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. News.......1-2 hIjrA Lecture hAwktoberfest Amethyst InItIAtIve Features...3-4 sUnny lUke disCUsses the genetiCs INSIDE st. Mary’s Celebrates it’s President JosePh Urgo and senior a&e........5-6 oF gender and the indian “third athletiCs PrograMs For Parents Chelsea howard-Foley sPeak their sports.....7-8 sex” weekend Minds on the CUrrent drinking age opiNioNs.....9 PAge 4 PAge 7 PAge 9 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 thepointnews.com 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 smcm.edu/internationaleducation. 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 overwhelm- 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 i changing, and t was unbelievably scary in. We stood , He said his goals and “ambitions are the same as all those affiliated education.” 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 - firming. 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 grabEnsTEin 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 DR. GENTRY: USING MATH TO IMPROVE KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS 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. a&e The PoiNT News • ocTober 5, 2010 5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Hall. 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 email@example.com 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 up. 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 Photo couRteSy oF WWW.aRcadeFiRe.com ‘Easy A’, a “Free Spirited” Adaption of a Classic Novel Photo couRteSy oF WWW.theSocialnetWoRkthemovie.com 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 Deerhunter 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. Photo couRteSy oF WWW.letSnotandSayWedid.com for a piece of the $16 billion Fa- sPorTs The PoiNT News • ocTober 5, 2010 7 hAwkToBerFesT 2010: A college AThleTic c eleBrATion comPiled by Steve ReeS PhotoS by katie henRy 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 800.424.8580 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 www.peacecorps.gov Janet Schuhl at 202-692-1053 skillful backhanded shots of Gabe “Other than the Georgetown match, players that include sophomore or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 University 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! 8 The PoiNT News • ocTober 5, 2010 sPorTs 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 oPiNioNs The PoiNT News • ocTober 5, 2010 9 Urgo wEighs in on ThE St. Mary’s College of Maryland Campus Center Room 145B 18952 E Fisher’s Road St. Mary’s City, Maryland 20686 Phone: (240) 895-4213 amEThysT iniTiaTivE Fax: (240) 895-4445 E-mail: email@example.com Web Site: http://thepointnews. com Editor-in-Chief & Opinions suBmiTTed By JosEPh Urgo President, St. Mary’s College of Maryland “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 amethystinitiative.org/: 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 Miss Meghan: Dealing with a Tough Break-up Faculty Adviser DaviD emeriCK 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- and opinions expressed on its about it. I can’t stop thinking about pages are not necessarily those 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! firstname.lastname@example.org), 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, thepointnews.com/contact/ 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 bErg-marshall 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 thepointnews.com/contact 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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