Friday, October 30, 2009

Hawks @ Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School

Saint Joseph's basketball to hold open practice at Kennedy-Kenrick High Philadelphia Daily News

Saint Joseph's basketball team will hold an open practice at Kennedy-Kenrick High School in Norristown tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a "Salute to Kenrick Basketball."

Admission is free but donations will be accepted for Coaches vs. Cancer. The school, is scheduled to close at the end of the year.

Hawks coach Phil Martelli is a former head coach at Bishop Kenrick, and assistant David Duda is a former Kenrick player.

"We'd like to have one last practice at Kennedy-Kenrick, which is where it began for us," Martelli said. "It remains a very special place for David and I. It's the one thing we always remind our players, that you should never forget where you came from."

Maguire Campus zoning issues continue
Luigi Condina '12

After the last town hall meeting concerning the development of the athletic facilities on Maguire Campus, Saint Joseph's and the Merion Community Coalition are still unwilling to "play ball."

On Oct. 26 at the Lower Merion Zoning Commission hearing, after further discussions about issues concerning the installation of netting along Latches Lane, drainage, and traffic congestion, an additional meeting was scheduled for Nov. 5. The meeting will include the testimony of and acoustics expert hired by Saint Joseph's University to speak on the effects of sound systems.

Joeseph Lunardi, assistant vice-president of Marketing Communications, commented on the deadlocked debates thus far."Their traffic person is going to dispute our traffic person, and when the acoustic experts come in, they're not going agree," he said. "That's the story of expert testimony in any endeavor and it will be up to the hearing officers to try and weigh the logic and validity of respective sides.

"The structure of the hearing followed the pattern of an expert testimony followed by cross-examination from the opposing party. Wadel Ridley, assistant vice-president for government relations, who was also in attendance stated that the information put forth has fallen short of eliciting solutions to the ongoing problems.

"I think it's all the same pretty much, [there is] a lot of evidence being given," he said. "I'm waiting to hear more about the sound systems. Our experts have not had the opportunity, they haven't been available so they haven't given testimony and a big deal was made out of [acoustics] very early.

"Ridley said that the acoustics expert's testimony will offer a different dimension to the debates and enable Saint Joseph's administration to more capably defend its position. "There are a number of issues that have been raised, I think that the one thing that's going to happen is the opportunity for the truth to be truly presented, and I think that a lot of the information that has been given has been one-sided," he said.

Dear Thomas,

First, we'd like to extend a huge "thank you" for renewing your season tickets for the 2009-10 season and beyond. We appreciate and laud your passion, your patience, and your loyalty to Saint Joseph's basketball.

The schedule, with game times and television dates, is now final and posted on

We open the new era of SJU basketball at Hagan Arena with Drexel on November 13 and will close the regular season with La Salle at the Hagan Arena on March 6. The move of La Salle was necessitated by the 4 p.m. starting time for television and a conflict with Penn's game at The Palestra at 7 p.m.

As you know, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Hawk basketball this season and in recognition of the Centennial, we will have special game promotions. Please continue to follow for all of the information.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. We look forward to another exciting season with you at both Hagan Arena and The Palestra.

"New Era - Same Passion" begins on November 13, 2009 when the Hawks open the new Hagan Arena against the Drexel Dragons. We want to offer you an opportunity to purchase a limited amount of full season ticket packages for as low as $300 (12 Hagan Arena games @ $20 & 3 Palestra Games @ $30). Join us as we create an even deeper passion for our team, our university and our new building.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, click, complete the ticket order form and mail or fax back to the ticket office at 610-660-2905. Our home schedule has been finalized and can be found on For more information about season tickets, please call the SJU Ticket Office at 610-660-1712. Be a part of the inaugural season in Hagan Arena by ordering today!

Go Hawks!

Don DiJulia

Pocket Change Needed for Emergency Fund

EMERGENCY EDUCATIONAL FUND is now in place for our beloved boys at the Dagoretti 4 Kids home in Kenya. After a successful year at D4K, the economy is forcing a lot of the boys to drop out of school. We need your help.

From Tue, a Danish volunteer at D4K:"Things are going a little tough here in D4K, but it is still going. Some of the boys have come back home because of insufficient school fees, and the water and food was scarce at a time because of the bad drought here in Kenya and the money-problems. The teachers are busy trying to make some little money doing small jobs here and there, and James is busy all the time, and I barely see him anymore. Its quite tough being here, but luckily things always seem to work out in the end, and so we get through.

"PLEASE DONATE ANYTHING YOU CAN. 25 cents, $20... anything helps. These kids cannot afford to be out of school; they are already behind due to their backgrounds and former lives on the street. Think about the education you are getting at SJU (or wherever you are or wherever you attended in the past), how lucky we are to be here, now if you find it in your heart to do so, please help us keep these kids in school!

Asante- Thank you.

**Thank you for you generosity, and please give money to Kees or me in person, or send donations to (didn't want to put Molly's address but this is her e-mail, or feel free to e-mail me should you want to contribute - 44)

Molly Porth

PHOTO GALLERY: Hagan Arena Dedication

A new era of Saint Joseph's basketball officially began today with the dedication of the Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 Hawk supporters, with many former players and coaches taking part, including Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay '49

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