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In Opinion, Page 11 Volume 93, Issue 12

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Keynote speaker unlikely with three ceremonies Brynne Connolly Staff Writer

TSA Admin talks servant leadership In News, Page 2

Student gives back to mom In Campus Life, Page 7

Volleyball reflects on season In Sports, Page 15

Seton Hall’s Class of 2017 is torn between rage and indifference following the University’s tentative plan to once again forgo having a commencement speaker at this year’s graduation ceremony. In a recent interview with The Setonian, Dr. Joan Guetti, senior associate provost, said she understood that students are upset. However, she added, “There is a very practical situation that is involved here too. The more speeches we have, and the longer someone stands up there at the podium, the longer this whole ceremony tends to go.” Guetti later declined to comment on follow up questions. Bernadette McVey, director of academic events, initiatives, and planning said, “They’re [commencement speakers in the past] not talking about anything that the students seem to want to listen to and it would be better to have a more student oriented ceremony.” McVey said that even when Seton Hall thought graduation would be at the Prudential Center, the University did not plan to have a keynote speaker. Guetti said the decision to con-

Photos via, and Commencement ceremonies around the nation have featured figures like President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jim Carrey. tinue the streak of student speakers at graduation is still “tentative.” Splitting the 2017 graduating class into three ceremonies complicates things. Also, the cost of attaining a well-known speaker adds to this complication, Guetti said. She continued, “For many of these people who are very famous it is also very

expensive to bring them in and is that really where you want your tuition to go?” she asked. Some students have been showing their anger and disappointment on social media sites like Facebook - students said they have seen the uproar created by graduates through past petitions and are dis-

couraged by what they perceive to be a steadfastly indifferent administration. However, some students said skipping this tradition will cut down on time spent waiting for their name to be called and their diploma presented.

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New PhD program advances, MASCL left suspended Megan O’Malley Staff Writer Seton Hall’s College of Communication and the Arts has received a $1.75 million donation from an alum who left the money in his estate. The college decided to use the donation, given by the late 1957 graduate Henry F. Roman and his family, to develop a new Ph.D. program in Communication, according to SHU’s website. David Bohan, the vice president for University Advancement, said via email that University Advancement worked with representatives of the Roman family on the specific designation of the gift. He said he could not comment on the details of gift negotiations. Dr. Renee Robinson, director of the Center for Graduate Studies in the College of Communication and the Arts, said that Roman was devot-

ed to his alma mater and wished to invest in a new, innovative program that would bring further national recognition to Seton Hall, Robinson said. “The stars really did align,” Robinson said in regard to the donation. The creation of the Ph.D. program comes after the suspension of the Master of Arts Strategic Communication and Leadership program, commonly referred to as the MASCL program. Robinson acknowledged that the program had been a huge success for Seton Hall, but also noted that it is being reevaluated. “The MASCL program had been incredibly successful, but it is important that we are consistently reevaluating all of our programs,” Robinson said. “We cannot create a new, unique program and then shelf it for a few years without monitoring the success of the program and making improvements where they

are needed. We must build up a new norm of constant assessment.” Also, Robinson pointed out that the College is working on re-creating programs that will appeal to younger students. She added that students favor programs that are more accessible and more affordable, while also cutting down on the time they would need to be in the classroom or online before receiving a degree. “The field of communication changes every day with the invention of new technology. We, too, must change constantly,” Robinson added. However, the changes have stirred controversy within the new college. Dr. Msgr. Dennis Mahon, an associate professor of communication, was a core faculty member of the MASCL program. He said via email that the decision by College administrators to “phase out” the

MASCL program was improper because it was made without the knowledge or participation of faculty members. He referenced SHU’s Faculty Guide, section 12.2, e. and f., which states that the entire fulltime faculty of SHU has the primary responsibility for recommending academic policy to the Board of Regents, through the provost and president. Part e. says that the faculty has the responsibility for, “Review and coordination of all college curricula and academic programs, including continuing education.” Furthermore, part f. says, “Review and approval of all university degree programs, existing and proposed.” Mahon said, “setting aside for the moment what could or should be remedied in MASCL, the process of ‘phasing out’ violated the Faculty Guide and should be reversed.”

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Dec. 1, 2016

TSA administrator speaks at SHU, discusses re-imagination of the system

Mariah McCloskey Staff Writer As his last address as acting administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Peter Neffenger spoke to SHU students on Tuesday, Nov. 29 about being servant leaders. Neffenger said he wants to change the American public’s view of the TSA as a slow, unnecessary agency following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He said he wants the public’s view to change from “a running gag on every late night comedy show” to “nice, quick and significant.” Neffenger has helped institute training methods for ground level employees of the TSA, such as those who work the airport security lines. The TSA has also been implementing his ideas and solutions much faster in recent years. Neffenger said he first imagined the idea for automatic screening in March 2016 and it was implemented in May 2016 in Atlanta. He added it worked so well that now there is automatic screening in some parts of the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Katherine Boland/Staff Photographer In his talk with students, Neffenger said that he wants to change the public’s negative view of the TSA. One of his initiatives is to end pat downs, which are currently conducted by TSA officers. During the student discussion, Neffenger said he is trying to put an end to illegal pat downs. He added that pat downs are in place

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Some students were not hopeful that there would be a commencement speaker this year, as they had seen previous graduating classes petition SHU and state their opinions, but there was no action by Seton Hall. Elaine Benton, a senior education major, said, “I think having it on campus will be special.” However, Benton admits she did not have high hopes in the way of

a commencement speaker. Cecelia Henry, a senior economics and finance major, echoed this sentiment. “I think that [having a commencement speaker] could have enriched our graduation, especially since we are trading in the Prudential Center for someplace on campus,” she said. Brynne Connolly can be reached at

Walsh Library open 24/7 As of Sunday, Nov. 27, the Walsh Library will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to accommodate studying for finals, according to library officials.

because agents need to find and then “resolve a potential threat.” Neffenger said the TSA has the ability to access information from

intelligence agencies, analyze means of the perceived threat and adjust its operations as necessary. Neffenger said that he wants

to reimagine the system to “meet threats and challenges of tomorrow.” He said he believes you have to be “connected to your mission” and that “no matter what your role is, know that you can drive change.” Heather Kwityn, a junior diplomacy and economics major, said that “the TSA definitely does have bad connotations everywhere, I feel like what he’s trying to do is really try and change it, and it seems like he is, which is good.” Some students were impressed with Neffenger’s approach to things. Matthew Minor, a freshman diplomacy major, said the way that Neffenger “approached his government service as an entrepreneur and not like a bureaucrat” was refreshing. “It was just a different spin on it that you don’t hear very often.” “His [Neffenger’s] approach to leadership was very interesting,” said Mark McGuire, a freshman diplomacy major. McGuire added that Neffenger “felt that questions are really the best way to derive an answer rather than working backwards.” Mariah McCloskey can be reached at

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Seton Hall has history of on campus commencements Siobhan McGirl Staff Writer Last week the “Seton Hall University Class of 2017” Facebook page was buzzing after the Office of the Provost sent an email announcing undergraduate commencement would take place on campus this year. While this change was a shock to many students, it is not unprecedented. For the greater part of Seton Hall’s history, commencement on campus was a tradition. Archivist Alan Delozier took a deep dive into Seton Hall’s past to explore the history of commencement ceremonies. Delozier found that the first recorded commencement took place in 1862 and was held on

campus. The campus locale remained until 1986 when the University made the switch to the then Meadowlands Arena, now Izod Center. The Izod Center was the new constant for SHU until the recent 2015 switch to the Prudential Center, according to University Archives. The archives showed that while on campus, commencement placement varied between Walsh Gymnasium, the Campus Green in front of McNulty Hall, and even the Xavier Hall parking lot. The University has had large crowds before, according to SHU archives. One of Seton Hall’s most notable commencement ceremonies happened in

1983 and was held on campus. The graduating class that year had President Ronald Reagan as its commencement speaker. “The commencement took place on the baseball-soccer field with huge bleachers erected on the outer perimeters for guests. Students had a ringside seat for what was the most exciting commencement ceremony we have ever had,” said Mary Ellen Farrell in an email. Farrell, the University Registrar, has served on the commencement committee for about 30 years and is the co-chair. “Helicopters came swooping in to land on campus bringing the president and his entourage.” The 1983 graduating class had 1,161 undergraduate stu-

Photo courtesy of Alan Delozier Seton Hall’s commencement ceremony in 1880. dents, found Delozier, but according to The Setonian from 1983, over 10,000 people attended the ceremony. Since 1983, the campus has grown more crowded as new

buildings have been constructed. Farrell said parking then was not the major consideration it is now.

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A formal grievance has been filed with University administrators. Dr. Joan Guetti, senior associate provost, commented on Mahon’s statement in an email. “I am disappointed that there would be a public airing of this matter which is the subject of a grievance,” Guetti said. “It is neither fair nor appropriate for anyone to comment at this point. It is premature.” With the establishment of the new Ph.D. program, the College plans on hiring high-profile faculty, as well as awarding a handful of students and staff research fellowships in which tuition and fees will be covered by the gift from the Roman family. Robinson has been recruiting professionals to join the new program. She said there has been a lot of faculty interest in Seton Hall’s new Ph.D. program with new lecture applicants. She also examined highly-ranked programs across the country and hopes to create a program that stands out, Robinson said. Robinson has plans for every program within the College of Communication and the Arts. She said she wants the programs to constantly be revised and reviewed every year. She added that she hopes to accomplish this with student and faculty feedback. “The College needs to engage the students of tomorrow,” Robinson said. “Students are the best sources to find out what works and what doesn’t work in the classroom. We must utilize their opinions and suggestions to make the new Ph.D. program, along

Kiera Alexander/Staff Photographer Robinson said the College of Communication and the Arts is working to re-create programs to make them appeal to younger students. with all programs in the College of Communication and the Arts, even better than what they are at the moment.” Associate professor and Chair of the Communication Program, Dr. Jon Radwan, said he is confident SHU students and doctoral candidates will benefit greatly from the new program. “Many people who earn a doctoral degree go on to become University professors, and many others go into government and industry,” Radwan said via an email interview. “A Ph.D. is a credential showing that you are an expert in your field, so you’re highly qualified for many jobs within the

field.” Furthermore, Radwan points out the significance of a degree in communication. “Communication is the collaborative process of making meaning and coordinating shared activity,” Radwan added. “It’s a fundamental part of being human.” One student, Claudia Sa, a junior graphic design and public affairs major, said in an email interview that she is unsure if her career goals would require her to pursue a Ph.D. “I’ve asked people in the field of design about their thoughts on Ph.D. programs and I have determined that it isn’t necessary

for my career goals, but rather something I would maybe pursue for my own personal interests,” Sa said. “Right now my goal is to pursue a career in art direction— often times a Ph.D. is not listed on the application as a requirement.” Even though Sa said she does not believe she will pursue the new Ph.D. program, she added that she believes the program will be beneficial for the entire Seton Hall community. “The College of Communication and the Arts is still new and full of potential, and any programs and courses that are introduced to the college that promote

thinking, personal development, and academic flourish will be beneficial to students and Seton Hall as a whole,” Sa said. Kathleen McQuarrie, a sophomore public relations and journalism major, is also unsure if she will pursue a doctoral degree in communication, as she believes that careers in her anticipated field are driven by applicant experience. “I definitely feel that this new program will only further legitimize our school of Communication and the Arts and extend our high quality reputation nationwide,” McQuarrie said. Megan O’Malley can be reached at

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Crime Log Nov. 20 CDS: A substance suspected to be marijuana was found in a dorm room in Aquinas Hall. Nov. 23 Incident: A female non-student was escorted off campus from the Farinella Gate by the South Orange Police Department (SOPD). Nov. 26 Theft: A student reported a theft from the laundry room in Ora Manor.

Upcoming Events What: Seventh Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony When: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5:45 p.m. Where: University Green The Details: Christmas carols sung by the University’s choirs, pictures with the Seton Hall Pirate, hot chocolate and other holiday treats will create the Christmas atmosphere underscoring the annual tree lighting. Students will receive a special gift if they bring two non-perishable food items to donate to St. John’s Soup Kitchen and Our Lady of Sorrows food pantry, or an unwrapped toy for the DOVE toy drive. The event will be emceed by Dean Robin Cunningham and Dean Winston Roberts. Cost: Free For more information, see What: Kiki & Seton Smith in Conversation When: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Where: Jubilee Hall The Details: Novelist and critic Lynne E. Tillman will moderate this discussion on the “Sense of Space” exhibition now on display through Dec. 9 in Walsh Gallery, created by two South Orange artists, Kiki and Seton Smith. The exhibit, like the event, is free and open to the public. The exhibit explores the question, “How does place irrevocably impact our sense of self?” Cost: Free For more information, see What: 15th Annual Northern New Jersey Working Together When: Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Main Lounge The Details: The conference will begin with registration and breakfast, and the seminar will begin at 8 p.m. Cost: $160 For more information, see What: March for Life 2017 When: Friday, Jan. 27 Where: Washington, D.C. The Details: Campus Ministry will be traveling to Washington, D.C., for the event. According to, “The March for Life is a peaceful protest of the legalization of abortion in the United States.” Registration forms are now available for the trip. Cost: Free For more information, see

Dec. 1, 2016

College of Nursing receives $50,000 scholarship endowment Benjamin Jaros Staff Writer

The College of Nursing has accepted a $50,000 gift from the Estate of Barbara Kohaut, according to SHU’s website. Kohaut was retired but had previously worked as an accounting clerk for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Newark, according to her online obituary on Legacy. com. The endowment was made in memory of Kohaut’s entire family, but the gift was dedicated to the College of Nursing because her sister Elizabeth graduated from there in 1949, according to SHU’s website. The money will be specifically set aside for scholarships for students in the College of Nursing, said Dr. Marie Foley, dean of the College of Nursing, via an email interview. The scholarship will positively affect one to three students who will be chosen on the basis of both merit and need. “If a student received [the scholarship] one year and applies again for the second year, as long as he/she maintains specific cri-

teria,” they will receive it, Foley said. Natalie Calegari, a freshman nursing major, said the donation will “help make nurses more passionate and provide an opportunity for more students to make a meaningful and necessary impact on our world through the field of nursing.” Benjamin Jaros can be reached at benjamin.jaros@student.shu. edu.

SGA Updates Brianna Bernath Asst. News Editor The Student Government Association (SGA) celebrated a belated Thanksgiving with its annual potluck dinner. President Teagan Sebba reported that she has reached the point in her term when she must begin her administrative tasks. Her to-do list includes meetings with the Board of Regents, the university budget committee, the Provost, and President Esteban, who will be accompanied by town officials. Vice President Andrew Aguilera delivered Treasurer Alyssa Potenzone’s report in her absence. The SGA fall budget is at $2,985, and the co-sponsorship budget is at $11,690. The operational budget is at $5,934, and the GDS philanthropic fund is at $8,237. Speaker pro-tempore Zachariah Boyer delivered Speaker Chelsea Wilson’s report in her absence. According to Wilson’s report, there will be nominations for a new Speaker at the next meeting on Dec. 5. Wilson’s report also stated that SGA will be filling two open seats, a Business senator and a Communication and the Arts senator, next semester. Brianna Bernath can be reached at instagram: @thesetonian twitter: @setonian

Greg Medina/Assistant Photography Editor Patricia Salazar takes the blood pressure of Janel Labra. Both are freshman nursing majors.

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emonies, with only preliminary details released so far. Cameron Wheeler, a senior diplomacy and international relations major, said via emai. His main concern is that everyone will not be able to graduate together. Other concerns expressed on the “Seton Hall University Class of 2017” Facebook page include parking, limited tickets for family and not allowing the students to have a say in the location decision. The last time commencement was held on campus, 963 un-

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2017 dergraduate students marched, according to the archives. Last year’s ceremony at the Prudential Center featured about 1,375 undergraduates. Numbers have not been released yet for this year. After Wheeler learned of Seton Hall’s commencement history, he said he still does not want graduation to return to campus. “It makes it more upsetting because we are breaking a 30year tradition of having commencement off campus,” Wheeler said. Siobhan McGirl can be reached at

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Dec. 1, 2016

Students tweet mixed reactions Throwback to #GivingTuesday Thursday

What was The Setonian reporting years ago?

“Investigation into bias incident continues” Photo via Twitter/@timeTARRIYAlize

Photo via Twitter/@mharding11 Photo via Twitter/@PaigeOFlynn While some SHU students appreciated the donations made to the university on Giving Tuesday, others expressed their disdain for the school’s requests for funding this holiday season. University administration responded to some of the student comments via the school’s Twitter account.

Photo via Twitter/@ekelly2015

Author: Renee Schiavone Date: Dec. 7, 2006 The story: Public Safety was on the hunt for anyone who might’ve witnessed the swastika drawing on a wall in the second floor break room of Corrigan Hall. Vice President of Student Affairs Laura Wankel sent a community alert email to the student body condemning the act. The symbol was removed shortly after a university employee found it.

“SHUFly takes off”

Author: Andrew Medeiros Date: Dec. 1, 2005 The story: Seton Hall University’s new shuttle system, the SHUFly, made its first route through South Orange. The first week of the SHUFly service was going to be a free trial period, but after the first week, the price was set at 75 cents per ride. Students would only be permitted to use Pirate’s Gold to pay for their rides. Following the first semester of SHUFly, students would be able to purchase a semester pass for $40.

Hampshire College:

Wayne State University: Ohio State University: Where: Detroit, Mich. Date: Nov. 30 The update: The college held a vigil to honor Collin Rose, a police officer killed in the line of duty, including a moment of silence. Rose was honored after his death by being ceremonially promoted to sergeant by Chief Anthony Holt. In addition to the vigil, the university announced that a $25,000 scholarship will be created in Rose’s memory. From:

Where: Columbus, Ohio Date: Nov. 28 The update: A university police officer fatally shot the suspect in an on-campus attack that injured 11 people, ending the attack within a minute of it beginning. The attack began when a student crashed his car into pedestrians on a campus sidewalk. The student then proceeded to slash those who passed him with a butcher knife. The school initially issued an active shooter alert. From:

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Where: Amherst, Mass. Date: Nov. 28 The update: The college drew the attention of protesters over the weekend as a result of its decision to remove the American flag from the campus’s main flagpole. An estimated 400 people, including military veterans, attended the protest, waved American flags, and chanted “raise our flag.” The flag was originally lowered to half-staff after the election. From: Where: Portales, N.M. Date: Nov. 30 The update: The university announced that a university employee accidentally sent out false text messages and social media posts of an active shooter to the 6,000 students on campus. The alert was canceled minutes later when they were able to confirm that it had been a false alarm. From:

Where: Manhattan, Kan. Date: Nov. 30 The update: Two students, Sara Weckhorst and Crystal Stroup, have sued the university for not investigating Weckhorst’s 2014 off-campus rape, alleging that the university’s negligence ultimately led to Stroup’s rape a year later. The university later expelled the culprit who now faces criminal charges. From:

Where: Salem, Mass. Date: Nov. 30 The update: The university has canceled an art exhibit featuring a painting depicting six Ku Klux Klan members. The election-themed art exhibit entitled “State of the Union” has offended several students and other members of the university community. Another painting was inspired by a 1943 photo of Jews during the Holocaust. From:

University of Texas:

Where: Austin, Texas Date: Nov. 28 The update: Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey visited his alma mater to drive students home safely. McConaughey served as a driver for the school’s safe-ride program, SURE Walk, driving a golf cart to pick students up. The school’s Twitter reminded students to utilize SURE Walk, stating, “You never know who might pick you up!” From:

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Where: Hamden, Conn. Date: Nov. 29 The update: Students found kittens trapped in a storm drain on campus. The students called Public Safety, and the students, along with a rescue crew, rescued the four kittens by the next morning. The rescue effort took 12 hours in total. The mother of the kittens was left in the drain to come to the surface when she was ready. From:

Campus Life

Forget me not

December 1, 2016

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Alpha Phi sister tries to help mom conquer cancer Julie Trien Staff Writer

Over the past 14 years, sophomore diplomacy and international relations major Tatum Haberman has watched her mother, Erin Haberman, battle cancerous brain tumors and seizures. However, Tatum has found a way to help relieve her mother’s suffering. At Alpha Phi’s 10th annual Red Dress Gala on Nov. 5, in front of 406 sisters, alumnae and relatives, Tatum presented her mother with the sorority’s Forget Me Not grant for $1,000. According to Alpha Phi’s website, this grant is given to alumnae or collegiate sisters who face “severe and unforeseen” health issues or financial struggles. As Tatum wheeled her to the front of the room, Erin choked back tears, thanking her daughter and her Alpha Phi sisters, as she is an alumnae herself. Even though, as Tatum explained, a tumor on the sensory strip in Erin’s brain has left her in a wheelchair and unable to feel her left side, the words of her acceptance speech did not reflect bitterness. “Life is so beautiful and we take it one step at a time,” Erin said. Tatum explained that she applied for the Forget Me Not grant in September when, in addition to her cancer, her mother was diagnosed with Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria, a condition which causes constant welts, hives and itching. Tatum said she was motivated to relieve the financial burden of medical bills for her mother. “I was happy that she could feel lifted up again because her sisters were there for her as well as her family,” Tatum said. Tatum added that being in the same sorority as her mother was “the cherry on top” to their relationship. She went on to say they made each other paddles last year and Tatum even received her first Phi teddy bear from her mom. Carmela Cirilli, Tatum’s big and a junior math major, said Tatum is someone who is patient, understanding and intelli-

Photo courtesy of Bianca Crowley Tatum Haberman presents her mother, Erin, with the Forget Me Not grant at the annual Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala.

Photo courtesy of Tatum Haberman Tatum Haberman and her mother Erin, who is fighting cancer, at the Red Dress Gala on Nov. 5. gent, whether being flexible when it comes to making plans with friends or seeking help in a subject area when needed. Tatum acknowledged that growing up amid her mother’s health struggle was not easy and, through it all, she matured quickly, relying on her family for support. Tatum’s sister, Kiley, is currently a senior studying wildlife biology at the University of Vermont. Also in Greek life, she is in the Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. Kiley said that growing up with her mother’s conditions gave her anxiety. “My entire life I was always afraid to leave my house because I thought, when I came back, she wouldn’t be there anymore,” Kiley said. Despite her fears and those of her family’s, Tatum said that watching her mother fight these ailments has shaped her own

world-view. “I know that life is short and I see that in my mom,” Tatum said. “I want to get as much out of life as I can. So, in terms of campus, I try to get more involved in what I love and make each day worth it.” Kiley described Tatum in a more figurative sense. “If I had to describe Tatum in one sentence, I would have to say she is like a cactus, a cactus that has spent its life in the desert, constantly pushing to make herself grow,” Kiley said. “Even with everything trying to beat that cactus into the ground, the harsh winds, blazing sun and dry air, that cactus uses those surroundings to create the most magnificent of blossoms, spreading their pollen, bringing endless possibilities to the rest of the earth, fighting through that environment and creating something truly good for this world.” Julie Trien can be reached at

Photo courtesy of Tatum Haberman Carmela Cirilli (Tatum’s big), Tatum Haberman, Erin Haberman and her big Toni Mitchell at the Gala.

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SHU students achieve success in D.C. Elena Gavin Staff Writer

This semester four students from the School of Diplomacy have been studying in Washington D.C., where they are taking on internships and exploring the opportunities and experiences the capital has to offer. The four girls, Courtney Boland, Meher Yaseen, Mari Eboli and Louris Touma arrived as a group. “Studying in D.C. with my friends has made the experience even better,” Touma said. During their time in D.C., Touma and Boland were able to get a tour of the White House. While they did not meet the president, they were able to meet his pet dogs. “Courtney and I were walking through the first part of the East Wing in the White House when a security agent just walked past us with Sunny and Bo [the Obama family dogs],” Touma said. “We followed the security agent and asked if we could get a picture with the dogs. He had no problem stopping for us to take the picture.” Touma explained that they were able to get a tour thanks to some inside connections. “To get a tour of the White House you usually have to book a time slot through your state representative,” Touma said. “However, Courtney’s boss is friends with a woman who was able to get us a tour sooner.” With studying in D.C. already a unique experience, the girls said they were even more fortunate to be there in the midst of a presidential election. “When I decided to take part in the D.C. program I was told I could go for fall or spring,” Eboli said. “I understood that spring

Photo courtesy of Louris Touma Meher Yaseen, Mari Eboli, Courtney Boland and Louris Touma at the Lincoln Memorial, during their semester studying in D.C.

Photo courtesy of Louris Touma Touma and Boland met President Obama’s dogs while they were touring the White House while studying abroad in D.C.

would have a better chance of getting an internship that could lead into a job, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to be in the capital when history was in the making.” Eboli added that being in D.C. during the election showed her how divided the country is and how hard we will have to work to make sure things get done in government that benefits all of the U.S. and not just those of one party or another. Touma added, “Being in the nation’s capital, D.C. as a whole has been very invested in this election. That was extremely evident. The majority of the city [voted] Democrat [on election day] and on the day following the election, the metro rides to and from work were silent and you could see the disappointment in people’s faces.” Along with schoolwork, the

“The Council of the Americas is a think tank that promotes economic integration within Latin America,” she said. “Following the election of Donald Trump, the whole organization discussed what implications should arise in the next four years, considering the rhetoric throughout the whole election cycle.” During the election, Trump expressed anti-immigration rhetoric. When the girls weren’t in class or interning, they were able to join a sports league that they have been able to participate in once a week. “After class and on the weekends, we explore the city together and see everything that D.C. has to offer,” Touma said. In addition to exploring and playing sports, the girls take

students were able to take on internships. Touma interns at the Council of the Americas as a policy intern. Eboli interns at an advocacy agency dealing with public affairs. Yaseen is interning at National Defense University at Fort McNair. Boland is an intern for the United States Agency for International Development. “Working for public affairs has been the greatest opportunity I have had in my college career thus far,” Eboli said. “I finally understand the role of the government in the private sector and vice versa. We work together to achieve something bigger than ourselves every day.” Touma said her organization was directly affected by the election.

classes during the week, two being Washington Experience and Global Policy. “Professor Catharin Dalpino has done a great job making the classes engaging and relevant to our experience here in D.C.,” Touma said. “Every class period we have dedicated time to discussing the election and how it impacts politics in the U.S. It is always interesting to discuss current events, especially with someone who has as much insight into the U.S. government as Professor Dalpino.” Overall, their time together in D.C. has been filled with great experiences. Eboli said there’s so much to learn from living in the U.S. Capital. Elena Gavin can be reached at

SHU students recognized as national role models Christina McDonald-Vitale Staff Writer Yvonne Pruitt, a junior theater major and peer adviser, alongside her continuous freshman mentor, Brandon Larmore, director of the Academic Resource Center and SHU alum (‘08), have been honored as National Role Models at Minority Access’ 17th Annual Conference. Pruitt is involved on-campus as a peer adviser and as a director of the Once in a Time of Trolls production earlier this semester in September. This conference was held in Washington D.C. from Sept. 30

to Oct. 2. According to the SHU website, the Minority Access National Role Models Conference celebrates minorities that make a difference in their field as well as recognize them for their outstanding achievements. Throughout the conference the attendees visited different embassies and listened to multiple speakers, such as a representative from NASA. “It was empowering having the chance to be around people who are doing such amazing things,” Pruitt said. Pruitt was unknowingly nominated for this award by Larmore.

“Brandon asked me to send my resume to him over the summer,” Pruitt said. “A couple months later, I got the email about receiving an award for a national conference. He wanted to be the first person to congratulate me.” Pruitt said it was fun being able to share this experience with her mentor. He has been by her side as a mentor for the past three years of her college career. “I don’t do the things I do to be recognized,” Pruitt said. “I want to influence and help others.” Pruitt said she will continue to act as a role model for others. She said it’s important to always be mindful of your actions.

“Yvonne is a special person,” Larmore said. “Her dedication to everything she does is inspiring. She always does things to the highest level of her ability. It’s incredible to see such energy and spirit in someone at such a young age, and it’s awesome to have been able to watch her grow from freshman year.” Larmore said this opportunity helped center him because he was surrounded by such dedicated individuals. Larmore was nominated as well by Freshmen Studies Dean, Robin Cunningham. “I don’t believe I’ve done enough, but having someone list

my qualities and accomplishments in my young career is humbling,” Larmore said. Pruitt and Larmore took what they learned and experienced at the conference and strive to continuously pay it forward. “Use what you learn to better others around you,” Larmore said. “It’s just like graduating college, you continue to further your career after you leave in hopes of getting to that next level. No matter how small the opportunity, stay aware and take advantage of everything.” Christina McDonald-Vitale can be reached at

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SHU professor attends expert screening of ‘Loving’ Katherine Segovia Staff Writer

Seton Hall professor, Dr. Larry Greene was invited to attend the expert’s screening of the film Loving before it premiered due to his expertise. The court case Loving v. Virginia is portrayed in the film, Loving, which was released Nov. 4. The expert screening was on Oct. 31 at the Magno Screening Room in New York City. Producers of the film reached out to Laurie Pine, director of media relations, asking if the university could provide any experts on the case to attend. In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested for violating Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act. This led to a case that was eventually appealed in the Supreme Court. Ultimately, the Supreme Court outlawed all anti-miscegenation laws and the Lovings were able to live as a married couple. Pine said she reached out to Greene, a professor in the history department, because of his vast knowledge and experience writing about the case. “I’ve had the privilege of work-

ing with Professor Greene for many years and am aware of his extensive knowledge, research and writings concerning anti-miscegenation law and the prohibition of interracial marriage that he brings forward in his teaching about American history, African American history, World War II and the history of the South,” Pine said. Greene said he has been studying the case for about 15 years and teaches about it in his African American history classes since it is a part of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, he said. As he began studying the case in great detail, he said, many questions arose in his mind. “What was behind these laws? Why did they exist? Why did the state feel the need to intercede in a personal decision?” Greene asked. “That’s how I got interested in the subject. It was a part of my larger interest in southern history and in African American history.” Another professor in the history department, Dr. Williamjames Hoffer, was also asked to attend the screening. He was unable to attend because the time conflicted with one of his classes. Although he has not watched

the film, Hoffer said it is important that people become familiar with the case and its history as it can relate to recent events, such as the presidential election. “As the recent election shows, people assume that certain rights, such as freedom from racial bigotry, are safe and permanent. They are not. They have to be fought for and victory is not easy or assured,” Hoffer said. After attending the screening, Greene said the film exceeded his expectations and stayed true to history. “The film was very well-done. I suspect they will be nominated for an Academy Award,” he said. “I think the film follows the case very well.” Greene said the film is significant because it shows the extent that some people will go to make their prejudices known. He added that while people are entitled to their prejudices, they do not have the right to force them upon others. “If individuals have these prejudices, that’s their right. But they don’t have a right to enshrine them in law and make everyone else conform,” Greene said. “The

Annual tree lighting brightens South Orange

Rebecca White Campus Life Editor

Justine Strzepek Asst. Campus Life Editor Seton Hall University isn’t the only place hosting a tree lighting ceremony this holiday season. The South Orange Seton Village Committee is bringing back “Light Up the Holidays in Seton Village!” to the community for the third year from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 in and around the pocket park at Irvington and West Fairview Avenues in South Orange. “The event started the first year that the Seton Village Committee existed,” said Doug Zacker, Seton Village Committee Chair. That was in 2014. Zacker said the purpose of the event is to celebrate everything that is going on in Seton Village and to bring the community together during this time of year. “The holidays are a great time to celebrate because they are so joyous and festive,” Zacker said. “Light Up the Holidays in Seton Village!” is produced by the Seton Village Committee in conjunction with the Village of South Orange, the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the South

Orange Department of Public Works, with support from Seton Hall University and Work & Play of South Orange. “SHU has been a great partner of Seton Village,” Zacker said. “Every year students have come to volunteer with the kids activities. Anyone who wants to volunteer should get in touch with the Student Government Association (SGA).” This year Santa will be arriving by convertible. He will then light the tree and take pictures with attendees. The event will feature various activities, such as musical entertainment from SHU’s a cappella group Gentlemen of the Hall and children’s activities provided by Work & Play of South Orange. Deborah Engel, founder of Work & Play, said they will be offering activity stations that will allow children to use their imagination and play in a creative way. Refreshments will be provided, Seton Village t-shirts will be available for purchase and local restaurants will feature special offers and discounts. Zacker said that his favorite memory from putting on this event for the last two years is doing the photos with Santa because he gets to see all the different reactions that kids and parents have. “There are kids that won’t get

off Santa’s lap and bring a list of things to ask for,” he said. “There are kids who cry as they get near Santa. Some parents of the crying kids ignore the kids and have the picture taken anyway, while some parents forego the picture altogether. It’s a wonderful reminder of all of the different characters that exist out there. This year, for the first time, the SHU Pirate will be in attendance in his blue Santa gear.” Freshman Gabriella Goldwarm, a diplomacy and international relations major, has never been to a tree lighting before and is considering attending this event. “I think it’s a great event because it gets people into the holiday spirit and makes the anticipation better,” Goldwarm said. Jack Einstein, a freshman diplomacy and international relations major, agreed that it’s a nice event because it brings the community together. Besides the Gentlemen of the Hall, there will also be other entertainment provided. InterACT Theatre Productions will perform music from an upcoming children’s show and the Columbia High School a cappella group will perform right before them. Rebecca White can be reached at Justine Strzepek can be reached at

Photo via Dr. Larry Greene attended an expert’s screening of Loving on Oct. 31 before the Nov. 4 premiere of the film. case here is what two ordinary people did. I think in this day and age we should look at this case as an example of civil rights, the right of people to make their own

personal decisions and to keep the state out of these issues.” Katherine Segovia can be reached at katherine.segovia@student.shu. edu.

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Led Zepplin tribute band rocks SOPAC Evelyn Peregrin Staff Writer

The vocal crowd could not contain itself. Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters jumped from their seats, neatly in rows, and after each song was played, gravitated closer to the stage. No one moved to stop them until, finally, a young girl, no more than 10-years-old, wearing a shirt that read “Got Zep?,”laid her hands on the main stage. She continued to dance with her family while the fog machine produced a transcendental effect as the band finished its set. Three generations of Led Zeppelin fans gathered in the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) theater on Nov. 17 to see Get The Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin experience, a group of professional musicians who have been performing the rock band’s catalog for the last 10 years. “I never expected to be in a cover band,” Paul Sinclair, 51, said. The lead vocalist was passionate about writing his own songs but was asked in 2003 to be a part of a Led Zeppelin group based in the local Philadelphia area. Sinclair compared ‘Get the Led Out’ (GTLO) to the Fab Faux, a tribute band of professional musicians who only play The Beatles. The catch is they only play the studio versions of the songs, just as someone might hear them on the radio. “I love that philosophy. We’ll

GTLO has been taking the stage for 10 years and recently performed for fans at SOPAC on Nov. 17. do whatever it takes to make the songs happen the way you know and love them,” Sinclair said. “That’s what separates us and that’s the vision that I put forth since the very beginning.” The band’s credentials suggest that vision has produced the desired results. GTLO just finished a West Coast tour consisting of 26 shows in 36 days. The drive to please their audi-

ence comes from being fans of the music themselves, Sinclair added. He said they even change their set list every show and allow fans to request songs through social media a week or so before the show. “I liked that GTLO doesn’t seek to impersonate Led Zeppelin, but rather to honor their memory,” Gabi Hunt, a junior at Seton Hall, said after seeing her first Get

the Led Out show at SOPAC. The diplomacy and international relations and environmental studies double major thought that the energy in the room was amazing. “Seeing a bunch of moms crowding the stage at the end was hilarious; it was a nice reminder that life doesn’t stop at 30,” Hunt said. Katie Fatzler, a SHU student

Photo courtesy of Evelyn Peregrin and an employee at SOPAC, was working the box office the night of the show and witnessed a large, excited crowd waiting to hear the sounds of Zeppelin live once again. “There was one man who said he’d seen GTLO perform over 200 times,” the senior journalism major said. Evelyn Peregrin can be reached at

SHU Self-Defense Club helping students protect themselves Macarena Solis Staff Writer Twice a week, the Self-Defense Club, an unofficial SHU organization, meets in order to promote self-defense. They start off with warms up, stretch, do a couple of laps, and squeeze in some pushups into their routine on Friday’s and Sunday’s at 5 p.m. Then they get right into training and drills where the kickboxing gloves and the punching bags come out. Members pair off and partner with someone of their same level and practice techniques they learned the week before, while learning new techniques. They mimic combat moves and play out dangerous situations in a lifelike way. The club is working its way up to becoming an official Seton Hall club. Allegra Berg, a junior mathematics and computer science

double major, along with Josh Steier, a sophomore diplomacy and international relations and modern languages double major, are co-presidents of the up and coming club, which was created last fall. At first, the club faced an obstacle. They were too similar to the Martial Arts Club. According to Steier, the goal of the club is not only to promote self-defense, but also to promote confidence and humility. The club strives to make students feel confident walking down the street at night and to express humility by understanding when to use the techniques. “There’s a time and place for everything,” Steier said. “This is not necessarily for showing off on the street all your cool karate moves, it’s actually for a situation if you’re in danger, how to get out of there quickly and to get out of there alive,” said Berg. The club has encouraged its members to be vocal about how

comfortable they are with the techniques, as well as who they want and don’t want to partner with. “You have to be comfortable. A person highly skilled is not going to be partnered with someone of no experience,” Berg said. Members vary from students with martial arts experience to students who are simply interested in learning. Steier holds a certificate of accomplishment in Krav Maga, a self-defense system that consists of a mix of various martial arts techniques like judo, karate and boxing. He is specifically Phase A certified, the training aspect that involves advanced techniques, such as self-defense against carjacking and plane jacking. Steier, known as Sensei Josh, a martial arts term referring to a teacher or instructor, brings his experience to members of the club and is passionate about improving their lives through training.

“Krav is an art that can be challenging. Sometimes students want to give up but I push them beyond that boundary so they feel they can in daily life, pursue their dreams, despite these hardships,” he said. Berg has attended various self-defense classes and looks forward to introducing what she knows at every practice. She most recently attended the Rape Aggression Defense training held on Nov. 12 and 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by Seton Hall. “It really helped me understand there are certain things which women need to be aware of,” she said. Berg hopes to bring what she learned in Rape Aggression Defense to the club in the future. As more females join the club, she hopes to create a female unit within the club targeted to train women to defend themselves against rape aggression. “I may just do a specific day for them or I’ll pull the girls aside ev-

ery once in awhile,” she said. Since first developing, the club has been working towards continuing to grow and obtaining a solid number of official members. The club is required to have 12 members signed up in order to become an official Seton Hall club. Since first spreading the word about the club in Facebook groups of each class in the university, the email list gained more than 50 students. The club does a rotation of about 10 students for each practice. “We are working to be official, that’s why we have been holding meetings and trying to get an official structure,” Berg said. The club meets Fridays and Sundays in the evenings to hold practices. Steir said that, “In the long run, I’m happy as long as my students feel safe, confident and empowered.” Macarena Solis can be reached at


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The Voice Seton Hall asks students for too much on Giving Tuesday


arlier this week, on Nov. 29, was Giving Tuesday. The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become an international day of giving as the holiday season approaches. The day is supposed to inspire various acts of kindness. Seton Hall was rather active on Giving Tuesday, encouraging community members to donate to the University. SHU set up a web page to make monetary gifts, put together a promotional video featuring President A. Gabriel Esteban and asked those on social

media to make their gifts known by tweeting @SetonHall and #GivingTuesday. “Today’s students are developing into tomorrow’s servant leaders thanks to the generosity of Pirates everywhere – alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends,” the web page reads. “They will uphold the University’s legacy of creating a better world.” It would seem Seton Hall did well, as the University raised $185,900 thanks to some 699 supporters by the time Wednesday morning rolled around. Donors had the ability to pick how

much they wanted to contribute, what facets of Seton Hall they wanted to contribute towards and determine whether or not it would be a recurring gift. Donors can continue to contribute to the University. As members of the Seton Hall community, we at The Setonian truly want to thank those who donated. The hope is that your generosity makes our University better. With that said, some of us find it a bit much – greedy even – that Seton Hall would send its current student body a mass email asking

Kyle Kasharian Asst. Sports Editor There is no better way to finish a day at Seton Hall than by grabbing dinner at the cafeteria with some friends. That is, until the first pause in conversation cues the inevitable use of cell phones, which instantly makes me feel disconnected and distant. These pocket-sized devices grow into a 360 degree barrier when the users immerse themselves in social media and texts. As much as I resent it, the urge to look at my own phone often overcomes me in these situations. Though a University of Southern California study showed that 52 percent of millennials said they have more time for family and friends because technology enables them to do work from anywhere, it also can distract

from loved ones or even from a student’s studies. More often than not, studying in the library with friends is frequented by cell phone breaks, which are rarely short. I find my friends and I will turn a quick check of the phone into a 15-minute binge, which inevitably hinders our focus. Even instances like sitting in class before it begins are now drained of social interaction as students play on their phones instead of talking. As much as cell phones and social media seamlessly bring people together, it also brings disconnection that resonates strongly in the cafeteria, the library or any social event. Cell phones serve as a defense mechanism from gaps in interest or a feeling of awkwardness that can occur anywhere. As soon as

there is a lull in conversation, it becomes instinct to whip your phone out. This instinct to use a cell phone can become harmful, as seen in the same study from USC. It found that 25 percent of millennials said being accessible through a mobile device has made their lives more stressful. Being connected at any given instance is useful but the anxiety of wanting to be constantly in the loop of group chats and social media and current events is overwhelming. That notion is supported by AnxietyUK, which found that 45 percent of those surveyed feel “worried or uncomfortable” when email or Facebook is inaccessible. Steps must be taken to regain control of millennials’ self-awareness as cell phones and social media continue to have a stronger

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that we donate. Don’t get us wrong – we understand why that email goes out to “alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends” – but to students? The same students contributing tens of thousands of tuition dollars? The same students who will have enormous loans to pay off? The same students – seniors anyway – who two weeks ago were told they were not getting a proper commencement ceremony after working so hard over the last four years? You want more from us? You don’t think we’re giving enough

as it is? Look, we would love to donate now if we could and surely many of us will do so down the road should we reach a point of financial stability in our lives. However, that time is not now for the typical college student and, yet, we still give plenty. Seton Hall ought to acknowledge that instead of asking for more. The Voice is intended to best represent the collective opinion of The Setonian’s Editorial Board. It is written by The Setonian’s Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor.

Photo via Flickr/Johan Larsson Cell phones keep us connected, but maybe too much. grasp on us. Some millennials have chosen to take extended breaks from social media. They are setting cell phone-free hours during the day, or even reaching extremes of downgrading to flip phones to simplify all cell phone use. While such steps may be a little too intense for some, there are simpler ways to ease away from cell phones. I’ve begun by simply leaving my cell phone in my pocket during some of my walks to classes. This allows me to enjoy the scenery of campus and interact with friends

I see along the way. It’s not much, admittedly, but it’s a step. Quite simply, it all begins with putting the phone away. From there, say hello to someone. Leave the phone out of meals. Any small, considerate action like this is what we need. We’re so obsessed with being connected, but the best way to do that may be by disconnecting from our cell phones. Kyle Kasharian is a business major from Green, N.J. He can be reached at kyle.kasharian@student. or on Twitter @ItsKyleKash.

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“I’m honored to be able to achieve so many goals at this school, and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it anywhere else.” Three-time Big East Libero of the Year Tessa Fournier on her accomplishments at Seton Hall.

MLB still struggling in effort to diversify Andrew Lombardo Staff Writer In Nov. 2016, Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB parted ways with Korn Ferry, an executive search firm brought in by the league last year to support and promote the hiring of minorities to front office positions. The move highlighted Manfred’s continued frustration in his effort to diversify the league’s front offices. At the start of the 2016 season, there were just four men of color in a team’s front office: Kenny Williams (White Sox), Al Avila (Tigers), Farhan Zaidi (Dodgers) and Mike Hill (Marlins). Of the 30 managers, just three were of color. Shortly into the season, Brave’s manager Fredi Gonzalez was fired, leaving the league with only two managers from a minority group: Dave Roberts (Dodgers) and Dusty Baker (Nationals). This offseason, the White Sox hired Mexican-American Rick Renteria to be their new manager, Ge was already the bench coach and was promoted to keep continuity within the clubhouse, a move that was considered long-deserving. Ferry left because MLB had not shown any effectiveness in the year and a half that he worked

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has a role in the diversity issue in front offices. with the league. None of the front office vacancies were filled by a person of color for the second straight offseason. Korn Ferry’s was supposed to find more minority front office candidates through promotion, interview and resume preparation, and networking within the league. The firm instituted The Pipeline Program, designed to do just that. In some places, the program was successful to a certain extent. The best example is in Atlanta, where Manfred applauded the Braves for interviewing four minority can-

didates for their open managerial position. Although none of them were hired as manager, each of them now has a position within the Braves organization. On the other hand, some teams did not even take the time to consider many candidates of color. The Minnesota Twins interviewed just one candidate of color for their open presidential position. They hired Derek Falvey, a caucasian with a limited resume and little front office experience despite multiple highly qualified men of color. The Arizona Diamondbacks

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followed a similar path, interviewing just two men of color for their presidential position. Despite Ferry’s solid track record of work with the NFL, NBA and NCAA, Manfred acknowledged that using a search firm to implement diversity was the wrong course of action. Rather, it will take the work of each team to diversify their front offices by hiring people of color for entry-level positions and giving potential front office candidates the necessary training, support and opportunities to be promoted.

The diversity problem is not only at the front office level. There is a reason why Orioles outfielder Adam Jones called his profession a “white man’s game.” Just over eight percent of major leaguers are African-American, while Caucasians make up almost 60 percent of players, according to the 2016 MLB racial and gender report card. Although there is just one Latino manager, Renteria, Latinos make up just under 30 percent of all major leaguers. That disparity in the numbers can be attributed to college baseball. Most Latino players are signed as international free agents, rather than playing college baseball. The effect of not having a college education could be a reason for a lack of Latino front office candidates. That is no excuse however, and The Pipeline Program will only serve to help those minority groups. Nothing the league or Manfred has done thus far in assisting minority front office candidates has worked. Until teams introduce themselves to a more diverse candidate pool, MLB will lack any form of racial or ethnic diversity. Andrew Lombardo is a journalism major from Middletown, Conn. He can be reached at or on Twitter @anlombardo8.

Extra points in NFL becoming unnecessarily controversial Keith Egan Staff Writer In 2015, the National Football League changed the extra point from the 2-yard line to the 15yard line to make extra points into a 33-yard attempt. The rule has made an impact in its year and a half of existence, especially in the ongoing 2016 season. The change was made partly from the reasoning that the short extra point was an automatic conversion and had lost its value. This is true considering in 2014, the extra point percentage was 99.3 and a failed extra point was shocking to anyone watching. However, with the new rule, that number went down to about 94 percent, and has fallen even more this season, per The Ringer. The peak of criticism for this change came in Week 10 of the current season when NFL kickers missed a combined 11 attempts over the course of one week. Many see the rule as a posi-

tive change that makes the game more interesting by adding value to the point that was practically given out to teams after scoring a touchdown. However, it has also changed the game in many ways. In the very first week of the season, the New York Jets lost a heartbreaking game to the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-22, after the Bengals made a field goal to win the game. Earlier in the game, Jets kicker Nick Folk missed an extra point, which proved to be the game changer in the one-point loss. So is this style of play more entertaining?


Close games are fun to watch, however when a game is lost on a play that was relatively easy in the past 49 years, the misses are not as entertaining as they are cringe-worthy and negatively affect the game.

Considering how long football has been the way it is, the change is huge for the game. If the distance had come as an original rule for the league, it would be the norm

and the costly misses would be how the game was structured. With the change after 49 years of play, it has become an issue that may have people wondering if the team that deserved to win, actually did. With the rule, a team can charge all the way down the field for a game-tying touchdown, just to have their kicker miss an extra point and thus lose the game. Nonetheless, the kick should be made as a professional, as it is nearly 94 percent of the time. Kickers have a tough job that most people could never do, just as all professional football players do. From these extra points, kickers are ridiculed continuously for their mistakes. Yes, they are expected to make their extra points, just as running backs are expected to not fumble and quarterbacks are expected to not throw interceptions. However, people are not ridiculing skill players for

their qualifications to be in the game of football. A part of this change is the hope from some that it will increase teams going for 2-point conversions to add more excitement. From a league which is continuously under ridicule for its treatment of players, adding a play to the game for possible injury is simply hypocritical. Even though the rule change has brought about a decrease of entertainment, it seems unlikely that this rule will be changed in the near future since it has in the opinion of some, including Commissioner Roger Goodell, made the game better. The next step would be to take away extra points entirely. That would be even more controversial though, as it would leave kickers responsible for nothing other than kick-offs. Keith Egan is a visual and sound media and journalism major from Tinton Falls, N.J. He can be reached at keith.egan@student.shu. edu or on Twitter @Keith_egan10.

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Freshmen making an impact in men’s basketball Kevin Kopf Staff Writer It can be hard for a freshman to make a big impact on any collegiate team right out of the gate. This season there is no shortage of success on the hardwood for freshmen in the Big East. In one way or another, each team in the conference is getting contributions from their newest members. At Seton Hall, 6-foot, 2-inch guard Myles Powell is leading the charge. The Trenton, N.J. native is ranked 17th in the conference with 14.8 points per game. He’s also sixth in three-pointers made per game with 2.2. On a team that is coming off a Big East championship and NCAA Tournament berth, Powell is showing encouraging signs of being able to replace lost firepower such as Isaiah Whitehead. On the team, Powell only sits behind juniors Khadeen Carrington and Desi Ro-

driguez in scoring. Elsewhere in the league, other freshmen are making themselves known early in the season. Justin Patton, a center fir Creighton, is 25th in conference scoring and tied for 10th in rebounding. Patton’s dominance in the paint has earned him the most rebounds per game and the fourth most minutes per game on the Bluejay squad. At Marquette, Sam Hauser is proving to be a multi-tool player as well. At 6-foot, 7-inches, Hauser can play both guard and forward. Currently, he is sitting at fourth on the team in points per game and is tied for second in rebounds per game. His rebounding has also landed him at 19th in the conference for boards per game. Hauser also shows skill on the prermite, averaging 2.2 three-pointers per game and is shooting 46.4 percent beyond the arc. Both of those land him in the top-two on Marquette’s stat sheet.


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Along with Hauser and Powell, Kamar Baldwin at Butler has shown brilliance from long range so far this season. He has hit six of 11 three-point shots, good enough for a 54.5 percentage and seventh in the conference. Baldwin is also averaging 2.0 steals per game, which is good for fourth in the conference. At St. John’s University, two newcomers have burst onto the scene and earned serious minutes for the Red Storm. Marcus LoVett (redshirt freshman) and Shamorie Ponds are both averaging more than 30 minutes per game. LoVett and Ponds lead the team in scoring with 19.8 and 15.3 points per game, respectively. LoVett is third in the league in

scoring and Ponds is tied for 15th. For Providence and Xavier, two young players have put in good effort in the low post. Kalif Young and Tyrique Jone, who are averging 2.8 and 4.4 rebounds per game, respectively, have made strong contributions for freshmen. Each player is also showing effort on the defensive end up averaging 0.7 blockers per game. At Georgetown, Jagan Mosely leads the team with 3.3 assists per game, good for 11th in the league. DePaul and Villanova each have a handful of freshmen on their team, but none so far have made many waves in the conference, although Donte DiVicenzo at Villanova and Brandon Cyrus at DePaul have shown promise.

Photo via Twitter/StJohnsBBall Lovett is seventh in the conference in assists per game. Being a freshman in the Big East, or any other major conference, comes with ebbs and flows of talent and streaks. Although not all players will keep up their current pace, a majority will. That means the future talent for men’s basketball in the Big East is in good hands. Kevin Kopf can be reached at or on Twitter @KMKTNF.





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Photo via SHU Athletics Seton Hall’s senior hitter Danielle Schroeder was named to the 2016 Big East Championship All-Tournament Team. Schroeder led the Pirates in their final game against Creighton with nine kills and a team-leading 2.94 attack percentage.

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Family focus comforts, motivates SHU swimmer Matt Lamb Staff Writer

A transition into college and Divison I athletics can either go one of two ways: well, or not so well. For freshman swimmer Sara Ouellette, the transition to the pool has gone better than usual. She has already won events in the 200 meter freestyle, the 100 and 200 meter butterfly, 200 meter backstroke and the 200 meter medley relay this season. Outside of the pool in the college landscape, however, Ouellette has already seen the difficulties that come with being a college athlete. “It was hard at first because the training was so much different from what I was used to,” she said. “I also had never lifted before. It’s hard being away from home and my parents, but being here with the coaches and team has helped me and every other freshman.” The team atmosphere has fostered an environment that has helped Ouellette thrive, according to head coach Ron Farina. “She’s had a positive effect on the team and the culture we’re trying to build,” he said. “Her recruiting class and the class be-

Photo via SHU Athletics Ouellette has contributed by medaling in four individual events and in a 200 medley relay. fore feed off of each other, and tremely important. roundings without having your that makes you want to be better. “All of the upperclassmen are family beside you. So far, OuelWhen she’s not at 100 percent involved in our lives and would lette has been able to quickly but the team is, it becomes contado anything for us,” Ouellette make the swim and dive team her gious and she steps up. She has a said. “Even the academic advisors family away from home. tremendous impact on the team.” have been really helpful with ev“My mom has been to every Ouellette thrives on the famierything. My two captains (Cece meet so far and dad has been to ly element that swimming has to Henry and Erica Naumann) alone, and it’s sometimes hard for offer, even though the sport itself ways ask if we need anything and them to get here,” she said. “It’s is largely based on individual perare supportive in practices and very important to have people formance. She has seen that even tough times.” supporting me, whether it’s famsince before coming to college, A Granby, C.T. native, it could ily or the team. I need support behaving others to lean on is exbe difficult adjusting to new surhind me especially with practices

and schoolwork, and it’s great to get that.” Farina has also seen the team camaraderie affect the entire team in general, especially Ouellette. Already the team has shown its strengths albeit currently on a losing streak- the Women’s Team is 5-6 on the season, and placed fourth at the Patriot Invitational, which took place from Thursday, Nov. 17 to Saturday, Nov. 19. “The environment has been helpful, and that’s because of her recruiting class,” Farina said. “They’re not just teammates but also friends. They train everyday and she’s driven to get lifetime best times and school records. She’s a textbook version of someone coming in and assimilating well with everyone and stepping up. We’re excited about the future.” Having the support she needs only fuels Ouellette to become better. “The guys are set on winning Big East this year and that’s translated to the girls as well as far as pushing hard in practice and having that support throughout the season. It’s a really positive environment to be in,” Ouellette said. Matt Lamb can be reached at or on Twitter @MattS_Lamb.

SHU searching for defensive rhythm as offense improves Elizabeth Swinton Sports Editor Heading into the season, talk surrounding the men’s basketball team focused on who would step up on offense. In the early stages of the season, however, it is the Pirates’ defense that is lacking. Holding a record of 4-2 after finishing sixth at the AdvoCare Invitational, SHU ranks 201st in the nation in points allowed per game with 72.8, as of Nov. 30. Last season, the Pirates finished 75th in the nation in points allowed per game with 67.8. While Seton Hall has allowed more points per game this season than last year’s squad, the offensive production has gone up. Compared to scoring 74.2 points per game last season, the Pirates are scoring 80.3 points per game this season, which is good for 79th in the nation. That statistic may come as a bit of a surprise to some, as Seton Hall lost its leading scorer, Isaiah Whitehead. Others have stepped up in his absence though, something head coach Kevin Willard said would have to happen at the beginning of the season. Whether it be SHU’s junior starters or freshman Myles Powell – who

is averaging 13.2 points off the bench – the Pirates are getting the job done when it comes to scoring. Having subpar performances on defense can be bandaged by strong offensive performances, which was the case for Seton Hall against Iowa. While allowing 83 points to Iowa, the Pirates were able to score 91, including 26 from Powell. When Seton Hall does not have a player to step up on a poor offensive night, that’s where strong defense is able to give the team a chance at winning. That’s what happened against Stanford, though SHU lost 66-52. “When our offensive isn’t going well, we get a little down. We have to fight. Certain guys get hard on themselves, it’s a work in progress,” Willard told Gary Cohen of AM 970. “We’re a little banged up and we’re not good enough to not be banged up against a good team.” Seton Hall’s 52 point total against Stanford was its lowest for a game since the team’s showing against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament on March 17, where the Pirates also scored 52 points. Before that, Seton Hall did not have a point total that low since

Joey Khan/ Digital and Photography Editor Point guard Madison Jones is tied for 12th in the conference in steals per game with 1.33. scoring 51 points against Butler on March 12, 2014. Willard cited injuries as being a problem. Angel Delgado has had issues with his ankle and Ismael Sanogo’s shoulder and bicep have been a concern “That’s never a good thing at this time of year,” Willard told AM 970 of injuries following the loss to Stanford. “In January guys

will have a much better feel than now. You play a good team and 100-percent you’re going to get exposed a bit.” Both Seton Hall’s offense and defense has been exposed on occasion this season, but with the offense trending upward and the defense trending downward, that will be a point of focus for the Pirates to correct going forward.

Next, the Pirates return to action on Thursday, Dec. 1 against Columbia, a 3-3 team that is averaging 79.0 points per game. It will be a test to see if the Hall can amend its defense, and a look into whether the team can keep up its offensive impact. Elizabeth Swinton can be reached at elizabeth.swinton@student.shu. edu or on Twitter @eswint22.

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Women’s volleyball reaches goal as season ends Matt Lapolla Staff Writer The 2016 season has officially come to a close for the Seton Hall volleyball team. The Pirates ended their campaign after a 3-0 loss to Creighton in the Big East Tournament on Friday, Nov. 25 in Indianapolis, Ind. They finish the season with a 16-16 overall record and a 10-8 in-conference record. While the season ended with a loss in the first round of the tournament, the 2016 season had plenty of bright spots. Senior libero Tessa Fournier concluded her Seton Hall career by being named the Big East Libero of the Year and a member of the All-Big East First Team, both for the third consecutive season. She led the conference in digs per set (5.03). Senior outside hitter Danielle Schroeder was named to the All-Big East Second Team after ranking ninth in the conference with 345 kills. Coach Allison Yaeger said heading into the season that her goal was to bring the squad to the Big East Tournament. “The girls break their huddles with ‘Big East!’ just as a reminder that that’s the main goal of the season,” Yaeger said. She was able to accomplish that goal thanks to strong in-con-

Photo via SHU Athletics A second half surge pushed the volleyball team into the Big East Tournament. ference performances, achieving double-digit wins in Big East play for the second time in program history. The road to Indianapolis was certainly not an easy one. One of the toughest challenges that Seton Hall had to overcome was the overall youth of the team. With nine underclassmen and just two seniors (Schroeder and Fournier) on the team, the Pirates had little experience to draw on. “Being young was the only

thing I think that was going to hold us back from making the tournament,” Yaeger said. “Most of our team never experienced the playoffs so they don’t truly appreciate it and how important it is. I wanted them to experience it now so that we didn’t wait until they were seniors to make the playoffs.” Yaeger wanted the team to get a taste of postseason volleyball so that they would fight hard to come back to the tournament every season.

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Another challenge that the Pirates overcame was a slow start to the season. Seton Hall dropped its first four games of the season before a victory over Canisius sparked a five-game winning streak. The team went into conference play with a 6-7 record and ended the regular season with a 16-15 record. Fournier missed the first tournament of the season, the Golden Dome Invitational. She believed this attributed to the slow start.

“It was tough not just for me but for the team, losing their captain and their starting libero,” Fournier said. “I think after that, we all came together and realized how much potential we have. We needed to play as a team and not as individuals.” “We got better every single day,” Yaeger said. “We were in and out of a 6-2 and a 5-1 offense, and that means that everybody needs to be prepared…they have to be ready, and they were. If we switched it up halfway through a match, they were okay and they knew what to do.” Schroeder and Fournier donned the Pirate uniform for the final time in the loss to Creighton on Nov. 25. Fournier leaves Seton Hall as one of the most decorated athletes in the program’s history. “I’m honored to be able to achieve so many goals at this school, and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it anywhere else,” Fournier said. Yaeger remains optimistic for the 2017 season despite losing Fournier and Schroeder, saying that she saw great improvement players like Sarah Kenneweg and Dominique Mason all throughout the season. Matt Lapolla can be reached at or on Twitter @MatthewLapolla.

Suspensions Continued from Page 16 Seton Hall Athletics declined to disclose the nature of the suspensions. No matter the reason for the suspensions, the Hall will have to find a way to overcome the inconsistencies and build up chemistry going into conference play, which starts Friday, Dec. 30 when the Pirates take on St. John’s. Bozzella is hesitant to gauge

his team until he sees them at full depth. The Pirates played as a full unit for the first time on Wednesday, Nov. 30 against Princeton, an 94-67 loss. “Let’s play with a full team for a few games and we’ll see what happens then,” he said. Kyle Kasharian can be reached at or on Twitter @ItsKyleKash.

Photo via SHU Athletics Lubirdia Gordon’s presence has been missed in the paint.

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Suspensions stifle chemistry for Seton Hall WBB Kyle Kasharian Asst. Sports Editor

With three blowout losses in its last six games, Seton Hall’s women’s basketball team felt the impact of having four players serving suspensions. LaTecia Smith, JaQuan Jackson, Lubirdia Gordon and Jordan Molyneaux all had to miss time after each was given a three-game ban for violating unspecified NCAA rules, according to Seton Hall Athletics. Now completed, the suspensions were spread out, with two players sitting out a game at a time. Speaking ahead of Wednesday night’s matchup with Princeton, head coach Tony Bozzella said the absence of the four was noticeable. “Every game is like our first game of the season,” he said. “You can’t just take two kids out of the lineup every single game for doing basically, in my opinion, minimal things wrong. But it is what it is and we’ve gotta find a way to handle the hand that’s been dealt to us.” Despite going .500 during the absence of these players, the Hall showed some shortcomings, even in victories. The Pirates led in rebounds in only one of their last six games during the span of the suspensions, facing a 37-rebound deficit

in those contests. Part of that has to do with Gordon missing time, as she is averaging nine rebounds per game in the three that she has competed in. Jackson’s scoring impact has been missed as well. She sat out against Boston College on Nov. 17 and did not travel for a Nov. 20 game against Minnesota. The Pirates managed a close win against Boston College, but Minnesota shut SHU down, 90-57. Freshman Kaela Hilaire said others have had to rise to the occasion with Jackson, Seton Hall’s leading scorer with more than 16.5 points per game, out. “It’s important for people to step up so when Quanny does come back, hopefully they’re still in double-figure scoring,” Hilaire said. Bozzella has seen that his offense is not the same when Jackson is not on the floor. “We need her to play,” Bozzella said. “She’s worked hard in practice and hopefully she’ll bounce back.” While the absence of Smith has thinned out the backcourt rotation, it has also opened the door for Hilaire to breakout as a rookie. She scored a career-high 24 points against Central Connecticut on Nov. 26. While the suspensions have allowed younger players to step into the limelight, they have also

hurt the Hall’s defense. Bozzella said that it’s not right the way his team was punished, but with the suspensions over, he will focus on correcting his team’s issues. “This isn’t the way we play defense,” Bozzella said. “We gotta fix this – it’s hard though, I mean we’re so inconsistent with our lineups. These two have to sit out this game, these two have to sit out that game. You know, people don’t understand – what happened to us and what was done to us was completely wrong in my opinion.”

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Joey Khan/Digital and Photography Editor JaQuan Jackson (top) and LaTecia Smith (bottom).

WBB fails to hit stride in landslide loss to Princeton Matt Lapolla Staff Writer The Seton Hall Pirates women’s basketball team fell 94-67 to the Princeton Tigers on Wednesday night at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, N.J. The Tigers got off to a hot start by scoring 11 unanswered points, taking advantage of multiple turnovers and fouls by the Pirates. Seton Hall was forced to take its first timeout with just under seven minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Pirate offense could not get into a groove while Princeton went on a tear, and the first quarter ended with the Tigers ahead 25-13. The Pirates started off the second quarter strongly by reducing the deficit to just six after capitalizing on two Princeton fouls, but the Tigers quickly regained their

double digit lead after back-toback layups from forward Leslie Robinson. Princeton was able to stay out in front of Seton Hall thanks to precise three-point shooting, going 7-12 from beyond the arc in the first half. It seemed that the Pirates were destined to close the half out down by double digits, but Deja Winters drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to make the score 45-37 at halftime. Princeton continued its strong offensive play in the second half by opening up the third quarter with a 9-0 run. Seton Hall again struggled to get going offensively or defensively, putting up just 13 points in the quarter while allowing 29 to the Tigers. A jumper at the buzzer by Jackie Reyneke extended the Princeton lead to 24 points and the third quarter closed with the Tigers out in

front, 74-50. Princeton extended its lead to 30 in the fourth quarter after a layup from Robinson made the score 89-59 with 5:26 remaining. While Seton Hall managed to bring the deficit to under 30, Princeton cruised to a 94-67 victory. Freshman Bella Alarie led the way for Princeton with a double-double in points (26) and rebounds (11), shooting 9-19 from the field and 5-8 from beyond the arc. Senior Taylor Brown also had 18 points, while Robinson finished with 17. Winters led the Pirates with 16 points and 4-9 shooting from three-point range. Freshman Skyler Snider also put up 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, achieving a double-double for the first time in her collegiate career. Turnovers and poor defense severely hindered the Pirates in this

Joey Khan/Photography and Digital Editor The women’s basketball team now has a record of 4-3. game. Seton Hall lost possession 19 times and Princeton scored 32 points off turnovers. The Pirates had trouble defending the perimeter as well, as the Tigers shot 1226 (46.2 percent) from three. Seton Hall falls to 4-3 on the season, while Princeton improves

to 3-4. The Pirates resume action on Sunday, Dec. 4 when they take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 2 p.m. in Walsh Gymnasium. Matt Lapolla can be reached at or on Twitter @MatthewLapolla.

The Setonian – Volume 93, Issue 12 – 12/01/2016  
The Setonian – Volume 93, Issue 12 – 12/01/2016