SGA Election Results Confuse_ Bewilder by yurtgc548


									St. Mary’s Campus Bi-weekly • 71st year, No. 3 • October 5, 2010 • St. Mary’s City, MD

                                                                                                                    SGA Election Results
                                                                                                                     Confuse, Bewilder                      a senior who graduated for the job
                                                                                                                            By Evan KEllEy
                                                                                                                                  Staff Writer              of overseeing elections this year.
                                                                                                                      Since the beginning of the school     Joshua worked together with Jen-
                                                                                                                    year, students have been receiving      nifer Wright to put together this
                                                                                                                    massive amounts of emails from          year’s elections.
                                                                                                                    the Student Government Asso-              Santangelo not only did not know
                                                                                                                    ciation (SGA). The emails, while        how to work with Blackboard, but
                                                                                                                    originally encouraging students         he also had to deal with people not
                                                                                                                    to participate in SGA, eventually       running for positions in the SGA.
                                                                                                                    became confusing when they be-          This caused voters to have an un-
                                                                                                                    came unclear about who had won          usual amount of write-ins, when
                                                                                                                    elections.                              voters write the name of someone
                                                                                                                      Last semester the SGA did not         they know in a text box on Black-
                                                                                                                    run class officer elections due to      board. This led to ties when voters
                                                                                                                    the fact that many of the execu-        wrote in the name of a random
                                                                                                                    tives that were seniors were more       friend. Santangelo emailed the
                                                                                                                    focused on other things, like St.       people who tied telling them that
                                                                                                                    Mary’s Projects. This added more        there would be runoff elections.
                                                                                                                    stress to the new Parliamentarian,        But this was only one reason
                                                                                                                    Joshua Santangelo, who replaced                     Continued on Page 2

                                                                                                                    News in Brief: Campus Pub
                                                                                                                     Receives State Approval
                                                                                                                           By KylE JErnigan                 also still being scoped out. Accord-
                                                                                                                                Editor-in-Chief             ing to Urgo, there has been a lot
                                                                                                                       With legal approval from the state   of interest in putting one in north
                                                                                                                    Attorney General, the campus pub        campus, but he would prefer it to be
                                                                                                                    has gotten one step closer to becom-    centralized so as to keep it college-
                                                                                                                    ing a reality.                          only. He suggested that Daugherty-
                                                                                                                       The pub is the idea of President     Palmer Commons (DPC) was a vi-
                                                                                                                    Joseph Urgo and based on the pub        able option, and that there is already
                                                                                                                    at Hamilton College, his prior in-      a small kitchen in DPC that could
                                                                                                                    stitution. Last week, after extensive   be converted.
                                                                                                                    research by the state’s Attorney          Grimes said that students interest-
                                                                                                                    General, Urgo said they had found       ed in voicing their opinions on the
                                                                                                                    “nothing in the state that prohibits    campus pub should come to the next
                                                                                                                    [a pub on campus]” and that Vice        President’s Forum on Tuesday, Oct.
                                                                                                                    President of Trustee Relations          12 at 4p.m. However, she also noted
                                                                                                                    Kathy Grimes is currently in talks      that “the October Forum won’t be
                                                                                                                    with the state liquor board about       the only opportunity to discuss this
                                                                                                                    licensing. He added that, much like     issue, so students shouldn’t worry
                                                                                            Photo by Ryan GuGeRty   at Hamilton College, the most likely    that they only have one chance to
                                                                                                                    supplier of both food and alcohol       provide feedback. There will be
  Students come out to the Class of 2011 Crab Feast. Story on page 4                                                for the pub would be Bon Appetit.       many opportunities for input as we
                                                                                                                       Possible locations for the pub are   move through this process.”

Townhouses under ATTAck By slime
         By KylE JErnigan              problem.” Miller also took air and
            Editor-in-Chief            swab samples of the affected area,
  This year, the residents of Boone    all of which came back positive for
4 were confronted head-on with the     multiple species of mold.
“mold menace.”                           Director of Residence Life Joanne
  The problems started when the        Goldwater, who was first contacted
parents of a resident of the Geneva    about the mold and made the deci-
Boone House 4 put in a complaint       sion to evacuate students from the
to Residence Life and the Physi-       townhouse, said “mold is a constant
cal Plant about a “moldy” smell        issue everywhere on campus, in
in Boone 4 and allergy-like symp-      everyone’s homes, not just at St.
toms. According to Assistant Vice      Mary’s.” Mold is not a new prob-
President of Campus Operations         lem on campus either; it was found
Derek Thornton, “[my team and          in the Prince George dorm earlier
I] went to the house because of a      in the year, and small amounts of
phone call received from a parent.     mold were also found in three other
I needed to find out for myself        townhouses on the Boone block.
about that specific issue.” Thornton   However, Miller said that those
added that once he went to Boone       problems were small enough to be
4 he found evidence of extensive       handled by housekeeping.
“water infiltration” in the mechani-     Miller stressed the ubiquity and
cal closet.                            tenacity of mold growth, and said,
  Environmental Health and Safety      “all it takes for mold to grow is
Coordinator Polly Miller was also      moisture…if [a leak] is not stopped
called in to check the house, and      and [the area] not cleared in 24
said, “when I saw inside the me-       to 48 hours mold can grow.” She                                                                                                        Photo by Ryan GuGeRty
chanical closet I knew there was a                Continued on Page 2          Boone 4, a.k.a. “condemned house” or “mold house” was recently emptied of people and possessions.

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        2                                                                  The PoiNT News • ocTober 5, 2010                                                               News
              SGA Elections                                                        Ehrlich visits Political science
      Continued from Page 1

why there were runoff elections;
                                         constitution in order to prevent the
                                         problems that occurred in this past
                                         election from happening again. In
                                                                                      Class, answers Questions
Santangelo explained the massive         response to why the voting system                   By DavE ChasE                  campaign is] completely different,” campaign.
amounts of email by saying, “The         would not be changed in the future,                   Managing Editor
                                                                                                                            he said, “when times are better, it’s     Ehrlich concluded the class with
majority of [the emails] was me try-     President Marlena Weiss said, “The          On Sept. 24, 2010, former Gover-       more of an issueless environment. some advice to students: “regard-
ing to publicize the event, but there    problem is not with the system; it’s      nor and current candidate for Gover-     When times are more difficult, [the less of what direction you’re going
were a couple of emails that were        more of the actions of people voting.     nor Robert Ehrlich met with students     election] lends itself to more sub- in, learn to write well...if you can’t
hectic because there were people         The system would be more success-         in Professor Grogan’s Parties and        stance.”                                write, you’re not going to impress
dropping and picking up positions        ful if more students got involved.”       Elections class before meeting with         Junior Brooks Von Schandelmeier anyone.”
and that was unforeseen.” There was      Santangelo’s plan to publicize the        small business owners in Daugherty-      asked, “what would you do to get          After Ehrlich left students, he
also confusion with whether or not       elections through emails was not          Palmers Commons (DPC).                   spending under control?”                joined a group of twenty small busi-
a class could have a President and       effective; Santangelo predicts that         Ehrlich began his question and            “[Get] off our addiction to federal ness owners in DPC. Also at the
Vice President abroad.                   only about 20% of the student body        answer session with student by in-       stimulus,” Ehrlich responded, “we roundtable were Dan Burris, County
  Stephon Dingle and Mark Snyder         voted in the elections.                   troducing his staff, which included      have a very dangerous situation Commissioner, Steve Waugh, Candi-
were elected President and Vice            Santangelo was happy to report          the parents of a prospective student.    where we have taken stimulus dol- date for State Senate, and Anthony
President, respectively, for the Class   that he believes all SGA positions        Among Ehrlich’s campaign staff was       lars and not spent them on one time O’Donnell, House of Delegates.
of 2012. Dingle is currently abroad      are now filled. “I do not foresee any
                                                                                   Doug Mayor who graduated from St.        expendi-                                                       The con-
and Snyder is currently an intern on
Capitol Hill.
                                         further elections at this point... that   Mary’s in 2004.                          tures.” In ad-         in politics like versation re-
                                         shouldn’t happen... unless something        Mayor, a Political Science Major       dition to one                                                volved around
  Normally, when the President is
abroad, the Vice President takes on
                                         really weird happens like a senator
                                         drops.” But he is confident that the
                                                                                   and lacrosse player, interned on
                                                                                   Capitol Hill, researched for Rudolph
                                                                                                                            time sources
                                                                                                                            of funding,
                                                                                                                                               in anything like State bureau-
                                                                                                                                                                                         cracy and tax-
the President’s roles. The SGA de-
cided to allow the class to keep these
                                         senators all want their positions. He
                                         and Weiss both believe that all their
                                                                                   Giuliani’s Presidential Campaign,
                                                                                   and worked for the Republican
                                                                                                                            Ehrlich said in
                                                                                                                            he would
                                                                                                                                                  F                      ,
                                                                                                                                                          ootball mo es impediment-      an
                                                                                                                                                                                             that act as

representatives because the SGA          problems with this year’s elections       National Committee before joining        address the                                                  to small busi-
Constitution does not say anything       are now sorted out. Weiss wanted to       Ehrlich’s campaign as a researcher.      “three driv-
                                                                                                                                               mentum counts                             ness growth.
about what to do when a President
                                                                                                                                           -F                   g
                                         make sure that students know that,        Ehrlich joked with Mayor about a         ers of state                                                 “The federal
and Vice President are abroad.           “they’d have the floor to speak their     poor grade he received in Grogan’s       budget: pen-           ormer overnor component to
  Except for dealing with the situa-     mind” if they had any complaints
                                                                                                                                            r                   e
                                                                                   class. “It was a well deserved grade,”   sions, Med-                                                  our economy
tion with the class of 2012, there are   about anything, including how the         said Mayor.                              icaid and                obert hrlich creates a false
currently are no plans to change the     elections were run.                         “It is a well defined race,” said      people.”                                                     sense of se-
                                                                                                                               Sopho-                                                    curity in An-

  mold inFests boone 4
                                                                                   Mayor, “the undecided [voters] will
                                                                                   make the difference and, lucky for       more Alex Walls asked, “first thing, napolis”, said Ehrlich, “[they think]
                                                                                   us, the undecided [voters] are swing-    day one, what would you be dealing we can be as anti-business as we
      Continued from Page 1              areas.                                    ing for us.”                             with?”                                  want to be.”
further added that mold can grow            Thornton said that, “my team has         During an informal question and           “The first is the budget,” said Eh-    Small business owners expressed
on “pretty much anything if it has       taken the initiative to go into all the   answer session on topics ranging         rlich. After the budget, he said, “my frustration over dealing with state
the nutrients it needs” and that         townhouses. We want to be proac-          from the budget to constitutional        major focus, day one, will be a home agencies. “The bureaucracy that is
long-term exposure to some forms         tive about checking mechanical            conventions, Ehrlich discussed the       run. A corporate headquarters. A big jacking you around, is meant to get
of mold, especially the aspergillus      closets [for mold].”                      difference between this campaign         project...something that says we are you to give up,” said Ehrlich, “this,
genus of mold species, have been            He added, “because of what we’ve       and the 2006 campaign. “[This            pro-business here in Maryland.” by the way, is directly related to who
linked to pulmonary disease and          found we’ve                                                                        Ehrlich added, “in politics like in the governor is.”
cancer.                                  stepped up the                                                                     anything, like in football, momen-        Former Governor Ehrlich’s visit
  In order to combat the mold,
Thornton and his team has been
                                         process.” Thorn-
                                         ton also said that
                                                                enjoy the PaPeR?                                            tum counts.”                            to campus was arranged by Todd
                                                                                                                               “I want you all to stay in Maryland. Eberly, Acting Director of the Cen-
                                                                                                                            You’re going to stay in Maryland for ter for the Study of Democracy.
                                                               Wanna contRibute?
working extensively to eradicate         if a student sus-
the problem areas and clean out the      pects their living                                                                 a variety of reason, family, marriage Eberly said, “[Ehrlich’s visit] was
townhouse. According to Thornton         area is infested                                                                   but one of the major reasons is ‘does a great opportunity for students and
his team has already, among other        with mold that                                                                     Maryland have the job I want?’ So a chance to build a bridge with the
things, removed the affected dry-        he or she should
                                                                  **********************                                    that’s my focus next to the budget,” county.”
wall and cleaned out the remainder       let maintenance          Improve your wrItIng skIlls and                           Ehrlich said.                             According to Eberly, Governor
                                                                                                                               When asked about current Gov- O’Malley has been invited to visit
of the mechanical closet.                know immedi-             be In the know. maybe you could                           ernor Martin O’Malley’s biggest the school and his campaign “has
  At the time of this writing, Miller    ately. Goldwater
said that the affected room in Boone     said, “don’t             be an edItor and get money.                               failures, Ehrlich said, “I am not here expressed an interest in coming
4 was also going to be “under con-       wait until it [the        mondays at 8p.m. In the sga                              to politic...but if you look at almost down to visit.”
tainment” over the weekend, while        p r o b l e m ] g e t s club room (campus center 145).                             every major issue...we disagree.”         See the full question and answer
a third-party abatement team came        astronomically                                                                     According to Ehrlich, that disagree- session and roundtable on http://
to clean up the remaining affected       gross”.                 all levels of experIence welcome.                          ment allows for a good, substantive

Registrar’s Office Gets                                                                       International Education Week
Money for What Would
                                                                                                                                    October 4th- 8th

                                                                                      Open Advising: LaRita, Judy, and Sherrie will be in the Great Room every day this week from

  Otherwise Be Trash                                                                  12noon-1pm to answer study abroad questions.

                                                                                                                           Tuesday, October 5:
         By Evan KEllEy                  program. Tulley hopes to involve                      12noon-1pm Open Advising with IE Great Room, Lunch Theme: Europe
              Staff Writer               the whole college and especially                      4:15pm Student Research Forum: Projects in Argentina, Glendenning 181
   In an effort to capitalize on the     areas that already recycle but do not                 4:15pm Architecture & Acculturation: Urban Landscape in the Gambia, Kent Hall 120
school’s initiative to “go green,”       receive a monetary benefit.                           5:30pm International News Conference hosted by International Club, Glendenning An-
Nickolas Tulley, Assistant Registrar/       The first year of the program will                 nex
Integrated Student Services Admin-       test its ability to help the campus.                  7:30pm Tertulia: Come practice your Spanish, Lewis Quad 02
istrator, has set up a program that      The money received will go to                         8 pm Argentine Film: The Secret in Their Eyes, Cole Cinema
involves trading recyclable tech-        the Campus Technology Support
nology to companies like Funding         Services(CTSS) budget, but Tulley                                               Wednesday, October 6:
Factory and CC Cash in order to          is hopeful that the program could                     10am-3pm Apply for a U.S. Passport, Campus Center 226
make money for the college. Tulley       help provide some sort of scholar-                    12noon-1pm Open Advising with IE Great Room, Lunch Theme: Latin America
hopes that doing this will encourage     ship for students in the future. He                   1pm International Post-Grad Scholarships, Campus Center 105
the college to recycle more. He said,    said it all depends on how success-                   4:30pm Intercultural Learning Activity, Campus Center 205
“This is one step I am taking to help    ful and wide reaching the program                     8pm Stammtisch: Come practice your German, Lewis Quad 02
the campus be more green.”               is. In a campus-wide email Tulley                     8pm German Film: The White Ribbon, Cole Cinema
   The companies he is using both        was happy to announce that 100 ink
collect inkjet/laser cartridges and      cartridges have been collected.                                                 Thursday, October 7:
cell phones; CC Cash also collects          Right now student involvement                      12noon-1pm Open Advising with IE Great Room, Lunch Theme: Asia
laptop computers, PDAs, MP3 play-        is at a minimum, only including the                   4:30pm National Geographic Speaker, Library 321
ers, digital cameras, GPS devices,       ones that currently work in Glenden-                  6pm South Korean Film: Mother
game systems, video games, and           ning. Teachers and staff have pro-                    7pm Tai Chi, ARC
DVDs. Tulley hopes that students         vided the majority of the cartridges.                 8pm Cercle Français: Come Practice your French, Lewis Quad 02
and teachers will help with the ini-     The main problem is that students
tiative by bringing these items to the   do not know about the project, but                                               Friday, October 8:
service desk in Glendenning.             Tulley said he would, “be willing                     12noon-1pm Open Advising with IE Great Room, Lunch Theme: Australia
   Tulley was not the first to trade     to work with students if they are                     2:30pm How to Apply: JCU, Glendenning 181
recyclables for cash. His mother-        interested.”
in-law, who works for local public          Students can get involved by              Please bring your spare change to donate to good causes
schools, told him about the public       donating the specific recyclable
schools’ involvement in these types      items at the Glendenning Hall Ser-           Remember: Study Abroad Phase 1 Application Forms & Scholarship Applications for spring
of programs.                             vice Desk. All empty toner and ink           semester, winter break, or spring break programs are due on Oct. 15. For more information
   However, Tulley did not realize       cartridges need to be inside of their        contact the International Education office in Glendenning, Suite 230, (240) 895-4202, www.
that part of the campus already used     original boxes or in the boxes of the
Funding Factory. The Campus Store,       cartridges that replaced the empty
for example, has sent ink cartridges     ones. Students can also contact                                                                                               - Submitted by Alli Bailey
to Fun Factory in the past, but the      Tulley if they are interested in tak-
store had no plans to try to include     ing more of a leadership role in the
other parts of the college in this       program.
FeaTures                                                                  The PoiNT News • ocTober 5, 2010                                                                                                             3
  sTudenTs, PArenTs Find PlenTy To do
    AT This yeAr’s FAmily weekend
           By KaTiE hEnry                         against the alumni. She said, “it       have been races with cardboard
                  Staff Writer                    was a lot of fun playing against        boats. This year, however, an in-
  The weekend of Oct. 1-3, fami-                  people I have never met, but I          teresting modification was made
lies of St. Mary’s students came to               still felt a great bond with all the    to the tradition, turning it into the
St. Mary’s City for a few days of                 players.”                               Great Bamboo Boat Race.
food, fun, festivities, and quality                 Besides enjoying the Frisbee            Bamboo is a more sustainable
time. Parents and siblings spent                  match, Alli also had a great time       material, so it made for an environ-
time walking around campus,                       with her parents. “Seeing my            mentally friendly change, though
seeing all the sights and learning                family was pretty cool, I even got      a rather sudden one. Still, despite
more about where their children                   to eat real food [when I went out       the change in tradition, spectators
live and learn.                                   with them] - but no offense to the      and competitors alike enjoyed the
  Hawktoberfest was also hap-                     Great Hall!”                            competition.
pening at the same time, which                      Also taking place this weekend          Senior Michael Cyrana built and
is an athletics event that features               was the Petruculli Memorial 5K          raced a bamboo boat this year. In
lacrosse, tennis, soccer, swimming                Run/ Walk, an annual fundrais-          reference to the change of materi-
and baseball games, many against                  ing event for Saferide. Visitors        als, he said it was “an interesting
alumni.                                           were also able to visit the Boyden      change, and it will be cool to see
  Families got to enjoy all of the                Gallery and attend a lecture by         how everyone adapts to [using]
various booths and sporting events.               Professor Charles Adler on “The         bamboo this year.”
There were also river cruises, tours              Atmosphere Exposed” exhibit, as           He added that the weekend as a
of Historic St. Mary’s City, and a                well as a performance by Alberto        whole was “busy but fun” for him
reception with President Joseph                   Cesaraccio.                             and his family. His mother echoed
Urgo.                                               On Oct. 2, a new form of an an-       the sentiment, and said “the high-
  First-year Alli Berg participated               nual tradition took place on the        light [of the weekend] was defi-                                                        Photo by Ryan GuGeRty
                                                                                                                                Professor Dave Kung (right), holding his Boat Race victory check.
in the Ultimate Frisbee match                     waterfront. In previous years, there    nitely the Bamboo Boat Race.”

JAG’s Battle With Cancer:
   And So It Began...                                                                     Trustee Profile: Neil Irwin
suBmiTTed By JoannE golDwaTEr able, but they really do not hurt). This                           By PETEr sParKlin
 Associate Dean of Students & Director of Resi-                                                        Features Editor                                                               Trustees, Irwin said he has learned a
                                             time felt different however. I was ad-
                  dence Life                                                                 Neil Irwin, economics reporter for                                                      lot about St. Mary’s. “One thing we
                                             mittedly nervous. The mammogram
                                                                                           the Washington Post and St. Mary’s                                                        learned in the [Presidential] search
    “I have good news and bad news.” was done quickly and then I went for the
                                                                                           alum is the focus of this weeks                                                           was that there was distrust between
    And so it began.                         sonogram (which does not hurt; it is just
                                                                                           Trustee Profile. Irwin graduated                                                          different groups on campus; that’s
    Dr. Kelly Fritz, my surgeon, matter- a little messy from the goo they use).
                                                                                           from St. Mary’s in 2000 and began                                                         not the way it should be.”
of-factly continued. “The bad news is After using the wand for a few minutes,
                                                                                           as an intern at the Washington Post                                                          When he heard about the greater
that you have breast cancer. The good the technician found what she was look-
                                                                                           the same year.                                                                            transparency and visibility of cam-
news is that it was small, only 1.2 cm ing for and I could see it too: a small,
                                                                                             On the Board of Trustees, Ir-                                                           pus figures like Dr. Urgo and Chief
and I think we caught it early.”             dark oblong spot in the middle of the
                                                                                           win has served as the chair of the                                                        Santiago, Director of Public Safety,
    My mind went blank. Thank good- screen. She left and returned with the
                                                                                           Enrollment and Student Affairs                                                            he said, “I’m pleased to hear there
ness my husband, Leon, was with me to lead technician and they started doing
                                                                                           Committee and was also heavily                                                            is progress in rebuilding that culture
hear what she said after that (something measurements on the screen. After some
                                                                                           involved in the Presidential Search                                                       at St. Mary’s.”
about greater than 95% chance of still quiet conversation between the two of
                                                                                           Committee.                                                                                   Irwin said the members of the
having a long and full life, blah, blah, them, I was told I could get dressed
                                                                                             Irwin said, “I’m thrilled that we                                                       Board of Trustees are “all pretty
blah).                                       and either leave and get the results in
                                                                                           picked Joe Urgo. It was a long and                                                        accessible people...[and] most of
    No one, man, woman, or child, wants the mail, or wait while the radiologist
                                                                                           difficult process and we as the board                                                     us are pretty eager to hear from
to hear the words, “you have cancer.” finished a procedure and then she could
                                                                                           learned a lot about the college.”                                                         students. If people want to contact
It is unbeliev-                                                         meet with me.
ably scary,          “n                  ,        ,
                           o one man woman or I waited.         ,                            “It triggered a lot of deep thinking
                                                                                           about the future of the college....
                                                                                                                                                     Photo Submitted by neil iRWin
                                                                                                                                      with St. Mary’s.” The Board is always
                                                                                                                                                                                     us directly feel free.” A list of all the
                                                                                                                                                                                     members on the Board of Trustees is
ing, and dev-
                     child wants to hear the minutes later,
                                                                           Tw e n t y
                                                                                           [Dr. Urgo] is a leader who I think         striving to help the college grow and          available on the college’s website.
                                                                                           is going to lead St. Mary’s into a         be a place where people of all back-              He also stated he and Molly Ma-
astating at words you have cancer    ‘                              ’.  the radiolo-
                                                                                           wonderful period.”                         grounds can get a first-rate liberal arts      honey Matthews have plans to visit
first. It is life                                                       gist called me
changing, and t was unbelievably scary in. We stood                   ,                      He said his goals and “ambitions
                                                                                           are the same as all those affiliated
                                                                                                                                        During his time on the Board of
                                                                                                                                                                                     and meet with students in general or
                                                                                                                                                                                     the SGA in the next few months.
can be life af-
                    overwhelming and devas in front of               -
    My new
journey with
                              tating at First              .”
                                                                        several lit up
                                                                        x-rays. She
                                                                        showed me
                                                                                           click talkS about huck Finn and cenSoRShiP
                                                                                                  By amanDa zElaya                    as Click discussed, is that Huckleberry        another.
cancer actu-                                                            my mammo-
                                                                                                  Arts & Entertainment Editor         Finn has never gone out of print since            Click talked about one example: “As
ally started on Monday, July 26. A gram from my last exam in January and
                                                                                            On Wednesday, Sept. 29th the first of     its original publication date and has          the book neared it’s 100th anniversary
colleague casually bumped up against compared it with the one that was just
                                                                                          the Twain Lectures took place on the        been translated into 53 languages.             it was banned in several places, but in
me and the books in my arms pressed taken. I couldn’t see anything unusual,
                                                                                          second floor of the library. The lecture,      Huckleberry Finn, as Click dis-             Fairfax County in 1982 the principal of
up against my chest. I suddenly had nor could she. She went on to tell me
                                                                                          entitled “Hushing Huck: The Banning         cussed, had been banned in many                the Mark Twain International School
an unusual tingling in my left breast that because I have very dense breast
                                                                                          of Huckleberry Finn,” was given by          locations for decades, even before it          - on the advice of the Human Rights
that stayed with me for a good three tissue, there was nothing visible in the
                                                                                          English Professor Ben Click.                was published. Click discussed sev-            Committee - removed the book from
minutes. How odd. The same thing mammograms. However, the sonogram
                                                                                             The lecture was filled with students,    eral examples of instances when the            the required reading. Twain would
happened a few days later, on Thursday, was a different story. There, clear as a
                                                                                          faculty, and community members              book was banned for one reason or              have loved the irony.”
July 29. That tingling felt like pins bell, was the lump. She didn’t have to
                                                                                          who came out to discuss the banning
and needles. That’s fine if your foot or point it out to me. I naively asked if it
                                                                                          of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. It was
hand falls asleep; it is not fine when it was a cyst and she quickly replied, “Oh
                                                                                          so crowded that there was a shortage
is your breast.                              no. This definitely is not a cyst. I rec-
                                                                                          of seating, and more chairs had to be
    That night, I tried to find a reason for ommend that you get a biopsy.” That
                                                                                          brought in to accommodate the large
the tingling. And so it began. A lump was the first time my brain shut down.
                                                                                          number of people in attendance.
between the 6:00 and 7:00 position on I was so hoping that it was just a cyst.
                                                                                             The lecture began with a word from
my lower, left breast. My husband felt What are you telling me?!?!
                                                                                          Library Director Celia Rabinowitz,
it too. I called my gynecologist’s office      I wept on my way home that after-
                                                                                          who discussed the relationship be-
the next day and scheduled an appoint- noon and I admit I had a stiff drink
                                                                                          tween the library and the banning of
ment for August 3. When I met with when I got there. I called my husband
                                                                                          Huckleberry Finn, which may not be
him, I couldn’t find the lump at first, but as I left the hospital and he came right
                                                                                          as obvious as it appears. “One of the
when I laid down on the exam table, I home. This was not the news I was
                                                                                          reasons we decided to have the lecture
found it quickly. So did he. He gave expecting. My gynecologist called me
                                                                                          here [at the library] was because it is
me two options: I could “wait and see” a couple of hours later and confirmed
                                                                                          banned books week,” said Rabinowitz.
what happens since it was likely to be a what the radiologist told me. He offered
                                                                                          “[Banned Book Week] always hap-
cyst, or, for my peace of mind, I could me the names of two general surgeons
                                                                                          pens in the last week of September and
get a comprehensive/diagnostic mam- so I could try to make an appointment
                                                                                          asks people to examine the books that
mogram and sonogram. The difference ASAP for the biopsy. The next day,
                                                                                          have been banned and challenged.”
between a diagnostic exam and my I called Dr. Fritz’s office having got-
                                                                                            After Rabinowitz explained the
regular annual mammogram was that I ten several good references about her.
                                                                                          importance of Banned Book Week,
would be scheduled when the radiolo- Leon and I met with her on August 25
                                                                                          Pamela Mann introduced Click citing
gist would be available to read my tests and she recommended a lumpectomy.
                                                                                          him as the “first St. Mary’s Library
immediately. Thank goodness I went Based on our conversation, she knew
                                                                                          Celebrity,” in reference to Click’s
for the diagnostic exam instead of the that I wanted that lump, which did not
                                                                                          presence on the posters advertising
“wait and see” option.                       belong inside of me, out of me. The bi-
                                                                                          the event.
    On August 19, right in the midst of opsy would be performed on the tissue
                                                                                            Professor Click began the lecture
Residence Life staff training, I went to they extracted. Surgery was scheduled
                                                                                          by discussing the difference between
St. Mary’s Hospital for the tests. I am for Monday, August 30; the first day of
                                                                                          banning and challenging and how
familiar with the diagnostic imaging classes.
                                                                                          there are times when this can be a good
center because I have been going there         Above is only part of the story. Pick up
                                                                                          thing for the popularity of the novel.
for years for my annual mammograms our next issue for more Joanne Goldwa-
                                                                                          “Banning a book is not necessarily a
(which I admit are a little uncomfort- ter’s struggle with breast cancer.
                                                                                          bad thing,” said Click. Case in point,
         4                                                                        The PoiNT News • ocTober 5, 2010                                           FeaTures
 sUnny lUke talks aboUt the genetiCs that deterMine sex
                                                                                       termining gene or “sex-determining       means, have deemed themselves a           lecture, “it was still very inter-
                                                                                       region of Y” (SRY), induces the          “third sex”, neither male or female       esting to learn about the science
                                                                                       development of the testes in a fe-       but individuals with a mix of the         behind sex-specific characteristics
                                                                                       tus, designating that fetus as male.     two (usually, males with female           and about related chromosomal
                                                                                       Absence of this gene, possible only      characteristics and roles).               abnormalities.”
                                                                                       when a fetus’ sexual chromosomes           “Even though I expected more              Luke also presented the follow-
                                                                                       are XX, lead to the development of       focus on Indian culture and would         ing day, Sept. 22, in a Natural
                                                                                       the ovaries, designating that fetus      have loved to hear more informa-          Sciences and Mathematics Col-
                                                                                       as female.                               tion about the Hijras,” said Emma         loquium that focuses on his more
                                                                                         Identifying the sex of an em-          Decker, a junior who attended the         recent research on stem cells.
                                                                                       bryo is impossible during the first
                                                                                       two months of development, after
                                                                                       which the gonadal ridge of the
                                                                                       embryo (as well as the genital tu-
                                                                                       bercle) can be identified. “At the
                                                                                       end of the second month, the sex
                                                                                       differentiation starts,” said Luke.
                                                                                       “By the end of the fourth month, the
                                                                                       sex differentiation is complete.” By
                                                                                       this point of development, sexual
                                                                                       organs are identifiable.
                                                                                         Luke continued the lecture with
                                                                                       a discussion of what happens to an
                                                                                       individual with a faulty set of sex
                                                                                       chromosomes. “If something goes
                                                                                       wrong with the genes, effects in the
                                                                                       gender will occur,” said Luke.
                                                                                         Examples of this phenomenon
                                                                                       included Klinefelter’s syndrome,
                                                                                       when a male possesses an extra X                                                                     Photo by Ryan GuGeRty
                                                                                                                                Students were invited to chow down on jumbo crabs at Joseph
                                                               Photo by Ryan GuGeRty   chromosome (identified as XXY).          and Lesley Urgo’s home for the Class of 2011 Crab Feast.
Dr. Luke, chairman of IISAC, discussed his work on human genomics

                                                                                                                                students Pay to get Crabs
                                                                                       An individual with Klinefelter’s
and the genetic basis of gender in his presentation on Sept. 21.
                                                                                       syndrome has smaller testes than
           By sTEvE rEEs                     not offering the controversy here,”       normal males and is infertile, but

                                                                                                                                 at Joseph Urgo’s house
                Sports Editor                said Luke to begin the lecture,           can still function as a normal male
   Dr. Sunny Luke, chairman of the           referring to the study of male and        otherwise. Another disorder, Turner
International Institute for Scien-           female formation in the uterus,           syndrome (or Monosomy X), in-
tific and Academic Collaboration             “but I’m bringing the scientific          volves females with a missing X            By JUlia roCha & hannah
                                                                                                                                                                          feasting” since he had been taught
(IISAC) and director of the Se-              perspective.”                             chromosome, causing infertility                                                    by County Commissioner Jack Rus-
                                                                                                                                             Staff Writers
mester in India program, discussed             Luke discussed the idea of sexual       and a decrease in average height as          This year, the annual Senior          sell and trustee Mike P. O’Brien at
the genetic and chromosomal                  dimorphism, or structural and sys-        well as several other physical ab-        Crab Feast was held at the college       several events over the summer.
differences between the genders              tematic differences between a male        normalities (such as swollen hands        President’s house for the first time.      Ken Benjes, a Hawk Radio DJ
in his presentation on Sept. 21 in           and female. The differences stem          and feet or webbed digits). Luke          Although the tickets were more           from the Class of 2011, was asked
the Library, titled The Mystery              from the body’s sex chromosomes,          also mentioned other disorders,           expensive than in previous years (a      by the senior class president, Col-
of the Human Gender: X and Y                 or collections of the human genetic       including Sawyer syndrome and             five dollar increase to $30 to accom-    leen O’Neil, to provide music for
Chromosomes and Beyond…A                     code that relate to sexual orienta-       testicular feminization (or Andro-        modate the difference in price for       the event. “People seemed to enjoy
Neurogenomic Approach.                       tion and development. While the           gen Insensitivity Syndrome).              jumbo crabs), the event was so well      everything and the music,” said
   “Professor Luke, he asked me to           body has 23 pairs of chromosomes,           The cultural belief differences re-     attended that students taking shuttles   Benjes, who also added that several
tell you, is semi-retired, and still         one pair represents an individual’s       garding sex and their roles led into a    to Joseph and Lesley Urgo’s home         songs by Lady Gaga were included
engaged in the Semester in India             sex chromosomes, labeled X or Y.          discussion of what Luke called “the       were at one point asked to help bring    per Urgo’s request.
program,” said College professor             While one of the chromosomes in           progression of psychological and          more chairs to the event.                  With crab feasts leaving a notori-
Ho Nguyen, introducing Luke to a             this pair is always an X, the second      social sex.” Biological sex (before          Urgo, who had previously ex-          ously large mess by the end of the
group of College students and fac-           chromosome is type Y in males             birth) leads into the development of      pressed an interest in holding col-      evening, a lot of help was needed
ulty members on Thursday. “Thank             and type X in females (denoting           gender identity after birth, which        lege functions at his home, was          to get the Urgos’ lawn clean again.
you all for coming.”                         females as XX and males as XY).           leads to an understanding of gender       approached by Kelly Schroeder            Urgo specifically wanted “to thank
   Luke began the presentation                 “Each of you may have about             roles by the age of three. At age six,    and the Class of 2011 about hosting      those who helped with the clean-
with an introduction to IISAC, an            30,000 genes in you,” said Luke.          gender roles remain relatively con-       the Senior Crab Feast. The event         up at the end of the evening, and
administration centered in New               “99.99 percent are the same [be-          stant, and sexual orientation and         seemed to be a financial success for     those who staffed the event for the
Jersey that organizes research               tween individuals], and only the Y        attraction develop onwards from           the senior class, though a member        College.” Urgo was even spotted
programs for high school and col-            chromosome is different.”                 the onset of puberty. “The six years      of the executive board of the Class      helping as well. “He helped clean
lege students internationally to               The sex chromosomes are a col-          after birth are very critical,” said      of 2011 was unavailable to confirm.      up, which was really cool,” said
encourage international and cul-             lection of the body’s genes (regions      Luke. “Gender role is determined          Urgo said, “We do think it went          Benjes.
tural education as well as valuable          of the genetic code that lead to          by society, but also comes naturally      well...with everyone enjoying the          Dr. Urgo expressed that he and
research experience. Participating           the production of certain proteins)       from gender identity.”                    crabs, the evening, and the view of      Ms. Urgo “had a great time that
in the graduate program in medi-             important for both sexual devel-            Luke concluded the lecture with         campus from the river.”                  evening talking to students and other
cal genomics at the University of            opment and normal functioning.            a discussion of cues that lead to            When asked about whether this         guests” and that they would “be
Kerala, Kariavattom in India be-             While the X chromosome contains           the activation of sex genes, in-          was his first time picking Maryland      happy to [host the crab feast] again
fore coming to the United States             about 1,000 genes, the Y chromo-          cluding visual, olfactory (smell),        blue crabs, Urgo responded that          with next year’s class.” With the
and United Kingdom, Luke’s de-               some is much smaller, containing          auditory, and facial cues. Luke           he had never picked a crab before        success of the event and the Urgos’
sire to strengthen Indian-American           about 10 genes.                           also discussed the hijra, a class of      coming to St. Mary’s. However, he        hospitality, this hopefully indicates
relations and opportunities stems              However, one of the genes of the        individuals in India who, either          felt “well-taught in the art of crab     a new St. Mary’s tradition.
from personal experience. “I’m               Y chromosome, labeled the sex-de-         through cultural and/or biological

        By rowan CoPlEy               ent blood type and others are not.               families together” and exchange          exchanged for another, but instead that there was an optimization
                                      Sometimes and some places, this
   Assistant Editor-in-Chief & News Editor                                             kidneys. This is called Kidney Pair      traded along a chain so that each problem to solve,” she said.
   A conversation in the car with means the doctor will just send                      Donation, where two donors give          patient gets the kidney that he or     But if all the donors and patients
her husband, which took all of a you home.                                             kidneys simultaneously and then          she needs.                           were added into Gentry’s data set
few minutes, is what Dr. Sommer         In to this problem comes Dr.                   trade them for their patients.             Johns Hopkins first had a board before matching pairs were chosen,
Gentry said got her started on a      Sommer Gentry, who’s mathema-                       However, it’s illegal to give         of magnets, then a program that then more patients would get cor-
problem she has now been working tician with a focus in optimization                   a kidney for compensation, and           printed all possible combinations rectly matched. “We won’t be able
on for 6 years.                       who’s affiliated with Johns Hopkins              some worried that an exchange of         of patient/donor                                         to see all these
   The prob-                                                  School of                kidneys violated this law. “In fact,     which then need-      “Literally no one connections if
lem is easy        Dr. Gentry’s system... M e d i c i n e .                            there were hospitals refusing to do      ed to be combed        had recognized                    we use Arrival
e n o u g h t o can show how much of D r . G e n -                                     this because no one had told them        through - by                                             Order Match-
explain: ba-                                                  try’s system             it was legal,” said Gentry. The first    hand - to find that there was an ing.”
s i c a l l y, i t a missed opportunity o f m a t c h -                                step in the process was getting the      the ones which optimization prob-                          Instead, she
can be real- sending home potential ing kidney                                         practice of exchanging one kidney        would actually          lem to solve.”                   used Maximum
ly tough to kidney donors really is. d o n o r s t o                                   for the other out of a legal grey        work. The prob-                                          Cardinality
get a kidney                                                  patients in              area. Finally, several years ago,        lem was that the                                         Matching, which
if you need                                                   need of a                Congress passed a law allowing the       standard operat-        -Dr. Sommer Gentry               waits for people
one. Kidneys are the most common kidney can show how much of a                         practice. Gentry was in business.        ing procedure at                                         to show up, and
organ transplant, and although kid- missed opportunity sending home                       Kidney Pair Donation is compli-       the time, called                     “the faster we can sign people up
ney donations are growing, so is the potential kidney donors really is.                cated enough with all the different      Arrival Order Matching, wasn’t for it, the faster we’ll find match-
demand for kidneys. Most patients       In many cases, having a family                 blood types to consider, but some-       working for many patients. Arrival es.” The more, the merrier.
who need a kidney can find some- member donate a kidney is the                         times a simple match between two         Order Matching was a first-come,       Gentry is now working with
one to donate one to them; after all, preferred way to replace a kid-                  donor/patient pairs is not enough,       first-served approach which ended United Network for Organ Shar-
we all have an extra.                 ney. However, it’s not always that               and triangles of three pairs are         up with the patients who were easy ing (UNOS) to make a national
   But about a third of the time, the simple: sometimes even family                    necessary. Gentry’s forte came in        to match getting matched soon after kidney sharing list. As of Oct.
person who wants to give you a members are incompatible. “But                          when optimizing giant graphs so          they checked into the hospital, with 2010, there are over 100 thousand
kidney just can’t. The main reason we have another family somewhere                    that these more complicated kid-         those hard to match often left out people on waiting lists for organs.
is that some blood types are very else in the world,” said Gentry. “So                 ney donations could happen. This         in the cold.                         Gentry’s work will certainly not
accepting of organs of a differ- what I should do is get the two                       is where one kidney is not directly        “Literally no one had recognized go to waste.
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                                                                                                              VOICES Reading
                                                                                                              Emphasizes Memories
                                                                                                               By maria smalDonE                 Ohio, a town built solely to          her grandfather’s whereabouts
                                                                                                                       Staff Writer              house the workers for the Fire-       during those nine years was
                                                                                                               On Thursday, Sept. 23, cel-       stone tire manufacturer.              that he was a “rascal.”
                                                                                                            ebrated memoirist and author            As a child, Dyer didn’t real-         Because of this, Dyer con-
                                                                                                            Joyce Dyer visited St. Mary’s        ize how out of the ordinary it        structed her own memories
                                                                                                            as the second reader in the          was for a town to be so enam-         of her grandfather as a happy
                                                                                                            VOICES lecture series.               ored with its founder, namely         working man, but she was
                                                                                                               Dyer is a distinguished Pro-      Harvey Firestone, whose por-          always afraid of finding evi-
                                                                                                            fessor of English at Hiram Col-      trait was directly across from        dence of something shady in
                                                                                                            lege in Ohio, and has published      George Washington’s in the            his past.
                                                                                                            three memoirs, one novel, and        entryway of the town’s elemen-           Dyer teased the audience,
                                                                                                            several essays. Last year, she       tary school.                          and said that although she did
                                                                                                            won the David B. Saunders               Today, most Americans ste-         discover more about her grand-
                                                                                                            Award for Creative Nonfiction        reotype towns from the 1950s          father, they would have to read
                                                                                                            to add to her already well-          as cookie-cutter and ordinary,        her book to find out.
                                                     Photo couRteSy oF maRk Rhoda and the tFmS dePaRtment   stocked trophy case.                 but Dyer introduces her readers          Towards the end of the read-
Juniors Lisa Davidson, Maxwell Heaton, and Briana Manente make up 3/4 of the                                   Director of the VOICES            to a unconventionally conform-        ing, Dyer gave the audience a
theatrical Bliss family whose antics we follow in 1920’s England in the play “Hay Fever.                    series, Professor Karen Ander-       ist world from that era in which      taste of her unfinished semi-bi-

 Prepare for a night of bliss
                                                                                                            son, commenced the reading by        everything from the town park         ographical memoir about John
                                                                                                            saying “I hope [the audience]        (in the shape of the Firestone        Brown, the famously violent
                                                                                                            enjoys [Dyer’s] quiet and fero-      crest) to the grocery store (only     abolitionist who some say was
                                                                                                            cious prose as much as I do.”        for Firestone employees) bore         a harbinger of the Civil War.

 when you Catch Hay Fever                                                                                   She then introduced Professor        the mark of corporate influ-             Dyer herself is unsure why
                                                                                                            Jeffrey Hammond, who invited         ence.                                 she has taken such an interest
                                                                                                            Dyer to be a part of the reading        Up next in Dyer’s reading          in John Brown.
                                                                                                            series.                              canon was another memoir,                The section she read, which
By hannah grabEnsTEin             (Junior Jonathan Wagner),           of a glorified view of an old            Hammond seconded Ander-           Goosetown: Reconstructing an          tells the story of a woman she
           Staff Writer           a boxer (Sophomore Nick             theatrical family and how             son’s opinion, and likened Dyer      Akron Neighborhood.                   met whose life was changed
                                  Huber), and sophisticate            they live.”                           to a journalist “searching for the      Dyer introduced this memoir,       indirectly by living on the
  In the Bliss household, a       (Sophomore Emily Moore)               He compares it to being                                                                                        site of John Brown’s home,
                                                                                                            truth, even if it is unsettling.”    a “prequel” to Gum-Dipped, by
lot of drama goes a long way.     all unwittingly participate in      invited to Britney Spears                                                                                        Dyer comes to the conclusion
                                                                                                            The sections of her memoirs          explaining that she was both-
The antics this melodramatic      theatrical situations that may      house for a weekend with                                                                                         that she is so fascinated with
                                                                                                            that Dyer shared with the audi-      ered because of her lack of
family displays in a lively       or may not really exist.            some of your friends and                                                                                         Brown’s life because she ques-
                                                                                                            ence certainly showcased her         memories from her very early
weekend is the fun plot of          Since the Blisses are all         some of her friends and the                                                                                      tions if her own moral outlook
                                                                                                            detective-like investigation         days as a child in the Goose-
Neil Coward’s comedy Hay          unconventional to begin             out of place feeling you’d                                                                                       on life is worth defending.
                                                                                                            into her own memories—and            town neighborhood of Akron,
Fever, opening in the Bruce       with, and they certainly don’t      imagine having.                                                                                                     When asking if anyone had
                                                                                                            her love of the Ohio area where      where she lived before moving
Davis Theater on Thursday,        change to accommodate their           The play, which opens in                                                                                       questions at the end of the
                                                                                                            she was born and where she           to Firestone Park.
Oct. 14.                          guests, each guest is shocked       a little less than two weeks,                                                                                    lecture, Dyer was met with
                                                                                                            still lives now.                        In the memoir, Dyer’s pre-
  Hay Fever takes place in        when their one-on-one week-         is coming along well. “It’s                                                                                      stunned silence.
                                                                                                               First, Dyer read from her         teen self deals with the death
the 1920s in an upper-crust       end turns into a family af-         a really great cast; a really                                                                                       The next VOICES reading
                                                                                                            memoir, Gum-Dipped: A                of her grandfather, who she had
English home: Mother Judith       fair.                               wonderful group of actors,”                                                                                      will feature Jennifer Cognard-
                                                                                                            Daughter Remembers Rubber            not seen in nine years since her
Bliss (Junior Briana Ma-            According to director Mi-         says Ellis-Tolaydo. “We’re                                                                                       Black, a St. Mary’s professor
                                                                                                            Town, in which she skillfully        days in Goosetown, where her
nente), is a recently retired     chael Ellis-Tolaydo, the play       all having a jolly time.”                                                                                        of English, on Oct. 14 at 8:15
                                                                                                            describes her feelings about         grandfather grew up. The only
famous actress, her husband       is based on Laurette Taylor,          The show will be per-                                                                                          in Daugherty- Palmer Com-
                                                                                                            growing up in the Firestone          answer relatives would give
David (Sophomore Tobias           “an old-school diva,” and           formed on Oct. 14-16 and                                                                                         mons.
                                                                                                            Park neighborhood in Akron,          Dyer’s curious questions about
Franzén) is a mystery writer,     the big weekends that she           21-23 at 8 p.m., and on Oct.
and her two children, Sorel       used to have wherein huge           17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets
(Junior Lisa Davidson) and        arguments would erupt and           are $4 for students, faculty,
Simon (Junior Max Heaton),        an hour later everyone would        SMCM staff, senior citizens,
are equally eccentric and         be back to having normal,           or Arts Alliance Members,
theatrical.                       peaceful conversations. It’s        and $6 for general admission.
  When each member invites        a comedy of manners, and a          To reserve tickets, contact
an unsuspecting guest for the     comedy of language.                 the theater box office at 240-
weekend, a flapper (First-year      Ellis-Tolaydo explains it’s       895-4243 or email boxof-
Naomi Garcia ), a diplomat        “nothing deep, just a slice

 attention all actors, attention!
    Auditions for TFMS’s second show of the year, Eugene Ionesco’s “anti-play” The Bald Soprano,
 will be held on Monday, Oct. 18, 7:30-10:00 p.m., in the Bruce Davis Theater in Montgomery Hall.
 Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, October 19. The performance dates are December 8-12, 2010.
    Auditions are open to all students. No experience is required to audition, although reading the
 play before auditioning is strongly recommended. Copies of the play are on reserve at the circula-
 tion desk of the College library.
    For your audition, prepare a comic monologue of your own choosing. Principal speaking roles
 are for 3 men and 3 women.
    A sign-up sheet for auditions is posted on the bulletin board in the Theater lobby of Montgomery
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo by Ryan GuGeRty
    For further information about procedures for auditioning or about the play, contact the director,
                                                                                                            Joyce Dryer read from her memoirs about her childhood in the Midwest. Dryer’s reading
 Mark A. Rhoda, at or by phone at 240-895-4231 (ext. 4231).                                was focused on the idea of memories which influenced her writing significantly.

                                                                          Coffehouse Aims to Create Balance
                                                                        Between Big Bands and Small Performers
                                                                              by zaCh EsEr                  as Donora, The Five One, The         called The Masked Marauder            as a venue. Bigger names you
                                                                                  Staff Writer              Spring Standards, and Holy           who wants to put on a Hallow-         have, the bigger names you get.
                                                                   Coffeehouse, an event that oc-           F--k.                                een extravaganza,” he said after      Singer-songwriters are great, but
                                                                curs every Thursday at the Cam-                Junior Reid Levin, the current    the question arose regarding          they can only go so many places
                                                                pus Center, has been a campus               Coffeehouse chair, wants to not      upcoming musicians to look            - they can only get so loud.”
                                                                favorite for artists and music ad-          only be a part of the shift, but     forward to. “We’re looking for           However, while Reid wants
                                                                dicts alike. However, the acts as           to push the boundaries as far he     people on top of their game.”         to spoil Coffeehouse attend-
                                                                of late have been crossing more             can take them. “What I want to       Senior Thomas Dewey, a fre-           ees with grandeur and surreal
                                                                and more into music festival ter-           do for Coffeehouse is, number        quent Coffeehouse attendee,           experiences, he still wants the
                                                                ritory as opposed to the acoustic           one, to have the biggest variety     is very happy about the shift         open mic element of the event
                                                                sessions that most are used to in           of performances as possible,”        in musical acts during the past       to play a factor. “I want to offer
                                                                a coffee shop setting - and it’s not        Reid said.                           few semesters. “While I love          everyone an equal opportunity
                                                                necessarily a bad thing.                      Still reeling on the success of    the campus bands, I do also love      to play,” he said.
                                                                   The change has been a grad-              Holy F--k, which had the largest     seeing really good bands with            It seems like Coffeehouse is
                                                                ual one that started with Lauren            crowd that Coffeehouse has seen      really good sounds because we         moving into a territory that is
                                                                Schreiber during her time as                since its inception, he continued    haven’t really seen that on this      being welcomed quite warmly
                                                                Coffeehouse chair in the Spring             in saying that he plans to reach     small campus,” he said to me.         by the campus community, but
                                           Photo by katie henRy 2009 semester. Since then, the              a wider audience through a vast         He also glorified the band that    it’s okay for the performers who
“[Coffeehouse] acts of late have been crossing more and music has begun to lean more                        array of different events such as    visited before Holy F--k, Pearl       want to perform - the goal of
more into the music festival territory as opposed to the into alternative genres leading                    a possible airbands competition.     and the Beard. “I really like this    Coffeehouse now seems to be a
acoustic sessions...and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.” to the booking of such bands                     “I’ve been talking to a musician     trend. It gives us more credibility   perfect balance of bands.
         6                                                                     The PoiNT News • ocTober 5, 2010                                                                       a&e
arcade Fire’s Third album
lives Up to Expectations
      by KaTiE hEnry                want the same things: to grow          All in all, The Suburbs pro-
    Staff Writer and Photographer   up, to get out, to follow their     vides such an honest outlook
  Arcade Fire never fails to        dreams and take risks rather        on the experience of youth
disappoint, and their third         than take the easy way out.         and the road to maturity.
album The Suburbs is no               This idea is developed               Not only is the sound in-
exception. The seven-piece          gradually through each track,       fectious, but the statement
band, hailing from Montreal,        starting gentle and mellow,         it makes and the message it
has created an indie folk           but building up to a heavier        portrays make it a cut above
album that not only makes           sound. However, the message         many other albums released
a statement, but also tells an      never changes: it’s still all       this year. Arcade Fire really
incredible story.                   about the beauty and terror         hit the mark with this album -
  Collectively, this album          and magic of growing up.            it’s definitely worth a listen!
describes the feeling of com-
plete disenchantment with
suburbia; how it feels to be
tied down by your surround-
ings and want to get out and
experience the world without
feeling so safe. But essen-
tially, it’s all about growing
  The Suburbs compares the
youth of today with the youth
of yesterday, and the expecta-
tions that have been set over
time for kids - while still
recognizing that things have
changed and can’t go back to
the way they were before. As
time passes, the things that
kids experience as they grow
up might change, but they
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‘Easy A’, a “Free Spirited”
Adaption of a Classic Novel                                                                                                                                                Photo couRteSy oF

        by zaCh EsEr
            Staff Writer
                                    which helps make the film
                                    overcome the clichés and
                                                                        – even when her tongue is at
                                                                        its sharpest.
                                                                                                              Rowan Copley ‘Likes’
                                                                                                              “The Social Network”
  John Hughes, most famous          stereotypes that unfortunately         As Olive’s story continues,
for his work in the 1980s and       restrained his previous effort,     you are given a wide array
early 1990s, created some of        Fired Up.                           of characters played by an
the most iconographic movie            The film itself is a loose       even more impressive cast
moments for a generation.           adaptation of Nathaniel Haw-        that boasts talent like Stanley
                                                                                                                   by rowan CoPlEy                    cebook pie. Actually, this aloof    of Napster who ends up leaving a
  Despite his passing last          thorne’s The Scarlet Letter,        Tucci, Amanda Bynes, Lisa               Assistant Editor-in-Chief and News
August, I can assume that           which is actually surprising        Kudrow, and Patricia Clark-                            Editor                 computer genius seems so fun-       major mark in Facebook’s semi-
Hughes would be humbled by          considering that the film is so     son.                                     When I walked in to see The          damentally anti-social that you     nal years, and Andrew Garfield’s
the new film Easy A, which          light hearted in nature – even         Yes, even the boy from Gos-        Social Network, I wasn’t really         have to start wondering how the     Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg’s
not only serves as a delectable     at its most crude; it will leave    sip Girl is there. The cast is        too concerned that it was go-           hell he ever ended up inventing     close (and perhaps betrayed)
teen comedy but also as a           you wondering how the film          so good in fact that it’s hard        ing to be some super-sexified           Facebook, one of the most social    friend and Facebook’s CFO. I
warm tribute to the very films      and the novel are even related.     to decipher as to who the real        techno-romp like Hackers, the           inventions ever.                    enjoyed the movie because it
he made an entire generation        In this case, however, it works     star of the film is because           1990s action flick. While Hack-            But that’s about as far as the   didn’t feel fake, and I’d recom-
ago.                                in favor for the film because       everyone is a scene stealer in        ers was a whiz-banging good             filmmakers take you into Zuck-      mend it because it’s not trying to
  Easy A, the sophomore ef-         it comes off as a fresh take        their own right.                      time, it existed in a glittering par-   erberg’s psyche, before reeling     propagate any message. Go see
fort by director Will Gluck,        on what could have easily              I could literally go on and        allel universe where computer           you back in with the movie’s        it because it’s a well-told story
looks to the iconography that       been a cookie cutter movie          on about how much fun this            hackers clever enough could             other major players, notably        about this crazy-smart guy who
John Hughes created and             for tweens.                         film was, especially after how        easily put on a light show with         including Justin Timberlake’s       accidentally invented something
builds a film that emits so            The film’s protagonist,          bad this past summer was in           a skyscraper, or do any number          roguish Sean Parker, the founder    almost everyone loves.
much panache that it’s near         Olive Penderghast (played           regards to delivering a cin-          of absurd things, through this
impossible not to crave more        sweetly by the irresistible         ematic experience. Therefore,         new technology called the World
movie by the time the film          Emma Stone), serves as the          all you really need to know is        Wide Web. I wanted a history
comes to a close.                   parallel to Hester Pryne, and       this movie is a grade A mati-         that didn’t need to sex up its ma-
   Gluck succeeds by creat-         Stone does a wonderful job of       nee. Easy.                            terial to make it interesting.
ing a framework that is tight,      making you like her from the                                                 But in actuality this movie
precise, and very free-spirited     very first moment on screen           RATING: 4/5                         isn’t about the technology, or
                                                                                                              really about the Internet at all.
                                                                                                              From the very first scene, where
                                                                                                              Mark Zuckerberg (played by
                                                                                                              Michael Cera doppelganger
                                                                                                              Jesse Eisenberg) gets dumped             Skillet and Papa Roach
                                                                                                              by his girlfriend (played by             Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore on Friday, Oct. 8,
                                                                                                              Rooney Mara), the film’s fo-             2010 @ 6 p.m.
                                                                                                              cus is squarely on Zuckerberg,
                                                                                                              where it remains for the rest of
                                                                                                              the movie.                               You, Me and Everyone We Know
                                                                                                                 And yeah, it’s a well-crafted         Sonar, Baltimore on Saturday, Oct. 11 @ 7 p.m.
                                                                                                              film, one which claims to only
                                                                                                              be a dramatization of history
                                                                                                              (though real-life Zuckerberg
                                                                                                                                                       9:30 Club, DC on Tuesday, Oct. 12 @ 7 p.m.
                                                                                                              denies that it is at all factu-
                                                                                                              al). It moves quickly, most of
                                                                                                              the scenes are beautifully dark          Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
                                                                                                              (don’t forget that director David        9:30 Club, DC on Wednesday, Oct. 13 @ 10
                                                                                                              Fincher made Fight Club), and            p.m.
                                                                                                              I am really impressed by Eisen-
                                                                                                              berg’s portrayal of Zuckerberg.          PEPPER
                                                                                                              Without a good actor portraying          9:30 Club, DC on Friday Oct. 15 @ 7 p.m.
                                                                                                              the guy, Zuckerberg’s absolute
                                                                                                              absence of tact or apparent
                                                                                                              emotion probably would have
                                                                                                                                                       The New Pornographers w/ Tokyo
                                                                                                              drowned out any empathy we               Police Club
                                                                                                              feel for him.                            Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore on Saturday, Oct. 16,
                                                                                                                 Zuckerberg’s character is still       2010 @ 7p.m.
                                                                                                              shockingly arrogant, however,            9:30 Club, DC on Sunday, Oct. 17 @ 7 p.m.
                                                                                                              which makes it difficult to side
                                                                                                              with him when things start to
                                                                                                              get ugly and people start vying
                                                                                                                                                       The Roots
                                                                                                                                                       9:30 Club, DC on Wednesday, Oct. 22 @ 9 p.m.
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hAwkToBerFesT 2010: A college AThleTic c eleBrATion
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  The st. mary’s hawktoberfest, held last Friday through sunday alongside the College’s Family weekend, saw a host of activi-
ties to commemorate the past, present, and future athleticism of st. mary’s. while last week’s intense rainstorms postponed the
2nd annual smCm hawktober Festival golf Tournament (initially scheduled for oct. 1) until oct. 29, the alumni games were in
full swing during the weekend. After the Petruccelli 5K Run on Friday, Saturday’s games included Baseball, Men’s and Women’s
lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming, women’s soccer, and women’s Field hockey. sunday concluded the festival with men’s
and women’s Tennis vs alumni matches and women’s soccer vs Christopher newport University. students, faculty, parents, and
community members came out to see players old and new go head-to-head for some friendly competition and, most importantly,
reunion. The return of past athletes and their families shows how strongly the College’s students are tied to this campus, and how
a degree is never really the end of College life.
  The weekend’s events were hosted by the College’s alumni association, which functions to maintain connections between the Col-
lege and its graduated students.

 Club Spotlight: Men’s Water Polo                                                                                                           Peace Corps at St. Mary’s
         By alEx brylsKE             James Madison.                         of 8 freshmen, Ben Garbart, Cross,
                Staff Writer            Offensively, water polo strategy Alex Michelesen, Chris Sakowski,                                       Last year 19 St. Mary’s
  The St. Mary’s Water Polo team is very similar to basketball. Teams Grace, Kalvin Gray, and Niko                                         graduates began the experience
treaded their way to four solid per- l o o k t o                                                    Pinto, re-
                                                                                                                                              of a lifetime by becoming
formances to open the 2010-2011 w o r k t h e               “Other than the                         vitalized
season. Hosting a two-day tourna- ball inside Georgetown match, the t h e p r o -                                                              Peace Corps Volunteers.
ment that included fellow Atlantic t o t h e i r                                                    gram. Dur-
Division members, the team faced “hole man”
                                                      tournament was very                           ing their
opponents Loyola University, f o r e a s y            good. We played ex-                           tenure at         Life is calling.
                                                                                                                                          Today’s Peace Corps is growing and
University of Maryland - College shots. This                 tremely well.”                         St. Mary’s                             has thousands of new volunteer
Park, James Madison University, w e e k e n d ,                                                     they have                                   jobs available for 2011!
and Georgetown University in t h o u g h ,                                                          defeated
the home waters of the Michael P. teams dou-                  -Alex Mitchelesen                     Division
                                                                                                                   How far will you go?

O’Brien Athletics and Recreation bled early              Senior, Men’s Water Polo                   I program                                  Apply now for programs
Center.                              against the                                                    Maryland                                    departing next year.
  The first match of their first ‘ H a w k s .                                                      and even
tournament of the year pitted “When teams double-team the hole, qualified for the Division III Na-
the team against Loyola. After a its hard to force it in there,” says tional Championships in 2009.
hard-fought match, the men found senior Matt Cross. The ‘Hawks also           This year, the group of eight                                   Change lives and your own!
themselves trailing 5-15. Later the put up a tough fight on the defensive seniors looks to continue and ad-
same day, the men competed in a end, having three players ejected vance to the Collegiate Water Polo
tough match against Georgetown. from matches for their intense, Association’s Division III champi-
                                                                                                                                          For more information please contact
Despite a stellar performance by physical play. Overall though, ac- onships for the second consecutive
goalkeeper Chris Sakowski and the cording to senior Alex Michelesen, year. With a group of strong young
                                                                                                                                             Janet Schuhl at 202-692-1053
skillful backhanded shots of Gabe “Other than the Georgetown match, players that include sophomore                                            or
Grace, the                                                    the tourna- Darren Leu and first-year Hat-
Seahawks        “[The Water Polo Club] ment was tie Schiavone, a member of the
were de-         is always looking for                        very good. women’s swimming team, they
f e a t e d new members. The bet- We played look to continue their success.

                                                                                                                   Want to spread word
8-20. The                                                     extremely       The Water Polo Club “Is always
                 ter teams have more
following                                                     well.”        looking for new members.” This is
m o r n i n g , members, and this year                           M e n ’ s mostly because the biggest differ-
the ‘Hawks we almost have as many water polo ence and largest obstacle in their
faced their
rivals of
of Mary-
                          as they do.”

                             -Ben Garbart
                                                              i s a v e r y way is the number of athletes in the
                                                              y o u n g pool. “The better teams just have
                                                              p r o g r a m more members,” says senior Ben
                                                              at the Col- Garbart, “And this year we have
                                                                                                                   about a Sports Club?
land and            Senior, Men’s Water Polo                  lege. After almost as many as they do.” The            Contact The Point News and learn
battled to                                                    beginning team will continue its campaign in
a 13-17                                                       eight years a week at James Madison, where
                                                                                                                   how you can let your College commu-
loss. And in the final match of ago, the Water Polo program’s num- they will look to improve their                  nity know about what you do, when
the tournament, the exhausted bers began to dwindle in 2004 and standing against other teams in the                 you do it, and why students should
Seahawks were defeated 7-18 by 2005. But in the fall of 2006, a group Atlantic Division.                                            join!
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 W omen ’ s T ennis s uffers P re -C onferenCe s eTbaCk
                                     sey, and Jackie Brady, as well as    who are becoming more in-sync (bringing the doubles competition the stresses of a new year with new
           By sTEvE rEEs
             Sports Editor           sophomore Chelsea Bradcovich,        with the team as the matches spread to 1-2) could not recover. athletes. “But we really support
  With an initial season spread of brought the team to a 4-2 singles      progress.                                Entering the Sept. 25 match each other, and just need to find
1-3 following a harsh loss on Sept. competition victory against the           “I’m really excited to be on a col- on the Catholic tennis courts that different mind-set.”
25, the College Women’s tennis Hornets, doubles partners sopho-           lege team,”                                                    with a 1-2      “This is a tough schedule, and
team fights to recover from the more Marie Rau and Bradcovich,            said Stine,          “I’m really excited to spread, the the level of play is tough,” said
defeats in preparation for confer- as well as juniors Alli Crawford       comparing          be on a college team.                       C o l l e g e Coach Sabedra, entering his fifth
ence opponents and a season that and Aviva Brown, brought the             the experi-       It’s a big commitment, w a s d e - season on the team alongside As-
will only become harder for the doubles competition to a 2-1 win          ence to her                                                    feated by sistant Coach Giac Tran. “I see
Seahawks.                            to seal the successful meet over     high school         but it’s worth it...It’s                   t h e H o r - leadership, and we have a lot of
  The Women’s team began its sea- Shenandoah.                             g a m e s .        something I look for-                       nets, who returners back who know how the
son on the Somerset Tennis Com-        “We’ve grown together well, and    “It’s a big ward to doing for all of landed an program is run.”
plex of the College against Lancast- strong as a team,” said Lackler,     commit-                                                        8-1 vic-        Despite the difficult beginnings,
er Bible College on Sept. 10, taking also captain of Women’s tennis.      ment, but
                                                                                                          college.”                      tory over the Seahawks are still maintaining
a heartbreaking 5-4 loss against “Everyone’s moved up…and we’re           i t ’s w o r t h                                               the women the positive spirits they’ll need for
the Chargers after a 2-1 doubles just getting started.”                   it.”                            -Alyssa Stine                  Seahawks the rest of the 2010-2011 season.
competition victory followed by        While losing two graduating            W h i l e               First-year athlete,                by taking “I’m definitely going to stay with
a deciding                                                 team mem-      planning                                                       1-5 singles the team,” said Stine. “It’s some-
                                                                                                        Women’s Tennis
2-4 singles             “We’ve grown to-                   bers from      to continue                                                    a n d 0 - 3 thing I look forward to doing for
competi-                                                   last season,   their season                                                   d o u b l e s all of college.”
                  gether, and strong as
tion loss.                                                 former se-     the following day against Catho- competition losses. Lackler was               After an alumni reunion game
  In the            a team. Everyone’s                     nior captain   lic University on Sept. 12, the the only scoring player for St. on Oct. 3, the Seahawks next play
face of          moved up...and we’re                      Michelle       Seahawks were forced to resched- Mary’s.                                     an in-house match against Susque-
the close         just getting started.”                   Compton        ule for Sept. 25 due to a strong         “The mental side of the game has hanna University on Oct. 9 to end
match-                                                     and senior     two-inch rainstorm that hit the been hard so far,” said two-year the competitive portion of the Fall
es, the                                                    Kate Da-       Washington, D.C. area, making athlete Bradcovich in reference to season.
Seahawks                    -Katie Lackler                 vid, the       team travel and the Catholic tennis

                                                                                                                     seahawk schedule
took a 6-3            Captain, Women’s Tennis              Seahawks       courts unsafe. The College next
win over                                                   replenished    faced Virginia Wesleyan College
Shenan-                                                    their num-     on the Marlins’ courts, losing with
doah University upon returning                             bers this      a 3-6 match spread after a 2-4 sin-
to the home courts. While juniors year with first-years Alicia Eller,     gles competition loss, from which
Katie Lackler, Kathleen Ram- Jessica Placido, and Alyssa Stine,           a Brown/Crawford doubles win             10/6         Men’s Soccer vs Shenandoah*               4:00 p.m.

 College Hosts Petruccelli 5K Run/Walk                                                                              10/9         Cross Country @ Goucher Classic
                                                                                                                                 Men’s Tennis vs Susquehanna*
                                                                                                                                                                          9:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                          1:00 p.m.
 comPiled by Steve ReeS                                                                     PhotoS by katie henRy
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Tennis vs Susquehanna*           1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Soccer vs York (Pa.)             2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Men’s Soccer vs Richard Stockton         3:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/11        Men’s Soccer vs Johns Hopkins            7:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/12        Field Hockey vs Catholic                 6:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/13        Men’s Soccer vs Hood                     4:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/14        Women’s Volleyball vs Mary Wash.*        7:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/16        Cross Country @ Gettysburg Invit.        11:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Soccer vs Frostburg State        12:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Field Hockey vs Frostburg State*         1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Volleyball vs Dist. Columbia     1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Men’s Soccer vs Frostburg State*         3:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/17        Women’s Soccer vs Wash. & Lee*           2:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/19        Field Hockey vs East. Mennonite*         4:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Men’s Soccer vs Marymount (Va.)          7:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/20        Women’s Soccer vs Marymount (Va.)* 3:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/21        Women’s Volleyball vs Wesley             7:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/22        Women’s Volleyball vs Messiah*           6:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/23        Women’s Volleyball vs Frostburg St.* 11:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                 Field Hockey vs Mary-Washington      1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Soccer vs Mary-Washington 1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Volleyball vs Lan. Bible*    1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Men’s Soccer vs Chris. Newport       7:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/24        Field Hockey vs Lynchburg*               2:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/27        Women’s Soccer vs Va. Wesleyan*          3:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Volleyball vs Stevenson          7:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/28        Men’s Soccer vs Wesley*                  3:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/29        Women’s Volleyball vs Bridgewater*       3:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Men’s Swimming vs Catholic*              5:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Swimming vs Catholic*            5:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Volleyball vs Dist. Col.*        7:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                    10/30        Women’s Soccer @ CAC First Round         TBA
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Volleball vs Va. Wesleyan*       11:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Volleyball vs Dav. & Elk.*       1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Men’s Swimming vs Marymount*             2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                 Women’s Swimming vs Marymount*           2:00 p.m.
 This year marked the 12th anniversary of the Petruccelli 5K Race/Walk, begun by the Petruc-                        10/31        Field Hockey @ CAC First Round           TBA
 celli family in honor of St. Mary’s student John Petruccelli, who was killed in his senior year                                 Men’s Soccer @ CAC First Round           TBA
 when he was hit by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle. A scholarship was also started by
 the family in honor of John, and the race has grown into a Hawktoberfest event that boasted 80                     11/2         Women’s Soccer @ CAC Semifinals     TBA
 pre-registered runners this year.                                                                                               Women’s Volleyball @ CAC First Rnd. TBA
 Every year, the hosts of the race raise money from participants and online contributions, col-
 lecting $350 before the starting shot was fired on Oct. 2 to start the race. This year’s funds will                11/3         Field Hockey @ CAC Semifinals            TBA
 be donated to the College’s Saferide program.                                                                                   Men’s Soccer @ CAC Semifinals            TBA
 After registration at 7:15 a.m. on race day, runners took their marks at 8 a.m. in front of the
 newly-renovated Alumni Rectory to start the race. The run itself is 3.1 miles (5 km), and follows                  11/4         Women’s Volleyball @ CAC Semifinals TBA
 paths through Historic St. Mary’s City. The race path is flat for about 1.5 miles, and travels
                                                                                                                    11/5         Men’s Swimming vs Rand. Macon            4:00 p.m.
 across more hilly roads for 1.6 miles. Prizes were awarded to winners around 9 a.m. following                                   Women’s Swimming vs Rand. Macon          4:00 p.m.
 the race.
 The Chesapeake Running Club was the official timekeeper for the event, and prizes were provided                    *Home game
 by Road ID. Race results will be posted on the Chesapeake Running Club’s website.                                                                                      Compiled by Steve Rees
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                                                  “Because purchase and consumption is                                                     consumption, but enough do to make it
                                                                                                                                           a major issue on college campuses. We                    Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                Kyle Jernigan
   To the St. Mary’s College Campus              illegal for most students, it cannot be ca-                                               are educating young adults, providing
Community:                                                                                                                                 them opportunities and challenges that
                                                  sual and incidental to a social occasion,                                                                                                    Managing Editor
   As your president, I am considering                                                                                                     we claim, with confidence, will serve                Dave Chase
signing on with other presidents around
the country to the Amethyst Initiative.
                                                 but must be planned and schemed as one                                                    them throughout their lives and careers.
                                                                                                                                           The Amethyst Initiative asks that we           Assistant Editor-In-Chief &
The initiative asks that we reopen a na-                 would a criminal activity.”                                                       reconsider how the current drinking                   News Editor
tional discussion on the drinking age.                                                                                                     age sets up a distinctive atmosphere in              rowan Copley
   From their web site, http://www.            policies and to invite new ideas on how      logical response to an atmosphere the          which students learn about alcohol con-              Features Editor                       best to prepare young adults to make re-     professionals have created.                    sumption as a part of their socialization            peter sparKlin
   “Launched in July 2008, the Am-             sponsible decisions about alcohol use.”         The current policy creates an equally       as adults. It also places a prohibition on
ethyst Initiative is made up of chancel-         I share a number of concerns with          tragic situation where the decision to         adult modeling of socially responsible        Arts & Entertainment Editor
lors and presidents of universities and        presidents and chancellors who wish to       drink or not to drink is one that defines      consumption of alcohol to 18-20 year                amanDa Zelaya
colleges across the United States. These                                                                                                   olds—in fact, makes it a criminal activ-
                                               reopen the debate on the drinking age. I     the social scene. Because purchase                                                                   Sports Editor
higher education leaders have signed           am concerned that we, as professionals       and consumption is illegal for most            ity. Current policy drives young adult                 steve rees
their names to a public statement that         responsible for the education of young       students, it cannot be casual and inci-        drinking underground, implicitly defin-
the problem of irresponsible drinking          adults, have created an atmosphere           dental to a social occasion, but must be       ing it as an illicit activity, encouraging    Online Editor & Photo Editor
by young people continues despite the          where students who choose to consume         planned and schemed as one would a             the kind of drinking associated with                  Kevin Baier
minimum legal drinking age of 21, and          alcohol often do so in ways dangerous        criminal activity. A social divide ensues      diseased behavior.
there is a culture of dangerous binge                                                                                                         I agree with the signers to the initia-            Staff Writers
                                               to their health. They do so not because      between those who have chosen to                                                             alli Bailey, alex BrylsKe,
drinking on many campuses.                     they are ignorant of health issues, but      drink and those who have chosen not            tive in that I think it is time to reopen      ZaCh eser, hannah gra-
   The Amethyst Initiative supports            because they seek to avoid criminal          to do so – as a result, having a glass of      this discussion. As I consider signing        Benstein, Katie henry, evan
informed and unimpeded debate on               charges they would incur if they were        wine or beer is not a casual affair but        the Amethyst Initiative, I want the           Kelley, Julia roCha, maria
the 21 year-old drinking age. Amethyst         “caught” in a commercial establishment       an intense activity, not dissimilar to         campus community to understand my                      smalDone
Initiative presidents and chancellors          or in a public space consuming alcohol.      the way an alcoholic might encounter           reasoning, and to hear those who have
call upon elected officials to weigh all       As a result, we have conditions in place     the disease.                                   contrary opinions.                                  Photographers
the consequences of current alcohol            where binge drinking, tragically, is one        Not all students care about alcohol                                                       Katie henry, ryan gugerty

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   suBmiTTed By mEghan rooT                    addiction to love (we get a similar          people better. Maybe, Dear WikiHow,            daily functioning (sleeping, eating,            The Point News is published
              Resident “Sexpert”               dopamine rush from heroine as we do          instead of a “deal with the hate” step,        school work, socially), National              biweekly during the academic
  Dear Miss Meghan,                            from an orgasm), and dopamine and            you have a “how to saran wrap your             Depression Screening Day will be              year by the undergraduate
     My girlfriend and I broke up a            prolactin (the neurotransmitter that is      ex’s car” step. Now that is a great (but       Friday, October 15th during lunch             students of St. Mary’s Col-
month ago and I am still depressed             the “stop” to dopamine’s “go”). I then       very short lived) way to make your             at the campus center. Stop by for 5           lege of Maryland. The ideas
                                               realized you are probably not looking        self feel better.                              minutes and take a short question-
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her. What can I do?                            for a bio lesson. Will understanding           My last attempt in creating a decent         naire to see how depressed you really
                                                                                                                                                                                         of the College.
                                               the hows and whys of needing to              response was to further explore what           are (free play dough!). Or if you can’t         We welcome all readers
   Dear Oh So Lonely-                          re-condition the post break-up brain         “depressed” means, which I realized            stop by the counseling website has a          to submit Letters to the Edi-
   Break ups are not easy. I’ve been           really help? Somehow, I doubt it.            is more than difficult if Lonely Boy           link to an online screening tool for          tor. Letters can be sent to
trying to write what I thought would              Feeling frustrated, I then turned         isn’t here to actually response to me          depression.                                   The Point News, dropped
be an easy response to a great ques-           to Al Gore’s beloved invention, the          (yes, I did just make a Gossip Girl               So apparently my advice from all           off at our office in the Cam-
tion for two days now, and all I’ve            internet (oh, hello sarcasm, I didn’t        reference, don’t hate). We throw the           this is: masturbate, spend some time          pus Center, e-mailed to Kyle
decided is that break-ups really really        see you there) and discovered that           words “depressed” and “depression”             on WikiHow and learn to do stuff,             Jernigan (kpjernigan@smcm.
suck. My original, impulse, advice             someone(s) actually took the time            around a lot and it can be hard to             saran wrap a car, and get screened for        edu) or Rowan Copley (zr-
was to tell you masturbate the pain            to create a WikiHow titled “How to           tell the difference between a crappy           depression. Ah, Good luck!          , or sent
away. The support for that argu-               Get over a Break-up” right along-side        day and a clinical issue. If you are                                                         through our web site at http://
                                               “how to remove an ingrown hair.”             worried about being depressed or if              As sincerely as I was before,     
ment is that self-pleasure provides a
                                                                                                                                                                                         letter. All letters and articles
dopamine (reward neurotransmitter)             I suppose that this shouldn’t bother         your mood has been affecting your                Miss Meghan
                                                                                                                                                                                         are due by 5:00 p.m. on the

                                                                                            Should Urgo Sign the
rush to the brain helping to combat            me, but it does. There is no “how to”                                                                                                     Thursday before an issue is
the depressed feel. A little RedTube           formula for moving forward. We can                                                                                                        printed. We do not guarantee
and masturbation doesn’t hurt anyone           guess and create tips, but they don’t                                                                                                     that any letter or article will
(unless your roomie gets out of class          allow for each individual to decide                                                                                                       be printed. The author should

                                                                                             Amethyst Initiative?
early). This suggestion got rather con-        for themselves what will (and won’t)                                                                                                      sign his/her name, provide his/
voluted when I started writing about           work. Yes, Wiki, “staying active” is                                                                                                      her phone number, hometown
dopamine and conditioned responses             great advice. Thank you oh so much                                                                                                        and class standing if they
(think Pavlov’s dogs), dopamine and            for telling me that endorphins make                                                                                                       are a student. Letters of less
                                                                                             suBmiTTed By ChElsEa howarD-                  College, University of Wisconsin, Tow-        than 500 words are preferred.

 What Should I Bring
                                                                                                          FolEy                            son University, University of Maryland        Letters are more likely to be
                                                                                                           Class of 2011                   College Park, Virginia Tech, and the          printed if they have relevance
                                                                                               It’s no secret that drinking is prevalent   University System of Maryland, and can        to a considerable portion of the
                                                                                            on campus. Just wander around Lewis            be signed by any college or university        college community, are likely

 Up to the Trustees?                                                                        Quad, the Crescents, or the Greens on a        president or chancellor. Former Presi-        to spark dialogue, or present
                                                                                            Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and        dent Maggie O’Brien refused to sign the       new ideas.
                                                                                                                                           initiative, but times have changed and          The opinions expressed in
                                                                                            you will be overwhelmed by the number
   suBmiTTed By Danny rUThEn-
                                                                                                                                                                                         commentaries and letters are
                                                                                            of students currently drinking, drunk, or      now it is up to President Urgo to decide
                                               Strategic Planning Committee is con-                                                                                                      solely those of the writers and
                                               tinually meeting to hammer out our           otherwise intoxicated headed to parties,       whether or not the college should sign        not necessarily the views of
                 Class of 2011
    This weekend the Board of Trustees         long-term goals and where we want            or perhaps on their way to the hospital        on to the initiative. Given that President    The Point News or St. Mary’s
 will hold their first quarterly meeting       to take this school. There’s talk of a       for treatment of alcohol poisoning. This       Urgo has already proposed opening a           College of Maryland. Un-
 for the 2010-2011 academic year.              pub on campus.                               phenomenon is not unique to St. Mary’s,        pub on campus, it seems that he would         signed editorials represent the
 It’s an exciting time in the St. Mary’s          What do you all want me to tell           however, as the same (or worse) is true        be amenable to the idea of signing the        opinion of at least two-thirds
 governing world, as it will be the first      the Board? What is important in your         at campuses around the country, whether        initiative. However, as signing indi-         of the editorial board. We
                                               life as a student here? What needs           the parties are on campus, off campus,         cates that the college as an institution is   reserve the right to edit any
 meeting with President Urgo and our
                                                                                            or sponsored by fraternities. Binge            acknowledging that the current drinking       work submitted to The Point
 new Chairperson, Molly Mahoney,               to be improved upon, or changed                                                                                                           News in order to correct er-
                                               entirely? If you’re not sure whether         drinking, defined by the Mayo Clinic           age is not working and is in need of
 who was profiled in the last edition
                                                                                            as “downing more than five drinks in a         reevaluation, which is quite a powerful       rors in spelling and grammar,
 of the Point News. However, ensuring          or not something would come under
                                                                                            row”, is rampant on college campuses           statement as states who refuse to adhere      or to shorten length. For very
 that the student voice is heard is more       the Board’s authority, tell me what it                                                                                                    long letters that may be read
                                                                                            and shows no signs of slowing down,            to the minimum drinking age of 21 get
 important than these two high profile         is, and if you should talk to someone                                                                                                     in full online, please provide a
 additions. That means I need to hear          else about it, I’ll point you in the right   despite efforts to educate students on         10 percent of their federal highway           Web address to be included in
 from all of you on what I should talk         direction. St. Mary’s is our home, and       drinking problems.                             funding cut under the 1984 National           the event that the letter would
 to the Board about.                           even though it was severely flooded             Under current United States law it is       Minimum Drinking Age Act.                     need to be shortened.
    There are many things happening            last week, we still live here. We can’t      not legal in any state to consume alcohol         Personally, I am in support of Presi-        Anyone may place adver-
 around campus these days that the             let this institution’s future be shaped      before the age of 21, although we are          dent Urgo signing the Amethyst Initia-        tising in The Point News.
 Board is working with or should               without our input, because even when         considered independent adults capable          tive, as I believe the current drinking age   For current advertising rates,
                                               we become alumni, important things           of voting, signing contracts, serving          to be outdated and ineffective. Fake IDs      please e-mail our Advertising
 hear about. The Anne Arundel work
                                                                                            on juries, and enlisting in the military       are everywhere, just ask a student or any     Manager at dechase@smcm.
 is underway, with preliminary ar-             such as being able to take out sailboats
                                                                                            at 18. This is in my opinion a very big        of the off campus bars or liquor stores.      edu. Advertisements represent
 cheological digs prior to demolition.         will still be relevant in our lives.                                                                                                      no endorsement by The Point
                                                                                            contradiction.                                 Underage students drink frequently on
 Margaret Brent is on schedule to be              So before heading off to fall break,
                                                                                               Apparently I am not the only one who        campus even if they had a legal student       News or St. Mary’s College.
 moved to the Campus Center parking            send me an email at druthenbergmar-
                                                                                                                                           buy the alcohol for them. Not that I am
                                                                                                                                                                                           Any news tips, story infor-
                                                                                            thinks that the current drinking age is in
 lot this coming summer. Lesley Urgo  with your thoughts                                                                                                         mation, corrections or feed-
 is spearheading a drive to make our           and concerns. I’ll make sure the             need of examination, as the Amethyst           condemning drinking underage, I’ve            back may be sent to kpjerni-
 whole campus an Arboretum. There’s            Trustees listen to what we have to say       Initiative, launched in 2008, “calls upon      done it responsibly and lived in Germany, or submitted
 construction outside of Goodpaster            and act on it. This school is for the        elected officials to support an informed       where the legal drinking age is 18 and        through the web site at http://
 and Schaefer Halls. The meadows               students. Without us, the school loses       and dispassionate public debate over the       noticed that students were less inclined
 around campus are being reviewed to           its purpose for existence. Thus, we          effects of the 21 year old drinking age”.      to binge drinking. Simply, the current
 better optimize their locations. Tuition      should have a huge say in what we do.        The initiative, founded by liberal arts        drinking age is not working on college         - 2010, The Point News.
 rises will be coming up soon, and our         Thanks for helping me out on this!           colleges, has 135 members including            campuses and institutions should work
 food service contract is expiring. The           See you on the Path!                      University of Massachusetts, Goucher           on its reform.

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