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The Irish Tradition Returns Comm. Department overhaul

SXU students at the South Side Irish Parade in 2008.

By Karina Palencia News Editor For the first time since 2009, the South Side Irish Parade is back. After being put on hiatus for two years due to disorderly behavior from the 300,000 plus crowd, the festivities will again take place on Sun., Mar. 11 at 11a.m. The parade is set to go down Western Ave.


from 103rd St. to 115th St. and go through the Morgan Park and Beverly neighborhoods. Saint Xavier University’s NAIA football national champions are one of the featured floats, being the second in line of the parade. “I feel honored to be featured in the float, we are the second float, and it is very good for the school. We are after the war veterans so

it is a great honor,” said Anthony LaBanca, a senior offensive lineman who will be with his teammates by the float. Donations were collected from various supporters and by the surrounding bars on Western Ave. Sean’s Rhino Bar on 103rd and Western and Keegan Pub on 106th and Western have helped by donating money to bring back the parade. Carey Sullivai, a manager, of six years at Sean’s Rhino Bar is happy to have the parade back. “The parade has brought in so much business from the start of the weekend and more,” said Sullivai. Bartenders at Keegan Pub said they are very happy that the parade is back and they support the events that happen that weekend. M a r g u e r i te D u i g n a n , a bartender that has been there for 15 years, said the owner is very excited to have the parade once again. “ The parade is great for business; people start lining up at like 10a.m. that goes all the way to PARADE > page

By Tony Bara Deputy Editor in Chief

Beginning in Fall 2012, Saint Xavier University’s Department of Communication will implement significant changes to its program. In an e-mail interview, Renee Robinson, associate professor of Communication, discussed the changes. The new program, besides maintaining an 18 hour core, will offer eight different areas of concentration: Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Corporate Communication, Electronic Media Production and Writing, Health Communication, Journalism, Online Communication and Sport Communication. Students will choose two different nine hour concentrations f ro m the list a bove . The se concentrations will also be available as minors for students majoring in other subjects. This differs from the old program which offered a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis on either mass

communication or organizational communication and minors i n r a d i o / e l e c t ro n i c m e d i a , organizational communication and communication. According to Robinson, these changes are being implemented for five main reasons: “to provide students cutting edge training and development in the field of Communication, to modernize the curriculum to better reflect what the Communication field resembles today, to develop eight new concentrations and minors of interest to students, to offer students f lexibility in the classes they take by allowing them to choose among several concentrations and to provide students the opportunity to select concentrations that match their career interests and professional goals.” Robinson maintains that this new program will make students more marketable for future employment or graduate school, teaching them valuable “ p ro d u c t i o n , p re s e n t a t i o n ,

COMM > page 2 3 Domestic violence workshop in Morgan Park Students, staff mend hearts and

Saint Xavier University students, faculty, and staff are welcome to par ticipate in a domestic violence workshop taking place Saturday, Mar. 10 at the Morgan Park United Methodist Church at 10a.m. The event is being sponsored by the Church along with the Morgan Park Junior Women’s Club. Michelle White, a chairman of the event, highly encourages individuals to come take part of the workshop, despite the sensitive subject matter.

White mentioned alarming statistics of women experiencing domestic violence in an interview via e-mail with The Xavierite. “Studies show that one in four women will be a victim at some point in her life. That means it is probable that each of us knows a victim (whether we are aware of it or not). And as long as there are women and children who are abused, it’s the society that pays,” White wrote. Even though the issue of domestic violence is often neglected and placed in the shadows, this workshop aims to directly address the problem and even give solutions on how the situation should be

handled. Regarding several of the main topics that the event will focus on, White listed topics ranging from defining what domestic violence is to obstacles in leaving or seeking help. Other issues that will be discussed include analyzing the size and scope of the problem, realizing what happens when a victim tries to reach out for help, and also learning about various resources that are available for a victim. Along with discussing such topics, the event will also host several guest speakers who specialize VIOLENCE >



Athletics hopes to hit hole-in-one with new golf team

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Effective Fall 2012, Saint Xavier University will debut its very own golf team under coach Mike Mandekus, who was appointed in late-November. The new golf team has a special role at SXU, according to the Athletic Dept. “The purpose for the golf team is to help increase enrollment and the Shannon Center is always

Liars for hire! So long, honesty

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By Karina Palencia News Editor

looking for different ways to expand the department,” said Rob Huizenga, assistant athletic director for Sports Information. The idea of a golf team has become very popular around the athletic department and is meant to become a valuable recruiting tool to attract prospective students, according to Huizenga. Robert Hallberg, athletic director for the Shannon Center said that the new golf team will be ready to start next fall. “We are starting up a golf

team because many high schools in the area have golf. It has become very popular and it will be a good recruiting tool to attract more men and women to  Saint Xavier University to participate in sports,” Hallberg said. The golf team is for both men and women. The team will work the same way as the cross-country team at SXU, where both men and women travel together for conferences. GOLF >



homes on spring’s Service Trip

Members of SXU’s Service Trip line up for a picture.

By Joshua Humphry Senior News Editor A select group of students and staff volunteered to aid struggling communities by participating in the annual service trip over spring break. Participants travelled in groups of around five students and two staff to five locations across the US in order to assist local communities. This year, the five destinations to receive volunteers were Baltimore, MD; Glenmary Farm, KY; St. Louis, MO; the Darst Center in Chicago, IL; and Joplin, MO, which was hit by a devastating tornado in May of last year.

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The Spring Break Service Trips are intended by design to give students a chance to devote their time and effort towards the benefit of others in need while offering new experiences and opportunities for personal growth and development. It is aimed towards affecting both the volunteers and the aided communities in a positive manner. The volunteers that travelled to Joplin spent their spring break helping the survivors of the tornado remove debris and rebuild the town. SXU student Kelly Mihalik, in TRIP >



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LONDON (REUTERS)—The European Commission moved closer on Monday to forcing companies to increase the number of women on their boards with an imposed quota. Currently, only 13.7 percent of board members at Europe’s largest firms are women. ”Personally, I am not a great fan of quotas,” said EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding. “However, I like the results they bring.”

WASH. D.C. (HUFFPO)— The Georgetown University law student at the heart of the contraception debate, Sandra Fluke, dismissed Rush Limbaugh’s apology for calling her a “slut.” She said she believed Limbaugh only apologized after pressure from his sponsors and believes his attempts are dishonest.

EGYPT (NYTIMES)—An Islamist lawmaker was expelled from his ultraconservative party after it came to light that he had plastic surgery done on his nose. He was then accused of fabricating a story that two masked gunmen had viciously beaten him. Members of his former party believe plastic surgery to be sinful.

• Registration for Fall 2012 on Mar. 8 through Mar. 22 •Intramural Volleyball League [Shannon Center] 7p.m. on Thur., Mar. 8 SYRIA (BBC)—Thousands of Syrians are fleeing into Lebanon, with reports saying security forces are committing horrible atrocities in Syria. The UN said as many as 2,000 people have crossed over from Sunday and Monday. Soldiers slit the throat of a 12-year-old boy in one known case of violence.

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Students in CA and NY rally for tax to fund higher ed.


By Genevieve Bonadonna Editor in Chief

Editor in Chief Genevieve Bonadonna Deputy Editor in Chief Tony Bara Senior News Editor Joshua Humphry News Editors Macy Zamudio Karina Palencia Genevieve Bonadonna Senior Viewpoints Editor Genevieve Buthod Viewpoints Editors Grant Vargas Tony Bara Senior Features Editor Kane McKeown Features Editor Becki Brown Senior Sports Editor Greg Pilafas Sports Editor Tony Gustin Sports Correspondent Alan Paape Photographer Melissa Wrobel Business Manager Molly Knapper Copy Editors Allison Horn Mary Crane Contributors Lauren Dwyer Brandon Swanson Nick Pecho Webmaster Mike Catania Assistant Director of Campus Life Student Media Peter Kreten Journalistic Adviser Moira Mis

EQUADOR (WAPO)—Equador President Rafael Correa is continuing his agenda in silencing the press by filing a defamation lawsuit against the three directors of the country’s largest newspaper. Press freedom advocates are saying that no other country is moving as fast to restrain the media as Equador.

Thousands of student protestors in New York and California gathered at each respective state capitol Monday in obvious disapproval of the current way in which funds are being dispersed, calling for a millionaire’s tax that would fund public higher education. Both protests, according to The Huffington Post, were organized separately but were united in solidarity and followed the March 1 nationwide demonstrations where PARADE > from



Cork & Kerry’s,” Duignan said. SXU students are excited to attend the parade this year as well. Jake Cashman, a senior political science major, has lived in Beverly all his life and has been to every parade. “I like the fact that the parade is back because I am actually 21 years old now and can participate in going to the bars. I plan to go with friends from school and go to Keegan Pub and Cork & Kerry,” said Cashman. Ar turo Perez, a junior, international business and Spanish major, is attending the parade for the first time and looks forward to seeing all the great things he has heard about it. “I have been attending the parade since I was young. My grandparents live in the neighborhood so it has become a time to come together,” said Melissa Naegele, a junior, biology major. The parade was taken away TRIP > from



particular, had a positive experience participating in the service trip. “Though it seemed like an endless project at some points, in the back of my mind I knew it was the least I could do,” Mihalik said about her experience in Joplin. “Every piece of debris that was picked up was contributing to the rebuilding and restoration of Joplin.” At other sites, service was done not through assisting clean

Occupy College protests demanded that universities cease employee layoff and tuition hikes. “We are going to the Capitol because refunding public education is urgent,” said Richard Walker, co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association, as quoted in The Post. The protest had added significance in CA as the Bay Area News Group recently configured that going to public university in CA is over $13,000 more expensive than going to school at Harvard or Yale University. The Post reported that CA’s public universities lost more than

$1 billion in support from the state in 2011-12 cuts. “We’ve cut billions of dollars and I’ve hated every minute of it,” said Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the LA Times reports. An organized march with such massive numbers has yet to take place in Chicago this year. Still, SXU freshman Becca Greve, a communication student, believes that those in the Chicago area should be paying attention to the protests. “I think they should wait and see what happens with the protests

because of the reoccurring fights and underage drinking. “I worked the last ten parades; I was pretty shocked because we didn’t know why it was cancelled…I didn’t understand because I have been working in the bar and didn’t see what was going on. I only live a couple blocks away from the parade,” said Duignan. “It was inevitable because it was getting out of hand but it was upsetting because it was like a community gathering; it was like they were cancelling our big party and our only bonding time as a community,” said Cashman. The parade committee along with the city of Chicago and the Chicago police department has created a plan to secure the parade from public intoxication, underage drinking and violence. People will be fined if they are caught drinking alcohol through the neighborhoods and during the parade (www.southsideirishparade. org). Local Bars are also enforcing policies to keeping this event safe.

Keegan Pub is removing all chairs and tables so that people can enjoy drinking and to keep people from destroying the furniture and harming themselves. “We have two doormen at the door that check for I.D.’s and no one is allowed to leave with alcohol in their hands and everything is served in plastic,” said Duignan. Sullivai said, “We have every employee working and the place is safe with eight doormen working to cover all doors and making sure that no one leaves with alcohol. Only those of age get in.” B y t a k i n g t h e s e s a fe t y precautions, students—along with the local bars—hope that the parade tradition goes on for many years. “It was shameful that they took it away but I think if they keep it safe then the parade will stick around longer,” said Cashman. Naegele hopes this parade continues. “My concern is that people will fight and get super drunk because this was originally a family event not a drunk fest.” The parade has been around

up after a disaster, but instead was given other activities. In St. Louis, MO, for example, volunteers helped out at St. Patrick’s Center, an organization that aids the homeless, by working in the clothing room and by serving food to the homeless. They also assisted the Our Ladies’ Inn, a center for pregnant homeless women, by watching children. Volunteers at the Glenmary Farm site also served in a variety of tasks. During the week they were

in Kentucky, volunteers chopped firewood and helped out at both a nursing home and a food pantry. All three sites interacted with the people they were helping. Student Hillary Hardesty, a volunteer at the St. Louis site, recalled one such moment of interaction. One day during a lunch break, another volunteer and her conversed with a few of the people they were helping. According to Hardesty, the people they were aiding “were just appreciative of us taking time to

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New York students protest tuition hikes.

in New York and California and maybe then we could get some ideas on how to approach the issue,” Greve said. Security Plan Outline: •Fines for open alcohol will be strictly enforced throughout the neighborhood •Security check points surrounding Parade route banning alcohol •Passengers will be banned from bringing alcohol on Metra Rock Island trains on Parade Day •Busses that come into the area will be directed to specific drop-off/pickup points designated by the Chicago Police Department and surrounding suburbs •Phone number available (with text messaging support) for neighbors to report problems (number will be released soon) *Information cited directly from

since 1979 where it started in the blocks of Washtenaw and Talman and on Sun. Mar. 1981 the parade moved to Western, where it has been held ever since (www. talk with them.” By Friday and Saturday when the volunteers returned from the service trip, they had not only made a positive impression on the communities that they served, but had also been ingrained with a new understanding of the lives of the people they assisted. “I think that all the students brought back a lot of care and love for each other and the people we met,” said Gabriela Torres, a staff trip leader who served at the Glenmary Farm site.

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Bully Expert Set to Speak at McAuley By Macy Zamudio News Editor In an effort to raise awareness of the growing problem of bullying, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will be hosting a special, public presentation on March 14th featuring New York Times best-selling author, Jodee Blanco. Blanco is best known for her critically-acclaimed memoir Please Stop Laughing at Me. In her book, Blanco shares personal accounts of bullying experienced during her adolescence. Since its publication, she has been giving various presentations that deal with addressing such a heated issue. Her seminars not only openly discuss bullying, but also help motivate people to overcome such a troublesome aspect in their life. Blanco’s visit at McAuley is being sponsored by two student organizations – S.A.D.D and Action/ Reaction. Robert Rabe, moderator of Action/Reaction and a Theology teacher at McAuley, commented on the school’s enthusiasm in having such an event. “We feel very passionate about this issue. It’s really important for students to feel both physically and emotionally safe in their schools,” said Rabe. According to Rabe, Blanco’s visit is being funded by a monetary award. “We received a $1,000 award from the alumnae board. We

Jodee Blanco.

applied for this money because we really wanted to dedicate a week dealing with anti-bullying stances,” Rabe said. With the rise of suicidesrelated deaths inf luenced by bullying and also with the rise of violence in schools, bullying has become a major, nationwide concern for schools of all levels. Rabe expressed his growing concern over the issue and actually feels that the threat of bullying is rising. “I think that bullying is actually on the rise, especially when considering things people could post on the Internet – cyber-


bullying,” said Rabe. Rabe added, “This seriously threatens the livelihoods of individuals. It’s not a big problem here at McAuley, but we don’t want it to infiltrate our school. People need to understand that bullying is violence. It seems that our culture is becoming more numb to such violent behaviors.” McAuley is just one of many schools promoting antibullying attitudes in their students. Throughout the days leading up to Blanco’s presentation, students will be participating in multiple anti-bullying activities. Several activities include after-

Campus Ministry’s ‘Busy Person’s Retreat’ By Joshua Humphry Senior News Editor Campus Ministry will be hosting a unique experience, “The Busy Person’s Retreat,” from March 18-22. Students and faculty participating in the Retreat will set apart half an hour each day for prayer and meditation. Participants will then meet with a spiritual companion, who will listen to and pray with participants, later in the same day for the same period of time. The Retreat will end with a group prayer at 5:00 p.m. on

Thurs., March 22 in McDonough Chapel. “In past years, participants agreed that it was a very worthwhile experience,” said Sister Mary Loftus, R.S.M., head coordinator of the event. Schedules for meeting with a spiritual companion will be based on each participant’s availability during the week. This will allow for flexibility in designing individual schedules and will prevent any clashes with class and work schedules. The goal of the retreat is to offer students and faculty a means

to separate a time for meditation and relaxation from a busy week, an opportunity to build deeper relationships with God or a chance to focus in on the more spiritual aspects of life. Student evaluations from 2006’s “Busy Person’s Retreat” were appreciative and positive in regards to participating in the Retreat. Participation in the “Busy Person’s Retreat” is free and all students, faculty and staff are invited to participate. Registration forms must be submitted to the Mercy Ministry Center by Tues., March 13.

school meetings discussing Blanco’s book and also a screening of the popular film, Mean Girls, with a discussion following the showing. Because of all the excitement and interest that students are showing, Rabe has high hopes that the school will continue doing an anti-bullying week in future years. “We’re very, very excited about this. We hope that in the future, it will be even bigger. There’s a lot of interest from students who want to be a part of this – it’s like a spark has been lit, A week like this can help dispel fears and can also bring healing to people by letting them know that they’re not alone,” said Rabe. While Blanco’s presentation will definitely have a huge impact at McAuley, Rabe also feels that it will have a great effect on the community. “We want everyone to know more about bullying. It’s a justice issue that needs to be addressed. “Bullying others is in opposition to the message of Jesus Christ and the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. We want to promote a harmonious community where all can be loved and accepted,” Rabe said. Jodee Blanco’s anti-bullying presentation is free and open to the public. The event is scheduled to take place Wednesday, March 14 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Mother McAuley’s auditorium with a book signing following the presentation. GOLF > from



“This is a great to be cost efficient and have a great supporting team,” said Huizenga. “Mandekus is a pro-golfer and knows what he is doing,” Huizenga said Mandekeus brings an intense knowledge of the game. The team will compete against other teams in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Huizenga is responsible for where the teams will travel and with the recruitment for the new golf team. “Mandekus has been working very hard in the recruitment of




in dealing with domestic violence. “The keynote speaker is Vicki Meilach of the South Suburban Family Shelter. Also speaking will be Laura Parker of the South Suburban Crisis Center. We’ll also have a representative from the Chicago Police Department to speak as a ‘First Responder,’ and a member of the Church to introduce the organization who represents resources available,” wrote White. According to White, the Church has hosted events similar to this in the past; but that this will be the first time it collaborates with another organization to sponsor the workshop. “The event is a collaborative effort for the Morgan Park Junior Women’s Club and the Morgan Park United Methodist Church. The Church held an event last July on domestic violence, but it is the first time for the Women’s Club,” White wrote. White is enthusiastic in having a domestic violence workshop open to the public and also has high hopes of the outcomes of the event. Regarding with the ultimate goal of the workshop was, White wrote, “to inform the community at large how and why domestic violence affects all of us.” “I’d like to see people walk away armed with information that empowers them in some way. They’ve learned something new about how to help themselves or how to help someone in need,” wrote White. getting a team started and he is close to having a person sign,” said Huizenga. This is an official team, no different than any other sports teams that are currently recognized as teams. It is made to serve particularly new students interested in being on a competitive golf team within SXU’s conference. “It is our purpose at  Saint  Xavier  University  to increase enrollment through our athletic program. We have to take a look at what universities in our area compete in these sports and we make decisions based on competition,” said Hallberg. COMM > from



research, writing, technological and technical skills.” She also believes that the specific skills the new program offers will make it easier for students to understand what communication is and explain it to others in more concrete terms. “Communication competency today means that individuals must be able to analyze audiences, research and select appropriate information related to specific criteria, create messages in faceto-face or computer mediated communication channels that are audience appropriate, and effectively develop presentation aids consisting of audio, video and web-based messages,” maintains Robinson. She believes that the new program will help students master these skills, better preparing them for the field of communication today.

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It’s, Like, Kind of a Big Deal? By The Xavierite Staff

[used] as a cue.” Young women use creaky In honor of women’s history voice and slang, as well as filler month, The Xavierite is taking a words, as an intricate part of fresh look at the ways in which language. our society views women. These speech patterns are Because women are so used as a way to emphasize points often judged by their appearance and communicate more effectively, rather than their character, it is in very specific ways. difficult for any woman’s attempt These vocal cues denote a at meaningful self-expression to be much more subtle and nuanced taken seriously. use of verbal communication An interesting analyzation than young women are usually of one form of women’s self- given credit for being capable of expression, at least in a specific possessing. and focused sample group of These patterns are typically women, is a look at the social sourced to the girls of the San impact of the speaking habits of Fernando Valley in California in young American women, the 1980’s. These habits include the use When one impersonates a of many “like’s” filled in through, “valley girl,” one usually employs like, most sentences in seemingly all of these vocal trends. unnecessary places. Not surprisingly, however, Another trend is the use of the stereotype associated with what is called “up talk.” Uptalk is this way of speaking is that the the tendency to end every sentence subject is immature, superficial, with an upward inflection? and relatively incapable of complex As if the speaker is constantly thought. asking the listener for affirmation This stereotype is a great of the subject at hand? example of the fact that the Linguists in the past have way women speak is very often speculated that this vocal practice considered more important than is a sign of young women’s low the ideas they are expressing. self-esteem and need for approval, Given how much attention which is, like, so totally not okay, is paid to women’s style of speech guys. over the content of their words, Another recognizable pattern one may believe that young women is what is known to language would at least be given credit for specialists as “vocal fry.” pioneering new vocal trends. Vocal fry, or “creaky voice,” In fact, in the New York is the gutteral fluttering of vocal Times article, “They’re Like, Way chords coupled with the tendency Ahead of the Linguistic Curve,” an to draw out vowels at the ends of explanation is given to the overall words or sentences. social acceptance of vocal trends. It may sound strange when Mark Liberman, a linguist described so technically, but as an at University of Pennsylvania, example, try to think of Brittney explains, “It’s generally pretty Spears or Ke$ha singing. well known that if you identify Other good examples include a sound change in progress, then Kim Kardashian’s or Paris Hilton’s young people will be leading the speaking voices. old people. And women tend to This par ticular speech be maybe half a generation ahead pattern is the subject of a recent of males on average.” study by speech scientists at Long But despite their contribution Island University. to an important element of culture, The study, “Habitual Use of language, young women’s voices Vocal Fry in Young Adult Female are often trivialized to the point of Speakers,” identifies this vocal silence. trend as more than just a specific We at the Xavierite believe that way of speaking. women’s voices need to be heard One of the authors of the beyond the point of stopping to study and a speech scientist at criticize the sound of their words. the University of Long Island, We need to hear what women Nassima Abdelli-Beruh, said of are trying to say, when they express the young women, “They use it as themselves verbally in order to truly a tool to convey something. You and fully respect them as members quickly realize that for them, it is of society.

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Point-Counterpoint: Transvaginal Ultrasounds Point: Missing the Point: Why We Should Be Worried Journal of the Apocalypse Genevieve Buthod

Senior Viewpoints Editor

We may have yet to overturn Roe v. Wade, but Americans have been very successful in their effort to roll back its effects over the past thirty-nine years. Looking at one obstacle in particular, six states in the U.S. require a woman to undergo an ultrasound procedure before her abortion, and some require a 24-hour waiting period for her to “consider her decision.” O f t h e s e st a te s , Tex a s , Oklahoma and North Carolina require women to listen to the ultrasound technician’s verbal description of the ultrasound image. Ver y recently, lawmakers in Virginia have attempted to introduce a new and improved ultrasound requirement, despite a similar law already in existence. This new addition is the inclusion of a vaginal ultrasound to the process of political hoops a woman has to jump through in order to terminate her pregnancy. This hoop is particularly troubling, however, when one learns exactly what it entails. It is an unwanted foreign object pushed into her body. This procedure is unnecessary from a medical standpoint, which means that it is entirely a political push to shame women into feeling as if they have no choice

in the continuation of their own pregnancies. According to a Reuters article, “Ultrasound Mandate Heads to VA Governor’s Desk,” the bill has been amended for the time being to include slightly less extreme requirements. Legislators in the Republicancontrolled House of Delegates approved amendments to the bill this past Thursday. The amendments include making an invasive vaginal ultrasound optional as an addition to the still-required standard ultrasound procedure. It is shocking how little thought is put into these bills. I—perhaps mistakenly—believe that lawmakers do their research to see if what they are voting for will even be effective in achieving their goals. Requirements such as these have been empirically proven to be ineffective in deterring women from continuing with their decision to have an abortion. The University of California project Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health has conducted two studies in an attempt to determine if this is even a useful political tool in the anti-abortion movement that is raging now. The studies have concluded that viewing a sonogram provides no indication that a woman will then cancel her scheduled procedure. The fact that these bills are not based in medical accuracy is bad enough, but that they are proven to

be politically ineffective and yet still pop up in new states is even worse. I wish these legislators would at least try to look like they know what they are doing in their jobs, enough to check statistics before voting to pass new laws. It is alright to want to prevent something you disagree with morally, but these laws go too far. They may seem like a win from an anti-choice perspective, but we have to remember that this is a sign of how closely the government has control over our bodies. The debate about the invasive transvaginal ultrasound may have settled into a tense compromise in Virginia, but it re-framed our expectations and the very nature of the debate itself. These new ultrasound procedures may seem bad, but we should be questioning the existence of abdominal ultrasound requirements for women seeking abortions in the first place. Any law that has the power to enforce a medical procedure on someone should raise a few red flags in our minds, no matter if we are supporters of large or small government. The circumstances of these laws are simply patronizingly shortsighted in terms of lawmakers’ opinions of women’s agency and decision-making capabilities. But they are a sign that we as a nation have become complacent with the idea of our government having the ability to mandate unnecessary medical procedures for its citizens, which is a little scary to me.

Counterpoint: Help in a life-changing decision The Unbarable Truth Tony Bara Deputy Editor in Chief

The new Virginia law seeking to make ultrasounds mandatory for women before they can obtain abortions would be a positive step in deterring the practice. Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, you should agree that abortions should be avoided because, even if you do not think a life is being taken, a potential life is.             According to the Guttmacher Institute, 38.2 percent of women who have abortions have them after the first nine weeks of pregnancy in the United States. This means that these women carry a baby around for almost a quarter of a year before deciding to abort it. Five to six percent of abortions, the same study reports, occur after sixteen weeks. This means that the abortions take place in the later stages of pregnancy when the fetus has significantly developed (Guttmacher Institute). For these women, especially, having a mandatory ultrasound

might make them reconsider terminating the fetus. With that said, I can understand how the particular type of ultrasound the bill originally demanded, the invasive Transvaginal ultrasound, can be rather extreme and rather frightening. This is why I agree with the bill’s modification which mandates a noninvasive type of ultrasound. According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are six different types of noninvasive ultrasounds. Take a standard ultrasound for example. It uses “a transducer over the abdomen to generate 2D images of the developing fetus” (American Pregnancy Association). Totally noninvasive and extremely simple, there is no reason a woman cannot have a standard ultrasound before deciding her unborn child’s fate. Such a decision should not be made without the most careful of considerations. Other types of noninvasive ultrasounds which produce a 3D image of the fetus, including its face and heartbeat, are also available for women. Yes, this is definitely a case of the government setting a prerequisite for a private medical

procedure. However, since $330 million dollars of taxpayer money goes to Planned Parenthood each year, some of which is fraudulently used to fund abortions, the procedure is not as private as it initially appears (Washington Times). Besides, there is little uproar about the government mandating vaccines as a prerequisite for children entering schools, so why would this mandate be different? In the end, this bill is not meant to embarrass the woman or put her to shame. It is only meant to show her the truth—that there is a living organism inside of her that, if given the chance, will become a human being. Indeed, how she personally reacts to that truth is ultimately up to her. She will decide herself whether to be ashamed or not. One may argue that women already know this truth, and I am sure they do. But seeing it through an ultrasound will be much more powerful. Especially in the later stages of pregnancy, seeing the baby move and hearing its heart beat should drastically simplify what at first may seem to be an unimaginably difficult decision.

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Liars for Hire: How Honest Folks get Left Behind

By Tony Bara Deputy Editor in Chief Ever go on a job interview where the interviewer is doing everything possible to trip you up with “gotcha” questions? Worse yet, ever get weeded out from the employee candidate pool by one of those online personality tests that the company gives? A recent article in Forbes Magazine was entitled “Watch Out! 10 Interview Questions Designed to Trick You,” and it revealed how employers often develop questions which, no matter how you answer them, you lose. To me, this practice is not only a testament to the vile ruthlessness present in the working world but also an opportunity for cheaters and liars to get ahead, while honest people get left in the dust. One of several interview questions on the article’s list was: “Why have you been out of work so long, and how many others were laid off?” The author explained that e mploye r s k n ow tha t ma ny employees are being let go due to budget cuts caused by the recession. Instead of trying to help these laid-off employees who probably need the job more than anybody to feed their families, many employers, in their cold, calculating minds, figure that those who were fired due to budget cuts must have been “second-string employees” at their old companies and should be

avoided. This creates a double whammy for the laid-off worker. Not only was he or she fired due to the recession, something he cannot control, but now he is stigmatized for it. This is despicable, and employers who operate in such a way should be ashamed of themselves. Such employers, however, are potentially setting themselves up for disaster. Their cruel connivance can easily backfire if they interview a seasoned liar who paints the perfect picture of himself or herself and turns out to be the opposite in reality. In fact these tricky interview questions are an invitation for the world’s cheating scoundrels to surpass the honest working person. For example, one question the article listed that employers like to ask was: “Where would you really like to work?” The perfect answer which the author suggested one give is: “This is where I want to work, and this job is what I want to do.” First of all, the fact that there is a “perfect” or “right” answer that the employer wants to hear speaks to the phoniness of the entire interview process. Instead of giving the perfect answer, why not give the truth? And the truth is that someone unemployed during a recession is probably willing to apply for a job anywhere, not out of some great personal love for the company, but

Instead, ask about concrete experiences and skills. Check if prospective employees have the knowledge set to work at your company. After all, job skill and merit should be what matters in hiring someone. It is OK if the new employee is flawed in other areas. All humans are. As for the people who make themselves out to be perfect, they should take up acting. Ever feel like job interviewers are out to get you?

out of a need to survive or support his or her family. But truthfully, many employers do not want to hear this truth; they want interviewees to suck up to them. Well, liars are excellent at sucking up while honest people fail. The liar, before he or she goes on an interview or answers one of those online personality surveys will research what the perfect answers are. He or she will then present themselves as a flawless celestial being, while the honest man will tell the truth and present himself as a flawed human being. The result? More often then not, the self absorbed employer will buy into the liar, who will probably act very friendly and make himself seem like the perfect fit for the

Fanboys get a cool down Hadrian’s Wall Grant Vargas Viewpoints Editor

I love video games, namely First-Person Shooters, because they dish out fast paced action by the truck loads; but there are some titles that just get under my skin. To keep a game fresh, the developer has to constantly raise the bar for gameplay, graphics, and story with every addition to the franchise. After 11 games and nine years, Call of Duty has failed to produce a unique experience with each progressing game. The first half of the franchise was set on various fronts of World War II, and the second half takes place in recent times, for the lack of better terms, because the series went back to Vietnam and WWII for no apparent reason, then jumps back to a very near future war. The series has run on the iDtech 3 game engine since Call of Duty 2, but it has had serious revamps over the years to make the game what it is today; which is still underwhelming for what it could be ( The graphics undercut the intensity of the story because it is unimaginatively dull, the texturing is acceptable if I were playing a game five years ago, and the nonplayer characters (NPC) are so dumb that I actually feel really sorry for them. I try not to be a stickler on criticizing a game solely because of its graphics, but Call of Duty was eaten alive by Battlefield 3’s

Frostbite 2 engine. In an Imagine Games Network poll, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 received only 19 percent of nearly 120,000 votes for their graphics; so fanboys, get off your soapboxes ( Story telling is very important in maintaining a healthy franchise, but Call of Duty drops a two ton boulder on its foot when it comes to story arches. Up until Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the series had no connective story between its titles other than the characters are still fighting the same war, which gets boring after a few titles. Call of Duty 4 gave the players a story that needed resolution, so everyone thought the sequel would write the next chapter. Surprise! Instead of creating a linear story between two consecutive titles, Infinity Ward decided to go back the WWII. Why?! After fighting the same war for five game titles and four expansions, the change to current times was a breath of fresh air. This was such an idiotic move; it killed the momentum of the story. This happened again after Modern Warfare 2 when they released Black Ops. I wonder what the thought process was for the developers because there is no logical reason for jumping to the Vietnamese War, other than simply being able to. Black Ops has no connection to anything in the established Call of Duty universe. Finally, the Modern Warfare series wrapped up with its third title; but at this point the gameplay and twists are predictable down to the second.

Story and graphics aside, the NPCs are downright insultingly stupid. The enemy runs around in the open and stands straight up just waiting to be shot! Some try to hide behind cover, but their movements are so mechanical that I could close my eyes and hit them. The A.I. for the NPC seems to never change, despite moving through 70 years of combat tactic evolution (aside from World at War with Japanese suicide attacks). The weapon system annoys me to no end. As cool as the weapons are, they act and sound like a shadow of their real-life counterparts. The guns have next-to-no recoil, are over/under powered (depending on the weapon), and I have heard better sound effects in DIY YouTube movies. In multiplayer the customization of the weapons and classes creates an imbalance in gameplay and, consequently, a lot of frustration. I am talking to you, camping team of snipers! Seriously, jump up and move around once in a while. Call of Duty is a boring and overrated game franchise that needs a serious revamp. I honestly doubt this change will come anytime soon because the series has proven to be reliably slow to adapt and create new experiences. So, when the next Call of Duty title comes out, do not just run to the store and buy it. That only enables the company to continue making mediocre games. And it would save you $60 in the process.


company, while ignoring the honest person who may not possess those same theatrical skills. Now, the employer may argue that is exactly the reason why trick questions are necessary, to trip up the liar. Although some may get tripped up, there are expert liars out there who will convince you that grass is blue. So, I would suggest that those employers develop a greater appetite for the truth and view someone with rehearsed, seemingly perfect answers, with suspicion and a skeptical eye. They should basically do the opposite of what they are doing now. Also, they should grow a heart and stop with those “A Ha!’ questions.

Letter to the Editor:

Regarding the HHS Mandate Congratulations to Tony Bara, Deputy Editor in Chief of The Xavierite, for his well-written opinion piece published in the 2/22/12 issue regarding the Health and Human Services mandate of 1/20/12. His article focused on the real issues posed by this mandate; HHS’s attack on first amendment rights and unnecessary government interference in the administration of religious organizations. Keep up the great work Tony. Tim Earner Graduate Student Graham School of Management

Molly’s foot folly Molly Knapper Business Manager

About a month and a half ago, I was walking from the Warde Academic Center back to Regina Hall after my night class and I was hurrying because I wanted to get back in time to watch Grey’s Anatomy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t being careful and I stepped on my foot wrong and I fell. I ended up having to go to the emergency room that night and got some x-rays taken. I was there until 3am. The next day I went to a foot surgeon and I found out that I had a severe mid-foot sprain. The doctor told me that I would have to wear a soft cast and use crutches for at least a week. I also had to wear a boot until my next appointment. The crutches may have been the worst thing I have ever had the misfortune to need to use. It was terrible! I couldn’t do anything for myself and, I kid you not, a squirrel WALKED faster than me. I learned a couple things during this time. One thing is that there is an unsaid connection between other people on crutches. When the elevator door opened and I saw another person on crutches hobble out, we just looked at each other and said a “hey” that was loaded with a mutual sympathy and understanding for what one another was going through.

Also, it was during this time I realized that there are two different kinds of people in the world: those kind people who will hold the door open for you and those ignorant people that look right at you and then walk right on by. Some of the doors don’t have the buttons for handicapped people to push so the door will open for them. I had to go into one of those doors one day and somebody saw me and kept walking. I am the person that holds doors open for people who aren’t even injured and to see someone who could clearly see that I could not open the door walk right on by made me very upset. Another person followed and this guy had at least five computer monitors in his arms. This kind person balanced the computers and opened the door for me. It was very nice of him. It is people like this that make me confident that the world is not completely filled with selfish people. Luckily, after a LONG week of having people help me do everything (which I don’t like because I’m the person who wants to help others, not the other way around) I finally got off the crutches! I went to the doctor again two weeks ago. I found out that my foot isn’t much better. I am still wearing the boot and I am going to have to continue to wear the boot for at least two more weeks. Yes, that is terrible and I wish I didn’t have to, but I’m just grateful that I don’t have to use the dang crutches anymore! Thanks to all who helped!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Xavierite

Knowing the Rules to the Game of Power Structure

By Genevieve Buthod Senior Viewpoints Editor I recently read an extremely interesting essay about education and the power dynamics at play in the simple use of language in the classroom. The essay, “The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children,” by Lisa D. Delpit, is not new by any means. It appeared in Har vard Educational Review in 1988. The ideas, however, were new to me in that I had never before heard the concepts I have struggled to put into coherent thoughts over the years so eloquently and explicitly expressed. One of her main points in her discussion of the influence of language is that the rules of the culture of power are a reflection of the culture of those who have power. This statement may seem a bit cyclical at first glance. But upon closer inspection, one can see it means that the dominant group has the ability to frame the ground rules of our society. So, if you happen to be anything less than powerful in our society, you’ll have a difficult time living by the rules. In Delpit’s opinion, you may not even be aware of the rules in the first place. The author’s example is that language is very big part of culture. If one group’s dialect is considered

inferior to another group’s dialect, the children speaking in an “inferior” way will have difficulty excelling in a classroom environment that rewards only the use of “superior” language. They may all be speaking English; the children speaking formal English, usually from middle class families, will be comfortable with the use of formal English in the classroom because they were raised knowing it. Dialect is simply the element of culture used as an example here. But it shows how the dominant group’s culture is considered primary and exclusive. The children of the dominant group come into their first classrooms already knowing the “rules” of the culture and therefore have an advantage in learning. They are far less likely to be considered “behavioral problem” kids or thought to be slow learners because the teaching styles, particularly phonics, are geared very specifically towards conformity to the cultural rules to which they are already accustomed. The recognition of classrooms as part of an overarching societal power structure is essential in the effort to limit its reach into children’s lives. Delpit writes, “Students begin to understand how arbitrary language standards are, and also how politically charged they are,” as a result of this new teaching approach.

The kids have a much better shot at seeing their place in an unfair hierarchy, rather than seeing the way they speak as inherently wrong because it deviates from formal English. The most effective teachers are the ones who combine different approaches to teaching phonics. These teachers understand, “the need to help students establish their own voices, but to coach those voices to produce notes that will be heard in the larger society.” This last step is crucial in giving children the tools they need to succeed in the world. We are each experts on our own life experiences. We each understand our culture better than someone of a different culture, and this knowledge is valuable in its own right. It is just difficult to see the value in it when the culture we live in together places one sub-culture above all others. This dominant (sub-)culture gets to be considered the standard by which all others are judged. It is considered primary and objective and other cultural perspectives are seen as subjective and inherently biased. But we have to realize that each of us has a culture we belong to, even if that may be the dominant one. It tinges our view. It is easier to see how others’ perspectives are slanted by their personal experiences, but we each have only a subjective stance on life.

Hoping for Bowie’s return Macy Zamudio News Editor

One day, as I was scrolling down the various statuses on my News Feed, I came across a link that led to an article that was beyond fascinating. The link led to a Rolling Stone poll titled, “10 Artists Who Should Make a Comeback.” The artists on the list were chosen by the site’s readers and among that list were names of popular, high-profile artists such as The Smiths, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. Topping the list, however, was none other than the legendary British rock star, David Bowie. While I have always wanted Bowie to return back to the stage, knowing that other people share the same sentiments only makes me further believe that one day he eventually will. To be honest, the very thought of attending a David Bowie concert excites me beyond words! Amid many rumors that the entertainer has already silently retired from the music business, there still remains hope among fans that Bowie hasn’t given up performing just yet. And really, why should people even fathom that Bowie doesn’t have the potential to make a comeback? I f fe l l o w r o c k e r s Pa u l McCartney and Mick Jagger could still attract and entertain thousands

of spectators, then why can’t Bowie? After all, his 2004 Reality tour was a huge, worldwide success and it was even that year’s highest grossing tour. Needless to say, Bowie’s popularity is definitely something to be reckoned with. However, as much as many fans would love for the Glam Rocker to do one last tour, if he decides to do it or not is ultimately his decision. I’m sure Bowie has a perfectly good reason as to why he’d choose to stay away from the spotlight. Even though Reality was a major hit, several of Bowie’s performances had to be cancelled due to an emergency hear t surgery. If the singer wants to stay away from having such a stressful, public life and instead chooses to live a private, tranquil one maintaining his health and being with his family, then he should be able to do so and his fans should be more than understanding and respectful of his decision. After all, he has had a very long, successful career spanning for four decades already, so, if the singer chooses to have a break from it all, then it’s perfectly understandable. However, if my dream Bowie tour can’t become a reality, then I would at least love for my favorite singer to write and publish his memoirs. Nothing in this world would please me more than purchasing and reading David Bowie’s autobiography! Even though I’ve occasionally

skimmed through a few Bowie biographies, they’re not really worth my reading if they’re merely someone else’s interpretation of the man. I want to read about Bowie’s life in his own words from how he remembers things – his childhood, his adolescence, and his eventual rise to stardom. If Bowie decides to publish his memoirs, then maybe he can even make a guest appearance promoting his book on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. It’s obvious that Ferguson is a fan of Bowie judging from his Tweet-Mail jingle featuring an Aladdin Sane skeleton to his mere mentioning of Bowie in his autobiography. Having a comedy genius like Ferguson and a jokester like Bowie in the same room is guaranteed to be loaded with laughs and maybe even some funny awkward moments. Maybe that’s just pushing the envelope a bit, but hey, just putting it out there. Regardless of what Bowie decides to do next with his prolific career, he can be sure to find loyal fans supporting him in his endeavors. David Bowie is a musical genius – an innovator that only comes once in a generation. His immense impact on music is clearly evident, whether it’s in his influence on rock or even in his tremendous influence on other musicians. David Bowie’s music is definitely the type that will live through the ages.

We may get confused when our stance is considered objective by society, however. We are lucky enough to grow up seemingly naturally knowing the rules for success and are therefore more likely to gain power in life, by economic standards. But we have to be careful to realize that privilege is not a natural virtue. An example may help clarify what I am trying to say. In our world culture, whites are the dominant group, by most social markers. Therefore, we get to have an “objective” outlook. Other people have “race” and “culture”; whites, by virtue of our dominant status, are the norm, the standard from which other groups deviate. But what is “white” culture, exactly? It is a difficult question to answer because whites are a group of many different people from many different cultural backgrounds who happen to share similar melanin levels. My Irish and French heritage differs greatly from my boyfriend’s German heritage. My family is Catholic, while his is Lutheran. We have different family traditions and different histories. My family is obsessed with Irish history and culture, and we are across the board Francophiles. His, not so much. Despite our cultural differences, we are both a part of the dominant group because we both have the skin tone that gives us the privilege to be considered white.

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Our shared culture gives us statistically similar job prospects, similar possibility for education attainment, similar choices of where we can find good-quality housing later in life, and many other markers of a successful life. All of these factors are due to the fact that we are both privileged members of the dominant culture. Everyone must live in this society but since he and I are in the dominant group, we grew up knowing the rules pretty well. This knowledge aides us in all walks of life because it gives us a head start from childhood. Being raised in the dominant group in the dominant culture makes it our culture, essentially. We know the rules because they are the elements of our culture. We know the language and the customs seemingly naturally, but that means that anyone who does not know these rules because of being born into a different culture seems to be incompetent at fitting in to what gets to be considered “normal” society. The impor tant thing to remember about dominance is that anything it is applied to has the advantage of being considered the norm, as being legitimate. Those who do not belong to the dominant group must navigate a way to be heard while playing by the dominant rules. People do not have the time to live in two worlds. The dominant group should not exist in the first place.

Campus Poll Thoughts on the return of Chicago’s South Side Parade?

Samantha Wargowsky, senior, speech pathology “Glad to have it back; I went two years ago and had lots of fun.”

Diamond Young, freshman, accounting “It’s unfortunate that so many drunks will be there. I might go.”

Debbie Erhardt, senior, nursing “Of course I’ll be there! I’m Irish. What better way to spend the day?”

Fred Vaineo, freshman, undecided “I’ve never been to one but maybe I’ll check it out.”

Anne Marie Perez, senior, speech pathology “I’ll be there. It’s exciting to go for the first time.”

Angela Salazar, senior, nursing “I’m curious to see how it goes. I haven’t been to past parades.”

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Infusing Music with Soul By Becki Brown Features Editor Often called “The First Lady of Song”, Ella Fitzgerald made an obvious impact on the world of music, especially jazz music. For more than half a century, Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the US, and she sold over 40 million albums and won 13 Grammys during her lifetime. With an extremely flexible vocal range and diverse repertoire of songs, Fitzgerald was able to draw in a large crowd of all ages and ethnicities. Born on April 25, 1917, Ella lived with her mother, stepfather, and sister until Ella’s mother passed away in 1932. She lived with her aunt until it was evident that Ella could not adapt to the new circumstances, and her aunt sent her to a reformatory school. After being mistreated by caretakers at the school, Ella ran away from the school, and went on her way to endure t h ro u g h t h e Great Depression on her own. Looking back, she found that those years helped her to mature, and emotions drawn from those experiences often helped her during performances. Ella got her chance when she was selected to perform at the Apollo in an amateur night. At first, Fitzgerald was intimidated and had decided not to go through with her performance. However, at the last moment, she decided to sing “Judy,” one of her mother’s favorite songs. The crowd fell in love with the girl, and she soon went on to win talent competition after talent competition. Ella’s first recording, “Love and Kisses,” was moderately successful. Soon after, she started experimenting with bebop and scat singing, which was first shown in “You Have To Swing It.” The recording wowed Fitzgerald’s fans and helped win her new ones. After recording “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” in 1938, Ella found herself suddenly famous. The recording sold 1 million copies. It also reached number one and stayed on the pop charts for 17 weeks. While on tour, Ella married Benny Kornegay, a dockworker, but she soon found out about his criminal history. The two separated soon after. Then, in 1964, she fell in love with bassist Ray Brown. The two married and adopted a son, Ray Jr. Ella began to appear on variety shows such as The Bing Crosby Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, and The Dean Martin Show. Eventually, stressful work schedules would end Ella and Ray’s marriage, but the two remained friends for the duration of their lives. She faced much discrimination both because of her race and her gender, but she was able to overcome it. She was aided by superstar Marilyn Monroe, who helped Ella book a gig at a very famous nightclub. The singer would never have to sing at small clubs after Monroe started publically supporting her. Fitzgerald went on to tour across the country and performed with stars such as Frank Sinatra and Count Bassie. In her last years, she underwent several surgeries, including quadruple coronary bypass surgery and heart valve replacement. Ella kept on performing until finally she had both of her legs amputated below the knees. She passed away on June 15, 1996, in her Beverly Hills home. Source:

A Woman and the Navy: Full Speed Ahead By Lauren Dwyer Features Contributor Let’s start off with thinking about someone in the military. Picture this person in your mind. What do they look like? What are your assumptions about the type of person they are? Now let me ask you this, was that soldier you imagined a female? Unfortunately, you probably answered no. Even in the advanced society we live in today, the military is still more associated with men than it is with women. However, there are women in the military fighting for our freedom just as much as men do. And I have the honor of being friends with one of those brave women. ITSN Blair Lahola has served in the United States Navy for almost three years. She is stationed at Naval Computers and Telecommunications Station Bahrain. Last week, I caught up with her via Facebook chat to ask her a few questions about her experience as a female in the military. Dwyer: Do you feel that you’re treated differently or discriminated against because of your gender? Lahola: Sometimes, women being allowed into active duty have been in action for a while, but only in the last 16 or so years have we been allowed to start serving on ships. There are a lot of higher ups, mainly men, who have been in over 20 years, who still think that we shouldn’t be here. Dwyer: Is there any specific time that you can think of that you yourself have been treated differently? Lahola: Sometimes people expect me to try and get out of manual labor. Unfortunately, there is a population of women in the military who do try to get out of work, and unfortunately it reflects badly on the rest of us. Pregnant women are treated pretty unfairly. Dwyer: How so? Lahola: Well, usually your command will not give you the leniency that pregnancy requires. If you are stationed overseas, you will be sent to Norfolk [Virginia] in order to have the baby. Single mothers are given almost no support, and a lot of them struggle. Also, you need to get off base housing when you have a baby. Sometimes the command doesn’t cooperate, and you have to pay everything out of pocket. Sometimes you don’t get it back. Dwyer: So were you hesitant to join the military at all? Lahola: I was because I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. How can I put this without sounding conceited? It’s a lot harder when you are a semi-attractive female. Dwyer: Why do you say that? Lahola: Ugly girls are “one of the guys” although they will still get a lot of attention. But a lot of guys have the mentality that we are lazier or joined just to get the free college money. If you’re pretty, why would you join? Also, you’re going to deal with a lot more sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unfortunately quite the issue. It’s just a part of life in the military. It’s very frustrating in a work setting especially. Dwyer: Do you feel that you are not seen as an equal when the men are trying to flirt with you? Lahola: Sometimes. There is always that guy who doesn’t like to work with women, but overall, it’s not that bad. Dwyer: So do you feel that you made the right choice joining? Lahola: I do, because when women like me, who aren’t in it for the college and are in it for the service to our country, do join, we make it a bit easier for the women to come behind us. Blair Lahola and many other women currently serving in the military are an inspiration for women everywhere. Just because your dreams may be in a field dominated by men, it doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue them and succeed.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Not Just Another Justice

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A Home Run for Women

By Tony Bara Deputy Editor in Chief

By Molly Knapper Business Manager

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court, was born in March, 1930 in El Paso, Texas. Graduating with a law degree from Stanford University in 1952 she entered politics, serving as assistant attorney general and state senator in Arizona in the 1960s and early 1970s. During this time she developed a reputation as a conservative. In 1979, she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals which became a springboard to her Supreme Court nomination. In July 1981, President Ronald Regan announced his decision to nominate O’Connor as the first female to the Supreme Court. Regan described her as “possessing those unique qualities of temperament, fairness, intellectual capacity and devotion to the public good which have characterized the 101 ‘brethren’ who have preceded her” (New York Times, 1981). Regan was confident that O’Connor represented his conservative views and was thus hopeful for her approval to the high court. The appointment was not without controversy, however, as she came under fire for apparently siding against pro-life interests in the past despite her pro-life stance. During her tenure as Supreme Court justice, O’Connor took moderately conservative views, but she was careful not to let her personal beliefs influence her rulings, paying close attention to the Constitution. Her refusal to reverse the controversial Roe v. Wade decision, for example, appeared to many to indicate this impartiality. She eventually became known as the court’s swing vote, often rendering unpredictable decisions. This was further evidence that she truly applied the law fairly to her cases, unlike other justices who arguably let their personal philosophies influence their rulings. Among her famous rulings was Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989) which allowed states to outlaw second trimester abortions in which the mother’s health is not in jeopardy. During the controversial 2000 presidential race, O’Connor ruled with the court to halt Al Gore’s challenge to George Bush’s presidential victory. In another case, Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), O’Connor voted for making reverse discrimination in affirmative action unconstitutional. After serving twenty-four years as a Supreme Court Justice, O’Connor retired in 2006 in order to spend more time with her ailing husband. S i n c e O’Connor broke down the gender barrier to the Supreme Court in 1981, three female justices have been appointed to the high court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. In 2001, Ladies Home Journal ranked O’Connor as the second most powerful woman in America, and in 2004, Forbes Magazine ranked her as the sixth most powerful woman in the world. Most recently, in 2009, President Obama awarded O’Connor the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her lifetime accomplishments. No doubt, in the many “firsts” achieved by women, O’Connor’s had perhaps the greatest influence, as it impacted law and justice across the entire nation. Source:

The All- American Girls Professional Baseball League was founded in May of 1943 and ended in September of 1954. During World War II, players from the MLB were putting their playing on hold to enlist and fight for the country. Mr. Wrigley, the owner of the Chicago Cubs, decided to enlist the help of businessmen and figure out a way to keep the parks in business. That is when the AAGPBL was started. Over the years, the name of the organization has changed. It started off as the All-American Girls Softball League and has had different variations of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The movie, A League of Their Own, is a fictional story based off the first year of the AAGPBL. The movie came out in 1992 and it still continues to delight viewers every time. While the characters may not be real, the events are mostly true. And has a lot of historical accuracy in terms of uniforms, rules, and other such things. Femininity was the priority. Each player received a beauty kit and was instructed on how to use it. The girls were made to attend evening charm school classes. The uniforms the players wore consisted of a one piece, short-skirted tunic with a belt and a patch on the front. Their uniforms were not very effective in protecting them and when the girls slid, they usually had big cuts and bruises on their legs. The players were expected to always be mindful of being a proper lady even though they were playing a sport formerly played by men. The AAGPBL Victory song: Batter up! Hear that call! The time has come for one and all To play ball. We are the members of the All-American League. We come from cities near and far. We’ve got Canadians, Irishmen and Swedes, We’re all for one, we’re one for all We’re All-Americans! Each girl stands, her head so proudly high, Her motto ‘Do or Die.’ She’s not the one to use or need an alibi. Our chaperones are not too soft, They’re not too tough, Our managers are on the ball. We’ve got a president who really knows his stuff, We’re all for one, we’re one for all, We’re All-Americans! The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a big milestone for women in the way of showing the world that women are quite capable of playing competitive sports usually played solely by men. Source:

No Danger Too Great By Grant Vargas Viewpoints Editor There have been many who have sought to change the world for the better, but few historic names come close to Nellie Bly, the woman who uncovered the mistreatment of mentally ill patients in New York and founded the investigative journalism field. Bly was born in 1864 to a large and wealthy family, but her birth name was actually Elizabeth Jane Cochran (Nellie Bly was a pen name she received later in life). Her early childhood was filled with turmoil, due to the death of her father and then an abusive and drunken stepfather. At the age of 15, Bly wanted to become an English teacher, but sadly the family did not have enough money to put her through school completely. Thus, she began her journey to become a writer. During this time in America, women had an extremely hard time breaking into the male dominated businesses and public functions; yet Bly was hired to the Pittsburg Dispatch at the age of 22. The fiery attitude that got Bly hired also forced her to move to New York after a long dispute over her assignments for the Pittsburg Dispatch. One of the first assignments for the New York World, her second newspaper job, was to investigate the mentally ill on Blackwell’s Island. Posing as a mental patient, Bly gained admittance to the facility and all the horrors that awaited inside; after ten days of being undercover she returned with her story. The fallout of the article created a public outcry for better treatment of the patients and a new journalistic practice. Bly continued her investigative stories for a number of years and covered a wide variety of issues. One of the stories she became famous for was the Pullman Railroad worker strikes in Chicago because she reported the event from the workers’ perspective, which no other reported covered. Fair reporting was anything but a common business practice during the 1880s. Bly’s style of hard-line reporting inadvertently helped the feminine movement because women writers for newspaper were restricted to covering fashion and gardening trends. Another fascinating story about Nellie Bly is that she beat the “Around the World in 80 Days” challenge. The original challenge was the basis for the aptly named Jules Verne novel, “Around the World in 80 Days.” After 72 days and some odd hours, Bly arrived at her starting point in New York on January 20th, 1890. Talk about jet lag (if they had jets)! At the start World War One in 1914, Bly put herself on the front lines to capture every moment; which also made her America’s first female war correspondent. Today, investigative reporters go on all sorts of hazardous missions to bring the public the real news of what is happening. These assignments range from undercover corporate fraud to probing armed and illegal organizations. Thanks to the courage of Nellie Bly and all those who followed, the honest truth will always be told. Sources: &

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Your Guide To Misunderstanding the Oscar Winners By Becki Brown Features Editor The 84th Academy Awards (commonly called the “Oscars”) took place on Sunday, February 26. This year’s nominees were filled with a variety of worthy contenders, but I will be perfectly honest with you. I haven’t seen any of the movies that won with the exception of Rango, the winner of best Animated Feature Film. However, I did watch the trailers for some of the winners, so I think I have a pretty good idea of what those movies are about, and luckily for you, I am going to share my informed summaries with you in case you haven’t seen them either.

The Artist Winner of Best Film, Actor a in Leading Role, Costume Design, Directing, and Music (Original Score). There is no talking in this film. No talking. Only tap shoes and 1920s style music. Also, it is in black and white. Silent film star Valentin meets Peppy, and she soon becomes his partner (and maybe even more). Valentin’s wife gets mad at him, and things start going downhill. Nobody really likes Valentin’s movies anymore, but everyone loves Peppy because she’s young and pretty and can act or something. Valentin goes crazy and Peppy goes off being glamorous until she gets sad and starts crying. Eventually, the two get back together and end up hugging because there is no such thing as an unhappy ending in Hollywood (unless you actually live there).

The Help Winner of Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Emma Stone goes to college and comes back to Jackson as a journalist. Then her friend, or more believably her acquaintance that she really can’t stand, Hilly decides to try to pass a bill to make it mandatory for “the help” to have separate bathrooms. This sounds like standard, long time ago stuff, but that doesn’t stop Emma Stone from writing about it. None of “the help” wants to help her for fear of losing their jobs. Luckily, Hilly is so excruciatingly unpleasant that what seems like every maid in Jackson shows up at Emma Stone’s place to help her write a book, which becomes extremely popular. Hilly gets upset and does something mean in retaliation, but judging by the amount of hugging and laughing at the end of the trailer, everybody realizes that none of them like Hilly, and they all tell her to cram it (or something to that effect).

Hugo Winner of Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. Hugo and his dad, Jude Law, find a broken robot that they set out to fix, but then Jude Law dies in a fire. Then, Hugo runs into Sacha Baron Cohen and his vicious dog, who proceed to chase him for the rest of the movie, leading to various zany antics and chase scenes through train stations. While running from Cohen, Hugo meets a girl with a key that fits into the broken robot, which Hugo now believes is sending him messages from his father. This launches the duo into more chase scenes and dangerous stunts involving clocks that children should not attempt at any clock tower they happen to find themselves unsupervised in.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Winner of Best Film Editing. There’s this girl on a motorcycle, and I’m going to assume she is the one with the dragon tattoo. She has enough other ink and piercings for me to come to this conclusion, at least. She doesn’t get along with people very well, but she is really good at stalking them to a point where she can figure out pretty much any detail about their life. Then she gets teamed up with Daniel Craig to find some person who kills young girls. After that, there are a bunch of fights and gun shots and a bunch of other exciting things that no movie about girls or dragon tattoos should be without.

The Iron Lady Winner of Best Actress in a Leading Role and Make-up. Meryl Streep is Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” that the title refers to. As what appears to be the only female in the British government at the time, Thatcher is subjected to many sexist jokes, but she comes right back with some clever remarks of her own. Sadly, her job takes a toll on her family, including her husband, Jim Broadbent, and her children, who don’t even appear in the trailer, so I have to assume they aren’t in the movie either. She overcomes adversity and a nagging Jim Broadbent to find herself outlined by a spotlight, which obviously means that everything ended up ok, right? Photos courtesy of OSCARS.ORG, FREE-DESKTOP-BACKGROUNDS.NET, and IMDB.COM

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A Woman Who Don’t Need No Man By Lauren Dwyer Features Contributor On Februar y 28, Estelle released her 5th album All of Me. This R&B artist from London has been on the music scene since 2004. In 2009, Estelle won a Grammy award for American Boy featuring Kanye West. Although she is widely known for this collaboration, this album is sure to help in giving Estelle her own name in music. For this album, Estelle took her time to create something meaningful. Instead of rushing

an album that could have been mediocre, she cradled this album until it grew into something great and meaningful. Overall, the album is a good one with a bit of an interesting twist. Several of the tracks on the album are sound bites from conversations which transition smoothly into the next track. Estelle bursts back into the scene with her first track “The Life.” Even though, it has been a few years since she released her last full length album, she is not letting her listeners forget who she is. Estelle takes this track by storm as she glides between singing

and rapping. On the second track, Estelle teams up with Chris Brown and Trey Songz to crank out “International (Serious).” These three artists are spitting some serious game about how awesome they are. Estelle and her comrades rap about how their international fame is untouchable. With lyrics like “So don’t watch me / Mind your own business,” these artists are not going to concern themselves with haters, so keep sippin’ your haterades and mind your own beeswax. One of my favorite songs of the album is “Thank You.” This

is the most heartfelt song of the album. Even through her heartbreak, Estelle is learning that she needs to stay strong and can’t let any cheatin’ man keep her down. She is a strong woman who don’t need no cheatin’ man in her life. Estelle’s lyrics are powerful and with lines like “One thing I learned in life / We all gotta be ready to sacrifice to survive,” this R&B singer-songwriter proves herself to be on the level of other great singer-songwriters of today

such as Adele and Monica. All of Me is a new album that not only R&B fans, but anyone with a set of ears shouldn’t miss. With a mixture of upbeat and slower, emotional songs, Estelle gives listeners a CD that they will enjoy over and over. If you are a fan of Mary J. Blige, John Legend, or Jennifer Hudson, then Estelle is the girl for you. Unforunately, Estelle has not announced a tour yet, but hopefully there will be one in the near future.

There’s no ice in Iceland, just monsters and men By Lauren Dwyer Features Contributor

released their first four track EP. Their debut album, My Head is An Animal, was released in Iceland in September 2011. It hit number one on charts over there. As soon as these awesome Icelandic musicians step off the boat in America, they will be playing in Austin, Texas from March 14 to March 17. They will be performing at the annual South by


As I wondered out loud, “What is even in Iceland?” A Features fairy, named Becki, came down to tell me that, “There is lots of ice in Iceland.” Actually, Features fairy, there is an awesome band from Iceland named Of Monsters and Men. This

young band has already released an EP called Into the Woods on December 20, 2011 and is currently on tour in Iceland, but will be headed for America this month. Of Monsters and Men is an indie folk pop band made up of six members. After recently winning a battle of the bands at Músiktilraunir (a battle of the bands music fest) in Iceland, they

Blackhawks By Alan Paape Sports Correspondent The Chicago Blackhawks will be the next team in this great city to win a championship. I think it is safe to say this because the immediate future for the Cubs and White Sox is not looking that great and the Bears have too many question marks including a new General Manager, and they play in one of the toughest divisions in football. The Chicago Bulls probably have the second best chance to bring the next championship to Chicago but they do have, as much as I hate to say it, the Miami Heat to go through, and without a consistent number two scorer to help out Derrick Rose they are going have trouble winning their own conference. If the Hawks make the playoffs with a lower seeding they are a very dangerous playoff team. As of the first week of March three of the five teams ahead of the Hawks hail from the central division and the Hawks having a sparkling 11-4-2 record against the central division, including a 3-0-2 record against rival and number two seed the Detroit Red Wings. The other two teams in front of the Hawks are the Canucks and the Coyotes, and we all know that the Canucks have troubles playing against the Chicago Blackhawks. Over the last three playoffs the Blackhawks own an 11-8 record over the Canucks.

The Phoenix Coyotes are the team that can throw a monkey wrench in the Hawk’s cup dreams because the Coyotes have dominated the Hawks this season winning all four matchup’s, and three of those victories were by three goals. The Blackhawks have a plethora of superstars, Jonathon Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp, as well as a solid group of defenders and a large group of young guns. The big question mark for this team stems from its defensive depth and inconsistent goaltending. Ray Emery has really straightened out all of the goaltending problems over the last few games and hopefully it can last throughout the rest of the season. If the Blackhawks defense can step up and this team can get healthy down the stretch they can make a run for the Stanley Cup this season.


Southwest (SXSW) film, music, and interactive conference and festival. After SXSW, the band will really kick off their cross country tour in West Hollywood, California for two nights. Both nights are sold out, which is not rare for this tour. Even though this band is fresh, they have already sold out fourteen of the nineteen shows they will be playing in the United States and Canada. Sadly, Chicago is one of the fourteen sold out shows. But really, after listening to their EP, it is no wonder why they are already sold out. This band is just plain talented. I have no doubts that Of Monsters and Men will go far in the indie pop world I will predict it here and now that you will see these guys at

Bulls By Greg Pilafas Senior Sports Editor The Chicago Bulls are in the midst of a tremendous season where they are playing excellent basketball. The Bulls and the Miami Heat are right at the top of the Eastern Conference ,with such teams as the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic trailing behind them. The Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference finals last season where they lost to the Miami Heat in a five game series, four games to one. Last season was the first year for Coach Tom Thibodeau as well as the arrival of players such as Carlos Boozer, C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer. Coach Thibodeau won the Coach of the year award, and the Bulls star guard, Derrick Rose, won the NBA MVP award for his tremendous play. The Bulls finished the year at 62-20, which was the best record in the NBA. This team has solidified themselves as a legitimate title contender each and every season with the pieces they have together. The only thing that stands in the Bulls’ way to achieving their goal is the despised Miami Heat. The Bulls and the Heat will most likely meet again this year to determine who will head to the big dance. The Bulls have some health issues this season, and they will look to get everyone healthy before the start of the postseason.

Lollapalooza someday. My absolute favorite song off their EP is “Little Talks.” I could listen to this song over and over again, which I proudly admit that I totally do. This track has a big band sound that backs a perfect male/ female duet. Their voices play off each other perfectly to create a buoyant song that will have your toes tapping and your head bobbing. If you are looking for a great new indie folk pop band to listen to, check out Of Monsters and Men’s EP, Into the Woods. If you are a fan of their EP, they will be releasing “My Head is An Animal” worldwide on April 3.

The Bulls have the team as well as the coaching staff to make a run every year. They continue to upgrade all around whether it is via free agency or trade. The Bulls have one of the deepest benches in the NBA, which has really come in handy this season with the condensed 66game schedule. With the Bulls depth as well as their strong offense, they can beat anyone that the NBA has to offer, including Miami. The Bulls will develop a team that will be able to beat the Heat, whether that is this season or a future season that is yet to be determined. With Richard “Rip” Hamilton coming back healthy, hopefully soon, the Bulls will be back at full strength. This Chicago Bulls team will be a threat to anybody in the NBA that steps in their path. The Bulls have what it takes to win a title; they just have to go out and perform to the best of their abilities to achieve it.


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Make Those Pictures Work for Their Thousand Words By Kane McKeown Senior Features Editor

the frame of whatever you plan on photographing and mentally draw an even tick-tack-toe box on it. There are two ways to use Take a picture, it’ll last longer. this. The first is to organize your Whoever first said it knew what subjects, the foreground, and the they were talking about. Sure, background so that they are in time will eat away at everything, old opposing, balances boxes. The Polaroids, celluloid negatives, and second way is to have your subject eventually even digital files (in the line up with two or more of the form of new technology). intersecting lines. Regardless, pictures have a way Even if you follow the rule of of capturing a moment in a way thirds, there are still plenty of issues stories and memories do not. Why you can run into. The biggest issue, settle for mediocre photographs for all photographs, is the light when your memory and narration source. are playing a game of telephone While it is typical for every with each other? camera to have an automatic flash Everyone knows how to take setting, it is probably one of the a snapshot, so let this be a helpful worst sources of light available. The guide for making all your pictures reason for this is that it illuminates just a little more artistic and way the subject with such strength that more interesting. it negates all the shadows, leaving The first thing to take note of your subject looking flat. is the kind of camera you have. For Unless you have a soft light everything that will be discussed flash attachment for your DSLR here, it is okay if you do not have or the ability to set up you own a fancy Nikon D5100 digital single lighting, you will be stuck with lens reflex (DSLR), although it will certainly help. You can still gain the automatic f lash at night, something from this guide even if unfortunately. But, when light is available, all you have is a standard digital you need to learn how to take snapshot camera. advantage of it. What a lot of average, boring Make sure you know where snapshots seem to have in common your light source is coming from. is a lack of structure. What that Do not put your subject in front of means is that the objects in the your light source unless you want a frame were never considered in silhouette. relation to each other or the frame Make sure the area your itself. subject is in is at least as bright, if Here is probably one of the not brighter, than the background oldest tricks in photography; in fact, or your subject will be underexposed this may even be a setting on your and turn out too dark. camera: the rule of thirds. Take

Unless you are very familiar with white balancing, make sure to keep a consistent light source; having light from the sun, a lamp, and a television screen in the same shot will add some odd color qualities to your image. Capturing motion in pictures is common, if sometimes unwanted. As this is an article that is both DSLR and snapshot camera friendly, we can keep this simple. If you can control you shutter speed, then you should know that a slower shutter speed will cause blurring and a quicker shutter speed with freeze motion. If you cannot or do not know how to control shutter speed but still want to show motion, then you can either follow your subject, keeping them in same position within the frame as they move, or you can keep the camera stationary and let the subject move through the frame as you take the picture. Like motion, depth of field is more difficult to control in standard snapshot cameras, but it can be done. Depth of field is when only some things within the frame are in focus, creating a sense of depth, like holding your hand close to your face but looking out towards the horizon. Since your camera lens focuses like your eyes, this is actually a good example. You can achieve this effect by positioning objects within your frame at varying distances from your camera or moving yourself so

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Kevin Spacey, Take Me Away (A Collection) By Lauren Dwyer

Poem 17 By Joshua Humphry This is a haiku. It has three lines and that’s that. Don’t assume there’s more. Thoughts on Shuffle (A Collection) By Becki Brown Haikus are so fun They are a good time killer No, I don’t have friends. Sometimes I read books But then Facebook calls to me What was I doing? Rawr, I’m a dino I’m kind of clumsy sometimes Knocking over trees


Oh Kevin Spacey Why are you so far from me? Perfect man. You are.

Dressed like a black bat Fighting lots of Gotham crime Robin, stop dying

Your acting is great. Please be my horrible boss. Se7en nights of love. Want to be my shrink? Maybe my Casino Jack? Be my Lex Luthor. Love knows no limits. You American beauty. Let us stare at goats.



that the objects line up in such a way. Perspective is another aspect of photography that tends to get neglected. Think about it this way: everything you see throughout your day is seen at eye-level. And of course, the same is true for everyone you will be showing your pictures to. Therefore, taking pictures at eye-level is somewhat redundant and largely boring. This is one technique that will require you to look at least marginally ridiculous. Lie down on the ground and point the camera up to get some shots from what is referred to as worm’s-eye view. Or, conversely, you can do something as simple as climbing some stairs or something as complicated as learning how to walk on stilts and pointing the camera down to get some bird’s-eye view photos.

Photographs with thoughtless composition, poor lighting, lack of motion, and lack of depth of field can be seen everywhere. The trick to getting some really great photographs does not come from Photoshopping dinosaurs into a skyline or using Adobe Illustrator to create a starry galaxy backdrop for your portraits. Although projects like that are indeed fun, some of the most innovative photographs are the result of simple experimentation. It is not fair to say that quick snapshots of scenery, friends, events, and anything else do not have their place in the world of photography. They are quick and fun ways to document all the things you do and see. But next time, why not impress your friends by being a little more dynamic with your upcoming Facebook photo shoot?

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Men’s Volleyball Ready For Homestand By Tony Gustin Sports Editor The Men’s Volleyball team has been on a little break since February 24, which is exactly what the team might need to bounce back for the final leg of their schedule in March. Looking at the remainder of their schedule, there is one thing that gives the Cougars hope. They don’t play any matches on the road during their final stretch. They actually have seven straight home matches, which can easily turn their season around. Freshman Sean Blackwood led the team with 13 kills and three block assists against Siena Heights University on February 20. It was a non-conference loss that took place at the SHU Fieldhouse in Adrian, Michigan.

With that loss the Cougars fell to 4-12. The final scores of the matches were 20-25, 25-23, 17-25 and 26-28. Aaron Porter, who has posted big individual numbers all season, finished with 12 kills and seven digs. Jim Boyce and Adam Sieger finished with nine digs a piece, helping out on the defensive end. Boyce also added on a whopping 27 assists for the Cougars. Justin Cousin finished with 11 kills and a pair of service aces. Back to Blackwood, he finished with just one attack error on the night. Now, after this loss the Cougars were returning home to play none other than Siena Heights University. Finally, the men got some

revenge and posted a win at home. The Cougars had seen the mistakes they made on the road against Siena and would not let those same nagging errors dog them this time around. They also had a match against St. Ambrose on the same night that they wound up losing. Porter finished with a combined 19 kills, 20 digs and nine service aces during the split of the Tri-match. They beat Siena in three sets by scores of 25-20, 29-27 and 25-18. St. Ambrose handled the Cougars in four sets. The scores of that match were 11-25, 25-23, 19-25 and 16-25. Cousin combined for 21 kills on the night, also adding three block assists. Boyce and Dan French had a great night setting up for the Cougars, combing for 57 assists.

Greg’s World By Greg Pilafas

Senior Sports Editor

Sean Blackwood.


Boyce had 30 while French had 27. Blackwood had another fine outing, leading the team on defense with eight total blocks—one was solo and seven were assists. Sieger also helped out the effort with a combined 20 digs. Now it is time for the Cougars to prove themselves on their home court for the remainder of the month.

WXAV set to premier new sports talk show By Alan Paape & Brandon Swanson Sports Correspondent / Sports Contributor WXAV is bringing a new sports talk show to the airwaves of the X. The Cougar Sports Den is going to be making its premiere on Wednesday March 7 at 4:30 pm. The Cougar Sports Den will be talking Cougar Sports including Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball,

Football, Volleyball, and Indoor Track. The Cougars Sports Den will also feature interviews with your Cougar coaches and Cougar Athletes. The hosts of the show will also be talking about local Chicago sports as well such as the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago Bears. The premier show of the Cougar Sports Den will feature a recap of the season that was

for both Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball, the start of Baseball and Softball season as well as the season so far for Men’s Volleyball. The show will feature interviews with players from both the Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball team. On the national side of things the guys will have a spring training report for both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs and how they think the teams will fair this season. The guys will then

discuss the Chicago Bulls and their hunt for a title this season and the Chicago Blackhawk’s push to climb up the Western Conference Rankings. Finally, the guys will talk about the Chicago Bears offseason situation and what they need to do to make this team a Super Bowl contender. The Cougar Sports Den will be discussing any topics that you want to hear. If you have any topics you would like to discuss email us at

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The New Orleans Saints have been criticized for apparently putting bounties out on opposing teams’ players. This is a horrible thing for the NFL, as this scandal eclipses the whole ‘spy gate’ scandal in New England. The New Orleans defensive players have put out bounties to injure a player, put a big hit on someone, force a fumble, or get an interception. The main person who has been in charge of all of this is Gregg Williams, who is soon going to be the former St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator. If this proves to be true, then there definitely will be some impact felt on coaches and players who knew this going on. Players should be banished from the NFL if this is true. It is one thing to fine a player or suspend them, but they will just come back from the suspension or easily pay the fine. This is a big deal in the NFL and they need to make sure that they fix this problem. The NFL does not need anybody out there trying to intentionally hurt people.

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Softball Rolls to a Four Game Win Streak in Florida Women start season with a 7-4 mark on the road

By Greg Pilafas Senior Sports Editor The women’s softball team experienced a lot on their trip down in Clermont, Florida. They had four shutout wins, four split double-headers to go along with the first perfect game thrown at SXU since former SXU pitcher Ashley Shearer did it on March 30, 2007. The Cougars have a record of 7-4 and have started the season strong, especially with their pitching. Pitching has always been a strong suit for the Cougars, and they are really proving it early on this season. To begin the season back on Feb. 26, the Cougars defeated the University of Michigan-Dearborn with the final score of 11-3 in six innings. Sophomore pitcher Megan Nonnemacher threw a complete game and picked up the win in this contest. She had ten strikeouts to go along with just one walk and two earned runs given up. Freshman catcher Alexandra Bahner had a tremendous game with three hits, one run scored, and five RBI’s on four plate appearances. Sophomore infielder Ariel Hinton posted two runs, two RBI’s, a walk and one hit in this game. In the second game of this double-header, the Cougars lost to Davenport University in a tough 8-7 loss. Junior third baseman Kate Mollohan had two hits and two RBI’s, while Bahner also had two RBI’s on just one hit.

On Feb. 27, the Cougars would earn another split, losing to the University of Mary 5-4 in the first game and then defeating SUNY-Canton- NY 8-0 in five innings in the second game. Junior shortstop Ashley Sullivan posted two RBI’s, one walk and one hit in the loss to the University of Mary. Senior shortstop/catcher Ashley Hunter along with Mollohan had three hits in the game. Starting pitcher, senior Nicole Derezinski, struggled, going only two innings while giving up four earned runs and three walks. Senior pitcher Amie Brown came in as relief and threw five innings and gave up just two hits, one earned run, and five strikeouts. In the game against SUNYCanton- NY, the Cougars had tremendous pitching again from Nonnemacher who had another complete game posting twelve strikeouts, two walks and only one hit given up. Freshman outfielder Shannon Lauret and freshman outfielder/catcher Megan James each had two hits and one RBI. The Cougars would earn their third split on Feb. 28, losing the first game to Saint Anselm College 5-4 in eight innings and then defeating Adrian College in the second game 2-0 in eight innings. In the loss to Saint Anselm College, Nonnemacher again made her presence felt when she threw 7.2 innings with 11 strikeouts and gave up only two earned runs. Hunter

had three plate appearances, and she delivered with two hits, one run scored and two RBI’s. Senior pitcher Amie Brown threw the first perfect game for the Cougars since 2007 in the game against Adrian College. Brown pitched seven innings and had 12 strikeouts as well as a perfect game of no walks, no hits and no runs given up. On March 1, the Cougars earned their fourth split of the season, losing to the University of Michigan-Dearborn 8-5 and then defeating them in the second game 2-0. In the loss, freshman rightfielder Erin Houlihan led the Cougars with two RBI’s on two hits. Brown pitched another good game going seven innings with four strikeouts and although eight runs were scored, only one of them was an earned run. In the 2-0 win over MichiganDearborn, it was a battle of two great pitchers as Megan Cook of Michigan-Dearborn and Megan Nonnemacher of SXU each pitched a complete seven innings. Cook gave up one earned run and two runs total, which would be all SXU needed to win this game. The Cougars then defeated Houghton College 9-0 in five innings and then again 10-1 in five innings on March 2. Pitching dominated these two games as Brown and Nonnemacher each threw five complete innings, each giving up 0 earned runs and

Senior pitcher Amie Brown threw a perfect game for SXU.

combining for ten strikeouts in both games. Against Davenport University on March 3, the Cougars continued their winning ways with a 5-4 win. Sullivan had two RBI’s on one hit in this game and Nonnemacher pitched another gem going seven innings and posting seven strikeouts.


The next game for the Cougars will take place on Thursday, March 8, when they play against number 17 ranked Union University at 2 p.m. The Cougars will then take part in the Union University Tournament from March 9- March 10. Following this tournament, the Cougars will return home from their trip.

Cougars get revenge against RMU; but lose to Tigers

guard Ed Gilgenbach was a key contributor for SXU as well posting eight points, 12 rebounds and six O n S a t u rd ay, Fe b . 2 5 , assists. “It was a great game, the sophomore guard Brad Karp led all scorers with 31 points as the stands were packed, and it was Saint Xavier University men’s a great environment for senior basketball team upset No. 3 ranked night. Being a senior, this was an Robert Morris University (IL), 99- important game for me, and playing 91. The Cougars (22-8 overall/7-3 Robert Morris, it was a big game for CCAC) scored 56 points in the the team. “Them beating us last second half to capture the big time was upsetting but it made victory on “Senior Day.”  Senior this victory that much sweeter” said Gilgenbach. There was an overabundance o f i mp re s s i ve performers on the Saint Xavier roster Saturday with many players stepping up to help defeat RMU. Junior point guard Roosevelt Green had 15 points and gamehigh nine assists, while junior point guard Anthony Grant came off the bench to score 17 points, shooting 7-for-10 from the field.  Junior forward Dominique Har vey was a key factor for the Cougars’ SXU ATHLETICS success with a Junior Dominique Harvey looks to get position.

By Nick Pecho Sports Contributor

double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds as well as a game-high six steals. The Eagles were led by senior point guard Diante Watkins with 30 points and seven assists. T h e g a m e st aye d c l o s e throughout the first half of play before four straight points by Harvey and a three-pointer by Karp gave SXU a 36-27 lead with just four minutes to play in the frame. A Watkins lay-up with seven seconds remaining in the half made it a one-point game, 41-40, but Grant would beat the buzzer for a lay-up of his own to give the Cougars a three-point edge at the half, 43-40. Robert Morris battled hard to keep the game within reach, 69-69, with 11 minutes left to play in regulation. A Saint Xavier three-pointer, by Green this time, sparked another big run for the Cougars that would go on to seal the deal 97-91. Tuesday, Feb. 28, juniors Har vey and Grant combined for 40 points to lead No. 3 seed Saint Xavier University to a 92-76 win over No. 6 seeded Roosevelt University (IL) in first round action of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Cougars (23-8 overall/7-3 CCAC) shot an impressive 61 percent (36-for-59) from the field in the game. Harvey went 11-for13 from the field for a game-best 22 points to go along with seven rebounds, while Grant dropped 18 points on the Lakers.     

The game started off a bit slow ,but midway through the first half, the Cougars got into a rhythm and used a 20-8 scoring run to pull away for good. Grant initiated the run with a pair of lay-ups on back-to-back possessions, one for a three-point play. The Cougars went ahead by as many as 20 points and took a 16-point lead, 43-27, into the halftime break. In the second half, Roosevelt played hard and cut the deficit to eight points multiple times in the final 10 minutes of play. However, Harvey seemed to have an answer for all of RMU’s attempts to rally and made some big shots, including three dunks down the stretch to shut down any comeback. The Lakers were led by sophomore guard Kyle Miklasz with 21 points off 8-for-12 shooting from the field, including five three-pointers.  Three other Cougars tallied double digits in scoring in Tuesday’s postseason victory with sophomore guard Karp getting 14 points, sophomore forward Mark Peters scoring 13 points and junior point guard Green putting in 12. Green also recorded a game-best eight assists. On Tuesday, March 1, sophomore guard Karp led all scorers with 26 points, but the No. 3 seeded Saint Xavier University men’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker to No. 2 seed Olivet Nazarene University (IL), 76-71, in the semifinals of the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Division I

Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday evening at McHie Arena in Bourbonnais, IL. “It was upsetting to go down this way, but we played hard and overall it was a great season for us,” said Karp. The Cougars (23-9 overall/7-3 CCAC) had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but missed a three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and a lay-up with eight seconds left. The Tigers got the rebound and senior guard Antonio Marshall sank two free throws with two seconds remaining to seal the win.  Junior point guard Grant also scored in double figures for the Cougars with 15 points on 5-for9 shooting from the field. Saint Xavier gave up 19 turnovers, with 11 coming off Olivet Nazarene steals. It was a tight game in the first half with neither team leading by more than three points, but ONU hit two free throws in the final minute to take a 39-37 lead into the break.  The Tigers never trailed in the second half, but the Cougars kept it close, never letting the deficit reach above nine points. A jumper by Karp with just over two minutes left in regulation made it a three-point game, 72-69. Both teams hit two free throws in the final two minutes to set up the interesting finish in the closing seconds.  But the Cougars came up short in what could be the last game for the Saint Xavier Men’s basketball season this year.

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Athlete Spotlight: Marissa Young

By Greg Pilafas Senior Sports Editor

Not everyone can do that and it was great seeing hard work pay off.

A: I am a biology pre-medicine major. I want to be a doctor; I will be studying med school next fall, just not sure where yet. I have a few schools that I have already been accepted to, but I have not made my decision yet.

Q: How do you feel about the future of this team?

Q: What is your major?

Q: Is there one team that you look at across the court and get extra pumped up to play? A: It would probably be Olivet; they have been our biggest rival these past four years. My first two years, Saint Francis was good and South Bend was pretty good last year, but those teams have gone up and down. Olivet has been our biggest competition for all four years here and our biggest games of the year. Q: When you hit 1,000 points against Olivet, what was that feeling like for you? A: It was really cool. You do not get a whole lot of time to enjoy it in that type of game against Olivet. It was really great to have my family and my brother and his wife there. It was really cool to be able to celebrate that afterwards. Basketball is a team sport first and foremost, but it was kind of cool to get that thousandth point.

A: I think they have a very bright future. This freshman class is phenomenal; Morgan and Suzie get a lot of playing time, but Margaret and Maloree both have a lot of skill set. I really think they are going to develop a long way next year and I think they have a great future. We will need to replace Brittany and Mary inside; they are kind of our two post players that play the most. The fact that we have two freshmen getting so much playing time, I think that really prepares them because next year they are going to be like veterans out there as sophomore. Q: What is one opposing court that you really like and one that you really dislike? A: I do not like Olivet; their gym and their crowd are not the greatest in the world. I have played against a lot of crowds that cheered against me and my team. They get pretty personal though. Last year I was taking the ball out of bounds on the sidelines and one of the guys in the crowd pulled my ponytail and I put the ball over my head to pass the ball

in bounds and he put his hands on the ball. The ref saw it and he blew his whistle and yelled at him, but that is a little across the line when the fans are making physical contact with me, so I do not love playing at Olivet. I like Saint Francis though—it is old, the rims are soft and you get a lot of bounces in there. The crowd gets loud just because it is a small gym; I enjoy playing there. Q: Is there any one girl that you like matching up against? A: Casey Davis is a sophomore for Roosevelt. She is a very talented sophomore and she drives hard, like very hard. We play that team in zone defense, but near the end of the game we go man-to-man and I want her because I like to guard their best player. I like having that pressure on me of keeping them out and shutting them down. She is very talented so shutting someone like that down is a big thing. It is cool and I like that pressure of guarding the other team’s best player if coach puts me on her. Q: Is there anyone on the men’s team that you would like to go up against? A: On the men’s team I would like to play Roosevelt Green. He is the little point guard and I feel like that because he is not

so much taller than me like the other guys. He is very talented with the ball and I think it would be fun to play him and see how it goes. He would probably beat me, but still I would hope I could keep it close.

Marissa is kind of a long name to yell out on the court. Coach Hallberg has called me it once or twice, but it catches me off guard because he usually does not. He will get so intense where he’ll call me Michelle or Melissa; I know that I’m neither of those people, but I know that he is talking to me so it does not matter.

Q: Is there one player on this team that really motivates you? A: It would probably be Brittany. She has been my roommate and best friend now for four years and she just knows me the best. She knows what things work to motivate me and what things do not. I am a very intense player and when I start getting really intense, she knows how to calm me down. She is great, she does not fire me up where I get mad; she just calms me down and gets me motivated.

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Q: Do you have any nicknames? A: My family all calls me M and when I grew up, everyone called me M. There are a few girls that will call me M and there a few of them that will call me Riss because

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SPORTS Women’s Basketball Team Wins CCAC Championship By Brandon Swanson Sports Contributor The SXU Cougars were coming off a 68-64 win against IUSB and they were heading on the road to take on Saint Francis University. SFU was a team the Cougars defeated in the first matchup by a score of 79-70. This time things were much different for the Cougars. They did not have an easy time with the Fighting Saints. The Cougars were outrebounded 56-26. That stat was the story of the night. SXU could not get things

moving in their favor throughout the ballgame. Eight ties and six lead changes was the story of the second half as the Cougars were never able to pull away from the Fighting Saints. Ultimately, the game went into overtime and the Cougars were defeated by a score of 80-71. Marissa Young had 15 points and eight steals for the Cougars. Suzie Broski also tacked on 12 points and four rebounds. The Cougars knew that they were going to have to step up their game in the weeks ahead and took

The women’s basketball team poses for a photo with the CCAC Championship trophy.

the loss to Saint Francis as a wakeup call. The Cougars would then matchup with Robert Morris on the last day of the regular season. It was Senior Day at the Shannon Center where Marissa Young, Mary Kusner, Brittany Jones, and Michelle Tourtillott were honored. The women could not have asked for a better game. T h e s e n i o r s a l l p l aye d extremely well with Young getting 26 points and four assists. Kusner had arguably her best game of the season where she owned the paint and accumulated 21 points.


Jones had an impressive day as she had eight rebounds and eight assists to go along with six big blocks. Tourtillott ended up with seven points and five assists capping off a great day for the seniors. Robert Morris never really stood a chance in this ballgame as the Cougars had complete control throughout the entire 40 minutes. Broski added 10 points and Morgan Stuut came up with a nice game, ending up with 15 points. The Cougars won the game with a final score of 89-68. The next task that came up for the Cougars was the CCAC tournament. They went into the tournament with a no. 2 seed. They received a bye in the first round and had home court advantage for the Semifinal matchup where they would take on IUSB. The Cougars came into this ballgame coming off a really big win and riding a lot of momentum. The IUSB Titans came in with the #6 seed and were looking to upset the Cougars. Unfortunately for the Titans, the Cougars were yet again on their game and clicking on all cylinders. Young had game highs in points (20) and assists (7). Stuut had another impressive game like she has been having all season long, as she amassed her 13 double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 rebounds. In the first 10 minutes of play the Titans had 11 turnovers and the Cougars took advantage by taking a 19-9 lead. At the half the Cougars

led the Titans by a score of 47-25. The Cougars collected 14 steals in the ballgame against IUSB and the great defensive play of the SXU Cougars led to a grand total of 28 turnovers for the Titans. The Cougars would go on to win the game 87-67. The next task was going to be a big task as they were going to be going to the CCAC Championship game. Most people were expecting the Cougars to be traveling on the road to take on Olivet Nazarene University. However, Robert Morris University upset Olivet which led the Cougars to be hosting the Championship game. The Cougars were ready for the Eagles a team they had already beat two times earlier in the season. Stuut was especially ready for them as she scored a career high 28 points and collected 13 rebounds. The Cougars played a fantastic game and even had to rally in the second half to ultimately win the game 79-65. After the game, Young was named CCAC Player of the Year and was named to the CCAC All Conference First Team. Stuut was named CCAC Freshman of the Year along with CCAC All Conference First Team. Broski was also named to the CCAC All Conference First Team. The Cougars have an automatic bid to the National To u r n a m e n t i n F r a n k fo r t , Kentucky. The final rankings and seedings will be released on Wednesday March 7.

Florida baseball trip concludes; team returning home By Tony Gustin Sports Editor While we were all on spring break, the men’s baseball team was busy with a packed schedule of games throughout Florida. The Cougars are currently boasting an impressive record of 13-7, and return home to play Roosevelt University on March 17. Junior third baseman Mike Pokers was once again solid for the Cougars throughout the Florida trip. The team went 3-1 during the first weekend of play, including a double-header sweep against Bethel College. They won the first game 2-0 and continued to win the second 5-3. Next up against Gannon University, they wound up splitting the series, dropping the first 4-2, but then getting some retaliation with a 5-2 win. Throughout the two games, Pokers went 6-11 at the plate with two runs scored and five runs batted in. Scott Vachon improved his record to 2-0 on the season after an impressive performance. Not only did he pitch the complete game without letting up a run, but he also posted eight strikeouts. The scoring in this game came from Brad Myjak, who started off the second inning with a double and was drove in by Bryan

Villanova. Then it was time for the Cougars to really pick up heat and win their next four out of five games. There was speculation at the start of the season whether this would be a rebuilding year or not, but it certainly does not look that way. There were also thoughts by critics saying there was not going to be enough weapons on the offense to score without Jim Pipolo, but the team has also silenced them. During the sweep of the University of Mary, it was right fielder Chris Klein who led the way. They won both games in deciding factor finishing 6-3 and 8-3. The Cougars continued on to play Houghton College out of New York and beat them by a score of 7-4. Even though the setting was Florida, it is still always nice for a Chicago team to send a message to a team out of the big apple. During the doubleheader with Webber International University, they won the first game 5-3, having to go eight innings. Unfortunately, during the night game they lost a close when by the score of 7-6. Klein went 7-16, had five runs scored, and two RBI’s over the five games. On the first win over Mary,

Dan Wetzel picked up the win throwing all seven innings. He surrendered eight hits, two walks, three earned runs and three strikeouts. Against Mary, designated hitter Mike Klett went 2-3 from the plate; he had an RBI and crossed home twice. Against Weber, Tom Simek went off with three hits two RBI’s and two runs scored. Simek’s double in the eighth inning drove in two runs and wound up being the game winning hit. Before the game, winner Klett pounded one out of the park and Adam Koglin had a clutch RBI single in the seventh to open the door for Simek. The Cougars were now sitting at a record of 12-4 which is one of their best starts in the history of the 40 year program. To open up the month of March they had to play Bethel College, Houghton from New York once again and Warner Southern University. We handled Bethel 4-3 and Houghton 12-9 on March 1. This was all before getting shutout and beaten badly by Warner by a score of 7-0. Pokers and Klein each had two hits and an RBI against Bethel. Koglin also crossed the plate twice during that win. Against Houghton, the Cougars were

Sophomore Chris Klein awaits the perfect pitch.

actually down by a deficit of 7-0 and fought their way back to victory. It was the errors that hurt them in the start of the game, but you can never count yourself out of a game this year with the offense the Cougars have been showing. The fifth inning wound up being a six run inning which included three straight hits, being finished off with a two run single from Andy


Kovarik. We t z e l h a d a t o u g h performance against Warner giving up all seven runs. The Cougars are officially done with their Florida trip and now are waiting to return home. The Cougars next game is on March 17 when they play Roosevelt University at home at 12 p.m.

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