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SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
VOL. 33, NO. 3
SAI House of Representatives meets, budgets discussed By Jamie Rider staff writer
The first House of Representatives meeting was held in the Vulcan Theater on Thursday, September 6, by The Student Association, Inc. Elections were held for speaker of the house, lieutenant speaker, parliamentarian, recording secretary and two cabinet seats. Each organization and club was requested to have one active member come to decide on officer elections, but while important, elections were not what captured most of the House’s attention. In the middle of August, club officers and advisors were sent an e-mail regarding the funds allocated to their respective club or organization for the fall semester. This was supposed to give an idea as to how much clubs could expect to start the year with. They learned from the e-mail that 50% of the funds they expected to receive are being held from use until the spring semester. Leigh Ann Lincoln, the CFO of SAI, took the stage to address this development after elections were held. She explained that the reason for the hold is funds is the 11.29% drop in undergraduate enrollment. Full-time students of the university are charged an SAI fee which goes towards funding the 116 recognized clubs and organizations on campus. This
year, SAI approved a budget of $3.2 million to be used for the recognized institutions on campus. $1.4 million has rolled over from last year, but this has not been enough to warrant a complete release of funds. Lincoln expressed hopes that there will be late enrollments from prospective students and that enough fees will be amassed so that SAI will be able to release 25% more of the funds. She was adamant that “there are no promises” however, and this will only happen if there is a spike in the enrollment. SAI wants to release the remainder of the funds once the spring semester starts, but that is also subject to enrollment. No one is being guaranteed anything at this point. Also during the meeting, club representatives were informed of additional policy changes made to the House of Representatives that require that clubs increase the minimum number for membership, attend monthly House of Representatives meetings (and receive financial penalties for absence), use allocated funds only as prescribed in budget packet and follow a number of new travel guideline. The most notable changes involve those made to travel. Organizations will now be required to submit a full list of travelers to be verified as fee-paying students before that club is allowed to start spending
photo by: Matthew Kaminski Alexandra Brooks, President of the Student Government Association, lead a discussion at the House of Representatives meeting last Thursday.
money for the trip. Clubs may no longer use allocated money to cover travel expenses for nonfee paying students. However, they are permitted to travel on fundraised money. Further travel changes require that all air travel be booked at least 30 days in advance of trip and, upon returning from a trip, all clubs must give a presentation to House members about its benefit to the organization, its members or the university. Also, if a club plans on more than one trip in the span of one academic year, they must produce records of the method used to select which members were eligible
to attend. Lincoln says this is to ensure “that there is a fair selection process for each member.” On why these changes were implemented, Lincoln noted that over the last several years spending had “become extreme” in trend with allocated money to organizations. After reviewing some of the practices of other PASSHE schools, SAI felt the need to update several policies in an effort to help students “better plan for events and be economical in spending.” Lincoln says that all students at Cal U will benefit from the changes. “Updated procedures simply
increase the transparency of how student fee dollars are being spent,” she remarked. With state funding for education under continual threat of reduction, increased financial accountability may raise the amount of paperwork, but it may also benefit Cal U students across campus. For more information on SAI and access to the Club and Organization Guidebook, visit them on the web at sai.calu.edu. If you’re interested in becoming a member of student government, an online form is located on CalU’s website under the “current students” tab.
By Gene Axton
Schools took part in a districtwide themed poster contest. The posters were to represent California in different creative ways. California Area High School students also took time out of their day to deliver roses to the elderly and disabled members of residences in California and the outlying communities. Students weren’t the only ones that handed out roses. Flowers by Regina partnered with local businesses to hand out 10,000 roses to their patrons and to California citizens. Each participating business in the area received one rose to keep and other roses to hand out to friends, family and neighbors. The result was a day of meeting new people and showing appreciation for those already known. California… A Community of Caring served as a tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001, but it was meant to be more than
that to the people of California. It was an event that started on September 9 when those who attended a church in the California area received a rose. It was an event that continued into September 11, when multiple facets of the community showed their appreciation for their city and the country they live in. It was meant to promote unity, camaraderie and pride among community members, and in that sense, it is an event that is never meant to end.
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photo by: J. Helsel Rose Livingstone, owner of Flowers by Regina in the California Borough, drops off roses at the Center in the Woods Senior Center as part of an effort to deliver 10,000 roses throughout the community. Livingstone’s floral shop and other businesses in the borough purchased the roses to be handed out on September 11 to promote “caring” throughout the California area.
We’re all familiar with the events of September 11, 2001. If old enough, we remember where we were. If too young, we recognize the profound impact that day has had on the world that exists in its aftermath. On the eleventh anniversary of September 11, California community members of all ages were encouraged to not only remember what we’ve lost, but acknowledge and be thankful for what they have. California… A Community of Caring, a local event sponsored by area business, was held this past Tuesday, September 11. The event was celebrated in a variety of ways that promoted goodwill and citizenship throughout the community. Students of California Area Elementary, Middle and High
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UNIVERSITY POLICE REPORTS: SEPT. 5 - SEPT. 8
Sept. 5 - Damaged Property At 1:02 p.m. on University Police took a report of damage to a door in Herron Fitness Center.
Sept. 5 - Assist University Police assisted California Borough Police in handling a parking complaint California Borough.
residence were identified, and face charges from California Borough Police in relation to the incident. Sept. 8 - Intoxication California University Police officers assisted California Borough Police with a intoxicated male found passed out on the 300 block of Union Street.
Sept. 5 - Act 64 At 10:50 p.m. Officers responded to Building “C” for a report of a student smoking marijuana. During the investigation, a bottle of vodka was also confiscated. Sept. 6 - Minor Vehicle Accident University Police took information for a report of a minor vehicle accident involving property damage on the 4th floor of the Vulcan Garage. Sept. 7 - Assist At 10:10 p.m. California Borough Police requested assistance at a loud party in the 700 block of Park Street. Sept. 8 - Underage Drinking At 12:50 a.m., California University Police responded to 800 Green Street to assist California Borough Police officers with dispersing an underage drinking party. All individuals inside the
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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR EDUCATION CONFERENCE AT CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Affordable Berger Fellowship Conference celebrates excellence in teaching and learning with internationally recognized literacy expert Dr. Richard L. Allington. Registration is now open for the Berger Fellowship Conference, Celebrating Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
When: October 6, 2012, 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Where: Convocation Center at California University of Pennsylvania Designed for classroom teachers, reading specialists, pre-service teachers and other educators, this affordable conference focuses on achieving excellence in education. Keynote speaker is Dr. Richard L. Allington, a professor of education at the University of Tennessee and an internationally recognized literacy researcher. A past president of the National Reading Conference and the International Reading Association, he is the author of more than 100 articles, chapters, monographs and books, many dealing with effective instruction and teaching reading to students with learning disabilities. Allington will hold a book signing after his keynote address, which will address “raising the bar” in teaching. For an additional $20 fee, a limited number of attendees may register to join him at an informal, interactive luncheon. In addition to the keynote talk, educators from southwestern Pennsylvania will present 15 workshop sessions at the conference. Attendees can choose among topics such as “Enrichment and Intervention,” “Class-wide Peer Tutoring,” “Motivating Students Through Authentic Learning Experiences” and teaching 21st-century learners using iPads, archival photographs or graphic novels. The conference is affordably priced at just $30, thanks to generous support from the Jeff and Beverly Berger Faculty Fellowship in Education at Cal U. To promote their participation in this substantive learning experience, undergraduate students at California University will be admitted free of charge. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast and light refreshments. Act 48 credits are available for education professionals. Online registration closes October 1. Seating is limited; if the conference is filled, no onsite registration will be available. To register with a check or money order, make checks payable to the Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania, and write “Berger Fellowship Conference” on the memo line. Send payment to the Foundation at P.O. Box 668, California, PA 15419. For a complete conference schedule, keynote speaker’s biography and other details, visit Cal U’s website.
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NEWS An intership worthy of telling you children about SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
By Lucie Fremeau staff writer
“You can buy credits but you can’t buy fabulous memories,” Jenna Terchanik, a business administration major with a concentration in human resources, said of her internship in Washington, D.C. this past summer. Jenna, who plans to pursue an MBA in business administration after she graduates, was a human resources intern at Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care. Jenna was placed at her internship by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a for-credit academic program that reviews students’ resumes and places them at internship sites that match their goals. “I shadowed during interviews and exit interviews,” Jenna said about her experience at Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care. “I planned new hire orientation, audited employee I-9s, issued employee badges and security access and conducted entry level job interviews.” Jenna lived and breathed human resources during her internship and obtained experience that directly applies to
photo by: Jenna Terchanik Jenna Terchanik at her desk during her internship in Washington, D.C.
her major and helps build her resume. Students are often told that internships provide them with a valuable experience, but for Jenna, this opportunity truly helped her launch her career and realize new goals. “I am a small town girl who fell in love with the city,” Jenna said. “I enjoyed the city lifestyle, my internship and meeting new people from around the world. Go intern somewhere simply for the experience; you may never get to again!” Jenna recommends that stu-
dents never assume an internship will not be worth the time and effort simply because it’s not what they had in mind. Jenna ended up falling in love with the Mary’s Center workers, ideals, mission and lifestyle. The internship also provided her with a great opportunity to obtain college credit while acquiring real work experience. “In 20 years, I can look back and tell my children about the summer I worked in a big city.”
FIFTH ANNUAL SHOE BASH On September 23, women from the tri-state area are invited to Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville, PA for the sixth annual Shoe Bash. From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. famous-maker shoes and handbags, including items from Coach, Nine West and Brooks Brothers, will be given away every 15 minutes. Between drawings, the guests will have the opportunity to purchase accessories from local and international vendors. Food will be served and auction items, including Disney World passes, Pittsburgh Penquin tickets and incredible baskets filled with all sorts of goodies, will also be available. Ashley Hardway of WTAE will be a special guest. The “bash concept” is patterned after traditional “gun bashes” that are prominent in southwestern PA. The Shoe Bash provides prizes, fun, food and fellowship for women. Each year the attendance has grown as guests come back and new ladies hear about the event. This year should be sold out, so call soon for tickets! Tickets are $75 per person and all the proceeds benefit The Village, a nonprofit preschool and daycare that provides services for single parents who are enrolled in full-time education programs to improve the lives of their families. This event is all about women helping other women who want to help their children. The Village operates at Center in the Woods on Route 88, south of California, PA.
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Help us to say farewell to one of our most valued board members when Barbara Armenti, who has been an active board member since The Village’s inception, will be recognized at this year’s Bash.
For tickets or more information, call Cherie Sears at 724-938-3554, Extension 113.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
Community’s wait for Walmart longer than expected
A newer Walmart storefront
By Katie DelVerne for the CalTimes
If you follow Route 88 past Vulcan Village, Roadman Park and Center in the Woods, you’ll see some changes on the right side of the highway. There’s a new access road that leads up a still-muddy hill to the site of a new Walmart Supercenter shopping plaza, located off Route 40 near the California/West Brownsville exit, right before the Lane-Bane Bridge. Don’t think about taking the Vulcan Flyer there for a food run anytime in the near future,
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though. In fact, according to a recent news story in the Observer-Reporter, the store’s new anticipated opening has been pushed back to January 2013. First reports said the opening would be held in September of 2012, then it was reported that it would open “before winter” before being updated to the current projected date. Students and members of the local community have Walmart options in Washington, Waynesburg, Uniontown and Belle Vernon, but a location this close to campus will allow students
the luxury of a close, quick and cheap shopping experience. Some may argue that with stores like the Country Fresh Market (located on Route 40 in Centerville, a few miles away from the new Walmart location), Fredricktown Butcher Shop, Brownsville Foodland and Bentleyville Giant Eagle within driving distance, a Walmart in the area isn’t needed. Walmart allows the shopper to take care of multiple needs in one location though, and a one-stop trip in a hectic day filled with classes, activities, homework and meet-
ings is an extremely important thing. These local options are important to their communities and it’s important to support them, but they don’t have the selection, pricing power and special sale options that Walmart boasts. Add the ability to shop for anything online, even food, and pick up at the Walmart location selected as your local Walmart, and shopping turns into an effortless exercise. Walmart decided to build a Supercenter on the West Brownsville Borough site in 2007, but the project was met with delays while the borough completed a sewage project. With the sewage project complete and all the necessary funding in place, construction began in February of this year. The big box store went up quickly over the spring and summer months, with the access road and signage being the most noticeable development in recent weeks. Walmart Supercenters include a discount department store and supermarket, and can include a garden center, pharmacy, auto center, optical center, bank branches and fast food chains, although no word yet as to what services the West Brownsville location will include. With its smaller size, it’s unlikely it will house the full suite of options.
To give you an idea of the West Brownsville Walmart’s size, most supercenters range in size from 98,000 to 261,000 square feet. Our Walmart comes in at the lower end of the range, at approximately 120,000 square feet, smaller than the 143,000 square foot Waynesburg location. Services at the Waynesburg Walmart include a pharmacy, grocery, garden center, and photo center. This $15 million project is expected to create about 200 new retail jobs, which will be an additional employment opportunity for California University of Pennsylvania students looking to help pay for their education. According to payscale.com, Walmart regular hourly rates range from $7.37 - $12.04 for cashiers and retail sales associates, with certified pharmacy technicians coming in slightly higher at $9.34 - $15.13 per hour. With Dollar General, Rite Aid and Kwik Fill the only places within walking distance of campus to buy food, students and local residents can only wait patiently while the retail giant finishes construction and prepares to open its doors next year. The economic boost to the local community and the savings on grocery bills will have to wait, too.
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The G.S.A. is a graduate student organization at California University. The main purpose of the G.S.A. is to help enhance graduate students’ professional development, by administering funding for them to attend workshops, seminars, conferences, etc., and/or to pay for professional organization membership fees. The G.S.A. meets on a monthly basis and encourages graduate students to attend to voice their concerns, opinions, and ideas regarding the university or their individual programs of study.
The G.S.A. will reimburse SAI-fee paying graduate students up to $100 per student, for up to two semesters in an academic year, for costs associated with professional development, such as: registrations, membership dues, lodging, and/or airfare. Graduate students are responsible for registering themselves for their conferences, travel, memberships, etc. The G.S.A. funds will be distributed as REIMBURSEMENT ONLY. In order to apply for funding, SAI-fee paying graduate students must complete the G.S.A. Funding Application, (please note, receipts are required). Completed forms should be submitted to: email@example.com
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“Magic Mike” fails to cast a spell By Shelia Stone for the CalTimes
Attention ladies: If you want to watch “Magic Mike” just to see Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey dancing around and showing off their sculpted bodies, then you may be surprised. Don’t be discouraged, there are plenty of the stripping scenes you’re looking for, after all, it’s a movie about male strippers! However, there is a lot more to “Magic Mike” than you may think. The movie is loosely based on the real life of Channing Tatum, who actually was a stripper at one point. Tatum’s character, Mike, whose real passion lies in furniture making, doesn’t have the funds to turn his passion into a legitimate business yet. For now it seems he’ll have to labor as a roofer by day and the star of a male strip club by night. When Mike comes across Adam (Alex Pettyfer), he is sort of a loser. He’s young, broke, can’t keep a job and he’s living with his sister. Mike takes Adam under his wing and gives him a glimpse of the sweet life. It doesn’t take long for Adam to become a permanent part of the show. Adam’s sister Brooke (Cody Horn) doesn’t quite approve of her brother’s decisions, but she can’t resist the smooth talk and good looks of the titular
“magic” Mike, even though she tries her hardest. The story line of “Magic Mike” wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was a suitable vehicle to move the film along. The scenes in the movie that didn’t involve stripping were quiet, serious and a little bland. Those scenes threw off the pacing of the movie, as they didn’t fit well with the strip club scenes that were full of loud music, bright lights and different types of camera shots. The director probably made the two types of scenes so different to show the different aspects of Mike’s life, but the scenes were too different and it made the movie inconsistent. “Magic Mike” has a run time of 110 minutes, and two hours is definitely too long for this type of movie. The actors did well in their roles, especially Channing Tatum. The stripper scenes probably came very naturally to him, considering his past, and he flexed his acting muscle during the other scenes. The disjointed pacing and the so-so plot worked against them, though. “Magic Mike” was some parts funny, serious and, believe it or not, entertaining. One thing is for sure though, ladies shouldn’t watch it with their boyfriends, and guys really don’t have a reason to watch it at all.
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Fridays are funny at CalU By Jenna Faccenda for the CalTimes
Canadian comedian Kelly Taylor visited California University of Pennsylvania on September 7 for SABUG’s Funny Freaking Fridays, an ongoing comedian series, in the Natali Student Center. Taylor started off his act by cracking jokes on California, Pennsylvania, which quickly got the audience warmed up. A former hockey player from the providence of Saskatchewan, Taylor has traded in his stick for a microphone and seems to have a knack for making people laugh. Recently named Canadian College Comedian of the year, he has starting bringing his talents stateside and performs at many universities all over the United States. It only took nine months from the first time Taylor stepped on
stage before he started headlining shows. After he took second place in the prestigious Just for Laughs homegrown competition, Happy Gilmore productions and Jimmy Kimmel took interest in the rising comedian. His jokes vary and mostly highlight his Canadian background. During his performance, he discussed camping and common interests with being in school. What really won the crowd over was his dramatic use of facial expressions and actions during the routine. After the event, the Performance Center was buzzing with positive feedback. Taylor ended the night with a show of appreciation for Cal U and some shameless self-promotion by letting everybody know that you can follow him on Twitter at @tictaylor.
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Cal Uâ€™s 25th Annual Health Fair
The Cal U Health and Wellness Education Center coordinated the 25th annual health fair. Over 30 health-related institutions had individual booths at the fair to answer student questions and provide related information. Photos by: Casey Flores / J. Helsel
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Delta Zetaâ€™s Turtle Tug SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
Teams of guys and girls played tug of war, across a pool of green jello, on Saturday, September 8, to raise money for the Painted Turtle Camp. Photos by: Matthew Kaminski and Joy Helsel
Partisan attacks on hold, but not politics PAGE 8
The presidential candidates are taking a break from their partisan attacks — but not all their politics — to remember the 9/11 anniversary. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney pulled their negative ads and avoided appearing at campaign rallies in honor of the 11th anniversary of the terrorist strike. But the day offered Romney a chance in a speech to a meeting of the National Guard to address criticism that he didn’t include a salute to the troops in his convention speech. Obama’s camp sent former President Bill Clinton to swingstate Florida for an evening rally eight weeks before Election Day. The president and first lady Michelle Obama observed the anniversary with a moment of silence on the White House’s South Lawn at 8:46 a.m., the time that American Airlines Flight 11 became the first hijacked plane to hit the World Trade Center. They stood side by side, heads bowed, as a bell tolled three times, then watched with their right hands over their hearts as a bugler played taps. T h e O b a m a s t h e n ro d e through the Washington area strewn with flags at half-staff to the Pentagon, the target of another of the four planes hijacked by al-Qaida operatives. Aided by a Marine honor guard, Obama placed a white floral wreath near a concrete slab etched with the date and time that another of the hijacked airplanes struck the building before observing another moment of silence. “Eleven times, we have paused in remembrance, in reflection, in unity and in purpose,” Obama told the crowd of family members of the victims. “This is never an easy day.” Afterward, Obama shook hands with the Pentagon crowd, including a man in a Romney campaign hat. The president then went to Arlington National Cemetery, where he visited the graves of recent war dead from Afghanistan and Iraq and placed presidential challenge coins in front of their headstones. He later planned to visit wounded soldiers and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. At the time of the somber White House observance, Romney was shaking hands with firefighters at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, their yellow trucks forming a backdrop that recalled the sacrifice of first responders to the attacks. The Republican nominee was flying to Nevada to address the National Guard, whose members deployed as part of the military response. The speech was an opportunity for Romney to address criticism from Democrats that he’s not ready to be commander in chief — criticism that was silenced for
the day but sure to continue in the coming weeks. “On this most somber day, those who would attack us should know that we are united, one nation under God, in our determination to stop them and to stand tall for peace and freedom at home and across the world,” Romney said in a written statement. Vice President Joe Biden attended a memorial service in his home state of Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked airliners crashed in the fields of Shanksville. He told the families of the victims that “what they did for this country is still etched in the minds of not only you but millions of Americans forever.” Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, planned to spend the day in his home state and hadn’t scheduled any public events. Ryan said in his own statement that Sept. 11 is a time to pay tribute to those who quietly work to prevent attacks and to those in the military “who have sacrificed so much, including their lives, for the same end.” The attack killed nearly 3,000 in the United States and was followed by wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. At least 1,987 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan and 4,475 in Iraq, according to the Pentagon. At least 1,059 more coalition troops have also died in the Afghanistan war and 318 in Iraq, according to iCasualties.org, an independent organization. Tracking civilian deaths is much more difficult. According to the U.N., 13,057 civilians were killed in the Afghan conflict between 2007, when the U.N. began keeping statistics, and the first half of 2012. Going back to the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, most estimates put the number of Afghan deaths in the war at more than 20,000. Estimates vary widely in Iraq, but most agree that at least 100,000 Iraqis were killed in war-related violence in the years between the invasion in 2003 and the U.S. withdrawal last December. Perhaps the most obvious signal that the presidential campaign is on hold is that negative ads will be taken off the air, following precedent. Obama and his allies have spent $188 million on TV commercials, according to information from media buyers provided to The Associated Press. Romney and the independent groups backing him have spent $245 million on ads through the end of August. Polls show Obama leading Romney on terrorism and national security issues, but both are a low priority for voters in an election dominated by the economy. A CBS News/New York Times poll conducted in July found 37 percent of voters called terrorism and security extremely important to their vote, while 54 percent said the economy and jobs were that
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9/11 Memorial Sticker important. Obama’s campaign says it still sees an opportunity to focus on national security and terrorism in the final weeks of the campaign. National security issues resonate particularly well in battleground states with large military and veteran populations, namely Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. Obama’s campaign has been running TV ads in those states focused on the president’s policies for veterans, and surrogates have held national security-focused events there as well.
In 2004, the first presidential election after the 9/11 attacks, about two-thirds of voters said protecting the country was more important than creating jobs when deciding their vote for president, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted shortly before the election. President George W. Bush defeated Democratic challenger John Kerry in large part by convincing voters that he was the best candidate to keep the country safe. That role now falls to incumbent Obama, who accepted
nomination for a second term at a Democratic convention that reminded voters at every turn that U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on Obama’s watch. The post-9/11 wars continue to have political implications. Romney did not mention Afghanistan in his speech accepting the GOP’s presidential nomination. While he had spoken about the war a day earlier to the American Legion, his critics were quick to note that he had not mentioned the ongoing conflict and the troops fighting in it.
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By Michelle Cooper
Hello Cal U students! Thank you for coming out to the first BSU meeting of the semester! Hopefully you took something beneficial from the meeting. We hope to see you all again this Thursday for the next one. This week in the column we would like to talk about Sickle Cell Disease. September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle Cell is an inherited disease that affects the red blood cells in
the body. Red blood cells are initially round/donut shaped so that they can flow through the blood easily. However, when a person has Sickle Cell, their cells are abnormally shaped and resemble the shape of a sickle (a tool used on a farm that looks like a C). These cells have a hard time passing through the bloodstream and when they become stuck, it gets very painful (crisis) and causes many complications such as organ damage and infections. The sickle cells don’t live as long as the healthy cells which in turn causes a low count of red blood cells in the body (anemia). In the United States, 1 in 500 African Americans are born with Sickle Cell, and about 1 out of 36,000 Hispanics have the disease. About 2 million people have the Sickle Cell trait, which can be passed down through genes to their offspring just like the disease. Other than the United States, highly affected areas include the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern countries, and Asia. If you would like to learn more about the disease or to volunteer with an organization, visit: http://www. sicklecelldisease.org .
The Internship Corner By Lucie Fremeau
WestPACS Job and Internship Fair is a crucial experience for students The WestPACS Job and Internship Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 17, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Monroeville Convention Center. Approximately 85 companies will be attending, and about 40 companies are seeking interns. The WestPACS Job and Internship Fair is an important opportunity for students to network with employers, practice interviewing, and apply for internships and jobs. Some of the main employment sectors to be represented at the job and internship fair are business, marketing, accounting, finance, engineering, computer science, information technology, communications, criminal justice, healthcare, social services, and government public administration. In addition, many other fields will be represented. In order to make the most of the fair, students should wear a suit jacket, wear comfortable shoes, bring a portfolio with samples of work, bring business cards, bring plenty copies of their resume, research the employers on their websites, prepare a self-introduction, and prepare questions for each employer. These steps are crucial for success at the job and internship fair. Highmark, Inc.; Buckle; General Nutrition Centers, Inc. (GNC); Nemacolin Woodlands Resort; UPMC; and American University are a few of the participants seeking interns. The entire employer database can be found online at www.WestPACS.org. Career services will provide transportation to and from the job and internship fair. Visit Career Services, located on the second floor of Eberly, to sign up.
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Come see what Career Services has to offer. We offer the following services: Career Planning If you haven’t picked a major, think you might be in the wrong major, or are not sure what you can do with your major, Career Services can help. Meet one-on-one with a Career Advisor to discuss career and major options. Identify career options through FOCUS 2, a self-paced, online career and education planning tool for use by college students. It will enable you to self-assess your career-related personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results. Students who use FOCUS 2 make better decisions about their goals and plans and learn how to self-manage their careers. The Red Book An online guide to Resumes, Cover Letters, Portfolios, and Interviewing Skills – www.calu. edu/careers Resume Advice A Career Services’ staff member will be happy to help students create a professional resume. Students can schedule an appointment with Career Services; take advantage of our student walkin hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; or email your resume to our office at email@example.com. Interview Assistance Practice your interview skills by doing a mock interview with a Career Services staff member or through our online system, Interview Stream. Job Shadowing Experience Gain a realistic view of a job through the Job Shadowing Experience. Shadow a professional from one to five days to see what a typical day on the job is like. Co-op Gain paid career-related experience as early as the end of your freshman year. Job Postings Register with College Central Network (CCN),Cal U’s job/resume posting website at www. collegecentral.com/calu to view job postings and post your resume for employers to view. Visit the Career Services website for more links to job postings. Job Search Planning Your Career Advisor is available to help you develop a job search strategy. On-Campus Interviews Employers recruit on campus for full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions. See the schedule on our website for specific employers and dates. Job Fairs A variety of job fairs are held on campus or at nearby locations. Visit the Job fairs/Events quick link our website for specific fairs, dates and locations. 230 Eberly Science and Technology Center 724-938-4413 firstname.lastname@example.org www.calu.edu.careers
Hispanic Student Association By Angelina Lorenzo
SPANISH PHRASE OF THE WEEK: ¡Corre! Que nos perdemos la guagua. (Run! We’re going to miss the bus.) Hola! I hope everyone is adjusting well to their new classes this semester. HSA is very busy planning events for Hispanic Heritage Month as well as for the rest of the semester. We will be having one of our famous Salsa Nights on Wednesday, September 26th at 8:30pm in the Performance Center. Salsa Night is a very fun event that the whole campus is invited to. We learn how to salsa, have some food, give away prizes, and get to hear some great Hispanic music. The enterance fee is only one dollar! We are also working on dates for a Hispanic Movie Night and a Karaoke Night. We are always in need of new members so if you are interested in celebrating and learning more about the Hispanic culture, HSA is for you! Come to our next meeting in the Carter Hall MultiCultural Center at 11am on Thursday, September 20th.
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SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
WHY IT MATTERS: The Economy Associated Press
The issue: The economy is weak and the job market brutal. Nearly 13 million Americans can’t find work; the national unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, the highest level ever three years after a recession supposedly ended. A divided Washington has done little to ease the misery. ___ Where they stand: President Barack Obama wants to create jobs with government spending on public works and targeted tax breaks to businesses. Mitt Romney aims to generate hiring by keeping income taxes low, slashing corporate taxes, relaxing or repealing regulations on businesses and encouraging production of oil and natural gas. ___ Why it matters: The economy didn’t take off when the Great Recession ended in June 2009. Growth has never been slower in the three years after a downturn. The human toll is immense. Forty percent of the jobless— 5 million people — have been out of work for six months or more, their skills eroding and their chances of finding good jobs fading. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has declared longterm unemployment a “national crisis.” Millions of Americans have simply given up looking for work. The agonizing recovery is the consequence of the deepest recession since the 1930s. The economy lost a staggering 8.8 million jobs and has only clawed back 4.1 million, or 46 percent. A financial crisis dried up credit. Collapsing house prices destroyed $6.5 trillion worth of home equity — the big-
gest source of wealth for most families. More than 1 in 5 homeowners is stuck with a house worth less than the mortgage on it. Feeling poorer, families have limited their spending and paid down debts. They’ve had another reason to hunker down: The weak job market has let employers keep wages low. For most Americans, pay hasn’t kept up with even modest inflation. Weeks after he took office, Obama pushed $862 billion worth of tax cuts and government spending programs through Congress. The package was meant to generate economic growth and revive hiring. Romney and other Republicans have declared the stimulus program a failure. But most economists — and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office — say it kept unemployment from going even higher. Still, faced with a persistently sluggish economy, Obama proposed another plan last year to rev up hiring with increased spending on public works projects and tax breaks to small businesses. But his $447 billion jobs plan has gone nowhere, blocked by congressional Republicans who say government programs to help the economy accomplish little other than swelling the $11.2 trillion federal debt — $16 trillion if you include money government agencies owe each other. They advocate lower taxes and fewer government regulations. Specifically, they want to repeal Obama’s health care law and the Dodd-Frank law that tightened regulations on Wall Street. With the politicians paralyzed, the Federal Reserve has stepped in, pushing short-term interest rates to zero and pour-
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ing more than $2 trillion into financial markets by buying Treasury debt and mortgages. The Fed’s actions may have kept the economy from slipping back into recession, but they have not stimulated healthy economic growth. Republicans and Democrats will have to find some common ground before the year ends to prevent the economy from falling off a “fiscal cliff.” If they
don’t reach a budget deal, more than $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases will start to kick in next year. The threat of the fiscal shock is meant to force Republicans and Democrats to compromise. Otherwise, the combination of spending cuts and tax increases probably would send the economy back into recession and drive unemployment back to 9 percent next year, the CBO estimates.
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SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
Vulcans down Kutztown in wild win By Creighton Rabs for the CalTimes
For the second consecutive week, the California Universiry of Pennsylvania football team faced a nationally-ranked defending conference champion. The Vulcans, ranked 10th in the American Football Coaches Association top 25 poll, came away with a win. The 48-45 come-from-behind win over Kutztown, defending PSAC champions, was a lot closer than Cal U head coach Mike Kellar would’ve liked however. “We ran so many plays, they ran so many plays,” Kellar said. “You’re going to have some mistakes.” Cal (2-0) jumped out to a 27-0 lead before surrendered 38 straight points to Kutztown, ranked 11th in last week’s AFCA Top 25 poll. Cal quarterback Peter Lalich threw a 39 yard pass to redshirt freshman Kowan Scott with 1:02 left in regulation to give the Vulcans another victory. “I was trying to feel my defender behind me,” Scott said of his game winning catch. “I felt him slip up behind me. I went up to go get the ball and took it into the end zone. That was it.”
The Vulcans’ win over Kutztown (1-1) came on the heels of a 30-22 win over Hillsdale College, the defending GLIAC champions who opened the 2012 season ranked 17th in the nation, on Aug. 30. Lamont Smith opened the scoring midway through the first quarter with a nine yard touchdown run through the heart of the Golden Bears defense to give the Vulcans a 7-0 lead. “They’re a good team,” Kutztown head coach Raymond Monica said. “I’m sure they made a bunch of mistakes too, but we made one more mistake than they did.” Cal’s first big mistake followed Lalich’s three yard pass to Nadir Brown to make it 13-0, as Cody Nuzzo’s extra point bounced off both goal posts and hit the front of the crossbar before falling short. The Vulcans defense dominated in the first quarter, forcing consecutive Kutztown threeand-outs. Cal increased their lead to 20-0 after a seven yard run by Cody Cook. Things went from bad to worse for the Golden Bears
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cans clung to a 27-17 halftime lead following a first half that felt like two different games. “On nine possessions in the first half, we really only got stopped by them once,” Kellar said. “We stopped ourselves the other times.” The Golden Bears capped off their rally with a Morton to Colby Tuell 10 yard touchdown pass with 3:43 left in the third quarter to make it 38-27 Kutztown. The Vulcans bounced back in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdowns by Jeff Knox, Jr. that made it 41-38 with 4:10 remaining. Kutztown responded again with a seven-play drive that got a boost when Nuzzo hit Shahaid Smith out of bounds after Smith returned the ensuing kickoff to mid-field. The personal foul penalty enabled the Golden Bears to start their drive at the Cal 35 yard line. Curtis Wortham capped the drive with a two yard scoring run to make it 45-41 Kutztown with 1:51 left. “We were concerned that if we gave [Cal] too much time, they could come back,” Monica said. “And they did.” The Vulcans struck quickly on the following drive, as Lalich hit
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when Greg Cochrane intercepted Kutztown quarterback Kevin Morton, the two-time PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year. Lalich scored from one yard out five plays later to make it 27-0 Vulcans with 11:59 left in the second quarter. “I don’t think we were ready to go early on in the game,” Monica said. “I sensed it a little bit at practice. I hadn’t liked a couple of things at practice, but they always seemed ready to go.” Kutztown responded swiftly with four consecutive completions by Morton, culminating in a 19 yard touchdown pass to Brett Fox which finally put Kutztown on the board. The Golden Bears would score on five of their next seven possessions spanning the second and third quarters as they chipped away at the Vulcans lead. “When you jump out to a big lead like that, you forget what got you that lead,” Kellar said. “Executing assignments, playing together as a team … all those things you talk about all the time.” Kutztown’s Jack Ruggieri kicked a 31 yard field at the end of the second quarter as the Vul-
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a pair of 14 yard passes to Smith and Blake Williamson before the game winning pass to Scott. “With the offense we run, I knew we had a lot of time,” Scott said. “It was just a matter of what plays we were going to be called. We just had to get big and make plays, which we all did.” The Kutztown offense still had 62 seconds to work with. The Vulcans defense, however, held Morton and company to six yards on the final four plays to seal the win. With a pair of big wins to open the season, the Vulcans open PSAC West divisional play at Edinboro tomorrow night. Cal defensive end Darnell Harding (six tackles, 2.5 sacks), who earned PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors, viewed it as a stepping stone to the ultimate prize. “It motivates us to keep going hard and think about that national championship,” Harding said. “We have a team that’s going to progress throughout the season. If we keep coming hard every game and at practice, consistent wins and being a team will get us to the national championship. That’s what we’re all about.”
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SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
Volleyball Wins First Ever Match at Convocation Center The California Vulcans won a historic match on Sept. 11. The team beat West Virginia Wesleyan 3-0, in the first ever volleyball match at the Convocation Center. The team improved to 7-2 on the season. Their next matches are the Bentley Invitational, which starts tonight. They will take on Wilmington tonight. Then tomorrow, Sept. 15, they face off against Bentley and Georgian Court . The team will go on the road for over a month, not playing at home again until Oct. 12 against Clarion. They will get to enjoy multiple home games in October to help gear up for the PSAC Tournament starting Nov. 13.
Photo left: Sophomre Julia Muzy spikes a ball past the West Virginia Wesleyan defenders. Photo righ: The team huddles after a point scored aginst the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats.
Men’s Soccer Drops Third Straight Match Photo by: Casey Flores
By Scott Traverso For the CalTimes
The Vulcans controlled the play early last Friday night, but things soon slipped away and the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats took the match 4-1 at the Phillipsburg Complex. California’s senior defenseman Billy Wilson was called for a handball in the box in the 25th minute. Senior midfielder Daniel Smee buried the ensuing penalty kick to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. A questionable call then gave the Bobcats an advantage for the rest of the match that the Vulcans could not overcome. Senior defenseman Nemanja Visekruna was given a red card in the 28th minute on what seemed to look like a harmless play.
Visekruna challenged a Bobcat player on a play that looked like a normal foul could have been called. However, the official issued a red card much to the displeasure of the California bench. The Vulcans were forced to play a man down and could not turn the Bobcats away. West Virginia Wesleyan added two more first half goals to take a commanding 3-0 lead into the half. Freshman midfielder Alaxandre Zidani scored his first collegiate goal in the 38th minute with assists from Jordan Halpern and Smee. Then in the last minute before half, senior forward Robert Brenton added a goal of his own with an assist from Nicholas Amberman. Cal suffered another significant loss in the second half when a second red card was issued
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to sophomore midfielder Chris Hunkele in the 70th minute, leaving the Vulcans two men down for the remainder of the match. The thin Vulcan lineup could not muster enough chances to get back in the game. Sophomore midfielder Jeffrey Kyei offered the match’s lone bright spot with his first career goal on a penalty kick in the 87th minute. WVWC scored its final goal in the 84th minute with a goal from senior defenseman Thomas Ingall. The Vulcans fell to 1-3 on the season and will return to action Sept. 15 when they host Alderson-Broaddus at 2:30 P.M. at home. They also host Millsville at 3:30 P.M. on Sept. 19.
Photo By: Matthew Kaminksi Vulcans sophomore midfielder, Jeffrey Kyei, battles for the battle Sept. 7, against West Virginia Wesleyan. The Vulcans have dropped three straight matches after winning their season opener against Seton Hill.
KNOW YOUR FOE: Edinboro Fighting Scots When and where: Saturday, Sept. 15, 6:00 P.M. Sox Harrison Stadium Edinboro, PA
Leading Passer: Cody Harris 23-35, 209 yards, 1 TD, 65.7 Comp %
Current Record: 0-1
Leading Rusher:D’Andrea Vaughn 12 carries, 48 yards, 0 TD
Last Game: At Bloomsburg 30-14 L AFCA Rank:Unranked Notes: Edinboro is running a no-huddle/hurry-up offense this season. Senior free safety Kenny Pettis set a career high with 19 tackles last game. Allowed 319 rush yards against Bloomsburg, the 11th highest total against in school history. Game against California is Edinboro’s home opener this season.
Leading Receiver: Devin Ghafoor 6 receptions, 42 yards, 1 TD
Leading Defenders:Kenny Pettis 19 tackles, 6 solo, 1 tackle for loss Veuntrae Robinson 10 tackles, 4 solo, 0.5 tackle for loss