SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY
Wednesday April 18th, 2012
THE EYES AND EARS OF THE STUDENTS
SGA Election Results In Update on SXU tuition By Macy Zamudio News Editor
By Karina Palencia News Editor and
By Tony Bara Deputy Editor in Chief
As a way to commemorate the Saint Xavier University football team’s NAIA championship in 2011, senior Brittney Terrell painted a mural of the team in the campus bookstore. The mural, which extends across a shelf by the main entrance of the store, has two depictions of the team. On one side of the wall, a player is seen running while on the other side, the team is in a huddle. Phrases such as “NAIA 2011,” “Champs,” and “Head Coach Mike Feminis: 13 Seasons” are also painted on the wall. Donna Gasior, manager of the campus bookstore, remarked on how it was decided that a mural be painted there. “We’re in a year of being the NAIA champs and we put all of the merchandise on that shelf and thought that we needed to draw people to it,” Gasior said. “Well, Brittney has done a lot of the posters we put out by the store. We knew that she had talent. So Brit told me that she could do a mural there. I asked, ‘Are you sure?’ and she said, ‘Yeah, not a problem.’ She
food options, to embrace the diversity on campus and to make Saint Xavier a more commuter friendly campus. Mihalik is especially resolute about getting commuters involved. To achieve this, she offered better ways of circulating information around campus. “If we walk by a flier one hundred times, we’re not going to look at it anymore so we have to get more creative in how we communicate with each other,” said Mihalik. She suggested that SGA members physically visit parts of campus, such as Coffee Cats, to get the student body involved. SGA > page
3 Graham dean search continues By Karina Palencia News Editor The search for the new dean of the Graham School of Management is half-way through its cycle at Saint Xavier University. President Christine Wiseman and Provost Angela Durante have created a search committee consisting of several faculty members within the school of business to help with the search.
The search committee is currently interviewing candidates both internally and externally. It is looking for candidates that can fulfill a one-year position to help with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. According to James Brodzinski, Ph.D. and current Graham dean, the AACSB is DEAN >
University Ministry welcomes new executive director; ‘excited’ By Karina Palencia News Editor Graziano Marcheschi was recently named the new executive director for University Ministry at Saint Xavier University. Marcheschi will oversee the University Ministry and Mission and Heritage and serves as the new representation for the University Ministry in public appearance. He is in charge of upholding the Sisters of Mercy tradition. Marcheschi started on Apr. 2 and hopes to bring many new ideas to help the University Ministry. “My hope is that this will become a home to others, a place where they want to go,” said Marcheschi. Marcheschi has worked for
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Graziano Marcheschi is the new executive director of University Ministry.
19 years in the Archdioceses. He worked as the director of the lay ministry formation for 18 years and worked as the director of Ministerial resource development for a year and a half.
Marcheschi has always wanted to work at a university setting. “It’s the perfect setting for me. I’m very excited to have such bright people to work with, “said Marcheschi.
Marcheschi and his wife wrote a book called, Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word (2012)—this is a workbook full of commentaries on Sunday scriptures. Marcheschi has also written in The Catholic Bible, Personal Study Edition, where he wrote commentaries of the Pentateuch and the four gospels. Born in Italy, Marcheschi came to the United States when he was eight years old. With Marcheschi’s skills and knowledge there is much potential for him to bring his position with University Ministry alive. “I get to do ministry in an interactive way—this is the best way to use my background and skills,” said Marcheschi.
New WXAV series explores first-hand war experiences of U.S. veterans; premieres Apr. 22 By Macy Zamudio News Editor After two years in the making, the radio series, Veteran Matters is scheduled to make its radio debut Sunday, Apr. 22 on the university’s radio station, WXAV. With each episode, several different U.S. veterans share accounts of their own personal experiences of war. Peter Kreten, one of the
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show’s producers and also SXU’s assistant director of Campus Life: Student Media, gave more insight into the program’s format. “Veteran Matters is a ten part radio series that is exploring the first-hand experiences of veterans from every war since World War II. It’s broken up into ten 30-minute episodes and each episode explores a different subject matter,” Kreten said. According to Kreten,
production on Veteran Matters began in Fall 2010. The idea for such a series was brought up by Sr. Susan Sanders, R.S.M., who contacted Kreten and Peter Hilton, Ph.D.—an associate professor of education at the university—to work on the project. A total of 12 veterans were contacted to be interviewed for the series. Kreten credits Honor Flight Chicago and the student organization for Veteran Affairs at
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By Macy Zamudio News Editor
this year he has served as senator. “I’m excited to be in this position again and look forward to another great year,” said Brown. Students voted online in the diner or in their own computer accessed device. The voting was easy: it only consisted of logging into your SXU account and then clicking the SGA elections link and voting for the person that you desired to see in the position. One-on-one with Mihalik President-elect Kelly Mihalik sat down with The Xavierite after her election to the SGA to discuss her plans and goals for next year. She outlined four major goals: to increase the voice of the student body on campus, to enhance the wellness on campus such as better
New mural honors football’s NAIA win
Left to right: Kelly Mihalik (president), Victoria Martello (vice president), Kelly Knudsen (vice president of Public Relations), Michelle Thompson (vice president of Financial Affairs), and Darryl Brown (secretary/treasurer)
More than 320 students voted for Saint Xavier University’s 2012-13 Student Government Association (SGA) Elections, which took place from Apr. 9-13. The new board consists of Kelly Mihalik, president; Victoria Martello, executive vice president; Kelly Knudsen, vice president of Public Relations; Michelle Thompson, vice president of Financial Affairs; and Darryl Brown, executive secret ar y/ treasurer. “The process was very exciting and stressful; I was not expecting it to be so long but I am very excited to see all the students take action and vote for their executive board,” said Mihalik. “I look forward to next year and what SGA will accomplish,” said Mihalik. Brown has been in this position in the past; he served in this role in 2010-11 academic year,
During the beginning of the spring semester, students received news that the tuition at Saint Xavier University would be changing for the 2012-2013 school year. According to the university’s website, the tuition – which used to be $26,280 per year – will be rising to $27,330 per year starting next semester. Around the university, several SXU students were more than displeased by the news. Amanda
Michalek, a junior majoring in nursing, voiced her opinion on the issue. “I think that if they’re raising the tuition, we should be provided more services. If our tuition is going to be as astronomical as it is, then there should be more financial aid. We keep spending more money to go here. Where’s all that money’s going?” Michalek said. Victoria Brown, a freshman majoring in political science, also expressed her opinion on the
SXU with helping to contact the interviewees. Without giving away too many spoilers, Kreten discussed several of the topics explored in several episodes. “ The first episode is us introducing the veterans. The second one is combat experiences. Then we have a show about two army nurses—one from World VETERAN >
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World Bits COLORADO (HUFFPO)— The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol revealed that the Colorado Democratic Party officially endorsed Amendment 64 at its state convention. Cindy Lowery-Graber, chair of the Denver County Democratic Party, said in a statement, “This is a mainstream issue. Polls show that more than 60 percent of Democrats and a solid majority of Independents believe marijuana should be treated like alcohol.”
NORWAY (BBC)—The man who killed 77 people last year in Norway pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial Monday. Anders Behring Breivik carried out bomb and gun assaults toward a youth camp organized by the governing Labour party on the island of Utoeya in July. Breivik “acknowledged” the acts he committed but said he did not accept criminal responsibility for the murders.
PAKISTAN (AFP)—Doctors on Monday were fighting to save a baby boy born with six legs because of a rare genetic condition in Pakistan. The rare condition only affects affect one in a million or more babies. “The doctors are examining the infant to plan for necessary treatment to save the baby’s life and ensure he lives a normal life,” the provincial health department said in a statement. The father of the baby expressed gratitude that his son was being treated.
• Alcohol Screening [Student Lounge] on Apr. 18 at 11a.m.2p.m. • College of Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony and Reception [Butler Reception Room] on Apr. 18 at 5p.m. • Intramurals Ultimate Frisbee [TBA] on Apr. 18 at 7:15p.m. S O L D m e et i n g [ 4 t h F l o o r Boardroom] on Apr. 19 at 4p.m.5p.m.
BRAZIL (WAPO)—Brazil’s supreme court voted to authorize abortions in cases of fetuses with no brains. The vote finished 8-2. Abortion is against the law in Brazil except when pregnancy endangers the life of the mother or in the case of rape.
JERUSALEM (NYTIMES)—A senior officer that was caught on videotape striking a Danish proPalestinian activist in the face with an M-16 rifle was suspended on Monday by the Israeli military. The incident occured during a standoff between soldiers and participants in a bike tour, meant to draw attention to the living conditions of Palestinian villagers in the West Bank. Israeli leaders expressed shock and disappointment after learning of the video.
• Jazz Ensemble [McGuire Hall] on Apr. 20 at 7:30p.m. • All-Campus Excellence Awards (ACE) [Double Tree] on Apr. 24 at 6p.m.-9p.m. • Spring Film Festival [McGuire Hall] on Apr. 18 at 6-8p.m
Fresno prof. under fire for showing porn to class By Joshua Humphry Senior News Editor A public health professor at Fresno State University, Peggy Gish, was accused of showing a pornographic film to a class. The video Gish showed to her class, according to the Huffington Post, was an explicit film on the topic of human sexuality entitled Advanced Sexual Techniques, Volume One. A student enrolled in Gish’s class found the footage and audio offensive and later complained. Both Fresno State University
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and Gish defended Gish’s choice in footage citing that the class the questionable film was shown in was an Introduction to Human Sexuality course. The course was an optional class intended on introducing students to the development of human sexuality. “Students who take the course are advised, in advance, that they may find some content objectionable and that they may opt out at their discretion,” said Andrew Hoff, the dean of Fresno State University’s College of Health
and Human Services, in a statement sent to the Huffington Post. “Since material is provided in a variety of formats, students have the opportunity to gain course content for assignments and exams without being required to view material they may find objectionable.” The film, itself, Hoff did not consider to be pornographic in any manner since it was made by the Sinclair Institute, a company that sells sexual health products and instructional videos. These videos according to Sinclair’s LinkedIn account “… aid in adult
sex education help individuals learn about sexuality in the privacy of their home” and “…address topics many people find difficult or embarrassing to discuss.” Students who had Gish in the past mostly gave her good reviews on Ratemyprofessor.com. Fresno State University is not planning on seeking any sort of disciplinary action against Gish or planning to further pursue the matter. S o u r c e s : H u f f i n g t o n Po s t , Ratemyprofessor.com, LinkedIn.
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SGA > from page Mihalik also hopes to transform the empty space where Figaros used to be into a place to promote campus involvement. “I hope to see it as a mini student center; if we use it as a place to enhance commuter involvement in campus life, I think it would be a good thing for the administration to look at,” she believes. She also addressed fostering greater communication amongst the various organizations on campus. To achieve this, she TUITION > from
matter. Brown described how the rise in tuition would affect both the students and the university. “I feel that it’s going to hinder students and the school. It’ll hinder students because we can’t always pay to go here and it’ll hinder the school because it’ll drive students away who’ll then start to look for cheaper schools,” Brown said. Being perfectly aware of the staggering effects that such a move would have, President Christine Wiseman voiced her concern over the tuition rise. “This entire community is sensitive to the financial needs of students because we have so many students who are financially needy. Unlike other institutions, our population of Pell eligible students is 48.5 percent and our population of MAP students is 49 percent. We spend hours deliberating this issue with each other and deliberating the issue with our board,” Wiseman said. Ray Catania, the vice president of Business and Finance at SXU, VETERAN > from
The Xavierite proposed creating a student organization council that will be run strictly by students. According to her, this will further allow the students to “communicate more effectively with each other.” Mihalik was asked about Org Sync, an online networking site for Saint Xavier students. It was launched last semester with the hopes of raising awareness of campus clubs and organizations. “I think that if we advertise Org Sync at all of the freshman Focus sessions this summer, it will prove to be very effective.” Regarding what some have called erratic dining hours at the campus diner, Mihalik said that SGA will “take another look.” Finally, she admitted that, unfortunately SGA has little power in dealing with rising tuition costs, which are set by the Board of Trustees. She laughed, “If we had our way, tuition would be zero dollars.” explained several important factors that led to the rise in tuition. One of the reasons dealt with a new water policy enacted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration. “The city of Chicago used to provide water for free. Rahm’s administration looked at the institutions that were getting free water and decided that we should start paying for it. That was an increase in expenses that wasn’t budgeted for,” Catania said. Along with mentioning the water issue, Catania also said that the costs of several operational systems in the university also rose. “We have several agreements with ERP that annually has an increase on maintenance fees of 5–7 percent every year. In addition to that, the cost of health insurance has gone up 8–15 percent and it’ll continue to rise every year. Those are three examples of expenses,” said Catania. In addition to the rising costs of certain necessities, Wiseman also commented on other factors affecting the university. “There are also escalating
New Programs at Shannon Center The Shannon Center is offering a trio of new fitness programs to assist SXU students, faculty and staff get into shape. These three programs are each designed towards the goals and abilities of their participants and are divided up into the Beginner 5K, the 10K and the Run to Lose programs. The Beginner 5K program as the name implies is the easiest of the three training groups. Participants will be instructed by running coaches on the basics of running including apparel and equipment, pacing, breathing, and form. By the end of the program, participants should be able to run about 5K or 3.1 miles. For more experienced and athletic runners, there is the 10K program. This program is for
participants capable of running at least 2.5 miles with an intended goal of being able to run 10K or 6.2 miles before Memorial Day. “We’re trying to improve their confidence,” said Barbara Roman, an SXU senior and a staff member at the Shannon center. “We’re just helping them to get involved.” Both the 5K and the 10K programs are split into smaller pace groups ranging from 10-14 minute miles for the Beginner 5K and 1012 minute miles for the 10K. “Running with the group makes you feel more dedicated. Like you’re part of something.” Said Roman. There is also the Run to Lose Program, which is intended for those who seek to lose some weight through diet and exercise. Participants in this third program are required to participate in either the Beginner 5K or the 10 K Running Program followed
by short weekly class on nutrition taught by registered dietician Kelly Devine later in the week. The class will cover meal timing, nutrition, hydration, training, and supplementing meals. The Beginner 5K and the 10 K Running programs started on Mon., Apr. 16 and will continue to meet on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 while the Run to Lose program will meet from 6:00 to 6:30 on Wednesdays starting on April 18th. Registration for the Run to Lose program must be done beforehand while you may register for the Beginner 5K and the 10 K at the door. SXU students, faculty and staff may participate in the 5K and the 10K for free while participation for non-SXU students, faculty and staff will cost $15. Likewise, the Run to Lose program costs $40 for SXU peoples and $55 for non-SXU students, faculty and staff.
st ate and federal repor ting requirements. We have no choice about complaining with these requirements. The state and the federal government don’t award us any extra funds,” said Wiseman. “Frankly, I’d like the federal government to run this country with the kind of frugality with which we run this university.” Although the tuition may be changing, Wiseman assures that the entire SXU community is doing everything that they could in order to help their students. “Everyone in this community contributes to the financial support of our students and in keeping our tuition as low as we can while still meeting our operational needs,” Wiseman said. “As I pointed out in our letter, our faculty and staff, in turn, have deferred raises for two consecutive years so that our families also share personally in the sacrifice to educate our students.” Wiseman and Catania also mentioned another major issue that would affect the students of SXU. According to both Wiseman and Catania, as of March, MAP
money stopped being available to many university students. Wiseman commented that because of this MAP dilemma, around 140,000 students in Illinois would no longer have access to state financial aid. Many of the students who attend SXU rely on MAP to help pay for their tuition. “These are the students we educate. When we raise tuition, we also raise the institutional financial aid available to our students so that we can help to bridge more of the gap between their needs and the cost of tuition,” Wiseman said. “Almost 30 percent of our net revenue is spent in financial aid to students.” Wiseman also compared how SXU was different from other Chicago-area universities in terms of receiving endowments. “Larger colleges can sometimes do elaborate things because they have huge endowments. We don’t have huge endowments because our resources are used to educate our students,” said Wiseman. Even though the tuition at SXU may be rising, Wiseman
assures that it is still the lowest costing Catholic university in Chicago. “Our tuition is still the lowest among private Catholic institutions in the area. There are only three that are lower and they’re in Joliet,” Wiseman said. Wiseman also remarked on why maintaining a low tuition is important for society. “If we don’t educate students who make up our population, many of them could simply not receive 4-year degrees. How unfortunate that would be,” said Wiseman. “You would really create a disparity in society.” Because of all of the efforts that the university is putting to help its students, Wiseman expressed how proud she felt of SXU’s students, faculty, and staff. “I’m ver y proud of the students we educate and who we educate them to be. I’m also very proud of our mission and of the sacrifices made by our faculty, staff, and administration that allow us to continue educating this population,” Wiseman said.
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War II and the other from Iraq. Then we have one on just military experiences,” Kreten said, “One of them will include a sailor from World War II who was on the U.S.S. Bunker and who’s survived two kamikaze plane attacks.” Besides mentioning the different areas explored in the series, Kreten also mentioned how Veteran Matters was funded. “We got a grant from the Westerman Foundation and they’ve given us the financial support needed to put the shows together,” said Kreten. A total of six people have worked extensively in creating the program. Through their series, significant accounts important to the nation’s history will be preserved. “The main purpose of this was to share the veterans’ stories. It’s to create that first-person historical document. This is our history. We need to document their stories for future generations,” Kreten said. T h e s h ow w i l l a l s o b e broadcast on the radio station’s website at www.wxav.com.
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then showed me some sketches of what she planned to do.” According to Gasior, Terrell started working on the mural after spring break. On Apr. 13, she finished the painting. “She used to work on it when she wasn’t behind the register. First she drew it in pencil and then she painted it in—while standing on a ladder!” said Gasior. In a phone interview with
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The Xavierite, Terrell explained the extensive process of creating such a piece. “I had to take my time. There would sometimes be school work and class conflictions in working on it,” Terrell said. “One side has a running back because I wanted to show an action pose. The other side has them in a huddle because I wanted to bring together the football team and show them as what we all knew the
team for,” she added. This was not the first time that Terrell has voluntarily painted a mural. While she was in sixth grade, Terrell created another art piece in Mason Elementary School. Even though Terrell has an affinity for creating art, she says that she is only planning on minoring in it. Her current major is criminal justice. However, art is still an important aspect of her life. “Art has always been a part of my life – from pencil to ink. It’s something fun; something that I love to do,” said Terrell. Terrell does not want people to focus on what she has done but rather on what the team has. “This isn’t about me – it’s about them. We have a team that won the championship. The team is worth putting up there and we’re proud of them,” Terrell said. Gasior also expressed her feelings about the piece. “I just really want people to come and appreciate it. We’re proud of our football team and proud of Brittney’s talent. I’m glad that we found a way to combine and showcase both,” said Gasior.
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“the premiere business school accrediting body in the world.” Brodzinski is scheduled to end his tenure at SXU at the end of the semester. Brodzinski, who has been working at the university for five years, is accepting a position at Valparaiso University as the dean of the College of Business. The committee plans to conduct a full search for a permanent roll as dean of Graham School of Management in early fall. Some qualifications for the role include that the candidate must have is a Ph.d. in business— or a related field—and have working knowledge of the AACSB accreditation. Brodzinski mentioned that the faculty plays an important role in the search for dean; they ultimately make the decision of who gets hired for next year. “ This is a faculty driven process, “said Brodzinski. The dean search will be coming to an end before the summer arrives firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New president, new hope By The Xavierite Staff The Xavierite congratulates Kelly Mihalik on being elected as the new president of the Student Government Association (SGA). Her kind and cooperative demeanor has already been displayed in her willingness to participate in our interviews and in her ideas to improve campus. She represents an openness, passion and desire to collaborate that, unfortunately, The Xavierite believes, has been lacking across campus in the past. One area that has been severely deficient in the past has been student engagement on campus. We have reported time and time again on student apathy and how it has prevented Saint Xavier from being the warm and active campus that it has the potential to be. But it would be wrong to assign full blame on the students for this unfortunate phenomenon. In reality student leadership, us included, often fail to rally the student body around events. SGA , though always sincere in its dedication to the students, has unfortunately had its shortcomings in successfully bringing students around campus together, a role that should be primary on their agenda. SGA’s purpose is to represent the entire student body and draw it in to participate on campus. But when we see such low engagement on campus, especially among commuters, we cannot help but question if they are using the most effective methods to accomplish that goal. President-elect Mihalik has admitted that getting students involved has been a problem, and, we are happy to report, she has made improving that problem a centerpiece of her campaign and now presidency. “If we walk by a flier one hundred times, we’re not going to look at it anymore so we have to get more creative in how we communicate with each other,” Mihalik said. This is extremely true. We at The Xavierite don’t typically quote Memes, but one Meme on SXU’s Meme page said, “Not sure if advertisement hanging from ceiling—or third grade art project (SXU Memes).” We do not mean to insult those who put in the time and
effort to make those posters. We are simply saying that we agree they are not effective. Most students walk by without paying attention. Some of the taller ones sometimes have to duck to dodge a low hanging poster. Luckily, Mihalik has a plethora of superior ideas on how to get the campus involved. Her idea that SGA members physically walk around campus to alert students of events is an excellent one. We would go one step further and say that all organizations, ours included, ought to do the same. Maybe instead of hanging fliers up, pass them around and actually talk to the student body. That way you can answer any questions and dispel any doubts others may have. Mihalik has also suggested making the empty space that was once Figaros into a student center. This could even be a place where different organizations cooperate together to reach an even larger percentage of students. Indeed, she has wisely suggested creating a student organization council, larger than any one organization that would make communication on campus quicker and easier. She also has confidence in Org Sync, a Saint Xavier organizational networking site that has not caught on very much as of yet. Her belief is that once the new class of freshman is exposed to it at the summer FOCUS sessions, it will become an accepted medium of communication. We agree; sometimes it takes things time to catch on, but eventually they become commonplace. Finally, Mihalik has made it her mission to embrace our huge population of commuter students, many of who come just for class and then leave. Her strategies, outlined above, will largely be aimed at them and their needs. The Xavierite applauds this goal. Overall, we believe that President-elect Mihalik is bringing a fresh and creative approach to uniting our campus. This passion further inspires us at The Xavierite to do our part in representing the students’ needs and serve as their “eyes and ears.” Let’s hope that all of the organizations and students on campus can come together to finally end student apathy and truly begin student engagement.
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Did you hear something? Hadrian’s Wall Grant Vargas Viewpoints Editor
There is one thing that no law, no military, no religious zealot can take away from us, and that is our minds. As humans, we all posses the ascribed ability to think with free will; but what can be taken from us is the means of information gathering. Ever y person of power, whoever feared those ruled or oppressed, knew that to maintain that dominance they must stop the means of communication and suppress information. Destroying schools, news centers, theaters, and any other institution used for communication are the basis for subjugation of the masses. Even now there are millions fighting this war whether they know it or not. The act of reading this article proves that this war exists. Someone many years ago fought for the American Bill of Rights, someone fought to have a college, someone fought to have a student newspaper, and now you continue the fight by reading it. This is not a figurative conflict; there has been blood
split across the world. Since 1992 over 900 journalists world-wide were killed because they wanted to bring the news to the people, and thousands have been imprisoned. We must not make their sacrifices to have been made in vain, so we must educate ourselves and exercise our cognitive power. Mainstream news is bought and paid for by massive corporations like News Corp, which is controlled by the infamous Rupert Murdoch. The name may sound familiar when one of his puppet newspapers, News of the World, was torn apart in a phone and e-mail hacking scandal in 2010. This is not a slam on Mr. Murdoch, but the laws and business model that allow mass collections of news and opinion outlets to be controlled by a few people. Most of our industries are operated in an oligopoly system, a system in which only a few producers influence market prices and have the means of production, but it is even worse in media because those producers, News Corp, control what information is released. To combat this elitist control on our news and entertainment, grassroots bloggers, journalists, and entertainers have taken to the web. The Internet is the most powerful
weapon and tool the public has ever had against totalitarian powers. Users have the power, and that is what scares the government and corporations. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11 th, Americans have faced an onslaught of laws, agencies, and agendas that seek to deny us of our privacy and speech. The Patriot Act, NSA and DHS data mining and wiretapping, TSA and police racial profiling, NDAA section 1021 and 1022, and the most recent cyber bill, CISPA have sought to act as defense against terrorism, but as the saying goes, “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions,” and it could not be more correct. The very language of the laws are so vague that innocent people can be locked away without due process or trail, social networking sites can share your private messages with the government; journalist whistle-blowers are now readily considered a national security threat. The victory of the totalitarianism and its governmentcorporate puppets depends upon an uninformed public, but we have the tools to fight back and to win. Learn. Think. Act. Sources: cpj.org, rsf.org, cnet.com, prisonplanet.com, minbuza.nl
Letter to the Editor: A word on proper words
On a day when I thought SXU’s LGBTQIA community was taking monumental strides with the university’s first-ever Ally Training, the movement was halted by misuse of terms in the article “GSA to host events for ‘Day of Silence’.” During the last week of March, The Alliance hosted an event, “Words We Use.” More than 50 students attended this event that aimed to educate the SXU community on proper use of LGBTQIA terminology in efforts to rid everyday conversations of offensive words. In the your article, The Alliance was incorrectly referred to as the Gay-Straight Alliance. To most readers, this oversight may not even have been noticed. However, to members of the this community and particularly members of The Alliance this was
highly offensive. The term “gaystraight alliance” implies that The Alliance only welcomes two gender/sexual orientations, gay or straight. The term LGBTQIA is the most up-to-date acronym for the community as a whole. It includes those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer, intersex, and/or ally. Gay is no longer the umbrella term that it used to be and now is perceived as offensive to certain members of the LGBTQIA community. Another point I would like to raise is that the article improperly used the community’s acronym by leaving out “A” in LGBTQIA. Allies are the biggest piece of the LGBTQIA community. They bridge the gap to help make the community more inclusive. Allies are so important to the LGBTQIA
community on SXU’s campus that we fought for two years to bring Ally Training to our faculty and staff. Ally Training is a way for us to ensure that staff and faculty are providing students with all of the support possible no matter their gender/sexual orientation. Finally, after two years of work, on the day of our first-ever Ally Training, the “A” is left out of the acronym on a front-page article highlighting our organization’s efforts. I appreciate that The Xavierite continues to highlight the work that The Alliance does around SXU. However, I saw this as an opportunity to further educate the greater SXU community on the proper use of these terms. Marissa L. Lee Senior, Alliance President
Letter to the Editor: The Xavierite needs to fulfill its responsibilities A s t h e ve r y i mp o r t a n t presidential election is rapidly approaching, it is important for the Saint Xavier University student body to know that they can come to the SGA with any questions about voting and registering to vote. Unfortunately, in the March 28th issue of The Xavierite story “SGA addresses voting registration confusion,” the article mainly focused on negative aspects, instead of assuring the students that they could confidently approach SGA for help. During the last week for registration for the primar y elections, the Student Government Association allowed students to be able to fill out the registration
forms on campus, and SGA would take them to the appropriate place to be turned in on time. SGA sat a table in the diner and asked students if they would like to vote for three days. After receiving the forms, they were taken to Congressman Lipinski’s office, where SGA was assured that the forms were turned in downtown on time. In those short three days, SGA received exactly 100 registration forms. That is a big mile- stone for SXU, because it is important to know that our voices and opinions matter, especially in the upcoming presidential election. Unfortunately, The Xavierite took the initiative to point out that
several people complained about having trouble voting. In truth, we were informed by The Xavierite staff that only one person reported having trouble at their polling location, which means SGA had a 99% success rate for the voting registrations. After seeing how many students are not already registered to vote, we encourage more students to take the next step and register. Although we appreciate the retraction and correction that The Xavierite ran last week, we wish they would start focusing on the positive rather than the negative. Michelle Thompson Junior, English SGA Senator
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Environmental Degradation Due to Industrial Animal Agriculture Journal of the Apocalypse Genevieve Buthod
Senior Viewpoints Editor
Within the past fifty to sixty years, animal agriculture has vastly changed in the United States. Diversified small family farms have been collectively replaced by a small number of enormous industrial farms. These industrial farms are owned by large vertically integrated food production corporations like Cargill, ConAgra and Tyson. The transition from a large number of small family operations to a small number of large corporations brought with it a new complete focus on the profits from the product. As a result, animal products became much more profitable and accessible to many more consumers. But this growth came at the cost of the animals, the workers, the communities surrounding the factory farms, the consumers’ own health, and the environment. Before pollution is even considered, modern animal agriculture takes a huge toll on the environment simply through the consumption of resources. Producing one pound of animal protein requires over ten times the amount of fossil fuel than it takes to produce one pound of plant protein. Industrial farming consumes a staggering amount of water, as well. Almost half of all water used in the United States is used to raise
animals for human consumption. Producing one pound of meat uses 2,400 gallons of water, while producing one pound of wheat takes only about 25 gallons of water. These numbers may seem confusing at first, but they make sense when we realize that every animal we take part in eating had itself been eating and fattening up for its several years of life. The grain that animal ate had to be grown somewhere, and growing all of the crops the animal ate in its life is a big part of that water use over time. In the U.S. alone, over 70 percent of grain grown is fed to animals in feedlots, rather than humans. What a profoundly inefficient use of resources! The world’s cattle themselves are fed enough to feed 8.7 billion people—more than currently live on our earth. With 925 million people in the world qualifying as “hungry” in 2010, we cannot continue to justify using resources and land to raise livestock so we can have animal products in every meal. We need to begin using resources efficiently if we ever hope to balance out food inequality and conserve our deteriorating environment. The f lipside of resource consumption in factory farming is its alarming record of pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, livestock animals produce about 130 times as much waste as the entire human population. All other industrial sources
together do not pollute our waterways as much as runoff from factory farms. This concept would be bad enough, but animal waste is not the only thing oozing into our water sources. The runoff also includes pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics used to feed the animals.
Producing one pound of meat uses 2,400 gallons of water. This combination of chemicals is dangerous in itself because we certainly do not want to be consuming all of those chemicals as they pass by our water treatment plants and seep into the ground where we grow food crops. But another factor to consider is the chemical makeup of the animal waste. As it runs down waterways it takes with it all the Nitrogen and Phosphorous from the animals’ bodies. Given just how much excrement is produced by factory farms, a heavy concentration of nutrients builds up in gulfs and bays where rivers join larger bodies of water. One particular example of the effects of the runoff is the point where the Mississippi River joins the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi drains 31 agriculturally rich states and two Canadian provinces. All of the nutrients from the run-off from farms all along the way thus reach the opening in the Gulf of Mexico. These nutrients in turn cause
Math and Reading not enough The Unbarable Truth Tony Bara
Deputy Editor in Chief
I recently came across a New York Times article for one of my education classes that both disappointed and frustrated me. According to the article, “71 percent of the nation’s 15,000 school districts had reduced the number of instructional hours spent on history, music and other subjects to open up more time for reading and math” (New York Times). This, of course, is one of the many symptoms of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, a disease that has been plaguing our nation for over a decade. So how is that vile act to blame in this case? If you remember those state standardized tests in high school, they mostly tested math and reading. Well, those tests were a result of NCLB and the government’s opinion of what every child in America should be learning. Schools had to prove that their students were all proficient in reading and math or risk losing their legitimacy and becoming a “failed school.” Because of this government ultimatum, schools had no choice but to spend far more time teaching only two skills—math and reading— and ignoring all the other subjects.
Now, reading and math are obviously extremely important. They are the basic skills without which no further learning can take place. However, in and of themselves without a practical application, those two skills are useless. If you only learn those skills, then you are learning manmade abstractions without learning the reasons they were developed in the first place; you have all of the ingredients, but no cake. Think about it; what is math but an elaborate system of working with something that does not physically exist? Remember learning about imaginary numbers in algebra and asking “when will we ever use this?” Well, you won’t, not in that form. Reading is the same way. You are essentially learning manmade symbols used to represent manmade sounds. All of the other subjects— science, history, economics, civics, etc.—are valuable applications of reading and math. They are the reasons those two skills have a purpose. Math is obviously indispensable when you are trying to engineer a more fuel- efficient vehicle. Reading is obviously necessary just so you can be a good citizen and intelligently inform yourself about the world’s important issues. Both math and reading are merely prerequisites to creative
thinking and true intellectual pursuits. They must be taught first in the primary grades, but then explored alongside the other subjects in the later grades. If reading and math are taught by themselves, students will see no purpose to them and may become antagonistic to any other kind of learning. Furthermore, by forcing schools to take away other subjects, the government is squashing creativity and actually making a less-educated citizenry. Look at all of the technological and scientific breakthroughs we made in the twentieth century— television, airplanes, radios, rocket ships—before government felt it was necessary to meddle in education. Look at the ridiculously low voter turnout rates that are happening in today’s elections. People are not learning to think and create for themselves. They are instead memorizing abstractions that will get them no where. America has always been a land of innovation, of free thought and creativity. We have traditionally set the pace for the rest of the world as we sprinted toward a brighter future. So it is a crime to deprive America’s youth of a well-rounded education because of idiotic government legislation. It is one of the many reasons we need to get Washington out of our schools.
abnormally large phytoplankton blooms which greatly increase the amount of organic material to be digested by bacteria in the water. The bacterial digestion process consumes oxygen and produces carbon dioxide, and because so much more digestion is happening so much more quickly than normal, the result is hypoxia or oxygen depletion. When the availability of dissolved oxygen goes down, fish and other marine life suffer, which greatly disrupts the aquatic ecosystem. According to the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, in 2008, the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone covered an area about the size of New Jersey, measuring 20,720 sq km. Our environment cannot sustain the upkeep of these “dead zones” in bodies of water. The areas have that name for a reason—no life can grow in them. And yet nothing seems to be done to prevent this effect. Nutrient-rich runoff is an after effect of animal agriculture, whether in the form of animal waste itself or the fertilizers and pesticides used to grow feed crops for livestock. One obvious answer is to reduce the size of industrial animal agriculture. We could all do a little to help protect the environment, and boycotting industries that destroy it is a perfect way to make an impact. It may sound counterintuitive, but one of the great things about the extreme resource consumption and pollution caused by animal
agriculture is that we can put a stop to a ton of destruction just by going one or two days a week without supporting the industry. Think about the difference: if each pound of meat takes about 2,400 gallons of water to produce, each time you go a day without meat in your meals you can save 2,400 gallons of water! And it may seem dismal that all of the sectors of the industry are connected, that the dairy and veal industries are one in the same, for instance. But the flipside is that by forgoing dairy products, you can make a huge impact on bringing down the production of veal. When something seems terribly out of our control, it is crucial to remember just how much power we really do have to make a difference. These industrial practices would not be sustained if we did not support them with our dollars. We need to let Big Agriculture know that we do not support their environmentally-irresponsible practices by voting with our dollar and showing them that we have the upper hand in this deal. And once their prof its come into question, they will undoubtedly take notice and find ways to change to suit consumer demand. Sources: PewEnvironmentGroup. org. “Reforming Industrial Animal Agriculture.” WorldHunger.org.2012 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics. OneGreenPlanet.org. “Facts on Animal Farming and the Environment.”
Do you have any environmental concerns?
Fatima Carrillo, sophomore, elementry education “Littering. I think that’s a really big issue.”
Angelique Quintero, freshman, clinical psychology “More trees. We also need to clean up the lake.”
Anthorne Ternoir, freshman, pre-med and psychology “More wildlife that brings out the beaty of the university.”
Evan Batty, sophomore, sociology “Quality of water...It’s not a big enough deal to some people.”
Victoria Wondo, sophomore, business “Access to clean water.”
Joe Godawski, freshman, undecided “Water, but there are a lot of problems.”
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Climate Justice for Little Village and Pilsen By Genevieve Buthod Senior Viewpoints Editor
Good news for Chicago’s neighborhoods was announced recently in a Climate Justice Chicago article, “Mayor Emmanuel Announces Agreement with Midwest Generation to Retire Two Coal-Fired Power Plants in Chicago.” Midwest Generation currently owns two power plants in Chicago. They have recently agreed to close the factory Fisk Station at 1111 W. Cermak Road by the end of 2012. The other factory, Crawford Station at 3601 S. Pulaski Road will be closed by the end of 2014. These factory closings are in keeping with the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, which was reintroduced in 2011. In response to Midwest Generation’s factory closing notice, Mayor Emmanuel said, “…today’s announcement puts us on a more sustainable path for these neighborhoods. I acknowledge Aldermen Moore, Solis, Munoz, and Cardenas for their work on this issue, and the community groups who helped to ensure all voices were heard in the process.” Ald. Solis is chairman of the City Council’s Hispanic Caucus, and is Alderman in the Fisk Station ward. Ald. Cardenas is the chair of the City Council’s health committee, and Ald. Munoz is Alderman in the Crawford Station ward. The situation in Pilsen and Little Village is simultaneously a public health issue as well as an environmental issue. Then again, every environmental issue is a human issue, as well. We are all part of the environment, whether or not we realize or admit it. Every pollution issue is a health issue because it affects the people who live within range of the pollution. We cannot divide social issues and environmental issues. This is why we cannot afford to take environmental concerns so lightly. Threats to the air we breathe and the water we drink are very clearly dangerous to us; we just need to remember to make that mental connection the next time we think about ignoring pollution rates. According to Hispanically Speaking News’ Feb. 21, 2012 article, “Chicagoans in Little Village and Pilsen Sue Over Pollution,” residents are concerned about the property damage aspect of the pollution from Midwest Generation’s coal power plants. The residents’ attorney Arturo Jauregui described the situation, “If they open the windows the house is filled with the smell of rotten eggs, pollutants stain the curtains and the outdoor furniture gets ingrained with filth.” This pollution denies the residents of Little Village and Pilsen the right to literally breathe easy in their own homes. The struggle is, at its core, and issue of climate justice. The direct range of the pollution from the factories affects 21,786 houses, and that boils down to 76,857 people. Climate issues affect people, and when they happen in our own city we have to sit up and take notice.
Earth Day Facts
...of the earth’s surface is used to grow food
...bus carries as many people as 40 cars
...amount saved for every ton of paper that is recycled
...years is the amount of time that garbage stays in a landfill
...automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day
Plastic ...takes 500 years to break down
An Environmentally Conscious Saint Xavier University By Macy Zamudio News Editor While many people may know of all the multiple academic achievements at Saint Xavier, what many us may not have been aware of are of all the various environmental initiatives that the university has taken. According to Sister Joy Clough’s 2009 article, “Green Buildings: Blending Principle and Practicality”- which appeared in the bi-monthly newsletter, Viva! Mercy—SXU is part of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System. The system – which 90 other institutions are also a part of—is “intended to advance, assist, encourage and connect sustainability on college campuses.” In addition to being part of the AASHE, the university also participates in the RecycleMania program. The program, according to the article, is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as the National Recycling Coalition. The article reports that the program’s main purpose is “to minimize the amount of waste on campus and improve recycling and sustainability practices.” Resident students of Rubloff Hall and O’Brien Hall may be surprised to learn that their dorm buildings have eco-friendly features. According to the article, both Rubloff and O’Brien Hall have achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system’s Gold standard. Several of the environmental-friendly features of Rubloff Hall - which was the first of the two buildings to attain such an honor - include a unique energy and water-conserving roof, a computer system which regulates air quality, and also the building’s structural “daylighting” design which helps bring 90 percent of natural sunlight inside the hall. The article also reports that 15 percent of the university’s electricity is produced by wind power. Another important ecological initiative at the university includes the participation of every dorm hall in the terracycling program. Terracycling—which was initiated by the Mercy Students for Peace and Justice (MSPJ)—helps collect various items that are normally non-recyclable. Several items include Capri Suns, Lunchables, chip bags, and candy wrappers. The collected items are later sent to the program’s main company and are then used to create multiple products available to purchase at the company’s website, www.terracycle.net. Several of the products include notebooks, pouches, totes, and even backpacks. In addition to helping the environment, the university’s participation in the terracycling program is also helping to raise money for a charity which donates books to impoverished children in Africa. Whether it be through the university’s building structures or through its participation in various environmental programs, SXU has been an active participant in preserving the Earth.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Events for the Environmentally Conscious in Chicago
By Melissa Wrobel Photographer
Saturday April 22 is Earth Day, and if you are looking for activities to participate in, you have come to the right place. On Saturday April 21, there is a 5k through Humboldt Park. After the race, you are invited to the free Green Living Expo in the park. There will be music, entertainment, food, shopping, and environmental education. Also, the Shedd Aquarium will show how small steps can make a big difference and how families can make changes at home. It will start April 16 and will run until April 22. It is free with admission. The Museum of Science and Industry is also hosting a special Earth Day exhibit. The exhibit is called “Smart Home- Green + Wired.” The exhibit will show green houses and give tips on how to make your house green. There is an additional fee to enter this exhibit which does not include the general admission price. The popular radio station, XRT, is inviting their listeners to register to clean the Dunning Read Conversation Site on Chicago’s Northwest side on April 20. Registration does not guarantee a spot, and XRT will notify the confirmed volunteers on April 18. Spots are limited, so if you are interested, register now! Also, Sims Recycling Solutions will be hosting an event in West Chicago and will be attempted to break a Guinness World Record for the “most consumer electronics recycled within 24 hours - multiple locations.” To participate, it will take place on April 21 and to see what Sims will and will not accept, visit their website at http://us.simsrecycling.com/earthday2012 . The Village of Oak Park is hosting “Earth Fest.” This festival will highlight organic farmers, eco-friendly landscapers, local chefs and restaurants, and even items for sale. “Earth Fest” will take place on April 21 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Brookfield Zoo is hosing the Sixth Annual Party for the Planet, the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America. The activities include education activities, animal encounters, and much more. Finally, my last activity is an all day service project at Heller Nature Center in Highland Park. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and are recommended to bring their own tools, such as shovels and wheelbarrows. Food will also be provided by Whole Foods Market. Registration for the event is available at their website, and this event is an all day activity.
Environmental Concerns on the Keystone Pipeline By Genevieve Buthod Senior Viewpoints Editor While it is true that stopping the Keystone Pipeline will not necessarily prevent global warming, it is still a danger to our environment. The most the pipeline can carry, 590,000 barrels a day, is ultimately only about three percent of what the United States uses at the moment, which comes to about 19 million barrels per day. Building the pipeline will be a strain on the environment either way, no matter how much oil is being transported. This is because the oil is going to be tar sand oil, not normal crude oil that we are accustomed to transporting from the Middle East. Oil that comes from tar sands cannot simply be pumped out of the ground because enormous trucks need to first mine the tar sand itself. The sands must then be heated to separate the sand from the bitumen, a natural material that is essentially decomposed organic matter. A recent analysis by Stanford Assistant Professor Adam Brandt found that extracting tar sands oil is significantly more damaging to the environment than extracting conventional crude oil. The oil the Keystone Pipeline would be transporting produces 20-25 percent more carbon than crude oil. In addition to producing more pollution, the mining necessary for tar sand oil use destroys natural wetlands in the surrounding area. The marsh peat lands in the mining area are a natural carbon sink. Marshlands everywhere act as natural absorbents for carbon, just like rainforests, and when they are destroyed all of the carbon the plants have absorbed over their lifetimes is released into the atmosphere. So the problem is twofold. Not only will the natural sponge for all of that carbon not exist anymore, its destruction will release carbon, as well. Add to that all of the extra carbon produced by mining tar sands oil and the forecast looks grim for the climate. Another key environmental concern with the Keystone Pipeline is that its path of construction takes it right over the Ogallala Aquifer. This Aquifer is an enormous underground water source that stretches from South Dakota to Texas. The Aquifer is a major source of drinking water for millions of Americans and is a source of irrigation water for 20 percent of America’s crops. If the Keystone Pipeline were to ever spring a leak, the underground water contamination could do enormous damage to our one of our nation’s main sources of fresh water. This breakage and contamination is a real possibility because the pipeline cannot be trusted to run perfectly. The pipeline that came before it had a total of 12 spills in its first year of use, including a geyser that spewed crude oil 60 feet into the air. The Keystone Pipeline is not a viable solution to America’s energy needs. Our environment, and at the very least our sources of drinking water need to be protected from the pollution and damage the construction and use of a transnational oil pipeline. America deserves better than the Keystone Pipeline. Sources: Water Encyclopedia: Science and Issues. “Ogallala Aquifer.” 2012. Jones, Christopher F. Huffington Post Green. “Keystone Pipeline: Facts and Fictions.” 3/22/2012.
The Implications of this Wonderfully Warm Winter By Grant Vargas Viewpoints Editor While I am sure 99.999 percent of people enjoyed the warm winter in the wake of snow-pocalypse last year, there is a multitude of repercussions for the environment. As it always seems to be when dealing with nature, it being beautiful and welcoming is just a cover story for a much more sinister plot. Barely any snow, only a moderate amount of rain, and exposed dry grass and fallen leaves are combining to make for several wildfires along the East Coast, even as far north as Pennsylvania and New York. Drought is also plaguing the large sections of the country. Current information on fire and drought can be found at droughtmonitor.unl.edu and activefiremap.fs.fed.us. Expect there to be water rationing in the months to come. Plants have also been affected by this unusually warm weather because they bloom a few weeks before normal. That might not seem bad, but if there were to be a cold front to follow the warm spell the early buds would be damaged or killed. No healthy buds, no healthy vegetation, and no stable food supply. Tropical fruits, like oranges, are more sensitive to the confusing temperature fluxes because they need much more specific conditions to thrive than temperate fruit. Food prices will have to be increased to compensate for the supply drop. The animal kingdom is also thrown off by the weather. Deer herds are going increase because the old did not die in the winter and the newborns are still popping out. Bears woke up early and will be have a harder time finding a food supply to last the longer year. Insects, like the deer, will have a much larger population because many survived the winter. The story is repeated throughout the food web, with mild winter brings larger populations and more strain on resources. It is not the end of all life as we know it, but conditions will most likely be harsher on the plants and animals while we humans enjoy our wonderful air-conditioners. What do we have to thank for this multitude of wonderful things is the million dollar question. According to the meteorologists of scientificamerica.com, they believe the culprit to be a strange jet stream phenomenon. There are two jet streams (air highways if you will) one for cooler air flows and another for warmer air flows. Meteorologists observed that the Northerly jet stream was closer Arctic Circle and had a much straighter path, which allowed the Southerly jet stream to come up higher in the hemisphere and have uncontested reign over the weather patterns. Without the collision of the two jet streams the usual snow storms and other winter shenanigans could not develop. There is no consensus on what caused the jet stream phenomenon. Sources: droughtmonitor.unl.edu, activefiremap.fs.fed.us, scientificamerican.com, theweek.com, cornellsun.com.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Three Great Movies Set and Filmed in Chicago
By Becki Brown Features Editor There have been pleanty of great movies set in Chicago, such as Mean Girls and Adventures in Babysitting. There have also been plenty of great movies filmed in Chicago, such as The Dark Knight and Public Enemies. There are some movies that are lucky enough to be great as well as set and filmed in Chicago, and it is about time that they get some recognition. Home Alone Can I just start by saying that this is a great movie even though someone should have called DCFS on Kevin’s parents. Because that is totally how I just started it. Home Alone made me feel a lot
safer about when I would have to stay home by myself. If anyone tried to break in, I could just foil them with strategically placed paint cans tied to ropes. This is one of my favorite Christmas movies, and it has so many memorable scenes, including the one where Maculay Culkin scares the pants off of the pizza guy with the equivalent of an old-school sound board. National Lampoon’s Vacation I know what you are thinking. “You can’t fool me, Becki. This wasn’t set in Chicago. It was set all over the U.S.” First of all, technically, you would be correct. Second of all, this is my article, so I will include what I want, and you can just sit there and enjoy it. Third of all, the Griswalds do hail from Chicago, hence why it
is on the list. Even the first few scenes, between an interactive vacation simulation and a car trade gone wrong, the Griswalds are in their comedic element in Chicago. Plus, it totally sets the rest of the movie up for more laughs to come! The Blues Brothers It’s 106 miles to Chicago. They got a full tank of gas and half a pack of cigarettes. It’s dark and they’re wearing sunglasses. Based on a Saturday Night Live skit about brother blues musicians Jake and Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers is a movie born in sweet home Chicago. Sadly, I have only seen this movie a few times due to the recent passing of my DVD player, but every time I have watched this
movie, I have not been able to keep from laughing and singing along. There was not a scene or song that I did not like, which is surprising for me considering I can usually find at least a few flaws with even the best movies. I was lucky enough to see the Blues Brothers Street Show at Universal Studios in Orlando over spring break. I had so much fun reliving some of the best moments
from the movie as well as the original SNL sketch. There you have it. Those are just a few of the great movies set and filmed in Chicago. Of course the list doesn’t end here. Chicago has left its mark all over the silver screen, and hopefully there will be even more movies to add to the list soon.
Greeting from the Student Government Association! By Sarah Schroepfer SGA Senator We hope your semester has been treating you well. SGA is excited about events and changes occurring at SXU this semester. Executive Board Elections We would like to thank the entire student body for their participation and enthusiasm during Executive Board elections the past week. There was a reparable student response to voting both online and in the SXU café. Senator interviews will be occurring the week of April 16-21. We are excited to announce the members of the 2012-2013 Executive Board: President – Kelly Mihalik Vice President – Victoria Martello Vice President of Financial Affairs – Michelle Thompson Vice President of Public Relations – Kelly Knudsen Executive Board Secretar y/
Treasurer – Darryl Brown Meal Plan Recently SGA has taken notice that the housing 2012-2013 online statements have said that flex dollars are being cut 50%. To our knowledge this information is incorrect and we are currently looking into it. Recent Errors Recently Student Government Association has become aware of errors in an article featuring SGA in an Xavierite article. The article focused on SGA Senator Michelle Thompson. SGA has taken notice of these events and Thompson has written a letter to the editor to further address these issues. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns do not hesitate to stop by the Student Organizations Center outside of the cafeteria to talk to a Student Government member.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Games as they affect your social life and wallet
By Kane McKeown Senior Features Editor Summer is close at hand, everybody. But do you know what else has been close at hand all this semester? Video game controllers! Speaking as a professional procrastinator, I can tell you that a good number of guys on campus, and even some girls (that’s statistical, not sexist), have been opting to play video games rather than sitting down and getting a healthy head start on their final papers or whatever else it is professors assign kids these days. Being a fan of the medium, I have spent quite some time working my way through the intricacies of gaming while balancing my priorities. Seeing that I am currently writing an article about video games, you can probably guess I did a poor job of balancing. Anyway, let’s get into it, shall we? Perhaps you have developed some video game habits over the course of the school year. I am not going to chastise you, but what I will do is compare the types of games you could be playing, separated into three categories: console games, online compatible games, and massively multiplayer online games (MMOs). The very first thing to address is the aesthetic quality of the game you might be playing. When I
mentioned online compatible games, I was speaking of console games that can be played online, such as the online multiplayer in the countless first person shooters, so I am just going to condense those into a single category for this section. Gaming consoles have been improving at a nearly exponential rate since their conception, so it is not surprising to see video games with nearly photorealistic graphics. Of course, with enough money, you can splurge on a highpowered computer and watch in awe as you play games that mirror reality even more accurately than their console counterparts. So essentially, choosing a game to play based on graphics is a wash. And speaking of money, there is a huge difference in what can you choose to, and can, play based on how much money you are willing to spend. And that is not even considering the cost of the console or the computer you are using. Playing a console game for its one-player mode and local multiplayer can cost up to 6o dollars, but it is a one-time fee, unless you eventually want to invest in downloadable content (DLC), but that could eventually end up costing as much as the game itself. Playing online is free on PlayStation 3 and online gameplay for the Wii is laughable, but with
Xbox, you need an Xbox Live account to get in on that worldwide multiplayer action–another $50 every year. Playing an MMO is a totally different story. Depending on which MMO you choose, you may only need to pay for the installation discs. But more often, you will have to pay a monthly subscription fee (a good average to keep in mind is ten dollars a month). Also, some MMOs offer weapons, items, and account upgrades but require you to pour more cash into the system if you want them. So, you need a strong reason to continue playing an MMO just for the sheer fact that it will eat up a lot of your money over time. One such compelling reason may be the level of sociability that comes with MMOs. Besides being a game that can be played forever (we will get to that in a bit), it is also host to hundred, thousands, or even millions of other players (hence the “massively”). If you have ever logged onto Facebook just to chat with somebody, then you can probably understand the social aspect of playing an MMO, except not knowing somebody in real life does not make them a creep, it just makes them a new friend with similar gaming interests, sometimes from an entirely different country.
Lameapalooza’s Unfortunate 2012 Lineup By Lauren Dwyer Features Contributor Last week, Lollapalooza released their lineup for the 2012 festival. And honestly, I am not impressed whatsoever. Besides the entire lineup itself being fairly disappointing, the headliners are even lamer. This year’s headliners include: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath and Jack White. The only band I would consider seeing is The Black Keys and even that is a big maybe. Even the rest of the lineup does not include many bands to save this year. Sure, Florence and the Machine will be there, but to be honest I am not a big fan. Approximately 120 bands will be playing this year, but only a small handful actually makes me excited about it. Last year, Lollapalooza’s headliners were excellent. I went on Sunday and got to see City and Colour, Cage the Elephant, Deadmau5, and more. Even though the weather that day was beyond bipolar, it was still an experience to remember. I mean really, what is more awesome than dancing in the pouring rain while the lead singer of Cage the Elephant stage dives into crowd getting drenched with the rest of us? And let us not forget the feeling of just completely letting loose as Deadmau5 begins to play and the sky opens up and dumps rain all over. Yeah, even the ruination of my cellphone was worth that day. But this year, I know it will not be the same. Not even counting the fact that apparently they are not selling day passes this year. As of right now, you can only buy the three day passes for a whopping $230. Worth it? Not whatsoever in my opinion. The only way you will see me at the
event this year is if A) I get free passes or B) they decide to sell day passes and all of the bands I want to see are going to be on the same day at different times. Personally, the only bands I want to see are: The Shins, Sigur Ros, Franz Ferdinand, Of Monsters and Men, and possibly Die Antwoord, but only because they are absolutely ridiculous. Also, on a side note, did I not call it that Of Monsters and Men would be at Lolla? Yes, yes I did. Overall, I am predicting that Lollapalooza will deserve a big C- this year. Hopefully, they get some really outstanding bands added to the lineup, but that seems doubtful at this point. Well, there is always next year, Lolla.
The Existence of Realism
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Console games are not social unless you find a game that supports local multiplayer (which are few and far between these days). But you can find a community when you play console games online, albeit a juvenile community that is just as likely to scream racial slurs and violent expletives as it is to congratulate you on a skillful headshot. The last thing of consideration is the amount of time you will spend playing these games. Standard console games are great because they are like books: they tell a story. What that means is that, although it is player-driven, the game will eventually end and you can walk away with a sense of accomplishment. Playing a console game online in multiplayer is more like a way to kill time—a casual game with friends (or annoying 12 year olds). But playing an MMO with any
seriousness requires you to have an alternate life. For one thing, the game does not end. If you are unfamiliar with MMOs, you create an avatar and then spend every moment you play fighting monsters and completing quests all in the pursuit of getting stronger (that is the most truncated version I can come up with). Once you get very strong, you may even join a guild, and that guild may orchestrate guild-wide events that you may want to take part in. If that is the case, then you have a schedule to follow. Since players come from all over the world, you really need to manage your time if you want the best game playing experience. Video games of all kinds have their ups and downs. But summer is upon us, after all. What better time to explore your options? Well, it is better than the week before finals, anyway.
This is most likely what your college career looks like.
Smart Sports Fans Think Sample Size
By Nick Pecho Sports Contributor
When it comes to judging performance in baseball, the intelligent fan, players, coaches and front office executives alike all point to two important words. “Sample size.” In a game like baseball in which on field production is measured completely by stats, it’s very easy to jump to conclusions after eight games, but you should really hold judgment until after about 50 when teams start to settle in and show you who they really are. The White Sox are really out to a wonderful start. After dropping two out of three to the Texas Rangers the Sox responded with a
two game sweep of the Cleveland Indians. After that they came home for a three game set against the number one ranked Detroit Tigers and beat them two out of three times to hand them there first two losses of the season. Now yes eight games is too early to decide what this team is going to be over the remaining 154 games, but there are some bright spots to point out so far. They have a great starting staff that has pitched well in each game so far. And once they get to the bullpen they have some of the best young arms in the game. The hitting so far has been there, but the run production has been a bit spotty. If the Sox can start hitting a little more consistently
they will be a force in the AL this season. Cubs fans please relax! 3-7 isn’t an ideal start but your team is rebuilding the correct way and Wrigley Field is about to undergo a Fenway Park like face-lift. There are a few bright spots for the Cubs but they are mostly in the minors. Anthony Rizzo is the best young hitter in the minor leagues, Brett Jackson is tearing up AAA pitching and Jeff Samardzija figured out he could be a starting pitcher. Don’t be mad Cubs fans; for once, it’s okay to go to the game and drink beer and not pay attention to the horrible baseball being played in front of your eyes. So buy tickets, support your team in the rebuilding process and
in a few years it will be time for the Cubs to start winning for the first time ever. As you can see, it’s easy to judge so soon, but on both sides of town it’s a good idea to just sit back, relax, and wait for that sample size to grow. Happy Baseball sports fans. The Cubs will finish up their series with the Miami Marlins on Thursday and the White Sox will finish up their series with the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday as well. The weekend for the Cubs has the Cincinnati Reds coming to Wrigley Field whereas the White Sox will be travelling to Seattle for a three-game set with the Mariners.
Chicago Blackhawks in tight series with Phoenix By Tony Gustin Sports Editor
The Chicago Blackhawks have played two games against the Phoenix Coyotes and have the series split 1-1 and are heading back to the Madhouse on Madison. There are a lot of aspects to this series that make it interesting. Captain Jonathan Toews has finally returned to the team after not playing a game since February. This is the last thing the Coyotes wanted to see, especially seeing that he netted the first goal of the series in game one. Both games have ended almost in the exact same way, which have really messed with all of the diehard Hawks fans heart
levels. With seconds left in game one with the Hawks trailing by one goal, defenseman Brent Seabrook netted a goal with only seconds to go to force the game into overtime. Unfortunately, the Hawks lost game one in overtime, even though they put up a great fight. Game two had the Hawks down yet again with seconds to go, and Alternate Captain Patrick Sharp scored a goal with seconds to go to once again force the game into overtime. The Hawks were not going to let this one slip away and underappreciated Brian Bickell scored his second goal of the night to win the game. This was a crucial game for the Hawks to win because you do not want to start a series
down 0-2, even if you are returning home. The interesting thing about this particular matchup is that the Coyotes are placed in the three seed while the Hawks are in the sixth, but the Hawks finished with more points in the regular season with a better overall record. This confuses a lot of casual hockey fans, but this is because the Coyotes won their division and it just so happened to be the weakest of the three. The Hawks have the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings in their division who both finished with more points than the Hawks. They are at the advantage right now, bringing Phoenix back to Chicago where the Hawks have arguably the best home ice advantage in the
entire league. Goalie Corey Crawford has been hot lately and he needs to play his strongest if they have any chance of winning. Toews looks to be fine, but Coach Q should stay very passive about his minutes on the ice, seeing how scary his concussion symptoms were. The home games are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday where a crowd of over 20,000 people will be in attendance to hopefully see the Hawks score two wins. Game five will be played back in Phoenix on Sat., Apr. 21 at 9p.m. (CT). If game six is necessary, that will be played here in Chicago on Mon. Apr. 23, and if there is a game seven, that will played on Wed. Apr. 25 back in Phoenix.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Bulls Gearing Up For Playoff Push Greg’s World By Greg Pilafas
Senior Sports Editor
The Bulls are getting ready for the playoffs as the season ends next week. The Bulls have had some key victories over the Miami Heat and the Detroit Pistons both in overtime. The Bulls got a game tying three ball from C.J. Watson against Miami and from reigning MVP Derrick Rose against the Pistons to send both games to overtime. The Bulls went into both overtime games and dominated, beating Miami 96-86 and Detroit 100-94. Both games were key wins as the Bulls extended their lead over Miami for the number one seed in the playoffs. The Bulls, as of Sunday April 15, would draw the New York Knicks in the first round. The Bulls may want to play the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round as they have slid all the way from a top-five seed down to possibly the number eight seed. The Bulls have proven such resiliency in these past couple of games and even when it seems that they have lost it, they come right back and take the game. The Bulls will need to keep playing this type of basketball heading into the playoffs. Let’s just hope Rose can stay healthy come playoff time.
Guillen’s mouth has him in trouble again; Marlins suspend manager Ozzie Guillen may be on the hot seat after latest remarks By Brandon Swanson Sports Contributor
Ozzie Guillen has himself in trouble yet again. Not even a week into his new managerial job with the Miami Marlins and he already has been hit with a five game suspension. Guillen has always been known to be a guy who likes to run his mouth. Unfortunately, he rarely has a filter for what comes out. When Guillen was with the White Sox he found himself having plenty of rants in front of the media. He even threw his General Manager at the time, Kenny Williams, under the bus. However, for Guillen these most recent comments may be worse than anything he ever did while in Chicago. In the first week of the season Guillen said how he “loves” Fidel Castro, the longtime dictator in Cuba. He went on to say, “You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still there.” These comments would bring a violent backlash from the people in the community. Unfortunately for Guillen, many Cuban exiles live in the area and had to go through very difficult times under Castro. They are lucky to be alive, and he hit home with all of them, but in a negative way. There were protests outside the Marlins new ballpark in Little Havana. Many protestors were
holding up signs showing their hatred for Guillen and several were asking for him to be fired. It did not take long for management to come out and say how Guillen’s comments are solely his own and the Marlins management does not back up the comments. Guillen, of course, was soon after suspended by the Marlins front office and the suspension is lasting five games. Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, publicly backed the suspension of Guillen. Guillen of course very quickly went on the record in a press conference to apologize to the people of Miami and the fans of the Marlins. However, it was not met with very happy responses. Guillen said, “I am here on my knees. I am here to say I’m sorry with my heart in my hands…” Even after Guillen’s apology, no matter how sorry he may have seemed it did not bring a lot of closure to many people in the Miami area. “His colors were shown to us! He cannot hide them with new paint!” shouted Yanire Perez, who said she lived two blocks away. Jay Fernandez, 68, was carrying a picket sign which said, “Fire Him Now” and “Do You Still Keep Guillen if he had said I Love Hitler?” It is very obvious that people are still very unhappy with Guillen after the hurtful comments that he made. It seems obvious that Guillen will never be able to be the public
Ozzie Guillen may not be given any more time down in Miami.
figure or icon that the Marlins front office wanted him to be. He will never be the guy who draws in fans and increases ticket sales. Guillen was signed by the Marlins to a four year contract. It is very possible that if he continues to make statements such as the most recent one, he will see that contract end prematurely. I think that it is very possible that Guillen will make at least one more stupid comment by the time the season is over. Guillen’s first controversial comment of the season and as the Marlins manager came before we were even a week into the season.
Ozzie cannot be trusted to keep his mouth shut because he always wants to say something that he knows is bad, but he says it just to see the reactions he gets. I do not want to say that Guillen will be fired by the end of the season, but it is a very real possibility. If he has another inappropriate comment or comes out with an uncontrollable rant I believe that the Marlins will have to fire him. This team is trying to start off on the right foot with a new stadium and a new look team. They do not need a guy like Guillen as their leader. Obviously he has shown that he cannot be a
leader at all. If Guillen were to be cut loose by the team I think he would be out of baseball for a while because I would hope that other teams are smart enough to not put a poison into their clubhouse to negatively affect their players and potentially bring a downfall to their team. Ozzie may never coach in baseball again because of his attitude and his mouth. Guillen needs to remember that this is a sport that so many people watch and he cannot just say whatever he wants and get away with it. This may be the start of Ozzie’s downfall in Miami.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Women’s Track Team brings smiles to students’ faces in Chicago Cougars visit Saint Angela School to help coach students
By Greg Pilafas Senior Sports Editor Over the past three years the whole women’s track team has helped coach an inner city middle school in downtown Chicago. They go two days a week for an entire month and help coach around 1520 kids from Saint Angela’s school in the Austin community area near Oak Park. Saint Angela’s has been open since the year 1921 and it started under the tutelage of the Sisters of Providence and now the Sisters of Mercy. Saint Angela’s is about one hour Northwest of SXU’s campus and the Cougars do not mind the travel. The entire women’s track team heads out to the Austin area for two days a week for the whole month of March. Then on April 2, 2012, the Saint Angela’s students got to come and visit SXU’s campus for an experience of a lifetime. Saint Angela’s is a K-8 school and it is in an area that has been less fortunate. This school provided students the opportunity to come there and get a really great education. One thing that this school is lacking is funding for their athletics, and head women’s cross country and track coach, Lisa Ebel, wanted to help out. “I am really proud of this program. It is special partnership we have formed between two Sisters of Mercy schools. Our Saint Xavier
student athletes do a wonderful job of sharing their knowledge and passion for fitness and track. The Saint Angela students really enjoy spending time with college students while improving their fitness levels and learning about track,” said Coach Ebel. This year the Cougars went to Saint Angela’s on Mondays and Fridays to help these students out with some assistance on track running. When the kids came to SXU, the women’s track team hosted a big track meet for these kids. “We would do endurance with them, speed, kind of the basics of track like agility, hand-offs. In the end, they could get through what a track meet would be like and we wanted them to know for high school about a track meet so they would have some experience in it,” said Rachael Dean. For the past two years, DeVon Chandler and Zach Opheim from the SXU men’s basketball team have helped the women’s track team with these kids. The kids came down to SXU in January and the kids enjoyed going to the men’s and women’s basketball game to watch the Cougars play. “The day of the track meet when the kids came here to SXU, we did a couple of events with some relays and some individual events so they could get a taste of both. We had an award ceremony for them and then we gave them a campus
Saint Angela students pose for a photo with a couple of the SXU women’s track team members.
tour so they could see what it was like to be on a college campus,” said Dean. These kids are not used to having the type of help and assistance that the women’s track team provided. Some of the kids came in at the start not really physically fit and then by the end, they can run a couple of laps around the gym. “I was excited obviously that
we were able to give back and it was exciting to see the looks on these kids’ faces when we were there. A lot of these kids get real excited that we are there and we are able to teach them new things. It prepares them to be a high school athlete or even a college athlete,” said Dean when asked how it felt to go to Saint Angela’s for the first time three years ago. This women’s track team won
a Champion of Character award from the NAIA three years ago for their work with these kids. The track team will not stop there with going to Saint Angela’s school. They plan on keeping up the work of giving back to the community as they look to keep helping out these students from Saint Angela’s. Wonderful job by the track team for the past three years!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
SPORTS Men’s Baseball Continues Their Offensive Surge By Tony Gustin Sports Editor The Cougars ran into some struggles over the last week but that didn’t stop them from picking up some big wins. Their record is now 29-14 as of Sat., Apr. 15. On Tues., April 10, the Cougars faced Northwestern University on the road and won the game in a huge way with a final
score of 9-3. Sophomore left fielder Brad Myjak came up big again with a blast to right field, racking up three runs in the first inning, which really set the tone for the win. This was a huge win for the team, posting nine runs on the road against a team like Northwestern University. Northwestern is a Division 1 school and is respected by the entire nation. If this doesn’t set a pace
Lucas Fritsch gets ready to deliver a strike for SXU.
for the rest of the year and make a statement to the rest of the conference, there really isn’t much else that will. Freshman right hander Andy Kovarik had a huge day on the mound, throwing eight innings and allowing just three hits. On the opposite side of the field, the Cougars had an offensive explosion, belting out 18 hits. Kovarik gave up three runs in the game but they were all unearned and he struck out three Wildcats. Myjak also added an RBI single in this game along with junior captain Mike Pokers. Freshman catcher Marcos Soto had a single that scored two runs which was the best play of the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore right hander Chris Klein came in to close out the game and mowed down all three batters he faced. This huge win brought the Cougars’ record to 25-11, but it also brought a ton of motivation to the team. Wed., Apr. 11 brought the men back home to take on Trinity International University. They absolutely dominated Trinity in these two games, adding two more wins to their record for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. In game one of the double
header, the Cougars exploded in the first inning, posting 14 runs which really showed Trinity that they had no chance of winning either of these two games. It is hard to recover after giving up a run or two in the first, but after piling on double digit runs really pulls the carpet from under you. In the two games, 45 was the wild number as they posted 45 hits and 45 runs in the combined games. An impressive stat is the Cougars scoring in every inning of the 14 combined aside from three. The team never trailed once in either of these games and senior shortstop Adam Koglin was arguably the biggest reason why. He went a combined 8-13, scoring five runs, having seven RBIs and hit three doubles. Klein had an impressive 7-9 for the day, scoring seven runs, four RBIs and a double. Myjak just won’t quit at the plate with another home run, which seems like a staple in any given series, seven runs scored and eight RBIs. Junior catch Tony O’Shea and sophomore first baseman Thomas Keating both homers in the first game. Junior right hander Mike Stirling improved his record to 3-0, wining game one, pitching five innings and only allowing one run.
In addition to that, he only allowed eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five batters. In the second game of the bill, junior right hander Lucas Fritsch also improved his perfect record to 4-0, throwing five innings, allowing two walks and struck out one batter. On Apr. 12, the Cougars once again came up big at the plate with an offensive explosion, putting up 14 runs, but somehow fell to Lewis University by a final score of 15-14. The team collapsed in the bottom of the ninth. They led 14-10 in, but Lewis had five hits that included two doubles, which led them to an amazing comeback. SXU had 11 hits in the one game which included four Klein RBIs. This was a tough loss, especially how it ended. They then went on the road and faced Purdue-North Central where they wound up splitting the series. The highlight of the series was Pokers, who combined 4-6 with a triple, a double, two RBIs and crossed the plate three times. The next day they played two games against Purdue North Central and once again split the series. The loss was another heartbreak, 14-15, but the win was a blowout of 17-9.
Cougars Split Series against Olivet; Sweep Cardinal Stritch Softball extends home record to 11-1, 11-3 in Conference play
By Greg Pilafas Senior Sports Editor The Cougars had their five game win streak snapped against the number 13 ranked Olivet Nazarene University Tigers on Apr. 12 down in Bourbonnais, IL. The Cougars split the series against the Tigers, after falling in the first game 6-4. The Cougars rallied and beat Olivet in the second game 3-1. Senior Amie Brown started for the Cougars and she went 6.1 innings, giving up six earned runs, eight hits and 2 walks, but she also threw 10 strikeouts. Brown got the loss in this game and Lindsay Stotler got the win for Olivet in relief. Stotler pitched two-thirds of an inning and had one strikeout. The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning when sophomore first baseman Ariel Hinton hit a home run and that was followed up by an RBI single by junior shortstop Ashley Sullivan which plated senior catcher Ashley Hunter. The Cougars got their third run in the third inning after junior third baseman Kate Mollohan hit a single to drive Hinton home and give the Cougars a 3-1 edge. It was 3-2 SXU heading into the fifth inning when the Cougars got their fourth run off of a Sullivan RBI single. The Cougars led until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Tigers scored four runs to give them a 6-4 win over SXU. Hannah Gardner came up with the score
4-3 in favor of SXU; Gardner hit a walk-off three run home run to give ONU the victory 6-4. The Cougars finished up with ten hits in this game compared to eight by Olivet. Both teams also played spectacular defense not committing any errors. In the second game for the Cougars, it ended a little bit differently. The Cougars used great pitching by sophomore starter Megan Nonnemacher, who pitched a complete game 7 innings with seven strikeouts and only one earned run given up. For ONU, their star pitcher, Kelly Blucker, drew her first loss of the season after giving up two earned runs over six innings. With the loss, Blucker’s record moves to 11-1 on the season after this defeat against SXU. The Cougars’ runs were more spread out in this game after scoring one run in the third inning, sixth inning and then one more in the seventh inning. Olivet got their lone run in the fifth inning off an RBI double by Jordan Reynolds which plated Megan Butler. The Cougars scored their first run in the third inning after freshman center fielder Shannon Lauret scored an unearned run off an error by Reynolds. The next run for SXU came in the sixth inning off Hunter’s third home run of the season, giving SXU a 2-1 advantage. The Cougars went on to score one more run in the top of the seventh inning on a single by freshman second baseman Megan
James. The Cougars once again outhit the Tigers in this game, this time seven hits to four hits by ONU. With the win, the Cougars gave Olivet just their seventh loss on the season; Olivet moves to 39-7 on the season. The Cougars also snapped the Tigers’ three game win streak in this game. The Cougars returned home on Apr. 14 to play conference rival Cardinal Stritch University. The Cougars won both games by a combined score of 7-3. The Cougars won game one 3-0 thanks to some dominating pitching. Nonnemacher continued her hot streak after going seven strong innings with six strikeouts; she only gave up two hits in this contest. Nonnemacher improved her season record to 14-4 after this dominating performance. The Cougars got the scoring started early after an RBI single by Ashley Hunter put the Cougars up 1-0. The Cougars went on to score two more runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Ashley Sullivan got an RBI off on an error by Leann Zdrojewski which plated two Cougars. Cardinal Stritch committed three errors in this game and once again the Cougars did not commit an error. The Cougars out-hit the Wolves 4-2 in this contest which led to the three runs by SXU. The second game was a little bit closer in score as the Cougars won 4-3. Amie Brown pitched a complete game giving up eight hits, three earned runs and two walks;
Kate Mollohan continues her hot play for the Cougars.
she also had five strikeouts and earned the win. Brown has a record of 10-3 on the season after this win. The Cougars trailed 2-0 after the first inning, but the Cougars got one run back in the bottom of the third inning off of an RBI single by Ashley Hunter. Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning the Cougars were down 3-1 before an RBI single by Shannon Lauret. The Cougars were down 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning when sophomore Katie Houlihan scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. A throwing error by Leann
Zdrojewski led to a run scored by freshman Holly Hilden to give the Cougars the win 4-3. T h e C o u g a r s i mp rove d their record to 26-9 overall, 11-3 in conference play and 11-1 at home. The loss dropped Cardinal Stritch to 8-34 overall and 1-11 in conference play. The next game for SXU is on Thur., Apr. 19 against Calumet College of St. Joseph on the road at 3 p.m. This game will wrap up conference play for SXU as the Cougars roll to the end of the season.