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.

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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.

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