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Volume 9 No.1
An Individualized Instruction, Journalism III Project, California University of Pennsylvania
Finding a Calling in Hospice By JAMIE RIDER
She sat in the musty living room of the 89year-old man and his 85-year-old wife. The man told the hospice social worker that he and his wife were perfectly fine, despite that just last week, his wife had fallen out of her chair and he had struggled to put her back in a sitting position, an act that strained his back. Danielle Carolla is a hospice social worker for Fayette Home Care and Hospice and a social work graduate student at California University of Pennsylvania. When she is not attending night classes, she is working with elderly people in the region to make sure they are healthy mentally and emotionally. She also consults with doctors so that those people who are struggling at the end of their lives are properly taken care of. “It’s my job to offer support in the stage of a patient’s life when it’s recognized that some illnesses you don’t recover from,” Carolla said. Carolla said Fayette Home Care specializes in seeing patients in their own homes, rather than in a hospice house. Fayette Home Care’s website says, “The program strives to maintain patient dignity while focusing on pain and symptom management.” Carolla spends two days a week making house calls to patients who have been placed under hospice care. She meets with each patient every week at least once and keeps a detailed report of how they’re doing. She starts her day at the office, collecting files of the patients she will see that day, then hops in her car to drive to the first house on her list. She says driving is the worst part of her job. She never knows how far she’ll have to go or how accessible a patient’s home will be. “One time I went to see this woman who
Inside * Page 2: Stopping Stalking * Page 3: Safey at Night * Page 4: Campus Drug Problems? * Page 5: Violence Not the Norm at Cal * Pages 6-7: Preventing Sexual Harassment * Page 8: Vandalism is a Minor Irritant
Danielle Carolla is a social work graduate student and a hospice social worker. lived in the mountains and her driveway was extremely steep,” Carolla said. “I was lucky it wasn’t winter, or I would have never made it up to the house.” She also has to be aware of animals in and around the houses she visits. She is there to make sure patients are OK but must also look out for her own safety. She said she hasn’t had any animals that were a problem but knows it will eventually happen if she stays in the hospice area of social work. She said she loves her job, despite these small inconveniences. “It makes me feel so good to know I’m helping a patient and their family,” Carolla said. “It’s part of my job to make sure they’re managing the final days in their life or the life of their loved ones.” Carolla’s last patient of the day was Cath-
See “Hospice,” Page 3
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Procedures to Combat Stalking By STETSON PROVANCE
There are many forms of harassment. A student may feel the need to change his or her daily routine because one form, in particular, can be so disruptive: stalking. “Stalking is really defined as when the actions of others cause a change in your behavior,” Kay Dorrance, project coordinator for the End Violence Center, said. “This can range from something simple like having to walk out of a different door after lunch to avoid someone to something bigger like not attending J Cole’s on Bucket Night because someone who makes you feel uncomfortable is there.” According to Dorrance, stalking poses a problem for the person being stalked, but it also illustrates a deeper problem with the stalker. “I think that we, as humans, are hardwired to act normally,” Dorrance said. “The act of stalking someone obviously isn’t normal and it usually signifies a personality disorder.” At California University of Pennsylvania, the End Violence Center, the Office of Student Affairs and campus police work together to stop stalking before it becomes both a major disruption for the person who is being stalked and for the stalker. Despite the seriousness of stalking, many students use the word “stalk” in a way that downplays its severity. Ali Crutchman, 20, a business major at Cal U, said many students view stalking as lurking on social media. “When most people our age hear “stalking,” they think more of someone creeping on someone else’s Facebook or Twitter page,” she said. Nevertheless, people like Jim Pflugh, associate dean for student conduct, holds Dorrance’s view that stalking
is a severe issue. He said there are different ways a student who is being stalked can report the incident. “The first thing we do is ask the victim if they want to pursue the report as a formal conduct process,” Pflugh said. “If they say no, then we offer them informal methods.” According to Pflugh, one of the most common informal methods to combat
Photo by Getty Images Students must remain aware of their surroundings. stalking is issuing a no-contact directive. Cal U’s Student Code of Conduct states a hearing officer can issue a no-contact directive to a student accused of stalking without conducting proceedings, as long as the student being stalked isn’t seeking to move to another university, dorm room or apartment.
Cal U’s Code of Student Conduct also says that within a no-contact directive, there are periods of time when person-to person contact, communication by texting or chatting, or communicating by the use of a third person is prohibited. The goal of a no-contact directive is to stop stalking and allow both the victim a chance to regain a sense of normalcy in his or her life and the stalker a chance to change his or her behavior. This doesn’t always happen, though. Pflugh said if a no-contact directive is violated, a hearing officer will judge each violation based on its severity. If an incident proves to be serious enough, a stalker can be suspended from the school. That being said, the suspension of a stalker isn’t the only way to help a student who is a victim of stalking. Pflugh said he is willing to work with the residence halls and the End Violence Center to change a victim’s living arrangements if stalking continues after a no-contact directive is issued. Pflugh will also work with Academic Affairs to change a student’s schedule if it is determined the student would be safer in a different section of a class. According to California University Police Chief Ed McSheffery, the university lives by one simple rule when dealing with the campus community. “When discussing the issue of stalking or any other safety issue, it is always important to remember that we have one goal in mind regarding our students, faculty and staff,” McSheffery said. “We must keep them safe.” Stetson Provance is a sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in English with a journalism concentration.
Are Students Safe After Hours? By KATE SHELDON
Walking alone in the dark without protection can be scary for anyone. At California University of Pennsylvania, some students admit to being afraid when walking around campus alone at night. Peyton Longhurst, a 19-year-old sophomore, is one student who is leery about walking around campus after dark. She has a job in town that sometimes keeps her until 2 a.m. Longhurst admits she does not feel safe when walking near the river lot alone. “The campus is not well lit between the river lot and my dorm,” Longhurst said. “It’s really scary for a 19-yearold girl.” Longhurst said she asks a friend to pick her up at her car because she is uncomfortable with walking up to her dorm room alone. However, not all students feel completely unsafe when walking around campus at night. Suzy Hart, a 20-year-old education major, said she does not think it is unsafe to walk from campus to her apartment, which is behind the beer
distributor. “I have never felt unsafe at Cal U, personally,” Hart said. Hart said she walks on streets that are well lit and always has her cell phone ready in case of an attack. However, with recent crimes, such as the reported armed robbery on Sept. 30, police are asking students to be extra cautious when walking around campus or the borough at night. Michael Hampe, a detective for the university police, said his department has taken measures to ensure the safety of Cal U’s students. Hampe said that when incidents like the reported armed robbery occur, the Cal U Police Department puts all of the resident halls and buildings on lock-down. The department posts signs around campus and sends out e-mail and text alerts to students. Police officers also work longer shifts to patrol both the campus and the borough. Theresa Kulasa, an 18-year-old biology and pre-med major, said she feels unsafe walking around town after crimes are reported. Kulasa said she does not have a
Photo by Kate Sheldon Campus police try to keep the evenings safe.
working cell phone and walking from her friends’ houses can be nervewracking. “It now makes me a lot more anxious in case something was to happen to me,” Kulasa said. Even though Kulasa is worried being in town at night, she said she believes campus police are doing everything they can to make people feel safe. “Even though I was a little nervous walking to and from classes this morning, I still felt safe knowing that the police officers were patrolling around campus, keeping an eye out for us,” Kulasa said. Kate Sheldon is a sophomore at California University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in English with a journalism concentration.
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erine Doljac, 86, and a resident of Uniontown. She suffered a stroke and spent three weeks in a nursing home before being released to her family and put under hospice care. Carol Bakos, Dolajc’s daughter, said she wanted to bring her mother home as soon as possible. “I thought it would make everything better.” Unfortunately, that was not the case. “When Carol told me she wanted her mother home, I told her it wasn’t a good idea,” Carolla said. “Her condi-
tion is too severe and she would be much more comfortable in a place where there are trained staff minutes down the hall.” Bakos recognizes that bringing her mother home was more work than she had expected and appreciates the help Carolla has given. “Danielle is wonderful,” Bakos said. “Even when I’m not thinking straight, she is so understanding and helpful.” Carolla said she tries not to get emotionally attached to the people she
works with, but it’s sometimes hard. Working in hospice “seems like a sad affair,” Carolla said. “In some ways it is, but I think it’s a really good way to spend your life. “I get to help other people and do some good for families when they might not be able to see any good in their lives at all,” Carolla said. Jamie Rider is a senior majoring in English with a journalism concentration at California University of Pennsylvania.
Is There a University Drug Problem? By PHILIP A. HOUGH California University of Pennsylvania campus police didn’t find evidence of drugs on Sept. 10 at Vulcan Village when they were called to investigate, but police, students and faculty feel the university is no different from others around the country when it comes to drugs on campus. Statistics show many college students have a drug problem. A 2011 Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, conducted by Cal U’s Student Health Center, polled students of twoand four-year educational institutions anonymously, yielding these results: Over 17 percent of students living on campus “currently use (in the past 30 days) marijuana,” and almost 9 percent of that same group use “three times a week or more.” The national average for usage three times a week or more is 7 percent. “I think it’s way higher than that,” said Cal U student Josh Richards. He also said that students have seen recent legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in some states, and that this may play a role in students believing that using drugs is more socially acceptable. Richards was referring to the recent legalization of marijuana in such states as Colorado. Campus police are aware of the
“Any drug at any level is still going to be a problem.” -- Stephanie Southerland
Cal U Senior
presence of controlled substances on campus. As officer Robert Kwiatkowski said, “Do we have drugs on campus? Absolutely.” Nevertheless, Kwiatkowski, an officer with more than five years of experience, said he believes that campus police bring the “control” to the term “controlled substance.” Most on-campus arrests for possession of a controlled substance are handled by the campus police without assistance from the surrounding California borough police, he explained. Kwiatkowski said such incidents and arrests are more the exception than the rule for university students. Most students don’t engage in illegal drug use, he said, and drug inicidents usually die down once students become acclimated to the university and personal responsibility. Kwiatkowski said being away from home and living independently is a new experience for most students. “It’s a freedom some people can handle, and some people have a difficult time with,” Kwiatkowski said.
Donna George, Cal U’s alcohol and drug prevention specialist, insists that at Cal, “Drugs are definitely here.” George said the numbers in the Core Survey indicate that “1 in 10” students are smoking marijuana three times a week or more. “That’s a problem,” George said. Stephanie Southerland, a senior at the university, echoes George’s statements. “Any amount of illegal activity is a problem,” Southerland said. “Any drug at any level is still going to be a problem,” she said. George, with the CORE survey numbers in hand, said, “It makes you wonder how many other students are quietly going through recovery.” Southerland and George said they support an on-campus, 12-step recovery program. George is working to implement such a support program, one that would provide aid for students already in recovery at the university. She is writing a grant to acquire the funding for the program. With more support programs in place, a “student has the opportunity to change the course of (his or her) life,” George said. Philip Hough is a junior English major, studying journalism and political science at California University of Pennsylvania.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons College students may use drugs for many reasons, ranging from trying to have a good time to escaping stress.
Chart by California University of Pennsylvania California University of Pennsylvania’s crime report shows the campus is relatively safe.
Violent Behavior Is Uncommon at Cal By VICTORIA MARTIN
Although violent behavior is an issue among some schools and colleges, statistics show that California University of Pennsylvania is not among those problem schools. The crime statistics report maintained by campus police that is found under the Student Affairs section of the campus website acts as evidence. Cal U has low incidences of assault and mostly minor disputes. According to the 2013 crime statistics report, there was only one aggravated assault on campus in 2012, three simple assaults in 2012 and two simple assaults on campus in 2010. Cait Carpico, 21, a senior liberal studies student, said she has not encountered any violent behavior while she has been at Cal U. “The only violence I have seen was a minor dispute between two guys when they were intoxicated,” Carpico said. James Jeffrey, a Cal U campus police officer, said that campus police have been working to decrease violence. “We do a lot of work with the drug and alcohol coalition,” Jeffrey said. “A lot of violence is alcohol-related,” he said.
University police attend classes and programs with tips about how people can protect themselves, Jeffrey said. Associate Dean for Student Conduct Jim Pflugh said he had dealt with one or two violent incidents of some significance and five to 10 minor disputes so far in the Fall 2013 school year. Pflugh, who has worked with Cal
“The only violence I have seen was a minor dispute between two guys when they were intoxicated.”
-- Cait Carpico Senior, Liberal Studies
U for 20 years, said violence has decreased since he first started at the school. He deals largely with arguments and relationship disagreements, which he said are a result of lack of conflict resolution skills and alcohol. Fifty percent of the cases over the last five years have been related to alcohol and underage drinking. Fighting and sexual assault are often results of drinking, Pflugh said. The Student Affairs office looks at
the causes of violence, and depending on the extent of the violent behavior, staff can suspend or expel students who violate conduct regulations. Nonstudents can be banned from the university or a specific residence hall for sexual violence or extreme aggressive behavior, according to Pflugh. Kay Dorrance, End Violence Center coordinator, said she sees issues of sexual and relationship violence on a weekly basis. “Sometimes we have to order a nocontact directive or a protection from abuse order,” Dorrance said. “These provide protection from future injury to those dealing with abuse.” According to the Crime Statistics Report, there was one forcible sex offense on campus in 2010, two in 2011, and none in 2012. Students can request no action be taken against their attackers. If an anonymous report of sexual assault is placed, the Student Conduct office must make sure the alleged offender isn’t a threat to others on campus, Pflugh said. Victoria Martin is a senior English major at California University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in journalism.
Cal U Educates Students “No!” Always Means “No!” Prevention and
By EMILY GEYER Although California University of Pennsylvania crime statistics show that just two forcible sexual assaults were reported in 2012, that number is probably low, according to Kay Dorrance, coordinator for the End Violence Center and victim advocate. Dorrance said that one in four college women is sexually assaulted each year. She said there is a correlation between student alcohol use and sexual assault. Dorrance said the majority of sexual assault cases reported to her have occurred in private rentals where alcohol has potentially been served. She said sexual assault from men toward women increases at parties, not just at Cal U, but at universities around the country. “Alcohol is the drug of choice in a majority of sexual assault and rape cases,” Dorrance said. Donna George, an alcohol and other drug prevention specialist at Cal U, agrees that drinking can lead to sexual assault. She promotes this belief on posters, including one that says, “Some use loaded weapons. … Others use loaded victims.” Josh Haines, a police officer at Cal U, agrees with both Dorrance and George. “There is a connection between alcohol use and sexual assault,” Haines said. Haines said when students are around alcohol, they should be in groups and have a sober friend around to watch out for any unwanted attention. He said students should never be
alone when drinking alcohol at a party. However, some students, including Stephanie Gumbert, a 21-year-old business marketing major, admit to attending off-campus parties where alcohol is served.
Eric Hiller, a 23-year-old social science and sociology major, said that alcohol does fog the brain, which sometimes prevents students from being aware of what is happening around them or to them. Both students agreed that alcohol can lead to sexual assault. Because sexual assault can happen to anyone, the End Violence Center offers a variety of pamphlets, books, training manuals, and videos on the topic. There are approximately 15 educational videos available online that show students how to recognize the signs and prevent sexual assault. Haines said that although sexual assault does occur often, there will never be an excuse for it. Emily Geyer is a junior at California University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in English with concentrations in journalism and literature.
By MARLEE SHAULIS Sexual harassment is a serious campus issue that California University of Pennsylvania tries to prevent. Cal U has programs like the End Violence Center’s sexual harassment prevention training and support groups to help with the issue. The university tries to help students and faculty members learn and work in a safe environment. Kay Dorrance, coordinator and victim advocate at the End Violence Center, said that sexual harassment is a topic about which students need continuous education. “This is the kind of thing that happens anywhere,” Dorrance said. “Students need to learn how to notice signs of sexual harassment and what to do when it happens to them or someone else,” she said. Dorrance said the End Violence Center’s goal is to increase bystander intervention and also create a safe place where victims can come and talk alone or among others. “We created Green Dot, which teaches students to proactively and reactively intervene when they believe someone is being sexually assaulted,” Dorrance said. “And we created a support group that gives victims a place to feel safe.” Along with the End Violence Center, the Social Equity office works towards protection, awareness, and prevention of sexual harassment. John Burnett, special assistant to the president for equal employment and educational opportunity, said all ad-
on Sexual Harassment
Intervention Are Goals of Several Groups ministrative and supervisory personnel go through training and that incoming freshmen are required to watch videos to become informed about the issue of sexual harassment. Faculty also must undergo training about sexual harassment. Burnett said the university has posters up and he is available to speak to groups, classes or individuals on the topic. “Great strides have been made,” Burnett said. “But everyone has to be diligent and we need to keep educating the next generation moving into power.” Donald Gettig, a police officer at Cal U, said the groups on campus have done a good job of informing the students about sexual harassment. “There has been a huge effort through the university to stop the issue before it begins,” Gettig said. “Even police officers have to go through sexual harassment training.” Gettig said there have only been two reports of sexual harassment this year and no charges were filed. The late Garrick Lackey, a 21-yearold philosophy, political science and English major who recently died in a car crash, said Cal U as well as other universities can do more to show students that sexual harassment is a real problem and not just something that happens every once in a while. “Most of the training given to freshmen students is directed at how you as an individual should not act,” Lackey said. “This is important but does little to show how others are being sexually abused.”
Photo by Emily Geyer There are support groups and other resources available in the Women’s Center and the End Violence Center that help students become aware of how to recognize and prevent sexual harassment. Lackey said the training should focus on recognizing the side effects of a person being sexually harassed because students rarely notice the signs of the abuse. He said it is important to learn about sexual harassment happening to others because then students like him will notice the abuse sooner and be able to prevent it, report it or stop it quicker. Tori Humbert, a 20-year-old accounting major, said she believes that Cal U does have a sexual harassment problem. Although she said she has not directly seen any type of sexual harassment happening, she has heard of several instances. “Sexual harassment is not a big deal to students unless they are in the situation,” Humbert said. “They overlook it and think the person is exaggerating until it happens to them.”
Burnett said victims of sexual harassment should not blame themselves or feel embarrassed. He wants victims to know this happens to a lot of people, and those who experience it should not feel too ashamed to say anything that could help with the ongoing battle for prevention and awareness of sexual harassment. “Anyone can be sexually harassed, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, race, national origin or religious background,” Burnett said. “Remember you have rights as a student, employee, citizen and human being.” Marlee Shaulis is a senior at California University of Pennsylvania majoring in English with a concentration in journalism. She has a minor in communication studies with a concentration in television.
Vandals Deface Cal U Buildings
By MAX FREESE
A message scrawled on a stall in the third floor men’s bathroom in Manderino Library suggests a woman has an active sex life. Barbara Johns, the custodial supervisor at California University of Pennsylvania, said vandalism does occur around campus but cleaning it up is not a daily routine for the custodians. Johns said vandalism usually occurs on the outdoor statues around campus and in restroom stalls. She said most vandalism is racial and sexual graffiti. Donald Gettig, a police officer at Cal U, said vandalism is rarely reported to the police. He said graffiti and racial or sexual messages are commonly found in bathroom stalls and on desks, but the
police are only called when graffiti and damage is done to a major area on campus. “We don’t deal with the petty stuff,” Gettig said. Some examples of vandalism re-
“Stuff like that [vandalism] is going to happen, regardless of what anyone does to stop it. It is something that will not stop.” -- Donald Gettig
Cal U Police Officer
ported in the police logbook included a bus kiosk defaced with graffiti and a gate at the lower exit of the Vulcan garage damaged. Jeff Ivers, a 21-year-old criminal
Photo by Marlee Shaulis Some acts of vandalism are more serious than others. Some students write on bathroom stall doors or on classroom desks, but some students destroy campus property such as a “Do Not Enter’” sign.
Photo by Max Freese Students commit the crime of vandalism by writing something as simple as a name on a surface. justice major, had his window screen ripped apart last year while living at Vulcan Village. Ivers said he heard a noise in his apartment around 2 a.m. He went out to the living room to find someone trying to steal his laptop through a window. The laptop was spared but the window screen was past repair. The following day, Ivers reported the incident to the borough police and to the main office at Vulcan Village. The main office replaced the damaged screen but the suspect was never caught. Gettig said more cameras can be placed in areas, including Vulcan Village, and there can be more police patrols at night to help prevent vandalism. However, he said prevention for vandalism will not really stop it from happening. “Stuff like that is going to happen, regardless of what anyone does to stop it,” Gettig said. “It is something that will not stop.” Max Freese is a senior at California University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in English with a concentration in journalism.
When Cal U Visitors Party Hearty By JULIAN SEPESKY
Many students at California University of Pennsylvania know the small college becomes quite popular on certain nights. The university has both students and nonstudents filling the campus town. Rich Wall, a junior sports management major, said there is always a lot going on at Cal U on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. He said that house parties, dances, and weekly events, such as bucket night, keep the bars packed with both students and nonstudents. Because so many nonstudents are coming to Cal U to visit friends, the police become responsible for more than just the 8,000 students who are enrolled at the university. With so many people coming to Cal U to drink, there have been reports of arrests involving nonstudents. Elizabeth Gatta, a police officer at Cal U, said the amount of crimes committed each year by nonstudents varies. However, she said the officers who work in the evenings have seen a good amount of nonstudent arrests lately. Gatta said most nonstudent arrests involve alcohol. Some of the recent arrests have been made at parties occurring in town. While the campus police force is not responsible for calls that happen in town, some officers are still asked to assist the borough police if extra help is needed. “We are always happy to assist because there are many times when the borough is shorthanded,” Gatta said. “It is mostly a preventative measure; extra officers out on those nights tend to deter crimes.” James Pflugh, associate dean for student conduct, said incidents that occur
on campus are subject to penalty by the law. It is also important to remember that students who disobey the university’s code of conduct policy may receive consequences, such as probation or expulsion from the campus. “In my position, I am looking at whether actions potentially violate the university’s student code of conduct rather than laws,” Pflugh said. Pflugh said that some prohibited behavior in the student code of conduct includes underage drinking and drug use. He also said that both students and nonstudents must obey the residence halls visitation guidelines and quiet hours. Pflugh said when nonstudents break campus rules, his office sends out a letter of warning or a letter banning them from coming back to Cal U. Pflugh said the number of nonstudents his office takes action against is small. He said usually 10 percent of incidents reported involve nonstudents. Julian Sepesky is a senior at California University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in English with a concentration in journalism.
Photo by Marlee Shaulis J Cole’s is a bar where Cal U students and nonstudents can gather for popular events, such as “Bucket Night.”
Photo by Marlee Shaulis Visitors to campus, whether at night or during the day, are expected to treat the university with the same respect that students do.
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Student Housing, Business, Building Plan Calls for Razing of Borough’s PNC Bank By TAYLOR BROWN
The California skyline may have a new addition in the upcoming year that would provide new business opportunities to developers, as well as alternate housing options for students, pending a decision by council. At the conditional use hearing held before the council meeting on Oct. 10, James and John Sepesky proposed demolishing the PNC Bank property to make room for their development. Council decided to postpone a decision on the project until Feb. 4, 2014, while the builders wait for a signed sales agreement from PNC Bank that will allow the destruction, as well as the relocation of the facility. The Sepeskys already own three buildings behind Rite Aid. The new building will be at 200 Wood St. and will feature three floors.
The second and third floor will be for 12 custom student apartments, each with three bedrooms. The first floor is for the new location of the bank, along with OSPTA. The OSPTA office is simply exchanging quarters on Wood Street. The council also heard: • Plans to have its lawyer draft an ordinance that would cite property owners who do not keep up their properties. They would face fines and possible jail time if found guilty of not maintaining their properties. • Bill Johnson, the borough’s engineer, said the construction of the new waste management facility near 84 Lumber is continuing. Taylor Brown is a junior at California University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in English with concen-
trations in journalism and creative writing.
California Government Mayor: Casey Durdines Council Members: Jon Bittner, president Chip Glab, vice president Tony Mariscotti, president pro tem Pat Alfano, Phil Difilippo, Ryan Ecapera, and Paula Gutosky The Borough Council’s Committee of the Whole meetings are the first Thursday of each month; council meetings are the third Thursday. All are at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, 225 Third St.
Photo by Marlee Shaulis
James and John Sepesky are planning to build more student apartments on Wood Street. The two would like to acquire the PNC Bank to use for their new housing development, which will require the facility to be demolished and rebuilt. The borough council will vote on this proposal on Feb. 4, 2014
That Really Happened?! Fall 2013
Photo from website of California University of Pennsylvania
Campus police at California University of Pennsylvania handle an array of problems. No matter how serious or how silly the crime is, the police officers are obligated to try to solve the case.
By DAN MADER At California University of Pennsylvania, some unique and weird police reports have filled the pages of the police log. From reports about arguing over pizza in the Natali Student Center to a fire alarm going off from a hot shower in Building C, Cal U’s police reports have always had a history of being interesting. Last year, a police report was filed for a robbery involving a bottle of beer. The perpetrator broke into an apartment, drank a bottle of beer, and then returned the empty bottle back to the pack. The offense ended up being reported in the Cal Times. Jose Negron, sports editor for the Cal Times, remembers when the story was published.
“When we found out about this police report, we knew that it had to be in the odd police reports section of the paper,” Negron said. “It was too crazy and intriguing to pass up.” Although the story of the stolen beer bottle is unique, it is not the only bizarre police report filed. Last year, a Cal U student lost $3,000 after she sent a money transaction to a fraudulent website posing as a site to sell automobiles. After finding a BMW Z3 on Craigslist, she got a money order from WalMart and sent the $3,000 through Google Wallet to the supposed owner of the car. The money order was sent to Utah and the student soon discovered that she had been ripped off. According to Dan Sturm, a police officer at Cal U, that same automobile website acquired money from eight
other people and succeeded in the fraud. “It’s a real shame,” Sturm said. “She worked as a waitress and saved all that money and for it to be stolen like that is just a shame.” Sturm said that although the police might be able to track an ID for the owner of the website, it would probably be fake and the chase could last even longer. Whether someone steals one bottle of beer from an apartment or loses $3,000 to a fake website, the police log at Cal U will continue to be filled with some unique and bizarre reports. Dan Mader is a junior at California University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in English with a concentration in journalism.
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Meet the Editors
This edition of Cal Corner was put together by Marlee Shaulis and Jamie Rider for their Journalism III course, in which they learned the skills and techniques of editing from Professor Margo Wilson. The two Cal U seniors spent their semester honing their craft and using the tools at their disposal to bring readers a piece of work of which the editors, reporters, and their campus, could be proud. The stories were reported and written by students in Cal’s Reporting class. Journalism is multifaceted, and it’s important to know how to put together a publication, just as much as it’s important to know how to write solid news stories.
Jamie Rider is a senior English major with a journalism concetration and is expecting to graduate in Spring 2014. She is the entertainment editor of the campus newspaper, the Cal Times. She has worked for the Cal Times since her sophomore year in 2010. Jamie loves to read and has books stacked on her floor because shelf space is limited. Her favorite authors are David Sedaris, John Green, and J.K Rowling. After college, she wants to travel far from Pennsylvania and write for a newspaper and eventually hold an editor’s position.
Marlee Shaulis is a senior at California University of Pennsylvania, majoring in English with a concentration in journalism and minoring in communication studies with a concentration in television. Marlee is a member of the honors program, Alpha Lambda Delta, the peer mentoring program and the Cal U chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In the future, Marlee hopes to pursue a career in print journalism or even become a television reporter.