From: Brussels, Belgium
Hobbies? I have always been interested in photography and reading; I also love planning and putting on events.
Who's your favorite professor? I absolutely love both Ethics and Metaphysics with Prof. Michael Brown.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am on the Student Activities Council (SAC) and I work in the Advancement Office as a research analyst as well as in the St. Gabriel Calling Center. I also play in a couple of intramural sports.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? First off, the classes are awesome. It is reassuring to note that everything being taught is in line with the Magisterium. I also love how many opportunities there are. If you want to be involved, there are a wide variety of options. Lastly, having the Chapel right in the middle of campus is a great reminder to always have Christ as the center of everything you do.
Why did you choose Christendom? My sister in law encouraged me to consider Christendom so I applied and ever since I have been happy that I did.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? All the awesome opportunities that are given. Also, the people here constantly surprise me.
Plans after graduation? Putting my Christendom education to good use in the political field.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Come and visit! There is so much that Christendom has to offer that cannot be expressed without living it.
Capture the Flag
On Sunday afternoon, 25 students gathered outside the St. Lawrence Commons for an exciting game of Capture the Flag. The participants were divided into upperclassmen vs. underclassmen. Junior Julie McMahon and sophomore Austin Leavitt announced the rules once everyone arrived. All were thrilled to have something fun to do outdoors, since it ended up being a beautiful fall day. Flags had been hidden in all nooks and cranies, which ended up being a great challenge for everyone to find. The game lasted for a few hours, and the upperclassmen ended up being the victors at the end of the day.
"It was epic," Leavitt said.
Julie McMahon guides the upperclassmen to where their flags have been hidden.
Some of the underclassmen line up as they wait to start the game.
Junior Brian Rankin runs in with the first flag of the day.
Music and the Common Good
On Sunday evening, Dr. Kurt Poterack gave a lecture as part of the Beato Fra Angelico Fine Arts Series. Entitled "Artistic Patronage and the Common Good: The Case of Johann Sebastian Bach," he spoke on the value of music, and how music itself has changed.
"Symphonies or art music is longer and is not over within two or three minutes. By listening to symphonies, we are also engaging our memory," he said.
Dr. Poterack also emphasized the impact and importance of Johann Sebastian Bach. He spoke of how Bach had been the end of an amazing era of music that has sadly not been returned to by society today.
You can download this lecture at Christendom on iTunes U.
Dealing with the Passions
On Tuesday, Fr. Donald Planty, Christendom's head chaplain, continued his series of talks this semester entitled “Dealing with the Passions” with a talk on anger. While there is always a very good turnout for Fr. Planty’s talk series, this week had an especially large turnout with over 75 students. In discussing the passions, Fr. Planty focuses on purifying thoughts, governing emotions, overcoming vices, and healing wounds.
“Fr. Planty's talks are full of insight and useful knowledge because he shows how all the passions tie together and flow from one another,” senior Olivia Seidl said. “I have personally benefited from his talk series on the passions, and I am looking forward to the rest of them.”
The Chapel Crypt was packed for Fr. Planty's talk on anger.
On Friday night students gathered to test their strength in David Massa’s Jousting Tournament. Because the Student Activities Council had nothing scheduled for last Friday, a contest was held to see which student could come up the with most original event idea that stayed within a specific budget and would have a wide appeal. Freshman David Massa’s vision of students fighting each other in a large, blow-up ring in the middle of St. Lawrence Commons won the competition, and provided a unique form of entertainment for students on campus. Men and women alike came out to cheer on and beat down friends all in a friendly, competitive spirit.
"All who attended had a great time," freshman Athan Clark shared. “The fact that the college offers these kinds of unique events is awesome. It was a fun-filled night that I really enjoyed.”
Cousins Athan and Alex Clark face-off in the ring.
Senior Chris Ferrara knocks down Freshman Matt Hambric.
Sophomores Duncan and Patrick Hilleary have fun competing.
Freshmen Matt Kane and David Massa, the organizer of the event, pick upbeat tunes to accompany the fights.
The evening was fun for all who participated.
Women's Open House
On Sunday afternoon, the ladies opened their doors to the gentlemen for the second Women’s Open House of the semester. Some rooms provided snacks while others played music, entertaining the guys as they came through.
The whole afternoon had a casually fun, family atmosphere as everyone relaxed and hung out together. Because the event lasts all afternoon the students can linger and visit with friends in different Residence Halls without rushing, and thus enjoy the rare treat of being able to spend some quality time together.
Christendom's normal policy prohibiting men and women to enter each others' residence halls is lifted a couple of times a semester, on Sunday afternoons.
Chillaxin' on a Sunday afternoon.
Even College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty visited with students.
Some ladies served up snacks on these awesome animal plates.
Crusader Sports Center
Basketball is Back on Campus!
Both the men's and women's basketball teams started their seasons on the road playing some tough games against powerhouse Davis College, who defeated both Christendom teams in hard fought games. On Tuesday, both teams hosted the very talented Penn State University Mont Alto for their home openers in Crusader Gymnasium.
The Lady Crusaders played very well as a whole and took an early lead in the first half but PSUMA closed the gap and eventually broke ahead. But the Lady Crusaders dug in and tied up the game at halftime at 27-27. The second half was just as intense with some key contributions from the Slaten sisters, junior Liz and sophomore Sarah, as well as freshman Elizabeth Ford, but PSUMA came out on top scoring 55 to Christendom's 47. Despite the loss, the Lady Crusaders fought very well, with support from a large crowd of Christendom Crazies.
After this tough loss, the men's team took to the court. Despite being at a significant height disadvantage, the Crusaders took the lead early in the game, thanks to key plays from sophomore Jeremy Minick and seniors Jonathan Fioramonti and Tim Vander Woude. Yet, despite these efforts, the Crusaders could not keep up with bigger and faster Nittany Lions, and ended the first half trailing them by 16. In the second half, the Crusaders kept up the fight, but the size and speed of the Penn State was too much for the Crusaders. Despite a strong defensive effort, and the support from the crowd of Christendom Crazies, the Crusaders fell 36-80.
Both the men's and women's teams are ready for their next games against NCAA Division III opponents: the men play at home against Randolph College on November 15 at 5p.m. and the women's next game is away at Trinity University on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
New History Professor on Campus:
Christopher J. Lane
This week, Chronicler reporter Madeleine Murphy caught up with history professor Christopher J. Lane to get to know one of the newest members of the History Department faculty.
Madeleine: What is your background? Where did you receive your undergraduate degree, and graduate degree(s)?
Prof. Lane: After receiving my BA from Christendom College, I received an MA in history at Saint Louis University. From there, I went to the University of Notre Dame, where I received a second MA and will soon be completing my history PhD.
M: What brought you to join Christendom College's faculty this year?
L: Having loved the intellectual formation I received at Christendom, my hope had always been to teach at a small liberal arts college. I had never imagined, however, that Christendom would be seeking to hire a new history faculty member at the time I would be finishing my PhD. When I heard about the position, I was thrilled at the possibility of joining our excellent faculty.
M: How does teaching at Christendom compare to your expectations?
L: Teaching within an integrated liberal arts core curriculum greatly expands what I can do in the classroom. When I teach the Ancient Greeks in History 101, for example, it's wonderful that I can refer to Homer, Plato, and Aristotle, knowing that my students will understand the references.
M: What is your favorite aspect of Christendom College thus far?
L: I feel particularly blessed to be able to teach and write in a place where faith and reason are both valued, as "two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth."
M: What classes are you currently teaching, and are there any classes in particular you would like to teach in the future?
L: I have enjoyed teaching all four parts of our history core curriculum, and I envision next year teaching an upper division course on the Catholic Reformation. After that, I would like to teach courses on the history of France in the modern era, the history of Catholic overseas missions, and the history of the family.
M: Why, in your opinion, do you believe that History is important in a liberal arts curriculum, and at Christendom College in particular?
L: History, studied in light of faith and reason, enables us better to see our place in the human community across time. In a culture marked by the related dangers of apathy about history and simplistic historical narratives, detailed study of history leads us toward a clear and nuanced vision. Our history core curriculum in particular helps students to see beyond present-day prejudices by exploring Hebrew, Greek, and Roman antiquity; the development of historic Christendom and Western civilization; and the origins of the modern world.
M: Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities outside of the classroom?
L: I enjoy hiking and nature activities generally, and my two-year-old daughter especially loves family trips to nearby Shenandoah National Park. Music, particularly singing, is also an important part of life in the Lane household. Finally, although I am very much out of practice, I hold a black belt in a martial arts style that combines Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu, and our own Dr. Reinhard was one of my instructors in it.