the seven minute mark to give Scranton the early 1-0 lead. Kempf

increased the Royals’ lead when she put back her rebound at the 14:28 mark, extending the score to 2-0. After scoring in the Albright game, O’Kane found herself on the assist side of the score sheet by setting up Liberatore for her third goal of the season. “We came out strong and finished strong, which is something that has been hard for us to do in the past,” Kempf said.

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At the 61 minute mark, freshman forward Cassie Mullen scored her second goal of the season after a mad scrum in front of the cage. Kempf closed out the scoring five minutes later, tying her career-high for seven goals in a season and setting the final score at 5-0 Royals. Goucher could not penetrate the Scranton defense and only had two shots on goal, compared

to Scranton’s 37 shots. “Our conference games will only get tougher from here,” O’Kane said. “It’s important that we keep putting our hard work and determination into practice and non-conference games.” Scranton will play Neumann College at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field. Scranton will then face Moravian College at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

“KEMPF” CONTINUED FROM PAGE SIXTEEN She narrowed her choices down to two schools, St. Joseph’s University and The University. “I did an over-night stay with both schools when I was a senior and immediately after my Scranton stay I knew I wanted to play hockey here,” Kempf said. Kempf felt the pressure of playing a Division I sport at St. Joe’s and taking on a college workload would be too much. Instead, she chose The University, a Division III school. “The field hockey team at Scranton was the perfect fit for me,” Kempf said. “The team was much more relaxed but it was still a team that valued winning.” Kempf loves being a part of a team that represents The University. She also uses field hockey as a stress reliever during the difficult times of the school year. Most importantly, Kempf enjoys the bonds she formed with her teammates. “The girls I met on the team really made field hockey so fun for me,” Kempf said. “I love the friends I have been able to make and it gives me a nice support system.” Kempf majors in occupational therapy and minors in counseling. She is also a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association at The University. “I hope to be out working with either stroke patients or those who have been hurt in war,” Kempf said. When she gets free time, Kempf enjoys shopping with friends and hanging out at her house. “I enjoy doing a lot of social activities,” Kempf said. “I feel like I am rarely by myself, especially since I live on Taylor Avenue with seven other girls.” Kempf and the Royals won their first Landmark Conference game Sunday against Goucher College. Kempf scored two goals to lead Scranton to a 5-0 victory. In the past two seasons, the Royals missed the Landmark Conference Tournament with a 2-4 conference record but, with a 1-0 record in the conference so far, Kempf believes this year could be different. “I think that we have just as good of a shot at winning this thing as any of the other teams do,” Kempf said. “If we continue to trust in one another out on the field I think that we may actually go further than anyone thought we could.” The Royals also enter a stretch last season in which they won just two of 10 games. Kempf said her team needs a positive attitude to improve on last year’s losing streak. “Once we got into our losing streak it was hard for any of us to keep our heads up,” Kempf said. “This year I think it is a different dynamic because even after our loss to King’s College in overtime we were able to come back right from the start and beat Albright the next game.” Kempf and the Royals will attempt to build on their strong start when they play Neumann College at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field.

“sOCCER” CONTINUED FROM PAGE SIXTEEN With six conference games remaining, the Royals will be working hard to finish the season on top of the Landmark Conference. “We will be positive, push to improve and we still have plenty of season left to do so,” Pivirotto said. The Royals will face off against Merchant Marine Academy in their second Landmark Conference game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field.


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IN THis ISSUE Field hockey wins two games Women’s soccer earns shutouts Men’s soccer loses two games ALSO INCLUDED

Player Profile: Gretchen Kempf NFL week four picks

Field hockey team off to strong start by tom foti Staff Writer Rebounding from a tough defeat is difficult, but Scranton’s field hockey team had no trouble picking itself up after its only loss of the season. The Royals dominated from start to finish against Albright College Sept. 24 and Goucher College Sunday, beating Albright 5-1 and shutting out Goucher 5-0. The back-to-back wins give the Royals a 6-1 record on the season. Going into the Albright game, the Royals hoped to rebound after a heart-breaking overtime loss to King’s College that ended a 4-0 start to Scranton’s season. Junior forward Gretchen Kempf knew this season had to be different. “In previous seasons, especially last year, the team would get down on themselves after a loss and it became hard for us to stay positive going into our next game,” Kempf said. The Royals quickly showed that the past was the past. Junior back Corinne O’Kane scored on a sevenyard shot off an assist from freshman midfielder Alyssa Fania just two minutes into the game, giving Scranton the 1-0 lead. O’Kane said it was big for the Royals to come out with an early jump against Albright. “It was huge to come back after our loss to Kings,” O’Kane said. “This year we knew what we had to do in the game against Albright.” Kempf scored a goal of her own at the four minute mark through


SCRANTON SOPHOMORE Laura Megargel, 4, fights for possession of the ball in the Royals’ 5-0 win over Goucher College Sunday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals improved to 6-1 on the season with the victory and 1-0 in the Landmark Conference. The field hockey team is off to its best start since 1998.

a mix of Albright defenders to increase the lead to 2-0. It was Kempf’s team-leading fifth goal of the season. The Royals played shut-down defense all game, allowing a mere two shots. As a defensive unit, Scranton has accumulated 0.69 goals against average, placing

them seventh in the nation. Sophomore Jessica Conroy extended the Royals’ lead with a goal from six yards out that extended the score to 3-0 headed into the half. During the second half, sophomore forward Caitlin Liberatore provided a spark from the bench as she redirected a wide shot from

After a 7-12 season in 2010, Scranton’s field hockey team is off to its best start since 1998, winning six of its first seven games. Junior forward Gretchen Kempf leads the Royals’ offensive attack with seven goals and ranks 33rd in the nation in goals per game. Despite her individual accomplishments, Kempf credits the turnaround to team play. “We rely on each other, but as a team rather than each person’s individual talents,” Kempf said. “As a unit we have been able to move the ball much better and use one another for passes rather than trying to take it up the field ourselves.” Kempf started playing field hockey in seventh grade, the first year her school district offered the sport. “My best friends thought it

sounded like fun, so we gave it a try,” Kempf said. “It’s funny to me now because I begged my mom to let me quit for the first two weeks straight because I absolutely hated it, but now I am glad that she made me stick with it.” After sticking with field hockey, Kempf found something she enjoyed about the sport – team camaraderie. “The team is really a mini family and they are all going through the same thing I am,” Kempf said. “When we have a hard practice, it’s hard for us all and we struggle together, but at the same time when things are going really well you always have people to share that with.” Although Kempf wanted to bring her abilities to the next level, her parents also played a role in getting her to play field hockey in college. “They really wanted me to be involved and thought playing field hockey would give me a

said. “The win against Albright proved to us that we are a completely different team than last year. It is definitely a group effort.”

See “FIELD HOCKEY,” Page 15

Soccer team loses Landmark opener

Kempf leads offensive attack by joe baress Sports Editor

Kaela Mahon into the net. Albright would answer with a goal of its own to cut the score to 4-1, but Fania would score the final goal to cement the 5-1 Royals victory. “We are constantly picking up one another on and off the field, whether it’s through a hard practice or during a game,” Kempf

by kevin dermody Staff Writer

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JUNIOR FORWARD Gretchen Kempf leads The University’s field hockey team in goals with seven and ranks 33rd in the nation in goals per game.

group of friends before the school year even started as a freshman,” Kempf said. “I knew that if I didn’t try it I would regret it because I would never know what I was missing out on.”

See “KEMPF,” Page 15

The University men’s soccer team lost their first Landmark Conference game against Goucher College 1-0 Saturday in Towson, Md. With the loss the Royals dropped to 2-4-2 overall and a 0-1 record in the Landmark Conference. “They [Goucher] are a resilient group. [We have to] have a good start, play hard and win,” Royals coach Mark Pivirotto said before the game. After a contested first half, the Goucher Gophers got on the board in the 24th minute when freshman midfielder Thomas Adair scored on a header. The play was set up with a pass from freshman midfielder Nate Margolis. The Royals tightened up their defense after the goal and headed into halftime down 1-0. Scranton came out firing in the

second half and applied lots of pressure to the Gophers’ defense. Sophomore midfielder Colin McFadden led the attack for the Royals with a team high of six shots. McFadden was aided by sophomore forward Derek Klingman, who took five shots for the Royals. The Royals tallied 24 shots in the second half with seven shots on goal, but none were able to find the net and Goucher completed the 1-0 shutout. Goucher’s senior goal keeper Steve Baum finished with seven saves. Junior goal keeper Jamie Dillon, who played all 90 minutes, finished with three saves for the Royals. The loss to Goucher was a first for the Royals, who entered the game with a 5-0 record against the Gophers. Scranton went 2-5 in the Landmark Conference last season.

See “SOCCER,” Page 15

UpcomiNg games Men’s soccer

woMen’s soccer


cross country

field hockey

10/1 USMMA 1 p.m.

10/1 Farmingdale St. 7 p.m. 10/4 Muhlenberg 7 p.m.

10/8 Desales Invitational 10:30 a.m. 10/15 Gettysburg Invitational 11 a.m.

10/1 Neumann 3:30 p.m.

10/5 Lebanon Val. 7 p.m.

10/1-2 Landmark Weekend 1 p.m. 10/4 Baptist Bible 7 p.m.

10/5 @ Moravian 4 p.m.

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