Thursday, November 9, 2017

FIFA 18 Patch Aims to Make Passing More Realistic

Daniel Pezzola formerly worked as a sales associate at Columbia Sportswear, where his responsibilities included stocking the floor, assisting customers, and working the cash register. Today, Daniel Pezzola works as a delivery driver for the Washingtonville Pharmacy in Washingtonville, New York. In his free time, Daniel Pezzola enjoys playing video games and is particularly fond of the FIFA series of soccer games. 

This year’s entry, FIFA 18, recently received a patch that lessened the effectiveness of passing in the game. Prior to the version 1.04 patch, one-touch passes were unrealistic, resembling a game of pinball more than soccer. The change was made to make the game more closely resemble the real physics of passing a soccer ball.

Another change in the 1.04 patch is the way goalkeepers work. Now, there is a chance of goalkeepers accidentally knocking the ball into their own goal or diving too early for volley shots and downward headers.

Monday, October 23, 2017

D.C United's New Home May Not Be Ready for Start of 2018 Season

Working as a delivery driver for Washingtonville Pharmacy, Daniel Pezzola is responsible for delivering medications to customers and creating new orders. When Daniel Pezzola is not working, he enjoys watching D.C. United, his favorite soccer team. 

D.C. United is scheduled to play their 2018 season at the still-unfinished Audi Field, and team owners are concerned about what this might mean for their schedule. The team is working with Major League Soccer to figure out possible scenarios if the field is not completed in time for their first home game. 

Audi Field’s construction is scheduled to last well into the 2018 MLS season, leaving D.C. United unable to play any home games for the first three months of play. As such, the team will likely have to hold some of these matches at another field. 

While the team is still unsure exactly where they would play in that situation, they have no plans on returning to their old home of RFK Stadium. Located just three blocks away from Nationals Park, home of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals, Audi Field will seat 20,000 fans at capacity.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tips for Making Religious Education Fun

Daniel Pezzola, a graduate of the Catholic University of America, takes an active role as a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church council. Daniel Pezzola recently started working to increase the enjoyment level and popularity of the church's religious education program.

To keep children engaged in religious education, a teacher needs to make sure they remain active. Younger children should have something to do, like a themed coloring sheet or puzzle, as soon as they enter the classroom. This focus on participation should continue throughout the lesson, both in periods of discussion and in the context of hands-on activities.

Students tend to enjoy making things, so an arts and crafts activity based on the lesson will likely prove popular. Children's love for creating and drawing can also extend to blackboard use, and teachers can leverage this fondness by having the students write prayer intentions or other elements of the lesson on the board. Teachers should ensure that all children who want a turn get one; this is true for discussion and verbal sharing, as well.

As in any class, some students in religious education will participate willingly, while others are more reticent. Teachers need to show that they see and care about all students, and calling on everyone equally is an effective way to do this. A teacher can also lead a whole-class activity, such as a show-and-tell of religious objects from home, to demonstrate that each student has something to contribute.

Show-and-tell also serves the purpose of connecting religious education with home and family. One approach is to have a class mascot that goes home each week with one child, who documents the mascot's participation in home, school, and church. Teachers can also hand out small reminders, such as prayer cards, at the end of class for students to share with their families.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Catholic University of America's DC Reads Program

Daniel Pezzola is a delivery driver for New York's Washingtonville Pharmacy who recently earned a bachelor's degree in politics from The Catholic University of America (CUA). While enrolled at the school, Daniel Pezzola volunteered as a leader with its homeless food run, which is one of the school's several campus ministry programs.

In addition to regular mass services and freshman retreats, CUA offers its students with a variety of events and programs in which they can give back to the Washington, D.C., community. One of those programs is DC Reads, which was founded in 1997 as a response to the America Reads Challenge put forth by then-president Bill Clinton. The goal of the challenge was to encourage universities, professional associations, and individuals to team up in an effort to improve reading proficiency among elementary students. 

Since the program's inception, hundreds of students throughout Washington, D.C., have been partnered with volunteer students from not only CUA, but Howard University, American University, and George Washington University, as well. The one-on-one and small-group meetings can take place during school, after school, or on Saturdays, depending on student availability. CUA celebrates its volunteer students in a monthly newsletter and hosts an end-of-the-year tutor appreciation week.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Screaming Eagles’ Nest

Daniel Pezzola is an active member of his community in Washington, DC, where he participates in homeless food runs and mission trips. Outside of his volunteer work and delivery work for Washingtonville Pharmacy, Daniel Pezzola is a fan of soccer team DC United and a member of the Screaming Eagles.

Founded in 1995, the Screaming Eagles is a registered nonprofit organization of fans of the DC United soccer team. The group, which promotes professional soccer through community efforts and charitable engagement, has more than a thousand members. 

The Screaming Eagles meet for DC United home games at RFK Stadium section 139, known as the Aerie, or sections 132 through 134, known as the Nest. A general admission area of the stadium, the Nest features rowdy cheers and chants in support of DC United.

Although there is no assigned seating, the Screaming Eagles expect those in the Nest to participate in supporting DC United and practice sportsmanship etiquette. For additional information on the Nest, visit

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Street Sense Vendor Program Helps Individuals Become Independent

A graduate of the Catholic University of America, Daniel Pezzola holds a bachelor’s degree in politics. Maintaining an active presence in his community, Daniel Pezzola has volunteered with organizations such as Street Sense.

Since 2003, Street Sense has been providing individuals who are homeless with economic opportunities through its vendor program, which helps people gain economic independence and make their voices heard. The Street Sense newspaper is produced by and for individuals in Washington, DC, who are impoverished and homeless. The newspaper is the only paper in the area focused on issues relating to poverty and homelessness, and it serves as the foundation from which Street Sense vendors can earn money. 

Before starting work as vendors, individuals must complete a Street Sense New Vendor Training session, which is held at the Church of the Epiphany every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and lasts around an hour. After training is completed, all vendors operate as independent contractors, responsible for managing their owns sales and hours and making their own decisions.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Catholic University of America Homeless Food Runs

Daniel Pezzola's work experience ranges from serving as a sales associate at Macy's department store to delivering medications for Washingtonville Pharmacy in New York. While earning his bachelor's degree in politics at Catholic University of America, Daniel Pezzola became a leader for the school's food runs to serve the homeless.

Catholic University of America offers its students numerous opportunities to get involved in service and to grow in faith and charity. The school's community service and social justice programs bring students out to minister to those in need, including through its Homeless Food Runs.

Volunteers for the university take the metro into Washington, D.C., and bring water and hot meals to those living on the streets. They also visit with the people they encounter and spend time developing individual relationships which bring joy to the parties involved.

One homeless man who sells the newspaper Street Sense shared his gratitude for the group of students who come. He enjoys talking with them and always greets them with a smile.