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2004 edition of The
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July 24, Paul Wonderboy Jalsevac '03 married Meg
McNeely (proud Associate of Arts graduate of 2003). Of
course, the wedding and reception were wonderful, and no wonder,
since Meg did the majority of the planning herself. They have
now moved on to the wonderful world of Michigan, where Paul
will begin his second year at Ave Maria School of Law, and
Meg will be working at the Ave Maria Foundation. As many of
our readers may remember, Paul was injured in a serious car
accident (his fault) on March 4, 2001, and was not expected
to live through the first night at the hospital. But
he did, due mostly to the fact that, although unbenownst to
him at the time, he is the wonderboy. If you don't remember
the story, you can read it on our news archive by clicking
Paul is still awaiting the entrance to Christendom College
to be named "The Paul Jalsevac Memorial Entrance"
with a nice bronze statue of himself overlooking the road.
But while he awaits this great moment, he is just happy that
the College put a statue of Our Lady (which he refers to as
Our Lady of Jalsevac) at the entrance to keep people safe.
Anyways, back to the wedding. It was very well attended, seeing
as how the lovely couple was married in Christendom's Chapel
of Christ the King and the reception was held in town at the
firehall. Gumby was there, as was Stinky Nick, and recent
graduate Alistair Maitland. Heather Tansey, Larissa
Fedoryka, and Claire Jensen were bridesmaids and
Niall O'Donnell was a groomsman. This was the 21st
of the planned 29 alumni weddings during this Summer fo Love
Coleman '04 is to become Mrs. Brian Kelly today, August
6. (wedding number 25)
and Anne (Fraser) Schmittino are expecting their first
is AWOL this issue.
Hofbauer, class of 1989, recently accepted a Full Time
faculty position at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh,
New York. He will be teaching Logic and Existentialism. He
has held teaching positions at Fordham University and Caldwell
College prior to this appointment. He received both his Masters
and Doctoral degrees from Fordham University, New York. He
presently resides in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey with his wife,
Buena, and their six children.
July 30th, alumni Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka and
Joe Crosby of the band Scythian made their movie debut in
"The Village" directed by the supernaturally freaky
M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense, Signs). Sporting the 1800's
look, the lads can be seen prancing about in the background
of several scenes in the film as various different village
folk. Most notably, Danylo can't be missed in the wedding
scene where he figures prominently as a dancer and Lex
in the last scene standing in the doorway looking at a sickly
Joaquin Phoenix. They pretty much had the time of their lives
on the incredible set, made some great friends, and broke
into the Philly music scene, and wanted to thank Mike Wallacavage
'89 for twisting their collective arm into going to the
open call. The movie has drummed up some media interest so
look for articles on Scythian in this Friday's Weekender section
of the Washington Post (August 6) and as a featured "Up-and-coming"
DC band in this month's edition of "On Tap", DC's
biggest nightlife publication. Look for the new album to be
released later this month. As always, you can find all upcoming
Scythian shows and gossip at www.scythianmusic.com.
Paul Jansen and Steven Storey visited John Issigonis
and Sandy Rogers in historic Williamsburg, Virginia on
August 3rd, 2004. They can be seen in the picture on the right
at their first stop - Busch Gardens and the famed Apollo's
O'Reilly is looking for other cotillion girls to ride with
once she gets her new
pony and sidesaddle. The (Sean and Brenda Davis) O'Reillys
left the AZ desert for Front Royal upscale town living, and
you can only guess what was used as a bribe to pull up the
little girl's roots.
O'Neill ('99) won 3rd place in the Pennsylvania State
Championships, Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-jitsu devision, despite
lacking an actual black belt. He and Ben Hatke (2000)
have been invited to compete in the IKF (International Kempo
Federation) World Championships in Morocco, and will hopefully
be attending this February.
Shunk wanted everyone to know about his new website, www.firstphilosophy.net.
The website itself is not as polished as he would like, but
oh well. The site is intended to be a place where Christendom
students or grads can go for a bit of intellectual discussion.
Actually, it's what's known as a "wiki" which means
that anyone who goes to the site can also edit it as well.
He is using it as a sort of a temporary scratch pad where
he can work on ideas for essays that he would like to write.
People can come and comment on or even edit his essays as
they see fit. He already has a few friends who have started
their own essays on the site as well, and he'd love for more
people with an itch to write to participate. There is also
a bulletin board on the site for back-and-forth discussion
on Thomistic topics. To the left is a a picture of Chuck and
Anita's two children, Teresa and Damien. Damien was born September
26th of last year.
Sullivan and Celeste Allen ('98) were married February
14, 2004 at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA. It took
a Capuchin priest and a convent of Poor Clares to bring this
California girl and New Jersey boy together. They received
a Papal Blessing while honeymooning in Rome. To contact them,
please send an email to: email@example.com
Settducati (pronounced such-a-hottie) '03
sends his greetings: "I would like to inform the Grapevine
community that I have switched employment from Smith Barney
to the Frank Spicer Insurance Agency. I have my license in
Property & Casualty Insurance, and so I can now quote
y'all on your home and auto insurance through Erie Insurance
Group. Erie has competitive rates for the average to above
average risk. If any one would like to hear a quote on home,
auto, umbrella, commercial, and/or life insurance I can be
reached at 703-385-5100. If any one is interested in applying
for a position for Mr. Spicer's Agency they can also call
the above number or send their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Jim Grumblatt are overjoyed to announce the birth
of Lilyanne Cecilia at 0708 hrs. July 12, 2004. She weighed
9 lbs. 9.7 oz., has curly dark hair, is about 20 in. long,
and cries when anyone but mom holds her. Mom and baby are
fine;they just need to find some room for the new addition.
The grand total is now 6: 3 boys and 3 girls.
Higby '03 and the Prime Minister of Information Joe
Hans '02 stopped by the Grapevine's office recently. They
are both doing well. Apparently, they were chillin' with their
peeps at Ryan and Katherine Callaghan's house in Manassas.
Ducky has moved ahead in the world, going from a grave digger
to a chef, well, a prep cook at
Foxwoods Casino and Resort in CT. He is about to graduate
from culinary school and should end up being the big fromage
(chef) in about three years. Joe Hans is still teaching at
Spellman High School up in the Big Apple. He has also
started to get his Bronx accent back. Kinda funny.
& Mary Ann (Hester) Gaffney '93 are excited to announce
the birth of Fiona Alexandra Marie. She was born on July 13th,
2004 at 10:03am via Mary Ann's 5th c-section... thank God
for morphine! She was 2 weeks early and weighed in at 6lbs
12.4ozs, 19 1/2ins. and is in great form. The names of their
other children are Bridget (8), Gillian (6), Brendan (4),
& Roisin (2) - that's pronounced Rosheen
Malo recently moved to her ancestral homeland of Maine.
She lives in Lewiston, 45 minutes north of Portland, and would
love for anyone living in Maine to contact her, and for old
chums who are vacationing in/traveling through/wanting to
vacation in Maine to look her up. email@example.com or 207-783-2374.
and Mollie (Urban) Charba will be transferring from Tulsa
to the Houston area in several months; Michael's employer
CITGO is relocating its corporate headquarters. Before they
(and their seven children!) move, they would love to hear
from people living in the area regarding churches, schools,
home schooling, shopping, restaurants, builders, neighborhoods,
realtors, etc. Please call (918) 254-9282 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Achievement Award winner Thomas Cole reports that he
has kept himself quite busy since graduation with buying a
car ('98 Ford Contour), traveling about, and preparing for
his stint as a High School Teacher at Holy Family Academy
in Manassas, Va this fall. His travels have taken him from
Quebec to Georgia to Wisconsin for everything from a wedding
(Storey/Watson) to observing a reenactment on the Plains of
Abraham to simply visiting folks. With regard to the High
School position, come September he will be teaching History,
Latin, Literature, Algebra, and Moral Theology, (and of course,
etiquette) in addtion to caring for the school's sacristy.
Pictured on the left are Kate (Murrell, '98) and Joe
Pride with Genevieve (2 yrs.) & John Joseph (Jack- 4 1/2
Mr. John Paul Schafer '03 and Miss Katie Almeter
'03 are engaged! The date is set for June 25, 2005, that
is, after his first year of Law School. Needless to say, they
are very excited and would appreciate everyone's prayers for
Dresch '04 and alumnus Craig Spiering are now happily
planning on getting married: engaged. The story goes a little
like this: "Craig was out to sea for two months (he is
a photographer for the Navy). Once he got back, we decided
to meet in Manassas (that hub of culture) for a few hours
Monday night. After chatting about Italy (where he was for
about a week of his time out at sea) and what he had missed
here in VA, he said he had gotten me something in Sorrento.
It was the ring and I said yes (well actually I think I said
something like, "you caught me off guard!" but then
I accepted with joy)." They are planning to get married
next August, but they cannot set a date until Craig returns
from his six month deployment in March.
Tuesday, July 27 Tony Raes and Wife gave birth to their
second son CALEB ROLAND RAES at 3:45 pm. He weighed 6lbs 9
oz and was 19.5 inches long. They are extremely glad Caleb
waited until Tuesday to make his appearance since they got
back from Toronto on Sunday. Both Anthony and his brother
Mark were groomsmen at a wedding there for a neighbor of theirs
who married a "city" girl about to go "country"...
Caleb was slightly over two weeks early but you would never
know it - he is so alert and of course the delight of his
big brother. Gavin loves giving him kisses, patting his head
and when the opportunity arises to hold him (supervised of
course). Overall Caleb is a hit - the "baby" as
Gavin calls him has a very protective big brother already.
and Joan Marra ('88 and '89) say thanks to everyone for
all the prayers for their newest addition to the family. Angela
came through her surgeries and is thriving. Pictured to the
left are Catherine (14), Jospeh (11), Monica (10), Peter (8),
Timothy (7), Christina (6), Michael (4), Joanne (2), Angela
they haven't sent anything into the Grapevine for quite a
while, it is time for a general update on Brendan and Susan
McGuire: After getting married in Columbus, Ohio on January
3, 2004, Brendan and Susan lived in NY where Brendan was working
for the Legionaries of Christ. In June, however, they moved
to St. Louis, MO, where Brendan has received an appointment
as a Graduate Fellow at SLU. Susan is applying for various
jobs and enjoying the fact that she is back in the Midwest.
Brendan completed his first graduate course on August 5, and
they are looking forward to a trip to Lake Erie for a little
time with the Erwin clan before fall classes start up. Their
new address is: 1295 Enderbury Drive, Apt. 9, St. Louis, MO
63125. They are also getting a new phone number soon. By the
way--Brendan and Susan are very proud of their new adopted
state for passing, just this week, the first amendment to
a state constitution banning gay marriage. Hurrah!
Lee '02 is listed in the book, More Award-Winning Science
Fair Projects by Julianne Blair Bochinski (John Wiley &
Sons, Inc.) for two of her high school science fair projects.
She is listed under student consultants, page xi, for her
projects, "A Study of the Presence of Bacteria in Moist
Disposable Towelettes" (page 179) and "The Efficacy
of Oral Rinses on the Accumulation of Bacteria in the Mouth"
(page 182). She will be available for book signing at Homecoming.
Mary (Corcoran) Biros has a bun in the oven. She thinks
it may be a Cinnamon bun. Anyways, it will be done Feb 3rd,
'03 and Cathy (Garrett) '03 Goodman are expecting a little
baby boy this October.
2, 2004: Homecoming
9, 2004: Library Dedication
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Gettin' Jiggy With It
Washington Post Staff Writer
A LONG way from busking for gas money in Old Town Alexandria
to appearing in M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, "The
Village," but that's the story of the local Celtic band
Scythian (Sith-ee-yin). Throw in a taping of the upcoming
"Real World" series in Philadelphia and a new weekly
gig at the popular Chinatown pub Fado (808 Seventh St. NW;
202-789-0066), and it begins to sound more like a fairy tale.
Scythian is a traditional Irish group: the lineup includes
two classically trained fiddlers, and the twenty-something
musicians play accordion, guitar, electric bass and mandolin.
In concert, though, Scythian proves to be one of Washington's
most energetic and eclectic bands.
at Fado mixes spirited takes on traditional rebel tunes like
"Come Out Ye Black and Tans" and covers of Irish
punks-with-pennywhistles the Pogues with klezmer-influenced
versions of Squirrel Nut Zippers' "Hell" and They
Might Be Giants' "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)";
a Celtic-tinged interpretation of Charlie Daniels's "The
Devil Went Down to Georgia"; a careening, double-time
"Danny Boy"; and a take on "Wild Thing"
that features a fiddle singing over the familiar, thumping
been a big struggle for us," says guitarist-accordionist-vocalist
Danylo Fedoryka. "We've played 40 bars in one year, and
got a lot of experience, but the first thing we're asked is,
'Can you play the typical covers?' We say 'No, we want to
present something that's different.' " Between songs,
the band leads the crowd in drinking games, toasts friends
and passes tambourines around for audience members who want
to play along. Things may get a bit hokey -- especially if
you cringe at audience-participation numbers like "The
Wild Rover" -- but the band's enthusiasm is contagious,
and shows seem to end with everyone dancing, jumping around
or hoisting glasses.
their modern influences, it was traditional jigs and reels
that helped Scythian land spots in "The Village."
At a casting call last year, a crew member "liked their
look," so the Fedoryka brothers (Danylo and fiddler-vocalist
Alex) and fiddler Joe Crosby scored roles as extras -- with
the promise of an on-screen musical performance. While director
Shyamalan ultimately went with solo piano music in the film
instead of Celtic tunes, all got varying bits of screen time
as extras in the titular village, and more importantly, networking
during the two-month shoot helped the band get slots at well-known
Philadelphia pubs like Finnegan's Wake and the Plough and
Stars, where MTV requested the band perform during the taping
of an episode of "The Real World."
whole reason we went is because we wanted to play music [in
the film], but even though we didn't get in the movie as musicians,
we got more than we ever imagined," Alex Fedoryka says.
members of Scythian were introduced to music at a young age.
Alex and Danylo began studying violin and piano, respectively,
at 3. Crosby picked up violin at 5, which is when drummer
Alex "Animal" Culdell began performing with his
father, a Scottish piper. The Fedorykas are an especially
musical family. All 10 children learned to play an instrument,
and their mother Irene graduated from Juilliard. Alex went
to Japan to study the Suzuki method, and the family ensemble
performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap.
explains, he eventually grew tired of "rigid" classical
music and lost his passion for the violin. It was Celtic music
that lured him back.
four years ago . . . I was staying over at our buddy Pat Kilroy's,
and he gave me some CDs with great [Celtic] fiddlers -- Eileen
Ivers, Frankie Gavin," Alex says. "I'd never heard
anything like it. I'd only heard the sing-song Irish [pub]
music, but as soon as I heard [the fiddlers], I went home
and learned everything off the CDs. Like a month later, I
got my brother and said, 'You've got to listen to these tunes.'
He learned guitar so he could play them, and it was his idea
to start busking for gas money."
up outside the Torpedo Factory art center, the Fedoryka brothers
were later joined by Crosby, who they've known since they
were children -- their fathers, immigrants from Ukraine and
Austria, are friends who earned doctorates together. As they
played for dollar bills and spare change, the trio began to
explore folk music beyond the Irish style picked up from newly
discovered CDs. Not only did playing on the street make them
tighter, practiced performers, it honed a certain style of
a street musician, you have to do anything you can to get
people to stop for a second," Alex says. "We started
out playing Irish music, threw in some bluegrass, then some
Gypsy-type stuff and Ukrainian music -- whatever could keep
people standing there and keep a crowd."
interacting with the passersby, giving egg-size shakers to
children and encouraging them to play along.
"We got people from toddlers to 90-year-old people to
punk skaters coming up to us. There's something about the
Irish music that people gravitated towards, and we gravitated
towards, and eventually it became our own sound."
more about Irish music, Alex spent four months in Ireland
in 2002, watching and experimenting. "My sister was living
in Dublin for a couple years," he says, "so I hung
out in Dublin long enough to make friends with people, but
I was playing in rock bands, I was playing in Gypsy bands,
some straight-up singer-songwriter rock bands.
go to all kinds of [jam] sessions. I busked a lot. I met a
lot of young traditional musicians. There's a revival of the
driving Celtic rhythms, and I got caught up in that."
continues to be one of the hardest-working bands on the Irish
pub circuit. Friday, for example, they're at Finn Mac Cool's
(713 Eighth St. SE; 202-547-7100). Thursday, it's back to
Fado. On Aug. 13, Scythian plays the Maryland BBQ Bash in
Bel Air. Then Aug. 17, the band makes its debut at Iota (2832
Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-522-8340), heads back to Fado
two days later, then has a weekend engagement at Flanagan's
(7637 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda; 301-986-1007). A new album
should be released in a few weeks.
aware that there's something going on, and we're having a
tremendous amount of fun, but we don't know where this is
taking us," Alex says. "We're not focusing on one
thing. It started with Celtic music, but then we got into
the Jewish music, and as soon as people hear that, they start
doing leg kicks. Bluegrass has a different feel, but the end
result is always the same. . . . What I want is the feel of
a village square dance or a country dance, where people can
get together, they can drink, they can dance and not care
if they make fools of themselves. The point is just to have
a good time."