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<ul><li><p>Recreational tennis play-ers now have to find off-campus options to hit a few volleys, as the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts at St. Edwards University are of-ficially closed to the public.</p><p>The court closures come at a time when multiple facilities on campus have been closed either tempo-rarily or permanently for construction, including the library, the parking lot out-side Moody Hall, and the </p><p>road in between the science building and the Wood-ward building. Further-more, the tennis courts join the varsity soccer field, the gym in the RCC, and the baseball and softabll fields as athletic facilities on cam-pus that are not available for public use.</p><p>According to Greg Coo-per, associate athletic direc-tor, the decision to close the courts to the public was a tough one to make. How-ever, constant use from </p><p>HILLTOP VIEWSSt. Edwards University Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Volume 32 Issue 6 hilltopviewsonline.com</p><p>9 | LIFE &amp; ARTSWorried about a zombie apocolypse? Take a few tips from expert Max Brooks.</p><p>Shoes are no longer required for some marathons, like the Naked Foot 5k.</p><p>Austin may put the hip in hipster, but one writer suggests it comes at a price.</p><p>12 | SPORTS 16 | VIEWPOINTS</p><p>Founders Week is observed on campus every year to cel-ebrate St. Edwards history, Father Sorin and the schools Holy Cross heritage. Each year, the Friday closest to the Feast Day of St. Edward on Saturday, is designated as a school holiday. </p><p>This is why no classes were held on Friday. </p><p>Founders Week, Oct. 8-12, provided a chance for the </p><p>university com-munity to cel-ebrate its past.</p><p>In the 1870s, Mary Doyle of-fered Father Ed-ward Sorin her land, which ex-tended all along Woodward Street, to found a Holy Cross school, and Father Sorin accepted. The school first opened in 1878 as a high school for local farm children. The school was also a farm. It was tended by the </p><p>Holy Cross Brothers, and provided food and funding with which to expand the school. In 1885, St. Edwards was chartered as a college, and in 1925, St. Edwards of-ficially became a university.</p><p>On Oct. 7, Founders Day </p><p>masses were held in both the morning and the evening in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. </p><p>In addition to the masses, the university had extra cause </p><p>University celebrates foundersRyan Coulehanrcouleh@stedwards.edu</p><p>Students to address relationship violenceMonique Morenommoreno8@stedwards.edu</p><p>CELEBRATION| 2</p><p>October is relationship vio-lence awareness month, and through various activities and guest speakers, the Health and Counseling Center is hosting events to ensure stu-dents are aware of the dan-gers of relationship violence.</p><p>For the month of October, red flags and posters placed around campus are part of a campaign to encourage col-lege students to step in and say something when they see </p><p>Founders Week is observed on campus every year to celebrate St. Edwards history, Father Sorin and the schools Holy Cross heritage.</p><p>RELATIONSHIP | 5Photo by Gabriellae Rodriguez</p><p>Red shirts and flags have been seen on campus to raise awareness on relationship violence.</p><p>Shelby Colescole2@stedwards.edu</p><p>TENNIS | 14</p><p>Public forbidden from tennis courts</p><p>Photo by Gabriellae RodriguezUntil this fall, the varsity courts were open to the public.</p></li><li><p>2NEWS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012 HILLTOP VIEWS </p><p>for celebration, welcoming the new director of Campus Ministry, Peter Walsh. On Monday, a Taiz prayer ser-vice was held in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, and on Thursday, the Holy Cross Brothers held a rosary prayer service in the Grotto.</p><p>Tuesday afternoon includ-ed a special Founders Week event, the Brothers Chal-lenge. </p><p>Held on Ragsdale lawn, the St. Edwards Holy Cross Brothers challenged the en-tire student body to a series of light and fun physical activi-ties like horse-shoes and lawn bowling. Prizes were raffled off to those who participated.</p><p>I didnt par-ticipate in any of the games, but it all looked like so much fun, said freshman Kaity Kerrigan. By the time is was over I wished I had taken part.</p><p>The event was co-spon-sored by Campus Recreation Center with fun and fitness in mind.</p><p>The university also hosted a series of guest speakers. The first was a lecture entitled Thinking Globally, Learn-ing Locally, which took place on Tuesday night. Rich-ard Bautch of St. Edwards, Whitney Bodman of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Sarah Tobin of Wheaton College in Massa-chusetts comprised the panel. Each discussed the impor-tance of learning about and understanding various faiths of the world.</p><p>It was really awesome to be </p><p>able to listen to people who knew so much about differ-ent religions, freshman Katie Canales said after attending the event. I feel like it gave me a whole new outlook on them.</p><p>Another special guest speaker, Sister Helen Prejean, visited campus on Friday. This event was sponsored by the Texas Coalition to abol-ish the Death Penalty, and Prejean spoke on her beliefs about the injustice of capital punishment.</p><p>Brother Larry Atkinson of Campus Ministry and Holy Cross has been involved in organizing the events of </p><p>Founders Week for the past eight years.</p><p>Our goal is always for ev-eryone at St. Edwards Uni-versity to gain an apprecia-tion for our past and hope for our future, said Atkinson. We also want everyone to appreciate our Holy Cross heritage, and our Holy Cross community that is still very active today.</p><p>In addition to the events held during Founders Week, the Founders Day Service Project will be held on Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The project is a a set of small projects all around Austin, orchestrated by the Office of Community Engagement and Campus Ministry. </p><p>The annual Brother Lu-cian Blersch Global Health &amp; Infectious Disease Sym-posium will focus on patho-genic proteins this year, exploring the ways proteins interact with the human body and the impacts they have on disease. The sym-posium, orchestrated by the school of Natural Sciences and the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Fi-nance, will be held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 19 at the Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center.</p><p>Lucian Professor of Science and Chemistry Eamonn F. Healy not only organized this event and gathered speakers, but will also be speaking about his research at the symposium.</p><p>Im talking about an ap-proach to a disease called ataxia, which is a fatal neu-rological disorder, Healy said. The approach is based on the research of my un-dergraduate students in col-laboration with Peter King of the biology department. It involves investigating the bodys own protective mechanisms. This approach could potentially be used to treat disease like Parkinsons or Alzheimers in the future.</p><p>Larry C. Walker, research professor of neuroscience at Emory University, will speak about Alzheimers disease and exploring the character-istics of the proteins associ-ated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers. Also speaking will be Bri-an Cashman, professor of medicine and the Canada research chair in the Brain Research Center at the Uni-versity of British Columbia, presenting his research into degenerative diseases of the brain. </p><p>Other speakers include </p><p>veterans of humanitarian aid such as Kira Fortune, a scholar with experience in academia as well as sev-eral NGOs centered on the study of public health, and Elizabeth D. Gibbons, whose career in humanitari-anism and social develop-ment spans decades. A panel discussion on health as a hu-man right will conclude the symposium.</p><p>Fitting its focus on global health, particular effort was put into guaranteeing the symposiums truly global focus.</p><p>My primary purpose is to bring speakers in my topic who are leaders in their field, Healy said. This year in particular, two of our speakers come from Can-ada; I am attempting to in-ternationalize the global re-search of infectious disease through this symposium.</p><p>The symposium also seeks to provide a substantial learning experience.</p><p>Its organized mainly for students and faculty to have the opportunity to be ex-posed to research questions to broaden their studies, Healy said.</p><p>In fact, many students do plan to attend, taking advan-tage of this valuable learning </p><p>experience.I am a chemistry major, </p><p>but my undergraduate re-search is in biochemistry, specifically ataxia, senior Carley Little said. Dr. Healy is my research advisor ... I did research with him this summer on the topic that he will be speaking on during the symposium, so naturally, I would like to see the publics response to our research, and I believe this symposium will shed more light on the topic of degen-</p><p>eration.Beyond getting the op-</p><p>portunity to see the publics response to their research, Little also looks forward to the lectures themselves.</p><p>I enjoy watching Dr. Healy present, Little said. He makes the topic animat-ed and interesting for the general public ... Also, the topic of neurodegenerative diseases is quite interesting. I would like to see what the other presenters have to say. on this topic.</p><p>Continued from page 1</p><p>Celebration marksschools beginnings</p><p>Symposium to explore science, healthTyler Eldredgeteldred@stedwards.edu</p><p>Our goal is always for everyone at St. Edwards University to gain an appreciation for our past and hope for our future.</p><p>-Brother Larry Atkinson</p><p>Hilltop Views ArchiveThe theme of this years Brother Lucian Blersch Symposium is pathogenic proteins.</p><p>9 a.m.12:15 p.m.Global Health and Infectious Disease: Pathogenic ProteinsEamonn F. Healy: De-solvated hydrogen bonds as amyloidogenic mark-ers: new avenues for the treatment of Huntington diseaseLarry C. Walker: Kochs postulates and infectious proteinsNeil Cashman: Trans-mission of SOD1 mis-folding and familial ALSSimonetta Sipione: GM1: An Experimental </p><p>Approach for Hunting-ton Disease</p><p>12:301:30 p.m. Lunch</p><p>1:303:45 p.m. Global Health: What Are Some of Its Main Challenges?</p><p>1:302 p.m. Kira Fortune</p><p>22:30 p.m. Elizabeth Gibbons</p><p>2:303:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Health as Human Right</p><p>BROTHER LUCIAN SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE</p></li><li><p>3NEWSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012 HILLTOP VIEWS </p><p>When walking into Mary Helen Spechts office, the very first thing to see is a purple rhinoceros on the head of an iridescent man wearing a Shakespearean collar. Specht will explain that she is work-ing on her first novel and that it will explore the lives and stories of four people, one of which may be Specht herself.</p><p>She has been to Chile, Ec-uador and Nigeria, and she knows that when traveling to a foreign country, the fab-ric that makes your world is suddenly clear and visible in the context of a rich, novel world. She will say that it is impossible not to notice things for the first time, like the way light looks through a tree.</p><p>Specht will share her work at the St. Edward's Univer-sity Visiting Writers Series on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maloney room.</p><p>Valerie Huerta sat down with Specht to discuss her involvement in the Visiting Writers Series.Valerie Huerta: What is your role in the Visiting Writers Series?</p><p>Mary Helen Specht: The Visiting Writers Series brings novelists, poets, play-wrights and other creative writers to campus each year to read and answer ques-tions from students and the community.</p><p>I am an unusual speaker for the Visiting Writers Se-ries because I am not exactly </p><p>"visiting." However, Profes-sor Carrie Fountain asked me to read since I am the new fiction professor here on campus; we would like students to have the op-portunity to get acquainted with my creative work and to ask me questions about my process. VH: From where do you </p><p>draw inspiration?MHS: I draw inspira-tion from everything. I am one of those annoying people who will pull out a notebook in the middle of a conversation and write down what you are saying ... I hear or see something in life or on the news and then find myself imagining </p><p>what it would be like to be the person in that situation. </p><p>For example, the germ for a major plot point in the novel I am currently working on came from the radio. I was in my car lis-tening to NPR, and a man was discussing his family's experience with Hunting-ton's Disease, the genetic disease that killed Woody Guthrie. I was so moved by his description of what it was like knowing he would die from the same horrible disease that he had watched his father die from. I im-mediately created a charac-ter confronted by a similar situation. For me, it spoke to what we all experience watching our older family members age and die, but it was amplified by 100. </p><p>That is the sort of thing I am always looking for in fiction, a way to get at the common human experience through the specific story.VH: Why is storytelling important to you?MHS: One of my teachers years ago told me that sto-rytelling is what it means to be human. I believe that... Storytelling is how we </p><p>make meaning out of our lives; it is also how we first learn to empathize with the lives and troubles of others. </p><p>A good storyteller makes us understand people we have nothing in common with and places that we have never experienced.VH: Why do you teach?MHS: I love teaching writ-ing because it means I get to spend my days discuss-ing stories that I love with students who, somewhere along the way, have also caught the writing bug. I also love seeing what new and unique and imaginative things my students come up with. </p><p>In terms of my teach-ing philosophy, I think it is important to introduce stu-dents to the tools that can improve their craft. I do not tell them what to write or how to write ... However, I try to use the workshop as a setting where students can gain more control over their craft, where they can im-prove their skills at analyz-ing stories and using what they learned in their own work. </p><p>Valerie Huertavhuerta@stedwards.edu</p><p>Q &amp; A</p><p>Fiction professor kicks off this years Visiting Writers Series</p><p>In the Oct. 3 edition of Hilltop Views, the story Presidents meeting de-tails campus growth con-tained a factual error. The article incorrectly referred to the McNair Scholars Program as the McNair Scholarship, and stated that it helps undergradu-ate students with finan-</p><p>cial need attain graduate degrees at other schools. Rather, the program is called the McNair Schol-ars Program, and the pro-gram prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activi-ties. </p><p>Two photos were cred-</p><p>ited to the wrong pho-tographer in the Oct. 10 issue. The photo on page 1 for the Muslim prayer space expands article and the photo on page 4 for Muslim Student Asso-ciation increases campus presence were taken by Gabriellae Rodriguez.</p><p>Wikimedia CommonsThe Visiting Writers Series brings novelists, poets, and playwrights to speak on campus.</p><p>CORRECTIONS</p></li><li><p>4 NEWS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012 HILLTOP VIEWS </p><p>Virtually every religion has its own distinct version of communicating with a higher being, or prayer. Taiz prayer, however, seems to blend the lines be-tween Eastern and Western religions in a contemplative and meditative practice.</p><p>The practice started in an ecumenical group of Catho-lic brothers in the Taiz re-gion of France and is fairly young. Th...</p></li></ul>