November 06, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
November 06, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Jousting and More at Festive Shindig Extravaganza Blowout 2007

JoustingThe Fall Informal Festive Shindig Extravaganza Blowout 2007 is sponsored by the First-Year Learning Communities on Nov. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. It is open to the whole campus and events are free, with special events designed as donation opportunities for charities such as ALS. View schedule.

Spring Course Includes Service Learning in Guatemala

Arcadia students in Guatemala last spring.

“Are you interested in spending spring break where it’s warm, the people are friendly, and the opportunities to impact your own life and those of the people around you are endless? Then join us Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Brubaker 101 to learn about ID 181 Service Learning in Guatemala,” says Terry Greiner, instructor for the interdisciplinary course. “Any undergraduate in good standing is welcome. Health-related majors, Spanish speakers and Education majors may find this a particularly rewarding experience.” For more information, e-mail Greiner at

Traffic Alert for Wednesday, Nov. 7

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, sometime in the mid-afternoon, the funeral procession for Officer Charles Cassidy will travel down Cheltenham Ave. from Second Street to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, which is located next to our campus. It is likely that there will be severe traffic problems as the procession enters and exits the cemetery. This will affect traffic not only on Cheltenham Ave. but on adjoining roads, including Easton Road, as well. In addition, there will likely be news helicopters circling above the cemetery and, therefore, campus. Please be aware of this potential for heavy traffic.

Empty Bowl Dinner Fights Hunger, Homelessness

Empty Bowl DinnerArcadia University will hold its annual Empty Bowl Dinner to fight hunger and homelessness on Monday, Nov. 12, in Grey Towers Castle. Arcadia faculty and staff and community members are invited. Seating is by ticket only with the first seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and the second seating from 6:30 to 8 p.m. More dessert donations also are being sought.

Since 1993, Arcadia University has been holding the Empty Bowl Dinner to help fight hunger and homelessness in U.S. cities as well as other countries. Everyone who attends will get to select a handcrafted bowl made by Arcadia students and local artists in and the around the community. They can then fill their bowls, choosing from an assortment of mouth-watering soups, amazing breads, and desserts—all donated by restaurants and individuals in and around the campus. “Participants take their bowls home to serve as a reminder of the many people in the world who live with an empty bowl every day,” says Cindy Rubino, Arcadia’s Community Service Coordinator. We are hoping for full vanload to donate to the food shelter.

For information on purchasing tickets, visit (click on the Empty Bowl link) or call Arcadia University’s Community Service Office at 215-572-4000. Tickets also will be available for purchase on campus starting Nov. 6 to 8, from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. in The Chat and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside the Dining Hall. Tickets are $12 for students with ID and $15 for non-students. “We also ask that each person bring a non-perishable item to the dinner, which will be donated to local food banks,” says Rubino.

Play Jeopardy with a Little H.E.A.R.T.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. (so you can still catch Grey's Anatomy!), Adjunct Professor Holly Neibauer's Honors English class will be holding a Jeopardy tournament in Calhoun Amphitheater in Boyer Hall. The winner of the tournament will win $100 for his/her hall or for the commuter population, and restaurant gift cards will be awarded as well. Entrance is $4, and players will be selected at random from the audience. “Some categories will be academic, but many will simply be fun!” Neibauer says. All proceeds will go to the class’s fundraiser for Philadelphia’s H.E.A.R.T. program, an Autism program for children ages of 3 to 5. “Come and have a great time either playing or cheering on your friends and hallmates as they play, and be there to support a very worthy cause!” she adds. For more information, contact Neibauer at or at 215-572-2894.

Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Order fresh-baked Thanksgiving pies—pumpkin, apple and pecan—from Arcadia Dining's own Pastry Chef Dan Marcombe. For every pie sold, 50 cents will be donated to Arcadia Student Government Organization—as if you needed an incentive to indugle. All orders must be placed by Tuesday, Nov, 13. Pay by cash, check, or credit card. Pick up pies in the Dining Hall on Monday, Nov. 20, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Contact Sara Goodwin with questions at or at 215-572-2311.

Honors Courses Take an Electric-Kool-Aid Turn

What’s on the spring menu for Honors students? More choices. Course offerings are increasing both in the number and variety of Honors courses offered, notes Bill Meiers, Associate Dean of the Honors Program. For more information about Arcadia’s Honors program, visit The following courses are offered this spring:

  • HN 201 Children's Literature: Reading Between the Lines, is a multidisciplinary examination of children's literature, not just an English course. The instructors will be examining children’s literature from sociological, psychological, legal, and other perspectives.
  • HN 201 A Tangerine-Flake-Electric-Kool-Aid-Acid-Test-All-We-Need-Is-Love-Right-On-Groovy Time: A Multimedia Trip Through the Sixties. “I think that title speaks for itself!” notes Meiers.
  • HN 201 Community in the Classroom is a course about “creative arts education theory.” Students will visit cultural and social institutions in the Philadelphia area as a “learning laboratory.”
  • HN 202 Honors Project
  • HN 390 New American Poetry considers Jack Kerouac, the “Beat” poets, and others.
  • HN 390 The Work World in Popular Film is an Arcadia Online course that “may appeal to students with scheduling issues.”
  • HN 390 Science and Justice “may appeal to the scientists among our students,” notes Meiers. “This is our CSI course!”

Sign Up for PhillyCarShare

PhillyCarShareSunday Night Football broadcasters may have worked in candlelight this week, but Arcadia students can make their own contribution to the environment. A PhillyCarShare hybrid vehicle will arrive on campus at the beginning of next semester. “To ensure that we get a vehicle as soon as possible, we need students, faculty and staff to start signing up now to be PCS members,” says Jeff Murphy ’08. The application is online at

Student applicants should check the box that says "student" and put in Arcadia University for the school name. In the section that says "Promotion Code," enter "Arcadia20" for an automatic $20 credit. “The more faculty, staff and students we get signed up, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to get another vehicle on campus,” Murphy adds. “This partnership has the potential to reduce the number of student-owned cars on campus while simultaneously increasing the mobility of the Arcadia community.”

Custom Regalia/Academic Attire Sale

John D’Orta from Oak Hall Cap and Gown will be on campus Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., in the Castle Rose Room. Receive a 10 percent discount on custom-made regalia if you place your order by Nov. 30. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase academic regalia at a discounted price.

Photos of regalia can be viewed at A wide array of fabrics are available, and all robes come with embroidered initials and a garment bag for storage at no extra charge.

Flu Vaccine Available for Faculty, Staff, Students

The influenza (flu) vaccine is available at Student Health Services at the cost of $5 for students and $20 for staff and faculty. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 215-572-2844.

Staff Council Looking for New Staff Mentors

Remember what it felt like to be the new kid on the block? “You could help to ease someone into Arcadia’s culture by volunteering to be a mentor to a new staff member,” says Michelle Reale, Circulation Manager at Landman Library and Staff Council Mentor Program Director. “Getting together for a cup of coffee or attending a campus event together are just some of the options for mentoring a new employee—the only limits are your own imagination!” Staff members who are interested in volunteering a small amount of time should contact Reale at 215-572-2139 or

Are You Ready for Some Flag Football?

Flag Football intramural games are planned from now until Dec. 2. Games are played on the Kuch Center Athletic Field on Sundays through Dec. 2 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The format is Round Robin plus a playoff. Equipment is provided. (Team t-shirts are optional.) Sneakers only. Rules include no contact, with seven players on the field, with a minimum of two women at all times on the field. The winner is highest scoring team after three 15-minute periods. Each team must roster 10 players and must include team name, list of all team members and three contact phone numbers. For more information, contact Rick Brownell, Athletics Intramurals Coordinator, Kuch Center Gym Office 103,, 215-572-4066.

Barrientos: Robert Redford Inspired Her Career

Tanya BarrientosWhen it came time for Tanya Barrientos, Adjunct English Professor, to choose a career, her “Aha!” moment came from a somewhat unorthodox place. “I became a journalist because I was in love with Robert Redford,” jokes Barrientos, a new addition to the Arcadia faculty. “As a teenager, I saw All the President’s Men 14 times and decided that that was what I wanted to do.”

While Redford may have shown Barrientos one attractive side of journalism, she admits to a few other deciding factors when it came to her career choice. Growing up during the Watergate era, Barrientos remembers looking up to journalists “as heroes. They brought the truth to people. I thought that maybe if I could do that I could change the world.” Read more.

Get Ready for Spring 2008 Course Registration

Spring Registration IconIt’s time to talk to advisers, pour over the course listings and plan what to take for the Spring 2008 semester. New this year: Registration materials and instructions are available on the Web instead of being mailed to undergraduate students.

Course listings are available online at Printed course listings are available at various locations on campus, including Brubaker, Boyer, Taylor (Registrar’s Office), Kuch Center, Landman Library, the Commuter Lounge, Oak Summit, Murphy and other locations. Course listings will be mailed to part-time graduate students.

Each student can access his or her individual degree progress and Academic Plan via IQ Web (click on Student Information on MyArcadia). Registration instructions for graduate and undergraduate students are available at

Priority registration for Spring 2008 runs until Nov. 16. Priority registration is the earliest date students can register. After Priority Registration ends, Open Registration continues until classes begin on Jan. 14.

Share Thanksgiving with an International Student

Thanksgiving is a truly American tradition, and the Arcadia community is invited to help share this tradition with international students. Faculty, staff and students are invited to open up their homes and host an international student during Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Nov. 21, to Sunday, Nov. 25. “This experience is a great way for both host families and international students to learn about each other’s cultures,” says Supinda Sirihekaphong, Assistant Director of International Services. “If you are interested in being a host family, please contact the Office of International Services at 215-572-8557 or e-mail by Nov. 6.

upcoming events

Let's Go: Find out what's happening at Arcadia University

Nader: An Unreasonable Man, Nov. 6

Arcadia’s ITVS Community Cinema will feature An Unreasonable Man, a film about one of America’s most controversial political figures, Ralph Nader. Watch the film and join in the post-screening discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Murphy Hall’s Stiteler Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. The post-screening discussion will be lead by Dr. Joan Thompson, Co-Chair of the Political Science Department, and students from the student-run organization Politically Incorrect. Arcadia’s Community Cinema program is sponsored by the Office of International Services, the President’s Office and University Relations. For more information, please visit

Civility in Action Leadership Discussion, Nov. 7

A Civility in Action Leadership Discussion with Daniel Dotse and Sadik Antwi will be held Nov. 7 in the Library Gallery Room from 7 to 9 p.m. Civility in Action is an initiative to encourage Arcadia University's campus to move from a civility statement to actions. Discussions feature young people who have taken leadership to advocate for or otherwise engage their community to champion a social justice issue. This free event is presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Sean Duffy: The Grove, Nov. 8-Dec. 20

The GroveThe Arcadia University Art Gallery presents The Grove from Nov. 8 through Dec. 20. An installation by Los Angeles-based artist Sean Duffy, The Grove engages visitors in a unique participatory experience. The project is composed of 18 turntables, each linked to 20 speakers suspended from the ceiling on hand-made supports that resemble picnic tables. A selection of albums by instrumental and vocal performers at each turntable allows participants to change the sound environment interactively. With close to 400 speakers, The Grove creates a canopy of sound from a collective-community orchestration of ever-evolving musical compositions. There will be a lecture by Sean Duffy and an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Spruance Fine Arts Center. Click here for more information.

International Education Week, Nov. 12-16

International WeekCelebrate other cultures and make global connections during the upcoming International Week activities. The week is sponsored by Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad, Community Services, International Club, International Programs and Initiatives, International Services, Modern Languages, Multicultural Affairs, Parkhurst Dining Services and Student Activities. Click here to view schedule.

Stalking, Women and Violence Forum, Nov. 13

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, the Black Male Development Symposium, and the Office of Student Affairs are co-sponsoring a forum on Women and Violence. The forum will include a panel discussion in the Castle Mirror Room from 10:30 to noon, featuring Deanna Linn, Director of Volunteers at the Women’s Center of Montgomery County, and Christina Cosgrove-Rooks, M.S., Victims Assistance Coordinator in the Office of the Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., seven Arcadia students—Kim Burton, Jessica Charette, Jessica DeLeo, Katie Dickerson, Rachel Fiorot, Megan Lamothe, and Jade Mostyn—will present “Narratives of Micro-Aggression.”

Stalking: Signs, Response, and Prevention: This workshop is from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 13, in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. What constitutes stalking, and what can be done about it? Whether harassment occurs on campus, or in cyberspace, the result is often the same: Victims feel powerless, afraid, and aren’t aware of the resources available to help them. Student Affairs welcomes Deanna Linn, Director of Volunteers at the Montgomery County Women’s Center, as she presents Stalking: Signs, Response, and Prevention. All are welcome to attend this event. Refreshments and pizza will be provided.

For more information about any of these events, contact Dr. John Noakes, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.

Brother Poets Kick off Writers Series, Nov. 16

Simpson BrothersBrothers David and Daniel Simpson will appear at Arcadia University for the first presentation in the 2007-08 Writers Series on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Landman Library’s University Gallery Room. David Simpson was awarded the 2007 Montgomery County Poet Laureateship, and Daniel Simpson received the Poet Laureate of Lansdowne in Delaware County. Both poets are legally blind. This event is free and open to the public. A CD of the Simpsons reading their poetry will be on sale at the reading. A reception is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Richard Wertime, 215-572-2963.

David Simpson earned his master’s degree in Creative Writing from New York University. His poetry has appeared in several journals, including the Verse Daily and Alaska Quarterly Review. In 2005, Simpson was the first runner up in the Fraser Poetry Competition and was accepted into a four-week seminar in manuscript preparation led by fellow poet Stephen Dunn at the 2007 Nebraska Summer Writers Conference. David Simpson has recently retired from Verizon Inc. and now works part-time as a Braille music and assistive technology specialist for blind musicians.

Daniel Simpson studied poetry while earning an M.A. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. Some of his work has appeared in the Cortland Review and the Atlanta Review. In 2003, he received a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the arts. A former church musician and high school English teacher, he currently works as the Access Technology Consultant for the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Bookstore Customer Appreciation Days, Nov. 27-28

Bookstore Customer Appreciation Days will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, and Wednesday, Nov. 28. Customers will receive 20 percent off clothing and gifts; already-reduced items and Vera Bradley items will not be included in the sale.

Check the online Events Calendar at

campus happenings

Men’s Lacrosse Club Scores First Goal at Albright

men's LacrosseArcadia’s new men’s lacrosse club scored first in its scrimmage at Albright College on Friday, Nov. 2, taking an early lead in the players' first time on the field. The 16 club members who traveled to Albright in Reading included undergrads and graduate students, experienced and inexperienced players, and an international student getting his first chance to play a sport developed here on the East Coast by Native Americans. About 30 fans—students and parents—also made the trek to see the club’s first outing. Read more and view photos.



PA Coordinators Present at Arizona Conference

Rachel Cantanzaro Jennifer Arnold
Rachel Cantanzaro
Jennifer Arnold

Rachel Catanzaro and Jennifer Arnold, Assistant Professors and Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinators, presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) meeting in Tucson, Ariz., in October. Catanzaro and Arnold together presented “Thesis vs. Case Study” in the clinical phase of physician assistant education. Arnold discussed “Hammer or Scalpel Time, the Dos and Don’ts in the Operating Room.” Read their abstracts.

Hejazi Studies IT Utilization by Industry

Sassan Hejazi, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, conducted a study of over 100 manufacturing executives in regard to the use of information technologies in their firms. This research has identified a number of key technology utilization trends by mid-market manufacturing firms. A summary of this research project also has been published in the October issue of the Technology Times Magazine.

Young Writers Project—Que Vive!

How do you capture the creative energy of middle and secondary students and transform it into published work? For Arcadia’s Leif Gustavson and Tyler Doherty, the answer is simple. You take a couple handfuls of students, cram their heads full of high-grade avant-garde poetry, provide them with an unlimited supply of sharpened pencils and legal pads, and turn them loose in an historic site. The results are nothing less than remarkable, as the fifth volume of the young writers’ work, Inside Each Other’s Heads (2007), attests. Read more.

sports update

Women’s Soccer Takes Championship Game to Overtime

Women's Soccer

(14-4-3) Arcadia Women's Soccer put forth a championship performance on a cold and blustery afternoon in Purchase, N.Y., but a bad break for the Knights in the 94th minute gave host Manhattanville College a 4-3 overtime win and the program's first Freedom Conference Championship title. This was the third consecutive overtime affair for Arcadia, which ends the season at 14-4-3.

With possession of the ball three minutes into extra time, Arcadia intelligently played the ball back, rather than through a very congested midfield. But a bad hop carried the ball deep into the box, where senior keeper Michelle Leone raced out to stop oncoming Valiant junior Lisa Rill from taking a shot. The two collided and the ball popped loose to Manhattanville first-year Carey Hickey. As Leone and defenders scrambled to block the front of the net, Hickey placed the loose ball under the crossbar, ending a resilient comeback effort from the Knights. The win gave the Valiants the title and a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins on Wednesday. Read more.

Volleyball in Post Season for First Time in Four Years

Women's Volleyball

(12-14) Arcadia Volleyball saw their season come to a close Wednesday evening as the Red Devils of FDU-Florham advanced to the championship game with a 3-0 win over the Knights in Freedom Conference semifinal round action in Madison, N.J. The loss ends the Knights' successful season at 12-14 overall.

In her final game as a Knight, senior setter Maci Mascall dished out 23 assists, to move her above the 500 assists/season mark with 519. She is the second all-time career assist leader with 1145, behind junior Rachel Glass. On her career, Mascall finished with 91 kills, 1145 assists and 172 service aces (second all time career leader) in 310 games played. Senior Ali Petro also concludes a four-year career for the team.

Arcadia kept pressure on the Red Devils in their second meeting this season with game scores of 25-30, 26-30 and 21-30. But the Red Devils capitalized on 25 Arcadia hitting errors and doubled up on blocks, 8-4, to hold off the Knights in three. 

Junior Sam Schad and first year Natasha Wetten posted double-doubles for Arcadia with only 6 hitting errors between them on 22 combined kills. Schad posted 10 kills and 17 digs, while Wetten contributed team highs with 12 kills and 22 digs. First year Christina DiMichelle notched 10 digs in the losing effort for the Knights.

Last night's semifinal round match marked the first time that the Knights advanced to post season play since the 2003-04 season , when they lost 3-0 to Alvernia in the PAC semifinal round.

Arcadia Swimming Opens Season at Elizabethtown

The men and women opened the 2007-08 swim season at Elizabethtown College Friday evening. While the Knights garnered five first-place finishes, the E'town men defeated the Knights 124-60, and the Blue Jay women topped the Knights 147-57. Read more.

Harris Voted Second Team All-Freedom Conference

Junior forward Beth Harris (Holy Cross/Medford, N.J.) has been recognized with Second Team All-Freedom Conference honors, as announced by the conference office this morning. The lone Arcadia selection finished her junior season with a team-leading 20 points in the Knight's first season under head coach Colleen CarneyRead more.

Athletics news and schedules are available at

Arcadia In the News


Earlier this semester, Larry Atkins, an Adjunct Professor in the English, Communications and Theatre Department, was interviewed on the German/Swiss television program Kulturzeit in a feature segment on Citizen Journalism and I-Reports.

Publication Information

Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics and Alia White, Student Intern. Photos: Joshua Blustein and Lori Bauer. Videos: Janet Gala, University Relations. Web Producers: Sue Gettlin and Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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