A Dramatic Weekend


Name: Lizzie Crnkovich
Age: 20
From: McClean, VA
Major: Classics
Hobbies: Dancing, acting, singing, talking, and going on adventures.
Who's your favorite professor or class? Dr. Mark Clark's Medieval Historians. He loves what he teaches and makes they class lots of fun and practical! I always want to do my best for him!
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I've been in several of the plays, I sing in the choir, and I played on the soccer team. I also participated in the swing dance competition, my freshman year, which was lots of fun! I like trying different things and broadening my horizons. You never know what kind of experiences you'll have until you try.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The teachers and the students—the people! And the Rome Program!
Why did you choose Christendom? Dr. Clark.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? Despite its size, Christendom has so much to offer.
What are your plans after graduation? Do something worthwhile that I love.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Make the most of everything and enjoy every moment to the fullest! You only have one life!


Big Laughs at Room Service

The Christendom College Players performed Room Service this past weekend. A comedy about show business, the Players captured the zany humor of the 1930’s Broadway play with colorful characters and witty lines delivered at a breakneck speed.

Dr. Patrick Keats, a professor of literature and experienced producer of plays at Christendom College, directed the production and was assisted by College alumna Mary Harrington, as well as students junior Kelly Lawyer and senior Brianna Miller.

“The energy of the play’s characters was certainly matched by the enthusiasm of our cast, which included many freshmen,” Keats said. “We had a great time and lots of laughs at rehearsals, and I think that enjoyment was passed on to our audiences.”

Room Service tells the story of an energetic, but short-on-money, young producer who is eager to put on a play, entitled Godspeed, which he expects to be a huge success. Despite having no money, the producer uses his connections with his brother-in-law, a hotel manager, to put up his entire cast and crew for no charge. All is well until Wagner, the tyrannical hotel supervisor, starts putting on pressure.

Freshman Stephen Hyland gave a great performance as the brilliant but naive playwright and will certainly be an asset to future Christendom Player productions.

Freshman Katie Brizek played the playwright's sweet and idealistic girlfriend with a charm.

A lot of energy came to the stage with sophomore James Ciskanik, who played the flamboyant Russian actor.

Freshman Rob Delancey brought the fire-breathing hotel supervisor to life.

Freshman Zack Moody, played the wacky young producer with great polish.

“This is definitely one of the most satisfying performances I've been a part of,” said Mike Heffernan, who played the role of the director. “Having the audience entertained and laughing makes for a gratifying experience."

Johnny Foeckler slapstick humor brought the house down.


Friends of Frassati

On Saturday students joined College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty for a Faith-Filled Fun Field Trip—a Friends of Frassati Holy Hike to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

From Harper's Ferry they walked the C&O Canal Trail, then hiked up to Maryland Heights where they prayed and had lunch with a beautiful view of the town. They also visited the historic town, which is a National Park, including historic St. Peter's Catholic Church.

“I had a truly amazing time hiking Harper’s Ferry with Fr. Planty,” Freshman Stephen Treacy said. “It was the perfect day to be outdoors, and I got a lot out of it spiritually.”

"To the heights!" -Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Prose & Poetry

Poetry and Prose Night was held in the Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop in the basement of the library on Monday night, where students and professors recited their favorite or original poetry and prose pieces. Library staff member Mrs. Mickey Krebs organized this fun event for everyone, and coffee and treats were served all night.

“I loved seeing so many enthusiastic students’ recitations at Poetry and Prose Night,” says Senior Patrick Stein. “The snacks were excellent, and everyone there really enjoyed themselves.”

Some students recited famous authors and poets, such as Chaucer and Tolkien. Others wrote their own literary masterpieces, showcasing their hidden writing talents. Freshman John Jackson wrote a humorous poem that combined both the English and Latin language, while Professor Lippiello read Dr. Seuss’
Green Eggs and Ham in Latin! Even Fr. Planty shared his favorite poems, and a few short originals, with the crowd.

Professor Lippiello reads Green Eggs and Ham in Latin.

Decoding St. Peter's

Assistant Chaplain Fr. Joseph Fox gave a talk on Tuesday night entitled “Decoding St. Peter’s Square,” which was the second part a series of talks. In this talk, Fr. Fox focused on giving the history of St. Peter’s Square and Rome, and he used slideshow presentations to demonstrate the different historical periods of St. Peter’s, as well as to show details of its architecture.

“I loved all the historical information in the first talk on ancient Rome, and the second talk was fascinating in its analysis of the actual architecture of St. Peter’s,” says Freshman Brian Rankin. “Fr. Fox’s talks made me even more excited about the Rome program my Junior year.”


Singing in St. Peter's

This week has been jam-packed with fantastic and unusual events as we are wrapping up our semester here in Rome!

The week began normally with a tour to St. Paul’s Outside the Walls and Tre Fontane. Yes, attending Mass at a major basilica and seeing where St. Paul died is the “normal” part to my week. Have I mentioned lately that I love Rome? According to tradition, St. Paul’s head bounced three times when he was beheaded and three springs have sprung in those specific locations. We were able to go inside the church and hear the water gurgling. Despite that being incredible in itself, there was a Marian apparition across the street. This was our last tour, so what a way to end the semester!

We also did our Moral Theology presentations this week. We were split into groups of three and we gave a 20 minute presentation on a difficult moral question. We were able to incorporate the lessons we have learned over our two and a half years at Christendom and practically apply them to real life situations. I presented with Lisa Hill and Bridget Lademan, and we had a blast doing it! We presented on the duties of a woman in an unhappy marriage and discussed the meaning of love, the importance of communication, and the relationship of a husband and wife as presented in Ephesians 5. Everyone was very creative and did a fantastic job!

We had the blessing on Thursday and Friday to attend the international Theology of the Body symposium here in Rome. We had the opportunity to hear from many renowned speakers, including well-known Christopher West and Janet Smith. Additionally, Christendom’s Rome choir sang at Mass both days. It was a great learning experience and we also met some lovely people.

This weekend was a free weekend, so we had people taking off to Spain, France, Poland, Belgium, and various parts of Italy. I decided to stay in Italy for the weekend so that I could attend the TOB conference, but I went with a group to Orvieto on Saturday. Orvieto is an enchanting little town well known for its Eucharistic miracle, the crucifix that spoke to Thomas Aquinas, ceramics, and white wine. We walked to various churches in the morning and then went to an overlook to eat a picnic lunch. It was positively beautiful and we had fun playing in the leaves and taking pictures! We checked out the different shops in the afternoon and then caught an evening train back to Rome.

On Sunday, after going to Mass at the North American College (NAC), I went to the Angelus with the Pope in St. Peter’s Square. I cannot put into words the excitement and anticipation of waiting for Pope Benedict to appear at his window. He is so great!

When reflecting upon the week, I must say that the highlight, without a doubt, was Christendom College’s Rome Choir singing at the Vatican for Mass at the Altar of the Chair. On Monday, November 14, at the 5pm Mass, the Rome Choir of 16 students conducted by Sarah Halbur and assisted by Matthew Camp praised God in an incredibly special way by lifting their lovely voices to heaven while standing in the center of the Church. Their faces beaming, they sang one breath-taking song after another. They celebrated that evening by walking down to the Bridge of Angels and singing there. God blessed them again as a Catholic producer happened to be walking by and filmed them for a show he has on realcatholictv.com. It was definitely an evening that none of us will ever forget and that we will be bubbling about for a very long time. (Check out the videos below!)

On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Noronha hosted the gentlemen of our group for an afternoon of his wisdom and incredible tea. Although I was not present (for obvious reasons), the guys came back with excitement and some great insights. That evening, we went to a professional soccer game on Tuesday night of Italy vs. Uguguay. Although we lost 0-1, we had a great time getting into the spirit of Italy’s most important game.

One week left and I can hardly believe that this semester is ending. We have one more day of classes and then finals. Luckily, we have a lot of time this week to be able to do last minute exploring and shopping. It’s hard to believe that I have seen so much but have so much left to see! This has been such a great semester for living in the present and loving each and every moment. There is always a sight to see and a lesson to learn!

As I learn my final lessons and see my final sights, I plan to savor every minute before heading back to the States next week.

Hello, Paris!

Discovering Spain.

Dreams do come true: Emi finds a huge jar of Nutella in Orvieto.

Enjoying a view from the town of Orvieto.

The choir

Singing in St. Peter's.

Christendom Choir in St. Peter's Videos

Cantate Domino

Sicut Cervus

Crown Him with Many Crowns

A Family Affair

One of the things that makes Christendom unique is the fact that it has a great family dynamic; there are so many groups of siblings on campus. Christendom currently has 7 sets of 3 siblings, as well as several other sets of 2 siblings. Recently, Chronicler Reporter Liz Sartor got a chance to catch up with a lot of the siblings and talk to them about how being siblings at Christendom makes their experiences unique.

What is it like having two other siblings at Christendom? Do you frequently hang out together or are there things that you do specifically as siblings at Christendom?

Matt LaFave: It's really nice to have family going to the same school.  They are there for you if you need their support, and it is really nice to have that opportunity to hang out with them and do stuff when we are so far away from home.  Whether it's playing music or other activities, it is always great to have them around.

Matt Speer: At first it was an adjustment seeing them in a college environment. They haven’t changed a lot since coming to college but its different seeing their interactions outside the family.  It’s a special experience to know them from a different angle which, has definitely brought us closer together. While some weeks it seems as if I barely see them due to our busy schedules, those weeks are few and far between. Having two siblings here, its hard to get away from them most of the times, even during the busiest times. Its great!  We are on the same intramural volleyball team together. Volleyball is a Speer summer pastime which is awesome to relive during the fall. It’s a great bonding experience. We are also going to be on the same intramural soccer team. Other than the intramurals we often eat together. This gives us the occasion to know each other’s friends. Finally, we are able to pray together at times which is ultimately which brings us closest together. 

As a younger sibling, did your older siblings influence your decision to come to Christendom at all?  How?  

Peter Foeckler: Definitely. It was really good to have the advice of people who had already been through the college decision process and who knew what Christendom is really like. Without their help, deciding on a college would have been a lot harder.

Sarah Lademan: I really liked the idea of having sisters with me at school and having that "taste" of home whenever I needed it. itunes And they always had so many good things to say about Christendom, plus my Mom came for a semester and my older sister Mary graduated from here, so I've always loved the idea of coming and also meeting siblings of my sisters classes.

What is the best part about having your siblings here with you?

Gabrielle Cintorino: The fact that I'm able to have someone to talk to and who understands me if I need them. We're always here for each other, and I know they get when I'm having a bad day or something, and I can just be myself. itunes

Maria Cintorino: Just being able to see them and talk to them on a daily basis! Growing up, the three of us have always been close, so it has been amazing to share our college experiences together and be able to talk about life—it’s much better than a phone call or text! itunes

Angelica Cintorino: Just being able to see and talk to each other on a daily basis. We are all very close and we all know each other very well. As a result, we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and are able to encourage the other along and provide support when it is needed.

Caroline Deucher: I enjoy the stories of them in class with professors I have/have had too. I also love the "You're nothing alike!" comments, it makes it really amusing.

How did having siblings here when you came help you adjust to Christendom?  

Rebecca D.: It helped with getting a handle on things - like choosing classes, studying and taking exams, and even just little things (that actually aren't so little) - like knowing which line serves better food in the cafeteria. My sister already knew how things work here and was able to give me pointers.

Peter Deucher: Any college life is bound to get hectic and confusing at times. Seeing a familiar face is often all it takes to settle back down.

Gabriella Cintorino: I knew a lot of people here because of my sisters, so adjusting to meeting new people was not hard. Everyone at least knows I'm the youngest Cintorino. itunes

What would you say to other siblings of students considering attending Christendom?

Maria Cintorino: Having siblings at college is a great blessing! First off, if you’re thinking of dismissing Christendom because your older siblings are already attending the college don’t-chances are that you won’t see them all the time because of your different schedules (if that is what you are worried about). Also, take advantage of the fact that your siblings are on campus-hang out and spend time with each other because once you leave, you are never going to have that opportunity again on such a daily basis. itunes

Angelica Cintorino: Don’t undervalue having your siblings at Christendom. Siblings learn from and grow with each other, and in turn, each offers something unique and beautiful which completes the other as a whole.  

Rebecca D.: Don't let it dissuade you. I was the independent kid who wanted to branch out and do something different.  But the blessing of going to school with your siblings is worth all the comments of "I told you so" or "Of course you're going there."

Peter Deucher: Don't shut the door on Christendom just to get away from your family. It really isn't annoying having a sibling so close by. itunesYou will meet so many more amazing people, nearly 400, in fact, if you can handle that many!


Basketball Begins!

This past weekend the men’s and women’s basketball teams had their opening games here at Christendom.

The women’s basketball team was a huge surprise, last year, catapulting to a winning season for the first time in Christendom history. The men’s team has consistently improved year in and year out and hope this year will be the breakthrough year. Both teams hosted Johnson University—formerly Johnson Bible College—this past Friday.

The Lady Crusaders return just 5 players from last year’s team, including three starters. The game began with Christendom being a little nervous in the early going but quickly warmed up. With many new faces including new starters freshman Elizabeth Slaten and senior Emily Baldwin, it took the team a few minutes to adjust to each other. Behind the controls of point guard Mary Barbale, the team took a 31-24 lead into halftime. The Lady Crusaders held off Johnson in the closing minutes and won by a 50-43 score.

Bridget Vander Woude led all rebounders with 11 and added six points while Morgan Kavanagh’s 5 steals led to many easy points for the Crusaders. Mary Barbale led all scorers with 26 for the game.

Shortly after the game was over the Lady Crusaders departed south heading to Winston Salem, NC to play Piedmont Baptist Bible College the next day. Again the two teams were evenly matched with each team trading leads and baskets throughout the game. Playing two games in two days along with Piedmonts resolve seemed to wear the Lady Crusaders down as the missed shots piled up. Despite a fierce rally towards the end of the game which brought the Crusaders within three with 30 seconds left they couldn’t complete the come-from-behind victory and fell 58-64.

Mary Barbale led all scorers with a personal best 38 points including 6 three pointers. The 38 points by Barbale tops the list of best individual scoring performances by any Lady Crusader in college history. Standing at 1-1 the Lady Crusaders will be playing in the Apprentice Classic held in Newport News this coming Friday and Saturday.

The men’s basketball team also opened the season on Friday night against Johnson University. The first half of play was a learning experience for the Crusaders as they adjusted to a brand new line-up which included three new starters. With the excitement of the first game and the new faces on the court, Johnson would build a 16 point lead in the first half fueled by their defense.

The second half was a different story as the Crusaders came out with resolve and determination, led by Brian Fox and David Townsend. The team would lock down defensively and slowly claw their way back into the game. Behind Fox’s game high 28 points the Crusaders cut the lead to one with 30 seconds after senior Pat Stein connected on a three-pointer from the wing. After the Crusaders topped Johnson on offense they had the ball with a chance to win the game but Christian Kopeck’s jumper from the wing fell short. After Johnson’s Ricky Bower connected on two free throws extending the lead to three the Crusader had one last shot but Pat Stein’s desperation three fell short and the Crusaders fell in their first game of the season.

The next game for the Crusaders was against the Mechanics of Williamson Free School. A USCAA opponent, the Mechanics ran the table just three seasons ago and have won the USCAA national championship twice in the past five years. The Crusaders came out with great energy and poise and held their own throughout the game. In the first half all cylinders were firing as all five starters scored and were playing as a team to the tune of an impressive three-point lead going into the half behind Tim McPhee’s five three-pointers.

The 2nd half saw the game go back and forth with the Mechanics slowly taking command behind Justin Swift’s game high 32-point effort. The Crusaders hot shooting cooled off in the 2nd half and would be outscored in the final minutes losing a tough one 60-71.

Despite the two losses the men’s basketball team has already shown great advances on the basketball court, cutting down their team turnovers and increasing the intensity on the defensive end. As the season progresses and they continue to improve and understand how to play with each other each game should be a bigger step in the right direction. The men played late last night at Penn State Mont Alto and are back in action at home on Friday against Division III Randolph College before heading south for a conference game against Mid-Atlantic Christian on Saturday.


Morgan Kavanaugh leads the fast break.

Brendan McCrum flies to the hoop.

Tim McPhee adds three to the Crusaders score.


Q. I see that Christendom has an early action application deadline of December 1. What does that mean exactly? If I don’t apply by then, does that mean I can’t get in? Can you tell me more about this? Thanks, and I enjoy reading the Ask the Director section every week. It’s full of great info!

A. Thanks for letting me know that you enjoy reading my little piece each week. I figure it’s the worst part of The Chronicler, and most likely gets skipped over, but I plug away at it anyway, in hopes of helping someone, somewhere figure out this whole “college selection” business. itunes

Our admissions deadlines are December 1 for Early Action and March 1 for Regular Admission. Early Action means that those students who complete their applications and send them (along with all the other parts of their application – transcripts, letters of recommendation, official SAT or ACT scores) to us on or before December 1 will be notified of our Admissions Committee’s decision by December 15. At that point, any students who are accepted do not have to notify us of their intent to enroll at Christendom until February 1, although plenty of students tell us earlier than that. As of right now, we’ve already accepted close to 50 applicants for the Fall, and a bunch of them have already sent in their deposits to reserve their spots for the Fall 2012 semester! Even after a student deposits their $500 to reserve their place in the incoming class, that deposit is fully refundable up until May 1, as long as we are notified in writing on or before that date.

Regular admission means that students send in their complete application to us before March 1 and are then notified on April 1 of the Admissions Committee’s decision. Those students would then have until May 1 to make a non-refundable deposit of $500 to hold their spot.

But, we also do a type of Rolling Admission in that we normally review the applications as they come in and notify students of our decision within a couple of weeks. So, in reality, although we have these official dates set up, we do try and move through applications and send out acceptance letters on a more regular basis. So, if someone completes their application today (essays, letters of recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, transcripts), there is pretty good chance that they will be notified of our decision by next week.

Last year, we ended up with over 300 applications, accepting about 81% of them. This year, though, we are receiving a good number of applications, and expect that number to grow very soon. We are planning on bringing in around 130 students next fall, so right now, we have plenty of room! I would recommend applying sooner, rather than later, if you are interested, just in case we end up with a waiting list like we did this past year.

My advice to anyone truly interested in attending Christendom is to apply early! In that way, you can know whether you have been accepted to Christendom early and that would give you plenty of time to discern whether you want to join Christendom’s family in the fall.

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.

I Can Hear Music


Name: Marius Mello
Age: 19
From: Staunton, VA
Major: Undeclared (but possibly Political Science)
Hobbies: Reading, hanging out with friends, soccer, political activities, eating.
Who's your favorite professor or class? Dr. Patrick Keats. He is intriguing, keeps the class very interesting, is fun to talk to, and is knows how to relate to students.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I'm on the Rugby team. I've never played before, but it is a lot of fun. I am also a tour guide for the Admissions Office.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
Too much to choose from! Professors and friends. The professors are very approachable and friendly and genuinely interested in talking to you. They're helpful and caring.
Why did you choose Christendom? It is the best college- hands down. It is so full of joy and Catholicism, I feel perfectly at home. I can develop spiritually and intellectually in the best environment possible.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? I can't quite get over the friendliness of the professors as you can probably tell. itunes They continue to surprise me about how willing they are to talk to you! They are amazing!
What are your plans after graduation? Not sure yet—God is in charge.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? You won't be disappointed. Just come and you won't regret it!


Musical Fills the Hall at St. Cecilia's Night

St. Cecilia’s Night, the musical highlight of the fall semester, took place in the St. Lawrence Commons this past Friday evening. For over two hours, dozens of Christendom musicians showcased their musical talent.

“I was very impressed with the overall talent at St. Cecilia’s Night this year,” Sophomore Johnny Foeckler said. “Whether it was singing, playing the piano, or any other instrument, the Christendom musicians definitely did not disappoint.”

Many students delighted the large crowd with their impressive singing voices, usually accompanied by the piano or some other instrument. Others simply had instrumental performances, playing the violin, the guitar, and even the harp, in both solo and group acts.

Freshmen Lief Pilegard and Bernadette Sartor perform "The Lover's Waltz" with senior Brian Killackey.

Student band South of the Border performs "Tequila."

Freshmen Maria Bonvissuto, Julie Wells and Rosemary Hedge perform "Traveling Solider."

Seniors Lisa Holdsworth, Catherine Antunes, Kathleen Lademan, and Tricia Lademan sing "Long Time Traveler."

Sophomore Peter McShurley performs "Beethoven Sonata No. 1 in F-Major."

Freshman Rocina Daez sings "They All Laughed."

Freshman Gabrielle Cintorino performs "Pachelbel's Canon in G."

Karaoke & Guitars at Pub Night

Students enjoyed a fun and relaxing Saturday evening with friends at the last Pub Night of the semester. There were many card games and poker games going on, and some people were daring enough to sing karaoke.

“It was so nice to have a relaxed night with fellow students at Pub Night,” Senior Lizzie Crnkovich said. “I especially had fun kicking off the karaoke!”

A group of Christendom gentlemen performed some favorite Irish songs for the crowd, even rousing some to dance! As always, snacks and drinks were served all night, and everyone fully enjoyed their night of entertainment and camaraderie.

Senior Lizzie Crnkovich sings a number with Sophomores Conor Knox and Joe Marra.

The lads brought the pub to life with rousing traditional Irish songs.

Schubertiad Hosts Student Talent

Sunday afternoon, the house of College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell was filled with music as many of Christendom's students gathered there to participate in the biannual “Schubertiade.” Schubertiade is an opportunity for students to play pieces they've been working on in a casual, laid back manner, amongst friends.

Students showcased a variety of talents, including piano and vocal skills. There was also a string quartet, a trombone-piano duet, as well as Classics Professor Dr. Mark Clark's choir, who performed the first movement of Palestrina's “Magnificat.”

The event serves as a great opportunity for students and even faculty to participate in a cultural celebration of music in the same way some of the great composers have.

Carnegie Hall performer and freshman Melanie Hofbauer plays a piece by Chopin.

Senior Melanie Bright and alumnus Karl Haislemeir perform a duet.

Dr. Clark's choir sings Palestrina's “Magnificat.”

Powder Puff

This Sunday the women of Christendom College filled Campion field to play in the annual “Powder Puff” flag football game. It was the Seniors and Sophomores versus the Juniors and Freshman. Senior Patrick Stein and Sophomore Matthew Speer coached the Senior/Sophomore team, while Dean Dewey coached the Junior/Freshman team.

The game was intense, with the Senior/Sophomore girls scoring a touchdown within the first few minutes, courtesy of Senior Katie Francis, who flew across most of the field, dodging the Juniors and Freshman to put the Sophomore/Seniors on the scoreboard. In the next quarter, once again, Katie Francis ran the ball to score, and—with the field goal—the Sophomore/Seniors had a solid 15-0 lead. TheSenior/Sophomores held onto the lead for the rest of the game and gained victory.

The Freshman/Juniors put up a great fight though, using their solid defense line to prevent the opposing team from scoring again, taking possession of the ball from time to time, attempting to even the score.

The girls had a great time playing, and loved the chance to get on the field in some fun class competition. Maybe next year, the Junior/Freshman team—who will then be Senior/Sophomores—will get their chance to win.

Senior Molley Morey charges down the field.

Senior Katie Francis flies past the defense.

The victors: Senior/ Sophomores.

The Chester-Belloc Debate Society and Dostoyevsky

Sunday evening, the Chester-Belloc Debate Society held the debate, “Without God, Everything is Permissible,” using Dostoyevsky's famous quote as the basis for their resolution.

The debate served as a great discussion starter about natural law, and there was much to talk about. The debate ended with a vote on the resolution, with 12 voting pro, 8 voting con, and 6 abstentions.

All students are warmly welcomed to attend the Chester-Belloc Debates to listen and work on their rhetorical skills. The debates are held in the Chester-Belloc room in Regina Coeli on various Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm throughout the semester.

This debate was the last to be moderated by the Chairman, senior Chris Foeckler, as elections for next semester will soon be taking place, and a new Chairman will be elected.

Dr. Carroll's Lecture Delivered

On November 7, Mrs. Ann Carroll, wife of the College's recently departed founder, Dr.Warren Carroll, delivered a lecture written by Dr. Carroll before he died. The talk, entitled Christopher Columbus, examined the faith and courage of Columbus and what made him one of the greatest seamen in history.

"[Dr. Carroll] had written his speech last September." Anne Carroll said. "He had planned to give it last October 25, but he had a stroke on October 24 and it took away most of his power of speech. But he kept on hoping that somehow, some way, he could get this speech delivered. He would practice it even with all his speech difficulties. He never got much beyond the first page, but he was still hoping that someday Christendom could hear this speech."

Listen to this lecture at Christendom on iTunes U.


Clarity and Charity

Arlington Diocese Priest (and son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia) Fr. Paul Scalia delivered a lecture to students on November 7, entitled Clarity and Charity: The Catholic Response to the Challenge of Homosexuality.

"It's not a matter of us and them," Fr. Scalia said. "It is a matter of us, and how do we address this reality which is not just afflicting other people, but is really afflicting people throughout our entire culture and members of our Church that suffer from these attractions that are unwanted—and they desire to live chastity."

Listen to this lecture at Christendom on iTunes U.



Why Does Every Week Seem Like the Best Week of My Life?

This week has been positively fantastic! Every day was packed with new and exciting experiences that made each moment an overwhelming blessing! Every time I write the Rome Report, I feel like I am announcing the past week as the “best week ever,” but it really does seem that way. The fact that I am living in Rome with 36 of my friends often seems too good to be true!

Monday after class, we had a Halloween Party. We had food, games, costumes, carved pumpkins, contests, and dancing. My roommate, Rachel Milani, made a pumpkin of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and we had a blast at the party! I have definitely missed our dances back in the States, and this little taste was quite enjoyable.

For the feast of All Saints’ Day, we had the blessing of touring the Catacombs of San Calisto, the largest of the 60 catacombs in Rome. St. Cecilia was amongst those buried in these catacombs. After our tour, we celebrated Mass in the catacombs. Our tour was a bit longer than it was supposed to be, so we had a limited time for Mass. I felt like a true early Christian, hoping to finish Mass before we were caught. itunes What an incredible gift to celebrate Mass in the same location as so many of the early saints and martyrs of the Church!

On All Souls’ Day, we toured the Vatican Museums with Prof. Liz Lev and concluded our tour with the Sistine Chapel. As Prof. Lev explained the significance and meaning behind all the paintings, I was overcome with the brilliance of its painter, Michelangelo. Her description of the famous Creation of Adam itself was incredible. She pointed out that Adam’s hand is limp, as man can do nothing without God. Michelangelo froze the painting in the second before God touches Adam, giving him strength and life. The Christ Child is in the background, as God knew the progression of history from the beginning of time. Prof. Lev provided a detailed depiction for the entire Chapel, and my mind is still spinning over its brilliance!

On Thursday, we had class in the San Giovanni dei Fiorentini Church Museum. Although our classes were fantastic (as usual), it was unusually difficult to concentrate, as we were surrounded by several relics, including the foot of Mary Magdalene. Yes, I really did have class in a room filled with relics…Rome is so great!

This weekend, I went to visit my family in the Abruzzo region. My dad grew up in Italy—an hour and a half outside of Rome—so I have quite a bit of family here. Elise Nodar came with me to visit some of them for the weekend. I was able to visit many people I had not seen in several years, which was a major blessing! I was very happy to discover that my Italian is pretty good when put to the test (my family does not speak English) and the weekend was incredible! We experienced real Italian culture (including—of course—food!) and autumn—as it has been really warm here in Rome. It was a really special experience, not only to spend time with my family, but to share my heritage with Elise.

The rest of the students had a packed weekend, as well. Students went to Subiaco on Friday and toured the hermitage and Benedictine monastery there. After the tour, several of the students took advantage of the opportunity to hike the mountain and enjoy the fresh country air. On Saturday, many of the students participated in the Seven Church Pilgrimage around Rome. They began at St. Peter’s and prayerfully walked to six other churches, finishing at St. Mary Major. The Pope blessed rosaries that were distributed to those on the pilgrimage. Pilgrims came from all over the world to walk the same path, magnifying in physical aspect of the universality of the Church. I am quite sorry to have missed both events, but it’s an excuse to come back—along with a million other reasons.

Three weeks to go, and I can hardly believe how time flies! I have been in Europe for over two months and have a few short days remaining. We are finishing up our classes (our one paper of the semester was last week and our presentation of the semester is this week) and gearing up for finals. Excited chatter of home and family prevails amongst the students, interwoven with exclamations of sadness to be leaving our beautiful Roman home. In the meantime, we will enjoy this upcoming jam-packed week!

A presto! (See you soon!)

Prof. Liz Lev leads students on their tour of the Vatican Museum.

Exploring the many passages in the Catacombs.

The Catacombs of San Calisto are found along the Appian way and were built around 150 AD.

On the Seven Church Pilgrimage.

Enjoying a view from the town of Subiaco.

On Tour in Subicao.

Chillin' in Subiaco.

New Classics Professor: Marcello Lippiello

This week Chronicler reporter Liz Sartor caught up with Prof. Marcello Lippiello for a chance to get to know the newest member of the Classics and Early Christian Studies faculty.

Liz: What is your background? Where did you receive your undergraduate degree, and graduate degree(s)?
Prof. Lippiello: I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. My father is an Italian immigrant from a small town near Naples, Italy; my mother's parents came to the Bronx from another small town, also near Naples. I am the youngest of three brothers. I attended Fordham Preparatory School and Fordham University (Jesuit institutions) in the Bronx, where--despite my original dreams of studying astrophysics--I received a B.A. with majors in Classical Languages and Theology. At Fordham, I was a member of the Honors Program, whose members take a sequence of courses not unlike Christendom's core curriculum. I took many of my courses in Theology with Fr. Fox's brother Dominicans during my junior year abroad at Blackfriars' Hall at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

After about 2 years of full time volunteer service (first in Spokane and then in Chicago), I enrolled in the University of Kentucky at Lexington, whence I received a M.A. degree in Classics and a graduate certificate in Latin as a spoken language. During doctoral studies at Duke University, I was fortunate enough to spend a year in Athens, Greece, as a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, which is the primary American archaeological presence in Greece. I am currently working on my dissertation.

Liz: How did you join Christendom's faculty?
Prof. Lippiello: I learned about Christendom several years ago from, believe it or not, the Catholic blogosphere. A number of Christendom students, past and present, have maintained excellent and enthusiastically Catholic blogs. Moreover, I met a few alums and others affiliated with the college at some of our Latin immersion summer workshops at the University of Kentucky. I had long felt that, if given the choice, I would like to teach at a small, authentically Catholic liberal arts college, where I could lend my experience as a broadly-trained Classicist and as an enthusiast of spoken Latin to the formation of young Catholics. Accordingly, when a friend sent me the announcement that Christendom was searching for a new Classics and Early Christian Studies professor, preferably with experience speaking Latin, I applied, believing I had found a position rather well-suited to me.

Liz: How does teaching at Christendom compare to your expectations/what is your favorite part about being here thus far?
Prof. Lippiello: One of my favorite things about being a volunteer a decade ago was the sense of mission that I felt in my work. When I worked for Catholic Charities in Spokane, for example, everyone who worked at my agency was bound together by a common Christian mission to love the poor and homeless men and women we served as best as we could and in the present moment, attending to whatever needs each had, physical as well as spiritual. Later on in graduate school, I fell in love with teaching as a professional vocation. What I enjoy about Christendom is that I have the opportunity here to contribute my skills and interest in teaching to the greater project of the college. Members of the staff at Christendom all have a common and coherent mission to form young Catholics as best as we can for the challenges and demands of the world as a whole. As a member of the staff here, I am thus able to integrate my academic pursuits and my desire to contribute a greater Christian mission.

Liz: What are you teaching presently/favorite class to teach/would you like to teach in the future?
Prof. Lippiello: I teach introductory Latin, intermediate Greek, and a seminar on Ancient Greek History. I will also teach a seminar course on Ancient Roman History in the spring. I would like eventually to teach electives in Greek and Latin Prose Composition/Production, including Latin immersion courses for the study of both Latin and Greek texts.

It's hard to choose favorites. Each class is my favorite in various ways. I enjoy the enthusiasm of the freshmen in Latin class, the dedication and good humor of the Greek students, and the insight of the upper-level students in the history course.

Liz: Why in your opinion, do you think classics is important in a liberal arts curriculum/at Christendom specifically?
Prof. Lippiello: One of the joys of studying the classics is that the discipline really is "the gift that keeps on giving," in that so many aspects of our lives in the West are connected, both linguistically and culturally, to our roots in the Greco-Roman world. Every single day, I spot new connections that I have never noticed before. This leads to a constant sense of wonder for me. A sense of wonder is, I believe, one of the most useful habits of the mind to cultivate while pursuing the liberal arts. Such wonder beats back the temptations to pride and to cynicism that can easily creep in as one acquires more and more knowledge.

Moreover, on a practical level, Latin is particularly useful to Roman Catholics, for the simple fact that, in the words of the great Papal Latinist, Carmelite Fr. Reggie Foster, "tota historia Ecclesiae Occidentalis est Latina." By immersing oneself in both Latin and Greek, one is able to understand both Sacred Scripture and the larger patrimony of the Church at a much more intimate and immediate level than is possible through translation.

Liz: What is your favorite thing about teaching at Christendom?
Prof. Lippiello: My favorite thing about teaching at Christendom is the opportunity to be fully myself--teacher, New Yorker, Catholic, quasi-surrealist, etc--in the classroom. The students at Christendom and I have a common task: not just to gain knowledge but also to understand the place and usefulness of that knowledge for the broader picture of our lives as Christians, now and into the future. It is a blessing to be able to share in this mission with my students, as we all participate in the pilgrimage towards greater knowledge of the truth and ever greater intimacy with Our Lord.


2011-12 Basketball Preview

Last year was one of the best seasons the Lady Crusaders basketball team has had in their history.

The team looks to get even better this year as they go for consecutive winnings seasons for the first time in Christendom history under second year head coach Mr. Mike Brown. Mary Barbale, Bridget Vander Woude, Morgan Kavanagh, and Emily Baldwin are amongst the returners to a team, which boasts three seniors and the rest being underclassmen. The women’s team will have to fill the void left by seniors Mary Kate Vander Woude, Katie Cruser, Jane Snyder, and Lauren Kavanagh. With new faces including freshman Elizabeth Slaten of Texas, the youth of this year’s team looks to bring a renewed energy and excitement. With the success of last year’s team the women’s schedule this year is one of the biggest the team has ever had with a total of 23 games including 11 this semester.

Featured on the schedule will be new Division II opponent Washington Adventist as well as participation in the Newport News Apprentice School’s classic next Friday and Saturday. The Lady Crusaders open their season tomorrow with their home opener against Johnson University from Knoxville, TN, tip-time is 6pm.

The men’s basketball team has high expectations going into this season. After losing six players from last year’s team including three starters this year’s team will look to many of the third year juniors to step up and fill the void.

Matthew Rensch who finished his four-year career scoring over 1,000 points graduated this past year in addition to Sam McMahon and Joe Townsend. As is the case with the women’s team this year’s men’s team is also rather young with only three seniors filling the roster.

Much will be expected of juniors, Brendan Krebs, Tim Beer, Tim McPhee, and David Townsend. Entering their third year of playing for Coach Vander Woude and with each other, the team will lean on them for scoring, defense, rebounding and leadership. The Crusaders begin the season tomorrow with their home opener at 8pm against Johnson University from Knoxville, TN and will host Willamson Free School on Saturday at 1pm.

We look forward to seeing all the Crazies at the games this weekend and throughout the season hoping to add the sixth man advantage to both our men’s and women’s basketball teams this season.

Q. Is there a way to find out how much scholarship or financial aid I can get, before I actually apply for financial aid? Do you have a calculator on your website where I figure all of this out?

A. There is a way to figure out how much money you may be able to get from Christendom in scholarships, loans, and grants, and I think every family who has a son or daughter looking to attend Christendom in the Fall of 2012 should take the time to fill in our Financial Aid Estimator to see their results.

Many colleges have a nifty little online calculator on their sites but since we do not take any Federal Aid, we have to do our estimates a little different from everyone else. So, maybe the answer isn’t immediate, but you will be notified within 2 weeks – that I can promise. Ms. Alisa Polk in our Financial Aid Office will be the only person here looking at the information that you send her, so it’s not like there is some big committee looking at all of your personal financial information, so there’s nothing to lose by filling in the form asap!

There are a number of ways that students can get financial assistance to help pay for tuition at Christendom:
Here is our Frequently Asked Questions section of our Financial Aid site. I encourage you to take a look at it and if you have further questions, contact Ms. Polk at [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.

Celebrating All Hallow's Eve


Name: Melanie Hofbauer
Age: 17
Year: Freshman
From: Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Philosophy (probably)
Piano, dance, sketching, choir.
Who's your favorite professor or class? Theology 101 with Fr. Donald Planty. Fr. Planty presents the material in a clear, organized way, while being funny and enthusiastic at the same time. It make the class enjoyable. itunes
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I'm on an intramural volleyball team, the art club with Mr. Henry Wingate, Shield of Roses, and I'll be helping out backstage with the upcoming fall play (Room Service). All the activities—especially the intramurals—provide an opportunity for students to get to know each other and socialize.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The whole atmosphere of the college. Going to classes and learning about wonderful subjects and then spending time with great people is what makes Christendom so special to me. Everything compliments everything else. itunes
Why did you choose Christendom? I chose Christendom because I felt that it would truly give me a great foundation for any career choice I'd make later on. Now that I'm here, I know that I made the right choice.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
The amount of activities the Student Activities Council (SAC) puts on. I love the fact that almost every weekend there's a new fun event to look forward to.
What are your plans after graduation? Hopefully medical school—I've wanted to be a pediatrician my whole life.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? I love it here and I know you will too.


Misunderstanding Love

Acclaimed author and professor Dr. Anthony Esolen delivered a talk entitled The Gift of Self: Modern Culture's Impact on Love to the students and faculty on October 24. Part of the college's Major Speakers Program, the talk examined how modern society's understanding of human love has destroyed all sense of mystery and imagination.

A professor at Providence College, Esolen explained that society has reduced love to sex, and sex to hygiene—a reduction that has occurred due to a skewed view of what it is to know something.

He described modern society’s idea of knowledge as having “analyzed a thing's measurable features so as to make use of it for profit or pleasure.” This misunderstanding of knowledge is why physical functions are described with clinical detachment in contemporary sex education courses.

“All the sense of mystery is destroyed,” he said.

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

Christendom College's Major Speakers Program is an important aspect of the academic life at the College, offering the students and community an opportunity for cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment beyond the classroom. The program offers students the opportunity to gain greater insights and depth of understanding of important issues, and to interact personally with a wide range of men and women who are shapers and critics of our society.

Students and faculty lined up to meet Esolen following his talk and enjoyed discussing the topic further.


Men's and Women's Convocation

Friday night, the women of Christendom College gathered in the lower level of the library for Women's Convocation. The library, which had been transformed into a beautifully decorated fall-themed banquet room, was packed as the women gathered to commune, and hear talks from faculty and staff, including Literature Professor Sharon Hickson and Director of Residence Life Amanda Graf.

The theme of the night was “friendships.” Prof. Hickson gave a great talk about some important aspects of friendship, emphasizing how Christ fulfilled them perfectly, which was followed by a practical talk by Miss Graf, who explained her experiences and practical application of these elements of friendship.

The men also held a convocation that night in Crusader Gymnasium. A couple presentations and a panel made up of staff and students examined what it means to be a Christian man. Following the discussions all the guys headed to the basketball court for several intense games of dodgeball.

These events, which were part of the Student Life Formation Series, were great opportunities for the women and men to get together to grow in Christ, and with each other.

The women discussed the topic of friendship further in small groups following the talks.

Dodgeballs fly in Crusader Gymnasium.

Costumes and Fun at Halloween Dance

Saturday night, creepy, colorful, and creative costumes were scattered around the St. Lawrence Commons, as Christendom students gathered for the annual Halloween Dance.

The costume ideas were quite creative, and there were some fantastic groups. One favorite was “Henry VIII, his wives, Thomas More and the Pope.”

There was a costume contest for both individual people dressing up, as well as groups. Freshman Luis Adan won for the individual category, dressing up as Luigi, from the Mario Brothers. Seniors Catherine Marra and Frances Allington won for the group category, as Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

Thomas Moore, The Pope, Henry VIII, and his wives.

The Tin Man and Dorothy dance with the Yellow Brick Road.

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

A chimney sweep swings with an aerobics instructor.

Professional Occasions

Sunday evening, the Chester-Belloc Debate Society teamed up with the SAC to present, "Drinking in a Professional Environment." The event was for those 21 and over and was led by Theology Professor Eric Jenislawski. Prof. Jenislawski began the evening by giving a talk on the important aspects of drinking in a professional environment, touching on subjects such as temperance, tolerance, and prudence, as well as what is generally meant by a "professional environment." The talk was extremely informative, and gave students a lot of valuable information about "do's" and "don'ts" at professional and formal occasions.

Music or Treats at Open House

Monday night, Halloween served as the perfect occasion for an Open House, as the men of Christendom came to “Trick or Treat” in the girls' dorms. The event was great fun, as the guys dressed up and paid the ladies a visit. Some rooms celebrated the holiday to the max, taking advantage of the occasion to play music and sing songs together. The event was a fun, relaxing kick-start to the week, as students also looked forward to a class-free All Saints Day—a nice break from academics.

Freshman Leif Pilegaard gives an impromptu performance on his violin.


So Much to Do and See... So Little Time

While all the students in Front Royal have gone back and forth between midterms, Fall Break, and more midterms, the Rome students have been traveling all over Europe and taking a final!

We went to Florence overnight on Thursday, October 13. Florence had many sights to see, including one of the three largest domes in Italy. We explored the Uffizi Gallery that houses several great sculptures and paintings, including my favorite: Correggio’s Adoration of the Child. Some of the students explored the famous gardens in Florence. I spent most of my time—in typical female fashion—exploring the San Lorenzo Market, where I bought lots and lots of scarves and other odds-and-ends. It was a lovely change of pace during the semester!

That Saturday, some of us went to the Vatican Gardens! So gorgeous! We also welcomed College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, along with his wife, Cathy, and Literature Professor Mrs. Sharon Hickson to Rome with a potluck dinner. Monday, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, we went to Mass at San Clemente with Assistant Chaplain Fr. Joseph Fox, who was leading a pilgrimage to Rome. San Clemente houses the relics of St. Ignatius, so it was an incredible blessing to be able to celebrate Mass there! In the afternoon, Dr. O’Donnell gave his greatly anticipated tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. His tour was fantastic, of course, and we learned so much about St. Peter’s that we had not known previously—even though we walk past and go to Mass there frequently.

We had a free day on Tuesday to go visit the St. Thomas More College campus in Rome. There, our students played soccer and ultimate frisbee with the students. We all went out for dinner for yummy Chinese food and then returned to their campus for a bonfire, gelato, and music. It was a great opportunity to get to know other American students, and we have had several meetings since!

We had our second free weekend, during which I went to Athens, Greece, with John Schofield and Chris Roberts. Greece was incredible! I loved it! We saw the Acropolis (including the Parthenon, of course), the Ancient Agora, and the Acropolis Museum (in which I saw several statues dating from 2,500 years ago!). We also drove an hour outside of Athens to the Temple of Poseidon, which had the most amazing view I have ever seen. Greece has been my favorite side trip thus far!

That Sunday, several students went to the canonization of three new saints. Some of them were able to get really close to the Pope and all of them came back with a renewed enthusiasm for the faith, saying it was a really powerful experience.

On Thursday, we had our Italian final. It was so strange studying for a test, as I have not had a test since finals of last semester in May. However, I am pleased to report that everyone survived and spent the evening relaxing to celebrate!

This past Saturday evening, October 29, Mrs. Noronha welcomed us into her home for a Ladies’ Night. Mr. Noronha made a special tea from his sister-in-law’s tea plantation as we listened to the extraordinary wisdom of Mrs. Noronha. She focused our discussion on living out our vocation in the present as single college students with a missionary spirit. We also had three Religious Sisters of Mercy from Michigan stop by as special guests for the evening, which was a real treat! The Noronhas have been such an incredible witness to Catholicism and marriage. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to interact with them daily and learn from them.

Sunday night, after our weekly potluck, we had a group discussion on the papal encyclical Caritas in Veritate. Mr. and Mrs. Noronha, Ms. Ott, Mr. Arrington (our Roman Perspectives professor), and a few seminarians all came and contributed. The discussion was extremely fruitful and we are all looking forward to having another one next week.

Over the past few weeks during tours, we’ve seen the manger of Our Lord, the skulls of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Cathedral Chair (where the Pope speaks ex cathedra), St. Agnes’ skull, first editions of Dante’s Divine Comedy, St. Benedict’s cell, the oldest working church bells in Rome, and St. Cecilia’s house (which, naturally, is now a church). Normal sights, right? I love Rome!

Now that the end is approaching, I am feeling the panic of how much I still have to see. I cannot believe how time flies and I have been in Europe for two months! I am going to soak up the next few weeks as much as possible before heading home. As I reflect on the past three weeks, I realize how every day is such an opportunity for grace and growth. I am so excited to see what I will learn this week!

Enjoying the Florentine skyline.

Reenacting The Divine Comedy outside the Dante Museum.

A night at the Italian opera.

A scene from the opera.

Chillin' in the pope's garden.

Lisa Hill shows off her pass to the Vatican Gardens.

Touring St. Peter's with Dr. O'Donnell

Touring Santa Sabina.

A feast every time: the weekly potluck.

Class on the balcony of the academic center with Prof. Arrington.


Spiritual Retreats

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In an effort to help students grow spiritually outside the school atmosphere, Christendom College has several opportunities every year for students to participate in different retreats. This year, during fall break, Christendom sponsored a week-long silent retreat at the Community of St. John in Princeville, Illinois. Sixteen students took advantage of this amazing experience. To get the scoop on what the retreat was like, Senior Katie Francis gave The Chronicler an insight on their week.

Francis had been on the retreat once before, and since she had had an amazing experience, she was excited to go again.

“It is so refreshing to be completely silent for a whole week," Francis said. "It is so peaceful and it allows you to grow so much closer to God. It’s also a nice getaway from the craziness of school and noise itunes. I have a new appreciation for interior silence and the power of Eucharistic adoration especially.”

The theme for the week was taken from Matthew 5:3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” and so all week the retreatants used this verse about poverty and prayer as the focus of their own personal prayers, and they listened to talks based on it as well. Fr. Joseph Mary and Fr. John Luke gave talks twice a day, and there were many opportunities for adoration, confession, and individual meetings throughout the week.

When asked what her favorite part of the week was, Katie Francis described how they truly were able to experience the religious life.

“The brothers and sisters completely welcomed us into their daily schedule (as much as they were allowed), which meant we got to pray with them, eat with them, and even play sports with them,” she said.

All students who have ever attended retreats sponsored by Christendom have never had anything but good things to say about them. It's one of the great riches of Christendom's formation and spiritual life offered to the students.

“It is such a beautiful and unique way to strengthen our faith, and that is Christendom’s mission,” Francis said. “Ask any of us that attended the retreat and I don’t think you will find anyone with any regrets. There is something for everyone, because you have this opportunity to grow in your faith and prayer life, developing an even stronger relationship with Christ. I would definitely recommend the retreats to anyone. It might be difficult for some people—but it is ultimately so rewarding!"

Some of the attendees of the 2011 Fall Spiritual Retreat.


Volleyball Rules the Court

When the season shifts to fall in the Shenandoah Valley, the seasons of intramural sports also shift from wonderful whiffle ball to vibrant volleyball. This season of volleyball has been full of life as the sport has boasted the most participants ever in any intramural sport at Christendom.

With a student body of about 400—30 of which are off gallivanting around Rome—26 volleyball teams signed up to come out and enjoy friendly competition each Monday and Thursday evenings. The 26 teams ranging from five to seven players equated to 160 total participants or over 40% of the student body. The intramural volleyball season has always been a popular one on campus usually ranging between 100-120 participants, but this year’s 160 players makes the record books!

The volleyball season, along with the indoor soccer intramural season (played during the late winter), top the list of most popular intramural sports on campus. As a result, they are the longest of the intramural seasons. Each team will play between 8-12 total games by the time the championship game is completed—usually just before Thanksgiving.

Three weeks ago Team 8, composed of Joe Marra, Conor Knox, Conor Coyne, Mike Arnold, Anna Van Hecke, Madeleine Murphy, and Patrick McKenna, came ready for their match dressed as a bowl of fruit! Yes, the game consisted of a bunch of grapes passing the ball to an apple with the banana spiking the ball over—just another night of intramurals on campus!

Most of the teams participating have a blast while playing. At the end of the day friendly competition reigns supreme as all the teams’ battle to solidify their place in the standings before tournament time begins.

This year—for the first time in 3 years—a few of the staff members formed a team and have been the team-to-beat, as they remain undefeated. The team is made up of Dean of Students Mr. Jesse Dorman, Student Activities Director Caitlin Bowers, Special Services Director Josh Petersen, Mary Stanford (wife of English Professor Trey Stanford), Head women’s soccer coach Matt Nelson, and Philosophy Professor Mike Brown. This highlights the personal experience that Christendom offers. Staff members participate in many areas of a student’s life throughout their time at Christendom—such as intramurals—and this fosters mentorships and friendships (along with some other slightly more competitive feelings

Team 23 is the only other team which hasn’t lost a match this season. Made up of Matthew Speer, John David Speer, Megan Speer, Dominic O’Donnell, Ted Cantu, and David McWhirter, they look to dethrone the staff team when the time comes! With just a couple of weeks to go in addition to the two undefeated teams already mentioned, the next two teams atop the standings are teams 5 and 18. Team 5 includes a “somber” group made up of John McGovern, Paddy Norton, Ben Scrivener, Joe Long, Mary Barbale, and Bridget Vander Woude. Team 18 includes an upperclassmen montage of Joseph Stephens, Blaise Buckner, Meghan Kelly, Molly Morey, Maribeth Kelly, Katie Francis, and Rob Fetsko.

With over 23 teams chasing these three the next few weeks should be fun. Intramurals is one of the many things on campus that is primarily student driven. Director Joseph Stephens has done a great job this year as last year in heading up the program and doing everything in his power to make it an enjoyable and competitive time. Klarissa Blank along with the other gym staff and special referees (Molly Morey and Jon Fioramonti) also deserve much credit in enabling the games to be played. Thanks to all the 160 participants this season and hopefully this year's tournament will be a great ending to the season.

Q. I heard that Christendom College was recently ranked as one of the ten best colleges in the US. Why do you think you made the list when none of your competitors (other small Catholic colleges in particular) did? Congratulations, by the way. What a great list to be on!

A. Thanks for the congratulations! We were also very excited to be ranked as highly as we were, among some other great schools. I believe we made the top ten list for a number of reasons, but primarily for the following three reasons:

1. We have an excellent integrated core curriculum.
2. We focus on the liberal arts and pursuit of truth.
3. We have a campus culture that is reflective of our Christian principles.

As far as none of our competitors making it, well, I can’t really say much about that. From what I have heard, the writers and editors of the report thought highly of a lot of other schools, but since there were only ten slots to fill, not everyone could make it. I am sure glad that we did because it shows a wider audience the caliber of our institution and the academic prowess of our faculty and students.

  • Top Ten Exceptional Schools
  • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • The University of the South (Sewanee, TN)
  • The United States Military Academy (West Point, NY)
  • Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
  • Baylor University (Waco, TX)
  • Providence College (Providence, RI)
  • Texas A&M (College Station, TX)
  • Gordon College (Wenham, MA)
  • Christendom College (Front Royal, VA)
The report, entitled Ranking America’s Colleges, judged the schools on how well they provided “the classic ‘liberal education’ suited to a free citizen and a well-rounded adult.” The report hopes to inform consumers, educators, and donors to the best and worst trends in American education.

In the assessment of the schools the report asked:

“Are [students] being challenged to stretch their cognitive abilities in different fields, so they’ll be intellectually and professionally versatile adults? Are they learning the basics of core disciplines such as American history, democratic government, English literature, and the market economy? Are they engaging with a wide range of freely expressed opinions on key ethical and political issues they will face as individuals and as citizens? Are they living in safe and sober residences where academic work is encouraged, not inhibited?”

The report also emphasizes the importance of a liberal arts education in today’s economy. Citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it says that workers go through an average of eleven different jobs by the time they reach age forty-four.

“Many workers must change careers, as industries decline or are transformed by technology and outsourcing,” the report says. “The cognitive flexibility and intellectual curiosity developed by a true liberal arts education is the central prerequisite for a full, productive, and satisfying life.”

The report described Christendom students as “intellectually and morally serious” that enjoy class discussions, which typically spill over into “long conversations over coffee.”

“All students complete a rigorous Catholic core curriculum covering Western civilization before choosing a major in classical and early Christian studies, English, history, philosophy, political science and economics, or theology. The school sticks to its specialties, so each of these majors is strong,” the report continues. “Instead of political correctness, there is an absolute expectation of Catholic orthodoxy.”

You can read all about it here.

Thanks for asking and God bless,
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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.