Senior Athlete Spotlight: Katie Phipps

After spending four years at St. Mary’s, senior and cross country athlete Katie Phipps shared her bittersweet feelings about leaving college. “I definitely have mixed feelings, and a lot of sadness now that the season is over. But I had a really great experience doing cross-country, and it was probably one of the best decisions I made coming into college.”

Katie’s first year at St. Mary’s, 2009, was the first year the cross country teams became varsity teams. Katie explained that being part of such a new team probably made her athletic experience different from most, and said, “the athletics department has been really supportive of the new program…we literally built the program. Before I came to St. Mary’s there was no cross country team, so we were the first team. I’m happy with what it’s become, and I have really good feelings for the future, but I’m also happy my time is up.”

Creating a team is not necessarily an easy venture. And the cross country team saw some coaching changes. Coach Tom Fisher, who helped start the program, officially became the coach again in February of this year.

In response to the coaching changes, Phipps said, “We had a coaching change last year. She was the coach for two years…that was also really difficult. I loved Coach [Lynnette] O’Dell, I thought she was a great coach, but it’s a lot harder building a program than I thought it was. I think the athletic department here did a great job supporting our team, and I really felt that appreciation.” She also said, “The coaching change obviously lead to a lot of difficulties in the team and the team cohesiveness between the men and women’s teams, but hopefully thats getting resolved.”

She explained that after eight years of a sport, it sometimes feels exhausting, but that she is excited to move on to new things. This future might even involve coaching. “I’d like to coach in the future and help other people to run,” Phipps said. “That’s one of my dreams and I feel like St. Mary’s athletics prepared me for that. But I’m happy I won’t have to compete anymore at a level where I’m being judged by coaches.”

Outside of cross country, Phipps also worked for Nairem Moran, the Sports Information Director. She loved the experience, and said that it gave her a new appreciation of sports. She said, “I basically have gone to every kind of sporting event that we offer here. It’s really opened my eyes to all the groups and teams we have here, and all the hard work that different athletes put in no matter what sport they’re in. It’s made me a lot more appreciative of athletes in general. Everyone puts in all this effort, and you can really see it when you go to all the events. My dad was shocked when he found out I was working for Nairem because I’m not a big sports person at all, but now I definitely see the dedication that all the teams put in, and it’s made me a better person.”

Although she switched her major a couple of times, Phipps decided to be a psychology and history double major. Although she said she would not consider herself very active in terms of other extracurricular activities, Phipps did a semester of crew, a semester of dance club, studied abroad in Australia, and even did a radio show her freshman year. She considered cross country to be her biggest commitment outside of school, and said, “I kind of just took cross country and ran with it, literally.”

In the future she wants to get a masters degree in school psychology or youth development. She added, “I’m also interested in going to the Peace Corps and working with youth and community development in a place that could use help.” When asked where she would want to go she responded, “Honestly, I’ve thought about it, and there is nowhere I don’t want to go. Ideally I would go to Central America or South East Asia, but I know the majority of people go to Africa, and that would still be an amazing experience.”

This summer Phipps will work at Camp Greentop, a camp she has worked at before for adults and children with mental disabilities. She said, “This is something I really love doing.”

As to leaving St. Mary’s, Phipps said, “I will miss my professors, I will miss my classes, I will miss this environment. St. Mary’s has shaped who I am, it’s part of who I am, and obviously I’ll take that with me anywhere I go. Relating to cross-country, the team means so much to me. I will miss them so much. I will definitely cherish these years.”

Former CEO Of Nextel Gives Advice To Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Former CEO and chair of Nextel Morgan O’Brien visited St. Mary’s to talk about his experiences in building a business. The Economics Club hosted the event on Wednesday, April 10 in Schaefer Hall. A wireless innovator,  O’Brien, who co-founded Nextel with Brian McAuley, helped create the first all-digital nationwide wireless network.

O’Brien began his career as a lawyer, but eventually changed his career choice. He described careers like skyscrapers, saying,”When my law skyscraper was halfway built, I chose to do something else.” A fan of using metaphors when describing the experience of changing careers, O’Brien said, “I’ve never been a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly, but I imagine it’s very painful,” and described changing from a lawyer to an entrepreneur as incredibly painful.

He decided to change careers in 1987, when he was 43 years old. Working at one of the largest law firms in the world, he described himself as “happy but not satisfied.” He also said, “This must be what it’s like to consider a sex change operation, I was uncomfortable in a lawyer’s body.”

He described making an informal business plan with Mark Warner, currently a United States Senator from Virginia, where they would buy many of a particular type of FCC businesses, an then consolidate them. O’Brien explained that today, this type of action is called rollup.

Although O’Brien said, “We succeeded beyond our wildest expectations,” his story didn’t end here. The cellular industry tried, and almost succeeded in sabotaging the company. He said, “The cellular industry hated us. It was exactly as if you had gone in and held a gun to their heads.” O’Brien attributed the the ultimate success of the company to the help and investment of Craig McCaw.

O’Brien spent a lot of his time explaining the lessons from his career he thought the audience would find useful, saying, “I just want my experience to be helpful.” He also asked rhetorically, “How did someone like me, who flunked general science, become a high-tech guru?” His main advice was that people should become, “Subject matter experts.”

He meant taking one particular subject, for him wireless communication, and learn everything there is to know about it. O’Brien said that the information might be, “thorny, unpleasant, complicated stuff, but you can for through it.” Sophomore Kate Brennan responded to this part of the talk, saying, “I found the advice about specialization on a certain subject or field helpful.”

For those considering becoming entrepreneurs, he asked that they consider doing a self assessment. One thing he said entrepreneurs needed was a, “tolerance for ambiguity.” He said, “You have no idea if what you’re worried about today is what you should be worried about tomorrow… you have to shift and reorder priorities almost daily, and that’s painful.”

He also gave advice about working in groups, saying, “There is a mistaken notion about the important of consensus.” People may begin to think that “the most important thing is to get out of the meeting.” Because of these dynamics, he said, “It can be a physically painful process to get a group to think critically.” However, it was necessary in order to have a productive meeting.

In terms of choosing a career, O’Brien said that it is important to ask, “What are the elements of a day that make me happy?” He also said, “We are in a battle to admit to ourselves what we really love.” In terms of what makes him happy, O’Brien said, “It certainly isn’t how much money I make.”

Students seemed pleased with the talk, Brennan said, “It was definitely very interesting, his struggle to become successful was obviously very difficult.” Sophomore and Vice President of the Economics Club, Erik Fisher, was very excited about the talk. He said, “It braced me, no one ever talks about the human aspect.” He continued, saying, “Economics isn’t considered by the rest of the campus as a very fun major… It’s talks like this that put a real edge to Econ that I think the rest of the campus should know.” Although finished for the year, Fisher and others in the club expressed excitement to plan more similar events in the future.

Students Win In Basketball Against Faculty 52-50

On Friday, March 5, seniors Jasmine Jones and Brian Lewis hosted a student vs. faculty/staff “Hoops Against Hunger” basketball game to raise money and collect food for the Southern Maryland food bank. The student team won in what became a close game ending in overtime 52-50.

Brian Lewis explained why they decided to run the event, saying, “We’re doing this as part of the Nitze Scholars Program. We have to do a leadership project before we graduate, and we decided to do a students vs. faculty basketball game to benefit the Southern Maryland food bank.”

Students dominated the first half, ending with a score of 26-10. Senior Andrew Reighart enjoyed the informality of the game, saying, “I really enjoyed the musical aspect.” Jones continually played music throughout the game, and the Drum Core played at halftime.

When describing why he came to the game, Reighart responded, “I came to support Jasmine and Brian because they are both in my Nitze cohort.” During halftime Jones also announced the winner of the raffles. At the beginning of the game, students could buy raffle tickets to earn one of three prizes, a $50 gift certificate to Sake, a $40 gift certificate to Bollywood Masala, and a $30 gift certificate to Thai Inter.

Senior Joanna Purich came at the request of one of her professors. “Professor Alex Meadows made me come to this,” she said. “In class, he told us how nervous he was, but we told him to break a leg!”

In the second half, the faculty/staff team caught up. With less than 20 seconds on the clock, the score was tied 46-46. The two-minute overtime was just as close, with the score tied 50-50 in the last 30 seconds. The students made the last shot, winning 52-50.

At the end of the game the student, faculty, and staff players seemed really happy with the results. When asked if he would participate again, Professor of Mathematics Alex Meadows said, “definitely, totally, 100% probability.” Senior Dennis Steiger also responded saying, “Any organized game of basketball, I’ll take part in.”

Although Lewis said, “We don’t have any plans to make it a long term thing.” Lewis and Jones both thought it would be fun for the event to continue into the future. It’s a lot of fun for the participants, and it is for a good cause…I guess people could continue it next year if they wanted to.” She later said, “If it continues next year then maybe more people will come, we probably could have done a better job of getting the word out, but if it continues then maybe more and more people will become interested.”

Men's Basketball, CAC Champions Win First Round Of NCAA Tournament

On Saturday, March 2, Men’s Basketball won their first round game in the NCAA championship against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  The team will now advance to play against Alvernia University on March 9. The game was incredibly close even though the team had a decisive lead of 85-76 by the end of the game.

At the end of the first half, the team trailed MIT by one point, 35-36. First-year forward Troy Spurrier closed the gap to be only one point behind by scoring the last four points of the half. Spectator and Junior Nick Pfisterer, who was wearing a Maryland flag as a cape as well as a sombrero, commented, “So far it’s going good, but the refs aren’t doing a great job.” This sentiment appeared to be shared by the rest of the crowd, who often shouted, “I’m blind, I’m deaf, I want to be a Ref.”

In terms of playing the game, Pfisterer said, “Our team needs to better pick and choose its shots, we need greater intensity of defense and smarter play on offence.”

Senior and teammate Devin Spencer commented that, “As long as the team stays focused and stays with the game plan, everything will work itself out.”

At the half, another Spectator, Matt Braun, said that his favorite moment of the game so far was, “Brendan [McFall]’s three pointer to tie the game 21-21” His and the rest of the crowds excitement was noticeable when sophomore guard Nick Laguerre scored 17 points in second-half, taking the lead even though MIT was nine points ahead. Laguerre finished the game as the team’s leading scorer with 19 points. Junior guard Donn Hill followed with 17 points, and Mcfall was the third highest with 13.

At 18:36 of the second-half, junior Jeff Haus made a shot, maintaining St. Mary’s position one point behind MIT. After this,  MIT took its largest lead of the game on an 18-10 run, establishing a lead of nine points at 11:53. It was at this point that LaGuerre scored 12 points, allowing the team to take first place even though they had not had it since the 10:11 mark of the first half. Seahawks then went 11-16 in the final 2:36 minutes in order to secure the lead.

Hawkette and Junior Laura Rodriguez said, “It was a really close game.” She spoke about one of her favorite parts, stating, “I think it was funny when the crowd yelled ‘safety school’.”

Spencer described the game as, “a hard felt battle, it’s what you’d expect from a national team.” He also commented more generally on the team being Capital Athletic Conference champions, what allows them to play in the NCAA tournament. He said, “It feels good to bring the title back to St. Mary’s, it takes talent to do what our team has accomplished this season.”

Many seemed very excited about how the team will do in the NCAA tournament. Pfisterer commented, “We’ll be following St. Mary’s to the National Championship.”

St. Mary's Sports Recap

On Feb. 9th St. Mary’s Baseball lost its season opener against Randolph-Macon, but managed to split the double header the next day. The team won in the nightcap 4-0 while Randolph-Macon won the first half 4-3. The baseball team was supposed to play again on Saturday February 16, but was unable to due to weather conditions. They will play at home next Saturday, Feb. 23,  against Widener University in a non-conference double header.

Men’s Basketball won their fifth consecutive Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Regular-Season Title after their 89-80 against the University of Mary Washington. This along with Wesley College’s loss to Salisbury University means that St. Mary’s has the CAC title. The team will have a first round bye in the upcoming CAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. Junior Brendan McFall commented, saying, “This is our fifth consecutive CAC regular title, so that’s pretty sweet. As long as we can do our best next Thursday and Saturday, hopefully we can bring back the CAC crown.”

The women’s Basketball team also finished out its season against Mary Washington University. Even though St. Mary’s finished the half seven points ahead, Mary Washington ended up winning 58-33. The Women’s team also will play in CAC Championships, beginning against Salisbury on Feb. 19. Junior Myeisha Wallace commented, saying, “I hope we end the season as conference champions. My expectations for the championships are that we prove how good we really are by maintaining a full 40 minutes at our best. We have shown the ability to compete with any team in our conference.”

Women’s Lacrosse was supposed to have their first contest against Washington and Lee University on February 20. Washington and Lee, However, was unable to field a team due to injuries, illnesses, and “violation of team expectations.” Because of this the Women’s Lacrosse team will open against Dickinson College on Saturday February 23.

Men’s Lacrosse won its season-opening game against Roanoke 13-12. Sophmore Nate Babcock and first year Conor Jordan both collected hat tricks. Men’s Tennis was less successful, losing to Mary Washington 8-1. More information about teams and games can be found at


Swimming Breaks Records, Places Second

After three days of Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships, both the men and women’s teams finished a strong second behind Mary Washington.

Senior Joanna Purich Senior expressed her pride in the team saying, “It was a little hard this year because a lot of people got sick right before champs, but everyone really stepped up.” Senior Dirk Rousseau added, “It’s great that both teams are in a strong second place, and we’ve set a lot of records.”

Many St. Mary’s students set records during their events. On the first day Kelly Heyde won the 200 individual medley, an event she has won every year she has been swimming for St. Mary’s. Even though the men’s team, represented by junior Jimmy Forest, senior Billy Deboissiere, sophomore Bobby Witkop, and senior Cameron Hedquist, placed second in the 400 medley relay, the team broke their own record for 2.12 seconds. Purich commented, saying, “It was definitely an exciting match overall, and it wasn’t just our team who broke records. It was also exciting to see a full men’s team and one that was taking it to the next level. This was the first time the men’s team has outscored the women’s team.”

Heyde continued to swim strong on the second day, where she became the four-time champion of another event, the 400 individual medley. She then anchored the 8oo freestyle relay, where she swam with first-year Zoe McIlmail, first-year Cara Machlin, and junior Erin O’Connor. They posted second, but swam 1.66 seconds faster than the previous year’s records.

During Preliminaries, Hedquist beat his previous record for the 200 freestyle by 11-hundreths of a second. DeBoissiere also broke a personal record in the 100 backstroke. But junior and spectator Nathan Brocenos explained a different part about the second day that he liked the best, saying, “On the 200 medley, Mary Washington got what I think was a national record, but then they got disqualified and St. Mary’s came in first.”

On the last day the teams regularly followed behind Mary Washington in the events. Sophomore Brooke Raab placed second in the 200 Backstroke while Hedquist placed second in the 100 freestyle. Heyde again held her title in the 200 Butterfly. Rousseau was proud of the men’s team, saying, “All men who swam the mile were in the top ten.” He added, “I out-touched a guy on the mile, it was pretty epic.”

The end of the season also represents what will be a transition for the swimming team.

Sophomore Coleen Walls reflected the event, saying, “Personally I feel accomplished in that I made the podium this year, but my favorite part was seeing the seniors receive their gifts Sunday night. We have a lot of seniors graduating this year, so it will be interesting to see how many freshmen next year will be interested.”

Rousseau also commented, saying, “It was fun to go out with a bang. It’s been a good four years with the team, and I’m looking forward to the alumni meet next year.” For more information about championship results, the St. Mary’s athletic website has information on every meet.

Spring Athletics Gear Up for 2013

Written By Jake Williams

As the days get warmer here at St. Mary’s, signs of Spring athletics begin to appear all over the
campus. On nearly every quad and field you can see enthusiastic students kicking soccer balls, playing
field hockey, or tossing Frisbees. Men and women run and jog around the track and each day more people are carrying lacrosse sticks over their shoulders. SMCM students are both self-motivated and active, and this combination has created a wide variety of sporting opportunities on campus. There is an array of options with club sports ranging from fencing to rugby.

Our varsity teams are getting ready as well. Despite being a “small” college, many of our teams have distinguished themselves as forces to be reckoned with in a number of inter-collegiate events. Now our teams are training to do even better than they have in the past. “I give our guys a lot of credit,” said Lewis Jenkins, Head Coach of the baseball team. Despite the difficulties of a late start in training, Coach Jenkins is optimistic about this year’s team. “We’ve got four catchers this year, which is great, as well as five left-handed hitters which will give us an advantage.” All together, Coach Jenkins said there are ten new, incoming players. When asked what his goal for the upcoming season was, Coach Jenkins said with a smile, “I’d like to win more games.”184957_1780458865106_2438401_n

Given our location, it is no surprise that water sports are a big deal at SMCM, especially sailing.
“Last year we were one race away from the National Championships [the college sailing championship competition]
in team racing,” said Adam Werblow, Head Coach of sailing. “Out of 53 competing schools, only three
go to the National Championship. This year we want to be in that top three.” Director of Sailing Bill Ward agrees that this year looks particularly good for SMCM sailing. Coach Ward said, “This year we have an even number of upper and lower classmen. Our teams are more experienced than in the past.”

Both coaches are excited about the new opportunities of this season. “The great thing about St.
Mary’s,” said Coach Werblow, “is that there are so many things that are available for the whole school to
use and do. Everyone can be involved when it comes to the water.”

SMCM sporting events are certainly not limited to the above mentioned. The first women’s
tennis game is Feb. 24/Men’s Feb. 17. The first baseball game is Feb. 9. Women’s lacrosse
Feb. 20/Men’s Feb. 17. For more details and full schedules visit the St. Mary’s athletics site.

Swimming Finishing Off A Great Season

Men and women’s swimming both performed impressively this weekend, with the women’s team winning 161-44 against Salisbury and the men’s team winning against Salisbury 137.5-67.5. This came after a loss to Johns Hopkins the day before, but this loss was expected.

Coach Andre Barbins said of Johns Hopkins before the meet, “It is a top 5 team in the country, so hopefully we’ll do our best.” Junior swimmer Claire Huckenpoehler said, “The meet against Hopkins is always interesting. We go into the meet knowing we are going to lose. But it’s an opportunity for us to race against some of the fastest swimmers in the country. I think the opportunity to race against Hopkins helps us in the long run.”

The team certainly proved themselves the next day against Salisbury. They not only won, members of both teams broke Salisbury Pool records. Senior Kelly Heyde scored the pool record for the 200-meter butterfly, while senior Cameron Hedquist scored the pool record for the 400-meter freestyle. Huckenpoehler described this as one of the more exciting parts of the meet and said, “Cameron breaking the 400-freestyle pool record was fun to watch because he doesn’t usually swim distance events. And he didn’t just break the record, he shattered it.”

Reflecting on the season, Barbins said, “There are a few things we’ve done different training wise, but mostly training has been the same. So far its been a really successful season.” Even though the team lost its conference meet against Mary Washington on Jan. 10, the team did have a successful trip over the winter break to Florida. The team goes to Florida every year to compete in the Delray Beach Ocean Mile Swim. Barbins explained his pride in the team, saying, “Kelly Heyde was the top female for the entire race, and junior Thor Peterson and first-year Jackson Holden scored tenth and eleventh in men’s.” Sophomore Kaleigh O’Neill enjoyed the team-bonding aspect of the trip, saying, “As a newcomer to the team this year I can say that I’ve never felt more welcome with a group of people. I’ve loved swimming this year. We went to Florida for a training trip and although it was so much work, it was a blast with my teammates. This season is going really well, but I know we are all really excited for [championships].”

When talking about goals in regards to future meets, Barbins said, “We just try to work hard all season and individually get best times so that we can do our best in the conference.” Huckenpoehler echoed this idea, saying, “Everyone just hopes to swim best times, and the women’s team specifically wants to beat Mary Washington this year.”

The teams will swim in an away meet against Frostburg on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. Huckenpoehler described the meet against Frostburg as different from others, saying, “Frostburg is different because they have such a small team, so not everyone goes. This is going to be the first year the whole team isn’t going.” When talking about the upcoming Capital Athletic Conference Championships Huckenpoehler said, “It’s the last meet of the season, so it’s our last chance to get up and race.” Barbins said, “We have an exciting, good group of kids. We’re looking forward to a good finish.”

Gmail & Newsroom: New Online Changes On Campus

Over the break, St. Mary’s staff have enacted online changes. Campus Technology Support Services has switched student, faculty, and staff email from Webmail to Gmail. The main website for SMCM also now has a new Newsroom for press releases, a guide to experts willing to talk to news outlets about particular subjects, and a social media directory.

With regard to the change from Webmail to Gmail, Assistant Director of User Support and Learning Technology Services Jenifer Wright explained the many advantages of switching to Gmail. These advantages include retaining access to email if the internet or the servers on campus stop functioning. She also noted how Google apps, like Google docs or Google calendar, could help encourage, “sharing and collaborative work in and out of the classroom.”

Wright expressed confidence with Google security measures, saying, “Google is compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and that was a key issue when discussing whether these were appropriate and secure tools. The U.S. Department of Education defines FERPA as the, “Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.” It ensures the privacy of school records.

The main problem tech services has had with the change is students getting locked out of their accounts due to other devices trying to access their old Webmail account. Wright recommends that students with this problem, “Remove accounts from devices that try to access webmail, like from a cellular phone.” She also said, “Our biggest recommendation is that everyone gets password manager, a program that syncs all accounts related to your SMCM password.” Tech services released a “Going Google” website that has all of this information and more, including troubleshooting, training videos, and a sign-up list for training sessions for anyone who feels like they need more practice.

The main website for SMCM has also changed. On Jan. 14, the main SMCM website launched Newsroom. Before, the website presented news stories as a list of links that would lead the reader to different pages on the SMCM website. Media and Marketing Specialist for the Office of External Relations Arminta Stanfield explained some of the changes saying, “each article has social media components. You can filter news via categories…and we are creating a repository of Faculty Profiles.” She also noted that a more appealing design was one of the reasons for the change.

The Newsroom also has a new Social Media Directory. Stanfield explained the purpose of this, stating, “when people come on our website they won’t have to search page to page to see if a club or department uses a specific type of social media or has a website. Our site functions as a one stop shop where everything is collected.” The Newsroom also provides links to the athletics website, Hawk Radio, The Point News, and The Mulberry Tree. Stanfield says that now there are “a little over 60 accounts listed” in the Social Media Directory and that, “it will be updated as submissions come in.”

The Newsroom also contains an Expert’s Guide meant to direct news media to professors of specific subjects. Currently there are only three professors listed, Dr. Asif Dowla, Dr. Todd Eberly, and Dr. Joshua Grossman, but Stanfield made sure to say, “I want to emphasize that it is a work in progress, we’re always going to improve it and advance it as time goes by.” She also added, “It will grow, it’s a great resource, and I hope people will find it useful.”


Foster Discusses Women's Rights and Abortion

On April 25, Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life (FFL), gave a lecture on abortion in St. Mary’s Hall. Her lecture, called “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” explained her position as a pro-life feminist on the controversial topic of abortion.

The program was organized by the Nitze Scholars Program and was meant to be part of a growing “spirit of diversity” on campus, as well as to show a “different side of gender politics not normally heard,” according to lecture organizer, sophomore Maria Smaldone, in Foster’s introduction.

Serrin Foster, whose lecture has appeared in the anthology “Women’s Rights,” began her discussion by explaining what it means to be a pro-life feminist.  She explained how being both a feminist and a pro-life supporter can be viewed negatively. “Being pro-life can be seen as being anti-woman” said Foster.  She discussed why this was a false accusation and noted what FFL has done for women’s rights.

Foster defined abortion as “an escape for people’s problems.” She listed one of the main reasons that women seek abortion is due to “lack of resources or support.” Foster claimed that as a supporter of nonviolence, she viewed abortion as “discrimination against the child.”

In the lecture, Foster gave evidence for her case from early feminists such as Susan B. Anthony and Mary Wollstonecraft. She noted that these two well-known activists  were against “destroying embryos and violating nature.” She gave information from their writings and from the work of early activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Like Stanton, Foster discussed that abortion is a “form of infanticide” that can be avoided if the government does more for women’s needs.

Emily Buetow, a sophomore, felt uncomfortable about Foster relying mainly on the testimony of first-wave feminists, saying, “It’s a bad foundation when you create your argument on women living in the 1800s.”

Serrin Foster argued that the best approach to making sure that women’s needs were met was for “pro-choice and pro-life supporters to come together and find solutions.” She expressed that at times both parties share the same goals for women. “People don’t fit into perfect little boxes on either side of this debate,” she explained. Foster stated that women are being so mistreated that they look to abortion as an answer to their problems. “Abortion is a reflection that we have not done enough for women” said Foster.

Foster explained that she was not attempting to vilify pro-choice supporters or people who have already had abortions.  “That’s not why I’m here,” she announced to those in attendance. She said that her main goal was to make sure that people understood how pregnant women were being treated in the workplace and in schools. “There should be no exceptions to equality,” Foster stated while discussing how young women have been forced to choose between getting an education or following through with their pregnancies.

Foster appealed to St. Mary’s students to get the word out about the campus accommodating the needs of pregnant women.“Women have been greatly wronged if they have to get abortions,” said Foster. She expressed her hopes that her lecture would change how the campus approaches pregnancies on campus.

Students had mixed reactions to the presentation. Buetow  said, “I think she made a lot of good points about what we should do for women who want to have children and don’t have resources available to them. But when it came to women who had unwanted pregnancies there was no conversation about why she was pro-life.”

Natalie Neil, a junior, had a similar response, she said, “She made the assumption that everyone who is pregnant would prefer to have their baby.”

However, some students felt reassured by the presentation. Junior Ame Roberts responded by saying, “I’m a pro-life feminist, and I really wanted to see what others thought about this issue… I wanted to learn other people’s reasoning so I could better talk about what I believe and maybe get involved.”