Archive for April, 2016

SVC Tennis looks to keep win streak going

April 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm 0 comments

The Saint Vincent College men’s tennis team has found success in the first three quarters of the 2016 season. Along with an outstanding record, the team has sustained a nine game win streak up to this point. The Bearcats began the 2016 season in Florida this year, where they lost both matches to Palm Beach Atlantic University and then Saint Thomas University. Despite the team’s slow 0-2 start, SVC has not lost a game since the defeat by Saint Thomas on March 3. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, the Bearcats went on to win their first three home games, which were also against Presidents’ Athletic Conference opponents. During this stretch, the Bearcats defeated Westminster College, Geneva College and Waynesburg University. Throughout the team’s next six games, the Bearcats played on the road for four games, three of which were against PAC opponents. SVC won each contest, defeating Pitt-Greensburg, Washington and JeffersonRead More

Seniors enjoy final trips before graduation

April 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm 0 comments

  As the semester winds down to a close, every student is scrambling to get things done. This is especially true for seniors who need to make sure that they have completed every requirement necessary for graduation. With so many last minute details to take care of, it can be hard for seniors to find time to have fun and enjoy their last few weeks of college. This is where SGA steps in and offers seniors a variety of outings and trips to enjoy. The senior class has gone on a number of exciting trips and still has a few more to look forward to as the semester ends. Some of the trips include various bowling outings, attending a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, a white water rafting excursion, dinner at Hofbräuhaus and dinner at Steel Cactus, which was followed by attending the men’s basketball game at Chatham University. Senior JennRead More

Pennsylvania Voters to Help Narrow Competitive U.S. Senate Race

April 30, 2016 at 5:31 pm 0 comments

While most people are thinking about registering to vote so they can cast a ballot in either the Republican or Democratic Primary for President, Pennsylvania Voters also have to remember that there are key Senate, House and State races to vote on in this primary, though the deadline to register to vote has already passed. Due to Pennsylvania’s closed primary system, voters will only be able to vote for the party with which they are affiliated. The closed system will also not allow registered independent or non-affiliated voters to cast a ballot on April 26. For those who can vote in Pennsylvania, there is the opportunity to vote for a member of the Senate in this year’s election cycle. After being elected in 2010, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) is up for re-election and is in for a strong fight from any of the Democrat opponents. While Senator Toomey is runningRead More

Who Will Be Crowned the Next Mr. SVC?

Who Will Be Crowned the Next Mr. SVC?

April 30, 2016 at 5:31 pm 0 comments

  This spring, another group of senior men will compete to see who will be crowned this year’s Mr. SVC at the yearly pageant and fundraiser for The Banana Project. The third annual Mr. SVC Pageant will be held at the start of Spring Family Weekend this year on Friday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. in the Carey Performing Arts Center. The Banana Project was founded three years ago by Olivia Sharkey, who, after returning from a service trip to Guatemala established the foundation with the help of numerous other people. The project seeks to combat the malnutrition students face everyday at Francisco Coll Elementary School in Guatemala. This particular school services around 350 students from first to sixth grade that live in what is known as the Dump community, a poverty-stricken community that sustains itself by scavenging the city’s garbage dump. “This is a great event for a goodRead More

SVC students bound for med school

April 30, 2016 at 5:28 pm 0 comments

This year’s seniors will soon be closing the book on their Saint Vincent College experience. However, there are a number of 2016 SVC seniors that will be beginning a new chapter of their life’s journey at a medical school. Some of the seniors that make up this group include Ben Carnahan, Vincent Centore, Michael Couser, Brett Kurpiel, Natalie Nakles, Alexis Oropallo and Alex Smaracheck. Some of these students’ interest in working in the medical field was acquired at an early age. Kurpiel, a biology major who will be attending the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine, said that he knew at the age of ten that he wanted to become a doctor. He cited a traumatic medical experience as something that increased his desire to dedicate his life to the field of medicine. Couser, a biochemistry major bound for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, said that he has alwaysRead More

Drake Domination: How the MC Became a Pop Culture Phenomena

Drake Domination: How the MC Became a Pop Culture Phenomena

April 30, 2016 at 5:27 pm 0 comments

From YOLO to “Hotline Bling,” the epitome of meme culture has centered on rapper, actor, singer, songwriter, producer and Global Basketball Ambassador of the Toronto Raptors, Drake and has made him a household name. Drake has been everywhere from studio to “Saturday Night Live” and his highly anticipated fourth studio album, “Views from the 6,” is slated to be released later this month. Aubrey Drake Graham, was born on Oct. 24, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario. Drake got his first break on the teenage drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation” as Jimmy Brooks from 2001-2005. After Drake left “Degrassi,” he released his first mixtape, “Room for Improvement” in 2006 and in 2007 he released “Comeback Season.” Drake’s music caught fellow rapper Lil Wayne’s attention. In 2009, Drake released his third mixtape-soon-to-be-EP “So Far Gone,” which contained Drake’s breakout single “Best I Ever Had,” and he was later signed to Young Money Entertainment.Read More

SVC Clubs Hold Spring Fling Dance for Disabled Community Members

April 30, 2016 at 5:27 pm 0 comments

On April 8, Saint Vincent’s Respect Life Club and The Service Council for Exceptional Children cohosted a spring fling dance. This dance was held in the Barn at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. According to Hannah Galvin who helped organize the event, “The purpose [of the dance] is to encourage students with disabilities and students from Saint Vincent College to interact and have fun together.” All clubs at SVC must complete an act of service each semester. The Service Council for Exceptional Children has multiple goals in order to help individuals who suffer from disabilities. The club strives to promote awareness about the special needs of people. The club mainly focuses on students in the classroom and how to give them the best educational experience possible. The club also attempts to help others understand how to be welcoming and accepting to those who do possess varying forms of disabilities. The clubRead More

Bearcat of the Week: Greg Martin

Bearcat of the Week: Greg Martin

April 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm 0 comments

The past two seasons have been frustrating for Saint Vincent College’s men’s baseball team. Following a Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournament run in 2013, the Bearcats have missed qualifying for the PAC championship two years running. This spring, SVC looks to change that and make a run for the PAC championship. So far, the Bearcats hold a commanding 13-12 record with a competitive 6-6 record in conference play. Leading the way is sophomore closer Greg Martin. The lefty has played a pivotal role in Saint Vincent’s play this spring, earning him The Review’s Bearcat of the Week honor. Following a successful high school campaign which led to him acquiring two consecutive all section honors at Hempfield Area High School, Martin wanted to continue playing the game he enjoyed, but at a higher level. “I chose to come to Saint Vincent so I could get an exceptional education while continuing to playRead More

“Affluenza Teen” Discussed in the Media

April 30, 2016 at 5:25 pm 0 comments

On April 13, “Affluenza teen” Ethan Couch was ordered to spend nearly two years in jail as part of his probation for killing four people and seriously injuring two others in a drunk-driving incident in 2013. The Couch case gained notoriety when his lawyers used the “affluenza defense,” arguing that Couch could not be found guilty because the lifestyle of privilege in which he was raised made him unable to distinguish right from wrong. “Affluenza” is a portmanteau of affluence and influenza. According to CBS News, the term was first popularized in the 1990s with the publication of “The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence,” written by Jessie O’Neill, the granddaughter of a president of General Motors. According to her website, “The Affluenza Project,” O’Neill defines affluenza as “the collective addictions, character flaws, psychological wounds, neurosis and behavioral disorders caused or exacerbated by the presence of or desire for wealth.”Read More

Lay Down Your Weary Tune: SVC Says Goodbye to Dr. Wissolik

Lay Down Your Weary Tune: SVC Says Goodbye to Dr. Wissolik

April 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm 0 comments

This semester marks the end of a long and prominent career for SVC faculty member Dr. Richard Wissolik. After nearly 50 years as a professor at Saint Vincent College, Wissolik will be retiring at the end of this semester. On Friday, April 8, students, faculty and alumni gathered in the Fred Rogers Center to reflect on his career and the mark that he has left on the SVC community. This gathering was not a typical retirement party but rather a jovial roast where past students and friends of Wissolik came to share comical stories and enlightening moments. Wissolik has been a Professor of English at Saint Vincent College for the past 48 years. He was a Fellow of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at California State University, Long Beach and a Fellow of the Saint Vincent College Center for Northern Appalachian Studies. He is a recipient of theRead More