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Attempted sex assault reported, suspect at large BY MARTIN MARTINEZ City News Editor
A local woman reported a man attempted to sexually assault her while she walked home from the 7-Eleven on Elkton Road Sunday night, according to police, who are investigating the incident. The suspect has not yet been apprehended. At approximately 9 p.m., the victim, a 30-year-old Newark resident, was confused how to return to her
home. She said a man began talking to her in front of the store and offered to show her the way back to her home, according to Newark police. The suspect took the victim through the James F. Hall trail adjacent to Phillips Park, located near Apple Road and South College Avenue. The victim said she became suspicious of the suspect and turned to leave, but the man grabbed her and forced her to the ground. As the suspect began to
remove the victim’s clothing, she was able to escape and reach a residence on Apple Road, where she notified the homeowner of what had occurred. Newark police spokesman Lt. Mark Farrall said this is the first case of attempted sexual assault by a stranger in the city in several years. “This is extremely rare to have a sexual assault case like this in the city,” Farrall said. “Any cases of sexual assault we see tend to involve
people who know each other, but this is very unusual.” He said the area hasn’t seen any assault cases in the past and is usually considered safe. “If you have ever been there, you know it is a very nice park,” Farrall said. “There’s nothing shady about it at all.” The suspect is described as a black man in his early 30s with a large build, wearing a black fleece coat and
black pants. Farrall said detectives have begun examining video surveillance from the area, as well as creating a composite sketch with the victim’s help. “What we then do is put out the composite to local police and public authorities and begin asking around for leads that we might be able to work on,” Farrall said. “We rely on public assistance as well as internally to find the suspect as soon as possible.”
Alumnus attempts suicide
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A university alumnus shot himself in the chest on the east patio of Morris Library Friday morning in an alleged suicide attempt, according to university police. The 26-year-old Newark resident, who graduated in 2008, used his own semi-automatic handgun to shoot himself at approximately 6 a.m., according to university police Chief Patrick Ogden. There were no witnesses to the shooting, but a custodial employee working in the commons called police, he said. Officers were on the scene within a few minutes, Ogden said, and the victim told police he had shot himself. The university Emergency Care Unit transported the man to Christiana Hospital in stable condition, he said. “This was a very unfortunate incident, but within minutes of receiving the 911 call, UD police officers arrived at the library, began providing first aid, secured the weapon and confirmed there was no danger to the community,” Ogden said. Weapons are not permitted on the university campus, university
Sophomore midfielder Vincent Mediate responded for Delaware before the end of the first half. Freshman Kyle Nuel started an attack down the left before working the ball to Mediate in the center of the field. Mediate played a quick giveand-go with Kyle Ellis and took a low shot, which Old Dominion goalie Victor Francoz saved, but
When Patricia Wilson Aden recently took her son to see Terry Manor, the housing development off New London Road her grandfather built, she noticed it had changed. The houses— perhaps a bit aged—were not as different as the faces at Terry Manor. Everyone was white, and as Aden felt, unwelcoming. “When we drove through, I was very surprised to see white people standing out on the lawns and looking at us, as if, ‘What are you doing here?’ when this was a neighborhood that used to be all black, number one, and two, everybody knew one another,” Aden, 52, said. Aden is a descendent of the Wilson family, one of the first black families to settle in Newark, dating back to the 1820s. Many blacks in Delaware were freed before the Civil War. Her grandfather, George “Inky” Wilson, was Newark’s first black city councilman, and her father Robert Wilson became the university’s first black administrator. The Wilsons were one of many
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Hens win first-ever CAA crown BY TIM MASTRO Managing Sports Editor
HARRISONBURG, Va. –– Three games in four days, two double overtime games and two penalty shootouts. Plenty of heavy legs and nagging injuries. And most importantly, a little bit of history. Delaware men’s soccer capped a monumental week for the program with a come-from-behind 2-1 upset of second-seeded Old Dominion
in the CAA Championship game Sunday afternoon. It’s the first-ever conference crown for the Hens and sends them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 41 years. “Unbelievably exciting,” head coach Ian Hennessy said of the win. “It’s been a remarkable journey.” The Hens fell behind in the 20th minute when Jordan Leblanc converted a penalty kick for the Monarchs, who were ranked No. 18 nationally.
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Police report decrease in Homecoming arrests this year Majority of arrests for public urination, disorderly conduct at tailgate BY DANIELLE DEVITA News Features Editor
This mold was found in a ventilation unit in Ray Street B. The Christiana Towers are the fourth location where mold has been found this fall.
Mold removed in Rodney, appears on Laird BY TOM LEHMAN Managing News Editor
As the semester progresses, university officials continue to address the potential presence of mold in campus dormitories, including 10 apartments in the Christiana Towers. Since September, the university’s facilities department has cleaned rooms in six other buildings for mold, including the Harrington Fitness Center and dormitories in the Ray Street and Rodney complexes. University facilities personnel finished cleaning dormitories in the Rodney complex on Sunday night. During the past two months, the university has addressed the potential growth of mold in the Christiana Towers, according to Meredith Chapman. Nine of the apartments have been fully cleaned. “The health and safety of students continues to be the university’s top priority, and UD is working with a team of environmental experts as well as the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and Residence Life to address residents’ concerns,” Chapman said. She said students living in dormitories where a presence of
mold was suspected were moved to alternate housing at other residence halls while their rooms were cleaned. Chapman said students should be aware of the condition of their rooms and practice general housekeeping measures. If students suspect mold growth in their rooms they should contact the university’s facilities department. “UD’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety will assess the rooms reported and make a determination if problems exist, as well as if it can be handled internally or if it requires an outside environmental contractor well versed in mold remediation,” she said. Joe Miller, associate director of the university’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety, said the presence of mold is likely a result of increased moisture from an unusually wet summer. As winter approaches, Miller expects the frequency of mold sightings will decrease because cold temperatures create conditions that are unfavorable for fungus growth. “You should definitely begin to see a decrease [in the appearance of mold] as it gets colder,” Miller said.
Tailgaters at Saturday’s Homecoming football game were monitored by a large police presence, which officials think may have contributed to a smaller number of crimes than years in past. Of the more than 20,000 people attending the tailgate, only seven were arrested, according to university police Chief Patrick Ogden, who speculated that the lack of disorderly conduct correlates with police cracking down on tailgates in the past several weeks. Last year, 1, 595 more attended the Homecoming tailgate. During football games this semester, law enforcement at tailgates increased, targeting underage drinking and other criminal activity at tailgates with the help of undercover policemen and state agencies. “You have 20,000 people there and if you should come across less than a dozen people overly intoxicated—I guess that’s a good thing,” Ogden said. “There were no people dancing on top of cars like we usually see.” He said the majority of arrests were for public urination and disorderly conduct and included one count of assault. No students were transported to the hospital for overconsumption of alcohol during the tailgate or game. Sophomore Timothy Sumereau approached his first Homecoming anticipating a
memorable experience. Instead, he walked away with a $382 ticket and a court date in December for underage consumption of alcohol as a result of public urination. Sumereau said the punishments he received will likely discourage him from attending another tailgate. “I am probably never going to drink alcohol underage again because of that ticket,” Sumereau said. “I’d be surprised if underage consumption of Delaware didn’t come to a complete halt.” Sumereau thought the 14 portable toilets supplied by the athletics department did not appropriately serve the number of students who attended the Homecoming tailgate. He estimated there was a 45-minute wait to use the toilets. Ogden said public urination has become problematic near the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens because of their close proximity to the Fred Rust Ice Arena. “There’s some people really offended if they’re trying to enjoy the game and someone’s going to the bathroom next to them,” he said. “It’s definitely a nuisance crime that needs to be addressed.” Ogden said the only other major police concern during Homecoming was overcrowding, particularly in front of the ice arena. The university police contributed 30 officers to patrol the outskirts of the football arena while 30 Newark police officers
patrolled exterior traffic, Ogden said. Alumnus Barry Herbst, who graduated in May, said this year’s tailgate was not as enjoyable as he hoped. He said the event did not adequately compare to past tailgates for many alumnus. “My freshman year, they were crazy,” Herbst said. “You could run around naked and people wouldn’t really care.” Although he enjoyed reminiscing with current students, Herbst thought the crowd was not as lively as he remembers in years past because of the increased police patrol. “I feel like the police think they’re above everyone else,” Herbst said. “I understand that they’re trying to protect everyone and I appreciate it, but there’s a fine line between stopping people who are unruly and dangerous as opposed to people who are just having a good time who are calm and respectful of other people.” According to Ogden, university police and the Office of Public Safety staffed the same number of officers as every other homecoming game. Despite the threat of police intervention, senior Arif Zaman’s primary goal was to enjoy his last Homecoming as a university student. “People need to forget about law enforcement and enjoy homecoming,” Zaman said. “If they don’t, the tradition dies. Once you get stressed out, it’s the end of that tradition. You have to keep the heart alive.”
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More than 20,000 people attended Saturday’s tailgate before the Homecoming football game.
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Unknown person steals bicycle on Wharton Drive An unidentified person stole a bicycle in the area of the Apartments at Pine Brook on Wharton Drive Saturday, according to Newark police spokesman MCpl. Gerald Bryda. During the day, the victim left his bicycle unsecured outside of a friend’s apartment. When the victim returned, he noticed the bicycle was missing, Bryda said. There are currently no leads in the investigation. The charge would be theft under $1,500. Man charged with disorderly conduct after impeding traffic A 22-year-old man was arrested after allegedly impeding vehicular and pedestrian traffic on East Main Street Saturday night, according to Newark police spokesman MCpl. Gerald Bryda. At approximately 11:30 p.m., a Newark police officer was driving down East Main Street when he saw the man seated in a chair in the middle of the crosswalk near the intersection of Center Street and Main Street, Bryda said. The officer told the man to move along, and the man complied. However, when the officer began to drive away, the man moved back into the middle of the road and sat down in the chair again, Bryda said. The officer saw him return and then parked his car, approached the man and arrested him. The man was charged with disorderly conduct by obstructing vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Man charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct A man was arrested for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct at a party on East Park Place early Sunday morning, according to Newark police spokesman MCpl. Gerald Bryda. At 12:21 a.m., officers responded to a residence at the 100 block of East Park Place after receiving a report of loud music and partying. They entered the home and informed a resident that the scene violates the city’s noise ordinance, Bryda said. While police looked for the other residents, they were confronted by a 26-year-old man. The officers instructed the man to leave the area. The man continued to act aggressively toward the officers and began screaming and yelling profanity at them without provocation, Bryda said. The officers moved to place the man under custody for disorderly conduct when he began fighting with the officers, who then placed him under arrest and escorted him into the patrol car. While in the car, the man began to kick and slam his head against the windows and had to be further restrained. After transporting him to the police station, officers discovered he was wanted for other minor crimes, Bryda said. Two residents of the home were issued summonses for a noise violation. —Martin Martinez
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Mounted police officers monitored the tailgate before Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Richmond.
in brief International Education Week celebrations The university will recognize International Education Week with several events between Nov. 14 and 17. Organized by the Institute for Global Studies, the English Language Institute and Residence Life, the events are aimed at informing students about different cultures present within the university community. The events feature the International Film Series, an international food festival, a cultural game night and a talent and fashion show. International Education Week was created in 2000 by the U.S. Department of State and is recognized by more than 100 countries including the United States.
Institute forms student programs committee The Delaware Environmental Institute is forming a student programs committee to increase the university community’s awareness of environmental issues, and officials are encouraging all interested students, undergraduate or graduate, to apply to become a member. The Student Programs Committee will involve the university community in the Delaware Environmental Institute’s mission of improving the environment. Members will plan events throughout the spring semester to appeal to students. Applications for the committee are available on the institute’s website and
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Submit events to email@example.com Tuesday, Nov. 15 SGA Student Forum 5:30 p.m., Trabant Theatre Wednesday, Nov. 16 National Agenda Series: Chris Christie 7:30 p.m., Mitchell Hall Thursday, Nov. 17 International Talent and Fashion Show 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Trabant Multipurpose Rooms
are due Nov. 21. University hosts law enforcement job fair The Office of Public Safety is hosting the Delaware Law Enforcement Job and Information Fair in the Rodney Room of Perkins Student Center at 10 a.m. on Nov.19. The fair will provide students with an interest in law enforcement with information about potential employment opportunities. Officers from Delaware police organizations will also be in attendance to provide information about their experience in the field.
Friday, Nov. 18 International Education Week Closing Reception 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Alfred Lerner Hall Atrium Saturday, Nov. 19 37th Annual Turkey Trot 5K and 10K 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., Handloff Park in Newark Sunday, Nov. 20 Yogafest 2011 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Trabant Multipurpose Rooms Monday, Nov. 21 Steel Band Concert 8 p.m., Loudis Recital Hall
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Politics Straight, No Chaser European Union still dealing with debt
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Prospective students must complete a foreign language requirement for admission to the university.
ASL now satisfies university language req for admissions BY KATIE MCCARTHY Staff Reporter
American Sign Language will now be accepted for the university’s foreign language requirement for admission for the first time since the 1970s, following a Nov. 7 decision by the Faculty Senate. Previously, applicants needed a traditional foreign language such as Spanish or French to be admitted to the university, according to Faculty Senate president and business professor Sheldon Pollack. “The current rule is that if you applied to UD and took all your math and history and took a foreign language, but it was American Sign Language, you would not satisfy the foreign language requirement for admissions,” Pollack said. He said admitted students must still take a university language course if it is necessary to satisfy their individual college’s requirements, because the university does not plan to offer any ASL courses. Before this decision, prospective students with only ASL experience were required to take at least a semester of an introductory language course at a community college before being admitted, according to director of admissions Lou Hirsh. “We do insist with ASL, with anything the student presents in
high school, that these courses be college preparatory in content,” Hirsh said. “They’re rigorous enough that they stand up on their own as courses that could reasonably be used to help prepare students for college-level classes.” Until the 1970s, ASL was acceptable for enrollment and taught at the university, Pollack said. In the 1980s, the Faculty Senate removed ASL courses due to lack of interest, and established two years of language experience as the benchmark for admission. The debate over ASL’s viability resurfaced in early 2010 and was brought to the Faculty Senate’s attention over the summer, Pollack said. While a deaf culture exists for students to study and ASL is an official language, there is no global connection or collection of texts, Hirsh said, putting ASL’s ability to count as a foreign language into question. The Faculty Senate addressed the issue because state legislatures and community members worried that while Delaware high schools are teaching ASL, the university was not accepting it for admissions and in-state applicants would be disadvantaged, Pollack said. Hirsh said Delaware residents constitute 30 percent of the student body. While there are a few Delaware schools that offer ASL and only a handful of students who have
been affected by the admissions provision, the language is taught more frequently in New York, Hirsh said. Senior Talha Malik, who started the American Sign Language Club at the university last spring, believes there is enough student interest to warrant a class. He said approximately 40 regular members attend the two classes he teaches each week. Malik believes if ASL was incorporated into the foreign language department, there would be enough interest to have three or four sections. “You have to remember my club is a volunteer class and 40 people are showing up on their own time every week,” Malik said. “More people would attend if it was a university class and it was a requirement.” Currently, the new rule applies solely to the admissions process and the university does not plan to offer any ASL courses, Pollack said. “We simply just don’t have the resources to teach American Sign Language,” Pollack said. “If we could get the money for professors to teach different languages, it would probably be Chinese or Japanese. There are more people that speak it and it is more relevant to our world today.” Danielle Brody contributed reporting to this article.
In the United States we have spent much of the last few years debating and worrying about our own financial woes. Too-big-tofail bank bailouts, the revival of a failing automobile industry, high unemployment rates and an ever-widening wealth gap have dominated the news and forced us to re-evaluate our fundamental approaches to economic regulation. Off the American mainstream news grid, however, has been the burgeoning European financial crisis. This crisis has come to a head over the last few weeks with Italy and Greece facing debt troubles, shaking the European Union and global markets to their core with the ensuing uncertainty. Last week, in an effort to shore up the euro, European Union countries agreed to absolve 50 percent of their holdings in Greek debt and stave off a complete default, otherwise possible within the month. It was the result of extensive negotiations that tested the strength of the European Union. The Greek government must still pass the rescue package offered by the EU, and Prime Minister George Papandreou has agreed to step down midway through his term and allow a unity government to take power in order to do so. Some feared that had a deal not been struck, it could have meant the downfall and dissolution of the EU, an economic experiment in continental unity that began more than 50 years ago. Also making news this week, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Burlusconi, most famous in the U.S. for the accusations of money laundering, corruption and entanglements with mistresses, agreed to resign. He had been unable to acquire the political capitol to pass restructuring measures that would keep Italy out of the debt mess that has engulfed Greece. His replacement, Mario Monti or “Super Mario” as the economist is known, will be faced with securing enough support to pass painful reforms. Greece has been at the center of this story for a few years. The Greek economy grew with blazing speed for the majority of the last decade. Their strong economy allowed the government to run a large deficit, and when the world economy crashed in 2008 their entire debt structure began to collapse. In 2009, fears that the Greek government would be unable to meet its debt obligations created a crisis of confidence. It was then revealed that the Greek government had paid off Goldman Sachs, an American investment banking and securities firm, and other banks to conceal the actual level of their debt since at least 2001. The country’s credit rating
was quickly downgraded to “junk” status. Amid fears of a default in May 2010, the Eurozone Countries and the International Monetary Fund agreed to a 110 billion euro loan for Greece with the condition that officials pass a severe package of austerity measures. As a member of the EU, Greece cannot jumpstart its own economy. Compared to the U.S., which was in economic hot water in 2008 and 2009 and had the Federal Reserve to flood the economy Matthew with money, Friedman the Greek government was powerless to take action on its own. Having one of the Eurozone countries go into default would be catastrophic for the entire EU, so a bailout or a controlled default of sorts was imminent. The harsh austerity measures that accompanied the bailout and those that have come since have become a source for political and social unrest in Greece. The Greek people fled to the streets in protest, with polls estimating that over 60 percent of citizens disagreed with the deal. The measures have meant a slashing of government services and aid to a struggling populous in poor financial shape. Unemployment has skyrocketed and Greek citizens have turned to outside organizations for essential needs like healthcare. For now, it appears that a crisis in Europe has been avoided. However, it has not been without consequences. The EU has now floated Greece close to 1 trillion euros in bailout money. The British government, which has always been reluctant to become a full active player in the EU, decided they would not take part in the latest agreement with Greece and walked away from the negotiations. The American markets held their breath and teetered on every piece of news coming from Europe last week. A tumbling of the European Union could set back any progress the U.S. has made at recovering from the economic crises we currently find ourselves clawing out of. It is a sobering revelation of the tough financial times around the world, and how truly globalized we have become.
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November 15, 2011
Grad students, city meet to facilitate communication BY ALLISON KRUEGER Staff Reporter
Seeking to improve communication between Newark city officials and students, District 2 Councilman Jerry Clifton urged student government organizations to take advantage of opportunities to interact with city officials. Clifton attended Thursday evening’s Graduate Student Senate
meeting, which addressed the waning communication between students and the city, and both parties agreed action must be taken to improve relations. “The reason I want to be here is because I want to know what’s on your minds,” Clifton said. The Graduate Student Senate is a body of graduate students who have created a forum to enhance communication between students, faculty and administration. Ken
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SGA will begin sending a representative to city council meetings next semester.
Adams, a liberal studies master’s degree student and the group’s representative to city council meetings, said he invited Clifton in an effort to reignite dialog between the two parties. Attendees asked Clifton why the Town & Gown Committee was dissolved last month, and he said there was a lack of participation and not enough issues for a committee to effectively address. “I’ve heard this from both sides of the spectrum, from city staff to university administration, that it wasn’t a productive committee,” Clifton said. “If something comes up in the future, one vote by council can bring it back from the dead.” Junior Dave Mroz, director of operations for the Student Government Association, asked Clifton at the meeting about city council’s relationship with SGA. Clifton said he offered to attend SGA meetings last year and never heard a response. He said he believes the undergraduate students’ attendance at city council meetings has been dwindling. Mroz said he would like to rebuild the connection between the city and students, and proposed a new SGA position. “I envision a liaison or a position that can meet with you maybe once a month,” Mroz said. This suggestion was met with a commitment by Clifton, who said he
would be willing to sit down with a representative and discuss news from city council meetings. Students are allotted time at the beginning of each city council meeting, and Clifton said he was disappointed students haven’t been participating. “Nothing is insurmountable and nothing is impossible,” he said. “You need to know what the issues are and you need to take that first step in a long journey.” Clifton said students don’t need to have substantial issues to bring to city council. “Students can come just to let us know a little nuance we might be able to correct or change directions on something,” he said. “No problem is too big or too small that we shouldn’t be talking about it.” He also suggested graduate students attend an upcoming meeting, after the City Manager recently requested a 5 percent increase in property taxes for this year. During the public comments and concerns section of the meeting, Adams discussed Newark street parking with Clifton. Adams said he consistently sees empty streets with signs designating residential permit parking only, an area he thinks students should be allowed to park in. Clifton said the city had experimented with allowing free parking but received a petition from residents because some drivers had
chosen to abuse the parking. He said he would bring up the issue again at Monday’s city council meeting. Adams said he firmly believes students should take advantage of communication opportunities between students and the city. “City officials could come and explain—how does the city function, and if students have complaints about jaywalking, parking or other things that kids get pissed off about, talk to them about it,” he said. “Instead of grumbling about it, ask them to their face.” Graduate Student Senate president Emily Bonistall, a first year Ph.D student, said she was grateful Clifton attended the meeting. “Any way for us to improve communication between student organizations and the city is fantastic,” Bonistall said. According to senior and SGA President Molly Sullivan, the group will begin sending a member to city council meetings next semester. “We had a very good connection a few years ago and then over the years it just kind of dwindled down because there were less and less problems between the city and the students,” Sullivan said. “But it’s an issue that’s been brought up, so we’re going to have a student city relations representative that will attend the city council meetings.”
Days of Knights celebrates 30 years with day of gaming BY MARTIN MARTINEZ City News Editor
While Homecoming festivities occurred throughout Newark on Saturday, university alumnus Anthony Pellicane played European board games like “Agricola” and “Ticket to Ride” in the back room of The Days of Knights on Main Street. Pellicone, 33, of Kennett Square, Pa. was a participant in a board game tournament, one of the events commemorating the store’s 30th anniversary, where many gaming enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the store’s longevity. The Days of Knights on Main Street was established November 1981 in order to bring the hobby of gaming to Newark. John Corradin, 61, co-owner and manager of Days of Knights, has been an avid gamer since he first played Dungeons & Dragons in graduate school at the University of Florida. “When I came back to Delaware, nobody played Dungeons & Dragons,” Corradin said. “So I was up here and I had this great new game that I loved and wanted to play, but there was nobody to play it with.” Corradin said after he found someone with an interest in the game, they were able to recruit a following of people who were going to play with them on a regular basis. “The problem then was there was nowhere to buy this stuff,” he said. “One of my friends said he wanted to open up a store that would commit to selling D&D stuff and asked if I wanted to invest, and I
did.” Corradin said for a year after the store opened the business was failing and he decided to step in try to prevent the store from closing. “I was looking at the fact that— hey—I’m going to lose what my initial commitment was, or I have to do something about it,” he said. Corradin said he was able to save the store after he managed a deal with a friend who worked for a distributer to allow them to extend the store a line of credit. He also went back to investors and asked them to reinvest. He said most of the investors recommitted to the business and it developed into the store it is today. Today, the store’s shelves are filled with board games and dice for games like Dungeons & Dragons. There are also decorated chess sets and fantasy art books. Rose McFassel, 17, a senior at Milford High School, said she became interested in the shop this summer while on campus taking classes for college credit. While walking down Main Street one day, she decided to enter the shop and see what was inside. “I have always been into Dungeons & Dragons and card games so the store interested me,” McFassel said. “There really isn’t anything like it near where I live so I really enjoy coming here.” She said the variety of games at the shop provides gamers with many possibilities for entertainment. “I think it’s kinda cool that there is a place where there are games that I’ve never even heard of,” McFassel
She said while mainstream society favors video games, there will always be a place for board games. “It is kind of like the issue with Kindles and books,” she said. “Sure Kindles are cool, but books will always be around.” Corradin said even before video games were popular, games would evolve and change. He said in the beginning there was only one roleplaying game, or one card game. Other businesses began creating other games and new games began appearing on store shelves. “However, the biggest change had to have been in board games,” he said. “There used to be just one or two board game companies, but now there’s a lot more and with them came so many new variations of games.” Pellicane, who became interested in gaming after he was introduced to the shop by a friend, said the shop is home to a board game club which allows its members the ability to try out all different kinds of board games without having to pay for them. “It also gives you an opportunity to try them out with real people,” Pellicane said. “I would never have bought any of the games if I didn’t have people to play them with.” He said he prefers board games over video games because board games are more social. He said he believes this is why shops such as Days of Knights should be supported. “It’s pretty rare these days,” he said. “You have to try to be supportive
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Days of Knights on Main Street has been selling games, chess sets and fantasy art books for three decades. of the store because they provide the atmosphere that this hobby needs.” Terry Masten, 34, of New Castle, also participated in the board game tournament. He said he has been coming to the shop since he was in high school. He said the only way the shop has really changed is in the games it has on stock. “As the different fads go in and out things get more attention,” Masten said. “For example, there are more board games now and not as much role-playing games. He said the owner has been
operating the shop the same way since he had been going there. “He’s painfully honest, if he thinks a game is too expensive or not worth your time, he’ll tell you,” Masten said. He said running a shop like Days of Knights takes a lot of time and effort, and most of them end up failing. “There are other shops that I’ve been to, but this is the only one that has lasted for 30 years,” he said. “It is also most certainly the one with the most character.”
November 15, 2011
City considers new parking structures BY TOM LEHMAN Managing News Editor
Finding a parking spot during a weekday afternoon can be difficult for students and Newark residents alike, but city officials are considering the addition of two parking structures to increase the number of available spaces. Members of the Downtown Newark Partnership’s parking committee discussed the viability of increasing the number of parking spaces in two lots on Main Street at their meeting on Nov. 9. The committee discussed a potential parking garage on the site of Municipal Lot 1, located behind Main Street Galleria, and building a second level of spaces in another lot. Sally Miller, chair of the parking committee, said the proposed complexes would help reduce the frustration faced by many residents and students who have difficulty finding a parking spot. “This would certainly solve a lot of the parking woes we have right now,” Miller said. Marvin Howard, the city’s parking administrator, said the city should construct a More Park structure in Municipal Lot 3, located behind Cucina Di Napoli and several other Main Street businesses, to compensate for more than 200 parking spaces that would become unusable while the parking garage is constructed. The system creates an additional level of parking spaces above existing ones. Although an occupancy study from Desman Associates, a parking consultant firm, suggested the city should consider erecting one parking structure, Howard said approximately 200 spots would be displaced by the work in Municipal Lot 1, requiring the More Park structure. “If we decide to go and do a structure in the back of Municipal Lot 1 and don’t do the More Park, what are you going to do with the 200 displaced spots you have right now?” Howard said. “And so, I’m hoping that’s going to lean in the favor that we do both and maybe do a smaller structure in Lot 1 to start with expansion abilities.” To alleviate some of the congestion caused by exiting the lot, an engineer will examine the viability of constructing an additional exit connected to Municipal Lot 3 on Center Street. A house, which would be demolished, is the only structure obstructing a potential road between the lot and Center Street.
“Right now that’s not in the plans, but we know we need an additional exit in Lot 3,” Howard said. Construction that involves creating a new entrance or exit in the downtown area will also require additional consideration in regards to pedestrian safety, Howard said, citing the Main Street exit in front of Municipal Lot 3. Although signage on the sidewalk cautions pedestrians to check if cars are exiting the parking lot, many pedestrians are unaware of oncoming traffic. “We have big yellow signs that say look left or caution exiting vehicles, but everyone is looking down and texting as they’re walking,” he said. “They’re not looking up while they’re on the phone.” Ruth Mayer, a member of the parking committee, said she thought the additional exit could increase vehicle congestion along Center Street and increase the potential for collisions. Mayer was also concerned with traffic that would spill onto North Chapel Street from Center Street. “That’s a deathtrap trying to get around that pole and the house that’s there and the curb of the road,” Mayer said. However, Mayer said the committee could not ignore the situation and members needed to find a way to improve pedestrian safety around the lot exits. “Sooner or later we’re going to have a fatality there on Main Street there somewhere,” Mayer said. “That’s just how I feel.” Committee members also expressed concern with vehicle congestion on Center Street because several Main Street businesses such as Walgreens unload trucks on the side of the road. Lt. George Stanko, head of the Newark police traffic division, said some businesses, such as Panera Bread, unload their trucks during early morning hours, when Main Street is less populated. Stanko said many of the proposed solutions to the city’s parking problems would help alleviate congestion, but not necessarily solve every issue related to traffic resulting from the additional exit. “Part of the problem is, they haven’t finished the development along Delaware Avenue,” Stanko said. “There’s more things being built and there’s another one in the works. That’s going to add to the pedestrians and vehicles.”
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The city plans to construct a new parking structure in Lot 3.
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Elkton Road has been under construction by the Delaware Department of Transportation since October 2010.
Residents, business owners still burdened by Elkton construction BY BRITTANY LENNON Staff Reporter
Residents and business owners say they feel burdened by ongoing Elkton Road construction projects, while officials report the projects have proceeded as planned. Since October 2010, the Delaware Department of Transportation has performed construction and improvement procedures on Elkton Road, focusing on the area between Casho Mill Road and Delaware Avenue. Haley Slocomb, 22, a Studio Green resident, said when leaving her apartment, she tries to avoid the construction that has troubled her for the past year. “I try not to drive on that road,” Slocomb said. “Ever.” The construction aims to correct rundown pavement and improve public safety traffic procedures on the road, according to DelDOT. The project’s objective is to provide Newark with new sidewalks, curb ramps, bicycle lanes and utility improvements. New Castle-based construction company Greggo & Ferrara, Inc. was awarded the $10.5 million Elkton Road project last year. DelDOT officials recently estimated the Elkton Road construction to end Dec. 17, 2012, which includes weather days if needed, according to Gary Laing,
a community relations officer for DeLDOT. Laing said there are four phases to the Elkton Road construction project, each of which focuses on maintenance and improvement of a different portion of the road. “This is a massive project,” Laing said. “The question was how do we break it down into segments?” He said the four phases of construction aren’t being finished in order. Phase three is already completed and phase one will conclude at the end of November, which could create a change in traffic patterns on the road. Mike Mavredes, manager at Pat’s Pizzeria on Elkton Road, said weekends are the busiest days for the restaurant because of university football games, and complaints from customers regarding construction are at their peak during afternoon rush hour. “The customers complain sometimes about the traffic around five in the afternoon,” Mavredes said. Bobby Pancake, co-owner Buffalo Wild Wings on Elkton Road, said the construction has not affected business in the long run. “We’ve seen a little bit of a decrease in sales, but not enough to worry about it,” Pancake said. Although Buffalo Wild Wings has maintained consistent sales since the beginning of the
project, business suffered when the construction stretched to the front of the restaurant, according to Pancake. “It was a rough summer,” he said. “When the construction was in front of our building, sales were down 16 percent.” Pancake said it’s rare to hear a customer complain about the construction, but said there have been parking issues. Slocomb, who works at U.S. Male Barber Shop on Main Street, said she hears customers complain about the traffic, but there has not been a decrease in her clientele. “I hear people complaining about it sometimes,” Slocomb said. “I have people coming in asking, ‘What’s going on with that road?’” Slocomb said one of the main irritations isn’t the construction itself, but the choices DelDOT made when transitioning from improving one part of the road to the next. “It’s annoying because they don’t time the light,” she said. While most residents said they feel burdened by the construction, Pancake said he believes once the project is completed the troubles will be justified. “When construction is completed we’ll be singing our praises and Elkton Road will look great,” he said.
November 15, 2011
Plant researchers help brew new ale BY REBEKAH MARGULIS Staff Reporter
When university plant diagnostician Tom Evans was asked to help find a yeast sample that would be used by Dogfish Head Brewery to create a Delaware-themed beer, he was excited for the opportunity. “It was a novel project for my laboratory and [we were] working with farmers that we had worked with in the past in our role as plant pathologists,” Evans said. Along with fellow plant scientist and diagnostician Nancy Gregory, Evans discovered the yeast culture Kloeckera, which was used to create the Delaware Native Ale. The beer, created using ingredients found exclusively in the state of Delaware, helps promote local farmers and brewers who helped craft the ale. Gregory, an extension associate of the plant and soil science department, said yeast reacts as a catalyst during the fermentation process, facilitating the conversion of sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide. Evans and Gregory began the search for the state yeast by placing Petri dishes in different environments around the university and trapping fruit flies, knowing they carry bacteria and other organisms as they travel. Gregory said approximately 100 plates were used to collect several different types of bacterial growths and different types of yeast. Gregory’s role on the project was to isolate the most viable yeast samples for the process to determine which would work effectively in the beer making process. By smelling the contents of the dish they were able to tell which samples would make bettertasting beers, Evans said. After reducing the 100 Petri
dishes to 20 selections, they decided which samples to be sent to Dogfish Head. The samples were then narrowed down to five choices before the fermentation process began, Gregory said. “[Then] they were narrowed down to three and carried through the sequencing process,” Gregory said. Dogfish Head took the selections and produced small batches of the beer and fermented them, Gregory said. The ale, which combines peach and pear flavors, was tapped on Halloween and sold at the Dogfish Head restaurant in Rehoboth Beach. Evans said Dogfish Head officials are working to make the yeast publically available. Jimmy Williams, an employee of Dogfish Head Brewery said that Dogfish Head does not typically set out to make a beer with a specific flavor. However, creators knew the ideal flavors would come from fresh peach and pears from Fifer Orchards, a local Delaware orchard, Williams said. “It is a very drinkable, very quaffable beer,” Williams said. Yeast grows around rotting fruits and Fifer Orchards collects the discarded crops, making it a logical place to obtain samples. Compared to other beers produced by Dogfish Head, the ale has a slightly lower alcohol content. Most Dogfish Head beers are 9 percent alcohol, but Delaware Natural Ale is slightly lower, Williams said. Dogfish Head hopes to turn the ale into a seasonal beer, changing the flavors and fruits that are added with each season. They will continue to use culture number eight, keeping ale a fully native Delaware beer. “You can isolate yeast easily from the environment, its everywhere,” Evans said. “The question is, ‘is it a good yeast, does it make a good wine or beer’?”
UD crowns spirit week winners
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The Office of Alumni Relations hosted a Homecoming crowning ceremony on The Green Friday afternoon to recognize winners of the student banner competition and the spirit photo contest. Banner winners included fashion magazine UDress, French Club and Rodney F1 resident hall. The university’s Disaster Research Center and Student Financial Services were crowned as the winners of the photo competition.
University experts weigh in on recent asteroid passing Earth BY CAYLIE O’CONNELL Staff Reporter
The largest asteroid to skirt by Earth in 35 years made its closest recorded approach on Tuesday night, providing astronomers with an opportunity to observe the space rock. The asteroid, formally known as 2005 YU55, passed Earth at a distance of approximately 202,000 miles—just inside the orbit of the moon. “It is a wonderful opportunity for astronomers to study an asteroid up close and personal,” Judith Provencal, director of the department of astronomy and physics at the university, said. “Plus, it does highlight the danger that asteroids still pose to Earth today.” The fly-by was significant because it offered an opportunity for more detailed research than earlier occurrences, Provencal said. “It is a little tricky for asteroids. They are small and they get pulled around by the other planets,” she said. “If you watch a particular asteroid long enough, you can get a very accurate orbit.” While this occurrence marked the closest flyby of a large asteroid since 1976, 2005 YU55 was not considered a threat. Bill Glass, a university
asteroid expert, said the possible danger from an impact is something astronomers assess when an asteroid is predicted to approach Earth, which is determined several years in advance. Asteroid 2005 YU55 was discovered six years ago by Spacewatch, a stargazing project at the University of Arizona, Glass said. Five years after its discovery, the asteroid received a rating of one out of 10 on the Torino Scale, which is used to distinguish an asteroid’s impact hazard. The rating given to 2005 YU55 signifies that the asteroid passing near Earth is predicted, but does not pose an unusual level of danger. The maximum rating ensures a civilization-ending impact. Several months after it was rated, radar targeting of the asteroid reduced uncertainty over the direction of its orbital path, eliminating any possibility of impact with Earth for the next century and reducing its threat level to zero. Senior Nick Troup, who interned at NASA this summer, doubts an asteroid will strike Earth in his lifetime. “We’re not worried about Armageddon happening,” Troup said. “It’s so far away and it’s travelling so fast it’s going to whiz by here and really not affect us.”
Provencal said if the asteroid hit Earth, it would create a crater four miles across, 1,700 feet deep, and generate the equivalent of a magnitude seven earthquake. NASA’s Near Earth Object Program spends about $5 million each year searching for asteroids that could potentially collide into Earth, Glass said. The program reports that 90 percent of “planet killer” asteroids, which are more than one kilometer in diameter, have been detected. Researchers predict none of the observed objects will impact Earth in the foreseeable future. Because 2005 YU55 was not a threat to life on Earth, many researchers took advantage of the asteroid’s passing as an opportunity to gather data. Since asteroids are composed of debris left from the formation of the solar system, studying them can reveal information about the initial conditions that formed the sun and other planets, Provencal said. Troup said the asteroid had water on its surface, which increased the asteroid’s importance in the scientific community. “It’s interesting to look at those sorts of asteroids and see how maybe water and other life giving elements were brought to Earth,” Troup said.
November 15, 2011
Classics prof talks gladiators Harvard professor explores the bloody spectacle of Colosseum’s ancient combat BY JON RICHARDSON Staff Reporter
Gladiators in ancient Rome were a brutal anomaly in one of the most advanced civilizations in ancient times, according to an expert who visited the university Thursday. Kathleen Coleman, a professor in Harvard University’s department of the classics, lectured in the Trabant Theatre on behalf of the fighters whose voices have been, for the most part, lost to history. Coleman discussed the lives of the gladiators, their role in society and the bloody spectacle’s popularity in Ancient Rome. “Gladiators are a real paradox in the history of western civilization,” Coleman said. “How could the Romans feel good about such an undignified practice?” Coleman spoke to the standingroom-only crowd as a part of the department of foreign languages and literatures’ Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series. The need for violent and often bloody displays clashed with the civilization’s overall agenda of advancing society, yet these performances became a major part of Roman culture, she said. Romans used fights to showcase the vastness and power of their empire. Exotic animals such as lions, elephants and the occasional rhino were brought into the arenas for show, battle or to aid in public execution, Coleman said. She said she seeks to clear up misconception about the gladiators, who are seen as heroes in today’s society but were actually slaves of the Roman Empire. Coleman said the empire stretched from Hadrian’s Wall in modern-day England to parts of Afghanistan. There existed a working government with a senate and an emperor, a strong education system and technologically advanced infrastructure including aqueducts, which channeled water into the city. Archeologists are still finding evidence across the empire, including jugs and vases with depictions of gladiators and advertisements written on city walls, which illustrate the stories of arena events. The depictions have shed light on the lifestyles of the fighters, from clothing, to names, to practices, she said. As the empire expanded, the Roman army captured and enslaved defeated warriors, forcing some to be gladiators. Coleman said the Romans would also build arenas in cities they conquered, while Rome’s Colosseum housed the battles in the empire’s center. “Wherever the Romans went, they brought gladiatorial combat with them,” she said. “All of the conquered lands have remnants of the combat. Gladiators seemed to raise morale wherever the empire stretched.”
The goal of gladiators’ battles was not to kill each other, because they were seen as investments, Coleman said. Approximately 5 percent of fights ended in deaths, and gladiators were forced to wear armor mainly so they could survive to the next fight, she said. Some fighters could barely see under their helmets and removed them in combat, exposing themselves to danger and sometimes death. In the only documented gladiator cemetery, which was discovered in northern England in 2010, the majority of deaths were due to head injury. Coleman said the exhibitions were a focal point of the ancient culture, and called the Colosseum’s seating structure a “microcosm of Roman society.” The emperor and senators sat close to the action, slaves sat in the “nosebleed” section and everyone else sat in-between. “The classes would never even come in contact with each other at the events, because each level had its own entrance,” she said. These stadiums were unlike modern equivalents, as alcohol was not permitted and personal space was very limited. Coleman said stadiums were packed to the brim, fitting twice as many fans as would have been expected. “This was either due to the fact that they were much skinnier than we are these days, or there was absolutely no personal space,” she said. Ancient Greek and Roman studies professor Annette Giesecke said today’s appetite for violence is satisfied by movies and sports. “People compare football, soccer and any number of professional sports, though these are not, of course, usually life-threatening,” Giesecke said. “I actually think that the movies have replaced this sort of spectacle.” There are few surviving written works from the empire, and freshman biology major Madeleine Rouviere said she was impressed that nearly all of Coleman’s facts came from archeological investigation. “I thought it was neat that these discoveries have led to a better understanding of the gladiators,” Rouviere said. Freshman Elizabeth Catt, who is a history and public policy double major, said she did not have much knowledge about gladiators before attending Coleman’s speech, and found the speech exciting. Though the topic could be morbid at times, Catt said the professor was able to engage the audience nonetheless. “She had a good way of adding humor to a gruesome topic,” Catt said. Though the gladiators were slaves, that didn’t mean they didn’t achieve recognition, and sometimes celebrity status. The professor likened them to a 20th-century equivalent. “They were the Ninja Turtles of Ancient Rome,” Coleman said.
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Senior whips up winning ice cream flavor BY CHRISTINA MONASTERO Staff Reporter
Senior Katie Maloney’s coffee-based “All Nighter” ice cream was announced the winner of UDairy Creamery’s Blue Hen Flavor Contest at the Homecoming football game on Saturday.
Her creation was selected from more than 300 entries and includes cookie-dough chunks, crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and a fudge swirl. After deciding to enter the contest, Maloney brainstormed about her university experiences for inspiration, and landed on her
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The “All Nighter” ice cream flavor features cookie dough, chocolate cookies and fudge swirls.
late-night study sessions. “I thought about what me and my friends snack on when we are pulling all-nighters,” Maloney, a biology major, said. The university-wide contest, open to students, faculty, staff and alumni, began in early September. Dairy and food science manager of the creamery, junior Teresa Brodeur, said the contest helped raise awareness about the creamery. “I think it definitely worked,” Brodeur said. “I have friends that I would tell that I worked there and they would [say], ‘I don’t even know where that is.’” After the staff narrowed the competition down to eight finalists on Sept. 21, they began to create the flavors of ice cream. Various taste-testings were held on campus, according to Brodeur, and a total of 3,096 votes narrowed the flavors from eight to four, down to two and then ended in “All Nighter’s” victory. These final flavors included “UDe Leche,” which is caramel ice cream with crushed Nilla wafers, and “First State Cobbler,” a peach ice cream with a blueberry swirl and crumb topping. According to Brodeur,
creating the eight final flavors was simple because the base for each was a standard flavor the creamery regularly produces. “For ‘Cookies And Cream,’ we know how much cookies we normally have to add, and we just kept that in mind when adding all the different ingredients, instead of just cookies for the ‘All Nighter,’” Brodeur said. Some flavors were bizarre, including one calling for candies in the form of chicken feet, Brodeur said, while others were as basic as adding Pop Rocks to vanilla ice cream. Other flavor ideas didn’t seem to be serious, including one calling for actual chicken, and another proposing beer-flavored ice cream, said senior Jacob Hunt, assistant manager at the creamery. All of the accepted flavors were made using a similar process, which Brodeur explained in three steps. The creamery sends their milk via High Point Dairy to Cumberland Dairy in New Jersey to be pasteurized and homogenized, which turns it into a base product that contains only the natural sugars that are in milk. “It’s basically a milk form
that is much more stable,” Brodeur said. “It can last for about a month or two.” The unflavored base product is then poured into a batch freezer where other ingredients are mixed in, such as vanilla extract, cheesecake or mint flavoring. Variegates, also called swirls, are added to the batch freezer at this time. Variegates include ingredients like chocolate chips, graham crackers or in the case of “All Nighter,” fudge. At approximately 24 degrees Fahrenheit, the batch freezer produces an ice cream that is more crystallized than its milk base, but does not have the consistency of the final product. This milk base is then frozen in the blast freezer, which is normally kept between -25 and -30 degrees Fahrenheit, completing the process. While Maloney said she thought that a more “UD-related flavor” would win, she thinks students could relate to her creation. Both “UDe Leche” and “First State Cobbler” are currently sold at the creamery. “I thought it would be fun to have my legacy at UD be an ice cream flavor,” she said.
Students still wary of unemployment despite drop BY ANDREA STUART Staff Reporter
Despite countless hours studying for nursing exams and early morning wake-ups for hospital clinicals, senior Stefanie Cruz remains unemployed. “I’m kind of freaking out,” Cruz said. “I hope to find a job at a local hospital around me. People think that nursing majors are automatically going to be placed in a job somewhere. Too bad there aren’t any.” The unemployment rate decreased from 9.1 percent to 9 percent after the creation of 80,000 jobs in October, according to a Nov. 4 Bureau of Labor Statistics report. But some seniors still feel anxiety about their employment prospects after graduation. “I don’t feel like the .1 percent drop is going to be significant enough to help young people find jobs,” said Melissa Brown, who is a senior majoring in elementary education. “This has been one of the hardest semesters of my life and classes are kicking my butt. It’s just a shame I probably won’t have a job to show for it.” Although economists were expecting closer to 90,000 new jobs, the influx of employment opportunities still suggest the job market is becoming friendlier. In past years, individuals without a college degree between the ages of 25 and 34 have experienced the sharpest drops in unemployment numbers. The unemployment rate for citizens age 25 and over with a bachelor’s degree or higher has dropped from 4.7 percent to 4.4 percent since last October, according
to the monthly report. Professor Saul Hoffman, chair of the economics department at the university, hopes the unemployment rate will recede to between 5 percent and 6 percent. He thinks a more active job market will occur within the next two to three years, but also pointed out the difficulty in job creation. “There is no magic formula for jobs,” Hoffman said. “Jobs are created when there is a sufficient demand. The current problem is inadequate demand.” Matthew Brink, director of the university’s Career Services Center, said students have other opportunities to reach full-time employment after graduation. “We’ve seen a pretty significant increase in the number of internships that are being posted in Blue Hen Careers,” Brink said. “From July 1 to the present compared to last year, we are up about 30 percent more internship postings. For sophomores, juniors and some freshmen, that could be some good news because employers are coming back to the market with internships.” Senior Jason Agostinelli was able to secure a full-time position with the accounting firm Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler, where he interned last summer, to begin after he graduates. “I studied in class and looked up what was going on in the industry,” Agostinelli said. “Got an internship and it turned into a position. I’m not really as worried as other students I guess. I have things pretty much laid out.” According to Hoffman, the job market is more fluid than most think,
This graph tracks the U.S. unemployment rate from January to October. generating employment opportunities that cater to recent college graduates. “Young college graduates who are smart, honest [and] hardworking will find employment,” he said. “I think in general, you may have to look a little longer, you might get something that is not quite exactly where you want to start, but I think college graduates like University of Delaware graduates who are smart and hardworking, I think they’ll be fine.”
Brink said overall the class of 2010 didn’t experience difficulty finding employment in an economy that was more troubled than the present day’s. “Last year, 2010, about 65 percent of the graduating class from the University of Delaware went right into employment opportunities,” he said. “A little shy of 30 percent went onto graduate school. Of those who went right into work, 97.2 percent of them landed a job within six months
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of graduating. So we had a little shy of 3 percent that were still looking for work.” Despite her difficulty finding employment, Brown is still confident in her graduating class’ job prospects. “People who are looking for jobs need to broaden their horizons more,” she said. “You never know what you’ll find and what you might really enjoy doing. Every step you take in a job that is not your dream job could lead you closer to your dream job.”
November 15, 2011
UD couple wins Homecoming wedding ring contest BY MEREDITH GREER Staff Reporter
After the first quarter of Saturday’s Homecoming football game, three couples gathered on Tubby Raymond Football Field for the conclusion of a contest that would award one of them a $10,000 engagement ring. The competition, Campaign for Carats, awarded a couple with a one-and-a-half carat center-cut diamond ring encrusted with a halo of diamonds, the conclusion of a search for Delaware’s most creative couple. The final four couples, selected from an original pool of 62, walked onto the field after the conclusion of the first quarter and were asked to open a homemade box, one of which contained a note declaring them the winner. After the couples opened the boxes and revealed the winner, university mascot YoUDee brought the real engagement ring to the winners, senior Ally Mohun and alumnus Nathan Zanks. After presenting the ring, Zanks got down on one knee and asked Mohun to marry him. Mohun accepted the request. Before the game, Mohun said she and her fiancé have a competitive edge and winning would help them obtain a high quality ring even though they currently could not afford one. “Financially, we would never be able to afford something as beautiful as this ring and the fact that we’ve worked together for the last few
weeks to get to this point makes it worth so much more,” Mohun said. To reach the competition’s semifinals, each couple had to win at least one challenge, such as choreographing a dance to a favorite song, writing poems to each other, making a wedding dress or tuxedo from any material but fabric and “campaigning for carats,” during which the couples spent a week asking people to vote in person for them at Orly Diamonds, one of the contest’s sponsors. “The challenges were all really fun and I loved seeing what everyone came up with,” Mohun said. During the competition’s semifinals the couples had to creatively display a place they considered meaningful. Zanks and Mohun took photos of themselves at a local playground, a place they enjoy spending time together during the weekends, and were voted the winners of the challenge. Mohun also said one of her favorite parts of the competition was the time spent not only doing the challenges, but also the time spent with the other couples. After Mohun exited the field, she was greeted by friends bearing congratulations with hugs and tears. Prior to the announcement, Mohun said that if she and Zanks did not win, she was still grateful for the opportunity. “Regardless of the result, Nate and I have another great chapter to add to our love story and it just keeps getting better and better,” Mohun said.
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University alumnus Nathan Zanks (right) proposes to senior Ally Mohun after the first quarter of Saturday’s Homecoming football game.
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UD students organize progressive think tank BY PAT GILLESPIE Senior Reporter
A university alumnus shot himself in the chest on the east patio of Morris Library early Friday morning.
Gunshot: ‘It was kind of scary,’ freshman says Continued from page 1
was in danger. Sophomore Sean Parnella spokesman Meredith Chapman received the alert several minutes said, and while university police do not plan to charge the victim, before his 9:05 a.m. class on officials will confer with the Friday and said he felt the notice was well-timed. Attorney General’s office. “Number one, it didn’t affect The Office of Public Safety me,” Parnella and the Office of said. “Number Communications two, I didn’t feel and Marketing like whether they sent an alert to had told me or approximately not my safety 37,000 students, was in jeopardy. faculty and Plus I didn’t want parents between an alert really 8:30 a.m. and early because 9:30 a.m., then I would be within an hour sleeping.” of the library’s Freshman 8 a.m. opening Jesse Scott said to inform the earlier warning university -Rachel Robbins, an would have been community for freshman beneficial about the people who were incident. on campus closer T h e to the time of the information was shooting. sent through the “I know UD Alert system, was also posted people on my floor went out and on the university’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and the website’s saw the cops and they were really freaked out about it,” Scott said. homepage, Chapman said. “UD’s Director of Public “They were walking by and they Safety, Vice President of Student just didn’t know what was going Life and Vice President of on and it was kind of scary.” Freshman Rachel Robbins Communications and Marketing determined an alert should be sent said she still feels safe because the to keep the campus community alumnus was not trying to harm from becoming alarmed, anybody, but she was alarmed by particularly with hundreds of the presence of a gun on campus. “It’s weird that somebody alumni returning to campus for the Homecoming festivities over the came onto campus with a gun,” Robbins said. “It kind of made me weekend,” Chapman said. Ogden said once the area was think that anybody could be doing secured, police were sure no one anything on our campus.”
“It’s weird that somebody came onto campus with a gun.”
A progressive think tank arrived on campus two weeks ago, with members excited but uncertain about its future. Six students started a chapter of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network at the university, the first chapter run solely by students. The chapter is part of a national student initiative that encourages students to participate in activism and public policy in their local college communities. The organization, created shortly after the 2004 presidential elections, is named after Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and consists of more than 10,000 members and 85 chapters throughout the country. The university’s chapter will be a policy and research-based group, striving to tackle issues students are concerned with. Sophomore Kristin Fretz, who helped found the new chapter at the university, said the think tank’s mission is to create innovative projects to address issues in the local community. “That’s the whole point of the Roosevelt progressive mind set, is
to go to the audience and ask what they need help with,” said Fretz, a public policy major. She became interested in the Roosevelt Institute, which is the parent institution of the network, when her public policy professor Daniel Rich mentioned it to her last spring. Rich suggested she attend a summer conference for the institute in Hyde Park, N.Y., where the former Roosevelt family estate is located. After the conference, Fretz was excited to begin a chapter at the university. “We’re starting with small ideas first,” Fretz said. Fretz said Rich’s son is the director of the Roosevelt Institute. The local chapter hopes to host a Roosevelt conference with other regional chapters next fall, Fretz said. “We’re trying to impact UD specifically by reaching out to the students and kind of asking them what bothers them on campus or about the community,” junior Allie Rosenberg said. “Our first real goal is getting out there, meeting students that have concerns and seeing what we can do about it.” Some ideas generated by other chapters include American
University’s chapter donating unused portions of meal plans to kitchens for the homeless. Fretz said she would like to implement a similar program at the university via her chapter’s activism. The Northwestern University chapter started a campaign to prohibit the use of plastic bags and the effort soon became a policy for the entire school. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill chapter initiated an after-school fitness program in local schools to help curb childhood obesity. Although college communities often consist of widely varying opinions, Fretz believes the local chapter will produce positive public policy change because the organization does not have a specific political leaning. “We’re not purely Democratic or purely Republican,” Fretz said. “I mean the majority of the people who call themselves progressive are Democrats, but you don’t necessarily have to be. I’m not so concerned with who said what in a political debate. I’m concerned with what do we need done and let’s do it.”
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Community: â€˜It saddens me when I realize that all that is gone,â€™ former resident says Continued from page 1 families who became self-sufficient in the black, middle class community on New London in the erea of segregation. Besides the road itself, the New London community included residents on streets such as Church, Corbit, Ray, Cleveland, Terry Manor and Creek Road. The train tracks bordered the south end, North College Avenue was the eastern boundary, White Clay Creek served as the northern edge and West Main Street bordered the community on the west. Former longtime New London neighborhood residents began planning a preservation project last spring. The project was completed by university faculty and students over the summer, which resulted in a podcast released in October. The podcast is a digital walking guide for visitors to learn about the history of the New London community. â€œWhat motivated the podcast was an attempt to create a living history of what has been a very strong and caring African-American community in the context of racial exclusion,â€? said university associate provost Margaret Anderson. â€œIt really was a collaboration between the neighborhood and the university.â€? A series of events changed the identity of the New London neighborhood to a â€œshellâ€? of what it once was, according to James Roy, a former resident of Church Street. Roy said approximately 80 to 85 percent of the houses in the New London community are now owned by landlords and rented out to students. He also noted that 61 of the 93 original families he believes made up the community have left. â€œItâ€™s kind of like an emotional thing because it saddens me when I realize that all that is gone,â€? said Roy, 53, of his old neighborhood. â€œYears ago, they wouldnâ€™t have an interest in coming across the railroadâ€”well, investors wouldnâ€™t have really had an interest in coming across those railroad tracks. [Investors] realize where weâ€™re located is a diamond in the rough, I guess, for student housing.â€? According to Aden, the residentsâ€™ educational and career success caused them to disperse over time. â€œAs you grow up and you get your [college] degree, thereâ€™s no reason for you to live in the old neighborhood,â€? Aden said. â€œPeople werenâ€™t coming back to that neighborhood. There was no economic, no [socio-economic] reason for us to live there. We had other choices.â€? Although many in Adenâ€™s generation chose not to live in their
old neighborhood, some believe the New London community began to change long before the first wave of integration left for college. In 1964, the Newark Housing Authority purchased the Cleveland Heights housing project, located on the opposite side of Cleveland Avenue near where McDonalds currently stands. The NHA promoted the housing to black residents of the New London community, said Florine Henderson, who lived at 109 New London Road. Several New London residents moved to the cheap housing project. The Cleveland Heights houses were built on a former wastewater site, and in 2008, the state government shut them down because many hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, were found in the ground, according to state documents regarding the contamination. â€œI really believe there was a divide and conquer mission going on,â€? Henderson said of the cityâ€™s efforts to disperse the New London residents with Cleveland Heights. â€œIt just separated the whole community. We werenâ€™t as close anymore.â€? Newark Mayor Vance A. Funk III moved to Newark in 1959 and lived on Country Club Road, a street off of New London. Funk served as the first white assistant director of the New London playground, and he said the New London community was supportive of him when he ran for mayor in 2004. â€œTheyâ€™ve really always been a part of my life,â€? Funk said. As a real estate lawyer for several families in the New London community, Funk said people from all over the Newark area moved to the Cleveland Heights housing project, not just former New London residents. According to Funk, the New London community dispersed primarily because families began to earn higher incomes and moved to more suburban neighborhoods in Newark, such as Brookside and Robscott Manor. â€œAs they achieved higher incomes, they sought bigger houses,â€? he said. â€œIn Cleveland Heights, there didnâ€™t seem like there were a lot of families from the New London area that moved into there.â€? Funk estimated he performed real estate transactions with 15 to 20 New London families that decided to move to wealthier areas. Henderson moved away from the neighborhood in the late 1960s after taking classes at the university for a year to live with her thenhusband, who was in the military. Upon returning for a visit in 1972, Henderson saw the Christiana Towers for the first time, which sit on area formerly known as Greenâ€™s Fields, a
park the New London children used frequently. â€œIt really was devastating to come back and see the changes,â€? Henderson said. Henderson works as a receptionist in the admissions office for the university, where she has worked for 27 years. Despite the proximity of the New London community to the university, some New London residents did not see the school as an ideal place for black students to attend college. Although Adenâ€™s father Robert Wilson was an administrator at the university, she said it was not an option for her. â€œAlthough he had no doubts about our academic abilities, he was keenly aware that the attrition of African-American students from schools, such as UD, was very high
â€œIt really was devastating to come back and see the changes.â€? -Florine Henderson, former New London Road resident and about more than academics,â€? Aden said. Henderson said â€œthereâ€™s always room for improvementâ€? about diversity at the university, but did not elaborate further. Last year, the student body consisted of 77 percent white students, 5 percent black students and 5 percent Hispanic students, with the remaining portion constituting several other ethnicities, according to the universityâ€™s Office of Institutional Research. Roy said the university encroached on the community when it purchased land on Ray Street and North College Avenue in the late 1960s. With more students walking through the neighborhood because of the Pencader residence halls and the Christiana Towers on what is now Laird Campus, landlords flocked to the New London area to rent houses to students, Roy said. â€œThere was some debate on who was going to sell and all that because the money I guess they were offering
for folksâ€”it seemed like a lot of money to folks who werenâ€™t used to having a lot of money,â€? he said of the universityâ€™s financial offer to residents on Ray Street. Aden believes the university targeted the New London community for specific reasons in its pursuit to expand in the late 1960s and early 1970s. â€œI think the university has played a huge role,â€? she said. â€œAs they looked around and spread the map out on the table and said â€˜Where can we grow?â€™ that area to the immediate north that is the traditional African-American community I think was perceived as a very vulnerable and acceptable neighborhood for them.â€? Funk, who was also once the universityâ€™s real estate lawyer, sees the university as an aide to some former residents, who asked the university to buy their houses, he said. Funk also lauded the university for employing many members of the community. â€œThe universityâ€™s developments in that area didnâ€™t contribute very much to the changing of that neighborhood at all,â€? he said. â€œIn fact, I would say very emphatically that the fact that the university was willing over the years to hire so many people from that community, really made the community stronger.â€? Funk also said many New London residents worked at the former Chrysler plant, paying high school-educated workers incomes that allowed them to move out of the neighborhood. The university now owns the land where the plant once stood. Andersen, who became a faculty member in 1974, said she did not think the university saw the community as vulnerable and intentionally tried to encroach upon it. â€œPeople may perceive that, but I have no evidence of that,â€? she said. Roy said the neighborhood residents were committed to working together and assisting each other. â€œIt really, truly was a great environment,â€? Roy said of the old New London community. â€œThis whole neighborhood took care of itself. It truly was a village. I mean, once you came across those railroad tracks, you could see the differences in the homes.â€? Royâ€™s father, Elwood, lived in Newark his entire life. With a mortgage obtained through the G.I. Bill, which allocated mortgages to millions of WWII veterans in an effort to promote home ownership after the war, he purchased property at 56 Church Street in 1946. In 1976, he bought the adjacent land lot, tore down his house and built a new one, completed in 1978. George Wilson, Adenâ€™s
grandfather, ran a demolition company, and when old buildings at Dover Air Force Base needed to be torn down, Elwood asked George to bring up the wood and bricks. With the materials George got him for free, Elwood built the house at 56 Church St. in 18 months. The New London community was entangled in family and religious ties. George was Royâ€™s godfather, and in turn, Elwood and his wife Madeline were Adenâ€™s godparents. â€œI felt like I was just right in the center of a love pocket,â€? Henderson said of the community. â€œI had a great childhood.â€? The community relied upon self-sufficiency. The New London Avenue Colored School educated all children in the neighborhood through eighth grade from 1922 to 1958, when desegregation made it obsolete. The Bobby Saundersâ€™ Barbershop, located between Cleveland Avenue and Church Street, became a frequent social spot in the community. Mt. Zion Union American Methodist Episcopal Church, located on Rose Street, and St. John African Methodist Church, on the corner of New London and Cleveland Avenue, also became vital landmarks in the area. Saunders also opened a convenience store on Cleveland Avenue in 1946, allowing residents to get all their food necessities in the area. Aden graduated from Spellman College, an all-black female college in Atlanta, before attending Cornell University for her masterâ€™s degree. Her sister, Lauren, became a reporter for Channel 6 News for more than 20 years. Former New London resident Denise Hayman, who spearheaded the podcast project, is a professor at Northern Illinois University, holding a Ph.D. Her brother, Conway, played football at the university, becoming a first team All-American and playing 10 seasons in the NFL. Last week, longtime New London resident Dorothy Watson died at age 72. After Watsonâ€™s sister passed away at an early age, she took in her sisterâ€™s four young sons and raised them, with the help of the rest of the community. The sons went on to careers in the military and in seminary, Henderson said. Several members of the old community came back for Watsonâ€™s funeral, a brief celebration of a woman who embodied the character of the community, according to Henderson. â€œIn the service, they actually talked about the community that weâ€™re from and you know, the way we loved another and the way we cared for one another,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s just not the same.â€?
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UD alerts still need adjusting Immediate notifications critical during emergencies At approximately 9 a.m. Friday morning, students received a UD Alert about an alleged suicide attempt on the Morris Library patio. The university community should appreciate the notification, especially because the incident involved a gun. However, school officials still need to resolve a few issues, specifically those involving the timing of alerts. According to the news release posted on UDaily, the incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m. However, three hours passed before students learned about it. This is a significant amount of time, and every second counts when it comes to shootings. While this shooting did not
seem to be targeted at other individuals, an alert immediately followng the incident would have been useful to keep people out of the area until the scene was completely secure. Earlier this semester, the Office of Public Safety released a video about different strategies to utilize in case of a shooting called “Shots Fired on Campus.” University officials clearly want students to be prepared in case of an emergency. Quick notification should therefore be a top priority involving terrorist threats. Going forward, university officials should continue to alert students of all threats, especially those that could cause a great amount of harm.
Strong SGA, city relations vital The Graduate Student Senate invited District 2 councilman Jerry Clifton to its meeting on Thursday, which was also attended by Dave Mroz, the director of operations for the Student Government Association. This not only symbolized the importance of constant communication between the city and students, but also highlighted how such constant communication is entirely feasible. The Graduate Student Senate showed a clear interest in keeping a strong relationship with the town, and SGA must do the same. Mroz said SGA has created a committee dedicated to undergraduate and city relations, and will appoint a student
representative to attend city council meetings, all of which are steps in the right direction. However, it is vital for these plans to materialize into action. SGA should implement a longterm strategy, especially since the undergraduate and city connection weakened in just a few years. Communication must remain in place between the city of Newark and student government bodies at all times, not just when issues arise. As the undergraduate population continues to increase and Newark sees more development, feedback and exchanges of ideas from both sides must become a standard practice.
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Penn State students blinded by irrational loyalty Emily Nassi
Nassi’s Notes Penn State students can’t see that Paterno needed to go. If you were to look at what people were saying about the Penn State sex-abuse scandal involving former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and former head coach Joe Paterno, the attitudes could not be more different between people attending Penn State and those on the outside looking in. Just about every area newspaper called for Paterno to resign or be fired. Students disagreed, gathering outside Paterno’s house in support last Tuesday night, and rioting on campus Wednesday when he was fired. Chris Jones, a columnist for ESPN the Magazine called for an empty stadium at the Nebraska game on Saturday on his Twitter account. Ryan Loy, a staff writer for Penn State’s newspaper The Daily Collegian, wrote a column stating the “scandal overshadows the big day.” At first, I was wondering if outsiders were judging Paterno too harshly. We don’t go there, we don’t know how their system operates. In actuality, it just looks like a number of students are just completely blinded by their
allegiance to the coach. It’s obvious students and Penn State fans worshipped this man simply because he has been the face of the program for 45 years, and brought them prominence long ago. However, the Nittany Lions have not exactly been at the top of their game in quite a while, losing 46 games in the last 10 years. He hardly coaches from the sideline anymore. Anywhere else, the coach would be out when games weren’t won. But Paterno isn’t just any coach. This might be why The Daily Collegian’s editorial last Wednesday asked why Penn State President Graham Spanier wasn’t talking. He is just as responsible for the cover up. The Board of Trustees’ decision to fire him was absolutely warranted. But he is not the only culprit. So why can’t the student newspaper, supposedly the objective voice on campus, point the finger? Last Wednesday, before Paterno was ousted, I listened to an interview on The Fan, New York City sports radio station, with a Penn State freshman named Austin Letter-
man. Letterman said that the small group of students rallying outside Paterno’s house on Tuesday didn’t represent the overall sentiment on campus. But Letterman still believes Paterno should coach until the end of the year, a decision Paterno suggested himself. Letterman said leaving the players without a coach is unfair. What kind of football player wants to play for a coach, for an athletic department, for a university, that would cover up such horrific acts? A player who can’t shake that blind loyalty he holds for his coach and his university. This is a time, however, when no one is going to question a player for questioning his coach, his team or his school. The same goes for students. It’s OK to be embarrassed, disgusted and simply stupefied by what has happened. I would even go as far as saying students should be all of the above. The people in positions of power needed to be questioned. They all needed to be removed. Paterno should not have been able to leave on his own terms, and students should not have stood for that. He could have done something, and he didn’t.
He could have reported these crimes and cemented his legacy. If he went to the police, he would have been lauded as a hero. Now, what might have been a blemish on the record of Penn State is ink completely spilled all over the page. People outside of the Penn State bubble understand this. It’s easier for us on the outside, at national news outlets, at other universities, to criticize Penn State because we aren’t there. Our livelihoods and reputations are not at stake. It’s almost understandable that people will rally behind Paterno, especially since the situation is in its early stages, right? Not by a long shot. People should be rioting because administrators and coaches at Penn State knew and did nothing. These alleged horrific crimes were allowed to continue right there on campus. Why can’t these people, those angry that he has been fired, see that? They need to let go of this blind allegiance. They need to be disappointed and angry that their idol failed them and could have stopped this, not angry that he’s been fired. It’s time to wake up, take a step back and look at this like the rest of us already have. Emily Nassi is the editorial editor at The Review. Her viewpoints do not necessarily represent those of the Review staff. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required university courses hinder college experiences Sophie Latapie
Sophie Says Many college requirements keep students from taking courses that actually interest them. The most relevant and useful advice I received in college came from the late Steve Jobs. It was freshman year and I was enrolled in a business oral communication class, a requirement of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. The class undoubtedly sunk my GPA. I misinterpreted one assignment, I was left with a B-minus burning a hole through my transcript, even though I got A’s on everything else. When I switched my major from business to international relations, the course transferred as an elective. I felt cheated because it seemed I could have opted for a breezy ice skating elective instead. I can’t remember anything I learned in that class (public speaking has always come easy to me, so listening to a lecture about what to do with my arms while talking seemed futile), with the exception of one assignment. We had to listen to two speeches and compare them— one was of Steve Job’s commencement speech at Stanford University and the other was a speech
by George W. Bush. I have no recollection of the context or content of Bush’s speech. I became distracted since it was so boring and nonsensical. In Jobs’ speech, he talked about “connecting the dots.” He said one of the best decisions he made was to drop out of college and become a part-time student, because it allowed him to take the classes he was actually interested in, instead of the required courses that bored him. He decided to pick up a calligraphy class, which at the time, had absolutely no practical application. But 10 years later, while designing the original Macintosh, the skills Jobs had learned in that calligraphy course came rushing back to him, and the result was the first computer equipped with beautiful and varying typography. Jobs noted that since Microsoft Windows always just copied Apple’s software, it is likely that no personal computer would feature a selection of fonts if he hadn’t dropped in on that calligraphy class. Jobs’ speech echoes in my head now as I sit through classes that fail to pique my interest in any way. I should be taking classes that matter to me, that stimulate my mind. Shouldn’t college be the tool I use to find my passion? Shouldn’t it be my outlet for artistic and intellectual expression? And if for no other reason, shouldn’t I get some say in what I’m learning if I’m shelling out $30,000 a year to go here? Alas, I’m touching on one of oldest debates in educational history. Who gets to choose?
Who has the students’ best interests in mind—the student or “the man?” In my case, “the man” being the political science and international relations departments. I understand why required courses exist. The university can’t churn out business students and expect them to be successful if the students have never taken a single math class. How will a biology major survive in the real world if he or she opted out of the class in which they learn about mitosis, to take print-making? There obviously must be some limits. But the fact that administrators are still flabbergasted when faced with these questions does nothing to quell the frustration bubbling inside me as I sit through yet another lecture about the struggles of peasants during the fifteenth century. They struggled. They struggled even more during a poor crop season. I get it. The guy on my left plays Tetris as the girl to my right catches up on online shopping. Clearly we are struggling in this class. Half an hour later, all of us amble out of the class because not even the professor can drone on about this topic for 50 minutes. At this point, there’s nothing I can do to improve my current situation. Three days a week I sit through a class that bores me to tears. Not even Steve Jobs can connect the dots on how I’ll use the plethora of information I now have about Spanish peasants in 1582. In fact, my friends joke that I’m “reverse marketable.” People would pay me not to talk about what
I learned from that class. My suggestion to the university is simple. Even though I don’t think we should have to transfer to Brown University (where required classes don’t exist) to take a few outside-the-box courses, perhaps we should take the majority of our elective classes freshman year. Most freshmen enter college with only a vague idea of what they want to study or pursue as a career. I was initially accepted to the business school, only to transfer to College of Arts & Sciences the next semester. Three years later, it was only until out of sheer luck that I got off the waitlist for a broadcast journalism class, and discovered how much I love television and film production. With a semester left in college, my only regret is that I didn’t get the chance to discover this interest earlier. Maybe if I had taken more broadcasting classes in college, I could have pursued an internship at a television network the past two summers. I’m not saying all hope is lost, or that I’ll never get a job, but it would’ve been nice to feel that gentle nudge in a certain direction a bit earlier, and to balance out the classes continuing to make me unmarketable. Sophie Latapie is a copy desk chief at The Review. Her viewpoints do not necessarily represent those of the Review staff. Please send comments to email@example.com.
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Goo Goo Dolls take the stage in Wilmington
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Wilmington venue features ’90s rock classic BY KRISTA CONNOR Entertainment Editor
WILMINGTON, Del.— Strobe lights and rock ’n’ roll filled the packed Grand Opera House in Wilmington Wednesday night as alternative rock band The Goo Goo Dolls performed one of the final shows of their year-long east coast “Something for the Rest of Us” tour. The Buffalo, N.Y.-based band formed in 1986 when two teenage friends—singer and
guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist and singer Robby Takac—began playing music together. They gained popularity with singles like 1995’s “Name” and the 1998 hit “Iris.” Over the past 20 years, the Grammy-nominated band has released nine albums, sold nearly nine million albums in the United States and had 14 top-10 singles. Before the concert, The Review talked with Takac about the band’s upcoming album, the origins of the band name and their days before hitting the charts.
Q&A with Robby Takac What brings the band to Wilmington, Del.?
the main message you’d like to get out to listeners?
Takac: Oh man, we’re bringing the big rock show to town tonight! Ya know? We’re winding our tour up. We’ve been out since April of 2010 on “Something for the Rest of Us” tour and we’re taking this last eight weeks and doing smaller theaters, pretty much mostly on the east coast. But we’ve been having a great time—I’m sure we’ve been to Delaware before. I can’t think off the top of my head, but we’ve been traveling around for 25 years, so I’m sure we’ve been here at some point. And then we’re going to go out and make another record. Go out and do it all over again.
Takac: It’s like most of our records, where we sort of talk about the things we see around us. I think three years ago when we were writing that record, we were looking around us and there was some crazy stuff going on, generally, in the world. And I think the songs tend to reflect what was going on around us. You know, I think it was a bit of a dark record. It’s funny—I see a glimmer of optimism up there [in society] right now. We’ve got all of these people who pay attention, got some people camping out in parks cause they want people to take notice— and that’s very engaging to me. So hopefully with the next one—I’m pretty sure the next one’s going to be more optimistic, ’cause I think the world’s heading that way. How did you come up with your band name, and what exactly does it mean?
You just mentioned a new album. Can you talk about what you’re working on now?
Takac: We’ve been collecting some ideas and have recorded a couple of things and we’re going to try to pull things together. We attempted before—it hasn’t happened—but we are going to try to pull things together pretty quickly and get another record out there, so we can get back into the swing of things. Things have changed a lot in the music business. We used to release a record every three or four years, and I really don’t think you’ve got that kind of time anymore. I think people get distracted very easily these days, so hopefully we can get one out a little quicker this time.
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Guitarist and singer John Rzeznik (above) formed The Goo Goo Dolls with bassist Robby Takac in 1986.
Can you talk about your latest album, “Something for the Rest of Us”? What’s
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The Goo Goo Dolls performed Wednesday night at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington.
Takac: We often say we wish we had a few more minutes to think and we maybe could have come up with something cooler. When we were searching for a name to replace our original band name—which was even worse, which I won’t go into right now—we ended up with “The Goo Goo Dolls.” Although we hate it, I think it’s memorable. I think once you hear it, you don’t forget. […] It was a toy that we saw in a magazine, and we were a super-fast punk rock band when we started out—fast, loud, screaming music, and we found it to be an ironic name for what we were doing. And we were kids. You never think your
band’s going to be together for 20 years and you’re going to grow up when you’re a band, which is what happened with us. We were kids making the kind of music we liked back then, and we grew up and we learned how to write songs, we learned how to make records. The name doesn’t seem fitting anymore, but it does describe the group of people that had been making this happen for the past 25 years. So we’re stuck with it. When you started the band, what made you want to branch away from the mainstream pop culture? Do you think it’s ironic that you became one of the bigger bands?
Takac: Yeah, I can’t believe it. It freaks me out, man. It’s weird to me. And it still seems weird to me—I’m sitting here making music for a living. It’s, like, wow—it’s pretty awesome. I think we sort of fancied ourselves bohemian art kids back then. We were in the alternative world. All our heroes, all our favorite bands sold 20,000 records—they weren’t selling a million records like Mötley Crüe was. They were small indie bands and super dedicated and a very—this is kind of the wrong word, but you’ll get it—elite following of people “in the know.” And that’s sort of where we came from. We never really thought about being a mainstream band or anything like that. Just kind of made our songs and got to be able to get better at what we did, and somebody heard a song one day and thought, “Wow, this might sound good on the radio,” and it worked—and the rest is kind of where we are now.
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The band is currently on its “Something for the Rest of Us” tour.
November 15, 2011
Old College art collection houses original Picasso print BY LEAH SININSKY Features Editor
Beyond four Georgia-style columns and within the confines of Old College Hall on Main Street, the study collection of the gallery houses an original print by Pablo Picasso along with many other original works in various media. Janet Broske, the curator of collections for the university museums, says the print titled “Le Combat” created by Picasso in 1937 was made using a dry point method, in which a copper plate is etched with a sharp pointed instrument. The engraved plate is covered with a thin layer of ink and put through an etching press along with a piece of dampened paper to create a print. One copper plate can therefore produce multiple paper prints. Janis Tomlinson, director of university museums, says since the piece is on paper, it cannot be on permanent exhibition and is currently kept in the study collection. She says prints and photographs, which fade with too much light exposure, are never on exhibit for more than five or six months at a time. “The thing is, in the main gallery we wouldn’t have a work like that on permanent exhibition because it’s on paper,” Tomlinson says. “Paper fades.” Broske says the reason for housing “Le Combat” at the university is somewhat unclear. She says it became part of the Memorial Library Collection circa 1950. Although she has not extensively researched the print, Broske says the method Picasso used may be evidence of his state of mind at the time. “You can see thick lines but also very thin lines,” Broske says. “So the technique really says a lot about mental turmoil.” Art history professor Perry Chapman says “Le Combat,”
which dates back to the Spanish Civil War, is closely related to one of Picasso’s most famous paintings, “Guernica,” which currently hangs in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain. She says “Le Combat” depicts a fight between mythological beasts but relates to Spain’s situation at the time. “It catches current events in more abstract, traditional forms,” Chapman says. Tomlinson says although she is thrilled to have a Picasso print
“There’s nothing that can compare to being able to study a piece of art in person.” -Mollie Armstrong, junior
at Old College Gallery, there are other countless treasures within the collection. “If we had [an original] painting by Picasso—my heavens, we’d be over ourselves and ecstatic,” she says. “I don’t think a print by Picasso should overshadow a painting by N.C. Wyeth.” Old College Gallery features more than 10,000 pieces, each of which belong to either the permanent collection or a temporary exhibition. Tomlinson says in addition to the permanent
exhibition in the main gallery, there is a side gallery that consists of mostly works that are gifted to the gallery and changes twice a year. Currently, the side gallery houses mixed media works by art professor Virginia Bradley. Future exhibitions are scheduled through January 2013. Junior Mollie Armstrong, an art history major, says she is impressed by the magnitude of the collection. “What a lot of people don’t know is that a lot of what they have isn’t on display,” Armstrong says. She says she appreciates the gallery because it provides material for her class papers, but also because it exposes her to well-known artists like N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle, both of whom belonged to the Brandywine School, a style of illustration and an artists’ colony created by Pyle in Chadds Ford, Pa. “There’s nothing that can compare to being able to study a piece of art in person,” she says. Chapman says she requires almost all of her undergraduate students to visit the gallery for assignments. “Looking at art should provoke thought,” she says. “It works different ways with different people but it’s often a very thought-provoking and satisfying experience.” Broske has been working at Old College Gallery since her second day of graduate school at the university in 1982. She says while she enjoys handling original artwork by famous artists like Rembrandt, she also loves working with lesser-known pieces. “[There are] artists that toil in anonymity,” she says. “Their manifestation of hand and mind and spirit put us in touch with something that’s important to them.”
The Picasso print “Le Combat” stands in the study collection of the Old College Gallery.
Courtesy of Janet Broske
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Proceeds and food donations from the Rock vs. Hunger event Saturday at Mojo Main benefit Philabundance and the Food Bank of Delaware.
Bands battle local hunger at Mojo BY CHRISTINE BARBA and COLLETTE O’NEAL The Review
While hundreds of students tailgated Saturday afternoon, members of the band MK Omega rocked out on the stage at Mojo Main in red shirts and black vests while the performance group Capital City Jedi Knights executed choreographed fight scenes with light sabers in front of the stage at the Rock vs. Hunger benefit concert. The event was hosted by Una Más Records, an independent record label based in West Chester, Pa., that was started by the members of MK Omega. Attendees were asked to donate cans of tuna or $3 for Philadelphia-based charity Philabundance and the Food Bank of Delaware. Jonathan Wapner, associate director of Rock vs. Hunger and general partner at Una Más Records, says the idea for Rock vs. Hunger began when MK Omega decided to donate 10 percent of their album sales to Philabundance. The group wanted to further that idea by collecting food and cash donations at one event and chose Mojo Main as their location. “Albums don’t sell like they used to, and people need food now,” he says. “We always liked going to [Mojo Main]—the sound is excellent, the food is excellent, all the people are great.” Wapner, who is also the drummer for MK Omega, says Philabundance and the Food Bank of Delaware specifically asked for donations of tuna and will split the profits from the event. The record label plans to make Rock vs. Hunger an annual or semi-annual event, and hopes to bring in more independent and original music, he says. “There are a lot of things we can do with Rock vs. Hunger to bring these donations in,” he says. “We ask that the music is creative, it’s artful and of a certain quality. There has to be some sort of a positivity to it or some sort of good message involved in it.”
Mark Sarro, marketing representative for Una Más Records and director of Rock vs. Hunger, says the drive was meant to break the stigma that record labels are only concerned with financial gain. He says band members choose which organizations they want to donate to. “As a born and raised Delawarean, it’s a privilege to give back to the state and raise awareness to teenagers about hunger, not just nationally, but in their own community,” Sarro says. Wapner says nutrition is a vital issue and people often choose cheap food that leads to health problems. He says the event made him realize how fortunate he is to be able to provide for his young son and that not every person has the same opportunity. “I think about all the things that I’m able to give my son and how lucky he is to have those things,” he says. “There are a lot of kids out there that just don’t have that….If we can try to get some good food to people that can benefit their health and their lives, it’s a meaningful thing.” Aaron Chernak, who performs with the Capital City Jedi Knights, says his group did not mind traveling an hour and a half from Harrisburg, Pa. to support the food drive. “We’re really trying to get into more charities and we heard that there was a food drive out here,” Chernak says. “We still get to do what we love to do, and to do it for a good cause.” Kim Kostes, community relations manager for the Food Bank of Delaware, says she enjoyed seeing people get involved in donating food for Delaware and Philadelphia. “We like to encourage people that it doesn’t take a lot to make a big difference in the community,” Kostes says. Wapner says it was important to the record label to bring in younger bands as well as older bands to show them the value of charity. “It’s not just about going out there and trying to be a rock star,” he says. “You have to do some good for the world.”
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sights & sounds
“Jack and Jill” Columbia Pictures PPP (out of PPPPP) The names Jack and Jill immediately bring to mind the famous children’s nursery rhyme. But this week’s new release, “Jack and Jill,” starring comedic heavyhitter Adam Sandler, gives the Mother Goose classic an entirely new spin as Sandler dons a dress and plays both the main character, Jack Sadelstein and his twin sister Jill Sadelstein. The twins are seemingly completely opposite in character, but the plotline uncovers their similarities during their time spent together over the holidays. Jack is an advertising executive while Jill spends most of her time at home in New York, pining away over her lackluster love life and not being able to spend much time with her family. As with many other Sandler movies, “Jack and Jill” features a number of cameos from well-known actors. Rob Schneider, Johnny Depp and Shaquille O’Neal all appear in the film. David Spade even takes a step into the world of drag in his minor role as Monica, Jack’s ex-girlfriend
from high school. Al Pacino, famous for his dramatic role in the “Godfather” series, plays himself in the comedy. His obsession with the reclusive Jill leaves the audience puzzled, but is sure to get some laughs. Sandler’s performance as Jill brings to mind other gender-switched roles in Hollywood such as Tyler Perry’s character in the “Madea” series and Robin Williams’ character as an older female nanny and maid
RECORD Electrorock fusion Did you ever wonder Ethan Barr what would happen if David Guetta and the Kaiser Chiefs decided to team up? It’s hard to imagine, but I think it would sound something like an upbeat Modest Mouse song with additional synthesizers. House music and rock ‘n’ roll have been two of the most popular genres of the past decade, and it’s not much of a surprise that the two have fused to create the electronic rock style. Passion Pit uses more synthesizers and sound effects than Devo, Gary Numan and a-Ha and combined. However, Passion Pit manages to incorporate all the elements of a typical rock band including drums, guitar, bass and coherent vocals. Their combination of decadent tones and almost childish melodies make for an entirely
in the 1993 classic, “Mrs. Doubtfire.” The film is silly, but antics like Pacino rapping in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial will leave audiences roaring. It may not necessitate deep thought from audience members, but “Jack and Jill” is a decent pick for a laugh after a hard day’s work. —Quindara Lazenbury, firstname.lastname@example.org
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different subgenre that transcends any popular music before the mid2000s. Their lyrics are nothing to scoff at, either. On “Let Your Love Grow Tall,” lead singer Michael Angelakos croons, “In pastures blue and green / I’ll follow you and you’ll follow me / My fabric’s mystery / I’ll wave your loyalty in the freezing breeze so desperately.” Some groups, such as The Bravery, lean more toward the rock ‘n’ roll side of the gap. Although they may seem like an indie band with a keyboardist, they are technically under the electronic rock genre due to their heavy use of synthesizers a persona that echoes The Cure. As you may recall, The Killers also began as an electronic rock group. Listen to the group’s first single, “Somebody Told Me”—synthesizers galore. Regardless, these bands have toned down the synthesizers and found inspiration in the rock music of the 1970s. A number of musicians are almost entirely electronic, yet they incorporate some rock elements, such as using real drums instead of synthetic drum machines. One of my personal favorites is Justice, a French house duo that uses micro-sampling. This is where they take bits and pieces from songs of different genres and artists to form full tracks. They have used handclaps from a 50 Cent tune and vocal tidbits from a Slipknot song on the same track,
“Melancholia” Magnolia Pictures PPPP (out of PPPPP) Independent filmmaker Lars von Trier first made his mark with the 1996 film “Breaking the Waves,” opening the world up to his canon of handheld cameras, eccentric storylines and an amoral sense of misogyny. From “Breaking the Waves” to “Dogma” and now his newest film “Melancholia,” von Trier is a dark man of considerable demons and questionable opinions about women. And yet, there’s so much about the somber, morose experience of watching “Melancholia” that is impossible to shake. The movie is split into two chapters, initially focusing on the wedding ceremonies of Justine (Kirsten Dunst), an advertising agent who coexists uneasily with her fussier, more uptight older sister, Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg). As her wedding date draws closer, Justine seems to fall into a deeper feeling of unease, while the sky is slowly being taken over by a red, glowing light. People speculate that it might be Jupiter moving closer to Earth—but if it is, why is it appearing during the seasons when it’s supposed to
but these samples are so small and unrecognizable that even the original artists themselves would have trouble recognizing them. Justice maintains a strictly electronic sound but manages to incorporate some ingredients of the disco genre and funk music. Another band with rock roots that heavily employs the elements of electronic music is Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor is the brains behind this group, if it can even be referred to as a “group”—he is the only official member and operates as the lead singer, producer and instrumentalist on every song that Nine Inch Nails has ever recorded. However, Nine Inch Nails has a much heavier sound, with a tendency toward heavy metal. The amalgamation of sound effects and hard rock forms what is known in the music industry as “industrial metal” or “industrial rock,” possibly because the tone mimics that of a construction site. Electronic music and rock ‘n’ roll have bonded fairly well over the past few decades. A fusion of the two genres will likely continue to be popular, seeing as the trend of house music has blown up in recent years. Imagine if Deadmau5 and Green Day decided to record a track together— the result would probably sound vaguely like raw recordings from a slaughterhouse, but it would be a hit. —Ethan Barr, email@example.com
be invisible? And why does it keep getting brighter—and closer? Von Trier is ambitious. This is a one-of-a-kind film that examines the fate of our entire universe, while also providing an in-depth dissection of two sisters in crisis. Both Claire and Justine are archetypes—the former is the epitome of conservatism, struggling desperately to cling to the status quo at the risk of her humanity, while the new bride encompasses death and destruction, suffering with intense bouts of depression and anxiety. Watching two talented actresses like Dunst and
Odds & Ends Here are the tracks that best represent each subgenre: Electro-pop – “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service Industrial Rock – “Du Hast” by Rammstein Electronic Disco – “DVNO” by Justice Psychedelic Electronic – “Peacebone” by Animal Collective Electronic Dance Pop – “Folds In Your Hands” by Passion Pit
Gainsbourg go at each other is a cinematic pleasure. Although the sisters are female stereotypes—Justine’s innocence and unpredictable emotional states are contrasted by Claire’s cold, rigid demeanor—von Trier abandons his casual sexism for a richer, more allegorical philosophy— one that can simultaneously ponder the obliteration of modern life while highlighting the tragic deterioration of a sibling relationship. This is filmmaking of the highest scale. It’s imperfect—but don’t miss it. —Tom McKenna, firstname.lastname@example.org
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November 15, 2011
Day Trippin’: With Jen Rini
Wine has held a mystical intrigue for me since my Holy Communion days at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in good old Moorestown, N.J. These days, the wine I come in contact with is a bit less saintly, but it still has me singing its praises. The Brandywine Valley, approximately 25 miles from Newark in Pennsylvania, is home to an unofficial wine trail. The Black Walnut Winery, Chaddsford Winery, Kreutz Creek Vineyards, Paradocx Vineyard, Patone Cellars, Penns Woods Winery and Twin Brook Winery are all in this area and within driving distance from the university. This week, I dragged my family to the vineyards of the Chaddsford Winery, located 30 miles from the main winery outside of Kennett Square. The Chaddsford Winery is located right off Baltimore Pike, past the gorgeous Longwood Gardens and Kennett Square’s quaint Main Street. I wish we had visited the winery in season—during September and October—but even though everything was slightly frosted, the winery was certainly impressive. Though the actual inside of
the winery was not as large as I imagined, its walls were lined with wine options from sangria to merlot, enticing prospective visitors buy a bottle—or four. Located farther inside the winery are enormous stainless steel vats that house the fermented wine. After surveying the wine selection, the Rinis chose a sweet blush wine to drink—not as sweet as sangria, but not as dry as pinot grigio. I may be exaggerating my status as a wine connoisseur, but I’ve watched “Under the Tuscan Sun” enough times to convince myself I know a little about vino. The winery also has an experimental grapevine on its property, used to try out different grapes and create new wine concoctions. On this particular vine, the grape of choice was chambourcin, a flavorful and hardy variety that could produce wine strong enough to make Dionysus proud. The winery also provided the perfect atmosphere for a Rini storytelling session, which, as my friends can attest, tends to be quite ridiculous. Allegedly, when my father was 10, his grandparents in Brooklyn had a wine press in their basement. He and his cousins would be in charge of
churning the press to crank out wine for family meals. Initially, I was taken aback that my great grandparents owned a wine press, but honestly, that is the least strange thing my extended family has had at their disposal. Apparently, my grandparents have had piranhas, chicks and now a wine press in their tiny abode (in addition to the plastic-covered couches.) Who knows what else they were hiding in their basement? I guess the homemade wine is an Italian thing, so I’m not the least bit surprised. My mother even mentioned how back in the day her family would cut up peaches and toss them in the freshly squeezed wine—one peach would have you on the floor. It looks like Thanksgiving in Brooklyn will be interesting this year for this wino.
— Jen Rini, email@example.com
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Jen Rini peruses the vineyards at Chaddsford Winery in Pennsylvania.
Fashion Forward: M o d e l and television presenter Alexa Chung has been my favorite style star for a while. I discovered the English personality in Megan Soria high school, when her style instantly grabbed my attention in photos alongside her boyfriend of the time, Alex Turner, frontman for the band Arctic Monkeys. Since then, she’s made a name for herself in the fashion world—the contributing editor for British Vogue has been dubbed high society’s “It Girl.” The unveiling of her latest collection for American clothing line Madewell crashed its website last September, and she is the host of Lifetime’s new reality fashion show “24 Hour Catwalk.” I draw inspiration from a long list of style stars—Mary-Kate Olsen, Olivia Palermo, Alison Mosshart, Florence Welch and Zooey Deschanel among them—but I relate to Chung’s aesthetic the most. It’s simultaneously androgynous, childish and ultra-feminine, with the perfect dose of quirk. Her taste is prim yet unpolished, a style I find myself to be the most comfortable in.
But as much as I agree with Chung’s views about fashion, she and I disagree on the subject of trends. At a fashion event for Pucci in New York City, Chung said “Sometimes there are obvious trends, but there aren’t any at the moment I can think of. Are there? It’s bulls—. Trends are a lie magazines make up so you feel like you have to buy something.” The quote was reported by popular fashion websites like New York Magazine’s “The Cut” and Styleite.com. I agree with her statement to a certain degree, but I take it with a grain of salt. If anything, I strive to make it clear in my columns to wear what you love, and not solely base your style on what’s “in.” What makes you feel great as an individual—even if it sometimes means stepping out of your comfort zone for a moment—should define your style. But I believe trends are real, and no, I don’t think trends are a lie magazines use to manipulate people. We can’t ignore trends—they’ll be a part of fashion forever. They affect the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry, which not only employs millions of people but impacts the way people present themselves to the world. Although I don’t necessarily follow every single trend, I pay attention to them and it helps me tremendously in conceptualizing my own individual style.
There are so many people out there who want to develop their personal style and don’t even know where to begin—ordinary people who want to dress to impress, as well as those who want to express themselves and are lost. This is where trends come into play. Magazines lay down trends for people so they can extract what they like and make it their own. Trends are an important ingredient for creating an original outfit. When Chung constructs an amazing outfit, it is inherently influenced by a trend—even trendsetters need trends to start with. Following a trend doesn’t mean sacrificing originality. Should you buy into every single fad for the season, or copy every celebrity that wears something cool? No, because the least appealing thing is to be is trend-obsessed. Keeping up with the latest craze can be exhausting, so be true to yourself, and incorporate trends you love into your wardrobe— whether or not it’s “in” or “out.” Never feel obligated to have something. The fashion world really isn’t all that evil—so don’t feel pressured to wear Prada just because the devil does. There is nothing wrong with paying attention to trends, but whether or not you allow yourself to become a slave to them is up to you. —Megan Soria, firstname.lastname@example.org
DID YOU KNOW? Did you know Wilmington, Del. is home to one of the world’s largest frying pans? Six states claim to host the world’s largest frying pan, but some are replicas of older pans or better fit the definition of a deep fryer. Delaware’s frying pan, which spans 10 feet in diameter and weighs 650 pounds, is one of the oldest and can hold up to 800 chicken quarters at a time. The Wilmington frying pan has cooked more than 100 tons of chicken for the annual Delmarva Chicken Festival, which began in 1948 as a cooking contest sponsored by the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. In
1950, the Mumford Sheet Metal Company, located in Selbyville, Del., manufactured the pan, which was used to cook at the festival for 48 years. Although the festival continues today, the pan was bolted to the wall of the library of the Historical Society of Delaware in 1998. Giant pan lovers can pay a $6 admission fee to see the pan, which is on display for the public each weekday except Wednesday. —Krista Connor, email@example.com
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‘MADtv’ personality Aries Spears performs BY ASHLEY PAINTSIL Staff Reporter
Comedian Aries Spears joked about interracial relationships, Arnold Schwarzenegger and members of the audience in
Mitchell Hall Saturday night at the Cultural Programming Advisory Board’s annual Homecoming Comedy Show. The event was hosted by comedian TuRae and opened by comedian Derek Gaines.
Spears, who was born in Chicago and grew up in New Jersey, performed in local comedy clubs beginning when he was 14 years old. After he was scouted at the age of 17, he started his acting career in the 1994 film “Home of
Angels” before playing small roles in movies like “Jerry Maguire” and “Josie and the Pussycats.” Spears is best known for his performances in nearly 200 episodes of the Fox sketch comedy series “MADtv,” playing characters like Mother
Love and Talkin’ American. The Review sat down with Spears before the show to talk about his sense of humor, the versatility of his roles and the art of parody.
Q&A with Aries Spears When you became a comedian
Spears: I don’t know that I’ve done enough roles that demand that kind of recognition. I’ve done a lot of movies that pay the bills and a lot of movies that make great coasters that you can crack your weed on, but I’m still trying to define who I am and my position.
age of 14, did you know A Q atthatthewas what you wanted to do with your future?
Spears: Yeah, I always knew I wanted to be famous. I didn’t know how I was going to go about it. I think somewhere around 13, 14, Eddie Murphy was my influence. I was doing impressions and characters, so I’m thinking, he started at 14—so why not me?
What was unique about you and your humor that caught peoples’ attention? What do you think makes you funny?
Spears: Honesty—I try to be honest. I think it’s just something you’re born with. It’s a total gift and I think I’ve just been fortunate and blessed to have it.
How did you adapt to different roles, both in serious films and in comedies?
What was your favorite part of performing on “MADtv?”
Spears: The camaraderie. Being with the class of people that I was with, to perform and interact with. We made each other good and we helped each other grow. I never went to college, so that was my college.
What do you think it is about parody that people enjoy?
Spears: Just the unique ability to make fun of something people recognize and they see in a different light. If you parody something that’s serious and you put a comedic twist on it, it takes a certain amount of genius and skill to do that. So I respect the art form.
Review - Univ.night of Delaware Comedian Aries Spears performedThe at Mitchell Hall Saturday as part of the Cultural Programming Advisory Board’s annual Homecoming Comedy Show.
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Student art showcased in Wilmington gallery BY ANNE ULIZIO Managing Mosaic Editor
London-based photographer Nadav Kander’s work has been showcased in photography exhibits in galleries all over the world, including the famed Palais de Tokyo in Paris as well as museums in Spain, China and the United Kingdom. Now, the artist’s influence has reached the university, prompting visual communication professor Bill Deering to model a semester-long project after Kander’s photo series, “Beauty’s Nothing.” Deering’s visual communications class submitted 17 photographs to the Colourworks Gallery, located in the historic Brandywine village in Wilmington, for an exhibit titled “Beauty is Nothing,” which opened Nov. 4 and will run for the entire month. Deering leads a London study abroad trip for students interested in visual communication, during which he first discovered the inspiration for the “Beauty is Nothing” theme in Kander’s work. He says after he saw Kander’s series of photographs approximately five years ago, he decided to collaborate with the artist and ask Kander for permission to use the same theme as an assignment in his visual communications class. Deering says he limited the guidelines of the project and let the students choose what type of media they wanted to work with so they could develop their own style. He says of the 19 students in the class, 17 chose photography while two others chose to create a video as their interpretation of
the “Beauty is Nothing” theme. “I always want to be a can opener,” Deering says. “[I encourage them] to try to find their own way and have their own voice.” Students brought their photographs to class and went through rounds of critiques before choosing a piece for the exhibit. The final prints were brought to the Colourworks Gallery to be framed and hung for the exhibit. Gerry Piotrowski, a 1995 university graduate, and Eric Russell, a 1994 alumnus, own the Colourworks Gallery. Piotrowski says he and Russell worked in the printing lab together when the space was used only for printing and processing customers’ photographs. The two were offered the opportunity to buy the business, and decided in 1997 to transform the front lobby into what they call an “art space.” Piotrowski says he and Russell wanted to use the lobby space to highlight local artists’ work rather than just focusing on the work done in the printing lab behind the desk. The gallery does not get commission for sales of the pieces. “We provide a space for people to share their work,” Piotrowski says. The gallery features an annual show for the university each fall, and this year the exhibit showcases 17 photographs from Deering’s visual communications class. “[It’s] a good show, well put together,” Piotrowski says. “It’s interesting visually as well as conceptually.” Ross Baynham, a junior exchange student from Glasgow Caledonian
University in Scotland, is studying visual communications at the university for the semester. Baynham says although he has won a few photography contests, this is the first time his work has been featured in a gallery. The piece Baynham chose to submit to the exhibit is a panel of four black-and-white photographs taken in New York City. Baynham says he chose to feature candid shots of city life, as he thinks they are more realistic than people posing in photographs. “They were all kind of secret, [taken] from behind without [the people] looking, kind of candid,” Baynham says. “That’s more real life.” Junior Jess Vallee chose her closeup photograph of a wall of an abandoned marina to hang in the gallery. She says the theme is versatile, which allowed her to explore different options. Vallee was at home in Matawan, N.J., when she decided to go for a drive, stumbled across the abandoned marina and snapped a few photographs of the different patterns of the weathered wood wall. “The theme—you can take it anywhere,” Vallee says. “It can be something simple made beautiful, it can be something not normally beautiful but you think is beautiful.” Vallee says she and approximately of Deering’s class attended the exhibit’s opening Friday, Nov. 4. She says sharing her work with people she didn’t know was a stimulating experience. “Just that strangers were looking at my work was exciting to me,” Vallee says.
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The “Beauty is Nothing” exhibit features 17 photographs by university art students until the end of November.
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Grilling up a tailgate meal Homecoming tailgates are an integral part of the college experience, and this weekend was no exception. Along with friends, balmy Abby Engel weather and the football win we saw on Saturday, there was no shortage of delicious food in the packed parking lots surrounding Delaware Stadium. Whether it was the average college student cooking hot dogs on a tiny tailgate grill or an experienced alum whipping up barbecued ribs, the smells were mouthwatering. It may have something to do with the high volume of alcohol consumed in such a setting, but everything seems to taste better at a tailgate. It might be the drunk munchies driving us to eat four hot dogs, but there is actually a chemical reaction taking place on the grates of your grill producing a taste that can’t quite be recreated in any other setting. I’m talking about a chemical reaction called the Maillard reaction, which produces the brown coloring we see on cooked meats and is named after French scientist Louis-Camille Maillard. Most grill masters just refer to this phenomenon as browning, but scientifically speaking, it is a reaction between proteins and
carbohydrates in the presence of heat. The strongest flavors in grilled meats are on the outside. The coals in the grill heat the meat from the outside in and create a more rapid reaction on the outside. These reactions are present in many types of cooked foods, not just on the grill—the browning of products such as cookies and bread are also a result of the Maillard reaction. It is an extremely important part of flavor chemistry and yields 600 aromatic compounds just from grilling alone. Although grilled meat looks the same as meat prepared other ways, there are distinct differences. Grilling produces a different taste and is more forgiving on your waistline than
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other cooking practices, because frying or roasting often requires the use of oil to prevent the meat from burning and sticking to the pan when cooked at extreme temperatures. Grills do not require these additions and therefore cuts down on calories without sacrificing taste. Grills also tend to operate at a higher temperature than an oven or frying pan, allowing the meat to cook quickly with less time for vitamins and minerals to escape. So for future tailgates, feel free to indulge in grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs—just don’t consume eight of them in one sitting. —Abby Engel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Days of Knights Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Tweed Mojo Main Friday, Nov. 18, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. DelaGLOW College Paint Party Pulse Maryland Friday, Nov. 18, 10:30 p.m. Dodgeball for Children Carpenter Sports Building Saturday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dawn of the Deltones Mitchell Hall Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Delaware Drum and Dance Hafla Mojo Main Sunday, Nov. 20, 3:30 p.m.
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Students, faculty volunteer at Chapel Street Playhouse BY SHELBY LANGAN Staff Reporter
For the weekend partygoer, North Chapel Street is synonymous with fraternity houses and weekend parties. In between houses frequented by front porch guests and gatherings, however, lies The Chapel Street playhouse, Newark’s official community theater. The playhouse, which has been open since the 1980s, is home to the Chapel Street Players, a theater group currently in its 77th season. The theater is run entirely by volunteers, who work backstage, perform on stage and usher the shows. Production chair Kathleen Kimber, whose involvement with the playhouse began three years ago when she was cast in the comedydrama “Relative Strangers.,” says the group wants the theater to be a stimulating and welcoming environment for their volunteers, some of whom are university students and faculty. “[The playhouse is] a home away from home, where you can work together to produce an entertaining show and know that we are part of something bigger than just ourselves,” Kimber says. Prior to their relocation in the late 1960s, the group of actors— started by university professors and their spouses—were called
the University Drama Group and performed in Mitchell Hall. It has evolved since then into a community-based group with members from all over Newark. Brian Touchette, chairperson of volunteers and season-ticket holders for the group’s plays, promotes subscriptions for the acting season and acts as a liaison between the directors and producers of the plays and the volunteers. He says a considerable amount of work and number of people are involved in each production. “It’s sort of like an iceberg,” Touchette says. “What you see on stage is only a small portion of what it actually takes.” Scott Mason, associate director of university student centers and president of the board of the playhouse, started out as an actor for the group more than 20 years ago. He says some volunteers come back regularly to participate in shows and backstage jobs while others participate in the production of one show but do not necessarily return for succeeding shows. Mason says the theater group has gained national recognition and attracted audiences from outside the state. “We have about 100 regular subscribers who come to shows, and audiences vary depending on the show,” he says. “We do have people come from New Jersey,
Pennsylvania and Maryland, but even people as far as New York have come down.” He says university faculty and staff often attend shows and if a student is cast in a play, there are typically more students in the audience. Senior Kate Banford was cast in the production of “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare’s comedy in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the man she loves, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. She says “Twelfth Night” is the only play she has performed with the Chapel Street Players. “I got involved because I enjoy acting,” Banford says. “I saw a poster on Main Street and auditioned. Auditions are open to anyone and all.” Mason says Susan Stroman, the Tony Award-winning director of “The Producers,” and Tony Awardwinner John Gallagher Jr. of the rock musical “Spring Awakening” have both performed at the playhouse. Both are Wilmington natives. Mason says since few writers, actors and directors make a name for themselves, the playhouse allows people to enjoy theater as a hobby without the pressure of an artist’s lifestyle. “Local community theatre keeps the notion of ‘live theatre’ alive in our country,” he says.
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The Chapel Street Playhouse is in its 77th season of performances.
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Andrew Pierce is now fifth on the Delaware all-time rushing list.
Delaware cruises in opener BY JUSTINE HOFHERR Sports Editor
The women’s basketball squad kicked off its highly anticipated season with a decisive 89-53 victory over Rhode Island Friday. All-American Elena Delle Donne led Delaware to a historical night with 33 points, 28 of which came in the first half. The Hens set a Bob Carpenter Center record, scoring 51 points in the first half to give Delaware a 31 point lead heading into intermission. Head coach Tina Martin said the scoring gap helped the team to “get the rust off” and allowed all players, including freshman, to get playing time. The Hens forced 18 turnovers, out-rebounded the Rams 45-29 and allowed a 36.4 percent from the field on 20 of 55 shooting. “Defensively, in the beginning, we didn’t do as well as we could have, but we really turned it on and forced some turnovers,” Martin said. Delle Donne, a 6-5 junior guard/forward, was not only named the CAA preseason player of the year, but helped the U.S. team win a gold medal at the World University Games this summer in China. She said she sees these honors as an accomplishment for what she has done in the past, but is now focused on what she can
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THE REVIEW/Hanan Zatloff
The Delaware captains, from left to right Paul Worrilow, Andrew Harrison, Mark Schenauer and Gino Gradkowski, walk onto the field Saturday.
Hens ride Pierce to win over Richmond BY DAN MOBERGER Managing Sports Editor
Delaware’s running attack, led by sophomore Andrew Pierce’s 215 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, carried the Hens to their second consecutive win in Saturday’s uncharacteristically warm Homecoming game. The victory over last-place Richmond (3-7, 0-7 CAA) kept Delaware’s playoff hopes alive for at least one more week. The Hens are now 6-4 on the season and have a 4-3 league record, good enough for fifth in the CAA. “The 300-pound elephant in the room is, can the Hens make the playoffs?” head coach K.C. Keeler said in the postgame press
conference. “We feel that with the win we have over Towson and the win we have over Old Dominion, that if we get the seven wins, we’ll be in.” The defense played no small role in the win. While holding Aaron Corp, Richmond’s quarterback, to 250 yards on 42 attempts, they also limited the impact of play-making wide receiver Tre Gray. Gray ended with 126 yards and a touchdown, but the Hens managed to halt Richmond drives by intercepting Corp three times. “You stop him, you stop their offense, so we keyed in on Tre Gray a lot,” Delaware defensive back Ricky Tunstall said. Tunstall had two of the three picks, as well as a key pass break-up
with fewer than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter. “He and I talked about him moving over to offense next year— that might not happen now,” Keeler said of the junior. “Whatever position we plug him at, he can play. I thought he had a big day and that really helped our secondary.” In addition to Tunstall’s interceptions, Maryland-transfer Travis Hawkins got one of his own. After Delaware turned the ball over on downs in its first series, Richmond attempted a flea-flicker with its first offensive play. Hawkins read the play, stayed with his receiver and stretched out to make a one-handed grab. Despite fizzling on its first series, the Delaware offense used the
field position from Hawkins’ pick to march down for the first score of the game. Pierce scored from oneyard out after Nihja White’s 34-yard reception set the Hens up with a first and goal. Pierce eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the second time in his young career, making him the fourth player in Delaware history to accomplish the feat twice. He attributed his performance to the influence of his blockers. “I knew I had a great offensive line,” Pierce said. “They were going to come out with emotion and want to dominate.” That emotion stemmed from the
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Club field hockey takes nationals BY TIM MASTRO Managing Sports Editor
Courtesy of Jess Ford
The field hockey team after they won the national club championship.
When JaJa Kentwell was lining up one of the most important shots of his field hockey playing career he oozed confidence. It was in sudden death overtime of the National Field Hockey Championship against top seed Virginia. Kentwell had just earned a penalty stroke due to his earlier attempt at goal being blocked by a defender’s foot. He stepped up to take the stroke with the opportunity to give Delaware club field hockey its first ever national title.
“I knew I was gonna score,” Kentwell said. His teammates were equally as sure. “We all knew,” club president Jess Ford said. “It was like, JaJa has a stroke. We just won nationals.” Kentwell didn’t disappoint. His effort found the back of the cage to give the Hens a 2-1 victory. The win was the sixth for the Hens in the tournament which was held Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 in Virginia Beach. They won their pool to advance to the knockout round by defeating Old Dominion, Penn State and Maryland in group play.
Their quarterfinal matchup was against UConn. Despite controlling the game throughout, Delaware found itself in overtime with the score at 1-1. Captain Meredith Scott notched a gamewinning goal within the first two minutes of the extra session to advance the Hens into the semifinals. Delaware raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first five minutes of its semifinal game against Duke. The big margin allowed them to rest some players for the championship game.
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November 15, 2011
Thursday, Nov. 17 Women’s Basketball vs. Penn State 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Volleyball hosts CAA tournament. 4 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday if they win. Swimming at Bucknell Invitational Friday, Nov. 18 Men’s Basketball at Villanova 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 Football at Villanova 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 Women’s Cross Country at NCAA Championships 3:30 p.m.
henpeckings Volleyball: The Hens swept George Mason this weekend 3-0. The win gave the team their third consecutive CAA regular season championship. Set scores for the match were 27-25, 25-18 and 2513.They will host the CAA Tournament, which begins on November 17 with the annual banquet and announcement of the All-CAA performers. At 4 p.m. the next day the real action starts at Barbara Viera Court in the Carpenter Sports Building in Newark. The Hens will receive a first round bye and play their first match on Saturday at 7 p.m. They ended the regular season with an overall record of 18-13, and 11-3 CAA. Men’s Basketball: The Hens lost their first game of the season Friday night with a score of 58-54 against Radford Unviersity. With just under three minutes on the clock, the Hens led 53-51. That lead faded away when Radford’s freshman guard R.J. Price made two late three pointers to win. At the away game, the Hens missed 14 free throws. Devon Sadler led the Hens with 18 points. Jamelle Hagins came close to a double-double with 17 points and a career-high nine rebounds. Their next game for is at Villanova Friday at 7 p.m. Men’s Club Cross Country: Senior Andy Weaver finished first in the National Club Men’s 8K at the NIRCA National Club Cross Country Championships Saturday. His time of 23:59 won the event, but his teammates Aidan Galasso, Chris Warren, Mark Hannagan and Rob Gorecki also finished in the top-50 of the field that totalled more than 500 participants. Men’s Club Ice Hockey: Both games of the weekend series against Liberty University went Delaware’s way. Vincent Pontrello, Kevin Miller and Christopher Volonnino scored in Friday’s 3-0 win. Mark Zeszut, Pontrello, Michael Piet and Andre Menard scored goals in Saturday’s 4-2 victory. Delaware goalie SJ Broadt shutout Liberty with 25 saves Friday, then saved 36 of 38 shots Saturday. The Hens take on Penn State in next weekend’s two game series.
“DO YOU BELIEVE IN TURNAROUNDS? YES!” BY TIM MASTRO This isn’t a miracle. This has been developing for a long time. This isn’t a fluke, just like last year wasn’t a fluke either. This has staying power. What it is, is one of the greatest athletic accomplishments this university has ever seen. To win a championship in a soccer conference like the CAA with the resources and history the Delaware men’s soccer program has at its disposal is nothing short of remarkable. The Hens had to go through James Madison and Old Dominion, two nationally
ranked programs to do it. They won at James Madison, a team that was 9-0-0 at home this season. The NCAA Selection Committee thought so highly of the Dukes it gave them a seed and a first round bye in the NCAA Tournament. Delaware soccer is a program that hasn’t had a winning season since 1985, a program that never finished higher than eighth in the CAA until last year and a program which never won multiple conference games in a season in the CAA until its fifth year as a member of the league. How was did this happen then? It started six years ago, when current head coach Ian Hennessy was hired. The program needed someone with a background like Hennessy’s—someone with a European background and a former pro— but who still had knowledge of the college game and how to recruit. He had a clear vision. It took some time and credit to the university for letting him do his thing. He wanted to change the culture of the program and he has clearly been successful. The transformation of Delaware had been on display as early as 2009. The Hens might have only gone 4-7 in conference, but the record did not reflect the progress made on the field. The following year it did. They earned that elusive CAA Tournament berth and were unlucky to not make it out of the first round of the tournament. They only lost to eventual champion William & Mary by a goal with 31 seconds left in the second overtime period. All that William & Mary team managed to do was make it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAAs. The biggest change by Hennessy is
the type of players he has brought to the program. They play an attractive style. Going to a Delaware soccer game is easy on the eyes. It’s fun to watch how composed Vinny Mediate is on the ball, how skillfully Evans Frimpong can beat defenders, how Darren O’Connor wins every header that comes his way and how Ignacio Martin, Prince Nartey and Kyle Ellis bomb up the wings while still staying committed to their defensive duties. To see Roberto Gimenez play the striker position, to watch how Mark Garrity gets out wide, getting chalk on his boots to open up opposing defenses, to listen to John Dineen direct from the center of midfield and to see freshman Kyle Nuel play with the aplomb of a seasoned upperclassman. These kids will now have a chance to show their stuff on one of college soccer’s biggest stages at Virginia Thursday night. Something to keep in mind –– Virginia lost to a CAA team in last year’s opening round. That team was Old Dominion, not only did the Hens beat them on Sunday, but they also won their lone matchup last season as well.
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underp eview: Delaware vs. Villanova
About the teams: About Delaware: Last week’s win over Richmond keeps the Hens’, what looked slim a few weeks ago, playoff chances alive. They now look like a genuine contender for a playoff spot after two straight league wins. The win over Towson was more of an accomplishment, but the running game the Hens displayed against both the Tigers and Spiders shows head coach K.C. Keeler may have found his team’s best offensive strategy. About Villanova: The Wildcats are fresh off a bye. Two weeks ago they had a dominating 35-17 win over UMass, a team the Hens lost to at home earlier in the season, but had five consecutive losses prior to that. Each of those was to a CAA opponent, and two of them were against teams that the Hens have beaten this season.
Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: PPL Park
Why the Hens can win: The formula for winning needs to focus around the Delaware running game. Andrew Pierce can dominate, and needs to dominate, the game this week. The team’s best offensive performances have been in games where Pierce runs the ball early and often, and quarterback Tim Donnelly manages the game instead of having to make difficult throws under pressure. The Wildcats have scored a CAA-low 127 points on the season, but the Delaware defense will need to do something UMass couldn’t do, and that is force turnovers this week.
Why the Hens could lose:
The Wildcats have won the last five meetings in this rivalry. Villanova has had a shaky season recordwise thus far, but the UMass game is an indicator the young team may have finally figured out some of the kinks. Three Wildcats ran for 25 yards or more last week, so while the Hens will see different several backs, each of them can provide a spark. Running back Jamal Abdur-Rahman and quarterback Chris Polony are both freshman, but have the tools to make an impact.
The numbers: 7 to 4: Touchdown to interception ratio for Chris Polony. 5: James Pitts’ league leading five interceptions for the Wildcats. 15: Delaware’s national ranking. 20 teams make the playoffs, and the Hens will need an at-large berth because they can’t win the CAA.
The prediction: Yet again, the Hens need this win for a shot at the playoffs. The Wildcats are young, and Keeler will find a way to take advantage of their inexperience in his gameplan. Wildcats 6 Hens 27
- Dan Moberger
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Hens’ season over after semifinal loss BY RYAN MARSHALL Staff Reporter
THE REVIEW/Nick Wallace
After two years on the Delaware bench, Tomko has the Hens in first place.
Senior leads team to CAAs BY PAT GILLESPIE Senior Reporter
Growing up, senior Renee Tomko hated being treated differently. She resisted the sympathy people showered her with in middle school by developing an aggressive work ethic. The work paid off, as she now guides the CAAleading Hens volleyball squad from the setter position. Starting in seventh grade, Tomko wore a back brace for three years to help slow down the progression of her scoliosis, a genetic spinal condition that causes the spine to curve. She was diagnosed with the condition in sixth grade. “If someone said, ‘Are you okay, can you do this?’ it would offend me,” Tomko said. “I would be like, ‘Yeah, I’m fine, why can’t I do it?’” She currently has a 42-degree angle curve in her spine, which is a 20-degree increase since she first received her diagnosis. At 45 degrees, most scoliosis patients undergo back surgery, Tomko said. Although Tomko admits playing volleyball at such a high level is not good for her back, she won’t allow her health to stop her from being the setter for the Hens. Preseason is the most painful part of the year for Tomko because she is trying to re-acclimate her body to the conditioning. She said she doesn’t take painkillers for her scoliosis pain, but does occasionally take antiinflammatory pills for it, along with her other general aches. Tomko’s health is one of two obstacles she encountered on her way to become a starter—and a leader—on head coach Bonnie Kenny’s first-place team. “I think you learn to just kind of deal with it,” Tomko said, referring to her scoliosis. “You either deal with it or not put up with it. I mean, obviously I chose to just deal with it cause otherwise I wouldn’t be able to play.” Tomko originally attended the University of Louisville where the Cardinals won the Big East Championship her freshman year. Tomko appeared in 20 out of 28 matches at Louisville in 2008. Her departure from the school was “complicated,” and overall Tomko was unhappy with her role, so she transferred to Delaware her sophomore year. She received substantially less playing time at Delaware during her
sophomore and junior seasons, playing in 32 out of a possible 232 sets the past two seasons. Ahead of her on the depth chart for those years was two-time CAA Setter of the Year Jess Chason, who graduated after last season, leaving Tomko to the starting job. “It wasn’t easy for her. There was a lot of conversation,” Kenny said of Tomko’s limited playing time. “Of course there’s frustration when you don’t play and you’ve put in the hours that she had. But it never deterred her from coming into the gym every day and training hard.” Tomko pushed on despite her time on the bench, remaining in Newark over the summer to train with mid-hitter Chelsea Lawrence. As a first-year starter, Tomko, who essentially acts as the quarterback in the setter position, has helped the Hens move into first place and clinch a playoff berth before the final week of the season. “Renee is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met in my life,” senior outside hitter Kim Stewart said. “She worked so hard in those two years when she was playing as our back up setter that when she came in, she was just ready to hop right in and keep the boat going.” Tomko said she embraced her leadership role by being more vocal, but Kenny sees her as someone who leads more by example than words. Tomko displayed that leadership last week against Northeastern, which is tied for first in the conference with Delaware, when she posted 35 assists for the Hens. Her Delaware squad beat Northeastern in straight sets 3-0. “She chose the perfect sets to set at the perfect time,” Stewart said. “She did a great job defensively, setting, serving the right balls—being a great vocal leader on the court.” Tomko is second in the CAA in assists with 1062, averaging 10.62 per game. She contributed 53 assists in Friday’s 3-2 victory over James Madison, and added another 37 assists in Saturday’s straight sets victory over the George Mason Patriots. Kenny believes Tomko is an ideal candidate for CAA Setter of the Year. Although it took her three years to get to where she is now, Kenny praised Tomko as essential to the team’s success this season. “She’s making really good decisions,” she said. “She’s our quarterback, she’s running our offense.”
The women’s soccer team’s first CAA tournament appearance since 2005 ended Nov. 4 with a 2-1 second round loss to William & Mary. The Hens’ season concluded with an overall record of 10-7-4, securing them third in the conference. Delaware senior forward Amy Pickard said after leading 1-0 at halftime, the Tribe came out strong in the second half. The loss came less than 24 hours after the Hens defeated Hofstra 1-0 in the opening round. “I think our legs caught up to us,” Pickard said. “Because of all the games.” Not only did the Hens play two games within 24 hours of each other, they played two games the previous weekend. Top-seeded William & Mary’s first-round bye allowed them to play one game in two weeks leading up to their semi-final matchup. Head coach Scott Grzenda said fatigue influenced the game because four games in a week tired out his Delaware squad against a fresh William & Mary team. “Since they added the sixth team, it is really only beneficial if you are the
one or two seed,” Grzenda said. He said the loss was disappointing, but looking back, they had an excellent season. This year was the first time any of the players were able to participate in the tournament. “The CAA set up everything first class,” Grzenda said. “It was an excellent experience for our team.” Junior forward Ali Miller tallied 14 goals this season and led the Hens in points. With Miller working the offense alongside fellow forward Pickard, the team posted at least one goal in every game this season. “Amy really stepped up to the plate and got the wheels moving,” Miller said. Pickard, one of the team’s senior captains, was second in scoring with 10 goals. She also led the team with eight assists. Pickard returned to play in her senior year after an injury kept her out for all of her junior campaign. “We really started playing together,” Pickard said. “Girls stepped up in every position all over the field.” She said playing her final game in a tournament was a nice way to end her career. This season was the team’s most successful since she started playing at Delaware. “I would like to stay involved with
the girls after I graduate,” Pickard said. Grzenda said the team played its best soccer toward the end of the season. Since the Army game, the Hens went out to play every game knowing they could win, he said. The Hens record after the Army game was 6-3-2, which placed them into the fourth seed in the CAA tournament. One of those losses was a similar 2-1 defeat to William & Mary on Oct. 9. Another was a heartbreaking overtime loss to Georgia State in late September. After a third-place finish in the CAA this season and the loss of three starters to graduation, the Hens’ expectations for next season will only grow. Returning are all four starting defenders, in addition to leading scorer Miller. Besides replacing Pickard, Grzenda will have to replace goalkeeper Breanna Stemler, midfielder Leigh Victory, defender Laura Klebe and forward Stacie Dulkis. Stemler started each game in goal for the Hens this season. Miller said it was bittersweet to make it this far and come so close to a win, but the team knew they played their best. “Next year we are coming out with a vengeance,” she said. “We expect to make the tournament and get a trophy.”
Soccer: Hens to face Virginia in first round of NCAAs Continued from page 1 couldn’t hang on to. The rebound fell right back to Mediate who poked the ball into the net. “A bit of magic by Vinny Mediate right there,” sophomore captain John Dineen said. With 25 minutes left in the game, Mediate struck again for the Hens. He crossed a ball into the box, looking for Mark Garrity. It instead deflected off Monarchs’ defender Drew Smith’s head and into the net for an own goal. Delaware needed to absorb Old Dominion’s pressure for 20 minutes. Hennessy dropped Dineen back to a position just in front of the defensive line and had senior defender Darren O’Connor move to a sweeper position. The Monarchs had a few chances, but goalie Kris Devaux made three solid saves in the final 20 minutes. They tried to work the ball to their two speedy forwards, Yannick Smith, the CAA’s leading scorer, and Gideon Asante, but usually O’Connor was there to clean up their long balls over the top. “Darren was organizing everything at the back and we just kept things together,” Dineen said. “We were under pressure, but we knew we could hold them off.” Old Dominion launched its final attack as the clock crept under a minute. The ball was cleared upfield by the work of O’Connor and his partner in central defense sophomore Yoan Fontaine. Delaware’s sophomore forward, Chas Wilson, a recent substitute, stole the ball back from the Monarchs’ defense. He held it up before Evans Frimpong, the CAA Player of the Year, was fouled with 10 seconds left. The Hens let the remaining seconds tick away before they rushed the field. It’s the first time the Hens are going to the NCAA Tournament since 1970 and the third time in their history. The win was their 12th of the season, breaking the record for most wins held by the 1985 squad. “They’re someone we still talk about,” head coach Ian Hennessy said of those teams. “Maybe in 40 years time, they’ll still be talking about the
2011 CAA champions.” Mediate was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He was joined on the All-Tournament team by O’Connor, Dineen and Devaux. Delaware made the final by defeating Northeastern Thursday on penalty kicks. The Hens then faced top-seeded and tournament hosts James Madison Friday. Their game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and overtime and, after going to eight shooters, Wilson converted the winning penalty kick to put Delaware in the finals. The back-to-back days of games and extra sessions took its toll on the players. “The locker room before the ODU game was like an infirmary ward,” Hennessy said. “Everyone was bandaged up.” The Old Dominion game was as physical of a game the Hens played all year. The Monarchs committed 15 fouls in the first half alone and earned three yellow cards. A near skirmish broke out in the 25th minute. Monarchs’ defender Jason Gaylor took down Frimpong from the side for a Hens’ free kick. When Frimpong was on the ground, Tommy Webb, another Monarchs defender, kicked the ball into the Delaware senior. Frimpong leaped up and charged after Webb as players from both sides
tried to separate each other. The fourth official and an assistant referee had to come onto the field of play to calm things down. Both Webb and Gaylor received yellow cards for their actions. Frimpong had to be substituted with eight minutes left in the first half after another foul. He suffered an injury to his lower back, but Delaware’s playmaker returned to start the second. “I think that was one of their game plans, to try to foul him every time he touched the ball so he wouldn’t create anything,” Dineen said. “I think the ref took control and we just stuck to our game plan.” Delaware drew Virginia in the first round of the 48-team NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers have won five national championships in their storied history. The Hens are looking forward to the challenge––Thursday at 7 p.m. at Virginia. “We’re going there to win,” O’Connor said. “We got two of the best strikers in the nation [Frimpong and Roberto Gimenez]. I think any team is going to be scared of us.” The winner will advance to play UCLA, one of 16 seeded teams in the tournament, Sunday. “I want to play the best teams,” Mediate said. “I want to see their level and how we can do against them. I think we can do well.”
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From left to right Vincent Mediate, John Dineen, Kris Devaux and Darren O’Connor pose with their All-Tournament awards.
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Basketball: Delle Donne puts up 33 points in season opener Continued from page 28 show on the court for the Hens this year. “It was definitely a big statement game for us,” Delle Donne said. “This was a good win to get under our belt to get the nerves out.” Delaware’s 89-points were the second highest game total for the Hens since the Bob Carpenter Center opened 19 years ago. The 36-point margin of victory was also the second largest all-time in the building. The Rams never got closer than 28 points in the second half. Delle Donne set the tone of the game by scoring 13 points in the first seven minutes of play to give the Hens an 18-6 lead. Several additional Delaware scoring runs brought the score to 51-20 at halftime. The Rams heated up to begin the second half, outscoring the Hens 11-8 in the first five minutes. The Delaware squad rallied and followed with a 12-0 run, from which the Rams never recovered. With a comfortable lead in the second half, Martin allowed each player on the roster time on the court. Junior guard Trumae Lucas, in her first year playing for the Hens after transferring from Florida, shot an efficient 6 of 8 from the field and totaled 14 points. Akeema Richards, another transfer playing in her first game after leaving West Virginia, racked up eight points. Guard Lauren Carra, last year’s number two leading scorer behind Delle Donne, contributed six points and five assists. After missing last season due to a back
injury, point guard Kayla Miller came off the bench to grab five rebounds and dish out a team-high six assists. Martin acknowledged the team’s depth as a plus, but said in closer games the playing time won’t be as widely distributed. “We can go nine to 10 deep, so that’s a good thing,” Martin said. “But with these nationally ranked teams coming up, our rotation will definitely narrow.” The Hens return to action Thursday when they face off with No. 12 Penn State at home. Delaware fell to the Nittany Lions last year 64-55. Delle Donne said to prepare for Penn State’s “phenomenal team,” the Hens need to focus on rebounding and guarding the Nittany Lions’ talented shooters around the arch. “They’re big, they’re strong, and they’re a top team in the country,” Martin said. “So I think it has to be a total team effort.” Martin’s team received their fair share of preseason buzz. They earned a vote in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll, and were selected as the favorites to win the CAA title this season. The Hens have a difficult nonconference schedule, so Martin said she is encouraging her players to take the season one game at a time, rather than getting caught up in the preseason hype. “As I told the team, they’re not going to give any rings to preseason No. 1,” Martin said. “They give the rings at the end when you actually win a championship, and our goal is to win the championship.”
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Travis Hawkins’ (1) first quarter interception set up a Delaware touchdown, from which Richmond never recovered.
Football: One game left for Keeler’s squad Continued from page 28 possibility that Saturday was the final home game for the Delaware seniors, four of whom start on the offensive line. “We love run blocking, it’s just more fun,” starting center Rob McDowell said. “Four of the five up front—this could have been our last game at home.” Defensive lineman Michael Atunrase spoke about how his last regular season home game brought motivation to him and his fellow seniors. “Five years here now and I’ve seen Senior Days come and go and it’s almost like you don’t realize you’re going to have one yourself,” he said. “Before I even went out there, I shed a little tear and I looked
around and was like, ‘Wow, this is it. Time flies.’” The Delaware offense has found a consistency over the past month that was absent in two key losses to UMass and Maine earlier this season. Heavy reliance on Pierce, along with improved game management from quarterback Tim Donnelly, has helped the Hens average 31 points per game in their last three contests. The 129 yards passing won’t get Donnelly into any record books, but he was without an interception and threw the ball away or took a sack rather than forcing a play that could have swung momentum to the Spiders. Donnelly’s improved on-field choices turned the “average” team Keeler described three weeks ago into the team he saw Saturday afternoon.
“There’s a truism in football, ‘You are what your record says you are,’” Keeler said. “But it’s not because of our talent, it’s not because of our work ethic, it’s not because of our leadership. It’s because we’ve gotten fragile when things have gone against us, and we can’t do that, and we’ve done a better job the last two weeks.” An Oct. 22 loss to Rhode Island put the Hens in must-win situations for the remainder of the season. After knocking off league-leading Towson two weeks ago and a bye last week, Saturday’s win allows Keeler’s team to cling to fifth place in the CAA and a potential playoff spot. The Hens still have one contest left next week at Villanova, a team encountering its own struggles this season.
Nationals: First title for Hens in school history Continued from page 28
Lauren Carra and company downed Rhode Island in their season opener.
“We had a lot of great subs,” Ford said. That set the stage for Kentwell, the squad’s leading scorer, to score his most significant goal of the year. Kentwell, along with Nii Dzani, are the two men on the roster. The club field hockey rules state that only two males are allowed as field players during a game, but it does not matter in regard to a goalie. This is Kentwell’s first year at Delaware since transferring from Old Dominion. He comes from a rich field hockey background, his mother played for the Chinese national team and his father played for Great Britain. His mother owns a field hockey club where he got his start in the game and has played for the past five years. Kentwell was a late addition to the team, having emailed Ford about joining right at the deadline. “I was looking at sports in
general,” he said. “I was thinking about joining soccer or something [...] but I thought, ‘Why not do something I’m relatively good at?’” Kentwell scored in every game at nationals, including a hat trick against his former Old Dominion squad. While Kentwell and the rest of the offense was scoring, goalies Sarah Werkheiser and Veronica D’Amico combined to allow 12 goals all year. Delaware did not concede a goal in its pool on the first day of the national tournament. Team vice president Katelynn Anderson attributed part of the defense’s success in the tournament to the play of freshman Denise McKeown. “She was marking man-toman pretty much every guy on the other teams that we played,” Anderson said. “She did such a great job denying them the ball and completely shut them down.” The Hens finished up the
season with a 20-1 record. The lone loss came to Maryland in a tune-up game before nationals. “We knew we had a really strong team this year from the beginning,” Ford said. “We knew we had the potential to win the tournament.” The team is entirely student run with no coaches. The duties are split up between the four captains––Ford, Anderson, Scott and Michelle Najecki. They practice three times a week at Rullo Stadium, two of which are required. Anderson acts as a coach on the field and is in charge of setting the lineup and making substitutions. “It can be difficult to sub and run that from the field,” Anderson said. The team receives $2,000 from the university to support its fall and spring season. The players cover whichever expenses that the allotted funding can’t cover. “It’s nice to have the national championship to show for how much work we’ve put in,” Ford said.
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