Voices Singing 'Let's Be Jolly...'


Name: Bradley M. Torline
Age: 19
From: Melbourne, KY
Undecided, but probably Philosophy
Racquetball, hiking, reading.
What is your favorite class or professor?
Philosophy 101 with Dr. John Cuddeback. Philosophy systematically organizes and hones your reasoning skills and calls you to consider "ultimate" realities and question things you know. It also helps you grow in a deeper understanding of the important things in life which you may think you already know, like what true "friendship" and "happiness" are.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I attend the Spiritual Boot Camp talks by College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty. I play the guitar at various events and plan to attend more Chester-Belloc debates next semester and well as get active in the Matt-25 corporal works of mercy club here.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The academic, spiritual, and communal atmosphere. It's great for the formation of the whole person—challenging our intellects, helping to foster spiritual growth, and providing the opportunity for wonderful friendships.
Why did you choose Christendom? Because of its emphasis on a classical approach to an integrated and cohesive education. I wanted to study the liberal arts for their own sake and to grow as person.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
How many things there are to do on campus. It is almost impossible to be bored.
What are your plans after graduation? Possibly graduate school.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Take a good look at this school! Christendom offers and educational atmosphere that focuses on the formation of the whole person, and does not restrict you to a specific field, which is what most institutions of higher education do.


Kris Kringle Gifting

“Have you gotten anything from your KK today?”

This was the phrase buzzing around Christendom for the entire past week as students participated in the annual school wide Kris Kringle event. Put on by SAC, Kris Kringle is a type of Secret Santa where students put their name in a drawing basket and in turn receive the name of a random fellow student to give small gifts to for one week. They do this while keeping their identity secret.

Each day, participating students ran eagerly to the Student Center to drop off presents for their assigned people and to find the gifts that their own “Kris Kringles” (or KKs) had left them. Some members of the faculty and staff also participated, adding to the fun. All the Kris Kringles were very creative this year, giving fun presents that ranged from movie posters to silly putty to Christmas socks and everything in between. Kris Kringle culminated in the night of Christmas Formal, when students brought their final presents for each other to the dance and left them under the official Kris Kringle Christmas tree. Later that night, they exchanged gifts and revealed their identities to each other. An event full of laughter and surprises, Kris Kringle served as the perfect way to kick off the beginning of the Advent season at Christendom College.

Freshman Maryann Riccardi searches for a gift from her Kris Kringle.

Catholic Radio Comes to Christendom

This week, the College announced the launch of its new EWTN Catholic radio station WXDM 90.3 FM. The station officially started uninterrupted broadcasting on November 30, the feast of St. Andrew.

WXDM is the first Catholic radio station to broadcast from Virginia. The radio station is broadcasting the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, which will provide an around-the-clock feed of authentic Catholic radio coverage. With a 190W-powered signal, the station covers the entire Front Royal area and is currently reaching as far north as Winchester, Va., and as far south as Bentonville, Va.

Read more about this new initiative here and be sure to tune in the next time you're in the area!

A Magical World at Christmas Formal

For one magical Saturday night, the Christendom gym was transformed into the land of the Nutcracker for the annual Christmas Formal. Students arriving at the dance made their way through different sections of the gym decorated as Clara’s house, Toyland, and a magical forest. They ended up in the basketball court, which was lined with Christmas trees and contained an enormous tent decked out in twinkling lights and quaint decorations where attendants ate dinner. Faculty, staff and students enjoyed a delicious meal and listened to President Dr. O’Donnell give a short Christmas address. The Christendom choir followed with a beautiful performance, and then the audience was treated to the annual senior class song. Students also discovered who had been giving them presents all week in for the school wide Kris Kringle activity.
After dinner, seniors enjoyed a cocktail hour while the other students socialized and admired the festive decorations. Then the floor was cleared and everyone had a blast dancing the night away to everything from Christmas classics to Michael Bublé.

“Winter Formal was absolutely lovely!” said Sophomore Anne Hess. “Everything was so festive and bright. The Nutcracker theme was adorable!”

The hard work by Christendom College’s Student Activities’ Council to put on this elegant event certainly paid off. It was a night to remember, and students all agreed that it ended the fall semester with a bang.

You had to walk through a large fireplace to get to the dinner/dance.

An oversized dollhouse was back lit with moving silhouettes of nutcrackers and rats, while the large toy rain puffed out steam!

All aboard! The train was great fun for photographs.

The choir performs "O Come O Come Emmanuel."

The seniors sing their Christmas song, which incorporates each member of the class.

Freshman Will Stamper and senior Nate Collins are excited for the coming season.

Dr. O'Donnell delivers his Christmas address.

Freshman Kinsey Benz dances with Junior Tim Johnston.

Seniors Matt Camp and Sarah Halbur dance together.

Freshmen Therese Weber and Tommy Smith swing dance.

Campion Decks Its Halls

The annual Campion Christmas Party took place on Sunday evening. The girls in St. Campion Hall decorated each floor according to a specific theme, and the whole school was invited for an open house and Christmas party in all the rooms and common areas.

“It was so much fun to see how each floor decorated everything special,” Junior Anna VanHecke said. “My favorite floor was top floor, because they had snow everywhere, and it made Christmas seem that much closer!”

The bottom floor decorated their hall to the theme of Home Alone 2, with each section of the hall depicting a different scene of the movie, and with the movie itself being played in the Campion movie room all night. Middle floor decorated their hall in Candy Land theme, while top floor had a White Christmas theme. All floors had lots of snacks, beverages, and fun activities.

The Home Alone 2-themed floor featured phony booby traps and quotes from the film.

"Welcome to the Plaza Hotel."

Festive fun in St. Campion Hall.

A game of Apples to Apples on the set of Home Alone 2.

The Last Day of Classes!

The time has come! The last classes of the fall semester have been taught and Christmas break is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate this joyous occasion than to throw a party? The night of December 5 was spent enjoying food, music, and great company in St. Kilian’s Café. Students kicked back and relaxed during this final get together before finals week. All worries were set aside as the open mic karaoke allowed for many laughs and entertainment. Christendom’s very own band “Don Juan’s Long Johns” played for the majority of the night, motivating people to get up and dance. It was a very enjoyable night and one of the best ways to end the semester!

Senior Pat Rose joins the band for a trumpet solo.

Senior Nick Blank, freshman Cecilia Heisler, and junior Matt Speer get their karaoke on.

Junior Faith Leopold and her uke.

Sophomore Katy Arnold joins senior Eric Maschue for a song.

Carols and Cider

The rotunda of St. John the Evangelist Library rang with the sound of Christmas songs as students, faculty and staff attended the annual Caroling in the Rotunda event, hosted annually by the Library staff. Participants ringed the room decorated with twinkling trees and a Nativity set and started off the evening with “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Sophomore Leif Pilegaard accompanied many of the songs with his violin. Participants also enjoyed doughnuts and hot apple cider as they sang along to many classic Christmas carols, from “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” to “The Holly and the Ivy.” A senior quartet composed of Nick Blank and Peter Hill, along with Sadie and Mary Bratt gave a special a capella performance of a Christmas carol. The night turned out to be a great casual event in which students could join together and enjoy each others singing and some good old-fashioned Christmas songs in anticipation of the holiday.

Lief accompanies the carolers on his violin.

The senior quartet gives a special a capella performance.

Senior Sean Connelly orchestrates a performance of “Carol of the Bells.”

Experience Christendom This Summer

“I'd recommend it to everyone—even a person who might be unsure about Christendom. You've got to attend and experience a summer program at Christendom College,” says Freshman Monica Dilworth.

For many students currently attending Christendom College, the Experience Christendom Summer Program remains one of their best memories and see it as a life-changing experience. The program is unlike any other college summer program and has been described by students as being “the best week of their lives.” During the program rising high school seniors have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at what life is like on Christendom's campus.

“I was a bit apprehensive to attend Christendom’s summer program, but I can honestly say that I am beyond thankful I did. I was able to see what life at Christendom was like, in and outside of the classroom," says Freshman Alexis Seaver. "And the friendships I made within my session still hold today.”

The week-long program is an unforgettable one. Not only are students able to experience Christendom’s personal, yet challenging, classroom setting, but also the strong Catholic atmosphere offered by the College is demonstrated throughout every activity.

“It was great to be able to attend classes in the morning and then spend a majority of the day getting to know people and participating in the activities offered,” said Freshman Duncan Forsythe.

Each student who attended the summer program had their own unique experience and some were affected in ways they could not foresee. Anyone with an interest in Christendom College, or simply growing in a deeper understanding of the Faith, should truly consider attending this highly acclaimed program.

Five one-week sessions are scheduled for the summer of 2013, with approximately 45 students in each of the sessions. (Register soon! Last year, all programs were filled by the beginning of May!)
  • Session 1: June 16-22 (Sunday to Saturday)
  • Session 2: June 23-29 (Sunday to Saturday)
  • Session 3: July 7-13 (Sunday to Saturday)
  • Session 4: July 14-20 (Sunday to Saturday)
  • Session 5: July 21-27 (Sunday to Saturday)


Crusaders Battle Their Way
to Conference Win Over the Cougars

Junior Brian McCrum scored the first six crusader points to set the tone for what would be a dominating victory over the visiting Washington Bible College. The commanding post presence of McCrum, who recorded a 12 point and 10 rebound double-double, along with the smooth guard play of Freshman Jeremy Minick (26 points, 3 assists) allowed the Crusaders to jump out to an early lead that they did not relinquish.

Behind a tenacious defensive effort, which featured many loose ball recoveries and charges take—including two by Jon Fioramonti—the Crusaders built a 35-30 lead going into halftime. In the second half the relentless defense and efficient offense expanded the lead to as much as twenty. Despite foul trouble, which caused McCrum and Minick to spend much of the second half on the bench, the Crusaders responded with stifling defense and efficient offense.

The Cougars of Washington Bible made a run with about five minutes to play in the game to cut the game to eight points, but that is where the comeback attempt would stall as the Christendom team would finish on a 14-4 run to claim the 73-55 victory.

“I don’t think I could be more proud of our team," said Coach Chris Vander Woude. "We came out focused and with lots of energy, which didn’t fade away at any point during the game. Fioramonti and Jeremy controlled the tempo and our defense only got better as the game went on.”

Seniors Tim Mcphee (10 points) and Mark Helper (4 points, 4 rebounds) would lead a strong bench performance that proved pivotal to maintaining the lead and the offense. The Crusader offense turned out its best performance of the year shooting an incredible 65% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc. Junior Jon Fioramonti was perfect from the field, while also adding 6 assists and 4 rebounds. But it was the defense that was the story. Fioramonti, along with Junior Christian Kopek and Sophomore Micah Davis helped lead an efficient combination of the 3-2 zone, a box and one, and man to man, which forced Washington Bible into a poor shooting night. Washington Bible managed to shoot a mere 34% from the field and only 32% from behind the 3 point arc.

Jon Fioramonti takes the ball to the basket.

Christian Kopeck looks for the assist.

Last night the, Lady Crusaders finish their semester with a narrow 3-point victory over Penn State Mont Alto.

Q. I see each week in
The Chronicler that Christendom has a pretty active campus life, but I'd like to see, all in one spot, all the different activities and groups that someone could join or take part in, if you don't mind.

A. Yes, we are a very active place, and considering we are a school of just under 400 students, we have an amazing variety of activities for everyone to take part in. Here is the list (I may miss one or two groups or activities, but this should give you a good example of what we offer).


Shield of Roses pro-life prayer group / Christendom Players theatre group / The Legion of Mary apostolic group / The Schola and Choir singing groups / Students for Life pro-life activism group / The Holy Rood Guild Church cleaning group / Outreach group which does corporal works of mercy / Contra Dance Club which does contra dancing / The Cincinnatus League which promotes the intellectual life / The Chester-Belloc Debate Society / Student Ambassadors who host visiting students / The Rambler Journal / College Republicans / Student Activities Council / Resident Assistants


Swing 'n Sundaes swing dance events / Variety Entertainment Shows (Coffee House, Cup 'O Coeli, St. Cecilia's Eve, Pub Nights), Intramural sports / Dances (formal, semi-formal, casual) / Speaker programs (major speakers, departmental speakers, Chaplain's series, Formation series) / Equestrian Program, Canoeing on the Shenandoah / Hiking / Fishing / St. Patrick's Day festivities / Oktoberfest dinner and dance, Italian Night Dinner and Dance / St. Joseph's Feast Day Dinner / Processions / Dinners with Faculty (Senior Dinner, Auction Dinners, Graduation dinner) / Movie Nights / Open-Mic/Karaoke nights / Art Shows / music-poetry appreciation events / Game nights / Amusement Park trips / Mystery Dinner Theatre... and so much more, it's mind-boggling!

So, if there is something that you are interested in doing, and we don't currently do it, there is a good chance that if you show up here as a student, and want to start a club, group, organization, or activity, that you will be able to (as long as it is not something that is contrary to our mission and Catholic identity).

God bless!

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.