Saint Leo University Students to Retry Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Disclaimer: The following story, photos, and accompanying items are fictionalized and are part of Saint Leo University’s Alternate Reality Learning Experience (ARLE). The events described did not occur. The characters are fictional and any resemblance to any person living or dead is purely coincidental.

According to a recently deceased member of the Warren Commission, the commission knew Lee Harvey Oswald was not the assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Now that this information has been leaked, public outcry has caused the U.S. government to agree to a new trial.

In addition to public outcry, the Oswald family supports this initiative. They have been trying for years to clear their family name.

“We want the world to know he was wrongfully accused,” said his family member. “Plus, we have not been able to obtain our inheritance because of this despicable injustice.”

In order to have an unbiased jury, President Trump stipulated that modern-day college students would provide the safest, least biased group possible.  More than 1000 universities applied to be chosen for the jury pool, and Saint Leo was chosen based on a lottery system.

“I believe Saint Leo students will make a fine jury. They will be the best jury available and they will receive rave reviews for their effort,” President Trump stated on Twitter.

According to the federal government, on Nov. 22, 1963 Oswald, a former U.S. marine, assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas during a motorcade through Dealey Plaza. He was originally arrested for the murder of J.D. Tippit, a Dallas police officer, who was killed 45 minutes before Kennedy was shoot. Oswald was later charged with Kennedy’s murder. Days later, when Oswald was being transferred from the city jail to the county jail, he was murdered by Jack Ruby. Ruby, who owned a Dallas nightclub, shot him in front of a televised  audience during a live broadcast.

Rudy told the Warren Commission that he was distraught over Kennedy’s death.

“I was saving Mrs. Kennedy the discomfiture of coming back to trial,” he said during his testimony.

A year later, the Warren Commission concluded Oswald acted alone in the assassination. These findings were supported by investigations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, and the Dallas Police Department.

The chief counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassination from 1977-79, G. Robert Blakey, believed both men were attached to organized crime. He believed Oswald carried out a hit for the mob, and then Ruby was contracted by the mob to kill Oswald.

“The most plausible explanation for the murder of Oswald by Jack Ruby was that Ruby had stalked him on behalf of organized crime, trying to reach him on at least three occasions in the forty-eight hours before he silenced him forever, said Blakey in Ronald Goldfarb’s book Perfect Villains, Imperfect Heroes: Robert F. Kennedy’s War Against Organized Crime.

For years, conspiracy theories have abounded, but on Nov. 3-4, 2017, Saint Leo students will hear the evidence and decide once and for all if Oswald really did murder Kennedy.

Fans of poetry, photography, dance, music, drama, and stand-up comedy delighted in performances from Saint Leo University faculty, staff, students, and alumni as well as Dade City residents and students, at the Arts in the Park celebration in Dade City. The event was held at Agnes Lamb Park in the downtown area from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Though there were concerns of thunderstorms afflicting the area, the forecast shifted at the last minute to “partly cloudy,” perfect park weather. And so, the show went on seamlessly in front of a crowd of about one-hundred people.

Local Band “Time Warp” opened up the show, and Saint Leo University faculty and staff choir Just the FACTS followed with their covers of 1960’s songs. Just the FACTS will perform more groovy tunes at the fall concert “Change is Gonna Come: Music of the 60s” on Tuesday, Oct. 10 along with Saint Leo Singers, Totally TABS, Saint Leo Strings, and Saint Leo Rhythm Machine.

Frank Orlando, instructor of Political Science at Saint Leo took the stage as well. He is a novice stand-up comedian, and his act earned several laughs from the crowd. Orlando also can be caught performing his comedy at the Friday Night Open Mics at the Abbey Tavern across the street from University Campus.

Saint Leo’s theater program previewed their upcoming performance of “The Secret in the Wings,” a play about “loving the unlovable” according to sophomore computer science major Madison Bonnell, an actress in the production.

“I think that the crowd really got a kick out of our performance,” she stated. “We love being connected to the people around the campus and being able to show them what we work so hard to perfect. It’s important for Saint Leo to be involved in events like [Arts in the Park] because it demonstrates our core value of Community.”

This fall is the first semester that Bonnell has been involved in the drama program. “The Secret in the Wings” is projected to go on in early November at the Saint Leo Black Box Theater.

Instructor of Professional Writing at Saint Leo Marissa McLargin, instructor of professional writing, was the event coordinator. The event was co-sponsored by the Dade City Youth Council, Saint Leo University School of Arts and Sciences, Magic Space, and Friday Night Open Mic.  Megan Orendorf, the administrator of events and special programs, operated the School of Arts and Sciences tent at the event. The mayor of Dade City was also present at the event.

The Dade City Youth Council hid painted rocks around the park for children to find, and the child that found the special rock was generously awarded a $20 gift card to a local toy store. There were also arts and craft activities available for children to enjoy. Local youth displayed their talents in performances with Blackwood Studios school of dance and Arts in Motion, a non-profit youth theater and arts education program.

The crowd also enjoyed a poetry reading from Instructor of Creative Writing, Gianna Russo. She was recently named Best Local Poet of 2017 by Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Reader’s poll. Russo is also the Editor-in-Chief of Saint Leo’s Literary Magazine “Sandhill Review.” The literary magazine is accepting submissions of poetry, prose, and artwork for the 2017-18 issue themed “My America” through the rest of October.

Another Friday Night Open Mic frequenter took the stage on Saturday. Senior Business Management major Edward Gemma performed an interesting selection of songs varying in genres. His most moving performance was a cover of Eric Church’s “Why Not Me,” a new song dedicated to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting that occurred earlier this month.

“As a country artist, and just a musician in general, I understand how music can play a role in recovery after something like what we saw in Vegas happens,” Gemma said of the song. “What music can do is take the worst humanity has to offer and make it bearable.”

A senior from Pasco High School also paid tribute to the Las Vegas victims by reading a poem by Maya Angelou. After a confusing and disheartening week, Dade City and Saint Leo University were strengthened by the sense of community brought on by joining together to appreciate each other’s talents.

History of Political Unrest in Venezuela

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According to an ongoing analysis by the BBC titled “Venezuelan Crisis: What is behind the turmoil?”, much of this crisis began in 1998 with the election of Hugo Chavez, a member and proponent of the “Bolivarian Revolution;” a left-wing populism social movement aimed at the implementation of popular democracy (a form of direct democracy), economic independence, revenue equality, and an end to political corruption once and for all. Upon winning the election, Chavez began implementing revolutionary reforms in Venezuela, even going so far as to write a completely new constitution for the nation.

Chavez made it his mission to help the poor, and by exporting vast quantities of oil from Venezuela’s rich oil fields, he was able to implement radical social programs that elevated even the lowest people of Venezuelan society. Venezuelan society soared to great heights during the Chavez era due to high oil prices, but the nation’s dependence on oil and using those exports as a basis for the nation’s progressive social programs is ultimately not smart once oil prices drop.

Although this sounds great, the opposition to these radical reforms, who were largely the more conservative elements of the Venezuelan government, launched an unsuccessful coup d’état in early 2002 and sparked a massive national strike from late 2002 to 2003. These setbacks to Chavez’s government saw that the conservative “old guard” of Venezuelan society was not at all accepting of this Bolivarian Revolution and would do anything to see Chavez and his socialist party ousted. These clashes between conservatives and Bolivarian radicals would later plant the seeds for future conflict. In early 2013, Chavez passed away after losing his fight to cancer, and thus the subsequent 2013 presidential election became the first election since 1998 that Chavez’s name did not appear on the ballot.

Despite Chavez’s reforms, much of the country was plunged further into poverty by the late 2000’s and into the early 2010’s, putting Chavez’s party in a less favorable light to Venezuelan voters. Despite this, the party of Chavez, called the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (or USPV), barely won the elections of 2013 with a vote total of 50.61%, resulting in the opposition parties demanding a recount. According to journalists present in Venezuela during the heated political climate, The Guardian reported that the Democratic Unity Roundtable Party even accused the USPV of fraud and that they were in direct violation of the constitution. Sometime later, the Supreme Court of Venezuela ruled that the election was valid and that the new president Nicolas Maduro was the republic’s new leader.

Crisis in Venezuela

For more than four years, the oil-rich Latin American country of Venezuela has experienced a significant turn for the worse both politically and economically, sending millions of native Venezuelans into poverty and sparking outrage and protest across the country. Thousands now flee the country to seek a better life for themselves elsewhere, while others cross the border into Colombia to purchase food and water because none can be found locally.

“The current situation includes shortages of food and medicines, the world’s highest criminal rate, dreadful sanitary conditions, constant violation of human rights, numerous corruption scandals, political prisoners, and inflation,” said Laura Perez, a junior from Venezuela.

Perez left Venezuela in 2014 to study in the United States, and this was around the time in Venezuela when the prices were shooting up, safety issues were arising, and the food shortages was starting, according to Perez. Also, Perez’s entire family also currently resides in Venezuela, and she traveled back to Venezuela during this past summer in the heart of the crisis.

“My experience in the midst of the crisis was awful. It was difficult for me to adapt to all the restrictions that everyone must accomplish to be safe in my country. The insecurity problem is worse than ever and I was so stressed out trying to be aware of everything happening in my surroundings. At the same, it was shocking to see how the food and medicine shortage have increased. It is a horrible situation that includes deplorable human conditions.”

These problems and social issues appear to stem from the political unrest in the country, which seems to have started with the election of Hugo Chavez then carried through with the most recent incident of Chavez’s party, United Socialist Party of Venezuela, which was speculated to be rigged. Nevertheless, this election was later ruled valid by the Supreme Court of Venezuela. However, in Venezuela, this is not a matter for the Supreme Court to decide, but rather the National Assembly of Venezuela, the equivalent to United States’ own Congress.

The Venezuelan National Assembly has been hard at work in an attempt to stop Venezuela’s decline as well, passing numerous bills and proposing multiple solutions to Maduro. However, Maduro, along with his Supreme Court, continue to overturn the Assembly’s laws and solutions, ruling them unconstitutional. Human rights groups around the world, along with the Venezuelan National Assembly itself, have since denounced Maduro as a dictator, who is abusing his power and disregarding the rule of law to enforce his rule over Venezuela. Maduro has also called for the National Assembly to be dissolved, sparking outrage amongst the 14 million Venezuelans who voted in favor of the Assembly in the elections of Dec. of 2015. As a result, thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets in protest.

“The reasons behind the protest are numerous, but the primary reason why the protest started was the government’s announcement informing that they would dissolve Venezuela National Assembly. I believe that this announcement was the last thing that Venezuelans could support. The elimination of the National Assembly meant the end of democracy. This dissolution was the only independent institution acting against Nicolas Maduro regime,” said Perez. “The government decided to disrespect the people’s decision and just dissolve the organization.”

Because of the above actions, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets again in mass protest during the summer of 2016. Hundreds if not thousands have died as a result of the Bolivarian backlash to the protests, leading to even more violence and animosity between the two sides, according to Business Insider and the Wall Street Journal.

President Maduro, in an attempt to appease his people, set forth several economic and social executive orders from 2013 to 2015, but only managed to make the situation worse. The global fall in oil prices is considered to be the primary cause of such drastic economic disaster, as the Venezuelan economy depends upon it almost exclusively, however, Maduro’s reforms didn’t help any either.

“In my opinion, Nicolas Maduro does not have any criteria; all the policies that he has been implementing in Venezuela are influenced by Cuba’s government. I think that his Bolivarian ideals do not work at all. These ideals are just trying to expand the communism in the region,” said Perez.

Perez also commented on what she deems is the root cause of the issues faced by Venezuelans and she offered a solution.

“In my opinion, the corruption is the major cause of the issues faced by Venezuela. The only solution to all the previously mentioned problems is the exit of Nicolas Maduro from power,” said Perez. “He is not prepared to the responsibility he has. All the socialist practices that have been implemented by the government does not work for people, and that is why the situation gets worse with the passage of the time.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Venezuelan currency has since been downgraded, and the inflation rate has exceeded 100%. Basic commodities, such as bread, cereal products, eggs, milk, and other foodstuffs, are in short supply, and the food that is available is too expensive to purchase for the average Venezuelan. According to reporters at CNN, in an effort to stifle the shortages and rising costs, Maduro enacted an executive order that declared Venezuela to be in a state of national emergency, as well as including a provision that forces the nation’s citizens to work in agricultural fields for a period of 60 days.

“Even though both of my parents are professionals and work every day it is difficult for them to buy food and medicines. It is so expensive to find first necessity items, and when you finally find them, the prices are incredibly high,” said Perez. “For example, Venezuela’s minimum wage is equivalent to $12.53. Someone that is paid that amount has enough to buy 2 liters of milk, and they would have no more money for the rest of the month.”

Sadly, thousands of others are resigned to eating scraps by following garbage trucks throughout their city, taking anything that is edible and consuming trash just to survive. In fact, according to the newspaper “Diaro Las Americas,” a prominent Spanish newspaper for the Hispanic community worldwide, more than 15 percent of all Venezuelans eat garbage on a daily basis, mostly discarded from richer communities and commercial establishments such as restaurants, movie theaters, and sporting facilities.

“I have seen people who survive this way,” said Perez. “When I went to Venezuela in May, I realized that every time I was around the city, I saw two or three people eating from the garbage.  It was incredible hard for me to see how the government policies and ideals of communism has driven people into extreme poverty and hunger.”

Also, there are issues in the prison system as well. In late 2016, according to Fox News Latino, more than 40 inmates were murdered, dismembered, and consumed by the other inmates of a prison after government officials were forced to abandon state-run prison facilities. More than 200 prison riots broke out across Venezuela, leading to the breakout of thousands of convicts throughout the country, also according to the same source.

Clearly, Venezuela is in the midst of a catastrophic crisis that has seemingly no end in sight. Protests across the nation continue as Maduro attempts to hold onto his authoritative regime, stifling efforts for meaningful and comprehensive reform. In his neglectful wake, millions of Venezuelans suffer as they lack the necessities to survive. Only time and patience will tell if the people of Venezuela and the national community at large will continue to allow this state of affairs to continue much longer, or if the situation continues to degrade further under an inept and corrupt ruler.

The Top 10 Mistakes College Students Make

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Going to college is both a fun and smart choice for youth to make in their life. However, with this choice comes new experiences as well as new mistakes to potentially make. These mistakes can make the “fun” view of college turn into frustration or even a total nightmare for some students. So, to help stop some students from making the same mistakes that others have made, here are the top 10 that most often occur.

  1. Thinking that Electives Are Easy

Elective courses often get the short end of the stick because many students think that no effort goes into passing them. However, there is a good chunk of them in which one will need to devote time to if they want to succeed. Never underestimate any class’ workload because sooner or later, an elective will be harder than you ever thought it could be.

  1. Not Getting a Side Job

Let’s face it, money is a major necessity to survive in the world; and a good way to make money is, of course, getting a job. Now, a lot of students are hesitant to get a job because it takes up time, but most jobs will work around students’ schedules. Also, if an outside job is too daunting, there are on-campus jobs that are perfect for students. Just make sure to apply for them at the beginning of the semester before they fill up. Plus, this is a good way to gain some experience for a résumé.

  1. Isolating Oneself from People

While many break out of their shell in their sophomore or junior year of college, many freshmen and early undergrads are still stuck with the “high school hierarchy” mentality. Due to this, the first year of college can be lonely and downright depressing with a lack of socialization. The people on campus, whether it be staff or students, are often fun and interesting individuals with their own goals and problems. It might be surprising how easy it actually is to make friends in college compared to how it was in grade school.

  1. Doing a Group Project with a Girlfriend/ Boyfriend

A group project with one’s special someone sounds like a great time. However, many young relationships don’t last long, so, sooner or later, breaking up becomes a possibility. Where does one go from there? Nowhere. A student would then be stuck with a person whom they feel bitter toward and would be forced to finish the project with them. Pick a friend to work with or someone new to make friends with.

  1. Less School, More Partying

College students are finally adults. The world is their playground, and they just want to have fun. I mean, who doesn’t? However, this is a university and students are here on a mission: to earn a degree. A few parties here and there can be great for students to let go of some stress and steam. Although, don’t get distracted with too many parties and forgot about classes and assignments. Have fun, but still be responsible in one’s school life as well.

  1. All-Nighters During the School Week

“Oh, no! I wasted my work time today watching a show and hanging out with friends! It’s okay, though, I’ll just pull an all-nighter.” This is a go-to way for students to get work done without having to worry about time. While this isn’t the worst idea, the body and mind will think that it is. The work albeit does get done, however, if you have classes the following day, it may be difficult to stay awake during the lessons. If the urge to pull an all-nighter ever strikes, at least do it on a Friday or Saturday so one can sleep in the next morning.

  1. Procrastinating on Assignments

Everyone has been guilty of doing this at least once throughout their educational track. A student is assigned something important, but so many other things come up or they simply completely forget to write it down. Suddenly, the student has a make or break assignment due the following day, and they haven’t even started it yet. Very few times will the student come out victorious in this situation, so it would be beneficial to write the assignment down and start it as soon as possible. The quicker it gets done, the less stress the student suffers.

  1. Not Using Tutors

The feeling of being able to understand a course’s material independently feels really great and rewarding. However, if a student really can’t wrap their head around a concept, the tutors in the C.A.V.E. are there to help. Researching a topic that is difficult to understand can sometimes be in vain. It is better to utilize the tutors who are there to help students work through subjects in a less stressful and sometimes simpler way.

  1. Not Going to Teachers’ Office Hours

College isn’t like high school in the sense that it is rare to ask teachers for any kind of help. The professors on campus have office hours for a reason. This is one of the best ways for teachers to help students with subjects one-on-one. Not going to the professors for help is a mistake commonly made due to students feeling like they are bothering them or that they are intimidating. Don’t be afraid of professors. They are human just like you and know how hard courses can be.

  1. Not Reading the Course Material/ Books

After paying all that money to buy the books necessary for succeeding in a course, where do the books go? They often don’t even get opened until it’s time for a test. This is the greatest mistake that a shocking amount of students make all the time. It is understandable that students have a life to live outside of school, but reading the course material is a key part of passing any class.

College is still a fun and exciting place where students have the potential to make many memories, whether good or bad. If students try to avoid these commonly made mistakes, they are sure to have an even more stress-free time at Saint Leo.

Best Fantasy Football Performances from Week Five

 

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Week Five in the NFL season is now over and there is plenty of newsworthy headlines to talk about. Elite players such as J.J. Watt and Odell Beckham Jr. both sustained season-ending injuries that will have big impacts on their respective teams. Rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson was back to making a case that he was the best quarterback taken in the draft with five passing touchdowns against a solid Chiefs defense. Unfortunately, Watson won’t be talked about in this article because he was featured last week. So let’s take a look at some of the other great performances from this past weekend in fantasy football.

 Melvin Gordon, RB Los Angeles Chargers:

            It hasn’t been a great season for Gordon or the Chargers offense as a whole. The team has been struggling to score significant points, and Gordon has only been averaging around 11 fantasy points per game in standard scoring leagues, which is good, but not nearly what owners who drafted him had been expecting. The 27 points scored by the offense on Sunday was a season high, and hopefully this can help turn their season around. Gordon has been reliable so far with double digit point games in all but one outing this year, though this week was the first time he scored more than 15 in a game this season (28.3 standard points). The running back is somewhat touchdown-dependent seeing as he has not surpassed 3.9 yards per carry over an entire season in any of his three years in the league. Luckily for owners, the Chargers seem intent on giving Gordon plenty of goal line rushes and he now has three receiving touchdowns after only having two last year. The young running back remains an elite fantasy asset given his heavy workload and his ability to produce touchdowns at a high rate.

 Leonard Fournette, RB Jacksonville Jaguars:

            The impressive rookie campaign continues for the LSU product as he ran for a career high 181 yards and added two touchdowns in the process. The rookie led all flex eligible players in standard scoring with 30.4 points and is well outperforming his third-round selection from most drafts. Fournette has not been very efficient thus far as this was his first game he had more than 3.8 yards per carry and his long run of 90 yards was the first time he surpassed 17 yards on a single play this season. The star rookie has been helped by receiving a large workload that has given him at least 24 carries in three games so far. The Jaguars offense has been much improved this year and Fournette could get even better as the season goes on and his offensive line continues to improve with run blocking. Expect the bruising running back to carry many teams into the fantasy playoffs and be one of the first names off the board next season.

 A.J. Green, WR Cincinnati Bengals:

            The veteran wide receiver continues to be one of the most sure things when it comes to fantasy football. He has now scored a touchdown in three straight games and already has two games of over 100 receiving yards to start the season. This is his seventh year in the league and he has had at least 1,000 receiving yards every season except in 2016 when he appeared in only 10 games. The Bengals offense is back to scoring at its usual rate and Green has been one of Andy Dalton’s favorite targets yet again. The elite wide receiver is on pace for what would be a career high 1,600 receiving yards and a solid 10 touchdowns. Many didn’t trust Green as a first round pick after his injury shortened season, but he is erasing all doubt by providing great value no matter where he was drafted.

 Dak Prescott, QB Dallas Cowboys:

            A star in his rookie season, Dak Prescott has gotten better in his second year even with the Cowboys having a losing record. He is on pace to throw for 35 passing touchdowns this season which would completely shatter his total of 23 last year. Prescott is being asked to throw a lot more this season as the defense just hasn’t been able to hold a lead, and with a possible suspension of Ezekiel Elliot looming, the offense may be even more pass heavy in the near future. Dak has given a great return on investment this year after being drafted in most leagues behind Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson. Expect the star quarterback to slow down a bit seeing as the Cowboys prefer to keep the ball on the ground and eat up the game clock, but a big fantasy season could be just beginning. Keep him locked in as your quarterback for the rest of the year because a sophomore slump doesn’t seem to be a thing for Prescott.

 DeAndre Hopkins, WR Houston Texans:

            Fantasy owners got a nice surprise on Sunday night when Hopkins was able to score three times, two of which were in the final three minutes of the game. The Chiefs led the Texans for the entire game but only blew open the lead in the fourth quarter after a De’Anthony Thomas catch and run touchdown followed by a Tyreek Hill punt return for an additional score. Until that point in the game, Hopkins had been struggling with only one catch for a short touchdown earlier in the contest. Luckily for Hopkins owners, Deshaun Watson has been looking his way early and often as the veteran wide receiver has at least 12 targets in four of five games this season. Don’t expect this kind of performance to happen all the time, but Hopkins appears to have the same high floor he did back in 2015 when he finished the year with 1,500 receiving yards.

 

Saint Leo Gets Artsy

It’s no secret that Saint Leo University possesses a diverse array of artistically talented students and staff. On Oct. 7, the campus decided to share those talents with the community at large by hosting the first annual “Arts in the Park.” The event was held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Agnes Lamb Park in Dade City.

The event was co-created by Marissa McLargin, Instructor of English/Professional Writing, and featured a wide variety of acts from both members of the Saint Leo community and Dade City residents.

McLargin was approached by Wendell Speer, a local author, who had the idea for a poetry festival. The two took Speer’s idea to Dade City mayor Camille Hernandez, who was thrilled by the idea of showcasing the town’s hidden talents.

“Through brainstorming with [Wendell Speer] and mayor Hernandez, we decided to go with wider genres rather than just poetry,” McLargin explained. “There’s just so much talent in Dade City that we wanted to get together outside in the beautiful weather to celebrate the arts and showcase local talent.”

“Arts in the Park” featured a little bit of everything, including singing, dancing, acting, poetry, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. Among the performers were award winning poet Gianna Russo, the Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, “Just the FACTS,” Saint Leo’s faculty and staff chorus, and more. Dr. Alicia Corts, the Assistant professor of Theatre, and her students performed a scene from the upcoming production of Mary Zimmerman’s play “The Secret in the Wings.”

“The scene was called ‘The Princess Who Couldn’t Laugh,’” explained Corts. “It’s the story of a girl who just is not interested at all in laughing and she lives in a kingdom where laughter is a super important thing. So, they throw a ball in her honor to try to make her laugh.”

Corts couldn’t give all of the plays secrets away. She encourages students and staff to come and see the show this November. The play will star a lot of fresh new faces, including Freshman and clinical counseling psychology major Rachel Flaherty.

“I love how active [The Secret in the Wings] is,” said Flaherty. “It’s always surprising people, and I think that’s amazing.”

History professor jack McTague is a well known and loved member of the Saint Leo community, but it may surprise many to learn that he is quite musically talented. McTague has been jamming with local band “Time Warp” since 1984 and is also the only original band member left.

“I love music. It’s fun listening to music, but it’s more fun playing it,” said McTague. “The thrill of hearing a song on the radio and then actually being able to perform it and make it sound the same way it does on the record is very exciting.”

All who performed and all who attended did so because their shared McTague’s passion for the arts. The event was a roaring success and will return next year. In the meantime, Saint Leo will continue support and show off art in all its forms, including those that create it