S#6 Cami Whiteford

Practice, condition, lift, repeat. The daily schedule of a college student athlete is tedious and exhausting, but is something that can easily be taken advantage of when a player is suddenly unable to do any of it due to injury.

Injuries occur in every sport, and vary in severity and recovery time. One injury that all athletes hope to avoid is the tearing of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, or ACL. With at least a nine month recovery period, this injury becomes season-ending for an athlete.

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Katrina Geiger

Katrina Geiger, red-shirt junior on the Loyola Women’s Lacrosse team, explains how hard it is to stay motivated throughout the entire ACL recovery process. “Finding the motivation to keep working hard isn’t always easy,” she mentions,  “but your teammates surrounding you makes the whole process a lot easier.”

 

Geiger, who tore her ACL in the fall of her sophomore year, was expected to be a standout player for the Greyhounds. The injury prevented her from playing during season, which she recalls as being very hard. Geiger worked to look past the negatives and find the positives, which for her was, “knowing that getting through it was going to make her a stronger person.”

Although the injury is tough, athletes continue to recover and come back stronger than ever. Sabrina Tabasso, red-shirt sophomore on the Loyola Women’s Lacrosse team, proves that ACL recovery is possible by being a member of the winning indoor team for the Loyola Indoor Lax Battle this November.

Geiger also proved that the effort put into the recovery is worth it by coming back stronger and faster than ever. For her, “knowing that [she] would get to the light at the end of the tunnel,” motivated her to keep pushing forward.

“Looking back,” Geiger states, “I am so grateful and thankful that I never gave up.”

 

FAC Dance Performance

By Cami Whiteford

As the semester comes to an end and students are stressing about finals, one class is busy stressing about something completely different; a self-choreographed dance performance. The Introduction to Dance class at Loyola University Maryland has been working all semester on a group dance that will serve as the final exam for the class.

Senior Tara Foley, member of the dance class, explains the effort and time put into the performance. The class takes place every Monday and Wednesday at the Fitness and Aquatic Center, and Foley explains that almost the entire second half of the semester was dedicated to the performance. “It was a lot of work,” she explained, “but it came together really nicely.”

On Dec. 7, the class prepared for the final performance by showing up to class dressed and ready to go. There were three separate dances, each with a theme involving peace and war or something along those lines. Friends and family were invited to attend the show, and according to class member Olivia Houser, “everything went as we had hoped.”

Houser noted that while most students are stressed about written finals, like Amber Lobb who tweets about her anxiety, the dance class has only has to worry about a final performance.

Most of the class consisted of students who are not dancers, so it was a challenge for them to choreograph a long dance in a short amount of time. Professor Green-Cudek, instructor of the class, explains that she is so proud of her class and will always remember this group of students. “They are a special bunch with so much energy and passion,” she recalls, “I will be sad to see them move on and graduate.”

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The final group preparing to start their dance

Green-Cudek has been teaching the dance class for several years and hopes to continue teaching for many more to come. She is currently a dance teacher at Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute as well, and has taught at local elementary schools in the Baltimore area and also spent 25 years teaching and studying in Germany. Although her students cannot receive as much knowledge about dance in one semester as she would hope, she states that she does her best to teach the “very most important things.”

 

Since the performance is over, the class will spend the rest of the semester wrapping up and reflecting on all of the things they have learned. “From jazz to ballet, we have done it all,” Green-Cudek recalls, “and I have seen a growth in every individual in my class.”

Swimming and Diving Breaking Barriers

By Cami Whiteford

Starting the season undefeated can add a lot of pressure for a team to keep succeeding, but the Loyola Swimming and Diving team has learned to handle the pressure and is having a season that proves it.

As of the beginning of November, the team had won three consecutive dual meets in the Patriot league and was proving to have improved immensely from years prior. Senior captain Tara Mulligan feels that this season could be a special one for them, and states that “teams [they’ve] never beaten before, [they’re] beating, and teams who normally blow them away are not able to anymore.” In her opinion, the success comes from the bond that the team has.

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Senior Tara Mulligan

In regards to the team’s record, she believes that it is “a testament to how strong the bond is both in and out of the pool.” In a recent tweet, the team is seen participating in the new “Mannequin Challenge”, which is a challenge that captures a group frozen in time. Mulligan laughed when recalling the challenge, stating that “funny things like that happen at every practice.”

For her, the team’s bond is unbreakable. She acknowledges that all teams have a strong bond and that she has been very fond of every team that she has been apart of at Loyola, but that “for some reason this team just really clicks.”

The young team, which includes 18 underclassmen, is hoping to prove itself in the Patriot League this year and Mulligan mentions that “sports at Loyola is about more than just Men’s Lacrosse, and this is the year that we will show everyone that.” With a few months left of the season, Mulligan and the team are excited to see what will be accomplished by the end and are hoping to add a championship to the Swimming and Diving records book.

What’s in store for Loyola Men’s Basketball this upcoming season?

By Taylor Caldwell, Michael Harris, Cassidy Rafsol and Cami Whiteford

An ambitious freshman class along with the promising leadership from the returning players allows Loyola men’s basketball fans to hope for a successful season ahead.  The men have already debuted the strength of their team beating Johns Hopkins by over 20 points.  Tune in to watch the Greyhounds play their second game of their season live tonight versus Duquesne at the Palumbo Center at 7:00 p.m.

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From Player to Coach: A New Perspective of the Game

By Cami Whiteford

After an unsuccessful season, Loyola women’s lacrosse head coach Jen Adams seeks change by adding former standout goalie Molly Wolf onto the coaching staff.

Wolf had an impressive collegiate career, ending her final season as one of the top goalies in the nation. She states that switching from player to coach has been great, and “the players and coaches have made it a really easy and great transition.”

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The team is currently in an off-season, training their sticks and bodies in preparation for their Spring season. To keep stick work fresh, Wolf explains that the team plays in an indoor tournament, “which is something [she] always looked forward to as a player.” Aside from the tournament, the team is also working on strength and conditioning until preseason begins in January.

Women’s lacrosse is a game that is constantly growing and looking for more exposure, and Wolf mentions that, “the men’s games get so much hype and that [she] wants that exposure to be in the women’s games as well.” New rules introduced for the upcoming game will help to add excitement and speed to the game, which produces hopes for a larger audience.

Adams hopes this season will be different from any other of the past, with “a promising set of players who have untapped potential just waiting to be reached.” For her, Wolf is a very exciting addition to the staff because, “she brings high-energy and overall positivity to every practice.” The roster of 29 hopes to make it their best season yet.

Loyola Students Prove that a Debate can be Civil

BALTIMORE- Loyola University Maryland’s Messina and Rhetoric Society hosted a public debate on Thursday, November 27th to show the audience how to create a debate focused on factual arguments.

The Debate was organized by two men, Professor Camper who is the faculty advisor of the Rhetoric Society, and student president of the society Zack Fecter. Zack stated that, “disagreement is a platform for growth, and that healthy debate should be the ultimate gold standard”.
The panel consisted of both students and professors who responded to questions and debated trending yet personal topics. Cole Davis, a Political Science major at Loyola University, was the first to answer a question. Before stating his answer he thanked the panelists and the organizers. After, when asked why he did this, he stated that, “it is important to start a debate on good terms, in order to ensure that the debate does not become negative. By showing respect to each member on the panel, I could set the mood so to speak”. All of the panelists allowed for the mood to be light, agreeing with each other at certain times and often joking about the current presidential debates we are seeing compared to the civil debate that was occurring at the moment. One professor, Dr. Whitehead, was particularly blunt and clearly spoke her mind in a positive way. Her responses were opinionated, and apparently left some students feeling a little “uncomfortable”. Senior Amy Abdalla stated that, “Dr. Whiteheads’ use of the N word so freely made me uncomfortable since I am not used to hearing it, but it certainly got her point across and made me respect her answers”.

Messina at Loyola University Maryland invited all students and faculty to this debate with a simple tweet a few days before the event by providing the date, time, and information about the event.

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The student/professor debate group prepares for the first question

More information on the event can be found on the Messina website, listed below
http://www.loyola.edu/department/messina

By: Cami Whiteford

Halloween Rally 2016 Taylor Caldwell Cami Whiteford

Halloweekend was Rally exciting.  Thursday night college students headed to downtown Baltimore, dressed to impress, for the annual Halloween Rally hosted by Power Plant Live.

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My roommates and I (above) dressed as several different creepy characters, including the twins from The Shining, pirates, and a zombie.

The DJ at Halloween Rally was a big hit, keeping the crowd entertained and performing a mix of popular songs and songs that fit with the occasion. Miss Shianne tweets her opinions on the DJ below

Annie, a twitter user, makes a joke about Halloween Rally occurring on a school night

Betty Medsger: Burglary at the FBI

Betty Medsger is an investigative reporter, author, photographer, producer, media critic, and educator. In 1971, she published FBI files that were stolen by a group of individuals. She was the only one to publish the files rather than turn them into the FBI.

These files were the first files from the FBI to ever become public, and revealed that the FBI had been spying on organizations and groups. Also, the files “revealed the existence of one of the FBI’s deepest secrets, a series of programs, most of them illegal, known as COINTELPRO.”

In the video, Medsger states that before publishing the files she made sure to investigate the authenticity of the files.

The publishing of these files lead to:

  • Unprecedented calls for an investigation of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI.
  • The first national discourse on the role of intelligence agencies in a democracy
  • A national consensus that henceforth such agencies, previously never subject to either official oversight or journalistic investigation, should be held accountable.
  • Both houses of Congress conducted the first congressional investigations of all intelligence agencies and established permanent intelligence oversight committees.
  • In one of the most powerful reforms following the revelations, Congress strengthened the Freedom of Information Act in 1974. After that, journalists and scholars were able to base articles and books on original files from these agencies

http://www.investigatingpower.org/journalist/betty-medsger/

Debate 3

A topic that caused a lot of commotion of twitter was the right to abortion, and Trump and Clinton both had different opinions.

Also, Clinton brought up Trump’s sexual history, which also lead to some funny tweets.