LaSalle’s ADP Program

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Nya Griffin, Staff

The LaSalle Academic Discovery Program (ADP) is accelerating, as Teresa McKnight is now the new ADP Director, and Anyae Broomer is the Assistant Director for student success. Their mission in leadership is to make sure they reach every student to help them grow through this process. The Academic Discovery Program is designed to help economically impacted students prosper through their collegiate career.

The Academic Discovery Program is more than just your average collegiate student success program. The faculty and staff are there for when students feel like their backs are up against the wall. McKnight and Broomer help us to see the light at the end of every semester. Sometimes just by being empathetic and telling us to take “one day at a time,” or reassuring students that “everything is going to be alright” is what gets us through those difficult patches in the semester.

Having McKnight and Broomer as a support system and academic cheerleaders throughout our college journey helps us to see the college experience beyond the classroom. Yes, academics are highly important; however, our mental health is just as important. Having a licensed clinical worker like Broomer in our presence to bridge the gap from health disparity to mental health awareness is empowering. Broomer helps us find out our personal social determinants of health to provide us with what we need to succeed mentally, physically, academically as students. The goal of ADP is to provide us with the necessary resources, strategies, and connections that will help propel us into academic success beyond undergraduate education. Sometimes we must remember that everyone has a story and understand that we have the power as college students to change the narrative and exceed our own expectations.

When asked, “What is one word that comes to your mind when you think of ADP?” Broomer said, “perseverance because lots of students have weights but this program is about helping students to attend class and preserve in spite of the circumstances faced.” 

McKnight also replied, “unlimited possibilities since the program is designed for success.”She continued to share that “if you work on your academic success, you’ll have yielded unlimited possibilities.” 

While interviewing McKnight and Broomer, I asked what were their expectations for the program and what will they be implementing to help students continue to excel? McKnight said, “accountability within the students’ culture in making sure they meet requirements for the program as well as bringing back an immense community atmosphere that was prevalent pre-pandemic.” Broomer replied, “engagement and more involvement in campus community.” She said that after listening to students’ feelings and their feedback they hope to expand the active peer mentoring program and strengthen it for years to come.

Overall, La Salle’s Academic Discovery Program is off to a great start with some fresh changes, familiar faces, and eager support. McKnight and Broomer’s goals for the program is to continue to focus on assisting each student in understanding them as an individual and being intentional about getting them to reach some SMART goals. Broomer shared that sometimes behind the scenes work can involve sleepless nights but it’s her passion for changing lives that’s worth it all. McKnight also expressed that stepping into this new role reveals her passion in seeing all students succeed not only in undergrad but help them prepare for graduate and beyond. McKnight concluded that, “although ADP seems to be the well-kept secret, good things do come out of it.”

To the entire La Salle Community, we’d like to give a warm welcome to the new director and assistant director as they are immersed in their new roles in teaching and learning.

Bagel Reviews with Claire and Luke: Spread Bagelry: Philadelphia, PA

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Claire Ortiz and Luke Szyszkiewicz, Staff Writers

Long ago in the semester, a friend of ours, Andrew Plunkett, suggested a bagel place that he frequented over the summer due to his work commitments in the city. He told us that we just HAD to try it, and that we wouldn’t regret it. Having taken his advice, Claire and I, along with a large group of friends, made our way down to Rittenhouse Square where one of a few locations of Spread Bagelry exist within city limits. The other two are on South Street and in University City. 

The first thing we noticed about this place on the frigid Saturday morning was just how bustling it was. Other places we had been to have been busy, but none quite like this. When we arrived, there were only a few types of bagels left from the menu, with everything, sesame, and blueberry lemon being the only that had survived the busy morning. Sad news! Claire couldn’t get her poppy seed bagel this week. Not to worry. She ordered a sausage egg and cheese on a sesame bagel, while I ordered a sesame bagel with maple bacon cream cheese. 

The amount of cream cheese on this bagel was delectable. I really enjoyed it. The seeding of the bagel was also quite nice, with enough seeds for everyone to be satisfied. Claire really enjoyed her bagel sandwich this week. Stealing a bite, I could see why. The eggs were perfectly fluffy, even though they were scrambled, the sausage was delicious, and the cheese was melted just right. The coolest thing about this bagel place was its exposed wood fire oven, where we saw the bagels being made in front of our eyes in real time. 

This is unlike any place we had been to before, and really elevated its whole vibe for us. Overall, between the ratings, we would give it a 3.5/5. Some things it could improve on were the bagel selection (not entirely their fault, Saturdays are the busiest day) and in making slightly larger bagels. We did really enjoy it and thank you to Andrew Plunkett for the recommendation!

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PRSSA chapter begins to reestablish reputation

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Donald Argoe, Staff 

After two years, La Salle University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is back up and running.

 Like manyany sports and clubs, PRSSA was negatively affected by COVID-19. Starting with a year of online school and another year of safety restrictions, there weren’t enough students to get the club going. On Sept. 22, the group met for the second time to select the new board members best fit to help rebuild.  

         After a long break, the communication students of La Salle are getting back together with hopes to rebuild the chapter back to what it used to be, giving students even more opportunities to succeed. PRSSA Vice President Madeline Geyer said, “COVID-19 took away the opportunity to really congregate as a team last year, it was also difficult to spark student interest.” Then the first year back on campus, students found that they “couldn’t really establish [themselves] in such limiting circumstances,” Geyer said.

         Before the pandemic hit in 2020, Geyer said “Previous La Salle PRSSA chapters were highly successful and feigned a lot of interest with students and took on nationals multiple times, we hope to be just like that.”

         PRSSA, established by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), is a society of over 9,000 college students nationwide who are provided with professional development opportunities to help them in their career path. PRSSA is  designed to help communication students connect with others in their field of interest for a wide variety of learning and career opportunities.

         The group is working hard to become a well-established chapter once again in the national organization. Geyer said that they’re excited to welcome their new Chapter Advisor, former PRSSA President Ryan Wall. With his help Geyer said they “plan on getting involved with lots of off-campus events to help students gain as much experience as possible.”

         Now that the plan is in motion, PRSSA Director of Publicity Keri Marable said she plans to expand the club by “reestablishing ourselves as an official chapter in good standing with PRSA to take part in their various awards and competitions by gaining new members, building a repertoire of chapter newsletters and social media campaigns, and creating new programming on and off campus.”

         Geyer said the group “plans on recruiting new members through word of mouth, and visual flyers from our Director of Publicity.”

         The club’s main student goals are to enhance education on the subject of public relations, expand networks with like-minded professionals, and develop skills to help students become a leader in the field of public relations or communication. In other words, PRSSA’s focus is to help communication majors learn, connect and grow.

         Along with knowledge and connections, PRSSA offers students desired benefits like scholarships, access to internships, becoming a leader, planning events and meetings, and  finding jobs after graduation.

         Now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing up, Geyer and Marable agree that the PRSSA chapter is ready to start recruiting even more new members from the communication department and rebuild its reputation in the world of public relations.

Bagel Reviews with Luke and Claire: Kismet Bagels: Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA

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Claire Ortiz and Luke Szyszkiewicz, Staff Writers

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This week, Claire and I took a train ride down to Fishtown, one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city. A popular spot for millennials, Fishtown has coffee shops and bagels aplenty, but I truly think Kismet Bagels takes the cake for the best bagel spot in the neighborhood. Located just minutes from the Girard stop on the Market-Frankford line, we met our guest reviewer (and Luke’s brother) Steve Szyszkiewicz, ’14, to try the most in-demand bagel in town.

Looking at the menu, Claire was immediately disappointed in the lack of sausage options, with the only meat being offered was bacon. What they lacked in meat variety, they made up for in other varieties of spreads, with many different options of cream cheese available as well as some interesting veggie options. The bagels themselves are exquisite: fluffy yet crispy and wonderfully seeded. I ordered “The Egg,” which includes scrambled eggs, Cooper sharp cheese, zhug (a Yemeni hot sauce), I added bacon to it, and of course an everything bagel. Claire ordered a poppy seed bagel with cream cheese, which they call ‘schmear.’ Steve ordered “The Veg,” which includes tomato, cucumbers, red onion, microgreens, veggie schmear, extra virgin olive oil, and salt & pepper on an everything bagel. Although scrambled eggs typically lose points on our rating, they were fluffy and tasty, so they won’t detract here. 

To the ratings; this is personally my favorite. I think it really has everything I could want in a bagel place. The only downside is that the sandwiches are messy and not the easiest to eat. Claire and Steve both said similar things regarding the messiness of the sandwich. For Claire, the downside was the lack of sausage on the menu, although the bagel itself was delicious. For Steve, the messiness was a major portion, as his fell apart toward the end. Overall, we’d give this a 4/5 Gritty’s. Come back next week as we explore another bagel place in Philadelphia! 

Bagel Reviews with Luke and Claire: Fill A Bagel: Jenkintown, PA

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Claire Ortiz and Luke Szyszkiewicz, Staff Writers

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This week, to celebrate Halloweekend and the Phillies in the World Series, Claire and I decided to go somewhere closer to school. Fill A Bagel seemed to be the perfect spot. We had heard so many good things from those around us that we just had to try it. They also had the BEST bagel to celebrate the Phillies: The Phils Bagel, a plain bagel the same color as the red of the Phillies logo. Although neither of us personally ate one, we did bring some home to friends, who all said they were so fun and so very delicious. 

Personally, Claire and I didn’t have the experience we thought we might have had. Claire ordered, as always, a sausage, egg, and cheese on a poppy bagel, while I ordered a bacon, egg, and cheese on an everything. The classics. 

One big complaint that Claire had was the choice of egg on the bagel, and I can’t help but agree with her. Some bagel places use scrambled eggs, and Fill A Bagel is one of them. Both of us prefer fried eggs on breakfast sandwiches. This took down their score pretty far for us. I also didn’t think the bagels were truly seasoned enough. Although the everything bagel did have salt in it, one of my favorite things, there just wasn’t enough of the everything else for me. 

Overall, we’d probably rate it a 2.5/5 Gritty’s, or to celebrate the Phillies in the Fall Classic, Phanatics. Join us next week as we take a trip into Fishtown to review Kismet Bagels, as well as hearing reviews from some potential guest reviewers!

The Lack of Women Representation in Pennsylvania and Women Running for Election this PA Electoral Season

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Keri Marable, Staff

As it gets closer to November, campaigns and election talks ramp up. One conversation that comes up during election season is the representation of women. The disparity between the total population of women compared to how many get elected or appointed has grown smaller in recent years, but when looking at the history of the number of women representatives in the swing state of Pennsylvania, the lack of representation of women in Pennsylvania has been and still is prominent. That could change this election season, with a record number of women running for state office. 

The Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics at Chatham University cites statistics that show despite making up 50.6% of the population in Pennsylvania (US Census Bureau, 2021), women only make up 29.2% of the Pennsylvania General Assembly (PCWP, 2022). Of the 74 women in the General Assembly, 60 are members of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, making up 29.5% of the House. The State Senate has 50 members in total, 14 of which are women, putting the percentage of women in the State Senate at 28%. The percentage of women in the General Assembly has grown from 4% to about 30% in the last 100 years since 1923 (PCWP, 2022).

The Center also notes that of the 13 elective executive office positions in Pennsylvania, just five of these positions have been held by only 11 women since the first woman was elected to a Pennsylvania Executive Office position in 1955 (PCWP, 2022). The first woman elected to an executive office in 1955 held the Secretary of Internal Affairs position and has been the only woman ever to do so. Four women have held the position of State Treasurer since 1961. Two women have held the position of Auditor General since 1965. Only one woman has been elected Lt. Governor before, in 2003. Two women have held the position of Attorney General, the first one elected in 2011 and the second appointed in 2013.

Pennsylvania has never had a female Governor (unless one counts the wife of state founder William Penn, who governed the colony for 14 years, though many discounts her despite her vast contributions), a Chief of Staff to the Governor, Commissioner of Insurance, Public Utility Commission, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Conservation and Resources, Secretary of Education, Labor or State (PCWP, 2022).

The first-time women were appointed to the Governor’s Executive Staff was in 2015. In the 19 Governor’s Executive Staff positions, 12 are currently women. There has only ever been a total of 18 women who have worked in positions of the Governor’s Executive Staff. Only 12 women have ever held a cabinet position, with the first one appointed in 2015. Women currently hold seven of the 22 cabinet positions (PCWP, 2022). 

These numbers go to show that in recent years the representation of women has grown in the Pennsylvania state government, but a representation of women in the state government, in general, didn’t exist until just before the 1950s and some positions have not been held by a woman until just a few years ago. Even now, despite making up half the state population, women only get less than a third of representation in the General Assembly. 

While there are many factors that go into a lack of representation of women in the state government, the first step in getting more women in office is to recognize the women who are running for elected positions. Over 130 women are running for a Pennsylvania state government electoral position this 2022 election season: one woman is running for Lt. Governor; nine women are running for PA representatives in the United States Congress; 20 women are running for Pennsylvania State Senate, and over 100 women are running for a position in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics at Chatham University details all  the women running and their platforms on their website. The center’s mission, according to its website, is “to increase women’s influence and leadership in public life in Pennsylvania and improve the quality of women’s lives by providing them with educational and training opportunities in politics and public policy” (PCWP, 2022). They accomplish this through their different programs, including NEWLeadership, a leadership program for women in college, as well as the ReadytoRun Pennsylvania Campaign Training for women looking to run for election. Some of the women running for office in PA now have gone through the ReadytoRun training at Chatham University. Learn more about  those women and all the other women running for election this electoral season in PA at https://www.chatham.edu/pcwp/research/election/

Bagel Reviews with Luke and Claire: Bagelati, Cinnaminson, NJ

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Claire Ortiz and Luke Szyszkiewicz, Staff Writers

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This week, we took a little trip over the bridge (the Betsy, my favorite bridge) to New Jersey, the Garden State. Waking up at 7 AM on a Saturday is never easy, but the reward of bagels always makes it so much easier. Originally, we had planned to embark on a trip into Philly to review a place in the city, but Claire convinced me to drive to my home state for the bagels of my childhood. Always a good call. 

Bagelati is a relatively new place, opening a few years ago. However, it does have the same owner as my bagel place as a child, so the taste is largely nostalgic for me. Although we said we were changing up our review style and getting one sandwich and one with cream cheese, neither of us could resist the draw that a bagel sandwich just seems to have. Naturally, Claire ordered a sausage, egg, and cheese on a poppy bagel, while I ordered a bacon, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel. These bagels and the respective sandwiches were “scrum-diddly-umptious,” so said Claire. 

The bagels themselves were perfectly sized, warm, crispy but airy; an almost perfect bagel. The only things we would change would be to add some more filling on the sandwich, as well as seed the bagels just a tad more. Overall, we would rate this place a 4.25/5, our BEST rating yet. 

Catch us next week when we’re back in Pennsylvania at Fill A Bagel in Jenkintown. Go Phils!

Bagel Reviews with Luke and Claire: Bagel House: Flourtown, PA

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Luke Szyszkiewicz and Claire Ortiz, Staff Writers

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“The bagels are great. The sandwiches leave a little to be desired.”

A sentence given to us many times throughout the week; it did describe it well. This week took us out to Flourtown. Only 20 or so minutes from La Salle, a quick drive into the “burbs” brought us to a cute little Main Street area. Greeted by a cute bagel sign, as well as so many nice customers and workers, we knew we were in for a treat. 

In order to appease some pushback I have received from other members of the Szyszkiewicz family, we have changed our review system. Instead of both ordering a bagel sandwich, instead we will order one bagel with cream cheese and one sandwich, to fully rate the bagel place. The first thing we noticed was the presence of a trendy bagel: the Rainbow bagel. We couldn’t resist. We ordered a cream cheese Rainbow bagel, as well as, of course, a sausage egg and cheese on a poppy bagel: Claire’s favorite. 

Overall, the quote rang true. The bagel itself was delicious, albeit not as big as I would like and didn’t have quite enough seeds. The inside of the sandwich, while filling, was not the best we’ve had. Not a true fried egg, and being slightly picky, orange American cheese. We’re still searching for the perfect bagel-to-filling ratio. 

Overall, we’d give it a 3.25/5 Gritty’s. Not bad for a place we had never heard of before. Thank you to avid reader Brian Murphy for the suggestion!

Bagel Reviews with Luke and Claire: Pauline’s: Old Reliable (Except On Sunday)

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Luke Szyszkiewicz and Claire Ortiz, Staff Writers

Welcome back to Bagel Reviews with Luke and Claire! Today, we’ll be reviewing Paulines! But actually, only Claire will be reviewing Pauline’s, as she got a bagel, I did not. 

As always, she ordered a sausage egg and cheese on a plain bagel. They don’t have poppy bagels, a strike against them. She really enjoyed it! We always enjoy Pauline’s. Although I didn’t order a bagel, and therefore my review doesn’t matter for this place, the Breakfast Crunchwrap was incredible. My personal favorite on the menu, and what I would recommend to anyone. 

Although this is a shorter review, that does not mean we hated it. We love Pauline’s, everyone does. Overall, a rating of 3/5 Gritty’s would be the verdict, and its locality to La Salle makes it the most popular spot for student’s to get their breakfast sandwich fix on Saturday mornings.

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Bagel Reviews with Claire and Luke: Bagels and Bread House

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Luke Szyszkiewicz and Claire Ortiz, Staff Writers

Welcome back to Bagel Reviews with Claire and Luke. This week, we took a trip just outside of city limits to the ‘burbs. Our bagel quest took us to Horsham. Just wanna give a quick shoutout to Joanna, weekly reader, and  my sister, for treating us to the bagels. 

This new spot, Bagels and Bread House, was a quaint little spot with such a cool vibe. We really enjoyed it. The everything bagel in particular was quite nice, and a little different than usual. Most everything bagels don’t include salt, this one did. I liked that a lot. I wish they had seasoned the bagels a bit more though. I, of course, got a bacon egg and cheese on an everything bagel. Claire got a sausage egg and cheese on a poppy bagel, as usual. The filling of the sandwich was quite nice compared to others we’ve reviewed, but the bagel itself could have been just a little bit more seeded. Overall, we’re gonna give it a 3.75/5 Gritty’s. Comparing it to Trops, we enjoyed the filling here more, as well as the choices of bagels. Our best review yet! 

Tune in next week for our review of La Salle’s local breakfast place and fan favorite, Pauline’s Deli.

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