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Rutgers’ suicide charges political movement By Andrea alexander and erik shilling McClatchy Newspapers The parents of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman whose suicide has shined a national spotlight on issues facing gay and lesbian students on college campuses, expressed hope Friday that their family’s tragedy “will serve as a call for compassion, empathy and human dignity.” Authorities said that a body pulled from the Hudson River off Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park Wednesday was identified as that of Clementi. Clementi committed suicide after footage of him having a sexual encounter with another man was streamed on the Internet. Joe and Jane Clementi issued a statement through an attorney Friday afternoon expressing thanks for the outpouring of support while repeating their request for privacy. “The outporuing of emotion and support from our friends, community and family – and from people across the country – has been humbling and deeply moving,” the Clementis said. “We thanks each of you from the bottom of our hearts.”
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The Student Voice of The University of Scranton
Parking problems exaggerated By Oliver strickland Staff Writer As The University’s campus undergoes major historic expansions, the goal to provide parking to drivers may seem pushed aside, or, at least some parking permit owners might believe so. Take, for instance, Colin Holmes, a Scranton native who commutes to The University. “I think that parking is insufficient, especially for commuters and for staff for that matter. The entire 3rd floor of the parking garage is designated for faculty, which is understandable, but it leaves the commuters and staff out of luck,” Holmes said. “Don’t get me wrong, we do have parking available in the Ridge Row parking lot. It is, however, blocks away from campus and nobody wants to park there.” Holmes does provide a valid point that there is usually parking available in the Ridge Row lot. Despite the popular belief by many commuters, including Holmes, parking on campus is not as scarce as it may seem. “Parking is not in need on campus. A lot of the parking has been relocated with the construction on campus” Assistant Director of Administrative Services of University Police, Timothy Briggs, said. “What we are going through in this semester is some growing pains with people, finding that spot that they can utilize most of the time,” Briggs added.
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RIDGE ROW parking lot, shown here, is often left empty while commuters, faculty and staff search for closer parking options.
The University conducts surveys on the occupancy of every parking lot three times a day to see when peak times are and if there are moments when all campus parking lots are at full capacity. These surveys show that the peak time at which parking lots are most filled is usually around 9:30 a.m. every morning. Also, these surveys have shown that campus parking has never been completely full at any time. “I have been here eleven years,
and the situation where every parking spot on campus is taken has never happened.” Briggs said. There are many under-utilized parking lots on campus. The University has many resources available to permit-owners about available lots to park in. New color-coded maps will be distributed shortly to help spread awareness on where students, faculty, staff, and residents can park. Mr. Briggs stressed the importance of using the Ridge Row park-
ing lot. Although this parking lot may not be in the core of campus, it does save the stress and time of finding a parking spot in the peak parking hours each day. Mr. Briggs gave his best advice to permit-owners: “My suggestion at this point is to come in and visit us in the parking office [located in the parking pavilion] and make sure to get a map of what parking lots are available, and then we can show them the best spots for them during the day.”
University students help clean up area’s streets By Rosie casey and maura regan Staff Writers This past Saturday afternoon, the student government con-
ducted the University of Scranton Street Sweep 2010. Over 300 students participated in this service project which aims to clear the streets surrounding campus of litter. About forty people and two student council members were assigned to each
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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS volunteered Saturday to clean up The University and surrounding communities.
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street of the “Historic Hill Section,” which included Madison Avenue, Monroe Avenue, Clay Avenue, North Webster Avenue, and Taylor Avenue. Each participant was given a t-shirt featuring the University’s new campaign Rei Solicitudo. This refers to a spirit of gratitude with which comes the responsibility to give back as a means of expressing this gratitude. Wanting to express gratitude for the beauty of their campus, Scranton students decided to participate in this act of service to refresh the surrounding areas as well, where many upperclassmen live in off-campus housing. With hundreds in their beige t-shirts, and a speech from the student senators, the students went off to clean the streets. Students could be seen literally “sweeping” up and down the hilly streets surrounding campus picking up plastic cups, paper plates, old newspapers, cigarette butts, and discarded cardboard among other things. University clubs, associations, and teams such as the Faith........................13 Sports..............15-16 Ads & Comics...14
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STUDENT GOVERNMENT poses for a group picture during Saturday’s Street Sweep.
Urban Beats Dance Crew, J.U.S.T.I.C. E. Club, and the men’s hockey team took part in this annual service project. Colleen McCormick, a sophomore at the University, participated in the Street Sweep as a member of the women’s crew team and said, “I feel as though
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The Aquinas Archives: This week in 1994 Beepers help secure campus for University students By Matthew Sullivan Aquinas Beat Manager Representatives from Secure Systems, Inc., distributed Personal Alarm Devices (PADs) last Tuesday in Jefferson Hall. This is the first step of the University’s new security system. Starting in mid-November, a test site for the new system will be set up in the areas surrounding Wyoming, Bradford, Somerset and Jerret houses; Jefferson, O’Hara and Hyland halls; and Smurfit Art and Houlihan-McLean centers. This area includes the 400 block of Madison Avenue, which has become a source of trouble in recent months. Up to 250 PADs will be distributed during the trial period at no charge to users. If any student with a PAD encounters a situation in which they need to contact Public Safety, pressing a button on the device will send a signal which alerts
Public Safety of the problem within seconds. The student’s location, name, ID number, picture and medical information will flash up on a computer screen, providing the safety officers with all the information they need to know. “What we’re attempting to do,” said Richard glazer, vice president of Secure Systems, Inc., “is to demonstrate (the system) as an effective tool to provide a high feeling of confidence for students and faculty.” The University is only the fourth campus in the country to look into this system. Past results on other campuses have been, according to Glazer, “phenomenally effective.” The University of Massachusetts Medical Center initiated the system a year and a half ago. Already, according to its public safety department, the system has been responsible for preventing eight serious injuries. On average, the University of Massachusetts Public Safety Department receive
THE AREA in black will serve as the initial test area for the Personal Alarm Device Security System.
about eight calls a month from the PADs. However, such levels of security do not come cheaply. Glazer estimated that the full cost for a school the size of the University of Scranton would be between
$500,000 and $1 million. “It’s very economical from the standpoint of hiring more people; it can cover the entire campus,” said Julie Foremen, assistant director of Public Safety. “You can’t put enough people out there to be able
to do that, or it would bankrupt any institution.” The University hopes to work out a contract with Secure Systems in which they would install all of the equipment for free, and The University would charge people interested in using the service a $150 fee for a period of the year. However, to do this will require about 60 percent participation from all students, faculty and staff. If the testing period is successful, The University plans to wire the entire campus with the system. Only 80 students living in the test areas have signed up to receive PADs free of charge for the test period. While some Public Safety people seem concerned over this lack of interest, Glazer remains optimistic. “The concept is so good; it’s so reassuring to have this in your pocket and know you can signal University police literally within seconds.”
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People Profile: Maria Englot, language by timothy mccormick News Editor Maria Englot, a professor of Italian in the world languages and cultures department, has been teaching Italian at The University since 2008. From the time she was a ten-year-old girl in Italy, she knew she wanted to be a teacher, and she wouldn’t change what she’s doing now for anything in the world. Professor Englot was born in San Cataldo, a city in the province of Caltanissetta in Sicily. Her parents were both wellknown artisans: her father, a recognized shoemaker, and her mother, a seamstress and later boutique owner. After her father’s early and unexpected death when she was only four months old, she was “raised by the whole town.” “I would be the queen,” she said, when asked about her “very happy” childhood. She went to the Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice in Sicily, from which she graduated with a degree to teach. However, at 20, she decided to move with her mother to the United States to be reunited with family. She arrived in Pittston, where her mother’s sister had been living for several years. Knowing no English when she came, she took classes at Misericordia University to improve her English skills. She took one class, American literature, for credit, but also took two which were not for credit. “I had to translate every word,” Professor Englot said. And, despite the difficulty,
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MARIA ENGLOT, an Italian native from the island of Sicily, is an Italian professor at The University who has been teaching Intro to Italian for 3 years.
she received a B+ in the class. In addition to translating her literature texts, she also watched Walter Cronkite every night. “He was my hero,” she said of the newsman. She knew she had mastered the language when she understood each of the newscaster’s words. In addition to her classes at Misericordia, she enrolled in a business program at a local college, earned a degree and got a job at a bank where she worked
for 11 years. After ten years at the bank, she went to a friend’s wedding, where she met her husband, whom she’s been with for thirty years. “He came to my table and never left,” Professor Englot said. With her husband, she has three successful children: Dario, a University alumnus of the Class of 2003, who graduated with the highest GPA in the College of Arts and Sciences and is now a neurosurgery resident
at the University of California, San Francisco, after graduating from Yale University School of Medicine; Sonia, a pianist and music educator to elementary students, who graduated with the highest GPA in her department from Marywood University; and Sabrina, a recent graduate of DeSales University with degrees in communications and psychology. Professor Englot worked at the bank until Dario was born. She then stopped working to
raise her children. After a few years, she joined a gym, where she met a woman who had been in her classes at Misericordia University and whom she had promised to teach Italian. The woman asked Professor Englot to fulfill her promise. Professor Englot hesitated at first, but, after two weeks of insistence, she made a deal. “I told her, ‘Find me ten students and I will teach you,’” she said. The woman returned with the names of forty students eager to learn Professor Englot’s mother tongue. She taught her students at the Hoyt library in Kingston for five years, at which point she received a call from Wilkes University. They had heard about her classes and they were in need of an Italian professor who would split his or her time between Wilkes, Misericordia and Kings College. Professor Englot accepted the position and taught at these three schools for three years, until The University called her for an interview. After being interviewed by several faculty members, the head of the department called her and offered her a job. Ever since, she has happily been enlightening University students of the language and culture of her motherland, Italy. Favorite music: Albano, Massimo Ranieri, Franco Battiato Favorite movie: “Gone with the Wind,” “Il Postino” Favorite author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Alternative profession: None. “I’ve always wanted to teach.”
ROTC and comm. students join forces by michael iorfino Staff Writer The sun shines down on the fields at Nay Aug Park as eight future journalists gather around, watching intently, as dozens of cadets work on land navigation techniques during their weekly training lab. The eight journalists, from Prof. Kimberly Pavlick’s news writing class, are part of an ongoing experiment between two departments, the military science department and the communications department, which are working together to instill a familiarity between the journalists and the cadets. The idea of embedding journalists with The University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) came to Lt. Col. Ryan Remley from a Grad student during his tenure at Providence College. “The idea to conduct this training at Providence stemmed from a discussion that I had with a Grad student who was working on the faculty paper at the College,” Lt. Col. Remley said. “It was on a much smaller scale, only two journalist students participated, but the feedback was very positive and the journalism students felt like they gained a better understanding of the military.” With that in mind, Lt. Col. Remley decided to conduct a similar experiment at The University. “Based on the positive expe-
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ROTC OFFICERS speak to communication majors, participating in the military science department and communications department’s experiment of embedding students from both tracks.
rience, I really felt like I wanted to try to take this to the next level,” Lt. Col. Remley said. “So I sent an e-mail to the communications department chair, Dr. Matthew Reavy, asking him if anyone in the communications department would be interested in this opportunity.” It didn’t take long for Dr. Pavlick to get her hands on it.
“Once I saw the e-mail from Dr. Reavy, I replied back ‘this is mine,” Dr. Pavlick said. “I thought it would be an amazing experience for my students.” It turned out she was right. After observing the two-hour training lab, in which the cadets worked on land navigation skills and simulated real
situations, the journalists were fascinated. “We all weren’t too excited about going to the lab,” junior Andrew Barone said. “However, once we got there and started covering the story, I was glad we came because I learned a lot of information about the ROTC and was amazed at how hard they work.”
The journalists weren’t the only people who enjoyed the experience. Cadet Battalion Commander Michael Faherty believes that this was a good opportunity for the cadets as well. “It was a wonderful experience,” Cadet Battalion Commander Faherty said. “Relatively few people on campus have any insight into the training we organize and conduct each week, and it’s always nice when someone takes an interest in what we do.” When asked why it’s important for the cadets to work with the media, Cadet Battalion Commander Faherty responded by discussing the importance of being a strong communicator as an Officer in any branch of the U.S. Military. “Oftentimes, exchanges between myself and other cadets are filled with all sorts of Army acronyms and technical jargon,” Cadet Battalion Commander Faherty said. “While this kind of language makes it easier for us to communicate quickly and efficiently, if we spoke like that to the press we’d get a lot of funny looks. This type of training forces you to dispense with the jargon and speak clearly, concisely and professionally.” While this is just the beginning of an experiment between the two departments, there is already a plan in the works to do something similar next semester, in which the journalists will travel to Ft. Indiantown Gap in Annville to observe the cadets for an entire weekend.
Cultural “Tour” of Asia: October Series During October, The University’s Asian Studies Program will offer its Cultural “Tour” of Asia, featuring a Workshop, Martial Arts Day, and Film Festival. Organized by Dr. Shuhua Fan of the History Department, “East Asia Since World War II: The Japanese and Korean Experience” will be held from Oct. 17-21.
Workshop: “The Rise of Miracles in Post-WWII Japan and Korea”
Tuesday, Oct. 19 – 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., DeNaples Center, Room 500. Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Featuring presentations by: Dr. Bill Parente: “Hiroshima & Nagaski: The politics of the Atomic Bomb 65 Years Later” Prof. Kouji Kimura: “Struggling Japan: The Keys to Survive” Mr. Kihoon Kwon: “The Korean Experience” Dr. Mary Anne Foley: “On Being Gaijin” Dr. Ann Pang-White: “Confucian Philosophy and Economic Development in East Asia” Dr. Shuhua Fan: “Explaining the Rise of Miracles in Post-WWII Japan”
Instructional Film Screenings: “Totoro” - A Japanese animated comedy with English subtitles: Wednesday, Oct. 20 – 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Brennan Hall 228 Summary: This 1988 film follows two young daughters of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. As the girls’ mother lies sick in the hospital, the wood spirit brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them understand the realities of life. “Speed Scandal” - A Korean comedy with English subtitles: Thursday, Oct. 21 – 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Brennan Hall 228. Summary: A conversation about a single teenage mother tended to bring hushed tones, downcast eyes, and grim expressions in Korea - at least, before this 2008 blockbuster. The film breaks away from the routine of traditional Korean slapstick comedy. Meticulous facial expressions and intricate wordplay differentiates “Speed Scandal.” The film conveys lessons about the importance of family that are familiar and typically serious in Korea today.
Asian Martial Arts Day: Sunday, Oct. 17 – 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Byron Center, Room 223. Cosponsored by Scranton Chinese School and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Featuring: Chinese Tai Chi, presented by Master Smith’s Academy of Asian Martial Arts Korean Karate, presented by Master Kovaleski’s Tang Soo Karate Center Japanese Judo, presented by Master Murty’s Judo School Japanese Doji Karate, presented by Master Morrissey’s American Dojo Karate School Scranton Chinese School’s Open House Additional Suppot for The University’s Asian Studies’ Cultural “Tour” of Asia: 2010 October Series provided by: The Office of Equity & Diversity and The Royal Historical Society of The University. For information, contact Dr. Ann Pang-White, Director of Asian Studies, (570) 941-6312 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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“RUTGERS” cONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE “We understand that our family’s personal tragedy presents important legal issues for the country as well as for us,” the Clementis said. “Regardless of the legal outcomes, our hope is that our family’s personal tragedy will serve as a call for compassion, empathy and human dignity.” The family’s attorney, Paul Mainardi, said the Clementis are not consenting to interviews at this time. Meanwhile, Rutgers University students were honoring Clementi Friday. A steady stream of students laid flowers and notes Friday at tables set on the campus in New Brunswick to honor Clementi. The tables set up by fraternity Phi Delta Theta were expected to be up throughout the day at Brower Commons, across from the student center on College Avenue, to allow students to leave memorials to Clementi. Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi of Plainsboro, N.J., and a classmate, Molly W. Wei of Princeton, N.J., have been charged with invading Clementi’s privacy by using a webcam to surreptitiously film Clementi having sex in his dorm room Sept. 19. A message posted on Ravi’s Twitter account Sept. 21, a day before Clementi’s suicide, invited others to watch footage of a second encounter by logging into iChat, a video conferencing program. The state attorney general’s office is considering whether New Jersey’s hate-crime law should apply to the case. The investigation is ongoing and authorities continue to gather evidence, Paul Loriquet, spokesman for Attorney General Paula T. Dow, said Friday. The attorney general is consulting with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office, which remains the lead agency in the case. “We have to follow the evidence,” Loriquet said. “Until we have all the evidence in and the investigation is complete, that will determine if appropriate additional charges could be
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY students honor their lost peer, who committed suicide after an invasion of his privacy resulted in bullying regarding his sexuality, by lying flowers and notes around campus.
raised.” Ravi and Wei, both 18, have been charged with invasion of privacy. Wei faces two counts of the third-degree crime, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Ravi faces an additional two counts for allegedly attempting to view and transmit footage of the second encounter. If New Jersey’s hate-crime law is applied in the case, a charge of bias intimidation would be filed against the suspects. That would have the effect of elevating the third-degree privacy invasion charges to second-degree crimes, doubling the maximum penalty for each count to 10 years in prison, Loriquet said. There were signs Thursday that Clementi may have sought advice about how to handle the situation from an online gay community forum.
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY remembered Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after his roommate posted video of him having a sexual encounter with another man. Clementi’s suicide has resulted in politicians reconsidering the limits of hate-crime prosecution.
On the forum JustUsBoys. com a member identified only as cit2mo describes his irritation at his roommates’ “obnoxious” behavior, including tweeting about cit2mo’s requests to use the room with a male guest and recording two sexual encounters on his webcam. The poster ultimately decides to consult with a resident assistant about getting a new roommate, giving no indication that he was under any emotional distress. On Friday, university spokesman Greg Trevor said he could not confirm whether Clementi had reported the incident to seek help, citing federal laws that protect the privacy of student records. Trevor said he also could not speak specifically about what action the university may take against Ravi and Wei. However, the student code of conduct states that “making or attempting to make an audio or video recording of any person(s) on university premises ... where there is an expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity” is an offense that can result in suspension or expulsion from the university. Clementi’s suicide has also led to a flurry of responses from legislators. State Sen. Shirley Turner has proposed legislation that would increase penalties and the possible prison sentence for invasion of privacy. The Democrat says the legislation is needed “to send a clear message that we’re not going to take this lightly and there will be severe consequences.” Additional memorials are planned for the next few days to honor Clementi, an accomplished violinist who performed with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra in high school and with Rutgers’ orchestra during his time there. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team plans a moment of silence at Saturday’s game against Tulane. The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra also plans to dedicate its performance Saturday to Clementi and leave his chair empty.
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No solution to Guantanamo Bay under Pres. Obama In his 2008 campaign for the presidency, Senator Barrack Obama promised that the shutdown of the U.S. Military’s GuanCommentary tanamo Bay DeBY Christian tention Facility in Cuba would be a Burne Staff Writer top priority. He signed the executive order closing the facility just days after taking office, Jan. 22, 2009. It has now been 428 days (almost 21 months) since then and, as of Oct. 5, 174 inmates were detained at Guantanamo. A logistical look at the situation would lead to astonishment that less than 200 people relocated back to a State-side prison from an island 90 miles from the Florida coast. Closing the physical structure of the prison would admittedly take substantially more time, but literally one military transport could carry off the entire inmate population. Finding a ride is obviously not the holdup. Logistics could also be applied to the other end of the scenario. The government must find a suitable location to hold this very unpopular group of people here in the United States. The Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois is currently under construction for the sole purpose of housing the current Guantanamo inmates. In-
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TALIBAN AND al-Qaeda detainees are depicted above sitting in a holding area while guarded by military police at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing in 2002.
deed, if it was a simple matter of logistics, there is no reason why the government could not have the inmates switched within days of the completion of the new facility. Unfortunately, logistics is the very least of the issues. The greatest problem, and principle, at stake in the closing of Guantanamo, and even in detaining the inmates at all, is a question of legality. America prides itself on its rule of law. The U.S. often
Pa. weighs natural heritage against natural gas wealth Certain terms, places and images are synonymous with Scranton and its outlying landscape. Upon expressCommentary ing the name, BY rOSEMARY one might conjure mental sHAVER Forum Editor images of the electric city, the Steamtown mall and the mountains which encompass the city, or recall its heritage with the mining industry. To this list, it may soon be valid to add the natural gas industry. Over the past few months one topic galvanized the local population unlike any other of recent design, namely the rise of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania’s northeastern quarter. From local broadcasting attention to community protests and even an HBO documentary, “Gasland,” it would be surprising to learn of one local and politically-interested resident ignorant as to the nature of the Marcellus shale and natural gas crisis. The local, state and national attention given to the industry has placed it center stage in the minds of local residents, causing a sort of regional obsession. Residents have raised concerns ranging from those regarding quality of life to the condition of the regions natural landscape. Furthermore, hydraulic fracturing, the means used to extract natural gas from the land, has been labeled an “environmentally risky” and “inadequately
regulated” method. Fracking requires the injection of a water and chemical soup eight thousand feet beneath the earth’s surface in order to fracture the shale and release the natural gas below. At the time of the film’s release, six states documented one thousand incidents of ground water contamination. The Scranton Times-Tribune has run a several related stories over the past months. Most recently was an article regarding a group of Dimock residents suing Texas-based Cabot Oil and Gas Company over the diffusion of methane gas into the surrounding groundwater supply. “It is amazing that what it took Mother Nature millions of years to build can be destroyed in a couple of hours with a piece of heavy machinery,” a Wyoming man interviewed in the film said. New York State is currently enforcing a Moratorium on Shale Gas drilling; however, in Pa., only minimal limitations have been legislated. The exception is the Delaware River Basin. Supplying water to 15.6 million people, the Delaware Basin is the largest unfiltered water supply in the world. Legislation is presently under review at the state capital regarding potential regulation. Much of the hype and concern regarding the Marcellus shale can be attributed to “Gasland,” recipient of the Special Jury prize for a documentary
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goes to great lengths to ensure the legality of an operation and that all laws are properly followed. This strict observance is a stumbling block when dealing with uncharted legal territory, as is the case with the Guantanamo detainees. A seemingly simple, yet extremely significant question, that arose soon after the U.S. began taking prisoners in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) was the issue of what to call them. Several
options presented themselves, though each one ultimately lead to its own unique legal problems. In a declared war, a war where both sides have formally declared war on the other, the status and rights of those captured is very clear. They are officially designated as Prisoners of War (POW’s) and have the full protection of the Geneva Conventions. America’s fight with terrorist insurgents, however, is not, and without a
Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that 44 million Americans – one in seven – live in poverty. This grim Commentary statistic comes BY Michael to the forefront Goonan as Republicans Staff Writer continue to campaign on extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of Americans, repealing the health care bill, which will extend medical coverage to about 30 million uninsured Americans, and lessening restrictions on corporate America, whose irresponsibility caused our nation’s current economic problems. The crazy thing is that this is looking like a winning strategy. Republicans are poised to make significant gains in both the House and Senate, and stand a legitimate chance of taking one or both houses away from Democratic control. This raises a disturbing question: Why is the repeal of every imaginable program of social uplift for the nation’s poor and every imaginable regulation of social responsibility for corporate America a winning strategy, especially when such a significant number of our nation’s citizens can’t make ends meet on their own? The answer, I think,
is a poverty of compassion in our culture and a notion of separateness between the various social classes of America. It is very easy for uppermiddle class Americans living a comfortable, suburban existence to take an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude toward the nation’s poor, despite their vast numbers, because they live in different communities. This “out of sight, out of mind” attitude has led to a political culture of self-interest and stereotypes, where the myth
doubt never will be, a declared war. The insurgents therefore do not fall under the provisions of this category, leaving their legal status undecided. Another possible legal category that the detainees could be placed into is that of criminals, the same as if they had murdered someone here in the United States. This also presents a unique set of problems. First, none of the inmates were arrested in the U.S., nor did they commit crimes in the U.S. It would be very difficult to invent a method of trying them under U.S. criminal law given these circumstances. A second complicating factor with charging them as criminals, and with even allowing them to be interned on U.S. soil, is the legal rights that they would automatically receive. Every right afforded to a “regular” criminal would have to be extended to them as per the 14th Amendment. This means they must be charged and tried in a timely manner and given due process of law. But there are no criminal charges that would fit their situation. With the failure of these first two options, the U.S. was left with a seemingly impossible legal minefield. And so the U.S. military and Justice Department came up with a brand new moniker for the terror detainees housed in Cuba: enemy combatants.
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of the poor as lazy, untalented, drug-addicted individuals whose plight is of their own making prevails. They are therefore seen as unworthy of the compassion or support of the American upper and middle classes. Now that one in seven Americans live in poverty, this myth cannot stand to reason. Poverty is a pervasive and pressing problem in the United States, and it is one that requires those of us who are more fortunate to look beyond our self-interest when we participate in politics.
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THE JONAH natural gas field located in Wyoming’s Upper Green River Valley, pictured above, is considered one of the most significant natural gas discoveries in recent U.S. history.
film festival. “Gasland” is essentially an expose on the consequences of drilling natural gas via hydraulic fracturing. Josh Fox, the film’s director, cite as his source of inspiration his experience with a drilling company, which offered him one hundred thousand dollars in exchange for the rights to drill on his 120 acre property. Among other things, the film documents individual experiences and comments on the Energy Policy Act of 2005, legislation which exempted natural gas companies from environmental regulations established
in the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act. Proponents of natural gas drilling cite the economic benefits. Leasing grants have the potential to transform the lives of the state’s most impoverished residents. Although this is a valid contention, one must weight material wealth against quality of life. This is an age old controversy which residents of North Eastern Pa. cannot afford to ignore. For me, the price of drilling, the destruction of natural lands and corrosion of life that would result from
it is not worth the potentially of obtaining wealth. For some, I know, the scales tilt toward the opposing direction. Whichever position achieves consensus will likely determine the future of natural gas drilling in North Eastern Pa. Each individual thus represents one component of the equation. As residents of Scranton, and citizens of the United States, we all have a hand in determining the fate of public policy and so it is our duty to be aware of the debates of the present that will weigh heavily on the quality of our future.
“GUANTANAMO “ CONTINUED FROM PAGE FIVE Deeming the inmates as enemy combatants seemed to clear the legal issues of calling them POW’s or treating them as criminals. That was until the courts asked the Obama Administration to define the term and the implications that deeming someone an “enemy combatant” entailed. They could not, and the name fix fell apart. The U.S. must still find an acceptable way to fit terror detainees into the legal system. Making them POW’s would give erroneous credibility to groups such as Al Qaeda and also give the detainees greatly enhanced legal rights. It is further implied that POW’s are released at the end of a conflict, which seems to only push the issue further down the road, as the Global War on Terror does not have an end in sight. Charging them as criminals through Federal law is not a very appealing possibility either. Even coming up with charges that would fit into the Federal Court system would be difficult at best. It also mandates that they be charged and tried speedily, neither of which will occur. It seemed the best route was the use of a new term, enemy combatant, to set apart those
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THOMSON CORRECTIONAL center is being considered as a potential transfer prison for Guantanamo detainees.
captured as terrorists. Failure to firm up this position on the part of the military and Department of Justice was a lamentable lack of foresight. But it’s still possible to create a new system of justice, a completely new method of hold-
ing, charging and trying those suspected of terrorist activities. The terrorists are not going away anytime soon. The Obama Administration made an important decision when it announced that the detainees, if and when they are tried, will be tried by military commissions. Among other things, using military courts makes it slightly easier for the U.S. to introduce classified evidence against the detainees without compromising its secrecy. But even given this decision, the process and rules under which terrorists are held and tried needs a unique set of guidelines. Terrorist are a new kind of enemy; the U.S. needs a new system of laws to combat them. The technical name for the detainees is not nearly as important as having a robust and complete legal system in place to properly deal with their unique status. Showing them, and the rest of the world, that the U.S. has a fluid, effective legal process for dealing with terrorists off the battlefield as well as on it will be a critical step in advancing both the world’s perception of the U.S. on this issue and the U.S.’s ability to keep itself safe.
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Radicalism’s role in America’s heritage To be human is to have the ability to think and reason for oneself. Taken one step further, indepenCommentary dent reasonBY April ing is action. Dudzinski That action, of course, can Staff Writer appear in the form of radicalism. The Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution, as well as America’s feminist and civil rights movements, are representative of historical events with different motives that share a common trait in radicalism. It is scary to consider that without radicalism these events would never have happened. However, there would not be a need for radicalism if government supported life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as stated in the U.S constitution, in regard to every citizen. During the nineteenth century, for example, women wanted the right to vote. Despite the evident passion and intelligence present in their arguments for the vote, they were denied over and over again. If this freedom was given, as our constitution supports, the need for radicalism would have not been necessary. Rather, natural law would have been upheld.
Additionally, if radicalism was absent in the colonial movement for independence, the United States would not have become a separate nation. There will always be a need for radicalism, just as there will always be ignorance. This, too, comes with our humanity. Thus, when people state their support of the U.S constitution they must recognize that it was built on radicalism in order to avoid contradiction. On campus, Young Americans for Liberty has been opposed because it is radical, when in fact our founding fathers were radical in speech and in action. Shame on those persons who condemn Young Americans for Liberty while defending the constitution; for they contradict our Founding Fathers. Let Young Americans for Liberty be a group of individuals who think, inquire, stand up for what is right and state what may need reform. Let them be defined not by a label, but rather by their words and actions. This is not to say that that they, and I, do not support this country wholeheartedly. We merely take advantage of the ability to think for ourselves. To quote Barry Goldwater, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
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McClatchy Newspapers As the Supreme Court begins its new term, its sixth with John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice, the reality is that this is the most conservative court since the mid-1930s. Since Richard Nixon ran for president in 1968, conservatives have sought to change constitutional law, and they have succeeded in virtually every area. During the first years of the Roberts court, it has consistently ruled in favor of corporate power, such as in holding that corporations have the First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts in independent political campaigns. For the first time in American history, the high court has struck down laws regulating firearms as violations of the Second Amendment and held that the Constitution protects a right of individuals to possess guns. It has dramatically cut back on the rights of criminal defendants, especially as to the exclusion of evidence gained through illegal searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment and the protections of the Fifth Amendment's privilege against selfincrimination. It has greatly limited the ability of the government to formulate remedies for the segregation of public schools. It has significantly expanded the power of the government to regulate abortions. As always, the composition of the court is a product of historical accident and presidential elections. From 1968 to 2009, there were only two Democratic appointees to the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, in part because President Carter is one of the few presidents who did not get to fill a vacancy. Republican Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and both Bushes had a total of 12 vacancies to fill, and their picks included four staunch conservatives who are now on the court: Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. On the issues that today define the ideological continuum, these four justices are as conservative as any in American history. Their views are best understood far more by reading the 2008 Republican Party platform than by studying the views of the Constitution's framers. If the court is split five to four, as it often is in the most high-profile and important cases, these four
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JUSTICE ELENA Kagan answers questions before Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing in June.
justices can usually count on being joined by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Last term, for example, there were 12 cases in which Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito were on one side, with Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor on the other. Kennedy sided with the conservatives in nine of these cases and with the liberals in only three. Similarly, the year before, there were 16 decisions that were split five to four along ideological lines, and Kennedy sided with the conservatives in 11 and with the liberals in five. During the five years of the Roberts court, Kennedy has been with the conservatives more than twice as often as with the liberals in ideologically split 5-4 decisions. It is easy to lose sight of how successful conservatives have been in changing constitutional law. Each individual decision only gradually changes the law. Conservatives have not prevailed in every decision of the Roberts court. In some areas, the conservative agenda hasn't succeeded: It has not overruled Roe vs. Wade or declared all affirmative action to be unconstitutional. But it is wrong to generalize from these areas and to miss the overall conservative impact on constitutional law. There is no reason to think that
this term will be any different as the court considers major issues concerning the separation of church and state, the ability of states to regulate immigration and the rights of criminal defendants. And in the following term or two, the court will be asked to consider major issues such as the constitutionality of the federal healthcare bill, the ban on marriage equality for gays and lesbians and Arizona's law requiring state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws. The healthcare litigation, which is now pending in federal District Courts, will provide the best sense of whether this court will return us to the 1930s, when five conservative justices struck down many federal laws adopted as part of the New Deal. The court's conservative majority could last another decade no matter who wins the White House in the next presidential elections. Absent unforeseen circumstances, Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia and Kennedy will likely be on the court beyond when President Obama leaves office, even if he is a twoterm president. It is a court for conservatives to rejoice over and liberals to bemoan. And it is likely to stay that way for years to come.
One remarkable aspect of the current mid-term campaign is the sense that both parties are already looking past Nov. 2 on the assumption the election will produce a Republican House and a closely divided Senate. That could always change in the next five weeks, though the disconcerting fact for Democrats is that the general shape of the election has remained stable for months. "It's not a question of whether the hurricane is going to hit. The only question is whether it will be a Category 3 or a Category 5," said Democratic pollster Peter Hart. This prospect has made ways of coping with a more Republican Congress a major consideration in the impending staff realignment likely to follow Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's departure to run for Chicago mayor. Pete Rouse, Emanuel's deputy and the early favorite, is a veteran of Capitol Hill, where Republicans are laying plans to challenge President Barack Obama through investigation and legislation. Meanwhile, the decision by Democratic congressional leaders to delay any attempt to extend any of the expiring Bush tax cuts exemplifies how the election has frozen further action by a Congress that enacted a broad array of legislation but achieved little public satisfaction. Some tax cut extension is likely after the election, though possibly only after a prolonged game of "chicken." But the real question facing both parties is whether it will be possible to do anything else. That's because the election results, regardless of the precise numbers, almost certainly will leave both parties without the strength to achieve its major goals. Theoretically, such an impasse could inspire both sides to seek compromises to some of the country's more pressing issues, especially the long-term government fiscal problem. But areas for possible compromise seem quite limited. And while some optimists have noted how the two parties made significant deals after Republicans won Congress during Bill Clinton's first term, those only occurred after a bitter clash on budget priorities
shut down the government. The first indication of whether the election will have any positive impact may come from Obama's bipartisan deficit commission. It's due to report by Dec. 1, and the resulting congressional reaction will be telling. Many budget experts hoped it could devise a package of domestic spending cuts, limitations on future Social Security and Medicare benefits and some tax increases to curb future deficits. But that seems unrealistic, since any agreement requires 14 votes from its 18 members, and its six House and Senate Republicans oppose any tax increases. The commission could reach a more limited deal on entitlements, since both House Democratic and Republican leaders back raising the retirement age gradually and increasing taxes on higher-income Social Security recipients. With Obama and the GOP both calling for limiting domestic spending, some modest reductions are possible. But there are doubts about how much can be saved there, since non-entitlement domestic spending represents less than 20 percent of the federal budget. Beyond that, major compromises are less likely, given the parties' sharply partisan positions, the reduction in the number of congressional centrists, the institutionalization of a 60-vote requirement for most Senate action and pressure within the GOP to shun compromise. Actions like the GOP's vow to defund such Obama initiatives as his signature national health plan are more likely to repeat the scenario that led to the 1995 federal government shutdown than to produce an agreement. Whether Republicans will have enough Senate votes to include such curbs to spending bills is uncertain. In any case, Obama surely would veto any effort to undo his greatest domestic achievement. Interestingly, while hardly eager to lose their majorities, many Democrats see a positive long-term impact from a negative 2010 election result. They figure that two years of GOP obstructionism, plus a recovering economy and a 2012 Republican presidential nominating fight dominated by tea party groups, will help the GOP wear out its welcome the same way it did after 1994.
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Sayles returns home for Late Night Commentary By Joseph Kohut Staff Writer From shooting the breeze about FOX’s “Glee” to an impassioned Journey cover, singer/ songwriter Regina Sayles kept a modest crowd entertained in the DeNaples Center first floor for Feminist First Friday. The event was hosted by Late Night at Scranton,a program based in The University’s Center For Health Education and Wellnes centered on offering the student body evening activities during the weekend as an alternative to drinking alcohol, according to the website. It was coordinated by The Jane Kopas Women’s Center. Program Coordinator for The Jane Kopas Women’s Center, Hope Smith, was ecstatic to have a performer like Regina Sayles play for Feminist First Friday. “This was Feminist First Friday and she does a lot of feminist music,” Smith said while Sayles sang a few bars in the background. When asked about what Late Night at Scranton is all about, Smith replied that it’s all about having a good time here on-campus.
“We try to entice people to stay on-campus and take advantage of the opportunities offered here on-campus,” Smith said. The crowd, while a mere 15-20 people, was appreciative nonetheless and were more than happy to sing-a-long to popular favorites such as Joni Mitchell’s classic “Big Yellow Taxi” and Journey’s lighter-waving “Don’t Stop Believing.” In addition to the performance, free pizza and soda was offered to all who wished to eat. Four $50 American Express Gift cards were also raffled off to a lucky few. Students, such as Peter Alexander and Caroline Dress, enjoyed themselves as they munchedon a pizza and sipped soda. “We come to a lot of Late Night events and I enjoy them, but not as much as this,” Alexander said. “I think she’s great, I really like her covers,” Dress added. Both were also in support of Late Night at Scranton’s mission in providing a healthy alternative to drinking. “I think it does a good job for what it is,” Alexander said. “However, I think it would do better to advertise a little more.”
“I think it’s really varied,” Dress said. “It reaches out to a lot of people.” Sayles, who has been playing professionally for eight years, primarily plays an acoustic guitar but sings like an old time soulsinger with a voice that can only be described as “smoky.” When asked about the origins of her style, she did admit that much of her inspiration stems from soul and R&B as well as rock n’ roll. “I’m an old soul,” Sayles said. “Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin are big influences for me, but so are some more recent songs. My favorite new song on the radio is by Sugarland.” Originally from Tiffin, Ohio, Sayles moved out to New York City at the age of 18 to pursue her music career. She did not really take off until she attended East Stroudsburg University, which she graduated from in 2003, according to her web site. In 2006 she self-released a sevensong EP titled “It’s Home” and is currently at work on a full-length album with a full band. “We’re called the ‘Regina Sayles Project’ and we’re made up of myself singing and playing rhythm, Tom Hopke on lead gui-
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REGINA SAYLES performed in DeNaples for Feminist First Friday.
tar, Bryan Spitzer on bass and Spencer Cohen on drums,” Sayles said. “They are a great group of guys.” During an interview that took place between sets, Sayles said that she has enjoyed play-
Lopez and Frusciante combine super powers Commentary By Ben Stapleton Staff Writer Supergroups seem to be the cool thing right now. With Jack White’s “The Dead Weather” having just released its second album and “Them Crooked Vultures,” a collaborative effort between Queens Of The Stone Age front-
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LOPEZ AND Frusciante drop the vocals to create an instrumental album sure to please listeners.
man Josh Homme, Foo Fighters frontman and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones generating huge hype across Europe, the environment seems just right for established musicians to branch out, experiment and yield some incredible results, which is exactly what happened here. You may know Omar Rodriguez-Lopez as the guitarist for The Mars Volta and At The DriveIn (if you don’t, I recommend getting to know him) and, unless you are still listening to Billy Joel on your portable cassette player, you have been exposed to John Frusciante, the ex- guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers who caused a media flurry when he finally quit the band last December. It’s not unknown for The Mars Volta and the Chilis to collaborate (Flea and John contributed to The Mars Volta’s debut album “De-Loused In The Comatorium”), but it’s safe to say this is entirely different.
“Fr. Pilarz!” Lauren Guzzo Sophomore, Lyndhurst, N.J.
There are no vocals — instead, both musicians play guitar, bass and synthesizer to devastating effect. It’s very safe to say these guys know what they’re doing. The record is surprisingly short at 28 minutes, and legend has it that it was recorded in one night, many years ago. One of the tracks, “0,” was released on Gold Standard Laboratories’ Special 12 Singles album, and, after it generated a lot of hype online, the entire collection was finally released as a free (or “pay what you want”) download on Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s website in April of this year. All the proceeds go towards the “Keep Music In Schools” initiative, which is food for thought for those among us who prefer illegally to acquire their music. Recommended Tracks: “0,” “0=2” and “LOE” Stream Link: http://omardigital.rodriguezlopezproductions.com/
ing at The University and would come back again for Late Night at Scranton. “I think it’s a great idea,” Sayles said. “There’s definitely a lot of danger out there. It’s great that they offer this.”
Download of The Week “Come On Sister” by Belle & Sebastian After a four year layoff from the release of 2006’s “The Life Pursuit,” Belle & Sebastian have returned to the music industry with “Belle & Sebastian Write About Love.” On the album, the indie/ twee pop veterans quickly remind listeners of the stranglehold they had on the indie scene. The album highlights the best aspects of Belle & Sebastian’s music as the band continues with its polished sound that it perfected with “The Life Pursuit.” Although the album’s first single, a song of the same name, has gained critical acclaim thus far, it is not the album’s catchiest tune. This honor goes to the second track, “Come On Sister.” “Come On Sister” is the first track that actually feels as if you are listening to a Belle & Sebastian album, mainly due to the fact that it is the first track that solely features vocals from Stuart Murdoch. As soon as Murdoch begins to belt out his lines, listeners are able to sit back and enjoy the album they have been waiting nearly four years for. “Come On Sister” features instrumentals that remind you of a more
recent of Montreal track with its pop feel. The addition of a xylephone interweaved with the synthesizer creates a nice melody for Murdoch to layer his pop hooks on top of. Still, even with the toe-tapping melody, Murdoch is able to sneak in lyrics of superior quality with lines such as “you could love / after all that’s what you’re looking for / you can love / it’s the currency unspoken of” and “but it’s hard to form a good opinion / yet you’re going to look at me that way / and it’s going to cause a crisis / might just lose a little faith / don’t touch me / if you touch me you can never go back.” “Come On Sister” is a track that is sure please all Belle & Sebastian fans. Clearly the band has used all of the past four years meditating each part of “Write About Love.” Forget about “Come On Sister” being the “Download of the Week,” “Belle & Sebastian Write About Love” is a must have album for every music lover and is sure to hold you over until the next Download of the Week Oct. 21.
Who is your favorite faculty at The University?
“Mrs. Turner.” Carolyn Byrne Sophomore, Nanuet, N.Y.
“Fr. Ron.” Katie Rotterman Sophomore, Lancaster, N.Y.
“Dr. Silla.” Jess Lloyd Sophomore, Scranton
“Dr. Mulhall.” Ryan Robeson Sophomore, Scranton
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Jimmy Eat World reinvents itself on ‘Invented’ Commentary by Rafael Pimentel Staff Writer Jimmy Eat World has been making music for nearly 20 years. One would think that, after so many years as a band, Jimmy Eat World would be out of new ideas and descend into mediocrity, but the band quickly disproves this assumption with one of its best albums: “Invented,” its seventh studio release. The album begins with handclaps and violins in the opener, “Heart is Hard to Find,” a track reminiscent of a cross between “Bleed American” and “Chase This Light.” The song sets the pace for the album with its highly emotional lyrics: “I can’t compete with the clear eyes of strangers / I’m more and more replaced / By my friends each night / I can’t compete / Just can’t recover / How many years it’s been, it’s day one in my mind / That’s the first step / Each time” Next on the album is the lead single, “My Best Theory,” another great track. It is an easy song to listen to, but features insightful (and somewhat politically minded) lyrics to contrast the bouncy mood of the song.
The album progresses nicely, leading to the sixth track, “Coffee and Cigarettes,” a song that calls to mind older Jimmy Eat World songs. The song sounds as if it should have been released in between “Clarity” and “Bleed American,” but with added female vocals. The song definitely has big single potential and is by far the poppiest song on “Invented.” Another noteworthy track is “Action Needs Audience.” It is the first track on which the former lead (now back-up) vocalist Tom Linton handles main vocals since “Clarity’s” “Blister.” It is short and sweet, like many of the band’s older tracks, especially when Linton was the frontman of the group, while Jim Adkins is a diverse lyricist and musician, with a hold on the band’s softer, more relationship-focused songs, Tom’s style is much more in the vein of straightforward rock. His lyrics, as proven on “Action,” are a bit harder. Towards the song’s end, he sings, “I am overcome with sympathy for your pathetic soul.” Jimmy Eat World is known for their brevity and “sweetness” but bigger fans of the band know that the band’s finest moments usually occur in its longer, slower
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JIMMY EAT World continues the magic it started nearly 20 years ago with its self-titled album.
songs, such as the classics “Goodbye Sky Harbour,” “My Sundown” and “Hear You Me.” “Invented” ends with two such songs – the title track, followed by “Mixtape.” Both tracks clock in at about the seven minute mark and, for me,
both are seven minutes of heaven. All lame attempts at humor aside, these tracks are huge and perfectly placed at the end of the album. Fans will definitely wave lighters, iPods, and cell phones along to these songs if the band
plays them live. With this release, Jimmy Eat World invents a beautiful soundtrack to life, worthy of a listen in its entirety. Jimmy Eat World will be playing at Electric Factory, Oct. 11.
‘Social Network’ leads Facebookers to theaters Commentary by Jeremy Evans Staff Writer At first glance, “The Social Network” is a film about of how a website came to exist. However, upon closer inspection, the movie reveals itself as a timely and relevant tale about trust, betrayal and the ethics of the business world. There’s whole lot more to this film than simply the tale of how Facebook came to exist.
For better or worse, Facebook is an extremely popular and seemingly ever present aspect of life these days. From status updates to tagging pictures to Farmville, people of all nationalities and ages spend countless hours on the social networking site. Considering how prevalent the site has become, it’s no surprise Hollywood put the story of Facebook on the big screen. What’s truly surprising is how good the film is. From the very first scene, it’s clear that “The Social Net-
work” is a heavily character and dialogue driven film. The screenplay, written by Aaron Sorkin, is stunning. The film abounds with witty and intelligent banter, so much so that at times it’s almost difficult to keep up. Sorkin also clearly did his research, as all the discussion of computer programming and legal proceedings are exceedingly complicated and accurate. Director David Fincher, of “Fight Club” fame, brings the viewer a surprisingly engaging tale that details the story of
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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (left) and Jesse Eisenberg (right) entertain audiences in “The Social Network.”
“Doc Hardisky.” Tara Murphy Senior, Bensalem
“Prof. Gonzalez.” Latrel Citizen Freshman, Queens, N.Y.
“Dr. Hogan!” Nicole Bianco Senior, Eatontown, N.J.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Just six years ago, Zuckerberg was a normal, if somewhat unpopular, student at Harvard University who capriciously created a website designed to compare pictures of one Harvard student to another. The site became an overnight sensation and crashed the servers at Harvard. Inspired by this, three of Zuckerberg’s fellow students enlisted his help to create a social network site that would connect all Harvard students. However, Zuckerberg never again contacted them and spent the next several months creating what would eventually become Facebook. Zuckerberg was aided by his roommates, including his best friend Eduardo Saverin. As Facebook grew in popularity, the founder of Napster, Sean Parker (played brilliantly by Justin Timberlake), took Zuckerberg under his wing and helped the popularity of Facebook to skyrocket. When Saverin learned that Zuckerberg had reduced his share of the company to less than one percent, Saverin decided to file a lawsuit against his friend. The film takes place during the proceedings in the case between Saverin and Zuckerberg, with flashbacks to the development of the website and the dissolution of the friendship between Zuckerberg and Saverin. This technique lets the viewer know where story is going to end up, but, instead of acting as
“Dr. Klonoski.” Kelsey Hassig Sophomore, Binghamton, N.J.
a spoiler, it actually makes things more engaging as one wants to see how exactly Zuckerberg ended up facing multiple lawsuits over his ownership of Facebook. Jesse Eisenberg, as Zuckerberg, fantastically captures the essence of a man who is extremely gifted in computer programming and, simultaneously, extremely inept in social situations. Andrew Garfield, as Saverin, portrays a much more sympathetic character. “The Social Network” does portrays Zuckerberg as a barely-likeable protagonist who did whatever it took to make sure he was always one step ahead and in control. If there’s one truly likeable character in the main cast, it’s Saverin. It’s shocking that a film about a website could engage the viewer so deeply for two hours, but, in the end, it’s really Sorkin’s screenplay and Fincher’s direction that make “The Social Network” what it is. The world that we live in is rapidly becoming more and more connected, and nothing represents this more than Facebook. The immediacy and rapidness of the way information is transmitted these days is reflected in how quickly the story of how Facebook’s origin hit the big screen. The truly surprising aspect is how Sorkin and Fincher were able to take the story and weave it into a engrossing, memorable drama. This film is truly a must see for the fall season.
“Dr. Klonoski.” Ryan Schuster Sophomore, Nazareth
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Alumni return to campus to actively recruit KSOM students By Stephanie pugh Business Correspondent Not even the rain could stop the Kania School of Management Fall Recruiting Expo from being a huge success this year. Held on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center, the Recruiting Expo took place took place Thursday, Sept. 30. It offered students the opportunity to interact with firms who are looking for both interns and full time applicants in all business majors. All of the twenty firms that attended the Recruiting Expo were enthusiastic about the professionalism and interest of The University’s business students. AXA Equitable, Coca Cola Enterprise, Johnson & Johnson, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte were among the companies who sent representatives to the Expo. This annual event is free to all University students, but focuses on those students with business majors and minors. Dedicated business club officers, board members and student representatives put in months of hard work and preparation to get the Expo ready in time. Some of the tasks student representatives were involved in included checking in students and recruiters, along with helping anyone who had questions. Of course, the most important part of the day was The University students themselves and the opportunities the Expo presented
them. While there were worries about the turnout because of the heavy rains that hit Scranton, the students did not let it affect them, and attendance was excellent. Students replaced their everyday clothes for a business-professional look and came with their “A” game to show their first-choice companies that they have what it takes to work in the business community. It was Kaitlin Lazorko’s first time at the Recruiting Expo. The sophomore took some time out of talking to top accounting firms to reflect on her experiences at the Expo. “This day has certainly been nerve racking talking to such important companies, but I am glad to get such amazing experience and can’t wait to come back next year to apply for internships,” Kaitlin said, while standing near the center table conveniently placed to allow students a resting spot in the open room. Some students may have questioned if the Recruiting Expo was something that could benefit them. In the future, they need to realize the unique and wonderful opportunity the Expo gives them. It assists all business students in landing internships and full-time jobs. More importantly, it allows students to network with employees who are eager to offer help and career guidance. For freshmen and sophomores, the Recruiting Expo provides an experience to talk with professionals and companies about future possibilities available to them. For juniors
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ROBERT TUITE, class of 1984, left, speaks to junior accounting student Michael Zaydon about his time at The University as well his company, UBS.
and seniors, the Recruiting Expo offers a wide range of available jobs that recruiters are eager to fill with University students. A very encouraging sight at the Recruiting Expo was the numerous alumni that came back to The University. The alumni seemed enthusiastic about offering help to the many students, perhaps re-
membering their experiences with the Recruiting Expo. “It was nice talking with all the companies and knowing that there are a lot of employees who are looking out for Scranton students. It’s cool to meet alumni and hear how The University has helped them to become so successful,” Dan Desplantes, a senior, said.
For those students who missed the Recruiting Expo this year, don’t forget that it is an annual event; students wanting to find opportunities for networking, internships or full- or part-time jobs can register through College Central Network, found on The University’s website under the career services page.
Kania School of Management holds annual dinner BUSINESS primer Commentary By sean mckeveny Staff Writer
Each year following the Kania School of Management Recruiting Expo, the Business Club holds the Kania School of Management Annual Dinner. This year, the event took place at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton. The evening began with a cocktail hour that included a variety of drinks and assorted hors d’oeuvres. While they mingled during this social hour, students, faculty members, staff, recruiters and special guests were treated with great hospitality from the entire group of Radisson employees as well as Business Club volunteers. Following the cocktail hour, the program moved from the reception area of the hotel into an ornate ballroom. To begin the evening, Sean McKeveny, the President of The University’s Business Club, welcomed everyone in attendance. In addition, McKeveny recognized the individuals whose hard work and dedication made the expo and dinner a huge success. These individuals included: Dr. Michael Mensah, Dean of the Kania School of Management; Associate Dean
Kenneth Lord; Paul Perhach, Assistant Dean of the Kania School of Management and Moderator of the Business Club; President’s Business Council Director Tim Pryle; Cheryl Collarini and the Career Services staff; the Business Club board members and student representatives; Ms. Janice Dubois and the guest speaker, Mr. James I. Brown, Senior Vice President for Merrill Edge Marketing in the Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs division of Bank of America. Following the recognition of these individuals, McKeveny turned the platform over to Dean Mensah. Dean Mensah began by offering thanks and gratitude to all those in attendance. He recognized the importance of events like the Recruiting Expo in providing great opportunities to highlight the talent present in the Kania School of Management. Dean Mensah made a special recognition that the guest speaker’s parents were in attendance. Following additional comments regarding the Kania School of Management, McKeveny returned to platform to thank Dean Mensah and turn the platform over to Ms. Cheryl Collarini, Career Relations Manager of Career Services, to give the evening’s invocation. Following the invocation, the dinner portion of the program began.
After dinner, McKeveny introduced Tim Pryle, Director of the President’s Business Council, to offer introductory remarks for the guest speaker. Pryle mentioned that when approached to find a speaker, he immediately thought of James Brown. After having a group of twenty-seven students take a trip to Boston last spring and visit with Brown in the Bank of America office, he realized that Brown was a great representation of what The University strives to produce. Following Pryle’s introductory remarks, the crowd welcomed James I. Brown to the podium. Brown was very appreciative to have been selected to speak at the evening’s event. He gave a brief background of his work history. One key point that Brown made was his emphasis on how employees often have to move sideways before moving up. Brown survived multiple mergers and has held many job titles. He was quick to say that he does not consider them to be jobs, but rather ‘roles’ in Bank of America. Brown made sure that the student’s in attendance recognized the value behind the Jesuit education they are receiving and the importance of not quantity, but quality, upon entering the workforce. He praised Jesuit education as
an experience which prepares students for success. He offered great insight to the students on what to do and what not to do when entering the workforce. “Some of the stuff may seem like common sense, but it happens every day,” Brown stated. He emphasized to treat others the way you would like to be treated and offered an inspirational story and insight for all in attendance. The program then moved to the awards portion. Dean Mensah presented the 2009-2010 Doyle Stock Trading Award to Nicholas Caselli for winning the Kania School of Management’s stock market competition with a return on investment of over 88 percent. Dr. Robert McKeage was awarded the Alperin Fellowship Award. Dr. Daniel Mahoney was awarded the Kania School of Management Teacher of the Year Award by Allison Gormly. Allison then continued by offering gifts to Janice Dubois, Cheryl Collarini and Paul Perhach. The Dean then closed the ceremony by thanking every one for coming. Overall, the dinner event ran very smoothly. McKeveny commented that he could not have asked for a better group of individuals to work with over the past few months in organizing this event.
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Credit card companies sued by government Nicholas Caselli Staff Writer The Department of Justice took a major stand against anticompetitive practices Monday by filing lawsuits against the three largest credit card companies in the U.S. Consumer advocacy groups are hailing the government’s legal action as a first step in a muchneeded regulatory overhaul of the credit card industry. Alleging that each credit card company violated antitrust laws, engaged in anticompetitive practices and pressured merchants to encourage consumers to use higher-cost cards, the Department of Justice brought the lawsuits against Visa, MasterCard and American Express. “We want to put more money in consumers’ pockets, and by eliminating credit card companies’ anticompetitive rules, we will accomplish exactly that,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news conference. “The companies put merchants and their customers in a no-win situation [and] consumers are being held hostage.” The main issue in the lawsuit against the credit card companies centers on processing, or “swipe,” fees. Each time a consumer uses a credit card to make a purchase, the merchant from which the good or service was purchased is charged with a swipe fee by the company that issued the credit card. According to the lawsuit, Visa, MasterCard and American Express blocked these merchants from offering their customers credit card options with less expensive swipe fees.
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“These restrictive rules restrain competition among credit card networks for merchant acceptance and distort the competitive process,” Christine Varney, an assistant Attorney General, said. According to claims in the lawsuit, these three large credit card institutions unfairly inhibited their competitors by establishing rules that prevented merchants from allowing their customers to pay with lower-cost cards offered by competing credit card companies. As a result, merchants have just passed the unfair charges down to
their customers by raising prices. “We want to put more money in consumers’ pockets, and by eliminating credit card companies’ anticompetitive rules, we will accomplish that.” According to Holder, these credit card companies “put merchants and consumers in a no-win situation. Accept our card, pay our fees, and don’t even think about trying to get a discount,” Holder said when discussing the motive for the lawsuit. At the same time it publicized the information regarding the lawsuits, the Department of Jus-
tice announced that both Visa and MasterCard had agreed to settle. Although the proposed settlements do not involve payment, Visa and MasterCard would permit merchants to offer discounts to customers who use credit cards with less expensive swipe fees. A spokesman for Visa said the settlement was “amicable” and pledged to make “reasonable” changes to the company’s policies. American Express, on the other hand, has responded much less agreeably. “We have no intention of settling the case,” Kenneth Chenault, chairman and chief executive officer of American Express, said. American Express, which charges merchants a higher percentage on average than rival firms, justified its elevated rates by asserting that merchants receive a greater dollar-value from their cardholders because of the high spending levels of its wealthy customers. Shares of American Express plummeted 6.5 percent to close at $39.05 Monday. According to the lawsuit, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and their affiliated banks collected more than $35 billion in fees from U.S. merchants in 2009, so advocates of fair market practices are praising the government’s legal action as a victory for consumers and a positive first step toward taming a dangerously unregulated industry. According to Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the lawsuit and settlement “will finally open competition in the card payment market, ultimately leading to lower prices to consumers.”
New Apple store Grove opens blocks from campus commentary by Jonathan Danforth Business Correspondent
We’ve all talked about changes and ideas that would make our favorite places better, but when it happens there are hardly words to capture the excitement. After months of building up damage on my Macbook Pro and waiting to take a trip to one of the distant big-city Apple stores, something remarkable happened. This past weekend, The Grove Media, an Apple-authorized, full-service retailer and service provider, celebrated its grand opening in downtown Scranton. The Grove Media isn’t just another computer shop; it’s an answer to the prayers of Mac and iPod users alike. They have opened as one of only three hundred authorized service and retail providers in the country. The founders, Joseph Fitzsimmons, Paul Guzek and Terry Holmes, are all fully authorized and trained by Apple as Apple Product Professions. When I showed up on an early Monday morning to get my Macbook fixed, I was greeted by a staff that was even more excited and enthusiastic than I. They immediately assisted me and answered every question I had. When I asked why they chose to open a store in downtown Scranton, their love for the city was clear as day. Also,
they explained that the need for an Apple distributor and service center in northeastern Pennsylvania had become very apparent and that there was an unquestionable demand from the rising generation of young adults. They pointed out that The Grove Media has an advantage over traditional Apple stores in that they are community based. They function in a smaller environment than most, so you don’t have to make an appointment in advance; just walk in and they will help you with whatever you need. They told a story about a man who purchased a desktop at one of the larger Apple stores, but had to return it because it was going to take them four to five days to transfer his data to it, and he simply couldn’t afford the time. He walked into The Grove Media, and they had his data transferred in less than a day. They are here to serve the greater Scranton area and to be an active part in it. They chose to open in the heart of the city, on Penn Avenue next to the Banshee, for that reason. They’ve been through the college scene, and they know how crazy things can be, so they want to make it easy for University students to go get their Apple products fixed in a matter of minutes. People have been reacting with the same excitement as I. “When people walk by and see the Apple symbol in the window, they yell, ‘Oh my God! An Apple store! I’m so excited! I’ll be back!’
Career Services great resource for University students commentary By Betty Rozelle Career Services Correspondent Career Services is located in Ciszek Hall at 1120 Mulberry Street, next to Student Health Services. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Walk-in hours are Friday from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m., and evening appointments are scheduled upon request. The mission of The University’s Office of Career Services is to “strive to facilitate the process of career choice by helping students and alumni focus on a personal sense of meaning and career direction consistent with their unique talents, aspirations and vision for living. Guided by the principles of Jesuit education and aware of the need to impart knowledge that has immediate and long-term value, personnel assume the roles of advisor, teacher and mentor.” The staff consists of Connie McDonnell, Betty Rozelle, Frank Gilmartin, Cheryl Collarini, Maureen Ciliberto and Tracy Muth. Collectively, they have decades of experience assisting students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as alumni, with their career-related needs. The following services are provided throughout the year: Career Decision Making Choosing a major Information about what you • can do with your major • Career testing • •
Job Search Resources for locating part-time, summer, fulltime and internship opportunities Preparation of resume, cover letter, credential file and portfolios Interviewing practice
Graduate/Professional School • Application process, including personal statement • Interview skill development, including mock interviews
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UNIVERSITY MAC users, like Rita DiLeo, now only have a short walk to buy Apple products or get their Apple equipment repaired. The Grove Media is located at 314 Penn Ave.
and they actually come back,” the CEO of The Grove Media said. To top off the excitement, they built First Friday into part of their Grand Opening Weekend. They featured Rob Lettieri with the first digital photography gallery in Scranton. They displayed the
photographs from his iPhone on the Macs around the store, creating a unique space by preserving the classic gallery feel with white walls and hardwood floors, but with a modern twist. Visit http://thegrovemedia. com/index.html to find out more.
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The staff of Career Services offers several programs that contribute to the professional development of students, including the popular dining etiquette program, Backpacks to Briefcases, Alumni Career Panels, the Fall Graduate School Fair and the Spring Job Fair. In addition, workshops on the topics of resume writing, applying for a teaching job, applying for a federal government job and internet presence are offered periodically throughout the year. Students compliment the work of the professional staff in Career Services. These students hold work-study positions, undergraduate and graduate level internships, graduate assistantships and career services committee roles. Resources include the office website (http://www.scranton. edu/careers), an online job/resume database (College Central Network), the computer lab, online handouts and a career library. Students interested in reaching out to the Career Services staff can simply call 941-7640 to schedule a meeting. You will find a friendly, experienced staff willing and more than able to guide you in your career development.
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Nobel prizes in medicine, chemistry, physics announced jonathan schall Staff Writer Since early Monday morning, the eyes of the global scientific community were fixed on Stockholm, Sweden, where this year's Nobel Prizes in Medicine, Chemistry, and Physics were announced. Established in the 1895 last will and testament of Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, and first awarded in 1901, the Nobel Prizes honor the most notable achievements in Physiology or Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, Literature, Peace, and Economic Sciences. Each prize is allotted a monetary award: this year, 10 million Swedish Kronor, which equals approximately 1.5 million US Dollars. Each Nobel Laureate also receives a personalized diploma and a medal. On Monday, Robert G. Edwards from the University of Cambridge was announced as this year's Nobel Prize recipient in Physiology or Medicine "for the development of in-vitro fertilization" (IVF). Upwards of 10% of couples are infertile, and IVF joins sperm and egg outside the body, allowing many, who otherwise couldn't have children themselves, to become parents. The fertilized cells are then implanted back into the womb, and normal pregnancy resumes. Edwards' research began as far back as the 1950's, investigating the biology of fertilization, and envisioning
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fertilization of human eggs outside the body, as was possible for rabbits. Continuing his research and discovering many mechanisms of fertilization along the way, he was able to have a human egg fertilized in a test tube for the first time in 1969. Later, he began working with gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, and in 1978, their research led to the birth of the first "test tube baby," Louise Brown. Edwards and Steptoe then established the Bourn Hall Clinic, the world's first for treatment of infertility. Dr. Steptoe passed away in 1988, making him ineligible to share the Prize. To date, over 4 million people have been
Science and tech collide in lap-burning phenomenon catherine erbicella Sci/Tech Editor Before you sit down in that chair and set that laptop down on your lap, think twice before you face an ugly consequence. According to an article posted in the medical journal, Pediatrics, medical researchers and practicing physicians are seeing a number of cases of skin discoloration due to heat-exposure from the undersides of laptops. The mottled-skin condition—“toasted skin syndrome”—can be caused by the prolonged exposure to the underside of a laptop. This surface once registered at a temperature of 125°F. To put that in perspective, skin is burned when exposed to temperatures in excess of 115°F and a child can be scalded within three seconds in water that is 120°F. The reaction from the heat-exposure from a laptop is comparable to that of sunburn, which is classified as a firstdegree burn. First-degree burns are the least-dangerous sorts of burns, followed by the moreserious second- and third-degree burns. This type of “toasted skin” can also be caused by prolonged exposure to heating pads and hot water bottle therapy techniques, and it is usually harmless. Nevertheless, it is recommended that care should be taken to insure that heat exposure does not lead to permanent skin darkening. This type of skin darkening, caused by light burns, can also be referred to as “hyper pigmentation mark,” a type of scarring that can last up to two years. However, it was previously stat-
ed that such marks can be permanent, much like the effects of sun damage. In extremely rare cases, this type of prolonged inflammation of the skin can lead to squamous skin cancers; however, it can easily be avoided by refraining from prolonged and habitual exposure to the heated underside of a laptop. Let it be made clear that cancer caused by a laptop has not been confirmed. This conclusion can only be assumed when laptop skin-scorching is being compared to sun damage. It is to be noted that squamous skin cancer is the most agressive form of skin cancer; however, skin cancer due to a hot laptop is very preventable and not yet confirmed to occur. Only semi-permanent mottled skin marks have been observed due to laptop burning. This type of skin burning is warned against in the user manuals of many computer models, including Dell, which advise not to set the laptop, in use, on bare skin or clothed skin, for long periods of time, without ample protection. Such protection can include a pillow, laptop case, or laptop pad. The overall message from the medical community remains the same: one should guard his or her lap if he or she must literally set the laptop upon it. “Toastedskin syndrome” resembles damage comparable to sun damage, which has been confirmed to be dangerous. Long-term heat exposure, to heat of any kind, including the underside of a laptop, could lead to permanent skin discoloration and darkening due to burns.
born as a result of IVF. Many of them, including Louise Brown, are now parents themselves. On Tuesday, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, both from the University of Manchester, were announced as this year's recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the twodimensional material graphene." Graphene, an allotrope of carbon derived from flakes of graphite, is only as thick as a single atom. A nearly transparent material, its electrical conductivity matches copper, and it conducts heat better than any other substance. Uses of graphene are quite di-
verse, including the manufacture of stronger, electrically conductive plastics and applications in the production of innovative electronic devices. Graphene, and the new class of compounds that will arise as a result of its discovery, will be used extensively in the stronger, lighter materials of tomorrow. On Wednesday, Richard F. Heck of the University of Delaware, Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University, and Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University, Japan were announced as this year's recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of palladium-catalyzed cross coupling" in organic synthesis. Organic chemistry is what gives rise to all life on our planet, and carbon compounds are present in many of the products we encounter on a daily basis: fabrics, medicines, electronics, plastics, fuels, etc. Carbon's stability, however, limited the complexity of compounds that could be synthesized by chemists without undesired byproducts. In a series of reactions named after these three scientists, palladium atoms serves as a surface on which carbon atoms meet, catalyzing reactions which allow the synthesis of a myriad of compounds with great precision. The remainder of this year's Nobel Prize recipients will be announced in the coming days: Literature (today), Peace (tomorrow, Friday Oct. 8), and Economic Sciences (Monday, October 11).
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New Windows 7-run smartphones due next week Catherine Erbicella Sci/Tech Editor According to sources stated in last week’s Wall Street Journal, technology giant Microsoft is set to revamp its products in the growing realm of smartphones. On Monday, October 11, Microsoft is set to deput a series of new Windows 7-based smartphones. Four weeks later, AT&T is set to be the exclusive network provider for these phones, adding to its repertoire of smartphone devices. These new AT&T-based, Microsoft-owned phones are in competition with the also AT&T-based, Apple-owned iPhone, and the Motorola-backed Google Android. The new Windows 7 phones are expected to feature models manufactured by the Koreabased Samsung Group, fellow Korea-based LG Corporation, and Taiwan-based HTC Corporation, which combined, will have a larger market presence than the Android. According to Reuters, HTC is set to launch the new devices during a marketing conference in Taiwan, the site of its home-base. Being one of the first companies to manufacture the Windows 7 devices, HTC is no-doubt looking forward to the expected rise in profit from the launch. This release is a momentous occasion for the previous forerunner in smartphone technology. If one will recall, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile was once the normal operating system for emerging smartphone technology, until the explosive emergence of Apple and its iPhone in 2007. Since that popular product launched, Micro-
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soft has been struggling to keep up in the world of smartphones. They had a failed launch of youth-friendly Verizon-based Kin phones earlier this year, until they abandoned the project in July. The new phones, based on the consumer experiences of the popular Microsoft Zune media player, will serve as the re-introduction of Microsoft into the market of smartphones, and also continue the long-standing feud between the company and its prime competitor, Apple. Microsoft is probably hoping that their smartphones, like the Zune in the realm of media players, will prove to be a fierce competitor in the market of smartphones. The feud between the technology powerhouses began years ago with the advent of the personal computer, leading to a disagreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Since then, the two companies have remained in competition in the fields of computers, laptops, mp3 players, and, now, smartphones.
Steve Jobs’ ambition is not the only obstacle that Microsoft has to face; however, it must also make its foray into the lucrative market of apps—that which has made the iPhone and the Android so popular. Like Apple, Microsoft wants to keep their app market controlled, and closed, thus limiting it to the “Windows Marketplace” setting. This implies that the success of the iPhone and the Android lies in their management of these apps and the attractiveness of new apps to customers. In addition to incorporating apps, Microsoft also hopes to integrate Xbox Live online gaming into their new phones, in order to attract more customers, hopefully in the younger set, who had been previously turned away from the company by the failed Kin phones earlier this year. Only time will tell if these new phones can stand-up to the market-dominance currently held by the Google Android and the Apple iPhone.
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Church’s protest troubles Supreme Court By Michael Doyle McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices seemed both troubled and divided Wednesday as they questioned whether a small Kansas church could be punished for mounting a protest that many found contemptible outside a military funeral. The high court didn’t clearly tip its hand during the hourlong oral arguments in the case pitting the Westboro Baptist Church against a grieving Pennsylvania father. Several justices did, however, hint that the 2006 funeral protest was lawful even if it was obnoxious. “Didn’t they stand where the police told them to?” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said at one point, adding that the protest “was with the knowledge and permission of the police.” To underscore the case’s difficulty, however, Ginsburg later questioned whether the First Amendment should “tolerate” what she termed “exploiting a private person’s grief” for the purpose of getting attention. The most anticipated free-speech case of the year, Snyder v. Westboro Baptist Church centers on a March 2006 protest by seven Westboro members outside a Roman Catholic Church in Maryland. Inside the church, Albert Sny-
der was holding a funeral service for his late son, Matthew, a 20-year-old Marine lance corporal who was serving in Iraq’s Anbar province when he was killed in a vehicle accident. “Mr. Snyder simply wanted to bury his son in a private, dignified manner,” attorney Sean E. Summers of York, told the court. During the Snyder funeral service and roughly 1,000 feet from the church, Westboro Baptist protesters carried signs conveying such messages as “You are going to Hell,” “God hates you” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.” One sign, according to a legal brief, included “a picture of two males performing anal sexual intercourse.” Church members, several dozen of whom were present outside the court Wednesday, believe that God is punishing the U.S. for tolerating homosexuality. Albert Snyder didn’t see the protest signs until he saw a television news show that night. He sued, claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress, and eventually won a $5 million award. An appellate court threw out the award. “The words that were at issue in this case were [from] people from a church delivering a religious viewpoint,” Topeka, Kan., attorney and Westboro Church
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member Margie J. Phelps told the court. Phelps further argued that Matthew’s father, Albert, had thrust himself onto the stage by going “to the public airwaves” with comments about the Iraq War after his son’s death. Justices Wednesday kept circling back to the question of whether the Snyder funeral was a public or a private event, and whether that matters for deciding the case. “If he simply buries his son, is he a public figure open to this protest or not?” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. asked,
Mosque debated by AWC students By Sarah Reed McClatchy Newspapers Oct. 05 — Religious tolerance in the United States is a highly debated and controversial issue with a wide variety of opinions on the matter. Monday, Arizona Western College students and faculty addressed that topic head-on in regards to the proposed building of the Park51 Community Center two blocks away from ground zero in New York City in their debate entitled, “The Politics of Religious Tolerance: Making Sense of the Ground Zero Mosque Controversy.” Professor of Political Science Mohammad Bahramzadeh led the lively discussion and said that his main goal for the debate was to provide different perspectives on the issue for the community. “Most of the time we see that people are unfamiliar with an issue and that can lead to contempt and misunderstandings,” said Bahramzadeh. In a phone interview with the Yuma Sun, Bahramzadeh said that faculty participating in the panel were philosophy professors Christopher Barker and David Burris and students Zachary Gerber, Diego Moya and Alexander Ramsower. The students were chosen because they had shown interest in the subject, and the philosophy professors were chosen to provide expertise in this topic and have done comparative and religious
study and graduated from Christian schools, he said. “Some argue that to prohibit the construction of the mosque is in violation of their First Amendment rights and thus the imam has complete unmitigated freedom to put his religious center wherever he wants,” Burris said and countered this argument by bringing up several examples of churches that have been denied construction rights for various reasons. He posed the question of whether or not it would be proper for a white supremacist group associated with the Ku Klux Klan to build a church on or around the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. “I think that in the minds of those fundamentalist Muslims who organized and engineered the 9/11 attacks, a 13-story Islamic center located 600 feet from ground zero would be, as one Muslim put it, ‘a symbol of victory for militant Muslims around the world,’” Burris said. Barker brought up a few passages that involve “wiping out the infidels” and other violent messages from the Quran. “When we consider whether or not the ground zero mosque will bring more tolerance and peace to the world, we really need to carefully consider the context of those terms: peace and tolerance...The First Amendment seemingly gives the freedom to practice any religion, but an inherent purpose of Islamic ideology, as I’ve stated, is to annihilate all religions besides Islam, of course. One might ask
is the ideology of Islam tolerant toward the First Amendment itself?” Gerber argued that discussions are crucial to eliminate confusion about topics like this. “There have been many false statements and rumors that this building is some sort of victory mosque and that it will be opened up on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11,” he said. “Both of these statements are untrue, yet many people believe them to be so.” He brought up the point that this building will resemble a YMCA building, including various activities for the community and people of all faiths with the top floors containing prayer rooms. “‘Ground zero mosque’ is a phrase that has been utilized by political entities to play on the fears of some American people,” Ramsower said as he argued that this phrase furthers an agenda for intolerance and bigotry. He also stated that some groups think all Muslims are associated with the 9/11 attacks and he said that Fox News has been a contributing factor to a rise in anti-Muslim sentiments. “Many citizens seem to believe that Muslims want to overthrow the government and impose Islamic law; this is false,” Ramsower said. “Christian, Muslim, Jewish ...are these things that make us American? This is the land of the free so why don’t we stand united and protect the rights of all Americans, no matter what they believe.”
receiving an equivocal answer. The question is crucial because speech about public persons and public affairs typically wins the greatest protection from courts. “What case stands for the proposition that public speech or speech on a public matter directed toward a private person should be treated differently depending upon the recipient of the speech?” Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked, also without getting a clear answer. In a 1988 case pitting the late Rev.
Jerry Falwell against Hustler magazine, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that a public figure such as Falwell couldn’t win damages for emotional distress that were caused, in that case, by a vulgar magazine satire. Summers, the lawyer representing Snyder, repeatedly cited the Falwell case, arguing that it was different because his client is a private individual. “The private nature of this speech is what makes it unprotected,” Summers said. Justices also pressed hard on whether demonstrators could follow families around, demonstrating day after day or, in a hypothetical scenario proposed by Justice Samuel Alito, targeting a “grandmother who has raised a son who was killed in Afghanistan.” Phelps responded that the First Amendment would protect most such speech except in “a very narrow circumstance.” Largely in response to the notoriety given the Westboro Church protests, many states have enacted laws restricting funeral protests, and 48 states joined in an amicus brief supporting Snyder. Some of these laws could be called into question if the Supreme Court sides with the Westboro Church. The court will rule before its term ends in June.
Finding God in rosary prayer By W. Ryan Schuster Staff Writer This Thursday, Oct. 7, the Roman Catholic Church will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This celebration, originally known as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory, was promulgated by Pope Pius V. The feast served to commemorate the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, in which an allied Christian fleet defeated a larger force of Muslim Turks. This victory was attributed to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, invoked through the Rosary. As a result, Oct. 7, the day of the battle, was set aside for the Church to remember the power of Mary’s intercession, particularly through the Rosary. On this feast day, and throughout Mary’s month of October, it is worthwhile for us to reflect on what a powerful spiritual weapon the Rosary can be for us. The Rosary must be prayed correctly in order to be effective. Pope John Paul II said that to say the Rosary is “to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.” Far more than a series of basic prayers, the Rosary is an act of contemplation. Holding beads and repeating prayers occupies our bodies and minds, thus allowing
souls to focus on God. During each decade, we meditate on a specific mystery of the life of Mary or Christ, and so come to understand and imitate them better. Here are several key points to remember about praying the Rosary: 1) Every little bit counts: It doesn’t matter if you can’t sit and say all five decades of the Rosary at once. Try working in a decade during your day, whether while at the gym, doing laundry or other activities. 2) Match mysteries to your needs: Although each set of mysteries is designated for a specific day of the week, feel free to mix it up and meditate on whichever set you want. 3) Be quiet: The Rosary is designed to quiet us and allow us to spend meaningful time with Jesus. Therefore it’s best to pray in a quiet place free from distractions. 4) Remember the focus: Although it is directed to Mary, the focus of the Rosary is on Christ. Just as Jesus performed a miracle at Mary’s request during the wedding feast of Cana, He is often most accessible to us through His Blessed Mother. Lastly, remember Mary’s promise to St. Dominic that “you shall obtain all you ask of me through recitation of the Rosary.”
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THE AQUINAS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010
Halladay tosses no-hitter By Matt Gelb McClatchy Newspapers The ball just sat there. It was a few feet from home plate, a sure out. But Brandon Phillips’ bat was in the way. A sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park gasped. Carlos Ruiz fell to his knees. He finally found the ball and threw to first. Roy Halladay achieved immortality. The Phillies’ ace threw the second no-hitter in postseason history Wednesday in a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the National League division series. He pitched the game of his life twice in one season. Already having thrown a perfect game May 29 against the Marlins, Halladay did it again this time allowing just one runner on a walk. Incredibly,
Halladay threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he faced. Of the 104 pitches he threw, just 25 were balls. He struck out eight. It’s the second postseason no-hitter. The other was a perfect game pitched by the Yankees’ Don Larson in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Halladay’s would have been a perfect game had he not issued a six-pitch walk to Jay Bruce in the fifth. He was the Reds’ lone base runner. Halladay is just the fifth pitcher all-time to have two no-hitters in the same season (counting the playoffs). The others: Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Virgil Trucks (1952) and Nolan Ryan (1973). There were just two close calls. In the third, Reds reliever Brandon Wood lined out sharply to right. In the fourth, Joey Votto hit a ground-
er in the hole on the left side that Jimmy Rollins fielded on the edge of the grass. He threw off his back foot to retire Votto with ease. In the eighth, Halladay struck out Drew Stubbs on three pitches to end the inning. The third one was a cutter that a helpless Stubbs just watched fly by him. Halladay slowly walked off the mound as the fans waved their towels. The fans rose after Raul Ibanez popped out to short to end the eighth. They waited quietly until Halladay finally emerged from the dugout to throw his warmup tosses. They chanted “Let’s go, Doc!” as he pumped strike after strike in the ninth. When it was over, the 46,411 fans in attendance stood in amazement as Halladay’s teammates stormed the mound. Before Halladay allowed a postseason hit, he had one of his
own. Ruiz drew a two-out, fourpitch walk in the second. Wilson Valdez hit an infield single up the middle. Halladay followed with a sinking liner to left that bounced right in front of a lunging Jonny Gomes to score Ruiz. That’s when things turned from bad to worse for Reds starter Edinson Volquez. He walked Jimmy Rollins on eight pitches. Shane Victorino singled to center on the eighth pitch he saw to score two runs. Volquez’s night was over, having thrown 39 pitches in the second without being able to retire the side. His counterpart didn’t hit 39 pitches until the fourth. Halladay needed more than 12 pitches in any one inning just two times. The Phillies jumped on the mound as if they had won a postseason series. Not yet, but Wednesday was a memorable start.
Women’s soccer wins four of last Women’s tennis loses two of five including conference match three to end 2010 fall season BY JOE BARESS Staff Writer The women’s soccer team lost to 24th-ranked Oneonta State University Sept. 28, but defeated Susquehanna University in its Landmark Conference opener Saturday. Oneonta State scored two goals in the first 19 minutes of the first half to secure the 2-0 victory. Jenna McCarey and Kayla Brantmeyer scored their first goals of the season for the Red Dragons. Oneonta State outshot Scranton 16-5. Freshman forward Samantha Russo had two shots on goal for the Royals but neither slipped past Oneonta State goalie Amy Lusby, who had three saves. Senior goalie Caitlyn Byrne had three saves for the Royals. Scranton bounced back against
Susquehanna in its Landmark Conference opener. The Royals outshot the Crusaders 13-3, but only managed one goal. Russo scored in the 66th minute of play on an assist from sophomore midfielder Sydney Parker. Byrne had two saves to secure her fifth shutout of the season and the 18th of her career. The 1-0 victory improved the Royals record to 7-4 overall and 1-0 in the Landmark Conference. After starting the season 3-3, the Royals have won four of their last five and outscored their opponents 10-3. Scranton has also compiled three shutouts. Scranton will continue Landmark Conference play when it faces Drew University at home Saturday at 1 p.m. Then the Royals will play Western Connecticut Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Field hockey defender earns conference honor
BY JOE BARESS SPORTS EDITOR Scranton’s senior field hockey back Beth McLaughlin earned Landmark Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 27-Oct. 3. In the win against Stevens Institute of Technology Sept. 29, the Royals defense didn’t allow a goal in the second half and helped push the game into overtime. In overtime, Scranton held off the Ducks’ attack until sophomore
men’s soccer 10/9 Drew University3:30 p.m. 10/13 @ Dickinson 5 p.m.
forward Gretchen Kempf scored the game-winning goal giving the Royals a 2-1 victory. “Overtime is always a tough situation because it’s seven on seven instead of 11 on 11,” McLaughlin said. “But this is something we work on in practice a lot, so it gives us a lot of confidence going into overtime.” In the Royals’ loss to Susquehanna University Saturday, McLaughlin kept Scranton within a goal when she saved a shot in the second half. She leads the team with two defensive saves. The loss moved the Royals to 4-5 on the season and 0-1 in the Landmark Conference. “We had a tough loss against Susquehanna on Saturday, but we were right there with them,” McLaughlin said. “It only gives us more determination going into our next conference game.” The Royals will face Drew University, another Landmark Conference opponent, Saturday at 1 p.m. “To be successful in the Landmark conference, we just need to stay positive and score some more goals early on in games,” McLaughlin said. Scranton also plays Oneonta State University Tuesday.
BY MATT AMLING Staff Writer The Royals lost their second match of the fall season to Misericordia University Friday. The loss dropped Scranton to 1-2 on the year. The Royals fell behind 3-0 in doubles play and never recovered, losing the match 6-3. Freshmen Stephanie Boccuzzi and Devon Cohen, and senior Danielle Wylie, each recorded wins for the Royals. The Royals lost all three doubles matches on the day. Boccuzzi beat Misericordia’s Michelle Camerson 6-2, 6-2, improving her season record to 2-1. Cohen defeated Ashley Mangabang 6-2, 6-4, for her second win of the season and Wylie crushed Courtney Ott 6-1, 6-0, for her second win. The victory improved Wylie’s career record to 27-19. Freshman Stephanie Boccuzzi
enjoyed her experience despite the 1-2 start. “My experience has been great so far because the team was so welcoming and helped my transition period,” Boccuzzi said. “Now that I am comfortable with the team I am looking forward to the spring season. I know we are ready to perform well.” One thing that the Royals women’s tennis team stresses this season is starting the matches strong. “We have to set the tempo early throughout our matches this year,” Boccuzzi said. “I have confidence in our team. I know we all want to make this year successful.” The Royals were supposed to take the court against Baptist Bible Tuesday, but rain postponed the match. The Royals will play the make-up match Thursday at the Poly Hi Tennis Courts.
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“SOCCER” CONTINUED FROM PAGE SIXTEEN “The first half was very good, we stuck to the game plan very well and worked extremely hard,” Scranton’s coach Matt Pivirotto said. Susquehanna’s Joey Stellato scored the game-winning goal for the Crusaders 20 minutes into the second half. Adam Matteo put Susquehanna ahead by two about seven minutes after Stellato’s goal. “I think in the second half we stuck to the game plan as best we could, but we ran out of gas,” Pivirotto said.
Each team finished the game with four shots on goal and Scranton’s goalie Brandon Dombrowski recorded two saves. The loss drops the Royals to 4-51, putting them below .500 for the first time this season. It also drops the Royals to 0-2 in the Landmark Conference. The Royals are currently in the midst of a four game losing streak, but the team remains focused. “There might be some added pressure because you want to win, and you want to do everything in your power to win,” Dombrowski said. “But you have to think about the task at hand and not the overall streak.” Along with the losing streak,
women’s soccer 10/9 Drew University 1 p.m. 10/13 @ W. Conn. 7 p.m.
field hockey 10/9 @ Drew 1 p.m. 10/12 Oneonta St. 4 p.m.
volleyball 10/9 Washington 2 p.m. 10/9 @ Muhlenberg 4 p.m.
Athlete of the Week: Samantha Russo
BY JOE BARESS SPORTS EDITOR For the second straight week a women’s soccer player is The University’s Athlete of the Week. Freshman forward Samantha Russo earned the honor for her efforts in games against Oneonta State University and Susquehanna University. Russo had two of Scranton’s three shots on goal in the 2-0 loss to Oneonta State Sept. 28. Also, Russo scored Scranton’s only goal in its 1-0 win over Landmark Conference foe Susquehanna. “We felt that if we kept pressuring them, eventually we could put the ball in the back of the net,” Russo said. “When Sydney passed me the ball, she put it in the perfect spot for me to finish it.” The win moved the Royals to 7-4 on the season and 1-0 in the Landmark Conference. Russo is tied for second in the Landmark Conference in assists, with three, and is fourth in shots, with 32. Senior Chelsea Paskman earned Athlete of the Week for the period of Sept. 20-26. During the periods when both players earned the honor the Royals went 3-1 and outscored their opponents 9-3. Scranton’s only loss came to 24thranked Oneonta State. Scranton will continue Landmark Conference play when it faces Drew University at home Saturday at 1 p.m. “We need to continue to play with the intensity that we have been playing with so far this season,” Russo said. “We have a lot of talented girls on the team and I am looking forward to us hopefully making the Conference finals.” Also, the Royals will play Westthe Royals have been held scoreless for three games straight. “I try to concentrate solely on that game, keeping our losses in the back of my head just as motivation,” McFadden said. The Royals will continue Landmark Conference play when they play Drew University at home Saturday at 3:30 p.m. “We still have lots to play for, as the conference playoffs are still a realistic goal,” Pivirotto said. “We need to continue to encourage our game plan and execute our counter attacks and set pieces.” After the game at home, Scranton will go on the road to play Dickinson College Wednesday at 5 p.m.
cross country 10/9 Desales Invitational 10:30 a.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010
IN THis ISSUE Women’s soccer wins opener Men’s soccer scoreless in two Field hockey overtime win ALSO INCLUDED Athlete of the Week
Volleyball overcomes deficit BY PAT CASSIDY Staff Writer The Royals rallied to beat Baptist Bible College 3-2 Tuesday at the Long Center. The Royals also went 1-2 in the opening rounds of Landmark Conference play Saturday and Sunday. During conference play, the Royals defeated Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) 3-2 and lost matches to Susquehanna University, 3-0, and Goucher College, 3-2. The win against USMMA put the Royals over their total win total from the 2009 season. Senior captain Julia Kropf didn’t play in all three weekend matches because of a concussion. “We were all proud of how Kelly Nolan filled my position with an outstanding debut performance,” Kropf said. “Our win against USMMA was an accomplishment because it meant we had both surpassed our total wins and our wins in conference play from last season. We hope that win will be enough to secure a position in the playoffs.” A little more than half way through the 2010 season the Royals are 10-10. There are still 12 matches, plus the Landmark Tournament, left this season. The Royals overcame a 2-1 set deficit and a match point in the final set to pull out a 3-2 victory during the match against Baptist Bible. Kropf returned to action Tuesday, and finished with 10
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JULIA KROPF and Juli Woods attempt to block a spike against Baptist Bilbe College Tuesday at the Long Center. The Royals erased a 2-1 deficit to defeat Baptist Bible 3-2. Kropf finished with 10 kills, five digs and four blocks in the victory.
kills, five digs and led the team with four solo blocks. Sophomores Jennell McFadden, Marissa Every and Emily Keim also contributed to the victory. McFadden finished with nine kills and 19 digs. Every had 24 digs and five serving aces, and Emily Keim finished with 24 assists. Freshmen Michaela McCrudden and Katie Newman com-
bined for 19 kills and 31 digs. In the victory against USMMA, McFadden finished with a careerhigh 27 kills and added 14 digs, giving her six double-doubles on the season. McCrudden finished with 10 kills and 15 digs. In the loss to Susquehanna, McCrudden led the team with 10 kills and added five digs. McFad-
den and Newman combined for 13 kills. The loss to Goucher did not help the team get back on track after the tough loss to Susquehanna. The Royals started out with a commanding 2-0 lead, but dropped three straight sets and lost 3-2. McCrudden recorded 13 kills and 17 digs for the Royals.
Every finished with a match-high 32 digs. Every recorded a total of 91 digs in the three Landmark Conference matches over the weekend. During The University’s fall break the Royals will visit Muhlenberg College for two matches Saturday where they will face Muhlenberg and Washington Col-
Field hockey drops another Men’s soccer loses three straight games Landmark Conference opener BY CORY BURRELL Staff Writer Sophomore forward Gretchen Kempf scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Royals to a 2-1 victory over Stevens Institute of Technology Sept. 29, but Scranton dropped a 2-1 decision to Susquehanna to open up conference play Saturday. Scranton went into the game against Stevens Tech looking to end a two-game losing streak. Senior forward Kaitly Tirney gave the Royals a 1-0 lead with a goal during the fifth minute of play. It was Tirney’s fifth goal of the season. The Ducks came back to the tie the score in the 26th minute when freshman midfielder Chelsea Cresci scored her first goal of the season. Sophomore forward Mary Nikish had the assist on the goal. Despite Stevens Tech holding a 12-9 shooting advantage in regulation, the Ducks failed to score the go-ahead goal thanks to excellent play by junior goalkeeper Alexandria Marandino. Marandino recorded seven saves and allowed one goal, picking up her fourth win for the Royals. Also, senior sweeper Roxanne Kuzio thwart-
ed several Stevens Tech scoring chances. In the second minute of overtime, freshman midfielder Laura Megargel sent a pass towards Kempf, who broke away to score the game-winning goal on a oneon-one with Stevens Tech senior goalkeeper Ellyn Griggs. “We had worked so hard all game,” Kempf said. “It was such a good feeling to see that it finally paid off.” The win ended a two-game losing streak for Scranton, while Stevens Tech dropped to 2-7. The alltime series between Scranton and Stevens Tech is now tied 1-1. The Royals opened conference play at home against Susquehanna for the third straight year Saturday. The Crusaders took the lead in the 27th minute thanks to an unassisted goal scored by sophomore midfielder Ally Bradley. The Royals’ freshman forward Caitlin Liberatore scored her first career goal in the 45th minute and tied the game at one. Susquehanna freshman forward Danielle Waleko answered back in the 47th minute, giving the Crusaders a 2-1 lead. The Royals were unable to convert any of its scoring chances for
the rest of the game. The closest Scranton came was when Tirney’s goal was overturned because the shot came from outside the scoring arc. Senior co-captain and defensive back Beth McLaughlin knocked away a shot attempt late in the second half to record her second defensive save of the season. McLaughlin was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the period of Sept. 27-Oct. 3. The loss dropped the Royals to 4-5. It marks the third consecutive year Scranton has started conference play with a loss to Susquehanna. “We definitely have to step our game up now,” Kempf said. “It would be really unfortunate for us to have all the hard training we do in practice go to waste. We still have a chance at the playoffs. We just need to get a couple conference wins.” Susquehanna improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Crusaders have now won four of their last five games against Scranton, but Scranton still leads the all-time series 17-12-3. Scranton’s next game is against Drew University Saturday at 1 p.m.
BY KEVIN DERMODY Staff Writer
The University’s men’s soccer team played Vassar College Sept. 29 and Susquehanna University Saturday. The Royals lost both games 2-0. After a tough loss to Merchant Marine Academy, the Royals came out firing against the Vassar College Brewers. The majority of the team’s shots came within the first twenty minutes of play. Freshman midfielder Colin McFadden had two of the team’s five shots on goal in the game, but neither slipped past Vassar’s goalie. “I thought I had good power on my first shot but it just needed to be away from the goalie,” McFadden said. McFadden’s second shot came while he was on the run. “Their defense gave me a lot of space and I am pretty comfortable shooting from distance, so I immediately decided to hit it,” McFadden said. After both teams went scoreless for most of the first half, Vassar finally broke through the Scranton defense. Ross Macklin scored with less than two minutes remaining in the half to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The second half was mostly a defensive struggle, but Vassar’s
Harrison Freund tacked on a second goal in the 80th minute of play. Freund’s shot came off an assist from Macklin, who had a free kick. The Royal’s starting goalie for the game, senior Justin Frick, left the game because of an injury in the 33rd minute of play and was replaced by senior goalie Brandon Dombrowski. “It is always tough to step into a game like that,” Dombrowski said. “You’re hoping your teammate is all right and at the same time you have to mentally prepare yourself very quickly to get into the flow of the game.” Frick recorded three saves before he left the game. Dombrowski also finished with three saves for the Royals. Next, Scranton faced off against Susquehanna University on the road Saturday. Susquehanna has a large field, which plays into some of the Royals’ strengths. “The big field is something we like to play on,” Dombrowski said. “We tend to play very well on a big field.” Despite the large field, the Royals lost the game 2-0. Both teams played tough and went scoreless in the first half.
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