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The Resilient Phills

Game 4 of the NLCS  left had to leave a bitter taste in the mouth of the Phillies.  A big four run rally to erase a two run deficit quickly turned into a one run lead for the Giants.  Again the Phillies battle back, scoring a run to tie the game before a controversial managerial decision resulted in Roy Oswalt picking up the loss.

In game 5, the Phillies had to regain another lead after an early run allowed by Roy Halladay.  Again, the Giants seemed on the precipice of another comeback.  The game was a run one event until Jason Werth’s raw power display in the top of the 8th inning.

The relief pitching for the Phillies stretch run were the story of last nights game.  After Halladay scattered 6 hits and 2 runs in six innings of work, the bullpen dominated.  Contreras’s allowed only one base runner, gaining two outs before JC Romero got the final out.  Madson dominated the 8th.  Three batters faced- three strike outs.  His stuff was simply electric.  Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to bring the series back to Philadelphia for a game six this Saturday.

So lets recap- 3 innings, one hit, no walks, 5 strikeouts and  zero runs.

Quite a night in a pressure packed road performance for the Phillies’ pen. In the last two months of the season, Madson and Lidge allowed only six runs in 59 appearances.  Thirty eight year old Jose Contreras was the teams workhorse this year.  He had the Phills’ most appearance (68) and posted a 3.34 ERA with four saves this year.  After a rough go for the bullpen last year, they struggled again at the start of this season.  Injuries to Lidge and Madson contributed to the team’s early season slump, but since their return, the teams pen has been a key reason for Philly’s second half success.

Now for the bats.  Let’s give credit for the Phillies taking a page out of the Giants playbook.  Too many times this season, the Phillies have gone stagnant on offense and have not been able to produce runs with the grittiness they showed in game five against one of the games best pitchers.  Scoring runs off Lincecum, and the rest of the Giants staff for that matter, has been no easy task for the Phillies.  The Giants had the best team ERA in the National league this season and the best bullpen ERA.  But, the Phils scraped and clawed their way to a four spot verse Lincecum and got the job done.

Time for another

Expect Ryan Howard to come up big in game six.  Until last nights fiasco (0-4 3ks) Howard has been seeing the ball well this postseason and should break out in game six.  His average RBI total in his full seasons since reaching the majors- 130.  This is a guy who hadn’t hit above 270 for a season until this year.  His batting average with runners in scoring position has been annually higher than his average otherwise, and he will come around and start knocking in runs.

The Phillies play great in Philadelphia because they fit their park.  They have much more power up and down the lineup than the Giants, and they come back to a park that played a part in the 25 home runs they hit last postseason.  They run the bases better than any team in the league and Jimmy Rollins looks to be at full speed after stealing second and third last night.

Roy Oswalt has a rubber arm and suffered little to no arm problems throughout his career.  Despite having pitched less than an inning against the Giants on Wednesday, he will be fine come Saturday at game time.  Roy’s personality to avenge the loss in game four will be more significant than the 40 extra times he threw a baseball four days before.  And one thing is for sure- no pitcher in baseball will want the ball more for game seven at the Bank than Cole Hamels.

The hard part is done- taking one on the road.  Two wins now separate Philadelphia from another shot at the World Series.

-Dan Angelo

The Joust: Going Digital, Going Green

by: Joust staff

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.”

Charter Day: Something New Under the Sun

By ​Katie Crowley

Finding a unique way to celebrate a 45th anniversary can be a challenge, but not for the community on this holy hill. Proving that indeed there can be something new under the sun, faculty, staff, students, and administration marked the 45th Charter Day as never before – with University status.

A special feeling was in the air as history was recalled. From the humble beginnings of Our Lady of Angels College, created on paper with a charter from the Pennsylvania Department of Education on March 10th, 1965, and turned to reality by the dreams, work, and prayer of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, the college has continually evolved.

With the admission of male students came the Neumann name. With the Learning and Life Centers came residential students. With the recognition of Neumann’s programs and professionalism came university status. With Charter Day 2010 came rejoicing, praying, singing, celebrating.

The Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, celebrated mass with the Neumann Community at noon in Our Lady of Angels chapel. In the afternoon, he received an honorary degree and delivered the seventh Dorothy Leunissen Presidential Lecture.

Sister Esther Anderson, OSF, Congregational Minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, also received an honorary degree. She recalled the early fund-raising efforts required to make the college a reality. From bazaars to horse back rides, nothing was deemed too insignificant to help build Our Lady of Angels. Neumann’s president, Dr. Rosalie Mirenda and chairman of the board, Mr. Jay Devine, joyfully awarded the degrees to Sister Anderson and Bishop Senior.

Sister Peggy Egan, OSF, Neumann’s Dean of Students, found the day’s events inspiring. “The Bishop’s message [stressing the importance of vocations to religious life] and the students reaction to having the bishop here – both inspired me,” she said. Additionally, she enjoys the campus unity that Charter Day inspires.

Sr. Marguerite O’Beirne, OSF, Vice President for Mission & Ministry, was also pleased with this year’s unique celebration. “It was a beautiful recognition of both the ‘year of the priest’ and of our milestone,” she said.

​For more information on Charter Day, the Leunissen Lecture, Bishop Senior, or Sr. Anderson visit the News & Publication section at About Neumann at http://www.neumann.edu.

Student Faith: Journey to Easter Vigil

Plus: Mission & Ministry News



It is not uncommon to come across students at Neumann whom have not received all three Sacraments, are of a different faith, or do not belong to any religion. Many students express a desire to learn about the Catholic faith, for it is very involved and often misinterpreted. For such students, Neumann provides a program entitled Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This program gives students an opportunity to explore the Catholic faith deeply at a time of their convenience and with a participating faculty member of their choice.

The program is personal and unique to each individual. Every person has their own reason for showing an interest in the Catholic faith: Last fall, the first semester of my freshman year of college, I had a revelation of sorts. After the unexpected passing of a good friend I could no longer harbor the anger I had for a God, whom I previously claimed never existed. My questioning him acknowledges that there is a God. I felt myself being comforted by the faith of her family. They were not angry with God for taking their daughter, sister, cousin or girlfriend. They were relieved that she was in a better place, and they accepted the fact that God had called her home. After this experience I researched their religion, Catholicism, to try and make sense of the faith they had in this mythical creature. I do not know how to put the feeling I had in words, but I like to think of it as the Holy Spirit at work in my heart. I contacted Melissa Hickey, the Campus Minister, and began the RCIA program that is offered to all students. I never realized how incomplete my life was when I had my back to God. My life is completely different now. It is not like I was a murderous, hateful person before, but my life had new meaning. There is a spiritual aspect of my life now that I never let myself explore before. Instead of being angry at everything “bad” that happens I now look to God to help me make sense of what has happened.

I will be baptized at Easter Vigil, and receive the other two sacraments as well. I can honestly say I have never been more excited about something in my entire life. I hope my story inspires my fellow students with questions and curiosity to explore and find a happiness that does not exist unless God is in our hearts.

Other students will be joining me at Easter Vigil – Amanda Addesso and Sean Bianchini. I am sure they agree with me in saying that it is a life changing experience. In addition to the students entering with me, many other students are still working through RCIA.   Faith is a journey that never ends.

Other Mission & Ministry News

New Orleans

A major component of Catholicism is service. An alternative spring break trip to New Orleans, LA was offered to all students. A group of students, including myself, traveled to New Orleans over spring break. The experience was amazing. The city is rich in culture, and one of a kind. The work we did there was so rewarding!

Knights for Life

Currently Knights for Life is sponsoring Baskets of Hope, an endeavor that helps to support children with cancer who are currently at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOPS). We will be collecting items until April 16th to fill the baskets:  books, crayons, activity books, coloring books, play dough, gel pens, journals, playing cards etc. for children of ages 3 through 16.  Items can be dropped off in the Ministry Center, Room 137 Bachmann building.

Other service opportunities are offered through the Ministry Center year round.

New “Direct” -ion for Financial Aid

By Michael Martin Jr.

 In a pro-active effort to adhere to President Obama’s efforts to restructure educational loans across America, Neumann University will switch to Direct Lending for graduate and undergraduate students who wish to obtain federal loans for educational costs. The change will take effect with the first summer session for the 2010-11 academic year. Currently, students and their parents rely on private lenders whose loans are

backed by the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).

“This switch from FFELP to Direct Loans essentially eliminates a middle man in the lending process,” said Christopher Corrato, Associate Director of Neumann Financial Assistance. “Loans from private lenders in the FFEL Program have always been backed by the Federal Government. Now the money will simply go from the Federal Government directly to the school. This eliminates the need to search for lenders and

 protects the student from dealing with a lender who may leave the market.”

During the coming academic year, all continuing graduate and undergraduate students will need to complete the new Direct Loan Master Promissory Note. Graduating students can choose to consolidate their current loans if they are being handled to note that these changes are recommended by the United States Government. Neumann’s Financial Assistance staff has acted to serve its students and facilitate a smooth transition to the new system for every student receiving Federal Stafford loans. The only duty that students have to complete in this process is signing a new Master Promissory Note

 online this spring. This note is a document in which students agree to pay off their loans

 upon graduation. Students who currently receive loan money may have already signed one of these notes, which they will have to do so again in order to receive their loans for the fall of  2010.

Direct Loans will offer students a single application process and reduced origination fees. Money will be available sooner because schools will not have to wait for financial institutions to disperse the money. Interest rates of 7.9 percent will be applied to Direct

 PLUS loans for parents and Direct Grad PLUS loans for Graduate students. This is lower than the current 8.5 percent rate offered in the FFEL program.  Additional information can be found on the www.dlenote.ed.gov  web site.

Katharine Markert, Neumann University’s Director of Financial Assistance, has invited

 all students who have questions to attend one of her “FINANCIAL AID 101” information sessions. These Saturday sessions are to be held February 20th, March 4th &

 27th. She asks that students RSVP at least two days in advance by calling 610-558-5521  or by emailing finaid@neumann.edu.  All sessions will be held promptly at 10AM

 in the McNichol Room of the Bruder Life Center. “We are here to help,” said Markert.