The Masque of L a Salle prepares for Haunted House

Julie Wood | Editor

With Halloween quickly approaching, there is a vast amount of activities and attractions to attend in the City to get into the fall spirit. While the City offers these great opportunities, an even more convenient way to celebrate the spooky season is offered on campus.
Each year La Salle’s theater organization, The Masque, creates a thrilling Haunted House for the students. Covered by the Student Activities Fee, this event is free to attend.
Katie Kapfer, the Vice President of Technical Affairs for the Masque, oversees all planning involved with this grand event, and she has been actively involved with the Haunted House since her freshman year. “Freshmen year I acted in it, while sophomore year, I planned with the committee and helped run lights,” Kapfer said. “This year I am recruiting actors, leading the planning committee, finalizing budget needs, and making sure the event runs as smoothly as possible.”
The Masque has been busy organizing this event since the end of September, while also trying to manage with rehearsals for their upcoming musical. Despite the early start, most of the work is done throughout October, creating material up until the opening day. This preparation includes all of the planning, as well as buying any props or costumes that are needed for the actors or the different scenes throughout the guided walk-through attraction. “The week leading up to the event consists of the final preparations,” Kapfer shares. “That last week is definitely the busiest!”

Despite the hectic schedule of the overlapping events, the Haunted House is still an activity that all the members look forward to participating in. There are typically around 30 actors involved in the creation of this event, many of who also work on various aspects of the musical. “My favorite part about Haunted House is that it is an opportunity for The Masque to come together and go a bit wild,” said Kapfer. “We are in the middle of our production for Urinetown, and everyone is extremely busy focusing on getting the show ready. This event is a break from that; it allows us to act crazy and have fun while putting all our creativity together to create an amazing event.”
Each year, a unique theme is chosen. Last fall, the Haunted House revolved around a circus setting, filled with freak show elements of scary clowns and other chilling circus performers. This year, the theme has taken on a completely different approach, reinventing itself to be even scarier than previous years. Kapfer shared that the Masque will be adding more effects and makeup while also utilizing more places that the actors can use for jump scares.
“The theme is criminal asylum,” Kapfer shares. “We wanted to deviate from the run-of-the-mill vampires, werewolves and warlocks.” The Haunted House may even share some resemblance with another popular Philadelphia attraction, one that is notoriously known as one of the scariest in the city.
“Eastern State Penitentiary is our inspiration. We are looking to make this Haunted House more realistic than in previous years. Be on the lookout for real-life inspired criminals and serial killers.”
With so much organization put into the Haunted House, it is rewarding to those involved to see it come to life with students lining up to participate in the fright-filled night of fun. “The actual day of running the event is most exciting,” Kapfer said. “I love watching it all play out, and it is especially rewarding when I hear the participants’ reactions afterwards. The creation of the event has its stressful moments due to the extensive planning. But once it all falls into place, it is incredible to see The Masque’s talent and hard work come together.”
The Masque Haunted House will be open to students on October 26 from 9 p.m. until 12 a.m.

Campus organization guides students on career path

Anisha Oommen | Staff
While you may see their trifold at the Activities Fair or flyers promoting their events around campus, the Association for Women in Communication (AWC) reaches members beyond La Salle’s campus.
AWC is a nationally recognized organization with professional chapters across the nation. In 2009, La Salle’s AWC became the first national student chapter in Pennsylvania.
While the name has “Communication” in its title, the organization is open to all majors and works to improve students’ work ethic and guide them in their career paths.
Entering La Salle as a freshman can be an intimidating time, as feelings of uncertainty and confusion begin to swell all at once. Through AWC, students are introduced to the wide array of careers that are offered, giving them the opportunity to see the skills they learn in their classes take place in the workforce. The way this opportunity is carried out is due to the events that are organized by AWC each year.
Every school year, AWC holds two major events—an alumni panel and a networking night. The Alumni Panel, held during the fall semester of the school year, introduces students to the careers offered in communication.
During this event, there is a panel of La Salle alumni that answer any questions students may have. They also provide career advice from searching for internships ,all the way down to nailing the interview, while also providing an opportunity to network. While typically directed to freshmen and sophomores to give them a better idea of what they can do with their major, it is never too late to learn more about job opportunities and what past La Salle students have accomplished in their professional lives.
Many students have been going to this event for several years and have made use of the advice that they heard. Christina DeLullo, a junior communication major, has been going to this event since she was a freshman. “The best advice I have received is that everything is a process,” DeLullo says. “It’s not about having a spot at the top. It’s what you went through to get there that matters and makes things worthwhile.”
Besides attending panels and networking nights, students are encouraged to join AWC, where they can get hands-on experience in helping to run events, which works to improve time management and organization skills.
Not only are students developing these skills, they are also forming a bond with the other members who will consistently provide strong advice.
“My favorite thing about AWC is the friendships that you form with other members”, said Daniella Stagliano, junior communication major. “I really enjoyed the fact that by joining AWC I got to meet and make friends with other young women who were passionate about pursuing careers in communication.”
Besides advice from the alumni who visit and speak at the events, AWC members are there to provide information as well, preparing their members on how to tackle applying for internships and jobs. Stagliano said, “I was really able to connect with my peers in my major whom I could ask questions about things like what to wear for interviews and what are good places to apply for internships.”
DeLullo also expressed her appreciation for being a part of AWC: “Through AWC and its panels, I have gained more confidence, and now I am comfortable with having to interact with potential employers.”
The alumni panel will take place on Oct. 23rd, in Room 100 of the Communication Center at 6 pm. All majors are welcome to join and learn about professionalism and shaping their career paths. A presentation by Career Services will also be provided to answer students’ questions about preparing for jobs and internships.
oommena2@student.lasalle.edu

Student club creates Harry Potter-themed activities on campus

Mark Bissichia | Editor

Expecto Patronum! What may seem like gibberish to some has become a motto to others. Those “others” being fans of the Harry Potter universe, a world of magic and mystery portrayed in J.K. Rowling’s most famous book series, which were later adapted to film. Fans of the series are spread over the world (the book series has been translated in 68 languages) but one does not have to look any further than La Salle’s own campus.
The Harry Potter Club, formed in 2014 by alumnus Tony Kelly, has been a haven for fans of the series. While he was no super fan of the popular series when he arrived to La Salle, he soon became obsessed with the books and movies when he watched one of the films, leading to his newfound love of the world of Harry Potter. When he realized there was no Harry Potter Club on campus, he took the initiative and started his own with a few other fans of the popular series.
Nowadays, senior Isobel McCreavy serves as the president of the organization. “The Harry Potter Club is a newer club on campus, but honestly, it was a long time coming,” McCreavy explains, “The club is just a group of nerds who like to meet up and hang out and be themselves.”
For Harry Potter fans on campus, there is an organization that allows you to step out of the “muggle” world and into the word of wizardry. The Harry Potter Club is an organization that gives students the opportunity to compete against their peers in a competition that lasts the whole school year. The winner of this competition receives the esteemed prize of the House Cup, the ultimate goal Hogwarts students strive for in the books and movies. If you’re unsure of what house you belong in, the online Sorting Hat Quiz will help you determine which house you should be placed in.
Daniella Stagliano, junior communication major, and self-proclaimed Gryffindor, has been a member of the club since her freshman year. Having always been a fan of the iconic “boy who lived,” Stagliano found this club to be the perfect opportunity to find other fans like herself. “I joined the Harry Potter Club because I really love the books and movies, and one of my friends from high school who goes to La Salle told me about the club and convinced me to join,” said Stagliano.
All of the houses, or teams, will be given tasks and activities to complete at each meeting where they are able to collect points for winning games. The team with the most points at the end of the school year will be awarded for their collaborative efforts in each task. These tasks include Quizzo, Jeopardy, and of course, the ultimate Hogwarts pastime, Quidditch.
Stagliano loves attending the different club activities. “My favorite part of being in Harry Potter Club are all of the fun games we play like Harry Potter Mafia, Pictionary and Jeopardy and events we host like Potterpalooza and Harry Potter Quizzo Night,” said Stagliano.
The club just recently held their annual Harry Potter themed party, Potterpalooza, which was open to all La Salle students. This highly-anticipated event provided Hogwarts-themed games and activities, like Quidditch bean bag toss and a wand making station. Even the refreshments were Potter themed; snack tables were adorned with gummy slugs surrounding a bowl of Butterbeer, a drink staple of the Wizarding World.
The club meets every Monday at 5pm in Holroyd 190. “It’s a great place to take a break from homework with fellow fans and relieve our childhood,” says senior Nicholette Du Bois, one of the heads of the club. Stagliano adds to this appreciation of the club saying, “I love the passion and enthusiasm of the people in the club, because they are the ones who really make things fun and interesting.” “It’s a community based around a love of magic and of a story. You can’t leave the Harry Potter Club meetings without making a friend,” continues McCreavy.
The club has even more events planned for the rest of the semester and beyond, with a Quizzo night planned for Nov. 2nd at 8pm in the Dunleavy room.
bisicchiam2@student.lasalle.edu

La Salle senior balances student life while running his own company

Elyssa Loughlin | Editor

The past few years have brought a lot of changes to the education system. With the emphasis on STEM, programming, coding and innovation, the type of student that is expected to enter the workforce looks drastically different from 10 years ago. It is common knowledge that not everyone learns the same. Schools recognize that. However, the educational systems in place still use many of the same techniques that experts have proven to be futile. Many innovators are looking to combat this traditional, archaic education design. One of them happens to be La Salle student Isaac Prentice.
Isaac Prentice is a young entrepreneur with business experience from coast to coast. After receiving an associate’s in architecture from Stanford University, where he was a University Innovation Fellow, Isaac returned to the East Coast to pursue a Bachelor’s in marketing and leadership here at La Salle University. At just 22, Prentice has already founded three companies. His most recent company, Prototopics, is based in Miami, Florida and launched in 2017. Prototopics focuses on educational reform and finding solutions to integrate innovation and entrepreneurship for the 21st century student. Isaac has been working to create custom curriculum for students across disciplines, including public health, education, the sciences and finance in his quest to “modernize education for the masses.”
Prototopics pushes “the boundaries on what companies can do or should be and how educators play a role in students lives,” says Prentice. Offering non-traditional consulting and workshops allows a business or school “to create insightful, meaningful changes at a structural level while overcoming challenges [they] face.” After completing his certifications at Stanford, Prentice wanted to come back and apply what he had learned on the West Coast on campuses here in Philly. “My original idea was to start an entrepreneurship major, but that got shut down very quickly,” mused Prentice. But this early set back didn’t keep him from continuing to pursue his goal of innovating the way students think about business.
In order to begin to introduce his methods, Prentice began to teach pop-up classes at La Salle. He worked with the Provost to identify professors that would allow him to take over the classroom and in April of 2017, Prentice taught his first class at La Salle: a finance class. The first semester, Prentice was only able to teach business and science classes, but since then, he has taught classes across most disciplines, from public health to education. Prentice has used the Prototopics methods too: “It’s more than just La Salle that needs this; it’s a huge portion of the country and the world that doesn’t understand teaching to the 21st century student.”
“It’s a very 1980s approach to education, and I’ve been figuring out a way to modernize that for the masses,” Prentice said. This innovative approach to education, according to Prentice, will bring about more creativity when it comes to problem solving and improving the way that students think. As a University Innovation Fellow (UIF) at Stanford, Prentice was tasked with many problems to solve and very loose guidelines to follow. “For so long it had been ‘what’s wrong and what’s right’ but now, it’s ‘we’re not gonna give you any number of what’s right. It’s what’s good and what’s better. And you can always make it better.”
Many students are afraid to fail and are so caught up in the right and wrong answer format that they have not fully developed the ability to think for themselves, and this is exactly what Prentice set out to do. To teach students that even if they fail, it’s okay. Failure “is a benefit and it’s going to help you in the long run,” Prentice said. The pressure to succeed that has plagued students for generations is detrimental and can cause even the most intelligent of people to shut down. Prentice hopes that his custom curriculum plans will change that.
“Student engagement is the biggest thing for us,” Prentice said. After determining their mission, the Prototopics team did a “deep dive” into learning styles and best practices when it comes to education. They first asked the question “What learning styles did students have when they developed the current system?”, Prentice recalls. “Back then [in the 80s] it was more video and auditory – read and write.” In the 1980s, when the current teaching model was developed, only 9 percent of the population was determined to be kinesthetic learners. Today, as 33 percent of the population that is primarily kinesthetic learners, “but we never shifted the education system to focus on that.”
In this new paradigm of learning, Prentice and other innovators are moving away from the old model to one where a teacher is more of a facilitator so that the students are forced to take initiative. “We’re breaking away from the notion that there is one right answer out of four options and having students come up with their own solutions.” By encouraging students to problem solve and do things themselves, they will be able to remember coming to the solution with their own hands and minds rather than reading the solution from a textbook or PowerPoint.
One part of Prototopics’ “bread and butter” is learning outcomes. Prentice says that by focusing on learning outcomes, educators are able to cater to different learning styles instead of fitting each student into the same mold. With the implementation of learning outcomes, each student
is impacted uniquely and given the tools to succeed regardless of their learning obstacles. By setting goals instead of deadlines, students can use the knowledge they are provided to come to conclusions themselves rather than trying to reach a benchmark that may not prove anything. “Before learning outcomes, it was “hopefully you learn this and if not, you fail and hopefully you learn it the second time,” Prentice said. “Learning outcomes can really identify the individual aspects where you need growth.” This catered approach focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, which makes students more eager and driven to succeed.
Though the company is less than two years old, Prototopics has come a long way. The business has designed curriculum for everyone from college students to summer campers- but they aren’t stopping there. “We’re working on developing a summer camp for students to learn how to integrate [sic] innovative thought into their day to day lives,” Prentice says, “whether it’s helping them to identify a cheap 3-D printer … or helping them identify solutions for real world problems.” The summer camp will hopefully be up and running by summer of 2019, but beyond that, “We really want to start our own location fluid school … [where] we don’t follow the common core.”
Prentice and his associates are hard at work to develop a new education system, and if students are interested, they are encouraged to reach out. To find out more about Prototopics and their past clients, visit www.prototopics.com.
loughline2@student.lasalle.edu

Meet Saxbys’ New Student CEO, Emma Schweigert

Valerie Jean-Baptiste | Staff

Emma Schweigert is a senior, double majoring in marketing and finance, a member of the softball team and the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, and now she has been selected to be the next Student Café Executive Officer, or SCEO, of the on campus, popular coffee shop Saxbys. The coffee shop is run exclusively by students. Preceeding her is Kyle McIntosh, who was the first SCEO of Saxbys at La Salle.
Saxbys’ opened its doors at La Salle University in Spring 2018 at Founders’ Hall, run by La Salle proud students as part of Saxbys’ Experiential Learning Program. La Salle is the fourth university to partner with Saxbys’ in this student run program, right behind Drexel University, Millersville University, and Temple University. Every six months, a new SCEO for the Saxbys café is selected where they are rigorously trained about the ins and out of the business to lead students into a new era of hands on education and real-world experience.
As the SCEO of Saxbys, Emma is responsible for making executive decisions for the business and effectively balancing Saxbys’ Three Pillars of Business – Team Development, which includes keeping team members aligned with Saxbys’ mission and core values; Community Leadership, which develops community relationships, creates locally driven marketing plans, uses the platform to help advance community efforts, and instills a culture of hospitality; and Financial Management, driving topline revenue, managing cash flow, and actively overseeing cost categories.
“My goals for running Saxbys this year include helping my team members grow by creating a fun, productive and hospitable work environment, living Saxbys’ mission to “Make Life Better “and incorporating our core values as the building blocks for the café and learning valuable entrepreneurial skills,” Schweigert said.
Before taking on the big world of Saxbys, Emma received entrepreneurial experience while young selling blueberries as a child. “I know this might sound silly, but at my house we have about 30 blueberry bushes and when I was young, my brother, neighbors and I created our own blueberry business. Every summer we’d pick as many boxes as we could and sell them by the road or at one of our local farmers markets. We even created our own business cards,” Schweigert recalled. “Outside of that, my education at La Salle has taught me numerous business management lessons that I look forward to applying in real time. This experience will challenge me to apply my learnings on a daily basis.”
“I remember being very nervous for my first interview. The first thing they said was ‘tell me your story,’ which was a little disorienting because that’s not a typical kick-off question. Before I knew it, I started telling my story, beginning with my childhood and ending with how I ended up sitting in that room,” Schweigert said. “This made me feel so much more comfortable and relaxed; it was unlike any other interview I had prior. After that, I traveled to Saxbys Headquarters in the Center City where I was interviewed by the Executive Team Founder and CEO Nick Bayer, VP of Operations Richard Rollier and VP of Learning Kristina Syvarth.”
Now taking on the role of SCEO, Schweigert receives advice for how to efficiently run a business. “I think one of the best pieces of advice is to ensure that your time management skills are better than they’ve ever been; prioritizing time and planning out your days is super helpful. You should also be prepared to try and fail.” Schweigert said. “You will do things wrong and you will make mistakes but if you take those failures and use them as an opportunity to grow, not only will you be a better SCEO, you’ll be a better person because of it.” When Emma isn’t on the clock as a full time La Salle Student and Saxbys Student Café Executive Officer, during her free time, she likes playing frisbee with her labradoodle, Parker, going to the beach, riding her bike, going swimming and baking.
jeanbaptistev3@student.lasalle.edu

La Salle student releases indie album over the internet

William M. Gries | Editor
Before I could even ask Michael Poggioli about his own music, he had me looking up obscure indie bands on Spotify and showing me new tracks from artists that we both like. Poggioli is a junior secondary education and English double major, as well as a rather prolific musician. Between his releases on his Bandcamp and Spotify pages, both searchable under Michael Poggioli, he has put out no less than five full length albums as well as a host of EPs and singles since he started writing his own music in the fifth grade.
“I actually had a project,” Poggioli says, explaining how he first realized he enjoyed songwriting, “where my teacher said, ‘you can do anything you want for the project, you can even write a song’… Me and my group came up with lyrics and sang it to the tune of ‘Iron Man.’” Today he is a one-man band playing indie alternative folk rock. It is hard, sometimes, to classify where Poggioli’s music stands in traditional genres, and he would not want it any other way. When asked what artist inspire his work, he says, “I listen to everything, I really do”
On his latest album “I’m Yeah,” one can hear guitars, ukuleles, drums, violins – all different sorts of percussion instruments, both electronic and physical, as well as Poggioli’s witty, rhythmic lyrics. It feels like a whole room full of people making music but “everything on the album is me,” he says. By recording different instruments, some more traditional than others, and layering them on top of one another he creates the illusion of a much fuller band. This method of music making has led to Poggioli getting rather creative with his sounds, he explains that, “A lot of the time I will have an acoustic guitar part and a uke part on top of that and I like to use the uke as an electric guitar…it stands out,” he said.
Poggioli, drawing inspiration from what he describes as one of his favorite bands, “Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra,” has taken to using rather unorthodox instruments when putting together songs. In “I Don’t Like the Silence Anymore” off of “I’m Yeah,” Poggioli explains everything recorded is either his guitar, him banging his knuckles on a table or the sound of his guitar pick on a dresser. This makeshift-ness is at the heart of Poggioli’s music as he makes little bits of art among the daily movements of life. “My favorite thing [while making ‘I’m Yeah’] was actually the whole process of finding space to record. I house sat for like a bunch of people two summers ago and whenever I house sat it would just be me and the people’s pets so I’d take all my recording stuff, set it up, and be as loud as I wanted.”
Poggioli is just as good of as a lyrist as a musician. His songs are filled with rhyme and wit that can be listened to again and again just for the poetry alone. “I would always be writing something. A big part of when I write lyrics is during class, I’ll just come up with something and be like “oh that’s good.” For those with an attentive ear, references to La Salle’s campus life can be found among his syllables. “Hammocks” from “I’m Yeah,” which Poggioli released on the first day of his sophomore year, is a not so subtle allusion to the Hansen Quad. At the end of “The Masterplan” off the same album, Poggioli hints at Improv 101 (of which he is a member) at the end of the song. His song “Works,” was written “while working on a term paper for Dr. Harty and I was in the library surrounded by ‘works.’
Since his songs are so lyric based at points, Poggioli finds inspiration from genres that are well removed from the indie rock that he makes. “I definitely like when I included elements of rhythm…I definitely like when I can include elements of rap and vocal patterns in my music.” He cites the up and coming ‘boy-band’ rap group “BROCKHAMPTON” for contributing to some of the rhythmic style that pervades his songs. On the other side of the spectrum, Poggioli also sees the pop icon Ed Sheeran as a big influence on his musical style saying, “Ed Sheeran is a huge inspiration for me just because when he does stuff he performs by himself with his loop petal… some people call it gimmicky but I bought a loop petal because of him.”
For Poggioli, music is not a means to make money but a way to express himself. He says that even after he graduates and moves on to teaching, writing or whatever else life has in store for him, “it will always be something I go back to.” In the immediate though, he plans to keep up his constant stream of music by putting out a new EP this winter. He says, “I’m going to keep recording little bits through the semester and if I have enough I’ll drop it before we come back from break.”
Poggioli’s music is well worth the listen if just to witness an artist who enjoys making things for no other reason than his own enjoyment. He still intends to graduate, get a teaching certificate and become an English teacher. “My plan,” he says with a laugh, “is that I’m going to change the name on all my stuff to Michael Pajamas so that none of my students can find my music.”
griesw1@student.lasalle.edu

Students share hopes for Counseling Center grant

Mark Bissichia

Editor

The Student Counseling Center has always been a safe haven for La Salle students, providing key support for those burdened with emotional or mental stress.

Speaking to a counselor is a beneficial way of releasing the everyday stresses of life, both on and off campus, and allowing students to establish a sense of comfort and trust that they may not feel around their peers. 

While many students have left confident enough to handle their worries when walking out through the office doors, hidden tightly between St. Benilde Tower and Founder’s Hall, the service has not been without its faults.

Perhaps due to a lack of counselors, simply scheduling an appointment can be a source of anxiety on its own.  With students’ schedules conflicting with the availability of appointments, treating mental health has been set aside, ultimately worsening the ways that their innermost troubles and struggling mindset can be handled. 

Mental health is a topic not often discussed in today’s culture.  There is a bigger emphasis on taking care of other apsects in one’s life first, such as school, careers, family and friends.  Placing this focus on other daily responsibilities leads to this struggle of finding a balance. 

Many students aren’t even aware of the center’s strengths, let alone the fact that the center even exists, but with the presence of a new grant, students can learn to educate themselves and generate discussion surrounding the importance of discussing mental health.

Hopefully, thanks to the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant providing $300,000 to the Counseling Center, many La Salle students are confident in the future for a precious resource on campus. “I think the grant is really important for La Salle because we’ve seen that it’s trying to pick up the service where we haven’t had any before,” says Tom Sacino, a senior, “We now have training for student leaders to help students, as well as hotlines.”

The grant, provided in the heart of Suicide Prevention Week, is gifted with the goal of reducing student’s risk of suicide and alcohol-related deaths. Junior Charlotte Splendido says, “I hope that they use it to give students more opportunities to receive treatment and counseling and provide more time to reach students who have never been able to try counseling.”

Anisha Oommen, junior nursing student, stresses the importance of having the counseling center as an option for students to discuss what they have been worrying about.  “College is very stressful, and students go through so much.  They’ll feel stressed, not only about their school work, but also with anything that may be occurring off campus at work or at home,” Oommen explains. “It’s nice to have a safe space where people can go and talk abut their problems.” 

All across La Salle, students are buzzing about the newfound potential of the Student Counseling Center.

For some, it’s an opportunity to get critical help they have not had access to before and, for others, its only going to strengthen their confidence in the already professional service. Hopefully, this grant will be a positive force in the Lasallian community.

bisicchiam2@student.lasalle.edu

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Broad Street Ministry provides volunteer opportunities to students

Elyssa Loughlin

Editor

Just like in any metropolitan area, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of spots for people to find a free meal, and, for many, this can be a matter of eating or not eating each day. The traditional set up for meals such as this is an assembly line. Those who are in need of food line up and wait to be handed plates with some form of a meal that has been put there by one or two volunteers. But that is not the case at Broad Street Ministry. “The truth is, we could serve a meal without you,” Hub Captain TC Shillingford told volunteers on Friday, Sept. 21. “But to serve our mission of radical hospitality, we need people like you.”  Broad Street Ministry offers meals every day at their initial location and dinners at the Hub of Hope multiple times a week. Both carry out the organization’s goal of radical hospitality by providing a sitdown meal to their guest instead of simply providing a meal from an assembly line.  Aside from offering meals, Broad Street Ministry also provides clothing and personal care resources Monday through Friday.  Along with those resources, they also offer an art table, poetry workshops and Bible study each weekday.  Broad Street Ministry originally opened its doors in 2005 as an “alternative church community” and in the past 13 years, has grown to be so much more. The Chambers-Wylie Memorial Presbyterian Church building stood empty on the Avenue of the Arts for years until Broad Street Ministry seized the opportunity to use the space in a dynamic and soulful new way. The Broad Street Ministry brags that their location and space allow the space for “expressive and soulful worship services, bold faith exploration and opportunities for compassionate discipleship.” Broad Street Ministry is more than a place for worship – they create a community for the impoverished and marginalized individuals they wish to serve. The dining room in which meals are served is the old site of worship for the Chambers-Wylie church. The tall ceilings are adorned with windmills, lights and other crafts created by members of the Broad Street Ministry community that makes the room feel more like a home.  Broad Street Ministry has a  vision that “every person will be seen, recognized and restored. We will all be well fed in every aspect of life, and we will be made whole – even for just a few pure and powerful moments. The simplest acts of kindness can soothe the afflicted and transform the fortunate,” and this is stated on their website.  These simple acts that are performed by Broad Street Ministry impact the guests substantially.  Those without a personal address can have their mail sent to the PO Box at Broad Street Ministry. Having an address to have mail sent to can make the difference between receiving a job offer or not. By addressing the root causes of homelessness and creating a community where those who are affected can thrive, Broad Street Ministry is working to eradicate homelessness. Numerous La Salle organizations volunteer sporadically with Broad Street Ministry, including La Salle Ambassadors “It seems like they’re trying to address the problem and not just the symptoms caused by poverty,” former service chair Liz Norberg said. “It’s a great environment that they foster, and I never had a hard time finding volunteers to accompany me for this outreach.”  After attending their first Hub of Hope dinner on Sept. 21, sophomores Nick Puleo, Kat Mathon, Becky Piergallini, Alessandro Maldonado and Jenna Goldstein echoed their enthusiasm to the new service chair along with their desire to return in the near future. “This should be a weekly event for Ambassadors,” Piergallini exclaimed. Any students looking to volunteer with Broad Street Ministry are encouraged to visit the website at broadstreetministry.org to find the calendar of events that are in need of volunteers. loughline2@student.lasalle.edu

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Meet Tiffany Hill: The newest addition to the Eagles Cheerleaders

Julie Wood

Editor

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You’ve seen her perform with La Salle’s dance team for the past three years at basketball games at the Tom Gola Arena, but now Tiffany Parker-Hill has continued her love of dance and performing at Lincoln Financial Field as a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader.  Sporting her Eagles hat, Hill recounts when she first found out about making the cheerleading team.

“There’s an open audition that happens every year with over 300 girls,” Hill recalls.  “Everyone comes out, auditions, we learn the dances, and then it just dwindles down from there, and then we have finals, and from there, a deal is made.”

This is Hill’s first year as a member of the team, but she has had years of experience in dance, readying her for this goal in her life.  “One of my dance teachers was an Eagles cheerleader, so I looked up to her and admired her. I’ve been dancing my whole life, and I’ve been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, African, hip-hop, everything.”

Hill is used to performing in front of audiences as a member of the La Salle dance team and taking classes growing up, but nothing prepared her for this new dance environment–a venue of over 100,000 fans and being seen on television during the games.  While she got a taste for what would ensue at pre-season games, the excitement from the crowd wasn’t truly felt until the Eagles home opener game. “It was a big production. There were fireworks. They had a super huge Lombardi trophy out there on the field, and of course, they brought the actual one that the owner of the team brought out with him.  We were just watching all the fans; they’re yelling, screaming, and you can feel the ground rumbling. We see ourselves up on the jumbotron. It’s an extraordinary experience to be on the field.”

Not only was it Hill’s first time performing for an Eagles game, it was also her first time attending a football game in general.  “I’ve never been to a high school or college football game,” Hill shares. “I’ve never been to a football game my entire life, but my first football game was an NFL game.”

Being an Eagles cheerleader requires much time and dedication, not only performing at games, but also going to practices, rehearsals, making public appearances, and having opportunities to volunteer in the community.  “We did a playground build, and that’s something we do annually,” Hill explains about her first volunteer experience with the Eagles. “We pick an elementary school within the community, we interact with the kids there, and we give them a new playground.  We even got to work on a mural that the kids did. I’m not an artist, but it was a paint by number system, and it was a really nice experience.”

While she enjoys performing at games with her 35 fellow teammates, a highlight of her time so far has been being able to bond with them and receiving advice from the other cheerleaders.  While shooting the 2019 Eagles cheerleader calendar in Mexico, Hill was able to connect with her teammates on a deeper level. “There’s so many of us. We’re at rehearsals or practices, and we don’t really get a chance to talk.  It’s not play time; it’s work time. Definitely out in Mexico I had a chance to bond with everybody, and everybody was so nice, so beautiful on the inside and out. We all work hard, and the girls I’m on the team with have full time careers.  We have nurses, teachers, lawyers, and of course, full time students like myself.”

Hill looks forward to cheering for future games, still unable to believe that she has accomplished a lifetime dream of hers.  “Every time I leave for practice or rehearsal, I just can’t believe I’m there. I pinch myself every time. It’s like a dream come true.”

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Students clean up Wister Woods opening weekend

Elyssa Loughlin ♦ Editor

La Salle students help clean the grounds around Wister Woods.
La Salle students help clean the grounds around Wister Woods.

Explorientation welcomed the Class of 2022 to campus with a bang this year, but programming didn’t slow down after Friday. Opening weekend offered a new event for students looking to get involved with service right away. On Saturday, August 25, the President’s Office sponsored a service opportunity in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation. This day of service is the first in what La Salle hopes will be a long relationship with the Parks Department.

The La Salle community is rather familiar with beautification projects. Throughout the school year, organizations will sponsor trash bashes where students meet to clean up trash and debris in the community. But the Wister Woods clean-up tasked volunteers with a completely new set of responsibilities. In addition to cleaning up non-organic waste, Esmeralda Hajdinaj of the Stewardship Division of the Parks and Recreation Department tasked La Salle’s students with “organic and leaf debris clean up, weeding and the removal of invasive plant species.”

The clean-up was organized by Brandon Vaughan from the University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs. Vaughan has been working to foster a stronger relationship between La Salle and its neighbors for some time, and he hopes that this event will help to strengthen the connection between La Salle and the surrounding community. “We have worked with the Parks Department in the past and want to make sure that the outside of our campus looks just as beautiful as the inside,” Vaughan says. This clean-up is only one of Vaughan’s ideas to better incorporate La Salle into the surrounding community. Vaughan is also looking to work with city council representatives to sponsor events for the community on La Salle’s campus. But for now, he hopes that by beautifying the perimeter of campus, La Salle can show that we care just as much about our surrounding community and foster a greater relationship that falls in line with Lasallian values.

At 10 a.m on the morning of the clean-up, volunteers met at the bottom of 20th Street to start the day. Freshmen, student athletes and upperclassmen alike all came out to support the cause and begin the multi-step process of beautifying Wister Woods. Senior Nutrition major Rachael Smith gushed about the amazing team work she witnessed that morning “[the clean-up]was a great success for La Salle and the Philly Parks department! Tons of student athletes, freshmen, and other La Salle students gathered to clear away invasive plants and branches to showcase the beautiful statue on Belfield Ave.”

This new unique service opportunity attracted many different students with different passions and interests. One of the students drawn to the clean-up was senior biology major Jimmy Austin who said that the clean-up “was a great opportunity to do service for the local community while also helping to improve the environment. It was awesome working with Philadelphia Parks and Rec and I look forward to working with them at more clean ups in the future.”

“The support and hard work that the La Salle students demonstrated at the Wister Woods clean-up was nothing short of extraordinary,” Assistant Director for Greek Life and New Student Programs Andrea Naughton says, “I am very glad that we are now able to introduce new students to the Lasallian values so early and look forward to continuing to offer such events during Explorientation in the future.”

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