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The Student Voice of The University of Scranton
Volume 86, Issue 9
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI takes historic step down commentary by REV. Rick Malloy, s.j. This week we saw something that hasn’t happened in 719 years -- a pope resigned. This is a wise and humble choice on the part of Benedict XVI. He has led the church since 2005, taking over from the charismatic and beloved John Paul II. Admittedly more shy and less media savvy and charismatic than his predecessor, Benedict has charmed many he visited, e.g., during his USA trip in 2008. Celestine V in 1294 A.D. was the last pope to voluntarily resign as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. (Gregory XII was forced to resign in 1415, and so ended a painful schism in the Western church where two popes were claiming the papacy). Benedict’s eight years as head of the world’s more than one billion Catholics have not been easy. He had to deal with the never-ending revelations of priests’ sex scandals and bishops’
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POPE BENEDICT XVI is preparing to resign from the papacy, effective Feb. 28. This event marks the first time a Pope has stepped down in 719 years. mishandling of these matters. Benedict XVI has been less the conservative enforcer some predicted and has certainly not made the conservative –liberal logjam any worse than it was when he took office. Still, rela-
tions with religious women, and especially two well-respected female theologians, Margaret Farley and Elizabeth Johnson, did not please the Catholic left. But the Catholic right has not been pleased with what some
see as his unwillingness to take a hard line and “crack down” on dissenters. This Pope is a brilliant theologian and an astute reader of the signs of the times. He realizes that women and men of faith
gain more by the patient and prayerful work of persuasion than the bludgeon of deafening dogma. In the long run, dictators never win the true allegiance of hearts and minds. Especially in his writ-
ings (hundreds of articles, multiple books, Encyclicals and three recent popular books on the life of Jesus), Benedict has been a voice of faith grounded in solid biblical scholarship. In an “America” magazine article, the Rev. Jim Martin, S.J., notes, “in [his] books, the pope brought to bear decades of scholarship and prayer to the most important question that a Christian can ask: Who is Jesus? This is the pope’s primary job--to introduce people to Jesus--and Pope Benedict did that exceedingly well.” Benedict’s voice calls for faith in an age where faith is fragile. The erosion of faith in European and firstworld countries threatens the life of the church. Yet hope rises where the church is blossoming, in places like Africa, Asia and Latin America. China has seen Christianity grow exponentially in recent decades. In his “Introduction to Christianity,” Benedict writes, “one could very well describe Christianity as a
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Scranton Compliments spreads kindness online DeNaples gets new registers corrine digiovine Staff Writer
Kindness on the Internet is blossoming and is finally counteracting cyber bullying. Campus Compliments has finally made its way into The University’s community. Compliments is a social media trend that went viral when four students created a Facebook page at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Originally, social media used an “honesty box” for people to leave anonymous messages for their friends. This led to cyber bullying and eventually to six suicides. According to CBC News, Four Queens University students, Rachel Albi, Erica Gagne, Jessica Jonker and Amanda Smurthwaite started the Facebook page to counteract the bullying. Since then, it has become a widespread Internet trend among high schools and colleges. This remedy for cyber bullying has reached The University Community. Scranton Compliments is a Facebook page set up by an anonymous moderator that gives students the more opportunity to tag their friends in anonymous words of praise. The moderator agreed to do an interview, but would only agree to do it over
Facebook to remain completely anonymous. The moderator also requested to only be referred to as “She.” “Scranton Compliments is a place where you can do acts of kindness that will not only make you feel great but has the ability make someone else’s day amazing and I think that is a magical thing,” “She” said. “She” started the Scranton Compliments page Jan. 31. “She” does the page completely on her own and chose not to reveal herself to anyone. “I have taken a personal oath to not share such private information. I feel that if the campus community is willing to trust me, I am obligated to keep such information sealed to myself alone,” “She” said. “She” said that she decided to do it after watching a video on the perspective of happiness and how random acts of kindness can switch a mood both for the benefactor and the recipient. “The video suggested that by performing acts of kindness and spreading love in the world you will receive love in return,” “She” said, “I feel that so far[Scranton Compliments] has been a huge success and I am extremely proud of what Scranton Compliments has become.” University students
are giving the Scranton Compliments page nothing but praise. University senior Mike Trischetta was pleased upon receiving a Scranton compliment. “It feels great. I love the community it forms, and it’s super fun to return compliments. Props to
whoever created this. I can see it lasting a long time,” Trishetta said University sophomore Tim Matsay said his Scranton Compliment made his day. He said that he
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Among the new additions to campus this semester, dining services upgraded its operating system and installed 15 new cash registers that cost close to $100,000. Dining Services Resident District Manager, Ted Zayac, said they needed to replace an operating system that was more than 20 years old and that the cash registers were a small part of the overhaul. “The main change was behind the scenes.” Zayac said. “When we made the change, we had to upgrade registers.” Zayac said they upgraded to a Windows based system, and Sequoia Retail Systems provided the new cash registers. “We had been talking about the shortcomings of the old system for years, but only as the newer technology has become available I would say in the last 6 months we really saw a solution.” Zayac said. “We made the decision for sure back in August.” First floor DeNaples Center cashier Joan Parry said she is now comfortable using the new registers after a learning period.
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AN ANONYMOUS University student moderates the Scranton Compliments Facebook page.
“The beginning was very difficult, but after a few days training over Intercession I got used to it,” Parry said. “The icons on the screen are bigger and overall I don’t mind using the registers.” Junior Amanda Stahl said she is glad The University decided to upgrade to the better technology, but it took time for employees to get adjusted to using the new registers. “I think it definitely is a good thing that we are upping our technology, but at the same time I don’t like the credit card part of it. I think we all just have to be more patient with each other,” Stahl said. Zayac said he is happy with the new system and it should last for years to come. “This new system should last for 20 years and has tremendous capabilities in terms of reporting and adding features such as possibly looking at a way to order food remotely on your smart phone,” Zayac said. “That’s in the future. We just got a new system, but there is more possibilities and opportunities to expand and address the needs of our students and The University community.” Sports......15-16 http://issuu.com/theaquinas
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Students able to reserve library study rooms online eric HurD Staff Writer As one of The University’s most popular spots for students to study, The Weinberg Memorial Library continues to look for ways to improve its services for the community. An experiment giving students the opportunity to reserve the new group study rooms on the second floor of the library is being conducted throughout the month of February. Students can access the reservation program by signing onto my.scranton.edu and opening the link under personal announcements labeled “Library Wants Student Feedback.” Once the page is open, students can choose the date and time they want to reserve up to a week in advance. In order to complete the reservation, the student’s full name and school email address are required. The assistant dean of the
library, Jean Lenville, said the idea for the experiment came from a survey conducted in October 2012 called LibQUAL. The library conducts this national survey every three years to get an understanding of what the students, staff and faculty expect from the library. “One of the things people have been asking for a while is the ability to reserve study rooms,” Lenville said. “Since we have these new study rooms and a program that we use for other services, we thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to test this out, get some feedback to see what they like and don’t like and then see if this something we want to move forward with.” Group study rooms have always been a popular place to get group work done on campus. Students, however, constantly talk about how difficult it is to get into one, especially when other students leave their belongings in these rooms unattended. Jillian Himelrick, a sopho-
more occupational therapy student, uses the library three to four times a week to do her work. She is one of many students at The University who find it difficult to get access to a group study room. “It’s almost impossible,” Himelrick said. “It’s even hard to get a table on some days. It’s all about timing.” When asked about the ability to reserve study rooms, many students did not know about the experiment the library is conducting. This has not stopped Himelrick and her friend Bridget Hanley, a sophomore psychology student, from using the new study rooms. “We had no idea that we could reserve it,” Hanley said. “But this isn’t the first time we used this room.” Lenville said a committee was formed over intersession in order to test out the product, find issues and set guidelines in order to make the process easier for students. Two of the major guidelines are the ability to make a reservation a week in advance
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THE WEINBERG Memorial Library is allowing students to reserve study rooms on the second ﬂoor. Students can find the reservation program on the MyScranton website.
and only allowing two hours in a room each day. When asked if the ability to reserve study rooms would ever be available for the entire library, Lenville said there was potential depending on the results from this test. “We want to meet needs
and not lock people out,” Lenville said. “ Maybe we would do it for a floor at time to phase it in and see how it’s going, because it’s always nice to have a room available even when you didn’t think you needed one in advance. We want to be aware of ev-
eryone’s needs.” One major difference that students noticed between the new study rooms and the other rooms is that the walls of the reserved rooms are not completed, allowing for excess noise even when the door is closed.
colleen Day News Editor
In the most recent iPhone robbery, a University student was held at gunpoint when the student attempted to recover a stolen iPhone using the device’s GPS feature, according to a University Community Advisory. The incident occurred around 3 a.m. Feb. 8 on the 400 block of Kellum Court. A total of seven robberies involving iPhones have occurred so far this academic year. Although there were no iPhone robberies over intersession, University Police Chief Donald Bergmann said he is concerned that the new iPhone 5 will be a target this semester. “I have definitely noticed an increase in crimes involving iPhones since they’ve become more popular. We didn’t have this many robberies last year. You have to keep your cell phone in your pocket. You pull it out and you become a potential target,” Bergmann said. The increase in crimi-
nal activity related to the iPhone is not limited to The University. The New York City Police Department reported thefts involving iPhones have increased 40 percent this year compared with last year. “If they were of no value there would be no reason to steal them. There’s a market. The value is hard to determine. I just looked up an unlocked iPhone 5 on Craigslist that was going for $525. By stealing one phone they’re making way more than they would holding up a convenience store, and it’s less dangerous,” Bergmann said. Smartphone users can also use a passcode and apps such as “Find My iPhone” to protect personal information. Joseph Casabona, an adjunct computer science instructor, said iPhone owners should know what tools they have to keep their phones and personal information safe. Casabona recommends the Apple app “Find My iPhone,” which can be used to locate lost Apple de-
vices as long as there is a data connection. The app features a map that tracks the phone’s location. “Find My iPhone” allows users to lock Apple devices and delete personal data. Through the app, the device can also be placed on “Lost Mode” which will lock the phone, display a contact phone number on the screen and keep track of recent locations. “iPhones are connected to both data and Wi-Fi, so its location is going to be really accurate. I would also recommend putting a secure passcode on your phone so that your personal information is safe. You can choose to delete the personal data through the app if it’s ever stolen,” Casabona said. Although the app can locate a lost device, Bergmann urges students to report the stolen iPhone to University Police. “Although there are a number of ways to use the iPhone’s built-in GPS tracker to locate the stolen phone, don’t try to recover it yourself. Get police help,” Bergmann said.
philosophy of freedom” and “The Christian message is basically nothing else than the transmission of the testimony that love has managed to break through death here and thus has transformed fundamentally the situation of us all.” The Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., argues in an “America” magazine article that Benedict’s “encyclical ‘Caritas in Veritate,’ with its affirmation of structural reform as ‘political charity’ and his call for a global authority to regulate the financial sector, may be the most radical since John
XXIII’s ‘Pacem in terris’ 50 years ago.” In “Jesus of Nazareth,” Benedict movingly reveals his view of God who exists in loving relationships. “We see that to be God’s child is not a matter of dependency, but rather of standing in the relation of love that sustains man’s existence and gives it meaning and grandeur. One last question: Is God also Mother? The Bible does compare God’s love with the love of a mother. … The mystery of God’s maternal love is expressed with particular power in the Hebrew word ‘rahamim,’ … ‘womb,’ later
used to mean divine compassion, … God’s mercy. The womb is the most concrete expression for the interrelatedness of two lives and of loving concern…” Joseph Ratzinger was born in 1927 and ordained a priest in 1951. He has been serving the church in many capacities for over six decades. He merits some time to relax, read and pray. Maybe he’ll even have some more time to write. College students know how to use Twitter. Tweet the Pope at his twitter handle “@pontifex” and say, “Thanks.”
guest swipe price value drops iPhone crime rates on the rise
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THESE NEW cash registers allow dining services to change the value of guest swipes. Guest swipes are now $5.90.
joe weitemeyer Arts & Life Editor The absence of Dunkin’ Donuts in downstairs DeNaples is not the only change students should worry about. Guest swipes have also been altered. The most notable change in the cafes are the new cash registers, which have enabled the biggest change to the meal plan – a reduction of the dollar amount on a guest swipe. Ted Zayac, the resident district manager of The University of Scranton Dining Services/ARAMARK, said the change in value of a guest swipe, from $8.90 to $5.90, was a result of the register change. The new registers replaced the 20-year-old networks of the old registers. Zayac said the new network allowed them to change the guest swipe price to its initial price. “It’s a fair price. It’s what we originally wanted it to be,” Zayac said. Students were not in-
formed about the price change when the semester began, a mistake Zayac admits. “Intersession was tough. We had two weeks to install the new systems and train the workers,” Zayac said. “When we found out we were able to set the price, we just did it. I think we should have sent something.” The price will not affect students who use the swipes to enter the café on third floor DeNaples, since the swipe is a substitute for the price of one meal. The price change will, however, affect guest swipes used in places such as downstairs DeNaples, the Mulberry P.O.D., and elsewhere. University junior Allison DeStefano said she has to rely on friends’ guest swipes when she eats on campus. “Since I live off campus, I don’t pay for a meal plan,” DeStefano said. “If I want to eat on campus, I have to hope a friend will give me one of their swipes.”
Although guest swipes are intended for visiting friends and family, many students use them as a substitute for cash or Flex dollars. University junior Ryan Giovanetti said that guest swipes are valuable commodities. “If I still had guest swipes by the end of the semester, I would trade or sell them to friends,” Giovanetti said. “An $8 swipe was $5 in cash. It helps once all your Flex runs out.” Flex dollars are easy to spend, but Zayac noted just how many guest swipes are given to students with meal plans. “You get 18 guest swipes,” Zayac said referring to the 10 meal plan. “Even if you go through all of those, we’re pretty liberal about giving you more if you have visitors.” In case students did not already know, Zayac also said you can use two guest swipes in one sitting. “That’s $11.80 right there!”
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admires the time and devotion the moderator puts into the page. He is also intrigued by the anonymity of it. “Because it’s kept anonymous, you have a sense of wonder about who did
it. Regardless, it can put a smile on anyone’s face. It really restored my faith in humanity,” Matsay said. Trischetta and Matsay are just two among the many students who appreciate the Scranton Compliments
page and the anonymous moderator’s dedication. The anonymous moderator said “She” hopes for love to spread among the Scranton community and believes that this is the best way to start.
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SCRANTON STUDENTS and faculty stop to pose for a photo in January 2013 in Uganda. The 13 students and four faculty members spent two weeks in Uganda to learn about Christianity in Africa and health care. The group included members of the SJLA and nursing programs.
University students spend intersession serving in Uganda laura Fay Staff Writer Thirteen University students visited Africa in January for the academic, spiritual and cultural experience of their lives. The students, members of Special Jesuit Liberal Arts (SJLA) and nursing programs, spent two weeks in southwest Uganda. They studied the development of Christianity in Africa and the Ugandan culture while interacting with the local people,
helping with community projects and visiting hospitals. Senior nursing major Mary Elizabeth Lee said the trip solidified her faith because of the profound piety she saw in the people of Uganda. “It reinforced how important faith is ... because [in Uganda], faith is the center of everything ... They have faith always, in good times and in bad times, so I think I learned that it’s important to have faith not just in bad times,
but in good times,” she said. Lee also noted that the experience deepened her sense of gratitude for what she has. “This just reinforced the importance of service and being grateful for what I have and not taking things for granted... I’ve never gone to bed hungry or sick, and people there do every day. ... It reinforced how blessed I am,” she said. Lee called her time volunteering in poor Uganda
hospitals heart wrenching, but said the experience will make her more resourceful and creative in her career as a nurse. “They help me more than I help them,” she said. Andrew Gentilucci, an international studies and philosophy double major, said the best part was building a house and playing soccer with children in a Ugandan village. That experience, and the trip as a whole, made service “a joint enterprise” Gentilucci said. “You’re
not working for them, and they’re not working for you. You’re working together, and that was something really profound that stuck out to me.” Theology professor Charles Pinches, Ph.D., organized the trip with Daniel Haggerty, Ph.D., of the philosophy department and two nursing professors, Patricia Harrington, R.N., Ed.D., and Catherine Lovecchio, R.N., Ph.D. Seeing students come away from their experiences with a new perspec-
tive on what it means to have a rich life is the most rewarding part of the trip for Pinches, who has been taking students to Uganda since 2006. Students who go to Uganda find a new hope through their experience of common humanity with the people they meet, Pinches said. He called friendship and cooperation “the bonds that hold us,” and said the Uganda experience helps students realize the worth of these basic things.
Flu activity declines, still poses ROTC students train at fall FTX threat to university community cHristian burne Campus Liaison
tom Foti Staff Writer People all over the country have had to combat a stealthy specimen for the past two months. It comes on like a fever, but when it fully consumes the body those infected are left with dry coughs, sore throats and aches all over the body. The flu was all but invisible last year, barely crossing the threshold of the national baseline after 20 weeks. This current flu season crossed the barrier after six weeks. More than 8,000 hospitalizations have occurred since Oct. 1 because of the flu. This huge spike has many doctors and nurses pondering what the causes could be. Patricia Popeck, B.S.N., M.S., R.N., and director of The University’s Student Health Services, has a theory. “I can’t give you a real scientist version,” Popeck said. “I think it’s like anything else. There are ebbs and flows.” Popeck’s assertion holds weight in a recent chart published by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This chart shows how each flu season panned out. Since the 2007-08 season, the flu has ranged year to year from moderately severe to the swine pandemic of 2009 to mild in 2011-12. As January waned, so did the flu on the East Coast. According to a CDC weekly summary, 38 states reported widespread influenza activity for the week of Feb. 2. This is a decrease from the 42 states of the previous week. Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are among the states still reporting widespread activity, but cases have begun to decline. Students across campus are relieved to know the virus is finally subsiding, but are still worried about contracting the flu. “I had a friend who got sick over break and she was out of commission for a while,” University junior Jim DiMezza, said. “ I got my flu shot, so hopefully that will work out for me.” If a person contracts the flu, he or she should stay at home for at least 24 hours after the fever has
gone away. The CDC encourages practicing proper cough and sneezing etiquette to prevent the spread of germs as well as thorough hand washing. The infected person should also avoid touching any part of his or her face. Health professionals encourage flu vaccines as a way to combat the virus. Vaccinations usually have a 50 to 70 percent chance of preventing or hindering the damage of the flu. This season, vaccinations have a 62 percent success rate. If someone should choose not to receive a vaccination, there are plenty of other ways to reduce the risk of contracting the flu. Hand washing is crucial to fighting germs. Using warm water and soap is ideal. Plenty of sleep, good nutrition, and drinking plenty fluids will also help. Flu season will continue for a few more weeks, but there is no set timetable. This year’s flu season has already peaked. Until the threat of the flu is over, proper hygiene is essential to reducing the risk of acquiring any illness.
As students prepared for fall exams in December 2012, cadets of the Royal Warrior Battalion, Army ROTC, prepared to conduct their Fall Field Training Exercises. The Exercise, referred to by its acronym of FTX, occurs once per fall and spring semester. The Royal Warriors travelled to Joint Base McGuireDix-Lakehurst, N.J., as a mock-up of a deployment to the fictional country of Atropia. Planned by Military Science IV (senior) cadets, FTX synthesizes all of the skills that cadets have learned in their ROTC careers and requires them to think, act and adapt to 48 hours of almost constant training. While all cadets participate in the weekend training event, the greatest focus of FTX centers on preparing the MS III (junior) cadets for the Army Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Wash., which they will attend this coming summer. “The main purpose of FTX is to prepare the MS III’s for LDAC and the challenges they will face
there,” Lt. Col. Ryan Remley, the Royal Warrior Battalion Commander, said. In previous years, the FTX has occurred in September of the fall semester. The decision to move the event to a later date helped facilitate a greater degree of training. “This FTX truly served as the capstone event for this semester. The MS IV’s who planned, resourced, conducted, and assessed FTX did a great job,” Remley said. Cadets and cadre departed The University on Friday afternoon. Training commenced immediately upon arrival, with cadets navigating a night land navigation course with the aid of red-lens flashlights. A 4:00 a.m. wake-up call signaled the start of a long day of training on Saturday morning. MS III’s took a Army physical fitness tests followed by several hours of maneuvers and instruction in squad-level tactics. MS I and II (first year and sophomore) cadets completed a day land navigation course comprised of eight points, requiring them to navigate a distance of several miles. Roles reversed in the afternoon,
allowing all cadets to practice a wide array of skills. Cadets conducted a second night land navigation course on Saturday evening. After a few hours of precious sleep, cadets moved out on Sunday morning to conduct patrolling operations. While similar to Saturday’s squad-level operations, patrolling entails at a much larger scale operation, featuring longer missions and many more cadets. Mission assignments ranged from reconnaissance to ambushes. After finishing their patrols, all cadets assembled for a concluding ceremony. Cadets then boarded buses for the journey back to The University. “We really packed a lot in to this weekend. I definitely think we improved in many areas. I feel much more confident going forward and as LDAC approaches,” CDT Jarrel Israel, MS III, said. Though tired from the physical and mental demands of FTX, the Royal Warriors arrived back on campus in high spirits and with a sense of pride in what they had accomplished.
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Cameron announces referendum for UK ÉinDe Ó FatHaigH Staff Writer British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the United Kingdom will hold an “in or out” referendum on the country’s European Union membership. Cameron stated his intention to renegotiate the country’s relationship with the EU and to subsequently hold a referendum in which British citizens would have a clear choice between accepting new terms with the EU or pulling out completely. However, it was also made clear that this would only happen if the Conservative Party, which has been in power in a coalition with the Liberal Democrats since 2010, were reelected in the next general election. This decision has emerged amid growing pressure from members of the Conservative Party as well as a growing number of British citizens who have become disillusioned with the European Union. There has been a growing opposition to the EU in Britain since the economic downturn in 2008 and the ensuing eurozone crisis
that has yet to be resolved. Evidence of this opposition can be observed from the rapid increase in support for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). This right-wing party was founded in 1993 and has been campaigning for a British withdrawal from the EU ever since. Recent opinion polls have portrayed UKIP’s growing popularity and some have even suggested that it is now the third most popular party in the UK. Its leader, Nigel Farage, who once described the current president of the EU as having the “charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a lowgrade bank clerk,” has been vocal in his opposition to the European establishment since he was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999. The current Euro Crisis has threatened not just the economic viability of the euro currency, but it has also forced Greece, Ireland and Portugal to seek bailouts from the EU and the International Monetary Union. Moreover, it seems that the crisis is far from over. For example, 18.8 million people
are currently unemployed across the eurozone (11.8 percent), the highest level on record. Spain has an unemployment rate of 26 percent and a staggering youth unemployment rate of 57 percent. Undoubtedly these factors have influenced Cameron’s announcement. However, it is important to note that the UK is not part of the eurozone, which consists of countries that use the euro currency. The UK economy has nevertheless suffered as a result of the economic downturn and has still not fully recovered, as illustrated by the country’s unemployment rate of 7.7 percent. A number of other factors must also be noted. Proponents of a UK withdrawal from the European Union have argued that such a move would see a return of certain legislative sovereignty to the UK that they argue was lost when the UK joined the EEC. Many laws introduced in the UK originated in Brussels, to the dismay of euro skeptics. Euro skeptics are quick to mention Switzerland and Norway, which have remained out of the European Union but have
military spouses, will include child care services, member-designated hospital visits and the issuing of military ID cards, which gives same-sex spouses and partners access to on-base groceries, gyms and movie theaters. The policy changes will go into effect once training on the new rules is completed, which could take up to a few months. Advocates for equality regarding military rights for the LGBT community and their families are excited about the prospect of equality. One such advocate is Allyson Robinson, an Army veteran and executive director of OutServe-SLDN, an association of actively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender U.S. military personnel. “We thank him for getting us a few steps closer to full equality — steps that will substantively improve
the quality of life of gay and lesbian military families,” Robinson said. Although this is absolutely a giant leap forward for the LGBT community, and for society as a whole, there is still more work to be done. Benefits such as health care and housing allowances were not included in Panetta’s plans because of the definition of “spouse” and “marriage” under the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This act prohibited Panetta from extending these crucial benefits to LGBT military members and their spouses. “There are certain benefits that can only be provided to spouses as defined by that law,” Panetta said. “While it will not change during my tenure as secretary of defense, I foresee a time when the law will allow the department to grant full benefits to service members and their dependents, irrespective of sexual orientation. Until then, the department will continue to comply with current law while doing all we can to take care of all soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and their families.” Panetta is hopeful that DOMA will be repealed, however. Panetta stated that DOMA is “now being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court” — offering a clear indication that the Pentagon wants that law overturned.
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THE UNITED Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, shown in black, has always debated the extent to which it identifies with the European Union.
maintained strong trade connections and have witnessed economic success. Those who favor remaining in the European Union argue that a British withdrawal would tarnish relations between the UK and other European countries, which in turn would have negative consequences for trade. However, a recent survey
shows that a majority of UK businesses favor renegotiated terms with the EU. Furthermore, the UK imports more goods from European countries than it exports. There have been mixed reactions to Cameron’s announcement across the EU. However, the two most influential states in the Union, France and
Germany, have expressed concern at Cameron’s decision. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle stated that Europe “needed more, not less, integration.” It remains to be seen whether UK citizens will accept a renewed relationship with the EU or choose to bow out, but only time will tell.
Panetta’s recent extension of important benefits was certainly a win for many advocates of equal military rights, but also a vicious reminder of the complications that remain as long as DOMA is in action. Slowly but surely, equal-
ity will come. Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” 17 months ago was the first step. Panetta’s decision on Monday solidified the act, pushing it further to extend many important benefits. The push for equality has undoubtedly begun. Panetta confidently
states that one day, “it will be the policy of the Department to construe the words ‘spouse’ and ‘marriage’ without regard to sexual orientation, and married couples, irrespective of sexual orientation, and their dependents, will be granted full military benefits.”
Soldiers’ same-sex spouses receive beneﬁts saraH mueller Staff Writer
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta took a major step Monday in the fight for equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender military personnel by extending key benefits to the same-sex spouses of service members as well as to the unmarried partners of gay troops. “Taking care of our service members and honoring the sacrifices of all military families are two core values of this nation,” Panetta said. “Extending these benefits is an appropriate next step under current law to ensure that all service members receive equal support for what they do to protect this nation.” The well-anticipated benefits, automatically available to heterosexual
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SECRETARY OF Defense Leon Panetta recently announched rights for LGBT couples in the military.
immigration reform moves forward Daniel gleason Staff Writer Americans today seem to easily forget the histories of their ancestors and those who have laid the very foundation of what this nation is today. Unless you are the direct descendent of a Native American who roamed North America for thousands of years, you and your ancestors immigrated to this country. We’ve seen this story time and time again in American history, and we’re seeing it again today. From the British colonists in the early 1700s to the Irish and Italian immigrants in the mid-1800s to the influx of Hispanic immigrants we see today, immigration is neither a recent trend nor an overpopulation epidemic. It is simply a way of life in American culture. Hispanic immigrants face significant challenges on the path to citizenship. A portion of them come into the country undocu-
mented or on temporary work visas, and live in the country without permanent citizenship. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators recently carved out a plan for immigration reform. The plan, largely based off of President Obama’s campaign promises, calls for a “tough, fair, and practical roadmap to address the status of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that is contingent upon our success in securing our borders and addressing visa overstays,” according to the Senate’s Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In a nutshell, the plan promotes employment and education plans for immigrants while they complete the necessary steps for obtaining American citizenship. The plan also calls for more stringent border control and background checks on immigrants with visas. It’s an important step forward for this country not only for Hispanic im-
migrants, but for American citizens as well. It is a means of acceptance and patriotism. Where we see the least amount of progress is in the political spectrum, namely, the media’s coverage of how this deal was struck. Pundits on both sides have argued that the Republican Party “caved” in to the demands of the Democrat Party on immigration because of the large majority of Hispanic-American electorate that voted for Obama in the 2012 election. While it is true that the Republicans need to make more of an effort to resonate with this electorate, we cannot lose sight of how important this legislation is to this country through political smoke clouds. This is not an appeasement plan aimed at winning a few extra votes in the next election. It’s a plan that’s fair for both citizens and non-citizens living in this country, and it promotes the American values we saw at Ellis Island and beyond.
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‘unstoppable’ motivates readers sHawn FlescHe Arts & Life Contributor “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy,” said Dan Gable, a famous wrestler. Wrestlers are faced everyday with challenges that they are forced to overcome in order to accomplish the goals that they have set for themselves. There is one wrestler in particular who faced a challenge not just in wrestling, but in life. Former Arizona State Sun Devil Anthony Robles was the 2011 NCAA Division 1 National Champion at the 125 pound weight class. He has also received the 2011 NCAA Best Wrestler of the National Tournament Award, the Jimmy V Award at the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards, the 2011 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, and he is in the Induction Class of 2012 to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Robles is receiving these well-deserved honors and rewards because he won the NCAA title with one leg. He is an inspiration to not just to the wrestling world but to
any individual and even wrote a book called “Unstoppable from Underdog to Undefeated: How I became a Champion.” Robles’ book has received praise and reviews from various people, including Jay Leno, who wrote the forward, LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael Oher and Condoleezza Rice. “Unstoppable is an inspirational narrative that captures the essence of conquering fears, breaking down barriers, and never letting one’s dreams be shattered. This is truly the American spirit,” said Rice. “Unstoppable” ’s main is that despite how bad one thinks their hardships are, there is always someone else who has it worse. Robles even says, “I need to redefine what I think of as ‘hardship’.” In the introduction, Robles praises his mother for telling him throughout his life that there is nothing wrong with him. Robles explains how he was born without one leg and the dilemma that his family faced in telling his mother. He then talks about the simple day-to-day things that many people take for
granted, like walking, running and playing. Robles addresses the controversies surrounding his perceived advantages when he first started wrestling, such as having one less limb for his opponents to use against him, having increased upper body strength and weighing less than he would with a prosthetic limb attached. Despite his “advantages,” Robles lost more matches then he won his freshman year of high school. This made him to train everyday, improving until he reached his goal of becoming state champion. After reaching that goal, Robles began considering college and wanted to become the national champion. Robles then talks about the recruiting processes and his choosing to attend Arizona State University, or ASU. Once he graduated from ASU, Robles then decided to travel around the country and the world as a motivational speaker. “Unstoppable” captures the lifestyle of wrestling perfectly. It is a sport that prepares its participants for the rest of their lives. It makes the reader question if they are doing their best.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Joseph Bruzzesi Business Editor
Michael Dell, Silver Lake partners take Dell Computers private
•Intel confirmed plans to offer a paid Internet video service and accompanying set-top box, an unusual gamble for the chip maker. •Apple is testing designs for a watch-like device that would perform some functions of a smartphone. •Barclays presented a three-year strategy that will see the lender cut 3,700 jobs and rein in some of ex-CEO Diamond’s expansion plans. •Moody’s took steps to avoid creating a trove of potentially embarrassing employee messages like those that came back to haunt former S&P employees. •A deal between AMR and US Airways to create the worlds biggest airline would likely pass U.S anti-trust scrutiny. •Gap is retaking lost ground after struggling for years to get sales moving, giving a boost to the once-trendsetting apparel retailer. •The Texas electricity producer formerly known as TXU, which once made headlines as the biggest leveraged buyout in U.S. history, is now laying groundwork for one of the biggest debt restructurings. •An engine fire caused a Carnival Cruise lines ship to get caught in the middle of the ocean. The National Guard quickly came to their rescue. •Goldman Sachs is making major changes to its $50 billion privateequity fund business because of the impending “Volcker rule.”
economic updates •Durable goods orders increased 1.8 percent in December, after falling .3 percent in November. •The ISM index fell from 55.7 to 55.2. •The initial unemployment claims level has returned to its recently normal range of 350,000400,000.
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DELL COMPUTERS is going private after 25 years of being listed on the stock market. Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners were a part of the deal. Microsoft was involved as well, writing a $2 billion loan to make the deal possible.
by Daniel massari Staff Writer The era of big buyouts is back, and this time computing giant Dell Inc. (NYSE: DELL) is at the center of it. The company agreed Feb. 5 to accept a $24.4 billion offer to be taken private by members of its management team, including founder Michael Dell, and private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners. If completed, the deal would be the largest leveraged buyout backed by private equity since before the 2008 financial crisis. Dell Inc., established in a University of Texas dorm room in 1984, pioneered the business of “made-toorder” personal computers. Through a series of acquisitions over the past 10 years, Dell has expanded its product offerings to include data storage devices, network switches, and software along with its personal computers. This business model was highly successful for Dell for many years, but the company has struggled recently as consumers have shifted away from custom PCs to devices like tablets and smartphones. Research
firm Canalys found that one-third of all computers sold globally are now tablets, a major shift from just 10 years ago. At one time the company was also the number one producer of personal computers in the world, but it has slipped to number three, behind HP and Lenovo. Fiscal year 2012 revenue totaled $63.07 billion, with a net income of $3.49 billion. The use of leveraged buyouts was popular prior to the financial crisis. In 2007, there were five buyouts which exceeded $20 billion, while last year the largest was the $7.2 billion acquisition of EP Energy Corp. by Apollo Global Management. In leveraged buyouts, private equity firms and their partners acquire companies using a mix of equity and debt that is repaid by the acquired company or is secured by the assets that are being purchased. Because debt usually has a lower cost of capital than equity, the returns to shareholders are greatly multiplied. In 2006, the average buyout of a U.S. company was $1.6 billion, versus about $931 million last year. Once completed, the deal will be the largest technology buyout
ever, surpassing the 2006 buyout of Freescale Semiconductor for $17.5 billion. Some industry analysts are hopeful that this deal will usher in a new wave of large buyouts which have virtually disappeared since 2008. In order to help facilitate the deal, Michael Dell will contribute his almost 14 percent stake in the company, along with close to $750 million in cash from his investment firm, MSD Capital. This is on top of the $13.5 billion the buyout group plans to raise by selling bonds. The group has also tapped Microsoft Corp., which will contribute another $2 billion in the form of a long-term loan to Dell. Silver Lake Partners, one of the largest technology-focused private equity firms, will contribute $1.4 billion in cash, and the remaining $3 billion is to be funded by Dell’s cash. Dell currently has over $11 billion in cash, mostly overseas, which the company plans to repatriate and use to fund part of the buyout. The deal is not without opposition, though. Dell Inc.’s largest independent shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management Inc., which owns approxi-
mately 8.5 percent of outstanding shares, voiced its opposition to the leveraged buyout. The firm sent a letter to the Board of Directors, which is also on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, explaining that it felt the deal grossly undervalues the company. Here is an excerpt from the letter that was published in the Wall Street Journal the past weekend. “We are writing to express our extreme disappointment regarding the proposed go-private transaction, which we believe grossly undervalues the Company,” the letter said. The letter goes on to describe the firm’s actions. “We also write to inform you that we will not vote in favor of the proposed transaction as currently structured,” the firm’s letter said. “We retain and intend to avail ourselves of all options at our disposal to oppose the proposed transaction, including but not limited to a proxy fight, litigation claims and any available Delaware statutory appraisal rights.” Southeastern Asset Management Inc. representatives feel that the $13.65 per share price, which is a 25
percent premium to Dell’s closing price the day before the deal, is well below their estimate of the company’s value of approximately $24 per share. A survey of Dell’s 25 largest institutional shareholders found that on average they had bought their stock at an estimated $16.11 per share, almost three dollars less than the offered price. Barron’s, the weekly financial publication, has even criticized the deal and stated that it believes different parts of the company could be worth as much as $25 per share, though Dell shares have not traded at that level in four years. Critics of the deal claim that Michael Dell and his Wall Street brethren are trying to “steal” the company at such a low price, according to the Barron’s article. A spokesperson for Dell responded to critics stating that the Board “considered an array of strategic alternatives” and “the Board concluded that the proposed all-cash transaction is in the best interests of stockholders.” Silver Lake Partners, along with the group of buyers, is hopeful that the deal will be completed by Q3 2013, but it is uncertain of a specific date at this time.
•President Obama proposed raising minumum wage to $9. •Consumer credit jumped $14.6 billion in December after rising to $15.9 billion in November. •The trade deficit of the United States fell from $48 billion in November to $38.5 billion in December. A spike in the trade defecit is expected for the month of January.
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SHARES OF Dell Inc. fails to gain support between the months of September and December. As rumors began to spread and the news was released on the leveraged buyout, shares started to trade higher in late January and February.
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Obama minimum wage plan renews economic debate sam Hananel Associated Press President Barack Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and boost it annually to keep pace with inflation is already getting a trial run. Ten states make similar cost-ofliving adjustments, including Washington state, where workers earn at least $9.19 an hour, the highest minimum in the country. In all, 19 states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages set above the federal rate of $7.25, a disparity Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address as he seeks to help the nation’s lowest paid workers. Obama’s proposal is renewing the age-old debate between advocates who claim boosting the minimum wage pumps more money into the economy, helping to create new jobs, and business groups that complain it would unfairly burden employers and curb demand for new workers. And it faces certain hurdles in Congress, as top Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner wasted little time dismissing the
proposal. More than 15 million workers earn the national minimum wage, making about $15,080 a year. That’s just below the federal poverty threshold of $15,130 for a family of two. Selling his plan to a crowd in Asheville, N.C., on Wednesday, Obama said it’s time to increase the minimum wage “because if you work full-time, you shouldn’t be in poverty.” Advocates say a minimum wage increase can lead to even broader economic benefits. “These are workers who are most likely to spend virtually everything they earn, so it just pumps money back into local economies,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy group. But William Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business, said the increase would hit businesses hard and only hurt lowwage workers by reducing demand for their services. “The higher the price of anything, the less that will be taken, and this includes labor,” Dunkelberg said.
“Raising the cost of labor raises the incentive for employers to find ways to use less labor.” Economists have long disputed the broader impact of setting a minimum wage. A major 1994 study by labor economists David Card and Alan Krueger found that a rise in New Jersey’s minimum wage did not reduce employment levels in the fast food industry. Krueger now is chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Yet that study has come under fire from other economists, who argue that comparing different states over time shows that raising the minimum wage hurts job growth. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said that a higher minimum wage would boost incomes for some poorer workers. But it would also discourage employers from hiring more of them. “So on net, I am not sure it helps,” he said. The government first set a minimum wage during the Great Depression in 1938. It has been raised 22 times since then — the last increase went into effect in
2009 — but the value has eroded over time due to inflation. Obama’s latest plan would raise the hourly minimum to $9 by 2015 and as well as increase the minimum wage for tipped workers, which has not gone up for more than two decades. As for states that have already set minimum wages above the federal rate, they range from $7.35 in Missouri to the high of $9.19 in Washington. In 10 of those states, the minimum wage is automatically adjusted every year to keep pace with the rising cost of living — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Women represent nearly two thirds of minimum wage workers, while black and Hispanic workers represent a higher share of the minimum wage work force than whites, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The last federal minimum wage increase was signed into law by President George W. Bush, when it increased from $5.15 to $7.25 in a three-step process between 2007 and 2009.
The last recession began in the middle of that process and took an especially heavy toll on middle-wage positions, which accounted for 60 percent of jobs lost in the crushing downturn. Most of the job growth since the 2010 recovery has been in low-wage jobs. Owens, for one, contends: “There’s no compelling case to be made that raising the minimum wage triggered job losses.” Doug Hall, director of the liberal Economic Policy Institute, estimates that raising the minimum wage to $9 would pump $21 billion into the economy and lead to the creation of 120,000 jobs. But Randel Johnson, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for labor issues, said the increase would come “on the backs of employers” who would hire fewer people and cut overtime. “You don’t put new burdens on employers when they are trying to recover in a tough recessionary time,” he said. Johnson also warned against tying wage increases to inflation. “Employer profits are not magically indexed somehow
to always go up,” Johnson said. “Congress needs to look at the validity of raising the minimum wage in the context of the economic times in which it’s being proposed.” That concern is expected to drive Republican opposition in Congress. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who delivered the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union address, said Wednesday that boosting the minimum wage is the wrong way to help workers increase wages. “I don’t think a minimum wage works,” Rubio said on “CBS This Morning. “I want people to make more than $9 dollars an hour. The problem is, you can’t mandate that.” Boehner, the House speaker, told reporters Wednesday: “When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it.” The White House is pointing to companies such as Costco, Wal-Mart and Stride Rite that have supported past increases in the minimum wage, saying high wages help build a strong work force and lower turnover helps improve profit-
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REAL MINIMUM wage value is currently close to its historical average value. The term “real” means that these statistics have been adjusted for inﬂation. President Obama is considering raising the current minimum wage level.
Ofﬁcials worry about upcoming cuts DaVe laFaman Business Correspondant Towards the end of 2012, the imminent fiscal matter that had everyone worried was the fiscal cliff. Now that the U.S has successfully averted the worst effects of the cliff, everyone can shift focus to the debt ceiling and the struggle that the U.S. economy is currently facing to reduce its debt. President Obama commented that last weekend that “over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have come together and cut our deficit by more than $2.5 trillion through a balanced mix of spending cuts and higher tax rates…” This is a welcomed statistic considering that it is more than half of the $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists from both sides agreed would stabilize the U.S debt. With $1.5
trillion left before the goal is reached, the sequester seems a practical solution. The sequester is a series of automatic cuts to government agencies that will total around $1.2 trillion over the next ten years. Bloomberg reports that, although this solution may stabilize the national debt compared with the broader economy, the debt would still fluctuate between 73 percent and 77 percent of gross domestic product. These would be the highest levels in U.S. history except for the time following the end of World War II. A report from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget wrote last month that “lawmakers have achieved only slightly more than half of the minimum necessary deficit reduction to achieve sustainability over the next decade, only one-third needed through 2040, and only one sixth the reduc-
tion needed through 2080.” The report also mentions that the U.S. debt is on course to exceed 100 percent in 2030 and as much as 200 percent by 2050, levels which are clearly unsustainable. The committee concluded that there should be another $2.2 trillion in savings although congressional Republicans are aiming for a total of $4 trillion. The sequester is set to start March 1st and will result in huge budget cuts, largely in military spending but also from the domestic side including national parks, federal courts, housing and aid and more. House Speaker John Boehner had this to say about the sequester: “I don’t like the sequester. I think it’s taking a meat axe to our government, a meat axe to many programs that will weaken our national defense. Americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more tax hikes.”
President’s Business Council Plans Trip The President’s Business Council (PBC), in conjunction with the Kania SOM Business Club, is offering a Business Networking Trip to New York City on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Students will depart campus at 8:00 a.m. and return after the evening reception. Throughout the morning and afternoon, the group of students will meet with three alumni in their places of business in mid-town Manhattan. Prior to returning to Scranton, the students will attend a networking reception with PBC Members and alumni in the New York City area. The PBC has several objectives in which the Council seeks to connect members and students in meaningful and productive ways. In order to meet these objectives, the PBC provides programs like the Business Networking Trips in various cities throughout the academic year, during which the students meet both as a small group with business executives in their ofﬁces and with a larger group of alumni and friends during the evening networking receptions.
Please visit the registration table in the lobby of Brennan Hall this week and next to sign up or contact Michele.Felins@scranton.edu for more info.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Michelle D’Souza Science & Technology Editor
study shows dangerous effects of concussions micHelle D’souZa Sci/Tech Editor Football season just ended with the Super Bowl. Although the sport is a beloved American pastime, many of the ex-players that have made fans’ experience with football so amazing are suing the NFL. The various lawsuits of more than a thousand players have been combined into one lawsuit against the NFL. Why would so many players sue the NFL? The players filing suits have experienced brain injuries and concussions. Many players believe that the NFL misled them about the degree of danger involved with concussions and they now want reparations. It may seem a bit outlandish that a thousand players are actually suing the NFL for sustaining injuries while playing the game. However, concussions can be quite dangerous and life-altering if they are acquired on a frequent basis. It is important to know what a concussion is to
understand how dangerous successive concussions can be. Some people believe that a concussion involves the bruising of the brain from hitting a hard surface. Instead a concussion is caused by a violent shaking of the brain, which may or may not be caused by hitting a hard surface. When the head is shaken, like when a linebacker gets pummeled to the ground, brain cells release a toxic amount of neurotransmitters. This fries the receptors that are related to memory and learning. Once a person suffers a concussion, he or she is more prone to a second concussion. The usual symptoms of a concussion are confusion, headaches and drowsiness. When football players frequently experience concussions, they can suffer from CTE. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) disease is caused by continual head blows and involves impaired cognitive abilities, depression and violent actions. This disease is not only
common among football players. It was originally known as punch-drunk syndrome because boxers, who aim for their opponents’ heads, commonly fall prey to it. The repetitive brain trauma causes a deterioration of brain tissue and the improper placement of the protein tau in neurons. The tau creates neurofibrillary tangles that interfere with normally-functioning neurons, which causes some of the characteristic memory loss associated with CTE. The progressive tissue degeneration coupled with the inappropriate distribution of tau produces memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and eventually, progressive dementia. Even though CTE has been known to affect boxers and other martial arts fighters, recent studies have shown the disease’s prevalence in football players. Boston University published its findings on brain trauma in December 2012
after looking at 85 cadaver brains with prior mild brain trauma (concussions). The study included brains from military veterans, athletes and civilians, according to Boston University’s report. Researchers found an overwhelming rate of CTE in former football players; 50 of those brains were those of football players with CTE. Their findings add to the mounting evidence that players who acquire CTE because of successive head injuries show symptoms of depression, memory loss and rage. The research shows that even mild trauma can cause long-lasting effects on the brain. The behavioral symptoms of CTE have even been linked to deaths; former NFL player Shane Dronett suffered from CTE and committed suicide. With such hazardous outcomes looming in the future for athletes, many people want to see more regulations in contact sports like hockey and football. Some even argue for a complete disbanding of sports like boxing, in which ath-
letes aim to hit opponents’ heads as hard as they can. Now with new lawsuits and research connecting concussions and long-
iOS and Google Android. The Blackberry 10 OS hopes to change this negative perspective. The BlackBerry 10 includes the staple features expected in new smartphones, including voice recognition and an almost entirely gesture-based input using the touch screen. One key aspect that differentiates the Z10 from other smartphones is the “BlackBerry Hub.” The hub is designed to help user manage all types of conversations, from business emails to text messages and social media updates, from a single spot. It can also be easily accessed from other applications thanks to the “peek” feature. Another big trait to help multitaskers is the “BlackBerry Flow.” Flow allows several apps to run at the same time, and interact seamlessly with each other. This can simplify several tasks that require multiple apps,
such as taking a picture and then instantly sharing it with a specific group or checking the latest tweets from your contact list. On top of these major OS additions are an eight megapixel camera, 16 GB of internal storage, a browser with HTML5 support and 4G LTE compatibilities.One of the most subtle changes to the phone is that Brick Breaker, which came standard and is Blackberry’s most iconic game, will not be included in this new smartphone. BlackBerry’s latest offering hopes to give its outdated operating systems a much needed update and appeal to its dedicated users while branching out to a more-mainstream audience. It will take a great deal of effort to unseat the top smartphone companies such as Apple and Samsung, but BlackBerry’s 10 OS hopes to bring a much-needed lift to a company on the rebound.
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that is simply unacceptable for a device that seeks to accompany its users throughout their entire day of work. Even light usage commonly results in battery life of no more than three to four hours, a range that is less than half of what most of its competitors can achieve. If Microsoft wants the Surface Pro to be competitive, it absolutely must achieve better battery life. The Surface Pro also suffers from a physical design that may frustrate some users. With a weight of 907 grams, a thickness of over 13 millimeters and a very horizontal aspect ratio, the tablet becomes awkward and difficult to hold in one or both hands for extended periods of time. In an attempt to alleviate this problem and improve the typing experience, Microsoft has opted to integrate both touch-and tactile-based keyboards into stand-alone cases for the device. This innovation works extremely well, but the keyboards sell at a minimum of $100. Given that the Surface Pro already requires you to shell out over $900 to purchase it, the steep price of the keyboard may be too much for some prospective buyers. Regrettably, much of the tablet’s potential is lost without this unique keyboard case, so this only serves to further damage its marketability. With the Surface Pro in
term cognitive impairment, sports rules might actually see a change, to the chagrin or satisfaction of players and fans.
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FOOTBALL PLAYERS can accumulate concussions that cause long-term cognitive damage.
new blackberry set to arrive Microsoft tablets ﬂounder cory burrell Sports Editor After facing stiff competition from Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry believes it has found a way to once again challenge the top spot in the smartphone market. BlackBerry Limited’s new BlackBerry Z10 is slated for release by most U.S. carriers in March, with a sleeker, more modern operating system the company hopes can compete with other smartphones on the market. The BlackBerry line, which has existed since 1999, is known for its use by many business professionals and its large customer base, which was reported by BlackBerry to have exceeded 80 million active users last September. Recent models have been criticized as outdated with an inferior operating system compared to the Apple
The tablet space is one of the most competitive markets in the tech industry. From Apple’s iPads and Google’s Nexus line to Samsung’s Galaxy tablets and beyond, there are dozens of handheld slates vying for consumers’ wallets. After years of watching its rivals gain footholds in the market, Microsoft has finally thrown its hat into the ring in the form of the Surface and Surface Pro, two full-sized tablets running versions of their ever-popular Windows operating system. These tablets are attempting to work as both a media consumption device and a legitimate productivity tool in equal measure. While a great idea on paper, the products have been met with lukewarm critical reception and sales figures that failed to impress even the most optimistic analysts. Why is this? What aspects of the Surface products have irked customers and reviewers so profusely? The answer to this question is difficult and multifaceted, but there are a few issues that are obvious enough to make note of fairly easily. One of the most glaring problems lies within the tablets’ relatively dire power consumption. The Surface Pro in particular suffers from battery life
such a compromised position, surely the Windows RT-based Surface fares far better by comparison. Unfortunately, this version of the tablet suffers from its own shortcomings that hold it back. Although it is noticeably lighter, thinner and cooler than the Surface Pro, the Surface itself is powered by a Tegra 3 processor that is noticeably slower and less powerful than its Intel brethren. Additionally, the screen resolution is remarkably poor, so much so that it makes even entrylevel and mid-range tablets of the same size look gorgeous by comparison. Microsoft is trying something bold and radical with the Surface and Surface Pro. These tablets are attempting to fuse a laptop and a tablet into something new, something that should be both portable and productive. However, in trying to achieve both, Microsoft made too many compromises and instead accomplished neither. The company has priced the Surface to be competitive with most other 10-inch tablets; likewise, the Surface Pro is priced to be competitive against many ultrabooks and lightweight laptops. These devices are absolutely a good first step for Microsoft, but until they can refine and improve the products, your time and money is better spent elsewhere.
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BLACKBERRY WILL release this BlackBerry Z10 smartphone in March.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Andrew Milewski Faith Editor
Students reﬂect in silence cailin Potami Staff Writer While most students were easing out of winter break and preparing to return to The University, a group of eight students and three spiritual directors were at Chapman Lake, deepening their relationships with God in the silence of their hearts as part of the Five Day Silent Retreat. The Silent Retreat is a variation of the Ignatian Retreat model, which surged in popularity following Vatican II. It begins in community on the first day, at which time the spiritual directors briefly instruct the retreatants and answer questions. The following five days are spent in silence; this means no talking at meals or at nights, no Facebook and no texting. The retreatants are encouraged to spend this silent time in prayer and communion with God. Each morning, everyone gathers for prayer, a speech on a spiritual topic and Mass. In the evening, prayer and the Examen are held. The only time silence is broken each day is when each retreatant engages in conversational prayer with a spiritual director, which could last from around 20 to 40 minutes. Some students take the time to find God through spiritual reading and others choose to express their spirituality through art.
This year’s Five Day Retreat was directed by the Rev. Rick Malloy, S.J., Amy Hoegen and Brian Pelcin. Hoegen said the silence was an important part of the retreat. “[It] settles the body into listening for the spirit of God,” Hoegen said. Chapman Lake proved to be a beautiful location to center one’s self , even in January’s frigid temperatures. Although the silence is initially intimidating, with it comes a sense of peace that can be a rare treat to the typical college student. It invites one to pray intensely and reflect upon serious issues in both personal and faith life. Malloy said the cold weather was not a drawback for participants. “The brilliant stars and full moon in the 10-degree January air bespeaks the mystery of God and fills us with awe and wonder,” Malloy said. Some retreatants did not find the silence challenging. “It really does not have to be [difficult] if one truly immerses him or herself into the experience. Once I did that, I was able to fully reap the benefits from the retreat,” senior Natalie Picciano said. The Silent Retreat has a unique emphasis on a personal, intimate connection with God rather than shared faith through bonding with others. Hoegen compares it to a romantic relationship. “Sure, it’s fun to hang out
together in a group of friends, but you need to take time to look more deeply at your relationship,” she said. It gives students an opportunity to analyze God’s position in their lives, as well as the role they play in God’s divine plan. Each retreatant who was interviewed made one thing very clear: a sense of community does blossom within attendants of the retreat, regardless of the silence. People are able to embark upon an often frightening faith journey knowing that there are others experiencing the same fears, difficulties and triumphs. “It’s not lonely or awkward, because everyone else is seeking the same thing, seeking God,” senior Katie Rotterman, who has made the retreat twice, said. Fellow senior Daniel Satterfield describes the experience of solidarity as “feeling [others’] spiritual presence glowing.” Retreatants have a chance to share these feelings in communion at the retreat’s closing and in the months following it. It is a special experience that leaves a lasting impact on the lives of all who participate. Malloy said he saw part of that impact even during the five days of the retreat. “I see students come to a deeper and more loving sense of who they are as they are, i.e., pilgrim people on the way
with Jesus,” Malloy said. The Silent Retreat is recommended for students who already are confident in their faith at a foundational level, but seek to deepen and intensify it. Attendants should be interested in exploring different prayer methods. More talkative students should not shy from the retreat; they can gain as much from the experience. Senior Oliver Strickland was initially apprehensive to go on the retreat. “I put off signing up for the retreat thinking that I was not yet ‘spiritually ready’ to enter into the silence and deep contemplative prayer it entails,” he said. However, after attending the retreat, he said that he feels “better equipped to handle what the future may throw my way and strive to live the life of a contemplative in action more consciously.” Senior Lauren Guzzo describes a similar experience. “I realized as the week went on that it was not to get away from it all, but to see things in a better light and dive more deeply into it,” she said. There are two silent retreats a year, one three-day retreat in November and the Five Day Retreat, which occurs in the fall. The retreats are a special way to center one’s self and strengthen the most important relationship there is — a relationship with the Lord.
University observes Ash Wednesday
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ASHES ARE placed on foreheads at the Ash Wednesday Mass, a Mass that marks the beginning of Lent.
anDrew milewski Faith Editor University students, faculty and staff joined Christians all across the world by participating in an Ash Wednesday Mass. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent in the Roman Catholic Church, and on this day, practicing Catholics observe a strict fast from meat as well as wear ashes on their forehead, a reminder of man’s mortality. Lent lasts 40 days and ends with the celebration of Easter. “Even if you’re not
Catholic, you should get ashes to scare your family,” the Rev. Tim Cadigan, S.J., said to his biology class last week. Some Catholics observe a strict fast, total abstinence from meat for the 40 days of Lent, while others observe fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. Still other people stress the importance the prayer and almsgiving. However it is looked at, Lent is a time to better oneself, to quiet down and to get closer to God. It all began on Ash Wednesday.
st. Valentine’s Day origins remain fuzzy w. ryan scHuster Staff Writer Catholics throughout the world are purchasing chocolate and flowers, sending cards to loved ones and scrambling for reservations at romantic candle-lit restaurants, all in observance of , you guessed it: the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius today. Contrary to popular belief, Feb. 14 is technically no longer St. Valentine’s Day on the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, but is instead the commemoration of the two brothers known as the “Apostles to the Slavs.” Saints Cyril and Methodius were born to a politically powerful Greek family in the Byzantine Empire in the 9th century. They renounced political careers and chose instead to become priests. They were sent to preach the Gospel to the Slavic peoples of the region of Eastern Europe known as Great Moravia, where Western missionaries had labored with limited success. The brothers devised the Glagolithic alphabet for recording Old Church Slavonic, the version of the local vernacular used for liturgy. Glagolithic became the Cyrillic alphabet, named for Saint Cyril, which Eastern European languages like Russian continue to use today. After the deaths of St. Cyril and St.
Methodius in 869 A.D. and 885 A.D., respectively, their students continued their missionary work in Eastern Europe. In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared Saints Cyril and Methodius the patrons of all of Europe, together with St. Benedict of Nursia. What about Saint Valentine, then? Up until the Second Vatican Council, the Church did celebrate the martyr’s feast on February 14. However, in the 1969 revision of the General Roman Calendar, the feast of St. Valentine was removed and relegated to an optional local observance. A lack of historical data about St. Valentine results from the likely destruction of most contemporary records of him during the persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The situation grows more complicated due to the fact that early martyrologies, catalogues of martyrs and other saints, actually mention three different martyrs named Valentine in association with Feb. 14. Two were priests martyred in the second half of the third century and buried outside of Rome, and the third died in Africa. Pious legend fills in the details about these saints, usually conflated into one person. A popular account holds that St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing
illegal marriages for Roman soldiers, who were prohibited from marrying, and for ministering to persecuted Christians. Interrogated by the Emperor Claudius II, Valentine tried to convert him to Christianity, for which he was executed. Before his execution, he performed a miracle by restoring sight to his jailer’s blind daughter, which prompted her and her family to convert to the Christian faith. Common Valentine’s Day customs have roots in traditions surrounding St. Valentine’s life: legend has it that he left the girl he healed a farewell note, which he signed “From your Valentine.” Another tradition holds that St.Valentine would cut hearts from parchment and give them to the Christian communities he served as a reminder of God’s love. These traditions came to be associated with romantic love during the age of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages. By the 15th century, the celebration of Saint Valentine’s Day included exchanging candy, flowers, and cards known as “Valentines” between lovers as a sign of love. The romantic appropriation of St. Valentine’s Day might stem from a medieval belief in England and France that midway through the second month of the year, birds began to pair.
International Business Club hosts Chinese New Year celebrations for NEPA
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Public Relations Student Society of America: Scranton Chapter PRSSA will be holding a meeting Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Loyola Science Center Room 406.
the international business club hosted “Families with children from china/asia: chinese new year’s celebration” saturday.
There will also be a logo design competition for PRSSA. The entire student body is welcome to participate.
the chinese new year was sunday, and this year is the year of the snake. Despite the snowy weather, more than 40 families in the nePa area came with 60 children between the ages of ﬁve months to 18.
For more information about PRSSA, contact the Colin Gable, the chapter president at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the event was planned under the leadership of jan trussler, Ph.D., by jan wessel (President), Pamela markham (Vice President), steve bravo (treasurer) and nicole Piotrowski (secretary). there were more than 20 students who volunteered to prepare and host the event. the club has plans to continue holding this event in the future.
university veterans club The Veterans Club is holding its ﬁrst meeting Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Sylvester Conference Room (627 O’Hara Hall). There will be two meeting times for all students and veterans interested: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. The agenda at the meetings will include an election of ofﬁcers, development of a mission statement and a schedule of activities. If you are interested in attending either of the meetings, contact the moderator of the Veterans Club, Robert Zelno at email@example.com.
The Aquinas Challenge: Sudoku-razy
submitted photo: Jan wesseL for the aquinas
PARENTS, CHILDREN and members of the International Business Club are celebrating the Chinese New Year. Attendees danced with red and gold ribbons to celebrate the event.
Congratulations extended to faculty the following faculty members have been granted promotion and/or tenure, effective aug. 26, 2013.
Professorship Ben Bishop, Ph.D., computing science department Christie Karpiak, Ph.D., psychology department
associate Professorship David Dzurec, Ph.D., history department Nathan Leﬂer, Ph.D., theology department Susan Mendez, Ph.D., English and theater department Marlene Morgan, Ph.D., occupational therapy department Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., psychology department Cyrus Olsen, Ph.D., theology department Carol Reinson, Ph.D., occupational therapy department Kristen Yarmey from the library
associate Professorship and tenure Darryl DeMarzio, Ph.D., education department Meghan Rich, Ph.D., sociology and criminal justice departments
tenure Bryan Burnham, Ph.D., psychology department Marzia Caporale, Ph.D., world languages and cultures department Kim Subasic, Ph.D., nursing department Jennifer Vasquez, Ph.D., mathematics department Patricia Wright, Ph.D., nursing department
sudoku created by kateLyn saXer
THE AQUINAS CHALLENGE RULES: Finish the puzzle and turn it into The Aquinas ofﬁce ﬁrst to win an AQ T-shirt. If the ofﬁce is closed, leave it with the Student Forum desk with a time stamp.
IGNITE: Student Leadership Conference The Center for Student Engagement is hosting its annual IGNITE Student Leadership Conference Saturday, Feb. 23. The day-long program will feature a keynote address by author and leadership expert Ed Gerety. Gerety wrote “Combinations: Opening the Door to Student Leadership,” and has spoken at many universities, colleges, youth conferences, schools and other organizations. For more information or to register, visit www.scranton.edu/leadership, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 570-941-6233.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
Women’s basketball falls short emma black Staff Writer After a slow start against nationallyranked, Catholic University, the Lady Royals were unable to rally for a victory and fell 69-52 on Saturday evening at the Long Center. It was only the second time in the 24 game-history between the two teams that the Lady Royals dropped a home game against Catholic Prior to tipoff, guard Katherine Torto and forward Erin Boggan were honored as co-recipients of the Dr. Harold Davis Award, an award that recognizes the Lady Royals’ most valuable senior. Torto opened the scoring for the Lady Royals in the 17th minute, but the team could not find the basket again until the 15th minute. By then, the players found themselves on the short end of a 20-4 score. After trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, an 11-1 run in the final 4:19 of the half helped the Lady Royals close the gap to 32-25 at intermission. Coming out of the locker room, Boggan, who finished the game with 10 points, sparked the team with two early three-pointers. Quickly after, sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris made a free throw, cutting Catholic’s lead to just 5 points and making the score 37-32. Mesaris, who leads the team offensively this season, is averaging 17.6 points per game and was ranked 20th in the na-
“MEN’S SWIMMING” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 very proud of this team.” Senior diver Tim McCormick spoke about his time as a diver. The divers participate in a total of 17 dives using 11 different styles of diving. The dive team started last year and McCormick was the only diver for the men’s team this year. He finished first in the 1-meter diving and second in the 3-meter board. He also
set school records in both events. “I was really happy with how I did personally this weekend,” McCormick said. “I would really like to see this program continue to grow, especially on the men’s team. The whole conference improved a lot this year and I hope that continues, because it will bring in better competition.”
Tim finishes his career with three gold medals and one silver. The dive team participated in several meets throughout the season, but their biggest event each year is Landmark Conference Championships. The men’s team capped off a very successful year at champs. This year they finished 8-2 and also won the Diamond City Invitational.
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FIRST YEAR Jaclyn Gantz fights against two Catholic players for the ball in Sundays game against Catholic. The Lady Royals lost to Catholic 69 - 52.
tion in scoring earlier this year. “We all really hate losing, especially to Catholic. They’re one of our biggest rivals, so we just all have to regroup and refocus and just get ready for Moravian on Wednesday,” Mesaris said. “I think our effort wasn’t there in the beginning of the game [against Catholic], and they really just showed that they wanted it more than we did.” “Catholic is just a very, very good team,” head coach Mike Strong said. “They executed and they ran better than we did. We rebounded with them a little bit better this trip than we did the last time, but it just wasn’t one of our better games, and they played well.” Following the Mesaris free throw, Catholic went on a 26-5 run,
making it difficult for the Lady Royals to come back. The Lady Royals shot only 25.4 percent in the effort, but they out rebounded the Cardinals 45-39. First-year guard Noelle Alicea led the team in scoring with 11 points. Sophomore guard Stephanie Keyes added 8 points. Coach Strong said the team will likely enter playoffs as the third or fourth seed. The loss was the only the second time the Lady Royals have lost on their home court this season and the first home court loss in the Landmark Conference this season. The team is now 16-7 overall and in third place at 8-4 in the conference. Scranton will return to action at Goucher College Saturday at 5 p.m. in their final regular season game of the year.
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SENIOR NATHAN Wynosky races in the 1650 freestyle Sunday at the Landmark Conference Championship. Wynosky finished fourth in the race, while first year Mitchell Colby finished second and set a school record with a time of 16:25.85.
“WOMEN’S SWIMMING” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 this year. It has grown from only two members to four. Sophomore Colleen Barry led the way with a gold medal in the 3 meter board and was named the women’s conference diver
of the year. “I did a lot better this year than last year, and everyone else dove really well. We were more of a team this year; we had four girls as compared to only two last year. We were all
committed and practiced together throughout the season. All of the divers really came together well during the training trip. We all would want to see more people join the team in the future,” Barry said.
Flesche leads team by example carmine gerrity-gemei Staff Writer Shawn Flesche has made an impact for the wrestling team this year. The sophomore captain has a 16-6 individual record this season and won two tournaments in the 165-weight class, including the Mt. St. Vincent Invitational Jan. 19 in Riverdale, N.Y., and the Builder Invitational Jan. 26 in Newport News, Va. Flesche also earned Scranton Athlete of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 14 - 20. Flesche said his duties as a captain have motivated not only himself, but his fellow teammates. “There is a lot of responsibility involved [in being a captain] and I’ve always felt like leading by example is the best way,” Flesche said. “In the beginning of the season there was a little pressure, but the other athletes on our team have been influ-
enced to do better from the work ethic of myself and other members of the team.” After finishing his first collegiate season with a 16-15 record, Flesche has shown remarkable improvement. Flesche said he credits his work ethic for much of the improvement. “The way I have been active in practice and recruiting has helped me get better as a person and get more confidence,” Flesche said. Flesche said he considers the team’s season a success so far even though its record is 4-8. He said he feels that the team has grown immensely since last season and already improved on last season’s record. The Royals are riding a two-match win streak after defeating Yeshiva University 51-0 on Jan. 30 and Mt. St. Vincent 32-12 Sunday. Flesche won his sole match of the meet by pin, giving him his 33rd victory of his career.
Flesche said he is confident the team will remain focused during the more than three-week break before NCAA East Regional. “That’s all going to start with our practicing and attitude in the room,” Flesche said. “We’ve got great coaches and wrestlers in the room who will keep this momentum going, will keep this fire burning... I know for a fact that our coaches as well as I and the other captains will not let this team let up or slack off. We’re actually going to be going harder than we have all season practice-wise.” The secondary education and history major said he would one day like to coach wrestling, either at the collegiate or high school level. Even as an underclassman, Flesche has been a stabilizing force on the team, both on the mat and as a leader. For Flesche, the NCAA regional meet is the final goal for this team to show its improvement.
Wednesday Recap: - Men’s basketball defeats Moravian 71-66, secures two seed in conference - Women’s basketball wins over nationally-ranked Moravian 64-57
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SOPHOMORE SHAWN Flesche (left) competes in a recent match. Flesche has a 16 - 6 record this season and will compete in the NCAA Division III East Regional Tournament March 2.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
IN THIS ISSUE Swimming/diving championships Men’s basketball stuns Cardinals also incluDeD Athlete Proﬁle: Shawn Flesche
Women’s basketball falls to Catholic
Swimming and diving team make splash in championships anDrew Passaro Sports Correspondent
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The University’s men’s swimming and diving team finished third at the Landmark Conference championships this weekend. The Royals set seven new records and had a total of nine top-three finishers in the pool this weekend. The Royals were led by first-year standout Mitch Colby, who set records in the 1650 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Colby also swam the backstroke portion of the 400 medley team, which set a record and finished third. Colby was joined by junior John Hughes (breaststroke), senior captain Steve Nicolosi (butterfly) and sophomore Ryan Holmes (freestyle). Hughes broke his own record in the 100 breaststroke with his second-place finish. Hughes also picked up a silver medal and record in the 200 medley race with first year Nicholas Hennig (backstroke), Nicolosi (butterfly) and senior Andrew Urban (freestyle). Senior Tim McCormick won both the 1-meter diving and also broke his own record on the 1- and 3-meter boards. Other top-three finishes included Hennig, who finished second in the 200 individual medley; Nicolosi, who finished second in the 100 butterfly; and Colby, who finished third in the 400 IM. Other notable finishes include the third-place finish of the
The University’s women’s swim team finished second at the Landmark Conference championships for the third straight year. The women set four records this weekend at the Marywood Aquatic Center. Sophomores Paige Agnello, Alexis Walsh and Colleen Barry all set records at the meet. Agnello won the 100 breaststroke and broke her own record. Walsh, who won the 200 breaststroke, set a Royal record and a pool record. Barry won the 3-meter diving and finished second in the 1-meter diving, setting records in both events. Barry was also named the conference diver of the year. Another top finisher was Sara Franciscovich, a junior who came in third in the 200 backstroke, second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Kaitlyn Maloney finished second in the 400 IM. Agnello finished second in the 200 breaststroke and Walsh finished second in the 100 breaststroke. The Royals had some good success with the relay portion of the meet. The team of Franciscovich, first year Julia Murphy and juniors Jessica Merino and Kelsy
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800 freestyle team of Colby, sophomore Dereck Parrot, first year Kyle Burnett and senior Nate Wynosky and the third-place victory of the 400 freestyle relay of Urban, Holmes, Parrot and first year Grant Owens. “This has been a great season,” Nicolosi said. “I had some good times, no lifetime best times, but still a great season. It was a little bit of a disappointing finish, but hopefully it can motivate the team in the future to have success next season. We went 8-2 with losses to two good teams; it was an absolutely great season. I’m really happy and
See “MEN’S SWIMMING,” Page 15
submitted photo: maggie mcgLynn for the aquinas
SOPHOMORE JEAN Park (top) and first year Julia Murphy compete in the 100 freestyle final Sunday. The women’s swimming and diving team placed second in the Landmark Conference Championship. Senior Timothy McCormick (bottom) dives in the Landmark Conference Championship Saturday. McCormick set school records in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
Men’s basketball upsets ranked rival justin Dwyer Staff Writer The University’s men’s basketball team defeated Landmark Conference rival Catholic University 82-74 Saturday at the John Long Center on Senior Night. The Royals never trailed in the first half and took a commanding 20-point lead going into the locker room. The Cardinals, after shooting 37 percent from the field in first half, came out shooting on all cylinders and went on a 25-9 run in the second half to make it a 2 point game with 4:27 left. Scranton scored only one point in nearly a five-minute span, but then first year forward Brendan Boken
McAnelly finished second in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Franciscovich (backstroke), Agnello (breaststroke), McAnelly (butterfly) and Murphy (freestyle) won the third in the 400 medley and second in the 200 medley relays. The team of first years Megan Conner and Hannah Scobee, sophomore Jean Park and Maloney finished third in the 800 freestyle relay. Senior Jenny Fitzmaurice commented on the weekend. She had a best time in her 100 breaststroke and finished fourth behind Agnello and Walsh. “I was very happy with my time. We were very close to sweeping the event. I was happy with the second place at champs. Our underclassmen really showed up this weekend. We had some great swims. Our breaststrokers did very well,” Fitzmaurice said. “We only had one in-conference loss and finished second at the Diamond City Invitational to a Division II team. Overall it was a great season, and I’m very proud of this team.” The dive team made a serious impact at the meet this year. It has grown
See “WOMEN’S SWIMMING,” Page 15
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and junior guard Tommy Morgan made clutch baskets late in the game as the Royals eventually went on a 10-2 run to seal the win. Senior guard Travis Farrell said stopping some of their key players played a large role in the win. “We knew that if we stopped their point guard and center that we would create ball pressure and it would make it difficult for them to inbound. If they did drive the lane we had to help as a team and we did that pretty well tonight,” Farrell said. Catholic’s senior forward Chris Kearney scored 22 of his game high 30 points in the second half, but the Cardinals could not get the win.
Scranton sophomore Ross Danzig scored all 17 of his points in the first half, while Farrell had 15 points and Morgan finished with 10. Before the game, seniors Tim Lavelle and Farrell were honored for their hard work and contributions made to the basketball program throughout their careers. Farrell said Senior Night motivated the team and gave them another reason to want to defeat their Conference rival. “Catholic is our biggest rival and we don’t like those guys at all. Everyone knew we had to come out hard and we did,” Farrell said. The Cardinals were ranked 8th in the nation according to D3Hoops.com
and are now 20-3 overall and 10-2 in Landmark Conference play. Scranton can clinch the second seed in the Landmark Conference Tournament and a semifinal home game with one more win. Farrell said the team has to continue playing tough basketball to finish out the season. “We just got to keep playing hard and not take any team easy. We just have to win the last two and clinch second place in Conference,” Farrell said. The Royals are now 8-4 in Conference play and 17-6 overall. They will be back in action 7 p.m. Wednesday night when they travel to face Moravian in a Landmark Conference game.
MEN’S BASKETBALL 2/16 @ goucher 7 p.m. 2/20 landmark conference semiﬁnals vs. juniata
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 2/16 @ goucher 5 p.m.
2/23 vs. Farmingdale state 1 p.m.
3/2 vs. Haverford 3 p.m.
3/2 ncaa east regionals @ gettysburg college 9 a.m.
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