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NEWS PNC Park: five star dining

We all know you can head to PNC park at catch the Pittsburgh Pirates during the summer, but PNC Park might become your favorite place to catch a bite to eat, too.

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THE ARTS Hey Compadre! A local band with strong Cal U ties has just released a new EP. Read why these guys should be on your radar.

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OPINION Community: the article

Opinion editor Casey Flores looks back on his time in community college. Sadly, it was nothing like the television show.

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SPORTS Women’s golf on the national stage

Cal U’s women’s golf team qualifies for NCAA nationals.

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Cal U’s Commencement ceremonies will be held May 17 and 18 in the Convocation Center.

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Educator, security specialist to address Cal U graduates Distinguished alumni tapped as speakers for 176th Commencement by

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Two distinguished alumni will address graduating students when Cal U holds Commencement ceremonies May 17 and 18 in the Convocation Center. In separate ceremonies, Interim President Geraldine M. Jones will award nearly 300 master ’s degrees and 1,000 bachelor’s and associate degrees. Dr. Deborah Ann Shanley, Class of 1974, will address master ’s degree candidates at 7 p.m. May 17. The dean of the School of Education at Brooklyn College since 1998, Shanley’s work with multiple college and community constituencies earned her a Humanitarian Award from the CUNY Consortium for the Study of Disabilities and the Medgar Evers College Worker Education Program. Her current work focuses on creating collaborations and partnerships with New York City schools and cultural institutions as vehicles for extend-

ing teacher preparation beyond academic walls. During the ceremony, master’s degree candidates will be vested in their academic hoods. Mark Camillo, Class of 1976, will address bachelor ’s and associate degree candidates at 10 a.m. May 18. A law enforcement and security professional who specializes in emergency preparedness operations, he is credited with directing the security operations of some of the most critical infrastructures in the world. During 21 years as a special agent in the U.S. Secret Service, Camillo completed three separate assignments at the White House, served as deputy assistant director and chief technology officer for the agency, and coordinated security operations for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He currently is a senior fellow at the George Mason University Center for Infrastructure Protection and senior vice president for strategic planning at Contemporary Services Corp., a national leader in event security and crowd management. Doors to the Convocation Center will open two hours before each ceremony. Both ceremonies will be streamed live online; for a link, visit www. More information about Commencement, including links to directions and parking information, is available at www.calu. edu/events/commencement.

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Photo by Cal U Public Affairs Mark Camillo, Class of 1976, will address bachelor’s and associate degree candidates on May 18.

Photo by Cal U Public Affairs Dr. Deborah Ann Shanley, Class of 1974, will address master’s degree candidates at 7 p.m. May 17.

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A message to all students from the Office of Academic Affairs

Did you miss the Fall 2013 registration period? Did you have difficulty registering for courses for the Fall 2013 semester? Do you have a hold that’s preventing you from registering? Help us help you! Cal U wants to help you develop a fall schedule. It’s not too late to get the courses you need to stay on track toward graduation. The administration has finished the Needs List requests and is adding new sections of courses that are most in demand. Student success facilitators are available every day in Noss

Hall room 210 to assist you with your schedule. If financial obligations are standing in your way, please review your situation with a financial aid counselor in Dixon Hall. Let’s explore your options — we may be able to help. Don’t wait! Register now and enjoy a worry-free summer, knowing your schedule has been completed for the fall semester. See your advisor or visit Noss Hall, Room 210, to meet with a student successfFacilitator. You can also email or visit the Financial Aid Office on the first floor of Dixon Hall.

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Five good reasons to take a summer class at Cal U Register for summer college 2013

Reason #1 — You’re behind your class. If you want to graduate with your class and are behind on your credits, summer classes provide the perfect opportunity for you to catch up. Either way you’ll get your degree, but graduating with your peers is an accomplishment you may not want to miss out on. Reason #2 — You want to graduate early. For some students finishing college early is desirable. You may want to enter the workplace early or begin your master’s studies as soon as possible. Summer classes can shave a semester or two off of your studies, enabling you to finish college in as little as three years if you can handle the workload. Reason #3 — You want to explore your interests. Summer classes allow college students to take classes they might otherwise not consider during the academic year. You’ll always find an off-beat class or an unrelated subject to your major. Taking such a class can broaden your horizons, perhaps refocusing your career path and educational aspirations. Such classes are sometimes accepted as electives. Reason #4 — You’re home, but you want to study. You may attend Cal U from home by taking an online course that can be handled at your own pace. Reason #5 — You want to raise your GPA. The longer that you are in school, the harder it is to raise your GPA. Still, if you took a course earlier and received a C or below, retaking the same course and scoring a B or better can help move your grade point average. Yes, a higher GPA can make it easier to find a job or for getting accepted by a grad school. For more a complete listing of classes, visit the Cal U website at, email summer@ or call 724-938-5962.

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WEEKLY WORLD OF WEIRD Pullman, Wash. – With friends and family already gathered for her graduation from Washington State University, Cassie Dotts thought it would be a good time for another ceremony — her wedding. She married University of Idaho fisheries science graduate Ben Ho in a ceremony on Friday in Moscow, Idaho. Then she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in Saturday’s WSU graduation in Pullman, Wash. Dotts wore her cap and gown over her wedding dress for people who wanted to see her as both a graduate and newlywed. The couple plans to move to Dotts’ native Nevada where she plans to work as a veterinarian in Las Vegas.

Bedford, Mass. — The American Gerbil Society’s annual pageant brought dozens of rodents scurrying to New England this weekend for a chance to win “top gerbil.” The Bedford competition called for agility demonstrations in which the gerbils must overcome obstacles and race to the end of a course. Breeders of the small animals vie for coveted ribbons based on body type and agility. “A male gerbil should be a good, strong, hefty-looking gerbil,” said Libby Hanna, president of the American Gerbil Society. “If you are going to think of it in human terms, you might think of a football player — somebody who’s big, thick neck, nice, stronglooking male gerbil.” An ideal female gerbil will have a more streamlined appearance that even humans covet, she said. “So she would be strong and athletic-looking — not really scrawny, but slim,” said Hanna, who serves as a judge in the show. “I usually use a figure skater as my mental image or gymnasts — so obviously a gymnast is not necessarily a big, big woman, but she’s gonna be strong, muscular and athletic.” The Friday-Saturday show drew gerbil enthusiasts and breeders from around the country and culminates in the presentation of champion and breeder certificates. Seattle — In a sun-deprived part of Washington state, the promise of nice spring weather prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine. Friday is a “sun day” of sorts for the 205 students at Bellingham Christian School, a small, private, nondenominational Christian school in Bellingham, Wash., about 90 miles north of Seattle. “SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!” the school’s website announced Thursday night. “Yeah! It’s a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school.” Principal Bob Sampson said he wanted to give students some time to re-energize and enjoy the weather, adding that he wanted to re-create the excitement snow days get among the kids. He began teasing the possibility of giving the day off earlier in the week. “In a world that’s got a lot hard things going, it’s fun to create a moment of joy,” Sampson said. The sun day was also made possible because there weren’t any days off because of snow this school year. Blairsville, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania man who allegedly shot a deer near a busy Wal-Mart parking lot on the first day of rifle season last year has been ordered to stand trial on reckless endangerment and state game charges. Arcangelo “Angelo” Bianco Jr., of Derry Township, spotted a deer in the parking lot Nov. 26, fired several shots, then ran to the side of the Burrell Township store where workers were loading tractor-trailers, wildlife conservation officers contend. Bianco allegedly continued shooting at the fleeing deer, and he eventually retrieved it from a woman’s yard on the other side of a highway. Among other things, authorities contend Bianco violated a state “safety zone” law by firing a weapon within 150 yards of an occupied structure. Bianco also didn’t have a hunting license, authorities said. Bianco said only that “the truth will come out” after his preliminary hearing Wednesday in nearby Blairsville, about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh. Clarion, Pa. — State police are trying to find the owner of a large stash of decaying cash that was found in some western Pennsylvania woods. Troopers from the barracks in Clarion say the money was found in Highland Township, about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Gary Rex tells WPXI-TV that he was walking from his camp and found the money in an old tree stump and some scattered on the ground. Police have traced the serial numbers and there are no reports the money has been stolen. Police aren’t saying how much money is there because they want whoever claims it to provide that information.

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Local man battles back from train accident

John Scowary

_______________________ by Gena Keebler for the Cal Times

____________________________ Until almost two years ago – June 30, 2011 to be exact – John Scowary was a normal 24-yearold. John was waiting outside of the Riverhouse in Charleroi for a friend to get off of work on what he remembers to be a “normal June afternoon.” As he waited, the familiar sounds of a train approaching sparked something in him to lay a few coins down on the tracks like he did when he was a kid so he could admire the smashed face of George Washington after the train had gone by. “You’d never think something like this would happen on such a beautiful summer day,” Scowary said. “The sun was shining and there were a few clouds in the sky, but things seemed so normal.” Scowary says that the moment he laid the coins on the track is when everything went black. Today he commonly uses the phrase, “Hi, I’m John, and I’m mangled,” as a way to ease new people into feeling comfortable around “the handicapped guy.” Scowary was standing too close to the tracks. The train’s safety barriers struck him. The accident caused a number of fractures in his neck and spine. “My head fell off – you could consider it to only be hanging on by my skin,” Scowary said. Along with fracturing his spine he suffered a left femur fracture, a few broken ribs and many other bruises and scratches. Scowary also suffered from a stroke during his stay in the hospital, which is the main reason the last two years has been such an uphill battle. “At one point I thought to myself, ‘I’m kind of scared, I should back up,’ but I didn’t,” Scowary said. “No one thinks they’re going to get hit by a train, but I was

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just too close.” Before the accident Scowary worked at Bolttech and owned a street bike and a black Ford truck. His favorite hobby was working on cars – he loved remodeling them and rebuilding their engines. Little did he know that something he loved doing in his youth would take him away from the things he loved later in life. He now walks with a cane, has an impaired left side and he will never be able to do the one thing he loved most again: drive. “I should be a paraplegic, but I’m too badass for that,” Scowary said. Johns mother Kelly, 52, does her best to quickly sum up her thoughts about the day, but the words didn’t seem to come out as easily for her as they did for her son. “It was tragic and there was nothing funny about it, John,” said Kelly as she was fighting back tears. After Scowary was flown to Allegheny General Hospital he was put in an induced coma for three weeks. The worst was yet to come, though. Not only did the doctors tell his family many times that John wasn’t going to make it, but on the same day as his femur surgery he suffered a stroke that completely changed his life. According to strokediseases., 15% to 30% of stroke survivors are left permanently disabled and 14% of those who have a first stroke will have another stroke within one year. Scowary spent all of August and two weeks of September in Harmerville Rehab Center after he left Allegheny General. This was crucial to his recovery and to help prevent him from having another stroke. He worked every day to learn how to walk again and regain motor skills on his left side, which he still continues to go to outpatient rehab for today.

“It’s hard not being able to do the things that I use to do, whether I liked doing them or not,” Scowary said. “You don’t realize the things you take for granted until you can’t do them anymore and have to depend on others to do things for you.” Scowary still doesn’t remember anything that happened on June 30 except waking up in the morning. “When I woke up in the hospital I didn’t know what happened – I really thought I got in an accident on my street bike. I didn’t even remember being at the railroad tracks at all,” Scowary said. “Waking up with a tube in my ass and realizing they cut my clothes off of me is what really pissed me off!” His mother seemed to remember every detail about the accident, though. “It definitely showed me how quickly an accident that is so unexpected can happen in the blink of an eye,” said Kelly. “My care-free John who spent hours in the garage working on anything he could get his hands on now needs my help more than ever. It’s really sad to see him just sitting in the garage watching his brother Jordan and his friends doing the things he use to do.” Scowary is considered handicapped, but he doesn’t let that stop him. He claims the movies “Wolverine” and “Hancock” were written about him, and says his personality hasn’t changed one bit but he now has a “medical excuse to be fucked up.” “I’ve laid coins on the tracks since I was a kid… I guess I just didn’t realize how close I was, but then again I never thought something like this would happen.” Scowary no longer suffers pain from his disabilities unless he is getting his monthly Botox injections in his hand, which he absolutely hates. Botox is a form of treatment for stroke patients that is known to help in recovery. The one thing that John stresses he misses the most is being able to drive. He says the most important thing he learned from the accident is to feel more compassionate for others. “I understand now that people have problems that no one can really understand unless they’re in their situation,” said Scowary. “You never really know what someone is going through.” John’s claim to fame is that the doctors told him that being in such good shape when the accident happened is what helped him make it out alive. “I told them they should’ve just thrown me in my bed after it happened and I would’ve just slept it off,” John said. “Then they wouldn’t have had to get an ear full when I found out they cut my clothes!”

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NEW THIS WEEK IN YOUR CONSOLE “Sanctum 2” “Metro: Last Light”

IN THEATERS “And Now a Word From Our Sponsor” “The Painting” “Sightseers” “The Great Gatsby”

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Hey Compadre releases first album “Something Old, Something New”

_______________________ by Jamie Rider entertainment editor

___________________________ “Something Old Something New” is not only the title Hey Compadre’s new self recorded album, it is also a direct reflection of the members who make up the band. Hey Compadre first came together back in 2009 with its three original members, Steve Ventura, Nate Wright and Britton Sloan. In 2012, the band added a few new fresh faces from California University of

Pennsylvania, Paul Sheppick, Mike Meketa and Izzy Yohn. The album has a mostly pop feel to it, but the band incorporates multiple instruments used in various manners that make it hard to pin down an exact genre. There’s a rock element in the guitar riffs and the use of the trumpet in five out of the six tracks gives the listener an impression of a slight ska influence. The band uses guitars, keyboards, a trumpet and drums to round out the sound they have. “Something Old Something

New” features catchy lyrics that are easy to pick up after listening through the songs only a few times. Listeners can hear that the construction of the songs have been thought out and the words all work towards something. Everything compliments everything else. The only downside is that the vocals in some places on the album feel a little weak. They miss the mark on the feelings being portrayed in the songs, but this is such a minor detail that getting through the album isn’t a problem. Listeners can

overlook it and still get enjoyment from the music. Hey Compadre played their first show back in January of this year and have another live show coming up on May 26 at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh. Tickets are $12 and are on sale now. “Something Old Something New” is an album full of entertaining music and it will be interesting to see where they go from here. The lack of a defining genre isn’t a hindrance in any way; it might even be their greatest strength.

Netflix Movie of the Week L O C A L S

IN YOUR STEREO Dillinger Escape Plan “One of Us is the Killer” Wampire “Curiosity” Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires of the City” The Wonder Years “The Greatest Generation”

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“The Cabin in the Woods” This is not meant to be a scary movie, this is an intelligent spoof of a scary movie. Joss Whedon who has worked on the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and more notably the massive superhero movie “The Avengers,” co-wrote and directed the movie and you can see his intelligence behind it. There’s no way to explain the plot of this movie without giving anything away, so just go see for yourself why it will probably become a cult classic. Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison Genre: Comedy Horror Originally Released: April 13, 2012


by Josh


The local music scene for Western Pennsylvania has definitely seen its up and downs over the past five months. From the loss of a few venues in the music scene to the birth of new bands and talents, 2013 will always be a year musicians in the scene will remember. One of the most memorable things is the Keynote Café closing down. The Keynote was a great venue that always made patrons feel at home. The venue will be missed and hopefully soon those in the scene will find a new place to call home. Despite the loss, there are still some venues worth checking out this summer such as The Altar Bar, Scumbags Skate Park and The Smiling Moose. This year has also shown promise for the bands in the scene. With more bands going on the road and making names for themselves it is exciting to see what the future holds for these musicians. Some bands that you should keep an eye on this summer are Insult to Injury, Chicos Del Muertos and Trophies. On a more personal note, I want to thank everyone who allowed me to feature them in the Locals Only article and radio show this past semester, along with WCAL and the “Cal Times.” Without them these things wouldn’t be possible. To everyone who reads the “Cal Times,” make sure you find yourself at a local show this summer. It is a great experience and you will appreciate it greatly. Until September, thank you for reading Locals Only and the “Cal Times.” See you in the fall!


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PNC Park: Home of quality dining _______________________ Culinary Academy and has by José Negron staff writer

____________________________ There are variables that get factored into a successful day at any Major League Baseball ballpark. Aside from the play of the respective teams, the overall atmosphere that the everyday baseball fanatic gets to experience is what can really be the deciding factor. Many baseball fans base their feelings on a day at the ball park on things such as views from their seats, weather on game day, in game entertainment and, of course, the food. PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. was recently voted America’s best ballpark by sources such as and ESPN. com. The various food options that have become available to the fans that attend Pittsburgh Pirate games at PNC Park have grown within the past seven years. It is not a coincidence that this growth in the menu began around the time of the arrival of PNC Park’s current head executive chef, Adam Holt. Holt, a Butler, Pa. native, his been working as the head executive chef at PNC Park and with Levy Restaurants since 2006. He trained at the International

used his skills to provide each and every fan that comes to a ballgame with an extraordinary dining experience in the many different areas of the ballpark. He puts the fan’s experience before anything else by interacting and receiving input from fans and enjoying his favorite things about working at the ballpark. “I love working in a beautiful ballpark with great people and creating foods that go far beyond guest expectations,” said Holt. Every year, PNC Park looks to enhance many elements of the ballpark and now they’re enhancing the dining element with the help of Holt. The different types of suites in the ballpark, including the World Series Suites, Cambria Suites, Club Suites, Lexus Club and Pittsburgh Baseball Club all contain different dining options to accommodate the appetite for every baseball fan that visits PNC Park. Fresh local ingredients as well as seasonal offerings and ballpark favorite choices inspired the new menu that has been incorporated by Holt and his culinary team. The World Series and Cambria Suites are both suites where fans

can watch the ball game and eat gourmet-catered food with just the purchase of the ticket. The World Series Suites, seven in all, were made in honor of the Pirates seven World Series appearances. The Cambria Suites, which are relatively new to the ballpark, are a combination of four one-room club seats that were combined together. The Lexus club is the most luxurious club in the entire ballpark with seats located behind home plate and a restaurantstyle atmosphere and bar located in the indoor area. This club level is strictly for Lexus Club members only and is the only one of the clubs in which other club members in the other suites cannot have access to. The Pittsburgh Baseball club is the biggest of the five main club options and contains various different dining options for fans. The food is not included with the purchase of a ticket in this area. The new concepts located in the club are Bridges Burger Company and BBQ Pit. Bridges Burger Company, which takes on a theme dedicated to the various bridges located in the Pittsburgh area, contains a menu with various delicious burgers such as the “16th Street

Burger,” which is your double bacon cheeseburger served with lettuce and tomatoes. The new BBQ Pit concept tries to allow the fans to experience BBQ from different places around the U.S like Texas and Carolina style BBQ with items including brisket, pulled pork, and pulled chicken sandwiches. Holt and his team have also introduced different side item choices with this concept like tater tots with a twist. Fans may purchase tater tots either plain or with a seasoning that includes ranch and BBQ. Aside from the various specialty items that the Pittsburgh club includes, there are also traditional “ballpark foods” such as hot dogs, burgers and nachos served at places such as PBC Grill and Bierbauer Grill. Gunners Grand Slam sausages is also a fan favorite in this part of the ballpark, serving foot long hot dogs, kielbasa and Italian Sausage provided by Silver Star meats. This option also provides fans with a variety of different toppings that they may put onto their food choices. In order to satisfy the sweet tooth, the Pittsburgh Baseball Club has also incorporated Wagner’s Pittsburgh Ice Cream Company stations in honor of

Honus Wagner. This stop is where fans can choose from soft serve ice cream with a choice of toppings, ice cream sundaes and gourmet popcorn. The gourmet menus that PNC Park contains as well as the always-popular ballpark favorites are characteristics that go into making the ballpark experience special for each and every fan that visits the park, which is something that is also special to Holt, who is known for his experience working in various different venues. “It is all about the details,” said Chef Holt. “Using the best and freshest ingredients, creating food options that guests may be surprised to find at a ball park and the creative process of nailing every single detail that creates a one and only experience for our fans.” Levy Restaurants is known as a company that looks to exceed the expectations of guests and fans at ballparks all over the nation, with PNC Park being a prime example of a venue with an outstanding menu and various elements that have a main goal of redefining what fans think of as ballpark food.

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Steelers entertain crowd on the hardwood, beat Cal U

Steelers offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum goes up for a layup.

Photos By Tyler Kimmel Receiver Antonio Brown dribbles down the court.

The Steelers huddle up right before the opening tip.

Ross Ventrone talks trash to the Cal U All-Stars before the game.

Linebacker Morty Ivy pulls up for a jump shot.

The Steelers basketball event was sponsored by Cal’s Black Student Union and proceeds benefited the Jennie Carter Scholarship Fund.

Safety Robert Golden throws down a dunk after a turnover.

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Photos By Tyler Kimmel The Vulcans starting lineup gears up for the start of the contest.

Brown and the rest of the Steelers starters prepare for the game.


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Antonio Brown and his son Antonio Brown Jr. share a laugh before the game.

Brown dribbles down the court on a fast break.

Quick Fact: Antonio Brown (84) was a Pro Bowler in 2011 when he became the first player in NFL history to have more than 1,000 receiving and return yards in the same season. Below: Morty Ivy pulls up for a deep three pointer over the Cal defender early in the game.

Above: Some young fans get autographs from the Steelers players at halftime.

The Steelers defeated the Cal U All-Stars 86-59 on May 2 at the Convocation Center. The event was organized by Cal U’s Black Student Union. Proceeds benefited the Jennie Carter Scholarship Fund.

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If it works, you work it: Getting the most out of college I first set foot on the Cal U campus in August of 2006. In two short weeks I will walk at commencement for the second and final time. These past 7 years have been a learning experience, but one lesson stands out among all the others: “it works if you work it.” This simple phrase is often uttered at AA meetings, but the same principles apply to one’s college career. When I was a CA, I met students who spent their days locked in their rooms. They shunned programs, activities and chances to be social. Later, they would complain, “there’s nothing to do around here.” As an intern in Career Services, I met some others who told me they had done virtually nothing to benefit themselves, personally and professionally, during their years at Cal U. These

students either didn’t know, or didn’t care, that there was a vast world of opportunities all around them. These same opportunities are waiting for you. Stephen King once wrote, “college is always a time of change… the last major convulsion of childhood.” This is your chance to challenge yourself, to seek your independence and clarify your identity. You don’t pay thousands of dollars every year to sit in a few classes and take some tests – at least not entirely. You’re here to learn from experience. To “take chances, make mistakes, get messy,” as Ms. Frizzle told us. My time here is coming to a close, but I’d like to leave you with a sincere hope that you will make the most of your college experience. Make friends. Lose friends. Break hearts. Have your

heart broken. Take a job that terrifies you, because you’ll learn about yourself whether you succeed or fail. Get involved – join a club that interests you or start one that you’ll love. Play in the rain. Embrace your inner child while simultaneously growing into the adult you are meant to become. Never stop learning, from your classes and every interaction in this campus community. And above all else, be good to yourself. Remember – your time at Cal U is a chance to make your life into everything you want it to be, but you have to work it, and let it work for you.

Shane Assadzandi is an intern at the Cal U Counseling Center. He graduated in 2010 and will be walking again in 2013.

Get to know the “Cal Times” Gene Axton graduate student secondary education music: Andrew Bird book: “A Clockwork Orange” movie: “The Darjeeling Limited” superhero: Donatello animal: giraffe word: virtuoso

Jamie Rider senior journalism music: Radical Face book: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” movie: “Garden State” superhero: Black Widow animal: bat word: askew

Casey Flores senior communication studies music: Lifehouse book: the Bible movie: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” superhero: Storm animal: tiger word: hallelujah

Kate Sheldon sophomore journalism music: A Day to Remember book: “The Great Gatsby” movie: “Django Unchained” superhero: Spider-Man animal: dog word: butthurt

Tyler Kimmel senior journalism music: Taylor Swift & Eminem book: “Summer of ‘98” movie: “Elf” superhero: Superman animal: penguin word: plethora

Laura Zeno sophomore computer information systems music: Taylor Swift book: “Divergent” movie: “Hunger Games” superhero: Ironman animal: zebra word: tomfoolery

Jose Negron freshman journalism music: Blink-182 book: “The Last Lecture” movie: “Billy Madison” superhero: The Flash animal: koala word: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

We would like to thank everyone who read, wrote in, interviewed for and contributed to the “Cal Times” this year in any way. Our door is always open and you are always free to stop into the office! We will be in need of graphic designers, photographers, writers and reporters next year. If you would like to become part of your student newspaper, stop into the office or email us at calu@caltimes. edu. We pride ourselves on serving the Cal U community and we are always looking for new members. If you have any story ideas for the summer, email your pitch to and it could appear in one of the first few issues this fall! We hope you have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you soon, but not too soon. It’s breaktime.

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The ups and downs of doing community college first _______________________ where they are less expenby Casey Flores Opinion Editor


I came to Cal U in the fall of 2012 as a transfer student. I had already finished my associate degree in general studies at community college and was ready to launch into my major. Over these past two semesters, I have thought extensively about the benefits and that have come with being a transfer student, and there are many. Although there are benefits, I also see a downside to transferring for many reasons.

Ups 1) Community college saves money.

According to, students today are graduating with an average of almost $30,000 in debt. Community colleges are more budget-friendly and may prove to be a wiser investment in the long run.

2) Community college is closer to home.

Typically, people live closer to a community college than a four-year university. This close proximity gives students the chance to live at home, keep their job they had in high school and save on commuting.

3) Community college gives students more time to decide on a major. If a student launches into a four-year university right out of high school, there is a lot of pressure to choose a major right away. Students typically end up changing their majors two to three times. Community colleges allow for students to test everything before committing to a bachelor program.

4) Community college offers the same general education classes.

Every student who earns a bachelor’s degree needs to complete general studies courses. Why not do them

sive and oftentimes taught by professors with the same educational qualifications as professors from four-year schools? While there are genuine benefits to attending a community college first, there is also much that students going into a community college as opposed to a four-year program will miss out on.

Downs 1) Students won’t have as much time to coalesce with like-minded people.

Whether it is within one’s major, club or with people with whom a person will make friends, coming to college with only two years left leaves less time for relationship and network building. For example, most of my friends I have at Cal U are graduating next week, and that makes me sad.

2) Students won’t know professors as well.

The cool thing about fouryear schools is that professors oftentimes teach a number of courses ranging from the 100-400 levels. This provides students with an opportunity to really get to know professors, with whom relationships can prove to be invaluable. Students will also better know which professors to avoid.

3) Students won’t know how stuff works on campus. From meal plans to VIP, I was somewhat lost when I came to Cal U. This fixed itself in time, but the learning curve was rather steep.

4) Students will miss out on the “college experience.”

Whatever the college experience means to you, you’ll miss out on it somewhat if you choose to attend community college first.

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Hi everyone! We’d like to give a thank you to everyone that came out and supported our Steelers event, talent show and retro party! It was a lot of fun. Please remember, the buses for the end of the year trip to Busch Gardens leave at 4 a.m. on May 11 in front of the library. Please be at the bus by 3:45 a.m. so that we can leave on time. We wish everyone the best on final exams. Remember to use your on campus resources such as the writing center, math center and tutoring. We hope you all have a great summer and come back refreshed and ready for more events! To all of our BSU family that is graduating, we wish you the best in your endeavors. Continue to strive for greatness and continue to be great role models as you have been thus far. We will miss you!

The Internship Corner by

Lucie Fremeau

As you’re packing up your dorm room or apartment and preparing for the lazy days of summer, take a moment to think about using this summer to find your Fall 2013 internship. For most students, the hardest part of finding an internship is knowing where and when to start looking—but have no fear, the Internship Center is here! The deadline to apply for Fall 2013 academic internship credit is August 12 by 4:00 p.m. This summer is the perfect time to begin researching and applying for fall internships because many companies start the interviewing process in early August. So, where do you start looking? Don’t forget about InternLink, the database where the Internship Center lists all of its available internships. Students can search InternLink by company, internship title, major and more! Another great online database is the Regional Internship Center (RIC), which seeks to facilitate rich interactions between internship seekers and Southwestern PA employers. Check out the RIC at http://www. Another sure-fire way to find an internship is to search the Internet. Never underestimate the power of Google! Try search terms like “marketing internships in Pittsburgh” or “Pittsburgh graphic design internships” and then let the web do the work. Once you’ve found a site that lists internships, make sure to research the companies just like you would a possible employer! Who are their clients? What is their mission statement? Have they taken interns before? How many employees do they have? Make sure that the company is legitimate and would be a good fit. Utilize local connections while you’re relaxing at home this summer! Do you have any connections at companies you might be interested in? Do your parents have any friends at companies that offer internships? What companies in your area take interns? Don’t forget that you can make your own opportunity! Some companies are willing to offer students internships, so if there is a place nearby that you think might be a great fit, don’t be afraid to take your resume to them and ask about potential opportunities. Unsure of what companies are located where you want to intern? Look at the businesses and organizations listed under the chamber of commerce in the location where you would like to intern. A directory of chambers of commerce websites can be found at www. Follow the links and look at the online member directory. Some chambers will list members by categories, such as accountants, engineers, etc. Use this summer to find a great fall internship that will help you jumpstart your career! The Internship Center is open all summer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., so feel free to call Tracie Beck at 724-938-1578 if you have any questions.

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Our alumni career counselor can assist with career and job search planning; oneon-one career coaching; resume/cover letter review; job search and behavioral interview techniques. These services are lifelong and at no cost to alumni. Assistance can be provided on the phone or in person. Evening hours are available as well. Contact Bridgett Nobili, alumni career counselor at 724-938-4413 or Nobili@calu. edu to schedule an appointment or for more information.

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Register and Upload your resume to College Central Network – Cal U’s Job Posting website at There are currently 500,000 active jobs on the National Job Board! Once registered, you may: – Search for jobs targeted to California University of Pennsylvania. – Upload your résumé so that it can be searched by employers if you so authorize. Your résumé must be approved before it can be sent to employers and submitted online to posted jobs. – Receive e-mails about programs, services and job-related topics.

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Baseball earns top seed, prepares for PSAC Tournament _______________________ 13-11 mark in league play, but by Matthew Kifer sports information

____________________________ Behind an extra-inning, walkoff victory in Game 1, the California University of Pennsylvania baseball team earned a doubleheader split against IUP in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West action on May 4 at CONSOL Energy Park, winning 4-3 in eight innings before falling 9-2 in the nightcap. With the split, the Vulcans finish the regular season with a 33-16 overall record and in a three-way tie for first place in the divisional standings with a 15-9 mark. By virtue of tiebreakers, Cal U received the top seed from the PSAC West in the PSAC Tournament at Point Stadium in Johnstown, Pa. Meanwhile, the Crimson Hawks finish the year at 27-23 overall and tied for fourth place in the league standings with a

fail to qualify for the post-season due to tiebreakers. In Game 1, senior Kyle Thomas (Munhall, Pa./Steel Valley) earned the victory after tossing 2.0 innings of scoreless, no-hit relief. Sophomore starter GJ Senchak (New Castle, Pa./ New Castle) took a no-decision after allowing three runs (two earned) on eight eights and three walks in 6.0 innings (97 pitches). Crimson Hawks starter Kyle Zaorski (3-5) suffered the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on 11 hits and two walks in 7.2 innings (127 pitches). After IUP manufactured a run in the top of the first, Cal U tied the score at 1-1 on just one single and sacrifice bunt. Junior third baseman Derrik Zeroski (Clinton, Pa./West Allegheny) led off the inning with a single through the middle and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior left fielder John Orr (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler), as

no IUP player initially covered third base. Zeroski then scored on a throwing error on a late attempt to throw him out at third. In the third, Cal U took a 2-1 lead when Orr lined a two-out RBI single through the middle. The Crimson Hawks benefited from a pair of two-out errors in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2 before the Vulcans answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. Zeroski reached on a hit by pitch and stole second before scoring on an RBI single by Orr down the left-field line, 3-2. IUP again tied the game in sixth with a two-out, bases-loaded walk. The Vulcans looked to break the tie in the seventh when Zeroski lined a one-out triple to right-center field before the ended inning on a called third strike with two runners in scoring position. Cal loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth on a single by freshman Mick Fennell (Butler, Pa./Butler) and back-to-

tied for seventh in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) this season with seven victories. He ranks second on the team with a career-high 56.2 innings behind six complete games, including four shutouts. Last week, Taylor was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team and is now eligible for consideration for Capital One Academic AllAmerica honors. For his career, Taylor holds an 11-4 record with a 3.67 ERA in 22 appearances (17 starts). He has tossed nearly 110 innings in two seasons with nine complete games and boasts an 8-2 career record in conference play. Dal Canton was one of 13 charter members in the Cal U Athletic Hall of Fame and spent over 30 seasons in professional baseball as both a player and

coach. A native of Pittsburgh, he made his major league debut in 1967 with the Pittsburgh Pirates before retiring in 1977. He appeared in more than 300 games during his career while playing with four organizations: Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. Following his playing career, Dal Canton worked with the Atlanta Braves as both a minor league and major league pitching coach. While with the Braves, he coached more than 30 future major leaguers, including John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Steve Avery. Dal Canton spent the last 10 seasons of his career as a pitching coach with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the former Advanced A-affiliate of the Braves.

Sophomore Taylor given Bruce Dal Canton Pitching Award _______________________ by Matthew Kifer sports information

____________________________ The California University of Pennsylvania baseball program honored one of its former greats May 5 with the presentation of the fifth-annual Bruce Dal Canton Pitching Award, which is given to a Vulcan hurler who truly exemplifies greatness of character. The award is in the memory of Dal Canton, who passed away in October 2008 from esophageal cancer. Sophomore Justin Taylor (Julian, Pa./Bald Eagle) was the recipient of the Dal Canton Pitching Award and Dal Canton’s widow, Helene, was in attendance at CONSOL Energy Park to witness the presentation of the award. Taylor leads the team and is

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back walks. Zeroski then drew a five-pitch walk to mark the third walk-off victory for the Vulcans this season. Orr finished 2-for-2 with two RBI and Zeroski went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Senior first baseman Kyle Petty (Stewartsville, N.J./ Phillipsburg) added a pair of hits and stole three bases to raise his league-leading total to 36, which ranks as the fourthhighest single-season total in school history. In Game 2, Fennell (5-4) suffered the loss after allowing a career-high five runs (one earned) on seven hits in 5.0 innings (74 pitches). IUP senior Matt Szukics (4-2) earned a complete-game victory, yielding two runs (one earned) on six hits in 7.0 innings (84 pitches). The Crimson Hawks took advantage of a two-out error in the second, scoring four runs with a three-run homer by first baseman Ryan Uhl. Cal U countered with one run

in the bottom of the inning, as freshman designated hitter David Marcus (Whitby, Ontario/ Father Leo J. Austin) scored on a sacrifice fly. IUP posted a solo homer to lead off the fifth before scoring four runs in the sixth with a three-run homer by center fielder Brett Quiggle, 9-1. In the bottom of the inning, senior first baseman AJ Robinson (Milesburg, Pa./Bald Eagle) lined a double to right field and later scored on a two-out RBI single by Marcus. Six different players tallied a hit in the loss with Robinson posting the only extra-base hit for the Vulcans. Cal U opened play in the PSAC Tournament on Wednesday when they faced West Chester, the fourth seed from the PSAC East. The Vulcans and Golden Rams last met in 2010 when the teams split a pair of post-season games. Check for score updates.

Softball team clinches top seed in Atlantic Region for NCAA Tournament _______________________ by Matthew Kifer sports information

____________________________ The California University of Pennsylvania softball team earned the top seed in the Atlantic Region for the NCAA Tournament on Monday morning and will host a four-team regional at Lilley Field on May 10-12. The Vulcans will make their sixth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and ninth in the last 11 seasons. Cal U holds an all-time record of 48-41 (.539) in 21 previous appearances in the tournament, highlighted by back-to-back National Championships in 1997 and 1998. As the top seed, Cal U opens play in the tournament when it hosts eighth-seeded and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Champion Chowan (N.C.) on Friday, May 10, at 1 p.m. In the other first-round game at Lilley Field, fourthseeded West Chester (34-19) will face fifth-seeded Lock Haven (28-14) at 3:30 p.m. In the other Atlantic Regional, Shippensburg (31-11) earned hosting rights as the second seed and will face seventh-seed Bloomsburg (30-17) in the first round. The other first-round game features a pair of conference championships in West

Virginia State (41-12) from the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) and Kutztown (29-21) from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The winner of double-elimination tournaments this weekend will advance to the NCAA Super Regionals and play a best-of-three series from May 17-18 at the site of the highest remaining seed. NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Friday, May 10 Game 1 - (8) Chowan (N.C.) at (1) California (Pa.), 1 p.m. Game 2 - (5) Lock Haven vs. (4) West Chester, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 Game 3 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 10:30 a.m. Game 4 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 1 p.m. (loser eliminated) Game 5 - Winner of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3, 3:30 p.m. (loser eliminated) Sunday, May 12 Game 6 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 5, 1 p.m. Game 7 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 5, 3:30 p.m. (if necessary)


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Five Vulcan baseball players named to ALL-PSAC West _______________________ by Matthew Kifer sports information

____________________________ Senior standout Kyle Petty (Stewartsville, N.J./Phillipsburg) and head coach Mike Conte both received post-season awards from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and five Vulcans were named to the All-PSAC West Teams on May 7. Petty was selected the PSAC West Athlete of the Year and received All-PSAC West honors for the fourth time in his career. He becomes the first player from California University of Pennsylvania to receive the award

since 2007 and is only the second catcher from either division in the last 10 years to earn Athlete of the Year (Matt Adams, Slippery Rock). Petty leads the conference with a .636 slugging percentage and 36 stolen bases, while also ranking second in the league with a career-high .414 batting average (67-for-162). The New Jersey native also is among the PSAC leaders with five triples, 40 RBI, 43 runs scored and a .482 on-base percentage. Petty has received All-PSAC West First-Team status in each of the last two years (utility 2012, catcher 2013) after earning AllPSAC West Second-Team hon-

ors as a freshman (relief pitcher) and sophomore (catcher). Conte earned PSAC West Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in the last four years and seventh time overall in his career. He has led the Vulcans to their third-highest win total in program history at 33-16 overall and the top seed from the PSAC West in the league tournament. Under Conte, Cal U has posted 30-win seasons eight times in the last 10 years. Junior outfielder Chuck Gasti (Carmichaels, Pa./Carmichaels) also garnered All-PSAC West First-Team honors, while freshman designate hitter David Marcus (Whitby, Ontario/Fa-

ther Leo J. Austin), sophomore pitcher Justin Taylor (Julian, Pa./Bald Eagle) and junior third baseman Derrik Zeroski (Clinton, Pa./West Allegheny) all earned All-PSAC West SecondTeam accolades. Gasti ranks third on the team with a .342 average (41-for-120) and has posted two homers, 20 RBI and 23 runs scored in his first year while primarily an outfielder. He is among the league leaders with a .441 on-base percentage and has delivered a pair of walk-off hits this season. Marcus has posted a .327 average (33-for-101) with 10 doubles, 16 RBI and 18 runs scored, while becoming the first Cal U fresh-

man to earn All-PSAC West honors since Petty in 2010. Taylor is tied for seventh in the league with seven victories and ranks second on the team with 56.2 innings pitched behind six complete games, including four shutouts. Zeroski holds a .300 average (42-for-140) with seven doubles, three triples, 21 RBI and 32 runs scored while batting primarily Nos. 1 and 2 in the lineup. The Vulcans opened play in the PSAC Tournament on Wednesday when they faced West Chester at Point Stadium in Johnstown, Pa. The PSAC Tournament is double-elimination.

Cal U Women’s golf qualifies for NCAA National Championships _______________________ by Matthew Kifer sports information

____________________________ The California University of Pennsylvania women’s golf team finished third in the team standings at the NCAA Super Region One Championships on May 7 to qualify for the NCAA National Championships for a fourth-consecutive year. The Vulcans opened the final round in second place before shooting a 40-over 328 on Tuesday to finish at 107-over 971 (327-316-328). Indianapolis led the tournament wire-to-wire after shooting the lowest score in each round, including an 18-over 306 on the final day, to claim the regional title by over 40 strokes with a 60-over 924 (303-315-306). Ashland moved into second place in the third round after carding a 36-over 324 to finish the tournament with a 106-over 970 (325-321-324). Senior Maria Lopez (Bogota, Colombia/English School))

shot a six-over 78 in the final round to finish the tournament tied for seventh overall at 20over 236 (81-77-78). She carded a three-over through the first 13 holes on Tuesday at Joliet Country Club, highlighted by a birdie on the par-four 11th. Lopez has placed in the top-10 overall at the NCAA Regional Championships in each of the last two years and three times in her career. Fellow senior Kim Thomas (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) posted a nine-over 81 on Tuesday to move into a tie for 16th place at 26-over 242 (79-82-81). She opened the final round with a two-over through the first 11 holes behind a pair of birdies on par-fours. Classmate Lorena Aranda (Trujillo, Peru/San Jose Obrero Marianistats) carded a 13-over 85 in the final round after shooting a three-over 39 on the back nine. She closed play in Illinois tied for 22nd overall at 30-over 246 (83-78-85). Senior Inez del Rosario (Rizal, Philippines/La Salle College

Antipolo) posted a two-38 on the last nine holes to finish the third round at 12-over 84 and tied for 25th place at the tournament with a 31-over 247 (84-79-84). Freshman Cara Vanderham (Innisfail, Alberta/Innisfail) rounded out the Vulcans at Joliet Country Club, shooting a 16over 88 on Tuesday to finish 44th overall at 48-over 264 (84-92-88). Wheeling Jesuit freshman Kasey Frazier earned medalist honors by three strokes with a final score of 13-over 229 (7777-75). In addition to Frazier, sophomore Ali Reed of Merrimack (Mass.) qualified for the NCAA National Championships as an individual after posting a 19over 235 (75-82-78). The Vulcans will compete in the NCAA National Championships from May 15-18 in Daytona Beach, Fla., at LPGA International. Last spring, Cal U registered its best showing ever at the event by placing sixth overall behind a pair of top-15 individual finishes.

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New sports agency helps athletes _______________________ by Jose Negron staff writer

____________________________ Some athletes set a goal to become a professional in their respective sport. A new website that has been founded in Europe called was created for soccer, hockey and basketball players to be given the opportunity to be found by a sports agent who can help them get to the next level. Lubos Kubik (freshman, sports management) is originally from the Czech Republic and works for this website, which wants to give the opportunity to players all around the world to become professional athletes and help sports agents

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