Big Mystery & Big Laughs


Name: Johnny Foeckler
Manassas, VA
Soccer, intramural sports, hanging out with friends, and sleep.
Who's your favorite professor or class?
I'd have to say it's a tie between Metaphysics with Prof. Mike Brown and English 202 with Prof. Sharon Hickson—both classes are engaging, challenging, and fun.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
Varsity soccer, intramural wiffleball, volleyball, soccer, and dodgeball, SAC, altar serving. Extra curricular activities are a great way to get involved with the college community and have fun at the same time.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The Catholic atmosphere. It's great to be able to receive the sacraments on a daily basis.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I chose Christendom because it offers a great Liberal Arts education and opportunities to help solidify my formation as a Catholic man.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
The community and the ability to pursue an education with other Catholic men and women—it's great... and St. Ben's [Residence Hall] is awesome.
What are your plans after graduation?
None yet.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Get involved. There is so much to get out of attending Christendom that adds to the education you receive.


Mystery Dinner Theater

Christendom College’s annual Mystery Dinner Theatre production, which took place in the St. Lawrence Commons April 27-28, proved to be a huge success. Mystery Dinner Theatre is the largest Senior Class fundraiser, and all the profits from the shows support the senior class gift. Mystery Dinner Theatre is both a delicious dinner, prepared and served by students, and a play that has been written, directed, and casted entirely by students.

This year’s Mystery Dinner Theatre production, Lights! Camera! Murder!, was set in Hollywood and was written by seniors Molly Morey, and Tim Ginski, and directed by Meghan Kelley. The play had the audience ceaselessly laughing, and the dinner was also a comedic affair, for the play’s characters ate with them in character. The characters also came around to the tables after the murder was committed and engaged the audience to try to solve the murder. The audience bought clues from them and the first table to correctly guess the murder won a special prize.

“It really was a pleasure to join Meghan and Tim in the writing and directing processes of Mystery Dinner Theatre,” Molly Morey said.

Students rehearsed for ten weeks, giving countless hours to develop their characters, memorize lines, and incorporate “improv” into the script.

“It paid off,” Morey said. “The last performance on Saturday was phenomenal—a great audience that was laughing for the entire show, a Hollywood-themed decorated venue, and the entire cast was so creative and absolutely hilarious. I think I laughed as if I had never seen the play before—though I had watched the actors run over scenes countless times. I just really had a great time being a part of it all.”

The great star of the silent films Nora Desmond (senior Frances Allington) and the legend of Shakespearean theatre Sebastian (senior Chris Foeckler) plot the undoing of the film's stars.

Detective H.D. (Peter Hill) is on the case.

The free spirited actress Brooke Benson (senior Anna McShurley) is interviewed by Hollywood reporter Katie Kneeland (sophomore Katie Shannon).

The paparazzi.

Russell the cameraman (junior Eric Maschue) comforts the distressed "Extra" (sophomore Savanah Buckner).

Leslie Fleshinstein (sophomore Ben Scrivener) dreams of being the protagonist, but is always cast as the villain.

Brooke must choose between the self-absorbed Chaz Dawson (senior Gabe Schuberg) or his stunt double the air-headed Spike Turner (sophomore Conor O'Donnell).

Contra Formal

Saturday night, the Chester-Belloc room of Regina Coeli Hall was transformed for the annual Spring Contra Formal into a lovely spring-time dance room complete with pastel colors, tulips, and the sounds of Christendom students clapping along to the beat of various Contra-dance songs.

Junior Rachel Kujawa, the leader of the Contra Dance club, worked very hard to put the event on, and it went quite well. The room looked very nice and the students all had a wonderful time.

"The event went really well, everyone looked so nice, and had a great time," sophomore Gloria Connolly said.

The Contra Club meets in the St. Lawrence Commons on Thursday evenings to practice many different contra dances, as well as some ballroom dancing including the waltz and the tango.

"It's a great way for students to get in touch with the history of dance," Connolly said.

Junior Steven Wood and sophomore Gloria Connolly sashay down the line.

Juniors Rachel Kujawa and Matt Camp glide across the dance floor.

Pro-Life Missionaries

On Saturday morning, April 28, the Students for Life club ventured into Washington D.C. for a special pro-life mission trip. Students for Life President, Senior Kelsey McCrum, organized the event, which brought together students from other colleges including Catholic U.

"As committed pro-life youth, our position on life compels us to take action," McCrum said. "The mission into DC provided an opportunity to encounter those of the pro-abortion position. We strove to present the pro-life position in such a way as to provoke deeper thought on a subject which is so accepted by many in our culture, and we also wanted to be a witness as pro-life youth."

Students split into small groups and approached individuals on the street, filming them if they were willing, and engaging them in conversation. Christendom students began their interviews with questions about health, eventually leading to the question: “Do you think abortion should be part of women’s healthcare?”

Many people answered yes, and then students launched into further questions about abortion, pregnancy, and when human life begins, responding to answers with facts about fetal development and the effects of abortion on the mother’s health.

“I was very pleased with the event and grateful to everyone who participated,” says McCrum. “Perhaps to some we were not 'successful' since no one admitted to being convinced by our arguments on the spot, but our purpose was not to win the argument, but rather have conversations with fellow human beings about the dignity of human life. By presenting ourselves well as civilized, normal individuals, at the very least we helped to dispel the notion of the "radical pro-lifer," and hopefully left them with a few ideas for further consideration.”

Senior Dominic O'Donnell speaks to a man about abortion.

Freshman Laura Wynne engages in a discussion with a couple.

Pro-life mission tip to D.C. 2012.

Sartor Sings


Senior and Mezzo-Soprano Elizabeth Sartor performed a recital on Sunday evening, April 29, in the St. Lawrence Commons. She sang many selections from opera, sacred music, and musicals. She was accompanied on the piano by Sophomore Sean Connolly.

“It was a lovely evening enjoying the musical talent of one of our very own seniors,” says Sophomore Veronica Halbur. “Liz's concert had a great selection of enjoyable pieces, and she sang beautifully.”

Joe McGlynn Award for Service

On Tuesday, May 1, the Student Activities Council awarded their Treasurer, Senior Joe McGlynn, with the Joe McGlynn Award for Service.

“Joe is always the first to show up to help put together the events, and always the last to leave,” said Caitlin Bowers, Director of Student Activities. “All of the members of SAC are truly inspired by his dedication.”

Due to Joe’s example, Caitlin and the Class Officers got together to institute this new award which will be given annually to a senior on SAC who has demonstrated incredible work ethic and a spirit of volunteerism. When Joe was awarded the plaque during lunch on Tuesday, the entire Christendom community gave him a standing ovation.

Studying Literature at Christendom

The Chronicler caught up with Literature Professor Dr. Thomas Stanford to get his insight on studying literature at Christendom.

Chronicler: What sets Christendom's Literature program apart from other Literature programs?
Dr. Stanford: At Christendom, the pursuit of truth in and through the study of literature is informed by, and fully integrated with, the Catholic faith. The study of literature does not occur in a vacuum, but rather is undertaken by moral beings created to love and serve God. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

Created “in the image of God," man also expresses the truth of his relationship with God the Creator by the beauty of his artistic works. Indeed, art is a distinctively human form of expression; beyond the search for the necessities of life which is common to all living creatures, art is a freely given superabundance of the human being's inner riches. Arising from talent given by the Creator and from man's own effort, art is a form of practical wisdom, uniting knowledge and skill, to give form to the truth of reality in a language accessible to sight or hearing. To the extent that it is inspired by truth and love of beings, art bears a certain likeness to God's activity in what he has created. Like any other human activity, art is not an absolute end in itself, but is ordered to and ennobled by the ultimate end of man. (2501)

At Christendom, the literature program takes into account this ultimate end of man in a way that very few collegiate literature programs do.

C: What is the greatest strength in Christendom's Literature program?
DS: Probably our greatest strength is the diligence, dedication, and accessibility of our professors, who have seen fit to select carefully from the canon of great books those works that are truly worthy of study by our students, and who always seek, in teaching those works, to treat the students as we would our own children; thus, the Christendom literature program is concerned with the formation of the whole of their person, to include their spiritual and emotional lives, not simply their intellectual life.

C: What does the student encounter in the core? What is it that you hope students will gain from the core?
DS: The literature core courses cover an expanse of great works of tragic and comic drama, lyric and epic poetry, and the short story and novel. The literature core seeks to impart to the students a panoramic knowledge of the literary tradition of the West, from the birth of humanism in classical antiquity, through the fulfillment of the humanistic enterprise in the context of Christianity, to the challenges of modernity. This knowledge centers on discerning universal truths within the expansive variety of human experience represented in great works of literature throughout the ages. It is hoped that students finishing the literature core will understand not only key works representing the great patrimony of literary history, but also that they will be better able to articulate their views by oral or written means, and better able to think clearly and to judge well.

C: What do you deal with in upper-division? What do Literature majors achieve?
DS: Two factors distinguishing our literature program are the breadth and rigorous nature of the study required of every student within the major. In addition to the core courses, our majors are also required to take courses in literary criticism, poetry and poetics, and Shakespeare, as well as a range of courses representing all of the key phases of literary history, from the early classical and Christian periods, through the Middle Ages, the English Renaissance and Restoration, the Romantic and Victorian eras, and finally modernity. As the increased number of our majors who have passed into graduate programs in English indicates, our curriculum prepares students well for advanced study.

View a Department Snapshot or visit the English Department's webpage.


Intramurals Come to an Exciting End on Campus.

The ever-exciting intramural year came to end this past week as the tournaments finished up for intramural basketball and dodgeball. Due to the phenomenal participation and desire to lengthen the season for indoor soccer the basketball and dodgeball seasons were shortened by a few games, but were not diminished! With 14 dodgeball teams, six women basketball teams and nine men basketball teams, there was plenty of action and participation during the week.

This past Monday evening were the last games in the basketball season, as well as the tournament. In the men’s bracket Team 1 made up of Matt Speer, Conor O’Donnell, Christian Kopeck, and Mr. Josh Petersen made it to the finals to play Team 5. Team 5, comprised of Peter Hill, Charlie Rollino, Dan Mitchell, and Nicholas Blank, would end up edging Team 1 in the final game by a score of 25-21 to claim the championship. Charlie claimed the MVP honors due to his domination of the boards.

In the women’s bracket, Team 2 made up of Julie McMahon, Clare Duda, Christina Heisler, and Klarissa Blank defeated Team 3 consisting of Molly Morey, Emily Baldwin, Brianna Miller, and Elizabeth Slaten to move to the championship. The final game saw them take on Team 4 made up of Melanie Clark, Tricia Lademan, Bridget Lademan and Elizabeth Easterday. Despite their youth, Team 2 showcased desire and teamwork in route to their first ever championship by a score of 25-20. They were aided by having the fan advantage as the Heisler family came to cheer on Christina and her team—no doubt they were the secret weapon!

Over in the dodgeball world, Tuesday night finished up the season with the tournament. After a successful season the championship seemed destined to one of two teams. Team 5 consisting of Sean LaRochelle, Matt Van Natta, Michael Sheetz, Steve Miller, Joe Brizek, John Jackson, Leif Pilegaard, and Matt Speer, Team 6 made up of Paddy Norton, Ben Scrivener, Matt Worley, John McGovern, James Hannon, Matt Marchand, and Kirk Slocum.

The two teams would work their way through the tournament after each surviving an upset attempt from an up and coming underdog. In the final game, chaos reigned supreme as 8 inch balls whizzed by, sending the heads of spectators back and forth like they were watching a Japanese ping-pong match! In the end, the fleet-footed members of Team 5 led by Sean LaRochelle would oust the elders from St. Francis Hall to claim the coveted dodgeball championship.

Thus ends another successful and exciting year in the arena of Crusader Intramurals. I would like to thank all the students and staff that participated and helped make this year a great success. We look forward to more of the same next year!

Dodgeball Team 11: half the fun is the camaraderie.

Q. Since Christendom does not accept any Federal funds, how do people afford to go there? Are there other loans or grants or scholarships to help? What’s the deal?

A. Christendom does not accept any sort of Federal funding but this does NOT mean that we do not offer any financial aid to our students. I think there are some out there that think No FAFSA = No FUNDS. This is not true at all.

Since we don’t take Federal funds, it means that the money we do give out in the form of loans, grants, or academic scholarship comes from us, due to the generosity of our many donors, rather than from the government and the tax payers. While we accept no direct federal aid, nor participate in indirect programs of federal aid such as the Student Guaranteed Loan, we maintain a robust financial assistance program that matches and mirrors support received through federal aid programs. There is a good chance that, if after you send in your FAFSA and Christendom’s own Financial Aid Form, the answer coming back to you would be quite similar, as far as loans and grants go to help with tuition costs.

We have a strong commitment to providing a comprehensive Financial Aid Program for our students. We offer financial assistance through our need-based aid and merit-based academic scholarships. Need-based aid consists of loans and grants while merit-based scholarships are granted automatically upon acceptance, and are based on your SAT or ACT score (if a student gets above a 1920 on the SAT or a 29 on the ACT, they qualify for academic scholarship – automatically).

All students are also able to apply for on-campus student employment, regardless of their financial situation and if they get one job, they can count on making about $1000 a semester. If they get two jobs, well, they can count on $2000 a semester. We currently have approximately 160 on-campus jobs for our students. We also offer internships in our Advancement Office which are available to students who wish to work to deduct money from their loans and, finally, students are often able to work off-campus to earn extra money as well, at various restaurants or coffee shops.

Christendom's financial aid is given to help defray all or some part of the cost of tuition (not room and board). Outside loan programs are available to help Christendom students defray the cost of room and board, fees, books, and living expenses not covered by our Financial Aid Program.

Financing a college education can be a huge challenge and fiscal undertaking. Our Financial Aid Office is ready to work with you as you consider your college education financing options. The one thing I do not recommend is NOT APPLYING for financial aid because you think you will not qualify. It is much better to get a real answer by actually applying and learning the truth of whether you will qualify or not.

Students wishing to request need-based financial aid from the College need to fill out the College's unique Financial Aid Application form (
found HERE) and not the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. However, if you are completing a FAFSA for other colleges, much of the FAFSA information is easily transferable to Christendom's Financial Aid Application form. Ms. Alisa Polk in the Financial Aid Office can assist you with any questions you might have about our Financial Aid Application ([email protected]).
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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.