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The Midterm Elections
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Results, opinions, a look at the Electoral system. (5)
November 4, 2010
The Student Voice of The University of Scranton
Department of Education, University fight bullying By Kathleen Hudson Managing Editor On Oct. 23 the Department of Education released a letter telling educational institutions across the nation to crack down on bullying in the classroom or risk losing their federal funding. The letter indicates a change from the former idea that bullying is a part of growing up to the belief that bullying is a form of discrimination that violates civil liberties and is thus an issue for the federal government to handle. “I am writing to remind you… that some student misconduct that falls under a school’s anti‐ bullying policy also may trigger responsibilities under one or more of the federal antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). As discussed in more detail below, by limiting its response to a specific application of its anti‐bullying disciplinary policy, a school may fail to properly consider whether the student misconduct also results in discriminatory harassment,” Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights said in the letter released by the Department of Education. “School personnel who understand their legal obligations to
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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS participate in a candlelight vigil Oct. 18 for the victims of LGBTQ bullying and abuse. This event was just one example of the nationwide move towards the prevention of bllying and harassment, and comes mere weeks before the Department of Education issued it’s letter on the legal obligations of Educational institutions to prevent discrimination.
address harassment under these laws are in the best position to prevent it from occurring and to respond appropriately when it does. Although this letter focuses on the elementary and secondary school context, the legal principles also apply to postsecondary institutions covered by the laws and
regulations enforced by OCR.” The letter states that the definition of bullying or harassment includes verbal acts, name-calling, graphic and written statements, and any conduct that may be “physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating.” It also addresses the problem of bullying using cell
phones and the new and pervasive methods cyber bullying. This new action by the federal government could have important legal implications if educational institutions are found to be unable or unwilling to prevent bullying and discrimination on campus, as this may lead the government
to cut funding to public institutions in extreme cases, according to officials. It could also open the schools up to lawsuits for civil rights violations. Ali has also stated that the government proposed $410 million in fiscal year 2011 spending for “successful, safe and healthy students,” a 12 percent increase over 2010 according to CNN.com. This letter comes after a recent outcry brought about by the harassment and discrimination of students in schools, which can sometimes lead to psychological distress, serious injury and, death. Recently, Rutgers University Freshman Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after his roommate filmed him in a sexual encounter with another man and streamed the video on the internet. Members of The University community as well as participates from neighboring educational institutions gathered Oct. 18 in a candlelight visual, organized by Scranton Inclusion, the gay-straight alliance at The University, to mourn the loss of Clementi and other victims of bullying and abuse, as part of a nationwide act of solidarity. Many also wore white clothes to represent the night’s theme “White Out the Hate.” While Clementi’s death was
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University launches new strategic plan
University students can now rent DVDs on campus, thanks to a new vending machine.The new DVD Now Kiosk will allow students to rent movies for 99 cents a night and was brought to campus through the efforts of Mark Wehrenberg, a junior, who started working on the project last year as a sophomore senator in student
government. “It’s nifty,” Wehrenberg said of the new machine. Unlike another popular DVD distribution machine, Redbox, Wehrenberg says that the DVD Now Kiosk will be able to get newly released movies the day they come out. Redbox, according to Wehrenberg, has to wait several weeks to get new titles.The machine can be found in the first-floor DeNaples Center entrance that is closest to the parking garage and across from the PNC Bank ATM.
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, The University’s Board of Trustees unveiled the new strategic plan for the next five years of The University. The new strategy, named "Go Forth and Set the World on Fire," will replace the “Pride, Passion, Promise” plan, which was instated six years ago. The University’s strategic plan is the brainchild of the Board of Trustees. It serves The University by revising its vision of The University for the next five years. The previous plan, an exception to this rule, was a six-year plan. “The new plan will refocus The University’s mission on expanding student interaction with The University community, the regional community, and the international service program. The goal of the plan is to reach the potential of the student with their interaction of the world in the Jesuit tradition” Board of trustee member, Margaret Q. Mariotti, au.D., of Clarks Summit, said. In comparison to the former plan, the new plan focuses more on benefiting the student rather than the expansion of campus which was the focus of “Pride, Passion, Promise.” The vision in the new strategic plan is to “be recognized as the finest master’s-level, Jesuit university in the nation…boldly
driven by a shared commitment to excellence,” according to the plan’s published booklet. “It’s a new direction for the university to become the finest master’s university in the nation. I think the change to the new plan is good,” Student Government vice president Michael Molitoris, of Plains, said. The new strategic plan consists of three major themes — Cura Personalis, Magis and Rei Solicitudo. The first component, Cura Personalis, which means “Care of the whole person,” is nothing new to campus. There are many programs on campus that incorporate the principle of Cura Personalis. The McCourt freshman residence hall involves residents in Cura Personalis programs throughout the school year. Many more programs on campus similar to the one in McCourt hall exist. As the plan states, the Cura Personalis component of the new plan states that The University “will be distinctive in the formation of students in the Ignatian tradition, emphasizing discernment, excellence and service.” The Second part of the plan, Magis, is also familiar to the past plans at The University. The Magis, which is a Jesuit phrase that means “the more,” refers to the philosophy of doing more in the name of Christ for others. Magis is also involved in The University curriculum. Fr. Pilarz teaches a
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class titled Jesuit Magis within the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. The Magis philosophy has been prominent around campus for many years. It parallels the Jesuit mission of The University and can be seen in the lives of many students, faculty and staff. The plan states that the Magis component of the plan involves being “Grounded in gratitude,” and that The University “will commit ourselves to excellence, especially in academics and student formation, for the greater glory of God and the well-being of humankind.” The third and last element of the plan is the idea of Rei Solicitudo. This is the newest component of The University’s strategic plan. Both Cura Personalis and Magis were both in “Pride, Passion, Promise.” “We will refine financial planning and management practices, cultivate the talents of our people, and invest in our campus environment in order to sustain and enhance The University we have inherited for future generations,” the new strategic plan’s published booklet said regarding Rei Solicitudo. “This strategic plan is great for students, faculty and staff to be refreshed on the ongoing mission of The University,” sophomore senator Mer Lubas, from Linden, N.J. said. For more information on the new strategic plan, please visit: http://matrix.scranton.edu/. Want to write for The Aquinas? Contact email@example.com
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The Aquinas Archives: This week in 2004
President Bush beats Kerry, elected for second term By Steven Thomma 2004 Aquinas George Walker Bush’s sweeping victory on Tuesday, coupled with GOP gains in the Senate and the House of Representatives may be building a sustainable majority that could dominate American politics. Bush claimed a second term as president with the biggest vote total of any president in American history. He amassed 51 percent of the popular vote after three straight presidential elections in which the winner failed to win a majority. Bush’s Electoral College margin was close but clear at 279252. Republicans also tightened their grip on the House and the Senate, boosting their majorities and seizing more power over the nation’s agenda at home and abroad. Their Senate strength also could help Bush appoint more conservative jurists to the Supreme Court, where Chief Justice William Rehnquist is suffering from thyroid cancer and several elderly justices are expected to retire within a few years.
Bush built his coalition with an appeal to preserve traditional moral values and America’s safety in a threatening world. He broke down some of the economic and class lines that had separated Democrats from Republicans for decades, instead building a coalition along cultural and social lines to include married people, churchgoers, and those who ranked moral issues as their top concern, above even terrorism or the economy. “America has spoken, and I’m humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens,” Bush, 58, said Wednesday with his wife, Laura, and their two daughters at his side. “With that trust comes a duty to serve all Americans, and I will do my best to fulfill that duty every day as your president.” Bush claimed victory several hours after Kerry called him shortly after 11 a.m. to concede. The democrat later appeared publicly to in Boston to make it official. “I did my best to express my vision and my hopes for America,” Kerry, 60, said in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall to an audience that
included his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, and his two daughters. “We worked hard, and we fought hard, and I wish that things had turned out a little differently. But in an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans.”
November 4, 2004 He urged Bush to help bridge the bitter gulf dividing Americans and called for his followers to do the same. Kerry decided to concede the hard-fought contest once it became clear Wednesday morning it was statistically impossible for him to overcome Bush’s popularvote lead in Ohio and thus impossible to win the Electoral College and the election.
Bush led Kerry by more than 3.5 million votes nationwide. His 51 percent popular vote majority erased the shadow that followed his 2000 victory, when he won the Electoral College after the Supreme Court stopped a recount in Florida, but lost the popular vote to Al Gore by more than 500,000. Of four Americans who have been elected president while losing the popular vote, Bush is the first to win a second term. He carried the Electoral College by winning all but one of the states he won in 2000, losing only New Hampshire and its four electoral votes. That left him with at least 274 Electoral College votes, four more than necessary. Only Iowa, with seven electoral votes, remained too close to call Wednesday. Iowa could add to Bush’s total if it switched to him after voting Democratic in 2000, but that would not change the election’s outcome. Republicans also added to their majorities in the House and Senate. They defeated Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota, the Senate Democratic leader and a symbol of Democratic opposition
to Bush’s agenda. It was the first time in 52 years a Senate leader of either party was turned out of office. They also swept five southern Senate seats from the Democrats, ending with a net gain of four and a majority of 55 in the 100-member body. Vice President Dick Cheney said the Republican victories added up to a clear message form Americans. Bush paid homage to Kerry and reached out to Americans who voted for him. “Senator Kerry waged a spirited campaign, and he and his supporters can be proud of their efforts,” Bush said. Looking ahead to the next four years, Bush said that the United States would help the people of Afghanistan and Iraq make the transition to democracy, so “then our servicemen and women will come home with the honor they have earned.” He said he would work with allies to combat terrorism. At home, he vowed to reform the tax code and Social Security and improve public education and the economy.
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People Profile: Mike Molitoris, Student Gov. VP by Timothy Mccormick Staff Writer For Mike Molitoris, a native of Plains who attended Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, attending The University was more a consequence of destiny than anything else. A senior biology major currently in the process of applying to medical schools, Molitoris followed his two older brothers to The University. “We’ve started a sort of legacy, a tradition for our family to come here because we enjoy it so much,” Molitoris said. “I really liked it here. I followed my brothers.” Two years after Mike’s college decision process, Lee, the youngest brother of the Molitoris family, also chose to attend The University. However, the family tradition extends further than just attending The University. Every brother has been a student government senator. Chris, Mike’s oldest brother, was Student Government president during the 2007-2008 school year. Ryan, a Class of 2010 alumnus, was also a senator during his years at The University. Lee is currently a sophomore senator. Mike currently serves as Student Government vice president. Student Government takes up a significant amount of Molitoris’s time outside class. With the recent mania over Midnight Madness, which was
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MIKE MILITORIS, a senior biology major from Plains, comes from a rich family tradition of University service. He is devoted to activisim in Student Government and is fond of physical activity.
held Oct. 28, Molitoris and his fellow senators have been quite busy. The hard work was worth it in the end, however. “That was a great success,” Molitoris said of the event. And, even though Midnight Madness is over, the hard work is not. “We have several things in the works right now,” he said. Some of the projects that Student Government is un-
“BUllying” Continued from Page One particularly relevant in the fight against the discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) persons, it also reflects the broader problem of in-school and on-campus bullying. The letter stated that “when such harassment is based on race, color, national origin, sex, or disability, it violates the civil rights laws that OCR enforces.” President Obama has also weighed in on the problem, stating that schools must “dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up.” Not all are completely convinced of the long-term effectiveness of the new letter, however. “My personal opinion is that our government should be doing more to prevent bullying from occurring in the school systems,” Jessica Rothchild, a senior from Tinton Falls, N.J., and the president of Scranton Inclusion, said. “Although I am happy that the Dept of Education sent out a letter, I do not think that much will change until policies are created and enforced to establish consequences for the schools who do not take action on bullying and harassment issues.” “Though the guidance goes far under current law, it does not replace having a federal statute that explicitly protects” LGBTQ students, Laura Murphy, the di-
rector of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (UCLA) Washington legislative office, said. Murphy has recently called for Congress to pass the Student NonDiscrimination Act, a bill that the ACLU said would guarantee that LGBTQ students are explicitly protected from harassment and discrimination under federal law, according to CNN.com. The bill is currently pending in the House and Senate. While The University is a privately funded college and thus not as dependent on federal funding, it has also taken steps to ensure the safety and well-being of its student population, through organizations like Scranton Inclusion, as part of its commitment to Jesuit ideals. For example, The University has recently began establishing “Safe Zones,” where faculty members who are willing to talk with LGBTQ students who need advice and help place signs on their office doors that identify places of acceptance and security. “I believe that our school as a private institution has dealt well with harassment incidents in the past but that does not mean that we can’t continue doing more to bring about awareness on campus,” Rothchild said. “We have a built in discrimination policy, which I feel is important and meaningful.”
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dertaking include finding a University rally song to support University teams and a move from my.scranton.edu to gmail.com-supported University email accounts. Molitoris’s involvement at The University does not stop with Student Government, however. He also serves as a resident assistant on the fifth floor of Redington Hall. He has been involved with The Univer-
sity’s Ultimate Frisbee team for two years and is a member of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts (SJLA) Honor Program. In addition to his University activities, Molitoris likes to spend his spare time participating in physical activities. He loves to hike and run, which give him time to clear his mind after long days of class and work for Student Government. In fact, Molitoris’s enjoy-
ment of running exceeds normal limitations. Last October, he ran in the Steamtown Marathon. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” he said. “Harder than the MCATs?” his friend Eddie Kloniecke, a senior senator from Moosic asked. Mike answered affirmatively. And yet, he wanted to do it again. Unfortunately, the Steamtown Marathon reached its maximum participants earlier than ever before this year. By July, registration was closed; Mike was unable to participate again this year, though that has not hindered his desire to do another one soon. This determination, which served him well during his marathon, has also been useful during his academic career at The University. Of all the challenging classes he had, Molitoris’s favorite class was Histology, taught by Dr. Kwiecinski. He also plans to take BIOL 295, a travel course to the Philippines, which he is looking forward to. “I’m very excited,” Molitoris said. “And they just issued a travel warning, so I’m a little nervous, but I haven’t been many places abroad, so this is exciting for me.” Favorite movie: “The Rundown” Favorite book: “Being and Time” by Martin Heidegger Favorite food: Old Forge Pizza Alternate Profession: Soccer Coach
‘Biggest Loser’ invades Scranton, encourages healthier lifestyle By Jeremy Evans Staff Photographer For Kate Navitsky, participating in The University’s Biggest Loser competition is about more than losing weight. It’s about dedication to a healthier lifestyle. The American version of the TV program, “The Biggest Loser,” premiered in 2004, and has been one of NBC’s highest-rated programs for the past six years, according to NBC’s website. The premise of “The Biggest Loser” is a contest among overweight people competing to lose the greatest percentage of weight over a period of time. The show features experts on exercise and nutrition to help the contestants lose weight. At the end of each episode, the contestants are weighed. The person who loses the smallest percentage of weight is eliminated from the competition, according to NBC’s website. The same principles carry over to The University’s Biggest Loser competition. Navitsky said that the competition features group workouts, healthful meals and information sessions to help teach contestants to live healthier lives. These activities are voluntary, but all contestants must attend the weekly weigh-in. Participants in the campus version are not eliminated for losing the least weight. Navitsky participated in cross country at The University, but quit during her sophomore year. She said she couldn’t find the time necessary to participate in the sport in light of her other obligations. “It was just a big balance issue. Cross country was just too much considering I had school and a job
at the same time,” Navitsky said. Navitsky has always been active and has never had a problem with her weight, nor has anyone in her family. For her, participating in the Biggest Loser was more about motivation than trying to lose weight. “A lot of people do this because they want to lose weight and that’s great, but I just wanted to do this to get motivated and have something to keep me going,” Navitsky said. Despite the popularity of “The Biggest Loser,” Navitsky said that she doesn’t watch the show, but when she heard about the campus version it piqued her interest. “I always go to the gym and work out with a friend of mine, so when we heard about this, we figured it would be a great form of extra motivation to keep going. If you’re part of a competition, it’s more a priority and you’re more likely to keep going,” Navitsky said. The nutrition and more healthful
eating aspects of the competition were the major draws that helped Navitsky decide to participate in the competition. “Doing something like this just helps you become more aware of what you’re doing and of what kind of foods you’re eating. It’s easy to lose track and eat all kinds of unhealthy food, especially as a college student and that’s why this ‘Biggest Loser’ contest is great,” Navitsky said. The Biggest Loser competition lasts for six weeks and reasons for participating vary for the contestants. But Navitsky hopes to use the competition as extra motivation and commitment to more healthful living. “As a college student, it’s hard to keep everything in line and stay healthy too. And that’s why this contest is great,” Navitsky said. “It just gives you that extra drive and ambition to keep going and stay dedicated to a healthier lifestyle.”
Bed bug found in Scranton school By Sarah Hofius Hall McClatchy Newspapers Two classrooms at West Scranton High School have been relocated after a bedbug was found in one of them. On Friday and Monday, a student and teacher each found an insect they believed was a bedbug in two separate classrooms on the third floor. School officials had believed neither had saved the bug, but one of them had, Superintendent William King said Wednesday. The saved insect has been identified as a bedbug by Ehrlich Pest Control, and classes in those rooms will be relocated for the rest of the week “to be cautious.” The maintenance staff has examined the entire school “with a fine-tooth comb” and found nothing else, including no additional bedbugs in the classrooms where the bugs were found, King said. Parents were scheduled to receive an automated phone call about the issue on Wednesday evening. “There’s nothing to worry about because we’ve scoured the entire building,” King said. Over the weekend, Erlich will complete a heating procedure in the two classrooms to make sure there are no bedbugs in the room. Bedbugs, which feed on blood and seek shelter in dark crevices. They are notoriously hard to exterminate.
Wayne Memorial hospital to educate medical students By Erin L. Nissley McClatchy Newspapers First- and second-year students at the Commonwealth Medical College have a new resource when it comes to learning about practicing medicine in the real world. Wayne Memorial Hospital, along with Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers and Highland Physicians, is the latest to join a program that offers clinical experience to medical students. TCMC has already partnered with hospitals and physicians’ practices in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport, all of which allow medical students to spend a week with a mentor physician three times a year. “Our students go and work with physicians, typically family doctors,” said TCMC spokeswoman Anne Green. “It exposes first- and second-year students to clinical experience.” The five students selected to pair up with doctors in Wayne County will spend time in primary care practices, as well as outpatient and inpatient settings in operating rooms, the emergency department and inpatient units. The students also will complete a community health research project, which is a requirement of all students participating in programs at hospitals and practices throughout the region, Green said. Previous projects at hospitals and practices throughout Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport have focused on access to care and improving quality of care, she added. “The affiliation with Wayne Memorial brings our students into the community, to learn with practicing physicians and to appreciate the advantages of living and working in a community like Honesdale,” TCMC Dean and President Robert D’Alessandri, M.D., said in a press release.
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Fair encourages diversity on campus by Timothy Mccormick News Editor The University’s Office of Equity and Diversity holds its third annual Diversity Fair today on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center. Different groups from around campus, as well as different groups not directly associated with The University, will present at tables set up in the McIlhenny Ballroom. Other presentations will be given in the Moskovitz Theater. While all different groups will be represented, this year’s focus will be on Latin Americans. The workshops began at 10:00 a.m. in the theater. Downtown Scranton businessman Pedro Anes presented “The Latino Factor,” a discussion on the contributions of Latinos to American society. He showed a movie, “A Day Without a Mexican,” to help demonstrate the role Latinos play in America’s success. At 11:30 a.m., the keynote address, given by Dr. Antonio Flores will take place in the theater. Flores is the President of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, of which The University is a member. His presentation is entitled “Fortitude & Promise: Diversity and the American Dream,” and focuses on the paradoxes of a fast-growing Latino population in the United States. Joyce Avila, President of CAFE (Creating and Facilitating Equity), will give her address on “Latin Culture in the Classroom,” in DeNaples 405. Avila’s company serves the community through diversity training, and she has taught as an adjunct professor at The University in the Counseling Department. Meanwhile, every hour throughout the day, Enrique Maka Naxeiti Montalvo is pro-
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ANTONIO FLORES will be the keynote speaker at Thursday’s Diversity Fair. Flores is the President of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
viding a hands-on experience. Montalvo, of Taino descent, will present Taino Native American Art Workshops. In addition to University students, faculty and staff, six area high schools will send students to participate. The information tables set up in the ballroom will include issues such as disabilities, gen-
der issues and world religions. Members of the campus community who lead and organize faculty-led study abroad programs will also have tables. A Vietnam veteran can also be seen with a table. A steady participant in the Diversity Fair, this veteran leaves a table empty for the soldier who did not come home.
The ROTC will also present on diversity in the military. Issues they will address include how soldiers connect with others abroad and, also, once they return home. They will also discuss the travel opportunities through the military. There will also be musical performances by Frank LittleBear, Tribal Waves and Weepa. Frank LittleBear, of Cree Nation heritage, specializes in cultures native to the Americas. He will also have a table set up. Tribal Waves is a musical duo featuring Jamie Ofranella and Matt Scola. “Tribal Waves is a world ambient trance duo performing songs from ancient cultures and modern improvisations,” according to its Facebook page. Weepa features University student Cesar Reyes-Mateo, a senior from Scranton. Rosette Adera, Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, has confidence that the event will be a great success. “This is how we see ourselves: as part of that diversity,” she said. The set-up of the ballroom, she explained, will encourage students and other visitors of the event to visit as many of the tables as possible. Incentive “goodies” will also be given out. “We want students to engage in the conversations,” Adera said. Another activity in which students can participate will be the NEPA Center for Independent Living’s table. Last year, the group set up activities such as a wheelchair obstacle course and a dyslexic vision synthesizer. “This is a good way for people to stop and pause and see how it feels to be in somebody else’s body and know, ‘I can walk away’ … But some people can’t,” Adera said.
Tables featured at diversity fair National Alliance on Mental Illness NEPA Center for Independent Living Latin American Studies Department Scranton Inclusion Frank LittleBear Sgt. William Meade, VFW Military Science-ROTC Rob Parsons / Estefania Gonzalez Dr. Michael Allison’s Political Science Class Terrapyn Gifts
La Voz Latina David and Vera Walline – Baha’i Community Outreach World Languages Teaching Assistants Fr. Sivalon’s World Religions Class Jane Kopas Women’s Center ReSPECT Matthew Mroz Latin American Association of NEPA Blue Ridge School District
Eric Adamitis – Guatemala Office of Equity & Diversity Ishimwe Adera – Year of Rwanda Sr. Foley’s Integrated Immersion Class Universal Financial Services Pedro Anes Leahy Clinic for the Uninsured S.I.F.E. – Eggs for El Salvador United Colors Organization Sabor Latino (Latin Genre WUSR station)
Political activity on campus still minimal by Timothy Mccormick News Editor The Princeton Review recently named The University one of the least politically active campuses in the United States. This year, however, groups on campus have been trying to take a stand and show that The University does have a voice, which is ready to be heard. With the mid-term elections Tuesday, Nov. 2, rivals College Democrats and College Republicans joined forces to hold an “Election Results Party,” held in the Fireside Lounge in the DeNaples Center. Around sixty students attended. The two groups provided food as students watched the election results come in.
“The party was absolutely amazing! It really shows that political groups on campus are really becoming excited about politics,” Megan Davidovich, a sophomore and president of College Democrats, said. It was an exciting election to watch, especially on campus in a lounge filled with such adamant Democrats and Republicans. A surprisingly large number of races were very tight this election. Davidovich also took time to speak with The Aquinas about political activity on campus, and how, or if, it has changed since the campus has been named “politically inactive.” “I wish I was able to say that we were becoming more politically active,” she said. However, as president of College Democrats, she encoun-
tered a problem. While the club drew 95 students to sign up, the club’s first meeting was only attended by a significantly smaller number. At the second meeting, attendance dropped even further. “We have a lot of people that want to be engaged but don’t take steps to do so,” she continued. Even worse than club participation, however, is voter registration. Davidovich helped with voter registration on campus, where she learned something that shocked her. “What I encountered with voter registration is that many students don’t know what a mid-term election is. Many students don’t even know that there are elections other than presidential elections,” she said.
Blame cannot be placed entirely on the student body, however. It is difficult to encourage political activity to occur on campus, when there are hurdles and obstacles that clubs, trying to encourage involvement, must overstep to reach students. “We are dealing with a very strong administration,” Davidovich says. While the election party had a large number in attendance, The University cannot truly excel in political activity until the students understand the power that has been given to them with the right to vote, a right which can be utilized more than every four years, and The University encourages its students to find their voice.
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Electoral system detrimental to third party candidates Commentary BY Micheal Price
Staff Writer It is widely acknowledged that it is incredibly difficult for independent and third party candidates to win elections, most of all federal elections. In 2006, two independent candidates, Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman, won election and re-election to the Senate, respectively. Their victories, however, were independent victories more in substance than in spirit, as neither candidate ran from the beginning as an independent. Both senators ran in their state's Democratic Primary. Sanders, a self-described "Democratic Socialist," won his primary only to turn down the nomination, leaving the Democratic Party without a nominee. Sanders continued his campaign as an independent, and beat his sole opponent, Republican Richard Tarrant, by a 33 percent margin. Joe Lieberman, however, lost his party's nomination. After this loss, he ran as a candidate from the newly-erected "Connecticut for Lieberman" party. In a three-way race between Lieberman and the candidates of the two major political parties, Lieberman managed to win re-election. He garnered almost 50 percent of the vote, in
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THE UNITED STATES’ electoral system favors Republican and Democratic candidates, such as Pat Toomey (R). Toomey defeated Democrat Joe Sestak for Senator Arlen Specter’s seat.
large part due to his strong support from both independents and Republicans. These rare cases aside, independent and third party campaigns are often more difficult due to poor notoriety and lackluster fundraising. This difficulty is
GOP emphasizes quantity of seats over quality legislators As the poll numbers came in toward the end of election night, it was clear that Republicans had gotten what Commentary they wanted, by Brendan but I question whether the Gaughan Staff Writer voters have. Voters have spoken loud and clear across the country that they want change, but did they just sweep in the change they really wanted? The most pressing issue for voters was the economy, and they have brought in a group of Republicans to help clean up that mess. But is that what the Republicans are en route to repair? It doesn’t sound like it when you hear a very influential Republican, such as the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, tell the National Journal, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Tripping up legislation coming from Democrats to better the image of Republicans won’t energize the economy. A lower approval rating of Obama isn’t going to solve unemployment. The purpose of those strategies is strictly to secure control of Washington by Republicans. And, with an alltoo-evident idea for how voters felt about Republican control a short time ago in 2008, they will certainly look back at the 2010 midterms and say, “How did we forget?” Turning the election process into a game of who can win the most seats is a disastrous devel-
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opment, but it was the clear goal of the Republicans this election season. They were about quantity, not quality. I wish I couldn’t generalize, but the amount of Republican candidates that said they were going to shrink government and reduce government spending, but couldn’t name exactly what parts of the government or what government spending, was too numerous and widespread. One of the most unfortunate outcomes of this election will be if the Republicans find this season’s strategy to be their most effective one. If they believe fear, intentional misinformation and
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often aggravated by a pessimistic voter psychology. After all, why would one “waste” their vote on a long shot third party candidate when they could instead use it to elect the lesser of two evils? The United States operates under a two-party system. This is in
contrast to many other nations, where a multi-party system is utilized to great effect. To be fair, each system has its own advantages and shortfalls, and thus the question of which system is ostensibly better is a difficult one. Most elections in the United
States utilize a plurality voting system. Specifically, U.S. elections use a simple plurality system, which elects the candidate with the highest vote percentage, regardless of whether or not that candidate has won a majority of all votes cast. Simple plurality voting can often lead to vote splitting, which can cause a matter of contention, most notably seen in Florida during the 2000 presidential election, in which George Bush ultimately beat Al Gore. Some political scientists believe that votes cast for Ralph Nader, who held more views in common with Gore than with Bush, diminished Gore’s chances to win. Had Nader not been in the race, votes cast for him would have likely gone to Gore, perhaps tilting the election in Gore’s favor. While there is no clear consensus on the extent that Nader acted as a “spoiler” for Gore, it is quite clear that third party candidates can have a considerable negative impact on candidates from the two main parties. While many other voting systems than plurality voting exist, the instant-runoff voting system perhaps offers the best chance of winning for independent and third party candidates. In an instant-runoff election, voters rank the candidates on the ballot in or-
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Criticism of facebook’s ‘friendship page’ exaggerated Surely by now you must be aware of the newest Facebook ‘abomination’ that is bound to ‘ruin your life,’ as well as begin hundreds of difCommentary ferent half-hearted BY bRYAN attempts to make HEINLEN groups with ‘One Staff Writer Million Members Strong,’ courtesy of our latest movie star Mark Zukerburg. This, of course, is the dangerous ‘friendship page.’ Don’t let the pretty name fool you, the thousands of outspoken Facebook critics will be sure to remind you that the ‘friendship page’ is a part of an evil liberal plot to splatter your biggest secrets over the unrelenting ‘stalkerfeed’ of your father, boss, grandmother, RA, ex and university administration. Yet again, Facebook releases a great new feature, and, yet again, select people respond with immediate outcry. All right, so maybe it’s not as bad as the time they let high school students on the site, the time that they created the infamous ‘newsfeed’ or even as bad as the time they made you pick a gender. Still, the response was instantaneous and thoughtlessly negative. PC World calls it “Cool but creepy.” Caroline McCarthy of The Daily Caller just says it is “quirky.” And finally blogger Mike Issac epitomizes the ludicrousness by writing in his Forbes blog: “I imagined what a Friendship Page could look like in a different light. In a darker version of a social narrative, I can see the downward trajectory of a friendship in its demise, the continu-
ous documentation of each moment leading up to a larger falling out. And what of each comment, wall post, and photo tag aggregated irrespective of its original context, placed together in one spot? What are the consequences of displaying the activities of an entire relationship in decontextualized piecemeal?” Putting aside Mr. Issac’s philosophical nostalgia to things lacking in holistic potential, I see a larger issue at hand here. What are people afraid of? This new feature merely compiles information already available to you and presents it on your screen in a more organized, more personal fashion. Also, you have the ability to track and view your own friendships in a new light, seeing pictures next to conversations and status updates. I love this idea and have had some fun tracing my college years with some of my friends that I have not seen in a long time. I also enjoyed viewing the pages of others that I was close with and recounting my
own experiences as I grew alongside them. Overall, I found it quite reflective and at points it almost brought a tear to my eyes. If the issue is security, don’t be fooled. The new page still hides any content that you have not let others see. It is in no way any more revealing in allowing others to gain access to content. I have always been a huge advocate for college students to know the boundaries and appropriate use of social networking sites. Facebook can be especially dangerous in this respect because it started out as a site for college students only and very much has a ‘college feel,’ but now is widely used across all demographics. Remember, know and monitor your privacy options. Be especially mindful of the information you have available to the public at large and, finally, take a trip down memory lane with some of your closest friends. I cite PCworld.com, DailyCaller. com, and Blogs.Forbes.com for their quotes included in this piece.
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“The American people put their trust in the Republican to fix the economy and I am happy about it.” Adam Gault Philadelphia Class of 2012
“While I hope there will be more collaboration now that there is a split in the House, I think this will result in a standstill, where nothing will get through.”
Gillian Naro Southampton Class of 2012
Mike LaRocco Bayonne, N.J. Class of 2011
“GOP“ CONTINUED FROM PAGE FIVE rhetorical talking points are going to be the best bet to gain representation in Washington, then we are all in trouble. We will be told this is the way it is and the way it will always be, but there is a new precedent being set. The irresponsible influence of mass media, unlimited anonymous money entering elections and the control of a party’s message by its most polarized members are new developments that shouldn’t be welcomed as a new norm. John Boehner, if he is to be named the next Speaker of the House, will be the conductor of the Republican orchestra in the House of Representatives. I have a song recommendation that he could use as the anthem for the voters in the 2010 midterm elections: Frank Sinatra’s “Glad to Be Unhappy.”
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
Letter to the Editor
Some structural changes to University present confusion I entered The University in the fall of 2007. As a member of the student body since then, I watched as The University made significant changes to its appearance. It is these changes that I would like to address and comment on in this letter. I would first like to bring up the “Alumni iTower, which is the column of televisions found in the De Naples Center.” Now, I can recall my first sighting of this structure and the series of questions that assaulted my mind upon my first sighting of it. My first question was “Why are there T.V.’s on a stair well?” which was quickly followed by a second, “Why are there seven of them?” and then a third, “How much did this iTower cost?” To this day, these questions remain unanswered for me, and, for whatever reason, I decided that I couldn’t let another day pass without me at least trying to find an answer. So I began to compose this letter as a way of posing these questions to the student body as a whole and to the administration as a whole in hopes that someone will respond through the paper or to me directly (email@example.com) and enlighten me and whomever else has been plagued by similar questions surrounding the iTower. Other issues bothering me regard the placement and/or structuring of portals on campus. Looking to the De Naples Center once more, I question why there are three pairs of doors leading from the downstairs cafeteria to the Dionne Green with signs on them asking that people refrain from using them. I understand that using them allows wind and external air to have access to the eating area, but then I
ask why doors were put there in the first place. Maybe the doors were required in order to ensure that the building could be quickly emptied in case of a fire? If this question does in fact explain the nature of the creation of said doors, then I retract my criticism. However, the newly installed doors in the library certainly do not serve the same function as those three pairs of doors in the De Naples Center, which brings me to my next question - “Why are those new doors in the library limited to afterhours usage?” I fear that the answer I may receive may pertain to the fact that usage of the doors allows the internal library air to mix with external “Scranton” air, thus making for an uncomfortable atmosphere in which to study. To which I would respond that this “air mixing” would be most problematic during afterhours library usage because of the fact that more students are concentrated in the area near the doors and thus would be more vulnerable to the resulting temperature changes. I am not majoring in architecture or engineering, but I think it would make sense to “use” the doors placed around campus; otherwise, these doors with limited or no usage become reduced to windows or walls, which only temporarily manifest themselves as potential passageways. Finally, I would like to propose some solutions to the problems addressed in this letter. One solution would actually solve two problems. This solution requires the dissembling of the iTower and a destruction of the three pairs of doors connecting the lower level cafeteria to the Dionne Green (the latter por-
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ONE OF three doors University students are not permitted to use on the first floor of the DeNaples Center.
tion of the solution requires that the doors are not mandatory to allow for a proper escape from the De Naples Center should a fire ever occur in there. Should this not be the case, I still believe the iTower should be dissembled and that a new, more sensible usage of the televisions be put into action). The next step is to place a wall where the six pairs of doors once were and to place three of the seven flat screen televisions left over from the iTower dissembling spaced apart in front of the newly created wall. One would have to envision a place for the remaining four televisions, though I’m sure the administration could find a wall somewhere for them in order to display images of the members of Scranton’s athletic community
(a problem to be tackled at a later date). For the library, I think the doors should be regulated so that only one opens at a time. This organization would reduce the temperature changes that would result by opening both doors simultaneously. Next, the doors should be available for usage during library hours, as well as for afterhours usage. I feel the changes proposed in this letter would improve upon the existing structure. Should these changes be rejected, I would very much like to hear an explanation of why the current state of these structures is superior to the proposed changes.
Eugene Lucas is a senior at The University.
“THIRD PARTY” CONTINUED FROM PAGE FIVE -der of preference. Votes are then tallied for every voter’s first preferred candidate, as would be the case for plurality voting. If one candidate has a majority of votes, that candidate is declared the winner of that election. If, however, no candidate has a majority of votes, the candidate in last place is eliminated. All those who indicated first preference for the eliminated candidate will now have their second preferred candidate treated as if it was their first choice, and votes are instantly recounted. Candidates are repeatedly eliminated from the bottom, and votes continuously recounted, until one candidate has a majority of all votes cast. Instant-runoff voting is greatly beneficial to third party candidates, as it would seem to disregard the notion that voting for a third party candidate results in a wasted vote. This is not to say that instant-runoff voting does not have its opponents. On a practical level, implementing any new voting system can be costly. Further, while instant-runoff voting can be automated, in many cases counting is done by hand; this, of course, could delay election results. Finally, ballots could potentially be confusing to newer voters. On a theoretical level, there has been issue with the legality of instant-runoff voting. Some claim that the voting system violates
the principle that each citizen gets only one vote. In their view, voters who vote for a candidate that is eliminated essentially get a second vote for a major party candidate. In Stephenson vs. the Ann Arbor Board of City Canvassers, a Michigan court case, this issue was addressed. James Fleming, the judge in the case disagreed that instant-runoff voting gave some voters more votes than others. He held that each voter only has one effective vote for the office in which the election is being held. After all the rounds of voting are done, each voter only has one effective vote for the office. As such, the process is in line with the Constitution. Two other legal challenges to instant-runoff voting have similarly failed, although one such ruling has been appealed. Instant-runoff voting gives independent and third-party candidates a much better chance of winning an election. It greatly benefits candidates that have more state-wide appeal than party appeal, such as Joe Lieberman in his most recent Senate re-election campaign. It eliminates the spoiler effect and ensures that elected candidates have a majority of votes in an election, not merely a plurality. Most importantly, it has the ability for voters to choose policy over party, an idea that seems to have been forgotten in American politics.
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U.N. reports on state of women Commentary BY editorial borad
McClatchy Newspapers Two recent United Nations reports on the condition of women around the world contain the standard mix of good and bad news: Women and girls have made progress or at least held steady in many of the policy areas examined — including work, education, poverty and life expectancy — but they continue to lag behind men in almost every one of those categories. Sexual violence against women and girls is a universal phenomenon. But the reports are remarkable on two fronts. First, they are more comprehensive than previous studies, because most countries now keep sex-disaggregated data on, among other things, population, school enrollment, employment, child labor and the number of women serving in government. This allows researchers to present increasingly accurate snapshots of women’s lives, particularly in developing nations. Second, the reports suggest a way forward. In almost every instance of progress or advancement for women, whether in the work world or attaining political power, there is a correlation with education. In the last 10 years, girls have moved toward parity with boys in elementary school enrollment, with especially large gains made in Africa and southern Central Asia. In Kenya, for example, 1.2 million children flooded primary schools in January 2003 when the government abolished school fees. Girls in particular had been disadvantaged by the fees because poor families, forced to choose which child to educate, had given preference to boys. Globally, enrollment of women in universities has also increased dramatically. Where girls have the greatest access to education, they marry later, have fewer children and more economic opportunity. In Europe, women are on average age 30 or older when they first marry, according to the report, whereas in some developing countries, such as Mali and Niger, they do so before age 20. Sexual violence against women, particularly during war, causes long-term trauma. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, rape victims are still suffering physically and psychologically 15 years after the war ended. That bodes ill for places such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, where women are being systematically assaulted. In developed countries, women face fewer obstacles to education but bump against a thick glass ceiling. They continue to be underrepresented among legislators and senior managers, and overrepresented among clerks and service workers. And they still earn less than men. In the home, women spend about five hours a day on childcare and chores, while men average two hours. Except in a few places: In the United States, for instance, men have reached parity with women in hours spent on chores and housework. Now that’s progress.
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Augustana’s musical Liva set for career beyond ‘Boston’ ‘Wild Party’ Commentary By Rafael Pimentel Staff Writer “She said I think I’ll go to Boston / I think I’ll start a new life / I think I’ll start it over / where no one knows my name.” If you replace the above “she” with Augustana and “Boston” with Scranton, you have our USPB’s 2010 Fall Concert. Now, this is not meant as a knock against the band or the club; rather, merely an acknowledgement that the band has been somewhat under the radar after the 2005 hit “Boston.” Many people know very few songs other than its mega-hit.
speaking) in the vein of the Goo Goo Dolls. Like “Boston,” the song centers around romance, as most of the band’s material seems to; however, it is by no means a ballad. With lyrics like, “Shaking in the car / with a gun in her hands / Falling over love/ sweet romance / And I never thought it could come down to this / Bullet in my head / sweetest kiss,” it has a decidedly darker tone, even if the chorus works as a metaphor. The song is a great introduction to the band, especially because the song proves Augustana’s versatility. “Boston” pigeon-holed the band as a piano-driven ballad band, but that is not always the case. “Bullets” is a great rock song, driven by
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AUGUSTANA HOPES to show The University it’s more than “Boston.”
Augustana released “Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt” in 2008, and happens to be working on a new album, scheduled for release this year. This means that the band is still relevant, though maybe not to a University student. So, here are five songs considered among Augustana’s best work in the hopes of offering some motivation and excitement for the show. “Bullets” Available on: “All the Stars and Boulevards” This was the first song released before “Boston” became a mammoth hit, appearing on the TV show “One Tree Hill.” The song is a rocker (comparatively
a light, airy guitar that evolves into a distorted lead and chorus. “Angels” Available on: “Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays” This song just happens to be another ballad. The song is Augustana’s strongest ballad, even better than “Boston.” It is very modest in comparison, driven mostly by an acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies. Throw in some light, atmospheric keys, bass and brushed drums, and you have “Angels.” The song is a bit long for some people, clocking in at about six minutes, and tends to repeat; however, the sincerity in the vocals and the beauty of the harmonies make this song well
“Sara Bareilles.” Fabiana Vargas Sophomore, Milford
worth a listen. The song centers around its chorus, “Will I fight with an angel? / Will I leave here with you? / Will I take it all back if / if I find something new?” It is similar to Snow Patrol’s acoustic rendition of “Run,” with softer, higher-pitched, angelic vocals. “More than a Love Song” Available on: “Midwest Skies and Sleepless Mondays” This song is similarly-themed song to “Angels.” Both are straight-forward lyrically, proclaiming love for a significant other and what the singer would do to express this love. Despite the lyrical similarities, the song sounds a bit different from “Angels;” rather, the song sounds very much like “Name” by the Goo Goo Dolls. It is one of those softer songs that still has some bounce to it, and could translate really well live. Unfortunately, since it is an older song, it may not appear on the band’s set list. “Lonely People” Available on: “All the Stars and Boulevards” “Lonely People” is another one of Augustana’s rock-driven songs. The song is like a few 90s alternative-rock gems, especially “Found Out About You” by the Gin Blossoms. It is definitely a rocker, and has some great lyrics, such as “I guess it always gets me drinking / Well Holly, she makes me sad / Forgive me if I look so lonely / It’s not that bad.” It’s a nice relief from the typical “I love you, etc.” message found in much of the band’s music. “Sweet and Low” Available on: “Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt “ “Sweet and Low” is from the band’s most recent release. It’s similar to “Saved” by the Spill Canvas and “Falling Apart” by Matt Nathanson. It’s one of those songs that is destined to be an instant radio hit, which makes sense as it was the lead single on “Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt.” The lyrics in the song are a bit somber, yet hopeful. The first verse offers a warning and a decision to persevere. “Anywhere you go / anyone you meet / Remember that your eyes can be your enemies / I said hell is so close, and heavens out of reach / But I ain’t giving up quite yet / I’ve got too much to lose.” Like the perseverance found in these lyrics, the band still perseveres and will be at the Denaples Center Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 for this year’s Fall Concert for all University students to enjoy.
Commentary by Joe Wolfe Arts & Life Editor This year, The University’s Liva Arts Company will present “The Wild Party” for its 2010 fall performance. Last year’s fall performance, “Company,” was well received by students and faculty, as was its performance of “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in the spring. “The Wild Party” is based off the poem of the same name written by Joseph Moncure March in 1928. Andrew Lippa wrote the music for its stage production for which he won the “Drama Desk Award for Music” and the “Outer Critics Circle Award.” The show is sure not to disappoint audiences; Liva productions have consistently proven to be a nice Friday or Saturday evening show. The show will take place Nov. 11-13 at 8 p.m.
and Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. “The Wild Party” Cast: Caroline Dress, William Dempsey, Dana Walsh, Lindsey Walsh, Molly Furlan, Tom Hansen, Molly Calderone, Shannon O’Boyle, Michelle D’Allesandro, Francesca Arvonio, Veronica Dress, Lucy Cumberland, Brendan Slusarki, John Christiano, Bill Shubeck, Danny Satterfield, Nicholas Paganelli, Elizabeth Ryan, Sam Dzirko, Colleen Tyrrell, Elizabeth Ryan andJamie Ranslow
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Download of The Week “Happiness” by Elliott Smith To celebrate the release of the first compilation of Elliott Smith’s greatest hits, “An Introduction To Elliott Smith,” it only seemed fitting to make one of the best songwriters of the 90s this week’s “Download of the Week.” Unlike most greatest hits albums that seem to concentrate on one particular era of an artist, “An Introduction To Elliott Smith” encompasses the artist’s career evenly, but with a minor exception. “Figure 8” is the only album that is underrepresented on the greatest hits. Even though its track, “Happiness,” appears on the album, it does so in the form of its single release. So isn’t it natural that it would be the song to center out as the “Download of the Week?” The beat of “Happiness” captures the sound that defined Smith in his post-Kill Rock Star era, a sound that was more complete and more mainstream due to his move from the indie label to Dreamworks. Smith looses the acoustic guitar for a piano driven introduction that is highlighted by the soft drums in the background.
The percussions continue to set the tone for the album as the piano takes a back seat, allowing for an organ to complement them. The effect of the organ creates a circus-like sound that draws the listener in so that he or she could get lost in Smith’s song. “Happiness” is one of those songs that leaves listeners scratching his or her head, trying to figure out the song’s subject. Never is this as evident as it is in the song’s beginning: “Activity’s killing the actor / And a cop’s standing out in the rain turning traffic away.” But the uncertainty behind his lyrics is exactly what makes Smith one of the best songwriters of the 90s and early 00s. What could be taken as a song that talks about the struggles of a relationship that seems to have settled by songs end, but it is actually through the absence of Smith that this goal could be reached for him and his significant other. Because as Smith sings, “What I used to be to be will pass away and then you’ll see / that all I want now is happiness for you and me.”
Who was your vote for the Spring Concert?
“Matt Nathanson.” April Dudzinski Sophomore, Monteville, N.J.
“Switchfoot.” Allison Davis Junior, Morton
“Jay Sean.” Jen Villare Junior, Quakertown
“Girl Talk.” Cory Helfrich Sophomore, Stony Brook, N.Y.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
‘Pinkerton’ finally receives deluxe treatment Commentary by Joe Wolfe Arts & Life Editor It’s a weird feeling when you look back on a band’s career and see an album that you thought would start an upward rise in the band’s success, only to realize years later that this release was merely its peak that the band was never able to recapture. Coming off the success of its debut album, “Weezer (The Blue Album),” Weezer released “Pinkerton” in 1996, an album that was as far from the mainstream friendliness of “The Blue Album” as it could get. In “Pinkerton” Weezer showed listeners a rawer alternative rock sound, especially when compared to the pop-punk sound of “The Blue Album.” If “Pinkerton” and “The Blue Album” could be songs, think of the pop-friendliness of Green Day’s “Basketcase” compared to the screeching sound of “Brain Stew.” “Pinkerton” didn’t
have the mainstream hits of “The Blue Album,” such as “Undone – The Sweater Song” and “Say It Ain’t So,” and there wasn’t a top 10 music video that featured the band playing at “Arnold’s DriveIn” with the cast from “Happy Days;” rather, listeners were shown something different, a sound entirely of its own, a sound that is said to have started the emo genre. Since the release of “Pinkerton,” critics have flip-flopped their stance on the album. The album has been featured on almost every “Best Of” list including Pitchfork Media’s “Top 100 Albums of the 90s” and Spin Magazine’s “100 Greatest Albums from 1985-2005,” and received a perfect five out of five from Rolling Stone when the album was re-reviewed in 2004. The album is full of songs that blow out your speakers as you scream along to the vocals in your car and pound your fists against the steering wheel or as you jump up and down in your
room trying to mimic the power chords with your air-guitar (or as you continually become distracted singing and tapping your foot to the album when you write up your review). “Pinkerton” holds a place in every music geek’s heart because it was the first album that truly summed up the emotions of a 13-year-old boy in our generation. Just look at the in-your-face chorus of “Getchoo,” a song that Rivers Cuomo uses to lament over a recent break-up and “Why Bother?” a song that captures the anger of a teenager who has had his heartbroken far too many times, with lyrics such as “Why bother? It’s gonna hurt me / It’s gonna kill when you desert me / This happened to me twice before / It won’t happen to me anymore.” “Pinkerton” was the “Never Mind” for our generation; it was our “(Expletive) You” world album. So, it was about time that one of the defining albums of our
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WEEZER’S “PINKERTON” gave the 90s an album to rock out to.
generation was given the deluxe edition treatment. Added to the album was enough alternate takes and “Y100 Sonic Sessions” to please any “Pinkerton” fan. With these alternate takes and studio sessions are unreleased tracks, such as “You Gave Your Love To Me Softly,” “Devotion” and “I Just Threw Away The Love Of My Dreams.” Even if you have the original
“Pinkerton” album, this deluxe edition is an item that deserves to be in your musical library. You won’t regret spending the extra cash, since the bonus tracks are well worth the price. So do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this edition and think back to your grade school days when girls seemed like another species and Weezer was destined to stay atop the musical charts.
Bon Appétit Commentary by Amanda Murphy Faith Editor Savory Maza is a family-owned Lebanese restaurant located at 200 N. Main Ave. in Scranton. Lebanese cuisine is a popular Middle-Eastern cuisine with its own flavors and ingredients, mostly earthy and natural flavors. Guests can dine in or takeout, and the restaurant offers daily specials and vegetarian dishes. There is an intimate atmosphere in the restaurant: it is decorated with many Lebanese paintings and items on the wall and tea lights on the tables; there are many plants and vines decorating the interior as well. It is small, but not cramped. As I read over the menu, I realize I want one of everything because every menu item sounded like a good choice. I finally come to the conclusion that I will have the special, hushweh, which is seasoned beef and rice topped with chicken and pine nuts ($16). My guest orders a chicken shawarma wrap, which is a fresh gyro with chicken, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a tahini paste ($8). I think the food is a little too pricey until it actually comes to the table. All entrees are served with traditional Lebanese rice and a side of fattoush salad, which is a basic salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, parsley, onion, olive oil, spices and lemon juice topped with toasted Lebanese bread; the salad is a great start to the meal, especially because it gives you the flavors to expect in the rest of the meal. My hushweh is enough to satisfy three people. I literally utter, “Oh wow,” after the first fork full. The rice
“Jason Derulo.” Laura Stubits Senior, Catasauqua
and seasoned beef have an earthy flavor, which is not overly spiced, but is just enough to blend well with the earthy pine nuts and the chicken (a little more salty than I expected). I take half of it home with me because the portion is so big. The chicken shawarma wrap is huge (about 12 inches of wrap) and comes with the tahini sauce on the side for dipping. These are great choices for dinner. I hope they have hushweh as a special more often or decide officially to add it to the menu. The desserts pictured on the menu look too good to pass up, so I order the esmalieh: shredded phyllo dough (kind of resembles a bird’s nest) topped with creme fraiche, riccotta cheese, simple syrup, and crushed nuts (almonds, pistachios) for $5. The dessert was hands-down the most delicious dessert I have ever had. That seems like an exaggeration, but it is not. It was sweet from the simple syrup and the creme fraiche and the cheese, but it also balances with the earthy nuts and shredded phyllo dough so it is not too sweet. It was not like any dessert I have had before. Everyone should try esmalieh if they haven’t yet. Overall, Savory Maza is definitely a great choice for a dinner date, a family meal or just for lunch, and you won’t feel guilty about the food because it is all mostly fresh ingredients with nothing added but some spices. Its regular hours are Tuesday-Thursday. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, contact Savory Maza at (570) 969-2666 or go to the website (http://www.savorymaza.com/).
“OneRepublic.” Shawn Lamb Senior, Springfield
“Switchfoot.” Jeff Sokoloski Senior, Kingston
April Atkinson Senior, Scranton
“K’Naan.” Michael Wiencek Junior, Reading
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PBC members visit campus, host panel discussions By Lauren porelli Business Correspondent It’s not every day when a student gets the opportunity to receive advice from one business executive, let alone eight. This is why Tuesday was a special day for University students, when members of the President’s Business Council visited campus. Formed with the purpose of advancing The University’s mission, the PBC’s main objectives are providing networking opportunities, mentorship, internship, educational and career opportunities for alumni and current students. They also provide fundraising for the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund by hosting an annual award dinner in New York City. The members of the PBC graciously participated in panel discussions and answered students’ questions regarding interviews, internships and career advice. Notable alumna Mary Beth Farrell, University Class of 1979, Tom Lynch, Class of 1986, Michael Raso, Class of 1990, George Evans, Class of 1982, Patti Clifford, Class of 1986, Tom Hogan, Class of 1979, Kristen Williams, Class of 1992, and Elizabeth Madden, Class of 1996, participated as panelists.
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LEFT TO right: Michael Raso, Tom Lynch, Mary Beth Farrell and George Evans speak at the first panel discussion in the Pearn Auditorium in Brennan Hall during PBC Day on campus Nov. 2.
During two separate panels the alumni discussed their careers and the significance of networking and mentorship, and offered pertinent interview tips. Elizabeth Madden, Vice President of Global Security Services at Goldman Sachs and Co., advised the students that “A career is an evolution, not a one-
time decision.” She also communicated the value of keeping an open mind about future opportunities. The panelists described their feelings about their current jobs, including professional difficulties and successes. Tom Hogan, Senior Vice President and Head of
Former Dun & Bradstreet HR Vice President, alumna speaks to students Commentary By Lauren Bottitta Business Correspondent On Wednesday, Patti Clifford, Class of 1986, came back to campus for the second time this week to talk to students in the Business and Human Resources-related fields. Clifford is a former Senior Vice President for Global Human Resources at Dun & Bradstreet. Her insight was appreciated by all those in attendance. She opened up the hour by encouraging students to keep their “eyes wide open” to all the possibilities around you. “If you get a good job at a good company, take it,” she said, even if it may not be the specific job you’re looking for. Then take advantage of all the other opportunities offered at the company, and make sure they allow you to grow and learn. When asked about interviewing, Clifford’s first point was to know the company. She suggests looking on the investor website to find a recent investor presentation explaining what is new in the organization. Have questions prepared for when they throw you the “softball” at the end of the in-
terview and allow you to ask the questions. Don’t be afraid to do so. This illustrates your ability to think and also shows your interest in the job and the company. Her main point was the importance of presence. “Whether you like it or not, you get judged the minute you walk in the door,” Clifford said. “You have to represent your brand.” Shake the hand of the interviewer and anyone else you meet on the interview, make eye contact, be sure to listen to the questions being asked. Most importantly, be able to articulate your strengths and convey confidence. Specifically, if Clifford could go back and do anything differently, she said she would have been more confident of her abilities. Some participants asked how Scranton students can make themselves stand out against other applicants from Ivy League schools. “It all comes down to what you do when you’re in there. Those other schools are just names,” she said. As an alumna of The University, she stressed the increased reputation of the school and the special “scrappiness” that Scranton students have. In her personal life, Clifford has used a “personal value prop” to guide many of the decisions
she has made throughout her life. Whenever she was presented with an opportunity, she made sure it would be a challenge, allowing growth and development. She looked at the culture of the organization and who she would be working for, assuring they matched her own personal values. “Life is about decisions,” she said. “It can be scary, but if you’ve thought it through they will serve you well.” As a single parent, she stressed that while it is a “balancing act,” you can have a family and be successful, as long as you prioritize and plan. Any member of the business world has heard it a thousand times – it’s all about who you know. Clifford stressed this again at the close of the hour by saying that “your networks are so much bigger than you think they are.” Family members, friends, neighbors – all students should make a list of everyone they know and the companies they work for. “You’ll have a much higher probability of finding a job through a network than on any job board.” Patti Clifford will be back in February with other members of the President’s Business Council to help seniors with the interview process and resumes.
MetLife Resources at MetLife Inc. noted that “Every job comes with its ups and downs, but it is important to look at the whole picture. You should always be asking yourself ‘what’s next’ in order to advance your career.” The panel addressed questions regarding the value of network-
ing and mentorship. All panelists agreed that mentors play an important role in one’s career and Kristen Williams explained the importance of “finding mentors you respect and want to emulate.” The panel offered vital tips about interviewing and internships. Patti Clifford, the former Sr. Vice President of Global Human Resources at Dun and Bradstreet, explained that “the top 1/3 of a person’s resume is the most important part of the document. A clear objective and summary statement of yourself will give the interviewer a better idea of who you are and what you are trying to accomplish.” “Recruiters look for meaningful involvement when assessing an interviewee’s resume,” Elizabeth Madden said. Overall, the panelists stressed that students should be confident. They acknowledged that Scranton students embody humility due to their Jesuit education. The executives suggested that the students continue to maintain their humility, but also realize they are just as qualified as the other interviewees competing for internships and job offers. After the two panels finished, students met the panelists at a reception that took place in the Rose Room, on the 5th floor of Brennan Hall and put their newly-learned tactics to the test.
Doyle stock competition underway By Ryan Omensetter Business Correspondent The James C. Doyle Stock Trading Competition started Oct. 15. In its third year, it is quickly turning into a popular attraction in the Kania School of Management. The competition is run in conjunction with Associate Dean Dr. Kenneth Lord as well as PRISM directors Michael Dwier and Ryan Omensetter. The intention of the competition is to both honor the memory of James C. Doyle and allow the students in the Kania School of Management an opportunity to gain experience investing in the stock market with virtual funds. Using Virtualstockexchange.com, students can buy, sell, sell short or buy to cover in order to improve their overall portfolio value. The goal is to turn one million dollars of initial capital into as much money as possible in the six months during which the competition runs. Now, although students have one million dollars to invest, they are also allowed to buy on margin. That is to say that they can borrow up to another one million dollars to invest. There are a few restrictions to what students may actually invest in. Students are not permitted to invest in so-called “penny stocks” as they are essentially gambling
blind as there tends not to be much information on companies whose stock prices are very cheap. We do this because the main purpose of the completion is to have students conduct research and discover what to invest in and what to avoid, based on their current Kania School of Management education. Also, students are restricted to domestic stocks, or rather those listed on the NASDAQ, Dow Jones and AMEX. This insures that no one will be directly affected by interest rate risk, which makes the competition a bit less stressful. The award for the person having the highest portfolio value by the end of the trading day April 15, 2011, is a cash prize of $500. The winner also receives recognition at the annual Kania School of Management Recruiting Expo and will have their name added to the plaque in memory of James C. Doyle located inside of the Alperin Trading Lab in Brennan Hall. Past winners include Ryan McBride in 2008-2009 and Nicholas Caselli in 2009-2010. “This is a great opportunity for students to explore the market as well as gain knowledge and experience that will definitely help them at some point down the line, even if just a conversational topic,” Michael Dwier recently stated. Overall, this is a great opportunity for all students to further their market knowledge, especially in today’s diverse markets.
“Business Primer” Program continues Friday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. in Brennan Hall!
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PRISM benefits from Yarmey’s insights Commentary by MIKE DWIER Staff Writer While discussing the breakeven rate of inflation for Treasury Inflation Protected Security (TIPS) bond issuances at last week’s PRISM (Portfolio of Responsible Investments under Student Management) meeting, in came an advanced chemist, an esteemed White House lawyer and a distinctly successful portfolio manager. The order of the arrival is of no matter, because “they” are all one man. A man whose logical and analytical prowess is second only to Chuck Norris, Rich Yarmey provided the eagerly enthusiastic group of roughly 40 students with tidbits of knowledge ranging from Mean Variance Optimization techniques to making effective rock bombs out of Coca Cola bottles.
Although the investment oriented advice certainly helped advance the groups’ financial markets understanding, the life lessons and career-focused discussions also proved timely and enlightening. “Bolstering the educational and career advancement initiatives that are underway PRISM, has been the object of focus for group leaders. In addressing that, we have been on the search for established alumni who can offer meaningful insights. Fortunately, Mr. Yarmey more than answered the call,” PRISM co-chair Ryan Omensetter, in summarizing Mr. Yarmey’s visit, said. The bulk of time was spent discussing investment application and arising equity opportunities. Yarmey illustrated the importance of what he dubbed “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” Value Line, an investment research database, provides investors with a quick and dirty equity analysis
snapshot. From there, investors can build financial models and make forecasted projections of implied equity valuations for the coming years. While the group members are still far from being investment experts, Yarmey’s thorough explanation of Value Line’s relevance and various nuances successfully supplemented the organization’s overriding objective of investment-oriented education. A brief overview of Yarmey’s career was neither brief nor boring. In fact, the diverse description of past work experiences prompted a number of confused faces and subsequent questions from inquisitive group members. “How as a chemist, and a lawyer, did you become so knowledgeable about finance?” Junior Sean McKeveny asked. “It’s all the same,” Yarmey responded. What could he possibly have meant by this?
Admittedly, reading Barron’s every Monday helped him make strides in the early stages, as well as tediously plotting stock charts on standard graph paper in an attempt to visualize trends. He continued by discussing the numerous changes that all of his industries have gone through over the years. “The analytical process and the need to think [had not changed],” Yarmey said. The specifics of what was taught in a 1970s chemistry class may not be directly relevant to today’s economic environment. However, what was learned, not mindlessly memorized, has stood the test of time. The analytical decision making process that was utilized by Yarmey and his classmates are absolutely applicable and strikingly similar to the investment making process that PRISM is currently involved with. Maybe it really is all the same.
KSOM Business Club passes torch to new officers By sean mckeveny Staff Writer The largest club in the Kania School of Management has new leadership. On Tuesday, Oct. 26, The University Business Club had its election meeting in Brennan Hall, room 228. The meeting provided the members of the club with the opportunity to get acquainted with the new officers as well as the new student representatives. Sean McKeveny addressed the members in attendance and thanked them for a wonderful year. Brian Fischer, TJ Heintz, Vicki Maurer and Logyn Pezak now represent the Business Club as the officers. Brian Fischer is a sophomore finance major and president of the club. TJ Heintz is a junior
accounting major and vice president of the club. Vicki Maurer is a sophomore accounting major. Logyn Pezak is a sophomore accounting major. “Don’t let the youth in this group fool you, the new officers showed their worthiness with the help each exhibited in the months leading up to the Expo. I am sure they will do a wonderful job,” McKeveny said. Brian entered into the Business Club as the lone freshman student representative last year and has had time to develop and understand the ins and outs of the club. TJ is involved as a student officer in The University’s police department and is an active member in the ROTC program. Vicki Maurer is a member of the prestigious Business Leadership Program. Logyn Pezak is a commuter who works while maintaining a full course load and is a wonderful as-
set to the club. The new officers plan to continue the traditions of the Business Club for the spring events by welcoming back alumni for presentations as well as by partnering with the President’s Business Council trips to visit alumni in their places of work. Many alumni have expressed interest in returning and speaking to University students. The new officers will work with previous officers, faculty and the club moderator to organize these events. The new officers are not the only new faces that were recognized at the Oct. 26 meeting. The Business Club welcomed five new student representatives onto its administrative board. An e-mail was sent out to all registered Business Club members about the position. There was an application process as well as an interview process. In the end,
the club found five top-caliber Kania students. These students are: Danielle Estrella, Michael Hall, Colleen Riff, Marissa Schilling and Antonelle Tuazon. These student representatives were chosen by the previous officers. The previous officers were in agreement that each new student representative had something different to add value to the club. The torch has been passed on. The new leadership has all the support in the world and will do a wonderful job. The new officers have seven students who served as officers to assist during next semester, as well as the board members and new student representatives. The Business Club is always accepting new members. If you are interested in joining, please stop by Brennan Hall, room 426, the office of Janice Dubois, to pick up the club registration form.
U.S. Gross Domestic Product growing slowly according to analysts by nicholas caselli Staff Writer In the third quarter of 2010, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at a slightly faster pace than in previous quarters. However, economists still fear that the economy’s rate of growth is too slow to curtail the nation’s high unemployment epidemic. The Commerce Department, which released the preliminary estimate of the macroeconomic indicator, said that GDP grew at an annual rate of two percent during the quarter that began in July and ended in September 2010, slightly faster than the 1.7 percent observed annualized GDP growth rate in the previous quarter that ended June 2010. “Growth is not nearly as strong as we would like to see at this point,” Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James, said. In reaction to the first GDP release, stocks returned mixed results. The GDP reading came at a time when the markets were also awaiting earning reports and a consumer sentiment measure. Anticipation of the results of the
midterm elections and speculation over the Federal Reserve’s probable return to quantitative easing following its recent policy meeting also attributed to the mixed showing among stocks. The preliminary GDP estimate, which will be revised twice before it is finalized, indicated that the increase in third quarter growth was due mainly to a rise in consumer spending. Also, a sizeable portion of the growth in the GDP measure could be attributed to a rise in private inventories. According to the report, the trade sector was less negative in the third quarter than in the second quarter. The data also indicated that government spending increased the GDP measure, but the troubled housing market, which affects the residential investment sector, continued to weigh on economic growth. Analysts expressed concerns over the two percent growth number, although it represented a movement in the positive direction. First, economists noted a fear that the slow rate of growth might leave the economy vulnerable to unexpected pullbacks in production. Secondly, the two percent speed of economic growth is expected to do little in the way of reducing
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the current unemployment rate, which has hovered around 9.6 percent in recent months. “The problem is we don’t see things changing much for some time when the necessary balancesheet repair still has a long way to go,” Paul Ashworth, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said. An analysis of the specific components of GDP revealed that consumer spending bolstered the measurement. The data show that consumer expenditure increased from 2.2 percent in the second
quarter to 2.6 percent in the third quarter. This uptick in consumer spending resulted in a 1.8 percent increase in the GDP number. Within the consumption category, spending on durable goods, nondurable goods, and services grew 6.1 percent, 1.3 percent, and 2.5 percent, respectively. As consumers allotted more of their disposable income to consumption rather than savings, the private savings rate fell by 0.4 percent in the third quarter to finish at 5.5 percent. In other sectors, gross private domestic investment increased at a rate of 9.7 percent, much slower than the 17.2 percent rate of growth observed in the second quarter. A net increase in inventories of $115 billion helped to raise the GDP estimate by 1.4 percent. Also, residential investment accounted for a 0.8 percent decrease in the measurement. Overall, economists expressed mild optimism toward the third quarter GDP reading, which showed a greater increase in growth than in the second quarter. However, overall sentiment still remains cautious as the growth rate reported is neither robust nor expected to put a major dent in the number of unemployed Americans.
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Job searching By Betty Rozelle Career Services Correspondent When beginning a job search, students need to have a number of materials ready. A completed resume, a rough draft of a cover letter, and references are necessary. In addition, once they begin marketing themselves to employers, they should have an appropriate voice mail message on their cell phone and have a positive Internet presence. Networking is the most effective job search strategy. It is reaching out to one’s contacts for information about job openings and, sometimes, for referrals that can land one an interview. The University of Scranton’s Office of Career Services uses a job/resume database system called College Central Network or CCN. Students can simply go to this website, http://www.collegecentral.com/scranton/, register, upload their resume, and identify and apply for job postings. Students can search the national listing of job vacancies or just those posted for University of Scranton students. Classified ads in a newspaper should not be overlooked. Many students have learned of openings by simply checking the newspaper. Most newspapers now have their classified ads online, and this site includes links to newspapers nationwide: http://www.newsvoyager.com/voyager.cfm There are numerous online national job/resume database systems, such as http://www. monster.com and http://www.careerbuilder.com, that students can consider using. For a list of these and other online national job/resume database systems, see the career websites section of career services homepage. Employment agencies are not just for those seeking temporary or summer positions. Students can simply register, and these agencies will look to match their qualifications to employers’ needs. The employer pays the fee to the employment agency, not the student. Many employers use this particular strategy as a way to explore the employee/employer fit before hiring the person for a full-time, permanent position. Government career opportunities are another job search strategy to consider. Their online sites have vacancies posted and a system to apply for all vacancies with one online application form. Explore federal, state, and local government jobs through the career services webpage: http://matrix. scranton.edu/studentlife/studentaffairs/careers/resource-pages/ resources-students.shtml Attending a job fair provides the student with an opportunity to submit resumes to many employers in a short amount of time and to make a positive first impression. Participating in a job fair provides employers with the opportunity to conduct “mini-interviews” in which they can determine which students they would like to invite to their location for an interview. University students should plan to attend the spring Career Services Job Fair and the spring Career Services Carnival to interact with employers. For a national directory of job fairs, check out the career services homepage. The staff of the office of career services is happy to meet with any student who is beginning a job search or is in the midst of one. They can be reached at (570) 9415988. For additional information about the job search process, see the office of career services Job Search Guide on their webpage at http://www.scranton.edu/careers.
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Alcohol deemed more dangerous than crack, heroin by catherine erbicella Sci/Tech Editor This week British scientists claimed that alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin combined, when considering the combined harms to the user and others. According to Reuters, the scientists based their findings on a new scale of drug harm that assesses the damage of drug use, not only to users themselves, but also to society around them. This scale was developed in the conjoined efforts of Britain’s Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). It was developed out of concern by these scientists that the current classification system in the United Kingdom did not accurately assess the harm done by certain drugs. This proposed new scale involves nine criteria on harm to the user and seven criteria on harm to others. Those that were considered as “harm to users themselves” included drug-related death, health damage, addiction or dependence and relationship issues. Factors that were considered “harm to others” included
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ALCOHOL DAMAGE is considered worse than that of illegal drugs.
criminal activity, environmental damage, family strain, international disputes, economic cost and damage to the community as a whole. The drugs discussed in the study were then rated on a 100 scale, with 100 as the most harmful to zero being the least. According to this scale, alcohol is the most harmful drug overall, with a score of 74, and
is almost three times as harmful as cocaine, which scored a 27, or tobacco, rated a 26. The aforementioned heroin and crack cocaine rank second and third respectively, on this scale, with heroin rated at 55 and crack rated at 54. Also, ecstasy, rated at nine, is only an eighth as harmful as alcohol, when placed into the perspective of this new scale.
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Nobel laureate tapped to speak at University by catherine erbicella Sci/Tech Editor On Thursday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m., The University is set to hold its annual Harry Mullin, M.D., Lecture in the Houlihan-McLean Center. The keynote speaker at the lecture this year will be Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., M.D., a Nobel-prize winning endocrine oncologist. Schally was awarded the prestigious award in 1977 for his work in the field of neuroendocrinology. His discovery of hypothalamic hormones is regarded as responsible for the laying of the foundation for modern endocrinology. Following this research, he turned his attention to hormone-dependent tumors and the development of peptide analogs slated for cancer treatment. The aforementioned research led to clinical research and a therapy for prostate cancer that is used today. Schally’s work and research had proved to be pioneering in the work of cancer treatment, leading to the opportunity of thousands worldwide to receive treatment. Schally has also succeeded in the field of medical publishing, due to his numerous articles, abstracts, reviews and books, which he has either authored or co-authored. These publications number over 2,300, making Schally the most cited author in the field of endocrinology, awarded to him in 1978.
Other drugs and their listings included crystal meth (33), amphetamine or speed (23), cannabis (20), benzodiazepines, such as Valium (15), ketamine (15), methadone (14), ecstasy (9), anabolic steroids (9), LSD (7) and magic mushrooms (5). The scientists who reviewed the results found it interesting that the two legal drugs being studied, alcohol and tobacco, are ranked in the most dangerous level of the scale, suggesting that legal drugs are, at least, just as dangerous as illegal ones. The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that alcoholrelated deaths, such as heart and liver diseases, car accidents, suicides and cancers, are numbered at about 2.5 million deaths annually. Unintentional alcohol-related injuries alone account for about one-third of those 2.5 million overall deaths. This accounts for about 3.8 percent of all deaths. This burden of alcohol-attributed disease is not distributed equally among all the world’s countries, and the United States hold about 2 percent to 5 percent of them. The highest concentration, 10 percent to 14 percent, is found in Russia and the region of the former Soviet Union. Alcohol is considered the leading contributor to premature death and disabilities worldwide.
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DR. SCHALLY is set to deliver the annual Harry Mullin, M.D. Lecture.
Known internationally, Schally holds membership in more than 40 scientific organizations worldwide. In addition to his Nobel Prize, Schally has also been awarded 33 other honors and holds 22 honorary degrees. Schally continues to serve the medical community, with his research of control of cancer and other diseases, as the Chief of the Endocrine, Polypeptide and Cancer Institute at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami, Fla. He is honored as a distinguished medical research scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also has worked as professor of pathology and professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Miami’s Miller School
of Medicine, Miami, Fla. The Mullin Lecture series honors the late Dr. Harry Mullin, who earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas College in 1931. St. Thomas was the name of the school before it became The University. He generously dedicated a lifetime of service to the medical profession and the community. The series, which continues to serve the Scranton community, is sponsored by his wife, Ethel Mullin, his son, Brian Mullin, M.D., Class of 1966, and Robbin Mullin. The lecture series has brought to campus some of the world’s most distinguished scholars and scientists, including more than a dozen Nobel laureates. For additional information about the lecture, which is free and open to the public, call 9415873.
According to Reuters, researchers in California have extracted what is believed to be the individual brain cells responsible for making decisions or choosing between two objects. While this research has great potential in mind-driven applications that are yet to be discovered or implemented for the general public, the immediate results reveal more about how the brain works. The scientists, from the California Institute of Technology, reported that the brain appears to be able to choose to notice one image over another by increasing the activity of one set of brain cells, and consequently cancelling the activity of the other set associated with the other image. The study was originally underway to try to help patients suffering from epilepsy, whose seizures could not be controlled by conventional medicines. In the process of observing their brains via electrodes, in order to capture a seizure in real time, researchers found that images of certain famous people activated particular neurons and thus activated the electrodes that were hooked to their heads as a part of the original purposes of the study. The scientists proceed to de-
sign a computer that would recognize the firing of these neurons and thus created a “thought projector” of sorts that would illustrate which picture the brain preferred. They asked the patients in the study to attempt to separate two superimposed images, according to preference, using only their thoughts. Although the results of the preferences were highly individualized, the experiment worked 69 percent of the time, showing that the choice of the person was echoed in the distinction of the choice in the brain. The neurons involved are testy, though, and they change their properties often. They could “prefer” one image one day and another image the next day. Because of the aforementioned observation, scientists are unsure of real-world applications of their findings. So far, researchers attempting to invent mind-controlled machines have succeeded in the realm of mind-controlled computer games with the use of a brain implant. Also, they have used electroencephalography or EEG’s to help certain patients control computer cursors. This process also had been observed to work in our closest living animal relatives, for some research monkeys have controlled robotic appendages using wireless thought transmissions.
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Pastor’s trouble draws attention to Iranian Christians By W. Ryan Schuster Staff Writer On Friday, Oct. 29, an American agency in charge of safeguarding religious freedom worldwide issued a statement encouraging President Obama to intervene on behalf of a Christian pastor under a death sentence in Iran. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom appealed on behalf of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, leader of a church network in Rasht, Iran. He has been in prison since Oct. 13, 2009, when he was arrested for apostasy after objecting to the Iranian policy that forces Christian students to read the Quran. Nadarkhani argued that the Iranian constitution gives parents the right to raise their children in their own faith. Section 3, Article 23 of the constitution states that “the investigation of individuals’ beliefs is forbidden, and no one may be molested or taken to task simply for holding a certain belief.” However, Article 4 of Iran’s constitution states that all laws must be in accordance with the dictates of Islam. According to the U.S. State Department’s 2009 International Religious Freedom Report, in February 2008 the Iranian government deemed apostasy, or conversion from Islam, punishable by death. Nadarkhani’s wife, Fatemeh Passandideh, was released in October after four months in jail for the same crime. The ordeal of Pastor Nadarkhani serves to draw attention to the situation of Iranian Christians, a group often overlooked on the international level. Christianity in Iran has a long and complicated history. The Christian faith first arrived in the area dur-
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REV. YOUCEF Nadarkhani, the leader of a church network in Rasht, Iran, was arrested after objecting to the practice of forcing Christian school students to read the Quran. ing the earliest days of the Church, particularly through the missionary work of the Apostle Thomas. The Acts of the Apostles describes “Parthians and Medes, inhabitants of Mesopotamia” among those converted on Pentecost. These groups lived in the area that is modern Iran. For a long time, the faith flourished under Persian rule. In fact, many early Christians sought refuge from Roman persecution in Iran. However, when Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire, favor turned against Iranian Christians, as they were seen as collaborators with Rome, the enemy of the Persians. Christianity in Iran was divided into many different sects,
which were easily overrun by the invasion of Islam in the 7th century. Under Muslim rule, Christians were accepted, but their freedoms were curbed and legal status diminished. The Muslims required they pay a tax, called jizza, in exchange for the right to practice Christianity. For the last five centuries, the Iranian attitude toward Christianity has been one of tolerance, but Christians have been generally oppressed and despised. Beginning in the seventeenth century, Catholic religious orders such as the Jesuits, Carmelites and Augustinians began missionary expeditions to Iran and achieved considerable success. However, a new round of persecu-
tions stemmed the growth of Christianity until the arrival of French missionaries, primarily Lazarists and Sisters of Charity, in the 1840s. Christians and other religious minorities achieved a greater measure of political equality in the early part of the last century, but this ended with the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Today, Iran’s Christian population numbers about 300,000, many of whom follow the traditions of the Eastern Churches. These and other religious minorities have achieved a fairly high standard of living in Iran, but still suffer institutional discrimination in the areas of employment, education, legal rights and personal prop-
erty. Christian events and facilities are closely monitored by the authorities and Christian groups are required to submit lists of their members. Nadarkhani has only received a verbal notification of the death sentence. After he receives a written verdict, he will have twenty days to appeal to the Supreme Court. Some Christian spokespeople have expressed the opinion that the delay in the official verdict is a deliberate ploy by the government in order to force Nadarkhani to recant his Christian faith. He would be the first Christian judicially executed in Iran in two decades. “This case is further evidence that there is no transparency or justice in Iran’s so-called legal system for religious minorities. The Obama administration must speak out,” USCIRF chair Leonard Leo said. “This pattern of arrest and harassment of religious minorities, coupled with increasing inflammatory rhetoric from President Ahmadinejad and other leaders, has not been seen since the early years of the Iranian revolution,” he adds. This scandal comes during a period during which Iran’s aggressive rhetoric has been steadily increasing. President Ahmadinejad has issued provocative statements toward Israel, denying the Holocaust and threatening the destruction of the Jewish State. In August, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a speech condemning Iran’s decision to jail seven ministers of the Baha’i religion. She asserted the Obama administration’s commitment to religious freedom throughout the world. Pastor Nadarkhani’s situation will determine if this commitment is genuine.
Jesuit discusses pain and loss in book ‘Where the Hell is God?’ By Melissa Desota Staff Writer Suffering hardships and going through pain are a natural part of the human experience, and in these moments of suffering and doubt one truly begins to question both the existence and motivations of God. Often times, one becomes caught up in the emotion and enormity of one’s problems and sees one’s situation as a cruel punishment inflicted on one by an uncaring God. It is in these darkest moments, however, that God is most present. In an online article for the “Catholic News Service” entitled “Tragedy leads Jesuit to write about finding God in midst of pain,” Cindy Wooden brings to light the reality of God’s presence during hardship through the perspective of Australian Jesuit Father Richard Leonard in his book “Where the Hell is God?” Leonard wrote the book “af-
ter becoming convinced that his struggle and reflection in dealing with his own family’s suffering could help other people hold on to faith in God when tragedy hits their lives,” Wooden said. “The title of the book comes from a question that his mother, a daily Mass-goer, asked repeatedly in 1988 when her daughter, Tracey, was left a quadriplegic after a car accident.” After watching his sister go through such a painful experience, it would have been easy for Leonard to reject God and blame Him for hurting his sister. For many people, believing in a God who punishes and inflicts pain allows them to justify feelings of blame and hatred towards their situations. Leonard, however, does not believe in a cruel God. “I don’t know that God, I don’t want to serve that God, and I don’t want to be that God’s representative in the world,” Leonard said. Wooden goes on further to
explain Leonard’s understanding of pain and tragedy and how those experiences affect a person’s beliefs. “Christians talk and talk about a loving and compassionate God, he said. But when tragedy strikes, too many of them automatically believe they did something to deserve God’s wrath, or that God wants to test them or some other variation on the theme that God actively sent the tragedy,” Wooden explains. With more people turning to the idea that God is a vengeful God who punishes His people when He is not pleased with them, it is not surprising that these people are terrified of making mistakes and are anxious to live good lives. “In their quietest moments, they just want God to be kind to them,” Leonard said. In his book, however, Leonard writes that despite these anxieties, he does not believe anyone can truly blame God for tragedy.
“It would be impossible, I think, for any of us to truly love a God whom we honestly believed kills our babies, sends us breast cancer, makes us infertile and sets up car accidents to even up the score. Even on its own terms, this God looks like a small god, a petty tyrant, who seems to be in need of anger management class, where he might learn how to channel all that strong angry emotion into creation, not destruction,” Leonard said. When faced with tragedy, many people question their faith and lose themselves to feelings of darkness. In these moments of pain, it is comforting to be able to assign blame; in this way, a person can project his anger and confusion onto a single cause. In his book, Leonard reiterates two key concepts: “God does not directly send pain, suffering and disease” and “God does not send accidents to teach us things, though we can learn from them.”
Although it would be easier to blame God for misfortune, a person must truly ask himself whether he believes in a God who hurts, or whether he believes in a God who heals. Pervading feelings of isolation, confusion, doubt and anger often blind people to God’s presence in their situations, but He is always present. “I want to hold on to an ancient theology of a God who is completely present to us, who doesn’t go to sleep, who is unchanging,” Leonard said. In times of trouble, it may seem as though God is least present. In reality though, God is most present in times of grief and pain. In these moments, when people lift their hearts to God in anger and agony, God hears these cries and heals. God does not seek to test a person’s strength; He seeks to strengthen a person’s heart. There is always a light in the darkness, and in this light lies the hope of salvation.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
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of the Field hockey finishes strong Athlete Week: Vinny BY CORY BURRELL Staff Writer
The Royals’ field hockey team finished its season by snapping a seven-game losing streak with consecutive wins over Keystone College (2-0) and Goucher College (2-1). The Royals, who had been outscored 24-6 and shut out twice in the previous seven games, looked to end its recent struggles in the final home game of the season against Keystone College Oct. 28. Scranton junior forward Alicia Tamboia scored first for the Royals in the 17th minute off a penalty corner from senior back Beth McLaughlin. It was Tamboia’s second goal of the season and McLaughlin’s second assist of the season. The Royals’ defense stifled attempts to score by the Giants, as Keystone was held to just five shots on goal for the game. The
Royals held a slight shot advantage of 7-6 in the first half, but both teams ended with 15 shots for the game. Senior forward Tara Winter scored her third goal of the season in the 60th minute to add to the Royals’ lead. Senior midfielder Corrie Szapka was credited with the assist, her second of the year. Junior goalkeeper Alexandria Marandino made five saves to record her fifth shutout of the season for Scranton. Keystone senior goalkeeper Melinda Moore stopped seven shots and allowed two goals in the loss. The Royals improved to 6-12 on the season and earned its first win since Oct. 6 and its first win over Keystone since 2008. The all-time series between the two schools is now tied 6-6-2. On Saturday, Scranton played its final game of the season at Goucher University. Goucher took command of
the game early, outshooting the Royals 7-1. Senior midfielder Sara Spadanuta scored to give the Gophers the lead in the 15th minute of play. Sophomore midfielder Angela Buxton was given the assist on the play. The Royals rallied in the second half, holding Goucher to only two shots. In the 51st minute, sophomore back Corinne O’Kane scored her first career goal for the Royals to tie the game at one. The game would remained tied through regulation until senior forward Kaitlyn Tirney ended the overtime period by scoring the game-winning goal for the Royals within the first minute. It was Tirney’s seventh goal of the season and 18th of her career. She ends her career ranked 19th among Scranton’s all-time scoring leaders. “[Scoring the game-winning goal] was a great way to end my last season here and is something
that I will always remember,” Tirney said. “In overtime, you just think about getting the ball into the cage any way that you can. I was glad that I was able to help my team out one last time.” Goucher fell to 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the conference. The Royals ended the season at 7-12 overall and 2-4 in conference play, good for fifth place in Landmark Conference standings but not enough to make the Landmark Conference Tournament. “I feel that we are such a better team than what our record shows,” Tirney said. “I think that we gained a lot of respect from other teams with our ability to never give up. We ended on a good note and even though I will not be here, I have high hopes for the team next year.” Saturday was also the last game for Corrie Szapka, Emily Deubler, Liz Mauer, Tara Winter, Beth McLaughlin and Roxanne Kuzio.
Men’s soccer wins last match BY KEVIN DERMODY Staff Writer The Royals defeated Goucher College on senior day in its final game Saturday 6-1. With the victory, the Royals end its season on a three game winning streak and finish with an overall record of 7-10-1 and 2-5 in the Landmark Conference. “To end the season with three straight wins, especially against the number one team in the SUNYAC conference in Oneonta, will give us some momentum going into the off season,” coach Pivirotto said. Senior captain Mike Drew put Scranton on the board first with his team-leading fifth goal of the season. Drew’s goal came in the 11th minute of play off a pass from senior defender Zach Buckheit. Drew, who had been plagued by a leg injury for part of the season, knew he would be limited in his playing time and wanted to make the most of it.
“Coach told me before the game that I would only be able to play 10 minutes because of my leg injury so I wanted to make the most out of those minutes,” Drew said. “To score a goal as my final play on this team was the best way I could possibly end my career. It’s something I will always remember.” Scranton’s second goal was by sophomore midfielder Bill McGuiness off a free kick from 20 yards out in the 33rd minute of play. “I saw some space on the back post and tried bending the ball into that space,” McGuiness said. “I was fortunate to get the ball around the wall and into the back post beyond their goalie.” Sophomore forward Corey Radel followed McGuiness’ goal with one of his own less than two minutes later off a header, assisted again by Buckheit. “It felt good to score my goal and to end our season with a win” said Radel. Freshman midfielder Colin Mc-
Fadden added to the Royals’ lead with two goals of his own before the second half ended. McFadden’s first goal came in the 35th minute of play off an assist by junior Joseph Burbella to give the Royals a 4-0 lead. McFadden would score again off a Burbella assist, this time from a corner kick, with five minutes left in the half to give the Royals a 5-0 cushion headed into halftime. “It felt really good to finally score this season,” McFadden said. “My goal at the beginning of the season was to score some goals and to get two in my last game was pretty cool.” In the second half, Elijah Lais scored the only goal for Goucher College in the 63rd minute of play. Scranton responded right back with a goal by freshman forward John Spadaro. “It felt good to score in the last game of the season and go out on a positive note,” Spadaro said. Both seniors Brandon Dombrowski and Justin Frick played outstanding in the goal, combin-
ing for five saves. “Having three saves in the game and ending my college career with that was awesome,” Dombrowski said. “I’m glad we finished the year with a three game win streak.” The Royals final game in the 2010 season marked the end of collegiate careers for seniors Mike Drew, Brandon Dombrowski, Justin Frick, Zach Buckheit, Nick Glavan, Bryan Spiegelhoff and Nick Westendorf. “To play my final game as a Royal was quite upsetting,” Dombrowski said. “I’ve loved playing for this school and with this group of guys, I’ll definitely miss it.” As captain, Drew has been a leader for the Royals all season and is sad to see his playing career at Scranton come to an end. “Playing in my last game is pretty hard for me and all of the seniors,” Drew said. “The team is like a family so it’s tough for that to be over, but it ended on a great note with a big win.” Scranton made the conference Championship in 2009.
as Landmark Champions fell short when Susquehanna placed three runners in the top 10 to win the Landmark title. Sophomore Kathleen Druther finished fourth overall with a time of 23:43.80 in the 6000 meters. Senior Maria Cifone finished 11th overall with a time of 23:30.10. Druther and Cifone both earned all-conference honors for the Royals. Freshman Carlyn Ball missed
out on all-conference honors by two seconds, finishing 15th overall. Sophomores Veronica Kurtulik and Marissa Dussel rounded out Scranton’s top five by finishing 21st and 23rd respectively. For the men’s team, juniors Jason Bohenek and Patrick Casterline finished 10th and 14th respectively to give the Royals a fourth place finish. Bohenek and Casterline each earned second team
all-conference honors. Freshman Walter Cantwell, junior Jeremy Evans and sophomore Matt Willcox, who finished 23rd, 24th and 32nd respectively rounded out the Royals’ top five. Both the women and men teams will go back to action Nov. 13 when they compete at the NCAA Mideast regionals at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock.
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BY JOE BARESS Sports Editor University sophomore wrestler Vinny Signoriello earned Athlete of the Week for the period of Oct. 25-31. Signoriello led the Royals to a second-place finish in their opener at the Electric City Duals Saturday. He won all his matches in the 133-point weight class and pinned all four opponents. Signoriello pinned three of his four opponents in the first period and one in the second period. His performance improved his career record to 24-11. Scranton will join King’s College, Wilkes University, Muhlenberg College, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Collage at Oneonta and others 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Monarch Invitational.
Women swim team ends 19 meet winning Druther, Bohenek lead cross country in conference championships streak in loss BY JOSEPH SLOWIK BY MATT AMLING Staff writer
The Royals’ men and women cross country teams came up just short in Maryland Saturday. Despite an impressive performance by both teams, the women finished in second place behind Susquehanna University while the men’s team finished fourth in the eight team field. The women’s bid at repeating
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women’s soccer 11/6 Landmark Conference Championship
Wrestling 11/6 Monarch Invitational @King’s College 9:30 a.m.
Women’s swimming 11/6 @ Dickinson 2 p.m. 11/13 Goucher 1 p.m.
Staff Writer Widener University defeated the women’s swim team 109-91, snapping the Royals’ 19 meet winning streak. The streak began with a win over Goucher College in 2008. The Royals had outscored opponents 1,820-1,100 during the streak. The Royals placed first only three times during the 11 event meet in Chester. Freshman Colleen McMahon and junior Carolyn Gillespie won the 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke. Gillespie was 42 one-hundredths of a second from tying The University for the 200 free set by Jill Hamnett in 2003. Even though the streak is over, senior Alyssa Goldbach will use the loss as motivation for the rest of the season. “We will go into practice this week with a new attitude and new desire to beat Dickinson this weekend,” Goldbach said. “This loss will only make us stronger and encourage us to train harder.” The Royals will take on Dickinson College Saturday.
Men’s Swimming 11/6 @ Dickinson 2 p.m. 11/13 Goucher 1 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
IN THis ISSUE Men’s soccer wins last game Swimming team ends streak Field hockey wins last two ALSO INCLUDED Athlete of the Week
Women’s soccer team advances BY JOE BARESS Sports Editor The women’s soccer team moves on to the Landmark Conference Championship game after defeating Moravian College 2-0 Wednesday. After going undefeated in the Landmark Conference, the Royals continued their dominance with their second victory over Moravian College this season. The Royals had some early chances including a couple shots from senior midfielder Chelsea Paskman, but failed to convert. The referees also called an offsides penalty on the Royals, which killed another Scranton opportunity. Scranton broke through the Moravian defense at the 19:59 mark when Paskman led freshman forward Samantha Russo with a pass that gave her a clear path to the goal. Russo scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season on the breakaway. Paskman recorded her fifth assist on the goal. The Royals controlled the ball for most of the first half and outshot Moravian 10-4. Scranton’s last scoring opportunity of the first half came on a corner kick. Paskman hit a header off the corner kick that sailed high keeping the score at 1-0 at the end of the first half. Moravian came out strong in the second half, but the Scranton defense refused to allow a goal. Senior goalie Caitlyn Byrne was shaken up after she collided with a Moravian player at the 51:55 mark but she didn’t leave the game.
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JUNIOR MIDFIELDER Christina Cognetti lines up to take a shot against Moravian College in the semifinals of the Landmark Conference Championships Wednesday at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals won the game 2-0 and advanced to the conference finals.
Russo had an opportunity for her second goal on another pass from Paskman, but Moravian goalie Sarah Halpin made a diving stop to keep the Lady Greyhounds within a goal. Byrne followed up Halpin’s save with a diving stop of her own. Byrne’s save sparked the Scranton offensive attack. Fresh-
man midfielder Rebecca Hextall scored shortly after Byrne’s save at the 79:53 mark on an assist from freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Greeley. Hextall’s goal was her sixth of the season, while Greeley recorded her first assist. Moravian scrambled to score quickly but failed to break
Signoriello leads wrestling BY TOM FOTI Staff Writer The Scranton wrestling team placed second in the Electric City Duals this weekend, winning three of four matches. Seven of the team’s grapplers won at least one match and ten wins came from pins. Vinny Signoriello led the way for the Royals, pinning each of his four opponents. Three of Signoriello’s pins came in the first period. Mike Murcia came out on fire and easily disposed of his first opponent 14-2 and would go on to equal Signoriello’s record with four wins of his own. Matthew Terry also helped contribute with three wins, each coming by way of a pin.
The team won its first match against UMBC 30-14. Scranton came out firing, winning six matches and three of the first four. Murcia and Nick Proto won decisively with a combined score of 31-3. Signoriello, Terry and Frank Siclari pinned their opponents in the first period. A few hours later the team was back at it again, this time against Morrisville. The Royals emerged with a 27-13 victory. Signoriello and Terry again pinned their opponent in the first period, while Murcia and Siclari outscored their opponents by a combined score of 9-5. Joe Williams also pinned his opponent, while Chris Silakoski and Josue Cardenas chipped in with wins of their own. In their third match of the day,
the Royals came out on top again against PSU-Dubois 36-10. Terry, Signoriello and Murcia all emerged with their third victories of the day. Nick Proto, Chris Silakoski, Greg Casmir and Joe Williams also came out with their second wins of the day. Signoriello, Terry and Williams also had pins to help in the victory. The Royals faced Apprentice in its final match of the day and suffered its first loss 38-9. Apprentice would go on to win the Electric City Duals with a perfect record of 4-0. Murcia and Signoriello finished the day with four wins for the Royals. Looking to keep its momentum, the team will travel to King’s College for the Monarch Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Men’s swimming loses close meet BY JACK HAMBROSE Staff Writer The Royals lost to Widener University 108-97 Saturday and dropped to 1-1 on the season. Marc Dezii had two individual victories for Scranton, winning both the 500 free and the 200 free, where he would miss breaking his school record of 1:47.35 by less than three
seconds. David Hovey and Nathan Wynosky were the other individual winners and won the 200 breaststroke and the 1000 free, respectively. The Royals’ final firstplace finish came during the 400 freestyle relay when Dezii, Andrew Urban, Joseph Clifford and Paul Vignati won and also flirted with the school record, missing the mark by about four seconds.
“Widener has a great program,” senior Joe Costello said. “Both of us had a bunch of great swims last weekend with many races coming down to hundredths of a second. We look to take our good swims with us next weekend against Dickinson.” The Royals hit the road next weekend to take on the Red Devils of Dickinson College in Carlisle.
through the Scranton defense, led by Byrne’s five saves. The Royals have 13 shutouts on the season. Scranton outshot Moravian 18-9 and 8-5 on goal. Drew University defeated Juniata College in the other Landmark Conference semifinal game 3-1 Wednesday.
The Royals will face off against Drew at home Saturday at a time to be determined. Scranton played Drew Oct. 9 at Fitzpatrick Field and won 2-0. Paskman dished out two assists in the victory to sophomore midfielder Sydney Parker and Russo. Byrne had four saves in the shutout.
Volleyball splits tournament, sixth seed in conference tournament BY PAT CASSIDY Staff Writer The University’s volleyball team finished its regular season this weekend at the Messiah Tournament in Grantham. The Royals won two out of their four matches, which moved Scranton to 15-18 on the season. The Royals defeated Misericordia University, 3-0, and Penn StateBerks, 3-1, Friday, but dropped two straight to Messiah College, 3-0, and Catholic University, 3-1, Saturday. “This past weekend the team worked hard. The first day, we won both matches and worked really well together,” sophomore Juli Woods said. “The second day, we started off slow but in our second match [against Catholic] we went back to playing tough. We ended up taking one game off of them and I think we prepared ourselves to play them Wednesday in D.C.” Sophomore outside hitter Jenell McFadden and freshman rightside hitter Katie Newman earned All-Tournament team honors. McFadden finished with 44 kills, including 17 against Penn StateBerks and 14 against Catholic. She finished with a total of 70 digs during the tournament. Newman finished the tournament with 30
kills, 43 digs and four total blocks. The Royals will face Catholic University Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Landmark Conference playoffs in Washington D.C. The Royals earned the sixth seed in the playoffs. “We used our game against Catholic on Saturday as more of a chance to study their players and better learn their techniques so that we can prepare to face them in the first round of playoffs Wednesday,” senior captain Julia Kropf said. “I’m confident in our ability to cause an upset against them in the Landmark quarterfinals.” The Royals dropped two matches to Catholic during the 2010 regular season. The first loss came Oct. 16 during the first round of Landmark Conference play, when the Royals dropped that match 3-0. The second loss was Saturday. The winner of the match between Scranton and Catholic Wednesday moves on to play number two seeded Susquehanna University on Saturday at Juniata College in Huntington. The semifinal game will be played at 1:30 p.m. The Landmark Conference Championship match is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Juniata as well. Scranton hasn’t won in the tournament since 2007.