The Griffin, Vol. 1.2 October 2010 | Sports | Leisure


The Free Student Newspaper of Chestnut Hill College
Philadelphia, PA October 2010
STYLE 4 News 2 Opinion 6 Sports 8
Quidditch returns to Chestnut Hill
As Chestnut Hill’s regal
campus begins to change this
autumn, eager students antici-
pate a sport that was once only
found in fction. Quidditch
season has arrived again, mark-
ing the College’s third year as a
contender in the International
Quidditch World Cup and tour-
nament host.
The unique sport, adapted
for muggles or non-magical
persons, was created at Middle-
bury College in Vermont, and
has since proved to be one of
Chestnut Hill’s most anticipated
events. In 2008, when the Grif-
fns were mere novices to the art
of catching the snitch, the stead-
fast team managed to defeat the
seasoned players of Princeton
University at the World Cup, as
well as several other hefty com-
The path to reaching such
vigor isn’t necessarily a simple
one. Although the law of grav-
ity still applies, it doesn’t im-
pede skilled players from swiftly
swooping along the soccer feld,
perched on their hand-craft-
ed broomsticks. Actually, the
broomsticks the College uses
are authentic, Potter-approved
brooms from accredited Quid-
ditch supplier, Alivan’s.
Terms to be familiar with
include the quaffe, a volley-
ball tossed by the chasers, and
bludgers, dodge balls hurled by
beaters. Chasers score goals by
throwing the quaffe through
one of the three goal posts
while beaters take aim to keep
the chasers from scoring. Of
course, what would the game be
without the snitch, the goal for
every seeker? Donned in gold
from head to toe, the snitch
(often a cross-country runner)
acts as the golden ball fitting
about campus, accessing any
and all areas in which a Snitch
chooses to escape. The seeker
then has the daunting task of
catching the fighty object—
while remaining perched upon
a broomstick, needless to say.
As humorous a sight it may
be witnessing the players scram-
bling about on broomsticks,
dodging and finging various
fying quaffes and bludgers, the
tournament is anything but a
farce. The practices alone begin
drilling knowledge of basic ma-
neuvers, tactful skills, and gen-
eral jargon of the sport into the
teams heads. The turnout for
qualifying practice is something
to be impressed by alone, as the
collective fanfare creates a spir-
ited frenzy itself.
Through a selective process
of weaving together a team,
the Quidditch Committee com-
poses a force to be reckoned
with; previous rosters have in-
cluded the Big Black Broom-
sticks, the Death Eaters, the
At Quidditch 101, chasers Ryan Moore ‘10 and Valerie Miller ‘14 race to get the quaffe. Quidditch
101 sessions teach students fundamentals and allow practice for the upcoming Philadelphia Broth-
erly Love Cup on October 16. Photo taken by Max Kaplan ‘11.
Sugarloaf Complete; Questions Remain
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$9.3 million dollars later,
the renovations to the lodge,
mansion, pool and pool house
at Sugarloaf are complete. Lo-
cated up the road on German-
town Ave., Sugarloaf Hill offers
students an alternative to living
directly on main campus.
If you have not yet seen the
improvements at Sugarloaf, the
new swipe system, which be-
gins when students return from
fall break, will make visiting the
establishment a stress-free ex-
perience. Sugarloaf has its own
tennis courts and a basketball
net outside of the pool house
and inside you will fnd a lounge
area containing a pool table,
fat-screen television and even a
Yet despite these well-used
amenities, some students still
have questions about two spe-
cifc Sugarloaf features. Stu-
dents have been wondering
now that there is a pool and a
cafeteria located at Sugarloaf,
“Can we go swimming?” and
“When can we eat there?”; the
answers to those questions cur-
rently are: no, students are not
permitted to use the pool and
“Maybe next year” students will
be eating in the new cafeteria.
Mike Viviano ‘13, a resident
of Sugarloaf, enjoys living away
from main campus but feels as
though there were some “bro-
ken promises” in regards to
the new additions. “Sugarloaf
is a lot more relaxed than main
campus; it has a smaller commu-
nity and everyone knows each
other,” he said. “But I don’t
like the fact that I got a letter
from the College this summer
that said there was going to be
a pool and a cafeteria, and then
when I got here I was told we
couldn’t even use them.”
Other residents of Sugarloaf
have explained that they like the
big rooms, large windows, car-
peting and air conditioning in
the dorm building, yet they had
hoped to have a pool to cool
off in and a nearby cafe. Eric
Janda ’13, another resident at
Sugarloaf said, “I have heard
that the College doesn’t have
enough money to staff the caf-
eteria, but I don’t see why they
couldn’t have students do work
study life guarding at the pool.”
When asked about the sta-
tus of the cafeteria and pool,
Lauri Strimkovsky, Vice Presi-
dent for Financial Affairs said:
“The College makes decisions
about the use of facilities based
on cost effectiveness and safety.
These will be the factors used
to determine who will use what
facility and when.”
Not all students are as
concerned about the use of
the pool or the cafeteria. “I
wouldn’t want to eat at the caf-
eteria at Sugarloaf; I like see-
ing my friends and eating with
people who live on main cam-
pus,” said Robby Williams ’11,
a Sugarloaf resident. “Having a
A newly renovated classroom at Sugarloaf Campus. This room,
and others like it, are currently intended for use by graduate
classes. Photo by Max Kaplan ‘11.
“Sugarloaf ”
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Vol. I, Issue 2
The Free Student
Newspaper of
Chestnut Hill College
Max Kaplan ‘11
Jarreau Freeman ‘11
Managing Editor
Mary Marzano ‘12
News Editor
Olivia Marcinka ‘13
Opinion Editor
Jill Sanger ‘11
Sports Editor
Kyle Bachmann ‘10
Sports Editor
Jen Jones ‘12
Style Editor
Bleu Lane ‘12
Style Editor
Aizaz Gill ‘14
Online Editor
Jess Veazey ‘13
Photo Editor
Westly Mandoske ‘13
Layout Editor
Michael Bradley ‘14
Assistant Layout Editor
Susan Magee, M.F.A.
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“What are the qualities
of noble purpose?”
Stacey Green
“I remember when I met
Stacey, January 2005, as he was
putting a ticket on my car,” re-
calls Mark Hammons, Chestnut
Hill College alumnus. “We've
been friends ever since. He al-
ways had a positive and upbeat
attitude, and his laugh was con-
tagious! Professionally, I could
always count on Stacey when I
needed security's assistance. I
knew he was always there for
me, whether it was a work or
personal situation.”
These beautiful words cap-
ture the essence of Stacey
Green, a former Navy veteran
and beloved security guard for
the College, who passed away
on Sept. 6. Stacey had been a
part of the college community
for four years, happily giving
security assistance to students
along with a few jokes to lift
their spirits. He is survived by
his lovely wife, Logue Librarian
Deborah Green, and his Sibe-
rian Husky, Kodi.
“He always looked out for
the students, and was on frst-
name basis with them and
their parents,” said close friend
and former co-worker Harold
Spells, assistant account man-
ager for the College. “He loved
working at CHC and the securi-
ty staff will greatly miss him.”
Stacey’s laid-back person-
ality, warm heart, and compas-
sionate spirit will never be for-
gotten by students and faculty
“Stacey had a charisma that
warranted all those around
him to be that much more
cheerful,” said Alex Garcia,
‘11. “He was a prankster that
used to pretend that he was
the voice of God through the
P.A. system of the security
vehicle whenever he saw me.
He was an exceptional man of
happiness and good spirits. I
will miss him dearly”
Above, Eli Goloub ‘11, Zac Grubb ‘12 and drummer Vinny Pepitone
‘11 (not pictured) of band Anhedonia headlined the Campus Minis-
try Concert on Friday, September 17. Proceeds from sales beneftted
the family of Michael Wood. Also performing was Alex Sonke ‘12
and Ryan Moore ‘11 of band Split Currents. Photo by Jess Veazey‘11.
Looking towards
founder’s day
The College will be holding
its 86th Founder’s Day celebra-
tion on October 6. All mem-
bers of the Chestnut Hill Col-
lege community are invited to
come and celebrate with others
over the birthday cake and are
also invited to a special mass
to honor the history and tradi-
tion of the College as well as its
founder, Sister Maria Kostka
This year’s celebration,
headed by Sister Cathy Nerney,
will place special emphasis on
the Center of Forgiveness and
Reconciliation. The song “Ring
the Bells” by Melissa Etheridge
will be the theme for the cel-
ebration. Going along with the
song, the message of the event
is that, “Standing here on this
little hill, all of us here at Chest-
nut Hill College, can make a dif-
ference,” said Sister Nerney.
This year’s celebration fol-
lows last year’s important 85th
anniversary where the school
celebrated the traditions that
shaped it. Also emphasized
will be Sister Mary Helen
Kashuba’s book Tradition and
Risk, that details the history of
the College. The new plans for
Sugarloaf were also revealed
by Sister Carol Jean Vale, Pres-
ident; an event that drew many
An event that draws many
students and alumni is the
Gaggle of Griffns. The
gaggle was co-hosted by two
students and was a forum for
alumni and current students to
speak about traditions as well
as compare their experiences.
“They used different terminol-
ogy in decades past, commut-
ers were known as day hops,”
said co-host Patrick Curtin ’11.
“It was a huge success.”
The 86th Founder’s Day
Celebration will be a great op-
portunity for all members of
the college community to hon-
or the college, its traditions
and its Founder.
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pool would be nice though, but it
doesn’t bother me too much that
we can’t use it now.”
Another factor contributing to
the uncertainty of the opening of
the facilities was the fve month
delay after a fre at the mansion.
Inside the mansion, one can fnd
brand-new classrooms equipped
with state-of-the-art SmartBoards
for use by graduate classes and
Continuing and Professional
studies classes. There are also
rooms on the third foor that will
accomadate guests of the Presi-
dent, and has already accommo-
dated Michael Wood’s family.
The College plans to use the
mansion as a venue for wed-
dings, conferences and other
events in the near future. Direc-
tor of Facilities Mark McGrath
said that students can also look
forward to a gazebo structure
at the shuttle stop at Sugarloaf
later this fall as well.
Although Sugarloaf ’s reno-
vations are offcially complete,
it remains unclear if and when
the cafeteria and pool will ever
be student-accessible.
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The Chestnut Hill College
community remains hopeful as
fellow Griffn Michael Wood
continues to fght on his road
to recovery.
Wood was released from the
Intensive Care Unit at Albert
Einstein Hospital on Thursday,
Sept. 23rd. He was transferred
to the Drucker Brain Injury
Unit at the Moss Rehabilitation
Center in Elkins Park, Pennsyl-
vania where he is completing
the Responsiveness Program.
In this initial program at Moss,
he will be assessed by specialists
who will analyze his progress
and develop a treatment pro-
gram to best meet his recovery
needs. The program will then
help Wood to continue with in-
tensive rehabilitation.
“Many people are impressed
with his progress and can’t be-
lieve that his accident was only a
little over three weeks ago,” says
Jack Wood of his son. “He has
been here only three days and
has shown the therapists and
doctors that he can respond to
their commands.”
Both Wood’s father and his
wife Suzanne are certain that
the prayers of many through-
out the country, particularly
those from the college commu-
nity, have helped to bring their
son to this level of his recovery.
They ask gratefully for contin-
ued thoughts and prayers for
Wood and his family on this
long journey, and are faithful
in his complete recovery with
all of the support they have re-
Although Wood’s nurses ask
that extended family and friends
wait for weekends to visit so
that his immediate family may
have quality time with him, all
those interested in sending well
wishes can do so to the follow-
ing address:
Michael Wood
Room 494
Moss Rehabilitation Center
60 Township Line Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
M. Wood makes
swift recovery
Swim test: necessary?
The freshmen class elected
Stephan Wolfert as president
after a close election last month
in a race against two other stu-
Wolfert, a computer infor-
mation and technology major,
is new to student government
but anticipates a productive
year. “I don’t know what to
expect since I’ve never done it
[student government] before,
but I think I will be fne,” ex-
plained Wolfert. “I’m excited
about the whole experience in
Along with his role on Stu-
dent Government Association
(SGA), the former swimmer is
now a tennis player for the Col-
lege. He has a busy semester
but remains unconcerned. “So
far I’ve been managing it,” said
Wolfert. “I like being busy, I’ll
go crazy if I just sit around.”
Wolfert has much planned
as president with help from
class Vice-President Luke An-
derson, a member of the Men’s
Lacrosse team and a Maryland
native. Their frst goal is to raise
funds though Wing Wednes-
days. After working out the
details, Wolfert hopes to have
a business sponsor cover costs
and serve the wings in either the
Griffn’s Den or as a door-to-
door service. This initiative and
other fundraisers will respond
to feedback from his peers, in-
cluding requests for new pool
table cue sticks in Fontbonne
Hall. He has already estab-
lished a small committee of
classmates to help with SGA’s
annual Christmas Decorating
Night, where freshmen are as-
signed the Fournier Dining Hall
to decorate in the campus-wide
The swim test, a require-
ment for graduation from
Chestnut Hill College, has long
been a point of contention
among students. Many ques-
tion the necessity of a swim test
as a graduation requirement; to
others, including administration
and alumni, it is a necessary
It was not long ago that
many colleges required swim-
ming skills for graduation. Ac-
cording to Aquatics Interna-
tional Magazine, as of 1977
42% of colleges had some kind
of swimming requirement for
graduation. In 1982, only 8%
did. It has dropped even lower
Despite the decline, there
are no intentions to drop the
test from the College’s gradua-
tion requirements.
According to Physical Edu-
cation Chair Janice Kuklick,
the test is for survival, not pro-
fciency. Students must com-
plete a head-frst entry into the
deep end of the pool, swim the
length of the pool with no time
limit, foat in the deep end for
three minutes and tread water
for two minutes.
“It is so exciting to see stu-
dents that were once deathly
afraid of the water swim down
to the deep end, foat around
for awhile and swim back,”
Kuklick said. “I know that
some students have real fear of
the water, but they face it and
overcome it. Everyone who has
The Long Island native is
enjoying his time at the College
thus far. “There is a big differ-
ence between New York and
Chestnut Hill,” said Wolfert.
“I’m used to walking down the
street and no one looking at me,
but now everyone will stop and
say hello.” The warm, friendly
environment eases the work-
load from his fve classes, FYI
course, tennis and SGA com-
mitments that keep him con-
stantly occupied.
Despite an increasingly busy
schedule, Wolfert emphasizes
to his classmates that he is al-
ways available to talk to and to
listen; he is eager to hear any
concerns or suggestions and is
hopeful he can make a differ-
taken the course has passed the
swim test.” In fact, she added
that many students enjoyed the
beginner swimming classes so
much they went on to take the
Fitness Swimming class.
Some students agree with
Kuklick. “The test is another
example of the liberal arts edu-
cation,” said alumna Jenny Me-
jia, class of 2010. “Swimming is
a basic skill that people should
know. The test is not very dif-
fcult and is only a slight incon-
venience to schedule.”
But not all students are fans
of the plunge. “I feel the swim
test should not be a require-
ment because some have a fear
of going underwater,” said se-
nior Kyle Bachmann. “I believe
that taking only the class would
be much simpler for students
in order to graduate. Howev-
er, since the pool is limited to
fve or six swimmers, the class
should be shorter than a semes-
Now that Mejia has gradu-
ated, is she glad she knows how
to swim? “Yes, I’m happy that
I learned how to swim and ful-
flled the requirement,” she said
and then added, “I just wish I
could have done it without get-
ting wet.”
For Kuklick, learning to
swim is about much more than
entering the pool. She believes
that students take something
else away with them when they
learn to swim: “I think that they
realize that by facing their fears,
they can accomplish anything
that they put their mind to.”
Freshmen Elect
Class President
Photo by Jess O’Neill
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Hungarian Horntails, the
Mudbloods, the Norwegian
Ridgebacks, the Polyjuice Pis-
tons, and fnally the revered
Ravenclaw. Often compared
to a combined game of fag
football, dodgeball, rugby
and tag, the competitors’
battle for supremacy begins
the moment the Snitch is re-
leased, brutally seeking their
goal, and ultimately suffering
a bruise or two.
With Quidditch season
offcially beginning, Chestnut
Hill Activities Team offers a
terrifc way to commemorate
the frst ever Philadelphia
Brotherly Love Cup. As the
three-year anniversary ap-
proaches, popularity contin-
ues to grow and the magic
carries on within every spec-
tator and participant. To be
sure, the Hippogriff mascot
will be making appearances
for moral support, and pos-
sibly to steal a bit of media
attention for himself.
While the freshly turned
fall season breezes in, why
not celebrate the change
in atmosphere with a truly
spectacular event, in which
an array of colors and action
grip the senses? Be prepared
to drape those Hogwarts-
inspired scarves about your
necks, huddle together in mu-
tual muggle camaraderie, and
fy away with your imagina-
tion as the Griffns embark
on yet another adventure in
this 2010 Quidditch spell.
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Philadelphia Welcomes Gaga
On Sept. 14, one of the world’s biggest pop
stars came to Philadelphia in her frst concert since
the MTV Video Music Awards, where she won eight
Moon Men.
During her two-hour show, Lady Gaga spoke of
religion, sex, politics, insecurities, and recent events.
Of her controversial meat dress, she said, “What’s
everyone’s big problem with my meat dress? Haven’t
they seen me wear leather? Next time, I’ll wear a tofu
dress and the soy milk police will come after me.”
The Monster Ball was a “Wizard of Oz”-like jour-
ney where Lady Gaga got lost on her way to the tour
and fought the “Fame Monster,” a concept which be-
gan on her latest EP of the same name. The Monster
Ball ventures through the city, subway, forest, and a
concert venue. It’s a place where “all the freaks and
outsiders” do not worry about “where you come from
or who you are because you can be whoever it is you
want to be,” and “the Monster Ball will set you free.”
Eighteen songs were performed and 10 costumes
were worn (elaborate outfts from lampshade-like
dresses to bikinis), which proved that Lady Gaga is
a fabulous performer. She also had a fve-piece band
and 10 backup dancers. During a soulful piano ver-
sion of “Speechless,” Gaga stopped to “vow to sing
every single note live for the rest of my life.”
The show ended with a performance of MTV’s
Video of Year, “Bad Romance.” Lady Gaga asked
her audience if they had “had the time of their lives”
and told them to “dance to the video of the year.” All
in all, it was a fantastic show that had so many sur-
prises. Lady Gaga never ceases to amaze her “Little
In preparation for Halloween, Hollywood feels the
need to food your local movie theatres with their stock
of scary movies. This year promises to be even worse
after Paranormal Activity turned out to be last year’s
surprise success story. Which movies deserve your hard
earned cash? Find out!

Let Me In – Releasing October 1

The trailers and synopsis of the movie show a bul-
lied boy becoming friends with a young vampire. In an
age where Twilight has become popular, that doesn’t
quite sound scary. That is until you realize that Direc-
tor Matt Reeves (Cloverfeld) doesn’t have his vampires
sparkle or abstain from drinking blood.
On the contrary, the vampire in this movie has ter-
rorized the small town of Los Alamos, N.M. with a hor-
rifying killing spree. Upon fnding out that among the
victims are those who had bullied him, our protagonist
is forced to face the fact that his new best friend isn’t
quite what she seems. Based off a best-selling novel, Let
Me In doesn’t just appear to be mindless horror fare;
instead it promises to be morally complex journey that
will have you questioning along the way.

The Social Network – Releasing October 1

Let’s be honest here, the world didn’t really need
a movie about Facebook. However, Hollywood just
couldn’t keep its hands off the goldmine that has be-
come one of the world’s largest social networking sites.
Consequently, we have Jesse Eisenberg (Zom-
bieland) playing Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Face-
book, in a dramatized version of the creation of the
website. Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club) the
movie tells the story of how getting 500 million friends
can earn you a few powerful enemies along the way.

Stone - Releasing October 7

The flm brings together two of the best actors from
different generations: Edward Norton (playing a con-
victed arsonist) and Robert De Niro (an aging parole
offcer) get locked in a battle of wills that threatens to
shatter three different lives.
If you watch movies, you will notice that most mov-
ies have a thing for “one last time”. This is no differ-
ent as Jack Mabrey wants to settle one last case before
he ends his days as a parole offcer. Unfortunately, his
last case involves a manipulating arsonist who will do
anything to get out of prison. A stellar cast and an in-
teresting premise makes Stone one of the better bets
for October.

Saw VII or Saw 3D – Releasing
October 29

October wouldn’t be complete without the team be-
hind the Saw movies trying to milk their franchise for
all it’s worth. This time the gimmick–umm... attraction
is that you can watch survivors of Jigsaw band together
and try to escape from the violence and torture all over
again, but you get to see it in 3D!

Paranormal Activity II –
Releasing October 22

After last year’s success, there was no way a movie
studio would actually pass up on a sequel that costs rela-
tively little to make. Oren Peli (the director for the origi-
nal movie) isn’t reprising his role and plot details are be-
ing kept secret. You can do the math about this sequel.
October brings plethora of new movies
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Halloween Dance

Where: The Grifn’s Den
When: 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Admission: $3 with costume, $5

Put on your best Halloween get-
up and dance the night away with
a DJ set, refreshments, and the
fnest costumes this side of the
Style Spotter: CHC Edition
Hideaway Music is a local music store lo-
cated just before the Chestnut Hill West (R8)
train station.
The store carries everything from vintage
vinyl for the hipster in all of us to CD’s for
your ride to school. In addition to the tunes,
they also carry the equipment you need to
listen to them, from speakers to old-school
record players.
Every month from November forward we
will be featuring a new release section chosen
by the shop owner himself, Brian Reisman.
Heidi Forney, ‘13 Leslie Zemnick, ‘11 Liam Kelly, ‘11 Olivia Marcinka, ‘13
Favorite store: “Vintage, Thrift, Ur-
ban Outftters.”
Favorite article of clothing: “White
faux-mohair jacket from French Con-
Favorite Store: “All over. Small
stores, boutiques, but mostly J.Crew and
Ann Taylor.”
Favorite article of clothing: “Lip-
Favorite Store: “Wherever that has
clothes that ft me well, look good, and
I can afford.”
Favorite article of clothing: “My
shoes (pictured above), they look like
something the Pilgrims wore.”
Favorite Store: H&M, Gap
Favorite article of clothing: “I am
not opposed to wearing my red scarf.”
Sideluck Potshow
Where: Philadelphia Photo Arts
Center, Cranes Art Building
When: 7 p.m.
Admission: Supply of either food
or drink
This event is for the art apprecia-
tor. Originally based in a Seattle
backyard, the event is fnally
coming to Philly. Guests are in-
vited to a Potluck dinner for the
frst two hours of the event, with
a 9 p.m. photography slideshow
Records 101
Where: Hideaway Music in
Chestnut Hill
When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Admission: Free
In a live demonstration and
discussion of the resurgence of
records,Hideaway will host Frank
Dominici. He has been collect-
ing, analyzingand restoring vinyls
and the equipment used to play
them for 37 years.
Terror Behind the Walls
Where: Eastern State Peniten-
When: 7p.m. to 12 a.m.
Admission: $20 - $30
Consistently found on top ten
haunted attractions lists, Ter-
rorBehind the Walls surely won’t
disappoint. Eastern State is one
of thenation’s most historic
prisons and has been found truly
haunted. Look out for more than
just the actors.
October Going Out Guide
“Style is what you make it. It’s the only way you can express yourself without speaking or writing.”- Leslie Zemnick, ‘11
Tweets of
the Month
“If you liked it then you
shoulda put a case on it.”
“The stillness in the air
when I turn of the Xbox
is the silent scream of
wasted life.”
“It’s really hard being so
self aware. #liberalarts-
Mango is an eclectic womenswear
store located in the heart of Chestnut
Hill. Described by the owners as “the
hippie store on the hill,” the many of-
ferings have a very bohemian attitude.
The trendy store offers everything
from clothing to shoes to jewelry. It’s
a great stop for a quirky gift, a great
pair of shoes, or a beautiful new coat.
Bleu Lane, ‘12
Bleu Lane, ‘12
Melissa Anderson-McDonald, ‘13
ers and this constant pressure
from these rallies will create
Cordoba House into the worst
place for a community center.
Children will no longer be safe,
adults will be more apt to resort
to violence as a form of de-
fense against these protesters,
and neighboring businesses will
be forced to function in an ad-
verse society.
If the people who support
the building of the Cordoba
House truly care about creat-
ing a friendly community atmo-
sphere, then what’s the harm in
moving it?
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Subjective Scrutiny
Debate: NYC Mosque
The Cordoba House, a
planned mosque and commu-
nity center is scheduled to be
built two blocks away from the
site of the 9/11 attacks. This
has created an uproar in the na-
tion causing both supporters
and opponents to engage in a
heated debate on the topic of
whether the mosque should be
built so close to Ground Zero.
The case for why the mosque
shouldn’t be built near Ground
Zero, isn’t based on legality.
Let’s face it, the First Amend-
ment of the Constitution allows
every citizen the opportunity
to practice their religion freely.
However, there is the matter of
respect and pragmatism to con-
sider. To open a mosque two
blocks away from a place where
Islamic fanatics have killed in-
nocent people in the name of
religion, is akin to a slap in the
face for the unfortunate victims
and their families.
A parent who has had to
bury their child, a widow who
has said good bye to the love
of their life, any kids that have
grown up without a parent,
shouldn’t have to witness the
glorifcation of the very religion
that caused the death of their
loved ones. Even if one ignores
the emotional implication, there
are consequences to consider.
If Cordoba House, which
will include a community cen-
ter for children, is built in its
current location, it will be a
mistake. The Center will have
created a zoo-like atmosphere
with each side fghting for their
voices to be heard. It is unwise
to expose kids of an impres-
sionable age, to such a hostile
environment. The current op-
ponents will turn into protest-
Ground Zero is as close to
our hearts as Arlington Cem-
etery. We all felt the loss on
September 11th, some more
than others. The fact is though,
that in those masses of peo-
ple, there were Muslims dying
alongside everyone else. The
mad men that engineered that
disaster where extremists. This
does not mean that the Muslim
faith is a negative thing.
We founded this great nation
in part for religious freedom,
we made a point of emphasiz-
ing equality in our legal docu-
ments, and yet we continue to
persecute others for their race,
religion, and political beliefs.
The truth is that we are all
sill hurt, but is that any rea-
son to deny others the chance
to practice their religion? We
should never forget that it is
a right given to everyone rest-
ing within our boarders that
they may practice their religion
We, as a nation, have made
many mistakes. We have prac-
ticed slavery, hunted witches,
and nearly exterminated the
Native Americans. Are we re-
ally ready to let our judgment
be clouded by our sadness so
as to deprive fellow Americans
life, liberty, and the pursuit of
I can empathize with people
who are upset about the act of
building a Mosque at Ground
Zero. The usual arguments are
that they are building it as a vic-
tory memorial or that they will
plan another attack from these
new head quarters. These are
fabrications on the part of ig-
norance. Mosques were never
used to symbolize a great vic-
tory. They were used to mark
the dead; it is a sign of remem-
brance. Believe it or not the
Catholic Church did something
similar after WWII when they
asked for the permission to
build a church on the grounds
of Auschwitz. The idea that a
terrorist cell will be operating
out of a mosque is far-fetched.
Muslims deeply respect their
holy places, any Muslim func-
tioning within the mosque I
doubt would be terrorist.
I will concede to one point,
if the Islamic faith would truly
like to start healing wounds,
it might not be a bad idea to
move the location even a few
blocks further away. The key
to this resolution should be
negotiation however it seems
to be stubbornness, anger and
frustration that are the driving
forces in this debate.
I will never say that we need
to move on from September
11th but I will say that we need
to be open to the idea of for-
giveness. My hope is that one
day we will end this War on
Terror with as much vigor and
passion as the Rose Revolution.
Travis Wolfe ‘12
Need a pick-me up?
The Piazza Perk will be re-open-
ing on Wednesday, October 13!
Located on the frst foor of Fitzsimmons Hall, the Perk of-
fers a selection of coffees to enjoy in a nice atmosphere. Bring
some friends and enjoy the re-opening of the Perk.
Inside Track
From News...
In an effort to increase the
school’s retention rate, Chest-
nut Hill College has employed
Inside Track company to coach
half of the freshman class in
their transition to college life.
“The mission [of Inside
Track] is to coach students to
get the most out of their educa-
tion in college so they can per-
sist and graduate,” coach Cath-
erin Sloane said.
Half of the entering fresh-
man class was assigned a coach,
either Catherine Sloane or Dan
Glanville, upon showing inter-
est in the college. The coach
mentored students in making
sure they chose to attend the
correct school for them.
For each student who then
decided to attend Chestnut
Hill College, the coach set up a
weekly coaching regimen. Dur-
ing each weekly ‘coaching ses-
sion’ students are encouraged
to open up to their coaches
about what they are enjoying
about school and also what they
are struggling with. The coach-
es then encourage the positive
strides and set up a plan to en-
sure the negative strides soon
Coaches help students man-
age their time, balance their
schedules and maintain an
active social life on campus,
among many other things.
“They give me valuable in-
formation like scheduling my
activities and getting me to try
new things out of my com-
fort zone,” said freshman Kyle
Krouchick. “They advise us to
seek out help when it is need-
The coaches offer a unique
perspective to their students.
They have an outsider-looking-
in view on the students’ careers
that makes for a great source of
advise and counseling.
While the coaching service
only lasts for a year, students
are encouraged to use the ac-
quired advice throughout their
college careers.
The ultimate goal of Inside
Track is to help students excel
during their frst year at school,
to ensure that they are continu-
ing all four or more years of
college at the right place.
Miss your bike
or want to cruise
around Fairmount?
Sign up at the
Activities desk
in the Griffn’s Den
or Student Activities
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6 Oct.
Women’s Tennis
vs. Holy Family University
Tennis Courts 4 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
vs. Lincoln University
Sorgenti Arena 7 p.m.
9 Oct.
Men’s & Women’s Golf
vs. Philadelphia U & University of the
Sciences in Philadelphia
ACE Club 1 p.m.
Women’s Soccer
vs. Felician College*
Soccer Field 1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
vs. Felician College*
Soccer Field 3 p.m.
12 Oct.
Women’s Soccer
vs. Wilmington University*
Soccer Field 3:30 p.m.
13 Oct.
Women’s Tennis
vs. Georgian Court University*
Tennis Courts 4 p.m.
14 Oct.
Men’s Soccer
vs. Holy Family University*
Plymouth-Whitemarsh 6:30 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball
vs. Goldey-Beacom College*
Sorgenti Arena 7 p.m.
17 Oct.
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
University of Delaware Blue & Gold
Newark, DE 12 p.m.
20 Oct.
Women’s Volleyball
vs. Philadelphia University*
Sorgenti Arena 7 p.m.
23 Oct.
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
Cabrini College Invitational
Radnor, PA 12 p.m.
Women’s Soccer
vs. Bloomfeld College*
Soccer Field 1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer
vs. Bloomfeld College*
Soccer Field 3 p.m.
25 Oct.
Men’s Soccer
vs. Bloomsburg University
Plymouth-Whitemarsh 6:30 p.m.
28 Oct.
Women’s Soccer
vs. St. Thomas Aquinas College
Soccer Field 6:30 p.m.
30 Oct.
Women’s Volleyball
vs. Concordia College*
Sorgenti Arena 12 p.m.
2 Nov.
Women’s Volleyball
vs. Nyack College*
Sorgenti Arena 7 p.m.
7 Nov.
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
CACC Championship Meet
Belmont Plateau, Philadelphia 12 p.m.
Upcoming home game calendar
Days after Philadelphia Phil-
lies General Manager Ruben
Amaro had successfully traded
for Roy Oswalt, a nationally-rec-
ognized news outlet referred to
the Phillies as a “powerhouse”.
For fans from the GM Ed Wade
era, what was once an unbeliev-
able fantasy transformed into a
reality. However, raised expec-
tations have accompanied the
team’s recent successes–a win
in the 2008 World Series and an
appearance in the subsequent
year. With the addition of third
baseman Placido Polanco and
pitching ace Roy Hallady, fans
and experts alike expected the
Phillies to not only win the NL
East but dominate the National
League to yet another pen-
nant. Heightened expectations
have defned the team’s season.
While injuries and an inconsis-
tent batting lineup have played
their part, fans’ expectations
have set the tone for this up-
and-down baseball season.
Like the beginning of an
exciting roller coaster ride, the
Phillies season had an incredible
start. Chase Utley, Ryan How-
ard, Jayson Werth, or any Phillie
for that matter, was tearing the
cover off the ball. Fans were
feeling downright giddy at the
thought of watching this dev-
astating lineup for 162 games.
Then came the frst drop on
the roller coaster: they lost their
star shortstop Jimmy Rollins to
an ankle injury. Suddenly, the
lineup that fans and experts be-
lieved to be destined for great-
ness began to falter, instead of
piling up HR’s and RBI’s, the
Phillies’ batters began to rack
up K’s, and GIDP’s . The same
fans who were making bois-
terous claims about facing the
hated Yankees in a rematch of
last year’s World Series, started
soon to grumble after an 8-2
beginning about how the team
was underachieving with a 12-
10 record at the end of April.
Unfortunately for the Phil-
lies and their fans, the team’s
troubles with injuries and in-
consistencies were only begin-
ning. Over the course of the
season, All-Stars and veterans
have spent time on the Dis-
abled List. Furthermore, with
bench-warmers and career
journeymen like Wilson Valdez
and Ross Gload not being able
to produce runs at the fervent
pace the Phillies have become
accustomed to, the holes on the
rest of team started to become
more prominent. The bullpen
led by Brad Lidge, whose fan-
bestowed nickname “Heart
Attack” speaks volumes, was
considered shaky coming into
the season. As the season con-
tinued, it became clear that
“shaky” was an understatement.
If the batting inconsisten-
cies and bullpen woes weren’t
enough, the Phillies also had
to deal with ineptitude from
the bottom half of their start-
ing rotation. Collectively, Kyle
Kendrick (11-10), Blanton (9-
6), and Moyer (9-9) had an av-
erage ERA of 4.99 at on point.
Faced with criticism from
blogs, message boards, newspa-
pers and sports talk radio, Am-
aro and manager Charlie Man-
uel were forced to make some
tough decisions. Greg Dobbs,
once the best pinch hitter in
the Major Leagues and now a
certain strikeout, became the
recipient of many a fan’s ire and
was designated to AAA. Batting
coach Milt Thompson, report-
edly a handpicked member of
Manuel’s staff, was fred in an
attempt to jolt some life into
the Phillies lineup. Sensing that
a coaching change may not be
enough to breathe new life into
the Phillies, Amaro attempted
to replicate the success of the
Cliff Lee trade by getting Hous-
ton’s ace Roy Oswalt.
These moves paid off as the
Phillies found themselves on an
eight-game winning streak and
a 20-6 record following coach’s
departure. Returning to win-
ning games, the roller coaster is
on the upswing and the Phillies
have grabbed the lead in the NL
Wild Card.
The message resonated with
the team as they earned a 21-6
record in September on their
way to a 4th straight division
title. Combined with the fact
the Phillies are the healthiest
they have been since April, the
NL East champions will be be
tough competition for any team
in the playoffs. Their starting
rotation will be a tough con-
tender for any team in a fve
or seven-game playoff series:
ace Halladay, Cole Hamels; and
Oswalt. Phillies fans have rea-
son to be optimistic once more:
the summit of the 2010 Phillies
campaign roller coaster is draw-
ing near.
Phillies 2010 and Playofs
Women’s Tennis
After twelve sets the girls
were tied at six sets each. It was
then to be settled through a tie-
break where Parapouras, regain-
ing the form and power that
she showed earlier, managed to
take the lead. She was able to
hold that lead and, with some
well placed shots and powerful
strokes, won the frst set 7-6.
Continued from 8
As Family Weekend unfold-
ed at Chestnut Hill College, the
Post University Eagles came to
challenge the Griffns in a Cen-
tral Atlantic Collegiate Confer-
ence (CACC) contest.
Prior to the game, the Eagles
were building up intensity with
war chants from the team and
coaching staff, yet the Griffns
seemed relaxed during warm-
ups. For most of the frst half,
both teams were moving the
ball up-feld and attempting to
attack the back of the net.
There were missed opportu-
nities by both teams to take ad-
vantage, but the Griffns played
exceptional defense by clearing
the ball out of their penalty area.
Sophomore goalkeeper Michael
Goldstein and the Griffns’ de-
fense did an excellent job keep-
ing the Eagles from scoring.
The second half was the
same story as the frst: each club
attacking each other’s penalty ar-
eas, followed by defense clearing
the ball and back and forth strik-
ing by each club’s forwards.
The clock was ticking with
the score deadlocked at nil and
the crowd dying to see a late,
dramatic goal by the Griffns.
The Eagles out-shot the Griffns
throughout, but the defensive
side of the ball was impressive,
including a save by Goldstein in
the 69th minute of play.
Anticipation built in the
crowd on the cusp of sopho-
more midfelder/forward Ryan
Lannutti’s pass to junior mid-
felder/forward Gavin Reid. A
header to break the stalemate
followed, with the Griffns tak-
ing the lead 1-0 in the 86th min-
The crowd rose to their feet,
clapped and cheered in great
elation for this late, theatrical
goal by Scottish-born Reid. In
typical FIFA World Cup fash-
ion, he ran toward his team’s
bench with both fsts pumped in
front of his chest. He screamed
in victory with his teammates,
and they returned the emotion
to him in great appraisal.
The Final score was 1-0 as
the Griffns went on to defeat
the Eagles in this conference
match. The Griffns stand 6-2
and 4-1 Conference play.
The second set was all Parapou-
ras’s as she continued to have
the momentum from the frst
set and was easily able to beat
her opponent with a fnal of
Despite Parapouras’ win, the
team fnished against Concordia
with a 1-8 loss and fell to 3-2 in
conference play and 4-4 overall.
Kirk Martyn ‘14
For more information, go to Asterisk (*) indicates a CACC contest game.
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The atmosphere was electric
as junior forward Lauren Riff
added a hat trick and an assist to
her impressive career. The Grif-
fns defeated Post University
Eagles 4-0 on September 25,
another win in the team’s un-
defeated Central Atlantic Colle-
giate Conference record of 5-0
and overall 6-1-1.
The Griffns applied pres-
sure on the Eagles early with
a goal by Riff in the frst few
minutes. This set the tempo for
the Griffns to continue to apply
pressure to a struggling Eagles
squad. Later in the frst half, the
Griffns were able to take con-
trol with a 2-0 lead after Riff
made her second goal of the af-
ternoon tricking two defenders
of a pass.
Head Coach Seamus
O’Connor was impressed with
play of the Griffns, particular-
ly Riff ’s hat trick that took the
Post University Eagles out of
the game. “Lauren Riff doesn’t
need too many chances to score,
and it shows,” O’Connor said.
Riff had seven shots on goal
and gave her teammates the op-
portunity to increase the lead.
The Griffns held a three-
goal advantage early in the sec-
ond half off a header from se-
nior midfelder Tara Morey just
passing the outstretched arm of
the Eagles’ goalkeeper. Towards
the end of the second half, Riff
scored with just one defender
to complete the hat trick. When
asked what the team’s game plan
is, Riff laughed. “No specifc
game plan, always plan to win,”
she said.
The overall play was impec-
cable for the Griffns. They
Left, Junior Lauren Brown attempts to intercept the ball from a Post University Player. At right, Sophmore Keeper Jess Veazey intercepts and returns the ball into play.
Photos taken by Jess O’Neill ‘10
Women’s Soccer Scores 4-0 win
took possession of ball early,
and kept attacking the defense
throughout the contest.
On the defensive side,
sophomore goalkeeper Jessica
Veazey and senior goalkeeper
Caitlin Lafferty combined for
four saves; the shutout gave
Veazey her ffth for the season.
Veazey was impressed with
the Griffns’ defense only allow-
ing Post University four shots
through the 90-minute game.
“I think we played really well
defensively. Our overall perfor-
mance was really good,” Veazey
Current Record
Men’s Cross Country
On 10/2, team placed 6 of 14.
Women’s Cross Country
On 10/2, team placed 9 of 13.
On 9/20, 3rd of 3 vs. Penn State Abing-
ton & Villanova
Men’s Soccer 7-4
Women’s Soccer 8-1-2
Women’s Volleyball 3-14
For more information, visit:
*Current as of 10/4
The Griffns are looking to
improve on their previous sea-
son after getting a taste of the
playoffs. The team feels pre-
pared to surpass their run last
year and challenge for the cham-
The Griffns have both tal-
ent and depth on this year’s
team. O’Connor feels confdent
that the teams fve-game win
streak will continue with the tal-
ent the team currently has. “I
think the depth of our squad
can perform well and prepare to
get better to play other teams,”
O’Connor said.
After a challenging frst season and
former Head Coach Richard Carrington’s
resignation, the Chestnut Hill College
men’s lacrosse team is swiftly regaining
its footing and preparing to advance in
the conference.
Former Assistant Coach and Recruit-
ing Coordinator Mike Terranova will
take over as interim head coach for the
upcoming fall semester, understanding
some of the grueling challenges his re-
turning athletes will endure this season.
“There are some feelings of abandon-
ment,” he said of Carrington’s departure.
Director of Athletics Lynn Tubman
has recruited some well-known coaches
to interview for head coach. “The big de-
termination will be with the head coach
position,” Terranova said. “Lynn Tub-
man will be interviewing coaches from
the top fve in Division I and II, and
some from the professional level.”
Terranova explains that there are
challenges with a young team, but both
players and staff are optimistic for a bet-
ter season in the conference this year.
With the right coach, the team could
likely compete for a top-fve position
at the end of the season. “We are still a
very young team and we believe we have
a much more talented team,” Terranova
said. “Some players will instantly chal-
lenge for a starting spot. They will have
to become better friends with the weight
The team has made several improve-
ments over the summer and look to con-
tinue to go up in the rankings. “Our team
looks more polished and stronger this
season,” said Terranova. “The work ethic
they picked up from last season came a
long way as they help mentor some of
the incoming freshmen to the program.”
Looking forward, the team is prepar-
ing to win at the Head Strong event at
Ridley High School. The Griffns will be
the lone Division II team competing in
the event. Both Terranova and the team
are confdent that the Head Strong event
from October 9th and 10th will be the
frst in a series of wins after a challeng-
ing frst year. “The team has come a long
way,” he said.
Men’s lacrosse starts new coach Women’s Tennis
Faces Concordia
Despite a valiant effort and home-
town crowd, the Chestnut Hill College
Women’s Tennis Team came up short
against Concordia College, managing to
win only one out of the nine matches
The Griffns faced an undefeated
Concordia on Sept. 25 for the frst time
this season in their second conference
game. After beating opponent Post Uni-
versity, the team hoped to carry some of
the winning momentum over to Satur-
day’s matches.
The Griffns opened doubles play
with two Central Atlantic Collegiate Col-
lege (CACC) players of the week. Fresh-
man Kelly Dennis, CACC player of the
week for Sept. 13 and Sophomore Nastia
Shcherbakova, CACC rookie of the week
for Sept. 19 served to start the match.
Both players had some well-placed shots
but the other team managed to intercept
most and hit winners down the line. Re-
fusing to give up, the pair fought hard
and held their service game at 3-0 to
go to 3-1. Concordia managed to break
again, despite a strong effort by Shcher-
bakova and Dennis, and were able to win
the match with a fnal of 7-4.
CHC’s other doubles teams were also
in action with Maria Parapouras ‘13 and
Captain Danielle Knott ‘13, while Regina
Doherty ‘13 and Kristen Wasson ‘13 took
on the remaining Concordia lineup but
met similar results. Parapouras and Knott
managed to keep it close at frst but in
the end were overpowered as Concordia
took the match 7-4. Doherty and Wasson
also lost with a score of 0-7.
With doubles action on the books,
the Griffns still hoped to win the overall
match. All six girls took to the court at
the same time and one by one they were
defeated by the Concordia team with one
exception: Parapouras ‘13 was the lone
hope for CHC to avoid a shutout and
opened up her singles match on a good
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