On Friday, April 20, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding in s boat stored in the driveway of a Watertown, Mass. residence. Dzhokhar along with his older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, now deceased, are the primary suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. There are several images of both suspects on the fateful day, walking around close to the Marathon’s finishing line. After the explosions, law enforcement officials combed the locked down Boston area for both suspects, resulting in the death of Tamerlan and MIT officer, Sean Collier. Dzhokhar is currently at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center being treated for serious injuries. On April 18, just before the citywide search for suspects of the bombing, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev attempted to rob a 7-Eleven in Kendall Square, just around

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contributed by: Brian Belding, MIT Sophomore

Boston Bombing Suspect in Custody

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the corner from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Soon after several oncampus gunshots sounded, MIT campus officer, Sean Collier, was found in his car havin several bullet wounds. He was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital around 11:00 p.m.. Collier was a victim of a serious crime and will be greatly remembered by Bos-

ton and the MIT community. MIT sophomore, Brian Belding, stated, “Sean was known and loved by a lot of students here at MIT, and I was touched by the banner put up by my dorm mates to honor and thank him and all of MITPD.” Pictured on the right, a banner honoring the deceased officer and all of MIT enforcement is hung in Simmons Hall.

Catherine dempsey ’15 Senior staff writer

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Some Choose Summer School
Katie mclaughlin ’15 Contributing writer Finally, the semester is almost over and summer is quickly approaching. Many students are excited to go home and relax, travel, or work over the summer. But there are some students who will not be unpacking their book bags. Instead, they will be taking summer courses here at Chestnut Hill. Why do students take summer courses? Many athletes take them to lighten their credit load during their season. Other students who just need to fill in some last requirements or create some breathing room for their senior year also choose to take one or more courses during the summer. Also, students who need to work full time during the year can make that easier by taking a few courses over the summer. Michael Bradley, a junior, says he is taking classes this summer “to lighten the course load for senior year.” He will be taking the Advanced Public Speaking course. “Truthfully, I’ve been putting this class off because…well, it’s public speaking and I’m just not looking forward to it,” Bradley said. “The summer course here is the same price as a community college, so I figured this was a good opportunity to take it.” Summer courses are offered at the discounted rate of $300 per credit. Montgomery County Community College, the closest community college to the College, offers classes at $376 per credit. So, instead of seeking discounts at an unfamiliar community college, students can take affordable classes at Chestnut Hill. Students from out of state can also stay here over the summer; Chestnut Hill offers housing for summer students. “Students must be enrolled in classes or working in a campus office at least 20 hours a week to be eligible for housing,” said Jennifer Thorpe, director of residence life. Residence Life will provide specific details on the accommodation rate, depending on the length of the stay. During the summer, there are camps available as well as “opportunities for summer residents to get together and enjoy the summer weather and one another,” Thorpe said. Also, do not forget about the active social calendar of the city around you— Philadelphia is booming with activities and outdoor events. An often-updated events calendar can be found at VisitPhilly. com. Summer sessions are offered in six weeks increments from May 13 to June 21 and from June 24 to Aug. 2. A semester session is also offered from May 13 to Aug. 2. A schedule of the available courses can be found on the CHC portal.

It was a glorious day on the Hill when it was discovered that the swim test was no longer a graduation requirement. Students put away their bathing suits and crossed the requirement off of their list of “things to do” before graduation. But there were a few students who were frustrated that they had to put in the effort and take the swim test before the changes. “I personally don’t mind that the swim test is gone because I’m in Aqua Boot Camp, but I can see that other people who had to take Beginner Swim to get the requirement fulfilled would be mad,” Gabrielle Valvano ’16 said. Others felt the communication between students and advisors regarding the changes taking place could have been smoother. “Some of the advisors didn’t seem to know what the change entailed and it was frustrating,” said Katie McLaughlin ’15. “I had intentions of registering for classes that I didn’t even need anymore and I was told I should take them anyway, just in case.” However, most students seem really happy with the changes, especially first-years and sophomores, many of whom are going to benefit most from the simplified core.

“I’m really glad I don’t have to take the swim test now,” Liana Florez ’15 said. “And now that the core is based on different subjects, it makes it a lot easier to understand than Ways of Knowing.” Some students wondered why the changes came on so suddenly at the end of the semester. As Vice President of the Faculty Senate, Suzanne del Gizzo Ph.D., associate professor of English, explained, the changes to the core will make fulfilling requirements for graduation easier and more flexible, giving students more room to choose elective courses. “We constantly need to assess for our students and we never stop,” del Gizzo said. “Students’ needs are changing every year, and we aimed to keep the requirements relevant and meaningful.” The faculty only has the opportunity to make changes to the core and the college catalog once a year, when it is updated each July. “We did not want to wait a whole other year to make the changes, even though it meant rushing the announcement of the changes and postponing registration,” del Gizzo said. Now that the changes are all in place, come next semester’s registration, students will most likely be thankful that the new core is much easier to understand and more meaningful to our needs.



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Vol. III, Issue 8 The Free Student Newspaper of Chestnut Hill College Olivia Marcinka ’13 Editor-in-Chief Westly Mandoske ’13 Business Manager Michael Bradley ’14 News Editor Bleu Lane ’13 Style Editor Amanda Finlaw ’15 Style Editor Jessica Pennell ’14 Opinion Editor Marilee Gallagher ’13 Sports Editor Mary Frances Cavallaro ’13 Online Editor Jess Veazey ’13 Photo Editor Skyler Stillwaggon ’14 Senior Layout Staff Andrea Wentzell ’15 Layout Staff Advertising Assisstant Sally Simons ’15 Senior Copy Editor Copy Editors Kerry O’Brien ’14 Briana Charlton ’16 Megan Welch ’16 Copy Writers Gabriel Henninger ’15 Susan Magee, M.F.A. Facilitator Make your opinion heard and submit editorials to The Griffin. Submissions become property of The Griffin and are subject o editing for style, clarity and length. The views represented in submissions do not represent Chestnut Hill College. Submissions also do not represent The Griffin’s position, or that of its facilitator. The Griffin strives for accuracy and fair representation in all of its publications and factual correctness. If an error is found, email the issue number, the error, and the correction that needs to be made to the.griffin.chc@gmail. com. Corrections may be printed in the next issue.


On April 12, 13 and 14, the Chestnut Hill College Community Theater presented the 1960s-themed musical, Hairspray. The show was cast with members of the College and members of the community. Each showing was well received by audiences as leads, Tracy Turnblad (Alyssa Cherewaty ’13), Link Larkin (Bryan Mottershead ’14), Penny Pingleton (Maya Ben-Yaacov), Amber von Tussle (Jessica Veazey ’13), Seaweed J. Stubbs (Devin Devoue ’11) lit up the stage. The musical takes place in Baltimore, where Tracy dreams of winning a spot on the local dance program. After achieving her goal, Tracy tries to integrate the show but encounters many struggles along the way.
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Rearranging Residents: Themed Living at CHC
Kaila Kane ’16 Contributing writer Residence Life at Chestnut Hill College is finding new ways to provide a variety of housing opportunities for resident students returning to Chestnut Hill for the fall 2013 semester. Last month, students were given the opportunity to apply to live in a Themed Living Community (TLC). TLCs allow students with similarities and common interests/goals to live together in the same area. It’s a wonderful way for students to form new friendships and/ or strengthen old ones through bonding over something that unites them. There are five TLCs that are available; the Honors Community is designated for upperclassmen honors program students, the Dear Neighbor community suits those who love doing community service, the Care for the Earth community will be of interest to those who have a passion for sustainability issues, the Music, Art, and Stage community is for the creative students here at the College, and the Koinonia community will be for students who are interested in focusing on their spirituality. The College gives credit to Jenn Thorpe, the director of residence life, for making these options available in the upcoming year. “TLCs are on every college campus, and I wanted to see what Chestnut Hill could do with it,” Thorpe said. For students who sent in TLC applications, Residence Life plans on reviewing all applications and will decide whether or not to move forward with the TLCs depending on how many people have applied. Students accepted into a TLC will have their own housing selection day separate from the rest of the resident community at the College. The new TLCs are a response to the great feedback given from students at the College living in the Honors and LENS communities right now. Students in these communities expressed a desire to continue living and learning with each other in the upcoming years. Thorpe definitely listened to these wishes, and also took into consideration students with other interests who might like living together in small communities as well. When asked which TLC she would want to live in, Thorpe responded, “The Music, Art, and Stage community. I work with the drama club and contribute to the music department’s annual musical. I love the arts, I would definitely immerse myself in that.” If students have any questions at all, they should feel free to stop by Thorpe’s office in Fitzsimmons, send an email to, or ask an RA or RC.

On Wednesday, April 17, students cast their ballots for 2013-14 Student Government Officers. Elections for the vacant positions of Vice President of Academic Affairs, Senior Class Vice President, and First-Year officers will be held in Fall semester 2013.

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Working Hard & Hardly Working
michael bradley ’14 news editor There is a growing trend among college students of working full-time jobs while also enrolled with full course loads throughout the year. A recent study by the National Center of Education Statistics found that 79 percent of undergraduate students are employed while simultaneously enrolled in classes. This trend creates a sticky situation for many of students. Often, they need to work these jobs to make tuition payments but, because of the jobs they acquire, they are massively distracted from their coursework. This difficulty is recognized firsthand by sophomore Katie McLaughlin. She works to pay for her one hour commute to and from campus each day, as well as an apartment she’s soon moving into. However, she finds that she has very little time to focus on her homework each night. “I work somewhere between 40 and 45 hours a week,” said McLaughlin. “And with my long commute, it’s really tough for me to get my work done as well as I would like to.” McLaughlin finds that she gets most of her written work completed each week, but “rarely has time for reading.” The only way McLaughlin is able to get most of her work done is with careful time-management. “I have Wednesday evenings off, so I usually allot that time to complete most of my work,” she said. “But if something else comes up that night, I really struggle to finish everything.” McLaughlin experiences difficulty when scheduling time to complete her coursework, and on top of this, she has no time for extracurricular activities. “I would love to be more involved on campus,” she said, “but with the hours I’m working at my job I just can’t be.” While having a job in college may seem distracting and undesirable, working a part-time job may actually be beneficial. In an article published by US News & World Report, Laura Perna of The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education argues that students who work 10 to 15 hours a week are more likely to graduate on time than students who do not work at all. Working students have “an opportunity to develop professional skills that employers will be expecting upon graduation,” Perna said. “When employers recruit new college grads, they are not only looking for a major, but they are looking for a skillset.” Furthermore, these students

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have the opportunity to experience a professional environment and build professional contacts. She does advise, however, being able to recognize when enough is enough. Not everyone can handle this outside distraction, and if work is interfering with school, the job needs to go, Perna said. Working a job in college is not something that every person can handle. It is an outside distraction that may be beneficial to some, but to others, may pull away from coursework and extracurricular activities. While this decision may be difficult, it is clear that balance is the key to having a job in college.

image: Beth Bachmayer ’16

Pictured above, 2013-14 SGA President Allie Fusco ’14 said: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to make changes on campus. I hope to unify the College community, specifically the athlete and non-athlete communities, and to make SGA a governing force that can address the needs of the students.”

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Pictured above, 2013-2014 SGA Vice President Mary Katherine Ortale ’16. She said, “Everyone is a member of the Student Government Association. Every student has a voice and ideas. Your leaders are here to help accomplish the tasks and ideas that you, the students, want.” SGA President Allie Fusco ’14 Executive Vice President Mary Katherine Ortale ’16 VP for Communications Taylor Eben ’14 VP for Finance Marisa Mango ’15 Senior Class President Chelsea Patten ’14 Junior Class President Helen Squitieri ’15 Sophomore Class President Maci Kociszewski ’16 VP for Engagement Megan Welch ’16 VP for Student Life Justin McMahon ’15 Senior Class VP Vacant Junior Class VP Shane Silverence ’15 Sophomore Class VP Jessica Perham ’16

Like Katie McLaughlin ’15, sophomore commuter Christopher Shriver, pictured above works part-time at an Apple reseller. Shriver said, “Working 25+ hours a week with 18-credit semesters is rough, but if it means I can get to and from school, avoid loans, and have some extra cash to keep up with tech then I’m happy.”

image: Jessica Veazey ’13

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Chestnut Hill Champion: Portrait of KBM
Taylor Eben ’14 Senior Staff Writer Sporting a cute new pair of shoes that click and clack against the tiled floors, you can usually hear her before you see her. As she comes down the hallway, her outfit comes into view. Today she is wearing a black jumper with a simple gray cardigan and heels; her blonde hair is blown straight and, as always, she’s wearing a smile. “Dean of Student Life.” It sounds like a hefty position, and it certainly is. Every day she oversees everything in the realm of student life, from residence life, to security, to parking--the bane of her existence. Her days include lots of meetings, but she manages to sneak in a little fun every now and then, squeezing in a visit to the Student Activities Office. Her job is demanding, and with a baby on the way (affectionately nicknamed “Bean”) it’s about to get a lot more hectic. But with all that aside, you can tell that she really cares. She really loves her job. Originally from Allamuchy, N.J., Krista intended on becoming a pediatric opthamologist. However, after a not-so-great chemistry class, she decided against such. Because of this, Krista did not know what she wanted to do after graduation. In December of her senior year, she decided to apply to higher education programs. “Once I made that decision, it finally felt right and I knew that was the right decision because then everything started to fall into place. All of a sudden it was just like, ‘Wow, I could have a connection with people in a time in their lives that was super transformative to me’” Bailey said. Armed with a dual degree in psychology and communication studies, she traveled to Ohio, where she earned an M.A. in higher education in 2004. She returned to Philadelphia and got a job working in Residence Life at St. Joseph’s University, where she met her husband Ryan Murphy, director of service-learning, and Lynn Ortale, vice president of student life. After Lynn and Ryan left St. Joe’s for Chestnut Hill, Krista followed suit, becoming the director of community engagement in 2006. “It was a brand new job at the time,” she said. “It never existed before on this campus and that was really exciting to me because I knew I could leave my mark and create things. I’m not good at fitting in boxes, so it was exciting for me to apply for a job that was brand new where I could set the tone of what it was going to be. After two years at the College, she decided to go back to school for her Ph.D. in educational psychology, which she received in December of last year. “It was really helpful to get back in touch with my psychology degree and just look at the world and how people interact as opposed to the administrative side of my job.” Since coming to the College in 2006, Krista has quickly risen in the ranks, and she fully enjoys the work she does here. “I love students. I love being with them, so I spend a lot of time with them, talking to students” said Krista. Krista credits her relationship with Deborah Nolan M.A., vice president of student affairs and dean of students, for teaching her how to interact with students. “I loved how she dealt with students and it’s the way I think I deal with students, in a way that is upfront and honest.” I think I deal with students in a way that is upfront and honest.” Since a large portion of her job requires her to keep a pulse on students, part of her day might even include socializing in the Student Activities Office. She recounted going to the Office earlier that day where she flipped through old yearbooks. “That was work,” she said, “and to me that’s just as important as submitting my budget.” Revamping the Student Activities Office is one of her biggest accomplishments since coming to CHC. “The number of things that we do today versus six, seven, eight years ago is remarkable, and I’m really proud of how much we do for a small school, because I think it’s a lot more than a lot of other schools.” When she started working here there were no comprehensive student conduct or alcohol education programs, so she created both. She works best when she’s creating things, she said. “I want Chestnut Hill to be doing the same things that are happening [at other colleges and universities] nationally. I don’t want us to live in a bubble.” Of course she would be lying if she said every aspect of her job was easy. Since she deals mainly with students, she does get concerned about student safety, which she said keeps her up at night. The College can be as proactive as possible in keeping students safe, she said, but ultimately that’s all the College can do. As for balancing such a busy life, Krista said she does not mind. “I think my job suits me really well,” she said. “I do best in life when I go from one thing to the next and I’m better unplanned than I am planned.” With “Bean” due next month, she’s expecting a welcomed change of pace. She is taking the summer off and is looking forward to all that will come with motherhood, and will make sure Bean is no stranger to the College campus. “I feel like I’m at a really good place in my life,” she said. “Things are coming together and things are exciting. I feel very blessed about where I am right now.”

Above, Dean of Student Life Krista Bailey Murphy, Ph.D. works in her office but often interacts with students at campus hangouts like the Student Activities Office to get the pulse on campus life. Since 2006, Dr. Murphy has worked at the College in various positions bringing her energy and enthusiasm to every project.

image: Beth Bachmayer ’16

re-evaluting evaluations
Griselle rodriguez ’14 Contributing Writer

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At the close of every semester, Chestnut Hill College students are usually up to their eyeballs in work. With the numerous deadlines and blocks of study-time demanded, it is rare that any student wants to spend a pocket of free time on anything other than what is mandatory for a grade. Yet, it is during this time that the college sends out course evaluations for students to complete voluntarily, but more often than not, students forget to or choose not to complete them. However, some faculty members say that the time spent on these evaluations is appreciated and the feedback is taken into high consideration. While it may be easy to disregard these surveys, it is becoming more evident that professors value the input because it helps showcase their strengths and/or weaknesses. Jacqueline Reich, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of the global studies and political science programs, said the evaluations helped her keep her finger on the “pulse” of her students and ultimately lead to her receiving tenure. “Until I received tenure last year, I was required to have students fill out course evaluations since these help the committee get a sense of my teaching strengths and weaknesses,” Reich said. “I actively continue to seek out student feedback since I am very interested to see the overall class climate, and to get a sense of whether or not my students are learning.” William Lauinger, assistant professor of philosophy, also agrees that feedback is

beneficial for faculty because it gives them a clearer idea of any areas of improvement and provides a better gauge of student reception to the course. “Ever since I began teaching, I have taken student feedback very seriously,” Lauinger said. “I believe that I have become a better teacher because of the course evaluations.” One way in which students could be more motivated to participate is through offering extra credit incentives, a technique Reich currently employs. “I recognize that students are very crunched for time at the end of the semester and so I offer extra credit to students who complete the evaluations,” she said. “I am willing to give extra credit because the evaluations are so valuable to me.” As this spring semester rapidly comes to an end and students are checking off their to-do lists, it will not hurt to take the time to recommend a favorite professor or maybe make suggestions on behalf of the student body. Students are strongly encouraged to complete evaluations because it not only helps the faculty monitor their teaching, but also provides an accurate view of their progress. Megan Dicus ’15 encourages students to exercise their voices if even for the sake of future classes. “It is a good idea to complete the teacher evaluations because not only is it important for current students, but for future students as well,” Dicus said. “It can help with future classes; especially for those professors who are considered role models.”

Summer’s Thrilling Sequels and New Releases
Briana Charlton ’16 STAFF WRITER As we draw closer to the summer months ahead, there should be one question buzzing through everyone’s minds: What are we going to do before school begins again in the fall? Well, aside from the usual trips to the shore, some things to keep in mind are all the movies coming out in the summer. Those include: Iron Man 3, The Hangover Part III, and The Bling Ring. Iron Man 3 is probably the most awaited summer film because Marvel fans will be able to follow their beloved Tony Stark as he fights yet another epic battle against evil. This film, directed by Shane Black, is expected to be released on May 5. The cast will consist, once again, of Robert Downy Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, along with many more new and exciting characters. Of course, what are new characters without a new and action-packed plot? In this third installment of Marvel’s Iron Man, Tony Stark goes on a journey to find the enemy responsible for ruining his life—a mysterious antagonist known as the Mandarin. Stark not only faces incredible danger on this journey, but also a test of character. He must confront the man he is and discover whether or not he is the man he should be. In Iron Man 3, Stark will be forced to find an answer to the question “Does the man make the suit, or does the suit make the man?” This question also comes up in Marvel’s The Avengers (released in April 2012) when Captain America asks Stark what he was without the suit. So, who exactly is Tony Stark? You can find out this summer. Another film to watch when school is finally over is The Hangover Part III, directed by Todd Phillips. This film is scheduled to be released May 24, and follows the same loveable and crazy “Wolfpack” that fans have come to adore in The Hangover and The Hangover Part II. Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha will reprise their roles as Phil, Alan, Stu, and Doug, respectively. As of right now, the full plot has not been released, yet, it seems as though fans can expect a road trip of some sort that encompasses several locations and crazy plans. The official synopsis, taken from IMDb, reads: “This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.” This third installment and finale certainly sounds interesting and quite different from the previous films. Fans can definitely look forward to an entirely new story and a hilarious one at that. A third summer film, expected to be released June 24, is The Bling Ring directed by Sophia Coppola. This film contrasts sharply with the above mentioned films because not only is it a crime drama, but it is also based on a true story. As IMDb states, this film is about “a group of fame-obsessed teenagers [who] use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.” This is certainly a very interesting story, made even more so by its reality. However, what makes this film even greater (especially for Harry Potter fans) is that it stars Emma Watson, who is most known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. In The Bling Ring, Watson plays Nicki, and in an interview with GQ Magazine she says, “The character is everything that I felt strongly against -- she’s superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She’s all of these things and I realized that I hated her. How do you play someone you hate? But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be.” This quotation demonstrates what a turnaround Watson has undergone since her studious, goody-two-shoes role as Hermione Granger. Nevertheless, I’m sure fans cannot wait to see their favorite actress play such a “racy” character in this upcoming summer film. The movie promises to be fitting of an actress as gifted as Emma Watson.


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Top 5: Favorite Summer Things
Bleu Lane ’13 Style Editor The last stretch of the semester is here and we all know what’s waiting around the corner: summer. Summer is my favorite of all the seasons for many reasons, here are just a few. Summer clothes Fall and winter outfit planning requires a lot of thought. There are layers involved and you’ve got to figure out how to stay warm without putting on a full body snowsuit. It’s just so much easier in the summer time when shorts and a t-shirt will suffice. Patterns, colors, and styles of summer clothes are also just more aesthetically pleasing to me than the heavy, dark styles of less warm months. Forever 21’s latest “Capsule 2.1” collection is a prime example of my ideal summer wardrobe Outdoor dining My general attitude towards nice weather is that it should be taken advantage of. If it’s beautiful and sunny out, any activity that can be done outside should be. This is the season where restaurants who have outdoor space offer sidewalk tables and rooftop dining. Here are some places in Philadelphia that allow you to people watch outside while enjoying your food: Copabanana (4th & South St), Vango (116 S 18th St), and Continental MidTown (1801 Chestnut St). Music festivals As I previously mentioned, most things are just better outside. Unlike indoor shows, outdoor music festivals have more of a community feel. Depending on the venue, you can wander around instead of being confined to a row or seat. While huge festivals like Coachella can be on the more expensive side, there are a growing number of free festivals. My favorite in Philadelphia is the Mad Decent Block Party. Iced Coffee My love of coffee is no secret, but no one wants to be drinking piping hot liquid when it’s 90 degrees outside. That’s why the barista gods created iced versions of all your favorite coffee drinks! An iced caramel macchiato from Starbucks on a really nice day is so refreshing you won’t even care how many calories are in it. Swimming Maybe it was my childhood obsession with the Little Mermaid, but I just love anything that has to do with swimming or being near water. Whether it’s a beach, pool, water-park, lake or any other large area of water that allows swimming, I love it.

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Above, Mad Decent Block party, a touring festival featuring artist Diplo, made a splash on the Philadelphia music scene in 2012. There are many music festivals this summer in the city and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic region, including Xponential Music Festival in Camden, Sixth Annual Roots Picnic at Penn’s Landing and the Made in America Festival at the Art Museum. For a list of festivals compiled by our staff, visit


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The Wonder Years: New Release
Brandon Rotondo ‘16 Contributing writer Philadelphia’s native poppunkers, The Wonder Years, are at it again and are coming out swinging. After the massively successful releases of The Upsides (2010) and Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing (2011), The Wonder Years have recently announced their highly acclaimed album The Greatest Generation, which is due to be released May 14, 2013 by Hopeless Records. Coming off a headlining tour, last summer’s “Warped Tour,” and being the supporting acts with pop-punk heavyweights such as New Found Glory and Yellowcard, The Wonder Years have kept fans waiting anxiously for new material. “The Greatest Generation is the third piece of a trilogy about growing up,” stated lead singer Dan “Soupy” Campbell in the trailer for his upcoming album. The Wonder Years have recently released the first single off the album titled “Passing through a Screen Door.” This song starts off right where The Wonder Years left off in their last album. Campbell continues to steer the band’s musical direction with the highest expectations while striking his listeners with both personal and relatable lyrics such as: “It’s all a lie, what they say about stability. It scares me sometimes, the emptiness I see in my eyes.” Musically and lyrically, there is no doubt in this beloved fan’s mind that The Wonder Years have greatly progressed as a

band. From the tempo, strong drumming, fast guitars, and melodies in the chorus, this song is by far one of the best releases by the band. The Wonder Years are steadily becoming their genre’s most beloved force. With music to jump around to and lyrics that make you realize that you’re not the only person in the world struggling with depression, anxiety, and hometown blues, The Wonder Years are at the peak of their musicmaking and show no signs of slowing down. Make sure to check out The Wonder Years on this year’s headlining stage of Warped Tour and pick up a copy of The Greatest Generation.


“Some say the greatest generation has come and gone but they are wrong. They don’t know what we are capable of.” – Dan Campbell, lead singer of The Wonder Years.


Passing Through a Screen Door, Local Man Ruins Everything, Hoodie Weather, Melrose Diner, Logan Circle


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A novel Idea: Books to Read this Summer
Runaway Heart
Andrea Wentzell ’15 SEnior STAFF WRITER A regency romance, Runaway Heart by Claudy Conn, is one story that will take a reader’s heart for a spin. Considered a short story, Runaway Heart’s onehundred pages fits more into them than other authors can in three-hundred. Easily completed in one sitting, the story follows Chelsea Halloway, a young woman abandoned by her aunt at finishing school. Being forced to leave school, Chelsea has two options: return to her horrible life with her Aunt Augusta or escape to her trustee. She chooses the latter, and with the help of her friend, Sam Martin, Chelsea is successfully arranged to have her public season. Placed into the care of Lady Daisy Dobson, Chelsea soon becomes enthralled with the most eligible bachelor in town, her escort. Per favor of his Aunt Daisy, Lord Wainwright soon finds himself irritated not by the country school girl he escorts, but by the men that surround her. A rogue in nature, Wainwright made quick assumptions about the country-raised Chelsea, but instead he finds an engaging woman underneath her plain exterior. However, Chelsea is not the only women pursuing Wainwright’s heart. And it seems the other woman, her own Aunt Augusta, has already captured it. With relatable characters, commands other children in battle, and struggles with students and teachers alike who are bent on ending Ender's bright future by any means necessary. Now to all those out there who are wary of picking up some lame science fiction drivel, you should rejoice. Card's award winning novel makes you forget that you are reading about the future and completely absorbs you in the thoughts and feelings of the main character. Ender is more than just a child; he is a walking existential crisis. I challenge any who read this book not to be completely blown away by how deeply you examine yourself because of Ender. At every twist and turn you are wondering how this child is going to make it through this titanic conflict. And let me say, Ender never disap-

the Casual Vacancy
Amanda finlaw ’15 STYLE EDITOR J.K. Rowling’s first postPotter novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, has essentially gone under-the-radar after its initial release this past September. Many critics considered the novel average or too much like the works of Dickens, Joyce, and Woolf. Despite the fact that it is not a particularly unique work, it is much different than her Harry Potter series. The Casual Vacancy is a very interesting, insightful, and emotional build-up of a read. While many readers, including me, found the novel to start off slow, it picks up about half way through the story as the countless characters become more distinct. Each chapter follows the actions and thoughts of a different character, in what is essentially stream-of-consciousness prose. Readers get to peer into the minds of many different types of social statuses as the citizens in the English village of Pagford deal with the death of Barry Fairbrother. Characters also try, rather unsuccessfully, to fill his position in the council all while trying to handle the very popular and charismatic man’s absence. Throughout the course of the book, as you learn more about the fascinating characters, some that you may be reluctant to like or sympathize with, and even some you wholly abhor, they become more understandable. In this way, the novel portrays an important lesson that while someone may be different from us, they still have strong thoughts, feelings, and individuality, and should be treated with the same amount of care and respect we would grant to those we immediately relate to. Rowling herself said of this lesson in her book, “I am worried about the lack of empathy in our culture.” This novel is certainly one that fosters understanding of the value of each individual. From political corruption and tensions, to the social trials of high school, to the heartwrenching surprises at the end of the novel, reactions to the characters become even stronger. Rowling employs her masterful ability to bring forth strong emotions and immense life lessons in The Casual Vacancy.

Runaway Heart stands out from other short regency romances. Conn leads readers to anticipate the next page, and leaves you wanting more. Currently, Runaway Heart is free for e-readers and can be found through searching the websites of Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Smashwords.

Ender’s Game
Gabriel Henninger ’15 Contributing writer Ender's Game, the prolific novel by Orson Scott Card, has captured the minds of readers for decades. It is a simple story really. A young boy feels scared and alone. A young boy goes to a new school and struggles to make friends. A young boy leads a fleet of spaceships to stop an oncoming alien onslaught. See? Classic. This book follows Andrew (Ender) Wiggin through growing up as a child prodigy among other child prodigies. Ender is selected to go to Battle School, a school in the stars meant to train Earth's genius children in the art of war. He travels through space,

points the reader. Now is the perfect time to pick up this classic novel because it will be coming out as a movie this summer. This is a great chance to be part of a great series. Happy reading, everybody.

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Style Spotter: April / May 2013
1. Brandon Rotondo ’16
Who/what are your style influences? My style honestly comes from my grandfather. The man dresses as well as he can everyday and he says what you wear can leave a good impression on people. How would you describe your personal style? I would describe my style as laid back but also business casual. Some days I just want to wear a flannel and jeans, but other days I feel like it's a good day to wear a tie. It all depends on my mood.



2. Jenn Lineman ’15

How would you describe your personal style? My style is very eclectic; I will buy anything if I like it even if it is in the guys’ section. If I can get it in my size, I buy it. What is your favorite article of clothing/ accessory? My favorite thing right now is my Ralph Lauren flag denim jacket (from the guys’ section) and cowboy boots, of course, they are my weakness.

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Tweets of the Month
Danielle Molino ’14 Contributing Writer Bleu Lane ’13 Style Editor Recording an album is a dream that many aspiring musicians share. Chestnut Hill College sophomore, Kyle Mick, is turning that dream into a reality for himself. Mick is in the process of finishing the debut album of his one-man-band Crazy Kyle and the Folk Revival. The title of the CD is Tears of Our Fathers, Sins of Our Sons and it is set to be released on Oct, 7 2013. “That’s a long story,” says Mick on why he chose to start a one-man-band as opposed to being a part of a group. “Music today has so many different instruments and musicians that it covers up the lyrics of the song. It also detracts from the music because people in the crowd are focused more on the musicians playing instead of actually listening to the words.” Mick plays both the acoustic guitar and the harmonica to achieve his unique sound. “I like playing by myself. It’s a challenge to try and write a rhythm, a solo, a harmonica part, and then put it together.” Mick has been inspired by many famous musicians including My Chemical Romance and Bruce Springsteen. His most

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One-Man-Band: Lyrics Not Sound Cult Classics of the 90s
Michael Bradley ’13 News Editor The 90s were an absolute goldmine for campy, cheesy cultclassics. They’re the movies that you love, but do not know why; the movies that you can watch over again without losing interest. Here are five of the greatest cult-classics: THE CRAFT When Sarah Bailey enlists at a new catholic school, she befriends a group of bad girls. They dress in all black, don’t care about their grades, and have a very distinct mystique. Little does Sarah know, these girls are witches, using their powers to cast spells on their enemies. As they begin to turn on one another, Sarah starts to wonder if she can activate the witchy senses within herself. HEATHERS Veronica is desperate to be popular. She spends her days sucking up to the three most popular girls in school—all of whom are named Heather. As the school year progresses, Veronica finds herself falling for JD, the ultimate high-school bad boy. JD takes Veronica to the dark side with him, and she begins to seek violent revenge on the Heathers. I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER Julie and her friends are having the ultimate summer—until they accidentally hit a fisherman with their car, and then throw his dead body into a ravine. They spend the rest of their summer pretending nothing happened, and think they got away with the crime. But, the following summer they receive anonymous letters in eerie handwriting that say “I know what you did last summer.” JAWBREAKER In this ultimate cult classic, Courtney, Julie and Marcie plan to pseudo-kidnap their friend Charlotte for a birthday stunt, but end up accidently choking her to death with a jawbreaker. When nerdy girl Fern witnesses the crime, queen-bee Courtney turns her popular over night in turn for silence. Unfortunately for Courtney, Marcie begins to feel guilty and threatens to blow everyone’s cover.

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Crazy Kyle and the Folk Revival, the eponymous one man band created by Kyle Mick ’15, is currently working on its debut album.
prominent influence is Bob Dylan, which can be seen in his lyrical content. Mick prides himself on the messages behind his songs. “Listening to music today made me angry that musicians and artists were making music about getting drunk and partying instead of focusing on how their music can influence and inspire people,” Mick says. “My whole goal is to start a sort of revolution with our generation. I want to get our generation to start thinking for themselves. To get our generation to start thinking for themselves and getting out of their technological bubbles and focusing on what they feel is unjust in the U.S. and come together to fix it. Sort of like the 60s.” Mick’s favorite song on his album, “Desert Soldier,” is about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Even though I don’t know anyone with PTSD, I can still feel for those soldiers because they feel like outcasts, pushed to the edge of society without a thought.” What began as a hobby Mick took up in high school to fit in with friends has developed into so much more. “While they dropped the hobby by the end of school, I stuck with it and it has become my passion.” With his musical talent, powerful lyrics, ambition as an artist, and a debut album on the way, Mick seems to be headed in the right direction as an upand-coming musician.


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Lifescouts: Alex Day’s Merit Badge Program


Pictured above from left to right are the following badges of Alex Day’s creation: Hot-Air Balloon, Keyboard, Dungeons and Dragons, French Language, and Pet-Owning Badges. Some of the other badges that you can earn are: Skydiving, Acordion, CPR, and Cow-Milking Badges.
Amanda Finlaw ‘15 STYLE EDITOR Popular YouTube videoblogger (vlogger) and musician, Alex Day (nerimon on YouTube), started a creative project online called Lifescouts. On the website for the project, you can collect pin badges for completing different activities or feats, which vary from extremes, like skydiving, to the more mundane, like going bowling. The project rewards people for doing new things in their lives, like traveling to foreign landmarks, and provides incentive to do activities you may have never considered. The project was inspired by Boy Scout badges. Day wanted a way for people of any age to have proof of their significant life experiences. On its website, Lifescouts is described as “a badge collecting community of people who share real-world experiences online.” This project encourages young people to collect as many badges as they can, complete the tasks with their friends, and share their experiences with their online community. There is a new collection of badges each month, with the month of April’s being music. In the past two months, there has been nerd month and animal month. Each badge corresponds with the theme. Once an activity for a pin is complete, you can “reblog” the pin onto your Tumblr or buy a physical pin from the site’s store. This tangible confirmation of your feat costs $5. If you search the Tumblr tag “lifescouts” you will find endless posts of people discussing their remarkable experiences while working toward pins, and posting photos of the pins they earned. Many YouTubers and friends of Day are participating and having really exciting experiences. Another famous YouTuber, Charlie McDonnel (charlieissocoollike), went skydiving with Alex Day and a few other friends to achieve the skydiving pin. Both Charlie and Day uploaded videos documenting their entire journey, jitters and all. Day described his project as “a great big circle of inspiration,” because if you see a badge for something you had always wanted to do but haven’t yet, you get to see stories of others who have done that particular activity, which could prompt you to act on your desire. Then, once you do the activity and share your story, others may wish to follow your lead and share in the experience as well. The most important thing about this project is “that you have a sufficiently valuable experience or story or anecdote related to that badge that justifies you having it, and that you personally don’t feel guilty for claiming that badge,” Day explains. He thinks the experience should be significantly impactful on one’s life. Lifescouts is a really innovative way to get yourself to have new experiences and to come in contact with things you may not have normally considered. It can help individuals grow, while giving them an opportunity to share their great experiences with the internet and their friends and family. Visit Lifescouts and collect badges for yourself at

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Subjective Scrutiny
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In Response to Discrimination
Alison Mann ’15 Contributing Writer Allison Mann is a sophomore women’s lacrosse player and biology major. Discrimination is obviously bad. Anti-Discrimination week was a good idea, if it had been executed the right way. I don’t think the Student Government Association’s (SGA) approach to anti-discrimination week was appropriate. If done correctly, this week could have been very beneficial to the student population and the CHC community. But the method that SGA utilized did more harm than good. As an athlete and former member of the Student Government Association, I have felt discriminated against for being an athlete. The Anti-Discrimination week here at CHC was directly in favor of the NARP population. I use the word NARP (Non-Athletic Regular Person) here, not as a discriminatory term, but as a simple label. If I am allowed to be called an “athlete” with no consequences, the inverse NARP colloquialism should be just as acceptable. Non-athletes complain about the cafeteria and athletes only hanging out with other athletes, when NARPs are the biggest team on campus. No other specific group of people was called out on the Post-Secrets, and I feel athletes were unfairly targeted. Not being friends with some of our peers isn’t being discriminatory; it’s not having a common interest with them and not being able to relate to them as easily (or at all) than it is to with other peers. Discrimination is defined as “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, esp. on the grounds of race, age, or sex.” Last time I checked, athletes weren’t making NARPs sit in the back of the shuttle or making them use different soda machines in the cafeteria. The non-athletes and SGA should reevaluate who is being “discriminated” against. In general, last year during the time of registering for the Quidditch World Cup, the Student Government Association specifically said that the men’s and women’s lacrosse Quidditch team was not allowed to go through to the World Cup because they were a “bad representation of Chestnut Hill” and that they were too aggressive. If we are allowed to represent the College on the field and in the classroom, why are we not allowed to participate in one of this school’s biggest pastimes? I also feel that there is an unfair stigma that comes along with being an athlete at this school. People assume that I act a certain way just because I play a sport, and it’s usually not a positive assumption. Are there athletes who have discriminated against NARPs? Absolutely, and it’s not okay. But why is it ok for

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SGA on anti-discrimination
megan welch ’16 staff writer Megan Welch is the newly-elected Student Government Association (SGA) vice president of community engagement for the 2013-2014 academic year. SGA’s primary job is to represent the student body. This includes helping to change policy and organize and lead events, but above all it means empowering each student to express their views, their concerns, and ultimately, themselves. With this thought in mind, we planned Anti-Discrimination Week. We abandoned tradition, completely re-evaluated and revamped each event to suit our overall goal – to raise awareness of real issues students are facing, both on campus and in the world. The Post-Secrets that were hung up outside of the cafeteria were a huge part of that. SGA went around to members of the student body and asked them to anonymously share a story of a time they felt discriminated against. The results were ugly. There were students discriminated against for everything imaginable – race, gender, sexual orientation, the way they dress, and their religion, to name a few. Students expressed how, and in some cases who, they felt had discriminated against them. But our goal wasn’t to offend. Submissions represent the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent The Griffin’s position. It wasn’t to start drama. And it certainly wasn’t to create deeper divides between groups of people on campus. Our goal was to give a voice to students that might not otherwise have one. And we did. We understand the frustrations that the Post-Secrets brought up. Nobody tries to be discriminatory. Nobody goes out of their way to hurt anyone. And nobody wants a student to feel that their organization or group of friends targeted them when that was never their goal. We all have good intentions. But mistakes happen. Someone says something hurtful by accident. Someone misinterprets something we say or do. Sometimes, our good intentions get lost in translation, and someone walks away feeling angry, hurt, or violated. But it is important that we grow from it. Responding with anger will only perpetuate anger. Quieting someone else’s voice because it disagrees with your own will only create more hurt feelings. Accepting that there is a problem is the only way we can all start to fix it. Moving forward, SGA has worked with Krista Murphy to implement a new Ally training, and to create Safe Zone stickers and buttons. We feel that this is a step towards creating a campus where all know they are welcomed, and we encourage all to participate in the community. But it is only one part of the solution. SGA doesn’t have all the answers. However, if we as a community work together, we can find them.

NARPs to discriminate against me? I play lacrosse, but I am so much more than that. It is unfair to simply call me an athlete and assume that I am a bad person and that I think I’m better than you, or to blame a single person’s discriminatory acts on the entire athletic community. Judge me for who I am, not the jersey I wear. I did not come to school for lacrosse, but playing women’s lacrosse here at Chestnut Hill has changed my life for the better. My teammates are the best friends I have ever had in my life. They have always been there for me, on the field and off the field. They are an incredible group of girls that I won’t ever forget. They truly have become my family. This sense of community is something I would not have if I was not on the team. I’m sure this is true for any of the other athletes at this school. Aside from just my team, there is an incredible sense of community throughout all of the athletes. We can all relate to a bad practice or game, or the great feeling of the perfect practice weather, and knowing the fact that we all are very blessed to be able to wake up every day and play a sport that we love. Knowing that we can all connect and relate brings a majority of campus together by being athletes. If anything, the SGA antidiscrimination week was more discriminatory against athletes than it was against NARPs.

Letter from the Editor-In-Chief
Dear Readers, Over the past four years, The Griffin has worked fervently to facilitate a community in which students, faculty, and staff can work cohesively toward an even better Chestnut Hill environment. We have introduced sections to you including Style, Opinion, and the recently launched Online edition. Although we have been met with many challenges, The Griffin staff and myself have learned a lot along the way. Perhaps the most significant lesson learned was how to acquire the strength to adapt. The absence of change thwarts progress. There will always be an audience that focuses more on the possible nature of our attack rather than the purpose of our content. In this case, the best that The Griffin can do is to continue to promote our business and produce what we promise to—a newspaper representative of the people. It would be an oversight if we kept in the fluff, if we tiptoed around the real issues at hand. As I have believed since the arrival of our Opinion section, the convictions of our students are vital to the thriving of our institution. Similarly, the responses of faculty and staff (or anyone), is imperative to the The Griffin’s survival. Besides, what would a newspaper be without a little controversy? I call on the entire College to continue to express your opinions with an open mind and a professional attitude. Thank you for a lovely four years serving on The Griffin. Olivia Marcinka


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Just Say “No” to Drones
Aizaz gill ’14 senior staff writer Recently, the United States has found itself embroiled in an ethical quagmire, namely the use of drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVS), in countries such as Pakistan and Yemen. The U.S. uses drone missile strikes to target high-ranking officials within the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. In fact, John Brennan, who served as the White House’s top counterterrorism adviser for the past four years and is currently the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), defends the use of drones, stating, “ We only take such actions as a last resort, to save lives when there is no other alternative.” However, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism recently released some alarming statistics regarding the usage of drones by the U.S., which dispute Brennan’s statement. Since 2004, the United States has ordered 364 drone strikes in Pakistan through the CIA. The drone strikes have resulted in 2,640 to 3,474 deaths. Those numbers must be music to the ears of American patriots; after all, these numbers would lead one to believe that almost 3,500 terrorists have been killed without using a single U.S. soldier. Regrettably, that number also includes the death of 479 to 893 civilians who were killed only because their country’s government does not seem to fight for them. What makes this harrowing tragedy even worse is the fact that among those reportedly killed, there were 176 children who lost their lives because they happened to be near areas where terrorists were located. The damning report also confirmed that the U.S. has been specifically and strategically targeting rescuers and funerals in order to maximize the impact of a drone. Pakistan has publicly condemned the use of drone attacks on their soil, stating that it violates their sovereignty, but the U.S. has disputed those reports. Unfortunately for Brennan, the United Nations has disagreed with the United States. Ben Emmerson, the special United Nations rapporteur on Human Rights and CounterTerrorism, recently led a team which sought to investigate the causalities by U.S. drone strikes and if the attacks do violate Pakistan’s sovereignty. After his secret research trip to Pakistan, Emmerson announced that the strikes do, indeed, violate Pakistan’s sovereignty. In addition, Emmerson said that the Pakistani government had made it clear to him that they do not consent to the U.S. drone strikes. Emmerson’s statement was issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and he makes it clear by saying, “As a matter of international law, the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan is...being conducted without the consent of the elected representatives of the people, or the legitimate Government of the State.” Consider, for one moment, what would happen if this travesty of justice were to occur in the United States. If a foreign nation ordered a strike on U.S. soil, one could imagine that it would not take long for the U.S. to show its military might against whatever country had the audacity to order such an attack. American policymakers ought to consider what sort of response the international community would have towards the United States in such an event. After all, the U.S. was the first country to invade another nation’s sovereignty with drone strikes. Despite all of this, the U.S. continues its drone war in Pakistan and President Obama has actually publically defended our country’s use of drones, claiming that the drones are a “targeted, focused effort’ that ‘has not caused a huge number of civilian casualties.” One wonders what number President Obama thinks is huge if close to 900 civilian casualties does not count as a huge number. John Brennan and his boss in the White House need to realize that empty statements do not make up for the loss of human life.

preventing college crises
Nadjah Pennington ’15 Contributing writer

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From News: E-Book Opinions
Gabi valvano ’16 contributing writer When it comes to purchasing textbooks, college students now have many different options in how they purchase and access them. Depending on the publisher, students may now have the option to rent or purchase a hardcopy; download a version on an electronic reader, such as an iPad or Kindle; or access it directly on the publisher’s website or as a download on your laptop. But we all know that when making a decision there are many things the student has to take into consideration, especially cost. When it comes to purchasing textbooks, most students still have the option of which format of the textbook they like better unless their teacher states otherwise. “I love the versatility of e-books,” says Saul Senders, M.S.E.d, professor of computer science. My wife is allergic to newsprint ink and with an iPad, she can read books and do the New York Times crossword puzzle without having an allergic reaction. I love not having to carry around heavy books and the cost is significantly less.” “Though I understand the allure of the cheaper option, in terms of engagement and comprehension, I just don’t think reading from a screen mirrors reading from print,” says Susan Magee, MFA, assistant professor of communications. “Reading from an iPad or Kindle Fire in class also lends itself to distraction. When students have a connection, the call of Facebook and e-mail is too tempting.” Andrea Wentzell ’15 says that for now she is still deciding which format she likes better. “For me, I don’t really have preference over e-books or real books. I typically keep to buying print textbooks, because I find it easier to take notes. However, I might be moving into the etextbooks if I get better deals in the arriving semesters. When it comes to just books to read through, I prefer to read on my e-reader because I find it cheaper than buying print books. Plus, I find some excellent $0.99 books and free books to read, and some wonderful independently

published authors.” Many students say they do not prefer the new electronic copy of books and would rather have a hard copy to read from. Taylor Eben’s web design class required her to use whichever the student preferred. At first she was planning on using a hard copy but it did not come in time for class so she settled for the Ebook. “I don’t like not having a physical book, but the e-book is easy to search through and find something quickly” Eben says. “I enjoy reading E-books for pleasure because I am just reading to read and not to absorb information that I will later be tested on,” Mary Katherine Ortale ‘16 says. “It is much harder to conceptualize the information when you are not physically holding and reading off of a paper.” Though it probably won’t happen overnight, with technology rapidly increasing and changing and the rising cost of traditional textbooks, physical textbooks may eventually be entirely replaced by electronic versions.

Suicide is a subject that often goes undiscussed on college campuses. However, suicides are a rising trend on campuses across the country. According to a study published by Emory University, there are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses each year. Suicide is a difficult subject to discuss. However, according to the Emory survey, one in 10 college students has made a plan for suicide. Because of this, Chestnut Hill College has taken a step toward stopping the silence and standing against the issue. On March 15, the College held a training seminar to better prepare selected staff to handle crisis situations and suicide. The seminar, which was called “Campus Connect: A Suicide Prevention Training for Gatekeepers,” consisted of a review of college suicide statistics and facts, suicidal myths and warnings, and instructions on how to approach a student who may be suicidal. The trainer, Mitch Sartin, Ph.D., assistant director of the counseling center at Syracuse University, explained that “Suicide is a relatively new issue being addressed. The training is about a lot more than suicide prevention; it’s learning how to help when someone is in crisis and leading them to the help they need and how to manage; making college campuses supportive and welcoming.” He also explained that there has been a recent national effort among colleges and universities to solve some prominent mental health concerns. He stressed how important it is for schools to be in the know about how to detect mental health issues before the worsen. Lynne Ortale, Ph.D., vice president for student life, started the initiative to help the College community expand its knowledge of crisis

so as to help the students attending currently and incoming students, as well. “The best way to handle a crisis is not to have one,” Ortale said. “So we spend a lot of time being proactive.” Karen Getzen, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, attended the training and found that there was a lot of interesting information presented. “The most important messages to me were that you can’t look at a person and see what’s going on; who is likely to commit suicide and that it doesn’t discriminate,” Getzen said. “I also felt very impressed by the staff that works with the students who are in a crisis. They seemed concerned and coordinated in their plans to address the students.” The College continues to grow as an informed and up-to-date institution, concerned with the well being of current and future students. The most important thing to remember, is that “Treatment works, when you recognize someone needs help,” Sardin said. The Counseling Center at the College, located on the third floor of Saint Joseph’s Hall is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can contact them at 215248-7104. Even after hours, the College provides 24-hour emergency coverage when school is in session. If no one is in the Counseling Center, call Campus Security at 215242-7777 and they will get help for you. If you or a friend is in a crisis situation, you can also contact the “Ulifeline,” a 24/7 suicide-prevention hotline, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The resounding message from all involved in the training is: If you are ever in a state of distress, despair, or panic, or fear that a friend is in trouble, don’t handle it alone. Reach out and talk to someone. Help will be on the way.

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Doubleheader Leaves Opponents in the Dust
Chelsea Maguire ’15 STAFF WRITER The baseball team faced the Bloomfield College Deacons in a key conference doubleheader on April 6, where the Griffins came out doubly victorious. The first game of the doubleheader saw CHC senior pitcher Domonic Raia on the mound. Through the six innings, Raia held strong, delivering three strikeouts and leaving Bloomfield scoreless. Raia’s solid pitching effort would have been for naught, however, if not for the great play by the offense. First baseman Patrick Campion ’16 doubled in the first inning to start the scoring as he brought home sophomore right fielder Michael McLaughlin. Sophomore Taylor Steen also had success in the game, driving in runs in the 1st and 8th innings. Finally, freshman Brendan Looby notched two RBI as the team’s designated hitter. Pitching in relief of Raia was graduate student Micah Winterstein. He pitched a scoreless outing and struck out two in his work in the 7th and 8th innings. Senior shortstop/ pitcher Joseph Crane closed the game, allowing no runs, and pushed the Griffins to take the first game by a score of 6-2. It was their first win since the end of March. In regards to the win, the team’s overall performance, and the next game, head coach Robert Spratt said that the team “put a lot of work into practicing this week. We just have to go out there and play complete innings. Today was a full effort.” When asked about his success at bat in the first game, Steen said, “It feels good to come back big. Now we just need to go back out there and jump on top.” With the success of the first win behind them, the Griffins carried momentum into game two which saw sophomore Dane Gahr take the mound for CHC. Gahr pitched the first six innings of the game and allowed just one run while also striking out three. Looby again came up big, including singling down the right field line with his hit in the third inning, bringing McLaughlin home around to score the first run of the game. This was Looby's third RBI of the day and his team leading 21st of the season. Junior center fielder Desmond Lites also scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth bringing the score to 2-0 which would be enough to lead to the win. The Deacons eventually scored a run in the top of the 6th, but with CHC's strong overall effort the score remained 2-1 for the remainder of the game, allowing the Griffins to win the second game of the twin-bill, with senior Crane gaining the save. The hard work and effort of the whole team led them to a well-earned doubleheader sweep of the Bloomfield Deacons.


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Above, Raymond Puskar ’14 up to bat. The team is currently, 16-20 with four more games in the season.

quick learner on and off field
Nicole Carney ’16 STAFF WRITER Despite the struggles the Chestnut Hill College women’s lacrosse team has faced, one of the players in particular emerged as a leader and as a star in the past few years. Erica Eaby, a senior midfielder, has been a vocal presence and has truly helped to advance the women’s team in her time at the College. Four years ago when Erica decided to attend Chestnut Hill, she never thought she would find herself playing lacrosse. She attended Lancaster Catholic High School where she played field hockey and soccer, and also ran track and field. It was at Chestnut Hill that she picked up a lacrosse stick for the first time. “Lacrosse had just become a DII sport when I was an incoming freshman and they were looking for players, so I decided why not?” Eaby said. And for someone who had never played the game before, Eaby was a quick learner. She worked hard and as a junior earned the spot as captain and has become a leader and go-to for goals scored and assists. The team in the past has not always played to their potential, with a 3-13 season last year and 2-10 season this year, but according to Eaby, things are looking up for the future. “It is looking really promising due to our new head coach, Chelsea Roseik,” Eaby said. “She knows what she is doing and was really excited for our season to start.” Eaby is one of the six seniors on the 2013 roster and has become a role model for the younger players and often inspires them to do their best. Lyndsay Gobolos, a freshman on the lacrosse team, really looks up to Eaby because they have a common bond. Gobolos never played lacrosse before coming to Chestnut Hill and is working hard to learn the game as well as becoming a skilled player. “Erica is really helpful and encouraging,” Golobos said. “If I ever have a question or just do not get something she is there to help. Erica is a great captain because she keeps us on task, but can make it fun at the same time.” As a CHC Griffin, Eaby has not only put in work on the field, but in the classroom as well.

Men’s Tennis Goal to Take Away CACC Championship Title
Adele Giangiulio ’15 senior Staff Writer The men’s tennis team has had a great start to their season and hopes to carry their success through the postseason. The Griffins were 6-2 in the month of March and 14-6 overall, a record that is very much a testament to how well the team has played this season. “We have beaten teams we’ve never beaten before, which is just another sign that we’re progressing, and getting better,” said Albert Stroble, head coach of the team. Stroble goes on to say that a big key to their success is the Griffins’ improved doubles play. “We lost close matches last year because of our doubles matches.” Yet doubles play is not the only aspect to the Griffins’ recent success. One of the biggest reasons for their improvement is how well they have recruited in recent years. One of these standout recruits is sophomore Mike Humes. With an 11-4 record, Humes is one of the team’s top singles players. “Mike has really come out and beaten some top ranked players,” said Stroble. “I think having that one person giving us the boost really helps everyone else compete well.” Humes is not the only one to deserve commendation, however. Stroble believes this season has truly been a “total team effort.” Different people have stepped up and won matches for the team to get that extra point and secure the win. Looking ahead the Griffins hope to make it to the CACC tournament. They will have to work hard and compete against some nationally ranked teams, but making it to the championship has become the “gold standard” for the Griffins according to Stroble. They are also striving to make the NCAA tournament beginning on April 27. Stroble believes the team needs “to take care of business” and come out on top in their last two matches to earn themselves a spot in the NCAA tournament, something they are very capable of doing.


Senior midfielder, Erica Eaby ’13 during a game against Wilmington U. on April 9. The team lost the away game 6-19, after winning a home game against Wilmington U, on March 26, 18-8.
She will be graduating from Chestnut Hill next December with a bachelors in english and communications and a minor in psychology. Yet her best memories have to be the ones on the field. It is on that lacrosse field where Eaby has made some of her closest friends, made some amazing plays, and proved to everyone that if you put your mind to something you can be unstoppable. Eaby has made a name for herself, one that will be remembered even after she graduates. According to Gobolos, “That girl is amazing and I hope that one day I will be able to be just as good as her.”

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Dayter Throws First No-Hitter
Marilee Gallagher ’13 SPORTS EDITOR 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 13 SO. That was freshman Courtney Dayter’s line as she threw the first ever no-hitter in Chestnut Hill College history as part of a doubleheader sweep over Nyack College. Dayter, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder out of New York, took the mound in the first game with no expectations other than getting the win. In fact, with her focus strictly on her pitching, it wasn’t until after the final out that Dayter became aware of her accomplishment. “I had no idea I was even throwing a no-hitter during the game,” Dayter said, adding that it wasn’t until Head Coach, John Kelly, told her afterwards, that she realized she had made history. In her performance, Dayter faced 22 batters and retired all but one of them, the only blemish being a one-out walk surrendered to Nyack’s Tori Flemming ‘15 in the first inning of the game. It was this free pass that kept her from even greater history, throwing the College’s first-ever perfect game. “Its a saying my dad has always said,” Dayter recalled. “Walks will kill you and that was the difference in this game.” Having played softball for most of her life, throwing a no-hitter was something that Dayter had always dreamed of being able to do. “It has always been a goal to throw a no-hitter,” she said, adding that to do it as a freshman, was a “remarkable feeling.” But Dayter’s hitless line wasn’t the only history she made. She also struck out 13, which now stands as the all-time, single-game high in Chestnut Hill College’s record books.

The Griffin congratulates Kelly Dennis ’14, pictured above (center) with Assistant Coaches Julius Twyman ’12 (left) and Andrew Silverman (right), on her 100-win plateau. Kelly along with Maria Parapouras ’13 and Anastasiya Shcherbakova ’13 (both pictured below) all reached their 100-win plateau during the 2012-2013 CACC Women’s Tennis season. As well, Parapouras was the first in CHC Women’s Tennis history to reach this achievement.

A Historic Women’s Tennis CACC Season
Adele Giangiulio ’16 Senior STAFF WRITER As the women’s tennis team wraps up a successful season, they look to the future with high hopes and expectations. This past fall the Griffins had a good start to the 20122013 season and made huge strides in all aspects of their game, especially in their doubles play. Those close matches that were lost due to doubles have now become “a huge part of our success,” said Albert Stroble, head coach of the tennis team. As a team, the Griffins have really shined and earned themselves an impressive 12-5 record. “This year has been a team effort…we have won matches, lost matches, and different people in the lineup have won games to give us that fifth point to secure the win,” Stroble said. Winning matches and demonstrating a “total team effort” earned the Griffins a number four NCAA ranking for the eastern region. With an already impressive


Above, Courtney Dayter ’16, pitching during the doublheader games against Nyack College on March 23. Dayter and the team’s effort resulted in a 3-0, and a 4-2 win.

Tiffany UreÑa ’16 STAFF WRITER As senior Mark DiRugeris Jr. prepares to put on his cap and gown for graduation, he will never forget the accomplishments he achieved while playing for Chestnut Hill College men’s basketball team. In his last year on the Griffin squad, DiRugeris became a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) AllTournament Team, and a Philadelphia-Area Small College Coaches Association Player of the Week. Although his personal accomplishments were stellar, he also helped lead the team to a 12-15 record and an 8-9 CACC standing. During his senior season, DiRugeris became the leading scorer of the Chestnut Hill men’s basketball program with 1,664 points in his four-year career. With this point total, DiRugeris, one of the best to don a Griffin uniform, also became the CACC’s second highest scorer of all time. Because of his great senior season and career, DiRugeris was recently selected by the Albert J. Carino Boys Basketball Club of South Jersey as the Small College Player of the Year. When asked how it felt to receive the award, DiRugeris stayed modest. “I was very shocked and humbled to win the award,” he said. “There are many good players in the area and it was an ultimate honor.” DiRugeris knows the team did very well this season, but he hoped they could have done a little more. “I did the best I could to help my team get victories," he said. "We were very young with the freshman and sophomores and they did a great job getting used to the collegiate game." DiRugeris also added, "I think we could have done more but there are no regrets from me, I gave it my all everyday on and off the court.” Although this was DiRugeris’ last year playing collegiate basketball, he hopes that his career will not end at Chestnut Hill College. “I am in the process of contacting coaches professionally and semi-professionally all around the world," he said, adding that he has also been "in contact with some coaches including the Washington Generals who play the Globetrotters all around the world." DiRugeris has aspirations to leave the U.S. and join the ranks of other talented college athletes in playing basketball overseas full time. “It is my dream to play overseas," DiRugeris said. "I am going to an exposure camp in Las Vegas in July that will definitely increase my chances of finding a team overseas considerably.” DiRugeris was honored with his Small College Player of the Year award at the club’s annual banquet on Friday, April 5.

season in the books, the Griffins continued their success and made Chestnut Hill College proud by making it to the CACC Finals for the first time in the school’s history. The team put forth a very strong effort, but it was not enough to defeat the defending champion Concordia College. Despite the loss, the team hopes to get revenge in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The girls must first win the last two matches of the season to secure their spot in the tournament. Looking ahead, the Griffins do not plan on slowing down at all. With hard work and continued success they have their eyes set on a deep run in the NCAA Tournament as well as a CACC Championship. Stroble believes this exceptional play “should become the gold standard in what we are trying to do; winning the conference every year, getting to the tournament and advancing.” The tournament will begin on April 27, and will be held at the top seated school which will be announced on April 23.


The Women’s Tennis team says goodbye to three of its players this year. Above (left to right) seniors Anastasiya
Shcherbakova ’13, Maria Parapouras ’13, and Danielle Knot ’13 leave the court in a victory, 8-1, verses Philadelphia U. on May 17.

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