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Allegheny receives EPA distinction By EMMA VICTORELLI Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Environmental Protection Agency awarded Allegheny with the Green Power Leadership Award on Nov. 16, shedding new light on one of the college’s green initiatives that went unnoticed to many on campus. The award recognizes the country’s leading renewable energy users and was given to Allegheny for purchasing nearly 15 million kilowatt-hours of green power. This amount is enough to meet 100 percent of the college’s electricity use. The college decided to increase the purchase of energy credits in January 2011, said Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Boulton. “Previously, the school bought enough green energy to fulfill 15 percent of our total use,” said Boulton. “But in the end, we decided to go with 100 percent because it fit into the budget and we felt that it was the right thing to do.” Boulton said although the college is proud to accept the
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honor, the purchase of green power credits was not part of an agenda for the college’s publicity. “We didn’t even know that the award existed until we were approached by people who wanted to nominate us,” Boulton said.. Some students said they were unaware of the amount of renewable energy purchased by the college until they saw the announcement of the EPA award on the college website. “I didn’t know we were using 100 percent green energy until I saw that little blurb,” said president of Students for Environmental Action, Maranda Nemeth, ’12. President of Advocating Global Health and Development, Ben Dempe, ’12, said he was “shocked” by the amount of energy credits bought by Allegheny. “I did know that we had a movement toward green energy, but I didn’t know that we used such a large percentage of it,” said Dempe. Nemeth attributed the lack of student awareness to limited
advertising on campus. “The Green Gator website shows a lot of information about Allegheny’s energy use, but I don’t think it’s something that is advertised within the community as well,” Nemeth said. Boulton said that publicity of the college’s green initiatives has been a persistent struggle during her time at Allegheny. “It’s tricky because we’ve done publicity about our work,” said Boulton. “I’m not sure what the key is; how to publicize so the majority of the community knows what’s going on.” Gabriella Tetelman, ’12, who has been an intern for the EPA for the last three years, said that the award would give Allegheny greater respect for the its environmental initiatives. “I think people are aware of the college’s environmental focus,” said Tetelman. “But the fact that this is coming from a federal governmental agency makes all of our actions
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Grades rise as part of national inflation trend By CHELSEA FLEISCHMAN News Editor email@example.com
Allegheny College has seen gradual GPA increases over time, a feat that many other private and public institutions may be struggling with. A March 2010 study found that grade inflation has risen significantly on a national level over the past several decades. This trend is especially true for private schools, according to the study. In its most recent evaluation, the report “Grading in American Colleges and Universities” found that about 43 percent of all grades among the more than 200 four-year colleges and universities examined were As. Eighty-six percent of all grades in the evaluated private schools were As or Bs. The same is true for 73 percent of all the public schools. Provost and Dean of the College Linda DeMeritt said that while she does see that Allegheny has experienced grade inflation, she doesn’t think it is as severe as the data found in the national study. She said an Allegheny education and grading is more rigorous and demanding than
other private schools. “I say that because I’ve heard of our graduates going out and they complain about competing with graduates from other schools,” she said. “They’ll say something like, ‘Our GPA’s are lower and it doesn’t look like we’re as good’... But employers know the quality of an Allegheny education.” Approximately 92 percent of Allegheny students start their career within eight months of graduation, according to the Admissions Web site. However, DeMeritt said that she was surprised by the number of students that graduated with Latin honors, which she saw as an another example of grade inflation at Allegheny. Registrar and Associate Dean Anne Sheffield said that the Academic Standard Committee’s decision to change Latin honor requirements was not only because of grade inflation, but also because the change put Allegheny and its peer institutions in similar standards. Effective in 2010, the lowest honor, Cum Laude, was raised from a 3.3 standard to a 3.5 and the middle honor, Magna Cum Laude, from 3.5 to a 3.7. DeMeritt said that grade inflation is a reflection of a
shifting social mentality. She referenced a comic that she had seen years ago, the image of a little boy carrying a large trophy for last place as his parents stood by sporting a proud wide grin. “We seem to be in this society where failure is taboo,” she said. “I think it’s good to fail sometimes, and I definitely know that it’s really good to have to work to get a good grade.” Glen Wurst, professor of biology, agreed, and said that like modern day parent-child dynamics which seem to be comprised more of a friendship than authority, a similarly evolving attitude among faculty has also lead to a national GPA increase over the years. He began teaching in the fall of 1975. “Nowadays some students and professors are good friends,” he said. “It leads to the faculty being more personally involved in the student experience.” Wurst pointed out that as a consequence, professors may become more flexible, losing rigidity and stringency in grading policy or course criteria,
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CHARLIE MAGOVERN/THE CAMPUS Duane Horton, ‘14, sings a song at the Alpha Chi Omega “Man of the Year” contest in the lobby of the Campus Center Thursday night. Proceeds from the annual men’s pageant are donated to Women’s Services. Last night’s winner was Leo Leon, ’12. See Photos on PAGE 3
Krampus to publish satire By MALCOLM McCRUMB Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A new newspaper, The Krampus, will offer Allegheny students an alternate news source based on satire beginning with its first issue next week. For founder Tyler Gund, ’13, The Krampus is an opportunity for students to take on news writing with a more laidback approach. Although many colleges publish satire in their official newspapers, recent controversies have arisen over satirical articles being published in student newspapers at Connecti-
cut State University, the University of North Dakota and Reed College. Pieces intended to be sarcastic were interpreted as literal and stirred negative reactions amongst the college community. The Krampus, however, is not intended to provide accurate depictions of current events or topics, said Gund. It seeks to entertain readers by examining relevant issues through a humorous lens. “Whereas The Campus is journalism, we are not,” Gund said. “We pretty much get together and try to make each other laugh.” The Krampus is
officially recognized by ASG, and its academic advisor is Professor Glenn Holland. The paper’s name is a play on The Campus, but it is also derived from an AustrianGermanic fairytale creature, he Krampus, that is said to accompany Santa during Christmas to punish bad children. “I like talking about the idea that the owner of The Krampus would be this Austrian newsbusiness mogul, sort of a riff on Austrialian news mogul Rupert Murdoch,” Gund said. “We’re going to be great.” Libel, defined as the pub-
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Some professors are experimenting with Facebook as a classroom tool.
Elaina warms up to chocolate chip cookies with toffee bits.
Women’s basketball slips by Wooster with a one-point win on Wednesday.
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FACEBOOK.EDU Students, professors use social network for class
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Although Facebook is most frequently used as a personal tool for social interaction, it is starting to be more frequently integrated into the academic environment, according to a survey conducted by the Educause Center for Applied Research earlier this year. At Allegheny, professors have begun looking more closely into incorporating Facebook into their course curricula. “[Facebook is] a way to create community in a classroom that might lead to more enhanced conversations with people when they’re there because they feel like friends that you’re going to talk to, rather than other students you don’t really know and you’re afraid to say something [to],” said Aimee Knupsky, assistant professor of psychology. “That might help build community, which would then build participation more.” At present, most professors rely on e-mail and blogging more heavily than Facebook for technology-based teaching, Knupsky said. Facebook, she believes, could provide an interesting alternative to the technology professors already use. Some professors have already incorporated Facebook use into their courses. Darren Miller, assistant professor of art, assigned a project to his photography students last spring, asking them to present their pictures to the class via a
Facebook group and then comment on graphs surprised him because of their each photograph. lack of formality. Miller said he decided to use Face“Students had more of a tendency book as the outlet for this project to use chat speak,” Miller said. “And I because he thought of it as a way to didn’t penalize them at all for that beconnect with students. However, he encause I didn’t specify they shouldn’t. countered some resistance to But it surprised me because I the assignment when students wasn’t expecting people to write expressed confusion or dem‘ppl,’ ‘lol,’ and put smiley faces. onstrated a lack of effort. But they did. And I think that’s “My opinion is that stu- My opinion is because it was Facebook.” dents really enjoy this kind Another student in Miller’s that students class, of social networking until it senior Janna Dickerson, becomes something that’s re- really enjoy said she also noticed the casual quired,” Miller said. “I don’t that appeared in the this kind of conversation want to sound like I’m discomments of the pictures. missing student criticism of social net“It wasn’t so much of the art the project, the assignment, speak usually you give in criworking until tique,” Dickerson said. “I tried the prompt, ‘cause I think there are a number of things it becomes to keep up as much of a normal that could be improved. But language that I usually something critique I do think that students didn’t would use but, I don’t know, I like it because it was home- that’s refeel like most of the people, and work.” myself included probably, toned quired. Sophomore Paige Missel, a stuff down a little bit when we student in Miller’s class last sewere commenting.” mester, said she enjoyed using In the study, a quarter of colFacebook to give and receive lege students said that Facebook Darren Miller was a “valuable” or “extremely critique for the assignment. “It was really good to get Assistant Pro- valuable” variable of their acafeedback,” Missel said. “It was fessor of Art demic achievement. Eleven pera quick way to get it. Because a cent of the students reported that lot of times in class it’s hard to they wished professors would get your voice heard because there are integrate social networking sites into people around, [but] with Facebook classrooms more often. you could be frank.” Dickerson said that overall, while Miller said the language students she felt Facebook might work effectiveused in their criticisms on the photoly in some ways, she wouldn’t want the
Web site to be something that carried a lot of weight in the classroom. “It worked well for this assignment, I thought, to get stuff going,” Dickerson said. “And if it’s used just in that manner, to get people started thinking about stuff, making it easy to look at images and to have a discussion going in the background … I think that’s a good way to incorporate it, but I wouldn’t like to see it incorporated any more than that.” Missel said she thinks Facebook would be a useful tool for class. Although professors’ reactions to usage may vary, she said it could generate discussion and a greater understanding of in-class topics. “I think it would be a great tool because people are on Facebook procrastinating anyway,” Missel said. “So why not have them learning something while they’re there?” Miller said he will attempt to use Facebook as a class resource once again in the spring before he decides whether he thinks it is effective or not. “For me, the way that I would measure benefit is: is there an ease of use, and am I meeting students in a place where they’re already comfortable?” Miller said. “I use tools when they’re convenient, when they’re useful and when I can see that they’re doing good work for me.”
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CRIME BLOTTER November 23 -- 394 E. College Street A student reported that an unkown actor kicked in the front door and broke the lock. This is the third incident of criminal mischief at this house this month. Previously, the door was kicked in and a television and clothing were stolen. Physical Plant has already replaced the door once, and Safety and Security is looking into the matter.
November 30 -- 12:23 a.m. Three unknown students were involved in a prank phone call incident.
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more legitimate.” Director of Sustainability and Environmental Services Ian Colley, ’13, hopes the award will help further student awareness about the steps the college is taking toward envi-
ronmental change. “Although we have a lot to improve upon, I think the award shows that we’ve made a lot of changes to our environmental practices,” said Colley. “I think this is something that
KRAMPUS lication of false statements of fact that harm another person’s reputation by the Student Press Law Center, could threaten The Krampus’s with legal consequences. However, staff has worked to fend off possible suits. “By acknowledging that featured articles are not meant to be taken seriously as factual
GRADES but that it was for the student’s best interest. “It is a balance,” he said. “You have a level of teaching that makes sense to you and if students just don’t get it, you’ve overshot the mark.” One of his own classes is a biology course designed for non-majors, which is largely comprised of upperclassman looking to fulfill their lab requirement. He said that as a result, the mindset is much different than that of a biology student taking his genetics and evolution
Allegheny is going to be more vocal about in the future.” Boulton said that this new distinction should sustain Allegheny’s advocacy of environmental stewardship. “Students are only here for
four years, and I know that students wonder what is going to happen after they graduate,” said Boulton. “But I hope that our actions show that there is institutionalized commitment at Allegheny.”
like The Onion. “While being really sarcastic, you’re kind of being a bit more truthful in a humorous sense too,” he said. “You can get at the point very quickly.” So far, The Krampus is in its initial development stages, with no specific topics of focus. “As for sections, we figure this will evolve,” Gund said. “As
we work on it more, we’ll naturalize them into the process of producing [The Krampus], but for now, we’ll gauge interest, see what people want to write, and frame our sections around the articles that have been written.”
viding support that will lead to success.” She said that another reason for the grade increase at Allegheny is the policy change on retaking courses. It used to be that students who received a low grade in a class could retake the course, but both grades were used in calculating the GPA. Now, she said, although the first grade appears on the transcript, only the better of the two contributes to the overall GPA. Jackie Gerhing, assistant professor of Political Science,
began at Allegheny five years ago straight out of law school. She said that while it’s clear that grade inflation is a national issue, changes in student population and performance lead to constant grade fluctuations. As a newer professor, the growing trend is also more difficult for her to recognize. “For me, this is sort of how grading has always been,” she said. “I might be part of this system where grade inflation is already taking place.”
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representations, The Krampus is more open to satire and opinion—student contributors are not required to ‘report,’” said Eric Hoff, ’14, one of the public relations managers for The Krampus. Luke Wronski, ’12, submitted articles for the first issue. He related The Krampus to popular national publications from page 1 class. “There’s a different dynamic there and I try to meet them halfway, and therefore that course is not as rigorous, and therefore the grades are higher than they would be if I was teaching to majors,” Wurst said. DeMeritt agreed that professors have replaced traditional “sink or swim” mentalities with a more supportive approach. “We think about graduation, not just matriculation,” she said. “It’s more about pro-
Man of the year
December 1 -- E. College St. by Ravine Hall A derogatory slur was directed toward a student by an unknown non-college student.
This is a reproduction of the crime log kept by the Office of Safety and Security. Security officials declined to give further information on these crimes.
CORRECTIONS From the 11/18 issue: From “Allegheny Live to showcase comedy skits” From “Professors evaluate RSEs” Professor Laura Quinn is not a present member of the Faculty Review Committee for the RSEs, as the article stated. She has not served on the committee for several years. The Faculty Review Committee for the RSEs is not a department -specific board, as the article stated.
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Alpha Chi Omega held its annual “Man of the Year” contest Thursday night in the Campus Center lobby to benefit Women’s Services in Meadville. The show included eveningwear and talent portions. TOP LEFT: Tim Grabnic, ’13, dances with Jillian Ranker, ’13. TOP RIGHT: Dominic Meyer, ’12, displayed a talent for juggling in his boxers. BOTTOM: Winner Leonel Leon, ’12, charmed the audience in his bathrobe.
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2012: Apocalypse? New book details several cataclysmic theories of 2012 By RACHEL GIESEL Contributing Writer email@example.com
Courtesy of Universal Pictures Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy star in the film as Josh Kovacs, the heist gang leader and the thief Slide, Kovacs’ childhood friend. These well-known actors provide some of the humor, but their performances are truly bolstered by the supporting cast.
Strong supporting cast steals scenes in ‘Tower Heist’ By BEN DAUBER Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
verted humor as his childhood friend and small-time criminal Slide. The film centers on the Every year, as Thanksgiving hardworking staff of The Towrolls around, a handful of fam- er, a condominium complex ily films seem to be released in that houses an attempt to grab our New York’s attention as we sit in ultra-wealthy. our grandma’s house Josh Kothe day before the big vacs is the meal. manager of They’re films that the gang that everyone can watch. A cinematic sp earheads They usually have a the heist love story and deal achievement it is not, when they with emotions that but there is some- find out their families can relate pensions to. They have cheap thing to be said for have been laughs and happy a film that you can d e f r a u d e d endings and, even by the excelthough it embar- watch with mom and lently evil rasses me to admit it, dad without blushing. Arthur Shaw, they make you feel a played by little warm and fuzzy Alan Alda. on the inside. Shaw, KoTower Heist sevacs learns, curely falls into this - Ben Dauber, ‘14 has spent category. the employWith its gimmick ees’ retireand flash, the film ment fund is entertaining, but in a Ponzi lacks substance. And scheme. The as far as the famgang, a band ily/holiday film genre of outcasts goes, it is a solid but with hearts not excellent addiof gold, help tion to the collection. Kovacs plan the impossible The cast is comprised of robbery of Shaw’s penthouse past-their-prime comic icons in order to get the working like Ben Stiller and Eddie Mur- folks of The Tower their monphy. But despite playing the ey back. same characters they play in With the help of Slide, the every movie, the two still man- rag-tag crew goes through an age to acquire their fair share of entertaining series of criminal laughs. training exercises. Stiller, who plays the neuEven though their style of rotic and constantly underes- humor is nothing new, Stilltimated hero of the film, Josh er and Murphy still deliver Kovacs, is complimented by enough entertainment to push Murphy’s brash and extro- the film through its less inter-
esting points. Where I feel the film excelled was in putting a twist on some of the basics. For instance, there were new spins on the execution of an otherwise classic film robbery, incorporating new problems and nuances I had never seen before. The comedy element also put a different spin on the normal film heist. The strong supporting cast helped to bolster Stiller’s and Murphy’s performances. For instance, Casey Affleck, who plays Stiller’s brother-in-law Charlie and Gabourey Sidibe, famous for her lead role in the 2009 film “Precious,” a Jamaican cleaning lady named Odessa who becomes a member of the heist gang. Other impressive supporting actors included Matthew Broderick as Mr. Fitzhugh, a father of two who lost everything after he was downsized. Without telling you too much about the film (because it is the surprise and sense of closure you get and the single use-only comic ploys that make it worth watching), I can say it undoubtedly provides the classic Hollywood happy ending we all expect. A cinematic achievement it is not, but there is something to be said for a film that you can watch with Mom and Dad without blushing. Unless you plan on entertaining your family, I may not spend the money to see it in theaters. However, if you get the stomach flu and run out of sick-day Netflix options, you could do much worse than Tower Heist.
Daniel Gansle’s book, 2012: Day of Reckoning, details nearly every aspect involving Dec. 21, 2012, a date which has become infamous because it marks the end of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar associated with the ancient Mayan civilization. From explaining why people question what will happen on the date, to examining scientists’ and philosophers’ theories about the apocalypse, this book acts as a guide to the ill-fated day. The amount of time and research Gansle put into this book allows him to give an expert account of the theories of 2012. Gansle immediately catches readers with engaging fiction detailing what Mayan life may have been like, but also provides all the facts. Readers learn everything about the ancient Mayans, from their location and cultural lifestyle, to how they created the codices – three books that have survived since pre-Columbian Mayan civilization and are the only resources modern-day historians have to study the Mayans. Although this section focuses on the past, it allows readers to make accurate judgments of the future of 2012 based on the Mayans’ beliefs and practices regarding time, such as their complex calendar, which connected space with the movements of astronomical objects. After reading this section of the book, I didn’t realize how little I knew and how many misconceptions I had about this ancient culture. The information wasn’t vital to my understanding the concept of 2012, but these facts were fascinating and helpful for a deeper understanding. After he explains Mayan culture, Gansle details various theories of what may happen in 2012. These theories vary widely; while some are quite believable, others are just plain ridiculous. Each one is described with evidence and reasoning, leaving it up to the reader to determine which are actual possibilities. Gansle seems to examine every possibility, exploring
everything from UFOs to the Earth’s collision with a planet called Nibiru, or Planet X, to the dawning of a new age in which people would experience a shift in their global consciousness. Although his beliefs are highly religious, the author doesn’t let his personal opinions interfere with the facts. I appreciated that he was able to separate personal and professional criticism while still getting his points across. All of the theories presented forced me to reevaluate the potential truth, even the ones I thought were ridiculous. My personal favorite was the New Age Movement, a theory that states the Earth will have an awakening that brings about a new, peaceful, conscious attitude, or at least that’s what I would like to happen. Other theories proposed potential threats, such as our sun going through a cycle of extreme solar activity next year, causing solar flares to attack our Earth. Others explore how the age of oil is ending and could induce an energy crisis and technology is increasing to the extent that cloaking and brain control may be possible. Then there’s always the possibility of aliens, of course. Multiple times while reading this book, I was tempted to wake up my roommate and say, “Guess what I just found out!” Gansle likes to keep the reader questioning his or her own beliefs and opinions about 2012 while distributing the facts of all the theories. The constant, repetitive questions directly ask the reader if the current theory could be true. The book’s haunting message sparked my curiosity to pick up this book in the first place. He reminds the reader that what will actually occur in 2012 remains unknown and inspires readers to make a decision and question their previous values. This book is valuable for those who are curious about discovering more on the potential of what may happen next year. It will keep you up in the middle of the night, fearful yet excited about the future.
2012 Theories The following are a few of the theories explaining what will occur Dec. 21, 2012. Mayan Theory “End of the World.” Dec. 21, 2012 is the last date on the Mayans’ Long Count Calendar. Planet X/Nibiru Theory The Earth will collide with a planet called Planet X, or Nibiru. Solar Storm Theory Strong magnetic fields in the sun will snap and release large amounts of energy into space. Supervolcano Theory The Yellowstone supervolcano will erupt, causing catastrophic events.
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Heath Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
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I really had planned on doing a lot of homework over Thanksgiving break. But then I started baking. The first thing my family wanted were cookies. My brother’s absolute favorite are chocolate chip and, more specifically, he prefers the recipe off of the Hershey’s chocolate chip bag. I’ve never particularly liked chocolate chip cookies and I wanted to make something I’d enjoy, too. Then my mom offered me a bag of Heath candy bits and I was sold. My brother acted disappointed, but I refused to bake something I didn’t even like. So I searched for a new recipe online and settled on one labeled “chewy.” First I preheated the oven to 325 degrees. Next, I mixed together the flour, baking soda and salt. It was refreshing to be able to sit down at a table with all of my ingredients spread out. Then I melted butter in a separate bowl and mixed in both brown and white sugar. Next, I added the vanilla and the eggs. I stirred in the chips and bits until well mixed. It does look like a lot of chocolate chips. It is a lot of chocolate chips. Since I was at home, I had the luxury of using a cookie scooper, which is always a lot of fun, if you ask me. I dropped them on the cookie sheet and put them in
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ELAINA MERCATORIS/THE CAMPUS Elaina added pieces of Heath candy bar to an otherwise normal batch of chocolate chip cookies. She waited until the edges were brown and crisped before taking them out of the oven.
the oven. Pending how strong or old your oven is, bake the cookies for about 13 to 15 minutes. Wait until the edges are brown and crisped. They turned out gooey and chewy and delicious. In the end, I actually could have stood for fewer chocolate chips and more Heath bits, but that’s most likely due to my distaste for regular chocolate chip cookies. Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com.
What You’ll Need 2 ¼ cups flour 1 tsp baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup unsalted butter 1 cup packed brown sugar ½ cup white sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 cup Heath bits 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
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ANDREW CROFFORD/THE CAMPUS Left: Junior Heidi Goeller faced off against Wooster center Jessica Wingen on Wednesday night, capturing her second double-double in the last two games. Right: Junior Daryl Ford battles for a loose ball.
Clutch play propels Gators to victory at home Team earns another close victory headed into conference play By COLLEEN PEGHER Sports Editor email@example.com
In a close game at home Wednesday night, strong performances from key players would aid the women’s basketball team in their 57-56 victory at home. Sophomore Erica Restich took a last second charge that would help the squad seal the win. “Erica is a playmaker,” said Head Coach Kate Costanzo. “You always look for players to step up when you need it most.” Opening the second half ahead by six, the Gators would lose their lead with 6:24 remaining, but junior Ann Ryan quickly responded with a jumper to tie the game. Heidi Goeller, ’13, added a layup to give the Gators a two-point lead, but it would
be Restich’s performance in the closing minutes that would seal the victory. Restich sank a threepointer to put the Gators up by five, giving the squad some breathing room. “I was thinking ‘Thank God!’”, said Goeller. “It was a good team win though, and it’s good we have players this season who are unafraid to step up and take that last shot.” While Restich’s shot was the last basket for the Gators, the game was far from over. Wooster would drew within one, but Restich took a charge with two-tenths of a second left on the clock that sealed the victory. Restich credits the team’s efforts on the defensive end for holding Wooster after her final shot. “It was our team’s effort defensively, especially after that
possession, that stopped them from scoring in the final second when they had a chance to win it,” said Restich. The beginning of the first half was a struggle for the Gators, who at one time trailed by seven after hitting only four of their first 17 shots. A strong defensive effort by the squad ultimately resulted in a 15-0 run that gave the Gators an eight-point lead. Costanzo employed a defensive strategy focused around Wooster center Jessica Wingen, who is a strong presence underneath for the Fighting Scots. “We knew they would be trying to get the ball inside to number 44 [Wingen], who gave us problems all night,” said Costanzo. “So if they got the ball inside to her our objective was to double team her, try to prevent them from
getting into her and to double team her late in the game when they’re setting screens for their perimeter players.” Goeller played an integral role in stopping Wingen on the defensive end. “[Goeller] knew she had a tough matchup on number 44 and I think she did a pretty good job on her,” said Costanzo. “Whenever she [Wingen] was having most of her success it was because our pressure on the perimeter defense wasn’t strong enough to make those passes inside more difficult.” Goeller had a career-high six blocks against the Fighting Scots. “Defense is my primary concern,” said Goeller. “If I can win my matchup and not let the other team’s post player beat me then we have a better chance of winning.” Goeller was also a strong
presence on the offensive end, earning her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Restich and junior Daryl Ford added 14 points each in the win, and contributed defensively as well with Restich’s four steals and Ford’s seven rebounds. In the days ahead, the Gators will continue to work on their consistency on the defensive end. “Our team defense has to improve if we are going to continue to win games,” said Ford. “We will have to be more intense on the court for 40 minutes instead of just toward the end when the score is close.” Costanzo emphasized the impact of winning close games early in the season. “It’s good to be in competitive games this early in
the season,” said Costanzo. “You learn a lot more from the games where you win by a bucket or two than games that you win by 20 or you lose by 20.” “The win and success definitely gives us more confidence when we find ourselves in a close game situation again,” said Restich. Looking ahead, the Gators hope to get a strong start in conference play. “We have three conference games before winter break so we would like to go 3-0 in those games,” said Costanzo. “We know that every game in our conference is going to be a competitive game. Our conference is very strong so it’s always good to start out with a win.” The Gators will begin NCAC play on Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan at 1 p.m.
Men’s basketball loses two By MATT MASCOLO Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Over Thanksgiving break, the men’s basketball team traveled to Rochester to play in the Holiday Inn Airport Invitational. After the Gators won their first matchup against Elmira College with at a final score of 65-48, the Gators were defeated by host Rochester in the championship game 99-75. Against Elmira, the Gators forced 16 turnovers and held their opposition to a field goal percentage of 33.3. On the offensive end, senior James Ness went 6-8 from the field, finishing with 16 points. The Gators also had productivity from the bench from freshman David DiBernardi and sophomore Clark Tritto, who finished with eight and seven points respectively. “Rochester is a really good team,” said DiBernardi. “It was a tough contest, but we played well. They beat the team they played the night before by 50. We just didn’t get enough stops on defense.” Aside from Ness, Devone McLeod, ’13, was the only other Gator who posted double digits, finishing the game with 10 points.
“We were able to impose our will on Elmira and play at our tempo,” said Head Coach Jim Driggs. “In our wins this season we have been able to do that, scoring in the high sixties and low seventies. Whereas in our losses we have let teams set the tempo and impose their will on us.” Unlike Elmira, nationallyranked Rochester knocked down key shots on Allegheny. “The Rochester game played a bit faster than the Elmira game,” said McLeod. “It’s not our game to get into a shootout with teams.” Allegheny managed to shoot 55 percent from the field with another efficient game. Ness went 10-13 for 20 points in only 23 minutes of play, but his scoring would not be enough to stop Rochester. Rochester shot 11-20 from beyond the arc and finished with a field goal percentage of 62 percent. The Gators did a better job of taking care of the ball against Rochester, with only 10 turnovers, their season low. The squad has been plagued by turnovers in their previous five games. Allegheny has had at least 15 turnovers in three of their first six games, all but one of which were losses.
“A combination of being a young team and playing against some very good teams so far this year is the reason we haven’t taken care of the ball as much as we would like to,” said Driggs. McLeod echoed his coach’s sentiments. “The turnovers are just early season uncomfortableness. We still have a young team,” McLeod said. “As we mature as a team our decision making will get better. In practice we do a lot of game-like action just to prepare ourselves for all situations.” On Wednesday night, the Gators would fall once again to non-conference opponent Baldwin-Wallace at a final score of 79-61. The Yellowjackets shot 48 percent from the field and put up an impressive defensive effort to defeat the Gators. Ness posted another impressive showing with 20 points, while McLeod and DiBernardi also scored in the double digits. McLeod contributed 13 points while DiBernardi tied his career-high with 12. Allegheny will travel to Ohio on Saturday to take on Ohio Wesleyan. Tip-off is at 3 p.m.
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