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APRIL 20, 2012

VOL. 32, NO. 10

Gas pains: Students hit hard by rising prices By Allison Steinheiser Staff Writer

Seeing the amount of money it takes to fill up your gas tank can be a pain, especially when it could be as much as half of your pay check. “I don’t understand why they are so high,” Ryan Minutello (senior/radio and tv) said. This is the reaction by many students. The rising price of gas has become an issue for students, especially commuters. With students driving to campus from as far as Pittsburgh, Washington, and Uniontown, many are seeing their bank accounts suffer. Students do not have very many options when it comes to filling up their tank in California, Pa. Kwik Fill is the only place to get gas within California, so if students are in need of gas as they are leaving campus, they don’t have any other options. According to, the average price of gas in the area is $3.97. Last month is was $3.82, while six months ago

the price was just $3.47. Some of the stations with the lowest prices in the area were Sunoco and Citgo in Brownsville, Gulf in Charleroi, and Sunoco in Stockdale. The price of gas at the Sunoco and Citgo in Brownsville was $3.93 as of Apr. 14. In Stockdale, you could find gas at the Sunoco as low as $3.95 on Sunday afternoon. The Gulf in Charleroi was charging $3.93 on Apr.14. The price for gas at the Kwik Fill in California was the area average, $3.97. These prices leave students who have to drive every day facing a challenge to find a way to pay for the gas that they use. “I had money to get gas in my car, but I didn’t have money to do anything...with other bills, I can’t afford to go anywhere,” Minutello said. With students having limited time to work, it makes it difficult to pay for school and bills to begin with. Now adding high gas prices, it makes it even harder to find the extra cash. This is a problem that many students are facing and finding solutions to this problem has been difficult.

Photo by: Jeff Helsel The Kwik Fill in California Borough is charging $3.97 a gallon for unleaded gasoline as of Monday, April 16. Students who commute to campus from around the region say the rising gas prices are driving up their educational costs, forcing them to find alternative transportation or forfeit other travel plans.

Students enjoy Japanese culture, while donating to charity By Gloria Stone Staff Writer

Photo by: Joshua Laska Master Chef Shuichi Kotani, a world renowned Japanese chef, teaches those at the International Dinner how to make homemade soba noodles.

For the first time in California University International Club history, the International Dinner benefited Second Harvest Japan. Second Harvest Japan is a charity that creates food resources for those in need throughout Japan. Second Harvest Japan has helped children at orphanages, single parent households, as well as disabled people who are on a low income. The International Club asked all of those attending to purchase tickets for the event. The total amount of the tickets sold would be donated to the charity. The theme for the International Dinner was Japan. The evening entailed dinner and entertainment of all sorts. “We choose Japan this year because we wanted to do a fund raiser something the International Club has never done before,” International Club Presi-

dent Sara Di Benedetto (senior/ sports management) said. “We researched a charity then decided to sell tickets opposed to giving away free tickets and the money from the tickets is going to the Second Harvest Japan for relief,” Di Benedetto said. Two guest chefs Hiroko Shimbo and Shuichi Kotani, along with AVI, presented dinner to those in attendance. Chef Hiroko Shimbo is a world renowned Japanese chef. She is a trained sushi chef, chef-instructor, as well as involved with the media. Shimbo appeared for the second time at California University of Pennsylvania during the International Dinner. She previously presented the art of Japanese tea to students and faculty in 2010. Chef Shuichi Kotani studied soba for a decade in Japan before moving to New York City. He is a well-known Chef in Japan, as well as the United States. “I love Japanese and I knew in my pocket I had Hiroko Shimbo who was just a phone call away; she was here last year and I

knew I also had Chef Kotani,” Billy Cowherd, director of community relations, AVI, said. A video from the students of the International Club was presented to introduce everyone to this year’s event. Chef Shuichi Kotani demonstrated how soba noodles are made; with hard work, dedication and an art to the Japanese food and culture. After the demonstration, the evening ended with a performance by the West Virginia University’s Percussion Society who shared the drumming of the Taiko Drums. The Taiko drums were presented in 600 A.D. in Japan. The drums are used to communicate, celebrate and invigorate the masses. There are many traditions dealing with the performances of the Taiko Drums. If anyone missed the International Dinner you can still donate to Second Harvest Japan at




Shape up for Summer New restaurant By Gloria Stone Staff Writer

Summer is only a few months away, and to no one’s surprise, eating healthy and losing weight is on the minds of most college students. Staying active and eating healthy are the top two ways to lose weight, though staying in shape and looking your best is not just for the summer months. The Wellness Center at California University has many pamphlets available filled with suggestions for living a healthy lifestyle. Some of the pamphlets include: “101 Ways to Eat Smart,” “101 Ways to get Fit,” and a “Guide to the Health Benefits of Vegetables and Fruits.” “101 Ways to Eat Smart” include facts on specific foods people should eat as well as avoid. The pamphlet also contains information on how to arrange the meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The most im-

portant facts state that people should, “eat breakfast everyday, read food labels, cut down on red meat, eat whole-grain bread, use garlic or pepper instead of salt, eat at the same time each day, talk with a doctor about what food is best, do not take more food than you can eat and eat about the same amount of food every day.” These factors, as well as the 92 other tips, can help anyone become healthy and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Along with the “101 Ways to Eat Smart,” another piece of information available is “101 Ways to get Fit.” Many people think getting fit is just playing sports or working out. However, there are easy everyday things to contribute to staying fit and getting active. Some ways consist of carry firewood, play soccer, lift weights, plant a garden, drink lots of liquids, take a swim class, join a health club,

dig a ditch and play hopscotch. The “101 Ways to Eat Smart” as well as “101 Ways to get Fit” are created by ETR, a non-profit organization working for healthy lifestyle solutions. Consuming fruits and vegetables are easy ways to stay healthy and try to lose weight. Red fruits and vegetables have helpful properties including lycopene and anthocyanin. Yellow/orange fruits and vegetables such as mangoes and squash help the body to create antioxidants like Vitamin C. Blue or purple fruits and vegetables help healthy aging by creating antioxidants for the body. More information on a healthy lifestyle is available in the Wellness Center on Cal’s campus.

Mar. 29 - Assist University Police responded to a report of a disturbance at Vulcan Village. University Police assisted California borough police with the investigation as to what happened and then cleared after it was determined that the situation was suitably deescalated. Mar. 31 - Complaint At 1:42 a.m., University Police responded to Hickory Street for a complaint of bottles being thrown out of a Residence Hall window onto the street and sidewalk. Mar. 31 - Domestic California borough police requested assistance along Vesta 4 Road in California borough for an active domestic. April. 1 - Assist University Police assisted California borough police on an incident behind Kwik Fill gas sta-

tion. University Police helped with a female that suffered minor injuries; [as well as] transported a female to the California police station. Charges will be filed by California borough police April. 1 - Assist University Police assisted California borough police on an incident at Peggy’s Place. California borough police will be filing charges on a female that struck a bartender. April. 1 - Damage At approximately 2:30 a.m., University Police assisted California borough police in the 600 block of Wood Street. Unknown subjects threw a beer bottle at a police car, damaging the paint. The subjects remain at large. April. 1 - Domestic University Police assisted California borough police on an incident at 988 Cross St. apartments. One male will be charged for a domestic dispute.

University Police Reports: Mar. 27- April. 9 Mar. 27 - Domestic University Police assisted California borough police with a domestic dispute on Fourth Street. Mar. 28 - Domestic University Police responded to a report of a domestic altercation at Vulcan Village. Upon arrival were assisted by California borough police with the investigation into damages and minor injuries caused to the victim by the suspect. The suspect had fled the scene and was not apprehended at the time of the initial investigation but will be once located by California borough police. Mar. 29 - Intoxicated [University Police encountered an intoxicated female who was walking], she was transported to the health center for observation prior to release.


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APRIL 20, 2012

opens on Route 40 By Gloria Stone Staff Writer

Historic U.S. Route 40 in Fayette County was once known as “the road that built a nation”. Over time, numerous inns and taverns sprouted up along the highway where travelers could rest and get a good meal during their journeys across the country. That tradition of excellent roadside eateries along the historic highway continues today with the recent opening of Lil Joey’s Pizza located at 420 Old National Pike in Brownsville, Pa. The restaurant is take-out and delivery only, but they are in the process of adding a dining room, which will include tables and booths as well as a public rest room for customers. “It’s taking a little bit longer than what we thought with the plumbing and everything but we hope to be open late spring early summer,” Jennifer Shumar (part owner of Lil Joey’s) said. With the addition of the dining room Lil Joey’s is renovating space for outside dining for the warm months. With take-out,

April. 2 - Theft A theft of computer devices was reported from Keystone education building. April. 2 - Dispute At 3:41 p.m., a report of a roommate dispute was received by University Police. The dispute occurred in Residence Hall C and will be handled by Residence Hall staff. April. 4 - Theft University Police were called to assist the Redstone Police Department for a break in at the Dollar General store in Grindstone. Two actors were able to get away with a safe after going through [a] side wall. April. 5 - Charged University Police assisted California borough police at Vulcan Village. A California University student will be charged for trying to remove a boot from a car. April. 5 - Break-In University Police as-

delivery, dining in and outdoors will let customers have many options for customers. Lil Joey’s has many different food options on their menu. Options include pizzas, stromboli’s, calzones, salads, appetizers, burgers, subs, baked dishes and even desserts. There are quite a few favorite items from customers already with the take out and delivery already up and running. “We started with pizzas thinking this would be the main thing but stromboli’s and calzones have really gone through the roof, everyone just loves them,” Shumar said. Lil Joey’s Pizza delivers to Cal U’s campus on both weekdays and weekends. The restaurant is just staying in their main area currently. They are delivering within a five-mile radius when calling for delivery. Boroughs to which they deliver include Brownsville, Richeyville, and Beallsville. From California Lil Joey’s is ten minutes away. Lil Joey’s Pizza has a website with their menu, coupons, and contact information. Their website is

sisted California borough police with a break in at 400 Fourth St. Two males were charged with unlawful entry into a home. April. 5 - Dispute At approximately 8:30 p.m., a roommate dispute occurred in Carter Hall and was reported to University Police around 9:30 p.m. April. 7 - Damage University Police responded to a smell of marijuana, which was determined to be unfounded after investigation. April. 9 - Assist University Police assisted California with a code 302 at 128 Wood St.



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Entertainment Wrap-up In Theaters

Think Like a Man The Lucky One Chimpanzee


Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol The Divide


Neon Trees: Picture Show Little Richard: Here’s Little Richard Train: California 37 We are Serenades: Criminal Heaven

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Movies this summer are going to be ‘Super’ Associated Press

As superhero summers go, this one is truly super. Amid one of the most-promising box-office seasons Hollywood has ever served up, three movies stand above the rest. The first weekend in May brings “The Avengers,” the ensemble adventure teaming Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man with such fellow Marvel Comics heroes as Thor, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk. “The Amazing Spider-Man” follows over the Fourth of July as Marvel’s web-slinger gets a fresh origin story, with Andrew Garfield taking over as teenturned-superhero Peter Parker. Finally, in late July, there’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” with Christian Bale returning as DC Comics’ masked vigilante in the finale of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. These three are the gold standard for fans: “The Dark Knight,” Tobey Maguire’s three “Spider-Man” flicks and Downey’s two “Iron Man” movies are the six top-grossing superhero adventures ever. Add in solid receipts for solo turns of “Avengers” co-stars Chris Hemsworth in “Thor” and Chris Evans in “Captain America: The First Avenger” — plus the lure of a new incarnation of the Incredible Hulk by Mark Ruffalo in “Avengers” — and summer’s superhero meter is

off the charts. “’The Avengers’ is literally one of the first books I followed regularly. ... Some of the work that was done in there was really groundbreaking and really epic,” said “The Avengers” writer-director Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). “It’s great fun to take characters that you are so invested in, because you grew up with them, and get to put words in their mouths and figure out what they’re going to be doing with their lives for a while. Of course, there’s plenty to fill in the gaps between superhero sagas. Other action tales include “Men in Black 3,” with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones; Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron’s fairy-tale makeover “Snow White and the Huntsman”; Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi with “Prometheus”; “Avengers” co-star Jeremy Renner’s “The Bourne Legacy”; Colin Farrell’s remake “Total Recall”; and the board game adaptation “Battleship.” Cartoon makers offer up the Scottish adventure “Brave,” the latest from the animation virtuosos at Pixar, while talkinganimal franchises return with “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” The comedy and music front brings Adam Sandler’s father-

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hood story “That’s My Boy”; the all-star song fest “Rock of Ages”; Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill’s suburban romp “Neighborhood Watch”; Sacha Baron Cohen’s tyrant tale “The Dictator”; and Whitney Houston’s final film, “Sparkle.” And what would summer be without vampires? Johnny Depp turns blood-sucker as he reunites with director Tim Burton for “Dark Shadows,” a big-screen take on the gothic soap opera. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” has the great emancipator taking down the undead. Like director Whedon with “The Avengers,” ‘’Amazing Spider-Man” star Garfield practically has Peter Parker in his DNA. Garfield has been a huge Spider-Man fan since age 4. “I know the character really well. It’s part of me already. It’s like I’ve been preparing for the role for 24 years,” said Garfield, who hints that destiny is at work in this version as orphan boy Peter’s search for his parents puts him on a path with the mutant spider that endows him with superpowers. Directed by Marc Webb and co-starring Emma Stone as romantic interest Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the villainous Lizard, “Amazing Spider-Man” aims to walk the line between gravity and exuberance, Garfield said. “Marc Webb has approached this with a real eye for authenticity, emotional authenticity,

a kind of groundedness and grittiness. It feels a bit darker to me,” Garfield said. “Also, it’s really important that Spidey has fun and is witty. The mask’s a very powerful thing for anyone who wears it. It gives you leave to do anything you want, and I think in the hands of a teenager, he’ll just run riot. I hope we’ve managed to have some of that.” “The Avengers” has superhero puppetmaster Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) rounding up Downey’s Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Evans’ Captain America, Hemsworth’s Thor, Ruffalo’s Hulk and Renner’s Hawkeye to take on Thor’s evil brother (Tom Hiddleston), who plots to unleash alien marauders on Earth. “’The Avengers’ challenge was just not so much the scope of it,” Downey said. “It’s funny to think about a superhero movie as being complex, but I think it was a little bit daunting imagining how you get the balance of all of these intersecting stories. ... “It was a bit of a welcome relief in a certain sense in that ‘Avengers,’ once it took shape, was a very, very smartly executed and controlled venture.” Whether alone or together, much of the gang will be back. Downey’s about to start shooting “Iron Man 3,” Hemsworth and Evans have “Thor” and “Captain America” sequels coming and there’s talk of solo spinoffs for some of the other Avengers.

U n l i k e “ Av e n g e r s ” a n d “Amazing Spider-Man,” ‘’Dark Knight Rises” will not be playing in 3-D. Director Nolan just isn’t a fan. Nolan does like shooting for the huge-screen IMAX format, so fans can count on a visual spectacle in those theaters. “On 3-D, I don’t know if that was ever even a debate,” said Gary Oldman, who returns as Batman’s police commissioner ally, Jim Gordon. “It’s IMAX. That’s as big and bold as it gets, so there’s plenty of that.” Anne Hathaway signs on as Catwoman, while Nolan’s “Inception” co-stars Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy join returning Batman cast members Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. Nolan and his cast have kept details secret, but the film could spell a dark end for Bale’s Dark Knight: Hardy plays the villain Bane, the brawny brute who broke Batman’s back in the comic books. Hardy has a tough act to follow. The late Heath Ledger won an Academy Award as Batman’s last foe, the Joker, in “The Dark Knight.” “I find it interesting that he picked Bane as a villain, and he was not tempted to use the Riddler or the Penguin, the more obvious choices,” Oldman said. “It suits the story better. It’s a great read, it’s a great piece. And there we are. There’s the end of it.”

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Summer movie highlights




— “Battleship”: Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson are in the Navy now as sailors take on inhuman invaders in an action tale inspired by the game. — “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”: Those classy Brits put some sophistication into summer with a tale of UK retirees in India. With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson. — “Chernobyl Diaries”: Six rookie tourists mistakenly visit the site of the nuclear disaster and find unexpected horrors in the abandoned place. — “Dark Shadows”: We bet the latest reunion of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton will bring some fresh bite to vampires as they adapt the creepy TV soap opera featuring a 200-year-old blood-sucker. — “The Dictator”: Sacha Baron Cohen outdoes Castro with his wild beard in this comedy about a tyrant battling for untruth, injustice and the totalitarian way. — “Men in Black 3”: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones return to fight aliens in a time-traveling action comedy that adds Josh Brolin as the young version of Jones’ Agent K. Nice casting. — “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”: Everyone’s in a family way with an ensemble tale about pending parenthood that features Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Dennis Quaid.


— “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”: Can’t wait for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming biopic “Lincoln”? Then catch the 16th president (Benjamin Walker) as he eman cipates the land from blood-suckers. — “Brave”: A Scottish lass (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) must undo the chaos her defiance has unleashed on her kingdom in the latest from the animation maestros at Pixar. — “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”: The toy soldiers inspire another live-action firefight featuring Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. — “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”: The zoo animals are still on tour as voice stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith return. — “Magic Mike”: Channing Tatum takes it off again in a story inspired by his early work as a male stripper. Steven Soderbergh directs. — “People Like Us”: “Star Trek’s” Chris Pine comes down to Earth as a salesman tidying up his late father’s estate in a comic drama co-starring Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer. — “Piranha 3DD”: It’s another Friday night fish fry in reverse as prehistoric piranha chow down on tourists at a water park. — “Prometheus”: Ridley Scott. Science fiction. Any questions? The “Alien” creator returns to the genre with a cousin to his space horror tale starring Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender. — “Rock of Ages”: Journey and REO Speedwagon ride again in a musical romance featuring old rock tunes and a cast that includes Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julianne Hough. — “Snow White and the Huntsman”: Kristen Stewart’s the fiercest in the land as she teams with a tough guy (Chris Hemsworth) to battle an evil queen (Charlize Theron). — “That’s My Boy”: Adam Sandler tries to grow up as a bad dad hoping to make things right with his estranged grown son (Andy Samberg). — “To Rome with Love”: Woody Allen woos Italy and appears on-screen for the first time in years with an ensemble romance co-starring Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni and Ellen Page.


— “Ice Age: Continental Drift”: For extinct species, these cartoon critters sure are survivors. Ray Romano and his voice co-stars are back with another prehistoric comedy. — “Katy Perry: Part of Me”: The pop superstar gets the 3-D treatment in a music documentary featuring performances and behind-the-scenes access. — “Neighborhood Watch”: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill learn their town is teaming with space invaders disguised as average suburban dwellers. — “Ruby Sparks”: A character created by a novelist (Paul Dano) comes to life as a real woman (Zoe Kazan) in the latest from the directors of “Little Miss Sunshine.” — “Savages”: California pot growers fight a Mexican drug ring in Oliver Stone’s thriller featuring Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Taylor Kitsch and Uma Thurman. — “Step Up: Revolution”: The next round in the dance franchise has a crew of Miami hoofers fighting a neighborhood developer. — “Ted”: A teddy bear come to life is every boy’s dream — until the thing sticks around into the kid’s adult years. Mark Wahlberg stars in the comedy from Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”).


— “The Apparition”: Ashley Greene stars in a spooky tale of a couple haunted by a presence con jured up in a college experiment. — “The Bourne Legacy”: The spirit of lethal operative Jason Bourne lives on, minus Matt Damon, with Jeremy Renner at the center of fallout from the first three action hits. — “The Campaign”: Dirty politics in this age of bipartisanship? Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis sling mud as congressional opponents in Jay Roach’s comedy. — “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”: The hapless hero (Zachary Gordon) of the best-selling books stumbles through trouble over summer vacation. — “The Expendables 2”: Action heroes crowd the screen again as Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li and friends seek vengeance after a mission goes wrong. — “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”: A couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) eager to start a family gets a dose of the unexpected when a mysterious boy turns up at their door. — “ParaNorman”: The animated comedy centers on a boy who can speak with the dead and be comes the last hope of his hometown after it’s overrun by zombies. — “Total Recall”: Colin Farrell steps into Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sci-fi role as an average guy on the run who uncovers a secret identity even he didn’t know about.



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By Levie Kirkland

Hey everyone! The Night Out on the Town at the Waterfront is on Friday, April 20. The bus will be leaving at 4 p.m. in front of the library. The Big Event is on Sunday, April 22 at 10 a.m. If you signed up for it be sure to meet with BSU in Morgan Hall at 9 a.m. Our Block Party is on Friday, April 27 at 4 p.m. on the turf at the student union there be free food, music, games, and come and check out the other organizations who will be participating with our event as well. There will also be a basketball tournament at 6 p.m. on the outdoor basketball courts, if you want to get a team together sign up at our BSU board by the Gold Rush. So come out to this wonderful event and bring a friend! The Retro Party is on Saturday, April 28 at 9 p.m. in the Performance Center. If you dare come dress in retro outfits from the past. It’s free for CalU students and you must have I.D to get in and guest must pay $7.00. For more info contact Chantel Garrett at or Markus Wright tickets to Six Flags on Saturday May 5 is sold out!!! Our meetings are every Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Carter Hall Multipurpose Room. Everyone is welcome.

The Internship Corner By Lucie Fremeau

WANTED: Internship Ambassadors The Internship Ambassadors Club, whose goal is to promote internships, serve in an advisory role to the Internship Center, and complete community service projects, is looking for new members! Students who would like to become more familiar with the internship process while serving the community are encouraged to become involved in this opportunity. The student-run club’s goal is to stress the importance of internships to students at Cal U by keeping students informed on opportunities and the internship process. The Internship Ambassadors Club seeks to help students understand the benefits of internships and aid them in participating in these experiences that prepare them for a career. In addition to participating in community service, the Internship Ambassadors serve in an advisory role to the Internship Center, located in Eberly 230. Cal U students in any major or class rank can become a part of the Internship Ambassadors Club. There are no club fees or dues, and students don’t need to have completed an internship to join. Students should be able to attend the monthly meetings and be able to attend most on-campus activities held by the club. Interested students should contact the club’s incoming president, Nicole Runac, at The following internship is currently available through the Internship Center: PSSI Stadium Corporation (Heinz Field) PSSI Stadium Corp. is seeking an event planning operations intern to work 35 hours per week beginning in January 2013 and continuing through May 2013. Sports management, marketing, and public relations majors are welcome to apply. The intern will assist with the Event Operations Department’s daily needs, assist with the Heinz Field Tour program, assist with the uniform room, contribute articles for the Team Member Newsletter, and assist with the purchasing of event supplies. Interested students should email a cover letter and resume to employment@steelers. or mail to: PSSI Stadium LLC ATTN: Event Operations Department (Internship) 900 Art Rooney Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5775

Accepting Applications! Cal U Career Coach Program Career Services is now accepting applications for the Cal U Career Coach Program. Through the Cal U Career Coach program, students will be matched with successful alumni and friends of the university to form a year long career mentoring relationship. The goals of the Cal U Career Coach program are: - to help students to learn more about career fields of interest; - to network and make professional contacts; - and to learn more about the professional qualities needed to successfully transition from college to the world of work. Interested students can apply on the Career Services website – College Central Network Job Postings Register with College Central Network (CCN) Cal U’s job/resume posting website at www. to view job postings and post your resume for employers to view. Visit the Career Services website for more links to job postings. Hot Jobs (Posted on College Central Network) Intern/Co-op Job Title Industry & Market Research Intern Job Description Work will include conducting market research, analyzing and interpreting data, and preparing reports for internal and external clients. Research will involve a wide and ever-changing assessment of technologies and markets, regulatory environments, general patent and I.P. parameters and all other aspects for a business opportunity relating to the particular technology. Assessment of novel technologies, emerging markets, customer segmentation and statistical modeling will all be required to accomplish the task. Researcher may be required to gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. This work supports an overall assessment of a technology or a technology gap, the business opportunity represented, and the additional activity necessary to accelerate commercial outcomes. Salary Paid Job Location Wexford, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Full Time Job Title: INVESTIGATOR Job Description: OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF JOB To assist attorneys and clients with information and administration and clerical duties regarding issues relating to public defender’s office. Type of Job Full Time Job Location Fayette County, Pennsylvania Career Services 230 Eberly Science and Technology Center 724-938-4413

Hispanic Student Association By: Angelina Lorenzo

SPANISH PHRASE OF THE WEEK: Quien con perros se echa, con pulgas se levanta. (If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.) Hola everyone! HSA invites you to come and show your support for and learn about the Hispanic culture in all of our upcoming events. We will be participating in the Big Event on Earth Day as well as the BSU Block Party. Then its time to party! Come to our Salsa Night on May 5 to dance away all of the stress before finals and bring all your friends so you can dance the night away before everyone leaves for the summer! We are always welcoming new members so look for information about meetings for the Fall Semester. Email to get on our email list.

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APRIL 20, 2012

Tennis wins PSAC West outright By Joshua Laska

Sports/Managing Editor

Photo by: Joshua Laska 41st Ranked senior Annabel Pieschl leads the Vulcans with a 28-5 record in singles. In doubles, Pieschl and Pondicas are ranked 16th in the nation, and lead the Vulcans with a 26-5 record.

The eighth ranked Vulcan tennis team captured two wins last week. Their first victory was over 44th ranked Slippery Rock 9-0 followed by a 7-0 victory over Division I Villanova. The Vulcans are now 19-5 on the season and 5-0 in the PSAC, with five wins over Division I opponents. The fifth ranked team of senior Martina Rubesova and Franziska Steinhardt defeated Slippery Rock’s Dunja Drmac and Sarah Lynch, 8-1 in the first doubles position. In the second doubles position, 16th ranked team of senior Annabel Pieschl and junior Jade Pondicas defeated Lauren Coggins and Elisabeth Yetiskul, 8-2. The doubles point was swept by freshman Ramona Czakon and senior Anastassiya Zherdeva defeating Samanatha Bruggeman and Janelle Krantz, 8-3. In singles, 12th ranked Rubesova defeated 34th ranked Lynch 6-1 and 6-0, followed by 41st ranked Pieschl defeating Drmac 6-1 and 6-0 in the second position. In the third position, 42nd ranked Pondicas defeated Yetiskul 6-1 and 6-1, while Zherdeva defeated Krantz 6-1 and 6-0. Steinhardt came away with a 6-0 and 6-2 victory over

Coggins, followed in the sixth position by Czakon defeating Bruggeman 6-1 and 6-1 to complete the sweep of the Rock. Against Villanova, the fifth ranked team of Rubesova and Steinhardt defeated Mikelle Mancini and Sydney West, 8-1. The second doubles team of 16th ranked Pieschl and Pondicas defeated Aliison Solberg and Alexandra Harding, 8-6. Sweeping of Villanova in doubles was provide by the doubles team of Zherdeva and Czakon defeating Kristin Gobberg and Wesleigh Donadio, 8-3. 12th ranked Rubesova defeated Mancini 6-3 and 6-3 in the first singles position, followed by 41st ranked Pieschl defeating Solberg 6-2 and 6-2. 42nd ranked Pondicas defeated West 6-4 and 6-4, while Zherdeva defeated Kate Pettee 6-1 and 6-0 in the fourth position. In the fifth spot, Steinhardt defeated Amanada Nelson 6-0 and 6-0. Czakon defeated Harding 6-1 and 6-1 to clinch the sweep over Villanova. With the victories over Slippery Rock and Villanova the Vulcans end their regular season. They now look towards the PSAC Team Championships today, April 20, and tomorrow. Followed by the PSAC Individual Championships and the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament April 28 to 30.

Myers posts fastest time in D-II this season By Sports Information For the Cal Times

Senior Brice Myers (Pittsburgh, Pa./McDowell) ran the fastest time in NCAA Division II this season on Saturday while competing in the 110-meter hurdles at the Jesse Owens Track Classic hosted by Ohio State. Myers placed second in the event with a blistering time of 14.03 seconds, which reaches the NCAA automatic-qualifying standard. While competing against hurdlers from several NCAA Division I programs, he finished behind only former Michigan All-American Jeff Porter. Myers tied his previous career-best time set at last year’s NCAA Championships when he placed second in the finals. His time ranks as the fastest in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) this season by nearly one full second and leads NCAA Division II by sixhundredths of a second. Senior Alex Smith (South Park, Pa./South Park) established a season-best time in the 800-meter run after rounding the track in 1 minute, 54.16 seconds. He finished 15th overall in

a field of nearly 40 runners while running the sixth-fastest time in the PSAC this season. Junior Da’Joun Heidelberg (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) posted his fastest time of the season in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 11.17 seconds. He also finished with a time of 22.97 seconds in the 200-meter dash in Columbus. Select members of the California University of Pennsylvania women’s track & field team competed at the Jesse Owens Track Classic over the weekend. Sophomore Courtnee Whitaker (Stafford, Va./Mountain View) posted the third-fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) this season at Ohio State. She placed 15th overall after establishing a personal best with a time of 14.72 seconds. Fellow sophomore Monique Sims (Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley) registered a season-best time in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 12.31 seconds. She also posted a time of 25.88 seconds in the 200-meter dash over the weekend. The Vulcans finished seventh in the 4x100-meter relay at the

Jesse Owens Classic. The relay of junior Jordyn Reagan (Masontown, Pa./Albert Gallatin), sophomore Bria Jay (Plum, Pa./ Plum), senior Samantha Valiton (Schellsburg, Pa./Chestnut Ridge) and Sims combined to post a time of 48.65 seconds. As an individual, Jay finished with a time of 12.66 seconds in the 100 meters over the weekend. Cal U also competed in the 4x400-meter relay in Columbus, as the relay of senior Shakeria Love (York, Pa./Central York), freshman Janae Turner (Akron, Ohio/Copley), Valiton and Reagan rounded the track in 4 minutes, 1.74 seconds. Love posted a time of 58.15 seconds in the 400-meter dash. The Vulcans return to action on Saturday, April 21, when they compete at the Ed Fry Invitational hosted by IUP.

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Photo by: Joshua Laska Senior Brice Myers posted an impressive automatic NCAA qualifing time of 14.03 seconds at Ohio State. Myers was also named the PSAC Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week.



APRIL 20, 2012

Softball two wins away from clinching first in the PSAC West By Joshua Laska

Sports/Managing Editor The 24th ranked Vulcans posted four wins last week including two over Gannon who were tied with the Vulcans for first place in the PSAC West. The week began with a postponement of the Gannon series due to snow/ rain. The Vulcans then traveled back to Gannon and came away with a 7-0 and a 10-4 victory. On April 13, the Vulcans returned home to take on Edinboro for senior day, which they came away with a 3-1 and a 10-0 victory. The 24th ranked California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans are now 30-6 on the season and 10-2 in the PSAC. With four games left before the PSAC Tournament the Vulcans sit atop the PSAC West. Against Gannon, sophomore first basemen Shelby Lia led the way with three hits on four attempts. Lia batted in three runs and scored twice, including once from a two run home run. Sophomore second basemen Natalie Wideman came away with two hits and two runs scored, while senior third basemen Jillian Russell batted in one run on two hits. Senior left-fielder Kristen McKenzie scored once on one hit, freshman pinch hitter Madison Yanek collected one hit and sophomore designated hitter Stephani Ellis batted in two runs on one hit. Freshman right-fielder Shelby Heyd and classmate shortstop Breanna Morris both scored once on no hits. On the defensive side of the diamond, Lia led with 12 putouts, followed by senior catcher Alyson Johnson with four. Heyd added two putouts, while freshman center fielder Katie Natter, Wideman and Morris added one each. Russell led the way with four assists, Wideman added three and Morris added two more. Sophomore pitcher Hope Spancake captured the win with seven innings pitched and only gave up one hit. She also picked up five strikeouts against the 25 batters she faced. Lia again led the way with three hits on four attempts and picked up three runs with two batted in. Wideman added three hits and drove in two runs; Morris picked up two hits and two runs. Both Ellis and Heyd scored once on two hits, with Heyd also driving in one run. Natter scored once on one hit, while McKenzie scored once and drove in two runs on one hit. Again on defense, Lia paced the way with 11 putouts. A. Johnson and Russell both added three putouts, while Natter, Heyd, Morris and McKenzie all added one putout. Sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Schilling led the way with six assists, Morris added four while, Wideman and Russell added two and one assist, respectively. Schilling picked up her 11th win of

Photos by: Joshua Laska Sophomore first basemen Shelby Lia (9) led the Vulcans last week with a .727 batting average (eight for 11), and was named PSAC West Athlete of theWeek. Lia scored seven of the eight times she was on base, hit two home runs including one against Edinboro, and drove in six runs.

the season only giving up four earned runs on seven hits in seven innings pitched. She picked up three strikeouts against the 30 batters she faced and only threw 70 pitches. Wideman led the first game against Edinboro, with two hits on three attempts for a .667 batting average. She drove in one run and scored once herself. Russell drove in two runs on one home run, her 12th of the season. Lia scored once on one hit, while Heyd, Yanek and McKenzie all collected one hit each. A. Johnson led the way with 8 putouts, followed closely by Lia with six putouts. Wideman and Natter both added two, while McKenzie, Russell and Morris all added one each. Morris led the way with four assists, followed by Wideman and Spancake added two. Spancake picked up her team leading 16th win of the season giving up one run on four hits in seven innings pitched. Spancake struck out eight batters on 96 pitches. Morris led the way with two hits including her first home run of her Vulcan career. Morris drove in three runs on her home run and scored three times herself. Following Morris’ home run Lia followed with a solo home run of her own. McKenzie followed with another home run in the 3rd inning, all three home runs were in a row. McKenzie drove in two more runs on two more hits, as well. Wideman scored once and drove in one run on one hit, and was hit by

three pitches. Russell and Ellis both scored once on one hit and drove in one run each. Russell also became one of only ten players in Vulcans history to collect 200 hits and leads the Vulcans all time with 46 home runs after hitting a home run in both games against Edinboro. Yanek and sophomore pinch hitter Paige Onuska both collected one hit each with Onuska also batting in one run. On the defensive side of the diamond, Lia and A. Johnson led the way with six putouts each. Heyd and Wideman followed with two and one putout each, respectively. Morris and Schilling led with two assists each, while Wideman and Lia added one each. Schilling picked up her 12th win of the season only giving up two hits in five innings pitched and striking out six of the 17 batters she faced. Spancake was named PSAC West Pitcher of the Week, for the third time this year and second straight week, after only allowing one run in 14 innings of work. Lia was named the PSAC West Player of the Week after hitting .727 with two home runs and scoring seven times. The Vulcans return to action today, April 20, in Mercyhurst at 2:30 p.m. when they take on the Lakers. They then travel tomorrow to take on Slippery Rock at 1 p.m. to take on the Rock. After this weekend the Vulcans will look towards the PSAC Tournament April 25 to 28.

Sophomore second basemen Natalie Wideman (2) leads the team with 10 hit by pitches (HBP), including the three received in one game against Edinboro.



APRIL 20, 2012

Get to know your Vulcans: Bruna Carvalho Individual/Relay swimmer for the California Vulcan swimming team by Joshua


Sports/Managing Editor

How much different was it coming to America to swim?

It was completely different. In Brazil I used to swim in long course meters, in US we only swim yards.

What was it like to get to swim in the PSAC’s your freshman season?

It was an awesome experience. I got to learn a lot with the seniors in our team. Whenever I have a question I still call them for help.

What was it like getting in the pool for the first time and competing as a Vulcan?

We went to Alaska; everything was new for us (freshmen). We had a long flight and no one swam well. It was a good experience as a team though.

Winning your first event what was going through your mind?

In my opinion, any time you win an event is a mix of emotion. Only those who get the chance to be an athlete can experience it.

How hard was it to adjust to swimming at the college level?

I think the first semester was the hardest one for me. In Brazil, many of the students either quit school to keep swimming, or quit swimming to invest in their career. It’s really hard to do both. That’s why I decided to come to the US. I could do both things at the same time.

Was there something that was really hard for you to learn at the college level?

I would say a few classes in my first semester. Everything was new for me: language, people, teammates, classes… I had to work hard to get good grades. Photos by: Joshua Laska


Finished sixth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:09.02 a NCAA ‘B’ Time Set the school record as part of the 400 medley relay in 2011 at the PSAC Championships

How do you stay “in the game” during the off-season?

I try to get in the pool at least four times a week and I do aerobic work outs as well.

What originally got you into swimming?

My mom used to swim and we had a pool at our house. She waited until I turned 6 months old to get in the water with me.

How many years have you swum?

I have been swimming since I was 6 months old, so 21 years and a half.

What is one interesting fact that not everyone would know about you?

Bruna did not want to provide an interesting fact, she wants to keep her facts to herself. - [Josh Laska]

Where are you from and where did you go to high school?

I’m from Brazil and I went to Milton Campos High School (Brazil).

What do you plan on doing after college?

After I graduate, I am starting my MBA. Then, I have plans to work in a multinational company.

What is your favorite tv show?

Jersey Shore, Grey’s Anatomy and The Voice.

Who are your favorite sports teams? Steelers.

What is your favorite food? Shrimp Alfredo.

What is your favorite movie?

The Green Mile, Something Borrowed and Dear John.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything.” - Michael Phelps

Cal Times 4-20-12  

The Cal Times is the student newspaper of California University of Pennsylvania.

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