October 18, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Professor Shares Insights About Status of Women in Iraq

With early results showing that Iraqi voters appear to have approved their new constitution this weekend, one question that remains to be answered is what role women will have in a new Iraqi society. Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz is an assistant professor in Arcadia’s International Studies program, a new interdisciplinary major that focuses on global issues and the interrelations among nations and people. Her article “The Human Rights of Women and Social Transformation in the Arab Middle East” was published in the Middle East Review of International Affairs in June 2005. She shares some of her expertise this week for the Bulletin.

Q: Iraqi women have the right to vote, and the constitution contains a provision to set aside 25 percent of the seats for women in the soon-to-be-elected Parliament. In the first two Iraqi elections, women turned out to vote in large numbers. Will women be considered a powerful voting block – or a catalyst for social transformation – in parliamentary elections planned for Dec. 15?

A: Believe it or not, the political system in Iraq under Saddam Hussain and the Ba’thist regime was very secular, even though religion plays a significant role in people’s lives. Iraqi women have been known to be more advanced in terms of their roles and status in society than women in other Middle Eastern, mainly Arab, countries. During the Saddam era, women had vast freedoms for political participation, including voting rights and running for office. The political accommodations for women that we’ve seen in the current process of forming the post-Saddam government should not come as a surprise. The impact of women’s political participation, especially for the elections on Dec. 15, is hard to predict because right now Iraq is in the process of nation-building (or re-building). The fact that they’re already setting aside 25 percent of the parliamentary seats for women (and that’s a comparatively very high percentage in the region), deserves a lot of credit.

Indeed, Iraqi women and their political participations and freedoms will have an impact on the direction in which the country goes, but it’s too soon to tell how that will materialize.

Read more of this discussion with Dr. Alvi-Aziz.

State Sen. LeAnna Washington Joins Arcadia Board

Pennsylvania State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington has been named to the Arcadia Board of Trustees, adding a focus on higher education to her distinguished career of civic and legislative service on behalf of seniors, women, families and children in the greater Philadelphia area. Washington, who will represent the Class of 2009 on the Board, was elected to the State Senate in a special election in 2005. Her entry into politics came in 1993, when she won a special election to the State House of Representatives from the 200th legislative district, a seat she held for six consecutive terms until being elected to the Senate from the 4th district, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. A resident of Philadelphia, Washington has been active for several decades on numerous civic and non-profit boards. For more on Sen. Washington, visit her Senate Web site.

Which Has More Ghosts – the Castle or the Addams Family House?

Since both buildings are on campus, students, faculty and staff can take their own ghost census. The Addams Family House, an intricate sculpture made of cardboard, tempera paint, and miniature paraphernalia by Jeffrey Vallance, then 10 years old and now a famous adult artist, is on display in the Art Gallery’s exhibition, Very Early Pictures. Vallance sent photos of his model to cartoonist Charles Addams himself, as well as Fred Gwynne, the actor who portrayed Herman Munster on The Munsters TV show.

“Together, Vallance’s model, the photograph he took, a drawing and the correspondence with Addams and Gwynne demonstrate an inspired engagement with television that contradicts warnings that such entertainment results in passive behavior,” notes Gallery Director Richard Torchia. Like Vallance's project, most of the works in the exhibition are evidence of projects taken up by children for their own pleasure and curiosity.

Who you gonna call? Student Health Services

Students, are you feeling a little under the weather? Are pesky headaches interrupting your study sessions? What about that physical you need for that new job? Well, look no further than Arcadia’s Student Health Services, located in the ground floor of Heinz Hall. Open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students, as well as part-time students after paying a nominal fee, Student Health Services offers a wide range of health services. Staffed with experienced nurse practitioners and part-time physicians, the center also provides preventative and educational services.

Student Health Services is focused primarily on care through prevention, education and treatment of health issues. Whether it’s the printed educational health materials available in the waiting room or the handy and accessible health counseling offered, students have countless opportunities to receive valuable information and resources on health issues ranging from sexuality to weight control. Physical examinations for employment, athletics and gynecological care are available, as well as a fully-stocked medicine shelf with free samples of non-prescription remedies to cure a range of ailments, from headaches to allergies. In addition, all services provided are completely confidential and no information is released without written permission by the student. If further care is needed, Student Health Services can refer any student to local medical and dental specialists.

Student Health Services is open Monday-Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note that the office is closed daily from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. In addition, physicians are on hand Mondays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:30-5 p.m. For a full list of services and more information, please call (215) 572-2966 or visit the Student Health Services Web site at www.arcadia.edu/studenthealth.

Enter to Win IPOD Shuffle; Forms in Library

Are you ready for a challenge? Entry forms are now available in Landman Library for a contest called “Take the SEPCHE-cat Challenge.” SEPCHE-cat is an online catalog of all the holdings from the eight SEPCHE (South Eastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) libraries. By answering three questions using the SEPCHE-cat database, students can enter to win an IPOD shuffle. Entries with the correct answers will be eligible for the drawing on Nov. 11. Entry forms can be picked up at the circulation desk in the library.

Psychology Professor Emeritus Heads to Baton Rouge

Dr. Samuel M. Cameron, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, is traveling to Baton Rouge, La., for a two-week mission to provide counseling and other psychological services to survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Cameron volunteered his services through the American Psychological Association in conjunction with the American Red Cross.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements.


Campus Events

Dinner with Friends Author, Donald Margulies, Talks About ‘Becoming a Playwright’ on Oct. 25

Arcadia University is honored to present one of the most gifted and creative playwrights in the United States, Donald Margulies, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Recipient of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his celebrated play Dinner with Friends, Margulies continues to garner much praise and notoriety for his work, including a pair of Obie Awards and the Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theater.

Margulies’ presentation, “Becoming a Playwright” is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium located in Murphy Hall. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience. For more information on Margulies or Arcadia’s Distinguished Speakers series, visit www.arcadia.edu/culturalevents.

Cooks Needed for 12th Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner

The Community Service Center will be hosting the 12th annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner on Nov. 14 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. The dinner is a time for everyone in the community to come together and fight the hunger and homelessness that exist in our community and around the world. Those who attend will choose a handcrafted bowl made by Arcadia students and local artists when they arrive at the dinner. Bowls will be filled with wonderful soups, breads, and desserts that are donated by community eateries and individuals. The bowl is then taken home as a reminder of all those who truly go with an empty bowl each day. Proceeds from the event go to Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and Heifer International.

All members of the Arcadia community are asked to please support this event by donating soups, desserts, or bread for the event or by purchasing tickets and attending the dinner. Students or employees who would like to cook or who have restaurant and bakery connections should contact the Community Service Office at extension 4000. Look for Ticket Sales outside The Chat during lunch and outside the Dining Hall during dinner Nov. 7-9. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for non-students, plus a non-perishable food item brought to the dinner.

Sale of Baked Goods to Help Animal Victims of Katrina

The scent of warm pumpkin bread and chocolate banana cake – to name a few of the items – will be wafting from the Knight Hall kitchen on Sunday as staff members of The Tower fill orders for homemade baked goods. Proceeds will go to help the North Shore Animal League America’s efforts in aiding pets and animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. Baked goods will be made to order and delivered to campus on Monday, Oct. 24. Order forms can be found online at www.arcadia.edu/communityservice and by clicking on the Calendar portion and finding "Sweet Relief." Orders and payment need to be turned in by Thursday, Oct. 20. All baked goods can be picked up in the Community Service office on Monday, Oct. 24, no later than 5 p.m. For more information, e-mail The Tower or call Kristen Riley at 267-620-8220.

Latino Association Hosts Open Mic Night on Oct. 20

The closing program of Arcadia's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month is Open Mic Night, hosted by the Latino Association on Thurday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m., in The Chat. Contact the Student Activities Office at studentactivities@arcadia.edu or 215-572-4082 for more information.

Mr. Beaver Will Be Crowned on Oct. 22

Don't miss the annual Mr. Beaver mock male beauty pageant on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Kuch Gymnasium. All students, faculty and staff are invited to join in the fun and excitement as the new Mr. Beaver is crowned. Immediately following the pageant will be a dance for the students, set to begin about 10 p.m. in the upper Dining Hall. For more information, contact the Student Programming Board at SPB@arcadia.edu or 215-572-2684.

Health and Resource Fair is Oct. 25

The Health and Resource Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 1-4 p.m. in The Chat and on the Alumni Walk of Pride. The fair will include health information, yoga demonstrations and much more. Healthy snacks also will be provided. For more information, call 215-572-2966.

Tales of ‘Haunted Hotel’ on Oct. 29

Campus and community members are invited to a tour of this year’s “Haunted Hotel” at Grey Towers Castle on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. Come share the tales of its past, present and future. The cost of the tour is $5 for adults and $3 for children and students with college ID. The Haunted Castle Program is sponsored by the Society for Castle Restoration Student Organization. For more information, contact Liz at 267-620-8272 or Ashley at 267-620-8227, or e-mail scr@arcadia.edu.

First Faculty Forum Planned for Nov. 8

The first Faculty Forum of the year will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology, will lead a discussion of "The Ethics of Teaching and Research: The Institutional Review Board Process."

View Events Calendars on arcadia.edu and MyArcadia for information on scheduled events.


Sports Update

Field Hockey Goes on a Roll


On Oct. 3 the Knights won their third game in four tries, bouncing back from a tough loss to beat Immaculata College 5-0. The Knights were lead by Christy Miller ’09, who registered a hat trick, and Megan Leadbeater '06, who added two goals to finish the scoring. Angela Kent '09 contributed two assists in the win. Goalies Maggie LoCasale '08 and Jeannie Nutter '07 combined to stop four shots and register the shutout.

The Knights continued their good play as they beat Cabrini 2-1 on Oct. 5. Miller and Maura McAneny '07 provided the goals for the Knights as they won their second straight game.

On Saturday women’s field hockey suffered a 4-1 loss to Alvernia. Miller recorded the lone goal for the Knights 10 minutes into the second half. That is her 10th tally of the season.

Upcoming games: Oct. 18 at Widner, 7 p.m.; Oct. 22 at College Misericordia, 4 p.m.; Oct. 24 at Gwynedd Mercy, 4 p.m.; Oct. 25 home vs. Philadelphia University, 3:30 p.m. More info.

Tennis: Green’s Streak Now at 9-0

Click here for an interview with Green on her amazing streak.

Julia Green '07 continued her great play as she won the lone match for the Knights on Saturday in an 8-1 loss to conference foe Misericordia. With the win, Green improved her PAC record to 9-0.

It came down to the last match on the court and it went three sets, but the Knights lost a squeaker as Alvernia won 5-4 on Oct. 5. The Knights received wins from Green and Sarah Palmer '09. Green also teamed up with Palmer to take the #2 doubles, and Shanel Santucci '09 and Jaclyn Zukowski '08 provided the fourth point at #3 doubles.

Upcoming matches: Oct. 13 home vs. Cedar Crest, 4 p.m.; Oct. 15 home vs. College Misericordia, 1 p.m.; Oct. 18 home vs. Chestnut Hill, 4 p.m.; Oct. 22 home vs. Cabrini, 1 p.m. More info.

Volleyball Team Beats Chestnut Hill, Wesley

On Oct. 19 the Knights used a balanced attack as they beat Chestnut Hill 30-7, 30-16, 30-10. Sam Schadd '09 finished the night with 9 kills while Brittany Faulkner '08 and Bridget Hunsinger '08 each added 8. The Knights rebounded from a tough loss to beat Wesley 3-1 on Oct. 6. The Knights were led by Hunsinger with 24 kills and Alex Cann '08 who added 16 kills. On the defensive side, Erin Keefe '09 paced the Knights with 19 digs.

Arcadia and Alvernia fought hard on Saturday afternoon, the day swinging back and forth with Arcadia taking games 1 and 3 and Alvernia answering with games 2 and 4. Going into game 5, Arcadia jumped out to the early 3-1 lead, but Alvernia answered to tie the game at 3. The game reached 13-13, but Alvernia took the last two points and the game. The Knights were led by Cann with 20 kills, Keefe added 13, and Faulkner 9. Maci Mascal '08 contributed 31 digs for the Knights.

Upcoming matches: Oct. 19 at Cabrini, 7 p.m.; Oct. 22 at Cedar Crest, 1 p.m.; Oct. 25 home vs. Neumann, 7 p.m. More info.

Women’s Soccer Back on Track

The Knights dominated the run of play, holding Wesley to only four shots on goal in route to the 2-0 win on Saturday. Arcadia had goals from Amanda Pote '09 and Jamie Bradford '09, with an assist from Ashley French '09.

Upcoming games: Oct. 18 home vs. King’s, 3:30 p.m.; Oct. 20 at Cabrini, 4 p.m.; Oct. 22 at Cedar Crest, 1 p.m.; Oct 25 home vs. Neumann, 3 p.m. More info.

#22 Ranked Men's Soccer Stays Undefeated in the PAC

On Saturday, Scott Wimsey '06 converted a penalty kick in the second half as the Knights defeated conference opponent Alvernia College 3-0. Arcadia could not muster a goal in the first half after creating several scoring chances. The sloppy conditions made for a playing in quicksand atmosphere. Pete Sokolski '08 scored the second goal for the Knights as his perfectly played cross caromed off an Alvernia defender and into the net. Zach Askin '07 finished the scoring with a blast from 20 yards out. Ralph Giangiulio '06 earned his seventh shut-out of the season.

Stefan Szygiel '07 scored the game winning goal on a blast from 20 yards out to lead Arcadia past John Hopkins 2-1 on October 12th. The Knights scored first in this battle between the two regional powerhouses on a penalty kick converted by Wimsey. Dan McGarry '08 earned the penalty kick after Sokolski slotted McGarry a ball through two defenders creating a clear scoring opportunity for McGarry. Hopkins tied the game 1-1 with three minutes left on the clock on a counter-attack from a ball that was basically cleared off their own goal line after Sokolski nearly gave the Knights a 2-0 advantage. In overtime, the play was back and forth until Matt Abate '07 served a ball to the weak side of the attacking third and Szygiel hit a one-time blast past the JHU keeper.

Upcoming games: Oct. 19 home vs. Immaculata, 3 p.m.; Oct. 26 home vs. Cabrini, 3 p.m. More info.

For Arcadia athletics schedules, scores, and team information, go to: www.arcadia.edu/athletics


arcadia in the news

Arcadia alumna Lois Haber’s recent election as Chair of the Board of Trustees has been making headlines all across the Web. Haber, successor to the late Joseph L. Castle II, is the first Arcadia graduate to serve as Chair. From Yahoo to Pennlive, Web sites across the region and the business field have featured Haber’s appointment. Other sites mentioning Haber include, Greater Philadelphia Business Online, philly.com, WPVI online, The Reading Eagle online, projo.com, Bristol-Link.co.uk, recruiter.com, Businessmvp.com and Business Wire. An Oct. 17 story in the Philadelphia Inquirer Business Section also noted that women were tapped to fill two vacancies created by the death of Joseph Castle, Haber as chair of the Arcadia Board and Marsha Perelman as the first woman to chair the Franklin Institute.

Arcadia was mentioned in an Oct. 10 Business Week online article, “Noah’s Archive: What’s in a Name?” The article discussed the inescapability of branding. As Ralph Caplan wrote in his humorous column, “As a native of Beaver County, for which the college was originally named, I fear the rebranding of my childhood.”

A full-page ad in the Oct. 17 Philadelphia Inquirer promoted the upcoming Graduate Open House on Nov. 17 and featured five “career hot spots:” the Doctorate in Physical Therapy, the M.M.S. Physician Assistant, the M.S. in Forensic Science, the M.S. in Genetic Counseling, and the M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.


Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: students Michelle Leone '08 and Bridget Curtis '08. Photos by Dr. Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

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