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vol. 34, No. 7
NEWS S.A.I. proposed budget 2013-14
The Student Association Inc. (SAI) student cabinet approved the proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year in the amount of $3,122,326. All fulltime SAI fee-paying students get a vote to approve or reject the budget on April 8.
OPINION same-sex marriage debate
As the U.S. Supreme Court considers arguments this week on the consitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the national debate continues. How do you feel about samesex marriage? It’s a question we’ve been exploring in this country for some time.
THE ARTS hollywood in brownsville
In recent years, the Pittsburgh region has been in the Hollywood spotlight for location filming. Now, the Brownsville Film Office is working to bring more movie-making opportunities to the area surrounding Cal U.
Student Center renovation set to begin in May
An artist’s rendering of a new rotunda to be added to the Natali Student Center during the expansion and renovation project.
About 20 years ago, Pittsburgh based architectural group WTW Architects gathered here at California University of Pennsylvania to build what we now know as the Natali Student Center. The Student Center has provided Cal U students with various everyday needs including food from the many available options, books and other school necessities from the Cal U bookstore and entertainment from places such as the billiards hall and Vulcan Theatre. The same architecture group that built the facility two decades ago plans on expanding and renovating the student center to bring it up to today’s standards. The renovation project, which was favored by students in a vote taken in 2011, will begin May 20, 2013 – right after the commencement ceremonies for graduating seniors. The construction project will be a two year phase project that is expected to bring big changes to the facility and provide students with many new additions, including a new main dining center and a new heritage lounge which will provide students with much more public space. “For the student center, there will be two additions to this building, an east and a west addition that will occur first,” said Dean of Student Services Larry Sebek. “After that process is completed, we will work to come into the interior of the
building and do renovations there.” The student center will remain open during the renovation process, however, during the second phase of the renovations, the food court will be relocated to the Performance center and the Gold Rush will be relocated to Gallagher Hall. During this time the food court and Gold Rush will undergo a renovation process. “I think it’s definitely going to boost enrollment and appeal to new students,” said Andy Tuzikow (freshman, biology). “The renovation would defi-
nitely make the student center look even more distinguished than it already is.” The process is set to take about 2 years and should be finished in the year 2015. The renovation, although voted on by students who may not see the completion of the renovation project, is sure to be something that will benefit current Cal U freshman and sophomores as well as incoming Cal U students. “It’s the students taking the foresight to vote on something that they won’t be here to have,” Sebek said. “Freshman will have about two years of struggle dur-
ing the process, but two years of enjoyment. If the students 20 years ago did not have the foresight or the vision, we would not have this building we have today. I truly believe it’s the students leaving a legacy for future generations at this university.” When it’s completed, this renovation will benefit every member of the community here at Cal U. There will be a time where getting around the student center may seem inconvenient, but the improved version of an already useful and impressive building will be very much worth it.
artist’s renders by WTW Architects The Natali Student Center renovation includes the addition of a large rotunda with a public gathering space to be called the Heritage Lounge.
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Cal U students impress as part of Equestrian Club by
for the Cal Times
California University of Pennsylvania has several outstanding students representing Cal U on the Equestrian Team, including Hanna Mrozinski (sophomore, biology) and Kathryn McAndrew (senior, biology). The Equestrian Team competes as members of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 6 and Region 5. Mrozinski, along with Hunt Seat Coach Heather Galya, represented Cal U at the Hunt Seat Regional Finals competition on Sunday, Mar. 10, 2013 at Stonegate Farm, Coolsville, OH. Mrozinski is an honor student and is currently president and hunt seat captain of the Cal U Equestrian Team. Last year, she served the team as vice president and western captain. This is Mrozinski’s second year competing for Cal U at the collegiate level – she also competes with her own American Quarter, Skippa Sandy Que, as a member of the Mountaineer Hunter Jumper Association. Additionally, she competed in high school on the Mon Valley Equestrian Team as a member of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). She is also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), United States Equestrian Federation and the American Miniature Horse Association. When she is not working as a workstudy student in the office of admissions or at K-Mart, she enjoys volunteering her time at
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Horses with Heart Therapeutic Riding Center giving therapeutic riding and Hippotherapy lessons to children and adults with disabilities. Hanna did an internship last summer at Brown Equine Hospital in Somerset, PA. The three summers prior, she interned at Canon Hill Veterinary Clinic, Inc., in Canonsburg, PA. Kathryn McAndrew, along with the Equestrian Team Western Coach Sue Malencia, represented Cal U at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western Semi-Finals competition on Mar. 23 and 24, 2103, in Moorehead, KY. McAndrew qualified for IHSA Regional Finals Competition in the open reining class. Additionally, McAndrew currently is two points in the lead for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) High Point Rider for our region. The AQHA High Point Rider automatically moves on to the IHSA National Competition being held this year on May 2 through 5, 2013 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. The team also completed in a IHSA Western Show on March 16, 2013 at Reedsville Farm, WV, with the IHSA Western Regional Finals that afternoon. Competing in the IHSA Regional Finals beside McAndrew competed alongside Mrozinski in the Open Rail Class 12 and Caitlin Sitler (junior, business administration) in Class 11. McAndrew has been an active competing member of the Cal U’s Equestrian Team since
her freshman year, as well as a member of ISHA and United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA). She began competing in IHSA Class 13 for Western as a freshman and qualified for Regionals. The following year she qualified for Regionals in Class 14 and moved on to semi-finals. Much like this year, last year she completed in IHSA Classes 15 and 16 and qualified for Regionals in both classes. In Hunt Seat, she began competing in IHSA Classes 3 and 4. Over the years, she has qualified for Regionals in both Western and Hunt Seat and is currently showing in IHSA Classes 5 and 6. McAndrew has won numerous awards while competing on Cal U’s Equestrian Team, including secenth place at semi-finals in 2011 and multiple High Point and Reserve High Point Rider Awards at shows in both Western and Hunt Seat shows Ms. McAndrew was awarded an Honors scholarship to study abroad for a summer in Bermuda, earning six honors credits. Her current honors thesis project is to inhibit resistance in Small Cell Lung Cancer cells to chemotherapeutics and has presented three previous research projects. As a student in the biological and environmental sciences, McAndrew worked in a biotech research lab affiliated with UPMC through an internship funded by the National Science Foundation for the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Institute.
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photo courtesy of Tracy Breckenridge McAndrew posing with a few of her competition ribbons.
Katie has also been nominated by Team Advisor Tracy Breckenridge for the spring 2013 IHSA Senior Athletic Academic Achievement Award. Nomination requirements for this award include being a senior at a fouryear institution, being an active member of a IHSA riding team for three years and having a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Additionally, Ms. Breckenridge nominated Katie
for the ISHA All-Academic Award for her academic excellence. The purpose of the IHSA National All-Academic Award is to recognize the individual academic achievements of the IHSA participating undergraduate and alumni members. Congratulations to the entire Cal U Equestrian Team and Coaches for having such a great English Hunt Seat and Western show season.
ATTENTION Graduating Students!
Don’t forget to have your Spellman’s Studio portrait taken for the Monocal, the Cal U yearbook. When: Tuesday, April 2, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Manderino Library Room 317 Sitting Fee - FREE! First come, first served - no appointment necessary! Questions? Not able to make the above dates? E-mail Joy Helsel at firstname.lastname@example.org Students graduating during the 2012-13 academic year will receive a copy of the 2013 Monocal. 2012-13 yearbooks will be mailed to your permanent address Fall 2013. Please be sure to dress appropriately (no T-shirts or hats, please).
SUMMER COLLEGE 2013 What can Cal U Summer College do for you? Improve your GPA (especially for students with a low amount of credits). Take a class that is hard to get into during the regular semester. Take a required class that will allow you to get a semester ahead. Retake a class you received a bad grade in (or failed). Accumulate extra credits during the year and decrease your time to graduation. This allows you to get ahead of your credits as well. IF you are behind in your major or just need to take some extra classes to stay on pace, Summer College is the perfect solution. Even better, most summer courses are offered online so you can work on your own schedule
March 29, 2013
SAI proposes 2013-14 club & org budget
A message from the CFO of SAI, Leigh Ann Lincoln
On Wednesday, Mar. 13, California University of Pennsylvania’s student cabinet convened for five hours and approved the proposed budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year in the amount of $3,122,326. As their adviser, I would like to commend each one of these students for making some really tough and well thought out decisions this year. Going into the budget meeting, cabinet members were well aware that budgets had to be reduced. This academic year, only 95% of the total allocation awards were distributed to clubs because student fee revenue was down due to enrollment. Clubs were fortunate that there was money left over from 2011-12 to add to the amount available to distribute this year. If those additional funds were not available, only 90% of the allocation award for 2012-13 could have been granted. Taking all of the numbers above into consideration, with the understanding that the student fee is set at $250 and will not increase, cabinet members had a very tough decision about awarding allocations in 2013-14. They were told to be honest with their clubs when they met so that cuts to budgets were not a surprise. In addition to that, the workshops SAI holds for clubs also informed them of the budget cuts and encouraged clubs to be realistic and economical in their request for 2013-14. There were 113 clubs eligible for funding and each cabinet member had roughly six clubs to represent during this academic year in the budget process. As CFO, I represent the 11 clubs designated “campus community programs.” These programs operate very differently than the typical allocated clubs and have hired personnel who oversee their daily activities. I was truly impressed with the knowledge that the cabinet members had obtained from their clubs this year. They all knew exactly how much money was needed to function and what would be “icing on the cake” for a club. Through negotiations and tough debates, members held their own ground and truly defended each club as best as possible. I feel it is necessary to comment on SAI’s request for 2013-14. The amount of money SAI requests in student fee funding fluctuates with enrollment, because SAI relies on commissions from contracts and housing profits to sustain its total budget. When SAI requests less money from student fees, more is available to be allocated to clubs, and vice versa. Many students may not realize that when you live in the SAI-owned on-campus residence halls or Vulcan Village apartments, profits from those properties are put directly into the SAI budget to reduce the SAI student fee request. Also, it is important that students understand that SAI works very hard to keep the rental rates as low as possible for university housing, and rates are set at the minimum amount needed to meet the debt coverage ratio required by the bond holders. The one major difference between SAI and the off-campus rentals in the borough is that all revenue from university housing directly benefits the students at Cal U. The same can be said regarding purchasing items in the bookstore and out of the vending machines. You are actually giving back to the students at Cal U when you purchase items on campus and live in university housing. Please remember that. Cal U students, it is now up to you to let your voice be heard! On Monday, Apr. 8, at 4:15 p.m. in the Performance Center, SAI will hold its annual Corporation Meeting. This is the final step in the budget process, and all members of the SAI Corporation (all full-time SAI fee-paying students) get a vote to approve or reject the budget. Only members of the SAI Corporation are permitted at this meeting, as company business will be discussed. I highly encourage every eligible student to come and vote, whether you are for or against the total budget. You will need your CalCard to verify eligibility prior to entering the meeting. I hope to see you there.
SAI? What’s an SAI?!
The Student Association, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization tied to Cal U. Every SAI fee paying student is a shareholder. Despite their contribution to SAI, many students know what SAI does beyond funding clubs and organizations. It is important to SAI and the university that students understand the wide array of services SAI provides in order to maximize their college experience. The clubs that students belong to are funded through the SAI fee. Each club makes its pitch for a requested budget annually while the student-run congress actually determines the amount of allocation awarded to each club. They then p re s e n t t h i s budget to the corporation for final approval. Many factors play into a club’s funding, including fundraising efforts, campus involvement, community service and prior years’ spending patterns. Some clubs are very good at fundraising and have a savings from prior years that is taken into account. SAI also built and owns all of the university housing. That includes the residence halls and Vulcan Village. The Student Activities Board (SAB) is an example of a club that falls under the umbrella of SAI. SAB is in charge of putting together concerts, lectures, entertainers and more. While they cannot bring everyone to the university, they do arrange trips to cultural sites and shows held off-campus. The Vulcan Theater, a theater free for all students and faculty, is also operated by SAB.
The theater plays movies that have already been in theaters but have yet to be on DVD. In addition to all of this, SAI (and therefore the students) owns Roadman Park, which has been leased to the university, and SAI Farm. Roadman Park includes the football field, soccer complex, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and a pavilion/picnic area. The 94-acre SAI farm is new and provides great opportunities for students both educationally and leisurely. Located just beyond Roadman Park, the farm can be used for clubs’ special events, environmental studies, or just as a scenic getaway. To reserve the farm for use, fill out the form at sai. calu.edu/farm under the “facilities” section. It must be filled out ten business days prior to the requested date for use of the facility. Last but not least, SAI funds the media services of the university. The “Cal Times,” WCAL and CUTV are important platforms for giving students a voice on campus and are crucial to the professional development of Cal U’s aspiring television personalities, radio hosts and journalists. Numerous people with experience in these SAIfunded programs have gone on to work in professional media services, many of them hired fresh out of college. In order to maintain all of these campus amenities, SAI employs eighteen full-time workers. From the director of media services to payroll, employees of SAI are put in place to serve students. Students are encouraged to utilize SAI services to their fullest extent.
STUDENT ASSOCIATION, INC. CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PROPOSED ALLOCATED BUDGET 2013-2014
ACADEMIC/DEPARTMENTAL CLUBS ANTHROPOLOGY CLUB ATHLETIC TRAINERS CLUB BIOLOGY CLUB C.C.O.E.-GERONTOLOGY CLUB CHEMISTRY CLUB COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN CRIMINAL JUSTICE ECONOMICS CLUB EMS BOOK CLUB ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY CLUB FINANCE CLUB FOREIGN LANGUAGE FORENSIC SCIENCE CLUB FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS FUTURE MATH TEACHERS GEOLOGY CLUB GIS PLANNING CLUB GRADUATE SOCIAL WORK ASSOC. HISTORY CLUB LAW & JUSTICE SOCIETY MATHEMATICS ASSOC. OF AMERICA MEDICAL INTEREST CLUB METEOROLOGY CLUB PARKS & RECREATION PHILOSOPHY CLUB PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT CLUB PROFESSIONAL GOLF MANAGEMENT PSEA PSYCHOLOGY CLUB PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY(PRSSA) SCREEN PRINTING STUDENT ASSOC. SOCIAL WORK ASSOCIATION SOCIETY OF PHYSICS STUDENTS SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS SOCIOLOGY CLUB SPEECH & HEARING SPORTS MANAGEMENT CLUB STUDENT ACCOUNTING ASSOC STUDENT CLUB PRINTING HOUSE STUDENT COUNSELING ASSOCIATION STUDENT MARKETING ASSOCIATION STUDIO 224 T.E.A.C. (Technology Education) TRAVEL CLUB WILDLIFE SOCIETY WOMEN IN SCIENCE CAMPUS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS ATHLETICS CALIFORNIA TIMES COMMUTER COUNCIL CUTV H.E.A.R.T. HOMECOMING S.A.I. OPERATING FUND SSART WCAL WOMEN'S CENTER YEARBOOK FAITH BASED CLUBS CAL ROCKS STAND
MULTICULTURAL CLUBS $ $ $ $ $ $
4,200 6,000 1,700 4,000 2,200 7,000 No Request
BLACK STUDENT UNION JAPANESE ANIMATION CLUB RAINBOW ALLIANCE HISPANIC STUDENT ASSOC. INTERNATIONAL CLUB MEN UNITED (first year eligible) PERFORMING ARTS CLUBS
$ $ $ $ $ $
20,000 1,350 6,000 4,500 8,000 1,000
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
1,000 1,000 5,800 855 1,300 434 4,000
MON VALLEY DANCE COUNCIL THE UNDERGROUND UNIVERSITY BAND UNIVERSITY CHOIR UNIVERSITY PLAYERS YOUNG & GIFTED GOSPEL CHOIR RECREATIONAL CLUBS
$ $ $ $ $ $
6,000 20,000 52,000 26,500 25,000 6,900
$ $ $ $ $
1,000 7,000 6,000 1,500 4,500
BALLROOM AND LATIN DANCING CLUB GAMES CLUB SNOW CLUB STUDENT ACTIVITIES BOARD SERVICE CLUBS
$ $ $ $
1,200 1,000 2,000 270,000
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
2,500 3,000 1,000 26,000 500 2,500 7,500 20,000 1,000
ACTIVIST CLUB BEST BUDDIES HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTER-RESIDENCE HALL COUNCIL LIONS CLUB ROTC STUDENT GOVERNMENT VETERAN'S CLUB SPECIAL INTEREST CLUBS
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
1,000 5,500 7,500 20,000 300 800 50,000 6,500
$ $ $ $
1,500 12,500 2,000 3,500
ASSOCIATED ARTISTS CAL CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER COMPUTER CLUB ENTREPRENEURS CLUB GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION MIDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE CLUB PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB POTTERY CLUB RADIO CONTROL CLUB WARGAMING CLUB SPORTS CLUBS
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
15,500 4,000 3,500 1,500 300 3,500 600 500 1,500
ARCHERY CLUB BODY BUILDING AND FITNESS CLUB BASEBALL CLUB BILLIARDS CLUB BOWLING CLUB CHEERLEADERS DISC GOLF EQUESTRIAN TEAM FENCING CLUB HOCKEY CLUB LACROSSE CLUB - WOMEN LACROSSE CLUB- MEN MARTIAL ARTS CLUB RUGBY - MEN RUGBY - WOMEN SOCCER CLUB-MENS SWIM CLUB ULTIMATE FRISBEE VULCAN DANCE TEAM
$ $ $ $ $ $
7,000 4,000 1,397 4,000 3,400 14,000
No Request No Request No Request
$ $ $ $ $
2,500 2,000 300 300 4,200
$ $ $ $ $ $
12,050 8,000 33,250 4,600 12,000 1,500
$ 550,000 $ 28,000 $ 4,500 $ 70,000 $ 11,000 $ 40,000 $ 1,233,100 $ 14,000 $ 25,000 $ 14,000 $ 500 $ $
$ $ $
20,000 6,500 175,000 No Request
$ $ $ $ $
7,000 4,000 28,000 22,000 675 No Request
march 29, 2013
Cal U student exemplifies the idea of a diverse college campus by Jessica
for the Cal Times
College students are given the chance to meet people from all types of backgrounds and places. Students from all over the country are brought to one campus and bring their own unique experiences and stories with them. Roger King is no exception. He’s a normal college student at California University of Pennsylvania who works an after school job and loves to hit the gym. These facts would never lead you to believe he grew up in a conservative international Christian community. “They model their beliefs around the Sermon on the Mount,” said King (sophomore, biology). “They are good people – they care about everybody within the community and their neighbors.” King grew up in a place in Farmington, Pa. that he refers to as the “commune” but it ‘s more commonly known as the Bruderhof. King is the son of Ed and Susie King and he has four siblings. King and his oldest brother were the only ones in the family who chose to leave the community. The rest of the Kings remain members of the Bruderhof, but they’re scattered around the globe. His second oldest brother
lives in a commune in New York, his third oldest brother still resides in Farmington and his younger sister is in Australia. King’s parents live in England. According to King, a day in the life of a teenager in the commune was a busy one. They juggle public school with demanding responsibilities within the community. “I went to Uniontown High School,” said King. “When I got home I mostly worked for my dad, who ran the seven acre organic garden. Our youth group would meet twice a week and we would do various projects in the afternoon and work in the factory.” The Bruderhof has its own international company based out of the factory called Community Play Things, which specializes in daycare furniture. The Bruderhof also grows its own crops and the women make their own clothes. Growing up in an environment with people who didn’t share his beliefs was challenging, but despite an obvious cultural gap, King managed to make life-long friends while he was in high school. Rachel Free is one of the many people he befriended. She explained the difficulties that some of the Bruderhof kids went through when trying to interact socially with other students.
Roger King (left) and his older brother in Baltimore.
“Unfortunately, kids who have never been exposed to the Bruderhof lifestyle gave them a hard time,” said Free. King and a few of his peers chose to leave the community at the time they graduated high school. “I felt that I couldn’t really be myself,” said King. “On a more positive note [though], I really wanted to pursue a career. There was no guarantee that you would go to school [college] and that was something I was interested in. I wanted to pursue something in the medical field.” After King graduated he went to live with family in Ohio for a year. “I was fortunate enough to have a family outside the community who helped with the transition,” said King. “Otherwise, I don’t know if I would have made it because there were
all these things that someone wouldn’t think about. There was banking, driving a car and other things.” After his time away from the area he decided to come back and figure out the next step in his life. “I was going to leave from there [Ohio] and do my own thing, but my parents wanted me to come back and made a decision from the commune,” said King. “I was back there for a very short period of time, less than a week, and then I left again. I didn’t plan it that way, but that’s how it ended up happening.” King moved to New Alexandria, which is north of Greensburg, where he lived with an older couple that he had gotten close with. They helped him until he was able to get on his feet. “I had no money, no nothing,”
he said. “This older couple, I have kind of since then adopted them as my grandparents, they took me in for two months and helped me with everything.” King was able to find a job working as a butcher in Vanderbilt, where he still works from time to time. He is currently going to school here at Cal U and is working at the Uniontown Hospital as a nurse assistant. He hopes to become a doctor of physical therapy. “My main thing is that I want to succeed,” King said. “I want to be successful and that is [my] motivation. I am thankful for my background and the work ethic I grew up with.” With his schedule completely full (he’s taking 20 credits this semester and passing all his classes) he seems to be headed in the right direction.
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There was no beer to dull their senses, no white sandy Cancun beach to poke their umbrella poles in, no blazing sun to bake their skins to dry parchment. Just a restaurant with bright yellow walls and Spanish speaking waiters to help them practice their newly acquired language skills. Students used this opportunity to talk, laugh, enjoy their classmates and be with their professor. The SPN 102 class decided to get an early start on spring break by scheduling a meal and party to celebrate. Once the tenuous task of ordering a meal in Spanish was completed, everyone settled down to enjoy their delicious food. Suddenly a clatter was heard coming from the kitchen and the waiters appeared singing “Las Mananitas,” a typical Spanish birthday song. They placed a sombrero on a surprised Rachel (the birthday girl) and a cake with Spanish lettering, secretly brought by Professor Ribar, on the table. What does “Feliz Vacación 102” mean, asked someone reading the blue lettering on the cake? “I know,” said another, “happy vacation 102!” Everyone laughed, realizing that they had just been wished a happy spring break.
march 29, 2013
Film office brings Hollywood to local’s backyard by
Mitchell’s Café in downtown Brownsville may look like any other café. The upstairs of the newly restored Plaza Bakery from 1921 doesn’t have anything to do with coffee, though. That is where Mitch and his wife Brianne Mitchell are helping to put Brownsville on the artistic map. The café is also the home to the Brownsville Film Office, where Brianne serves as the film office director and Mitch is the chief financial officer. They opened the office in 2009 and have been bringing the filming industry to Brownsville and the Mon Valley area ever since. “We established the Brownsville Film Office when the tax credit took affect in Pennsylvania,” Brianne said. “Production companies were looking at Southwest PA and we wanted to bring film to our area because
it’s a positive economic influence.” Pennsylvania already has film offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia. The Mitchells thought there was a need for an office in a small town like Brownsville because it offers different things than the bigger cities do. “There are a ton of benefits to filming here. Brownsville is an empty canvas. The town looks like a big movie set.” According to brownsvillefilmoffice.com/Brownsville_Film_ Office, the office was “created to help production companies, location scouts and independent filmmakers in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding communities.” There are several ways the film office achieves these goals. “We want to increase production in this area and utilize Washington and Fayette County for more production interest,” Brianne said. “We also want to
encourage the arts in the Mon Valley area and have our local residents be exposed to the film industry.” The Brownsville Film Office has been involved with several major films over the past few years. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Abduction,” and “The Next Three Days” are just some of the movies they have worked with. Some California University of Pennsylvania students got a taste of the filming industry in December 2012 when the movie “Foxcatcher” was being filmed at the Convocation Center. Although the Brownsville Film Office wasn’t involved in bringing the filming to Cal U, Brianne still had a connection to the movie. “I wasn’t involved at all and I was surprised when I heard they were filming there,” Brianne said. “But my brother was Channing Tatum’s body double. He was also in the film and did scenes with Steve Carell and
Tatum as a military officer.” The film office has made a name for itself in the industry and Hollywood now knows where Brownsville, Pa. is. “We have been really successful,” Brianne said. “We’ve had some pretty major stars come through Brownsville the last couple of years. Now that people are familiar with Brownsville and the Mon Valley area, I’ve been getting a lot of calls and people want to come back to us,” she said. As for the future, Mitch hopes the Brownsville Film Office will continue to become more prominent and that people in the film industry will want to take advantage of Brownsville and the Mon Valley region. “I hope it can become more of a presence and more well known in the area,” Mitch said. “ The woods, rivers, streams, and farmland give the area a lot of beauty. What Brownsville has to offer is unique.”
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“ThanksKilling” In this horror film spoof five college kids are terrorized by a murderous cursed Turkey. The kids are on their college Thanksgiving break and the turkey is out for blood. Don’t go in to this movie looking for a real scare, it’s simply made to be so bad that people might consider it good. It’s uncertain how anyone could take a murderous turkey seriously, but the disclaimer feels neccessary. Starring: Chuck Lamb, Lance Predmore, and Lindsey Anderson Genre: B-Horror Movie Originally Released: November 17, 2009
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The Beauregards are a four piece indie rock band with a sound combining Dinosaur Jr. and Death Cab for Cutie. They released their 8 song debut EP, “Good Try,” in 2011 and have been working hard ever since. Among the eight tracks on “Good Try,” some instantaneously catch the listener’s ear. One of those songs, and my personal favorite, is the track “Lake Erie.” “Lake Erie” is instrumentally based off the very bright guitar introduction and continues on as Tim Korenich (vocalist) opens up on the song with some mellow vocals. T “Meatball Girl” keeps with the smoothness of the EP but brings the EP to a close on a louder note, and with a guitar solo. While waiting for The Beauregards new release, check out “Good Try.” Also catch them out in the Pittsburgh area on May 25 at The Smiling Moose with The Neffs, City Steps and Rollergirl.
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alifornia University of Pennsylvania isn’t exactly known for its bigness. A small student body takes up seats in small classes that take place on a small campus that is attached to a small town. If small-time pirates with stunted ambition drew a treasure map of the institution, it would be a very tiny treasure map. I imagine the only thing big about it would be the gigantic “X” marking the spot occupied by Louis L. Manderino Library. Manderino Library was dedicated on Oct. 11, 1979, at which point it succeeded the J Albert Reed Library as Cal U’s primary destination for those seeking scholarly enlightenment. Its namesake was part of Monessen High School’s 1947 class, a Harvard graduate, a Duquense law professor and a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Manderino was alive to see the building dedicated to him, but just barely – he died in Pittsburgh three weeks later, the victim of a heart attack. We can assume he liked books and research and things based on the wealth of sources the library contains, but who’s to say. Those sources are housed on four floors of books, newspapers, magazines, microfilm and various other types of media. While exploring, a patron can find their destination easily with the online PILOT catalog, the library’s in-house GPS. A more adventurous lot willing to find their own way will discover reward in the library’s many hidden treasures. There are conference rooms lined with photos, each telling their own story. There are art prints based on the books of science fiction author and Scientology prophet L. Ron Hubbard. There is a small room that houses a collection consisting solely of works pertaining to character development. Each floor of the library holds its own treasures, but the biggest “X” would be put over Manderino’s fourth, home to the Archives of California University of Pennsylvania and the Special
Collections. These two collections contain a wealth of useful and valuable resources, none more so than their architects and caretakers, Albert Pokol and Daniel Zyglowicz. Pokol is a man of impressive passion, as evidenced in his career. He began working at Cal U in 1965 as a reference librarian, but for the last three and a half years he has served as the library’s archivist. Conversation is a thing that comes naturally to him, as well as his appreciation for scholarly pursuits. His desire to draw the community to the archives isn’t fueled by a yearning for recognition – he merely wishes people to know that the information is available to those who seek it. “[Students can benefit from the archive and special collections] by having the motivation to want to research. Any resource there has a history… if you poke your nose in it you’re going to get a good historical, cultural and sociological insight as to your topic, but you really have to go in-depth,” Pokol said. The Archives of California University of Pennsylvania are, for the most part, a collection of things that the college still produces today. Course catalogs, syllabi, report cards, yearbooks, commencement programs, meeting minutes and old “Cal Times” issues join together in one room to create Cal U’s life story. There are shovels that were used in groundbreakings for buildings on campus. There are flyers from a male student’s successful bid for Homecoming Queen. There are handbooks from the college’s infancy that lay out proper behavior for freshmen girls, which included the officially recognized dating schedule of the university. Those willing to go in-depth will certainly be rewarded with insight. Pokol finds that he has grown fond of a few choice aspects of the archives and believes that they are priceless pieces of the collection. “We have a continuity of yearbooks that really embrace, from 1913 on, the history of the institution. I would [also] consider the “Normal Review” (the precursor to
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the “Cal Times”) as a fantastic thing. We [also] have board of trustee minutes, which give you a broad history, the university undergraduate catalogs which are fantastic and give you a key back to the 1860’s and an idea of a program’s core curriculum.” Zyglowicz truly believes that the purpose of each piece stored in the archives is to contribute to the big picture –the overall history of the university. While he sees the value of each artifact and what they contribute individually, he would like visitors to view each as a piece of the whole. He also has his personal favorites, which he believes contribute most to the history of Cal U. “I think the photographs we have in the collection that show the progression from the normal school to the state teacher’s college to the university today [are the most important]. All of the material in the archives is significant because it’s the material that tells the story of the university from its early days to the present,” he said. Zyglowicz started in cataloging at Manderino in 1986, and in the words of Pokol, “he’s good.” After a stint as the library’s government document technician, he currently finds himself as the archival technician and the special collections technician. He and Pokol oversee the Archives of Cal U, but they also maintain an impressive Special Collections section. Visitors will find a staggering amount to explore when they step foot into Special Collections. The table straight ahead of the entrance is home to a facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible, a reproduction of the first book printed with the use of moveable type in the western world. The Gutenberg Bible sits in the middle of the room while rows of shelves flank it on either side. On one end sits, among other things, detailed Civil War texts (full names of soldiers are listed) and a robust collection of silent movie scores which were absorbed into the library from the late Coyle Theater in Charleroi, PA. More can be found on the op-
Dan Zyglowicz (left) and Albert Pokol
china Dolls, two pages from the Dali “Alice in Wonderland,” and a former Homecomming Queen candidate.
posite side of the room, including industrial training reels, the clothing of a ship’s captain, a collection of historical dioramas funded as a project during the Great Depression and a collection of Native American Kachina dolls. The prized piece in Special Collections should send students and professors in the art department running for Manderino – it truly belongs in a museum for all to see. In 1969, Spanish artist Salvador Dali provided illustrations for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” and the surrealist painter’s contributions give strange and colorful life to the strange and colorful prose on the page. One of the original copies can be found completely intact at Cal U. With an inventory like this, the Special Collections should be a priceless resource for professors across campus. Despite this, when Pokol was asked about the professor’s use of the material, his first reaction was to laugh. Heartily. After he collected himself, he delivered his opinion in a very matter-of-fact way. “Let’s put it this way: we have valuable resources here. Anyone, whether it’s a student, faculty or so on… my opinion is that it’s worthwhile material but they have to make a decision on whether it fits their needs.” While Pokol’s philosophy is a sound one based on the idea of helping those who are interested enough in their own questions to seek the right answers, Zyglowicz tries to look on the bright side, highlighting history professors who have used the Archives of Cal U and Special Collections. He points out that Dr. Tuennerman recently brought a whole class there. The Special Collections are clearly valuable and have a definite historical and cultural value, but it is important to remember how imperative the Archives of Cal U are to our community. Members of Greek Life visit to research their organization’s beginnings. Professors research old syllabi as reference points for their own. Family members of late faculty
and alumni get in contact to learn more about their relatives. The Archives of Cal U are well equipped to help in all situations involving local research – Zyglowicz even phoned a cemetery to establish a death date on a person associated with the university because the family had no idea when the person passed. Zyglowicz wanted to make it clear that the two-man team can’t compile the history of Cal U alone, though. “I would just hope the organizations, the clubs, the different departments on campus would remember to send over their materials to the archives so we would have information for the future because we depend on the different people and the different departments to send over items. If someone retires, send over the collection of minutes and photographs and everything [collected over the years] so that we can keep adding to our collection, and in 50 years the material will be here.” Pokol and Zyglowicz see maintaining the Archives of Cal U as their main responsibility. Another important aspect is the evaluation, growth and usefulness of these materials. That can only be assessed through community involvement. They want people to know that the Special Collections are here ¬– once aware of the treasures sitting in Manderino, it’s impossible to forget them. If a small treasure map of the small campus were to be drawn, the very big “X” would sit over Manderino Library. It would serve small-time pirates well to create a separate map of the library itself, though, with the biggest “X” over the fourth floor. The Archives of Cal U and the Special Collections section hold valuable treasures – everything from a 1968 Cal U yearbook to an original work by a world-renowned artist. Every visitor will have a different opinion on each object’s value, but they will all agree that the most valuable treasures found between the shelves are Albert Pokol and Daniel Zyglowicz.
Speak Now or Forever Hold your Peace
Cal U Debates Gay Marriage Against:
By: Jamie Rider
Entertainment Editor It’s always been evident to me that everybody should have equal rights. I have never excluded a demographic because of sexuality, religion or race. This belief encompasses the right for same sex couples to marry. Our country was founded with the idea of separating church and state so we wouldn’t fall prey to the same mistakes of our precursors in England. We pride ourselves on being the land of the free, yet there are people in this country who are not given the freedom and right to marry who they please. Some worry that letting samesex couples marry will lead to people wanting to marry animals, family members or objects, but this is sensationalized fear. We have to give ourselves more credit. We are capable of finding boundaries and being intelligent enough to know when it’s time to stop. There are millions of gun owners around the country, but there are not millions of people acting as vigilantes because they happen to own a gun. It’s an understanding of how we need to act as the human race. Also an important thing to remember is that same-sex couples are not always asking people to alter their beliefs or
to change religion completely, they are asking for the same government-recognized rights that come from a marriage recognized by the state. There are a lot of benefits denied to them because they are not considered legally married. Many samesex couples already consider themselves spiritually married without the involvement of a church, so having it become a legally recognized unity wouldn’t make much difference in the lives of the religious. The Bible is not the definitive word on how we should live our lives in the modern world. It might be a guideline for those who choose a life based around religion (and there is nothing wrong with that), but some people can’t simply decide that other people should be denied the same rights because they’re taking a different route in life. Same sex marriage won’t directly affect peoples’ own marriage and there is no evidence that it will lead to economic or political chaos, so why is there so much concern and fear? Society is changing and there is no way to stop that. It’s time that people recognize that there are certain laws that need amended to accommodate that change. It’s not life or death, it’s about accepting each other and allowing everyone to pursue a fulfilling life no matter what sex they happen to be attracted to.
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By: Casey Flores Opinion Editor
It has taken me a long time to come to the stance I now take on gay marriage. I have considered a lot of different viewpoints for a considerable amount of time. This topic is currently at the forefront of political debate and while pop culture screams for equality, conservative America maintains a hearty no. It is my opinion that a government should not get behind gay marriage because it would force the government to endorse something that I believe is not natural. Hear me out. I am a conservative, which means I am inherently for a smaller, less intrusive federal government. Thus came my inner struggle on this issue: do I take the more libertarian approach that says to leave the people alone and let them do what they want, or the traditional conservative opinion that argues marriage should only be between a man and a woman? While America prides itself on being the land of the free, lines need to be drawn. In fact, the line that has been in place for hundreds of years works just fine. The logic most use to justify homosexual marriage is the evidence of the love that is shared between two people, regardless of their gender. They say that it is not the government’s right to infringe on their freedom to get married. Along with enforcing freedom, however, the right to enforce social responsibility has been reserved by the government. For example, we have freedom of speech in this country, but not the freedom to speak in a way that would threaten national security. The federal government has previously drawn the line with the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited federal benefits going to samesex married couples, signed into
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law by President Clinton. If the logic “they love each other” were the main argument in this case, where would it stop? What would then be the justification to prevent a brother and a sister who love each other and want to get married from doing so? I know this seems extreme, but there was a time when homosexual marriage was considered to be extreme. It is now presented as the cultural norm. The claim that it is not natural comes from the obvious evidence of reproductive inc a p a b i l i t y. Simply put: homosexuals cannot make babies together. It amazes me that the side that preaches a “separation of church and state,” the side that largely argues against creationism and for evolutionism, would so quickly abandon their scientific conviction of natural selection. If natural selection were true, homosexuality would have been bred out of mankind, as it is a threat to the continuation of the human race. This is not “progressive” at all. I do not believe people are born gay. I believe outside forces play a part in the lives of those who desire to be with the same sex, and those outside forces cause them to seek out affirmation from that same gender. Some of these outside forces may include being introduced to homosexual acts at a young age, experimentation as a teenager and the lack of a father figure. If people who participate in homosexual activity were born with that desire, the equality argument may have relevance.
One of my primary worries about this topic is that if passed at a federal level, homosexual married couples would then fight for the right to be able to adopt in all 50 states. Going back to reproduction, science showcases children’s need to be raised with a female mother and a male father, as they are the only two parties that can come together and reproduce. There are also certain things that children are meant to get and can only get from their mothers and fathers. How would a young girl learn what it means to be a young lady with two dads? Government programs? Pop culture? I am also concerned for religious organizations. If two homosexuals wanted to get married in a church and that church refused for religious reasons, would that be grounds for a lawsuit? Similar lawsuits have already been filed. Homosexuals should be angry. Maybe angry because they believe they are being denied rights, but also angry that the political left uses them for political gain as if it is all the homosexual community cares about. Bill and Hillary Clinton (not to mention Barack Obama) recently changing their stance on the topic as it becomes more and more popular is evidence of this. Let me make one thing clear: I do not hate homosexuals. I have friends and family who are gay and I love them the same as I do everyone else. I also do not deny the notion that two people of the same gender can have strong, romantic emotional connections to each other. It just seems to me, in my opinion and for the reasons stated, that legalizing gay marriage would do more harm than people think – eventually more harm than good.
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March 29, 2013
By Michelle Cooper
Hello everyone, welcome back! We hope you had a great spring break. We would like to send a special thank you to everyone that came out to the Tenth Annual BSU Formal. Congratulations to Mr. Unity, Dr. Kelton Edmonds, and Ms. Unity, Darla Holmes. We appreciate everything you do for the organization. If anyone is interested in being in the talent show please contact Chantal Garrett (gar9857) or Bradley Wiggins (Wig8879). BSU will be having a Steelers event May 2 in the Convocation Center. Teams will be playing against some of the Steelers players in a basketball tournament and during halftime there will be an autograph session. We will also be having other small activities going on during halftime. Posters for this event will be given at the meetings and posted around campus. Ticket price is $7 for students and the public. The money we raise will be going to the Jennie Carter Scholarship. Our block party is Apr. 26. We will continue to give updated information in the near future. In honor of Women’s History Month, we would like to recognize Grace Murray Hopper. She was a pioneering computer scientist and also a rear admiral in the US Navy. She worked as one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark 1 computer during World War II. Later, she wrote the first computer programming compiler and conceptualized COBOL (the first modern programming language). She was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal upon retirement, which is the highest non-combat award given. She is another example that whatever you put your mind to you can do. The only limitations made upon you are the limitations you put on yourself! Don’t be afraid to stand out and be the first to do something.
The Internship Corner Sophomore Symposium By Lucie Fremeau
This April, the Internship Center will host their Second Annual Sophomore Symposium event, an initiative that will educate sophomores about the internship program at California University of Pennsylvania. All sophomores with majors that utilize internships as part of their curriculum are invited and encouraged to attend. “We feel like sophomores are left out of the loop,” Tracie Beck, director of the Internship Center, said. “Freshmen learn about internships during First-Year Seminar, then as a junior it’s time to start applying for internships. We’re hosting the Sophomore Symposium as a fun way to educate students about everything involving internships.” The event will be held on Monday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in the Natali Performance Center. A complimentary, full-course dinner will be served, and students will have the opportunity to meet former and current interns. The interns will be seated at each table and will discuss their internships, the experiences they had, and how their internships benefited them. In addition to a free dinner and networking opportunities with interns, students will learn about the step-by-step internship process, internship funding and effective ways to find an exciting and educational internship. The Sophomore Symposium is open to the first 250 students who register, so register as soon as possible! Interested sophomores may register at the Internship Center in Eberly 230 or e-mail Tracie Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students may also register at a table in the Natali Student Center, so keep checking your emails for upcoming registration dates and times. If you have any questions or want more information, contact Tracie Beck at email@example.com or call 724-938-1578.
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March 29, 2013
Cal U track star Kling continues to rewrite record book By Tyler Kimmel sports editor
Records are a major part of sports history. Owning a record allows an athlete’s legacy to live on long after they’ve hung up their cleats. Anytime a running back has a big season, Eric Dickerson’s name is always brought up. He rushed for an NFL-record 2,105 yards in a single season in 1984. Fans still talk about that season almost 30 years later. California University of Pennsylvania senior Erin Kling (pre-professional biology) is a member of the track team. She is also the school record holder for 3k (10:30) and 5k (18:00) in indoor track and the 3k (10:28) for outdoor. She broke Gwen VanDine’s outdoor mark that had stood since 1984 during the Vulcans last meet at home on March 23. “It feels good to accomplish the goals you set out to do,” Kling said. “The records are a mark to hit – a goal to set your sights on… once the record is broken and you achieved what you set out to do, all the hard work you put into it seems worthwhile.” “It also is gratifying knowing the record you set is what others will set their goals toward later on, therefore indirectly, you are
Photo By Laura Rayle Senior Erin Kling races her way to another school-record at Cal U’s Early Bird Meet on Mar. 23.
helping others in setting their goals.” Although Kling is passionate about running and is successful at it, that has not always been the case. “I honestly used to hate running when I was younger,” Kling said. “I used to dive for my high school and there was a
break in the season so I decided I wanted to try something new. Eventually once I started running with my teammates in high school, I began to enjoy it and realized it was pretty fun,” she said. Kling has had her fair share of ups and downs throughout her career at Cal U. However,
two-day event with a 28-over 604 (301-303). IUP claimed the invitational title with a sevenover 583 (297-286) after featuring three golfers in the top five on the leader board. Cal U finished second at the 11-team event and St. Thomas Aquinas placed third in the standings at 30-over 606 (307-299). Durman claimed medalist honors for the first time this season, and second time in his career, winning the event by two
strokes with a four-under 140 (71-69). He shot a three-under 69 on Monday to tie for lowest round of the tournament, which featured 75 golfers. Durman has been the team’s top scorer in four events this season, including three-straight starting with a second-place finish at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships in October. Redshirt freshman Jake Brawley (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop
she recently achieved one of her favorite moments during her career. “I finally began PR-ing (getting a personal record) again this past indoor track season,” Kling said. “I had not had any significant personal records since freshman year. I have had many setbacks over the years with injuries and such, and to finally have that ‘breakthrough’ moment has seemed to facilitate further success.” One reason Kling has been so successful is because of her passion for running. Her dedication to the grueling sport is what helps keep her motivated. “What is there not to be passionate about [when] running 13 miles, bright and early, every Sunday morning? Most people would find this level and amount of running to be more of a chore than a fun activity. And sometimes this may be true, but there are those moments, sometimes few and far between, that make it all worthwhile,” she said. Kling graduates in May, which will be the end of her collegiate running career. Although she will no longer be able to compete against other college athletes, that doesn’t mean her competitive running career will come to an end. “I’d like to eventually train
for marathons, but I am not sure how soon I will try doing that,” Kling said. “Triathlons also sound appealing, so I may eventually try those.” Although she may still have a competitive career after she graduates, it won’t be the same as her time in college. There will always be one thing missing when she runs on her own. “I’ll miss my teammates the most,” Kling said. “They are what helped to push me everyday and motivate me toward my goals. Their enthusiasm and dedication for the sport and each other can be hard to come by. Finding a group of people like that is not replaceable.” Track and running will always hold a special place in Kling’s heart. It has provided her with lessons she will use the rest of her life, and one in particular that is the most important: “Track, or more specifically running in general, has taught me to be myself and have confidence in myself,” Kling said. “If you believe in yourself and what you are doing, there isn’t anything anyone can say to make you accomplish what you want. So, I know over the years, I have learned to be myself and not force myself to follow the cultural norms just because that is the way the world wants it to be,” she said.
Vulcans golf team takes second place in North Carolina sports information
Sophomore Charlie Durman (London, England/Heritage Academy) earned medalist honors at the St. James Plantation Invitational and the California University of Pennsylvania men’s golf team finished second in the team standings at the event on March 24. The Vulcans registered the second-best score in both rounds of the tournament, finishing the
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McDevitt) tied for sixth overall with a five-over 149 (70-79) after finishing as the first-round leader at two-under 70. Senior Chad Pappasergi (Charleroi, Pa./Charleroi) tied for 10th place with a seven-over 151 (79-72), while the trio of senior Austin Stoddard (Pittsfield, Pa./Youngsville), sophomore Jordan Eck (Williamsport, Pa./ Williamsport) and freshman Grant Newton (Finleyville, Pa./ Thomas Jefferson) finished in
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a 10-way tie for 16th overall at 10-over 154. The Vulcans are idle for over almost two weeks before playing in the Dr. Ed Cottrell Invitational hosted by West Chester on April 7-8. The Vulcans then have only two matches remaining after the West Chester event. They will travel to IUP on April 1415 before hosting the California (Pa.) Challenge on April 21-22.
By Matthew Kifer
March 29, 2013
Baseball takes doubleheader from Mercyhurst Lakers By Matthew Kifer sports information
Senior Kyle Thomas (Munhall, Pa./Steel Valley) and freshman Mick Fennell (Butler, Pa./ Butler) both allowed just one run in complete-game victories on March 24, as the Vulcans swept a doubleheader at Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West action, winning 5-1 and 3-1. With the sweep, the California University of Pennsylvania baseball team improves to 16-4 overall with a 3-1 mark in divisional play. The Vulcans have won the season series, including their first sweep in Erie, Pa., against the Lakers for the first time since Mercyhurst joined the PSAC in 2009. Meanwhile, the Lakers fall to 14-10 overall and 1-3 in league action this season. In Game 1, Thomas tossed his first complete game of the season and ninth of his career. He limited the Lakers to one run (earned) on five hits and posted four strikeouts in 7.0 innings (103 pitches). Thomas has posted a 2-1 record with a 1.80 ERA in three career regular-season starts against Mercyhurst. The Vulcans jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first after scoring eight runs in the first inning in Friday’s Game 1 victory against the Lakers.
Junior left fielder Zak Schmidt (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon) led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before later scoring on a two-out RBI single by freshman designated hitter David Marcus (Whitby, Ontario/Father Leo J. Austin). Sophomore shortstop Matt Peters (Upper Darby, Pa./ Upper Darby) followed with a three-run homer, the third of his career. Mercyhurst countered with a run in the bottom of the second before being held scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Vulcans threatened in the fifth with runners in scoring position before the Lakers induced a ground-out to end the inning. Cal U added to its lead with a two-out rally in the sixth, 6-0. Junior center fielder Ben Carson (Coal Center, Pa./California) started the rally with a single through the right side before scoring on an RBI double by junior second baseman Giovanni Morales (Philadelphia, Pa./ St. Joseph’s Prep). The Lakers managed two runners in the bottom of the seventh and both advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch before Thomas registered a strikeout and induced a fly-out to seal the victory. Carson and Schmidt both collected a pair of hits and scored
one run, while Peters set a season high with three RBI. Lakers starter Jon Klein (1-2) suffered the loss after surrendering five runs (all earned) on eight hits and two walks in 6.0 innings (101 pitches). In the nightcap, Fennell improved to 3-1 this season with his third-straight victory. He yielded just one run (unearned) on five hits and one walk in 7.0 innings (83 pitches). Fennell, who has also started 12 games in left field this year, leads the team with a 0.76 ERA while also limiting opponents to a .231 batting average. Mercyhurst took 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when it scored its only run of the game on a two-out error. The Vulcans managed just three base runners in the first five innings before scoring three runs in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. Junior third baseman Derrik Zeroski (Clinton, Pa./West Allegheny) reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second before advancing to third on an infield single by senior Kyle Petty (Stewartsville, N.J./Phillipsburg), who started at catcher and right field on Sunday. Senior first baseman AJ Robinson (Milesburg, Pa./Bald Eagle) followed with an RBI single before Petty and Robinson both advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Petty
throw event, a towel and proper clothes to combat the always unpredictable weather. One thing he has noticed in his pre-game routine is that getting too “hyped up” creates a negative effect on his performance, but it’s something easy to do when you’re one of the favorites in every event you participate in. “When traveling, I just try to get comfortable on the bus, which is impossible,” he said laughing. “I just like to rock out to some tunes and just try to relax. I try not to get too amped until right before my events.” All the success that Avvampato has seen in the past three years at Cal U, and the hard work and dedication he puts in to achieve that success, does not go unnoticed by his teammates, as well as the younger members of the Vulcans track team. “He’s a pretty great mentor and has helped me a lot in the weight throw and the hammer throw,” teammate Andy Tuzikow said (freshman, biology). “He’s helped me a lot with my technique, as well as helping me keep a level head and not get worked up and let the throwing do itself,” he said. The support from his teammates, friends and family are what has made Avvampato the
tremendously talented thrower he is today. He sees pride in representing his teammates as well as his beloved university when stepping up to make a throw. “I feel such a sense of pride when I’m representing Cal,” Avvampato said. “I just love the high level of competition from other collegiate athletes and the drive they give me to better myself.” Besides throwing for the California University track and field team, Avvamato also enjoys other activities that help him get his mind off of things. When he’s not throwing, he enjoys hanging out and spending time with friends and family, hunting, fishing, exercising, listening to music, and watching and playing various different sports. Avvampato and the Vulcans began their outdoor track and field season on March 23 at Adamson Stadium in the annual Early Bird Meet. He qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships in the hammer throw and discus throw, where he took first place in the hammer throw, setting a personal best throw at 44.76 meters and placed third in discus and sixth in shot put. The team’s next meet is the NC State Raleigh Relays on March 28 in Raleigh, N.C.
Photo By Stephen Bates Senior pitcher Kyle Thomas helped lead the Vulcans to victory over Mercyhurst on March 24. Thomas struck out four and allowed one run in seven innings.
then scored on another wild pitcher before Robinson scored on a sacrifice fly by Marcus, 3-1. The Lakers opened the bottom of the seventh with a single before the runner was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice. Fennell then induced a gameending double play to first base, completing the doubleheader sweep by the Vulcans. Petty and Robinson both finished 2-for-3 and scored one run in Game 2. Mercyhurst starter Matthew
Jimenez (2-4) was saddled with the loss after allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits and one walk in 5.1 innings (78 pitches). Cal U’s game against defending-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Champion and nationally ranked Seton Hill on March 26 was postponed. Cal returns to action today when they take on Mount Olive for a doubleheader.
By Matthew Kifer
In the javelin, senior Zach Knight (North East, Pa./North East) set a personal record and finished second overall with a throw of 49.81 meters (163-5.00 feet). Freshman Jaylen Jordan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Gateway) captured the win the in triple jump with a distance of 12.78 meters (4111.25 feet). Classmate West Jones (Washington, Pa./Washington) finished second in the long jump with a mark of 6.29 meters (207.75 feet) and placed third in the high jump after clearing 1.80 meters (5-10.75). Freshman Keon Thompson (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) registered a pair of top-five finishes at Adamson Stadium. He placed third overall in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.21 seconds and finished in fourth place with a time of 52.50 seconds in the 400-meter dash. In the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Antonio Casterlow finished second overall after posting a time of 59.13 seconds. The Vulcans return to action in a pair of invitationals next weekend with members of the team competing at the N.C. State Raleigh Relays and the Washington & Jefferson Invitational.
Avvampato breaks personal Dinzeo qualifies for hammer throw record, takes first NCAA championships By José Negron staff writer
Leadership. Hard work. Determination. Athletes see these virtues as keys to being successful in their respective sport. During a California University of Pennsylvania men’s track meet, a person who personifies all of these characteristics can be seen throwing a discus or even a hammer. Chris Avvampato (junior, technology education) is one of the many bright stars on the Cal U track team and has become one of the most consistent throwers on the Cal U roster. Avvampato, a Cal U indoor track record holder for the weight throw and a former Greensburg Salem high school graduate, works extremely hard day in and day out to get to where he wants to be physically and mentally. “I lift and practice every day of the week except the day before a meet,”Avvampato said. “I try to leave some in the tank the closer it gets to a meet and not tire myself out so much.” Avvampato’s daily schedule for meet days isn’t very different from any other track athlete’s. He brings with him the tools of his trade – shoes, a hammer glove used in the hammer
Junior Aaron Dinzeo (Sidney, Ohio/Sidney) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000-meter run, as the Vulcans hosted the Early Bird Meet at Adamson Stadium on March 23. Dinzeo won the 10,000 meters by nearly one full minute after crossing the finish line in 30 minutes, 33.74 seconds. He eclipsed the NCAA provisional mark by nearly 18 seconds while running the distance for the first time in his college career. Two weeks ago, Dinzeo earned All-America honors in the 5,000-meter run during the indoor season. Fellow junior Chris Avampato (Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg Salem) qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships in both the hammer and discus throw on Saturday. He won the hammer throw and established a personal record in the event with a distance of 44.76 meters (146-10.0 feet). Avampato placed third in the discus with a mark of 40.12 meters (131-7.00 feet), while also finishing in sixth place in the shot put with a heave of 12.62 meters (41-5.00 feet).
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