Dancing Celebrities


Name: Gabrielle Muskett
Age: 19
Leesburg, VA
Hobbies: Photography, volleyball, sketching.
Who's your favorite professor or class?
Definitely history with Dr. Brendan McGuire. He's so energetic and makes it clear that he loves what he teaches. I always look forward to his class!
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I played on the volleyball team this past fall, which was an amazing experience! I also participated in the intramural volleyball tournament and am currently playing on an intramural soccer team.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? This is a tough question to answer since I just love the entire atmosphere here, but if had to narrow it down to one thing, it would have to be the friends I've made here. itunes They are so awesome.
Why did you choose Christendom? Because I wanted to live in a place where I could grow in my Faith as well as receive such a strong education.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? The fact that I love visiting the chapel on my own free time. Christendom has definitely taught me that Christ is who I should turn to for anything in life.
What are your plans after graduation? Nothing yet!
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Come visit for a day, or even a weekend! Your life will be turned upside down in that short period of time.


Indian Cinema: Black

The 2005 Indian film Black was the feature film on Friday night at the famed Walter’s Movie Night in Kilian’s Café. This heart-rending film tells the story of a deaf, mute, and blind girl, and her teacher who brings some light into her scary world of utter black.

“I had never seen an Indian movie before, and I thought Black was very well-made and touching,” says Senior Lizzie Crnkovich. “Of course, it was great to watch it with Walter and my friends in such a great atmosphere as well.”

Black is loosely based on The Miracle Worker, the Oscar-winning 1962 Hollywood movie about the life of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

Famous Couples on the Dance Floor

Saturday night, the St. Lawrence Commons was packed with lots and lots of famous couples, as the Christendom Community got together at the Sadie Hawkins dance. The students were really creative, and really got excited about the theme of “Celebrity Couples.” Lucy and Ricky, Mulan and Shang, and Barbie and Ken were just a few of the famous couples that students dressed up as.

“I am really impressed," Senior Christine Nussio said. "People got really creative with the theme this year!”

The dance was a great chance for students to take a break from the spring semester’s academics and just relax and have fun dancing the night away.

Former Rome Report Photographer Matt Camp swings and dips his dance partner.

Fighters for the poor and oppressed: Robin Hood and Zorro with their damsels.

Flashback: Abba makes a comeback from the 70's.

Ken and Barbie hit the dance floor.

A little PB and J anyone?

Who knew Indiana Jones could dance?

A Party for the Big Game

On Sunday night, NFL Super Bowl XLVI was displayed for the student body on a massive projected screen in the Crusader Gymnasium. It was a very exciting way for everyone to enjoy the most-anticipated sports game of the year. Tons of snacks and drinks were available during the whole game, and wings were served at half time.

“It was awesome to watch the game with some of my best friends in the gym on the big screen,” said Sophomore Matt Speer. “It was a thrilling game, and even though I’m not a huge Giants fan, it was good to see Tom Brady lose.”

Students dive into the wings and other snacks at halftime.

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Eagle Scouts at Christendom

Christendom is home to students of many talents and backgrounds, and the students are involved in many different organizations and activities. One of the many things that this year's freshman class brought to Christendom, was a record number of Eagle Scouts.

There are currently nineteen Eagle Scouts in the student body.

Freshman Philip Gilbert, decided to take advantage of the number of Eagle Scouts now at Christendom, and organized a "Scout Sunday." This past weekend, the Scouts all attended Sunday Mass together, wearing their uniforms. Father Planty commended their achievements, and spoke briefly about the value of being a Boy Scout, and the virtue in becoming an Eagle Scout.

Chronicler Reporter Liz Sartor recently had the opportunity to talk to Philip about why Eagle Scouts and Christendom go so well together.

Liz: Why are Eagle Scouts attracted to Christendom?
Philip: Christendom has a very high percentage of Eagle Scouts, (about 12% of the men here, compared to 2% of all Boy Scouts nation-wide). I think this is because, in general, the type of people who pursue the Eagle Scout rank, and the person they turn into while pursuing it, are people who realize the importance of a good education, and the importance of being in a place like Christendom where the spiritual life is so integrated. Christendom seems to attract many talented people, so it's fitting that their be a high percentage of Eagle Scouts, which in itself is an achievement.

Liz: How did Boy Scouts prepare you for Christendom?
Philip: Scouting prepared me for college by teaching how to interact with people, organize, plan, and manage my life. Scouting helps young boys grow up into mature, self-sufficient men, and that alone is a major step in preparing for college. The trail to Eagle is intended to make you an all-around better person.

Liz: Why is Christendom a good fit for an Eagle Scout?
Philip: Overall, Christendom is a good match for Eagle Scouts because it's a small campus with a beautiful backyard for those who love to tromp around in the great outdoors, while still having a rigorous school life to further prepare one for life, and a small campus that allows for better community building.

Eagles Scouts pose for a photo after Mass on a snowy Sunday.


Crusader Basketball Makes It a Historic Night!

On Monday night both the men’s and women’s basketball teams earned significant victories, but the way one of them notched the victory might just have made Christendom history!

The Lady Crusaders who were finishing up a grueling stretch of games (which included trips to Johnson City, NY, and Knoxville, TN), headed to Baltimore evening to take on Division III Notre Dame University of Maryland. The game would be the seventh game in 11 days for the Lady Crusaders. With many of the ladies playing over 35 minutes in each game, the endurance and determination of the Lady Crusaders would surely be tested. The answer was in the game!

The Gators of Notre Dame took an early 11-6 lead in the game before the Lady Crusaders would battle back to tie the game at 23 at halftime. The second half saw the Gators exert their physicality on both ends and it looked like this game would be too much for the Christendom team as they were behind 53-40 with just eight minutes to go.

However, if there has been a trait of the Lady Crusaders basketball team over the past few years, it has been a resiliency against all odds and so they began to battle back. Led by Mary Barbale and Morgan Kavanagh the team would tie the game up at 56 with just three minutes to play (holding the Gators scoreless for 5 minutes). With the game tied freshman Elizabeth Slaten would score 4 of her 7 points in the last two minutes and the Lady Crusaders would hold onto a tremendous come-from-behind win by a score of 60-58 over the Division III Gators.

Mary Barbale finished the game with another double-double scoring 29 points (including 16 of 18 from the free throw line) and grabbed a team high 11 rebounds. Morgan Kavanagh chipped in 15 points.

Before the Lady Crusaders had begun their game the men’s basketball team had just finished what might stand as a historic win in college history!

The men hosted Appalachian Bible College from Beckley, WV. Having defeated Appalachian earlier in the season, the Crusaders looked to duplicate the performance, but Appalachian would have none of it in the first half. The Christendom team raced out to an early 23-11 lead behind Brian Fox who Appalachian never found an answer to on the defensive end.

Both teams went back and forth in the first half. Appalachian stayed close due to shooting 14-16 from the free throw line and 5 of 8 from behind the arc. Both offenses were running at high gear to the neglect of solid defense and the halftime score showed it with the Crusaders clinging to a 4 point lead 48-44.

What followed in the second half gave all present a glimpse of what is possible with the men’s team. After a short halftime break which included a fiery locker room for the Crusaders, the team would come out and dismantle the Appalachian team. Firing on all cylinders is a slight understatement as the Crusaders imposed their will on the Appalachian team holding them to just 22 total points in the second half. On the offensive end it seemed at times as if there were six or seven of the Christendom team playing as fast breaks and beautiful passing sequences resulted in score upon score.

Junior Brendan Krebs playing in his last game before heading to the Eternal City for his semester abroad led the charge on both ends firing up his teammates to excel. Missing just two shots himself, Krebs finished with 25 points and eight assists going four of five from behind the arc. Freshman Joe Walsh led all scorers with a career high of 30 points in just his sixth game wearing a Crusader uniform. Brian Fox added 21 points and nine rebounds and at times proved unstoppable for the Appalachian Bible team.

Not only was there an offensive barrage from the Christendom team but also the communication and overall team play was tangible in the second half. The final score read Christendom 104 – Appalachian 66. It is quite possible the 104 points scored last night was the highest single game total of any Christendom basketball team in college history and one which may lead the record books for sometime!

Q. Does Christendom ever have any Open House type events, where students and their families can visit campus, get a tour of the campus, sit in on classes, and all that? I’d love to visit the campus, but I can’t afford to take any more than a day off school. Thanks for your help!

A. We have what we call a “Family Visit Day” each semester, which is what many refer to as an Open House. Our Spring Open House/Family Visit Day will be on Monday, April 16 and I’d love to welcome you (and your family) to campus and show you around!

If you can’t come out on that particular Monday, you are more than welcome to arrange to make a day visit just about any time. You can arrive at 9am or so, have a short meeting with me, sit in on a 9:30am and 10:30am class, attend the 11:30am Mass, dine with us for lunch, and then get a tour of campus at around 1pm. This schedule is not set in stone, but simply serves as an example of what you can do. We arrange your visit to fit your particular needs.

If all you can do is visit on a Saturday or Sunday, we can arrange those visits too, but I highly discourage these visits because students would miss out on the academic aspects of the college, which should be very important to a prospective student. But, if all you can do is a Saturday or Sunday, we can make your visit happen. Just let us know.

As far as the Open House goes, the general schedule will be the following, I think. We are still nailing down some details, but the day should look something like this:
  • 9:00 am: Welcome address by College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell
  • 9:30am: Tour of campus
  • 10:30am: Sit in on a class of your choice (Parents will meet with Admissions Director Tom McFadden to learn more about financial aid and alumni careers at this time)
  • 11:30am: Mass
  • 12 noon: Lunch with current students
  • 12:30pm: Short presentations from our Chaplain, Athletic Director, and Student Life Office
  • 1:00pm: Presentation about Importance of Liberal Arts by History Professor Dr. Brendan McGuire
  • 1:30pm: Presentation about our Semester in Rome Program
  • 2:00pm: Q&A with Admissions Director Tom McFadden
  • 2:30pm: Depart (or sit in on another classes, if you wish)
We should have a registration page up for this Open House in the near future, but for now, please just mark your calendar and contact Eve Owen in our Admissions Office to let her know you are interested. Then, once we upload the registration page, she can make sure you are contacted. Her email is [email protected]
Director of Admissions
[email protected]
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.