A Procession of Musical Talent


Name: Andrew Ciskanik
New Castle, Delaware
Political Science
Animation, designing, saxophone.
What's your favorite class/professor?
Dr. John Cuddeback's Metaphysics. I like Dr. Cuddeback's teaching style, and the class material was also interesting and engaging. I definitely enjoyed this class over any other Philosophy class I've taken. It was a challenging class for me, but, if anything, it was a bonding experience for those of us with bad grades... Happy
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
Intramurals and boxing. I especially love working in the kitchen.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The people. It's so easy to make friends because everyone is down to earth and shares my beliefs.
Why did you choose Christendom? I wanted to go to a school where I wouldn't have to worry about the professors teaching contrary to the Faith. I knew Christendom would fill my intellectual as well as spiritual needs.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? How much I have changed and learned from my experience here.
Plans after graduation? They change daily. Right now I would like to go back to school after Christendom and go into designing, architecture, marketing, or business.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
The freshmen aren't harassed very much by the upper-classmen, which is one less thing to worry about if you come here!


Giving Blood

On Tuesday, November 23rd, students donated blood at the Crusader Gymnasium during the Red Cross Blood Drive.

“I’m always impressed by how many volunteers we get from Christendom to donate. People do not realize how necessary the blood we donate is,” says Junior Fran Dewey who organized the event. “All the hospitals in the area really count on the blood we give—the high school and college blood drives in the area truly make a difference. The fact that people take time out of their day to donate says something about our community.”

Nineteen students were first-time donators and 45 pints were filled. The drive takes place each semester and the Red Cross is always in need of donors.

Freshman Conor O'Donnell, Junior Catherine Antunes, and Freshman Andrew Helpler enjoy the goodies from the Red Cross after donating.

Bonfire and Talk Lighten the Darkness

On Friday evening, November 19th, a group of Christendom students headed over to St. Theresa’s Dormitory for a bonfire and talk given by Christendom English professor, Mrs. Sharon Hickson. The girls living in St. Theresa’s sponsored the bonfire, with s’mores and other yummy snacks and drinks.

Mrs. Hickson gave a truly uplifting and captivating talk on confidence. She spoke about believing in oneself, and never doubting what one is capable of doing. She especially stressed trusting in God, for everything is truly possible through Him.

“Mrs. Hickson’s words were incredibly inspiring and positive,” says Freshman Bernadette Donahue. “I loved how she touched on the importance of bringing others up, instead of saying things that only tear people down.”

All in attendance left feeling more confident and happy that they got to enjoy a fun night with friends.

There's not much that tastes better than fire-roasted s'mores on a fall evening.

Our faculty engage students on a personal level inside and outside the classroom. Good luck finding such a faith-filled and dedicated faculty anywhere else!

Music Fills the Air at St. Cecilia's Night

The greatest display of Christendom musical talent every year, St. Cecilia’s Night, is always a highly anticipated college event. This year’s talent-show style performance on November 20th in the St. Lawrence Commons featured over three hours of beautiful music by dozens of students.

An assortment of instruments was played, including the violin, piano, saxophone, and even cello. Many students showcased their impressive singing voices, usually accompanied by the piano or some other instrument. Several student bands performed, including student band, Fools for No One, and there was even a Christian rap sung by Freshman Paul Fiesel.

“St. Cecilia’s Night was very entertaining!” says Freshman Sarah Peterson. “There are so many people here at Christendom who have amazing musical talent, and it was quite enjoyable to listen to and watch them perform.”

Freshman Jason Sparks performed "Stars" from Les Miserbales. Sophomore Max Hess accompanied him on the piano.

Senior Karl Haislmaier and Freshman Luke Tillotson played Bach's "Double Violin Concerto."

Senior Mary Kate Vander Woude and Sophomore Nick Blank sang "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera. Senior Matt Rensch accompanied them on the piano.

Accompanied by a quartet, Sophomore Sarah Halbur performed "Duo Seraphim" by Richard Dering.

Juniors Andrew Ciskanik, Chris Foeckler, Ted Cantu, and Richie Lancaster along with Senior Francis Aul brought the house down with a few blues numbers.

Fools for No One featured the talents of Juniors Richie Lancaster, Dan Beller, Ted Cantu, and Rob Fetsko.

Sophomore Gloria Klosterman sang a couple duets with her brother David, a senior.

Honoring Christ the King

Christendom's patronal feast day, Christ the King, was celebrated with a beautiful Mass and a Eucharistic Procession on Sunday, November 21. After Mass, College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty led the entire community in dedicating themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary before the exposed Blessed Sacrament.

Then all joined in a Eucharistic Procession around campus.

“For me, the procession was very moving and symbolic of the way Christ can come into our individual lives,” Freshman Tim Johnson said. “He touches us by His presence so that we come to follow Him.”

All joined in prayer and hymns processing behind the Holy Eucharist - carried by Fr. Planty.

After retuning to the Chapel for closing prayers, everyone went to the St. Lawrence Commons for a festive brunch.

Here is a video featuring highlights from the Mass and Procession:

A Medieval Celebration

On Sunday night, November 21st, Christendom students arrived at the St. Lawrence Commons to a cafeteria that looked as if it were transported back into the medieval times. Everyone enjoyed a medieval style feast, followed by a humorous debate performed by Professor William Diem and student Sean Connolly on the question, “What is the highest form of dance?”

Following the debate, a Crusades re-enactment was performed by several male Christendom students. Later that night a dance was held, where many traditional contra style dances were performed.

“The re-enactment of the Crusades was very enjoyable but the dancing after was even better,” said Freshman Gloria Connolly. “I loved seeing all the costumes—dressing up was so much fun!”

During dinner, a choir sang traditional songs in Latin.

Professor William Diem argued boldly in the debate.

Students enjoyed a contra-style dance following the dinner.

Students had a blast dancing the evening away in their medieval garb.


Thanksgiving and Tearful Goodbyes

This past week as everyone celebrated Thanksgiving, the Rome Group enjoyed their final day together. It's quite appropriate, really, that the program ends on Thanksgiving. It is a great reminder of how much we, as Christendom students in Rome, really have to be thankful for. How many other Catholics have the opportunity to come and live in Rome for three months?! To be able to walk everyday through St. Peter's Square? To constantly be reminded of how amazing and incredible the faith really is?

Experiencing everything that we have in the past few months is such a blessing, for which we are, and should be, truly thankful.

As we all sat and reflected back on our semester, we really realized how lucky we are. We have all learned so much, and grown so much—spiritually, mentally, and I'm sure physically too, with all the gelato! Happy We've also changed in ways we haven't even realized or grasped yet. It's invigorating, to be aware that you have been changed, though you may not recognize it yet, and that God is preparing you for something. He has something amazing in store for each and every one of us, and in some way, Rome has helped shaped us for that. Whether it has helped us develop a virtue we were lacking in, or grow in one we had, the experience of Rome has undoubtedly changed us forever.

The challenge, however, is for us to not forget that. It is easy to say "Yes, I've changed," and accept it as a given; to come back and talk about Rome to our families and friends and to reminisce about it, and then be the same person. But the task we are presented with is to continue growing, learning, expanding, and seeking out God's will for us. To use these gifts He's given and helped us develop, these virtues He has helped us to grow in and nurture, and whole heartedly, with every fiber of our being strive to continue to change. We must constantly strive with heart, soul, and mind to glorify God in all we do, and show Him to others at all times. We must seek to show Rome, the beauty of truth, and the glory of the Church to those who don't have the opportunity to be pilgrims in the heart of the Church.

And so, in this last Rome Report, as all of us go home, and are welcomed by loving arms, I urge my fellow Rome students, to remember that we are STILL changing. Rome is just the beginning of something greater. Our Rome experience is not yet over, it has only just begun. So go, take Rome with you, continue to change, and BE CHANGED!

In Christo Rege,

Thanksgiving Dinner in Rome.

Students will miss their classroom balcony that overlooks St. Peter's.

The Fall 2010 group posses with the World Youth Day Cross in St. Peter's Square at the beginning of their semester.


From Across the Pond

Chronicler Reporter Maeve Gallagher got a few of our international students together to ask them about living life on both sides of the pond.


Powder Puff 2010

Photos courtesy of Paul Fiesel

Each year, as the leaves change color and the weather turns cold, the women of Christendom compete in the annual Powder-Puff football game. The Freshmen-Juniors team faced-off against the Sophomores-Seniors team and delivered a fun day of football for the entire campus!

This year’s game was quite the match as all four classes—including many talented Lady Crusaders—were eager to showcase their skills on the field. Going into the game the odds were in favor of “Age and Wisdom” with the Sophomores-Seniors featuring a strong offensive trio of Sophomore Kat Anderson as quarterback and running backs, Senior Jane Snyder and Sophomore Theresa Lamirande. The Sophomores-Seniors were coached by football masterminds, Seniors Troy Spring and Francis Aul. The Freshmen-Juniors had some great athletic talent in addition to a tough defense. The team was led by junior quarterback Molly Morey and running backs Junior Cecilia O’Reilly and Freshman Karen Hambleton. Third-year coaches Senior Pat Stein and Junior Richie Lancaster mentored the team well.

The game began as a defensive struggled which would last throughout the entire first half. Neither team was able to move the ball with any success due in large part to the intensity and energy with which both sides competed. The defensive line for the Freshmen-Juniors held tough during the first half and offered a surprisingly strong defense against the running attack of the Sophomores-Seniors.

With the start of the second half, the game saw both teams become more aggressive on offense. Senior running back Jane Snyder would get the party started with a 30-yard touchdown run early in the second half to put her team up 6-0.

Although the offense of the Freshmen-Juniors could move the ball, they could not to put the ball in the end zone... Enter the defense! Once the Seniors-Sophomores got the ball back, Kat Anderson dropped back to pass and threw one that freshmen Mary Barbale intercepted and returned for the first Freshmen-Junior touchdown—tying the game at 6.

The interception completely stopped the Sophomores-Seniors and gave the Freshmen-Juniors some much needed momentum. The game remained tied until later into the second half when the Sophomores-Seniors would muster up another touchdown thanks to sophomore Theresa Lamirande, who sprinted 40 yards for what would be the game winning touchdown.

The Freshmen-Junior offense under the guidance of Molly Morey moved down the field looking to tie or win the game, but on the pivotal 4th down play, the Sophomores-Seniors defense would rise to the occasion and stop the “young ones” and seal the victory!

The game featured much support and enthusiasm from the fans and players and the event, which has been a staple in the college calendar, chalks up another successful close Powder-Puff game!

Junior Molly Morrey fires one down field.

Fast as lightening: Sophomore Theresa Lamirande.

Morrey makes a dash for the end-zone.

Jane Snyder looks to shoot up the middle.

Freshman-Juniors: look forward to a victory next year.

Sophomore-Seniors celebrate their sweet victory.

Q: Can you tell me more about your Equestrian Program? It sounds like a wonderful opportunity

A. We began offering the equestrian program in the Fall of 2009, and, from everything I can tell, it seems like it is a big hit with those that are taking part in it.

Through a special arrangement, Christendom College has a deal worked out with a local horse farm, The Royal Horseshoe Farm, to allow our students to take part in a variety of horse-riding programs. The Royal Horseshoe Farm is located just a couple of miles and is owned and operated by a nice Catholic family – The Aspers.

Students may choose from the following extra-curricular programs:

Casual Option ($135 per semester):
This is designed for the student who just wants to ride on an occasional basis. Group Rides are scheduled two (2) times per month (6 per semester). The first several sessions focus on the formation or enhancement of riding skills. Later sessions are trail rides or organized riding activities in an arena.

Weekly Option ($250 per semester):
This is for the student who would like to work on riding skills, but only has a limited amount of time. Group sessions are scheduled weekly (12 per semester) and are under the direction of a certified instructor. Students will see steady progress in their riding skills and will learn about basic horse care.

Focused Option ($495 per semester):
This is for the student who wants to accelerate the pace of improvement in his or her riding skills. Group Sessions will be smaller and there is more individualized training by a certified instructor. Sessions occur nominally twice a week (any combination of week days or weekend days (24 per semester)). As much as possible, sessions will be tailored to the skill of the individual rider.

Here is the link on our website about the equestrian program and you can also learn more about all the other amazing recreational activities that our area offers our students by going here.
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