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Academic Excellence series honors students and faculty Rachel Farkas STAFF WRITER

CLARION, Pa - The seventh annual Academic Excellence Series kicked off this week, starting on Sunday, April 15 running through Sunday, April 22. This week-long series of events and ceremonies, which recognizes students from both Clarion and Venango campuses, is put on to “honor faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students on the research and academic endeavors that they have completed throughout the academic year,” according to the university’s website. The week began with the Phi Eta Sigma Initiation Ceremony on Sunday, April 15 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room. Phi Eta Sigma is the freshmen honor society. Freshmen with quality grade point averages of at least a 3.5 are inducted into the society after they have completed their first year at Clarion. The Venango Honors Program Night of Excellence was held on Monday, April 16 on the Venango Campus. Honors program students were recognized and presented research projects.

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Phi Eta Sigma chapter officers induct freshmen into honor society in the first event of the Academic Excellence Series. On Wednesday, April 17 the faculty and staff were recognized in the Carlson Library Center for Academic Excellence for their research, scholarship, professional developmental, external grants and creative endeavors during the Faculty and Staff

Scholarship Recognition. Honors Program senior presentations will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in the Carlson Library Center for Academic Excellence and in Founders Hall. Senior honors students will present their capstone projects, which are schol-

arly research projects on a subject within the students’ major area of study. On Friday, April 20 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on the first floor of Carlson Library, the Undergraduate Research Conference will be held. Students

will present research projects funded by the Office of Academic Affairs. Art students will also be presenting projects at this time. The Minority Services Recognition Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 21 at

6 p.m. in the Gemmell MPR. Minority students who have achieved special honors will be presented and recognized. Sunday will be the last day of the series. At 10:30 a.m. the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held in Hart Chapel. New members will be inducted to the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. At noon, the Graduate Student Research Seminar will take place in the Gemmell Student Complex Rotunda. Graduate students will present research projects funded by the Office of Academic Affairs. The final event of the Academic Excellence Series is the Academic Convocation at 2:30 p.m. in the Gemmell MPR. This is a universitywide convocation in which students are recognized for outstanding achievement during the academic year, including the “Who’s Who” students, scholarship winners, Syed Ali-Zaidi nominees and Outstanding Graduate Students. A reception will follow the convocation. For more information visit: http://

Survey of CUP students rates local housing favorably Marco Caruso WRITER

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CLARION, Pa. - A random survey at Clarion University indicated an unanticipated outcome: Students are relatively satisfied and comfortable with their on-campus and off-campus residences. The majority of 56 students who took the survey rated their overall housing situation a seven on a scale of one to 10. “Housing here isn’t the best, but it isn’t the worst either,” said Allison Latagliata, a senior library science major. “This (Clarion) isn’t the Taj Mahal of student living, but it’s not the slums either.” Eleven students gauged their opinions of housing a five or lower, and 45 students rated housing at the higher end of the scale. Students in the spring investigative journalism class taught by Laurie Miller conducted the online survey as part of an in-depth report on student housing. A survey of seven questions was sent to a mix of on-campus and off-campus students in Clarion. The survey asked stu-

“This (Clarion) isn’t the Taj Mahal of student living, but it’s not the slums either,” -Allison Latagliata dents various questions regarding their views and opinions regarding their housing conditions. Eighty-nine percent of respondents rated their relationship with their landlords positively. “I like my landlord because when we need something fixed he’s always available,” said Karly Kaufman, a junior political science major. Sixty-nine percent of respondents thought that their rent was affordable, and 83 percent said they felt their apartment or housing complex is safe. Still, the survey yielded some complaints. “I feel like my apartment is actually safe due to the fact I have a key card,” said one survey respondent. “However, the apartment building is completely open, and anyone can walk in at any time.” Situations such as faulty door locks, strangers entering the building

and questionable neighbors caused other respondents to feel less secure and safe in their housing. Despite minor complaints, local landlords also shared the positive feelings about housing. “The kids are a lot better now than they were in the ‘70s and ‘80s,” said Leona Dunkle, a Clarion resident who has owned off-campus housing for over 40 years. Dunkle said that her biggest concerns each school year are students removing batteries from smoke detectors and vandalism. While most students prefer to live off-campus, there are many who prefer the benefit of on-campus housing. “I would recommend others to live here,” said junior Kolby Finch, a resident of Campus View. “They (the suites) are in the center of campus, so no building is too far. They are also nice if you are not ready to move offcampus yet because they are spacious, offer a bathroom in your room and also have a living room.”

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Sean McHugh (left) and Garvin Piper (right) relax on the porch of their off-campus apartment. The report is the result of a project undertaken by the spring 2012 Investigative Journalism class taught by Dr. Laurie Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Clarion University. It is published in agreement with editorial board of The Clarion Call. Contributors to this report include the students in the class: Arriana Bey, Randall Burnett, Marco Caruso, Mark Emch, Rachel Farkas, Andrea Fulmer, Brandy Hadden, Robert Hanna, Matthew Knoedler, Quintas McCorkle, Edward McDonald, Thomas McIntyre, Matthew Mullen, Brian Murtaugh, Michael Nicolazzo, Maria Neubert, Chantel Peterson, Jacquelyn Reilly, Josiah Renaudin, Daniel Sager, Blayne Sheaffer, Eric Shipe, Sean Smith, Shirley Sproule, Jeff Turek.

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CLARION, PA - Clarion University’s public transportation routes, Parents’ Night Out and possible alterations to the MyClarion Portal were topics of discussion held at the April 16 Student Senate meeting. President Joanna Catalano began the meeting by collecting any additions to the agenda. Adviser Shelly Wilson said that a public transportation meeting will be held April 24 at 7 p.m. in Level A of Carlson Library due to students who “stressed a real need or desire for late night extended routes for bus transport.” The meeting will be an open forum to plan a possible late night bus schedule for students who live off campus at Reinhard Villages, work at Applebees or have other concerns for the routes ending early. Wilson encouraged students to attend the meeting. “Have your voice be heard about Clarion’s transportation routes,” Wilson said. As another addition to the agenda, there will be a Parents’ Night Out on April 21 from 5 - 9 p.m. in the Tippin Gymnasium for any parents in the Clarion area who need a night off and need a last-minute babysitter. The event will be organized through the Athletic Department. Due to recent struggles with scheduling for summer and fall classes, Vice

President Jesse Snyder announced he will plan to meet with Provost Ronald Nowaczyk about student issues with the MyClarion Portal, and “will offer suggestions to make it more user friendly,” said Snyder. Senior Cori Pikna spoke at the meeting on behalf of the student group Clarion V-Day in hopes of receiving recognition as a Registered Student Organization. V-Day is a student group that is responsible for “The Vagina Monologues” and “Speak up for victims against violence,” said Pikna. Student Senate voted to recognize the organization as an RSO. Biology Peer Mentors representative Danielle Holmes, also requested recognition as an RSO due to the work the group has done to ease new students into the biology major and help them transition into life at Clarion through study sessions, help with scheduling and other peer advice. Student Senate voted to recognize Biology Peer Mentors as an RSO as well. The annual Reinhard Awards will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gemmell MultiPurpose Room on Wednesday, April 25. There will be a closed executive meeting at 6 p.m. next Monday, April 23, for anyone running for and wishing to see how an executive position works, followed directly after by the next scheduled Student Senate open meeting, which has been moved up to 6:30 p.m.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Just after Pennsylvanians dried off from one of the wettest years on record, professional weather-watchers are becoming concerned about a potential drought in the central and eastern parts of the state. The state’s Drought Task Force, which includes representatives of the Department of Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service and other

government agencies, will meet April 25 to discuss the effects of a winter with little snowfall and a drier-than-usual spring, officials said Tuesday. It remains to be seen whether that leads to the DEP declaring a drought watch encouraging residents in certain areas to conserve water, as Maryland officials did last week for most of the Eastern Shore. “At this point we’re not taking any action,” said Ruth Miller of PEMA, which helped direct relief efforts during last year’s historic flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical

Storm Lee, which killed 18 people and damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Now, in contrast to those back-to-back disasters in August and September, the Susquehanna and Delaware rivers are flowing at record low rates for this time of year. Susan Weaver, a DEP official said officials assess data on precipitation, surface water, ground water and soil moisture in 90day increments before deciding whether to issue a drought watch or a more emphatic drought warning.

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Michelle Obama visits closing unit in W. Pa. PITTSBURGH — First lady Michelle Obama visited with military families Tuesday at an Air Force unit based outside Pittsburgh that’s slated to be closed next year, saying she understood their concerns about the planned closure but providing no definitive answers about the unit’s future. She didn’t make any formal remarks during her brief stop at the 911th Airlift Wing on Tuesday afternoon on her way to attend fundraisers in Pittsburgh, and she didn’t take questions from reporters, but she couldn’t avoid the local controversy. One mother dressed her 2-year-old daughter in a red T-shirt that read “Save the 911th” and another put tiny

buttons with a similar slogan on an infant’s knit cap. Senior Airman Tasha Gresco, 31, said she raised the closure issue with Obama. “She said that they’re praying for us, hoping that the base can stay open,” Gresco said. The Air Force says the seven C-130 refueling planes at the 911th are among the oldest in the fleet, and that the cuts there and at other units around the nation are necessary to comply with the administration’s fiscal 2013 budget request. Obama spent only about 20 minutes with the servicemen and women, but November’s presidential election was in the air, too. Some demonstrators gathered near the base entrance before the event, holding handwritten signs that included “Mr. President/No 911th?/No Vote!!”

and “President Obama Please Don’t Fire My Mom.” The Air Force announced in February that it plans to shut the Airlift Wing next year, eliminating 1,451 positions. That’s led to protests in the surrounding community and efforts by members of Congress to stop the closure. “The timing here is very interesting. Believe me, my phone rang off the hook” on Monday, said retired Air Force Col. Jerry Kintigh, who chairs the nonprofit Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Job Retention and Military Presence. Kintigh and the coalition have been active in opposing past efforts to close the base, notably icn 2005. Kintigh said the visit and how people interpret it will be a topic for the rest of the election season in western Pennsylvania.

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An open forum panel discussion to address campus and local bus transportation for students and the community at large will be held on Tuesday, April 24. The forum will be held on Level A of Carlson Library at 7 p.m. Students who have questions or concerns about the routing and scheduling of the current transportation system are invited to attend. This is an opportunity to address any concerns to a panel which will include the current provider ATA, Monroe Township and PennDot. Representatives from the Clarion Students Association and Student Senate will also be present.

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“This might be the master stroke of the White House to get votes in western Pennsylvania,” he said. A number of military members or their spouses who attended the event said the first lady expressed sympathy for them. Master Sgt. Mark Winklosky, a spokesman for the 911th, said people there are “just continuing with day-to-day operations” and hoping members of Congress can save the base. But one airman noted that the Air Force will have to make some tough decisions next year, when military budgets are expected to be cut. “Sometimes things have to be done,” said Tech Sgt. Timothy Tyler. Lawmakers and local officials say the base pumps about $114 million into the Pittsburgh region’s economy each year.


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Clarion discussing two-year housing contract by fall 2013 Restrictions, rules drive returning Blayne Sheaffer STAFF WRITER


CLARION, Pa. - Clarion University is “exploring the possibility” of implementing a new two-year contract for students living on campus in fall 2013. This is in conjunction with the plan to build at least one more “suite”-style housing around the same time. Clarion University Provost Ronald Nowaczyk announced Clarion will be following the lead of other state schools such as Edinboro University in employing a two-year contract for on-campus living, according to the March 19 edition of The Derrick in Oil City. The contract, expected to be implemented by the fall 2013 semester, will require students to live in the on-campus housing provided for their first two years at Clarion University, unless the student is commuting. “Students tend to do

better” when living on campus as opposed to living off campus, said Director of Residence Life Service, Michelle Kealey. Each year, of the 1,500 students housed on campus, one-third is retained or remains on campus the following school year. The hope is that in mandating a two-year contract, thus retaining more students, overall grades will improve. “We’re in the midst of a new master plan of what we’re going to build, what we’re not going to build,” Kealey said. This, along with the proposed contract, will help the university house the students retained on campus. Also, with various buildings being renovated and the “potential of a building coming down in a couple years,” Kealey said, on-campus living will be more desirable and comfortable for more long-term living. Kealey said the university’s “master plan” includes the possibility of building two new dormitories between the Valley View Suites and

students from on-campus housing Josiah Renaudin CONTRIBUTING WRITER


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John McCrary and Dontae GIlmore sit in front of Nair Hall. Campus View Suites. Also discussed was the deconstruction of Ballentine Hall and building a new form of housing in its place. Several other buildings will be seeing renovations in the near future as well. “Givan will be getting a new roof this summer,” Kealey said. The university will be

further examining oncampus living and the master plan discussed throughout the oncoming 2012-2013 school year. For any questions concerning these plans, email Kealey at

Contributing to this report was Matthew Mullen.

Top 10 tips students need to know about housing Off Campus:

On Campus:

1. Check out the location and level of security in the neighborhood.

1. Community Assistants are available to help you, feel free to go to them with issues.

2. Know your lease. If something is unfamiliar or confusing, ask the landlord before you

2. Choose a meal plan wisely. Know what your schedule and budget will allow; under-

sign it.

stand your preferences and dietary needs.

3. Are utilities included in your rent?

3. Be aware of mandatory measures like meetings and quiet hours.

4. Get to know your landlord. Is he/she responsible, personable, easy to contact?

4. Rates will differ depending on where you park.

5. Check out transportation and parking facilities.

5. Consider your pedestrian commute. Would you rather be closer to classrooms, the din-

6. How close are your neighbors? Privacy can be a big factor in choosing a place.

ing hall or another specific building?

7. Can your landlord tell you when the property was last updated? What was updated,

6. Know your options. There are the co-ed dorms, the suites and an all-female and an

and will anything new be improved soon?

all-male dorm.

8. Are pets permitted?

7. Choose your roommate(s) well.

9. Is the price acceptable for the quality of living, and is it comparable to nearby loca-

8. Laundry isn’t free, but there are machines available in all on-campus buildings.


9. The dorms have limited space, so know that only the micro-fridges and small micro-

10. Take precautions when it comes to your security deposit. Photograph any existing

waves will work.

damages when you move in. Know that in your first year of renting, security deposits

10. Be cautious of your valuables. Consider a lock box for smaller items and locks for

cannot exceed more than two months rent.

larger items. Contributing to this report were Andrea Fulmer, Shirley Sproule, Tom McIntyre,

CLARION, Pa. - Whether in the dorms or the suites, noncommuting freshmen attending Clarion University will find themselves following the regulations of on-campus buildings. Students fresh out of high school look forward to following their own code of conduct, but with quiet hours, regular floor meetings and restrictions on visitors, campus life isn’t as free as many expect. “There are an excessive amount of rules,” said Luke Taylor, a freshman living in Ballentine Hall. “I like to smoke inside, and I can’t do that in Ballentine.” It’s not just freshmen who spend their college time in living arrangements like Wilkinson and Ballentine. After participating in the “college experience,” some students disappointingly find themselves back in the same hall. “I waited too long to register for housing, and the only available rooms were here,” said Nick Casper, a sophomore resident of Nair Hall. “By the time I had the money for a deposit, all of the good places (offcampus) were taken.” While many upperclassmen grow tired of seeing the same off-white walls and busy restrooms of the dorms for a second year, there are students

who enjoy being closer to everything on campus. “I like being close to important places on campus,” said Ian Hunter, a junior living in Campus View. “I lived in Eagle Park before, and I couldn’t stand driving from place to place.” Making life easier for both returning students and newcomers are the community assistants, who attend to the needs of the on-campus residents as well as promote a positive atmosphere. “They are very helpful around campus in the beginning of the year,” Nick Larmon, a freshman in Wilkinson Hall. “They do a great job to organize activities for residents to participate in.” “I feel interacting with residents is important,” said Jacques Moss, a CA in Wilkinson Hall. “You build a sense of community on the floor, and you make the residents feel welcome.” With most students beginning their college careers in a dorm or a suite, the opinions on the living conditions and overall satisfaction are mixed. Yet, while many students find themselves off-campus after the freshmen year, the on-campus experience is beneficial. “I would recommend on-campus living for all freshmen,” said Larmon. “Everyone should have the experience of living in the dorms.” Contributing to this report was Randall Burnett.

“You build a sense of community on the floor, and you make the residents feel welcome.”

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- Jacques Moss

Off-campus housing: Consider zoning Jeff Turek CONTRIBUTING WRITER


CLARION, Pa. - When students arrive at college for t heir freshmen year, t hey are required to live in on-campus housing. As students move through the college ranks, they generally want to live off campus. Living off campus can be a stressful process for students who are not familiar with the rental process and such items as leases, utilities and security deposits. A lot of students don’t realize if their potential future house is in the Clarion Borough and whether it falls under borough zoning laws, and that could cause problems. Landlords, who have property in the Clarion Borough have to follow a set of regulations in order to keep renting houses. “I don’t know if my apartment is in the borough, or zone or anything like that,” said Jocelyn Ball, a junior at Clarion University. Students who live in housing located outside Clarion Borough, do not have the same zoning laws as those living in the borough. The zoning regulations for those living outside the borough are handled either on a municipal level or a county level. Students may want to look into every de-

“When I’m looking for an apartment, as far as seeing as standards go, I try to see if it is a safe living environment. -Jocelyn Ball tail of the house, and if there are any concerns, contact the landlord to ask if he or she can rectify the situation. Students may also want look for cleanliness, damage and nonworking appliances and utilities when looking for a new house. For instance, if students see that there is a hole in the wall, and they do not report it to the landlord, they could be billed for the damage at the end of the lease. Students may also want to get as much information as possible regarding their security deposit to ensure its return. Taking photographs of the “movein” condition of the apartment is an option. If students have valid problems and complaints with their landlords and live in the Clarion Borough, they can contact Bob Rogan, the zoning code enforcement officer. He is responsible for the issuing of building permits, arranging inspections of construction sites, reviewing site and construction plans, inspecting rental properties and enforcing all buildings and zoning ordinanc-

es. “I get the complaint from the tenant,” Rogan said. “Then I review it, and if it is valid, I call the landlord and setup an inspection.” Rogan said students should look for three key things when considering a house or an apartment: working smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and exits. Of those, he said that working smoke detectors are the most important. He stressed that students should look for apartments that have multiple exits, in case of a fire. As a student and prospective renter, Ball said she considers safety factors in apartment searches. “When I’m looking for an apartment, as far as seeing as standards go, I try to see if it is a safe living environment. I see basically things like lighting, electricity, water, heat, seeing if outlets are next to sinks or faucets, flooring, carpeting on the floors and kitchens and bathrooms and matters like that,” she said. Moving off-campus can provide a liberating feeling for students as a way to claim their freedom, but it is important that students be aware of all the factors that go in to living on their own.

Contributing to this report were Quintas McCorkle, Brian Murtaugh and Arriana Bey.

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Dear Bacon: Finals week is coming up, is it a bad idea to drink energy drinks?


Monster Procrastinator Allison Doherty STAFF WRITER


ell Monster Procrastinator, yes. With finals week looming so closely there are plenty of things you can do to keep up motivation without pounding down energy drinks. The end of the semester means most students will inhabit the library and forgo their normal sleep habits. It also means the end of semester-long projects, term papers and final exams. In this trying time, I’d like to offer some advice. Firstly, what I always say is don’t wait until the last minute to begin studying. Finals week will be here quicker than you realize and those key phrases “I’ll just do that tomorrow,”

suddenly becomes your worst enemy. Oftentimes, waiting until the last minute will come back to haunt you in the end. If you refrain from waiting, you won’t have the pressure to rush to get finished. And with that pressure lifted off your chest, you won’t have to chug multiple energy drinks just to stay awake all night to cram for your exam. However, if you do wait until the last minute to study, I still wouldn’t suggest an energy drink. When I’m studying and I need a pick-me-up, nothing does the trick better than a cup of fresh brewed coffee. Surprisingly enough coffee can be good for you. And unlike an energy drink, coffee isn’t full of sugars or other ingredients meant to keep you awake

and alert. I know coffee can have a bitter taste, but you can always add milk or creamer to dilute the taste. For me, I prefer coffee to any sort of energy drink. However, one draw back to drinking ample amounts of coffee will mean I’ll have extremely yellow teeth by the time I’m 40 years old. With this being said Monster Procrastinator, don’t turn to Monster or FiveHour Energy to get you through finals week. You might have too much and sleep through the final you’re cramming.

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

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Economics colloquium honors outstanding student research Russell Pekelnicky FEATURES EDITOR

The Department of Economics and the Omicron Delta Epsilon honor society sponsored a colloquium April 19. At the colloquium, eight students presented their undergraduate research in the field of economics. “Students were asked to submit their research with the best eight papers selected for presentation at the colloquium,” said Rod Raehsler, economics department head and adviser of Omicron Delta Epsiolon. “Each student presenting at the colloquium is awarded a one-year membership in the Pennsylvania Economic Association.” In addition, the top three papers will be awarded cash prizes with $500 going to the author of the best research paper, $250 for second, and $100 for third. “I feel as if many of my colleagues feel the same way, and the fact that we not only get to share our results with one another but also with our professors makes the results that much more exciting,” said Kristen Workley, one of the students who presented. Workley presented her paper, titled “Analysis of Time-Series Properties of U.S. Unemployment.” “Basically what my paper does is focuses on the causes of unemployment, and Granger Causality tests

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Carrie Williams speaks at the economics colloquium. are used to examine these causes,” said Workley. “The paper also shows the long term effects on unemployment when shocks are applied to

the consumer price index, consumer sentiment and money supply.” Senior Ashley Longstreth also presented her paper, “Economic Deter-

minants of Human Trafficking in Europe.” “It gives an economic perspective on what is usually more of a humanitarian topic and tries to reason the factors causing human trafficking using different economic models,” said Longstreth. It is a highly compelling issue that is mostly hidden in the shadows and this my attempt is to shed some light on the issue and make others further aware of what is going on.” Michael Bartley also wrote on foreign economics in his paper, “Why do Dragons Breathe Fire?” “It is basically a study I had done on the economic growth and development of some selective Asian countries,” said Bartley. “What many people don’t realize is that Asia is still growing even though the media says it’s slowing down. South Korea for instance, during post World War II, people were walking around in traditional Japanese kimonos meanwhile here in the United States men were wearing jeans.” “We work hard on our papers in class reaching out for that A and here the University is rewarding our efforts by listening to our work,” said Bartley. Raehsler said the event is important because it recognizes excellence in student achievement. “I can say that my colleagues and I have been very fortunate over many years to have been given the opportunity to mentor some remarkably talented students,” said Raehsler.

Sorority to hold retro male pageant Fake crash to be staged Josh Byers STAFF WRITER

Raising money for cystic fibrosis and having fun while doing it, Deepher Dude, “Written in the Stars,” is a Male pageant that is hosted and organized by the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon. The event will take place at 7 p.m. April 19 in the Gemmell Multi-Purpose oom. Donations may be made at the door or during the pageant. Money collected will go to the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation. The pageant has a twist, though. The contestants will be dressed and acting like someone famous from between the 1920s to the 1950s. The contestants will portray a famous person from that Era and the audience will have to figure out who they are. “We wanted easy, not hard stars. That way the audience won’t be completely guessing, but still have a little bit of a surprise with who the contestant is portraying,” said Shelby Devey, Vice President of Programming for Delta Phi Epsilon.

The pageant will consist of three rounds. The first round the contestants will come out in costume and present their character to the audience. In the second round they will compete in an academic’s contest. Though Devey assured that all the questions come from “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader”, so the contestants won’t have a hard time. Finally, the third round will be a talent contest. “We tried to make it different to get more people involved,” said Devey. Though the pageant currently only has three contestants, Devey is hopeful for a good turnout to the event. The way the winner is decided is based on a dollar and point system. If an audience member likes a contestant then they put money into that contestants bag, and each dollar translates to a point for the contestant. “I think it’s going to be a good competition because each contestant is bringing something different to the pageant and if someone wants to support a pageant member then they better donate to them,” said Devey.

Reinhard Villages to reclaim night from violence Margaret DePree STAFF WRITER

In celebration of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, Diane L. Reinhard Villages will host Take Back the Night April 24 at 8 p.m. Because most violence is committed in the evening hours “Take Back the Night,” is an event that hopes to give victims of violent crime faith in the night again. “Take Back the Night” consists of a walk of togetherness joining all people together to bring awareness to strength

in numbers, providing a voice for those who are afraid and those who are scared. “Take Back the Night” will commence at the Rienhard Villages volleyball court, then proceeding to end at the community center. There will be information booths from Clarion agencies such as Passages Inc., SAFE and the local police department. It is the hope of Ariel Dye, Community Assistant at Reinhard Villages, “That members of the community know that there are places here if they ever need [such] resources.” The speaker for the end of

the walk gathering is yet to be decided, but regardless of who speaks, all information will be of great benefit to everyone in attendance. Community assistants of Reinhard Villages would like to invite any and all interested in a fun, prideful event to support the rights of all people; especially the rights of victims of violent crime. The time has come to stand together in strength, the time has come to “Take Back the Night.” For more information or to speak at the event, please contact Ariel Dye at a.i.dye@


As spring commences and summer draws ever closer, students may participate in more “extracurricular” activities. In an effort to curb the amount of activity, Clarion University’s chapter of (Students Against Destructive Decisions, in association with university police have planned a mock accident to demonstrate the destructive nature of a car crash while driving a vehicle under the influence.

SADD adviser Matt Shaffer said, “[We] planned to do the mock accident at this time of year because with Campusfest approaching, and the weather getting nicer, students are more likely to go out and have a good time. “ Also because we are coordinating this with the local emergency response crews, Chief Reid (of CUP Public Safety) thought this would logistically be the best time.” The idea, Shaffer said, came from SADD president Eddie Armstrong. “The idea

was nothing new to Eddie who participated in mock accidents while in high school.” The event will include not only university police, but also local firefighters, police officers and EMTs and will take place on the side of the road between MarwickBoyd and Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium at 12:30 p.m. April 19. Students are encouraged to attend but should not report the accident to the authorities.

Minority services recognize student organizations Alex Krach STAFF WRITER

Clarion University Office of Minority Services will hold the 39 annual Minority Student Recognition Dinner on April 21 in the Gemmell Student Complex Multi-Purpose Room. Students will be recognized for their achievements in their academics, leadership abilities, community services and athletics. These categories are broken down into awards that include the Black Student Union Departmental Award, Exceptional Achievement, 3.0 grade point average (GPA) Awards, Outstanding Service, Outstanding Leadership, Outstanding Achievement, Freshman of the Year and Student of the Year. Other awards include the John S. Schropshire Award, named after the former Dean of Enrollment and Admissions, which goes to a graduating senior scholar and athlete with a 3.0 GPA; Daniel P. Roberts Award, named after English Professor Dr. Brian Roberts’ father, which goes to the graduating senior with the

highest GPA; and the W.E.B. Dubois Award, named after the Civil Rights Activist, which goes to a student with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Along with scholarly and athletic awards, students will receive awards from student organizations and the African American Caucus. In addition to the award ceremony, Nicole W. Dean, 1995 graduate from Clarion University and vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer of Belk, Inc., will speak to students. Belk Inc. is the largest privately held department store retailer in the country. Her topic is titled “Authenticity and Change: Keys to Building Your Leadership Brand. “There’s going to be a good meal, a great successful alumni and students are going to get recognized for their accomplishments in the year,” said Rogers Laugand III, Director of Minority Student Services. The ceremony cost five dollars for students and $15 for community members. For more information or to RSVP a seat, contact the Office of Minority Student Services at (814) 393-2043.

Live video available for Angelou event Should teachers and students be Facebook friends? Rachel Farkas STAFF WRITER

A live video feed of Maya Angelou’s sold-out presentation on Monday, April 23 will be streamed to the Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room for those who were unable to get tickets. Seating will be on a firstcome, first-seated basis and will be limited to the first 500 people in line. No tick-

ets will be issued for the overflow seating. The doors of the MPR will open at 7:30 p.m., and the performance will begin at 8 P.M. The Clarion University Activities Board and the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Committee decided to provide overflow seating for the performance due to overwhelming demand and limited seating.

Dick Clark, ‘Bandstand’ put Philly on cultural map PHILADELPHIA — Dick Clark worked in many cities over the course of his long entertainment career. But it was his time in Philadelphia that made him household name. Clark hosted the wildly popular “American Bandstand” show at a TV studio in west Philadelphia in the 1950s and ‘60s. He later became one of the nation’s most recognized broadcast personalities and a major show business entrepreneur. Clark died Wednesday in

California at the age of 82. Philadelphia boasts troves of Clark- and “Bandstand”-related memorabilia. The building where the program was born has a historic marker. Former “Bandstand” dancer Steven Colanero says the show helped put Philadelphia on the national map when it came to popular culture. Now 66 years old, Colanero says he and other teens didn’t realize the impact Clark’s show had.

Karen Matthews AP EXCHANGE

NEW YORK - Should students and teachers ever be friends on Facebook? School districts across the country, including the nation’s largest, are weighing that question as they seek to balance the risks of inappropriate contact with the academic benefits of social networking. At least 40 school districts nationwide have approved social media policies. Schools in New York City and Florida have disciplined teachers for Facebook activity, and Missouri legislators recently acquiesced to teachers’ objections to a strict statewide policy. In the New York cases, one teacher friended several female students and wrote comments including “this is sexy” under their photos, investigators said. A substitute teacher sent a message to a student saying that her boyfriend did not “deserve a beautiful girl like you.” Such behavior clearly oversteps boundaries, but some teachers say social media — in particular Facebook — can be a vital educational resource if used appropriately, especially because it’s a primary means of communication for today’s youngsters. “Email is becoming a dinosaur,” said David Roush, who teaches media communications and television production

at a Bronx high school. “Letters home are becoming a dinosaur. The old methods of engaging our students and our parents are starting to die.” New York Chancellor Dennis Walcott plans to release social media guidelines this month, saying recently that teachers “don’t want to be put in a situation that could either compromise them or be misinterpreted.” Roush does not accept students as friends on his personal Facebook page but has created a separate profile to communicate with them — something that runs afoul of Facebook rules restricting users to a single profile. He used the page to get the word out quickly about a summer internship on a cable-access show, and a student who learned about it from the Facebook post won it. “If I would have emailed him, if I had tried calling him, he never would have got it,” Roush said. Nkomo Morris, who teaches English and journalism at a high school in Brooklyn, said she has about 50 current and former students as Facebook friends. That could be a problem if the new rules instruct teachers not to friend students. In that event, “I’d send out a massive message, and I would unfriend them,” Morris said. In the meantime, Morris manages her privacy settings so neither current nor former students see her personal information

but do see posts about current events. She also lets students know whether something on their Facebook pages raises a red flag, such as sexual content. “They’re not always as savvy as I am,” Morris said. “They haven’t really grasped the level of formality out in the real world.” Efforts like New York’s have been subject to legal wrangling and resistance from teachers and their advocates. Missouri legislators last year passed a law that barred teachers from using websites that allow “exclusive access” with students 18 years old or younger. Teachers complained that they would be banned from Facebook and Twitter. A judge granted an injunction, declaring that the law “would have a chilling effect” on free-speech rights. The legislature then repealed the restrictions and passed a new law directing school districts to develop their own policies. Some districts adopted a model policy by the Missouri School Boards Association, decreeing that staff members must use districtapproved devices when communicating electronically with students. The guidelines are intended to make it easier for supervisors to monitor teacher-student interactions.

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TOP 10 Masterful procrastination techniques Russell Pekelnicky FEAUTRES EDITOR

Chances are that if you’re like me, you tend to want to put things off. However, some of us have difficulty figuring out how to properly put off their work. Here are some helpful suggestions in alternative to just buckling down and doing your work.

10. Dig holes in the ground. Once more holes in the ground rear its ugly head into the Top 10 list once more. Seriously, just go out into the community with a trusty and favored shovel and dig into some dirt until you can’t dig anymore. It’s the best.

9. Watch some movies. Another of my hobbies when I’m not laying seige upon the dirt is watching movies. You can make a day out of watching movies easily. Just pick a couple choice favorites you haven’t seen in a while, throw them into your preferred viewing device and hunker down for some hard core cinematic indulgence.

8. Make spaghetti. Chances are if you have a pulse you enjoy the occasional plate of spaghetti. This one not only works as a way of putting off a bothersome project, but also manages to give you something to eat while indulging in another procrastination on this list.

6. Build a toy car track. Toy car tracks rule 90 percent of the time, so why not build one and put off the inevitable in true style. Make some sweet loops and jumps all while postponing your projects just a little longer.

5. Take a nap. Sleep is one of those life necessities that always rule the best. A great way to kill time when unwilling to work on a project is to just pass out for a couple hours. It’s relaxing and refreshing.

4. Climb a tree. Trees are meant to be climbed. Few things are as fun or adventurous as scaling one of these mean mothers and getting a good view of the neighborhood.

3. Play with old action figures. Your old toys miss you, so give them the attention they so fiendishly crave. recreate your favorite scenes over and over again using your Boba Fett and Optimus Prime toys. Just picture the cafe scene from “Heat” played out between these two. Now tell me that’s not awesome.

2. Send out ridiculous emails. Email is one of the most powerful of modern convenienvces, so abuse it and send out your own special brand of madness into the unsuspecting cyber community.

7. Hide eggs.

1. Pool Noodle fight

Why use only Easter to hide eggs? Just boil a couple of those little bad boys and strategically hide them in a number of preferred hiding locations. It’s like a perfect nexus of resourcefulness.

Pool Noodles are one of those things that you never get to be to old for. More important than that, Pool Noodle fights are a great way to kill time and get some awesome laughs. Just buy some and smack the crap out of each other.

This Week in History April 19-25 Mike Friend STAFF WRITER

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was once quoted as saying “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” It seems as though he conveniently forgot to say anything about those who write about history. However ever that didn’t stop the Call staff from gassing up the time machine and looking at This Week in History April 19 through 25, even if the features editor did need a potty break every six months. April 19 - The quiet streets of Oklahoma City were rocked as a bomb explodes around 9 a.m in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. The resulting damage caused the entire front side of the building to collapse instantly killing over 100 people and trapping many more beneath the rubble. As emergency crews from across the country descended on Oklahoma City to help the recovery effort, which eventually resulted in 168 deaths including 19 children, the FBI began a nationwide manhunt for the suspect. Two days later, the search resulted in the arrest of former U.S. Army soldier Timothy McVeigh and McVeigh’s associate Terry Nichols. In June 1997, McVeigh was convicted of 15 counts of murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection. In December 2000, McVeigh requested all appeals be stopped and an execution date is set. He was put to death by lethal injection on June 11, 2001 in Terre Haute, Ind.

April 20 - Gunfire rangs out at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. as students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris open fire on their fellow students on this day in 1999. Starting around 11:20 a.m. the duo, dressed in long trench coats, began firing on students outside the school before moving inside. During the rampage 12 students and one teacher were killed and 23 were injured. Around noon the same day Klebold and Harris turned the guns on themselves and committed suicide.

April 21 - Rosie Ruiz fooled Boston Marathon officials as she claimed first place in the women’s division of the race with a “time” of 2:31:56. After the event Ruiz was treated with full winner’s honors receiving a medal, laurel wreath and silver bowl trophy. However, her win was short-lived as she was stripped of her title when officials discovered she entered the race illegally about a mile before the finish line.

April 22 - On this day in 2004, Pat Tillman, an NFL player who gave up his career to enlist in the U.S. Army was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. The incident came under public scrutiny when it was revealed that Tillman was killed by accident by his fellow Army Rangers and not enemy insurgents.

April 23 - The man convicted of killing Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was sentenced to death on April 23, 1969. Sirhan Sirhan shot Kennedy as the then Senator left the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 5, 1968. Sirhan’s sentence was commuted to life in prison after California abolished the death penalty in 1972.

April 24 - On this day in 1996 the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals in the fifth longest NHL game in history by a score on 3-2. Due to a rule that doesn’t allow ties during the playoffs the game continued into overtime after the 60 minutes of regulation play. The game lasted a record 139 minutes and 15 seconds.

April 25 - Astronauts from the NASA shuttle Discovery launched the Hubble space telescope on this day in 1990. Designed in the 1940’s the Hubble is 10 times the resolution of ground based telescopes. After a minor defect was fixed via space walk in 1993, the telescope began sending back the first images of deep space.

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Music Review: Erie artist releases second album Elora Walsh EDITOR-IN-CHEIF

Erie artist Ray Lanich is back with his second album, “At Least I’m Moving.” The opening track, named after the album kicks the album off on a high note. The introduction features a shredding electric guitar giving the song a high paced rock personality. Lanich’s vocals keep with the up beat personality of the song, telling listeners that he is keeping his “eyes on the road ahead.” The fourth track on the album, “Dragon-

flies” slows things down a bit. The song starts with slow cymbal crashes and a catchy electric guitar riff. Lanich’s vocal range pairs well with the song’s theme of memory. Following “Dragonflies” is “When I Wake in the Morning.” This song displays Lanich’s acoustic skill. I originally fell in love with this song after hearing it at Toby Hill Bar and Grill during one of Lanich’s performances. Hearing it on the album rekindled my love for it. It is a beautifully written song about not taking advantage of

a relationship and appreciating that significant other. “Sulfur, IN,” track six, brings back the hardhitting rock by kicking off the song with a heavy rock pattern on the drum set and a down-and-dirty guitar riff. Lanich adds a bit of ‘80s-esque keyboard to the mix creating a different sound compared to other songs on “At Least I’m Moving.” The album ends with “Gone in a Heartbeat.” This song sticks with the overall rock punch that Lanich delivers through most of the album. The

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ANDI FULMER Having talked to William Beckett himself a few weeks ago I can tell you, dear reader, that his “Walk the Talk” EP has been a labor of love. This EP is his first release since The Academy Is…, of which he was lead singer broke up several months ago. The single from the EP, “Compromising Me,” is a wellblended mix of catchy hooks and an upbeat tone that, with a well-crafted set of lyrics, is a truly enjoyable piece of music. I find the musicality of it to be unique and refreshing – it’s got a nice shuffling drum part combined with a bouncy strain of sound that, struggling for a name, I guess I can only call it a technologically conceived sound that is a mix of a horn and an old video game soundtrack. Beckett has an ear for the songs that will make your head bop, your feet shuffle, but still holds onto its dignity in the process. Next on the list is “Girl, You Shoulda Been A Drummer.” This particular track has a far more rock inspired feel. Still, it’s quick and upbeat and Beckett makes more than one clev-

track features a 35-second introduction with a rock conversation between the drums and guitar. The song builds to the end then fades out, creating a nice end to the album. Overall, Lanich does not disappoint. If you’re into skillful guitar playing and alternative rock, give this album a listen. Lanich is set to play at Toby Hill Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. For more information on Lanich and to see where he is playing next visit

er and surprisingly not cliché pun about how this girl should have been a drummer. This, to me, is a reassuring thing to hear. Beckett is undoubtedly a lyrical demigod (just listen to any of TAI’s sophomore album, “Santi,” and you’ll agree) but as TAI faded, so did some of the punch of his former lyrics. It’s good to have that back. “Oh, Love!” has a more metal-toned guitar that reminds me of something one might hear in a Sleigh Bells song, but used in a more sparingly (and appropriate) way. “Never Give Up” rounds out this EP and it is immediately apparent that this is going to be far different than the other tracks. The vocals are much more prominent, slower and fuller. Though the chorus lends itself to being cringe worthy and bland, the song certainly showcases how much Beckett is willing to experiment. For anyone who has listened much to The Academy Is…, I would compare it loosely to “Everything We Had,” though perhaps watered down. However, it is to be remembered that this is no longer The Academy Is…, and Beckett is doing things his own way now. That he is so driven and excited to continue making music and connecting to fans is apparent in the effort that has been put into these four songs alone. As a fan this is exciting – I can’t wait to see how he grows and matures as a musician in the coming months.

SHIRLEY SPROULE William Beckett has done what a lot of lead singers do when their bands break up, go on hiatus or just plain get bored: he went solo. Now, if you are an avid follower of The Music Box, you might remember my review of Patrick Stump’s attempt at a solo album. You might also remember that I was extremely disappointed in it, constantly comparing it to Fall Out Boy. Is this the curse for all of my favorite bands’ attempts at solo careers? Thankfully no, as

William Beckett’s EP of “Walk the Talk” is what we get to listen to for The Music Box this week. I admit, no experience with this guy, so I am pretty much floating in the dark on a first impression here. Right off the bat, I cannot say I’m impressed. His over-produced instrumentation makes me think of someone desperately trying to cling back to the ‘90s contemporary rock vibe. The first lyrics, and subsequent tune of the rest of the song make me think of Sublime, but not a great version. It’s a kind of cheesy ripoff that mixes the decadence of late 2000 with the popular sound of the late ‘90s, and that’s not a good combination here. The lyrics lack any subtlety or refinement, it’s all just hackneyed rhetorical tropes or pretty much direct statement of the song’s message. It’s baroque in the worst pos-

sible way. Even worse, it’s not catchy. It’s just bad. The second track, “Girl You Shoulda Been a Drummer” sounds of this substandard Jason Mraz wannabe dross that floods the airwave of much of popular music. Instrumentals are your standard fair for the hopeful lady-killer musician idiot genre. It’s a tad more catchy than the first track, but all in all, it’s still pretty awful. I wince everytime at the lyric, “heavy metal thunder,” because this thing is so far from being entitled to such comparisons in any way that it makes me dry heave a little. “Oh Love!” has something going for it with vaguely Queen-style guitar work that brings something that doesn’t immediately make you want to set your playing apparatus on fire. The percussion work is pretty enjoyable. Then Beckett opens his mouth, and the entire work is flushed. All-in-all, I think what kills this from being palatable, other than some of the lamest lyrics I’ve heard in quite some time, is Beckett’s vocals and the production on it. It’s not like it’s been autotuned, but it still manages to have that horribly artificial soulless quality that just ruins it for me.

Beckett’s solo debut, the “Walk the Talk” EP is everything I expected from the former lead singer of The Academy Is... Having had the pleasure of interviewing Beckett recently with fellow Music Box writer Andi Fulmer, I have a renewed respect for Beckett and what he’s trying to accomplish with this release, not just for the band that he used to be in. Beckett’s first single as a solo artist, “Compromising Me,” definitely has a distinct message; he doesn’t care what you’re going to say about him or his music, but if you like it then he’s not going to complain. The overall feel of the album reflects where, presumably, Beckett is in his life right now. It’s upbeat, it’s fun, it’s hopeful and it’s overflowing with confidence. The Academy Is split up for a reason, and Beckett is obvi-

ously in a better place for it. Throughout the EP, I found myself being reminded of singer/songwriter/producer Butch Walker, especially in “Compromising Me.” It’s obvious that Walker is a big influence on Beckett’s songwriting now. If you wanted a song that encapsulates Beckett’s songwriting, I would suggest the last track and beautiful ballad “You Never Give Up,” but as most ballads aren’t all-encompassingly popular, I’d also suggest “Girl, You Shoulda Been a Drummer” or “Oh, Love!” With “Walk the Talk,” being shorter than most albums we review here on The Music Box at only four songs, I don’t have much to say other than it is a good start for Beckett’s solo adventures and that I absolutely cannot wait until his second EP is released in June.


ENTERTAINMENT & Benefit concert raises funds for SAFE THE CLARION CALL

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Blayne Sheaffer STAFF WRITER

The Clarion community was encouraged to lend an ear and donate to Clarion’s only domestic violence shelter, Stop Abuse For Everyone, at Toby Hill Bar and Grill last Friday, April 13 for a benefit concert hosted by WCUC-FM. “This is our third annual SAFE benefit concert,” said Allison Doherty, WCUCFM’s events and promotions director. SAFE is a shelter that provides free and confidential services to those suffering from domestic violence, such as counseling and emergency shelter. Being the only shelter in Clarion County for abuse victims, Clarion University’s WCUCFM has found it important to support the cause for three years running with an all ages benefit concert. “They do lots of services for women in the area, or anyone who is abused,” Doherty said. The benefit was held in order to allow SAFE to continue offering certain servic-

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WCUC’s DJ DangerBull, Jeremiah Bull opens the stations benefit concert for Stop Abuse For Everyone’s domestic violence shelter. es that they may no longer be able to afford. “They give people gas money to get to court cases, shelter to get away from abusive husbands and provide them food,” said Doherty. “There are just a lot of services that they

need that are getting cut.” In support of SAFE, several students from Clarion university, the community and even a Pittsburgh band, Judas Bull, performed at Toby on Friday. This includes WCUC’s own DJ DangerBull, Jeremiah

Bull, The Keep It Downs and Clarion band Free Candy. With this lineup, Doherty was more confident in the turnout. “Toby’s been getting known for having their open mic nights and their bands and their live performanc-

es,” Doherty said. “They’re really great with the college radio and with working with the university students.” All those who performed at the benefit were adamant about the cause for SAFE and were frequent performers.

“It provides domestic violence victims with consultation through the whole process. I think that’s a pretty decent thing for humans to do,” Bull said. “It’s a good cause and I like to play music at the Toby.” Bull went on to perform classic songs such as Sublime’s “What I Got,” Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” and was accompanied by WCUC-FM’s Brittany Bender in performing Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” He was followed by The Keep It Downs, Judas Bull and Free Candy. Curious folks at the bar were pulled in to the dining room by the feelgood music, making for a perfect turnout. “I would like to see this continue on,” Doherty said. “It’s a great way to reach out to our community. We try to do a lot of community service and this is one way that we could really reach out.” For more information on SAFE services, visit http:// org. The hotline number is a 24-hour service at 1-800992-3039.

A high school reunion worth going home for Brittany Bender STAFF WRITER


Jim, Michelle, Stifler, Kevin, Finch and the rest of the gang reunite for their first movie together since Jim and Michelle said, “I Do,” in 2003’s “American Wedding,” “American Reunion” opens with a scene depicting the Levensteins, (Jim and Michelle) in their bed, rocking their 2-year-old son Evan to sleep. Michelle puts Evan to sleep and then heads to the bathroom for a bath. Jim decides to take this opportunity to look at some inappropriate internet sites while his wife isn’t around. What happens next is that classic, typical and somewhat predictable “American Pie” awkward, yet still funny situation. Why would they start out this movie any other way?

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Senior Danielle Watt, performs Sunday April 15 in Boyd Auditorium.

Jim gets into contact with his buddies from the class of ’99 to see if they can all meet up for their upcoming high school reunion. We soon learn that Kevin is happily married, and not to Tara Reid’s character, Vicky. Oz is also re-introduced after his absence from the 2003 movie as a sports news anchor on an ESPN-like network. He is dating a model, and estranged from high school girlfriend, Heather. The three now 30-something guys meet up at a bar in their hometown of East Great Falls for drinks and to catch up. When they least expect it, Finch shows up, seeming cultured and successful. Not too long after, the uninvited Steve Stifler shows up to the bar, and the guys proceed to become extremely intoxicated.

Jim and his dad, played by the always funny Eugene Levy have a heart-to-heart the next day about dating again after the death of Jim’s mom. This leads into a meeting between Stifler’s mom and Jim’s dad a little later in the film. Jim and Michelle’s marriage seems to be in a rut when Jim sees the neighbor, Kara, whom he used to babysit. She has just turned 18, is attractive and has a crush on him. Jim then struggles awkwardly internally with temptation at the lake and at a party. Kevin sees Vicky, and their old feelings for each other are explored, as are Kevin’s for Heather when he sees her at the lake with her doctor boyfriend. Stifler, played by Seann William Scott, is just the same as ever. He’s still

immature, crude and always getting into trouble. He, of course, struggles with the fact that all his friends are grown up with good jobs, and he’s the only one still living in East Great Falls working a below average career. The reunion finally happens, and the other characters who weren’t in the rest of the film make short cameos. These characters include Jessica, Nadia, and the guys who coined the term, “MILF.” “American Reunion” overall is a funny movie that allows “American Pie” fans the chance to laugh along with the original characters they fell in love with. All of the straight-to-DVD movies obviously don’t compare. For fans of the first three, this one is a must-see.

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Clarion University’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performs Friday April 13.

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April 19, 2012

Clarion women split final two matches of spring season Matt Catrillo STAFF WRITER

It was a tale of two matches for the Clarion women’s tennis team, as it split the final two matches of the season over the weekend. The Golden Eagles dominated in their final home match, with a 9-0 shutout of Geneva College on Thursday, April 12. Seniors Jaclyn Metzger and Brittany Buchheit took care of their opponents rather easily in their singles matches. Metzger dumped Geneva’s Julie Kline 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, and Buchheit shutout Geneva’s Emily Andre, 6-0, 2-0 at No. 4. Head Coach Lori Sabatose was complimentary of her two seniors after the match. “Jaclyn and Brittany will be missed, they were

great leaders on this team and really stepped up,” Sabotose said. Megan Bettwy also shut out her opponent, Alison Beattie, 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles. In doubles, Metzger and Caitlin Clemons routed Kline and Jennifer Bullock, 8-1, and Buchheit and Lauren Kerstetter took their match with Beattie and Sarah Cypher, 8-4. Friday, April 13 at Indiana University, however, was a different story. The Crimson Hawks, who were ranked No. 1 in the region prior to the match, took it to the Golden Eagles, shutting them out, 9-0. Lauren Rhine fought hard for the Golden Eagles, but came up short in her match against Abby McCormick of IUP, 6-2, 6-3 in No. 4 singles. In No. 5 singles, Claire Kerstetter also put up a fight, but went down in her

match, 6-1, 6-4 to IUP’s Emilia Osborne. “We were not intimidated at all,” said a pleased Coach Saboatose despite the loss. “IUP is very competitive; we were right there with them.We just couldn’t finish the points.” Clarion finishes the year at 8-7 overall and a 1-4 mark in the PSAC West. Despite the disappointing finish to the year at IUP, Sabatose is optimistic about the future, especially after the performance against IUP. “We have a shot to go to regionals down the road.” she said. “We have strong freshman who will improve their game and play to the best of their ability.” Clarion will finish up the year at the PSAC singles and doubles competition at Bloomsburg starting Sunday, April 22.

Clarion softball drops six straight John Owens STAFF WRITER

The Clarion University women’s softball team struggled this week to put runs on the board when it mattered. Clarion (8-28 overall, 0-12 PSAC) dropped a pair of double-headers over the weekend, one to Mansfield University on Friday, April 13, and another to Lock Haven University on Saturday, April 14. They also dropped a set to Slippery Rock University on Tuesday, April 17. The Golden Eagles, led by Amanda Gough, Kacie Nemeth and Kirsten Wilcox, each with the pair of hits in the opener against Mansfield, wound up on the wrong end of a 7-5 game. Freshman Julie Sokol tossed a complete game, giving up five earned runs while only walking one. In the nightcap, Head Coach Shintrika Hudson sent freshman Shawnna Crago to the mound as Mansfield delivered a powerful offensive showing. Crago surrendered four runs in the first inning, and was replaced by junior Megan Daley in fourth. The second contest of the day, however, proved to

be tedious for the Golden Eagle’s offense. The bats went silent as Clarion managed only four hits and one walk to fall 8-0 in five innings. Saturday, the Golden Eagles took on the Lock Haven Bald Eagles in what was Senior Day for the softball team. In the opener, Daley pitched a six-inning complete game while only giving up three earned runs. Clarion, however, fell 9-1 in the first contest as the defense committed six costly errors. Offensively, freshman Taylor Powell and senior Rebecca Lynch both delivered two hits apiece, while Gough had the lone RBI. Ending the season series with Lock Haven, Hudson sent freshman Chelsea Zola to the mound to counter the potent Bald Eagle bats. Zola struggled along with the defense behind her, and was relieved by Sokol in the second inning. Offensively, freshman Sara Clark delivered a pair of hits ,while Powell contributed the only extra-base hit. The Golden Eagles were unable make their way across home plate in the contest and fell 8-0 in five innings.

Clarion stranded 16 runners on base between the two games on Saturday. Hudson, who is happy that her squad has been able to put the ball in play, thinks her batters focus too much sometimes on the getting the right pitch. “We leave so many people on bases, and it’s not because we don’t hit the ball, it’s that sometimes batters are overly selective,” she said. On Tuesday as the Golden Eagles faced The Rock, Crago pitched a gem, only allowing two runs in seven innings pitched in the opener. The offense was unable to complement her efficiency and Clarion fell 2-0. In the second game against Slippery Rock, Daley handled the pitching chores as Clarion fell 11-2. Daley was relieved by Zola in the fifth inning after giving up six runs. Gough once again led the offense with a two-run homer in the second inning that scored freshman Taylor Sherry. Hudson, who is fielding a relatively young team this season, has seen a lot of development. “I am more than happy with how they’ve grown,” she said.

E D D I E ’ S TA K E O N S P O R T S

Why April is one of, if not the best month in sports Eddie McDonald STAFF WRITER

The month of April is a time most people enjoy, and a lot of people enjoy this month because of sports. April has all sorts of different sports going on, and it is one of the best times to be a fan of sports. Each of the four major sports recognized in the United States has something significant going on during the month of April. Not only do the four major sports have something significant going on, but the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball seasons comes to an end in dramatic fashion. The Final Four of both the men’s and women’s tournaments are usually held during the first weekend in April, with the championship games taking place on the first Monday (men’s) and Tuesday (women’s) of the month. This is always an exciting time, especially

for college basketball fans. This year we saw Coach John Calipari, a Clarion University alum, win his first ever national championship. The NHL caps off its regular season in the middle of April, with the playoffs starting shortly after. These playoffs are one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting, out of any of the playoff systems. The emotions and passion that flows through the players is always something good to watch. Anything can happen in the NHL playoffs, which it is why is so exciting to watch. You have lower seeded teams either beating the higher seeded teams, or you see them give them all they can handle, something that is enjoyable. The NBA ends its regular season later in the month, with the playoffs starting up a few days after the season ends. (To continue reading this article, visit

FACE OFF Which NBA team is more poised for a deep run? Jazzmonde James STAFF WRITER

As the basketball regular season comes to an end, it will be interesting to see which team will go on a winning streak to make it deep into the playoffs. My vote goes for New York Knicks. The Knicks are in the seventh position in the Eastern Conference. Although they took a loss Sunday, April 15, they still have a chance to keep the position they do to get in the playoffs. There are four more games left in the regular season, and I think that should be able to pull it off. The teams remaining, are teams that they have already faced earlier in the season with different outcomes. Some of the earlier match ups they came out victorious. For others however, they found themselves on the wrong side of defeat. If they change things up and play good ball, there won’t be a problem. If they play as well as they did when Carmelo Anthony was gone with an injury,that would be good. Now that Anthony is back, he has been putting up a lot of 40-point games in the month of April. The Knicks need to treat these last couple games as if they are playoff games. To start this run to the playoffs, they earned a crucial win against the Boston Celtics on April 17. The Celtics could be a team that they will face in the playoffs. The reason why I picked the Knicks was because I think they are a well-rounded, good team who a lot of people kind of forgot about because that weren’t doing so well at one point. They have good players who are trying to keep the team a contender in for the playoffs and beyond. One of them is Anthony, who is an outstanding player who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves some of the times. He averages 22.2 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists per game. Another player who plays hard but hasn’t been there is Amare Stoudemire. I think he will help get them back on track with his connection with the starters. If J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler start to contribute more, everything will be great for them. The Knicks won’t have overnight sensation Jeremy Lin for the remainder of the season as he is nursing an injury, but he could make his return for the playoffs. The Knicks are No. 10 in points allowed, which means that their defense isn’t that bad and it steps up most of the time. This also means that they have some good defensive players. Another compelling stat about them is that they are ranked No. 15 in points per game. This means that they are putting a good amount of points on the board, but it may not be enough all the time if it’s not a team effort or it’s just a bad day. If the Knicks find a good rhythm among each other, and go out to the game with a mindset that they need the win, then they can do it. The Knicks have a lot of talent on the team where they can make it into the playoffs, and get very far if everyone is in sync with one another. With the Philadelphia 76ers on their tail, New York needs this run if they plan on getting in the playoffs. So it’s crutch time and they are capable of doing it, they just have to stay focus on the end result.

Jacob Oberdorf STAFF WRITER

When it comes to the NBA playoffs, the Cinderella stories are at a minimum. The 1999 New York Knicks are the only eight-seed ever to reach the NBA Finals, and the Houston Rockets are the lowest seed to ever win an NBA title as a six-seed in 1995. With the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat atop the Eastern Conference, I see that the only real surprise coming out of the East will be who will win the Conference Finals matchup between the Bulls and Heat. With that being said, on the other side of the bracket, the Western Conference seems to be up for grabs. The favorite has to be the Oklahoma City Thunder but their youth and the amount of enthusiasm they play with could be their downfall. Continuing down the bracket, the especially tough grind of the regular season has taken its toll on the two-seed San Antonio Spurs. The veteran leadership that would usually provide an advantage for the Spurs will turn into a disadvantage giving the amount of games they played in an abbreviated schedule. The three-seed Los Angeles Lakers, along with the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, have had roller coaster seasons to say the least. Once again, the Lakers run through their veteran superstar Kobe Bryant. Without another proven scorer on their roster, I see the Lakers having trouble even getting out of the first round. With Dirk Nowitzki having an off year, the Mavericks seem to have lost their championship mojo that they picked up last year. Since losing Chauncey Billups for the season, the Los Angeles Clippers have not experienced the success that they were before the All-Star break. Also, the Clippers lack of a consistent half-court offense eliminates their title chances in my eyes. In my opinion, the lower seed with the best chance to make a deep playoff run is the Memphis Grizzlies. Many of you may recall the Grizzlies knocking out the then one-seeded Spurs last year in the first round shocking the basketball world. The Grizzlies played the whole series without arguably their best player, Rudy Gay. Gay had a lingering shoulder injury that forced him to miss the majority of last season but played 59 out of the 60 games this season and is going to be a pain in the sides of whoever has to match up against the Grizzlies. Since the All-Star break, the Grizzlies have a 9-6 record against playoff teams from both conferences. These include wins in Miami and Oklahoma City in the same week. The Grizzlies have a large amount of momentum to carry themselves into the playoffs. Also, the most important thing the Grizzlies have going for them is the depth. The Grizzlies have six players averaging double-digits in points, and seven players averaging over 20 minutes played per game. The Grizzlies offensive talent is pretty obvious, their defensive talent is on par with the offense. Point guard Mike Conley and shooting guard Tony Allen are both ranked in the top ten in the NBA under the steals category. Center Marc Gasol is a force in the paint ranking eighth in the NBA in blocks. Overall, I feel the Grizzlies are going to be a tough matchup for any team that has to go up against them in the postseason.

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Our Call



Playoff matchups:

Playoff matchups:

(1) NY Rangers (leads series 2-1) vs (8) Ottawa Senators

(1) Vancouver Canucks vs (8) Los Angeles Kings (leads series 3-0)

(2) Boston Bruins (leads series 2-1) vs (7) Washington Capitals

(2) St. Louis Blue (leads series 2-1) vs (7) San Jose Sharks

(3) Florida Panthers (leads series 2-1) vs (6) New Jersey Devils

(3) Phoenix Coyotes (leads series 2-1) vs (6) Chicago Blackhawks

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Nashville Predators (leads series 3-1) vs vs (5) Philadephia Flyers (leads series 3-0) (5) Detroit Red Wings



TEAM Chicago Miami Indiana Boston Atlanta Orlando New York Philadelphia

RECORD 46-15 43-17 40-22 36-26 36-25 36-25 32-29 31-30

TEAM San Antonio Oklahoma City LA Lakers LA Clippers Memphis Denver Dallas Phoenix

RECORD 44-16 44-17 39-23 38-23 36-25 34-27 34-28 32-29

Milwaukee Detroit New Jersey Toronto Cleveland Washington Charlotte

29-31 23-38 22-40 22-40 20-40 15-46 7-53

Houston Utah Portland Minnesota Golden State Sacramento New Orleans

32-29 32-30 28-34 25-38 22-38 20-41 19-42



EAST Washington Atlanta NY Mets Miami Philadelphia

RECORD 9-3 7-5 7-5 5-6 5-6

Central St. Louis Milwaukee Pittsburgh Cincinnati Houston Chi Cubs

8-3 5-6 4-7 4-7 4-7 3-8


9-2 7-5 5-6 5-6 3-9

EAST Baltimore Toronto NY Yankees Tampa Bay Boston

RECORD 7-4 6-4 6-5 5-6 4-7

Central Detroit Cleveland Chi White Sox Kansas City Minnesota

8-3 5-4 5-5 3-8 3-8

West Texas Seattle Oakland LA Angels

April 19, 2012

9-2 6-6 5-7 4-7

SPORTS The Call’s weekly take on the big questions in the wide, wide world of sports










Andrew Bynum

Full season


Kevin Durant

Full season



Anthony Davis

Eight games



LeBron James

Two seasons no pay

Kevin Durant

Full season

Kevin Durant

Playoff ban






Kevin Durant

Full Season

- They said it “There’s a reason these jerseys were from 1932. It’s 2012 now though, so send them back!!! LOL.” - Steelers linebacker James Harrison said about the recently revealed Pittsburgh Steelers 80th anniversary throwback jerseys that the team will wear this season.

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April 19, 2012


Former Clarion standout Lloyd Harrison enjoys success in Iceland Chris Rossetti


Everyone knows that former Clarion University men’s basketball point guard John Calipari led the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA Division I national title this year. But how many people realize that another former Golden Eagle star point guard, Lloyd Harrison, was leading his team, Skallagrimer, to Iceland’s Division 1 League title at the same time? Harrison, who played for Clarion in 2010 and 2011 scoring 887 career points to go with 255 assists and 239 rebounds, was the star player for Skallagrimer, which beat IA two games to one in the Division 1 League championship game earning Skallagrimer a spot in Iceland’s premier league, the Express League. The 6-foot-1 point guard from Detroit, Mich., who helped Clarion to the PSAC semifinals in 2010, averaged 24.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game in five playoff games and ended the season averaging 21.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. “The entire experience was great,” Harrison, who was named the league’s Guard of the Year as well as a first-team All-League selection, said. “From the beautiful country, to the people and playing ball was fun. I loved it. The fans are wild

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Former Clarion standout point guard Lloyd Patterson helps his Skallagrimer team win Iceland’s Express League championship. and always support you and always show you love when they see you around town.” Harrison, who was a twotime All-PSAC West performer including a first-team selection as a senior when he averaged 18.2 points and 4.8 assists per game, ranked second in the Division 1 League in assists, fifth in points and 16th in rebounds while recording 11 20-point games – four in the postseason – with a high of 40. He also had 16 games

of five or more assists and five games of 10 or more rebounds while recording six double-doubles and helping Skallagrimer to a 17-6 record. “He took advantage of the opportunity better than anyone we’ve had,” Clarion’s 24-year head coach Ron Righter said. “He ran and met the opportunity and put himself in a great position. He did what it took to win. He’s always been the type of play-

er who will do whatever it takes to win. You saw that this year in Iceland, and you saw that when he was here at Clarion.” Harrison is one in a long line of players who have played for the Golden Eagles under Righter to play basketball at the professional level – many overseas. “The team in Iceland emailed Coach Righter looking for a point guard,” Harrison said. “A couple of other coaches from the PSAC had

told them about me. They then contacted me through email, we started talking around early April 2011 and talked the whole summer. I signed around late June.” According to Righter, when a player like Harrison goes overseas and has success it benefits not only that player but also the basketball program including current and future Golden Eagles. “We’ve had over 20 kids have the opportunity to go and play professionally,” Righter

said. “We can sell that. It resonates well with the kids we are looking at. If you go to Clarion, you have a shot at playing past college. And a lot of the guys we’ve had go on and play are guards, shooters and scorers, which is something different. A lot of the time, the teams overseas are looking for the 6-foot-8 big man. But our guards have had a lot of success, and teams know that.” According to Harrison, his two seasons at Clarion prepared him for the success he had in Iceland. “The structure and how organized it was at Clarion helped me a lot,” Harrison said. “It helped me understand the game and know situations and who to pass the ball to. It was things like that that helped carry me over here and helped me make big plays during the year over here.” Harrison said anyone thinking of going to Clarion with hopes of going on to play at the next level would be well advised to do so. “I would tell someone interested in playing at Clarion that it’s a good school to go to,” Harrison said. “It’s a great conference to play in, and Clarion usually has a chance to win. It gives you a great chance to be successful.” Skallagrimer was so pleased with Harrison’s play and the success it had with him that the team has already resigned him for next season to run the point in the Express League.

Samantha Veights Women’s W omen’s senior senior golfer golfer INTERVIEW BY Matt Catrillo


How does it feel to have the first and only hole-in-one in Clarion women’s golf history?


Actually, it was pretty surprising because I wasn’t playing well. When I stepped up to the ball, I just wanted the round to be over. I just shot it, and it went in the hole. It’s nice to be the first, and I hope there are more.


Who’s your golf influence?


I have my favorite pros, but mostly my mom and grandfather got me into the game. They definitely influenced my aspect and passion the most.


What is your favorite moment at Clarion?

It’s so hard to pick one moment, but I’m looking forward to graduation. I think the moment I walk and get my diploma will be the height of everything.


Do you feel you achieved your goals you’ve set for your collegiate career on and off the course?


Absolutely. I wanted to graduate, play four years of college golf well to the best of my ability and it’s been great for four years.


What are your future plans?


I plan to be in education; I’m student teaching currently. I actually had an interview last week, and am waiting for a call.

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The Clarion Call, 04/19/2012  

The April 19, 2012 edition of the Clarion Call, Clarion University of Pennsylvania's Student Newspaper

The Clarion Call, 04/19/2012  

The April 19, 2012 edition of the Clarion Call, Clarion University of Pennsylvania's Student Newspaper