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 apolk@christendom.edu.
Director of Admissions
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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.