<p>Asked to name his favorite opera, senior classics major Jonathan Mortensen ’12 at first shakes his head, daunted by the magnitude of the question. But then he settles.</p> <p>“It has to be Otello,” he says, referring to Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act work based on Shakespeare’s Othello. “Specifically the character Iago. It’s the best bass role.”</p>
<p>With its soaring, floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views of campus, expanded and varied study spaces, plush lounge furnishings, a first floor café (complete with plasma TVs broadcasting worldwide satellite news channels) and enhanced electronic resources, the John and Maryanne Post Learning Commons at Drexel Library is certain to become a hub for students seeking space for both studying and study breaks.
<p>In collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity, SJU Women of Color Planning Committee and the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc; Omega Omega Chapter, Saint Joseph’s will host a conference to address issues impacting women of color in the community. The conference, which will feature speakers from various cultural and professional backgrounds, will be held on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 9 a.m.
<p>Three Haub School of Business students were finalists in the Delaware Valley Risk Management and Insurance Society’s (RIMS) annual college essay competition hosted by Saint Joseph's University on March 20. Leonard Markert ’12 and Brian Allen ’12 placed third in the competition, and Jill Feeney ’12 placed first in the regional essay competition, earning a $1,000 scholarship.</p>
<p>In the devastating aftermath of the 7.0 scale earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, humanitarian efforts to support the tiny country flowed from all corners of the world in the form of aid workers, food and charitable donations.
<p>Saint Joseph’s University will host two vigils this month aimed at increasing awareness about violence. The 12th annual Take Back the Night Vigil will be held Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial. The event is organized and hosted by SJU’s award-winning REPP (Rape Education and Prevention Program) group and calls attention to sexual and physical violence against women.
<p>The SJU Theatre Company will be the first college or professional group in Philadelphia to present Is He Dead?, a comedy recently rediscovered from the archives of legendary American humorist Mark Twain. The show runs in Bluett Theatre for only one week, Wednesday, April 18 through Sunday April 22.</p>
<p>Now through March 7, coin collection boxes at registers in Wawa Food Stores across Pennsylvania will be gathering donations to benefit Saint Joseph’s University’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. Funds from the collection specifically support Camp Kinney, a unique five-week summer experience that combines children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their neuro-typical peers.</p>
<p>While many Americans have watched the price of gas rise and fall during the past decade’s energy crisis, few were aware of a similar crisis affecting their morning java. In Central America, coffee’s price per pound fell dramatically between 2000 and 2002, leaving many farmers without the means to continue growing crops.
<p>The Saint Joseph’s University Theatre Company is turning up the heat this winter with a performance of the musical <em style="border-style: initial; border-color: initial; ">Miss Saigon</em>. The show opens Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in Bluett Theatre, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 26.</p>