Marching for Life


Name: Patrick Audino
Age: 19
Albany, New York
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.


Christendom Marches for Life

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.

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

A snowy March.

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

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

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

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

Senior Matt Speer answers a reporter's question.

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

“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!

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.

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

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

The unicorn asks King Kong for a dance.

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

Bros Only: Pizza & Ping-Pong

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.

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

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

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

The Philosophical Effect of Christ's Resurrection

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.

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.

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


Ladies Open Their Doors on Sunday

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.

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

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

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

A Campus Treasure: the Rare Books Room

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.

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.

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

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


Interview with a Crusader

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

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.

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.

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.

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:
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.