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The Griffin, Vol. 3.4 November 2012

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Philadelphia, PA November 2012
 The Free Student Newspaper of Chestnut Hill College
NEWS 2STYLE 4Opinion 6Sports 8
On Oct. 11, the rst-annual
Brimmerfest was held at Chest
nut Hill College. The ice creamsocial was held as both a me
morial for Regina Marie Brim
mer, SSJ, and a fundraiser for
the K-12 Brimmer Foundation
Collection in the Logue Library. The event, which was heldon the patio of the McCaffery Lounge, fell on what wouldhave been Sister Regina’s birth
day. Many students volunteeredto serve ice cream and otherrefreshments while the crowdfondly remembered Sister Re
gina and her contributions tothe College.Brimmerfest earned contri
butions of nearly $600, $150
of which came from rst-year
honor society 
 Alpha Lambda Delta 
.Many of the donationscame through the purchase of 
a tee-shirt which was sold at the
event. The shirt has “Brimmer
fest” written on the chest overan image of an ice cream cone – one of Brimmer’s favoritefoods. Each shirt was availablefor purchase for $10.“The contributions will beused to purchase library mate
rials, particularly children’s lit
erature for the Brimmer Collec
tion,” said Mary Jo Larkin, SSJ,the library’s director. Although the event fell ona chilly October afternoon, thesun was shining and the patio was packed with people from alldifferent facets of the campuscommunity.“Most of the attendees werestudents, but there were sev 
eral staff members, relatives of Sister Regina and some faculty members, too,” Sister Mary Josaid.Seniors Olivia Marcinka andChris Dunn, both of whom worked closely with Brimmer in
Logue Library since their rst-
years here at the College, exe
cuted many of the preparationsfor the event. Although this was Brimmer
-fest’s rst year, it is expected
to become an annual event oncampus to celebrate the life of 
a pivotal gure to the College
Brimmerfest tee-shirts are
still available for purchase for$10 each. Sizes offered areMen’s S, M, L and XL. If you
 would like to pre-order a shirt
please email Marian Ehnow atMehnow@chc.edu.
Brimmerfest Celebrates SSJ
image: Caitlin Kain ’13
Olivia Marcinka ’13 is pictured above at Brimmerfest onOct. 11. The event was a success, raising nearly $600 fora Memorial Fund in honor of Regina Maria Brimmer,SSJ.
OLIVIA MARCINKA ’13On Nov. 6, President Barack Obama was elected for his sec
ond presidential term, winning in a close race against Republi
can rival, Gov. Mitt Romney. Justa few hours before 11 p.m. onElection Day, media outlets ev 
erywhere were projecting mapsof electoral winnings that wereseemingly bleeding Romney red—with the gentle reminderthat their infallible prediction would remain in question untilOhio (major swing state) de
cides. After Obama’s Ohio win,things began to look increas
ingly worse for Romney.For those following the me
dia that evening, the voting re
cord became a bit jumbled asboth displaced and undecided voters left the ultimate decisionhanging by a string. Despite thedevastating effects of HurricaneSandy, East Coast voters stillfound a way to the polls.In most cases, displaced citi
zens in New Jersey and parts of New York were left to frantical
-ly ll out paper ballots at local
 voting sites before evacuating yet again for a second storm. Although Florida was still tal
lying votes hours after the elec
tion was decided, there was noquestion through all of the cha
os; Barack Obama was to take
ofce again.
Citizens can now look for
 ward to the policies promised by Obama’s 2012 campaign. Someof the key points included in hisplans for the future are: tighterforeign policy regulations, moreattention to tax breaks for the
middle-class, and encouraging  American-produced energy.
Obama’s main goals for for
eign policy pertain to his desireto create more jobs for Ameri
cans. His plan is to eliminatetax breaks for companies thatoutsource employment, subse
quently increasing the need fordomestic labor. As stated on his campaign website, Obama seeks to “in
centivize companies to createjobs.” This will likely requirethe President to follow through with his plan to invest $2 billionin community colleges to en
courage partnerships betweenthose colleges and employers. To further appeal to the collegecommunity, Obama seeks to cuttuition growth by half in thenext decade.
Some of his more specic
goals include: cracking downon China’s unfair trading prac
-tices, reducing the decit by $4
trillion, reducing oil imports by half by 2020, and ending the war in Afghanistan by 2014.In his Victory Speech givenon Nov. 7 in Chicago, Obamastated that he believes in Amer
ica as a strong force that can
keep on ghting. Obama said,
“I believe we can build on theprogress we’ve made and con
-tinue to ght for new jobs and
new opportunity and new secu
rity for the middle class.”
In his nal remarks on the
future of our country, Obamatrusts that “We can seize this fu
ture together because we are notas divided as our politics sug 
gests… [and that] we are greaterthan the sum of our individualambitions.” With Obama’s gaining 303electoral votes and Romney’sclose but disappointing gains of 206 votes, the race was resolved with Obama winning just 2%more of the popular vote thanRomney. In his ConcessionSpeech, Romney said that “At atime like this, we can’t risk par
tisan bickering and political pos
turing.” He made it clear thatalthough he would have liked to win, it is important for everyoneto keep on track with our hopes
for the future as a unied na-
tion. As per usual, many individualopinions related to the outcomeof the election were posted
Obama Wins Close Election
online through social network 
ing sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Heavily opinionatedpostings caused a social uproarbetween users, turning thesesites into a forum for argument.Nicole Mezzanotte ’13 likemany other social networkers,is familiar with the negativeremarks made online. On thenight of the election, Mezza
notte said, “I will be staying farfrom Facebook for the next few days.”Matt Stojakovich ’14 wroteon Facebook, “Change is notdetermined when you cast a bal
lot. You can’t bank your futureon one presidential candidate orthe other.”He responded to some of the more radical postings, writ
ing, “Inform yourself, don’t as
sume. Empower yourself, don’tcomplain. Stand up for whatyou believe in, don’t hope it willmagically happen in the nextfour years.”So, as it seems throughoutthe country, the job of the peo
ple should mirror the job of ourleader. “To return to greatness,our society needs to take moreresponsibility and more action. You want to see change? Makeit happen,” wrote Stojakovich.
image: Christopher Dilt, ickr.com/barackobamadotcom
On Nov. 7, President Obama is pictured with his family mo-ments before delivering his Election night Victory Speech.President Obama will be inaugaurated on Jan. 21, 2013.
 The Grifn
Vol. III, Issue 4 The Free StudentNewspaper of Chestnut Hill CollegeOlivia Marcinka ’13
Westly Mandoske ’13Business ManagerMichael Bradley ’14News EditorBleu Lane ’13Style Editor Amanda Finlaw ’15Style Editor Jessica Pennell ’14Opinion EditorMarilee Gallagher ’13Sports EditorMary Frances Cavallaro ’13Online Editor Jess Veazey ’13Photo EditorSkyler Stillwaggon ’14
Senior Layout Sta 
 Andrea Wentzell ’15
Layout Sta 
 Advertising AssisstantSally Simons ’15Senior Copy EditorZac Grubb ’12Copy EditorSusan Magee, M.F.A.FacilitatorMake your opinion heardand submit editorials to
The Grin
. Submissionsbecome property of 
The Grin
and aresubject o editing forstyle, clarity and length. The views representedin submissions do notrepresent Chestnut HillCollege. Submissionsalso do not represent
’s position, or thatof its facilitator.
The Grin
strivesfor accuracy and fairrepresentation in allof its publications andfactual correctness. If an error is found, emailthe issue number, theerror, and the correctionthat needs to be made
to the.grin.chc@gmail.
com. Corrections may beprinted in the next issue.
Simulating Poverty for Understanding
KERRY O’BRIEN ’14STAFF WRITER Many people wish to endpoverty, donating their timeand money to worthy causesthat support those in need. Buttruly understanding and plac
ing ourselves within the daily hardship of being poor is of 
-ten difcult, if not impossible,
for those who are not actually burdened by poverty. In orderto bridge the gap between theimpoverished and privileged,Chestnut Hill College hosted apoverty simulation on Oct. 10in the rotunda. The event, which was or
ganized by many departmentsand organizations on the cam
pus, gave participants the op
portunity to experience poverty 
rsthand. The goal of the event
 was to have participants wit
ness how deplorable poverty isand understand those who areunable to escape its grasps. Toachieve this, organizers placedeach participant within a fam
ily. They were then given a hy 
pothetical situation and told togo to various resource centers,set up throughout the rotunda,
in an attempt to nd the help
they needed.By the end, many familiesfound themselves evicted or walking away from their homes
due to lack of sufcient aid.
Participants learned that notevery agency will be able toprovide the help needed to get
to families to a better nancial
place.Many students initially  viewed this event as a game.“Students thought of the simu
lation as a fun way to spend afew hours and not get too over
 whelmed,” Debra Lawrence,Ph.D., assistant professor of education, said. “However, asthey continued through the ac
tivities, participants realized theseriousness of poverty. It wasno longer a game when reality set in and their families was fac
-ing serious nancial struggles.”
Lawrence brought the ideaof the event to the College fromKansas City, Mo.. She views thesimulation as an opportunity toengage and involve students ina way that would give them anew perspective on life. There were many depart
ments and organizations thatlooked forward to participat
ing in this educational experi
ence. Kappa Delta Epsilon, theeducation honor’s society, along  with the rest of the educationdepartment, were the leaders inorganization. The criminal jus
tice department, the religiousstudies department, CampusMinistry, the Center for For
giveness and Reconciliation,Service Learning, Student Ac
tivities, and the Psy.D. depart
ment also collaborated to makethe event possible. Faculty andstaff who attended, volunteeredas members of the common re
source groups.Ellie Convie, a sophomore who participated, said, “Thepoverty simulation was a greatopportunity to experience thestruggles that those living inpoverty face every day.”
 While this was the rst time
Chestnut Hill has hosted a pov 
erty simulation, participating departments wish to hold theevent again next year. They also wish to continue hosting theevent multiple times a year, andto encourage local community involvement.
Writers Forum Features Local Author
 TAYLOR EBEN ’14STAFF WRITER  Justin Kramon still has not
gured out why he decided to
become a writer.“Somehow these books endup getting written. I’m not re
ally sure how,” said Kramon.Kramon, author of the ac
claimed novel,
, stoppedby the College on Oct. 17 toparticipate in a panel discussionand reading at the Writer’s Fo
rum hosted by the English de
partment. A native of BaltimoreCounty, Md., and a graduateof Swarthmore College, Kra
mon has authored two novels,the second of which is due outin the fall of 2013. He has alsopublished a number of storiesin a handful of literary reviews.During one summer in col
lege, he worked the night shiftat a homeless shelter in Boston
and ended up taking a ction
 writing class at Harvard Univer
-sity as something to fulll his
days.“I came back the next sum
mer and I took another course with another teacher,he said.“She was pretty encouraging and mentioned MFA programs, which I hadn’t really heardabout before.”Kramon applied to a few schools and eventually decid
ed to go to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he honed in on his writing skills and his interest in
-tensied. Armed with what he
calls a “completely impracticaldegree,” he went to New York and continued to write, while
 working typical starving-artist
jobs as a bartender, waiter, andlounge piano player.He sold
, his rst novel,
to Random House in 2008 andthen moved to Philadelphia with his wife.Kramon lends credit to
19th-century literature for a lot
of his inspiration in writing 
Fin- ny 
, a coming-of-age love story 
that begins with a young wom
an and man over the course of two decades.“I had been reading a bunch
of big, 20th-century novels,
particularly Charles Dickensand Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen,Kramon said. “I re
ally like old adventures that youdon’t get as much of in modernnovels, like the kind of story 
 where you get a lot of mystery--where there is adventure and a
big love story and fun, quirky characters.”Kramon loved the style of these older novels, like Dickens’
David Coppereld 
, but wanted toput his own original spin onthat type of story.A lot of books that were inthis particular form were aboutyoung men growing up andcoming into the world,” he said.“The idea for the book was totell that story from the point of  view of a contemporary young  woman.”Kramon said
borrowsDickens’ penchant for tak 
ing certain character traits andblowing them up to make themso obvious that it becomes hu
morous.A lot of times I get intoreading certain books and they suggest something that mightbe interesting to try in my writ
ing,” said Kramon.He had been reading a lot of thrillers and mysteries, which
inuenced him to pen his up-
coming novel,
The Preservation- ist 
, something he began writing in early 2011 after an extensivebook tour with
The Preservationist 
focuseson a love triangle that a young  woman starts with a much olderman.“As certain things start tohappen,” Kramon said, “there’sanother young man who’s in
 volved with them and there’sa threat of violence that ap
proaches this couple and it’sunclear who’s responsible forthat.”Kramon admits that it is notalways easy to stay motivated while writing.“One big thing I did to stay motivated when I was working 
on ‘Finny’ was Google-ing jobsearch opportunities and nd-ing how unqualied I was for
so many jobs,” he joked. “Itmotivated me to go back to writing because I just felt likethere wasn’t anything else I wasgoing to be able to do with my life. More seriously, reading isthe big one for me. It’s a boring answer, but it’s the truth.” When he’s working onsomething, he treats it like it’sa job: waking up everyday and writing.“It doesn’t seem like a jobcompared to the way that mostpeople spend the day,” he said.“That’s just the quirky way 
that I’ve gured out how to
do something so I don’t just sitaround and watch the moviechannel.”It doesn’t surprise Kramonthat he is able to stay so focusedon his writing. “It happens tosuit my temperament really 
 well,” he said. “I’m a routine-
oriented person and that helpsa lot.”For those of us who
perience the aggravation of hitting the creative roadblock every once in a while, Kramonsays the best thing to do is to“leave it alone for a little while,to not beat yourself up over notbeing able to do something fora day.”
He recommends nding 
other productive ways to spendthe time.“If you read something thatmight help you come up withsome ideas or if you can walk somewhere and come up withsome ideas, I think that’s a re
ally productive approach, ratherthan sitting there and being an
noyed with yourself.”For now, Kramon is teachinat Haverford College and hasalso taught at Arcadia Univer
sity. He will be back at ChestnutHill College this spring semes
-ter to conduct a three-session
 writer’s workshop, which willbe a condensed version of a
ction workshop. Students will
analyze other styles of writing and will share their own writ
ing while learning how to write
good ction.
If you would like more in
formation about the workshopor are interested in signing up,email Dr. Karen Getzen atGetzenK@chc.edu.
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 The Grifn
The College’s English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, recently hosted 
a halloween-themed writing contest. Our rst-place winner, Derek Ithen ’12, is featured in this issue of The Grifn. Derek’s piece will be intro
duced in two installments. The rst, printed in this issue and the second,in our upcoming Dec.-Jan. issue. Enjoy the rst installment of “Kopje.” 
“Caracas! Caracas!”
Luke gazed upon the dark wheat eld before him, ashlight
and leash in hand. That damn dog managed to break out of thehouse again—it always wanted to be outside, almost like it need
-ed to be out there. It could be impossible to nd a lost dog out
here—living so far from civilization had its disadvantages. Whenyour neighbor lives on the farm a mile and a half down the road,it leaves you with a vast amount of open space, enough for a dog to vanish.“Caracas!” Luke shouted once more, cupping his hands tohis mouth in a pointless effort to project his voice, unfortunately not even receiving the quick, rapid panting of a tired dog as a re
-sponse. He let his arms fall and dropped the ashlight and leash to
the ground, gently lowering himself to sit down. His head fell into
this hands—he was never going to nd this damn dog. Gabrielle
 would have been crushed; she used to love that dog. As the cancer
spread, conning her to the bed, Caracas used to lie for hours on
end beside her, occasionally jumping up to bring her a chew toy. Italways cheered him up; Caracas must have thought it might makehis owner happy.Once Gabrielle stopped coming home from the hospital, Cara
cas developed that inexhaustible need to escape.Luke was jettisoned to his feet as a single gunshot followed by a dog’s yelp sounded in the distance. He looked to all sides—itsounded like the shot and the yelp came from past the woods at
the end of the eld. It would be impossible to gure out where,so Luke grabbed the leash and ashlight and ran straight ahead at
a full sprint. He shouted Caracas’ name repeatedly, in the intervalsbetween praying that the dog was not in danger. As he breeched the edge of the woods, he heard a trio of shots,seemingly much closer than before. There was no sound of a dis
tressed dog this time, but Luke kept sprinting, leaping over logsand rocky streams, tearing through vines and foliage, all in orderto not disappoint Gabrielle. Moments before he was to crash in
exhaustion, he lost his grip of the ashlight and instantaneously collided with a rock of knee-high height, causing him to ip inmid-air and land on his back. Luke clenched and ground his teeth,
suppressing his urge to scream. He tried to roll on to his stomachto prop himself up, but he found he couldn’t move. He lay in ago
ny, physically paralyzed, assuming that he was not going to escape.
 The sounds of feet shufing through leaves and forest debrislled the air around him. Luke held his breath as long as possible,
his skin going cold. It could be a harmless animal, a deer even.Suddenly, the sound of panting emerged from the wood, andLuke’s spirits rose. He called Caracas name and heard a bark—the
shufing of leaves grew more prominent as the dog approached.
Caracas sounded several more barks as it ran to Luke, overjoyedto see him. Just before Caracas was able to lick Luke’s face in joy, it let out ahideous cry, a canine scream, as it felt its body leave ¥the ground.Luke’s heart sped up ferociously as the sound of the dog’s curdling cry. He called Caracas’ name once in thoughtless instinctual reac
tion, only to hear a whoosh and a massive thud with a sharp crack against a tree near him. Leaves soon fell on to Luke as he des
-perately called Caracas’ name once more. He began to cry briey before he heard more shufing around him. It approached and
stopped, a heavy breathing now presided over him. Luke couldsee nothing—no light, no shadows, no hope, he could just hearthe breathing. As Luke began to mutter the prayers of his Catholicschool youth, a large, painful blow clocked him square in the jaw.
Luke awoke to nd himself lying on a tattered mattress in a
room adorned with sinewy shadows from the faint glow of moon
light in the window. He noticed the window, how high it was set
from the oor. It created a church-like image of light from the
heavens shining upon earth. As he regained consciousness, hefound he was able to move his body now. He managed to sit upon the mattress. A squeal came from across the room...
image: Caitlin Kain ’13
Mask & Foil’s upcoming production is
Larry’s Favorite Chocolate Cake 
, to show on Nov. 17& 18 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 19. Pictured in the bottom row are Meghan Gerry’14, director, and Gabriel Henninger ’15, producer and President of Mask & Foil, withsome of the cast above.
MEGAN WELCH ’16In light of national incivility on college campuses, in the me
dia and everyday life, ChestnutHill College picked civility as thefocus of both the freshman sum
mer reading assignment and their
First-Year Initiative (FYI) classes.
Kent Weeks’ book,
In Search 
of Civility 
, was assigned to all in
coming freshmen over the sum
mer. The book, and the topic of civility in general, is one of theprimary topics being discussed inFYI classes this year. The topic was chosen becausethe college views incivility as a na
tional problem, although it may not be considered prevalent onthis campus.“I don’t think civility is aproblem here,” said Krista Mur
phy, dean of student life. “I think,if anything, our campus prob
ably bucks the national trend andthe people here are friendly and welcoming. But it is a problemnationally, on many other cam
puses and with bullying in highschools.” The presidential election wasalso taken into consideration.“Sometimes it seems asthough no one is talking aboutissues,” Murphy said. “It is just a
conversation about how awed
the other candidate is. With allthat discourse about the elec
tion, it seemed like a good timeto choose civility.” Thus far, Murphy said thatthe topic has elicited a positiveresponse from her FYI students.“My FYI class pointed out a lotof positive things that they seeon campus but also challenges
that they have, both here and off-
campus,” she said.
Some rst-year students see
the importance of the topic andhow it applies to their lives.“I feel like the topic of ci
 vility was a good choice,saidfreshman Sabrina Bella. “Civility is a very common issue in soci
ety today and bringing attention
Fighting Incivility on college campuses
to it in the classroom allows fora reevaluation of everyday man
nerisms. It is important becauseit is something that is involved ineveryday life and because it is of 
ten ignored.” James Gee, ’16, also said it isimportant, though not necessar
ily an issue on CHC’s campus.“It’s very relevant,” he said.“Obviously, in the media, civility is not a popular subject. I don’tthink it’s a huge problem here,but that’s probably because it’snot a very big campus. It justseems like there’s less opportuni
ties for people to have problemslike that.”Gee believes that incivility isa constant in society. “I just seeit a lot and it’s disheartening,” hesaid. “Seeing kids disrespect theirparents, their elders, seeing theelderly being mugged, and all of the rampant sexual assault andrape is honestly disheartening toknow about.” When it comes to civility atthe College, Gee sees it as “con
tained and not usually turnedinto a big deal,” he said. “Usually,it just affects the people doing it. It’s usually just in the form of drinking and partying.”Murphy said that civility con
nects to many different aspectsof campus life, including theclassroom.“It connects very closely withthe idea of academic integrity,”she said. “Promoting civility en
courages educated and respectfuldiscourse in classroom.”
It also reects the mission of 
the Sisters of Saint Joseph.“Part of their mission is theidea of always being in relation
ship with people,” Murphy said.“Civility ties directly to that idea.” According to Murphy, civilitties into many other areas, too.“Civility is an ongoing pro
cess,” she said. “Residence hallssigned a ‘Dear Neighbor’ pledge.Lots of passport events havebeen tied to idea of civility, bothlocally and nationally. Faculty  wrote a book last year that wasjust published. It consisted of essays about civil discourse. The
topic is denitely relevant.”
However, some students be
lieve the way in which the topicis currently being handled leavesmuch to be desired. Gee saidthat more could be done to pro
mote the topic in a way students
might nd engaging. “Right now,
I think it’s something studentsthink about but it’s not some
thing being promoted the right way,” he said. “It’s just not hit
ting home. I think maybe they could do simulations where stu
dents themselves are placed insituations where they encounteruncivil behaviors, like situations where people are rude to them
and they face conicts that hap-
pen to many in their lives.”In efforts to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Col
lege’s main service organization, Campus Ministry, has placedcollection boxes throughout the school to collect needed items:buckets, brooms, shovels, mops, sponges, rubber gloves, work gloves, cleaning solutions, contractor trash bags. Gift cards toShoprite, Exxon or Sunoco are also accepted for donation andshould be delivered directly to Campus Ministry. This effort is in support and connection with the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Belmar, N.J.
For more information, please contact Michele Lesher, SSJ,at LesherM@chc.edu.

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