November 29, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Senior Gives Congolese ‘Chance to Speak
Their Minds to the World’

By Bridget Curtis ’08

Louis Herbst is on a mission. As a student in Assistant Professor Leif Gustavson’s ED 411 class, Herbst was instructed to do an inquiry on an open-ended question of his choice. An aspiring history teacher, Herbst decided to ask, “How can I make a difference in the world?” Narrowing his assignment to one specific, troubled-filled area, Herbst chose the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has long been a hot-bed for political and social unrest. At the center of a regional war since 1997, the DRC has lost millions of lives to the violence that has become an everyday occurrence.

Researching the DRC and other organizations, Herbst concluded that Congolese people should be heard from directly. “I wanted to give them a chance to speak their minds to the world,” Herbst says. “I figured if I could collect letters from across the Congo, I could use them to help petition our government to help the Congolese people and also help create a living record of what was happening there.” His idea was to create a Web site where he could post letters written by the Congolese people to the United States Congress to serve as an outlet for their problems and concerns.

Herbst decided that to get this vehicle moving, he was going to have to get in contact with someone from the Congo. After reading an article in the New York Times, Herbst decided to contact the author, Marc Lacey, the Times’ Nairobi bureau chief. Within a few hours, Lacey introduced Herbst to a man from the Congo named Fidel Bafilemba. Bafilemba quickly sent out Herbst’s plan to a number of Congolese people who, in return, began responding with letters depicting the realities of their world and voicing their opinions on what needs to be done to help the DRC and its citizens. Each letter was posted in its original, hand-written format on Herbst’s Web site.

Herbst also is working with theatre student Sara Waxman, who has donated a laptop, printer and scanner to help Bafilemba collect more first-hand accounts, and they may write a play to help spread the message. Dennis Gallagher, Associate Dean of Teaching Assessment and Assistant Professor of Psychology, donated a 35mm camera to help document human rights violations, and Edith Stetser, Adjunct Professor of Modern Languages, is having her conversational French students translate the letters now on the Web site into English.

In addition, Herbst has written a simple letter for Americans to sign in hopes that they will be encouraged to try and help the Congolese. As Herbst explains, “I hope that by providing the individuals in this country with a vehicle to write on behalf of the Congolese people that we will be able to help influence the United States policy concerning the Congo.” Letters can be deposited in the folder labeled “Congo Letters” outside Assistant Professor Hayat Alvi-Aziz’s room (Taylor 206). For more information, visit Herbst’s website.

Peacekeepers Screening Tonight Depicts Congo Plight

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall, Louis Herbst, with the help of the International Studies program, will host a screening of the The Peacekeepers, followed by a discussion about the movie and its lessons for efforts to bring stability to a region of the world wracked by poverty and civil war. The Peacekeepers is a powerful new documentary about the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It documents the struggle to save "a failed state," taking the viewer back and forth between the United Nations headquarters in New York and events on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from summer 2002 until spring 2004. For more information on the United Nations' mission in the Congo, click here.

Operation Holiday Helps Families in Need

Arcadia students, staff and faculty can adopt a family through this year’s Operation Holiday, which will help families and individuals from the NAS Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Lakeside Mothercare. Local agencies have identified families in need of assistance this holiday season. Family information, as well as wish lists, are posted on the door of the Community Service Office in Knight Hall. Gifts are needed by Wednesday, Dec. 7. “If you would like to brighten others’ holidays, come and leave your name and number next to a family’s information on the sign-up form. You can choose to shop yourself or donate funds and we will do the shopping for you,” says Cindy Rubino, Arcadia’s Coordinator of Community Service. For more information, contact her at or 215-572-4000.

Commuter Students Begin Winter Clothing Drive

Commuter students are sponsoring a Winter Warmth Clothing Drive through Friday, Dec. 16. They will be collecting new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, hats, mittens and blankets. Men’s sizes are especially needed. All donations will benefit the homeless in the Kensington area of Philadelphia. Drop off points are located in the lobbies of Heinz, Kistler, Dilworth and the Castle, as well as the Community Services Office and the Commuter Lounge. For more information, e-mail

Faculty, Staff Servers Needed for Late Night Breakfast

’Tis the season to be serving… Late Night Breakfast for Arcadia students will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 10 p.m. in the Dining Hall. It is tradition for the faculty and staff to serve the students. To help with this special evening, please send an e-mail to Residence Life Area Coordinator Nick Luchko at or call 267-620-4126.

United Way Pledge Forms Due Dec. 2

Pledge forms for donations to the United Way campaign should be returned to Human Resources by Friday, Dec. 2. Employees can make contributions conveniently through a payroll deduction (January 2006 through December 2006), or donate via personal check made out to United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Call Katie Kelly in Human Resources at 215-572-2173 for a pledge form.

Order Regalia by Dec. 2 for DPT Ceremony

Arcadia’s first DPT Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall. Faculty, emeriti and administrators are invited to march in the academic procession.

Those who do not own academic attire can rent needed items from the Bookstore. Since this ceremony precedes the Honors Convocation Ceremony in March, an agreement has been made with Oak Hall Academic Apparel that allows rental attire to be kept by participants and used again for Honors Convocation on March 25. To take advantage of this opportunity‚ participants can place orders in person (no phone or e-mail orders) at the Bookstore no later than Dec. 2 to guarantee delivery in time for the DPT Ceremony.

Storytellers Sought for Multicultural Dialogues

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is looking for students interested in taking part in the Storytellers program. Storytellers facilitate cross-cultural dialogue on the issue of diversity and its relation to power and privilege. Aiming to provide a safe and supportive environment for students active in anti-oppressive work, Storytellers provide dialogues on race, gender, sexual orientation and spirituality in order to help inform and educate others about these issues. For more information about becoming a Storyteller, contact Multicultural Affairs at 215-572-4088 or John Stafford at Applications are available in the Office of Student Affairs, Knight Hall, and are due Friday, Dec. 16.

Storytellers Available for Classes, Meetings

Over the past two years, Storytellers Dialogues have addressed issues such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion and spirituality. Future dialogues will include cultural/racial immigrant issues, identity development and disability. Storytellers are available to come to a class or meeting to facilitate a dialogue on the following topics:

  • How Society Views Prisoners
  • How Socio-Economic Class Affects Success in College
  • The Ideas of Beauty and the Intersection of Race and Culture
  • Is the Growing Visibility of the GLBT Community and Other Minorities Positive? Who is Left Out?
  • Fear as a Mechanism of Control: Maintaining the Status Quo/Mainstreaming Does Not Equal Equality
  • Katrina vs. Tsunami: Class and Race Interactions and What it Means to be an American.

For more information about inviting a Storyteller to a class or meeting, contact Multicultural Affairs at 215-572-4088 or John Stafford at

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Staff Council Plans Dancing Lessons Nov. 30

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Staff Council is hosting an On-Campus Dancing Lesson at 5 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. Come learn the basics of Swing, the Cha Cha and the Waltz. Lessons and demonstrations are by Ginny Blaisdell and Sam Martin. No partners are necessary.

Electra Special Performance Added for Junior High Students

Arcadia Theatre students will do a special performance of Sophocles’ Electra for junior high school students on Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. Electra, the classic Greek tragedy of justice and retribution, is on the Mainstage Theatre in the Spruance Fine Arts Center through Dec. 4.

Directed by Rosemary Hay, the play tells the story of Electra, a woman troubled by grief and betrayal. Electra’s sister Iphigenia was sacrificed to the gods at the hand of her father, Agamemnon. He, in turn, was betrayed and brutally murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra. The passing years have been hard on Electra, but she will have her revenge. The arrival of her brother, Orestes, provides the opportunity.

Arcadia students cast in Electra include: Cynthia Spitko of Maple Glen, Pa., as Electra; Jason Graboski of York, Pa., as Orestes; Tierney Olthoff of Selden, NY, as Chrysothemis; Sara Landis of York, Pa., as Clytemnestra; Sergil Adams as Aegisthus; Danielle Pennisi of Cedar Grove, NJ, as a Servant; Sara Accardi of Levittown, Pa., in the Chorus; Maura Fox of Philadelphia in the Chorus; and Mellitta McKethan of Philadelphia in the Chorus.

Electra will run through Dec. 4. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for Arcadia students, $16 general admission and $12 for students, seniors and alumni. For tickets and more information, call 215-572-2112 or visit

Picasso Meets Einstein Dec. 2-4 in The Chat

Arcadia is proud to present Steve Martin’s hilarious and fun-filled play, Picasso at the Lapine Agile. Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, the play tells the story of a fantasy meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein when both are on the verge of creating their landmark works: Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Throw in a guy named Schmendiman, who has his own quirky theories about how to make an impact on the 20th century, and a few other denizens of turn-of-the-century Paris, and it’s a formula for fun. Directed by Neill Hartley, Picasso at the Lapine Agile is sure to delight and entertain audiences. Picasso at the Lapine Agile is playing from Dec. 2-4 at 8 p.m. in the Chat Performance Area, located in the lower level of the Dining Complex. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students, seniors and alumni, and free to all Arcadia students. For tickets and more information, call 215-572-2112 or visit

Video Conference on Middle East Politics is Dec. 5

A video conference dialogue between Arcadia University students and students at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt is open to the public on Monday, Dec. 5, at 12:15 p.m. in Brubaker 201. The conference on “The Role of Islam in U.S.-Middle East Politics” is planned by Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor of International Studies.

ACES Plans Gift Wrap Fund Raiser, Collecting Throws for Senior Citizens Dec. 7

The Association of Continuing Education Students (ACES) will hold a Holiday Gift Wrapping Fund Raiser on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in front of the bookstore, which will be having its appreciation day, from noon to 7 p.m. Packages can be wrapped for $3 each.

ACES also will collect new fleece and quilted throws to be given to senior citizens for Christmas. For more information, contact club members at or call club President Dorine Sanders at 215-237-1930.

Information Session for MBA Program Dec. 7

As the first cohort in Arcadia’s innovative M.B.A. with an International Perspective program makes plans to study in Ireland in April, a second cohort will begin this spring. This M.B.A. program is designed for working professionals interested in improving their knowledge of technology, globalization and leadership at an accelerated pace. Every cohort has two international immersion experiences that include on-site study abroad so students can apply their skills in both a developed and a developing country. The Office of Enrollment Management will hold an information session about the program on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the Beaver College Room of the Landman Library. Students can register for the information session by calling the Office of Enrollment Management at 1-877-ARCADIA or online at

Immaculate Conception Mass Planned for Dec. 8

A holy day of obligation Mass, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Library University Room. The Mass is sponsored by the Neumann Organization. All members of the University community are invited to attend. The service will last about 45 minutes. In addition, transportation to St. Luke's evening Mass will be provided by members of the Neumann Organization, leaving from Knight Hall at 6:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. service. For more information or to help with the services, contact Catherine Mattingly, Area Coordinator of local university apartments at

Career Services Hosts Holiday Party Dec. 12

The Career Services Office is having its annual Holiday Party on Monday, Dec. 12, from noon to 2 p.m. in Knight Hall, room 133. All faculty and staff are invited. For more information, contact Kate McGlinchey in Career Services at 215-572-2939.

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Sports Update

Elliott Leads Knights’ Scoring Effort


Eric Elliott '08 led the way for the Knights’ men’s basketball team with 16 points and 6 rebounds in the 66-52 loss at Lycoming on Nov. 27. Andrew Martin '07 added 10 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. The Knights were out-scored by 21 points in the first half and could not recover from the early deficit in the 83-60 defeat at Muhlenberg on Nov. 22. Kevin Brown '08 led the Knights with 12 points and 4 steals. Stuart Slattery '06 added 7 points.

Upcoming games: Dec. 3 at Immaculata, 3 p.m.; Dec. 6 at Eastern, 7 p.m. More info.

Women’s Basketball

Upcoming games: Dec. 3 at Immaculata, 1 p.m.; Dec. 5 at Lancaster Bible, 6 p.m. More info.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming

Upcoming meets: Dec. 3 home vs. William Patterson, NJIT, 1 p.m. More info.

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


arcadia in the news

It’s nice to know that Arcadia’s reputation reaches middle America. KWWL TV in Cedar Rapids Iowa, in a story on a “Push for Library Internet Filters” on Nov. 21, quoted Mike Dargan of the Waterloo Public Library: "Beaver College is a very important college in Philadelphia. It's been there 150 years. Fairly recently they had to change the name to Arcadia University…."

The Newton Tab, Needham, Mass., noted on Sept. 28, “Elizabeth Bancroft of Newton is studying with Arcadia University’s Center for Education Abroad at Victoria University in New Zealand. She is a junior psychology major at Denison.”

“Several schools also offer short-term trips to underclassmen, hoping they will get a taste of the foreign experience and then want to return later in their college careers. For example, Arcadia University near Philadelphia subsidizes the cost of sending most of its freshmen to London or Scotland during spring break,” said an article in the Baltimore (Md.) Sun on Sept. 29. The article noted that next year Goucher College students will be required to study abroad for at least three weeks, “an experience the school’s president says is essential if they are to be prepared for the new global environment.”

Alumni in the News

Lauren Leukhardt, who spent four years as a goalie for Arcadia’s field hockey team, returned to Southern High School, where she went to school, as the field hockey coach, according to an Oct. 21 article in The Capital in Annapolis, Md. At Arcadia, “she balanced classes, work and athletics. After graduating a semester early, she came home to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a coach. ‘I paid my way through school. I graduated early, and after that I was ready to work and begin coaching,’ she said. ‘It’s nice to be on the other side of the stick.’”



Ann Greene is beginning a new term on the Board of Trustees, but the Bulletin failed to note that she had previously served as a trustee for 12 years. Andrew Graham is a "recent graduate alumni trustee."

Publication Information

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

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