Clarion Call CLARION UNIVERSITY’S STUDENT NEWSPAPER SINCE 1913
MAY 2, 2013
VOL. 99 ED. 24
University holds annual Reinhard Awards Alizah Thornton NEWS EDITOR
CLARION, Pa - A number of students and Recognized Student Organizations received awards for their achievements throughout the year during the 11th annual Reinhard Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 1. Student Senate senators Maddie Robinson and Jesse Snyder served as the mistress and master of ceremonies respectively for the event. For the Reinhard Awards, RSOs and other university organizations are able to give awards to members in their organizations who have done well over the last year in leadership, service or other areas that go above and beyond their duties. Organizations such as the Recreation Center, University Activities Board, Residence Life Services, Student Orientation Acclimation & Retention, Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils among others gave out awards for outstanding members in their organizations. “It’s a pleasure for me to be the first to congratulate the students of these organizations on
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Michelle Kealy announces the nominees for the Marilynn Mikolusky CA Rookie of the Year award during the 11th annual Reinhard Awards. their accomplishments tonight,” said Harry Tripp, vice president for university and student affairs, during his welcome to the event. The event began with
Michelle Kealey presenting the Residence Life Service Awards to Andrea Cobb for CA Rookie of the Year, Bethany Crumm for CA of the Year and Molly Brady for
the Graduate Assistant of the Year awards. More than 150 students attended the awards ceremony either as recipients of awards or as members of organizations honor-
ing other members. Singing performances by the Greek Sing Winners Zeta Tau Alpha and the winner from Clarion Idol Jeremy Fox were included in the program.
Each year there is a RSO spirit week contest which list a series of events for RSOs to compete in for the RSO spirit award. This year, The History Club won the Spirit award with a total of 5,340 points; the club also attended all but one event in the competition series. During the awards ceremony, Clarion University’s National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association presented Delta Zeta with a donation toward the Emily Schena Scholarship. Schena, a former Clarion student and member of NSSLHA and Delta Zeta died on Jan 14. in a car crash. NSSLHA donated the money to Delta Zeta toward a scholarship in her name in honor of Schena. Clarion University’s American Marketing Association won gold for RSO of the year, and NSSLHA won silver, and The Clarion Call won bronze. Director of the Honors Program Hallie Savage won the adviser of the year award. Clarion Student Association, Office of Center for Leadership and Involvement and Student Senates sponsored the event.
Clarion County hosts recycling day Alizah Thornton NEWS EDITOR
CLARION, Pa - Clarion County residents can dispose of any recyclable products they have during the Clarion County Recycling Day on Saturday, May 11. Residents can bring their acceptable electronics and other recyclables to the Clarion County Park between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. as a part of the Clarion County Recycling Program. The program began after 1990 when the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, now called the Department of Environmental Protection required counties to establish a system for removing waste that included recyclables, said Twila Rifenberrick, director of Clarion County’s Department of Planning and Development. “There were goals established as part of that plan to divert recyclables away from landfills; thus, the beginning of recycling in Clarion County,” Rifenberrick said. The current rate of keeping recyclables out of landfills for Clarion County is 15 percent;
however, the goal for Pennsylvania is 35 percent, “which is extremely hard to reach in a small, rural county such as ours,” Rifenberrick said. Additional goals of the act are to “reduce the amount of municipal solid waste being disposed, procure and use recycled and recyclable materials in state governmental agencies and educate the public as to the benefits of recycling and waste reduction initiatives,” according to the act. Pennsylvania Act 101 of Recycling Programs requires municipalities that have a population of at least 10,000 and municipalities with a population between 5,000-10,000 and more than 300 people per square mile to employ “curbside” recycling programs, according to the act. Clarion Borough is one of the required municipalities. “Clarion Borough is our only ‘mandated’ municipality, which means that they are required to offer recycling to their residents,” Rifenberrick said. “The other 33 municipalities do not have a high enough population density to be mandated.” According to Act 101, three types of the fol-
lowing material must be collected by the municipality: clear and colored glass, plastic numbers 1 and 2, aluminum, steel and bimetallic cans, high grade office and corrugated paper and newsprint. Larger municipalities that are required to have curbside and drop-off recycling collection programs can receive monetary assistance through grants to help “off-set” the funding of the collections, the act states. “Aside from our boroughs, the majority of residences are scattered along local roads, which makes it difficult and expensive for waste firms to offer recycling,” Rifenberrick said. Each county must create a countywide plan for the management of the wastes disposed of in the county as well as “assure a minimum of 10 years disposal capacity,” Rifenberrick said. “This really emphasizes the huge volume of waste anticipated and how important it is to recycle as much as possible,” she said. Clarion County alternates between electronics only recycling collections and electronics and other recyclables. Clarion County residents are allowed to
drop-off certain electronics that are not able to be collected during regular trash collection days. “As of Jan. 24, residents can no longer put electronics –desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions— out with their regular household trash. If they do put them out, the waste haulers will not take them,” Rifenberrick said. This regulation was put in place by PA DEP through Act 108 of 2010, which stipulates that consumers and businesses are unable to dispose of the outlined electronics, as well as landfills, resource recovery facilities and haulers are unable to accept those devices, according to the DEP website. Clarion County’s next electronics-only recycling day will be held at the Clarion Mall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 13. The next electronics and other recyclables collection day will be held at Clarion County Park between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept.14. For a list of the electronics and other recyclables accepted and a list of unacceptable items www.clarioncountyato.org/
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Funds approved for softball, baseball tarps Alizah Thornton NEWS EDITOR
CLARION, Pa - Clarion University’s women’s softball and men’s baseball teams will have better protection against rainouts during next year’s season. On Monday, Student Senate voted and approved more than $23,000 to the athletics department for the purchase of new tarps to cover the softball and baseball fields during inclement weather like rain or snow during game days. The money will also be used to buy tires to help hold the tarps down, as well as for the purchase of sandbags to place on the fields when necessary. Clarion University’s Athletic Director Dave Katis and Clarion’s Womens Softball Head Coach Shintrika Hudson attended the meeting to explain why the new tarps are needed. The current tarps are 13 years old and were bought in 2000, Katis said. “We have had numerous rainouts throughout the seasons,” Katis said. Hudson explained that during last year’s softball season the women’s team canceled five games days, which equates to 10 games since each game day is a double-header. She said
that this season four game days, eight games, have been canceled due to the weather’s effect on the field. Hudson said canceling game days is a disadvantage to the players who play against teams that play in more games. She said the men’s baseball team did not fare as badly in terms of missed games. Some of the games were played at a facility in Butler, but the cost to use the facility and other associated costs with moving the game would become problematic in the future. “We believe this is a great investment on our behalf,” Katis said. The senators approved the allocations in a 19-0-0 vote. Also during the meeting, Senate Treasure Kayla Lavery announced that the Recognized Student Organization budget for the 2013-2014 academic year of $86,901 was passed with $62,933 allocated for the supplemental reserve fund, totaling $149, 834.91 for the year. Rules and Regulations Chair Maddie Robinson applauded the fact that throughout the last two semesters six-to-seven new RSOs have been recognized. Once the business for the 2012-13 year was
finished, President Sara Dickson invited the newly elected senators to become active in the meeting. Dickson presided over the meeting to conduct business for the 2013-14 year, and announced she will not return as president next year. During this time, nominations for the 2013-14 executive board, which consists of the following positions, president, vice president, treasurer, rules and regulations chair and secretary, were held. Before the senators nominated others for the positions, each senator that held the position briefly described the duties of the positions. Each position requires office hours, various committee and meeting assignments and other duties and responsibilities, each executive board position also includes a tuition stipend that ranges from 1550 percent, depending on the position. Seven new senators will being their terms next fall. The nominated senators will deliver a threeto-five minute platform speech outlining why they want and would be good for the position. The meeting will be held 7 p.m. May 6 in Room 246 of Gemmell.
Degree aligns with SHRM guidelines Emily Miller STAFF WRITER
CLARION, Pa. - The Society for Human Resource Management acknowledged Clarion University’s human resource degree to be renewed for alignment with SHRM’s “HR Curriculum and Templates,” according to Clarion University website. The guidebook and templates developed by SHRM define the minimum amount of human resource content areas that should be studied by students at undergraduate and graduate levels. SHRM guidelines that were created in 2006 were revalidated in both 2010 and 2013 and “are a part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define human resource education standards taught in university business school and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards,” according to university website. CUP’s human resources management degree requires students to satisfy “rigorous standards” that Clarion’s College of Business Administration provides for students, according to Clarion administrative science professor Miguel Olivas-Lujan. Students seeking to obtain a degree in human resource management must acquire 24 credits
from portfolio-relevant courses which are offered in areas of management, economics, history, psychology and sociology. In addition to satisfying requirements for every business major, human resource students are encouraged to get involved outside the classroom. “To be truly competitive, we recommend taking one or two human resources internships during the college years, and actively participating in the Clarion student chapter of SHRM,” Olivas-Lujan said. The human resource management degree enables holders to work in various business positions dealing with people. CUP human resource management graduates are qualified for entry to mid-level positions for careers in human resources, recruitment and labor relations among other areas. “The main idea is ensuring that employees are motivated, healthy and making progress in their respective occupations, while complying with all local, state, federal and even international regulations,” Olivas-Lujan said. “Human resource managers balance employee and business needs in ways that are as beneficial as possible to all company stakeholders.”
Clarion’s human resource degree first received this recognition in 2011, boosting interest from students. “Since I got to Clarion, I had noticed that many of our management or human resource management majors wouldn’t get jobs in human resources,” OlivasLujan said. “But, when we first received this recognition in 2011, I noticed an increased interest from students, coupled with more opportunities for them to go to graduate school in related areas, and to participate in other activities.” In a recent survey, The Wall Street Journal ranked a position as a human resource manager to be 31 out of a total of 200 occupations among the “best jobs in America,” placing the position in the top 16 percent. Top-level executive positions that involve human resource management have goals in being strategic business partners who ensure that all organizational policies and practices are aligned to obtain and support their firm’s competitive advantage. For more information on human resource degrees at Clarion, contact Miguel Olivas-Lujan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Staff comes together to help students Rachel Farkas STAFF WRITER
CLARION, Pa. - Helping students is part of every university employee’s job, but some are going beyond the call of duty to help out. The Dead Scholarships Society is a group of 33 university faculty and staff members that donate a portion of their pay each month to help scholarship endowments that have fallen short of their funding goal, according to an article in Clarion’s alumni magazine. Scholarship endowments can only be fulfilled when they’ve reached $25,000. Each year, there are many endowments that are short of this goal and therefore cannot be awarded to students yet. The Dead Scholarships Society was named by President Karen Whitney after the “Dead Poet’s Society.” The society began during a lunch table conversation between Jason Strohm, web designer/ developer, Joseph Cro-
skey, academic counselor for TRIO Upward Bound, and Brenda Sanders Dédé, associate vice president for academic and student affairs. “We were discussing what we could do at lunch one day,” Strohm said. “There was a group of us that knew about the scholarships, and since we couldn’t give very much at any one time, working with the scholarships that were closest to being endowed would be effective.” In September 2012, the Dead Scholarships Society closed its first endowment. “Each time a scholarship reaches endowment level, it can then be awarded to a student,” said Jessica Zacherl, assistant director of alumni relations and annual fund. Now the group’s contributions are being applied to the next scholarship that is closest to being endowed. Strohm said the group wanted to keep its work a secret at first, saying that it made it more genuine. However, the Clar-
ion alumni magazine “Clarion and Beyond” featured the group in its April publication, and Strohm said it’s been good to share the group’s story. “We wanted to share how a bunch of employees got together to help students,” he said. “The main purpose of anything we do is to help student succeed.” Zacherl echoed Strohm’s sentiment, saying she thinks the program is a great idea that will continue to help students. “It is so nice to see Clarion members coming together to help a great initiative,” Zacherl said. “I feel like I am on campus with my family.” For information or how to become a member of The Dead Scholarships Society, contact Jessica Zacherl, at 814393-1776 or jzacherl@ cuf-inc.org
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May 2, 2012
Philadelphia heightens security for weekend race Joann Loviglio AP EXCHANGE
PHILADELPHIA — Runners and spectators attending the Broad Street Run on Sunday are being urged to leave their backpacks and big bags at home as the city steps up security for the annual race after the Boston Marathon bombings last month. The Broad Street Run bills itself as the largest 10-mile race in the coun-
try, with about 40,000 runners registered this year. Flanked by police brass and city officials, Mayor Michael Nutter stressed at a news conference Wednesday that Philadelphia has not received any specific threats, but said Boston’s deadly attack made extra security measures prudent. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured at the marathon April 15 when two
bombs police say were concealed in backpacks went off. “We’re strongly discouraging bags and backpacks and all those kinds of items,” Nutter said at the news conference at police headquarters. “It just makes it a whole lot easier and a whole lot safer for everyone.” Runners are being urged not to bring any gear with them if weather permits and specta-
tors are also being asked to pack light and avoid bringing oversized bags to the race. Runners checking gear at the expo site in South Philadelphia before the race will receive clear plastic bags for their items, rather than the cloth bags that were used in previous races. Uniformed and undercover police officers will be posted throughout the race route and at
Gov. Corbett criticized for linking unemployment to drug use Peter Jackson AP EXCHANGE
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Democrats on Wednesday heaped criticism on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett for suggesting that too many residents remain unemployed because they cannot pass drug tests, while his business allies said he was only pointing out a problem that employers have repeatedly cited as serious. The furor over Corbett’s comment was a reminder that the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial campaign is already underway and echoed the outcry over his suggestion during the 2010 campaign that some Pennsylvania residents receiving unemployment compensation would rather collect those checks than go back to work. Corbett, in discussing his administration’s efforts to create jobs in an interview posted on PAMatters.com on Monday, cited anecdotal evidence that the drug testing issue is part of the reason the state’s March unemployment rate was 7.9 percent, down slightly from February but still more than the 7.6 percent national rate.
“There are many employers that say, ‘We’re looking for people, but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test in a lot of them,’” Corbett said. “And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.” Democrats seized the opportunity to portray Corbett as out of touch with people who are looking for work and to take him to task over cuts in state aid to public schools in 2011 and his ongoing refusal to accept an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program that the federal government would underwrite initially. The state Democratic Party chairman, Jim Burn, said Wednesday that the governor’s latest comment recalled his 2010 campaign gaffe questioning the work ethic of people receiving unemployment checks when the unemployed vastly outnumbered the available jobs, which generated a broadside of editorial criticism. Both incidents call Corbett’s sensitivity into question, he said. “I’ve never seen an elected official who comes across as simply not caring more
than this governor,” Burn said in a teleconference with reporters. Democratic state Treasurer Rob McCord charged that Corbett does not understand the economy or the nature of unemployment. “It’s not rocket science, but it seems to elude this administration,” said McCord, who is considered a likely candidate for his party’s gubernatorial nomination. John Hanger, a former state environmental protection secretary and former utility regulator who has declared his candidacy for the Democratic nod, said Corbett “insults Pennsylvanians looking for a job, full-time work or simply a better job by saying they can’t pass drug tests.” Corbett spokeswoman Christine Cronkright called the brouhaha “a classic case of a comment taken out of context for political benefit.” David N. Taylor, executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, estimated that 6,000 to 7,000 manufacturing jobs remain unfilled for reasons that include applicants who cannot pass drug tests.
Those people typically don’t submit to the testing, he said. “It’s an issue of people who walk away from the queue when they are told that, ‘By the way, you’ve got to take a drug test,’” Taylor said. He could not estimate how much drug use interferes with hiring and said no statistics are available. But he said employers have told him that it is a serious impediment, along with factors such as an applicant’s ability to read and write, follow instructions and show up for work on time. State Labor Secretary Julia Hearthway said it’s important to raise public awareness about the problem. “No one is saying this (involves) the vast majority” of workers, she said. “We don’t know how big the problem is or how small the problem is.” Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, called the criticism of the governor’s comments “an overreaction.” “Why would we not want to have a conversation about letting young people know that there are consequences for recreational drug use?” Barr asked.
each of 10 water stations along the way. No bags, backpacks or coolers will be permitted in the Navy Yard complex at the end of the course, Nutter said. The mayor said runners and spectators should sign up for emergency text alerts through the community notification system at www.readynotifypa.org so they can stay informed on race day. Three evacuation shel-
ters will be open along the Broad Street race course: Benjamin Franklin High School, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and South Philadelphia High School. On the other side of the state, the Pittsburgh Marathon is also set for Sunday. The U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it is temporarily removing mailboxes along the course as a security precaution.
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May 2, 2013
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org The Call welcomes letters from our readers, but reserves the right to edit for libel, grammar, length, punctuation and obscenity; the determination of which is the responsibility of the Editor-in-chief. Submissions must be signed and received no later than 5 p.m. the Monday before publication.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Validated meal cards “self-serving” The top management of Clarion University is compensated well. Administrators’ explanations attempting to justify their use of free dining debit cards “gifted” by campus dining facility operators appear self serving, lame, pose appearances of possible conflicts of interest, and would fail the Sunshine and smell tests of most academic classes of ethics in business and philosophy courses. 1. Convenience of not needing to carry money. What adult human being in a modern society can function without carrying her own credit card or currency? 2. Eating at campus food outlets facilitates interacting with students to learn their concerns. This does not require using a free debit card. This can be accomplished the old fashioned way, required from ordinary people, spend-
ing their own money. 3. Eating at campus food outlets enables administrators to evaluate the quality of food and service provided by the operators. This can also be accomplished the old-fashioned way, required from ordinary people, spending their own money for their own food. 4. Upon what justification can the president’s partner qualify for a free debit card? Where in CUP’s code of ethics do exceptions appear for the president and her partner? Do the words favoritism, nepotism and conflict of interest not apply to the president? Per the PA State Ethics Commission Section 1103c: “No public employee shall accept anything of monetary value, including a gift…” Section 1102 “conflict of interest”: Use by a public employee of the authority of his office …for the private pecuniary
benefit himself, a member of his family..” As these dining engagements do not involve travel on overnight stays nor an owner (CUP is not the owner of the food service provider) of the food provider, these arrangements possibly involve taxable compensation. Has the dining operator provided the debit card recipients tax reporting 1099 forms? Have the recipients reported the value of their paid meals as taxable income on their Forms 1040? The top management of academic institutions should be demonstrating by example the desired leadership qualities being taught by the faculty to their client students---the future leaders of society. Who repealed the cliché, “there are no free lunches?” Ask a Pennsylvania taxpayer. -Gregory D Barnes, Ocean View, Del.
Sproule’s feminist ideas misplaced In response to Shirley Sproule’s article on sexism in “Game of Thrones.” Sproule has been writing inflammatory articles for The Clarion Call for the last five or six weeks. Sproule’s most recent article included a critique on the popular cable series “Game of Thrones.” The article began with a dissection of Brienne, that her dialogue did not match the character that was built throughout the series. Conventionally, any sort of article that discusses characters, or about movies and television in general would be diverted to the “Arts & Entertainment” section of The Clarion Call. But your article was never about “Game of Thrones,” was it, Sproule? Halfway into the article, Sproule changes topics. She moves from a television critique to a critique of our entire misogynist society. She
vindicates her entire readership, asking that “we all get on with our lives without harassment and degrading comments on our entire existence of women.” The sentences are written hastily and haphazardly, sacrificing grammar for emotion. Yelling at her loyal readers is not a new talent for Sproule. Two weeks ago, she derisively asked her readers why their definition of terrorism doesn’t include skin color. Sproule’s last six opinion articles have been focused on feminism. Sproule has an agenda. Agendas aren’t necessarily bad. Vehement writing and hate-laced opinions can be tempered with sound arguments and good proposals. Sproule, you are pushing feminism with the wrong foot. Your articles do not ask anything of your readers. You do not offer feminism
with an open hand, but rather yell into our ears that our opinions are wrong. It’s immature and petty, Sproule. If you are trying to push something, make it a positive and constructive message. Instead of critiquing “Game of Thrones,” why not recommend the entire Hayao Miyazaki series for consistently bringing strong female protagonists to the silver screen? Or perhaps, propose a constructive way that your readers can help stop groups like FEMEN. Humans enjoy rallying behind a good cause, and want to know they are helping the world become a better place. This is the last newspaper of the semester. Take some time off this summer, catch a glimpse of “A Wind is Rising,” and maybe consider offering an open hand for feminism. -Jacob Werner
Gosnell case begs question of humanity As I walked to the back of the clinic, I could hear the tiny yelps of what sounded like a puppy. When I arrived at the back of the building, I was allowed to observe the procedure through a glass partition, but not soundproofed. One by one, the attending veterinarian, I presumed, delivered the puppies, as their mother lay motionless on the stainless steel table. And one by one, the vet, with hands protected by rubber gloves, took the puppies in one hand and then proceeded to press the surgical scissors with their prongs opened into the back of the necks of the tiny beings while they squirmed and squealed, and then pressed the ends of the scissors together sending puppy blood squirting into the air, and the life of each dog out of its tiny, now limp body. That is fiction. It was difficult to write. The following is fact. And just unbelievable. Kermit Gosnell’s defense just rested in his trial in Philadelphia. He is accused of murdering babies and responsible for the overdose death of one of his patients at his West Philadelphia clin-
ic. He is accused of delivering human beings after 20 weeks of inception, some as old as seven months after inception and then murdering them, some by snipping their spinal cords. Some he beheaded according to eye witnesses. Seven babies total died by this “procedure.” One 15-year-old female intern, Ashley Baldwin who is now 22 and has a son, assisted Gosnell at the time with abortions at his clinic. She testified that “they looked like regular babies.” She saw five “aborted” babies alive and heard them “screeching.” Another clinic employee arraigned on two counts of murder, Steven Massof, “admitted there were about 100 other instances in which he severed the spinal cord after seeing a breath or some sign of life,” the grand jury report states. Is this the first you’ve heard of this? Or, if you’ve heard about it, have you understood what happened? On so many levels, this is atrocious, unspeakable horror. Not the least of them is this: Back to fiction: How would you feel if the veterinarian instead of inducing labor performed
the same snipping of the puppies’ spinal cord while the puppies were still in the birth canal? Would you feel any less repulsed? What about if the veterinarian injected the puppies ‘mother with a chemical that would kill the puppies within the dog? Would you think that is OK? Back to reality: According to statistics gathered by the Guttmacher Institute, the same procedure that Gosnell performed on these babies outside of the birth canal is being performed inside the birth canal of 18,000 thousand women annually in our country; that is, both the spinal cord severing and injection of drugs, such as Digoxin, which kills babies in the womb, and then the remains are removed. Are we so naive to believe that this is not happening elsewhere in our country? Does the difference of a matter of inches in using surgical scissors make it any less horrifying? What about the use of lethal drugs? Because we can’t hear their screams, is it acceptable? It may be legal, but does it make right? Or human? -Dr. Michael Torres
CORRECTIONS A local business was identified incorrectly, and a sales associate was misquoted in the article “Views differ on gun laws” published in the April 25 issue of The Clarion Call. The correct name of the business is Route 66 Sporting Goods. A statement by Jeff Ashcraft, a sales associate at the business, should have said, “Our store has limited the number of boxes of ammunition per customer due to the high demand, low supply for ammo. This allows all customers a fair opportunity to purchase a box of ammunition.” The article, “Clarion students feel safe on campus, survey says,” published in the April 25 issue of The Clarion Call, incorrectly identified the location of a Feb. 2 shooting incident off campus. The incident occurred at 1223 B Leatherwood Drive, according to a press release from Clarion Borough Police.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Final thoughts from editor-in-chief
Sam Dixon EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
After four years and 95 editions of The Clarion Call, here I am, writing just a few more sentences to help send off number 96. The weight of last Call, both at the paper and Clarion University has not really hit me yet, but I know regardless of the rollercoaster of emotions I’m sure to face, I can look back on these years and know I helped to really accomplish something. When I first got here, our school’s media organizations rarely communicated and even more infrequently worked together to cover an event. Today our pages are graced with some of the amazing talent found at WCUC and CU-TV as well as Call members being deeply invested in the
creation of these organizations’ content. None of this would have been possible without the extreme dedication of individuals over the past four years, I’m proud to have known them, and at least in some way contributed. This year I have had the great fortune of not only being the editor-in-chief at The Clarion Call but to also lead an incredible staff devoted to filling these pages with important stories for students and Clarion residents alike. I hope, dear reader, that you have seen our growth, and it has left you anxiously awaiting each issue. Although I cannot promise that all the little changes we have made this year will exist next year, I can promise you that next years editorial board is strong and capable of bringing you even better coverage of the stories that matter to you. To all of those whom I have had the pleasure of working with over the years, thank you. Working alongside all of you, even if it was a bad experience, has taught me things
about my craft and myself that no classroom has ever come close to teaching me. Without you, I’m not sure I would feel confident in entering the troubled job market or have even reached this milestone in my life. I hope this won’t be the last time we collaborate on something, but if it is, hopefully you have learned something from me. For those who won’t be graduating alongside me, let me offer some advice. When I was young, a wise man told me that “it’s dangerous to go alone.” Surround yourself with like-minded people, feed off their creativity and together create content that fits what you want to see. To those graduating, congratulations. I hope that your future is filled with opportunities in which you get to show your talent and take advantage of some of the things you have learned while attending Clarion. With that, thank you for your continued readership of The Clarion Call, it has meant the world to me.
What’s on Your Mind: Farewell
Alizah Thornton NEWS EDITOR
Since I will be graduating in May and this is the final issue of The Clarion Call for this semester, I found it fitting that I write my final farewell column. I am going to say I will truly miss my time here at The Call. My sophomore year, I started out as a features writer and worked my way around to help copy edit, write for news and apply for the position as news editor. I can honestly say I never expected to be where I am when I started. When I first began, I was shy and felt that I may not be the best at writing for a newspaper, but I figured since journalism was my concentration I should give it a try. I was unsure of myself as
being able to essentially be a student “reporter” before completing my degree. I was wrong. With a lot of perserverance, dedication and the mentality to succeed I was able to do so in more ways than I ever imagined. I’ve had so many opportunities come my way from simply writing for the newspaper and learning how to become better at writing, reporting and other skills necessary to feel confident in my career choice. I am sharing my story because I want everyone to feel confident with whatever you choose to do in life. Fear of failure is one of the biggest things that hinders people in achieving what they are truly capable of doing. If this is the only time someone reads this column, as my last one, the one piece of advice I want them to take out of it is “Don’t be afraid to be great.” Marianne Williamson said it best in her poem “Our Deepest Fear.” The poem says: “Our deepest fear is not that
we are inadequate; Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure; It is our light, not our darkness; That most frightens us; We ask ourselves; Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?; Actually, who are you not to be?” I couldn’t have said it better myself. As you journey through your college and post-graduate career, you can do anything you believe you can. Don’t be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone for something you really want for fear of failure. Success is something that can’t be achieved overnight. It takes hard-work, dedication and most importantly confidence in yourself that you are capable of going after what you want. No matter your major or life goal, having confidence in yourself and believing you have the ability to be great will take you far. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau
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Students volunteer in Clarion Special Olympics Leah Loscar STAFF WRITER
The Special Olympics is a global organization held for more than 43 years, with 225 accredited programs in 170 countries. Clarion had the opportunity to be a part of this global movement on Sunday, April 28 as athletes, coaches and volunteers came together in Tippin Gymnasium starting at 10 a.m. for a day filled with athletic achievement and community support. According to the Special Olympics’ website, through the provision of year-round sports training and athletic competition, the organization aims to give children and adults with intellectual disabilities the chance “to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.” Clarion’s Special Olympics garnered an impressive number of volunteers, including community members and a large number of students who were looking to get involved. Some student volun-
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Athletes compete in the basketball portion of Clarion Special Olympics. teers were members of a group or organization, such as a sorority or sports team. The entire Clarion University football team as well as members of the Clarion University Women’s Tennis team offered their assistance for the day. Members of the Student Council for Exceptional Children were also
present for the competition. “A lot of our volunteers helped,” said sophomore CG Anderson. These were only some of the many organizations that contributed to the event. ”We did it last year,” said sophomore speechlanguage pathology major Liz Haines. Her group of friends
helped out alongside the Clarion University Women’s tennis team last year and decided to get involved again this year. “It’s nice to see the competitors having fun,” Haines said. “My major is Early Education Special Education, so it’s a good way to get experience,” said sophomore Erin Hilling, another volunteer.
Hilling began volunteering for the Special Olympics with her friends on the Women’s Tennis team who also participated in the event last year. She and her friends assisted the athletes by chasing after out-of-bounds tennis balls during matches. Events of the day included tennis, as well as basketball,
track, golf and swimming. Athlete Zachary Byers, 21, has been swimming for five years and took home the Special Olympics bronze medal Sunday in a free-style race. “I’m a great swimmer,” said Byers when asked why he enjoys competing in the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics began in the 1950s following the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She held a day camp in her own backyard for young people with intellectual disabilities, focusing on what they could do rather than what they could not do. Her dream began to grow, and in 1968, the first International Olympic Summer Games were held, making the movement official. Today, Special Olympics chairman and CEO Tim Shriver is proud of the athletes’ accomplishments. “At every small event, at every big event, our athletes are striking out at injustice and challenging intolerance,” he says on the web site. “Through the power of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people,” according to the Special Olympics’ website. It was Clarion’s privilege to be a part of carrying on Shriver’s dream.
ABLE holds third annual “Together We CAN” food drive to benefit surrounding community Kasie Sansonetti STAFF WRITER
“Together we CAN” is a motivational food drive created by ABLE, the Advisory Board for Leadership and Engagement. This organization, like others, strives to help make Clarion University and the surrounding community a well-rounded place. With their latest addition to many programs, the main goal of ABLE’s food drive is to aid local individuals and families who are in need. So far, three local food “cupboards” are retrieving the donated foods. These include Community Action, Food CupboardClarion, and the Emlenton Presbyterian Church. Following the end of the food drive, the listed cupboards will divide the collected items and distribute them amongst their charities. The location of the food drive was on the second floor of Gemmell. Members of ABLE were available between Monday, March 29 and Wednesday, May 1. Donated foods included any non-perishable item that is boxed, bagged, or canned. Examples of this involved soup cans, noodles, etc. Various items such as expired, cooked, or frozen foods were discouraged, as well as beverages. Within these means, ABLE
hopes to reach its intended target acquired during the first-year trial-run, which is the highest so far. The first “Together We CAN” food drive at Clarion University, held during spring 2011, collected over 1,300 pounds. Impressed by the unexpected total, ABLE decided to enter the Spirit Contest. This contest is directed toward organizations on campus that show extraordinary involvement based on a wide-spread event. Any of the contestants can host an event, create a community service event, or initiate a fund-raising event. Recognized Student Organizations aided the project, especially Greek Life. The winning RSO is presented a trophy at the end of each year during the Reinhard Awards in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room. Ever since, efforts for the food drive have escalated and their contributions increased. “Students should donate to causes like this on campus not only because it benefits the local community, but it also improves the relationship between the campus and community,” said Amanda Platt, coordinator of the “Together We CAN” food drive. “If the community sees that students are willing to help, the university will improve its image to members. The same goes for why stu-
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ABLE members volunteer during the afternoon at the “Together we CAN” table in Gemmell. dents should get involved with community service opportunities on campus because what we do on campus again benefits the community and builds those relationships,” she said. She said she wishes her efforts would have displayed more achievements, but she says that this is only the third year, and there is
still more work to be done. The amount of items as of April 30 was an estimated 111.90 pounds. Their calculations led to dismay when recording that an extra 118.10 pounds still needed to be accumulated in order to make the target. With one day left unaccounted for, attempts were stronger than ever.
To aim for increased participation, a special prize will be awarded to the student who voluntarily gives the largest amount of donations. Instead of judging by apparent size, the contribution will be weighed. Even with the extra persuasion, students are encouraged to donate. The closing pick-up date for the collection is Thurs-
day, May 2. The cupboards are expected to pick up the donations in the Gemmell rotunda. Contributions were still accepted on May 2 from noon to 5 p.m. In order to make this year and future years successful and potentially save a family, all students and faculty are encouraged to take part in this event.
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University professor gives “1863 in Perspective” presentation Amerigo Allegretto FEATURES EDITOR
There have been many debates about Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, the famous bill signed in 1863 that said slaves in rebel states would be freed. While many believe that the bill helped significantly in the freedom of slaves during the height of the Civil War, many also believe that it did little and that President Lincoln is given too much credit in taking part in it. This issue was addressed in “1863 in Perspective: The Pivotal Year of the Civil War as it Relates to America Today,” a lecture presented by Clarion University history professor Todd Pfannestiel. The presentation was sponsored by the History Club. Along with the presentation was a raffle for tickets to a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Tickets contained information about figures in the Civil War along with numbers. All proceeds went to the Clarion Historical Society. Originally, the slideshow presentation was planned to feature a guest speaker, Joel Schwartz, a fellow student with Pfannestiel at the University of Arkansas. Schwartz’s wife however gave birth the day before, which left Pfannestiel alone to present. Pfannestiel began by comparing 1863 and 1963. “Back in ‘63, we had riots in the street over the draft. We had racial upheaval, we had the Klan beginning to rear its ugly head,” said Pfannestiel. “We had all kinds of legislation being passed with regard to civil rights for African Americans.”
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Todd Pfannestiel discusses the factors that affected the Civil War during 1863. 1863 faced similar situations in regard to all of the aforementioned, including how the war was “a poor man’s fight for a rich man’s war,” according to Pfannestiel. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed on New Year’s Day, 1863. By this time, the Civil War had been going on for close to two years. Pfannestiel told the story on the remarkable day, saying how the president could not sign the document the first try because his hand was experiencing numbness after shak-
ing hundreds of people’s hands that morning. This aroused speculation that the president didn’t have the backbone to sign the document. When Lincoln signed the bill later that day, he allegedly let out a laugh of relief. Pfannestiel then talked about the issues that decry the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as factors that played in the signing of it. One was how Lincoln opposed slavery. When he was young and in New Orleans, Lincoln saw a chain gang of slaves that appalled him,
comparing them to “fish in a trough line.” “When he was a young legislator in Illinois, he was one of the few to sign a resolution that actually would end slavery,” said Pfannestiel. Lincoln also opposed the Mexican War as a Congressman in the House of Representatives, saying that the acquired land would open to possible slavery. He once again denounced slavery when the Missouri Compromise was struck down. Another factor was public sentiment. Pfannestiel
quoted Lincoln by saying “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail, but without public sentiment, nothing can succeed.” Pfannestiel said that Lincoln needed to be sure that he had public support, which is why the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863 and not 1861, when the Civil War first started. Geography was another factor. Washington, D.C., was near the Confederate state of Virginia. On the other side of the Union capital was Maryland, a
Union state that still had slavery. Pfannestiel explained that if Lincoln decided to include Maryland, along with other Union slave states (Delaware, West Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri) in abolishing slavery, he may have lost support, leaving the capital surrounded by the Confederacy. These border states were not part of the Proclamation, as the Proclamation stated that slaves in rebel states would be free. Pfannestiel said that the Emancipation Proclamation accomplished little. One problem was enforcing the bill. “Let’s say you are the governor of Mississippi or Alabama. The president of the foreign country that you are fighting has just said, ‘You must free your slaves.’ Are you going to run out on the afternoon of Jan. 1, 1863 and do it?” said Pfannestiel. “If some other foreign power told America today ‘I’m changing your law and you must all learn to write lefthanded,’ are we all going to sit there and learn how to write left-handed? Of course not.” Pfannestiel concluded the presentation by saying that even though the Emancipation Proclamation did not accomplish very much and that Lincoln would have done anything to keep the Union together, slavery or no slavery, it did kickstart the events leading to the abolishment of slavery. After the Civil War (and Lincoln’s assasination), the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed, thus ending slavery and recognizing African Americans as citizens, among other things.
Upcoming Events Friday, May 3 8 p.m. Movie Bingo Saturday, May 4 8 p.m. Dueling pianos
For a full listing of campus events and club meetings, please refer to the master events calendar on the Clarion website at: www.clarion.edu/623/
Sunday, May 5 2 p.m. End of Semester Picnic 5 p.m. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Tuesday, May 7 7 p.m. Build your own telescope Wednesday, May 8 5 p.m. Guided relaxation study break Thursday, May 9 8 p.m. Craft Series: Finals Survival Kits
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JEN SCHWARTZ Canadian electro-pop musician Lights set aside her synthetic keyboard and picked up the acoustic guitar for her April 30 release of “Siberia (Acoustic),” proving she’s not just a pop star producing catchy beats and heavy bass, but is a true artist capable of creating well-crafted songs without any special effects. Lights Poxleitner, who simply goes by Lights, is
AMERIGO ALLEGRETTO The Stooges are back and raunchier than ever in their old age. “Ready to Die,” the first album in about six years and the first since the death of guitarist and founding member Ron Asheton, shows The Stoog-
BLAYNE SHEAFFER From the moment LL Cool J forces his randomly creepy laugh in an unintentional impersonation of Vincent Price at the end of “Thriller,” it’s clear that “Authentic”
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known for writing all lyrical and instrumental components of her music herself, as well as composing it. In “Siberia (Acoustic)” Lights successfully reimagined the gritty, bass infused tracks from the 2011 release of “Siberia” into acoustic renditions. The album opens with “Banner,” originally an energetic pop anthem. This stripped-down, simple version allows Lights’ vocal ability to really shine in ways not applicable in the pop component, especially in the chorus as she sings “If this war is never ending, I’ll take this love down with me.” “Cactus in the Valley” features guest vocalist Adam Young, better known as Owl City. This was an excellent pairing as the two artists produce relatively simi-
lar sounding music, not to mention the soothing tone of their voices complement each other well. Another graceful reconstruction is “Where the Fence is Low,” which originally featured elements of dubstep. The track sounds almost like a lullaby with delicate guitar chords, until the end where Lights’ vocals soar into some of the most emotional sounds on the album. Here she proves although her vocals tend to be soft and modest, the girl’s got some pipes. Things appear to be going swimmingly until “Siberia.” As the title track, I’m sad to say that I found myself desperately wanting to skip this one due to the clashing harmonies of guest vocalist, Max Kerman of The Arkells. He
shouts awkwardly over Lights’ gentle vocals and for me this was a pairing the album could have done without. As her most popular single to date, “Toes” was originally an upbeat, catchy pop jam. To my unexpected yet pleasant surprise, Lights transformed this track into somewhat of a somber ballad. The notion of falling in love becomes dark and hypnotizing as she sings “Oh, you capture my attention, carefully listening, don’t want to miss a thing, keeping my eyes on you.” After the chills I experienced from acoustic performances of “Peace Sign” on YouTube, I couldn’t wait to own the recorded version. While the guitar picking in this song was
nothing less than enchanting, the guest vocals sung in French by Coeur de Pirate unfortunately made this track a disappointment for me. Although their voices were stunning together and harmonized flawlessly, I would have much rather heard Lights sing her original lyrics throughout. “Flux and Flow” was by far the track I most anticipated from this album. The intensity of the chorus matched with layers of both gritty and soothing effects is unlike any other song Lights has produced. As much as I wanted to love this version, again I felt let down. While the cello was a perfect touch, her vocal arrangement in this version compared to the original version (which
blew me away when she belted out the chorus) didn’t do it justice. Finally I reach the closing track, “…And Counting.” Simply put, she saved the most impressive acoustic performance for last. Her vocal range is breathtaking, probably the best I’ve heard from Lights, as she sings “When I fall asleep I feel you with me, until I fall asleep and you are with me.” As a huge fan of Lights’ work, I can say “Siberia (Acoustic)” is an intricately constructed project for both fans of the artist as well as those who are simply fans of acoustic music and a pretty voice to enjoy. However, I feel it could have been better done without the guest vocals and more of Lights’ raw talent.
es haven’t lost their edgy sound that made them legends in punk music. Although Asheton is gone, his replacement James Williamson (guitarist on “Raw Power,” the band’s third album) more than makes up for it. The album starts with “Burn,” and singer Iggy Pop vies to be a crooner on this track. He shows his baritone side while singing lyrics like “The goddess of beauty, is backing into me. I got a lesson to learn, because there’s no God in this crowd.” The use of sleigh bells in the rhythm and the loud guitars also make this
a powerhouse song. It’s not too constrained, but not too loose in sound. “Unfriendly World,” the fifth track on the album, opts for a more acoustic sound, with Iggy channeling his inner Johnny Cash for quieter, whispering vocals. This song is more of a quiet anthem rather than a typical angry punk song, speaking of moving on from the past in an rough world. The eighth track, “Dirty Deal” blends sounds from all sorts of directions. One person described it almost perfectly on YouTube, saying “Honky Tonk
Grunge????” The song contains elements of country, grunge and punk rock. Williamson’s guitars blends these elements nicely for a rewarding, nearly fourminute experience. Iggy expresses disgust toward crooks here by singing “System’s rigged to favor crooks. You don’t find out in civil books. It’s not cool to ask the man, to sign one he don’t understand.” “Beat That Guy,” the ninth song on the album mixes in lo-fi fuzz with an atmospheric aura. It blends acoustic and electric guitars and piano and emits a sound compara-
ble to Radiohead back in their heyday in the ‘90s. Williamson also delivers a guitar solo that takes older listeners back to the ‘70s with powerful, highpitched notes. All in all, “Ready to Die” impresses me. It’s better than “The Weirdness” and shows The Stooges still have what it takes to deliver edgy music. In fact, the songs here are more vulgar in comparison to their past material. Songs like “Job,” “Gun” and “Dirty Deal” would need editing for radio airplay. The phrase “grumpy, old men” seems to apply.
What really makes this album is Williamson and his loud guitar playing. Don’t get me wrong, I thought Asheton was a great guitarist and left a strong legacy in the world of punk music, but Williamson brings in more for The Stooges in terms of power and aggression. Also, the useage of acoustic instruments adds diversity to this album. “Ready to Die” is a great album for angry people, like students on campus around this time when finals are around the corner and tensions rise.
was made with high— and somewhat reaching—hopes. The 45-year-old rapper starts off the album with “Bath Salts,” and is just as scatter-brained as the drug in the title. However, with lyrics like “slip into the bath salts and wash my back,” it’s difficult to tell whether LL understood that bath salts are a recent drug craze, or if he just needed some time to unload. He continues to rap like a father mooning over the glory days with his line, “Hand on my nuts,
that’s product placement.” While there are more offensive and less creative lyrics being spat from other relevant rappers of today, this language coming from a man old enough to be the father of a college student is not only disconcerting to the listener, it’s also laughably dated. What’s sad is that if the LL from the early ‘90s could hear this feeble attempt to remain current, he probably would have made just as cheesy a remark.
“I’m Not Leaving You Tonight” would have been an exceptional song if LL weren’t a part of it. Featuring Fitz & The Tantrums and Eddie Van Halen, the track follows “Bath Salts” in being just as off-putting and confusing. Fitz & The Tantrums paired with Eddie Van Halen is an interesting mash-up in its own, but LL’s attempt at being the mellow hip-hop singer only ran it into the ground. He reminds the listener of Will Smith’s rapping in this song, the
only difference being that Smith knew when to quit back in 2005 with “Lost & Found.” The only song on “Authentic” that doesn’t make the listener want to shake his or her head in second-hand embarrassment is “We Came To Party,” but this is genuinely due to Snoop Lion and Fatman Scoop’s aid and LL using a falsetto. Although, the line “I’m enjoying your blog, I got the same kind of passion,” makes the listener think twice. Not since Nelly and
Tim McGraw collaborated with “Over And Over” have the charts been made uncomfortable by the coupling of a rap artist and a country singer. There are only so many ways to say “I love you, girl,” but recording a song titled “I Live For You” with Brad Paisley is not one of them. This song, as well as the entire album, deserves an “A” for effort, but misses the target completely and drives home the shame for a decent ‘90s rapper who didn’t know when to stop.
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University radio station hosts music festival Jen Schwartz STAFF WRITER
If you happened to be walking through campus early afternoon on Friday, April 26, you undoubtedly heard the sounds of various artists performing at the Gemmell Free Speech Zone as part of “ClutchFest,” hosted by 91.7 WCUC-FM “The Clutch” radio station. “It’s a nice day out, it’s a great day for rock n’ roll,” said John Gornati of the sunny, warm weather that was present for the duration of the event. Students sat on the hill in front of the Gemmell Student Complex to watch the performances of various student musicians of musical genres that ranged from electric pop, pop-acoustic, country and indie punk. The acts who performed included folk singer Kyle Purnell; electronic noise pop duo, Soda Pop & Bubblegum, comprised of Destanie Armagost and BernardThurston Green; acoustic-pop solo artist Time Well Wasted also known as Dominic Bucci; country performer and Clarion Idol X winner Jeremy Fox; and Clarion based indie punk band Downpour. Time Well Wasted’s Dominic Bucci performed acoustic versions of songs from the albums he has previously produced him-
self, as well as a cover of a compilation of lyrics from artists such as One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” Colbie Caillat’s “Realize,” Third Eye Blind’s “I Want Something Else,” Wiz Khalifa’s “No Sleep,” and Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” A standout song from Bucci’s performance was “Bell Tower,” which told of love lost and was titled after Clarion University’s own bell tower. Lyrics such as the open lines “I met this girl when I was 19, and she meant everything to me,” could be relatable to many students’ first love stories. Other songs performed by Bucci included the same themes of young romance and love lost, accompanied by playful acoustic melodies. Such themes were made apparent with lyrics such as the romantic “You left me with a kiss, I’m leaving with your lips,” to the more salty “I wasn’t missing you, I was just missing out. You’re the wrong type of dream girl, cuz you affect the way I breathe in the real world.” Clarion Idol X winner Jeremy Fox started off his performance by asking the crowd “How many of you guys on the hill actually like country music?” To this
question, his response was met with silence. In good sport, the country performer belted out a performance that still received a positive reception from the audience. In his performance, Fox sang songs such as “That’s What I Love about Sunday” originally by Craig Morgan, “Wagon Wheel” by Bob Dylan, “Beer with Jesus” by Thomas Rhett, and Garth Brooks’ “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).” Closing the event was indie-punk band Downpour, who performed heavy, chaotic yet refreshing original jams such as “Isolation,” which boast lyrics with darker themes such as “I’m ashamed of the things that I’ve been put through, I’m ashamed of the person I am.” The band says they are influenced by artists such as the Joy Division, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Happy Mondays, Placebo and Howard Jones. For more on Soda Pop & Bubblegum, Time Well Wasted, Jeremy Fox, and Downpour, check out their music pages at the following links: facebook.com/So dapopAndBubbleGum?re f=stream; facebook.com/ timewellwasteddb; http:// www.rtbproductions.com/ jeremy_fox/; and www. tumblr.com/blog/downpourmusic.
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Top: Clarion Idol X winner Jeremy Fox tunes his guitar before performing at ClutchFest. Bottom: john Harshbarger, guitarist for Downpour, plays the final set for ClutchFest.
Univeristy professor and alumnus launch book reading Leah Loscar STAFF WRITER
Dr. Philip Terman and Clarion University graduate Jamie Wyatt were the stars of a poetry reading on Tuesday, April 30 at which Terman launched his new collection of poems “Among the Scribes,” published by Wyatt. A large gathering of students and community members showed up to Moore Hall at 5 p.m. to listen to the literary stylings of these poets. Audience members enjoyed snacks provided by Tobeco, the group responsible for publishing the literary and arts journal of Clarion University, as they appreciated these literary creations. Terman began by reading from his new book, appropriately starting with the poem “Among the Scribes” which bears the same title as his book. He read from his previous publications as well, including such poems as “Albert Einstein at the Soup Kitchen,” written about a volunteer Terman observed at a soup kitchen in New York, and “Spring Lexicon.”
“It’s about a couple robins basically. It’s very simple,” said Terman. All of his poems were accompanied by music from keyboardist Mark DeWalt. Wyatt read some of her own poems as well. After living in Clarion for 22 years, Wyatt moved to Pittsburgh last June and said that this change in her life inspired much of her poetry, including “Pittsburgh Love Songs,” a two-part poem she read that references the three rivers and other Pittsburgh landmarks. She also read “A Man Came to Live in My Body,” which was well received by the audience. “When I wrote this, I was like ‘It’s so dark and serious,’ and then people laugh at it,” said Wyatt. “I’m a really big fan of Jamie Wyatt now,” said Clarion University student, Victoria Miess. “I thought it was very honest,” said Miess about Wyatt’s poetry. She also said she could envision the Pittsburgh landmarks that Wyatt referenced in her poetry. While still at Clarion, Wyatt switched her major from English Educa-
tion to just English. “I thought, ‘I don’t know what I want to do, but I know I want to keep writing,’” said Wyatt. She is now working on her master’s of fine arts in creative writing at Chatham University and published “Among the Scribes” as part of a school project. “Among the Scribes” is Terman’s seventh collection of poetry. Previous publications include “The Torah Garden,” “Rabbis of the Air, Book of the Unbroken Days,” “Greatest Hits,” “The House of Sages” and “What Survives.” In addition to writing poetry and teaching at Clarion University, Terman is the co-director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival which provides workshops, readings, conferences, panel discussions and more led by nationally-known writers. “Among the Scribes” is now available for purchase for $10. The book will eventually be available online, but for now those interested in purchasing a copy can contact Terman at terman@ clarion.edu.
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May 2, 2013
Clarion track and field has success at Paul Kaiser Classic Mike Decker STAFF WRITER
On Saturday April 27, the Clarion University women’s track and field team traveled to Shippensburg University for the Paul Kaiser Track & Field Classic and left with some promising results. Junior distance runner Megan Toddy ran a final time of 11:10.42 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, qualifying her for Nationals and coming within 12 seconds of the school record. “Megan ran probably the third best time at Clarion history and was only a few seconds from second best,” said Head Coach D.J. Bevevino. “That was just an outstanding performance.” Another Eagle standout was freshman sprinter Danielle Konopski, who shaved nearly two seconds off her personal record in the 400-meter qualifying her for the PSAC Championships. Konopski finished with
a time of 59.53 which was good for sixth place. “Qualifying for the conference meet was a huge accomplishment for Danielle,” said Bevevino. “She was pretty close last week with a pretty considerate time drop. I kept telling her that all we need is one meet without a howling wind coming down the back stretch and she’d reach that time, I didn’t expect her to drop two seconds.” Konopski, with the help of sophomores Anna Pfingstler and Tanea Lehman and senior Bethany Naugle, also grabbed a fifth place finish in the 4x400-meter relay finishing with a final time of 4:10.84. In the hurdles, freshman Kristen Belko also ran a personal-record in the 100-meter hurdles finishing seventh with a time of 15.05. Belko also tied a personal-record in the high jump with a height of 1.62 meters which was good for fourth.
The field also performed strong during the event Bevevino mentioned. “Cress continues to throw well in both the shot and the disc, and I think that bodes well for her going into the championship,” he said. “All three high jumpers tied their season bests ,which is a good thing to do coming into the championship season.” Other high jumpers were junior Sarah Loughner and senior Kristin Mellor, who each jumped 1.57-meters tying for ninth place. Clarion will have one last meet before the PSAC Championships starting on Thursday, May 9, and that will be the Last Chance Invitation at Lock Haven University on Saturday, May 4. “If we can just keep everyone healthy and let some sores heal a little, I think we should be going into championship meet in reasonably good shape,” said Bevevino.
Clarion softball ends troublesome season with pair of losses over weekend Jacob Oberdorf STAFF WRITER
The Golden Eagle softball team ended its season by traveling to Bloomsburg University on Friday, April 26. Clarion dropped both games of the double header by the scores of 10-0 and 10-1. One of the few high points of the day came from Clarion freshman Christina Tressler, who belted her first career home run in
the second game, accounting for Clarion’s only run of the day. In game one, sophomore Julie Sokol took the loss for the Eagles, allowing 10 runs, seven earned, on 11 hits. In game two, freshman Jessica Rohaus suffered the loss allowing 10 runs on 14 hits in five innings. Another high point for the Eagles came from junior Nicole Linder. Linder, who finished the season with a .367 batting
average, qualified in having the seventh-best batting average for a Clarion player since 1993. Also finishing the season out strong was senior shortstop Amanda Gough. Gough finished the season with a .357 averages, the ninth best in Clarion since 1993, and drove in 15 RBIs. The Golden Eagles finished the season with a record of 4-26 while going 0-16 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play.
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Christina Tressler hit her first career home run in double header against Bloomsburg
Clarion baseball’s struggles continue on weekend road trip to Eastern Pennsylvania Traesha Pritchard STAFF WRITER
As the season comes to the end, the Golden Eagle baseball team still struggles to add wins to its record. Saturday afternoon Clarion traveled to Shippensburg and were swept in a double header. Shippensburg, ranked No. 5 in the region, was a difficult team to handle. “We played decently against Shippensburg on Saturday,” said Clarion Head Coach Mike Brown. In game one, the Raiders outplayed the Golden Eagles, and Clarion took a 5-0 lost. Sophomore Drew Pirritano said, “The Bloom games were by far the worst we have played the whole year.” Pirritano explained that he felt he really didn’t give the team help for an opportunity to win against the Raiders Saturday. In game two against Shippensburg, Clarion had a better chance to win but failed 13-3.
The Golden Eagles had a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Pirritano was singled home by Derek Danver. Pirritano started the inning by getting hit by a pitch; then was sacrificed to second, and Pirritano then stole third. “Ship has a great team this year,” said Pirritano. “With us being a young team it was a very tough matchup for us.” Bill Hansson was 1-for-3 with a home run leading off the fourth. In the fifth of game two, he was hit by a pitch and scored an unearned run. In the third The Raiders scored four times and took a 4-1 lead. The highlight of the game was when Shippensburg scored seven runs in the fifth. Sunday afternoon the Golden Eagles lost against Bloomsburg and were swept in a nonconference doubleheader. “Bloomsburg hit our pitching like nothing I have
ever seen,��� said Brown.“They were touted to be on a hot streak, and we can attest to that.” In game one, the Huskies took a 30-2 win and concluded their sweep in game two with an 11-1 win. After the four losses this past weekend, Clarion dropped to 1-39 overall. “This season has been one of frustration, learning, and, survival,” said Coach Brown. Clarion will close this season with a pair of double headers against Lock Haven. To be successful against Lock Haven Friday and Saturday, Coach Brown explained that the Golden Eagles need to show a consistency that they haven’t all year. Pirritano said he feels the team needs to work on situational defense to achieve wins against Lock Haven. The Golden Eagles take on the Bald Eagles away Friday, May 3 and home Saturday, May 4 at Clarion.
FACE OFF Should athletes be considered above the law? Jacob Oberdorf STAFF WRITER
Being a professional athlete comes with a lot of off the field baggage that must be dealt with on a regular basis. Arguably, the most prevalent is the fact that every move the athlete takes is as if it is being performed under a microscope. Every little move, action or thought is scrutinized by the entire country or even the entire world. This is a burden that other people who would not be recognized by most in the public do not have to deal with. Another burden that professional athletes have to deal with is the fact that if they make one mistake, before the blink of an eye, it will be broadcasted to the world. The argument that I am going to try to persuade to you is the fact that some athletes should be considered to be above the law in some way. I feel that there should be some circumstances that are taken into consideration before the punishment for the athlete is handed out. Something that should be taken into consideration is if the athlete has had a past of butting heads with law enforcement. Another is whether the athlete is active in the community. Lastly, I think the athletes overall personality should be take into consideration before he or she receives the punishment. I understand the fact that each people must pay for their actions, and just because they are famous athletes doesn’t mean that they should be treated special. Let me put it this way; some athletes should be considered higher above the law than others. For example, in March 2012, former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was pulled over for a DUI. Even though this was not a great decision on Ward’s part to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol, I feel that he should face a lighter punishment than the likes of a Adam “Pacman” Jones in the same situation. As we all know, Ward has always been a big part of the Pittsburgh community in his time with the Steelers and never ran into trouble with the law. On the other hand, Jones has been known to live a wild life and has a pretty long list of altercations that he has had with law enforcement. I feel, given the distinct differences between the two, Ward should be able to benefit from all of the service he has provided to the community and the lack of a criminal history. I know some of you are probably thinking that just because they are athletes, they don’t deserve to be treated better than anyone else. Even though some don’t like to admit it, athletes have a lot more opportunities to make a difference just because of their higher stature. Most athletes take advantage of this fact to make good in their community while some just flat out take advantage of this and decide to do whatever they want. So why not reward the athlete who goes above and beyond to be that ideal role model to the younger generations? Give them the benefit of the doubt if it’s only a onetime thing. However, given the fact that a certain athlete becomes a repeat offender, I feel like all benefit of the doubt should be taken away. I myself would be OK with letting some athletes be above the law.
Mike Waterloo SPORTS EDITOR
When you sit down on your couch on Sundays to watch your favorite football team, you can’t help but get excited. These are the guys who you look up to. They’re megastars who are making millions and millions of dollars to play a sport. They’re superior athletes, and a lot of them are freaks of nature. More than anything, though, they are people just like you and me. They possess a certain talent to play a game at an elite level, but unfortunately many of them think they are above the law. While the athletes deserve a lot of the blame in these situations, the media, fans and leagues are a big part of the issue as well. Recently Yovani Gallardo, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, was pulled over after a concerned citizen alerted authorities that a driver was swerving between the lines on the road. When the cops pulled Gallardo over, he said he had just a few beers. I’m no expert on the situation at all, but blowing a .22, nearly three times the legal limit, sounds like more than just a few drinks to me. Gallardo would face the repercussions; so you would think. Instead, Gallardo receive a $738 fine, which is .0001 percent of his 2012 salary and made his start two nights later for the Brewers. The worst part is Major League Baseball did absolutely nothing about it. They’ll suspend someone for using steroids and damaging their own body, rightfully so, and fine a player for wearing two different shoes to honor Jackie Robinson. Heck, they even suspended a Pirates pitcher for hitting a batter, something that happens on the field of play, but a DUI isn’t a big deal for them. Mark Grace, former Chicago Cubs legend and Arizona Diamondbacks announcer, was sentenced to jail after his DUI last year. Deadsping.com released an article earlier in the week that said Grace is a minor league hitting coach for the Diamondbacks while he’s behind bars. Way to take yourself seriously, MLB. In 2005, Donte Stallworth was partying it up and down in Florida with his friends. Stallworth struck 59-year-old Mario Reyes with his 2005 Bentley coupe and killed him. Stallworth was over the legal limit, under the influence of marijuana and speeding when he struck Reyes. Stallworth served just 24 days in jail, was placed on eight-year probation, ordered to 1,000 hours of community service and lost his Florida state driver’s license for life as result of a plea deal. Stallworth was playing in the NFL the next year. While there are athletes, such as former LSU cornerback Tharold Simon, who told a police offer that he was going to buy the projects, the police officer would “be his” and the major of Eunice, La., would fire the police officer if he wrote him a ticket and athletes like Shaun Rogers who carry a loaded gun in an airport, most of the issues stem from us. We worship these athletes as if they are gods and are greater than thou. Snap back to reality because they’re just athletes like you and me. They’re overpaid, physical specimens who play a game; that’s all they really are. Next time you see an athlete in the news who gets in trouble or next time you see an athlete get a slap on the wrist, remember that while he or she is a celebrity, they aren’t above the law.
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Five new members to join Sports Hall of Fame Eddie McDonald STAFF WRITER
The Clarion University “Sports Hall of Fame” will induct five new members on Friday, May 10 for the class of 2013. Cary D. Grubb will be the 12th Clarion baseball player to be inducted into the Clarion Sports Hall of Fame. Grubb graduated from Clarion in 1987. He started all four years while at Clarion, all at third base. He had a career average of .362 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs. He was selected to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference First Team three straight years (1985-87). In 1986 he batted .426 en route to being named the PSAC West Player of the Year. He was drafted by the then California Angels in the 1987 MLB draft. Jackie (Hill) Saad will be just the third Clarion volleyball player inducted into the Clarion Sports Hall of Fame. A 2004 Clarion graduate, Saad left with the school record for assists, with 5,846. She finished fourth in digs with 1,460. She was named a team captain her sophomore year, the same year in which she set the single-season assist record with 1,552.
In 2002 and 2003, her junior and senior seasons, she helped lead the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Division II playoffs. Those same two years, she was named First Team PSAC West as well as First Team AVCA/Daktronics All Region. In 2003, she was an AVCA All-American. Alex F. Murnyack will join Grubb in the Hall of Fame for baseball, but will also be inducted as a football player and wrestler. The 1964 graduate enjoyed great success while at Clarion, lettering nine times over the three sports he participated in. In 1963 he was a preseason All-American as well as preseason PSAC First Team. That year he was the team captain and MVP. He was a catcher and first baseman for the baseball team where he lettered four times and was the team captain and MVP in 1964. He wrestled from ’6264, lettering in his junior and senior seasons. He was PSAC runner-up in his junior campaign at 191 pounds. Shelly A. Respecki will be the seventh women’s basketball player inducted. She was the starting point guard for Clarion in 1991 and 1992, a team that saw
great success. Respecki helped lead the Golden Eagles to consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament. In ’91, she helped lead the team to a 24-8 record and the PSAC championship. The team lost in the D-II Elite 8. The next year she helped lead the team to a 25-4 record and the PSAC West championship. The team reached the D-II Sweet 16. She set the single season assist record in 1991 with 235 assists. The final inductee of this year’s class is Cecil D. Willoughby, a graduate of the 1951 class. He was a two-sport athlete, playing both football and basketball. Basketball is where he saw his best success. He started three years at forward/center and scored 849 career points, averaging 13.1 a contest. In 1951, as team captain, he led Clarion to a 15-2 record and the Western PA Class B title as well as the Teachers College championship, going 8-2. He was voted P-G West Penn All Star in the same year. These five inductees will join the likes of Waldo S. Tippin, Reggie Wells Jr. and Sr., John Courtesy Photo / John Doane Calipari and Kurt Angle. The five new members will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame May 10
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May 2, 2013
Golden Eagle athletics have roller coaster year Matt Catrillo STAFF WRITER
“It was a roller coaster year,” said Clarion Athletics Director Dave Katis. That would be a perfect way to describe the 2012-13 athletic year for Clarion University. From great wins like the football team’s win against East Stroudsburg on a gamewinning three-yard touchdown run by freshman Travis Day, to excruciating losses like the baseball team dropping game one of its double header with Bloomsburg over the weekend, 30-2. Let’s look at some other “roller coaster” moments from this past year; After a 24-12 regular season, the volleyball team, despite some late season adversity, made another incredible run in the NCAA Division II tournament before falling just one game short of reaching the regional finals against Wheeling Jesuit. “I’m very proud of their program, and they worked very hard at it,” Katis said. “They have a lot of good recruits coming in, and that will benefit the future.” The women’s swimming and diving team had a great end to its season, finishing second at the 38th PSAC Women’s Swimming Championships after a 6-2 regular season, while the men’s team finished the season placing third as a team in the PSAC’s as well. “They are very young teams that will continue to grow,” Katis said.
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Hannah Heeter proved to be a bright spot in Golden Eagle athletics during the 2012-2013 school year. The track and field team also had a successful season, with many PSAC qualifiers. Basketball season itself was a roller coaster season. The women’s team made the playoffs for the first time since 2009, propelled by a great last second 51-49 win over Mercyhurst when junior Raven Jones coasted
for the game winning layup with 7.3 seconds to go. The women’s team also overcame some off the court issues to make the playoffs. “There were a lot of trials and tribulations,” Katis said. “For us to make the playoffs was a positive aspect, but we want to continue to progress.” Meanwhile, the men’s team
completed a 20-loss season for the first time in school history including two close losses to Division III schools Thiel and LaRoche to start the season, after there were so many exciting expectations. However, they did fight to the end, including a 7851 thumping of Mercyhurst in the second to last home
game of the season. “They never gave up and played hard the whole way through,” Katis said. “There’s some good, young, optimistic talent out there, but we need to continue to build.” The football team finished its season at 4-7, but were in the playoff hunt for
a good part of the season before faltering late with three straight losses. They did begin the year with a hard-fought win over Fairmont State and Gannon, and wins against East Stroudsburg and Lock Haven that were thrilling finishes. As football looks toward next year, Katis is optimistic. “With the recruiting class that has been brought in, and with a lot of guys coming back, I think next year could be a break out year.” The wrestling team, despite a 5-10 year, saw senior James Flemming tie Frankie Edgar on the Clarion all-time wins list, and saw Flemming and junior Tyler Bedelyon qualify for the NCAA Championships. Katis is also optimistic about the future of this team. “Coach Letters and his staff have done a tremendous job recruiting,” Katis said. “Anyone you talk to says they got the one of the top 10 recruiting classes for next season.” To round out the year, the baseball and softball teams struggled, as the baseball team only collected one win, and the softball team remains winless in conference play the last two seasons. As you always find throughout the course of a sports season, there are many memorable moments, and moments to forget. Hopefully the teams that achieved continue to grow, and the teams that struggled continue to better themselves for the future.