And We Call It Bella Notte...


Name: Gabe Schuberg
Age: 21
Ventura, CA
English Language and Literature
Hobbies? Surfing, spearfishing, and volleyball.
Who's your favorite professor?
Dr. Thomas Stanford. I love his humor and energy in the classroom.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am part of the Rugby team. I love the teamwork that goes into the game and the discipline that it brings to my schedule. I am also the president of the Student Activities Council (SAC).
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love the events—that's what inspired me to get involved with the SAC. The events really bring the student body together and make this community feel like a family.
Why did you choose Christendom? I chose it for the academics and knew it was a place where I could grow as a Catholic.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? Not much. I guess I knew what I was getting into. My sister went here and I attended the Experience Christendom Summer Program.
Plans after graduation? Join the California Professional Firefighters.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Get involved. Take advantage of everything that Christendom has to offer—inside and outside the classroom.


Piano Night

Friday evening, the St. Lawrence Commons was elegantly decorated as students participated in Piano Night. The evening, which featured performances from multiple students from varied classes, was extremely enjoyable, and quite impressive. Students played pieces ranging from classical, including Bach, Chopin, and Beethoven, to ragtime, and even some original compositions. Several new faces were seen tickling the ivories that night.

"Just because you study the liberal arts, doesn't mean you leave behind the fine arts," said Senior Liz Sartor. "In fact the fine arts are enriched by—and integrally tied to—the liberal arts."

The event was another example of the incredible talent which Christendom is home to.

Freshman Melanie Hofbauer, who has played at Carnegie Hall this summer, left the audience stunned by her incredible skill.

Sophomore Jordan Mann shows off his impressive piano skills as he plays a classical piece.

La Notte Italiana

The much-anticipated annual Italian Night took place on Saturday evening. Chef Dennis prepared a delicious Italian feast for the occasion, including various pasta dishes. As always, the Italian bread table and the cannolis were big hits. The dance was held outside the St. Lawrence Commons under the stars and twinkling lights.

“Italian night is my favorite dance,” Sophomore Marisa DePalma said. “The food and the venue make it unique, and the weather and atmosphere were especially wonderful this year.”

Many students wore black and red for the occasion, dancing the night away for as long as they were able.

The Commons was decked-out in the green, white, and red of the Italian flag.

Students agree that it's one of the best meals of the year.

Students served up flavored Italian sodas.

Mangia, mangia, mangia!

Chef Dennis Paranzino's cannolis. Sorry, your computer screen is not edible.

Freshmen Melanie Hofbauer and Gabrielle Muskett sample an assortment of antipasto.

Freshman Joseph Walsh swings his partner across the dance floor.

Couples dance around the fountain and under the stars in Piazza San Lorenzo.

Senior Eryn Landry swings with Freshman Marius Mello.

Ten Years After 9/11

Sunday afternoon, on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, those who walked or drove past Christ the King Chapel were greeted by a collection of American flags, to commemorate those who lost their lives ten years ago. Sophomore Savannah Buckner, aided by volunteers, organized the set-up of the display.

The project, called, “9/11, Never Forget” (sponsored by the
Young America's Foundation) had not only the flag display, but also a table set up, with a poster showing various images from the 9/11 events, as well as pins and wristbands for those who wanted to show their support.

"These 2,977 flags stand in memory of those victims of the 9/ll terrorist attacks. We will never forget."

Upper vs. Under

It was a glorious day for football this past Sunday and the upperclassmen took on the freshmen in the annual Upper-Under Flag Football Game. While the freshmen were defeated, they put up one of the best fights ever seen.

The freshmen held the Upper team to under 50 points and that is actually an accomplishment—last year the freshmen were defeated 76-0.

"I am really impressed with the way the Under team played on Sunday," Under Coach and Residence Director James Hannon said. "The first thing that jumped out at me was the great job the offensive linemen did. I don't think they let up more than two sacks, if that. I honestly cannot remember ever hearing about such an effective performance by the Under team."

Minus a few missed tackles, the game could have been closer. The Under offense even got in to the red zone twice, which is an accomplishment. This was one of the better Under team performances.

Senior Joe Long grabs a hold of the lightening bolt, Freshman Joshua Cristi.

QB Senior Peter McNeely picks up the first down.

Under fans cheer on their team.

Upper fans show their support.

Joe Long finds the hole in the defense.

Senior Pat Stein can't shake Freshman Joseph Herman.

Freshman Micah Davis rips the flag off a diving Senior Joe Stephens.

Senior Paddy Norton tries to escape the Under.

The Under Team put forth a valiant effort.

Upper: victorious again.

Using Freedom Wisely

Mrs. Sharon Hickson, a professor of Literature, is renowned around campus for her wonderful talks that she frequently gives to students. On Sunday evening, she gave her first talk of the year to women from all classes. Her talk on women’s formation and using one’s time and freedom wisely was received warmly from a very large audience of Christendom ladies in the Campion lobby. Students piled in to get lots of good advice from Mrs. Hickson, and to join in solidarity with each other for a girls’ dinner. Pizza, salad, cookies, and drinks were served for all in attendance.

“I really enjoyed Mrs. Hickson’s talk,” Freshman Melody Wood said. “Her insights were so valuable. It was a great way for all of us girls to come together, have a fun time, and learn a lot!”

Founder's Day

On Wednesday, the college celebrated Founders' Day. The 11:30 Mass was offered for the repose of the soul of the college's founder, Dr. Warren Carroll. Then at 4:45 students, faculty, and staff gathered for the blessing of a new roadside crucifix. They then processed the gravesite of Dr. Carroll, where there was a special blessing and hymns sung. All, including Dr. Carroll's wife, Anne, were able to pay their respects and pray for the repose of his soul. The day concluded with a 6pm Rosary in honor of Dr. Carroll’s commitment to Our Lady of Fatima, the patroness of the College.

Fr. Planty blesses the new crucifix.

Processing to the gravesite.

Mrs. Carroll looks on as Fr. Planty incenses the grave of Dr. Carroll.

See more pictures from the event here.

Founder's Day 2011 Video


Ciao From Bella Roma!

How to sum up the past few days in a word...? Breathtaking!

OOur various groups arrived Friday morning at Residence Candia—our living quarters for the next few months. Some had come from several days of traveling, while others came straight from the States. All of us were exhausted, but that didn’t stop the excited chatter from the entire group in the courtyard about our summers and pre-Rome travels. It was wonderful to see everyone again and mingle with the group!

After some time to check in and chat, Elizabeth Walsh, our residence coordinator, formally introduced us to the directors of the program Mr. John Noronha and Ms. Katie Ott. Both are extremely nice and I am very excited to get to know them this semester!

After a brief introduction, we officially began the semester with gelato, the Italian perfection of ice cream. The weather is hot in Rome right now, so the gelato was a cool welcome on our walk to St. Peter’s Square.

Before going to Mass, we met in front of the obelisk in the middle of St. Peter’s Square. Mr. Noronha told us the history behind the obelisk. The Egyptians built it originally in approx. 2,500 B.C. as a victory symbol and the Romans transferred it to Rome when they conquered because they thought it was fascinating. However, it was theoretically in Egypt during the Israelite captivity, which is pretty cool! Then, tradition holds that St. Peter’s blood was spilled upon the obelisk upon his martyrdom at a Roman circus close to the site. Hence, the obelisk has been called a Silent Witness, as it has witnessed the persecution of God’s people for thousands of years! Now, it stands proudly in the middle of the Square, a victory symbol of the Church.

Mass at St. Peter’s was indescribable! The overwhelming recognition of being in the center of our Church physically made the fact that we were celebrating the real and spiritual center of our faith that much more incredible!

After a beautiful Mass (which was a mixture of Italian and Latin . . . I think it is so amazing that we can go anywhere in the world and pray the exact same prayers with people of entirely different cultures!), we walked to an adorable Italian restaurant for dinner. There, we met Mrs. Noronha, who is definitely one of the sweetest people ever and then took our seats for our five-course, five-star meal. Our coordinators definitely know how to welcome us to Italy!

Again, on Saturday night, they treated us to another incredible meal at another restaurant close to St. Peter’s. There is an Italian method to eating, where you do not rush through the meal, rather you relax and enjoy one course at a time. Hence, our dinners thus far have taken 2-3 hours to complete. I love this tradition, especially as the best conversations occur during meals.

A few days into the semester, I am already overwhelmed by the majesty of the Eternal City and the excitement of being with some incredible people for the next few months!

We are now enjoying a week-long pilgrimage in Assisi and Siena, but more on that next week!

God Bless and ciao for now!

Enjoying life in Rome... a cup of gelato in St. Peter's Square.

Dining Italian-style with Assistant Director Ms. Katie Ott (top right).

Enjoying a walk down the bridge of angels.

Getting to Know Fr. Joseph Fox

This week, Chronicler Reporter Madeleine Murphy caught up with our new Assistant Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Fox, to ask him a few questions.

Madeleine: Where did you go to college?
Fr. Fox: I began my college education in 1965-1967 at Providence College in Providence, R.I., where I was in formation with the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, preparing for entrance into the novitiate. I entered the novitiate in July, 1967 and on completion of the year of novitiate continued my college education finishing with a B.A. in Philosophy at St. Stephen's College in Dover, Mass. in 1970. I then went to our Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. I completed the bachelor and licentiate degrees in sacred theology in 1973 and 1975 respectively. Later I studied at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where I earned a licentiate degree in canon law in 1980. Finally, I studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy (aka the Angelicum) completing my doctorate in canon law in 1985.

M: Where were you stationed before you came to Front Royal?
FF: I was ordained a priest in May, 1974 and continued my advanced studies in theology in Washington DC. My first post after that was as a parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish also in Washington DC. In 1977 I started working at the diocesan tribunal of the Diocese of Youngstown, OH and left there when I began my studies in Rome in August, 1981. I remained in Rome working in a number of positions as a professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas for 21 years, as an administrator for the Dominican Priory at the Angelicum for three years, and two years at the seminary residence attached to the Angelicum, called the Convitto San Tommaso. I also worked at the Vatican. For six years I was a staff official of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and for five years served as the Bureau Chief of the Personnel Office. I also served as the Director of Pastoral Formation at the Pontifical North American College and as one of the associate spiritual directors of the seminarians for three years. You will notice that I was 22 years in Rome and usually had more than one full time job at a time! I returned to the United States in late June, 2003 and at the request of Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop of Detroit at that time, I worked on processing cases of clergy sexual abuse for both the Archdiocese of Detroit and for several other dioceses throughout the USA. I also taught at the Archdiocesan seminary and assisted the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington DC. I was then sent in 2007 to Washington DC to work as the first Vice President for Advancement at our Pontifical Faculty of Theology at the Dominican House of Studies and as Professor of Canon Law. While continuing these duties, I was elected superior of our other priory in Washington DC, St. Dominic Priory. My term as Prior finished on May 16 this year.

M: How did you come to be at Christendom College?
FF: In a letter to my Provincial of May 17, 2011, Dr. O’Donnell requested that a Dominican priest be assigned to Christendom College to serve as assistant chaplain with a possibility of teaching a course in theology. I was asked by my Provincial to look into this request in late June. Then my Provincial told me in a telephone conversation on July 28 that he wanted me to come to Christendom College—however, I did not receive his instructions until August 11—resolving how to provide for my standing duties as a full professor at our Pontifical Faculty. Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of the College, two young men came to gather my belongings and transport them to Christendom on Tuesday, August 16. Thus began my service here at Christendom!

M: What about Christendom attracts you the most?
FF: Quite simply what I find most attractive about Christendom is the community of students, faculty and staff, who visibly, tangibly witness to an enthusiastic living of the Catholic Faith.

M: What duties do you have as Assistant Chaplain this year?
FF: I am here to assist Fr. Donald Planty in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Chaplain’s Office in providing a full liturgical life for the Christendom College community. That includes celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, and offering spiritual direction. It also includes being present to the students in particular, assuring them of my support and interest in their lives.

M: What are your hobbies when you are not busy?
FF: My duties over the years, because I have had to fulfill multiple full-time jobs simultaneously have not left a lot of free time for hobbies! I enjoy time with people. I enjoy food—especially after my years in Italy. I enjoy movies and going to the cinema. I enjoy reading, especially history. I enjoy walking when I can find someone willing to keep me company!


Crusaders Pick Up Where They Left Off!

The men’s soccer team has started off to a 3-0 record this season picking up where they left off last season after a 13-4 season. Despite losing 8 players from last year’s team this year’s soccer team is poised and focused to continue the winning ways that have become a benchmark of Crusaders soccer!

After missing two out of the first three games due to rain, the team got a forfeit win against Davis College and then finally stepped onto the field for the first time this past Saturday at Bryn Athyn College in Bryn Athyn, PA.

The past few years have seen close game after close game between the two teams. Two years ago, the Crusaders battled from behind to win in a rainy game which set the tone for much of the season. This time the Crusaders would strike first as John Ciskanik scored the first goal of the season within the first 20 minutes of the game.

The Crusaders would dominate time of possession for the rest of the first half and barely miss on two other wonderful scoring opportunities before halftime. The second half saw the Lions of Bryn Athyn battle back and tie the game up and then take the lead half-way through the second half.

First-time goalie Dan Mitchell had six saves in the game but was unable to stop the two goals which were excellent shots by the Lion’s forwards. With the Crusaders down 2-1 and the momentum having turned decisively to the home team, the men dug deep to finish the game.

With a solid defense led by Tim Beer and Michael Bugin, the Crusaders would go on the offensive in the last 15 minutes of the match—wearing down the Lions with attacks and shots—but not showing any goals for their work. One shot from Ciskanik would hit the crossbar and another rocket was deflected by a tremendous save by the Bryn Athyn goalie.

Almost unfazed the Crusaders would continue to attack pounding the Lions with shot after shot as the clock slowly crawled to a finish. With just over 5 minutes left in the game, the Crusaders broke through and John Ciskanik would dart through the defense and fire a shot to the back of the net just past the hands of the Lion’s goalie. With the game knotted at two-a-piece the Crusaders finished the last five minutes of game amassing six shots on goal, but none proving to be the game winner.

In the eighth minute of overtime, Colin McKeague found Tommy Salmon at the top of the box and the fancy-footed Irishman placed a shot in the low corner that squeaked by the goalie for the game winner. Crusaders 3, Bryn Athyn 2.

The Crusaders followed up their opening win with a 8-1 throttling of in-state rival Patrick Henry College of Purcellville, VA. The game was the home opener for the Crusaders who came out with energy in the match and raced out to a 4-0 lead just 20 minutes into the game. The Crusaders amassed 24 shots for the game netting eight of them by the final whistle.

Perhaps the highlight was the penalty kick which Senior Chris Foeckler drew and fellow senior Mike Bugin would net—his first goal in his 4-year career at Christendom. Also, on the last play of the game Johnny Foeckler kicked a towering cross toward the goal which fullback Tim Beer headed into the back of the net for the final goal of the game.

John Ciskanik and Johnny Foeckler each scored twice for the Crusaders.

Johnny Ciskanik takes the ball down field.

Sophomore Tim Beer keeps the ball out of Crusader territory.

Q. I see from your website that students seem to be dressed up all the time. Is there a dress code of some sort, and if so, what does it entail? Thanks!

A. Although many colleges do not have a dress code for their students, we believe that dressing for the occasion is an important aspect of life, and as such, helps prepare our students to become leaders in society after graduation. There’s a famous saying that goes something like this: “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” What that means, in short, is that, if you want to get ahead in life, don’t dress like everyone else, or you will not get noticed. If you dress up, even though you may not be required to do so, your boss may notice and you may get a promotion or raise or some other good thing. That’s the theory, anyway.

Christendom has always had a professional dress code for its students for classes, morning Mass, and lunch time because all of those activities are considered important and dressing up for them has a tendency to help students keep focused on the important work that they are doing. Other than that, students are allowed to wear regular clothes (jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc), as long as they conform to the College’s modesty dress code. Although I am sure there are times that students wish they could simply roll out of bed, throw on some sweats, and go to class, generally, it seems that most of the students appreciate the “professional” or “dressed-up” feel of our campus during the school day.

Here are some excerpts from our current 2011-12 Student Handbook on the subject of Dress Code:

Dress Code
Properly dignified and modest attire at Christendom College is not only a trait of a Christian people; it is essential to College morale, to show respect for oneself and others. Since your primary vocation here is to be a student, it follows, then, that your attire, whether in class or relaxing, should equal the dignity of that pursuit.

Collegiate study is professional work; therefore, a Professional Dress Code is in force for all classes, Community Masses (i.e., Masses at 11:30 a.m. M-F and all Masses on Sundays), Sunday brunch and noon meals on class days. To help define “professional looking,” some guidelines are listed below.

Professional Dress
For Men:
The Professional Dress Code requires dress slacks, dress shirt, tie, dress socks, and dress shoes.
Here are some guidelines to clarify the above dress code:
  • All shirt tails must be tucked in.
  • Cargo-type pants or pants with back patch pockets are not considered “Professional Dress Code” appropriate.
  • Ties must be worn properly, i.e. not pulled away from the neck or shirt unbuttoned.
  • Dress socks must be worn.
  • Belts or suspenders are required.
For Sunday Mass and Brunch, as well as for other select events such as Major Speaker Dinners, men have the additional requirement of wearing either a suit or a sports jacket. This is called “Sunday Dress Code.”

For Women
The Professional Dress Code requires a business dress, or a dress skirt/dress pants and dress shirt (preferably button down with collar), and dress shoes.
Here are some guidelines to clarify the above dress code:
  • The neck of all dresses/blouses must not be lower than four fingers from the top of the sternum.
  • All skirts/dresses are to be no shorter than the crease of the back of the knee.
  • If a skirt/dress has a slit in the front or side, the slit shall not be more than one-two inches above the knee cap. If the slit is in the back, it shall be no higher than three-four inches, measured from the crease of the knee.
  • No form-fitting dresses, skirts, tops, shorts, or pants are allowed at any time.
  • A shirt should not be form-fitting or so tight that it clings to the body.
  • Shirts and blouses should be long enough so as not to bare the midriff.
  • The straps of a dress or shirt must be at least one inch wide at the top of the shoulder.
  • Specifically Related to Class Dress for All
  • Sweatshirts, hooded sweaters and similar garments are not permitted.
  • Athletic t-Shirts of any sort are not permitted.
  • Sleeveless, professional shirts are allowed, but tank tops are not allowed.
  • Acceptable pants are linen, wool, rayon, or cotton.
  • Cargo-type pants, pants with back patch pockets, Capri’s and stretch-style pants or similar are not considered “appropriate.”Stretch-style dress tights or similar are permitted so long as they are worn with an appropriate skirt/dress.
  • Flip-flops, Birkenstock, fishermen, and sporty style sandals, clogs, tennis shoes, canvas shoes, and similar are not appropriate. Only dress shoes are permitted.

Specifically Related to Sunday Dress for All
For Sunday Mass and Brunch, as well as for other select events such as Major Speaker Dinners, all students must wear “Sunday Dress Code” attire. Sunday Dress specifically requires that students wear the best possible of the above out of propriety and respect for events in which Sunday Dress is required. Students are further reminded that this attire includes a jacket or suit for men and a dress or dress skirt for women. Pants are not considered “Sunday Dress Code” appropriate for women.

Other Items
At all times, dress must be modest (i.e. not tight nor too loose, not low cut in back or front, not too short, no spaghetti straps, strapless,or halter tops, etc.) and respectful. All shorts must be long enough so that the wearer’s fingertips do not go past the bottom of the shorts. Women’s swimwear must be modest one-piece. Clothing must be worn over the swimsuit when walking to and from the river.

The specifications for dress code set out in this section are meant as guidelines and not as exhaustive rules.

I hope this answered your question! God bless!

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