Dorm Wars & Assisi
From: Greenville, SC
Hobbies: Reading, Creative writing, and pretty much anything outdoors.
What is your favorite class or professor? I would have to say History 101 with Dr. McGuire. He has an enthusiasm for teaching that I have not encountered anywhere else.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am a student ambassador and I love helping out with intramurals. I also attend Swing n’ Sundaes.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I appreciate the school’s dedication to academic rigor. Not only does Christendom emphasize education for education’s sake, but also as a means of preparing students to flourish in their future endeavors. The spiritual life on campus is similarly a witness to this mission. I have never felt more in tune with my faith. I love the accessibility of daily mass and the sacraments. It is a huge blessing to have that on campus.
What are your plans after graduation? I would love to become a writer. I am hoping to finish my novel and find an agent after college (if not sooner
). Teaching is also another interest of mine for the future.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Come to the summer program. If you have any questions about how life is on campus or how the curriculum works the Christendom Experience Program can really help you get a feel for the school.
Students were treated to a pasta and steak meal, topped off with a variety of Valentine’s themed desserts. The chocolate fondue and strawberries proved to be an especially big hit.
During the meal, music from classics such as Frank Sinatra added to the elegant ambiance. Everyone lingered over the great food, enjoying pleasant conversation and the fun atmosphere created by the decorations and music. It was certainly a Valentine’s evening to remember.
Sophomores Susie Adams and Kim Day chat over their Valentine’s dinner.
Students enjoy each other’s company and the delicious food.
Sophomores Sarah Jamieson, Margaux Killackey and Julie Wells enjoy dinner with chaplain Fr. Mark Byrne.
Students enjoy pasta, steak, and good conversation.
Stations of the Cross in Christ the King Chapel
Fr. Planty pauses to pray at the Third Station.
John Federline from “The Elllect” answers a question from the Dorm Wars Genius Bowl.
“The Jacks and Jills” battle the “Ins 'n' Outs” in a round of the Genius Bowl.
“Super Margarets and the Frantastic Floor” vs. “The Lower-Level Legion.”
“The Elllect” were this year's Dorm Wars Genius Bowl Champions. (L-R) John Federline, Thomas Ferrara, Dan McDowell, Dean Dewey, Peter Deucher, and Sean Shanahan.
Last week students were challenged to make a swash-buckling College promo video that "highlighted the daily life and lofty goals of an undergraduate pirate at Christendom." Part of this year's pirate-themed Dorm Wars competition, the "Elllect" won the competition, with "The Children of Hannon" coming in second and "Super Margarets and the Frantastic Four" coming in third.
Check out the first place winner's video:
After the small reception, Fr. Planty led the students to a late lunch at the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl in downtown D.C. before the students made the drive back to Campus.
“This event was great for the students,” said Fr. Planty. “It gave them the chance to get off of campus, and experience the diverse culture of the universal Catholic faith. That is the point of these field trips – to let the students see different aspects of the faith. I think that those who attended this Mass really learned a lot about different aspects of the Liturgy, making this trip highly successful.”
Sophomores Joe Walsh and Maggie Ostrowski talk to Msgr. Pope, the pastor at Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Church.
Students and College Chaplain Fr. Planty talk to the assistant to Msgr. Pope.
Attendees of the field trip gather outside of Holy Comforter Church.
Everyone enjoyed the famous 'Half-smoked” specials.
Some Students gathered with Chaplain Father Planty outside Ben's Chili Bowl, off of U Street.
Senior John Schofield attempts to persuade the crowd.
Professor Jenislawski lightens up the atmosphere with some laughs.
The debate brought together a large group of intrigued professors, students, and alumni.
Sophomore Margaux Killackey makes very valuable points toward the resolution.
Residence Hall Floor Activities
“It's great to not only be an RA to such a great floor, but be able to plan activities that entire dorms can participate in," says Junior Hannah Ethridge. "Everyone gets to know one another a bit better."
“Last Sunday we were all able to take the cards we had made and deliver them to a nearby Nursing Home," says Freshman Micah Miller. "It was a great experience for all of us to share in.”
Luckily, these offered “floor activities” go on all year round, giving Christendom students plenty of opportunities to have fun experiencing new things and continuing to get to know each other. No wonder there is such a sense of “Dorm Pride” on Christendom College’s Campus!
Students enjoy a night at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
Making Valentines for the elderly.
Apple picking in the fall.
Ice skating in the winter.
Getting to Know Rome & Exploring Assisi
Ciao! Greetings from Siena!
On Saturday most of the day was spent discovering the riches of the city. A group of us attended 7 am Mass at a side chapel in Saint Peter’s which was celebrated in German. The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring-Elizabeth Walsh and Gabe Schuberg gave us a very informative tour of our neighborhood, showing us all the staple places (such as the 24 hour bakery!). Most of us saw Castle S. Angelo and the Bridge of the Angels. Others went on a hike to the hill where we could see the skyline of Rome. The day ended with our first full course Italian dinner, which was simply wonderful!
On Monday morning a group of us climbed up to a fortress which overlooks the city to watch the sunrise. We journeyed to the Basilica di San Francesco where we attended Mass at the Tomb of Saint Francis. One of the brothers gave us a phenomenal tour of the three levels of the Basilica. Apparently, there are three levels of the Basilica-the top was built for the glory of God, the main level in honor of Saint Francis, and the third, the crypt, was a later addition because of the great desire of the people to venerate the saint’s tomb.
So, what were the highlights of Assisi? The general consensus seems to be the hermitage of Saint Francis, attending adoration at a side chapel in Santa Chiara, experiencing the peace of the city, watching the sunrise at the fortress and seeing the locks of hair of Saint Clare which are kept at Santa Chiara.
It’s been a great week so far!
Until next time, Pax et Bonum!
Sitting on the Janiculum hill, Rome Residence Coordinator Gabe Schuberg gives students insights in life in Rome.
On tour in Assisi
Exploring medieval ruins in Assisi.
Enjoying the glories of Italian coffee.
New discoveries - on tour in Assisi.
Marybeth enjoys a view of La Rocca.
Santa Maria degli Angeli.
Taking in the view from a window of their hotel, La Rocca, named after the famous medieval fortress that stands at the top of Assisi.
Basilica di S. Francesco in the evening.
Exploring the medieval streets of Assisi.
Junior Semester in Rome Spring 2013
Sweet Victory for the Crusaders
With the seconds ticking down Senior Mark Helper stepped to the line with a chance to ice the game and secure his best game in a Christendom uniform. And with the bank open late Wednesday night, Helper did exactly that, sinking two clutch free throws before hitting a transition lay up with two secounds to go to cap the thrilling 65-56 win against Patrick Henry college.
The game was a grande finale for Christendom Men's Basketball. For the second year in the row the Crusaders would capture third place in the conference tournament.
Christendom basketball team would like to send out a special thanks to all the fans who have faithfully came out this year and especially to the impressive display of enthusiasm last night. Come out again next year!
Here comes Jeremy Minick.
Tim McPhee looks for the open man.
Tim Beer takes it to the hole.
Q. I just found out about Christendom, and am excited about applying and possibly joining the incoming class of 2017. I am, though, a bit worried about how I am going to pay for all of it. It seems like I am going to need a lot of financial aid in order to make it happen. Can you tell me how I might be able to afford a Christendom education, please?
A. This is one of the most commonly asked questions. I certainly understand why it is so frequently asked and I think it is an important one to talk about. Christendom’s tuition, fees, and room/board costs have been set for the 2013-14 year as follows: Tuition = $22,050, Room and Board = $8280, and Fees = $670, Total = $31,000. Now before you begin to freak out, let’s compare some numbers.
Additionally, Christendom (although we do not accept Federal loans, grants, subsidies, or aid of any kind) does offer its own well-funded financial aid fund from which students are given loans, grants, and academic scholarships. We have our own Financial Aid Form which mirrors the FAFSA form, and from the information provided, we give out loans and grants to students to help cover costs of tuition. The average financial aid package is around $15,000 a year.
Our academic scholarships are based on SAT or ACT scores, and if someone gets a 1920 (SAT) or 29 (ACT), they automatically receive 4-year scholarships of at least $24,000. People can re-take these tests as many times as they wish, and whatever the final score is the day the student arrives as a freshman, we go with for the scholarship amount.
Students are given the opportunity to work on campus, as well. If a student gets an on-campus job, they can expect to make close to $1000 a semester. They work in the library, kitchen, administrative offices, maintenance, chapel, and elsewhere.
Also, something we offer which I believe is unique is our sibling discount. If two siblings attend at the same time, the second sibling receives 25% off tuition. If there are three siblings attending at the same time, the 3rd one receives 50% off tuition.
And lastly, if someone who has received loans from Christendom chooses to join a religious order which takes a vow of poverty, Christendom erases the total amount of the loan.
So, hopefully you can see that although the initial “sticker price” of a Christendom education may seem a bit steep, we have many ways to lessen the costs. The Class of 2012 had an average indebtedness of "only" $25,875 after four years. Again, although this may seem like a lot of money, compared to national figures, it is a bit below the average for a private institution. According to The College Board's "Trends in Student Aid 2012" report, the average student debt for 2009 graduates of four-year, private colleges was $29,900. And the Christendom students would have been given that loan of $25,875 interest and payment free for the entire four years they attended, as well as given one full grace year of not having to pay anything on the loan and the loan would not accrue interest during that grace year.
If you have further questions about affording a Christendom education, I refer you to our financial aid page or recommend that you contact Ms. Alisa Polk in our Financial Aid Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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