Archive for March, 2015

Students travel globally over spring break to learn, serve

Students travel globally over spring break to learn, serve

March 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm 0 comments

Photos Courtesy of James Kuniega and Fr. Killian Loch The stereotypical college student on spring break, as movies and television would suggest, is one who travels south to white, sandy beaches in Florida or Mexico, dancing with boisterous revelers and downing cold drinks while Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” plays in the background. Certainly, there is a germ of truth to this stereotype. What it does not take into account, however, is that for as many students who take leisure trips, many more take trips for other reasons. For instance, many Saint Vincent College sports teams took advantage of the time off to head south to practice their skills and come closer together as teammates. Other SVC students used the break to travel around the world for educational or service purposes. Sophomore politics and theology major James Kuniega made his inaugural trip to Turkey over spring break with a contingent from theRead More

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Application process for new prefects is completed

March 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm 0 comments

Over 120 people applied for a prefecting position for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year, the largest number of applicants in school history. Only 23 spots are open, for 14 male prefects and 9 female prefects. For applicants to reach the first round of interviews, they must have a resume listing the their activities, jobs on and off campus and background information. A reference assessment from a provided rubric must be filled out by two to three people, one of whom has to be a member of Residence Life. The applicants must also maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher and include two essays based on prompts given with the application. A rubric scale is used to judge the essays written by applicants. Dr. Dennis McDaniel, chair and associate professor of the English department, helped devise the rubric three years ago based on the Six Principles of Good Writing that Saint VincentRead More

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FMO monitors for right time to shut off heating

March 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm 0 comments

To determine the best time to shut off the heating boiler system that heats the campus, the Facilities Management Office (FMO) monitors the average mean temperature. FMO has used this method, which is common among institutions and businesses, for the past 12 years. The average mean temperature is found by adding the forecasted high temperature to the forecasted low temperature and dividing that sum by two. When this number is consistently above 45 degrees Fahrenheit for three days, the boiler system can be turned off. April 15 is the target date for this change. However, Pennsylvania’s unpredictable and ever-shifting weather patterns can change once the system is shut off. Members of FMO constantly monitor the weather forecasts to decide when would be the best time to turn off the heating boiler system. Switching the boiler system on and off at the beginning and end of the season is the mostRead More

SVC softball experiences player turnover

SVC softball experiences player turnover

March 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm 0 comments

  There have been a number of softball players who have left the team in the past year. Between the 2014 and 2015 season, the team lost seven non-senior players, though two of those players are not listed on the roster for the 2014 season. In addition, the team lost four seniors in 2014. This season, the team gained only four freshmen players. When interviewed by “The Review,” the main complaints of the former players, who wished to remain anonymous, concerned the way the coaching staff handled the funds raised by the team for the team’s annual spring break trip of spring 2014. For the team’s yearly trip to Florida last year, all players paid upfront for $20 worth of meals a day as part of the mandatory fee for the trip. According to one former player, “If you ate with the team you were given your money, and ifRead More

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Dining services seeks to connect with students

March 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm 0 comments

  The Community Center, also known by some students as “the caf,” is something that really does bring the Saint Vincent community together. Operating Community Center requires many people, each with a unique job and role of their own. Certainly, the dining services staff members each have a personality all their own as well, and they bring that with them when they serve the students, faculty, staff, seminary and monastery. One worker who goes above and beyond the job is Veronica Isaacs. She said she loves to greet the students as they come into the cafeteria and hear a little bit about their day. Isaacs knows just about every student’s name without having to look at their ID card. “Saint Vincent has the best students in the country, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” said Isaacs. She said she loves being a part of the SaintRead More

Track runners begin spring season following indoor track preparation

Track runners begin spring season following indoor track preparation

March 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm 0 comments

After a successful inaugural indoor track season, the Bearcat harriers are ready to begin competing outdoors in the spring. Over the course of the indoor season, the Bearcats competed in a total of three meets. The first meet SVC competed in was at West Virginia University. In their first ever-indoor meet, the Bearcats took the top spot in four events. Several weeks after the first meet, SVC traveled to Youngstown State in Ohio. At the Youngstown State National Invitational, the Bearcats competed in a total of nine events and performed fairly well in each of them. The final indoor meet of the season was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championships at Youngstown State. Although the Bearcats only competed in about half of the events, the men’s team scored a total of 77 points, and finished in second place out of nine teams. The head men’s track coach, Dr. Andrew Herr, lookedRead More

Gilbert and Sullivan Club performs “Hot Mikado”

Gilbert and Sullivan Club performs “Hot Mikado”

March 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm 0 comments

The SVC Gilbert and Sullivan Club returned this spring to delight and entertain the campus with its production of “Hot Mikado,” a comedic musical adapted from William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s 1885 comic opera “The Mikado.” The show had a brief initial showing on Broadway in the late 1930s, and was recently resurrected for more widespread use. Though an adaptation, “Hot Mikado” does not change the plot or characters of the original, but brings the addition of jazz, swing and big band influences to the show’s many musical numbers. The show is set in the far-off and humorously named city of Titipu, Japan. In Titipu, the wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo, son of Titpu’s ruler the Mikado, has returned home to reunite with his beloved Yum-Yum. Nanki-Poo’s return sets off all sorts of comedic court intrigue and assorted shenanigans. Witty wordplay and absurdity abound, features befitting the bombastic and high-energy musicalRead More

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March 27, 2015 at 7:22 am 0 comments

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March 26, 2015 at 2:02 pm 0 comments

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Ferguson Discussion Opens Conversation

Ferguson Discussion Opens Conversation

March 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm 0 comments

On Tuesday, February 17, the Office of Multicultural Life and philosophy professor Dr. George Leiner organized a panel discussion placing the tragic event that took place in Ferguson, Missouri last August in a historical, legal and societal context. The discussion addressed issues of race, community policing and civil rights.