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Eboo Patel prompts Drewids to think up and try crazy ideas while in college

Dalton Valette – Staff Writer

Over a hundred people sat sporadically throughout the Concert Hall in the Dorothy Youth Center for the Arts to listen to Eboo Patel on Wednesday. Patel is the president and founder of the Interfaith Youth Center, the author of two books which he promoted in the DOYO, and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

Introducing Patel to the packed audience, members of various faiths and races from Jews to Christians to Sikhs to Muslims, President MaryAnn Baenninger said that Patel is, “exactly the person we like to welcome on the Drew campus.” She added, “Eboo Patel believes religion is a bridge to cooperation.” When Patel himself addressed the crowd, he discussed at length the importance of bridges.

“There are four basic options,” Patel said to see how religion and society will play out on the global stage. “Only one of them is good. Religious diversity can be bunkers of isolation. Religious diversity can be barriers of division. Religious diversity can be bludgeons of bloodshed. Religious diversity can be bridges of cooperation. None of these, bunkers, barriers, bridges, occur naturally. We have to build all of them. There are no naturally occurring bridges in the world. If we want our religious diversity, we are going to have to build these bridges.”But what makes bridges so important? For Patel, it was the connecting of different worlds. Bridges allow for two halves to become one, and become interconnected to each other. “Bridges mean social cohesion,” he said.

Patel came to the Forest as a result of the time, effort and resources of Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict (CRCC). His lecture was part of the Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, established in 1991 and endowed in part by Dr. Shirley Sugerman (G’70). According to Drew’s CRCC webpage, the forum provides a venue for interdisciplinary exchanges between and among scholars, teachers, religious leaders and members of the larger community interested in exploring issues of interfaith understanding, the diversity of religiously based ethical perspectives and the political, social and cultural conflicts caused by the clash of religious traditions.

Later, Patel discussed at length the film “Selma,” which detailed the true story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. He said what he loved most about the movie was it did not move away from religion.

“Where did the civil rights activist hold their meetings? In the basement of churches. When he [Dr. King] was confused about what direction to turn to and faced moments of doubt, what did he do? He kneeled down and prayed,” Patel said. Detailing this, and highlighting the various religiously affiliated people who marched alongside Dr. King, how Jews and Muslims too marched for the common goal of equality and justice. “America can be viewed as an interfaith movement.”

Why should this matter to Drew students? Why should any college student care about the prospects of interfaith? “The best place to become aware, to create masses of interfaith leaders, and the best place to do this work are in American higher education,” Patel said.

He joked when addressing specifically the theology students in the audience, “I would trade places with you in a second. There is nothing quite like being in your shoes. College campuses are meant to be where you come up with crazy ideas and try them out. This is a place to become an interfaith leader.”

Patel closed his presentation by addressing that, “there is a danger to not have faith or religion.” Perhaps, though, the greatest danger would be being blind to other beliefs different than ones own.     

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LAUREN GONELLI – Staff Writer

The Drew Men’s Fencing team has taken this year to build its talent and new talent that have joined the program. The current standing of the team is 0-12, but many of these meets have been close calls and matches.

On Feb. 8, the men’s team traveled to John Hopkins University to face their men’s team as well as teams from University of Maryland, University of Virginia, United States Naval Academy, Cornell University and the College of William and Mary.

The building process of the team thus far has been successful with many new members learning the sport and picking up wins against some of the toughest schools in the area.

Not only this, but returners have improved as well and edged out many highly rated fencers from highly rated universities including Johns Hopkins and Cornell.

On competition day, the épée squad was featuring Sean McAuliffe (’15), Christian Dugan (’17) and John Orozco (’16) winning the majority of matches against University of Maryland (6-3), University of Virginia (5-4) and United States Naval Academy (9-0).

Saber also had a successful day with Mark Lessner (’15) and Ian Ratcliffe (’15) leading the pack, edging out University of Virginia (5-4) and University of Maryland (5-4) and cutting a close 4-5 against The College of William and Mary.

Freshman, Steven Qui (’18) picked up his first NCAA win.

For Qui, his win was obtained against the University of Virginia (5-1), but also edged out a second win against The College of William and Mary (5-3).

Head Coach Vince Paragano commented on the day’s competition by stating, “I am proud of the performance of all the men’s team, specifically against teams that have talented programs, but especially the new fencers who handled the tense tournament very well.”

The Drew Fencing team has another meet this weekend at TCNJ, where the men will participate in another weekend of MACFA rounds against the B category teams.

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Dj Pfefferkorn – Staff Writer

The Drew University men’s basketball team faced off in a crucial Landmark Conference game against the Catholic University Cardinals on Feb. 7.

The Cardinals, who are 12-0 in the conference, started off blazing hot and went on a 13-2 run early in the first half.

Drew’s offense used their small guards to wear down the Cardinals’ post defense, but the Cardinals’ offense, that averages a positive point differential in the double-digits, helped them build up a 25-15 lead with under 10 minutes to go in the first half.

With two minutes left in the half, the Cardinals extended their lead to 20 points but only ended up leading 47-31 at the end of the first half thanks to a 7-0 started by Michael Klinger (’16).

In the second half, the Cardinals continued their hot shooting from the field and went on a 12-2 run before Drew was forced to call a timeout with only 15 minutes remaining. With the score 59-36 in the Cardinals’ favor, they continued to put up points until the final buzzer to complete a blowout win 82-57. Blaine Taylor (’18) contributed to the Ranger offense with 13 points of his own in his first career start. The Cardinals’ defense stood superior by forcing 14 steals and 19 turnovers against the Rangers’  defense.

The Rangers then took their talents to Moravian College for another Landmark Conference battle on Feb. 11. The first half was all Kevin Herring II (’16) as he put on a three-point show by draining eight out of his nine attempts from the arc. Herring finished with 26 points and gave his team a 43-42 lead going into the second half.

The Rangers came out rolling in the second half with a 15-2 run as Michael Klinger(’16) and Jason Huelbig (’16) traded baskets in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Moravian continued to press and went on an 8-0 run to eventually tie the Rangers 71-71 with six minutes left to go.

With the game tied at 78-78, Herring would get the ball again and knock down another pivotal three pointer to give the Rangers an 81-78 lead with less than 2:39 left to play. With the score still at 81-78, Moravian’s Izel Dickerson missed a layup that was blocked by Ozan Yucetepe (’16) with just 13 seconds left in the game.

Moravian had the ball with six seconds remaining in the game when Dickerson threw up a desperation three pointer but forced a foul during the shot that would send him to the foul line. Dickerson missed the first foul shot and made the next two to cut the Rangers’ lead to 81-80 with under five seconds left.

Moravian was forced to foul Klinger and Huelbig who both iced the game by draining their foul shots to give the Rangers a 85-80 Landmark Conference victory over Moravian.

The Rangers will return home for two final contests, against Susquehanna University and Elizabethtown College. They will host Susquehanna tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the Baldwin Gym and Elizabethtown  on Feb. 18.

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Aidan Antonelli – Contributing Writer

For the past five months, the Swimming and Diving teams have trained almost every day, often twice a day, both in and out of the water, including a training trip to Miami, Fla. in January.

Despite the long season, the team is trying to turn the season around and make moves at this year’s Landmark Conference Championships in Germantown, Md.

For the past two weeks since their last dual meet, the teams have been actively tapering, in preparation for this weekend’s meet.

“The team has spent the time since the semester began working down to a rest,” said Kristin Zeigler (’16). “We worked incredibly hard all season, so this long rest has helped our muscles recover.” On top of the physical rest, the team has also been mentally preparing for competition. They have spent considerable amounts of time working on visualization of their races and posting strong individual and team performances.

Both teams finished with 1-9 seasons, but despite their unfortunate record, the team as a whole remains optimistic, as the championship meet is greatly different than regular dual meets, particularly in the way that it is structured. The meet will span three days, with each day consisting of both preliminary and finals sessions.

“I think the meet is going to be fast and very exciting,” said Peter Mari (’17). “I love seeing everyone swim fast and I have high hopes for everyone to drop time. We all have positive hopes to go in and show what we have worked on over the past few months.”

One advantage the Rangers will have at this year’s meet is the presence of a dive team. For years, the team has not been able to score points in this event, which can take a toll on the team’s ability to do well. This year, the team will be represented by three divers, who will compete in both the one meter and three meter events.

In many of the past years, the Rangers have come home with not only strong finishes at the Landmark Conference Championships, but also new team and personal records. They will look to start their quest for records and places on the podium today beginning at 10 a.m.

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Alexandra Kemper – Staff Writer

On Feb. 7 the Drew University Women’s Basketball team fell to the Catholic University of America 60-52. Courtney Stephens (’16) picked up her 11th career double-double with a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Hannah Miller (’17) added 14 points with the help of three triples.

Drew took an early 6-4 lead with two three-pointers. Both teams were playing hard defensively, but Catholic hit double-digits first with an 11-6 lead with 13:44 left in the half.

Despite the seven-point lead, the Rangers fought hard, driving into the paint and drawing fouls. Breana Wilson (’15) and Ryan Jackson (’17) combined their efforts with four consecutive free throws that allowed Drew to cut the score to 17-16 with a little over eight minutes to play before the half.

Catholic showed their determination with an 11-0 run bringing the score to 31-19 at the 3:56 mark. Both teams battled, ending the first half with a score of 33-26.

The Rangers came out ready to fight and had a 10-4 run to kick off the second half. Catholic answered with their own 10-2 run creating a crucial cushion for their lead.

With 3:30 left in the game Catholic took their biggest lead of the game at 53-40. Drew was not giving up the fight. Stephens, Wilson and Courtney Trazasko (’16) all sank threes. Catholic was solid from the stripe though and made 5-of-6 to close out the game.

Stephens took the last three-pointer making the final 58-52, with Catholic for the win. Catholic also took the win when it came to rebounds with 49 to Drew’s 39. Drew, however, was almost perfect from the line with an 11-of 12 mark.

The girls continued the Landmark Conference Championship on Wednesday evening against Moravian College, but again came up short with an 84-62 loss in Baldwin Gym. Stephens collected nine rebounds and put up 17 points throughout the game. Wilson added 14 points, and Jackson took 11 rebounds, which was her career-high.

The game was played in pink, supporting the battle against breast cancer and other women’s cancer in accordance with “Play4Kay.”

Both teams sported pink warm up gear in recognition of the cause that was started by Kay Yow. Yow was a North Carolina women’s head coach who created this fund before her death in 2009.

The Rangers, who are 11-12 overall and carry a 5-9 record in the conference, began attacking the rim with fierce determination. Stephens snagged a Moravian turnover and bolted down the court finishing with a two-pointer.

The play brought the score to 17-14 with 11 minutes to go in the first half, Drew in the lead. Moravian came into the game with a 12-10 record overall and an 8-5 in conference. The Greyhounds catered to their size difference in the paint and began taking two-pointers relentlessly. Moravian’s explosive run brought their lead to 41-28 entering the half.

Drew continued to attempt inside drives but made little progress as the half began. The Greyhounds, however, were rather successful using their bodies to clear a pathway to the rim.

When they were unable to make a three pointer, their rebounders were ready and waiting to take the ball. Wilson took a personal 7-0 run, with two lay-ins and a trey, bringing the score to 55-42, with 13 minutes to play, Moravian in the lead.

The Greyhounds denied most Ranger attempts at a comeback with fast-acting steals and back door cuts on offense. The score remained at 64-48 with only 10 minutes left in the game. Moravian maintained their lead for the win.

The Rangers’ final home game will take place tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Baldwin Gym, as they battle Susquehanna University.

Drew will also be celebrating the career of Wilson, tomorrow for Senior Day, when she takes the court in her last regular s

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