Flipping Through Time

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SPORTS 38 - 39 Saints This Season 40 - 41 Touch Me, Touch Me: A Story of MLB Superstition

ENTERTAINMENT 12 - 13 Val's Movie Review: Fight Club 14 - 15 Hidden Gems of the Music Industry


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Letter from the Editor-in-Chief Thank you for picking up this month’s edition of the Encounter, “Flipping Through Time.” This issue is dedicated to every Encounter publication that has come before it, including the Interlude. The Interlude ran from 1925 to 1969 as the College of St. Francis' student newspaper. On the front and back of this issue, you will find a collage of every Interlude cover. On the inside of the back cover, a page consists of Encounter logos from present and past. We wanted to take the time to honor all the pieces that have come before ours. A lot of work goes into writing, designing and producing the Encounter each month. It feels wrong to simply store leftover copies away without a second thought. For this reason, my Assistant Editor, Jessica Scroppo, and I spent weeks picking through old editions of both the Encounter and the Interlude to find pieces that are still relevant today. This entire process has been incredibly informative and insightful for the Encounter staff. Being able to reflect on the work that we have published in the past has helped us decide what work we would like to publish in the future. Within this issue, you will find past pieces that were published in the Encounter or the Interlude. Beside them, our staff has written accompanying articles that comment on the topic or provide a current insight on an issue. In addition, we have added art and graphics from previous issues to each page. I’m incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to see what the Editors-in-Chief that came before me created and published. Hopefully, one day, another editor will be just as lucky as I was to flip through time and appreciate all the hard work and passion that goes into each issue. To learn more about this experience, make sure to read the article “A Reflection” on page 34 and 35. Again, thank you for picking up the “Flipping Through Time” edition of the Encounter! I hope you love and appreciate it as much as we do.

With love,

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USF REAL Talk Webinar

The University of St. Francis is offering free professional development opporunities for educators through the webinar series "REAL Talk for Teachers."

diversity in classroom libraries. "Educator Update with the Will County Regional Office of Education" will take place on April 5. The latest information on license requirments and news will be discussed.

Upcoming workshops include "Building Vocabulary for Reading" on March 8 which For more information, will discuss building vocabulary visit www.stfrancis.edu/ and reading comprehension. real/professional-learning. To register online for any "The Skinny on Diverse Texts" webinars, visit www.stfrancis. on March 22 will include edu/real-rsvp. speakers Estefani Gonzalez and Amy Schroeder discussing the importance of inclusion and

USF Receives $90,000 Grant The Illinois Department of Human Services has selected the University of St. Francis for a $90,000 grant. The money will support the Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) program. According to Elizabeth Davies, dean of the USF College of Arts and Science, "Illinois' CRSS program prepares students for entry-level positions as behavioral health workers, specifically in the areas of substance use disorders and mental health disroders recovery." CRSS training is, "Specifically designed for people who have lived


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experience with mental health and substance use issues," according to a press release from the university. The press release further explains, "Once certified, Recovery Support Specialists work in a variety of capacities, such as outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, crisis response teams, sobriety maintenance settings like sober houses, and behavioral helath." Enrollment is now open for the USF's CRSS program, with classes beginning in the Fall of 2022. Students interested in the program can find more information online at www.stfrancis.edu/crss.

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March 6, 2009

Girl Power: USF Professor Dr. Terre Layng Rosner Runs for U.S. Congress University of St. Francis Professor Dr. Terre Layng Rosner has announced her campaign plan to run for U.S. Congress. Dr. Rosner has worked in the Communication Department of the University for 23 years. Dr. Rosner plans to campaign for the first congressional district spot hoping to replace incumbent Bobby Rush’s seat. Congressman Rush has occupied the seat for almost 30 years.


Illinois’ first congressional district represents over 700,000 residents. Dr. Layng Rosner states, "I am running without money or connection to start over, to begin anew for the people living in my district. From Englewood to Midlothian to Tinley Park to Frankfort to New Lenox to Elwood. I think there is still good in our government. People like us can make it so.”

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Joliet Courthouse Updates Cell Phone Policy The Joliet Courthouse has changed its policy concerning cell phones. The Supreme Court of Illinois changed their policy in the beginning of 2022. Although cell phones will be allowed into the Joliet facility, any portable electronic devices must be turned on silent. Photography, audio and video recording are prohibited. A press release from the City of Joliet stated that, "Court visitors will

be permitted to bring portable electronic devices (i.e, smartphones, tablets, computers, smartwatches and e-books) into Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court facilities (i.e, the Will County Courthouse, the Will County Court Annex, the River Valley Justice Center and all branch court facilities)..." Will County Chief Judge, Daniel Kennedy, states, "Electronic devices have become essential tools today, and the Courts must adapt with the times."

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Jefferson Street Bridge Reopening The construction of the Joliet Jefferson Street bridge is finally coming to an end. Joliet City Manager, Jim Capparelli, stated to the Joliet Patch that the bridge officially reopened for east bound traffic into the city on February 21. Construction on the bridge addressed several mechanical issues and replacements. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) did not specify the severity Photo courtesy of patch.com


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of the repairs, though city officials were told that it was a great deal to get all parts to function correctly. The bridge has been closed for nearly two years since June of 2020. As the Jefferson Street Bridge opened, the Jackson Street Bridge is now closed to traffic for construction and repairs. Detours have been posted by the City of Joliet to direct traffic on alternate routes.

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Catholic Diocese of Joliet Mask Policy Change The Catholic Diocese of Joliet has officially changed its school mask policies. Students attending Catholic schools will no longer be required to wear a mask, although it is still recommended.

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Parents must sign a form that indicates if their child will or will not be wearing a mask. School staff will be under the mask recommended policy in addition to students. The new policy preceded a decision by Joliet School District 86 and Joliet Township High School (JTHS) to allow public school

students the same "mask optional but encouraged" policy as of February 22, 2022. According to www. ourworldindata.org, the percentage of fully vaccinated people in Illinois is 67.4% as of the last week of February. The decision to remove masks as a requirement comes with a decrease in positivity rates. For more information on schools and organizations included in the mask recommended policy, visit www.dioceseofjoliet.org.



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The Conflict Between Ukraine and Russia: Explained While terrified Ukrainians undergo missile attacks from Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky records a minute-long video to President Putin in the streets of Kyiv on the night of Friday, February 25, 2022. “We are here,” he said. “We are all protecting our independence, our country and we are going to continue to do so… Glory to Ukraine.”

Peninsula. This caused an outcry in Ukraine, especially in the east.

President Putin, in his relentless quest at redeeming the global superpower that was the U.S.S.R., demands that Ukraine The feud that was established in 2013 be permanently barred from ever joining between Russia and Ukraine has been NATO. In an interview with NPR, ongoing ever since, with over 14,000 former U.S. ambassador to NATO casualties on either side. The conflict and current president of the Chicago reached a boiling point on February 21, Council on Global Affairs, Ivo Daalder, 2022 when Russia sent over 100,000 remarked: “Ukraine is not a member troops to Ukraine’s border, instilling of NATO, which makes the entire idea terror among its citizens. Only three of Putin invading Ukraine in order to To fully understand the events that led days later, a full-scale invasion took counter NATO kind of idiotic when to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on place, as well as a full-scale attack on you really think about it. The reality is, February 24, 2022, it is crucial to look Ukraine after President Putin declared a what Vladimir Putin is about - he wants back on the long and exhaustive Russo- “special military operation.” Explosions to control Ukraine. He wants to control Ukrainian history. Ukraine, once part of reigned over Ukraine and its capital in its government. It looks like he wants to the U.S.S.R., has long been connected the early morning hours of February 24. actually incorporate part, if not all, of its to Russia, both culturally and politically. Citizens would awake to sirens wailing territory into Russia. That is what this is In the aftermath of World War II, and explosions thundering. Many people about, not about NATO.” Others have several countries established the North have and continue to flee to Poland, made similar remarks regarding Putin’s Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) traveling by bus, car and even foot to demand for power, saying that the in protection against aggression of the seek shelter beside their families. President’s fears are not of NATO, but Soviet Union. The treaty stated that of a prosperous and democratic Ukraine. if one nation was attacked by a third Now, the world watches as the war party, each NATO nation would come between Ukraine and Russia unfolds As of February 28, 2022, President to its defense. Since 1949, the NATO — the worst conflict Europe has seen Putin met with international officials to alliance has been joined by 30 countries, since World War II. President Biden discuss the turmoil regarding his attack including several that were once part of spoke on the attacks upon Ukraine, on Ukraine. However, a ceasefire has not the U.S.S.R. When the Soviet Union saying the attack by Russia was yet been placed. President Biden is set collapsed in 1991, Ukraine’s pro-Russian unjustified. “President Putin has chosen to hold a State of the Union address on government maintained its defiance of a premeditated war that will bring a March 1 where he will comment on the NATO. Ever since, Ukrainian’s people catastrophic loss of life and human ongoing war in Ukraine. have sought to join NATO in alliance suffering. Russia alone is responsible with other Western European countries. for the death and destruction this attack The world will be watching as more will bring, and the United States and events in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict Protests began in 2013 when Ukraine’s its Allies and partners will respond in a unfold, and the people of Ukraine will pro-Russia government attempted to united and decisive way. The world will continue to pray for peace and unity stop Ukraine’s integration with western hold Russia accountable,” President with the rest of Eurpoe. President Europe. Furious Ukrainian citizens Biden stated on a February 23 address. Zelensky urges the European Union to flooded the streets of Kyiv in protest. allow Ukraine’s immediate admission into NATO. In a February 24 speech, he Later in the same month, after President stated, “Today, I have asked 27 European Yanukovych fled Ukraine ahead of leaders whether Ukraine will join an impeachment vote, Ukraine was NATO. I have asked directly — everyone closer to the west than ever before due is afraid, no one answers. But we are not to incessant protests at government afraid, we are not afraid of anything. We buildings. However, soon after a proare not afraid to defend our country, we European government was integrated in are not afraid of Russia.” Ukraine, Russia seized the Crimean


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Val's Movie Review: By: Valerie Reyes Section Editor

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Watching movies is my favorite thing to do during my free time. So, of course, the USF Encounter staff’s movie picks from our November 2011 issue piqued my interest. Their picks of the month were “Batman: The Dark Knight,” “Fight Club,” “Forest Gump,” “Puss in Boots,” “The Matrix” and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” I am no movie review expert, but why not watch one of the six movies and share my thoughts.

people to stop giving into what society tells us to do and who to become. People should stop caring about the materialistic items we tend to care about too much.

University of St. Francis junior, Noëllie Inard, shared, “I really liked how it was filmed, with the narrator's voice that guides you through the movie and the guy who is depressed and hates his job. To some extent, I think that anyone can relate. 'Fight Club' is a movie that people should watch.” Although I normally only watch movies I know or think I will enjoy, I think I have a have decent understanding of the movie, I am but I am open to watching new movies. Out of the six movies, still confused on what it means. there was only one I knew nothing about, “Fight Club,” so I decided this was the movie to review. Before I go on, (spoiler Overall, I was not expecting this movie to be a thriller but alert), I will be talking about what happens in the film. a sport action movie. It was a dark movie with a lot of The nameless narrator (Edward Norton) who is depressed violence, gore and some disturbing scenes. According to and looking for an emotional outlet becomes friends with www.rottentomatoes.com, the critic consensus is “Solid acting, a stranger named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a charismatic, amazing direction and elaborate production design make carefree and good-looking man, after his condo is destroyed 'Fight Club' a wild ride.” I would recommend you watch by an explosion. The two start to fight each other to feel this if you enjoy thriller dramas. I would not say that it was something which then leads to them creating a fight club. a terrible movie, but personally this is not a movie I would This fight club quickly grows and takes a dark turn into rewatch multiple times. becoming a terrorist group, Project Mayhem, that wants to bring down society. In the beginning of the movie, I found myself constantly checking how much time I had left of what felt like the longest movie I have ever watched. There were a few intriguing moments such as Tyler telling the narrator what to say and do in certain situations, which is when I started to get the idea that he might be part of the narration or a hallucination. My favorite part of the film was when the narrator started to put two and two together that he and Tyler Durden were the same person. The narrator and Tyler both played important roles, but I think Tyler is what makes the movie interesting because of his reckless personality. Laurie Penny told www.bbc.com, “The film has so much fun with Tyler Durden as a mad phantom from the id that it forgets that he’s meant to be frightening.” I read some articles about “Fight Club” to get a clear idea of what it is about, and I think it is about becoming free, antimaterialistic and going against the social norm. According to www.dazeddigital.com, “It’s about what happens when you remove social mores, take aim at capitalist structures, transcend your fear of death.” I think this movie is telling

Brad Pitt in "Fight Club," 1999



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Hidden gems of the music industry By: Frank Piegari Staff Writer

Beneath the commercialized glitz and glamor of artists such as Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and Bruno Mars lies an underbelly of music. Those lucky enough to find it are rewarded with sounds that are off the beaten path but can connect with us on a personal level. In finding this, you would have found a more indie and alternative style of music.

WCSF Station Director, Anthony Musiala, added to this by saying, “The reason WCSF focuses on independent music is because it gives our students the hands-on experience of working within the music industry and with accessible artists. Our station prides itself by sharing with our listening community new music before it hits the mainstream.”

“The most obvious interpretation of the word indie is music made by independent artists, without the support of a record label” according to www.musicindustryhowto.com.

Discovering a new indie band makes the listener feel like they are a part of a huge secret, a private band that only they know about. The Atlantic expands on this idea by stating, “Everywhere, the line between fan and performer was paperthin.” This again shows why this genre of music means so much to so many. When you listen to indie bands and support indie artists, you aren’t supporting some huge production team or record label. You are supporting individual artists who just want a chance to make their voices heard.

Where does the appeal for this genre of music come from? An article from www. udiscovermusic.com credits much of the popularity of indie and alternative music to the 90s: “The 90s, though, are generally regarded as the golden age for indie music, both creatively and commercially. During the early years of this especially seismic decade, grunge music spearheads Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden broke into the mainstream.”

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In correlation to the Golden Era beginning in the 90s, on September 28, 1990, an article by Cindy Eager was published entitled “WCSF Radio Explores Alternative Mode.” The article effectively served as a battle cry for the school station, making it clear they would be playing music that you simply could not hear anywhere else. Now, all these years later, the college station is still thriving using the same format.

By choosing to specialize in broadcasting indie and alternative music, WCSF is cementing its legacy as a true music discovery station. The songs that you can discover are not just simple music; it’s much more than anything you can hear from the Top Twenty. These are anthems for the outcasts — labors of love sung by the losers, for the losers. These songs help give people a voice. It’s reassurance that even when we feel like we don’t fit in, we still belong. It’s music that is not just notes and vocals; they are ballads of personal feelings where the artists share a piece of themselves with the listener.

Reaching out to station DJ and co-host of “The Sports Matchup,” Matt Lauterbach, we asked him why indie and alternative music is so important to the station. He explained, “To me, it’s important to the station because it gives us an identity and something new to listen to other than what everyone else may listen to.”

Simply put, the indie and alternative genre forms a relationship between musician and audience. With the genre being more popular now than it has ever been, your next favorite band might be just around the corner, so don’t be afraid to give the underdogs of the music industry a chance.



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written for listening By: Valerie Reyes Section Editor Not all songs tell a story or have a deep meaning, but I feel most good songs have one to tell. I think it is important to understand song lyrics because it makes listening to music more enjoyable. Before I begin explaining why I think lyrics are important, I should be honest first. I love listening to music, but I haven’t always listened to lyrics to try and understand what the singer is saying. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I told my friend this that I started to actually pay attention to the lyrics of a song. She was shocked, so she played some songs for me to understand. For me if a song sounds good, I simply add it to my playlist and just listen. Now, I try to understand the songs I find myself listening to more often. There must be a reason why I listen to certain songs more than others, right? Lyrics are powerful. They tell a story that comes from the artist, which at times can show their vulnerability to their fans. Artists write about their personal experiences of heartbreak, love, happiness or sadness, and this can shed light on issues that people may be afraid to face. It can reassure people they are not alone. According to www. nrgrecordingstudios.com “Lyrics take you back to a certain time when you were happy or sad while opening up your senses to be vulnerable.”

Obviously, there is more to music than just the lyrics, and the rhythm of a song can help bring the lyrics to life. According to www.nprmusic.com, Stephen Thompson says, “Strictly by definition, lyrics and singing play a slightly secondary role to music: Music without lyrics is still music, but lyrics without music are poetry." The rhythm, melody and other elements to music can help add to the lyrics and give it a more powerful meaning. Without lyrics, I think music would not be as meaningful and not as enjoyable. University of St. Francis sophomore, Saba Aamir shares, “Lyrics are an important aspect of music, as they provide storytelling and convey a message, but all aspects of music are equally as important to evoke an emotional response.” Music is music with or without lyrics, but lyrics without music can still tell the story it is meant to tell. Next time you listen to a song, I encourage you to really listen to the lyrics. Maybe you will find that the song means even more to you than it did before. Embrace what the singer is saying, and take the time to understand the lyrics because they are just as important as everything else in music.

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Sometimes people listen to songs to help feel something they have not felt in a while, and with the right lyrics, they can bring those feelings to the surface. Niall Doherty on www.theguardian.com says, “The best songs pull you in beyond their hooky topline, and there is a fresh wave of superstars whose music encourages you to hone in on the lyrical content.”





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November 30, 2007

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The Battle Battle The Rages on On rages

By: Alex Mielcarz Staff Writer

Back in November of 2007, the Encounter ran a story comparing the two largest computer operating systems and their companies. Today, that same battle rages on right here at the University of St. Francis (USF). The popularity of these two operating systems is not in question; however, one does reign supreme. Back in 2017, Apple revealed in an article for www.techcrunch.com that they had 100 million active Mac users. According to www. theverge.com, around that same time, Microsoft had around 400 million active users, making the PC four times as popular as the Mac. Why is this?

lounges etc.) are PCs. However, there is an entire lab on the Fourth Floor of Tower Hall dedicated to Macs for students to use the entirety of the Adobe Creative Suite on. The Digital Audio Recording Arts (DARA) lab is all Macs as well, so their students can run programs such as Pro Tools and Ableton.

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However, there is one thing that PCs run much better than any Mac: video games. Programs like Steam allow users to download and play big name games that used to be exclusive to console. There were an estimated 1.75 million PC gamers worldwide in 2020, according to www.statista. com. That is a huge platform and something that As referenced in our 2007 article, PCs tend to run Mac cannot compete with. much cheaper than their Mac counterparts. The windows operating system is run on computers Each student has their own preference and their manufactured and distributed by HP, Dell and own explanation for why they prefer one over more. These machines tend to sell (on the low the other, and USF senior, Codi Cabay, is no end) for $600. Of course, you could always get a exception. In fact, he has been on both sides of more expensive one with all the bells and whistles, the switching from Mac to PC debate. but as you add more features, you increase the price. "I switched to PC specifically because of gaming,” Cabay said. “A lot of titles aren’t Macs, on the other hand, only run on machines available on Mac and that was my biggest factor created by one company: Apple. A refurbished [in the decision]. After weighing out some of the MacBook Pro goes for as much as $500 on the other things like accessibility and use, it was a no resale market. If you want to get a brand-new brainer to switch.” machine for yourself, you’re looking at $1,500 minimum, with one more likely being in the Cabay went as far as to completely customize his $2,000 price range. PC, something that for the most part you cannot do on Mac. So, why would people ever pay that much more for a Mac? The reason is the same now as it was “I built my PC, so obviously I like it because it’s in 2007: Macs can run very powerful programs a lot more personalized,” Cabay said. “It’s exactly much better than PCs can. Take the Adobe what I want it to be made for, unlike a Mac that’s Creative Suite for instance. I, for one, would just mass produced for the good of everything.” much rather run programs like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Audition or Illustrator on a Mac Each side of the argument has its undeniable than on a PC. perks, even 15 years later. I wouldn’t be surprised if 15 years from now, we are still having the same The University itself is split on this issue. Most of debate. the computers on campus (in the library, study



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hot or iced? Caffeinated drinks have been a source of energy for many decades now, with coffee being one of the most popular choices. Many fast food chains are now offering coffee and tea, while gas stations and grocery stores are selling numerous flavors of energy drinks as well. This has made it more convenient than ever before to grab a cup on the way to wherever you’re going. With that, it is no surprise that college students are now increasingly reliant on coffee to provide a needed boost to get through the day. According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, 92% of students consumed some form of caffeine within the school year and the mean daily intake, which included non-consumers, reached 159 mg/d. The same study also found that college students’ main form of caffeine consumption is through coffee, with men consuming 120 mg/d and women with 111 mg/d on average. Photos courtesy of templatescatalog.com, topPNG.com

For comparison, the recommended daily intake by the Mayo Clinic is 400 mg/d, which means that college students, generally, are consuming more than ¼ of their daily caffeine intake through coffee alone. I am definitely no stranger to this phenomenon. Closer to midterms and finals, I find myself consuming at least two cups of coffee a day. That's added to the tea that I regularly drink and caffeinated food I eat, like chocolate. So, why are college students so dependent on caffeine? From the same study, students’ top reasoning is “to feel awake,” as about 79% of them listed that as their main reasoning. In an article published by the National Sleep Foundation, young adults, which encompasses traditional college students’ ages 18-25, are recommended to sleep for seven to nine hours, but less than 10% of this age group receives that amount. Because of sleep deprivation being common among college students, caffeinated beverages are forms of quick energy that get students through their classes and extracurricular activities. Additionally, coffee shops are popping up left and right. Nationally, there are 22,842 coffee shops; however, this number does not include fast food chains, like McDonald’s and Wendy’s, which have included coffees and teas in their menus. Just within a five mile radius of the University of St. Francis (USF), there are at least 9 Dunkins, 2 Starbucks, 9 McDonalds and 5 local coffee

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shops, like Jitters and Kafe de Kasa. Not to mention, our own Three Oaks Bistro sells Pure Canopy coffee, which means students do not even need to leave campus to get their daily dose of caffeine. Grocery stores are also now selling energy drinks in bulk, which makes it more convenient and affordable for college students who often have limited budgets. For example, Bang, an energy drink famous for its many flavors, is sold at Costco in packs of 24 cans, which is lighter on the wallet when individual cans can easily cost $2 each. For reference, one can of Bang can contain 300 mg of caffeine. As pointed out by an article published in the USF Encounter back in 2013, this amount of caffeine would equate to 4 cups of coffee. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that instantly promotes alertness, enhances concentration and boosts your mood: all things college students are desperately seeking. Adesuwa Imafidon, a nursing student at USF, said, “I’ve noticed that many students have formed quite a dependence on caffeine, especially with how little sleep we get from staying up to study, followed by early classes. Despite this, many of my peers still come in to class with their coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin’, and I am definitely not exempt from this. I find myself drinking more tea or soda some days as an attempt to gain energy to get me through the day.” Just like with any type of drug, daily intake of caffeine can lead to tolerance, which can lead to increased consumption to feel the same effects. Because of this, it is important to regulate one’s intake, as too much caffeine may lead to some health issues. If you are someone who has to drink something that can give you a boost, tea, as explained by the same USF Encounter article mentioned above, is a great substitute! It contains less caffeine than coffee and energy drinks and can be customized just as many ways as coffee can. No matter what you do in order to get through your busy schedule, whether that is working out early, taking a cold shower as soon as you get up or a cup of coffee, your health should always be a top priority. In the meantime, as long as it is not harming you, go warm yourself up this winter with a hot cup of coffee (or tea)!



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By: Noëllie Inard Staff Writer Since 1980, the year the accompanying article was written, many things have changed at the University of St. Francis (USF), beginning with the name itself. Technology has advanced, the class Television I became Video I and the TV Club was born. Looking back since the “Students film at CSF” article was written, the author, Bret McKeand, became the publisher of three newspapers in Phoenix before retiring and traveling the country with the Rotary Club, a global network that takes actions on sustainable projects to work for a better world, according to www.rotary5495.org.

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However, one thing has not changed since the publication of this article: Professor Richard Lorenc. Devoted to his career and passion for video and teaching, he has worked at the University of St. Francis for 44 years. Making it a priority to teach and cultivate students, he has helped them to become the best version of themselves both behind and in front of the camera. As I began my Zoom interview with Lorenc in preparation for this article, the first thing he asked me was if the interview was in video format. When I said that it wasn’t, he changed his camera angle saying that he had “framed the background better in case it was.” Nothing could describe him as a professor better than those few words, displaying his commitment to his field in the smallest details. During my interview with him, Professor Lorenc explained how he went from a 26-year-old, freshly married, part-time

speech teacher in 1978, to a full-time professor responsible for teaching not only speech communication but video classes in 1979. He told me how he became the advisor for the Radio Club and TV Club when they were created in 1982. Lorenc helped raise money to buy the necessary equipment to build the radio and TV station we know today, giving students the opportunity to enhance their learning in the best environment. Lorenc stressed how much things have changed since he began teaching. Students have changed along with mentalities and visions reflecting the society they are living in. Technology has changed, from two Sony cameras filming in black and white to the TV station we have today containing multiple cameras, sets and connected computers. Nevertheless, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and this semester is the last before Professor Lorenc retires. “It’s time,” he said with a bittersweet laugh before adding that he will now have more time for family and traveling. He expressed how much pride and joy he finds in helping students with their communication skills, seeing their growth not only as students but also as people. From the first TV Club video produced about a poker game to several productions addressing social issues, including "Exploring Joliet," senior faculty member Professor Lorenc took part in many important milestones in the development of our university. From working as a part-time professor, to a club advisor, to a core one director, to the full-rounded faculty member that he is today, Professor Lorenc hopes that other faculty members and students will carry on the legacy of USF as those before us did. Students who have had him as a teacher know what I am talking about when I say that despite his reputation as a perfectionist, his passion-driven teaching will be missed. Before we ended the interview I asked him if there was something he wanted to communicate to the current and future students of the University of St. Francis. So, for students reading this and for future students who might rewrite this article in 30 years, this is what he wants to tell you: “Chase your passion, tell your story, take risks, and put yourself out there. No matter your way of doing it, make a difference.”

Richard Lorenc, 1980



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TELL YOUR FAMILY TO INVEST IN EARPLUGS By: Sarah Vandermolen Editor-in-Chief

I am a firm believer in scream therapy, also known as Primal Scream Therapy. As someone that has a lot to scream about, I find it very relaxing to do just that. It’s rare that we get the chance to just let it all out in the most natural way.

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Psychologist Arthur Janov, popularized the concept in the 1970s and published his findings in “The Primal Scream.” According to www.independent.co.uk, “Dr. Janov believed screaming is a primal urge that takes us back to our childhood state, where we might be holding onto repressed trauma.” He believed that through Primal Scream Therapy, we could release our repressed feelings that we’ve held onto for years. Some celebrities that have used Primal Scream Therapy include: Kanye West, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Although some people swear by scream therapy, many scientists are skeptical. “In the early 1980s, two German legal proceedings sought to determine if primal therapy was ‘recognized as a scientific therapeutic process,’” according to www. inverse.com. In their findings, they concluded, “...there are no ongoing reports of primal therapy’s therapeutic results, no statistical studies and no follow-up studies.” I first heard about scream therapy a couple years ago. I remember seeing a video somewhere about how it helped someone relieve their stress, and at the time, I had enough stress to go around. When I was younger, my mom used to tell me that if it ever got to be too much, I could just scream into a pillow for as long as I needed to. I had used this technique more than most in my life, but I had never let it out completely unrestricted.

I screamed as loud and as hard as I could. It seemed to last forever, and I could faintly hear my mom yelling for me to stop, but I just couldn’t. I had so much anger and stress built up, and it felt so freeing to just scream. Since then, I’ve used scream therapy quite regularly. Whenever it gets to be too much, I just scream until I can’t scream anymore. I have resorted to only screaming when I’m alone; I don’t want to be too much of a nuisance. My favorite place to scream is in my car, with the windows just barely cracked and absolutely no music playing. I’ve found that it works best in a confined place. That way, your scream reverberates off the walls and deafens you for a bit. Although it may seem unlikely, there are some health benefits that come from screaming. According to Dr. Bryan Bruno in an article for www.humnutrition.com, “As you scream, your body becomes more alert, and you release tension in the muscles caused by bottled-up emotions.” Screaming can also help you express your emotions. Dr. Bruno notes, “When an emotion is screaming through your throat or echoing off the walls, it seems much more real.” According to www.humnutrition.com, “That makes it harder to deny and dismiss, helping you start to process your emotional pain.” University of St. Francis senior, Elizabeth Ponce, shares her opinion on scream therapy, stating, "I'm not sure if I would ever try scream therapy, but I do agree that it may be beneficial in helping solidify your feelings."

If you’re someone that is skeptical about I was home with my mom at the time, and I scream therapy, I suggest giving it a try. warned her that I was going to try something Take a week to scream any and all of your out. She gave me an odd look and a weary problems away, and see if you notice a nod, but I don’t think she was fully prepared difference. Try not to get too many noise for what was about to happen. complaints.



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By: Jessica Scroppo Assistant Editor “Where is the university putting all our money?” This question from 2004 is still relevant 18 years later in 2022. Although most universities are usually responsible enough to provide records on where our tuition payments go, there is still a sense of mystery and nondisclosure around the topic.

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Today, the average cost of yearly tuition at the University of St. Francis is $35,000 according to www.stfrancis.edu. This is without scholarships or adding the cost of room and board. If you’re wanting the full college experience of living in a boxy dorm, that could add up to $13,000 a year to your total. In the year 2004, dated on the accompanying article, tuition was $8,240. The rate of inflation skyrocketing with each passing year does not change the fact that college tuition rates are not what they used to be in many ways. Does earning a college degree mean you should accrue thousands and thousands of dollars in debt, including a hefty amount of interest? To some, maybe. To others, it’s a hard pass. Like many of us today, and our writer from 2004, we would not be here without loans or scholarships to help us. It’s not just that. When going to college, you aren’t going to pay the tuition and be set for the year. There are numerous additional costs that come back to bite you. The fees added to classes are what supplement our needs as students. Is this true, or is it a way to milk students for all they’re worth? In my experience on the Fourth Floor of Tower in the Communication Department, I have seen firsthand that funds are there to pay for all the little things. We get new cameras, mouse pads, hard drives and our ink and paper paid for. If I wasn’t using these things, I might be more against class fees. However, I make sure to get my money’s worth.

Books are another cost that weigh heavy on students that are paying their way through college. The cheapest books are used and rented. Sometimes, that’s not an option, and they’re all out at the bookstore. Then what? Time to splurge on a pile of new books that you’ll use for the semester and never touch again. The only encouraging factor is that online bookstores or Amazon can help you find cheap options that won’t break the bank. Since I’m on the commuter side of things, let’s talk parking passes. It is very difficult to find a spot, and most times I end up parking on the side of the street. Is a parking pass crazy expensive? No, I can spare the $50. However, it feels like I’m paying $50 a year to park on the side of the road and take a hike before and after school. All in all, this is a small price to pay, and as University of St. Francis sophomore, Saba Aamir, states, “Being a commuter saves me money because I don’t have to pay for other expenses like room and board, a meal plan and more, other than my tuition.” Quoting the 2004 "Money, Money, Money" article, who is making the killing here? The most recent Form 990 in 2020 states that there was a total revenue of $75,136,553 for the University of St. Francis. Expenses were quoted at $74,207,049. According to www.projects.propublica.org, 93.6% of the total revenue went towards program services, 31.2% went towards salaries and wages and 1.8% towards executive compensation. I’m not the most knowledgeable about the financial aspect of things. However, it is odd to me that it seems we are always dealing with a “tight budget,” and many things throughout the school go without being updated. Can everything be picture perfect? I don’t expect it to be, but if the school can’t afford it, what makes them think we’re able to?



By: Sarah Vandermolen Editor-in-Chief

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Piecing together this issue has been one of the best things that I’ve been able to do during my time on the Encounter. I’ve never been a history lover, but I never knew it could be this fun. The idea for this issue came to me last semester. As I was cleaning up some of the old issues of the Encounter, I began flipping through them and comparing the articles and designs to what we were doing. It was then that I came across a piece that would serve as inspiration for this entire issue. In the “Centennial Edition” of the Encounter, published in December 2019, then Editor-in-Chief, Katie Wozniak, wrote a piece titled “Exploring the USF Archives.” The article consisted of snapshots and documents that showcased the history of the University of St. Francis (USF).

Inside the old copies of the Interlude from the 50s and 60s, we found such beautiful artwork and poetry. The “Yearbook Editions” were filled with images of the all-female student body, each portrait more stunning than the next. It was so fascinating to hold this piece of history in our hands and imagine the Interlude staff doing what we do. When the Interlude transitioned into the Encounter in 1969, a lot changed. A magazine became a classic newspaper, poetry became hard hitting news and artwork became comics. It was interesting to see the transformation happen right before our eyes. My Assistant Editor, Jessica Scroppo, describes how she felt about the transition, stating:

"When looking at the Interlude, I felt that the material inside was extremely heartfelt. As the Layout Designer and Immediately, I imagined doing a spread like this in one of our Assistant Editor, I was able to appreciate the work and effort upcoming publications. However, after taking some time to they put into each page. Compared to now, graphics and think, I thought about how much more beneficial it would illustrations had to be hand-drawn, cut and pasted. Stories be to dedicate an entire issue to the idea. had to be researched in a book. It was so interesting to see how the writings and graphics developed with the times." From there, the ball just started rolling. I talked to my Assistant Editor, Jessica Scroppo, and our club advisor, Dr. We gathered the pieces that we felt would be the best fit Scott Marshall, and they both loved the idea. We knew it for this issue and went to work. We put in three times the would take more work than a regular issue, but we didn’t amount of effort, spent twice as much time designing as we care. The outcome of this potential issue was too exciting to normally would and delivered one hell of an issue. pass up. Overall, I’m extremely pleased with how this issue turned Jessica and I began looking through past issues that we out, and I feel that it pays a well deserved homage to past had access to in the Encounter office. We were amazed to Encounters and Interludes. I really do hope that one day, find pieces dating back to the 1990s. Being able to see the whether it be ten years from now or thirty, another Editordevelopment of the university in print was astounding. From in-Chief has the same idea to take a walk down memory co-ed dorms to the smoking ban on campus, we were able lane. They’ll include pieces that they believe are relevant and to see the university transforming into what we know it as important, and maybe they’ll be similar to ours. Maybe they today. won’t. Either way, we’ll be able to see just how much we have changed and just how much more room we have to grow. Some other pieces that astounded us were a dedication to Vietnam Veterans and the edition of the Encounter that was published a couple days after 911. To be able to see what mattered to the Encounter staff and the student body at the time of each publication was such a fulfilling experience. I instantly thought about what students in the future would think if they decided to look back at our issues. Although the 90s may seem dated, we decided we had to dig deeper. We headed to the LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Library on campus to look through the USF Archives. Jessica and I spent hours sifting through issue after issue. It was like looking through our own little Smithsonian. All of the pieces were so old, and if you looked at them the wrong way they would rip.



September 29, 2006

What’s up, dudes. Suke here with this month’s “How to.” Look, everybody hates being forced to learn stuff, right? Well, there are a few things that make the first couple of months on campus great. Now that we’re away from our parents, we get to wear a wifebeater all day long, play football and internet poker, and of course, meet the new faces on campus. Around the locker room, guys are always asking me how I get so many hotties. Well, I’m about to go against all man-laws here and reveal my secrets. I mean, I’ve been going here for six years now and I’m almost out of here with my bachelors in recreation. Once I’m gone, these tried and true methods will be useless to me. So, might as well pass on the knowledge. Behold my sacred “HighFive”: Appearance, Approach, Charm, Etiquette and Ambiance. Master these, young Dennis-Hoppers, and you will literally be a lady-killer. APPEARANCE Everybody knows the Metro-look went out with Halo and beer-pong. Today’s man is rugged, self-confident and too cool to worry about his appearance. I usually prepare for my Thursday night by taking a four-hour nap to attain that “I-just-woke-upbecause-I-party-so-hard-all-the-time look.” Then I toss on my stained Abercrombie sweater (bought it that way) and my everessential Adidas flip-flops. But what good is looking good if you don’t SMELL good? I’m a big guy, so I usually go through two or three cans of Axe per day. Those commercials are one hundred percent true. APPROACH Without a smooth pickup line, you might as well just stay home and watch Sports Center. As I gaze across the dance floor at Garnsey’s, I try to custom make each line for each particular honey. For example, if the prospective girl is holding a beer, that means she must be totally into sports, just like us! Time to roll up those sleeves and flex the biceps. If the barbed wire tattoo doesn’t get her, your opening line, “Could you recommend a good veternarian? Cuz these pythons are SICK!!!” definitely will. Let’s say the girl is wearing glasses or something. That means she must be into art and science and stuff. For this elusive breed, I run out to the F150 and grab the first book I find in my truck bed. As you approach, pull a random quote and she’ll be yours as fast as you can say, “Intramural athletics have scientifically proven benefits.” I mean how many syllables was that big word there? She won’t have any idea what you just said, so just nod in agreement with yourself.


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CHARM By now you should be halfway there. It’s time to woo her with your sense of humor. When I want to get laughs, I just quote a line from Napoleon Dynamite or Anchorman. You’ve probably never heard of these movies but they’re definitely a must-see. Anchorman will never get old, trust me. Last week, my friend Shaggo goes, “Dude, how do you know that chick?” and I go, “I’m kind of a big deal. People know me.” I just came up with that on the spot! Don’t forget to raise your hand in expectation of a high-five. Girls love it, and if she goes for it you know you can rely on this technique all night long. ETIQUETTE This one is probably the most overlooked by the dudes I know. Let’s face the facts. Most girls are turned off by a wussy guy who throws his jacket in the mud so a girl can keep her Uggs dry. I earned every letter ON that jacket! If the girl you have just charmed asks you to buy her a drink, show her your feminist side: “Hey, you make 75% of what I make. Buy it yourself.” If she isn’t smiling, give her a playful slug in the arm. AMBIANCE Ah, 2am. The magical hour when it’s time to show her your place. If your dorm room is smelly and drab, you won’t be holding hands tonight. Make sure you have a poster with John Belushi on it. He speaks for our entire generation. Next to that hang up a torn out picture from a magazine, such as Shawne Merriman or Jessica Alba. Buy a cheap guitar and leave it casually lying on your bed. If she asks you to play, get a wistful look in your eye and go, “Someday...” Well, that’s it. You are now armed wit the wisdom to get freshman chicks. If you have found anything offensive in this article, hit me up on Facebook and I’ll be glad to share an open discourse of tolerance and acceptance with you. I have 377 friends. You can be 378. Oh, and when you do land the girl of your dreams, tell her Suke sent you. This article is the work of a USF student. The face pictured above is our idea of what our pseudonymous Suke might look like.

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Do you have your eye on a special someone but not sure if you can snag them? Don’t worry- it’s much easier than it looks! Here are five foolproof ways to get the attention of the man of your dreams: Act interested in everything a man says, even if it’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard. First things first. If you want to get a guy, you have to know what you’re dealing with. Usually, guys our age can only go so far. They aren’t deep, but they like to think their thoughts are Shakespeare level genius. We as girls know better. When speaking with your man, smile, nod and act like he is actually forming coherent sentences. The key is to believe you’ve been enlightened by his take on Fantasy Football. Show some skin, and flip that hair. Just because you’re interested in what a man has to say, doesn’t mean he wants your life story. A man will only be interested beyond the “blah blah blah.” (Sorry girls, we know it’s just the way of the world.) On that note, always show some skin because men couldn’t care less about your passions and interests. They’d rather be looking at those collar bones! Act like a damsel in distress. If we know one thing about men, it’s that they like to feel important. If your goal is to get the attention of a hunky guy (and keep it), this step is crucial. Does a man want to be outmanned? Never. So, let him open those doors, lift all the heavy things and protect you like the little woman you are.

How to pick up guys

By: Mal Bubarbie Staff Writer

Compliment them, but don’t be obvious. Men love to be adored. Verbal compliments accompanied by a physical touch can get you bonus points in your pursuit. Start by a playful wave or shove. Now that you’re on their radar, keep it up. A squeeze to the bicep followed by “Wow, how much can you lift?” or a “Did you get your haircut? I liked it better before :(“ will do wonders. You’ll get them thinking about you. Seriously, it doesn’t take much. Don’t show YOUR emotions. Uh-oh, you’re starting to actually like this guy. Whatever you do, don’t let it show. Men hate sappy emotions. The last thing you’d want to do is scare him away with all your girly thoughts. Expressing your feelings can lead to uncharted territory. This is a no-no if you want to cuff your man beyond the talking stage. Now that you’ve heard my tips, you might be wondering “Is this a joke?” To that I say: we as women wish we could say it is. Our hunk from the 2006 Encounter said it best, “If you have found anything offensive in this article, hit me up on Facebook and I'll be glad to share an open discourse of tolerance and acceptance with you.” This article is the work of a USF student. The face pictured above is our idea of what our pseudonymous Mal might look like.



January 28, 1981


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By: Mathias Woener Staff Writer Despite the snow accumulating over the past few weeks in the greater Joliet area, it’s time to start thinking about baseball and the Fighting Saints! Almost 41 years to the day after our Paul Bartolotta coined “Saint’s baseball looking good” to describe this school’s squad, this year’s iteration of Saints is garnering similar acclaim.

As much as the team would like to maintain 100 percent focus on the season, both the players and coaches are fans of the game. They want to avoid a ninth work stoppage and see baseball played this season. USF baseball assistant coach, Anthony Faron, commented, “I think there is definitely a chance that we see a lockout situation in the MLB this season... it feels especially bad for the players. A lot of them A year ago, the University of St. Francis (USF) baseball team simply want to get out there and play.” finished a solid 24-20 and an impressive 18-12 in conference play before falling to the top seeded Olivet Nazarene Tigers Whether or not there is Major League Baseball this season, in the CCAC playoffs. Bartolotta utilized the adage "Some it is a guarantee that the St. Francis baseball team will be an coaches say that experience wins ballgames" in his 1981 exciting watch all spring. We all hope USF baseball leads to hope-filled summation of the Fighting Saints. If that is the lots of victories with less than a foot of snow on the ground. case, this year’s pitching staff should win this group a lot of games this season. Pitcher Angel Sandoval #11 Returning from last season on the mound are four starting pitchers and nearly the full array of bullpen arms which should help propel this team. Ryan Daly, Colin Kelly, Angel Sandoval and Nick Villaseñor will be shouldering a lot of the starting pitching duties this season and replacing Michael Beaudoin, along with finding more viable options on the bump. The production that this team will have to replace and replicate if they want to have a successful run this spring will be at the plate. There will only be four returning starting bats from a season ago: Noah Kararo, Luke Ketchum, Jake LaSota and John Peterson. However, there are still many opportunities for hitters to step up and produce in other positions. The Saints will have to find new sluggers this spring if they want to make some noise in the playoffs.

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This year’s team might be taking the field unopposed without professional counterparts. According to www.theathletic.com, as of now, there are little to no developments in the negotiations between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Players Association to get baseball on the field this year. This is a recurrent theme in the sport’s history as even when the Encounter’s Paul Bartolotta was writing on the prospects of another Saints’ season. The two sides were bickering about making baseball happen, resulting in a strike in the middle of the season as part of the fifth work stoppage in the sport’s history.



September 21, 1977


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A Story of MLB Superstition College baseball is more than just a game; it can be a career. Getting to play in the Major Leagues is the goal for many amateur players. Then, if a player is lucky enough to get drafted, it’s a matter of how much playing time they’ll get. Looking at the University of St. Francis (USF) and its NAIA ranking, Major League Baseball (MLB) may seem out of reach. However, according to www.baseballreferences.com, the University of St. Francis has had 23 baseball players drafted to the MLB since 1977. The first of these players drafted was Kevin Rhomberg.

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Kevin Rhomberg was born in 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa. An athlete throughout high school, he continued to play baseball in college at Lewis University. Here, he was part of the NAIA World Series Championship team.

By: Jessica Scroppo Assistant Editor

If you could speak to Kevin Rhomberg, he may say that his time in the MLB was a result of luck or even superstition. Labeled as one of the most superstitious players in the MLB, he would feel the need to tap his bat or cleats four times in the dugout. When driving or walking he would avoid making any right turns- there are only left turns when rounding the bases. Rhomberg, or “Touch Me, Touch Me” as he was nicknamed by then Cleveland Indian manager Mike Hargrove, would not allow anyone to touch him without touching them back. His teammates would tease him endlessly, tagging him and running or leaving for trips after poking him. To ease his superstition, Rhomberg would send a letter in the mail saying that receiving it would count as a touch back.

One story, according to www.theversed.com, consisted of Minor League player, Brook Jacoby, tagging Rhomberg with In 1976, he transferred to the University of St. Francis. a baseball and throwing the ball out of a stadium. Rhomberg According to a 2010 interview with www.sabr.org, Rhomberg spent hours searching for the ball outside the fence, so he stated, “Lewis threatened to cut some sports, and my coach, could “touch it back.” Gordie Gillespie, left for St. Francis. I learned 98 percent of what I know in baseball from him – a very giving man, a big University of St. Francis senior, Cosme Lozano, thinks, influence on my life.” “Superstition in sports is not real until it is. Things like the Chicago Bears double doink and the Chicago Cubs 100-year Rhomberg played for only a year at USF before he was drafted curse seemed very real to fans.” to the Cleveland Indians in 1977. His career in professional baseball started playing in Minor League Baseball. In 1982, Although Kevin Rhomberg abandoned he made his first MLB debut for the Cleveland Indians and his superstitious ways after having appeared for 16 games as a left fielder or pinch runner. He children, his antics were a way for even came close to hitting .400 with a .383 career batting him to concentrate and have average (18 hits in 47 total at-bats). fun while playing in the MLB. One thing is for sure: it’s never that His last MLB appearance would be just 2 years later in June of serious and even a small-town 1984. After going back and forth between leagues, he retired boy can make it to the MLB. in 1985.



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