Member Spotlight: Jackson Sinnenberg

Q: Where are you from?

I was born in Summit, NJ; However I have called Cleveland, Ohio – specifically the People’s Republic of Shaker Heights – my hometown for the last 16 years of my life.

Q: What are you involved with outside of the Knights?

I am a professional music journalist in the local DC area. They pay me to do local concert reviews and interviews with either national or local touring acts or music authorities – I even got to interview the lead singer of Bastille in September (fun fact, I did the interview in my bedroom of the Knight’s house). I have also been a DJ/show host/writer/editor for WGTB, Georgetown’s radio station and its blog for my entire time at Georgetown. This has led to having some pretty cool people on my show like Damian Kulash, the lead singer of OK Go. I just did an interview with the co-authors of a very influential and renowned book about the history of punk, Legs McNeil and Gillian Anderson, and very soon I will interview Guy Picciotto – a fellow Hoya and member of the legendary DC punk band Fugazi. I am also working this semester as the head of the music program’s research assistant – We’re doing a project on Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, two of the greatest composers of the 20th century.  I have been very lucky to get such incredible opportunities through Georgetown and DC to pursue what I love – I never even dreamed I would be working professionally at my age.  I also was president of Anime Club for the last academic year, I’ve been VP of Georgetown gaming since January, I help run the Georgetown music scene and I also contribute occasional music pieces for the Voice.

Q: How have you seen the Knights change while you’ve been at Georgetown?

I think the Knights are becoming more organically integrated into the larger GU Catholic identity as well as the identity of the school. I think, especially, through the valiant efforts of our two most recent Grand Knights – Chris Cannataro and Patrick Boyden – people are beginning to realize that we are actually an organization of service and spreading the love of Christ, rather than an ultra-conservative, exclusive group.

Q: Who would you consider your “Catholic” role model?

This plays into the last question a bit. Until Pope Francis came along I would have not had a definitive role model in the Church. His Holiness embodies the essence of Christhood and Christ’s model for how humanity should act more than many other individuals in history – perhaps with the exception of Tenzin Gyatso, the current and 14th Dalai Lama. Francis not only embodies God-like compassion and care, but also understands how to interact in the 21st century. Unlike most hard-liners in the Church, like His Holiness Emeritus Benedict, Francis knows how to present the views of the Church in a diplomatic, tactful way that invites people to engage in discussion and listen, and not dismiss it.

Q: What is your favorite activity the Knights do and why?

Grate Patrol, without a doubt. It is one of the most fulfilling and gratifying experiences in my life and really feels like I am doing the will of God and connecting with His children.

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Member Spotlight: Will Carlucci

William Carlucci (College 2017)

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Q: Where are you form?

A: I am from Morris Plains, NJ, a small town that acts as a commuting suburb for New York.

Q: How did you get involved in the Knights?

A: When I was younger, my father was a member of the Knights as well as my uncle.  I never really knew what they did other than have a meeting once a month and act as ushers at mass.  However, when I was older, my bother joined the Knights here at Georgetown, so I decided I would look into the organization for myself. In the fall of my freshman year, I went to many of the Knights rush events early in the year and met some great guys.  The fraternal aspect along with the opportunities for service really drew me to the Knights.

Q: What are you involved with outside of the Knights?

A: Outside of the Knights, I am the treasurer for Hoyas for Troops, a military appreciation group that aims to benefit active duty and retired members of our armed forces.  I also am an active member of the College Republicans.

Q: What is your favorite activity the Knights do and why?

A: I think my answer may be a little biased, since I run the event, but massketball is my favorite Knights event.  I think it is very beneficial because it caters no only to the fraternal aspect of our group, but also the spiritual.  By attending 10pm mass, we get to experience God together as brothers and grow in our faith.  Then we head up to play some basketball and strengthen the bonds with out brother knights.

Member Spotlight: Zach Scharf

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Zachary Scharf

Chemistry Major COL’17

Favorite Quote:
“Never, never, never quit”-Winston Churchill
“Impossible is a word found only in the dictionary of fools”-Napoleon

Q: Where are you from?

A: I hail from the great Long Island, New York.

Q: How did you get involved in the Knights?

A: I first learned about the Knights of Columbus during SAC Fair my freshman year. As I was walking around, amazed at the shear volume of clubs at the fair, I was drawn to the Knights’ table. I had always heard about the Knights and decided to walk up to the table and inquire further about the organization. The guys at the table were so nice and laid-back. I was sold right there.

Q: What are you involved with outside of the Knights?

A: Outside of being a Board Member for the Knights of Columbus, I am a member of the healthcare sector in GUSIF (Georgetown University Student Investment Fund) and a Philodemic hopeful.

Q: Who would you consider your “Catholic” role model?

A: I see St. Pope John Paul II as my Catholic role model. He was someone who truly lived by example. He fearlessly spoke out against the injustice and evil in the world. Simply put, St. Pope John Paul II made the world a better place.

Q: What is your favorite activity the Knights do and why?

A: My favorite Knights’ activity to partake in is the House Masses. The House Mass is a great way to slow down, relax, and reflect. Also, it does not hurt that after the Mass you get to enjoy a home-cooked meal with the other Knights.

Member Spotlight: Michael Scialpi

Once a week, The Round Table will be bringing you the stories and profiles of some of the men we call knights. This week, enjoy a profile of our worthy Recorder, Michael Scialpi.

Q: Where are you from?

I am from Seaford NY, which is located in Nassau County on Long Island.

Q: How did you get involved in the Knights?

My father is a knight, though in truth not that active. In reality the knights were never a very prominent part of my life back home, though my dad used to talk about them from time to time, and how he had joined while in college (the Queens). Once I saw that there was a chapter here at Georgetown, I started to think about joining. I didn’t take the first degree until my sophomore year, as it took me until about then to really come into my faith as it is now.

Q: What are you involved with outside of the Knights (work, other clubs, sports)

A: The Knights of Columbus, I would say, is my largest “extra-curricular” commitment. Currently I work at three different jobs as of today (Wednesday). One is for the government department front desk, another is for my Congressman at the D.C. office, and finally I am starting to work for an outside Think Tank focused on military strategy and international affairs. People may not expect me to be a part of Georgetown’s Fencing Club because my athletic history is confined to football, wrestling, and swimming (none of which I think screams finesse). Finally, I participate every now and again in Anime Club (mostly for larger movie events) which I also think is something people would not readily expect.

Q: Who would you consider your “Catholic” role model?

I would like to say that my role model as a Catholic is my namesake, St. Michael. St. Michael is considered the epitome of what a Christian “warrior” ought to be. He represents loyalty, honor, discipline, and most importantly, Justice. It is through my appeals for the intercession of St. Michael that I hope to lead a just life and that I have the strength to defend the innocent whenever I can; that I may use the natural strengths I have been gifted with for a higher purpose.

Q: What is your favorite activity the Knights do and why?

A: My favorite activity within the Knights of Columbus is honestly to just talk with my fellow knights. I truly enjoy theological and philosophical debate, and our brotherhood has given me a wonderful forum to indulge in that. While it is wonderful to attend our service projects, I can say that I truly feel the most fulfilled when I have a good conversation about concepts that delve into the nature of truth and God.