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AUGUST 25, 2011

VOL. 31, NO. 1

Earthquake rocks Cal U: See Page 2

More than just food on campus to eat By Joshua Laska

Sports/Managing Editor There are many options for food off campus for when campus food “gets old”. The options range from fast food to sit down restaurants.


Located a short walk from campus on third street, this is the go to restaurant for campus students looking for a change from campus food.

The Great Wall

Past Subway the Chinese restaurant is also on Third Street, it is possible to get all sorts of favorite Chinese dishes from here, including: egg rolls and General Tsos chicken. Photo By: Joshua Laska Ryan Minutello (senior/radio and tv communication) enjoys a slice of ranch pizza from Lagerheads, located in Coal Center.

J Coles

Almost right next door to The Great Wall is some of the best pizza in town for a great

price. On Tuesday, depending on the time of order, the price is between $6-10 for a large 1 topping pizza.

Kwik Fill

Across the street from The Great Wall, still on Third Street, Kwik Fill offers chicken, pizza, and fries to fill those hunger urges. They also have medicine and drinks for late at night when all of the other stores are closed.

Dairy Queen

Further down Third Street, on the same side as The Great Wall and Subway, is everyone’s favorite ice cream place. Besides ice cream, it is possible to get burgers, chicken, hot dogs, and even shrimp.


If instead of walking straight at the light, make a right at the light. Located on the left side of Wood Street is Spuds. They offer every type of burger imaginable,

as well as fries with every topping possible.

Campy’s Pizza

Also on the left side of Wood Street, continue walking past Spuds and there is Campy’s. Here they serve pizza, subs, and the best bread sticks in Cal.


Right across the street from Campy’s, they serve different types of subs than what is available at Subway.


Located out of Cal on Water Street in Coal Center, still a short walk away (1.6 miles from campus), it is possible to get a good steak from here as well as some really good pizza. There are also many food options just a short drive from Cal in Belle Vernon, Uniontown or Brownsville.

Dorm Suite Home: Add a personal touch

By Jessica Zombek Editor in Chief

Moving away from home can be bittersweet. It’s exciting to be able to make your own decisions and experience living in a different setting. It can also be hard to transition from the comfort your parents have provided for years. Now instead of the cozy feeling of your living room and bedroom at home, you’re placed somewhere new with white walls and possibly a stranger living in the immediate vicinity. As a college student, your dorm room is not only your bedroom, but also your library, kitchen, study room and living room all-in-one. It’s important to love and make it your own. Your dorm room needs to reflect your personality and create a space where you can live comfortably as well as a place that is conducive to studying. Bringing something comforting from home, like a comforter or cozy blanket, can add a homey feel to your dorm room. These

comforting items add a warm feel to the new surroundings. Photos are another comforting item to place around your dorm room. It’s a good idea to print some out and sticky-tac them to the wall, but putting photos in frames and placing a few on the desk and dresser makes it feel more like home. Joe Ferlin, (senior/graphic communications) brought many things from home. “I made my room feel like my bedroom at home,” said Joe. “I brought posters, my Xbox and my big screen TV.” Buying floor and desk lamps can fix the harsh lighting of the dorm room. Floor lamps are nice to have in the evening to cuddle up with your comforter from home and read a book or magazine to escape from school work for a little bit. Desk lamps are nice for working late at night and not having to bother the roommate who is sleeping just feet away. Having beanbag chairs or other alternative seating is also

nice. A futon can be a way to separate the room and add extra space for visitors to sit or sleep comfortably. Wal Mart and Target sell futons as well as butterfly and orb chairs. Area rugs are also a nice addition. California University of Pennsylvania’s dorms have carpet, but at times it’s nice to lay on the floor to study, read, or watch movies. Having an area rug not only provides comfort, but also adds spunk and color to what was a white walled – brown carpeted room. What are ways that you are making your dorm feel like home? Check us out on www. and send us your ideas and post photos on our facebook page http://www.

Photos By: Joshua Laska

Top: The way a dorm room looks when you first get to California University of Pennsylvania. Bottom: One student’s way to add a “touch of home” after moving in.




AUGUST 25, 2011


Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Move-In (Last Name A-M) 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Parent and Family Picnic /Events 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Move –In (Last Name N-Z) 3:00 p.m. Required Residence Hall Meetings 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. New Student Picnic


6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Playfair 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The Matt Corey Band Novelty Items 8:00pm Movie and Snacks

Saturday, August 25, 2011

(Residence Halls and Vulcan Village) (Dining Tent) (Residence Halls and Vulcan Village) (Various Residence Halls) (Dining Tent)

(Student Center Quad) (Student Center Quad ) (Vulcan Theatre)

Friday, August 26, 2011 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (Dining Tent) 8:30 a.m. Report to Hamer Hall Gymnasium for Opening Session and Group Assignment (Hamer Hall Gymnasium) 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Move to Session Locations (CUFL Classrooms) 10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Class Roster / Introductions / Program Info (CUFL Classrooms) 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session 1: Awareness (CUFL Classrooms) 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch (Dining Tent) Classroom Tours 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Session 2: Appreciation (CUFL Classrooms) 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session 3: Giving (CUFL Classrooms) 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Session 4: Putting First Things First (CUFL Classrooms) 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Session 5: Cal Fusion / UTech Session (CUFL Classrooms) 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner (Dining Tent)


7:00 p.m. Funny Freaking Fridays Comedy Series (Natali Performance Center ) Featuring Cal U Student Derrick Knopsynder, Michael Dean Ester & Jay Black 8:00 p.m. Movie and Snacks (Vulcan Theater)

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (Dining Tent) 8:30 a.m. Report to Hamer Hall (Hamer Hall Gymnasium) Plenary Session by President Armenti: Cal U Leader for Life 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Move to Session Locations 10:15 a. m. – 11:00 a.m. Session 6: Leader for Life Foundations (CUFL Classrooms) 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session 7: Personal Wellness (CUFL Classrooms) 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch ( Dining Tent) Classroom Tours 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Session 8: Personal Finance (CUFL Classrooms) 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session 9: Academic Success (CUFL Classrooms) 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Session 10: Student Success - (CUFL Classrooms) Preventing Sexual Harassment 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session 11: Career Advantage, Internships and Activities Transcript (CUFL Classrooms) 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner (Dining Tent)

EVENING ACTIVITIES 7:00 p.m. Casino Night 8:00 p.m. Movie and Snacks

(Natali Performance Center)

(Vulcan Theater)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Non-Denominational Spiritual Services 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Brunch 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Session 12: Leadership Opportunities 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Session 13: Civic Engagement 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Session 14: Wrap-Up Session and Quizzo Challenge 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free Time 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. New Student Convocation (Please bring $1.00) 9:00 p.m.– 11:00 p.m. Movie

(Chapel – Old Main) (Dining Tent) (CUFL Classrooms) (CUFL Classrooms) (CUFL Classrooms)

(Dining Tent ) (Hamer Hall Gymnasium) (Vulcan Theater)

5.9 Magnitude rocks the Natali Student Union

By Joshua Laska

Sports/Managing Editor A 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia rocked the Natali Student Union on August 23 at 1:53 p.m. “I thought I was getting dizzy

cause I had been staring at a computer all day, but I looked up and all of my posters were moving,” said Gary Smith (Director of CUTV Operations). It appears that no damages occurred on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania from the earthquake.

If you have any damage from the earthquake report it to the university, landlord, or your insurance agency.

The earthquake was felt through out campus including the Natali Student Union. Photo By: AJ Carpinelli

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JESSICA ZOMBEK....................................................EDITOR IN CHIEF JOSHUA LASKA.....................................SPORTS/MANAGING EDITOR JEFF HELSEL..........................................DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS JOSHUA LASKA............................................WEBSITE COORDINATOR BRIAN PROVANCE.........................................ADVERTISING MANAGER




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AUGUST 25, 2011


Veterans head to Joplin, MO California University 24th annual health fair By Christine Kindl For the Cal Times

The Veterans Club at California University of Pennsylvania is on a mission to aid fellow military veterans in tornadoravaged Joplin, MO. Club members will drive from Cal U to Joplin, stopping along the way to solicit funds for the Missouri veterans at American Legion posts. Operation CALJOP (California/Joplin) will take the Veterans Club members to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri. The group will depart from Cal U on Aug. 24. Club members will arrive in Joplin on Aug. 26th, to meet with veterans and deliver the donations. On a similar mission last year, the Cal U Veterans Club traveled to Michigan for the University’s first varsity football game of the season. Along the way, the veterans raised more than $1,750 for Jackie Syverson, a Cal U graduate student whose husband was killed while on active duty.

“This year we are changing gears just a little bit,” says Capt. Robert Prah, director of California University’s Office of Veterans Affairs. “We decided to focus our mission on veterans in need. Our goal this year is to raise $2,500 for Joplin’s veterans and their families.” Howard Spiva, commander of the Robert S. Thurman Post 13 in Joplin, has told Prah that dozens of veterans lost everything when devastating storms swept through his community on May 22nd. More than 150 people were killed. In addition to collecting donations, the Cal U veterans hope their journey will raise awareness of the American Legion’s national mission to support and serve veterans of all wars. On the road they will wear T-shirts highlighting the Legion’s “4 Pillars of Service.” Prah intends to post updates about the group’s progress on BurnPit, the American Legion’s blog site. A link will be available on the Cal U homepage, www.


CORNER By Levie Kirkland

BSU would like to welcome new students and welcome back upper classmen. We have a lot of activities and events planed for this semester. We will be having our annual welcome back picnic--watch for the flyers for the date and time, and check out our BSU Board by the Gold Rush for announcements and all upcoming events. Our meetings will be at Carter Hall multipurpose room at 5:15 p.m. every Thursday. Come get involved! Our meetings are open to everyone. Remember, we are building student unity.

“A WEALTH OF HEALTH” On September 14, 2011, California University of Pennsylvania will be hosting the 24th annual Health Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Performance Center of the Natali Student Center. Every year the college arranges the free heath fair to provide the staff, students, and community an opportunity to learn about ways to improve their health and have a better overall well-being. This year, more than 30 representatives from the health industry will be present to educate individuals on different aspects of their health. There will be a vast array of professionals in attendance to talk about everything from diabetes to smoking, cosmetics to orthopedics. The event will also feature giveaways, screenings, and temporary tattoos, among other things. Music will be provided by a local DJ. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Off campus sponsors include: 1st Stepp Family Chiropractic Adagio Aetna CHIP Avi Food systems Avon Big Brother + Big Sister of the Laurel Region California Cosmetic and Family Dental California Family Medicine Canonsburg Hospital Central Blood Bank Centerville Clinics Coffee Connections Depart. Of Health- Smoking Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA Dr. Benard Doloback Fayette Podiatry Associates Inc. Greenbriar Treatment Center Highlands Hospital Highmark Blue Shield Jeffery’s Medicine Shoppe Making Strides against Breast Cancer Mary Kay Cosmetics Martinelli Eye + Laser Center Mon Valley YMCA Monongahela Valley Hospital Orthopedic & Sports PTA, Inc. SPHS Care Center STARS Porreca Chiropractic Center Inc. Red Cross Washington County Health Partner, Inc Washington Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc Washington Ob/Gyn Associates Flu shots will also be provided for attendees by Centerville Clinics for a fee. For more information on the Health Fair or if you have any questions, please call Fran Fayish at 724-938-5922. A printable campus map and directions to the campus are available at

The Internship Corner

By Karen Primm Welcome, Cal U Students from the Internship Center! Whether you are an incoming freshman or a senior, this semester is a great time to think about how you can fit career-related experiences into your academic plan. Think of college as more than just a way to get a degree, but rather a series of experiences that will serve you throughout your lifetime. These might be volunteering, job shadowing, cooperative education , or other real-world experiences. One of the most powerful opportunities you can have while in school is an internship. Internships are for-credit academic courses where you will experience professional career interests outside the classroom but under the supervision of Cal U faculty members. If you are thinking of a spring or summer 2012 internship, let’s start now! The Cal U Internship Center is located in Eberly Science and Technology Center, Room 230. It helps students identify and develop internship sites, keeps

them up-to-date on available resources, assists with professional development and internship preparation, and helps students navigate the university system. Stop by Eberly 230 for more information. We’d be happy to help you! These are just a few of our current Internship opportunities: Charleroi Area School District Interns will be exposed to a variety of office and fund accounting functions, such as general district operations, business operation, accounting operations, accounts payable and receivable, purchase orders and capital projects. Applicant must be detail oriented, conscientious, personable, minimum GPA of 3.5, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, must be able to work independently and in a team environment. Please send letter of interest and qualifications to Crystal Zahand, Business Manager, Charleroi Area School District, 125 Fecsen Drive, Charleroi, PA 15022 Wheelings Nailer Hockey The Wheeling Nailers are

looking for students to assist with a massive data collecting, marketing, and social media project. Please e-mail your resume to Mr. Craig Bommer, Vice President of Business Operations at Community Alternatives, Inc. Therapeutic staff have interns go into the home, community, and school to provide behavioral interventions to children, youth, and families. Please send a cover letter and a resume to Nicole Sheetz at if interested. To view the details of these internships and all of our internship opportunities, register for InternLink at www.myinterfase. com/cup/student. For more information: Please visit the Internship Center web page at, search Internship Center, or stop by the Internship Center, Eberly 230. For questions or comments, please call (724) 938-1578 or email Karen Primm @primm@

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AUGUST 25, 2011

Vulcans ranked No. 12 in AFCA poll AFCA Top 25 Preseason Poll

By Joshua Laska

Sports/Managing Editor The California Vulcan football team is ranked No. 12 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) preseason poll. This is slightly lower than last year when they were ranked No. 6 at start the season. The Vulcans finished with a 10-2 record after qualifying for the NCAA Playoffs and losing to Bloomsburg in the playoffs. Before losing, the Vulcans reached a high point of No. 3 in the AFCA poll, this is the highest mark in school history. National Champion Minnesota Duluth is the preseason favorite after finishing 15-0 last season, and receiving 28 of the 29 first place votes. The Vulcans open their year on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. when they face Saint Cloud State at Adamson Stadium. Saint Cloud State is ranked No.13 after they finished the 2010 season with a record of 10-3. This is the third year out of the past four where the Vulcans have opened the season against a nationally ranked team.



1. Minnesota Duluth 2. Delta State 3. Northwest Missouri State 4. Abilene Christian (TX) 5. Grand Valley State (MI) 6. North Alabama 7. Texas A&M-Kingsville 8. Augustana (SD) 9t. Albany State (GA) 9t. Bloomsburg 11. Shepherd

15-0 11-4 12-2 11-1 11-2 9-4 10-2 11-2 11-1 10-3 12-2

724 657 624 607 579 468 437 426 379 379 377

14. Wingate (NC) 15. Central Missouri 16. Nebraska-Kearney

9-3 11-3 9-2

284 270 242

12. California (PA) 13. Saint Cloud State (MN) 17. Mercyhurst 18. Washburn (KA) 19. West Texas A&M 20. Valdosta State (GA) 21. Wayne State (MI) 22. Central Washington 23. Kutztown 24. Henderson State (AR) 25t. Hillsdale (MI) 25t. Shaw (NC)

Photo By: Steve Ricci Junior running back Lamont Smith (23) is tackled after a run against Saginaw Valley on Sept. 4, 2010. The Vulcans went on to win the game 42-41 in overtime.


10-2 10-3 10-3 8-4 8-4 8-3 9-2 8-3 10-2 7-4 9-3 9-3

The Vulcans play the teams in bold.

369 346 207 201 186 184 177 164 144 139 91 91

Women’s soccer ranked No. 12 in NSCAA poll NSCAA Top 25 Preseason Poll The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll has ranked the California Vulcan women’s soccer team No.12, after they finished No.14 last season. [Laska]


1. Grand Valley State (MI) 2. UC San Diego 3. Saint Rose (NY)

Record 22-1-2 19-3-3 23-1-0

4. West Chester


12. California (PA)


5. Florida Tech 6. St. Edward’s (TX) 7. Fort Lewis (CO) 8. Lenoir-Rhyne (NC) 9. Central Missouri 10. Seattle Pacific 11. Armstrong Atlantic (GA) 13. Wisconsin-Parkside 14. Tampa (FL) 15. Winona State (MN) 16. Columbus State (GA) 17. Northern Kentucky 18. Franklin Pierce (NH) 19. West Florida 20. C.W. Post 21. Abilene Christian 22. Regis (CO) 23. Cal State Los Angeles

24. Slippery Rock 25. American International (MA)

10-7-5 17-2-2 18-3-2 19-2-2 19-1-0 16-2-2 14-4-2 16-3-2 16-5-2 17-4-2 19-2-1 17-2-2 14-6-1 17-2-2 14-2-4 17-3-1 15-4-2 15-4-1


Photo By: Joshua Laska


The Vulcans play the teams in bold.

Senior defense specialist Kayla Klimasko (14) looks to clear the ball away from Mercyhust on Sept. 18, 2010. Klimasko led the defense with two goals and two assists. Sophomore Bethany Smyda led all Vulcans last year with 16 goals and 11 assists. Senior Paula Jackson returns to the Vulcans after starting all 23 games last season, posting a 18-1-4 overall record, as well as registering 13 shutouts.

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