The Free Student Newspaper of Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA April-May 2010

Student Awarded for Outstanding Service
Photo by Jim Roese.

ZAC Grubb ‘12 ________ esther McCrea ‘12 recieved the prestigious St. Catherine Medal on Sunday, May 1 in recognition of her service and scholarship. This is one of the highest awards presented to a sophomore or junior student. President Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D. herself presented McCrea with the award. McCrea recieved the award at the College’s Honors Convocation in front of her professors and peers. The Medal was given to McCrea after completing a process of nomination and application that began early in the spring semester Despite recieving the prestigious award, McCrea remains humble, stating she doesn’t seek acknowledgment. She said, “i do all the service because i love it and it makes me happy.”

MArilee GAllAGHer ‘14 ________________ Helen Prejean, CSJ, antideath penalty activist and author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents, visited Chestnut Hill College on April 6, to give a presentation through the institute for Forgiveness and reconciliation, advocating against the death penalty and sharing her experience with death row inmates. Sister Prejean began by saying that she does not speak through notes but rather that each talk is spontaneous and “always fresh” because she is a storyteller and wants each audience to hear her words as if it were the first time she was saying them. As the presentation began, Sister Prejean told everyone to see her story in two parts, just as there are two arms of the cross. At the one end is the victim whom, according to Sister Prejean, deserves the same dignity that everyone else has. For Sister Prejean, the way to ensure this dignity

Sister Helen Prejean Speaks Against the Death Penalty
is through presence. “When someone comes to visit, that very visit says you have dignity,” said Sister Prejean. She added that killing someone who is made defenseless takes away the very dignity of that person. The quality of the relationships formed are also important to her because in the “sharing of their souls and struggles, they take me into their hearts.” On the other side of the cross, Sister Prejean said, is the victim and their family. They are pressured by society to choose the death penalty because culture teaches that the death penalty does not often heal the families or honor the victims. in fact, it was the father of a murdered child that taught her the importance of forgiveness and its part in the healing process. “He was the first to teach me the journey of the victims’ family,” Sister Prejean said. He was pressured to choose death but chose forgiveness, something that according to Sister Prejean, “is not a gift you give somebody else but a way of not letting love be overcome by hate.” Sister Prejean, who has been involved with death row inmates since 1981, began her ministry when she was asked to write a letter to Patrick Sonnier, a death row inmate. Sister Prejean became his spiritual advisor, continued writing letters and visited him. “i didn’t know when I addressed that first letter, that it was going to change my life,” Sister Prejean said. it was after seeing Sonnier’s execution by way of the electric chair that Sister Prejean became active in her ministry of wanting to abolish the death penalty. “We as people don’t deserve the death penalty,” Sister Prejean said, adding that every person has “dignity and worth” that is taken away when condemned to death. For Sister Prejean, being a death penalty activist is more than just a mission but a great passion and commitment. She believes that inviting people to be active and convincing people to wake up with regards to the cause is the first step to ending the death penalty. “The call to action is there,” Sister Prejean said “and if we don’t act we are complicit.” She understands the

importance of getting young people involved and uses her talks as a way to advocate for the anti-death penalty cause.

On April 6, Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, spoke to Sorgenti Arena, advocating against the death penalty. Sr. Prejean is the author of the book-turned-movie Dead Man Walking. Photo by Caitlin Kain ‘13.



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The Griffin

Vol. I, Issue 7 The Free Student Newspaper of Chestnut Hill College Max Kaplan ‘11 Editor-in-Chief Jarreau Freeman ‘11 Managing Editor Westly Mandoske ‘13 Layout Editor Michael Bradley ‘14 Layout Editor Mary Marzano ‘12 News Editor Olivia Marcinka ‘13 Opinion Editor Jill Sanger ‘11 Sports Editor Jen Jones ‘12 Style Editor Bleu Lane ‘12 Style Editor Aizaz Gill ‘14 Online Editor Jess Veazey ‘13 Photo Editor Dana Consalvo ‘12 Copy Editor Hannah Campbell ‘12 Copy Editor Susan Magee, M.F.A. Advisor The Griffin strives for accuracy and fair representation in all of its publications and correctness. If an error is found, e-mail the issue number, the article in which the error was found, and the correction that needs to be made. The resulting correction may be printed in the next edition of The Griffin. Make your opinion heard by submitting letters to the editor or contributions to The Griffin. Submissions become property of The Griffin and are subject to editing for style, clarity and space concerns. The views represented in submissions do not represent the views of the College or the Griffin’s Advisor. Submissions also do not neccessarily represent The Griffin’s position. Interested in writing, photographing, layout or design? Fill out a short form on our Facebook and The Griffin will contact you. Email The Griffin at the or visit The Griffin on Facebook.


“One year can create many long and hilarious stories. Why try writing it when a photo can say it all?” - Jess Veazey ‘13

Photos by Caitlin Kain ‘13, Alyssa Cherewaty ‘13, Linda Johnson, Max Kaplan ‘11 and Jess Veazey ‘13.

Intern Diaries
Many students at the college are involved in exciting internships. In the Intern Diaries, students with internships are invited to share their experiences. This issue’s diary entrant is Kevin Crawley ‘11.
My name is Kevin Crawley, i am currently a senior communications major in my last semester. Since the beginning of my fall semester i had been searching for an internship. i knew for awhile that i wanted to complete my internship at a video production studio to gain more experience in filmmaking, creative writing, video editing and more. i applied to four companies that were listed on the Greater Philadelphia Film Office website. The companies I applied to were video production studios looking for intern video editors. Out of all the internships, the one i was most interested in was branded Productions located in lansdale, Pa. i emailed the owner, ed Seiders, many times letting him know that i was interested in becoming an intern for their company. in the emails i let him know exactly what my major is at Chestnut Hill College, my intentions after graduation and why i would be great intern at his company. After two weeks i received a call from ed Seiders asking me to come in for an interview. During the interview he asked me why i thought i would be a good intern. i told him that i have good video editing skills and great computer knowledge. Only a couple of days after our meeting, ed called me and told me that he would like to have me intern with his company. My internship is three days a week for five to six hours. I work in the branded Productions video editing suites. i edit many videos including commercials, weddings, promos, different sporting events and stage plays. right now i have edited 11 videos which are on the Youtube and Vimeo websites. luckily, the company has offered me a job as a freelance videographer, collaborator and video editor. My plan after graduation is to continue working as videographer and travel more with the company. This summer most of the shoots we are planning to film and edit will be commercials for Nike, Philadelphia Phillies commercial with the pitchers and a few other sports advertisements. We are also planning to work on the set of a few music videos with artists such as lloyd banks and Mary J. blige. i’m really excited and interested in working on these projects this summer with my crew. eventually my plan is to become an animator and writer for my own animation series or film.

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TAYlOr ebeN ‘14 ______________ As summer is quickly approaching, many of us are planning on working, taking road trips to the beach, and enjoying the gorgeous weather. but six of our own CHC students have a different summer in mind; they’ll be studying abroad. becky bond, ’12 will be studying in Paris, France. Caroline Stutz, ‘12 and Anna St. Hilaire, ’12 will be studying in Dublin, ireland. Caroline Stutz and Anna St. Hilaire will be studying in ireland through Arcadia university’s study abroad program. The two leave for Dublin on June 22 and will come back to the States on August 6. They’ll be taking

Griffins Around the World
two classes on irish literature and an irish politics and history course. “i have always wanted to study abroad,” said St. Hilaire, “i knew that pursuing an education minor would make it difficult to study abroad during the school year but i wanted to make it work so i chose to do it in the summer instead.” becky bond is looking forward to spending eight weeks in Paris, France, with boston university’s study abroad program. “i’m doing an internship in either marketing, event planning, Pr [public relations], or in the non-profit sector,” she said. She will also be taking a class on French literature, where she’ll study famous French authors and poets. bond is an international business major, so she’s required to study abroad, but she’s wanted to study abroad ever since middle school. “i’m in love with the culture and language. i hope to improve my French a lot.” “i really just want the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and experience a new culture and lifestyle different from my own,” said St. Hilaire. Traveling within europe is fairly inexpensive, so Stutz and St. Hilaire plan on spending a weekend in london where they’ll met up with becky bond and Travis Wolfe. “i don’t want to waste a second of my time there,” said Stutz. “Oh, and of course i’ll be doing some studying, too.”

On 26 April, “Big Griff ”, the largest bus in the College’s fleet, was parked on the Piazza to show off the new wrapping. The bus’s new exterior represents the joint effort of Gillian Chapline in Enrollment Management; Frank Dealy, Transportation Chief and design firm 160over90. Photo By Jess Veazey ‘13.

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Tea
NiCOle HeiGl ‘14 ___________ Whether you are a student, part of the faculty or just a guest eating a meal at Chestnut Hill College, chances are you have run into Miss Tea at least once. Theresa evans, or as she is more affectionately known, Miss Tea, grew up and still currently lives in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. The sassy cashier has been working in the CHC cafeteria for over 15 years. She is there everyday waiting for students as they slowly and sleepily drift into the cafeteria in the morning, trying to wake up from a sleepless night’s rest. “Good Mornin’ baby,” she will excitedly say as you hand over your card. but even better, Miss Tea has gotten to know many students by their first name. in fact, her favorite part of the job is being able to interact with the kids, or “young adults,” as she calls the students. Justin Kirkland, ’14, loves Miss Tea. “She brightens my day every time i see her,” he said. “She makes sure i get to class on time; she is like my mother away from home.” As much as she loves being around the students, Miss Tea says that her favorite mealtime of the day is lunch, because that means the workday is almost over. When she is not working hard in the cafeteria, Miss Tea, who has three daughters, loves spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fifteen years of working in the cafeteria has provided Miss Tea with many funny stories to share. After letting out a little chuckle, she confessed that a while back, when the cafeteria had “those old, rickety chairs,” she went to sit down and fell right off the chair “onto her behind.” She started laughing and said, “it probably wasn’t funny at the time, but it is now!”

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Above, Ms. Tea and DJ Santoro ‘11 pose for a photo. Photo by Max Kaplan ‘11.


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An Interview With

STYLE cord Winter Child, Matt wrote, “And if everyone here is a child of God’s,/this world is a pitiless whore./ And He’s still playing favorites/and behind on his child support.” Matt’s boldness in making such statements is an example of his exploration into the unchecked facets of religion. He admits that there are parts of any religion that can prove untrue and that it is important to be wary of that fact. “I was playing a show in the bible-belt region and I decided to play a non-religious song that was kind of slamming the church” Matt said. “Two nuns and a priest came up to me afterwards and said that although they don’t agree with me, they could see that I had strong convictions.” Matt is not very reluctant to admit that throughout his schooling he might have had trouble with his queries about Catholicism, but he is thankful to have experienced such a unique way of life. “All throughout grade school, I had a lot of unanswered questions. Although this can stunt a student’s growth, I became much more inquisitive.” Many of his songs also provide literary insight influenced by grade school grammar lessons and a more recent interest in classic authors. Although Matt feels that “those grammar lessons were a great fodder for material,“ writers like Steinbeck and Hemingway inspire him to write lyrics related to his literary interests. “Sounds strange, but I dropped out of college and became interested in reading,“ Matt joked. Along with reading, when Matt is at home, he gardens, watches Animal Planet, and spends time with family and friends. He also takes to watching ESPN for his daily dose of athleticism. “I really like sports,” Matt said. “I also like golf. For those of us who have lost all athletic ability, or never had it, golfing is the sport of choice.” Even from home, he is compelled to move forward with the success of his career. He does recognize, however, that he is one for traveling from place to place. “I love not staying rooted,” Matt said. “There are just some of us who are made to do it.”

Olivia Marcinka ‘13 ______________ He stands tall in his thin frame and slim-cut jeans, keeping his feet planted firmly on the floor. With each change of tune he almost involuntary bends his knees, as if letting the music flow through his bones. As he strums the guitar that is nonchalantly slung across his torso, it seems to be a minor contribution to each note that he bellows from the back of his throat. Matt has a calm and witty presence with his audience. During his acoustic session, he reaches out to the crowd and connects with them effortlessly. Matt humors his viewers with tinges of sarcasm. “I uh...I know that this is a Catholic school, so this next song might not be appropriate for the ears,” Matt says. The crowd laughs, answering back in alliance. Matt Duke grew up in Mt. Laurel, N.J., a short distance from the city that would bring him to distinction—Philadelphia. He attended Catholic school throughout his life and followed the tradition with one semester at Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania. Growing up, his family values were

conservative but not too much, so that his mental development involved a lot of critical thinking. Matt strives to separate himself from the typical love-song writing singer/songwriter. He feels that his job is to put his heart and soul into his art and to expose his insights to the audience. Unlike the typical singer/ songwriter, “My music gets a bit intense,” Matt said. He believes that an artist’s purpose is to inspire thought or emotion in each witness of the masterpiece. His incredible ambitions and willingness to jump into bouts of mental and emotional contemplation have earned him favorable success in the area. “I have tried to coin a term for my genre,” Matt said, “but I draw my sound from so many different influences.” It is quite evident that the students and staff at the College could grasp Matt’s streak of originality in one short show. “Matt Duke is an ever-maturing, emotive, explosive, vocal powerhouse,” said an avid fan. “His live show is entrancing, and though less powerful, his studio work is incredible. If there’s anyone in the Philly music scene who has a bright future, it’s Matt.” He has played many shows,

including the short set in the Griffin’s Den. Matt takes an interest in projecting a sense of creative understanding through his music and exploring the pure and raw outlets of human existence, personal faith and routine. “I am usually taking from situations that may seem bleak,” Matt said. Although he focuses on darker subjects, Matt scrapes away the rough edges of topics like mortality to “find light in the darkness.” “In my new record One Day Die, I focus on coping with tragedy and coming to terms with mortality as a human being” Matt said. Many of Matt’s songs cater to his religiously curious nature. His reasoning for this is that, “It is just the first place that I go. Everyone or most people grow up in an area that has some major affiliation.” Matt feels that remaining critical or questioning throughout life is incredibly important to human growth and existence. “Honestly, I am surprised that we don’t hear more tunes about that—questioning religion,” Matt said. Some of his lyrics convey negative religious connotations and are well known for that fact. In “Tidal Waves” off of the re-

The Long Awaited Sequel Lands on its Feet
ZAC GRUBB ‘12 ________ Ask any gamer for a list of the greatest fighting games ever made and chances are Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 will be near the top. This game was widely celebrated as one of the most inventive, well constructed, and challenging fighting games ever made. After multiple rereleases the game finally has what the fans have been asking for over the past decade; a sequel. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 has arrived, and it’s hitting the gaming world at full force. MvC3 boasts a cast of 34 characters with two more to come through downloadable content. In all, there are currently 18 characters from both Marvel and Capcom, and here, diversity is the name of the game. Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 had a larger roster, but when it came to variety the game was slightly lacking, many super attacks and hyper combos were different animations with the same outcome. For MvC3, the developers have gone to great lengths to make every character unique and have their own specific play style. The most notable addition to this game is a simple mode for new players. By mapping each character’s unique attacks to specific buttons, simple mode makes it easy for a new player to pull off spectacular, eye-popping combos. Also, once a player has used the regular control system enough, the game recognizes their progress and turns off simple mode. The graphics in this game take a new, yet understandable direction. What comes across as simple visuals actually functions as a smooth, stylized, and impressive graphics engine. The multi-player leaves something to be desired when it comes to online play, but the local multi-player is right where it should be. The local multi-player pits you and a friend in three on three matches, and the great part is, no matter how good one player is, the game can still be

balanced. The learning curve works, and if a player is really lost, they can always use simple mode. The story is just what you would expect from a fighting game, nothing in depth, but each character has a unique short little ending with easter egg characters from both universes strewn throughout. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is available for Xbox360 and PlayStation3. If you own either of these systems, you need to own this game.

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Style Spotter: Spring Edition

Kait Leonard, ‘13 “I dress for me, so that is my style, just me. But recently, I have fallen in love with earrings.”

Christian Carnevali, ‘11 “My personal style is most inspired by: GW and the suburbs.”

Chris Dunn, ‘13 “Tweed is what I need.”

Photos by Jess Veazey ‘13. Alex Garcia, ‘11 “There is not much to say about my style. I believe that people should dress their age or to their environment. My style is very conservative and I would have to say somewhat classy.” Jess O’Neil, ‘13 “My style represents my personality and mood, but every outfit is complete with a hair accessory.”

Summer 2011 Movie Previews
aiZaZ Gill‘14

Welcome to the summer movie season. It’s one that has been long waited for by studio execs and audiences alike, due to the underwhelming slate of movies delivered by the first half of the year. This year’s summer lineup brings us origin stories, sequels, prequels and series finales. Which ones are worthy of your hard earned cash? Read on to find out! images:

The Hangover Part II Releases May 26 The sequel to the most successful R rated comedy in Hollywood history (“The Hangover”) returns with most of its original cast and a few surprise cameos. When asked why they were doing a sequel, Director Todd Phillips explained that he had another story to tell with a cast of characters that fans had come to enjoy. Consequently, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) find themselves in Bangkok for Stu’s wedding. Of course, things do not go as planned for the crew as they wind up losing the younger brother of Stu’s fiancée after a night of debauchery that none one of them can seem to remember. As they attempt to retrace their steps again, the cast runs into some familiar faces such as Mike Tyson (playing himself) and Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong). The film appears to be following the same formula as the first one though it remains to be seen whether this follow-up can replicate the original’s success or quality.

X-Men: First Class Releases June 3 The X-Men universe is a labyrinth of fascinating mythos and intriguing characters-- many of which did not receive the proper attention in the original trilogy or the Wolverine spinoff. X-Men: First Class, a prequel set in the 1960s, seeks to shed some further light on both new and familiar mutants such as Mystique, Beast, Emma Frost, Sebastian Shawn and Azazel. Moreover, fans finally get to witness the events which led to Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) going from close friends to mortal enemies. With a reported $120 million budget, Director Matthew Vaughn and 20th Century Fox are taking a chance with a prequel which doesn’t feature popular characters such as Wolverine, Jean Grey, Storm or Cyclops. Instead, they are hoping that audiences will want to see talented actors such as James McAvoy (“Wanted”) and Michael Fassbender (“300”) bring new life to a franchise that was left in tatters at the end X-Men: The Last Stand.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Releases July 15 The end is nigh for the Potter films as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II marks the final installment of the wildly successful Potter franchise. Director Yates promises a faster movie which features plenty of action as Harry, Ron and Hermione struggle to destroy the last of Lord Voldemort’s horcruxes while battling the ever increasing forces of Death Eaters. While the Golden Trio is off on their own journey, the rest of the Order of Phoenix has their own part to play in the Wizarding War. The film promises to shed light on characters such as Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, Abeforth Dumbledore, Kingsley Shacklebolt and many others who valiantly stand up to their Death Eater overlords and continue to form pockets of resistance. With major character deaths, epic magical battles and a thrilling chase sequence involving a dragon, this film should be a worthy farewell to a franchise that has won the hearts of billions around the world.


The Griffin

Subjective Scrutiny

Max Kaplan ‘11 Editor in Chief

more than doubled our number of issues, and seen unmatched growth in our readership. These may be signs of long overdue progress, but I think something of a much greater magnitude is happening: we’ve realized and fulfilled a responsibility to our fellow students. While blogs and “aggregating” news websites have diluted the impact of a print newspaper, the role of a journalist remains the same. At his best, a journalOver the course of the previous year, The Griffin has gone through a tremendous amount of change, and it has definitely been for the better. This revolution would not have occurred without the dedication and vision of our incredible writers and Board of Editors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for making this a special year for The Griffin. Having said that, I, along with the rest of our Editorial

Edith Wharton once wrote in Age of Innocence, “there was good in the old…there was good in the new.” Wharton’s statement embodies the transition that The Griffin underwent this year. In previous years the paper was good; however, this year it was elevated to a new level of excellence. The new sections, printing more frequently, and the addition of color print helped make these issues some of the finest published. None of this could have been possible without awesome editors, writers, photographers, and design team that made The us your ideas and opinions, we cannot accurately represent our student body. As the new Opinions Editor, I humbly ask our readers not to shy away from stating their opinions. If you think you have a good idea, please do not feel shy in running it past us. As editors, we merely seek to guide those who are willing to speak their minds. With your assistance, we hope to take The Griffin to even greater heights.

Jarreau Freeman ‘11 Managing Editor

As our editors close the year’s final issue of The Griffin, it’s hard to believe how far we’ve come. In one academic year we’ve transitioned from blackand-white to colored printing,

Letters From the Editors
ist is responsible for conveying the news of the people to the people in a clear, ethical way that both draws conclusions and allows the reader to draw their own. With reflective and timely responses to topics popularized by students, our team has owned its responsibility to serve the student body. It must be noted, though, that a change this swift could only happen at an institution like ours. Two major projects I’ve overseen at our institution have taught me a great deal about our students and the college we attend. We may consider the sport of Quidditch a normality on our campus, but it began as a crazy idea that I had to run down the main hallway of Fournier Hall on a broom to sell. Rather than throwing tomatoes at me, our student body embraced the whimsical sport and helped it reach its status today. Similarly, when I proposed some of the large-scale changes to The Griffin for this year, tradition was Board, are looking to improve upon last year’s monumental effort. For the Opinions section, you can expect more diversity being broken: we were rewriting a tired formula in a bold, new way. The changes were met with open arms. Our college community’s reception of these initiatives-from students to staff and faculty to administration--is a shining example of what I love about Chestnut Hill College. There is always room for a new idea here, and it’s the perfect place to dust off and try again. Should you fall, it’s never very far, and there are countless people to help you stand up again. Shortly before this issue’s publication, The Griffin received the honor of being named Outstanding Organization of the Year. We don’t take this privilege lightly. I have no doubt that next year’s staff will continue this year’s innovations and, more than ever before, own their responsibility to each and every student. Thank you for a wonderful year as editorin-chief.

Travis Wolfe ‘12

WESTLY MANdOSkE ‘13 _____________ While I applaud the success of the military mission to apprehend Osama bin Laden, widely regarded as the architect of the 9/11 attacks, I cannot in good conscience revel in the death of any man. I first heard the news late Sunday evening. I didn’t immediately believe the news and brushed it off, chalking it up to the inadequacies of the Internet. But the immediate outpouring of media coverage attested to the immediacy and importance of the news. I was struck by the strength of will that President Obama commu-

Speak Kindly of the Dead
nicated in his address. I was also astonished at the spontaneous celebrations occurring around the nation. The celebrants’ unabashed glee at the death of this man was appalling to me. I can sympathize with those who have lost loved ones to terrorist attacks or the two protracted wars in the Middle East. I think that I can understand the sense of relief they may have felt following his death, closing a decade of uncertainty about his whereabouts and the possibility of other attacks. However, I cannot do as others have; I cannot celebrate one man’s death, spontaneously or otherwise, without ignoring in some ways my belief in hu-


man rights and our common dignity. Osama bin Laden’s actions and associates may have forfeited their rights in the eyes of the American public, but we, as a nation and a people, should show mercy on his life. No one should deceive themselves; the wars continue to rage in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bin Laden’s death is a milestone in the progress of the war, but we are presented with a choice: we can either continue to wage war blindly, strengthening their convictions against the Unites States and others, or we can open our eyes and minds to the people of the Middle East and stop the terror.

Griffin what it is today. As I step down and pass the torch to the next Managing Editor, I will never forget the wonderful memories we shared. The Susan lunches and the lively weekly meetings are my most cherished memories with the staff. Also, I have learned very valuable lessons from my time on the newspaper such as, maintaining your swag is never more than five easy steps away, and the tense political and economic state of the country can be easily satirized in a lighthearted cartoon. I know that next year, and in the years to follow, that paper will continue to soar. Congratulations Griffin team for a job well done. I applaud you for your commitment to the paper and your zeal for journalism. Long Live Print!

in our content than ever before. Whether it’s a policy change at Chestnut Hill or a hot topic is-

sue in the news, we are looking to receive your opinions. The goal is to have several thoughtprovoking articles which seek to inform people and possibly encourage new ways of thinking. After all, as American poet James Russell Lowell stated “The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.” To accomplish our objective, we will need your help. The Griffin is a vessel for the student body to have their voice heard. However, if you do not send

Make your opinion heard by submitting letters to the editor or contributions to The Griffin. Submissions become property of The Griffin and are subject to editing for style, clarity and space concerns. Submissions represent the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent The Griffin’s position. Please send all letters or article ideas to Olivia Marcinka at

Aizaz Gill ‘14 Online Editor


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Men’s Lacrosse
Continued from page 8. from the previous season and were certainly a force to be reckoned with. It was not long after this, that the Griffins received national attention as they shocked the world by upsetting number two ranked Mercyhurst College by an overtime score of 8-7. This was the first conference win in the CHC lacrosse program’s history and it came against the second ranked team in division II. “It felt amazing and rewarding that all of our hard work has finally started to pay off,” Morlock said adding that it felt like they “finally got the monkey off their backs.” It also alerted the other teams in the conference of the talent and high-energy play the Griffins were going to bring to every game and that they had a much greater fight than everyone previously thought. With a new swag and a new respect, the CHC Griffins went on to win their next game against Penn State Abington with a 19-0 blow out at home where the Griffins had really established their dominance. With the help of their fans the Griffins went on to a 5-2 record at Victory Field #1. “When we scored, we had a loud roar that may have gotten into the opposing team’s head a little,” d. J. Lynch ‘15, said. The Griffins three conference victories all happened at home including their two upsets over #2 ranked Mercyhurst and #5 dowling University. Although 7-6, 3-6 and out of the playoffs, the Griffins ensured themselves at least a .500 season which is a huge accomplishment for a team that only won four games last year. The team also earned NCAA div. II accolades and recognition ranking in the top twenty in the country in both scoring offense (13) and scoring defense (16) and in the top ten in assists (5), points (9) and saves (4) per game. Rookie sensation, Mike Melnychenko, received accolades as the nation’s leading goal scorer averaging 3.5 goals per game and is fifth in points per game. Goalie dakota Maurer ’15, was also recognized as second in the nation in saves per game, ninth in save percentage and twenty-second in goals against average. dougherty has a lot of confidence in his team and believes that they are built to succeed. With him at the helm, the team had to learn a brand new style of play and develop a new and confident attitude. They learned new offensive and defensive schemes and dougherty has been very impressed with how quickly and how well they all have adapted. “Considering that everything has changed from last year, I am really proud of them,” dougherty said. The team certainly has improved and used this season as an opportunity to show the rest of the conference what they are made of. “The referees have said that we have improved night and day from last year,” Assistant Head Coach Adam Eddinger said. The improvements both physically and mentally coupled with a new drive and determination to succeed has put the Griffins on the path to success and although they did not make the playoffs this year, they are certainly built to get better every year and to be a legitimate competitor in the near future.

Above, Griffins Mark Winkelspecht ‘13 and Tom Carfagna ‘13 and Lindsay Alexander ‘12 (below) hustle after the ball. Photo above from Photo below by Jess Veazey ‘13.

Women’s Lacrosse
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win against the University of Bridgeport, in which she scored another five goals on only seven shots. Senior midfielder and captain, Jill Sanger, added another 6 points to contribute to the Griffins dominating 19-3 win. As conference play began the Griffins did not start as they hoped. They fell to Georgian Court University with a score of 20-1 and then again to Molloy College. After the two game losing streak however, the Griffins came charging back. They won their next two conference games against Holy Family University and dominican College with two close and dramatic wins which saw Covella score fifteen goals and earn the CACC Player of the Week honors. Unfortunately for the Griffins, the late game heroics were not to continue as they saw rallies fall short and ended up losing their next three conference games. These losses ended up costing the Griffins as it placed them further out of playoff contention with only a few games remaining. Luckily for the Griffins however the streak came to an end after a 27-15 win over Post University. Covella led the scoring with six goals and sophomore midfielder Lindsay Alexander added four goals and another six assists. This was one of the most energetic games of the season and really motivated the Griffins as they headed into the stretch run of their season. It was at this point where the Griffins really began to gel as a team. “In the beginning of the year we had about four girls score, and now we have eight,” Sanger said. It was in sharing the duties on the field that really helped the Griffins but it was the camaraderie off the field

that contributed to team bonding and better play on the field. “All of us captains organize team bonding activities before games,” Sanger said adding that some of these activities included pasta parties, cupcake wars and just nights spent hanging out and getting to know each other. The final games saw both victory and defeat for the Griffins. Although they managed to notch a few more conference victories, it was the loss of Covella that really doomed the Griffins. Her injury saw unlikely suspects step up and score key goals and make key plays down the stretch but ultimately losing their leading goal scorer and the conference’s third leading scorer was too much for the Griffins to overcome. They finished the season (7-10, 5-7) with a final win over Wilmington University, but unfortunately out of the playoffs.

The team quickly strategizes before an offensive play. Photo by Jess Veazey ‘13.


The Griffin

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16-21-0 On 4/30, team placed 3 of 3. 7-6 Men’s Lacrosse Women’s Lacrosse Final 7-10 Softball 5-31-0

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was not an easy task. “I guess what comes to mind to me is how challenging its been to build a college baseball program,” says George kochu, another four year starter. “It was definitely harder than I expected, but all the trials and whatnot have built a solid core of guys who are capable of leading a team to victory. These guys are all my dudes, and I’m honored to have played ball with each of them. Now we just want to win a championship.” The team is 8-9 right now in conference and is in contention to make the school’s second straight playoff appearance in school history. “To make the playoffs and actually make a run for the championship would be the best scenario for us as a senior class and as a team,” says relief pitcher Justin Wiercinski. “I remember our first season, and it was tough for us to have to endure all those losses at such a young age, but now that I look back, those experiences have molded our team to who we are today.” The Griffins have four games remaining, three away and one home. Come out and show your Griffin pride towards the team and their seniors April 30, 2011 against Post University. Show your support to this group of seniors that were the building blocks for the baseball program.

The founding members of the baseball program from left to right: Mike Knipe #15, Dan Etherton #23, George Kochu #9, Ryan Weber #20, D. J. Santoro #8, Andrew Koziol #24, Andrew Donofry #33, Chris Lauber #11. Photo by Jess Veazey ‘13.

JUSTIN ENGLEHARdT ‘11 __________________ What is the hardest part about being the first group of players to begin a program? Is it the lack of experience, leadership, or camaraderie? All these questions have been asked and answered with first-hand experience through the past four years, being this is the first baseball recruiting class to graduate from Chestnut Hill College. From immaturity, on and off the field issues, and playing competition full of upper classmen experience, the seniors all agree that being the first class to start a program was far from easy. “Being the first class in a pro-

An Era Comes to a Close for CHC Baseball
gram’s history was great experience, but we had to go through all the growing pains associated with starting a program,” says Mike knipe, a four year starter at first base. “We took our beatings early and we had to adapt to practicing in different locations but it was all worth it. At the end of my career I can look back and say that I was there at the beginning and the guys that made it four years here hold a connection to the program that no one else will ever have.” That connection is something these seniors will share together forever; being they are the only nine players from the original recruiting class to remain on the team for their senior years. Chris Lauber, Andrew koziol, Ryan Weber, dan Etherton, George kochu, Justin Wiercinski, dJ Santoro, Mike knipe, and Andrew donofry are the remaining seniors who are still leading the Griffin’s in their 2011 season. Not too many teams can emulate the type of experience that these players have together. Starting off their career with only a few wins, after three strenuous years of hard work and hardships, they are now competing for their second consecutive playoff birth, and looking to win Chestnut Hill College its first CACC baseball championship. The players acknowledge though that getting to this point

Women’s Lacrosse Finishes Great Season The Boys Are Alright
MARILEE GALLAGHER ‘14 _______________ After finishing last season with a 4-11, 0-11 record, the CHC Men’s Lacrosse Team came back this year with a new coach and new goals in mind, one of which was making the NCAA div. II playoffs. Although they fell short, it was a great season and a valiant effort on the part of the Griffins. Making the playoffs is always a tough task but for Chestnut Hill College, it was certainly an uphill climb. Having been ranked tenth out of eleven ECC teams in the preseason poll, the Griffins were really not expected to do much this season. The hire of Brian dougherty, a nationally and internationally acclaimed and decorated player as head coach, was a great step in pushing the program forward but the Griffins knew that this alone would not get them

MARILEE GALLAGHER ‘14 __________________ It was a long and hard fought out season for the CHC women’s lacrosse team that saw huge conference wins and losses, injuries and an amazing sense of teamwork and bonding. Although the team did not make the playoffs, they showed a valiant effort all season long and never gave up striving to achieve their goals. For this, we commend them and look back on the season that was 2011 Women’s Lacrosse. The women’s lacrosse season began with a tough start before the first game was even

played. They were predicted to finish sixth out of the seven teams in the conference and were not expected to even make a run at the playoffs. “We came into this season as underdogs so had no where else to go but up,” senior captain Erica Eaby said. Motivation then became key as the Griffins set out to prove everyone wrong and to finish in the top of their conference. This motivation began before the first minute of play as the Griffins had a special ritual before every game. “Each game we usually have a word such as communication or strength and we write those words on headbands that we wear during

Kelsey Moran ‘14 and Lindsay Alexander ‘13 pursue Post rival. Photo by Jess Veazy ‘13.
the game,” senior captain kelly Mckay said. Although the season began with a loss to Mercy College, it was clear the CHC team came into the season ready to play. After the first game, sophomore attack Nicole Covella, emerged as the scoring leader of the team tallying five and adding one assist. Her torrid start continued in the Griffins second game, a “Women’s Lacrosse” continued on page 7

to the playoffs and that they needed to use their talents and skills to succeed. As the season began, the Griffins were faced with a huge loss as former first year student Shane Franzone was sidelined with a rare blood disease. “A few guys on our team put his number on the side of our helmets to let him know we think about him every game,” Shane Morlock ‘15, said adding that “he’s truly been a huge influence on the team.” After their first game non conference win, the Griffins were certainly pumped going into conference play which immediately saw them play the ECC’s number one ranked team, C.W. Post University. Although Chestnut Hill lost by a score of 7-13, it was evident to everyone watching that the Griffins were a much better team “Men’s Lacrosse” continued on page 7

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