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NOVEMBER 16, 2012

VOL. 33, NO. 11

Reno 911 alumni set new bar for Funny Freaking Fridays

Photo By: Walter Harris Carlos Alazraqui and Cedric Yarborough performing in their costumes from “Reno 911” by Jose


for the Cal Times

I think it’s safe to say that the Student Activities Board Underground, also known to many California University of Pennsylvania students around campus as SABUG, has done it again. We’re all used to the many events and activities that the executive board members of SABUG plan for students throughout the year, but it seemed as if their recent event had gone beyond anyone’s expectations. On Nov. 9, 2012, SABUG and California University of Pennsylvania welcomed Carlos Alazraqui and Cedric Yarborough from the hit Comedy Central television show “Reno 911” to Cal U for this month’s event in the Funny Freaking Friday comedy series. The comedic duo performed for Cal U students inside Steele Hall at no cost for Cal U students and $20 for nonCal U students. “Coming to campuses and being a big deal and being in a theatre like we were is just totally cool,” said Alazraqui. “It’s just such a high.” “Reno 911” was an extremely popular television show on Comedy Central that aired from 2003 to 2009. The show follows

police officers from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department in Reno, Nevada and the crazy situations they get into. Being involved in the television show was an experience appreciated by Alazraqui and Yarborough, but they see it as being much different than performing comedy on stage for tons of people. “They both have their merits,” said Alazraqui. “It’s cool to just get that instant reaction and its derivative to Reno 911 so it’s nice to see how people react to something that we’ve taken from the show and pieced together. So, that applause, that instant applause, is just so cool and much different from being on set.” Yarborough, who has starred in multiple projects, including “The 40 Year Old virgin” and the “Boondocks,” captivated the crowd with his act. He also sang Marvin Gay’s classic hit “Let’s Get it on” and “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Alazraqui, the other member of the Reno 911 cast to perform, has done many voiceovers, including the voice of Denzel Crocker in the hit nickelodeon cartoon “Fairly Oddparents” and Rocko in the show “Rocko’s Modern Life.” He had the crowd laughing hysterically with his act, which included superb im-

personations of celebrities like Al Pacino and former President of the United States Bill Clinton. “I thought it was a great show and they were both hilarious,” said Dom Pomposelli (freshman, commercial music technology). “I would love if they came back and I would even pay to see them again.” The show included solo acts from Alazraqui and Yarborough, as well as a combined

act in their “Reno 911” police uniforms. Their “Reno 911” act was accompanied by a brief video of memorable moments of the two from the show. The duo concluded the evening with a photograph session and an autograph signing with members of the audience. After the show, Yarborough had some great words about our campus. “I love it. We came through and it was very May-

berry. It’s a very ‘All in the Family’ kind of place. There’s a cool little church there, little steeple there, and then there’s this really cool campus.” The duo provided plenty of laughs for the students of Cal U. This event definitely legitimized the name “Funny Freaking Friday;” out of all Friday night comedy events, this one may have added new weight to the term as the funniest of all.

Photo By: Walter Harris After the show, Alazraqui and Yarborough signed autographs for Cal U students




NOVEMBER 16, 2012

The holidays are fast approaching and this is the time of giving. Last year, Cal U clubs and organizations joined together and donated a Vulcan Flyer full of toys to Toys for Tots through Stuff-a-Bus. This is a great opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to donate to children in need. Every dollar and toy makes a difference during this season of giving. You can also donate toys in various locations on campus, like at the Information Desk in Natali, Steele Hall, and Herron Recreation and Fitness Center (sponsored by BBFC) there are Toys for Tots drop boxes. Toy donations for Toys for Tots are due by Nov. 27, monetary donations are due by Nov. 20 to SGA, and the bus will be stuffed on Nov. 29 during common hour. For more information, please email questions to Alexandra Brooks at bro8931@calu. edu. Additionally, Toys will still be collected after Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 and those toys will be donated to the Washington County Toy Drive.



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Old Main to host holiday concert for students on Nov. 18 by

Alanna Trosky

for the Cal Times

As the holidays quickly approach, people are beginning their shopping trips, dusting off their decorations from last season and planning other festivities. Soon enough, Christmas tunes will be playing and replaying in everyone’s heads. California University of Pennsylvania will have the music department to thank for that. On Nov. 18 at 3 p.m., the music department will have their annual holiday concert in Old Main Chapel. The University Choir, the String Ensemble, California Singers, A Capella Stella and Vulcanize will all be showcasing their talent. Yugo Ikach, Director of University Choirs, said, “the concert will consist of traditional holiday favorites as well as some popular a capella selections. In addition, the String Ensemble will be performing Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “A Mad Russian’s Christmas.” The University Choir is made up of members who try to promote music not only on Cal U’s campus, but to other schools in the Mon Valley community. They do this by performing at events, hoping to raise interest of choral music. The choir

reaches out to other schools in the area and hopes to be a resource to help improve local choirs. The String Ensemble is a group that focuses primarily on classical music. They perform at concerts both on and off campus. The California Singers consist of members who perform musical entertainment and adapt their music depending on the audience and the season. A Capella Stella is an all-female a capella singing group and Vulcanize is an all-male a capella singing group. Both are a part of the California Singers. These groups have performed at various venues on campus, including Christmas and spring concerts, performances at the Underground, basketball games, and football games. Offcampus events these groups have performed at include the Cal U hockey games at Consol Energy Center, Rostraver Ice Garden, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Washington’s Got Talent and ICCA (a national a capella competition at Penn State University). Daniel Plumley (senior, commercial music technology) is the director of Vulcanize. He said, “For a group that started in the fall semester of 2008, we have

gotten around.” Christina King (junior communications major) is a member of A Capella Stella. She said that the group is excited for all of their upcoming performances, but the holiday concert is what they are really looking forward to. “I love Christmas music, and the holiday concert is our only full concert of the semester. We performed bits and pieces of our set, but the holiday concert is where we get to show all of the hard work we’ve put in,” King said. “We added new Christmas Music to our set as well, which is challenging to learn so quickly but rewarding in the end.” Along with the students on campus, the music department invites the community of California to come out for the event. Rosanna Paterra, Executive Vice President of the University Choir, said, “the community should attend the concert because the music is exciting, entertaining and celebrates the spirit of the holidays which includes everyone. The show has always been so packed there is barely any standing room!” Ikach said that the community should attend the event because the concert will have good and entertaining music “which is a great way to bring in the holiday

with the idea for a superhero survey so the Cal U community could weigh in and let their vote be heard. “I believe the event was a great success. We had a solid crowd each day and I think the students really got to have fun with it,” Geiger said. “We definitely got a good response from the Cal U community in terms of coming up and talking to us at the table and filling out the survey. I have already received numerous e-mails this week inquiring about both the club and the superhero week, so I think we peaked the interest of the Cal U community.” The purpose of Activist Club is to provide a platform that will enable students at Cal U to raise campus awareness about issues passionate to them. Any student at Cal U is eligible to join the club. “We wish to raise awareness by sponsoring lectures, organizing awareness-centered events, and participating in community service activities,” Geiger said. “By creating a platform for issues, we hope to bring about social awareness and peace to Cal’s campus.” “We recognize that peace is more than the absence of violence and conflict; it is a process of proactive, creative peace-making. We want to be the change we see in the world, starting with Cal U.” Daelynn Roach (junior, his-

tory), is also a member of the club and was present for the event. She said the Activist Club is hoping this event can garner the student’s attention for one of their volunteer activities that is coming up. “The superhero week will also tie in nicely with the Donation Drive for Fayette Friends of Animals,” Roach said. “Everyone loves superheroes, everyone can be a superhero, and donating to Fayette Friends of Animals is a way for you to be a superhero for these animals.” Fayette Friends of Animals is a local no-kill shelter and a nonprofit organization that relies on donations of money, items and time to operate efficently. “Our club volunteers at this shelter and helps them out with cleaning the animal cages and rooms,” Roach said. “But, they are in desperate need of items, especially with winter coming. This drive is set to run through the rest of November.” Although it did help support a good cause, the event that the Activist Club hosted this week was mostly meant for the students of Cal U get creative and enjoy. “We wanted to help put a smile on the faces of Cal students and help them take a break from the stress of school to let their imaginations run wild,” Geiger said.

season.” There will be plenty of musical action going on in Old Main during the concert. The groups performing said that, in their opinions, it would be difficult to pick one moment that they are most looking forward to, except for Plumley. “Not to sound full of myself or my group, but my favorite part will be when we debut our newest song we have been working on. The girls group is also going to debut a new one as well,” Plumley said. “It takes a lot of time and dedication to be a strong performer and the holiday concert is a way to show all that we’ve done to this point,” King said. For more information on upcoming performances from the music department, go visit Cal U’s webpage.

UNIVERSITY CHOIR ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT With California Singers, Vulcanize, A Cappella Stella, and Cal U String Ensemble! On Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, the University Choir of California University of Pennsylvania will present their annual Holiday Concert featuring the University Choir with California Singers, Vulcanize, A Cappella Stella, and the Cal U String Ensemble. The performance will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Old Main Chapel on the Cal U campus. Admission to the event is free.

Super heroes and activism: bringing awareness to Cal U

by Julian


for the Cal Times

H a l l o w e e n h a s a l re a d y passed, but last week on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania super hero costumes were popping up. Starting on Nov. 2 the Activist Club at Cal U hosted a super hero week in the Natali Student Center. Members of the group invited students to come and dress up as their favorite super heroes and held the event in the morning from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Rebecca Geiger is the president of the Activist Club and helped plan and work the super hero week. “I have been involved in the Activist Club since its inception in the spring of 2011,” Geiger said. “The club was formed when the two clubs, Peace Studies Club and So Just Act Now joined together. I had been a part of Peace Studies Club since the fall of 2009, up to the merging of the clubs. This event was a fun activity our club decided to do to help get the word out about both the Activist Club and to spread the word that everyone can be a superhero. With all the recent popularity of superhero movies we thought it would be something that would draw students in.” In addition to having a costume contest, the club came up

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NOVEMBER 16, 2012

Is the Wii U an essential addition to your gameroom?

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At first glance, the Wii U strongly resembles the Wii. by

Gene Axton

editor in chief

On Nov. 18, Nintendo will usher in a new generation of home consoles with their debut HD gaming platform, the Wii U. First revealed in 2011 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Wii U is Nintendo’s hardcore gaming machine; a direct answer to critics who denounced Wii for its casual appeal and endless stream of throwaway mini-game collections. Do the merits of the Wii U warrant a purchase, or should you think twice before becoming an early adopter? The polarizing nature of the Wii U demands an educated decision. The most noticeable aspect of the Wii U is its controller: a horizontally-held tablet with buttons on either side of its screen. The Wii U supports a Pro Controller, which bears more than a passing resemblance to an Xbox 360 controller, and numerous Wii accessories, but this tablet is its main source of input. The tablet controller is Wii U’s defining aspect: it gives gamers a second screen (a touchscreen) to manage inventories, get sneaky during multiplayer and take their game into another

room. The Wii U tablet potentially adds a completely different aspect to gaming. It’s up to the developers to envision new ways to utilize Wii U’s technology to change the way we interact with our games. While the tablet technology is impressive for a home console, the Wii U’s other technical aspects seem to only be slightly superior compared to the current HD gaming consoles, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. High definition gaming, a comprehensive online experience and strong support from companies like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft are commonplace to non-Nintendo gamers. Nintendo has finally joined the party, but with their competition potentially releasing their updated platforms next year, they may be too late. There will be 23 games available for the Wii U when it launches Sunday, but the bulk of those will be ports and multiplatform releases. Games like “Ninja Gaiden: Razor’s Edge” and “Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition” are older pieces of software that have been retooled and boast consoleexclusive features (mostly centered around the tablet), but are

basically the same experiences gamers have already played through on other platforms. Nintendo itself will be offering two retail releases on launch day, “New Super Mario Bros. Wii U” and “Sing Party,” while their mini-game collection “Nintendo Land” will come bundled with the deluxe edition of the console. There will also be seven games available on Nintendo’s eShop service come Nov. 18. The Wii U Due to Wii U’s large amount of on-board memory, developers expect games to look better than the current generation, but time will tell if Wii U is on the same level as the next Xbox and Playstation visually. The unique input methods for the console allow for unique experiences, but with the game industry in decline (this is projected to be the worst year since 2006), it will be hard for developers to take chances. These issues make the Wii U a polarizing decision for gamers: there is something to be said about being the first one on the block with a new toy, but the lack of triple-A titles may render that toy useless for a long while.

Wii U Launch Lineup Assassin’s Creed 3 Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Darksiders 2 Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two ESPN Sports Connection FIFA Soccer 13 Game Party Champions Just Dance 4 New Super Mario Bros. Wii U Ninja Gaiden: Razor’s Edge Nintendo Land Rabbids Land Scribblenauts Unlimited Sing Party Skylanders Giants Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Transformers Prime Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper Wipeout 3 Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 ZombiU

Which Wii U Is Right For U? When the Wii U launches on Nov. 18, there will be two versions of the console. The white Wii U Basic Set will include the console with an 8GB hard drive, a Wii U GamePad with stylus, a sensor bar, an AC adapter for the console and gamepad and an HDMI cable. The

Wii U Deluxe Set will include everything in the Basic Set plus a GamePad stand, GamePad cradle, console stand and a copy of the game Nintendo Land. The black Wii U will also have a 32GB HD, which is four times as big as the Basic Set’s. black

The Basic Set will retail for $299, while the Deluxe Set will cost $349. The Wii U’s touchscreen tablet controller.

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NOVEMBER 16, 2012

Games Club pushes for online Cal U sandbox


NEW THIS WEEK IN YOUR CONSOLE “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” “LEGO: Lord of the Rings” “Scribblenauts Unlimited”

photo courtsey of Minecraft’s official Facebook page by

Ester Suchevits

for the Cal Times

The California University of Pennsylvania Games Club is currently in the process of creating a Minecraft server on the Cal U network. The server will be available for free 24 hours a day to anyone on or off campus. “I’ve got all the software and operating system set up on the machine,” said Zachary Rohrer (senior, computer information systems), the club’s head of the project. “I’m just waiting to hear word on the status of getting it to be run on campus on Cal’s network.” So far, the software and the operating system they will be using are set up. The club received the equipment from Cal U Computer Club’s PC Refurbishment Program. For those unfamiliar with it, Minecraft is a sandbox video

game played by millions across the world. Focusing primarily on creativeness, players have the freedom to construct nearly anything they set their minds to. Several different worlds will be available to players on the servers, each with a different focus or play mode. There are plans to have one world focused on recreating Cal U’s campus virtually. If the recreation goes well, they might further expand it into the surrounding area. Minecraft has two different play settings: survival mode and creative mode. In survival mode, players start with nothing and must obtain the materials necessary to craft items and defend themselves from enemies that appear at night. In this mode, players have a health bar and can be affected by hunger. In creative mode, players have all items and resources available to them and are able to freely

create structures. Creative mode gives the player more mobility and as they are not affected by either health or hunger. Both settings will be available for players on the server. “I’d like to start with an openly available server but if we get ‘griefers,’ which are basically people that like to terrorize the server and other players, I may be forced into creating a ‘whitelist,’ which basically means you cannot log into the server unless you’re on the list of permitted players.” said Rohrer. To help him with these issues, Rohrer is looking for experienced players to take the role of administrators to oversee play and help players with any problems that may arise. “With this, students won’t have to worry about setting up their own server,” said Mike Parish (junior, graphic design),

a member of the Games Club. “Not only that, but the people running it have the experience to keep it on track.” When trying to run one’s own server, the administrator has to keep their ear open for updates, mods and add ons for the server. An admin also has to worry about keeping the users of the server happy. “(On) every game server I’ve ever run there’s always a few users that bring every kind of problem possible to you and expect instant gratification,” said Rohrer. “This is one of the reasons I’m looking for a few extra helpful hands to help me admin the server.” “I can’t currently give you an ETA,” said Rohrer. “It’s really up to the IT department with how they want to handle all this and even if they allow the server to be on the network.”

“Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit” criminally hilarious


Kate Sheldon

for the Cal Times

On the evenings of Nov. 8, 9 and 10 there was a performance that was put together by firstyear students here at California University of Pennsylvania. This is yet another performance that the Department of Theatre and Dance at Cal U has sponsored. The show was called “Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit.” All of the first-year students in the theater program appeared onstage and worked behind the scenes to present this short comedy in the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre. This performance put a comedic twist on the popular TV show “Law and Order: SVU” while incorporating everyone’s favorite fairy tales as well. “Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit” is a play by Jonathan Rand. Rand is known forhis short plays, which have been produced in 45 different countries with over 6,700 performances in the US alone.

Cal U’s Thursday night opening performance sold out fairly quickly. The show consisted of eight recognizable and popular childhood fairy tales that were transformed into modernized versions. At first the play started out with two detectives walking around investigating the crime scene they had been notified about. In each scene, they continue to question different fairy tale characters such as Jack and Jill, Hansel and Gretel, Pinocchio, the Seven Dwarfs, the Big Bad Wolf and last but not least, the Three Little Pigs. Bo Peep, Humpty Dumpty and a few other characters were also portrayed in the performance. As the second scene unfolded, the audience members were asked to participate by holding up signs having different pictures on them that they were handed when they first walked in. The two actors in the scene threw out candy to the audience, also.

When asked what her favorite scene was, Shannon David (freshman, secondary education) responded with, “I really liked the second scene with Hansel and Gretel. It cracked me up.” Another student, Taylor Overly (sophomore, political science) agreed and stated, “The Hansel and Gretel scene was my favorite because I liked how they interacted with the audience and I thought the actor who played Hansel was hilarious.” After the show’s run was over, I spoke with Katie DelVerne (freshman, communication studies) about a few different things, since she had acted in the performances. When asked what it was like to put on a performance such as this, she said, “It was very different than anything I have done in the past. My high school had always put on plays, but the workload and dedication that went into this performance was unlike any other I had done before. Prac-

tices were sometimes tough, but the success of the show was well worth it. The long hours really did pay off in the end.” I was also curious about how much the upper classmen had helped with the performance, and when I asked her, she stated, “The upperclassmen did help with the show quite a bit. Our stage managers, Sarah Martik and Emily Cutwright were both upperclassmen and put in a lot of time with our cast. Upperclassmen also built the set for us, did the tech [work] for each of the performances and helped with the costumes.” The performance included a very well spoken, energetic group of first-year students, including Katie, who will no doubt add a great amount of talent to any of the productions that Cal U has in the future. It was definitely impressive that they had no further help and acted on the performance as a whole by themselves!

IN THEATERS “Lincoln” “Anna Karenina” “Price Check” “Funeral Kings” “ThanksKilling 3” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”

IN YOUR STEREO Crystal Castles “III”

Green Day “Dos” Major League “Hard Feelings” Aaron Lewis “The Road”



NOVEMBER 16, 2012

Mixing up some alcohol-free fun

On Sunday, Nov. 11, Cal U had a Campus-Wide Alcohol-Free Mix-off with different clubs and organizations competing Photos by: Casey Flores against one another for the best drink.

Photos by: Walter Harris Three students were recognized as recipients of the 2012–2013 Col. Arthur L. Bakewell Veterans Scholarships when the Cal U Veterans Club held its 39th annual Veterans Day Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 8.


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By Michelle Cooper

Hello Cal U! Thank you to everyone that comes out to support our meetings each week. As a reminder our meetings are held in Carter Hall Multipurpose Room on Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. As you all know Thanksgiving break is approaching so I think it is important to address the holiday. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is now known

as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations. The feast that they had lasted for three days. Historians believe that the food was based on spices and cooking methods used by the Native Americans. Before Thanksgiving became an annual celebration, it was celebrated on different days according to different states and individual colonies. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national day so that everyone would celebrate on the same day. Today, it is used to spend time with family, and to express being thankful for life and the blessing that come with it. What are you thankful for today? Remember you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to say thank you to someone. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and break! See you soon.

The Internship Corner What’s next?

By Lucie Fremeau

You’ve secured an internship. You’ve registered for internship intent. You’ve finalized your start date and hours. What’s next? Students may become anxious as the Fall 2012 semester ends and their spring semester internships approach, but the Internship Center has some pointers that will help students easily transition into their new positions. The next step is completing the online internship orientations through the Cal U website and the internship application through InternLink. The orientations must be completed prior to starting the online application. Keep in mind that the application is how you are approved to receive academic credits, so make sure to be detailed when filling out the “internship description” and “learning to be achieved” sections of the application. Students are encouraged to visit the Internship Center with any questions about the application. Once you’ve finished the online application and are approved for credits, many questions may arise before your first day of work--this is natural! Make note of any questions you have so that you can receive an answer on your first day of work. Questions like “where should I park?” “Can I bring my lunch?” “What is my daily schedule?” and “Can I use my phone?” are common among students and should be answered on the first day. Don’t be hesitant to ask these questions immediately; it will lessen your anxiety and your supervisor will be impressed that you are so conscientious. On your first day, make sure to make a good impression. Things like having a firm handshake, making eye contact, smiling, and starting a conversation will make a great impression on your supervisor and others in your workplace. Try and remember the names of people you meet at work, but don’t worry if you can’t remember on the first day. Make sure to observe how others at your internship conduct themselves in order to avoid a workplace faux-pas. Dress to impress on your first day. If you haven’t been told a dress code or are unsure of what is appropriate, always go with a traditional look. Women should wear suits in neutral colors and should make sure that skirts do not hit above the knee, even when sitting. Men should make sure to wear dress pants, a collared shirt, and a tie. Any outfit you choose should be comfortable so that you can focus on your internship and not worry about the way you look. If something doesn’t feel right at your internship, or if something bad is going on, make sure to let your faculty supervisor know immediately. Things like sexual harassment, discrimination, or feeling unsafe are all reasons to notify your faculty supervisor. If you cannot reach your faculty supervisor, contact Tracie Beck, Internship Director, at 724-938-1578. Remember, this is a great learning experience that will help you further your career. Take all opportunities that you are offered and remember to have fun! This internship may be part of your potential future career.

Check out Career Services’ Career Advantage Corner each week to find out about hot jobs, upcoming on-campus recruiting, job fairs and much more! Use Career Services and increase your chances on finding a job! Results from NACE’s 2010 Student Survey show the likelihood of getting a job offer increased with the frequency of career center use, so students who used the career center four or more times a semester were more likely to have job offers than those who used it once a semester. Career Services offers the following job search help: RESUME ASSISTANCE The Red Book An online guide to Resumes, Cover Letters, Portfolios, and Interviewing Skills Resume Advice A Career Services staff member would 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 a.m. – 1 p.m., or email your resume to our office at INTERVIEW ASSISTANCE Mock Interviews Practice your interviewing skill in a videotaped mock interview. You will receive feedback and guidance regarding effective interviewing skills. Interview Stream Practice interviewing anytime, anywhere with any webcam, any MAC or any PC. Just follow these three easy steps: 1. Create you account in seconds at Pick your interview set or create your own interview from +1500 questions. 2. The video interviewer will ask you one question and the webcam begins recording. Click the mouse to stop recording then you can review, retry or continue. 3. Watch your interview. Click a question to view your response. Review the interview with your Career Advisor. Count your “umms” and “likes” or email the link to others. JOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE Job Postings Register with College Central Network (CCN) Cal U’s job/resume posting website at www. to view job postings and post your resume for employers to view. Visit the Career Services website for more links to job postings. Job Search Planning Career Services staff 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.

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Hispanic Student Association By Angelina Lorenzo

SPANISH PHRASE OF THE WEEK: Lo que no te mata, te hace más fuerte (whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger) The Hispanic Student Association had its last on-campus meeting for the semester. We made Christmas cards for individuals at Center in the Woods and had new officer elections. The results will be forthcoming. Our last actual meeting will be on Dec. 6, which is when we deliver the cards. Come and join us! 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!

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The Fiscal Cliff - Who’s Affected Associated Press Everyone who pays income tax — and some who don’t — will feel it. So will doctors who accept Medicare, people who get unemployment aid, defense contractors, air traffic controllers, national park rangers and companies that do research and development. The package of tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff” takes effect in January unless Congress passes a budget deal by then. The economy would be hit so hard that it would likely sink into recession in the first half of 2013, economists say. And no matter who you are, it will be all but impossible to avoid the pain. Middle income families would have to pay an average of about $2,000 more next year, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has calculated. Up to 3.4 million jobs would be lost, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. The unemployment rate would reach 9.1 percent from the current 7.9 percent. Stocks could plunge. The nonpartisan CBO estimates the total cost of the cliff in 2013 at $671 billion. Collectively, the tax increases would be the steepest to hit Americans in 60 years when measured as a percentage of the economy. “There would be a huge shock effect to the U.S. economy,” says Mark Vitner, an economist at Wells Fargo. Most of the damage — roughly two-thirds — would come from the tax increases. But the

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spending cuts would cause pain, too. The bleak scenario could push the White House and Congress to reach a deal before year’s end. On Tuesday, Congress returns for a post-election session that could last through Dec. 31. At a minimum, analysts say some temporary compromise might be reached, allowing a final deal to be cut early next year. Still, uncertainty about a final deal could cause many companies to further delay hiring and spend less. Already, many U.S. companies say anxiety about the fiscal cliff has led them to put off plans to expand or hire. A breakdown in negotiations could also ignite turmoil in financial markets, Vitner said. It could resemble the 700-point fall in the Dow Jones industrial average in 2008 after the House initially rejected the $700 billion bailout of major banks. S i n c e P re s i d e n t B a r a c k Obama’s re-election, nervous investors have sold stocks. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index sank 2.3 percent last week, its worst weekly drop since June. The sell-off resulted in part from anxiety over higher tax rates on investment gains once the fiscal cliff kicks in. Last week, Obama said he was open to compromise with Republican leaders. But the White House said he would veto any bill that would extend tax cuts on income above $250,000. Republican House Speaker John Boehner countered that higher tax rates on upper-income Americans would slow job growth. Boehner argued that any deal must reduce tax rates, eliminate special-interest

loopholes and rein in government benefits. The U.S. government has run annual budget deficits in excess of $1 trillion in each of the last four fiscal years. A report Tuesday showed the government started the 2013 budget year with a $120 billion deficit in October, suggesting a fifth $1 trillion annual deficit is likely. That adds pressure on Obama and Congress to reach a budget deal. Still, most economists want an agreement that would lower the deficit gradually over several years, rather than a sharp cut that could rattle the still-weak economy. More than 50 percent of the tax increases would come from the expiration of tax cuts approved in 2001 and 2003 and from additional tax cuts in a 2009 economic stimulus law. The first set of tax cuts reduced rates on income, investment gains, dividends and estates. They also boosted tax credits for families with children. Deductions for married couples also rose. The 2009 measure increased tax credits for low-income earners and college students. About 20 percent of the tax increase would come from the expiration of a Social Security tax cut enacted in 2010. This change would cost someone making $50,000 about $1,000 a year, or nearly $20 a week, and a household with two high-paid workers up to $4,500, or nearly $87 a week. The end of the Social Security tax cut isn’t technically among the changes triggered by the fiscal cliff. But because it expires

at the same time, it’s included in most calculations of the fiscal cliff’s effects. And it could catch many people by surprise. “Every worker in America is going to see a reduction in their paycheck in the first pay period of 2013,” Vitner noted. An additional 20 percent of the tax increase would come from the end of about 80 tax breaks, mostly for businesses. One is a tax credit for research and development. Another lets companies deduct from their income half the cost of large equipment or machinery. Mark Bakko, a Minneapolis accountant, says many mid-size companies he advises are holding off on equipment purchases or hiring until the fate of those tax breaks becomes clear. Bakko noted that the research and development credit typically lets a company that hired an engineer at a $100,000 salary cut its tax bill by $10,000. The credit has been routinely extended since the 1980s. The rest of the tax increase would come mainly from the alternative minimum tax, or AMT. It would hit 30 million Americans, up from 4 million now. The costly AMT was designed to prevent rich people from exploiting loopholes and deductions to avoid any income tax. But the AMT wasn’t indexed for inflation, so it’s increasingly threatened middle-income taxpayers. Congress has acted each year to prevent the AMT from hitting many more people. Under the fiscal cliff, households in the lowest 20 percent of earners would pay an average of $412 more, the Tax Policy Center calculates. The top 20 percent would pay an average $14,000 more, the top 1 percent

winning the first set 25-18. “We just wanted to play better than we’ve been playing the last few matches,” Mills said. “We actually walked out on the court and competed a little harder than we had in the last weekend of the regular season.” Clarion would bounce back in the second set, scoring the first eight points of the set with Laura Subject. After California weathered that storm, Molly Delaney sparked a rally that would tie the set at 10-10. Following 10 ties and 10 lead changes, the Golden Eagles would tie the match with a 25-23 win in the set. “[Subject] was matched up in a rotation that we generally struggle in,” California head coach Peter Letourneau said of Clarion’s opening 8-0 run. “It happened to click in that they had their best server against our weakest alignment.” The third set saw the Golden Eagles take an early 9-8 lead after a 4-0 run. The Vulcans caught fire after a time out with an 8-3 run to take a 16-12 lead. Clarion would rally to tie the match at 20-20; however California

would close out the set with a 5-2 run and a 25-22 win. The Vulcans closed out Clarion in the decisive fourth set despite a slow start. After the Golden Eagles jumped out to an early 7-6 lead, Abbey Freund sparked a 4-0 rally to give California the lead for good, en route to a 25-17 win. “We regained speed (in the third set) and took off in the fourth set,” Fromknecht said. Fromknecht led the Vulcans with 11 kills, nine digs and four service aces; Meghan Franz added 14 kills while Delaney added 20 digs. Rebecca Webb led Clarion with 15 kills; Rebecca Ferragonio added 23 digs for the Golden Eagles. California will face Lock Haven, the top seed in the PSAC East, in tonight’s conference semifinals at Gannon University’s Hammermill Center in Erie. The winner will face Gannon or Shippensburg tomorrow. Lock Haven defeated California 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14) during cross-over play at Clarion on Oct. 5. The Vulcans also struggled with Ship-

pensburg, the second seed in the PSAC East; the Red Raiders defeated California 3-1 (25-18, 27-25, 13-25, 25-22) at Clarion on Oct. 6. “We’re a little bit healthier since the cross-over losses,” Letourneau said. “We’ve been talking about processes and being better mechanically.” The Vulcans split the season series with Gannon, winning 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-23) at Gannon on Sept. 28, but falling to the Golden Knights 3-1 (2725, 25-20, 14-25, 25-21) at home on Oct. 27. Gannon, the top seed from the PSAC West, swept Shippensburg during a Sept. 22 crossover match at East Stroudsburg, 25-16, 25-15, 26-24. “Gannon has an undersized attacker at the net,” Letourneau said. “When she’s matched up with [Fromknecht] as a blocker, that’s a favorable match up for us. Kelly is able to take advantage of that matchup for us and score points for us in bunches.” For Fromknecht, her last run at a PSAC title takes place up the road from her native Millcreek

$121,000 more. All this would lead many consumers to spend less. Anticipating reduced sales and profits, businesses would likely cut jobs. Others would delay hiring. Another part of the cliff is a package of across-the-board spending cuts to defense and domestic programs — cuts the CBO says would total about $85 billion. Congress and the Obama administration agreed last year that these cuts would kick in if a congressional panel couldn’t agree on a deficitreduction plan. The magnitude of the cuts was intended to force agreement. It didn’t. Defense spending would shrink 10 percent. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said those cuts would cause temporary job losses among civilian Pentagon employees and major defense contractors. Spending on weapons programs would be cut. For domestic programs, like highway funding, aid to state and local governments and health research, spending would drop about 8 percent. Education grants to states and localities; the FBI and other law enforcement; environmental protection; and air traffic controllers, among others, would also be affected, the White House says. Hospitals and doctors’ offices could also cut jobs if an $11 billion cut in Medicare payments isn’t reversed. Extended unemployment benefits for about 2 million people would end. The extra benefits provide up to 73 weeks of aid. “It would be nice if we could ... address these issues before the very last moment,” said Donald Marron, the Tax Policy Center’s director.

Township, where she was an all-state standout at McDowell High School. “It’s always nice to have family and my friends from back home to come and support me,” she said.

Volleyball team advances in PSAC tournament play By Creighton Rabs for the Cal Times

The California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans volleyball team started their quest for their fifth conference title in the last six years with a 3-1 win over Clarion in the PSAC quarterfinals inside the Convocation Center Nov. 13. It was a far cry from the Vulcans three-set sweep (25-19, 2521, 25-19) on Nov. 3 at Clarion’s Tippin Gymnasium, yet more in line with California’s close 3-2 win (20-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 15-12) over the Golden Eagles on Oct. 12 at Hamer Hall. “[California] came into our gym on our senior day and beat us pretty handily,” Clarion head coach Jennifer Mills said. “They’re very well coached and we always expect a competitive battle against them.” California (28-6) fell behind early in the first set as Clarion (23-11) took a 6-3 lead. With Kelly Fromknecht serving five consecutive points, the Vulcans rallied to take a 9-6 lead that they would not relinquish in

PSAC Tournament Schedule:

Nov. 16- vs Lock Haven 5 p.m. @ Erie Semifinals Nov. 17PSAC Finals 7 p.m. @ Erie



NOVEMBER 16, 2012

Vulcans end season with 56-28 dismantling of Millersville

By Sports Information for the Cal Times

Junior defensive lineman BJ Stevens (Monroeville, Pa./ Gateway) broke two singleseason school records and senior quarterback Peter Lalich (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) threw four first-half touchdowns on Saturday, Nov. 10, as the Vulcans closed out the regular season with a 56-28 victory against Millersville at Adamson Stadium. With the win, the California University of Pennsylvania football team finished the regular season with an 8-3 overall record. The Vulcans entered the weekend ranked 10th in the latest NCAA Super Region One rankings and did not receive a berth to the NCAA Playoffs for a sixth-consecutive season, which would have been a league record. Meanwhile, the Marauders finish the year with a 2-9 mark. Stevens set the single-season school records for tackles for loss (TFL) and sacks on Saturday, breaking the marks set by Gary Butler in 2007. Stevens finished the year leading the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with 14.5

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sacks and 22.5 TFL. He finished the game with eight tackles (three solo), 3.5 TFL and 3.0 sacks, becoming the first player since 2007 with at least 3.0 sacks in a game. Lalich passed for 270 yards and four touchdowns, including three to junior wide receiver Mike Williams (Hershey, Pa./ Milton Hershey), while primarily playing only the first half. He completed 17-of-27 attempts with one interception in his first action in over a month. In just two seasons with the program, Lalich ranks fourth all-time in school history with 6,138 passing yards and 52 touchdown passes. Williams registered his fifth 100-yard game of the season, finishing with a career-high 156 yards and three touchdowns on nine catches. He also became the fifth wide receiver in the last five years, and the sixth in school history, to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards (1,006) in a season. The Vulcans took a quick 7-0 lead as sophomore Terrell Roberson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Cal U added to the lead on its next possession when sophomore Jeff Knox, Jr. (Pitts-

burgh, Pa./DeMatha Catholic [Md.]) capped an eight-play drive with a four-yard rushing touchdown, 14-0. After the Marauders scored a touchdown, the Vulcans answered with a 68-yard touchdown pass from Lalich to Williams on the first play of the drive with 3:31 left in the first quarter. Lalich connected with Williams for a pair of scores in the second quarter (9, 39), as Cal U stretched its lead to 35-7 with 5:28 remaining. The Vulcans added another score before halftime when Lalich found junior wide receiver Trey Johnson (Rochester, Pa./Rochester) for a 30-yard touchdown at the 1:01-mark. Following a scoreless third quarter, Millersville posted a touchdown early in the fourth before Cal U countered with a 20-yard rushing touchdown by senior running back Lamont Smith (Penn Hills, Pa./Central Catholic). The Marauders then mounted a 12-play touchdown drive before the Vulcans answered with a 36yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman Cody Schroeder (Avon, Ohio/Avon) to senior wide receiver Casey Teagarden (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield)

with 4:20 remaining. Millersville added another touchdown on its next drive to cut the deficit to 56-28 with only 46 seconds left in the game. Junior defensive back CJ Townes (Joppatowne, Md./Joppatowne) led the team and tied his career high with 13 tackles (eight solo) and senior linebacker James Carr (La Habra, Calif./Sonora) posted 10 stops. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Noah Taylor (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) added seven tackles (three solo),1.5 TFL and 1.0 sack in his second career start.

Notes: Roberson posted the first kickoff return for a touchdown since Terrence Johnson in the 2008 NCAA Playoffs … Smith became the first player since Wes Cates to lead the team in rushing for three-straight years, finishing with 827 yards this season … The Vulcans finished with over 3,000 passing yards (3,221) for only the fourth time school history, all since 2008 … Butler was named PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 after setting then-school records with 19.0 TFL and 12.0 sacks.

California Vulcans upcoming athletics schedule:

11/24 @ West Virginia Wesleyan 11/27 vs Wilberforce

Nov 16- Nov 30

California Vulcans Football 2012

8-3 overall 5-2 conference 33.0 points per game Team Leaders: RB Lamont Smith172 attempts, 827 yards, 5 TD QB Peter Lalich2,413 yards, 21 TD, 10 INT WR Mike Williams73 receptions, 1,006 yards, 10 TD DB Rontez Miles75 tackles, 4 INT, 2 sacks DL BJ Stevens60 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks LB Brett Diamond75 tackles, 36 solo tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss

Women’s Basketball:


11/17 vs Glenville State

11/16- 11/18 Pittsburgh Invitational

11/25 @ Seton Hill


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NOVEMBER 16, 2012

Women’s soccer ousted by Slippery Rock in NCAA match By Creighton Rabs for the Cal Times

One week after falling to Slippery Rock in the PSAC championship match, the California Vulcans women’s soccer team saw The Rock end their season with a 1-0 loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Phillipsburg Soccer Facility on Nov. 11. “Coming in and already having a win under our belts against Cal, we just wanted to hold our own and make sure they didn’t think that was a fluke,” said Slippery Rock goalie Dana O’Neill, who recorded her 22nd career shutout. As was the case in The Rock’s 3-0 win over California (16-5-1) on Nov. 4, it was a defensive miscue that ultimately ended the Vulcans’ 2012 season. “We misread it a little bit,” California head coach Gene Smith said. “It was an unfor-

tunate clearance at the end. It’s the way it goes. Unfortunately, that’s what it takes to win sometimes. You just need a little luck. SRU came out on top, and I give them credit for that.” Crysta Ganter scored the lone goal of the match for Slippery Rock (14-5-3) in the 49th minute as she took a feed from Cailin Conner, who took advantage of a California misplay in the defensive end. “She’s a brave kid,” Slippery Rock head coach Noreen Herlihy said of Ganter. “She hasn’t played much in the past few days. But, with the way the game was today, that’s what you have a bench for. You utilize it and we always tell (the players) to be ready to contribute. (Ganter) did a fantastic job for us.” Ganter fired the shot from about 20 yards out before colliding with California goalie Ashley Magruda. The ball rolled slowly toward the net, bouncing

off the inside of the right post before crossing the goal line. “We all got pretty pumped up about how important it was to come out and score first,” Ganter said. “I wasn’t focused on the goalie at all. I was willing to do anything to get the ball in the back of the net.” The Vulcans and The Rock struggled to generate offensive opportunities; California outshot Slippery Rock 10-8. The Vulcans had averaged 18.5 shots per match. The Rock, however, attempted five corner kicks, while California only mustered one. “We’ve changed the back four a couple of times this season, but we figured out who the best four are,” O’Neill said. “They came out and did a good job.” Despite the dearth of scoring chances, Slippery Rock had a chance for a goal midway through the first half. A Rock player headed Lucy

Hannon’s corner kick toward the net in the 28th minute. The ball bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and landed just in front of the goal line. It was all for naught as The Rock was called offside on the play. California had several scoring chances in the match, but could not convert. The first came in the 30th minute when Kayla Fransko’s shot from just outside the box was off target and snagged by O’Neill. Fransko also had a couple of shots in the final 10 minutes of the match. One came in the 82nd minute, as her direct kick from about 30 yards out sailed over the net; another came two minutes later that missed left. “The last 20 minutes of the game, it looked like we might tie up,” Smith said. “We gave it our best effort, but they have a little more experience than we had, they held it together a little more than we did.”

Girl Power

California made the previous three Atlantic Regional finals, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2009 and 2011. This year, however, The Rock will make their second consecutive appearance in the regional final, facing off against West Chester today. That’s not to say that the Vulcans aren’t optimistic about next season. “I think we’ll be back next year,” Smith said. “We’ll have (nearly) the whole team back next year.” Fransko, who along with Carley Work played her final collegiate match on Sunday, echoed Smith’s seniments. “They’ll definitely make the PSAC tournament again,” Fransko said. “They’re getting valuable experience. They’re just going to grow from this. In a year or two, they’ll be excellent.”

Women’s sports teams having successful seasons at Cal U Left: The volleyball team celebrates during their victory against Clarion in the PSAC Tournament. Photo By: Jeff Helsel

Right: The women’s soccer team lost their playoff match against Slippery Rock 1-0. Photo By: Matt Kaminski

Above: The California Vulcans swim team gained a dual meet victory on Nov. 3 at home over Gannon and Millersville. The Vulcans won six total events, including four individual and two relay events. The Vulcans will participate in the Pittsburgh Inivitational Nov. 16-18 at Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh. Photo By: Jeff Helsel

Photo By: Matt Kaminski

Photo By: Jeff Helsel

Cal TImes 11-16-2012  

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