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The Comenian

The student news site of Moravian University

The Comenian

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Moravian's First Cool, Alternative Hangout: The Pub
Liz Kameen, Managing Editor • April 26, 2024

Over the January term of 1977, you may have heard tinkering coming from the basement of Zinzendorf Hall, seen some empty whiskey barrels converted...

Photo by Lola Offenback. A map of the U.S. hung in Provost Dr. Traupman-Carr’s office, signifying every state that has a chapter of the Tri-Alpha Honor Society in the U.S.
Tri-Alpha Honor Society: Founded by First-Gen, Connecting First-Gen
Lola Offenback, Assistant Editor • April 26, 2024

In the office of Moravian University’s Provost, Dr. Carol Traupman-Carr, there is a piece of printer paper with a map of the U.S. hung on the...

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Senior Reflection: Joel Hendricks
Joel Hendricks, Entertainment Editor • April 26, 2024

The end of this chapter is just the start of another. When I first came to Moravian College, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Let me be...

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Senior Reflection: Todd Reedy
Todd Reedy, Reporter • April 26, 2024

Starting one of these things is typically impossible for me. How can you expect me to encapsulate my college experience in an easily accessible...

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Behind the Keyboard: What It’s Like Being a Writing Fellow
AJ Minnich, Joel Hendricks, and Liz Kameen April 26, 2024

Joel Hendricks: I sat in the Writing Center at the end of last semester just waiting for time to tick by until I could return home for winter...

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Wanderlust Writing: Travel Writing Workshop with Professor Liz Gray
Fatimah Bouri, Opinion Editor • April 26, 2024

I attended some workshops for this year’s Moravian Writers' Conference, and by far, my favorite workshop was Professor Liz Gray’s writing workshop on traveling. As someone who will not shut up about their spring break trip to Rome, I knew I had to attend this workshop! She opened the workshop with a T.S. Eliot quote: “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of our exploring will be to...

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Louis Spann Becomes Newest Student Trustee
Lola Offenback, Assistant Editor • April 26, 2024

Louis Spann ‘26 is a computer science major and economics minor and he recently was elected to Moravian’s Board of Trustees as a Student Trustee. Spann is involved in many activities on campus; he is president and co-founder of Catholics on Campus, balance fund manager for the Armhein Investment Club, and treasurer of the Chess Club. He also interns for Moravian Data Analytics, is part of the inaugural...

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Moravian's First Cool, Alternative Hangout: The Pub
Liz Kameen, Managing Editor • April 26, 2024

Over the January term of 1977, you may have heard tinkering coming from the basement of Zinzendorf Hall, seen some empty whiskey barrels converted into tables, or students cleaning the basement of Zinzendorf Hall, which was in disrepair. This basement, entitled “The Pub,” later came to serve … beer? That’s right! Well, kinda. After its grand opening, The Pub may not have served alcohol on...

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Photo by Ned Kocagil. Dr. Joyce Hinnefeld (far left) and Professor Kate Brandes, interacting over Zoom with individuals incarcerated at North Dakota State Penitentiary. Photo: Ned Kocagil
Incarcerated Individuals Give Powerful Performances at Moravian Writers' Conference
Ned Kocagil, Guest Reporter • April 26, 2024

This year, the Moravian Writers' Conference, held from March 21 to March 23, differed from past conferences.  With the HUB under renovation, the events of the conference were held in PPHAC, the HILL, and Foy Auditorium. And while the conference, which has now been held annually at Moravian for ten years, typically focuses on a particular theme – last year’s was focused on literature about war...

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Photo courtesy of Helaena Holjes. (From Left to Right) Todd Reedy, Connor Cavey ‘23, Dr. Natasha Woods, Tyler Nemura ‘23, and Helaena Holjes
R.E.D.I. R.I.S.E.: Celebrating Women’s Excellence through an Excellent Woman
Todd Reedy, Reporter • April 26, 2024

On Tuesday, March 26, the Center for Inclusive Excellence (previously known as the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) hosted the R.E.D.I. R.I.S.E. dinner for the campus to reflect on the accomplishments and history of women as an empowering conclusion to Women’s History Month. R.E.D.I. R.I.S.E. is an acronym that stands for Reaching for Empowerment, Diversity, and Inclusion Rejoicing in...

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Amrhein Investment Fund Places First at Quinnipiac G.A.M.E. Forum
Lyana Cintron, Reporter • April 26, 2024

On March 22, the Amrhein Investment Club won first place in the Undergraduate Core Portfolio category at the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E. Forum. The Quinnipiac G.A.M.E. Forum is the largest student-run financial conference in the world, with over 1,300 student attendees from over 120 colleges worldwide.  This marks the club's first time competing in the Forum since the pandemic occurred. Amrhein’s fund...

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Headline: Bethlehem Area Public Library Hosts Panel on Cultural Expression, Censorship
Lyana Cintron, Reporter • April 26, 2024

On March 16 at 2 p.m., the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street held a panel that addressed the challenges of “navigating cultural expression and censorship in the public sphere.” The panelists included local author and educator Robin Gow; Executive Director of Bethlehem Area Public Library Josh Berk; Director of the Martin Art Gallery of Muhlenberg College Dr. Jessica Ambler; and Moravian...

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Student Spotlight: Amal Shokr’24
Catherine Forrester, Reporter • April 26, 2024

Amal Shokr ‘24 is a senior undergraduate at Moravian University majoring in music composition and minoring in German. She plays piano as well as mallet percussion and enjoys being part of different ensembles at Moravian,...

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Club Spotlight: Tabletop Club
Joel Hendricks, Entertainment Editor • April 26, 2024

What is your club about?  Tabletop holds an emphasis on community and entertainment. Our goal at Moravian is to provide an hour or few to unwind and destress from the hustle and bustle of college life through the use...

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Putting Theory Into Practice: Political Theory Lessons For Everyday Life
Dr. Khristina Haddad April 26, 2024

In all courses, there’s what you initially sign up to learn as opposed to what you remember in the long run. Reading political theory can be daunting, but the rewards of studying the history of political ideas are both...

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Staff Spotlight: Matthew Nesto
Logan Palau, Social Media Manager • April 26, 2024

Matt Nesto is a graduate of Moravian University, class of 2016, who has been an essential part of the Alumni Office. After falling in love with the campus, Nesto decided to come back in a managerial role, overseeing several...

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Economy Be Damned, I'm Still Living With My Mom: The Stigma Of Living With Your Parents
Fatimah Bouri, Opinion Editor • April 26, 2024

There's no doubt we're living in financially tight times. Inflation is up, unemployment rates are getting worse … and there is still a stigma around adults who live with their parents. Hurling around “You're still living...

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Trump vs Biden: The Rerun No One Asked For
AJ Minnich, Editor-In-Chief • April 26, 2024

2024 is the year of treading old ground. We’ve gotten three spectacular remakes of old beloved games in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, Persona 3 Reload, and Dragon’s Dogma 2. X-Men The Animated Series from the 90s is back,...

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The Inequality of the American Bail System
Liz Kameen, Managing Editor • April 26, 2024

The American Justice system needs various means of reform, but to me, one of the most significant issues lies in the bail system, where one’s freedom depends on one's financial situation. In simple terms, accused individuals...

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Praise of the Week: Catering Services
Liz Kameen and Todd Reedy April 26, 2024

When walking around our campus, you will likely see at least one person from the event-planning umbrella. Whether it’s Catering setting up, decorating, and moderating the food, or an event-tech offering to move a few boxes...

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Hozier’s ‘Unheard:’ Too Short, Very Sweet
Liz Kameen, Managing Editor • April 26, 2024

Hozier has invented a genre of music unable to be described in simple terms, but if I had to try, I would label it as alternative indie pop folk that one would listen to while...

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'Final Fantasy VII Rebirth' Review
Todd Reedy, Reporter • April 26, 2024

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is the sequel to Final Fantasy VII Remake and the second game in the remake trilogy that Square Enix is making to completely overhaul the original...

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The Problem with Nintendo DLC
Joel Hendricks, Entertainment Editor • April 26, 2024

Nintendo is known for consistently publishing games with an emphasis on fun. Their commitment to this causes their games to be mostly viewed in a positive light. I, for one,...

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Why The World Needs Batman
AJ Minnich, Editor-In-Chief • April 26, 2024

Recently, Batman celebrated his 85th anniversary since he first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Since then, Batman has become a cultural icon that has left a significant...

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Tierra Whack’s ‘WORLD WIDE WHACK’ (2024)
Fatimah Bouri, Opinion Editor • April 26, 2024

In recent years, female rap has grown incredibly and exponentially. Yet, when people mention star-studded female rap stars, Tierra Whack is hardly included in the discussion....

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Playing 'Dragon's Dogma 2' as an OG Fan
Giara Piazza, Reporter • April 26, 2024

Among fans, it was unknown whether or not the niche fantasy title, Dragon’s Dogma, would ever get a sequel. As DD1 came out only a year after Skyrim, it was hugely overshadowed...

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We’re All Queasy Over 'Quiet on Set'
Talia Collina, Reporter • April 26, 2024

On March 17, 2024, HBO Max released an eye-opening docuseries, revealing the disturbing truth behind the making of Nickelodeon's most iconic early 2000s TV shows.   Quiet...

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‘School Spirits' Review
Catherine Forrester, Reporter • April 26, 2024

Initially, School Spirits was exclusive to the streaming service Paramount+, but the series later found its way to Netflix, one of the leading streaming platforms. I hadn’t...

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5 Steps to a Winning Resume
April 26, 2024

A good resume is crucial, because it's the document that helps carry us into the next phase of our lives: the working world. But creating a good...

USG Updates 3/22
USG Updates 3/22
AJ Minnich, Editor-In-Chief • March 22, 2024

Muslim Student Association's discretionary request of $500 for their first Ramadan Iftar was approved in full. If clubs have any questions...

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