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Financial Aid catches up to student demands KELSEY HUEBERT News Editor

Clarion, Pa - Multiple unforeseen problems were responsible for the delay of financial aid to thousands of Clarion University students. According to Director of Financial Aid Ken Grugel and Dean of Enrollment Management William Bailey, a change in software at the Financial Aid Office and a higher volume of private student loans made the delays unavoidable. “I would have to say this was the ‘perfect storm.’” Grugel said. Clarion’s Financial Aid Office switched to Peoplesoft software over the

summer for the management of students’ loans and grants. Grugel said the new software is more userfriendly, but that more time was needed to make data entry automatic. More than 5,000 students’ tax and loan information had to be input manually, Grugel said. Grugel teamed up with Bailey and the Admissions Office to share the labor. Bailey said both offices have been working more than 40 hours a week for months to get caught up. “Implementation of a new system is a challenge,” Bailey said. Grugel said Clarion University’s Computing Services is working on

programming to redevelop the certification system’s automation. Grugel said the increase in tuition has driven more people to draw loans from banks and private lenders when grants won’t cover college costs. “The number of private loans and Parent Plus loans have increased,” Grugel said, “and for the last seven to 10 years, the certification function for those loans has been fully automated.” As of Oct. 19, less than 140 student files remain to be processed. Grugel said he hopes to have all the remaining students’ accounts reviewed, certified and posted within 10 days.

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Director of Financial Aid Ken Grugel reviews financial aid applications in Egbert Hall.

Commissioner candidates race to finish first ALIZAH THORNTON News Staff

Clarion, Pa. - Clarion County Commissioner elections are approaching. Republican candidates Wayne Brosius and Butch Campbell and Democratic candidates Greg Faller and Ron Wilshire will be on the ballot. After earning a degree in communication from Clarion University, Brosius has worked for C-93 -FM and WWCH-AM Radio in Clarion for 25 years. He has participated in community service projects with the American Cancer Society and the Children’s Hospital. The Clarion Chamber of Commerce recognized Brosius for outstanding community service. Serving the people in the Clarion County community with integrity, honesty and openness is something Brosius plans to do if elected, he said. “I want to create a better job climate by working with business people,

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including Marcellus Shale companies,” Brosius said. “They need to feel like Clarion County is on their side.” Commissioners have the authority to make county-wide policies for local services and facilities, according to the Clarion County website. Campbell said he has worked with and been on the board of the Regional Center for Workplace Excellence that serves six counties here in North-

western Pennsylvania. While on the board, Campbell helped customize the state’s job demand list to include new jobs so displaced workers would be retrained for jobs in the area, Campbell said. He has also saved money on the exterior renovations of the courthouse, as well as worked with local school guidance counselors, juniors and seniors in the Clarion area. Campbell said he will bring a business back-

ground to the community. He said he knows about what nonprofit organizations are facing with cuts in funding. “I want to bring a grant writer on board with the county to search for grants which will benefit county agencies, as well as private sector entities which need additional funding,” Campbell said. Faller is another candidate for commissioner. Faller received a degree in accounting from Clarion University. He has been a county auditor for 14 years, where he worked on computerizing a comprehensive audit plan which would be performed on 90 of the county’s accounts. If elected as commissioner Faller would like to increase the contact with the townships, boroughs and school districts, he said. “The open communication with the citizens and communities will help develop infrastructure, industry and lead to job creation,” Faller said.

MTV’s Maci Bookout visits Clarion.

Music Box: Tori Amos “Night of Hunters.”

Volleyball smashes IUP and CalU.

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the students’ needs and learn from what they have to offer.” ~Republican candidate Butch Campbell

The Clarion community has problems that need to be addressed by the elected commissioners. Job creation, unemployment, funding for agencies and property assessment are county issues that Brosius, Campbell and Faller all agree on. There are other issues that each candidate believes are also important. Faller said he would like to support training programs through Clarion University and the Clarion Career Center. As commissioner, he would find the strengths and weaknesses of the county so he could find ways to market the county for growth and job creation, he said. This aspect would involve Clarion University by using different departments for studies and projects to give the community alternatives for growth and development. Marcellus Shale drilling and safe water are other issues of the county that Campbell said he feels needs to be addressed.

Maintaining an open relationship with Clarion University is also important. Because the students of the university live in Clarion, the county could benefit from resources and talents from the students, Campbell said. “We should listen to the students’ needs and learn from what they have to offer.” Brosius said an additional issue is running the county government efficiently and effectively because of current county funding problems. He said he would like to work with Clarion University on community projects and improving life in the area. “I have been both a Clarion University student and a lifelong county resident, so I have insight on both entities,” Brosius said. The candidates for Clarion County Commissioner will continue to campaign until the election. Three of the candidates will win a four-year term. The election will be held Thursday, Nov. 8.


OPINION Dear Bacon

Allison Doherty writes about her classes in Amsterdam. PAGE 4

FEATURES Secular students

Student Secular Alliance represents athiest and agnostic students. PAGE 5

What’s on your mind? Creature Feature Alizah Thornton talks about the stresses of an overworked student. PAGE 4

This week Features editor Russel Pekelnickey tells us all what goes bump in the night. PAGE 6

Editorial Cartoon

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Online Editor Mike Ramsey’s “Double Standard.” Does America live up to the standards it sets? PAGE 4

Features editor Russel Pekelnickey shambles through the best of the best ghost stories. PAGE 6


DJ spotlight

Football loses

Local tunes

Coach’s feature

Celebrity speaker


Catch DJ Calvina on 91.7 WCUC-FM “The Clutch.” PAGE 9

Clarion’s hottest new artist, Courtney Stewart. PAGE 9

MTV’s Maci Bookout speaks with students at Becker Hall. PAGE 9

Clarion loses to IUP in a 38-7 showdown. PAGE 10

Men’s basketball coach Ron Righter. PAGE 10

Who will take the pennant in the World Series? PAGE 10

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STAFF News: Lauren Wuenschel, Jon Knoll, Eddie Armstrong, Alizah Thornton Sports: Matthew Mullen, Michael Waterloo, Jacob Oberdorf, Catherine Burget, Michael Collins, Justin Welton, Eddie McDonald, Matt Catrillo, Michael Collins Features: Josh Byers, Brandy Hadden, Alizah Thornton, Marissa Katz Entertainment: Blayne Scheaffer, Brandy Hadden, Gavin Griffin, Jacquelyn Reilly

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New York A plainclothes police officer who’s becoming known as the “hipster cop” for his fashion sense says he thinks his rising profile helps “break down a lot of walls.” Detective Rick Lee, 45, has been the subject of much Internet chatter for showing up at Zuccotti Park for his work as a community affairs officer wearing narrow ties, cardigan sweaters and thick-framed glasses. Rainy weather put a damper on the protests Wednesday, with demonstrators huddled under tarps. A couple of die-hards stood in the downpour holding up American flags and wearing gas masks.

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Harrisburg takeover bill heads to Corbett Harrisburg, Pa., - A bill aimed at giving Gov. Tom Corbett unprecedented power to force Pennsylvania’s financially troubled capital into a state-sanctioned plan to deal with its staggering debt appeared Wednesday to be all but law — the latest step in a fight over who should absorb Harrisburg’s obligations. Without debate, the state House voted 177-18 to send the bill to Corbett, who was not in Harrisburg on Wednesday. Once it is on his desk and he has time to review it, he will sign it, likely this week, said a spokeswoman for the Republican governor. The bill opens the door to what observers say is the most aggressive intervention by the state government into the affairs of a Pennsylvania municipality. It would enable the governor to order a financially troubled city to obey financial plans drawn up by his appointees, including a receiver who would have the power to sell city assets, approve contracts and file for federal bankruptcy protection, but not raise taxes. The likelihood of the bill’s passage

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside St. Paul’s Cathedral over the weekend. Many have since hunkered down outside the cathedral, pitching tents and setting up a makeshift kitchen, toilets and an information center. Until now, church staff members have allowed the protesters to remain. But in a statement released late Wednesday, St. Paul’s said that the “increased scale and nature” of the camp could make it more difficult for the cathedral to stay open for worshippers and tourists.

by the Republican-controlled Legislature hastened a move by a divided Harrisburg City Council to file a bankruptcy petition in federal court in recent days. Judge Mary France has set a Nov. 23 court date for oral arguments on legal questions surrounding the bankruptcy petition, which could help determine whether the city’s filing will be allowed to stay in court. Rep. Glen Grell, R-Cumberland, an author of the bill that passed Wednesday, called it a “milestone day” for the city of 50,000 amid a stalemate between Mayor Linda Thompson and the City Council over how to deal with the city’s crushing debt. “Certainly it’s not something any of us savored doing,” Grell said. “It is a significant step, but in the view of the House and the Senate, it’s a necessary step, unfortunately.” Grell said the bankruptcy petition and the bill’s takeover provisions won’t interfere with each other for now, but he said Corbett’s lawyers are looking into whether any conflicts could arise.

South Carolina Charleston is known for its Southern hospitality. Now it’s playing host to the region’s newest “Occupy” protests. Occupy Charleston got a permit to stay at a city park beginning Wednesday, and about 30 people showed up. The permit allows groups of up to 49 people to protest outside City Hall, banks and other locations. If the crowds were bigger, the marches would require a city parade permit.

California Sacramento police say nine protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement were arrested at downtown’s Cesar Chavez Park on suspicion of being there after hours and failing to disperse. City officials had refused to grant a permit allowing them to remain in the park overnight. Laura Peck, police spokeswoman in the California capital city, said the nine were among about 100 people demonstrating; the other protesters complied with police orders to leave. Sacramento police have now arrested around 70 people.

North Carolina Police in Asheville arrested four people - for washing windows. Protester Amy Hamilton said she and nine other demonstrators were cleaning up the Merrill Lynch building when four were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of trespassing. About 200 people have participated in Asheville, a city in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

Ohio Some demonstrators marched to a Cincinnati City Council meeting to voice concern over what they said were some leaders’ apparent opposition to the protest. The group also wants the city to change its rule banning people from a downtown park after closing hours. A federal judge on Tuesday had ordered a temporary stop to the police ticketing of the protesters.

Harrisburg, Pa. - A top state senator said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation to pump another $2.5 billion a year into Pennsylvania’s transportation system as part of a challenge to get Gov. Tom Corbett to come up with his own plan on a widely acknowledged and persistent problem. Besides, the money, which would come largely from higher gas taxes and motorist fees, could generate work and jobs in a tough economy, said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman. “I think it’s the most important thing we could be doing,” Corman said. “Of all the issues being discussed this fall — whether it be school vouchers, whether it be education reform, whether it be Marcellus Shale, privatization — none of those have economic benefit. We’re in a tough economy right now, we need jobs. We need people creating jobs. This will have an impact.” Corman, R-Centre, said his plan will be modeled on recommendations from Corbett’s hand-picked Transportation Funding Advisory Commission, which laid out a fiveyear plan to raise approximately $2.5 billion in new funding for the state’s beleaguered highways, bridges and mass transit agencies.

Driller wins approval to halt water to Pa. town Allentown, Pa. - Pennsylvania environmental regulators said Wednesday they have given permission to a natural-gas driller to stop delivering replacement water to residents whose drinking water wells were tainted with methane. Residents expressed outrage and threatened to take the matter to court. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has been delivering water to homes in the northeast village of Dimock since January of 2009. The Houston-based energy company asked the Department of Environmental Protection for approval to stop the water deliveries by the end of November, saying Dimock’s water is safe to drink. DEP granted Cabot’s request late Tuesday, notifying the company in a letter released Wednesday morning. Scott Perry, the agency’s acting deputy secretary for oil and gas management, wrote that since Cabot has satisfied the terms of a December settlement agreement requiring the company to remove methane from the residents’ water, DEP “therefore grants Cabot’s request to discontinue providing temporary potable water.” Bill Ely, 60, said the water coming out of his well looks like milk. “You put your hand down a couple of inches and you can’t see your hand, that’s how much gas there is in it. And they’re telling me it was that way all my life,” said Ely, who has lived in the family homestead for nearly 50 years and said his well water was crystal clear until Cabot’s arrival three years ago.

Covered bridge is recovered from creek Lancaster, Pa. - It creaked. It groaned. Pieces fell off. But it didn’t break. The Siegrist Mill covered bridge — all 50 tons of it — was successfully hoisted by two cranes out of Chiques Creek on Tuesday afternoon and set down on dry land. It’s the first time the 127-year-old wooden structure on the Rapho-West Hempfield township line has been out of the water since floodwaters during Tropical Storm Lee ripped it off its abutments Sept. 8 and dumped it in the creek, just downstream from Siegrist Road. Jay Peifer, who owns the land on Siegrist Road where the bridge was set by the cranes, clapped his hands when the 92-foot-long structure finally hit its temporary resting place. “Well done, guys,” Peifer said.

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Mark occupies Pittsburgh

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“You want class war? We’ll give you what you ask for!” This was just one of the many chants that were thunderously echoed through the streets of Pittsburgh this past Saturday, Oct. 15. Occupy Pittsburgh, an offshoot of the ever growing Occupy Wall Street protests that have been occurring since Sept. 17, began its march for change, social justice and an end to corporate greed. At least that is what the

message seems to be. If one was to take a quick glance across the eclectic crew of teenagers, college students, parents, and yes, little tots in strollers, they would quickly gather the “Occupy” movement that has grasped the American populous by storm seems to lack a clear and concise message. From Ron Paul “Revolution” signs to quixotic students calling for utopian socialist societies, the Pittsburgh variant along with most of the protests across the country and now globe seem to be scattered across the political stratosphere. This has been a crucial attacking point for many conservative leaning media sources. Glen Beck even went as far as draw-

ing parallels to these protestors and the infamous members of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. When Maximilien Robespierre encouraged guillotines to drop and heads to roll. This was one of the more puerile political stratagems to occur over the past week. It only merely beats out Michelle Bachmann’s incredulous bashing of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Tax reform plan by stating, “When you take the 999 plan and you turn it upside down, I think the devil is in the details.” For more on Marks Occupy Pittsburgh experience including video and photos visit: opinion/occupypittsburgh


Conversation barriers PAUL SHERER Staff Writer


f you want something, you have to go get it – you have to talk t h e talk if you want to walk the walk. The ability to hold a face-to-face conversation that is both progressive and persuasive is the most important trait in being able to get what you want. Technology is arguably a positive aspect of our society and continues to help develop more things we once could only imagine. Information is available almost instantly and hardly anyone is out of reach. While advance-

ments with technology seem to make social interaction informal, at the same time we are building up barriers between ourselves and our desires. Granted, these barriers may be thin, and by no means should we condemn technology, but we should not become uncomfortable with face-toface interaction. For example, how often do you visit a professor’s office for assistance, or respond to an employment opportunity by hand-delivering your resume? Being able to match a face with a name establishes a sense of identity between you and your professor or potential

employer that an email signature cannot do. Four years of college may seem like you have time, but it’s over before you know it. Take advantage of every opportunity to become comfortable conversing face to face. You’ll be surprised the places your words may take you and how easy it is to set yourself apart from everyone else.

What’s on my mind? ALIZAH THORNTON Staff Writer


h i s week’s column will be a little different. There are some issues on my mind that I feel like sharing this week that I feel many of the readers can relate to. This week I would like to share my frustrations with being an involved student. Now, when I say involved, I mean a student who not only is in classes, but also maintains a job, and multiple campus organizations and clubs. This is the middle of the semester, and I’m exhausted. I would have to say this semester has

with because you’re working on something similar. I feel if you can handle all of your work on top of your extracurricular activities, you’ll be fine. Right now, I feel like I want to kick myself for signing up for all these activities. If you’re busy or busier than I am, you probably feel the same way. Don’t give up. It seems hard now, and like it’s never going to end, but it’s better in the long run. Thanksgiving break will be here sooner than you know it.

-The writer is a communication major and a staff writer for The Clarion Call.


Bacon in Amsterdam ALISON DOHERTY Staff Writer

-The writer is a computer science major and a staff writer for The Clarion Call.

been the busiest of my entire college career. It’s vastly different from my freshman year. My freshman year, I didn’t do much. I wasn’t involved in any activities, and I didn’t have a job; I was just “hanging out.” Now, I’m lucky if I have an hour a day to myself. I feel being an involved student has many positive benefits. For one, your time management skills increase. Since my schedule changes daily, I am always on top of what I have to get done and when it needs to be done. There’s no other option. Also, there are many opportunities that I’ve come across from being involved. Working with different organizations and individuals are great ways to meet people. Sometimes those people have projects that they are working on that you may be able to help


ear Bacon: Do you actually learn anything in Amsterdam or is it all about weed and women? -Sincerely Average Joe.


ell Average Joe, surprisingly there is actually a lot to be learned from Dutch courses. I was a bit skeptical at first when my course schedule had the potential to include: The History of Prostitution, Gender and Sexuality and Pleasure and Politics: The An-

thropological Approach can account for another to Sex and Politics. 2-3 hours of research. The Red Light District With midterms next week, and coffee shops are the I have to write a five thoufirst to come to mind when sand-word book review thinking about Amsterdam. and research the effects But scholarly reviewed of graffiti on Amsterdam work wouldn’t be one of youth culture. my immediate thoughts. So Average Joe, while Unbeknownst to me, the much of Amsterdam Netherlands produces more seems to be about cash, scholarly reviewed material and the ladies of the in journals than any other night, the students here country in the world. take their academia seriAfter reading one syl- ously. labus from one of only For up-to-date stories two classes, it’s apparent of Bacon’s Amsterdam as to how and why there adventures check out bais so much scholarly re- viewed work. or email your questions Just one of my classes to bacon@clarioncallthat meets twice a week requires 15-20 hours of studying. That’s not including going to class. So while you have your required study hours and contact hours, the lecturer also ‘highly suggests’ you -The writer is a communicacontinue doing research tion major and a staff writer in your free time, which for The Clarion Call.


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Approximately 500 people piled into the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room on Monday, Oct. 17 to listen to “Teen Mom” star Maci Bookout speak. Some people may not understand the importance of Bookout coming to Clarion, but according to Clarion’s University Activities Board, she’s been doing these lectures for three years and is impacting lives everywhere. “We wanted someone bigger. ‘Teen Mom’ is big, she is big and she’s lecturing on women empowerment and just how to balance life,” said Tyler Shearer, head of Gemmell Activities on the UAB staff. Shearer was one of the staff members who organized the event, along with head of Lecture Committee, Julie Miller. Bookout interweaved her thoughts about balancing a hectic life with her own experience. “How many of you have kids? Well, if you do, you’re living my life. If not, you’re lucky,” Bookout said. As she sat on the stage of the MPR, Bookout told the audience of her experience as a high school junior, finding out that she got pregnant the first time she had sex. Bookout finished her junior year, and then finished her senior year that summer and graduated in early October, only to give birth to her son, Bentley, weeks later on Oct. 27. She said that since her parents were teen parents as well, she thought she was decently prepared. “How many of you make at least $1,000 a month,” Bookout asked the audience. After three people raised their hands, she continued in her Tennessee accent, “Ya’ll would be screwed.” She said that after making a quick list on the way to Clarion, she estimated spending hundreds of dollars per month on diapers, formula, bottles, pacifiers, toys, strollers, car seats, clothes and “therapy so you don’t lose your mind.” “And that’s just for the baby,” she said. Bookout took the opportunity to plug some responsibility into

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Maci Bookout shares her experiences with students. the audience, saying someone that wants to have kids would never want an unplanned pregnancy for their child, no matter how well they think they’re doing. “I know you’re going to do it, but use a condom or go get on birth control because it’s not worth what your child is going to go through,” Bookout said. Bookout started college when Bentley was 2 months old. Her first semester, she dropped every class. Her next, she passed three classes. Next, she tried doing everything online, which did not work out well; she only passed two classes. Finally, in her fourth semester with Bentley being almost 2 years old, she passed all of her classes and is now doing well in her third year of a two-year college. “At first I was going to class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Then, I worked from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then, I was up every two hours to feed Bentley,” she said. “She has a good message. She has a baby, she’s going to college, she’s still in college and she’s committed. Her whole lecture is about being committed to what you want to do,” Shearer said. America watched Maci struggle to keep her commitment to Ryan, Bentley’s father. “It’s almost like having [Bentley] made us two different people… I would never wish an unplanned pregnancy on anybody,” she said. “No matter how good your relationship is, how in love you think you are or how long you’ve been together, you never know until you have a child.” Now Maci dates Kyle, who is great with Bentley, Maci said, but she still feels guilty about Bentley growing up with separated parents. “He’s always going to have two homes... I’ve taken so much away from a child that didn’t deserve it or ask for it. It’s all very emotional. I feel very selfish for not taking the precautions I should have.” Bookout also addressed the audience by answering their questions. Many asked her about MTV. “It’s the best and worst thing that ever happened to me. It gave me a purpose,” she said.Teen pregnancies have been an ongoing issue in America, and MTV provided the perfect platform to reach the demographic. “I think Maci did have an important topic to talk about because teen pregnancy is an issue,” said Chelsea Fidler, Clarion University student who attended Bookout’s lecture. Bookout said that she doesn’t think the show glorifies teen pregnancy, despite what some believe. “It’s obvious that we’re going through major life struggles, and if someone’s going to get pregnant to be on TV then they have other issues,” she said. Bookout said that they are in the process of filming the fourth season of “Teen Mom” and that this will probably be her last to give Bentley as normal a life as possible. “I hope you guys learned something, use a condom and have fun.”

Student Secular Alliance represents athiests, agnostic students Domestic violence symposium JOSH BYERS Features Staff

Coming to college, there are a lot of clubs from which to choose. A new club is coming to Clarion – the Secular Student Alliance. The group, founded in May 2000, is an organization for a network of more than 250 campus groups for atheist, agnostic and humanist students. According to the SSA Facebook page, “The SSA envisions a future in which nontheistic students are respected voices in public discourse and vital partners in the secular movement’s charge against irrationality and dogma.” Nontheism is defined as the rejection of theism, which is the belief in one God, and secular is defined as having no connection or dealings with religion. Brady Clemens, the chair of the SSA, said, “I became aware of the organization last academic year, and I thought it would be something that might be workable at Clarion. There are a number of religious groups on campus, but there was no group specifically for those of a

nonreligious mindset. This seemed to me a problem in need of fixing because I believe that the secular viewpoint is a legitimate one worth a place at the table and respect. That won’t happen unless secularists of all stripe actively make the public aware of what secularism is and what it represents.” The SSA has a statement about the Clarion University branch starting up on its website at www. “Students and faculty at Clarion University are working to start a campus group for atheists, agnostics, nontheists, humanists, skeptics, freethinkers and other students who do not believe in a god or gods. We’re looking for interested students, faculty and staff and supporters to help!” The SSA also has a list of goals for starting organizations across the nation, including the one in Clarion. The goals include educating themselves and their communities about religion and nontheism, contributing to society through community service, participating in government through activism, building a community for

nontheists at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and cooperating with other groups of both similar and dissimilar viewpoints to foster understanding and communication. Clemens has high hopes for the group. He said, “The general consensus among the group members is that we want to focus on promoting skeptical thinking, reason and science through whatever events we decide to oversee. I’m looking forward to our first year as an organization because we have a great adviser, some very excited members and a national organization that works actively to support its member-groups.” The SSA will be meeting in 105 Founders at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. “I think there is some real promise. Part of that is the fact that we aren’t a narrow group. We aren’t an atheist-only group. Our members represent different points along the spectrum, from atheists to agnostics, skeptics, secular humanists, free thinkers and even some members who represent nontraditional religious viewpoints,” said Clemens.

coming to Venango campus The Criminal Justice Society of Venango Campus will be hosting its first Domestic Violence Symposium Oct. 25, in the Robert W. Rhoades Auditorium. Students welcome Dr. Keith Bell, assistant professor of Criminal Justice at West Liberty State University; and Dr. Larry Driscoll, associate professor of Criminal Justice at Wheeling Jesuit University. Bell will define domestic violence and discuss Pennsylvania statistics. Driscoll will present a different side of the issue through his studies of lie detection and false accusations. Officer Dave Wilson and Dr. Marla Harp are expected to offer information about domestic violence on campus and to educate students on services available through Clarion UniversityVenango Campus. Also attending will be representatives from Venango County’s PPC which provides a variety of prevention and education programs Students will also have an opportunity to view and participate in self-defense demonstration by Driscoll held in the Robert W. Rhoades gymnasium at 11:30 a.m. Lead by Dr. Paul Klenowski, the Criminal Justice Society of Venango Campus strives to educate and inform Clarion students on the seriousness of domestic violence in the community. The Criminal Justice Society is committed to providing students with the opportunity to work with the community using positive reinforcement in order to strengthen its members’ knowledge of the criminal justice system, and prepare students for their careers. The CJS is committed to public service and meeting the needs of the educational service area, as well as to the needs of the state of Pennsylvania. The Criminal Justice core curriculum provides the foundation for competencies necessary to succeed in the Criminal Justice profession and in society.

Day of the Dead celebrations become more popular in U.S. RUSSELL CONTRERAS AP Exchange

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Growing up in South Texas, Kiko Torres saw the Day of the Dead as an obscure holiday celebrated in southern Mexico. Few people dared to discuss it in his small but strong Catholic, Mexican-American community. Still, Torres said he became fascinated by Day of the Dead folk art and ceremonies he saw during his father’s research trips to Mexico. Those images of dancing skeleton figurines and the event’s spiritual messages of honoring the dead, he said, were misunderstood in the United States. “People here thought it was something to be scared of or evil,” said Torres. But that’s changing. In the last decade or so, this traditional Latin American holiday with indigenous roots has spread throughout the U.S. along with migration from Mexico and other countries where it is observed. Not only are U.S.-born Latinos adopting the Day of the Dead, but various underground and artistic non-Latino groups have begun to mark the Nov. 1-2 holidays through colorful celebrations, parades, exhibits and even bike rides and mixed martial arts fights. In Houston, artists hold a “Day of the Dead Rock Stars” where they pay homage to departed singers like Joey Ramone, Johnny Cash and even “El Marvin Gaye.” Community centers in Los Angeles build altars for rapper Tupac Shakur and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. “It’s everywhere now,” said Carlos Hernandez, 49, a Houston-based artist who launched the “Day of the Dead Rock Stars” event. “You can even get Dia de los Muertos stuff at Wal-Mart.” The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, honors departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for

a few intimate hours. At burial sites or intricately built altars, photos of loved ones are centered on skeleton figurines, bright decorations, candles, candy and other offerings such as the favorite foods of the departed. Pre-Columbian in origin, many of the themes and rituals now are mixtures of indigenous practices and Roman Catholicism. The holiday is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and parts of Ecuador. Leading up to the day, bakers make sugar skulls and sweet “bread of the dead,” and artists create elaborate paper cut-out designs that can be hung on altars. Some families keep private night-long vigils at burial sites. In North America, decorations often center on images of La Calavera Catrina — a skeleton of an upper-class woman whose image was made popular by the late-Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada. She is typically seen on photos or through papiermache statues alongside other skeletal figures in everyday situations like playing soccer, dancing or getting married. La Catrina is the most popular recreated figure related to the holiday. “She is our best-selling item,” said Torres, 35, who owns the Masks y Mas in Albuquerque, a shop that sells Day of the Dead art and clothing year-round. “I have artists sending me their Catrina pieces from all over.” Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Center hosts an annual “Dia de los Muertos Community Gathering,” featuring many of the artists from Masks y Mas. The community “ofrenda” — the term for a Day of the Dead offering or homemade altar — features blessings, live music and poetry, Oct. 17-Nov. 8. The center also is exhibiting an altar by Mexican-American novelist Sandra Cisneros dedicated to her mother. The city also hosts an annual parade where

marchers dress in Day of the Dead gear and makeup, and it organizes a “Day of the Tread” bike and marathon race. The exhibits and events are not limited to the Southwest. Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology has a Day of the Dead altar on permanent display and offers Day of the Dead art classes to students in second to eighth grades. And in New York City, the Brooklyn Arts Council recently initiated a year-long Day of the Dead education project to heighten public awareness “on mourning and remembrance.” The growing Latin American population in the U.S. and the increased influence of Hispanic culture here in everything from food to TV programming are obviously major factors in the growth of Day of the Dead celebrations. But the holiday’s increased popularity may also coincide with evolving attitudes toward death, including a move away from private mourning to more public ways of honoring departed loved ones, whether through online tributes or sidewalk memorials. “I think it has to do with Sept. 11,” said Albuquerque, N.M.-based artist Kenny Chavez. “We’re all looking at death differently, and the Day of the Dead allows us to talk about it.” For some in the U.S., the Day of the Dead remains personal as they use the occasion to remember close loved ones. But for others, it’s a chance to honor late celebrities or just an opportunity to dress up as a favorite Day of the Dead character. Chavez said those unfamiliar with the event sometimes freeze when they first see Day of the Dead images. “We have people come into the shop and ask if this about the occult or devil worshipping,” said Chavez, who works at Masks y Mas. “They get all weirded out until you explain what this is.”

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TOP 10 Classic creepy ghost stories 6. The Hanging Man

Russell Pekelnicky Features Editor

With All Hallow’s Eve drawing ever closer, it’s important to remember one of the most classic things to do with a night of goblins, ghouls and other terrors of the night; tell ghost stories. Here are some of my personal favorite tales of spirits from beyond the grave.

The “Hanging Man” tells the story of a man who took his own life one night after some terrible tragedy in life. Now his spirit remains to hang for all eternity, his neck broken at an impossible angle and his body blowing with an unnatural wind, even on a calm night.

10. Bloody Mary

5. The Headless Spirit

Bloody Mary is a well-known story about a ghost that can be summoned by chanting her name three times and saying, “I have your baby.” The story is about a mother who lost her child at the hands of another, and seeks revenge on any willing to take credit for the premature death of her infant.

The archetype may have started with Ichabod Crane but it’s not exclusive to the timeless tale. Erie has its own headless ghost story in the form of the ghost of the Gudgeonville Bridge. Supposedly, the bridge is haunted by the ghost of a soldier whose head was removed by a cannon ball.

9. The Haunted House

4. Ghost Train

The premise of the story is simple and timehonored. A family moves into a house to discover that something horrible happened, like seances or a possession, and the new family are terrorized by vengeful ghosts of the former inhabitants who want revenge upon the living for disturbing their peace.

Ghost vehicles are not unheard of, but one of the most well-known of spectral craft. Many stories involve accidents with a train and a young man trying to outrun it his souped-up hot rod. The story ends with them destroyed, but their spectral forms live on after them to haunt the night.

3. The Axe Murderer

8. The Hitch-Hiker The story involves a group of kids who are travelling and find a hitch-hiker travelling across country. They pick him up, and he tells them the story of another hitch-hiker who was travelling that same stretch of road and how they died brutally at the hands of another. They then finish with how the ghost is looking for the man who killed them, hoping to take its revenge.

7. The Wailing Woman The “Wailing Woman” is about a woman whose husband or fiance went out to travel, usually sent away to fight for their nation. The woman waits for her husband, but as time goes on, it becomes clear he’s never coming home. However, the widow remains convinced he is, and waits for him until death, then beyond. The woman’s lovelorn cries can be heard on a clear night, calling out for her beloved to return.

The story tells of an axe-wielding killer who has murdered countless people. Rumor has it a posse hunted down and killed the killer, but his soul, and his legacy of violence, live on after his death. Rumor has it he still hunts victims from beyond the grave.

2. Hook-Handed Man Similiar to the “Axe Murderer” is the “Hook-Handed Man”, a mysterious and seemingly undead killer who murders his victims with his hooked hand. He commonly haunts lover’s lanes.

1. Big Hairy Toe “Big Hairy Toe” is certainly a strange story about an old woman who finds a severed toe and thinks, “Let’s make soup.” Well, as she takes it home, the ghost of the toe demands her to give it back, until she throws it back. It’s a warped tale, but a classic at any setting.

Creature Feature: Ghosts Russell Pekelnicky Features Editor

Ghosts are a commonly known creature of myth and lore. Ghosts are said to be the disembodied spirits of the recently deceased stuck on earth with unfinished affairs to attend to. Descriptions of ghosts are widely varied, ranging from invisible forces, to wispy human forms, to fully-formed human forms that lack the physical dimension. Ghosts are commonly seen haunting a particular area either associated with their life or somehow tied into their death, though ghost vehicles such as plains, ships, cars and trains are not unheard of in stories. In many cultures where ancestor worship is common, it is a frequent practice to offer physical goods to

the spirits of the dead in order to prevent them from incurring their wrath from beyond the grave. In many Western cultures, it is commonly believed that, seeing your own doppelganger, a type of ghost that takes on the appearance of someone else, is a sign of death. Spirits still play a strong role in modern faith, including Spiritualism, a monotheistic faith much like Christianity, which believes the spirits of the dead can be contacted through mediums. The east coast harbors one of the largest communities of Spiritualist mediums in Lily Dale, N.Y. Eastern Asian societies also still have a strong belief in ghosts. They are revered and feared by those who observe the old traditions of the area. Mexico also maintains a strong belief of ghosts and respect for

the deceased in their Day of the Dead celebration. Ghosts, while varied in forms, share a number of common traits. They give off an electromagnetic pulse perceivable through equipment, say many ghost hunters They also cause cold patches, which can be monitored using thermal mapping equipment. Also, most ghosts have no intent of inflicting harm, but they are just disembodied presences. Also, a ghost will often speak at low decibel levels, which are difficult for the human ear to perceive. When asking questions, bring along a recording device for future audio analysis. While there is little scientific proof to prove the existence of ghosts, they remain a fascinating part of lore and a long-living supernatural phenomenon amongst cultures.

Halloween mixer to go all night Josh Byers Features Staff

Halloween is closely approaching and with it, numerous parties and get-togethers on and off campus. The Dusk ‘till Dawn Halloween mixer will be held 10 p.m. Oct. 30 to 2 a.m. Oct. 31 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room. The Black Student Union on campus is hosting the event and has been since 2007. Brandi Cox, president of BSU

said, “We came up with this idea to provide the student body with a safe and fun environment to celebrate a very popular and fun holiday.” “The event takes some planning to get everything organized and ready for the big night. In order to have this event, we as a board sit down and plan the event with the students’ needs and wants in mind. Along with that, we allocate a budget, put our creative minds together and initiate a fantastic event,” said Cox.

“We utilize the funding raised to support upcoming events for the spring semester,” Cox said, adding that the BSU is expecting a great turnout for this event. The entertainment for the night will be DJ DEEZ, and there will be light refreshments. Admission is $3 for Clarion University students with identification and $5 for non-Clarion guests. The doors to the mixer will close at midnight.

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The Music Box is back again this week discussing Tori Amos’ new album, “Night of Hunters.” The Music Box Podcast can be heard Friday mornings on 91.7 WCUC-FM at 11 a.m. If you have any music related questions, email us at entertainment@, @ tweet us at call_ae.

Hello The Music Box viewers. I have missed you dearly. Not writing last week almost killed me, but Sam wouldn’t let me do it because I was getting too awesome. I have waltzed right back into a nightmare this week with Tori Amos’ “A Night of Hunters.” I am not denying Amos’ talent on any part, I just feel that this album gives off a creepy, Baroqueesque, sad Disney scene, nightmare vibe. I will say that this album possesses some interesting sounds, yet every song is done in the staple Amos, over-theatrical, blursthe-line-of-passionand-giddiness, style. Not that consistency is a bad thing, but the album becomes stagnant by the third or fourth song. The more I listened, the further depressing and uncomfortable the lyrics and musical elements became. Even still, sitting here writing this, a strange haunting



Growing up, I vividly remember my mother laying down on the table Tori Amos’ “Little Earthquakes” album and wondering why some red-headed lady was in a giant box. As I got a bit older (and by older I mean around the age of 8, when I thought that just the idea of any music besides concert band music was cool) I grew to like Amos. Now that I understand the world around me and am set in my musical ways, all I can think is… what the heck was I thinking? I’m sorry Mom, and I know you’re reading this, but Amos’ new album “Night of Hunters” is just downright bizarre and sounds nothing like what I remember. The first track on the album is “Shattering Sea.” The intro strikes low piano keys and leads

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aura lingers in my ear canals. Now the real question arises. Has Amos contracted the “Mad Hatter” syndrome? Wallowing in your own furious piano strokes for quite some years with the objective of birthing the most epic, all-becoming, comeback/last-present-toEarth can drive one certifiably mad. I have no further explanations for this album. Maybe said “hunters” should hunt for some chill pills. A well-placed laid-back song would have broken up this album nicely and given listeners a break from an “Alice in Wonderland” endeavor. I am not sure what she was aiming at here, but I was taken on a ride. At one point, she sings “I’m a hawk, watch me turn into an ear of corn,” or something; that’s paraphrasing, of course. To me, it gets overly distant, tryingto-hard, shot in the dark at something that may be considered artistic by some nut out there in a coffee shop writing a movie script about another broken heart lost in the big world who thinks their story is deep and romantic, but in reality is another unrelatable sob-fest. Well, those are my thoughts on Tori Amos. into random plunks on a violin before the full string band kicks in. Knowing that Amos is a pianist, this sound holds true to her personality, but that doesn’t mean that it makes for good listening. Overall, the song sounds like a Tim Burton and Danny Elfman arrangement gone horribly wrong. After listening to the album thoroughly, I’ve realized that it is nothing but depressing. This album is supposed to pay tribute to pianists and composers such as Bach, Debussy, Schubert and Chopin. This tribute could have been amazing, if it were executed a bit better. Obviously the piano pays a tribute and as for composition, some of the classical composers show through, but not enough for me to say “Hey, that sounds like Bach.” “Night of Hunters” was definitely a change for us in The Music Box. Amos took a twist to her ‘90s sound and I, personally, do not think it worked so well…then again I’m sure I just grew out of her style.

SAMUEL DIXON I have wanted to cover a female artist in The Music Box for a while now, and luckily Tori Amos has recently released “Night of Hunters.” Not only is this the first primarily female album we have reviewed, but it is also the first classical album. Although classical isn’t a college music listeners’ first choice in entertainment, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of a listen. “Night of Hunters” is not exactly an original piece of work. The album takes variations on different classical works and turns them into something that could feature lyrics, besides “Seven Sisters,” which is still an all-instrumental piece. Fans of the original compositions will still be able to hear some of the familiar themes, but previous knowledge of them is not required. The first track, “Shattering Sea,” leads the album with a loud, aggressive-sounding orchestra. Although

ANDI FULMER The most standout thing about Tori Amos’ new album “Night of Hunters” is the beautiful, often haunting, piano. It restablishes this age-old instrument as something versatile and emotional, more than I’ve heard by any mainstream artist in a long time. Along with this, the use of sometimes simplistic, sometimes sweeping accompanying music helps set the tone of the album. Though I feel like she means for the lyrics and her message to come across easily, although it’s the music that make a ripple, but not a splash. As I listen to these tracks, I am struck again and again at how everything seems to sound the same. The voice and nature of the lyrics all begin to gets repetitive pretty quickly. Even the music and instruments used begin to take on the same sound and feel. Though Amos has said that this album is meant to en-

the song suffers from a weak repeating structure, Amos does a good job of using both the lyrics and tone of the song to set up the album, and gives new listeners an idea of the direction it’s going. A variation on Enrique Granados’ “Añoranza” from “6 Pieces on Spanish Folksongs,” “Snowblind” comes off as a standout for the album. The song has a haunting atmosphere to it, primarily thanks to Amos’ daughter, Natashya Hawley. Her young sounding vocals fit perfectly with Amos’ piano playing and, thanks to an outstanding oboe player, this song has a minimalistic sound that is sometimes missing from the rest of the album. The album comes down to this; I’m not sure when I would listen to it. Although I enjoy listening to and playing classical music, it’s not a daily habit. If I’m walking to class, working or just sitting at home, classical music is not my first choice. By no means is this a bad album. Amos is a strong singer and composer, and if you are a fan of classical music this album should be at the top of your list. If you have a passing interest in classical, listen to “Snowblind.” compass the idea of the hunter and the hunted being in each of us, I personally don’t feel that she does this idea any justice. Additionally, she has said that it is also meant to show a woman who finds empowerment in the death of a relationship. In this area she manages to at least hit the mark some of the time, as in “Shattering Sea.” Perhaps the easiest portions of the album to listen to are when she enlists the help of her daughter and niece to accompany her on vocals. The innocence and simplicity of their voices against the full, professional sound of Amos’ is a breath of fresh air. Although sometimes, such as in the song “Cactus Practice,” it begins to sound like the soundtrack to a poorly put together musical, set in the backstreet areas of Victorian London, rather than a duet. Overall, had this been a purely instrumental album, I may have found it easier to stomach, but as it is, Amos’ voice, although powerful, quickly becomes boring, and without strong lyrics to back it up it falls flat. While the young voices in some of the songs manage to save them, as in “Job’s Coffin,” they aren’t enough to carry the weight of the album.

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Marissa Rigatti, also know as DJ Calvina, hosts her show Wednesday night on 91.7 WCUC-FM. Maci Bookout sits down for an interview in CU-TV’s studio Monday before her talk on campus.

WCUC-FM Spotlight: Entertainment with DJ Calvina BLAYNE SHEAFFER Entertainment Staff

With a personality just as fun as her hair, sophomore Marrisa Rigatti is taking on entertainment news and today’s popular music on WCUC-FM with her new show, “Entertainment.” It is Clarion’s own “Entertainment Tonight” combined with “The Top 40” as DJ Calvina discusses the most recent Hollywood gossip and music releases in the world of pop culture. As a broadcasting major, Calvina is deadset on becoming the next Chelsea Handler so that she may “have more of an edge and be able to say things I would never be able to say on this air.” She said she finds it important to not only keep others up to speed on what is cooking in the glamorous universe of entertainment, but to also let listeners know that celebrities make the same mistakes that everyday people make, and that just because it may be more publi-

cized it does not make anyone better than another person. “At the end of the day, your feet smell just as bad as mine,” DJ Calvina said. But this does not mean WCUC-FM’s comedic emcee does not do her homework to get the dirt on everyone’s favorite celebrities. Calvina is constantly reading entertainment magazines, such as Rolling Stone, Star and Us Weekly in order to remain in the know on Hollywood’s goings on. Also, while everyone else may be checking his or her Facebook pages on a second-to-second basis, DJ Calvina is checking sites like “TMZ” and Perez Hilton’s website, to check as many sources to be as accurate as possible for presenting her news. In the future, she hopes to incorporate album and box office reviews on to “‘Entertainment.” “I don’t miss E! News for the world,” the DJ said. Not only does Calvina pursue juicy gossip, but she also does her best to play the latest music in pop, hip-hop, rock,


It’s not a good movie. Yet. RUSSELL PEKELNICKY Features Editor

“The Thing” is the prequel to the 1982 film of the same name. That is just one of a decently sized cluster of flaws with this film. The story is essentially the same as the 1982 film; a group of scientists in the arctic stumble upon a shapeshifting homicidal alien that hunts people down one by one. However, like the alien in this film, the prequel has something off, that leaves fans of the original unsettled. The overall tone of the movie is one of vague suspense with no-one being

sure who the alien is. The film does do that much well. Where the flaw of the film lies in the executions; when people are unveiled as the alien, it’s not alarming or disturbing; the monster is clearly CGI, which pretty much kills any real sense of horror provided in the film. It looks like they copied and pasted in bosses from Resident Evil 4 and tried to pass it off as the movie monster. The pacing of the film is also pretty bad; things tend to lurch forward at a pace that makes things uninteresting one moment, then a flash of violent action, then more trudging, uninteresting de-

pop-country and R&B. Although not everything from the “Hot 100” is not always available, this DJ likes to look back at top songs from past years and also likes to play music from the ‘80s through the early 2000s, allowing for a wide range of listeners of various age groups. Calvina describes her show and the news she discusses as “unpredictable, which is fun.” In her own time, DJ Calvina’s taste in music is almost exactly that of what she plays on her radio show, and while it is difficult for her to name any one artist as her favorite, she rattled off her top four female artists as Britney Spears, Cher, P!nk and Reba McEntire. Calvina made it clear that her personal taste in music spans genres just as far as the music played on “Entertainment.” “It’s all about fun,” she said. Tune in to 91.7 WCUCFM every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. to hear DJ Calvina and to get the scoop on pop culture news and listen to your favorite music. velopment. The story is very plot-driven, but with such a bare-bones plot as “alien becomes people, alien attacks people, alien becomes more people,” character development would serve as a legup on this film. Unfortunately, don’t expect too much with the characters. They’re all fairly one-note, with no character becoming very sympathetic. When a character gets offed, viewers won’t feel much of anything at all. Fear is taken out by the lame CGI, sadness is defeated by the uninteresting characters. It’s just something that happens, like watching a gazelle get run down by a lion on the Discovery Channel. Even lead actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, normally an enjoyable performance, feels like she doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do with her character. The entire point of the original film seems lost on the makers of the prequel. The film isn’t all bad, however. They have a pretty decent cast assembled, and the film certainly has some enjoyable moments. One of the more stand out characters in the film is a trigger-happy Norwegian who serves as the film’s temporary butt-kicker. Also, the atmosphere of the film overall is decent, creating scenes of suspense pretty. All in all, the film isn’t a spectacular piece of cinema, but it’s not a completely lost cause. “The Thing” is rated R for violence and language.

‘Teen Mom’ visits CU-TV BRITTANY NICOLE BENDER Entertainment Staff

Maci Bookout of MTV’s reality show “Teen Mom” made a special visit to Clarion University’s Becker Hall on Monday evening. Bookout came to campus for an event sponsored by the University Activities Board to speak to students about her experiences of being a young single mother, a college student, and a television star. Before the event, she stopped by Clarion University’s television station, CU-TV “The Nest” for an interview. CU-TV reporters Britt Cihal and Zach Hays had the opportunity to ask Bookout about her son Bentley, their lives since the show and her dating life. Hays started the interview by asking how Bentley is doing, and if he has gone through the “terrible twos.” “No, he didn’t have terrible twos, but I think that he will have the terrible threes. They’ve already started. We skipped the terrible twos,” replied Bookout. Cihal followed up asking about Halloween plans, since it is fast approaching. “We’re definitely going trick-or-treating. He’s going

to be a train conductor. His birthday is on the 27, so we have a birthday party that is a costume party too,” said Bookout. Next, Cihal asked what it was like for her being filmed for “Teen Mom.” “First it was very stressful and odd because it’s a reality show, so you pretty much have to live your life like the cameras aren’t there…but now it’s like they’re my family because I’ve been filming for four years,” said Bookout. When asked if the media attention ever gets to her, Bookout said, “I don’t pay attention to it…I don’t read anything about myself.” Hays then got into some questions about Bookout’s relationships. He asked about Bentley’s father, Ryan, and Bookout’s current boyfriend, Kyle. “They’re not friends; they don’t hang out with each other. But they’re definitely civil, and there’s no tension there,” replied Bookout. Hays asked about how Bentley’s feelings towards Kyle affect the relationship. “We had been dating for about four months…I couldn’t move to the next step with Kyle until I knew if

Bentley would like him,” said Bookout. Cihal ended the interview asking for a particular message that Bookout may have for anyone in a situation similar to her own. “…Remember that you have to be independent and strong, and you can’t let the bad things get you down. You just have to remember the good things that you have, because if you dwell on the bad things then you’re never going to succeed.” Cihal said she was excited to co-conduct the interview with Hays and be able to interview Bookout. “It was a very exciting experience to get some insight from a person who prevailed through a difficult situation and has now become a role model for young people and young mothers. It was exciting and nerve-wracking to be able to interview someone of media significance. Working at CU-TV has presented me with an overwhelming amount of tools and opportunities that will aid me in becoming successful in the field in which I am pursuing a career,” said Cihal. For the full interview, go to

Local musician releases debut EP ALEX KRACH

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Dreams, to many, are like chasing the setting sun; they are in sight, but are beyond the horizon and just outside of one’s reach. Courtney Stewart however, has fully embraced her dreams and on Oct. 14, joined the “Best Friend Show” on WCUCFM to discuss the recent release of her album, “Where Will I Fit In?,” her music video, “Telling You,” and her life. A native of Knox, Pa., Stewart was signed to Lamon Records in Nashville this past year at only 15-years-old. Because she’s a sophomore in high school, Stewart has to juggle schoolwork, playing on her high school’s volleyball team, and her career as a musician. For most, this would be an overwhelming feat, however, Stewart keeps herself grounded by keeping her eyes on the winding road ahead. “It [success] comes with a lot of hard work,” said Stewart. “I need to get where I want to be, and I know I’m going to have to work for it. Some days it’s a little difficult for me to balance everything, but I always try,”

Stewart said. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed. David Moody, president of Lamon Records, stated that she was one of the most driven young artists he has ever worked with. Stewart’s dedication began early after listening to Taylor Swift’s debut album for the first time. “I’ve been playing the guitar since I was 12, but I’ve been singing my whole life,” said Stewart. “I started playing the guitar because of Taylor Swift…my biggest role model, and I can definitely say that I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for her.” Since her career has picked up, Stewart’s life has become even more hectic. Recently, she traveled to Nashville to make her first music video for the song “Telling You.” “We shot it in one day. We drove down 12 hours, shot the next day and drove home 12 hours,” said Stewart. “We shot in a white room where Lady Antebellum did one of their music videos. It was so much fun to have your own dressing room, a hair and makeup artist and to watch everything come together. All the support from everyone that was

there was just amazing.” Between balancing schoolwork and volleyball, Stewart is working on a full-length album, while monitoring the success of her current EP. “I’m really looking forward to seeing how this album goes, and to making the next one,” Stewart said. “I’ve been writing songs for the next one, which will be a full. But I’m really excited to see how people will react to this and what they think of it.” While some would think that success at such a young age would go to her head, Stewart maintains a modest demeanor and strongly encourages other to follow their own dreams. “Never give up,” said Stewart. “I’ve had people tell me [that] you’re not ready to do this, you’re not ready to go to Nashville, and you’re not ready to play for a producer, but I didn’t listen, and I pushed past that, and I did it anyway. No matter what people tell you, you have to follow your heart.” Stewart’s music is available for download on iTunes. You can also view her video at

October 20, 2011


Clarion Call 11 THE

Sports Briefs



Associated Press updates from around the country



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*Teams above dashed line on track for playoffs

NFL NFL FOOTBALL AFC TEAM New England Baltimore San Diego Cincinnati Buffalo Oakland Pittsburgh Tennessee Houston NY Jets Cleveland Kansas City DENVER JACKSONVILLE Indianapolis Miami

NFC RECORD 5-1 4-1 4-1 4-2 4-2 4-2 4-2 3-2 3-3 3-3 2-3 2-3 1-4 1-5 0-6 0-5

TEAM Green Bay San Francisco Detroit Tampa Bay NY Giants New Orleans Washington Chicago Atlanta Dallas Seattle PHILADELPHIA Arizona MINNESOTA CAROLINA St. Louis

RECORD 6-0 5-1 5-1 4-2 4-3 4-2 3-2 3-3 3-3 2-3 2-3 2-4 1-4 1-5 1-5 0-5

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECORD 7-0 7-0 6-0 6-0 6-0 6-0 6-0 7-0 5-1 5-1 5-1 6-0 5-1

TEAM South Carolina Michigan State Virginia Tech Texas A&M Michigan Auburn Georgia Tech Houston Washington Illinois Georgia Arizona State

Dupuis, Neal spark Penguins to 4-2 win over Minnesota


ST. PAUL, Minn — Whether due to injuries or penalties, playing short-handed hasn’t deterred the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pascal Dupuis had a short-handed goal and an assist, James Neal scored for the sixth time this season and the depleted Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Tuesday night. “Ever since I got here through last year, it’s just the way the team runs,” Neal said. “Everyone knows what they have to do. Every guy does his job out there.” Chris Kunitz and Jordan Staal also got goals and Matt Cooke had two assists for the Penguins, who were winless in their previous three games. They have already played eight times in the first 13 days of the season, improving to 4-2-2 without star Sidney Crosby and a bunch of others. But the most impressive number is this: 20 for 20, their success rate on the penalty kill on the road. Overall, they are 26 for 27, after squelching five Wild power plays in this game. “We’ve been fantastic all year. It’s a simple thing with communication between myself, the d-men and the forwards and trying to simplify everything as much as possible,” said backup goalie Brent Johnson, who made 24 saves. “Just high and hard around the boards and get it out as quick as we could and make them go 200 feet.” Wild coach Mike Yeo was concerned his special teams players are trying too hard to be the one who scores. They have failed to score on 10 straight power plays, spanning their last three games.


NCAA - AP TOP 25 (OCT. 16) TEAM LSU Alabama Oklahoma Wisconsin Boise State Oklahoma State Stanford Clemson Oregon Arkansas West Virginia Kansas State Nebraska

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76ers officially sells team to new owner PHILADELPHIA — In the end, the scene looked straight out of an ultimate Broadway encore. One and two owners on the stage turned into seven, eight, nine, all single file and holding enough personalized 76ers jerseys to fill a few racks at the merchandise store. The Philadelphia 76ers are under new management — lots and lots of management, that even includes a dose of Hollywood star power.

New York-based leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris and the rest of his ownership group completed the deal to buy the Sixers from Comcast-Spectacor and wasted little time Tuesday making a splash on their first day in power. Ed Stefanski is out as general manager and team president Rod Thorn will assume greater day-to-day control in running the franchise. Doug Collins will not only remain the coach, but was asked to stand at the Palestra and was publicly heaped with praise from his new bosses. Adam Aron, the former chairman and CEO of Vail Resort, is the Chief Executive Officer and promised cost-saving changes for fans. The announced ticket prices for nearly 9,000 seats, yes, even the good ones, will be slashed. Tickets priced at $101 and $54 plummeted to $54 and $29. The Sixers also launched to solicit fan feedback in an attempt to energize one of the weakest and passionless fan bases in Philadelphia sports.


Polamalu passes concussion test, could play Sunday PITTSBURGH — A violent collision with Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s churning knees won’t be enough to keep Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu out of the lineup. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is “good to go” after passing a concussion test. The team removed Polamalu from the game midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 17-13 win over the Jaguars with concussionlike symptoms. Tomlin believes Polamalu was injured while diving at Jones-Drew’s legs on a third-and-1 play. Polamalu stuffed Jones-Drew no gain, forcing the Jaguars to punt. The All-Pro safety watched Pittsburgh’s final two defensive series from the sidelines as the Steelers (4-2) held on to win their second straight. “We anticipate him practicing tomorrow and moving on throughout the week like everyone else on our football team,” Tomlin said. “He wasn’t checking his bank account,” Tomlin said.

October 20, 2011

10 Clarion Call



Clarion falls to IUP, 38-7 MARK EMCH Sports Staff

The Clarion Golden Eagles football team marched into Saturday’s game, Oct. 15, against rival Indiana University of Pennsylvania in high spirits after a 54-6 trumping of Lock Haven the previous week. Sophomore quarterback Ben Fiscus rushed for a school-record 204 yards against Lock Haven. Junior tailback John Fuhrer added 111 of his own rushing yards to the victory. “For us, Ben is a Cam Newton and Tim Tebowtype of player,” said Head Coach Jay Foster. “He’s not your typical sit-back-in-the-pocket kind of passer. His game is running.” Saturday’s game remained in a frustrating deadlock throughout most of the first quarter until IUP’s Pat Smith tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to put his team in the lead. The IUP defense continued to hold off the Clarion offense at a

stalwart distance. Fiscus still managed to slither through the cracks for 112 rushing yards, on top of 72 passing yards. However, Fiscus’ mighty offensive attempts were no match for the cannon arm of Pat Smith, who totaled up 158 passing yards and a touchdown against a Clarion defense that looked bright and promising against Lock Haven. “We’ve proven all year that we can compete with folks,” said Coach Foster. “It was a game where we did a lot of good things and a couple of dumb things that ruined us.” The Clarion offense couldn’t push past the IUP defense until the last seconds of the game. Tarik Leftenant pounded through the opposing defensive line for a oneyard rushing touchdown with merely 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The football squad showed signs of a weakening spirit Saturday. The team’s morale has taken a recent beating

with the loss of numerous key offensive and defensive stars due to injury. “We lost Matt Ward in the second game, a senior captain,” Coach Foster said of the team’s injury woes. “We’ve lost so many leaders, because your leaders need to be players, and your players need to be leaders. We need to be healthy, and everything will fall into place for us. That’s when we’ll be successful.” Only four games remain on Clarion’s schedule until the end of the season. With a current record of 1-6 overall, 1-3 in-conference, the team’s playoff outlook is grim at best. However, the team will, as always, continue to put forth a top-notch effort in their remaining games against time-tenured, Erie-area rivals like Edinboro and Mercyhurst. With quarterback Fiscus at the helm of an option-powered offense, the Golden Eagles will fight out the remainder of the season with a bright eye toward the future.

Lunga Bechtel / The Clarion Call

Sophomore quarterback Ben Fiscus rushes for 112 yards in Clarion’s 38-7 loss to IUP.

Clarion has success under Righter EDDIE MCDONALD Sports Staff

Clarion University’s men’s basketball team has had the same head coach for the past 23 seasons, and that isn’t a bad thing. Head coach Ron Righter has brought success to the program. He has been assisted by Al Modrejewski for 19 of his 24 years. “It’s been a great run. It’s rare for coaches to stay together for so long. I’ve enjoyed every minute,” Modrejewski said. He is heading into his 24th season, and has many successful years under his belt. There have only been three times in his tenure that the team has not reached a .500 or better record. He has coached some memorable teams and players during his time here. Two years ago he got the opportunity to take his team down to Kentucky for an exhibition against the Wildcats, coached by Clarion alumnus, John Calipari. Righter says that is one of the most memorable moments at Clarion. “The exhibition against Kentucky was high up there. The kids had that opportunity; the alumni base and school were excited. It was a great experience.” Coach Righter was named PSACWest Coach of the Year in 1997, and more recently in 2005. “That’s always nice, but it’s only as nice as the kids you have. It’s a product of the team playing good. We had a lot of close games, which ended up in our favor,” Righter said. Clarion reached the NCAA for the first and only time to this point, in 2001, and

also won the school’s first PSAC Title. Righter said this was the best team he coached during his Clarion run. Righter has coached a slew of talented players in his time here, including all-time PSAC leading scorer, Kwame Morton. Another standout player is Division-II all-time steals leader, Oronn Brown. “He is one of the top three point guards in Clarion history,” Modrejewski said of Brown. Two other players he has coached were Lloyd Harrison, who is currently playing pro basketball in Iceland, and Jamar Harrison, who is now playing for the Washington Generals. Coach Righter also mentioned Rollie Smith and Allen Stevens. Coach Righter was an assistant under Coach George Raveling, who is Righter’s overall mentor. “He was the ultimate mentor and role model. He has it all,” Righter said of his former boss. Coach Righter was also a star on the court. He played two seasons at Duke University and two at St. Joe’s University. He is always telling his players stories of his time there. He was inducted into the St. Joe’s basketball “Hall of Fame” in 1991. “It was great playing for Righter. He let his players’ just play and didn’t care if they made a mistake or not, he just wants you to play hard,” Lloyd Harrison said of his former coach. Coach Righter coached at Wilkes University (’80, ’81, 24-24 record) before coming to Clarion. His overall record as a head coach is 383-261. He has won the most games as a Clarion coach with 359 victories.

FACE OFF Who will win the World Series this year? JACOB OBERDORF


The Texas Rangers have one of the top offenses in Major League Baseball. With names like Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli anchoring the heart of the order, it comes as no surprise that the Rangers are back in the World Series. Over the 2011 postseason, the Rangers have a team batting average of .286 with a total of 17 extra base hits and seven home runs against right-handed pitching. This is an important stat for the Rangers because the Cardinals are sending two righties to the mound in the first three games of the World Series. The Cardinals are sending their ace Chris Carpenter to the mound for game one to take on the Rangers lineup that consist of six righthanded batters. Carpenter has better stats against righties this postseason. However, Carpenter has struggled in home starts with an ERA of 5.40, and opposing batters are hitting .333 against him. In game two the Cardinals are sending left handed pitcher Jaime Garcia to the mound. This seems to be another decision that is in the Rangers favor. Garcia has not fared well against right-handed batters this post season giving up and ERA of 6.00 and right handed opponents batting .333 against him. Garcia also isn’t a fan of pitching against American League teams. During interleague play last June, Garcia had a 4.37 ERA with opponents batting .309 against him. Lastly the Cardinals are sending Edwin Jackson to the mound for game three. Jackson also has not pitched well against righties this postseason with an ERA of 9.95 and opposing right-handed batters hitting .400 against him. The Cardinals’ starting pitching lacked in the NLCS vs. the Brewers. In result the bullpen got a lot of innings thrown its way. In fact, the bullpen threw more innings combined than that of the starters. In my mind, there is no possible way that the Cardinals’ fatigued arms will be able to hold off the Rangers’ offensive surge. Besides all the statistical advantages that the Rangers have, I feel that there is another large factor that will play into this World Series. The Rangers lost to the San Francisco Giants last fall. They know what it is like to be in the losing dugout, and they are going to do everything in their power to not be there again. They have redemption on their mind, and the only thing that is standing in their way is the Cardinals. Even though I think this series is going to be entertaining, I feel that Nolan Ryan and the Rangers are going to join Mark Cuban and the Mavericks as world champions, leaving Jerry Jones and the Cowboys as the outcasts in Dallas. My final prediction is the Texas Rangers in six games.

Predicting baseball is one of the hardest things to think about. Baseball is a funny game where anything can happen, especially in the playoffs; Just look at the Cardinals incredible run so far. This was a team that started out 10 and a half games behind the wild card lead in mid-August. Slowly but surely they caught up to the ailing Braves, and took the National League wildcard. Then they overcame a 2-1 series deficit against the Phillies, who were many people’s choice to win World Series this year. The Cardinals defeated their divisional rivals in a hard fought NLCS. St. Louis looks to earn their 11th World Series title in their franchise’s history. As all baseball fans know, the key to winning baseball games, especially in the postseason, is good pitching and clutch hitting. The St. Louis Cardinals have fully demonstrated that through their incredible postseason run. They have one of the best hitters in the game, Albert Pujols. Pujols has a .419 average this postseason, with two home runs and 10 RBIs. Also, keep a lookout for Lance Berkman, who swung the bat pretty well in the Cardinals’ big upset over the heavily favored Phillies, and has begun to heat up after putting up a .300 batting average against the Brewers, with two RBIs. On the mound, Chris Carpenter pitched a remarkable game that put his team in the NLCS, defeating Phillies’ ace Roy Halladay, throwing a complete game, three-hit shut out in a 1-0 series clinching win. Even though he didn’t have the best of outings in his only NLCS appearance, he still has the capability of stepping up and winning big games for his team. I expect he’ll be sensational in the World Series as he’ll be pitching on full rest. The Cardinals’ bullpen has also seen an unpredictable turnaround. The Cardinals lost 11 games when they had a ninth-inning lead in the regular season, but with the acquisitions of Octavio Dotel, Arthur Rhodes and Marc Rzepczynski, the bullpen has come together. New closer Jason Motte has also been critical, only allowing one hit and no runs in seven innings pitched. The Cardinals’ bullpen also became the first bullpen to pitch more innings than the starting staff in a seven game postseason series win. The Cardinals have overcome a lot in the past two and a half months, and now they are four wins away from their 11th World Series title. They obviously have the will and determination to win, but they also have the firepower. Even though it’s the World Series, it‘s just another day of do-or-die baseball for a team that has been living it since mid-August. With all of this being said, I’d like the Cardinals to win in a hard-fought seven game series.

Sports Staff

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October 20, 2011

12 Clarion Call



Clarion knocks off IUP and CalU MICHAEL COLLINS Sports Staff

The Clarion University women’s volleyball team had a successful weekend defeating Indiana University of Pennsylvania and first place California University of Pennsylvania to move their win streak up to five games. The Golden Eagles sported their pink jerseys for the games to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Clarion faced CalU on Friday night, Oct. 14, and jumped out to an early lead with a 25-19 win in game one. Then they couldn’t seem to get anything going dropping game two 16-25 and game three 20-25. The Golden Eagles bounced back in game four, going back and forth before Clarion was able to come out on top winning 25-18 to force a deciding game five. Both teams went back and forth in the final game, but Clarion was able to come out on top with a 15-11 victory. Senior Kellie Bartman led the team with 18 kills and added 14 digs. Senior Kaitlyn Anderson recorded 13 kills, while junior Rebecca Webb added another five. Sophomore Aubree Frye had six kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Hannah Heeter recorded seven kills and had five blocks. Senior Amanda Gough had seven kills including the gamewinning point. Gough also put up 32 assists. On the defensive side, senior Rhianon Brady recorded 27 digs. The Golden Eagles were back at Tippin Gym Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15, playing IUP. Clarion started off a little slow but they were able to maintain focus and defeat the Crimson Hawks 3-0 (25-22, 2512, 25-19). Bartman recorded 10 kills in the game and Anderson added another eight. Heeter recorded seven kills and redshirt freshman Carlie Bieranowski had six. Gough had 35 assists and seven digs while Brady recorded another 21 digs. Senior Kayla Rodak added eight more digs.

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Senior Amanda Gough leads the team with 722 set assists.

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Senior Kellie Bartman helps Clarion defeat IUP and CalU at Tippin Gym. “These were two huge conference wins and a good confidence boost for the team,” said head coach Jennifer Mills. “We need to be more consistent, and with the second half of conference play coming up, we control our own fate.” Clarion was defeated 3-0 on Tuesday, Oct.

18, against Wheeling Jesuit 25-22, 25-23, 26-24 ending their five-game win streak. Now they will begin a six-game stretch to wrap up the season, all against PSAC West teams. The Golden Eagles are 13-10 overall and 9-4 in the PSAC. Clarion faces Gannon University at

home Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. and then play Mercyhurst University Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. The Golden Eagles stay at home to face Slippery Rock University Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. Clarion will finish the season with three away games against Edinboro, IUP and CalU.

Amanda Gough Women’s W omen’s volleyball volleyball senior senior setter setter INTERVIEW BY Michael Collins


What are your plans after you graduate?

My future plans entail going back home to Chesterton, Ind. to coach volleyball until I get involved with my career. Hopefully I will be working for the Chicago Cubs Public Relations program for the rest of my life. It’s what I have always wanted to do.


What has playing volleyball for Clarion meant for you?

Volleyball has given me an incredible opportunity to continue my education. Not only did I become the best student-athlete I could possibly be, I became a better leader, role model and teammate.

Playing for Clarion is the best thing that has ever happened to me.


What was your best moment playing volleyball at Clarion?

My best moment happened to be last season when the team made it to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Throughout the season, we grew as a family and played as a loving team. Making it that far is better than any effort or success of mine in the past. I would rather be known as “Clarion Volleyball” than an individual player.


I heard you were going to be playing basketball and softball this year. If so what made you decide to play both sports?


I have played basketball and softball since the age of four and kudos to my mother for being a supportive parent. She has been there since day one and has encouraged me to continue my success until the final day. Sports help me prove to my mom that I can be successful, and that if I set my mind to becoming the best athlete I can be, then I will be able to set my mind to anything in everyday life. I was a three-sport athlete in high school and wanted to carry on with those sports throughout college, but since I was unable to do so the past three years, I thought that I should go out senior year with a bang. I play for my mother. She is the reason for my love of the game. Courtesy Photo / The Clarion Call

The Clarion Call, 10/20/2011  

The October 20, 2011 edition of The Clarion Call, Clarion University's Student Newspaper.

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