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October 21, 2010

The Student Voice of The University of Scranton

University honors GLBTQ victims of suicide By Timothy mccormick News Editor Members of The University campus gathered Monday, Oct. 18, to remember and honor the lives of teens who have taken their lives over the past several weeks because of their sexual orientation or what others perceived as their orientation and to take a stand against the bullying and maltreatment that drove these teens to take their own lives. Students, faculty and staff from The University, as well as students from local colleges and high schools and community members from around the area, attended the candlelight vigil held in the Dionne Green Amphitheater. In fact, so many people gathered that Scranton Inclusion ran out of candles. The event was organized by Scranton Inclusion, The University’s gay-straight alliance (GSA). The event, in addition to being planned to honor recent suicide victims, also coincided with the beginning of Ally Week, a national week to encourage citizens to make an effort to support fellow members of their community

who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ). Jessica Rothchild, a senior from Tinton Falls, N.J. who serves as president of Scranton Inclusion, opened the event. Rothchild is also the Northeastern Pennsylvania regional chair of SNAP, the Student Network Across Pennsylvania. The schools in this region worked together to develop the idea for the vigil. The idea took off and went statewide. Over 20 schools’ GSAs participated in the event, including Penn State – University Park, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh. Most of these schools held the event on Oct. 18. Several, however, held their vigils on Oct. 20 to coincide with Spirit Day or because their fall breaks prevented them from holding it on Monday. Rothchild welcomed the guests. “It is not only a day of remembrance,” she said, “but also a call to action.” Each of the participating schools came up with their own slogan for their respective vigils, which were read off by Rothchild and other members of Scranton Inclusion. Drexel University’s GSA declared “One life lost to hate is too many” as

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JESSICA ROTHCHILD, president of Scranton Inclusion, speaks to the crowd at Monday night’s candlelight vigil.

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MEMBERS OF the campus community gather to honor the lives lost to LGBTQ bullying. Many wear white to represent the night’s theme, “White Out the Hate.”

their slogan. “We are strong; you are loved” was chosen as the University of Pennsylvania’s slogan. After reading these slogans, Rothchild gave statistics on LGBTQ bullying and ways that members of The University community could help make their LGBTQ peers feel more safe and comfortable with themselves while at school. Then, she read the names of students driven to suicide or who suffered because of their sexual orientation. Simultaneously, the attendees lit their candles. Then, a moment of silence honored these victims. Lasting several minutes, the powerful force of the group’s compassion was tangible. Father Malloy, S.J., Vice President of University Ministries, was then introduced and delivered his address with charisma and force. “We contemplate people who took their own lives,” he said, “because they were made to feel so bad by people who never learned

respect.” He went on to discuss the Christian practice of respecting others. “Applaud the differences,” he said. “We must realize we’re all children of a loving God.” After Fr. Malloy, Bob Gasper, a guest artist in the Theater Department, shared his experiences and reactions to the recent media attention towards the LGBTQ teen suicides. “Gay suicides are not a new problem or issue, but finally we’re coming together to have a national concerted discussion on it,” Gasper said. “When it comes to these suicides, we all have blood on our hands, and we will continue to until we rise up to these suicides,” he continued. When Gasper finished, students were invited to share their own experiences and sentiments. One student expressed her disgust with Twitter for allowing a “Twitter Trend,” a frequently used phrase, to develop that used the word “gay” in

a negative way. Another student expressed her disappointment in a fellow University student in her dorm. Within dorms, students can access the ITunes libraries of students who share the same WiFi. This student, whom she did not know, had named his ITunes library to offend a student who lived below him. Jessica closed the event with resources for teens who are contemplating hurting themselves. Students felt the event was very successful. “It was fantastic. It was so nice to see everyone come out and just share their hope and desire for change,” said Brittany Esbin, a junior from East Stroudsburg. Tara Fay, professor in the biology department and faculty advisor for Scranton Inclusion, concluded the event with a “call to action” to University members. “If you’re feeling inspired tonight,” she said, “I hope you feel inspired tomorrow, and when [Scranton Inclusion] has their next meeting.”

Prof’s Emeritus status contested Fugitives back in custody

Following a similar suggestion at the University of Illinois, Chicago campus, faculty and students in Urbana also may ask trustees to reconsider their decision to deny emeritus status to controversial professor William Ayers. A resolution proposed by student senator Max Ellithorpe, a member of the University of Illinois Senate, asks trustees to “look only at (Ayers’) body of academic work and service” and states that Chairman Christopher Kennedy should have abstained from discuss-

ing Ayers’ request for emeritus status at last month’s meeting. The faculty and student concern comes after Kennedy voted against Ayers’ appointment, saying he was guided by his conscience and could not support someone who had dedicated a book to the man who assassinated his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The other trustees, without comment, also voted to deny the title to Ayers, who retired in August after joining the University of Illinois, Chicago, as an education professor in 1987. “Those remarks were quite understandable given Chairman Kennedy’s family history, but I don’t think they were appropriate when considering honoring an academic. I also think that there was a bit of a

conflict of interest that should have been ironed out before the meeting,” Ellithorpe, a sophomore from the Chicago area said. Ellithorpe said that while the board may not reconsider its decision, having the Senate leadership groups from both campuses weigh in “will bring up a really important conversation.” The resolution could come before the full faculty and student Senate at the Urbana-Champaign campus next month, before the November board meeting, but would likely need the backing of one of the group’s committees to have a chance of success, said

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By david singleton McClatchy Newspapers Two fugitives wanted by the Scranton district office of the state Board of Probation and Parole, including one who had been on the run for six months, are back in custody. Robert Ackerly, 30, who had been wanted on a parole violation since April 20, walked into the Scranton office and surrendered to agents Wednesday, said Robert Jones, office director. Mr. Ackerly was paroled in June 2009 after being sentenced to one to five years in prison for theft and receiving stolen property. He told agents he fled to Virginia because he feared go-

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ing back to prison after he was hit with a shoplifting charge, Mr. Jones said. The second fugitive, Steven Long, 53, was arrested Oct. 13 in Elmira, N.Y., on new charges of petty larceny, Mr. Jones said. After waiving extradition in New York, Mr. Long was returned to the state Tuesday and incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, Mr. Jones said. Mr. Long was paroled last June after serving time in state prison for burglary, theft and criminal trespass. He had been wanted for a parole violation since July 29. Both men were recently profiled in “Wanted: NEPA’s Top Five Fugitives,” a feature that appears each week in The Sunday Times. Want to write for The Aquinas? Contact aquinaseditors@gmail.com

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The Aquinas Archives: This week in 1950 ‘Angels in the Outfield’ sold by U of S professor By STAFF WRITER 1950 Aquinas Hollywood columnist Louella O. Parsons revealed in her syndicated column of Oct. 11 that MetroGoldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios had purchased “Angels in the Outfield,” a comedy written by Rev. Richard F. Grady, S.J., Chairman of the U. of S. English Department and Dean of the Evening school. Simultaneous with Miss Parson’s announcement was one by Thomas F. Brady in the New York Times and these were the first confirmations, in print, of rumors that had been current here for the past several weeks. Rev. Grady had previously squelched publication of the story both by The Aquinas and the Public Relations Office, though there had been broad hints over radio

station WUSV-FM in its nightly newscast that “The Jesuit community has received money for a play written by a member of its faculty in the English Department.” These hints escaped Rev. Grady’s blue-penciling and were broadcast several days before the Parson announcement. Originally written as a 98-page, one-hour radio comedy and modestly termed by its author as “just one of those things you knock out,” “Angels in the Outfield” concerns itself with a major league team that wins most of its games during a season, then drops to the cellar the following year. The Archangel Gabriel and a choir

of Angels promise to help the team’s depressed manager, Guffy McGovern, to regain his lost prestige but only after Guffy agrees to discontinue his profanity. The team makes a steady climb to the top of the standings and when word gets around to the other teams in the league, a series of complications results in the appearance of the manger and his team for a trial before the baseball commissioner. Rev. Grady has signed contracts with MGM for the outright sale of the story which will be made into a motion picture under its original title before next baseball season rolls around.

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Hollywood veteran and Jesuit College alumnus, Spencer Tracy (Marquette U.), has been signed to play the leading role of Guffy McGovern. In publicizing the picture, it is presumed that MGM will not fail to capitalize on the fact that Playwright Grady hails from Philadelphia, famous not only for its scrapple and its historic American landmarks, but also as the home of the “Whiz (Did I hear you say ‘Fizz’) Kids.” The Scranton Times reporter who interviewed Rev. Grady observed in the lead of his story: “Perseverance pays off.” Evidently, Rev. Grady had hit a winning streak. It was but 10 days since his perseverance with regard to radio station WUSVFM had enabled him to bring that station onto the airwaves at

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88.1 megacycles. Now, as he was readying rehearsals for the U. of S. production of Broadway’s recent spy-thriller, “The Traitor,” came word of the MGM sale. Last week all was excitement and dither. Said one source close to Rev. Grady’s office: “the joint’s jumping.”


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People Profile: Dave Larson, Residence Life by kevin dermody and timothy mccormick News Editors Dave Larson, the Associate Director of Residence Life at The University, has been working here for the past three years. Mr. Larson came to The University in June 2008 from Purdue University, where he previously worked in the school’s Residence Life department. Hailing from the small town of Chesterton in northwest Indiana just outside of Chicago, Larson compares his proximity to the Windy City to that of Scranton students who live “just outside Philly.” He completed his undergraduate degree at Purdue University in 1998 in political science and communications. After graduating, Mr. Larson worked in managing car rentals and then as a logistics manager for Subaru manufacturing. After gaining a few years’ working experience, Mr. Larson returned to Purdue University for a job, while pursuing a master’s degree in education, specializing in student affairs. Mr. Larson sees ResLife having two sides; one of these sides deals with the business aspect of ResLife while the other focuses on students’ lives on campus. The business side deals with issues like housing assignments, while Larson’s side focuses on programming, enforcing policies, and hiring and training resident assistants. “Being a service to our students” is the main focus of ResLife and his job, according to

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DAVE LARSON, Associate Director of Residence Life, has been working at The University since June 2008.

Larson. Mr. Larson’s job includes supervising the four area coordinators (ACs), who in turn supervise the 81 resident assistants (RAs) on campus. Larson’s job keeps him busy and occupied at all times of the year. However, his busiest time starts in the middle of August, when RAs are trained, and continues until the end of the first two months of school, during which all students are getting acclimated to their new rooming assignments.

He is also very busy at beginning of the spring semester, with new transfer students entering The University’s community, and at the end of the year, when students move out of University housing. Mr. Larson loves how inclusive The University community is. He feels that everyone understands the mission and the cura personalis mentality of our Jesuit institution. “We are all on the same page,” Larson said.

While at The University, Mr. Larson is happiest to have seen the changes made to the Inclusion Initiative and, today, Scranton Inclusion. When Mr. Larson first arrived at The University, the Inclusion Initiative was not functioning. By the end of 2008, Fr. Pilarz dedicated The University’s commitment to making the campus an inclusive one, and thus, its commitment to improving the Inclusion Initiative. When asked what he would like to change if given the op-

portunity, Larson’s main concern was The University students’ attitude towards drinking alcohol. “Actions on Friday and Saturday night reflect [students] as much as actions at 2:00 p.m. on a Wednesday in class do,” Larson said. Mr. Larson would emphasize to students that their actions now will affect them in the future. Mr. Larson would also love to see more open areas on campus for student socialization. Larson feels that students are automatically segmented into cliques based upon their freshman housing assignments. Instead, he would love to see more large spaces for students to go to pass time, rather than resorting to underage drinking on the weekend. Older students at The University might recognize his reference to the Wolf’s Den in Gunster Hall. Mr. Larson has been happily married for twelve years to his wife Melinda. Together, they have two children, nine-yearold Garrett and 20-month-old Victoria (Tori). Mr. Larson also coaches elementary students’ wrestling and soccer teams at Wyoming Area. In his free time, he loves board games and video games that involve strategy. Mr. Larson loves his job here at The University, and he’s happily committed to providing the best for Scranton students. Favorite Music: Rush Favorite Movie: “Dead Poet Society,” Original Star Wars trilogy, “Road to Perdition” Favorite Food: Mexican food Alternate Profession: Political Science Professor

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“ILLINOIS” CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE Chairwoman Joyce Tolliver. The University of Illinois, Chicago, group is considering a similar resolution. Meanwhile, reflecting national interest over the Ayers’ decision, the president of a prominent academic group released a statement Tuesday urging University of Illinois trustees to “hold the line” on their decision and praising Kennedy and other board members for being “willing to do their job.” “Denying or granting emeritus status to a retired professor is not a question of academic freedom. It is a question of conveying an honorific title,” Anne Neal, of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, said. “The status should not be conveyed automatically — as it perhaps has been done in the past — and the board should not simply be a rubber stamp for the faculty’s recommendations.” In voting against the appointment, Kennedy cited a 1974 book co-written by Ayers, a co-founder of the radical Vietnam-era Weather Underground group. The book was dedicated to a long list of “political prisoners,” including Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan. Ayers and Kennedy have not responded to requests for comment since the decision was made.


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Indigenous tongues get new voices at UCLA by Esmerelda bermudez McClatchy Newspapers The words come out in abrupt breaths, as if Felipe Lopez were whispering to the chalkboard. “Rseidy. Rseidy,” he asks his students to repeat. “Learns.” “And Dizh. Dizh, say it with me, is ‘language.’” In unison, the students in the UCLA classroom follow, training their tongues to the rhythm of Zapotec, an ancient language that few people in Los Angeles have ever spoken or even heard. It comes from Oaxaca, on the southern tip of Mexico, a state known for its elaborate, historic traditions. Many of the students — from La Puente, Redondo Beach, the San Gabriel Valley — have never traveled south to the Zapotec villages and probably never will. Still, at UCLA and a few other universities, some are pushing aside French, Spanish and Chinese to try rarely offered indigenous Latin American languages such as Zapotec, Mixtec, Aymara and Quechua. Some leap in for the adventure. Others want to get closer to their roots. History and anthropology students often sign up for the sake of research. And then there are the doctors, social workers and teachers who hope to put what they learn to immediate practical use. “Learning standard languages doesn’t help you understand the needs of regional areas,” Ramona Perez, director of the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State said. “But indigenous languages show you all the diversity we have.” The university began teaching Mixteco a decade ago. A few years later, it partnered with UC San Diego and started to offer first Zapotec, then Aymara, a language spoken in Bolivia, Peru and Chile. Classes in San Diego remain

small; sometimes as few as half a dozen people attend. When Angelina Torres was first asked to teach her native language, Mixteco, she scoffed at the idea. Growing up in Ixpantepec Nieves, a mountainous village in Oaxaca, she had seen anthropologists come and go, their notebooks full of words she couldn’t read. She didn’t understand why they would spend months studying her culture and history. “That’s something we never had a chance to do ourselves,” she said. Instead, young people were encouraged to speak Spanish because Mixteco “had no future.” When she arrived in California at 22, she abandoned her native languages altogether for English. It wasn’t until she agreed to teach at San Diego State that she began to take pride in her roots. “Through the students, I’ve learned to value my culture, to know my identity,” Trujillo said. In Los Angeles, Felipe Lopez also gradually shed his shame for Zapotec. Many of the estimated 300,000 Oaxacans living in Los Angeles County are of Zapotec decent, he said. He wanted the language and the culture recognized as distinct, even in a sea of Spanish-speaking Mexicans. Lopez now represents his countrymen living in the United States by serving as a liaison to the Oaxacan government. And he and two UCLA colleagues worked for eight years in the 1990s to write the first Zapotec-Spanish-English dictionary. The thick book defines 9,000 words in Zapotec, a language that is rarely written. During class on a recent morning, Lopez paced across the front of the class, stopping now and then to glance at a three-volume workbook he helped write for the course. Fifteen students focused intently on his tone; the slightest mispronunciation can transform any Zapotec

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FELIPE LOPEZ leads a class in the Zapotec language that is idigenous to the Oaxaca region of Mexico Oct. 5, at UCLA in Los Angeles, Cali.

word, turning “flower” into “stone” and “wind” into “ant.” Cheye-Ann Corona, a 23-year-old master’s student in urban planning and Latin American studies, took careful notes, paying particularly close attention to each point Lopez made about Zapotec culture, about its hierarchical structure and emphasis on respect and harmony. After graduating next summer, she plans to live in Oaxaca for a year or two to help indigenous groups organize for social change. “I want to go down there and create a connection with the community, immerse myself in it,” Co-

rona said. Rebecca Dufendach, a history student, wrote down the Zapotec words for “cat” and “hat” — peppered with y’s and z’s and h’s — hoping they would one day help her tap into deeper meaning. The 25-year-old from Gettysburg, Pa., intends to fly to Mexico soon to work on her doctorate, translating century-old colonial documents — deeds, birth certificates, court hearings — written in indigenous languages. “It’s important to interpret their history from their point of view, not someone else’s,” she said.

Charly Tapia joined the Zapotec class with his own plans for the future. But they had nothing to do with academics. He was there to learn about his history and the history of his Zapotec grandfather. Tapia remembers as a child visiting his grandparents in Puebla, Mexico, and hearing their tones rise and fall in their native language. Now and then, when a word sounded like Spanish, Tapia pretended to understand. “One day I’d like to go back to his village, run into some relatives and be able to exchange a couple of words with them,” he said.


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Politics of atomic bombings assessed at Asian Studies lecture Commentary BY DR. WILLIAM PARENTE

Political Science Department This is the text of a presentation made by Prof. William Parente of the Political Science Department Oct. 19, 2010 as part of an Asian Studies program at The University. "Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Politics of the Atomic Bomb 65 Years Later" Because I teach a course on the Politics of Modern Japan, I have been asked to speak on some political topic today. I thought I would say a few words on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 6 and 9, 1945. There were two reasons for choosing this topic: Two months ago, I happened to be in Amman, Jordan on August 6, watching the English-language broadcast of AlJazeera TV network which was covering the 65th anniversary commemoration of the bombing at Hiroshima. The occasion was notable because, for the first time, the American Ambassador to Japan was in attendance. John Roos had been nominated by President Obama a year earlier as our ambassador. One presumes his official presence at the ceremony was an aspect of the president's gentler foreign policy initiative. I noticed the Hiroshima com-

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RECOGNIZING THE 63rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945, a crowd gathers and doves are released at the Memorial Cenotaph at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan in 2008.

memoration was also being covered on Al-Jazeera's Arabic language channel as well as on CNN and NBC's international business channel. A second reason why the atomic bombing's 65th anniversary interested me was because I had been introduced to the com-

Partisans offer varied interpretations of national renewable energy policy When discussing an interest in increasing renewable energy, many will stop me in my tracks and say “I’m not buyCommentary ing this climate change stuff” or by Brendan “global warming Gaughan is just some plot Staff Writer from the left, when in reality the earth is only going through a natural cycle.” Science apparently has its limitations when it comes to this discussion. So, are we doomed from ever achieving a green economy? Not if the tone of the conversation can be redirected toward issues such as reducing dependence on foreign oil and gaining economic benefits from such implementation. The latter two issues are the common ground and the bridge that can connect the groups that argue climate change needs to be halted and those that claim climate change is a hoax. A New York Times article series, “Beyond Fossil Fuels,” features articles that “examine innovative attempts to reduce the world's dependence on coal, oil and other carbon-intensive fuels, and the challenges faced.” Two examples in this series do justice in justifying the economic benefits of renewable energy and an alternative approach to create support for renewable energy projects in unlikely areas. One of the articles in the series, titled “Ancient Italian Town Has Wind at Its Back,” points out that, while Italy doesn’t do a great job in following European

Union established environmental directives, the Italian city of Tocco began a small renewable energy project that has since greatly benefited its citizens. With just four wind turbines added to help produce energy for the city of 2,700, the city now produces 30 percent more energy that it consumes. Because of this new surplus of energy, the city no longer charges local taxes or fees for services such as garbage removal, which is a unique problem to some Italian cities. According to the same article that discusses Tocco, more than 800 Italian communities now make more energy than they use because of the recent addition of renewable energy plants, according to a survey this year by the Italian environmental group Legambiente. With these impressive results, more renewable energy projects have expanded in Tocco in the form of solar energy as well. The mayor, Mayor Zaccagnini, acknowledges the positive results, but sees them in simpler terms. “We’ve gotten lots of kudos from outside, but people here care more that we now have money to fill potholes,” Zaccagnini said. While achieving economic benefits from renewable energy projects may be attainable, it can be difficult in deeply conservative areas, such as Salina, Kan., to get local support for such projects. Another article in the New York Times series, titled “In Kansas, Climate Skeptics Embrace Cleaner Energy,” discusses how a different approach was needed to bring conservative towns in

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plexity of this issue by one of my students, Gene Tagle, who in 1997 was taking my graduate course in American Foreign Policy while pursuing his master's degree in our history department. Tagle was 70 years old then, the only time I have had a student in class older than myself.

Tagle gave an oral presentation in class on "The Role of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in U.S. Foreign Policy." I should note that Mr. Tagle is a specialist on American bishops. It was he who arranged the symposium at St. John's church in Honesdale at which Bishop Martino made his notorious inter-

vention, which was the beginning of the end for the Bishop's service to our diocese. Thus, you can infer that Tagle is something of an iconoclast. His 1998 master's thesis is titled, "The Atomic Bombing: An Analysis of Moral Collapse, Government Deception, and Diplomatic Bungling." Tagle has more recently produced a more concise version of the thesis in book form and may have some copies of the book with him today. At the recent commemoration in Hiroshima, it was announced by the mayor of that city that an additional 5,500 people had been confirmed as having died from radiation aftereffects and that the new death toll for both of the bombings had risen to 269,446 people. Tagle, in his book, presents the moral case against the Bomb and against "obliteration bombing" of urban centers and consequent civilian casualties. I note that at the time of the bombing, Tagle was an Army Air Corps cryptographer in the Aleutians and as happy as the rest of the military that the war apparently was coming to an end. Here I want to present a few notes on what I take to be the American government's motivation in the August l945 use of atomic bombs.

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Californians battle over marijuana legalization and healthcare Commentary BY Micheal Price

Staff Writer On Nov. 2, 2010, voters in the state of California will be heard on whether or not the state will legalize the cultivation and possession of marijuana for recreational use. While polling shows that this ballot initiative, Proposition 19, is supported by a slim majority of Californians, the federal government expressed its vehement opposition to the measure. Eric Holder, the United States Attorney General, warns that no matter the outcome of the vote on Proposition 19, the cultivation, possession and use of non-medicinal marijuana will still be illegal under federal law. The battle between California’s legalization of medicinal marijuana and the federal law that prohibits it has been a bitter one: Only recently did the Obama administration announce that federal attorneys would no longer prosecute legitimate users of medicinal marijuana. The current measure, however, has ramifications far beyond the State of California. While one can have an honest debate on whether or not recreational marijuana should be legal, the question of whether or not the federal government has the power to make the decision for us remains. In this disagreement, we see the federal government seeking to assert authority over the states. The question, however, is whether or not the federal government has any standing in this matter at all. We know from the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited

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by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Thus, the will of the states here would seem paramount, unless the federal government has author-

ity in the matter. The federal government finds that it has authority to regulate marijuana in the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The Commerce Clause of the Constitution is tripartite, allowing Congress to “regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” At issue here is Congress’ ability to regulate commerce among the several states, referred to as the “Interstate Commerce Clause.” This clause has been used and abused as justification for many of the policies set forth by the federal government. Wickard v. Filburn, a Supreme Court decision handed down in 1942, greatly increased the power of the federal government in economic matters. In an effort to drive up the prices of wheat after the Great Depression, Congress placed limits on the amount of land that farmers could utilize for wheat production. Roscoe Filburn, the named defendant in the case, was a farmer ordered to destroy many of his wheat crops after he produced more wheat than the government allowed. Filburn, who claimed to be producing these excess crops solely as feed for his chickens, had no intention of selling his excess on the market. He argued that, since his excess crops were for his own use only, he did not engage in any commercial activity; thus, the government had no power to regulate his production. The Supreme Court agreed that Filburn’s actions were local and not technically commerce, since

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ARTIST GRAHAM Colton performed at The University during a Nov. 2009 USPB music event.

Once criticized for booking monotonous acts that solely featured musicians whose only claim to fame has been that they were featured on a random MTV or ABC Family tv show, USPB Coffeehouse finally seemed to break away from its stereotype with acts such as Matt Duke and Five Times August last academic year. Duke and Five Times August epitomized the very name of USPB Coffeehouse with their laid back acoustic sounds and crowd-friendly personalities. Heading into this year, USPB Coffeehouse had big shoes to fill if it was to continue what seemed to be a rising trend in musical performances. Quickly however, this trend stopped dead in its tracks. So far this year, The University has played home to Anxious MC and, most recently, JADA. Since when does rap/hip hop and female pop/r&b fall under the

category of “coffeehouse?” Now, it is understandable for the committee to feel that it is breaking away from the coffeehouse name to feature a different variety of bands to cater to everyone’s genre preferences, but it seems as though the coffeehouse performances have been less about the music and more about promoting Urban Beats, who have conveniently been featured as the side act for the aforementioned performances. Instances such as these make it increasingly more difficult to believe that USPB Coffeehouse caters to students’ tastes rather than its own. The biggest downside of this entire dilemma is that the student body still has no say in the events that come to campus. This problem could be easily fixed with online polls that would allow students to vote for these smaller coffeehouse performances. Yes, deadlines are strict re-

garding the scheduling and touring of musical acts, but these polls only need to be up for a couple days at maximum. If accuracy is a concern for the committee, since there may not be enough voters to determine a clear-cut winner, the committee should look at these handful of students who actually took the time to vote for a performance, as these will be the students who are most eager to welcome a band they like to campus. After all, what was the turn out for the Anxious MC show again? Finally, the coffeehouse committee should put all doubters to bed by releasing the results of this poll during and after the poll was taken. Any grammar school student with a Myspace can create one of these online polls; I’m sure students with a college education can just as easily do so as well. This article was not meant to bad mouth the committee members or lament about how the committee is yet again living up to its reputation of scheduling bands that cater solely to its interests; rather, it’s merely a plea to increase the efficiency of a system that has been flawed for far too long. An immediate change may be unimaginable since the semester is already half-way over; however, let’s at the very least strive to make improvements so that, when it comes time for the Spring Concert, The University doesn’t end up with another Lifehouse or Augustana.

Joe Wolfe is a Senior at The University.

University’s hispanic heritage reflected in Sabor Latino As The University concludes another Hispanic Heritage Month, a month filled with many celebratory and educational student activities, I recall with nostalgia a history not often talked about among students. Let us take a moment and reflect on the Hispanic Heritage of The University which is both near and dear to my heart. Nearly 12 years ago, a University student named Jose Negron started a Latino music segment at the school’s WUSR 99.5 radio station. Little did he know this initiative would create a new segment that affected the lives of future Latino University students and listeners throughout Scranton. The WUSR 99.5 Latin genre music segment supported Latino students and gave them a home away from home, an avenue for expression, and an opportunity to become leaders in their school and Scranton community. The Latino students that were part of the WUSR Latin segment graduated and moved on to exemplary career paths to include: two U.S. Army Officers, a Maryland attorney and a current University nurse anesthesia graduate student. The University provided the fantastic education and the WUSR Latin segment provided an environment that supported expression of selfpride in one’s heritage. Perhaps, the Latino segment on WUSR was not solely responsible for the student’s good futures. However, did the WUSR Latin segment offered by the University enrich the lives of these fellow DJs and provide yet

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another avenue for students to excel? Absolutely! “Among my fondest memories at Scranton are the two years I spent serving as a DJ for WUSR’s Sabor Latino. Though our shows were only on for about four hours per week, that time spent sharing our Latin rhythm with our NEPA listeners was a unique opportunity which I benefited greatly from. The ability to provide this service — one that was no doubt in great demand by many in the area — was a worthwhile endeavor which I hope future Latin students and community leaders in Scranton continue to take advantage of,” former WUSR Latin genre DJ, Himedes Chicas, commented. Over the 12 year span, the former WUSR Latin segment contributed greatly in celebrating multiculturalism at The University and supporting the city of Scranton’s diversity, as well as providing leadership opportunities for Latino University students. During my time as an undergraduate student I personally witnessed many of these contributions, which includes WUSR sponsorship and support of various on and off campus activities, including collaborations with the United Colors Organization’s (multicultural club at The University) fashion shows, club festivities and other school events related to Latin culture. Over the past five years, the WUSR Latin segment was involved with the local Scranton community in different activities such as the Unity Festival, Latin pride Festival, Cen-

sus rally 2010,and public service announcements for Scranton Catholic Social Service. Years ago, the WUSR Latin genre segment was so talked about that it made headlines on the cover of this very paper. These articles covered many of the successful events sponsored by the WUSR Latin programming, including one event where an excess of 250 people converged on campus to partake in festivities celebrating Latin dance, music and culture. Sadly, however, the WUSR 99.5 management recently announced that it would discontinue the Latin segment and on-air programming until further notice. This news is quite disheartening, particularly in light of the fact that there continues to be a strong showing of support and interest among University students and community members alike, for a WUSR Latin segment. It is imperative that this hallmark of WUSR, and of The University, not cease to exist. If this history lesson has sparked your interest in a revival of the Latin segment, then please show your support by joining a unionized student, teacher and administrator effort in bringing back the WUSR 99.5 radio segment. This was once a living history so please help to continue this tradition and dream.

Cesar J. Visurraga, Captain, U.S. Army, is a Graduate student at The University.

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Jesuit challenge explored This week the President of Yale’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity apologized to the University community. The frat’s pledges were made to run through the campus chanting “No means Yes; Yes means anal” and “My name is Jack, I'm a necrophiliac, I f*** dead women.” Recently, a young woman at Duke achieved infamy by her faux senior project, her “F***” list, “published” on the web. Her “An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics” describes in graphic detail the sexual prowess, or lack thereof, among her hookups with Duke athletes. Hollywood wants to make a movie of her exploits. This puts a whole new spin on the term “casting couch!” It used to be you needed to sleep with the casting director to get a part. Now you sleep with the whole lacrosse and baseball teams to get a deal in Tinseltown. When the students at Yale and Duke are so off base, what do we imagine is going on at other institutions of higher education? A Jesuit education should challenge such cultural dynamics and call all of us involved in Jesuit Universities and High Schools to offer our young better, more life-giving and truly loving options. We need to challenge young adults to be better and to want more. When I was five years old, I came home and announced I wanted to go to St. Joe’s Prep, the Jesuit High School in Philly. A kid down the street had told me, “That's where all the smart boys go.” Even as a pint-sized pipsqueak, I had an innate desire to be smart, rather than stupid. Quenching that thirst for knowledge and wisdom demands hard work and discipline. Subjecting ourselves to such discipline enables us to lead lives of authenticity and excellence. Jesuit Schools are institutions that call us to be our deepest, truest selves, so we can form a world wherein all can grow happy and healthy and holy and free. Here are what I call

the five “C”s of Jesuit education. 1. Care of the person (Cura Personalis). The University pledges to care about you as a person. You are not just a tuition check. We care about your well being. We want you to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually in your four years at Scranton. 2. Challenge. A kid asked me once, “Why are you Jesuits such hard teachers? Your tests are so hard.” I replied, “Because we love and care about you.” We know how tough the world is. Lazy and laid back doesn’t cut it anymore, if it ever did. Telling someone they are doing “A” level work when they are barely average is not just wrong. It is cruel. Someday those afflicted with grade inflation will find out their teachers lied to them. 3. Commitment. A Jesuit education offers you the chance to commit yourself to something greater than you. Such donation of self to another, in service, in marriage, in love, is the way to deep and lasting happiness. Ask yourself often during your time here: To what, to whom, am I dedicating my life? What will I make of myself during my time in college? 4. Community: I’ve always heard about the amazing community at Scranton and in my first eight weeks here I’ve seen it. So many around here are asking, “What can we do for students? What can we do for others?” 5. Cosmic Christ (God): Students at Jesuit schools should be impelled by the Spirit and by their professors to ask the ultimate questions. What is life about? Why are we here? If you live 80 years, you get some 29,200 days on this earth. What are you going to do with the gift that is your life? Where did that gift come from? What, or better said, who, gives you the gift? If you come to the realization that many have come to, the realization that God exists and loves us and graces us with life, the question becomes, What am I, what are we, doing for God?

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WINDY POINT, among the largest wind power projects in Washington State, is representative of governmental attempts to achieve energy independence via renewable energy sources.

Kansas behind such projects. In the city of Salina many of the citizens are thoroughly against any suggestion of global warming. “Don’t mention global warming,” Nancy Jackson, chairwoman of the Climate and Energy Project, a small nonprofit group that aims to get people to rein in the fossil fuel emissions that contribute to climate change, warned. “And don’t mention Al Gore. People out here just hate him.” This project rallied residents behind energy conservation using different incentives that ultimately won over even the most skeptical citizens. Those that rallied the residents focused on thrift, patriotism, spiritual conviction and economic prosperity. According to the this same article, Jerry Clasen, a grain farmer in Reno County, south of Salina, helped orga-

nize a group of local leaders to lobby the electronics and energy giant Siemens to build a wind turbine factory in the area. “I believe we are going through a cycle and it is not a big deal,” Clasen said in reference to climate change. He participated in lobbying for the wind turbine factory because, “There is no sense in our dependency on foreign oil, especially since we have got this resource here.” Also, according to this same article, as many as 400 local jobs could be created through this project. Farmers expect to lease some of their land for turbines and rely on wind power as a stable source of income, so land prices are rising as a result. “Whether or not the earth is getting warmer,” Clasen said, “it feels good to be part of something that works for Kansas and for the na-

tion.” Renewable energy is bound to become the energy technology of the future. Therefore, staying globally competitive in this industry is of great economic importance for the United States. One of the biggest problems, though, is getting the right point across when attempting to implement such technology. Whether Democrat or Republican, whether you believe in climate change or not, there can be benefits felt by all when smart investments and community support for renewable projects are implemented. The citizens in Kansas didn’t feel like they were compromising their principles by supporting the wind turbine factory, which is an important lesson that needs to be learned by many of the politicians blocking similar projects in Washington.

“JESUIT“ CONTINUED FROM PAGE SIX For many of us, God is known through the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Cosmic Christ is the reality of Jesus pulsating through our imaginations and desires, leading us to life and life eternal. We join with those of other faith traditions to fashion a world of joy and justice, peace and prosperity, faith and freedom, hope and healing, love

and life for all. In four years here, we challenge you. Don’t spend nights naked on beer-soaked sheets or floors. Don’t become known as the girl who kept an “F” list. Become Rudy, achieving fame for perseverance and making the best of his talents. Become like the Harvard students in the movie “With Honors” who were transformed

through their relationship with a homeless man. Become your deepest truest self. That’s what a Jesuit education is all about. Accept the challenge.

Fr. Rick Malloy, S.J., Ph.D. is the Vice President for University Ministries

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“LECTURE“ CONTINUED FROM PAGE FIVE 1) The invasion of "Sulphur Island," in Japanese, Iwo Jima, occurred from 15 February to 21 March 1945, a total of 36 days. Beforehand, there had been 72 days of continuous air strikes and a pounding naval bombardment. 60,000 marines took part, of whom 6,000 were killed, another 18,000 wounded, over a third of the force. 2) As the battle on Iwo Jima raged, March 10, American bombers struck Tokyo in what is called "the great raid." Fifty square miles of Tokyo burned; a greater disaster than the 1923 earthquake which hit the city. "Bomb tonnage dropped on Japan was far smaller than what the Germans received from the Allies, but the vulnerability of Japan's cities--most of their buildings were wooden — made the impact very great." Civilian casualties were enormous. 3) From April l945 to June 22, 170,000 American troops took part in the invasion of Okinawa. The island was defended by 77,000 Japanese troops and 20,000 Okinawan militia. Only 7,000 of the Japanese troops (10 percent) survived to become prisoners of war. 8,000 of our marines were killed, 32,000 wounded. 5,000 of our Navy personnel were killed and another 5,000 wounded by 1,900 kamikaze attacks and by mines. Thirty-six of our warships and landing craft were sunk and 386 damaged. Several thousand Okinawa civilians either committed suicide or as some reports indicate were driven over cliffs by the Japanese military. I note the American military causalities in this three-month operation on Okinawa resulted in more deaths than so far incurred in the nine year war in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

Thus, the problem confronting the American government was that if the Japanese defense of these two outlying islands of their empire had been so fierce and costly both to them and to us, what would an invasion of Kyoto or Honshu, two of the four main islands of Japan, cost in terms of Japanese military lives, Japanese civilian lives, and American military lives? 4) Finally, there was the Soviet Union. The USSR at Yalta in February 1945 had promised to declare war on Japan three months after victory in Europe was won. On August 8, two days after Hiroshima, the Soviet Union did indeed declare war on Japan and had already mobilized on the Manchurian border. The problem confronting President Truman was how deeply would the USSR penetrate into Japan's main islands? They were about to take Manchuria, they had been promised the southern half of Sakhalin Island (lost in the l904-5 Russo-Japanese war), and the Kuriles (promised at Yalta). Our fear was they would now occupy the northern main island of Hokkaido and perhaps Honshu itself, presenting us with a fait accompli similar to what we had already experienced with the Soviet occupation of Poland, East Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Bulgaria and the Baltic states. The Nagasaki bombing of August 9 thus was meant to guarantee that Japan in whole or in part would not become a Soviet satellite. The economic prosperity and political democracy that we find in both Germany and Japan today are a tribute to the efficacy of the American occupation and to the utility of Truman's August 1945 decisions.

“PROP 19“ CONTINUED FROM PAGE FIVE no transactions ever took place. Despite this, the court held that federal government has the right to regulate even non-commercial, local activity under the Commerce Clause if said activity “exerts a substantial economic effect on interstate commerce.” Since Filburn had excess wheat, he was not purchasing wheat from the national market; if this was done in aggregate, if many people did this, it would have a substantial effect on the price of wheat, which was of concern to the federal government. In essence, the court perplexingly held that Filburn’s non-commercial actions could have a substantial affect on interstate commerce, and thus were subject to regulation. In 2005, another Supreme Court case used Wickard v. Filburn as a basis for keeping even medicinal marijuana illegal at the federal level, despite its legality in a particular state. Gonzales v. Raich held that, even when a patient had a legitimate medical reason for the use of medicinal marijuana, the federal government could ban medicinal marijuana under the Commerce Clause. The court held, like in Wickard v. Filburn, that a crop such as marijuana grown for personal, medical use affected the interstate market of marijuana. Given this legal basis, it seems that California’s Proposition 19 is somewhat futile, as the federal ban on marijuana for recreational use still stands. Even if the Proposition were to pass, the Supreme Court’s recent jurisprudence indicates that the court has no intention in reeling back its expansive view of the Commerce Clause. In his dissent in Gonzales v. Raich, Justice Clarence Thomas warns that the court’s interpretation of the Commerce Clause would seem to have “no meaningful limits.” This rings more true in light of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care

Act, pejoratively deemed ObamaCare. Perhaps one of the most legally hairy components of the health care reform bill requires that individuals either purchase health insurance or face a monetary penalty. While some legal experts claim that this portion of the reform bill is unconstitutional, several others assert that Congress has this power under the Supreme Court’s broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause. This claim is difficult to make, however, because for the first time in our history, the Commerce Clause would be used to force an individual to participate in commerce. While the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence in Wickard v. Filburn and Gonzales v. Raich allows the federal government to ban non-commercial activities that affect interstate commerce, the Court has never before used the Commerce Clause to justify anything like the individual mandate to purchase health insurance. This is a key issue at play in a lawsuit brought forward by a 20-state coalition of Attorney Generals and Governors, all intent on having ObamaCare deemed unconstitutional. The coalition passed a major hurdle last week; U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson refused to dismiss the multi-state lawsuit, given that the individual mandate may exceed Congress’ powers under the Commerce Clause. In both California’s fight over Proposition 19 and the multi-state coalition’s fight to strike down ObamaCare, we see the states attempting to assert their rightful authority over the federal government, as spelled out in the Tenth Amendment. Perhaps when and if these two legal disputes reach the Supreme Court, we may a shift in jurisprudence concerning the Commerce Clause, bringing its meaning in line with what the Founding Fathers intended.

The University Debate Society will be holding its first in a series of "Great Debates" Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room, Brennan 509. Members of the College Democrats and the College Republicans will square off on some of the most important issues of this election season.


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Top bands set big dates to end 2010 Commentary By Joe Wolfe Arts & Life Editor Bob Dylan, Nov. 12 at the Stabler Arena, Bethlehem. Basically, for those who have yet to see a Bob Dylan performance, this upcoming tour may be one of the last times that you will be able to see arguably the greatest musician of all time. Dylan set the standard for songwriting with lyrics that were generations ahead of his time. Modern musicians such as Conor Oberst are consistently compared the Dylan in both their sound within the folk genre and the lyrics they create. A Dylan show is not just a show, but rather a performance that any music aficionado should treat themselves to before there is no longer the opportunity to do so. Ted Leo + The Pharmacists, Dec. 6 at Terminal 5 in New York, N.Y. There are only a few thing that are more fun than a punk concert to mosh out to – your first and every subsequent, Radiohead show. Nevertheless, Ted Leo + The Pharmacists is a band that never fails to give a high quality performance. With clas-

sic albums such as “Shake The Streets” and “The Tyranny of the Distance” combined with its most recent release of “The Brutalist Bricks,” Ted Leo and company will have the Terminal 5 bouncing up and down all night—an unprecedented feat for a band with Indie followers. Weezer, Dec. 17 & Dec. 18 at The Roseland Ballroom in New York, N.Y. To be completely honest, if this was just a regular Weezer tour, it would get no such mention in this article; however, Weezer’s two-night stop at New York’s Roseland Ballroom will feature the Weezer of old with full performances of “The Blue Album” and “Pinkerton.” Ever since the release of “Maladroit” (2002), Weezer has struggled to recapture the sound that brought it its cult following. Everyone may be most excited for “Blue Album,” but “Pinkerton” is the night that cannot be missed. The classic Weezer album has been considered one of the best of the 90s and is even linked to the beginning of the “emo” genre. Phoneix, Wavves, and Jenny & Johnny, Oct. 23 at Tower Theater in Upper Darby. For a band that was relatively

unknown up until the release of “Wolfgang Amadeus Phonix” in 2009, Phoenix flooded the airwaves this summer with its two highly successful singles “Listomania” and “1901.” For those unfamiliar with the band, “Wolfang” is merely the fourth album from a band that has yet to have a subpar performance. What makes this show so great is that its co-headliners consist of one of the hottest bands in the Indie scene and one of the hottest Indie-princesses in the business. Wavves’ lo-fi punk sound captured the hearts of music bloggers with its release of “King of the Beach” this past August. Jenny & Johnny features the queen of all female Indie artists, Jenny Lewis, and her boyfriend Johnathan Rice. The two combined for the album, “I’m Having Fun Now,” which was released this summer. Needless to say, any opportunity to see Ms. Lewis is a must see. Sufjan Stevens, Nov. 10 at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia It seems that Sufjan Stevens had more coverage for retiring his “schtick” than for releasing one of the more impressive albums of his career. Stevens’s release of “The Age of Adz” marks

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TED LEO + The Pharmacists plan fall tour behind “Brutalist.”

the beginning of the new stage of this artist’s career. Stevens is notororious for grandiose live performances, and his upcoming performance at the Kimmel Center should be nothing less than spectacular, even without the “schtick.” My Morning Jacket, Oct. 22 & Oct. 23 at Terminal 5 in New York, N.Y. Similar to Weezer, My Morning Jacket will be performing at New York’s Terminal 5 for two nights, each of which will fea-

ture one of its previous albums in its entirety. The first night will feature the cult classic “Z,” an album with a relaxed sound I cannot even begin to describe. The second night will feature “Evil Urges,” the most recent release of My Morning Jacket. Although both albums feature aspects of My Morning Jacket that everyone loves, namely Jim James’ beautiful vocals, the Friday performance of “Z” is a must see event. Either night you could not go wrong.

Download of The Week “Parallel or Together?” by Ted Leo + The Pharmacists

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JADA PAID a visit to The University Wednesday, Oct. 20, as October’s USPB Coffehouse event.

Campus Comment

“I love the squirrels, they really make me feel at home because I live next to Bluebell zoo.” Mike Tornetta Senior, Blue Bell

As long as they are a topic of discussion, we might as well continue on the Ted Leo + The Pharmacists story in this week’s “Download of the Week.” Way back in 2001, Ted Leo released its second full-length album, “The Tyranny of the Distance,” to much critical acclaim among the music blogosphere. The album was the first fulllength feature of the Pharmacists (Ted Leo himself previously released a solo album under the same Ted Leo + The Pharmacist moniker). The album is full of up-beat rock songs that seem to dip into the ska and punk genres. Leo’s vocals are the quintessential throwback punk vocals that don’t attack the listener, but rather complement the instrumentals. Featured on this album is the track, “Parallel or Together?,” a track that foreshadowed the type of sound Ted Leo + The Pharmacists would be known for. Leo’s vocals on this track are softer than they are on the rest of the album, as they clash with the quick strumming of the guitar and pace of the percussions in the instrumentals.

These soft vocals merely highlight the song’s subject matter of a relationship that has gone parallel, i.e. one that is quickly splitting apart. Leo sings of his increasing knowledge of these lines splitting apart with lines such as “I tell you my reasons / You don’t even tell me your jokes...as we’re really not together / but parallel.” As the song continues in the fashion, you can almost picture Leo’s agonizing face as he tries to sing his passionate lyrics with such a calm demeanor. The listener’s compassion for Leo builds as the song goes on with the lines, “Now I’m walking downtown / in a town that is not my home / and shopping for breakfast / to be eaten alone.” Right after this line however, the song changes in tone and Leo’s lyrics instill a sense of empowerment in the listener. This is evident with “so I gather around me / all the pieces of a song / and fit them where they belong.” “Parallel or Together?” is the perfect track for an introduction to Ted Leo + The Pharmacists.

How do you feel about the squirrels on campus?

“They have rabies.” Samer Bandak Senior, Dublin, Ireland

“Jerry the dog likes playing with them, so I think the squirrels are a good thing, because I like Jerry.” Dillon Keane Junior, Demarest, N.J.

“They are my best friends.” Steve Kranick Sophomore, Dunmore

“I think the squirrels are on rabies because they jump really high and far.” Christina Rossi Sophomore, Bethlehem


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Chiodos rocks on despite absence of Owens Commentary by Rafael Pimentel Staff Writer Craig Owens is no longer in Chiodos, and has not been for quite sometime. Chiodos is not only without Craig, but it has a new drummer as well. Craig had too many side projects to devote the attention the band wanted from him, so it fired him. Brandon Bolmer, formerly of Yesterday’s Rising, was given the microphone, and leads Chiodos into its next chapter with a renewed sense of urgency in “Illuminaudio.” For many, this album is the band’s make or break album – “Illuminaudio” is either the one that will prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, that it can move on without the man many considered the embodiment of the band, or the one that will prove this theory wrong. “Illuminaudio” begins with the title track, an introduction clocking in at less than two minutes. It is a lush, atmospheric intro. Carried by Bolmer’s falsetto, which is on par with Craig’s highpitched vocals. The beauty of the intro quickly begins to shift into “Caves,” a song full of “doos,” “lalalas,” screams and everything that there is to love about Chiodos. Bolmer and the boys

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EVEN WITH the absence of Craig Owens (above), Chiodos was able to release a noteworthy album.

immediately erase all doubt in the band post-Craig. The music sounds like a more inspired “Bone Palace Ballet.” As far as lyrics and stage presence goes, but Bolmer is more than capable of replacing him in the vocal department. His voice is much clearer and stronger than Craig’s voice.

Next up is “Love is a Cat From Hell.” This song could very well be a B-side from the band’s previous album, just with some help from Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil. As the song progresses, one hears some shades of newer Underoath music, particularly in the atmospheric background keys.

The next song begins with gang chanted vocals, and is one of the heaviest on the album. The breakdown in “Modern Wolf Hair” is a great contrast of beautiful piano work against an allout onslaught from the rest of the band. The track is followed by the softer, “Notes in Constel-

lations,” a song featuring lead guitar lines similar to Thrice, 30 Seconds to Mars, and “Closer” by Anberlin. It is one of the best tracks on the album, definitely worth checking out. The band decides that it wants to be heavy again after “Notes” and picks up the pace with “Scaremonger,” “His Story Repeats Itself” and “Let us Burn One.” The latter of the trio features one of the band’s best breakdowns. “Hey Zeus! The Dungeon” is the next track, and it is full of some fun guitar work. “Stratovolcano Mouth” will sound familiar to some fans, as it is a re-imagined version of a B-side known formerly known as “Thermacare.” Following that song is “The Who Slay Together, Stay Together,” the first official single released from “Illuminaudio.” It is a good track, and easily would be a single, but it is also a weak track on the album, comparatively speaking. “Closed Eyes Still Look Forward” is a variation of the opening track, and ends the album on a less frantic note. It is a very tranquil ending to “Illuminaudio,” but the electronic drums do not suit the song well. That being said, the band is still Chiodos. The band is still good. The band is still relevant, and “Illuminaudio” is worth a listen.

ResLife looks to instill horror in students Campus by Joe Wolfe Arts & Life Editor

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Halloween, the only time of year when being scared and disgusted by zombies and gore is actually an event that people seek to experience. Throughout the country, abandoned hotels and prisons that are no longer used are converted into haunted houses that host thousands of visitors for a few weeks leading up to the horrific holiday. Three years ago, The Residence Life Office at The University decided to create its own haunted house, converting Leahy Hall into the location for its fright fest. Last year, the event was moved to an abandoned off-campus house, which was converted into a two story domicile of fear. This year, ResLife will move back into the Leahy Hall to host its 3rd Annual Haunted House, Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Last year, the event was located near the 400 block of Madison Ave., behind The Green Frog and Granteed’s. The house featured a variety of rooms, each with a different theme that was acted out by members of ResLife and student volunteers. This aspect of the house gave it more flexibility, allowing for different fears to be rendered in different students. Among the rooms that

were featured were “The Saw Room” and “The Sweeney Todd Room.” Of course, to go with these rooms there were also classic horror film characters such as Freddy Kreuger and Jason Voorhees. The event seemed to go over well with the student body, as there was always a short wait in line to enter the haunted facility. One of the highlights of last year’s house was the actual coffin ResLife displayed in the front room. There’s something about a coffin and the possibility of someone or something popping out of it that always sends chills down people’s spines. This year, the event is moving away from off-campus houses to Leahy Hall at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street. All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend. For those with small children, it is advised not to bring them due to the horror content of the house. The cost of admission is $3 with all proceeds going towards the Animal Care Associates and Employment Opportunity & Training Center. So for those of you who think you’re brave enough to withstand ResLife’s Haunted House, join ResLife and The University Friday or Saturday night to support your fellow students and a good cause.

“They are conspiring against us.”

“I am deathly afraid of them because they aren’t afraid of humans.”

“These squirrels are awesome! They give me a good laugh.”

“I’m scared I’m going to step on one.”

Andrew Milewski Sophomore, Scranton

Paige Williams-White Sophomore, Irvington, N.J.

Danny Rosello Freshman, Bronx, N.Y.

Melanie Abreu Senior, Highland Mills, N.Y.

USPB Movie’s Presents: “Eclipse” Monday, Oct. 25. 8 p.m. Moskovitz Theater USPB Mission and Identity Presents: “Cultural Food Night” Thursday, Nov. 4. 7 p.m. McLlhenny Ballroom USPB Travel & Recreation FrightFest at Dorney Park Friday, Oct. 22. 4 p.m. a.m. $10

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CHEW Late Night Presents: Casino Night Friday, Oct. 22. 8 p.m. 1st Floor Denaples The New York Trumpet Ensemble Saturday, Oct. 23. 7:30 p.m. Houlihan McLean Center CHEW Late Night Presents: Pumpkin Painting Friday, Oct. 29. 10 p.m. The DeNaples Center

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JOIN RESLIFE Oct. 22 and 23 for its 3rd Annual Haunted House.

The University of Scranton Jazz Band Saturday, Oct. 30. 7:30 p.m. Houlihan McLean Center

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010

Michael Zaydon Business Editor

COMMODITIES OIL $82.47 -0.07 GOLD $1347.50 +3.30 SILVER $24.01 +0.146

CURRENCIES EUR/USD 1.3963 +0.0004 GBP/USD 1.5842 +0.0005 USD/JPY 81.06 -0.07 As of press time Wednesday night

Complex global economy fuels Finance Club discussion By mike dwier Staff Writer A plethora of economic issues overhanging both domestic and global policy makers provided the Finance Club with numerous avenues for discussion when it began its meeting last Thursday, Oct. 14. With the help of faculty moderator Dr. John Kallianiotis, meetings are held in Brennan’s PNC Boardroom on select Thursday’s from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The leadership team, including Dan Parisi, Kevin Tuohy and James Nolan, tackles the biweekly challenge of helping members comprehend current market news and relate it to in class theory. “It’s especially important that during meetings we are able to effectively discuss pertinent material from class in relation to market news. Anything less would be a waste of time, and as evidenced by current inflation and deflation debates in the U.S., time is money,” Finance Club President Dan Parisi responded when asked about the need to bridge the theory and application gap. Last week, the group wasted no time discussing relevant financial issues. These included the probability of Quantitative Easing 2 (QE2) and its subsequent effect on U.S. Treasury Bond Yields and Inflationary pressures, along with the ongoing Global Currency War and its direct unintended consequences for emerging nations. Finance Club members also took an inside look at the composition of the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet over the duration of latest

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THE U.S. Dollar continues its downward trend as the second round of quantitative easing looms.

financial crisis. In an attempt to bolster economic activity in the U.S., Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and colleagues have deployed nearly all available expansionary monetary policy vehicles. Unfortunately, the massive influx of cash into the money supply amidst a suppressed interest rate environment has not yielded the fundamental corrections that the economy desperately demands. This has raised the question of whether or not additional stimulus measures are needed to keep economic momentum moving forward. Possible additional policy actions, or Quantitative Easing 2, are directed towards fighting de-

flation and improving the labor market, with the primary focus of keeping borrowing costs close to zero. Jobless rates hovering around 10 percent continue to hinder a sustained economic recovery. For that reason, some experts believe that an additional 500 billion to one trillion dollars of liquidity would need to be injected into the economy in order to prop up distressed consumer balance sheets. Fortunately for U.S. citizens without jobs, the Federal Reserve has machines that can print money, a lot of money. They will then take the newly printed greenbacks and purchase Treasury Bonds issued by the government. This increased demand for bonds will

put upward pressure on prices and subsequently, downward pressure on yields. As yields fall, the cost of borrowing falls for both the public and private sector. Furthermore, the increased amount of cash in the system will cause inflationary pressures that should counteract any downward pressure on consumer prices. While the U.S. policy actions are justified and certainly warranted given the extenuating domestic environment, the implications for other nations are not as clear. Unfortunately, added cash will cause the dollar to depreciate. While this would increase net exports and boost Gross Domestic Product, it could have a long-term negative impact for both the U.S. and

emerging economies. In trying to dig out of the trenches from the “Great Recession,” many nations have in the past and continue to undertake expansionary monetary policy actions that will hopefully spur growth and stimulate demand. Others have “manipulated” their currency’s to boost Net Exports. Keep in mind, as exports rise so does a country’s economic output, thus incentivizing an exportheavy nation, like China or Japan, to have an undervalued currency. For example, if goods are cheaper in China (Chinese Yuan is lower in value relative to the U.S. Dollar), you would see Chinese Exports rise and U.S. exports fall. There are two conventional ways for a country to influence the value of the currency: monetary policy actions and exchange rate manipulation. The aforementioned dollar devaluation is a product of expansionary monetary policy. Simply put, the greater supply of dollars available, the lower the value of the dollar. Downward pressure on the dollar will cause other currencies, relative to the dollar, to appreciate. With an appreciating currency, export-intensive emerging economies will face the challenge of lower exports and rising imports. Together, this will most likely cause growth in emerging markets to diminish and possibly turn negative. “Global currency manipulation and its complex implications continue to boggle the minds of members as they enthusiastically attempt to gain financial markets knowledge, I’ll say that much,” senior Ryan Omensetter said.

Tax Counsel, alumna offers insight to SAS members By andrew kluger Staff Writer On Oct. 14, the Society of Accounting Students held their monthly meeting on the 5th floor of Brennan Hall in the Rose Room. the guest speaker on hand was University alumna Theresa Pattara. Theresa Pattara is a magna cum laude graduate of The University, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting. She later earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. Pattara has quite the career path, as she now serves as Tax Counsel to Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Finance Committee. She has been responsible for advising the Senator on tax matters relating to exempt organizations, including legislation and investigations. Most notably, she closely advised Senator Grassley on the recent health care bill and its tax provisions. Theresa Pattara has not taken the most familiar career path throughout her life, as after working as a Certified Public Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Theresa

went to Law School at Georgetown and later worked with the IRS as a Project Manager. While speaking to the Society of Accounting Students, Pattara touched on topics ranging from her work with rewriting the tax returns for non-profits to her investigations into whether or not universities are using their endowments properly. In her speech, Pattara spoke about how universities receive large endowments from alumni. Yet, tuition continues to rise, and higher education becomes less affordable. Pattara specifically mentions how Harvard University has the largest endowment, and how it has become common of large universities like Harvard to invest a substantial portion of those proceeds into offshore accounts and hedge funds. She explained that the endowments are mostly tax free and, as an aide to Senator Grassley, she has investigated whether these endowments have contributed enough to uphold their tax-exempt status. Theresa discussed how difficult passing tax reform has become in recent months in the Senate due to the split between Democrats and Republicans. Pattara also dis-

cussed how the Senate Finance Committee looked into how charities are often formed to bypass tax laws and how reform in these areas as necessary. While Pattara began her career as a CPA, it was fascinating to learn how she moved into working with the Senate and working to make major changes in tax reform laws. Theresa Pattara’s intriguing career path not only gave the Society of Accounting Students a look into how many opportunities an accounting degree from The University offers, but also how she kept her options open throughout her career. She explained that, at eighteen-years-old, she established a goal that she would be a partner for a then-big six accounting firm by thirty years-old. Now, to her own surprise, she is a Tax Counsel in the Senate. Pattara urged University students to not close any doors and to take advantage of all the resources that are given to them. She did not foresee her life turning out like this, but she is grateful it did. The University and the Society of Accountants Students were honored to have such a wonderful guest speaker and to listen to her career path and life successes.

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THERESA PATTARA, a University alumna, speaks to the Society of Accounting Students last Thursday. Pattara is currently Tax Counsel to U.S. Grassley, who is a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.


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‘Primer’ session covers securitization models by michael zaydon Business Editor The Kania School of Management’s “Business Primer” Program returned Friday, Oct. 15 in Brennan Hall with a uniquely different spin than the previous two sessions. “Primer” session three, titled “Introduction to Modeling and Structured Finance,” shifted gears from the program’s focus on intangible lessons, like interviewing skills exercises, to more technical ones. Darren Cannon, class of 2007, of the structured finance consulting and technology with Deloitte & Touche LLP, led the session, which featured a lecture on the fundamentals of securitization, a modeling exercise and an open discussion for students to talk about any component of the ‘business world’ that they will encounter upon graduation from The University. Cannon opened the meeting by giving his background and why he strongly supported the progressive development of the “Business Primer” Program. “The difference between the people who make it and those who don’t is how fast they can overcome the initial learning curve from the very first day. The goal with ‘Primer’ is to start that process sooner,” Cannon said. Cannon introduced the concept of structured finance to the room comprised of mostly sophomores who were in attendance as part of fulfilling their KSOM Passport requirements. Though a complicated topic such as securitization is usually touched upon in the latter years of finance or accounting curricula, Cannon tailored his introduction in such a way to make it accessible to students of varying class years in the room. He illustrated the notion of asset-backed securities (ABS) by delving more deeply into the make-up of the mortgage-backed securities (MBS)

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DARREN CANNON, class of 2007, of Deloitte & Touche LLP, offered lessons in structured finance modeling as well as advice on entering the ‘business world’ at last week’s “Primer” session. The above graphic illustrates the general process of bundling mortgages into securities, a process which Cannon discussed more in-depth to those in attendance.

which contributed to the financial crisis (and possibly the current domestic economic condition) that came to fruition in 2008. In general, the goal of structured finance is to cultivate and manage liquidity within a company. The benefits for investors of ABSes include receiving higher yield than standard bond investments. However, the downfall, as epitomized in recent years by MBSes, is that there are sometimes major transparency issues as well as collateral uncertainty. Mortgage-backed securities, for example, are created when a pool of mortgages are purchased and bundled together. The cash flow, then, goes in two directions. First, the trust which bought the loans receives the various payments, interest and fees which comprise the collateral pool. Second, the trust pays out to investors on the securities they hold. With minimal transparency in forming these securities, ‘junk loans’ were rated higher than they should have been and the risk of default, the

probability of payments not being made on the loans, was grossly understated. As an increased number of homeowners defaulted on their loans, the trusts which bundled the loans into securities found themselves in a quandary. With exponentially less money coming in to the collateral pool, often times the obligation to pay investors on their holdings outweighed the cash the trust actually had. This scenario unfolded on a myriad of MBSes, which some contend is the primary cause of the financial meltdown than began in 2008. With that in mind, it is the objective of those in securitization, like Cannon, to create models to ensure accuracy in forecasting and recordings prospects of creating profitable structured securities for all parties involved. The general gist of the model is to make sure the collateral pool can always overcompensate for the liability of payments to investors. Cannon admitted that securitization is something that takes

time to learn and master. He prompted the participants to create their own Excel models for a given problem, but acknowledged that after a few hours it is most important to know why and how models can beget efficiency, rather than worry about getting all the numbers right. “You just don’t learn things like modeling in the classroom setting. Not everything in the classroom will be able to prepare you for the first day when you walk into a job and find out what your role in the company will be,” Cannon said. The resounding theme of all the speakers in the “Primer” program is that what they talk about to current students is something they wish they knew when they sat in the classroom at The University. Cannon was no exception. The fourth session of the “Business Primer” Program will take place Friday, Oct. 22 in Brennan Hall. It is a Passport event for all KSOM sophomores, but any interested student at The University is welcome to attend.

White House warns banks about foreclosure missteps by nicholas caselli Staff Writer

On Tuesday, the White House warned banks that it would continue to investigate any signs of mortgage practices that violated the law. As it came just one day after two major suppliers of mortgages ceased their temporary foreclosure freezes, the stern warning adds to the pressure felt by financial intuitions in recent weeks. On Monday, Bank of America and GMAC Mortgage both announced that they would soon be halting their foreclosure ban. Both institutions had initiated suspensions on foreclosures in response to recently surfacing reports that indicated that some borrowers may have been wrongly evicted from their homes after the housing market collapsed. The reports indicated that financial institutions who offered the mortgages may have carried out evictions illegally as a result of poor organization, shoddy paperwork, improper preparation of foreclosure documents and mismanagement of property titles. Some reports even indicated that bank officials hastily approved foreclosures without even reading the corresponding documentation. Aside from the obvious moral concern of wrongly displacing families from their homes, many investors also are wary about the

effects this controversy will have on the balance sheets of major financial institutions. With the quarterly earnings season as a back-drop, financial analysts remain fearful of the impact illegal mortgage practices will have on the profitability of those guilty corporations. The controversy surrounding the alleged illegal mortgage practices, which has sparked much outrage from the public, also calls into question the prognosis for the ailing housing market. Hurt by the fall in prices that accompanied the bursting of the housing bubble in 2006 and 2007, the U.S. real estate market has continued to struggle since the onset of the financial crisis. Estimates show that, since January 2007, mortgage-lending institutions have foreclosed upon nearly three million homes. “This crisis takes a situation that’s already bad and kind of cements it into place,” Joshua Shapiro, chief United States economist for MFR, an economic consulting firm, said. Although the Obama administration has rejected calls that resulted from the outcry over such egregious errors for a national moratorium on home foreclosures, White House officials noted that the government would be keeping a close watch on foreclosure practices. Regardless of the decisions by financial institutions to lift their temporary foreclosure suspensions, the White House vowed to remain steadfast in its efforts to protect homeowners from ille-

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THE NUMBER of foreclosures reached record highs in September. Recently, a number of homeowners have been wrongfully foreclosed upon by banks such as Bank of America and GMAC.

gal lending actions. “As institutions are determining their next steps in addressing these issues, we remain committed to holding accountable any bank that has violated the law,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. “In addition to strongly supporting the investigation by the state attorneys general, the administration’s Federal Housing Administration and Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force have undertaken their own regulatory and enforce-

ment investigation into the foreclosure process,” Gibbs continued. Sources familiar with the investigation noted that the joint effort by the Departments of Justice, Treasury and Housing will determine the extent of the criminal and civil penalties prosecutors will seek against the offending companies. By pursuing such legal actions, increasing oversight and strengthening regulations, goverment agencies can better protect homeowners from illegitimate foreclosures.

Writing Resumes By Betty Rozelle Career Services Correspondent A resume is a document listing one’s qualifications for a particular position. Resumes should highlight the students’ qualifications so it can be determined if their knowledge, skills and experience meet the requirements of the particular opportunity for which they are applying. Contact information is typically the first thing on a resume and includes the student’s formal name, cell phone number and email address. Many students include their school and home addresses, although recently the necessity of these has been questioned. Next on a resume is the objective section, where the student states what position he or she is applying for. The objective section is followed by the education section, which lists the name and location of one’s college, specific degree and major, minors or concentrations, graduation date and grade point average. If a student has studied abroad, they should include that information in this section. For many students, the employment or work history section of the resume is the most challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. For each experience, one should type the name of the company, city and state, the position title, and the dates of employment and list these experiences in reverse chronological order. The use of phrases rather than complete sentences in describing duties or skills acquired makes the resume easier to read. Career Services advises students to begin these phrases with strong action verbs. Where possible, students should describe responsibilities, accomplishments, problems and solutions, contributions and include quantitative indicators. Student involvement in extracurricular activities gives employers some insight into their ability to work with and lead others, while also handling school and work responsibilities. In this section, the type of involvement and dates of involvement are important to include. Where appropriate, students should provide detail about the development of leadership skills and leadership positions held. The last section on a resume is usually the References section. Here, students can write “available upon request,” “available upon request from the Office of Career Services” or list the names and telephone numbers of three references. Most college students have a one-page resume and, while that is preferred, some students with more extensive experience or a graduate degree, do have a twopage resume. Resumes are reviewed very briefly and need to be in an organized, easy to read format. The use of font sizes between 10 and 12, traditional font styles such as Times New Roman, Arial and Tahoma, and margins between .5 and 1.0 inches is best. It is critical that there be no spelling, grammatical, punctuation or typographical errors on a student’s resume. The best way to avoid errors is to have a few people proofread it. Students need to use good quality, white or ivory cotton fiber bond paper. Other colors may be applicable or suggested but students are advised to know what is acceptable in the career field they are pursuing. For additional information about resume writing, see the office of career services Resume Writing Guide on their webpage at http://www.scranton.edu/careers.


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010

Catherine Erbicella Science & Technology Editor

Fighting off freshman fifteen by catherine Erbicella Sci/Tech Editor According to researchers at Marquette University in Milwalkee, Wisc., and the University of Michigan, women who lived with heavier-than-average roommates gained more weight than the women who lived with relatively slimmer roommates. The small study, done with only 144 female students at Marquette, found that the women in the former category gained about half a pound, compared to those in the latter category, who gained about two-and-a-half pounds. These results seem counterintuitive, and they disagree with other research results which suggest that obesity may be “socially contagious.” This theory assumes that people who are around obese people, as friends or relatives, tend to be obese themselves, due to the picking up and mimicking of eating habits, exercising habits, and other social behaviors, that can have an impact on obesity. The study also found that the legendary “freshman fifteen” is an exaggerated phenomenon. The average college freshman gains between two-and-a-half and six pounds, which is not even half of the fifteen. This is supposedly gained by the new dormitory lifestyles, the plentiful, and often unhealthy, cafeteria food, the party atmosphere, the lack of exercise, and the stress of college life and courses of study. The results of Marquette University’s study, upon the revelation of its roommate assignment program, also propose possible theories as to why the results seem to differ from those of re-

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HEALTHY OPTIONS can help combat college weight gain.

cent studies. At the University, the program bases room assignments on surveys that inquire about eating and exercise preferences, such as exercise habits, meal plans, and general diet guidelines. The results of Marquette’s study seem to confirm that social and peer influences play a strong role in body weight. People choose friends based on features that they see, or would like to see, in themselves. This includes habits of eating and exercising, as well as body image issues. Randomly-assigned roommates at Marquette University in the study show that those who are trying to lose weight would gravitate towards people who exhibit those same behaviors, and

chances are, a more overweight roommate may be attempting to lose weight. Therefore, the roommate of the dieter would lose weight too. Another study found that college students living near dining halls gained more weight than those who lived farther away from them. This study was also done at Marquette, following 388 freshmen. That study found that female students, in particular, who lived in dormitories with a dining hall weighed almost two pounds more and exercised nearly oneand-a-half times less than those who lived in residences without dining halls. The male students in this study, on the other hand, did not

Pandora only allows the user to save specific stations the user created; whereas, Grooveshark allows actual playlists with listed songs to be saved. Grooveshark users can simply create an account, which can be accessed with any internet connection, where playlists and other saved options can be loaded and played instantly. Unlike the popular methods of downloading music, which can cause viruses, Grooveshark is guaranteed to be virus-free. This is because Grooveshark works through a central server, which can monitor traffic, making Grooveshark both safe and legal. If you are uneasy about spending the time to create a playlist, Grooveshark allows the sharing of playlists between users. Within seconds, you can type -in your favorite artist, select a playlist, and have dozens of songs ready to be played. It is extremely user friendly; if you do not like a song that plays, then simply click “next” to skip to the next song or remove it from your playlist. You can search songs in many different ways: clicking on the popular link will take you to the day’s most popular songs, links like “pop” or “rap”

will bring you to a selected style of music, or just typing a song, artist, or album into the search field will bring your desired results. I know what you’re thinking: this is too good to be true; how do they make money? Good question: Grooveshark does not interrupt your song to play a commercial in between songs, but instead places ads on the side of your screen that change every so often. Grooveshark also allows listeners the option to pay $3/ month to get rid of these advertisements. Even if you decide to not pay the fee in order to get rid of advertisements, you will not feel bombarded by these promotions. If you have not visited this site already, stop by and experience it. This site is well on its way to becoming the premiere way of streaming music. It only takes an internet connection and an email address, then you are on your way to enjoy the advantages of free streaming music. If you are looking for a user -friendly music experience, visit Grooveshark.com the next chance you get. RYAN AND MIKE RATE THIS SITE A 9 OUT OF 10…BECAUSE NOTHING IS PERFECT.

have the same results. The results of this study show that physical, environmental factors can have just as much impact on weight gain as genetic pre-disposition and social environment. The study also found that the farther that students lived from a gym facility, the less that they exercised. This can also suggest that people do what is easier for them, whether it is eating more versus exercising more. Also, women are assumed to be more socially inclined than men are, and are more likely to meet up with friends for food; whereas, men are less likely to do this. This could possibly explain the gender-gap in the results of the study. Researchers state that the skipping of breakfast plays a role in the gaining of weight in general; however, one study of college students found that those eating all-you-can eat breakfasts ended up gaining more weight than the average student, yet another seemingly counter-intuitive result about the “freshman fifteen.” Generally, it is advised that everyone should eat balanced meals at regular intervals throughout the day; however, this advice can prove hard to follow in the hectic life of a college student. On the other hand, fifteen pounds in five months is a lot of weight to gain. Being aware of on-campus dining options is key to fighting off the freshman fifteen, or five, or two-and-a-half. The apparent bottom line is that peer behaviors, and physical environment, are inter-related, and they both have an effect on body weight for college freshmen.

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Site Insight with Ryan and Mike: Grooveshark.com When CPR is too much to help by michael george and ryan curtis Staff Writers In less than five years, three University of Florida undergrads started up one of the most popular music sharing sites currently available. The ringleader, Sam Tarantino, was a typical college economics major on his way to make a quick buck by donating plasma. This would be the last time he would be desperate to make some quick cash, as he passed a CD shop, which sparked an innovative method of legally sharing music. Grooveshark is perhaps the most convenient way to listen to music online free of charge or without committing music piracy. Unlike other popular sites, such as Pandora, Grooveshark allows users to directly search and play music on demand. Pandora acts much more like a radio, where the listener does not actually choose the song, but instead selects a song to which a similar genre will be played. Grooveshark features options similar to Pandora, but further allows users to search songs and create playlists.

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by catherine Erbicella Sci/Tech Editor Research stated in the Journey of the American Medical Association has shown that compressiononly CPR (COCPR) resulted in sixty percent improved odds of surviving a cardiac event than conventional, resuscitation CPR, or no CPR at all. These results were achieved when the CPR in question was performed by untrained by-standers. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest happens to nearly 300,000 people in the U.S. annually. The outcomes of surviving this event can be improved by bystander CPR efforts, and they are encouraged to perform chest compression CPR to do so. COCPR is easier to teach, learn, recall, and perform than is traditional CPR, for those people who are not emergency medical professionals. Research also showed that bystanders got better at CPR over time, and the rates of success and surviving cardiac arrest have improved over the past five years or so. Also, the recommendation of doing chest compressions has helped lessen the percentage of by-standers who are turned off by the prospect of giving a stranger mouth-to-mouth. The thought of doing COCPR has helped many a bystander

choose to help a person who may be experiencing a cardiac event. It is now recommended by the American Heart Association for bystanders to initially perform chest compressions whenever attempting to revive a person who may be experiencing a cardiac event. The compressions keep the blood circulating in the body and push the oxygen-rich blood to the heart. Often times, there is still an oxygen reserve left in the lungs from the time of the cardiac arrest. These two vital processes, circulation and pumping, are halted by the performance of mouth-tomouth techniques in traditional CPR. The new guidelines can be summed up by the acronym CA-B signifying (chest) compressions, (open) airway, and (rescue) breathing. It is suggested that COCPR has many advantages over traditional CPR, such as, the loss of opportunity to encourage blood flow that happens during chest compressions, the loss of valuable time then spent on re-starting chest compressions, the confusing process of traditional CPR, the amount of time required to reform rescue breathing, and the grave importance of blood flow during a cardiac event. In brief, doing chest compressions is better than doing nothing at all, in the event that one is having a cardic event.


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Thursday, october 21, 2010

Faith

Andrew Milewski Faith Editor Amanda Murphy Co-Editor

Students reflect on Catholic social teaching By Christine Ferrari Staff Writer On Sept. 22, Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge after suffering bullying from his peers for his homosexuality. Less than two weeks later, Oct. 3, a man and two teenagers in Bronx, N.Y. were kidnapped, robbed, burned and sodomized because they are gay. These heinous tragedies expose the pervading prejudice against homosexuals in American society. Unfortunately, these hate crimes are not the first displays of cruelty against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) individuals in the recent history of the United States. However, these crimes have shocked the public and compelled it to examine its culture and the origins of this discrimination. At times, public figures have spoken out in condemnation of people with non-heterosexual orientations. Some political and religious leaders in particular have garnered attention and followers by preaching the imminent damnation of anyone living a GLBTQ lifestyle. These people identify

themselves as belonging to an array of spiritual traditions, from Christianity to Judaism to Islam. The Catholic Church’s true stance towards members of the GLBTQ community has been grossly distorted by both the media and, perhaps more disturbingly, the comments and actions of individuals that sharply deviate from its social teaching. While the Church does not endorse practicing homosexual behaviors, it asserts that nothing, including a person’s sexual orientation, is ever grounds for bigotry or brutality. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church,” the official doctrinal text of the Catholic Church, explicitly addresses the issue in paragraph #2358. “Men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies…must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided,” the Catechism says. Echoing this sentiment in its “Letter to Bishops of the World on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,” the Vatican said, “It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves

condemnation from the Church’s pastors wherever it occurs.” This attitude coincides with the emphasis on the intrinsic worth of each member of the human race, which lies at the root of all Catholic social teaching. “Mindful of the inherent and abiding dignity of every human person, homosexual persons, like everyone else, should not suffer from prejudice against their basic human rights. They have a right to respect, friendship and justice,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said in its 1991 publication “Human Sexuality.” Despite the clear position presented by the Magisterium, the loving hospitality that it preaches is not always the reality experienced by members. Katie, a student at Providence College who requested that her last name not be printed in this article to protect the privacy of her friend, recalled the situation depicted by her homosexual friend. “Matt lives in a very Catholic town outside of Boston, and he feels that he can’t come out to his community. He is afraid that if he was openly gay, his family’s restaurant would lose the business of all its Catholic customers….Matt doesn’t go to Mass

Vatican commends ‘The Simpsons’

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“THE SIMPSONS” frequently deals with questions of morality, spirituality and religion in its half-hour time block.

when Homer iterates “I’m usually not a religious man, but if you’re up there, save me, Superman.” “L’Osservatore Romano” claims that this is a minor detail “because in reality [Homer and God] know each other quite well.” In fact, an article by the Associated Press goes as far to theorize that there could be such a thing as “Simpsonian theology,” based on the frequent appearance of religion in the show in its varying forms. The show represents the “mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels toward faith.” Religion is never portrayed as unnecessary or ridiculous; rather, it is a part of the characters’ daily lives and their personalities. The doubt most religious feel at some point in their lives, whether it be in God’s existence or in the religion they choose, is explored as Homer asks his wife, “But Marge, what if we chose the wrong religion? Each week we just make God madder and madder.”

The concept of spirituality and religion being two independent things is also significant as there is a focus on each individual’s relationship with God outside of religion. Homer repeatedly has face-to-face conversations with God, and yet claims he is not religious. When it comes down to it though, “The Simpsons” is still “The Simpsons” and, no matter how accurate the show may be in its portrayal of religion and spirituality, it is no less crude or violent for its inclusion of said topics. So the question remains: Can a show that features real life religion in the form of grace at meals, Sunday school, Biblical references and even an animated version of the Almighty himself, be “Catholic-approved”? Or does the religious aspect, coupled with the crude language and occasionally risky storylines, make it just another clever show on television? Either way, the show can provide some food for thought while still being entertaining.

Students wore white t-shirts in a symbolic effort to “white out the hate” directed at GLBTQ individuals. Through their presence at the vigil, these students made a powerful statement in expressing their solidarity with GLBTQ persons in the community and beyond. This event and the entire mission of Scranton Inclusion accord with the teachings promulgated by Catholic dogma. On the day of the vigil and in the wake of recent headlines, Father Rick Malloy, Vice President of University Ministries, reflected on the Church’s role in society. “By virtue of our baptism, we are called…to make present the Gospel message,” Malloy said. This Jesuit maintained that Catholics and all people should treat GLBTQ persons with the same basic love and respect that governs all other social interactions. He also asked GLBTQ students to be patient, yet persistent , in the reform in Church members’ perceptions of their sexuality while simultaneously continueing to share their gifts with the ecclesiastical community. Above all, he encouraged them to be true to themselves. “They should be who and what God made them to be,” Malloy said.

University hosts spirituality talks By Amanda Murphy Faith Co-Editor

By Katie Rotterman Staff Writer In today’s world, the number of programs the Catholic Church has deemed appropriate on television has dwindled. The sex, violence and crude language seen in these programs are more than enough to scare most parents into keeping their kids away from them. However, in a rather unusual article published recently in “L’Osservatore Romano,” the quasi-official paper of the Vatican, the Catholic stamp of approval was given to America’s longest running primetime show. That’s right, the Catholic Church approves of “The Simpsons.” A show often criticized for its “excessively crude language, the violence of certain episodes [and] some extreme choices by the scriptwriters” has been redeemed by its “realistic and intelligent writing” that portrays religion in America as it is today, according to the article. “L’Osservatore Romano” described the show as “tender and irreverent, scandalous and ironic, boisterous and profound, philosophical — and sometimes even theological — nutty synthesis of pop culture and of the lukewarm and nihilistic American middle class,” which may be the best way to describe this quirky show. “Few people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it, but it is true: Homer J. Simpson is a Catholic,” the article states and, in spite of his membership in the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism, Homer may actually be the quintessential American Catholic. He is someone who goes to Sunday services but falls asleep once the priest reaches the pulpit, prays before meals, sends the kids to Sunday school and doubts his faith but, in the end, turns to God — even if he gets the name wrong. This faith can be seen in an episode

on Sunday anymore, and after what he has been through, I can see where he is coming from. He doesn’t want to go to a place that he feels doesn’t want him,” Katie said. Katie spoke of Matt’s painful internal struggle to accept his sexual identity while growing up in a religious culture that pressured him to deny it. Matt’s story is hardly unique and parallels the experiences recounted by many Catholic GLBTQ young people. During the 2009-10 academic year, a group of students took action to ensure that The University was a much more accepting environment than those like the one Matt endured. They formed an organization known campus-wide as Scranton Inclusion. According to its mission statement, this club seeks to “build a stronger community by creating a more welcoming and comfortable environment” for GLBTQ students and their allies. The Inclusion committee enables The University, as a Catholic and Jesuit institution, to help all its members feel safe, wanted and valued. On Oct. 18, Scranton Inclusion led The University in joining students across the state in a “Pennsylvania Night to Live” candlelight vigil on the Dionne Green.

“Archbishop Romero: Disciple, Martyr, Model of Conversion,” a presentation by Damian Zynda, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Brennan Hall, fifth floor. According to “U.S. Catholic,” Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero was named “bishop of the poor” for defending the people of El Salvador during the civil war in the late 20th century. He was assassinated in March 1980 after requesting international intervention to protect the victims of the civil war in El Salvador. Zynda’s presentation will include information about Archbishop Romero’s life and his spiritual struggles to become who he was, what he believed in and the people he aided during his spiritual life and experiences in priesthood. According to a press release, Zynda is a faculty member in

the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University, primarily involved in the spiritual formation of Ignatian tradition, and earned a doctorate in Systematic Theology and Christian Spirituality from the University of St. Michael’s College at the Toronto School of Theology in 2004. Zynda will also present “Relationship: The Heart of Ignatian Identity,” to University faculty and staff members at 11:35 a.m. Oct. 28 in Brennan Hall 228. The presentation will explore “how to form a uniquely Ignatian character in the way we relate to the world and culture, philosophy and science, mind and spirit, self and others.” According to a press release, Damian’s first book, “Archbishop Oscar Romero: A Disciple who Revealed the Glory of God,” was published this month by The University Press, and copies of the book will be on sale for $18 after the talks.

Mass Schedule Monday-Friday 12:05 p.m. & 4:40 p.m. Chapel of the Sacred Heart Sacrament of Reconciliation Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Reconciliation Room Sunday 11 a.m., 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Madonna Della Strada Chapel Rock Hall, 419 Monroe Ave.


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SPORTS

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Cross country improves time BY TOM FOTI Staff Writer

Courtesy of NJ Sports

JUNIOR JASON Bohenek placed 29th at the Desales Invitational Oct. 7.

The men’s cross country team placed 11th in a field of 24, while the women’s team placed 10th in the field of 21 at the DeSales Invitational Oct. 9. The 11th place finish for the men’s team was the highest they’ve finished this season. Junior runners Jason Bohenek and Patrick Casterline played big roles in propelling their team to its best meet of the year. Bohenek and Casterline ran the 8000 meter course in under 30 minutes to finish in the top 15 percent of the 277 man field with times of 28:03.57 and 28:15.38 respectively. Bohenek placed 29th while Casterline finished 39th. The men’s team had three more runners finish under the thirty minute mark

with times of 28:32.19 and 28:56.96 from freshman Stephan Bossbaly (49th) and Walter Cantwell (67th). Sophomore Matt Wilcox placed 71st with a time of 29:02.56. Abad Akhtar of Richard Stockton College finished with a time of 26:28.49, ten seconds better than the second place finisher, Nicholas Filippazzo of Molloy College. Kutztown came prepared with a strong team, placing three runners in the top 16 as well as claiming the team championship with 92 points. DeSales came close to winning on its own turf with a respectable third place finish. Other Royals competing in the Invitational were juniors Chris Cummings (29:27.28), Jeremy Evans (29:33.70), Justin Kearns (30:22.92) and Benji Brust (35:15.67), placing 89th, 92nd, 124th and 238th respectively. Sophomore Brock

Walsh placed 163th with a time of 31:46.07. The men’s team has continued to improve, as a majority of its runners place better and better with each meet. The women’s cross country team also performed well for the Royals. Sophomore Kathleen Druther placed 14th out of 198 runners with a time of 24:21.32 in the 6000 meter course and was named Athlete of the Week by The University. Druther has been a consistent force on the team and has been the team’s top finisher in all four meets. The women’s team will need a strong finish as it looks to be Landmark Conference champions again. Both the women’s and men’s cross-country teams will compete in the Landmark Conference championships at Goucher College in Townson, Md. Oct. 30.

Athlete of the Week: Caitlyn Byrne

Men’s swim team looks to improve on success BY JACK HAMBROSE Staff Writer The men’s swim team placed third in the Landmark Conference and will look to improve on that finish in the 2010-2011 season. The Royals are led by seniors Joseph Costello, Brian Gaffney, Shawn Lamb, Matthew Mendola, Tomas Rodier and Jeff Russo. Both Costello and Rodier performed well at the Landmark Championship meet last season. Costello placed

sixth in the 1650m freestyle competition and Rodier placed ninth in the 200m breaststroke. Junior swimmer Marc Dezii, who holds school records in the 50m, 200m, and 500m freestyle categories, is returning this season as well as David Hovey, who also holds two school records of his own in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. Paul Vignati holds the school record in the 100m freestyle and was a part of two record-holding relay teams in the

200m and 400m freestyle events. Joseph Clifford enters his junior season hoping to build upon a strong sophomore season, where he placed no lower than fourth in any regular season race and finished fourth in the 200m fly at the Landmark Championships. Andrew Kelly, Zach Rubino, Phil Malley, Thomasz Chec, Rob Honrath, Jeff Aube, Joseph Lofstedt , Steve Nicolosi, Andrew Urban, Nathan Wynosky and Christian Tierney round out a strong returning

roster that hopes to bring home the school’s first men’s swimming title. Freshmen John Hughes, Adrian Silva and Louis Yorey will do their best to make an immediate impact on the program. “What’s exciting is that we didn’t lose anybody, and we improved overall as a team,” Nicolosi said. “I feel like we’ll compete for the conference title, although Merchant Marine will be tough.” Merchant Marine won the conference title last year.

Women’s swim team seeks fourth straight title BY JOE SLOWIK Staff Writer The women’ s swim team has won three straight conference championships and will attempt to defend its 2010 title and capture a fourth straight title in 2011. “Three years in a row is very difficult to have conference champions,” Royals’ swim team coach

Paul DeAngelo said. “To maintain that consistency, we keep bringing in good swimmers year after year.” Throughout the last two seasons under DeAngelo, the Royals are 21-1. They have won 18 straight meets dating back to the 2008-2009 season, and they went undefeated in the 2009-2010 season.

DeAngelo is looking for leadership from his seniors to capture a fourth straight championship. “The leadership of our senior team members and their influence on the younger swimmers will bring us closer to the Landmark Conference championship for the fourth straight year,” DeAngelo said. Scranton’s team is young and

Struggles continue for men’s soccer team BY KEVIN DERMODY Staff Writer The University men’s soccer team dropped two games to increase its losing streak to eight games. The Royals lost 4-0 to Dickinson Oct. 13 and lost 1-0 to Catholic University Saturday. During the losing streak, Scranton has failed to score a goal in seven of its last eight games and is currently 0-4 in the Landmark Conference with three conference games remaining. The Royals’ match against Dick-

inson University began as a defensive battle, until the Red Dragon’s Gemberling-Johnson scored with less than five minutes remaining in the half to give Dickinson the lead. Dillon had nine saves for the Royals in his first career start in goal. After halftime the Red Dragons wasted no time adding an insurance goal, as freshman Derek Kachadurian scored just three minutes into the second half. Kachadurian would score again in the 66th minute to make the score 3-0. The Red Dragons would tack on its fourth and final goal with

less than four minutes left in the game to complete the shutout. James Dillon had nine saves in his first career start for the Royals. The Royals then traveled to Washington D.C. to face Catholic University Saturday. The game remained tied at halftime after excellent defense by both teams. The Cardinals scored the lone goal of the game on a goal from Ian Smith off a corner kick. The loss dropped the Royals to 4-9-1. Scranton’s will play Moravian College Wednesday.

has 24 swimmers. There are eight seniors, including Alyssa Goldbach, Laura Joyce, Annie Leonard, Kimberly Maloney, Brianna McArdle, Brianna Morris, Brittany Reyes and Allison Sampson. The rest are underclassman, including four juniors, seven sophomores and five freshmen swimmers. The first meet of the year is 1 p.m. Saturday at home.

“VOLLEY” CONTINUED FROM PAGE SIXTEEN The Royals are 1-5 in the Landmark Conference and will return to the conference tournament ranked sixth. Scranton’s last tournament appearance was in 2008. The Royals will take on third-seeded Catholic University in a quarterfinal match Nov. 3, at a time to be determined. The winner of the Landmark Conference tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships. The Royals will face Lycoming College 7 p.m. Thursday at home in the Long Center. This is their last home match of the season.

Courtesy of NJ Sports

BY JOE BARESS Sports Editor Senior goalie Caitlyn Byrne becomes the third women’s soccer player to earn Athlete of the Week, and the fourth honored by the Landmark Conference, for the period of Oct. 10-17. Byrne joins freshman Samantha Russo and senior Chelsea Paskman as the third Scranton soccer player to earn Athlete of the Week. Russo, Paskman and freshman Rebecca Hextall earned Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the Royals earlier in the season, but Byrne is the first to earn Defensive Player of the Week. Byrne recorded two shutouts and nine saves during the period of Oct. 10-17 against Western Connecticut State University Oct. 13 and Catholic University Saturday. In her last four matches Byrne compiled four shutouts, giving her nine on the season. She also tied Scranton alum Holly Van Sickle for second place on The University’s all-time shutouts list with 22 shutouts in her career. Byrne hasn’t allowed a goal since Sept. 28 against Oneonta State University. The Royals, now 11-4-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Landmark Conference, are 5-0-1 in their last six games and haven’t lost since Sept. 28. Scranton clinched a berth in the Landmark Conference Championships and can clinch the top seed with a win in one of its next two conference games. The Royals rank seventh in the MidAtlantic region. Scranton will face Juniata College 1 p.m. Saturday at home.

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aquinas.sports@gmail.com men’s soccer 10/23 Juniata 3:30 p.m. 10/26 Oneonta St. 4 p.m.

UpcomiNg games

women’s soccer 10/23 Juniata 1 p.m. 10/30 Goucher 1 p.m.

field hockey 10/21 @ Albright 4 p.m. 10/23 @ Juniata 1 p.m.

volleyball 10/21 Lycoming 7 p.m. 10/23 @ Lebanon Valley 1 p.m.

Swimming 10/23 FDU-Florham 1 p.m. 10/30 @ Widener 1 p.m.


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IN THis ISSUE Cross country improves Men’s soccer struggles Swimming previews ALSO INCLUDED Athlete of the Week

Women’s soccer clinches berth BY MATT AMLING Staff Writer The women’s soccer team finds itself in first place in the Landmark Conference after winning five of its last six games. The Royals moved into first place in the conference after beating Catholic University 1-0 Saturday. The Royals also clinched a spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament by beating Moravian 3-0 Tuesday. After losing to Catholic University in the Landmark Conference semifinals two years in a row, the Royals defeated the Cardinals Saturday, on a goal by sophomore midfielder Sarah Gibbons. Gibbons scored on a corner kick from sophomore Sydney Parker in the

14th minute. The goal was Gibbons’ second of the year. “We came out very strong and played a strong first half against Catholic Saturday,” Gibbons said. “We played with high energy and were connecting on passes very well.” The Royals defeated Moravian College Tuesday with the play of senior goalie Caitlin Byrne and freshman Samantha Russo. Russo opened up the scoring with a goal in the 11th minute and later scored on a breakaway for her sixth goal of the season. Freshman Rebecca Hextall tacked on another goal for the Royals, her fifth goal on the season, midway through the second half. Byrne recorded her fifth straight shutout for the Royals as Scranton clinched a spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament.

“The team is very confident right now, but we still have two more important games left to play,” Royals’ coach Colleen Murphy said. “We are taking one game at a time and hope that we can maintain our place as the top team in the conference.” Byrne received two weekly honors Monday when she was named The University‘s Athlete of the Week and the Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Byrne has not allowed a goal in her last five matches and leads the Landmark Conference with nine shutouts. Tuesday’s shutout against Moravian marked her 22nd career shutout, moving her into second place on the Royals all-time list. “I feel that the team has worked well as a unit,” Byrne said. “Soccer is a game where you can’t rely on

one person’s individual effort, we play as a team and that’s why we have been successful.” The victories improved Scranton’s conference record to 4-0 and improved its overall record to 114-1 on the season. Scranton also finds itself ranked seventh in the latest Mid-Atlantic regional rankings. The Royals have two conference games left to play before the Landmark Conference Semifinals, which begin Nov. 3. The Royals will play Juniata College Saturday and Goucher College Oct. 30 to finish their regular season schedule. Both games will be played at Fitzpatrick Field, where the Royals are 6-0 on the season and have yet to allow a goal. Scranton can clinch the top seed in the Landmark Tournament by defeating either Juniata or Goucher.

Courtesy of NJ Sports

FRESHMAN FORWARD Samantha Russo had two goals in Scranton’s win against Moravian College Tuesday afternoon.

Possible rematch sparks rivalry among students Volleyball loses three BY JEREMY EVANS Staff Writer

The Major League Baseball postseason is in full swing and the rivalry between the fans of the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies is at a fever pitch. The Phillies and Yankees met in the 2009 World Series and the Yankees walked away with the victory, defeating the Phillies in six games. Both teams vie for a spot in the World Series once again. The University of Scranton campus is home to an intense rivalry between fans of both teams. Matt Willcox, a sophomore Phillies fan who grew up near Philadelphia, said his affection for his team of choice is rooted in his family. “I grew up in and around the Phillies,” Wilcox said. “Everyone in my family is a Phillies fan. I have been going to Phillies’ games since I was four years old.” Willcox said he is hoping for both the Yankees and Phillies to make it to the World Series and have a rematch of last year’s series. He hopes the Phillies can avenge their loss to the Yankees last year. “The Phillies have the best chance to win the World Series

in Landmark

conference Courtesy of MCT Campus

FANS OF the Yankees and Phillies at The University hope for another Yankees vs. Phillies World Series. Both teams have fallen behind in the their championship series’.

this year, there is no question about that,” Willcox said. “If both teams win, we will have a repeat of last year and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Jared Hill, a Yankees fan from Old Forge, said his devotion to his team of choice also stems from his family, many of whom live in New York. “My father was always a huge fan of the Yankees,” Hill said. “We have a lot of relatives from New York and Long Island on my father’s side of the family, so you could say my obsession stemmed from my father and his family.” Like Willcox, Hill hopes for a rematch between the Yankees and Phillies because of the rivalry between fans.

“Last year was amazing,” Hill said. “The entire campus seemed to be spilt with Yankees and Phillies fans. It was pretty cool to see all the students get so involved in the series and take pride in their team. I hope we see a rematch this year again.” Justin Kearns, a Yankees fan from River Edge, N.J., said he follows the Yankees because of his father and the longtime winning history of the team. “What really makes the Yankees distinct is that they have won 27 World Series championships, more than any other team in sports,” Kearns said. Adam Gault, a Phillies fan from Philadelphia, said he doesn’t think the Phillies played to their full po-

tential last year and deserve a rematch with the Yankees. “I don’t think they performed their best last year or played up to their ability,” Gault said. “Overall, the Yankees played a better series and were the better team but I honestly think the Phillies didn’t play as well as possible.” Gault said Scranton’s location as a place where fans of different teams tend to converge contributes to the Phillies and Yankees rivalry on campus. “Rivalries are bound to happen with Philly, Jersey and New York all meeting here at Scranton,” Gault said. “Two very passionate sports towns come together here and I don’t expect the fans of either team to give up.”

self this year because now I know what I am capable of.” Ramapo went on the attack in the second half. Roadrunners’ forward Jayne Manigrasso set up fellow forward Amanda Baretta’s goal in the 39th minute to tie the game. Four minutes later, Manigrasso scored an unassisted goal to give Ramapo the lead. The Roadrunners held a shot advantage of 10-3 in the second half and 15-13 overall. Junior goalkeeper Alexandria Marandino made five saves for the Royals. Rebecca Elliot recorded four saves for Ramapo. Ramapo ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 6-7, while Scranton fell to 5-8. It was the first match between the two schools. On Saturday, the Royals went

up against Catholic University in a conference match at Fitzpatrick Field. Both teams struggled on offense in the first half. Scranton and Catholic combined for only seven shots and both teams were held scoreless. Catholic University came out strong on in the second half. The Cardinals scored four goals, including three in the last seven minutes, to take a commanding lead. Eight different players were credited with either a goal or an assist for the Cardinals. On the defensive end, Catholic’s backline didn’t allow a single shot from the Royals in the second half, helping Catholic take a dominating 13-0 shot advantage in the second half and 16-4 shot advantage overall.

Catholic goalkeeper Krystyanna Ramsdell recorded two saves in her seventh shutout of the season. Marandino made four saves for Scranton. Catholic University improved to 2-2 in conference play and 11-2 overall for the season. The win also gave Catholic sole possession of fourth place in the Landmark Conference and the final spot in the Landmark Conference tournament. Scranton fell to 1-3 in conference play and 5-9 overall. They now trail Catholic by one game in Landmark Conference standings with two conference games remaining. Scranton will attempt to snap its four-game losing streak against Juniata College at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Field hockey loses four straight games BY CORY BURRELL Staff Writer The Royals’ field hockey team fell into a four-game losing streak after losing 2-1 to Ramapo College and 4-0 to Catholic University. Scranton looked to rebound against Ramapo Oct. 14. The Royals started the game with a strong first half, outshooting the Roadrunners 10-5. In the 32nd minute, sophomore forward Gretchen Kempf scored the first goal of the match for the Royals off a penalty corner kick by senior forward Kaitlyn Tirney. It was Kempf’s third goal of the season and 10th of her career. “It’s a good feeling to know that I have been able to contribute to my team,” Kempf said. “I used my freshman year to motivate my-

BY PAT CASSIDY Staff Writer The Royals’ volleyball team snapped its three game win streak in the second round of Landmark Conference play at Kings Point, N.Y. and dropped to 12-13 on the 2010 season. The Royals faced three Landmark Conference opponents Saturday and Sunday. The Royals faced Juniata College and Catholic University Saturday. The Royals faced Moravian College Sunday. The Royals lost each match 3-0. Sophomore Juli Woods recorded 35 assists Saturday and Sunday, pushing her over the 900-mark for her career. She is now seventh alltime in Scranton history with 929. In the loss to Moravian sophomore Jenell McFadden and freshman Michelle McCrudden each combined for 16 kills and 21 digs. Sophomore libero Marissa Every finished with 17 digs, and sophomore setters Emily Keim and Woods contributed 13 assists apiece. In the loss to Catholic, senior middle blocker Julia Kropf and freshman right-side hitter Katie Newman led the Royals with seven kills apiece. McFadden, Every and McCrudden combined for 35 of Scranton’s 47 digs. The first loss of the weekend was to Juniata, who is ranked third in the American Volleyball Coaches Association standings. Juniata is 4-0 in the Landmark Conference and 21-3 overall in 2010. McFadden and McCrudden led the attack for the Royals. McFadden posted eight kills and 10 digs, and McCrudden finished with five kills and nine digs. Every contributed 19 digs and Kropf had three solo blocks.

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