Silence & Recitations


Name: Mary Angeline Bratt
Age: 19
Dixon, Illinois
Skiing, tennis, reading, singing
What's your favorite class/professor?
I can't say I have a favorite. They are all intriguing in their own way, and the subject materiel overlaps so that they come to the same truths in different ways.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
Intramural volleyball, because my sister makes me... Happy the extra curricular activities help you meet people and they're a good way to relax and hang out with friends outside of classes.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The classes, because they examine the world in a truthful light, and the friendships you can make—because they are genuine.
Why did you choose Christendom?
My older sisters came here and really liked the education. When we talked they could answer any philosophical question I had, so I decided to come here to study too.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? That the teachers love to teach and truly want their students to learn and share what they know.
Plans after graduation? None yet.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Be prepared to make a lot of choices regarding school, friends, and how to spend time.


Discussing Roman Holiday

Last Tuesday, the smells of brownies and chocolate kisses filled the common room of St. Campion's dorm, as girls side gathered to watch the classic film, "A Roman Holiday" starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

The event was presented by RA Liz Sartor, who, with a few other Christendom girls, and Christendom Alumna Katherine Scott showed the movie and hosted discussion of the film afterwards. Using a program designed by Katherine Scott, who works for Dr. Onalee McGraw, founder of EGI, the Educational Guidance Institute, the girls discussed the movie using themes from John Paul II's "Love and Responsibility," as their guide.

The girls really enjoyed the event, as it brought about new themes from the movie they hadn't realized before, in intellectual conversation.

"The 'Roman Holiday' event was a fantastic opportunity for the girls at Christendom to learn about virtue in film, something which is lacking in today's culture of death society," Junior Adele Smith said.

Alumna Katherine Scott lead the discussion following the film.

Roman Holiday won three Oscars in 1953, including Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Silence Comes to Campus

This past weekend, a group of Christendom students participated in an on-campus silent retreat. The retreat was an Ignatian style retreat, led by visiting priest Fr. Gonzalo Viana. The group began their retreat Friday evening with the rosary, Mass, dinner, and two “Spiritual Exercises,” which are characteristic of Ignatian retreats. The Spiritual Exercises were led by Fr. Gonzalo, who began each session with a short talk, followed by a generous amount of time devoted to deep meditation and prayer.

The retreat continued on Saturday with morning prayer, Mass, Confession, Stations of the Cross, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction, rosary, and four different Spiritual Exercises, or “Points of Meditation” sessions. The day ended with night prayers, and after waking up early on Sunday for morning prayer, Points of Meditation, and Mass, the retreat ended. All in attendance had a truly spiritual experience, and ended the weekend feeling completely renewed in faith.

“I really enjoyed the silent retreat this weekend,” says Freshman Kelsey Ingold. “This was my first Ignatian style retreat, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I am so glad I participated. My favorite part was the Spiritual Exercises; Father Gonzalo began by speaking to us and giving us points to focus on, and then time to actually meditate. It was a great weekend and a very spiritually uplifting experience.”

Fr. Gonzalo is a priest of Miles Christi, whose mission is the sanctification of the laity, particularly of college students.

Stations of the Cross in Christ the King Chapel.

Rosary walk on a crisp Virginia morning.

2011 Silent Spring Retreat.

Celebrating Cultures

On Saturday night, students gathered at the St. Lawrence Commons for a night to celebrate the many vibrant cultural backgrounds that students at Christendom College have. With the help of several students, the kitchen staff prepared a variety of foods that represented many of the different heritages of the student body.

Decorated with the flags of the world, the St. Lawrence Commons was filled with people who shared stories of their ancestry and enjoyed the array of foods.

“I liked eating the different kinds of food—my favorite was the Cajun kind and the French crepes,” said freshman Ginny Colgan. “It’s great seeing how people of all different cultural heritages can find common ground at a place like Christendom.”

Senior Rocco Levitas is proud of his Jewish heritage.

Junior Paul Nangurai of Kenya came dressed in his tribe's traditional garb.

Recitations of Prose & Poetry

This past Monday night, the top floor of the library was silent and hushed, except for the voices of Christendom students and faculty reading poetry aloud for a small audience.

Presenters included not only students, such as Freshman Andrew Clark, Sophomore Sean Connolly, or Senior Peter O'Dwyer, but also staff, such as Librarian Mr. Stephen Pilon and faculty like Prof. Eric Jenislawski. Classical pieces, Tolkien, Hopkins, and also original pieces were among the selections presented.

After the presentations, there was a brief reception in the upper level of the library, where the presenters and their audience were able to gather and discuss the works read.

Andrew Clark recited an original piece by a fellow student.

Prof. Eric Jenislawski recited a piece by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Above Freshman Sean Conolly discusses Hopkins further with Jenislawski.


Pax et Bonum

As the sun sets behind the tree-covered mountains, and evening draws in over the monastery of San Damiano, the friars gather to celebrate the beautiful liturgy of vespers and benediction. On Sunday, kneeling on the hard wooden pews of the chapel, I witnessed this ceremony for the first time. Yes, San Damiano is the church famous for the crucifix that spoke to Saint Francis of Assisi and it is . . . well . . . in Assisi.

Okay, I admit — in this Rome report, I’m writing about Assisi. But the title of this column isn’t a complete lie. I have been in Rome, and I will be in Rome, and I will be writing about Rome. We had barely settled into Rome, however, before setting off on a week’s pilgrimage to Assisi and Siena, and so I really have a lot more to write about Assisi than Rome.

On Sunday, Christendom students retreated to the tranquil town of Assisi, far removed from the uproar of the crowds that fill the Eternal City. Assisi is the ideal setting for a pilgrimage — the kind of town in which you can expect to turn a corner in the narrow streets, and find a Marian shrine set into the wall, or lean over the railings on the piazza and drink in the view of the surrounding farmlands and churches, and, far off in the distance, the snow-capped mountains that surround the valley.

But of course, few pilgrims leave their homes to gaze at mountain sunsets. The allure of setting foot in the very same places where St. Francis walked, prayed, and struggled has brought a steady stream of Christians to Assisi for 800 years.

Over the past three days, Christendom students, like many previous pilgrims, have drawn close to these same shrines. We have experienced Assisi through guided tours and individual explorations, with the conferences of our chaplain, Fr. Rust, to enrich our spiritual development. We have prayed before the San Damiano crucifix, visited the birthplace and home St. Francis, drunk hot chocolate in a local café, hiked through the mountains to Francis’s hermitage, and even participated in Mass at the very tomb of the Saint.

Assisi holds far more than the relics associated with the memory of its most famous son. St. Francis lives on in the faithful friars who fully live the Franciscan charism. And Assisi continues to send forth throngs of pilgrims—including us students—who, after discovering Francis’s burning love of God and neighbor, leave the town with quickened steps, lightened hearts, and interior peace.

On a tour of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (St. Mary of the Angels).

Italian hot chocolate... everything tastes better in Italy.

Touring the Basilica of St. Frances of Assisi.

A view from the city: olive trees, church dome, and the Umbrian valley.

Assisi truly is a heavenly experience.

The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.


Politics Practica

It is important today more than ever that Catholics enter the political sphere. That is why Christendom College introduced the Politics Practica Program. According to Political Science Professor Dr. Bernard Way, the program is an invaluable tool that gives young Catholics a way to enter the world of politics and experience first hand how the government works. The Politics Practica Program consists of two required courses: PSAE 382-Politics Practica and PSAE 521-Practica Internship

Dr. Bernard Way
“The Practica course consists of a series of guest lecturers by practitioners in politics, government, and the media. Students learn first hand from these practitioners on how the system of politics works," Way says. "Guest lecturers have presented topics on campaign management, fundraising, the use of political media, lobbying and public policy, foreign and economic policy formulation. The internship course allows the students to gain practical experience on Capitol Hill, in political action committees, pro-life and pro-family political organizations, financial institutions, law offices, on selected political campaigns working for candidates for public office, or with foreign policy organizations.”

Generally, 8 to 20 students enroll in the Practica course for the spring semester.

“The majority are Political Science majors,” Way says. “But I have had many other upper class students from other majors take the course because of their personal interest.”

Usually there are between 5 to 8 students in the internship section that takes place over the summer.

“In the Internship the student gains valuable practical experience so as to enhance the student’s resume,” he says. “They make valuable networking contacts for future job placement and-or recommendations from professionals in the field.”

Christendom graduates are well versed in many subjects and have a strong Catholic formation, so it makes sense that students want to go into politics to express their unique points of view.

“According to the Social Teachings as pronounced by the various Holy Fathers, Catholics are commanded to renew all things in Christ. This means that if one lives in an elected democracy where citizens are expected to vote and confer legitimacy on public policies and laws, Catholics must know how that American political system works, as well as know accurately American History,” Way says. “Catholics must be like the early apostles who went out into the world to spread the gospel of Our Lord. To prepare oneself for such a task, fundamental knowledge of both political theory and economic theory is necessary. Otherwise, Catholics can not cast an informed vote with reason, but will instead act emotionally and thereby do more harm than good. Also, Catholics need to know the political and economic theory behind he founding of the republic, otherwise they will be induced to follow false ideologies that destroy the dignity of human beings, and serve the objectives of special interests instead of serving the common good.”

For more information about Christendom's Political Science and Economics Program click here.


Crusaders Win 3rd Place In Tournament

Christendom College hosted the Shenandoah Chesapeake Conference for the first time in 5 years this past weekend. The tournament consisted of the 5 member teams:Washington Bible College (last year’s champion), Davis College (1st year in conference), Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Patrick Henry College, and Christendom College. The Crusaders were seeded #3 out of the five going into the tournament and were matched against the #2 seed, Washington Bible College on Friday night. Washington Bible had beaten Christendom three times over the course of the season, however each game had brought the Crusaders closer to victory.

The Crusaders, who were cheered by a loud home court crowd, came out with lots of energy for their last two games of the year.

The Washington Bible Cougars bounced back from the early Crusader attack and unfortunately for the Crusaders they brought along their secret weapon, Ben St. Ulme. St. Ulme who is a good shooter for the Cougars, but hadn’t caused too many problems for the Crusader defense went off in the game and would carry the Cougars to the Championship game. St. Ulme would hit shot after shot, mostly from behind the 3 point arc as he would finish with 38 points for the game to lead all scorers.

Despite the heroics of St. Ulme the Crusaders made a run cutting the lead from 19 to 10 with about 9 minutes to play in the game behind the energy of Matt Rensch and sophomore David Townsend. Unfortunately St. Ulme had done his damage and the Crusaders fell 71-87 and would play Patrick Henry College for the 3rd place spot.

On Saturday the Crusaders hosted the Patrick Henry College Sentinels who had beaten Christendom twice last season. This season would be a different story as the Christendom team would defeat the Sentinels four times.

Christendom, playing its 24th and last game of the season, came out with lots of energy and aggression early on, getting to the basket and forcing multiple turnovers that led to easy points. David Townsend was great at pushing the defensive intensity of the team and causing multiple turnovers for Patrick Henry. Coupled with Tim Beer the two would harass the Patrick Henry guards for most of the game.

Inside, freshman Brian McCrum had his best game yet, scoring 8 points in the first 6 minutes. Brian stepped into the shoes of Brian Foxwho is in Rome this semester—and filled them beautifully in the last two games by grabbing double-digit rebounds. McCrum would regularly change the shots of opponents due to his size and would finish the game with 9 points and 13 rebounds.

Patrick Henry would claw back into the game in the second half with a run of their own before seniors Joe Townsend and Matt Rensch would stop them in their tracks. Joe had a couple of nice moves on the interior and Matt Rensch shot a very high percentage in the second half and led all players in scoring for the game. The final score read the 65-56 with the Crusaders securing the 3rd Place Tophy for the Conference.

In the championship game Davis College came from behind in the 2nd half to defeat Washington Bible College and claim the championship in the conference.

Many thanks to all the Christendom Crazies who followed the teams throughout the past few months, their support was a huge part in our success and we look forward to next year’s Crusader basketball teams already.

Freshman Brendan McCrum sinks one for the Crusaders.

Freshman Juan Ferrel drives the ball down court.

Matt Rensch was nominated to the all-tournament team. Rensch led the crusaders in scoring throughout the year as well as in the tournament.


Crusaders 2011.

Q. I think Christendom is a great school, but when I tell my kids about it, they say that they would rather go to a larger, big-name school, not some seemingly no-name place like Christendom? Do you have any suggestions on what I could tell them in response?

A. First of all, I think this may be a very common “objection” given by high school students to their parents, and sometimes, unfortunately, even given by parents to their high school aged students. I guess the theory is that if you go to a big name university, then people will think that you are smart, employable, affluent, and all that, and upon graduation, because they can put down Princeton, Yale, Brown, Amherst, Dartmouth, etc., then it will further their careers and their chances of financial success.

I am not going to say that this is not true. In fact, I am sure that it is true that if a person attends a well-known, big-name, highly-ranked college or university, it will benefit them after graduation in helping them land jobs, network amongst alumni, and become financially secure.

I cannot, though, say that it will necessarily do anything to aid them in their pursuit of wisdom, truth, beauty, holiness, virtue, character, integrity, good friends, or attaining eternal life. Of course, these things are all possible to achieve while attending a big-name school, but these benefits are not the ones that are normally associated with going to big-name colleges, or given as reasons to attend such a prestigious institution. Normally, as I stated above, it is all about getting ahead in this world.

Although some may refer to Christendom as a no-name small college, I would disagree. I guess it all depends on who you ask, right? I mean, is it more important to have the backing and endorsement of US News, Princeton Review, Forbes, Peterson’s, Barron’s, etc., over people such as Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Fr. Groeschel, Cardinal Arinze, Cardinal Pell, George Weigel, and Bishop Bruskewitz? I would say not, unless your goal is simply to attain an academic education and learn how to win friends and influence people. But if you are hoping to grow in virtue, knowledge, and holiness, then it seems that Christendom may actually be one of the biggest-named, most-prestigious, and highly-ranked colleges in the world.

It all depends how you look at it. Although we have been ranked by US News, Peterson’s Barron’s, ISI, Newsmax, Young America’s Foundation, Free Congress Foundation, Kiplinger’s and other secular organizations, we are much more proud of the endorsements from the many Catholic luminaries who have visited our campus or expressed great admiration for our unique mission in the world of Catholic higher education:

"Thank you for all that you are doing"
—Pope Benedict XVI
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Francis Cardinal Arinze, George Cardinal Pell, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Edward Cardinal Egan, Francis Cardinal George, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, James Francis Cardinal Stafford, Justin Francis Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Bishop Thomas Doran, Bishop James Conley, Bishop Paul Loverde, Bishop Robert Morlino, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Fr. George Rutler, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Fr. John Hardon, Fr. C. John McCloskey, Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Peter Kreeft, Dr. John Haas, Pat Buchanan, Henry Hyde, Chris Smith, George Weigel, Patrick Madrid, Curtis Martin, Jeff Cavins, Raymond Arroyo, Ray Guarendi, Sam Brownback, Rick Santorum, Kate O’Beirne, Alan Keyes, Marcus Grodi, and so many others.

And, to top it all off, we are able to see the results of our educational experience in our alumni in, not only in what they do, but, how they live. Our alumni are represented in just about every profession. We have alumni who are doctors, lawyers, physical therapists, accountants, managers, nurses, educators, salesmen, graphic artists, editors, entrepreneurs, project managers, tradesmen, builders, carpenters, priests, religious, music teachers, art directors, drama teachers, missionaries, real estate agents, insurance salesmen, architects, dentists, college professors, Montessori teachers, computer scientists, and everything in between.

But more important than simply having a good job and career, the alumni are living their Catholic faith on a daily basis and affecting the culture and working to restore all things in Christ. They are bringing the “Catholic air” which they breathed for four years on our campus, out to today’s culture which is, unfortunately, inhaling “toxic fumes.” Our alumni are making a difference in today’s culture and, as time goes by, Christendom’s name will be one with which to be associated.

Christendom College: Small College – Big Name Appeal.

I want to end with a quote from former US President Ronald Reagan, from his book, An American Life.

In later life, I visited some of the most famous universities in the world. As governor of California, I presided over a university system regarded as one of the best. But if I had to do it over again, I’d go back to Eureka or another small college like it in a second.

At big universities, relatively few students get involved in extra-curricular activities: They go to class, go to their living quarters, go to the library, then go back to their classes. There may be a lot to be said for those large universities, but I think too many young people overlook the value of a small college and the tremendous influence that participation in student activities can have during the years from adolescence to adulthood.

If I had gone to one of those larger schools, I think I would have fallen back in the crowd and never discovered things about myself that I did at Eureka. My life would have been different.

There were fewer than 250 students when I was at Eureka, roughly divided between men and women, and everyone knew one another by their first name.As in a small town, you couldn’t remain anonymous at a small college. Everybody was needed. Whether it’s the glee club or helping to edit the school yearbook, there’s a job for everyone, and everybody gets a chance to shine at something and build their sense of self-confidence. You get to discover things about yourself that you might never learn if you were lost in the crowd of a larger school.

I hope this helps!
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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.

Discernment Weekend


Name: Nicholas Lowry
Age: 21
Milton, Washington
Target shooting, driving, and after four years of college... napping! Happy
What's your favorite class/professor?
Right now, Jurisprudence with Dr. Rafael Madan. He just makes the class great with his sense of humor and enthusiastic way of teaching.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I played rugby at Christendom for 2 years. It was a really great experience. Loved the challenge and being on a team with a bunch of close friends.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The people! The friendships I've made over the past 4 years are the best I've ever had. I have no doubt that I'll stay friends with a lot of these people, and the Christendom College community for the rest of my life.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I wanted to go to a school that none of my family had gone to and I had heard really good things about Christendom from some friends who came here, so I came to the Summer Program in 2006 and knew that this was the place for me.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? Catholic weird is a good thing! Happy
Plans after graduation? I plan on joining the Marine Corps as an officer sometime in the near future and maybe later down the road I hope to work for a government agency.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Try it, I guarantee you'll find something you love.


Understanding the Culture of Life

Last Thursday, the members of Shield of Roses hosted a talk by former president of Shield of Roses, Alumnus Andrew Bodoh ('07). The talk, entitled “Understanding The Culture of Life,” was held in St. Thomas Aquinas Hall and had a good turnout. Bodoh explained how many pro-lifers have great ambitions and want to really go out in the world and make a difference, yet they aren't the ones who are getting up on Saturday mornings and praying in front of the clinics—they go hand-in-hand, he explained.

The talk was the first in a group of talks that Shield of Roses is looking to host on pro-life issues. It can be downloaded at Christendom on iTunes U.


Girls' and Guys' Nights Out with Religious

On Friday night, Discernment Weekend was launch with Vespers followed by separate socials for the girls and boys. The girls got a chance to meet and talk to all the religious sisters in St. Kilian’s Café. They chatted with the sisters while eating wings, cookies, and dipping fruit in chocolate fondue. There were also many fun games throughout the night which helped everyone get to know each other—the favorites being Taboo and Apples to Apples.

“It was awesome to see every table filled with sisters and students enjoying great food and fun games!” says Sophomore Lisa Hill, who helped organize the event. “All night Kilian’s was overflowing with joy and laughter, and I think the inner beauty of the sisters radiated in all of us blessed with their company!”

The boys had a similar fun time getting to know all the visiting priests and religious. They spent their evening conversing over pizza and playing intense dodgeball games!

The chocolate fondue was a big hit.

Sr. Colleen, a Salesian Sister, gets serious over a game of Taboo.

Brother Reginald was one of the last men standing in one of the matches

Junior Peter McNeely and Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico give it all they've got to try and hit their opponents across the court.

Discerning the Future

After Mass and lunch on Saturday, the many nuns and priests opened booths up to the students and welcomed questions from the student body.

From 1-4 pm, everyone could choose between six talks given by several priests, sisters and a married psychologist that focused on vocations, relationships, and religious life.

“Discernment weekend made me more open to other options for my future life choices. I really enjoyed speaking with all the nuns and priests who took the time to come and visit our school. I think the students here did a good job of welcoming them and I look forward to seeing them again next year,” said freshman Hannah Ethridge.

A collection of the talks given on Saturday can be downloaded at
Christendom on iTunes U.


Sr. Kathy Ulrich (Trapist of Crozet, VA) speaks with Junior Kathleen Deighan Sophomore Sarah Belk.

Sophomores John McWhirter, Nate Collins and Dan Mitchell talk about the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter with Fr. Gregory Pendergraft.

Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico speaks with Junior Pat Stein.

Dr. Michael Horne delivered a talk entitled "Communication in Relationships."

Sr. Maria Consolatrice spoke on the Religious Life.

Arlington Diocese Seminarian Thomas Cavanaugh spoke to students about discerning while still single.

A Saintly Social

Saturday evening, after a beautiful celebration of Vespers, the many religious on campus congregated once again with eager students in St. Kilian's Café to enjoy some relaxed social time. Both Christendom's chaplains and the visiting religious enjoyed conversing with students on everything, from vocations, to relationships, to work, to studies.

"It was nice to have the opportunity to get to know the religious better in a relaxed social environment, especially after hearing their great vocations advice," Junior Christine Nussio said.

Fr. Gregory Gresko, who presided over the Vesper service chatted with students about St. Anselm, whose prayer he said during the Vespers homily, as he passed out cards with the prayer. Students and guests snacked on the tasty fare as they played cards and enjoyed the evening.

The weekend concluded with Sunday Mass and brunch where the priest and religious were once again able to spend time with students.

"The graciousness and generosity of the religious who came to visit, and the organization and hospitality of the school, resulted in a beautiful and peaceful weekend for all who were involved," Senior Ania Zganiacz said. "I'm sure that discernment weekends, such as this one, will bear much spiritual fruit. It was an amazing event."

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Senior Marc Solitario, Sophomore Michael Bobrowski, and Junior Kevin Todd pause their conversation for a photo with Prior Gregory Gresko of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey.

Senior Lisa Irwin chats with Sr. Ana Luisa of the Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

College Alumnus and Priest, Fr. Tony Stephens chats with two Norbertines, members of the same Abbey as the College's Associate Chaplain Fr. William.

A Lovely Dinner

St. Lawrence Commons was splattered with shades of pink and red this past Monday night, as Christendom College celebrated St. Valentine's Day. Students entered the Commons to "mood music" consisting of mainly cheesy-romantic songs, and the sounds of Juniors Tim Ginski and Gabriel Schuberg announcing the beginning of "Speed-Dating", Christendom-style.

There were about twenty guys and twenty girls who sat at a head table, where, during two minute intervals they would chat, then upon hearing a loud air horn, the gentlemen would move a seat down to continue the process.

Meanwhile, the rest of the student body relaxed and enjoyed the fabulous dinner, featuring chocolate-covered strawberries for desert—a treat which many students enjoyed. Students also had the opportunity to guess the amount of Hershey's Kisses in a jar, which were provided by the Student Activities Council (SAC).

Many girls spent the meal chatting about the "poems" they'd received in their mail boxes earlier that day. A Christendom tradition, the men of Christendom ensure each girl on campus receives a poem for St. Valentine's Day. Most poem's senders are anonymous, so the girls enjoy guessing who wrote their poem.

St. Valentine, Pray for us!

Speed-dating hosts Juniors Gabe Schuberg and Tim Ginski.

Juniors Leah Merrill and Lisa Hoonhout enjoyed the chocolate covered strawberries.


The Student Activities Council

Director of the Student Activities Council, Marie Antunes
This week, The Chronicler is getting a closer look at the student association that is behind the scenes of the vast majority of extracurricular activities at Christendom College, the Student Activities Council. As Student Body President Richard Allington puts it, “SAC is an organization composed of students who volunteer large portions of their time, expertise, and enthusiasm in order to enhance the life of the Christendom community.”

Students from all classes run and coordinate events ranging from dances, to special holiday dinners, to movie nights, to spiritual trips and events, and much more.

The Director of the Student Activities Council, Marie Antunes, has the final word on all SAC decisions. However SAC is primarily a student-run organization.

"The students run up to three events per weekend and plan and execute the vast majority of the details involved,” explains Allington. “SAC is composed of the student body president, the four class presidents, the senior class VP, the secretary, treasurer, and club manager and other students serving in one of a number of departments, social affairs, cultural affairs, religious life, SAC advertising, technical support, volunteer recruiting, and athletic affairs. They also run the weekly SAC meetings.”

These students join SAC either by being elected by their peers as president of their class or by applying and being selected from among the applicants. All SAC members are responsible for organizing and running at least one event every semester. In addition, they help set up and break down all the other various SAC events every weekend.

“In my experience, SAC is one of the most positive and enjoyable ways for Christendom students to get involved with their school,” says Vice President Bernadette Horiuchi, who has been an SAC member for three semesters. “It opens up doors to new friendships, and allows students to let their creative juices flow. SAC provides opportunities for students to volunteer for their community and to help make their fellow schoolmates’ college experience one to remember. I would highly encourage anyone interested to apply for next semester.”

Members of the Spring 2011 SAC.


Lady Crusaders Finish Season on a High Note

This past Monday and Tuesday the Lady Crusaders played their last two games of the season at Crusader Gymnasium. The two games were a microcosm of their season and gave a new energy and hope to the women’s basketball program in future years.

On Monday, the team battled against Trinity University of DC. The Division III team had beaten Christendom badly just a week prior at Trinity and only a year ago had held Christendom scoreless for 19 minutes of the first half. All this history was about to change. The Lady Crusaders came out with great energy and composure as they would build a lead of up to 10 points in the first half led by a patience offense spearheaded by Freshmen Mary Barbale and Morgan Kavanagh. The hot start immediately surprised Trinity and it was very obvious that the tables had turned dramatically in just one short week. Now Christendom was in the driver’s seat.

By a combination of tough rebounding, despite being extremely outsized, the Lady Crusaders fought and battled on the defensive end and hit big shot after big shot on the offensive side. Freshman Mary Barbale would continue her average of a double-double finishing with a game high 14 rebounds and 18 points.

The second half would see the Tigers of Trinity come out very aggressive and exert their will upon the Lady Crusaders both on the defensive and offensive side. Trinity put lots of pressure on the team on offensive and once they got the ball would get the ball down low where they had a huge size advantage. The results were the Lady Crusaders clinging to their lead up until the 7-minute mark when the speed and size of Trinity wore down the Lady Crusaders.

Trinity pulled away in the final minutes and won by 19, despite a valiant effort by the Christendom team. Morgan Kavanagh led all scorers with 21. Despite the loss, the game showed how far the Lady Crusaders had come not just in one week but also in a year.

The next day the Lady Crusaders celebrated Senior Night and their last game of the season when they hosted Penn State Mont Alto. Seniors Jane Snyder, Mary Kate Vander Woude, Katie Cruser, and Lauren Kavanagh were honored at halftime and started for the Lady Crusaders. The game was important for many reasons, especially since a win would put the team above .500 for the first time in recent memory—if not in Christendom history.

The Crusaders raced out to an early lead exerting a tenacious full court press that caused many turnovers which turned to points—thanks to the passing of point guard Mary Barbale. The Lady Crusaders at one point led 34-15 in the first half.

At halftime, coach Mike Brown delivered an emotional address to the four seniors. In it he mentioned the Johnson Bible College game earlier in the season of which the Lady Crusaders were down up to 16 points in the second half, but they fought back to win the game. He attributed the leadership of senior Mary Kate Vander Woude as having a huge role to play in the victory. He went on to mention how the Christendom community as a whole will miss these four women very much and how they have played a huge role in the rebuilding of the women’s basketball program.

The second half of the game saw the Lady Crusaders continue to cruise behind the shooting of Mary Barbale, Mary Kate Vander Woude, Morgan Kavanagh, and Bridget Vander Woude. Seniors Jane Snyder and Katie Cruser played crucial minutes and contributed with their defense and strong rebounding.

The result was a 69-29 final victory for the Lady Crusaders would finish the season with a 7-6 record and the first winning season in recent memory. Mary Barbale led all scorers with 25 and finished with 10 rebounds and 7 assists.

A special congratulation to the Lady Crusaders and Coach Mr. Mike Brown and Assistant Coach Mrs. Nancy Bauer on a great season!

Freshman Mary Barbale drives the ball down to the hoop.

Senior Jane Snyder adds two to the Lady Crusaders' score.

Senior Mary-Kate Vander Woude leadership and athleticism will be missed.

Half-time hugs. The seniors received gifts and warm embrace from their team mates following Coach Brown's remarks


Lady Crusaders 2011.

Q. I have been looking at a number of small Catholic colleges and am a little worried that, although they seem to be great educational institutions, they may not be too financially stable. Is Christendom College financially stable?

A. Christendom has been around for 34 years and we have grown quite a bit since our first class of 26 students, 5 faculty members, and a rented facility with $50,000 in the bank. We now have 409 undergraduate students, 50 graduate students, 35+ faculty members, three beautiful campuses (Front Royal, Alexandria, and Rome), and a decent sized endowment of about $9M. Our campus is worth about $30M and we have paid for it all but about $1M. We do not rely on any Federal funds or financial assistance so we raise money from generous benefactors each year to aid our day-to-day operational needs, our future building campaigns, our financial aid fund, and all other expenses.

All this being said, in today’s crazy financial climate, you can never truly say that you are “too big to fail.” But at the same time, we can honestly say that by staying the size that we are, leveraging technology, and managing our income, expenses, and donations properly, we can foresee a long and prosperous future, by the Grace of God.

We are aware that there are other colleges out there that are a benefit to the Church, and doing great things, but unfortunately, are struggling to stay afloat. Southern Catholic College was such a one that, due to limited financial resources, had to close its doors last April. Thankfully, from what I am told, most of the current students were able to transfer to this or that school to finish up, but it was indeed a tragedy for the entire college community.

Christendom, again, by the Grace of God and the benevolence of our most faithful and generous benefactors, is in great financial health and will hopefully continue on this road so that we can continue to offer one of the most rigorous, Catholic liberal arts educations in the world, thus helping to prepare our graduates to go out into today’s culture to work to “restore all things in Christ.”

Donations are always welcome.
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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.

Ladies Take the Lead


Name: Hannah Ethridge
Tucson, Arizona
Swimming, riding, running, singing, and theater
What's your favorite class/professor?
Philosophy is my favorite class. I love all the professors that I have had and learning philosophy never gets old. My favorite professor so far has been Dr. Steven Snyder. He has just presented everything so clearly and still makes it entertaining.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I work in the Student Life Office and I participate in the intramural sports.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love the classes, teachers, friendships and environment here. Everyone is here to learn and grow spiritually... and we do! This college is worth it just for the experiences gained.
Why did you choose Christendom? I knew that Christendom would reinforce my values and not attack them.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom?
I chose Christendom because it was very Catholic and small. I come from a small high school and wanted a college that would be the same. When I visited, I loved everything about Christendom.
Plans after graduation? My plans after graduation are to go to med school for pediatrics—of course my plans are always subject to change. Happy Whatever God wants.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? I would encourage all students who are looking into Christendom to just come and visit. The entire experience can't be known until you try it for yourself. Happy


The Human Experience

A very special and inspiring documentary, The Human Experience, was shown to an excited crowd in Kilian’s Café on Friday Night. This film tells the story of two brothers who travel the world in order to experience what it truly means to be human. The Human Experience was just recently released to DVD after being shown only at private screenings for two years.

“The movie had an important and inspiring message that I think is especially significant for college students to see,” says Freshman Maeve Gallagher, the Student Activities Council member who organized the event. “I think the film made a positive impact on everyone who saw it.”

The most widely attended movie night of the academic year, Grassroots FilmsThe Human Experience may have also been one of the most inspirational and captivating films shown at Christendom College as well.

Sophomore Sadie Bratt discusses the film with Sophomore Emi Funai and Senior Margaret McShurley.

The Human Experience was awarded over 30 Film Festival Honors.

Ladies Take the Lead at Sadie Hawkins

On Saturday night, creatively dressed couples filled the St. Lawrence Commons as students got together to dance the night away at this year's Sadie Hawkins Dance—where the girls ask the guys. The theme of this years dance was "Movie Couples & Cartoon Characters" of which there were very many. Some of the more creative costumes included the lead characters in the movie Up, the Muppets' Kermit and Miss Piggy, and, though not movie characters, was a couple dressed up as college professors Dr. and Mrs. Rice.

The dance climaxed in a costume contest, in which the winner was chosen by the cheers of the audience. Though there were many good costumes, the Freshman and Junior classes had their year of glory, with "Alice and the Mad Hatter," worn by Freshman Theresa Francis and Junior Paddy "I just turned 21" Norton.

"Sadie Hawkins is so much fun," Junior Christine Nussio said. "It switches things up a bit from the normal dances and it's great to see how everyone can come up with such great imaginative costumes!"

The dance was a great, fun way for the students to relax after the first few weeks of the semester, with the workload beginning to intensify.

Junior Leah Merrill discovers what it would be like to dance with Winnie the Pooh (Senior Nick Lowry).

Sophomore Nick Weber glides his partner across the dance floor.

Freshman Madeleine Murphy and Sophomore Dan Mitchell as the couple from Up.

Senior Matt Rensch shows off his Muppet moves to Junior Liz Sartor.

The ultimate Steelers fans, Freshmen Matt Speer and Maribeth Kelly, are swingin' and ready for the next day's big game.

Super Bowl Party

The most highly anticipated football event of the year, Super Bowl XLV took place on Sunday, February 6, and Christendom College celebrated it with a big party in the gym. The game was shown on a projector in the gym, and chairs and couches were filled with the majority of the student body. While the wings went fast, there were plenty of snacks and drinks to last everyone the whole game. An intense game from start to finish, the Green Bay Packers ended up beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.

“It was really fun to watch the game with so many people on the big screen, and I love how everyone was spirited and got into the game,” says Freshman Donald Lucas. “Of course, the fact that my favorite NFL team won helped make the night especially great.”

There was continual cheering, applause, and booing throughout the game, which made for an especially exciting Super Bowl.

Sophomores Natalie Lucas and Kat Anderson cheered for the Packers.

Hamlet and the Mousetrap

Author and Professor of Literature Dr. Michael Mack delivered a lecture entitled “Hamlet: Shakespeare’s Mousetrap?” to students and faculty at Christendom College on February 7. The talk was the first in the College’s new Faith & Reason Lecture Series.

In his lecture, Mack revealed how Shakespeare uses one of his most famous plays to cause the audience to examine their own conscience. In the play itself, Hamlet uses a play,
The Mousetrap, to cause the villain, Claudius, to examine his conscience.

“Hamlet wants to use the play to confirm both the veracity of the Ghost and Claudius’ guilt. As he says so memorably, ‘the play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King,’” Mack said. “My suspicion is that Hamlet is the thing to catch the conscience of the audience.”

Mack is an Associate Professor of English and the Dean of the Undergraduate Program at The Catholic University of America. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His research interests include Shakespeare, sixteenth and seventeenth-century English poetry, and Renaissance literary theory. In 2005, CUA Press published Mack's book,
Sidney's Poetics: Imitating Creation. He is currently working on a book on Shakespeare.

Read more about this lecture here or download at Christendom on iTunes U.

iTunes U

Students and faculty lingered after the lecture to discuss the topic further with Mack. Above History Professor Chris Shannon and Philosophy Professor John Cuddeback join Literature Professors Sharon Hickson, Lisa Marciano, and Robert Rice in discussing Hamlet with Mack.


The Local Parish: St. John the Baptist

Tucked neatly in a corner of downtown Front Royal sits St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, a spot frequented by many associated with Christendom.

St. John the Baptist Church was founded in 1883, and has been growing ever since. The parish has a strong community outreach program, which is strengthened by their Knights of Columbus group, as well as the Legion of Mary. A Soup Kitchen, Meels on Wheels, and a Crisis Pregnancy center are all charities run by the Parish, in which Christendom students and alumni participate.

The Parish also has a beautiful music program directed by Jeff Alban, who has agreat passion for liturgical music. In addition to the splendid music, the Church also has a CCD program directed by Dr. Onalee McGraw and Julie Luckey, which many of the young children take part in. Christendom students teach CCD classes as guest lectures on occasion.

Many Christendom teachers, faculty, and alumni are parishioners. The students too, by extension, are parishioners as well, since they dwell within the Parish boundries for more than six months out of the year, and are welcomed by the church with open arms. Oftentimes you can find Christendom students in St. John's beautiful church attending Mass, or praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

St. John's Pastor, Fr. Jerome Fasano, can frequently be seen on Christendom's campus at daily Mass or lunch in the Commons and is a friend to many students.

The church has four Sunday services (as well as a Saturday night vigil at 5:00 pm), a 7:00 am Mass, an 8:30 and 10:30 am Mass (both Novus Ordo), and a 12:30 pm Extraordinary form Mass, in addition to their 3:00 pm Spanish Mass. Their daily Masses include a 7:00 am Tridentine Mass (Mondays), and a Novus Ordo from Mon-Sat. at 8:30 am, as well as another Tridentine Mass at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays, and they also have daily confession times which can be found in their bulletin.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is a beautiful example of a strongly devout Catholic Parish, working actively to "Restore all things in Christ."

The sanctuary features painting of the life of St. John by acclaimed artist Henry Wingate.

Outside the church is a memorial to the unborn.

Below is an Arlington Diocese video of the parish, featuring an interview with Fr. Fasano:


Christendom Basketball Teams Win 3 out of 4

As the semester continues on campus, the basketball season is starting to come to a close with only a little over a week left in the season for both teams.

The Lady Crusaders continued their winning ways this past Sunday as they hammered local opponent Lord Fairfax Community College. The team, which hasn’t lost since early last semester, started slow but once they warmed up would never look back. The full court pressure of the Lady Crusaders would cause multiple Cannon turnovers which were quickly converted to points by Morgan Kavanagh, Bridget Vander Woude, and Jane Snyder. Morgan spearheaded the 2nd half assault on the Cannons attacking the basket repeatedly and knocking down her free throws. The Lady Crusaders travel to Valley Forge Christian College on Saturday.

The Crusaders played 3 games for the Shenandoah Chesapeake conference. A conference which the middle three teams continue to fight for seeding going into next weekend’s tournament at Christendom College (a schedule of which will be available online in the next few days).

The Crusaders hosted the Sentinels of Patrick Henry this past Friday night in front of a full Crusader Gymnasium. The Crusaders had already defeated the Sentinels twice in the season but the Sentinels wanted revenge and played with tenacity throughout the game. The game saw the Crusaders jump out to an early lead with the hot shooting of Matt Rensch who finished with a game high 26 points and only missing one shot throughout the evening. The Sentinels would continue to fight throughout the second half but the Crusader defense and sharpshooting was too much. Another “W” for the Crusaders as they won 82-69.

The very next day the team traveled to Elizabeth City, NC, to play Mid-Atlantic Christian University, who had the same record in conference play as the Crusaders. The Christendom team would come out fast racing out to an early lead only to have it cut down and have the Mid-Atlantic team take a 9 point lead into halftime. The second half saw a focused and motivated Crusader team take the floor and slowly and methodically trim down the deficit until the Crusaders took the lead with just over 3 minutes to play in the game. With 34 seconds to play and the ball out of bounds underneath the hoop, Tim Vander Woude found Matt Rensch for the go ahead layup to steel the victory.

The team then played Washington Bible College this past Tuesday evening which was Senior Night for the three seniors, Matt Rensch, Joe Townsend, and Sam McMahon. Matt Rensch and Tim McPhee led the offensive attack throughout the game while Tim Beer, David Townsend, and David Booz would harass the Washington Bible guards throughout the game holding them well below their season average. The game would go back and forth in the final minutes but Washington Bible College would hit their free-throws in the closing seconds which secured a 6 point victory for the Cougars.

The Crusaders are back in action on Friday at Southern Virginia University’s JV team and then against Lord Fairfax Community College on Sunday in Winchester, VA.

Tim Beer takes in to the hole.

Senior players Sam McMahon, Joe Townsend, and Matt Rensch.

Q. Why would someone who likes Math and Science go to Christendom? It seems like Christendom has more offerings for those who like to read and write and do all that “left side of the brain” activity rather than “right side of the brain” things?

A. Good question. From my understanding, normally, the reason people like math/science related subjects is because their brains are wired that way and they like the idea of things being black and white, right and wrong, objectively true rather than subjectively true. Additionally, they are interested in the reasons why things are the way they are, thus the desire to understand how things work and operate through the sciences.

When I came to Christendom as a freshman many years ago, I was the math kid. It was my favorite subject. I scored 200+ points higher on the math section of my SAT than on the reading section. My Dad has an Electrical Engineering degree, two of my brothers have computer science degrees, one of my brothers has a doctorate in Electrical Engineering, and my sister is a math teacher. Math runs through my veins.

But I am here to tell you that Christendom has many offerings for those who tend toward “right side of the brain” activities. Not only do we offer a minor in math (Introduction to Mathematical Thought, Euclidean Geometry, College Algebra and Trigonometry, Computer Programming, Calculus I, II, III, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Symbolic Logic, Modal Logic, Mathematical Logic, and Differential Equations), but we also offer a number of science courses (Introduction to Scientific Thought, Descriptive Astronomy, General Physics I and II, and Laboratory for General Physics I & II.).

And besides the actual math and science offerings, there are many subjects that work well with the “right side of the brain” people. If people like objective truth, it doesn’t get much more objective than Theology. If people like to figure things out and learn to understand what makes things tick, then Philosophy is the subject to study. History is also very good for people who like to keep things objective. Studying these subjects definitely fulfill the needs of a “right brain” person, so it is not always necessary to actually study math/science in college, even if it is your favorite subject. Take it from me, a Theology major. Happy

Finally, I wanted to let you know something that my brother, Michael, told me recently. He came to Christendom for two years and took all the core curriculum courses that were offered, as well as a bunch of math classes. After two years, he decided that he wanted to do electrical engineering so he transferred to George Mason University. Because he had taken so much math at Christendom, if I remember correctly, he didn’t need to take any more math courses to fulfill his degree in engineering. He eventually went on to get his doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Delaware. He currently works in Texas and recently told me that he tends to use more of what he learned in his two years at Christendom than he does all the scientific stuff he studied for 8 years. I asked him why and he said that it is because scientists spend much of their time doing various projects, and when the project is over, there needs to be some sort of synopsis or paper written up about it. As a result of his Christendom liberal arts education, he says that he is quite often selected to be the project manager and therefore, the one responsible for writing up the findings. So, there’s something to be said for a well-rounded, well-read scientist.

For more information on our math/science department click here.
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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.

Juggling, Quizzes, & More


Name: Ryan Wityak
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Traveling, soccer, music.
What's your favorite class/professor?
Dr. Christopher Shannon's Historiography course. He is very knowledgeable and his class changed the way I looked at history.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I play intramural soccer.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The professors. They are very passionate about what they teach as well as being very approachable.
Why did you choose Christendom? I knew that Christendom would reinforce my values and not attack them.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? How many opportunities Christendom has offered me. For example, a chance to go the White House and hear former President Bush speak before the March for Life in 2007 was an experience I will never forget.
Plans after graduation? I hope to become an attorney.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can and remember the first semester is always the hardest!


Life is Beautiful

On Friday night, a group of students gathered in the basement of the Student Center to watch the 1997 award-winning Italian movie, Life Is Beautiful. This film tells the story of a Jewish Italian man who uses his imagination and humor to both win the heart of a beautiful school teacher and help his family survive a Nazi concentration camp. While snacking on chips, candy, popcorn, and veggies, everyone in attendance was captivated and touched by the story.

“I did not realize at the start that the movie would be so sad, but I loved how it ended,” says Freshman Morgan Kavanagh. “I feel like I understand what the Jewish people in the concentration camps had to go through so much better now.”

A comedy, romance, and historical drama all in one, Life Is Beautiful was one of the most popular “Movie Nights” that Christendom College has sponsored this year.

Life is Beautiful won three Oscars in 1997, including Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film.

Jugglers in the Pub

On Saturday night, students gathered at St. Kilian’s Café for Pub Night. This Pub Night was held in honor of St. John Bosco. As a tribute to him, Junior Joe Long, Senior Ben Ranieri, and Freshman Connor Coyne performed several juggling acts. Fine beers was served for those 21 and over and Shirley Temples were made for everyone else. The night continued with card games and great music.

“This was one of the best pub nights I’ve been to!” said Freshman Hannah Ethridge. “The juggling was so entertaining—the performers were very talented and made for a great show.”

Joe juggles the clubs.

Connor tosses the rings high.

Connor and Joe swap clubs with each other as they juggle.

Senior girls enjoy their last semester together.

Debating the Free Market

Sunday night a large group of intellectual minds gathered in the Chester-Belloc room of Regina Coeli Hall, to debate on whether "a market unregulated by the state best ensures a just economy." The debate was strongly kicked off by a group of passionate docket speeches, and served to set the stage for what was shown to be a lively debate.

Many alumni were present, as well as students who have not yet left for the Rome semester, including former Chairman, Junior Christopher Foeckler, all of whom participated actively in the debate.

In the end, much to their happiness, the con side won strongly, declaring that a market unregulated by the state does not best ensure a just economy.

The Debate Society looks eagerly forward to the next Chester-Belloc debate, which will be held on the February 13 in the Chester-Belloc Room of the Regina Coeli Hall.

Senior Adele Smith drives her point home.

Sophomore Vinnie D'Agostino used some biting rhetoric.

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society's Secretary, Chairman, and Prefect: Seniors Steve Curtin, Tyler Lowe, and Brady Wilson.

Being A Disciple of St. Thomas

Renowned Dominican priest and Thomistic philosopher, Reverend Lawrence Dewan, O.P., delivered a lecture entitled, Being a Disciple of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Pursuit of Wisdom, as the keynote speaker at Christendom College’s annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture on January 28.

“We humans will find ultimate satisfaction—happiness—only through intellectual appreciation of reality—knowing ‘what it’s all about,” Fr. Lawrence Dewan, O.P., told students and faculty. “Do we see ourselves as engaged in ‘the pursuit of wisdom?’”

Dewan explained that in “the pursuit of wisdom” one should be an apprentice to a particular philosopher. “I am an apprentice of St. Thomas Aquinas,” he said.

Read more about this lecture
here or download at Christendom on iTunes U.

The lecture drew a large number of students and faculty.

Quiz Night in Kilian's

Monday night, a group of students looking to forget about their studies for a while and exercise their brains in a different way, gathered in Kilian's Café for “Pub Quiz with John and James.”

Senior James Hannon, and Sophomore John McGovern were the hosts and asked contestants puzzling questions from a variety of creative categories, including “laundry soaps” and “car-pool.”

“We had a really good group,” Sophomore Christopher Roberts said. “We did really well.”

The laid back, yet animated evening provided a fun outlet for students needing a break. Even audience members found themselves scratching their heads and wondering what some of the answers were!

Sophomores Anthony Readings, Dean Dewey, and Tim Beer, along with Senior Noreen Daly put their heads together to find the right answer.

Conquering Our Passions

On Tuesday night, February 1, College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty began a new series of talks, entitled “The Eight Deadly Sins: The Healing of Spiritual Illnesses according to the Desert Fathers.” This week Fr. Planty gave an introduction to the series, and he will focus on one of these deadly sins each week for the next eight weeks. In addition to explaining the passions, or vices, of the body, soul, and spirit, Fr. Planty will talk about the contrary virtues that go with each and how one goes about finding spiritual healing.

“I am very excited about this series of talks,” says Sophomore Anastacio Hinojosa. “I look forward to grappling with the vices by learning to practice each particular virtue that corresponds to each vice.”

Fr. Planty will kick off the talks by speaking on the sin of gluttony and the contrasting virtue of temperance next Tuesday night.

March for Life Video

Chronicler Online Reporters Maeve Gallagher and Madeleine Murphy interviewed a few of our students during the March. Enjoy the video below!


Working on Campus

As many Christendom students will tell you, college is a combination of work and play. While the work the students do is essentially academic, they also have the opportunity to do professional work through employment opportunities on campus.

The Student Employment Website, or SEW, provides students with an easy way to seek out prospective work positions available at the college. Additionally, the website contains centralized information concerning employment opportunities, as well as details on standard procedures and practices for students and their employers.

For many incoming Freshmen, using the SEW to apply for various jobs is a task undertaken about a month before arriving on campus. There are many kinds of jobs, including positions in the Library, Student Life, Dining Services, Admissions, Marketing, Development, and Computer Services—to name a few.

There are many benefits to working as a student, aside from the obvious financial assistance it provides [about $1000 a semester]. Student employment provides opportunities for students to learn how to multitask, to build their résumés, to form good working habits, to be flexible and team players, and to learn how to communicate with superiors. Additionally, it provides the opportunity to try different jobs, and even work in a field in which one may be potentially interested to work in upon graduation.

Student employment also develops a sense of community on the campus. Students who feel as though they are an active part of their college community often do better at college and remain there until degree completion. Employment on campus also gives students the opportunity to serve others. Whether it is by serving food or working in the library, students learn how to really put others first, which is a big part of Christendom's formation.

Many students very much enjoy working for the school. Faith Leopold, a Freshman, grinned as she said, "I really enjoy working in the library—it's a great job!"


Crusader Basketball Back in Action


The first basketball games of the spring semester occurred this past week, which included tough games for the Crusaders and a big home win for the Lady Crusaders. The Lady Crusaders picked up where they left off last semester making it 5 wins in their last 6 games.

Davis College from Johnson City, NY, came for two games this past Friday night to open up the semester. The men played the first game and saw Davis race out to an early lead before the men would settle down and fought back to get the game close, being down just 10 at halftime. The Crusaders started off slow in the second half and the hot shooting of Davis would prove too much for the Crusaders to overcome and the Falcons won 88-64. Matt Rensch and Tim Vander Woude led the Crusaders each finishing with 16 points a-piece. The team then took on undefeated Williamson Free School, who is currently ranked #1 in our National USCAA conference.

Despite a slow start and being down by close to 20 at halftime the Crusaders battled back to cut it to 11 in the second half. The comeback was fueled by the defensive efforts of David Townsend who held Williamson’s leading scorer to just 4 points in the second half. The Crusaders outscored the Mechanics by 4 in the second half but fell in the end despite a valiant never-die mentality. Matt Rensch led the Crusaders with 12 points.

Last night the Crusaders had another tough opponent in Division III Gallaudet University, ranked third in their conference. The Crusaders played a wonderful first half of basketball, controlling tempo and holding the powerful Bison offense to just 34 points at halftime. Unfortunately the Crusaders couldn’t hold the Bison back the whole game as Gallaudet would erupt for 40 points in the second half and open up a large lead and never look back. The Bison gained their edge at the free-throw line and the 3-point stripe where they outshot Christendom in the game. Matt Rensch led the team in scoring with 10. The Crusaders are back in action on Friday when they host Patrick Henry College at 7:30 p.m. in a Shenandoah Chesapeake Conference game.

The Lady Crusaders took the floor this past Friday night against the Davis College Falcons eager to build on what has been a successful season. The team attacked Davis early and often and proved to be too much for the Falcons. The team would race out to an early lead and never look back fueled by an aggressive defense that caused numerous easy baskets for the Lady Crusaders.

Led by the decision making of Mary Barbale and the hot shooting of Bridget Vander Woude and Morgan Kavanagh the Lady Crusaders took the victory. Mary Kate Vander Woude finished with a double-double as did Mary Barbale and Bridget finished with a career high 21 points for the Lady Crusaders. The team is off until Sunday when they will visit Lord Fairfax Community College at Daniel Morgan School in Winchester.

Christendom Crazies hosted a "white out" for the games against Davis — all the fans came dressed in white.

Freshman David Booz adds 2 to the Crusaders' score.

Sophomore Brendan Krebbs flies through the air.

Sophomore Tim McPhee shoots a free-throw.

Q. Christendom is my top choice, but I am worried that I will not be able to afford such an education. How much is it to go there and what kinds of financial help is given to students?

A. This is one of the most commonly asked questions. I certainly understand why it is so frequently asked and I think it is an important one to talk about. Christendom’s tuition, fees, and room/board costs have been set for the 2011-12 year as follows: Tuition = $19,884, Room and Board = $7656, and Fees = $580, Total = $28,120. Now before you begin to freak out, let’s compare some numbers.

The University of Notre Dame costs @$50,790, Villanova @$51,300, Fordham @$50,545, The University of Dallas @$38,651, and Thomas Aquinas College @$30,400. Christendom’s total cost of $28,120 is one of the lowest of any private, Catholic institutions of higher learning in the US today.

Additionally, Christendom (although we do not accept Federal loans, grants, subsidies, or aid of any kind) does offer its own well-funded financial aid fund from which students are given loans, grants, and academic scholarships. We have our own Financial Aid Form which mirrors the FAFSA form, and from the information provided, we give out loans and grants to students to help cover costs of tuition. The average financial aid package is around $13,500 a year.

Our academic scholarships are based on SAT or ACT scores, and if someone gets a 1920 (SAT) or 24 (ACT), they automatically receive 4-year scholarships of at least $22,960. People can re-take these tests as many times as they wish, and whatever the final score is the day the student arrives as a freshman, we go with for the scholarship amount.

Students are given the opportunity to work on campus, as well. If a student gets an on-campus job, they can expect to make close to $1000 a semester. They work in the library, kitchen, administrative offices, maintenance, chapel, and elsewhere.

Also, something we offer which I believe is unique is our sibling discount. If two siblings attend at the same time, the second sibling receives 25% off tuition. If there are three siblings attending at the same time, the 3rd one receives 50% off tuition.

And lastly, if someone who has received loans from Christendom chooses to join a religious order which takes a vow of poverty, Christendom erases the total amount of the loan.

So, hopefully you can see that although the initial “sticker price” of a Christendom education may seem a bit steep, we have many ways to lessen the costs. The Class of 2010 had an average indebtedness of only $26,614 after four years. Again, although this may seem like a lot of money, compared to national figures, it is right around the average for a private institution. According to The College Board's "Trends in Student Aid 2010" report, the average student debt for 2009 graduates of four-year, private colleges was $26,100. And the Christendom students would have been given that loan of $26,614 interest and payment free for the entire four years they attended, as well as given one full grace year of not having to pay anything on the loan and the loan would not accrue interest during that grace year.

If you have further questions about affording a Christendom education, I refer you to our financial aid page or recommend that you contact Ms. Alisa Polk in our Financial Aid Office ([email protected]).
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.