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The Clarion Call

April 22, 2010

Volume 96 Edition 23

Taxpayers turn out for Tax Day Tea Party

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Protests to preserve trees along South Street.

South Street to be widened Adele Stewart News staff

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Clarion area citizens assemble peacefully across the street from the Clarion County Courthouse for the Tax Day Tea Party.

Grassroots movement demands fiscal responsibility and limited government

Kelsey Huebert Features staff

CLARION, Pa., April 22 After the national anthem and an opening prayer, taxpayers voiced their concerns April 15 at the Tax Day Tea Party in the park across the street from the Clarion County Courthouse. The controversial, grassroots movement centers on the core principles of fiscal responsibility, free market practices and limited government. Clarion College Conservatives Treasurer Meagan Grau was pleased with the amount of people drawn to the demonstration. “We wanted to get the community involved, and spread conservative ideals. What better way than a conservative tax day tea party?” “People do care about the course of the government,” said Grau. “They don’t want Washington running their lives.” Many in attendance cited rising partisanship as a chief issue. “We are not concerned with the things that divide us,” said Mike Armstrong, CCC president. “We don’t live in a poor America or in a rich America. We don’t live in a Democratic America or in a Republican America.” “We owe it to future generations to promote fiscal responsibility and limited

government,” said Armstrong. “We have been lied to, and we are now fed up,” said Clarion County Commissioner Dave Cyphert. “Washington, listen up. It is not cannons or muskets, nor thunder from a gathering storm you hear in the distance, it’s the people of America raising their voices.” Demonstrators cited public opposition to Democrat-sponsored legislation as a source of their discontent. The health care bill is “good for the tea party movement,” said Elizabeth Bryan, researcher at the Commonwealth Foundation, “because now we have an example that exposes the liberal agenda as a naked power grab.” It took District Attorney Mark Aaron almost 90 seconds to list the taxes levied against the average taxpayer. “Before real estate taxes, school taxes and sales taxes, we are already at 42 percent taxation on a wage-earning American,” said Aaron, “and I think we have enough taxes, and we don’t need any more.” “We have a terrible narcotics problem in Clarion. Our budget for the Clarion Narcotics Enforcement Team provides us with one part time officer,” said Aaron. “That is inadequate,” said Aaron, “and the money we need goes up the

Taxpayers at the Tax Day Tea Party show signs of support. chain to the state and federal government.” “Pennsylvania is losing population and jobs because our government gets in the way of business,” said Rep. Donna Oberlander. “Creativity, ingenuity, and the entrepreneurial spirit are met with stacks of paperwork, and regulations and restrictions,” said Oberlander. “We are, as a nation, standing on a precipice,” said keynote speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Peg Luksik. “We are either going to stand up and fight to keep the America we know and love, or we are going to become something completely different,” said Luksik. Luksik said that the

Russell Pekelnicky News staff

Karen M. Whitney has been teaching for the last 25 years.

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framers of the Constitution “began the conversation by putting in writing that the state is not the highest authority.” Not all in attendance were of the conservative persuasion. Behind the gazebo, some could be seen with signs protesting the protest. One read “Tea Party? More Like White Whine!” “I’m here because I believe health care is a human right. I know, first hand, what it is like to not have health care,” said Emily Young. The Tea Party movement has taken root in all 50 states. These and other taxpayers will soon have another opportunity to have their voices heard on election day.

Whitney speaks at presidential forum

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CLARION, Pa., April 22 – Discussions about widening South Street by eight feet started in April 2009. Safety and traffic concerns forced the Clarion Borough to consider changes on South Street. The idea to widen South Street, which is located off Wood Street near Wendy’s, resulted due to a discrepancy last year between the Clarion Borough and Gannett Fleming Engineering over fixing a staircase on North Riverview, according to the Borough. It is thought that the widening of the street will better serve the residents who have no choice but to park there.

An article in The Clarion News mentioned that the project would allow for easier parking and traffic flow along the street, improve neighborhood safety by slowing vehicles down, provide for necessary street repairs, and provide improved American with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalks and curbs. For weeks now, the citizens of Clarion have been rallying against the proposed reconstruction. Protests have arisen to preserve the current width of the street and adjacent trees. Signs and ribbons are posted on trees in front Fred Cherico’s mother’s house.

CLARION, Pa., April 22 Karen M Whitney, a potential candidate for president of Clarion University, said she sees herself as one in a long line of teachers. “I view myself as an educator first,” she said, citing her family’s long line of educators. Whitney has been working in higher education for 30 years, starting as a resident adviser and work-

ing her way up, including working in executive administration for the past 10 years. She has been teaching for the last 25 years. She also writes and presents scholarly papers on a regular basis. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in public administration and her doctorate in higher educaSee “PRESIDENT” page 4

Spring has sprung in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Daisies on South Street seek the sun as Clarion kicks off Earth Week

Loan rules adjusted Adele Stewart News staff

CLARION, Pa., April 22 - When President Barack Obama signed the new health care legislation into law, he also signed the Reconciliation Act of 2010. The Reconciliation Act stops banks and private lenders from offering Stafford Loans to students and also authorizes all student college loans to be offered through the U.S. Department of Education. Kenneth Grugel, director of financial aid at Clarion University, issued an advisory to students and their parents that Student Stafford Loans will no longer be issued on June 30.

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Direct loans from the federal government will take the place of private loans. All students enrolled at any university or college will need to complete a new Master Promissory Note with the USDOE if they wish to borrow funds for the new academic year. Students will also have to fill out an entrance interview at the Federal Student Aid web site at “There won’t be any change in how much students receive,” said Grugel. “The only change will be a decrease in interest rates.” Hopefully everybody will be up to date with this by the fall,” said Grugel.

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April 22, 2010 The Clarion Call

New rules enacted for lead paint Keg may have fueled fight at IUP Matthew Daly AP Exchange

WASHINGTON — Contractors across the country must take additional precautions when renovating houses where children could be exposed to lead dust from old paint. This was a safety measure that could add thousands of dollars to projects just as the remodeling industry tries to recover from the recession. A federal rule that takes effect soon forces contractors to use “lead-safe” practices when working on homes, day-care centers and schools that were built before 1978, which is the year that lead paint was banned for residential use because of health risks. Many contractors complain that the government has not provided enough trainers to help them meet the deadline and want it extended. “The country is not ready for this,” said Donna Shirey, president of Shirey Contracting in Issaquah, Wash. Shirey is also the chairwoman of a remodelers council for the National Association of Home Builders. About 800 NAHB members were in Washington for the group’s spring meeting and many were making an eleventh-hour attempt to lobby lawmakers for a delay for the rule. The Environmental Protection Agency issued the lead-paint rule in 2008 because more than a million American children a year are at risk of being poisoned by lead-based paint in their homes This can cause learning disorders and behavioral problems, EPA spokesman

Dale Kemery said. Two years was adequate time to prepare and the agency is sticking to its timetable, Kemery said. Workers will have to be certified as lead-safe by the EPA. Workers will also have to wear special gear outfitted with air filters, goggles and hoods. While most of the newer structures do not have lead-based paint, an estimated 38 million homes built before 1978 contain some lead-based paint. If lead exposure is not detected early, high levels of lead exposure can damage the brain and nervous system. This can result in behavior and learning problems such as hyperactivity, or cause slow growth. Lead also can cause reproductive problems, high blood pressure, nervous disorders and memory problems in adults. The lead-renovation rule “provides simple, lowcost, commonsense steps contractors can take during their work to protect children and families,” Kemery said. Under the new rule, at least one person per job site must complete an eight-hour training course which will be offered by private companies. To be certified, a contractor needs to take a oneday course. As of Monday, an estimated 146,000 people were trained, allowing many times that number of workers to stay on the job, Kemery said. About 212,000 firms and 236,000 individuals need the training, the EPA says. Rebecca Morley, executive director of the National Center for Healthy

Housing, which is a nonprofit group that advocates safe homes for children, said that the construction industry has had plenty of time to prepare for the lead-paint rule. “I think it’s a change, and whenever you have a big change like this you are going to have pushback from the industry,” Morley said. Morley said that the rule is crucial to protect children. Contrary to common belief, she said, most lead poisonings do not occur when kids put lead-paint chips into their mouths, but rather are the result of exposure to lead dust from renovation work. “It’s important to contain the work area to keep dust from spreading,” she said. The home builders group estimates that the new rule could cost between $500 and $1,500 for large projects costing more than $5,000. The EPA counters that additional expenses may be as low as $8 to $167. The costs for air filters and other gear worn by workers are likely to be spread out over many jobs. Economic analyses conducted by the EPA shows that the rule is not overly burdensome, in light of the potentially severe health consequences from exposure to lead-based paint, Kemery said. Many contractors already follow some of the work practices required by the new rule, such as using heavy plastic sheets to cover floors and objects in the work area. The EPA said that its estimates do not include costs of those practices and some others.

Weekend Weather Forecast Clarion, Pennsylvania

> Thursday, April 22 Daytime:


High: 61 Partly Cloudy

Low: 32 Clear

> Friday, April 23 Daytime:


High:65 Mostly Sunny

Low: 40 Partly Cloudy

> Saturday, April 24 Daytime:


High: 70 Showers

Low: 47 Showers

Ap Exchange INDIANA, Pa. — Police say a stolen beer keg may have been the fuel of a brawl between several fraternities at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The fight had involved weapons including cinderblocks, a shovel, a baseball bat and a machete. Indiana borough police

Sgt. William Vojtek (VOY’tek) says that no charges have been filed. Police are continuing to question frat members and other witnesses. Police say about 30 participants had ran away before police could even respond to the off-campus fight at about 2:15 a.m. on Saturday. Police say that at least

three of the people were treated for minor injuries. Vojtek says that it’s unclear if the machete was used to injure anyone. Police believe that Alpha Chi Rho and Phi Kappa Psi members were involved. Indiana University has said that the fraternities and others are cooperating with police and the investigation.

Woman dies after collapse in police station Joe Mandak AP Exchange

PITTSBURGH— A woman who collapsed in a suburban police station and later died had been picked up by police for walking along a busy highway less than an hour after being stopped for driving without a license, a police chief said. East Pittsburgh police Chief Lori Payne said Anita White, 46, of East McKeesport, was driving without a license when she was pulled over about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

White refused a police offer to give her a ride home because her car was being towed. White was picked up about 45 minutes later when an officer saw her walking too close to traffic on a busy highway, Payne said. White argued with the officer and complained of chest pains after she was taken into custody, Payne said, so an officer called for an ambulance. “She collapsed in lockup while sitting down,” Payne said.

White died about 3:45 a.m. at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner. An autopsy Sunday was inconclusive pending toxicology and other test results. The case has been turned over to county homicide detectives, who did not immediately return a call for comment Monday. “She was just saying she was having chest pain,” Payne said. Turtle Creek police officials declined comment Monday.

School adviser charged with theft Ap Exchange PITTSBURGH — A faculty member who had resigned from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh has been charged with misappropriating more than $25,000 earmarked for prom and homecoming dances. The Allegheny Coun-

ty District Attorney has charged 46-year-old Vincent Buccina, of Pittsburgh with theft. Buccina faces a preliminary hearing on April 29 and two home phones that were listed in his name were disconnected on Wednesday. Authorities began investigating in January,

months after school officials asked Buccina to explain a low balance in the student council fund he helped oversee. Buccina then resigned. County detectives say Buccina later acknowledged having financial problems and credit card debts about the time of the dances in 2008.

Student laptop spying investigated Ap Exchange PHILADELPHIA — A school official embroiled in a webcam spying scandal says the student suing the district was not authorized to take a school laptop home and therefore had no right to electronic privacy. Technology coordinator Carol Cafiero says Lower

Merion School District officials activated the tracking software because sophomore Blake Robbins had lost or damaged several other laptops and failed to pay a required insurance fee. Cafiero’s court filing this week also denies his claims that she may be a “voyeur.” Robbins sued the dis-

trict in February over the remotely activated webcam pictures. Lower Merion acknowledges the program secretly captured more than 50,000 photographs and screen shots to track missing computers. The FBI is investigating possible criminal wiretap violations.

Woman gets probation for starving son Ben Nuckols AP Exchange

BALTIMORE — A woman who starved her 1-year-old son to death at the behest of a religious cult leader has been given a suspended sentence and probation. Ria Ramkissoon had pleaded guilty to child abuse which resulted in the death of her son, Javon Thompson.

However, the plea agreement contained an extraordinary provision. If Javon should be resurrected, the plea will be withdrawn. The cult leader, Queen Antoinette, had told followers to stop feeding Javon when he did not say “Amen” during a mealtime prayer. Antoinette, her daughter and another man were

convicted of second-degree murder. Ramkissoon has been in jail since her 2008 arrest. She was given five years probation on Wednesday and must complete the program at a residential treatment facility. Assistant State’s Attorney Julie Drake called the sentence compassionate but fair. The state sees Ramkissoon as a victim.

Philadelphia police officer exposed Ap Exchange PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police say an officer has been arrested and charged with exposing himself to a woman while on duty. Police say Officer Joseph Harvey has been suspended for 30 days with intent to dismiss.

He has been on the force for seven years. The investigators said on Wednesday that 35-year-old Harvey is not only charged with indecent exposure, but also official oppression and false imprisonment in the incident reported on Oct. 9. Police say that an Internal Affairs investigation

has concluded that Harvey exposed himself and performed an indecent act in front of a woman while he was on duty in the 24th District in northeast Philadelphia. The phone call that was made to the local lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police was not immediately returned.

Pittsburgh teen beaten by police Ap Exchange

The graph above shows the probability for precipitation for Saturday, April 24. Light: 0% chance of rain Dark: 40% chance of rain

PITTSBURGH — An internal investigation into whether three Pittsburgh police officers wrongly beat a teenage arts student will remain open until the Justice Department finishes investigating. The officers have been suspended with pay since Feb. 1 for the Jan. 12 con-

frontation with 18-year-old Jordan Miles. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl had said then he was assured that the Office of Municipal Investigations would finish its internal probe within a month. Pressed for answers, city Solicitor Daniel Regan said on Tuesday that the OMI investigation is remaining open because “the

federal investigation may reveal additional or new evidence.” Police say Miles resisted arrest, and he was acting suspiciously near a residence. But a judge dismissed charges against the teen who says that the white officers just assumed he was a troublemaker simply because he’s black.




Online Editor

As a political cartoonist, there’s nothing I like to see more than my work stoke controversy and initiate debate. Indeed, this is the primary reason for the existence of political cartoons. On April 1, Holy Thursday, I drew a cartoon about the Catholic church that did exactly that. Some called it bigoted. Others said it was offensive to run a cartoon criticizing the church during Holy Week. It even prompted a letter from Clarion University President Joseph P. Grunenwald to each member of The Call’s editorial board and its faculty adviser questioning the decision to publish the cartoon. While the cartoon may have been offensive to some, any implication that The Call wasn’t well within its rights under the First Amendment to publish it is ludicrous. It’s much more offensive that the officials of a major world religion are protecting child rapists while cowing their victims into silence with threats of hellfire than a political cartoon ever could be. When the last major round of allegations erupted nine years ago in Boston, the Vatican’s response was to write it off as “an American problem.” That excuse won’t hold water this time around, as allegations pile up in Ireland, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and elsewhere. There won’t be a convenient scapegoat like Cardinal Law this time either, as the allegations implicate church officials at the highest levels in conspiring to sweep cases of abuse under the rug.

One case, in which a single priest in Wisconsin molested as many as 200 deaf boys over a period of decades, reached then-Cardinal Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI. Ratzinger turned a blind eye to the case and the sexual predator died a priest after being moved to another diocese, a pattern that has become all too familiar. The conduct of the Catholic church on this issue has been disgusting. When faced with the reality of predator priests in their midst, Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals – and at least one Pope – have responded by doing everything in their power to minimize damage to the church, even if that means protecting rapists and silencing the victims of their abuse. Initially the Vatican’s response was to blame the victims, accusing them of conspiring to bring down the Pope through “petty gossip.” Next they compared criticism of the church to the persecution of the Jews while blaming the presence of rapists in the priesthood on homosexuals. Desperate, flailing deflections like this go a long way toward explaining why the Associated Press describes the Holy See as being in “full damage control mode.” Or why Vatican officials have been forced to rely on diplomatic immunity, ‘Lethal Weapon 2’-style, to avoid potential prosecution for what are unquestionably breaches of the law. I guess infallibility means never having to say you’re sorry.

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It’s your Call... Compiled By: Justin Gmoser

Today, on Earth Day, people across the world are paying homage to the Earth. Across Clarion, the fate of the trees on South Street are under protest. The decision to widen South Street means the removal of trees, considered by many to be Clarion landmarks. “How do you feel about the removal of the trees on South Street in order to accommodate traffic?”

– The writer is a junior communications major and the online editor of The Clarion Call.

“I think that it is a good project because it is hard to fit twoway traffic on South Street.”

A closer look at who the Tea Party is and where they stand In the liberal media, the tea party movement has become a twofold issue. One the one hand, those who are involved in the movement are seen as potential threats, as stated earlier this week by President Bill Clinton. One the other hand, they are disregarded and mocked by the Obama Administration. As previously reported by Americans for Limited Government (ALG), those involved in the tea party movement have been attacked and considered “unAmerican” for standing up for their rights and liberties. What is the true story behind these Americans? What do they stand for? To get the answers, ALG spoke with some attendees at the tea party rally in Prince William County,

Virginia, about their involvement in the movement. They are tired of being taxed, tired of the government’s involvement in their lives and tired of the government spending money America doesn’t have. The New York Times analyzed their own poll on the tea party movement, and chose to portray them as out of touch and confused about what they want. Actually, those involved in the movement today are very in touch with the issues facing the country and know exactly what they want. “Those involved in the tea parties are well educated, have jobs and are respectful citizens exercising their American rights,” says ALG President Bill Wilson. “They just don’t


Political Cartoon

Cartoonist speaks out on controversial depiction Mike Ramsey

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Carla Angellotti

Freshman, Undecided

“If it is more convenient, then it makes sense. But, some see the area as a scenic landmark.”

want to pay any more taxes and want the government out of their lives.” Those on the left are talking about the tea party movement, but ignore its core concerns in an attempt to minimize any impacts it may have on the 2010 elections. The fact that Obama has addressed the grassroots movement several times makes it clear that all sides are aware of this group’s presence. “It is clear the namecalling and mocking is onesided,” Wilson says. “The only threat of the tea party movement is at the ballot box for those elected officials who are ignoring their pleas.”

Rashaad Durant

Freshman, Communications

“I think cutting down trees is stupid. I think it is really dumb.” Alicia Dittman

Junior, Psychology

“It’s definitely a bad idea. Scenery-wise, it’s beautiful. Why ruin it?”

– Rebekah Rast is a contributing editor to ALG News Bureau.

Andrew Smith

Junior, Elementary Education

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Entertainment Editor

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Mike Ramsey

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Sean Montgomery Graphics Editor

Elizabeth Presutti Advertising Sales Manager

News Editor

Features Editor


Online Editor

Dr. Laurie Miller Adviser

Staff/Writers/Photographers News: Adele Stewart, Russell Pekelnicky, Mark Lett Sports: Drew Karpen, Dustin Sams, Jennifer Dailey

Circulation: Adrianna Bonelli, Cassie Uplinger, Kyle Atwell, Jon Knoll

Features: Michelle Hague, Michael Collins, Josie Shreckengost

Online: Lorenzo Lopez, Emily Ramsey, Jeremiah Bull

Entertainment: Amy Wincek, Chelsea Perza, Logan Powell

Photography: Justin Gmoser, Neal Henry, Carly Masiroff, Chantel Wilson, Lamont Sinclair, Raquel Rust

Graphics: Jeremiah Bull

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April 22, 2010 The Clarion Call

Virus infects university computers House Speaker Prosecuted Mark Scolforo AP Exchange

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Signs in Still Hall signal technological problems. On Wednesday, April 21, computers on the Clarion campus experienced a technical difficulty. Clarion University officials posted warnings about the problem and then later posted a second notice which read, “This is an issue with MacAFEE ANTI-VIRUS and Windows XP. The problem has been isolated, the fix is in the works.”

HARRISBURG, Pa.— A former Pennsylvania legislative aide testified Wednesday about an assortment of taxpayer-funded computer contracts. Prosecutors say were illegally used to aid the political campaigns of certain Republican candidates. The contracts are at the heart of the criminal case against former House Speaker John Perzel and nine co-defendants, all with ties to the state House GOP caucus. Bill Tomaselli told Dauphin County District Judge William Wenner about the deals and meetings. These meetins were those that surrounded the caucus’ use of software and hardware which were designed to make it easier to track voters and to get them to the polls. Wenner must decide whether there is sufficient enough evidence to send the case to county court for trial. Tomaselli, a former House GOP aide, described his role in implementing and troubleshooting some of the computer systems. The other defendants

are former Perzel chief of staff Brian Preski, a Philadelphia attorney; John Zimmerman, formerly the House Republicans’ open records officer; Paul Towhey, Samuel “Buzz” Stokes and Don McClintock, who were all ex-aides to Perzel. Al Bowman and Jill A. Seaman, former aides to Feese; and former House GOP technology office employee Eric Ruth are also defendants. All defendants are charged with theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest. Five also are accused of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors allege Perzel and Preski led an illegal effort to mine voter data and employ computer software and similar services for campaign efforts. A grand jury calculated that the caucus spent more than $20 million between 2000 and 2007 on projects that, at least in part, helped House Republican candidates. The appearance of all 10 defendants in court suggested that none has struck a plea deal with prosecutors, as occurred in the other set of cases that have gone to trial, those involving the House Democratic caucus.

South street alternatives Whitney hopes to increase enrollment continued from page 1 Cherico is a member of Concerned Citizens of South Street. The signs say things such as “Save the Trees” or “Vote Against Cutting Us Down.” Megan Shewell, a senior communication major, held an on-air roundtable discussion on WCUC-91.7FM on Tuesday, April 6. The citizen groups offered alternatives to council to alleviate concerns. These options included completely removing parking from the street and widening smaller portions on both sides of South Street.

This would include south side between Fifth and Sixth avenues and its north side between Sixth and Eighth avenues. This would leave the trees and streetscape untouched. An alternative that was discussed included widening South Street four feet on both sides.. The borough is anticipating about $120,000 in 2010 CDBG funding, but no official allocations have been announced. “People should understand that if they have any questions or alternatives, that they should talk to Borough Council, and they will answer all of their questions,” said Shewell.

continued from page 1 tion administration. Should she become president, her goals include advancing the university’s enterprises, promoting the “Clarion values” with pride and enhancing the university’s resource base. Her overall goal is growth in all areas for the university. “A president’s job is to protect and to progress, to fight for funding,” said Whitney. She said she is very impressed with how the university leverages its funding and wishes to increase that if she becomes president. In the face of what Whitney said she sees as an inevitable decline in funding, her goal is to try to reduce that decline for Clarion students by having a steady cash flow into the university. Whitney said she sees herself in the mid-range of qualification in the fundraising department, having raised $2.7 million for her own portfolio. She said she hopes to increase enrollment and student retention at the university.

She said she hopes that, at some point, the university will work so students can have more of their college degrees paid by scholarships and be less dependent on student loans. Whitney said that, in her view, it is up to the state to help provide education to students who need it. “It’s morally wrong for a state to control education and not fund it,” said Whitney. She noted that many of the students at Clarion come from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie, and part of the reason is the personal connections between Clarion alumni and those communities. “It goes beyond the driving distance relationship,” she said. When asked for specific strategies on how to increase enrollment and cash flow, Whitney said she would have to look at what’s working for the university before formulating a decisive plan. Alexia Pursley, a senior industry relations and management major who attended the session in Hart Chapel, praised Whitney. “I enjoy her subjective appeal to the functional areas of education, which

makes an obvious balance of rationality and insight,” said Pursley. “I think she will act in faculties’ and students’ best interest and to fullest extent of her being,” said Pursley. Pursley said she is confident Whitney will take the students’ interests into account and take a path of success to achieve the university’s overall goals. She says she’s looking forward to an administrator who seeks to actively increase student engagement in the university. “As business student, she appeals to me in that she evaluates the situations such as budget cuts, she is dedicated to finding what went well and what didn’t,” said Pursley. She also said she felt a calm she hasn’t felt with some of the other speakers. “I did not feel anxious;” said Pursley, “I felt completely comfortable, like I could ask her anything. She seems very relatable.” As a presidential candidate, Whitney said she sees possibilities and promise at Clarion. “I can see Clarion’s desire to do good in the world,” said Whitney, “and its potential to do more.”

The Clarion Call provides a synopsis of all criminal investigations as conducted by Clarion University Police and filed for the months of April/ May. All information can be accessed on the University Police Web page,

> April 13, 2010. Victim: Glen Kelly Stewart, 41, of Rimersburg, Pa. Actor: Robert Karl Stalker, 43, of Butler, Pa. Stalker entered the Route 68 Pub and struck the victim in the face. Stalker then kicked the victim approximately five times in the arms and ribs. Charges for Simple Assault and Harassment were filed through the District Court. > April 14, 2010. Victim: Alexia Marie DeAngelo, 22, of Clarion, Pa. Actor(s) entered the above apartment and left a condom on the floor. Anyone with information is asked to contact Clarion PSP. > April 14, 2010. Victim: Edward Neil Clark, 67, of Sligo, Pa. Actor(s) entered residence through open window. Once inside actor(s) took 305 oxycontin 20 mg. pills from victim’s bedroom. > April 21, 2010. Location: Buckhorn Road, Beaver Township, Clarion County. This station is investigating a case of Statutory Sexual Assault of known 14-year-old victim by a known 19-year-old male. > April 5, 2010 Victim: John Patrick Obrien, 47, of Masury, Ohio. Unknown actor(s) entered a camp owned by the victim. Once inside the actor removed a 48-inch flat screen TV, two Stihl chainsaws, a DVD player, a DeWalt cordless tool set, Dvds and a tool box containing tools. The stolen items are valued at $2,089. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police.

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Scott Bearer encourages students to get involved protecting ecologically important lands and waters to preserve biodiversity.

Scott Bearer, Ph.D. encourages involvement Kelsey Huebert Features Staff

Forest ecologist and scientist Scott Bearer, Ph.D. encouraged Clarion students to “get involved and stay informed.” Representing The Nature Conservancy, Bearer presented dozens of students with good reasons to get involved on Monday night in the Science and Technology Center. TNC leads the worldwide conservation effort, protecting ecologically important lands and waters. Its mission is the preservation of plant and animal biodiversity. Operating in all 50 states and more than 30 countries, TNC’s more than one million members help protect 120 million acres

and 5,000 miles of rivers. Bearer emphasized the need for private land management in rural Pennsylvania. “54 percent of Pennsylvania forests are privately owned. Of those, only 2 percent have management plans,” said Bearer. Forestland covers 60 percent of the state. “We have been degrading the forests by cutting down all the healthiest trees,” said Bearer, “and 50 years of deer overbrowsing has been a problem.” Bearer discussed other threats the forests face. “Pests like the gypsy moth blight hundreds of acres every year,” said Bearer. The gypsy moth was imported in 1869 in an endeavor to create

an American silk industry. “The emerald ash borer is also very dangerous to forests,” said Bearer. Believed to have originated in China, the emerald ash borer has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the northeastern U.S. and Canada, according to “For over 50 years, fire suppression in Appalachia has led to unnatural and dangerous ecological conditions,” said Bearer. The long-term build up of organic material on the forest floors can lead to fires. “In 2009, TNC helped to pass prescribed fire legislation at the state level,” said Bearer. Prescribed fires are controlled by professionals and limited in

scope. Forests also face pressure from developing energy industries. Thousands of Marcellus shale natural gas wells have been installed across the state. The materials used in the extraction process can adversely affect the local environment. “The future is now,” said Bearer, “but we have to do things the smart way.” Several Earth Week activities are scheduled at Clarion. They include: “Birds of Prey,” 7 p.m. April 22 in Gemmell Student Complex; a Nature Art Show at Artfunkels April 23; and a tree planting at Bear Town Rocks, Clear Creek State Park and a recycling drive at Clarion County Park, April 24.

Fagbug: Erin Davies speaks to Clarion students Russell Pekelnicky News Staff

Erin Davies has been the victim of discrimination for being a lesbian. However, she has not let that keep her down. Rather than let the phrases “fag” and “you are gay,” which were sprayed onto her car, make her feel bad about herself, she decided to keep them on her car and drive around the countryside, from Florida to California, from Tennessee to Canada, spreading the message that hate is wrong. Davies visited Clarion University April 15, three days from the three-year anniversary of the date that her car was sprayed. Her visit to Clarion was sponsored by the local chapter of Allies, an organization of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and straight individuals who have come together to work for the presentation of human rights of all individuals, and the Clarion Young Democrats. During her visit, she displayed her rainbow-colored, refurbished Volkswagen Beetle, dubbed the “Fagbug,” and presented a documentary about her yearlong journey driving around the country with the hateful words sprayed on her car.

Davies said the journey allowed her to uncover more serious stories. The documentary has aired at 35 film festivals. “I’m really proud of it,” said Davies. Davies said she decided not to paint over the graffiti on the car. “It became a thing I couldn’t escape, so I decided to embrace it,” she said. When her car was defaced, she was a graduate student at Russell Sage College in New York. After she resolved to keep the paint on her car, one of her friends bought the Web domain, and Davies created her own MySpace page. She decided to travel around the country and gauge people’s responses to the graffiti on her vehicle. Over the course of her journey, she encountered sympathy and solidarity from those around her. However, she said she was dumped by her girlfriend and turned on by her friends. She also occasionally experienced negativity from those who view being gay as a sin. Despite this, she continued on, determined to share her message. She traveled through 41 states, received 85,000 blog hits, made headlines in five countries, sold 1,000 Fagbug stick-

ers, interviewed more than 500 people, spent 300 nights away from home, recorded 110 hours of footage, encountered 50 other unrelated hate crimes, spoke at 25 schools, participated in 11 gay pride events, had seven people attempt to remove the graffiti from her car and replaced four broken windows. “I’ll look back and be really proud I did it,” she said. Regarding future plans for the Fagbug, Davies said she hopes to someday cross paths with the person who did the graffiti to her car. “I’m not betting on it, but I feel the probability is increased if I keep driving this,” said Davies. “I feel it’s inevitable our paths will cross.” Davies’ car presently no longer sports the graffiti, but instead has a rainbow paint job she got shortly after completing her journey. The response has been more drastic, with more derogatory slurs hurled at her, but also many thumbs up from those who saw her. The new car has been subject to attacks with eggs, keys, garbage cans and people messing with her windshield wipers. Davies said she likes the new paint job. “People will respect

my car because it looks more businesslike,” she said. The new appearance seems to attract more police attention. Davies said she had received two tickets for having lettering on her car larger than two inches, as well as many pullovers. Davies said she hopes to eventually put the car into its own museum with a wall of notes placed on the Fagbug, as well as an interactive section for kids. In the museum, she said she also hopes to establish her own brewery. “One gay beer stands out amongst the straight beers,” Davies said. She’s also working on a children’s book, called “The Rainbow Car,” based on her experience. “This was a wonderful grassroots sort of approach to documentary making,” said Kelly Surgalski, a senior environmental biology major and president of the Clarion chapter of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. “I thought it was great.” “Hopefully, more people having Fagbug stickers will make the community more open to the gay and lesbian community,” Surgalski said.

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Above: Erin Davies visited Clarion University to speak on hate crimes against the gay and lesbian community.



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Father of personal computer speaks to students Michael Collins News Staff

Clarion University welcomed William C. Lowe, best known as the “Father of the Personal Computer,” Tuesday, April 20 at 3:30P.M. in Still Hall’s Carter Auditorium. Lowe is a former executive of Moore Corporation, New England Business Services, Gulfstream Aerospace, Xerox Corporation and IBM. Lowe has served as CEO of two Fortune 1000 companies with 25 plus years experience in an accomplished career where he was known for strategic work, for delivering and sustaining revenue and profit gains with highly competitive U.S. retail market. He has managed budgets in excess of $10 billion in development and manufacturing with worldwide plant operations. Lowe launched the IBM Personal Computer and is best known as the “Father of the Personal Computer” for leading the team that developed IBM’s PC. In 1991, he received a major global award for the greatest Technology Product Innovation in the United States along with Bill Gates. Lowe has recently worked as a strategic advisor for entrepreneurial companies including a Chicago based company that went public in 1999. Lowe has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America in order to oversee and review global operations with several major companies. He has overseen global manufacturing and plant operations including large

scale research, planning, production, manufacturing, outsourcing, supplier and distribution efficiencies and delivery with IBM, Fuji Xerox, Rank Xerox and Gulfstream Aerospace. He went to work for IBM in 1962 as a product test engineer in Endicott, N.Y. In 1975, he became director of development and manufacturing operations for IBM’s GSD (General Systems Division) in Atlanta. It was in his role as systems manager of entry-level systems for GSD in Boca Raton, Fla., that Lowe had the greatest influence. In 1980, IBM was ready to enter the personal computing market dominated by Apple, Commodore and Atari, and set a one-year deadline. Lowe convinced the company that in order to meet the deadline it would have to depart from its customary style of building business machines with proprietary parts. He also led the industry in manufacturing computers with off-the-shelf parts, a move that benefited consumers by lowering the cost of computer purchases and repairs, but at the same time made it easy for IBM’s competitors to make PCs. The team’s approach of using open architecture not only ensured the PC was delivered on schedule, but also changed the manufacturing practices of the industry. Buying off-the-shelf parts was a decision that helped to make giants of Intel, Microsoft and other providers of computer components and software. In 2009, Lowe published a book with Cary Sherburne, a well-known author, consultant, and journalist titled “No Nonsense: Practical

Strategies for Success.” The book talks about the importance of innovation. He said that the problem with some big companies is that they continue to use the methods that got them to the top even if those methods are not working anymore. He explained that his passion is to solve the education crisis in America. He said it seems like students are just being taught to pass tests. The education system is behind in time and should be using the new technology to its advantage. Students get bored with teachers lecturing and some can’t handle it and drop out of school. Education would be much more effective using technology. Lowe mentioned some statistics from a YouTube video titled ‘Did You Know.’ China will soon become the No. 1 English speaking country in the world. The 25 percent of India’s population with the highest IQ’s is greater than the total population of the U.S. The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 didn’t even exist in 2004. Schools are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist. 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met online. There are 31 billion searches on Google every month. In 2006 that number was 2.7 billion. It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century. Lowe said he had no idea that the PC was going to be such a success. His innovation was a stepping stone for the technology today and the technology of tomorrow. The facts above prove how much of an impact technol-

ogy has on everyone’s lives. Basically every college student owns their own laptop. It is like a necessity and without it that student feels lost. It is the same with a person’s cell phone. It is a wonder how anyone every functioned without the technology of today. Lowe emphasized the importance of innovation and he wants to see a change in the education system because what they are doing now is apparently not working because there are still plenty of kids dropping out of high school every day. Without innovation there is no way to move forward.

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William Lowe speaks to students about the education system and progresses in technology.

Career Fair hits Clarion Michelle Hague Features Staff

• Earth Week Open Mic Night, “Perform for the Planet,” will be held 7 p.m. Friday, April 23 at Michelle’s Cafe. The event is sponsored by the BIOs Club, The Wildlife Society and the Human Relations Committee of Clarion.

UAB Events: • Bongo Ball Mania will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, April 23 at Still Field. • CampusFest will be held Saturday, April 24. • The second Annual ‘Chillin’ ‘n’ Grillin’ event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25 outside the Gemmell Student Complex.

Clarion University was host of 24 businesses at the Spring Career Fair in the Multi-Purpose Room in Gemmell’s Student Union Complex on Monday, April 19. Students of all majors had the chance to walk around and introduce themselves into the possibility of an internship or employment. Each table had representatives from their companies to answer questions and receive resumes from students. As the student registered, Diana Brush, associate director of the Career Fair, encouraged them to sit down and take the time to look over the map and information that was handed to them before entering the fair. Each student was presented with a layout map of the MPR that listed the companies that were present, and helpful tips on gathering information and meeting the people in the companies. The MPR was filled with representatives from national and local businesses: Abraxas, AFLAC, Altoona Regional Health System of Medical Technology, Bayer, Blue Sky Therapy, Career Services, Clearfield Jefferson Community Mental Health Center, Commission of Pa. Civil Service, Enterprise Rent a Car, Forever Broadcasting, Gear Racewear, Inc., Hamot Medical Center, Insphere Insurance Solutions, MetLife, Northwest Savings Bank, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Pencil Me In, PLS Logistics Ser-

vices, Premier Therapy, Prudential, Social Security Administration, Travel Centers of America, U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Navy. Dan Mormak, a representative for PLS, said he was pleased to meet people from Clarion. “Our HR [Human Resource Director] is actually a graduate from Clarion. “We had a new hire in April that was from here, and the one girl that is interning for us now in also from Clarion. We would like to expand on that and recruit some more students from Clarion. We are hungry to compete for more students.” Mormak said that PLS, started in 1991, is in Cranberry Township and is a top rated company in Pittsburgh that is expanding and actively growing. By being in Clarion, the company hopes to offer multiple full time positions for students that have graduated in business marketing or communications. Career Services had a table set up with useful information for any student interested. They had handouts on how to conduct mock interviews, setting up resumes and tips for internships. Some of the student employees of Career Services, were there to also help students get on the right path. “We are here to offer our services that are available all year round. We offer help and this fair that is free to all alumni. Not many schools offer that,” said student worker Caitlin Jones. Clarion University stu-

dent and employee of Career Services. Nicole Cadigan, a senior at Clarion, will be graduating this spring with a degree in business managing and industrialization with a minor in leadership. She stopped by the job fair to open herself to the job market and see what future employers could offer her. “I’m for networking and job perspectives. The Insphere is nice because it is working from home. But it is based on commission. I’d like to get into the medical field because it will always be there. People will always be sick,” said Cadigan. The women at the table from Clearfield Jefferson Community Mental Health Center said that there is a full list of possible employment areas that the company is offering. This is the company’s second time working through a career fair with Clarion. “We hope to get a few resumes and contacts for long term employment. We won’t turn any one down,” said Melissa Terwillige. Tuesday April 20, continued the Career fair with personal interviews with students that were already registered. Unlike Monday, it was not open all students. Some of the companies that were seen on Monday were in Egbert Hall to conduct more oneon-one time with the interested students Additional information about the companies seen at the Career Fair or contact information, can be found at clarion. edu/130393.



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arth Day was first started in 1970 by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson. He started Earth Day as an education teaching experience for students. Today Americans use this day to increase awareness and appreciation for the Earth and its environment. In the U.S., Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, serving as the end of Earth Week every year. April 16 through April 22 was designated as Earth Week in 1970 by a group of students in Philadelphia. They, along with Senator Nelson, appreciated the Earth and took the opportunity to teach others about how to preserve its resources. Today, in honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary this Thursday, Americans are taking time to learn about the Earth and help save the environment. Here are 10 excellent ways to help protect the Earth and its resources: Recycle - Recycling is a great way to help reduce the number of items in landfills that are not conducive to decomposition. When things in a landfill do not decompose, they just sit there taking up unnecessary space in dumps. Some of these items may include aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass containers. Recycling allows items like these to be deconstructed and reused in the manufacture of new items. Recycling bins are located in buildings around the Clarion campus. Don’t Use Plastic Shopping Bags - Plastic shopping bags are not biodegradable even when they claim to be. According to a consumer article on library., plastic shopping bags never disintegrate fully. Another concern surrounding plastic bags is the ink used to create the logo on the bag. It is made of cadmium and is toxic when released into the earth. Consumer advocates suggest choosing paper over plastic or even taking along a canvas bag from home to reduce the build-up of plastic bags in landfills. Use Cloth Diapers - Americans throw away over 18 billion disposable diapers a year. If laid end to end, this diaper chain could reach the moon and return seven times. According to an article on, parents use 5,000 to 8,000 diapers per child until they are old enough to be pottytrained. One way to reduce the number of diapers in landfills is to use cloth diapers on children. Cloth diapers, when used in conjunction with biodegradable liners, are an efficient way to dispose of waste. Cloth diapers can be reused up to 100 times and will decompose in one to six months. Use a Low-Flow Shower Head If a four-person family showered for five min-






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by 50 percent. Another option is to purchase an aerated shower head. This model mixes air with water in order to reduce water usage without decreasing water pressure. Compost - Composting allows families to turn their organic waste into a useful material rather than dispose of it in a landfill. By collecting organic waste like banana peels, grass clippings, and eggshells, families can start their own fertilizing resource for household and garden plants. Also add kitchen scraps to your compost pile to reduce the waste of older leftovers. Switch to a Low-Flow Toilet - On average, 44 percent of indoor water use goes to flushing the toilet. Low-flow toilet models are good for the environment because they reduce the amount of water used with each flush. However, if a new toilet is not in the budget, use a water saving short-cut like placing a small milk jug in the tank to displace some of the water. Rethink Transportation - Hybrids are a resourceful idea to cut down on fuel emissions in the atmosphere, but they are an expensive means to an end. Bicycling is a cheaper and ‘good for you’ solution to transportation, but it can also be impractical, especially in rural areas. However, there is a reasonable alternative to the transportation dilemma: carpool. Carpooling with friends or family members is an effective answer to reducing fuel emissions into the atmosphere. Stop Junk Mail - If you saved all unwanted junk mail that you get throughout the year, it would equal approximately one and a half trees. Across the U.S. almost 100 million trees are wasted every year on junk mail. One way to help is to recycle the junk mail you do receive, but there is a better solution. To help stop junk mail, write to: Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, 11 West 42nd Street, P.O. Box 3861, New York, NY 10163-3861. Switch to Fluorescent Bulbs - A home’s lighting can make up 25 percent of the electric used. By switching a home’s incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent ones, you can save energy in your home. Fluorescent light bulbs may be more expensive to begin with, but they last longer and are more efficient than the traditional incandescent ones. Get Involved Locally Find out what is going on in your own neighborhood. Look for community cleanup programs to get involved in or start your own. Research adopting a highway through PennDOT’s program to get involved in cleaning up your area. The Clarion area, along with the hometowns of Clarion students, could always use a good clean-up.

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utes a day, in one week, they would have used an average of 700 gallons of water. By replacing a traditional shower head with a low-flow model, a family can cut water usage





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Clarion hosts film festival for women Chelsea Perza

Entertainment Staff

Short films are always fun to watch. The ninth annual LUNAFEST: Short Films by, for, about Women featured 10 short films on Monday in Hart Chapel. The presentation was sponsored by Clarion University’s Women and Gender Studies Program. This was the second year in a row that Clarion hosted this festival. It cost $3 admission, but filmgoers received free LUNA Bars (varieties of Whole Nutrition Bar for Women) to eat during the screening. All proceeds from LUNAFEST benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and V-Day’s Spotlight Country. Eighty-five percent of the proceeds is donated to different community nonprofit organizations, and 15 percent is donated to the Breast Cancer Fund. LUNAFEST was created to bring people together through different causes and awareness for women’s issues, to promote women filmmakers and to support women’s nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and Canada. LUNA established LUNAFEST in 2000. Each year, LUNAFEST brings about 20,000 women together through watching these award-winning films. The night started off with Carly Masiroff introducing LUNAFEST and telling the audience a couple facts about LUNAFEST and introducing the short films. The

films ran from one minute to 19 minutes in length. The first one, “A Summer Rain,” was about a little girl from Israel who moved to the United States with her best friend. It was hard for her to adjust to American life, but after awhile she made a friend with someone else who was unfamiliar with the American life. Another film was called “Plastic.” It was about a young woman getting ready for a date. When she looked in the mirror, she was able to change herself just like the girl in the magazine she was looking at. But, then she realized that the best way to look is how you really are. “Roz (and Joshua)” was the third film. It was about how a woman separated from her son when he was only a couple months old. After 12 years, she is able to see her son three times a week. She works hard and hopes that one day soon she will be able to be with her son all the time. The next one was called “Monday Before Thanksgiving.” It was about a woman who lost her mother, and in the course of a year she felt like she lost everything. She thought that she needed a man to make her happy, but in the end she realized that she makes herself happy and life is great. A clip called “DIY: Emancipation 101,” was about women and riding bicycles. Other films included: “The Kinda Sutra,” which featured people talk-

ing about the ways that people told them babies were formed; “A Vida Politica,” the story of a Brazilian hairstylist who believes beauty a form of activism; “Anjali,” the story of a girl

who saw her father betray her mother; “ Omelette,” a film about a mother trying to deal with the rise of inflation in the community. The last short film was called “The McCom-

bie Way.” This short film was about an old woman who lives in the middle of the desert and works hard every day. Even though she is old, she still keeps her head up

and is able to inspire young people and to convince them that they can do whatever they put their minds to. For more information about LUNA or LUNAFEST, visit

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nist movement, a lot of what they do deals with identity,” said Byrtus. “A lot of my work deals with identity and how it’s formed, even in pieces not dealing with women.” Regarding particular artists and their influences, she is a fan of Roy Lichtenstein and his comicesque style of art, as well as comic book illustration. She holds a particular interest in the work of Ben Templesmith, who has illustrated such works as “30 Days of Night,” “Wormwood” and “Criminal Macabre.” “I like his use of lines,” Byrtus said. While Byrtus said she does not try to imitate the comic book style, she admires it for its great composition and line work. “They don’t get the same respect as traditional illustration and drawing,” she said. She enjoys Marcel Dzama for his minimalist use of color, as well as his use of ink and water color. She is also influenced by the work of Kothe Kollwicz, a German expressionist, drawer, printer, and sculptor, who Brytus admires for her gorgeous expressive lines and breathtaking depictions of human figure. She also enjoys the work of Rodin and his relationship between figure and environment. Another favorite is the contemporary illustrator Aadi Salman, who worked on the Silent Hill Omnibus Amongst her favorite

artists are the Russian Constructivists, Steward Davis, Pierre Dotreleau,and many abstract artists. She said while abstract art isn’t her favorite to work in, it’s very interesting to view. In the future, Byrtus plans on continuing to develop her art, as well as becoming involved in the video game industry by bringing more artistic ideas to industry. “Video games are in a cool place right now,” said Byrtus. “It’s kind of like how cinema was when Citizen Kane came out. There’s not much of an artistic point, but we’re slowly getting more and more.” Byrtus hopes to push towards broadening the types of games that focus as much on artistry as they do on game play for the general public, as well as dealing with the depictions of people and situations, such as with women, minorities and the disabled. Byrtus’ advice to those entering the art field is to learn to deal with criticism. “You need to be able to give out and take it,” said Byrtus. Byrtus said that in the art world, people will come out and say what they don’t like about the art, and it is the duty of the artist to figure out what they didn’t like, and how they can improve. “My art has improved by 400,000 since I arrived here,” said Byrtus, “and it’s only getting better.”

Finding inspiration through video games Artist Profile: Emily Byrtus

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News Staff

Emily Byrtus is a senior graduating this spring. She is earning a CFA in art with a dual concentration in graphic design and drawing, as well as three minors in history, art history and honors courses. Byrtus’ series, titled “A Series of Tubes” after the quote from Senator Ted Stevens regarding the nature of the internet. “I like to present things in a way they haven’t been presented before,” said Byrtus, “or in ways they’re not likely to be presented in.” Her present series depicts the relationship between man and technology. Byrtus sees herself as somewhat of a nerd, which would lend to the nature of the series, but she also wanted to present the nature of art in a nongendered way, as opposed to the angular masculine portrayal common in art. Byrtus sees technology as integral to society and chooses to represent it with wires and tubes, rather than those angles commonly used to represent technology. The interpretation is totally up to the viewer. “I enjoy the experience between the viewer and the piece,” said Byrtus. “It’s a very unique relationship. It can’t be forced.” Byrtus takes a lot of her ideas on art from the feminist movement. “With the femi-


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April 12 - 30 2010 BFA Exhibition Carlson Library Monday: 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday: 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday: 1 - 8 p.m. Thursday: 1 - 5 p.m. Friday: 1 - 5 p.m. Thursday, April 22 Birds of Prey Show Gemmell Multi-Purpose 7 p.m. Friday, April 23 Nature Art Show Artfunkels In Downtown Clarion 5 - 7 p.m. Open-Mic Night to follow at Michelle’s Café April 23 - 24 CampusFest Sponsored by UAB Performers Include: Tantric, Josh Gracin, Matt Nathanson, and Cobra Starship

Movie Review: Fun with superheroes Russell Pekelnicky News Staff

Some people may indeed consider a movie with the title of “Kick Ass” to be a bit presumptuous. If someone promotes a film with such a title, one should be able to deliver on such a lofty title. However, in the newest addition to the comic book adaptation, the title is fully earned. This flick is most certainly “kick ass.” The plot doesn’t take a genius to put together; a highschooler decides he wants to emulate the antics of the costumed heroes of comic books and dons his own yellow and green costume in the quest to free the streets of fear by kicking some butt and taking some names.

Through his journey, he meets the vigilante crime fighting team (who aren’t too keen on letting the bad guys walk away alive) known as Big Daddy and Hit Girl. However, as costumed justice begins to interfere with the activities of a local crime lord, the criminal head’s son hatches a plot to join up with the vigilantes and snare them in a trap to get rid of the costumed menaces. To get some basic things out there, this is not a kid’s film. This flick is violent, crude and at times incredibly dark. However, that does not mean this film is anything but fantastic. The film is a gleefully realistic satire on the conventions on the super hero origin story

Video Games April, 27 2010 FIFA World Cup All Platforms

April 28 PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe PSP

May, 11 3D Dot Game Heroes Playstation 3

May, 18 Red Dead Redemption PS3 / 360

Movies April, 22 Oceans

April, 30 Furry Vengeance

April, 23 The Losers

May, 7 Iron Man 2

Albums April, 27 Gogol Bordello Trans-Continental Hustle

April, 27 Peter Frampton Thank You Mr Churchill

April, 27 Meat Loaf Hang Cool Teddy Bear

May, 11 Crash Test Dummies Oooh La La

Album Review:

Anthony Green’s falling Logan Powell Entertainment Staff

Circa Survive has long been attributed as the founders of today’s “progressive rock” movement. Even though many bands have gone on to expand upon and nearly perfect the style that Circa Survive attempted to achieve, Circa always seemed destined to create that one record that would be a masterpiece. If you know of Circa Survive, then you obliviously know their vocalist, Anthony Green. Green is easily the most popular vocalist amongst the indie-rock scene, first gaining recognition as the lead vocalist on Saosin’s debut E.P. “Translating the Name.” Green’s breathtakingly good performance gave Saosin instant critical acclaim and the E.P. spread feverishly throughout the Internet.

Despite Saosin’s success, Green surprisingly left the band and went on to create Circa Survive. It’s debut release “Juturna” and follow-up “On Letting Go” showed potential and quickly gained popularity as many Saosin fans transferred their attention to Green’s newer endeavors. However, for every great song Circa Survive created; there were two forgettable ones, leaving a lot of listeners let down. So with fans still holding onto the hopes that Green and company will finally create their masterpiece, Circa Survive releases its next attempt “Blue Sky Noise.” With major label, Atlantic Records backing the band, many fans were afraid that Circa Survive was destined to fade away into obscurity like Green’s earlier

to begin with, then slowly treads into the warped parody of most glorious comic book insanity that many have come to relish. Nicolas Cage hasn’t been doing much in the way as far as respectable cinema is concerned, but in “Kick Ass,” he redeems himself to those who were fans of his work in “Face/Off,“ “Con Air” and “The Rock.” His voice as the hero Big Daddy is a glorious pistache on the Adam West version of the Batman voice, which people can’t help but feel a little warm and fuzzy hearing that Nic Cage still has that quirkiness that made audiences fall in love with him all those years ago. Also worthy of much acclaim are the film’s relative newcomers, Aaron Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz. Johnson serves a completely believable mid range comic book nerd, and has a sort of counter-charisma as Kick Ass; he’s dorky enough and has enough depth to be real, and it is in his realism that he becomes endearing, despite his blunders. One quote sums up the film perfectly. However, if any one actor should stand out in this flick, it is the psychopathic 11-year-old, portrayed by Moretz. Indeed, Moretz steals the show. The entire time one watches this movie, it never really dawns upon the viewer the logistics of Hitgirl. Moretz is convincing enough that audience members not only buy into the idea she is a pre-teen kill-

ing machine, they eat it up. Audience members cheered and whooped as Hit Girl tears apart a gang of drug dealers in her first in-costume appearance within the film. Hit Girl may be an action hero to rival the likes of Ash J. Williams of the “Evil Dead” Trilogy, Harry Calahan of “Dirty Harry,” John McLane of “Die Hard,” or even the legendary John Rambo. Oh, and she’s about 12 years old. The score is pretty decent. I recognized parts of it from “28 Days Later,” which while unusual, served remarkably well to build certain emotions in certain scenes. However direction is really where this piece stands out. The action scenes are amazing, with each and every scene done in a different style. One moment the scene will jump back and fourth between onlooker and Kick Ass mid fight perspective, to the next scene where it’s a tracking shot of Big Daddy just tearing criminals apart in a lumber treatment warehouse. All in all, “Kick Ass” is a wonderful and enjoyable romp of a movie. It’s not for the faint of heart or the squeamish, but for those with the constitution for swearing 11-year-olds, comic book insanity and tastefully luscious amount of gore, this is the film for you. “Kick Ass” is rated R for Violence, Language, and some sexuality.

band Saosin did after it signed to a major label. Amazingly though; on “Blue Sky Noise,” Circa’s sound remains intact as it blends a more straightforward and focused rock sound with the ambient guitar work and soothing vocals it’s known for. The production quality is top-notch, creating huge walls of sound while letting each instrument remain clear and articulate. The album’s two opening tracks, “Strange Terrain” and the first single “Get Out,” are fantastic one-two punches that are instantly interesting and catchy. The two tracks flow perfectly into one another and are perfect complements. Green transitions from lively and relaxed to aggressive and inyour-face effortlessly giving the listener chills as he screams “get out” with everything he’s got. The momentum carries over smoothly into the next track “Glass Arrows.” This song sounds similar to older Circa records and is the closest “Blue Sky Noise” will get to it. The album is so impressive at this point that it is sad to hear what happens. At around 2:17 into “Glass Arrows,” what could possibly be the worst transition in musical history happens. Listeners start to hear highpitched voices screaming along with a drumbeat reminiscent of war drums. The music that happens is so odd and unnecessary that it kills every ounce of momentum created. “Blue Sky Noise” never fully recovers from this misfortune, as the

following tracks fail to stand up and assert themselves from the others. The next three tracks “I Felt Free,” “Imaginary Enemy” and “Through the Desert Alone” are listenable, but seem to desperately have a need to showcase a huge, livid chorus that is so obnoxiously catchy that it fails to stick with the listener. Not to say that the singing or that the melodies are too blame, Anthony Green is a fantastic singer, but that the production has abused the common fad of layering the vocals. How can the listener get a personal connection to a vocalist when there are four different voices layered upon each other simultaneously? “Get Out” is the album’s best track because you can actually get a sense of the emotion in Green’s voice, as it has almost no vocal layering. The most interesting track on the second half of the album is the instrumental track “Compendium.” Circa has always had top-notch musicianship, though normally out shadowed by their vocalist; they show here that they have stepped up their game. “Compendium” creates a great climax that is sadly let down by the lackluster closing track “Dyed in the Wool,” which is only slightly interesting due to the gang vocals used in the chorus. It’s seems as though fans will have to keep waiting on Circa Survive’s masterpiece. After listening to “Blue Sky Noise,” the scene may realize that Green may not be worth all the praise he gets.

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English Club gets the word out

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Conn. Mayor donates his kidney to Facebook friend Brian Skoloff AP Exchange

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Above: Barbara Murray and Amanda Kunz, two members of English Club, rapidly draft a haiku based on a randomly assigned topic. Winners received gift cards as prizes in all contests. On April 21, the Clarion University English Club held a poetry reading in the Gemmell Multi Purpose Room. The reading was in celebration of national poetry month. Attendees were able to relax with refreshments and various contests including original poetry, bad poetry, impomptu haiku and bookmark making.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Politicians long ago discovered the uses of Facebook. East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon found something else there: a constituent who needed her kidney. Capone Almon, 35, had more than 1,600 “friends” on Facebook last year when she saw one of them, Carlos Sanchez, post a status update saying his friends and relatives had all been tested and couldn’t donate a kidney. She knew him casually through activities and friends in the New Haven suburb of East Haven, but they weren’t so close that she had heard he was ill. Sanchez, a 44-year-old father whose kidneys were failing because of diabetes, sent out the request on Facebook only hesitantly and on his doctor’s suggestion. He worried people might pity him — and certainly hadn’t pinned his hopes on finding a donor that way. He didn’t have long to wait. Capone Almon was the first person to respond. “I sent him a private message and just said, ‘Hey, I’ll try. I’ll get tested,’” Capone Almon said Wednesday. “I really felt from the very beginning that I was going to be a match and a donor. I don’t know why, but I just knew it.” Sanchez had no such certainty. “I thought she was joking. The mayor of East Haven would offer me her

kidney?” said Sanchez, an office administrator. “She responded back and said, ‘I am serious, I am willing to get tested.’ “I wasn’t putting too much faith in it,” he said. “I didn’t want to get my hopes high. But at a point she made me feel so comfortable that I started feeling maybe this was meant to be.” Capone Almon, a Democrat, was running for second term as mayor at the time but kept the details of her medical plans a secret. She won the election as they awaited word on when she could donate the kidney, saying they grew as close as family during the lull. “I know he voted for me, too,” she joked. The operation was set only after Capone Almon passed a battery of tests and was given a long explanation of the process, which involved three small incisions near her ribcage and a scar similar to that of a cesarean section. “What the doctors said to me is, ‘Your recipient is already sick and we’re not going to make you sick to make him somewhat better,’” she said. “They do not compromise the donor’s health in any way, shape or form.” Their tenuous connection was cemented into a lasting bond April 8, when doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital removed Capone Almon’s left kidney and transplanted it into Sanchez. They were released from the hospital in less than a week and are expected to

make full recoveries. His insurance paid for both their surgeries, and the mayor is back on the job in this middle-class city of about 30,000. Capone Almon said that she fields questions almost daily from people asking whether she’s worried her one remaining kidney might someday fail, but that she’s confident enough in modern medicine and her own health — especially after the numerous tests — that she barely gives it a thought. “I don’t want people to see this as something larger than life,” she said. “There’s nothing special about me. Anybody can try to do this, and if it’s meant to be, you’ll be a match and a donor and you can really help someone.” Michael Lawlor, an East Haven attorney and longtime friend of Capone Almon’s, said she kept the details of her plans private for a long time, even as he and others quizzed her to ensure she recognized the serious nature of the donation. “I remember saying, ‘Wow, that’s really something. I wonder if she’s really thought through the fact that it might actually be a match,’” said Lawlor, the area’s state representative to the General Assembly. “Almost everybody says the same thing: I don’t know if I would do that if it wasn’t a relative ... but she said, ‘No problem,’” he said. “When she found out she was a match, she was genuinely happy and truly excited to do it.”


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Eagles shock defending champs Dustin Sams Sports Staff

“This is a new era in the team’s softball program. They will demand respect, expect to win, and win with class.” - Coach Nicole Banner


ast Friday the Clarion Golden Eagle’s softball team took on the defending national champions, Mansfield University. In the first game, Clarion erupted for four runs in the third inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Rebecca Lynch, Kacie Nemeth, Nicole Lollo, and Carlie Cook put Clarion up by four going into the fourth inning. Clarion added two more runs in the fourth inning to increase their lead to 6-0. Mansfield finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning with a score from Megan Trutt. The final score was Clarion 6, Mansfield 1. In the second game, Mansfield had a strong third inning as they ran in five runs. In a strong surge to come back, Clarion was able to run in two runs in the fifth inning and two more in the bottom of the seventh, but this would prove to be too little too late as the Lady Eagles would fall to Mansfield 5-4. The very next day, Clarion took on Lock Haven University in a double header. In the first game, Lock Haven jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. In the bottom of the second, Clarion answered back with a run to tie it up 1-1 off a Lollo score. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Eagles would come alive as they ran in four runs off scores from Baun, Lollo, Lynch, and Lindner. Another big inning for the Lady Eagles found

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Above: Clarion infielders meets at the pitcher’s mound before the inning in the cold weather. Right: Junior second basemen Katie Baun gets ready for the pitch from second base. Clarion scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth, three in the fifth, and four in the sixth to propel Clarion to a dominating 12-3 victory. In game two against Lock Haven, Clarion trampled Lock Haven 9-7. Clarion scored first in the first inning with Rebecca Lynch and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Lock Haven had a strong second inning scoring six runs. Clarion answered back in the bottom of the second inning with six runs. In the fourth inning Clarion picked up another run by Cook. In the top of the fifth

Lock Haven brought in one run and Clarion answered with a run of their own making the score 9-7. This would be the end of scoring for both teams. “The team’s last four games foreshadow where the Clarion Softball Program is moving,” said head Coach Nicole Banner in an interview. “It is a new era here and big changes will be occurring,” Banner said. She stated her seniors could not have asked for a better send off. The team finally came together as a team and she said she was very proud of them as a whole. The weather was miser-

able, in cold, snowing conditions, but the team came out with the attitude that they were going to win, no matter what. As for next year, she said she is very excited for the team’s incoming freshmen. “They will challenge and push the team’s upper classmen to improve every day. “As a unit, the team will continue to improve and work in the off season.” Banner said. “This is a new era in the team’s softball program.” “They will demand respect, expect to win, and win with class,” Banner said.



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Ben Roethlisberger suspended AP Exchange Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for six games without pay Wednesday for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and ordered to undergo behavioral evaluation. Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the punishment a week after prosecutors decided not to charge Roethlisberger in a case involving a 20-year-old college student who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a Georgia nightclub in March. Goodell said the league’s conduct policy gave him the right to impose discipline regardless of whether he broke the law. “I recognize that the allegations in Georgia were disputed and that they did not result in criminal charges being filed against you,” he said in his letter to the two-time Super Bowl winner, a six-year veteran. “My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor. “That said, you are held to a higher standard as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described

as admirable, responsible, or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans.” Roethlisberger must undergo a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by medical professionals” and may not attend any team offseason activities until

that evaluation is completed. The suspension could be reduced to four games for good behavior. Sitting out all six games would cost him an estimated $2.8 million. Before acting, Goodell said he interviewed Roethlisberger on

April 13 and talked to current and former players and the players’ union. He also reviewed information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Milledgeville police and talked privately with Georgia district attorney Fred Bright.

Steelers acquire Leftwich


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he Steelers reacquired quarterback Byron Leftwich by dealing a seventhround draft pick to Tampa Bay, a sign they expect Ben Roethlisberger to be suspended for the start of the season. Leftwich backed up Roethlisberger in 2008, when the Steelers won the Super Bowl. He knows offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ system and could be ready to play Sept. 12 when the Steelers open against Atlanta. The Steelers play three teams that didn’t make the playoffs — the Falcons, Bucs and Titans — plus division rival Baltimore in their

first four games, a period that could span any Roethlisberger suspension. Pittsburgh already has thirdyear quarterback Dennis Dixon and longtime backup Charlie Batch under contract. Batch has been injured each of the past two seasons. Dixon has started only one NFL game, but likely would compete with Leftwich in training camp to be the early season starter if Roethlisberger is suspended. The 30-year-old Leftwich played in five games for Pittsburgh in 2008, throwing for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He was 7 of 10 for 129 yards and a touchdown while replacing

the injured Roethlisberger against Washington on Nov. 3, 2008. The former Marshall quarterback played for Jacksonville from 2003-06, Atlanta in 2007 and Tampa Bay last season. He started the Bucs’ first three games last season before being replaced by Josh Johnson. Leftwich completed 58 of 107 passes for 594 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions before being placed on injured reserve with an elbow injury. The trade leaves the Steelers with 10 draft picks, including one in the seventh round — the compensatory pick they received for Tampa Bay signing Leftwich last year.

In addition, Goodell said he listened to recommendations from the quarterback’s representatives and took into account information learned by the NFL office regarding the alleged assault. “Your conduct raises sufficient concerns that I believe effective intervention now is the best step for your personal and professional welfare,” Goodell said in the letter. “In your six years in the NFL, you have first thrilled and now disappointed a great many people. “I urge you to take full advantage of this opportunity to get your life and career back on track.” Roethlisberger also is being sued by a woman who accused him of raping her at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino in 2008. He denied the allegation and wasn’t charged. Goodell has aggressively dealt with players who violated the personal conduct policy throughout his 3½ years as commissioner. He banned Adam “Pacman” Jones for one year, and suspended Tank Johnson and Chris Henry eight games each in 2007. Last year, Michael Vick was suspended for six games, later shortened to two games, for his role in a dogfighting ring. Vick also spent 18 months in jail.



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Men’s Golf Sports Information

Clarion’s Jared Schmader carded a 75 and finished 5th on Thursday while leading the Golden Eagle Men’s Golf Team to a fourth place finish at the St. Vincent Invitational Tournament. Held at Latrobe Country Club, Schmader shot a three-over par 75 to earn his fifth place finish. Mike DeAngelo ended 16th with a 79, Ross Pringle was 19th with an 80, and Bill Stover and Zach Schloemer were 39th with an 84. Saint Vincent won the team competition with a team total of 288, West Liberty was second at 305, California third with a 312 and Clarion fourth at 314. There were 14 teams competing. Clarion has completed its Spring schedule and will now wait and see if they will be selected to play in the NCAA D-II Super Regional on May 3-5 in Beckley, West Virginia at Glade Springs Resort. Archive photo / The Clarion Call

Clarion University sophomore shortstop and converted pitcher Mark White comes in to make a relief appearance earlier during the 2010 spring season.

Clarion gets swept in tripleheader Drew Karpen Sports Staff

The Clarion University baseball team played a rare tripleheader this past Saturday at Lock Haven University. On Friday afternoon, the two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader at Clarion. After a rain shortened game one on Friday that saw the Golden Eagles fall to Lock Haven 8-2 in six innings, the rain started to come down hard, forcing game two to be postponed. In the first game of the tripleheader on Saturday, Clarion was the home team due to the makeup of the second game on Friday. Being the home team didn’t help them that much as they fell to Lock Haven by a score of 13-2. Eric Panko (0-5) continued his struggles by recording the loss. Panko went 6.1 innings, while allowing nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits, and recording nine walks and six strikeouts. Leading hitter for the

Golden Eagles was Scott Berkes with a 2-4 day at the plate. Sean Zimmerman and Ken Morgan recorded the only two RBI’s for Clarion. Clarion was looking to put up more of a fight in the second game of the doubleheader. Lock Haven got out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Clarion pitcher Brandon Slater got off to a rough start as he let up a leadoff home run to Mark Strouse. The Golden Eagles struck back quickly with two runs of their own in the top of the second. Clarion took advantage of the Lock Haven pitcher struggling to find the strike zone. Zimmerman led off the second inning with a walk. After a strikeout by Jason Krimsky, Morgan and Spencer White worked back to back walks to force the bases loaded. Freshman Jordan Labue reached on a fielder’s choice to third base, scoring Zimmerman to tie the game at 1-1.

With two outs in the inning, Chad white got another clutch hit with an RBI single, plating Spencer White for a 2-1 lead. The threat would end soon after Labue would get caught stealing home. With Slater settling in over the next few innings, Clarion was able to add onto their lead in the top of the fourth. For the second time in the game, Zimmerman led off the inning reaching base, this time via a single. Krimsky then followed with a walk. Morgan followed with a single, loading the bases for the second time in the game. After a pop out by Spencer White, Labue recorded his second RBI of the game, via another groundout to third base. Clarion seemed to all but seal the victory, by tacking on three more runs in the sixth inning. After the first two hitters were retired, Labue delivered again to start the rally with a double. The next batter was

Chad White who singled in Labue for his second RBI of the game. The bases were loaded once again after Nate Weiss was hit by the pitch and Tom Briley walked. With the bases loaded, the Golden Eagles received a break when Berkes was also hit by the pitch to bring in a run. Clarion tacked on one more run via a wild pitch that scored Weiss to take a 6-1 lead. With a good lead in tact, it was all up to the pitching to get the job done. Slater hit a rough patch in the game, allowing seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to blow the game. Clarion was not able to threaten in their last at bat to lose the game 8-6. Slater (0-5) took the loss going 5.1 innings. Slater allowed seven runs (three earned) on seven hits, while recording four walks and seven strikeouts. Chad White led the offense with a two hit game. White and Labue also recorded two RBI’s each to lead the team.

Clarion was not able to rebound from the tough loss, as Lock Haven completed the sweep in the third game by a score of 14-3. Clarion traveled to Seton Hill University yesterday for a non conference doubleheader. The Golden Eagles woes continued as they lost both games, 6-2 and 4-3 respectively. Kevin Gnacinski took the loss in game one for Clarion. Gnacinski went 5.1 innings allowing five runs (two earned) on nine hits, while recording two walks and two strikeouts. Five players on Clarion paced the offense with one hit each. Clarion was looking for a split in game two of the doubleheader. Berkes was pitching a gem through the first five innings, as Clarion held a 3-0 lead. Everything fell apart in the sixth when Berkes surrendered four runs. Clarion failed to comeback in their last at bat.

Women’s Golf Sports Information Clarion Women’s Golfer Alyssa Gerhart finished 7th with a 177 and helped the Golden Eagles to a sixth place team finish at the East Stroudsburg University Invitational Tournament which concluded on Sunday. The 36-hole event which was held at the Water Gap Country Club, saw Kutztown finish first with a team score of 699, Gannon second with a 713 and Mercyhurst third at 751. Clarion was sixth with a score of 777. Seven teams participated. Gerhart led the Eagle women with scores of 90, 87 for a 177 total in finishing seventh. Kim Dulski finished 20th with a 92, 97 - 189, Ashley Longstreth was 27th carding a 107, 98 205, Jennifer Suffern, was 28th with a 96, 110 - 206 and Sara Heckman placed 36th with a 113, 114 - 227. The Golden Eagles will finish the Spring season on April 24 -25 when Clarion plays in the PSAC Championship at Hershey Links in Hummelstown. The Championship was scheduled to take place in October, but was rained out and rescheduled for April 24-25.

Pens look to close out Sens in game five AP Exchange


he young Penguins have been through everything the playoffs can offer over the past three years, but the relatively benign scenario they face in Game 5 against the Ottawa Senators is perhaps the one they’ve been least adept at handling. In advancing to the Stanley Cup finals each of the past two years, defending champion Pittsburgh twice came back to win series after losing the first two games. It also won Game 7 twice on the road and was 4-1 when facing elimination. But the Penguins have lost four of six times since 2008 in their first opportunity to end a series in a game they do not face

elimination themselves — and that’s what they face Thursday. Pittsburgh leads the series 3-1 after winning three straight, including two in Ottawa. “Any time you have a chance to beat a team you want to do it,” Penguins center Max Talbot aid. “Yes, we failed to do that last year. “This year is obviously a new year. You learn from it. “That is the good thing about the experience we have gained in the last couple years where we have been playing a lot of playoff games. “If it was our first year then we might feel overconfident here wanting to end their season,” he added, “but we know they are going to come to play. “We have learned from

it. We can definitely say that we will be at our best and be ready to win this.” Facing a similar situation in the first round against Philadelphia last season, the Penguins played one of their worst games of their postseason in a 3-0 loss at home in Game 5. In this season’s first round, the Penguins have seemingly gotten better as the series has progressed. They took a 4-0 lead about 6 minutes into the second period of Game 4 on Tuesday and went on to a 7-4 victory, having outscored Ottawa 13-7 since losing 5-4 in Game 1. “Playoff series are all about getting four wins and trying to get there as quickly as you possibly can,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “They are playing very hard.

“They are coming at us physically, and it has been demanding that way. We are going to expect more of that. “We still think that we can play better. “There are areas of our game that we are talking about where we can get better, and we want to make sure that we are doing that.” The Senators have seen things deteriorate markedly since winning Game 1 and taking an early lead in Game 2 — that game tied with 5 minutes left until Sidney Crosby set up Kris Letang for the winner. Crosby by far leads the Stanley Cup playoffs with 11 points. “We’ve got to put a little more pressure on him,” Senators coach Cory Clouston said. Crosby hasn’t been the

only source of Pittsburgh offense, though. The Penguins lead the playoffs with 4.25 goals per game. Slowing down that attack is the only way Ottawa can come back to win a series from a 3-1 deficit for the first time in franchise history. “Being down 3-1, it’s a tough position to be in to come back,” Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. “It doesn’t happen a lot.” Conventional hockey wisdom dictates the Senators would be best served by a goalie “stealing” a game for them if they are to win three consecutive. But there’s question even as to whom will start Game 5 after Brian Elliott was pulled in favor of Pascal Leclaire in Game 4. Clouston refused to tip

his hand Wednesday, not even discounting the possibility it could be thirdstringer Mike Brodeur. “We played some good games in Pittsburgh, two really good games, I thought,” Alfredsson said. “We played OK in Game 3, not great, and in Game 4 we weren’t good at all.” “Obviously,” center Jason Spezza said. “we’ve put ourselves in a big hole.” NOTES: Bylsma updated the status on two injured Penguins: RW Tyler Kennedy, who left early in Game 3 after a hit by Andy Sutton, has a lower body injury and is “day-to-day.” D Jordan Leopold, the recipient of a hit to the head from Sutton during the first period of Game 2, is “progressing and doing well” but still referred to as day-to-day.


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