Thrills and Chills from the Stage
From: Midlothian, Texas
Hobbies? Singing, music, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family or friends.
What's your favorite class/professor? This is a hard one! I definitely love Prof. Brendan McGuire's history class, but I also greatly enjoy Dr. Patrick Keats' literature class. I love reading the books and then discussing them with Dr. Keats. He is a very incredible teacher.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I try to make it to Shield of Roses every week. I don't play on a sports team, but I am playing in the Powder Puff game this Sunday. I've really been enjoying the practices.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The strong faith that is being lived out here, by the professors, students, and staff. I believe that our Catholic Faith is the most important aspect of our lives. Being surrounded by the Faith helps me grow closer to God.
Why did you choose Christendom? I chose Christendom because of the solid truths that are being taught in the classroom. I never have to worry that what I am being taught is untrue.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? The food is pretty good.
Plans after graduation? Go back home to Texas, and serve God in whatever field He is calling me.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Bring rain boots and warm clothes. It get's cold here!
“It is only fitting to have appropriate architecture in our churches, for the most important event takes place there—the Mass. I think most students at Christendom are aware of the need to have an appropriate church building, but I doubt many could explain why,” says Junior Fran Dewey. “Father Planty gave excellent historical and liturgical reasons for what sacred architecture really is. Even though Christendom is not exactly training any architects, we should definitely still be able to give an informed defense of authentic sacred architecture.”
|All enjoyed discussing the topic further at the reception following the talk.|
Due to the praise he received for his presentation, Fr. Planty is considering making a larger presentation of this topic in the future.
“Intramural volleyball is so much fun and allows everyone to participate, even if you’re not on a sports team normally,” Sophomore Anna Harris says. “It’s a great, non-competitive environment where you can meet new people and really enjoy yourself.”
Intramural volleyball is available for Christendom athletes to partake in as well as those who do not play sports at the varsity level. Many students who do not wish to play volleyball come to watch the games and cheer on their friends.
“That’s what is so terrific about it—volleyball is something everyone enjoys,” Harris says.
Senior Karl Haislmaier taps the ball over the net for a point.
Freshman Michael Arnold spikes the ball over Sophomore Charles Rollino.
Appointment With Death, tells the story of Drs. Theodore Gerard and Sarah King, who while holidaying in Jerusalem, encounter the strange Boynton family. The family head, Mrs. Boynton, is a sadistic and tyrannical mother who attracts the strong dislike of many people around her—including her family. When she is found dead, Gerard and King work to solve the case.
“This play, though less famous, appealed to Peter and myself because of the complexity of the characters, the masterful study of evil and its portrayal of how that evil can take over a family,” Keats said. “The play is so much more than just a ‘whodunit’ murder mystery.”
Keats worked tirelessly behind the scenes, from organizing the set construction to coaching actors. His hard work coupled with a colorful and delightful cast showcased Christendom’s dramatic talent.
Every year the Christendom Players produce two plays: one in the fall and one in the spring, both produced and directed by Keats. And because Christendom does not have a drama department, students from across all disciplines are welcome to audition for the performances, making Christendom's liberal arts experience rich in the fine arts as well.
Lily Keats, wife of Dr. Keats, Maribeth Kelly and Freshman Maeve Gallagher did a marvelous job with the costumes, carefully capturing a sense of the period (1937) and making sure that each character had a distinct look and style.
Sophomore Alexis Thornton and the other makeup & hair artists did their homework carefully, getting across the 1930's style and keeping the characters unique and distinctive.
A shining light on the stage was Sophomore Nicole Koopman who played the strong and caring Dr. Sarah King. Her chemistry with her fellow players was strong across the board and she played an excellent foil to the conniving Mrs. Boynton.
Sophomores Sarah Belk and John Schofield oversaw the set design and construction. They and their teams worked very hard, in their portrayals of both a Jerusalem hotel and the ancient city of Petra.
Senior Margaret McShurley played the creepy Mrs. Boynton. Her portrayal of the deranged woman sent chills through the audience as she manipulated and psychologically terrorized her family members.
Steve Curtain gave a memorable performance as Dr. Theodore Gerard and Freshman Savanna Buckner captured the flightiness and fear of the psychologically disturbed Ginevra Boynton.
Surges of comedic energy hit the stage whenever Sophomore Philip Briggs and Freshman Joe Duca were on.
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During the weekend, students participated in classes, visited with current students, heard from the Admissions Director and Visit Program Coordinator Eve Owen, and saw Christendom's talent shine at the Fall Play, Appointment with Death. They were also able to reconnect with some of their counselors and enjoy special activities set up just for them, including a dance.
This weekend is the last of this semester's Visit Weekends, but there are plenty more lined up for next semester. Go here to check out the schedule and plan your visit or here to discover how amazing it would be to "Experience Christendom" this summer.
Reunited: Visitors Evelyn Hildebrand, Kate Van de Loo, Sarah Jamieson, and Marissa Feiring.
Camp Counselor and Junior Tommy Salmon swings with Kayla Friel.
Visitors enjoyed dancing Contra-style dances once again.
And, of course, the Virginia Reel, as well.
You should "Experience Christendom" too! Start planning your summer today!
Feeling at Home in Germany
hile we all have thoughts of home dancing through our heads, what better way to increase homesickness than to go to a place like home?
I must sheepishly admit, that I will be singing the praises of Germany mostly, but hey, the Rome Program provides the opportunity, right?
It is lovely when one has relatives and friends in European countries and are able to come and visit them, while seeing another country. Friday morning, the three of us girls flew into Germany, Karlsruhe, to be exact. As soon as we exited the airport, we were welcomed by beautiful sight of trees! As silly as that sounds, when one spends so long in the very urban city of Rome, the sight of trees and grass is more than welcome.
The only problem with Germany is that it made us realize how much we missed home! Seeing familiar landscapes, eating familiar foods, seeing friendly faces. It makes one realize how long it has been since they've been home.
While we all are realizing how much we miss home, we know how amazing this experience is—we know how incredible this is, and that we are experiencing once in a lifetime opportunities.
The Karlsruhe Palace.
Sarah Golden enjoys a view of southern Germany's rolling hills—similar to Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Minoring in Mathematics
After covering the Liturgical Music minor last week, this week, The Chronicler will take a look at the Mathematics Minor. While one mathematics and one science course are required to graduate from Christendom College, many students take advantage of the opportunity to broaden their mathematical knowledge by minoring in Mathematics.
Dr. Greg Townsend, head of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Science, says that mathematics and physics have always been incorporated into the liberal arts curriculum, for these subjects are not only excellent preparation for the study of higher sciences, but they offer insight into reality.
“We are quite proud of what we do here and happy that the students take the courses,” he says. “We feel we offer them something unique in giving them a special, different perspective on the science and mathematical subjects that they take, where they wouldn’t be introduced anywhere else.”
More information may be found here.
First Victories for Crusader Basketball
The men’s and women’s basketball teams got their first wins of the season this past week. The men grabbed 2 wins in the Wagner Classic held at Washington Bible College and the women beat Johnson Bible College on Saturday.
The next day the Lady Crusaders travelled to Knoxville, TN, to play Johnson Bible College. The Lady Crusaders who trailed by 15 points at 2 different times in the game would not give up. Senior Mary Kate Vander Woude would continue to rally her team emotionally and the team responded as the Crusaders came from behind to win by 5 in a dramatic first win of the season. The team was led in scoring by Morgan Kavanagh who poured in 32 points and Mary Barbale had another double-double with an impressive 21 point, 20 rebound performance and Bridget Vander Woude added 10 points for the Lady Crusaders who are back in action today at Penn State Mont Alto and will have their season home opener on Friday against Lord Fairfax Community College.
The men’s team is back in action on Friday at Patrick Henry College.
Mary Kate Vander Woude scores on a fast break.
David Booz takes a shot.
Brendan Krebs flies around the hoop.
Brian Fox looks to add 2 more to the Crusaders' score.
Q: What is a typical day at Christendom like? How many hours are spent in class, study, prayer, and free time?
A. Great question! Well, first of all there is never really a typical day. Depending on which year you are in and what you are majoring in you will have classes at varying times. But, in general, here’s what I can lay out for you:
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes are 1 hour and 15 mins long. Classes go from 8:30-9:45, 10-11:15, 1-2:15, 2:30-3:45, and 4-5:15. Other than that everything is as listed above.
A freshman at Christendom normally takes 6 classes, worth 18 credits, and generally spends 18 hours of his/her week in class. The rest of the time can be used to pray, play, study, work, build friendships, eat, or whatever. A typical freshman class schedule may be this:
8:30-9:20 Euclidean Geometry
9:30-10:20 Literature of Western Civilization
10:30-11:20 Elementary Latin
1:00-1:50 Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine
8:30-9:45 Introduction to Philosophy
10:00-11:15 History of Western Civilization
I hope this helps!
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