Editorial 2/17/17

This one goes out to our seniors.
       Since we wouldn’t be millenials if we didn’t complain, let’s start with a complaint. Where was our hundred-days party? Most other universities helped their seniors celebrate this milestone, trust me I know, I scrolled past all the Instagrams. drinking a bottle of wine off the school’s (my) dime at an open bar would have been a great way to cap off such a disappointing winter. But alas, here we are, getting closer and closer to graduation and only a handful of open bar events left for us to attend.
      For most undergraduates, February means spring break planning, midterm cramming, and pretending we’re not swiping into the upstairs Pryz as much as we are.
      But for seniors, February takes on a different tone. February is when we start to hear back from graduate schools and jobs. While some people post every acceptance letter on Facebook, other peoples’ social media presence goes eerily quiet. Everyone gets a little awkward around each other, because we want to ask if our friends have any plans after graduation but we don’t want to add to the stress (and we also dread being asked that question in return).

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Program Board Hosts Mr. CUA 2017

by Chris Motola
      Last Friday, hundreds of Catholic University of America students poured into the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center, to get a front row seat for Mr. CUA 2017. Students were especially excited for the event, since the theme for this year’s competition was based off of the hit ABC television show, ‘The Bachelor’. In keeping with the theme, the Great Room was decorated with red curtains and bright lights, as well as a limousine facade and stage. As the lights dimmed, students greeted the show’s two hosts, seniors Spencer Tripp and Brie Zschech, with a loud round of applause.

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International Week Events at Catholic University

by Sarah Donofrio
      The Hispanic Film Festival, sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, showed its first films on Wednesday, February 15th as part of the university’s International Week. The theme of the Hispanic Film Festival is “Transient Identities,” and discusses the migration, circulation, and displacement of people.

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Men’s Lacrosse Wins Season Opener 10-9

by Jared Prenda
      The Catholic University of America’s Men’s Lacrosse team finally returned to action on Saturday, February 11th with a stellar 10-9 victory over the Sewanee University Tigers. The defending Landmark Conference champions look to repeat their efforts this season. The win puts the Cards off to a fantastic start, and paves the path to another stellar season.

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First-Year-Experience Speaker

By Sarah Donofrio
      The First Year Experience Speaker Series hosted its first speaker of the spring semester on Wednesday, February 8th. The presentation was entitled “Stillness and Silence: The Beginning and the End of Academic Life” and was presented by Freshman Year Experience Teaching Fellow Carl Vater. Vater’s lecture engaged students by discussing new philosophical ideas in the context of the texts the freshmen class has studied in their Learning Communities.

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How I Learned to Be a Critical Reader, An Open Letter to the Editors of the Tower

To Whom it May Concern on the Editorial Staff of The Tower:
      I would address this letter to your readers, but I’m not sure you have many readers now that you no longer print and are clearly in need of a marketing manager.

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January 27th, 2017

In this issue:

  • CUA Students Participate in the Women’s March on Washington
  • CUA Preps for March for Life
  • Plans for the Center for the Study of Statesmanship Announced
  • A Review from President Garvey
  • New Exhibit in Mullen Library
  • Women’s Basketball Defeats Susquehanna
  • The Art of Youth in D.C.

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Men’s Basketball Wins Conference Opener, Now 5-1

Senior guard Louis Khouri made six three-pointers in the game against Drew. Courtesy of CUACardinals.com
Senior guard Louis Khouri made six three-pointers in the game against Drew. Courtesy of CUACardinals.com

By Jimmy Cassidy 

The men’s basketball team at Catholic University began its defense of the Landmark Conference crown on Saturday, December 3rd, with a win over the Rangers of Drew University, 84-81. In a game that featured 9 ties and 14 lead changes, the Cardinals were the ones to come out on top in front of their home crowd at the Raymond A. DuFour Center. The victory gives Catholic a 1-0 conference record to begin Landmark play, and their current record now stands at 5-1.

The high-scoring contest called for proficient scorers from both teams, and Catholic’s two main leaders came up big to lead the attack. Senior sharpshooter Louis Khouri led all scorers in the game with 27 points. All six of the shots he knocked down came from behind the three-point line, and he also got it done behind another line, the free throw charity stripe, shooting 9-11.

Junior Landmark pick for player of the year Jay Howard followed close behind with 24 points on the evening. Drew had no answer for the 6’3 forward all game long, so the best it could do was foul him. Howard attempted 21 free throws, converting 16 of the attempts. In addition to 4-9 shooting, Howard also added 7 rebounds and 7 assists to contribute a great sum to the CUA offensive effort. Sophomore forward Andrew Wade came up just short of a double-double in the game, finishing with 15 points and 9 rebounds against the Rangers.

As they have all season, Howard and Khouri shouldered most of the weight to put up numbers for Catholic. They average 19.3 and 17.5 points, respectively, so far this season, and will likely be called upon to do more of the same as conference play progresses. Without the likes of the now-graduated Bryson Fonville and Kevin and Kyle Phanord in the backcourt, coach Steve Howes and his squad will have to look to other outlets for scoring and leadership.

There are a number of players who look to fill those roles this year to make another run at winning the Landmark Conference. They include freshmen Brandon Easton and Ross Gerber, sophomores Wade, Jimmy Golaszewski, and Andre Mitchell, and juniors Billy Barnes, Jeff Holland, and Matt McKinnon. Mitchell and Easton have alternated time at the guard position, while Golaszewski recently impressed with a 21-point performance off the bench in a win over DeSales College.

CUA battled all evening long to get the best of Drew. The Rangers shot an impressive 58% from the field and held the advantage in points in the paint, 36-22, and bench points, 28-4. The only true category Catholic had the upper hand in was free throws, as they shot 27-35 compared to Drew’s 9-14 on the night. The visitors, though, carried a slim 44-40 lead into halftime, led for most of the second half, but never got out in front of the Cards by more than five points. Catholic lurked throughout the game, and kept it close to make a late run in the second half.

With just under two minutes in the second half of play, Drew knocked down consecutive shots to go up 81-77. Mitchell answered with 1:24 to play with a layup to bring the lead back down to two. A game of strategy ensued as Drew called timeout with little time left to draw up a play. Coach Howes won the battle as the defense forced a turnover and called a timeout of their own to stop the clock. With 40 seconds left, the ball went to the top of the paint to Howard, who drew multiple defenders. Howard kicked it out to Khouri who took the shot from deep. The three-pointer was good, and Catholic took a 82-81 lead with 30 seconds to play.

A final defensive stop allowed the Cardinals to seal the win with some free throws. The team was victorious in its first Landmark action, by a final score of 84-81.

The team will be back in action on Saturday, December 10th, in an away game against Neumann College at 5 PM. CUA’s next Landmark action does not come until 2017, as the squad is set to take on Elizabethtown on Wednesday, January 11th. In between, though, Catholic will host the CUA-Holiday Inn College Park Classic during the weekend after Christmas, on December 28th and 29th.