Summer in Philadelphia

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Kylie McGovern, Editor 

Although many La Salle students will be leaving campus for the summer the week of May 7 following their finals, for those who stick around campus there are a lot of activities happening in the Philadelphia area this summer. Before summer begins, there are a few loose ends for students to tie.

Students must pick up all packages and mail before they leave on summer break. All packages and mail will be sent back to sender starting on June 1, 2023. The mailroom thanks everyone for their cooperation and wishes students a great summer. In addition, on-campus students need to begin the move-out process. Students must move out 24 hours after their last final exam, or by 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 (whichever comes first). If a student needs to stay beyond 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 they must submit a May Housing Extension Application which is available in the student portal. Extension applications are due May 8 and anything applications received after the deadline will be subject to a $50 late fee. In addition, Summer housing applications are available. Students living in on-campus housing will be staying in single rooms in St. Miguel Court townhouses between May 21 and August 3. More information about preparing to move-out will be provided by res-life staff via email, and distributed via flyers throughout the residence halls, townhouses and apartments.  

Once students complete finals and the move-out process they can enjoy a summer in the City of brotherly love. Students can enjoy events like the Wawa Welcome America event which is multicultural programming from June 19 until July 4. The Manayunk Arts Festival on June 24 and June 25 is a crafts, food and music festival in mainstreet in Manayunk’s main street. In addition, The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will take place in Franklin Square from June 21 until Aug. 13. 

There will also be a variety of concepts in the area this summer. Dead & Company will perform at Citizens Bank Park for their final ever show in Philadelphia on June 15. Beyonce will be performing at Lincoln Financial Field on July 12. Citizens Bank Park will also host Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band on Wednesday, August 16 and Friday August 18.

The Philadelphia Phillies will be in season throughout the summer as well. The stadium district is accessible from La Salle via SEPTA. Students can take the Broad Street Line from Olney Transportation Center to the NRG station and walk from there to their summer concert or sports game. 

For students looking to explore something educational over the summer, Philadelphia offers several museums  that have student discounts. The Barnes Foundation, the National Constitution Center and Mütter Museum offer discounts, as well as many more listed by Campus Philly. Even though campus life slows down a bit in the summer, there are plenty of activities in the city that will keep life busy and culturally vibrant for students in the area. 

La Salle University students prepare for final exams

La Salle library via

Kylie McGovern, Editor

On May 7, La Salle University’s Spring Full Semester Courses End, and the Spring Full Semester Final Examinations will be on Monday May 8, Tuesday May 9, Wednesday May 10 and Thursday May 11. Final exam time seems to draw students to the library and into a more stressful state of affairs as they prepare for final exams, end-of-semester projects and papers. However, the university and The Collegian have some tips to mitigate some of the stress that comes at the end of a semester. 

La Salle Student Wellness Services and the Office of Student Conduct are helping students prepare for finals week by making their own survival kit on May 1 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the Union Lobby. On May 2, La Salle Student Wellness Services and the Art History Club are teaming up to give students an opportunity to take a break from studying and enjoy some creative art therapy from 12:00 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the Union Lobby. On May 5, Student Wellness Services and the Office of Residence Life will present Pause for Paws, an event for students featuring adorable animals brought to campus for an hour of snuggles. This event will be from 12:00 p.m. until 2 p.m. on the Quad, and it is part of Student Wellness Services Stressbusters Week, the week leading up to final exams. 

Aside from the stress relief from La Salle Student Wellness Services, La Salle’s academic support department will offer an opportunity for students to take a moment to reflect on the semester so they can make an effective plan for final exams, papers, and projects.  In this workshop, students will organize themselves, set goals and learn active study techniques to prepare for finals. This event will be on Monday May 1 at 5 p.m. on a Get Ready for Finals Zoom.

The La Salle library also has lots of study resources. The current hours are Monday from 8:00 am – 12:00 am, Tuesday from 8:00 am – 12:00 am, Wednesday from 8:00 am – 12:00 am, Thursday from 8:00 am – 12:00 am, Friday from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm – 12:00 am. The Library also typically offers extended hours during the week of finals. The Library has 24-hour online chat with a librarian, sources for papers, online and free access to various databases, research support and more. In addition to these stress-busters and resources, it is helpful to connect with professors during office hours, create study groups to stay accountable, eat healthy meals and get enough sleep. 

April events round-up 


Kylie McGovern, Editor 

La Salle University student via La Salle University

April has been a busy month for student activities at La Salle University. A range of events has filled La Salle students’ calendars from athletics, the arts, wellness, greek life, and more. La Salle Wellness’s programs this month begin with a Take-Back the Night event on April 4. This event was an opportunity for La Salle community members to gather and share stories of “survivorship, hope, and advocacy.” This event is aimed at taking a stand against sexual violence. This event included music and sign making, group and confidential discussion, and s’mores and hot chocolate after the program! From April 11 until April 14 La Salle Wellness hosted the clothesline project to honor survivors of sexual violence.  Students were encouraged to stop by the Union between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to decorate a shirt and share a story of love, support, or survivorship for Campus Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The shirts were then displayed in the Union. During the rest of the month La Salle Wellness will host a planting event about “seeding your dreams” and a mental health roundtable on April 20. 

Late night La Salle hosted a s’mores event after the Masque’s production of “Drinking Habits.” This play is about two religious nuns who secretly make alcohol, but two reporters are suspicious of their activities.  In addition to this event, Late Night La Salle also hosted a popcorn event and plans to host an event in partnership with OLAS, one with different kinds of cookies, a PJ party and movie night and a tea tasting. 

On April 18 the career center will host one of their spring career check-ins. These check-ins are a series of tabling events geared toward the graduating senior class, and any other students looking for career-related assistance. This is a chance for students to check in on their career prep and exploration with the Career Peers & Counselors in the Union Lobby. They will be there ready to answer any questions and provide you with handouts.

On April 25 there will be an around-the-world wine-tasting event for students who are 21 years old. Students can enjoy an evening of food and wine pairings from around the world. Wines from 5 different countries will be featured with a brief history provided. 

On April 26 La Salle Student’s Government Association will host a General Assembly meeting, which is open to all members of the student body. 

Off-campus, students have a rich selection of activities. On Sunday, April 23 from 11 a.m. until  5 p.m. students can head to nearby Manayunk for the annual StrEAT Food Festival where they can enjoy food, shopping and music. In addition, on April 30 La Salle Students will be running in the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10-Miler which has been a proud Philadelphia tradition for over 40 years.

Communication and political science departments to host former president of the Associated Press


Kylie McGovern, Editor

On Thursday, April 13, La Salle University’s Communication and Political Science departments will host Tom Curley, a notable alumnus. Curley is one of the founders of USA Today, former president of the Associated Press, and former Editor-in-Chief of the Collegian. While at La Salle, Curly studied political science. 

This event will consist of a panel of political science professors and Curley will discuss media freedom and the first amendment. This panel will be followed up by a question and answer with Curley regarding both advice about careers in the media and the importance of balance in news coverage. Collegian editors will be moderating the question and answer session. 

Having a long and fruitful career, Curley has been interviewed and written about by large outlets like the New York Times as well as smaller more local papers like the Collegian. The Times reported that Curley enjoyed photography and hiking in his free time and how Curley did not want to spend his career thinking “about woulda, coulda, shoulda…[he] wanted to participate fully in the digital change in the media.” In November 2020, in the heat of the pandemic and online communication, the Collegian looked to Curley about the importance of free speech, social movements and speaking out. In that article, Curley advised student journalists that “there’s a way to get the story out, and in many ways, it is a good time to get the stories out and make some changes.” 

The event this Thursday is aimed at discussing these changes. The political science panel will begin at 11:15 in the communication center and the question and answer session is to follow at 12:30. 

Foreign Language Awareness Week at La Salle


Kylie Mcgovern, Managing Editor 

La Salle University’s annual Foreign Language Awareness Week (FLAW) commenced on Monday, Mar. 26. The week started with a presentation from Carla Pontarelli, a manager at the Kimmel Center who worked for Disney-Orlando. Pontarelli will be talking about the efforts of Lin-Manuel Miranda to ensure Disney and “Encanto” incorporated Columbian culture into the movie. From 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., there will be a movie screening of “Ocho Apellidos Vascos” in the St Miguel Lobby.

The Food Fair is on Tuesday in the Hayman Hall Lobby. Students will have the opportunity to taste and create cuisines from around the world. Following the food fair, Dr.  Kling will give a presentation titled “​​Families of languages” which will discuss the links between languages around the world. 

On Wednesday, there will be Ukrainian egg decorating from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in Hayman 207. There will be a presentation about different greetings throughout the world from Dr. Thomas of the political science department. In his “Kiss, Bow, Shake Hands” presentation, Dr.Thomas will showcase the skills he learned overseas and training at the American Graduate School for International Management. This activity will teach students how to greet people properly in various countries around the world. There will also be a Dumpling Making demonstration with Christoff Raff in the La Salle Multicultural center from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Following dumpling making, Dr. Ketz will give a presentation about La Salle University’s Leadership and Global Understanding minor. There will be a movie Screening of the persecution of the Uyghur population in China on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. OLAS will have Bachata con Horchata in Holroyd Lobby. 

On Thursday, the Peace and Conflict Resolution students will present their papers via displays and Q and A in the Hayman Lobby during the Universal Free Period. Later, Dr. Mshomba will be presenting about how Swahili assisted in unifying the country of Tanzania. Finally, on Thursday evening, there will be a Bilingual Language Opportunity Festival in Hayman Lobby.

Junior Danielle O’Brien spearheaded the planning of FLAW. She said, “In planning this annual event as the President of the Foreign Language club here at La Salle University and furthermore as a work-study student for the La Salle Foreign Language Department, there is often pressure to ensure that all the events live up to our outset expectations, and that above all, students understand why we put on this event on every year. To some, learning a foreign language is simply a requirement to graduate. To others, it is something fun and rewarding. Nevertheless, I would argue that the primer group can become the latter if there were a more diverse ray of options for language learning that students can choose to register for, which is sorely lacking in the institution. In implementing more options, language learning would become more than simply a requirement, but instead a passion. And that is what this week is all about, demonstrating not only to students but to the University that there is not only a need but a want to increase language learning opportunities here at La Salle. And this want and need is only furthered if we allow for consistent course offerings of a diverse ray of languages and minors of said languages. With that being said, it is my hope that La Salle students turn out at the cultural presentations and events ongoing this week to demonstrate their support and demand for more language enrichment at this University. Thus, investments need to be made in language learning by the University. Not only for the benefits learning another language can give our student body, but furthermore to make La Salle University a beacon for higher education institutions across the country.” 

Sophomore Emma Reynolds also participated in planning and she explained, “as Vice-President of the foreign language club, I’m excited to see how all the different events that we have planned for quite some time will play out. It is a lot of fun watching people interact with different cultures, try new foods and learn new things about various languages. Being able to be a part of the language department has meant a great deal to me since I want to make sure that La Salle is able to teach future students what it truly means to know a second language. There are so many opportunities to have knowledge of a second language or even a third, and La Salle has the resources for students with jobs and internships. Keeping on the tradition with FLAW to help bring more awareness to the languages that La Salle offers is something that I hope will keep going in the future.

La Salle university students depart for travel studies


Kylie McGovern, Editor 

Students on past travel study via La Salle University

La Salle University students will be departing for travel studies over the spring break this week. There are two classes participating in travel studies this semester. MKT 305: International Marketing led by Dr. Swee-Lim Chia. will travel to Germany and France and Dr. Volpe will be traveling with his HON 336: Contesting Narratives Versions of Vietnam War class to Vietnam. La Salle University believes in the importance of providing students with a global perspective that helps to connect local and wider world issues. The intent of La Salle’s travel/study courses is to help bridge cultural divides and prepare our students to be citizens of the world. Travel study courses are semester-long courses taught at La Salle, with a 7 to 10 day trip over spring break. Travel studies courses have been to Germany, China, Chile, France, Quebec, Bermuda and England. 

The Vietnam travel course is taught by Philosophy department professor Dr. Volpe, a Vietnam war veteran. Through the class, Dr. Volpe and his students have read histories, memoirs, fiction and poetry. They have also watched documentaries and dramas. The class has examined different perspectives of the war through this media. The class’ travels will not only be informed, animated and directed by their readings, but also by their attempt to identify the ways in which the Vietnamese represent what they call “the American War.” This group of 15 students accompanied by Dr. Volpe and other faculty will travel from Hanoi to Saigon with stops in Hue City, Khe Sanh and My Lai. Students in the Vietnam travel study are eager to experience the nation where both the emotional and historical narratives they have studied take place. 

 Students in International Marketing class have been studying international business and comparative business practices. Adriana Puelo expresses her excitement about the class and the trip saying, “This class has taught us all about the global aspects of marketing and how it applies to the broader audiences, beyond the scope of one country. Specifically we focused on Germany and France. We learned a lot about its many areas of history, culture and various industries of those countries. We then put what we learned into action by actually traveling to Germany and France over spring break to visit the different companies we learned about!”

 This class gives students ​​a managerial view of the marketing function from a global perspective. It also describes and explores the complexities, problems, and opportunities of worldwide marketing. Eric Wilson, a student in the International Marketing travel study explains, “it has been very interesting to learn how businesses and products adapt to different cultures around the world. I’m excited to experience these cultures and see how business is done abroad during our time in Germany and France.” Another student, Jake Cooper, says, “This class is giving us a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in different cultures to better understand how business is conducted overseas.” Both of these classes provide students with worldwide perspectives that are important to their education and later their professional lives. 

La Salle Launches Student-Run Chess Club

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Kyle Storti, Staff

The Explorer’s Chess Club is a brand new student organization that is looking for members. The club conducts its meetings in College Hall 303 every Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 pm. Open to all skill levels, the club looks to create an environment where students can learn, play and watch chess with their peers in a fun, relaxed environment. The club plans on hosting tournaments and fundraisers online and on campus in the near future. If you are interested in joining, contact Kyle Storti ( for more information.

La Salle University sets date for 10th annual Day of Giving 


Kylie McGovern, Editor 

Tuesday, March 21, will be La Salle’s 10th annual Day of Giving. This year, its goal is to help the University achieve the Charter Challenge, a single-year initiative to raise $10 million by May 31. The Day of Giving has a goal of raising $1 million in a single day. To encourage donations through social media, the University has created a social media tool kit with Downloadable Profile and Cover Photos, as well as sample social media posts. These sample posts are geared toward posting before, during and after the Day of Giving. An example of a post before the Day of giving is “@LaSalleUniv’s Day of Giving is fast approaching—Tuesday, March 21. We are calling on alumni, parents, and friends to support the university and its mission. Here’s how to make an impact:” An example post on the Day of giving is “Rise and shine, Explorers! Today is our 10th annual Day of Giving. I am eager to see all of those who help @LaSalleUniv raise gifts towards the Charter Challenge. Celebrate our 160th anniversary and support our students today:” Finally an example of a post for after the Day of Giving is “Explorers everywhere came together to inspire hope and make a difference on @LaSalleUniv’s 10th annual Day of Giving. I am grateful to be part of such a charitable and selfless community.” In addition to social media posts, the tool kit also provides an email sample. 

via La Salle University

On the Day of Giving in 2021, 1,753 people donated and raised $934,238. In 2022 the Day of Giving resulted in Gifts from more than 2,850 donors, which exceeded $1.3 million. In addition, La Salle University’s Charter Challenge was extremely successful on Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29, 2022, when La Salle raised a record-breaking number of donations at over $180,000 through 678 gifts.

The Day of Giving efforts will go towards an array of causes like the La Salle Fund for Student Scholarships, the President’s Strategic Initiative Fund, the Honors Program Scholarship Initiative, the School of Arts and Sciences Fund, the School of Business Fund, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Fund and Explorer Fund for Athletics. These scholarships are especially important, considering the majority of La Salle students receive some type of scholarship or financial aid. Within the Lasallian mission, there is an air of inclusion. Many La Salle students see this inclusion through accessible and more affordable education, which can be accomplished through scholarships. The La Salle Fund focuses on helping La Salle maintain its mission of providing accessible and transformative education for students through scholarship and financial aid. Similarly, The 1863 Achievement Scholarship makes the gap between institutional funding and a student’s financial resources disappear. Donors will support an incoming first-year, resident student for all four years of their La Salle career. The charter challenge also seeks to raise funds for The Honors Program Scholarship Initiative which aims to attract and retain high-achieving students at La Salle University. The Day of Giving aims to directly support the study body, as well as the posterity of La Salle University. 

Temple University police officer killed 


Kylie McGovern, Editor 

Chris Fitzgerald via Fox 29

On Saturday, Feb. 18, Temple University police officer Chris Fitzgerald was shot and killed around 18th Street and Montgomery Avenue responding to a student who was being carjacked. Fitzgerald, 31, joined the force in October 2021. Fitzgerald’s wife and 4 children are mourning the loss of a father and husband. Fitzgerald was also an integral member of his community as a founding member of the Hood 2 Hood Run Series. 

A suspect, 18-year-old Miles Pfeffer is caught on video saying “give me the keys or I’ll kill you.” The suspect drove off in the car but was later picked up by his mother on 29th Street and Ridge Avenue. Pfeffer was arrested on the 2300 block of Quarry Road in Bucks County around 7 a.m. Sunday. Pfeffer was charged with Murder, Murder of a law enforcement officer, Robbery, Carjacking, Carrying a firearm without a license and possession of an instrument of crime. 

A growing memorial for the fallen officer has also been started by fellow officers and his Temple community on the 1700 block of West Montgomery Avenue. Temple University released a statement that read: “Officer Fitzgerald gave his life to selflessly serve and defend this community. The courage and bravery he displayed highlights the day-to-day sacrifice made by our Temple University Police Officers to keep our community safe. This loss leaves an enormous hole in all of our hearts. He was a father, a husband, a son, a colleague, and a friend.”

Unfortunately, the La Salle community and the greater neighborhood are no strangers to violence. Last week, an undergraduate student was the victim of an armed carjacking at the intersection of 20th Street and Chew Avenue. Both La Salle Public Safety and the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) arrived within minutes of receiving notification from an eyewitness. In addition, there was a shelter in place on Wednesday, Feb. 15 for off-campus and St Katherine residents because of a situation at the 5700 block of N. Woodstock St. The Division of Student Development and Campus Life (SDCL) at La Salle University is proud to partner with the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) and its 35th District to provide the opportunity to attend one of two safety education sessions at 12:30–2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Holroyd Hall atrium and 8–9:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 22, also in Holroyd Hall atrium. 

Editor’s Note: The Staff at The Collegian is thinking of Fitzgerald’s family and the Temple University community, as well as students here at La Salle affected by the incidents this week. 

La Salle’s Masque takes the stage


Kylie McGovern, Editor

Mavericks performance via @themasqueoflasalle on instagram

On Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11, La Salle University’s student theater group The Masque took the stage to perform Mavericks which consisted of five one-act plays both written and produced by students. The one-act plays this year were titled “Jimmy,” “The Breakup,” “Clowning Around,” “America’s Next Top” and “Over the Top.” Elia Nash and Crystal Barkie produced the show and Adian Tyksinski, Edward Cosgrove, Izzy Hill, and Joe James all directed one-acts. In addition, to the directors and producers, Adian Brant, Dang Ngyuen, Kyla Renegar, Lee Bishop and Maria Hernandez-Pancesso. Mercury Foderson served as VP of Technical Affairs. The carpenters were Jack Wagner, Allie Ringsdorf and Joni DeFilippo. Izzy Hill and Nigist Legesse worked together on the lighting. Dominic Grillo worked on the sound. 

The Mavericks ranged in genre and content from show to show. “Jimmy” was a humorous and thrilling story about friends running into bigfoot. “The Breakup” was an emotional one-act play about the trials of a relationship with a hint of humor throughout. “Clowning Around,” “America’s Next Top” and “Over the Top” were hilarious enough to make the audience erupt in laughter throughout. 

The Masque’s productions are often at the same time as a Late Night La Salle event. These events often have snacks and games so many students both in the plays and audiences headed to enjoy some chocolate-covered strawberries after the show. 

In addition to Mavericks, the Masque performs monthly improv shows. There are a few improv shows on the calendar for Feb. 18, March 4, March 25 and April 1. All the improv shows begin at 7 p.m. Later on in the semester, the Masque will perform their spring play “Drinking Habits” on April 14. This play is about two religious nuns who secretly make alcohol, but two reporters are suspicious of their activities.  

Through all of these performances, The Masque of La Salle University aims to provide students with opportunities to experience the theatrical arts whether on stage, off stage or in the audience. The Masque is committed to various goals through their work. These goals include, service through the development of productions, education of its members about theater and developing an appreciation for it, and the development of the theater community.    

Editor’s Note: I want to extend congratulations to all those involved with the Masque. Your performances unite the student body and provide a unique form of entertainment that creates a sense of community. I look forward to future shows.