SFU Students to Make Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.

Emma Catalano, Contributing writer

March 22, 2016


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A group of SFU students will travel to Washington, D.C., on April 2 to visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Saint John Paul II Shrine. “You don’t have to go a thousand miles to go on a pilgrimage,” said Paul Girardi, SFU’s associate director of Campus...

Full Slate of Events During LGBTQ Awareness Week

Full Slate of Events During LGBTQ Awareness Week

Amanda Schiavo, Editor

March 19, 2016


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Saint Francis University’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Awareness Week took place during the week of March 7. The events, which concluded on March 11, were sponsored by the School of Arts and Letters. “This is a Catholic university, but it is a Franciscan university,”...

Panel Addresses LGBTQ Issues on Campus

Shelby Bowen, Contributing Writer

March 18, 2016


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A Franciscan priest, faculty members and student served on an LGBTQ panel and led a discussion on this topic on March 11 in Padua Hall. The panel discussion was part of LGBTQ Awareness Week, which included four days of events. Approximately 20 students attended the panel discussion. Panel members ...

Norovirus Hits Campus Hard

Janiece Morton, Contributing Writer

March 18, 2016


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Just days before students at Saint Francis University (SFU) left campus for Spring Break, an aggressive virus infected a number of students. After waiting a week for test results to come back, it was confirmed that the Norovirus had hit the University. Students who contracted the virus suffered...

Spring Break Means Service for Volunteer Group

Spring Break Means Service for Volunteer Group

Brandon Behe, Contributing Writer

March 1, 2016


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A number of Saint Francis students are spending their spring break providing medical and social services to disadvantaged residents of Jamaica. The Helping the Underprivileged by Giving our Service (HUGS) group, which consists of 24 students and three faculty members, is providing medical care for...

Guitarist Captures SFU’s Got Talent Crown

Guitarist Captures SFU’s Got Talent Crown

Angel Creek, Contributing Writer

March 1, 2016


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After four consecutive Fridays of intense competition, “SFU’s Got Talent” crowned its champion Feb. 19 at JFK Auditorium. Andrew Garcia, a rock-and-roll guitarist, wowed the audience and earned the most votes for his two performances of the night. In his second act, Garcia brought back-up...

SFU Band Conducts Sweet Frog Fundraiser

Christi Villareale, Contributing Writer

February 24, 2016


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The SFU Bands held a fundraiser at the Sweet Frog in Altoona on Feb. 20. The fundraiser was for the String Theory School in Philadelphia, which iis looking to expand its program and is in need of more equipment for its students. Guest instructor for SFU Bands, JoAnn Wieszczyk, currently works at the inne...

SAO Hosts Bongo Ball and Bubble Soccer Event

SAO Hosts Bongo Ball and Bubble Soccer Event

Rebecca Larkins, Contributing Writer

February 23, 2016


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The Student Activities Organization (SAO) hosted a Bongo Ball and Bubble Soccer event Saturday in the Stokes Center’s Auxiliary Gym. Participants shot each other with potato guns and foam balls on one side of the gym.  On the other side, participants played soccer from inside inflatable bubbles....

American Sign Language Students Headed to Jamaica

Matt Crawford, Contributing Writer

February 23, 2016


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"The kids are always the best part," said sophomore, strategic communications major Shelby Bowen. "They have such a simple outlook on life and they make it all worthwhile." Bowen is one of 14 students who will be participating in an immersion trip to Jamaica during SFU’s Spring Break Week. She ...

SFU to Host Blair County’s First Female Commissioner

Amanda Schiavo, Troubadour editor and contributing writer

February 11, 2016


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The SFU Center for the Study of Government and Law will welcome Blair County’s first female commissioner, Donna Gority, to campus on March 9. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in DiSepio 214 and is part of SFU’s celebration of Women's History Month. Gority’s address is titled "My Life and...

Library Exhibit to Explore Native Peoples’ Experience

Library Exhibit to Explore Native Peoples’ Experience

Matt Conrad, Contributing Writer

February 11, 2016


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An upcoming library exhibit will look to bring a greater awareness of Native American life and health to the Saint Francis community. Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness is a traveling multimedia exhibit developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine in partnership wi...

How to Stay Safe this Winter

How to Stay Safe this Winter

Brandon Behe, Contributing writer

February 1, 2016


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For those of you who were expecting the mild winter to continue into the semester, it is time to let it go.Winter weather has returned to Loretto with an icy vengeance. Just two weeks into the new semester, we’ve seen temperatures drop below freezing on multiple occasions, followed by what could p...

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