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THE WOOD WORD December 2012

Marywood University’s Official Student Newspaper Communication Arts Department

Campus Ministry aids Sandy victims

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Lydia Mahonski helps Campus Ministry clean up at Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY. Read more about Campus Ministry and Hurricane Sandy on Pg. 3

2 News

Former Senator Mellow sentenced to federal prison Sarah Cruz

Assistant News Editor

U.S. District Judge Joel H. Slomsky sentenced former PA State Senator Robert J. Mellow, namesake of the Robert J. Mellow Center for Athletics and Wellness at Marywood University, to 16 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on Friday, Nov. 30. The Board of Trustees of Lackawanna College, whose theater is also named after Mellow, voted last week to maintain the name, according to The Times-Tribune. Whether Marywood has any plans to rename the Center for Athletics and Wellness is yet to be determined. “Any consideration for changing this honor would

be made only after comprehensive private dialogue among Marywood University principals,” stated Juneann Greco, commmunications director. Joseph X. Garvey, vice president for business affairs and treasurer, declined to comment on the matter stating that the Board of Trustees has not fully discussed the issue. Mellow plead guilty to charges of tax evasion and mail fraud on May 9 of this year after an extensive federal investigation that included searches of his home and office by FBI and IRS agents. He served as the Senate Democratic leader for 40 years before announcing in 2010 that he would not seek an 11th term. According to the Marywood website, Mellow,

who was awarded an honorary doctorate at the university’s 2002 commencement ceremony, secured $2 million in funding for the construction of the gymnasium that was dedicated on Sept. 15, 2006. A large portrait of the former PA legislator is prominently displayed in its entranceway along with a plaque that reads in part, “[His] Steadfast Commitment to Service on Behalf of All the Citizens of Northeast Pennsylvania Makes Possible Marywood’s Continued Mission of Education in the Area of Community Health and Wellness.” The next Marywood Board of Trustees meetings are scheduled Bob Hannon/The Wood Word for Jan. 24-26, 2013. Visitors to The Mellow Center are greeted by a portrait and plaque of the former state legaslature.

Nazareth Student Center earns SAGE Award

The Main Dining Room is just one of the many areas that was renovated within Nazareth.

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Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence, presented by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and MetroAction 2012, recently awarded The Palumbo Group the SAGE Award for their design works in the Nazareth Student Center at Marywood University. Interior architect and Marywood alumnus, Nina Telesca Magnani, worked together with architects; Bill Jones and John Palumbo, engineers; Smith Miller, Charlie Smith, Dave Paden, Compass Groups’s Todd D. Leger for kitchen

consultants, construction managers; Nick Reuther, Dave Mancuso, and John Bonacci, plumbing; Steve Swanson, Heating Ventalation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), John Kuna, Marywood faculty and staff; Todd D. Leger, Tom Notchick, Sister Anne Munley, Joseph X. Garvey, and Wendy Yankelitis to complete the university project. “As with all projects, it takes team effort and collaboration for a project to be a success,” said Telesca Magnani.



Marywood reaches out to Hurricane Sandy victims Elysabethe Brown News Editor

Although Marywood was kept safe during the wrath of Hurricane Sandy that wiped out many along the east coast in November, Campus Ministry is finding ways to reach out to those affected through service and mission opportunities. Ann O’Brien, assistant director for service-learning and community service, explained that Campus Ministry has been collecting donations for a number of items such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, food, batteries, garbage bags, and Visa gift cards. Campus Ministry has also organized volunteer trips this past November 10 and 11, and also on December 2 and 8. Seventy-five students, one alumnus, and two staff members from Marywood traveled to Ferry, NJ, and Gerritsen Beach in

Brooklyn, NY to help in the relief efforts. “We met people who were just thankful to survive. That’s very powerful,” said O’Brien who explained that students did odd jobs such as cleaning houses. “It looks like trash to you and me, but it’s these people’s whole lives.” Kathryn Varunok, a senior psychology major who has family members in Gerritsen Beach, helped connect Marywood’s Campus Ministry to the area. “Everyone down there is so busy with work and trying to take care of their families and everything, so that on top of the house is a lot to deal with. We have the resources and the energy, the emotional energy, to go down and help out,” she said. Varunok said that the houses she helped clean were damaged with 4-7 feet of sewage water, and also had mold. “We basi-

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Many of the homes in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY, suffered severe water damage due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

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Marissa Pulcini at Little Ferry, NJ, helping to clean under a home damaged after the natural disaster.

cally do whatever we have to do,” she said, adding that lately they have been helping organize the relief center where donations are collected. The relief center also provides a place where residents can come to get warm, charge their cell phones, or just take a break from their now stressful days of emotional and physical distress. “Basically we just gut all the houses. It’s sad because it’s all of their personal belongings just gone. Everyone’s been pretty devastated,” Varunok said. Lydia Mahonski, freshman pre-physician assistant major, also helped clean out homes during the service trips. “The second time that I went to New York, I helped clean the house of a 75-year-old man. Everything was still soaking wet. There was mold all over, and the smell was almost unbearable. We ended up throwing

away just about everything that was in the house, which was very sad to see.” O’Brien said that Campus Ministry has already taken two donations of supplies to New York, organized a blood drive, worked with Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization, given monetary donations to The Red Cross, and would like to continue service in the spring. “It really shows who we are as a community,” said O’Brien. “We have a heart for service.” To make donations to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, contact Kathryn Varunok at, Ann O’Brien at, or visit the Campus Ministry office located in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life.

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Pictured left to right, Domenica Hudy, and Meghan Coyle in Little Ferry, NJ, helping to clean and repair homes after Hurricane Sandy.

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Countless families lost most of their belongings after Hurricane Sandy swept through their communities.

4 News

University announces updated mission and core values Devon Davis Staff Writer

Marywood’s Mission Statement and Core Values recently got a facelift. Dr. Ellen Boylan, director of institutional research, said that there has been no drastic changes, only minor editing. “The mission and core values were revised over a year and the important part about this whole process was to engage the whole campus community.” Boylan explained that such changes occur every 10 years because when the university is due for accreditation, the Board of Trustees looks over the mission and

core values to make sure that the wording and emphasis still relate to students today. Very few students were even aware a change had occurred. Those who were aware seemed not to know how much or how little the mission and core values had changed. However, many students remembered filling out a survey about what they would like to see changed in the mission and values an entire year before. Nicholas Pesarcik, senior financial planning/management major, said that adjusting the mission statement and core values helps to make the message current and relevant to today’s student population.

“The new mission and core values provide an updated set of guidelines for Marywood to plan for the future. New components such as sustainability, global citizenship, and graduate education, among others, create a framework for Marywood to move forward as an institution,” he said. Although the Marywood website did not explain why the mission and core values have been changed, they have updated the wording on the President’s page. While the phraseology has changed, the premise of the mission and values will remain the same, according to Boylan. Key words such as:

Catholic Identity, Respect, Empowerment, Service, and Excellence still remain cornerstones in the core values. The mission statement still communicates the idea of academic excellence and personal empowerment. “We need every once and a while to look inside ourselves and examine what we are doing and make sure we are keeping faith with our promise to the students and the community that we touch,” Boylan said. To compare the former mission statement and core values to the new one, visit

Mission Statement

Marywood University, sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, roots itself in the Catholic intellectuOur undergraduate and graduate programs promote academic excellence, advance innovative scholarship, and foster leadership in service to others. Within a welcoming and supportive community, Marywood

challenges individuals of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential and make choices based on spiritual and ethical values. Marywood University prepares students to seek sustainable solutions for the common good and educates global citizens to live responsibly in an interdependent world.

Core Values In support of the mission, the Marywood University community actively espouses five core values: Catholic Identity The pursuit of truth, goodness, beauty, justice, and the common good within the context of the Catholic faith tradition and in dialogue and service with persons of diverse faiths and worldviews. Respect Honoring the uniqueness and dignity of each human person; demonstrating ethical and just interactions; and caring for the earth and all creation through a commitment to sustainability.

Empowerment Access to education that enables all to achieve their full potential to live as conscientious citizens in a pluralistic society. Service A commitment to promoting social responsibility which fosters community engagement to meet real needs. Excellence Manifesting Marywood University's pursuit of the highest level of achievement in support of "Sanctitas, Scientia, Sanitas."

News Briefs

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 12 p.m. in the Marian Chapel. This is a patronal feast for the IHM Sisters and for Marywood University. It is also a holy day of obligation. A special reception will be held afterward. Advent Christmas Liturgy: Mass will be celebrated on, Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the Marian Chapel in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. Annual Holiday Dinner: The Student Government Association will sponsor the annual Holiday Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Upper Dining Room and Fireplace Lounge of the Nazareth Student Center. Free for all students; this year’s theme will be “The Island of Misfit Toys.” Flapjack Fest: Faculty and staff will serve breakfast to students on the Monday, Dec. 10, the eve of final exams, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. All-you-caneat pancakes, eggs, sausage, and other breakfast fare will be served and is free to all students. Final Exams: Final examinations begin Tuesday, Dec. 11 and end Saturday, Dec. 15. The final exam schedule can be found online at 37th Annual Performance of “The Nutcracker”: Marywood University and The Ballet Theatre of Scranton present their annual free gift to the community in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts from Wednesday, Dec. 26 to Friday, Dec. 28 at 2p.m. and 7p.m. Reserved seating is available at the box office two hours before each specific performance. For more information please call 570-347-2867.



Automated system attacks the stacks The Wood Word Editorial Board

As reported in the November issue of The Wood Word, Marywood University plans to build a new state-of-theart library called the Learning Commons, which is set to open in 2015. The estimated cost of this project is $35 million. At the heart of the new facility will be what is known as an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS), a robotic inventory filing machine that will house the vast majority of the library’s volumes. ASRS has been utilized by academic libraries for more than 20 years at academic institutions including Santa Clara University

in California and Colgate University in upstate New York. According to the manufacturer, Dematic, the ASRS consists of two main components: the first part is numerous rows of industrial racks containing various sized metal bins holding the library’s volumes, which are stored according to size rather than catalog number. Each rack has a large crane attached to it that retrieves the texts located in that section. The second part is the software that runs the actual machine. When a user requests a book through the library ordering system, the information is then sent to the ASRS, which activates the corresponding crane to

retrieve the request and place it on a shelf where a staff member delivers it to the circulation desk to be picked up. In short, the system will convert the library into a giant book vending machine. While having such an advanced system will set Marywood apart from other universities in the area, and may, over time, save space and money, what will be the costs--both tangible and intangible--to the University? Patrons will lose the joy of browsing through the books stacks and stumbling upon a book they didn’t even know they wanted while searching for another. Only a handful of stacks will be left for traditional

Electronics Extraordinaire: Gadgets of Christmas past Robert Smith Multimedia Editor

This holiday season, consumers will have plenty of options for picking electronics to go under the tree, from a fourth generation iPad, to blockbuster video games like “Halo 4” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the electronics that drew long lines at the stores during past holidays. A CNN Money article from 10 years ago harkens back to a time when talks of a high-definition cell phone would get a few laughs from the tech-wise and blank stares from everyone else. The items topping the consumers’ Christmas lists in 2002 were Plasma screen

TVs and the second generation of Apple’s iPod (This was the first iPod to feature the signature touch sensitive scrolling wheel). The year 2007 saw a comeback for PC interest according to a consumer search analysis by Experian Marketing Services. Searches for computer gifts constituted 34% of the total, with other hot gadgets including cell phones made by Samsung and Nokia (Not Apple, despite this being the release year for the first iPhone), and the fast-selling Nintendo Wii. Shortages of the gaming system were so bad that electronics retailer GameStop started a rain check program on December 21, 2007 that let consumers pay for a Wii that was

guaranteed to ship to them by Jan. 25 of the following year. The year 2010 saw the Christmas of the iPad and the Kindle, selling a year total of an estimated 10 million and 8 million respectively according to a CNET article dated December 21, 2010. This year’s list toppers are the latest incarnations of established brands like the iPad, Kindle, iPhone, and video game series like “Halo”, “Call of Duty”, and “Assassins Creed,” but it’s nice to see how far we’ve come in the past 10 years, from a music player with a black and white screen to one that pretty much does anything you want short of making you breakfast….but hey, there’s always next year for that.

browsing when the Learning Commons is constructed. This will further require students to rely more on technology than on their own cognitive abilities. The new Learning Commons will turn scholarly research into a robot expedition. With any new technology comes technological glitches. With our entire community relying on an automated system for access to knowledge, we will find ourselves at the mercy of the machine, relying on it rather than on human capital to achieve quality performance. However, a positive change that can come from the switch to an automated book service is the addition of jobs. According

to Jim Frutchey, interim director of library services, there will actually be an influx in hiring due to the new system. The new system will require new staff to transport the books from machine to library patron. In other words, the staff member will be working for the robot rather than vice versa. Thankfully, the new system will not be omitting jobs, but in fact, creating them. The robot-like system will provide us a prominent placement among universities in the country. But taking into account all the aspects of the system, it leaves us questioning: is it something that will truly benefit our community?

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6 Opinion

Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas

Vikki Hartt

Opinion Co-Editor

As the holiday season approaches, so do the cheerful greetings from friends, neighbors, and even workers at stores and restaurants. But what kind of cheerful greeting would you rather hear? It’s a question that comes up every year right around December, that daunting debate: “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Technically, “Happy Holidays” is the politically correct greeting to say to virtually anyone. The greeting, “Happy Holidays” encompasses all holidays into one simple greeting, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Year’s. Because we live in a multicultural society, “Happy Holidays” is a more sensitive way to greet someone. Sure, some of us have grown up hearing “Merry Christmas” and we might just say it out of habit, but times have changed and we have to realize that Christmas is not celebrated by everyone, and that someone could actually be offended by the greeting. A

poll by the Religion News Survey shows that 49% of the people surveyed were opposed to sayings such as “Merry Christmas,” and would rather the greeting “Happy Holidays.” There may also be a generational bias. According to a Fox News article, older generations were more likely to choose “Merry Christmas,” while 50% of the younger generation preferred “Happy Holidays.” There is really no “right” or “wrong” greeting; it’s up to you which greeting to use. Personally, I think “Happy Holidays” is the “safe choice.” I want to celebrate the holidays with love and joy and not offend anyone. I don’t think I would appreciate it if I celebrated Kwanza and someone said “Merry Christmas” to me, so I think “Happy Holidays” is a good greeting to use, especially to people you don’t know very well. Overall, it’s still a nice greeting that sends the same message, celebrating joy and happiness during the holiday season. Season’s Greetings!

Happy Holidays

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Opinion co-editors Vikki Hartt and Kelly Rickert face off over greeting people with “Happy Holidays” vs “Merry Christmas.”

Merry Christmas

Kelly Rickert

Opinion Co-Editor

While “Happy Holidays” has been deemed the “politically correct” greeting of the winter season, there are many people who still prefer expressing cheer by saying “Merry Christmas.” This is not as far of a reach as much of the media would have people believe since, according to a 2011 Gallup poll, 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas. The people who say “Merry Christmas” to others at this time of year do not do so maliciously or to offend the 5% of Americans who do not celebrate the holiday; they simply do it to share the cheer and joy of the season. The greeting “Merry Christmas” is meant to bring cheer and generally does not offend even non-Christians. In fact, Frydman-Kohl, a rabbi in a large conservative synagogue in the United States, once said, “If someone doesn’t know I’m Jewish and says Merry Christmas’ to me, it’s not time for a lesson on how one might greet people. It’s time to accept it in a good spirit

and wish someone well.” Also, in an article titled, “The Jewish Case for ‘Merry Christmas,” Don Feder defends the expression “Merry Christmas” comparing it to someone saying “Happy Hanukkah” in Tel Aviv, Israel. In response to comments saying “Merry Christmas” was disrespectful, Feder says“Disrespectful to who? The 5% of the American people who don’t celebrate Christmas? But how many of them actually care? For years, people said ‘Merry Christmas’ to me, without inflicting severe emotional harm. Would it be disrespectful for a clerk in Tel Aviv to wish someone a ‘Happy Hanukkah’?” Personally, I celebrate a traditional Christian Christmas, so I greet people by saying “Merry Christmas” to share my joy in celebrating the season. If someone were to be offended by this, I would hope they would tell me, but I have yet to have this happen in my lifetime. So, as we come upon this season, I want to wish readers a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year.

Letter to the Editor: A student’s thoughts on commuter equality Dear Editor,

What type of student is more valuable to a university, a commuter or a resident? Ideally, all students attending a university should be treated equally and the benefits they receive should be dispersed evenly. Ideally, this question should not even have to be asked. However, this ideal situation is not the case at Marywood University.

Several instances of poor policies that negatively affect the commuter student populace especially stand out. First, something that affects residents and commuters alike is the escalating cost to park a car on campus. A reasonable question that students should be asking, especially the majority of students who pay these fees (commuters), is why have costs risen by $50 for two consecutive

years given that no new parking lots have been constructed? The second question that ought to be raised is, what happened to the Commuter Lounge? With the loss of this space, and by not creating a replacement for it anywhere on campus, Marywood University officials have essentially said “who cares” to the commuter students on campus. Now left are the multiple lounges on campus that

are chronically loud (nonviable areas for study) and the library which tends to overflow at busy portions of the semester. Other institutions have study spaces for their non-residential students. In fact, the University of Scranton not only has many excellent study spaces on campus, but they also have lockers for all of their commuter students and an organization that arranges parties and other benefits for them.

Tuition at Marywood is $28,000. Commuter students make up the majority of students that attend Marywood. My question is whether I am unreasonable in wondering why some of this $28, 000 per year, per student, is not spent to benefit the majority of the students?

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Bill Loughney Sophomore Pre-Med

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Club ornaments adorn Marywood tree Autumn Granza Community Editor

Marywood held its annual tree lighting, which kicks off the holiday season here on campus, on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Rotunda of the Liberal Arts Center and celebrated the lighting ceremony. As part of the tradition, each club on campus creates their own ornament, which represents their club and its beliefs, and places it on the tree during the tree lighting ceremony. In case you missed the ceremony, make sure you stop by the Rotunda to check out these ornaments created by Marywood’s clubs. Members of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), a professional education organization, made the three Greek letters and colored them purple and green. They also wrote “kappa,” “delta,” and “pi” on them. Also participating is the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). PSEA’s ornament is a wreath of crayons. The Psychology Club decided to create a Sigmund Freud head with a Santa hat as their ornament. Sarah Wright, senior Psychology major and Psychology Club president, said that Freud has become like the club’s mascot, appearing on their shirts and now the club’s ornament. “He represents psychology, and people poke fun at him, but he was brilliant,” Wright said. The Speech and Hearing

Club created their logo, with “Speech and Hearing Club” written in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) underneath, which looks like: (/spitʃ ænd hɪrɪŋ kləb/). The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) made a puzzle ornament with a circular light blue background, and then on the background each student made a puzzle piece out of white painted rotelle noodles, resembling a snowflake. The Volunteer in Action (VIA) Club decided to personalize their ornament and incorporate each member. VIA created an ornament wreath, and each member traced and cut out their hands and put the hands together to create the leaves of the wreath. Psi Chi also wanted to add their own special twist to the tree and put the Psi Chi symbol in the center of the ornament and then decorated it by surrounding the outside with a “string of lights.” “I enjoyed creating our ornament,” said Katey Varunok, senior Psychology major. “It got us into the spirit of Christmas and is a good way to represent the club. It makes it fun and makes people want to know more.” The Business Students Association (BSA) created their Christmas ornament from recycled products to focus on the sustainability aspect of Net Impact and its mission. The Biology Club and American Chemical Society (ACS) also reflected their clubs by creating two ornaments.

One is a DNA helix and the other is a type of molecule. The Ally Club will have a rotating ornament on the tree. The club created three dimensional triangles in different colors, like the rainbow. The Dance team also participated and created a wire sculpture ballerina with a tulle tutu to add some creativity. Autism Speaks’ ornament is a snowman with a hat decorated with the official chapter logo from Autism Speaks. The International Club created an ornament ball using colored wires. The number of bells on the ornament represents the number of different countries our international students come from. POW also created a onein-a-million snowflake and pasted “POW” on its front. “No two snowflakes are the same, and with that idea POW embraces the unique talents each of our members bring to the organization,” said senior elementary and early education major and treasurer, Ashley Marie Burke. Each ornament reflects the club that created it and shows that no matter how diverse Marywood may be, everyone is brought together during the holiday season. The tree, a 19-foot Douglas Fir, will remain lit in the Rotunda until early January. Stop by to check out The Wood Word’s ornament, too. Photo Credit/ Autumn Granza

Above Psychology club presidet, Sarah Wright, begins creating the club’s Sigmund Freud ornament. Bottom left Ashley Burke of POW starts to add her own piece to the club’s snowflake and Psychology club, Katey Varunok, right begins Psi Chi’s ornament.

POW members proudly pose with their newly made “one in a million” snowflake.


Celebrating International hurdles Mandy Scritchfield

Assistant Community Editor

Molly Boylan Editor-in-Chief

Autumn Granza Community Editor

International students are arriving in greater numbers each semester at Marywood. The process for foreign students to become enrolled in an American institution is extensive. There are certain hurdles that these students may encounter that American students would not. David Crisci, associate director of international affairs, said that even though the process to join an institution may be challenging, it is worthwhile. “I think that studying at Marywood provides a good experience for not only the international students, but for the domestic students as well” he said. The first few steps for applying are the same for international students as they are for domestic students. Before coming to Marywood, an international student must first prove they have a grasp

of the English lnguage in order to even be able to apply. Undergraduate and graduate students must first complete the application, and send their high school transcripts and test scores to university admissions. Finally, they must have a letter of recommendation and there is a long list of official documents that are required. “Joining classes is the same process for international students, as it is for domestic students. However, a greater difficulty is presented with the language barrier,” said David Crisci, associate director international affairs here at Marywood. Although, studying at Marywood may be a bit more difficult for international students, Crisci said that Marywood provides tutoring and any kind of help that international students may need. The “procedure” for international students to have the opportunity to study at Marywood can be a long hard road. “It’s well worth it, though,” Crisci said.

Autumn Granza Community Editor “I came here with her because I love her,” he said. Yuan Zhou came to Marywood University from China to study with his fiance, Lujing Zhou. The recently engaged couple have been tackling life here in the States. It was Luing’s drive to expand her knowledge that guided both her and Yuan to Marywood University. Lujing and Yuan, or “Joe,” as he’s called by friends, began their first semester at an American university last August. The pair, ages 27 and 30 respectively, are both from Shanghai, China. Both Lujing and Yuan were born in a smaller section of Shanghai, 25 miles from the center of the city.

Adapting to a foreign culture “Before we arrived here, people always asked us why did we choose Scranton,” said Lujing. “Our answer is that we were born in a small town and we can adapt to a small city’s lifestyle.” However, both Lujing and Yuan agree that when comparing their lives in Shanghai to their lives in Scranton, Scranton is a little bit dull. There are not as many places of entertainment in Scranton as there are in Shanghai. And, without a driver’s license between the pair, they don’t have much opportunity to explore. “There are not many places to go, especially when we have no car and depend on the bus schedule,” said Lujing. “That’s why I now want to apply for a driver’s license here.” Aside from the city they now live in, their diets have also changed. In China, they were used to eating a lot of rice. Although they were accustomed to eating KFC, Subway, and McDonald’s in Shanghai, they cannot handle eating it all of the time. “We cook a lot of traditional food. However, Scranton does not have a China Town, so we go to an Asian market here, and travel to New York to buy a lot of Chinese food, and then store it at home,” explained Lujing. “Now, our diet model is combined with eastern and western foods, which taste better.”

Loving and learn

“I am now good at cooking. Steak with onions and fresh hamburger with lettuce are two new kinds of food I am good at cooking now,” explains Yuan. Lujing and Yuan do not live on campus but instead with a local family that provides housing and food for the couple. Living with a local family gives Lujing and Yuan the chance to meet other local people, and they also celebrated their first Labor Day and Thanksgiving with the family. The family also shows them many interesting places Autu in Scranton, and on the weekend they Newly engaged couple, Lu all go to the gro- pose as they represent Ch cery store together. Lujing and Yuan know some other people in this area who came here from Shanghai. They all hang out together and go see sights such as the view in Tobyhanna, Lake Scranton, and the shopping outlets. They have also made the journey to New York City and plan to visit the city again around the holiday season. AlthoughbothLujingandYuanhavemadefriends, they both miss their parents and friends a lot. “We Skype and MicroBlog to contact our friends and family everyday,” said Lujing. “Texts to China cost 5 cents for a message, which helps us to link to China in a less cost-effective way.” China uses SINA Microblog rather than Facebook because Facebook is not permitted in China. Although they are away from home, they do not feel out of place here in America.

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ning a world away “There are many Chinese students studying in the US every year. Marywood also has some new Chinese students admitted into this school this year. I know at least four students,” explains Lujing. “American culture is mixed with different countries, so I feel comfortable here.”

Studying abroad to help their homeland

Lujing originally enrolled ujing and Yuan, proudly at the Univerhina here at Marywood. sity of Scranton while Yuan enrolled here at Marywood. Lujing soon transferred to Marywood for two reasons. She felt that she would get more one-onone tutoring time here at Marywood as opposed to the University of Scranton, and she believe that she and Yuan should be at the same school to give each other support. “Marywood is a friendly campus. That’s why I transferred from the University of Scranton to here,” said Lujing. In China, Lujing worked as a physician specializing in gastroenterology at Huashan Hospital. She attended Shanghai Jiaotong University Schoool of Medicine where she obtained her undergraduate degree. Yuan studied at Shanghai University for management and worked for the Chinese government for six years. At Marywood, both are enrolled as gradu-

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ate students. Lujing is a graduate student going for her Master’s in management of Health Services Administration. She is expected to obtain her Master’s in 2014. “There are many good physicians in China, but there is a lack of management skills that are needed. After years of working, I’ve seen good and bad practices at work and there is a gap. I came here to learn the skills and the operation mode of America to see what would be most effective in China,” said Lujing. Yuan is a graduate student in the business program. However, to start taking classes in business, he must first complete the Intensive English Program. Yuan will find out if he passed or failed the Intensive English Program at the end of the semester. Yuan said he hopes to invest in a company or to become a manager once he obtains his Master’s degree. He is also expected to graduate in 2014. “Shanghai is the biggest financial center of China. There is a big business market,” explained Yuan. “I wish to use the skills learned here to forward that business market.” Both Lujing and Yuan feel it was more effective to work in their field and then come to America and study. Although they said they experienced culture shock at first, they are pursuing their graduate education in their desired fields in America. Both said that the education they will receive here will give them an advantage. They plan to bring back that knowledge and experience to China. “To go abroad is a challenge for me because after five years working for local Chinese government, I have even forgotten how to speak English. However, I believe each challenge is born with great opportunity. I know the change here was tough at the beginning, however, with courage and confidence, with hope and pperseverance, I am sure that after two years of education here, Lujing and I will gain more: not only in life skills but also in knowledge. It will be a great experience for us. When I miss my mom, when I meet difficulties, I always tell myself to keep on trying. Every time I try is one step closer to success,” proudly announced Yuan.

Around the world in 7 days Ashley Padula

Assistant Community Edtor

In mid-November, students got the chance to travel around the world without stepping foot off of the Marywood University campus. International Week kicked off on Monday, Nov. 12. The week-long celebration included events like the Interfaith Dialogue Forum, international dinner, and cultural exposition. The forum was a discussion among students, faculty, and staff about their religions and personal beliefs, and also their cultural differences and experiences. According to Dianne Leow, freshman nutrition and dietetics major and president of International Club, it was the club’s first time sponsoring such a forum, in which more than 20 people participated. There were many people who attended the event, including Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics, Christians, and free-thinkers. Later in the week, the International Dinner brought together students, staff, faculty members, and family members

for an international meal. At the dinner international students were dressed in traditional clothing to attend the dinner. “This year’s dinner is so far the best in terms of the number of people who attended the dinner, over 160, which is the highest number of all years we have done,” Leow said. Dr. Amir Alakaam from Iraq was the featured speaker at the dinner and his talk was titled ‘The Adjustments to Food and Culture.’ David Crisci, associate director of international affairs, also spoke about his international experiences. To close off the night, children from the Irish Step Team performed. A Cultural Exposition in the Rotunda closed out the week which showcased food, flags, historical buildings, and even symbolic items from the international students countries. “I think International Week is a great event on campus that allows us to converse with people from other countries and cultures and get a better perspective on one another,” said Ellen Clauss, freshman business major.

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Student Spotlight Ashley Padula

Assistant Community Editor

Lauren Reiss Hometown: Medford, New Jersey Major: Speech Pathology Year: 2015 Q: What exactly is the ASHA Conference that you attended? A: The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) conference is an annual conference for speech language pathologists, audiologists, and scientists specializing in speech, language, and hearing. There are various poster sessions and seminars offered to provide attendees with recent evidence based research to acquire new skills and resources to help them in their profession. Q: Who else did you attend the conference with? A: I attended the conference in Atlanta, Georgia, with several students and professors from Marywood. Q: Why did you go to this conference? A: I attended the conference with several other students because we were all part of groups presenting posters that we had worked on with our faculty advisors. There were four posters presented from Marywood.

Sister John Asks: What do you want for Christmas? Sister John Michele Southwick, I.H.M. Special Contributor to The Wood Word

What do you want for Christmas, if you had a choice? There are many things we could choose: clothes, electronics, gift cards. I suppose they would make you happy, for awhile. Then they get old and you need something else to take their place, and on and on it goes. But if you could choose something more important, might it be happiness? Deep down, real happiness with yourself - would you choose it? And what are you willing to do to make that a reality? It is possible! If you are never happy with yourself, you can never be happy with your life, or anything else you might

have, or anyone else you might meet in your life. Happiness with yourself is a gift that you can give to yourself that is something beyond measure. So you say, how do I do that? Well, I might just have a suggestion to start. SEARCH is a retreat that is happening on Feb. 1-3. It is a life-changing retreat that you won’t want to miss! Spend a weekend with members of the Marywood community while learning more about yourself in three days than you thought possible. Sign up in Campus Ministry before break or email Sr. John at

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Q: How did you prepare for the conference? A: All of the students and faculty members spent many hours during the spring semester and this current fall semester to prepare for the trip to ASHA. In order to present our study, data needed to be collected, analyzed, coded, and compared. Once that was accomplished, we had to focus on creating our posters to be on display. Although it was a lot of hard work, it was worth it in the end to see our posters hanging up at the national conference. Q: What was your poster about? A: Our poster was about a study we did on children between the ages of 20-32 months with their mothers in three different scenarios to see how responsive the mother was to the child’s behavior. The children were also taught to use a simple AAC device, which is programmed to speak when the button is pressed, since these children were at risk for verbal development. Q: What did you do there and what did you learn from it? A: The poster sessions were more informal than the seminars, but still provided attendees with a significant amount of information regarding research studies. Each poster was allotted a time period in which the members presenting the poster stood by the poster and gave a summary of our research and answered questions for any attendees walking around. We learned a great deal from the conference. The seminars were Bob Hannon/The Wood Word broken down into more specific categories and areas of study within the Communication Sciences and Disorders spectrum, so we were able to choose areas of interest Marywood University’s annual tree lighting ceremony occurred on Dec. 5 at 4 to each of us. Also, it was interesting to see the studies presented in the posters by p.m. in the Rotunda of the Liberal Arts Center. The Christmas tree is a 19- foot students and professionals in the field. Douglas fir from Crystal Spring Tree Farm located in Lehighton, Pa. Check back for photos of the tree lighting ceremony on our website:


Editors rank favorite Christmas classics


hristmastime is here and our editors have been working like elves to publish this issue. While on a break, the editors participated in a survey to see what holiday films and animated TV film specials they enjoy tuning in to every year. “Elf” came out on top for favorite holiday movie. “The Year Without a Santa Claus” was ranked highest for favorite holiday animated film. Please refer to the list of times at the bottom to see when you can tune in.

Top 5 Christmas Movies 1. “Elf” 2. “The Santa Clause” 3. “Home Alone” 4. “Christmas Vacation” 5. “A Christmas Story”

Top 5 Christmas Animated Movies 1. “The Year without a Santa Claus” 2. “Frosty the Snowman” 3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” 4. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” 5. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” “Elf:” 12/6 (10 p.m.), 12/7 (3 p.m.) ABC Family “The Santa Clause:” 12/7 (7 p.m.), 12/8 (4 p.m.), 12/11 (7 p.m.), 12/12 (5 p.m.), 12/21 (9 p.m.), 12/22 (6 p.m.), 12/24 (3 p.m.), 12/25 (11 a.m.) ABC Family “Home Alone:” 12/10 (9 p.m.), 12/11 (5 p.m.), 12/18 (8 p.m.), 12/19 (5 p.m.), 12/24 (9 p.m.), 12/25 (7 p.m.) ABC Family “Christmas Vacation:” 12/12 (9 p.m.), 12/13 (7 p.m.), 12/20 (9 p.m.), 12/21 (7 p.m.), 12/25 (12 a.m. & 9 p.m.) ABC Family “A Christmas Story:” 12/24-12/25 (24 Hour Marathon, beginning at 8 p.m.) TBS “The Year Without a Santa Claus:” 12/10 (7 p.m.), 12/15 (11 p.m.), 12/16 (1 p.m.), 12/22 (4 p.m.), ABC Family “How the Grinch Stole Christmas:” 12/18, 12/25 (8 p.m.) ABC “A Charlie Brown Christmas:” 12/18 (9 p.m.) ABC

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Hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, & holiday TV specials Ashley Padula Asst. Community Editor This holiday season, you will most likely be busy spending time with family while decorating your Christmas tree, baking cookies, wrapping presents, or writing out Christmas cards. You may also be watching your favorite holiday movies, such as "Home Alone" or "Elf." If you find yourself getting bored with the holiday classics, you can always tune into one of this year's TV Christmas specials. The featured specials include "A Michael Bublé

Christmas," "Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas," and the "CMA Country Christmas." For the second year in a row, Michael Bublé returns to NBC for another Christmas special that promises music and comedy. The Grammy Award-winning crooner will lend his vocals to many classic holiday songs. Bublé will also be joined by several special guests for a night of fun and surprises, according to NBC. This special will be aired on Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Blake Shelton will have many

celebrity guests appearing this year on his holiday special titled, "Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas." The star-studded guest list includes Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, fellow country artist Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, and his mother, Dorothy Shackleford. Sterling Whitaker, writer for, reported that the show will also include comedy sketches featuring fellow "Voice" coach Christina Aguilera, Larry the Cable Guy, and comedian Jay Leno. You can catch this Christmas special on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

The "CMA Country Christmas" special returns to ABC for the third year on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. According to, the special will consist of numerous country artists performing Christmas songs and sharing their special holiday memories. Some of the performers include Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, and Keith Urban. This year's show will be hosted by Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. This year's Christmas specials feature a variety of performers and musical stylings. If you can find the time to put "Elf"

or "Home Alone" on pause, you might just get that extra burst of Christmas spirit you were searching for.

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Predicting the nominations: who will take home Oscar gold? Owen Karoscik Asst. A & E Editor It’s Oscar Season again! On Jan. 10, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce nominations for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Most of the categories consist of five nominees. Members of the Academy are only able to nominate in their respective areas of work. For example, actors nominate actors, whereas directors nominate directors. The only exception to this is for the Best Picture category. Steven Zeitchik, reporter for the Los Angeles Times, states that “All 5,755 voting members choose their top 10 best picture nominees.” As an avid moviegoer, here are my predictions for the Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress Academy Award nominations. The Best Picture category will most likely consist of a variety of genres. The film adaptation

of “Les Miserables”, the iconic musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel, is directed by Tom Hopper and stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway. Kayla McNamara, music therapy major, thinks Les Miserables will win the Oscar "without a doubt." Miss McNamara goes on to say, "I've been a fan of the musical since high school and I'm excited to see a lot of bigname celebrities in the movie adaptation." Kathryn Bigelow, the first female director to win an Oscar, returns to the Middle East to chronicle the decadelong manhunt for Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty.” “The Fighter” director, David O. Russell, guides a bipolar Bradley Cooper who falls for Jennifer Lawrence in the comedy-drama “Silver Linings Playbook.” Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) makes his 3-D debut in the adaptation of the bestseller about a shipwrecked boy trapped on a lifeboat with a tiger in “Life

of Pi.” Steven Spielberg’s period piece about the final four months of Abraham Lincoln’s life is the film to beat. “Lincoln” will shine all the way to the stage of the Kodak Theater. The Best Actor category should be renamed this year to "Daniel Day-Lewis versus the other four guys." Lewis’s portrayal of the title character in “Lincoln” is absolutely breathtaking and will earn the brilliant actor his third Oscar. Anthony Hopkins is my pick for runner-up. He stars as the legendary director, Alfred Hitchcock, in the film “Hitchcock.” Denzel Washington has been earning rave reviews for his performance as a drug addict and alcoholic pilot who saves his crew and passengers and must stand trial in “Flight.” Bradley Cooper, the “Hangover” star, gets both funny and serious as a man with bipolar disorder looking for love in “Silver Linings Playbook.” The final slot will probably go to Hugh Jackman, for his performance

as a former prisoner turned aristocrat in the film adaptation of “Les Miserables.” Unlike its predecessor, the Best Actress category will be competitive. The face-off will be between “Silver Linings Playbook” heroine Jennifer Lawrence and “Zero Dark Thirty” C.I.A. agent Jessica Chastain. Helen Mirren may earn another nomination for her portrayal of the famed director’s wife in “Hitchcock.” Naomi Watts has also been earning buzz for her performance as a mother trying to survive in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami in “The Impossible.” The final slot will go to a former Oscar nominee, Kiera Knightly, for portraying the title character in “Anna Karenina.” The 85th annual Academy Awards will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The show will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 24, 2013. Graphic Credit: Melissa Foligno


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Santa Trolley

Annual Holiday Dinner

Various Times: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Location: Electric City Trolley Museum 300 Cliff St., Scranton Phone: 570-963-6590 Ticket Price: Adults $8, Senior Citizens $7, Children (4-17) $6, under 4 is free


Marywood Opera Ensemble Performance

Starting Time: 7 p.m. Location: Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts

10 Guitar Ensemable Concert

Starting Time: 4:30 p.m. Mass, Dinner to follow

Starting Time: 4:30 p.m. Mass, Dinner to follow

Location: Marion Chapel and Main Dining Room

Location: Marion Chapel and Main Dining Room


NEPA Philharmonic Holiday Christmas Show


26, 27, 28 Ballet Theatre of Scranton: Nutcracker Performance

Starting Time: 7 p.m.

Starting Time: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. each day

Location: Scranton Cultural Center 420 N Washington Ave., Scranton

Location: Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts

Phone: 570-341-1568 Website: Ticket Price: Adults $29-$60, Students $15

Marywood features dance program in fall showcase

Tangled up in Christmas cheer

Photo Courtesy: Linn McDonald

The Marywood University Dance Program, under the direction of Linn McDonald, presented its Fall Showcase on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 2 at 2 PM. The program introduced the newly formed Marywood University Dance Company, “Dance Elan”. In addition, the performance will feature more than 40 students currently enrolled in the dance program in a variety of faculty-choreographed works. Pictured above are the members of the “Dance Elan.”

Illustration Credit: Monika Loeffiad



Jingle Bell Run benefits Marywood student service trips Erica Nealon Sports Editor

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” crooned the late singer Andy Williams and Marywood showed their holiday spirit in the Jingle Bell Run. Campus Ministry hosted the Jingle Bell Run earlier this month to benefit Marywood’s service trips. The run/walk was all in good fun as participants dressed up in their Christmas sweaters and Santa hats and got into the holiday spirit while sup-

porting a good cause. “One of Marywood’s core values is service,” says race organizer Meghan Coyle. “This was a fun way to raise funds for the several service trips we offer.” Marywood offers service trips to Mississippi, Louisiana, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and Guatemala. Students work with organizations such as the San Lucas Mission or Habitat for Humanity to serve the needs of the different regions. Freshman Despina Bubaris is heading to D.C. over spring

break this year on a service trip. “It is so important to be aware of the horrors that other people around the country and world are facing and to be a helping hand is the greatest honor,” Burbaris said. “Working with less fortunate people allows me to bring joy to their life, but it also brings joy to mine.” Over 200 runners participated in the run and volunteers estimate the profits to be around $3000. The holiday spirit contest winners were a nativity scene complete with

Mary, Joseph, angels, and the 3 Wisemen; Buddy the elf; and a homemade Christmas present.

Graphic Credit: Diana D’Achille

Dance and cheerleading clubs show team spirit Brigid Edmundsally get to know each other. I love dancing and it’s a really great Staff Writer group of girls, so it’s a lot of fun. The dance team meets three It’s my favorite part of college!” times a week. On Tuesdays and Cheerleading meets for practice Wednesdays, they meet from three times a week. The club 8:30-10:30 p.m. They meet meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays Sundays from 5-9 p.m. as well. 9-11 p.m. and Sundays 8-10 p.m. The dance teams dances at Fam- They cheer for the boys and girls ily Weekend, Race for the Cure, home basketball games in both nursing homes, the Santa Parade the fall and spring semesters. in downtown Scranton, and the Alexis Kirsch, freshman cheerEaster Egg Hunt in the spring. leader, says, “Cheerleading to They have two recitals: one in me isn’t just a fun way to supthe fall, and one in the spring. port my team and cheer for They will be doing more them throughout the season, it’s fundraising throughout the an awesome way to make new year. They do a 50/50 raffle friends. I’ve met some amazand also sell Avon products. ing people that have made my Sophomore Bridget Butash experience here at Marywood said, “It’s great because the so much more enjoyable.” dance team is like a family. We are together so much that we re-

On right: Marywood University Chearleading Club Photo Courtesy: Brianna Clark, Cheer Club member

On left: Marywood University Dance Team

Photo Courtesy: Rachel Baldini, Dance Coach



Rock climbers step up to the wall Erica Nealon Sports Editor

When one thinks of sports, basketball, baseball, football, and the more common sports come to mind. Not many people would think to mention rock climbing. It’s because rock climbing is such a unique sport and not many have encountered a chance to try it. It is indeed a challenge and some Marywood students have stepped up to the plate in the school’s rock climbing club. Rock climbing is an intense physical and mental sport. It requires a lot of motivation, will power, and strength. Students in the rock climbing club practice almost on a daily basis in the Mellow Center, trying to build up all of the things they need to succeed in completing the challenge. In their freshman year, Matthew McGrady and Cory

Phillips came to Marywood with a common interest, a love for the outdoors. The two gathered some friends together and began the rock climbing club, simply because of a passion for the sport. “When people ask me about who I am one of the first things I say is that I just play outside. I’m one of those outdoorsy types and climbing allows me to get out, challenge myself, and connect with some of the most beautiful scenes around,” McGrady said. “I just really like to push my limits and challenge myself mentally and physically, this sport does that on a regular basis.” The students involved in the club have a different kind of mindset. They are always looking to the next level for that tougher challenge. They travel a few times a year to nearby competitions. The goal in each competition is to finish the climb with as little mistakes as possible. These competitions provide an incentive for the climbers to keep working hard in the sport. The members of the club are always looking for new members and for people who would just like to give the sport a try. It’s an incredible experience and a great way to make some new friends. Cory Phillips, club founder, encourages the team atmosphere and loves working with the other members of the club. “Everyone just feeds off of each others energy and together we accomplish some pretty crazy things,” Phillips said. “The sport is just an adventure, you’re always exploring and discovering new things and doing stuff you didn’t think was possible.”

Photo Courtesy :Bob Hannon Graphic Credit: Diana D’Achille


Year : Sophomore Hometown: Moosic, Pa Major : Business and Fashion Management and Marketing

Erica Nealon Sports Editor

1) How did you get into the game of basketball? My older brother played and I did everything he did. 2) What has been your favorite moment in your basketball career? Winning the Lynett Tournament in my senior year of high school at Scranton Prep.

3) What is your “before game” routine? I really just listen to some music to get motivated and pumped before each game so I can have the high energy needed to play my best. 4) What is your goal for the team this year? My one big goal for the team this year is to win the CSAC Championship.

5) What advice would you give to students looking to play a sport in college? Work hard in practice and leave it all on the floor both during the game and while practicing.


6)Who is your role model in basketball? Jimmer Fredette is my role model in basketball. He played for BYU and now plays for the Sacremento Kings and is one of the best offensive players in the game. 7) What do you do in your free time? I love spending time with my friends and I also love running. 8) How would you describe yourself to someone who did not know you? I am an accountable, and caring person. 9) What kinds of lessons have you learned through playing a sport? Hard work and dedication pay off in every aspect of your life. I have also learned that time management is crucial in order to be successful both on and off the court. 10) Where would you like to see yourself in ten years? Hopefully, I will be in NYC working as a buyer for a fashion company! Photo Courtesy of Graphic Credit: Diana D’Achille

The Wood Word - December 2012  

December 2012 issue of Marywood University's official student newspaper.