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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Franciscan finds link with African universities
Staff Writer
The words “internship” and
“Africa” are not usually said in
the same breath, but a new
Franciscan University has
brought them together with the
organization of Africa for the
Future, which gives students a
chance to intern in Tanzania.
Africa has the fastest-growing Catholic population in the
world and leads the way in the
global increase in seminarians,
so the needs of the Church
there are great and growing.
Last fall, the Vatican
Congregation for Catholic
Education sent out a call to
Catholic universities to help
Catholic schools in Africa,
with the Vatican specifically
asking Franciscan to collect
and send theology and philoso-
phy books to seminaries in
In response to these
requests, the University has
organized Africa for the
Future, a consortium of
Catholic colleges and universities to assist with the development of the Catholic higher
education system in Africa.
“Creating this consortium is
an inexpensive and effective
way to enlist the expertise of
various schools in this project,” said Max Bonilla, Vice
“Students can assist through
internships, professors on sabbatical through teaching (and)
through workshops on campus
ministry, student recruitment,
human resources and so on.”
Africa for the Future will
begin by working with the 10St.
Catholic students in Africa are in need of textbooks, especially for theology and philosophy.
University of Tanzania, founded by the Catholic bishops of
the country, to improve and
expand the school’s infrastructure. As a part of this project,
three to 12-month long internships at St. Augustine
University will be available for
qualified Franciscan students
and recent graduates as soon as
summer 2008.
The needs of St. Augustine,
which is the only Catholic university in Tanzania, are extensive. Possible intern positions
include those of campus ministers, sports and recreation
coaches, library assistants,
tutorial assistants, teachers,
software developers and other
positions. Interns do not
receive a salary, but their room
and board are provided by St.
Augustine University. Funds
for meals and transportation,
including the plane ticket, are
not provided.
Located on a 600-acre campus south of Mwanza,
Tanzania’s second largest city,
St. Augustine University offers
certificates and degrees in programs such as education, mass
law, philosophy and religious
studies. Enrollment on the
main campus and constituent
colleges totals 3,500 and
includes students of various
nationalities and religious affiliations. Classes are conducted
in English.
Bonilla expects students to
be interested in these internships for the same reason they
are interested in Missions of
Peace or Works of Mercy.
“It’s an opportunity not just
to preach, but to make a practi-
cal difference in people’s lives
and to respond to the Holy
Father’s concern for Africa,”
said Bonilla.
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, with
50 percent of Tanzanians living
on less than $1 per day. The
economy is heavily dependent
on agriculture, though a scant
four percent of its land can be
cultivated for crops. Its mainland population is 35 percent
Muslim, 35 percent indigenous
beliefs and 30 percent
Christian, including about 10
million Catholics.
The city of Mwanza is
home to 400,000 people,
including a large number of
farmers and cattle herders.
Founded in 1892 as a cottontrading center, Mwanza’s economy today relies on fishing,
trade and gold and diamond
mining. The city sits on Lake
Victoria, the world’s secondlargest freshwater lake.
Bonilla said the University
is seeking grant money to fund
the second project of Africa for
the Future, the collection of
Bibles, breviaries and theology
and philosophy textbooks for
seminarians in Zambia and
eventually in other African
Bonilla said he hopes
Franciscan University will
respond to the Vatican’s
request to help the Church in
“If we take seriously our
claim that we are here to serve
the Church, then we can’t just
say ‘good-bye and good luck,’
as the Letter of James says,”
Bonilla said. “We have to take
action, and this outreach is a
pro-life party, and so they were
going to be the ones getting the
vote from traditional, valueholding (Americans) and
Catholics who were active in
the faith.”
The research, and this realization gleaned from it, landed
Hudson in an interview with
Karl Rove and then to his
informal position as Catholic
adviser to the first George W.
Bush campaign. Hudson
accepted, but on two conditions: first, that he would be
understood as a Catholic first
and a Republican second, and
also that Bush would nominate
a pro-life vice president.
Catholics to the polls.
“(Bush) was led by his faith
in an intelligent way and heard
voices of Catholics like no
other did,” Hudson said. “He
knew he had a responsibility to
do what they asked him to do:
to lower the number of abortions.”
Results such as these are
what spur Hudson to continue
to work for the voice of the
Washington and what propel
him to encourage young people
to follow him. He is especially
pleased with the work that universities like Franciscan have
done to bolster the pro-life
“These Catholic colleges
that have sprung up to counter
liberalization are providing the
leadership for the new generation of Catholics in politics,”
said Hudson. “They are creating a Catholic culture that is
pro-life and are committed to
shoving out the mythical, postVatican II culture, which is
(ultimately) hollow.”
Expanding his vision to the
2008 election, Hudson said
that the most important action
the religious right can take is to
heal the minute divisions within themselves as Catholics and
Citing the Reverend Hagee
controversy ensuing within the
McCain campaign, Hudson
said that both sides needed to
“address their attitudes toward
each other.”
“As long as Obama has
Reverend Wright problems,
John McCain will have
Reverend Hagee problems,”
Hudson said.
Fair and conscientious dialogue, Hudson said, will be the
best way to heal the divide
Republicans to keep their name
in Washington as the pro-life
More of Hudson’s work can
be read on his website,
Hudson inspires young Republicans
Staff Writer
“I never wanted to be in politics. I never went looking for
it. It found me – because sometimes God has other plans for
you,” said Deal Hudson,
speaking to students and faculty on last Thursday.
Hudson, the former chairman of Catholic Outreach at
the Republican National
Committee, was invited by
College Republicans to speak
on his new book, “Onward
Growing Political Power of
Catholics and Evangelicals in
the United States.”
Hudson is not a new speaker at Franciscan. Eleven years
before, as a philosophy professor at Fordham University, he
spoke at Franciscan on his
book, “Happiness and the
Limits of Satisfaction.” His
most recent book, however,
focuses on the role traditional
Catholics and Evangelicals
have played in politics.
“We wanted to invite Deal
Hudson because … he is one of
the most influential Catholics
in politics,” said Mary Novick,
Catholic adviser to President
Bush … I really think he will
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help mobilize the Catholic vote
in (the) 2008 (election).”
Hudson has also been editor
and publisher of Crisis magazine, served on the Capitol
Research Committee and is
currently the director of the
Morley Institute for Church
and Culture.
These experiences, combined with a strong faith in the
Catholic Church, have allowed
Hudson to understand the
impact traditional Catholics
can have in the political arena.
“Catholic participation at
leadership level and grassroots
level has not been appreciated
until now,” Hudson said.
The 14 million practicing
Catholics in the United States
are too big a consensus for
Republican Party, to ignore.
“The Republicans cannot
win now without the religious
conservatives being part of the
strategy, outreach and message,” Hudson said.
As publisher and editor of
Crisis magazine, Hudson
researched the effect that the
religious right has had on the
modern political state since
Kennedy. It was this research,
begun in 1998, which led him
straight into politics.
“I sought to prove that there
was a better way (to get the
Catholic vote),” said Hudson.
“The Republicans were the
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Students stand proudly in front of St. Augustine
University, which is the only Catholic university
in the east African country of Tanzania.
concrete expression of the
University’s mission and …
commitment to serve the Holy
Nancy Ronevich, Director
of Career Services, said, “All
internships give you a chance
to see if the job you are in is
right for you; it gives you great
experience. And for this one,
you get a chance to live in a
different country and culture.”
When asked what students
should consider when discerning this internship, Ronevich
said, “The biggest issue would
have to be the money. I’m not
… big on going into debt. If
you can find someone to support you financially in the
endeavor, then I think it would
be great. If you are going to
have to borrow a ton of money,
I’d rethink it.”
Students, staff and faculty
Student artist Steve Rohr admires the art
exhibit, which was sponsored by the Fine Arts
Society and held in the J.C. Williams Center
over the past week. The exhibit showcased
the artwork of Franciscan students.
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“The Playboy of the Western World”:
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Intramural Frisbee highlights: Page 6
“Don’t go around saying the
world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing.
It was here first.”
Mark Twain
who wish to make a book
donation should e-mail a list of
books, including title and
author, to Pam Bichsel,
Director of Special Projects in
the Academic Affairs office, at
[email protected] by
April 15. Bichsel will respond
to potential donors with the
collection details.
Students interested in learning more about internships at
St. Augustine University of
Tanzania should visit the
Career Services office in the
upper level of Starvaggi Hall
or call Nancy Ronevich, director of Career Services, at 2845232.
Most of this information
was taken from a Public
Relations press release.
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hat do you think of the
new friary?
“It's cool; I’m
happy that they
have a new
friary .. .right?”
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“It's so nice; I want to
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From the Assistant Editor’s Desk:
Reflections on the future of journalism
Asst. Editor
Unlike most Franciscan students, I attended the Media and
Faith conference sponsored by
the communications department and held on campus this
past weekend. One of the topics that was heavily addressed
was, “What is the future of
newspapers?” The next question that logically follows is,
“What is the future of journalists?”
Whether you’re aware of
this or not, the newspaper
industry in this country is on
the verge of something that no
one can quite pinpoint. With
the rise of the Internet and
fewer newspaper readers
among the younger generations, there is a haunting fear
among reporters, editors and
publishers that newspapers will
I quickly fall into this category as a communications
major with a concentration in
journalism. I am one year away
from graduation, and the
industry that I love, the industry that I need to pay my bills is
suddenly facing its demise.
But is it true? Will newspapers really die? Will all print
publications move to internetonly issues? Frankly, I don’t
know the answer to this question, and neither does anyone
else. Newspapers are firing and
hiring left and right in attempts
to satisfy the craze for visual
and audio mediums while
maintaining a trademark of
newspapers: in-depth reporting
Guest Writer
Two weeks ago, when 14
Franciscan University students
visited Wheaton College, we
sat down on Saturday afternoon and took in a film together.
“The Apostle,” written,
directed and starring Robert
Duvall, is the story of a charismatic, Pentecostal preacher
named Sonny who falls far and
hard from grace. Although we
watched the film together
largely for its depiction of
ecclesiology, it also contains an
interesting ecumenical moment
worth noting. As Sonny is on
the lam in Louisiana, he pauses
at a bridge to watch a Catholic
priest ceremoniously blessing
fishing boats as they head out
to the Gulf. Sonny remarks,
“You do it your way, I do it
mine -- either way, we get it
done. Yessir.”
If only it were as simple as
that! Like most who take the
the conference this weekend –
that I did not have a shot in this
field that I love if I didn’t practically dedicate my entire life
to learning every skill and
reading every book.
I guess, in some way, that’s
how every rising senior feels:
completely unprepared and
wowed at the idea of graduation being just a year away. All
of a sudden, everything is real:
a job, a salary, taxes, bills,
everything. And there's one
additional stress for my list:
whether or not the industry I
intend to enter will even exist.
A speaker presents at the Faith and Media
Conference: Engaging the Culture that took
place on campus the weekend of April 4-5.
question of the multiplicity of
faith traditions seriously, I have
had to wrestle with Sonny’s
words and variations on a similar theme fairly extensively.
To take Sonny’s position literally amounts to what
Franciscan’s Fr. Ken Cienik so
aptly called “tea and crumpets
ecumenism” -- the kind in
which Protestants, Catholics
and Orthodox Christians can
come together without ever
really addressing the serious
theological issues that thinkers
of the Balthasar and Barth
stripe insist we must tackle in
order to truly build a substantial ecumenism.
Allow me to paraphrase the
words of theologian Emil
Brunner: The Church exists by
ecumenism as fire exists by
burning. Takes one back to the
days of the old S.A.T.’s, doesn’t it? What Brunner means is
that dialogue, particularly theological dialogue, is elemental
to the Church and, in fact, any
sense in which we can speak
about the “true” Church arises
from the tensions and discus-
sions that are the result of ecumenism. I also believe that
Brunner wants us to see that
Jesus’ prayer for unity is not a
nice suggestion but something
that is essential and integral to
the ministry of all believers.
With no prospects for visible unity between Protestants
and Catholics in the near
future, and with the ominous
reality of future forced unity
between the two traditions in
an ever violent and hostile
world, I am encouraged by
projects like the one taking
place between Franciscan and
Wheaton students.
Certainly those who participated in these weekends would
all agree that the difficult theological issues that stand
between us were not skirted
but were engaged with great
finesse. And, like Sonny, we
would also wholeheartedly
agree that there are many
between our traditions and
many stronger points of basic
between ordinary human
beings that are truly what made
this exchange joyous and
My hope is that small-scale
endeavors such as this one will
continue to spread throughout
our churches in order to push
us ever outward from pettiness
and ignorance into that wide
ground of love and God’s graciousness until Christ Himself
finally unifies His people.
On behalf of Wheaton
College, I would like to wholeheartedly thank Franciscan
University for its overwhelming hospitality and graciousness yet another year to our
students. This exchange has
truly been a defining moment
in the lives of its participants,
and my prayer is that it will
continue to expand and
strengthen the bonds of unity
between us.
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Come to Damon’s Grill to hear talks on Theology and Manhood
while drinking a beer and eating appetizers.
All men are welcome!
Thursday, April 10
SIFE Just $1 for Africa
Fundraiser, ATRIUM, 7 p.m.
“Playboy of the Western
World” production,
ANATHAN, 8 p.m.
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nalism will not die, but maybe
the medium will. He said that it
will always be necessary to
have journalists in this country.
And he is right. I have
learned time and time again in
my countless journalism classes how the free press is one of
the most important elements of
a democratic society, and I
have to agree.
So what’s an aspiring journalist to do? Go and learn photography, videography, editing,
graphic design, a second -- or
third, or fourth -- language, in
addition to becoming wellversed in politics, economics,
business, history and religion?
That’s about how I felt after
Concluding Thoughts on the Ecumenical Exchange
“I hope that the
new friary allows
the friars to have a
better experience
at Franciscan.”
that is not confined to a sound
Many editors in newsrooms
will tell you, “We don't know
what we're doing. We’re just
hoping that the popularity of
online publications will continue, because that’s the basket
we’re putting all our eggs in.”
What this means for
reporters, however, goes well
beyond these concerns. It’s
almost silly to graduate with
just a journalism degree now –
you need training in photography, videography and graphic
design in addition to all the
skills already required of journalists, like writing tight, interviewing well, networking,
researching and the list goes
on. Oh, and a second language
would be nice.
In fact, when I spoke with a
Vatican reporter a few weeks
ago about his job and told him
that I’d love to do what he
does, the first question he
asked me is, “What languages
do you speak?” Naively, I
responded, “English.” He then
continued to tell me that in
order to be a Vatican reporter, I
needed to be fluent in Italian,
Latin, English and at least one
other language.
“You better get to work,” he
said laughingly. I politely
laughed along and exchanged
contact information as I
cringed at the reality of my
position in the field of journalism.
At the conference on
Saturday, Paul Giannamore,
the news editor for the Herald
Star, offered some interesting
insight: that the trade of jour-
Friday, April 11
Nursing Dedication
Ceremony, CHAPEL, 7 p.m.
Co-ed Softball Blowout with
Alumni, FIELDS, 5 p.m.
Knights of Holy Queen
Reunion, ITL, 7 p.m.
“Playboy of the Western
Wednesdays in April from 9:30-10:45 p.m.
World” production,
ANATHAN, 8 p.m.
Franciscan Edge Event,
PIAZZA, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 12
Rugby Ruckus, Harding
Stadium, 7 p.m.
Coed Softball Blowout with
Alumni, FIELDS, 10 a.m.
Grad Non-trad Coffeehouse,
Saint Joseph Center Seminar Rm., 7 p.m.
“Playboy of the Western
World” production,
ANATHAN, 8 p.m.
Rugby Ruckas Post-game
Party, FIELDS, 10 p.m.
Sunday, April 13
Solidarity Dodgeball
Tournament, FFH, 1 p.m.
Chapel Ministry
Appreciation Night, GAL, 6
Vespers, CHAPEL, 7 p.m.
Chorale Concert, CHAPEL,
8 p.m.
Brothers Swing Dance,
GAL, 10 p.m.
Monday, April 14
Totus Tuus Maria Superflea,
GAL, 9 a.m.
Theology Speaker: Dr.
Michael Therrien, GAL,
8:30 p.m.
International Student Social,
ITL, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15
Catholic Womanhood
Missions talk, GAL, 9 p.m.
Praise and Worship,
CHAPEL, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16
FUSA Elections, EGAN, All
Housing Fair, EGAN, 8:30
Communion and Liberation
Meeting, CD/RM 305, 11
Annunciations Concert,
ATRIUM, 5 p.m.
Theology on Tap “Manhood on Mary”
DAMON’S, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
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“New Media” a new tool for evangelization
Contributed by
Catholic professionals specializing in radio, video, print
and Internet communications
University of Steubenville
April 4-5 for “Faith and Media:
Engaging the Culture,” a conference designed to explore the
opportunities and challenges
for the Church in the age of
“new media” -- Internet, podcasts, blogs and other rapidly
developing communications
When it comes to opportunities,
Vanhögen believes the Church
has never had more means at
its disposal to engage the culture.
The podcasting Dutch priest
and founder of the Star Quest
Production Network (SQPN)
pointed out that it takes less
time and less money to pro-
duce podcasts, blogs, Web sites
and online “communities,”
than to produce television and
radio programs or print publications. This makes it all the
easier for cash-strapped dioceses, apostolates and even individual Catholics to broadcast
the Gospel far and wide.
“We all can be media makers now,” Vonhögen said.
Presenters also discussed
ways Catholic media can
improve the quality of what
they produce (“If the Food
Network can make a compelling show about mushrooms, why can’t we do the
same about confession or
Vanhögen) as well as how to
integrate new media technologies into the old media -- that
is, television, radio and print
Attendees at the conference
included Franciscan University
students, students from other
Catholic and Christian colleges
and active and would-be producers of religious new media.
In the spirit of the event,
live streaming video was provided of the major talks, which
was picked up by viewers
around the world. These presentations can still be viewed
Other presenters included
Greg and Jennifer Willits,
founders of the award-winning
Podcast, and Sharon Kennedy
Brownrigg, cofounder of one
of the first Catholic radio stations in the U.S., who helped
lead a discussion on “Radio
and Faith in the New
This was the second Faith
and Media Conference hosted
by the Communication Arts
Department at Franciscan
University of Steubenville.
“At a Glance” spring fashion show
highlights modest formal and
informal fashions for warm weather
Staff Writer
Saturday’s “At a Glance”
spring fashion show, featuring
spring, summer and formal
attire, opened to an enthusiastic
audience gathered in the
Atrium on April 5 for the afternoon event.
Plaid, paisleys and pastels
colored the stage as several
models strutted the runway
prior to the introduction of host
Cory Heimann, co-president of
Chastity Outreach. Heimann
rallied the crowd as the models
featured a range of spring and
summer attire, donated for the
show by Macy’s department
Fashions varied from billowy summer dresses –
deemed “Perfect for a visit to
the Chapel” – to beachwear, as
well as a gangster graffiti number and a more classy, professional pinstripe suit, quoted as
ideal “for a job interview to
land that new job in
The event was hosted by
Students for Life and included
Chastity Outreach speakers
“The last thing we want to
do is give you another boring
Cunningham reassured the
audience as the two began their
talk, which separated the first
half of the show from the latter
segment featuring only formal
The address began with an
appeal to conscience, as
Dietrich Von Hildebrand’s “In
Defense of Purity,” and spoke
on the idea that normal shame
is God’s way of protecting our
purity by instilling in us a natural desire to cover up.
“Guys are very visually
stimulated,” said Cunningham.
“Please protect us by dressing
modestly.” Cunningham also
affirmed the women of campus
for their consideration of this
“I know the last thing on
your mind when you’re getting
dressed in the morning is, ‘I
want to dress immodestly,’”
Cunningham said.
Lillis said, “It sometimes
seems like modest girls get
ignored. But we must form our
conscience through Christ.”
For an element of humor,
Cunningham referred to the
lyrics of a secular song,
singing, “I want a girl with a
short skirt and long coat.”
“That’s wrong,” he said
firmly, to the giggles of audience members.
The second half of the fashion show resumed with the
introduction of formal attire.
Men sporting tuxedos and
bowties accompanied two
vibrant shades of pink and red
in an ode to vogue modesty.
Two of the formal outfits
sparked controversy among
audience members, who rendered them “too short and too
tight” for appropriateness.
These issues were brought to
the attention of representatives
from both Students for Life
and Chastity Outreach, who
apologized for the miscommunication between the two student-run ministries. It turned
out that the two outfits had
missed the general screening.
“We’re learning,” Rhapsody
Halm, president of Students for
Life said. “It’s our first year.”
Overall, the event was helpful in reminding students that
modesty is attainable even
amidst the Ohio heat in the
upcoming months.
explain that there was a 10year master plan drawn up for
the renovations of St. Francis
Hall and St. Thomas More
Hall, as well as the building of
Sts. Louis and Elizabeth Hall.
St. Thomas More underwent a five-year restoration
process, and St. Francis also
received a certain amount of
renovation. The reason why
Marian and Trinity were not
fixed was due to a lack of funding.
Schmiesing also said that if
Marian and Trinity were renovated, it would only be to the
level which St. Francis was,
meaning limited air-conditioning and expanding bathrooms
in select wings.
“It would cost millions to
renovate,” said Schmiesing.
“The bathrooms alone in
Marian would be $1 million.”
Sen. James proposed the
idea that students put together
a petition to show the administration how many students are
interested in seeing a change.
Schmiesing suggested that
the only way this could be productive is if the students
included some way to
fundraise for the renovation.
In addition to the discussion
of the dorms, student welfare
voted 3-0 in favor of funding
the Gemelli Society’s new
member inductions, which will
take place on April 12.
The organization, which
serves the mental health, sociology, psychology and social
work majors by way of talks
and field trips, will induct 30
new members.
FUSA also recognized “The
Annunciations,” the only
women’s a cappella group on
campus, as one of its official
Already recognized by
Annunciations” have been
active for over a year and perform a concert every semester.
FUSA would also like to
remind the student body that
there will be an open forum on
Sunday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in
Sts. Kolbe and Clare Hall. This
will be a time for students to
talk to Schmiesing about issues
such as open hours and the new
campus food service provider.
All students are encouraged to
No potential renovations in sight for
older dorms; FUSA to host open
forum on other campus issues
Staff Writer
A recent controversial article in the Gadfly raised the
question asked by many students – what will be done to
better the living conditions in
Marian, Francis and Trinity
Marian resident Heather
Bartlett submitted an article to
the student-run publication to
humorously vent about her living conditions, as well as ask
Student Life “why the administration has not provided better
protection for the temples of
the Holy Spirit in Marian.”
Sen. James sponsored an
advisory resolution this week
to try and raise awareness.
Addressing David Schmiesing,
Vice President of Student Life,
James asked, “Are there any
plans for renovation in the
“In the near future there are
no major plans,” said
Schmiesing. “This summer,
there is a possibility for cosmetic changes.”
Schmiesing continued to
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Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Troubadour
Mainstage production an insightful look at early 20th century Ireland
Staff Writer
Walking into Anathan
Theatre, I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by melodious Irish tunes from Tess
Smith on the fiddle, Tyler
Diehl on guitar, Peter Lee on
the hammered dulcimer,
Stephanie Hiester as vocals
and Mary-Kate Lee on the
harp. Their lively melodies
kept me entertained as I surveyed the set, designed by
Rocco Ambrosio to be a quaint
tavern in the County Mayo of
Ireland in the early 1900s.
Once everyone was in their
seats, Tara O’Mahony, as the
orphan Pegeen Mike, took the
stage with the disgruntled air
of a feisty Irish woman. She
was irritated that her stepfather Michael James, played
by Martin Watjen, had left her
all alone that evening to run
their tavern by herself.
When Jonathan Hass as
Shawn Keogh entered the
scene, Pegeen Mike showed a
clear disinterest in the love he
had for her and punctuated her
opinion with witty humor.
O’Mahony’s spirited character was entertaining and
amusing, especially with her
Irish accent. Although the setting of the play called for the
rather difficult task of imitating
Irish dialect, the entire cast was
surprisingly accurate and natural in their accents and enjoyable to listen to, thanks to the
coaching of Michele A. Pagen.
As the play continued and
the stranger Christy Mahon,
played by Neil Nelson,
appeared, O’Mahony’s situation became more and more
complicated. Clearly enamored
with Christy Mahon, despite
O’Mahony faced a rival in the
persistent and manipulative
Widow Quin, played by Emily
I found it particularly
humorous to watch the facial
expressions of Nelson as he
was caught in the middle of
O’Mahony and Byrne’s quarrel.
The entire town was riled
up and incredibly curious to
meet Christy Mahon, who was
seeking protection from the
law. Four girls from town
played by Sarah Dirkes, Lexi
Sweet, Courtney Ryan and
Sarah Sczczepaniak were
intrigued by this stranger and
came to see him, much to the
annoyance of O’Mahony’s
I became even more excited
and interested when Christy
Mahon’s father entered the
scene to confront him about his
crime, diving the plot into even
more confusion and scheming.
The simple Irish people
became increasingly more
interested in the intrigue of the
situation, which provided an
excitement that was clearly
unusual in their daily lives.
Unfortunately, they were
also left more disappointed at
the end of the play when the
plot took a turn and they again
faced the reality of their lives.
The play gave me a glimpse
into the mundane lives of Irish
folk, broken by the sensation
of a surprising crime instigated
by the stranger, Christy
Mahon. Overall, “the Playboy
of the Western World,” by John
Millington Synge, was a well
directed satire by Monica Fay
Anderson, with impressive acting and dialect, ironic humor
and a glimpse into the harsh
reality of life for Irish peasants
in the 1900s.
This week’s performances
are tonight, Friday and
Saturday at 8 p.m. There is also
a matinee performance on
Sunday at 2 p.m. All performances are in Anathan Theatre.
The Thursday night showing is
free, and all the others are $2
for seniors and students and $4
Children ages 12 years and
younger have free admission.
mouths. Rephrased to sound
less bitter, we know theology:
we know our Catechism, our
Creed and that there is richness
in our Faith. So why do we sell
out for cheap, trite songs that
barely say anything true or profound about God but have a
good hook and a catchy tune?
These were my deep-set
feelings toward anything that
labeled itself as “modern worship”, but when I bought “In
Christ Alone: Modern Hymns
of Worship”, featuring Bethany
Dillon and Matt Hammitt, I
had high hopes that this album
would be different.
Namely, I have loved the
title track since high school
and would have never guessed
that the hymn was written only
six years ago. The song is theologically rich, describing in
beautiful language the ability
we as Christians have to stand
in the power and love of
“In Christ alone, Who took
on flesh/Fullness of God in
helpless babe/This gift of love
and righteousness/Scorned by
the ones He came to save.”
Then, in the soaring notes at
the end of each verse: “‘Til on
that cross as Jesus died/The
wrath of God was satisfied/For
ev’ry sin on Him was laid/Here
in the death of Christ I live.”
That’s powerful language
for a profound message – fitting, I think, for a truth as awesome as the Incarnation.
Five of the 12 songs on the
album were co-written by Irish
musician and hymn writer
Keith Getty (you can definitely
hear the Celtic influence in the
haunting melody of “In Christ
Alone”). Raised in the
Presbyterian denomination,
Getty was quoted in an article
on Calvin College’s website as
saying, “What we sing
becomes the grammar of what
we believe.”
Further into the article,
Getty described a trend of shallow Christian worship, particu-
larly in the form of contemporary Christian songs, which he
saw as “mostly copies of the
last five or ten years.”
That said, Getty makes it his
goal to write hymns for the
church (he works out of a
Cleveland). His standard for
song-writing is two-fold: first,
the hymn must contain theological and Biblical truth
(Getty points to Methodist
hymn-writer Charles Wesley as
a model.) Second, the hymn
must be able to be sung by an
entire congregation – hence,
the classic, often folk tune
As for the vocals, Bethany
Dillon and Matt Hammitt (lead
singer of Sanctus Real) deliver
strongly the theologicallypacked hymns.
One of my favorites, “Joy
Has Dawned,” is a good example of the album’s mix of classic hymnody with the rhythm
and sounds of modern praise
and worship as the song’s joyful lyrics and melody celebrates, essentially, the whole of
salvation history throughout
the four verses:
“Joy has dawned upon the
world/Promised from creation/God’s salvation now
The song concludes, “Son
ransom/Reconciling God and
man/Christ, our mighty champion/What a Savior! What a
Friend!/What a glorious mysa
Bethlehem/Now the Lord of
Another personal favorite is
“O Church Arise”, a slowerpaced, powerful call to the
Church Militant (they just
don’t call it that … ) to “put
your armor on/Hear the call of
Christ our captain.”
Hammitt pours himself out
in the exhortation, reminding
us that that our “battle cry is
‘Love!’” and “Our call to war,
to love the captive soul/But to
rage against the captor.”
I love the imagery drawn
out by Getty and co-writer
Stuart Townsend – the above
line continues, “And with the
sword that makes the wounded
whole/We will fight with faith
and valor.”
This album stands out lyrically, at least, and I believe
even theologically in the realm
of contemporary Christian
music – particularly modern
worship music. I don’t believe
that any of the writers or vocalists featured on the album are
Catholic, but the words of each
hymn resonate with nothing
but solid, orthodox truth (if
anything, one might have contention with the perhaps
Lutheran-esque line, “He
should give His only Son/to
make a wretch his treasure” in
“How Deep the Father’s Love
for Us.”)
But wait, there’s more. The
album also features two songs
favorite, Matt Maher – our
Catholic Chris Tomlin.
“On the Third Day,” the
first Maher song on “In Christ
Alone” didn’t surprise me, as
Michael Olson (remember
him?) also sang it at last
semester’s Opening Weekend
concert, and it had struck me
then as a catchy, decently written song destined to work its
way into the P&W scene.
completely caught me off
guard. That’s right: Protestants
singing Matt Maher’s rockedout version of the Tantum
Ergo. I still don’t get it.
Overall, I think the theme of
the album is captured in the
chorus of the last song, “The
Wonder of the Cross”:
“May I never lose the won-
der/The wonder of the
cross/May I see it like the first
time/Standing as a sinner
lost/Undone by mercy and left
speechless/Watching wideeyed at the cost/May I never
lose the wonder … of the
The talented writers featured on “In Christ Alone:
Modern Hymns of Worship”
have stepped out of and above
the trend, focusing their talents
instead on well-written, beautifully crafted songs meant to
express the rich truths of the
Christian faith.
Their lyrics shine with the
awe of one struck by “the
freshness of (the) mystery” of
Christ, and I see this as a hopeful sign in terms of music used
in worship. Our Faith is a profound one: the words we use to
describe it, much less to worship God, should reflect that.
of the world.”
Maher’s music is wellknown on Franciscan’s campus, from his “Lamb of God”,
frequently played at Mass in
Christ the King Chapel, to FOP
and youth conference hits such
as “Your Grace is Enough” and
“Just Like You.” Maher’s highly anticipated latest album,
“Empty and Beautiful,” was
released this past Tuesday.
Maher will be joined by fellow musicians Kelly Pease and
Josh Blakesley. According to
her official website, 22-yearold Louisiana native Kelly
Pease has been turning to
music as a form of prayer since
she was 14 years old. Her
debut album with Beach
Street/Reunion Records will be
released this spring.
Josh Blakesly is another
Associate Music Director at a
Blakesly’s music is reminis-
cent of Maher’s brand of contemporary Christian worship.
Tickets are still being sold
on campus for $10 and will be
$15 at the door. Students
should look out for them today
in the upper J.C., as well as
next Tuesday and Thursday
from 2-4 p.m.
Proceeds from the national
tour will go in part to Catholic
Relief Services; any extra profit that Franciscan University
earns from ticket sales will be
donated to Dirty Vagabond
Ministries, a youth-focused
“In Christ Alone” modern hymn collection combines outstanding writing and profound truths
Call me overly critical, but I
find myself wincing at the
lyrics of many modern praise
and worship songs. It’s not that
said contemporary songs are
utterly useless, have never
been meaningful to a singer or
are not well-meaning sentiments trying to express the
singer’s feelings toward God –
they’re just dumb.
“The ocean/Is growing/The
tide is coming in/Here it
is/Here is our King…”
What the heck does that
mean? Where did the ocean
metaphor come from? What
does it possibly have to do with
There’s also the awkward,
“I don’t think this sentence
makes sense” moments: “God
will save the day/And all will
say/My glorious…”
My what? Since when did
‘glorious’ become a noun?
What if we changed it to “My
omnipotent”? Exactly: it
wouldn’t make sense.
And finally, there’s my
favorite … the oh so popular
P&W song of the ’90s, “I
Could Sing of Your Love
Forever.” In particular, I’d like
to point out that wonderful
line, “When the world has seen
the light/They will dance with
joy/Like we’re dancing now …
Have you ever thought
about that? About how you’re
not really dancing, but you’re
singing that you are, indeed,
dancing – right now? No!
You’re standing!
I have a friend who confessed freshman year that she
“felt a little guilty” singing that
line – oh, Steubenville.
My point is, I feel there is a
disparity between the intelligence of those of us singing
these songs and the words
actually coming out of our
Matt Maher to come to FUS;
tickets still on sale in J.C.
If you didn’t notice by now,
popular Catholic singer, songwriter and worship leader Matt
Maher will be at Franciscan on
Friday, April 18, as part of
Adore Ministry’s “2097”
national tour.
The concert will start at 7
p.m. and will be held in
Finnegan Fieldhouse.
The tour takes its name
from paragraph 2097 of the
Catechism of the Catholic
Church which says, “To adore
God is to praise and exalt him
and to humble oneself, as Mary
did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that he has
done great things and holy is
his name. The worship of the
one God sets man free from
turning in on himself, from the
slavery of sin and the idolatry
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Troubadour
Old Skool
overcome AA
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Dunkin’ Donuts,
heartbreak city,
and some Ruckus
Sports Editor
Staff Writer
After a highly competitive
first half, the Old Skool
Beauties managed to pull away
from the Warriors 1, achieving
a 10-3 victory on Monday.
The game got off to a fast
Beauty Tricia
Zackrisson found Christy
Snoke in the back of the end
zone for the opening score of
the game. Shortly afterwards,
Luisa Martini tossed the disc to
Stephanie Beach for the follow-up score, giving the
Beauties a 2-0 advantage early
in the first half.
After this score, neither
team seemed to be able to find
the end zone. Eventually, the
Old Skool Beauties scored
again, as Jill Bludau connected
with Beach for their third score
of the game.
The Warriors then responded with a drive of their own,
capped off by an amazing toss
by Mia Anthony to teammate
Charlotte Buirma, who dragged
her feet in bounds to haul in the
score. Shortly before the end of
the half, Zackrisson connected
with Snoke yet again, increasing their lead to 4-1 at halftime.
With the second half, the
Beauties picked up the momentum. Beach, Zackrisson and
Snoke all scored, putting the
game nearly out of the
Warriors’ reach at 7-1.
The Warriors then started to
mount a comeback. Lead by
Anthony, they continuously
advanced the disc downfield
and were eventually rewarded
as Hope Kummant tossed the
disc to Elizabeth Ela for their
first score of the half.
The Old Skool Beauties
responded immediately with a
score of their own, as Luisa
Martini threw the disc to Jill
Bludau for yet another score.
The Warriors retaliated
quickly with a touchdown pass
from Kummant to Amanda
Keena, making the score 8-3.
However, Beauties converted two more scores and managed to hold the pesky Warriors
off for the remainder of regulation, attaining the hard-earned
10-3 victory.
Adam Librande is in the ‘zone’ as he plays defense in a previous matchup against AMDG.
Bears Can Smell rout Bad News Lions
Bears Can Smell met up
with the Bad News Lions in a
showdown of two of the top
Men’s AA frisbee teams last
Monday night. Though close
early on, Bears Can Smell
quickly pulled away with a 154 victory.
Bears Can Smell got off to a
fast start as Bobby Balzarini
found Sean Crofford in the end
zone for the initial score.
A few minutes later, Marty
Collins hit Kevin Heider in the
back of the end zone, extending their lead to 2-0.
The Bad News Lions then
started to shift the momentum
of the game in their favor. They
utilized a short passing attack
that allowed them to speed
down the field. The drive was
capped off when Gerard
Graveline hit Stefan Hlbase in
the corner of the end zone for
their first score of the game.
The Lions continued the
turn around as Dan Grady
deflected a pass intended for
Sean Whelan in the end zone,
setting up yet another methodical drive up the field.
This time, it was Hlbase, the
recipient of the Bad News
Lions’ first touchdown pass,
who found Dan Grady beyond
the goal line to tie the game, 22.
Bears Can Smell immediately responded back. Marcus
Toft led his team down the
field, finishing it off with yet
another strike to Crofford,
allowing them to reclaim the
lead, 3-2.
The Bad News Lions retaliated immediately, as Grady
threaded two defenders to lob a
Wagenbach in the back of the
end zone, tying the game at
three points each.
Bears Can Smell added
three consecutive scores right
before halftime, giving them
their largest lead of the game,
6-3, at intermission.
Although the game was
close in the first half, it became
a rout as the second half commenced. Balzarini launched
the disc three quarters of the
way downfield into the awaiting arms of teammate Toft in
the end zone.
Mike Hadro followed the
score up with a pass to Heider,
and Collins found Joe
Stromberg for two consecutive
scores, making it a 10-3 game.
The Bad News Lions
slowed Bears Can Smell’s
momentum by gaining their
first score of the half; however,
this only cut deficit to 10-4,
and at this point the game was
Balzarni, Crofford, Collins
and Toft combined for five
more scores, increasing their
lead to 15-4.
A few minutes later, the
mercy rule came into effect,
and Bears Can Smell had
pulled away with an impressive victory over a talented
LOJ team.
zone for a quick score, giving
them a 1-0 lead. The game then
entered a standstill, as neither
team seemed to be able to
advance the disc any considerable length.
The stalemate was eventually broken by the Bottle
Rockettes, as Ashley Luongo
threw a touchdown pass to
Stephanie Quieroz in the end
zone, extending their lead, 2-0.
The Warriors soon began to
make a run of their own.
When the Bottle Rockettes
were threatening to score yet
again, Jennifer Paul knocked
down their disc at the goal line,
giving the Warriors possession.
Thanks to a series of short
passes, the Warriors proceeded
to drive the Frisbee methodically up the field. The drive
culminated in their sole score
of the game, as Kate Bastian
received the disc and dished it
off to teammate Jennifer Paul
for a touchdown, cutting the
deficit to 2-1.
When the second half
kicked off, the Bottle
Rockettes seized control of the
game fairly quickly. Emily
Davis found Amanda Niehaus
in the end zone for an easy
score, putting them up 3-1.
A few minutes later, Cate
Shultis completed yet another
touchdown pass to Niehaus
near the sideline of the end
zone, increasing their advantage, 4-1.
The Warriors started to get
some momentum on offense,
but they just could not manage
to cross the goal line. As a
result, the game was closer
than the score indicated -- the
difference was that the Bottle
Rockettes were able to get the
disc over the goal line, while
the Warriors, who had nearly
as many scoring opportunities,
simply could not trade goals
with their opponents.
Ashley Luongo and Sarah
Burke each scored again for
the Bottle Rockettes, giving
them the 6-1 lead they maintained for the remainder of the
an afternoon of competition.
The tournament was divided into two divisions: A (the
less competitive division,
which consisted of five teams)
and AA (the more competitive
division, which consisted of
three teams.)
The “A” tournament got off
to a fast start as You’re Killing
Me, Smalls! defeated Alex’s
team in two games to advance
to winners’ bracket. At the
same time, The Super Spartan
Show Ponies defeated Team X
in three games to advance in
the bracket.
This set up We Love
Volleyball to take on You’re
Killing Me, Smalls! in the winners’ bracket, a match which
they lost narrowly. On the
other court, Team X stayed
alive by knocking Alex’s team
out of the tournament.
The next match-up was
between You’re Killing Me,
Smalls! and the Super Spartan
Show Ponies. You’re Killing
Me, Smalls! narrowly won the
first game 27-25, but the Super
Spartan Show Ponies managed
to steal away game two, 25-18.
You’re Killing Me, Smalls!
took the decisive third game,
however, 15-10, and dropped
the Super Spartan Show Ponies
into the losers’ bracket.
We Love Volleyball then
caught on fire, eliminating
Team X from the competition
and then overcoming the Super
Spartan Show Ponies, setting
themselves up against You’re
Killing Me, Smalls! in the
championship match. In a surprising upset, We Love
Volleyball won two straight
matches, winning the “A” tournament.
Since the “AA” tournament
consisted of only three teams,
the tournament was played in a
“round-robin” style. All three
teams were evenly matched
and managed to beat each other
at least once during the course
of the tournament. Dig For
Him and Bump…Set…Greg!
(a generous shout-out to Troub
Staff Writer
Single A Bottle Rockettes fly past Warriors 2
Staff Writer
The Bottle Rockettes met
up with Warriors 2 in a
Women’s A league Frisbee
match last Monday night. Due
to their superior passing skills
and a handful of exceptional
touchdown grabs, the Bottle
Rockettes soared on to a 6-1
The Bottle Rockettes struck
early, as Katie Pikula found
Rachel Carpenter in the end
Between the feedback I
received about last week’s column, the upcoming NBA playoffs, a dramatic NCAA
Championship game and some
rugby goodness coming our
way this weekend, I couldn’t
make up my mind on what to
write about. So here’s a bag of
mixed nuts coming your way.
First, among all the comments I received pertaining to
last week’s column, the most
frequent was, “You forgot
Dunkin’ Donuts on the list of
things you kind of miss about
home.” In response, I must say
that I greatly let myself down
in allowing Dunkie’s to escape
my memory.
In fact, I, Greg Hurst, officially add Dunkin’ Donuts to
England-that-other-regionsgreatly-lack-that-I-miss-butnot-quite-enough-to-wish-Iwas-back-home-in-the-comfort-of-Red-Sox-Nation-andpeople-that-share-a-commonaccent-as-me” list. It’s the
working man’s coffee. Medium
coffee. Cream and sugar.
Thanks. No Venti Mocha Mega
Low Fat “with or without whip
cream?” $4.99 delicacies.
KansasMemphis NCAA basketball
championship taught us many
valuable lessons -- namely, not
shooting .753 percent from the
free throw line ups your
chances of victory. Also, Bill
Self (Kansas head coach) displayed pure genius throughout
the second half in the various
zone defenses he ran and his
decision to start making
Memphis shoot 1-and-1’s with
2:12 still remaining.
On the other side of the
court, John Calipari (Memphis
head coach) reiterated a lesson
learned every March: don’t let
the opponent shoot the gametying three. If Kansas had just
fouled Mario Chalmers, the
worst shape they would have
found themselves in is up one
and forcing Kansas to go full
court and score in four seconds.
Third, there’s the NBA playoffs. This has been the best season in over a decade, and with
the potential of a CelticsLakers final, even people like
my dad (who gave up on the
NBA years ago) are paying
Conference is completely
unpredictable. If you consider
yourself a fan of anything
sports, the Eternal Law
requires you to watch the '08
Lastly, I must note that
“Rugby Ruckus” is this
Saturday. Our very own Barons
will take on Ohio St. at Big
Red at 7 p.m. Anyone who
attended this past Saturday's
game will affirm that our team
is darn good. And besides, it’s
the closest this university is
going to get to a division-three
football game for a long time.
So, attend it, and go Barons.
First annual co-ed volleyball tournament a success
Staff Writer
Volleyball lovers from
around Franciscan came
together in the fieldhouse last
Sunday for the first annual coed volleyball tournament.
Co-ed volleyball was formerly an intramural league
sport, so the most passionate
co-ed volleyball fans on campus turned out in numbers for
sports editor Greg Hurst)
pushed through to the final
A fierce final match ensued,
as both teams fought for each
and every point, producing
phenomenal volleys that
caused multiple points to last
several minutes. In the end,
Dig For Him managed to edge
out Bump…Set…Greg! and
claim the “AA” tournament