Student Profile

Daniel McDowell

Age: 20
Year: Junior
From: Omaha, NE
Major: Philosophy
Hobbies: Fishing, fly tying, trap shooting, reading, and playing music.
What is your favorite class or professor? Metaphysics with Dr. Douglas Flippen. This class helped me to decide my major. It places everything you that haved studied in the context of a beautiful whole.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am president of the pro-life club, Shield of Roses, this semester. I also serve and am a sacristan at Mass and I play intramural sports.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? My favorite thing about Christendom has to be the accessibility of the Sacraments on campus. I will never again have daily Mass or confession so easily available, and I would not be the Catholic I am today without the Sacraments that I have received here.
Why did you choose Christendom? When I visited I saw that this was a place where I could grow in my Faith, surrounded by people who shared the same goal.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? I am most surprised by the number and quality of classes Christendom offers. The school offers something for almost everyone, and I think that the instruction is better than what other universities are able to offer.
What are your plans after graduation? I plan to attend law school. I am considering Creighton University, but I have not made a final decision.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Come and visit Christendom! It could literally be life-changing for you!


Student Life

Introducing Pub Night!

Both new and returning students gathered in St. Kilian’s Café last Friday for the year’s first Pub Night. The open microphone invited everyone to showcase his or her talents while classmates delighted in an evening of fun and relaxation. Throughout the night singing duets, student bands, and comical performances took the stage as the attendants enjoyed getting to know each other over sweet snacks and card games.

Everyone enjoyed the fellowship and caught a glimpse of the amazing musical talent on campus.

Many of the new students were a bit surprised at the amount of performing arts talent they found on campus. Considering Christendom doesn't offer a major in drama, music, or performing arts, the number of people skilled in these areas is incredible. Students can sing, dance, play every instrument under the sun, and love to make people laugh through skits and comedy routines.

Senior Kelsey Ingold strums a tune.

Students relax between performances.

Conor Knox and Nick Jaroma perform a spirited song with their band.

Chris Ferrara shares one of his own songs.

Freshman Madeline Gomez impresses the crowd with her voice.

Paul Flagg entertains the crowd.

Students and performers alike had a great time.


Leis and Limbo

On Saturday evening, Christendom held its annual Luau dance and festivities in the St. Lawrence Commons. Students danced all night in beach-themed attire and leis, and there was even a contest for the most tourist-like dressed students. The limbo competition was a highlight of the evening, as well as the hula hoop competition.

The welcome-to-campus Luau is an historic event at Christendom - put on each fall semester since the 1980s. After the first week of classes, enjoying Hawaiian and island culture is a great way to relax and for students to spend time getting to know each other.

Sophomore Michaela Sanborn wins the limbo competition!

Sophomore Brigid Coyne impresses her classmates with her hula hooping skills.

Senior Joe Brizek and sophomore Gabriella Federico get into the Hawaiian spirit!

Everyone joins in the macarena!

Seniors Matthew Speer and Kelsey Ingold win the dress-like-a-tourist competition!

Conga line! Everyone danced away to the close of the evening.


The Return of Swing 'n Sundaes

Music and energy were in the air on Sunday evening for the first Swing ‘n Sundaes of the year. Around 150 students, who were all eager to learn new swing dance moves, gathered at the St. Lawrence Commons. Seniors Matt Speer, Klarissa Blank, James Ciskanik, and Sophomore Swing Club President Catherine McFadden demonstrated some fun and challenging moves for all to follow along.

“I had so much fun," freshman Katie Kelly said. "I definitely plan to go to every single one.”

Swing dance is very popular at Christendom College and is a popular method of dancing at all of the College's dances held throughout the year. Sadly, many of today's youth are constantly being bombarded by today's secular culture and are being encouraged to immerse themselves in today's music and dance culture - generally not all that appealing to faithful Catholics. So, at Christendom, swing dancing is a way for young men and women to dance with each other, and have a lot of fun, while respecting the dignity of each other. And it's a great workout too:)

As a cherry to the top of the fun-filled evening, ice cream sundaes were served to all participants there.

Students were eager to hit the dance floor and learn new swing dance moves.

Senior Tim Johnston practices a new swing dance move with sophomore Kinsey Benz.

Senior Matt Speer instructs the gentlemen on how to properly ask a lady to dance.

Sophomore Magdalena Whittaker was all smiles while dancing.

Sophomore Dominic Borchers was happy to be learning new moves.

Freshman Lindsay Harmon and sophomore Hugh Forrester dance away.



Special Report

New English Language and Literature Professor: Ben Reinhard

This week, Chronicler reporter Madeleine Murphy caught up with Professor Reinhard to get to know the newest member of the English Language and Literature Department faculty.

ben reinhardMadeleine: What is your background? Where did you receive your undergraduate degree, and graduate degree(s)?

Prof. Reinhard: I received my B.A. from Purdue University and my M.M.S. (Master of Medieval Studies) from the University of Notre Dame. I'm just now finishing my Ph.D. at Notre Dame: my dissertation defense is scheduled for September 27.

M: How did you come to join Christendom College's faculty this year?

R: I had wanted to teach at Christendom since I knew of its existence. When I went on the job market last year, I was thrilled to find that Christendom was hiring someone with exactly my background and qualifications. It was providential: there's really no other way to describe it.

M: How does teaching at Christendom compare to your expectations, and what is your favorite aspect of Christendom College thus far?

R: I knew I would find serious, mature students here, but I didn't expect them to be so well prepared! At many schools, you'd be hard pressed to find a senior with sufficient knowledge to compare medieval literature with classical epic; here, the sophomore students do that. It's pretty amazing.

M:What classes are you currently teaching, and are there any classes in particular you would like to teach in the future?

R: This fall, I have two sections each of Engl. 101 and 201. I hope to continue my predecessor's (recently retired Dr. Robert C. Rice) practice of offering courses in Old English, and to revive the History of the English language class. Finally, if students are interested, I'd be thrilled to offer advanced courses on special topics in medieval literature - for example, the Arthurian tradition.

M: Why, in your opinion, do you believe that English Language and Literature is important in a liberal arts curriculum, and at Christendom College in particular?

R: Life imitates art, and the stories we tell define us and our place in the world - which is another way of saying that literary study is uniquely able to form the imagination and will. This is why you find Norman soldiers singing "The Song of Roland" at Hastings, or British troops reciting Chesterton's "Lepanto" in the trenches during World War I. The songs moved them into action. Because of this, English Language and Literature has a favored place in the liberal arts tradition: theology and philosophy help you know what is right; literature helps you choose it. Then again, I'm probably biased.

M: Do you have any first impressions of Christendom College as a whole?

R: Christendom is an amazing place: it features a human-scaled community devoted to the liberal arts and united by a shared faith.



Crusader Sports Center

Soccer Team Runs Away With Tournament Victory

This fall, the men’s soccer team, led by head coach Jacob Guttierrez, looks to be in top form and eager to exceed their 5-5 record from last year.  The team lost six seniors from last year— each was a starter and a key player throughout last season.  Nonetheless, there is a lot of returning talent to this year’s squad, found in the seniors: Tim Vander Woude, Sean LaRochelle, and captains Jonathan Fioramonti and Johnny Foeckler. Junior Peter Foeckler along with sophomores Jeremy Minick, Sean Salmon, and Pat Audino will also bring a lot of talent to the field.

This past weekend, the men’s soccer team drove up to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to participate in a pre-season tournament with Davis College, Penn State Hazleton, and hosting team Valley Forge Christian College.

Despite a four-hour road trip and minimal warm-up time before the match, the Crusaders came out strong to win the match against Penn State, 7-0. Despite the blow-out win, there was a lot of excitement in the game, marked by an impressive goal scored from 30 yards out by midfielder Jeremy Minick, in addition to the four goals scored by striker Irishman Sean Salmon. The win over Penn State earned the Crusaders a spot in the first place match the next day against Davis College from New York.  Again, the Crusaders came out strong and went on to beat Davis 11-0, and took first place over all in the tournament. 

Senior captain, Jonathan Fioramonti, who was voted MVP of the entire tournament spoke highly about the team’s success.

“We played beautifully in both games and we executed well both technically and tactically. It was a great start to the season, and it’s something we can build on as a young team. Our goal is to be the best team possible and ultimately be perfect in every facet of the game,” he said.

With such a great start to the season and a lot of good match ups to come, there's no doubt that the fall sports seasons will be exiting. Go Crusaders!



Tom McFaddenAsk the Director

Q. Can you explain to me some of the leadership opportunities that you have available on campus? I'm very interested in attending Christendom, but I want to be able to gain some valuable, real-life, leadership experiences while going to college, too.

A. Some say that leaders are born. Others say they are made. I would tend to say that the truth lies somewhere between. Sometimes people have certain hereditary natural talents that enable them to more naturally stand out as leaders, but sometimes, through experience and perseverance, others can rise to the occasion and take on the role of a leader.

Christendom alumni are leaders in their communities, in their churches, in their places of employment, and in their homes. And what is it exactly that enables our alumni to be such stand-out leaders? I would credit some of it to their good upbringing, stability of family life, and their faithful following of the Faith, but I would also give much credit to their college experience here at Christendom.

We instill in our students some of the great qualities that make a good leader, such as Integrity, Dedication, Magnanimity, Humility, Openness, Creativity, and Discipline. We give them opportunities to grow in virtue and to be accountable for their actions, simply through the daily living of their lives and their commitment to their academic, moral, spiritual, and social lives. Many people who attend college, due to a lack of caring on the part of the college, spend most of their days living lives quite contrary to virtue, and seemingly, more concerned with the 7 capital sins! They are immersed in lives of sloth, lust, gluttony, and other such evils, and as a result, they are not capable of becoming effective leaders upon graduation, because only those who are living lives of virtue can truly be called good leaders. So, more often than not, Christendom students have a distinct advantage after graduation in this regard.

But beyond the fact that we encourage the practice of virtue on campus and promote an ordered lifestyle, we do have some programs in place to give students "hands on" experience serving as leaders and people who can make a difference.

We offer our students the opportunities to serve as Student Ambassadors for visiting students, to be Resident Assistants or members of the Student Government, and to hold positions of leadership in school clubs and organizations as well as to hold on-campus employment positions. Our students are encouraged to do volunteer work with the poor and marginalized, to go outside themselves and to think of others first through protecting the unborn, visiting the sick, feeding the poor, instructing the ignorant, and much more.

Our students can take part in internships in Washington, DC, and in our local area, and they can work as a team and provide leadership on our various varsity athletic teams. They can serve as tutors and mentors to other students, as well as help local families with their schooling or extra-curricular activity needs.

In short, our students are immersed in a rigorous academic environment where they must meet deadlines, write research papers, dress professionally for classes, abide by a demanding code of conduct that aids in the pursuit of virtue, and be accountable for their actions. They must manage their time well, learning a sense of urgency and how to prioritize the activities in their lives.

This type of educational environment certainly produces leaders who will make their mark on history. As Dr. Carroll, our founder, always taught, "One man can make a difference" and, we are all called to be "history makers" in today's culture. I highly encourage you to learn more about how Christendom is helping to create tomorrow's leaders on our campus today.

Learn more about our alumni and what they do by going here.

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