Tim Bergling, the Swedish D.J. and EDM producer died at age 28 last month. His inspiring music and individualism set him apart and revolutionized EDM in the common day. Rest in Peace.
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FOOTBALL! This yearâ€™s Spring game coverage on Pg. 22
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CONGRATULATIONS! With the departure of two our of editors to graduation — Mari Boyle (News Editor) and Rachael McKriger (Editor-In-Chief) — the California Times has elected new editors! From left to right: Angel Funk (Opinions Editor), Colin Kirkwood (Sports Editor), Danny Beeck (Editor-In-Chief), Jessica Crosson (Entertainment Editor) and Taylor Barta (Graphic Designer/Layout Editor). Not pictured: James Rudolph (News Editor).
Did You Know? The CalU Cupboard is hosting its annual end of the year donation drive. Boxes are placed in the Residence Halls, Vulcan Village Clubhouse, Manderino Librar y, Duda Hall and Eberly Hall now through May 11th. Items they are accepting are: • unopened hygiene produc ts • new and gently used school supplies • non-perishable food items I f you have items to donate and would like to schedule a pick up time, you can contac t Cearra Mihal via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAL T IM E S . O RG CALTIMES@CALU.EDU 724.938.4321
RACHAEL McKRIGER EDITOR IN CHIEF
DANNY BEECK SPORTS EDITOR
MARI BOYLE NEWS EDITOR
JESS CROSSON ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
JAMES RUDOLPH OPINIONS EDITOR
TAYLOR BARTA GRAPHIC DESIGNER
CAL TIMES CONTRIBUTORS: Colin kirkwood, April Pfrogner, Jeromy Mackey, Eddie Kuntz, Zoe Webster & Tom Caton
JEFF HELSEL DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS
POLICY: The California TIMES is a publication of the Student Association, Inc. and is distributed throughout the university campus and the Monongahela Valley area most Fridays of the academic year with the exception of holiday breaks. Any member of the university community may submit articles, editorials, cartoons, photographs or drawings for consideration. Deadlines are as follows: All written copy, announcements , e-mail (email@example.com) and advertising submissions are due at Noon on the Monday before publication. Exceptions to these deadlines must be arranged with the editor. All submissions are the opinions of their creator(s). The California TIMES reserves the right to edit or refuse a submission as it sees fit without offering justification for content or advertising sections.
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Cal U of PA Commencement Ceremonies
Washington County Sommissioner Larry Maggi, Class of 1979 Addresses Spring 2018 Graduates Cal U Public Relations
About Commencement at Cal U Each winter and spring, Cal U holds a formal academic ceremony to honor graduates’ achievements and create lasting memories for graduating students, their families and friends. The university’s 186th Commencement recognizes students who completed their studies in January and May 2018. In all, more than 1,200 students are expected to receive their degrees May 11 and 12, including those who choose not to attend the ceremonies. University President Geraldine M. Jones will confer the degrees and personally greet each graduate who walks across the stage. Both graduation ceremonies can be viewed live online at www.calu.edu/ news. For more information, visit www. calu.edu/events/commencement.
About the Speaker Maggi has devoted his career to public service. A lifelong resident of Washington County, he is chair of the county’s Board of Commissioners, where he is serving his fourth term. He has been a member of California University’s Council of Trustees since 2009 and was chair of the council from 2013-17. Maggi served in the U.S. Marine
Corps from 1969-71. He entered the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in 1973, beginning a 24-year career as a state police trooper and criminal investigator. He graduated from California State College in 1979, with a degree in education. Maggi entered the political arena in 1997, when he was elected sheriff of Washington County. He held that office until his election as a county commissioner in 2003. In addition to serving his Washington County constituents, Maggi is chairman of the board for the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, which oversees spending of state and federal transportation funds for a 10-county region. He serves on the board for Blueprints (formerly Community Action Southwest), a nonprofit community action agency, and he chairs the Courts and Corrections Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Maggi also is active with a number of veterans’ organizations, including the Marine Corps League, the Mon Valley Leathernecks, the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. A former Vulcans wrestler, Maggi has officiated high school wrestling matches for more than 40 years. He is a member of the WPIAL Hall of Fame, the Washington-
Greene County chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Maggi and his wife, Mary Jeanne, make their home in Buffalo Township, Pa. They have four children and six grandchildren.
* Master’s degree candidates will receive their diplomas and be vested in their academic hoods at 7 p.m. May 11. Undergraduate Commencement begins at 10 a.m. May 12. Graduates’ family members and friends are invited to attend the ceremonies; both events will be held in the Convocation Center arena.
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Class of 2018: Farewell to our editors!
A bittersweet goodbye: Thank you, Cal Times Rachael McKriger, Editor-In-Chief KRI6014@calu.edu After three years, the chapter of my life at California University of Pennsylvania is coming to a close. It’s a bittersweet moment for sure. Some of my best memories in my young, 21-years old living have been here at Cal U. More specifically, they’ve been in the media suite — a place that I easily call home. In my second semester, my mentor Jose Negron nominated me — and I was elected — to be the Sports Editor. From Jeff Helsel’s knowledge, our adviser at the California Times, I was the first female Sports Editor. There’s a lot of pride in that — and I took it seriously. I fell in love with layout and next thing you knew, I was elected — unanimously — to be the next Editor-In-Chief of the California Times newspaper. I remember shedding a few tears at the meeting, being amazed about how my dreams were coming true in such short time. Being the Editor-In-Chief for the last few years as been an amazing endeavor. Overseeing a large group of students is hard work, but it’s so rewarding. I did all this while holding a job at the Herald-Standard in 2016-17 and the Mon Valley Independent in 2017-18. Needless to say, the patience of my fellow editors for me has been immense and appreciated. I couldn’t have asked for a better editorial staff. I have been lucky to share the newsroom with wonderful talents like Jessica Crosson, Danny Beeck, Taylor Barta, James Rudolph and my fellow senior Mari Boyle. The magic we created together with this newspaper always put a smile on my face. An even bigger smile would crease when we would be in the newsroom together, debating newspaper ideas or just laughing and telling jokes. I couldn’t ask for better friends, because my editors have become my family. But now, it’s time for me to bid farewell. All good things must come to an end. With that said, I am really excited, happy and proud to pass the torch of being
Photo by Jeff Helsel, SAI Editor-In-Chief to Danny Beeck. My sports editor for the last two years, I don’t expect anything else but greatness from Danny. Passing the torch is bittersweet, but I’m excited for Danny to have his moment. To my editors, one piece of advice I want to pass: the newspaper isn’t always going to be perfect. There will be mistakes, and you guys know that better than any other editorial staff. However, learn from your mistakes and keep pushing for an amazing paper. I have nothing but confidence and belief in your skills. You guys will make an incredible newspaper. To everyone in the Media Suite, I thank you for your friendship and guidence. I couldn’t have done any
of this without the respect and guidence from Jeff Helsel, Gary Smith and Pam Delverne. Not only are the three of you my advisers, but you’re my mentors. Gary, I hope you get that cover next year. To my friends over at CUTV, another media outlet I participated in, I thank you for your friendship and belief in my skills. Sometimes, I didn’t believe in myself, but the CUTV crew always believed in me. So thank you, Colin Kirkwood, Steve Ruffing, Brett Dice, Anthony D’Agostino, Zoe Webster, Alicia Lackey, Tristan Bartolomucci, Cheyenne White, Sarah St. Jacques, Dalton Oswald, Matt Dever and Dillon Gaudet. A huge shout out to Steve for being my partner when calling soccer and basketball together! To the professors that helped me along the way, and other staff — Miss Carolyn Taard, Dr. Anthony Carlisle, Dr. Kim Vanderlaan, Dr. Rick Cumings, Dr. Carole Waterhouse, Dr. Brent House, Dr. Sarah Downey and Professor Karen Kastner — thank you for everything. Thank you to my support system back home, especially my parents, John and Rita, for always believing in me. If it wasn’t for their support, love and constant faith — and a few prayers from my incredible mother — I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I owe it all to them! My best friend Abby, who got me through some of the toughest times in college, thank you for always being there when I need to rant about anything college related. I’d be lost without your friendship and sisterhood. I appreciate everyone for picking up a copy of the Cal Times and reading my work, along with the other editors. To be able to create a newspaper, something that is dispersed all over campus, is truly an honor and a privilege. I came. I saw. I conquered. Thank you, Cal Times. Signing off as Editor-In-Chief for the last time: Rachael Aleksandrovna McKriger
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Class of 2018: Farewell to our editors!
Onto the next chapter: Thank you, Cal Times Mari Boyle, News Editor BOY7446@calu.edu It is crazy to think back to when I was brand new to the California Times at my first Media Suite Open House or seeing my first story in print to now graduating as the News Editor for the Cal Times. It has been such an enjoyable journey from staff writer, to Opinions Editor and finally News Editor. Being a part of the Cal Times has taught me so much about journalism and I have gained so many great friends along the way. A special thanks to the editorial staff that brought me in and the editorial staff I served with, including Rachael McKriger, my fellow graduate, Jessica Crosson, Danny Beeck, Taylor Barta and James Rudolph. Of course, a big thank you goes to Jeff Helsel and the rest of the Media Suite Staff. I will never lose my appreciation for journalism and hope to work in the field again sometime in the future. Next, I will be attending Penn State University Dickinson Law School in the fall.
Photos by Jeff Helsel, SAI
Congratulations to the Following Student Government Executive Board President: Seth Shiley Vice President: Cynthia Obiekezie Financial Secretary: No Nominees Corresponding Secretary: Cassondra Garcia Recording Secretary: Omobukola Inegbeneni
SAI Board of Directors Marquis Washington Jessica Crosson Bukky Inegbenenuie Raven Reeves Dillon Gaudet Jeromy Mackey McKenna Swartzwelder
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Walk A Mile in Her Shoes Photos by: Jeff Helsel, SAI & Rachael McKriger
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes is an event put on by members of the Womenâ€™s Center and End Violence Center. The event features male students walking in high heels around the campus of California University of Pennsylvania.
Layout by: Rachael McKriger
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes featured members of the Cal U Band, Acacia fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, Cal U Basketball and other organizations on campus.
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Students recognized at OSL Luncheon Student Association Inc. Board of Directors: 2017-18
Options @ Cal U Award
Mari Boyle (President), Jonathan Hershey (Vice President),
Cody Ambrose (Secretary), Emily Moyer (Treasurer), Jessica
OSD Service and Commitment Award
Crosson, Anthony D’Agostino, Jordan Lockhart and Marquis
Jamie D’Angelo and Ashley Ivkovitch
PSECU Student Activity Scholarship
Student Government Officers
Tania Blanc, Lakijai Bynum, Jessica Crosson, Zamira R.
Thornton and Katelyn Victor
Jonathan Hershey (President), Mari Boyle (Vice President),
PSECU Road to Success Scholarship
Emily Moyer (Finanical Secretary), Cynthia Obiekezie
Austin Owens, Johnae Robinson and Monique Salmond
(Recording Secretary) and Seth Shiley (Corresponding
Housing and Residence Life: Academic Excellence Award
Hannah Burns, Alexandria Gariepy, Lily Gongaware,
2018-19 Chelsea Fullum (President), Cassondra Garcia (Vice President), Ombukola Ingbenijie (Financial Secretary), Taylor
Lily Gongaware, Kirsten Willey and Alexandria Gariepy
Christopher Kulings, Lyric King, Kacie Kubitza, Samantha Kuhne, Jalissa McLaurin, Colin Phillips, Jacob Podraskey, Monique Salmond, Kyle Snyder, Erika Sowers, Calvin Szewczyk,
Kodric (Recording Secretary), Cynthia Obiekezie (Correspon-
Madison Thrasher, Jennifer Adeline Wallace, Rylee Walters,
dig Secretary) and Seth Shiley
Branda White, Derek Wisner, Cassidy Zemrose and
Black Student Union Board
Cabria Vandusen (President), Ellis Atkins (Vice President),
Housing and Residence Life: Service Award
Cynthia Obiekezie (Secretary) and Raven Reeves (Treasurer)
Jalissa McLaurin, Erika Miller, Jazmin Richardson, Erika
Student Senator of the Year
Sowers, Calvin Szewczyk, Branda White, Cassidy Zemrose
and Shauna Zupan
SAB Executive Board Member of the Year
Betsy Clark Programming Excellence Award
Jessica Crosson and Mackenzie Langer
Alexandria Gariepy, Lily Gongaware and Kirsten Willey
Underground Cafe Member of the Year
Robin Holmes Character & Community Building Award
Jacob Barber Underground Cafe Executive Board Member of the Year Brendan Mickoloff
The recipents of the SAI Distinguished Service Award
Jalissa McLaurin, Branda White and Cassidy Zemrose Hanna Schlegel Oustanding Service Award Hanna Schlegel
Gary W. Reighard Scholarship
Oustanding Media Services Award
Sarah Floyd (MAC Lab), Mike Shaeffer (MAC Lab), Anthony
Angelo Armenti Jr. Endowed Leadership Scholarship
D’Agostino (CUTV/WCAL), Rachael McKriger (Cal Times/
Jessica Crosson and Allison Kuklar
CUTV) and Mari Boyle (Cal Times/CUTV)
Alan K. James Leadership Scholarship
Krista Wentz (Freshman), Seth Shiley (Sophomore), Monique
Commuter Council Scholarship
Salmond (Junior) and Jessica Crosson (Senior)
Molly M. Ference
Distinguished Service Award
Jennie A. Carter Distinguished African-American Student Award
Mari Boyle, Jessica Crosson, Anthony D’Agostino, Jonathan
Ivy D. Jackson
Hershey, Rachael McKriger, Emily Moyer and Calvin
Sports Club Student Athlete of the Year Award
Amanda Slezak Women’s Center Full Circle Award Kara Smith
Hanna Schlegel (right) accepts her award
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Club Spotlight Black Student Union BSU is a student organization committed to the stimulation and development of cultural diversity at California University of Pennsylvania through participation in and sponsorship of educational, cultural and social events on our campus. BSU meetings and events are open to EVERYONE irregardless of cultural background, gender, creed, etc. BSU general body meetings are held every Thursday at 5:15pm in the multipurpose room of Carter Hall.
If you want to get in touch with the Black Student Union, feel free to contact the Executive Board: President: Raven Reeves Vice President: Ellis Atkins Secretary: Cynthia Obiekenzie Treasurer: Cabria Vandusen Advisers: Shawn McCoy and Sheleta Webb
Aligning yourself with BSU will provide you with a supporting environment of fellow students with unique backgrounds and knowledge that will enhance your college experience.
Social Media Instagram: @calu_bsu
Some of the events BSU sponsor or cosponsor include: • Annual Cal U Black History Month Program • Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Event • Annual fundraisers for the Jennie Carter Scholarship • Jennie Carter Day Celebrations • Dances • Guest Speakers and Entertainers • Welcome and End-of-Year Picnics • Business / Career Workships and events and more!
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Tips on how to escape summer boredom blues By Tom Caton, Staff Writer CAT7359@calu.edu The end of the academic is year is approaching us and it means a few things. First off, summer is right around the corner, which has students very excited. But along with summer comes boredom. With that being said, allow me to give some helpful tips so you can beat and escape the summertime boredom blues! Once summer arrives, we completely forget about due dates, assignments and other projects. Things can get boring quickly. However, being college students, most of us do not have a lot of money to go out and splurge on eating out, vacationing every other week or shopping whenever we get the chance. These forms of summer entertainment are not always accessible to college students. In the summer, it can very hot fast. A great way to beat the heat is by cooling down
with water by taking a dip in a swimming pool, the ocean, have a water balloon fight or even run through a fountain! Any way involving water will keep you cool! Another way to avoid boredom is by meeting up with friends, especially old friend you have not seen in a while. Contact some old high school friends and get together. It is always nice to see someone you rarely see. Do you really know what exists in your hometown? If not, a very exciting thing to do this summer is by pretending you are a tourist in your hometown. Every city and almost every town has something that people go there to visit, yet most of the locals never do those things. They are usually inexpensive or even free, and you can find out about them on your city or state’s website. (Bonus points if you rock a fanny pack or have people take photos of you and your friends throwing up the peace sign at every attraction).
One of the most exciting things you can look forward to this summer is to go Geocaching. If you do not know what Geocaching is, it is basically going on a treasure hunt using GPS. You can log onto www.geocaching. com and enter your zip code to find little treasures that people have hidden in the area. Once you locate their treasure, you replace it with a new treasure and write about your experience on the website. It is a really neat thing to do! These are just a few tips to ensure your summer will be full of excitement rather than boredom. You can really do --anything you want to this summer; it’s up to you -- do not allow me to limit your options. Summer is the time of year when we get to unwind and have fun. With summer right around the corner, take these tips and have a great time!
eddie kuntz — “dj just ed”
Our final installment of DJ Spotlight for the Spring 2018 semester is here, and I am proud to have interviewed Program Director, Eddie Kuntz, aka “DJ Just Ed.” Eddie was first introduced to WCAL through an alum by the name of Steve Maggio, aka “Long Island Iced Steve” as he is known around the station. He encountered Steve at one of the station’s remote locations, and they immediately bonded over shared music taste. Eddie then began training to be a DJ soon after, and has been a member of the station and eboard for most of his time here since. Eddie now has a show on Tuesday’s from 4-6 p.m. titled “Just Ed With Just Pop Punk” where he plays some of his favorite music, especially Yellowcard. Listen in on his show and be sure to continue looking for the next DJ Spotlight in the fall semester!
Albums of the
Week By: Eddie Kuntz
Camp Cope — How to Socialize & M a k e Fr i e n d s Australia natives, Camp Cope, are a three piece all-female emo band new to the scene who just recently released their second album, How to Socialize & Make Friends. The band released a single a few months back titled, “The Opener,” that foreshadowed this next album to be worlds better than their debut. The single eventually went on to start off the album, but proved to be the only memorable moment of the nine songs. “The Opener” is followed by a slew of slow four to six minute long songs that fit the genre a little too perfectly. Each track comes across too similar to the last, leaving you bored by the end, and feeling like you’ve just listened to a single and one thirty minute song. Aside from being overall slow and somewhat boring, How to Socialize & Make Friends isn’t a bad album. Each track is good, but doesn’t capitalize on what the band set forth on their previous release. Alone, or even in a two or three song release, each of these songs could prove to be quality writing, and could’ve made a bigger impact. The album seems like something that should’ve been sent back to the writing process to find a different variety of songs, or just simply cut out the worst of the bunch.
Recommended Track: “The Opener”
Vulcan Theater Dec. 9Dec. 16 Natali Student Center
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M-F: 11 a.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. S&S: 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m.
Movie Marathon Reviews with Jeromy Mackey! Annihilation is a successful sci-fi thriller from thriller auteur icon, Alex Garland. Garland deserve credit for supporting diversity by creating a diverse cast of strong female characters led through a powerful performance from Natalie Portman. The pacing is a little slow, but the third act’s payoff is definitely worth it. The complexity of the piece is its best strength, but one of its apparent weakness as it is confusing for much of the middle section. Nonetheless, it’s a fresh, non superhero/Star Wars six-fi spectacle.
I rate this movie 85/100
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B.o.B Takes the Stage at Cal U Story by Jessica Crosson, Entertainment Editor Interview conducted by Rachael McKriger, Editor-In-Chief Layout by Taylor Barta, Graphic Designer
On April 23, rapper B.o.B came to the campus of California University of Pennsylvania. B.o.B, known for hit songs such as “Nothin on You,”“Magic,”“Airplanes” and “Headbands,” provided audience members with a high-energy show. The group that was behind the promotion and production of this spring concert was the Student Activities Board. With day of help from Underground Café, Athletic Promotions and some members of the football team, the Student Activities Board was able to provide new elements to this concert. This concert was the first concert to offer floor access and was a trial to see if it would be something possible to have in at future shows. The Student Activities Board would like to urge students to attend their weekly meetings on Thursdays at 5 p.m. in the Vulcan Theater if they are interested in learning about how this process works or want to get involved with the numerous events.
CAL LIFE Being the President of the Student Activities Board, what role did you have in bringing B.o.B. to Cal U? Since I’m holding the role of President and Evenings Chair I have some different experiences that helped me be able to effectively coordinate this entire event. As the event coordinator, I worked closely with our advisor and our middle agent throughout this entire process. We had to work to get a contract together and then once we received a contract I could assign different roles to our other Executive Board members. Each member had a specific role throughout this process whether it was marketing, hospitality, or organizing the dressing room necessities. Our Secretary, Miranda Anderson, and I worked closely to develop a marketing plan for this event, Makenzie Langer and Cheyanne White tackled a very difficult list of hospitality requirements, and the rest of our Executive Board (Skylar Steinhart, Kaylie Rusek, and Sean Leftwich) had various tasks thrown at them throughout the planning period of this event in order for us to pull this whole concert off. What was your feeling when you saw the student body show up excited for B.o.B.? I always get really nervous before we put on large events like this because I want everything to go off perfectly but I also try to over prepare for the worst just in case so seeing people fill into the seats at this show and enjoy their time was a great feeling of success for us. What was your highlight of the B.o.B. concert?
I think the highlight for me was looking around the crowd throughout the concert and just seeing everyone having such a good time. The best was when B.o.B came off of the stage and went down into the crowd and just roamed all over the place. It was super stressful for me Cal U alumni, DJ Stuck, because you have to be concerned for not only your artist’s safety but everyone else’s safety as well but the crowd loved him so much more for doing that! What did you learn from the B.o.B. concert that you’ll use for other events? This was the first time we were able to allow floor access
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had the opportunity to up for B.o.B! at one of our large scale events and I think it went over really well. Everyone on the floor had a great time and did not cause any problems for our security or staff. I would love to be able to offer that opportunity again in the future and I think students would really love the chance to have that experience! See the full story and interview on our website!
SAB’s Executive Board celebrates with B.o.B after the concert!
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Vulcans Take on Seton Hill Members of the California University of Pennsylvania softball and baseball team faced off against Seton Hill University on April 11 and 25 in Greensburg, Pa., at Seton Hill.
Photos by Jeff Helsel, SAI Layout by Rachael McKriger, Editor-In-Chief
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Lock and Load: Supporting an American Right By April Pfrogner, Staff Writer PFR1650@calu.edu The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Our forefathers knew that a society deprived of the right to protect itself against tyranny would never be truly free. President Ronald Reagan said, “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is our problem.” The push for more gun control is one of many tactics used by the extreme left to chip away at the U.S. Constitution, calling it a “living” document. The goal for the activist left is to get our government in control of virtually everything we do, thereby rendering us subjects, rather than free individuals. Jim Quinn, a conservative talk-show host at www.warroom.com said, “Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of it’s stated intent.” Statistics prove it when you look at murder rates in the U.S. Chicago, for example. With some of the most extreme gun control laws in the nation, the murder rate for the city is one of the highest in the country — 137 murders so far this year. Some of the Chicago murder headlines are misleading because of the way they determine their rankings, for example, total murders versus murders as a percent of the total population. Chicago is also the gang capital of America with an estimated gang population from 70,000 to 125,000 gang members. I highly doubt these murderers and gang members care about the 20,000+ gun laws already in the lawbooks. Criminals do not respect gun laws. Washington D.C. is another example. In 1976, a law restricting private citizens from owning handguns was implemented. Homicides rose from 188 in 1976 to 364 in 1988, and then increased even further to 454 in 1993. The gun ban was struck down by the Supreme Court in
District of Columbia v. Heller, and homicides have steadily declined since then to 88 yearly murders in 2012. Most mass shootings occur in gun-free zones, according to The Crime Research Prevention Center. Since 1950, nearly 99 percent of mass public shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. The terror attack in Orlando, Florida, and the shooting that murdered singer Christina Grimmie in June also took place in gun-free zones. Deranged murderers want to be able to murder as many as possible, so obviously they’re targeting areas where they’re least likely to find armed resistance, which happen to be gun-free zones. There are 320 million people in America but only 628,000 police officers, so it’s impossible for the police to protect everybody. That’s why it’s necessary for citizens to arm themselves.
Google searches for “How to Join the NRA” skyrocketed 4700 percent since the Parkland shooting, according to Time.com. The recent attacks on the organization are ludicrous especially the ones coming from high profile senators and congressional members and the Hollywood elite. They are a walking contradiction. I am not going to listen to gun control rants from people who live in gated, guarded comunities and require armed guards for protection in public. 20,000-gun laws are quite enough. Enforcement is the key, which means an armed citizenry, military and police force. To allow our government to infringe upon that right, is an attack on the very fabric on which our country was founded.
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The Second Amendment and Restrictions By James Rudolph, Opinions Editor RUD2588@calu.edu I could sit here and throw some facts and tie them into my opinion somehow, but I think there has been too much of that going around. A statistic is made, and those statistics help one side of the argument. Another study shows different findings, creating a different statistic that supports the other side of the argument. So far, this has been the accepted form of debating politics for the masses. When I find myself fully engaged in debate with another individual, and I don’t mean a shouting match but a true debate, a point is reached where statistics depart and you have two individuals discussing human differences between the two. You reach a point where it is no longer about politics, but human perception. You see how individual thoughts and beliefs on human nature influences their political beliefs. I’ve decided to spare you the
statistics this time to show you my genuine feelings about the topic of gun-control. Something that surprises my conservative friends — and irritates my liberal friends — is my fascination with firearms. Despite what opinions most people have of liberals or leftists, I always held an admiration on the construction and use of firearms. The mechanics, the design and the intricacy give firearms an artistic value. To me, this is the same art that a blacksmith creates when forging a sword, or a bow-maker crafting a bow from raw materials. There is a beauty behind them that is almost indescribable. Additionally, they provide an individual with some of the best self-defense tools on the face of the Earth. Much to the chagrin of my liberal friends, I support an American citizen’s right to bear arms. It is one of the privileges American’s can enjoy. As cliché’ as this sounds, I do believe there is a level of responsibility that we have in exercising that right. It is undeniable that they are great tools for selfdefense but have been used in acts of cold murder and mass killing. To use these weapons for evil is the decision of the individual, and not the weapon, but some of these acts of evil cold have been avoided with restrictions on firearms. I don’t believe in banning weapons as the solution, but aren’t there any possible measure we can take to reduce the level of preventable violence? I heard a comedian make a point once that really presented an interesting point. While I don’t take my political advice from a performer in a comedy act — and I heavily advise you don’t as well — he offered a scenario that has some validation behind it. David Cross, comedian and actor, during a comedy routine said gun-manufactures should implement a “thumb-ID scanner” on firearms the same way that Apple user’s thumbprint scanning to unlock phones. Does something like that infringe upon your Second-Amendment rights? I think this makes your firearm safer, as it could prevent someone else from using the firearm on
you. I don’t believe that firearms should be banned, but I believe safety-measures like these, though offered hypothetically by a comedian, could have more positive outcomes than not trying. Another thing I’ve notice, especially with my coverage of some of the mass-shootings in the U.S. the past few years, is how some people, who should not be eligible to have a firearm, obtained the weapons they used. Omar Mateen, the shooter at Pulse nightclub shootings in Orland in 2016, was on the FBI’s watch list for two years. He legally purchased a handgun and an AR-15 type rifle from St. Lucie Shooting Center just 10 days before the attack. Devin Patrick Kelley, the shooter in the Sutherland Springs Church killings in Texas in 2017, was jailed for domestic violence and dishonorably discharged from the Air Force. It was the Air Force’s duty to prevent him from possessing firearms by placing him in a national database, which they failed to do. He purchased a Ruger AR-556 rifle from an Academy Sports & Outdoors store in San Antonio, which was used in the attacks. His criminal history, including a felony, should have barred him from purchasing a firearm. Here the failure resides in those responsible for carrying out the legislation that restrict firearm sales, which have been in place for years. This is just an example of the responsibility we have as Americans, and what happens when we fail in those responsibilities. My issues aren’t firearms, but how casually and careless we approach them. There are plenty of ways to be a responsible firearm owner, which includes proper handling and sales, instructional classes and courses in the proper use of firearms and following the laws in place with anything revolving around firearms. These are just my ideas on the matter, but I think it is a reasonable belief to uphold the Second Amendment, while being open to new restrictions to make firearms safer and more inaccessible to criminals. I just want to present one question: what is more important, your individual freedom or promoting the safety of your fellow Americans? There is no wrong answer, only your answer.
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An Offer of Peace Makes History By James Rudolph, Opinions Editor RUD2588@calu.edu
The world watched as unprecedented moments of history occurred these past few weeks. We have witnessed an extremely hostile and volatile man in charge of a nation, who presented themselves as a threat to global security, undergo a change of heart. The Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has agreed to begin denuclearization and have discussions on peace and further demilitarization of North Korea, with the United States and South Korea. This man, since taking power on Dec. 17, 2011, continuously made threats to South Korea and the United States, dedicated the resources of his country towards nuclearweapons, and physically accosted the South Korean border and military. Additionally, he continued the poor treatment of his extremely disenfranchised people that existed since the beginning of the Kim dynasty when his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, became leader in 1948. As of March 2018, however, we see a new demeanor held by the despot. On April 27, history was made as Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, agreed to work to remove all nuclear weapons off the Korean Peninsula. They also discussed pursuing talks in the next year to bring an official end to the Korean War, which began in 1950. The peace treaty was something the North Korean’s wanted in return for their denuclearization. This was the first time a North Korean leader ever stepped foot in South Korea. The North Korean leader already announced that they would no longer conduct tests of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. Moon Jae-In presented the prospect of removing troops out of the Demilitarized Zone, the heavily-armored buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea., and create a joint-fishing zone around the heavily disputed border along the western sea. He also promised economic ventures from South Korea into critical infrastructures in the North, such as roads and their railway systems. Kim Jong-un agreed to keep his meeting with president Donald Trump at the meeting as well. A spokesperson for the South Korean president endorsed the idea of having the meeting take place at the Panmunjom. Trump celebrated the idea, telling reporters, “There’s something I like about it, because you’re there, if things work out, there’s a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third-party country.” However, U.S. officials urge the President to consider a more neutral option. One possibility is Singapore, the city often seen as the gateway between the West and Asia. Another option offered is Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, as
Mongolia has diplomatic ties with the U.S and North Korea. The possibilities from peace between North Korea and South Korea would greatly improve the diplomatic relationships between the Korean peninsula and the global community, as a denuclearized North Korea will help global security from nuclear threat, from North Korea and any hostile groups or organizations who obtained weapons from the efforts of North Korea’s nuclear program. Some hold their reservations, however, and tell president Trump to beware. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice advised the president to be cautious. Rice negotiated with Kim Jong-un in the past while in President George W. Bush’s administration. “Don’t forget that there are other interested parties,” she said to Jean Song from CBS News, “For instance, Japan has a very important interest here. Secondly, take it one step at a time.” She continued with discussing the importance on denuclearization, and making sure North Korea verifies everything made in the agreements. “And finally, remember the nature of this regime. This is a regime that murdered an American citizen just a year ago, this is a regime where the leader killed his half-brother in Malaysia. It’s a brutal regime, a secretive regime.” The Kim dynasty has a long history of violence and corruption. During his regime, Kim Il-sung purged political opposition by having members of his top-command executed for treason. His reign was described as a totalitarian state, complete with mass executions and prison camps. His son, Kim Jong-Il, was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of North Korean citizens through widespread, but preventable, famine, public executions, and forced labor camps. A U.N. investigation in 2014 revealed the same human-rights violations under Kim Jong-un’s reign. He is also directly responsible for the deaths of members of his own family. He executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, and five of his aids for treason by stripping them naked and feeding them to 120 dogs that were starved for three days. It is also heavily believed he is responsible for the assassination of his half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, who was killed by a nerve-agent in Malaysia. One crucial country has been idle about the affair so far, China. China fought with North Korea in the war, and their approval is needed to officially bring an end to the Korean War. While the world watches the excitement between the North and the South, China may be making a decision that will influence the outcome of this historic event.
SPRING 2018 RECYCLING DAYS PAPER-FURNITURE-ELECTRONICS The Borough of California has announced there will be additional trash pick-up days and electronic recycling in the borough for the end of the Spring 2018 semester. Additional trash pick-up, especially for large items (i.e. couches, chairs, damaged furniture) will take place daily, M-F, starting Monday, May 14th until Friday, May 18th. Please do not put out large stuffed items (couches, chairs) if it is raining, or rain is predicted. Electronic recycling will take place starting Monday, May 7th and continue until Friday, May 11th. The recycling container will be placed at the California Public Library parking lot. If it is a large item, please call the borough (724.938.8280) to arrange for an extra pick up by the borough crew.
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This Day in History: May 4 By James Rudolph, Opinions Editor RUD2588@calu.edu This will be my third and final edition of This Day in History. The best apart about researching these events is where the research takes you. Everyday has some historical significance surrounding it that occurs because of historical events before it. Its almost impossible to look at the people, places, and situations around these events without looking into another historical aspect of event that influences it. The story of our history is truly fascinating, and I hope that you continue to read it long after these pieces appear in the Cal Times. Today marks the day that Peter Minuit arrived in the New Netherland colony. He is generally charged with purchasing the land from the Lenape tribe. Changing hands between the Dutch and British several times during the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars, the colony became a booming port city and a center for trade in the Atlantic Ocean during the 1650s. The colony and surrounding territory later became New York City. In 1865, as part of the Confederacy’s surrendering process, the Confederate departments of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana surrendered at Citronelle, AL. Beginning on April 5, with General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, it took nearly eight months before all Confederate forces officially surrendered. The last battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Palmito Ranch in Texas, occurred on May 12 and 13. The last Confederate forces remaining, the USS Shenandoah surrendered in Liverpool, England on Nov. 6. President Johnson declared the war officially over on Aug. 20, 1866. The construction of the Panama Canal by the United States began in 1904. It is an artificial waterway that cuts through the isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Originally started by the French, the U.S. took over construction and opened the Canal ten years later. It is used for maritime trade. It is now owned by the government of Panama, as part of the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties. The American Society of Civil Engineers call the Panama Canal one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
In 1932, Al Capone began his eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion. Alphonse Gabriel Capone was a mobster who obtained notoriety in Prohibitionera Chicago as head of his organization, the Chicago Outfit. Given the nicknames “Scarface” and “Public Enemy No.1,” he ran gambling, bootlegging, and extortion operations for more than seven years. He was sentenced at 33 and was placed in Atlanta U.S Penitentiary before moving to Alcatraz. During WWII, the Battle of the Coral Sea began when aircraft, from aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, attacked Japanese naval forces at Tulagi. This was the first time that aircraft carriers engaged in conflict with one another. While the Japanese sunk more U.S. ships in total, U.S. naval forces sunk the Japanese carrier Shoho and heavily damaged carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku, preventing them from participating in the Battle of Midway and greatly aiding the U.S. victory.
During the Vietnam war, the Kent State shootings occurred in 1970. After President Richard Nixon announced the Cambodian Campaign, students gathered at Kent State University in Kent, OH., to protest the bombing of Cambodia. Members of the National Guard were called to handle and control the protests. 28 members of the Ohio National Guard fire into crowds of protestors for over 13 seconds. Four students were killed while nine were wounded, both protestors and students walking nearby or observing from a distance. Hundreds of high-schools, colleges and universities closed as 4 million students held a strike across the United States. I want to thank all of the readers who followed these pieces, as i truely enjoyed writing them.
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Five Fortnite tips for new players By Colin Kirkwood, Staff Writer KIR6842@calu.edu It’s no secret that Fortnite is one of the hottest video game titles in the world currently. But what exactly is this game? The game comes with two modes, the first being a player versus enemy mode where a team works together to outlive a horde of monsters by any means possible. But its popular mode is a player versus player all-out battle royale. One hundred players are all placed into a game where the objective is to be the last man or team standing. Players drop onto the fictional island with hang gliders and a pickaxe then they must search the terrain for weapons to arm themselves. As if this isn’t enough players are encouraged to use those axes to mine for resources that can be used to build cover and structures that can potentially help the player succeed. But, players must also me mindful of the “storm” that shrinks the combat area. It can be quite a challenge to find a way to balance all of these objectives, so tips on how to be successful are always welcomed. Not saying that I am a fantastic player or anything like that, but I have been playing the game for quite some time before it became popular. I’ve learned a thing or two that I’ll pass on.
when platform combat is part of the final battle.
Carry a variety of weapons
Build Bridges Two Wide
Being prepared for a variety of ranges in combat is a critical to success if you ask me. So, when stockpiling weapons look to broaden your horizons. The three types of combat you can expect to encounter are short, medium and long range. In short range shotguns and SMG’s should do the trick. These can do massive damage in just a short amount of time which is great for close quarters combat. Medium range can typically be won with assault rifles, LMG’s and miniguns. These offer a somewhat quick ammo output and decent accuracy. With long range you can win the day with scoped AR’s, hunting rifles and sniper rifles. While most have small ammo capacity, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting caught reloading since you are so far away from the target. Having one of each of the weapons makes you flexible when having to combat other players.
Bridges are commonplace in the game and can be used to get around in a painless way. But should be traveling a longer distance, (such as from rooftop to rooftop or crossing water) these structures can easily be knocked out with a few shots at a portion of it. By building the structures two wide, the bridge can keep its structural integrity should a section be shot out. You as the player will also get a few extra seconds to hustle towards your target before falling. It might not sound like much, but it comes in handy trust me. You’ll thank me when you get that first “Victory Royale”
Mining for materials can seem like such a boring and drawn process, but it is vital to success. Besides being able to throw up quick cover, having a large amount of resources makes for an easy time when the final ten players are left standing. By this I mean being able to make a fort to protect yourself and hunker down in. I play a somewhat passive game, so when it comes down towards the end I prefer to build up and snipe. This isn’t possible without stockpiling a decent amount of materials to build and repair my base.
Always Get the High Ground
When getting into a fire fight, the high ground is a fantastic way to set yourself apart and potentially keep yourself alive. You can opt for seeking a hill or mountain but what if you’re out in the open? Easy, build a ramp with a wall in front of it. This gives you some cover to sit behind and the elevation that will make aiming at you difficult for most players. The wall in front of the ramp is crucial as this protects you ramp from being destroyed quickly. Also should your enemy charge you, you can easily jump over them and attack from behind.
Always Stock Up on Resources
Plus, around the map vending machines offer up rare weapons like rocket launchers, grenade launchers and SCAR rifles and even healing supplies that can be obtained by trading in resources.
Health Is a Big Concern
Fortnite offers plenty of materials to keep you the player in the game for as long as possible. These items are of course medical and shields. Shields come in a variety of options like the mini (raises shield by 25 and can only be taken twice at a time) regular (raises shield by 50) chug jug (raises shield and health to the max ) and slurp juice (raises shield by 25 and regenerates health). Having a shield keeps you protected to an even higher degree than any cover will so try to having some shield on at all times. Carrying healing supplies is also a wise decision. These are bandages (raises health by 15 and can be used until 75 percent health and come in groups of five) and med kits (raise health to the max). Keeping one of the options on hand gives you a chance to get back in the game. Hopefully these tips can help you if you are brand new to the game or the most experienced of veterans. Have any tips of your own that you’d like to share? Tweet them to us @CalTimes and we’ll share them with our readers! So what’re you waiting for? Get out there and start racking up those “Victory Royales!”
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McKriger: Top 5 Cal U Sports Moments By Rachael McKriger, Editor-In-Chief KRI6014@calu.edu With my college graduation approaching in a fast manner, I decided to follow in a former sports editor’s footsteps. When Matt Hagy graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in fall 2015, he wrote his Top 10 Cal U sports moments. However, I decided to only do five for the sake of spacing and keeping things uniform. I’ve experienced a lot during my three years at Cal U. Some of my favorite memories include covering different sports events, from basketball to track. Without further ado, here are my Top 5 moments in Cal U Vulcan sport.
5. Cal U wins the Coal Bowl over IUP There is no other rivalry like a classic football rivalry. “Friends don’t let friends go to IUP” is a classic saying from proud Vulcan supporters. Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Cal U have had a long, withstanding rivalry in all sports. However, every year, the two sides face off in the Coal Bowl. Back in 2016, the Vulcans narrowly won the Coal Bowl, 3128. A last minute, 39-yard field goal by Will Brazill gave the Vulcans the victory. Normally, I go home on the weekends but I stayed home for this one. In 2015, I missed the Coal Bowl game, but this game had Gary Dunn at the helm as head coach. Seeing the Vulcans reclaim the Coal Bowl trophy was a big highlight as my first semester as Sports Editor.
4. Three 1,000-pointer scorers During my time at California University of Pennsylvania, I’ve seen three women’s basketball players score 1,000 points: Miki Glenn, Sierra Barrett and my fellow senior, Shatara Parsons. It’s an incredible achievement done through four years of hard work, dedication and hustle. Every time I watched those three players, there was never a question about toughness. Vulcan women’s basketball head coach Jess Strom has produced incredible players throughout her years at Cal U, but those three are at the top of my list. It wouldn’t shock me to see players like Abbey Sporio, Mia Cushon and Bianca Jasper hit that same mark in the coming years.
With an upcoming recruiting class of strong, young athletes, Cal U women’s basketball has a solid future ahead of them.
3. Luka Anđušić steps on the court one last time I have had the privilege of calling Luka a friend of mine at Cal U, so naturally hearing that his senior season was cut short by injury, I was devastated for him. However, one senior night against Clarion University, he stepped on the court one last time. Honored alongside teammates Eric Green, Cordell Smith, Robel Teckle, Isaiah Lewis, Terry Davis Jr. and Jameal Tucker, Anđušić stepped on the court for one minute. To my fellow seniors from the basketball team -- both the men’s and women’s -- congratulations on graduating and opening a new chapter of our lives!
2. Arganbright wins at PSAC Championship While I wasn’t in York, Pa., for the actual event, Jade Arganbright -- arguably one of the best swimmers in the history of California University of Pennsylvania -- won the 200 breaststroke at the PSAC Championships. I’ve interviewed Jade for a few stories and got to know her well through the process. Arganbright might be one of the most intelligent swimmers I’ve ever talked to. When you to talk to her about swimming, it’s not just diving into a pool and moving your arms. I don’t think I could ever meet anyone else that could even come close to explaining the dynamics of swimming like she did.
Photo by Jeff Helsel, SAI
1. Vulcan Soccer If you know me on a personal level, you’d know that soccer -- which really is called “football” -- is my area of expertise. Soccer is my favorite sport in general, but covering it for the Cal Times and CUTV was a big dream come true. I first got my taste of broadcast journalism when the California Vulcans men’s soccer team hosted Cedarville University at the Phillipsburg Soccer Facility. On the call with me was Steve Ruffing, who showed me the ropes of calling soccer matches. The Vulcans ended up winning the match in a dramatic fashion, with Cooper Amos scoring the game-winning goal in the 86th minute. I’ll never forget the diving header into the back of Cedarville’s net, which was assisted by Mike Cummings.
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The Annual Spring Game
The annual Spring G ame was held on April 21 at Adamson Stadium. The Vulcans got to showcase new recruits and rising veteran players.
Photos by Jeff Helsel, SAI Layout by Rachael McKriger
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Drafting the NFL stars for the future By Danny Beeck, Sports Editor Bee1558@calu.edu
With the dust from the NFL Draft finally settling, teams across the country are able to evaluate their current rosters and make some much needed changes. For the teams in the earlier positions, those changes were important. The Cleveland Browns were on the clock first, and they surprised many people with the choice of Baker Mayfield. The shifty and competitive quarterback from Norman gets his shot at a potential starting role after being selected first overall. Sticking with the Browns, Denzel Ward made a quick exit out of the green room after Cleveland snatched their Joe Haden replacement on the outside. Of the many improvements that the Browns made this draft, many analysts across the league aren’t being too kind to arguably the worst team in the league in the past few decades. After a surprise pick of Mayfield, teams were left reeling when it comes to the next quarterback off the board. The next pick was sent to East Rutherford, with Sam Darnold shipping his bags across the country. Darnold seemed to be a no brainer as a first pick to many teams, but he also looks like the most “NFL ready” quarterback along with Josh Allen. Allen will be joining Darnold in the AFC East which could pit some of the top talent in college football this past season.
Josh Rosen went to the Cardinals in the 10th pick, and Lamar Jackson snuck into the first round after a surprise trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens. With the focus of many around the NFL on the quarterbacks, the wide receiver position was a need in which many teams circled on their draft board. The Panthers and Falcons went wide out in the first round, choosing D.J. Moore and Calvin Ridley, respectively. Moore is a much needed addition to the Panthers, as there is only one returning receiver who had more than 17 catches this past season. Ridley is joined by Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu which could make Atlanta into one of the most explosive offenses in the entire league. The defensive players were most definitely a hot commodity in this years draft, as always, and Alabama was once again in the spotlight. With Minkah Fitzpatrick, Da’Ron Payne, Rashaan Evans and Calvin Ridley (previously mentioned) all being taken in the first round. Fitzpatrick is one of the biggest X-factors due to the fact that he could be lined up anywhere on the defense and still make an impact. Nicknamed “Coach Saban’s Son,” he is a leader in the locker room, and even more on the field.
Da’Ron Payne is yet another solid addition, especially to the Washington Redskins. As Saquon Barkley was grabbed by the New York Giants second overall, the Redskins need to boost their defensive line with Ezekiel Elliot, Jay Ajayi and now Barkley running at them. Moving into some of the biggest surprises of the draft are the athletes that fell considerably. From Derwin James, Josh Jackson, Derrius Guice and even Nick Chubb, few analysts had these talents slipping so far down. One of the biggest surprises for myself is Bo Scarbrough to the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round. Joining Elliott, the Cowboys will have one of the most ferocious backfields in the league. Losing both Jason Witten and Dez Bryant hurt though, and their draft was a let down after they were leap-frogged out of a position to get Dallas Goedert from South Dakota State. The add of wide receiver Tavon Austin will certainly help out with their lack of speed, but Jerry Jones and his staff will have to buckle down and work to rebuild the targets for Dak Prescott. All in all, the 2018 NFL Draft did not disappoint. With the talent and speed that is being injected into the NFL, this season could be one of the most intriguing to watch.
2nd Half “Picks Under Pressure” NHL Playoffs
Capitals at Penguins
Cubs at Cardinals
Phillies at Nationals
Lightning at Bruins
Sharks at Golden Knights Vegas
Red Sox at Rangers
Jets at Predators
Astros at Diamondbacks
Red Sox Astros
You can play along with the Sports Editor by emailing BEE1558@calu. edu and your picks might appear on the next weeks issue. Stay tuned and tweet @caltimes with your responses to my picks!
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At h l e t e S p o t l i g h t E m i l ee
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Groveport, Ohio High School: Groveport Madison
For the second time this season, Downing was selected as the PSAC Pitcher of the Week. With a 2.46 ERA, Downing secured a save in the final game of the regular season for the Vulcans. She also ranks sixth in the PSAC with 103 strikeouts over 85.1 innings pitched.
Photo: Jeff Helsel, SAI
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