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Whitney inaugurated as 16th president KELSEY HUEBERT News Editor

Clarion, Pa. - Clarion University and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education officially installed Karen M. Whitney as Clarion’s 16th president at the inauguration in Marwick-Boyd Auditorium on April 15. Clarion’s students, faculty and staff were joined by higher education delegates from institutions all over the state, congressional representatives and distinguished alumni in formally welcoming Whitney to the Golden Eagle family. Following “The Star Spangled Banner,” sung by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Monsignor Jan Olowin said, “It is time for a clarion call, a clear call to action.” “This is our chance to recognize our new president’s accomplishments,” said Student Senate President Ben Sturtz. He said he believes Whitney will usher in “a new, triumphant era of Clar-

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Karen Whitney is installed as president by Kenneth Jarin, Board of Governors chairman for the state higher education system. ion University’s history, one that will be prosperous for all.” Members of many aspects of the university system expressed optimism for Whitney’s service. “I look forward to a lot of positive financial planning. She has the back-

ground for it, and it will be an asset to us in the future,” Patrick Kahle said. Kahle is the current president of Clarion University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and a 1992 Clarion University graduate. Whitney said the sup-

port of the faculty was deeply appreciated. Norbert Baschnagel, health and physical education professor now finishing his 37th year teaching at Clarion, was one faculty member offering his support. “I think Karen Whitney

is by far the most transparent president we’ve ever had,” Baschnagel said, “and I think she is focused on results, and on solving problems.” Baschnagel said Whitney “leaves no stone unturned in any of the problems that she’s discussed

with the faculty senate.” Other faculty described Whitney as “engaging” and “available.” “We share your hopes for our future, and welcome you as both friend and colleague,” said Barry Sweet, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty vice president. Clarion’s former President Joseph Grunenwald urged Whitney to “dream, and dream big.” Whitney opened her inaugural address by defining “eagletastic” as a term coined by the Clarion family to describe individuals and groups that are exceptionally good. “Our exceptionally good institution promotes a common good,” Whitney said, “and produces societal benefits that are both significant and lasting.” With a medallion around her neck bearing her name and those of the 15 previous presidents, Whitney lifted the ceremonial mace and officially took her place as Clarion University’s new president.

Closed doors, lack of updates limit access to Student Senate JOSH BYERS ANDY POLATTY Contributing Writers

Clarion, Pa. - Closed-door meetings and a lack of accessibility were two issues encountered during a semester-long investigation of Student Senate at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. The study also uncovered a lack of awareness on the part of university students regarding the roles and functions of the student governmental body. These issues were discovered by students conducting an in-depth project in an Investigative Journalism class taught by Dr. Laurie Miller, a professor in the department of communication at Clarion University. Student Senate at Clarion is conducting meetings that violate the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, or open meeting law, which generally states

that the commonwealth’s citizens have the right to attend the meetings of any state agency. Student Senate holds an executive meeting before its weekly meetings on Mondays with a closed-door meeting at 7 p.m. before it opens the doors for anyone else to attend. Shawn Hoke, co-adviser of the Student Senate at Clarion University said, “The closed meetings have been a tradition since before I got hired in 2001.” He explained that the meetings are used as a preparation period for senators to review the agenda for the meeting, and he added that if the general student body wanted to see the meetings open, the senate would be open to the idea. Under Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act, state agencies include “the boards of trustees of all stateaided colleges and universities, the councils of trustees of all stateowned colleges and

Special report

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Aron Siegel and Marie Krchnak cast votes. Alfonso Hoggard and Peter Bashnagel staff polls. universities, the board of trustees of all staterelated universities and all community colleges or similar organizations created by or pursuant to a statute that perform a governmental function and take official action,”

according to a copy of the statute. There is no mention in the statute or case law addressing whether a student government qualifies as a state agency, according to the Student Press Law Center in

Child of Rape: a pro-life message.

CampusFest strikes again with Lee Brice.

Baseball team splits three doubleheaders.

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Sports, Page 12


OPINION Viewpoint

Photo Editor Caitlin McGill discusses the pros and cons of social networking. PAGE 4

Editorial cartoon:

How badly are you getting burned at the gas pump? PAGE 4

FEATURES Creature feature

This week is a howl as we feature werewolves. PAGE 6

Top 10

Features Editor Russell Pekelnicky lists difficulties of being a college hero. PAGE 6


New art exhibit

Senior Cruz Rice showcases his talent in Marwick-Boyd. PAGE 9

Music Box

The team reviews Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light.” PAGE 8

Softball loses

Clarion’s softball team is defeated by Lockhaven. PAGE 12

Pens playoffs

The Pittsburgh Penguins lead Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in the series. PAGE 10

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Washington, D.C. “Given that boards of trustees are state agencies, however, the act would reach a student government if the student government were authorized to take action or render advice on a matter that is the re-

The report is the result of a project undertaken by the spring 2011 Investigative Journalism class taught by Dr. Laurie Miller, assistant professor in the department of communication at Clarion University. It is published in agreement with the editorial board of The Clarion Call. Contributors include the students in the class: Gregg Bandzuh, Julius Berry, Josh Byers, Zachary Carberry, Jasmine Glanton, Michelle Hague, David Hazlett, Bryan Hetrick, Andrea Hinds, Adam Huff, Ian Hunter, Amanda Jackson, Drew Karpen, Jon Knoll, Ryan Loverick, Kelley Maxwell, Alicia Moyes, Kimberly Nault, Russell Pekelnicky, Andy Polatty, Ryan Schmidt, Alizah Thornton, Matthew Triponey and Justin Welton.

sponsibility of the board itself. Allocation and distribution of student activity fees collected by the university should arguably qualify,” reports the SPLC. See SENATE, page 2

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Student Senate President Ben Sturtz said he does not know a lot about the Sunshine Act and that he was never advised that senate was not supposed to hold closed-door meetings. He said the 7 p.m. meetings held prior to the public meetings at 7:30 p.m. traditionally have been conducted to make sure senators are on the same page, they aren’t questioning agenda items and so that meetings aren’t too long. “All voting is done in open meetings,” Sturtz said. Sturtz and Hoke were interviewed and provided information for this report. Co-adviser Harry Tripp also agreed to an interview, but a meeting could not be scheduled prior to publication. Several other requests for information were declined. In two instances, senators refused to answer questions, noting that only the president is authorized to provide information under the student government constitution. “Only the president can make public statements,” said Senator Andrew Moore, following the April 4 meeting. “I’m not authorized to answer these questions,” Senator Zachary Steinmetz said when asked about qualifications for his senatorial position. Inconsistencies in office hour postings and information updates on the Student Senate website were discovered through the course of the project. In seeking an interview with Sturtz, two students were told by Senator Craig McFeely that senators determine their office hours on a weekly basis during the closed part of the meetings. They were asked to check after the meeting. On two return visits to the senate office, one after the public meeting and another the following Tuesday, no office hours were posted. Sturtz later responded to an email stating that his office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as well as noon to 1 p.m. weekdays. Student Senate meeting minutes are listed on the governmental body’s page on the university website. As of April 11, the March 14 meeting minutes were the last update provided. When asked

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Attending the Good Neighbor program (from left) are Danielle Williams, Jenna Gatchie, Jimmy McGee, Drew Moore, Keri Putulowski and Gina Simonelli. about the delay, Student Senate Web Chair Amanda Connors initially said all questions should be directed to the president. She then explained that minutes are approved at subsequent meetings, and that the minutes for the last meeting had not yet been approved. Hoke said this was one of the points that the Student Senate needed to work on. He also said that this group of senators has been open and responsive to changing the ways of prior senates to become more efficient. Student Senate has a growing relationship with the community with its participation in the Good Neighbor program, a project created by Matt Shaffer, coordinator of judicial and residential education, and Jimmy McGee, coordinator of health promotions at Clarion University. Student Senate sponsored a Good Neighbor Town Meeting March 15 in Hart Chapel with the goal of trying to try to work out grievances between the community and university students without involving the police. “This is for a buffer between the community and the university,” McGee said. With the student senate developing better public relations with the community and students, the hope is that more students will become more educated and involved in the operations of their student government. Ian Hunter, Jon Knoll and Kim Nault contributed to this report.

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Students lack knowledge of senate affairs BRYAN HETRICK ALICIA MOYES Contributing Writers

Clarion, Pa. - A random survey of 50 Clarion University students reveals a lack of awareness about Student Senate. The fivequestion survey was taken April 8 at Clarion’s Relay for Life. Results show 43 students know Student Senate exists; seven were unaware. Six students said they know when meetings are held, 37 did not and seven knew the time and place but said they didn’t know they could attend. Seven voted for senators; 42 did not. One said he/she did not know he/ she could vote. Five students contacted senate; 44 had not. One responded that he/she contacted senate but never received a response. Asked if they had made requests to senate and if their needs had been met, 46 students never made a request, three had and one made contact to get something accomplished, but said his/her needs were not met.

Decisions affect RSOs, RUOs RYAN LOVERICK JASMINE GLANTON Contributing Writers

Clarion, Pa. - Questions about Clarion Student Senate, its functions and activities yielded a mixture of opinions. Some students said they feel they are not properly informed of what goes on at Student Senate meetings, and others question senate’s role in disbursing funds and overseeing organizations. Members of the executive board and general body of Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary theater society, said they view Student Senate’s oversight as unfair. The self-funding organization looks to Student Senate for support. “It’s like us (theater department) having a say in who plays on the softball team,” said senior acting major Shawn Arnold. APO members said students should not be allowed to reserve tickets prior to shows because it may take seats away from

the paying audience. “It’s like we don’t exist,” said Breanne Slocume, senior tech theater major. Policy proved to be a stumbling block for the International Students when the group requested $4,500 for an educational trip for 50 students. The Recognized Student Organization, which is in the process of becoming a Recognized University Organization, made its request at the Feb. 28 meeting. The full request was denied because a policy approved by senate in 2009 limits funding for educational trips for RSOs to $1,500. “At this current juncture there is not much we can do because we must operate under this policy,” said Ben Sturtz, senate president. International Student members said at the meeting that they felt the amount was too small to take 50 students on a trip to “experience America.” Julius Berry, Amanda Jackson and Adam Huff contributed to this report.

Clarion, Pa. - Some Clarion University students might be surprised to learn that officers of Student Senate are privilege to tuition reductions for their services. The president has half of his or her tuition paid, and the vice president, treasurer and rules and regulations chair are covered for one quarter of the total cost. The secretary receives 10 paid hours per week. Tuition is $2,902 per semester for Pennsylvania residents. Student Senate consists of 21 senators including five officers. Current officers include Benjamin Sturtz, president; Joanna Catalano, vice president; Peter Baschnagel, treasurer; Zachary Steinmetz, rules and regulations chair; and Bill King, parliamentarian. Shawn Hoke and Harry Tripp are co-advisers. Students who are applying as candidates for Senate are required to submit a platform of 75 words or less along with a photograph of themselves. In some cases, the photograph has proven to be just as important as the platform.

“I voted based on their pictures,” said Connor Mrozoski, senior acting major and president of Alpha Psi Omega, the Honorary Theatre Society. “I have no idea what their stances are.” However, many students choose not to vote. In an April 8 random survey of 50 students, only seven said they had voted for the senators, despite the fact that senators are responsible for allocating funds to student organizations. In addition to submitting a platform, applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (2.75 for officers, who are also required to have obtained at least 24 credits at Clarion). Current senators running for different positions are required to have verified attendance for a certain number of meetings. This number varies depending on the position sought. Additionally, all members are required to hold weekly office hours. The president is required to have 15 hours per week; the vice president, 10; the treasurer, 10; and the parliamentarian, five. Elections were held April 13-15. Justin Welton, Andy Polatty and Zach Carberry contributed to this report.

Activity fees fund student organizations MICHELLE HAGUE Contributing Writer

Clarion, Pa. - Every year, millions of students pay for higher education. On top of tuition costs, students pay additional sums for technology fees, lab fees, health center fees, etc. In total, at Clarion University, these fees add up to $959 per semester. In this total is a $161 activity fee per student, per semester. There are approximately 7,100 students enrolled in Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Under state Act 188 of 1982, the Clarion Students’ Association, in cooperation with the university president, is charged

with the responsibility of setting, collecting and allocating student activity fee money. CSA is responsible for dispersing to Recognized University Organizations. The CSA Board of Directors of RUOs and Student Senate work together to disburse these funds, said Shelly Wilson, interim business manager for CSA. There are 131 Recognized Student Organizations at Clarion University, including such groups as the accounting, photography and equestrian clubs. There are 13 RUOs, including such organizations as University Athletics, Interhall Council

and University Bands. These organizations can request money for eligible activities, projects and educational trips. Each RSO can have up to $1,500 for needed funds allocated from the Student Senate upon request. “The Student Senate has about $147,000 for funds to distribute money to these organizations,” said Student Senate president Ben Sturtz. RSOs can receive funds by two-thirds vote of the Student Senate, and the ultimate approval is at the discretion of the president of the university. Gregg Bandzuh, David Hazlett and Russell Pekelnicky contributed to this report.

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Anti-choice philosophy decried Dear Editor-in-Chief,


am writing in r e s p o n s e to a recent event hosted by Students for Life, featuring Rebecca Kiessling (who says that she was “conceived in rape,” and now opposes abortion under all circumstances.) I am quite familiar with Kiessling’s narrative and believe that her anti-choice philosophy on abortion is immoral. Kiessling has been making her living by capitalizing on tragedy - her mother’s tragedy of rape - in order to further oppress women in similar situations. This event was, at its core, blatantly meant to shame and blame rape victims and their advocates. Consider this: A victim of rape has already had choice taken away from her once (she did not choose to have sex), and should she find herself pregnant as a result, the “pro-lifers” want to take choice away from rape victims again (by forcing them to carry to term whether they like it or not). This position is abhorrent because it takes away dignity from the woman by re-victimizing her, reducing her to an object once again. To the rapist, she was nothing but a sex ob-

ject; to people like Rebecca Kiessling, it is implied that a woman is nothing but an incubator. Several people left halfway through Kiessling’s talk because they were too disgusted to hear any more. They found her position arrogant and her tone hyperbolic. I can understand why. Not every pregnancy conceived in rape is destined to become another Kiessling, or the next Heisman trophy winner, or the genius who will cure cancer, as she would lead you to believe. Even without the possibility of abortion, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reveal that approximately one in four pregnancies will end in natural miscarriage. In other words, even without abortion, there is never a guarantee biological or otherwise - that every pregnancy will result in a live birth. It’s extremely telling that Kiessling is able to selfidentify and sympathize with the human embryo (which does not have the capacity for sentience or suffering) more than she is able to self-identify and empathize with actual persons: women. Her position values the existence of embryonic life over the life of the woman.

This is extremely shameful and sends a degrading message to women everywhere. If she is really so concerned about embryos, then why isn’t she traveling the country lecturing people about miscarriage (spontaneous abortion)? It just seems really transparent to me that she would rather shame and blame rape victims about abortion. Finally, there are those who believe (myself included) that forced pregnancy/ birth is rape. So, by not allowing a victim to choose whether or not she will carry to term, it is like being raped a second time, but throughout a period of nine months. Any victim’s rights advocate will tell you that healing begins when you give autonomy back to the victim. Victim’s rights advocates trust women with choice and autonomy, unlike rapists, and unlike Kiessling. The choice in becoming a mother or not is entirely up to the woman, and I trust that whatever decision she makes is the right one for her, in her process of reclaiming her life and her dignity.

-Sincerely, Emily Young



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Living in a world with so many forms of social networking has its pros and cons. These days there are so many ways to communicate with each other, from Facebook to Formspring and Twitter to Tumblr, but is this much social networking really good for us? I think it’s great that we can communicate with people from all over the world so quickly through sites like these. It allows us to broaden our ways of thinking and open ourselves up to new ideas. Social networking is also good for keeping up with the people we can’t be near as much as we’d like and to reconnect with people we’ve lost touch with over the years. However, those are just about the only pros

I see to social networking. In my opinion, which is probably an unpopular one among my collegiate peers, social networking is really hindering our generation and the generations following us. Kids spend all day on Facebook, chatting with their friends and stalking people they don’t know, or on Twitter telling anyone who will listen that they are going to get ice cream with their cute new boyfriends. This relates to a quote from the witty 2010 film “Easy A.” The cool English teacher, Mr. Griffith, is speaking to Emma Stone’s character, Olive, when he says “Everyone is putting everything up on Facebook...” “I don’t know what your generation’s fascination is with documenting your every thought, but I can assure you they’re not all diamonds. ‘Roman is having an OK day and bought a Coke Zero at the gas station. Raise the roof.’ Who gives a rat’s ass?” I couldn’t agree more. It’s not as if the things we are putting up on Face-

book and Twitter are ingenious ideas that the world can’t live without. The majority of the time they’re pointless statements about what we’re doing and where we’re going or suggestive song lyrics directed toward ex-boyfriends. I enjoyed life far more when what everyone else was doing was a mystery. I’m not saying that everyone who uses Facebook, or any social networking site, uses them to these extremes, but a lot of people do, and it’s sad. It’s sad that people can spend all day on the computer trying to live vicariously through other people rather than having them own experiences. We need to stop stalking people anonymously online and start getting out and experiencing new things with real people.

-The writer is a communication major and the Photography Editor of The Clarion Call.


Canadian Bacon’s Corner



ear Bacon, since Easter is this Sunday, what has it been like going two months without bacon? Sincerely Chris Kampbell.


ell Chris Kampbell, to answer you quite plainly, awful. Bacon is my lifeblood. I’ve found in the last

few weeks how much bacon contributes to my high spirits. There have been times, especially when nature couldn’t decide if it wanted rain or snow, that bacon could have prevented sickness or depression. That salty, smokey tang, crispy crunch that is bacon can brighten the darkest of days. It has been a hard challenge. I will never give up bacon again. I longed for bacon like a smoker longs for a smoke after eight hours without a cigarette. They say peer pressure is most prominent at parties, trying to get you to do something you normally wouldn’t

do. In the past two months, I’ve found the peer pressure to be trying to get me to do something I would normally do. Friends, family and roommates in particular (Alex Eberle) tried very hard to break me down. It never happened. But never again, will I give up bacon. I don’t have the strength to give up nature’s most delicious candy. If you have a question you want answered in Dear Bacon, email your questions to bacon@ -The writer is a Communication major and a staff member of The Clarion Call.

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Pro-life advocate speaks to students JON KNOLL

Features Staff

Rebecca Kiessling, a nationally renowned pro-life speaker, told her story Monday, April 18 to an audience of students, faculty, staff and community members at Clarion University’s Hart Chapel auditorium. The event, “Conceived in Rape: The Rebecca Kiessling Story,” was sponsored by Students for Life with support from the Newman Association, Koinonia Christian Fellowship, Clarion College Republicans and Clarion College Conservatives as part of Pro-Life Week. Kiessling, who has made appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CNN’s “Talk Back” and CBS News, told her story of being conceived when her mother was raped by a stranger, as well as the story of her adoption and search for her birth mother. She spoke of how she struggled to feel accepted and how finding her mother could help her achieve that. “I wanted to know I was someone who was loveable,” Kiessling said. Her search for her parents began at age 18, before she knew the circumstances surrounding her birth. She said she wanted to find her birth mother even though she thought her mother might hate her. “She’s never going to want to meet me; she probably wanted to abort me,” Kiessling

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Rebecca Kiessling speaks to students about her identity as a child conceived of sexual assault. said. She didn’t give up. Kiessling found out the circumstances of her birth before she contacted her mother but said that she wanted to contact her to find out the truth. “If I could hear that maybe there was some mistake, that this was not how I was conceived that then again I could feel good about myself,” she said.

Kiessling said that although when she was given information about her mother the name was omitted, a judge allowed Kiessling’s caseworker to contact her birth mother. When she finally did contact her and eventually meet her, Kiessling said that her relationship with her mother grew strong. Her mother was walked down the aisle at Kiessling’s wedding. Kiessling told

Speaker shares foreign relations experience RUSSELL PEKELNICKY Features Editor

Sandra Thompkins, executive director of human resources for Delphi Electric/Electronic Architecture, came to Clarion Tuesday to speak to students about working in the international community, as well as the importance of global leadership. Thompkins said there are three primary means of success: awareness, advocacy, and action. In her presentation, she chose to focus primarily on the awareness aspect of things. “Awareness is key,” she said. Thompkins has had quite extensive experience working with the foreign community. At

the age of 15, she traveled abroad and lived with a family who only spoke Spanish. While there, she became fluent in the language. Now, she says, “If I’m not in a foreign country, I’m on the phone with someone from a foreign country.” Thompkins also stressed the need to be aware of cultural difference during interactions, as well as the need to “cultivate the powerhouses of the economy,” for best use and competitive edge. Also, a company should be well-positioned for future growth, setting up locations in countries that have a burgeoning economic need for whatever service is

being offered. Thompkins said that Russia, Brazil, India and China are four countries to keep eyes on economically, citing that more KFC chicken was sold in China in one year than all the KFC, Pizza Hut, and A&W food in America combined. “We cannot afford to ignore growing economies,” she said. Thompkins said there are many perks to living overseas. “It can be life changing.” She also said the benefits can also be equal to the setbacks in overseas travel, and it requires a great deal of humility and patience to succeed. She told a story to go along with the idea of humility. During a stay

in China, she had many complaints about the apartment she lived in. After a while, the landlord left a note that said they were working on the problems, but also reminded her she was in a Third World country. She encourages students to get some kind of foreign language skill and to gain the ability to adapt and deal with different viewpoints. She also said people planning foreign travel should learn to experiment with foods and not be close-minded toward new experiences. She concluded with a brief question-and-answer period. For future plans, Thompkins said she planned to travel to Brazil on business.

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The Bios Club event celebrating Earth Week on Wednesday, April 20, brings in Wild World of Animals to show off nature’s finest. This African spotted leopard is 10-weeks-old, and will soon be transported to its permanent residence in California.

the audience that after some troubles with her adoptive parents, her birth mother adopted her, a story that was well received. “For me, that is my fairytale ending,” she said. Kiessling said her ultimate message was to impact the audience to evaluate their value of other human lives. “I hope you know your own worth,” Kiessling said, “and I challenge you to consider, what do you do to determine another’s worth?” “Can you look at anyone and recognize that they too have an infinite value?” Thomas McConnell, freshman political science major, is the president of Students for Life. McConnell said that he was doing some research online looking for a speaker for Pro-Life Week and came across Kiessling. “She had a good story for pro-life,” McConnell said. He said that Kiessling’s trip to Clarion almost didn’t happen. McConnell said that the original speaking fee for Kiessling was not in the budget for Student’s for Life. “She discounted the price just to give us the opportunity [to hear her story],” he said. McConnell said that any student interested in finding out information about or joining Students for Life can attend a cookout Friday, April 29 at Campus Ministries. For more information students can contact

Clarion holds “Magic” tournament JOSH BYERS Features Staff

It’s a game of strategy, intrigue and intense competition. It’s “Magic,” a trading card game from Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc. A Magic: the Gathering tournament was held April 19 in Room 146 of the Gemmell Student Center. The event was staged through the combined efforts of President Josh Allen of The Clarion University InterHall Council, Kit See, President of Clarion University Anime Club, and Jesse Campbell, also of Anime Club. As defined by the university website, The InterHall Council is, “The governing body of all residence halls,” and Animie Club is “A group that attempts to gather interested students in Anime and show them the many types that exist.” “There was quite a turnout to the event. “I was surprised by how many people actually came out,” See said. The card game consists of five colors of “mana,” or magical energy; black, white, green, blue and red. Two or more players can play, and each player uses a minimum 60-card deck made up of any color or any combination of colors. The decks usually have 20 lands, which are used to “summon” the other sorcery, instant, creature and enchantment, among other card types that

make up the rest of the deck. The collectible trading card game was invented by mathematics professor Richard Garfield and has been around since 1993. Wizards Of The Coast gave the InterHall Council of the University 960 packs containing 30 cards each. The idea was to put on a magic event and give away free cards. Allen said, “I think this is a good event, although personally I don’t know much about the game. I’m open to new things and excited to learn how to play. I like how this started because you don’t have programs like this and it helps bring them around for people to enjoy and am surprised by the turnout.” The tournament lasted from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and, with a prize of a “Magic Fat Pack,” which is a box of varying collectible products of “Magic,” usually containing a player’s guide with a complete visual encyclopedia of the set, card box with panoramic art, nine booster packs, a pack of 80 basic lands, a spindown life counter and two deck boxes. Kevin Trostle, a competitor in the tournament, and a player of Magic since 1996 said, “There are a lot more people here than I expected, which is really nice. There’s some heavy competition, but anything could happen.”

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TOP 10 Setbacks of college superheroes RUSSELL PEKELNICKY Features Editor

6. Actual police.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but sometimes, when I’m bored on a Friday night, I ponder the possibility of suiting up in a costume and getting out to fight crime in the world. I usually end up making pierogies, drinking half a gallon of iced tea, watching half of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and passing out on my couch for three hours to find the title menu is still on. What if I did go out to fight crime, even for one day? I could just go out into the world and try to take my own personal bite out of crime. As cool as that would be, I cannot help but feel there would be some notable setbacks involved.

Fact of the matter is that vigilantism, regardless of intent, is still technically a crime. Sure, it’s a cool endeavor, trying to clean up the streets, but cops generally don’t smile on someone in spandex running around with a billy club wailing on crooks like they’re piñatas, and justice is the sweet candy that falls out. Even if you work with the cops, you have to deal with evidence and due process, which can drive some vigilantes to the point of quitting the work.

10. Costuming.

This one may seem easy, but this could be a real problem if not properly planned. Spandex suits might give you the edge and increase your range of movement , but using the john can be a real trouble in a tight-fitting costume without any zippers. Diapers are an option, but that really does cut down a bit on the streamlined look if you have that weird lumpy bulge as you tell crime how badly you’re going to beat it.

It’s hard in this day to find a cool super hero costume that doesn’t make you look insane without costing you an arm or leg. I had personally considered donning a suit of functional riot gear, but that would cost me around $200. That adds up, between shoulder and arm pads, the vest, gloves, helmet and riot shield, not to mention my gas mask. You could go with street clothes, something non-descript, but how are you going to strike fear into the hearts of ne’er-do-wells in jeans and a hoody?

9. Sleeping schedule

5. Using the bathroom.

4. Medical treatment. Heaven forbid, but what would happen if in the line of duty, you were winged by a round or get a bone broken? How do you get medical help? The bone is explainable, but what about bullet and knife wounds obtained in the field? How are you going to explain that one to the authorities?

I feel that, because of the nature of time, the best hours to fight crime are really between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m., and right smack dab in the middle of that time is sleep. So, inherently, the struggle to find time to fight crime is really a major pain. Honestly, crime doesn’t just happen in front of you; you have to go out and find it, and most crime happens at night, it seems. In order to be a functional superhero who doesn’t just help old folks across the street or tell kids to drink their milk, you need to be willing to sacrifice your sleep schedule.

3. Moral dilemmas.

8. Equipment.

2. Secret identity.

Most people lack any real form of super power, so gadgets and gizmos are the way to go, except for one thing; gadgets cost cash, and generally speaking, college kids don’t have wads of cash like Bruce Wayne does. A decent gadget can cost quite a penny, and most of us have enough to worry about buying food, paying utilities and getting seasons of shows to really afford a net rifle or a grappling hook.

The true problem of super heroics is in how do you keep your vigilante persona separate from your street life? Who do you trust with this? Who must be kept in the dark? How do you keep the problems in vigilantism from crossing into your daily life? If you find yourself with a nemesis, how do you prevent yourself from blowing your cover by attacking them in the streets as Joe Average? But most importantly, where do you store your costume to hide it from roommates?

7. Skills. Napoleon Dynamite had it right in the emphasis on skills, despite how much I personally hate that film. Without some kind of know-how into the criminal mind, it’s a real trick trying to figure out how criminals tend to work. Not everyone has the knowledge of organized crime or hand to hand combat tactics that a seasoned pro like Batman has. Most people can barely fight their way out of a paper bag, so when faced with a group of criminals intent on malfeasance, the would-be vigilante would be little more than a smear on the pavement after the crooks had their way with the prospective crime-fighter.

Here is a real philosophical pickle that comes around; who gets the tar beaten out of them, and who goes free? Where do you draw the line between justice and just wanton assault? This is one area with no real defined answer for people to just plug in and enjoy. Chances are, you’re going to end up crossing the line, and may regret it. Dealing with that on any real level may be too much for some.

1. Finding crime. In Clarion, crime might be going on, but where does it happen? You have to build leads, know of pre-existing crimes to break up. Not many people just throw that info around. Their stuff is kind of illegal, after all. Walking around on a beat might sound good, but you can go 12 hours without seeing anything happen in this town that constitutes a true vigilante presence. Sure, you may occasionally get a crime, but most of it will likely be sitting around and waiting for something to happen.

Creature Feature: Werewolves RUSSELL PEKELNICKY Features Editor

Werewolves are one of the most well-known of mythical creatures. Werewolves have been in a number of films, and exist in a number of mythologies under various similar incarnations. The werewolf is said to be a human who turns into a wolf-monster every full moon to feast upon the flesh of its victims, a mindless killer unaware of the nature of its crimes in human form. Because of this, the moon is most readily associated with the werewolf, as it triggers the creature’s transformation. However, according to myth, some werewolves are able to change shape at will as well to during the full moon.

According to myth, werewolves can actually have a number of giveaways during its human form. They are said to have red hair, eyebrows that meet in the middle, an index finger as long as its middle finger, hairy palms and a love for raw, red meat. The French have their own variation on this most popular of mythological creatures in the form of the loup-garou. Like the werewolf, the loup-garou is capable of turning from a man into a wolf at will. According to myth, those who come in contact with the beast and shed its blood reveal the secret of the beast’s true form. A victim of the loupgarou will become one for 131 days. During this time,

the victim will either become one forever if they speak of their encounter, or resume human form should they remain silent. Unlike werewolves, loupgarous are fully sentient, and capable of utilizing their human intelligence and maximized senses to hunt down their prey. Windigos are similar to werewolves in that they are cannibalistic creatures covered in hair. The creature has its origin amongst the Algonquin people. It is a spirit of great malevolence, who claim their origin from the dead who indulged in human flesh. Windigos are said to be gaunt to the point of virtual emaciation. Its skin is tightly stretched over their bones, and tattered lips.

They’re said to have super strength, and are capable of moving at extreme speeds. Both werewolves and windigos both have their own psychologically associated disorder. Clynical lycanthropy is a disorder where the afflicted individual believes themselves to be an actual werewolf, and hallucinates lycanthropic tendancies. Also, windigo psychosis is the inexplicable desire to consume human flesh, even when other means of sustenance are readily available. This disorder is primarily associated with cultures where cannibalism is an accepted practice. In some cases, the only way to deal with the disorder is to actually euthanize the patient for the safety of the community.

Free practice LSAT offered A free practice LSAT for those interested in taking part and considering going on to law school will be held at Clarion University. The Political Science and Philosophy Department are sponsoring

the free practice test Saturday, April 30, at 8:30 a.m. Those interested can contact Dr. Barry Sweet by emailing, calling (814) 393-2205 or stopping in his office in 306 Founders.

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The Music Box is back this week, reviewing the Foo Fighters’ new album “Wasting Light.” Make sure to check out the podcast both online and on 91.7 WCUCFM, Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. If you have any music-related questions, email us at, @tweet us at call_ae or join our Facebook fanpage.

SAMUEL DIXON The Foo Fighters have changed over the years. Created by Dave Grohl, the band saw some success early on with its albums “Foo Fighters” and “The Colour and the Shape.” As of late though, the band has had a falling out. Although album “In Your Honor” was commercially successful, it marked a low point in the bands creativity and originality. “Wasting Light” looks to change that by being a much heavier album, more in line with the band’s early work. The Foo Fighters do manage to pull this off, but some of their downfalls have also found the way into the songs. This is a much heavier album. Guitar riffs often sound overly full and the drums

loud in the mix. “White Limo” goes out of its way to feature screaming vocals and heavy rock ‘n’ roll guitar leads. The song harkens back to Grohl’s past with Nirvana, even though Kurt Cobain would never play such a song. The next song, “Arlandria,” is a standout on the album for me. The song features a strong sing along chorus, like “Times Like These” and “Learn to Fly” while still having its own identity. The last two songs however drag the album down. “I Should Have Known” and “Walk” both get caught in the bad Foo Fighters cliché of starting off passive and taking too long to build into a letdown of a finish. It certainly doesn’t help that “Walk” ends the album in a weird way, leaving me with an uneasy feeling, as if they left something out. I wanted to like this album. I like the Foo Fighters, and I consider Grohl to be one of the best musicians in the game today, but this effort hasn’t impressed me. “Wasting Light” is certainly a better album than anything since “In Your Honor,” but they still aren’t the same band.

The Foo Fighters are back with their latest release “Wasting Light,” which is not a waste of time. Throughout the entire album, The Foo Fighters sounded more like The Foo Fighters than they have since their 2002 release of “One by One.” Since then, the band has released “In Your Honor” and “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,” which were not only low-key in comparison to their first three efforts, but they were supported by an unplugged tour. Dave Grohl and company got together for this album and turned it up to 11. The robustness the band offered on records such as “One by One,” and the fan favorite “The

JEREMIAH BULL Back to kill the last of the Foo are the Foo Fighters with “Wasting Light.” Despite the eco-unfriendly name the album is not as much of a disappointment as I anticipated. Usually when bands last this long, they are constantly getting better, or they lose all the nuts and bolts. In this case, the Foo Fighters astonishingly floated back up to par. Starting off the album is “Bridge Burning,” which sounds remarkably like original, late ‘90s Foo Fighters. The next track, “Rope,” was released as a single in February and has a bit of a Led Zeppelin feel to it. The next few songs highly resemble older songs except for “White

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Colour and the Shape” is back and louder than ever. The production of this album is crystal clear, which is a big feat for the sound The Foo Fighters went with on “Wasting Light.” Every instrument is evenly balanced in the mix even with the entire band being anywhere and everywhere. Nothing seems to get lost at all and at no point does this album sound muddy, which is fantastic given the fast-paced, loud sound they achieve. Grohl had a chance to meet up with his old bandmate from Nirvana, Krist Novoselic, who was a guest on the track “I Should Have Known,” which is the first time the two have worked together in the studio since the demise of Nirvana. The Croatian bassist also added the accordion to the track for texture. “Wasting Light” is a huge addition to the band already extensive catalogue that gives fans a chance to enjoy the young restlessness The Foo Fighters used to record in angst. Limo,” which is fairly heavy for the Foo. This time around it’s safe to say Dave Grohl still has all the energy he needs, even at age 42. The last track on the album, “Walk,” sounds eerily similar to Matchbox 20’s “If You’re Gone.” The intro is all but one note away from the same riff. “Back and Forth,” the same title of the band’s documentary, comes in with a riff that sounds like “That 70’s Show” theme song and goes on to an early Pink Floyd bridge that segues into another expected Foo Fighters chorus. It seems Grohl has pulled out a full on onslaught of nostalgia. “I Should Have Known” is well-written and a newer, yet familiar sound from the Foo Fighters. I was pleasantly pleased with this one, especially the build. Overall, this album wasn’t too bad if you liked early Foo Fighters, but I still like Grohl on drums better. I feel like he has a lot more to offer there, and he can take another band to another level in this respect. It might also be the fact that the Foo Fighters just aren’t satisfying to me anymore.

KRIS CAMPBELL The Foo Fighters are one of the most consistent bands in the history of rock and roll. They’re hooky brand of stadium rock has been a staple of modern rock radio since the mid ‘90s, and while everyone seems to have a favorite album from the Foos, it seems people have to think awhile before they can pinpoint their least favorite. There are usually the one or two songs on the album that spawn the fun music video where Dave Grohl cross-dresses, and the chorus gets stuck in your head for a few weeks. Then there’s the filler, which sometimes is just as good, though it might not be as memorable. The band paints with a broad brush able to begrudgingly unite groups of music fans whose iPod’s might include the latest over-hyped buzzband as easily as they could the discography of Nickleback. And while “Wasting Light,”

ELORA WALSH Since the dawn of the Foo they have been rocking the ears of fans. From their self-titled album “Foo Fighters” in 1994 to “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” released in 2007, The Foo Fighters have taken listeners on a bumpy journey, but “Wasting Light” brings fans back to a familiar, classic Foo Fighters sound. Starting at the top of the track list, “Bridge Burning” was featured on David Letterman’s “Late Show” earlier this month. From the first second to the last, that song is like a slap in the face of winding guitar riffs that lead up to an explosion of drums and Dave Grohl’s oh-so-familiar in-your-face emotion that flows through the threads of the microphone. The chorus lightens up a bit from the hard-hitting guitar during the verses, and

does fit in nicely with the rest of the Foo’s back catalogue, there’s not much that makes it stand out as an album that you’d want to go back to over, “The Colour and the Shape” or “Nothing Left To Lose.” Sure there are those few tracks that there usually are, “Arlandria” might make it into constant rotation on some nationally programmed commercial rock station for a few months, and “A Matter Of Time” has all the tools to help some contemplative youth get stuck in a deep depression thinking about their ninthgrade girlfriend while watching Adult Swim on a Friday night But there’s nothing here that grows on what the Foo Fighters have done before. Why would I listen to any of these songs when I could just as easily listen to “Everlong” or “Learn To Fly?” The strangest thing is the talk about the recording location; “There’s poetry in being the band that can sell out Wembley but also makes a record in a garage.” For all the hype around its back to basics, analogue garage recordings, the album may just as well have been recorded in PNC Park. They’d still have a better record than the Pirates though. that includes the heaviness of the vocals. Lyrically, the song is exactly what the songs title alludes to, burning bridges. When I stated earlier that this was an in-your-face kind of song, that holds true to the lyrics as well. The whole song is a statement that reads something like this: “I’ve been waiting to put you in your place, and now it’s time for me to tell you that you are throwing everything away.” The fourth track on the album, “White Limo,” proves to listeners that they can still rock out like no one’s business. The quick, alternative patterns of the drums with the speaker filter over the vocals gives a heavy, out-loud tone to the nature of the song. As much as I love how epic this song is for the Foo Fighters, I find myself wanting more out of the lead guitar and bass. The conversation between the two get lost in the filter of the vocals and the rattle of the high hat and cymbals. Overall, I found “Wasting Light” to be an awesome, classic sounding Foo Fighters, and I’m happy they are getting back to their roots.

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April 21, 2011


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CampusFest Part II did not seem like a huge success judging by the small crowd that attended the concert. It was a far-cry from the sold-out Ke$ha concert held in Tippin Gym just one week before. Two of the performers, Tyler Farr and Lee Brice both said during their sets that even though the venue was far from full, the energy and volume of the people in attendance made it sound like it. The all-country performance was held Friday, April 15 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room. Performers included former Clarion resident Jason Eustice, unsigned artist from Nashville Megan James, recently signed Tyler Farr and up-and-coming country star Lee Brice. Both James and Eustice, relatively un-

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(Bottom Left) Megan James (Above) Lee Brice (Bottom Right) Jason Eustice. known artists, played acoustic sets full of their own written mu-

sic that received positive feedback from the audience. James played a cover of a Tom Petty song that had the entire crowd singing along with her. Both opening acts provided artistry and musicality that the country genre has to offer. Farr got the crowd pumped up for Brice. He also performed acoustically his own music that was extremely personal. His song “Hello Goodbye,” even had some audience

members in tears. His energy and ability to connect with a crowd made him the perfect opening act for this event. Brice performed with his full band that electrified everyone in attendance. He introduced some of his new and unreleased music along with some Hank Williams, Jr. covers to appease the classic country fans. The best reaction, however, was when Brice played his popular songs, “Beauti-

ful Everytime” and “Love Like Crazy.” Almost every person was loudly

singing along with Brice. This made the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room seem, sound and feel like it was packed. Junior Dallas Hall said, “This concert was a perfect way to close out the CampusFest events. UAB needs to have more concerts like this.” Freshman Sarah Myles said, “Well, I’m not a huge country fan, but I actually really enjoyed the concert. Seeing a performer live just makes it special, no matter what kind of music you’re into. Lee Brice was so talented and each song had such a personal connection.” No matter if the people at the concert were country fans or not, the performances of all four artists gave students at Clarion University a taste of fresh singersongwriters playing their own instruments that can be quite different from most popular artists today.

Senior art show features binary and quick response codes ELORA WALSH Editor-in-Chief

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Cruz Rice will be showing his art again at the senior art gallery later this month.

With creativity and a passion for art, Clarion University senior Cruz Rice opened his art show on Tuesday, April 12. The show featured a collection of photographs with binary code worked into the photo, each telling a story of Rice’s experience and memory of the piece. In place of title tags for each piece, Rice used Quick Response codes for guests with a QR code application on their phone or computer, guests can scan to find the title of the art piece and other information. Also as part of the

show, was a featured bed that was dressed in screen-printed QR codes with a projec-

tion of multiple photographs in rapid secession projecting on the headboard of the bed.

Above is an example of the Quick Response or QR codes that were used throughout the gallery. If a QR reader is used on the above image it will link to the online version of this story along with more photos of the gallery.

‘Hanna’ kills at the box office


“Hanna” is the most recent film from director Joe Wright, director of other such films as “Atonement,” “The Soloist” and “Pride and Prejudice.” Surprisingly, this film is not just a character-driven dramatic piece like some of his other works. While the film is heavily character driven, the overall workings of the film blend the human aspects with a truly interesting action film aspect, making for a truly interesting twist on the action genre. The film follows the eponymous Hanna, a girl trained to absolute lethality by her father. She has been trained for

one purpose; kill Marrisa Weigler, the woman who killed Hanna’s mother. The story might not re-invent the wheel, but a lot of the aspects of the film truly do deserve commendations. The character of Hanna is truly an interesting one; she’s trained to be able to kill people without thought or feeling, and is quite good at it. However, at her core, she is a growing young woman who wants to see and experience the world beyond her upbringing. This story is something many teenagers can relate to, and adults can enjoy as well. More than merely an action film, the entire movie is about selfdiscovery. Hanna is really just a girl who

wants to know who she is. Further making a metaphor for this is the fact that in the film, her blood test and genetic material is actually labeled “abnormal,” reflecting the feeling of alienation that teenagers can go through as they try to grow into themselves as individuals. However, those who want to just toss out the subtext can appreciate the truly mind-blowing action sequences. “Hanna” is a high-octane action film in the vein of the “Bourne” series. The action is very high-energy, and wonderfully fast-paced. The camera is a bit too shaky at some points, but for the most part, the whole of it works. The film also includes one of the best done tracking shots I’ve ever seen.

The acting in this film is pretty good. Tremendous credit goes to Saoirse Ronan, who plays the protagonist. She is surprisingly believable as a young assassin, and holds her own among such actors as Eric Bana and Kate Blanchet. She brings both a raw ferocity to her performance during fight scenes, but also can play innocence and naïve intelligence to a perfect note that gives chills. Bana also provides a solid role as Erik Heller, Hanna’s father. The character, while not as widely used as he could have been, was still excellent to behold in his scenes. Finally, Blanchet plays the antagonistic Marissa Weigler, a corrupt CIA agent hellbent on hunting down Heller and Hanna. While a solid actress, her southern accent takes a strange

pronunciation in some points, especially on the name “Hanna.” The music deserves a heavy nod. Composed by the band The Chemical Brothers, it provides a hard-hitting techno vibe that

does well to jive with the action parts of the film. It just works incredibly well. At the end of the day, “Hanna” is a solid action film and coming of age flick that kicks ass pretty hard.

April 21, 2011

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Pens play deep into overtime

Celtics overcome Melo’s 42 for 2-0 lead over Knicks



CONSOL Energy Center saw its first playoff game last Wednesday, April 13, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in game one of a seven game series 3-0. Penguin’s goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had 32 saves for his fifth career playoff shutout. Alex Kovalev, Arron Asham and Chris Kunitz were the goal scorers for the Penguins. Fleury struggled in game two on Friday, April 15, as the Lightning took control of home ice with a 5-1 victory. Eric Brewer, Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson, Martin St. Louis and Mattias Ohlund picked up a goal apiece for the Lightning. Craig Adams was the lone goal scorer for Pittsburgh. Fleury saw 20 shots but saved only 16. “Fleury may give up a goal or two, but he gets his head back for the next game,” Clarion University freshman Karly Welshons said. “He knows that he is the team’s backbone.” The Penguins traveled to Tampa Bay on Monday night, April 18, for game three. Maxime Talbot picked up the first goal of the game early in the first period to take the 1-0 lead. Ben Lovejoy picked up the assist on the play. Asham tallied a second Penguins goal less than a minute after Talbot, to increase the lead to 2-0. Mike Rupp and Kris Letang assisted on the goal. St. Louis scored a power play goal late in the first period to bring the Lightning to within one. Simon Gagne and Steven Stamkos assisted on the goal. The score was 2-1 going into the third period. Then, two minutes into the period, St. Louis picked up his second goal of the game and third of the series.

Boston — Amare Stoudemire didn’t play in the second half and Chauncey Billups didn’t play at all, and still the Boston Celtics needed more late heroics from one of their Big 3 to beat the New York Knicks in Game 2 of their first-round series. “We were lucky to win,” coach Doc Rivers said after Boston overcame Carmelo Anthony’s 42 points in a 96-93 victory on Tuesday night. Kevin Garnett sank the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds left then stole the ball with 4 seconds remaining as the Knicks gave the Celtics all they could handle in falling into an 0-2 hole in the series. “I probably (have) never been more proud of a team and how they battled the circumstances,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said, “how hard they played and how tough they played.” Billups had a strained left knee and his status for Game 3 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden is uncertain. Stoudemire had back spasms but expects to be back when the best-ofseven series resumes. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with a career playoff-high 30 points, 14 of them in the first quarter when he kept driving to the basket. “I tried to attack Game 1,” he said, “It’s just (that) my lanes were getting blocked.” Anthony matched his career playoff high for points and set a new high with 17 rebounds as the Knicks held a 53-37 ad-

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Lecavalier and Brewer picked up the assists. Tyler Kennedy, Penguins winger, found a loose puck and buried it into the net 31 seconds after St. Louis tied the score to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead. Letang and Brooks Orpik were awarded the assists on the goal. Kennedy’s goal turned out to be the game-winning goal as the Penguins won game three, 3-2. This marked the third straight game that the team that scored first won the contest. Pittsburgh out-shot Tampa Bay 30-27. Kunitz and Lightning forward Steve Downie

were suspended for game four for their actions in game three. Kunitz elbowed Lightning forward Simon Gagne in the head in the first period of play. Downie is being suspended for his hit on the Penguin’s Lovejoy early in the first period. Downie left his feet to body check Lovejoy, which is something that isn’t allowed in the National Hockey League. Kunitz is third on the team in points scored. He has tallied 23 goals and has collected 25 assists for 48 points on the season. Downie has scored 10 goals and collected 22 assists for 32 points.

“I am not sure if Kunitz being suspended will hurt them or not,” Clarion junior Amy Rape said. “I think it all depends if they decide to come ready to play.” The Penguins and Lightning play game four on Wednesday before heading back to Pittsburgh for game five on Friday. As of press time, game four headed into double overtime with the score tied 2-2. The Pens got out to an commanding 2-0 lead with goals from Tyler Kennedy and Aaron Asham. Tampa Bay fought back to tie the score at 2-2.


Major League Baseball off to unusual start EDDIE MCDONALD Sports Staff

Yankees, Phillies and Indians? The first of the two teams are perennial division winners or threats to go to the World Series. The latter of the three last made a run at the American League Pennant back in 2008, when they had C.C. Sabathia, who now pitches for the Yankees. The Indians, who going into this week of baseball, were tied with the Colorado Rockies for the major’s best record. This is remarkable, because the Indians finished 69-93 last season. Cleveland is not the only team off to a hot start. Their division rival, Kansas City Royals are second in the division with a 10-6 record. The Royals have not been .500 since the 2003 campaign. The Brewers traded the ace of their pitching

staff, Zack Greinke, to the Milwaukee Brewers, who is another team raising some eyebrows in this early season. The Brewers are playing .500 baseball, tied with four other teams in the NL Central. The Brewers were picked by quite a few analysts to make a run at the division crown this season. With the acquisitions of Greinke and starting pitcher Shaun Marcum, and a couple veteran relief pitchers, the Brew Crew look to make its second trip to the post season in the past four season. The Brewers are not the only team in the NL Central off to unusual starts. First off is the St. Louis Cardinals. They are 8-8 in the early season. Superstar Albert Pujols, who will be a free agent after the season ends, is off to a struggling start. Add that to an injury

to a Cy Young award candidate and it spells trouble in St. Louis. The Pittsburgh Pirates also have gotten off to a better start than usual. This is a big deal because the Buccos have not had a winning or .500 season in 18 years. They hope to turn that around this year led by a core of young talent. The Baltimore Orioles are one of the most surprising teams in the league. Year in and year out they are vying to try and get out of the tough AL East cellar. This year they got off to a blistering start, before dropping eight straight games. The biggest disappointment so far has been the Boston Red Sox. They were picked by many, not only to win the division, but to win the World Series. They loaded up their offense this off season by signing all-

star outfielder Carl Crawford, and power hitting first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez. Boston got a few players back who missed a good amount of games last season. Everything was fine until the BoSox lost their first six games, before taking two of three from their heated rival, New York Yankees. Another team that had a lot of talk coming into the season was the Philadelphia Phillies. In the off-season, the Phillies formed an elite pitching rotation with the addition on Cliff Lee. Lee joined the likes of Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels in the rotations. The season has had many twists and turns so far. Normally good teams are struggling, and the teams that usually struggle are rising. If this is any indication of how the season will be, then we are in for a great baseball year.

vantage on the boards. Toney Douglas had 14 points in place of Billups. Paul Pierce had 20 points after missing his first five shots, and Ray Allen, who hit the gamewinning 3-pointer in Boston’s 87-85 win in the opener, scored 18. Now the sixth-seeded Knicks, who have tested the third-seeded Celtics, must win at least one of two at home to bring the series back to Boston. “The Celtics didn’t do anything special,” Anthony said. “They won two games on their home court. Now it’s our turn to go to our home court and try to do the same thing.” Rivers wasn’t raving about his team’s play, either. “We didn’t execute very well,” he said. “We played hard. ... Hard is great. Hard and smart is much better. Rivers said” Garnett hit the decisive jump hook after backing Jared Jeffries into the lane. “I wasn’t really in a nice rhythm,” said Garnett, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds. “I just remained calm, went to a shot I knew I could make.” Anthony was the obvious choice to shoot on New York’s final possession. So Pierce and Glen Davis swarmed him when he got the ball just inches from Boston’s bench, forcing him to pass to Jeffries, who tried an interior pass instead of going up with the shot. D’Antoni said Anthony made the right play. “He’s the best at closing the game,” D’Antoni said.

Women golfers finish season with seventh place finish MICHAEL COLLINS Sports Staff

The Clarion Golden Eagles women’s golf team competed at the Gannon Invitational Sunday and Monday, April 17-18, on the 36-hole course at Lake Shore Country Club in Erie. The team finished seventh out of nine teams on the 5,831 yard, par 72 course scoring a 381 on Sunday and a 360 on Monday for a total of 741. California University of Pennsylvania won the team title with a score of 640, Gannon University came in second with 658, Walsh University came in third with 672, Kutztown University got fourth with 690, West Chester University was fifth with 707, Mercyhurst University came in sixth with 717, Clarion was seventh, Urbana University got eighth with 810 and LeMoyne University finished in ninth with a score of 846. Clarion sophomore Alyssa Gerhart tied for 20th with a 90 and an 82 finishing with a total of 172. “The conditions were poor, but we pulled through it and played our best,” Gerhart said. Junior Samantha Veights finished 28th with a 183 shooting a 95 and an 88, while junior Jennifer Suffern finished 30th with a 184 shooting a 92 and a 92. Freshman Kayla Lavery finished with a final score of 202, and junior Lisa

Kerle shot a total 303. “Well, it was our last tournament of the year and, as usual for this spring, the weather was horrible. We had 40 mph winds on Sunday, and Monday we finished our round playing in sleet. Our ball would form into a snowball when we would putt on the greens. I feel that we played well considering the weather and the conditions of the course,” Veights said. “The course was extremely wet, and plugged balls were an issue. Personally, I felt like I hit the ball the best I have all year, and my teammates were able to see improvements in their game as well. Alyssa had a strong finish in the snow on Monday with only one bogey in her last few holes. Kayla was only two over par through seven holes. Jenn was consistent with a pair of 92s for both days, and Lisa improved by more than 20 strokes on day two. Our scores may not reflect how well we actually played, but we are on our way to a great fall season next year.” This was the final event of the year for the Clarion women golfers. Clarion’s score of 360 was the second best of the 2010-11 season. The top score came on Sept. 18-19, at the Mercyhurst Invitational, where Clarion scored a 349.

April 21, 2011


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NCAA - ESPN/USA TODAY TOP 25 (APRIL 17) TEAM 1. Virginia 2. South Carolina 3. Vanderbilt 4. Texas 5. Florida 6. CS Fullerton 7. Texas A&M 8. Oregon State 9. Arizona State 10. North Carolina 11. Florida State 12. Georgia Tech 13. Fresno State

RECORD 36-3 28-7 32-5 27-9 28-9 27-9 26-10 27-7 25-9 30-8 26-10 27-10 25-5

TEAM 14. TCU 15. Oklahoma 16. Arkansas 17. Oklahoma State 18. UC Irvine 19. California 20. UCLA 21. Southern Miss 22. Rice 23. Arizona 24. Miami FL 25. Stetson

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Johnson helps Marlins blank Pirates 6-0 Miami — Only once did Josh Johnson peek at the scoreboard to check his pitch count, which was rising too quickly for him to go nine innings. The first career shutout will have to wait, but the zeros keep coming. Johnson gave up no runs for the second game in a row, allowing just two hits in seven innings to help Florida beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 Tuesday night. Johnson (3-0) lowered his ERA to 1.00. He has allowed four hits or less in each of his four starts, and batters are hitting .112 against him. “Why not?” the right-hander said. “There’s always room to improve.” That’s true: Johnson has never thrown a shutout in 108 career starts. He was pulled by manager Edwin Rodriguez after throwing 98 pitches, 64 for strikes, and was fine with the decision. “We were in agreement up 6-0,” Johnson said. Johnson has pitched 17 consecutive scoreless innings over his past three starts. After leading the NL in ERA last year, he added a curveball to his repertoire, making his 96-mph fastball even more effective. Johnson said he threw seven or eight curves against the Pirates. “He’s getting more confident with that pitch,” Rodriguez said. “It’s going to take him to the next level.” Mike Dunn and Brian Sanches each worked one perfect inning to complete the two-hitter against a team that came into the game with the highest road batting average in the NL. Pittsburgh struck out 12 times.

NHL TEAM 1. Notre Dame 2. Johns Hopkins 3. Cornell 4. Syracuse 5. Denver 6. Maryland 7. Duke 7. Hofstra 9. Virginia 10. North Carolina

POINTS 313 290 289 288 243 227 222 222 186 173

TEAM 11. Villanova 12. Bucknell 13. Stony Brook 14. Yale 15. Massachusetts 16. Colgate 17. Penn 18. Army 19. Loyola MD 20. Delaware

POINTS 169 141 126 97 85 79 66 64 38 31

Kunitz, Downie suspended in Penguins-Lightning series Tampa — Tampa Bay’s Steve Downie expressed regret. Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz was remorseful, too. The Lightning and Penguins each will be without a key player for Game 4 of their first round playoff series Wednesday night after the NHL suspended Downie and Kunitz one game apiece for hits delivered in separate incidents during the opening period of Pittsburgh 3-2 victory in Game 3.

Instead of debating the fairness of the discipline, both players said they wished they had been more careful. The Penguins lead the series 2-1. “I’m very disappoined in myself,” Downie said Tuesday. “I felt like I let the team down.” The league announced Tuesday that Downie was banned for Game 4 for leaving his feet and launching himself at the head of Pittsburgh’s Ben Lovejoy while the defenseman was making a play behind his own net. The hit drew a loud roar from a sellout crowd that was quickly silenced when the Penguins’ Maxime Talbot raced up ice with the puck and scored the game’s first goal. “I was going in hard on a forecheck. I finished my hit and unfortunately it ended up the way it did . ... Momentum carried me through and I ended up off my feet,” Downie said.


Heat getting defensive at right time of year Miami — It’s clearly the signature highlight so far in this Miami Heat postseason. LeBron James taking off on the fast break, reaching more than a foot above the rim, controlling a perfect lob from Mario Chalmers and delivering a powerful one-handed dunk. Almost forgotten in that crowd-thrilling moment: That it started with defense. Joel Anthony blocked a shot by Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young, and when Young got the ball back and tried to shoot again, Anthony erased that try as well. Dwyane Wade controlled the rebound and quickly passed to Chalmers, who in one motion sent the pinpoint feed to James for a slam that he punctuated with a long scream. “We’ve been a confident bunch all year,” James said. Perhaps never more so than right now, having won 17 of 20 games since March 10 and leading the 76ers 2-0 in their Eastern Conference first-round series, which resumes in Philadelphia on Thursday night. Miami’s offense has been far from perfect. But its defense over the last seven quarters has been stifling, with Philadelphia — which raced to an early 14-point lead in Game 1 — shooting 34 percent and getting outscored by 43 points in the last 83 minutes of the series.

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Golden Eagles earn conference splits MARK EMCH Sports Staff

Coach Mike Brown and the Clarion Golden Eagles baseball team battled against the elements to pull out three wins over the course of April 14 through the 18. The team played three separate doubleheaders against Gannon University and California University of Pennsylvania. The Golden Eagles split each doubleheader with one win and one loss. In game one on Thursday, April 14, Clarion faced off against Gannon. Offense would be the name of the game for Clarion, as their hitters were able to convert six hits into four runs. Junior Josh Beimel and junior Matt Rossi added two hits apiece to the grand total. The duo was responsible for three out of the team’s four runs for the game. Clarion freshman pitcher Pat Golden secured his first win of the season at Gannon in game one, putting in 5.1 innings of starting work. While Golden gave up six hits to the Gannon offense, he allowed only two runners to cross the plate. Pitching duties were passed on to senior Eric Panko, who threw for a mere 1.2 innings to grab his second save of the season.

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Clarion stays in the PSAC West playoff race with splits against Gannon and California University of Pennsylvania. Clarion’s success in game one quickly turned around when Gannon made a comeback and won game two of the doubleheader by a score of 3-0. The Golden Eagle offense knocked seven hits throughout the game, but failed to turn any of those into runs. Gannon’s Paul McKenna pitched for all seven innings, and struck out four batters

without allowing a walk. On Friday, April 15, Clarion faced off against Gannon again. This time they would be playing a doubleheader at Jerry Uht’s Park, home of the Erie Seawolves. The Golden Eagles dropped game one of the series to Gannon, 6-3. Freshman pitcher Mike Dunn lasted four innings for Clarion, and ceded nine hits, responsible for

all six of Gannon’s runs. Clarion sophomore Jon Roncolato punched out two hits in three at-bats. He attributed to the Golden Eagles’ seven hits. However, these weren’t enough to secure a win. Clarion would once again split a doubleheader by turning things around and winning game two on the day. This time around, pitch-

ing served as the catalyst for Clarion’s success. Panko pitched a complete game for Clarion, and struck out an impressive seven batters. He also forced the Gannon hitters to pop-up for outs eight times. Clarion’s hitters managed only three hits during game two, but that was enough to win. They converted two of those hits into runs,

thanks to RBIs from Rossi and junior Eric Grejda. Game two ended with a boost in moral for Clarion. They won the game by a score of 2-1. Clarion returned to action on Monday, April 18, at Pullman Park in Butler County; a neutral ground site for a doubleheader against CalU. Clarion fell in game one by a margin of 8-0, due mostly in part to a top of the fifth inning offensive outburst by the California Vulcans. Four runs crossed the plate, due to four hits and one Clarion defensive error. The Golden Eagles won game two by 5-1, capping off a string of doubleheaders with success. Junior Scott Berkes, 3-1 on the year for Clarion, pitched a complete game. CalU managed only five hits against Berkes, and turned over only a single run. Sophomore right fielder Bill Hasson led the Clarion offense with two hits. Beimel, Berkes, Grejda, Roncolato, Rossi and senior Dane Dobson all added to the Golden Eagles’ total of eight hits on the game. The Golden Eagles, with a record of 8-21, look to finish up the season with a string of wins against Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lock Haven University.

Clarion continues to struggle on the diamond MATTHEW MULLEN Sports Staff

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Senior Nicole Lollo makes the routine throw to first base.

The Clarion softball team continues to battle day in and day out, but keep falling short in the PSAC-West. On Thursday, April 14, they took on Lock Haven University in a doubleheader. Sophomore pitcher Erica Burkey pitched a phenomenal game only giving up one run on three hits in seven innings pitched. Her only mistake was in the top of the sixth when she gave up a solo home run, making the score 1-0. The second game was a whole different story for Lock Haven. After being held to only three hits in game one they

exploded scoring 11 runs, on 15 hits, taking game two 11-1 in five innings. Again the Golden Eagles bats were quiet, with one exception. Freshman Kirsten Wilcox went 3-3 on the day with a double and two singles. Junior Megan Daley took the loss and fell to 4-6 on the year. Once again Burkey came out and pitched an excellent game against IUP. She went the distance giving up only three runs on eight hits, striking out four. In the top half of the second sophomore Nicole Lidner went deep giving Clarion the early 1-0 advantage. The Golden Eagles led the game until the fourth inning when IUP scored

three runs on five hits. The top of the seventh was Clarion’s last chance to at least tie the game. Lidner led off the inning with a double to left field. Sophomore Kacie Nemeth made things interesting also hitting a double that scored Lidner closing IUP’s lead to 3-2. With a runner on second and no outs, the last three batters couldn’t get the run in and the Golden Eagles dropped the game 3-2. Despite the outing from Burkey, she took the loss and fell to 2-8 on the year. Five innings is all game two took. IUP crushed Clarion 9-0 holding them to only two hits. Daley was given the loss.

Monday, April 18, Clarion hosted Bloomsburg University in what was supposed to be a doubleheader. Game two was canceled due to the weather. Game one came down to the final inning. In the bottom of the sixth Clarion fought back to tie the game at four. In the top of the seventh Bloomsburg answered with two runs of its own and took the win 6-4. Elizabeth Shiring, and Carlie Cook both had two hits in the game. Burkey took the loss, and the Golden Eagles fell to 6-17 overall and 1-12 in the PSAC-West. The Golden Eagles will wrap up their season on Thursday, April 21, at Mansfield University.

Kenny Morgan CUP C UP jjunior unior baseball baseball p player layer

INTERVIEW BY Matthew Mullen


What is your favorite childhood baseball memory?


Without a doubt my favorite baseball memories would be going over to the field with my dad and working on baseball, taking batting practice and just spending quality time with him is something I will always cherish.




How were you able to ignore the struggles of your team last year and still have a terrific season?


Well I was fortunate enough to put together a decent season last year. No matter what the situation is I always give my best. I will continue to give my best everyday. I wont change a thing.

What is different about this year’s team, and do you think you guys can improve from last season? Everything is different about this team. We are a close-knit group, and we are loaded with talent. We are going to be contenders for the PSAC title this year. We are a confident bunch of guys, and we pride ourselves on our swagger. I felt it was a good time to make my Clarion baseball rap when I did because I know the team would react well with it and they did.


What are your individual goals for this season?

The only goal I have personally is to make All-PSAC. I don’t worry myself with averages and stats because there are times that hard hit balls just go at some-

body and become outs. Every time I step to the plate I have a job to do, whether that be sacrificing myself for the team or dropping a bunt to move a runner over. My main objective is to do anything necessary to help the team. I hope that my efforts for the team will land me in the PSAC conference players.


What kind of impact has the game of baseball had on your life?


Baseball is my life, and it has taught me some crucial lessons in life. It has taught me to keep pushing through adversity and to never quit. Also it has taught me to respect the game because no matter who you are you are never bigger than the game. I love the game of baseball and I will continue playing until my body tells me I can’t anymore.

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