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THE WOOD WORD January 2013

Marywood University’s Official Student Newspaper Communication Arts Department



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String of burglaries on campus Autumn Gramigna Managing Editor

Molly Boylan Editor-in-Chief

There have been a rash of burglaries on campus since the start of the spring semester. According to the Campus Safety crime log, four burglaries have been documented since Jan. 4 Mike Finegan, chief of Campus Safety, said that at present, there are no leads as to the suspect(s). One of the offices burglarized was the English department. Dr. Laurie McMillan, associate professor and chair of the English department, said she was the last person in the department before break-ins took place Monday, Jan. 21. “Campus Safety did come

by and investigated [the breakin],” said McMillan. “We didn’t notice anything missing except for some keys. Later in the day on Tuesday, those keys were discovered outside of the men’s room in the LAC.” Items stolen from the department included a digital camera, keys to classrooms in the hallway across from the department, and a computer from room 211 in the LAC. Last week, Finegan sent a campus-wide e-mail to students, faculty, and staff, urging them not to leave any personal items unattended. Finegan also said that officers are making extra rounds in buildings, especially in areas that are not as heavily populated. They have also been instructed to investigate any

suspicious behavior on campus. Because one of the thefts involved a pair of master keys being stolen, Finegan and Wendy Yankelitis, assistant vice president for building and grounds, are in the process of working with the physical plant to re-key doors in the buildings. Other areas on campus burglarized include the combined offices of Diversity, International Affairs, and Career Services. The offices of John Porter, director of operations, and Dr. Lindsey Wotanis, assistant professor of communication arts, were also burglarized. Finegan urged students, faculty, and staff to notify Campus Safety immediately if they spot any unusual behavior happening on campus.

Flu sweeps nation, not confirmed on campus Mackenzie Warren Correspondent

Sarah E. Cruz News Editor

Its January, and as if on cue, the flu is spreading across the nation. Student Health Services, however, cannot confirm whether the flu has reached the Marywood campus. Linda McDade, R.N., director of Student Health Services, said that she is uncertain about the number of students on campus with the flu. "We have seen several students with upper respiratory/flu-like symptoms since returning in January," said McDade.She said she also saw many students with similar symptoms at the end of the fall semester. "We have not sent any students [to be swabbed in order] to confirm the flu. We've treated students with flu-like

symptoms; whether they have influenza, I'm not sure. But, you treat them the same basically," she added. The students she's seen have not been so sick that she advised them to take TamaFlu, the most common medical treatment for the flu. Rather, she recommended that they stay home, take lots of fluids, and rest. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that this year is one of the worst flu seasons in years because of the severity of H3N2, the main flu strain being carried throughout the nation. In addition, this year's activity started at the beginning of Dec. earlier than in previous seasons. By Jan. 11, a high number of flu cases was widespread across the U. S. January and February are the peak months of flu season, according to the CDC. Because of the high pro-

file of this year's flu season, Student Health Services held an unprecedented second flu vaccine clinic on Monday, Jan. 14. McDade also sent out a university-wide email on Jan. 10, explaining the various ways to avoid the flu, including washing hands and staying hydrated. Students with symptoms have also been urged to stay home so as not to infect others. Not everyone heeds the warning to stay at home once experiencing symptoms. “I would probably still go to class [even if I was sick], unless I was on my death bed or something,” said Sara Krempasky, freshman nursing major. Sr. Margaret Gannon, professor of history, on the other hand, said she'd cancel class if she came down with the flu. “I think health is more important than two hours of class."

News Briefs Dr. Anita Gadberry, assistant professor of music therapy, has written a book entitled “Treatment Planning for Music Therapy Cases”. It discusses the process of treatment planning through a set of contextual case studies. Phonathon - $7.25 an hour, plus incentives; flexible hours. Now through - Feb. 28. For more information, contact Rose Jacklinski: jacklinski@, or Barbara Rohan: in the Alumni Office in the Liberal Arts Center Room 68. 570-961-4540. Big Friends Little Friends - An after school program at Valley View Housing Development. Either Monday or Thursday, 2:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Transportation is provided. Sign up in the Campus Ministry Office. For more information, contact Colleen Traub: ctraub@m.marywood. edu, or Victoria Pezdirtz: Basketball Games Autism Awareness Blue Out Wednesday, Feb. 6. Women’s game at 6 p.m.; men’s game at 8 p.m. There will be raffles. For more information, contact Leanne Feeney: lfeeney@m. Annual Anxiety Screening Day - Thursday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. in the Psychological Services Center located in the McGowan Center. Free for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and the general public. No appointment necessary. Takes about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the individual's results.


Green Dot fair highlights sexual and relationship violence

Food Fast - Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center. Donate a plate for $8 to raise money for world hunger. Person who raises the most money will win a Wii. For more information, contact Kelsey Savka: ksavka@m. [Diversity] in a Frame Photograph Contest - The International Club is accepting works that uniquely represent diversity in all its forms. Submission deadline is Sunday, March 17. In conjunction with the presentation: “Becoming the Muslim Protagonist: Changing the Narrative by Telling Our Stories.” Selected works will be displayed during the lecture event on Tuesday, March 26 in the Latour Conference Room, and on March 27 and 28 in the Rotunda. For more information, contact Dr. Erkan Acar: R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Class - The Campus Safety office will sponsor this nine-hour class, which is free and open to any female student/staff. Class times are Monday, March 18; Monday, March 25; and Monday, April 1 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Classes to be held in Mellow Center, room 232. For more information, contact Mike Finegan: Campus Ministry is currently accepting items for their Spring Flea Market, on Friday, March 22, in the Latour Room, Nazareth Student Center. Items can be dropped off in the Campus Ministry Office, Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. All proceeds benefit Campus Ministry service trips.


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Students Kelly Rebar, Shannon Labs, Amy Allbless, Therese Maxfield and Natasha Coy volunteered at the fair held on Jan. 23. Green Dot” Healthy RelationBrigid Edmunds ships Fair. The fair shed light Assistant News Editor on the issue of sexual and relationship violence on colMarywood is taking a lege campuses nationwide. stand against sexual violence. A 2011 study done by The Counseling/Student the National Center for Injury Development Center and the Prevention and Control discovRelationship and Empower- ered that one in five women ment Task Force (RAE) re- will be raped during their lifecently hosted “Living the time. Of those surveyed, an as-

tonishing 80% stated they were assaulted before the age of 25. The message of the Green Dot campaign is to empower the community to stand up against sexual violence in all forms and to know that everyone can do something to end sexual violence across campuses. "Certain Marywood professionals have been certified in Green Dot training and we are hoping to hold the Green Dot Institute here," Barbara Decker, associate director of the Counseling/Student Development Center, said. They are attempting to organize a training in late spring/early summer. Decker also said that they are looking for faculty, staff, and administration to participate. "Our goal is to have a lot of people on campus Green Dot trained," she said. Ed McNichols, a counseling graduate student and graduate assistant in the counseling/student development center, said that the Green Dot movement is meant to invoke a “cultural shift” where it is no longer okay to “vic-

tim blame” or stand by while someone is shamed or violated. “If we’re able to stand up against violence, we can start to make a difference,” McNichols said. The “green dot” is used as a metaphor. In the same way that red dots are symbolic of the spread of zombies in an apocalyptic-type film, green dots are symbolic of the spread of awareness of and action against sexual and relationship assault. In our lives and community, the red dots are violence and shameful dialogue toward women. The green dots represent a "cure," or a way to abolish the red dots. The green dots come in when somebody does not laugh at a crude joke about women or stands up to the person who said it. “The green dots are imagery empowering people, and letting [the victims] know they matter,” McNichols said. The event included some of the Marywood Players giving an improv performance about violence intervention. The improv sketch centered around the

message, “you have a voice." The fair concluded with a speech by Jen Mudge, a graduate student in the school of social work and a legal advocate with the Women's Resource Center. Mudge told the audience, “Sexual assault happens everywhere.” She explained that just because it happens across the country does not mean it should become a social norm. “It begins with us. We don’t need to do it all, but we can all do something." Mudge outlined three ways in which people can get involved in stopping the violence: take direct action against it, ask someone to intervene if you feel uncomfortable,and distract and remove the potential victim from the situation. The Counseling/Student Development Center and RAE will be hosting two more events this semester against sexual violence. In March, there will be the Red Flag campaign and on April 17, "Release the Light," a sexual assault awareness program.

Career services offers online program for international employment Sarah E. Cruz News Editor

The Office of Career Services has just announced the addition of Passport Career to its tools designed to assist current students and alumni in their journeys to successful employment. Increased globalization within the job market has led many individuals to look outside the United States for potential jobs and related opportunities. According to the U.S. State Department, roughly 6.4 million Americans are living overseas for either edu-

cational or work purposes. To keep up with the rising trend, the Passport Career website connects organizations with prospective employees as well as students with potential job, internship, and volunteer opportunities through their respective educational institutions in over 75 countries and 250 cities worldwide. Founded in 2010, Passport Career offers helpful information and resources on the various countries listed within their database concerning issues that people living and working in a foreign country need to know. The subjects

range from professional to lifestyle topics such as local customs, possible language barriers, and even how to cope with culture shock. Passport Career also provides global networking opportunities through job listings and interactive webinars. “We know there’s been an emphasis on globalization at Marywood that has become an important part of their mission and goals to become more international,” said Dr. Carole Gustitus, director of career services. Gustitus and her staff do research and attend conferences to learn about new ways to assist students with future

careers. She believes the program is set apart from others because it is comprehensive and user friendly. Passport Career is currently being utilized in 35 universities such as the University of Pittsburgh and Duke University. It became available to students at the beginning of the semester and can be accessed through the MarywoodYOU Portal. Nancy Maloney, assistant director for international affairs, helps students coordinate study abroad opportunities, and upon their return to campus, she encourages them to visit Career Services so they can

incorporate their international experiences into their resumes. “[Living in a] different culture …shows that you can cope with diverse situations and diverse problems,” she said. While working in another country may not be for everyone, it is an option to be considered. "To any student in the U.S. looking at jobs [internationally], this is the way it is going now. Many companies in the U. S. have transferred overseas and this is an excellent way [for an individual] to advance [his/her] career,” Gustitus said.

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New changes to Honors Program announced Brigid Edmunds

Assistant News Editor

The university’s Honors Program recently announced several changes, including new service requirements, an honors student board, and priority registration for some of its students. The Honors Program was started in 1983 to provide students with an enriched learning experience. To complete the Honors Program, students must take a minimum of 21 honors credits, achieve a 3.5 QPA by the semester before graduation, and complete a 3 credit honors thesis. Dr. Erin Sadlack, director of honors and fellowships and associate professor of English, worked on a new initiative that will give certain honors students the chance to become


campus leaders and to receive priority registration, even before seniors, for their courses. Since becoming the program director in 2011, Sadlack has researched ways to improve the program and help students feel a part of an “honors community.” “I wanted to find a way…for honors students to become campus leaders in research methods and in modeling a scholarship that embraces intellectual risk-taking and curiosity,” she explained. This desire caused priority registration, regardless of year, to become an incentive for students to receive if they complete certain tasks that will benefit the campus community. In order to receive priority registration, students must first apply to become official

honors students, meaning that they intend to finish the program by completing the full Citation in Honors, Sadlack explained. This means that they will research and write the 3 credit honors thesis. Then they must earn 50 Honors Opportunity Points (HOPs) by bettering the campus and helping the community through various means. “They will be encouraged to find ways to assist their peers, such as by leading academic workshops in the dorms or for student groups--perhaps workshops on MLA or APA style, research techniques or study skills, skills in which they excel,” said Sadlack. Thereafter, the students must earn 30 HOPs per year to maintain their priority registration status. Grace Morrissey, sopho-

more philosophy major and honors student, thinks the new requirements are beneficial to both students who are in the Honors Program and those who are not. “I feel that honors students should be encouraged to expand their minds and especially the minds of others, both in and out of the classroom,” said Morrissey. Morrissey, also one of the Honors Program interns, said she finds it rewarding to be able to help her campus and get a head start on the classes she needs to take. “I find [the privilege of priority registration] one I am willing to strive for ... because as a student who takes academics very seriously, this will significantly lower the stress I tend to have about registration.”

Crime Blotter Burglary- Jan. 4: A gym bag, two digital cameras, ear phones, and $248.00 were stolen from Room 222A in the Liberal Arts Center. Vandalism/RobberyJan. 8: Copper piping was stolen from several buildings across campus. Vandalism- Jan. 9: Several maintenance vehicles were vandalized near the Maintenance Building. Burglary- Jan. 10: A laptop was stolen from Liguori Conference Room One in Regina Hall. Burglary- Jan. 10: Camera equipment and other items were stolen from a faculty member’s office in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts. Burglary- Jan. 22: Rooms 213 - 217, Liberal Arts Center, were broken into and damaged.



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Are you reading this in print or online? see very few hands raised when asked who has read a print newspaper in the past week. So we wondered, should we make the transition to online-only delivery? Online newspapers, magazines, and applications are making our everyday lives easier. News is at our fingertips - and is often free - on phones, tablets, and computers. With new videos, online news is more interactive and enjoyable to a wider audience. There’s no question that online news is the

preferred medium of Millennials. According to a study by the Pew Research Center’s biennial news consumption survey, which tracks patterns in news usage, 39% of respondents reported having read news online the previous day, while only 23% of respondents said they read a newspaper. Print news has been around for hundreds of years. One of the first newspapers in America was the Boston News-Letter, which was first published in 1704. Many people argue that there is,

and always will be, something irreplaceable about holding a physical newspaper in your hands. For some, print journalism is more than a medium; it’s a tradition and ritual that has been performed throughout history. The Times-Picayune, a New Orleans daily, announced in October 2012 that it will no longer publish a daily edition of its newspaper, limiting editions to Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. This makes New Orleans one of the biggest U.S. cities without a daily newspaper.

Is the death of print inevitable? We’d like to hope not, but the web offers so many more dynamic ways to present news that young people, and the generations that follow, may come to expect (and demand) a much more interactive and entertaining presentation of the news. We’d like to hear from you, our readers, on what platform you read this editorial. Take our poll (yes, online) and tell us: Do you prefer to read The Wood Word in print or online?

Cell phones have come a long way from the two inch clam-shell-style devices of the past. Apple’s iPhone led the way for a near standardization of touchscreens measuring at least three inches diagonally. However, Apple’s phone screens can now be considered petite in the shadow of the phablets. What is a “phablet”, you ask? Well, it’s what it sounds like: an interim cellular device too big to be called a phone, but not big enough to be a tablet. The term can be traced back to a device released by Dell in 2010 called the Streak. Tech critics like CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell praised the hardware saying, The Dell Streak offers an unprecedented

combination of processing power, screen size, and design quality. The device, however, ran a now archaic version of Google’s Android OS and the Streak never took off commercially. Only a year later, Samsung released their own bridge for the phone-tablet divide, the Galaxy Note. This device had a five inch screen as well, but was specifically designed to be an interim device, unlike the Streak, which was more of a mini-tablet with phone capability. The Galaxy Note incorporated a stylus like the PDAs of the past. Critically praised and commercially successful, with Samsung announcing it had sold 10 million of the devices worldwide by August 2012, the Galaxy Note showed that there is room in the market and consumers’ pockets for a device of that size.

While the “phablet” was already in a grey area between phones and tablets, the gap has now gotten even narrower. In November of 2012, HTC released the Droid DNA, a device with the first five inch 1080p display in that size class. However, at an invitationonly event in NYC, HTC Design Director Jonah Becker said, regarding the DNA, “Don’t call it a “phablet.” It’s a smartphone.” HTC was likely adamant about that fact due to the DNA’s lack of a stylus. The 2013 “Consumer Electronics Show” gave the impression that HTC has started a trend, with tech giants like Sony and ZTE also revealing top of the line phones with five-inch 1080p displays. Here lies the issue. Phones keep getting bigger, and at this rate, they will soon be in “phablet”

territory. What was once an interim device may soon be a new standard size for cell phones. So what is the dividing line? Functionality-wise, a “phablet” has to be more suited

for productivity with peripherals like the Galaxy Note II’s S Pen. In terms of screen size, 5.5 inches, the screen size of the Note II, has to be the breaking point for cell phones, unless pockets start getting bigger.

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Does gun violence in media affect violence in real life? Yes Vikki Hartt

Opinion co-editor

“Demand a Plan” is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) released on Dec. 21, just days after the Sandy Hook shooting, featuring top actors taking a stance against gun violence. The celebs repeat “enough is enough” throughout the 1:30 minute video. Just nine days later, a parody of the PSA was posted on YouTube under a pseudonym titled, “Demand a Plan? Demand Celebrities Go ___ Themselves.” The video calls out the celebrities such as Beyonce, Jessica Alba, and comedian Paul Rudd as hypocrites defending gun use. But, what these critics fail to accept is that movies, from action to comedies, use different types of guns and ammunition for entertainment purposes. There is a fine line between entertainment and reality, and that’s what the public needs to understand. These actors are trained to use this type of equipment to entertain the

audience, not to motivate others to use guns. There has been a debate about whether or not there is direct correlation between video game violence and actual violence in youth, but no substantial evidence has been found to support this claim. Violence on screen is just that: on screen. It’s not reality. It is meant for entertainment purposes only. Movies that have substantial gun violence featuring award winning actors such as Daniel Craig in “Skyfall,” or George Clooney in “Argo,” which won the Golden Globe for Best Drama, have been acclaimed by critics and have been top sellers at the box office this year. Obviously, people are entertained by the violence in these movies. Personally, I support the actors and commend them for trying to take a stand against gun violence. They know they are influential people in the public eye and to hear them trying to make a difference can motivate others to push for stricter gun control regulations.

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Opinion co-editors Vikki Hartt and Kelly Rickert face off over whether gun violence in the media affects people’s behavior in real life.


This PSA of celebrities protesting gun violence can certainly be called hypocritical. The video mocking the PSA that splices together films where these same people are portraying violence simply calls attention to this hypocrisy. If these actors are truly against gun violence in their daily lives, they should not portray it in their films. In the wake of recent mass shootings, it may be time for Hollywood and the media to rethink how they portray guns and violence. While some people, like Vikki, argue that violent movies are just for entertainment, there is a definite correlation that indicates that media, particularly movies and video games, desensitizes people to violence. In fact, in George Gerbner’s “Cultivation Theory” study, he states, “Television cultivates from infancy the very predispositions and preferences that used to [before television]

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be acquired from other “primary sources.” In film, television shows, even on the news, violence is portrayed as normal and -given the right storyline- using violence is seen as a victory. While these are designed for entertainment purposes and those watching know it is not real, it still has a desensitizing effect on viewers. The argument can be made that studies cannot conclusively determine that violence in media desensitizes people to real violence. However, there is certainly a strong correlation indicating that it has a definite impact, especially with adolescents. If Hollywood and the media truly want to play a role in decreasing gun violence, perhaps they should stop spending so much time featuring, portraying, highlighting and analyzing violence and the people who commit violent acts. If they continue to play roles in which they are using guns and other forms of violence, they will continue to be able to be labeled hypocrites.

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New fraternity Mu Sigma Pi rushes into the spring seAutumn Granza Community Editor

The men of Marywood are organizing. Oliver La Rocco, Eric LiPuma, James Weber, and Robert Miller founded Mu Sigma Pi, a new fraternity, to create a sense of unity and brotherhood between male students at Marywood. The men hope the fraternity will not only unite men on campus, but also increase the male enrollment at Marywood. The founding brothers endured a long approval process. The four men started writing their mission statement and constitution when they began their freshman year at Marywood. They are now sophomores and the fraternity was finalized after two semesters of meetings with Carl Oliveri, former director of Student Activities, and doing an extensive amount of research on fraternities, editing the constitution, and mapping out a RUSH, the recruitment process, and pledge process. Once approved, the founders appointed positions and added more founding fathers. There are thirteen founding fathers: sophomore Oliver La Rocco, president; sophomore Eric LiPuma, vice president; sophomore James Weber, treasurer; sophmore Robert Miller, secretary; sophomore

Alex Martino, philanthropist; sophomore Grant Falotovich, social chairman; sophomore Tim Sroka, recruitment chairman; sophomore Tom Muscarello, recruitment chairman; sophomore Mike Harris, risk manager; Brian Madine; Steve Killian; Dakota Rose; and Conner Marsh. Although the fraternity is just starting out, the young men have high hopes. “We plan on the fraternity going national in a couple of years,” says La Rocco. “As of right now, the fraternity is what is known as a ‘local fraternity,’ which means we are the only chapter of Mu Sigma Pi. But we have some friends at different universities who are interested in picking up a chapter. As soon as this is finalized we will be a national fraternity.” Mu Sigma Pi will be making contributions to the Marywood community as well. The men have planned an Easter canned goods drive. The fraternity also plans to host a field day for the younger children in the area. “We want to create a good reputation in the community and university,” said Sroka. The members of the fraternity will also be required to meet a certain amount of study hours and gym hours. They hope this will

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Mu Sigma Pi founders pose as they begin their first meeting during RUSH week. Founders are: Top Row (Left to Right): Robert Miller, Alex Martino, Jimmy Weber, Brian Madine, Mike Harris, Tim Sroka, Bottom Row (Left to Right): Grant Falatovich, Tom Muscarello, Eric LiPuma, Oliver La Rocco, Steve Kilian, Dakota Rose. increase the overall GPAs of the members, along with their physical fitness. “Marywood should be expecting greatness from our fraternity,” said Muscarello. Mu Sigma Pi is open to any students who will be dedicated to the fraternity and who are interested in help-

ing the community. The fraternity does not discriminate against any race, sexual orientation, or religion. “Mu Sigma Pi is a fraternity dedicated to the betterment of ourselves, the community, and the university,” said La Rocco.

Marywood to host 2013 Scholastic Art Awards Autumn Granza Community Editor

Marywood will host the 90th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards presentation ceremony. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a regional exhibit of work submitted by high school and junior high school students who come from 12 northeastern Pennsylvania counties. The exhibit is sponsored by Times-Shamrock Communications and the award ceremony is hosted and presented by Marywood University Art Galleries. According to the Scholastic website, since the Scholastic Art & Writ-

ing Awards’ founding it has encouraged more than 13 million participants, recognized more than 2.5 million young artists and writers, and distributed more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. “I handle and facilitate all the students’ artwork,” said Amy Sleboda, marketing coordinator for The Times-Tribune, and the regional advisory director for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. “We also communicate with the teachers and obtain a talented panel of judges to determine the awards for each student’s work.” The pieces entered by students are judged to determine who advances to the next round. Each category of work is

viewed by a panel of three judges. The criteria are originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are determined on a merit basis, with only the art object under review. The award recognitions are: Gold Key, American Visions Award Nominees, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention. “Entering was not difficult,” said six-time Silver Key winner Kerrie Eberhart, junior at Valley View High School. “I photographed my work and submitted it online with some basic information.” Gold Key award–winning artwork goes on to the Nation-

al Scholastic Art &Writing Awards competition in New York. The Gold Keywinning pieces are considered for further awards, exhibition, and scholarships. “The greatest part of the experience is creating your own piece while simultaneously standing in awe of the masterpieces created by others,” said two-time Gold Key and Honorable Mention winner Brynn Kizer, senior at Abington Heights High School. The pieces will be on display in the Mahady Gallery at Marywood through Feb. 10. The Presentation of Awards will be held on Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. in the Nazareth Student Center, Latour Room.

Safe and Secure e2campus provides immediate notification last active shooting drill in 2008 Autumn Gramigna Managing Editor

Marywood’s historically low crime rate has made it a safe place for students to spend four years pursuing higher education. But, comforting as that crime rate might be, events like the one that played out at Sandy Hook Elementary prove violence can strike even in the unlikeliest of places. This has prompted many in their own communities to ask: Are we prepared? In the event of an emergency, Marywood has a specific campus emergency notification procedure policy. According to the Campus Safety webpage, this policy “authorizes use of the e2campus system for immediate alerts and notifications to the campus community, prior to and during a potentially catastrophic life-threatening emergency.” The emergency notification system works by sending simple, pre-established messages that identify the type of crisis, location, and what action to take, to faculty, staff, and students. The messages are sent through a variety of channels including, but not limited to: text messages, voice messages, e-mails, television message boards, supervisor notifications, and door-to-door notifications. Two outdoor warning sirens/public address units are also in place. If an emergency arises that threatens the safety of people outdoors on campus, the sirens are activated. However, this notification system lacks some important safety features, as the sirens sometimes echo and the messages cannot be clearly heard on all parts of the campus. According to Marywood’s website, “All possible adjustments have been made to the system to improve clearness of the voice message.” Campus Safety officers must also become familiar with an active shooter policy. According to David Elliott, senior director for university safety, the policy is internal and only communicated to members of the Campus Safety staff. “The active shooter policy emergency response plan is not posted on the website. If students, faculty, or staff needed to review it, they could get a copy of it, but

it’s not a public document,” said Elliott. In 2008, Marywood University Campus Safety officers participated in an active shooter drill. “We want our campus safety officers to be aware of what they should do. Obviously we’re not an armed campus, so we’re going to have to do what we can to protect the students and not engage the shooter,” Elliott said. Once a year, the Campus Safety officers participate in training. During these training sessions, they review all the policies and procedures for safety on campus. They also receive a copy of all the safety procedures upon being hired and are expected to continually review the policies and procedures. Students, however, are rarely briefed on campus safety procedures. Kayla McNamara, junior music therapy major, said she has never been briefed on any emergency procedures since enrolling at Marywood. “They don’t review any policies or discuss emergency procedures in the dorms,” she said. “Campus Safety should be coming into the dorms to go over policies and procedures. Security policies are different for each dorm, so some students seem unsure of what rules to follow.” Though some residents may be unsure of emergency procedures in the dorms, all resident assistants are made aware and briefed on campus safety procedures. According to Ryan Kassis, residence director, RAs participate in crisis management and emergency response training during semi-annual training sessions. Elliot said that campus safety will take part in a drill designed to train them to handle a chemical spill during spring break. His office is also preparing for a full evacuation fire drill, which will take place in August. After that, Elliott plans to begin working on another active shooter drill. However, only Campus Safety officers and select faculty and staff will be asked to participate; students will not. To review all of Marywood’s emergency policies and procedures, visit www.thewoodword. org under the Community section.

Counseling/Student Development Center takes on mental health 24/7, 365 Molly Boylan Editor-in-Chief

The proliferation of mass shootings around the nation leaves many people searching for answers, trying to make sense of the terrible scenarios. Along with gun control, one of the most popular answers is to reflect on the state of mental health. According to “Now is the Time,” the White House’s plan to take action against gun violence issued on Jan. 16, “Individuals ages 16 to 25 are at high risk for mental illness, substance abuse,and suicide.” However, these individuals tend to be the least likely to seek help from a professional. Because the student population at Marywood falls directly within this age range, the university does actively try to bring to light the different aspects of mental health through several campuswide initiatives that take place each year. Peers on Wellness (POW) runs different events on campus to de-stress students and to raise awareness of mental illness.

Kristyn Maikranz, graduate assistant for the Counseling Center and co-advisor for POW, said the club holds events, such as “Nothing to Hide,” that start the conversation about mental health to reduce the stigma. “We talk about things people do not want to talk about,” she said. Dr. David Palmiter, professor of psychology and president of the Pennsylvania Psychology Association, said he believes the negative stigma of mental health is part of the culture at large. “The problem with the discussion is that it is not well-informed on mental health issues,” he said. Palmiter said that it is unusual for individuals to do destructive things without mental health underpinnings. “Sometimes they develop delusions that they suffer from. They are convinced that they are being persecuted or have been persecuted, and, as a result, their actions are trying to push back,” he said.

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), which is comprised of faculty and staff from numerous departments on campus, works to intervene when a member of the campus community is in danger of harming him/herself or others. “The goal is to preclude [the violent acts] before they occur,” Dr. Robert Shaw, director of the Counseling Center, said. However, when a student does show self-harming behaviors, under Pennsylvania law, counselors could issue an involuntary committal to the hospital for more care. Shaw said he was not aware of any instance where involuntary committal was exercised at Marywood. However, voluntary admissions to local hospitals have been common. Over the past five years, the Counseling/Student Development Center, located in the McGowan Center 1017, has seen a steady influx of clients asking for help from the staff. The number of clients has more than doubled at the center in the past four years, with 104 clients seen in 2008

compared to 220 clients seen in 2012. Everything the Counseling/Student Development Center does with a client remains confidential unless the client shows a clear and present danger to him/herself. “The cardinal virtue of a counseling relationship is that it provides people with the opportunity to give voice to concerns that they hold within themselves to a caring, knowledgeable counselor,” Shaw said. And that, Maikranz added, is what counseling is all about. “It’s okay to struggle,” she said. The Counseling/Student Development Center welcomes all members of the campus community. Appointments are free and can be made by calling (570) 348-6245 or by emailing csdc@maryu.marywood. edu. The Center’s office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., though evening and weekend hours are sometimes available. It also has a 24/7 crisis service. “Welcoming is what we do here,” said Shaw.

LCCC arms campus officers; Marywood remains a weapons-free campus Bill Loughney Correspondent

LCCC implements use of force policy on campus. Marywood says arming its officers not warranted. In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy in December, educational institutions at all levels are reviewing the effectiveness of their safety policies. Some are ramping up their safety measures by allowing security guards to carry guns.Luzerne County Community College (LCCC), located just 29.8 miles south of Marywood in Nanticoke, had been preparing to arm its guards for over a year when the tragedy at Sandy Hook shook the nation. Shortly thereafter, its Board of Trustees voted unanimously to implement a use of force policy and

amend its weapons exemption policy, which would allow security officers to carry and use firearms while on duty. Bill Barrett, director of security at LCCC, said that while the new policy is technically already in effect, his office will be implementing it fully in the next 90 days. The college administration is advising its officers to undergo the certification process commissioned by the Pennsylvania State Police known as the Lethal Weapons Training Program (ACT 235) in order to carry and use a firearm on campus. Barrett said that eventually, the ACT 235 training will be a requirement for employment in the department of security at LCCC. In order to be certified under ACT

235, an individual must undergo psychological testing, background checks, and 40 hours of firearms training. “It’s all about allowing people to have the tools to respond to a situation,” Barrett said. “[Our officers] need the tools to act accordingly before the police arrive because seconds count.” At Marywood, plans to arm guards are “not on the table at all,” said Mike Finegan, director of campus safety. Currently, the university operates with a strict weapons-free campus policy unless the individual is an onduty police officer for either Scranton or Dunmore, the two municipalities that have jurisdiction over the campus. “Our biggest problem here at Mary-

wood is criminal mischief,” said David Elliott, senior director of safety and compliance and former Scranton chief of police. “You can check our crime log statistics.” The crime logs, available on the university website, show mostly thefts, vandalism and liquor law violations over the past three years.“[Arming our guards] is just not a feasible idea” stated Elliott. “Cost isn’t the issue; it’s just that it’s not necessary right now.” At LCCC, Barrett said of arming his officers that he’d rather be safe than sorry in the event an active shooter might one day be on campus. “It’s not a position that I would want to be in, to have to wonder to myself after a tragedy occurs whether this could have been different.” Graphics Credit: Holly Dastalfo

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Stephen Trygar Hometown: Lake Ariel, PA Major: Music Education Year: 2016

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Q: I heard that you earned state honors and were chosen to perform with about 100 of the state’s top college musicians. When did you find out about this and what was your reaction? A: A few weeks after submitting my application for Intercollegiate Band, I was informed that I had been chosen to be part of this great honor. My band director, Dr. F. David Romines, told me and he gave me a large pat on the back and congratulated me. My trumpet teacher, Mr. David Jumper, told me that I was one of very few freshman trumpets to ever make it, and his first [student to achieve the honor]. I was thrilled to find out all of this and I am so proud to be among the top musicians in the state.

Sister John Asks: “What will you do?” Sr. John Michele Southwick, I.H.M. gun violence, and racism all seem to Special Contributor to The Wood Word get swept under the proverbial rug. Here we are, celebrating Black “He who passively accepts History Month. Does that mean anyevil is as much involved in it as thing to any of us, or is it just anhe who helps to perpetrate it. He other month in the cold months of who accepts evil without protest- winter, waiting for spring to arrive? ing against it is really cooperating Or, could we possibly contemplate with it.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr. King’s words and ask ourselves if we Good old Martin, always giving are the perpetrators of evil, or are we us words of wisdom. He usually hits keeping silent, and does that mean us right between the eyes with his we are cooperating with it? Does that words, too. It seems that there is so question bring up too much guilt? much evil in the world today, we some- Should we just say instead, “Haptimes find it easier to just block it out py Birthday, Martin” in January, instead of paying any attention to it. and “Happy Black History Month” World hunger, massive pov- in February? What will you do? erty, widespread unemployment, human trafficking at an all time high,

Q: How many students were chosen from Marywood to participate in this performance? A: Six students were chosen.


Q: What instrument do you play? A: I have been playing my trumpet for nine years. Q: What will you do to prepare for the concert? A: Well, I have to prepare all details of the music on my own first. When we get there, we are auditioned for seats. We rehearse as an ensemble for a few days before giving a performance. Q: Is only a few days enough time to prepare a full program? A: Three days is a great amount of time to produce a performance, if the students take the time to practice on their own before hand. Q: What does a full program consist of, and what has to be done to prepare for one? A: A full program consists of the whole band. A full program usually ranges in difficulty and feeling. This concert ranges greatly in repertoire. Within the program, we have one of the simplest - not always the easiest - forms of music known as a march. At the other end of the spectrum, we have a symphony. Although a symphony is usually written for an orchestra, this symphony was specifically written for a wind ensemble/band. In between, we have fun pieces and pieces of pure beauty. What a full program requires is a larger repertoire, not simply 10 minutes of music. A full program, to be prepared, has a lot to do with each individual person. Each player must know his/her part and know it well.

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Members of the Wind Ensemble head to statewide concert Katy Zurinski Correspondent

Marywood University will be represented at the 66th Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Concert, at Mansfield University from March 1517. The six students who will attend this event are Joe Stefank (trumpet), Ariel Muirhead (flute), Emily Carr (clarinet), Destinee DiMino (trombone), Amy Myers (saxophone), and Stephen Trygar (trumpet). The students applied to the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band by submitting an intensive application which listed their musical accomplishments, such as the literature they have played, the ensembles they have played with, and any playing engagements they have done on their own. This application was accompanied

by a recommendation from Marywood’s Wind Ensemble Director, Dr. F. David Romines. Senior music therapy major Amy Myers explained the students’ schedule for the weekend, “The festival consists of several hours of rehearsal and a concert. On Friday, each student plays an audition for a panel of judges, which determines the seating for the band. The following day, the band will rehearse for several hours. On Sunday, the band will have a dress rehearsal, and the festival will be concluded with a concert.” Dr. F. David Romines described this event as a “great reflection on the status of our program,” and said that it is an “honor to have the talents of our students recognized at the state level.”

All of the students selected to participate in the event expressed great excitement over being chosen. Stephen Trygar, a freshman music education major, has been playing the trumpet for nine years and commented, “I am very excited to be a part of Intercollegiate Band because it is a great honor to be in it as a freshman.” Emily Carr, a junior music education major, has been playing the clarinet for 11 years and explained that meeting musicians her own age is also an important part of the experience at this event. Amy Myers has been playing the tenor saxophone for nine years and participated in this event last year. The other students involved were a lot of fun, and the guest conductor was awesome.

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Members of the Wind Ensemble prepare for the PA Collegiate Band. I’m excited to do it all again this year.” This event is one of the longest running Collegiate Ensembles and is hosted by the Pennsylvania Collegiate Band

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We The Kings to perform this spring Katie Owens A&E Editor

Marywood’s Student Activity Crew (SAC) recently announced that after much demand over the years, they have booked a national music act to play at this year’s Spring Fling. The news that We The Kings, a pop punk group originally from Florida, would be opening this year’s event spread through campus rapidly. “We’ve been pushing toward this for years,” said SAC intern Ashleigh Gillet. “We really wanted to do something people would enjoy and want to come to.” Senior English major Noelle Kozak is behind SAC’s


decision “It’s great that SAC is making efforts to do big things like this here at the university. We are a small school, so the fact that they got We the Kings to perform here is pretty cool.” The last guest Marywood had for Spring Fling was in 2011 with SNL cast member Kenan Thompson. However, this event was marred by a power outage. This year, the event will take place in the Mellow Center. SAC has hired a stage company and sound engineers. This is to ensure that the concert is seen and heard in a better manner that would be expected in the gym. The concert is Saturday, April 13 and kicks off a week full of Spring Fling activities.


February Calendar

1 SAC Movie Night 7 p.m. Fireplace Lounge 3 Guitar Society Concert 8 p.m. Marion Chapel 7 SAC Comedy Club 9 p.m. Nazareth Student Center


8, 9, 10 Spring Theatre Production Miss Julie 7:30 p.m. (Fri, Sat) 2:00 p.m. (Sun) Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts 15 SAC Don’t Forget the Lyrics 7 p.m. Nazareth Student Center

17 SAC Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Nazareth Student Center 23 Orchestra, Opera, And Dance, Oh My! 7:30 Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts



Going for the gold Oscars

Here are The Wood Word editor’s picks for Grammy and Oscar gold.

Album of the Year The Black Keys - “El Camino” Fun. - “Some Nights” Mumford and Sons “Babel” Frank Ocean - “Channel Orange” Jack White - “Blunderbuss”

Best Picture Amour Life of Pi Argo Lincoln Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Zero Dark Thirty Les Miserables Silver Linings Playbook

Song of the Year Ed Sheeran - “The A Team” Miguel - “Adorn” Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe” Kelly Clarkson - “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” Fun. - “We Are Young”

Actor in a Leading Role Bradley Cooper “Silver Linings Playbook” Joaquin Phoenix “The Master” Daniel Day-Lewis “Lincoln” Denzel Washington “Flight” Hugh Jackman “Les Miserables”

Surprises and excitement this award show season Katie Owens Owen Karoscik

A&E Editor/A&E Assistant Editor

February brings the two big award shows of the year: the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards. This is the second year since the Academy has instituted the new voting system for Best Picture. All Academy members list in order their ten picks of the year. All movies with five percent of first place votes get nominated. The maximum

number of nominees is ten; it has been nine the first two years. Under this new system, a wide range of films has turned up in the main category. “Amour” is the first movie in twelve years to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. Other groundbreakers this year are Quvenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva, the youngest and oldest nominees in Oscar history, at 9 and 85 years old, respectively. In the music world, nominees are a mix between the

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Best New Artist The Alabama Shakes Fun. Hunter Hayes The Lumineers Frank Ocean The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on Feb.10, at 8 p.m. on CBS

Actress in a Leading Role Jessica Chastain “Zero Dark Thirty” Quvenzhané Wallis “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Jennifer Lawrence “Silver Linings Playbook” Naomi Watts “The Impossible” Emmanuelle Riva “Amour” The Academy Awards will air live Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Local women invade Marywood basketball Erica Nealon

Harbaugh brothers collide in Super Bowl XLVII Erica Nealon Sports Editor

It’s a Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl. But for one family, this is more than just a game. It’s practically a family reunion. John Harbaugh, the coach of the Baltimore Ravens, will be playing for the title against his younger brother, Jim Harbaugh, the coach of the 49ers. This is the second time in history that the Harbaugh brothers will play each other. On Thanksgiving 2011, the Ravens beat the 49ers 16-6. “I think it’s pretty unique that these two get to do this,” said sophomore Liam Morrissey. “Personally, I’m more of a Baltimore fan than the 49ers

just because I live closer to Maryland, but I think the 49ers defense will really give Baltimore problems.” The brothers seem to have coaching football in their genes. Jack Harbaugh, their father, was a coach too, starting at Western Michigan and then moving to Western Kentucky, as head football coach for both. “It’s awesome seeing a friendly family rivalry going on on such a big stage like the Super Bowl,” said junior Andrew Rabel. John is one of the very few coaches to win a playoff game in each of his five seasons as Baltimore’s head coach. The Ravens are also leading with 62 wins in the last five years, In 2011, he was named NFLs’s Coach of the Year.

Beyoncé headlines halftime show Erica Nealon Sports Editor

The Who in 2010. The Black Eyed Peas in 2011. Madonna in 2012. Beyoncé 2013. The “Single Ladies” singer and new mom will entertain the millions who will tune in to watch the Super Bowl halftime show. Football and Beyoncé fans alike seem pleased by the announcement. “Beyoncé was a great choice. Who else has the pipes to belt a tune like that to over a million people? Not to mention she’s just plain fabulous,” said sophomore Erica Kester. The superstar has also become the new spokesperson for Pepsi, who is the major sponsor of the Super Bowl this year, particularly the halftime show, and is looking to the fans for help.

Pepsi has been running a contest all month long in which people may submit photos of themselves which may be used to introduce Beyoncé at halftime. Anyone who submitted a photo may be featured in a video introduction and fifty people will be chosen to join the singer on stage. Beyoncé promised fans she would release new music before the Super Bowl. What she didn’t say is that the new music would be coming from Destiny’s Child. The trio has reunited and released a new single, “Nuclear,” and a new album. “Sources tell us that the girls will be joining Beyoncé on stage for a medley and then they will be singing their new song, ‘Nuclear.’ Then Beyoncé will take it from there.” said Danielle Sacco, editorial assistant for

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When you put a Spartan, a Classic, three Bucks, an Invader, and a Viking together, you’d think it would be a recipe for a rivalry disaster. But, this year’s women’s basketball team has been more magic than disaster. Seven local women make up almost half of the team for the Pacers. Girls from Dunmore, Scranton Prep, West Scranton, Riverside, and Mid Valley who have grown up playing with and against each other all made the decision to play here. Danielle Teranella, Lindsey Schroth, Brittany Mang, Nora Joyce, Alexa Gerchman, Courtney Murray, Ashley Murray, and Morgann Haduck have played the game of basketball together from the small courts of St. Ann’s and Holy Cross all the way to the Mellow Center

at Marywood. Watching them play for the Pacers now, one would never know they had played against each other for most of their basketball careers. “It’s great for the University,” said Coach Tara Macciocco. “It’s a recruiting tool. It brings more fans to the games, and since they’ve all played together for so many years, it brings a great dynamic to the team.” Their rivalries in high school have made their transition to becoming a team a little bit easier. Sophomore Ashley Murray described how they have learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which makes them click even better on the court. “We knew how to scout each other when we were playing each other in high school. You know how

to play them defensively and offensively, you know how to work with them too,” Ashley Murray described. “When you become teammates, you work even better together.” Three of these girls have transferred to Marywood in the last year, coming back to play ball. Danielle Taranella was one of them. “I missed basketball. I didn’t play at West Chester,” said Taranella. Nora Joyce had played ball for Susquehanna, but then decided she would rather be at Marywood. “I just wanted to be home,” said Joyce. Alexa Gerchman transferred to Marywood for the familiarity of the people. “I didn’t like where I was and I knew a lot of people here,” said Gerchman. “I wanted to play with those people I knew.” Through all these years

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Local women players find a new team at Marywood. Back left; Danielle Terranella, Nora Joyce, Courtney Murray, Brittany Mang, Lindsey Schroth Bottom: Ashley Murray, Morgann Haduck, Alexa Gerchman growing up and playing ball “It becomes a whole in the Scranton area, the girls new type of game when you have learned so much about begin playing with these girls each other both on and off rather than against them,” the court. Playing basketball said sophomore Lindsey has been a major part of their Schroth. “It makes it easier lives. They have brought all to mend and work together.” of their experiences with them to benefit Pacers basketball.

Marywood soccer earns national recognition

Ryan Jones, 3rd team academic all star Erica Nealon Sports Editor

Ryan Jones, a digital media major, has been selected as a Third-Team Academic All American player by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. “It’s incredible to have been honored with this award, but to also be the first at Marywood is an amazing thing to think of. It is an amazing honor to have received and I hope it is only a stepping stone in my path to my dream. Along with

Tony Roma, assistant coach of the year

the personal satisfaction in winning this award, I believe it is also going to attract more eyes to Marywood as an institution,” said Jones. Jones has also been named to the College Scholar All-East Region Second Team and in December won the 2012 ECAC South Defender of the Year award. Jones will represent the U.S. men’s soccer team in the 9th Annual World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July. Bob Hannon/The Wood Word

Graphic Credit: Diana D’Achille

Tony Roma, an undergraduate admissions counselor and women’s assistant soccer coach has been named the 2012 North Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Roma has also just won the National Assistant Coach of the Year award. There were seven other people up for the award with Roma. Roma is a Marywood graduate. “I feel honored to be a part of Marywood and to receive this honor for Marywood. The great leaders I had followed are why I received this award. I’ve worked with great people who have taught me a great deal. It is those people, the people ahead of me, who have brought me here,” said R o m a .

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Erica Nealon Sports Editor

1. What made you want to be a swimmer? I injured my foot in gymnastics and had to take a break from the sport, so I tried swimming. I instantly loved it. 2. What has been your favorite moment in your swimming career? I loved my championship meet my senior year of high school. I got best times in all of the events I swam. But I have to say my favorite moment is when I decided to swim in college. 3. What is your “before meet” routine? I listen to my “swimming playlist” before each of my events. My playlist consists of Mac Miller, Moosh, Twist, and AER. 4. What is your goal for the team this year? Hopefully we can swim fast and place at the Landmark Conference Championships. Editors note: The Landmark Swimming and Diving Conference Championships will be held at Marywood University Feb. 8-10.

5. Who is your role model in swimming and why? Amanda Beard is my swimming role model. She went to the Olympics when she was just 14. We also both swim breaststroke.


Name: Cara Cassandro Year : Freshman Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA Major : Architecture

6. What do you like to do in your free time? I horseback ride at home in my offseason. I also like to draw and I am into photography. 7. Where would you go on your dream vacation and why? I would go to Italy. My dad’s side of the family is from there and I have always wanted to see what it was like. 8. How would you describe yourself to someone who did not know you? I am a very positive person. I am also extremely shy when you first meet me, but I love to have fun. 9. What kinds of lessons have you learned through swimming? I have learned that if you are determined, hard work pays off. 10. Where would you like to see yourself in ten years? I would like to have graduated from Marywood and hopefully have landed myself a good job.

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The Wood Word - January 2013  

January 2013 issue of Marywood University's official student newspaper.