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By: Mike Miller
Senior Staff Writer
What’s your full name?
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.
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.
April 21, 2010 — WMGK DJ Andre Gardner visited Neumann University yesterday to speak with communication majors. Neumann has had guest speakers before, but Gardner’s presentation was special; he never set foot on Neumann’s campus. In fact, he never left his station microphone.
Gardner came to Neumann using Skype, an online video telecommunication software that allowed him to see, speak and interact with Neumann students while he was on the air from his Greater Media studio. Gardner shared his life and career in radio, while pausing every so often for to do a live talk break.
This unique experience gave students the opportunity to do more than just hear about how a radio DJ works, they actually got to see it. Gardner was able to show students a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes during an afternoon drive shift. Students were able to see his music log, and get a view of the board and digital system, while Gardner provided an explanation and background of what he was doing while he worked.
Gardner also tackled questions from the audience which ranged from what has been the greatest experience working for WMGK (meeting Paul McCartney), discussing the challenge of finding new ways to introduce old songs, to the constant evolution of the radio industry. Gardner provided thorough answers for every question, and did so until every question had been asked.
Gardner hosts the afternoon drive (2:00 – 7:00PM) during the week, and Breakfast with the Beatles on Sunday mornings.
This event was presented by the students of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society as the first annual Communications Forum. Be sure to keep an eye out next year for another exciting speaker.
April 14, 2010 — The Neumann University Cheerleaders will perform as the Camden Riversharks host the Newark Bears at Campbell Field in Camden, New Jersey on May 1st at 5pm.
Under the guidance of head coach Arielle Mungin, the university’s squad is practiced and ready for the challenge of performing on such a big stage.
Reserved seating near the cheerleaders is available for $12. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Coach Mungin, visiting the Student Activities office, online, or by phone. Be sure to mention Neumann University at the time of purchase.
Following the game children will be allowed to run the bases and a fireworks display will be presented.
The Camden Riversharks opened Campbell’s Field on May 11, 2001 in front of a league record crowd of 7,192 fans. Campbell’s Field sits in the shadow of the magnificent Ben Franklin Bridge that spans the Delaware River and connects New Jersey and Philadelphia.
The park faces the bridge and provides a spectacular view of the nightly light show on the bridge as well as the skyline of historic Philadelphia. Campbell’s Field seats 6,425 fans including 20 Suites, a 250 seat picnic area and 400 Club Seats that feature access to a private café.
The crown jewel of the ballpark may be the 5,000 square foot play area for kids. This area features playground equipment and four inflatable games including an obstacle course, speed pitch, moon bounce, giant slide and a rockwall. A carousel is located on the third base side upper concourse.
Andre Gardner, a DJ from WMGK will share his experience with the Neumann community on April 20th.
Invited by Lambda Pi Eta, the Communications Honor Society, Andre will be connecting live from his studio at Greater Media, to the Meagher Theatre in the Bruder Life Center at 2:30pm, as he works the afternoon shift.
Using Skype, an internet based virtual video conferencing software, Andre will talk with students, answer questions, and show everyone what goes on behind the scenes at a radio station. The event should be of special interest to CMA majors, but is open to the entire Neumann community — students, faculty and staff.
Gardner hosts the evening drive from 2:00 – 7:00 PM during the week as well as Breakfast with the Beatles on Sunday mornings.
This event launches the Lambda Pi Eta Communications Forum, a new, yearly initiative from the honor society.
by: Joust Staff
Aston, PA – Russ Spangler, a Neumann University senior CMA major, has been recognized by the national Catholic honor society Delta Epsilon Sigma and awarded one of twelve graduate fellowships.
Spangler was nominated for the award by the local Delta Pi chapter and panel of five judges reviewed his application. Nominees are rated on academic achievement, service to the community, and character. Additionally, three professional letters of recommendation are required.
The fellowship is named after the Founder and first Secretary-Treasurer of Delta Epsilon Sigma, Most Reverend Edward A. Fitzgerald of Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa. Established in 1938, Delta Epsilon Sigma is the national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition.
Delta Epsilon Sigma has recognized Neumann University students in the past. Barbara Perry, then president of Delta Pi was the singular recipient of the National Student Award, designed to bring attention to truly outstanding academic accomplishments among Delta Epsilon Sigma’s undergraduate members. During the 2008- 2009 academic year Barbara Perry, a Criminal Justice major at Neumann, was a recipient of a Fitzgerald Fellowship.
Filed: April 10, 2010 at 1PM
by Zach Schneider
Another update from San Jose, California: the roller hockey team continued their winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Cal State Chico and begin their next game in a few minutes against the University of Tampa!
Coach Strofe said to keep the prayers coming West!!
Another update from sunny San Jose! Our roller hockey team finished pool play by defeating Grand Valley State University (2009 National Champions) by a score of 6-5 Thursday evening. The victory placed them in 1st place in their pool and they continue play against Cal State – Chico tonight at 10:45 pm EST! If you plan on being up that late tonight, here is the link where you can listen to audio play-by-play of their game:
By Britney Lodato
Photo: Carlos Porto
Neumann University campus store has a lot to offer its students. Not only do they sell books but they have a textbook rental program as well. You must have your student I.D. with you to take out the textbook. Just bring the desired book to the register, give them some basic information and you can walk away with the book. This system of doing things is a 54% savings over the cost of a new book. You can write or highlight in the book and return them without incident. If the book is destroyed and deemed unrentable or unsellable then you have to pay the difference. As long as you do not get the book wet, destroy the cover or rip out pages you will generally be ok.
The bookstore is Franciscan run by the university. They are not a corporation and therefore can be more lenient when it comes to the condition of the book when it is returned. Online sites will simply bill your credit card and you have no recourse.
Along with renting books, the bookstore also sells eBooks. They have been selling them for several years now, however, most students do not choose eBooks as most instructors do not use this format, and in some instances, navigating the eBook is more time consuming than simply turning to the page needed. You can purchase most eBooks from the bookstore for around 33-40% of the cost of the new book.
Let’s talk about something most students dread doing – book buyback. At the end of every semester a book wholesaler comes to the store to buy back unwanted books from students. If the book is being used by an instructor and the book is in the current edition, students will receive 50% of what they paid for the book. If the book us going into a new edition, it is considered “No Value” in the academic world. The bookstore donates any unneeded, “No Value” books to a variety of agencies that ship said books to third world countries, community organizations and prisons. If an instructor decides not to use the book and it is still in the current edition, the book wholesaler will pay anywhere from 33% on down to about $5.00 for that book. Paperback novels needed for class are generally nearly worthless at anywhere between $1.00-$2.00.
The cost of buying textbooks for one semester can be close to a mortgage payment. The average costs of books are $350.00-$450.00. Specialized majors can top $500.00-$600.00. Buy your books wisely, students, because we all know the money situation for an average college student isn’t going to cut it when it comes to these pricey purchases.
If you have any questions regarding the bookstore, feel free to contact Bob Conroy, Campus Store Director, at email@example.com or the Campus Store at 610-558-5618.
by Dr. Joe Glass, Adviser to the Joust
Photo: Chuck Felix
April 4, 2010 — It’s opening day, when every major league baseball team has a shot at the World Series, and every fan has a chance to predict what will happen over the course of a 162 game season. Well, I’ll start the ball rolling, so to speak. Yes sir, I’ll take it one game at a time, stay within myself, give a 110%, and be your go-to guy. I’ll “take a swing” at predicting the outcome of the 2010 baseball season right here in the Joust for the entire world to see. Why? A few reasons, actually.
First, the site is brand new. Maybe curiosity about my predictions will motivate a few students to visit and spread the word about the new, digital Joust. Secondly, when you visit, we want you to leave comments, and nothing draws comments better than opinions concerning sports. Finally, I’m willing to post these fearless predictions and risk your ridicule because I know the password to this site. In a twinkling, I can remove them and pretend they never existed. Just kidding – I’d never do such a thing.
Actually, I’m willing to post them because – believe it or not — there’s some science behind these predictions. Each year, Dan Szymborski of the Baseball Think Factory creates detailed, projected statistics for each player expected to appear in a major league uniform. I fed Dan’s stats into Diamond Mind Baseball, a popular baseball simulation program developed by baseball statistics expert Tom Tippett. Then, I ran the 2010 season. And ran it again, and again, and again. The “heavy hitters” in the world of baseball predictions will run the season anywhere from 100 to 1,000 times and then apply some very intricate, detailed, highfalutin statistical analysis to the results. I didn’t do that.
I ran the season five times, gave each team one point for a first-place finish, two points for second-place and so on. At the end of five seasons, I totaled the points and ranked the teams from lowest to highest within each division. So if these predictions prove absolutely worthless, please blame my method, not the efforts of Dan or Tom.
Now, drum roll please…
- AL East: Rays, Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles and Blue Jays
- AL Central: Twins, White Sox, Tigers, Indians and Royals
- AL West: Mariners, Rangers, Athletics, Angels
- NL East: Phillies, Braves, Mets, Marlins, Nationals
- NL Central: Cards, Cubs, Brewers, Reds, Pirates, Astros
- NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Giants, Padres
In closing, remember the words of Ira Gershwin: “They all laughed at Christopher Columbus,when he said the world was round; they all laughed when Edison recorded sound. They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother when they said that man could fly. They told Marconi wireless was a phony; it’s the same old cry.”*
* from: They All Laughed. 1937. George & Ira Gershwin.
Photo: Maggie Smith
From Our Lady of Angels to Neumann College, to Neumann University. The institution continues to evolve. And so does its Campus Press.
From humble mimeographed beginnings, to once-a-semester newstock, to monthly newzine, the Joust now enters the digital age in a new way: the Joust Online.
Developed throughout the spring semester as a Journalism Workshop project by seniors Meghan Rogers and Brandon Thomas, and helped along with technical assistance from Dan Smith, manager of media services, the site is now ready for critical review from the Neumann community.
The mission of the Joust Online remains the same as the print edition: an outlet for student voices. Contributors may report on any subject in any format (news, reviews, cartoons, photos, poems, polls, opinion, etc.) but must do so within the boundaries of reverence, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship.
Moving the Joust online should create an outlet for more voices to be heard, according to Joust advisor, Dr. Joe Glass. “More stories, more contibutors, more timely and more feedback from readers — thats been our objective and I think the website goes a long way toward meeting it,” he said. “The Joust online allows us to expand our coverage in ways we never could in print. We are no longer limited by page count, printing expense and — most importantly — we have found a way around long lead times and monthly drop dates,” he added.
Does this mean the end of the print edition? Glass isn’t saying definitely, but one gets the feeling he wouldn’t miss it. “With the proliferation of mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPod, Kindle, Blackberry, and soon the iPad I believe the Joust Online is our future,” he said. “The Neumann community will have to visit the site, play with with it, post comments and tell us if the future starts today.”
The online edition debuts with campus news generated by Joust staff, wire stories from Collegiate Presswire, Neumann sports updates generated by the Athletic Department, local news courtesy of the Delaware County Times, catholic news from the Catholic News Service, and an opinion poll. It also features links to past print editions, a basic site navagation guide, and a “meet the staff” area still under development. Already, reporters have the ability to write and post stories on a daily basis, and readers have the ability to leave comments and instant feedback.
Free from limited press runs and local distribution, the Joust can be viewed from anywhere in the world by a theoretically unlimited audience. Glass sees this as a plus for alumni, parents and prospective students. He also believes saving $1,000 per issue in printing costs is a plus for the institution while saving the trees is a plus for the planet. “I can’t thank Meghan and Brandon enough,” he smiled. “I love the work they’ve done. Here’s hoping the Neumann Community loves it too.”