Coffee House


Name: Tim McPhee
Age: 20
Goldens Bridge, NY
Basketball, golf, napping, Mario Kart, dancing.
Who's your favorite professor?
Ethics with Prof. Michael Brown. I actually looked forward to that class everyday and never wanted it to end. Prof. Brown has a way of keeping your attention the whole time—plus the topic was really cool.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I'm on the basketball team. I love basketball and have ever since I can remember. It keeps me in good shape and Coach Vander Woude is mad cool. I love you coach!
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love playing basketball and hanging out with my friends. Basketball is my outlet for everything. The people here that I'm close to are great. I'd be lost without my best friends and girlfriend. [ahhhh...]
Why did you choose Christendom? Coach Vander Woude persuaded me to come here for basketball.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom?
The variety of people here. You can find so many different types of people.
Plans after graduation? Take an hour long bath with bubbles.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Learn how to nap and swing dance.


Appreciation Week

Last week was "Appreciation Week" at Christendom College, where students showed their admiration for everyone who works to make Christendom the place it is. Throughout the week, the student body honored different sections of the school’s workers. The chaplains, staff, faculty, Cavalier cleaning services, and kitchen staff were included in this celebration and each department had a day dedicated to them.

“It is important for us to show our appreciation to everyone who works for Christendom because our school is so unique in everything it does and it would not be that if these great people did not do the fantastic work that they do every day,” says Senior Katie Cruser. “Whether it’s the Cavalier staff working behind the scenes or our professors teaching us, everyone here comes together to make Christendom the place that we love.”

Fr. Planty received a check for 12 bags of chocolate for getting 12 answers to Papal trivia correct.

Chef Dennis and his crew got some colorful new aprons.

Staff Take on the Students in Volleyball

Wrapping-up appreciation week, on Friday night, the faculty and staff "served" the students up some serious volleyball at a faculty/staff versus students volleyball match. The students really enjoyed the chance to have some friendly competition with the faculty and staff, and had a blast playing volleyball.

Crusader Rugby

Last Friday, the Crusaders beat George Mason University's rugby team,19-13. This spring looks to be another great season for Crusader Rugby. Enjoy the video below:

Coffee House

The St. Lawrence Commons was packed Saturday night as the students got ready to enjoy a series of performances by their own classmates for this year's Coffee House.

There were tons of great acts performed, including a very comical skit about the plights of the Admissions Office, a few historical comedic skits, and a sneak peak of this year's Mystery Dinner Theater. There were also a few musical performances, including Freshman Kelsey Ingold's "An Alto's Lament," a humorous song about an Alto who just wants to sing the melody, a song performed by Junior Megan Kelly (with some help from Senior Matt Rensch, Junior Rob Fetsko, and Freshman Maribeth Kelly) called, "My New Philosophy," and the song "Popular" from the musical "Wicked" performed by Freshman Klarissa Blank and Sophomore Rachel Milani. As usual, there were also comic routines, including Freshman Katie Shannon's routine of Demetri Martin jokes.

Coffee House was really a great time, and the students loved watching, listening to, and enjoying their classmates performances.

The evening was emceed by Kirk the Crocodile Hunter (Junior Kirk Slocum) and his mate, Kate (Senior Katie Cruser).

Sarah Hallbur sings Mozart's "Non so piu cosa son."

Freshman Matthew Harris plays Mozart's Fantasia in D - blindfolded.

Freshman Joe Duca joined Seniors Steve Curtin and Ben Allen in performing a comedic skit called "The Duel."

Seniors Bernadette Horiuchi and Scott Lozyniak did a parody of Titanic.

Sophomore Rachel Milani sang "Popular" from Wicked.

Senior Lauren Oligny and Sophomore Jake Akers gave a sneak peek of this weekend's Mystery Dinner Theater.

Sophomores Eric Maschue and Theresa Lamirande made the audience laugh as cheerleaders at a chess tournament.

Breathing Catholic Air - Admissions Office Skit
(Remember everyone, it's a skit...i.e. comedy...not to be taken seriously.) Happy

Sloth vs. Hope

On Tuesday, College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty continued his series of talks on the deadly sins and the healing of spiritual illnesses with a discussion on the deadly passion of sloth, or despair. Using specific references from Sacred Scripture and the Desert Fathers, Fr. Planty explained this particular vice with great specificity, as well as its opposing virtue of hope.

He described the many symptoms of sloth, including a lack of desire to do anything, avoidance of prayer, inopportune tiredness, desire for distraction, and a lack of balance. He then discussed the many ways to overcome the passion of despair by describing how to develop self-control and discipline of the will, courage, patience, and perseverance.

“I think this is pretty common sin,” says Freshman Allesandra Tarantino. “The talk was very interesting—it showed me a lot of the manifestations of sloth and how we can help ourselves and others prevent despair.”


Day-to-Day Life in the Eternal City

This Friday, we’ll hit the halfway mark: six weeks since our arrival in Rome, and a good time to look back and reflect on everyday life in the Eternal City. Of course, there really is no such thing as a “typical day in Rome,” for each day holds adventure in store: some new discovery that can change our view of ourselves, our friends, our faith, our lives. Nevertheless, after six weeks, life has developed into a basic routine, with three broad categories of day: class days, tour days, and weekend days.
In an ideal world, my Mondays and Thursdays (class days), would begin with a leisurely twenty-minute stroll through the streets of Rome to the building where our classes are held: just the other side of Saint Peter’s Square.

However, it doesn’t usually happen that way. More often than not, I end up taking ten or fifteen minutes to sprint along the Vatican walls and across Saint Peter’s Square, rushing into the classroom as the bells of Saint Peter’s remind me that yes, it is nine o’clock, and yes, I have made it to class on time again... just.

Class days are just what they sound like; from nine until 11:30, and then again from 1:30 to five, we sit in our classroom, learning to bring others to Christ in Apologetics, plumbing the profound depths of Roman history, and exploring the intricacies of the Italian language.

After class, it’s time for the walk back to Residence Candia (our apartment complex), this time the relaxed, twenty minute version, walking through the now empty streets that earlier swarmed with tourists standing in line for the Vatican museums, while eager (not to mention desperate) tour guides waved clipboards in the air, shouting “Hello Lady! Speaky English? Sistine Chapel English tour, miss all the lines!”

Tour days are a chance to learn Art and Architecture by walking around and experiencing it, instead of poring over a book. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we explore the many different and strikingly contrasting aspects of Rome. There is the ruined Forum of the Ancient Romans, the symbol of a great civilization whose time is over, and there are the majestic major Basilicas, external manifestations of a Church that will continue through all ages.

Finally, there are weekends: those wonderful days that bring with them the freedom to explore the many treasures of Italy, and even other European countries. Three times during the Christendom Rome semester, we have three-day weekends, allowing for extended trips. This semester, some students have ventured as far as Malta and France, while others have taken advantage of our location in central Italy to visit the many sites of pilgrimage and tourism in this country, such as Naples, Pompeii, and Monte Cassino.

Of course, life in Rome isn’t all a fairytale. It’s everyday life, just like anywhere else in the world, and it contains its fair share of frustrations. It’s easy to rise above these difficulties, though. All you have to do is remember that you’re living day-to-day life in the Eternal City.

On the Path of the Pilgrims Tour with Prof. Noronha.

Our Italian teacher, Ms. Benzaia.

At the Capitoline Museum with Prof. Elizabeth Lev.

Exploring Tivoli on a free weekend.

After a tour of the Roman Forum.

St. John the Evangelist Library

One of the central hubs of Christendom College is the St. John the Evangelist Library.

“Christendom’s library is unique from other university libraries," says Mickey Krebs, the Library’s Acquisitions and Serials Assistant. "Its mission is to enlighten the student in the way of faith and reason, specifically according to the books placed in the library and the general philosophy of the library to be the hub of learning at the College.”

Krebs says that each student is reminded of this upon entering the rotunda of the library when they glance at the inscription from Pope John Paul II's encyclical Fides et Ratio.

"Just on entering, the Catholic atmosphere is there," she says. "It is very different from other libraries where I have worked, which are secular in nature for the most part, even though housing countless books on the classics and arts.”

The library, completed in 2004, has over 90,000 volumes of works that have been collected specifically to aid those seeking a Catholic based, liberal arts education. Maps, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks are located on the main floor Reference section, which students frequently use for research papers and projects.

Internet is available through Wi-Fi and there are many computers, which provide Internet access, on the main and lower levels.

Throughout the library there are study carrels as well as group study rooms located on both the main and gallery levels. Also on the gallery floor is the Rare Book and Special Collections Room. This area contains histories of religious orders, rare collections of lives of the saints, and other ecclesiastical, spiritual, and literary works from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries.

An extensive collection of over 250 current periodicals is on the main floor, available for all students to use for research or pleasure. The library also offers access to more than 50 full-text electronic books and periodicals—primarily through VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia Consortium. Another useful aspect of the library is Interlibrary Loan, which offers access to the collections of libraries throughout the country and the world.

The library is open Monday –Thursday for 12 hours a day and over 100 students/patrons pass through the doors each hour.

Click here to see more photos of the library.


The Great American Game Starts Another Season

Some would argue that in American nothing signals the warm weather and spring season more than the sound of baseballs hitting the mitt and the ting of the bat hitting the ball. For the Crusader baseball season this time has arrived.

Despite threats of snow and rainy days throughout the first months of the new year, the baseball team and dedicated coach John Mercandetti, Sr., were doing preseason workouts, including throwing and batting in preparation for the 2011 spring season. Since Christendom doesn’t have its own baseball field much of the early season practices were completed in the gymnasium with the use of the batting cage and numerous other drills and situations devised by coach. Due to the ever-chancy weather in the Shenandoah Valley the team was only able to get outside on a real field just once before the first set of games against Baptist Bible College on March 15th.

In every sport the first couple of games do a great deal for the rest of the season in focusing in on strengths and weaknesses of the team. The first two games against Baptist Bible were no different. Having just come off of spring break 3 days prior, the team excitedly took the field for the first time on what turned out to be a beautiful spring day.

The Crusaders are able to they play their home games at the top-notch Bing Crosby stadium located in Front Royal, VA. With the feel of a major league park—just scaled down a bit—the Crusaders began their 2011 campaign. Junior Pat Stein took the mound for the first game for the Crusaders and held the Defenders of Baptist Bible scoreless until the 3rd inning when they got on the board. Both teams were hampered by first game jitters at the bat and in the field and Baptist Bible pulled out a 10-3 victory.

Starting shortstop Dan Mitchell, Pat Stein and freshman Joe Marra hit well for the Crusaders. The 2nd game saw the fielding woes continue as both teams gave unearned runs to each other. Dan Mitchell pitched 5 solid innings giving up 6 runs although only 3 of them were earned. Pat Stein continued his solid hitting going 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI but the Crusaders fell 4-12.

The next Crusaders outing saw the team matched against the Chargers of Lancaster Bible College on Saturday March 19th at Bing Crosby Stadium. With the first game jitters behind them the Crusaders ran out to an early 2-1 lead thanks to Dan Mitchell and Pat Stein who both had hits. Pat Stein pitched a solid 5 innings, striking out 4.

Baptist Bible would claw back into the game and tie the game in the 3rd inning and take the lead in the 5th. The Crusaders fought back and had runners in scoring position with the tying run at the plate but couldn’t come through as they fell 2-5.

In the second game of the doubleheader, both teams would sharpen up defensively only giving up 1 error per team. Dan Mitchell pitched 3 innings giving up just one run. The Chargers would score a run in the 3rd and another in the 4th before adding two in the 5 to take a 4-0 lead. However the Crusaders would battle back and score 1 run in the 6th and after scoring 1 in the 7th and with runners on the Chargers came up with a couple of big fielding plays that got them out of the game with a 4-2 win.

The baseball team has already steadily improved since being able to practice regularly outside due to the warm weather and look to get their first wins of the season on Saturday as they travel to Phoenixville, PA, to take on the Valley Forge Christian Patriots in a doubleheader beginning at 2:30pm. The Crusaders lost a close game to Penn State Mont Alto on Monday. They take on Cheyney University on Saturday April 2nd. We hope many fans are able to make it out to see the team in action.

Freshman Sean Ryan slides safely into third.

Pat Stein sends his fastball flying.

Dan Mitchell sends the ball to first for an out.

Matt Naham hits the ball high and far.

Q. When I go to college, I want to be able to have a lot of life experiences, ones that broaden my worldview and give me the opportunity to become a leader when I graduate. Due to Christendom’s small size, although I know I will get a great Catholic education, I sometimes wonder if I will be given enough exposure to the rest of the world and given the ability to gain leadership qualities. Any thoughts?

A. This question is one that is asked of me quite often. Some think that because we are such a faithful, close-knit college community, maybe our students are unable to meet the challenges of the so-called “real” world after graduation. I am here to say that this is an incorrect assumption, and here’s why.

Not in spite of our small size (409 students), but because of it, our students are able to flourish even more than they could at a larger college/university with more offerings/activities/clubs. Here’s why I say this. At Christendom, anyone, from any major or in any grade level can take part in any or all of the various activities. You don’t have to be a drama major to act in our plays. You don’t need to be a music major to sing in the choir or perform in musical variety shows. You don’t need to be on athletic scholarship to play for our varsity teams. You don’t need to have run your high school’s student government in order to make become a member of our Student Activities Council. Also, there are so many activities and events on and off-campus that allow for our students to broaden their understanding of today’s world.

Christendom provides its students with ample opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned by enfleshing the spiritual and corporal works of mercy:
  • Going on Spring Break Mission Trips
  • Volunteering at a Local Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Feeding the Poor and Homeless in Washington, DC
  • Visiting Nursing Homes and Local Shut-Ins
  • Assisting at a Local Parish’s Soup Kitchen
  • Organizing Red Cross Blood Drives
  • Participating in Prayerful Pro-Life Gatherings.

Students are encouraged to think and act globally while expanding their cultural horizons during their Junior Semester Abroad in Rome:
  • Live within ten minutes of the Vatican
  • Attend daily Mass and Papal audiences at St. Peter’s
  • Explore Rome, Florence, Assisi, and Siena
  • Learn the Italian language and experience the culture.

To help students become as well-rounded as possible so that they can be effective lay leaders, the College promotes a number of diverse campus groups, activities, clubs, and societies:
  • Pro-life (Students for Life, Shield of Roses)
  • Religious (Legion of Mary)
  • Political (College Republicans)
  • Intellectual (The Cincinnatus League)
  • Public-speaking (Chester-Belloc Debate Society)
  • Acting (The Christendom Players, Mystery Dinner Theater)
  • Social (Swing Dance Club, Film Club)
  • Service (Holy Rood Guild, Outreach)
  • Recreational (Equestrian Program, Shogi Club)
  • Music (Christendom Choir, Schola Gregoriana).

The College has an extensive Speakers Program which enables students to learn about a diverse range of topics and interact with some of today’s most successful leaders:
  • Major Speakers Program
  • Politics Practica Program
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
  • Faith & Reason Lecture Series
  • Departmental Guest Speakers Program
  • Formation Speaker Series.

To give students the chance to grow in responsibility and strengthen their character, a variety of leadership opportunities are offered:
  • Student Life Office Resident Assistant
  • Admissions Office Student Ambassador
  • Student Activities Council and Government
  • Presidential Advisory Committee
  • On-Campus Employment

Finally, Christendom offers its students many cultural opportunities to broaden their worldview and understanding:
  • Poetry and Prose Reading Events
  • Trips to Washington, DC - Kennedy Center, Museums
  • Vocal, Orchestral, and Piano Musical Performances
  • Art Shows and Discussion Groups
  • Movie Nights and Dances
  • Beato Fra Angelico Fine Arts Program
  • Cultural Heritage Celebrations (St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, Italian Night, etc).

At Christendom College, tomorrow’s leaders are here today. Join us.

Director of Admissions
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800.877.5456 ext. 1290

If anyone has questions about applying, visiting, scholarships, financial aid, campus life, rules and regulations, majors, core curriculum, transfer credits, or even about the food here at Christendom, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.