Marching for Life

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Name: Patrick Audino
Age: 19
Year:
Freshman
From:
Albany, New York
Major:
Undeclared
Hobbies:
Juggling, singing, and playing guitar
What is your favorite class or professor?
Philosophy class with Mr. Raymund O’Herron has been my favorite class because it is very thought provoking and I’ve learned so much. Mr. O’Herron just has a way of getting you to learn the material and enjoy the class more than any other professor I’ve taken.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I participated on the men’s soccer team in the fall, and I am currently preparing for the rugby season, which is just around the corner. I love to compete and sports seem to be one of the best ways to test yourself against others. It also tests you against yourself to get all your studies done in a timely fashion.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
My favorite thing about Christendom is the vibrant community life. There are always people around willing to help you out of the goodness of their hearts and there are always people doing stuff rather than sitting around playing video games like at other colleges I’ve visited.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I chose Christendom College because I was very impressed by the dedication of the student body to the mission, and I thought I could have a very positive impact on the school.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
The deep fellowship/friendship I’ve already participated in, whether that came from soccer, rugby, or even the Tuesday night bonfire—I’m not sure, but I do know I’ve made some life-long friends in just one semester so far.
What are your plans after graduation?
At the moment I don’t have any plans after graduation. I would love to travel Europe for a while, but I’ll wait and see what God has planned for me.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
Give Christendom a chance and you will be very surprised.




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Christendom Marches for Life

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On Friday, the College transported over 400 students, faculty, and staff to the 40th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Despite freezing temperatures, the college community rallied on the Mall facing Capitol Hill with an estimated 500,000 fellow pro-lifers from across the nation.

The students were excited to be a part of the youthful gathering, which protests today’s biggest human rights issue.

“The March is so invigorating because it is a chance to renew our commitment to life with each other and with God,” senior Stephen Wood of California said. “And there is no better way of living out this commitment than by walking in a spirit of prayer and penitence through the streets of our nation’s capital.”

The College traditionally cancels classes for the day of the March so that the entire school can attend, and this year was no exception. The student body started off the day with morning Mass at Christendom's Christ the King chapel, then piled into buses which traveled to D.C. On the way, everyone prayed a Rosary for the intentions of the pro-life movement and for an end to abortion.

Read more about this event here.

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Christendom joined the half-a-million marchers in protesting the evil of abortion.

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A snowy March.

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Sophomores Bobby Crnkovich and Hal Kokes carry the American and Papal flags.

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Christendom College students make up some of the happy youthful faces seen at the March for Life each year.

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Braving the cold: Seniors Alexis Thornton, Sarah Halbur and Kelly Lawyer try and keep warm during the rally.

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College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell with Advisory Board Member Rick Santorum and his wife, Karen.

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Senior Matt Speer answers a reporter's question.

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Taking a stand for the unborn.



Why Are You Prolife?

Chronicler Reporter Nate Collins took the video camera to the March for Life and asked Christendom students, "why are you pro-life?" Enjoy the video:





Movie Stars Come out at Sadie Hawkins

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“A Night at the Oscars” was the theme to this year’s Sadie Hawkins Dance, held in the St. Lawrence Commons. Unlike previous dances, the Sadie Hawkins Dance is special in the fact that the girls of Christendom College ask the boys to attend. Keeping up with tradition, the girls not only ask their dates, but also choose the costume that they both will be wearing.

Needless to say, the “Night at the Oscars” theme brought about many creative outfits. From pirates to princesses, the Commons was filled with an array of personality and entertainment.

“The best part of the night was seeing everyone’s costumes. The girls really put a lot of thought into it this year,” said Senior Katrina Shanley.

With the crowning of Sweeny Todd and Mrs. Lovett as the “Best Costume” of the night, the dance ended on a high note—another Saturday night well spent!

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Costume contest winners: Brad Torline and Gabriella Federico make characters Sweeny Todd and Mrs. Lovett come to life at the Sadie Hawkins “A Night at the Oscars” dance.

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Captain Jack Sparrow (sophomore Douglas Watson) and Elizabeth Swan (sophomore Rosemary Hedge) make an appearance in St. Lawrence Commons.

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Some of the girls prepared a nice home-cooked meal for the men at Admissions Director Tom McFadden's home before the dance.

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The unicorn asks King Kong for a dance.

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Freshman Lianne Francis dances with Tarzan (freshman Michael Hill).



Bros Only: Pizza & Ping-Pong

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This semester’s “Guys Night” was held on Sunday night in the basement of the Blessed John Paul II Student Center. Hosted by Student Life, the attendees were supplied with generous amounts of pizza, wings, soft drinks, and snacks. The Dean of Student Life, Dr. Jesse Dorman, was present to take on anyone who thought he might be able to defeat the Dean in a game of ping-pong. Though many tried, only two students succeeded in bringing down the champion. While this long battle of ping-pong persisted, others guys challenged each other to a friendly match of billiards or foosball, while still others watched a classic military movie, or were just content to watch the activities, and enjoy one another’s company.

“I thought it was a big hit,” said Dorman. “About 100 guys showed up. It was a really good, positive bonding experience for them, and it is definitely something we look to repeat.”

After several fun-filled hours of games, food, and companionship, the event wrapped up as students prepared for the start of the week. Everyone agreed that the night was highly successful and enjoyable, as they look forward to the next time it happens.

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Head RA, Senior Dan Mitchell challenges Dr. Jesse Dorman in a ping-pong match.

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Freshman Peter Blank and Senior Peter Hill enjoy a game of pool.

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A friendly wrestling match between Freshman Will Scrivener and Senior Dean Dewey.



The Philosophical Effect of Christ's Resurrection

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Thomistic scholar and author, Rev. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., delivered the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture on January 28 at Christendom College. The talk, entitled “How Does the Resurrection of Christ Illumine Human Reason? From Benedict XVI to St. Thomas Aquinas,” explored the doctrine of the resurrection of the body and its influence of philosophical thought.
Delving into the thought of modern philosophers on the relation of the body to the soul and Pope Benedict XVI’s response to them, Fr. White demonstrated that it was philosophically natural to hope in the resurrection from the dead.

“It is natural to want not to die,” he said. “And just because it is natural to want not to die—in part because we have an immaterial soul that we want to be united with our body— it can never be shown to be irrational to hope for the resurrection from the dead, even if reason cannot prove that we will rise from the dead.”

Read more about this brilliant lecture here or listen to it at Christendom on iTunes U.

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The College hosts a distinguished speaker each year on or around the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas (January 28) to speak on a philosophical or theological topic.

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Sophomore Laura Wynne discuss the topic further with Rev. White following his talk.


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Ladies Open Their Doors on Sunday

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Students had a blast hanging out Sunday afternoon at the first Women's Open House of the spring semester. After a whole month of Christmas break, everyone enjoyed catching up in the relaxed atmosphere of the girls' residence halls.

From guitars to violins, the halls of the dorms rang with music from both girls and guys who had brought their instruments to play and sing along to. Students had a blast playing games, chatting, and even enjoying snacks that some of the girls had set out for their guests.


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Freshmen Stephen Snyder, Emily Campion, Sterling Hackney and Pete Ruhl enjoy hanging out.

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Open House was a blast for freshmen Anne Ciskanik, Madeleine Deighan and Andrew Garcia.

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Freshmen Mary Lancaster, Nick Jaroma and Elisabeth Roberts relax at Open House.



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A Campus Treasure: the Rare Books Room

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Anyone who goes to the top floor of St. John the Evangelist Library will most assuredly notice the Rare Books room that looks out into the Rotunda, though many may know very little about it. Recently, The Chronicler sat down with Andrew Armstrong, Director of the Library, to talk about this unique room, and the special resources that it contains.

According to Armstrong, there are a little over 800 titles in the Rare Books room, though only around half of them are actually cataloged, due to the difficulty of the project. Many of the books are gifts from donors who received the books themselves from major university libraries that no longer wanted them.

Some of the highlights of the collection include a complete series of the G.K. Weekly Journal, published by G.K Chesterton, and after his death, by Hillarie Belloc, until he died in 1935. This unique set is highly valuable, especially since it contains even the pilot issue, which has never actually been bound.

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Other highlights include a Cantualis from the 1700's. In brief, a Cantualis is a very large music book, used by an entire choir at a time. Since printing was a long, tedious, and expensive process in those times, churches would have a large music book that the every member of the choir could see. This particular one is in need of repair, though still quite legible. The book came as a gift from English Professor Dr. Robert Rice, who himself received it as a gift.

Other items of interest include a complete set of the works of St. Thomas More, and an 1854 edition of Bleak House by Charles Dickens. The room also contains a work about Dickens, written and autographed by G.K. Chesterton, as well as numerous religious works dating as far back as the 1600's. The oldest book in the collection is a Latin primer, or book used to help teach Latin to students—this work dates all the way back to 1502.

The Rare Books room is not just a showroom as some people may think. It is in fact a place that certain professors like to hold their classes, as long as it can accommodate the number of students. It is a special favorite of the classics department, as well as certain professors from the literature department. This room is also a site of faculty and staff meetings, as well as the site of The Chester-Belloc Debate society meetings. And though many people think that it rare that access is gained to it, the room can be used by students any time, if they need a book for research.

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The marble table, donated by a law firm in Virginia, makes it an ideal room for important meetings.

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Notice the large book in the center with original leather binding from 1502.




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Interview with a Crusader

This week we stopped to chat with rugby player Ben Scrivener to get his take on athletics at Christendom College.

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How old are you and what year? I'm a Junior, 21 years old.

Where are you from?
Annapolis, Maryland.

Why did you choose Christendom?
Because my entire family came here and I saw how Christendom formed them so I knew it was the right place for me and the place that would strengthen my faith.

What sport do you play and for how long have you played it?
Rugby and I've played since I was 18 when I first joined a men's league near my home

What position to do you play?
I play Lock, which is the driving force of the scrum.

What's the rugby team looking like this year?
We have a lot of potential as long as we can come together as individuals

Whats the favorite activity of the Rugby team after wins?
Definitely the van rides.

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What is your favorite aspect of the Christendom sports program? The community and fellowship. All the guys here and all the teams have one common goal to become better men while striving for greatness in their sports. Christendom's sports teams recognizes that both can be done at the same time.

What would be your advice to a student athlete considering Christendom?
To get on a sports team because it will help organize your time and keep you in shape. But also to make sure to keep a good balance between school, your spiritual life, and the sport you play. Also, take advantage of the athletic department which is always willing to help.




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Q. Can you tell me more about Full-Tuition Scholarship competition?

A. Each fall, we award two full-tuition scholarships to two different incoming students. This means that the winners of the competition do not have to pay any money toward their tuition for the four years that they attend Christendom, but they do need to pay their room and board costs as well as any fees each year.

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We have been doing this for the past three years, and we've had about 25-30 applicants each year apply for it. So, the odds are really not all that bad. Students must have a 2100 or higher on the SAT or a 32 or higher on the ACT in order to be eligible to compete. Besides having the proper SAT/ACT score, students must write a specific essay and submit an application for the scholarship, as well as visit campus and meet with a faculty panel on a specific date.

Students must have the proper SAT/ACT score by the time they come for the meeting with the faculty, so some put off visiting until spring, while others, who already have achieved the necessary score, meet with the faculty in the fall.

If a student does not either qualify for, or win, the full-tuition scholarship, called the Padre Pio Scholarship, they can still get other presidential academic scholarships.

One last thing. Some have asked me what the faculty look for in their candidates, and from what I can tell, they are hoping to find someone who will be both an academic asset to the college, but also, a very involved member of the community. Well-rounded people are a sort of trademark of Christendom College, so they are looking for someone who will be very involved in all aspects of the college life: academic, religious, and social.

You can learn more about it here:
http://www.christendom.edu/admissions/fulltuition.php
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Director of Admissions
tmcfadden@christendom.edu
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.

A New Year & Music

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Name: Bridget McMahon
Age:
17
Year:
Freshman
From:
Front Royal, VA
Major:
Philosophy (hopefully)
Hobbies:
Basketball, volleyball
Who's your favorite professor or class? Prof. Mark Wunsch's Philosophy of Human Nature. I love trying, at least, to understand more of human nature, and Philosophy forces me to think in a different way from what I'm used to.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I play varsity basketball and volleyball, as well as try to participate in intramural sports. It's such a great way to become friends with people who may not be part of my group or in my class.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The classes and teachers. Being able to learn about the Catholic faith, its history and foundation, from people who love it and love the truth is truly amazing, and it is a great basis for whatever I do after school.
Why did you choose Christendom?
In the beginning, because my family wanted me too. But now that I'm here, I'm glad they did!
What surprises you the most about Christendom? I never knew how fun a small a school could be! It's a lot easier to know everyone - even easier than I thought.
What are your plans after graduation? I have so many! I just have to decide which one is the one God wants for me.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Pray about it. You don't have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life to come here, but it's a good step in whatever direction you end up going in.






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New Year's Party

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Last Monday, students gathered in St. Kilian’s Café to both celebrate the New Year, and enjoy one last party before the school semester kicked off. The building was packed with friends who had not seen each other for a month, and many reunions were made with Juniors returning from Rome. People shared the stories of their Christmas breaks, and caught up with each other. With good conversation and companionship in abundance, many enjoyed a friendly card game or a turn at the billiards table.

“I loved being back, and seeing all my friends,” said freshman Brad Torline. “It was great seeing the community back together again. And of course a game of cards with Padre Planty is always a blast!”
Drinks and snacks were served up by the Student Activities Council which hosted this celebration of a new calendar year, and the start of the spring semester. Music played in the background, giving the café a fun and welcoming atmosphere to all new and returning students.

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Senior Nick Blank, freshman Will Stamper, senior John McWhirter, and College Chaplain Fr. Planty enjoy a game of cards.

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Senior Steven Wood and Sophomore Tim Nodar catch-up.

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Friends reunited ring in the new year.



Turning to God: A Formation Series Talk

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The spring semester Student Life Formation Series kicked off last Tuesday evening, with a visit from Mr. Kevin Murphy, a personal friend of College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty. Focusing primarily on the dangers and solutions of alcoholism, Mr. Murphy delivered an emotional and gripping talk to the entire student body.

“It was a really unique talk in many ways,” said Sophomore Adrienne Willard. “Since he had never really given a talk like that before, it really seemed to bring him down to the level of the students. Because of that, it was easier to relate to him.”

Born into a Catholic family, Murphy fell away from his faith for many years as he struggled with his alcoholism. After bouncing back to his faith and a full life—thanks in part to Alcoholics Anonymous—Murphy now works in sales, and is himself a mentor for Alcoholics Anonymous. After relating several stories and experiences from his life, Mr. Murphy concluded by emphasizing that the only true solution to the problem was God.

“I know it may sound cheesy, but I turn to God,” Mr. Murphy stated. “That's just what I do. And it's the only thing that worked.”

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Murphy addresses the students.




Blessing Our New FM Radio Station

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On January 18, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde celebrated Mass at Christendom College and blessed the radio tower and transmitter of the college's new Catholic radio station WXDM 90.3 FM. The station, which launched late last year, is the first Catholic radio station to broadcast from Virginia.

During his homily, the bishop commended the college on the launch of the station.

"How proud I am as your diocesan Bishop and Shepherd. How proud you all must be to witness today the inauguration of a grace-filled opportunity at Christendom by beginning your own local FM radio station with the call letters WXDM at 90.3," Bishop Loverde said. "Through this modality, the good news will be transmitted to many people whom you and I would otherwise never reach or contact. And so, with you, I beseech our Blessed Lord to bless in every way and to prosper this good work, which has been undertaken."

Click here to find out more about Radio Christendom.

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Bishop Loverde blesses the congregation during the recessional.

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Following the blessing, College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell, Bishop Loverde, and Catholic Radio Association President Steve Gajdosik stand in front of the WXDM tower located behind Crusader Gymnasium.


A Sweet Night of Nutella

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The Italian phrase “il dolce far niente” is translated as “the sweetness of doing nothing.” The first Friday night of the new semester could be described quite literally by this poetic phrase.

Nutella Night, hosted by the returning juniors from Rome, was a night spent in conversation and laughs, with delicious desserts close by. The event, held in Regina Coeli, was meant to introduce current freshman with the juniors who spent last semester in Rome. And what better way to break the ice than by sharing a jar of Nutella while talking about the beautiful city of Rome?

“I loved being able to finally put faces to names and hear about everyone’s Rome experience," said freshman Madi Jennings. "Every conversation made me even more excited to attend the Rome Program.”

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Freshmen Pete Ruhl and Chris Scotto show up to meet some juniors.

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A night spent welcoming the returning Juniors from Rome, with delicious desserts and many laughs.



Cup o' Coeli

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The first Saturday of new semester featured the annual musical event Cup O’ Coeli. Set in the cozy and intimate atmosphere of the Chester-Belloc Room of Regina Coeli Hall, this winter showcase of students’ musical talent has always been a favorite of students. A standing-room only crowd packed the room to enjoy a wide variety of fantastic musical performances.

"I am always amazed at the diverse and exciting assortment of musical talent at our school," said sophomore Maria Bonvissuto.

Students sat entranced by beautiful guitar and a capella pieces, laughed at hilarious songs, including those by Katie Shannon and also members of the Writing Center, and clapped along to rousing Irish songs played by the trio “Roamin’ Catholics” (Juniors Connor Knox and Michael Arnold, along with Sophomore Peter Romanchuk). The line-up also contained quite a few dynamic sibling duos that brought down the house with their performances. In between acts, the audience was able to enjoy an incredible spread of food and entertainment from emcees Nate Collins and Peter Foeckler.


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Sophomore Gabrielle Cintorino plays an original piece.

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Sibling duo: sophomore Katy and junior Michael Arnold.

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The “Roamin’ Catholics” play a rousing Irish song.

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Senior Sarah Halbur and sophomore Leif Pilegaard teamed up to treat the audience to some impressive fiddle playing.

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Freshman Suzy Curran performs “Brick by Brick.”

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Seniors Theresa Lamirande and Eric Maschue show off their impressive harmonies.

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MC's Senior Nate Collins and Sophomore Peter Foeckler keep the crowd entertained in between acts.

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Sophomore Megan Kesckes gives an amazing performance on the guitar.

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Brothers John and Peter Hill show off their musical talent.



Swing 'n' Sundaes


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On Sunday, the first Swing 'n' Sundaes event of the year brought the St. Lawrence Commons to life. Picking up right where last semester left off, students kept the dance floor moving late into the evening, enjoying traditional Christendom swing music, and if necessary, help from an instructor. Associate Director of Admissions, Zac Inman, who serves as the Staff Moderator for Swing 'n' Sundaes, was very happy with the turnout.

“The numbers were great,” he said. “It was close to the biggest crowd we've had. It was almost like an actual school dance. Hopefully we can build on this, and continue with this much success in the future.”

With a great mix of people from all classes, Sunday night was a night of great fun, music, companionship, and dancing, topped off by a delicious serving of ice cream.

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Sophomore Grace O'Reilly and Junior Conor O'Donnell get into the groove of the music.

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Senior Phil Briggs and Freshman Cecilia Flagg share a laugh on the dance floor.

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Swing 'n Sundaes organizer Catherine McFadden and Head RA Dan Mitchell enjoy the 'sundae' part of the event.

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Senior Bailey Lowe gets a swingin' dip from senior Peter Spiering.

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Juniors Brendan Vieira and Margaret Santschi swing away.

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Juniors Conor Knox and Marissa DePalma dance to a tune.



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Meet Dr. Andrew Beer

Chronicler Reporter Maria Bonvissuto caught up with Classics and Early Christian Studies Professor Dr. Andrew Beer last week to ask him a few questions about his teaching experience at Christendom.

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Maria: Where were you educated and how did you end up at Christendom?
Dr. Beer: I was educated at Hillsdale College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Virginia. Last spring I applied for the Visiting Lectureship in the Department of Classical & Early Christian Studies. I was very happy to get this position and to accept a full-time position in the fall.

M: What classes do you teach?
DB: Latin 101-102 and Latin 201-202.

M: What do you like most about Christendom?
DB: The Catholic community.

M: What surprised you most about Christendom?

DB: The moderation with which technology is used at Christendom. This was a pleasant surprise.

M: What are your areas of expertise and/or research?

DB: Greek and Latin literature, especially epic poetry and Plato.

M: Do you have any hobbies?

DB: Spending time with my family. Following the Chicago Cubs.

M: What kind of professional activities and/or associations are you involved in?

DB: I'm a member of the American Philological Association and the Classical Association of the Midwest and South. At the University of Virginia I participated in the St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought.

M: What would you say to those who claim that studying Latin and Classics is impractical in today's world?

DB: Studying Latin and Greek is an excellent way to learn about the structure of language itself. The Greeks and Romans first named and studied the basic functions of language, and we still use the names they invented whenever we study a language grammatically. Study of Latin and Greek makes us able to think about language with greater understanding and sophistication and to speak with greater clarity and elegance--skills that are useful in virtually every human pursuit. Apart from this practical utility, Latin and Greek are also languages of gigantic beauty, and Greek and Latin literature an inexhaustible source of delight.



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Crusader Basketball Back in Action

After a long and well-deserved Christmas vacation things are back in full swing on campus. For the basketball teams, the season got into action very quickly with classes starting last Tuesday and the first games being just last weekend. So with a few practices under their belts, the teams took to the hard-court for another month of basketball before the end of the season.

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The Lady Crusaders hosted Appalachian Bible College this past Friday evening for the opening game of the semester. The team welcomed sophomores Julie McMahon and Clare Duda to the team as they said goodbye to Hannah Ethridge and Klarissa Blank who will be headed to Rome in just a short time. Under first-year head coach Katy Vander Woude, the team took control of the game early with 5-points from freshman Bridget McMahon. Appalachian fought back to take a two-point lead going into halftime. The Lady Crusaders came out in the second half determined to revenge the previous loss to Appalachian in November. Behind 13-points from junior Bridget Vander Woude, and a career high 10 points for Bridget McMahon, the Lady Crusaders held on and sealed the win by a final score of 46-38.

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The very next day the Lady Crusader were back at it when they hosted Shenandoah Chesapeake Conference opponent Mid-Atlantic University from Elizabeth City, NC. The Lady Crusaders took an early lead, but Mid-Atlantic went on an offensive barrage reigning down three pointers. The Mustangs of MACU finished the game shooting a tremendous percentage from the field. Benita Boyd led all scorers with 17 points. The hot shooting from the Mustangs and back-to-back games was too much for the Lady Crusaders as MACU would take the victory.

The team is off until Wednesday when they travel to Trinity University and then host Lord Fairfax next Saturday.

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The men’s basketball team also got back to action this past weekend when they hosted Appalachian Bible on Saturday. The teams met back in late November with Appalachian claiming a narrow victory. Despite just a few practices prior to the game the Crusaders came out with hustle and determination. Senior Mark Hepler—often the personification of hustle—took two charges during the game which was a highlight to the team and fans. Jonathan Fioramonti and Brian McCrum despite leaving for Rome in the upcoming weeks were able to play in the game and contributed on both ends. Fioramonti along with Hepler played tremendous individual defense on Noah Smith, the 3 point sharp-shooter of Appalachian. The duo held him to just 8 points including no made three pointers compared to the 20 points he accumulated in the first match. Freshman John Hill who started his first game for the Crusaders also gave the team a much needed lift on the boards and on the defensive end. Jeremy Minick continued his strong play as he finished barely missing a double-double—scoring 28 points and dishing out a game-high 9 assists. The Crusaders built a 7-point lead late in the second half, but the Appalachian team fought back to cut it to 3 points. Nevertheless, repeated defensive stops by the Crusaders ensured the victory as the team went to 1-0 for the semester.

The team hosts Mid-Atlantic Christian on Saturday and Patrick Henry College on Monday.


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Jeremy Minick looks to add two more to the Crusaders' score.

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Senior Tim McPhee takes it to the hole.


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Q. I am really good at my math and science-related subjects in high school, yet, I also like the idea of Christendom’s liberal arts curriculum, which doesn’t seem to offer much in the math and science department. Is there some way that I can do both if I attend Christendom?

A. This is a very common question that is asked of me, and I am glad that I can once again try my hand at giving you a suitable answer.

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From my understanding, normally, the reason people like math/science related subjects is because their brains are wired that way and they like the idea of things being black and white, right and wrong, objectively true rather than subjectively true. Additionally, they are interested in the reasons why things are the way they are, thus the desire to understand how things work and operate through the sciences.

When I came to Christendom as a freshman many years ago, I was the math kid. It was my favorite subject. I scored 200+ points higher on the math section of my SAT than on the reading section. My Dad has an Electrical Engineering degree, two of my brothers have computer science degrees, one of my brothers has a doctorate in Electrical Engineering, and my sister is a math teacher. Math seemingly runs through my blood.

But I am here to tell you that Christendom has many offerings for those who tend toward “right side of the brain” activities. We offer many math classes (in which one can get a minor in math, if desired)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Thought
  • Euclidean Geometry
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Computer Programming
  • Calculus I, II, III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Modal Logic
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Differential Equations
And we also offer a number of science courses as well:
  • Introduction to Scientific Thought
  • Descriptive Astronomy
  • General Physics I and II
  • Laboratory for General Physics I & II
And besides the actual math and science offerings, there are many subjects that work well with the “right side of the brain” people. If people like objective truth, it doesn’t get much more objective than Theology. If people like to figure things out and learn to understand what makes things tick, then Philosophy is the subject to study. History is also very good for people who like to keep things objective. Studying these subjects definitely fulfills the needs of a “right brain” person, so it is not always necessary to actually study math/science in college, even if it is your favorite subject. Take it from me, a Theology major.

Finally, I wanted to let you know something that my brother, Michael, told me a while back. He came to Christendom for two years and took all the core curriculum courses that were offered (history, Theology, philosophy, political science, English), as well as a whole bunch of math classes. After two years, he decided that he wanted to do electrical engineering, so he transferred to George Mason University.

Because he had taken so many math courses at Christendom he didn’t need to take any more math courses to fulfill his degree in engineering, and he finished up with his EE degree in just three additional years. He eventually went on to get his doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Delaware. He currently works in Texas and recently told me that he tends to use more of what he learned in his two years at Christendom than he does all the scientific stuff he studied for 8 years. I asked him why and he said that it is because scientists spend much of their time doing various projects, and when the project is over, there needs to be some sort of synopsis or paper written up about it. As a result of his Christendom liberal arts education, he says that he is quite often selected to be the project manager and therefore, the one responsible for writing up the findings. So, there’s something to be said for a well-rounded, well-read scientist.

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