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The Student Voice of The University of Scranton
Volume 86, Issue 14
Thursday, April 11, 2013
”The Office” returns to Scranton one last time colleen day News Editor Get ready to prove that “There ain’t no party like a Scranton party!” The popular TV comedy, “The Office” is returning to Scranton. Cast members and writers of the hit NBC show “The Office” will return to Scranton May 4 for “The Office” Wrap Party. As the show’s final season comes to a close, the cast and crew are coming back to Scranton for one last celebration. “The Office,” which ran for nine seasons, followed the comic, everyday lives of fictional Scrantonians. “The Office” Wrap Party is presented by the creators of the 2007 “The Office” Convention and 2008-2012 “The Office” Fan Tours. The day will begin with a Bloggers’ Breakfast at
8:30 a.m., where fans and bloggers can “mix and mingle” over Continental Breakfast at The University, according to the Wrap Party’s official website. Fans and writers will move onto Writers’ Block, a Q-and-A with the writers of “The Office.” Seating for both events is limited. General admission for Writers’ Block is $10 and a combined ticket for Writers’ Block/ Bloggers’ Breakfast is $15. The afternoon will continue out in the Scranton streets 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. with a Parade & Street Festival in downtown Scranton. These events are free and open to everyone. The night will wrap up with the Farewell Celebration at the PNC Field. This event includes a Q-andA with the cast, a speech from “The Office” creator
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NBC’S HIT comedy “The Office” will return to Scranton May 4 for “The Office” Wrap Party. The event kicks off with Blogger’s Breakfast and ends at PNC Field with the Final Farewell.
Annual aging conference promotes improved lifestyle for elders christina Scully Editor-in-Chief It began two years ago as a vision, but after much planning, dedication and hard work, it has been transformed into a reality that has the potential to change lives. The University and The Commonwealth Medical
College will be hosting the 2013 Northeastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference on Aging in the DeNaples Center from 7:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Thursday. The annual conference is the product of a collaborative effort between Brian Conniff, Ph.D., the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Herbert Hauser,
Ph.D., a senior research scientist. The conference is aimed at elders, families, physicians, practitioners and providers to work toward an integrated approach to aging in a healthy manner. Highlights of the conference include a variety of sessions that attendees may go to including prenote
remarks from Pennsylvania State Senator John Blake, and keynote speaker Linda Fried, M.D., MPH, the dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. This is the third Conference on Aging that will be held at The University. The conference began with a group of faculty members
doing research on technology designed to help elders live in their homes. The common interests to create better situations for elders brought the project together. The Conference on Aging is a forum for faculty, students, physicians, and physician assistants, nurses, social workers, counsel-
ors, occupational therapists and physical therapists and gives them the opportunity to meet, discuss and listen to a variety of lectures that will help educate those in attendance and facilitate collaboration in an interdisciplinary manner.
tion designated to vegetarians as they do for gluten intolerant students. University sophomore, Nicole Petitto, says she has a much easier time finding a variety of food to accommodate her vegetarian diet. “At home I eat very well because I can make whatever I want, but here I am mostly limited to pasta or salad,” Petitto said. Petittio mainly sticks to a typical vegetarian diet, but she occasionally eats fish, too. “A good meal that includes fish in DeNaples is my happy day,” Petitto said. Petitto’s favorite campus meals include pirogues and calamari. As far as eating on campus she recommends the hummus wrap at the Mulberry St. Pod. She said if she could enhance Dining Services, tofu would always be an option to supplement meat. As it turns out, that solution, along with many
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in heart rate and blood pressure. “It stimulates our sympathetic nervous system and, over time, those stress hormones can take their toll,” Grossman said. Grossman emphasized the importance of finding a way to balance the release of these hormones and to de-stress. So how does the average student at The University relax? When asked, 40 percent of the students said they listen to or play music when they are stressed out, 37 percent said they do some athletic activity such as working out or playing sports, 13 percent said they napped and 10 percent found some other means of relaxation. The majority of students found music to be the best way to relax. Grossman explained that there is an element of music, particularly the type of music people listen to, that does have a physiological effect on them. She used the example of a spa that plays calm music
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Fresh Food Company offers vegetarians options University students battle stress
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CHEESE PIZZA is a choice option for vegetarians at the Fresh Food Company. University vegetarians have conflicting opinions on the third-floor options.
Corrine DiGiovine Staff Writer The University may have a highly accredited cafeteria, but it may evidently only be appealing to the masses. Vegetarians only make
up a small percentage of the student body, therefore, their food selection is limited. University sophomore Megan Cody says being vegetarian is much easier at home because she has a larger variety of food. Cody says she has a
hard time finding a good meal on campus, but she does really enjoy some of the options. Her favorite meal on campus is the Curry noodles with tofu. “The spicier the better!” Cody said. Cody wishes that DeNaples would have a sta-
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For the average University student, stress is a fact of life. Between exams, midterms, homework and personal issues, stress is inevitable. In speaking with 30 students, 44 percent said they were “very stressed,” 44 percent said they were “moderately stressed” and 12 percent said they were “not stressed at all.” Therefore, 88 percent of the students who participated in the poll were experiencing some level of stress. Well, what is stress? Joan Cebrick-Grossman, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the exercise science department at the University, said that stress occurs when the body releases several hormones. “When we are stressed, hormones end up getting released from different parts of the endocrine system, particularly our adrenals,” Grossman said. Grossman explained that this release of hormones leads to an increase
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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
EDITORIAL Administrative Staff
To the campus community: It finally happened. The sun has finally arrived to Scranton. Put away are the Uggs and North Faces, replaced by pastel shorts, boat shoes and sandals. Spring, my friends, has sprung. As University students, we have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the nice weather. From Frisbee on the Dionne Green to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders games at PNC Stadium, opportunities abound. We would like to take this opportunity to recommend certain events that will certainly serve as great alternatives to letting a day go to waste. Immediately on the horizon, the Student Government will host Street Sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. This is a great chance for University students, staff and faculty to give back to the city. It is important to remember that The University community is a part of a larger community, and a great way to recognize this is to participate in this fun and generous activity. Opportunities for service within the community are always available through the Center of Service and Social Justice. Beyond the community, The University will also host Relay for Life April 19, a 12-hour walkathon whose proceeds benefit cancer research. There will be raffles and other activities for entertainment. The week following Relay will be a busy week at Scranton. During lunch on Tuesday, April 23, the Dionne Green will be swarmed by furry friends. That’s right, folks, Pet Therapy! It’s one of everyone’s favorite days of the semester. From Chihuahuas to St. Bernards, there are always a variety of breeds for any dog-lover to play with. The ISP Ball Roll is Wednesday, April 24; Take Back the Night is Thursday, April 25. Other events to look out for include “Les Miserables” to be shown in the GLM Patio (5/2) and Spring Fest (5/4). Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, Christina & Tim
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C AMPUS E VENTS : A PR . 11 - A PR .20 Thursday - Apr. 11 +Morning Mass Campion hall 7:55 a.m. +IEEE Lecture Series Loyola Science Center 11:45 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. +Criminal Justice Career Fair John Long Center, Lobby 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. +”You Don’t Have to be Jewish” Brennan hall, Pearn Auditorium 228 7:30 p.m. +Liva Arts: “The Wedding Singer” Leahy hall 8 p.m. +USPB Movie- The Hobbit DeNaples Center, 4th ﬂoor 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. +Penmen, Artists and Educators Exhibit Weinburg Memorial Library, heritage Room, 5th ﬂoor All Day
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+Morning Mass Campion hall 7:55 a.m. +Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminar Brennan hall, Rose Room 509 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. +Mass Chapel of the Sacred heart 12:05 p.m. & 4:40 p.m. +Penmen, Artists and Educators Exhibit Weinberg Memorial Library, heritage Room, 5th ﬂoor All Day +Liva Arts: “The Wedding Singer” Leahy hall 8 p.m.
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Saturday - Apr. 13 +Mass Chapel of the Sacred heart 12:05 p.m. +Penmen, Artists and Educators Exhibit Weinburg Memorial Library, heritage Room, 5th ﬂoor All Day +Liva Arts: “The Wedding Singer” Leahy hall 8 p.m.
Sunday - Apr. 14 +Mass Madonna della Strada Chapel 11 a.m., 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. +Penmen, Artists and Educators Exhibit Weinberg Memorial Library, heritage Room, 5th ﬂoor All Day +Liva Arts: “The Wedding Singer” Leahy hall 2 p.m.
+Morning Mass Campion hall 7:55 a.m. +Mass Chapel of the Sacred heart 12:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m. +Grad Finale 2013! The Denaples Center, Mcllhenny Ballroom, 407 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. +CAC: Cuts for Cancer The Denaples Center, 2nd Floor 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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+Morning Mass Campion hall 7:55 a.m. +Grad Finale 2013! The DeNaples Center, Mcllhenny Ballroom, Room 407 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. +Mass Chapel of the Sacred heart 12 p.m., 4:40 p.m. +Debate Society Meeting St. Thomas hall, Room 208 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. +USPB Movie: “Won’t Back Down” The DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater, Room 401 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Wednesday - Mar. 20 +Morning Mass Campion hall 7:55 a.m. +Mass Chapel of the Sacred heart 12:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m.
CORRECTIONS In Issue 13 Volume 86, The Aquinas staff would like to apologize for the following mistakes: The article “Obama plans to unjustly seize third term” by James Gillespie was mislabeled in the Forum section. The article should have been labeled as a satirical piece. In the Arts & Life section, the article “Top 10 Anticipated Movies of 2013” was not credited appropriately. It was written by Brianna Kelley. The photos on page 5 were incorrectly credited. Shawn Kenney took all of the photos. The photo in the Business section for the article “KSOM integrates top-tier Bloomberg financial software” was taken by Joseph Bruzzesi, not Shawn Kenney.
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People Profile: Rose Sriefsky LAURA FAy Staff Writer Rose Striefsky hated her first job because she had to tell patients they could not watch TV. “I used to collect money from patients at the hospital so that they could watch the television … It was terrible, because the poor things were sick, and if they didn’t have any money I had to turn the television off on them. Back in the day, we actually had keys that would turn off the TV if you didn’t have money for it,” the Jermyn resident said. Striefsky is an outgoing woman who cares deeply about her family and the other people in her life. She also loves television. “I watch tons of television, probably too many shows. I love drama shows like “Chicago Fire” and “Nashville” and some of the reality shows, like “The Voice” and things like that. “X-Factor” is probably my favorite one,” she said. The mother of three and an administrative assistant in the development office at The University, Striefsky also enjoys simple pleasures, such as going out to eat and spending time with family. Her friends describe her as sensitive, caring and funny, she said. A Jermyn native who attended Sacred Heart
Position: Administrative Assistant to Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations Family: Married for 20 years to Michael; 3 children: Sarah, Michael and Mark Favorite Musical Artist: Bon Jovi and Rihanna Favorite Girl Scout Cookie: Shortbread Favorite Word: Peace
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ROSE STRIEFSKY sits behind her desk in her O’Hara Hall office. Striefsky is the administrative assistant to the director of stewarship and donor relations.
High School in Carbondale, Striefsky has a friendly demeanor that makes conversation easy. Striefsky stayed in the area and worked for several years at Marion Community Hospital in Carbondale.
She applied for a job at The University when the hospital started having financial problems. She is in her fifth year at The University. “I love it,” she said about her current job. Her favorite part is con-
necting with students and the joy that her students help her feel, she said of The University. Family is the center of Striefsky’s life, and her infectious smile brightens when she talks about her husband and three children. The proudest moment of her life was watching her oldest daughter graduate from college. Striefsky’s daughter, Sarah, is a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. Her son Michael is a student at Penn College, and her son Mark attends Lakeland High School. Striefsky’s favorite memory is a family trip to Disney World with her children and parents, and she is looking forward to a special holiday trip with her family this year. “This Christmas, my whole family is planning on going on a cruise for Christmas, so that’s something that we’re really hoping we can pull together with everybody,” she said.
Eating at restaurants and going to the movies are favorite date night choices for Striefsky and her husband. Her favorite restaurant is Ruth’s Chris Steak House. An ideal weekend is one when she can focus on the important people in her life and escape from schedules and chores. “I love a weekend where you know you don’t have anywhere specific you have to be at a specific time—where it’s just family and friends and maybe just getting together with people. And no cleaning, no cooking. Just enjoying the break,” she said. What Striefsky wants most of all, though, is tranquility. “My favorite word, and any time one of my kids will say ‘What do you want for Mother’s Day?’ or ‘What do you want for your birthday?’ I always say all I want is peace. And someday I’m going to get brave enough to get ‘peace’ tattooed on me somewhere. Maybe.”
People Proﬁle: Donald McCall Favorite football team: Philadelphia Eagles Favorite author: George Martin, “Game of Thrones” series Favorite food: Bacon Unique Fact: Doesn’t drink His Birthday: Christmas
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DONALD MCCALL works in the Technology Support Center as an analyst. McCall said he found his job through his love for video games and a job at Radio Shack.
KELSEy RoMANELLI Staff Writer Donald McCall has a contagious laugh. It pairs well with his self-proclaimed sarcastic sense of humor. Falling in line with that humor The University’s information resources Technology Support Center (TSC) analyst
never had plans to work in the technology field. Far from the typical computer science or other technology-related majors, McCall actually planned to be a minister, majoring in pastoral ministries and attending graduate school for seminary. When asked, he will tell you that he ended up here “backward.” Aside from fielding
questions when someone calls The University’s TSC, answering emails, being in charge of the TSC’s work study staff, and finding solutions to everyday technology glitches, McCall is a video and board gamer, comic book reader, fantasy fiction follower, sports fan, friend, son, and most important to him, a father. McCall grew up in Levittown, a small bedroom community outside of Philadelphia. “It was a good place to grow up. It’s very much like Philly spilled out onto it now, so when I go back it feels kind of alien, but it was actually more like Scranton is now when I was growing up,” McCall said. He now lives in Dalton, settling down in this area after attending nearby Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit. He finds the differences between the Scranton area and the Philadelphia area humorous. “I did laugh the first few times I watched the news in Scranton; because the news in Philly is ‘this many people died, this many shoot outs, this many arrests’ and then you come up here and they’re interviewing some guy about his really large pumpkin,” McCall said.
McCall didn’t expect to have his current job, which he essentially found through a love of video games and a job at Radio Shack. He planned to go into the “family business.” His father was a minister for 26 years. His father teaches homiletics at Baptist Bible College and does intro-pastoral work. His sister is married to a pastor. “I determined that I didn’t want to do the family business after years of studying to be one and made my own path,” McCall said. Even with a life rooted in technology, his smartphone placed on the table next to him and his workplace full of computers right outside the door, McCall doesn’t like every new tech toy. He is not a fan of the popular e-readers. “There a book series that I like, and I bought the first one in paperback and I loved it, and then the next one came out and I bought it on my iPad, and I was strangely dissatisfied with it. So then I went out and bought the hardcover version, and I love it. I felt like I didn’t accomplish anything because I wasn’t turning pages. It’s not visceral,” McCall said. In his free time, McCall enjoys a variety of activities ranging from comic
book reading to jiu jitsu martial arts to watching sports. “Pretty much if it’s a nerd thing to do, I like it,” McCall said. His most important job and pastime is being a father to his son, the talented musician and junior video gamer whom McCall notes as his greatest accomplishment. “The thing I’m most proud of is my son. I was so afraid he would turn out like me,” McCall said with a laugh. “But he got a lot of the good stuff from me and a lot of the great stuff from his mom. He’s just such a great kid, and I think he’s going to be something special.” McCall does not feel he can consider his job a success, but feels more lucky than proud to have ended up with it. “Most of the things people are proud of are the successes in their jobs and things like that, but I ended up here kind of backward, so I can’t really say that I succeeded on the career path I set out for – not that I’m unhappy with it,” McCall said. For the future, McCall would be happy with almost exactly how things are in his life right now. “I like the area, it’s a good place to raise my son. All of my family has migrated up here from the Levittown area. I like my job at The U. If I can, I don’t want to work anywhere else. For the most part I want to maintain what I’ve got, which is more than a lot of people can say right now,” McCall said.
‘OFFICE’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE Greg Daniels, bloopers from the past nine seasons and maybe even a sneak peak at the season finale. Tickets for the Farewell Celebration start at $7 for general admissions. Tickets for these events will go on sale Apr. 15 and an official list of cast member attendees will be announced 5 p.m. Thursday. People can also enter “The Office’s” Biggest Flan Contest. Participants should make a video explaining why they are “The Office’s Biggest Flan.” The best video would win a VIP package to the event. This package includes 2 VIP weekend passes to “The Office” Wrap Party, which include special seating for the parade and street festival, transportation to and from the PNC Field and special seats for the Farewell Celebration. The VIP package also includes two nights at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel and $500 for travel costs. More information on the contest can be found on the event’s official website www.theofficeconvention.com. The season finale of “The Office” will air May 16 on NBC.
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others, already exists; they are just not widely known among the student body. Executive chef James Brogan says it is challenging to give a wide variety every day because the entrees are based on what appeals to the majority and very few University students follow a vegetarian diet. He said most of the recipes come from a database and they need to appeal to the masses. DeNaples’ cafeteria, however, may not be as difficult of a challenge to find a substantial vegetarian meal. Fresh Food Director of Operations Joseph Boyd tries to accommodate the students as sufficiently and conveniently as he can. Boyd say s the Fresh Food Company is trying especially hard to offer more vegetarian options during the season of Lent. “The most efficient way for us to accommodate you is communication,” Boyd said, “If you’re not satisfied with the selection on a given night tell me and I will get you something.” The Fresh Food Company works its hardest to satisfy all University students. It encourages students who follow a specific diet to offer feedback.
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UNIVERSITY JUNIORS Donald Castellucci and Christian Burne are the Student Government president and vice-president for the 2013-2014 school year. The students won the position in Wednesday’s Student Government election.
‘CoNFERENCE’ CoNTINUED FRoM PAGE oNE Continuing education credits are also available for attending the conference. This conference will bring together seven colleges and universities in the area, utilizing the different resources that each institution can offer. The colleges and universities partaking in the conference include The University, TCMC, Johnson College, Keystone College, Lackawanna College, Marywood University and Penn State Worthington. Conniff said the reason that Northeastern Pennsylvania provides such a good base for this type of conference is because Scranton has one of the oldest populations in the country. He said it is an opportunity to have an older demographic. “In some ways, we have a bad system for managing health care,” Conniff said. “We wait until something is bad and then we fix it. The conference focuses on early indicators that can help prepare for the problem before it becomes critical.” It is precisely this fact that has inspired Hauser to put time into developing products with other researchers and students that can be used by elders in their own homes. Hauser said there are
37 million people in the United States who are more than 65 years old. By 2030, that number of people will be close to 85 million. This shift of age will be the largest that the U.S. has ever experienced, and the change in the population demographic is a result of the baby boomer generation. The products Hauser and others have been working on aim at helping elders live at home and providing them with the opportunity to age there, rather than aging somewhere else, like an assisted living facility or a nursing home. Hauser agrees with Conniff in regards to why helping the elderly population is so important. “The key to all of this is not to wait until a medical catastrophe, but to predict a medical catastrophe before it happens,” Hauser said. Hauser said that there are four devices that are currently being developed to help the aging population. The devices work to monitor patterns of behavior that elder people have and if these patterns change or are altered in any way. “First we have to figure out normal behavior for elders,” Hauser said. “Then we need technology that
doesn’t require any input from them, which must be autonomous and unobtrusive systems.” The collaborators on the devices are from the departments of physics, chemistry, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and computer sciences. There are collaborations between the developers and outside resources such as the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, the Brain Institute at the University of California and Ball State University in Indiana. The first of the devices being created focuses on the walking patterns of elders, which can be inserted into any type of shoe. It powers itself and reports data to see if things are normal, stable or if there is anything wrong. The device will be able to detect when the elder is walking into his or her home, which indicates that the walk is over. An electronic nose is also being developed. Hauser said it has its pedigree in the International Space Station. The nose records ambient odors in a house with movement and smell detectors. “Taking it to the next level, it can be tuned to detect specific odors in the
air, especially a compound called ketones,” Hauser said. “Ketones smell like acetone and diabetics exhale this through their breath. If the nose picks up a high level of ketones, it will sound an alarm to wake you up and notify your medical professional.” Another product in the process of development is a pill dispenser for elders. The capsule is comparable to a K-cup for Keurig coffee makers, and it will hold one week’s worth of medication. The device will subtly measure behavior parameters, can indicate if an elder has neglected to take his or her pills and works to maintain the well-being and health of elders. Hauser said this project is happening largely in part because of Margarete Zalon, Ph.D. of the nursing department at The University. The last project currently being developed is what Hauser called a smart sheet. It is a product that essentially measures sleep activity, body temperature, respiration rates and body weight. It can even be utilized to predict health conditions such as congestive heart failure, which can cause a person to gain five pounds overnight. With the
to create a soothing environment. Exercise is another way in which students said they relax. Grossman said that exercise is an effective way to try to balance the release of stress hormones. Grossman said that although exercise releases stress hormones too, the response that people experience after exercise is different. She said that nervousness and anxiety
are negative stresses. “Exercise is a good stress,” Grossman said. “Exercise creates a healthy amount of stress.” Grossman explained that after exercise, blood vessels dilate and blood pressure drops. After the exercise, the body can recover and regroup. “It’s almost as though psychologically we’re in a much better place to handle what-
ever sort of anxieties the day brings us,” Grossman said. She emphasized the need to find ways to de-stress, especially during stressful times. Grossman said that during weeks in which students have exams, stress levels are clearly high. However, she said that this is when students need to determine what relaxes them and manage their time so that they can de-stress. “Students should plan
ahead and make time to destress,” Grossman said. Grossman observed that when students are busy, they tend to put off working out. She explained that this is exactly what students should not do. “There is always a level of stress,” Grossman said. “It’s a matter of channeling that stress in a way that’s going to create a positive component for your life.”
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smart sheet, this can be detected right away. Hauser and those working on these products believe in keeping costs realistic, but also esteem the products for the fact that those who use them do not have to do anything. The products do all of the work. With the research aspect incorporated into the conference, Hauser admires the pure, raw energy and innovation that conference attendees have the opportunity to discuss and learn about. “It’s about inspiration, innovation and achievement,” Hauser said. “We want to bring together the vast resources in NEPA.” Professor John Strain of the communication department has also taken part in the conference as a member of the executive planning committee. He hopes that student involvement and committed resources will result in having a meaningful impact on elders and peoples’ lives, especially in the NEPA area. Strain said that Scranton is a “silver valley,” a description which he hopes will help to put the process of aging into a new perspective for many people. “Age here, but age
well,” Strain said. “Act as individuals and as a community to provide the necessary resources so that NEPA can act as an example of the way resources can be pulled together to transform a community.” Strain said the conference is evolutionary. While it is somewhat of a think tank, it is primarily focused on specific fields. “It is something you will see more of,” Strain said. “It brings together everybody in one place. Brining talented individuals all working toward a common goal is the start of a great thing.” Conniff, Hauser and Strain all agree that the Annual Conference on Aging additionally highlights the qualities of fulfilling the Jesuit mission and identity that are taught at The University. “Our culture teaches us to live a limited life,” Conniff said. “Colleges or universities can enforce that. You are surrounded by people your own age, but you cannot forget in this process that there are people in the world of all ages. We need to have that full view of human life. This is the world we are educating you for.”
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The Scranton Players perform “Museum” The Scranton Players are busy rehearsing for their upcoming show, “Museum,” which will be held April 26-28 and May 3-5. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 8 p.m., while Sunday showtimes are 2 p.m. “Museum” was written by Tina howe and is being directed by A. Bryan humphrey. According to The Scranton Players’ website, the play follows the movements and yearning of a variety of people including art lovers, skeptics, foreigners, students, lost souls, fellow artists and museum guards.
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CILLIAN BYRNE and Nicole Cobles rehearse for “Museum” with other members of The Scranton Players. The show is at the end of this month.
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CATHERINE FISCHER reads lines at rehearsal. As a graduating senior, she will be performing for the last time with The Scranton Players.
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A. BRYAN Humphrey walks Jim Shygelski and Cathreine Fischer through a scene for “Museum.” Rehearsals are in full swing with the show a few weeks away.
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PROVIDING THE cast with stage direction, A. Bryan Humphrey goes over what the cast should expect in a specific scene. Humphrey is very enthusiastic about directing the show.
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JAMES PENNINGTON and Jeremiah Mullen act out one of the scenes from “Museum.” The two actors are looking forward to performing this play for The University community.
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Politicians react to DOMA, gay marriage ERIN MCCoRMICK Staff Writer When the controversial Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed in 1996, a Gallup poll found that only 27 percent of Americans supported gay marriage. Then when Gallup conducted the same poll in 2010, it found that 44 percent of Americans felt that gay marriage should be legalized. Most recent polling by Gallup in late 2012 has found that 53 percent of citizens of the United States believe that two members of the same sex are deserving of the same rights associated with marriage that one man and one woman have. Washington has been seeing a shift on both sides of the aisle in recent months toward marriage equality at even higher rates than the American public. Only three Democrats remain in the Senate who haven’t come out in support of marriage equality. Even two Republican senators, Sen. Mark Kirk from Illinois and Sen. Rob Portman from Ohio, have begun what will hopefully become a trend by throwing their support behind the gay marriage issue. Portman especially made national news with his ideological switch, iden-
tifying his son’s coming out as the specific event that made him change his mind on the issue. Many of these Democratic senators have just begun vocally supporting the issue in the past few weeks, including Pennsylvania’s own Sen. Bob Casey. National figures such as Hilary Clinton have also voiced their opinion that they believe denying gays the right to marry is a form of discrimination. Such a shift should mean that nationwide marriage for gays and lesbians is inevitable, right? Well, some people do not think it is so, because DOMA and the equally discriminatory Proposition 8 out of California are currently being debated in the United States Supreme Court. Several different cases have come to the Supreme Court challenging DOMA, but the one that was argued on March 27 was the case of U.S. v. Windsor. This case brought forth the issue of whether or not DOMA violates the Equal Protection Clause that is contained in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. DOMA defines marriage as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” Similar to the cases against DOMA is Califor-
nia’s Proposition 8. This measure is similar to DOMA, except the challenges against Prop 8 say that the Equal Protection Clause legally prevent states from defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. In 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled samesex marriage legal, only to have that measure overturned by a ballot later in the year in which 52 percent of citizens voted to enforce Prop 8, overturning the Court’s decision to allow gay marriage in the state. Many of the supporters of these two pieces of legislation are asking why it is even necessary to legalize same-sex marriage when same-sex couples can just have civil unions. But marriage goes far beyond just a word or a title. There are countless legal rights associated solely with marriage that samesex couples (outside of the nine states that recognize gay marriage) cannot experience. Couples who are in civil unions but not married do not receive their deceased spouses’ Social Security benefits, federal employee benefits, the right to file joint tax returns, federal exemption from the inheritance tax, veteran’s spousal benefits or immigration benefits associated with marriage,
along with a whole slew of other restrictions. The dwindling percentage of the population that still opposes gay marriage is still trying to convince the American public that allowing gays and lesbians to marry will infringe upon the “sanctity of marriage,” despite the nation’s divorce rate teetering consistently around 50 percent. Others claim that it goes against the traditions that humans have followed for thousands of years, ignoring the evidence that marriages between members of the same sex have been around for millennia, reaching back to ancient Indian royalty and 13 of the first 14 ancient Roman emperors. Still others say that if gay couples can marry and adopt children, then these children will be denied the “family structure” of having both a mother and a father. This, however, is completely irrelevant, as children having two heterosexual parents are just as likely to experience problems in their upbringing as one of homosexual parents or a single parent. But perhaps the richest argument is the one that argues that the Bible condemns homosexuality. This issue is argued despite the fact that it pops up in the Bible in places
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REPUBLICAN SEN. Rob Portman of Ohio reversed his opinion on gay marriage. His son came out to him, which he cites as the reason for such a change.
that are historically recognized only as ancient law codes, is never mentioned by Jesus, and is only contained among other arcane rules like not eating shellfish and not cutting hair. But I guess we just decided those don’t count. And not to mention the whole “separation of church and state” thing that this nation was founded on still applies. It was argued on March 26-27, so the results from these cases won’t be heard until June. Political pundits have predicted the outcomes to range from
Code of honesty requires disciplined behavior ERIK MEyER & EvAN SIEGEL Forum Correspondents The University of Scranton takes academic honesty very seriously, and it is not something one should test. It is extremely important for every student to be familiar with the Academic Code of Honesty, know its content and know the repercussions if it is violated. There are many negative sanctions which can be imposed on students if it is violated. At this university, there is a two-strike policy put in place to discourage dishonesty. The first violation of the code results in a zero grade given to the student on the assignment submitted. This will be recorded on his or her record for the remainder of the student’s time here at The University. If another violation occurs, more serious repercussions may be imposed including dismissal from The University. When a violation in the code happens, the student should make a sincere attempt to resolve the violation with his or her
professor. If this discussion results in no change and the student is still displeased, he or she will be able to schedule an informal meeting with the professor, the dean of the college and a faculty advocate if the student decides to have one. This meeting can be extremely stressful and is not something any student should want to endure. In this meeting, the student provides his or her side of the story and will be questioned by all attending to ascertain the truth. Once this meeting concludes, the professor of the class and the dean will have a private meeting to discuss the student’s sanctions. These sanctions can range from zeros on assignments to failing the course outright. This process is very indepth and time consuming and has many steps. This process may cause the student extreme stress to the point where he or she will be unable to concentrate on anything else. The student only thinks about the consequences of his or her actions and what it can mean for the student academically. When the sanctions are revealed to the student,
he or she is given an opportunity to write an appeal if he or she feels that the sanctions are unfair. At this time the dean may approve, modify or reverse the decisions regarding the sanctions that have been put in place. The decision of the dean is final in all cases except expulsion. If the student still feels that his or her actions do not merit the sanctions,the student can request a meeting before a hearing board. Once the decision of the hearing board is made, the decision is final and no other appeals are allowed. All of these meetings and hearings can cause depression in the student in some cases. Not only is waiting for the decision extremely stressful, but also meeting with the dean can be even more intimidating. During this meeting the student could feel extremely nervous, feel unsure about why the meeting was called and be anxious about the results. These sanctions will not only stay with the student during the rest of his or her time attending The University, but they can also stay with him or her for much longer. For a student planning to at-
tend some sort of graduate school after his or her time at The University, this can make it extremely difficult to be accepted into the program of his or her choice. There are many different actions that constitute a violation of the Academic Code of Honesty. All students should be familiar with the code. The main violations in this code include duplication of the same work, plagiarism and collusion. All of these should be avoided at all costs and should never be a last-case scenario for students. In some cases, the student may not be aware that what he or she is doing is considered wrong. However, even if the student is unaware that his or her actions are wrong, he or she is still accountable. Simply letting a friend use one’s work as a guide can even be considered a violation. Students should not only be familiar with the academic code, but they should also be familiar with the syllabi of their courses. All syllabi presented to the student on the first day of class should be read in depth and the student should understand the course rules and responsi-
bilities. If the student feels like there is a gray area in the syllabus the student should bring this up with their teacher or their professor to ascertain what he or she is doing is acceptable and permitted. In conclusion, when you attend The University and enroll in classes, you are automatically agreeing to abide by the Academic Code of Honesty and everything stated in the syllabus. If you have agreed to these documents, it is extremely important that you become familiar with them. The code should be taken very seriously and is something that should not be tested in any way. The saying “think before you act” should be on every student’s mind before he or she considers violating the code. Plagiarism should never be a last resort because it can cause serious consequences that affect students in very negative ways. You are directly held accountable for any violation that is committed during your time at this institution, and you can be punished for your actions. Students should never act dishonestly in any case, no matter how insignificant the act may seem.
overturning one or both of the measures to passing them back to other courts to somewhere in between. But what is undeniable is that no matter how much conservative politicians or groups try to fight it, the tides are turning at a remarkably fast pace, and those who oppose samesex marriage much longer will find themselves on the wrong side of history. As the old adage goes, the topic of gay marriage (or, as it should be called, “marriage”) being legalized is no longer a matter of “if,” but instead, “when”.
Letter to the Editor: Response to James Gillespie James Gillespie writes in the March 14 edition of The Aquinas of Obama seeking a third and fourth term. There is no evidence of that. In addition, he is certain that Obama is a secret Muslim and a closet Marxist. It would be hard to be both but in fact he is neither. He is not seeking additional terms and he certainly will not bribe the House and Senate to go along this “plot.” Indeed Obama has trouble getting the Republican-run Congress to pass the bills they agree with — for fear that he will score a victory. Speaking of victory — he did gain reelection. Many Republicans are in denial of that fact but most don’t go as far as Mr. Gillespie in inventing a far-fetched fantasy which may just be a function of one Obamahater’s wishful thinking. Whence the rumors? Where are the facts? Sondra Myers Senior Fellow, The University of Scranton
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
Misconception on Contraception Arab satirist arrested vICToRIA GIAMELLA Forum Correspondent
The University is a Catholic and Jesuit college, no question. From the chapels to the crucifixes, the ideologies of St. Ignatius of Loyola and his teachings are present throughout The University. The extremely tolerant campus environment welcomes different religions and diverse views. However, it has come to my attention while living on campus that The University lacks one thing — the availability of contraceptive methods. The Roman Catholic Church disapproves of contraception. The Church believes one should not participate in premarital sex or use contraception once married because husband and wife fornicate only to bear children. Thus, The University does not offer contraception anywhere on campus. I am fully aware, as a Roman Catholic myself, of the Church’s view, but I disagree. According to The New York Times article, “U.S. Catholics in Poll See a Church Out of Touch,” “seven of 10 Catholics polled said the next pope should … allow the use of artificial methods of birth control, [and] nine of 10 said they wanted the next pope to allow the use of condoms to prevent the spread of H.I.V. and other diseases.” The new, modern view of the Catholic Church involves contraception. The consequences of unprotected sex can have devastating effects such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unplanned pregnancy, which Catholics are now recognizing; the Church should recognize
them as well. If the Church sees premarital sex or sex involving contraption as such a grave sin, then why are other “sins” still accessible for students to commit on campus? Students frequently use the bookstore to purchase textbooks, clothing or basic necessities. It also houses a large rack containing different magazines for purchase, including Cosmopolitan. Cosmopolitan, a magazine for women, involves sex — sex positions, erotic novel excerpts, etc. — and contains headlines such as “Your Best Sex Ever” and “30 Naked Things to do to a Man.” These captions could undoubtedly make grown women blush, but the magazines are available for sale to anyone that enters our bookstore. Barely any difference can be detected between the act of sex and the act of reading about sex; yet The University permits the latter. Another hot-list item from the bookstore, the shot glass, advertises The University by displaying the name and/ or the crest with the school colors of the establishment. They come in single or double shots. The assortment may seem like the perfect gift idea, but who actually buys them? From my own experience, I know these items are purchased regularly by students of the institution who are not yet of legal age. Students are not going to use them for mere decoration. Though not necessarily supporting underage drinking, the school still supplies its students with the means to break the law. Yes, The University has mandatory events such as AlcoholEdu and activities that students can attend during weekends, but everyone rec-
ognizes what goes on in the Hill Section — teachers, parents, even the priests. During Sunday morning mass one week, the priest made a joke about how everyone in attendance “survived Parade Day.” This proves everyone knows what commences on Parade Day, and every weekend, here in Scranton. Underage drinking is not only illegal, but also has severe consequences within The University and the federal judicial system for anyone who partakes in it. Despite this fact, alcohol paraphernalia can be sold at the bookstore and bought by any student, regardless of age. The Catholic Church firmly adheres to its “laws” regarding premarital sex, but The University makes it so simple for students to break other “laws” such as gluttony and drinking to excess. Sexual magazines can be bought that practically advertise sex and sexual behavior, but contraception cannot be sold to anyone on campus. I am not saying a sign for free condoms should be displayed in the Campus Ministry office or The University must install condom vending machines on every floor of each dormitory. However, those students who may not be Roman Catholic or choose to participate in premarital sex are strictly limited to off-campus venues for their resources. If students begin engaging in unsafe sex, pregnancy and/ or STIs may become the new norm around campus. Would this be better than simply having the opportunity to buy condoms if desired? The major misconception regarding contraceptive methods on The University’s campus may be putting students at greater risk.
The University’s Office of Student Conduct seeks to “educate students regarding their behavioral responsibilities as members of the University community and to ensure the process used to adjudicate matters of misconduct is consistent and fair-minded,” as noted on its website (www.scranton.edu/studentconduct). Most complaints that are submitted to the Office of Student Conduct lead to an informal hearing known as an educational conference. During this meeting, a conduct officer talks with the student about the alleged incident and affords the student an opportunity to share his or her account of the incident. Often, the conversation turns to a discussion of incongruence between the student’s actions and his or her goals and values. While neither attorneys nor family members are able to participate in the student conduct process, students are permitted to have an advisor from The University community assist and support
them through the student conduct process. In most cases, allegations of student misconduct are resolved at the conclusion of an informal hearing when a conduct officer has to determine whether it is “more likely than not” that a student (or a student’s guest) violated the Student Code of Conduct. In instances when the matter cannot be resolved in a manner agreeable to the complainant, the accused student and the conduct officer, a more formal hearing will be held. All University students are responsible for their actions and the actions of their guests. Accordingly, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with The University’s Student Code of Conduct. To learn more about The University’s standards of conduct and the student conduct process, check out the “Know the Code!” posters around campus and look at the Student Code of Conduct, which is available at www.scranton.edu/studenthandbook.
Code of Conduct fosters safe environment MRS. LAUREN RIvERA Director of Student Conduct & Assessment
The city of Scranton and some members of The University community celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a bit early with Parade Day in March. Many students and guests had fun while making smart and sensible decisions. Nonetheless, the Office of Student Conduct received a large number of reports from Residence Life and law enforcement alleging acts of misconduct on the part of students and their guests. Specifically, these reports alleged that students and/or their guests violated one or more of the 29 standards of conduct set forth in The University’s Student Code of Conduct. The standards of conduct, which prohibit certain actions on the part of students, their guests and student organizations, aid The University in fostering an environment that is conducive to the education and development of students.
ELENA hABERSKy Staff Writer
Egypt has been struggling with political turmoil and unrest since the revolution on Jan. 25, 2011, that has left the nation in a constant state of flux and its people with great anxiety. In order to combat these feelings of hopelessness and uncertainty, many satirists have come out to speak about the current political and economic situations. While many different mediums have sprung up and gained popularity, none has become more popular than a weekly television show called “Al Bernameg,” literally meaning “The Program” in Arabic. A parallel to America’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Al Bernameg” is hosted by Bassem Youssef, who is now known across the world as the Arab Jon Stewart. Youssef, a heart surgeon by profession, started his popular satirical show by gaining prominence through YouTube videos criticizing the newly-elected Egyptian government under the presidency of Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party. His show finally aired on Egyptian television in March 2011, and since then Youssef has gained millions of followers all over the Arab World and has even appeared on an episode of “The Daily Show.” While many Egyptians find Youssef’s comedic humor to be a great escape from their daily issues, his jokes are not taken lightly by some, especially those who are members of the current government. Two weeks ago, Youssef was investigated by Egyptian prosecutors after complaints were filed claiming Youssef was inciting blasphemy both against the government and Islam, the state religion of Egypt. Many took to blogs, newspaper articles, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, rallying in sup-
port of Youssef and questioning the turn the new Egyptian government is taking regarding freedom of speech. Youssef even made light of the situation on his own Twitter feed, claiming he wished the prosecutors would send a cardboard box to take him to his investigation so he would save money on public transportation. He was finally released on bail the same day after being questioned for hours. While many in America had not heard of Youssef, Jon Stewart dedicated an 11-minute segment on his show to Youssef and the problems he was facing in Egypt. Stewart blasted the Egyptian government for allowing this to happen and called out President Morsi on his hypocritical stances regarding freedom of speech towards both politics and religion. His scorching analysis was then re-tweeted by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, causing a firestorm. The Egyptian Presidency Twitter feed then responded: “It’s inappropriate for a diplomatic mission to engage in such negative political propaganda.” The English Twitter feed of the Muslim Brotherhood, Ikwanweb, also joined in the criticism with such tweets as “#FJP: Defaming religion allegation is a serious offense, a violation of Egyptian law, culture & values, and a threat to societal peace” and “#FJP: We strongly condemn @ StateDept statements, which means USG is welcoming & condoning defamation of religion by some in Egyptian media.” Many Egyptians came out criticizing the investigation against Youssef, who they see as an Arab idol. One Egyptian responded to Egypt’s government Twitter feed by saying, “@Ikhwanweb Silencing your critics instead of, y’know, doing your jobs might be a sign that you need to get your priorities straight.” Only time will tell what the future holds for Egypt, but for now, Youssef’s satirical popularity is as strong as ever.
Do the developments in North Korea make you nervous?
“I’m worried at a level of about six. I know they have nukes and I’m a little worried about that, but I’m pretty sure they won’t use it on us.” Ezekiel Jiles Class of 2016
“I don’t think they are going to pose a serious threat. I think their neighbors in the south should worry more.”
Christine Talenti Class of 2015
“Realistically no, if I am looking at it as a polictical science major. But, if I look at it as a layman, I’m a worrywart so yes.”
Cassie Anderson Class of 2014
“Yes, but it’s not something I think about on a daily basis. ”
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GRAFFITI ADORNS the side of a building in Cairo. A representation of a “war-fear-peace” gauge flanks a portrait of the beloved satirist.
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‘Mad Men’ premiere evokes mixed feelings CoRRINE DIGIovINE Staff Writer After almost a year of anticipation, AMC’s “Mad Men” has finally premiered its sixth season. Just a brief recap of last season -- Don reluctantly helped Megan pursue her acting career Roger left Jane and found a new love for LSD, Joan compromised her pride for a prestigious account, Lane hanged himself and the season concluded with this simple cliffhanger: Will Don cheat on Megan? At last, our question has been answered. This episode only got a C+ rating from the audience. It was rather anticlimatic. The thing with “Mad Men,” however, is that even if the episode seems anti-climactic, it still has so much interesting symbolism and subtle nuances that viewers may not pick up the first time around. This episode had some very slow and dry, but powerful scenes. Many parts of this episode contained subtle symbols representing death, mourning, etc. One such symbol is the title: “The Doorway.” Doorways serve as passageways- from one realm into the next. This title can
represent life to death, the new year or a new year’s resolution. The titles in and of themselves always provide food for thought. In the beginning of the episode, the camera is focused on Don’s copy of “Dante’s Inferno.” This first part of Dante’s classic “Divine Comedy” tells Dante’s journey the nine rings of Hell (limbo, lust, gluttony, anger, heresy, violence, greed, fraud and treachery). Perhaps each character represents one ring of hell or, perhaps, it may propose the question of which ring Don belongs in. (Ok, lust is probably the obvious answer to that one). Perhaps as the season unravels we will see characters fall parallel to the nine circles of hell. Later in the episode, Betty came downstairs with black hair. Sally and Bobby acted in a patronizing way toward her as a result. The black hair was a likely reaction to the man in the apartment criticizing her parenting skills, but it may symbolize mourning that she just is not the person that she used to be- young and beautiful. Her kids’ comments remind us that she does not have the relationship with them that she used to have. Audience members may ask what the big deal
Since the band’s inception, Killswitch Engage has solidified its place atop the metal charts, selling millions of albums and tour tickets. Their melodic choruses, inspirational lyrics, and amazing instrumentation have captivated millions of people. There have been unfortunate trouble in the band in recent years, with legendary singer Howard Jones leaving the band amicabl, but original singer Jesse Leach, who left the band after 2001’s “Alive or Just Breathing,” has returned with 12 years of extra experience under his belt. So how does this new album fare after a solid streak of Killswitch hit records? Not surprisingly, this al-
bum is very good. Leach has a great voice that fits the band well, though Jones certainly had a more operatic one. The lyric writing is very good, as it has always been. Adam Dutkiewicz, a household name among the industry for his musicianship and production prowess, shatters expectations with fantastic riffs and some great solos. In terms of metal, and even just rock music, this album holds up very well. However, it does not stand on its own. “Generic” is a word that strikes trepidation in the heart of every musician, but it describes “Disarm the Descent” very well indeed. This time, it is not a bad thing. Killswitch Engage perform so well that it is easy to overlook how similar it may be to industry standards. The only major tripping point
“The tables outside of DeNaples.”
Kelly Conlan Junior, Highland Mills, N.Y.
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‘MAD MEN’ is back on the air for a new season after being on a year-long hiatus. Its season premiere had intriguing symbolism, but the episode did not impress many viewers.
about Don’s lighter is. For those who don’t remember -- in season one it is revealed that “Dick Witman” earned the name Don Draper when the real Don Draper died. He switched his dog tags and led everyone to believe
that Dick Witman had died. Don hated his life as Dick Witman and does not regret having killed him. Any reminders of Dick Witman arouse negative feelings in Don. The scene where Don asked Jonsie what it was like
to be dead was so ironic because, in a sense, Don, knows what it is like to be dead. “Mad Men” is finally back. Its consistent-asalways writing will make for a very interesting season to unfold.
Album review: ‘Disarm the Descent’ by Killswitch Engage ANDREW hILL Arts & Life Contributor
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
That Remains, Shadows Fall, The Amity Affliction, and the band’s previous Killswitch Engage releases. Jesse Leach’s return does not break any new ground for Killswitch Engage or the rock industry, but it certainly is a great album. The record garners a great score of 8.5 out of 10. If you find yourself looking for some new music to accompany the new weather, do yourself a favor and pick up “Disarm the Descent.” You will not be disappointed. COURTESY OF BLOODY-DISCUSTInG.COM
THE METAL band Killswitch Engage has a new album. ‘Disarm the Descent’ is a satisfying and enjoyable album, despite its lack of originality.
the album encounters is that it begins to sound all too familiar by the sixth or seventh song. This should not stop any rock fan from picking up this album, though, as it is
very good all around. Standout songs include “In Due Time,” “A New Awakening,” “Beyond the Flames” and “Blood Stains.” This album is a must-have for fans of All
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@sam_boc: Everyone from my home town is either a DJ or a model and I’m just sitting here like oh hey empty bag of cheetohs. @poojprobz: Can I sue the creator of candy crush when I fail all my classes this semester? It’s simply their fault I can’t get any work done. @STEVELONG_: Wouldn’t it be great if it were still acceptable to tie our sweaters around our waists @mareschul: The weeks are actually pretty great when you pretend that responsibility doesn’t exist #senioritis @dellybellyy: I wish there was a live stream of the gym so if it’s too crowded you won’t have to waste the energy going over there just to sit on a bench @scullyyyy: I just want to be a mermaid @tweetybear7: The first really nice day on campus is an unspoken of fashion show that everyone knows about @clubniggles: Seriously though, is scranton compliments gonna compliment me anytime soon? #stillwaiting @EmilyNohilly: unpacking, homework, and cleaning...being productive #AprilFools #notdoinganything @OJStrickland: How can I go to class when it’s Easter Tuesday? #CanIGetAnAmen
What are you most excited about with the arrival of spring in Scranton?
“The warm weather and the dance team end-of-theyear show.” Jacquey Tofani Senior, North Wales
“Being able to sit on my porch and hanging out.”
Samantha Zarro Senior, West Orange, N.J.
“The tables on the DeNaples patio. For me it’s when springtime is offical in Scranton.” Lindsey Walsh Senior, Medford, N.J.
“Barbeques with friends, sports on the green and seeing everyone’s smiling faces as I walk down The Commons.”
Tom Hansen Graduate, Hillsborough, N.J.
“Seeing everybody out and about on campus and not being hermits.” Markis Blackwell First Year, Scranton
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
‘Evil Dead’ remake leaves viewers afraid of the dark BRIANNA KELLEy Staff Writer Everyone knows the standard slasher horror movie plot: a bunch of stupid teenagers prone to drinking copious amounts of alcohol go to a deserted location for no discernable reason and begin to get killed off by a villain of questionable origins. “Evil Dead,” on the other hand, features a group of sober young adults who go to an old cabin for a specific purpose and face a villain much scarier than the average mask-wearing killer. A remake of the 1981 cult movie of the same name, “Evil Dead” fills in the plot holes the original movie created while still working the same basic premise. It begins with the re-
“I like playing soccer.”
Peter Alexander Junior, Linden, N.J.
union of David and Mia, misfit siblings who grew apart after the death of their mentally ill mother. They are accompanied by Eric and Olivia, old friends of the siblings, and Natalie, David’s girlfriend. It is extremely rare to find character development in a horror movie, especially one known mostly for gore. While “Evil Dead” takes its time developing the siblings’ broken relationship, it does little to characterize the other three friends. But they do get enough attention to at least have personalities, which is more than can be said for numerous other horror films. The group has met at the siblings’ old family cabin to help Mia overcome her drug addiction. The group discovers a Book of the Dead in the house, and they acci-
dently conjure evil spirits. Olivia is a registered nurse who believes she can give Mia the treatment she needs in an environment more comfortable for her than a hospital. Mia’s deteriorating sanity due to withdrawal gives her friends a legitimate reason to ignore her when she starts seeing strange things in the woods. By far the most epic part of the movie is the ending, which involves rain literally turning into blood as symphonic music plays in the background. Unfortunately, “Evil Dead” does have one plot hole that shines through the rest of the movie: why was the evil book just left out on the table? All the chaos of the movie begins when the easily-found book is read aloud, but the previous owners, who obvi-
“I like when they put the tables out.”
“Just having everyone outside. Everyone seems happier.”
Aileen McGonigle Senior, New High Park, N.Y.
Claire Leinser First Year, Rochester, N.Y.
ously went through horror because of it, just left it out in the open. Furthermore, why would someone write translations of the text? If nothing but ancient markings were on the paper, the characters would not have spent a long time looking at it. Obviously if a book says, “Don’t read this out loud,” someone is going to. The remake gives several nods to the original “Evil Dead” while still maintaining its own originality. It often felt like the cabin wasn’t so much an old summer home as it was an old hardware store, but the movie at least knew when to momentarily break from the gore. There is a decent amount of suspense and it has very few jump scares, but the movie mostly uses disturbing imagery to tell its story. It is something you feel
“That you finally get to wear shorts after a long, long, long winter.” Melanie Tremesani Sophomore, Stratford, C.T.
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‘EVIL DEAD’ stands out from stereotypical horror movies. It keeps themes from the original film, but also offers new thrills for fans.
like you should not be seeing, but you are unable to tear your eyes from the screen.
“Evil Dead” is worth checking out; just be prepared to sleep with the lights on.
“I can finally get a natural ‘tan.’”
“Going to Nay Aug.”
Deborah Tandoh Junior, Wilkes Barre
Ellie Dara First Year, Shelby Township, M.I.
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• Portugal’s premier said he will look for fresh spending cuts to keep the country’s $101 billion bailout program on track after a court decision struck down some of Lisbon’s planned austerity measures. • Many big investors are betting that centralbank action will help keep stocks rolling, shaking off tepid forecasts for corporate earnings. • Credit Suisse is telling German clients it will halt business with them if they do not provide evidence that their accounts comply with tax-reporting rules • Chesapeake Energy has no immediate plans to market its stake in FTS after long telling investors it was looking to cash in the investment. • Alcoa reported a 59 percent rise in profit for the first quarter and said production cutbacks in China are reducing a glut of aluminum. • Xi defended China’s business environment, telling global executives the country has “a level playing field” for foreign companies. • News Corp.’s president said the company would consider converting its Fox network into a pay TV channel as a solution to the Aereo dispute. • The Japanese yen slid to its lowest level since April 2009 as financial markets around the world began to experience the ripple effects from the Bank of Japan’s stimulus measures. Japanese investors are pouring money into European sovereign debt. • The vast majority of borrowers being compensated for mortgage-related abuses will get less than $1,000 apiece as part of a settlement between federal regulators and banks accused of foreclosure-processing mistakes. • A former KPMG partner admitted passing stock tips about clients to a friend in exchange for cash and gifts in a scandal that led KPMG to resign as auditor for two firms. • Blackstone is talking to several technology companies about potentially joining its bid to take computer maker Dell private. • Yahoo and Apple have been discussing how more of Yahoo’s services can play a prominent role on Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
Joseph Bruzzesi Business Editor
PRISM members travel to Ohio for RISE conference DANIEL MASSARI Staff Writer
Several students from The University attended the 13th annual RISE Conference from Thursday to Saturday in Dayton, Ohio. RISE, which stands for Redefining Investment Strategy Education, is the largest and longest-running student investment conference in the world. It was hosted on the beautiful campus of the University of Dayton. Student attendees of the event were from universities around the U.S. and the world. The event featured 2 ½ days of lectures and panel discussions which included some of the brightest people from Wall Street, corporate America, the government and the financial media. The event started off Thursday morning with a bang, featuring not one, but two Federal Reserve Bank presidents. President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Charles L. Evans, Ph.D, and Dennis P. Lockhart, president & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, were asked a series of questions by the crowd and Kathleen Hays, host of “The Hays Advantage” on Bloomberg Radio. These included questions about the recent monetary policy that the Federal Reserve has undertaken since the financial crisis and questions about potential future actions. This was the first time that such esteemed speakers attended the RISE conference, and it was a great opportunity for attendees to learn about the role of the Federal Reserve and its importance. Unfortunately for the crowd, the well-rehearsed Federal Reserve presidents did not give much information on when the Fed may end QE3 or what they will do with their multi-trillion dollar balance sheet full of U.S. Treasury and mortgage-backed securities. The discussion ended with
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SEVERAL STUDENTS from the PRISM group traveled eight hours to Dayton University for the RISE conference. The students learned a lot of valuable information that they plan on integrating at The University.
a pre-recorded video of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that praised the conference and spoke greatly about the future of the financial industry. Next, students attended an economic outlook panel moderated by CNBC senior economics reporter Steve Liesman. The panel included Robert S. Kapito, the president and director of BlackRock; Diane Swonk, the senior managing director and chief economist at Mesirow Financial; and Jerry Webman, the senior investment officer and chief economist at Oppenheimer Funds. Liesman opened discussion by asking the participants how they felt the U.S. economy would perform in 2013 and at what rate GDP would increase. The panelists, who are some of the brightest and most influential in economics, almost unanimously agreed that
GDP would increase between 2.5-3 percent in 2013 and that the U.S. economy would continue its expansion into 2014 and 2015. The group then moved into a discussion of the recent all-time highs of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 indices. The group also agreed that while the markets could see a pullback at these elevated levels, they will undoubtedly finish 2013 at fresh all-time highs. Despite referring to multiple potential major headwinds for the U.S. economy in 2013, the panel upheld a bullish outlook on the U.S. economy and financial markets. The students also attended two more panel discussions Thursday — a markets panel and a future of the industry panel. These panels featured speakers including Barry Knapp, the managing di-
rector and head of U.S. Equity Portfolio Strategy at Barclays; Stephanie Link, the CIO and co-portfolio manager at The Street; Fred Tomczyk, the president and CEO of TD Ameritrade and other guest speakers. Students attended smaller group and panel discussions Friday that included topics like “Capital Markets and Treasury,” “Private Equity,” “Fixed Income Portfolio Management,” “Modern Portfolio Management,” “Sales and Trading Futures 101- Expanding Your Opportunities” and “Forex Trading Simulation.” These sessions were led by professionals in their respective industries and were a great opportunity for students to learn more specifics about the industries and also to network with the individuals. Friday capped off with RISE-APALOOZA, where students and professionals
came together for an enjoyable night that featured a live band and a mechanical bull. Again, students were given an opportunity to speak with professionals and continue networking. The event finished Saturday with students attending two more morning sessions. These sessions focused more on career strategies and how to break into the industry, with topics including “Portfolio Management,” “Careers in M&A,” and “Wealth Management and Private Banking.” The students then journeyed back to The University to share their stories from the event. If you are interested to hear more specifics of the event or the many people that the students met, contact Daniel Massari at daniel.massari@scranton. edu or Joseph Bruzzesi at joseph.bruzzesi@scranton. edu.
Student portfolio managers attend GAME Conference PAUL oRDoNEZ Staff Writer The Third Annual Global Asset Management Education (GAME) Conference, co-sponsored by the NASDAQ OMX, was hosted at the Hilton in Manhattan. The Kania School of Management sent PRISM club members Brian Lopes, Joseph Muoio, William McGuiness and me to one of the largest and most respected student invest-
ment forums in the world. We were able to participate in discussions about important developments, challenges and opportunities facing investment professionals within our global financial markets. Some of the most wellknown professionals in the finance industry gave valuable investment insight and their economic outlook for 2013. Speakers included Guy Adami and Joseph Terranova from CNBC show “Fast Money,” Larry Adam, who is the managing director and chief investment
strategist at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, and Abby Joseph Cohen, who is the president of the Global Markets Institute and senior investment strategist at Goldman Sachs. The first day included 18 keynote speakers who explored the global economy, alternative assets vs. equities, Federal Reserve perspective, corporate governance and global markets. Panelists’ opinions varied on particular investment and economic subjects, but all agreed that the United States has been experienc-
ing steady growth since the financial crisis. Many also agreed that the real estate market is steadily recovering, and that more confident consumers lead to increased spending. The second and third days consisted of breakout sessions, which gave students the opportunity to sit in on smaller-sized lectures, making it much easier to interact and engage with the financial experts. I’m confident that I can speak on behalf of the PRISM members who attended when I say that it
was an experience that sharpened our apprehension of how the many different fields of finance operate. After the conclusion of day two, we were able to meet up with alumnus Michael Dwier who was head of PRISM during the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters, and is now specializing as a valuation analyst at UBS Investment Bank. Overall, the PRISM members thoroughly enjoyed our time at the GAME and hope that we made a positive impression on behalf of The University.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
Bank of Japan begins largest stimulus program in its history DAvID LAFAMAN Business Editor
Greece and other euro zone countries have been at the center of the global economic meltdown for the past few years, but Japan is now showing signs that it is in a precarious position as well. Japan, which has the world’s third-largest economy behind the U.S. and China, has been living on more
borrowed money than any other country in the world. According to NBC, Japan is now at the top of the list of countries that are the deepest in debt. Japan has government debt around $14 trillion and debt as a percentage of GDP around 230 percent, much greater than the 165 percent that Greece has. There are a few factors that have been preventing an economic collapse in Japan. There is a healthy unemployment rate of around 4.6 percent, which is sig-
nificantly better than many other economies. They also continue to pay very little interest on what they borrow. Some analysts think Japan’s situation is different from Greece’s. Jesper Koll, the Japan director of research at JP Morgan, states, “Japan is not Greece as it funds its own debt, whereas in Greece 70 to 75 percent of government bonds were owned by non-Greeks.” Japan has experienced deflationary stagnation for a number of years. Japan an-
nounced April 4 that it will implement a new stimulus program. The Bank of Japan will begin buying government bonds at about 50 trillion yen, or $520 billion per year. This is the largest-ever round of asset purchases in Japan. By the end of 2014, the bank is expecting to double the country’s money supply in an attempt to inflate its currency. Analysts everywhere are not surprised to see Japan enacting stimulus measures in the same way that other central banks have been doing.
News of the stimulus has been met with optimism, which is displayed through the strong growth in Japanese exchanges. The past 15 to 20 years have been difficult for Japanese investors, since prices have been continually going down with exception of government bonds. Most of the country’s local investible funds are already invested in bonds, so new investable funds are needed to buy new bonds. This is a problem, since the population is aging and more peo-
ple are drawing down upon savings instead of creating them. Corporations and households have less money in savings than the government needs to borrow, and Japan needs to increase money from foreign investment, but this is difficult with such low interest rates. The Bank of Japan is currently targeting 2 percent inflation. For investors to make their desired returns up front they want a 4 percent yield, but this rate would consume all tax revenues for interest expenses.
Equity markets trade higher as conﬁdence builds in the U.S JoSEPh BRUZZESI Business Editor
One can say that many people appear to be optimistic about the economy of the United States. To many, the stock markets are a good indicator of investors’ forward-looking feelings on the economy. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 indexes have tested all-time highs as corporations are healthier than in the past. Sentiments from some of the highest members in finance and economics at the recent Redefining Investment Strategy Education, or RISE, conference portray a sense that things are getting better. There seem to be answers to all the economic doubt posed by many intellectuals. Some, like David Stockholm, the former economic advisor to Ronald Regan, are questioning whether a bubble is forming in equity markets as the Federal Reserve injects $85 billion a month into the U.S. economy. The Fed denies such claims. It is not uncommon to be uncomfortable with the current financial experiment, as the Fed has been wrong in the past. In 2005, Alan Greenspan stated, “increasingly complex financial instruments have contributed to the development of a far more flexible, efficient, and hence resilient financial system.” However, it is really quite the contrary; those complex instruments nearly brought the U.S. financial system to complete col-
lapse, costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. What about the debt? A common question being posed today is, “How bad is the debt?” $16 trillion dollars sounds pretty bad to most. With such large debt, will the U.S. face consequences when borrowing money? Will people lose faith in America’s ability to repay its debt? The short answer is no. The debt-to-GDP ratio in the U.S. is above 100 percent. Taking a global look, one can take a look at Japan. Its debt-to-GDP ratio is much worse than that of the U.S., but its borrowing costs are some of the lowest in the world. The
low rates are backed by faith in the Japanese government. There is plenty of faith in the U.S., as the productive capacity of the nation is the largest on earth. The timing of interest rate increases from the Fed is still uncertain. The unemployment issue still exists but raises some questions. Is the Fed’s stimulus fixing the unemployment issue? In order to reach targeted unemployment levels, the U.S. needs to add about 200,000 jobs per month. Last month, the U.S. added 88,000. Since the recession began, unemployment has been concentrated in many ar-
eas such as construction. If the market does as it is supposed to, jobs will naturally shit from the sector where they are no longer needed to the sector where jobs are needed. In a highly specialized world, this transition could take 10 years. An apparent sector where unemployment is high is in that of unskilled workers. A recent call for concern is the number of collegeeducated adults living at home with their parents and working jobs below their qualifications. The Center for College Affordability reports that 48 percent of college graduates are working at jobs that
do not require college degrees. As that number increases, there is increasing competition for jobs of unskilled labor. Economists and other financial minds offered advice to college students at the RISE conference. The traditional government unemployment rate can be misleading, as it is currently shy of 7 percent. A better rate to look at is the U6 unemployment rate, which is currently hovering between 14 and 15 percent. This rate takes into account discouraged workers, or those who gave up looking for a job. In addition, it takes into account workers who used
to work full time and are now working part time. Employment is a major step toward spending recovery, and numbers should be looked at with caution. On a relative basis, the U.S. appears to be prepared for further recovery. Europe has a financial crisis yet to be solved; the Japanese are starting their round of stimulus and the Chinese face a challenge in creating domestic demand. U.S. corporations are cash-rich and poised to look for new investment opportunities and expand capacity, so long as the U.S. government can protect global faith.
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Michelle D’Souza Science & Technology Editor
HTC One stands as formidible competitor against Samsung S4 MIChELLE D’SoUZA Science & Tech Editor The HTC One may be a strong contender against the highly anticipated Samsung S4. Why does the HTC One have
to make it a competitor? The phone has a sleek metal design that is made out of a light and durable material.In some respects the HTC One gives off the feel and look of an iPhone 5. The phone has a
massive screen boasting, 4.7 inches, with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Instead of the regular singular speaker, the HTC One boasts dual speakers. It runs on a quad-core processor and runs on An-
droid’s platform Jelly Bean. One the cool new features the HTC One brings to the table is that it can act as a remote for a television. Even though this feature seems promising, the setup of this
capability is daunting. The phone has no SD expansion slot, so the memory cannot be increased. In addition, the battery cannot be removed and replaced like other Androids. Although the phone is
available for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, it will not be available for Verizon. Even though the HTC One has some minor faults, overall it seems to be a well-made phone that may rival the new Samsung S4.
the U.S. are done with the robot. Da Vinci is often used for hysterectomies too, Wonson said. Makary says there’s no justification for the big growth in robotic surgery, which he attributes to aggressive advertising by the manufacturer and hospitals seeking more patients. He led a study published in 2011 that found 4 in 10 hospitals promoted robotic surgery on their websites, often using wording from the manufacturer. Some of the claims exaggerated the benefits or had misleading, unproven claims, the study said. Stifelman, the Langone surgeon, said it makes sense for hospitals to promote robotic surgery and other new technology, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right option for all patients. “It’s going to be the responsibility of the surgeon ... to make sure the patient knows there are lots of options,” and to discuss the risks and benefits, he said. His hospital expects to do more than 1,200 robotic surgeries this year, versus just 175 in 2008. For a few select procedures that require operating in small, hard-to-reach areas, robotic surgery may offer advantages, Makary said. Those procedures include head and neck cancer surgery and rectal surgery. Some surgeons say the robotic method also has advantages for weightloss surgery on extremely obese patients, whose girth can make handson surgery challenging. “At the console, the operation can be performed effectively and precisely, translating to superior quality,” said Dr. Subhashini Ayloo, a surgeon at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago. Ayloo, who uses the da Vinci robot, last year began a study on the effectiveness of robotic obesity surgery in patients who need a kidney transplant. Some hospitals won’t do transplants on obese patients with kidney failure because of the risks. In the study, robotic stomach-shrinking surgery and kidney transplants are done simultaneously. Patients who get both will be compared with a control group getting only robotic kidney transplants. “We don’t know the results, but so far it’s looking good,” Ayloo said. Aidee Diaz of Chicago was the first patient and was taken aback when
told the dual operation would be done robotically. “At first you would get scared. Everybody says, ‘A robot?’ But in the long run that robot does a lot of miracles,” said Diaz, 36. She has had no complications since her operation last July, has lost 100 pounds and says her new kidney is working well. Lawsuits in cases that didn’t turn out so well often cite inadequate surgeon training with the robot. These include a malpractice case that ended last year with a $7.5 million jury award for the family of Juan Fernandez, a Chicago man who died in 2007 after robotic spleen surgery. The lawsuit claimed Fernandez’s surgeons accidentally punctured part of his intestines, leading to a fatal infection. The surgeons argued that Fernandez had a health condition that caused the intestinal damage, but it was the first robot operation for one of the doctors and using the device was overkill for an ordinarily straightforward surgery, said Fernandez’s attorney, Ted McNabola. McNabola said an expert witness told him it was like “using an 18-wheeler to go the market to get a quart of milk.” Company spokesman Geoff Curtis said Intuitive Surgical has physician-educators and other trainers who teach surgeons how to use the robot. But they don’t train them how to do specific procedures robotically, he said, and it’s up to hospitals and surgeons to decide “if and when a surgeon is ready to perform robotic cases.” A 2010 New England Journal of Medicine essay by a doctor and a health policy analyst said surgeons must do at least 150 procedures to become adept at using the robotic system. But there is no expert consensus on how much training is needed. New Jersey banker Alexis Grattan did a lot of online research before her gallbladder was removed last month at Hackensack University Medical Center. She said the surgeon’s many years of experience with robotic operations was an important factor. She also had heard that the surgeon was among the first to do the robotic operation with just one small incision in the belly button, instead of four cuts in conventional keyhole surgery. “I’m 33, and for the rest of my life I’m going to be looking at those scars,” she said. The operation went smoothly. Grattan was back at work a week later.
Boon of robotic surgery may endanger patient safety LINDSEy TANNER AP Medical Writer The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multiarmed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier. But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it, and the high cost of using the robotic system. There also have been a few disturbing, freak incidents: a robotic hand that wouldn’t let go of tissue grasped during surgery and a robotic arm hitting a patient in the face as she lay on the operating table. Is it time to curb the robot enthusiasm? Some doctors say yes, concerned that the “wow” factor and heavy marketing are behind the boost in use. They argue that there is not enough robust research showing that robotic surgery is at least as good or better than conventional surgeries. Many U.S. hospitals promote robotic surgery in patient brochures, online and even on highway billboards. Their aim is partly to attract business that helps pay for the costly robot. The da Vinci is used for operations that include removing prostates, gallbladders and wombs, repairing heart valves, shrinking stomachs and transplanting organs. Its use has grown worldwide, but the system is most popular in the United States. “We are at the tip of the iceberg. What we thought was impossible 10 years ago is now commonplace,” said Dr. Michael Stifelman, robotic surgery chief at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. For surgeons, who control the robot while sitting at a computer screen, these operations can be less tiring. Plus robot hands don’t shake. Advocates say patients sometimes have less bleeding and often are sent home sooner than with conventional laparoscopic surgeries and operations involving large incisions. But the Food and Drug Administration is looking into a spike in reported problems. Earlier this year, the FDA began surveying surgeons using the robotic system. The agency conducts such surveys of device use routinely, but FDA spokeswoman Syn-
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ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY is used as a safer way to operate on patients. However, robotic surgery may endanger lives instead of saving them. im Rivers said the reason tally nicked a blood vessel. have remained low and in for it now “is the increase — A Chicago man line with historical trends,” company spokesin number of reports re- who died in 2007 af- said ceived” about da Vinci. ter spleen surgery. woman Angela Wonson. But an upcoming reReports filed since — A New York man early last year include whose colon was allegedly search paper suggests that at least five deaths. perforated during prostate problems linked with roWhether there truly are surgery. Da Vinci’s maker botic surgery are undermore problems lately is filed that report after seeing reported. They include uncertain. Rivers said she a newspaper article about cases with “catastrophic couldn’t quantify the in- it and said the doctor’s of- complications,” said Dr. crease and that it may sim- fice declined to provide Martin Makary, a Johns surgeon who ply reflect more awareness additional information. Hopkins among doctors and hospi— A robotic arm that co-authored the paper. “The rapid adoption tals. Doctors aren’t required wouldn’t let go of tissue to report such things; device grasped during colorectal of robotic surgery ... has makers and hospitals are. surgery on Jan. 14. “We had been done by and large It could also reflect to do a total system shut- without the proper evaluMakary said. wider use. Last year there down to get the grasper ation,” The da Vinci system, were 367,000 robot-assisted to open its jaws,” said the surgeries versus 114,000 in report filed by the hos- on the market since 2000, 2008, according to da Vin- pital. The report said the includes a three- or fourci’s maker, Intuitive Surgi- patient was not injured. armed robot that surgeons cal Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif. — A robotic arm hit a operate with hand controls Da Vinci is the com- patient in the face during at a computer system sevpany’s only product, and a hysterectomy. Intuitive eral feet from the patient. They see inside the it’s the only robotic system Surgical filed the report cleared for soft-tissue sur- and said it’s not known if patient’s body through gery by the FDA. Other ro- the patient was injured but a tiny video camera atbotic devices are approved that the surgeon decided tached to one of the long for neurosurgery and ortho- to switch to an open, more robot arms. The other pedics, among other things. invasive operation instead. arms are tipped with A search for the comIntuitive Surgical filed tiny surgical instruments. Robotic operations are pany’s name in an FDA all but one of those reports. medical device database of Complications can oc- similar to conventional reported problems brings cur with any type of sur- laparoscopy, or “keyhole” up 500 events since Jan. 1, gery, and so far it’s unclear surgery, which involves 2012. Many of those came if they are more common small incisions and caminstruments from Intuitive Surgical. in robotic operations. era-tipped The reports include in- That’s part of what the controlled by the surcidents that happened sev- FDA is trying to find out. geon’s hands, not a robot. Almost 1,400 U.S. hoseral years ago and some Intuitive Surgical disare duplicates. There’s also putes there’s been a true pitals — nearly 1 out of no proof any of the prob- increase in problems and 4 — have at least one da lems were caused by the says the rise reflects a Vinci system. Each one robot, and many didn’t change it made last year in costs about $1.45 million, injure patients. Reports the way it reports incidents. plus $100,000 or more a filed this year include: The da Vinci system “has year in service agreements. The most common ro— A woman who died an excellent safety record during a 2012 hysterec- with over 1.5 million surger- botic operations include tomy when the surgeon- ies performed globally, and prostate removal — about controlled robot acciden- total adverse event rates 85 percent of these in
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
Andrew Milewski Faith Editor
Students explore ‘art with heart’ CAILIN PoTAMI Staff Writer The Art and Spirituality Retreat, which will occur at Chapman Lake this weekend, provides a unique way for students to nurture their creativity as well as their personal connection to Christ. It begins at 6 p.m. Friday, and students return to campus at the same time Saturday. Over the course of 24 hours, retreatants will create artwork inspired by faith and Scripture, including mandalas inspired by the creation story, “journey sticks” which are a literal representation of the students’ faith journeys, and clay creations based upon Jeremiah’s comparison between God and a potter as well as a stained glass mosaic illustrating Ignatius’ emphasis on wholeness. The retreat concludes with an exhibit in which students are invited (but never forced) to display their work and answer questions about it. The retreat began about five years ago, when a student named Jaclyn Newns approached Patricia Vaccaro, who works in the Center for Social Justice, and presented the idea of a retreat with a focus on art’s relationship to spiri-
tuality. Vaccaro, who had been an art teacher before working at The University, excitedly explored the idea and formed a tentative program for the excursion. The retreat attracted attention, and since then, The University has held it every other year, based on student interest. It has also stemmed into the “Art with a Heart” program, in which a group meets twice a week to create, and go on to sell their art, donating the proceeds to charity. This year, Newns, who went on to work as a campus minister at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Southampton will return to the retreat with a group of high school students who are interested in it. Vaccaro believes that the Art and Spirituality Retreat’s attention to the importance of a private relationship with God distinguishes it from other community-based retreats. Vaccaro said the retreat has “a whole different mindset. It is very personal. Students are invited to spend private time with their art and with God.” An individual’s creativity and spirituality comprise a very unique, private part of his or her identity; therefore, one
quality nurtures the other. For this reason, the retreat follows a flexible itinerary. The University provides virtually all forms of artistic media, from pastels and watercolors to clay and charcoal, as well as “found art” objects like beads and shells. Students are asked not to question or comment upon each other’s work, because it acts as a form of expression and of therapy. Vaccaro wants students to know that the retreat is open to everyone who seeks a different manner of encountering Christ, not just to students who consider themselves “artists.” The retreat requires no exceptional skill or previous experience, only a desire to express one’s self. “The retreat is not about the product that is made, but the process of creating”, Vaccaro said. Students can take the retreat more than once, and even when they do not gain a momentous new perspective on their faith, they always return with a “sense of accomplishment and peace.” The retreat offers a break in the stressful, structured life of a college student by encouraging and fostering self-expression, according to Vaccaro.
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THE ART and Spirituality began about five years ago, when student Jaclyn Newns approached Patricia Vaccaro and presented the idea of a retreat with a focus on art’s relationship to spirituality.
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Pope launches sainthood case for Argentine priests ALMUDENA CALATRAvA Associated Press When a teenager climbed through a window to investigate, he found five bloodied bodies, facedown on the floor in their living quarters. Police officers had stormed into the San Patricio church after midnight on July 4, 1976 and shot to death three priests and two seminarians — the bloodiest single act of violence against the Roman Catholic Church during Argentina’s brutal dictatorship. Now Catholic officials in Argentina are working to have them declared saints. And the man who promoted their cause as archbishop will have the last word, as Pope Francis. “This parish has been blessed by the presence of those who chose to live not for themselves, but to die so that others may live,” then-Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio said in 2001 during a service marking the 25th anniversary of the killings of the Pallottine churchmen. What became to be known as the San Patricio Massacre is a searing example of the strains within the Argentine church where Bergoglio spent his entire career. In all, 18 priests, 11 seminarians and about 50 Catholic lay
workers would be killed or made to disappear as death squads sought to eliminate left-leaning activists during Argentina’s “dirty war.” Bergoglio himself was accused of not doing enough to protect two of his priests as a young Jesuit leader during the 19761983 dictatorship. But he also saved others inside church properties before ushering them into exile using false identities, at a time when top church officials were publicly aligning themselves with the junta leaders. “The killings were a milestone ... The message that everyone got from the church’s higher levels was: ‘Be afraid because if anyone from any community criticizes this government, all might be targeted.’” said Francisco Chirichella, a layman who is gathering documentation to justify their martyrdom, a key step toward sainthood. The slayings occurred in the capital’s upscale Belgrano neighborhood just three months after military officers seized control of the government and intensified a crackdown on people they suspected of being “subversives.” The army announced that “subversives” killed the priests, despite evidence they were shot in re-
venge for the bombing of a police station that killed 20 federal police officers two days earlier. Privately, the Vatican’s top diplomat in Argentina, Pio Laghi, told U.S. Ambassador Robert Hill that he and the country’s top cardinal had learned that police officers killed the priests, and that that a top junta official had warned him that the government intended to “clean up the Catholic church.” Laghi feared that the murders “may presage a wave of right-wing terror worse than anything we have seen before,” Hill wrote in a secret cable to Washington that July 8. “Embassy is inclined to agree.” But in public, top church officials seemed to bow down before the junta leaders, saying they had full faith in their false claim that violent leftists were responsible. “The government and the armed forces share our grief and, we dare say, our astonishment,” the church statement said. “We pray to the Lord to guide Your Excellencies so you may achieve the honorable and noble responsibilities of your work.” Years later, witnesses emerged naming various suspects as the gunmen, and a military document
surfaced describing the killings as unauthorized but justified. But the case stalled until amnesty laws applied, and no one has ever been prosecuted. At first glance, San Patricio seemed an unlikely target. None of the three priests were members of the far-left Movement of Priests for the Third World. Alfredo Leaden, 57, was regional delegate of the Ireland-based Pallottine order and focused on liturgical issues. Alfredo Dufau, 67, built and directed the San Vicente Pallotti school for children of housekeepers in the Belgrano neighborhood. The most outspoken was probably Alfredo Kelly, 43, who led the parish and had admonished members of his congregation for buying property stolen from political prisoners, calling the thieves “cockroaches.” But the ambassador’s cable, declassified in 2006 and posted by Wikileaks on the Internet this week, says police believed the two seminarians were involved in the Third World priests’ movement, and “hence, they were considered fair game in a wave of vigilante-type executions police have carried out in retaliation” for the bombing. They were philosophy teacher Salvador Barbeito,
29, rector of the San Maron school; and 23-year-old Emilio Barletti, who allowed young members of the Montoneros guerrilla organization to meet inside the parish house and use the mimeograph machine to print anti-dictatorship pamphlets, historian Roberto Baschetti said. All five were Argentine, although Barbeito was born in Spain. “Kelly told me and other colleagues, at a dinner on that July 3 at the parish, that he feared for his life because there was a letter floating around calling him a communist,” said Rodolfo Capalozza, who was then a 20-year-old seminary student, and escaped death because he happened to stay at his parents’ home that night. “We talked a lot about the situation in the country and they all had different opinions; they weren’t killed because of their ideology or politics but because they preached the gospel of life in a time when life was being threatened,” added Capalozza, who now leads the Santa Isabel de Hungria church in Buenos Aires. The slain churchmen were hardly radicals, but “their message of social commitment was amplified,” making them targets, because they preached and
worked in Belgrano, home to many Argentine elites, he said. Sainthood would be “a just response” to the massacre, Capalozza said. The bodies were found face-down on the living room carpet. Two messages were scribbled at the scene. One said: “These lefties died for brainwashing innocent minds and being MSTM,” initials for the Third World priests’ group. Another referred to the July 2 attack on the police: “For our comrades blown up at Federal Security. We will prevail. Long live the Fatherland.” The police response Capalozza said: Nobody in the church would be immune if they spoke out against the country’s rulers or got too involved in social work. Normally, proof of two miracles are required for sainthood. But martyrdom — dying for one’s faith — counts as the first miracle. A Vatican tribunal must eventually rule, and the pope makes the final decision. “I have a lot of hope in this process,” Bocca said, “because now the pope is someone who knows the cause, who lived in this country and who shared the commitment of the church.”
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
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TEACHER OF THE YEAR ATTENTION: GRADUATING SENIORS 2013 University of Scranton Teacher of the Year Award
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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
Goss picks up torrid scoring pace Women’s lacrosse falters JUSTIN DWyER Staff Writer Sophomore Emily Goss is just your average University student, handling schoolwork and making sure she has free time, but Goss also plays a larger role here at Scranton. Goss is one of the key members on the 6-3 University women’s lacrosse team that recently defeated Goucher College 12-6. In that game, the midfielder scored seven goals, tying her career high, which she set earlier this year. The education major finished with 48 points in her first year and already has 40 points through nine games this year. She has already been named University Athlete of the Week and said she attributes her success to her teammates and the hard work they have put in to the team. “We have a really good group of seniors,” Goss said. “We have all come together this season and we are really working hard so far.” After lettering in lacrosse, field hockey and swimming in high school, Goss knew she wanted to play a sport at the collegiate level. “Lacrosse is definitely something I wanted to do in college and I knew I could do it in college,” Goss said.
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SOPHOMORE EMILY Goss advances on offense during a recent game for the Royals. Goss has been on a scoring tear, leading the team with 39 goals and 41 total points on the season.
Goss grew up as a triplet with two brothers that who also play lacrosse as well as football at the collegiate level. Goss said things were always competitive growing up and that made life interesting. “It was fun because they both played lacrosse, too. My one brother still plays lacrosse in college, so I constantly was in the backyard with them,” Goss said. “They helped me with lacrosse and helped me defensively and playing
more physical.” When not playing lacrosse, Goss said she enjoys hanging out with friends and doing volunteer work through her education major. She knew from an early age that she wanted to study special education through her own personal experiences. “I actually have an autistic cousin and I have worked with him since he was little. It’s my passion,” Goss said.
Although busy with her studies and lacrosse activities, Goss missed playing a sport in which she lettered twice in during high school: Field hockey. She decided to tryout for the University’s field hockey team after not playing in her first year and played in eight games for the Royals this past season. Goss is on pace to have an outstanding year for Scranton, but credits her teammates with the success they are having as a team. “We have been working on our transitions and our defense a lot, and our defense has really stepped it up this year. Our back line, Shannon Howe and a lot of the seniors back there have really stepped it up. Even our goalies have stepped it up and played great defense for us, keeping us in the game,” Goss said. Goss wants to get the most out her college experience and it is almost certain that this athlete has a bright future on and off the field for years to come. “I want to do the best I can and leave Scranton knowing more than I did, and I hope it makes me a better person. I hope I learn a lot in the education program and be the best teacher I can be,” Goss said. The lacrosse team plays against Susquehanna University at 1 p.m. Saturday in Selinsgrove.
CARMINE GERRITy-GEMEI Staff Writer The women’s lacrosse team ended a two-game win streak with a 15-9 loss to Ursinus College Tuesday in Collegeville. Ursinus used a 9-2 run to turn an early one-goal deficit into a 15-9 victory over the Royals in non-conference action. The Royals are now 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Before the game, head coach Cindy Wilson said this one would be a good contest for the team. “Ursinus is in the Centennial Conference, which is very strong for lacrosse,” Wilson said. “I think it will be a good matchup.” The Royals opened up a 4-3 lead in the opening 12 minutes of play behind two goals by senior attacker Deanna Giorno and one each from sophomore midfielder Emily Goss and senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera. Goss scored a careerhigh 7 goals Saturday in a win over Landmark Conference opponent Goucher. Ursinus then scored four straight goals to take a 7-4 halftime lead. Ursinus added two more goals to start the second half before Giorno and DePaolera ended the scoring drought for Scranton with goals at the 39- and 44-minute marks, respectively, to cut Ursinus’ lead to 9-6. The Bears end-
ed the game on a 6-3 run to set the final score. Ursinus held a 28-20 advantage in shots, an 18-14 margin in ground balls and a 15-11 edge in ground balls. For Ursinus, senior attacker Lauren Garganio and first-year attacker Brynn Dietzell combined for six goals and four assists. First-year midfielder Devin Brakel and junior midfielder Nicole chipped in two goals apiece as the Bears improved to 4-7. For Scranton, Giorno and DePaolera scored three goals apiece and junior attacker Kerry Sullivan had a goal and an assist. Giorno has moved into seventh place on the Royals’ all-time scoring list with 156 total points. Senior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart was credited with seven saves in the game. When asked how firstyear head coach Wilson feels about The University of Scranton so far, she said she loves the community atmosphere. “It’s really nice to have people from all different departments and all different activities supporting us, and I’ve gotten to meet a lot of different people and that’s been really nice,” Wilson said. The Royals will play 12th-ranked, undefeated Susquehanna University (11-0 overall, 1-0 in conference play) in Landmark Conference action at 1 p.m. Saturday in Selinsgrove.
Tennis teams earn conference wins EMMA BLACK Staff Writer The men’s and women’s tennis teams both came away with victories Tuesday afternoon after they fell to the Cardinals of The Catholic University of America last weekend. The men’s team traveled to Bethlehem Tuesday, where they defeated Moravian 9-0 Tuesday while the women’s team took on the Rangers of Drew University at Royal Courts and came
away with an 8-1 victory. Seniors Tim McGurrin, Joe Morra, Mike Pannone and Bennett Kelley and junior David Teres all had both single and double victories for the men’s team against the Greyhounds of Moravian. McGurrin and Teres won at the number one doubles and Morra and Pannone won at the number two doubles while seniors Bennett Kelley and Devin Patel won at the number three doubles.
The women’s team, played without their first singles player Stephanie Boccuzzi, but still got two victories from senior Lindsay Ward, sophomores Megan Azzalina, Nicole Mahaffey and Lisa-Marie Lanciotti as well as firstyear Emily Walsh. The women also got doubles victories from the team of junior Devon Cohen and Walsh, Azzalina and Mahaffey and Lanciotti and Ward. Azzalina and Mahaffey lead the team in
doubles play with a record of 5-1 Over the weekend the Royals fell 5-4 to Catholic. They received single victories from Teres, Morra and Pannone. The women’s side got singles victories over Catholic from junior Devon Cohen, Azzalina and Walsh in the 6-3 deficit. Both teams will return to action Saturday at 1p.m. at home for a Landmark Conference contest against Susquehanna University.
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JUNIOR SHANNON Ginty attempts to slip by a defending player during a recent game. The Royals’ winning streak ended Tuesday at Ursinus College.
Men’s lacrosse takes tough loss to nationally-ranked opponent CARMINE GERRITy-GEMEI Staff Writer The men’s lacrosse team’s six-game winning streak was snapped when it lost to 15th-ranked Franklin & Marshall College 7-6 in overtime Tuesday in Lancaster. The winning streak was Scranton’s longest since 1999. The Royals are now 7-4 overall and 3-0 in Landmark Conference play. Scranton led 4-3 at halftime before the Diplomats began the third period with three straight goals to take a 6-4 lead. Junior midfielder John Gregitis cut the Diplomats’ lead to 6-5 when he scored with one second remaining in the third period. Firstyear midfielder Alec Mikrut tied the game with an unassisted goal with 14:04 left in the fourth period. The game remained tied
until the end of regulation. The Royals managed to win the opening faceoff in overtime, but the team missed its next two shot attempts. The Diplomats came up with a ground ball and managed to clear the ball. Senior midfielder Jordan Barr scored the game-winning goal with 38 seconds left in the overtime period after he had missed two seconds earlier on a previous shot attempt. Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney led the Royals with two goals and senior attacker Taylor Nelson recorded a goal and an assist. The Royals also received a goal each from Gregitis, junior attacker Gus Sturm and Mikrut. McInerney, one of the team’s captains, said he has seen improvement in the team, but that it can continue to get better. “We know we have a
lot more work to do and there’s a lot more room for growth,” McInerney said. “We need to focus and make sure we’re ready for the next one.” The Diplomats had a 39-28 advantage in shots, but the Royals won 11 of 16 faceoffs, including 7 of 11 by sophomore midfielder Matt Finor. Senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington had 9 saves in the game for the Royals. Franklin & Marshall is the second nationallyranked team the Royals have faced this season. The team lost 8-3 to second-ranked Cortland State University March 6. Head coach Doug Sage believes the team is showing improvement as well, especially on the offensive end. “I think we’re playing more as a unit on offense,” Sage said. “Our guys are starting to really buy into
our offensive concepts and philosophy and that shows when we do it together, and it’s very evident when we don’t do it together.” For their individual efforts, two Scranton players were honored by the Landmark Conference Monday. Mikrut was named the conference’s offensive player of the week. Finor was named the conference’s defensive player of the week. Both players helped the team win a pair of games during the period of April 2 through April 7. The Royals will host Susquehanna University (8-4 overall, 3-1 in conference) in Landmark Conference action Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field. “Every conference game is a battle, so that always ramps up the intensity,” Sage said. “We finished up March pretty strong; now our goal is to have a great April.”
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FIRST YEAR Alec Mikrut pushes up in a recent game for Scranton. The Royals suffered their second close loss to a nationally-ranked team this season.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
IN THIS ISSUE Softball goes 3-1 over weekend Tennis team pick up key wins Proﬁle: Goss remains dominant ALSo INCLUDED Men’s lacrosse battle ranked team Women’s lacrosse drops streak
Baseball cruises by Ramapo Softball wins weekend ANDREW PASSARo Staff Writer Strong pitching has propelled The University’s baseball team to a trio of quality wins. Royals won two games in a three-game series Saturday and Sunday against Landmark Conference rivals Susquehanna University and followed up with an 8-2 victory over ninthranked Ramapo College Tuesday. The Royals took the first two games 3-1 and 6-4 Saturday and fell 10-5 Sunday. The Royals currently sit second in the Landmark Conference and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games. Catholic University currently has the lead in the standings. In the first game, the Royals were led by Senior Bobby Della Polla’s seven strong innings of work. Della Polla allowed only two hits and two runs while recording nine strikeouts in the win. The only run came from a home run surrendered in the second inning. On offense, the Royals took advantage of errors committed by Susquehanna, scoring all three runs in the fourth inning off the
Crusaders’ mistakes. In the second game of the series, the Royals won 6-4. They broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth, where the Royals scored four runs on four hits. Susquehanna also had an error during that inning. Sophomore starter Matt Calamoneri pitched five and one-third innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He struck out three and issued three walks. Sophomore Josh Bayzick came on to pitch in relief. Bayzick pitched an inning and two-thirds, allowed no runs and no hits, he had one strikeout and issued one walk. In the second game big hitters for the Royals were center fielder Michael Gaeta and shortstop Tim LeCompte. The Royals fell to the Crusaders on Sunday 10-5. Scranton had the lead three times throughout the game but could not hang on. The Royals and Crusaders went back and forth throughout the game, but the lead was lost for good in the late stages of the game. Bayzick said the team gave a great effort in all three games against Susquehanna, especially on defense. “We played pretty well this weekend. We faced two very tough pitchers on Saturday. We really battled
ANDREW PASSARo Staff Writer
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JUNIOR EDWARD Ravert catches during Sunday’s game against Susquehanna. Ravert, who is batting .241 on the season, had two hits and an RBI Sunday. The Royals ended up losing the game to the Crusaders 10-5, but Scranton ended up winning the series thanks to a doubleheader sweep Saturday.
all weekend long, we battled well on Saturday and Sunday,” Bayzick said. “I pitched pretty well. I had some good defense behind me. They made some really solid plays behind me that helped out a lot.” Senior starter Matt Marinelli shone in one of his best games of the season in Tuesday’s win over Ramapo. The righty allowed only two runs and two walks in a complete game victory
over the nationally-ranked Roadrunners. Junior Mike Trabulsi led Scranton with his bat, knocking in two runs on two hits as well as scoring a run. Seven other Royals also added a run each in a well-rounded effort at the plate. The Royals are now 1610 on the season. They return to the field in a doubleheader against Moravian College starting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The University’s softball team had a successful weekend, winning three of four games. It split its doubleheader Saturday with Landmark Conference rival, Juniata College. The team swept the doubleheader Sunday with Hunter College. The Royals are currently 7-6 and 3-1 record in conference play. The Royals won the first game against Juniata, 3-2 in overtime. Senior Jamie Shackles drove in the winning run. First year Jamie Hampsey struck out seven and only allowed six hits. She also contributed an RBI to tie the game. In the second game against Juniata, the Royals fell 7-1. Alison Kucharski pitched all six innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits. Shackles batted in sophomore Gabrielle Santarelli to score Scranton’s only run of the game. The Royals bounced back from the loss with a sweep of Hunter College in Sunday’s doubleheader. In the first game, the Royals won 9-4 and out hit Hunter College 11-7. The Royals were led by Santarelli, who
was named Athlete of the Week. Santarelli drove in two runs with a double during a six-run inning for the Royals. Kucharski pitched another complete game. She had five strikeouts and allowed only one earned run, en route to her third victory of the season. In the second game, the Royals rallied back from being down 4-0 to pull out a 6-5 win. Santarelli had a double and came around to score in the fifth. Sophomore Stephanie Romano and first year Maria Gentile led the charge in the sixth. Romano had a single and two RBIs. Gentile added a hit and an RBI during that inning as well. Hampsey pitched all seven innings, allowing five runs on six hits and six walks while recording six strikeouts. Romano said having a balanced effort from the entire team has been key to the team’s recent success. “We played very well and we improved on our communications,” Romano said. “We fought back, too. I played well, but it was more a team effort all around.” The Royals will play Keystone College in doubleheader starting Thursday at 1 p.m.
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MEMBERS OF The University’s baseball team gather at the mound during a recent game. Scranton took down Ramapo College, the ninth-ranked team in the nation, 8-2 Tuesday. The Royals were powered by senior starter Matt Marinelli, who gave up only two runs in a complete game effort. Marinelli has given up only two earned runs in two starts and three appearances this season, spanning 18 innings.
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Published on Apr 11, 2013