November 23

Each week, our campus correspondents are out and about taking photos and collecting stories for Campus Corner. Read their articles and highlights below! Browse photos on Flickr.

Please note that Campus Corner will be on hiatus next week, but we’ll be back on Dec. 7!

Women’s Basketball Team Looks Forward to Season

By: Megan Castaldi

As 2015-16 Landmark Conference Champions, The University of Scranton’s Women’s Basketball team has high hopes for their upcoming season.

To kick off the 2016-17 season, the Lady Royals came out victorious over Mount Union with a score of 70-36 at the Chuck Resler Invitational.

Captain Sarah Payonk is a senior. “We had a great start out of the Rochester tournament 2-0. We have a lot of room for improvement as a team and hope to continue to improve and grow as a team,” she said.

Even though a couple of valuable players graduated, the team still looks to have a successful season.

“We have a good mix of young and old this year,” said Payonk. “We have some very talented freshmen stepping into major roles on the team, and have some incredible, well-accoladed players back. I think that we’re still building chemistry with this team but have a lot of potential this season.”

The team was pleased after the Landmark Conference released its 2016 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll foreseeing the Lady Royals winning the Conference Championship again.

“Our team goals are to win our conference and to hopefully win a national championship,” said Payonk.

To learn more about the Women’s Basketball Team, click here.

A Sunday in the Life of Professor Strain

By: Kayla Johnson

Jack Strain, Ph.D., leads a busy life – five kids, teaching at The University of Scranton and writing his books (he’s currently working on one). Whether he’s watching his students battle it out during a debate in Logical and Rhetorical Analysis, teaching how to pitch a product in his Art of the Pitch class, working on one of his several books or running errands with his wife and children, he’s on the go. This is why Prof. Strain believes (very strongly) in using Sundays to get some must needed rest, surrounded by his family.

Take a look at how Professor Strain spends a typical Sunday at home:

Rise and Shine:

So, we get up around 8 or so and make a simple breakfast because my wife makes a huge delicious spread on Saturday mornings. Coffee is an absolute must, but not without some fresh bagels or doughnuts. I always like to take a look at the Sunday paper as well and catch up on my current events.

No Days Off:

Afterward, I try to work on some grading or work for an hour or two on my latest novel, Patton’s War, which I am trying to churn out before the summer comes.

Football Fanatics:

I am a big football fan, so during the fall and winter Sunday afternoons are devoted to watching my Philadelphia Eagles with my sons.  My wife, Julie, loves football too, but – sadly – is a huge Steelers fan.

Most Amazing Meal of the Day:

Both my wife and I believe in a big traditional Sunday dinner with the whole family.  Luckily for the kids and me, Julie does most of the cooking.  She is an amazing cook, so Sunday dinners include big roasts, stews and even Turkey dinners that she decides to whip up as a special surprise for everyone.

Prepare for Monday:

Nighttime is spent getting lunches made, kids squared away for school the next morning, then my wife and I like to chill out on the couch and watch an episode or two of whatever TV series we are powering through. This year we finished off “Homeland,” “Billions,” “House of Cards,” “The Americans” and now are working through “Shameless.”

Family Time:

With five kids and two demanding careers, life moves fast during the week but Sundays are about family and making time so my wife and I can relax, recharge our batteries and make “us” time whenever possible.

November 9

Voting: Election Day on Campus

By: Megan Castaldi

As many people know, the 2016 presidential race has been an interesting one, to say the least. The time has now come where our country must elect into office, the new President of the United States.

Here at The University of Scranton, this election is the first time the majority of students have been eligible to vote. Many have showed much enthusiasm through the duration of the presidential race.

Mackenzie Derosa is a junior. “Being eligible to vote forced me to do my own research and become informed,” she said. “Although this election is very controversial, I’m happy I get to play a role in its outcome.”

To get students involved and informed, the College Republican Club and the College Democrat Club hosted an Election Day watch party Tuesday evening, starting at 8 p.m. on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center.

Carson Clabeaux is the president of the College Republican Club. “It is vital that everyone vote, specifically for the candidate who supports the manner they want to see the country approach economical, social and international issues.”

The president of the College Democrat Club declined to comment.

Many Scranton students voted on Tuesday, wearing their “I Voted” stickers on articles of clothing and backpacks. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gear was seen throughout campus.

Students expressed how powerful voting is and how honored they are to fulfill their civic duty.

Kassie Dunn, a sophomore, said, “As a first time voter, and as a woman, I find it very important to exercise your right to vote. The election was different than many in the past, and if everyone voted then the outcome may have been different. I think that many millennials did not exercise their right to vote and the could have really affected the outcome of this year’s election.”

Elaine House, a junior, said, “I voted because I haven’t been very involved in politics in the past, but actually being able to vote made me feel a sense of responsibly and made me want to express what is important to me.”

Need to reflect on election results?

The Schemel Forum in collaboration with The University of Scranton Office of Government and Community Relations is holding a “ Post-Election Reflections” Roundtable on Monday, December 12, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305. A discussion including political, historical and philosophical perspectives on what comes next. Moderated by Julie Schumacher Cohen and Sondra Myers. RSVP to Limited to 30 participants.

CAPTION: The University of Scranton’s College Democrats and College Republicans clubs jointly hosted watch parties for the presidential and vice presidential debates. The clubs also hosted an “Election Day Count Down” Tuesday, Nov. 8, to watch the election night results. From left: representing the College Democrats club are Peter Zabiegala of Scranton, development officer and international business and economics double major; Emily Lundeen of Allentown, student outreach officer and counseling and human services major; Sergey Gnilopyat of Harding, vice president and biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major; Sarah Laga of Westbury, New York, secretary and international studies major; and Joseph Delmar of Flourtown, president and biophysics and philosophy double major; representing the College Republicans club are Carson Clabeaux of New Woodstock, New York, president and biology major; Natalie Russo of Livingston, New Jersey, treasurer and finance and economics double major; Thomas Meehan of Elmhurst Township, secretary and economics major; Schuyler Smith of Towanda, director of communications and political science major.

Take a Look Inside: The C-SPAN Campaign Bus

By: Kayla Johnson

The C-SPAN Campaign Bus traveled up the East Coast and after stopping at five different colleges beginning in North Carolina. They made their last and final stop at The University of Scranton this past Friday afternoon.

The 45-foot tour bus traveled throughout many different states in order to teach high schools and colleges about the 2016 presidential election and give students an opportunity to expand their understanding of the campaign and the politics. The bus came complete with an interactive, touchscreen tech center.

Technology helped inform the students about the presidential elections, the road to the White House, the Electoral College map, candidate’s views on important issues, key states races and even social media buzz. The bus was packed with students either looking to apply for an internship at C-SPAN or learn more about the political race.

The staff members on the tour were ready for any and all questions about everything from the presidential candidates to the campaign tour.

Take a closer look at the inside of the C-SPAN bus on our Flickr page.

Learn more about C-SPAN here.

Scranton’s Got Talent Raises Funds for Diabetes

By: Robert Bauer

This past Saturday, Residence Life and The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) co-sponsored a great Scranton’s Got Talent event. The event, which has been very popular and successful in the past, served to provide awareness for diabetes during Diabetes Awareness Month. Water bottles were labeled with a simple statistic about diabetes that reached an audience of about 300 guests. The audience enjoyed a night filled with great performances as well as educational information about diabetes. Guests  had the opportunity to contribute donations to the American Diabetes Association by voting with money toward their favorite performance.
Several students premiered their signature talents at the Late Night event. Performances included singing, dancing, art and even hula hooping. Audience members came in large groups to support their friends and enjoy the night. Faculty, staff and members of campus organizations were present. The back of the room was often filled with audience members putting money forward toward the American Diabetes Association and voting for their favorite performances.
After two hours of talent, the event raised more than $150 for the American Diabetes Association.

October 26

Come One, Come All: The University of Scranton’s Open House

By: Kayla Johnson

This past Sunday, The University of Scranton hosted the first Open House of the season, welcoming more than a thousand potential students to campus. In traditional Open House style, the students and their families were offered campus-wide tours of the dorms and facilities, talked with members of athletic teams, faculty members and current students enrolled in various programs.

The families and students were served complimentary brunch and lunch (from our top-ranked food service!) and were greeted by students and Admissions faculty as they started their day. They were able to meet with different departments and teachers, depending on students’ interests. The campus tours allowed the students to get an up close and personal look at the University and presented the students with history of the school and the many reasons to attend this wonderful place!

Open House is the perfect way to highlight the outstanding achievements and amazing campus of The University of Scranton. “A Day on the Commons” is a wonderful introduction for the incoming students; it opens their eyes to Scranton’s family atmosphere and close-knit community.

Couldn’t make it? Check out the Open House page to RSVP for the next one on Nov. 6.

Love Your Body Day 2016

By: Megan Castaldi

Hosted by the Jane Kopas Women’s Center, “Love Your Body Day” is an annual event that promotes self-love and positivity, and empowers individuals to love themselves for who they are!

Love Your Body Day took place Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The day’s events featured a table fair, which provided information regarding men and masculinity, childhood beauty standards, social media, race and ethnicity and much more! In addition to the table fair, there were also self-care activities that included yoga, meditation, mandala coloring, bracelet beading and sand art.

“This event is important because many people on this campus struggle with body acceptance and self-esteem,” said Abbey Kennedy, Student coordinator for Love Your Body Day. “This event allows them an opportunity to learn about societal beauty expectations, and what they can do to promote self-acceptance and body positivity. We encourage all members of the community to engage in this event so they can actively work towards ending body shaming.”

Kennedy’s favorite part of Love Your Body Day was the promotional video made for the event.

She explained, “We asked campus community members to write a compliment about their friend on a white board, while their friend did the same. We then asked them to show each other their boards and we recorded their reactions. It was an incredible experience to not only real the wonderful things people thought about their friends, but to watch their reactions to reading a genuine compliment about themselves.”

To view the promotional video for Love Your Body Day, click here.

See our Flickr page for photos from this event.

Click here to learn more about the Jane Kopas Women’s Center.

Global Tastes of Scranton: Congolese Culture

By: Robert Bauer

This past week, Global Tastes of Scranton worked with the Congolese refugee community to bring some Congolese culture to Scranton.

The event utilized the Scranton Cultural Center to help create a “pop-up restaurant” of Congolese cuisine, culture and history. The entrance hall displayed posters and pamphlets containing facts about the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A video reel also displayed artifacts from the DRC currently being held by the local Everhart Museum.

Guests experienced delicious Congolese cuisine together at long tables in the center. Chefs served a buffet of traditional pondu and fufu along with fish, beef kabobs, beans, rice and plantains. Members of the Congolese community sang and danced during the event, and spoke to guests about the struggles of being a refugee embracing a new world.

“I think it was a wonderful event,” said Jimena Pacheco, a University international student who attended the event. “It allowed guests to have a glimpse of the Congolese culture and realize the struggles people have been through, and are still going through, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

At the end of the event, the guests joined the Congolese community to perform the “Congolese Rumba.” Everyone had a wonderful night.

Watch some highlights below and by following us on Snapchat @ univofscranton!

October 19

What I did for Fall Break

By: Kayla Johnson

After the stress of midterm exams and papers, Fall Break was much needed. I was looking forward to some rest and relaxation in the comfort of my home. I got home that Friday afternoon and was instantly greeted by my puppy; he’s a Yorkie named Cooper. It was easy to get back into my routine at home, playing around with my dog and hanging around with my sisters, Brianna and Hailey, and catching up with my ultimate best friend — my mom.

I finally got to see my best friend, George (who I’ve known since I was 5), we talked about anything and everything, like we always do. We binge watched all of the Star Wars movies and downed every kind of candy — maybe too much candy (especially gummy bears, my personal favorite).

My next stop was my grandmother’s house, where I was served up some delicious, homemade Italian pasta with her original marinara sauce paired with meatballs and garlic bread. The perfect meal. It was a basic family night surrounded by my favorite people sharing laughs and never-ending jokes — something I look forward to whenever I come home.

Although it may not seem like much, this Fall Break was everything I needed — a nice amount of relaxation balanced with seeing some of my favorite people. I always look forward to some time to myself without the pressures of schoolwork, but, I also can’t wait until I can come back and see all of my friends. No matter where I am, I always have so much to look forward to and I couldn’t be happier about it.

By Megan Castaldi

Fall Break is one of the most anticipated breaks that we have at The University of Scranton. It is the first break of the year, so I am always eager to go home to visit with my family and any of my friends who may be home as well.

This Fall Break I did not go anywhere exciting or do anything crazy, but rather relaxed and appreciated my time at home. I got to see some of my friends from home, celebrate my sister’s 22nd birthday, watch my brother’s soccer game and bake a bunch of cookies with my grandma.

My grandma loves to bake, so it was nice to do something with her that she really loves doing; she also makes the best cookies you’ve ever had, so that’s an added plus.

The combination of all of these small things made for a very enjoyable Fall Break for me. It was nice to get a break from doing schoolwork and to hang out and enjoy the fall season with family

A Night at the Iron Furnaces: Scranton Bonfire Festival

By: Kayla Johnson

Scranton Bonfire FestivalThis past Saturday, Scranton’s historic Iron Furnaces hosted the sixth annual Bonfire festival. The Bonfire Festival acts as a fundraiser for the Anthracite Heritage Museum and explores the roots of Halloween in good, old-fashioned Celtic style.

Other autumnal festivals and Northeastern Pennsylvania’s industrial history are brought to light and celebrated through the Bonfire Festival. This year’s festival featured tarot card readings, fire twirlers, a Jack-O-Lantern contest, face painting, fire hooping, a balloon artist, stilt walking, a Day of the Dead ofrenda, a fairytale demonstration and plenty of hands-on activities sponsored by the Everhart Museum. There was live theatre, dance performances by Symmetry Studio, a Harvest Display by the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park and — last but not least —the amazing ceremonial lighting of the bonfire.

All were encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes and enjoy the historic site. The crowds enjoyed the activities as the furnaces acted as a picturesque backdrop.

Read more about the bonfire, here!

Step into Reality: The Poverty Simulation

By: Kayla Johnson

This past Friday, the Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice hosted the Poverty Simulation, an exercise that allows students to explore what it’s like to struggle to survive with only the bare minimum on a month-to-month basis. The purpose of the simulation is to open the eyes of more than 80 students to the daily battle low-income families deal with, whether it’s being on welfare, attempting to get their next meal or finding child care for children.

“I did this in order to gain a greater insight as to what the real world could be like . . . good or bad,” said Adrian Laudani, a junior who participated in the Poverty Simulation.

The simulation took place in DeNaples and introduced a host of students to the severity of living an impoverished life in this country. The students assumed the roles of more than 26 families facing the harsh reality of poverty. Some of those 26 families are newly unemployed, others are homeless, while some may be senior citizens receiving disability as well as trying to raise their grandchildren. The job of the “families” is to supply basic necessities and decent housing during the course of four weeks lasting 15 minutes.

October 5


ccparksThings To Do In Fall
By Megan Castaldi

Fall has arrived! What better way to welcome in the change of seasons than by getting outdoors to part take in the many festive, fun, fall activities in the Scranton region!

Here are a few of the activities #OurScranton has to offer! Read more here.

Canine Friends Provide Stress Relief
By Megan Castaldi

Students are always looking for a way to relieve their stress around midterm time. What better way to do this than to take a study break at Pet Therapy!

Hosted by Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice, Pet Therapy had the Dionne Green packed on Sept. 27 with students and faculty members petting and playing with The University of Scranton’s canine friends! This event typically welcomes about 800 visitors and greets around 40 dogs.

Our friendly, furry visitors were happily receiving hugs and belly rubs from members of the community. Many students enjoyed this event because it reminded them of their pets at home.

Junior Devon Tirney said, “I love pet therapy! It’s a great stress reliever from school and is comforting because I miss my dogs from home.”

To learn more about Campus Ministries, click here.

See more pictures of Pet Therapy on our Flickr page.

Beautifying Scranton: Street Sweep Fall 2016
By: Kayla Johnson

streetsweepThe University of Scranton’s student government organized an army of nearly 650 students this past Saturday to take on the streets of Scranton, especially downtown and the historic Hill Section. Many members from student clubs and organizations took the opportunity to exercise service (and just exercise in general . . . those hills are steep!) and give back to the community of Scranton by tidying up the area. More than 400 bags were filled with garbarge.

“It felt great to give back,” said Emily Calderone, a junior. “Even though I’m a junior this is my first Street Sweep. When you’re done cleaning the streets it makes you feel like a better person.”

Service to the community is the driving force of Street Sweep and students and volunteers were excited to help. Hundreds waited in a line that spanned the lengths of the Loyola Science Center’s first floor hallway. They were looking forward to getting their t-shirts and filling up trash bags with litter.

Streets were swept from Madison to Prescott and Mulberry to Myrtle, and were swarming with students from various clubs from the University as well as individuals who just wanted to serve the community. Trekking through the hills with friends and fellow students united the school and the community.

Get to Know the Alumni: Advertising Q&A
By Kayla Johnson

Professor Stacy Smulowitz and the Advertising Club hosted a group of Advertising alumni in the Loyola Science Center recently. The purpose? For alumni to connect with current students from the University and dole out some (much-appreciated) advice and insight to the industry.

The alumni who were invited maintain a strong connection to their university which continues to help shape and mold their careers. So, they were more than willing to do a Q&A for the school after the meeting! Here are some their answers, tips, advice and wise words.

danDan Antonelli, president and creative director for Graphic D-Signs, Inc.

RN: Why were you excited to speak with Scranton students?

DA: It’s important to give back and recognize where you came from, and acknowledge that you wouldn’t have arrived at this point without help from a lot of folks. Without the education from Scranton, and – more importantly – the internship I had at the University in the Publications Office (working for Gerry Zaboski), there’s probably no way I get to where I am today.

RN: What is the best advice you have for students (either graduating or still in school)?

DA: Follow your passion. Find a job that you can’t wait to get to in the morning and that doesn’t depress you on a Sunday night. Life’s too short to work in a job that you’re not passionate about. Chasing money won’t make you happy, but pursuing something you’re truly passionate about will.

RN: What do you consider to be the best gained knowledge from your experience in the real world that you can share with students?

DA: Nothing you do today should be considered good enough for tomorrow. And there is no pinnacle for success. You should always be aiming higher.

ad-alumKaren Mennella, a media trainee at Zenith (part of Publicis Media)

RN: What are some insider industry tips?

KM: Speak up, be passionate, and be ready to learn. For future graduates, don’t be afraid to participate. Also, find what you’re passionate about in the industry and get more involved with it. Lastly, every day is a learning opportunity, so be open to new things and constructive criticism.

RN: How has the industry changed since you’ve joined it?

KM: Even though I’ve only been working in the industry for four months, I’ve already seen so much change in the industry. It’s pretty fast-paced and exciting. Stay on top of trends, know what’s in and out, and know what’s coming.

Student Musician Q&A
By Kayla Johnson

student-musicI recently talked to Richard “Richie” Endico about being a student musician! Read on for more:

RN: What instrument do you play and how long have you been playing?

RE: I play percussion and I learned how to play when I was around 5 or 6. I learned from my dad. I also play the piano a bit, which I picked up in high school and learned from my band teacher.

RN: What made you want to be a student musician at The University of Scranton?

RE: When looking at schools my senior year of high school, I wanted to go somewhere that had a music performance program, but something that wasn’t too intense or a class for a credit. When I visited, it was exactly what I was looking for. A wide variety of different performance groups that rehearsed once a week, and it was with student musicians who played because they wanted to, not because they had to.

RN: What’s your favorite thing about a student musician?

RE: My favorite thing about being a student musician are the people I have met so far. Through performance music, I have made some great friends . . . coming from all different backgrounds and majors.

RN: Do you want to play after college? And what are your plans after graduation?

RE: I would enjoy the opportunity to continue playing after college. My plan after graduation is to try and find a few musicians that also play, get together maybe once or twice a week, and jam out. The great thing about music is that there is always something to work on and get better at.

Read more about Student Ensembles here.

Fall Activities in #OurScranton

ccparksNay Aug Park

Nay Aug Park is only a few minutes away from campus and is the perfect place to admire the fall foliage. Get in touch with nature on a hike and take in the “gorge-ous” view from the Wenzel tree house. You can always pack a lunch and enjoy it al fresco at one of the park’s several picnic areas. Find out more here.

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail is part of 70-mile trail system that follows the Lackawanna River. Bike it, walk it or run it – it’s up to you! You can find more information here.

McDade Park

Stay active while enjoying the brisk fall air in McDade Park. The park features basketball and tennis courts, a two-mile cross country course, an outdoor picnic area with charcoal grills and much, much more. Not to mention the breathtaking view of the city of Scranton! Read on here.

NEPA’s Pocono Environmental Education Center Hike

The Pocono Environmental Education Center will be hosting a hike Oct. 15 that will explain the science behind the season of fall! Topics like why the leaves change color and changing animal behavior will be discussed. (And, the cost of the hike is only $5!) Click here to find out more!

Roba Family Farms

Corn mazes, hayrides, pig racing, pumpkin picking and more! You’ll really be in the fall mood after a visit to Roba’s! Tickets are discounted on Fridays with student ID! Find out more here.

Roba Family Orchard

ccroba2One of the best and most common of fall activities is apple picking! Hop on a shuttle at Roba Family Orchard to pick your own apples! The Orchard also features a corn box, a goat corral, and a market that sells fresh donuts! (Yes, there are two Roba locales – don’t get mixed up and end up at the wrong one!) Read on here.

Bonfire Festival at the Iron Furnaces

There is nothing better than a bonfire on a chilly autumn evening! The Bonfire, taking place on Saturday, Oct.15, will be accompanied by live music, fire twirlers, a jack o’lantern competition, face painting and much more! Click here for more details.

Circle of Screams

Prepare for screams and horror at Dickson City’s Circle of Screams, the largest haunted drive-in theater in Pennsylvania! Click here for more information.

Haunted Lanterns Tour

Get in the Halloween spirit at Scranton’s Courthouse Square by going on a historic lantern and candle-lit ghost walk. Find out more info here.

Haunted Houses, Etc., in the Area 

“Howls, Haunts and Hayrides” are all around us! Check out this NEPA Family list for more.