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The Student Voice of The University of Scranton

Volume 83, Issue 1

Father Pilarz destined for Marquette By Timothy mCcormick News Editor Father Pilarz shocked The University community August 31, with an announcement that his tenure at The University will come to an end at the beginning of the 2011 school year. In his email, he publicized that the board of trustees at Marquette University had finished its search for its next president. His Provincial, James Shea, S.J., of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, which includes Pennsylvania, approved of his acceptance of the position of president at the Wisconsin university, home to over 12,000 students. Scott Pilarz, S.J., has been at The University since the beginning of the 2003-2004 school year. Before this, he served as a member of the Georgetown faculty as a professor of English and, in his last year at Georgetown, as the university’s chaplain. Since 2003, he has initiated several projects and initiatives at The University, including the ‘Pride, Passion and Promise – Shaping our Jesuit Tradition.’ This included a capital campaign,

the largest in the school’s history, initially with a goal of $100 million, which was later increased to $125 million because of its success. Included in his legacy at The University are the DeNaples Center and Dionne Green, Condron Hall and the most recently announced projects of the Unified Science Center and the Mulberry Street Project, which began last year and has yet to be named. Father Pilarz’s guidance as president has gained him and The University national recognition. He has been recognized in New York Times Bestsellers and has received awards from Lackawanna County to Georgetown to Slovakia. Father Pilarz is also a representative for Jesuit educational institutions for the American Council on Education board of directors. “Marquette is thrilled to have recruited a Jesuit with Father Pilarz’s academic credentials as a teacher and scholar, his dynamic approach to change and growth and his deep commitment to the importance of the liberal arts in higher education,” Mary Ellen Stanek said, who was the previous chair of the Marquette Board of Trustees,

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FATHER SCOTT Pilarz announced last Tuesday that this would be his final year at The University.

and who chaired the Presidential Search Committee. “I believe we have found in Father Pilarz a superstar who will continue the momentum Marquette has had during [current president]

Father Wild’s tenure.” Marquette University, as a Jesuit institution, requires that a Jesuit serve as its president. Father Pilarz, one of the eight Jesuits on the Board of Trustees, has

served on the board of trustees since 2009. “Father Pilarz demonstrates enormous passion for the mission of Catholic, Jesuit education and boasts a record of accomplishment, both as an educator and as a leader that speaks directly to Marquette’s commitment to excellence” Marquette’s Board of Trustees Chair Darren Jackson said. “He is the right person to lead our continued growth as one of the nation’s top Catholic universities.” Father Pilarz expressed his own bittersweet feelings in his email to students. “My service in Scranton continues to be the most privileged of my Jesuit life. While I look forward to the challenge of a new position, I must admit that leaving this place, leaving our wonderful community will not be easy,” Father Pilarz said. “At the same time, Saint Ignatius was clear in his vision for the Society that ‘our home is the road.’” However, before he embarks on that road of the Jesuit, he has a year ahead of him filled with his initiatives and projects, a year during which he promised his “full devotion to ensuring that we continue to move forward.”

New year brings changes to administration By Aquinas Writers Staff Report With Father Pilarz’s recent announcement that he would be leaving The University for Marquette University at the end of the 2010-2011 school year, what has gone relatively unnoticed by the student body are some of the changes he has implemented for the current school year. To benefit the students’ experience at The University, he aims to connect more fluidly academics and student affairs. With this, the administrative organization has been revamped to better suit The University’s changing situation. The reor-

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ganization is part of the President’s Strategic Plan, which also included projects such as the DeNaples Center and the Unified Science Center. Most recently included in the Strategic Plan was announcement of the construction of an upperclassmen housing building, with a fitness center and food option included. The offices of University Ministries and Student Affairs will now be reporting directly to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Harold Baillie. The provost deals with the academic priorities of the school, such as searching for quality faculty members. The goal of having the offices of University Ministries and Student Affairs report directly to him is to better accommodate the flow of information and ideas, in an attempt to give the students at The University a better, more holistic experience. The Vice President for Alumni and Public Relations, Gerry Zaboski, will now be handling Community Relations. In addition to this responsibility, he also will supervise a new office, Parent Relations. The goal of the Office of Parent Relations is to improve the communication between The University and students’ families.

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COLLEGE DEMOCRATS met Wednesday for their first meeting. This meeting was one of several that mark the beginning of the new academic year.

Dr. Vincent Carilli, as the upperclassmen were informed of last year, will now be supervising Public Safety, a large responsibility given its recent move to an armed police force. During a time of expansion within The University, newly appointed Executive Vice President, Patrick Leahy, Ed.D., has assumed responsibility of Atletics, Planning

and Information Technology and Admissions, in addition to his former responsibilities of government relations and development. Father Pilarz’s Strategic Plan also includes changes to student life, not just administration, academically and outside of the classroom. Changes to the curriculum, especially regarding the Freshman Seminar and General Education cours-

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es will also be made. These changes, with the changes to the administration, will also serve to improve the interrelationship between a student’s time in the classroom and on the campus, between academics and extra- and co-curricular activities. This idea supports the Jesuit tradition and mission of The University, “Cura Personalis,” or care for the entire person.


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The Aquinas Archives: This week in 1990 Library, dorm construction scars campus for students By Debbie Hobbs Staff Writer The sounds of students greeting each other for the start of a new year were drowned out by the sounds of construction and maintenance disrupting campus life. The major projects changing the face of the University are the new library on Monroe Avenue and the residential complex on Nevils’ Beach. Some of the annual repairs on campus, normally done during the summer, were delayed until the start of the semester because of bad weather. Some students feel that although the construction will be beneficial in the long, it poses an inconvenience in the meantime. “It’s very hard to concentrate in class with the hammering. You can hear it in St. Thomas and Loyola Hall,” said Michelle Greff, a junior elementary education major from Wayne, N.J. “It is an inconvenience to be woken up at 7 a.m.,” commented

Dave Popeck, a freshman political science major from Scranton. “I wish that all this construction was not going on all at once,” Janine Nazzario, a junior political science major from Springfield, said. “People visiting the University are not going to be impressed by the construction even though it shows progress,” Nazzario added. “It [the construction] doesn’t bother me. It has to be done and in the long run it will be worth the inconvenience,” Christine Kelly, a junior sociology major from Florham Park, N.J., said. Library construction began this summer and should be completed by January 1992, Jim Devers, University plant manager said. “The library will be 81,000 square feet, which will give us about two and a half times more space [than the current library],” Glen Pellino, vice president for

planning, said. The library will stand five stories and have a variety of features. Included is a 24-hour study room similar to Collegiate Hall, book stacks on every floor, an 18-station personal computer lab, offices, classrooms and a reading room on the fifth floor. The new residential complex being built on Nevils’ Beach will consist of three buildings that will be connected and will house 210 students. “The new dorms are similar in layout to the existing freshman dorms—two students to a room and community bathrooms,” Devers said. Construction of the residential complex should be completed by the fall of 1991. “Both buildings are on schedule. They are being built by Sordoni Construction, one of the best in the Northeast, with a history of

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being on budget and on schedule,” Devers said. In addition to the new buildings, the campus is experiencing some routine maintenance. Inclement weather delayed the annual maintenance on the external stairs of the Gunster Student Center and St. Thomas Hall until the beginning of the school year. There is also a new roof being put on St. Thomas Hall, Pellino said. The landscaping of Quincy Avenue has also begun with the new steps between Fitch and Martin halls. After the completion of the new dorms, the street will be Zbricked like the Commons. The last bit of construction on campus cannot be seen from the Commons. The parking lot and the access road for the Poly-Hi field has begun. Once the road is completed, the west end of the field will be developed into a park-like recreation area with picnic tables and barbecue pits, Pellino said. The target completion date for the entire field is the spring of 1991, Pellino added.

ALSO IN THE ARCHIVES: SEPT. 7, 1990

• Cancer claims J.W. Roberts • Parking woes • University houses rededicated to service art themes • Little Italy: Scranton style • Physical therapy master’s program set for 1991 • Faber, Penkethanan lead Royals to tourney win


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University Police address students’ concerns by cHRISTINA sCULLY Staff Writer The University’s Public Safety Department made the shift to an armed University Police Department beginning August 21, 2010. The modifications made to the University Police Department were discussed at meetings held Tuesday and Wednesday evening called “Scranton Safety Talks” sponsored by both Student Government and the Public Safety and Crime Protection Committee. The meetings were held to make students more aware of the regulations which will soon affect them. Both Chief of Police Donald Bergmann and Director of Student Conduct Lauren Rivera spoke to students at the meetings detailing the goals of The University Police Department and the Office of Student Conduct. Each representative stressed the points of staying safe, making good decisions and, most importantly, that both offices are most importantly concerned with the protection of and fairness towards all students both on and off campus. While the Public Safety Department has always maintained a professional, protective role over the University’s students, faculty and campus, Bergmann said that there has been a need for the transition to

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STUDENTS ATTEND a meeting on the transition of Public Safety to an armed police force, at which Chief of Police Donald Bergmann spoke.

an armed force even before he arrived at The University n December 2009. The goal of The University Police, according to their mission statement, is to “work in partnership with students, faculty, staff and members of the community to provide a safe and secure environment where the quality of education may be enhanced through the delivery of fair and impartial police services.” The University Police have always fulfilled their mission statement, and

continue to do so with the new changes that have been made. “The University’s decision to make the switch to an armed police force was made in order to provide the officers with the ability to deal with issues in order to keep everyone safe,” Bergmann said. The decision to arm police officers on campus was fully supported by the entire University community. It was a decision based on the needs for expectation, preparedness and re-

sponsibility, according to a document produced by Robert B. Farrell, Executive Director of Community Reactions and Public Safety. In order to train University officers, who have all attended the police academy, the department required a firearms transition program. The justification of force was a major component of the program, while physical preparation included basic firearm training on the range as well as advanced police tactics. Bergmann clarified that

the University officers do not expect to use their guns, but rather carry them as a precautionary device, meant to defend both the officers and the students. “The majority of our students at the University come from affluent communities. They expect professionals at home, so there is no reason that they should not expect professionals in Scranton as well,” Bergmann said In addition to arming the police, The University has also created two new assistant director positions, streamlined their processes to become more efficient and acquired new University vehicles in order to cover more ground. Due to the implementation of the transition, The University Police Department has become a fullservice law enforcement agency. The University’s police have become the second largest full-time police department in Lackawanna, with the first being the Scranton Police. The University’s department still maintains the same rights the officers of the Scranton Police have: to cite, arrest, and report; the same rights they have maintained for years. While not many major changes were made to the University Police Department, the changes that have been made will definitely improve safety on and off campus.

La Festa serves up fun times and fond memories by Jessica Palmeri Staff Writer The city of Scranton broke out the cannoli once again on Saturday to celebrate La Festa Italiana this past Labor Day weekend. The three day Italian festival has become a long standing tradition that celebrates fine food and culture, and has been attracting large crowds since 1975. More than 60 vendors – serving everything from gnocchi to freshly made Italian cook-

ies – surrounded the courthouse square, attracting an estimated 1,500 visitors to this year’s festival. The fine weather also provided a picturesque background for the event, allowing visitors to soak up the sun while chowing down on sausage and peppers. While the Labor Day weekend event is not directly sponsored by The University, many students frequent the festival year after year to explore the City of Scranton and experience a nice break from

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LA FESTA Italiana is a tradition of Scranton and The University, where students can enjoy traditional Italian foods, like cannoli, as well as strange new takes, like deep-fried twinkies.

cafeteria food. While walking the square, students can enjoy live music and other downtown attractions. “La Festa was a great cultural experience when I went as a freshman,” Gerard D’Onofrio, a junior, said, recollecting on his first weeks at The University. In addition to offering a wide variety of Italian foods, La Festa also provides additional cuisine options, such as Greek gyros, Polish pierogies and even the rarity of rarities: the fried Twinkie. Local businesses also benefit from the increased tourist population, allowing an opportunity for new customers to experience local establishments. In addition to bringing in a large number of tourists to the area, the event also attracts many University alumni who are looking to revisit the city and relive the Scranton experience. Recent graduate of the class of 2010, Michael Bybel, returned this weekend to reunite with old friends and eat some good Italian food. “For two hours, it felt like I had never left… It was great to come back and see all of my friends and to see The University again,” Michael said. So, whether you’re a student, a local or simply a lover of great Italian cuisine, La Festa Italian continues to be a great Scranton tradition that allows everyone to experience the culture and fine food of a city that’s been celebrating Italian heritage for the past 35 years.

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Class of 2014 senators vying for office nAME: Louise Aka-Ezoua hOMETOWN: Wilkes-Barre mAJOR: Biology/Pre-med eXPERIENCE: President of

high school student government, Vice president of FBLA, Secretary of Key Club

nAME: Carlyn Ball mAJOR: Nursing eXPERIENCE: Four year member of high

People hear but don’t listen. Aka-Ezoua will hear the voices of the students and listen to them. Having emmigrated from West Africa, Aka-Ezoua understands first-hand how it feels not to have your voice heard. She listens with her heart. You can always count on AkaEzoua, no matter what.

school student council, including a year as vice president and a year as president, Treasurer of the National Honor Society Ball is searching for a position in which she can help her peers’ voices be heard amidst the chaos of college life and provide students with opportunities. She hopes that readers will provide her with the chance to demonstrate her dedication to making our campus great.

nAME: Katie Boylan hOMETOWN: Hillsborough, N.J. mAJOR: Biochemistry/Pre-med eXPERIENCE: A member of student gov-

nAME: Donald Castellucci hOMETOWN: Binghamton, N.Y. mAJOR: Political Science eXPERIENCE: Junior class treasurer,

ernment in high school, Public relations officer of French Honor Society

Boylan hopes to make getting involved with the actions and decisions fo the student government easy for everyone. Boylan wants to improve school spirit toward athletic teams and create more events where the student body can bond. She is always open to suggestions. nAME: Michelle D’Souza mAJOR: Neuroscience/SJLA Hometown: East Meadow, N.Y. eXPERIENCE: Participated in student

council for four years,

She is passionate about making a positive chance at The University. She has experience and would like to use the experiece to improve The University. With her experience, drive and vision, D’Souza would make a perfect candidate for freshman senator and she hopes that you will vote for her. nAME: Pedro L. Morales hOMETOWN: Allentown mAJOR: Computer Information

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Member of student council for four years, Senior class president, Pep club officer

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Here at The University, Morales wants to be on student government, model UN, and other clubs. He likes to volunteer, and has worked for Habitat for Humanity, Camelot for Children and his local Catholic parish. nAME: Maureen Mullane hOMETOWN: Goshen, N.Y. eXPERIENCE: Active

member of student government, Vice president of her high school’s fashion club,

If elected, she hopes to reach out to the students by voicing their concerns and suggestions. Mullane hopes to set up a communication tool, whereby freshman can voice their opinions. This way, everyone will be heard. She believes that “our fingerprints do not fade from the lives we touch,” and hopefully she can touch your life in a positive way. nAME: Ciro Saverino hOMETOWN: Manalapan, N.J. eXPERIENCE: Member of student

council for four years, served as student body president for one year.

Saverino enjoyed his time as both a representative and as president because of his love and passion for his school. He is loving his experience at The University thus far, and hopes to serve his classmates, and contribute to the community as a whole, with his organizational skills, leadership and enthusiasm for school spirit.

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400 He is dedicated, a hard worker, and very approachable. Castellucci has always had a love for politics and this interest has made him pursue a position on the Freshman Senate. His plan for the upcoming school year is to facilitate life at The University for all students to have a successful year. nAME: Kyle Gleaves hOMETOWN: Wilkes-Barre mAJOR: Biology/Pre-med eXPERIENCE: President of

high school student council, member of WilkesBarre Junior City Council Gleaves believes that each student’s voice has a right to be heard. He cares enough about the opinons of others to take actions. He hopes that his leadership experience and his dedication, passion for helping others and doing things for a good cause will get your vote. nAME: Winna Mowenn hOMETOWN: Levittown mAJOR: Biochemistry eXPERIENCE: Executive

board throughout high school, Treasurer of Executive board senior year

Mowenn is innovative and welcoming in person. She likes to think of herself as that shoulder that anyone can lean on and that person anyone can approach about anything. She believes that students will enjoy the school they attend more if they are more involved. nAME: Jordan O’Connor hOMETOWN: Aston mAJOR: Exercise Science/Physical

Therapy

Member of softball, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and ultimate frisbee teams in high school

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As a representative for the class, O’Connor hopes to make the dreams of each student a reality. As a friendly, approachable person, O’Connor is here to represent the thougths and ideas of all and serve as the class’ voice.

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9 students share a May 14 birthday

8 Students share a June 8 birthday

20 Freshman are named Michael

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Michael Zaydon Business Editor

Business Club holds initial fall meeting By sean mCkeveny Business Correspondent One hundred and fifty registration forms were not enough as students piled into The Pearn Auditorium in Brennan Hall for the Business Club’s first meeting of the semester Tuesday, Sept. 7. The University of Scranton Business Club welcomed its new members with pizza and refreshments. The meeting lasted just over a half-hour, but was filled with information about the club, including a lengthy presentation by Cheryl Collarini of the Career Service’s office that focused on the upcoming Recruiting Expo. The Business Club is largely known for its involvement in organizing the annual Kania School of Management Recruiting Expo. Last year, Student Government awarded the club “Program of the Year” for the successful Recruiting Expo. This marks the eleventh year the event will take place. This year, the Kania School of Management Recruiting Expo will be held Thursday, Sept. 30 in the DeNaples Ballroom from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. The Expo welcomes recruiters and focuses on providing students with internship and career opportunities. The event is open to all majors in the Kania School of Management and is not limited to any particular field of study. The Expo provides participating recruiters with a large student base, with di-

By ron woznock Staff Writer

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THE PEARN Auditorium was the location of the Business Club’s first meeting of the semester. Over 150 members of the student body were in attendance to discus various club events, including the Kania School of Management Recruiting Expo to be held Thursday, Sept. 30.

verse ages, majors, locations and career aspirations, from which to recruit. The Business Club’s annual reception and dinner, which follows the Expo, hosts students, recruiters, faculty, staff and administration of The University. The reception and dinner allows students to interact with recruiters in a more intimate, informal setting. This year the reception and

dinner will take place at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton, beginning with a cocktail hour from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner. That evening, the Business Club will welcome keynote speaker James Brown, the Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Bank of America, and award the annual Teacher of the Year Award to one faculty member from the Kania

School of Management. In order to better prepare students for the dinner following the Expo, the Business Club will be holding an etiquette dinner Thursday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of Brennan Hall. The club will welcome Brian Crawford, an expert in dining etiquette. Sign-ups for both events will begin Monday, Sept. 13. Space is limited for both events.

PRISM makes trades amidst economic uncertainty By Mike Dwier Business Correspondent The PRISM Organization held its first meeting of the semester last Wednesday. For those who may be unfamiliar with PRISM, the Portfolio of Responsible Investments under Student Management is a student run portfolio of real cash investments. With the intention of teaching the fundamentals associated with sound investment analysis and strategic decision-making, a portion of University Endowment contributions funded the portfolio’s creation in 1994. Currently, the student run organization consists of about 40 members and is divided into six groups: Macro-Economic, Portfolio/Asset Allocation, Equities, Accounting, Risk Management and Administrative. Throughout the semester and with the help of faculty moderator Dr. Riaz Hussain, it is PRISM’s goal to understand sound investment theory. While the club will build a professional network through constant alumni communication, its most important objective, providing results, still remains the primary focus. With unforeseen and “unusually uncertain” economic outlooks across the entire global marketplace, PRISM recognizes that this investment realm is truly unlike any other. With that in mind, officers of the organization decided to significantly reduce the value of equity holdings, in what may have been the largest trading day for the group since its inception. After group deliberation, a final decision to sell out of nine positions totaling roughly $55,000,

SAS optimistic about year ahead

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WITH PREDOMINANTLY negative outlooks on economic markets across the globe, the Portfolio of Responsible Investments under Student Management, PRISM, has shifted to a defensive investment strategy.

was reached. Given such economic uncertainty, it was the organization’s strategy to minimize the levels of risk that its portfolio would carry.

Looking forward, they stand firm in the belief that a defensive investment approach, focused on low levels of price volatility within the portfolio and coupled with

high dividends and experienced management, is the most appropriate investment strategy. For that reason, the Equities team, headed by senior Dan Parisi, works diligently to find investment opportunities that match the principle economic thesis. PRISM follows a “top down analysis.” Simply put, investment decisions are formed under a much broader macro-economic outlook. The Macro team (the top), headed by James Nolan and Blaise Shultheis, relays its findings and forecasts to the Portfolio/Asset Allocation team, headed by Kevin Tuohy. Next, the Portfolio team (consider them the middle) begins to sort through the portfolio and compare the weights of the sector holdings to those of the S&P 500. They will also be responsible for keeping a watchful eye on global emerging market opportunities that the club otherwise may have overlooked. Lastly, Equities will focus their attention on specific companies that compliment its predetermined investment strategy. The information pipeline ends with equities selecting which stocks to trade after thorough fundamental evaluations. Club members are eager to learn, both from each other and from the lessons of daily market activity, with attention focused on obtaining alpha. Undoubtedly, achieving real investment returns that consistently beat major market averages in times of such economic fragility will be an arduous task. However, PRISM is confident that optimal returns will be the direct product of dedication and commitment put forth by all members.

The University’s Society of Accounting Students (SAS) held its first meeting of the year Thursday, Sept. 2, and the club officers were very pleased with the turn out. “This is one of the largest turn outs I have ever seen for an SAS meeting,” club Secretary Samantha Moran said. The attendance was certainly noticeable as students packed into Brennan Hall Room 105, cramming into every possible space in the room. “It was awesome; this is what SAS meetings were like in my freshman year,” Vice President Matt Nealon said. Club President Ron Woznock attributes the high turnout to both strong work ethic from the officers to get the word out, as well as the first meeting’s speaker, Mr. Douglas M. Boyle, CPA. “When Prof. Boyle walks in the room, everyone freezes and waits in anticipation for him to speak. The man has done it all professionally, and from my personal experience, is one of the best professors in KSOM. It came as no surprise to me he won Teacher of the Year last year, he certainly received my vote,” Woznock said about SAS’ first presenter. Prof. Boyle is a faculty specialist here at The University, and is currently President of Empirical Healthcare Consultants, LLC, among other ventures. His presentation was well received, and will certainly help bring those in attendance back for a second meeting. The club also held its first community service event, taking donations of canned foods and nonperishable food items to donate to local food banks. “Our first service activity was a success, we had a lot of participation from our members,” Club Treasurer Casey McFadden said. Community service is just one of the many types of events the club plans to offer this year. SAS has numerous events planned for the rest of the year. Their next event will be Sept.23, at 11:30 a.m. in the Brennan Auditorium, and will feature Ms. Cheryl Collarini from Career Services, as she helps prepare students for the upcoming KSOM Recruiting Expo. Throughout the rest of the year, the club will host speakers from local and “Big 4” public accounting firms. “We are trying to show students that an Accounting degree can offer them many career paths in all different areas. Too often students feel like they only have one option with an Accounting degree, that just isn’t the case anymore,” Nealon added. All of these events will lead up to the club’s annual dinner, which is held in the Spring Semester. “It is easily our biggest event, and the culmination of a year of hard work,” club Secretary Christine Gorge said. The speaker for the annual dinner is still to be announced, but Woznock said this year’s speaker could be someone nontraditional. “We are talking about trying something new with our annual dinner’s guest speaker. We have a few ideas in the works that we believe the students, faculty, and guests from other firms will really enjoy,” Woznock said.


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Obama introduces new stimulative measures By Nicholas Caselli Business Correspondent In the upcoming weeks, President Obama will call on Congress to support three new economic proposals. Aimed at stabilizing the economy through job creation and increased economic growth, these three expansionary fiscal measures include a $50 billion plan focused on restoring transportation infrastructure, a permanent extension of the $100 billion business tax credit for research and development, and a $200 billion business tax cut for new business investment. “Today, I am announcing a new plan for rebuilding and modernizing America’s roads, and rails and runways for the long term,” the president, during a speech delivered on Labor Day in Milwaukee, Wis., informed attendees. According to CNN, Obama’s proposed infrastructure spending plan would fund the rebuilding of 150,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of railways and 150 miles of airport runways over a six-year period. In an effort to improve the efficiency of air travel, the plan also seeks to modernize the nation’s air traffic control system. “This will not only create jobs immediately. It’s also going to make our economy hum over the long haul,” the president, speaking about the time it will take to see measurable effects from the infrastructure proposal, remarked. Pending Congressional approval, the Obama administra-

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PRESIDENT BARACK Obama visits Milwaukee, Wisc. Monday, Sept. 6 during an appearance at Laborfest on the Summerfest grounds. He called for new investments in the nation’s roads, railways and airports that would cost at least $50 billion. The proposal is part of a package of targeted investments the administration announced in hopes of jump-starting the economy ahead of the November elections.

tion’s plans for the $50 billion investment include pairing it with a procedure for improving transportation spending, along with creating an Infrastructure Bank in the long term. Ideally, the Infrastructure Bank would have the ability to leverage the government’s infrastructure funding and identify the most promising infrastructure projects.

“We used to have the best infrastructure in the world. We can have it again,” the president said when speaking about the impact the spending plan would have on the nation’s infrastructure system. In addition to the infrastructure revitalization proposal, the Obama administration also introduced two key business tax

cuts. One initiative, a $200 billion proposal, seeks to increase business investment in plant and equipment. According to information obtained by CNN from a senior Obama administration official, the corporate tax relief would permit businesses to write off 100 percent of new investments in plant and equipment made between now

and the end of 2011. A second proposal would utilize $100 billion to permanently extend a tax credit for business spending in research and development. With the November midterm elections drawing nearer, the debate over the passage of the three proposals is guaranteed to play a major part in candidates’ campaigns. Undoubtedly, those who face competition in the upcoming fall elections will be forced to weigh the political ramifications of inaction against those associated with supporting a plan that entails increased spending. With these obstacles in mind, President Obama rallied support for his new policies by emphasizing the necessity of bipartisanship in passing legislation that successfully sustains economic recovery. President Obama’s proposals debuted one week after Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, in an interview with CNBC, expressed his belief that the U.S. economy requires a second stimulus plan to stave off a double-dip recession. Krugman, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, noted that the initial stimulus was “an undersized package, given the depth of the crisis.” “Government spending is a good thing. It’s probably the best thing. We have enormous infrastructure needs in this country, which are not being met,” Krugman answered when asked about the economic measures a second stimulus should include. “Everything is pointing to the need for more spending. The economy remains depressed.”

Former HP CEO remains in spotlight over unethical conduct commentary By andrew kluger Staff Writer Ethics in today’s business practices have become a significant concern within companies over the past decade, yet there is a growing concern that major ethical failures have been disregarded as long as they didn’t compromise overall profit. Making headlines in recent days is the former CEO of the Hewlett-Packard Co. Mark Hurd, who HP determined had violated its business conduct policy for including inaccurate expense reports that tried to cover up a relationship with a female coworker, as stated in the Wall Street Journal. What’s even more alarming is that, even with this unethical behavior, Hewlett Packard offered Mark Hurd a severance package that could total as much as “thirty-five million dollars,” as also reported in the Wall Street Journal. Along with this news, Mark Hurd also accepted a job to become a senior executive at Oracle, a competitor of Hewlett-Packard. Now, HP is in an ongoing battle with Hurd to prove that his hiring at Oracle is a breach of his contract with HP. The ethical rulings taking place on both sides of this affair are quite startling, especially during the current business environment. Mark Hurd has shown a noteworthy disregard for proper business practices in the past, and now,

Hewlett-Packard is concerned that its confidential business knowledge is in jeopardy. “In his new position, Hurd will be in a situation in which he cannot perform his duties for Oracle without necessarily using and disclosing HP’s trade secrets and confidential information to others,” HP has alleged in its pending suit. It’s becoming evident that Hewlett-Packard needs to build up its own ethical standing because of the damage Hurd has caused. HP chose to reward Hurd for his business savvy rather than reprimanding him for his other decisional shortcomings. “A perfect example is Arthur Andersen. With an auditing firm, integrity is everything. If you lose that, you have no business, as the firm quickly found out. But in other businesses, where the profit motive is less connected to good ethics, that’s not the case,” as stated by Daniel Indiviglio, a staff editor at TheAtlantic.com. When business ethics begins to falter, so does confidence in companies from investors. Who wants to invest in a company that can’t even trust its own employees? HP made it known that Oracle is one of its competitors, and for Mark Hurd to properly do his job, he would obviously rely on past experiences from his time with HP. As a result, his title and position alone in Oracle conflicts with his confidentiality of information agreement with Hewlett-Packard. The ethical dilemma ultimately in question is that while HP chose

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MARK HURD, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co., is the most recent example of the lack of ethical decision-making within the business climate. He has been accused of violating HewlettPackard Co.’s business conduct policy.

to cut ties with Mark Hurd for his poor business conduct, should they still award him a substantial severance package? HP’s decision has become noteworthy because Mark Hurd has joined Oracle, which many see as unethical under the agreement Hurd and HP had. As a result, this conflict will most likely end up in court. It has gained media cover-

age because of the high-level executives involved and the ethical predicaments at hand. What is important to note from an ethical standpoint is that this breach of moral values by Hurd is not being viewed as significant to HP decision makers who offered him a large severance package and Oracle who brought him on as a senior executive.

Gael O’Brien of Business-Ethics. com categorizes this circumstance best. “Just as leaders don’t get a free pass when they miss performance goals, there ultimately isn’t a free pass when ethical standards aren’t met. Trust is essential in sustaining business performance. Leadership without ethical behavior is a failure of leadership.”

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Consider a statistical approach to political questions I have heard a common phrase in political circles, especially around the time of Obama’s 2008 election: “American politics is Commentary played between BY bRYAN the 40 and the 60 HEINLEN yard line.” This statement Staff Writer puts forth the claim that moderates (with respect to the current and changing political environment) ultimately control which candidates are chosen to represent the voice of the American people. Furthermore, it appears to be supported by the number of Senate seats controlled by a party at any given time. Until the 2008 November elections, it had been some time since either party seated 60 or more members. This number is significant due to the parliamentary rules of the filibuster. The supermajority achieved in 2008 was short lived, and ended with the election of Republican Senator Scott Brown, a reality which appears to support the common phrase that I intend to disprove. It is my contention that American politics is a war waged be-

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SEN. SCOTT Brown (R-Mass.) takes the oath of office from Vice President Joe Biden in the U.S. Senate Chamber alongside his wife, Gail Huff, in Feb. 2010. Brown’s election altered the balance of power within the Senate, effectively ending the Democrats filibuster-proof majority.

tween the extremes. Accordingly, policy changes are drastic at times and generally reflect the largely polarized base of our nation. Anyone who studied a basic level of statistics should be familiar with the concept of standard

deviation — or the idea that almost any sample can be divided by an average or some similar derivative, and then graphed into a format that resembles the allimportant bell curve. The middle of the curve in this

model signifies not only the mode, but also the mean, and leaves extremes at either end. This may be skewed in one direction or the other, but always contains a central concentration. Many people try to view po-

litical opinion based on a general left/right standard, having the bell curve concept in mind. It may be inappropriate to conceptualize such a graph in political discussions due to the nature of the material. Political opinion is naturally qualitative, not quantitative. Many barriers exist to evaluating people’s places on a political spectrum: lack of an objectively measurable standard, deviating opinions on specific issues within a group or party (democrats that side with pro-life candidates/policy) and the tendency of human nature to exaggerate to the left or right. With these instances in mind, it becomes more clear that even self-identification of placement on the political spectrum has no statistical significance that results in accurate placement based on specific issues. The bell curve approach is unsuitable for use in this instance. While it may be true that there is no two-dimensional spectrum really appropriate for and suited to the task under discussion, there are some benefits in the simplification of looking at our environment in a two-dimensional manner.

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Give Young Americans for Liberty a chance Scranton Students Fight to Last week, after months of hard work, The University handed me a charter for a new political group known as Young Americans Commentary for Liberty (YAL). BY Fernando This group, which advocates for less Ardilagovernment ingiraldo terference in the Staff Writer lives of the citizenry, has had a mixed response from The University community. While many politically homeless have taken an interest in the group, there are others, both faculty and students, who misunderstand the Young Americans for Liberty philosophy. After hearing stories of faculty members talking about the group in a negative light, and having fellow students yell at me on the street for starting this group, I figured I should go ahead and begin clearing up some things. For starters, the Young Americans for Liberty is not communist, fascist, racist or any other type of collectivist. One would think that this would be a given; however, YAL has incorrectly received each and every one of these labels at one point or another. With that established, let me go on to share what YAL does believe in. Young Americans for Liberty believes in limited government, not just in regard to fiscal issues, but in social issues as well. The Young Americans for liberty maintains a belief in the “radical” libertarian notion that each person owns his or herself, and that each person has the natural right to life, liberty and property. Violating anyone’s natural rights in order to achieve a supposedly noble cause is repugnant to the ideals of freedom and liberty. No one has the right to initiate force or commit fraud against another, not even governments. We all

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NATIONAL PARK Service interpreter Erin Basile, right, explains the history and origins of Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell to a group of students. Housed in a complex adjacent to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell has become a symbol for freedom.

have the same rights regardless of our gender, skin color, orientation, religious beliefs or any other differences. These principles of Liberty are embodied in America’s Constitution, which is not a document that grants us our rights, but puts a limit on what the government can do. For far too long the American people have allowed government to infringe on their natural rights in the name of safety and security. The American people have allowed their elected representatives to ignore their rights for many years now. In today’s America we can no longer speak freely, unless we are in a free-speech zone. We can

no longer hold on to our hardearned money, because we are coerced to pay for someone else’s mistakes. We can no longer be secure in our houses, because the government says it needs to invade our privacy in order to keep us safe. It is time for people to come together and combat the statist agenda that both political parties in power have pushed. No longer should issues be seen as Republican or Democrat, but rather as promoting statism or promoting liberty. Invading far off lands, having an unjust tax system and regulating personal behavior in the privacy of one’s home, all go

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A quick glance at the Princeton Review Rankings will show a fairly positive rating for The University. Commentary However, one negative stood BY MIKE MULRANEY out to me above all others. Our Staff Writer beloved University was ranked the fifth least politically active campus in the United States. As a Political Science major I was outraged, but not surprised. The lack of activity by the two major political clubs last year was responsible for this poor showing. Luckily, just like in the political arena, our clubs provide opportunities for fresh leadership and new ideas. After a year of virtually no activity, the College Democrats have been revamped and reenergized by a new leader, sophomore Megan Davidovich. The College Republicans, after a year in which they were active but were by no means visible on a consistent basis, elected me to lead them. Additionally, a new campus political organization arose just last week upon receiving their charter from Student Government: the Young Americans

for Liberty, headed by senior Fernando Ardila-Giraldo. Despite the clear ideological differences between them, the three leaders of these groups have decided, for the sake of the campus, that they must work together to insure that The University produces students possessing a high level of civic responsibility. The groups have coordinated events together, such as voter registration drives and other service projects. Healthy competition between these clubs should foster political debate on campus. This debate should lead to more activity among the noted clubs and larger memberships. So, the next time you walk up the Commons and see a table representing one of the three clubs, stop and see what they have to say. Be more involved in the political process, for it is the arena that determines everyone’s future. Get educated, register to vote, watch the news, read a paper and be involved in the club that best represents your ideological viewpoint. If that club does not exist, I encourage you to create it. So, let’s work together to make this campus a better and a more educated place.

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The University is expanding to better serve those who utilize its state of the art facilities. Unfortunately, several of the smaller changes made prior to the construction of the Unified Science Center and the Mulberry Street Apartment require more consideration to personal safety is priority status. mately one year versity announced open a new parkRidge Row. This lot former St. Thomas ing lot, where the ence building now

Complex thoughtful ensure that given top Ap p rox i ago, The Uniplans to ing lot on replaced the Hall parknew scistands. The Ridge Row parking lot has generated mixed reactions from its users. Common complaints indicate that it is too far away from campus and poorly lit at night. On the other hand, many praised it for having wider parking spaces. Similarly, the lot is rarely ever full. As a result, even though it is a long walk from the heart of campus, the lot provides a near guarantee that commuters and staff members will have a parking spot regardless of the time of day. Another major issue associated with the lot should be relatively obvious to those who regularly use it. In order to gain access to campus, users must carefully cross an active railroad via a concrete walkway. Originally, I believed that looking both ways was sufficient enough. My opinion has since changed. On Thursday, Sept. 2, I made a bold move that could have cost

me my life and my family a significant amount of money. At approximately 3:30 p.m., I began to walk to my car to retrieve books for class. As I approached the stairs to the walkway, I realized that a train was stopped dead on the tracks in front of me. To make matters worse, it extended from Alumni Memorial Hall all the way down to the tennis courts beyond the lot’s entrance. Irate, I began to ponder my next move. The clock was ticking and my class is all the way down in Hyland. After a few minutes of thinking, three options came to mind: One, I could have walked to the front or the back of the train and risk cutting my feet with broken glass on the tracks; two, could have crawled underneath the train since it looked like I could easily do so; and, three, I could have pulled myself between two of the train cars. With time running out and the train remaining dormant, I decided to go through the two cars. As soon as I reached the other side, the train began to screech and off it went. Stunned, I arrived at my car, gathered my belongings and arrived at class with only minutes to spare. No matter which of the noted options I chose, I was forced to make a bad decision and this does not sit well with me. The adrenaline rush I experienced made me realize how hazardous the parking situation is at Ridge Row. Regardless, The University is not going to relocate it. Therefore, I will provide two possible solutions for The University to consider. First of all, I noticed that there are no flashing signals to warn drivers entering the lot that a train is approaching. Granted, one could make an argument that the “Rail-

road Crossing” sign is sufficient enough, but what about those with neck injuries that cannot turn their heads? The University needs to collaborate with the city to provide users of the Ridge Row parking lot with up-to-date safety precautions. Furthermore, The University should seriously consider constructing a walking bridge from the parking lot up to the street so that users do not have to worry about train traffic. A small investment such as this will help eliminate the risks associated with the walkway currently in use. If The University can fund all of these new building projects and campus revisions, why is it that they have yet to consider building a bridge that could potentially save lives in the long run? It is only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt. Secondly, if a bridge is not an appropriate suggestion to ensure our safety, then The University needs to work with the city to guarantee that trains are not permitted to stop anywhere near the Ridge Row parking lot. In addition, a warning system should be put in place on the walkway to warn pedestrians that a train is approaching. This system could also warn train conductors that pedestrians are near and stopping is not an option. Not only is the Ridge Row parking lot a huge liability for The University, it is surrounded by unsafe conditions for both drivers and pedestrians. I sincerely hope that someone reading this complaint will take the initiative to further evaluate the parking situation on Ridge Row and make a change for the better. Otherwise, it would be a shame if the image of this phenomenal institution was tarnished

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“STATS” CONTINUED FROM PAGE SEVEN I would like to suggest a more accurate and representative two-dimensional model of political opinion. It may be imbedded within either our nature or our culture to aspire to make a significant change in society. Many, if not most, fear ultimate meaninglessness above all else, and desire to be remembered, to be eternal through their lives/work. The political reaction to this fear may lead to moves toward one extreme or the other, leading politicians to shift the limits of what they are willing to support past their own current views and toward the direction of either extreme. Therefore, our population is not “normal” but “bimodal.” Picture a camel with two humps representing concentrations toward either extreme. The middle would be the lowest portions of this linear spectrum, an area representing the smallest part of the sample group. This idea seems to be demonstrated by any recent popular election within the nation. Most people react very negatively to and vehemently disagree with the policies offered by those affiliated with the opposite “hump” concentration. This leaves bipartisanism in a bad spot. If each party sees every issue as an opportunity

to “score political points” or “advance an agenda,” then bipartisanism may be just a part of a larger political game: less about real compromise and more about haggling the issues like used car salesmen. Furthermore, the culture of change that is predicted to repeat itself in the midterm elections is yet another divergence from any real direction. Think about it this way: How will we ever move forward as a nation if each party only has the opportunity to set policy half the time, while the duration of whatever is left over is spent approving legislation counterproductive to the initial policies set before the “turnover?” I suspect that most politicians are not interested in “finetuning” the Union or “patching a leaky boat,” but rather would prefer to re-imagine the entire ship. What happens when each set of our metaphorical shipbuilders has a master plan laid out by opposing architects trying to stab them with their t-squares? Will our boat, our mother ship, our nation, float gracefully or just be ‘too big to fail?’ Well, excuse my pessimism, but I think we have heard that somewhere before. I acknowledge Cheryl Boga for her assistance in the revision of this work.

Troops still in harm’s way postIn an Aug. 31 Oval Office address, President Barack Obama announced the fulfillment of a pre-election promise, namely the reCommentary moval of combat BY rOSEMARY troops from Iraq. Recalling the consHAVER Forum Editor tent of the president’s speech in light of recent controversy regarding the role of noncombat troops stationed in the embattled country, however, offers a new dimension for analysis. Originating during his campaign for office, Obama openly declared victory in regard to the stated goal last week. “We’ve removed nearly 100,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. We’ve closed or transferred to the Iraqis hundreds of bases,” he said, further adding, “This completes a transition to Iraqi responsibility for their own security.” Obama included in this discussion a summary of a near decade of war, beginning some eight years ago with an address from former President Bush. “Much has changed since that night,” Obama said in reference to Bush’s words. “A war to disarm a state became a fight against an insurgency. Terrorism and sectarian warfare threatened to tear Iraq apart. Thousands of Americans gave their lives; tens of thousands have been wounded. Our rela-

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tions abroad were strained. Our unity at home was tested.” Evolution, in reference to both the scope and tactical aptitude of

the U.S. war effort in Iraq, was a theme spanning the length of Obama’s August address. Noting this, one cannot ignore the changes that have occurred on the ground over the past week. Since the airing of Obama’s speech, ordeals involving noncombat troops in Iraq suggest a potential for instability. What this means in terms of Iraq’s future is yet indeterminable. However, the ordeals generated questions as to the wisdom behind the president’s decision to carry out a promise made with disregard to the circumstances of the present. Two events in particular stand out: first, and most recently, the tragic deaths of two non-combat U.S. troops at the hand of an Iraqi soldier; second, the involvement of U.S. troops in a Sept. 5 ground battle. Twelve Iraqis were killed in the battle, during which American troops provided cover fire. Combined, these two events generated concern both in the U.S. and Iraq. Considering all of the above, one cannot help but question the President’s wisdom in removing U.S. combat troops from Iraq at this time. Obama’s term as president has become in associated with war in some ways, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. For instance, Bob Woodward is set to publish a book this month title “Obama’s Wars.” Obama, in fact, took the torch

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“LIBERTY“ CONTINUED FROM PAGE SEVEN to promote more government intrusion in our daily lives. I am amazed at some of the aminosity people have towards Young Americans for Libery, especially considering that University professors assign books by Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Pope Benedict XVI and Thomas Woods Jr. These authors advocate something YAL believes in, be it subsidiary, self-determination, free-markets or individualism. If the works of these notable and influential people are deemed acceptable in mainstream politics, why do some say Young Americans for Liberty is too radical? I do not appreciate the intimidating tactics some on campus have resorted to, in both their attempts to discourage people from joining YAL, as well as to discredit the organization.

It is time for people to get more involved in defending liberty. The proper role of government will not be restored just because America elects people who use key words in their speeches like “terrorism” or “hope.” Real change will come when the population becomes a mass of vigilant voters, who will not compromise with any politician who seeks to limit their freedoms. The road may be long, and it may be difficult, but, regardless of the hardships one might experience in promoting liberty, they do not compare to the hardships on the road to slavery and serfdom down which unchecked governments tend to lead their citizens. Unless we, as citizens, combat the ever-growing, ever-encroaching state, we will lose this beloved republic.

“IRAQ WAR“ CONTINUED FROM PAGE EIGHT from Bush in December 2009 during a televised address at West Point where he claimed responsibility for the future of America’s two wars abroad. Whether one is a proponent of the president or not, it is understandable that one would express surprise at this foundational trend of the Obama presidential legacy. I certainly do so. Obama entered the presidential office as a young, liberal and, some would say, inexperienced leader. One would assume that war was not something that he intended to explore so thoroughly, but the

tides of history simply judged that he must deal with it as such. Perhaps he was silently aware, all along, of the role it would play in his legacy. Whatever the case, war has become a fundamental component of Obama’s first presidential term. From his action or inaction in regard to certain facets of the institution, the nation has developed an awareness of the president’s war philosophy. Thus, collectively, we know President Obama better now than we could have been expected to while audience to his slogan-driven campaign tactics.

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Broadway lights shine in Electric City Written by Joe Wolfe Arts & Life Editor With the end of summer nearing, a new season approaches for Scranton residents that isn’t the frigid winter that seems to linger from October to April. The Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) opens its curtains in October for its seven-month season with a line-up that is sure to please every type of Broadway aficionado. Riding off of last year’s successful performances, such as “Beauty and the Beast,” Scranton Broadway, headed by Tony Nicosia, aims to achieve much acclaim with the line-up it has installed for the 2010-2011 season. Beginning in October with “A Chorus Line,” Scranton Broadway will host performances of “Legally Blonde” Nov. 19-21, “Blue Man Group” Feb. 11-13, “The Color Purple” March 4-6 and “Spamalot” April 8-10 this season. For those of you who are not familiar with Scranton Broadway, the first thing you must know is that these performances are not amateur acts; rather,

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THE BLUE Man Group (above), set to hit Scranton Broadway Feb. 2011, is just one of the many performances that are sure to please everyone.

Scranton Broadway hires the same companies that perform on the Broadways in New York and Philadelphia. These performances tour in the same fashion that musicians tour, with stops across the country. This assures playgoers that the quality of the shows they will see are the same quality they would see if they traveled to New York or Philadelphia. This year, Scranton Broad-

way was lucky enough to have such a deep line-up of shows traveling just at the right time. Nicosia notes that, when deciding what shows make up the season’s schedule, the primary criteria are seeing which shows are currently touring and, if they are touring, whether or not they will be around Scranton during the dates they are needed. If the stars align, the League has the

Goo Goo Dolls’ big return Commentary by Dave Giglio Staff Writer After finally achieving mainstream success with the release of “A Boy Named Good” in 1995, The Goo Goo Dolls began to evolve their sound from that of 80s punk and early-90s grunge to a more polished and refined sound that would eventually define its career. With the recent release of its ninth studio album, “Something for the Rest of Us,” this evolution seems complete, which is by no means a bad thing. For front-man Johnny Rzeznik, “Something for the Rest of Us” is much more than another Goo Goo Dolls album. In an interview with Star News Online, Rzeznik talked about just how much he wanted this album to redefine the band. “I wanted to really dig deep and there are a million songs I threw away, like, ‘Nah, it’s not good enough. I wanna do something different. I wanna do something better, go deeper,’” Rzeznik said. Specifically, Rzeznik notes that, unlike previous Goo Goo Dolls albums, he wanted explore some of the current world affairs. “Most of the material on the record seems to be addressing the kind of the angst and uncertainty

of the times that we’re living in, but on an emotional level. These are really hard, trying times. And the way that affects people and their families, people losing their jobs and everything’s so insecure, I just wanted to say something about that,” Rzeznik said. In particular, Rzeznik cites a song called “Notbroken,” which has become the number-one selling Goo Goo Dolls track on iTunes. “I got a letter from a woman whose husband was in Iraq. He was injured – paralyzed – and he doesn’t want to come home. He wants to stay in the hospital. He’s ashamed of himself. He feels like he’s less. And she just wants to let him know that he’s still everything that she ever wanted. I don’t know, it just kind of came out. It’s kind of like I was writing a love letter to him on her behalf,” Rzeznik said. “Notbroken,” is not the only track on the album that focuses on the perils of war. The final track on the record, titled “Soldier,” is a beautifully written ballad, whose main character, upon returning from war, has lost faith in what is good with the world. The song’s message of hope and perseverance truly resonates with the listener. Two other songs that stand out are “As I Am” and “Nothing Is Real.” During the 2009 New Year’s

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Eve concert, Rzeznik told listeners that “As I Am” is a song “about someone who worked hard all his life and lost his job and how the love of his family got him through when it seemed his world was crashing down.” The album’s title track, “Something for the Rest of Us” is also worthy of mention, not just from a purely musical standpoint but also on a more personal level for the band. Bassist Robby Takac, in an interview with googoodollsfans.com, talked about the track’s role in trying together the whole album. “There’s a song on the album called ‘Something for the Rest of Us’ and it was the very first song that we worked on when we were at the studio in Buffalo. I don’t think it’s a single, maybe it is, stranger things have happened, but when I listen to that song it really makes the entire thing come full circle,” Takac said. “Something For The Rest Of Us” is an album that reaches far more than Goo Goo Doll fans alone; it is an album that can be enjoyed by all music lovers and is definitely worth a listen. The Goo Goo Doll’s wonderfully crafted album, “Something For The Rest Of Us,” is sure to turn out to be something for all of us.

season that it dreamed of. Added to these criteria is the question of whether or not a specific show can fit on the Scranton stage. For example, the sets for performances such as “Wicked” and “Phantom of the Opera” are too massive for the Scranton Cultural Center, where all the plays are performed. It is not until these performances are downsized and a new set is adopted that they can be scheduled to perform in Scranton. Recently, “Beauty and the Beast” had its original set downsized, allowing the Cultural Center to accommodate the act. Now, some people may ask how Scranton Broadway compares to the Broadways of New York or Philadelphia. When ticket prices of New York are compared to ticket prices in Scranton, according to Nicosia, the price of two tickets to a Broadway show in New York is the price of tickets to an entire season of Broadway shows in Scranton. When travel expenses are taken into consideration, Scranton Broadway’s appeal becomes even greater as its stage is just a few blocks away from campus on Washington Avenue.

The entire experience of a night on Broadway in the Big Apple is encompassed in Scranton. Within the Scranton Cultural Center is a newly-opened restaurant that features specials for Friday and Saturday evening performances. Guests can not only view the show, but also enjoy a three-course meal for $25 a person. Cocktails are also available pre- and post-show via a cash bar. The Cultural Center is like a mini New York City with everything the city has to offer in one place. Playgoers can take part in the whole Broadway experience: a pre-show dinner, a wait in line for the theater’s doors to open, and a post-show drink or two. So, for students looking for a nice Friday or Saturday evening out, Scranton Broadway proves a reliable choice. In one night, students can experience the big city feel with dinner downtown, a Broadway-caliber play and postshow festivities. With a line-up like the one Scranton Broadway has scheduled this year, they might as well rename Washington Avenue 52nd Street. For more information, visit their website at www.scrantonbroadway.com.

Download of The Week “Ready To STart” by The Arcade Fire The summer gave us many great albums, but none were as impressive as The Arcade’s Fire third full-length, “The Suburbs.” With two highly successful albums already under their belt, “Funeral” and “Neon Bible,” The Arcade Fire looked to build their resume even more with “The Suburbs.” What resulted from the nearly 3 year lay off was an album that not only surpassed their sophomore effort, but also, an album that re-established The Arcade Fire as one of the prominent bands in the Indie scene. One of the top tracks on the album is “Ready To Start.” The track encompasses the best aspects of The Arcade Fire with its upbeat tempo and catchy pop-hooks. Win Butler’s vocals lends the song its haunting qualities that are only intensified with the lyrics he sings. The song focuses on the “American dream;” and the main character’s quest to maintain his grasp on this perfect life. In the first verse, Butler sings “businessmen drink my blood / like the kids in art school said they would” alluding to the fact that the main character

previously had artistic ambitions but succumbed to the pleasures that big businesses have to offer. This theme continues as Butler sings of someone knocking at his door, trying to persuade him to “come out against the night.” Butler sings that he’d rather be alone in his house with his perfect job than to revolt against the “American dream” and follow his true ambitions. The song ends with Butler realizing that his dreams are something that are worth the effort. He sings “Now I’m ready to start / I would rather be wrong than live in the shadows in your song/ My mind is open wide/ And now I’m ready to start/ Your mind surely opened the door to step out into the dark.” For “The Suburbs” as a whole, “Ready To Start” is just one of the first of an album full of tracks that are sure to please listeners. The recurring theme of rebelling against the norm and following your true aspirations are constant throughout the album. “The Suburbs” is a treat to listen to and an album that will uplift and inspire anyone questioning their true abilities.

If you could choose who would be the next President of our University, who would it be?

“Beyonce.” Veronica Dress Junior, Willow Grove

“Captain Hook.” Chris Stallone Senior, South Plainfield, N.J.

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Bands score big with new releases this summer Commentary by Rafael Pimentel Staff Writer With a summer full of new album releases, there were only a few that stood out from the rest. These albums separated themselves from the others not just instrumentally but lyrically as well. Here are the top five albums that the Summer of 2010 had to offer. 5. “Only Every Time” by The Graduate With “Only Every Time,” The Graduate manages to avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump” that tends to plague bands. After the release of “Anhedonia” in 2007, fans eagerly awaited a new album from the quintet. Their wait is over; “Only Every Time” is an excellent album for fans and newcomers alike. Songs such as “Siren” and “Don’t Die Digging” are sure to catch attention with their strong hooks, ambient, yet heavy, guitars and great lyrics. Check out “Only Every Time” if you are into danceable, yet rocking, music. 4. “American Slang” by The Gaslight Anthem After “Sink or Swim” and “The ’59 Sound,” many wondered how the Jersey boys could top themselves. Most bands could rest easy, putting out the same album time and time again, especially after “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen, offered his praises; however, that was not enough for The Gaslight Anthem. Drawing on its love for older music, classic movies, for

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ANBERLIN HIGHLIGHTS the multitude of albums that were released this summer with “Dark Is The Night, Light Is The Way.”

the blues-era of America and the fury of a young man living in a world that isn’t what he used to know and love, The Gaslight Anthem hits the heart and ears with “American Slang.” The eponymous lead single opens the album in a great way and things only get better from there, with heartfelt songs such as “Boxer,” “Orphans” and “The Queen of Lower Chelsea.” If you like music at all, listen to this album; it has something for everyone. Think of Bruce Springsteen meeting the Clash, meeting Miles Davis – it is that good. 3. “Nightmare” by Avenged Sevenfold How does a band continue to play after its drummer/second vocalist dies? It releases “Night-

mare,” an album full of songs dedicated to, written about or made by James “the Rev” Sullivan. With Mike Portnoy, legendary drummer of progressive-metal band Dream Theater taking over at drums, Avenged Sevenfold blazes through the album with emotional ups-and-downs. With the chilling bells of the lead single “Nightmare,” the band tries its best to “make a nightmare come to life” throughout the album. Following this with “Buried Alive,” the album carries on in conceptual fashion, creating a dark dreamscape, a microcosm for the world where the four remaining band members live after “the Rev’s” death. Tracks such as “Natural Born Killers” and

“God Hates Us” recall a heavier Avenged from the earlier days. “So Far Away” is a heartfelt ballad written in memoriam of the band’s fallen brother. The album’s highlights, however, don’t appear until the end. “Victim” features the last vocals that “the Rev” ever recorded. This weird piano ballad is “the Rev’s” goodbye, in more ways than one. “Save Me,” a 10 minute, 56 second long epic, sums up the sentiments of the band. With hints of Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Dream Theater strewn throughout, “Nightmare” is easily Avenged Sevenfold’s best release, and one of the best of the summer. 2. “Diamond Eyes” by The Deftones Deftones decided to scrap its much-hyped “Eros” album in favor of a new, more positive album it called “Diamond Eyes” after its bass player, Chi Cheng, was left in a coma. Enlisting Sergio Vega of Quicksand on bass, Deftones released its best effort since “White Pony” with this album. Similar to Avenged’s “Nightmare” album, Deftones dedicated many of the songs on “Diamond Eyes” to its bandmate. Opening with the heavy, yet atmospheric “Diamond Eyes,” the band sets the pace for the album. It can be musically heavy with tracks like “Rocket Skates” and “CMND/ CTRL,” yet beautiful and spacey with songs such as “Beauty School” and “Prince.” The Califor-

nia quintet has always been good at creating heavy, yet luscious soundscapes, but “Diamond Eyes” takes things up another notch. 1. “Dark is the Way, Light is a Place” by Anberlin This album comes very late in the summer, but is easily the highlight. After releasing “New Surrender” to mixed reviews, Anberlin decided to write the best album it possibly could, and it did just that with “Dark is the Way, Light is a Place.” Each track brings something different to the table, drawing on the band’s myriad of influences. “We Owe this to Ourselves,” “Closer” and “To the Wolves” hit as hard, if not harder, than any of the band’s previous releases. “Down” and “Take Me As You Found Me” are wonderful reflections of the band’s more mellow side. The album’s finale, “Depraved,” follows in typical Anberlin fashion, closing out the album with much fanfare. The best track of “Dark is the Way” is “Art of War;” its lyrics are sure to end up on social network sites everywhere: “There are songs I’ll never write, because of you walking out of my life / There are words that don’t belong / Because of you, I’ll never write another love song.” Runners-up: 6. “Recovery” by Eminem, 7. “Attack Of The Wolf King” by Haste The Day, 8. “Something For The Rest Of Us” by The Goo Goo Dolls, 9. “Meridional” by Norma Jean, 10. “Future Breeds” by Hot Hot Heat)

Five films that are as hot as this summer’s heat Commentary by Jeremy Evans Staff Writer Summer 2010 brought us dozens of new films, but only a select few stood out from the standard, generic movies that we’ve seen time and time again. Whether they made their mark through impressive visuals, warmed our hearts or truly made us think, five summer films proved to be far more memorable than the rest. 5. “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” tells the story of an awkward young man who must defeat his new girlfriend’s “seven evil exes” in order to date her. The film clev-

erly uses video game imagery to showcase fight scenes, action and dialogue throughout the film. It’s rare that a movie takes some visual risks, but “Scott Pilgrim” is a real treat for video game and comic book fans alike. The dialogue could have been a little sharper, but it’s a minor complaint since the visual aspect is what carries the film. 4. “The Expendables” The most testosterone-fueled film in recent memory occupies the number four spot. Sylvester Stallone and a host of other action stars turn the action up to eleven for “The Expendables.” Clearly, this is not a film that will win any

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“INCEPTION” AMAZED moviegoers with its plot, effects and star-stunning cast making it by far the top film of the summer.

“Father Devino.” Chelsea Valentine Sophomore, Tamagua

“Father Pilarz.” Theresa Piranio Sophomore, Washingtonville, N.Y.

awards or accolades for its sharp dialogue or sense of realism. Stallone promised action to the highest degree and he delivered. “The Expendables” is little more than an hour and a half of pure adrenaline, but, in the end, that’s all it needs to be. 3. “Iron Man 2” Though it didn’t quite live up to the first installment, “Iron Man 2” still delivers the goods. The film wasn’t afraid to delve into some darker territory while still keeping the overall tone light. Tony Stark has long been an alcoholic in the comic books, and this is reflected on screen as the character hits rock bottom. Mickey Rourke, as the main villain, doesn’t have a lot of dialogue, but he hits most of his lines out of the park. The action scenes, though some are disappointingly short, are all nonetheless very impressive. Plus, Robert Downey Jr. is still the perfect Tony Stark. 2. “Toy Story 3” The runner-up spot for the summer’s top film goes to “Toy Story 3.” After an 11-year wait, the story for Woody, Buzz and the gang finally reaches its conclusion. In this installment, the toys’ owner, Andy, is heading off to college and hasn’t played with the toys for years. They are eventually sent off to a day care center, but find that Sunnyside Daycare is more nefarious than it appears. The film is, at times, more sad

“Angelina Jolie.” Hyuna Cho Junior, South Korea

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“TOY STORY 3” lived up to all expectations, completing the trilogy that started a decade ago. The film was a treat for fans old and new.

than comedic and contains an array of surprisingly mature themes. “Toy Story 3” provides a stunning amount closure for everyone who grew up with the franchise. 1. “Inception” When looking at the summer as a whole, there were two levels of film: “Inception” and everything else. So, it is not a surprise to see “Inception” take the crown as this summer’s best movie. Christopher Nolan, of “The Dark Knight” fame, provides us with a true masterpiece of a film in a summer that was mostly devoid of quality entertainment. “Inception” is an action-packed blockbuster and a highly cerebral film at the same time – a feat pulled off flawlessly by Nolan’s unbelievable direction. “Inception” is a high-concept sci-

“Robert Pattinson.” Yuna Kim Junior, South Korea

ence fiction film that takes place in a world where technology allows people to enter human dreams. Leonardo DiCaprio delivers yet another stunning performance as the main character, Dom Cobb, a man sent on a mission to plant an idea in the mind of a wealthy businessman. The cast, as a whole, is amazing and the sheer amount of thought that went into developing the film’s central concept is stunning. The dearth of CGI effects and lack of 3-D are extremely refreshing. Nolan crafts surprisingly realistic worlds in all of his films, no matter how fanciful they may seem at first glance. In “Inception,” he’s simply at the very top of his game and the result is a film that is by far the best of summer 2010.

“Brangelina.” Molly Shay Senior, Philadelphia


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J.C. McNamara Science & Technology Editor

Website that is sweeping our generation By anonymous Scranton Student Though mostly everyone in America has heard of the website “Texts From Last Night.” not everyone knows exactly what it is and how it works. Basically, “Texts From Last Night” (TFLN) is a website where people from across the world can post text messages and text message conversations from the previous night that readers might find entertaining. This website is viewed by millions of people each day who anticipate reading text message conversations other people had the night before. What can make a text so interesting that millions of people want to read it? Obviously they must be about something at least remotely interesting if half of the country can’t wait to wake up in the morning to read them, right? The topics of these texts hap-

pen to be many of the things that give Americans a bad reputation around the world— drugs, sex, and alcohol. After an excessive night of partying, many people go through their phones to see who they called and texted, and then submit the texts to be published online. The problem with a website such as TFLN is mainly the fact that instead of discouraging drugs, alcohol, and casual sex, it almost glorifies these acts. Once a text is deemed worthy enough to be published on TFLN, millions of people can read it online and laugh at whatever action the text is discussing, regardless of how illegal or immoral the action is. Drug use and alcohol abuse are serious problems in society, and should not be taken lightly, never mind glorified and immortalized on the World Wide Web. By taking problems like drugs and alcohol lightly, society begins to tolerate these

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problems; people who normally would not abuse drugs and alcohol out of fear of being an outcast with a bad reputation might think it is okay to follow the crowd and party excessively. Although I will admit to visiting “Texts From Last Night” on occasion, and I will admit to laughing at many of the texts, I do not think websites such as TFLN are good for society. All over the United States, the deeds described in the texts posted on TFLN have become

BY JULIA SELLERS The McClatchy-Tribune

With the new “Slim” Xbox 360 model, Microsoft claims to have fixed all of the problems that plagued the original 360 hardware --namely the infamous “Red Ring of Death,” (RRoD) which indicates a total meltdown of the system. Microsoft claims to have greatly increased the reliability of the machine, and for the most part they have. However, the new hardware still has a couple of issues. It is still possible to overheat the system, and the Slim actually overheats more often than the Xbox 360 “Elite” when both systems are flipped on their sides. The improvement over the original 360’s RRoD is that, instead of destroying the system outright, the Slim’s overheating procedures simply shut down the system for a while, which is admittedly a great improvement on the hardware’s design flaws. However, the second problem involves the 360’s tendency to destroy discs; whereas the first 360 would occasionally scratch games (rendering them unplayable) for no apparent reason, the Slim eats discs if the machine is moved at all during operation. The Slim will even go so far as to snap discs in half. Also, the release of the Slim is based around the release of Kinect, a motion-control add-on that doesn’t work with the original 360 without a separately purchased attachment. A system that destroys discs when moved and a device that involves entire families flailing their arms and moving about the room cannot possibly make

Keeping the Boyd Pond Park observatory operational began as an experiment of good faith that has been repaid to creator David Boyd in friendship and service for more than 13 years. After moving to Aiken County in 1997, Boyd wanted to continue teaching astronomy but couldn’t commute to the College of Charleston to retain his adjunct professor position in the astronomy lab. After looking at Savannah River Site’s Operations Recreation Association park facility, Boyd didn’t think much of the rural park off Silver Bluff Road. However, his passion to share his love of astronomy prompted him and his wife, Kathy, to pursue creating an outdoor observatory at what is now known as Boyd Park

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a good combination. Although it does have slight improvements over the first model of the 360, the 360 Slim still has enough problems that anyone who already owns the prior need not invest in the latter.

much more acceptable over the last decade or so. Most countries, however, still find these actions disturbing and immoral. Even though people from some other countries do post texts on TFLN, the site is mainly overrun by texts from Americans between the ages of 18 and 30. These texts are part of the reason why older generations and people from other parts of the world believe that the young generation of Americans are “trashy.”

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It was far enough from the city lights that an observer could be immersed in the night sky. An offer that allowed him to use anything that wasn’t nailed down sealed the deal. “John Felak, who was the director of the ORA at the time, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Boyd said. “He said, ‘Build here and we’ll support you.’ “ For three years, Felak and other friends volunteered their time with Boyd on Saturdays to get the place operational. Most Saturday evenings for the past 10 years have been spent at the park. “It was a far better facility than I had ever dreamed to build,” Boyd said Over the years, anyone who has made a suggestion for improvements has been put to work.

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Ear coning is an alternative way of taking impurities out of the ears. This is done through the use of ear candles. These candles are made of cloth and are hollow on the inside. One end is pointed and this end is inserted in the ear while the other end is lit. When lit, the smoke spirals down the inside of the candle and goes into the ear; the heat from the smoke pulls out impurities such as ear wax and yeast. This lasts for about fifteen minutes and, when done, the candle is cut open and

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“If you’re attempting to do this on your own, it would have been cost-prohibitive,” he said. “I’ve been really surprised by how it’s turned into a nice venture with the community.” Boyd’s one-hour presentation isn’t as polished as the planetarium’s shows at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, he said, although he does work with Dr. Gary Senn, the center’s director, on projects. Boyd said his presentations are great for young children who are starving to use their hands and enjoy seeing something that has been in space for thousands of years. It makes them feel part of something much bigger, he said. “Even the parents that sit there are also unaware of basic information about astronomy,” he said. “I very much tailor my presenta-

the impurities can be seen. You may be thinking that this is painful, but it is actually quite relaxing. It is said that this technique dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Chinese. I became trained in this technique this summer and had the pleasure of helping a few people to no longer need hearing aids anymore. I recommend this for people who have allergies or for people who merely need an ear cleaning. The ear candles can be bought at a natural health store such as GNC or Vitamin Shoppe. Do your part and clean your ears.

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New vice president for University Ministries By James Troutman Staff Writer With the Rev. Terry Devino, S.J., now at Boston College, The University needed a new Jesuit to come in and pick up where he left off. The Rev. Rick Malloy, S.J., chosen as The University’s new Vice President of University Ministries, arrived in Scranton just in time for the beginning of the school year and the Mass of the Holy Spirit, where he delivered his first inspiring, yet slightly humorous, homily. “My role here is to manage a baseball team,” Malloy, who received his M.Div., an STL in systematic theology and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, said. Fr. Malloy used the baseball manager analogy to compliment the work done by his predecessor, Fr. Devino. Fr. Devino left University Ministries in great shape, Fr. Malloy said, and he will be very hard to replace. As a manager, Fr. Malloy hopes to continue what University Ministries has already done. With the “players,” his fellow University ministers, still in place, Fr. Malloy said that his job is to provide them with what they need. Fr. Malloy also reflected that he must be active, present and involved on campus. Of course, he must support the President of

The University, a position he feels is “very attractive.” While another duty is to articulate the Jesuit Ignatian vision to The University community, Fr. Malloy shared that he should “find and applaud those who already do so,” just as any manager should. Fr. Malloy, who joined the Society of Jesus in 1976, is no stranger to articulating the Jesuit vision through teaching. Since 1992, Fr. Malloy has taught at Temple University, St. Joseph’s University and Chestnut Hill College, primarily in the field of anthropology. During his Jesuit formation, Fr. Malloy travelled and taught. During Regency, a three-year period where a novice Jesuit lives and works in a typical Jesuit community, Fr. Malloy lived and taught in Chile. Also spending nine months in Australia during Tertianship, the final stage of Jesuit formation, he engaged in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Surprising himself, Fr. Malloy recounted that he was “not someone who would be on a retreat” during his high school days at St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School in Philadelphia. The self-described “knucklehead” instead played lacrosse and football. As Fr. Malloy reflected, he admitted that he was the least likely person to become a priest. However, after getting a job as an orderly

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FR. MALLOY hopes to continue the work that University Ministries has done in previous years.

in a nursing home, Fr. Malloy had a change of heart. Now, this avid fisherman is bringing more than his fishing pole to Scranton; he’s bringing his ideas and a mission for University Ministries. His vision is that of Jesuit education: to foster freedom and transformation. It must help “novice adults” —college-age students—make that transition from high school to the world.

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Finding God throughout campus By Christine Ferrari Staff Writer

With just a swipe of our Royal Cards, we gain entrance into heaven. Well, not exactly, but we do, however, gain entrance to the Dining Hall. While we encounter chefs grilling paninis instead of cherubs plucking harps, we can still find God there. The Society of Jesus, in the tradition of founder Saint Ignatius, has long sought “to find God in all things.” For those who strive for this constant consciousness of the transcendent, even the most humdrum of daily happenings become opportunities for contact with the Supreme Being. This view suggests that what we see as ordinary is, in reality, extraordinary. As a Jesuit institution, we too can experience this level of recognition of God’s work taking place all around us. So, why not start somewhere most of us go every day? Why not try finding Him in the Dining Hall? It may not prove as daunting as it seems. Perhaps we can begin by acknowledging that God, through the kind and friendly Fresh

Food Company staff, provides food to nourish us. Frantz Lucien, a junior at The University, remains aware of this divine presence at meals. He responds by pausing before digging in to express his gratitude to the Almighty for “the opportunity to eat a meal when others have not to eat,” and “for the people who prepared the food.” The idea that we can find God at mealtimes is not a new one. Think about it: The Gospel of Luke alone explicitly mentions nine occasions of Jesus eating with His disciples. How did the Savior of humanity choose to share His last hours with His companions before being crucified? He ate his last supper with them. Even though the Son of Man may not be the one passing us the salt from a few seats down, we can see Him in the people at our table. Sophomore Allison Ramme said the Dining Hall is a “social hub of campus.” Often it becomes the backdrop for students catching up, laughing and sharing stories with one another. “I had lunch with a friend, and we had a great conversa-

tion… that told me a lot about her I didn’t know,” Allison said. Strengthening friendships tend to heighten our awareness of how we are not alone and how connected we are to others. Those warm feelings that come with acceptance and mutual caring after a pleasant chat with a friend over chow can offer a glimpse of God’s unconditional love for us. If we know where to look, we will surely find God in the Dining Hall and in all things. There are three simple ways to find God in the Dining Hall: 1) Say “thanks.” Let us thank all those who work to ensure that our eating experience is super—greeters, dishwashers, cooks, etc. And just before we take a bite, we could thank God, who sustains us each day. 2) Get a daily serving of love. Let us enjoy the company of the people with whom we are dining. We might consider how they help reveal the truth about the Father’s love for us.

3) Bon appétit! One of the best ways to show appreciation for a gift is to relish it. So, instead of mindlessly scarfing down our food, savor every taste.

“University Ministries offers the chance for students, faculty and staff to form themselves as happy, healthy, holy and free,” Fr. Malloy said. He also said University Ministries must prepare students to take the reins of the places they go after graduation. Students will take the sense of Magis and be men and women for others, seeing everything through to the full-

est. Fr. Malloy said Ministries should foster the sense of blessing. Individuals should feel blessed about what they have and share their gifts and talents with the community. Ministries should offer the chance for all to develop their relationship with God by offering both space and opportunities. Opportunities include the chance for students to serve as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, musicians, choir members and cantors. “Ministries should also reach out to people [through all] four tires of the car: intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional,” Fr. Malloy said, “because even if one of the four wheels is not full, the car fails.” Fr. Malloy articulated his final point during his first Sunday homily to The University community: that University Ministries should be fun. In a homily whose message was humility, he took out a guitar and sang, “Oh Lord, It’s Hard to Be Humble” by Mac Davis, which continues, “When you’re perfect in every way.” From that first Sunday homily, The University community was able to see who Fr. Malloy is. In the coming months, the community will continue to find out who Fr. Malloy—the new University Ministries “manager” —will be.

Fr. Pilarz greets freshmen at welcome back mass By ANDREW MILEWSKI Faith Editor Nearly three weeks have passed since classes began, since students fought the rain to get their new televisions into Condron Hall, and since Fr. Pilarz joined with The University by greeting the new class of 2014 at the Fall Welcome. On Sunday, Aug. 22, Fr. Pilarz welcomed people from Philadelphia, Maine, Factoryville and, of course, his “beloved New Jersey.” Not only presiding over the Mass, Fr. Pilarz also blessed the 2014 class banner, which will continue to hang in the second floor of the DeNaples center for the class’s four years. Fr. Pilarz served, also, as homilist. In his homily, Fr. Pilarz dared the students of The University, freshman and upperclassman alike, to view the world differently just as Jesus did in Luke’s Gospel. “Remember your first year at The University and help the class of 2014. Welcome them; extend a friendly hand,” Fr. Pilarz said to the upperclassmen. To the freshmen, Fr Pilarz en-

couraged a sense of community development at The University. Fr. Pilarz reflected that The University was incomplete, and, at convocation, it became whole. Fr. Pilarz ended his homily with a poem: “Mysteries, Yes” by Mary Oliver. “Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood,” Fr. Pilarz read. “How grass can be nourishing in the mouths of the lambs. Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say ‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.” As the semester continues, University students will keep Mary Oliver’s poem, Luke’s Gospel and Fr. Pilarz’s advice in mind. Midterms and papers might tempt sophomores and seniors to close their hearts to fellow students, but with hope, faith and love, each student will make it to fall break, to finals and to intersession. The point is not to just survive these four years, but to treasure them, for they go by too fast.

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Field Hockey takes first two games of season By Cory Burrell Staff Writer Senior forward Kaitlyn Tirney tapped in a late goal to give Scranton’s field hockey team a 1-0 win against Wilkes University this past Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field. The win gives the Royals a 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 1999 and drops Wilkes to 0-1. “I felt great about the team’s performance,” coach Colleen Moyer said. “We played well and improved on aspects of the game that we’ve been working on in practice. I thought it was a total team effort from start to finish.” The Royals were aggressive from the start and out-shot Wilkes 21-3. Scranton couldn’t take advantage early thanks to junior goalkeeper Lindsey Davenport. Her 13 saves anchored the Colonels’ defense and kept the game scoreless throughout the first half. In the 64th minute of play, Royals’ sophomore forward Gretchen Kempf passed to Tirney, who scored the first and only goal of the game. It was Tirney’s second goal of the season and 13th of her career. Scranton junior goalkeeper Alexandria Marandino needed a single save to earn her second career shutout. She was aided by a strong back line led by junior Katie Gonzalez and seniors Beth McLaughlin, Roxanne Kuzio and Emily Deubler. The Scranton defense only allowed a single shot in the second half to cap off an overall three-shot defensive effort. “We’ve come together as a team quickly this year, which has led to our success in the first two games,” coach Moyer said. “Everyone on the team has been working hard to improve how they play individually and are very committed to how we want to play as a team.” The win marks the first time since 2005 Scranton has beaten Wilkes. It is also the first time since 1991 the Royals have started the season with consecutive shutouts. Moyer is optimistic about the team outlook after the early winning streak. “At this point, I see our team challenging for the top spots in our conference. There is no reason why we can’t be there [at the top of the conference], especially if we keep improving each week.” The Royals play again September 9 against Misericordia University in Dallas at 4 p.m.

“W SOC” continued from page sixteen the second overtime. The match proved to be very physical as both teams combined for 18 fouls. Neither team was able to get much offense going. The Cardinals outshot the Royals 18-11. Hextall and Russo stayed persistent and combined for almost half of Scranton’s total shots. Byrne kept her squad in the game, stopping five shots. The Royals will travel to face Lebanon Valley College at noon Saturday.

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Boise State doesn’t have it easy By Chris Dufresne McClatchy Newspapers What’s happening with Boise State right now is remarkable on several phony fronts. By virtue of a dramatic 33-30 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday, the Broncos have emerged as the team America loves to... what? People watched, that’s a fact. ESPN’s 6.8 overnight rating for the game was up 21 percent from last year’s Miami-Florida State game on Labor Day. Imagine that, an “upstart” program outgunning one of college football’s major marquees. It was the network’s highest prime-time rating since it began airing college football on Labor Day in 2003. Eyes are peeled on the Potato State team, but hoping to see what, Boise go down in the deep fryer? What should be excitement over the prospect of a terrific story line is already tinged with backlash. Does Boise State really deserve to be No. 3 in the national polls Sept. 9? The curmudgeon USA Today voting coaches, who live in the world of secret handshakes, had no choice really but to move Boise State up two spots, to No. 3 this week. That’s not to suggest Boise State picked up any first-place votes but it didn’t. Those are still being hogged by No. 1 Alabama, which opened with a win over San Jose State, one of the schools Boise State gets criticized for beating every year. Boise State also stayed put at No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, although the Broncos picked up seven first-place votes. My inbox is getting cluttered by the neurotically nervous. “So winning one game puts them in the national title hunt?” one guy wrote. Now, they get to play their skirt schedule and go undefeated.” This is after one game. Some nattering media nabobs are even suggesting Boise State, because it plays in a weaker league, must be held to a different standard. Here’s a news bulletin: Boise State already is. It went undefeated three times in the regular season in the last decade and didn’t get a sniff, one reason the Broncos are upgrading next year from the Western Athletic Conference. You remember the WAC, the football league that can barely tie its shoes? Last weekend, Fresno State pummeled Cincinnati, the twotime defending Big East champion. Boise State, on the road, defeated the defending Atlantic Coast champion. Hawaii amassed 588 yards against USC, considered by many “the” team of the last decade. Utah State went to Norman and nearly shocked Oklahoma.

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BOISE STATE’S Dan Paul celebrates the team’s 33-30 victory over Virginia Tech Monday.

If Boise State keeps winning, come Thanksgiving, your leftover turkey won’t be as picked over. It’s funny, America fully embraces the underdog in every team sport except college football. It’s OK for Boise State to reach a Bowl Championship Series bowl game and shock Oklahoma, but don’t think about trying to beat out my alma mater for a coveted BCS title shot. Most people wanted to see Butler shock Duke in last year’s NCAA basketball championship game, yet many don’t want to give Boise State a shot at Alabama? Despite the Broncos’ lofty early poll stature, getting from there to No. 1 or No. 2 is going to be the toughest job interview anyone has ever endured. To reach the Jan. 10 title game, Boise State has to go above and beyond and over the top. What some people don’t get is that the weaknesses in Boise State’s profile are being mitigated. The power conference schools already get every benefit of doubt. Florida lost at home to Mississippi two years ago and came back to win the national title. Louisiana State lost two games in 2007 and has a BCS national title trophy in its case. Alabama’s near-loss at Tennessee last year didn’t count against the Crimson Tide one bit. Ohio State, in 2002, pulled out one close win after another on its way to the BCS title. Nebraska got to the title game in 2001 after a 62-36 loss at Colorado. Boise State probably can’t afford to trail in any of its remaining games this year, except maybe Oregon State on Sept. 25. It would be a BCS death sentence for the Broncos to wobble against Wyoming in Laramie after this bye week, even though that’s what Texas did last year at Lara-

mie. The Longhorns trailed, 10-6, just before halftime and ended up in the BCS title game. Other than playing in the watered-down WAC, don’t worry about Boise State getting any breaks along the way, it won’t. The Broncos won’t make it to the BCS title game unless power conference schools lose, maybe more than once. Even though, in its last two games away from the blue turf, Boise State has defeated two top10 teams, Texas Christian and Virginia Tech. Boise State’s first victory, if nothing else, extends the possibility of compelling drama. Boise plays Hawaii on Nov. 6. Will it matter if the Broncos’ defense gives up 200 fewer yards than the 588 USC allowed?

Boise State plays at San Jose State Oct. 16. Alabama beat San Jose State, 48-3. Will it matter if Boise wins 63-3? Boise State hosts Fresno State Nov. 19. Will it get credit for beating the team that beat up Cincinnati? Boise State hosts Utah State Dec. 4. Will it matter if the Broncos don’t need to hold their breath in the end the way Oklahoma needed to last week? Here’s the real Boise bottom line: If it was to somehow reach No. 1 or No. 2, no team in BCS history would have worked harder to get there. And no team would have deserved it more. Boise State isn’t going to get a free ride. The way it looks now, it might not even be a joy ride.

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BOISE STATE’S Doug Martin tries to split the tacklers and gain some extra yards against Virginia Tech Monday.

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UpcomiNg games Men’s soccer 9/11 @ Cortland 7 p.m. 9/15 Ursinus 7 p.m.

field hockey 9/9 @ Misericordia 4 p.m. 9/14 @ Haverford 4:30 p.m.

woMen’s soccer 9/11 @ Lebanon Valley 12 p.m. 9/15 @ Kean 7:30 p.m.

Women’s volleyball Scranton Invitational 9/13 @ Delaware Valley 7 p.m.

Men’s golf 9/18-19 Empire 8 Championships in New Hartford, N.Y.


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THE Aquinas FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

Sports

IN THis ISSUE FIELD HOCKEY Women are 2-0 ALSO INCLUDED The latest news, opinions and reviews

Men’s soccer off to hot start By Kevin Dermody Staff Writer The men’s soccer team is off to a great start after winning its first three matches of the season. The Royals started their season with a 3-2 victory against William Paterson Sept. 1. “William Paterson University is traditionally a very strong team in the New Jersey Athletic Conference and to win an away game after going down 1-0 was a big accomplishment,” coach Pivirotto said. In Scranton’s next two games, the Royals shut out State University of New York-Potsdam Saturday and Penn State- Hazelton Sunday 4-0 at Fitzpatrick Field. The team’s first win came Saturday against the SUNY-Potsdam Bears. The game started out as a defensive battle and Scranton had a number of shots in the first half that were just off the mark. The game was scoreless going into the half but it wouldn’t take long for Scranton to break the tie. In the 51st minute of play, senior forward Mike Drew nailed a header past the Bears’ goalie that gave the Royals a 1-0 advantage. Sophomore midfielder Kevin Romanauskas assisted Drew’s goal, which came from 16 yards out on a direct kick. After Scranton’s first goal the Royals couldn’t be stopped, scoring three more goals in the final 17 minutes of play. Sophomore midfielder Patrick Daley converted a penalty kick and gave the Royals a 2-0 lead. Six minutes later senior

Women’s soccer splits shutouts By tom foti Staff Writer

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SENIOR FORWARD Nick Glavin looks to penetrate the Penn State-Hazleton defense while junior midfielder Joseph Burrella looks on Sunday. The Royals shut out the Lions 4-0 and improved to 3-0.

forward Bryan Spiegelhoff scored a goal on an assist from junior midfielder Joseph Burbella. Sophomore midfielder Bill McGuiness scored the final goal of the game off a missed shot attempt by freshman forward Luke Flanagan. “Our system of play looked good and to get two goals from substitutes is very encouraging,” coach Pivirotto said. Scranton dominated SUNYPotsdam in shots, holding a 48-6 advantage over the Bears. Senior goalie Brandon Dombrowski had four saves for the Royals and recorded his first shutout of the season. The victory put the Royals at 2-0 on the season.

The Royals were back in action against Penn State-Hazelton Sunday at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior midfielder Joseph Burbella scored two goals and dished out two assists to lead the way for the Royals on his 20th birthday. Bubella scored his first goal at the 24 minute mark on a pass from Drew. Burbella then set up Scranton’s next goal, which was scored by freshman midfielder Paul Trisuzzi. Burbella followed his first assist by setting up senior forward Nick Glavan for a goal three minutes later. Glavan scorched a shot from 15 yards out to make the score 3-0 in Scranton’s favor. Burbella scored his second goal off a pass from Glavan in the

56th minute of play. Burbella’s goal made the score 4-0, which would end up being the final score of the match. “Being part of every goal in the 4-0 victory will really help boost my confidence and drive me to work hard in practice,” Burbella said. Once again Scranton dominated its opponent in shots, holding a 43-3 advantage. The shutout was the second of the Royal’s season and put the team at 3-0 on the year. The Royals’ next game is on the road at SUNY Cortland Saturday at 7 p.m. Cortland is coming off a loss to Lycoming College.

Over Labor Day weekend the women’s soccer team split its weekend matches to New Paltz and Plattsburgh State. Both matches ended 1-0 in overtime. On Friday, Scranton travelled to New Paltz, N. Y., where it beat the Hawks 1-0 in overtime. Freshman midfielder Rebecca Hextall scored the winning goal in the 98th minute. The victory boosted the Royals’ record to 2-0, their best start since 2003. Hextall, along with her teammates, senior Caroline Corasaniti and freshmen forwards Samantha Russo and Lizzy Straccia kept the pressure on the Hawks the entire match by combining for 22 of Scranton’s 35 shots. Senior goalie Caitlin Byrne stood tall and stopped six shots during regulation. Scranton’s defense rewarded Byrnes in overtime by not allowing a single shot. The offense kept Hawks goalie Stephanie Vega on her toes with six shots on goal in overtime. The Royals then returned to Scranton to face Plattsburgh State. Scranton could not repeat its previous result and fell to the Cardinals 1-0 in double overtime. The loss dropped the Royals’ record to 2-1 on the season. Plattsburgh State’s freshman forward Kayla Rabideau played the hero after scoring three minutes into

See “W SOC,” Page 15

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