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Volume 85, Issue 12

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lack of funds causes spring concert cancellation By jessica talarick Staff Writer Students speculating about the spring concert this year may not have guessed that it would be cancelled. According to Alex Rizzi, Executive Chair of The University’s Programming Board, there will not be a spring concert. Rizzi said poor attendance was the culprit. “From a business standpoint, we spent money on a concert last year and it wasn’t successful,” Rizzi said. Last year, USPB did not sell enough tickets to make up the cost of hip hop artist B.o.B Past performances by Jack’s Mannequin and Brand New also drew underwhelming crowds. Dwindling attendance prompted administrators to question the financial toll of the concert. “It’s something that has been in the back of the administration’s minds for a while,” Rizzi said. Rizzi’s supervisors recently informed him that the concert is cut from the Spring 2012 schedule of events. Students are having strong reactions to the cut. USPB posted an announcement on Facebook Wednesday that said there will not be a concert this year. Senior Frantz Lucien is disappointed that there will be no concert, and is also disappointed by the lack of student involvement.

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LAST YEAR B.o.B visited The University for the USPB spring concert. While students attended the concert, there were not enough students in attendance to offset the cost of the artist’s visit to the school.

“I think it’s ridiculous that they are not [having a concert], but I also think it’s ridiculous that students aren’t going to the concerts,” Lucien said. Lucien said he noticed that

last year’s B.o.B. concert was low in attendance. He recommends students pay attention to the artists who play USPB’s Coffeehouse shows. “When they started putting

up posters for Grieves, I was like ‘that looks interesting,’ so I looked him up and he was pretty good. I plan on going to that,” Lucien said. Grieves cancelled his show be-

cause of a family emergency. Senior Andrew Merkle agrees students are not proactive about music. “A great number of students do enjoy dance, electronic and hip hop music; the bulk of these students are casual listeners,” Merkle said. He thinks USPB should focus on holding more coffeehouse concerts to grow musical interest among students. “We need to foster the music community here at The University through events and performances as frequently as possible,” Merkle said. According to Alex Rizzi, USPB has already held more events this academic year than it has in the past. “This year we have almost doubled the number of events,” Rizzi said. USPB held 40 events during the fall semester and have 30 planned for the spring, including several Coffeehouse concerts. Rizzi said USPB will use money budgeted for the spring concert to enhance other events. “We’re trying to do a little something more for the Spring Fling/Battle of the Bands” Rizzi said. He hinted at hiring a bigger headliner. Past Spring Fling headliners have included alternative bands Bayside, Valencia and Mae. Spring Fling is scheduled for May 5.

Students question meal plans Advisories alert students of assault By paul liotta Staff Writer

By Christopher dolan Staff Writer Are you getting the most out of your meal plan? Some University students feel they aren’t getting a “bang for their buck” when it comes to their meal plans. With no ability to rollover unused meals from week to week, Scranton students are losing meal credits — and money — each time they skip a meal. The University currently offers six meal plan options — the Ultimate (unlimited) Meal Plan and Ultimate (unlimited) “PLUS” Meal Plan; the 14-Meal Plan and 14 “PLUS”-Meal Plan and the 10Meal Plan and 10 “PLUS”-Meal Plan. While students with the Unlimited and Unlimited Plus Meal Plans are entitled to an unlimited number of meals per week, students with other plans are limited in their weekly meal allocation. One concern of students who have the 10 and 14-Meal Plans is their inability to rollover unused meals from week to week. Sophomore Emily Carpenter thinks unused meals from her 10-Meal Plan should carry over

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University Police issued the first community advisory of the semester after a group of youths assaulted a student on the 1200 block of Vine Street Saturday night. According to the community advisory, the student confronted the group on a back porch, where they struck him in the face with an unknown object and repeatedly kicked him when he fell to the ground. The student sought treatment for facial injuries the next afternoon at a local hospital. University junior Amy Oakley was in a house across the street at the time of the assault, heard screaming and looked out the win-

dow to see what was going on. “All I saw was a bunch of kids screaming at each other,” Oakley said. “I figured it was just some stupid drunken argument.” Oakley said she heard rumors around campus about what happened that night. “Kids are saying that it was a group of local teens, and someone who lives on Vine Street went outside to ask them to get off his porch,” Oakley said. “The group then proceeded to basically jump the kid and broke some bones in his face.” This incident occurred less than a week after The Aquinas published an article concerning the absence of any community advisories during the first two weeks of the semester.

THE AQUINAS PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER DOLAN SOPHOMORE EMILY Carpenter hands her Royal Card to Rochelle Stahl at the Hyland Café. The Café is one campus food location where Flex money must be used.

week to week. “It’s awful, and I think they should change it,” Carpenter said. However, according to Aramark Resident District Manager Ted Zayac, The University has not received many complaints from students about rolling over unused meal credits. “We really don’t hear too much about people not having enough meals,” Zayac said. “If people with the 14-Meal

Plan use less than 14 meals, they should consider switching to the 10-Meal Plan. If students on the 14-Meal Plan need more meals, they should consider the Unlimited Meal Plan.” Zayac said that, while the current meal plans do not allow users to rollover unused meals from week to week, Aramark would consider implementing a rollover plan if students supported it.

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JENN MCKENNA (left) and Jen Fracas (right) read the most recent community advisory about crimes in the Hill Section.

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THE Aquinas

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

SEVEN DAY FORECAST

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MONDAY

TUESDAY

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44/32 Showers/ Wind

38/24 Snow Shower/ Wind

37/25 Sunny

43/32 Mostly Cloudy

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Campus Calendar Sunday - Feb. 26

Thursday - Feb. 23 +Exhibit: Alphabets from the Zaner-Bloser Collection +Rwandan Art Exhibit +Exhibit: ‘‘Sacred Birch” Hyland Hall, Hope Horn Gallery 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. +Hot Cocoa Surprise - Open House! Institute of Molecular Biology & Medicine (IMBM) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. +Free Sample of LSAT Prep Course Hyland Hal (Room 305) 6 p.m. +”Finding Justice Afer 9/11” Faculty Panel DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater 7 p.m.

Friday - Feb. 24 +Exhibit: Alphabets from the Zaner-Bloser Collection +Rwandan Art Exhibit +Exhibit: ‘‘Sacred Birch” +“Fuddy Meers,” The University of Scranton Players McDade Center, Royal Theater 8 p.m. +USPB Movies: “Twilight” DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. +Late Night Movie “Twilight” DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. +Late Night Movie “Twilight“ DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. +Mountain Sports Club Trip to Sugarbush, Vt. All Day Event

Saturday - Feb. 25 +Exhibit: Alphabets from the Zaner-Bloser Collection +Rwandan Art Exhibit +Health Professionals Organization Meeting Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. +Healthy Heart Fair The Steamtown Mall 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. +USPB Movies: “Twilight” DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. +”Fuddy Meers,” The University of Scranton Players McDade Center, Royal Theater 8 p.m.

+Exhibit: Alphabets from the Zaner-Bloser Collection +Rwandan Art Exhibit +Exhibit: “Sacred Birch” +”Fuddy Meers,” The University of Scranton Players McDade Center, Royal Theater 8 p.m.

Feb. 15 - Feb. 22

Monday - Feb. 27 +Exhibit: Alphabets from the Zaner-Bloser Collection +Rwandan Art Exhibit +Exhibit: “Sacred Birch” +Fitness Challenge for Students, Faculty and Staff 3 p.m. +Library Game Night Heritage Room 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Provided by The University Police Office

Notable Brief: Date: Feb. 15 Location: Redington Lot INcident: A student reported a theft from the exterior of his vehicle, where his significant other had placed a bag with chocolate covered strawberries and a Valentine’s Day card.

Tuesday - Feb. 28 +Exhibit: Alphabets from the Zaner-Bloser Collection +Exhibit: “Sacred Birch” +Smoking Cessation Leahy Community Health Center 9 p.m. - 4 p.m. +Parking and Safety Forum DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater 8 p.m. +The Way Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium 8 p.m.

Report Statistics: Alcohol related: 5 counts Drug related: 1 count Assault: 1 count dISORDERLY CONDUCT: 1 count THEFT: 2 counts

The Aquinas wants to remind you:

Wednesday - Feb. 29

Be safe and be responsible when you go out this weekend. don’t make rash decisions. Always travel in groups and stay on main and well-lit thoroughfares.

+Exhibit: Alphabets from the Zaner-Bloser Collection +Exhibit: “Sacred Birch” +USPB Comedy: Drew Thomas DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. +Spring 2012 Last Day 25 percent Tuition Refund +Spring 2012 Last Day to Drop a Course With no Grade

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College of Arts and Sciences offices move to downtown Scranton By Nicolena basso Staff Writer

Brian Conniff, Ph.D., looks out of the big windows that surround his new second floor office to a great view of downtown Scranton. From his desk he can see the courthouse and other downtown buildings, but there is something missing from this scene: students and faculty. Conniff, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), said he misses seeing the students and faculty more regularly. Since Conniff’s office and the CAS Freshman Advising Center was moved to 600 Linden Street Monday, he has not had as much interaction with students and faculty. “It’s a little less of a community being down here,” Conniff said. He said that as dean, he likes to be closer to the faculty members and his new location makes it harder for him to informally meet teachers. This is also an issue for students, who are used to having the CAS Dean’s Office and Advising Center in St. Thomas Hall. Conniff

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COREY HENFLING, assistant director of parent relations & class affinity, leaves his office in the Lavish building on 600 Linden to make the walk toward the DeNaples Center to sell Shamrockin’ Eve tickets.

is hopeful that students will visit the new location. “It is a little bit less desirable for students. It is a little harder to just drop in and ask a question,” Conniff said. Students will now have to walk a few more blocks, which Conniff sees some benefits to. “The students may not enjoy the walk, but it gives them an opportunity to see downtown,” he said. The new office is located next

to Lavish and across the street from Farley’s, and many other downtown amenities are only a few steps away. Noreen Schofield, assistant to the dean, likes the space but agrees that it is challenging for students to access. “It’s a very nice space and gives us the room we need to operate efficiently, but the location is difficult for the students,” she said. Schofield also mentioned an-

other difficulty that accompanied the move. “It’s an inconvenience to us because we have a lot of interaction with the Registrar’s Office. Distance, for us, was a concern,” she said. At its previous location, the CAS Dean’s Office and Advising Center was right next to the Registrar’s Office on the third floor of St. Thomas. Valarie Lawless, enrollment

clerk at the registrar’s office, said CAS did an excellent job of putting up signs on all doors informing students of the new location. “The real question is where is 600 Linden Street,” she said. Lawless said she has had to direct many students to the new location. “Of course you get the eyes rolling and people saying ‘We have to walk all the way down there?’” she said. Katie Henry, a freshman in CAS, said she knows where 600 Linden Street is and that the move is a nuisance, although it will not stop her from going to the Advising Center. “I think just because I don’t have any classes down there. I do work in McGurrin, but to walk even a block further will be annoying,” Henry said. Conniff confirmed that this move is temporary and that when the construction in St. Thomas is completed, the offices will move back up the hill. The history department will eventually be housed in the CAS Dean and Advising Center’s old office. Conniff said he believes their new office will be on the second floor and his office would be more accessible to students. “In the end, I think it will be a lot better off,” he said.

University talks affiliation with local medical college By timothy mccormick Social Media Editor The University community received word Monday about new possibilities and projects that the institution is exploring. Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president of The University, sent an email to the community preemptively informing students, faculty and staff of an announcement that was to be released to the press later that day.

Margaret Nora, the interim president and dean of The Commonwealth Medical College, and Quinn jointly released a press statement announcing the two institutions’ entrance into a phase in which they will explore the mutual benefits of an affiliation. Quinn and Nora reported that, after many successful collaborative projects since TCMC’s opening, including shared facilities, library resources and faculty, the schools have decided to open discussions regarding the possibility of a more permanent coalition.

“We note that an affiliation could be beneficial both to our respective institutions and to the constituencies and communities that we serve,” the press release reported. Before they make any official agreements, both The University and TCMC communities will meet for discussions about the proposal. Katie Barnes, a junior biomathematics major from Elmont, N.Y., does not see any reason to be apprehensive about an affiliation between the medical school

and The University: she sees it as a connection that will facilitate internships and personal research, especially after having experienced difficulty finding a professor at The University with research assistant positions available within the biology department. “I think that there’s so much more research that can be done with a strong connection. It will give people who are pre-med the experience within that atmosphere so that when they finally get to medical school, it won’t be

a total surprise,” she said. David Linhares, a junior biology major from Scranton, agrees with Barnes about the potential for mutual benefit. “Opening this door to a whole new system of reciprocity will be helpful to both University students and TCMC students. Being able to share resources will give us so many more networking opportunities, giving us that edge so that we get the exposure to a medical school community before actually matriculating,” he said.

University educators explain service learning concept By christina scully News Editor From feeding the homeless to therapeutically working with the mentally disabled, many University students are engaged in various types of service learning, but the requirement is more than just adding up the hours. The University uses an academic definition of service learning on its website. “Service-learning programs are distinguished from other types of service by their intention to equally benefit the provider and the recipient of the service as well as to ensure equal focus on both the service being provided and the learning that is occurring. To do this, service learning programs must have some academic context and be designed in such a way that ensures that both the service enhances the learning and the learning enhances the service (Furco, 1990).” According to The University’s website, in the 2010-2011 academic year, 135 service learning classes were conducted and 2,040 students fulfilled service learning components through academic requirements. While service learning is not a requirment in all schools and majors at The University, it is incorporated into all majors in the Panuska College of Professional Studies (PCPS) and in various programs on campus, including the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program (SJLA). Many educators and students truly believe in service learning as a

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THE COMMUNITY Outreach Office offers various service opportunities for students.

fulfillment of a person to help others, no matter the task or agency. Another group of educators and students believe that service learning should be utilizing the skills that students have already acquired throughout their education. Daniel Haggerty, Ph.D., the director of the SJLA program said that while there is more than one viable definition for service learning, the SJLA program approaches it in a certain way. “Service learning is primarily an experiential form of learning about the experience of poverty and its effects on the human spirit through personal contact with people who are poor and in need,” Haggerty said. Service learning is a requirement for SJLA students in the first three years of the program. The courses that incorporate service learning are

Theology I, Theology II and The Jesuit Magis. Haggerty said he does not want to promote the idea of mandatory service to students, but instead wants to focus more on creating experiences with people around the world. “Service learning provides an essential opportunity for SJLA students to get out of the class and engage in a wider range of human experiences. This can help intellectual development, but perhaps more importantly, emotional and spiritual development,” he said. Dr. Maria Johnson, theology professor and a member of the SJLA faculty, said she also believes in focusing on the bigger picture when it comes to her students completing their service projects. “There is a value in getting peo-

ple outside of their comfort zones,” Johnson said. “Students can expand their horizons and learn more about the world. It does not fix all of the problems of society, but it is empowering.” The SJLA program focuses service on the learning aspect, more than just counting up the hours, much like the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Brian Conniff, Ph.D., said. “It is how we maximize learning and how we teach our students to do the Ignatius thing,” Conniff said. The College of Arts and Sciences does not have a service learning requirement for its students, but Conniff has considered it in the past. “I do not know if I would want to require it, but I would like every program or department to have serious connections with service agen-

cies that meet their interest,” Conniff said. Conniff said he would like more connections with agencies like the Leahy Clinic. The Leahy Community Health and Family Center Clinic for the Uninsured is just one of the agencies which students at The University can volunteer to devote their time. Students that volunteer at the Leahy Clinic are usually enrolled in the Panuska College for Professional Studies. Panuska is the only school on campus that requires all of its students to complete a service-learning program in order to graduate. Debra Pellegrino, Ph.D., the dean of PCPS, said that when evaluating service learning, the focus is whether service learning adds value to students’ education or not. “You could go to any state school for less credit service hours. But you chose to go to a Jesuit Catholic university,” Pellegrino said. “I want our students to be different. The University’s mission means a lot to us.” Pellegrino said students will transform the more they get to know their peers, staff and community. The goal of service learning at The University has the same underlying values no matter what department or school is requiring the service: service is part of the Jesuit education, and whether or not it is required by each specific student’s major or school, it should be encouraged. Students looking to become involved in service learning or looking for service projects can visit the Community Outreach Office or contact Pat Vaccaro for more information.


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University students feel effects of soaring gas prices By cory burrell Staff Writer Bryan Connaughton, a sophomore commuter student from Montrose, is worried about the number 3.67. It is not his GPA. It is the current average price of gasoline in Pennsylvania, and it continues to rise. “It’s killing me,” Connaughton said. “Between paying tuition and these gas prices, it’s almost impossible.” Recent projections predict gas prices, already at record highs at this point of the year, will approach $4 a gallon across the nation by summer, and University students are beginning to feel the effects. GasBuddy released its Annual Gasoline Price Outlook 2012 in January. According to the report, gas prices are expected to rise steadily at the beginning of the year, peaking in May at a national average of $3.95. For college students already on a tight budget like Connaughton, the rising prices are a cause for concern. Connaughton said he commutes approximately 40 miles to school one way and has recently cut back on a number of things to help pay for gas. “I used to spend a lot more going out back in high school, when prices were lower,” Connaughton said. “I’ve cut back a lot…It’s actually forced me to look into getting an apartment down here with some friends.” Connaughton is not alone in

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PRICES AT a local gas station are quickly rising. Commuter students and residents who have their cars on campus are all feeling the effects of the rise in prices.

his concerns. Sophomore Eric Brazon, a commuter from Scranton, said he limits how many trips he makes because of the increase in the price. “I try not to travel as much as possible,” Brazon said. “The prices

have really limited my desire to travel. If gas prices ever rise above four dollars a gallon, I will probably only make essential trips.” Commuters are not the only ones affected by gas prices. Nicolai Johnson, a senior from Lenox,

Mass. who has a car on campus, said the gas prices limit where he goes to ski. “My favorite place is Big Boulder, which is 45 minutes away,” Johnson said. “That can be expensive. Snö Mountain is only about

five or 10 minutes away.” Stephanie Adamec, Director of Off Campus and Commuter Student Affairs, said a possible effect of gas prices she has noticed is the time spent by commuters on campus. “They are staying on campus a bit more,” Adamec said. “I see more commuters doing homework in the DeNaples Center or in the library or just utilizing the campus more.” Adamec said commuters can lessen the strain of gas prices by staying on campus and not making multiple trips between their home and school. She recommended carpooling with other students and using the free COLTS Bus service offered to students, staff and faculty by The University. “We have local students who were paying to use the bus,” Adamec said. “One student told me she now saves $200 a month with the bus system…We’ve taken efforts to promote it and we’ll continue to work on that.” While some students have made use of the bus service, others are not as keen about it. Some students did not know about the service, which started Jan. 9. Others said they did not think the bus system could be useful for them because of their schedule or where they live. Connaughton said he heard of the bus service and likes the idea, but currently doubts how much it could help him. “As of right now, it’s not a possibility,” Connaughton said. “If I lived closer, it could be of use.”

Office of Equity and Diversity holds annual open house Preparations for Shamrockin’ Eve By colleen day Staff Writer The Office of Equity and Diversity and Employee Wellness will hold a hot cocoa social Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Molecular Biology Institute. According to The University’s website, the Office of Equity and Diversity’s mission is to build an inclusive community and to equip students to serve in an increasingly diverse world. The Office of Equity and Diversity promotes equal access and opportunity for all individuals regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, creed, sexual orientation, disability and Veteran status, according to The University’s website. Rosette Adera, director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, said that the office plays a role in offering support and opportunities to University students and faculty. “The equity part of it is that there are a number of policies The University needs to be compliant with and those are the policies that touch on people treating other peole fairly,” Adera said. “There are a number of policies we can take care of. This is usually the first place complaints make their first stop and then we help students and faculty on their way.”

Adera said the Office of Equity and Diversity offers support to other groups such as Asian studies, Latin studies, women’s studies, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Jane Kopas Women’s Center as they promote diversity in our community. “On the diversity side, we offer opportunities for the community to engage in dialogue that has to do with diversity. Sometimes we do it ourselves by coming up with events and inviting speakers but sometimes we encourage and support other groups to do it. We share staff and ideas,” Adera said. Jennifer Pennington, secretary of the Office of Equity and Diversity, said the office moved to the Molecular Biology Institute last July after four years of being in St. Thomas Hall. “We offered an open house in the beginning of the year. It was a way for people to see where we are, the new things we are working on and where we need collaboration, support and help from the community,” Pennington said. The Office of Equity and Diversity will be holding its fourth annual hot cocoa social Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a way to welcome back University students to the spring semester and raise awareness for the office, Pennington said. “It helps the students and faculty who weren’t here in the fall recognize who we are. It puts us back on the map again,” Penning-

ton said. “This year the theme is the diversiy of the final frontier with a bit of a Star Trek spin.” “Secretly, the real theme is that nerds are people too,” Adera said. “We tried to fit the event in before Lent because so many students give up chocolate, but we have other options too like coffee, tea, water and some food.” The Office of Equity and Diversity went with a less serious theme this year. People who attend the hot cocoa social will play diversity jeopardy, have the opportunity to win prizes and will be given “the world,” Adera said. “The real idea of the hot cocoa social is not the hot cocoa, though. It’s to get the students out of the cold to come inside and have some good conversation,” Adera said. Another project the office will have at the hot cocoa social is the diversity quilt started last year, Adera said. “People can take a 12 by 12 square that represents something about them or memorialize people who have passed away. You can decorate the square in any way you want. Once we have enough squares we’re going to sew it all together. It’s called the Scranton family quilt,” Adera said. “The whole idea of the social and our office is that people come from different all corners of the world, but at the end of the day we have all have things in common,” Adera said.

By alexa ciaglia Staff Writer Shamrockin’ Eve is another reason for seniors to celebrate Parade Day Weekend. Shamrockin’ Eve is an exclusive event hosted by the Alumni Society for 2012 University seniors and alumni from the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 classes. This is an opportunity for seniors to meet past students and enjoy themselves. “I’m excited. I’ve always heard stories about Shamrockin’ Eve, and now we have a chance to go,” Brandi Thomas, a senior at The University, said. Entertainment for the evening will include live music by “Blackthorn,” a band traditionally known for its Irish music. Information on Blackthorn is available on the Shamrockin’

Eve Facebook page. The event began when a young group of alumni wanted to reconnect with The University of Scranton before their fiveyear reunion. The first event was held in 2009 with more than 800 attendees, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Lynn King Andres said. Tickets include the price of beer, wine, soda and hors d’oevres. Seniors must be 21 or over to attend. Seniors can purchase tickets for $20 per person in the DeNaples Center. The last day to purchase tickets is March 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No walkins are allowed at the event. A limited number of attendees will receive Shamrockin’ Eve T-shirts donated by the Alumni Society. Students can visit Scranton. edu/shamrock for ticket sale times.

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SHAMROCKIN’ EVE is an event offered to seniors at The University. Tickets will be sold to students 21 years or older until March 8.


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University offers many on-campus events Over the past week, The University sponsored several on-campus events. USPB Comedy welcomed Ron G. at the DeNaples Center Thursday. The New York Trumpet Ensemble peformed for the Annual Gene Yevich Memorial Concert Saturday. Also prominent on campus were events for Fat Tuesday and the annual celebration of Lent. Chubby Monday and Fat Tuesday were among the events hosted by The University.

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COMEDIAN RON G. performed for University students at a USPB comedy event Thursday at the Moskovitz Theater.

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KRISTA PIPAN, class of 2014, dips her strawberry into the chocolate fountain for The University’s Fat Tuesday celebration.

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MICHELLE DOUGHERTY (left), a sophomore, and Mary Longest (right), a first year student, participate in Fat Tuesday at The University.

Correction from Previous Issue: The student in the first photo of the feature “Students endulge at USPB Mexican Fiesta” is mislabeled as Nicole Petitto. Also, Marywood University was incorrectly titled Marywood College in the article “IGNITE Leadership Conference on Campus Saturday.” The news apologizes for these mistakes.

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THE UNIVERSITY hosted the 4th Annual Gene Yevich Memorial Concert featuring the N.Y. Trumpet Ensemble Saturday.

University announces 2012 scholarships Christopher Jason Perfilio Memorial Scholarship: Applications are now available and can be picked up in O’Hara Hall, room 519 or by contacting Trish Krisiak at krisiakp2@ scranton.edu. This scholarship is open to all SJLA students, philosphy and theology major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. All applications are due by Friday, April 27.

Scully Scholars Award for summer internships in public policy: Awarded in honor of Timothy H. Scully, professor of history and political science, this award provides full-time sophoomres and juniors with $6,000 in funding to pursue a summer internship in public policy. Contact Trish Krisiak at krisiakp2@scranton.edu for more information. All applications are due Wednesday, March 7.


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

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Half Empty: Something out of nothing COmmentary BY Matthew Aubertin Satirist/ Proud parent of honors student On occasion, life at The U niversity begins to feel like “Groundhog Day,” the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. You proba bly roll out of bed at 9 a.m. and hit the snooze button several times. This hypothetical dearth of enthusiasm is hypothetically understandable, because it’s probable that your day will consist of taking notes, standing in a thirty-two person line for a Buffalo Chicken Panini and using the library computers to write Facebook statuses about how much homework you may or may not have this week. And that’s just during the school week. It’s apparent that “working for the weekend” presents itself as a challenge when one’s leisure time is spent perpetually recovering from the night before. But do I have

any suggestions? Actually, this time, I’m not going to rant for 500 words about an inevitable anomaly that’s impossible to resolve. I’ll be part of the solution this time around. It seems as if we could alleviate the anguish of being “unstuck in Scranton” by accessing the wide array of recreational opportunities which NEPA has to offer. I’m familiar with the age-old mantra, “There’s nothing to do in Scranton.” It may appear this way to the untrained eye, but perhaps we should view Scranton as if it were Platform Nine and ThreeQuarters — you just have to believe good times are there. Maybe if we squint our eyes in the perfect way, we’ll discover a magical Electric City — one that doesn’t even seem like it’s inhabited by Muggles. When I speak of activities that are worthwhile, I’m not referring to the Scranton Coal Mine Tour that you visited with your parents when they drove

up for Family Weekend during your freshman year. In fact, I’m also not suggesting that we become Scranton socialites and partake in the “culture” of First Fridays. I mean, if it wasn’t for the free wine, no one would comment on the “compelling sense of negativity” that emanates from a macaroni sculpture of Susan B. Anthony. There are more enjoyable ways of acting as if you’re better than everyone else, such as writing a “satirical” column in the school paper. But in terms of constructive suggestions for alternative ways to spend time in Scranton, I’m sure I could probably name a few. For instance, I’ve always been keen on minor league sports — the place where dreams begin (and usually also die). Several weeks ago, I attended a Scranton WilkesBarre Penguins game, and I had a Cracker-Jack old time. Any hockey game which features more fights than goals is all right in my book.

And minor league hockey isn’t all that NEPA has to offer; there’s also skiing, hiking, gambling (if that’s your cup of scotch whiskey) and a wide selection of restaurants. In fact, just the other day I ate dinner at the world-famous “Chicano’s.” After having one of their enchiladas, I arrived at the realization that molé isn’t just a reality show from the early 2000s, which featured betrayal and general infidelity. It’s actually even more delicious than that. I suppose the moral of the story is that we shouldn’t cry over spilled milk, unless we view that idiom in the context of Barack Obama’s State of the Union milk-pun joke. That was definitely something which justified crying. Either way, we should probably stop complaining (I can’t believe I’m saying this) and listen to Voltaire when he advised individuals to “cultivate your own garden.” That’s right: Voltaire is my “Anti-Drug.” What’s yours?

‘U’views What do you think is the biggest issue facing college students today?

“Probably drinking, because it takes away from study time.”

Mariah Guy Ocean Township, N.J. Class of 2014

Letter from the Editor:

Seeking answers from Dining Services The University’s Dining Services features a vast offering of food and service choices across this campus. Students “swipe” into meals on the 3rd floor of the Denaples Center, “flex” tuna wraps at the Hyland Café and “Royal it” at the P.O.D Mulberry Market. Students who participate in meal plans and benefit from the glut of choices incur certain costs. Aramark, which offers these services, profits based on the value added to the food and the services it provides on campus. Undoubtedly, making a profit is necessary to any thriving business and should not be misconstrued in a negative light. The Aquinas has published numerous articles on the various facets of The University’s meal plan, dining services policies and pricing. Students may still wonder what exactly they are paying for and why certain policies are in place. We, the student voice of The University, believe it most effective to present specific questions and concerns in this open forum. Our hope is that, by using this method, we will give the administrators of Dining Services the best possible chance to answer student’s questions and comment on their concerns. The Aquinas, as a representative voice of the student body, would like to pose these questions and concerns: 1. Why do unused meals simply disappear each week, rather than carry over to the next week or last the whole semester? If a student on a 14-Meal Plan used 12 meals in a given week, the student loses two meals that are pre-paid. Students often lose meals for reasons that are unforeseeable at the time they sign up for a certain plan. There should

be a fair way to account for this instance, so that the student has a chance to receive the service that is owed, so that Aramark can offer the service they are liable to provide. Perhaps a way to alleviate this dilemma is to offer block meal plans, in which students pay for a set amount of meals for the duration of the semester. This would allow students to budget their semester, and choose to save meal swipes during weeks they won’t be eating much and use more when they wish to eat more — during finals week, for example. 2. Why am I limited to using one swipe per meal period? Students cannot swipe multiple times during a meal period. Currently, if a student wishes to swipe twice for dinner or late night to make up for a lost meal during the week, he or she cannot. Also, students on meal plans other than the Ultimate (unlimited) Meal Plan can only swipe for three meal periods a day. A student who eats breakfast, lunch and dinner cannot use a swipe at late night. Understandably, the issue may be that each meal, and meal equivalency, is valued differently, which may lead to accounting complications or lost revenues for the service provider. However, a way to overcome this problem may be to have meal plans structured in a way where students pay a set price per semester for a cash equivalent debit account. All meals and food offerings would have set prices and students would swipe for each purchase using the pre-paid declining balance account. 3.

Why can’t I use a meal

swipe at Hyland Café, even though it offers combos featuring sandwich, chips and a soda? Some students spend numerous days each week at the other end of campus and cannot make it back to the DeNaples Center for lunch. Others prefer the sandwich offerings in Hyland rather than the Mulberry Street dining locations. Currently, students may only use “Flex” money, “Royal” money, cash or credit at the Hyland Café. Instead, there is significant demand for students to use their meal swipes in Hyland. On this issue’s front page article, Aramark Resident District Manager Ted Zayac mentions that one reason for the no meal swipe policy at Hyland and other convenience food locations (Java City and Starbucks) is that they don’t offer complete meals. Understandably, meal swipes should not be haphazardly utilized at just any vendor around campus for their cash equivalency. However, the Hyland Café location may be the best candidate for adding the meal swipe option because of the combo meals already listed on its menu. 4. Why can’t I get late night food at the P.O.D Mulberry Market? Why can’t I use a meal swipe on prepared food if I’m on an Ultimate (unlimited) Meal Plan? Students on 10- or 14-Meal Plans can purchase prepared food for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a meal swipe. Students on Ultimate (unlimited) Meal Plans cannot use their meal swipes in this manner. Most food options aren’t even fully covered by a meal swipe. Since students already paid for their respective meal plans, most don’t want to cut into their “Flex” or “Royal” be-

cause the swipe was not enough. Dining Services should consider a few factors regarding students and the new P.O.D Mulberry Market. First, as tuition, living expenses and food prices rise annually, students will appreciate it when their simple meal orders fall under the meal swipes they pay for each year. Second, to maximize the profitability potential of the new location, they should consider extending hours later into the night, especially on weekends, to better serve the needs of those with late night munchies. The late night assortment, if any, does not need to be as bountiful as the daytime menu. With simple choices that appeal to late night eaters, such as pizza, burgers and fries, the new P.O.D can achieve higher profitability and efficiency, while at the same time offering a safer and more competitive dining location for late night eaters. The Aquinas hopes that, in addressing the student body’s concerns, Dining Services will provide clear answers to these queries and be open to further discussion. We believe that a dialogue between Dining Services and The University community will lead to the best synergy between parties — a profitable, ethical and sustainable business for Aramark on campus and an affordable, quality and fair meal offering for students. We welcome Dining Services and members of The University community to respond to this editorial so that we may publish honest input to satisfy students’ concerns. Please email responses to AquinasEditors@gmail.com. All submissions are subject to Forum policies.

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Arts & Life

Arts & Life Editors Nicole Lopez-Isa Michelle D’Souza

‘Walking Dead’ makes viewers come alive BY katherine olives Staff Writer

While most of America turned into the Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12th, a new breed of deadheads was glued to AMC for the midseason premiere of “The Walking Dead.” The first half of season two ended in November, leaving fans dying to see the repercussions of the group’s actions. Sunday’s episode did not disappoint, introducing new characters, conflicts, and dangers. There are many questions left unanswered, including the most important- how did this all begin? For those new to the series,” The Walking Dead” is a drama based on Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels of the same name. It follows a band of survivors during the zombie apocalypse near Atlanta, Georgia. The group includes the leader and moral compass, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), a former sheriff whose love for his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and son, Carl (Chandler Riggs) have kept him alive despite ridiculous odds. Antagonist to Rick is Shane (Jon Bernthal), Rick’s best friend and police partner, who often sacrifices his humanity for the sake of the group’s survival. The other members are a

Download of the Week “Heartbeat” by The Fray

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“THE WALKING Dead” follows a band of survivors during the zombie apocalypse near Atlanta.

random assortment all from all different backgrounds, including Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn), the wise old sage, Daryl (Norman Reedus), a backwoods country boy with a crossbow, Glenn (Steven Yuen), the quick thinking explorer, Andrea (Laurie Holden), the unstable sharp shooter, Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride), and T-Dog (IronE Singleton). Together, the group has experienced astounding loss. They witnessed Atlanta fall and watched as loved ones reanimated into “walkers.” Day after day, they fight to stay alive and retain hope in a world where people rise from the dead, hungry for living flesh. It’s getting harder for the group to stay optimistic. As time goes on, and more horrors present themselves,

the group realizes there might not be any lasting resistance. One thing is certain- it’s getting harder to keep hope alive. This theme was especially present in Sunday’s episode. As Rick struggles to make sense of his role as leader of the group and of his family, he loses hope in a new beginning. His struggle with Shane intensifies, and the group seems split. Some follow Rick’s undying humanity, some Shane’s survivalist attitude and some have their own agendas. Rick must sense this shifting and questions his leadership. The episode focuses on the evolution of Rick’s position from everyone’s just savior to a commanding force that will stop at nothing to protect the group. Keeping his

vulnerable wife and son in mind, Rick isn’t taking chances anymore. By the end of the episode, Rick has grown into a “Regulator,” as the powerful lyrics of the band Clutch’s closing song suggest. Overall, the premiere promises new challenges for the group. In true Walking Dead style, this one episode opened up numerous problems completely unresolved. The plot excites the idea of a journey to a new location, inner turmoil, outside dangers from new characters and the catastrophic threat of a strengthening disease. With crazy cliffhangers, courageous characters, and utter chaos unfolding, this season is sure to kill. To watch The Walking Dead, tune into AMC (Channel 36) on Sundays at 9 p.m.

Formed in 2002 by natives of Denver, Colo., piano-rock band The Fray found success with their debut album, “How to Save A Life.” Since then, the band has released a second selftitled album, was nominated for several Grammys, and is now touring for its recently-released third album, “Scars and Stories.” This album’s first single, “Heartbeat,” has a sound similar to the band’s previous albums, with a catchy chorus and solid vocals from lead singer Isaac Slade. Slade said that he was inspired for “Heartbeat” while on a trip to Rwanda, thus continuing the maturation trend that the band has been partaking in since its sophomore album. “Scars and Stories” is now available for purchase everywhere and further information on the band, such as tour dates, can be found at thefray.com.

If you are interested in writing for Arts & Life, contact Nicole at nicole.lopez-isa@scranton.edu.

‘Ghost Rider:Spirit of Vengeance’ burns out at box office by katherine olives Staff Writer “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” did not heat up box offices as some may have hoped. Critics and fans alike might turn a cold shoulder to the entire “Ghost Rider” series after this embarrassment of a second installment. Marvel produced a mess with “Ghost Rider.” There was no real plot to the story. There was a lot of chasing, fighting, killing and — quite oddly — chanting. No character was realistic and the acting was terrible all around. Nicholas Cage, who plays the Ghost Rider/ Johnny Blaze, was the worst. His voice and demeanor oozed with an I-don’t-care-about-anything attitude, but his character claimed to be on a quest to regain his soul.

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JOHNNY BLAZE the Ghost Rider, played by Nicholas Cage, burns as he tries to reclaim his soul.

Cage’s “witty” remarks were completely asinine, and any humor was lost in his annoying, over-emphasized, gravelly voice. While I was not a fan of Nicholas Cage to begin with, this movie made me realize he really is a terrible actor. He even made the young actor that played the devil’s

Campus Comment:

“I am giving up procrastination.”

Kristen Nawrocki Sophomore, Duryea

son look good. Another flop was Ciaran Hinds’ portrayal of Roarke, whose facial expressions were the only humorous aspect to the movie. Most of the characters were stereotypes, who seemed unbelievable and hard to relate to. The movie was full of stereotypes,

especially about Catholicism and Satanic worship. Both the monks and the demonic worshippers were characterized as eerie, hooded figures that dwelled in caves and chanted ridiculously. With this ploy the movie tried to be the movie’s attempt to incorporate interesting history, or legend,

into the plot, and it failed since it only clashed with the words and actions of the contemporary characters. For example, while the devil’s son spoke in tongues, Nicholas Cage concluded, very bluntly, that his mother was Satan’s “baby mama.” “Ghost Rider” was truly a joke, and is possibly the worst movie made in years, perhaps even worse than DC’s Green Latern. It had no redeeming qualities, except that it might offer a good laugh — that is if you can stay awake through the whole movie. After dominating box offices this past year with “Thor,” “XMen: First Class” and “Captain America,” Marvel disappoints with “Ghost Rider.” Hopefully Marvel can redeem itself with “The Avengers,” and we can burn the idea of letting this flaming man, Johnny Blaze, return to the big screen.

What are you doing for Lent?

“I am giving up alcohol.”

Alex Mruk Senior, Chatham, N.J.

“I am giving up ice cream.”

Doug Cates Sophomore, Phoenixville

“No burritos from Zoca.”

Matt Hogan Sophomore, Hamilton Square, N.J.

“I am not Catholic. I am Baptist and during Lent I like to do an extra nice thing for someone.” Jen Grigoresco Sophomore, New York, N.Y.


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THURSDAY, FEBRURARY 23, 2012

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‘Fuddy Meers’ elicits laughter Local bands celebrate Valentine’s Day by casey kelly Arts & Life Correspondant As you are reading this, The University of Scranton Players are preparing for the final dress rehearsal for this semester’s first play: “Fuddy Meers.” David Lindsay-Abaire crafted this play to make audiences constantly laugh, even about serious issues. His absurd comedy, which employs clichés and often echoes self-help books in a witty way, follows the protagonist, Claire, through the course of a very unusual day. Claire suffers from a form of psychogenic amnesia, which causes her to forget everything that happens to her each day. The audience is transported into Claire’s mind as revelations about the characters and their relation-

ships are slowly and artfully revealed. The cast of quirky characters includes a woman who suffered a stroke and can no longer form sentences properly, a male ventriloquist, a claustrophobic cop and many others. The show opens this weekend and continues next weekend. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m. Freshmen receive free admission on opening weekend with the presentation of a Royal Card at the box office. Please be advised that this play includes some violence and mature language and situations. The show is directed by Shelia Stasack and stage is managed by Kiley Lotz. The cast includes: Sarah Neitz, Shane Hall, Catherine Fischer, Jim Shygelski, Julia Ekwall, Ricky Irace and Tim Flynn.

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JIM SHYGELSKI, Julia Ekwall and Ricky Irace (left to right) put on a comical performance in “Fuddy Meers,” premiering this weekend.

BY JEN FRACAS Staff Writer Valentine’s Day isn’t always celebrated with heart-shaped boxes of candy and fresh bouquets of roses. This year, New Visions Studio and Gallery celebrated it with loud, hard-hitting rock. The event that they called the “St Valentine’s Day Massacre” featured the best of Scranton’s local rock talent and a visit from New York’s own Midnight Mob. The first band to take the stage was Crock Pot Abduction (CPA). It opened the night with punk music reminiscent of early Green Day and Jimmy Eats World. Energy instantly filled the room. The inyour-face song “Scumbag” was a huge hit with the audience and had them singing the lyrics even after the band finished with their set. Next up was Those Clever Foxes. The best way to describe this band is straight from its Facebook page: “If Brand New made dance music.” Towards the end of its set, the band played “Falling,” a dance song with melodic guitar riffs that makes it impossible for people to stand still. Plus, the band alluded to Jay-Z’s 99 problems. What more could people ask for? The University’s own Eye on Attraction geared up next to bring some progressive rock into the lineup. If students love Coheed and Cambria, Foo Fighters and Rush, they are guaranteed to love this band. The lead singer rivals Chiodos’ own Craig Owens in high male vocals. The newly released song “Type C” is a testament to progressive rock. Toward the end of the set, the band had the audience running around the room in circles and

jumping around. It was a perfect segue into the next act. Silhouette Lies is known for bringing hard rock to local venues and this night was no different. With influences such as Thrice, Thursday and Tool, Silhouette Lies rocked patrons of New Visions with metal-infused dual guitar harmonies and screaming rock vocals. “The War Within” would make any Avenged Sevenfold fan proud. By the end of the song, the band had the audience screaming, chanting and pumping their fists into the air. When the Agarwals took the stage next, it was for the last time. This would be their last show. But

cated music from local bands anymore. The band’s sound is a mix between Matchbook Romance, Nirvana and The Pixies. Picking a song to showcase this band is difficult, but if someone had pick, it would be “Arcadia.” The junglebeat drums in the beginning lead to a fast paced guitar riff that would have anyone stomping their feet. Last, but certainly not least, was the female-fronted New York band Midnight Mob. They are the definition of rock and roll. One look at the members of the band and people can tell what they are going to get: a mix between Cheap Trick and Joan Jett. During

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DOUG GRIFFITHS, Derek McDaniels and Guy “Jumpin” Zack Graham (left to right) from the band Those Clever Foxes play a set.

the band didn’t disappoint. This isn’t a radio station’s standard pop-punk band. This is punk in its most raw form. Influenced by bands such as The Bouncing Souls and H20, snarling vocals and hardcore punk guitar left us all feeling a little rebellious. The drummer from the Agarwals stayed on stage to play with the next band: A Social State, a four-piece indie rock band. People don’t hear such modern sophisti-

the song “Overdrive,” the guitarist picks up a glass bottle and slides it down the neck, imitating the sound of a car changing gears. The vocals are absolutely out of this world and very hard-hitting. The show was a huge success and people left head-banging to awesome local talent. The Scranton music scene is still alive and kicking. With venues such as New Visions Studio and Gallery, it will be alive for years to come.

Eric Hutchinson rocks his way to top by erin Mcpeak Arts & Life Correspondant With a new album set to come out this spring and over 40,000 followers on Twitter, Eric Hutchinson is quickly approaching stardom. This talented singer-songwriter and guitarist gained national attention when gossip blogger Perez Hilton discovered him and promoted his album “Sounds Like This” in 2008 sending it to the the number five spot on the iTunes Store. His sophomore album, entitled “Moving up, Living Down,” will be released April 17, and a preview of that album has been available to download since iTunes Feb. 7. The single, “Watching You Watch Him,” and the music video have been well received by fans, who eagerly anticipate the release of the album. The unique vocal styles of Eric Hutchinson have been compared

“I am giving up cursing.”

Kaitlyn Kolzow Freshman, Andover, N.J.

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SINGER-SONGWRITER Eric Hutchinson plays his piano.

to Billy Joel, and he has been widely praised on his vivacious acoustic guitar playing, where he adds percussive slaps as he strums. His music straddles the borders of rock and folk, and his lyrics employ sarcasm and wordplay, showing his charismatic wit. Hutchinson taught himself to play guitar at a young age, and he later took guitar and piano lessons. He states that he “should have taken more guitar lessons,” but became inspired to start writing songs in-

“Recognizing logical theism.”

Jonathan Bolger Freshman, Woodbridge, Va

stead, citing Stevie Wonder and The Beatles as his influences. To him, the most important part of writing and playing music is to enjoy what he is playing. Though he is somewhat under the radar, “E-Hutch,” as he is known to fans, has appeared in front of many large audiences. He has performed on late night talk shows with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and Conan O’Brien. The most famous Eric Hutchinson song, appropriately ti-

“I want to volunteer more.”

Nicole Santuoso Senior, Ridgefield Park, N.J.

tled “Rock and Roll,” was featured in the movie trailers for “Away We Go” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” while some of his other songs have appeared on major television shows like “American Idol” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Touring throughout the United States, Canada and Australia with various artists like Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson and O.A.R. allowed Hutchinson to reach out to different types of fans and grow as an artist. In the summer of 2010, he toured across the country with Kelly Clarkson, where the two collaborated on a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Rock with You.” Hutchinson is also the writer and original performer of the song “Why Don’t You Try,” which was released on Clarkson’s new “Stronger” album in October. Hutchinson has a large fanbase and often adds humor to his folkrock shows. He frequently improvises and creates songs based on interactions with the audience. He

“I am giving up cursing.”

Emily Nohilly Junior, Lynbrook, N.Y.

pays special attention to the rare males that he sees in the audience, and often dedicates songs like “Three Bros in the Front” and “This Better Get Me Laid” to them. He also covers popular musicians like The Police, Elvis Costello and Justin Timberlake. One of the better-known E-Hutch mash-ups combines the Temptations’ “My Girl,” R. Kelly’s “Ignition,” and “My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas. In Hutchinson’s most recent project he reached out to basketball fans and altered his newest release, “Watching You Watch Him,” to honor the New York Knicks’ sensation Jeremy Lin. He also serenaded his YouTube fans with “Watching You Watch Lin.” If the songs on Eric Hutchinson’s new album, “Moving Up, Living Down” are anything like his past recordings, it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. He has already brought something unique to the musical table, and with any luck this will continue.

“Going to church regularly and giving up cookies and ice cream.” Billy Thompson Junior, Bethlehem


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THE Aquinas

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

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Counterfeit U.S. bonds threaten international financial stability By Mark Wormuth Staff Writer Italian authorities seized roughly $6 trillion in counterfeit U.S. bonds and other securities late last week the result of a multinational investigation named “Operation Vulcanica.” Anti-mafia prosecutors reported in an emailed statement that they, in conjunction with the Swiss police, discovered the bonds within hidden compartments of three safety deposit boxes in a trust company in Zurich. Eight people were accused of counterfeiting bonds, credit card forgery and other various international financial crimes amounting to almost half of the United States’ public debt. Prosecutors have stated that fraud did not occur, but this did pose “severe threats to international financial stability.” Since they had not been sold, it had no effect on the bond market because no one had actually taken the counterfeit bonds on their books. Authorities stated that the criminals involved were from an area in southern Italy home to the notorious ‘Ndrangheta Mafia. Some speculated mafia involvement in a similar operation foiled three years ago by Italian authorities that yielded $250 billion forged U.S. Treasury bonds. The anti-mafia prosecutors were unsure what the group

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THE NUMBER of counterfeit goods seized in the U.S. alone has seen a rising trend in recent years. With counterfeit activity spreading to U.S. bonds the danger that counterfeits pose is spreading to international financial markets.

planned to do with the bonds at first, but they suspect the accused intended to sell the fake bonds to a developing nation. Alternatively, they believe the bonds were to be used as collateral to secure loans. The Italian police brought the bonds to the U.S. embassy in Rome to be examined by Secret

Service officials, who deemed them counterfeit. The Secret Service averages around 100 cases a year dealing with false securities, bonds and other financial instruments; this is the largest in total value that they have ever dealt with in one case. The bonds were dated for 1934 and in denominations of

millions and billions of dollars. The Federal Reserve stated that $100,000 was the largest denomination in 1934 and that bonds with that face value were only used in transactions between the Federal Reserve and its district banks. In order to try and sell the story to those ignorant of the denominations used in 1934, the

bonds were held in chests with the markings “Federal Reserve System, Chicago and Treaty of Versailles” on the lid. Each chest also had blank papers in it, believed to be included in the event more bonds needed to be created, and a copy of the Treaty of Versailles. Authorities believe the accused were trying to use the elaborate Treaty of Versailles angle to justify the high value of the bonds; the treaty forced Germany to take responsibility for starting World War I and pay reparations for doing so. A U.S. law enforcement officer source explained how scams involving government bonds typically work. “Part of the scam is that you say: ‘We came up with this from long lost supply of US government notes that were hidden in a warehouse,’” the source said. There have been other instances in the past of African countries trying to pass off fake bonds they claimed were found in wrecked cargo planes on their land in an attempt to legitimize them. It is a relief that, despite the fact the forged bonds existed, they did not get a chance to cause damage to the world’s financial markets. It is important for authorities to stay vigilant because even in this day in age fraud at this level still exists, and it can have serious macroeconomic consequences.

Employers seek soft skills over hard skills in graduating students By Connie Mcdonnell Career Services Director Many students are in the process of applying for summer jobs, internships, full-time employment and volunteer opportunities or finalizing their graduate/ professional school applications. They worked hard to maintain a solid GPA and mastered an area of study. They believe that they are ready to apply their knowledge and skills to the “real world.” In fact, because students have excellent technology skills, they may even be able to teach their boss a few things. The National Association of Colleges and Employers surveyed employers for nearly a decade and asked them “What are the Top 10 Skills Employers Want” in a recent college graduate. The top 10 answers included: • verbal and written communi cation skills • honesty and integrity • interpersonal skills/leadership • teamwork skills • strong work ethic • motivation and initiative • flexibility and adaptability • computer skills

• analytical skills • organizational skills The list of desired skills may surprise students; most of these skills are referred to as “soft skills,” as opposed to “hard skills.” Hard skills can be learned in school and from books. There is usually a designated level of competency and a direct path as to how to excel with each skill. For example, an accountant or a nurse must perfect and demonstrate hard skills to be considered competent in his or her field. Soft skills, on the other hand, are related to self management skills and people skills, where the rules change depending upon the company culture and the team of people with whom you work. Most soft skills are not formally taught and must be learned through trial and error. In reviewing the top ten skills employers seek, it is important for some self-assessment. Students should review their work history, leadership activities, sports involvement, community activities, volunteer history, hobbies and interests. They should also identify skills cultivated thus far that correspond with the top ten skills employers seek. Also,

students need to note skills they need to improve to become a better prepared applicant. Students must make an effort to practice and strengthen transferable skills. Students should be sure to showcase their skills to future employers. They can demonstrate skills on a résumé , in a cover letter, during an interview and in a follow up contact. Furthermore, they can make their social networking sites also highlight these skills. Fortunately, at The University, students have many opportunities to practice these skills. For example, they demonstrate motivation and initiative by joining appropriate clubs and/or activities, teamwork by participating in intramurals, a strong work ethic by working part-time while attending school, and flexibility and adaptability by doing volunteer/ mission work or study abroad. Additionally, if students need assistance with preparing their résumé and cover letter, practicing interviewing skills, learning how to network, finding a job or have any career-related questions, they visit Career Services in Ciszek Hall.

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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS (from left to right) Nicholas Cucci, Robert Cermignano, Sean Muldoon, Frantz Lucien and Emily Dohilly attended the Royal Summit last fall. This is just one of The University’s many efforts to engage students in soft skills to develop teamwork and leadership traits.


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Poor planning strains student budgets by Andrea Ricketti Staff Writer The freedom that college provides is liberating for students, although not having their parents’ presence proves to be both joyous and trialing. Many college students do not plan their budgets adequately enough because their parents cannot plan it for them. While dealing with money can be stressful and overwhelming, students can conquer and take control of their bank accounts with good planning. Students feel like they are not spending money with Royal Cash and Flex, which makes it easy for them to fall victim to overbuying. Buying individual drinks, snacks and toiletries at the P.O.D is convenient when students just want a bottle of soda or a snack. However, it is more costly to buy an individual item instead of buying it in bulk elsewhere. It is more efficient to stock up during breaks and throughout the week a purchasing one individual item. Like Flex and RoyalCash, students feel like they are not spend-

ing money with meal swipes. Students often forget how much money everything actually costs. The Ultimate (unlimited) “PLUS” Meal Plan, which includes $170 Flex and six guest swipes, costs $2,675 per semester. While the idea of having unlimited swipes is appealing, the amount students pay for and actually use under this plan does not add up. People will sometimes skip breakfast or eat downstairs, which does not use the Ultimate (unlimited) “PLUS” Meal Plan to its full extent. In order to pay for the Ultimate (unlimited) “PLUS” Meal Plan , a student would have to work a minimum wage job for 386 hours, earning $7.25 per hour. This is extremely strenuous and requires a plethora of hours dedicated to working in order to pay for food alone. Exempt from this cost is the money you need to put on your Royal Card to pay for laundry, books and other needs. Besides meal plans and the P.O.D, there are other costs that go along with being a college student. People often indulge in

undergraduate diversions such as eating out, movies, sporting events, concerts and music downloads through programs like iTunes. While there are many vendors outside of The University that accept Royal Cash, it is easy to forget the money on your card has to come from somewhere. The best way to avoid unnecessary spending is to avoid making spontaneous decisions on big ticket items. It is easy to spend money when you cannot see it. This is evident in the increasingly drastic credit card debt that plagues America. To avoid this calamity, students should plan ahead. Making a budget for the month allows students to allocate their money properly. Feeling prepared when handling money drives away the impulse to buy an unnecessary item that a student will later regret. Another way to retain more money is to simply be aware of purchases, which makes it easier to track expenditures. These simple actions can make a world of difference when trying to save money.

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FLORENCE MARCHESANO, class of 2013, writes a check for one of her monthly expenses while balancing her budget.

Expanding electronic textbook market sparks conflicting opinions Students question World Bank’s next move By Joseph Bruzzesi Staff Writer The days of using paper to store information are just about over. Business, schoolwork and just about anything else students can think of are going paperless. The internet and cloud computing allows users to access their files from a myriad of devices, like cell phones and computers. With one click of a button and ten seconds, anyone can have access to nearly all of their files. Even stores are converting to electronic reciepts, just as banks switched to electronic monthly statements. Moreover, a growing number of students are us-

ing devices like Apple’s iPad to get their textbooks electronically. Electronics provide chaper newspapers, magazines and books. As electronic reading devices continue to grow, the long term benefit to the enviorment and peoples wallets appears to be great. There appears to be some reluctance to going all electronic among students. Sophomore Kyle Vito explained why he’s not exactly happy about the way things are changing. “I don’t want to go all electronic. I like to write instead of typing as it is. I like having a physical copy of a book in front of me. I can highlight it, write

on it and various other things. If I had to switch to e-books, it would be a tough transition,” Vito said. Upon interviewing Kyle’s roomate, John Spadaro, who is also a sophomore at The University, has the opposite opinion. John is all for electronic documents and files, and will be ordering an iPad soon. “It’s so much easier to stay organized with an iPad. I don’t have to carry heavy texts books around, and they are cheaper,” Spadaro said. When it comes to going electronic, students will have to learn to transistion to a new type of learning.

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By Mark Lechmanik Staff Writer In recent news, current World Bank President Robert Zoellick declared his decision to resign at the end of his five-year term in June 2012. This news, along with its underlying significance, is crucial to those living in developing economies. The World Bank has been the primary lender to developing and impoverished countries since its establishment — and the establishment of its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund – in 1944. Western society held an unspoken agreement that the World Bank would elect an American leader, while the International Monetary Fund would elect a European leader, as each presidential or directorial term ended. This perpetuated system caused these two institutions to follow an inflexible pure market capitalist agenda and the World Bank to give out loans if developing economies restructure their systems according to the Washington Consensus – a pure market capitalist doctrine. For the time being, pure market capitalism has been working for most western societies; however, this ideology may not mesh well with different developing economies. For these reasons, developing economies want the new World Bank president to represent and originate from a developing economy. Students at The University shared their thoughts on this issue. “It is a very difficult issue because I feel that the way an emerging economy needs to be run could be completely different from how a developed economy is run. My next question is whether it is actually relevant where the candidate comes from. Wouldn’t experience, past results and successes in similar positions matter more than place of origin?” senior Nicolai Johnson said. “Why are we only worrying about the president? There are

many other influential positions in the organization that could be filled by developing economy representatives. Doing so could strike a better balance in the organization than choosing only the president as a developing economy representative,” sophomore Emily Johnson said. “I have done some reading on this issue, and it seems that many developing economies do not have a lot of qualified people to offer for the job. As much as I would want a representative chosen from these groups in order to strike a balance within the organization, I am very hesitant to agree due to these under-qualifications. Find me a worthy candidate and he or she has my vote,” sophomore Nick, who wanted to remain semi-anonymous, said, “I am siding with the developing countries, I suppose. I say this because the reason we [America] are well-rounded is because we are in charge of ourselves and can make our own decisions. It would make sense for developing countries to be given the opportunity to do the same. Right now, America is not the beacon of economic stability either so now would be as good a time as any to try something new, of course with support provided by America and other well developed economies,” senior Joseph Daniel said. “The next President of the World Bank should have a lot of experience and knowledge in both the global economy and specific under-developed countries. It does not matter whether he or she is from America, Europe or a developing country; what is important is whether they are successful in the role that they take,” sophomore Caitlin Zuilkoski said. These few students came up with some very interesting, differing and important points with the few minutes of time they offered. These few interviews only show a tip of the iceberg as to the complexity of the issue at hand. This shows that there is no true correct option and, great care should be taken in finding a solution to this volatile situation.


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Catherine Erbicella Science & Technology Editor

How Facebook benefits from your breakup commentary by andrew torba and catherine erbicella Sci/Tech Correspondent and Editor Now that Valentine’s Day has passed, many couples have lost the spark of love that kindled their relationship around the time of the most romantic day of the year. Let’s pretend that you’ve been dating someone for over a year and you find yourself caught in a unique situation that Facebook plans on taking full advantage of: You just had a nasty breakup. In the time you were with this significant other, you have shared your love for this person affectionately with your friends on Facebook. You’ve taken photos together, checked-in together and shared an entire year’s worth of other digital memories throughout your Facebook Timeline. After a breakup in the real world you would pack up all of their belongings in a box, burn old photos and put that box in their driveway, but how exactly do you go about cleaning up your digital identity? Cleaning up your digital identity is a tedious and time-consum-

ing process that prevents many users from taking the time to clean up their public image. There is a very important reason that Facebook makes this cleanup process so time-consuming and difficult. Facebook has a stake in your digital identity, made manifest in the form of advertisements. Pay close attention to the ads that appear on the side of your News Feed. If you take the time to observe these ads, you’ll notice that they are eerily targeted at you. Keep in mind that anything you post on Facebook is fair game for the company to use in its efforts to market advertisements at you. “[The targeted ads] are a little creepy. But if they may be helpful, then I guess it doesn’t matter,” Cait Ehly, a Univeristy senior from Philadelphia, said. This “creepy” targeting is fueled by data that we unconsciously send through various devices we use. “We receive data from the computer, mobile phone or other device you use to access Facebook. This may include your IP address, location, the type of browser you use or the pages you visit,” according to Facebook’s privacy policy. What Facebook doesn’t tell you directly is that it is watching your

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RELATIONSHIP STATUSES can clue Facebook into what sort of ads it should market to you. Facebook also uses IP addresses, locations and other websites to personalize ads.

every move on the web. Any app, website or web browser you use to login to Facebook is fair game. They even go so far as to track the websites you are viewing in your browser while you are still logged into Facebook. “We are in [Facebook’s] domain, so it has the freedom to track us,” Darren Rivera, a University sophomore from Montclair, N.J., said. “It is kind of big-brother-ish, but it is a trade-off for being able to use the site for free.” These sentiments by University students echo a larger calling for

do-not-track legislation. In an article for The New York Times, Lori Andrews provides some direct evidence supporting the public demand for a do-not-track law. “A 2008 Consumer Reports poll of 2,000 people found that 93 percent thought Internet companies should always ask for permission before using personal information, and 72 percent wanted the right to opt out of online tracking. A study by Princeton Survey Research Associates in 2009 using a random sample of 1,000 people found that 69 percent thought that the

United States should adopt a law giving people the right to learn everything a Web site knows about them,” Andrews wrote. If you’ve recently broken up with your significant other, expect Facebook ads for Häagen-Dazs ice cream, tissues and dating websites. Facebook is all about marketing the product and making the user’s experience as simple as possible; but it is so difficult for users to clean up their online image or opt-out of Facebook’s ludicrous tracking methods. As originally posted on Tech.li.

‘Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations’ is enjoyable game for newcomers and fans alike Commentary by rose marie wong Chief Copy Editor On Nov. 15, 2011, Ubisoft Montreal released the fourth major installment of the “Assassin’s Creed” franchise, “Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations,” for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Students who did not purchase this game because they purchased “Batman: Arkham City,” a month prior, should now take the time to purchase and play this fantastic new addition to Ubisoft Montreal’s great franchise. “Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations” continues main character Desmond Miles’ storyline immediately after the unexpected conclusion of “Assassin’s Creed II: Brotherhood,” in which Desmond kills his love interest, Lucy Stillman. However, the game soon focuses

on another character, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, as Desmond once again enters the Animus computer system. This allows him to relive Ezio’s memories. Unlike previous “Assassin’s Creed” games, though, the plot of “Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations” does not spend much time propagating Desmond’s story. Instead, Ezio takes the lead in his final “Assassin’s Creed” appearance as the game’s main protagonist. Unilike the other “Assassin’s Creed II” titles, Ezio spends the majority of the game exploring Constantinople instead of Italy. This change in scenery serves as a breath of fresh air for players, as it introduces a new style of dress and architecture to the game. Furthermore, the new characters, while not as interesting as the Borgia family from “Assassin’s Creed II: Brotherhood,” manage

to retain players’ interest; Yusuf Tazim serves as an interesting addition with an unforeseen fate, while Sofia Sartor functions as an unexpectedly enjoyable love interest for Ezio. The best part of “Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations,” though, emerges in the concurrent storylines. Instead of mirroring prior installments by switching between the narratives of Desmond and one of his ancestors, “Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations” largely disregards furthering Desmond’s plotline. Instead, players get the chance to control another character, Altaïr ibn La-Ahad, for the first time since the original “Assassin’s Creed,” as Ezio experiences several flashbacks that feature him. This not only serves as an unexpected and enjoyable surprise within the game, it also provides fans of the franchise with closure

by showing what happened to Altaïr after the events of “Assassin’s Creed.” The gameplay of “Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations” remains the same as the original game on a basic level. Players can still spend hours exploring the city, buying shops and completing a myriad of side quests. While this gameplay method may seem to grow boring, as all three previous games followed the same basic structure, “Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations” provides players with new forms of quests, weapons and prizes to keep them interested in the game. The Assassin’s Den side quests, in which Ezio must protect several assassin hideouts throughout the city and train his recruits to defend them, serve as an excellent addition to the game; these quests not only test players’ stealth ability, but also give them a chance

to test their strategy skill in mock battles with Templar forces. Moreover, the new hookblade makes it easier, and far more fun, to move between rooftops and the unlockable Master Assassin’s armor gives players a great advantage over their enemies. While the game certainly contains some flaws, such as the boring “Desmond’s Journey” side quests, the enjoyable aspects of “Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations” supersede the game’s few detractions. All in all, players who loved the previous “Assassin’s Creed” games will certainly enjoy “Assassin’s Creed II: Revelations.” Even newcomers to the franchise will like running through the streets of Constantinople as Ezio Auditore da Firenze and learning the most important lesson of the “Assassin’s Creed” universe: “Nothing is true; everything is permitted.”

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Lenten season begins on campus By W. Ryan Schuster Staff Writer This week the Catholic Church celebrated Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season, the period of preparation before Easter. Ash Wednesday, or “dies cinerum” as it is officially known in the Roman Missal, has been celebrated exclusively in the Western Church from at least the eighth century. Although it is not a holy day of obligation, the faithful are encouraged to attend Mass on this day and receive ashes on their foreheads as an outward sign of penitence as Lent, the Church’s primary season of penance, begins. After the homily at Mass, the priest uses holy water and incense to bless ashes, made by burning the palms from the previous Palm Sunday. He then marks the foreheads of the faithful with ashes in the form of a cross, while saying, “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” or “Remember, Man is dust and unto dust you shall return.” The ashes serve as a reminder of our mortality and our need for God’s forgiveness. Ash Wednesday is currently a day of required fasting and abstinence for Catholics. Abstinence requires all Catholics 14 years of age and older to refrain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent. Dairy products and fish are permitted.

Fasting is obligatory for all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting Catholics should eat only one full meal during the day. Two smaller meals, together not equal to the full meal, are permitted. In addition to these mandatory practices, the Church encourages the faithful to perform their own works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. For many people today, this takes the form of giving up something that they enjoy or something that is not good for them as a way of practicing self denial and coming to greater appreciation of the blessings they have. Others choose to do something extra that promotes spiritual development instead of giving something for Lent. The key to any Lenten activity is not to focus on keeping the rules and regulations, whether those of the Church or those self-imposed. Instead, it is to make it their goal to draw nearer to Christ. For its part, The University has many events scheduled to help make this Lent spiritually fruitful for students and staff. On Monday night, students enjoyed a Mardigras themed program as a precursor to Fat Tuesday. The program titled Chubby Monday featured fried foods, a photo booth, caricatures and music. On Fat Tuesday, the day before the beginning of the Lenten fast, the Community Outreach Office sponsored a chocolate fountain on the second floor of the

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MICHELLE DEE receives her ashes at the 4:40 p.m. Mass.

DeNaples center to allow students one last indulgence. The Community Outreach Office sponsored the event to raise awareness of service opportunities available to students during Lent. The University will be particularly active liturgically during Lent. Three Ash Wednesday Masses were held Wednesday in the fourth floor ballroom in the DeNaples

Menu changes for next forty days BY ANDREW MILEWSKI Faith Editor On Feb. 22, students, faculty and staff found a change in dining options in the third floor dining service, the Fresh Food Company. For Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent in the Catholic Church, practicing Catholics abstain from meat. To support its clientele, the Fresh Food Company altered its menu to provide more vegetarian and fish options. The Church emphasizes the penitential nature of Ash Wednesday by calling practicing Catholics to fast and abstain from meat. Catholics who are over the age of 18 and under the age of 60 are required to fast, which means that they can eat only one complete meal and two smaller ones during the day, with no food in between. Catholics who are over the age of 14 are required to refrain from eating any meat, or any food made with meat, on Ash Wednesday. “There are no meals with meat upstairs for lunch, but there will be bacon options by the grill. For the upscale dinner option, we replaced the sirloin steak with sea scallops,” sJoe Boyd, director of operations for the Fresh Food Company, said. Some of the options offered for lunch included shrimp stir fry, vegetarian chili, Greek baked cod and tuna salad croissants. There were also lunch meats available for students who wanted meat. “It’s difficult working in the food industry to provide service to everyone. Still, we have clients that do not observe Ash Wednesday, and we need to respect their choices too,” Boyd said. For dinner on Ash Wednesday, the Fresh Food Company offered

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ALYSSA MASLEN (right) and Jacuelyn Lese (left) look at the Lenten food choices such as baked cod and vegan chili.

vegan fajitas, tilapia and Shrimp Poboys. However, they also had meat options such as Rotissere Eye Round. Replacing the meat options in the cafeteria for Ash Wednesday is a long standing tradition of the Fresh Food Company and The University. Joe Boyd said that the company was changing the menu before he worked here and that he thinks it’s a good example of the Jesuit and Catholic tradition on campus. Menu changes will remain not just for Ash Wednesday but also for the Fridays of Lent. Among the changes will be additional fish options, including a possibility of a sushi night. “We want to have a sushi night in March, possibly on a Friday. It’s difficult to have the guys come in, however, because they are also busiest on Fridays. So, maybe they can come in on a Thursday,” Boyd said. Joe also mentioned that there will be some changes in the downstairs food court and the Mulberry Market Complex. “There’s still going to be the

Zoca, the Quiznos and the Chickfil-A. However, we might see some fish sandwiches, and there’s always hummus wraps and salads,” Boyd said. Students remain mixed on the change in food options. Some are very enthusiastic, while others are frustrated or apathetic. “I think it’s a great decision that our school is showing its catholic identity,” sophomore Don Fenocchi said. Others disagree with the choice. “I think not having meat takes away the students’ choices, and it needs to be the students choice to give up meat, that’s what gives it meaning,” said one senior of The University. Joe Boyd said that sometimes abstaining from meat gets overemphasized. “I want to see someone give up their cell phone or Facebook for Lent,” Boyd said. “I was talking to some girls and they said they were giving up moose track ice cream. I think that might be different.”

Center, at 12:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m. and 8 p.m. Stations of the Cross, a traditional Lenten devotion that reflects on the events of Christ’s Passion, will take place every Thursday during Lent at 4:40 p.m. in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart. For those seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation, individual confessions are heard weekdays at 11:30 a.m., also in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart.

It is important to note that during Lent the two weekday Masses, at 12:05 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. will occur in Madonna Della Strada instead of Sacred Heart chapel. Members of The University community are observing Lent in personal ways. Emily Gombosi, a sophomore from Montoursville says she is giving up paying for coffee and watching TV. “I think I take them for granted, and I look forward to the pleasure of being able to enjoy them again,” Gombosi said. Nicole Clemson, a junior from Dallas, is going without chocolate and fried foods. “I’m very much addicted,” Clemson said. Fr. Rick Malloy offers his insight on the meaning and importance of Lent. “During Lent we pray more, give alms and fast. Lent is a time for transformation of our hearts and minds, and of our world. These 40 days we consciously prepare ourselves to deepen our relationship with Our Father, the Risen Christ and the Holy Spirit of Love. We leave the non-essential aside (there is no need to watch “Jersey Shore” or “Two and Half Men”) to concentrate on essentials: Who am I becoming? What am I doing with my life? Where am I going? Where is our church and world going? Where can I/we make a contribution to making the world a more gentle and just place?” Malloy said.

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Across: 1. Pharoah 6. Tut 9. Lure 10. Bono 11. Act 12. Irk 14. Io 16. Ck 17. Doe 18. Bon 19. Un 20. Donner 25. Pe 26. Etre 28. Beverly 30. Ein 31. Ira 32. El 33. Iron 34. Sad 35. Nil

36. Aeon 38. Gray Down: 1. Placid 2. Huck 3. Art 4. Re 5. Afro 6. To 7. Union 8. Toon 12. Idle 13. Key 18. Butterfly 21. Opera 22. Nevada 23. Rolling 24. Kennedy 27. Rio 28. Bison 29. Reno 37. Ex

Crossword by timothy mccormick, Maura regan and jessica lloyd

Across: 1). This actress received an Academy Award nomination for her gender-bending role as the lead character in Albert Nobbs. 5). This boxer, known better by his name after converting to Islam, defeated Sonny Liston, after which he delivered his famous “fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee” quote (Feb. 25, 1964). 8). A British rear. 9). Goes well with tonic. 10). This European celebration, now known better as Mardi Gras, made its move to the Americas and, first appearing in New Orleans (Feb. 27, 1827). 12). This one is 366 days. 14). “Shattered” and “Love and Memories” band. 15). Research and Development (abbrev.). 18). Martin Scorsese’s film for which he received a Best Directing nomination this year. 20). Yiddish expression of exasperation or chagrin. 21). Looney Toons’ studio (abbrev.). 22). ____, Forrest, ____. 23). Madonna’s directorial debut film received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design. 34). Scranton had monumental growth due to the ____ industry. 25). Twitter abbreviation that informs others of your current music selection. 27). Honest ____, honored Feb. 20 this year. 28). Drew Barrymore began her extra-terrific career in this multi-Oscar winning film. 29). T/____214, a required course here at The University. 30). Bruce Wayne’s hypothetical child’s alterego; the children on the field at a MLB game. 32). Repeated syllable, a particular dance move and a helpful service you can text for an answer. 33). Michelle Williams received a nod from the Academy for her portrayal of this woman (initials). 35). Chris Columbus co-produced this racial film, nominated for Best Picture.

37). Abbreviation from Latin “that is.” 38). Davis, nominated for Best Actress. Down: 1). This national park, perhaps the most famous, was declared such by Woodrow Wilson (Feb. 26, 1919). 2). Liberia country code; medical abbreviation for one of the two buttocks. 3). Although its origin is debated, the Academy Award of Merit’s nickname is said to come from a resemblance to Margaret Herrick’s Uncle ____. 4). To char, burn or scorch the surface. 5). A type of animation, seen in past Oscarnominees “Up” and “Finding Nemo.” 6). Regis Philbin was a host of this show, recently renamed “____ with Kelly.” 7). William Travis called for help as Santa ____’s army attacked the Alamo (Feb. 24, 1836). 11). Meryl Streep received a nomination from the Academy for her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron ____.” 13). Entertainment Arts, a video game company. 15). The mountain on Iwo Jima upon which the famous photo was taken (Feb. 23, 1945). 16). Brad Pitt’s Oscar nomination came from what film. 17). Assumed the title role in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (first name, last initial). 19). “Annie Get Your ____” won the Oscar for Best Score. 21). Yahoo.com and Facebook.com, for example. 23). “____ Horse,” nominated for Best Picture. 26). At The University, the Exercise Science major feeds into this post-graduate program (abbrev.). 31) Prefix from Greek, meaning “God.” 34). First name of von Sydow, Best Actor nominee for his work in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” 36). Your current state postal code.

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“MEAL PLANS” FROM PAGE ONE “I’m not sure there’s a groundswell of support for being able to rollover those meals. That’s why we have guest meals. For those times you go over, you can use a guest meal for yourself,” Zayac said. “But if broad support is really there [for rolling over unused meals], we would have some discussion on it.” According to statistics from Dining Services, few meal plan meals go unused in any given week. “Students use 90 to 95 percent of their meals every week, so there’s not a lot of unused meals,” Zayac said. “I do know at some schools students use less than half of their allocated meals. Here, out students choose to be on a meal plan and use their meal plan.” Scranton students have mixed opinions about current meal plans and dining options at The University. While some students are satisfied with the current meal plan options, others feel they are not getting optimal value from their meal plans. Sophomore Stephanie Aten thinks she is not getting the full value of her meal plan because of the lack of healthy food options at the DeNaples Center. “It’s hard to find meals upstairs that are vegetarian,” Aten said. “And there are not enough healthy options across the street, either. They have salads, but they’re expensive, and I have to use flex.” Aten thinks The University can improve students’ dining experience by offering more cost-effective and healthy food options. “Stuff that’s healthy is way more expensive than unhealthy food,” Aten said. “It’s easier to get things that are bad for you rather than things that are good for you. When I eat at school, I want to get something good for you and not something that clogs your arteries.” While some students see need for improvement, others are satisfied with current meal plans and food options. Sophomore Jennifer Lewis — a 14-Meal Plan student — said she likes both the meal plan program and the food available at the DeNaples Center. “It’s very convenient — there’s always many options upstairs,” Lewis said. “The [Fresh Food Company] does a great job — the food is always hot, and there’s always great options. I think it’s great the way it is.” However, Lewis wishes she could use her meal plan at the first floor food court at the DeNaples Center. “It sucks you don’t get the full meal price downstairs and have to use Flex,” Lewis said. Ted Zayac said Flex money must be used at locations that do not serve full meals. “Cash equivalency is not accepted at the Hyland Café, Java City, Starbucks or any convenience stores for different reasons,” Zayac said. “We don’t have complete meals there to satisfy complete meal needs.” Despite concerns from students, Zayac said he thinks the current meal plans and food options are working for The University. “In the fall, we had over 3,000 students on meal plans — 1,200 of which were not mandated to be on a meal plan,” Zayac said.

“Eighteen-hundred living in freshman residence halls as well as sophomore residence halls must be on a meal plan because those rooms have no kitchens. But those other 1,200 students on meal plans live either in apartments or in offcampus housing and do not have to be on a meal plan.” “All of meal plans give you access to the Fresh Food Court on the fourth floor for an all-you-care-toeat dining experience. In addition, you can use all six meal plans in cash equivalency at the DeNaples food court up to a certain value for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night,” Zayac said. “The 14-, 14-Plus, 10- and 10-Plus meal plans can also be used as cash equivalency at the Mulberry Food Court for lunch and dinner.” Zayac said both Aramark and Dining Services are always open to suggestions and ideas from students, and he encourages all members of The University community to submit their feedback. “We’re always interested in hearing back from the students,” Zayac said. “We’d like to talk to any students who are interested.” “Voice of the many is what we listen to,” Zayac said. According to Zayac, the best way to voice comments or concerns is through the Dining Services’ comment board on the third floor of the DeNaples Center. “The comment board creates a close connection between students, the dining committee and student government, so we have a great rapport,” Zayac said. Zayac said he thinks open communication between students and dining services keeps dissatisfaction low. “While hundreds of comments are posted on our comment board every week, we really haven’t heard any serious dissatisfaction,” Zayac said. “We received 1,200 responses from our dining survey last fall, and the scores place us in the top 10 of all 400 schools that are run by Aramark, maybe in the top five. That gives us a lot of satisfaction to know that our students are giving us high marks for quality and variety of food, overall experience and for our people,” Zayac said. “We think we do a good job everywhere — we have a good crew.” “We’re getting terrific feedback — students seem to be satisfied, and we continue to improve the menu, improve quality and maintain low meal plan costs as well as prices in light of the economy,” Zayac said. “It’s difficult to keep pace with inflation, but we’ve managed to keep cost increases low and satisfaction high.” For the first time, The University was ranked twelfth by the Princeton Review for Best Campus Food. The Princeton Review ranks universities in the category based on quality of food, student satisfaction and other factors. Sophomore Mike Evans said that, while he enjoys the quality of food on campus, he is not sure if he is getting the most value from his 10-Meal Plan. “I get quality products, but I’d have to check the expenditures to see the value,” Evans said. “I probably pay a little bit extra [with the meal plan].” “Maybe it is worth it, but I don’t know what it costs.”

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Lady Royals lose in semifinal round by kevin Dermody Sports Writer The Lady Royals’ hot streak finally went cold Wednesday at the John Long Center. After winning four straight conference games to end the season and clinching home-court advantage with a 7259 win at Moravian College, the Lady Royals lost at home to Catholic University in the Landmark Conference semifinals, 47-40. Scranton finishes its season with a 16-10 overall record and an 11-3 conference record. The Lady Royals entered the game playing with confidence and working as a team. Scranton came out playing tight defense against Catholic University and held the Cardinals to 28 percent shooting in the first half, but only shot 32.5 percent from the floor and 1-8 from behind the arc. After a back-and-forth battle, the Lady Royals led 24-22 at halftime. In the second half the Lady Royals lost their offensive touch and only scored 16 points in the half. Catholic University started the half on a 9-2 run and led by six with 8:14 to play. However, Scranton came back with a 9-0 run of its own to take a 40-39 lead with 3:49 remaining in regulation. Catholic proved too much for the Lady Royals late in the game, making the big plays when they mattered. The Cardinals secured the victory with an 8-0 run to end the game. Scranton’s 40 points were the team’s lowest total of the season. The Lady Royals were also the number-one ranked three-point shooting team in the conference at 34.4 percent before this game,

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SENIOR GUARD Sidney Jaques drives into the lane during the Lady Royals’ Landmark Conference semifinal game against Catholic University Wednesday at the John Long Center. The Lady Royals lost to the Cardinals 47-40. With the loss, Scranton’s season ends, while Catholic advances to the conference finals.

but were a dismal 2-15 (13 percent) from behind the arc in the semifinal game. Catholic, the top rebounding team in the Landmark Conference, out-rebounded the Lady Royals 48-39 and had fewer turnovers (18-14) than Scranton. “This is a disappointing loss,” head coach Mike Strong said after the defeat. “The team didn’t respond the way they needed to in order to win.” Senior guard and captain Sydney Jaques led Scranton with 11 points in her final game as a Lady Royal, while junior forward Erin Boggan scored nine points and

added 11 rebounds. “Sydney had a very good career on the team and she has been a great player to coach,” Strong said. The loss means that Scranton will not play in the Landmark Conference Championship game for the first time since the conference’s creation five years ago. The total of 10 losses on the season is also the most for the Lady Royals since the 1981-1982 season, when the Lady Royals finished with a 17-11 record. The team looks forward to moving on from this game and

working extremely hard in the offseason in order to compete next year. Scranton will have 14 returning players next year, including junior forward and captain Taylor Pallotta. “The offseason consists on locking down recruits for the coaching staff and continuous conditioning for the players on their own,” Strong said. With many returning starters and a commitment to hard work in the offseason, the Lady Royals should be right back in contention for the Landmark Conference Championship next year.

Sports figures and organizations lose sense of loyalty by joe baress Sports Editor As the Los Angeles Lakers’ front office continues to look to trade Laker power forward Pau Gasol, sports takes another step toward putting loyalty on the back-burner. During the 2007-08 season, the Lakers needed one more piece to become a contender for the NBA Championship. Lakers’ general manager Mitch Cupchak thought Gasol would complete the puzzle so he traded Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton and two first-round draft picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for Gasol. Laker star Kobe Bryant praised the Los Angeles front office after expressing the team’s need for more talent earlier in the season. “It shows a great deal of commitment from the organization,” Bryant said to ESPN.com. “It’s a great step.” Since Gasol’s arrival, the Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals three straight times and won back-toback championships in 2009 and 2010. After a mediocre 2010-11

season, in which Los Angeles lost in the second round of the playoffs to the eventual champions, the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers looked to make a move during the offseason. They tried to trade Gasol and forward Lamar Odom in a three-team trade in an attempt to obtain Chris Paul, one of the best point guards in the league. The NBA denied the trade, and the two integral parts in the Lakers’ back-to-back championships returned to Los Angeles. However, Odom felt betrayed by the organization and demanded a trade. In response, the Lakers shipped him off to Dallas. With the All-Star break approaching and the trade deadline looming, the Lakers have kept Gasol on the trade block, much to the dismay of Bryant. After a loss to the Phoenix Suns Sunday, Bryant spoke out on behalf of Gasol, saying the organization should either trade him or keep him instead of leaving the option up in the air. The Lakers’ front office sees no problem with trading a player who helped the team win two NBA Championships in his four

years with the team. Similar issues exist in the NFL with the Denver Broncos. Tim Tebow basked in media attention throughout the 2011-12 season, but the Broncos’ organization didn’t buy into the hype. Denver’s chief of football operations and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway came out during the season and spoke against Tebow, despite the team’s turnaround since he became the starter. However, loyalty issues don’t always come from the sports organization. Most of the time players are the source of disloyalty. Most recently, former Cardinal Albert Pujols left St. Louis after 10 seasons with the team. Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who offered him more money than the Cardinals. Miami Heat star Lebron James left Cleveland on a sour note and joined Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. James went to South Beach because he thought he would have a better chance of winning a championship in Miami. Many thought Brett Favre would retire a Green Bay Packer,

and he did in 2008. However, Favre returned to the NFL and played one season with the Jets before moving on to play for the Minnesota Vikings, an archrival of the Packers. Athletes that stay with one team throughout their professional careers are few and far between, with the exception of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Bryant hasn’t played for any other team besides the Lakers during his career, but he threatened to leave the team a few times during his tenure in Los Angeles. Even in Indianapolis, the Colts might get rid of quarterback Peyton Manning after he made Indianapolis a Super Bowl contender for the past decade. In the Colts’ only Super Bowl victory in the past 41 years, Manning earned Super Bowl MVP honors in 2007. The absence of loyalty affects the fans more than anybody. They become attached to players after watching them play and win for their favorite teams. They form a bond with these players, but in today’s sports world athletes and organizations will break that bond at the snap of a finger.

“LACROSSE” CONTINUED FROM PAGE SIXTEEN Rogalski will welcome junior attacker Kyle Frank, who will return to the Royals after a two-year absence, and sophomore midfielder Mike Deliberti. Deliberti is a transfer student form Wittenberg University and the younger brother of four-year letterman Matt Deliberti. The men’s program will also welcome nineteen freshmen this season. The Royals’ defense will be anchored by former first-team allLandmark Conference junior defender, as well as a team captain, Tim Cleary. Cleary was recently featured as an honorable mention all-American by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Last year, Coach Becky Davis guided the women’s team to a re-

spectable 10-6 record, which was the most wins by the team since 2006. The team also qualified for the Landmark Conference Tournament. Also, the team will welcome Katie Slade to the coaching staff. Slade earned first-team AllConference honors three times in her four-year career at Scranton. She scored 84 goals in her 64 career games and finished her career with 100 points. “I think a part of me has always thought of her as a coach,” senior attacker and team captain Kaela Mahon said. “I think that Katie is a big asset because she was once a player on our team and knows what it feels like to be on both sides of the spectrum.” After netting 37 goals in her

first year, including three gamewinners, sophomore Kerry Sullivan will look for another successful year. The women’s program will try to replace Caroline Pryor, who led the team in points the past two seasons. Mahon and Sullivan will likely be looked on to fill the offensive void left by Pryor. “The expectations for this season are very high, which only makes the team work harder,” Sullivan said. “We have a lot of talent on the field and are meshing well together. I’m very excited to get back on the field and show other teams what the Royals are made of.” Mahon has been an offensive threat in each of her past three

seasons. She has scored 60 goals, along with 13 assists in 45 career games. During the past two seasons, she has scored 47 goals. On the defensive side of the ball, senior defenders Alison Gilroy and Kathleen Smart will anchor a unit that allowed an average of 9.87 goals a game. Gilroy is a three-time letter-winner, while Smart ranks among the best in Scranton history. Her 11 wins and 195 saves rank fourth in Scranton history. Last season she started in all 16 games. The men’s lacrosse team will begin its 2012 season against Farmingdale State at 1 p.m. Saturday. The women will open their season at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Haverford College.

“BARRY” CONTINUED FROM PAGE SIXTEEN “Tim is an awesome diver who has helped me dive a lot this year,” Barry said. McCormick also won the 1- and 3-meter diving events on the men’s side in the conference championships, and earned Landmark Conference Diver of the Year. He also shared The University’s Athlete of the Week Award with Barry. “Her ability on the board stems from her determination, which is always present,” McCormick said. “When she sprained her ankle a week before championships, she didn’t let it slow her down and came out full force to pull out a victory for the Royals on both 1and 3-meter.” In her free time, Barry likes to hang out with her friends. She is also a nursing major. “After I graduate, I plan to move back to Boston and pursue my nursing career,” Barry said. The Royals earned a second place finish in the conference championships, and held a lead over defending champion Susquehanna University heading into the final day. The University’s coaches also earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors. Scranton will try to get over the top and win the conference championships during the 201213 season. The Royals will have to do it without seniors Carolyn Gillespie, Christine Gorge and Jillian McGowan. Meanwhile, Barry and the other divers will continue to build off this season’s achievements and create a solid diving program. Barry will look to surpass her accomplishments during the 201112 season over the next three years. “I want to improve my diving, especially on 3-meter, because I just began doing it this season,” Barry said.

“B-BALL” CONTINUED FROM PAGE SIXTEEN “[Cullinan] is a good player,” freshman Ross Danzig said. “He’s smart, but we started taking away his looks. Our guys did a good job figuring him out.” Danzig also made big defensive plays, grabbing three steals and blocking two shots in addition to his 15 points. “Just knowing that I’m prepared and my teammates and dad [head coach Carl Danzig] are backing me up is motivation,” Danzig said. “You don’t want to be the one who caused this to be the last game of the season.” Key baskets from Danzig, Hawk and sophomore Tommy Morgan, who scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds, kept the Royals ahead in the final 10 minutes of play and secured the 82-70 victory. Danzig said he can’t wait to play in the first conference championship game of his college career. “I’m excited,” Danzig said. “I’ve been watching these games for the past six years. I’m anxious to get out there.” Swaback’s status is not yet determined for the championship game, but he said he does not want to miss the final Landmark Conference Championship game of his career. “I wouldn’t say anything other than probable,” Swaback said. “But I wouldn’t miss the conference championship.” Scranton improves to 19-7 on the season and will face 18-8 Juniata College in the championship game. Juniata defeated Susquehanna University 77-58 in the other Landmark Conference playoff semifinal game Wednesday. Scranton split the season series with Juniata, losing on the road 82-59, but winning at home 59-53. The Royals play Juniata in the conference championship Saturday at home at a time to be determined.


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IN THis ISSUE Men’s basketball advances to finals Lady Royals lose in semifinals Lacrosse teams preview ALSO INCLUDED

Player Profile: Colleen Barry Loyalty lacking in sports

Royals turn opponents to ash in playoffs by cory burrell Staff Writer Since the Royals joined the Landmark Conference in 2005, the men’s basketball team appeared in the conference championship game every year. This year will be no different. Led by senior Luke Hawk’s 22 points, Scranton defeated Moravian College 82-70 Wednesday night and earned its sixth straight appearance in the Landmark Conference Championship game. Scranton faced some early problems against the Greyhounds, who ended the season at 12-14. Jeff Cullinan was dominant for Moravian early, scoring the Greyhound’s first 13 points, but the Royals held a 25-13 lead with 9:04 remaining. Cullinan finished the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Royals were also hurt by the loss of senior Matt Swaback, who injured his hip after a hard fall early in the game. Swaback played only six minutes and scored three points, forcing seniors Eddie O’Connell and Nick Jaskula to step up. The two players combined for 12 rebounds and four points. “He’s obviously a huge part of the team,” Hawk said. “We knew we needed to work harder. But guys like Eddie [O’Connell] and [Nick] Jaskula stepped up huge. They played awesome defensively.” Despite the loss of Swaback, Scranton played well for much of

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SENIOR FORWARD Luke Hawk gets fouled on the way to the basket during the Royals’ Landmark Conference semifinal game against Moravian College Wednesday at the John Long Center. The Royals defeated Moravian 82-70 and advanced to the conference finals.

the first half and led by as many as 14 points with six minutes to play. A late Moravian run gave the Greyhounds momentum and cut the lead to 44-36 heading into halftime. Scranton became more ef-

ficient on offense in the second half. The Royals shot 52 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line to keep Moravian at bay. Hawk scored 11 of his 22 points and junior Travis Farrell added 12 of his 20 points in the

After winning two gold medals at the Landmark Conference Championships, freshman diver Colleen Barry has three more years to build off her early success. In the first year The University offered diving, Barry won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events at the conference championships. “It was an awesome experience to be part of the first diving team at Scranton,” Barry said. In the 1-meter diving event, Barry tallied 331.8 points, which is a school and Landmark Conference record. In 3-meter diving event, Barry totaled 301 points, which is also a school record. With her performance in the conference championships, Barry earned The University’s Athlete

of the Week Award for the week of Feb. 6 – Feb. 12 and Landmark Conference Diver of the Year honors. Barry started diving during her freshman year of high school. “I had done gymnastics, so my high school coach told me I would be able to learn how to dive easily,” Barry said. Barry immediately fell in love with the sport and wanted to continue diving in college. “I love that I can always get better, improve or attempt to learn a dive,” Barry said. Barry came into college knowing The University didn’t offer diving in years past. Lucky for Barry, she would the lead the Royals during the inception of the new sport. “I was disappointed to find out that The University did not have diving,” Barry said. “It was just by chance that the coach was starting a team this year and I heard

half, the Royals limited the Greyhounds’ star to eight points on 2-4 shooting thanks to the defensive efforts of O’Connell and Jaskula.

See “B-BALL,” Page 15

Lacrosse teams prepare for upcoming 2012 campaign

Barry wins diving events in championships as freshman by joe baress Sports Editor

second half. “I was just being aggressive,” Hawk said. “My wrist felt good, so it was just my game to score.” The Royals also made key adjustments on defense in the second half. After Cullinan’s big first

by TOM FOTI Staff Writer

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FRESHMAN DIVER Colleen Barry won gold medals in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events during the Landmark Conference Championships. Her efforts earned her Landmark Conference Diver of the Year honors.

about it and joined.” Barry credits her coaches throughout the years for her progression in the sport, as well as fellow diver junior Tim McCormick.

See “BARRY,” Page 15

Expectations are high this season for Scranton’s men’s and women’s lacrosse programs after last year’s success. In his first year as head coach, Jim Rogalski led the men’s lacrosse team to a 9-8 record and its first Landmark Conference Championship. Junior Taylor Nelson is the team captain for the men’s teams after leading the team with 31 goals to complement his team-leading 43 points last season. “During the offseason, I have put a lot of time in the weight room, and have been working with our coaching staff to add more dimensions to my game in order to bring it to the next level,” Nelson said. The path to another conference title will be very tough for

the men, because they will face a challenging schedule. Eleven of the team’s 15 opponents posted a winning record during the 2011 season. Landmark Conference foes Goucher, Catholic University and Susquehanna University all went 11-6 last season. Frank earned Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year honors after leading the Royals in goals (36) and total points (56). He enters the 2012 season 15 points shy of becoming the 20th players in Scranton history to record 100 points in a career. “The addition of Kyle Frank will be a huge part of this team’s success,” Nelson said. “After only a few weeks of practice with each other, I think Kyle, Dan Slade and myself are meshing well. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish this season.”

See “LACROSSE,” Page 15

UpcomiNg games Men’s BASKETBALL 2/25 Juniata TBA

BASEBALL

Men’s lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse

Wrestling

3/3 Albright 12 p.m.

2/25 @ Farmingdale 1 p.m.

2/29 @ Haverford 4 p.m.

2/26 @ Elizabethtown

3/4 Arcadia 12 p.m.

3/3 @ Muhlenberg 1 p.m.

3/5 Neumann 4 p.m.

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