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ach year the Exp/o/wis dedi-
cated to an individual in tiie
La Salle community who has
left his or her legacy and has set the path ftjr
ftiture Lasallians. This year the University will
be bidding farewell to a group of individuals
who have seen this University undergo many
changes and many ups and downs, highs and
lows. They have had an incredible impact and
will be greatly missed. The editorial staff would
like to dedicate the 2001 Explorer Xo La Salle
University's Class of 2001.

Upon their arrival in the fall of 1997, the
class of 2001 started their Lasallian journey
on a campus that looked very different. They
witnessed firsthand numerous changes that the
campus community has undergone; the
Hayman Center reconstruction with the new
Tom Gola Arena, the changing of North Din-
ing Hall's name to the Blue and Gold Dining
Commons, the return of Explorer football to
McCarthy Stadium, the option of Ogontz
Manor as a residence for students, the open-
ing of the Union Market, the bookstore's con-
version to Barnes and Nobles and the open-

ing of the Bucks County campus- to name but
a few. The class of 2001 began their Lasallian
experience under the presidency of Brother
Joseph Burke, FSC in 1 997 and continued it in
1998-1999 under the interim presidency of
Nicholas Giordano, the first lay person in La

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Salle history to hold that position, and concluded
it under our current president Brother Michael
McGinniss, FSC.Through all of these changes
the Class of 2001 has continued to live by the
example of our patron John Baptiste de La

The Class of 200 1 have grown together and
have shared a plethora of love and memories
during their time spent here. Kara Schieler

'01 remarks, "I could have attended a num-
ber of different colleges, but La Salle was the
only place that seemed to embrace me for who
I was and who I would become. Many of the
people with whom I am graduating with have
changed my life forever, and they will not be
forgotten easily." Another senior, Brenna
McLaughlin, says "How can I walk away
from a place that has become so much of who
I am? The friends and memories I've made
here will always remain with me." This year's
graduating class has truly left its mark both
on the faculty and staff and the La Salle com-
munity as a whole. As Dr. Margaret Watson,
Chair of the Department of Psychology, re-
marks, "The Class of 2001 is truly a special
class and will be missed. I can't even imag-
ine not seeing many of their faces on a daily

The 2001 Explorer thus wishes this spe-
cial class— the first class of the new
Millenium— success in all they do and all they

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Section Editors: Kimberly Ann O'Brien, Class of 2001

Dennis Q. Miguel, Class of 2001

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La Salle University celebrates its
patron's many anniversaries,
calling forth all associated with
the Brothers of the Christian
Schools of the Baltimore District
for a Conference in Philadelphia

ong ago, past the 148
years of La Salle
University's existence, a
man envisioned a mission
for service to the community through educa-
tion, regardless of one's economic background.
That man was John Baptist de La Salle. St.
La Salle was bom to an upper-middle-class
family with the vocational intention of enter-
ing the priesthood. Instead, after his ordina-
tion, St. La Salle's life took a diiferent turn of
events, creating one of the most influential
forces in education for many people today.

After being ordained a priest, De La Salle
was asked by a fiiend, Adrien Nyel, for help
with a school for poor girls that he was run-
ning in Rouen, France. Eventually, Nyel was
inspired and soon proposed to St. La Salle the
idea of opening a similar school for poor boys
in Reims, France; after some thought, St. La
Salle agreed. He and a few others began their
mission to the poor of the community while
not excluding others of high economic status.
This obviously created some tension and feel-
ings of competition for surrounding private
schools .

The initial years were trying. Still living in
upper-middle-class luxury, St. La Salle's fol-
lowers thought it unfair and challenged St. La
Salle with one simple argument: if the project

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to educate the poor had failed, he would have
nothing to lose. The teachers, on the other
hand, had everything to lose. After much medi-
tation on this particular concern of his teach-
ers, St. La Salle decided to give up his wealth
and live in the poverty in which all his follow-
ers were living. For him, those years were the
worst. At one point during a famine in France,
the point where hope for the success of their
mission was at its lowest, he and his fellow
teachers made a pact to remain with the mis-
sion even if it meant living on bread and water
alone. This proved to be a crucial event be-

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cause it posed as the first vow for Brothers of
the Christian Schools. Centuries later, who
would have known, including our patron him-
self the impact of this one vow and the ac-
tions of these men?

In our world today, the Brothers of the Chris-
tian Schools, with the ideals of St. La Salle
close at heart, continue the twin hallmarks of
Lasallian education by giving personal atten-
tion to their students and by employing practi-
cal and useful methodologies first adopted by

its founder The 1 0,000 Christian Brothers in
the world today, together and by association,
with their talented colleagues, staff nearly 1 ,000
teaching establishments of nearly 750,000 stu-
dents of all ages.

On September 29, 2000, the Baltimore Dis-
trict of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
held a celebration at La Salle University, bring-
ing together Christian Brothers, faculty and
staff from Christian Brother institutions, as well
as those associated with the mission of St. La
Salle. During this celebration, workshops were
held for those who attended, which spanned
topics from "Poverty in the Midst of Wealth"
to "Lasallian Mission at Higher Education."

Along with this gathering, 2000-2001 has
brought many reasons for celebration in the
name of John Baptist de La Salle. It was an
opportunity to observe the 350th birthday of
St. John Baptist de La Salle (1651-2001), the
100th anniversary of his canonization (1900-
2000), and the 50th anniversary of his being
proclaimed as the pafron saint of all teachers
( 1 950-2000). Truly, with the influence that St.
La Salle has had on the students and staff here'
at La Salle and around the world, he will live
in our hearts forever

Dennis Q. Miguel '01

Above. Guests stayed for dinner at the Blue and Gold Dining Com-
mons the night of the event. Left. Bro. Gerry Molyneaux congratu-
lates Dr. Sid MacLeod on receiving the distinction of Affiliate of
the Brothers of the Christian Schools (A.F.S.C).

Above. During a break in the day, all attended a luncheon on the main quad of La Salle.
Left A concluding awards ceremony gathered top officials of the Brothers of the Chris-
tian Schools such as Bro. William McMahon.


Alumni Explorers come bock
home to celebrate pride in their
Alma Mater

omecoming Weekend
2000 offered students,
alumni and their families
diverse opportunities to
have fun. The celebration began on a
Thursday evening with the Homecoming
Dance sponsored by the Intra-Fratemity and
Sorority Council. This event was followed on
Friday afternoon by a "Happening Hour" at
Backstage sponsored by the Student
Government Association where students met
other students, faculty and administrators
before attending the Homecoming Barbecue
in the Blue and Gold Courtyard. There,
students stopped by to enjoy the picnic-style
food and sit with their friends on the grassy
hills of the North Donns Complex.

Early next morning, some students, faculty,
and alumni took part in the Alumni Fun Run
around the campus. After the run, children
were treated to games, food, and face painting
on the Union patio. Then, complete with
painted faces, blankets, and umbrellas, La Salle
fans filled the stands to watch the La Salle
Explorers battle the Siena Saints. In place for
the game at McCarthy Stadium was a new
flag and flag pole at the left of the scoreboard,
and all rose and turned to salute the flag when
the Pep Band played the National Anthem at
the start of the game.

Despite the cool, damp weather, the Saints
came charging out in the first quarter and took
a 9-0 lead. However, by half time, the
Explorers came back and led 14-9 over Siena.

During the half-time ceremonies. La Salle
crowned its Homecoming King-senior Kevin
Badalato-and its Homecoming Queen- senior
Marianne Bellesorte.

During the second half of the game, the
Explorers held on to their lead and finished
victorious with a score of 28-15 and an overall
record of 3-1 at that point in the season.
Despite the dreary weather and the absence
of tailgating due to La Salle's new zero-
tolerance alcohol policy, all who came to
Homecoming 2000 enjoyed it and are looking
forward to next year's celebration.

Jennifer Etsell '01

Top left: Chris Cabott leads the crowd in a chant of
enthusiasm and spirit. Above: "Go La Salle!"

Above: The "Homecoming Court" poses for a picture during half-time at the game.




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Above: Onlookers keep the spirit alive. Left: La Salle's Explorers
make their way to the field.

Above: "Thy blue and gold banners unfurl 'neath the skies." Left: Plays such as this one
contributed to the Explorers' winning season.



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Lasallians connect with the
surrounding connmunity
through sen/ice and

n the morning of October
7, 2000, hundreds of stu-
dent volunteers gathered
on the Main Quad for La Salle's Branch Out
Day. Once again, this annual event was an
overwhelming success this year due to the ef-
forts of students and community service coor-
dinators alike determined to make positive
strides in the lives of others.

But the planning for this event started well
before the actual day. Over the summer with
the aid of Philadelphia Cares, a community

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service organization. Branch Out coordinators
Dave Hamdan, Nicole Graham and Cathy
Kozen, were able to locate sites where stu-
dents could volunteer their services to the less
fortunate in the community. Coordinators also
contacted past years' sites to volunteer stu-
dent services as well, and on the day itself.
students then helped at these sites. Some
cleaned littered neighborhoods; others planted
trees, while others entertained neighborhood
children. While most students signed up as a
part of on-campus organization or group, some
came alone and joined a group of their choice.
Some of the sites visited by La Salle stu-

dents include Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia
Book Bank and Family House Now.

At Awbury Arboretum a group of volunteers
from Branch Out helped plant dozens of trees
in a nearby neighborhood in an effort to spruce
up the block. Another group helped at the
Philadelphia Book Bank, which collects and
buys books and periodicals to be then sorted
by volunteers and donated to libraries. One
RA who found this a worthwhile program for
herself and her floor noted that it ended up
being a wonderfuly bonding event. Several stu-
dents volunteered to go to Family House, now,
a housing facility for struggling families to find
rest and support while they are homeless. Here
they helped to clean the house and its sur-
rounding grounds.

Back on the Main Quad the Lasallian spirit
was close to home with Fall Carnival being
held on campus for neighborhood children.
Children and volunteers participated in face
painting and games while enjoying food and

Once all of the volunteering was done, all of
the participating students returned to the quad
to enjoy a complimentary lunch and exchange
thoughts and ideas about their experiences that
day. Rita Bonner, Branch Out Committee
member, remarks, "The day was well attended
by volunteers and well-received by the com-
munity. Branch Out 2000 was a great success!"
Kimberlv Ann O'Brien '01

Above: Eager students gather early Saturday morning to prepare themselves for service.





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Above. A/ASIA was one of the many groups who participated in
the mass sweep of service to the community. Left. The Explorer
Mascot assures that the spirit of La Salle is present.

Above. Students helped in several ways including painting as shown, picking up litter,
and rebuilding. Lefr. The "Walking Madonna' shows her pride in "Branch Out Day."

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Plenty of action awaits
La Salle's students outside
the campus in the
City of Brotherly Love

ne of the advantages of
going to school in a big city
is that there is a little more
to do around here than watch the grass grow.
Whether a student is under 21 or legally old
enough to enjoy all that the city has to offer,
Philadelphia offers an abundance of possibili-
ties for a good time.

Although most of the malls are closed for
nighttime shopping. South Street is always
crowded on weekends with a variety of things
to choose from. There are stores where stu-
dents can find just about anything that they
are looking for, from a new outfit to a new

If they want a little more culture, there are
plenty of museums to visit. There is, of course,
the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which actu-
ally is known in some crowds for its rich col-
lection of art, not just as the place where
Rocky finished his run. The Rodin Museum,
right off the Ben Franklin Parkway, offers a
fine collection of sculptures, including Rodin's
most famous piece. The Thinker. On the first
Friday of eveiy month, all of the smaller gal-
leries downtown are free, and the streets are
always crowded with people milling around
between them, going in and out of the many
galleries and restaurants.

There are coffee houses all over the city,
the most famous being Xando's, which has a

couple of locations. It offers a variety of
coffees and food, including its famous s 'mores
and alcoholic beverages.

Philadelphia also has an abundance of bars
and clubs, from the local bars on comers to
large dance halls. If students feel like running
into other students from La Salle, they try
Arena's in East Falls any night of the week.
Chemistry in Manyunk is guaranteed to be
packed either on Thursday nights or on Fri-
days during Happy Hour. Finnegan's Wake
on Spring Garden has three levels, each one
different enough to appeal to any tastes. While
on South Street shopping, students can stop at
any number of places, including Fat Tuesday's
where they can people watch with some food
or drink over its balcony. For a more subdued
atmosphere, they can try Abilene 's right next
door. Almost every weekend, there is a good
band playing.

For those who like to dance, they can basi-
cally do all types of dancing all over the city.
For a more modern club-like atmosphere,
Egypt on Delaware Avenue or Chemistry has
the latest music. If students cannot decide
which era they feel like being in, they can go
to Polly Esters in China Town. Each floor is a
different decade, with '70's, '80's and '90's
music to choose from. If they have a litfle
money in their pocket and incredible outfits in
their closets, the Eighth Floor on Delaware

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Avenue is where they can go. If they are un-
sure what to do, students can just go there
and will be sure to find something that will
help them pass the night.

When the weather is warm, Penn's Land-
ing is a good place to visit. There are usually a
variety of events, from outdoor concerts to
ethnic festivals. Even if there is nothing spe-
cific going on, it is just a beautiful place to
spend a warm evening.

Sports fans can pick any major or minor
league sport that they want. All they need to
do is head down to South Philadelphia to take
in a Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, or Sixers game,
usually for a pretty reasonable price if they
are not picky about seat location.

Failing all else, they can go to Pat's or
Geno's, homes of the famous Philadelphia
Cheese steak. If students go there late enough
at night, they will be sure to find people who
have been in all of the places mentioned above
earlier in the evening. Anything they want to
do, Philly has it.

Jill Anick '01
Fiona Bums '01


A.'//: The Philadelphia
MLiseum of Art from
the west side of the
Schuylkill Riven

Bilow: Gene's Steaks,
a popular place for
la Salle's Students.

Above: The famous Love sculpture with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the


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Above: The De La Salle Christian Brothers' Residence on Main
Campus. Left: Twentieth Street in mid-afternoon splendor

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Above: Olney Hall, home of many of the academic departments
of the School of Arts and Sciences. Left: Path between the La
Salle Tennis Courts, leading to Connelly Library.

Above: The Main Quadrangle with the "Walking Madonna" statue donated to La Salle
years ago. Left: The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.



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Campus theater organization
once again showcases the
talent of La Salle University in
its fall nnusical by Sondheinn

here's my prize?
This is not a ques-
tion that would
commonly be asked from a group of murder-
ers but during the Masque production oi As-
sassins the message was heard loud and
clear. Directed by Tom Reing and spending
1991 on Broadway, Assassins is a controver-
sial comedy regarding the most serious of sub-
jects- the successfiil and unsuccessfiil attempts
on the lives of several presidents of these
United States. With a colorful cast and details
as precise as exact replicas of guns used in
the assassinations in question. Assassins is truly
one of a kind.

In Scene One, we are introduced to the as-
sassins, a colorful and almost lovable cast of
characters. John Wilkes Booth, played by Ed
Persichetti, is the instigator of the bunch who
sets his assassination of president Abraham
Lincoln as an example for future assassins.
Charles Guiteau, played by Dave Hamdan,
shot President James Garfield in a plea to be
named Ambassador to France. Leon
Czolgosz, played by Chris O'Donnell, is re-
sponsible for shooting William McKinley at the
Pan American Exposition, blaming a "fiery
belly" for his behavior Giussepe Zangara, a
frustrated immigrant played by Lawrence

Knapp, attempted to assassinate president-
elect Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 15,
1932. Samuel Byck, a delusional and comical
character played by Mike Sabatino, had ev-
ery intention of killing Richard Nixon by hi-
jacking a commercial jetliner and flying it into
the White House. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
played by Melissa DiFeo and Sarah Jane
Moore, played by Britney Barber both made
separate attempts on President Ford to no
avail. John Hinkley, played by Thomas Whittle,
attempted to assassinate President Reagan in
1981 in an attempt to win the affections of
actress Jodi Foster Finally, we meet the vil-
lain of villains, the killer of killers, Lee Harvey
Oswald who assassinated JFK played by Joe

Assassins tells the story of each of the mur-
derers and would be murderers each trying to
sell the audience on the reasons for their act
of violence. Whether it be out of a lack of
respect, a fight for a cause, or political con-
viction, or out of pure insanity each character
feels as if his or her actions can be justified.
Each character played their part convincingly
and with heart and emotion. As onlookers be-
came familiar with the characters, it was very
easy to find humor and wit in their portrayals,
and many audience members found them-

selves having to take a step back to realize
that these men and women were playing the
parts of real life American villains. "It was so
easy to get sucked into the comic value of the
characters and I had to keep reminding my-
self that these people were killers," says Molly
Murphy. This was the sentiment felt by many

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in the audience and caused a stir of contro-
versy due to sequences which many critics
deemed as inappropriate. "At times, some of
the lines were inappropriate for this day and
age and many of the cast members felt very
uncomfortable reciting them. But the charac-
ters had to be taken in context with the his-
torical period in which they were staged," re-
marked Ed Persichetti who played Booth.

Yet, despite covAxovzxvj, Assassins was well
received and was an immense success due to
the efforts of a veteran cast and endless hours
of dedication and determination by all involved
with the production.

Kimberly Ann O 'Brian '01


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Above: Four of the assassins, Sarah Jane Moore, Charles Guiteau, John Wilkes
Booth and Leon Czolgosz sing praises to their weapons of choice.

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delusional character, adding some comic relief to a serious subject.

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ften seen only thorough their so-
I cial activities, many fail to see the

accomplishments of Greeks on
campus. Although they are mostly known on
campus for their weekend parties, RUSH
week, or the annual Greek Week celebration,
Greeks at La Salle have been responsible for
many fundraisers, community service, and
social activities on campus. Most fraternities
and sororities have been here on campus mak-
ing their presence known for many years, not
only as active brothers and sisters in their own
chapters but also as members of campus-wide

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