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A Chance of A Lifetime

NERVES. N-E-R-V-E-S. That single word explained how I felt on September 22, 2012. No, it wasn’t because I had an important test or a big project due; it was for something that has become one of the highlights of my college career: Learning if the Student Achievement Award me and my group mates were nominated for was coming home with us.

As college students we all have been hit with group projects and as a Communication and Media Arts major, I know this all too well. When receiving our group audio/visual project from Karen Thomas in our Senior Seminar class, I thought this would go like any other project: do the work, turn it in, and receive your grade later on. Well my prediction was extremely wrong since I found myself only a few months later, waiting with my group members and another group from my Senior Seminar class to hear if our goal of winning was achieved.

Through this class we were given the opportunity, and the first to be offered this, to place our audio/visual projects in a college production entry held by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences or NATAS, that give colleges and universities in its region a chance to display their work and eventually, if nominated, a Student Achievement Award. Not only did my group members and I want to enter our piece, “Neumann University: Uniquely Personal,” but we wanted to win. Not just so we can say we did, but to give the Communications department here some type of recognition that we are capable of what Temple and other big, well-known Communications departments can do.

On September 22, among all the known television channels like CBS, FOX, NBC 10, Comcast Sportsnet, and even more well known television anchors and sports announcers like, Marc Zumoff, Chris May and Jim Donovan, I got a chance to see all of the “big-wigs” of the industry that I would like to work in once I graduate. It had to be one of the most surreal moments of my life – to see everyone that I’ve watched on television only a few feet from me. Anxiety started to kick in as once one by one, the categories started to dwindle and give way to the College Production part of the ceremony. Being the second category announced was even more nerve-wrecking. All of the hard work put in by my group members and I was about to come to an end.

“And the winner is…”, and my heart stopped. I closed my eyes and heard my group members start to scream, “OMG, We won!” our hard work indeed paid off. Walking to the stage and hearing everyone congratulate us became the highlight of my last semester of college. We had done it.

Winning didn’t only mean we won, but it signified that I may be able to make in this crazy television industry and that I picked the right major. Looking back on everything from making our piece to winning the award, I wouldn’t change the long and stressful days it took for the group to make this production nor the months of waiting to hear if we won, it made receiving our Student Achievement Award even sweeter.

Neumann Spotlight–Pat Egan

By: Tom Dillard
Online Editor

     Senior Communications student Pat Egan has endured the struggles and celebrated the joys of seeing the professional sports teams he loves.

     Egan was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia. His mother moved to Haverford Township right before his freshman year of high school. He then moved in with his father and attended Cardinal Dougherty High School in Olney section of Philadelphia. After high school, Egan moved in with his mother but ended up taking a year off from school and started at Neumann College in the spring of 2008.

Pat Egan

Pat Egan is the host of TBD Sports on Neumann Radio, which airs every Tuesday from 7-9pm.

     Egan has a true love for sports, which can be attributed to his mother, Terry, who played backup goalie for her high school hockey team.

     “She wasn’t very good,” stated Egan. “She raised me to be a Rangers fan. She named me after a Ranger, Pat Hickey, who is basically the Chase Utley of the Rangers. She just thought he was hot.”

     After his parent’s divorce, Egan’s father, Alex, realized that he was never going to understand hockey and couldn’t transition his son to be a Flyers fan. This forced him to focus his son on becoming a fan of all of the rest of Philadelphia sports. Egan claims that he gets all his other fandom from his dad. His mom is all about New York, including the New York Yankees. Egan claims to really dislike New York teams in every other sport other than his beloved Broadway blueshirts.

     “I can’t stand New York,” explained Egan. “I can’t stand going up there. I don’t even like the Rangers fans. It is what it is.”

     Egan claims his fan hood of the Rangers makes him a better fan with other teams he loves.

     “Being a Rangers fan has made me a better fan,” said Egan. “Growing up in Philadelphia, being a Rangers fan, that’s why I can’t stand bandwagon hoppers.”

     He will always remember one period of time in second grade forever. The Rangers were playing the Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals and getting destroyed. He would go home crying everyday because all of his classmates made fun of him. He simply dealt with it.

Pat Egan

Pat Egan hard at work before class.

     “I think it made me a stronger fan,” said Egan. “It makes you less likely to change allegiances. If you can go through that, you can deal with almost anything as a fan.”

     In addition to his huge fanhood, Egan loves meaningless facts and random stats. When he gets curious, he looks things up.

     “You could ask me what I learned last sememster and I probably couldn’t tell you,” stated Egan. “If you ask me random stuff about the United Football League, I’ll know a decent amount to hold a conversation. It’s not like I go home and study this stuff. I’m not ‘rainman’.”

     Pat Egan has remained true to the professional sports teams he loves. He has been with them through thick-and-thin to live the life of a true fan!

Delco Student Gets Philly Ad Club Scholarship

Andrew Pickul

by Neumann PR

 Philly Ad Club has selected Andrew Pickul, a communication arts major at Neumann University, to receive one of its annual 13 Philly’s Future Scholarship Awards. Pickul is editor-in-chief of The Joust, Neumann’s student magazine, and sports director for Neumann Radio.

 Philly Ad Club is the largest professional advertising organization in Philadelphia. This year, it awarded $20,000 in scholarships: one $5,000 prize, two $2,500 awards and ten $1,000 scholarships. Pickul received one of the $1,000 awards. According to Club president, Mary Meder, the scholarships “are a way to acknowledge those students who represent the future and encourage them to pursue their careers in Philadelphia.”

 Recipients must be juniors majoring in advertising, communications, marketing, journalism or design at a four-year, accredited college or university in the Philadelphia area. They must be nominated by a faculty member and demonstrate academic, personal and professional excellence to a panel of Philly Ad Club judges.

 Other 2010 winners are from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Cabrini College, Hussian School of Art, LaSalle University, Moore College of Art and Design, Rowan University, St. Joseph’s University, Temple University and Ursinus College.

Spangler Garners National Recognition

Russ Spangler honored by Delta Epsilon Sigma

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.

Whetts & Team No. 1

By Tom Dillard

“A player like this only comes around once in a coach’s career. I’m just afraid that mine came in the first five years of my career,” said Neumann Women’s Basketball Head Coach Frank Farnese when speaking about senior forward Brittany Whetts.

Whetts, who will be graduating this year with a degree in International Business, will ultimately go down as one of the greatest basketball players, male or female, in Neumann history. As a senior at John Bartram High School in Philadelphia, Pa, Coach Farnese saw Whetts play and wondered how he could get her at Neumann. “I looked at her schedule and said I’m going to get to as many games as possible and hope she knows that I’m interested,” said Farnese at the Women’s Basketball Banquet.

When Farnese recollected on the attempts to recruit Whetts, he remembered a time when he told her that if she came to Neumann, she would wind up being the all-time leading scorer in school history. Whetts came in as a freshman in 2006-2007 and C-Frank, as he is often called by his players, could never have asked for more from a freshman. She wound up starting in all but one game and averaged a whopping 17.0 points per game en route to a Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Rookie of the Year Award, which was only the start of the many accolades that Whetts would receive.

During her freshman year, Whetts scored a career high 42 points aganist FDU-Florham. In addition to the accolades already mentioned, Whetts was recognized as PAC player of the week and month numerous times and the All-PAC Second Team. That year, she ranked 7th in the conference in scoring with 409 points and ranked 4th in rebounding with 235 rebounds. Whetts was also honored by her team as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year Award and Co-MVP.

Whetts’ sophomore year was nothing different from the previous one, racking up more accolades and climbing closer to several milestones. The team was able to accumulate a record of 15 wins and 11 losses with a first round exit at Misericordia University. The season included a six game winning streak which was preceded by a three game losing streak. Whetts’ season’s 288 points got her closer to the collegiate milestone of 1,000 points, while averaging 11.5 points per game. In addition to that, she grabbed 224 rebounds and averaged 9.0 per game while collecting 26 blocks and 27 steals.

During Whetts’ junior season, she achieved two career milestones. During the season, the Neumann Knights compiled a record of 18 wins and 10 losses including a loss in the semifinals of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) playoffs at Gwynedd Mercy College. On January 22, 2009 at Rosemont, Whetts hit a jumper for her 1,000th point of her career. In addition to her 1,000 point milestone, Whetts also scored 521 points on the season averaging 18.6 points per game. She grabbed 353 rebounds and averaged 12.6 per contest.

Whetts standing tall on the court

The second milestone that Whetts finally achieved was being recognized as the CSAC Player of the Year after the conference went through realignment. Whetts was happy with this achievement but was not satisfied with the season. Whetts’ senior season was a special one. “I felt like we were going to win the championship in August, like the moment we all got here,” said Whetts when asked about winning the championship on March 17 while on Neumann Radio’s Around the Dorm.

This year was a season of challenging games and even more than that, a season of “firsts.” Neumann University opened the new Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality, and Character Development in October at Neumann’s Homecoming. Coach Farnese says that he will always remember the day at Homecoming when the building was opened because of a conversation with Mr. Tony Mirenda. “Day one, Tony Mirenda came up to me and said ‘Coach you have an opportunity here to be the first women’s program to ever win in the new building and in the history of the school being in the NCAA tournament now,”’ recalled Farnese. ‘“I want to see one of those banners hanging in here.’ When I saw him after our championship game, I reminded him about that day and he remembered it.”

The championship won this year by the women’s basketball team can be chalked up as another first in school history. The season started off with a loss in the home opener to Richard Stockton College, which was a devastating loss to open the new building. After that loss, they went 3-2 before going into conference play. In conference, the team went 12-2 with their first loss coming at Marywood University on February 1. Despite a home loss to Cabrini to close the regular season, home court throughout the playoffs had been secured the game before against Immaculata.

Throughout the season, Neumann played three teams that were nationally ranked at some point in the season including Widener, Moravian, and Gettysburg. Another staple of the team this year which Whetts and teammates Krista DiRomualdo and Bethany Humenik defended on Around the Dorm, was the team’s performance of “the Cha-Cha Slide.” “We went to Centenary and they had it on their warm-up tape, and they were kind of dead on the other end and we were trying to find a way to wake up,” said Whetts. “So, we all started doing the cha-cha slide and we went on to win by two. So, it was a good thing.”

During the season, Whetts went on to break two records. On January 30, Whetts broke the women’s all-time scoring record previously held by Kaleena Simmons. In the same game, she grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, something done by very few in Neumann history. On February 28, Whetts scored an early bucket to pass Tim McKee as the all-time leading scorer in Neumann history with 1,817 points.

At the finish of the season, Whetts received numerous accolades including another CSAC Player of the Year Award. At the team’s end of the season banquet, Athletic Director Chuck Sack announced that Neumann will be retiring the number “15” jersey of Whetts, an accolade held by only two other players in school history, Colette Duggan and Brendan P. Kelly. At this time, Whetts and her family are exploring options for her professional basketball career.

Question of the month: How do you focus on finals?

“Rest, listen to music

and pray before I take

my tests and not

stressing.”

– Dallas Warren, Senior.

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“I pray and I take breaks

after two hours of

studying.”

-Nadege Saintanas, Senior

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“I like to highlight my

notes and study what

I’ve previously learned

in class. Note cards are

another great way to

study.”

-Cecily Ridgeway, Freshman

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Got your own way of staying focused during finals week?  We’d love to hear from you!  Share your secrets in the Comments section below…

NU Senior Honored by Peace Alliance

by Britney Lodato

Trying to promote peace and educate others on violence and conflict can be a very tough task. However, at Neumann University, there is a group that focuses on just that – trying to avoid violence at all costs. The Student Peace Alliance works with the Neumann community, as well as the surrounding communities and organizations, to help promote peace. It is a national organization that covers social justice issues such as poverty and genocide.

Neumann University senior and president of the Student Peace Alliance, Nicole Husbands, is very passionate about this group and the message they want to send out to others.

“We try to work with different organizations on campus to get ourselves out there so people know what it is that we do,” said Husbands.

This year Husbands was invited to the National Conference for the Student Peace Alliance, to introduce one of the speakers. Due to the streak of bad weather, the speaker could not make it down to attend the conference. Instead, they asked Husbands to speak about what it exactly is that she does for the peace alliance.

The group organizes events and makes contacts with different peace organizations outside Neumann’s campus. Nonetheless, they still work with other groups around Neumann, such as campus ministry. The current drive they are working on now is to help people who have been victimized by human trafficking. In April they are doing a clothing drive for women going to prison and teaching them how to dress and take care of themselves before they go to trial.

“We believe no matter where you are in life, you’re still a person and need to be supported. Most of these women don’t have anyone which is why they’ve ended up in the situations they have,” said Husbands.

The Student Peace Alliance does so much to educate the community through discussions and events and encourages Congressional Representatives to take action against violence domestically, nationally and internationally. This group is one of the most inspiring groups on campus and deserves more credit than they are given. With all the violence occurring in today’s society, it’s refreshing to see that young people are taking the proper steps to try and diminish it as much as possible. Apparently beauty queens aren’t the only ones who want world peace.

For more information, check out the Student Peace Alliance facebook group.