Playing in a spring league with club teams from Sacred Heart University to University of Maine-Orno, there is some good competition out there for the Saints. Coming off a 3-7 fall season in the New England Club Baseball Association, the team was looking to come out of the gates hot last Sunday.
After being down 3-0 for most of the game and no-hit for 5 innings, left fielder Jon Hardacker hit a single to left that would score the Saints’ first run in center fielder Dylan Stratton, who reached on a walk and stole a base. Hardacker would steal second and move to third on a fielding error for shortstop Kevin Murphy to drive him home on a double with the game’s second run.
For an exclamation point to the inning, catcher Jimmy Oxsalida ripped a single to center, scoring both Murphy and third baseman Jeff Grossman.
Emmanuel pulled ahead 4-3 and held it til the bottom of the ninth inning thanks to a strong performance by starting pitcher Wes Cowles. A soft hit up the middle would score the winning run, giving Cowles the complete game loss, but a huge confidence boost for the Saints in their first game of the season, as well as their first action outdoors since they started practicing in early March.
With more performances like Sunday’s, the team hopes to prove that they deserve a shot at being a varsity sport at Emmanuel.
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The Religious Studies department at Emmanuel College has changed its name to Theology and Religious Studies. With this title, the philosophical and analytical analysis of religion can now be recognized.
Being a Catholic Liberal Arts institution, EC students are introduced to a well rounded department focused on the education of religious studies. Students are required to take at least two religion courses to further their knowledge of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and more.
These courses, however, cover more concepts than just the beliefs and histories of world religions.
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In courses such as Love and Justice: Christian Ethics, Intro to Religious Studies, Sexuality and Relationships and Philosophy of Religion, there is more discussed than just the traditions of religions.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair Reverend Thomas Leclerc M.S. mentions on behalf of Emmanuel College that,” theology has been a constitutive part of what has been traditionally considered the liberal arts.”
Four new faculty members have been hired for the department. This newfound Theology and Religious Studies department has been revamped and, with their new title and selectivity of faculty, will most likely thrive and better the education of Emmanuel College students.
According to Fr. Leclerc and fellow faculty members, the Theology and Religious Studies department is the latest positive attribution to the success of Emmanuel College.
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