From: Wichita Falls, Texas
Hobbies? Hanging out with friends, running, drinking coffee, and putting on events.
Who's your favorite professor? That is a tough question to answer...Christendom has provided so many great learning experiences over the years, and plenty of great teachers to provide those experiences. If I had to narrow it down to two, it would have to be any history class with Dr. Schwartz, and Modern Philosophy with Mr. Brown. They have both helped me to really grasp the material in both subjects in ways that have helped me to grow not only in class, but in everything I do as well.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am the Tech Director on the Student Activities Council, and I occasionally write for the Rambler and play rugby as well.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? Managing to keep what I love about Christendom to only one thing is...difficult. But the community that the college fosters is unlike anything else I have ever experienced in life. Getting the chance to be with people who are all working for the same goal—becoming closer to God and attempting, to the best of our abilities, to do His will in all things—causes a solidarity that has made everything at Christendom even richer as a result.
Why did you choose Christendom? My sister went here a few years ago before me, so I already knew about Christendom before I ever considered going to college. I'd been looking at other schools for a while, however, so it wasn't until I went to the Experience Christendom Summer Program that I truly decided to come here. Even then, the best parts of Christendom—the community, the constancy of Christ in everything we do, the fantastic professors, the...food—were all there, and I knew then that Christendom was what I wanted for my collegiate experience.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? How available the Professors always are for the students, whether it be for help with homework or just to talk. Plenty of my friends who go to other colleges are always surprised when I tell them that.
Plans after graduation? I'm looking into working at one of the U.S. Intelligence Agencies.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Take part in as much extracurricular activities as possible on campus—without killing your grades of course. Nothing will make you love and appreciate Christendom more than truly taking part in all that the campus has to offer.
On Friday evening, the Student Activities Council (SAC) hosted Karaoke Pub Night in St. Kilian’s Café for all students. Everyone had the chance to get up on stage and pick from nearly 100 songs to sing, and the event proved a huge success! Students sang their hearts out, either individually or in groups with their friends, and the crowd joined in to make it a very enjoyable evening. Plenty of snacks and drinks were served as well, to help make the evening more enjoyable.
“I had no idea how much fun karaoke night would be, but it was the perfect start to the weekend,” says freshman Peter Gaetano. “It was great seeing everyone just getting really into it and making fools of themselves singing with their friends.”
Freshmen students sing their hearts out!
Senior Matt Speer and freshman Joe Gonzalez perform the Beatles' "Let it Be."
Freshman Hannah Rainey performs a beautiful solo act.
The senior girls join together on stage.
St. Cecilia's Night
St. Cecilia's Night is always popular at Christendom. On Saturday night, about 200 students came out for the musical event. Favorite performances throughout the night included sophomore Nick Jaroma and senior Conor Knox's "Hey Brother," a group of students singing "Life is So Peculiar," and a duet by freshman Paul Flagg on the electric guitar and Peter Tapsak on the saxophone.
Christendom has a long history of cherishing the art of music. There is always a wide variety of talent demonstrated by the students. Events like these, as well as Piano Night and Coffee House, or even simply the strumming of guitars and mandolins outside the dorms, prove the true love for music the students have.
"I loved having the chance to hear my classmates perform," junior Douglas Watson said. " It was a really enjoyable evening and look forward to it coming around again next fall."
Seniors Lauren Enk, Margaret Santschi, and Veronica Halbur sing the "Magnificat."
Paul Flagg and Peter Tapsak's duet was a huge hit.
A group of students get together and perform a fun piece.
Senior Peter McShurley accompanies his sister, sophomore Miriam McShurley.
Juniors Veronica Stanton and Pat McKenna sing with seniors Katie Shannon and Kelsey Ingold.
Fr. Maciej Zieba, author, theologian and friend of Blessed Pope John Paul II, delivered a lecture to students and faculty called "Papal Economics: the Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism" on Tuesday. Fr. Zieba discussed how Catholic social doctrine shifted in the last century and the significance of the papal encyclical "Centesimus Annus."
"It was neither the free market economy, nor democracy, nor liberalism, nor capitalism as such, that was antithetical to Christianity, but rather and only the ideological interpretations of them," Fr. Zieba said. "Moreover it becomes clear—though admittedly in the last centuries it was clear to almost no one—that they were consistent with Christian culture and constitute one of the most significant manifestations."
You can download this lecture at Christendom on iTunes U.
Evening with a String Quartet
On Sunday evening, students were able to enjoy the rare treat of being able to see a professional string quartet perform here on campus.
The String Quartet of Northern Virginia soothed the audience with their beautiful performances of pieces by Glazunov, Shostakovich, and Haydn, providing those who attended with the opportunity to sit back, relax, and simply enjoy the beauty of their performance after the long week.
The performance was part of the college's Beato Fra Angelico Fine Arts Program, which seeks to offer students the chance to learn about and appreciate higher forms of artistic expression by providing performances, lectures, trips, and exhibitions to give students an opportunity to both learn about art and to share some of their own.
The String Quartet of Northern Virginia gave an outstanding performance.
Crusader Sports Center
Crusaders Get First Win with Team Effort
The Crusaders started off fast and held on for their first win of the season Tuesday night winning 65-58. The men’s team, which has played a very tough schedule—including Davis College, Penn State Mont Alto, and Division III power Randolph College—got a much needed win.
The Crusaders hosted the second team of Southern Virginia University achieving their first win against the opponent in the last four years. The rivalry, which has included many close games over its history, including a 17 point historical comeback with a buzzer-show by Matt Rensch ('11) to send the game into overtime, proved to play out in similar fashion this time as well.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early lead led by Tim Vander Woude’s nine points in the first half. The Knights of Southern Virginia, utilizing a multiple-guard formation, tested the defense of the Crusaders.
“Senior Jon Fioramonti played a great floor game. He did a real good job on their best shooter, holding him without a three-point bucket the entire game, and made good decisions on offense,” head coach Chris Vander Woude said.
The Crusaders opened up a 25-12 lead mid-way through the first half before the Knights stormed back. When the buzzer sounded at the half, the score read a tie ball game. Fueled by an energetic and positive half-time, the Crusaders came out and poured themselves into the second half.
Minick, who led all scorers with 18 points, seven assists, and seven steals, knocked down two huge shots in the final five minutes, including a three-pointer that put the Crusaders up by 4, and there to stay.
“It was definitely a team effort, both on defense and on offense. We did a great job moving the ball and finding the open man," Coach Vander Woude said. "John Paul Heisler hit some huge shots for us in the second half.”
Minick knocked down a free-throw in the final seconds and secured the win 65-58 for the Crusaders.
The team is off until Saturday when they will host Maryland Bible College at 4 p.m. at Crusader Gymnasium. The Lady Crusaders are also in action on Saturday as they travel to Notre Dame of Maryland.
Senior Brian McCrum soars to the basket.
Senior Tim Vander Woude sinks one.
Senior Jon Fioramonti adds two.
The Fine Arts at Christendom College
Paired perfectly with its outstanding liberal arts curriculum is Christendom College’s unique promotion of the fine arts. Encompassing everything from formal choirs to casual Pub Night performances, the opportunities for musical and theatrical growth are numerous and varied.
For the vocally talented there are two different choirs, both which serve the Lord by performing the parts of the Holy Mass throughout the week, and in full splendor on Sundays. The Schola Gregoriana is a men’s choir, and performs the chants for the weekday Masses. The Christendom Choir is the full group of men and women and awes everyone with their angelic voices every Sunday.
“I love being in the choir,"says sophomore Catherine McFadden. "Our choir director, Dr. Kurt Poterack, is amazing, and always strives to bring out the very best in all of us. It is such a wonderful way to give glory to God”.
Those who enjoy acting can join the Christendom Players, a group of students who come together to put on theatrical productions under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Keats, head of the English Department and Academic Dean. Known for their fun, lively performances, the Christendom Players have presented a wide variety of productions, including musicals, comedies, and tragedies, and ranging from the classic "A Midsummer’s Night Dream", to this Fall’s comical production of "The Three Musketeers."
"There is something very special about being able to convey a story through acting on the stage," junior Nick Gossin says. "Through the plays, I have made some very close friendships, and enjoy the reward that comes with presenting a production whose development has been seen by few, but who's impact is appreciated by all."
Instrumentalists also have multiple opportunities to perform for serious and casual events. Friday’s Pub Nights regularly offer an open stage which students always make use of, performing touching original pieces, covers of popular songs, and stirring Irish tunes. Piano Night and St. Cecilia’s Night are a couple examples of performances, which offer students the chance to dress up and play in a more elegant setting. And, as always, festivals for feast days and other holidays would not be complete without Christendom’s finest pulling out their instruments and treating everyone to music fitting the occasion.
Whether it is standing around the piano in the Commons while a friend plays his latest composition or attending MUS 304: Gregorian Chant as part of a Music Minor, seeing classmates in the plays or attending a lecture on Music Appreciation, the fine arts are constantly present on Christendom’s campus, and complete the college’s efforts to help its students grow in every area of life in the fullest way possible.