Where the Arts Come Out to Play
From: Richardson, TX
Major: History, with a minor in Classics and Early Christian Studies
Hobbies? Singing, reading, hiking, tennis, cycling, cooking, piano, crocheting, swimming, dancing, enjoying classic films and TV shows, as well as studying World War II and the Latin language.
What's your favorite class? Reconquista and Crusade with Prof. McGuire. He is so animated and enthused about the subject, it's difficult not to like the class!
Do you play any sports? Not on the varsity level, but I'll play tennis, walleyball, volleyball and softball.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? Currently my closest connection to drama is serving at the upcoming Mystery Dinner Theater. In the past I have been in the College's productions of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "The Apollo of Belloc," and several other skits. I also sang in Dr. Clark's choir.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love the faculty, but the best thing has been having the chapel right there, where Our Lord is always waiting for you.
Why did you choose Christendom? I chose Christendom because I wanted a solid Catholic Liberal Arts education and a degree in History.
What do you plan to do after graduation? I plan to head back west and work as an event planner or editor.
Last Thursday, the Feast of the Annunciation, the Red Cross came to Crusader Gymnasium for a Blood Drive. The Red Cross workers were excited to see so many students come out to give blood. Check out the video:
Student Art Show
Henry Wingate's address will be available for download at Christendom on iTunes U.
Senior Mary Erwin and John McWhirter check out a series of portraits.
Sophomore Katie Gutchke discusses art with Wingate at a reception following his address.
Student enjoyed seeing the talent of their peers on display.
Live from Front Royal—it's Coffee House 2010!
The evening was hosted by Senior Nathan Gneiwick, who as usual kept the audience amused, and didn’t miss a beat with his quick wit and hilarious impressions.
Sophomore Mary Becher said, “It was shorter than last year, but the performances were good—they comedy skits were hilarious!”
Perhaps the funniest skit of the night was organized by Junior Theresa Boak, who got together a group to reenact a skit first seen on Saturday Night Live. The skit, which poked fun at "The Lawrence Welk Show," was indescribably funny, and hilariously performed by Juniors Theresa, Nick Freeman, Daina Lamirande, Janie Wells, and Senior Monica Clarke and Sophomore Dan Beller.
Sophomore Meghan Kelly did her part to keep the amusement going by singing the clever song, “Apartment 14G”, accompanied on the piano by Sophomore Rob Fetsko. The song is about a girl who moves into an apartment, only to find that below her lives an exuberant opera singer, and above her an enthusiastic skat singer.
Juniors Stephen Curtin and Benjamin Allen received a standing ovation from Freshman Antony Reddings and Sophomore Frances Allington, both natives of England, after their performance of “English Impressions.”
Freshmen and Sophomore’s performed “The Sound of Music in Five Minutes” starring Freshman Rachel Kujawa.
Freshman Colleen Harmon and Theresa Lambert sang Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On."
Seniors Meghan Rubin an Shelagh Bolger sang "Two Is Better Than One." Freshman Gabe Schuberg played bass, Freshman Dominic Ginski played drums, and Junior Catherine Briggs played the guitar.
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Hail To the Chief: Dr. O’Donnell’s Visit
Although he just arrived that morning, jet lag did not deter our college president from leading us on a massive tour of St. Peters. Together we explored the basilica, as Dr. O’Donnell gave us a two hour story time of the statues, side alters, and paintings of St. Peters. As we listened, I realized again how amazingly universal the Catholic Church is, the home of saints and sinners alike.
The next day we gathered together again for a Papal audience, no small event. Although my classmates and I had to get up very early, we knew that seeing and hearing our beloved pontiff was worth any lost sleep. As soon as we were announced, the Christendom students went wild and cried “Amamus Te”. Pope Benedict smiled and waved at us, which only made us cheer louder. Later, as the audience drew to an end, the pope drove very close to where the Christendom group sat. Although none of us were able to shake the pontiff’s hand, we were able to witness how Benedict’s eyes lit up when he saw the Fuerte baby, a beautiful sight to see.
Once the Papal audience was behind us, my classmates and I were very grateful to enjoy a relaxing night walk along the Tiber with the O’Donnells. Although a couple boys insisted on teasing the girls to be on the outlook for giant rats, our river walk was very peaceful and uneventful.
Now as the O’Donnell's return to the states, the Rome students are catching up on sleep and gearing up for Holy Week and Easter Sunday in St. Peters itself.
Christendom in Rome: smiling faces after seeing Pope Benedict XVI.
Joseph Ruhl, Joe Townsend, and Francis Aul snap a photo with Cardinal Arinze.
Dr. Clark guest lectures in Rome.
The Clark's and O'Donnell's enjoy some amazing gelato.
Chillin' in the Pope's backyard.
Former Chronicler Reporter Hits the Big Time
If you have been following The Chronicler Online for the last couple years, you should be familiar with Jack Anderson's work in the Sports section. Or if you're a Washington Redskins fan, you may now him from his popular articles and blog entries. Jack has moved from covering Christendom's East-West Game to chatting it up with professional players in an NFL locker room—he has hit the big time. The Chronicler Online's Liz Sartor caught up with Jack to ask him a few questions...
Jack: Actually Christendom gave me a great opportunity to get my feet wet in the world of journalism. Working with The Chronicler gave me an idea of how to interview people and cover sporting events while making deadlines each week.
Eventually I started branching out to the Internet where there are quite a few open source sports websites that anyone can join.
Liz: What is it specifically that you do?
Jack: I have done a number of different things over the past two years in sports journalism. I have been able to start my own blog covering the NFL's Washington Redskins while writing for several other sites around the web.
Last year I was lucky enough to obtain media credentials for every Redskins home game, meaning I attended each game in the press box and received full access to the players and coaches for interviews after the games. It was an exhilarating experience which confirmed my desire to work in sports media.
Jack: I have always been interested in sports in general. I love competition and watching others compete on a high level. So after I realized I wouldn't ever be a professional athlete, I settled into my niche with writing.
Liz: What are your plans for the future; do you plan on diving further into this particular field?
Jack: Well I am trying to land a job with XM radio over the summer through Christendom's Internship Program. I am very interested in sports radio and broadcasting. Sports media is such a wide field that I haven't honed into what I could be best at.
However, I do know that I will be in a sports-related field after I graduate.
Jack: Market yourself and be assertive. Get your name out there through writing on an open source website and with Facebook and Twitter. I started with no contacts two years ago and now I have several colleagues working with big companies. It's all about networking.
Liz: How/would you say that Christendom has helped you in this area?
Jack: Christendom has helped me with networking. Dr. Way from the Political Science department really pushes us to be friendly and work into different groups of people. All you have to do is take a deep breath and introduce yourself. If you make a good impression, it can go a long way towards making your career.
Read Jack's work at the NFL's Blog Blitz, NFL Touchdown, or his own blog skinstalk.com.
Crusader Baseball is Back!
Coach Mercandetti in his 2nd season has a great group of guys anxious and ready to play their next game. The team, consisting of 18 players which is an all-time high in recent memory boasts 12 underclassmen of which 9 are freshmen. At one point during their last game against Valley Forge Christian College the entire infield was made up of underclassmen, this gives great hope and promise for the program. The team is led by the senior leadership of Ryan Doughty and TJ Nacey; TJ has been a 4 year starter and the last 2 years has been the number 1 pitcher for the team.
The team started off against Baptist Bible College on March 18th, only 10 days after the snow had melted! After a few rusty innings the Crusaders settled down and showed the fans that they will have plenty to cheer for, both this year and in the future. The Crusaders fell to Baptist Bible in both games, but, having practiced on a field only once prior to the game, Coach Mercandetti and the team could only be positive.
Despite the 4 losses, the Crusaders are in good spirits and are thinking positively and looking forward to their next outing against Williamson Free Trade on April 10th.
Crusader baseball is most definitely back and from the looks of it, back to stay!
Senior TJ Nacey prepares to let a fastball fly.
Sophomore Pat Stein sends one to the outfield.
Crusader Baseball 2010.
Q. It seems like I keep hearing that Christendom’s Admissions Office is really busy this year, getting lots of applications and the like, but I was wondering what the level of academic achievement is in this incoming class? I mean, do you let everyone in or do you have some pretty set standards? Thanks! T.J. – Spring, TX
A. You’ve heard correctly! We are experiencing our best recruiting year yet, thanks be to God! We are on track to bring in about 125-130 students this year. Last year was a little rough but we did end up meeting our enrollment goals for the year, while still maintaining our normal standards of admission.
With all of that being said, here’s what our freshman class is looking like so far for the Fall of 2010:
- Average SAT score of 1850 (with mid-ranges being Reading 590-670, Math 520-630, and Writing 580-660…which means the middle 50% of our students have scores in these ranges). This would be an average of 1230 (if just counting Reading and Math)
- Average ACT score of 26 (very few seem to have taken the ACT, most tend to take the SAT)
- Those that submitted a High School GPA have an average of 3.9
- 35% of them have scored high enough on the SAT (1920 or higher) or ACT (29 or higher) to earn a Presidential Academic Scholarship
- They come from 33 different US States as well as Canada, Mexico, and Ireland (35% from Virginia…normally it’s only around 25%)
- 10% are coming from public schools, 40% from private or Catholic schools, and 50% have been homeschooled
- 45% of them have attended one of our Experience Christendom Summer Programs
- 17% say they wish to major in Theology, 9% want Political Science, 15% choose History, 19% select Philosophy, 3% are hoping for Classics, and 37% are leaning toward English Language and Literature. They will not have to select a major until the end of their Sophomore year.
- 35% of the incoming freshman either have or have had siblings attend Christendom
- 15% of them are children of alumni (Legacy children)
- 24% of them applied only to Christendom…they were that committed!
- 99.99% of the them are Catholic
- 100% of them are awesome individuals (except a couple of them, and they know who they are ) who are interested in attending Christendom to gain an authentic Catholic liberal arts education so that they can go out into the world to work to fulfill Christendom’s mission of “restoring all things in Christ.”
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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.