Cricket at Haverford College

If you’re a hard core cricket player, you may want to consider transferring to Haverford College.

Coached by Kamran Khan since 1974, the Main Line school has the only varsity U.S. cricket team in the country and has competed both within the United States and abroad.

If, like me, you have no idea what cricket involves, here’s a little background. Cricket was first played in England as early as the 1500s. Since then, the game was introduced to other countries as the British Empire expanded.

Partially forming the basis for American baseball, Cricket is considered a “ball and bat” sport. Instead of a pitcher, the player throwing the ball is called a “bowler” who tries to hit the wicket (situated behind the hitter) in order to get the hitter out. Thus, the hitter is responsible for keeping the ball from hitting the wicket and scoring runs. Similar to baseball, the hitter is also out if the fielders catch the ball before it hits the ground.

Unlike baseball, there are two hitters on the field at time, and they must run to the opposite wicket in order to score a run, running back and forth multiple times if time allows. Cricket’s “home-run” equivalent scores the hitting team six points.

While reading about the game can seem confusing, check out this video for a visual explanation!

You may be wondering how Haverford become known for cricket. Well, rumor has it that the sport was started by landscape architect William Cavill who designed the school’s grounds. Either way, it’s a historic sport with club competitions occurring since the middle of the 19th century.

“Haverford cricket is known all over the world,” said Khan. “We get lots of applicants from India, Pakistan, Nepal and England.” Haverford’s cricket team’s history is scattered between countries, with regular trips across the pond. But in the recent years, the trips have decreased. A notable trip occurred in 1996 when Haverford took on big name British schools such as Oxford and Cambridge.

“[In more recent years],the team has traveled to England, Scotland, Bermuda, Bahamas and Canada,” said Khan.

The best part is that Haverford covers the travel expenses!

Though Haverford is the only varsity team in the U.S., they regularly play against other teams in the Philadelphia area.

“The team has developed very nicely in the past few years,” said Khan. “Actually, we were in the Finals of the Haverford Inter-Collegiate tournament last year. All the local universities including Villanova, Temple, Drexel, University of Pennsylvania and University of Delaware participated.”

Haverford will be taking on a number of local teams during the upcoming season including Villanova on Apr. 17, UPenn on May 1 and Temple on May 2.

All games are held at Haverford’s Cope Filed and are scheduled for 12 p.m. so stop by to check it all out!

You can contact Monica Mazzoli at


Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies

Next time you take a walk down South Street take notice of the dazzling lights.

No, that’s not a traffic light or the light coming from your friend’s iPhone as it receives a text message; it’s the new exhibit at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies (TTTFF) features mosaic artists Henry Chapman Mercer and Isaiah Zagar. Over the years, Zagar has taken inspiration from Mercer’s work and used mirrors, tiles and other pieces to create beautiful, large-scale, outdoor mosaic art pieces that sparkle in the sunlight today.

In fact, now that spring has finally sprung upon the city, these works really shine!

Come out to Philly’s Magic Gardens in South Philly from now until Apr. 19 to catch a glimpse of their first-ever juried exhibition. That means that artists from all across the nation have been able to continue the legacy of Mercer and Zagar by adding to their exhibit.

The legacy and the story of the artists continue through these creative pieces that are plastered over walls, floors and even some ceilings.

When I say plastered, I mean that literally. These artists have used cement to put their work into their respective places. It looks like they will be there for a quite while for everyone to admire.

The juror and internationally recognized artist, Susan Tunick, has selected artists’ works for the exhibit that inspire stories of their own personal experiences.

The 71-year-old mosaic artist, Zagar, recently shared some of his own inspiration with Philly’s own Fox 29.

The artist recalled a time when he was younger and his mom left him alone in the kitchen with a coloring book and crayons. With the crayons, he moved from the coloring book to the floor, then to the refrigerator and then the ceiling. By the time his mother had returned, Zagar’s first inclinations toward his style of art had begun. What we see at the Magic Gardens today all started with a coloring book.

Throughout the month, workshops, lectures and conferences will be held with the artists themselves. You can learn from the one-and-only Isaiah Zagar on the art of mosaic-making!

Check out the calendar at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens website to see all the exciting events running alongside the exhibit.

Daily museum admission is $4 and special events vary in prices.

You can contact Nicole Dinten at


Experience Once Upon a Funk

Once upon a time, everyone lived happily ever after. But at what cost?

Fairytales don’t always go as planned. It’s not just tiaras and castles and visits to your Grandma’s house while donning your favorite red cape. There is conflict, struggle and violence. Or, at least there is in the annual spring production by the University of Pennsylvania dance troupe Strictly Funk.

In their performances, Strictly Funk pushes boundaries and experiments with movement.

Each show revolves around an overarching theme, and this year, the troupe choreographed a performance coordinating with classic fairy tales, aptly titled “Once Upon a Funk.” However, don’t expect it to just be glass slippers and fairy godmothers. This performance will explore what it takes to live happily ever after.

Formed in 1997, Strictly Funk has been a crowd favorite for over a decade. The group fuses together a variety of styles in an avant-garde fashion. They blend jazz, hip-hop, breaking, locking and funk to create a performance that challenges conventional movement. Their choreography not only creates an amazing show, it showcases each of its members’ strengths and talents. With over 20 members in the troupe, this is no small feat.

As a member of UPenn Dance Arts Council, Strictly Funk is renowned for its high-energy performances. The crowd expects the best, and each year, Strictly Funk delivers. Be prepared for a strong soundtrack, elaborate visuals and intricate and exciting lighting.

You can view a preview of the show on YouTube..

Performances of “Once Upon a Funk” will be held Apr. 2 and Apr. 3, both starting at 9:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $8 or at the door for $10.

Tickets go fast, so don’t miss your opportunity to go to funkytown.

You can contact Maggie Mallon at


Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival ‘10

Lights, cameras, action!

For Philly students hoping to make it in Hollywood—and perhaps become the next M. Night Shymalan without the disaster that was The Happening—look no further than the Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival.

On Apr. 2, students from universities in the Philadelphia area will be screening their short films. This year, the committee received over 100 submissions from aspiring filmmakers throughout the area. After careful selection, the best of the batch were picked for the festival. The films will be screened in front of an audience of over 500 people. Though prizes will be awarded for the standout films in each category, the biggest draw is the recognition and notoriety the aspiring Scorseses can achieve. The contenders for this year’s festival include:

First Step – Evan Boucher
New Soul – Audrey Skalkowski
I Want It, I Need It, Gotta Have It – Olga Volkova
Lui Lui in America – Vera Wang Lui
Cataclysmo – Duong Tran

The Clean Sneak – Kristi Servais
Mom – Laura Rachfalski
Session – Max Cooke
Smile – Colin George
Going Halfvesies (or Un homme galant) – Matthew Thurm

American Dangdut – Kevin Martin
Unleashed – Melissa Nini
Breaking Through the Static – Rob Crowthers
Getting Free – Dan Burns
Beyond Broad – Mari Saito

Jacob – Brian Crawford
Dear Dad, Love Maria – Vincent Mascoli
Breakable – Ethan Sacchi
The Adventures of Captain Baxley – Tom Quigley
In Transit – Patrick Toole

The Pony Engine – Justin McGoldrick
Viewfinder – Joanna Revelle
If I Saw What You Saw – Samantha Gurry
Outside the Lines – Juno Mendiola
Ambient Rhythm – David Hao
Aesthetic Disorder – Bradley Wright

Tickets for the festival are on sale now. They can be purchased onlinefor a discounted price of $7.

Campus Phillyis partnering up with the GPSFF to offer even more discounts. You can receive an additional $2 off by entering the code CAMPUSPHILLY10 at checkout.

Tickets can also be purchased the day of the festival for $10 at the door.

Hosted by the University of the Arts, the festival will take place in the university’s Levitt Auditorium (401 S. Broad St.). Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the screenings start at 7 p.m. on the dot.

In addition to the films, the event will include plenty of free food, giveaways and the musical styling of Philadelphia’s own DJ Foxx Boogie.

For an evening of movie star glamour, be sure to check out the Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival. Who knows, you could be the next Hollywood success story.

You can contact Maggie Mallon at


Vision of the Phuture

Can you smell that? That is the smell of victory, the smell of the 2010 World Series trophy in our trophy case. It is the stench of winners, the stench of the Philadelphia Phillies.

If for some reason your senses are blocked, then allow these 10 reasons why the Phillies will win it all to enhance your senses.

1. Charlie Manuel is the manager of the year. Though they didn’t give him the award, eventually credit will be given where credit is due. Manuel will have his day. Until then, Charlie will keep on doing what he does best: winning games.

2. Ryan Howard crushes strikes. Did I say crush? He destroys anything thrown over the plate. Pitchers are virtually forced to throw him breaking balls, because if they don’t, it’s going over the fence. If that wasn’t enough, his nick name is the “Big Piece.”

3. Jayson Werth can hit both left handed and right handed pitching. He has learned to utilize his 6’ 6” frame to punish pitches, and that power is real. Not to mention he is a lock for 20 stolen bases and excellent defenses.

4. The Phillie Phanatic is an imaginary creature. Every other mascot is something that actually exists in life. The Phanatic is pure “phiction,” and looks more like a green anteater. And oh, does he love to heckle opposing team’s benches.

5. Jimmy Rollins can’t get any worse. He was still a top short stop last year, and had some of the worst numbers of his career. If he even becomes a shadow of his former self, opposing pitchers are going to be in for a long day.

6. Roy Halladay throws seven pitches, all of them for strikes. Roy Halladay never runs out of strength. Ok, maybe I made the second one up, but he does have the most complete games since 2003 by leaps and bounds.

7. Raul Ibanez and Chase Utley played hurt the entire second half. They still put up top tier numbers. Now that they are both healthy, they will start raking in some serious protection for Ryan Howard.

8. Citizens Bank Park is one of the best parks that you’ve ever been to. While it may be a bit of a band box, it has a great vibe about it, and the place always rocks on game day. Though they can be harsh at times, Philly has some of the best and most loyal fans in the U.S.

9. Ryan Madson throws 98 miles per hour. Should Brad Lidge not be ready to step in as the closer, Madson is more than capable of filling in. He gets better and better every year as he develops and learns.

10. It’s destiny. Philly has the complete package. The pitching, offense and defense are all there. We won it all in 2008, and were two games away in 2009. 2010 is our year, believe it. Just remember, I called it first.

Now next time someone asks you why the Phillies are going to win, you know what to tell them. We really are just that good.

You can contact Reuben Hampton at


School is NOT Out for Summer

Summertime and the living is easy. These three months of sun and fun are free of stress, school and studying.

Well, such was the case when you were younger. Now, summer is no longer the season of “no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks.” It’s a time for internships, jobs and summer classes.

If you’re looking for a summer course, there are plenty of options around Philadelphia that will meet any student’s needs.

Penn Summer

University of Pennsylvania

Seize the opportunity to study at one of the Ivies with Penn Summer. The program is available to undergraduate and graduate students and is not restricted to students enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania.

Registration opened on Mar. 22 and the course listing includes over 300 classes for a wide variety of majors. There are three tracts a prospective student can take: Session I (May 24 to Jul. 2), Session II (Jul. 6 to Aug. 13) or the 12-Week Summer Session (May 24 to Aug. 13). The course listings vary from session to session, and complete details can be found at the Penn Summer website.

Summer Painting Intensive

Tyler School of Art, Temple University

This rigorous 6-week program is designed for students to hone their artistic skills and build a portfolio. It is a non-credit program geared toward BA and BFA seniors and recent graduates, but is also suitable for professional artists looking to strengthen their skills.

The program includes intensive studio time, field studies and critical studies. Tuition is $5000 but four $1000 scholarships will be awarded; every applicant will be considered. Find more information at the SPI website.

Study Tours

Saint Joseph’s University

Imagine the best field trip you could ever take. SJU’s Study Tours give a whole new meaning to hands-on experience. Each course is geared toward introducing students to other countries and cultures, and each course includes a trip abroad for a first-hand experience.

This year, three separate summer Study Tours will be traveling to Greece, China and Italy. For additional information, visit the Study Tours website.

Summer Business Institute

Villanova University

With SBI, you can earn a business minor in just 10 weeks. This summer program is open to undergraduates from any university, as well as post-graduate students looking to obtain a business minor. Check the SBI website or Campus Philly’s overview for more details.

In addition to these special programs, most universities offer courses over the summer both on campus and online. Try searching online or speaking with the university registrar if you are looking to fulfill specific requirements.

There are plenty of options to make school in summer something enjoyable.

You can contact Maggie Mallon at

iTunes U

I’m sure most students are on iTunes relatively often, but have you ever looked past the music, movies and TV shows to click on the iTunesU tab?

Well, if you never have, now is the time to check it out. You may even see your favorite professor! A number of local colleges including Villanova, UPenn, Temple and La Salle are all featured on iTunesU.

Do you ever wonder what your professors contributed to your school? Check out La Salle’s “University Education Department: a Digital History.” Featuring a series of interviews with professors who were instrumental in the development of their department, this documentary gives students insight into their professors’ achievements. La Salle also features a series of fun videos entitled “The Philly Factor” which cover all things Philly.

Did you want to learn more about managerial accounting from a top business school? Check out Villanova’s Dr. Anthony Catanach and Dr. Noah Barsky. They clearly lay out the topics of each lecture ensuring you have a “road map” for each podcast. This may help if you missed a class or two during the semester.

Though accounting may not be my personal cup of tea, I’m sure there are some enthusiastic business majors out there who would love it!

For those less interested in the business world, there are a number of faculty lectures and important tips for incoming students.

UPenn has an extra unique feature because it includes videos about its Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. In addition, one of its most popular downloads is a lecture by Dr. C. Brian Rose about Pompeii.

After you’ve perused the local offerings, be sure to check out some colleges across the pond! I actually listened to a very interesting pod cast about non-Shakespearean drama presented by a professor at Oxford. Through programs like iTunesU, the college world is literally just a click away.

Also, if you’re thinking about graduate school, this could be a great way to scope out some colleges. Many schools post information about admissions and college life, so be sure to check it out!

You can contact Monica Mazzoli at

Philadelphia Will Be Full of Phantics

He’s big, green and fuzzy, and now there are 20 of him all over Philadelphia.

I’m talking about the Phillie Phanatic, of course!

As part of a collaboration between the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) and the Philadelphia Phillies, from April until August you will see the “Phanatic Around Town.”

This public art project will feature 20 different six-foot tall, one hundred pound, fiberglass statues of everyone’s favorite furry mascot painted by local artists.

As part of the project, look out for the results of the Phanatic Around Town Naming Contest at the end of March. Philadelphians were asked to come up with a name for a special-edition statue, a GPTMC “With Love, Philadelphia XOXO” style Phanatic.

Earlier this month, the special-edition Phanatic statue made a road trip all the way to Clearwater, Fla. for the Phillies’ first spring training game against Florida State University on Mar. 3.

Traveling with Phillies interns, the statue stopped in Baltimore, Md. and Richmond, Va. before making it down in time for the first pitch of the game.

With the Phightin’ Phills coming so close to the championship last season, maybe the extra 20 mascots this year will give us some special luck. If anything, the influx of lovable, green creatures will surely add some spice to the city.

Spice is definitely the right word for the Phanatic who has had quite an interesting journey since its debut on Apr. 25, 1978 when the Phillies played the Chicago Cubs.

The Phanatic is one of the most well-known and controversial mascots in Major League Baseball. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it has the distinction of being the most sued mascot in sports history.

Or maybe it has something to do with its unidentifiable species. Is it a bird? Is it an alien?

Whatever category of creature the Phanatic falls into, there is no question that the Phillies have one of the best mascots in the league.

Inspired by the fanatical Phillies fans, some say that the character is named for an incident during the third game of the 1977 National League Championship against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The fans are said to have driven Dodgers pitcher Burt Hooton into losing his composure.

Whether he’s taunting the visiting team, hexing the opposing pitcher or shooting hot dogs into the stands, the Phillie Phanatic is something I don’t think Philadelphians will mind having an extra 20 of around the city.

Stop by the Please Touch Museum on Mar. 29 for the unveiling of the statues during the Phillies’ Paint the Town Red Week!

You can contact Nicole Dinten at

Spring Takes Graceful Flight at ANSP

Despite the recent 75 degree temperatures, spring is not entirely here quite yet. Even though last Saturday, Mar. 20 was the first official day of spring, and some flowers are peeking through the soil and buds are appearing on trees, the season is not in full swing until the earth is green again and butterflies are flittering about.

If you’re impatient for spring, the “Butterflies!” exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences is perfect.

In an 80 degree room at 80 percent humidity—the perfect environment for a butterfly—is a tropical garden peppered with the winged creatures. They are scattered throughout the exhibit: some are floating through the air, some are camouflaged against the leaves, some are eating at the food stations. It’s a unique experience to be this close to the butterflies without them quickly dispersing.

The butterflies featured in the exhibit are obtained from tropical butterfly farms in Central and South America, East Asia and East Africa. The normal life span of a butterfly is about two weeks, so the creatures flying through the exhibit vary from week to week.

The exhibit also features a close look at the life cycle of the butterfly. The pupal stage of the life cycle—the point in which a butterfly wraps itself up in its chrysalis before metamorphosis—is put on display in a special chamber. After the transformation is complete, the adult butterflies are released into the exhibit.

“Butterflies!” is an enjoyable way to experience nature within the city.

Museum admission is $10 for students, with an additional fee of $2 for the butterfly exhibit.

The Academy of Natural Sciences is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekends.

Leave your butterfly net at home, though. Attempting to take a butterfly from the exhibit to have as your own winged pet is a federal offense!

You can contact Maggie Mallon at

Nova Students Help Philly Families

Villanova students are helping transitioning families in Philadelphia with creating and providing engaging, inspiring and hopefully fun activities for young toddler age children through the HELP Philadelphia program.

Students get the opportunity to plan and carry out field trip-like activities to places and events for up to 25 children, 11 years old and younger. The reason for the field trips is to expose the children to places and events they may not have heard of, or had access to.

Maybe you’ll decide to catch a performance of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Arden Theatre, or stop by the Academy of Natural Sciences where they have grade school specialized, hands-on educational museum lessons. Either would be a great choice; it’s up to you!

Villanova students aren’t just babysitting. They are giving transitioning parents, who are overcoming homelessness, drug or alcohol addiction or domestic violence, two hours to be fully engaged in evening workshops while their children are doing supervised activities not too far away.

Villanova University provides this program to the West Philadelphian chapter of Help USA.

Villanova students meet and supervise the children at the Genesis Square Townhouses (4910 Wyalusing Ave.), which is SEPTA accessible and takes no more than 20 minutes to get to by car, according to Google.

Philadelphia is just one of six national HELP USA programs that are focused on maintaining the family unit while helping to rebuild the self-esteem, work and parenting skills of the adults who come through its doors.

HELP USA has 30 residence dorms where families who have fled domestic violence, been homeless or given up drugs or alcohol can have access to enriching programs. Children in those families also get after school programs and mentoring to provide a stable and safe zone for children, who may have been homeless or witnessed drug addiction or violence in their home. Later those low income families get permanent housing and Section 8 subsidies to begin their life again in a home of their own.

Volunteer opportunities for this program may be of interest to education, human services and psychology majors or peace and justice minors, but specific major requirements are not required. You are only required to be available at least one weekday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for either a onetime occurrence or on an everyday basis.

Interested Villanova students can contact Volunteer Coordinator Naomi Byrd at 215-473-7451 ext. 823 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m.

If this sounds like an organization you’d like to help out with, but aren’t a Villanova student, you can fill out this HELP USA volunteer application at it’s website.

You can contact Victoria Hudgins at