By Kieran Rock & Kelly Burns, Editors
This year The Quadrangle has reported a wide variety of stories from changes in the athletic department to master plan updates. We had two special issues: The Gender Issue and The Food Issue and have covered breaking news, delivering it to the students and campus community alike. Here we review some of the biggest stories The Quadrangle has covered this year.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES KNICK’S TICKETS CONFUSION
In January, students purchased tickets for the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors game through Student Activities. Upon arrival, the students found that many of the tickets were voided and were denied entry.
As news editor Anthony Capote reported in February, Student Activities and ITS failed to set a cap on the new online purchasing system and students began reserving and purchasing tickets beyond the number that Student Activities had available. John Bennett, director of Students Activities, then purchased extra tickets from StubHub many of which were determined to be fraudulent.
Bennett told Capote that Student Activities spent $50,000 to accommodate the students. This prompted a letter to The Quadrangle from Robert Geraci, professor of Religious Studies and chair of the Council of Faculty Affairs, in which he stated the article “unleashed a tidal wave of concern among faculty and administrators.” Geraci expressed concern for the large sum of money spent over budget and taken from other offices and said the right decision would have be refunding the students and apologizing.
MARRIANE REILLY NAMED ATHELTIC DIRECTOR
In March, Manhattan College named Marianna Reilly its new athletic director. As sports editor, Daniel Ynfante reported, Reilly who is a Manhattan College graduate, returned to MC after serving as Associate Athletic Director at Fordham University.
Ynfante reported: “Reilly becomes the first female AD in Manhattan’s history. She was also the first woman to be inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 1992 after a stellar basketball career that also saw her become the school’s first 1,000-point scorer.”
In a separate article Ynfante noted that Manhattan’s decision to appoint a female athletic director was not one shared by many other institutions. He reported: “According to NCAA data from the 2014-2015 academic year, of the 1,139 athletic directors in the NCAA, just 229 were women.”
NEW MURAL UNDER FOUNDER’S BRIDGE
As The Quadrangle reported on 11 February, a project began at the beginning of the second semester to paint a mural on the rust stained wall under Founder’s Bridge. managing editor Sean Sonneman reported that the piece would be the first public art instillation on campus.
As Sonneman reported, the mural was designed by and created by the students of Manhattan College. A company called Creative Art Works was hired to work with a select group of MC students to paint the mural.
At the time of publication Mark Pottinger, Ph.D. and chair of Manhattan College’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, said: “There is nothing on campus that displays the students’ own perspective of the college. Students wanted to have some element, some legacy on campus that speaks directly to them.”
Today, the mural is nearly completed. The work was done by the group of students selected and there were days when the community could also join in the process. The mural depicts many important aspects of the college community, from the one train to the campus quadrangle.
GENDER ISSUE SHINES LIGHT ON MANHATTAN’S FIRST WOMEN
In a special “Gender Issue” The Quadrangle published an issue dedicated to examining the way gender functions in higher education and specifically at Manhattan College. Editor in
Chief, Ally Hutzler, and Assistant Features Editor, Tara Marin, reported the story of Manhattan College’s first females when the school began co-education in 1973. As they reported, the school actually had its first female graduate in 1969, Patricia Ruback-Kehrberger. Kehrberger dormed at Mount Saint Vincent, as neither institution was co-educational at the time, and MC had no facilities for female students.
Of her choice to persue engineering, Kehrberger said she met some hesitation. “They told me it’s a man’s occupation and that education for me, as a young woman in engineering, would be a waste,” she said. “I guess I was a pioneer because they realized the place wasn’t going to fall down if a woman was sitting in the classroom, but the notion of being a coed school means a lot more than having a few people sitting in classes,” she said.
ADJUNCTS TRY TO UNIONIZE, ADMINISTRATION PUSHES BACK
In September, news editor Anthony Capote reported the continued effort of the adjunct professors of Manhattan College to unionize. The process began in 2011 when a group of part-time faculty petitioned the school for a vote to form a union for the adjuncts. Capote reported: “In 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Manhattan College had to open the ballot for unionization. MC challenged the ruling, saying that as a Catholic institution, whose adjunct professors play a significant role in the perpetuation of a religious community, the NLRB, a government organization, had no jurisdiction over the matter.”
While the administration challenged the vote to allow adjuncts to unionize, Holly Hepp-Galvan, an adjunct at MC who has been a part of the unionization effort since 2003, told Capote that the school has made some changes. “We have had some small raises and now we get paid every two weeks instead of once a month, so there have been some changes,” she said.