Age: 22 years since my birth.
From: Chestertown, MD
Hobbies: Guitar, Basketball, Soccer, and eating.
Who's your favorite professor or class? Philosophy Professor Mike Brown. His classes are amazing and he always has a good shirt tie combo.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I enjoy helping with dances and other Student Activities Council events.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The good old Catholic air, makes it easy to breathe. As well as great people all around.
Why did you choose Christendom? Because I wanted to come to know the Truth, and Christendom does a great job of helping to discover it in a Catholic way.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? How such a small school can do so much good for the world.
What are your plans after graduation? Further my schooling, possibly in the field of architecture.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Take full advantage of daily Mass, as well as how available the priests are to talk to you whenever you need guidance.
“I think the cake that Pat McKenna and I baked really had a character that came to life,” says Senior Matt Worley. “The Dorm Wars bake-off was really a great chance to strut our clandestine culinary stuff.”
Team NEMO won the bake-off with their delicious German chocolate cake. Everyone had a ton of fun making and decorating their cakes, and the competition was thus a huge success overall.
A gingerbread rendition of Christ the King Chapel.
An edible crusader.
Our campus is beautiful... and delicious.
The liberal arts never looked so tasty.
The winning cake.
The gentlemen were escorted to the stage and introduced, and then each one revealed a hidden talent to the audience and judges. Talents ranged from singing, imitations, to miming the numbers, to boxing, to gymnastics, to ballet. The young men then had to display their Christendom spirit, which they did in various ways. Finally, each contestant was asked a random question on stage, and the three that had the best answers were asked one final round of questions. Junior Eric Maschue of team E.W.O.K.S. came out victorious in the end.
“I felt honored that I was chosen to represent my team in the Mr. Christendom competition, and I had a blast doing it,” says Freshman Lief Pilegaard. “I think it is awesome that Dorm Wars is giving our school so much good-spirited fun and excitement.”
Freshman Andre Moreau shows off his puppeteering skills.
2012 Mr. Christendom, Eric Maschue, waves to his adoring fans. Runners-up Freshmen Peter Foeckler and Lief Pilegaard join him on stage.
“I’m always amazed by the many talented singers here at Christendom,” says Junior Colleen Harmon. “With amazing teamwork, the A Cappella event achieved a perfect harmony, and I was proud to be a part of it.”
Watching student creativity and humor in the QEP Promo Videos.
All of the choirs put on a great show singing creative medley songs.
Singing with soul.
Becket Adams ('08) Business Editor at The Blaze addresses students.
Juniors Neil Baldwin and Bridget Lademan won both the Judges Choice award and the Audience Choice award for the Open Division, and in the Showcase Division, Seniors Dominic Vieira and Jessica Inzeo won the Judges Choice, while Sophomore Andrew Clark and Senior Caroline Deucher won the Audience Choice Award.
The event was a great way for students to come and view Christendom talent, as well as to get a chance to dance themselves!
Couples show off their moves during the Open Division.
Audience Choice Award winners, Sophomore Andrew Clark and Senior Caroline Deucher.
Junior Daniel Traina swings his partner during the Open Division.
Another Day in the Life of an American in Rome
This week we enjoyed a special presentation by Ashley Noronha, the wife of our Rome Program Directo, John Noronha. The presentation was on Communications. It was full of practical tools and methods of properly and effectively communicating one’s message to others. These lessons were really pertinent to this semester in lieu of our Apologetics course. Effectively communicating our faith has been on all of our minds lately as we have begun our individual Apologetics presentations. These presentations give us a chance to get our feet wet in evangelization of others.
We were privileged to attend a private wine tasting event at a local restaurant. We learned the proper way to taste wine in order to appreciate the aromas, and taste nuances of each wine. In the process, we were cultured in the types of wine, which area of Italy produces the best of each type, and what cheeses are best paired with each kind.
On tour in Piazza Navona.
Italian Wine 101.
Enjoying the vistas of Sorrento.
A view of Capri.
Hitting the books back in Rome.
Get to Know: Dr. Douglas Flippen
Chronicler Reporter Liz Sartor caught up with Philosophy Professor Dr. Douglas Flippen to find out more about this much-loved professor who has been teaching at Christendom for almost 23 years.
Dr. Flippen: I came to Christendom in the Fall of 1989 and have been teaching here since then. I happened to be programming computers in Minneapolis-St. Paul for a consulting company (who had loaned me out to the Higher Education Assistance Foundation - a company that guaranteed student loans) when a teaching position in philosophy opened up at Christendom.
I would never have learned of the position if two different persons had not informed me of the opening.
The chairman of the philosophy department here was Ed Macierowski. He and I had been at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies and the University of Toronto together in the early 1970's. He sent me a letter suggesting I apply and suggesting that my time would be better spent teaching than programming computers.
In addition, an old student of mine from the University of St. Thomas in Houston called to tell me of the opening. I applied and got the job.
One odd thing was that the job description called for both a Thomist and someone who could teach a course in John Paul II. I knew very little about the pope and needed time to read what he had written. Providentially God made the time available at work by putting me in charge of testing a system. That demanded I sit around for hours at a time. So I read JPII.
Liz: What classes do you teach?
Dr. Flippen: Everything other than upper level courses designed specifically by other teachers.
Liz: What is your favorite class to teach and why?
Dr. Flippen: I am often asked that and do not know what to reply. I enjoy teaching everything. Every course has something appealing about it. Of course, the more students respond positively to the material, the more enjoyable it is to teach the course.
Liz: Why do you think students should study Philosophy, especially why here?
Dr. Flippen: Besides having a religious outlook, every person has and lives by a set of general assumptions about the nature of reality and why we should act one way rather than another. Philosophy is just the activity of becoming clear about the big questions of life that everyone must respond to. It is better to have a clearly understood and coherent view of reality, of human nature and of the goal of human life than a vague and incoherent one.
It is especially important at Christendom because we need Catholic intellectuals to help evangelize the world. A set of philosophical assumptions or positions, well thought out or otherwise, is always at the base of one's intellectual life.
Dr. Flippen: Life here is very balanced. The purpose of the college is obviously primarily intellectual. At the same time, provisions are made for the religious, social and sporting aspects or dimensions of life. You just do not find such a degree of balance in many colleges and universities.
Liz: If you could say one thing to prospective students, what would it be?
Dr. Flippen: Come and see if this is where God wants you to be for part of your life.
What is your favorite memory from teaching at Christendom?
Dr. Flippen: I don't think I have one. Just about every day and every year is enjoyable. I live pretty much in the present.
Crusaders Make National All-Academic Team
Seniors Emily Baldwin, Jane Kokes, and Brian Fox, along with Sophomores Klarissa Blank, Christian Kopeck, and Jon Fioramonti made the All Academic Team.
These students exemplified the goal of the Christendom athletic experience, that of enabling true student-athletes—individuals who strive for excellence in the classroom and on the court. These men and women give us a great example of what is possible in showing that the pursuit of excellence can be applied both in academics and athletics and we are proud to call them Crusaders.
In case you didn't know, the Crusader athletic program offers varsity-level soccer (for men and women), basketball (for men and women), baseball (for men), rugby (for men), and volleyball (for women). The program also boasts a popular intramural program, in which over 40% of the student body regularly participates.
The USCAA is a national organization that exists to provide quality athletic competition on a regional and national level. The USCAA focuses specifically on smaller institutions of higher learning and their student athletes. For more information, visit theuscaa.com.
All Academic Team Player Jane Kokes takes a shot from the free-throw line.
All Academic Team Player Jon Fioramonti drives to the hoop.
Q. Can you tell me a little bit more about your core curriculum? I hear it is pretty extensive and that everyone has to take all the same classes. Do students get to choose any of their classes? When do you pick your major?
A. Our core curriculum is our pride and joy. In fact, it’s one of the most distinctive aspects about us, and I am happy that you want to know more about it!
All students who attend Christendom study much of the same subject matter for the first two and a half years. Currently, all students take 84 credit hours of carefully selected classes:
- 6 classes (18 credits) of Theology
- 6 classes (18 credits) of Philosophy
- 4 classes (12 credits) of English Language & Literature
- 4 classes (12 credits) of History
- 4 classes (12 credits) of Foreign Language (Latin, Greek, or French)
- 2 classes (6 credits) of Political Science
- 1 class (3 or 4 credits) of Math
- 1 class (3 credits) of Science
Once a student has completed the core curriculum, they can then focus more on their major and take classes in their area of study.
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