November 1 , 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Septa Strike Information on Arcadia Web Site

To assist students, faculty and staff who commute to Arcadia, the University has set up a Web page with information about the Septa strike and alternate routes at

Knight Madness – Catch Basketball Fever on Nov. 3

Get ready for Knight Madness! Students, faculty, staff, alumni and families are invited for a prime-time roll-out of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, featuring pep rallies, games and lots of prizes. Knight Madness will be Thursday, Nov. 3, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Kuch Center. The evening will crescendo to the kickoff of the basketball season at midnight.

The build-up will include some basketball fun, including games between faculty, staff and students. “Wear your sneakers if you want to play!” says Nick Luchko, Student Affairs Area Coordinator. Students from the Residence Hall Council have planned the night of fun to include pep rallies for the men’s and women’s basketball team, as well as the Arcadia fall teams heading into playoff games. (See Sports Report below for more information on the playoffs.) The student-athletes will be introduced at midnight. The dance team and cheerleaders will perform and lead pep rallies. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the Residence Hall Council at 215-572-4683.

Are You Ready for Some… ‘Monday Night Homecoming’?

Arcadia is proof that a great college athletics program can thrive without Division I-A football. And with the Eagles in town, there’s plenty of football around. So much, in fact, that students are planning a “Homecoming” celebration leading up to the Eagle’s Monday Night Football game on Nov. 14. Watch for more information about events—including flag football and Monday Night Football in The Chat, in next week’s Bulletin. For more information, call Julie Kirschner, Campus Activities Programmer, at 215-572-2852.

Dr. Cameron Reports from Louisiana – ‘As if an Atomic Bomb Had Hit’

Hurricane Rita washed away nearly all signs of life when it descended upon rural Cameron Parish in Louisiana, and people have yet to return and reclaim what is left. Dr. Samuel M. Cameron, one of the first volunteers allowed in last week, reports, “The earth had been scoured clean of human habitation; only foundations, concrete steps and, occasionally, a fireplace remained to show that once a house had been there. It was as if an atomic bomb had hit the area. The only residents we saw were four women searching through the remains of their house for whatever they could find. We stopped, gave them cold water and listened to their stories for a while.” Cameron, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, has extended his time in Baton Rouge, La., to three weeks. He volunteered his services through the American Psychological Association in conjunction with the Red Cross to provide counseling and other psychological services to survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Click here for his full report, filed on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Library Help Desk Open for Technology Questions

The face of library service is changing and expanding, and the new Landman Library Help Desk is officially open to help answer student technology questions. Library Circulation staff members recently were trained to assist students in areas such as trouble shooting printers, copiers, and log-in problems and resetting student passwords. Technology assistance is now available until 1 a.m. on most days.

New Rooms in Library Designed for Student Group Projects

The Information Commons—technology enhanced collaborative study and learning areas—opened on Monday, Oct. 30, in the Landman Library. Two rooms, one on the first floor and one on the second floor, are quiet and technologically equipped places for students who are working on collaborative projects. Each room contains a high-end workstation, a 25” LCD panel, and a DVD/VCR player. A wide variety of software is available, including SPSS, Inspiration and Adobe PhotoShop. Students interested in taking advantage of this new work environment are welcome and encouraged to reserve a room for use. For more information, contact Michelle Reale at 215-572-2139 or

Remember to Vote

Remember to vote in Municipal Elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

New Chess Club Forming on Thursday Nights

All students are invited to join the Chess Club, Arcadia’s newest organization. From novices to experts, all levels are welcome. Meetings are planned for every Thursday from 9:30-11 p.m. Students can drop in any time during that time block and enjoy regular, casual playing with peers. Tournaments will be scheduled throughout the week as well. Teaching will be available for those students who want to learn how to play the game. For more information, contact Evan Goodman at

Enter to Win IPOD Shuffle; Forms in Library

Are you ready for a challenge? Entry forms are now available at the circulation desk 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.

Margulies Shares How He Just Had to Write a Play

The 2005-06 Distinguished Speakers Series kicked off in the newly refurbished Stiteler Auditorium, but the stage was set for an intimate discussion of how to become a playwright. Conversing in two overstuffed chairs on the stage, interim Theatre Director Mark Wade and award-winning playwright Donald Margulies talked about Margulies’ journey from childhood artist to mature playwright.

Margulies was a gifted artist as a child, but there was nothing literary about his family. They didn’t talk about books, and the closest he came to cultural awareness was Broadway. “His father would take them to New York to see Broadway shows like Hello, Dolly! At a young age, he saw Herb Gardners’ A Thousand Clowns, and it just stuck with him; it was the first straight play (not a musical) that he saw,” says Wade, a visiting assistant professor. After high school, Margulies went to art school in Brooklyn, but he soon transferred to SUNY Purchase. At some point he just decided he had to write a play. He went to a faculty member and asked him to sponsor him. The professor asked how many plays he had written. Margulies said, “None.” And the Professor replied, “Absolutely, I will.” Thus began a distinguished career that includes the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, a pair of Obie Awards, the Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theater and much more.

People’s Light Gives Encore Performance for Theatre Students

The cast from People’s Light, who had produced one of Donald’s Margulies’ plays this summer, gave a special performance for about 80 Arcadia theatre students on Monday, Oct. 24. “I’ve been to a lot of theatre in my life,” says Mark Wade, interim Theatre Director. “This was in the top 10. This was magical. The cast was amazing. There was not a dry eye in the house.” The cast stayed on and talked with students after their performance of July 7, 1994, a one-hour, one-act play Margulies wrote for the Humana Festival. A slice of life piece, this is the only play Margulies has ever written that has a start date. It’s autobiographical, about his life with his wife, a physician who was then working in an intercity clinic.

McCollum Memorial Golf Tournament Raises Scholarship Funds

University Advancement staff at registration, from left, are Shana McGlinchey, Judy Severin, Felicia Lundrigan, and Melissa Mitchell.

Nearly $50,000 was raised at the 8th Annual Ray McCollum Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 24, at LuLu Country Club in North Hills.

Begun in 1998 in honor of McCollum, an Arcadia student who was struck by lightning in 1988 just days before his graduation, the Tournament has grown each year. The Ray McCollum Scholarship Endowment now stands at about $300,000. Income from the endowment provides scholarships for Arcadia students.

Arcadia Students Take Second, Third in Design Contest

Two Arcadia seniors, Kelly McFarland and Stephanie Zmich, won second and third prizes in a student design competition on Saturday, Oct. 22, sponsored by Kling, a large architectural and interior design firm in Center City. It was an all-day charette, an intense competition where architectural students complete solutions to a given architectural problem in an allotted time. Six area universities were invited to send students to the competition. Arcadia sent eight seniors and three juniors.

McFarland, who receives $1,000, and Zmich, who receives $500, will attend an awards ceremony on Nov. 10 at the Sofitel Hotel, where their artwork will be on display. Each winner is allowed to bring three guests, and McFarland and Zmich have decided to take their classmates, so all eight seniors are going to the ceremony. “They are all really excited,” says Patricia Rauner, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts. “This is a really generous act on their part. Every design director from the firms in the area is invited. Not all attend, but is an excellent opportunity for the students to meet, in an informal setting, the people who may interview and hire them after they graduate.”

Allies Pinned in October Ceremony

More than 27 participants were “pinned” on Oct. 22 at the ceremony for the Arcadia University Ally Program. An Ally is a person who believes that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect. The featured speaker was Erin Cross, Associate Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information about the Ally program, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 215-572-4024.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements.


Campus Events

All Saint's Day Mass on Nov. 1

An All Saint's Day Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. in the Rose Room of Grey Towers Castle. All are welcome to attend this Catholic Holy Day of Obligation, sponsored by the Arcadia Newman Organization. Msgr. Flood from St. Luke's Parish in Glenside will be the special guest. This Mass will be about 45 minutes long.

Six Students to be Inducted into Psi Chi on Nov. 6

Members of Psi Chi and guests are invited to the 66th Annual Psi Chi Induction ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. on the Castle Landing. Please come and celebrate as Arcadia inducts six students and two faculty members into this National Psychology Honor Society. Refreshments will be served.

Help PEER Educators Take Back the Night on Nov. 6

Take Back the Night, sponsored by the Arcadia PEER Educators, will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. This annual program promotes health and safety as well as recognizing survivors of sexual assault. This year, Arcadia University welcomes The Yellow Dress Program, a one-woman play and facilitation. Students are encouraged to attend this educational and empowering program.

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."

Faculty Can Purchase Academic Attire Nov. 8

Faculty interested in purchasing academic attire, which can be less expensive than renting it for the various academic ceremonies held each year at Arcadia, can consult a representative from Oak Hall Academic Attire on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in The Chat. Orders placed at that time will be available for faculty who will be participating in the DPT Commencement Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006.

Art Gallery Presents Moscow Plastic Arts

The Arcadia University Art Gallery will present Moscow Plastic Arts, an exhibition of photographs by Nick Muellner, from Nov. 10 through Dec. 18.

The exhibition kicks off with a lecture by Muellner, “The Photograph Commands Indifference,” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mirror Room of Grey Towers Castle. A reception will be held after the lecture in the art gallery.

The Arcadia University Art Gallery is located in the Spruance Fine Arts Center. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public. Arcadia University Art Gallery hours are:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: noon – 4 p.m. and by appointment

Seniors Invited to Networking Luncheon Nov. 11

The annual Career Networking Luncheon, on Friday, Nov. 11, from noon to 2 p.m., will bring experienced alumni to campus to talk with seniors over lunch about career opportunities and preparation in their fields of interest. Space is limited; sign up in Career Services (or call 215-572-2939) by Monday, Nov. 7, to reserve a seat.

12th Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner is Nov. 14

The Empty Bowl dinner celebrates its twelfth year next week. The Community Service Center will be hosting the annual dinner on Monday, 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. This community-wide event is planned by the Community Service Office in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. Local schools, artists, and Arcadia students make bowls and donate them to be used at the dinner. Local restaurants, bakeries, markets, and arcadia faculty/staff donate soups, breads, and desserts.

Guests at the event pay $12 (students) and $15 (non-students) to attend. Students or employees who would like to cook or who have restaurant and bakery connections should contact the Community Service Office at 215-572-4000. 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.

View Arcadia students making bowls for the dinner.

The Animators Bring Debut Album Performance to The Chat

The Animators will entertain students, faculty and staff over lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in The Chat. This concert is sponsored by the Student Activities Office, Student Programming Board, and International Club.

Born out of a cross-country collaboration between songwriters Devon Copley and Alex Wong, the Animators have come a long way in just a few years. Their self-released debut album, Home By Now, garnered rave reviews and quickly sold out its first pressing. Their songs have been featured in MTV's The Real World, Miramax's Comic Book: The Movie, and on independent radio stations nationwide. Their savvy, insightful songs are both sophisticated and accessible, both intelligent and full of heart. Their inventive arrangements extend the pop palette to include such unusual textures as accordion, glockenspiel and cajon. Their confident sound evokes Coldplay and Simon & Garfunkel, the Postal Service and the Police. But for all their eclecticism and depth, the Animators never fail to deliver big choruses, undeniable melodies, and sticky hooks.

November Staff Council Events

Staff Council is sponsoring a Philadelphia Phantoms hockey game on Friday, Nov. 18. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children. All orders are due to Drew Johnson in CEA by Nov.r 4. Johnson can be reached at 215-572-2520 and

The annual Fall Staff Assembly meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. Speakers include President Greiner.

View the University Events Calendars
on and MyArcadia.


Sports Update

Men’s Soccer Advances to Playoffs on Wednesday

The Men’s Soccer team enters the PAC playoffs as the #2 seed. The Knights will be in action on Wednesday, Nov. 2, as they host #3 seeded Wesley for a 2 p.m. game at Enry Field. The Knights hope to keep up tradition—they have been in the PAC final for the past five seasons.

On Saturday, the Knights suffered their first conference loss of the season—and since 2003—as Eastern scored a goal with a minute left in the first OT to defeat Arcadia 1-0. Arcadia had two tremendous scoring chances in each half but could not convert. They had the advantage in shots 9 to 7 and in corners 4 to 1.

On Oct 26, Stefan Szygiel '07 scored the game winning goal off a pass from Chris Brunetti '08 in the 40th minute of the first half as the Knights improved to 8-0 in the PAC with a 3-0 win at Enry Field. Pete Sokolski '08 and Mike Filipone '07 added a goal each in the second half. Ralph Giangiulio '06 and Ben Roller '07 shared the shut-out, making one save each. Arcadia out-shot Cabrini 14 to 3 and had a 5 to 2 advantage in corner kicks.

Filipone scored the game winning goal in the 3-0 defeat of Immaculata on Oct. 24. Zach Askin '07 added a goal and an assist. Andrew Plunkett '08 assisted Askin's goal. Dan McGarry '08 also had a goal in the game off a chip from Aaron Foss '07. The Knights out shot Immaculata 22 to 2 and had a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Upcoming playoff games: Nov. 2 home vs. Wesley, 2 p.m. (PAC Semifinals) at Enry Field (Old Temple Stadium); Nov. 5 - PAC Finals - TBA. More info.

Game-Winning Goals Earn Wimsey Player of the Week Awards

Scott Wimsey tallied four game-winning goals this fall for the Knights men’s soccer team. That’s why for two weeks in a row, Wimsey was named PAC Player of the Week. Wimsey’s first PAC Player of the Week recognition came when he scored the winning goal in overtime against Johns Hopkins. The second came after he scored a goal in the first half against Alvernia, helping the Scarlet Knights to a No. 22 ranking in the nation. For an interview with Wimsey, click here.

Women’s Soccer Advances to PAC Semifinals

In a quarterfinal match-up in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, #3 seed Arcadia University defeated #6 Marywood University 2-0 on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Knights advance to the semifinals Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Eastern, 2 p.m.

In their last regular season game that the Knights dominated Marywood in shots 23 to 1, the first score wasn’t until the 28-minute mark. Maria DeGeorge ’06 sent a cross that the Pacers goalkeeper could not handle, and Amanda Pote ’09 was there to knock home the loose ball to give Arcadia a 1-0 lead. The remainder of the first half was full of chances for the Knights, but the Pacers' defense and goalie kept them off the scoreboard entering halftime.

The second half was a mirror image of the first, with Marywood playing defense and Arcadia attacking. At the 83-minute mark, the Knights scored when Pote sent a cross to Samantha Calhoun ’09, who sent the ball into an empty net to give the Knights the 2-0 lead and the final margin of victory. Marywood questioned offsides on the play, but no call was made. Arcadia Keeper Michelle Leone '08 earned her sixth shut-out of the year.

DeGeorge Earns Six Points in Last Regular Season Game

On Oct. 27, DeGeorge made sure her final regular season game in an Arcadia uniform was a memorable one as she a hand in every goal of the 6-0 victory over Neumann, the Knights fourth consecutive PAC win. DeGeorge tallied the first goal of the game 32 minutes into the first half, off a pass from Patty Robb '08, and then proceeded to assist on goals by Danielle Discher '08 and Pote as the Knights took a 3-0 halftime lead. DeGeorge and Pote teamed up again 16 minutes into the second half as the Knights lead climbed to 4-0. DeGeorge completed the scoring as she netted two goals, one on an assist by Jamie Bradford '09, three minutes apart to make the final score 6-0. Goalkeeper Leone recorded the shutout.

Upcoming playoff games: Nov. 1 at Eastern, 2 p.m.; Nov. 5 TBA - PAC Finals. More info.

Volleyball Finishes Season Against Eastern

The Arcadia University Volleyball team ended the season with a 13-15 overall record and a 3-7 PAC record. The Knights lost to conference opponent Neumann College 3-0 in their final game on Oct. 27.

Women's Tennis

Congratulations to the Women's Tennis team on their 2005-06 season. More info.

Field Hockey

Congratulations to the Field Hockey team on their 2005-06 season. More info.

For Arcadia athletics schedules, scores, and team information, go to:


arcadia in the news

The Art Gallery exhibit Very Early Pictures is a Critic’s Pick on the ArtForum Web site, keeping company with shows in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris. “The curators at leafy Arcadia University, just north of Philadelphia's city limits, have been quietly pursuing a world-class program for seventeen years, and Very Early Pictures, a show of sixty contemporary artists' work from their childhood years, is a typically idiosyncratic affair.” Read more at

The Arcadia Theatre production of Buried Child was promoted in the Neighborhood section of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Oct. 23.

Dramatics Magazine, a national publication for high school thespians and drama teachers, covered Donald Margulies’ presentation on “Becoming a Playwright,” part of the Distinguished Speakers Series on Oct. 25.


Madi Distefano, who will teach a directing course at Arcadia next semester, was among the elite winners of the Barrymore Awards 2005 from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. She was honored on Oct. 10 at the Annual Barrymore Awards Ceremony, held at the Merriam Theater. She received the Charlotte Cushman Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Breda in Eden by Brat Productions. She also was nominated for the F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theatre Artist. For more information, visit the Web site

Larry Atkins, Adjunct Professor of Communications, recently published a new book Larry the Liberal Lawyer Lashes Out, which is a "best of" collection of his opinion columns and essays over the years. One of the top freelance op-ed writers in America, Atkins has written more than 250 pieces for major publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, National Public Radio, Newsday, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The issues covered include politics, law, journalism, current events, social issues in sports, humor, and Philadelphia-related topics. Atkins teaches Editorial Writing at Temple University and Journalism at Arcadia University. Click here for more information.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe will give the keynote address at the Pennsylvania TESOL East Conference at Immaculata University. Slesaransky-Poe, an Assistant Professor at Arcadia and the coordinator of the master’s and certification programs in Special Education, has an extensive history of working with and advocating for enhancing educational and community experiences of people with disabilities, both here in the United States and in Argentina, her country of origin. Her thought-provoking keynote presentation will address a call to inclusive practices for all students at the time of the Gaskin Settlement Agreement; racial profiling in education; engaging in cultural inquiry, and her memorable personal experiences as a bilingual woman and professional living in the United States. Click here for more on her address and the conference.

Slesaransky-Poe also will present “An Invitation to Add ‘Color’ to
TASH Vision and Action: Eradicating Racial Profiling in Education” at the 2005 Annual TASH Conference on Nov. 11 in Milwaukee, Wis.

Niama Leslie Williams, new Adjunct Professor in the Department of English/Communications/Theatre, will be reading her original poetry and prose as part of the Black Women's Art Festival on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8:30 p.m. The Festival runs Nov. 4-5, and all events will be held at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., University City, Philadelphia, Pa. For more information, contact the Black Women's Art Festival, 215/552-8710, or email



The All Saint’s Day Mass was incorrectly identified as All Soul’s Day in information provided to the Bulletin last week.

The Symposium, “Question of God” last week featured Dr. Naomi Phillips, Assistant Professor of Biology (not Dr. Lauretta Bushar as indicated on the event flier).

Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: students Michelle Leone '08, Bridget Curtis '08 and Fred Lazzati '06. Photos by Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

The Arcadia University Bulletin is distributed to students, faculty and staff weekly on Tuesdays during the academic year. Campus members are encouraged to submit information to be included in the Bulletin. The deadline for submission will be the Friday before each edition. E-mail information to or call Lori Bauer, University Relations, 215-572-2970.