March 9

This week’s Campus Corner highlights a Coffeehouse performance featuring American Idol winner Lee DeWyze and the 2016 Mr. and Miss Scranton competition, just two of many events that are coordinated by the University of Scranton Programming Board (USPB).

Read on to learn more about this week’s events, for a Q&A with one of the people who makes it all happen, and for a recap from the Lady Royals’ NCAA DIII tournament game against Marymount!

Don’t forget to check out our photos on Flickr!

What happened in basketball? What’s Next For the Lady Royals?

Our Lady Royals are officially 29-0 and moving on to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament!

This past weekend, the Lady Royals defeated WPI 67-42 on Friday, and had a 60-44 victory over Marymount on Saturday to get them to their 29-0 record. On Saturday, junior guard Alexix Roman hit her 1,000th career point! Check out pictures from the game, here!

The University will be hosting the third round and quarterfinals of the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament this Friday and Saturday. Come out to see our Lady Royals battle it out and see if they advance to the next round. The Lady Royals will face Christopher Newport at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11 at the John Long Center. Get game updates by following Scranton Athletics on Twitter and Facebook!  Go Royals!

American Idol Winner Performs at The U

By: Jessica Perillo

American Idol Season Nine winner Lee DeWyze visited the University last Tuesday, March 1 to perform at the University of Scranton Programming Board’s  (USPB) Coffeehouse event.

More than 150 students packed the Moskovitz theater for DeWyze’s performance, which was opened by senior Brandon McKenzie, who is part of LIVA and Leslie DiNicola.

DeWyze sang a variety of songs, ranging from covers, such as “Hallelujah”  to his originals, such as “Sweet Serendipity.” After his performance, DeWyze did a meet and greet and gave away signed posters.

“Students really had a great time listening to Lee DeWyze, and it was cool to have an American Idol winner on our own campus!” said Jenna Bruchalski ’17, one of the members on the senior programming committee for USPB.

USPB sponsored this event as one of their Coffeehouse performances. The Coffeehouse Committee is responsible for the musical performances that occur on campus.

Click here to check out other USPB events that are taking place this semester.

Mr. and Miss Scranton

By: Michele Schulmeister

This past Thursday, more than 200 students gathered in the Moskovitz Theater for a pageant unlike any other, Mr. and Miss Scranton, which is one of USPB’s most popular events.

Nine students competed in this year’s pageant. Their talents all included some aspect of music, whether it was singing, dancing or both. After the talent round, judges picked two girls and two boys to move on to the questions round of the competition, in which contestants had to answer a “serious” question and a “funny” question. While the judges deliberated on a winner, there was a dance party including all contestants and the hosts.

Congratulations to the winners of the pageant- senior Faith Yusko and sophomore Jonathan Crichton, who both received an Apple Watch. Seniors Nora McGoldrick and Max Caci were both awarded “crowd favorite” and received a USPB blanket.

Check out our album here and the rest of USPB’s events here!

Q&A with a USPB member: Jenna Bruchalski (On the USPB Senior Programming Committee)

By: Michele Schulmeister

RN: What made you want to be a part of USPB?

J: Since freshman year I have always wanted to be a part of the programming board. I am interested in event planning and knew the programming board would be a great way to get involved on campus. It has been one of the best things I’ve done here!

RN: What is your favorite aspect about being a part of USPB?

J: My favorite thing about being in USPB is the group of people on the board. It is great to see students so dedicated and committed to doing their best to put on events for The University community. We have so much fun together while planning our events.

RN: What is your favorite USPB event?

J: My favorite event is Spring Fest. It takes place every spring semester and is so much fun! We get a bunch of fun activities like bouncy houses and games all out on the Dionne Green for the whole campus to enjoy. We also have a musical performance and battle of the bands, which is so entertaining! It’s a great way to end the school year and have a blast with your friends!

RN: Do you have any advice for people thinking about joining USPB?

J: For anyone who wants to join USPB, I would tell them to go for it! It is one of the best things I have gotten involved with here at Scranton. It is a chance to meet people with similar interests and put on amazing events while having a great time.

Opening Weekend for “Big Fish” and The University Players

By: Megan Lasky

This weekend, The University of Scranton Players performed their third production of the school year, Big Fish with book by John August and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. After 28 days of rehearsal, they mounted this magical production under the direction of Michael O’Steen!

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Tim Burton film of the same name, the musical focuses on Edward Bloom, a charming man of many larger-than-life stories. His skeptical son Will sets out to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales and throughout this journey, the audience can be excited to meet witches, giants, mermaids and more.

This magical fantasy is exciting, heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking. There is still one more weekend of shows – first years can see it for free this weekend! And, stay tuned for their last production of the school year, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest!

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