Archive for March, 2014



March 31, 2014 at 10:06 pm 0 comments

On March 22, Saint Vincent College’s new women’s track team made its debut at the California University of Pennsylvania Early Bird Invitational. There, senior Rachael Paszko became the first runner in SVC women’s track history to compete in the 10,000-meter run. Paszko finished in 41:52, behind only a Division I runner from Ohio State. Junior Carly Meholic competed in the 400-meter dash, finishing with a time of 1:07. Meholic also ran the 800-meter in 2:39, just two seconds ahead of freshman Tori Sawhney. Sawhney led the Bearcats in the 1500-meter run, with a time of 5:30, and freshman Shaina Contic finished the 3000-meter steeplechase in 12:33. Senior Genie Fratto finished the 5,000-meter run in 18:39, and was the only Bearcat to compete in the event. Dr. Andrew Herr and Steven Snider, already coaches of the men’s track team, now also serve as head and assistant coach of the women’s team,Read More


March 31, 2014 at 9:34 pm 0 comments

On March 25, Hobby Lobby went before the Supreme Court in order to resist the requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. According to the Supreme Court’s blog, the issue is about whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act “allows a for-profit corporation to deny its employees the health coverage of contraceptives to which the employees are otherwise entitled by federal law, based on the religious objections of the corporation’s owners.” While the Affordable Care Act provides contingencies for nonprofit organizations with religious affiliations, for-profit corporations are required to follow a set of standards. Hobby Lobby is a family-run business with 561 arts and crafts supply stores as of 2012, with about 13,000 employees scattered across America. While the store is not ostensibly or apparently Christian, founder David Green and his family have strong religious beliefs and have taken issue with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements that companies which provideRead More


March 31, 2014 at 4:19 pm 0 comments

At least 70 people have died as a result of the recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the south of Guinea in West Africa, and the spread of the virus is believed to be caused by fruit bats in the area. This is the first time Ebola, a disease which causes nausea, vomiting, internal bleeding and organ failure, has struck Guinea. Health officials in the southern communities of Guinea had been unsuccessful in identifying the disease in its beginning stages last month. On March 23, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that 80 people had contracted the Ebola virus and “at least” 59 of them had died, three of them children. Two days later, the death toll had risen to 62.  As of March 31, there are at least 111 confirmed cases and 70 or more deaths. The Ebola virus causes viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) and the fatalityRead More

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March 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm 0 comments

Saint Vincent College will offer summer classes on its campus at a reduced rate of $470 per credit from May 17 to August 17. The school reduced its previous price of $800 per credit to $470 as part of its decision to extend the value of Benedictine hospitality into its summer class schedule. The new prices amount to a 50 percent reduction from previous summers, though students will not be able to utilize institutional financial awards toward the courses. Classes are open to students attending other colleges, as well as transfer students. Students have the option of living on campus for the summer, which will cost $250 for a three-week session, $350 for one month and $997.50 for the entire summer. Students who choose to live on campus will live in Wimmer Hall. “When I transferred to Saint Vincent, some of my credits didn’t transfer,” said junior English major BlairRead More


March 31, 2014 at 4:03 pm 0 comments

The stress of the future is nothing new for college students, but with the end of the semester approaching fast, soon-to-be graduating seniors are busy planning for the rest of their lives. Some seniors are looking ahead to jobs, independent lives, or further schooling, while, for others, the decision of what to do following graduation is still up in the air. Following graduation, Nick Killen, an accounting major, will start working as an auditor for Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP, located in Pittsburgh. He also plans on getting his Certified Public Accountant license. With the help of classes at SVC and two internships, Killen said he decided that he wanted to work in auditing. “At SVC,” Killen said, “accounting majors take both taxes and auditing classes. Auditing just seemed to click.” Killen has worked with The Binkley Kanavy Group LLP and Kennametal’s finance department, and he noted that he “hadRead More

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March 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm 0 comments

When there’s no one to blame, blame your circumstances. In the case of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s supernatural comic opera “Ruddigore,” the antagonist really is circumstance. The Gilbert and Sullivan Players, a student-run theatre group at SVC, will perform “Ruddigore” on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Carey Student Center’s Performing Arts Center. The performance is open to the public and free, though donations are accepted. “Ruddigore” takes place in a small, undisclosed town in Victorian era Europe. Just like in all great Victorian tales, romance blossoms between two young lovers: the beautiful maiden, Rose Maybud, played by senior Carolyn Smith, and Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, played by sophomore Mitchell Magiera. Unfortunately for Ruthven, his entire family is cursed: they have to commit a crime every single day of their lives or they will die.Read More

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March 31, 2014 at 11:02 am 0 comments

  Diablo, a PC game series released in 1996, has risen from the grave and gamers are rejoicing. “Reaper of Souls,” the newest expansion to “Diablo III,” was released March 25 and began one of the most exciting resurrections of modern gaming. When “Diablo III” was released over two years ago, anticipation was high for the newest installment of one of the most legendary, long-lasting and popular gaming franchises, but a lackluster release day, shoddy design and failed experiments soured gamers’ opinions. The announcement of Diablo’s “always online” requirement has foreshadowed the multiplayer focus of “Titanfall” and other recent games, but initial problems with multiplayer servers made “Diablo III” slow, insecure and, unfortunately, unplayable in some cases on launch day. Complaints about rigid and simplified gameplay mechanics alienated hardcore fans of “Diablo II,” while brutal difficulties at the end of the game prevented casual fans from experiencing the full game.Read More

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March 25, 2014 at 4:33 am 0 comments

Popularized in the 1980s, the My Little Pony entertainment franchise has marketed colorful plastic ponies and spin-off animated movies and TV shows primarily to young girls for the last three decades. Recently, the franchise’s latest installment, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” has found a new fan base in adults, often males, referred to as “bronies” (bro ponies). Cue Grayson Bruce, age 9, an elementary school student at Candler Elementary School in Buncombe County, N.C., one of many proud male fans of the My Little Pony franchise. Grayson was bullied at school because of his backpack, which features a pony named Rainbow Dash. He noted that the bullies were “taking it a little too far, with punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn’t happen.” Instead of stopping the bullying and reprimanding the children involved, the school’s principal took action against Grayson, banning his backpackRead More