Archive for April, 2014

NEWLY-ELECTED PITT CHANCELLOR TO SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT

April 15, 2014 at 4:16 pm 0 comments

This year’s Saint Vincent College commencement will begin at 2 p.m. on May 10, and will feature Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher as the principal speaker. Gallagher, the 18th Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, will also be recognized with an honorary doctor of science degree. Gallagher attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas where he received undergraduate degrees in both physics and philosophy. Before completing his graduate work and receiving his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, Gallagher was a high school teacher of math and science in Missouri for a year. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Pittsburgh for his public service. President Barack Obama appointed Gallagher as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce in June 2013, for which Gallagher manages a yearly budget of more than $100 billion dollars. Gallagher is also the director of the National Institute of Standards andRead More

SGA, ISSUE 17

SGA, ISSUE 17

April 15, 2014 at 2:33 am 0 comments

STUDENTS TO VOLUNTEER IN KENYA WITH SERVICE LEARNING

April 15, 2014 at 1:12 am 0 comments

A group of SVC students will travel to Kenya to volunteer their time at the Hekima Place orphanage from June 9 to June 23. This is the first time that a group from SVC will be traveling to Kenya for a service trip. Pittsburgh resident Kate Fletcher said she founded Hekima Place in 2005 with the hopes of creating a loving home for orphaned Kenyan girls. According to the Hekima Place website, the mission of the home is to “provide a loving, faith-based home for orphaned or vulnerable Kenyan girls while supporting excellence in education and empowerment for their futures.” Jennifer Knoch, a junior history and sociology major, shared her excitement about the service trip. This will be Knoch’s first service trip, which she learned about from signs hanging throughout campus. “I always wanted to do a service trip, I just had to find the right one,” Knoch said. ForRead More

SVC TO HOST TAKEOFF MEMORIAL RUN ON APRIL 26

April 15, 2014 at 1:05 am 0 comments

On April 26, Saint Vincent College will host the TakeOff Memorial Race in memory of fallen Pennsylvania State Trooper and SVC alum Kenton Iwaniec. All proceeds from the race benefit the Trooper Kenton Iwaniec Memorial Foundation. As Iwaniec drove home from work on March 27, 2008, his car was hit by a vehicle driven by Kristina Quercetti, 42, whose blood-alcohol level was reportedly four times the legal amount. Iwaniec suffered serious injuries and was flown to the hospital where he died two hours later. The Iwaniec family organized the TakeOff memorial race in order to honor his memory, “honor DUI victims, raise awareness about the seriousness of impaired driving and encourage the community to have a positive influence in the reduction of impaired driving,” Iwaniec’s sister, Acacia Houck, said. All profit from the Trooper Kenton Iwaniec Memorial Foundation goes toward the purchase of Preliminary Breath Test Devices (PBTs) for theRead More

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STEELERS AND BILLS TEAM UP FOR TRAINING CAMP 2014

April 15, 2014 at 12:55 am 0 comments

Tell anyone that you’re a student at Saint Vincent College, and the first thing they’ll usually think is, “That’s the home of Steelers training camp.” Making Saint Vincent a household name throughout Steeler Nation and the football world, Saint Vincent has been the Steelers’ summer home since 1966, when owner Art Rooney decided to bring the preseason tune-up to Latrobe. Steelers’ training camp is widely recognized as one of the best in the NFL, and fans from far and wide descend upon campus every summer to watch the practices and drills. Even legendary “Sports Illustrated” writer Peter King praised Saint Vincent as the “perfect training camp setting” after describing the picturesque scenery of the Laurel Highlands surrounding campus. In many ways, Saint Vincent is a rare breed among NFL training camps nowadays. It’s becoming more and more common for franchises like the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys to holdRead More

SPRING FEST 2014

SPRING FEST 2014

April 14, 2014 at 11:43 pm 0 comments

 

FENCING CLUB: BLADES TO CLASH IN CAREY GYMNASIUM

April 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm 0 comments

A FINAL LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

April 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm 0 comments

Growing up in Latrobe, I told my family that I would never come to SVC. It was too close to home, too rural. It was religious and traditional, and I wasn’t. It offered few clubs that I wanted to join, few majors relevant to my interests and very little diversity. I yearned for somewhere more distant, more progressive, rainier, more focused on creativity—maybe Evergreen State, Emerson or Sarah Lawrence. At some point in the college search process, I came to my senses about the distance, realizing that I didn’t want to leave my family for four years and go off into the world alone yet. I applied closer—Seton Hill, Point Park, SVC (grudgingly)—and was generally pleased with what I found at the first two schools. At my mother’s suggestion (read: plea), she and I finally visited SVC, where she was won over by the free banana splits and I wasRead More

SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS OFFER STRONG LINE-UPS

April 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm 0 comments

My California dreams of fleeing to the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival were destroyed in early January when the general admission tickets sold out in a record-breaking two hours and thirty-seven minutes. The first weekend of the notorious festival held in Indio, California has come and gone and the second weekend, April 18-20, is just days away. With OutKast reuniting for the first time in almost a decade and other festival favorites like Arcade Fire and Queens of the Stone Age, it’s hard to pass up on this desert music paradise. Luckily, there are plenty of June music and arts festivals that are closer to the East Coast and within the meager funds of a jobless graduating senior like me (and I’m sure I’m not alone).   The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival When: June 6-15 Where: Downtown Pittsburgh Admission: FREE Thanks to the Pittsburgh CulturalRead More

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FAME AND FORTUNE A CLICK AWAY: ESPORTS RISE

April 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm 0 comments

Your mother was wrong—playing video games will get you places. eSports, or international competitions of videogames such as League of Legends (LoL), Call of Duty (CoD), Street Fighter, Hearthstone and others, are attracting more players, events and money with every international broadcast. While games have long had an established culture of tournaments and competition, whether for the title of best gamer at a local arcade or just between friends, eSports as a name and signifier of structured video game competition is relatively new. Video game-streaming website Twitch, which boasts a higher daily traffic rate than Facebook and Hulu, as well as leading game companies like Riot, Valve and Blizzard have catalyzed a community of diverse games into a massive audience- and player base. Tournaments such as Dota (Defense of the Ancients) 2’s “The International” boasted a 2.8 million dollar prize purse, and the advent of ESGN, Twitch and other streamingRead More