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Staff reflects on evolving campus By CORTNEY O’BRIEN obrienc2@allegheny.edu

In four years, when the class of 2015 receives their diplomas, Allegheny will turn 200 years old. College Historian Jonathan Helmreich lauded the rising number of students and faculty. “It’s very clear that it’s larger than it used to be,” Helmreich said. “In terms of competition and larger faculty, there is a greater diversity of expertise, all which make it a richer institution.” Helmreich also noted increased diversity among students. Helmreich pointed out that an important part of the school’s curriculum has re-

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mained the same – the senior project. According to Helmreich, the senior comprehensive project has almost always been a requirement for students since Allegheny’s founding. The project either involved an oral exam or written assignment. Today, the senior comprehensive project involves both writing and oral defense. Allegheny has not only evolved in the classroom, but on campus as well. Tiffany Cipollone, a member of Allegheny’s Bicentennial Committee, praised the changes on the university grounds. “The campus has become even more beautiful with the addition of more brick walkways, the sculptures and the

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Wondering where to grab a bite to eat? Check out our restaurant reviews on page 4.

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► Who's who?

► F O LK L O R E

► s u rv i v e!

► S P O RT S

PEOPLE TO KNOW

ALLEGHENY MYTHS

HELPFUL TIPS

GOLDEN FOOT

You will surely encounter these Allegheny faces. Find out who they are.

These Allegheny legends have endured for decades but may not all be based in fact.

The Editorial Board compiles an essential guide to Allegheny living.

Record-breaking punter gets ready to tackle 2011 season.

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Who's who?

Allegheny faces you’ll get to know Yvonne Longstreth During the week, Yvonne swipes cards over at Brooks Hall during lunch. “Yvonne is like a mother figure for all the students here at Allegheny,” said Cory Muscara, ’11. “Often times I’ll choose to eat at Brooks over Mckinley’s just so I can say hi and talk about how things are going.” A prominent figure on campus, she can be spotted helping with or attending various events, like Greek Sing. If you want to meet her, come to the first Brooks lunch on Wednesday.

PHOTO COURTESY OF YVONNE LONGSTRETH

Pete LEBar If you’re grumbling about how much money you have to shell out for textbooks, you should stop whining and meet the cool dude who makes the process simple and organized. Bookstore Manager for 24 years, you’ll always find Pete around the Campus Center, standing at 6’ 5” in his distinctive olive green vest. “He is the most chill boss I’ve ever had,” said Bookstore employee Emily SearleWhite. “He is the epitome of a ‘gentle giant.’”

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President James Mullen You’ll probably see President Mullen on stage at Matriculation, but you might not recognize him up close when he stops you in McKinley’s to ask how you’re doing. “He’s by far the most personable administration member you’ll meet,” said Erick Tineo, ’13. “Even though his job title isn’t necessarily to interact with students all the time, he’ll always show up to have a conversation.” His favorite superheroes are Aquaman and Iron Man, and he wishes he could travel through time. Scan the QR code for proof.

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Rating Orientation What’s new, what not to miss and what to skip D o n't M i s s :

Don't BOTHER:

Survival Bingo: There’s so much free stuff at Survival Bingo that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Prizes in the past have included iPods, movie passes, Penguins tickets, mountains of food and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on freebies – provided you can find your way around a bingo board.

All-College Celebration: Stop by to get the free T-shirt, but the All-College Celebration will be so much like Homecoming and Springfest events (which are usually more fun anyway) that you won’t be missing much if you don’t show up.

Sue Plunkett’s Sex Talk: Never thought birth control could be fun? Think again. This event is so popular that they’ve scheduled it so that upperclassmen can come too. Health Center Director Sue Plunkett puts a whole new spin on sex, with plenty of opportunities to get on stage and make a fool of yourself. And you’ll never look at Saran wrap the same way again.

Visiting with the Therapy Dogs: Even though these dogs are cute, you will have the opportunity to see them every week. There’s really no need to do it during Orientation, unless you’re feeling excessively homesick for your pooch back home.

I <3 Meadville Picnic: Free stuff is the name of the game. On top of a catered lunch, vendors line the sides of Brooks Walk giving out coupons, discounts and even more free food. It’s the perfect opportunity to gorge yourself and get know your options.

Spirit of Allegheny Dinner: If you want free food, go to the I <3 Meadville Picnic. If you want free stuff, go to Survival Bingo. The Spirit of Allegheny dinner combines both of these things, but due to the long lines and large crowds, it fails to really deliver on either.

W h at ' s N e w : Academic, Social and Wellness Breakout Sessions: Each of these sessions features four or more different outlets for exploring the town, meeting people and makin’ transitions. We’ve seen the tours of Meadville and of the library before, but the yoga and spinning options are new blips on the Orientation radar. Family Welcome Dessert and Open House: This brand new event should be a family-friendly good time, especially with gator-related desserts.

Continental Breakfast Receptions: If you’re planning on eating breakfast, you’ll be eating with friends if you’re an Allegheny legacy, transfer student, out-ofstater, athlete or first-generation student. You can go to multiple breakfasts, so if somehow you’re all of these things, come hungry. If you’re none of those things, tough luck.

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Planks, cows and ghosts

A primer to Allegheny myths and legends story’s truth. “That never happened,” said college historian Jonathan E. Freshmen arriving at Al- Helmreich, author of “Through legheny step into the rich his- All the Years: A History of Altory and traditions. legheny College.” Rumors, myths and second“There is no authenticated hand stories are passed down ghost.” from student to student. Ghost Helmreich did not rule out stories are especially popular. the presence of spirits hauntFor years, students have ing the halls of Allegheny altowhispered about the ghost of a gether. girl who committed suicide in He and former college Brooks after her boyfriend fell president Richard Cook, who to his death during a fraternity worked late into the night bepinning ceremony. low a portrait of college foundVersions of the story vary— er, Timothy Alden felt spirits in some, she leapt to her death of past students and faculty off the balcony of Brooks, because they “are immersed in and in others, she died in her dealing with traditions of the room—but in the end, her college,” according to Helmroom had been sectioned off reich. by the college because its eerie Helmreich inadvertently problems made it unlivable. sparked what he calls “a little Erin Dakas, ’13, who often myth” about a ghost himself. walks through Over 20 the reputyears ago, the edly haunted “That never happened. third floor of hall on the There is no authenticat- Bentley was fourth floor of deemed unBrooks, said ed ghost.” safe by the she feels odd fire depart- College Historian while stayment and conJonathan Helmreich, on demned. ing there, but the possibility of a ghost has heard no U n d e haunting the fourth floor terred, Helmstrange noises. of Brooks Hall reich worked “I don’t know that that in his research really hapoffice during pened,” she said. quiet weekend afternoons. “I want some proof that it Curious students often crept happened. If there was a mu- through the upper floors, and tant girl wandering around, one girl, after hearing Helmthat would be really cool.” reich shuffle behind his closed Others deeply doubt the door, screamed and ran out of

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the building, believing she had As the years passed, the heard a ghost. competition became muddled Many students also know and changed as classes left and the story of future president changed. William McKinley leading a Eventually cow up the the tradition stairs of Bentrequired a ley as a prank, “I have a boyfriend male sophosince cows are who doesn’t go to Al- more student unable to walk legheny and I brought to kiss a fedown stairs. him to Allegheny and male from the Exasperrival freshated after try- we kissed on the thir- man class on ing to coax teenth plank.” the thirteenth the startled plank to earn cow out of - Erin Dakas, ’13 his colors as the builda true Alleghing, the fire enian. department The mysbutchered the animal where it tique of the thirteenth plank stood—so the story goes. has charmed many young Yet the veracity of this myth couples. has been called into questions “It’s kind of fun and kind of by other students as well. cute,” said Dakas. “McKinley did not take a “I have a boyfriend who cow to the top,” said Morgan doesn’t go to Allegheny and I Finton, ’12, relating the story brought him to Allegheny and as told to him by a veteran tour we kissed on the thirteenth guide. plank.” “After the Civil War, in ruTrue stories of student anral Meadville, PA, William tics and time-honored tradiMcKinley took a goat into tions, though less well-known Bentley and left it in a class- than many legends, still remain room. They considered this a part of Allegheny tradition. ‘good humor’ since it was rural According to Helmreich, Pennsylvania and taking farm many of them, including animals was considered funny.” one detailing rowdy students Other traditions of Alleghe- placing skeletons meant for ny include the thirteenth plank anatomy class in Ford Chaon the Rustic Bridge. pel, deserve to be retold and Years ago, a rivalry between remembered as much as the the freshmen and sophomore ghost stories. classes culminated in a contest “There are enough real stoto seize a walking cane planted ries that are of interest to pass in the middle of Schultz lawn. on,” he said.

Tradition calls for freshman boys to steal the thirteenth plank to stop sophomore boys from kissing on it.

Students in the third floor of Bentley have cried “ghost” before. But there aren’t any spirits haunting the halls- just Jonathan Helmreich, the college historian.

Legend has it that President William McKinley led a cow up the stairs to the bell tower in Bentley as a prank.

Photos by Cody Miller from page 1

addition of more brick walkways, the sculptures and the Gator Quad,” she said. “People put their heart into the design of our campus to make sure everything has just the right feel and that really shows.”  She explained that the committee is planning to set up displays to showcase new buildings, as well as many historic ones on campus.

South Hall became Schultz Auditorium.

Allegheny experienced a number of historic changes after its founding in 1815

Students now have the freedom to eat in either dining hall.

“It’s nice seeing the students evolve. It used to be that the college was just up here and then there was downtown. Now the students are more connected with the community.”

Longstreth explained that this was not always the case at Allegheny.

“Back then they were told what hall to go to – Brooks was always freshmen, Skylight was for the seYv o n n e - Yvonne Longstreth, niors,” LongLongstreth, Brooks Hall employee streth said. who has “They didn’t worked at Alknow any betlegheny for alter. It’s just the most 30 years, also shared the changes she has way it was.” seen on campus. In addition to the physical changes on campus, Longstreth She commented that Alalso discussed the student legheny used to have three dinbody’s willingness to be more ing halls: Brooks, South Hall involved outside of classes. and Skylight Hall. Skylight eventually became

Now and Then

McKinley’s.

“It’s nice seeing the students

Then

Brooks Hall in the 1950s.

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evolve,” she said. “It used to be that the college was just up here and then there was downtown. Now the students are studentsreview.com

Brooks is used today as both a dining hall and a dorm. It is the only all-female dorm left on Allegheny’s campus.

Class of 1815: four students

Class of 2015: 560 students

Tuition and board in 1818: $130 a year

Tuition and board today: $45,350

No formal academic buildings in 1815

33 buildings on campus

Three dining halls on campus: South Hall, Brooks Hall and Skylight Hall

One dining hall and one food court: Brooks Hall and McKinley’s

Students performed pageants outside to mark Allegheny’s history

Students perform plays in the Vukovich Center or Arter Hall’s Playshop Theater

Popular pranks: tying a calf or dog to a professor’s chair and filling the Ford Chapel with hay and oats at night

Popular pranks: stealing bricks from Brooks walk and stealing giant, plastic silverware from Brooks dining hall

Female students not allowed to wear slacks

Sweatpants are an important part of students’ wardrobes

An average of 10-15 students helped with preparation and service in the dining halls

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Walker today. The Annex was built in 1962, providing additional housing for what was already the largest housing complex on campus. Brooks Lawn, a popular gathering place for students, is also featured in both photos.

Walker Annex, without the annex.

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Now

Students gain an average of 10-15 pounds eating in the dining halls


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The Campus’ Guide to Meadville

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Welcome to our guide to all things Meadville. The Editorial Board filled its notepads (and stomachs) to bring you an insider’s look at places to chow down around town. Get the scoop on Allegheny’s campus on the following page with tips that any well-rounded Allegheny student should know.

IF YOU'RE HUNGRY FOR...

MARKET HOUSE GRILLE

BREAKFAST

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Patrons at The Market House Grille enjoy a home-cooked breakfast with a homestyle ambiance.

By DAN BAUER bauerd@allegheny.edu

The Creative Crust offers everything from tuna salad to biscotti, but it specializes in pizza. “We have what a lot of people think is the best pizza in town,” said Paul Allin, owner of the Creative Crust Bakery. It’s also the most unique. You want hummus on your pizza? You got it. Roasted potatoes? Sure. Allin has owned the Creative Crust for seven years, when he moved out of the Market House into his own location. Their freshly made breads include sourdough, rye and

whole wheat in addition to seasonal specialty breads. Mouth-watering baked goods such as mocha cream tarts to apple turnovers line the case as you walk into the door. Students’ favorite bargain is marked-down pizza and bread if it’s a day old or burnt.

Location: 910 Market St., near the Chestnut St. intersection We recommend: The Breakfast Scramble

PIZZA

Location: 217 Chestnut St., next to the Market House We recommend: A slice of pepperoni pizza.

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Employee Amanda Tomer grabs a slice of pizza during the lunch rush at Creative Crust Bakery.

THAI FOOD

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Jason Shilling, ‘12, Kristin Collins, ‘12 and alumna Lindsey DiLoreto all sample Thai food for the first time at Grace.

Fresh is the name of the game at the Pampered Palate. The baker shows up at 5 a.m., and everything is made from scratch. It’s a good place to grab lunch and a great place to study, with free wi-fi, bottomless coffee and a ten percent student discount. “Chill out, take up the whole table with your papers and spend the whole day here,” said manager Adam Hogue. They were voted best caterer in Meadville five out of the six past years by the Reader’s Choice Poll in the Meadville

There’s nothing like a good home-cooked meal – and that’s just what the Market House Grill offers its customers for both breakfast and lunch. This small diner on the side of the Market House boasts home-cooked meals from sweet potato pancakes to biscuits and gravy. For those with a sweet tooth, the iced cinnamon buns are a must. While waiting for food, customers can enjoy watching their food being prepared as employees work the grill at the front of the restaurant. Friendly service and antique pictures

on the walls of Meadville’s past can also keep customers content long after they finish licking their plates. If you’ve got a hankering for some southern-cooked delicacies, this quaint breakfast place is likely to satisfy your craving.

Creative Crust Bakery

GRACE ASIAN RESTAURANT

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Tribune. In addition to catering, they deliver. If you don’t have room for a full meal, they have cookies and smoothies and other baked goods for dessert. An extensive coffee selection also attracts many loyal customers.

By BRIDGET McCARTIN mccartb2@allegheny.edu

What’s the best dish at the new Grace Asian Restaurant on Park Avenue? “Spicy Mango,” said Grace employee Kevin Susanto. “And dragon noodles, and curry… we have lots.” Though the restaurant, which replaced the Hong Kong Buffet, has only been in business for three weeks, the energy of the employees and the taste of the food create the impression of an established Asian café. The mirror on the far side of the wall makes the restaurant look twice as large, and if

you’re fortunate enough to sit in the big booth in the corner, you’ll get a full view of the dining room. With a split menu offering both Thai and Chinese cuisine, there’s plenty of variety. And Susanto is right. The Spicy Mango is fantastic. Try it with one of their 12 flavored teas.

Location: 961 Park Ave., across from Park Avenue movie theater We recommend: Anything on the Thai menu.

The Pampered Palate

Sandwiches

Location: 748 N. Main St., across the street from The Head Shed We recommend: The Main Street Monte Cristo

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Patrick Kluender prepares a stromboli for an event catered by the Pampered Palate.

JULIAN'S

BURGERS

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With old records and guitars lining the walls, the musical atmosphere of Julian’s makes for a unique lunch outing.

By BRIDGET McCARTIN mccartb2@allegheny.edu

This former breakfast place now serves only lunch and dinner, but it’s a great place to grab a quick, cheap meal in the middle of the day. “It’s become a hot spot around Meadville, especially with Allegheny. A lot of students come down to grab lunch,” said Julian’s Chef DJ York. Although dinner can be a little more pricey, most lunch options cost under $8. “We have everyone from construction workers to vegans to the elderly to… anybody, really,” York said.

A convenient bar next door adds attraction to its wide variety of food. With 25 different burgers on the menu, tons of sandwiches and more, Julian’s has boasted a diverse menu for the 16 years it has been in business.

Location: 299 Chestnut St., four stores away from Diamond Park We recommend: The Tarzana Sandwich or the Cali Burger


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D o n't b e a Fr esh m a n Adjusting to college can be difficult, but with these tips, you’ll be ahead of the game.

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1. The Health Center is located in Schultz Hall, which among other things is also a dorm, and holds Finan- 13. Know you aren’t going to have a lot cial Services, not to be confused with Financial Aid, which is in the 454 House with Admissions (48).

of time for lunch tomorrow? Grab a to-go 7a. Locked out of your building? Call Security and they can let you in the door container at Brooks Dining Hall and fill with a PB&J or sandwich of your choice! electronically. Put their number in your phone right now! (814-332-3357)

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15. Currently in the midst of renova-

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Bentley Hall is the beautiful red building you see in almost every AlThe Newton Observatory legheny picture. It houses the adminstration among many other things. It’s tions, Carr Hall will eventually be the is actually the the place to go to get your add/drop cards! center of environmental science. Office of Safety and Security. You Don’t go home all the time. You Arter Hall has a computer lab that stays open cannot look at won’t make any friends. Period. all night as long as you’re inside by midnight. the stars there.

23a.

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23c. LoCk your door. People will either mess with your stuff or steal it. It happens. 23b. Invest in at least one big box 22. Want to get involved in community service? Head 23d. Don’t wear your card and key fan from Walmart. over to ACCEL in Reis Hall.

25. Alden Hall is dead quiet on

33b. If you buy

weekends. If you aren’t creeped out by your books at the the creaky stairs, it’s a great place to bookstore, you’ll get some work done. pay a lot more

16. & 32. There are two Doane

than on Amazon or Half.com. Halls on campus--one for art (32)

around your neck unless you want to be While snow is immediately identified as a freshman. abundant in the

33a. The Campus Center doors may lock at midnight, but

that doesn’t mean Security will kick you out if you’re already inside. We recommend the third floor for your all-night study parties. (The library, on the other hand, will kick you out at 2 a.m.)

winter, the heat of summer’s final days make the dorms quite stuffy.

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The Wrecking Ball Café is not open as many hours as the library, so plan your coffee fixes accordingly.

and one for chemistry (16).

18. The print shop located on the side of Oddfellows does some nifty jobs 28b. If Pelletier Library doesn’t have for students, including printing business cards for pretty cheap.

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If you lose your ID, check your mailbox just in case someone turned it in to the post office. If you find one, take it to security and they will contact the owner directly!

the book you want, have no fear, E-Z Borrow can get it for you usually within a week from a different library.

EDITORIAL It’s hard to write an editorial when the school year hasn’t even started yet. It’s hard to be mad about anything when nothing’s really happened. So instead, a plea.

See that ad to the right of this article? The one about writing for The Campus? Follow that advice. We’re a bunch of real nice people who spend way too

much time crammed into a room on the third floor of the Campus Center and we’d really like to meet you. It looks good on your résumé. You’ll meet a ton of people

at school and in town that you never would have otherwise. No experience required. At the very least, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and let us know what you think. We’ll see you next Friday.

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GATOR UPDATER Football

After a season in which they finished with a 7-3 overall record and sole possession of third place in the NCAC, the Gators look to take on top conference powerhouse Wittenberg, who has once again been predicted to finish atop the NCAC. The Gators return 14 starters this season, and will boast a new signal caller in Jordan Fowler, ’12. Predicted to finish fourth in the confer- ence, the squad begins NCAC competition on Sept. 24 at Wittenberg. Head coach Mark Matlak and his players will kick off the season at home on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. against Bethany.

Volleyball After a season that ended with a loss to Denison eliminating the Gators from playoff contention, the volleyball squad welcomes back three experienced seniors in Caitlin Rothman, Audra Batdorff and Winnie Wong, junior Erin Kuhn and several solid sophomores. Finishing with a 9-23 overall record, and a 5-9 NCAC record, the Gators were able to make a push at the playoffs at the end of last season after victories against Oberlin and Kenyon, despite their eight consecutive losses prior to those wins. The season will kick off on Sept. 2 with a tournament at Mount Union College.

Cross Country The Gators’ cross country program has been strong in recent years. The men’s side finished fifteenth overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last season. The Gators head into the fall campaign after graduating

several standout seniors from last s e a s on including two-time All American Jeramie Parker. On the women’s side, the Gators finished tenth place overall at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional. The squad returns Kristina Martin, ’14 and Kelly Gallagher, ’13, who earned AllRegion honors last season. The season will begin in Cleveland, Ohio at the Case Western Invitational on Sept. 3.

Men's Soccer Last season the Gators captured a spot in the NCAC Tournament for the first time in seven years. This season, the squad will be led by head coach Angelo Panzetta and will look to

standout players like sophomore John Lichina who, in his rookie campaign, registered seven shutouts and received an NCAC Honorable Mention. The team graduated six seniors last season and welcomes four freshmen this year. The season begins

with the Oberlin Tournament on Sept. 2 at Centre College.

Women's Soccer Last season the women’s soccer team reached their third NCAA tournament in program history. Four players were named to the Great Lakes All-Region Unit and Emily Karr, ’12, recorded the best season in Allegheny history for a keeper with 17 shutouts and a seventh place finish in save percentage. Also returning to the Gator roster this year is Alison Buzzard, ’14, who was voted the NCAC Newcomer of the Year last season. Head Coach Michael Webber’s squad finished the season with a record of 14-2-4, their final loss coming in the tour-

nament against Washington University.

Tennis

Last season the Gators finished with winning records on both the men’s and w o m e n’s side. The men finished the season with an overall record of 12-6 and their season ending loss to Wabash cost them a third place finish in the NCAC Tournament. On the women’s side, the Gators ended the season at 13-9, a much improved record from the previous season. The tennis season will begin here in Meadville Sept. 10 with the Nancy J. Heath Invitational.

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NCAC?

Golf The men’s side finished last season with a fourth place finish in the NCAC Championships, while the women chased the title at the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships, securing the highest finish in school history when they captured sixth place in Florida. Lauren Hammell, ’12, and Abby Sorensen, ’12, recently competed in the late-summer Hooters Women’s Collegiate Team Championship, where they defeated several Division I opponents as well as NCAC rival,Wittenberg.

What’s going on at the Wise Center? Performance Gyms Racquetball Courts Dance Studio Indoor Track Weight Room Cardiovascular Equipment

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Senior punter Andrew DeJong finished sixth in the nation and first in the North Coast Athletic Conference with an average of 47.4 yards per punt last season while helping the Gators finish in sole posession of third place.

Punter DeJong shatters school records By COLLEEN PEGHER pegherc@allegheny.edu

When football fans think of greatness, they often think of the quarterback throwing the game-winning touchdown to the speedy receiver who makes a one-handed grab in the end zone in the closing seconds of the game. Seldom do sports fans recall that punt in the first quarter that pinned the opposing team inside the five, giving their team optimum field position for the next drive. Here at Allegheny, the man that punts the ball is often the one making the spectacular plays, shattering school records and making it difficult for the opposition. Senior Andrew DeJong has been a consistent threat on special teams throughout his collegiate career and seeks to continue his success on a personal and team level during his final season. “I think my greatest achievements are still ahead,” DeJong said. “Being named to the allregion team was a big honor and first team all-conference was too, but I’d rather our team wins than have those achieve-

ments.” In his time at Allegheny, winning has become part of the Gator tradition. In his rookie campaign, the team finished 5-5, but managed to improve to 8-2 the following year, becoming a contender in the North Coast Athletic Conference. For DeJong, that improvement is one of the high points of his time at Allegheny thus far. While DeJong emphasizes the accomplishments of his team rather than personal feats, his stats speak for themselves. In the 2010 season, DeJong finished sixth overall in the nation and first in the conference in punt average with 47.4 yards per punt. DeJong left his mark on school history with nine kicks that covered at least 50 yards. He also managed to pin the opposition inside the 20 on 15 occasions. Despite his numerous individual accomplishments, DeJong reflects on the triumph of close friend and teammate, Ryan Zipf, ’12, as one of the highlights of his time at Allegheny. “Beating Wittenberg and

Ohio Wesleyan freshman year were two of my greatest memories,” he said. “We beat them back-to-back with two gamewinning field goals. That was big because one of my best friends here is Ryan Zipf, the kicker. To see him succeed like that and see my whole team rush the field two weeks in a row like that was pretty cool.” Last season, DeJong broke a personal record with a 67-yard punt against rival Carnegie Mellon. He also had two other kicks that exceeded 60 yards, with a 65-yard boot against Wittenberg and a 63-yarder at Oberlin. DeJong’s achievements are not limited to the football field. A math and economics double major, he holds a 3.73 GPA and was named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-District Team. Head coach Mark Matlak credits DeJong’s character for his success on and off of the field. “Andrew is bright, but most importantly, he works at his studies,” Matlak said. “On the field he takes his job seriously and focuses and concentrates when he punts. He has talent,

plus he works hard with that talent.” DeJong credits his football schedule for helping him to improve academically. “I think football helps with all the schoolwork because it makes you use your time wisely,” DeJong said. “During the season I work up until practice and do a couple more hours of work after practice everyday. Football actually helps structure my schoolwork.” DeJong may seem like just another face in the crowd, but both Dejong and Coach Matlack have great expectations for this season. When asked what he expects from DeJong this year, Matlak had a simple answer. “I expect him to the best punter in Division III football.” DeJong has high hopes for himself, but more importantly, his team. “I think that we should win the conference this year,” he said. “We especially need to beat Wittenberg and Wabash. Personally, I want to be better than last year and be the best punter in Divison III football.”

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