Dancing & S'mores


Name: Bobby Crnkovich
Age: 19
From: McLean, VA
Growing my awesome beard (which I trimmed for my mom), honing my rugby skills, walrus impersonations, chillin’ with the great Christendom gals (and guys sometimes)
What is your favorite class or professor?
I don’t think I could single one out. I have had and currently have many good teachers and classes. Some of my favorites this year are Prof. Michael Kelly’s History 201, Prof. Eric Jenislawski’s Old Testament, and Prof. Mike Brown’s Ethics. In my freshmen year I really liked, Dr. Patrick Keats, Fr. Donald Planty, Dr. John Cuddeback, and Dr. Timothy O’Donnell to name a few.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
Serving and being a sacristan, rugby, the intramurals (they are all really fun), Upper-Under and East-West (I was on Upper and the East—we won both this year by a lot), helping SAC events to be a blast, residence hall clubs, and spring break mission trips.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
Apart from the tremendous availability of the sacraments, and the great classes, my favorite thing about Christendom is that it has become another home to me full of great loving people.
Why did you choose Christendom? Originally I was thinking of going to a different school to get a Math or Science major, but I had a desire to learn about being a good man and to build a strong foundation for life by studying the liberal arts. That may sound kind of cheesy, but that’s why.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
I don’t know if I can get surprised easily or, if I do, I don’t feel surprised. So I can’t think of any surprising things about Christendom, but its chaplain makes it almost like a parish in that it offers so many opportunities to grow in faith... and rugby is a great sport.
What are your plans after graduation? I’m not sure yet, I may try to pick up a math or science degree or get a job and a life or see what my vocation is.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Christendom is a great liberal arts school with lots of great people. If you come here get involved in the sacraments, SAC, the intramurals, dance at the dances, get to know the people here (and don’t forget about the faculty and staff they are very good people) and RUGBY(it teaches a ton of valuable lessons).


All Dressed Up and Ready to Dance

The Contra Semi-Formal took place in the Chester-Belloc Room on Saturday, November 17. Students who met for Contra Club every week learned and practiced new contra dances, and they got to exhibit these dances at the Semi-Formal. Thus, for those students who love to contra dance, this event is the highlight of the semester.

“Contra Semi-Formal is always one of my favorite dances of the semester,” says Senior Rachel Kujawa. “It is always such fun to take a break from studying and dance the night away with friends!”

As always, the Virginia Reel and Ladies’ Chain were very popular dances as well.

Seniors Johanna Troendle and Nicholas Weber enjoy a dance.

There was an elegant spread of gourmet foods to enjoy.

Contra dance events always feature a variety of dances that are fun and easy to learn.

Sophomore Alex Clark sashays with junior Monica Davis.

S'more Please!

The Student Activities Council hosted a bonfire for students on Saturday evening, November 17, in St. Catherine’s Glade. Students enjoyed being in each other’s company and conversing over hot chocolate, s’mores, and snacks.

“The bonfire was very enjoyable because I got to hang out with my peers all night,” says Freshman Sean Salmon. “The marshmallows just enhanced the atmosphere!”

The hot cocoa and s'mores, made it a great way to enjoying the cool fall night.

The Last Debate

Sunday night, the Chester-Belloc Debate Society held their last debate of the semester, titled, “After 40 years, the March for life has done nothing, but make us feel good about ourselves.” Many attended this controversial debate and new inductees, such as, freshmen Peter Zinman and Kevin Young who took the floor to speak on this issue. With many moving speeches on both the pro and con side, the night was filled with emotion. Christendom students, alumni, and faculty all contributed to the given resolution and after a vigorous evening of debating, it was time to vote. The final vote was 8 pro and 21 cons, showing that the resolution had failed! Until next semester, senior and Society Chairman Sean Connolly, bids adieu to further debates and thanks all who have attended this fall semester.

The Chester-Belooc Debate Society hosts a number of debates each semester, intentionally choosing provoking issues that encourage students to practice public speaking and hone their rhetorical skills.

Freshman Hugh Forester argues against the proposition.

Cultural Conservatism

On Monday evening, November 19, the Cincinnatus League presented Dr. James Matthew Wilson to speak on “The Drama of Cultural Conservatism” in St. Kilian's Café. Dr. Wilson is a Professor of Literature at Villanova University, and he came to Christendom as a very special guest lecturer. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed his lecture on the very relevant topic of cultural conservatism. Dr. Wilson gave very practical examples of what this has meant in past decades, and what it now means in today’s society.

“Dr. Wilson delved deep into the annals of conservative history, making distinction after distinction about where the movement has gone and where it is heading,” says Senior Matt Naham. “It was a real privilege to attend such a learned presentation on culture and philosophy.”

The Cincinnatus League is student-faculty club, which aids students in the application of the philosophical foundation they have received at Christendom to contemporary education, culture, and politics.

Roman Orchestras and Food

On the Feast of the Dedication of Saints Peter and Paul, November 18, Dr. and Mrs. O’Donnell hosted a Music Appreciation Night at their home.Students enjoyed Italian fair as they listened to music by Ottorino Respighi. Three orchestral pieces were featured: "The Fountains of Rome,” “The Pines of Rome,” and “Roman Festivals.” Social events at the homes of professors are just part of what makes Christendom's educational experience so unique and personal.

Processing in Honor of Christ the King

This Sunday, most of the students had not returned from Thanksgiving break, but that did not stop a small group and Assistant Chaplin Fr. Mark Byrne from holding Christendom's annual Eucharistic Procession in honor of the Feast of Christ the King. Students, staff, faculty and friends of the College processed with our Lord around campus as they prayed the rosary and sang hymns.

The College holds Eucharistic and Marian processions every year.


Porta Fidei – the Door of Faith

Everything comes to an end. And so like everything else, so has our semester in Rome. The last week was a scramble to complete the check-list of places to visit and things to do. Saturday, a group of students completed the seven church pilgrimage of St. Philip Neri—joining in the 16th century tradition of walking to Rome’s seven major basilicas was worth sacrificing a study-day before finals. Sunday, we attended mass at St. Peter’s, conveniently also the feast of the dedication of the Churches of St. Peter and St. Paul. With finals complete on Tuesday, students celebrated by constructing class notes into paper airplanes and flying them from the dome of St. Peter’s.

As a few students had flights home a day earlier than the rest, Wednesday evening my friends and I planned a pizza picnic at the Bourgese Gardens. The group bought food from a favorite pizzeria – a rustic Italian shop where you can watch the chef creates your order and cooks it in a large open oven. Best pizza in Rome! We took the food up to the gardens to enjoy—sitting along the edge of the garden terrace and relishing the view of the Roman skyline was the perfect way to close the semester together.

The next morning, Thanksgiving Day, the remaining students attended Mass at the tomb of St. Peter. Our semester began with Mass at the tomb, so to end there made the semester seem complete. At the farewell luncheon with the faculty and staff, we discussed how it was fitting the semester end coincided with Thanksgiving. Perhaps the Italian lunch was not turkey and pumpkin pie, but the emotions felt at the conclusion of our semester tied in perfectly with the idea of the holiday. Living in Rome for three months gives you much to be thankful for! We thanked the teachers and faculty for their hard work. Even more so, we were thankful for our families, homes and country to which we would soon return.

Summarizing the semester in one Rome Report is difficult. It was a personal, spiritual, and intellectual growth for each person. G.K. Chesterton best describes the idea of travel when he says its object is “not to set foot on foreign land; it is to set food on one’s own country as a foreign land.” The change is not in the object, but the viewer, who is able to see things, appreciate things, or judge things from a new focus. Often travelers find this from comparing cultures and peoples. However, for my classmates and I, it was more than just experiencing a new culture. We experienced Catholicism alive in Rome. In the catacombs and Coliseum, we met the martyrs; in the churches and relics, we encountered the saints; in the Holy Father, we saw Christ and His Church. It was the “necessary personal conversion” Pope Benedict described during the inauguration the year of Faith in October. He spoke of the ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) which is “always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church.”

The excitement and beauty of the semester was encountering our faith, which can only impact us personally and change our world view for the rest of our lives.

Thanksgiving in Rome.

Frolicking through Roman fields.

The great pyramid of Rome.

Coin toss in the Trevi Fountain.

Conor Knox helps Helen Snyder perfect her paper airplane for flight...

...from the dome of St. Peter's.

They're going to miss that brick oven pizza!

Twilight in the Eternal City.

Pizza and the Roman skyline.

Professors & Academics Beyond the Classroom

While the professors at Christendom College provide one of the best personal educational experiences in the nation, they do more than just teach. Many of the faculty participate in a variety of fascinating academic activities outside of the classroom. From lecturing as guest speakers at various events to attending conferences to writing books, teachers keep themselves busy outside of school hours.

Some professors have been recognized with high honors for research done in their respective fields. Just this past year, Associate Professor of History Dr. Christopher Shannon received a major fellowship for a research project sponsored by the prestigious Historical Society called “The Salvation of the Nations: Sacred and Secular Narratives of Progress in the Postwar West.” As a result, Dr. Shannon will receive funding to spend the next two years taking a break from full-time teaching to research and publish a paper based on this project.

It’s not uncommon for faculty members to be invited to give talks to audiences outside of Christendom, whether in Virginia or other parts of the world. In June of 2012, Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell gave several talks at the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. Closer to home, Philosophy Professor Mark Wunsch delivered a lecture this month sponsored at the Institute of Catholic Culture. Held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Northern Virginia, his speech was entitled “Desire: Understanding the Will of Man.”

Professors also give free lectures to Christendom students outside of class time. History Professor Michael Lane gave a talk sponsored by the Christendom Library in October giving his student audience a peek into his doctoral dissertation about vocational discernment. And this coming week, students will be able to attend Professor Dr. Kurt Poterack’s lecture on “The Sacred Liturgy and Faith.”

Besides all of this, there are numerous other interesting academic projects Christendom professors have been involved in. This summer, Philosophy Professor Dr. John Cuddeback participated in a series of Catholic Lecture Courses being filmed for St. Benedict’s Press. Meanwhile, in June, Astronomy Professor Dr. George Garrigan joined hundreds of other astronomers in Hawaii to observe the rare transit of Venus.

One can be sure that if Christendom professors aren’t grading a paper or delivering a classroom seminar, they’re staying busy and making important contributions to the academic community at large throughout the world.


Student-Athletes Receive National Recognition

Ten Christendom College student-athletes are nominated to the 2102 USCAA National All-Academic Team. To receive the nomination each student-athlete achieved at least a 3.5 GPA in addition to their contributions to their teams.

“One of the benefits of being part of a National Conference is that our student-athletes who work so hard to excel in all they do are able to be recognized by the conference for their achievements” says Chris Vander Woude, Athletic Director at the College.

This fall’s recipients were seniors Tim Beer, Nicholas Blank, Lisa Hill, Katie Wunderlich, and Charlie Rollino; juniors Klarissa Blank and Jonathan Fioramonti; and sophomores Peter Foeckler, Mark Turner, and Peter Stephens.

These student-athletes participated in one of three fall sports that Christendom offers: women’s volleyball and soccer, as well as men’s soccer. Christendom boasts seven varsity intercollegiate sports, which sets itself apart from other colleges who are similar in size and enrollment.

“We believe that Christendom offers a uniquely balanced opportunity for student-athletes, like these ten, to be able to compete at the college level, while at the same time being formed academically and spiritually through a Catholic liberal arts education,” Vander Woude says. “These recipients demonstrate what is possible here at Christendom—to strive for excellence in all they do.”

All ten students played important roles in their teams' successes this past season. Seven of them were starters on their respective teams, including Tim Beer who will graduate having started each soccer game for the Crusaders during his four years at Christendom. These student-athletes are also involved in many other facets of campus life and serve as Residence Assistants, Student Activities Council members, Student Ambassadors, sacristans, and altar servers. In addition many are dual sport student-athletes, who also play basketball or baseball.

The USCAA is a national organization that exists to provide quality athletic competition on a regional and national level. The USCAA focuses specifically on smaller institutions of higher learning and their student-athletes. The association believes that all athletes and programs deserve the same national opportunities as larger institutions and works to provide those opportunities. Find out more at theuscaa.com.

Q I am a bit of a procrastinator. In fact, I was going to ask you this question about a month ago, but, well, I put it off.
smile But what I want to know is this: I really want to apply to Christendom, and I want to be able to apply for financial aid, but, I think I have missed the opportunity to apply by the December 1 deadline. Is there any hope for me? Can I still apply and get accepted and get some money?

A. There is always hope, my friend, even for the procrastinators out there! OK, so here's the deal. December 1 is the Early Action Application Deadline. What that really means is this: those who get all of their application materials in to my office by Dec. 1 will get an answer from our admissions committee by December 15. Those people can then apply for financial aid in February, and they have to send in their deposit to reserve their spot by March 15.

If you are not going to make the December 1 deadline, nothing to worry about, for now. You can still apply and get everything in to my office by March 1, the Regular Application Deadline, and you have lost nothing. You can still apply for financial aid (loans and grants), and you can still take your SAT or ACT many more times to achieve academic scholarship levels (1920 or higher on the SAT or 29 or higher on the ACT), but the downfall to waiting until March 1 is that you will not get an answer from our admissions committee until right around April 1. Sometimes, though, based on space and the quality of applicants, we do give answers before April 1, it depends.

Christendom does not accept federal funds or financial aid, but we do offer a robust financial aid program, funded by our generous donors. Therefore, the FAFSA does not work for us, but rather, we have our own financial aid form that needs to be filled out and submitted.
Here is a link to our current form for this year, the new one for the 2013-14 year will be on our website in January. You can't do this, normally, until tax returns have been filed for the 2012 year.

So, there you have it. There is plenty of time, and plenty of money left for you to get, so don't put it off too long, or you may just end up on the waiting list!

Director of Admissions
[email protected]
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.

Lady Windermere's Fan


Name: Gabriella Federico
Corydon, KY
Undecided, but either History or English Language & Literature
Creating a reputation to precede me, laughing, talking, and wearing animal print.
What is your favorite class or professor?
Over the course of the semester, I have come to absolutely love all my professors, but my favorite class is definitely History with Dr. Brendan McGuire. I love history itself, and Dr. McGuire is a didactic professor with a great sense of humor (except when he teases me). His class is the only one where I'm able to participate in seminars, and I enjoy asserting my opinion. Plus also his teaching style is very appropriate for me, since I have the attention span of a caffeinated squirrel.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I was in the Christendom Players production of Lady Windermere's Fan this semester, and I'm a sidewalk counselor for Shield of Roses. I love the fine arts, but my favorite part of the play was cultivating deeper relationships with my cast-mates. I love, love, love being involved with Shield, because the pro-life movement is very important to me, and I want to be involved in it on a grander scale post-graduation.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
I have so many! I would have to say though the plethora of amazing friends I have here who keep me disciplined and sane and love me every day. I thank God for them! Friendship is an amazing gift, and I am profoundly blessed.
Why did you choose Christendom?
The credit goes to my beautiful sister, Sara, who is graduating this spring. She has loved Christendom since she started high school. She encouraged me to visit and urged me to do what I needed in order to apply—and ultimately apply. I love you, sissy. smile
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
The way it has caused me to change (for the better, in my opinion). I can't adequately convey the depth of change I have experienced in such a short period of time, so I won't try. I know that I have many more changes to undergo, and even though they can at times be difficult to bear, the outcome is so, so worth it.
What are your plans after graduation? I am so spastic. I've toyed with so many different ideas! I'm a classically trained soprano, so I might do something with music. As I stated previously, I want to be involved in the pro-life movement. And I would also love to be a missionary in Russia. So I might just combine the three and be some sort of evangelical activist who masquerades as a famous singer. Or a professional wine taster. . .we'll see.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? VISIT! Be open. Make time for your prayer life, even if you feel like you don't have the time. You do, and you'll feel better if you make an effort to be devoted. And finally: LOVE! That's the most important thing. smile


Players Perform An Oscar Wilde Classic

The Christendom College Players brought Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan to life at the Warren County High School auditorium on November 9-11.

"I was very pleased with the performances and very proud of the dedicated, hard working cast and crew," the play’s director Dr. Patrick Keats said. "It was an interesting combination of experienced and inexperienced performers—as well as a good representation of all the classes, from freshmen to seniors.”

Bright and detailed costumes captured the 1890’s Victorian London setting as the student cast brought Wilde’s ingenious plot to life. The talented cast included senior Sarah Halbur, freshman Monica Dilworth, sophomore Nick Gossin, sophomore Alex Clark, sophomore Rocina Daez, junior James Ciskanik, and many others.

Every year the Christendom Players produce two plays: one in the fall and one in the spring. And because Christendom does not have a drama department, students from across all disciplines are welcome to audition for the performances, making Christendom's liberal arts experience rich in the fine arts as well.

Sophomore Rocina Daez and Senior Alexis Thornton gave energetic performances.

Lady Windermere (freshman Monica Dilworth) gets unsolicited counsel from Mrs. Erlynne (senior Sarah Halbur).

Lord Windermere discovers his wife's fan in the quarters of Lord Darlington.

Halbur's performance of Mrs. Erlynne was spectacular.

Congratulations to the Players for another great performance!


Holy Hike!

Twenty-one students joined Head Chaplain Father Planty for a day trip to Harper's Ferry, WV, on Saturday. They hiked up to Maryland Heights, where they prayed together and received a short talk by Father Planty. They then spent the beautiful afternoon exploring the historic town.

Enjoying the view of Harper's Ferry.

Prose & Poetry

Both literary classics and quirky new poems were brought to life at Sacred Grounds on Tuesday night as the Christendom library hosted its annual Prose & Poetry Night. Students and faculty alike took their turns reading and reciting from memory works from the likes of T.S. Eliot, Ogden Nash, and W.H. Auden. While partaking of the many refreshments provided, the audience heard elegies, lyrical poems, two-line rhymes, everything in between. Students also read some of their own original poetry. The hit of the night was the array of recitations given by some of the faculty. Students were delighted to hear Fr. Planty deliver a Spanish poem, English professor Dr. Linton read “Custard the Cowardly Dragon,” and Student Activities Director Caitlin Bowers recite a beautiful French canticle, to name a few.

Freshman Amy Marter, who recited an original poem, thoroughly enjoyed her first Poetry night. “It was a lot of fun and very inspiring to hear such a variety of poems from students and faculty members,” she said. “There are some ideas that can only be expressed in poetry and it was so cool to be at an event where those ideas could be expressed.”

Professor Lippiello recites T.S. Eliot.

Junior Grace Gniewek shares a few short poems.

Fr. Planty captivates the audience with a Spanish poem.


At Home in Rome

As I mentioned, Rome has begun to feel like home for the students here. It sounds so cute to say it – the words even rhyme. However, it’s easy to forget that it took several months to grow accustomed to the city. Obviously staying in the Eternal City has brought countless unique blessings and experiences. However as the semester draws to an end, we’ve realized that the greatest lessons learned have come from the little inconveniences of living in a foreign country.

For instance, cooking in Rome…. Hotel Residence Candia offers rooms complete with kitchens, which is exciting for the students who love to cook. However, we quickly discovered shopping for ingredients a little tricky. The Italian language isn’t just spoken here…its on all the labels in the stores too! Personally, cheeses are confusing even in English. So when shopping for specific things like all-fabric bleach, your Italian dictionary quickly becomes your best friend. The plus side of cooking in Italy is that all the food is fresh. Especially the milk. It took a number of tries to successfully avoid curdle in the milk and to find the correct type of cheese when making simple macaroni and cheese.

Besides language differences, there are also cultural differences; the number of things we take for granted, such as not paying in exact change or places being open all day, is amazing!
Pranzo, the Italian version of a siesta, initially sounded like a great idea when we first learned about it. Until our first church-hopping excursion was a failure because we started right after lunch, in typical American fashion. We then realized the only people benefiting from pranzo were those getting the naps. However, the oddity of churches closing during the day has left us wandering the streets, helping us discover stores or our favorite gelatoria.

Adding the fact that college students need to save money makes things even trickier. There are no free shopping bags here, so we’ve learned to save and reuse them. Fresh water is available either in bottles or at the city fountains; we’ve saved money by refilling bottles across the street from Residence Candia. While the cashiers soon got over the American students bringing their own shopping bags, the Italian passersby will never stop staring at students filling up numbers of jugs at a street fountain.

Besides teaching us to think ahead, improvise, and practice patience, these instances have enabled us to laugh at ourselves. One of my friends observed that one of the worst things is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist. So later, when I was filling up water bottles and a tourist came up to ask for directions, I wondered what I looked like and had to smile.

Living in Rome for the past two months has been an adventure – a term that is key because it includes both exciting and fun times as well as those when things don’t go exactly as planned. The trick to traveling (and life in general) is to learn from everything, the good as well as the inconvenient.

It's the season for pumpkins and gourds even in Italy.

Can someone help Joe Brizek? Is this the right detergent, Mom?

At home in Candia.

Taking advantage of the fine Italian ingredients can produce amazing results in the kitchen.

Marisa DePalma finds out that "her" gelateria has 150 flavors of gelato!

Christendom ladies vie for one of Andrew Hepler's roses.

On tour with Prof. Liz Lev at the Vatican Museum.

Education for A Lifetime Program

This year Christendom College launched its Education for a Lifetime Program (ELP). Part of the program is a new class requirement for students in their freshman and sophomore years. The purpose of the program is to instill greater confidence in the students of Christendom, as they take their next steps following graduation.

The Freshman Class of 2016 was the first to experience the program this fall semester. For the first six weeks of school, freshman students learned about the “importance of a liberal arts education and how to apply it to career goals after graduation.” The class was broken into three sections and taught by Director of Career Development Mr. Mike Mochel, Librarian Stephen Pilon, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Snyder.

One particularly fun session, was a three part workshop taught by Mr. Mochel, where students were able to get their results to the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) personality type assessment test, which they had previously taken on the first day of orientation.

“I loved being able to see my results on the personality type assessment and learn ways to apply my certain personality type in the workplace,” said Freshman Maryann Riccardi.

As students’ progress through the ELP program, they will learn even more skills to benefit them in today's competitive workplace. The Education for a Lifetime Program is a great complement to the College's fantastic liberal arts education and will help students embark on successful careers after graduation.


Lady Crusaders Earn First Win of the Season

The women’s basketball team traveled to Mont Alto, Penn., last night to take on USCAA opponent Penn State Mont Alto. The Lady Crusaders have not lost to the Nittany Lions and despite Mont Alto showcasing a revamped team, including 7 freshmen, the women of Christendom had no intention of losing for the first time!
Donning their new away jerseys the Lady Crusaders came out a bit slow after the bus ride, trailing 0-6 in the first 2-minutes of the game. But the women shook off the slow start and steadily improved as the game went on. Freshman Rachel Snyder spearheaded a tenacious defense that helped the Lady Crusaders build a small lead in the first half. Point guard Morgan Kavanagh paced the team on offense and, with great unselfish play, the team found open teammates time and time again to make buckets.

Beginning the second half, the Crusaders kept up their intensity on the defensive end holding Mont Alto scoreless for over 3 minutes and controlling the defensive boards despite being outsized. Junior Hannah Ethridge led the Lady Crusaders with 11 rebounds for the game.

Fueled by an uneasy home crowd, the Nittany Lions made a surge toward the end of the game, cutting a seven point lead to just two with nine seconds to go. Rachel Snyder was fouled and buried the first of her two free-throws. After missing the second free-throw, the Lions raced forward for a last second chance, but their efforts never came close and the Lady Crusaders emerged with their first win of the season by a final score of 50-47.

“I am so proud of these girls," head coach Katy Vander Woude said. "We fought hard the entire game and didn’t fold in the end but remained strong despite the home crowd. Our entire team deserves the credit for this win as everyone played an important part in the win.”

In fact all of the eight Lady Crusaders who entered the game scored at least one point, including Morgan Kavanagh who led the team with 14 points. Fellow junior Bridget Vander Woude finished with eight points and nine rebounds while Elizabeth Slaten, Hannah Etheridge, Cecelia Heisler, and Rachel Snyder all finished with at least six points.

“We need to keep working hard in practice. We have many new parts to the team and each practice and game helps us play better with each other,” Coach Vander Woude said.

Both the men and women's basketball teams are off until Tuesday, when they travel to Washington, D.C, to play Gallaudet University before Thanksgiving break.

Q. I’m looking at a couple other colleges (I know, shame on me), particularly ones that offer a Great Books type program, and I was wondering what your thoughts were on these types of colleges. And why isn’t Christendom a Great Books program?

A. There are a number of good Catholic colleges out there today offering Great Books type programs – some are stricter in their interpretation of the Great Books, others a little more loose. Most of these schools are small, and they are very attractive to a certain type of student.

A Great Books Program, is one which studies a certain limited number of primary texts in a Socratic or discussion type forum. No textbooks or secondary sources are used in a Great Books program and all students study the exact same subjects and receive one degree, a BA in Liberal Arts, without having choices of majors.

Christendom would be categorized as offering a classical liberal arts education. We rely heavily on many of the exact same primary texts read in a Great Books program, but we also use many secondary sources to gain deeper understanding of the subject matter. Additionally, we rely heavily on the great education and knowledge of our esteemed faculty. All of them have read more on the subjects that they teach than probably the whole student body put together. We rely on their insights into their subject matter and want to hear what they think about this or that topic in their area of expertise, as opposed to relying on the insights of college-aged students (which happens quite often in a Great Books Program).

Also, the vast majority of our classes are lecture format (with an average class size of around 18-22 students) with students having the ability to ask questions and make comments during class. Although we do have a very strong core curriculum which lasts two and a half years, following the completion of the core, students are given the opportunity to delve deeper into one of six areas of study and major in Theology, Philosophy, English Language and Literature, Classics, Political Science, or History.

Additionally, most Great Books programs do not offer history as part of their curriculum because generally, in order to do an in-depth survey of history, textbooks are used. Here at Christendom, we rely heavily on College founder Dr. Warren Carroll's History of Christendom series of books.

Of course, there are other differences, but these are the ones I think may be easiest understood. I hope that this clarifies a couple of the differences between a Great Books Program and what Christendom offers. Here is
our core curriculum at a glance.

Here is an interesting (although a little long) look at the idea of studying the Great Books by a former University of Dallas professor named Frederick D. Wilhelmsen.

In short, Christendom is not a Great Books program because we wanted to provide our students with the age-old scholastic approach to education (the same approached used at all of the Catholic colleges and universities founded in Europe back in the day on through the 20th Century), giving them a solid core curriculum in the liberal arts, ordered by Thomistic wisdom within an historical matrix. This could not be achieved through a Great Books program.

I welcome any further questions on the matter that you have and don’t ever be ashamed of looking at other colleges – it’s how you realize which is best for you!
Well said.
Director of Admissions
[email protected]
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.

Music & Football


Name: Michael Hill
Age: 18
Clifton, VA
Singing, horseback riding, swimming, and having fun.
What is your favorite class or professor?
Philosophy 101 with Prof. Mark Wunsch. It's a vibrant, engaging, and thought-provoking class, which is really nice for an 8:30 a.m. class! I had not anticipated enjoying philosophy as much as I have this semester.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?
I played on the varsity soccer team and participated in intramural wiffle ball and volleyball. I also work in the Student Life Office.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The ever-present availability of the sacraments—it really provides and incomparable opportunity for spiritual development as a mature Catholic adult.
Why did you choose Christendom?
My sister went to Christendom before me, and although I did not want to come to Christendom at first, once I visited, I knew the opportunities provided by the college could not be found anywhere else.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
The diversity of students for such a small and focused school. Getting to know each student individually is one of the most rewarding things on campus.
What are your plans after graduation?
Veterinary School—I have always wanted to be a veterinarian since before I can remember.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
"Listen to the wisdom of those who have come before you." Physically experiencing Christendom College, whether by visiting or attending the Summer Program is highly recommended. If I had not visited, I don't think I would have decided to attend Christendom. It really would have been a shame if I missed out on these opportunities, just because I did not realize how amazing the college really is.


Music in the Air at St. Cecilia's Night

On Friday night, students and faculty gathered for Christendom’s beloved St. Cecilia's Night, an annual event showcasing the college’s incredible musical talent. Students of all ages and distinctive musical talents appeared on stage to treat the audience to a wide variety of performances from a cappella ballads to sibling duets to classical pieces to everything in between. Many of the twenty-one acts that evening featured students playing a fascinating arrangement of the flute, the piano, the guitar, and the harp. .

In between the first and second acts, the audience had the chance to mingle with performers and taste a spread of elegant snacks provided for the occasion. Highlights of the show included a humorous a cappella quartet singing “John Williams is the Man,” parodying Star Wars, and several original pieces, which were composed and performed by students themselves. The entire audience ended the event on a musical note by singing the Salve Regina before departing.

Senior Jimmy Munson performed an original piece that was a huge hit with the audience.

Sophomores Rosemary Hedge, Stephen Hyland, Alex Clark and Junior Amelia Ritzenthaler brought down the house with their performance of the comical “John Williams Is the Man.”

Sophomore Lindsey Trapp on the harp accompanied by Freshman Micah Miller on the "Ligonier Set."

Sophomore Evan Casey performs a guitar solo.

Freshmen Anna and Francisco Whittaker and a few of their siblings play “Concerto in A Minor” by Vivaldi.

Freshman Pat Audino and Junior Hillary Horner cap off the night with “Go Lassie Go.”

Movie at the Park

There is nothing quite like watching the great Fred Astaire dance!

On Saturday night, Christendom’s Student Activities Council held a "Movie at the Park" featuring the comedy “Top Hat.” Saint Lawrence Commons was transformed into a quaint little park, with light posts, benches, and “stars.” People were able to grab a seat on a blanket and enjoy the many baskets filled with movie treats! Thanks to the chemistry of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the night was filled with laughs. It was a perfect way to spend a Saturday night!

Practicing the "Skittle Toss" before the film begins.

Saint Lawrence Commons was transformed into a movie in the park!

With her Yoda pillow, Freshman Emily Norton and Kayla Newcomb get ready for movie night with Top Hat.

Learning Caravaggio

On Sunday evening, Christendom College welcomed Dr. Delane Karalow of Lynchburg College to give a lecture on Caravaggio, one of the greatest painters of sacred art. Invited to speak to the Christendom community as part of Dr. Poterack’s Blessed Fra Angelico Fine Arts Series, she discussed the role of Sacred Scripture in Caravaggio's works of art, and his accomplishments as an artist. Dr. Karalow also went into depth on the importance of light in his paintings as the medium by which the message of the work comes through. Dr. Karalow finished her lecture and power-point presentation with an insightful question-and-answer session.

Dr. Karalow is an Associate Professor of Art History at Lynchburg College, as well as the chair of the Art Department.

Back into the Swingin' Sundays

Another successful Swing ‘n Sundaes took place in the Commons on Sunday night. At this week’s session, the special focus was on learning the East Coast style swing dance. Junior Klarissa Blank and her brother and Senior Nicholas provided instruction on how to dance in this style, having students practice moves such as the triple step.

After each of the several brief East Coast lessons, participants had time to get out on the floor and try out their newfound dance skills to music. Students also enjoyed open-floor swing dancing. And of course, there were plenty of delicious ice cream sundaes to go around for everyone who attended.

Students enjoy some open-floor swing dancing.

Freshman Catherine McFadden instructs Nick Jaroma.

Sophomore Andre Moreau swings his partner around the floor.


Exploring Europe

As the week progresses, everyone is making plans for the final free weekend.
Pretty much self-explanatory, these are long weekends granted by the Christendom program during the semester to give students the opportunity to make longer trips around Italy and Europe. Places we’ve visited this semester include Split, Croatia; Lourdes and Paris France; Delphi and Athens, Greece; London, England (to name a few). Many students enjoy the weekends as a chance to venture out n their own, able to make their own plans and see places of personal interest, even visiting family. The best part of the weekends, however, is the psychological advantage granted when the trip ends. Traveling can be exciting but exhausts both mentally and physically, and so returning is a comfort. Even the Italian language seemed welcoming and familiar after the Greek alphabet! Rome really feels like home.

Enjoy some highlights of our trips:

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Horsing Around the Shenandoah Valley

One of the greatest aspects of living in the Shenandoah River Valley is the landscape of the area. The countryside surrounding Front Royal, Virginia, is both diverse and open, making it perfect for farms. Not too far from Christendom’s campus is a beautiful horse farm called Royal Horseshoe Farm.

The farm offers a special rate for students who want to take advantage of the equestrian opportunities offered there. For experienced riders, such as, Freshmen June Redman and Michael Hill, the farm has become a weekly part of their Christendom experience. The Royal Horseshoe Farm not only has enough resources to teach students how to become more advanced riders, but they also have the ability to keep individual’s horses in their stables.

Luckily, the farm also offers activities for inexperienced riders, or even those who have never ridden a horse before. Scenic trail rides are offered year-round—not too long ago a group of student’s from Christendom took a trail ride through the beautiful hills, meadows, and woods of the Shenandoah Valley.

“I have never ridden a horse prior to the trail ride at Royal Horseshoe Farm and I am so glad I was able to have the experience in such a beautiful area,” said Freshman Monica Dilworth.

Having a horse farm so close to campus is a huge attribute to the college and the growing equestrian opportunities. If you love horses and you're planning a visit Christendom, be sure to check out all that the Royal Horseshoe Farm has to offer!

Freshman Patrick Hilleary meets his horse for the trail ride.

Freshman Alexis Seaver, Emma Seidl, and Anne Fox were just a few of the Christendom students who rode the trail horses at Royal Horseshoe Farm.

Freshman Alexis Seaver gets ready to take her pony on the beautiful trails of Royal Horseshoe Farm.


East Dominate at Annual East-West Football Game

The long history of the East-West game has another chapter to add to the books. This time the game was over nearly before it began. The East scored on their first possession and kept on scoring before claiming a 26-0 2nd half lead in route to a 33-6 victory. From the opening play to the closing whistle the relentless offensive attack and overwhelming defensive pressure of a seasoned East squad left no doubt as to who would claim the victory in this year’s East-West rivalry.

Behind the strong quarterback play of Senior Nicholas Blank and a receiving core led by Freshman Pat Audino, Sophomore Larry Urgo, and Senior Rob Hambleton, the East’s passing attack could not be stopped.

“Because Johnny [Foeckler] ran so well that set up the play action, allowing us to convert in the passing attack and go deep,” Blank said.

The East’s defense dominated the war in the trenches, led by Senior Dean Dewey, while Seniors Tim Beer and Dan Mitchell (1 INT) controlled the secondary and prevented any sort of rhythm in the West’s passing attack.

The West was represented well by a core of young Freshmen starting with quarterback Nick Murphy (1 passing TD) and running back/corner back Ryan Tappe (1 INT). While Senior Charlie Rollino contributed the only receiving TD for the West in an acrobatic back corner touchdown grab. Rollino, along with Senior Mark Hepler, also anchored the West’s defense.

The victory gives the East its second straight, following a long series of West wins, but more importantly it once again gives the all-time series edge to the East by one game. However, as departing Senior Rollino alluded, "the West will be back." In years to come the West’s group of young core players promise a bitter continuation of this classic Christendom rivalry.

Before the big East-West game, the Senior and Sophomore ladies were pitted against the Freshmen and Junior squad in the annual Powder-Puff game. It was a hard fought game throughout, but the late passing attack of the Senior-Sophomores allowed them to edge out the 12-0 win.

This match represented a break from the running traditions of the typical powder puff game. Both offensives implemented unique strategies in the hopes of gaining the upper hand. The Junior-Freshman team showed off an effective Wildcat formation

“[Our] options off the wildcat were our most successful plays,” Junior-Freshman Coach James Hannon said.

Coach Hannon went on to praise the play of Juniors Klarissa Blank and Karen Hambleton and Freshman Mary Lancaster who all played pivotal roles in the passing and wildcat attacks. This effective attack—along with the strong defensive play of the Junior-Freshman team, led by outside linebacker Theresa Francis and middle linebacker Bridget Vander Woude—resulted in a 0-0 stalemate at halftime.

But the second half belonged to the Sophomore-Senior team. They came out firing with Senior Cat Anderson under center who threw for two scores to fellow Senior Sadie Bratt.

"The Junior-Freshman team's entire game plan was preparing for our running attack but we focused on the passing game led by Cat Anderson and by taking advantage of our speed we took advantage of their lack of speed,” Sophomore-Senior Coach Dean Dewey said.

The speed and ability to capitalize in the air proved the deciding factor that allowed the Sophomore-Senior team to capture the two touchdown shutout victory.

Sadie Bratt slips past the opposition.

Mary Bratt flies down field.

Bridget Vander Woude leaps for the grab.



Senior Mark Hepler flies after quarterback Nick Blank.

Senior Tim Beer uses his head and make the completion.

Helper flies again.

Freshman Pat Audino with the interception.

West fights to claim and interception.

Freshman Ryan Tappe forges down the field.

The West will be back.

East: What's better than winning? Winning twice in a row.


Q. Why do people choose Christendom over other Catholic colleges, in your opinion?

A. The answer to this is not exactly simple, but it is not all that difficult either. First of all, there are probably differing views on this, but from my experience of reading all of the application essays of all the prospective students, and from spending much time talking with the current students about this, that, and the other thing, I have come to some pretty well-founded conclusions. But I would rather you read an application essay from a student to see why she is interested in Christendom. I think it is a very good summary of the main reasons people pick Christendom, and it comes from someone who has spent some time on our campus, and investigated thoroughly other colleges.

Christendom College is the right college for me; an answer to prayer. It is a place where I can live among and befriend like-minded people, study the liberal arts with the guidance of knowledgeable, faithful professors, and thrive by proudly practicing my Catholic faith for the next years of my life. The college decision is a big, sometimes stressful, sometimes scary decision, but the thought of attending Christendom gives me nothing but peace and joy.

My initial attraction to Christendom College was to its vibrant Catholicity which permeates the lives of the students and faculty, classes, and campus activities. For a long time I have been sure that I want to pursue a liberal arts education; Christendom emphasizes the higher thinking of the liberal arts with the faithfulness to the Catholic Church that I am seeking. Growing up in a small, homeschooling family, in a small town, involved in a close-knit parish, I am attracted to the family-like atmosphere of the students and faculty who are unified in the practice of their faith and pursuit of holiness, who share a community rooted in Christian charity, and enjoy themselves through wholesome, productive activities. The most attractive thing about Christendom College is that its benefits need not be advertised: the high regard for liberal arts education and the passionate Catholicity of the college and its students and faculty is obvious without any explanation. After visiting the campus in the spring of 2011, taking part in the Experience Christendom Summer Program in 2012, and visiting again in the fall of 2012, I am so impressed with the edifying, interesting classes I was able to sit in on taught by charismatic professors; the zeal the students have for their faith and education, and the embodiment of Catholic morals in everyday life.

By attending Christendom College, I am confident that I will obtain an excellent education; an education in liberal arts which will help me grow in reason and right-thinking, which will help me live the universal call to holiness so that my final end will be heaven; knowing, loving and serving God and my neighbor in the vocation to which I will be called. Through my education at Christendom, I hope to pursue Truth and wisdom within and outside the classroom. I am seeking a liberal arts education because I am hoping to learn more about my purpose and goal in life by going beyond the study of practical career training to study the things greater than the works of man. Furthermore, I am looking for a faithful Catholic college because I want to pursue my studies in the light of the interpretation and explanation of the Magisterium of the Church.

At the same time, I feel assured that the atmosphere of Christendom would support, safe-guard, and fortify my Catholic faith and principles at a time and in a world when and where so many other people are ignorant to the existence of objective Truth and therefore struggle in vain. I am attracted to the way that Christendom regards Catholicism as the heart and soul of the whole college: in the classroom, where each class begins with prayer, through the sacraments and communal prayer, as daily Mass is offered and the Angelus is said before lunch every day, and in daily life at the college, as students and faculty strive for holiness in all works and recreation. As became apparent by meeting some of the students and faculty, I believe attending Christendom is an experience which prepares one for real life: the small, subtle, sometimes unnoticed characteristics of the college, such as the professional dress code, the sophisticated dancing, and the communal mealtimes, help form virtues which prepare students for the responsibilities of a career, the duties of practicing their faith in the world, and responsibilities of family life or religious life. I would like to leave Christendom as a mature, Catholic young woman who seeks truth in education and daily life, who is stalwart and zealous in the Catholic Faith, and who is prepared to fulfill the duties of my vocation.

Christendom’s diverse extracurricular activities also are of interest to me; I very much look forward to becoming an active member of Christendom College’s community. I hope to take part in intramural sports, try out for a few plays, assist at Masses by singing in the choir, defend life as part of Shield of Roses, and perhaps surprise myself by branching out to some more unexpected activities. I am especially looking forward to participating at Mass, the sacraments, and religious events which celebrate our Catholic faith; an opportunity that is not readily available at many colleges. Christendom is obviously a place where strong friendships are fostered and I am excited to able to share my faith and interests with a diverse and well-rounded student body and faculty in the classroom, through clubs and special events, and in everyday campus life.

I am often asked, “Why Christendom?” It’s one of the easiest questions to answer: Christendom College provides the opportunity to pursue truth through a liberal arts education, the opportunity to practice and grow in the Catholic faith alongside student and faculty who share my faith and principles, and the opportunity take part in a wholesome, lively community on campus. Pope Benedict XVI states, “A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students become saints.” I believe that I will find such formation at Christendom: where the intellect is educated by studying Truth and the soul is prepared to assume the position of a mature, well-educated member of the Church and of society, in the light of Catholic understanding. I want to attend Christendom College because I am seeking a thorough liberal arts education, the graces that will come from “breathing Catholic,” and the opportunity to take part in a lively community of similarly-minded people.”

– Grace M., Lake Wylie, SC.

Well said.
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All Hallow's Eve


Name: Sandy Bobrowski
Age: 19
New Bern, NC
Major: I haven't come to a definite decision, but I am leaning towards either Literature or Political Science.
Hobbies: I love to sing by myself, but I absolutely love singing along with friends and creating new sounds. I also enjoy anything having to do with the outdoors.
What is your favorite class or professor? Without a doubt, my favorite class this semester is Ethics with Prof. Mark Wunsch. Not only is the course material interesting, but it is also relates so perfectly to my life experiences. Prof. Wunsch is a wonderful professor who engages and excites his students to dig deeper into the material.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I just recently finished my first season on Christendom's varsity soccer team, and I also enjoy participating in the intramurals, especially volleyball.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I think it's impossible to have just one favorite thing about Christendom. Although I'd have to say that the people I've met here are definitely at the top of my list. Everyone is so friendly and I absolutely love being part of our "Christendom family." I also love the fact that we have a beautiful Chapel right on campus, and I can attend daily Mass.
Why did you choose Christendom?
I came to the Experience Christendom Summer Program two years ago, and I immediately fell in love with the campus, the faculty, the students, and the academics. I knew from spending just one week here, that I only wanted to apply to one school.
What surprises you the most about Christendom?
Honestly, the most surprising thing for me was both observing and experiencing how quickly I came to view Christendom as my "second home," and how close everyone became in such a short period of time. I've never experience anything like it anywhere.
What are your plans after graduation? I plan to go on and attend Cosmetology School. I've always loved the idea of cutting and coloring hair, and I can't wait to get started!
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student?
To anyone considering Christendom College, I would definitely advise them to plan a visit to the College and just allow themselves to be immersed in the Catholic atmosphere. Approach the College with an open mind, and you just might fall in love too!


Fall Retreat

Over Fall Break, a group of about 15 students traveled out to Princeville, IL for a week long silent retreat with the Community of St. John led by Fr. Joseph Mary and Fr. John Luke. During the week, the group attended two daily spiritual conferences focused on living a life grounded in the theological virtues. As part of their daily routine, they also prayed the Liturgy of the Hours with the Brothers and Sisters, attended daily Mass, and spent time in Adoration. In addition to this, many of the students volunteered to help out with manual work, and also enjoyed an afternoon of recreation with the Brothers and Sisters. As the week drew to a close, the students prepared to come back to Christendom recharged and ready for the second half of the semester.

Fall retreat 2012.

Chesterton Comes to Christendom

On Monday evening, October 22, special guest Chuck Chalberg was welcomed to Kilian’s Café to give a dramatic, entertaining performance as the historical figure G.K. Chesterton. This special event was hosted by the History Department, the Beato Fra Angelico Fine Arts Program, and the St. John the Evangelist Library.

“I thought Mr. Chalberg was fantastic, because he was both edifying and hilarious,” says Senior Charlie Rollino. “His performance brought the readings of the core curriculum to life.”

Light refreshments were served, as students and faculty and staff members enjoyed a fun and enlightening presentation by Chesterton “himself.”

Chuck Chalberg brings characters such as President Theodore Roosevelt to life on stage as well.

Prof. Lane's Lecture

On Tuesday evening, Christendom Professor Chris Lane delivered a lecture as part of this semester's Library Events. Lane discussed a part of his doctoral dissertation, which examines the history of vocational discernment and formation. You can listen to this insightful lecture at Christendom on iTunes U.


Music à la Dr. Poterack

On Wednesday, Dr. Kurt Poterack, head of the Music Department at Christendom College, taught a class on “How to Listen to Art Music” in St. Kilian’s Café. Students were happy to attend the class and learn a little more about classical music. Dr. Poterack not only spoke about certain pieces, but also played and sang his own compositions. The night was both filled with learning and music.

Spooky Pub Night

In special celebration of Halloween, Pub Night on Friday evening was appropriately decorated and observed for the holiday. Kilian’s Café was dimly lit by candles and carved pumpkins, giving the occasion an eerie aura, and Halloween snacks and drinks were served, including special beverages for students 21 or older. Students went on the stage to read scary stories or tell their own spooky stories. Fire pits outside the Café allowed students to hang out with their friends outdoors and still stay warm.

“Pub Night really put me in the Halloween spirit,” says Freshman Melissa Lucas. “I loved how the place was put together, and I was especially impressed with the awesome pumpkins that the students carved.”

Junior Aislinn Gibson read Edgar Allen Poe.

Relaxing at Pub Night.

Students enjoyed the snacks and beverages.

Sophomores Peter Foeckler and John Jackson make up ghost stories.

Mega Shield

An impressive 235 Christendom students took time out of their morning early on Saturday to take a stand for life and participate in the annual Mega Shield held at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C. This year’s event marked the highest Shield attendance in the history of the College. Faculty and staff, as well as high school visitors, also joined the throng of Christendom students prayerfully protesting abortion.

“I feel so blessed to be able to attend a college where more than half of the student body willingly wakes up at 6 am to go and pray in front of an abortion mill,” said Sophomore Julie Wells. “It’s so encouraging to look around and see your classmates as vibrant soldiers, courageously taking a stand to protect the unborn.”

Mega Shield participants filled the entire yard in front of Planned Parenthood and, led by Senior Chris Roberts, prayed the Rosary and a Divine Mercy chaplet for an end to abortion. Members of the Christendom choir lent their talent to the cause by singing beautiful hymns between each set of Rosary Mysteries. The event left a powerful impact on all students participating.

A friend of the college, Sharon DiPiazza, heard about this event and sent the following note:

"I wanted to congratulate you and your students for the huge demonstration at Planned Parenthood in Washington. Just saw the photos and the videos.... great to know that somewhere in this country we have young people taking a very public stand for life. Please tell these youngsters that there are people all over the country who admire them for their witness to life. Christendom College is what a Catholic college should be but unfortunately several Catholic schools have lost their identity. Once again I have great admiration for your school and your terrific students. Please tell them to keep up the good work. God Bless each of you."

Read more about this event here and see more pics and videos on Picasa.


Halloween Dance

A host of crazy characters filled the Commons Saturday night as Christendom students attended the annual Halloween Dance. The Halloween Dance is always a favorite among students, allowing them to show off their creative side through ingenious costumes. This year was no exception. From fairies to TV characters to superheroes and even a jar of Nutella, plenty of amazing outfits graced the dance floor.

Besides the dancing, music and plentiful spread of sweet snacks, students enjoyed chills and thrills in a ‘haunted house,’ that was set up in the basement of the Commons.

Another highlight of the evening was the best group and best individual costume contest. Freshman Class President John Hill presided over the festivities as a long line of costumed attendees paraded across the stage for the cheering crowd.

The dance provided everyone with a spooky and fun way to celebrate the Halloween weekend.

Seniors Nate Collins and Rachel Milani share a dance.

Catwoman and Bane from Batman.

Avengers assemble!

The "Chicken Dance."

Open House

On Sunday, another Women’s Open House was held. Both St. Edmund Campion and St. Catherine Halls were open for the men on campus to come and socialize in the women’s environment.

“It was nice to be able to stay inside and enjoy everyone’s company, on such a chilly October day” said Freshman Emily Norton.

An abundance of food seemed to be found in almost every room and in one particular case, homemade frappes were even being made within a Campion room. Music collaborations and laughter filled the hallways and another Women’s Open House ended on a good note.

Junior Theresa Francis whips up some homemade frappes for her guests.

Jam-session in St. Catherine's.

Spiritual Boot Camp

Last night, College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty continued his popular series of spiritual talks called "Spiritual Boot Camp." This session explained to students "How to Deal with Passions." Held on Tuesday evenings, upcoming topics include "How to Fast with All the Senses" and "How to Give Alms (or Practice Charity)."


Christendom College on Tour

While the main campus of Christendom took a week off for fall break, things on the Rome campus did anything but slow down. Sometimes the difference in time, schedules, and obviously distance is so great it makes the two campuses feel incompatible or that the Rome campus is not really Christendom College. However, this past week we were treated with a visit with Dr. and Mrs O’Donnell. They made Rome more like Christendom and left us feeling more connected to the main campus at home.

The past two weeks were definitely the most eventful – I think each week is progressively busier. During the O’Donnells' visit, we had a group lunch with Cardinal Arinze, a good friend of Christendom and Dr. O’Donnell. One day, a number of students and I were honored to have dinner with Cardinal Dolan, to be a part of his radio program that was recorded live. Another evening, I went with a group of students for a class in wine tasting. Because wine plays such a large role in Italian culture, the class expanded our experience of Rome by helping us “understanding the way to appreciate wine” — the hostess’ words not mine.

On a loftier note, we had one of the most exciting tours yet — the Catacombs. In the same day, we also attended a papal audience. When he’s in Rome, the Pope holds an audience every Wednesday; we can wave as we walk past after class! Despite it not technically being our first time seeing him, we were just as excited because we got front row seats, thanks to Ms. Ott. She knew which line would get us the best seats and had a well strategized plan of getting in line early and sending in the fastest runners to reserve seats. However, once we had the seats, there was a long wait before the audience began. That’s something I’ve learned in Rome: you’re either rushing or waiting! The price of waiting turned out well worth it because when Pope Benedict arrived, and the pope-mobile rolled by, he welcomed our cheering and the waving Christendom banner with a smile! It may have only lasted a second, but every student felt the connection with the Holy Father in that moment.

The group trip to the papal audience helped prepare us for the canonization the following weekend. Because it was a non-mandatory event, students were left on their own to attend. Anticipating the massive number of pilgrims, some friends and I got up at 5 A.M. only to find an already long line. But thanks to our new-found knowledge of how papal events run (insert liberal arts students plug), we were still ahead of the game and maneuvered through the sea of people to get seats on the main aisle. Though we weren’t front row, we soon discovered how great an accomplishment it was just to have seats that day. Due to the vast number of people, most were left standing in the square. But the infectious excitement of the crowd was not dampened. People from all over the world converged that day to celebrate seven holy lives. While waiting in line, we had been surrounded by Filipinos in Rome for the canonization of a young martyr we had never heard of. Later, we found ourselves in a group of Germans there for another saint we had never heard of. I felt bad at first that I hadn’t done my homework before coming. But each group we talked to appreciated an opportunity to tell the story about their saint — to share them with others. The line was so packed that when we reached the open square of St Peter’s with the choir singing for mass, we joked that it felt like heaven. During mass, I realized how true this actually was. Nationality and language was no divider. Everyone was proudly and passionately Catholic offering praise to God together.

On tour at St. Peter's Basilica with College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell.

Students greet Pope Benedict XVI.

Zach Smith waits for the pope's arrival.

At the canonization Mass.

Wine tasting in Rome.

Lunch with Cardinal Dolan.

Take a Tour of Our Residence Halls

Senior David Townsend and Sophomore Catherine Schneider take you on a tour of our residence halls. Enjoy!


Crusaders Ready for Basketball and Intramural Volleyball

After enjoying a relaxing fall break and despite getting a pre-Halloween visit from Super-Storm Sandy the gym is busy again. With the opening varsity basketball games this week and the beginning of intramural volleyball last week there will be very few quiet hours in Crusader Gymnasium!

Perhaps for the first time in Christendom history the intramural season was preceded by strategic team building and practice sessions for volleyball. The intramural volleyball season has been the most widely played intramural sport for the last 2 years. Along with the indoor soccer season, both sports regularly attract over 1/3 of the student body. In September, an entire month before the first volleyball game would be played, there were teams not only formed but engaging in practices!

Last week was the official start to the volleyball season and again the student participation exceeded all expectations with 28 teams signing up to participate. With an average of six players per team that comes to 168 students or close to 50% of the student body given half the junior class is enjoying a quiet semester in Rome! Not only have teams been practicing, but it seems for whatever reason volleyball is the “must win” sport on campus. We look forward to updating all the readers in a few weeks or so when the season is in full swing.

Not only is intramural volleyball season getting under way, but the varsity basketball teams will be beginning their 2012-13 campaigns this week. The women’s basketball team, under first year head coach Katy Vander Woude, starts their season this Saturday as they travel to Winston Salem, NC, to play Piedmont Baptist Bible College. The Lady Crusaders are looking forward to integrating a team dominated by juniors and freshmen, with 5 juniors and 5 freshmen. The team returns leading scorers Morgan Kavanagh and Bridget Vander Woude and will look for Sophomore Elizabeth Slaten to get into the mix as well. The team welcomes Rachel Snyder, Cecilia Heisler, Anna Koerner, Sarah Slaten, and Bridget McMahon, and is hopeful that the new talent can help the team reach its third consecutive winning season.

The men’s basketball also got started with their first games this week. The team played host to Free Will Baptist Bible College on Thursday, before hosting Crown College on Saturday. Having lost their three leading scorers—Brian Fox to graduation, senior Brendan Krebs to a season ending knee injury, and sophomore Joe Walsh to a knee injury—the team will have big shoes to fill. But with new freshmen Jake Wagner, Ryan Tappe, Jeremy Minick, John Hill, and Will Scrivener, as well as returning players Tim Beer, Christian Kopeck, Tim McPhee, and Tim Vander Woude, the team will have plenty of skilled players ready to step-up each night.

“I am excited for the season to get started," said Coach Chris Vander Woude. "The guys have been working hard and, hopefully, playing a little different style will give the opportunity for different players to get involved and have a positive impact on a given night. This is the great thing about Christendom—student athletes can come here and make an immediate impact on their teams.”

Best of luck to both teams this season and to all the 28 volleyball teams!

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Q. I am currently a high school sophomore and have been hearing all kinds of wonderful stories about your summer programs. Question. Can I go this summer, even if I am only going to be a rising junior? Please? Pretty please?

A. The upcoming Experience Christendom Summer Programs (ECSP) for the summer of 2013 are primarily for students who will be rising seniors in the summer. But, if by April 1, 2013, we still have any room available in the programs, then rising high school juniors can register to come. Last year we ended up with a pretty long waiting list, and a bunch of students who wanted to come were unable to. So, this year, we’ve added a 5th session, so hopefully everyone who wants to come, will be able to make it.

The ECSP is a wonderful experience, as you have heard. In fact, most say it was one of the best experiences of their lives. I’m not exactly sure why they say this, but I think you should read
some of the testimonies written by the participants themselves to see if what they say appeals to you. I think, though, in summary, most participants are pleasantly surprised to learn that one can be very, very Catholic, yet at the same time, one can have lots and lots of fun. Sometimes, there are people who think that being really Catholic means being really uptight or repressed or depressed or something of that nature. Not exactly sure why people think this, but some do. In reality, Catholics should be the happiest people alive because we have the fullness of the Truth, and the means to attain salvation. All we have to do is simply follow the teachings of Christ and His Church and salvation is in the bag. smile

But back to the ECSP. So, some high schoolers think that a place like Christendom may be a place for people who are geeky, or too serious, or too holy, or too smart, or too Catholic. When these same students arrive on campus for the ECSP, they realize that everything they previously thought was pretty much wrong and that Christendom kids are just regular, well-adjusted young people who are doing the best they can to achieve holiness and gain eternal life. Hopefully, those are two goals everyone has, right?

So, watch this little promo video about the upcoming summer programs, see if it looks even remotely interesting, sit by your computer until December 1, then go to the registration page, fill in the info, hit submit, and bingo, you are registered. Well, not you, because you are only a rising junior, but you understand what I am saying. You, and I mean you, have to wait until April 1 to register, and again, that is only if there is space remaining. We hope to have about 45 students in each of the 5 sessions, so I am pretty sure that there will still be openings come April 1, so no need to sweat it too much. We will do what we can to get you in so that you, too, can have one of the best weeks of your life.
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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.