CAMPUS SERVING ALLEGHENY COLLEGE SINCE 1876
VOLUME 137, ISSUE 7
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Kozol inspires campus
Winslow halts walk-in service Change made to help manage time, number of students, number of needs Although a new nurse practitioner will join the staff of the Winslow Health Center in November, the cancelled walk-in hours will not be reinstated, according to Sue Plunkett, director of health services. The halting of walk-in hours at Winslow Health Center was triggered by the retirement of a long-time staff member, the growing number of students on campus, and students’ more complicated medical needs, Plunkett said. Joyce Cortes, who Plunkett said worked at Allegheny for 15 years and whose four children all attended the college, retired in the spring. The health center is currently operating with only two full-time staff members and two part-time employees. Plunkett said that the final straw encouraging the center to halt walk-ins came several Mondays ago. “Every single slot was filled by 10:30 a.m., and so we were seeing one after another patients, and then between the hours of 1:30 and 3 p.m., 25 walk-ins came in,” she said. “And so when you have 60 people come through the door in a day, and you have basically two people to take care of them and a doctor an hour and a half See WINSLOW| Page 3 By SAMANTHA HUNGERFORD News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
CODY MILLER/THE CAMPUS Acclaimed writer and education activist Jonathan Kozol speaks on the trials facing education in low-income communities on Oct. 17, 2012.
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“Teachers are my heroes. Teaching is a beautiful profession.” Jonathan Kozol began his speech Wednesday night moving the audience to applaud for current and future teachers, the future of education. Kozol, an education writer, activist and former teacher, moved his audience to laughter and tears speaking in Shafer Auditorium for the Year of Transforming Education. Drawing on personal experience as a teacher in some of New York City’s poorest schools, Kozol
discussed the gaping inequalities and lingering segregation in America’s education system. The main character in most of Kozol’s stories was a girl with the nickname Pineapple, who Kozol had been teaching since she was eight years old. “She was a very bossy little person,” Kozol said, recalling their first meeting. “She started giving me instructions from the day we met.” Pineapple, like many of the children Kozol features in his books, grew up in a poor neighborhood in the South Bronx. “These kids were at the depths of destitution,” he said. By way of explanation, Kozol described Pineapple’s apartment building, where a young
boy had died trying to board an elevator. Running, he hit the call button. The doors opened and his momentum took him through. But, despite numerous complaints and requests for repair, the elevator had jammed and the car was not there. He fell to his death. Pineapple’s school received only half the funding a wealthy New York suburban school might receive, due to the fact that school funding is calculated from local property taxes. Such settings can coarsen the souls of children, Kozol said. “Their cafeteria was like a feeding trough for animals,” Kozol said. “I go to upper middle class schools just to remind myself what money buys for children.”
FIJI makes comeback By RACHEL GIESEL Junior Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Phi Gamma Delta unveiled its 21 founding fathers last night to re-establish itself as a colony on the Allegheny campus after a 14-year absence. Pledge and founding father Trevor Colvin, ’14, said he’s excited to be a founding father and a member of FIJI. “I knew that this could be something that we mold and create, that if we have the right guys it’s going to be something special,” Colvin said. “So just leaving my mark on it and trying to do the best I can to represent FIJI is what really appealed to me.” Even though he’s not here to help with the re-colonization on campus now, graduate Chase Stelzer, ‘12, the initiator of the interest group since his freshman year in 2008, thinks the fraternity will be a good at-
tribute to the community, he said in an email. “I think the campus community will be excited,” Stelzer said. “I imagine a few people are apprehensive about the idea of a new fraternity on campus. But when they consider the amount of good FIJI will do for Greek Life, Allegheny and the community of Meadville, I believe that will change.” Many rumors have surrounded FIJI since they were kicked off campus in 1998, causing some of the campus community to be hesitant about the organization; however, FIJI Assistant Director of Expansion Brett Pytel said these are rumors and the real reason they were kicked off wasn’t something about the fraternity as a whole, but rather the attitude of the particular chapter. “They just broke the rules,” Pytel said. “They were that
stereotypical fraternity house that is pictured in an animal house, I guess you would say. […] Once the group got closed down, stories come left and right from all over campus.” FIJI implemented regulations about hazing and alcohol, including creating dry housing, in the 90s, which many chapters adopted without problems. Yet Allegheny’s chapter was more resistant, according to Pytel. “In the 90s, our organization saw it as a transitional point where we needed to change that culture because it’s not acceptable on campus and it’s not benefitting our members, so we were one of two organizations who went alcohol-free in our housing,” he said. “You can imagine, a smaller campus, along with 18-22 year old students who have been doing
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In the face of these struggles, Pineapple succeeded. Adults around her, like a local Episcopalian priest, noticed her potential and paid for her to go on to prestigious prep schools, and then on to college. She now plans to become a public school teacher like Kozol was. But Kozol reminded the audience that such a story of triumph was not the norm. “Pineapple was lucky,” Kozol said. “She caught the eye of people who could intervene for her... but you shouldn’t have to be a little charmer to get an education in this
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Alden gas leak disrupts studies A crack in the gas line running under North Main Street caused the gas leak that closed Alden Hall Friday afternoon, leaking fumes through drain lines and into the building, according to Cliff Willis, director of the Physical Plant. The leak was confirmed and repaired by National Fuel, western Pennsylvania’s natural gas provider. Willis said that the line was most likely part of the same system used throughout Meadville, but that Allegheny can do nothing to regulate it, because it’s not owned by the college. “It is an older line, I believe, but it’s not a college utility,” he said. However, he said that the only buildings that can be affected by gas leaks are the science buildings because of the gas lines running to laboratories, something that is not generally included in the campus’ other structures. None of the buildings at Allegheny are equipped with gas detectors, according to Willis, but National Fuel adds a chemical to their gas that creates a distinct odor meant to warn if there is a See ALDEN | Page 3 By SAMANTHA HUNGERFORD News Editor email@example.com
Students ‘Make A Difference’
ANGELA BUI/THE CAMPUS Leanne Siwicki, ‘15, and Nancy Chen, ‘14, paint a house for Make A Difference Day on Oct. 14, 2012. Allegheny College’s 19th annual Make a Difference Day kicked off early last Saturday, Oct. 13, in Diamond Park. Teams took on a variety of projects, from painting houses to building wheelchair ramps to remodeling bathrooms. The event is a mainstay of Allegheny College service, with groups such as Greek Life and student government participating, as well as individual students.
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country. Charity is not a substitute for justice.” He railed against those who thought that the public education system could be fixed through reforms such as the introduction of charter schools or the breaking up of overcrowded schools. “That’s the whole agenda in America,” Kozol said. “Perfectible apartheid.” He also called the current emphasis on standardized testing and drilling, largely a consequence of 2001’s No Child Left Behind Act, a “national hysteria.” “You can’t give a number to something a child writes that comes straight from the heart,” Kozol said. “The poet in the child’s soul will never be rewarded by a standardized exam.” Kozol recommended that the federal government rescind such standards and instead pour much more money into the public education system, which he referred to several times as a form of apartheid. Kozol ended on a positive note, however, discussing a day he spent with the late Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. After a speech they gave together in New York, Rogers asked if Kozol could introduce him to some of the children he had written about. The pair took the subway to what Kozol called “the most dangerous street for drugs in New York,” where dealers were whispering the brand names of heroin to them as they stepped out of the station. A sanitation truck screeched to a halt and the driver descended and approached Kozol and Rogers. And he hugged Rogers, lifting him off of the ground. The pair proceeded to the school, where Kozol said the teachers were nearly moved to tears at Rogers’ surprise visit
to their first grade classrooms. After that, they went to the basement of an Episcopalian church, where an after-school program was to be held with some children Kozol had taught. The kids began to pack in. The first child who spotted Rogers was named Angelo. “If a 7-year-old doesn’t like you, they make it obvious,” Kozol said. “But if they like you, then you’re in for it.” Angelo ran to Rogers, his arms outstretched. Jumping up, he embraced Rogers’ head and planted a kiss on his cheek. “Welcome to my neighborhood, Mr. Rogers,” Angelo said. Professor Aimee Knupsky, who proposed the Year of Transforming Education with Professor Stephanie Martin, said that the theme came at a “critical juncture” in American history. “We’re at a breaking point in terms of public education,” said Knupsky, who teaches cognitive psychology. “We wanted to start a conversation about that. In higher education, the issue is that the costs has become so astronomical. How can we get a college education to all students in a way that doesn’t set them back? At K-12, it’s about starting kids off on the same foot.” Kozol’s speech was a rollercoaster for many audience members, moving through tragedy, humor and hope. “I cried three times,” said Katie Beck, ‘14, a student ambassador for the Year of Transforming Education. “He moved me.” Beck herself is an educator. She teaches a low-cost acting class at the Meadville Council on the Arts. Her students are between the ages of seven and thirteen, attending the class after school. “It goes beyond acting,” said Beck. “We check in on each
CODY MILLER/THE CAMPUS An audience fills Shafer Auditorium to hear acclaimed writer and education activist Jonathan Kozol speaks on the trials facing education in lowincome communities on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.
other. It’s about being able to communicate.” Beck still hasn’t decided what she wants to do after graduation, and Kozol’s speech only intensified this uncertainty. “It’s a good thing,” said Beck. “He’s making me reconsider what I want to do. I want to do theater, I want to write, I want to go into education... I might want to do teaching. I’m not sure. I’m feeling it right now.” Dan Winston, a 2010 Allegheny alumnus and teacher at the Creating Landscapes Learning Center, said that his school was applying alternative models to education with great success. “Instead of teaching to the test and drilling, we infuse it with the arts,” Winston said. “We do it through inquirybased and student-driven learning... and most of the time we achieve far greater effects as far as students finding their passion for learning.”
Winston, much like Pineapple, had found his success partially through the intervention of others. In 2000, he performed in a version of The Who’s Tommy. Jan Hyatt, former head of Allegheny’s Dance and Movement Studies department and the founder of Creating Landscapes, noticed him and gave him a full scholarship to the school’s summer program. “I completely fell in love with the whole philosophy, the whole way of doing things,” Winston said. “It showed me what education could be and instilled in me the passion for learning and passing on to others that made me want to be a teacher.” Student ambassador Larry Hailsham, ‘15, spent perhaps the most time with Kozol oneon-one out of any student, driving the writer from Pittsburgh to Meadville for his speech. “I think it was really inspiring just kind of being able to
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sit in the car and experience somebody of that stature by yourself,” Hailsham said, likening the experience to the time he had the chance to speak privately with Michelle Obama. “The filter’s off. It’s whatever he’s feeling, it’s whatever he wants to say. And it’s the same as what he said on stage.” Hailsham mentors youth through the Crawford County Juvenile Probation Services Office. “I consider myself a mentor first,” Hailsham said. “Whatever they need of me. If it’s a big brother, if it’s somebody to help them do their homework, then that’s what I do.” Hailsham hopes to go into education and then on into education policy. “Ironically, what Mr. Kozol said not to do is exactly what I planned on doing,” Hailsham said, referring to his plans to participate in Teach for America for a short while before going on into policy. “But I think
that it’s okay that he doesn’t agree with that. “That’s what I want to do. That’s truly how you make change.” Hailsham also criticized sharply the current focus on testing due to No Child Left Behind. “We’re talking about grooming people to get into the economy, but we’re not grooming citizens,” said Hailsham. “We need to get into the art of producing citizens, not producing the next Apple executive but producing the next Jonathan Kozol, the next Martin Luther King. Actually producing citizens who are doing something to benefit the poor, not just the poor black, not just the poor white, but the poor and everybody else. Because that’s what life is about.” The Year of Transforming Education continues on Oct. 30 with a talk by 1993 alumnus Andre Perry entitled “The High Stakes of National Education Policy.”
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New faculty spotlight: Natalie Cisneros WINSLOW
Assistant Professor of Philosophy By HOLLY RAMEY
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Professor Natalie Cisneros, recent graduate of Vanderbilt University and former resident of San Diego, Calif., hopes to bring her West Coast experience to Allegheny’s philosophy department. Different from her time spent at Vanderbilt, she enjoys the close-knit community at
Allegheny as well as the engaging students in her classrooms. Cisneros is teaching two philosophy courses this semester. Her ethics course focuses on the meaning of fitting into a community and upholding those ethical standards. “We’re talking about what it would mean to live up to our democratic ideals and the challenges that are opposed to these ideals,” said Cisneros. The goal of the semester is to work through these conflicts to find solutions and build communities that are more ethical, she said. Her second class, Oppression and Liberation, is a discussion-based course that focuses on the theoretical concepts of oppression throughout the history of philosophy. The class also looks at philosophical texts to determine ways of
liberating societies from even modern issues of power and oppression.Cisneros’ fields of study included theories of race and gender, social and political thought and philosophies of Latin American cultures. “I feel like my work is at the intersection of a lot of different fields,” Cisneros said. She finds it is important to examine the injustices of society through the experiences of people around the world. Her work involves bringing these fields together to develop a better insight to the things she sees going on around her. One goal of her stay at Allegheny is to continue highlighting issues of social justice and expand the legacy left by Professor Bill Bywater. His work with contemporary problems is something Cisneros thinks is important to focus on
in the classroom. “The discussions will change as the world around us changes,” she said. Cisneros said she’s looking forward to teaching about Latin American philosophy in the spring, partly because she believes it will bring a new perspective to the philosophy department. Diverse ethical and cultural backgrounds are important to examine in the classroom, she said, because these issues confront us every day. “It is necessary to have all of these perspectives,” she said. For any students considering philosophy, she said it’s important to try it out because it is something that is engaged in, not just read about. According to Cisneros, a student needs to become actively involved in the study of philosophy in order to understand the field.
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from page 1 in the morning, it becomes unmanageable.” Plunkett said that so far, the change has been beneficial. Joe DiChristina, dean of students, agreed. “I don’t have any complaints from students saying they weren’t able to be seen and so I think her reasoning behind all of that about appointments is less associated with staff numbers and more associated with the kinds of needs that students have,” he said. Some students, however, are worried that the cancellation of walk-in appointments will mean a removal of a necessary component of health care. “I think it’s really important that students are able to walk in, and I think that accessibility is a big thing with health care,” said Anastasia Wooten, president of the Reproductive Health Coalition. “As a group, one of the next projects that we’re probably going to try to communicate with the health center about and see what we can do, is to get that back.” Plunkett said that by taking only scheduled appointments, the health center staff will be able to better manage its time and prepare to handle students’ needs before they get to the office. She also said that the change is for the protection of the students and the staff. “I had a student on that Monday come in and they walked in, said they didn’t feel good, said they were a little short of breath, we took their temperature, it was 102, they sat in the waiting room coughing while we were taking care of other students,” Plunkett said. “Then she was ushered into my room, […] I realized into the visit she had pneumonia.” The new staff member will be a nurse practitioner instead of an RN. According to Plunkett, the health center will be more able to respond to complicated student needs, because nurse practitioners can order and interpret tests, make diagnoses, and prescribe antibiotics, among other more extensive abilities. “I think once November hits, we’re back to a place where we have a good skill set of individuals to be available for students,” DiChristina said. “For the last few years I have observed through knowing some of the work that Sue and her staff have done, that they respond well to students, to take care of student needs. ”
CAITIE McMEKIN/THE CAMPUS At their first official ceremony, FIJI’s founding fathers pose with the flag bearing their letters that IFC and Panhel presented to the brothers.
this, this is tradition, the transition to get out of that phase and have dry houses was not the easiest in some scenarios.” In order to break the stigma moving forward, Colvin said he and the other members will have to maintain values and positively affect the community. “Everything that a brother does in FIJI, we want it to be positive on the campus,” he said. “No matter what it’s in, just be positive.” Pytel said the stigma against FIJI is already beginning to change. “They saw that what we said, or what we’re trying to sell to the campus community, isn’t really something we’re selling,” he said. “It’s something that we truly believe and it’s a philosophy. We are genuinely interested in what happens to this community and we care about the group that we’re starting.” Colvin said he thinks a posi-
tive attitude from all the members will define FIJI over time. “I can’t speak of the entire campus right now, but I hope in the future they see Phi Gamma Delta as a bunch of gentlemen that do the best that they can,” he said. “Whether its academically, on the playing fields, whether they’re in certain clubs, just everything. We’re being the true gentlemen that we’re supposed to be and be positive representatives, not only of FIJI, but Allegheny College Greek Life and the campus as a whole.” Stelzer said he’s glad to see the fraternity finally recolonizing and he thinks the recruitment process was successful. “Some may not be as rigorous as ours, but going from an interest group to a chartered fraternity without a grace period to convey skills and other basics, is analogous to going 0-60 in a second so the short
answer is I really like the process,” Stelzer said. Pytel and Field Assistant Andrew Griffin came from international headquarters to re-establish FIJI on campus. They recruited and prepared the organization by interviewing around 50 potential sophomore through senior members and engaging the campus community in FIJI’s re-colonization efforts as much as they could. Their recommendation-based recruitment features a three-tier interview process, Pytel said, and him and Griffin organize the whole process. “We just want to give them the information, want to answer any questions they have, and then we facilitate opportunities for all the men who are interested on campus to meet each other,” Pytel said. “The most important thing is, outside all of the other items, is that they kind of get along.” He said the founding father
class has freedom, but plenty of guidance to continue to establish their colony. “We give [them] all of the pieces to a machine, and they get to build it,” Pytel said. “There’s tons of resources, tons of help.” Colvin said Pytel and Griffin have been helpful the entire time. “Brett and Andrew have been awesome,” Colvin said. “They’ve been welcoming and I feel the campus has welcomed them.” The new founding fathers and pledges of the FIJI colony will be officially initiated at the end of the semester, Pytel said. FIJI also gave out $1,000 in scholarships to qualified nonGreek male, without any obligation to join. Robert Theiss received the first place scholarship of $500 and Andrew Greiner and Trevor Colvin, ‘14 tied for the second place scholarship.
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leak in a building. It was this odor that Tamara Misner, professor of Geology, smelled and mentioned to Samuel Reese, who called the Physical Plant. “I went downstairs to get some equipment from the basement, and it smelled like gas. Worse than usual,” Misner said. “I mean, oftentimes, it would smell like gas down there, but this time it smelled really strong.” Pauling Lanzine, the secretary of Alden hall, who was in the building at the time, said that the subsequent evacuation went very smoothly. “The Physical Plant came with the gas meter, the gas meter detected it, National Gas was called, and at that point the building was evacuated,” she said. “It was really quite simple.” Because the building was closed for a large portion of Friday and the weekend, some teachers were unable to get things out of their offices and some students were unable to work on lab assignments. To fix the leak, National Fuel cut out the section of damaged piping and added a new section to repair the leak, Willis said. “I’m glad they finally figured out where the leak was coming from,” Misner said. “It has seemed to have been better so far, so hopefully that takes care of it. But it’s an old building and old pipes and so you know these things happen, I guess.” Willis encouraged students and faculty who smell gas to notify the school. “If [students] are ever concerned about a problem, definitely contact security after hours or the Physical Plant, we’ll check it out,” he said.
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HAWK WEISMAN/THE CAMPUS Queers and Allies’ annual Coming Out Week began Monday with students chalking Brooks Walk with messages of support. Casey Branthoover, ‘13, (left) sits atop a brick bench decorated as part of this “Chalk the Walk” event. Charlotte Volpe, ‘13, writes a Dr. Seuss quote on Brooks Walk: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” On Tuesday, students told their coming out stories in the Gator Quad. The week continued with a picnic on Wednesday and Drag Day on Thursday, culminating Friday with an ice cream social at the QnA House at 4 p.m. Coming Out Week is organized around Coming Out Day, which occurs on Oct. 11.
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Translator accompanies Brazilian poet to second installment of Single Voice Series By LEAH NATALI Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite that he does not speak English, Salgado Maranhão, the second guest speaker in this year’s Single Voice Reading Series, communicated his poetry to an audience in the Tillotson room of Tippie Alumni Center Wednesday. His long time translator and traveling companion, Alexis Levintin, translated Maranhão’s Portuguese into English. “Venho dos corregos de agua salobra,” said Maranhão. “I come from the gullies of brackish water,” translated Levintin to the audience. This poem, which Maranhão was delivering from memory, was the first of many in his collection entitled The Blood of the Son to be recited that night. Maranhão and Levintin met in 2007 through a professor at Brown University and have been working together ever since. The dynamic between the two is fluid and comfortable: when Maranhão speaks in Portuguese, Levintin translates into English on the fly. Levintin knows about Maranhão’s past, where he came from and the experiences that encouraged him to become a poet. And as it turns out, Maranhão came from more than “the gullies of brackish water.” Levintin said Maranhão grew up in the remote backcountry of Brazil, in a community without teachers, doctors or schools. He worked as
a sharecropper with his family on the farm his father owned, from the time when he was eight until he was 14. Maranhão’s mother, an illiterate farm worker, had a relationship with his married father. Despite complex family relations, Levintin explained that Maranhão was shown love throughout his childhood, from his parents as well as the wife of his father. The experiences he had growing up helped to shape him into the poet he is today. “My poetry is quite idiosyncratic and it has even grammatical distortions that are a reflection somehow of my [mixed] background,” Maranhão said, translated by Levintin. In addition to grammar and content, Maranhão’s poetry has something else—music. Maranhão encourages the crowd, even those who do not understand a word of Portuguese, to listen to the way his poems sound as he recites them, Levintin said. “There is no interference of knowledge. There’s no interference of content. You’re listening to pure music,” Levintin translated. Levintin said translating poetry from the difficult syntax of Portuguese and maintaining its musical finesse in English can often be difficult. “I was lucky to find a translator so competent and obstinate as Alexis [Levintin] to accompany me word by word in the struggle to convert this
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difficult language,” Maranhão said. Maranhão and Levintin exchange glances at the word “obstinate,” chuckle and kid in this way throughout the entire night. Levintin said this compatibility is essential to the translation process, as the two must understand each other. “Translating is like weaving a tapestry in a different kind of wool. The Portuguese wool may be alpaca and mine may just be sheep’s wool. But we try to create a equivalent weave of sound so it is well knit,” Levintin said. He said the result is a real living poem. This result is the reason why the pair has been traveling to share work with colleges and universities across the country. Professor Christopher Bakken, chair of the English department, organizes the Single Voice Reading Series and brought the pair to Allegheny. Bakken met Alexis Levintin at the American Literary Translators Association conference, and crossed paths with him by coincidence last year at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs conference in Chicago. “[Levintin] said ‘Well, I���m going to be traveling around the country with this Brazilian poet I translate for—how about I stop in Pennsylvania?’” Bakken said. “I just know that anything Alexis touches is going to be
KATHERINE MIRIGLIANO/THE CAMPUS Alexis Levintin, left, and Salgado Maranhão, right, were guest speakers at Wednesday night’s Single Voice Reading. Maranhão read his poetry in Portuguese and Levintin translated it into English for the audience.
really high quality,” he said. Bakken said he was thrilled for the opportunity to bring someone like Maranhão to campus. Allegheny students were thrilled to have him. Cale Davis, a junior English major with an emphasis in creative writing, attended the event for his advanced poetry workshop. “I thought the reading was incredible,” Davis said. “I feel very lucky to have seen it. It is a rare experience, to hear a poet read from a completely foreign language and tradition.”
He said in addition to his poetry, Maranhão brought energy and happiness to Tippie. “He had a great smile, and after the reading he gave everyone hugs. I really bought the book just to get a hug,” Davis said. Levintin and Maranhão were pleased by the atmosphere at Allegheny, noting in particular the camaraderie between faculty members and students. Levintin also said the two enjoyed the fall foliage of Meadville.
“You have a wonderful campus. It’s a wonderful day, the trees are changing colors as a way no tree in Brazil ever changes,” Levitin translated for Maranhão. When asked if we might see a poem about Meadville in the future, Maranhão grinned and Levintin responded, “We have traveled 4,500 miles already and this is the most beautiful campus we have visited.” “It is as if the trees have been painted to receive us,” Levitin translated for Maranhão.
After decade of silence, Godspeed You! Black Emperor delivers with a groundbreaking release By CODY MILLER Music Reviewer firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past decade or so, post-rock has largely devolved into an overwrought caricature of itself. The tired arrangements of blissful, melodic and triumphant string arrangements juxtaposed against loud, cathartic bursts of noisy, reverberation & delay-laden guitars has been all but commonplace within the genre, with acts crafting pieces that rarely deviate from these lines. Within the past two years, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and Dirty Three – all titans within genre – have put out of a set of releases that, if at times ‘pretty’ and melodically interesting, have sounded monolithic – failing to move past the cookie-cutter template that underpins most post-rock albums today. Moreover, we’ve seen the rise of mediocre imitators (e.g. Yndi Halda, 65daysofstatic, etc.), most of which seem more like failed carbon copies of their predecessors. In essence, post-rock has become a tired cliché. Yeah, it’s pretty music, but what’s beauty without substance? During this period, Canadian postrock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor has remained softly nested under the genre’s gradual descent into mediocrity. The legendary, politically radical collective are perhaps the titans of the genre, crafting masterful, near-perfect albums around the very template that has now
become so commonplace. However, after 2002’s Yanqui X.O., Godspeed You! has released no new material, and rumors flooded the blogosphere of the group’s break-up. Earlier this spring, the group mysteriously came out of the woodwork to announce a world tour and then on October 1, they quietly announced the release of their forth album, ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!. What has always separated the band from their contemporaries is a sense of raw power and aggression, underlying the beautiful, symphonic ambiance of their compositions. Nowhere is this more evident than on this most recent release. The opening track “Mladic” opens with a gradually swelling, heavy drone of strings and humming, fuzzed-out guitar. It becomes immediately apparent that the band has evolved. Never before have they sounded this heavy or forceful. The fluttering spells of noise are difficult and, at times, unsettling, yet undeniably beautiful. It powerfully draws the listener into a disparate, barren landscape, and as the piece builds along this droning wall, you are drawn into the world of Godspeed. It’s a sonic landscape of decay, anxiety, and desolation colliding headstrong with beauty and grace. This is the sound of a band progressing past the contrived post-rock cliché into some far more emotive, compelling, and most importantly, purposeful.
The distorted flourishes of feedback, the humming symphonic ambiance-- they aren’t there merely for the sake of being there. Instead, the band sounds as if they are consciously attempting to transcend what Quietus editor Luke Turner has fittingly called “a lightness in music that is a perfect aesthetic fit with Hipstamatic and tumblr’s transient, nostalgic goo.” Contrast this release with something like Animal Collective’s most recent release Centipede Hz. The album is superficially experimental – more like a band trying to get its experimental kicks off at the expense of the songs themselves. Godspeed You! however, does something much, much more. They have created an ambitious, intricately and precisely tuned musical whole that treads new ground, while not losing essential elements of authenticity and human connection. Godspeed You! presents a two-way exchange between the performer and listener. This is not just “pretty music” to play during the background of your next study session. Instead, it demands that you give your time, your energy, your utmost attention to unearth the grace and beauty amongst the entropic haze underlying these pieces. ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!. is a seminal release and yet another masterwork in the Godspeed canon. It gives new breath to a genre that has been largely stagnant for the past ten years.
Political drama ‘Argo’ full of action, emotion By BEN DAUBER Movie Reviewer email@example.com
Critically-acclaimed fall blockbuster Argo successfully transformed massive hype into an awesome on-screen experience. The film most certainly lived up to my expectations. The film’s heart-pounding suspense, well-acted character roles, and breakneck pace made it impossible not to be on the edge of your seat. Never has the cinematic depiction of a real political event scared me so much. During its mesmerizing renditions of angry mobs, Argo sent a chill up my spine that I usually only feel while watching a zombie flick. Though Argo isn’t the first political drama, actor and director Ben Affleck’s ap-
proach to this genre was certainly unique. Fear, love, humor, and, of course, action are all present in the film. Despite that the film touches on such a wide range of emotions, Argo’s main focus, on the highly intensive and secretive nature of CIA work, remains crystal clear. It honestly reminds me of a perfect bite of food: I knew what I was going to get beforehand, but the act itself of eating (or watching), was remarkably satisfying. An excellent incorporation of several storytelling techniques was certainly one of the film’s great successes. It was a great true story, which always adds some extra audience intrigue. Affleck’s dramatic abilities were complemented wonderfully by a well-acted and superbly well-casted group of secondary actors. John Goodman made a
Lebowski-like comeback as an overweight makeup artist. Rising cable TV star Brian Cranston from the popular show Malcolm in The Middle made for a very convincing CIA man. Argo’s wide appeal is due to the director’s fresh take on political drama. Wannabe politicians, drama fans, action film groupies and adrenaline junkies will all find something to enjoy in this one. Even outside of my own biased opinion, Argo is one of few recently-released films with substance. Not only did I truly enjoy myself, I learned a lot about a captivating historical event. This is a quality movie through and through--one that’s worth your time. If you’re going to see it, make sure you see it in on the big screen. It would be a shame to miss Argo in theaters.
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The Real World: Greek Week 2012
STEVE FUHRER/THE CAMPUS Sorority Delta Delta Delta and fraternity Theta Chi were the winners of Thursday night’s Ultimate Cake Decorating Contest.
KATIE MIRIGLIANO/THE CAMPUS Theta Chi brothers supported their Greek God and Goddess contestant, Alex Lehew,’15, for his stand-up routine in the talent round.
KATIE MIRIGLIANO/THE CAMPUS Haley Lynch, ’15, played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the ukelele at Tuesday night’s Greek God and Goddess contest.
BREANA GALLAGHER/THE CAMPUS Joe Tonzo, ’15, and Breana Gallagher, ’15, were crowned Greek God and Goddess.
CODY MILLER/THE CAMPUS For one of the three rounds of competition in the Greek God and Goddess contest, participants had to answer trivia relating to Greek mythology and chapter history.
This year’s Greek Week featured six days of competition, each day’s challenge mimicking a reality TV show. Points for first, second and third place are awarded for each day’s event. At the end of the week, the total points will be tallied to determine the winning sorority and fraternity. Sunday kicked off the week with Throwdown with the Allegheny Greeks in which the five sororities and fraternities had a cook off. Monday’s event was Take the Case and Run Secret Mission. For winning this scavenger hunt, philanthropy money was awarded in addition to points. The annual Greek God and Goddess competition was held Tuesday night in the Campus Center lobby. The Wise Center was filled with competitors during The Olympics Games: Revisited Wednesday night. The games featured dodgeball, tug-of-war, a three-legged race, a cannonball competition for sororities and a belly-flop contest for fraternities. For Thursday’s Ultimate Cake Decorating Contest, Parkhurst pre-ordered and baked the cakes, leaving two hours for each sorority and fraternity to decorate their cake. Judging was based on appearance and each cake had to incorporate Greek life in some way. Friday night will finish out the week with Allegheny Idol, the annual Greek Sing competition.
HOROSCOPES Aries (March 21-April 19) Independent, Short-Tempered This semester has been a bit stressful so far, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun. Use your time wisely to let off some steam -whether it be in the form of writing poetry, chanting mantras, blasting heavy metal music or going out to party with your friends. We all need some release, right?
Taurus (April 20-May 20) Loyal, Self-Indulging For a sign that tends to be dependable and persistent, you’ve been acting out of character lately. Stop paying so much attention to what others expect of you and do what makes you happy. Of course, this screw-it-I’ll-do-what-I-want philosophy won’t always hold up... like in class, for example.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) Imaginative, Restless You’ve been coming up with a lot of really great ideas lately, for everything from essay topics to dream vacations to screenplays. The only downside? You’ve been daydreaming too much in class. Start paying attention, or at least start hiding the fact that you’re drifting off better. Outside of class, you’re free to imagine up all the crazy things you want.
CODY MILLER/THE CAMPUS Jimmy Heaton, ’14, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the electric guitar for his talent in the Greek God and Goddess competition Tuesday.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) Responsive, Self-Pitying One of your greatest personality traits is loyalty, and your friends inwardly thank you for that. Unfortunately, they might not always express their gratitude in a straightforward way. Don’t dwell on this and become oversensitive, like you tend to do. And especially don’t slack off in the effort you put into your friendships. Trust that that effort is appreciated.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Confident, Pretentious This semester more than ever, you’ve proven yourself to be smart, charming and successful. You know that you’re great. Everyone knows. So stop thinking so much about it. Make it a point to reach out to other people this week, even if only in very minor ways. Strike up a conversation with someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile, or offer to help someone study. You could make a difference in another person’s life.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Analytical, Inflexible Our ever-changing realms of emotion are confusing. Some signs tend to display their emotions more openly than others. Virgo, you’re holding out on everyone close to you. Don’t hide your feelings, especially from your friends and people you trust. Better to be honest than develop that awfully robotic habit of muttering “Fine,” every time someone asks you how your day’s going.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Peaceful, Vain Breaking news: being back at school again has resulted in increased conversations between peers. Conversations tend to involve both talking and listening. Libra, you’re a great listener, but that doesn’t mean you need to become involved in everyone else’s problems. Friends appreciate your diplomatic way of making sure everyone gets a chance to speak. Just don’t try to break up a fight when it’s unnecessary.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Dynamic, Unyielding Passion is a wonderful thing. Whatever you may be interested in, Scorpio, there’s no doubt that you engage in it passionately. But some other, less emotionally-charged signs in your dance class might interpret the strong kicks you’ve incorporated into your routine as an attempt to intimidate them. If this happens to be your situation, take a step back and express that you don’t mean harm - even if those other signs are nothing but phonies.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Humanitarian, Rebellious Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Independent, Unemotional Why are you so unrestrained by your emotions, Sagittarius? The answer’s simple: you have good luck. Things always happen to turn out in your favor, so you end up feeling less extreme feelings than most other signs. Well, lah-dee-dah. Do us all a favor and don’t brag about it, because the truth is, your logical approach to life is a rare treasure we all wish we could possess. Oh, and keep on keepin’ on.
Capricon (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Resourceful, Dictatorial Your ability to see things from a variety of perspectives has saved you in at least a few different instances during your life. You’re an efficient worker that can work successfully either independently or with others. But that fact doesn’t automatically make you the boss of every project or event. Take a step back and let others share in the glory from time to time.
Surely, you’ve already made an impulsive decision or two this semester, you oh-so-original Aquarius. Whether it’s organizing a spontaneous weekend trip with friends or starting a new club on campus, you’re always occupied with some new idea or activity. Everybody loves your clever initiatives, but remember that you don’t always have to be busy creating something new. Take a break to lay back and do nothing sometime - you may find it extremely invigorating.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Compassionate, Indecisive Your amazing social skills could help you go far in life. Don’t sell yourself short, Pisces. Although you may struggle in making even the simplest of choices, your intuition and loyalty make you a great candidate for a leadership position in whichever club or group you’re involved in. Let your ability to connect with and understand others soar to a new level...if not today, tomorrow, or eventually, at least. The campus will be a better place for it.
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Parrot logic: Study reveals bird’s complex mind By DANA D’AMICO Featured Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org
By the age of three, children can assemble a puzzle with four pieces. They can turn a door handle and climb the stairs with alternating strides. They can make simple choices and inferences about the world around her, and they can finally begin to pair objects with their noises. They might recognize a dog by its bark, for instance, or a door by the sound of its closing. Some primates like olive baboons, capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees can also make basic auditory and visual inferences, but only as a result of elaborate training. Few other animals possess the same quality for inferential reasoning and multi-step deductions. One kind of inference in particular has recently caught behavioral scientists’ interest: reasoning by exclusion (RE). In a reasoning by exclusion task, subjects make a choice indirectly by excluding its alternative. A classic RE experiment had apes witness the placement of two different types of fruit beneath separate boxes. The animals were first allowed to observe a person eating one of the fruits and later made to choose a box. In all cases, the apes preferred to choose the box under which they had seen the opposite piece of fruit being placed earlier. They likely noticed the fruit in the person’s hand, assumed that it must no longer be under the box, and chose the a lter nat ive fruit instead. S c i entists in Austria and
Germany wondered if African Grey parrots might also be able to perform the kind of RE tasks that are the hallmark of ape-like higher level reasoning. To find out, the scientists set up an experiment with a two-choice system. Two containers were placed in front of a grey parrot, but only one contained a walnut reward. The experimenter lifted and shook either one or both of the containers,
Parrots likely respond better to auditory cues because sound factors into their social behavior in a way that it wouldn’t for primate behavior. and the previously untrained parrot was allowed to make a choice. In most cases, the parrots chose correctly. They were able to detect the reward both by the the presence of noise in the correct container and the absence of noise in the incorrect container. For the first time, it became clear that parrots can complete RE tasks at the same level as human toddlers and primates. Dr. Irene Pepperberg, professor of psychology at Brandeis University and lecturer at Harvard University, laid early foundation for Grey parrots as subjects for cognitive re-
search. Pepperberg conducted work with a Grey parrot named Alex who, through extensive training, learned to identify shape, color, Arabic numerals and quantities. Sometimes, Pepperberg would hold up a pair of identical objects. “What’s the difference?” she would ask. “Nah” he would say. None. Alex’s recognition of the absence of a trait is impressive. Absence is an intangible idea that can be difficult for non-human species to recognize. RE tasks take that conceptual challenge a step further by requiring first the recognition of an object’s absence and next the inference of that object’s presence elsewhere. This study is the first to suggest that non-primates have an innate ability to reason their way through certain tasks using auditory cues. What’s more --parrots outperformed primates by completing the task without prior training. The performance difference is not because of parrots’ superior mental facilities, but because of different environmental and evolutionary pressures. Parrots likely respond better to auditory cues because sound factors into their social behavior in a way that it wouldn’t for primate behavior. The primary purpose of aural cues in the wild remains unclear, but there’s no doubt that parrots embrace sound and vocalizations in captivity. Grey parrots often amuse their owners with their sweet, slightly off-balance imitations of the owners’ voice. In fact, when they speak, a Grey parrot sounds almost like a jubilant toddler. It climbs across its cage to meet you and bobs its head to follow your finger. And though its brain is only about the size of a walnut, it is remarkable.
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Recently invited bands missed the mark Columnist argues for booking more critically-acclaimed acts By MAX LINDQUIST Guest Columnist email@example.com
Our concerts have sucked for the past year and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Dolson and We Shot the Moon? Really? Who’s heard of these bands? A quick search of their names on NPR’s website yields no results. None of their albums have placed on the Billboard 200 or earned any significant awards. This year, our concert series opened up with Thick as Thieves-a semi-glorified cover band that makes its rounds on the middle-tier liberal arts circuit. What critical acclaim has Thick As Thieves had recently? Only four websites relating to the band are found on the first page of results after googling their name. Why not bring more recognizable bands to campus instead of the run-of-the-mill cover band?
GAP brought the national act HelloGoodbye to campus last year and had a great turnout. Critically acclaimed bands such as The Antlers, Surfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, Tobacco and DJ Rupture have graced our college in recent years at low costs thanks to GFC and WARC. Many people will argue that these bands are for hipsters and that they lack a fan base on campus, but that is anything but the case. Major publications like the New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Spin have covered these bands. Surely some people on campus read these publications and, even if someone doesn’t agree with their opinions, it would be difficult to dismiss their significance to musical culture. Comparison schools, like Wooster, Kenyon and Oberlin have brought in more acts along these lines over the last few years. Last year, Ty Segall, Shabazz Palaces,
Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown and Yacht all played at Kenyon, all in the spring semester alone. Danny Brown’s 2011 hit mixtape, XXX, met critical acclaim and placed him on the 2012 XXL Magazine Freshmen issue’s cover. We Shot the Moon, Thick as Thieves and Dolson have had little critical attention or acclaim, yet we settle on bringing them to campus. We go to a liberal arts college not to receive a vanilla education but rather to challenge our boundaries and broaden our cultural horizons. Music plays an important role in that process. If we want to feel like we go to a top-notch school, we need to start inviting culturally relevant bands to campus. In addition to Kenyon’s spring lineup, good options could include Hunx and His Punx, Lotus Flower, Ariel Pink, Julia Holter, Atlas Sound and Thee Oh Sees, which all hold significant places in contemporary
underground music. We Shot the Moon, Thick as Thieves, Dolson and many of the other bands that have played at Allegheny over the past few years have proven to be culturally dissatisfying to a number of students, as evidenced by the number of empty seats at the Thick as Thieves concert. How can the college expect to have a nice turnout to concerts when they fail to bring talented, interesting or relevant bands? We go to Allegheny College to learn about and be exposed to new ideas, people and art, and unfortunately, the majority of the musical acts brought here over the past few have been lacking in those areas. Great, accessible, and inexpensive music acts exist and it’s time that we bring them to campus.
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JABILAYH ASANTE/THE CAMPUS Seniors Zach Minney, Bill Devlin, Ryan Vietmeier and John Douglas stop a potential DePauw touchdown on third down at the goaline. Devlin had a career day, finishing the game with a career-best 15 tackles.
Defense dominates in victory over DePauw By COLLEEN PEGHER Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Led by several strong individual performances and a solid defensive effort, the Gator football team defeated conference opponent DePauw 22-20 on Saturday. Looking to tie the game with a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, DePauw threw into the end zone, but the pass was intercepted by Gator Colin Hartford, ’13, thwarting the Tigers’ shot at a comeback. Hartford was named to Division III Football’s Team of the Week. “The last interception was pretty cool,” said Hartford. “Their offense was frustrating us at times and that was a good way to seal the game and the victory.” Senior linebacker Bill Dev-
lin also received honors this week. Devlin was named NCAC Defensive Player of the Week after a career-best 15 tackles - the highest amount of tackles by a single player since Sid Facaros, ’11, had 15 in a game during the 2002 season. Devlin currently ranks seventh in conference for total tackles. Linebacker Rudy DeStefano, ’13, also contributed to the defensive effort with an interception and a subsequent 72-yard return that put the Gators in position for the gamewinning score. “It was the most unbelievable feeling,” said DeStefano. “We knew we needed a turnover on defense and when that ball was up in the air I knew this was our chance so I had to make it count.” Head Coach Mark Matlak credits the defense for their
performance against DePauw and their contributions throughout the season thus far. “I think the defensive group that we have has set the tone for our success,” said Matlak. “ I’d like to shout out to the seniors who have been fantastic. We do not have very many seniors on our offensive team, but on the defensive side those guys have done a great job playing, leading and just being really good teammates.” Matlak also applauded his special teams play on Saturday. Kicker Ryan Mong, ’15, is now 6 for 6 on the season, with field goals of 23 and 25 yards against the Tigers. Wide receiver Derrick Emigh, ’15, sparked the return game with a 47-yard punt return that put Allegheny at the DePauw eight-yard line. Emigh also grabbed his first touchdown pass of the season late in
the first quarter after a DePauw fumble on a punt return. Matlak believes that strong defensive and special teams play is essential in defeating the Gators’ next opponent, 23rd ranked Wittenberg this Saturday. “[The Tigers] have a really good kicker and punter so we’re going to have to be sharp on that end,” Matlak said. “Football is a territory game.” Offensively, the Gators have struggled. Allegheny had only 67 total yards passing against DePauw. They currently have four injured running backs, three of which are done for the rest of the season. Tyler Smith’s return is questionable headed into the remainder of the season. With so many injuries, fullback Tim Werley, ’13, has stepped into the running back
position in recent games. Werley rushed for 96 yards and one touchdown against the Tigers. Matlak stressed the importance for improvement on the offensive end in continuing the team’s run towards a conference title. “We’ve been less than stellar offensively and have a lot of things to work on so if we can get up to snuff over the next four weeks and make improvements on that end and still play good defense, we’re going to continue to have success,” Matlak said. The Gators remain undefeated in the conference. Wittenberg, however, presents a major challenge.Last season, Wittenberg stomped the Gators 38-3 in Springfield, Ohio. Five scoring plays averaging 44 yards thwarted the Gators after they began the game with a 3-0
lead. “I think minimizing the big plays for Wittenberg is key because they’re a big play team,” Matlak said. “They seem to get yards in chunks. We have to have another stellar game on defense.” Looking ahead, Allegheny hopes to topple Wittenberg and head towards an NCAC title. “To win the conference will be pretty tough,” Hartford said. “But I think our team needs to understand what’s at stake. At this point in past seasons we haven’t been in the situation. We need to learn quickly what it takes every day to become a championship team.” The Gators will play Wittenberg at home at 1 p.m. this Saturday.
Women’s soccer wins four in a row Softball hosts
CAITIE MCMEKIN/THE CAMPUS Katrina Gazsi, ’13, battles the Oberlin goalkeeper Wednesday at home. By JOHN LICHINA Staff Writer email@example.com
After an overtime victory over Kenyon last weekend and a win at home against Oberlin
Tuesday, the women’s soccer team has won four games in a row. On Saturday’s road matchup, against Kenyon, Michelle Holcomb, ’14, scored a goal
off a Lauren Miller, ’16, corner kick in the 97th minute to earn the victory for the Gators. Kenyon won the battle for possession, in addition to finishing the game with a 20-5 shot advantage, but Holcomb’s score was the only goal of the match, sealing the victory for the Gators. Goalkeeper Kylie Mason, ’14, made six saves en-route to her seventh shutout on the year at Kenyon. “It was that kind of game that we did not deserve to win, but came out on top,” said captain Emily Byers, ’14. Wednesday’s win against Oberlin puts the Gators at third place in the conference with three matches remaining. Wittenberg and Wooster lead the conference in points, with 15 and 13 respectively. Allegheny follows in third place with nine points. The Gators’ four consecutive victories come after a sev-
en game stretch during which Allegheny lost six and tied one. The Gators have tried to put those struggles behind them and focus on one game at a time, according to Head Coach Michael Webber. “They have embraced the fact that win, lose, or draw, we throw the game out immediately and move on,” said Webber. In Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Oberlin, sophomore Emma Loniewski earned a hat trick. The performance marks the first hat trick by a Gator since 2000. “Emma is always a player that sees the chances, and today, she made the extra push and really stepped up for our team,” said Alison Buzzard, ’14. Next up, the Gators will face off against Ohio Wesleyan Saturday at home. The Bishops will look to spoil the possibility of a postseason berth for the Gators. Kickoff will be at 4 p.m.
fall tournament By PAT JAMESON Contrubuting Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
After last year’s winning season, Allegheny softball played their fall 2012 tournament on Saturday, hosting Westminster, Houghton and Fredonia State. The Gators finished 2-1 on the weekend, beating both Westminster and Houghton. Senior Stephanie Fort stressed the importance of the brief fall season to the team. “Fall ball gives everyone a chance to get a feeling for the team and learn to work with new people,” said Fort, last year’s NCAC Player of the Year. Last season, the Gators finished at 27-11-1 and earned the top seed in the conference tournament and ended their tournament run with a loss to DePauw. New Head Coach Beth Cur-
tiss has big plans for the upcoming season as the Gators look to continue last season’s success. “The coach staff is very happy with the group we have going into our 2013 season,” Curtiss said. “We were not looking for perfection, but instead, looking for how hard they were willing to push themselves to become better.” The coaching change is eased by the return of an experienced group including Fort and Pitcher of the Year Caitlin Nealer, ’15. Juniors Maureen Pallone and Halea Hayden also received all conference accolades last season. “I expect us to do good things this year,” said Pallone. “We have a target on our backs after last year. I expect us all to work hard and show our conference what we’re made of.”
Men’s soccer defends top spot in NCAC standings By LAUREN SCHRICKER Junior Editor email@example.com
Allegheny men’s soccer won their sixth consecutive game after a 2-1 win in Saturday’s match against Kenyon. The game began in favor of Kenyon after the Lords scored an early goal in the 29th minute and outshot the Gators 8-7 in the first half. “Kenyon made it very difficult for us to play the way we like to: possession soccer with very fast attacks,” said forward Andrew Miller, ’14. “They slowed us down by a fair margin so it was a real battle most of the game.”
Rookie midfielder Jacob Lebsack, ’16, managed to tie it up minutes before the half with his first goal of the season. Despite nine more shots by Kenyon in the second half, the defensive line managed to shut out the Lords’ offense for the rest of the game. Goalkeeper John Lichina, ’14, returned with a bang for his first game since an injury sidelined him two weeks ago, making five saves overall before Miller accepted a pass from Chris Brennan, ’13, and scored the winning goal in the 89th minute. “It was the kind of moment you dream about, putting away
a tough team within the last minute and a half, not to mention saving your legs from potentially 20 more minutes of overtime,” Miller said. David DelGreco, ’13, attributes the Gators’ win to strong team chemistry. “We have a good group of guys that know where each other is going to be on the field at all times. We have guys at any given time that can step up and make a play necessary to win games,” he said. Head Coach Angelo Panzetta was especially pleased with the performances from substitutes Miller and Lebsack. “Kenyon is a tough place to
play going down 1-0 in the first half. I was really happy for the guys that all their hard work paid off,” Panzetta said. “We’re getting big contributions from a lot of players, and not just goal scoring, but also valuable minutes.” For defenseman Joe Caruso, ’13, the win was not only a relief after Kenyon’s tough performance, but an indication of the team’s future. “Going down early against Kenyon but staying composed and scoring before the end of the first half displayed our resiliency, something we will need as we progress towards the conference and NCAA
tournaments.” The Gators have always made the effort to keep their focus narrow and take one game at a time, according to midfielder Travis Tasker, ’13, but their number one seat in the NCAC standings is giving them confidence as their winning streak grows larger and the conference tournament draws nearer. “We have four teams [in our conference] in the regional rankings so we know it’s a dogfight to get into that top four but we put ourselves in a good spot so far,” Panzetta said. If the Gators can remain standing in the top two, they
will be the first in Allegheny men’s soccer history to secure a home playoff game. Keeping a narrow focus has brought the Gators to their current winning streak, so Panzetta hopes this approach will continue to succeed. “It’s within our grasp, but we have some really tough games coming. So we’re just trying to take them one at a time and see if we can stay focused game by game.” The Gators will face one of their toughest challenges yet against defending national champions Ohio Wesleyan at home Saturday.
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