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Student Government/Activities/Clubs Update

By: Frank Altamuro

The Student Government Association (SGA) is promoting a year of positivity. SGA is hosting events to enhance campus life and energize students to encourage involvement. This semester began with the Involvement Fair on September 5, 2012. Over 30 clubs and organizations recruited new members and handed out information on their activities for the year. On September 11, Student Government held a 9/11 prayer service in which 140 students attended in honor of the fallen soldiers. On September 18, a forum with Dr. Mirenda, President of Neumann University, was held to address student concerns. Also, Student Government entered into Peace One Day. Peace One Day is a national organization to promote peace on September 21; a day ruled by the United Nations as a cease fire. Coming up in October, SGA will host the annual Clubs Commissioning Dinner. This day of prayer for progress will set a positive mood to help Neumann leadership grow as a unit. Advisor to Student Government, James Gallo stated, “This year I will be constantly reminding each member of student government why we are here, that is, to make a difference for the students and voice their opinions to create change.” Gallo and the fifteen elected members of SGA are in the process of starting nine new clubs on campus and authorizing club budgets. Freshmen Representatives are currently submitting applications for Student Government. At the conclusion of this election, SGA will be at full strength and will keep students notified about upcoming endeavors.
Student Activities Update
The Student Activities Board (SAB) is sponsoring Homecoming from October 19-21. Ashanti will be performing in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. Tickets will be on sale in the Student Activities Office in the last week of September, but remember for Neumann students it is free! Student Activities is also working on supporting co-curricular activities this year. Rock the Vote, sponsored by MTV, will be held on Thursday, September 27. This event will be informative. It will educate students on the rights of our independence and encourage them to register for the upcoming election.
Student Activities will also be sponsoring athletic excursions to the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Union games. In addition, there will be trips to Wildwood, New York, Hershey Park and the Franklin Institute. SAB is working tirelessly to have a variety of events that incorporate education, excitement and engagement.  The club promotes strengthening student to student bonding. Events are held to appeal to a wide variety of interest groups. This method is in correlation with the school’s mission of diversity. SAB welcomes new members and hopes to continue to expand the program.

Club Updates
Coffee and Conversation Club will be meeting this semester to discuss topics such as the upcoming election and misconceptions with homosexuality. Neumann Media is hosting College Radio Day on October 2, with musicians to enhance radio awareness. Pre-Med Club and Students in Free Enterprise Club both presented constitutions to Student Government and are awaiting club approval. There is talk of an Ally Club, Pre-Law Club and Spirit Club. Details to be released in October.

Ally Program – An Introduction

by Lewis Johnson
“I always refer to the Ally Program as the little engine that could because what started out as a small group has grown in size, and the word is spreading. Starting the Ally Program last year was one of the greatest things I have done at Neumann, and my love for it grows every single day. Being able to break the molds and divides that occur within society is what our group strives to do. It is my passion to be able to be that support to students who may be of the GLBTQA community or any student who is feeling conflicted about an issue. My goal for the group is to create a safe, non-judgmental space for all students to express their thoughts and concerns, and receive insight and advice from their peers. And we want to make it known that they are not alone in this journey called “life.”
We meet every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Counseling Center for Wellness, with the exception of a few Thursdays, which can be found on our Facebook page at ‘Neumann University Ally Program.'”


Staff Profile–Charles Campbell

By: Mike Miller
Senior Staff Writer

Charles Campbell

Charles Campbell is the Campus Safety Coordinator in charge of electronic security systems.

What’s your full name?

Charles Campbell

What’s your position at Neumann?

I am the Campus Safety Coordinator in charge of electronic security systems.

Do you have any hidden talents?

Drawing. I also like to fish right here in Aston. Nice trout right around here.

Biggest accomplishment?

I guarded President Bill Clinton when I was in the Marines for a year and a half. I never talked to him but it was pretty cool.

What first: the chicken or the egg?

The egg. Love scrambled eggs and ketchup.

What’s the worst job you ever had?

Bus boy at the Hampton Grill. I hated having to track down waitresses for tips.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

I would like to be able to fly. It would have helped me jumping down the steps as a kid.

If Hollywood made a movie about you, which actor would you want to play you?

John Goodman or Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) from Entourage.

Favorite fast food restaurant?

Wingers. I love their hot wings. I usually get 15 or so every time I go. The buffalo chicken salad is pretty good too.

Pick one: CSI or NCIS?

NCIS. I can really relate to it from being in the Marines myself.

If you could go back to the past, what’s one thing you would tell yourself?

Clean your room. Just look at my office and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

Favorite vacation spot?

Cape May. My parents had a house down there and my dad and I would go out and fish.

Pick one: World Series or Super Bowl?

Super Bowl for sure. I’m a huge Eagles fan since I grew up around here. I followed Reggie White as a kid so I guess I’m rooting for the Packers this year.

What’s the most important part of a sandwich?

The sauce. I do a lot of barbequing and the sauce is the most important ingredient. Any sauce will make the sandwich.

Photo by Andrew Pickul.

Major of the Month–Sport Management

By: Jessica Sabato
Senior Staff Writer

     The Sport Management program started at Neumann in 1997 when Dr. Sandra Slabik, Director of the Undergraduate and Graduate Program, was contacted by the school to create the curriculum for the major.  With a history of playing sports her whole life, coaching and being an Athletic Director at another college, Slabik was perfect for the job.

     “Growing up I was always involved in sports, whether it was playing in an organized league or just a pick-up games with friends so choosing this major was not a tough decision,” junior Brittany Russ said when asked about choosing her major. “I started working at the recreation center in my town when I was 16 and from then on I knew I wanted to work in the sports industry.”   

The Camden Riversharks are one of many possible internships for Sport Management majors

The Camden Riversharks are one of many possible internships for Sport Management majors.

  However, some people get into the major for all the wrong reasons, such as thinking the four year program is a glorified coaching degree and that all your classes are sport related and require little work. 

However, when Slabik was in the midst of creating the program, she knew adding business classes to the major requirements were a key factor.  By putting business classes, such as microeconomics, into the curriculum, Neumann Sport Management students were one step ahead of other graduates in their major.

     While most freshman come into the program in hopes of working with a major league team throughout their four years, the reality hits that there is not a job opening for every Sport Management with their potential dream team. Senior Matt McGovern agrees.

     “My dream job in this field is to become an Athletic Director at a high school or a small university such as Neumann,” said McGovern. “Coming into Neumann I always believed I wanted to work for a professional sports team but as I got deeper into the major, I realized that working within an athletic department would be the best fit for me.”

     When most people think of a Sport Management student, the image of a male normally comes to mind.  However, at Neumann, there are approximately 20 women within the major.

     “On the first day of class it was weird just looking around and seeing only three other girls in a class of thirty students, said senior Julia Keenan. “But after that day you really get used to it and it seems completely normal to me now.”

     The classes and seminars challenge both men and women within the major, leaving for interesting classroom discussions and projects.

     “Some difficulties would have to be in our Facilities Management class going over the different stadiums and arenas,” said Keenan. “I mean who knows that the kind of grass Citizens Bank Park has is Kentucky Blue Grass off the top of their heads? I can say that I do now.”

     It’s always good to love what you do and it seems that sport management students have chosen the right field to do just that.

Photo Provided By Julia Keenan

Club of the Month–Boogie Knights

By: Sarah McGann
Contributing Staff

     Boogie Knights are on the rise. This group of young women is a widely developed group of dancers who come together for the joy of dancing and performing. Their dance shirts say it all: “We dance for laughter, We dance for tears, We dance for madness, We dance for fear, We dance for hope, We dance for screams, We are the Dancers, We create the Dream!” Boogie Knights don’t just wear the saying but prove it to be their mission statement and live by the same terms. The girls love to dance and have passion for what they do.

     “I’ve danced since I was three,” said Captain Melissa Hausman. “It’s my outlet for stress and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

     Boogie Knights are a student government-run club with twenty dancers. Hausman and Miranda LaBricciosa take the role as captains and lead the club. Their dance styles range from jazz, to hip hop, tap and ballet. No matter what the style, each dance uses flexibility in body movements to express ideas and emotions while telling a story. This club has grown over the years and hopes to increase the group membership each year. 

The Boogie Knights team photo

The Boogie Knights team photo!

     “Boogie Knights isn’t just a club,” said Hausman. “It has become my second family.”

     Boogie Knights has had its most performance’s this year and plans on continuing the growth. Throughout the year, the group has performed at various university functions. During Homecoming weekend, the ladies performed at the King and Queen Pageant, the Spirit Car decorating contest and pep rally and the university picnic. Boogie Knights won first place in the Spirit Car decorating contest for their elaborate posters reflecting their true passion for dance. The club also danced at Temple University in the Underground Theatre and joined other universities in the tri state area by dancing in “Philly’s Best Dance Crew” to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Boogie Knights also joined the Dancers for Dimes to support the March of Dimes in the Alumni Auditorium at Widener University. The dancers took big steps to support little feet and babies together. In just one afternoon, the young women raised almost $4,000 to help improve the health of babies. 

     As the years go on, Boogie Knights hope to get more people involved on campus.

     “We really want to grow and become more recognizable here at Neumann,” said Hausman.     

     Everyone is welcome to dance and no one will be turned away. Even if you haven’t danced before, you are welcome to learn and work with the Boogie Knights and enjoy the passion of dancing. The club practices every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:45PM in the dance room of the Mirenda Center. Boogie Knights is open to all students at Neumann and as a group, the dancers hope to see you at their spring recital in April!

Photo Courtesy of the Boogie Knights club.

76ers Coaching Search Starts Now

On Thursday April 15, 2010, 76ers General Manager Ed Stefanski announced that he would be releiving Head Coach Eddie Jordan of his coaching duties. When Stefanski first took the job around two years ago, most people knew then head coach Maurice Cheeks’ days in Philadelphia were numbered. Cheeks is a “Philly Guy” but Stefanski has many friends around the league who are coaches and even coaches who he has worked with in the past at his job in New Jersey prior to Philadelphia. Stefanski was going to bring in his guy. His guy was Eddie Jordan…until this year.

Stefanski’s search for Jordan’s replacement started right after the press conference. Many names have been tossed around since the rumors started around December. These names include former 76ers coach and current Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown, former New York Knicks coach and current analyst for NBA on TNT Jeff Van Gundy and also former 76ers player and former NBA coach Doug Collins. These names are all the prototypical coaching possibilities.

The next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers needs to make a splash. A monumental splash. Some names that would make a splash such as this would be current Butler head coach Brad Stevens, current Villanova head coach Jay Wright, former 76ers point guard Eric Snow, former 76ers guard and current assistant Aaron McKie or current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.

Brad Stevens is the current head coach of the Butler University Bulldogs. He is a guy who is young at the age of 33 years old. Hiring a guy as young as Stevens would put the team in a new direction as far as youth. The team has not had a young coach since Johnny Davis for one year in 1996-1997. Having someone as young as Stevens would offer the chance to have a coach stay around the team for a long time. This is vital especially since there has been six coaches since Larry Brown departed for Detroit in 2003. One of the big turn ons about having Brad Stevens as the next head coach is primarily his youth.

Current Villanova head coach Jay Wright was interviewed for the job during the coaching search in 2009 when the team wound up hiring Eddie Jordan. Jay Wright is a coach who, during his entire tenure at Villanova, has breeded point guards. That is both a turn on and a turn off of Coach Wright’s. It is a turn on because people know that he is able to develop great guards in order to hand off to someone else. It is also a turn off because not many know how he is with developing any other position. He has not produced a great big man besides Dante Cunningham who is now with the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA. Coach Wright is a Philadelphia guy through and through having been born in Churchville, Bucks County, Pa. He knows what it means to win and that is evident with his record at Villanova of 203 wins and 98 losses. He is a phenomenal evaluator of talent and knows how to use the players that he has.

Former 76ers point guard Eric Snow is currently an analyst for NBA TV. His entire career was spent as a point guard. Many people often say, ‘Point guards make the best coaches.’ I really agree with this statement and especially when it comes to Snow. His teammates respected him when he played and most players respect what he has to say now. Snow was always a floor general when playing and knew how to handle himself both on and off the floor. He wasn’t really the best player but he always made up for it with his knowledge of the game. That same knowledge of the game will be what makes him a great coach someday.

Former 76ers guard and 76ers assistant coach Aaron McKie is a guy who has already put his name out there in the NBA by being on the coaching staff under all six coaches that have come through Philadelphia after Larry Brown left. Oftentimes coaching is all about putting your name out there and having the experience at the level that you’re trying to go for a job at. With McKie having already been an assistant at the NBA level, he has more of a chance of moving up than those who may be in college now or even others.

Current University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has been in the NBA before without much success. Because he didn’t have much success, many teams and general managers tend to try to stay away from Pitino. Despite that fact, Pitino could be the big name that the 76ers need to make a big splash in the NBA. Coach Pitino has simply had much more success at the collegiate level than in the NBA. He should honestly stay there. Despite that, don’t be surprised if the 76ers “take a flyer” on Rick Pitino.

Despite all that, the coach that makes the most sense for Ed Stefanski to hire is Byron Scott. Scott was the coach of the New Jersey Nets from 2000-2003. He has history with Stefanski and it just simply makes sense. Scott was named the 2007-2008 NBA Coach of the Year with the New Orleans Hornets and was relieved of his duties after the following year. It was a move that baffled many. Scott lost in the NBA Finals two years in a row and can do similar moves with the team here in Philadelphia if given the chance.

These are some of the possible coaching choices for 76ers General Manager Ed Stefanski. The city of Philadelphia, the current players, and the rest of the NBA will just have to sit back and wait to see what direction he goes in with the many choices he will have.

‘Other Day’ – Another’s Say

Another new column coming soon! Tentatively titled, Just the Other Day, Jess Sabato will be bringing readers of the Joust her reflections on the latest news, headlines,  and rumors from the entertainment world.  Jess will continue to be a regular contributor to the print edition.

Let the story begin…

Rapper Jay-Z recently came out with a song on his new album, “The Blueprint 3” entitled “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”. It starts off with a few lines that go a little bit like this:

“Only rapper to re-write history without a pen
No ID on the track let the story begin, begin, begin”

So, with that being said, this will be my opportunity to let my story, or my thoughts, analysis, or whatever I feel like writing about begin. Many people are currently wondering what “View From the Dorm” means. Being a college student who lives on campus, I write for the Neumann University magazine publication called “The Joust.” The Joust comes out once a month. I am a writer who is trying to get my work out more often and that is no discredit to the Joust staff higher-ups. I am primarily a sports writer but will be writing about anything and everything that I have an opinion on on here. For the Joust, I do student profiles in which I profile a stand-out student or even sometimes a stand-out staff member.

This will most likely be the last time you will read me posting in first person. I hope everyone will enjoy my writings and will constantly come back to read more!

New ‘View’ to Debut

We are pleased to welcome long time contributor Tom Dillard to the Joust online.  Tom will be posting View From the Dorm, a weekly opinion column.  Look for his continued presence in print as well.