31 posts categorized "Athletics"


This T-Shirt Is a Lie!

My Sad Attempt

Okay so this isn't what the t-shirt looks like but I couldn't find a picture. Believe me, I tried. I ran around the campus searching bulletin boards but to could not, so I attempted to recreate it with a t-shirt generator. You see why I didn't choose a career in fashion. Anyways the point of my sad recreation of the t-shirt is its statement that USciences football is undefeated since 1821. This a lie. Yes, a lie. Many people believe that because we don't currently have a football team, we never did. Most people are wrong. Soak in the beauty of the 1901 Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) football team:

PCP Football 1901

Look! They exist! And how was our team? Well, it depends on what year you look at. Like most teams, we had highs and lows. Our 1900 team "held up their honor" according to the yearbook posting a 5-1-1 record that year despite limited practice. I would qualify this as a high.  According to alumni, in one undefeated season we didn't allow a single point but old yearbooks are not easily accessible so I have yet to find record of it. Regarding this, it should be noted football was much different before WWI than it is today. The forward pass only became legal in 1906 and that was because 18 people died playing football in 1905. Points were harder to come by, but this still would have been an impressive feat. Perhaps our lowest moment came in 1912 when this was written of the team in the yearbook: "It is impossible to have a picture of the team in this issue due either to the don’t care feeling which has existed throughout the season or because they are ashamed to have it known that they were members of the team."  Ouch. So when was our last loss? I haven't seen all the yearbooks so I can't say this definitively. As far as I can gather our last loss was in 1912, but I am still researching.  Adjust your t-shirts accordingly. I'd use duct tape.

**This is meant to be humorous. If anyone who made the t-shirts were offended I apologize.**


Super Bowl Summary

So another year, and another Super Bowl champion.  I like to issue my congratulations to Missy Eliot for winning the MVP of the Super Bowl. Have fun in Disney World.  What? She didn't win? Well then who did? Oh I know...


Alright, alright he didn't win. No wonder he looks so sad.  It's hard to believe that was supposed Katy Perry's halftime show.  Congratulations to the Patriots on the victory.  Now what you're going to talk about depends on what you focus.  Some focused on the halftime show and now want a mechanical lion or whatever it is.  Others switched over to FX and watched part of How to Train Your Dragon instead of the halftime show. By some, I mean probably just me. 

Others will focus on the commercials.  Highlights (that I saw) included an unusually depressing nationwide commercial, a Chevy commercial inviting you to go into your truck and watch the game in it (because it has wifi and apparently your house does not), and the "Like a Girl" commercial from Always which I though was pretty awesome. The most notable commercial, to me anyways, was a Toyota commercial featuring a snowboarder named Amy Purder. For my exercise minor program, I am taking a special topics course on disability and we had studied her that week.  Obviously my professor planned all of this and secretly makes commercials.

Then there are the people who focused on the actual football.  This seems to be a shrinking population, but all of us would love to know why you throw the ball inside the one yard line instead of handing it off to the number one back in the NFL.  My take is a little different. I certainly don't place all of the blame on Pete Carrol.  Sure he had some say, but the offensive coordinator made the call and Russell Wilson threw the pass.  Make no mistake, Malcom Butler made a phenomenal play after being beat by the flukiest catch since David Tyree's helmet catch (against the Patriots also in Arizona).  The odds are that the pass would be incomplete, but why would you want to take the chance. Overall the game was great, by far more enjoyable that last year.

Now talking about the football likely made some you people react like this cat (bonus point if you know what commercial the cat is from):


But you still watched the game. Why? Because to some people it's about commercials. To others it's about dancing sharks that remind me of the Amanda show at halftime.  This is why the Super Bowl is so successful. It offers entertainment to people who aren't even interested in football.  That's why the day after the Super Bowl probably should be a holiday.  Just saying.


Alumni, Student-Athletes Support Each Other On & Off the Field

Alumnigame1This blog post was submitted by Katie Lydic PA'18, a member of the women's softball team.

The USciences Softball team recently hosted our second annual Alumni Game during Family Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 18. During the game, we honored our alumni; and my teammates honored my late sister, Josie Lydic, and our family. Less than a year ago on Nov. 18, 2013, Josie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Aveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. This deadly cancer had spread to her spinal fluid as well as the lining of her brain - and ultimately took her life on Aug. 25.

The team debuted the gold shoelaces in support of Josie and all of those battling pediatric cancer, and both teams wore jersey #23, which was Josie’s softball number. We raised money at the event to donate to Josie’s scholarship fund as well as help fund our spring training trip to Florida.

Alumnigame3As Josie’s sister, I was so honored by the immense amount of support I felt by my USciences softball family. What started off as a difficult first school year last year was made somewhat easier thanks to the love and support of my teammates. Although it was an emotional day for me during the alumni game, it was a great way to honor the memory of my sister and to support my family and me.

I decided that for the rest of my softball career, I would be dedicated and play for my sister. She was a passionate and hard-working individual, and I strive to be more like her every day, especially while playing and sporting No. 23. It is comforting and inspiring to know that my teammates also play in honor and memory of my sister. I am beyond blessed to be here with such an amazing team that is so supportive.

Thank you all who have supported me and my family during this difficult time!

Continue reading: STRENGTH, COURAGE & DETERMINATION: USciences Softball Wears Gold Shoelaces to Honor Josie Lydic & Raise Awareness for the Battle Against Pediatric Cancer


USciences Teams Up to Support Free Golf Clinic for Blind Children

BlindMembers of University of the Sciences men’s golf team and Kappa Epsilon fraternity gathered to support The Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association’s free golf clinic at the Overbrook School for the Blind on Oct. 11. Each year, alumnus Norman Kritz P’51 co-hosts this event for blind or visually impaired girls and boys ages 5-21.

“Many of these kids have never participated in sports,” said Kritz, a clinic coordinator. “This affords them an opportunity to get out, play and learn a sport that they can play for the rest of their lives. It also allows their parents a chance to see them mingle with other kids that have the same physical challenges that they have.”

During the clinic, participants were paired with a PGA professional for one-on-one golf instruction. Golf clubs, balls, and golf bags were provided, and participants were given pizza and soft drinks following the session. Prizes were awarded, as well.

Now in its 20th year, this golf clinic is an offshoot of the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association’s junior golf program, and aims to further encourage blind or visually impaired children interested in learning to play golf. The Overbrook School for the Blind, located at 63rd and Malvern Ave. in Philadelphia, offers a nine-hole, chip-and-putt style golf course. This organization also connects players with PGA instructors near their residence. Those teachers, in turn, will provide lessons at a nearby golf course. However, transportation to the lessons is not included.

"The students were eager to learn the game of golf, and play the chip and putt course set up for them," said Michael Gallagher, head men's golf coach at USciences. "The students learned the skills of the game as well as a few life lessons in patience."

Last spring, Kritz received an award that recognized his unwavering support for this program. The University’s Kappa Epsilon members have been volunteering at these golf clinics since 2009, and several students, alumni and friends of the University also attend each year to volunteer their time.


Got Extra Books? 'StEPP up' and Donate Them at USciences

This blog post was written by Priya Panchal PharmD'16. She is a peer mentor for the Student Excellence and Professional Preparation (StEPP) program at USciences.

The Student Excellence and Professional Preparation (StEPP) program is an on-campus organization mentored by a select group of students. Each student is dedicated to mentoring their very own group of first-year undergraduate students as they progress into the professional years of the program. In addition to advising these students, the StEPP Program has been involved in a variety of events to serve Philadelphia. Since the initiation of the StEPP Program, we have coordinated a book drive to donate SAT, ACT and AP exam preparation books to high schools in the city. Antonella Frattarelli PharmD'15, also a StEPP mentor, began the drive three years ago. As she is off on rotations, Chelsea Cunningham PharmD'16 and I have carried on this responsibility.

Recently, we coordinated the donation of preparation books to Parkway West High School in West Philadelphia. We are very appreciative of Tim Dunn, the source of the majority of books that were donated to the school. Tim works for “Books Through Bars”, a bookstorelocated on Baltimore Avenue. This bookstore is all volunteer and nonprofit, as they distribute free books and educational materials to incarcerated people in PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, VA, and WV. They also offer programs to educate and engage the public to think critically about the issue of imprisonment.

When I drove up to the school, the principal stepped out with eight freshman boys who were excited and willing to carry the boxes of books inside.  The principal was ecstatic when she saw how many boxes there were! She said that the books will be given to the course coordinator of the test prep course at the high school, and the books that are not used will be given to the Student Activity Center affiliated with the school. Before leaving, the principal requested for me to send out the contact information of those who were involved in the drive so that she could have the students practice their writing skills by writing thank you letters.

Overall, the drive was a tremendous success, as we donated 60+ books to the school! StEPP is continuing to collect books throughout the year, so if anyone has books they are no longer using, please send them our way!!!


Olbermann is Added to the List of People Who Don't Like Philly



So, as the video showed, Olbermann doesn't think I can read based on the evidence that I'm a Flyers fan. How obsevant.  Do you know who Olbermann is? I didn't until this popped up into my Twitter feed so I don't blame you but he's some sports analyst who was born and raised in New York.  With the Philly New York playoff series coming up, one could see the motivation behind poking the Flyers fan base. Someone must have forgotten to tell him: we're insane.

So, enjoy your fifteen minutes of fame, Olbermann.  You might to read your own fan base's tweets before you call us illiterate. I've seen some truly horrific attempts at speaking English out of some Rangers fans trying to chirp at me.

So there you have it Keith Olbermann: tonight's worst person in the sports world! *Throws papers at camera and misses, then get confused when I figure out the table isn't an organ*


Eighth Annual Femi Memorial Hoops Tournament Raises $5K

Femi1This post was submitted by Marc Caserio, director of campus recreation.

On Saturday, March 22, the Department of Campus Recreation hosted its eighth annual Femi Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The event brought together more than 160 people to honor the life and legacy of Femi Ogunkorode, who died on March 23, 2006. Femi was a selfless individual who was beloved around campus. In the classroom, he excelled as a pharmacy student; but outside the classroom, he was a true leader who always had a smile on his face. He was a passionate individual who enjoyed playing sports, spending time with his friends and family – all of whom loved him dearly.  He was the type of person who would give you his last dollar if you needed it more.  He also had the uncanny ability to inspire others to achieve greatness in all aspects in life.  Femi is missed by many, but he will never be forgotten.     

Once again, this year’s competition at the tournament was fierce and exciting.  Every team came ready to play and battle for the ultimate prize of being crowned the 2014 Femi Memorial Champion. In the end, Tournament M.V.P. Winston Robinson led the Hoop Kings to victory over Team Buckets.  

A special thank you to the Art of Medicine (Jack Korbutov PharmD'11) for the amazing contribution.  With the support of Jack and many others, the tournament raised $5,000.00 for the Femi Memorial Fund.  

I would also like to share an email Femi’s father sent regarding the tournament:

“On behalf of my family I like to thank you and your friends at the recreational center immensely for all you have done and still doing in memory of our son Femi.  Since his demise you and your friends have continued to make good memories of him in a manner that we will not easily forget.  We will continue to appreciate the very excellent gestures that you have come to symbolize with the annual games.  My daughter told me that the games last Saturday was a huge success. Thank you for all the efforts.  The good lord will reward your great efforts. Once more thank you for everything.” - John Ogunkorode

Kevin Abraham P'12, Diana Ajala, Pauline Aziz, Jarwin Bolante, Marc Caserio, Puja Desai, Brendan Devine, Victoria Drews, Jackie Dunning, Kelessery Fanny PharmD‘09, Megan Fasolka, David Gallara, Chris Hoeninnger, Danielle Hoguet, Spencer Hyland, Ashley Jackson, Cyril John, Princy John, Jack and Dylan Kerwin (the twins), Marie Kiechel, Stella Koiki, Jack Korbutov PharmD‘11, Pat Kugel, Judy Lam, Chris Mansi, Matt Mansi, Rachel Martin, Jon McGill, Julie Mathew, Bhakti Padmar, Shreena Patel, Chirag Patel PharmD ‘09, Bijal Patel PharmD‘13,  Jesse Phillips, Markeith Patterson DPT'12, Keren Poulous, Erika Redden, Amber Reiley, Alex Cortez-Ruiz, Richa Shah, Neal Sheth, Mike Stasi, Daphne Torre, Shea West PharmD‘11, and Megan Wolf.

Wale Adefemi PhB'11, Shola Cooke, Yemi Adefemi, Oluwaseun Afuwape, Jeff Comitz, Kimani Brown, Paul Oglesby, Stephon Vernon, Greg Nealis, Leo Pablo, Dan Nealis, Jeff Estima, Joe Ellis, Dylan Carroll, Mason Carroll, Coley Dyer, Daiquane Peterson, Nate Clapper, Kenny Fomengia, Sebastian Nantermet, Snow Kuruuula, Anthony Hynes, Craig Ferguson, Keith Densun, Tracy Hopkins, Byron Marshall, Cameron Strong, Andre Pierce, Marc Storb, Marco Tang, Kolechi Okezie, Jamal Cummings, Evan Raddiffe, Chima Nurakpudo, Brian Koronkiewicz, Christian Ruffin, Rob Pfleging, Akil Vicks CS'10, Jarod Frazier PhB'10, Eddie Yu PharmD’13,  Veraaj Garachh PharmD’13, Vinay Daryani PharmD’13, Josh Kim PharmD'13, Paul Simms, James Boothe, Juelz King, Booke Massey, James Jones, Don Cummings, Michael Lenahan, Jacob Bastoni, Brian Torres, Greg Foster, Brian Boyle PhB'13, Chad Glickstein, Claude Chalk, Bashier Barnes, Darnell Willingham, Jack Nelson, Donson Quick, Bruce Stephens, Jevon Nelson, Jevon Owens, Alec Bar, Dan Palommella, Tim Keough, Rich Romano, Bob Zanneo, Joe Zelez, Pat Foley, Kyle Hynes, Winston Robinson, CJ Scott, Thomas Lahart, Lennon Alexander, Diyaaldin Kelley, Chris Caserio, Dale Reed Cantrell Fletcher, Joe Wagner, Mike Schmersahl, James Bude, Rob Schubach, Scott Coleman BI'11, Scott Cahayla PharmD'12, Jordan Ahn, Mark Slater, Khalil Jaffer, Ali Ladak, Imran Ladak, Abbas Ismal, and Mike Winters.

Raffle Winners:
$150 Amazon Gift Card: Jon Ngu
$75 Garces Gift Certificate: Kevin Abraham
$75 Garces Gift Certificate: Joe Canaday
iPad Air: Candy Coccia

Art of Medicine (Jack Korbutov PharmD'11), T-House, Campus Recreation, SGA, and Michele Albert

Wale Adefemi PhB'11, Marc Caserio, Carrie Collins, Maggie Devine-Pennock, Kelessery Fanny PharmD'09, Chirag Patel


Madness! AHHHH!!!


So it's March and there's much madness. The first round is over and brackets everywhere are being rushed to the ICU. Warren Buffet had offered $1 billion to anyone who could have a perfect bracket, but according to ESPN none of those exist. We only just finished the first round. But don't feel bad because it is extremely unlikely you could make a perfect bracket. According to ESPN, there aree 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible outcomes. In words, that's 9.2 quintillion. There's 6 commas there. No that's not a typo.

This means the odds of you picking the perfect bracket is 1.084x10-21 %. It's very likely that Warren Buffet can do this for the rest of his life and will be able to hold on to his billion dollars.

That being said, brackets are still fun. I'm 21-11 so far. All things considered, that isn't that bad. My elite eight is still intact, so I'm not too upset. Who do I have winning it? Nova nation.


USciences Olympics Closing Ceremony

Thursday night was the USciences Olympics Closing Ceremony.  This wrapped up the two months of events the Spirit Committee hosted.  Events ranged from dodge-ball and ping pong to archery and trivia night!  The organizations earned a combined total of over $3,000 from all their medal winnings!  This year we had a first-time tie for the overall gold medal winner!  Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Kappa Psi earned the same amount of points during our Olympic season and were our Gold Medal winners!  Then Alpha Sigma Tau came in 3rd place with the Bronze Medal.  It's a fun time for all involved and a chance to earn money for all organizations!


Exercise is Emotional

Some people have disagreed with the thought that exercise is emotional, but I can tell you from my experience, from the observation of others, and, most importantly, science that exercise does certainly have an emotional component.

Think about a sport you watched recently.  When the athlete scored what did he do? He ran around and celebrated. He showed emotion.  If you ever have watched the meatheads in the gym (or are a meathead, be proud) get a new max, there's definitely emotion there.

Even without the competition of another team or a lifting partner (or 7), think about the last time you had a really good workout or hit your stride. How did that feel? Did you crack a smile during your workout or get a great sense of pride of what you did in the gym that day (or wherever you work out)? It's an emotional experience.

Whenever you do any kind of work like your job, exercise, or a hobby (like writing a blog), you become emotionally invested.  How emotionally invested you become is often directly proportional to the amount of work you put into it.  Another example is the dejection or determination that can come with missing a goal. There's emotion.

I could go into the neurochemistry of all this and talk about all the hormones that are released, but I think my discussion already makes the point. It is impossible for exercise to not be emotional because you are investing effort into it.  So embrace the emotion and use it to improve your workout.

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