Archive for February, 2014

SGA, ISSUE 12

SGA, ISSUE 12

February 25, 2014 at 4:54 am 0 comments
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FACEBOOK ADDS OVER 50 GENDER OPTIONS

February 25, 2014 at 4:42 am 0 comments

On Valentine’s Day Eve, Facebook broke away from the culture of binaries and added a variety of options to describe one’s gender, including: genderqueer, gender fluid, transgender, transsexual, cisgender, two-spirit, neither, other and intersex. There are over 50 new options, and up to 10 may be selected by a user. Many of these options are based upon the gender an individual identifies with mentally or spiritually, though some, like transsexual and intersex, also imply physical attributes. Genderqueer is a catch-all for anyone who doesn’t identify as male or female; gender fluid is similar but implies a mix between male and female that sometimes changes. Transgender usually refers to someone who identifies as the opposite of the gender assigned at birth; transsexual is the same, but usually suggests that the individual has taken steps to physically alter his or her body to match how they feel inside, either through surgery, injectionsRead More

BEARCATS HEAD SOUTH TO TRAIN OVER SPRING BREAK

February 25, 2014 at 3:52 am 0 comments

Many of the Saint Vincent College spring sports teams travel south over spring break to train. The warmer weather offers teams a great opportunity to get out and play on full fields instead of being stuck in the gym or on limited field space due to snow. It also offers a team a fun bonding experience. Most of the teams traveling will be participating in tournaments during their trips. Over spring break the softball team will be traveling to the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. Over four days, the team will play eight teams at the National Training Center tournament. Opponents include Misericordia University, Ohio Northern University, Houghton College, Regis College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Marywood University, Muhlenberg College and Immaculata University. Head Coach Nicole Hinerman said the trip will give the team a chance to play outside in the winter months and prepare them for later Presidents’ AthleticRead More

STUDENT STAINED GLASS WINDOWS TO BE INSTALLED IN ALFRED HALL

STUDENT STAINED GLASS WINDOWS TO BE INSTALLED IN ALFRED HALL

February 25, 2014 at 3:38 am 0 comments
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GUIDELINES FOR SAFE, LEGAL ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

February 25, 2014 at 3:20 am 0 comments

Ron Swanson of the NBC hit “Parks and Recreation” once reassured us that “there is no wrong way to consume alcohol.” As much as we’d like to think so, this is not always the case. Drinking is an experience, and you can only learn to do it responsibly by experiencing it. College and alcohol consumption go hand-in-hand in many cultures, and it is often the first time young adults are thrust into situations where alcohol is present and socially accepted as a norm. In Pennsylvania, the legal drinking age is 21 years old, the age of the average college junior. While students over the age of 21 are allowed to consume alcohol at SVC, some do not do it safely. Though you can only truly understand what it is like to be intoxicated by actually drinking, there are a few ground rules to establish and falsities that are important toRead More

PUNK BAND PUSSY RIOT ASSAULTED IN SOCHI

February 25, 2014 at 2:47 am 0 comments

Members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot made news in 2012 after performing a “punk prayer,” an anti-Russian President Vladimir Putin song, in an Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Moscow. The members involved were imprisoned and denied bail for “hooliganism inspired by religious hatred” for their protests, drawing attention from international human rights groups. Two years later, on Wednesday, February 19, members of Pussy Riot were assaulted by Cossacks as they attempted to perform a new protest song in front of an Olympics sign. The women were beaten, whipped and seem to have been pepper sprayed by members of the semi-official nationalist militia. Several days prior, band members were arrested, detained and beaten at a police station near Sochi on suspicions of theft. Band member Maria Alyokhina reported to the LA Times, “We were thrown down on the floor and dragged across it. I was pushed down a flight ofRead More

Jim Keady, director of Educating for Justice, Inc.

SOCIOLOGY CLUB BRINGS JIM KEADY TO SPEAK ABOUT SWEATSHOPS, SOCIAL JUSTICE

February 25, 2014 at 2:41 am 0 comments

Students gathered in the Rogers Center February 6 to hear the second speaker in the Student Affairs LEARN Speakers Series, Jim Keady, speak about Nike’s use of sweatshops and the responsibilities of Catholic social justice. Keady, who has spent a decade on this cause, was brought to campus by SVC’s Sociology Club. “Many people ask questions: ‘What is it like to live on sweatshop wages in developing countries?’” said senior Leigha Critchfield, president of Sociology Club, as she introduced Keady. “Jim Keady found out.” Keady founded the company Educating for Justice and works to improve Nike’s treatment of workers employed in its subcontracted factories in Indonesia. During his talk, he acknowledged that all major companies utilize sweatshop practices, and that “90-95% of the clothes and shoes that you’re wearing right now were made in sweatshop conditions.” He explained that he targets Nike’s work in Indonesia because they are a “trans-nationalRead More

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FLAPPY BIRD FLAPS AWAY

February 25, 2014 at 1:08 am 0 comments

For what seemed like the span of an average round of the infamous mobile app game, Flappy Bird was on top of the App Store and Google Play free app charts. Then, on February 9, its creator, the Vietnamese 29-year-old Dong Nguyen, pulled it from app stores. The loss of the game, which was said by The Verge to have been making about $50,000 a day through in-game advertisements, has left an incredibly annoying bird-sized gap in both the Android and iOS stores, which many knockoffs and clones have since rushed to fill. The game was released by Vietnam-based game developer .GEARS on March 24, 2013 for iOS, but did not make waves until December 2013 and January 2014. It was released for Android on January 30, around the time that it was reaching its peak of downloads. The Android version of the game was downloaded up to 50 millionRead More

OLYMPICS CONCLUDE WITH US WINNING 28 MEDALS

February 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm 0 comments

The Games of the Twenty-Second Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia spanned seventeen days from opening to closing ceremonies. Broken down into hundredths of seconds on the speed skating oval and the luge and bobsleds runs, or targets hit or missed on the biathlon course, those days became a collection of memories, records  and classic moments that made this edition of the games particularly memorable. From the start there were many critics of the International Olympic Committee’s choice of Sochi as a host city. Dubbed “Vladimir Putin’s Games” by the media, Sochi was rapidly becoming known for its shortcomings: unfinished team hotels, a significant stray dog population, malfunctioning elevators and the necessity of missile defense systems to name a few. Looking to shake this negative persona, Russia put on a spectacle of sight and sound in its opening ceremonies, showcasing Russian history and its great contributions to society. The ceremony culminatedRead More

CRAIGSLIST THRILL KILLER’S CONFESSION RAISES QUESTIONS

CRAIGSLIST THRILL KILLER’S CONFESSION RAISES QUESTIONS

February 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm 0 comments

Troy LaFerrara’s body was found behind a home in Sunbury, PA on November 12, 2013. Police tracked his last phone call to Miranda Barbour, an 18-year-old newlywed young woman.  Barbour and her husband, Elytte, initially denied knowing LaFerrara. However, once police presented all of their evidence, they confessed to killing the victim. According to CNN, Miranda Barbour admitted to using Craigslist to find men who were willing to pay her for “companionship.” LaFerrara responded to her ad and they met at a mall, where she picked him up in her car, then drove to Sunbury. During that time, Elytte Barbour was in the backseat, hiding under a blanket. Miranda Barbour pulled over in Sunbury and, when LaFerrara began touching her, Elytte Barbour reached to the front and wrapped a cable cord around LaFerrara’s neck. Miranda Barbour pulled a knife from between the front seats, then stabbed LaFerrara multiple times. TheRead More