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Wednesday April 25th, 2012
THE EYES AND EARS OF THE STUDENTS
SXU plays host to war veterans
Financial Changes to Study Abroad
By Tony Bara Deputy Editor in Chief
By Genevieve Bonadonna Editor in Chief
Saint Xavier University welcomed veterans from nearly every major U.S. conflict since World War II on Friday as part of the premier of WXAV’s new documentary, “Veteran Matters.” The documentary, produced by Peter Kreten, Assistant Director of Campus Life; Peter Hilton, Associate professor of Education; Sister Joy Clough; and excecutively produced by Sister Sue Sanders, features interviews centered around how veterans’ experiences changed them as human beings. Among the veterans present were Steve, a World War II veteran who fought in the European theater; Norm, a World War II veteran from the Pacific theater; Joan, who served as a nurse in the Pacific during World War II; Bill, a Korean War veteran; Karen, an Iraq war veteran; and the wife and mother of Russ, a veteran of the ongoing Afghanistan conflict.
In a departure from past practice, all Saint Xavier University students studying abroad in Fall 2012 will now pay SXU tuition, according to a new plan instituted by the Center for International Education (CIE), the Financial Aid Office, the Business Office and the Office of the Provost. The new plan will allow students to bring need-based grants, merit awards and residence hall awards but not talent scholarships. In past years, every student enrolled in third-party study abroad programs paid the tuition of that program and received Financial Aid from SXU, such as merit awards. Students would pay SXU the third-party’s tuition, and SXU would in turn write a check to that institution. “We’re improving a policy that needed some editing,” said Provost Angela Durante. The prior (i.e., current) policy—where study abroad students pay the third-party’s tuition—
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poses two problems, according to Administration. First, although those who studied abroad were enrolled in SXU’s placeholder STABD-288 course, they were not considered SXU students in the official record-keeping books. From an accounting perspective, an accurate and comprehensive overview of the student body would not be possible—a circumstance that negatively affected the institution’s
federal aid subsidies. Second, SXU lost institutional aid for every student who studied abroad. In non-study abroad cases, when students pay their tuition, SXU merely deducts the Financial Aid awards from the total bill—no “real” money is present. Because students studying abroad in previous years were paying a third party, SXU would have to come up with physical money as they paid the Financial Aid.
By Macy Zamudio News Editor
The Shannon Center was booming with music as the Residence Housing Association (RHA) sponsored “Curse the Kid and More,” a concert for Spirit Week on Apr. 19. RHA representatives Dan Palanyk, a freshman business major, and Joe Godawski, a freshman undecided major, organized the event. “We were told…to plan an event for Spirit Week, and the first thing that came to mind was a concert because music is essentially my life,” Palanyk said in an e-mail when asked where the idea for this event came from. The event featured four groups: Illinoise, a rock band featuring Saint Xavier University students Alex Long and Bobby McGreal; The Mad Hops, a poppunk band; and Curse the Kid, a pop-punk featuring SXU Student Nolan Woods. SXU students Will Knox, Larry Sturghill, and Brandon Clinton also performed some of their own hip-hop songs. Over 200 people, both students and non-students, attended. “I feel [it] is a tremendous turnout for any event. I am
While many students at Saint Xavier University may rely on financial aid to help pay for their tuition, several may be surprised to know that their academic standing heavily effects the aid that they receive. What several students may not have been aware of is that the university follows a system known as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Susan Swisher, director of Financial Aid at SXU, explained
extremely satisfied with the turnout,” Palanyk said. Alex Long, a freshman nursing student and drummer for Illinoise, also found the turnout comforting. “We feed off of the crowd’s energy, so it was really cool to play for a larger audience of people who seemed excited to be there,” he said in a phone interview. Both Palanyk and Long have hopes for similar future events. “I think it would be awesome for this to become a yearly event,” Palanyk said. Long added, “Hopefully we can increase the number of bands and make this a full-blown event. I think it would be something people would really enjoy.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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what exactly the SAP policy is. “It’s a federal requirement for students to receive financial aid. It’s made of three components—a qu a n t i t a t i ve c o mp o n e n t , a qualitative component, and a maximum time frame,” Swisher said. According to Swisher, the policy’s quantitative component refers to a student’s grade-point average. Under the SAP policy, students must maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0 in order to keep receiving financial aid. The SAP policy’s qualitative component refers to a student’s
completion rate. According to the university website, the completion rate refers to a student completing at least 66.7 percent of the credit hours that they attempted to complete in a single academic year. Swisher emphasized the importance that the completion rate has on a student. “The federal government is saying ‘we’re giving you money to go to school.’ If a student fails a course, then that means that they’ll have a lower completion rate,” said Swisher. SAP >
Communication seniors hold its first exhibition since dept. revamp By Karina Palencia News Editor Communication students showcased their work at their Senior Project exhibition on Thurs., Apr. 19—its first showcasing since the Communication Department revamped its curriculum. In previous years, the senior seminar course was only one semester. At that time, the students selected a project, conducted all of the necessary research, and developed a final product in, all in one semester. Now, the course is split into two semesters. “I believe these changes were
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A student sings during the concert.
Clarification on federal SAP Financial Aid policy
effective,” said Renee Robinson, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of communication. The Communication Department decided to implement the changes due to student feedback. Many students felt the workload was too intensive for one semester and previous course evaluations repeatedly reported that students wanted more time to work on their projects. “Classes and curriculum should be living; they should modify based on the discipline, workplace expect ations and student needs and feedback,” said
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The new procedure standardizes study abroad payment policies where ever yone will have the same tuition base. A hypothetical shortcoming of a flat-rate bill would be the student wishing to study abroad in a lowercost country. That student would be paying the same tuition amount as someone studying in a lowerincome country, even though the student in the lower-income country would be “roughing it” much more. Students this fall will also have to pay a new $500 study abroad fee. The fee is meant to supplement the loss of institutional aid. SXU will reassess the updated procedure halfway through the year. “No student will be hurt by this policy,” said Ray Catania, vice president of Business and Finance. Rumors swirled amongst students and faculty, with many thinking SXU would be taking away all Financial Aid for those who study
Robinson. The changes were also made to help students further develop their research, speaking, and technology skills, as well as thinking and writing skills. Robinson said she plans to make modifications to the class. “This semester has been a learning experience for everyone… I’ll know more when I receive feedback from each of the course stakeholders,” said Robinson. The class consists of original research papers, websites, public relations/advertising campaigns, COMM >
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By Joshua Humphry Senior News Editor
Deputy Editor in Chief Tony Bara
The Vermont Legislature has begun debating on whether or not the state should to continue to allow philosophical exemptions towards vaccinations in Vermont. Philosophical exemptions are defined by the National Conference of State Legislatures as laws that allow people to exempt themselves from vaccination due to their moral or personal beliefs. 20 states currently allow for this kind of exemption from
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Philosophical exemptionsfor vaccines in Vermont
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vaccination while all but 2 states currently allow for a religious exemption. In early March, Vermont’s Senate voted over whelmingly to do away with philosophical exemptions in Vermont. However, April saw Vermont’s House of Representatives voted strongly in favor of keeping philosophical exemptions causing a deadlock, according to the Huffington Post. As the Vermont politicians debate the issue of philosophical exemption, citizens of Vermont
also get involved on either side of the debate. Critics of the policy of philosophical exemption argue that a slide in the amount of children getting vaccinated will in the long run increase the chance of a major outbreak. Vermont has a higher rate of exemptions than most states and has seen an outbreak of Whooping Cough recently. This causes some Vermont residents to fear for the health of the community and that children might be exposed to disease at
school by a non-vaccinated child. Those in favor of keeping the policy as it already exists are often suspicious of the pharmaceutical industry and prefer more natural foods and medicines. They also really doubt that the decrease in the amount of vaccinated children is as severe and strong as claimed to be or that vaccines are always the most effective option. Vermont’s governor, Peter Shumlin, has been more sympathetic VACCINE >
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Staff members Aid and Ryan to retire By Joshua Humphry Senior News Editor Saint Xavier University will be saying farewell to two staff members at the end of the semester as both Mary Ellen Ryan, bookstore website coordinator, and Patricia Ade, office manager, will be retiring. Ade first joined the SXU staff 25 years ago as a part-time worker, just as her eldest son was starting Brother Rice High School. Since then she has worked her way up to the position of office manager of both the Department of History and Political Science and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. She has enjoyed the 25 years that she has worked on campus. In particular, she has enjoyed working with people including the many students and coworkers she has worked alongside over the course of her employment on campus. “I’ll miss the people that I worked with,” said Ade about what she’ll miss about SXU. “I’ll also miss meeting all of the new ABROAD > from
abroad. Administration and staff, though, assured their commitment to the study abroad program and maintained a confidence that their new plan will meet the needs of most students. “Studying abroad is one of the most transformative experiences a person could have. You come back with a wider appreciation for different perspectives and learning,” said Durante. “Saint Xavier recognizes that.” Students were not allowed to bring need-based grants in 2010, ’11 or ’12; the new policy allows students to take those grants abroad. Durante said the new administration is taking a comprehensive approach to clarifying and improving the financial practices that have been on shaky ground the last few years. Former Vice president of Business and Finance Susan Piros was recently convicted in February for embezzling more than $850,000 from the university over the course of a decade. “We’re really looking at everything in greater detail,” said
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students” Ryan has also dedicated a decent portion of the past two decades to working in the campus bookstore. Ryan has worked on campus for 13 years. Ryan has been on campus long enough to remember when the bookstore was moved from the first floor of the Warde Academic Building to the Shannon Center. She remembers sharing a table with a fellow coworker back when what is now one of the computer labs in the hallway leading to the diner from the gallery and the library was Durante. “It’s a balancing act. You’ve got to figure out the needs for the student and the university as a whole,” said O’Hara, director of the CIE. “It takes time,” she said. 37 SXU students have studied abroad in the past three years. ABROAD > from
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with attempts to increase education about vaccination instead of getting rid of philosophical exemption. “I do not believe that in the end the government should dictate to parents what inoculations their kids have to get in order to get a public education in Vermont,” Gov. Shumlin was reported by the Huffington Post to have said on the matter. If neither side can come to an accord on the matter, the legislation proposed to end philosophical exemption in Vermont will die and things will settle back into the way they were before. Sources: The Huf f ington Post, The National Conference of State Legislatures (www.ncsl.org) email@example.com
WWII Vet. Norm at the Veteran Matters launch
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U.S.S. Bunker Hill aircraft carrier in the Pacific theater. Norm worked in the engine room on the carrier. Spending most of his time below deck, he said that
the campus bookstore. Like Ade, Ryan also enjoyed working alongside her coworkers. Over the years, she has seen student workers grow and develop throughout their college education. “It’s been great,” Ryan said about her experience working at SXU. “I love working with the student workers. I love watching them mature.” Both, however, look forward to spending more time with their families. Ryan plans to spend more time with her husband in their lakeside home along with helping her daughter get prepared for marriage. She also wants to spend more time with her grandson along with focusing more energy into her hobbies of sewing and crafting. Ade also seeks to spend more time with her five grandsons, the youngest of which being twins that were born last week. Other than that neither seems to have any major post-retirement plans yet. “No, I think that is the best part of it, not having to make any plans,” said Ade.
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According to Swisher, factors such as dropping or failing a course could have strong consequences on one’s completion rate. Swisher also explained just what exactly the maximum time frame is. “Most programs require 120 hours to graduate. The maximum time frame is 180 credit hours. Once 180 hours are attempted, federal government isn’t paying anymore,” Swisher said. Even though SXU has always been following the SAP policy, a new change was made last July, which lessened the amount of time that a student has in raising their grades. If a student is not in good academic standing after one’s first semester, then he or she is given a warning by the financial aid office. However, if a student fails to be in the required academic standing after his or her second semester, then he or she is put on financial aid probation. After being put on probation, a student may then choose to appeal to the financial aid office as to why he or she should continue
Page 3 receiving financial aid. Once a student’s appeal has been approved, his or her financial aid will be reinstated. Swisher commented on the importance in knowing of the SAP policy. “The policies are stricter. Students just don’t really realize that dropping courses or failing a course affects their aid. They think more of the academic side than the financial one,” Swisher said. “It’s the federal government that’s giving a loan; you have to live up to your part.” While some students may be worried as to whether or not their financial aid is in danger, Swisher maintains that the financial aid office is committed to helping its students. Email notifications as well as a hard-copy reminder are sent to students whose financial aid is in jeopardy. To learn more about SXU’s SAP policy, one may visit the university website at www.sxu.edu, keyword: satisfactory academic progress. firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum displays racist artifacts in Michigan By Macy Zamudio News Editor By what may be seen by many as “out-of-the-ordinary,” a new museum displaying multiple racist artifacts opened on Apr. 26th in Big Rapids, Michigan. Located in Ferris State University, The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia houses artifacts spanning from the Reconstruction era to the civil rights movement. There are hopes the museum will get people to think critically about such a sensitive issue, according to According to Yahoo! News, David Pilgrim, the creator of the exhibition. Pilgrim’s exhibition originally began as a collection that he began gathering since the 1970s. Objects within the museum include items that stereotypically portray African-American men as violent or lazy and images of women dressed as servants known as mammies. The museum even houses a life-size replica of a lynching tree. Because of the various racist objects being displayed, firstyear student Ahlam Shaabneh – the men on the ship never knew where they were going or for how long until they were almost there. When he did come above deck to look around, he described the scene as an endless array of ships “covering horizon to horizon.” In May, 1945, during the last few months of the war, two kamikazes, or Japanese suicide pilots, flew their planes into the Bunker Hill. This was the worst suicide attack directed at the United States until the 9-11 attacks. Working in the engine room when the attack occurred, Norm recalled that the captain gave orders to abandon ship because it was going down. “I knew I was going to die,” said Norm as he saw “water all around us.” At the last minute, the Lieutenant Commander of the ship overruled the captain and managed to find a way to get the water off the
biology/ pre-med major – showed skepticism towards the opening of such a museum. “I feel that it’s wrong. In order to let this go, it shouldn’t be racist artifacts on display only. It should also explore other parts of the era and of the fight for justice,” said Shaabneh. Tif fany Swan, a senior majoring in English-secondary e d u c a t i o n , a l s o s h a re d he r opinion on the Jim Crow-inspired exhibition. “I think that it could be positive and negative. Even though we’ve advanced since the Jim Crow era, there’s just sensitivity to the issue,” said Swan. “It could be educational depending on how it’s addressed.” While Shaabneh and Swan may be a bit skeptical towards such an exhibition, Peter N. Kirstein, a history/political science professor who teaches African-American history at Saint Xavier University, voiced his sapproval of the museum. “I think that it’s important that our nation continues to display epics of injustice as a way to control us towards the future,” Kirstein ship and keep it afloat. Norm, having become unconscious during the ordeal, had been taken out of the engine room and later awoke on deck. Norm’s story, as well as that of the other veterans, is included in the “Veteran Matters” documentary. In appreciation for their sacrifices, Saint Xavier presented special veteran coins to each veteran. Additionally, segments of the “Veteran Matters” documentary were played for the audience as a preview to the series, after which dinner and dessert was served. “It was a tremendous success. All the veterans had a good time and we received very positive reactions to the part of the documentary that we aired,” said Kreten. “ Ve t e r a n m a t t e r s ” a i r s Sundays at 9 A.M. on WXAV 88.3 FM and wxav.com.
said. While a majority of the artifacts date from nearly a century ago, several objects on display are actually from recent years. Yahoo! News reports that several visitors were actually shocked to see items depicting President Barack Obama in a racist matter. One of such items even depicts the Ku Klux Klan chasing the president. Although visitors may be emotionally disturbed by the displays, Pilgrim hopes that people will have an in-depth discussion about what they had just experienced. A “room of dialogue” is the last stop on the tour and visitors are encouraged to discuss how such objects could be used to promote social justice. Even though visitors have left feeling angry, saddened, or offended, Pilgrim maintains that the main purpose for the creation of such an exhibit is to educate. For more information about the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia one may visit its official website at www.ferris.edu/ jimcrow.
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handbooks, training and developing manuals, and digital video/audio documentaries among others. Students used to be required to present their projects to the public and to their professors in a 20-minute presentation, a paper, and their course portfolios. The course now contains a digitally recorded conference presentation, a paper, and an exhibit with community interaction regarding their work in addition to the course portfolio. “I’ll be really curious to learn more from our students via the course evaluations from this semester as to how effective they believe the changes to be and recognize that more changes will come to these courses,” Robinson noted.
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Doing God’s Work wrong, then an investigation By The Xavierite Staff constitutes an invasion of privacy. The Vatican has recently The Sisters of Mercy of issued an assessment of the the Americas current homepage Leadership Conference of Women announces their statement of Religious, the single largest group suppor t for the Leadership of Catholic nuns in the United Conference of Women Religious. States. The Conference has The Sisters of Mercy Institute 1,500 members and represents Leadership Team are members of 80 percent of the Catholic sisters the Conference and affirm their in the United States. respect for all of the women of the The Vatican has decided, conference as well. however, that the group of nuns The Xavierite believes that this promotes teaching incompatible is all we need to know about our with Catholic faith because they founding order of sisters to know challenge Church teaching on that we chose the right university. homosexuality and an exclusively While the Church patriarchy male priesthood. has been hammering out tiny In their assessment, the doctrinal details throughout Vatican said the nuns “disagree history, the sisters have been out with or challenge the bishops, who in the real world, feeding the are the church’s authentic teachers hungry, clothing the naked, and of faith and morals.” tending and visiting the sick and The Vatican began an imprisoned. investigation of the Conference Imagine for a moment how in 2008 but it has also been different the Church might look c o n d u c t i n g a w i d e s p r e a d if the pope took a vow of poverty investigation of all women’s and service instead of living in an religious orders in the U.S. enormous painted, golden palace, Sister Sandra Schneiders, quite literally out of touch with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is a people of the world. prominent authority on women’s Given this difference in religious life and Catholic Issues. lifestyle, it is therefore not very In response to the Vatican’s surprising that the Vatican’s investigations being compared to primary concerns in its investigation the main office of a corporation of American sisters is that the s i mp l y ch e ck i n g i n o n i t s sisters are overly focused on poverty franchises, she wrote an article, and social justice. Instead, they “The Sisters of Mercy aren’t should be working against same-sex McDonald’s,” for the publication marriage and abortion. U.S. Catholic. Father James Martin, writer In it, she compares the and Culture Editor of the Jesuit Vatican’s investigations instead to magazine America, stands with the an intruder in a family home. sisters and appreciates their work. She extends the analogy, In his words, women of faith teach “The resistance that victims feel us all, “what it means to persevere has nothing to do with secrecy… in the ministry without the benefit it has to do with self-respect, of institutional power.” the need and right to maintain If the Bishops are the true a sense of integrity and self- source of authority in the Church, determination.” they should have some knowledge The Vatican’s t argeted of what the Church really needs. investigations are inappropriate The people, the Body of Christ, in one sense because they do make up the Church. The higher up not respect the sovereignty of a person’s position in the hierarchy, individual women’s orders. But however, the less they know about they are also inappropriate because the needs of the people. they lack significant focus. If there The nuns have real knowledge is ever a time for an investigation, about the needs of the Church it is when members of the Church because they are in direct contact are actually hurting people. with the people; they are working Sister Schneiders explains, in the field. Nuns have the most “There are…times when a group knowledge and experience should forfeits its right to privacy. Then have authority to make relevant boundary-crossing…is legitimate input. The women of our church and necessary…as when a bishop deserve credit for the work they do, is facilitating sexual abuse of not a disrespectful and unnecessary children by priests…” But when investigation. The Xavierite stands the organization has done nothing with America’s women of faith.
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A picture is worth a thousand likes of people can be photographers Hadrian’s Wall and reporters. We are no longer confined to what the elite media Grant Vargas gives us. Viewpoints Editor The power of user generated content is something I have always Anyone who knows me knows believed in, but I know there is that I love taking photos, but just also a price to pay; and in this like any other art there is a degree case it is hundreds of millions of of mistake and mastery involved in photos drowning our news feeds and notifications. Instagram is the photography. I have spent the last four one of the newest artistic threats years developing a technique that photographers and the public face. Almost two years ago, the expresses how I see the world. The maticulious details of color, Apple app Instagram was released; motion, and weight is something I and within that time it has gained pour over to discover what I truly over 30 million users. All taking pictures of everything that crosses want to express. It could take in upwards of an their path and slapping a Polaroid hour to craft a photo. Every photo filter them then uploading it carries a part of me because I poured various social networking sites. It has proven to be such a so much of myself into it, so when I see people flood the Internet with huge success with creating a massive cell phone pictures with generic fan base, that Facebook bought the filters on them I cannot but help rights to the app for one billion dollars earlier this month. feel slightly disgusted. I applaud the app’s ability to The cell phone camera has undoubtedly been one of the most earn such a vast sum of wealth in important methods of first hand such a short time span, but what documentation in the past decade. turns my stomach inside-out is what Being able to record disasters the app has produced. At first glance, the app’s and crimes by simply pulling it out of your pocket and hitting a button photos appeared to be of good has changed our news gathering ar tistic t aste. A number of friends, who were interested in structure. When combined with the photography, started posting their wireless Internet, which is available Instagram photos on Facebook. Their compositions were on most cell phones, the photos and videos go viral within moments. good, and I thought nothing of For better or for worse, millions it really. A few weeks later, I see
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A run to remember
what was previously Confederate General Lee’s estate. The Cemetery today holds the Jogging through Arlington Cemetery was one of the most graves and memorials of thousands of fallen soldiers, service men and humbling experiences of my life. Having previously visited women, as well as the burial place DC’s usual monuments, sights, for Presidents Taft and JFK. One of the most significant and experiences the past 8 years- it surprised me that it was my memorials here is the Tombs of the second trip to Arlington National Unknown Soldiers. Marines perpetually guard Cemeter y that was the most the grave of unidentified soldiers astonishing. Requested to write on some from WWI and II, and the Korean of my experiences in DC, I have to and Vietnam Wars, in tribute to the devotion of unknown fallen highlight with this one. Three weeks into my new soldiers whom paid the ultimate home and I hadn’t been able to price for our country. Running up and down the get out much between work and settling in. On the 14th floor of rolling knolls I passed countless my apartment complex, the wrap- fallen patriots marked by white around porch allowed for a view crosses. My iPod’s shuffle delivered of DC and Arlington Virginia’s the song ‘One Shot’ by OAR. The epode begins, “God give skyline. That Saturday I stood out me one shot and I’ll break right on my patio and plotted a course through, I am starting to be brand around the Pentagon before I new”. It was at that moment, with headed out the door. With a mild winter and a sweat beading down my fatigued morning sun warming the air, the body, I was hit with emotions that were so deep and complex, my temperature was perfect for a jog. Rocking my new Nike Free limited vocabulary and naiveté of Run’s, I cranked up my go-to; Kid the human psyche will not permit an explanation that does it justice. Cudi’s ‘Memories’. Putting distance between me I’ll try my best. Awe overwhelmed me. Here and the apartment, I eventually found myself in front of a rarely I was a 22 year old kid from the open security entrance on the Midwest, surrounded by the fallen outskirts of Arlington Cemetery. read in history books. Soldiers and generals, If you know me, you know what I now mere ashes from the past, did next. The cemetery was established fought for valor with resolute in 1864 during the Civil War on fortitude to ensure their children, Viewpoints Contributor
dozens of these 1960’s Polariod style pictures clogging the feeds. Some people have taken exceptional photos, but it is the sum of what these photos represent that destroys their artistic value. Polaroid was actually a company that created the first instant film camera in 1947 and their popularity was wide spread. Then just as now, people want to see and share their photos as soon as possible. Polariods are unique pictures in the fact that they leave behind no negatives to be duplicated from. The development and storage of these photos gave them their distinct yellow-green tint, and there has been a trend over the past few years to have this retro feel. The result is that millions of photos, all with the same look are being posted to every corner of the Internet. I love the Polaroid look, but now the true master pieces are buried in the mound of mediocrity and feel diluted. Those who are interested in photography should not use these kinds of applications because it does not teach you anything. To those of you, who use it just because it looks cool, please use it sparingly and save this style of photography from becoming a meaningless trend.
grandchildren, and us, their forthcoming descendents could live free from tyrannical giants. Married to this feeling of awe was despair and guilt. Here I was, a youth whose biggest concern included trivialities such as when will what’s--her--name call me, and what was going on that weekend. Gasping for breath, I had to stop, these feelings were too much. What have I given this country? What will I do to make it a better place than when I arrived? I felt so small and meaningless in the grand scheme of it all. Yet, superior to all of these feelings I felt pride. Pride not simply in my nation or fellow countrymen that lie in eternal sleep next to me. Instead I felt pride in the fact that though the majority of them have passed from recognition and memory, their dream lives on. Today the fact that you and I can worry about small cares such as chocolate or vanilla, a house on the hill or in the city, is a testament to their success and the resilience of our American Spirit. My only hope is that our generation can take up the banner for freedom as our ancestors did during such trying times. I am ever optimistic. I can safely say I will never be the same as before I crossed that ‘Authorized Personnel Only’ sign. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
California May Vote to End Capital Punishment judge stopped any executions until the prison authorities built a new Journal of the death chamber at San Quentin Apocalypse prison. Genevieve Buthod The judge also insisted the Senior Viewpoints Editor authorities revise and improve the three-drug combination used for California residents will now lethal injections and find new rules be able to vote to end the death and methods for the injections themselves. penalty on November’s ballot. In addition, a state lawsuit This vote could be a very critical turning point in the lives has demanded the California of 725 inmates on death row in Depar tment of Corrections and Rehabilitation change its California. Instead of execution, the regulations regarding injections. A inmates would face life in prison Marin County judge confirmed this decision, pushing back any more without the possibility of parole. This decision could be executions. The SAFE California Act will extremely significant because San Quentin prison, near San simply be an official end to a policy Francisco, is currently home to California has been attempting America’s largest population on to end for the past several years through judicial decisions. death row. Voters realize that their state From a practical standpoint alone, abolishing the death penalty needs to move beyond this outdated would be a wise move for the state form of punishment and ineffective method of deterring citizens from of California. The state would save an committing serious crimes. Supporters were swayed by estimated $100 million through ending the industry that employs a 2009 study published by 9th prosecutors and defense attorneys Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Arthur Alarcon and law professor who handle each case. The new measure on the Paula Mitchell. The study showed that the ballot is called the “Savings, A c c o u n t a b i l i t y , a n d F u l l state spends roughly $184 million Enforcement for California Act,” annually to maintain its capital and is also known as the SAFE punishment system. In our current economy, we California Act. Looking at California’s honestly cannot afford to support prison history, this measure has any industry that is simultaneously been a long time coming. The this expensive and this ineffective. state has executed exactly thirteen California is only one of thirtypeople since reinstating the death four states that support capital penalty in 1978. Even so, it has punishment, however. Our nation cannot continue not executed anyone since 2006 because in the same year, a federal to support capital punishment.
The death penalty is very clearly anti-life. Many arguments have been made to end the practice, but they are still valid today, and yet we still support a government that allows executions of prisoners. As citizens, and as people, I believe we are better than that. We are better than an acceptance of vindictively killing people for their crimes. The presence of death rows in prisons only serves to de-humanize the incarcerated people who live in them. In fact, our support of the death penalty dehumanizes us all. A nation that is willing to kill its own citizens in a systematic and methodical manner is not a place
Wise words from a World War II veteran The Unbarable Truth Tony Bara
Deputy Editor in Chief
Last Friday, I had the great honor of having been able to talk to Norm, a U.S. Navy veteran who worked the engine room on the U.S.S. Bunker Hill during the Pacific campaign of World War II. He told me an amazing war story and how he thought he was going to die at one point when two Japanese Kamikaze pilots flew their planes into his ship. Fortunately, the ship was saved last minute. But the most interesting talk I had with him revolved not around the war itself, but around what happened after the war. Norm admitted that for years he was not able to talk about his war experiences without breaking down. He said that, personally, the soldiers’ main focus during the war was not the horrors around them. Instead, he said that their primar y goal, and what they thought about most, was their future. They wanted to make it out alive so that they could marry, get a job and start a family. And this is exactly what they did. During what is known as the postwar “boom,” the United States became the world’s most powerful nation. Essentially, the soldiers came home and did exactly what Norm
said they had dreamed of doing. They had kids; lots of them. These kids became the Baby Boomer generation. Additionally, they also began to move out of the cities and into the suburbs. Norm said he remembers when most of the suburbs in the area, like Palos Heights and Orland Park were still farms. It was people like him who came and built them up. These veterans also sparked the economy by buying tons of new household products. Television, though invented earlier, only became commonplace in American homes during the 1950s, for example. Norm said that his generation is often considered the greatest generation because it made America “the greatest country in the world.” He is right. Thank God that those veterans, instead of dwelling on the horrors of the war and the past, looked to build a new future for themselves and their country. Whenever something bad happens in your life, what is the advice that others always give you? Move on. You cannot change the past, so look to the future. The same is true on the macro-level for humanity as a whole. Had men like Norm not held the belief and hope that things would get better, who knows where we would all be now? We might not even have the won the war. Toward the end of our
Gurney in death chamber at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana.
conversation, Norm expressed fears for our country in the current day. He said it is still the greatest country on earth, but that it is in danger of losing that status if our generation does not rise to protect it like his did. Though we did not discuss specifically the problems that face our nation today, the list is not hard to develop. Financial catastrophes, international wars and conflicts, the breakdown of families and extreme political polarization are just a few of the many serious problems that our generation faces. I feel that to successfully overcome these problems, we have to do what Norm’s generation did and look to the future. It is an extremely complicated world right now, so let us go back to the basics and build from there. The most fundamental of these basics is the sustaining of human life and human relationships. With the advent of social networking sites and texting, it is easy to forget how to truly communicate with our fellow human beings. Let us work on rebuilding that communication. Let us start with a clean slate. Maybe, if we do this, when our generation is in its late eighties, like Norm’s is now, we will be able to tell the younger generations that when we faced that crisis in the early twenty-first century, we looked to the future and pulled through. email@example.com
anyone can ever be safe, regardless of any convictions. Mistakes are made, and people are executed for crimes they did not commit. But despite proven innocence, everyone should be free from the threat of a state mandated death. Our nation tends to forget about the people who live in its prisons. Neglect is bad enough, in terms of poor health and living conditions for inmates, but we sometimes even go so far as to think that whatever harm comes their way is deserved because of the crimes they have committed. The existence of the death penalty is a final culmination of
this belief. We need to move past this idea and recognize the human life lost with every execution. The Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty is one resource to investigate to learn more about reasons to oppose capital punishment. I urge readers to learn as much as they can about this issue and begin to vote with their minds, rather than compliance with the past. Source: “California Death Penalty Ban: Residents to Vote on Controversial Ban in November.” 23 April 2012. HuffingtonPost.com firstname.lastname@example.org
What are you looking forward to next semester?
Emily Whitesall, freshman, sociology “Well, I’m looking forward to mustache parties.”
Diamond Young, freshman, accounting “I’m looking forward to living in O’Brien.”
Pat Wilkson, junior, business administration “I’m looking forward to seeing my friends next year.”
Amanda Kalas, freshman, CSD
D’Andre Charles, junior, business administration “I’m really looking forward to graduating.”
Christian Rosales, freshman, psychology “I’m looking forward to meeting new people.”
“I’m looking forward to playing in the Orchestra.”
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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By Becki B Features Ed
May 4 The Avengers Iron Man? Check. Captain America? Check. The Hulk? Check. Thor? Check. Hawkeye and Black Widow? Check. Loki? Check. Am I missing anyone? Possibly, but when you pack the Avengers into one movie, you may miss a person on your list. I have high expectations for this movie, and I really hope that by combining heroes that had no trouble filling up their own movie(s), the movie does not become too cluttered. I am usually pleased with Marvel’s movie adaptations of their comics, so I do not think I will have too much to worry about. There are so many well known names on the cast list, but I was surprised to see one name: Cobie Smulders. Smulders, who will be playing Maria Hill in the film, is more well-known for her role as Robin on How I Met Your Mother. This will be an interesting switch for her, and I look forward to it. Overall, The Avengers has the capability to pack a mighty punch as long as it avoids getting weighed down by too many heroes spoiling the super soup.
June 1 Snow White and the Huntsman
It is finally happening. Johnny Depp is a vam barber, a director, a famous writer, and many more q Based loosely (very loosely) on the 1960s-197 Shadows tells the story of Barnabas Collins, a vampi years, Barnabas wakes up in 1972. But wait, there is more! Barnabas also has to pr witch that turned him into a vampire in the first pla I have never seen the soap opera that this movie tells me, it was scary and weird, so I would probably The movie, however, is going to be anything b movie’s director. If I had seen the TV show before the movie, I from the original plot. Sadly, I have not seen it, so I Overall, I think this movie should follow in the z
As the second Snow White related movie coming out this year, Snow White and the Huntsman has a lot to live up to, especially after Mirror Mirror’s success. While this movie does have the gritty reboot aspect to it, it also has one big problem: Kristen Stewart. Stewart, who is most well-known for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight series, plays Snow White. Because of her previous role, many people have labeled her as “that girl who is in love with a vampire and is incapable of showing any sort of emotion on screen.” I actually liked her in Adventureland, but I will admit that her most famous character does fall a bit flat when it comes to emotion. Another hurdle this movie will have to clear is the fact that there are eight dwarves. People will be familiar with the idea of seven as opposed to eight, and people rarely like change. Hopefully Chris Hemsworth will get quite a bit of screen time. I would not complain about that. Overall, Snow White and the Huntsman will have to overcome obstacles it has set up for itself in order to win over both Snow White fans and casual moviegoers.
June 22 Brave I have a feeling that this movie will be Pixar meets How to Train Your Dragon meets the Disney Princesses. I am perfectly fine with this. From what I understand, this is a chance for Disney to make up for all the helpless female characters present in practically all of their other movies (but that is a rant for another time). Princess Merida defies a tradition in her kingdom, which brings about a curse that only she can lift. I am assuming that this will teach people a lesson about girls being able to do things for themselves as opposed to not letting girls do things because then they end up getting cursed. The cast looks stellar and includes the voice talents of Kelly Macdonald, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson, and John Ratzenberger, who has been in every Pixar film. Overall, Brave should set the standards for future Disney princesses, and I anticipate this new standard will be for the better.
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Abraham Lincoln fights vampires. I can see no prob I have been extremely excited for this movie to come cardboard cutout sitting in the lobby of a movie theatre s The cast should be interesting, at the very least. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, known for her role as Ra is cast as Mary Todd Lincoln. It will be a change to see h Martin Csokas, who played Celeborn in the Lord of hunter, a far cry from the peaceful elf I know so well. It can be a dangerous move to put actors so well kno of role, but I think that it has the potential to be a chang Overall, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter should be together in a remarkable way. Also, did I mention that Tim Burton is involved? It
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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for better or for worse.
mpire. He has been a pirate, a lizard, a hatter, a quirky characters, but this is new. 70s gothic soap opera of the same name, Dark ire. After being trapped in a coffin for over 200
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I might be upset about this complete deviation really cannot complain. zany, yet dark, footsteps of Burton’s other movies.
blems with this. e out ever since I saw the giant promotional several months ago.
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own for a role in a completely different type ge for the better. e able to cross history and the paranormal
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May 25 Men in Black 3 Here come the Men in Black once again to save the world from aliens and all sorts of intergalactic chaos. This time, not only is there space travel, but there is also time travel. Agent J has to save Agent K from being assassinated…in the 1960s! Not only does he have to save his friend, but he also has to find a way to get back to his own time before he is stuck in the past forever. It has been a decade since the last Men in Black movie came out, so it will be exciting to see how things have changed in the MIB’s universe as well as ours. I am sure the special effects will surpass those of the previous movies, but at the same time, it would be nice if they could keep the same feel as the first two movies. I would hate to see another CGI Yoda situation that ends up spoiling the memory of this movie’s predecessors. Overall, Men in Black 3 will have to try to find a balance between seemingly futuristic effects and staying true to the past in order to keep the Men in Black series out of this world.
June 1 Piranha 3DD I do not know what to think of this. I am not a big fan of horror movies, so this makes it difficult for me to see the enjoyment factor in watching people being ripped apart by piranhas in two installments. One and done as I always say when it comes to man-eating fish (because it totally comes up in conversation all the time). Then, I saw the poster for the movie: an unsuspecting, skinny, well-endowed woman in a bikini about to be (hey, would you look at that?) eaten by a swarm of piranhas. The tag line? “Twice the terror. Double the D’s.” Really? First of all, that does not even make sense. What is 3DD? 3 Dimensions of Doom? 3 Dimensions of Dumb? Probably the second one. Second of all, I see what you did there. Put a girl in a bikini on the front cover and put “DD” in the movie title. That is really classy. Overall, this series should have stopped at the first one. Maybe it should have stopped BEFORE the first one.
July 20 The Dark Knight Rises Batman. If it was up to me, I would have just left it at that because you would not need any more reason to go see this movie. However, I realize that not everyone understands the caped crusader as much as I do. This is the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s series of Batman films, and this time we get Bane AND Catwoman. Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway have some pretty big shoes to fill considering they are walking in the footsteps of Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul and the late Heath Ledger’s Joker. I know that there were rumors and whispers of Johnny Depp as the Riddler going around for a while, but sadly this trilogy will have to make do with what it has been given. I am glad that they are stopping at this film because I have noticed that if a series is doing well, more and more films end up dragging it into the ground. Overall, there is no doubt in my mind that this will be a truly fine end to a great trilogy.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Some Practical Things You Don’t Learn in College
By Kane McKeown Senior Features Editor
If there is one thing that college simply cannot prepare you for, it is real life. No, wait, that sounds a bit misleading, doesn’t it? Of course, having a degree in your respective field can absolutely help you get a job and move on to the career focused portion of your real life, which is true (although not guaranteed). What I mean to say is, that for all the knowledge that is getting crammed into your skull, very little of it will prepare you for the real world, outside of college. Here are some things I wish college took the time to teach people (myself included). Balancing No, I do not mean to say that colleges should offer courses on tightrope walking (or normal walking, if you are a klutz). Trying to keep your life in a healthy balance is something that you kind of stumble into; usually after tripping over your own mistakes. Pushing off that final paper until the night before so you can hang out with your friends is not the right way to balance your priorities, although that is what a lot of college kids have learned to do. What happens when you get a career (something more serious than a “job”)? All that free time goes out the window is what. How
do you manage to keep your bosses from firing you while also making room for your significant other, hobbies, and friends? Taking on Responsibility
Some of you may have already learned this lesson the hard way: people with families that required their support and effort to survive, nursing majors who deal with the sick, education majors when they first greet the class they will be student teaching, and others. But I know there are plenty of people who just kind of float through life, living the life of the First World Problems meme (it’s a joke, Google it). It has got to be hard to go from swiping your meal card at Starbucks for a six-dollar Panini that will be eaten in the comfort of your dorm with your closest friends to working a nine-to-five job and trying to understand the seemingly random charges that appear on your assortment of monthly bills. Making sure those bills get paid, not calling in sick last minute, finding a way to feed yourself, cleaning the one-bedroom apartment you live in – all those and way more things will come upon you. Where is the lesson plan for that? Accepting that Your Life is not a Movie Do you know why movies are cool? Explosions, passionate kisses, the bad guys getting what’s coming
to them – yes, all of that. But why does that drive up ticket sales? It is simple: movies provide for us what life cannot. Sure, there are absolutely going to be some people in the world who have legitimately fell in love under harsh and incredible circumstances, just as there will be a person who will, one day, escape a ferocious explosion by snowboarding down a mountain. But you may not be that person. In fact, statistically, you may live an average life that no one will ever base a movie off of. It is not a bad thing, really – it is just that we all need to come to terms with the fact that you cannot be Bruce Willis in Die Hard or whoever it is girls wish they were from movies (besides sexist Disney characters). Not being an Intolerable Jerk
This one is confusing to me. Everyone hates jerks. Sure, there is that misnomer that girls fall for bad boys (and vice versa), but at the end of the day, no one really wants to spend an extended amount of time with a jerk. I think this is universal. So, how is it that there are still so many jerks out there? Seriously, we need a 101 on being a better person. Not being Socially Unacceptable Okay, I was not even going to include this one, but after that last section, I feel this is appropriate. Let’s play a game: tr y to
think of someone, anyone, when I say the word “awkward.” Oh, what’s that? You thought of at least one person immediately? That is a problem. Maybe this should be an elective, not a required course, but someone needs t o st r a i g h t e n o u t awkward people, it will benefit everyone. Not being Sad, Like, All the Time
Last one about personalities, I swear. This is not “How to be Happy,” because that is even more farfetched than this whole list. No, this suggestion is more
You spent your college career taking stupid Facebook pictures... and that is a problem.
about the people who always seem sad or are forever forthcoming with depressing news about the world or their life. Maybe your life is sad, random person, but it makes people not want to spend time with you, and that will only make you sadder. Handling Money I guess there are business classes and the like for this sort of thing, but I imagine that a lot of college students are going to walk out of their institution’s doors, get a career, and not know what to do
with their paychecks. How much of those paychecks should you save? What should you be saving for? Do you know anything about the stock market? Why are casinos the worst place to go, ever? So many questions, and I am positive there are many others, but I am still reading my part-time job paychecks insofar as how many video games I can buy with them, so I probably need this class. Folding a Fitted Sheet
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About aVictorian House By Kane McKeown There is an old, Victorian-era house on the corner of what used to be a busy shopping district in a city that had long forgotten any Victorian-era sensibilities. All for the better, considering the house was never really Victorian, but only designed to appear like such a home, drawn up on blue paper with white chalk by a man with a name that seemed like it may have been French, but who could tell. That old house was home to many things other than families. It had been abandoned for decades, left largely untouched despite the newspapered windows and graffiti that adorned many of the adjacent buildings. The last family to have lived there was a nuclear family and they ate dinner in the way commercials made you believe all families did. But the father smoked cigars and he smoked cigarettes and when he was a young boy, he smoked marijuana. That heavy cloud in his lungs made him feel young until he couldn’t feel anything except the IV in his arm and the quiet sobs of his family by his bedside. No one remembers what really happened to them.
On the roof of a building which held offices, cubicles, swivel chairs, desktop computers, pens, Windsor-knotted ties, and male pattern baldness, stood a man who had worked in that very building for over thirty years. He shook out his left knee on occasion because that was where his arthritis was at its worst. He chose that spot because from there, he could almost make out the dilapidated tiles that covered one of the spires on that Victoria-era house’s roof. How long ago was it that he told his wife that they would buy that house? He couldn’t remember. The man just thought to himself, you’re never too old until you’re too old, as he fingered a half empty, sterling silver flask that he was given on his fortieth birthday. If you were standing in that Victoria-era house, looking out the third floor window, you might have seen that man jump, but it would have looked more like a speck of dirt, like a film of dust being blown off a shoebox of old photographs. Of course, it was there, on the third floor, that so many rowdy teens would cluster together and drink themselves into oblivion and where at least one girl fell in love and was consequently raped, although she thought it was mutually emotional at the time. The empty bottles that filled the corners of the worn-down house glimmered in the sunlight that managed to peek through the broken glass of the window frames on occasion; they shone like the Northern Lights on the ceiling and anyone who saw it would have sworn it was intentional, as if some modern artist had purposely set up the glass bottles in just such a way. Of course, no one ever entered that house during the day, so no one ever did see those lights. One boy had speculated about it, but he was too inebriated to think about something as whimsical as that and keep himself out of the worst parts of the city on his way home. He chose not to ride with his equally intoxicated friends, but wound up getting mugged and the muggers shot him and he spent a month in the hospital, recovering. And then no one ever drank in that house again and even those bottles began to lose their color in the sunlight. Eventually, that house would be torn down and replaced with a more efficient, metal building that would hold cubicles and pens. And that house was forgotten, burned away like photographs of things painfully remembered. But maybe memories such as those are better burned to ash.
Your Guide to Having a Musically-Inclined Summer
By Lauren Dwyer Features Contributor
Summer is almost here and you know what that means, right? It is the perfect time to throw on your shorts and head out in the sweltering heat. Surely for many music fanatics, the threat of heatstroke will not detour them from standing in crowded areas in direct sunlight fighting their way to the stage to watch their favorite band. Here are a few music festivals around the Chicago area to appease all sorts of different musical appetites. Everything from country to dubstep! First off, there is the Spring
Awakening Music Festival. From June 16 to June 17, at Soldier Field, you can enjoy a variety of different dubstep, techno, and house DJs. The big headliners here will be Skrillex and Afrojack. Benny Benassi and Moby will also be spinning some sick beats too. For two days, you can dance your worries away and get crazy. For just $119, you can have a grand ole time. If you are not into dubstep, you can check out Warped Tour on July 7. Warped Tour will be held, as usual, at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL. Having been to Warped Tour a couple of times in my high school days, I can tell you that… it is an interesting event.
for you. If you are a country fan, there is a place for you, too. Country Thunder is held from July 19 to July 22 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. For four days, you can go camping and listen to over twenty country artists get their country twang on. Some headliners include, Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, and Jason Aldean. For the length of this festival, it is actually a good value. For all four days, you only have to pay $160. If you only want to go one day, it is only $68.19. Not a bad price since all of the bands typically are playing for one hour to one and a half hours. For countr y music fans, it cannot get much better than Country Thunder. Definitely be sure to check this one out for a fun summer music festival. And lastly, Metal heads, I have not forgotten about you. Mayhem Festival is on July 21 at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL. For one day, you can thrash your friends and strangers, get crazy in the mosh pits, and have a rip roaring good time. Some bands to check out
at this year’s Mayhem Fest are Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, Slipknot, and Slayer. Since I am not a big metal fan, I have no idea if these are good bands. But hey, I have heard of them so that must mean something positive, right? This summer will be filled with great music festivals, so be sure you get out of your house, grab some friends, and make some memories. And do not forget to drink plenty of water and smother yourself in sunscreen! Have a fun and safe summer, music lovers!
Semester Roundup Edition
By Kane McKeown Senior Features Editor What is better than taking two things and pitting them against each other in a fight to the death? Probably lots of things, honestly. That is why we decided to take a less bloody route and create Blank vs. Blank, a section of The Xavierite that takes a category and some likely contenders, lets two members of the staff write for the side they prefer, and lets the audience (that’s you) vote on who made the better argument. Since this is the last issue of the paper that will be coming out this semester, it does not make a lot of sense to start a new challenge,
The crowd’s ages vary from twelve years old to their fifty year old parents. The weather is always scorching and you have to stand in the far back to avoid any mosh pits, no matter what band you see. If I have not scared you off from this festival yet, then maybe you will be interested in seeing Anti-Flag, Into it; Over it., Streetlight Manifesto, and Taking Back Sunday. Honestly, I might check out to see Into it. Over it., Streetlight Manifesto, and Taking Back Sunday. Currently, pre-sale tickets are on sale now for $21.99. That does not seem like a bad deal to me at all. Okay, so maybe those bands are too mainstream for you. If that is the case, there is a music festival for you, too. Pitchfork is filled with super indie bands that the general public has probably never heard of. But really, if you are as indie as you say you are, you have obviously heard of all the bands on the lineup before they even existed and are already tired of them. Well, if you are not too indie for this festival, it will be held on July 13 to July 15 in Union Park in Chicago. If I were going, I would check out Sleigh Bells, Feist, and Vampire Weekend. But seriously, they are probably too mainstream
tally your votes, and tell you who won next semester after you have all forgotten about it. So instead, enjoy the end of the semester roundup: weep for the losers, celebrate the winners, and think up some new contenders while you are at it. We started Blank vs. Blank with the category “Best Old School Cartoon Network Show,” and thrust Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory against each other. Slapstick humor won out over artsy animation and Dexter’s Laboratory took home the prize. Following that, John Lennon
went up against Elliot Smith in the category of “Best Lyricist.” Smith’s emotionally-charged lyrics could not compete with Lennon’s notoriety. Safe to say, Lennon was victorious. We hit on something a little more modern after that with “Best Game App,” and tossed Angry Birds and Words with Friends in the ring together. Handheld Scrabble was no competition for the franchise that is Angry Birds. Although possibly controversial, “Next Chicago Champion” was home to the Bulls and the Blackhawks. After some
hemming and hawing, The Bulls stole the title that week. Reaching into the realm of your nightmares, we hit on the “Creepiest Mall Mascot,” next. Although mall Santas are socially terrifying, the Easter Bunny has the true feel of a horror movie and thus was crowned that week’s winner. Television rots your brain, but no show does it better than Bad Girls Club, the winner of “Best Trashy TV Show” and knocked Jersey Shore out of the water, or the dirty Jacuzzi. Then, we decided to find the “Best Party Game” for all you
college kids to play. The awardwinning RoboRally was just too obscure, leaving Apples to Apples to take the glory that week. The last Blank vs. Blank of this semester was perhaps the most controversial – “Best Chicago Baseball Team.” Obviously, it was the Cubs versus the White Sox. After an extensive vote, the White Sox emerged victorious. So there you have it. Have any ideas for future Blank vs. Blank competitors? Well, we want to hear about it. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Join Us in Saying Goodbye to... Fumbling, clumsily making mistakes, getting acclimated to a new situation—these are not merely the actions of walking through a door. In fact, I think they’re the perfect words to describe my experience at The Xavierite. I remember sitting in the cafeteria as a freshman in August of 2008 with my friend and mentor, Amanda Holmes, the news editor at the time. Not yet part of the paper, I timidly admitted that I had a desire to write for the sports section of The Xavierite. “Write for news! We need more news writers,” Amanda said. (The need for more news writers always seems to be a reoccurring theme…) And so it began. Depending on how you look at it, news can be a particularly challenging section to write for. You have to find a way to mute your biases, recite just-thefacts, and always be wary of the misquote. While you’re learning this
new way of thinking, your work is constantly being put in the public’s eye for all to critique. All your blemishes are on display. Even now, four years later, typos and misunderstandings are very commonplace. I guess, really, you must always be willing to adapt and accept that you don’t have all the answers. If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my time at The Xavierite, it’s been the realization that sometimes, you’ve just got to be one with the moment. Stressing out over the little things is, perhaps, one of the most counterproductive things you could do. Details are vital but they are not everything. Maybe, it’s not the worst thing in the world when Ruby locks you out of the office at 2a.m. when you’re trying to finish your story. Or when InDesign sporadically decides to turn text upside down. Or even when Pete instigates an argument about why Sox fans are inferior because they have “little
letting me know which professors were the best or by me having someone to talk to at the beginning or ending of class, or even during class if it was a studio art course. Being able to talk to someone takes some of the tension of off the stress you can feel from sitting in class for too long. Above all, I am very thankful for coming to SXU because I had the chance to work on The Xavierite. I have been Copy Editor here for the past two years and I work with great people. Having this job gave me more experience with not only being able to read and detect errors in peoples’ articles, but it helped with my creativity because I have written a few articles myself, and that was new for me. Some of the skills and knowledge I acquired here I would have never learned if I did not decide to take on this
position. I love the atmosphere of coming into work, where everyone is so friendly and the staff works together as a group to get each issue done. Working for The Xavierite has really given me the experience of what it is like to be working as a team, which I know will be important when looking for a career where I will have to be working with other people. Also, I love that I live so close to the campus that if I ever felt like stopping by in my free time then I am able to. I am really glad I came to Saint Xavier and I know I will miss everyone from The Xavierite as well as others I have met throughout my time here. I will carry with me the knowledge from my classes and the experience I gained from my position as Copy Editor and begin to apply it to the real world when the time comes.
design work when we decided to start doing weekly middle spreads. Kane McKeown It was a very productive semester Senior Features Editor spent with a lot of interesting people. And those interesting people thought I was good enough at doing what I did to hire me for a For my goodbye, I was just paid position this semester. going to upload a GIF image of And so, I became Senior myself wearing sunglasses while Editor of the Features section, walking away from an explosion because I was still tasked with (and punching a shark in the designing the middle spread most nose for good measure), but I was weeks and the entertainment told, “Kane, it’s paper. You can’t section of the paper seemed fun to ‘upload’ something to paper.” write for. It is disappointing, I know, but As someone in a position of due to this technological failing of responsibility at the paper, I can the printed word, it seems as if I will say that the job was very stressful have to write something heartfelt at times, but it was very fulfilling to and honest, instead. see the physical product of my (and I started working at The all the other staff’s) hard work and Xavierite last semester as an intern. effort. Regular readers of our humble Over the past year, The newspaper may remember I actually Xavierite became something I was wrote for the Viewpoints section. proud to be a part of. My writing style did not lend itself Actually, I kind of wish that I easily to the News section, Features had joined up earlier in my college was full, and Sports was closed to career instead of trying to squeeze me because I do not know anything some life out of a dead end club I about sports. started. I had a lot of fun writing I will miss The Xavierite and and I even got to do some graphic its staff and, hopefully, there are
some readers who will miss my contribution to it. If you have been a fan, thanks for reading, but alas, graduation is calling me. Real life, here I come!
Genevieve Bonadonna Editor in Chief
When I think of The Xavierite, one of the first images that always comes to mind is our door. This door has been broken since I started working at the paper four years ago—when opened, it kind of sounds like wooden table legs rubbing against a hardwood floor, screeching, screeching. You can always tell when someone’s coming in. Heads turn, awkward glances are exchanged— it’s always a mystery as to who’ll be at the door and once you turn in that direction, you commit to the awkward eye contact—and you stumble on in, usually hitting the massive printer, despite your best acrobatic efforts to avoid it.
Allison Horn Copy Editor
In December of 2009 I had no idea what school I was going to attend at the beginning of the spring 2010 semester. As an art major, I felt pressure to choose a good art school, but I know schools specifically for art can be expensive; luckily I found out Saint Xavier had a good art program. I am really pleased that I decided to go come to this school. I have made many friends, especially since I shared the same classes as several people that have the same major as me, and I learned enough to prepare me for what will come next. The friends I made helped me get through class, rather if it was by
brother” syndrome (ugh). Find the love! I’ve found joy in my writing, but one of the most rewarding aspects about working at the paper is appreciating the different personalities that I work with. Press night comes alive every Monday—largely due to all the coffee and energy drinks we consume to get through the day— but also through interacting with one another. Becki’s fear of clowns, Genevieve’s love of “Cougar Bites” and “Pete Memes” (the words, not the content!), Kane’s witty remarks from the corner of the room, Macy’s hatred of Tony…it all falls into place somehow. Despite the hectic nature of word counts, deadlines, and story ideas—working side by side with your peers on Monday nights makes you feel like a part of something bigger and more fulfilling. I’d like to extend my sincerest thank you to all who have made my time at The Xavierite—at Saint
Karina Palencia News Editor
It has been so great working for The Xavierite. I have learned the adequate ways of writing, inter viewing, and gathering information. It has been so much fun working with The Xavierite staff. Each person adds so much of their own thoughts and creativity to The Xavierite newspaper. It is because of this staff that the university can have a student- run newspaper. From peer-on-peer reporting, informing others of what’s going on to sharing opinions on what movies to go watch. I have enjoyed the late Monday nights of “Press Night,” making videos, taking pictures, and cracking jokes. The Xavierite has helped me develop a new way of looking at writing. I have enjoyed meeting all the people that I met through writing for the news section. It has opened so many doors for
Xavier—so rich and so full of acceptance. Faculty, staff, and administration—thank you for your patience and willingness to help throughout the years. I can just imagine how annoying it must have been whenever you received that email with “The Xavierite” as the subject line! Pete and Moira—as a staff, we’ve experimented a lot this year but that was only made possible because of your support and dedication, which continually motivated us to push past our comfort zones and put ourselves out there. It’s often a thankless job but we appreciate everything you do for us. Students—thanks for reading! Without you, there would be no paper. And finally, coworkers—stop complaining about me taking pictures of you. Grant, put that camera down... networking and friendships. As a communication major, I took classes for media writing and journalism but I was able to learn even more through my experiences in writing for The Xavierite. The Xavierite is a newspaper that allows students to express themselves through the various styles of writing unique to each section. I write for News and am able to write in the this section so I can inform students about what is going on around campus and what is going on around the world. It is important for me to inform the readers correctly and I am grateful to be able to do that. Thanks to Pete Kreten for being an amazing boss, mentor, and supporter in my experience at The Xavierite. I have built great new friendships and memories that will be cherished forever. I am honored and overjoyed to say that I have worked for The Xavierite. Best advice for new coming students, join The Xavierite and have your voice be heard through your very own student newspaper, The Xavierite.
Happy rest of the semester!
--The Xavierite staff
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Recipients of the Cougar Awards!
MVP: Making its long awaited return is the winners of the Cougar Awards. The Xavierite staff chose the most valuable players for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s volleyball, baseball and softball These players played excellently in their respective sport and deserve this honor of being called the most valuable player. Congratulations to all of the Cougar Award winners.
Freshman of the Year: The following players have played tremendously in their first season with the SXU Cougars. Each one of these athletes shined in their sports. This is a difficult award to win, but these freshman played great and have very bright futures as there will be some departing seniors. The freshman are the futures of their respective teams.
Most Consistent: The following athletes have shown tremendous consistency and dedication in their respective sports. These athletes have performed very well and time and time again, they are always coming up huge for their teams. These athletes have earned the right to be called the most consistent player on their team. Congratulations to all winners!
Brad Karp (SO, Guard, Men’s Basketball)—Karp was the recepient of the NAIA player of the week award two weeks in one month. Led the team with 23.6 ppg and also got 1,000 career points in just his second season for SXU.
Marissa Young (SR, Guard, Women’s Basketball)—Young was the 2011-12 CCAC Player of the Year Award. She led the team with 17.3 ppg for SXU and she also played an average of 32.4 minutes per game.
Aaron Porter (JR, Outside Hitter, Men’s Volleyball)—Porter led the team in kills with 238. He also had a team-leading 47 service aces for SXU. Porter was also second on the team with 165 digs. Fourth on the team for blocks with 41.
Mike Pokers (JR, Third Baseman, Baseball)—Leads the team with a .421 average and has 37 RBI’s. Ashley Hunter (SR, Shortstop/ Catcher, Softball)—Hunter leads the team with six home runs and 36 RBI’s. Has a .404 average.
Jack Krieger (FR, Guard, Men’s Basketball)—Krieger played in 23 games for SXU and he averaged 6.2 ppg. He was also a key three point threat for SXU shooting .246 from behind the arc.
Morgan Stuut (FR, Guard/ Forward, Women’s Basketball)— Stuut was named the 2011-12 CCAC Freshman of the year. She led the team with 302 rebounds and averaged 15.2 ppg.
Dan French (FR, Setter, Men’s Volleyball)—French was second on the team in assists with 298 assists. He had 44 digs and 27 blocks for SXU in just his freshman year. Good signs of things to come.
A n d y Kova r i k ( F R , T h i rd Baseman, Baseball)—Has a .339 average and three home runs. Shannon Lauret (FR, Outfielder, Softball)—.313 average and 20-22 on stolen bases for SXU.
Roosevelt Green (JR, Point Guard, Men’s Basketball)—Green was the third leading scorer with 12.7 ppg. He was also a 70 percent free throw shooter and played an average of 31.7 minutes per game. Green also shot .331 from three point range.
Brittany Jones (SR, Forward, Women’s Basketball)—Jones broke the blocks record for SXU. She grabbed 209 rebounds, which was second. She also had a total of 95 blocks, which was the team-lead. She also averaged 6.5 ppg for SXU.
Justin Cousin (SO, Outside Hitter, Men’s Volleyball)—Cousin was second on the team with 219 kills. He had 30 service aces, good for second on the team. Cousin also had 78 digs. As a sophomore, Cousin has tremendous upside.
Chris Klein (SO, Outfield/ Pitcher, Baseball)—Second on the team with a .394 average and has started 47-47 games for SXU. Megan Nonnemacher (SO, Pitcher, Softball)—Currently 15-7 and has a team-low 1.52 ERA.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
SPORTS Mens Baseball Faces Pitching Struggles; Season Coming to an End By Tony Gustin Sports Editor
The Cougars have suffered some tough losses over the past week, some coming through the struggles of some of the starting pitching. On April 17, they split a set of games against Cardinal Stritch University on the road. This was a CCAC conference match so it was good to take one but it would have been great to take two to get back on track after some recent minor struggles. They got a five hit shutout in the first game from junior captain Mike Stirling. They came out huge this game at the plate which they have shown that they are capable of doing game in and game out, posting a final score of 14-0. For some reason the performance at the plate did not show up in the second game while the team just finished with seven hits losing 6-3. Senior second baseman Tom Simek had a monster day at the plate combining for four hits, three runs scored and two RBIs. In Stirling’s shutout he only allowed two walks and had an impressive five strikeouts pitching all seven innings. With this victory he has shown that he is the strongest go to guy in the staff, improving his record to a perfect 4-0. Junior designated hitter
Mike Klett finished 3-4, crossing the plate twice with two doubles and three RBIs. Cardinal Stritch really got things going early in the second game which was no help to the Cougars. They scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning which included four hits, which was highlighted by a two RBI doubles. Junior Catcher Tony O’Shea drove in a run in the third inning by grounding out to cut the deficit to 5-1. Freshman right hander Andy Kovarik had his first loss of the year moving to 3-1, after pitching all six innings of the game. Unfortunately, he gave up six runs (one was unearned), seven hits and two walks, but he also had three strikeouts. On April 19 the Cougars returned home, which usually is a good thing for any team after a tough series, but not in this case against Indiana Institute of Technology. The whole year the offense was the thing to brag about, having plenty of games that put the team in double digit runs, but on the day they only had 10 hits throughout two games and only had one run. Thankfully this was a nonconference came, but either way no team wants to see two consecutive losses in this fashion on their home field.
They lost the opener of the day, getting shut out 3-0 and the second game was lost by a final of 2-1. These were two games where the starting pitching was not to blame, seeing two great performances from senior left hander Michael Gaffigan and junior right hander Lucas Fritsch. Both pitchers threw a complete game, which shows their durability this late in the season. Gaffigan threw seven innings, allowing three runs (two were earned), six hits, two walks and four strikeouts. You just cannot win games with this kind of lack of offensive production and it is really surprising to see a slump like this in two straight games because it is something the team hasn’t seen the entire year. Freshman catcher Tyler Peper, sophomore left fielder Brad Myjak, and O’Shea had six out of the ten hits throughout the two games. There were times during the games that the Cougars didn’t capitalize on chances, leaving runners on base. Senior shortstop Adam Koglin went 2-3 with a run scored in the second game. Kovarik had the one RBI in game two, going 1-3 in the game. Fritsch racked up his first loss of the season going to 4-1, giving up two runs, seven hits, six strikeouts
Tom Simek had two RBI’s and three runs against Cardinal Stritch.
and three walks. Coming up next for the Cougars were three big games against Trinity Christian College, a division opponent. The first was at home and the second two were on the road at Trinity. In the home game, the team finally regained the power at home and shut down Trinity with a final score of 14-10. Koglin led the way with an amazing five hits and four runs scored. Myjak added another bomb
to his home run stats on the season in the bottom of the fifth inning of the game. Freshman right hander Dan Wetzel got the win in the relief spot moving to 4-2 on the year, going 4.1 innings with no earned runs, no walks and just four hits. Now on the road, the Cougars split the next two games losing the first by a score of 1-2 and then came back in a big way shutting out Trinity with a final of 8-0. Their record now moves to 32-18 with a conference record of 18-7.
Softball back on winning track after 4 game skid; Cougars move up rankings By Greg Pilafas Senior Sports Editor The SXU Cougars softball team is closing in on the end of the regular season. The Cougars have moved up the rankings into the number 22 slot overall in the NAIA rankings. The Cougars have recently fallen on some hard times, losing four straight games. After they lost four straight games, they promptly came back and won two straight to get back to their winning ways. In the first of four straight days of games, the Cougars split a two game set on April 19 at Calumet College of St. Joseph. The Cougars lost the first game 2-1 in nine innings before coming back and winning 4-2 in the second game. The Cougars fell in the first game 2-1 in what ended up being a strong pitchers duel. Sophomore starter Megan Nonnemacher pitched eight strong innings, giving up just two runs to go with her seven strikeouts. Alex Latronica pitched a strong game for the Crimson Wave going nine innings, giving up just one earned run as well as nine strikeouts. The lone RBI for the Cougars came off the bat of freshman designated hitter Sarah Saunders in the second inning. The Crimson Wave got a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Calumet College of St. Joseph the win 2-1. In game two, the Cougars won 4-2 thanks in part to some strong pitching by senior Amie Brown who threw seven innings with three
strikeouts and only two earned runs given up. The Cougars got some strong offense from sophomore right fielder Katie Houlihan who had two RBI’s on two hits in three at-bats. The Cougars got two more RBI’s off the bats of Saunders as well as freshman center fielder Shannon Lauret who each had one RBI for the Cougars. The Cougars out-hit the Crimson Wave eight to five in this game and Calumet College of St. Joseph committed two errors in the game. On April 20, the Cougars were swept by Grand View University at SXU where the Cougars have been very strong. The softball team lost in game one 3-1 and then again in game two 6-2. The Cougars could not get anything going as Jessica Stickel and Michele Schoop combined to pitch seven innings and only gave up one earned run. Nonnemacher got the loss in this game after she pitched seven innings giving up three earned runs to go with her nine strikeouts. The lone RBI came off the bat of junior shortstop Ashley Sullivan who had an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning which plated sophomore first baseman Ariel Hinton. In game two, the Cougars once again fell to the Vikings by the final score of 6-2. Senior pitcher Nicole Derezinski pitched seven innings, giving up six runs, but only one of those runs were earned as SXU committed four errors in this game.
The Cougars’ errors led to their downfall as they got a great game out of Derezinski. The Cougars got their offense from senior designated hitter Ashley Hunter who had an RBI single in the first inning and freshman catcher Alexandra Bahner who hit a home run in the bottom half of the seventh inning. The Cougars were once again swept at home on April 21, this time at the hands of the William Penn University Statesmen. The Cougars were shut-out by the combined score of 5-0 in the two games. The Cougars lost the first game 3-0 after Jennifer Whitehead pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts and only three hits given up for the Statesmen. The Cougars committed two errors in this game, which led to two runs for William Penn University. Brown pitched a strong game for SXU going seven innings strong, giving up only one earned run to go along with her four strikeouts. The Cougars could not get any offense going in this contest as they could only manage three hits against Whitehead who improved her record to 18-8 on the season. The Cougars lost game two by the final score of 2-0. The Cougars again got strong pitching, but could not score any runs against the Statesmen. Nonnemacher pitched seven innings, giving up two earned runs to go with five strikeouts for SXU. The pitching duo of Nicole Danna and Whitehead combined to shut
down the Cougars and give them their fourteenth loss on the season. The Cougars got back to their winning ways after sweeping Lindenwood University-Belleville on April 22. The Cougars won game one 8-0 in five innings and then they won again 9-5 in game two. In game one, the Cougars got strong offense out of Hunter and Houlihan who each had two RBI’s in the game. The Cougars also got strong pitching from Brown who pitched five innings with six strikeouts and only four hits given up. In game two, the softball team
had another offensive explosion scoring nine runs. Sullivan, Hunter, Lauret and freshman second baseman Megan James each had two RBI’s for the Cougars. Each team had twelve hits in the second game and each team committed one error. Derezinski picked up the win for the Cougars in this outing and she now has a record of 3-3 on the season. The next game for the Cougars is on April 27, against Cornerstone University at SXU at 3 p.m. The Cougars will then finish out the regular season on April 28, against Bethel College at SXU with a scheduled start time of 1 p.m.
Katie Houlihan had two RBI’s against the Crimson Wave.