Club Showcase: Gluten-Free Club

By: Lauren Wanless '17

Whether it is an allergy or a personal choice, gluten-free diets are more popular than ever. Celiac disease, a hereditary autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine when gluten is consumed, affects one in every 133 Americans. There is no medical cure for celiac disease, but those affected must follow a 100% gluten-free diet in order to fully alleviate the symptoms. Others who adhere to this diet choose to because of the belief that it will cause weight loss and overall better health.

Because of this, members of the Saint Anselm College community decided to gather everyone who wanted to have an input about the food options on campus for those who need, or want, to be on such a strict diet and created the Gluten-Free Club. At meetings, the group talks about what it is like to eat gluten-free at school and how they can improve and broaden their food options.

The club’s Vice President Canada Stewart explains, “The dining halls are tough when it comes to allergies so we decide what people like and don’t like in Davison and the Coffee Shop and try to fix it”. Already, the campus-wide gluten-free options consist of special pastas, breads, pastries, and more, many of which are made to order. There are also naturally gluten-free choices on the menu that are available without a special request. These items are marked with either the abbreviation “MGF”, for “made without gluten”, or “GF”, meaning “gluten-free”.

Although the gluten-free options on campus are improving, eating out at restaurants poses another a challenge. Many times, the options are not as laid out or as readily available as they are in Davison. Stewart discusses how the Gluten-Free Club works together to overcome this obstacle: “We talk about places around Manchester that have gluten-free options to help each other out”. Today, these types of restaurants are becoming more and more popular. Due to the growing gluten-free community, restaurants saw a 29% increase in the number of menu items made without gluten from 2012-2013.

The Gluten-Free Club is working to participate in preexisting events or even set up their own events on campus in order to spread the word about their club and the gluten-free community in general. With the growing number of gluten-free students at Saint Anselm College, the club hopes to gather opinions, ideas, and support from everyone participating in the gluten-free lifestyle.

Team of the Week: Women's Rugby

Women’s Rugby is a very different team from last year. Coming off of their first Division II win, a plate from the spring 7s tournament and a dedicated group of coaches and players, the team has a lot to look forward to this season. Last season, four of those players were named to the All-Conference Team or All-Conference Second Team. One player was named to the All-Conference Second Team for the Spring 7s Tournament. They are constantly pushing themselves and each other to get better, and the results are showing.

So far this season, the team sits at 2-1 in the league. The wins came against UMASS Lowell (67-0) and Southern Connecticut State University (58-0), while the loss was to the hands of perennial powerhouse Stonehill (62-7). Aside from fielding an A-side team, they have been playing a B-side team. By fielding both an A-side and B-side team, every girl has a chance to play. Several B-side teams have played A-side teams and done well. Usually, the B-side team does not play the same team. While the A-side team played UMASS Lowell, the B-side played Salve Regina. Against Salve Regina, the B-side team tied 0-0. However, like Captain Haley Mount said, “This is extremely impressive seeing as a majority of the girls who were wearing a St. As jersey had never played a minute of rugby before.” Head Coach Jesse Martineau said, “the hardest thing as a coach is convincing the girls that they can compete against bigger schools and at the Division II level. They’re talented and they work hard.”

Aside from rugby, the team is very active in the school community. Several players are Resident Assistants or EMTS, and many girls volunteer individually. Whenever there is a service event on campus, such as the Christmas Fair, Valentine’s Day Dance, or dodgeball, they always try and go and give back. Many players on the team participate in Service and Solidarity trips, and most recently, nine girls participated in Road For Hope. Haley said, “our team really prides ourselves on how active we are on and off campus and that is something we hope never to lose”.

This weekend, the team is hosting their very first Diabetes Awareness Game. Both the coaches and the players are very excited for this particular game. Not only is the game against Merrimack, but this game is personal for the girls on the team. Haley said, “Diabetes is something that hits close to home with our team and we decided that we wanted to start raising awareness about the disease”. Coach Jesse echoed that statement, saying, “the team is really looking forward to the Diabetes Awareness Game and raising awareness.” The team will be selling t-shirts and ribbons and the money will be going to JDRF'S BIONIC PANCREAS PROJECT. Make sure you come out and support the team as the raise awareness for Diabetes and host Merrimack at 3PM on the practice field.

On October 25th, Women’s Rugby will play host to Holy Cross at 5PM. This will be the senior game, and the team will be celebrating. Coach Jesse said, “this is an awesome senior class. They are responsible for taking a team with only a few girls to being the team with the most registered active players in the conference.” There are 11 seniors that the team will recognize at the game. We asked Haley what advice she would give new players, and even people considering playing rugby. She said, “Rugby is what you make of it. The more you put into it the more you get out of it. All the seniors have put in hours of hard work, sweat, laughter, tears, some blood from time to time, and most importantly love. In return, rugby has given me a family I will always have and memories I will never forget. My time here at St. As would not have been the same if it wasn't for rugby and when I graduate my rugby memories, both on and off the field, will be some of the first memories I remember.”

For the team’s hard work both on and off the field, the Student Government Association would like to recognize Women’s Rugby as our Team of the Week. Congratulations, ladies! Best of luck with the remainder of the season!

To stay up to date with Women’s Rugby, you can follow them on Twitter @SACWomensRugby

By: Dominique Del Prete '15

Club Profile: Classics Society

Classics Society advertisement for Quiz Bowl 2014

Classics Society advertisement for Quiz Bowl 2014

Salve! γειά σου! Greetings!  The spirit of language and culture is prominently shown through the activities and members of the Classics Society. Established in 1986, The Classics Society is dedicated to promoting campus appreciation of the cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome.  The Society sponsors a number of Classics related events including film presentations, museum and theatre outings, and annual events such as Quiz Bowl and Floralia.  The Classics Society is a unique club opened to all students on campus.

To highlight a few of the campus favorite events, Quiz Bowl is a competitive event that is held on Thursday nights on campus.  As a jeopardy style competition, students take it so seriously that each round is often nail biting.  Floralia is another campus favorite.  At the end of the spring semester, students pile onto the quad for a pig roasting and chariot racing.  This year Floralia will be the weekend of April 26th and all should come out to support the event.  Food, live entertainment and completion will be provided.

The 2014 Club of the Year Award was presented to Classics Society. This club is an exceptional one and provides a variety of events and opportunities for students.  The club leadership is also remarkable.  They do a great job fundraising and an even better job executing events.  Classics society is truly a “role-model” club and one that all students should take advantage of at least once during their four years.

Kayla Patten '17

Reflecting on the 2013-2014 SGA Administration

Outgoing Student Body President and Vice President Lyndsay Robinson '14 and Stephen Bowen '14.

Outgoing Student Body President and Vice President Lyndsay Robinson '14 and Stephen Bowen '14.

Today, the Student Government Association (SGA) of Saint Anselm College celebrated the accomplishments of the 2013-2014 SGA Administration at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) Auditorium. The leadership of this administration was passed on to the leadership of the next administration in what was a lovely and enjoyable ceremony. Zachary Camenker '16, outgoing SGA Secretary of Public Relations, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event which lasted from 2-3:30 PM.

Student Body President and Vice President Lyndsay Robinson '14 and Stephen Bowen '14 reflected on their journeys in SGA as well as their own accomplishments in this year's administration. These accomplishments numbered many, but included organizing campus events focused on coping with the effects after the Boston Marathon bombing, developing an Autism Awareness Week and a Week of Understanding to erase hate, organizing a successful Color Me Run, and so much more.

Both Robinson and Bowen reflected on their leadership in speeches. This was followed by speeches from the newly elected Student Body President and Vice President David McKillop '15 and Mack Douglas '15. After all of this, Robinson and Bowen swore McKillop and Douglas in to their new positions.

The new class councils were also sworn in for the coming 2014-15 administration. Many new faces, as well as returning SGA members, joined Douglas on the stage as he read the Constitution to the new leaders.

Earlier in the ceremony, several awards were delivered. Dr. Ann Norton, Professor of English, received the Abbot Gerald McCarthy Professor of the Year Award. The Classics Society was awarded Club of the Year. Fr. Mathias Durette, Prior of the Saint Anselm Abbey and former Assistant Dean of Students, received the Dr. Constance Richards Award presented to an outstanding staff member of the college community. A new award was given out this year as well. This award, entitled the Dr. Alicia Finn Award, was bestowed on the SGA Advisor, Dr. Alicia Finn, Dean of Students at the college. Dr. Finn also delivered a speech earlier in the program highlighting the accomplishments of SGA 2013-14.

Lyndsay Robinson presented the Anselmian Student Pride Scholarship in honor of Abbot Matthew Leavy to a member of each class. Additionally, Karen Ejiofor '16, a recipient of the scholarship, also received the Dr. Joseph Horton SGA Member of the Year Award. 6 four-year members of SGA were also honored for their service with a gift of appreciation.

Overall, the day was highly successful and enjoyable for all who attended. Many college community members, including administrators, faculty, staff, and monastic community members, joined families and friends of SGA members. Pictures were taken after and hors d'oeuvres were enjoyed as well.

As we reflect on the 2013-14 SGA Administration, full of many accomplishments, we are pleased to see the torch be handed over to the next administration.  We are sure that their leadership experience, drive, motivation, and kindness will benefit the college community immensely and that, although they have big shoes to fill, they will stand out as shining examples of hospitable Anselmian leaders, channeling SGA leaders of the past, present, and future in all that they do.

Club Feature: Irish/Celtic Society

Saint Anselm College’s Irish/Celtic Society, one of the oldest clubs on campus, is proud of the strong Celtic culture it embodies. With a talented board of officers including Co-Presidents Hilary Gorgol '14 and Sean Connolly '14, Secretary Alex Odegaard '14 and Treasurer Dylan Lindholm '14, the Irish/Celtic Society has a prominent presence at Saint A’s. There are no requirements to become a member in this club, only a love for blarney and all things Celtic. Meetings are held once a month in the Dana Center conference room to plan events, host guest speakers, and learn more about Irish Heritage.

The Irish/Celtic Society hosts a wide variety of fun filled, Saint Patrick’s Day inspired events! An annual "Holly on the Harp" Christmas Ceilidh is hosted in the coffee shop right before finals. This is a night of music, dancing, and stories showing how the Irish love to entertain! It is a personal favorite of Co-President, Hilary Gorgol's. She explains, “Being a local Irish Step Dancer, I have been dancing in the event since I was 10 and it means so much to me. Seeing how excited the students are to hear traditional Irish music and see a free dance performance is so rewarding. And it really builds confidence in the performers.” In addition, the club marches in the Manchester St. Patrick's Day parade every year with a float depicting an event in Ireland's history. It's great to act out Irish heritage, too! Recently, they’ve started hosting dance lessons for those who want to learn. They’ve had a great response and were even able to showcase the new dancers in the Ceilidh this past year!  They also sponsor the poetry reading in the pub with the English Department before Christmas break. Irish/Celtic Society loves entertaining the Anselmian community. Main fundraising for this club is done through sales at each of the Irish/Celtic performances at the Dana Center.

In the future, Irish/Celtic Society is planning on marching in the upcoming St. Patrick's Day parade in Manchester! They invite all to come. Who doesn't love decorating a float and marching in a parade? More dance lessons will be hosted throughout this semester and the leaders of the club would love for even more student involvement! The Irish/Celtic Society is working to host more events with music and would love to see a stronger presence on campus during the month of March. It is amazing to see that this club moved from a club that never appropriated or had meetings, let alone classes, to an organized society of dedicated members who love to volunteer at school events like the Holiday Fair, Valentine's Day Dance, or Multicultural Day. Irish/Celtic Society is proud of its heritage and is excited to foster the spirit of Saint Patrick and Celtic culture in the future!

Fun Fact: The Irish/Celtic Society's Constitution is still the original paper–typewriter edits and all!