Student Profile

Brigid Coyne

Age: 21
Year: Junior
From: Cleveland, OH
Major: English Language and Literature
Hobbies: Skiing, snowboarding, soccer, cricket, cooking, reading, writing, and bingo.
What is your favorite class or professor? Dr. Brendan McGuire—he is so engaging and his class discussions are always interesting.
What extra curricular activities do you participate in? I have participated in Dorm Wars events, I am taking philosophy professor Michael Brown's cooking classes and I have played many intramural sports including whiffleball, volleyball, soccer, and powder-puff football. My favorite part of intramurals is creating outrageous costumes for team uniforms.
What's your favorite thing about Christendom? I love the way the core curriculum integrates Catholicism into every branch of study, instead of just Theology, and how it applies the faith to the real world.
Why did you choose Christendom? My siblings have talked about Christendom for years, and I learned to love it through them and decided to come here as well.
What surprised you the most about Christendom? I was pleasantly surprised by the active student life on campus. Because Christendom is so removed from the city, I thought it might at times seem dull. However, there are constantly things to do: kayak, hike, swim, sled, fight with snowballs, play sports, dance or participate in the many SAC and RA events.
Plans after graduation? After graduation I would love to travel to Europe for the first time. I especially want to visit Tullemore, Ireland where some of my family still lives.
Any parting words of advice for prospective students? Attend Mass daily, and everything else will fall into place. This is more or less the advice that Dr. McGuire gave to us last semester and it has often proven helpful before a test or a paper.

Student Life


Dorm Wars Video Contest

Last week students gathered in St. Kilian's Café to enjoy this year's entries in the Dorm Wars video contest. This years theme was "Zombie Attack." What would Christendom students do if a herd of zombies attacked the campus? How would Christendom students preserve the campus and defeat the culture of death?

Watch the winning video below.


Joining in Works of Mercy

With the spring semester well underway, official sign-ups for Works of Mercy took place at lunch on Wednesday at the Commons. The Works of Mercy are different ways for Christendom students to get involved in service work during their time at school.

Christendom students run these service projects and work hard throughout the year to recruit volunteers and increase participation. The sign-ups on Wednesday were a great way for students to learn about all the service opportunities that Christendom has to offer, from the Food Pantry to Shield of Roses to visiting the local nursing home. Many different works of mercy were represented at the table and it drew a lot of student interest.

Students stop by to get involved with the Works of Mercy.

Works of Mercy coordinator Leif Pilegaard talks to junior Susie Adams about service opportunities.


The Eucharistic in the Biblefr. planty

On Tuesday night, students gathered in the Chapel crypt for the next installment of Fr. Planty's Tuesday Talk series, which has spent the past few weeks exploring Eucharistic symbolism in the Bible. He examined how the miracle of the multiplication of loaves in the New Testament Gospels prefigures the Mass and fulfills God's promise to provide for His children with all they need (as was foreshadowed in the Old Testament miracle of the manna in the desert). These talks are part of the college's effort to meet students spiritually in different ways, providing ample and varied opportunities for them to grow and develop on their paths to God.


Stand-Up Comedy Pub Night

The laughter was nonstop at Stand-Up Comedy Pub Night on Friday evening in Kilian’s Café. The event featured a great lineup of students who all shared their comedic talents and tickled everyone’s funny bones. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors all graced the stage with funny acts. As usual, there were plenty of tasty snacks and drinks to add to the festivity.

The entertainment was fascinating and varied from act to act. Student performers told knock-knock jokes, sang goofy songs, did impersonations, and told stories that left everyone groaning and giggling. As the evening wore on, several groups of students took part in an improve contest, where they were given a scenario on the spot that they then had to act out for the audience. Overall, the night was a resounding success and no one left the café without a smile on his or her face.

Sophomore Pete Ruhl got the evening rolling with some great jokes.

The evening included a musical performance as well as traditional jokes.

Freshman John Paul Heisler came dressed up for the occasion.


Battle of the Dancers

The Dorm Wars campus wide series of competitions came to an exciting climax this past Sunday night with the Waltz and Swing Dancing Competition in the St. Lawrence Commons. Each Dorm Wars team supplied a pair of dancers for both the waltz and swing dancing, and the top three couples for each dance advanced to the next round, where they had to present an original dance routine. A huge crowd came to cheer on the dancers, and a panel of guest judges included faculty and staff members, as well as current students and alumni. The teams that ended up winning the competitions were “The Ostracized” for the waltz and “Beauties and the Beasts” for the swing dancing.

“I was very impressed by all the crazy dance moves,” says junior Pchuck. “Everybody got really into the competition, and some of the routines actually took my breath away.”

Freshman Joe Dalimata and senior Katie Shannon earn 2nd place in the waltz.

Sophomore Catherine McFadden and Senior James Ciskanic wow the crowd with their first place waltz performance.

The panel of judges, deep in thought

Freshmen Matt Hambric and Felicity Fedoryka dance an impressive swing dance routine.

Junior Bobby Crnkovich and Senior Lauren Enk take home 1st place in the swing competition.

Video of the winning waltz:


Soaring to Victory with Paper Airplanes

The Dorm Wars competitions continued on Sunday afternoon with the Paper Airplane Contest in St. John the Evangelist Library. Representatives from various Dorm Wars teams showed up to exhibit their prowess in constructing and flying paper airplanes. Astronomy professor Dr. Garrigan attended the event and served as official judge.

Contestants were given some time before the official start of the competition to design their planes and give them a few practice runs. The airplanes were flown from the second floor of the library and the object was to see whose paper plane could go the furthest. The airplane flyers did an excellent job of turning out many fascinating plane designs. In the end, the day was won by freshman Stephen Foeckler, who scored a great victory for the Iron Rango team.

Freshman Paul Flagg sends his plane flying.

Mike Heffernan launches his paper airplane creation.

Students watch a plane sail to the other side of the library.



Rome Report

with Philip Gilbert

Where the Saints Lived


In order to best prepare for living in the heart of the Church, our Rome Program began with a week-long pilgrimage to the medieval cities of Assisi and Siena.

When we arrived in Assisi, we were greeted with cobblestone streets and stone buildings as picturesque as they surely were hundreds of years ago.

After checking into our hotel at the top of the hill, some of us climbed up to the old Assisi castle, Rocca Maggiore, and sat there taking in the beautiful scenery. From the very top of the hill where we sat upon the half-crumbled castle walls, we could see the quaint town of Assisi below us: the domes and bell towers of the various churches sticking up above the red clay roof tops of all the shops and houses.

The town was a concentrated dash of stone architecture in the middle of the wooded mountainside behind it and the green fields and olive orchards stretched out in the valley below it. As we sat there watching the sunset and talking about how awesome and unbelievable it was that we were in Italy, we could hear bells echoing up from the valley and from the towers in Assisi. It seemed like the most peaceful place on earth.

During our three days in Assisi, we were given tours of the major churches and the places that were important in the lives of Saints Clare and Francis. It was amazing to see the cross that spoke to Francis, the cave where he lived, and the infirmary where he died, as well as the places where Saint Clare was raised, cut her hair, and where she died.

When we went to Siena to continue our pilgrimage, we found that our hotel was immediately adjacent to the Santuario di Santa Caterina (the house where Saint Catherine grew up) and a two-minute walk from the church that has her head. Later that week, our chaplain Fr. Dan McCaughan celebrated Mass at the Basilica di San Domenico, and then there was a period of adoration in front of the consecrated hosts that have remained miraculously incorrupt since 1730.

Our Assisi and Siena experience is one that will remain with us forever. Some may look at the experience merely as an excuse to travel and see this and that, and reports such as mine may read like a guidebook, but our week of travel was much more. Accompanied by Fr. Dan, who is currently studying here in Rome, we enjoyed a tailor-made series of deeply captivating talks on pilgrimage and prayer to give a deeper meaning to our time. Fr. Dan’s talks drove home to us how the saints truly are present not only through prayer, but especially in their relics and in the places where they walked and prayed when they lived on earth. We came to realize the mind-blowing significance of our spending time in the town where St. Francis and St. Clare lived the entirety of their holy lives, and that we were walking on the same roads and paths where they surely once trod. His talks didn't give meaning to just our week of pilgrimage, but set the mood for the whole of our time in Rome, where—just to get to class—we walk past the obelisk at which Saint Peter was likely looking at when he was martyred.

What our pilgrimage taught us is that our faith is real and tangible, and that sanctity is absolutely possible for each and every one of us. Seeing the same things that the saints once saw and walking where the saints once walked made us realize that the saints were just as human as we are, and that with God's grace we may be sanctified as they have been. So bearing that in mind, we returned to Rome, prepared to live just minutes from the heart of the universal Church where countless saints have lived and died.

Arriving in Assisi.

Enjoying the Assisi skyline at dusk.

Exploring the medieval streets of Assisi.

Adoration before the Eucharistic miracle of Siena.


Crusader Sports Center

Indoor Soccer Heats up the Gym in Winter

Indoor Soccer has always been one of the most popular intramural sports on campus and this season is no exception. With 21 teams and over 125 players participating, the gym has been the center of action on Monday and Thursday nights. Each team is allowed no more than two varsity soccer players, which has helped level the playing field court for participating teams. The season kicked off on January 27 and there have been a plethora of exciting games throughout the season so far, filled with ties, blowouts, upsets, and nail biting victories.

As Spring Break is less than two weeks away, however, the indoor soccer season is coming to an intense finale. All 21 teams battled it out in the gym, and after four solid weeks of action, the regular season has wrapped up and the tournament has begun. For every team in the tournament, a single loss means elimination and naturally a win solidifies a spot in the next round. The intensity level has risen now that the tournament has started, and it was very apparent when the tournament kicked off this past Monday night. With 8 games that night and 16 teams, only 8 teams advanced to the second round of the tournament that night. Not only was it intense for the players on the court, but those who showed up to watch the games were given quite a show.

Included in the favorites are the all-freshmen team #6 with Joey Kuplack, Derek Casey, Paul Maschue, Peter Marra, Mary Arnold and Mary Solitario. Melanie and Andrew Clark along with Jared Peterson and team #12 are the returning champions and look to run the table to back-to-back titles. Finally team #7 seems poised and confident to go the distance behind Peter Blank, Sean LaRochelle, Nicole LaRochelle, Rosie McNeely and Dominic Borchers. No-doubt the Foeckler team will have something to say about it along with Gabe Murphy, Matt Speer, Clare Duda and Bridget Vander Woude they look to wreak havoc on the court.

The initial round is almost complete with only five more games to be played before the quarter finals begin. There will be no rest for the weary as these teams go on to play next Thursday night in the hopes of staying in this tournament.

With everything heating up, these next few games will be very intense and entertaining before the perfectly timed Spring Break!



Special Report

You Can't Remain Anonymous at a Small College

Christendom's average student body size of 420 enables the campus to have a personal and almost family-like feel to it. It impacts the classroom in a big way as mentioned in previous Special Reports. You really do get to know your professors well and they are able to help you succeed in your intellectual pursuits.

Beyond the classroom, Christendom's size enables students to become key players and leaders in the abundant opportunities offered on and off campus. Our students are able to expand and broaden their horizons through programs in fine arts, athletics, outreach work, and study abroad.

Ronald Regan, the 40th President of the United States, was a fan of small colleges, having attended one himself. This is what he had to say about his experience:

reaganI think too many young people overlook the value of a small college and the tremendous influence that participation in student activities can have during the years from adolescence to adulthood. If I had gone to one of those larger schools, I think I would have fallen back in the crowd and never discovered things about myself that I did... My life would have been different. There were fewer than 250 students... roughly divided between men and women, and everyone knew one another by their first name. As in a small town, you couldn't remain anonymous at a small college. Everybody was needed. Whether it's the glee club or helping to edit the school yearbook, there's a job for everyone, and everybody gets a chance to shine at something and build their sense of self-confidence. You get to discover things about yourself that you might never learn if you were lost in the crowd of a larger school."

Words of wisdom from a great man.

Come check out our "small town" and discover the Christendom difference. Maybe attend an Open House? See "Ask the Director" below for more on that.


Tom McFaddenAsk the Director

Q. I was thinking about making a visit to Christendom and saw that you have Open House events on March 8 and April 7. Is it better to visit on those days or is it better to come at another time?

A. Our Open Houses on March 8 and April 7 are designed to give visitors a thorough overview of what we have to offer here at Christendom. Depending on which day they attend, prospective students and their families can hear from our President, Dr. Timothy O'Donnell (if he's in town and available), tour the campus, go to Mass, have lunch with the faculty, learn about financial aid/scholarships, find out what our alumni do, and hear about our rigorous core curriculum. You can find out more here.

I recommend the Open House for anyone, but I would also say that a regular, during the week visit to campus, where you can stay in the residence halls and hang out with the students more would be something to think about too. Sometimes it takes a couple of visits to get a good feel of a place, so it's good to think about making a visit sometime during junior year of high school and then again, once in senior year too. Maybe attend an Open House in junior year and a weekend visit in senior year. Oh yeah, and maybe come to the Experience Christendom Summer Program too.

Whatever works best for you. Hope to see you on campus soon!

God bless,